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Meti
Meti.jpg
Gender Female
Occupation Swordfighter
Vagrant
Affiliates Au Vam (formerly)
Ryo-ten-Ryam (formerly)
Maya
Debut KSBD 4:75[1]
Status Deceased


Meti

Meti, aka Meti-ten-Ryo, was a vagrant swordfighter formerly taught by the general Ryo-ten-Ryam. Along with Intra, she is widely considered one the the greatest swordsmen who ever lived. She is the author of Meti's Sword Manual.

She is the 'Master' in this image.[2]

History

Early life

At the age of thirteen, Meti practiced with the short sword daily. Conditioning her body with rigorous exercise and harsh austerities, her body is said to have become a "steel edifice" by the age of sixteen.[3] Even at this young age, Meti was renowned for her physical fitness, able to split rocks effortlessly or sprint for a day without straining herself. Soon after, Meti felt she had mastered the sword, and enlisted in the Middle Army's elite third legion.

Meti's prowess garnered the attention of her superiors, and she eventually came under the tutelage of Ryo-ten-Ryam , Au Vam's greatest general. Ryo-ten-Ryam further trained Meti in the art of swordsmanship, but when he then made sexual advances his student mutilated him. [3]

Meti recounts that her first truly challenging opponent was the Colossus of Pardos. Despite her great endurance, strength and skill, Meti had met her match. She and the Colossus battled for half a day - and at the end of that time span she tells that she was terribly battered and her body broken in 140 places. Still, Meti achieved victory not by use of the sword, but by gouging out the brains of her enemy with her thumbs. It was at this moment that Meti had a Revelation about combat and Existence. She then changed her approach to sword fighting and came to the conclusion that life and fighting are one and the same. - Kill Six Billion Demons 4-78

Later life

In later years Meti settled in the Yellow City and took up residence in a large empty jar located in a market area. She was content to live as a hermit and recluse and survived upon the charity of the neighborhood.

  • Meti first met Maya in the 33rd year of the Second Conquest, when Maya was just a young girl. Meti earnestly tried to dissuade Maya from the path of the sword, and further intimidated the girl with a severe demand for proof of her sincerity. Seeker of Thrones 3-19

By the age of 108, Meti completed Meti's Sword Manual, a book on the applications of life beyond sword fighting. It was around this time that she took on Maya and Incubus as her apprentices, although she was wary of Incubus' proclivity for violence and had only intended for Maya to be her true apprentice. She took both students to battlefields frequently, where they would observe the clashes between demiurges during the Universal War.

Quotations

  • “My apprentice asked me why I prefer the company of dogs to men. I told her that a man is an kind of intolerable monkey who clings obsessively to his own fate. To subvert his mortality, he inflicts death and unfathomable torture upon the world. My apprentice told me that I was being a little severe, and asked me about dogs. I told her that dogs keep my feet warm, and they care very little how badly I insult them. In this respect, they are also better than apprentices.” – Meti, of the Yellow City Wielder of Names 2-34
  • ‘On the topic of dogs, a passing priest once pressed me quite fervently on the subject of my own mortality. He was very concerned about preserving the nature of my immortal essence. “Grandson,” said I, “I am old and my bones are sopping with death already. Why should I care?” He went on to describe in great detail the rituals that could be undertaken to guard one’s soul against degradation and ensure smooth passage to the next realm. “Do you perform these rites every day?” I asked him, trying to humor him. “Of course, auntie,” said the priest, “Every morning before I wake fully I perform my rites, then four more times a day before rest. It keeps me in good health and spirits, knowing that my death will be a golden door to paradise.” “Four times a day?” I said, incredulous. “Of course,” said the priest, “Don’t you think about dying, auntie? You should be worried, at your age.” “Do you think about dying?” I asked him. “How about before sleep?” “Yes,” he said, seeing that I was clearly straining his good nature. “How about when you bathe?” I asked him. He thought a moment. “Well, sometimes,” he replied. “How about when you shit?” I said. “Never,” he said brusquely. “Not even once?” “Well maybe once, but I don’t see the point! Who knows?” he said, clearly seeking to draw away from me and peddle his wares onto more the more gullible trash that populated the gutter. “A dog has more sense than you,” I said to him, and thumbed at a lazy mutt that was picking through the market. “He doesn’t think of death at all. Not when he sleeps, not when he bathes, and certainly not when he shits.” “And I supposed there’s a point,” said the priest. “You and he will both die,” I pointed out to him. “The four great elements of your bodies will collapse one into the other and you will both become no more substantial than a fart.” I should mention at this time in my life I had very little patience for rhetoric. The priest spat on me later. I didn’t mind.’ -Meti, of the Yellow City KSBD Wielder of Names 2-35



