Asami has experienced more pain in her relatively few years than most people are capable of enduring in a lifetime. As a child, she saw faint lights which she knew came from Beyond. To guard her from judgment, her father kept her isolated. Asami grew lonely and yearned for the day she would have a family of her own.
Following an attack on her family shrine, she lost not only her father but also her fertility, and with it, the hope of creating her own family. Mortally wounded, Asami let the Amanjaku inside her soul, bestowing her with the bestial power of the oni – power which escalated as she let the demon even deeper within her, lured on by its promise to grant her a child. The exchange was a dark pact; the ravenous maw splitting the back of her head is both a constant reminder of her own insatiable hunger for the life she lost and the cruel mark of her oni manipulator.
The Ten Thunders have recruited Asami into their number, hoping to use her demonic strength for themselves, but whether they will be able to control her is another matter entirely.
Asami’s box contains six models, including Asami herself. Ohaguro Bettari is a fast melee Henchman who can Charge without needing LoS and who can prevent enemy defensive Triggers. Asami’s totem, Amanjaku, can increase the value of Conditions on models and provide cover. Yokai are reliable melee models with good versatility, who are particularly strong summons for Asami.
Asami brings a whole new playstyle to the Ten Thunders Faction in the form of summoning. She has a highly versatile and unique summoning Action coupled with numerous ways to support and reposition her Crew. She is also hard to damage with a Defense of seven, Hard to Kill, and an Action to heal herself. Her low Wounds mean that when she does start taking damage, she is in trouble.
Asami’s signature Action is From The Maw They Come, which allows her to summon any Ten Thunders Oni Minion. Unlike most summoners, which damage the models they summon, Asami’s Oni come in with full health and the Flicker Condition, which limits the number of turns they remain in play. This creates a unique style where Asami summons a model in for a Turn, gives it the ability it to Charge with her Wrath of the Oni Ability, and then allows it to be sacrificed. She can keep her models around longer by summoning them near Corpse and Scrap Markers. In addition to her summoning, Asami can hand out the Focused Condition with Oni’s Strength, pull models towards her with Reaching Tendrils, and devour her enemies with Another Mouth to Feed.
The Upgrades at Asami’s disposal continue to add to her unique style of summoning. Feigned Weakness allows Asami to summon a model when the enemy scores VP (if the opposing Crew is ahead of her). A Heavenly Design greatly increases Asami’s mobility by giving her a placement effect, and it lets her place a Scheme Marker next to a friendly model when it is sacrificed, allowing her to take advantage of the disappearance of her summoned models. Nefarious Pact gives her more card draw and prevents enemies from being able to remove Conditions from her Crew.
Asami is a summoner unlike any other in Malifaux, and she will terrorize your opponents as her Oni claim victory.