This is a completely original character of mine, or at least as original anybody else's signature creation. I created "Lady Tenkage" a long time ago, as part of my obsession with ninja. In essence, she is a noble-born kunoichi, from a very long line of shinobi demon-slayers. Like the rest of her family, she is bound to the fate of "The Living Seal". As a result of her ancestors' past actions, her bloodline has carried the ability to bind youkai with a bloodseal, no matter how powerful. The Tenkage Lord who carries this trait is marked by their demon-like crimson eyes, and it is passed on to the next generation through a succession rite, where the inheriting heir must prove themselves stronger than the previous lord by killing them.
This character has already ascended to this point, as she already bears the crimson eyes of the Tenkage Lord. I achieved that effect through the magic that is Photoshop. The costume itself consists of three phases:
Furisode: Being a "noble" shinobi means being raised the old-fashioned way. Though I personally don't know how to wear kimono, I did the best I could. The furisode is mine, which was a christmas gift, way back in high school. I used a half-width obi, which I didn't even have the slightest idea how to tie, and pretty much just winged it. My props consist of a fan and a ninja-to, made by my brother. I'm also wearing the arm guards of my shinobi uniform, to hint that there is more than meets the eye.
Cross-over: This is the change between kimono and ninja gi. Basically, it's just the furisode worn over the gi. Nothing special, but it looks cool.
Ninja Gi: The final step is my complete, Kage-Kanbu shinobi uniform, which I did make. The only parts I bought would be the fishnet shirt, the kunai prop, the tabiboots/socks, and the spandex shorts I wear underneath the hakama. Everything else, I made, even the mask. You can't see it in the pictures, but I even have the Kage-Kanbu emblem on the back of my gi, but it's hidden by the wig.
Speaking of the wig, it's my AC Tifa wig, re-styled to look ninja-ish. As I said earlier, the sword was made by my brother, and is fully functional. I hope he's okay with me borrowing it...
All in all, I'm very pleased with the look of this cosplay, it makes me so happy to have finished it. At last, I can say my over-the-top emo ninja-girl has existed, even if just for one day.
Sadly, I have never, and probably never will, wear this costume to a con, so no awards. At least, not the complete costume. The shinobi uniform I'll drag to every convention I ever visit. But the rest of it? Nah. Not until I learn how to tie an obi, at least.