Year 1836: Ichiko is born to his father's concubine. Yoshino and Arashi are thrilled to have a boy and an heir. It puts a strain on the triad relationship between Yoshino, Reiko and Arashi though. Mostly because it usurps Reiko's daughter, Chou, in Arashi's heart. Now he has a son and heir, after all.
Sadly the boy's companion dragon doesn't live long either, killed during a particularly cold winter that same year.
Ichiko is doted on by Yoshino, who is happy to have a child of her own, and she does her best to shield him from the tension in their family. Once he is old enough to understand that something isn’t quiet right he puts the pieces together that his family is in turmoil over his existence.
Year 1842: He is enrolled in Legacy Institute and makes many Aetherian friends over the 6 or so months he stays there. He becomes very close to Kris, Willow, Hope and Alessa specifically. Kris' natural hero-boy charm is something Ichiko comes to look up and yet be jealous of – especially when the girls tend to adore him for it.
Sadly, towards the years end, his family issues cause him to constantly be pulled this and that way.
This ultimately culminates in an incident where in Yoshino is revealed to be a minion of Mouko. When Arashi starts staying away from home to fight in “the war” to reclaim the ryuko people's lost home nation, the Land of Dragons, it makes Yoshino angry and impatient. People begin to question her dark trips out at night and her own time away. Particularly when she attempts to frame her sister, Reiko, for poisoning her!
At this point he is moved back to the Isle of Dragons and put into Kaida Asa's care. His mother attempts to abduct him in the night shortly after his arrival, but he rebels and she curses Kaida Asa for the fact. She vows to one day return for her son and get revenge on Kaida Asa.
Year 1843: Ichiko notices Hope at his school in the Isle of Dragons! He is shocked but pleased. More so because she is being bullied and it gives him a chance to act the part of the hero. He vows to protect her at school and keep people from hurting her, which she gratefully accepts. The two become best friends over the passing years after this.
Year 1850: He becomes a samurai in his own right after completing his genpukku under his master, Kaida Asa. The two never form a father-son relationship, despite Kaida Asa taking up the rest of his raising, but they form a mutual respect as student and master. Ichiko is always eternally greatful to the man for taking the tine to teach him to survive and become the man he wanted to be. A man like his father. Upon his genpukku he is given the right of Daimyo, something that he inherited from his mother's side of the family.
Year 1853: One day Hope tells him that her family has decided to split living between Aether and Ryuguu. He isn't happy about it, despite telling her that it's fine, since it means she's growing further away from him in a way. However she quickly assures him that she'd like him to come with her on future trips. While he doesn't know if work would allow it, he finds the notion tempting since he could see his old Aetherian friends again.
Year 1854: Chestin, Ichiko, Arcadian & Tyler arrive home after losing Sachiko. Ichiko remains in the capitol as a diplomat for the time being. When it is all over, Ichiko returns to the Isle of Dragons.
Year 1855: A mass funeral event is held for the Isle of Dragons. King Chestin also declares the 14th of Virgo a national “holiday”, the Ryuko Requiem.
Hope, Kris, Willow and Alessa go to support Ichiko after the fall of the Isle of Dragons.
Year 1858: Kris hosts a little drinking knight but with an important motive. He tells his friends (Fawkes, Danielle, Danx, Ichiko, Willow, Kero, Nicholas & Alessa) and the Shattered Realm (Cross, Akira, Emeline, Marlene & I’Frit) that he intends to go back to Cardinal Meridian and kill a damned black-blooded zombie – no matter what this time. While many think this is a bad idea, Alessa, Ichiko, Fawkes and Kero agree to go with him. Kris and company arrive at Cardinal Meridian. He makes another attempt but suffers another relapse (basically he has PTSD). He breaks down, admitting he feels worthless. The others were put at risk and if not for the fact that the Shattered Realm (specifically Akira, I’Frit & Cross) had tailed them they might have been overrun.