Okay, so now that Sojourn is 51 and that makes her twin sister having a kid at 18 (and not 14 like previously, honestly, THANK YOU ) and not retconing a whole novel about it (because that would have really be pretty bad, so THANK YOU² ) let’s hit another problem:
Before we start, let’s list all the related lore about her and the Shimada :
• January 11, 2021: Asa’s letter to her hursband Toshiro Yamagami
In this letter from Kiriko’s mother to her hursband been held hostage by the Hashimoto it’s stated that “Even now, some twelve years on, I see the mark they have left on our city.” Thje Hashimoto’s have been around for 12 years, more or less.
" The children of this town, growing to adulthood with only the brutal, thoughtless Hashimoto to determine what is good or bad . . . our daughter among them. It is dangerous in this city now."
Kiriko grew up and became an adult while Hashimoto were ruling. It fits with her being a young adult at the motment this letter is written.
• September 20, 2022 : Kiriko Origin Story
In this, the artwork suggests that she was closer in age with the Shimada brothers, and it is told in Kiriko’s point of view.
• September 20, 22 : Kiriko Origin Story SHORT :
Now, there is the first time we’ve got another age : “But when Kiriko was seven, the Shimada clan collapsed when Genji and Hanzo’s father was assassinated by a rival clan : the Hashimoto’s who then took over Hanamura and Kanezaka”
12 +7 = 19 - So Kiriko was kinda 19ish because we didn’t have a proper timeline (yet)
• September 23, 2023 : Yōkai
It’s the end of the Summer Festival with fireworks. She is a “teenager” and “The Shimada were some ten years gone now, and their castle had a new occupant.”
It kinda fits with the narrative previsously said.
• October 8, 2022 : Kirko animated short
She is clearly living on her own, probably recently, and her mother is worried about her. She must be a young adult still. And she agreed to come back and live with her mother after the Hashimoto corridor incident.
• November (or december?) 2022 : New hero biographies
Kiriko biography that said "When she was twelve years old, the head of the clan, Sojiro Shimada, was assassinated by the rival Hashimoto clan.
Here is the first real retcon about her, previsously it said she was 7 - now it says 12.
12 +12 = 24 - so we assumed she was 24ish at this time.
• August 2023 : Lore codex and timeline (in the game client if you bought the PVE)
It is now established that Uprising happened 10 years ago. So, Retribution, with Genjin having a new body and beeing in Blackwatch, happened before that. It fits with the narrative saying that the clan fell 12 years ago, if Retribution happened, lets say, 11 years ago. Plenty of time to get his cybernetic body and being very bitter about what happened to him.
• September 2023 : New age and dates of birth of all heroes added.
Kiriko biography says that she is 21. Now, if Sojiro Shimada really died and the clan fell 12 years ago, when she was 12, she has to be 24 today. That conflicts with the freshly established timeline.
1. Edit the biography to say that “when she was 9”. Problem solved, the Shimada clan still fell around 12 years ago, it’s okay.
2. Edit her age so she is 24 instead of 21. Problem solved, her age when Sojiro died fit with her current age now.
I prefer option 1 tbh. It fits more with her personnality IG and in the short and her mother being worried like she is. For the “they grew up together” part, as in, they trained together and Kiriko was probably arround a lot on the Shimada ground, It doesn’t bother me much. And for the artwork… it’s not the first time, nor the last, that T4 had problem with age consistencies
PS : if you ever need a lore historian in the team to make sure those problem don’t arise in the future, I’d gladly join the team BTW, just saying!