Between Crimson Skies
Hatamono to Ikoma Ryozo
Hokitare is a cheerful man, thin and wiry, with large teeth and a winning smile. He has a genuinely likable nature to most, and though he normally serves as advisor to the proud Matsu Tsuko, for at least the Autumn he has chosen to stay and serve the Ikomoa lord.
The characters are familiar with Hokitare as the buffer between them and Ikoma Ryozo. He is as cunning as he is shrewd, and is very wary of allowing outsiders to influence such a vital and strategic relationship as what the Matsu enjoy with the Ikoma. Despite the man’s natural charms, the meetings the characters have had with him have been very icy.