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Bayushi Yojiro 
Bayushi Yojiro 
Born: c. 1100 
Died: 1169 
Parents: Bayushi Noburu 
Titles: Emerald Magistrate,
Voice of the Emperor,
Scorpion Clan Champion,
Fortune of Gi

Bayushi Yojiro, known as the "Honest Scorpion" or junshin by fellow Scorpions, lived a difficult life. Yojiro was at heart an honorable man, who followed bushido as best he could all his life. This frequently came into direct conflict with his life and duty as a Scorpion. Generally untrusted due to being a Scorpion by the empire, and scorned by his clan for being too honest, Yojiro eventually found his way to a position as a magistrate, a job which suited him well. Decades after his death, Yojiro was elevated as the Fortune of Gi, the Bushido Virtue of Honesty.


Bayushi Yojiro 3

Bayushi Yojiro

Yojiro was born around the beginning of the 12th century. [1] Unfortunately for Yojiro, he was a Scorpion with a Lion's heart. When he was young he read books that talked about honor and duty,and when his father took them away from him, he arranged for the books to be sent to him by the Lion and Crane he met in Court. His closest friend, Matsu Agetoki, assisted Yojiro in learning bushido. The young Yojiro's favourite story was the tale of Shosuro, weeping when he read the words describing her sacrifice and her loyalty, not only to the Scorpion but to the whole the Empire. His father, Bayushi Noburu, made him enter in the Bayushi Courtier school and trained him to be an advisor to the Scorpion Clan Champion as a favor for having saved the Champion's life. [2]

Struggles with Training Edit

Yojiro found he had a natural talent for understanding what the other courtiers were doing, but did not have the drive to duplicate it. He was a quick student of political games and could easily construct scenarios to trap the unwary, but could not bring himself to deceive someone who placed their trust in him. He was more than willing to trick those who were a danger to the clan, but he could not learn to hate his enemy. Bayushi Kyoto, the head of the school, knew that something had to be done to make Yojiro desire to use the techniques he had mastered. For this, he set a plan and called his finest student, Shosuro Tage, to carry out the plan. She informed Yojiro of a Crane samurai who had been visiting a Scorpion geisha house. Afraid that the Scorpion would use these nights of indulgence as a political lever, the Crane killed everyone in the geisha house, burned the building to the ground and went back to his homeland without a sign of regret. Tage ordered Yojiro to destroy the man's honor and kill his family in revenge for the innocent Scorpion lives. [2]

No Choice Edit

Yojiro was incensed, believing such a man deserved every horrible thing he could do to him. Using the skills he had learned at the courtier school, he began spinning a web of intrigue which would culminate in the death of the Crane's family, apparently at the bushi's own hands. Such an event would surely destroy the man's life, his honor, his history and his future. On the eve of the event, Tage stopped Yojiro as he was about to issue the final order. She told him that the Crane was innocent of everything that she and Kyoto had said. She told him the geisha house had been burned down by Scorpion agents and the geisha inside had been killed in order to test Yojiro's loyalty. Yojiro was to continue with his plan against the Crane. Tage said that if he could have done it out of hate, he could do it out of loyalty. If he was doing it because he hated him, he did it because he wanted it done. If he was doing it out of loyalty, he was doing it because his lords wanted it done. She also asked Yojiro whom did he serve: the Scorpion or his own selfish sense of honor. At this moment, Yojiro realized he had no choice, but to destroy the man. He knew that if he refused, his kinsmen would kill him. He hesitated for only a moment, then issued the order. [3]

The Honest Scorpion Edit

After this "initiation", the Scorpion began to call him "the honest Scorpion" behind his back, and Yojiro was considered a junshin, which was not well-considered in the Scorpion Clan. Courtiers from other clans learned the nickname and, ironically, used it as a compliment. [4]

Seeking His Place Edit

Yojiro chose not wear a mask, using only a high-necked collar to conceal his lower face as a nod to clan tradition. Being conscious that he couldn't bring himself to arbitrarily hurt innocents because of his conscience and sense of honor, he became a magistrate, and soon he was considered a honest and trusting person throughout the Empire, becoming one of the Emerald Champion's most loyal magistrates. He was still serving the clan, but other Scorpion samurai felt he couldn't progress further in the Clan of the Secrets. However, Yojiro's keen mind and unswerving loyalty did not go unnoticed by Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Shoju. [1]

