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A family name of Earth origin, of Japanese descent. Variations in spelling exist within the Japanese language, utilizing different kanji characters to produce the same homonymous sounds. The most commonly used is 鷲尾, meaning eagle’s tail.
While other notable individuals have had variations of this name, the term Washio Clan generally applies to one particular branch of one particular family, descended from a man named Kentaro Washio.
Born circa 1920, in what, at that time, was the Empire of Japan. He was trained as a fighter pilot by the Imperial Japanese Navy at the age of 20, and was an expert in aerial combat, pushing the limits of the legendary 12:1 kill ratio of the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. By the time the Navy changed its tactics in 1942, he had been promoted twice, and was training young pilots. Distraught at the new, “kamikaze” (suicide) tactics being taught and employed, Washio was charged with dereliction of duty, and was arrested when he refused to involve himself in such training, and remained imprisoned for the remainder of the war.
In 1946, during the Occupation, he was released from prison, but found it difficult to obtain work. He immigrated to England, where he met and later married his wife, Helen Norfolk. He found work as a test pilot for the International Science Organization (ISO) under Director Gregory Andersen. His son and heir to the line, Ken Washio, was born in 1955, and raised mainly in England. Helen (née Norfolk) Washio lost her life in a senseless act of terrorism perpetrated by the group known as Galactor.
In 1959, when an experimental fighter jet he had been testing went missing, and was presumed lost in the Atlantic, Kentaro Washio was declared deceased, and his son became the sole heir of the family legacy, with a young, idealistic, future ISO Director, Dr. Kozaburo Nambu as his legal guardian.
In 1972, Ken emigrated from England to Jutland, in Denmark, to be close to the ISO Headquarters. Following in his father’s footsteps, he found employment as a test pilot, although reports exist which suggest he spent time delivering mail and flying search-and-rescue operations for the northern inhabitants of Scandinavia, using a single-engine Cessna 172, which he owned and housed at a private airstrip. This was likely where he met his future wife, Jun Minashigo, who also worked for the ISO as a special advisor on munitions and armaments.
He spent much time travelling in the 1970s, undertaking a variety of tasks on behalf of the ISO, when he wasn’t seated in the cockpit of their latest military aviation technology, and although he and his wife were married in 1983, they did not settle down to have a family until 1992, when their daughter, Jorgina was born. A son, Kentaro, was born in 1995, also.
In 2029, at the age of 74, he died of cancer in the radioactive aftermath of the Sino-American Armageddon. He was survived by his wife, who died in 2032 of pneumonia.
Kentaro (II) Washio
At the age of 20, he followed in his father and grandfather’s footsteps, and became a test pilot for the recently founded military arm of the now-veteran ISO, known as the Earth Defence Command (EDC), and in 2022, at the age of 27, was the captain and pilot of a crew of three selected to test the new Faster-Than-Light (FTL) Jump Drive.
Upon his safe return to Earth, he and his crew were hailed as heros. When the ISO joined the mech race in 2023, he test-piloted several models, and perished in 2024, when a he lost control of an experimental military model, falling from a height of almost 50 km (30 mi), in a massive fireball. He was unmarried at the time of his death, and left no children. The Washio legacy was passed on to his sister.
In 2016, at the age of 14, she became involved in an off-world militia, where she met her later husband, Daniel Witwicky. By 2021, she had enlisted in the EDC, where she served in a number of skirmishes, some off-world.
When the Sino-American Conflict began in 2028, both the EDC and the offworld militia organized into a massive, military machine which rained fire down over south-east Asia. One of the side effects of this was that it reintroduced the now 36-year-old Jorgina to Daniel Witwicky, to whom she became engaged.
In 2029, four years after the death of Jorgina’s younger brother, her father died of cancer. As she was now the only member of the Washio Clan, and desired to keep the family name going, she persuaded her fiancé to take her name, and they married in 2030.
Their eldest son, Kentaro was born in 2031, and then Ryumaru in 2033, and Jinpei in 2035.
In 2043, at the age of 51, Jorgina refused to leave the planet Earth, for which her family had fought and died for generations. Her husband remained with her, as did their two younger children, but they made arrangements to send their eldest son, now age 12 in the care of the Nambu Institute, named for its founder and financier, Dr. Kozaburo Nambu, M.D., PhD., in the exodus of humanity leaving the Sol system.
Still living in Jutland, Denmark, they began a new life as terraformers, attempting to salvage the Earth’s failing ecosystem from the legacy of humanity’s childhood.
In 2070, at age 78, Jorgina and her husband both died when an earthquake caused a portion of their undersea farm to destabilize and collapse.
Kentaro (III) Washio
In 2048, with expansion and colonization a major concern for the humans now branching out into the stars, Kentaro was married at the young age of 17 to Devona Sesling.
