Bayushi Sugai was a bushi of the Scorpion Clan and nephew of Bayushi Kachiko, the wife of the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Shoju. [1]

Topaz Championship Edit

In 1118, [2] when he reached his gempukku age Sugai was entered into the 1118 Topaz Championship . He had been allowed to enter the tournament, even though the deadline for entry had passed. [1] Sugai cheated during the contests as often as possible without getting caught. [3]

Murder Edit

After the first day, before the dinner, the Badger Clan Champion, Ichiro Akitomo, was found assassinated along with four of his bodyguards. Shoju had commanded Sugai to kill Akitomo, thus denying the Lion a possible ally in their military endeavours against the Crane being lead by the Matsu Daimyo Matsu Tsuko. Bayushi Aramoro had aided Sugai to accomplish it. [4]

Misdirection Edit

Sugai planted a ninja mark on one of the bodyguards, to make it look as if he was a ninja assassin and implicating the Badger Daimyo's Karo in an assassination plot. Before he could escape the scene, another contestant appeared, Otaku Shiko. They were quickly taken by the guards and brought before the Emerald Champion, Doji Satsume. Sugai said that he saw a ninja kill Akitomo, but Shiko accused him of being the murderer. Sugai quickly challenged her to duel, and cut Shiko down. [4]

Gaining the advantage Edit

Sugai was also working to win the tournament at any cost. During the second day, in the hunting contest where three Tsu fish eggs had to be retrieved. Sugai hired ronin bandits to intercept any who carried the eggs, ensuring that he was the only one who returned with them. [5]

See also Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 210
  2. Imperial Histories, p. 127
  3. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 218
  4. 4.0 4.1 Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 213
  5. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 216

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