Protecting Kachiko Edit

Yojiro and Kachiko

Yojiro and Kachiko

His devotion and loyalty to the clan, however, was unquestioned. Bayushi Shoju's first orders to Yojiro were to keep a subtle watch on his wife Bayushi Kachiko to make certain her indiscretions did not endanger the clan. Yojiro followed his daimyo's orders to the letter, staying close to the Lady of the Scorpion as often as he could. And while he was not immune to her allure, his loyalty proved to be a suitable shield to her more dangerous charms. Such virtue was found frustrating by Kachiko on more then one occasion. [4]

Cousin's vanishment Edit

Bayushi Yojiro 4

Bayushi Yojiro

Yojiro's cousin, Shosuro Kujiko, had been sent to the lands of Matsu Ino to gain political influence on him. She had discovered a dark secret but before Kujiko could substantiate her findings she vanished. In 1122 Yojiro moved to the Lion lands to find answers, alongside with two yojimbos, Shosuro Reiji and Bayushi Chuyo. A group of magistrates managed to detain the murderer, Kakita Hachi. He made accusation to his lord, Kakita Hojin, as the instigator, to avoid the exposure of a dishonorable action took by Ino alongside Hojin much time ago. [5] [6]

Revenge Edit

Yojiro plotted the shame of Matsu Ino and the murder of his lord, after Ino had made an accusation against Kachiko. Ino woke up the next morning, without memories, near the bloody corpse of his daimyo. [7] In this way Yohiro took revenge of his cousin's death, and he also managed to have Hojin killed the same month. [8]

Scorpion Coup Edit


Kachiko offers Itsuwari

Yoshiro had a permanent chamber in the Scorpion Guest Home in the Forbidden City. [9] Shortly before the Scorpion Coup in 1123, Bayushi Shoju came to Yojiro with Itsuwari, the Scorpion Ancestral Sword. Shoju told Yojiro that he was to distance himself from the Scorpion, and to protect the sword [10] [11] and watch over Kachiko and Bayushi Dairu if the Coup failed. At Shoju's command, he made the Empire think he had abandoned his clan during the coup, so when Shoju's coup failed, Yojiro's reputation as the honest Scorpion left his position as a magistrate untouched. Secretly he remained in the service of the Scorpion after it was dissolved, but spent the next few years in dishonor for his "betrayal", secretly serving the new champion Bayushi Kachiko [1] at Otosan Uchi. Yojiro was following the orders he got from Shoju shortly before the Coup began: survival would continue to become the priority of the survivors, because only through survival should they find justice, and only through survival should they find revenge. [12]

Clan Wars Edit

After the failed assault on Otosan Uchi against Hantei XXXIX in the Month of the Hare of 1128, the surviving Crab forces laid a camp near the ruins of Kyuden Doji. In winter this year the possesed Emperor announced the cancellation Winter Court. Hida Tsuru, Hida Kisada's brother, sent invitations to hold a mock Winter Court outside the city, which was soon attended by the leaders of the clans and their military advisors, including Yojiro for the Scorpion Clan. Now united, the clans began uniting their forces against the Shadowlands. [13]

Exile of the Scorpion Edit

While the Scorpion where exiled in the Burning Sands in 1130, Yojiro remained in Rokugan on Kachiko's orders. He made a point of leading the Imperial Legion in their scouring of Scorpion lands, subtly ensuring that the Legion was going in the wrong direction whenever he could, ensuring that many of his fellow Scorpion escaped notice.[14] He was again considered a traitor by many of his brethren who did not know the true purpose of his station, as it was the second time that he had avoided punishment while his clan suffered. [15]

Gift of the Emperor Edit

In 1132 the tournament The Gift of the Emperor was held by the returned Toturi I. Aramoro disguised as a ronin won the contest and claimed the Scorpion lands. When Toturi offered to have him swear fealty to the Monkey Clan, Aramoro was able to reject it twice, but on the third offer he was in trouble. Yojiro stepped in and recognized him as his Lord, giving Aramoro his own blade, proving that Aramoro was not a ronin anymore and unable to be at the command of a second Clan. [16]

Voice of the Emperor Edit

Yojiro was named Voice of the Emperor by Toturi I [17] and the city magistrate of Ryoko Owari. [18]

Reinstatement of the Clan Edit

After the clan was reinstated in 1132, he came back to Kachiko and returned Itsuwari to her. Kachiko cursed those who doubted the magistrate. [15]

The more you question my loyalty, the less you deserve it.
- Bayushi Yojiro

Master of Secrets Edit

Yojiro becomes Champion

Yojiro assuming the Championship

In 1132, near the end of the War Against The Shadow, the current champion Bayushi Kachiko made a move that shocked many samurai of their clan, naming Yojiro her heir as Scorpion Champion. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared beyond Kyuden Bayushi, in the Sleeping Lake to face her destiny. [19]

"You lead them now, Yojiro-sama. They will need people such as you."

