Guardian Uniform Requirements

Congratulations candidate! The League of Guardians welcomes you as a new Guardian level member. Soujoubou hands you a package, tied in an indigo dyed crepe silk furoshiki decorated with a familiar fan mon stencil. His deep voice resonates in the open room. "Here is your formal uniform."

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Furoshiki by Netrun78 - Freepik.com

  When you untie the package at home, you find a note in blurry, gibberish calligraphy. Upon contact with the note, blue flashes at your fingertips and the symbols coalesce into words. Soujoubou's booming voice fills the room, as if he's here.  
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Tengu in Guardian Formal Uniform by HeroForge (+Freepik and AWV)
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Item type
Clothing / Accessory
Raw materials & Components
Almost all aspects of the uniform are constructed from silk to show the formality and position of the wearer. The silks may be from moth, seasilk, or spider silk.
Manufacturing Process
Handwoven and crafted by koujin and unagihime. Silk is grown specifically for the kimonos. A few strands of the warp for each garment are donated by jorougumo. These strands are enchanted to protect the wearer.

The Uniform

This note is tucked inside the package.
  Guardians wear the following:
  • lion
    Lion by Freepik
    An indigo kimono dyed in the local shibori pattern, with the Guardian lion mon in 5 places (on the front and back of each shoulder and middle of the back) to denote the formality of the kimono. Indigo is the dye of the common people, and it will show that we are here to protect the noble and common of both the humans and yokai. The sleeves of the kimono should have a 2 cm white stripe on the edge to denote our noble cause.
  • Midnight blue indigo dyed hakama and haori jacket. The haori will also have the Guardian lion mon. Tie your hakama's wide legs so you are ready to move should an emergency call you away.
  • A red obi belt with kumihimo cords that have tasseled ends will secure the hakama and kimono.
  • White under-layer juban should be worn to keep the kimono clean.
  • Your locality's medallion on a chain around the neck.
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    Tate Eboshi (Public Domain)
    White tabi socks and zori sandals with white straps, as the focus should be on the uniform, not one's feet.
  • On your head, wear a tate eboshi hat, starched so it stands straight up.
  • Tuck weapons into your obi or carry them with you.


  • Cover image: by AWV (with assets from Hero Forge, Freepik, and Mirko Blicke)

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    18 May, 2021 07:40

    Great article! I love how you've presented it as if we're receiving the package.   The details of where the silk comes from are interesting. I like how you've included lots of worldbuilding/cultural Japanese elements and use tooltip to give a brief explanation.   A few mistakes I noticed while reading or comments I had:   " on the front and back shoulders and middle of the back." Does that means that the symbol is present three times? Front shoulder, back shoulder, and middle of the back? Having it twice on the back seems a bit strange.   I think you have a typo at sandals which is written "sandles".   " On one's head, you wear a tate eboshi hat, starched that stands straight up." It feels strange to use "one" in the first half of the senetence and "you" in the second half, especially when the whole article use "you".   "You may tuck weapons may into your obi or carry them with you." You have "may" repeated twice here.   I just have one comment: I think you could put the box explaining what the uniform is in the full footer to avoid having the empty sidebar on the side.

    18 May, 2021 07:41

    Oh and I forgot to say, I like how the letter switch to English when clicking on it!

    18 May, 2021 19:48

    Thank you so much for the input! (I can tell my 11pm editing skills need work! Lol)

    Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    18 May, 2021 09:31

    Very nice article! Loved the secret you get when clicking ^^ Great use of tooltips to give some extra info on each term. I really like the way how one receives their uniform, gives it a lot of mystery. As a Japan fan myself I can only say nice work ^^

    Feel free to check out my costume entry. :)
    18 May, 2021 16:42

    Thank you!

    Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    24 May, 2021 11:14

    The secret letter is so fun :D   I love the detail you've included. I think my favourite detail is about the different types of silk that the uniforms can be crafted from.

    Emy x   Welcome to Etrea!
    26 May, 2021 15:38

    Thank you!

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    Kajetan Krakowiak-Świątnicki
    24 May, 2021 21:41

    The interactice image is awesome

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    26 May, 2021 15:38

    Thanks much!

    Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    3 Jun, 2021 13:49

    I love this article. The cultural accuracy is nice to see. I have failed to pay attention to your world until now.

    3 Jun, 2021 15:30

    Hey Siobahn! Welcome! There are so many wonderful worlds out there. Thank you for popping over to mine today. <3

    Author of Rise: Liminal Chronicles |
    6 Jun, 2021 21:51

    Really nice precise details, and a fun detail with the letter. I would have liked knowing a bit about outfit history, though I guess it does come across as not having changed much. Also, yay for Tengu!

    Too low they build who build beneath the stars - Edward Young   Costume Challenge Entry: As Superpowered troops on an alien planet, the Battle Spears wear a uniform capable of handling all they face
    10 Jun, 2021 15:32

    Thanks much!

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    E. Christopher Clark
    10 Jun, 2021 11:59

    Great details throughout, and I love, Love, LOVE that clickable secret. Nice work!

    10 Jun, 2021 15:32

    Thank you! <3

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