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Bunki (文姫) is the daughter of Senshin, the king of Sou. She has two brothers, Ritatsu and Rikou.[2] Though practical minded and strong-willed, she possesses a lively personality and is eager to experience new things; Rikou remarks that she would get along well with Shushou, the ruler of the Kingdom of Kyou[3].

She is said to serve as the Chief Physician and created the National Hospital of the Kingdom of Sou and its health care system. Bunki is described as being a highly efficient individual who works closely with her father; she and her father are said to have perfected each other's signatures to finish off paperwork quickly.[4]

During the events of the short story, Kasho, Bunki welcomes the officials from Sai, Shuka and Eishuku, who have accompanied Sairin to Sou in order to recuperate, despite the fact she is obviously suffering from shitsudou. After providing comfortable accommodations for Sairin, Shuka, and Eishuku, Bunki offers Shuka and Eishuku the opportunity to become officials in Sou, as she recognizes their ability. Though Shuka nearly accepts, Eishuku declines for both of them, reminding Shuka that even if their kingdom falls into ruin, their foremost responsibility is to the king of Sai and to the kingdom of Sai.

Though Bunki has demonstrated herself to be a capable and responsible individual, she appears to take most unexpected events with good humour. Seishou holds a grudge over Shoryu and Enki when they caught causing trouble in Sou, as the princess apparently laughed that it was good that En had become so peaceful when Seishou was forced to escort the king and Taiho back to En.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Aspired Wings, chapter 45, Eugene Woodbury's translation
    Bunki is technically 618 years old, after being entered in the Divine Registry with her father's ascension as the King of Sou
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  3. The Aspired Wings, chapter 45, Eugene Woodbury's translation
    Senshin looked up at his son. “What kind of person is she?”
    Rikou said with a wink at his sister, “A young girl in whom I believe Bunki would find a kindred spirit.”
  4. The Dream of Prosperity - Kizan
  5. Hyohaku (Drifting Ship) short story

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