Please note: This article is about the Lion Clan Champion. For other uses of the term, please see Dairuko (disambiguation).
Akodo Dairuko 
Akodo Dairuko 
Born: Unknown 
Parents: Akodo Shigetoshi,
Akodo Hiroko 
Siblings: Akodo Shinjiro,
Akodo Kano 
Titles: Akodo Daimyo,
Lion Clan Champion,
The Steel Lion

Akodo Dairuko, the Steel Lion, [1] was the daughter of Akodo Shigetoshi, the Lion Clan Champion, and Akodo Hiroko. She was a paragon of Bushido and tactician.

Training Edit

Dairuko trained with the Lioness Legion and was a personal student of Matsu Kenji. [2]

Lion Clan Champion Edit

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Akodo Dairuko

In 1175 [3] her elder brother Akodo Shinjiro became the Lion Champion after their father's retirement. [4] In 1198 he was killed by Shinjo Min-Hee as revenge for her father Shinjo Shono's death at the hands of Shigetoshi during the Lion's march on Shiro Moto in 1170. Dairuko's second brother, Akodo Kano, refused to become the new champion, and passed the duty on to the third and youngest child, Dairuko. [5] As champion Dairuko announced she was glad that her brother died a warrior’s death, and she was confident honor was satisfied. [6] A dour, serious young woman, her hair was prematurely graying from stress and worry. [7]

Sensei Edit

Dairuko's principle duties for the clan were as a sensei, a teacher of the younger soldiers before they underwent their gempukku. [8]

Shinrai Edit

Dairuko had favored the blade given her at her gempukku by Matsu Kenji, but eventually the Kitsu Kagako aided her to remove her doubts about to wield Shinrai, the Celestial Sword of the Lion. [9]

Yodotai Threat Edit

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Akodo Dairuko

The Unicorn sought satisfaction among the court of the Second City, and they received the mediation of the Kitsuki to see if the Lion struck them without provocation in the Ki-Rin's Path. In the Imperial Court the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Nitoshi sought a reprimand to the Lion on behalf of the Unicorn, requesting to know why the Lion attacked. The Empress Iweko I wished to remain the Lion motivations in secrecy, and allowed them to do their own duty without interference. Dairuko realized that Nitoshi, Champion of the clan of secrets, had not discovered the Yodotai threat. [10]

Chasing Legulus Edit

In 1199 Dairuko lead an army into Unicorn territory. She requested permission to patrol Ki-Rin's Path to Moto Naleesh. The Unicorn Clan Champion offered her Clan's aid to the Lion in their search of the Yodotai threat. [11] The Khan Shinjo Min-Hee joined her forces, [12] and Dairuko ordered to scour the Yodotai commander, Legulus. [13] They found the gaijin in the Western Wastes, and engaged them. [14] A unit of Lion's Pride engaged his personal guard, and Matsu Rika fought him in personal combat. Eventually Shinjo Min-Hee joined the fight and beheaded Legulus. [15]

Moving to the Colonies Edit

Destroying the Fallen Armies Edit

Dairuko decided to command her army toward the Colonies, and spent the winter there. This was announced by her representative in the Ivory Court, Matsu Yoshito. [16] The 9th Imperial Legion led by Shinjo Kinto had marched against the Fallen who had taken Journey's End Keep. There, the Imperial Legion faced Unicorn forces led by Shinjo Yoshie, while a second army of Lion Fallen under the command of Akodo Tsudoken attempted to flank them, but they were outmaneuvered by the arrival of the combined forces of Dairuko, Shinjo Min-Hee, and the Ivory Champion Shinjo Tselu. Yoshie's forces broke to intercept Dairuko's army, and the 9th Legion intercepted Akodo Tsudoken's Fallen legion. Kinto killed Tsudoken in personal combat. [17]

Meeting Seiken Edit

Dairuko met Iweko Seiken in the Second City. The Imperial Heir intended to right all the wrongs of the Colonies, but the Lion Champion told his actions bothered her, because he was moving too quickly, too boldly. [18]

