Bayushi Tsimaru 
Bayushi Tsimaru 
Born: Unknown 
Died: c. 1199 
Spouse: Otomo Asami's sister 
Titles: Governor of Chuushin District

Bayushi Tsimaru was the grandson of Abresax. [1]

Yojimbo Edit

Tsimaru was yojimbo to a mediocre courtier who was not working towards the best interests of the Scorpion Clan. Tsimaru killed his charge and arranged the scene as if the courtier had committed seppuku, taking over the negotiations with the Ide on his own terms. He was promoted and assigned as yojimbo to the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Sunetra. [2]

Sunetras's Yojimbo Edit

Tsimaru in the Sleeping Lake

Tsimaru in the Sleeping Lake

As his grandfather did with Bayushi Kachiko, in 1159 he swore to protect Bayushi Sunetra, after visiting Kachiko's soul in the Sleeping Lake. [3]

Plotting against the Crane Edit

The Crane Clan was at Shiro Moto to made a trade agreement with the Unicorn Clan. The Unicorn would begin sending caravans to the Crane lands regularly. Anyhow the Crane would fortify the border until the Unicorn could prove they could be trusted. Tsimaru commanded Shosuro Omezo to create havoc in the Crane border to foul the agreement. [4]

Plotting against Kumari Edit

Moto Kumari, the general of the Unicorn armies in the War of the Rich Frog sent correspondence to his Khan, Moto Chagatai, regarding Scorpion increased activity along the border. [5] He did not know the Scorpion had been engineered a increased relation within their pact with the Unicorn, and they would try to outmaneouver Kumari to appoint Tsimaru as general of the combined forces. [6]

Governor of Ryoko Owari Edit

Tsimaru was named Governor of Ryoko Owari Toshi after the Unicorn Clan returned control of the city to the Scorpion Clan in 1160. [7] Since he became governor, the city had become cleaner, quieter, and more inviting than before. Tsimaru had earned a reputation for impartiality and an unflinching dedication to Imperial Law. [8]

Need for Rice Edit

Bayushi Tsimaru 2

Bayushi Tsimaru

Tsimaru went to the Vigilant Keep of the Monkey to ask the Monkey Clan Champion Toku Inao for rice because the rice production of the Scorpion Clan lands had been devastated by a manifestation of Bishamon, angered that the Scorpion did not protect Rosoku, Shinsei's heir. Officially Tsimaru was dealing with matters regarding the betrothal of the Scorpion Clan Champion, Bayushi Paneki, to Inao's daughter, Toturi Miyako. A Dragon delegation had arrived with the same purpose, to make an agreement for rice, to aid their necessities in the War of Silk and Steel. [9]

Shamesword Edit

In the Toku's Shrine Tsimaru revealed this problem to Mirumoto Kenzo, who in turn discovered that Tsimaru was in the possession of one of the Shameswords. Tsimaru was either unaware of the name of the Shamesword, or he chose not to tell Kenzo. Not having been trained to resist the urges of the creation of Kokujin, Kenzo wished to take the sword from Tsimaru. Tsimaru told Kenzo that he would give the blade to the Dragon if Kenzo told Mirumoto Rosanjin about the matter, and to tell him a name: Mirumoto Taishuu. [9]

Ambassador to the Shadowlands Edit

The Scorpion had Daigotsu Soetsu as a guest, the Lost ambassador of the Shadowlands. [10] The Dragon Clan Champion Togashi Satsu believed it was a threat to not have representation among the Shadowlands in return. [11] Somehow Rosanjin had requested counsel to the Scorpion Clan about which Dragon samurai could be sent to the Shadowlands as ambassador from the Empire, and Taishuu was the answer. [9]

Stepping Down Edit

Tsimaru was a successful governor, who flexed his economic power against the Yasuki, cutting off their trade rights and opium supplies for six months to remain supreme within his holding. Eventually he was replaced by Shosuro Jiroko. [12]

Paneki's Advisor Edit

Since Shosuro Yudoka's death, Paneki had given the wily Scorpion more and more responsibilities. In 1169 Tsimaru coordinated the agents that retaliated for the Crab's assaults along the southern border in the Crab-Scorpion War. Several Crab gunso at Kisada's command were dead. [13] He was appointed as Provincial Daimyo. [14]

Imperial Governor Edit

Sponsored by Otomo Daimyo Otomo Hoketuhime, [2] Tsimaru was appointed as Governor of Chuushin District at Toshi Ranbo [15] in 1170. He married a high-ranking Imperial bride, a niece of the late Hoketuhime, Otomo Asami's sister. His wife took the Bayushi name. It seemed part of an Imperial-Scorpion agreement for the broken betrothal between Bayushi Norachai and Otomo Asami. Asami was immediately wed to Otomo Taneji, the new Otomo Daimyo, to strengthen his position as daimyo. [16]

Assault to the Hidden Temple Edit

Paneki tasked Tsimaru with the destruction of the Hidden Temple, the kolat headquarter. He was aided by Bayushi Muhito and Shosuro ninja. Master Steel, Morito, the Ox Clan Champion, was personally killed by Tsimaru. Tsimaru also killed Master Jade, Yasuki Taka, who was nearly a minion of the Nothing. He used the crysteel blade [17] that Otomo Hoketuhime had given Tsimaru at a previous Winter Court. [citation needed] The attack resulted in the death of several Kolat Masters, including Master Cloud, and the Oni's Eye was also taken by the Scorpion. [17]

Seikitsu Pass Edit

In 1172 Paneki was selected by Gahseng, member of the Empress' Guard and adjunct of the Shogun, to lead the Imperial forces that would guard the Seikitsu Pass. Hisao knew Tsimaru was a busy man but he would increase the efficiency in the assigned duty. [18]

Death Edit

Tsimaru ruled for nearly thirty years, until his dead. He was replaced by Mirumoto Kyoshiro and his wife Mirumoto Iza, who became new co-governors of the Imperial District in 1200. [19]

See also Edit

External Links Edit


  1. Interview to Rich Wulf
  2. 2.0 2.1 Strongholds of the Empire, p. 129
  3. Kachiko's Promises (Diamond flavor)
  4. Treachery and Reprisal (Scorpion vs Unicorn Clan Rivals)
  5. Clan Letter to the Unicorn (Hidden City timeline)
  6. Clan Letter to the Scorpion (Hidden City timeline)
  7. Masters of Court, p. 90
  8. News of Rokugan (Imperial Herald v2#18)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Worldly Matters, by Shawn Carman
  10. Test of Enlightenment, part 1, by Shawn Carman
  11. Soul of Darkness, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  12. Masters of Court, pp. 88-89
  13. A Scorpion's Strength, by Brian Yoon
  14. Tales of the Emerald Championship (Imperial Herald v2#23), by Shawn Carman
  15. Strongholds of the Empire, p. 118
  16. Champions, by Shawn Carman
  17. 17.0 17.1 War Amid the Shadows, by Brian Yoon
  18. Hero of the Pass (Imperial Herald v3 #5)
  19. Scenes From the Empire 43, by C Thomas Hand and Maxime Lemaire

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