Battle of the Forgotten Tide 
Battle of the Forgotten Tide
Location: Toshi Ranbo wo Shien Shite Reigisaho
Date: 1123 [1]
Major Forces: Lion Clan, Crane Clan
Generals: Unknown
Battles of Rokugan

The Battle of the Forgotten Tide and Battle on the Plains of Gaiju Shindai were a consequence of the rivalry between the Lion and Crane Clans, which was manipulated by Bayushi Sozui and the traitor Kitsu Goden. [2]

Instigation Edit

An Imperial decree was issued to the Lion and the Crane requiring them to negotiate and avoid war. Tankenka, a shikken, traveled to Toshi Ranbo tasked with bringing about peace between the two clans, alongside his friend and diplomat Asahina Denosei. [3]

The main Lion diplomat in Toshi Ranbo, Matsu Agame, was publicly shamed by the revelation of his relationship with Doji Meiko, the daughter of the Crane general posted in that city. To protect her honor, he decided to commit seppuku, with his son Matsu Izedan standing as his second. As Agame began the ritual suicide, his son was struck down by an arrow from the Crane lines, leaving him to an agonizing slow death. [4]

Battle Edit

Battle of the Forgotten Tide 2

Possessed Lion and Crane fighting at Toshi Ranbo

The Lion took that as a provocation and war ignited at the outskirts of Toshi Ranbo. Peace efforts were cancelled and both armies fell upon each other. The Lion broken the Crane's defenses and rushed into the fortress. [5] The samurai of both sides were possessed by the toshi of the Legacy of the Forge, through a ritual conducted by Bayushi Sozui, a Scorpion instigator, and the traitor Kitsu Goden. The bloodlust increased, and the Lion attacked their kin, as the Crane did. [6]

End of the Battle Edit

The Matsu abandoned the conflict moments later however, after a rumor emerged that they were under the influences of Crane magic. Many samurai involved in the event claimed they woke up following the battle with little recollection of what had happened. [7] The yorei of Akodo Arasou, the Lion's heir died three years before, was instrumental in the success of a group of samurai, who interrupted the ritual. [8] The battle was known as The Forgotten Tide. [9] Toshi Ranbo was seized by the Crane. [10]

Scorpion Machinations Edit

Preparing the Scorpion Coup, Bayushi Shoju had decided to further encourage the tensions between the Lion the Crane. He had sent Bayushi Sozui on this mission, and she organized many troubles between the two clans. [11]

Legacy of the Forge Edit

Sozui was going mad, as her kage yakiin made her a minion of the Lying Darkness. She developed another plan, with the help of the corrupted Kitsu Sodan Senzo Kitsu Goden. Together they worked on freeing from the Legacy of the Forge, a great army of lost warriors from the spirit realm Toshigoku. The Battle of the Forgotten Tide was intended to be the catalyst for the release of the Legacy. [12]

The Legacy possessed the warriors from both sides, until they went back to Toshigoku. The fighters lost a few hours of memory, and both sides felt that a powerful magic was influencing them, and so preferred to stop the battle. Later, people attributed this mind-control magic to the Crane shugenja. [13]

Bayushi Sozui and Kitsu Goden escaped, and released the Legacy again in the Battle for Shiro no Yojin. [14]

Aftermath Edit

The battles escalated the tension between the clans, and two years later erupted in open war, the Lion-Crane War. [2]

Known Deaths Edit


  1. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 283
  2. 2.0 2.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 19
  3. Legacy of The Forge, p. 4
  4. Legacy of The Forge, p. 5
  5. Legacy of the Forge, p. 20
  6. Legacy of the Forge, pp. 23-24
  7. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 95
  8. Legacy of the Forge, pp. 21-22
  9. Legacy of the Forge, p. 42
  10. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 11
  11. Legacy of the Forge, p. 7
  12. Legacy of the Forge, p. 10
  13. Legend of the five rings, p. 19
  14. Legacy of the Forge, p. 50

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Legacy of the Forge names the Matsu committing seppuku Matsu Agame in several places (pages 4, 11). Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita page 95 names him Agare, which in only one instance is more likely to be a typographical error.

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