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Yun Ka-fai (ユン・カーファイ), also known as the Sword Hermit (剣仙(けんせん)), is a renowned swordsman from Calvard. He is the founder of the Eight Leaves One Blade school which combines the best elements of multiple Eastern sword styles.

He is the grandfather of bracer Anelace Elfead.

Background

Yun Ka-fai dedicated his life to swordmanship in favour of wordly affairs. He travels around the continent, spreading wisdom and bringing gifts to the locals he meets. He is known to frequently visit Ymir in Erebonia, where he introduced the Eastern delicacy Manjuu, cranes made of fuki leaves, and the drink Junmai-shu.

During these travels he is occasionally challenged to duels by his former students such as Cassius Bright and Arios MacLaine or respected swordsmen from other schools such as Victor S. Arseid.

Letters

Throughout the Cold Steel series, Yun Ka-fai sends letters to his last student, Rean Schwarzer.

Dear Rean,

It has been some time. Last I laid eyes on you was before you left for the academy, so two years ago? Teo showed me a recent picture of you, and I could tell at a glance you've grown into a fine young man. I've no doubt you're a hit among the ladies, but knowing you, that popularity is going completely to waste.

Truth be told, I must journey to the eastern half of the continent. Its plight grows worse by the day. The dragon veins are nearly depleted and the barren land spreads. It is a world wholly different from the west. I shan't return to western Zemuria for at least half a year. I would have liked to see you before I left, but i suppose this is Aidios' will.

I hear you earned yourself the title of 'Ashen Chevalier' for your deeds in the empire's civil war. I'm sure there are many things which cause you hesitation and disquiet your heart. The power within you that led you to seek my training, the mystery of your birth, your past. But you needn't worry over such things.

The knowledge I passed down to you was that of the Seventh Form--the blade that brings a flash of light to drive back the darkness. Mastering this form is more difficult than any other. I do not know if you are even capable of such a feat, yet... Ten years ago, it was you I chose to be my final disciple. Not Cassius, not Arios... I chose you, and you alone to be the final blade to complete the Eight Leaves.

In this time of turbulence, become that flashing blade which illuminates the darkness, even if for the briefest moment. I believe you and those comrades whose souls are intertwined with yours are capable of this.

Goodbye for now. Once I have returned from the East and we have reunited, I shall impart to you my final teachings.

Yun Ka-fai

——久しぶりな、リィン。

最後に会ったのは学院に入る時じゃからもう2年は顔を合わせておらぬ事になるか。

テオ殿から最近の写真を見せてもらったが―随分と大人びて、男前になったもんじゃ。

さぞかしモテているんじゃろうが、朴念仁のおぬしには宝の持ち腐れかの?

——実は、この後すぐにでも大陸東部に向かわなくてはならなくてな。

……あちらは酷いものじゃ。

龍脈の枯渇と、徐々に広がる不毛の地。西部とは最早違う世界と言ってもよい。

恐らく半年は帰ってこれぬだろう。

その前におぬしに会っておきたかったがこれもまあ、女神の巡り合わせじゃろう。

伝え聞く帝国の内戦に、《灰色の騎士》なるおぬしの異名。

そもそもワシに弟子入りするきっかけでもあった"鬼"の力に、おぬし自身の過去や出生の謎——さぞや迷い、翻弄されているだろうが恐れることはない。

おぬしに授けたのは《七の型》——無明の闇に刹那の閃きをもたらす剣。

その極みは他の型よりも遠く、おぬしが"理"に至れるかは分からぬが……

それでもワシは10年前、"最後の弟子"としておぬしを選んだ。

力シウスでも、アリオスでもなく……《八葉》を真の意味で完成させる一刀としておぬしをな。

――激動の時代において刹那であっても闇を照らす一刀たれ。

おぬしと魂を共有する同志たち、魂を継ぎし者たちならば出来る筈じゃ。

それでは達者でな。

――東より戻りて再会できたら奥伝を授けるのでそのつもりでおれ。

草々 ユン・カファイ

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