War Against the Shadow Edit

Yojiro gave Saigorei, general of the combined forces of Rokugan, one hundred thousand katana, nagamaki, naginata, and arrows - all of purest crystal. These weapons decided the fate of the Battle of Oblivion's Gate. In return, Yojiro requested that the clans should know that they lived not because of their honor but because of a Scorpion's. This aided the restoration of the Scorpion Clan to Great Clan status. [21]

Race to Volturnum Edit

Yojiro led the Scorpion armies in the march to Volturnum. [22]

Battle of Oblivion's Gate Edit

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Bayushi Yojiro, Master of Secrets

During the Battle of Oblivion's Gate, he adopted a new trademark, wearing massive armor and for the first time using a fearsome mask, which would remain his identification mark while he was the Master of Secrets. At that time, Yojiro had little battlefield experience, and he only wished to survive the battle to prevent leaving the Scorpion leaderless. During the Great Clans' race toward Volturnum, he proved his mettle, leading the Scorpion armies to victory against a force of ogres four times as large as his own. Afterward, it seemed none would question Yojiro's right to rule his clan again. [1]

War of Spirits Edit

In 1136 Yojiro reported to Toturi I that he believed a single guiding purpose was behind the increasing bouts of unrest among the Returned Spirits. [23] When in 1138 the War of Spirits broke, the Scorpion professed loyalty to Toturi but in many of their actions they appeared to neither support nor particularly oppose either Toturi or Hantei XVI. One of Hantei XVI's advisor was Bayushi Baku, a hero of the clan. [24]

Celestial Sword Edit

The Fortune of Steel, Xing Guo, gifted Yojiro with the Celestial Sword of the Scorpion, Churetsu. [25] The sword was enchanted by the Yogo Daimyo, Yogo Masuhiro, commanded by Yojiro, to return to Kyuden Bayushi should its owner ever be killed. It returned to a special room full of dozens of copies of the sword that randomly moved at night. This allowed the next champion to come to claim the sword. The other swords would kill anyone touching them. [26]

Spirit Defeat Edit

Yojiro would lead the Scorpion throughout War of Spirits and would eventually use his clan's reputation as betrayers to lure the armies of Hantei XVI into Beiden Pass where they would be destroyed. [27]

Bayushi Baku Edit

At the end of the War, Yojiro sought out the spirit Bayushi Baku at Traitor's Grove. Crane Clan Champion Doji Kurohito had bargained survival for those spirits who remained loyal to Toturi during the war. A ritual had been devised that severed a spirit's connection to the Spirit Realms, rendering them mortal once more. Yojiro wished to offer Baku this option, in recognition of his service during the war, but he was unable to find Baku. [14]

Ashalan Edit

Yojiro had taken full advantage of his Ashalan allies' abilities during this war, as he did during the War Against the Shadow. After these wars, Yojiro chose to secret his few Ashalan allies in hidden strongholds across the Empire and beyond its borders, avoiding constant scrutiny upon his clan and these strange gaijin. [28]

Four Winds Edit

The Scorpion Clan decided to place a Scorpion advisor with each of the winds, in an attempt to gain the favor of whomever became Emperor. Yojiro had successfully placed advisors with three of the four heirs. Bayushi Paneki assisted Toturi Tsudao in the maintenance of the Imperial Legions, while Bayushi Sunetra stood beside Hantei Naseru, among his most trusted advisors, and Shosuro Higatsuku had become an indispensable servant of Akodo Kaneka. Toturi Sezaru had prooved more difficult to approach. [29] When Kuni Utagu, who had made several comments denigrating the purity of Toturi Sezaru's magic, had shortly thereafter been murdered, Yojiro assigned Soshi Angai to monitor the emperor's eldest son. [30]

Engineering Aramasu's Death Edit

Yojiro did not forgert the Yoritomo Aramasu's betrayal and was engineering his death. [31] In 1159 Aramasu was killed by Bayushi Kamnan in Otosan Uchi [32] after Yojiro made a bargain with Yoritomo Kitao [33] and with Shosuro Higatsuku as a key player. [34]

Bargaining with Nimuro Edit

While Matsu Nimuro meditated in the Hall of Ancestors, following a recent Tsuno attack and the capture of his brother Matsu Domotai, Yojiro approached him as his secret ally. If Nimuro would arrange a meeting between Toturi Sezaru and a Scorpion representative, the Master of Secrets would use his powers to promote Akodo Kaneka's hold on the Yasuki provinces. Nimuro agreed. [35]

Spying the Gaijin trade of the Unicorn Edit

Yojiro ordered Bayushi Shixiang to deliver a chest to Hojyn, who lived north of Exile's Road. What Shixiang did not know was the chest was empty, and the real objective was to scout the Unicorn Clan trading activities with the Senpet.

