Tanukis in Shine Like Thunder

When I wrote Shine Like Thunder, Japanese mythology was first and foremost in my mind.  I was reading a lot of Japanese books (in translation), manga, and watching a lot of Anime.  I wanted to mix elements of that into what I was doing.

As I start thinking about working on Book 2, I have to ask myself how does this book fit into the reboot of the setting?

Shine Like Thunder is Our Solemn Hour

This book represents many of the elements of the setting I am refining into Our Solemn Hour.  It is everything I want to see in the books going forward.

It doesn't surprise me that this book is one people ask about most.  It is one of my favorites.  Why wouldn't it be one of yours?

Vitus the Tanuki of Nubti

Transient

I want Vitus to be more important in the next book, but I am not sure what I want to do with him exactly.  He is a fun character, and a great counterpoint to Jalal.

Maybe I should go into more of his back story, and make him more central to the story going forward.

What do you want to see Vitus do in the next Tales of the Silver Fox book?  What are your favorite aspects of Tanukis?