Somiryòki is a warrior of the Shimusògo clan. Unlike most warriors, he was forced into retirement when an ambush left him crippled for life. In his later life, he rarely left the cave except for clan votes.
Somiryòki duties as a warrior ended when he fell in battle against a clan of the night trying to save a clan courier from being ambushed. He was tortured and had both of his legs broken. It took almost a month before the clan successfully rescued him, but then the damage was done. He cannot walk without a cane and much of his spirit had been broken.
Tejíko, a courier of the clan, took him into her cave when it became apparent he was unable to fend for himself. She always had a shikāfu for him and the clan allowed them to be married despite him being a warrior.
Sand and Blood
By the events of Sand and Blood, Somiryòki was at the end of his life. Moving was agony and he couldn’t get warm despite spending most of his time next to a fire in the cave he shared with Tejíko and Rutejìmo.
His grandfather stood in front of the black bowl. His hands shook violently as he tried to empty out his stones into it. The white stones bounced on the edge and rolled across the dirt ground but they kept pouring out. Sixty-one stones for someone who had become an adult the same day as Yutsupazéso.
“Why?” snapped Rutejìmo’s grandmother. “He isn’t ready.”
Rutejìmo’s grandfather stopped trying to gather up his stones. Desòchu knelt on the ground and picked them up for him, carefully holding each one out before setting it into the black bowl.
“Why?” repeated Tejíko.
“He’s ready,” came the only reply.
- Tejíko: Wife