"The gods were supposed to be my guidance. If I am one of them, then who do I look to now?"
From the beginning, Kazeko is bizarre and shrouded in mystery. Although her Irish roots are immediately apparent from her bright red hair and dark green eyes, Kazeko insists on being called by a Japanese name. Her real name, Deidre, is a secret that only her parents know; Kazeko begged and pleaded them to call her by her new name.
Kazeko's desperate desire to change her name comes from her need to remain hidden. The Queen's reemergence at the birth of Crystal Tokyo brought an onslaught of renewed religious faith, from the Church of Serenity to Neo-Catholicism to Kazeko's own religion, Druidism. With renewed religious faith, however, came renewed religious prejudice. For many years, these neo-Druids--those who embrace the queen as incarnations of the old Tuatha De Danann, their pagan gods--and traditional Roman Catholics squabbled relentlessly, intolerant of each other's faith. Eventually, a radical and disturbing splinter group of Catholics formed--The Catholic Order of Purification, or C.O.P., A KKK like organization who hunt down and slaughter druids as heretics. While some Druids fought back with their own extremist organizations, Kazeko's family and their fellow practitioners resolved to remain on the "true path" of Druidism--that of healing, introspection and guidance. Because their religion put them at risk, Kazeko's family and friends practiced their religion secretly and lived in a remote locations throughout Ireland.
For many years, Kazeko's family seemed to have found a way to practice their religion without persecution. But eventually, they were discovered. The ensuing slaughter left only Kazeko and her brother, Iain, alive.
Eventually Iain, too, fell protecting his sister, who was forced to flee. Hoping to escape her family's fate, Kazeko travels to Japan and finds herself in a small orphanage in Tokyo. Her foster parents, enamored by her exotic appearance and quiet, obedient personality, give her a home. Kazeko's fears still weigh on her heavily, and she pleads to be called "Kazeko" in order to better disguise her identity if the C.O.P. look for her name in a VR look up. Her only comfort in this strange, alien culture is the knowledge that she will be close to the gods she has so long looked to for guidance. She does not realize, however, that she may be a god herself...