Terukatsu, a daring, clever, and ambitious warrior, a vassal and hostage of the lords of Tsukuma, Ikkansai, and Norishige. As a boy of twelve, he experiences the siege of Ikkansai’s castle, is sexually stirred and twisted by seeing the dressing of dead warriors’ heads, and kills the leader of the besieging forces, taking his nose as a prize. He becomes a cruel lord who uses others to advance his career and to satisfy his masochistic and sadistic desires.
Teru, the daughter of Lord Ida of Suruga. The young girl calmly dresses the heads of dead warriors, including the “woman’s head,” that of a warrior who has lost his nose. Her cruel smile sets alive Terukatsu’s masochistic desire first to be a “woman’s head” himself and, failing that, to create a “woman’s head” by taking a warrior’s nose.
Yakushiji Danj Masataka
Yakushiji Danj Masataka, an aristocratic general who attacks the castle of the Tsukuma clan. He is killed, and his nose is sliced off and taken away, by Terukatsu. His death ends the war against the Tsukuma clan but creates Lady Kiky’s desire for revenge.
Lady Kiky, the daughter of Yakushiji Danj Masataka, who is ordered by her brother to marry the heir of the Tsukuma clan, Oribensh Norishige. She is beautiful and is intent on avenging the insult to her father. She conspires with her servants, the...
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