  • "My student asked me what should be done about my body when I was inevitably torn apart by my enemies. My answer was simple: feed it to the dogs outside the walls of the city. She was horrified of course and protested loudly. 'Alright then' I said, 'Give me a stick to beat the dogs so they won't bother me.' 'But Master,' said my idiot student, 'You will be insensate.' 'Well if I'm insensate why do you give a flying fuck what happens to my corpse.' I said, settling the matter." King of Swords 6-52

"There is only one way to be a pure master of sword law. This is to allow your body to become absolutely soaked with death.

Death is always in the body at all times, but happier people are able to let it live only in their skin, or on the surface of their eyelids. They may easily wash it off from time to time and carry on with their lives.

When I tell my students to shave their heads, partly it is so they cannot rid themselves of death so easily. Those who do not bathe in death regularly will forget it is there, and that is a very stupid thing to do when swords are involved."

– Meti Ten Ryo King of Swords 6-54

  • "Look yonder, at your butcher gods. Ten thousand men and women lie dead at their feet. Bask in their efficacy! Are they not spectacular at turning men into ghosts? Behold! The awesome fires of God. The limitless power of pure creation itself. Look carefully! Observe how it is used for the same purpose a man might use an especially sharp rock."

– Meti on the Universal War King of Swords 6-57

  • “A swordsman is at his most natural state when he thinks of nothing at all. Thoughtlessness is the natural state of things, and thinking is probably the biggest mistake of amateurs. By completely disavowing use of that pesky organ in your skull all that is left is the hard and old nerves in the body that think about deep and consequential things such as survival. They know exactly what to do, and they are smarter than you. You become a completely naturalistic and comfortable animal, who’s only motivation is the killing impulse.

To give you an example, I once spent the better part of a summer afternoon killing thirty five men from the Kagen Amat school who had been sent to execute me, returned home, and I had made most of supper before I came back to myself. I remember the incident poorly but several of the men were almost certainly master swordsmen who had studied the blade for most of their lives, and I unfortunately was still an idiot at that time and had taken no weapon with me. I ended up using a piece of driftwood I picked out of the surf. It was quite pleasant and not difficult at all.

Some people think my story an exaggeration and that I had a hidden blade on me or had used perfidious tricks such as poison or several of my friends hidden in ambush. I tell you no such thing is true. I started my afternoon out taking a shit on the beach and I ended up decapitating fifteen men. I had clams for dinner.”

– Meti ten Ryo King of Swords 10-158

Appearances

1F1 1:1 1:2 1:3 1:4 1:5 1:6 1:7 1:8 1:9
1:10 1:11 1:12 1:13 1:14 1:15 1:16 1:17 2:18 2:19
2:20 2:21 2:22 2:23 2:24 2:25 2:26 2:27 2:28 2:29
2:30 2:31 2:32 2:33 2:34 2:35 3F1 3:36 3:37 3:38
3:39 3:40 3:41 3:42 3:43 3:44 3F2 3:45 3:46 3:47
3:48 3:49 3:50 3:51 3:52 3:53-54 4:55 4:56 4:57 4:58A
4:58B 4:59 4:60 4:61 4:62 4:63 4:64 4:65 4:66 4:67
4F1 4F2 4F3 4:68 4:69 4:70 4:71 4:72-73 4:74 4:75
4:76 4:77 4:78 4:79 5:80 5:81 5:82 5:83 5:84 5:85


References

  1. Abbadon (January 21, 2015). KSBD 4:75. Chapter 4. Page 75.
  2. KSBD Tumblr
  3. 3.0 3.1 Abbadon (February 4, 2015). KSBD 4:77. Chapter 4. Page 77.
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