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Agasha family (Phoenix)

Agasha  

Clan: Phoenix Clan 
Founded: 1131 
Daimyo: Agasha Kurou

The original Agasha family was founded by a shugenja named Agasha, who was a follower of Togashi, the founder of the Dragon Clan, not Shiba. A great number of Agasha left the Dragon in 1131, when the maddened Hitomi was corrupting the clan and were taken in as a new family by the Phoenix Clan.

The Agasha Defection Edit

The Agasha Join the Phoenix

The Agasha Join the Phoenix

After Togashi died fighting Fu Leng in the Second Day of Thunder, Mirumoto Hitomi took the leadership of the clan. Hitomi was being driven mad by the influence of Onnotangu and began killing all of the followers of Togashi who refused to take her name instead. The great majority of the Agasha family saw her madness and refused to take part in her destruction of her own clan. They left the traitorous Hitomi in the month of the Goat of 1131, and the Phoenix, who lost a great number of their own shugenja during the Clan Wars, were more than happy to take them in. [1] In Gisei Toshi, the City of Sacrifice, the Agasha knelt before Shiba Tsukune. [2] Within a week less than 10 Agasha stood with the Dragon. [3] [4] They had been given what were essentially the least productive and desirable of the Shiba provinces. [5]

The Two Agasha Edit

Not all of the Agasha left the Dragon, however. For almost twenty years, each clan had a family named Agasha. That changed at the end of the War of Spirits when Emperor Toturi I renamed the Dragon Agasha as the Tamori family by Imperial Edict in 1151. [1] This was a concession into which the Emperor was forced as a part of his truce with Hantei XVI. The largely-defeated Hantei took great joy in having the Dragon rename one of their families after a man they considered to be a traitor. [6]

Within the Family Edit

The Agasha Mon Edit

The mon of the Agasha family is that of a dragon encircling a pomegranate. On the outside the pomegranate appears to be an ordinary fruit, much like an apple or a pear. When opened however the pomegranate reveals the many seeds contained within, each seed representing separate possibilities and a hundred different potentialities. [7]

Despite the obvious references to the Dragon Clan, the Agasha have not changed their mon since joining the Phoenix. This has done little to endear them to the other families. [8]

Tattoos Edit

The average Agasha retained much of the family's old Dragon mindset and old traditions. During their gempukku young Agasha acquired their first, non magical, tattoo. They proudly exposed their tattooed skin, which sometimes was judged scandalous by the rest of Rokugan. [9]

Politics Edit

Vassals of the Agasha Edit

The following are the known vassal families of the Agasha family:

Agasha Daimyo Edit

The following were the leaders of the Agasha family since their joining of the Phoenix in 1131. Leaders of the Agasha prior to this point are listed with the Tamori family.

Agasha Gennai 1131 - 1157
Agasha Hamanari 1157 - 1165
Agasha Chieh 1165 - ?
Agasha Kurou  ? - Present

Lands Edit

The lands the Agasha held were a gener­ous gift from the Isawa, bestowed after their exodus from the Dragon Clan, despite the lands originally belonged to the Shiba. Experienced Isawa functionaries oversaw the minor day-to-day concerns of governing a province, so the Agasha were free to continue their science and magic research. [10]

Provinces Edit

Agasha provinces

Agasha provinces

Major Agasha Holdings Edit

Minor Agasha Holdings Edit

See also Edit

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Dark Oracle of Fire, Part II
  2. The Agasha Join the Phoenix (Dark Journey Home flavor)
  3. Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game, Third Edition, p. 22
  4. Hidden Emperor, p. 14
  5. The Burden of Power (The Race for the Throne Book), by Shawn Carman
  6. Fire and Air, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  7. Way of the Dragon, p. 30
  8. Interview with Rich Wulf
  9. Great Clans, p. 185
  10. Secrets of the Phoenix, p. 16

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