Setsuka

Setsuka
Game seriesSoul series
First gameSoulcalibur III
Voice actor(s) (English)Kari Wahlgren
Voice actor(s) (Japanese)Nanaho Katsuragi
In-universe information
Age24
BirthplaceUnknown, raised in Japan
Birthdate1567
Blood typeA
WeaponIaito hidden in an oilpaper parasol
Weapon nameUgetsu Kageuchi
Fighting styleShinden Tsushima-ryu Battoujyutsu
FamilyHer master, who raised her, died as well


Setsuka (雪華 Setsuka) is a fictional character designed for the Soul Series of fighting games. Her first and only appearance to date is in Soulcalibur III, it has not yet been confirmed whether she will return in Soulcalibur IV

Biography

Her in-game appearance revealed she was not a native of Japan. She had pale, milky-white skin, glossy black hair, a chiseled face and hazel brown eyes. Those around her shunned her since she was young; she was looked with disdain because of her appearance. Without a family to turn to and exposed to such hate and violence, she finally ran away from her home. Young and alone, she wandered to a city where a man took her in, and named her Setsuka (Snow Flower).

Her caretaker worked as a bodyguard in the region. He taught Setsuka the technique he used to protect his patrons, and it would became the way for her to protect herself, but it was the joy she felt when he praised her that made her devote to the training. Time passed, and Setsuka grew into a beautiful woman. She learned to ignore those who still looked her with disdain, letting nothing trouble her.

One day, her master entrusted her with a letter, whose destination was far away. It would take her many months to travel there and back. Her master saw her uneasy look, and reassured her that her home will be always there for her. Setsuka left and, after a long journey, found the man to whom the letter was addressed. The old martial artist ran a dojo in a small village, and asked Setsuka many times to stay and train there, but she refused his invitation and started her long way home.

Upon her return, she found her master lying on the floor injured. Although he would not reveal how he received the wounds, she was certain that he lost a duel. The injuries he received would prevent him from wielding a sword ever again. But still, the man tried to behave as always, even if Setsuka couldn't hide her concern. His lessons become more strict and demanding, but he also showered her with overwhelming love, something new to her. Even if their modest lifestyle couldn't afford luxuries, he bought her an elegant long-sleeved kimono. As she blushed under the man's smile, her feelings for him grow stronger than ever.

It was not fondness as a father nor rerevence as her master. It would not be until after his death that she would come to recognize those feelings as love. Visiting his grave, she recalled the words he had spoken on his deathbed. .."I did not teach you this art for the purpose of revenge. ..One who lives by the sword harbors no regret." That fateful fight had been the most exciting moment of his life. He taught her his fighting style so she can carry on the art, as he wanted her to live freely, unbound of hate or fear. Before dying, he told her his enemy's name: Heishiro Mitsurugi.

She shed no tears when her master died. Only later she realized her feelings and finally understand what it meant to fall in love. Her master didn't wanted her to live bound to feelings of revenge, but she was decided. With undying love in her heart, she went on a lone journey with a target in mind: a wandering swordsman who challenged swordsmen throughout the land, which no one saw him after he crossed the sea several years later in search of a swordsman named Nightmare. With few clues, she decided to track down Nightmare, believing it would lead her to Mitsurugi.

Soulcalibur III endings

She is shown walking away from the Soul Edge saying she doesn't need it. Then she sees a woman about to stab a man from behind. Setsuka asks her what she is going do with her weapon. The woman makes an attempt to attack her but Setsuka deflects her weapon with it tumbling to the floor, as the woman makes an attempt to retrieve it the button input pops up on the screen. In the idle ending, Setsuka acknowledges the fact the woman is killing for revenge and comments "If that will make you happy, then I won't stop you" leaving her to continue what she was doing. During the input ending, she will kick the knife away and tell her revenge is pointless, then putting the umbrella over her head walks away with her. The same woman is featured in Mitsturugi's ending, where she is taken hostage by a samurai Mitsturugi is about to kill. The man she was about to kill is the same samurai who took her hostage.

Weapons

-- Ugetsu Kageuchi

A hidden Iaito Iai sword concealed in the handle of an oil paper parasol, similar to shikomizue or shirasaya styles. Nothing is known about this weapon, but it is speculated to be a gift from Setsuka's master to her, following from her initial weapon Setsuka can obtain a further six weapons (giving a toal of eight as Ugetsu Kageuchi has two alternations) Ridicule can be purchased from the start, Shiranamigasumi can be obtained prior to the fourth battle of her story or unlocked directly through fighting four hundred battles. Her other weapons include: Moonlight, Ugetsu Shinuchi, Broken Bamboo Sword and The Ancient unlocking details can be obtained on several FAQ websites.

Stage

-- Jyurakudai Villa (SC3)

"The blossoms of the cherry tree already fall like snow. What more can the wind ask of them?"
--Ohshikouchi no Mitsune
This poem, recited in lament of the sight of fleeting cherry blossoms as they wilt away, comes from a bygone age of flowery aristocratic culture, when the capital city of Kyoto was once called "Heiankyo," meaning "capital of peace." Time has since passed, and the world is now one of warriors. The land is ruled by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The dazzling Azuchi-Momoyama era is in full bloom. Hideyoshi built his great citadel upon the remains of the imperial palace. This villa, too, with its fusion of the extravagant style of the time with the traditional beauty of the cherry blossom, parents an imposing grandeur which invites spectators into a dream-like world. This mansion stands as a symbol of Toyotomi's power, yet it will face destruction within a mere ten years. The cherry trees, perhaps foreseeing its fate, perhaps not, continue to silently shed their petals into the wind...

Trivia

  • Following the Japanese custom of spelling and elision, Setsuka's name is pronounced "Setska", with a silent 'U'.
  • Setsuka's design is styled as a mix between the Queen of Hearts and courtesans known as Oiran, who wore cosmetics and clothing similar to Geisha but tied their sashes in the front as opposed to wearing a backwards obi. This, along with her overly intricate hair decorations, the extravagant color of her Kimono, and the large platform sandals she wears suggest Setsuka could possibly be a prostitute. In addition, Oiran is also used as the name of one of her kicks. However, Setsuka herself is neither an Oiran or Geisha.
  • Setsuka fights wielding an iai sword concealed in the handle of an oilpaper parasol, similar to shikomizue or shirasaya styles, using the martial arts style of Iaido. Iaido is easily confused with the sword style of Battōjutsu, but Iaido concerns itself primarily with the drawing, cutting and re-sheathing of the sword, while battou-jutsu focuses only on cutting technique. Setsuka's official profile states she uses battou-jutsu but judging by her actual style, it resembles Iaido.
  • In Soulcalibur III, Setsuka's weapons and fighting style are available under the discipline Soul of Setsuka to characters created under the Ninja class.
  • Setsuka doesn't have an official nickname, but in the promotional videos of Soulcalibur III she's called "The Resolute Avenger".
  • Setsuka's Destined Battle in Soulcalibur III is Mitsurugi.
  • Setsuka's weapon, Ugetsu Kageuchi, when directly translated means cormorant moon, darkness inside.
  • A hair style similar to Setsuka's titled "geisha" is available in create-a-character mode for female characters.
  • In the gallery of Soulcalibur III, sketches appear to show her in early designs of her primary costume with blonde hair.

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