Battle of White Shore Plain
White Shore Plain
Major Forces:
Scorpion Clan,
Unicorn Clan,
Lion Clan
Bayushi Tozasu,
Battles of Rokugan

The Battle of White Shore Plain was a suspiciously easily Scorpion defeat against a small Unicorn force mostly made up of Battle Maidens and a handful of Lion samurai. Immediately thereafter, the Scorpion publicly recognized the legitimacy of the Unicorn Clan. [1]

Preambles Edit

It was one of the pivotal battles during the Return of the Ki-Rin. Rokugan had witnessed the emergence an unknown force from within the Shadowlands that broke through the Crab Clan defenses and began moving across the empire. The Scorpion Clan quickly mobilized an army to oppose the unknown force. The ensuing battle was won by the newcomers -- the Unicorn Clan -- who used gaijin tactics and equipment unknown within Rokugan. [2]

The Scorpion Plan Edit

Tozasu-san, I need you to muster your army. We're going to war with these Unicorns. And I need you to lose.
-Bayushi Ogoe

Understanding that it would be difficult and useless to embarrass the barbarians in court, Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Ogoe decided to go to war with the just returned Unicorn Clan. Moreover, he planned on losing, with the intention of giving credit to the Unicorn strength and to portray Scorpion weakness. This way, the Scorpion Clan would be abled to continue working without attracting serious attention. [3]

For weeks, the Scorpion propaganda machine spoke about poorly-trained Unicorn warriors, and how they wouldn't stand against a Rokugani army. [3]

General Bayushi Tozasu was charged with leading the Scorpion army, and he selected mainly inferior troops after his Champion ordered him to lose the upcoming battle. He endured a bitter defeat against Unicorn cavalry and a small contingent of Lion. Tozasu failed to use correct tactics; he fought on a flat ground against a mobile enemy, forgot to use pikes against cavalry, and was outflanked twice. His failure could never come into question as he committed seppuku on the battlefield when defeat had become certain. [3]

Aftermath Edit

Bayushi Ogoe sent a message to the Unicorn, to apologize and also to officially recognize the Unicorn Clan after their victorious battle. The defeat at the hands of the Unicorn meant the Scorpion were perceived as inferior both in battle and court. Even the Lion and Crane felt their resentment of the Scorpion diminish, and this allowed the Scorpion to seem weak while playing other clans against each other. [4]

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Imperial Histories 2, page 158, placed the battle in the year 158, after the Imperial recognition as a Great Clan. The history behind back this new date, but there are many other RPG, as 3rd Edition page 15, that already has placed the battle in the same year the Unicorn returned. I keep it in 815 to avoid too much modification in many pages of the wiki, and the inconsistency with part of the articles. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 17:57, September 24, 2014 (UTC)


  1. Way of the Unicorn, p. 58
  2. Legend of the Five Rings : Third Edition, p. 15
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Way of the Scorpion, p. 32
  4. Way of the Scorpion, pp. 32-33

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