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Whilst the female Shisai perform rituals and tend to Orochi's shrines, the male initiates are the martial arm of the faithful. Instead of blessings of transformation and the ability to channel the Will of Orochi; he has been gifted a serpent companion. Even if Kyou finds himself debilitated his escort fights on unaffected. He also empowers other Shisai around him increasing their commitment to the cause.