While travelling north, Shixiang was attacked by a Tsuno pack. He was wounded but saved by Shinjo Shono and Shinjo Huang, who let him live despite his knowing the truth of their gaijin trade.

Shixiang returned to Kyuden Bayushi only to find Shono there, having negotiated a deal with Yojiro. In exchange for silence, the Scorpion would receive some benefits from the gaijin trade.[36]

Fall of Otosan Uchi Edit

After Yojiro was notfied of the Attack on Otosan Uchi, he magically transported as many troops as possible to the Imperial City. The Scorpion forces were small due to the nature of the magic used, and Yogo Koji, the Yogo Daimyo was sent ahead gather more troops from other clans or even ronin. [37]

Shadowed Tower Edit

First Evidences of its Activity Edit

When Bayushi Norachai was tasked with destroying a group of opium smugglers in Scorpion lands, and found that two of the dead were Scorpion samurai, he also discovered a shrine with evidence of maho activities, as part of a hidden network of opium processor plants. [38] Shosuro Yudoka helped in the investigation and between both revealing the existence of a secret organization, the Shadowed Tower. The Shadowed Tower's objective was to fracture the leadership of the Scorpion Clan and replace it with their own. [26]

Actions Against the Shadowed Tower Edit

Yojiro made a cabinet with his trusted advisor, including all the current daimyos, Shosuro Yudoka, Yogo Koji, Soshi Uidori, and the Imperial Chancellor, Bayushi Kaukatsu, his favorite Bayushi Paneki, Shireikan of the First Legion, and the of a famous poet Shosuro Furuyari. [26]

A Traitor Edit

In 1159 Yojiro, Yudoka and Koji entered in a holding of the Shadowed Tower, being the attack a complete failure. Yojiro was near to be dead, only saved by a timely arrival of a Dragon unit led by Mirumoto Rosanjin, and all the captives taken were expendables, and no trustworthy information was recovered. The cabinet was summoned and the conclusion was the Shadowed Tower's reach extended even into the cabinet. The cabinet was dismissed. [26]

Furuyari Exposed Edit

Yojiro discovered at its heart the traitor was his close friend and ally Shosuro Furuyari. Just after the meeting he talked with Furuyari and the masquerade was uncovered. There was never a Shosuro Furuyari, three moderately talented playwrights combined their talents under one pen name to gain greater fame. The Shosuro family did their best to quash the rumors, but a few traces of the truth remained and it was discovered by Yudoka and Yojiro. In truth, the returned spirit was Bayushi Atsuki, one of the three leaders of the Gozoku Alliance, who cover his identity under the forged poet. [26]

Yojiro Resigned Edit

Yojiro, who had almost sixty years old, [1] had failed in his attempts to deal with the Tower, as Furuyari could easily guess what his next move would be. To do something Furuyari would never suspect, Yojiro secretly passed on leadership to Bayushi Sunetra, which was only known to Yojiro, Sunetra, Shosuro Yudoka and Yogo Koji. Koji's magic disguised Sunetra as Yojiro, which allowed Yojiro to disappear and act freely against the Tower. [26] Progress was made almost immediately. [14]

Support from the Kolat Edit

Shosuro Turaki passed to Yojiro a message from the Kolat, who offered aid to expose the Shadowed Tower. [39]

Yudoka is Slandered Edit

Soshi Aki was sent to Kyuden Bayushi in 1159 by Furuyari to report on unrest in western Scorpion lands and Ryoko Owari Toshi in particular, that Yudoka could not managed properly. Aki met Yojiro, who was in fact Sunetra in disguise. Sunetra cleverly avoided the request to have Emerald Magistrates sent to Ryoko Owari, and with the aid of the Dragon representative Mirumoto Rosanjin effectively countered Furuyari's ploy. Yojiro was seeing the audience disguised as a monk and he was unknown to if Aki was a agent of the Shadowed Tower or merely a loyal, naive follower of Furuyari. [14]

