Mitsuko Yamato

Mitsuko Yamato (born 401 IE) was a Navy Special Forces officer from Bonaparte. A member of the royal family on the throne in 430 IE, she trained with the Chrysanthemum Guard and the Sappers, both divisions of the planet’s Household Guards before the Navy invited her to join Special Forces.

During childhood, her father did not permit her to ride horses as he thought they were filthy animals.

In 430 IE, Yamato served as head of a unit stationed aboard the CNS Cygnus. Her NCOIC was Staff Sergeant Bernie Washington, a Marine. While aboard the Cygnus, she led an assault on a mining asteroid owned by the Khamad CorporationGoshenite holdouts had squatted there and refused to leave.

The squatters blew an internal airlock, making leaving the mining station difficult, and fired a Gelt weapon at their assault shuttle. As Modesto brought in the shuttle to create a loose seal over the now damaged lock, Mitsuko had her prisoners stunned and passed her one wounded team member first. One prisoner recovered and fought with Mitsuko as the hatch nearly closed on them. One of the squatters told her on his world, she would be pregnant most of the time. This, despite hostility from Modesto, earned the prisoner some abuse.

Mitsuko considered the destruction of the mining station a failure. However, Captain Durant assured her the fault fell to the Khamad Corporation for expecting the Navy to be its security force. Durant reassigned her to the Challenger for a mission to Hanar via Metis. She would travel over Demeter with Modesto to her new assignment. Modesto, however, crashed their shuttle on Demeter showing off for her. They were rescued by an automated mining truck. Peter Lancaster came down from the Challenger to retrieve them. Peter Lancaster came down from the Challenger to retrieve them.

Lancaster expressed admiration for her as she could use a sword in combat. He also revealed to her and Modesto that the Challenger had warp drive. Aboard the Challenger, she trained against a holographic Gelt Warrior with Security Chief Aracebus and O-4 Weiss. She also roomed with Modesto for the mission. Admiral Burke assigned her to provide security for the Metisian representative Athena Jovann on the mission to Hanar. She and Modesto foiled an assassination attempt against Athena Jovann, Mitsuko subduing the suicide bomber while Modesto disarmed him. Jovann expressed surprised that Mitsuko carried a sword on a regular basis.

Aboard the Challenger, she escorted Modesto back to their quarters once he was released from Medbay. She detoured to an observation deck to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel” from the ship’s active warp drive. Both were so overcome by the sight that she let him kiss her. They agreed it was nothing and would remain friends.

En route to Hanar, Mitsuko began training with her new Special Forces unit. Her NCOIC hailed, to her surprise, from Amargosa, unusual for a senior NCO. However, she impressed him by beating his record for a takedown, despite being considerable smaller in size to him.

As the Challenger prepared to jump to Hanar, Burke assigned her handle Athena Jovann’s security. She stood guard at Jovann’s meeting with Lattus Tishla alongside Bornag. The Gelt Warrior told her he looked forward to sparring with her as the local human swordwork was lacking.

Mitsuko led a Compact team escorting Admirals Burke and Austin to meet with separatists. Modesto went with her, as did Suicide and JT Austin, both of whom had been on Hanar for some time. Bornag and Trevor Colt kept their team to the rear as backup, allowing the admirals to address the separatists as the Compact. However, the team was ambushed and scattered, with the admirals abducted.

Separated from their unit, Mitsuko and Modesto spent a night in a hut hiding out. During the night, they became intimate. However, JT Austin and a group of Hanarians found the pair in a rather compromising situation. Mitsuko became infuriated when Modesto referred to the previous night as “combat sex.” It had been Mitsuko’s first time ever.

Upon her return, Admiral Austin ordered her to take over JT’s combat training. JT had to explain why the Hanarians were training with blunt swords for the Gelt and paintballs for everyone. Amargosan rebels did not have real swords or smart bullets. She also learned about JT’s late wife, which endeared him to her.

However, while chasing local renegade Nobu Katsumoto, she had to stop Austin from killing the insurgent. His actions forced her to arrest him.

Later, at a mixer between Hanarian personnel and Compact forces, a fellow Bonapartan royal named Cormac kept hitting on her, hoping to lure her into a marriage. She recalled a conversation with the Duke of Windsor stating that those in line for the throne did not want to marry royals for fear of turning all seven royal houses into one giant house of Habsburg, the Earth royal family famous for in-breeding and its attendant genetic damage. She blew off Cormac and spent the rest of the evening hanging out with JT and Connor Duffy

The following morning, she found Modesto staggering and disoriented trying to get back to his shuttle where he slept. He passed out. She left him where he lay.

She sparred with Suicide, after which, she assessed JT Austin as mercurial but loyal and dedicated. Suicide asked her to take him under her wing personally on top of her professional mentoring. Addtionally, Admirals Burke and Austin assigned her to Austin’s assault craft for the liberation.

She also reconciled with Modesto. She made love to him but stopped before either of them finished on the eve of the liberation of Amargosa. Her reasoning was that they should finish after the battle, so they had to survive. They agreed to make bullet lockets like JT and Suicide wore in case one of them died in battle. After an embarrassing training exercise for JT, she told Modesto he was cute when he got jealous.

 

Appearances: Flight Blade