A Year & A Day: Daruma

Changeling: the Dreaming

Homebrew Rules

Character Creation Guide Download: Daruma.pdf

Quoth the Daruma:

“Do you see the enemy? I see it. It is not those others across the battlefield… no, it is Fate. Be like Xi Wang Mue the Tiger Goddess, and punch Fate right in the Jimmy.”

Kith Excerpt:

The Daruma is an Omocha: A toy. Though named after the Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, he is the equivalent of the Western-Kitten Poster that reads “Hang-in-There.” He can symbolize success, tenacity, and is considered a talisman of good-luck. He has been commercialized by many Buddhist shrines to signify goal setting and is sometimes equated as a Get-well card. For all of this, the Omocha Kwannon-Jin known as the Daruma just keeps on Trucking.

Barely more than an Inanimae, Both male and female of this Kwannon-Jin (both with fashionable facial-hair too) serve as Generals, Motivational-Speakers, and other positions where their big voices and infectious enthusiasm serve their fellows. They are loud-mouthed, wide-eyed, and happy. It is hard not to love them for all that they are. Even when serious there is something comical about their appearance, and even their wild-eyes and unsettling scowls leave their enemies tittering rather than quaking in fear.

Most unique about the Daruma (and probably the reason why they are so determined) is that they know that there are three great things that they will accomplish in their life-time as a HSien. From the moment of their Chrysalis, they begin to understand, and from their first brush with this understanding their eyes light up (see Lifestyles below). While Westerners might overlook these round and pudgy clowns, the Hsien know better. The Daruma have a purpose under Heaven (three actually) and no one can accomplish it but them.



“Seven times down eight times up like the Daruma doll…”
― Chris Bradford, The Way of the Warrior


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