Name: Haruki Suzumiya
Biography: A native of an island said to exist farther east than China, Haruki was the only son of Suzumiya Harunyan, a powerful daimyo in on the southernmost island of Kyushu. The Suzumiya were a vast and powerful clan headquartered in the sun-facing province of Hyuga. In 1364, however, a Mongolian invasion force landed at Miyazaki and over the next year swiftly and effectively destroyed the Suzumiya clan. Harunyan and most of his family were killed, but Haruki, aged fifteen, was spared by the chief Mongol, who saw a warrior potential in the young heir. After plundering most of Kyushu for just over a year, the Mongols apparently became bored of Japanese loot and returned to the mainland. Between 1365 and 1368, their horde devastated small, isolated and undefended villages in Korea, China, Vietnam and even their native Mongolia. By 1369 they made their way into Russia, and in 1371 they crossed the border into Silesia in Poland, establish a small Mongol kingdom there. The following year, their khan sent a small diplomatic force of his most trusted men - Suzumiya among them - to the Holy Roman Emperor to seek an alliance. Charles IV had the men captured and executed, but somehow Haruki escaped with his life. With a possible war between Mongol Silesia and Germany on his back, Suzumiya fled to Italy, where he joined a mercenary band that carried the English flag in an attempt to cut in on some of the plunder to be had from the ongoing Anglo-French war. When the band reached Bruges in early 1374, they were in for an unpleasant surprise - a large, well-trained French force, which all but destroyed the multicultural mercenary force. Again, Suzumiya miraculously escaped with his life, boarding a ship to England, where he found himself in the winter of 1374. He is somehow fluent in English, albeit with a hilarious accent.