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|'Eight and a Half Tales'|
Eight-and-a-Half-Tails (Japanese: 八ツ尾半; rōmaji: Yatsu-O-Han) was the highest spiritual leader of the kitsune in the plane of Kamigawa. An extremely skilled cleric and healer, his nine tails were a product of long journey marked by several spiritual, practical and emotional achievements, each of which brought him a new tail. He was an unusual kitsune since his birth - instead of being born with pure white tail, he had a black streak in it. This was seen as an omen of great destiny, of changing the world.
Eight-and-a-Half-Tails was arguably the most experienced mortal on the whole of Kamigawa when it came to spiritual world. Upon the request of daimyo Konda, he did extensive research on the kakuriyo. Before handing the results to Konda, he realized that the rituals that Konda asked for could be used to breach the barrier between mortal and spirit world. A shadow went through his mind, but he banished it and assured himself that Konda was no madman who would attempt to meddle with such things and abuse them. By doing this, he became indirectly responsible for Konda's crime and the Kami War - and also for the death of one of his best students, a priest named Iron-Claw, who decided to leave the clergy when the war erupted to join the fight. Iron-Claw would later perish in a battle with the kami.
When the kitsune elder Nine Tails realized all these things, he decided that he had no right to wear his nine tails as a sign of honor. As penance for his crime, he cut off half of one of his tails with a ceremonial knife. Since that day, Nine-Tails was no more, and Eight-and-a-Half-Tails was born.
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