Miyu is a cousin of Nagayama Amaya (now Saito Amaya due to marriage to Saito Jon). They were not raised together, and did not know of each others' existence for many years, as Miyu grew up in a monastery in the mountains. But the Kemonoken style that Amaya created was eventually taught to her when they met on one of Amaya's missions away from the Village, and Miyu has been working to improve her mastery of it ever since, while having her own adventures and engaging in her own battles and studies. She has divided her time between education, research, supporting the temple, and her training, leaving her far behind where Amaya was at the same age.
Miyu never took any vow of celibacy, and has had partners over the years, though long-term relationships never seem to work out due to her insistence on duty going before any degree of personal connection. The latest, the father of her daughter, was a shinobi of the Hidden Leaf who received medical care at the monastery and had a brief if intense relationship with Miyu. But when he received the same degree of distance, where she cared for him as an ally and a friend, rather than as a lover or the father of their child, he made his way back to Konoha.
However, he never made it back, ambushed by the Storm Brigade. Miyu received word, and showing an uncharacteristically emotional response, tried to find him and his ambushers herself. She arrived in time to hear his dying words, pleading with her to use the Eight Gates that he had tried to teach her in order to defeat the Storm Brigade, and obtain vengeance for him. In those last moments, there was a hint of the bond that should have been there from the start. The love that should have been the foundation of their relationship as parents of their daughter. But then he was gone. And that dream of a change to Miyu's outlook died with him.
Miyu not in top-shape thanks to recently giving birth, received an injury to her right eye in the course of battle. She was unable to track down the members of the Storm Brigade who had personally attacked her lover, and had no intention of seeking something as hateful as vengeance. But she did wish to bring them to justice.
Now that the Storm Brigade have made war against the shinobi world, Miyu has aligned the Fierce Beast School with the Village of her cousin, in the hopes of joining forces to end the conflict before it can spread any further. She was made Kemonoken Fierce Beast Grand Master due to her wisdom, leadership, knowledge, and strength, not just her skills, but her decision to take up a military affiliation with one of the Villages has made some of those who didn't support her in the first place to have even more doubts, and start to work against her.
Much like her cousin, Amaya, she is prone to swinging across the mood spectrum heavily, from manic to depressed. Much more in control of her emotions and much more mentally healthy than when she was younger, she blames herself when things go wrong, and tries to shoulder all responsibility, and all suffering, to spare others. She is willing to use techniques that cause her immense suffering for the sake of others as well, and pushes herself too hard in her training. She endures a lot to support not only the Fierce Beast Fist school, but also Kumogakure, all while trying to live up to the example set by her cousin, the former head of Kumogakure's Kamen Raidaa, and a Jounin of the Hidden Cloud. She has no intention of settling down any time soon, unlike Amaya, and has worked hard to reach her current position. But she's already in danger of burning herself out before her time if she doesn't start delegating responsibilities.
Miyu will fight for what she believes in and to protect the innocent no matter the odds. More subdued now as an adult than as a young "kitten", she is still ready with a friendly word and a willingness to support others in times of need. Even when sharing her experience and wisdom with others, she tries to do it in a way that is constructive, not harmful. If something really is a bad idea, she tries to provide alternatives, rather than simply telling people they're wrong.
Despite generally being friendly, Miyu isn't much for humor or silliness. She understands their value as morale boosters, but would rather people save the jokes for after a mission. Despite being a mother, she is not very family-oriented, protecting her daughter and caring about her as much as she would any of her followers in the Fierce Beast school or any member of Kumogakure. This emotional distance from others in her personal relationships is crucial to her for making sure she doesn't treat any life with too much bias. Those who try to change that dynamic are pushed away even more strongly. This is why her daughter's father isn't around anymore.
Miyu seeks to ensure the stability of the Fierce Beast school, as well as to help Kumogakure prosper in her cousin's stead. Amaya is retired now, but there is still much work to do. So she has thrown the lot of the Fierce Beast school in with that Village, despite misgivings from some of her followers.
She wishes she could end the rivalry between the Fierce Beast school and the Confrontation Beast school. Her studies of Ninshuu, even in fragments, have put into her head the idea that strength alone is not enough to bring peace or enlightenment, but neither is compassion alone. Understanding through strength and mutual respect may be the way to go to bridge the centuries of conflict between the two schools.
Miyu sees Kirigakure as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, and while she will attempt diplomacy and reasoned discussion with them, and tries not to abide any hostile or negative feelings, not even within herself, she is more aware than anyone that she loathes their practices and their past leadership, and would prefer not to be involved with them if possible. She waits to see what course the new Mizukage takes the Village on, however, and has known many civilians of the Land of Water who were decent, respectable individuals.
Miyu's greatest empathy lies within the Hidden Leaf, where her daughter's father hailed from. She learned Konoha Strong Fist from him, and admires the passion and determination of the Leaf's people: ninja and villagers alike.
Miyu is a dark-skinned woman who is equal parts muscle and curves. She has short white hair with two protrusions that look like cat ears within such. One eye is scarred closed, while the other is a dull, pale-yellow, set beneath white eyebrows. Her clothing tends to be simple linen, and not provide much coverage, with bandage wraps about her arms, face, and legs.
Unusual little girl. A Kemonoken without formal training? And yet she already possesses this much skill? It would be wise to secure her, for her own benefit and that of others. She is dangerous to leave unattended, but could be quite strong with proper guidance.
Seemingly destroyed, there may yet be remnants or survivors looking to cause more trouble. I will not allow a repeat of their transgressions.
I did what I could to assist in breaking into a Storm Brigade base, but my body is still not trained well enough to handle the strain of the Eight Gates, and most of my combat and training have been through my time at the monastery, and wandering through the country side. I am used to individual or small group conflict, not facing down armies.
I did what I could, but I had to retreat with many others and allow those stronger to advance. I spent nearly a month in the hospital afterwards, just healing. I will have to condition myself more thoroughly.
Rumors of tomb robbers turned out to be well-founded. More worrisome was the types of tombs they were robbing. Those housing the remains of some of the Hidden Cloud's most notable, honored, and powerful shinobi… We were unable to examine every tomb before a storm hit, but it appears the Storm Brigade had involvement in this.
I hope they did not find what they were after, but this bears further investigation.
Ninja animals have escaped into the wild. I have to wonder who thought it was a good idea to train animals to use ninjutsu and then try to hold them prisoner in the first place, but the nature of the mission remains. Even so, I found myself falling back and allowing the others to handle the matter while I observed. I felt I could do more good letting the less experienced ninja learn their limits and push beyond them than in handling the matter on my own.
It appears that bandits have been using a ninja bear to ambush merchants in the country side, particularly in the mountains. A large shipment of bacon was attacked most recently, and with the weather being what it is, they may be attempting to make camp for the night. This is an ideal time to track them down. They will likely want to make the most of the bacon they stole… And given that they were stealing food stuffs instead of valuables, it may be that they are low on supplies.
That means that they may be weakened by hunger. This is truly the ideal time to strike.
I hope that they can be reasoned with, but it seems unlikely. Especially as long as they retain their "secret weapon". I may have to disable their ninja beast first before I can bring the others to justice.