The Serpent was a female fox hengeyokai yakuza and ninja and the shadowy leader of the Phoenix clan ninja in Nakamaru in Wa around Wa Year 1775 (1357 DR). She was also a low-ranked member of the Black Mist yakuza gang.
Very little was known about the Serpent, not her appearance nor her race, for she remained behind a gauze or shoji screen when she held meetings with the Phoenix clan. She had four bodyguards close by but rarely glimpsed, while a big vicious hunting dog was the only one to get close to her, with its head resting in her lap. She spoke in a soft and whispery voice. All Phoenix members had met her at least once, but none could recognize her. They could only rumor about her beauty. None knew that she was a hengeyokai, nor that she was also a member of the Black Mist. She walked freely in public, without any disguise, being confident that nobody knew her true appearance.
It was known that the Serpent was physically powerful, as well as capricious, strong-willed, and without mercy. She also loved dogs.
In combat, she wielded a katana +3 or a quality-made parang, and had a dozen quality arrows, while she wore leather armor of healing +1. She was also equipped with a wand of enemy detection and a potion of fire resistance.