A Matter of Honor Edit

Dairuko assembled an army in the Castle of the Swift Sword to face the Crab on the battlefield, a reckoning for their slight in the Imperial Court, where the Lion had blamed the Crab for the appearance on an oni of the Shadowlands, Minikui no Oni, within the Lion lands. The Scorpion Clan allowed the crab to cross their lands, while the Unicorn granted passage through the Iuchi Pass to the Lion Army. Both armies clashed in the Plains of Thunder, until it was eventually exposed that a corrupted shugenja descendant of the defunct Shimizu family had summoned the Oni. Dairuko personally gave to the Crab Clan Champion Hida Kisada her apologies for the claims made by her people in court. [8]

Conflict with the Scorpion Edit

Dairuko swears revenge against the Scorpion

Dairuko swears revenge against the Scorpion

The Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Nitoshi took an unhealthy interest in Dairuko, attempting to see how the Lion functioned while their Champion was so far away in the Colonies herself. [19] Lion made allegations that the Scorpion were using trade caravans to move information and spies through Shamate Pass under the pretense of supplying their fortifications at the Second Pit. [20] Lion and Scorpion incidents escalated, and war was petitioned. The Kitsu Tombs were attacked by surprise. [21] The Ikoma suggested a winter campaign, but Dairuko dismissed that idea. They would spend the winter training her troops, to attack the Scorpion when the spring thaws came. [22] Dairuko allowed the Matsu to wage war in a manner of their choosing, and her brother Kano left Musha Shugyo to aid Dairuko in the war. [23] Lion forces sent into Scorpion territory were engaged by oni, after the Scorpion let the demons to breach the Scorpion Wall. [24] After their defeat in the Battle at the Second Pit [25] the Lion were routed from Shamate Pass. [26] Dairuko swore to raze Kyuden Bayushi and kill Nitoshi with her own katana. [27] A Lion army led by Dairuko relentlessly advanced in the Scorpion lands, despite the Scorpion opposition. [28] Nitoshi ordered to torch Kyuden Bayushi, denying Dairuko the satisfaction to do it herself. [29]

Reign of Iweko II Edit

War on the Empire Edit

During the festivals predating Iweko Seiken's coronation, the Imperial Heir had publicly humiliated Daigotsu Kanpeki by announcing that he would remove him as Spider Clan Champion. Seiken's brother, Iweko Shibatsu would join the Susumu family as their daimyo and become Lord Spider. Kanpeki considered this as betrayal of the deal between his father and Iweko I and declared war on the Empire. [30]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

Dairuko was forced to defend Rokugan from the Spider forces, and she staunched the Shadowlands creatures of the Second Pit and even commanded Scorpion samurai when Nitoshi left his lands. Shortly after, it was known that the Scorpion Champion had killed Doji Makoto and Shiba Tsukimi, delivering their heads to Kanpeki as a show of allegiance to him, an act which was followed by half of his Clan. Most of Scorpion samurai were destroyed or imprisoned by the Lion. Overwhelmed by an endless myriads of monsters and madmen who appeared from the Shinomen Mori, the Lion and Crab withdrew from Seikitsu Pass, the crossroads of the Empire. Kanpeki led their forces to the City of the Rich Frog, while the Rokugani forces camped at Rengai Mura. There the Yogo Daimyo Yogo Amika and the infamous Yogo Haruto gifted the Lion with the Oni's Eye. Through the nemuranai she and her brother Kano learned that Kanpeki had stormed Toshi Ranbo, and that Nitoshi had been instrumental to secure the Iweko family out of the Spider's reach. Dairuko saw her former enemy dueling Kanpeki and dying in the Imperial Throne Room, as a true Rokugani hero. With Kanpeki's breach of the city, Toshi Ranbo's fortifications were in shambles, so the Dairuko rallied her forces to attack him. [31]

Evacuation to the Colonies Edit

The rebellious Spider forces vanished before the assembled Rokugani armies would engage them. The Phoenix sought the location of the Third Seal, which was eventually destroyed by an endless horde of Shadowlands creatures. The Mantis Islands fell and the Rise of Jigoku was unleashed. The Emperor began the evacuation to the Colonies. [32]

External Links Edit

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Akodo Dairuko, the Steel Lion

Preceded by:
Akodo Shinjiro
Akodo Daimyo
1198 - Present
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Akodo Shinjiro
Lion Clan Champion
1198 - Present
Succeeded by:


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