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Kō Risa (born 2001) is a teenager born to Chinese parents who lives in Yokohama, Japan.

She is a descendant of the Chinese Assassin Shao Jun.

Biography

Risa was repeatedly expelled from schools due to fighting with her teachers as a result of her inability to fully control her violent impulses. At some point she got into an argument with a friend that ended their relationship.[1] In 2019, she was sent to receive therapy. As part of her treatment at a Yokohama Abstergo clinic, Dr. Kaori Kagami had the teenager relive the memories of her ancestor, the Assassin Shao Jun through an Animus.[2]

Unfortunately for Risa, Dr. Kagami was not actually interested about improving her mental health but was rather occupied with finding the location of Jun's "treasure". Risa desynchronized from her first Animus session after Shao Jun performed a Leap of Faith, unsettled by how real the simulation was. Dr. Kagami explained that it was not real and nothing would harm her as they were only memories. Ending the therapy, Risa left and called her mother, informing her that the therapy helped and that she would continue with it.[2]

During Risa's second Animus session with Dr. Kagami, she relived a young Jun witnessing the public execution of a corrupt eunuch and desychronized in horror. When asked by her doctor to stop for the day, she insisted on continuing her treatment. Through further simulated memories, she learned of the Assassins and Templars and their ongoing struggle. After being brought out of the Animus, she asked Dr. Kagami about the two factions. Dr. Kagami told her patient that the Assassins sought chaos while the Templars fought for peace and order.[3]

Dr. Kagami told Risa that she is a descendant of the Assassin Shao Jun and that her genes were the reason for her violent behavior. When Risa asked if the Animus treatment would definitely help her, Dr. Kagami insisted to her that she is on her side as long as they work together. Accepting this answer, Risa reentered the Animus.[3] While reliving Shao Jun's memory of the 1526 fire of Macau, Jun's guilt from the incident affected Risa who started getting a flashback to when she felt guilty when she fell out with a friend. Later when she was out the streets after her session had ended, she was suddenly grabbed by her cousin Mari who stated that she had been looking for her.[1]

Behind the scenes

Kō Risa is the main protagonist of the 2020 manga Assassin's Creed: Blade of Shao Jun, which was first published in Japanese. Her name given in Japanese is 黄里沙 (Kō Risa), which would be Huáng Lǐshā in both the Hanyu Pinyin and the Wade–Giles systems of romanization. However, the fan website Access the Animus reports that her name in the English publication will be Lisa Yang;[4][5] Yang is an entirely different surname from Huang. This error has not appeared in the French publication, where her name is properly Westernized as Lisa Huang.

Appearances

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Assassin's Creed: Blade of Shao Jun – Chapter 5
  2. 2.0 2.1 Assassin's Creed: Blade of Shao Jun – Chapter 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Assassin's Creed: Blade of Shao Jun – Chapter 2
  4. Sorrosyss and Markuz (21-12-2019). Assassin's Creed: China – Manga Comic Chapter 2 - Review & Summary "The Assassins Order, and the Knights Templar". Access The Animus. Archived from the original on January 8, 2020. Retrieved on July 7, 2020.
  5. Sorrosyss and Markuz (26-01-2020). Assassin's Creed: China – Manga Comic Chapter 3 - Review & Summary "The Port". Access The Animus. Archived from the original on July 7, 2020. Retrieved on July 7, 2020.

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