Baku's Return Edit

Bayushi Baku, the spirit guardian of the Bayushi family, had disappeared for a time after this until he returned once more late when he sensed the conflict within the Scorpion Clan. He attacked Sunetra disguised in Yojiro in Kyuden Bayushi in the Chamber of Swords, sensing something wrong with the Scorpion Champion, only to reveal by Yojiro he was no longer the Champion. Sunetra asked for Baku's assistance in destroying the Tower, but Baku was not sure what to do. [14]

Destruction of the Shadowed Tower Edit

After a year of fighting the Tower the organization was destroyed in 1160 and Atsuki was forced to flee. [40]

Retirement Edit

Retired Yojiro

Retired Yojiro

Following the destruction of the Shadowed Tower, Yojiro ratified Sunetra's position and retired as a monk in earnest to tend a small shrine dedicated to Tengen, the Fortune of Writing. He had not shaven his head upon retirement an unusual act. It was here that he, six months prior to the Rain of Blood, was assassinated by Shosuro Aroru. In actuality the death was feigned to allow Yojiro, in the guise of Masatoyo, to aid Shosuro Yudoka and Aroru to root out any remaining Shadowed Tower cells. When attempting to destroy such a cell in Beiden they discovered that it was in fact a cult of Bloodspeakers serving the recently returned Iuchiban. They destroyed the cult, but were caught in the Rain of Blood moments later. Yojiro helped Aroru overcome the rain. [41]

Death Edit

Yojiro visited Winter Court in Kyuden Otomo during the 1169 winter under the guise of Bayushi Moyotoshi. He was murdered in his sleep by Moto Shikenji, who was avenging the death of his cousin Moto Ogedei, a murder most likely committed by someone else using the Moyotoshi name. Bayushi Kaukatsu had been unaware of Moyotoshi's true identity, so it was likely no-one but Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Paneki himself knew that Yojiro had died. [42] He had came to seek the identity of a traitor to the Scorpion Clan. [43]

Fortune Edit

Eventually Yojiro was elevated to Fortune status, as the Minor Fortune of the Bushido Virtue of Honesty (Gi) at the Shrine of the Three Dynasties. [44]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Voice of the Emperor
1132 - ?
Succeeded by:
Isawa Sezaru
Preceded by:
Bayushi Kachiko
Scorpion Clan Champion
1132 - 1159
Succeeded by:
Bayushi Sunetra


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 18
  2. 2.0 2.1 Way of the Scorpion, p. 59
  3. Way of the Scorpion, pp. 59-60
  4. 4.0 4.1 Way of the Scorpion, p. 60
  5. Honor's Veil, pp. 32-35
  6. Imperial Histories, p. 130
  7. Way of Scorpion, pp. 4-6
  8. Honor's Veil, p. 35
  9. Otosan Uchi:Book 2, p. 81
  10. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 4
  11. Ambition’s Price, By Ree Soesbee
  12. Way of the Wolf, p. 108
  13. Time of the Void, p. 100
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Unfinished Business, Part II, by Rich Wulf
  15. 15.0 15.1 The Hidden Emperor, p. 43
  16. The Gift of the Emperor
  17. Many Happy Returns (GenCon 99 LARP Storyline results)
  18. Clan Letter to the Scorpion #12 (Imperial Herald v3 #4)
  19. No Regrets (The Last Kachiko Story), by John Wick
  20. Assuming the Championship (Fire and Shadow flavor)
  21. The Towers of the Yogo A Small Price, by Ree Soesbee (Soul of the Empire storyback)
  22. Clan Letter to the Scorpion #14 (Imperial Herald v4 #3)
  23. Imperial Histories, p. 229
  24. Imperial Histories, pp. 220-221
  25. Magic of Rokugan, p. 83
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 Master of Secrets, by Rich Wulf
  27. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 9
  28. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 88
  29. Clan Letter to the Scorpion #17 (Imperial Herald v2 #2)
  30. Soshi Angai (An Oni's Fury flavor)
  31. Hurricane (Gold flavor)
  32. Nagamaki (A Perfect Cut flavor)
  33. Traitor's Grove (A Perfect Cut flavor)
  34. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 40
  35. Complications, by Rich Wulf
  36. Dark Secrets, by Rich Wulf
  37. Battle for Otosan Uchi, Part 2, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  38. Clan Letter to the Scorpion #19 (Imperial Herald v2 #4)
  39. Clan Letter to the Scorpion #21 (Imperial Herald v2 #6)
  40. Four Winds, p. 59
  41. Blood Dawn, Part VIII: Shadows of Yesterday, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  42. Winter Nights: Sowing the Wind, by Nancy Sauer
  43. Vacant Trone, p. 57
  44. Renewal : 2014 Kotei – Poll 3 Results (Storyline result)

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