Initially a pilot with the exploratory arm, Kentaro developed a reputation as a reliable young man with a keen eye for detail, and helped the ISO, now operating under its new name, Inter-vessel Science Collective, (ISC), to establish well-documented navigational star-charts and later to maintain an active and well-trained airforce.
This was seen as an unpopular decision by many of the civilian members of the expedition. Many blamed the Sino-American Armageddon for the evacuation of Earth (perhaps unfairly, as much of the environmental damage to the planet had been done long before the war began), and could see no value to a military force, except to perpetuate the notion that violence could be considered a tool for achieving political aims.
Despite heavy resistance from the populace at large, and the upper echelons of command in particular, the combined resources of the ISC and the Nambu Institute persisted in training, researching, developing and equipping military-style flyers and mechs against what was then seen as the unlikely event of an alien threat.
In 2049, Kozaburo Washio is born, the eldest of three sons, the others being Jiorji (2053) and Ryuumaru (2057).
In 2089, at the age of 58, when a damaged fighter mech in the launch bay began to overload, threatening to rip a hole in the hull of the carrier ship, Kentaro (III) took control of the mech and piloted it into space, away from the carrier, and perished in the resultant explosion. Much of the momentum for military defense units was lost at this point, but the Nambu Institute continued training its own people, and the ISC continued to finance the maintenance of military-grade hardware, though for a time research and development into new technology was abandoned.
Married in 2080 to fellow Nambu Institute alumnus Lian Nakanishi, he was the first Washio to be born in space, and in a period of relative peace.
Although he flew with the exploratory arm, he had little involvement with the military arm of the ISC, and came under very little scrutiny from the holovids and newsfeeds of the time, perhaps seeking to escape the relative notoriety of his father’s name.
His children include Ryuusuke (2083), Jun (2087) and Maria (2091).
In 2101, he was lost in space during an exploratory mission, and was declared legally dead in 2108.
In 2103, at the young age of 20, he married Emily FitzRoy, the daughter of Gerard FitzRoy, captain of the colony-ship, UNSF Endeavour.
They had two children, Kentaro (2108), and Daniel (2112).
Ryuusuke was a student of the Nambu Institute, trained in military flying techniques and equipment, and flew in the expeditionary force, seeking out planets capable of supporting human life. In 2121, at 38 years of age, he became involved in the early skirmishes of what later became known as the Great Human-Cephalopod Conflict. The sudden discovery of an enemy with comparable technology and a desire to cause harm to humanity fired up the nearly-dormant militarization movement, and the ISC’s new incarnation, the Inter-planetary Science Agency (ISA)’s technological innovations became essential in dealing with the ensuing conflict.
While Nambu Institute trained pilots flew surgical strike combat missions against the enemy, keeping the conflict as far as possible from the colony worlds and ships, senior pilots, such as Ryuusuke Washio were involved in training young civilians, and re-establishing a military tradition.
In 2142, at the age of 59, he retired from the military, and went to live on the colony world of Pern, in the company of his second son and daughter-in-law Helen (née diBianci), who had chosen to settle on that world.
In 2145, while his son was off-world, Ryuusuke, his daughter-in-law and year-old grandson (Daisuke) fell ill when an outbreak of listeriosis swept the colony, caused by contaminated food-processing equipment. Due to the ongoing war, medical aid was distant, and could not be provided in a prompt manner. Many colonists perished in this incident, including Ryuusuke, Helen and Daisuke.
Kentaro (IV) Washio
In 2122, in the aftermath of the new war, he was recruited by the Nambu Institute on the off-world floating colony of Cosmopolis, where he was living with his father’s family at the time.
At the age of 16, he competed in the cross-discipline martial combat competition known as InterSection, in the karate championships as a second-degree black-belt, where he came in first place.
In 2126, at the age of 18, he qualified for higher education in the field of astro-chemistry, and legally Anglified the spelling of his name into Quentin.
Although he was a capable pilot, and trained to work with the combat squads, he was more heavily involved in the colonization efforts, utilizing his skills as an astrochemical analyst to locate resource-rich asteroids and comets, and planets suitable for colonization.
In 2140, at the age of 32, he married “Lady” Jade Tamura, who had three times taken the InterSection Judo championships at sixth-dan, seventh-dan and eighth-dan degrees consecutively.
Their children are Ryuusuke (2142), Kozaburo (2144), Kenda (2147) and Carli (2150).
With the cessation of open hostilities between humanity and the Cephalopods in 2147, Quentin returned to Cosmopolis to be with his family, and concentrates on his career and family.
FitzRoy, Hannibal. “Washio Clan” Encyclopaedia Galactica. Hemmingway Base, 2160, pg. 4789-4793