Within moments, he was dead. Ariteko sighed, leaving behind the trappings of medicine
Tom: The origami stethoscope, the origami tongue depressor...
and the soothing herbs. Another, soon enough, would need them.
-- Ree Soesbe and Roger Giner-Sorolla, "The MiSTing of Morikage, part 1"
As any swordsman (or thoughtful sword) knows, the wise warrior understands well the strategies his opponent will use. In that vein, Scott Herbert (aka Bayushi Tasogare) would like to share his wisdom.
"The best personality Crane received in Jade" was one thing I heard about today's personality. The Crane adore her. The Scorpion fear her. The Bloodspeakers sacrificed her. She is, of course,
Let's start this analysis with a few numbers... Two-Face would just love our little Ariteko here. 2 Honor for 2 Gold. As good as a Sanctified Temple, and can be used in just about any Stronghold. She's only SH honor for Crane, of course, but any Clan that has problems with dishonored personalities (Phoenix, Unicorn, and Crab spring to mind) can make good use of her. Her 2 HR is reasonable in all but corrupt decks, so she's a good personality to use in other Clans.
Now, what makes this personality just that amazing is that she shares a coveted spot along with Bayushi Tangen and little Toku in that she costs (at least to her Clan) nothing but the Dynasty slot she comes in. While Tangen is the Bowing Machine in the Yogo Towers, Ariteko remains constantly bowed in Crane decks as well, though that may not always be the best use for her as I state below.
Naturally, Ariteko is at her best in a Crane honor-running deck as an anti-Dishonor engine. Before the much-rumored MRP to Kosaten Shiro, she is honor off of virtually any holding the Crane choose to place in their deck. However, speaking from someone who hates to see her hit the table, let me give you a few pointers on using Ariteko against a Scorpion dishonor deck.
Now, this article has been mainly on anti-dishonor measures and how Ariteko can fit into them, but she can also belong in various other decks, as seen below.
When it all comes down to it, Kakita Ariteko is an honor-runner's wet dream, and viable in other formats. She's a recommended personality to any honorable Clan in a dishonor-heavy environment, and she's never useless, in the right decks.
So, throw her in your decks. At the very least, she'll be attacked first by those nasty Scorpion. =)
The Friendly Scorpion
[Additional: Ariteko is expendable, and thus a good candidate for tasks often given to Toku [ZCotW#100]. Ariteko's small stature means that many Crane military decks never even give her a second look, but she can be a key player in a speed military deck. Kosaten Shiro can buy a Silk Works on the first turn -- enough for a Heavy Infantry or Command Staff. Add a Large Farm for a Light Infantry, and a first turn Ariteko can be a 7F stomping machine on the second turn.
Ariteko can also find a place in a Hate's Heart deck. Dishonor is a cost of Hate's Heart, which means that your Shugenja with a Clan Sword and the Porcelain Mask of Fu Leng can't cast twice without intervention. But with Ariteko and Takao's Jingasa, a single Sharing the Strength of Many brings a double punch. And just think how much better Toturi will feel if he receives an origami present after being kicked out of the Lion Clan. -- ed.]
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