Mifuníko is a courier of the Shimusògo clan. Despite her skill and talent, she was killed during a solo run to deliver a treaty between two clans.
Mifuníko was officially a courier but not because of her lack of skills. She was powerful and talented, capable of using many of the powers usually seen only by warriors. Driven, she pushed herself to keep up with Desòchu who she admired greatly.
The biggest reason she wasn’t considered a warrior was her drive. She didn’t have the personality to sacrifice herself for others or the willingness to protect the clan from all enemies. Instead, her selfishness and arrogance frequently got her and others in trouble.
Right before Sand and Blood, Mifuníko’s arrogance finally caught up with her. She was part of a three courier team trying to deliver a treaty. They encountered some resistance and they got behind schedule. Unwilling to accept failure, she abandoned the rest of her group and sprinted ahead.
An ambusher caught her with a poisoned arrow a dozens of miles away from her destination. She delivered the treaty and finished the job, but realized that she was dying. Unwilling to die alone, she raced home to be with her family in the last few hours of her life.
The clan elders held off on Chimípu’s rite of passage until her mother died. The few days of waiting were tense, but during that time, Rutejìmo’s attempt to steal his grandfather’s ashes brought to the light that Rutejìmo was rapidly growing up but he didn’t have the emotional maturity that the clan expected out of their elders.