Shinmen Mushashi no Kami Fujiwara no Genshin (1548?-1645) chose as his adult name that of his place of birth, Miyamoto. He was a Japanese wandering master swordsman. He would participate in more than sixty duels, the first at thirteen, in which he remained unbeaten, and in three military campaigns. As a master, he reached the Kensei status, a saint of the sword, and was the author of “Gorin No Sho” the Book of the Five Rings, or the Five Elements.
The Project “Duellist” was initiated by the AI at the request of the VissioRama Maya channel for its Aristeia! program. The idea was to recreate a contemporary equivalent of Musha-Shugyo, the wandering pilgrimage that Miyamoto made between 1605 and 1612. In the series, viewers could enjoy his trips around the Human Sphere and the duels in which he participated along the road against other Aristos. In the beginning, the series was a success, with reviews, fans and followers admiring him as a legendary being. “Amazing and passionate, Miyamoto possesses the deftness of a master, the heart of a lion and the vivacity of a tiger” (CloseCombat magazine, Maya). However, little by little, audience rates started to fall. Miyamoto, a severe and sober person, lacked the frivolity necessary to enjoy his Aristeia! star status, and his series, even though it could be very exciting, was not funny. For a warrior like him, with all the experience in combat of his original, to fight following aesthetic considerations was absurd. For Maya, his duels were not flashy enough; on the contrary, they were fast and effective, too fast for the producer and spectators of VissioRama. The channel, after seeing Mushashi would not change his fighting style, requested the deletion and reprogramming of his personality to obtain a duellist as effective but more theatrical and spectacular. Nevertheless, a hacker fan of Miyamoto intercepted the internal communications of VissioRama and alerted his idol, who disappeared into the night.
Currently, Miyamoto is accused of blood crimes and economic felonies against VissioRama, for participating in illegal duels, for murder of several Aspects of the AI and rebellion against ALEPH, which he seems to hate deeply. With such charges and such powerful enemies, he has been obliged to carry on the adventurous life he has always enjoyed. Now he leads a real duellist’s life, a fugitive mercenary always alert to continuous risk and constant flight, wandering aimlessly without a home. Forgotten and missing for months, he suddenly reappears in faraway scenarios and in illegal arenas. Danger and the underground circuits of Aristeia! have helped him polish his martial style the hard way. Specialized in his own kenjutsu technique called niten’ichi or nito’ichi (“Two Heavens” or “Two Swords As One”) Miyamoto Mushashi has revalidated his status as a saint of the sword but a turbulent saint, dangerous and lethal.