The Devil Chase was a magic contest held annually on the night before the last day of the winter court. All attending shugenja cast their most powerful spells to drive evil spirits away, ensuring safe travel for the Emperor. The most impressive displayer became the Devil Chaser. [1]

Ceremony Edit

The next morning the Devil Chaser donned a golden mask, a bright red skirt, a bow, and a shield, believed to be possessions of Asako. He would run through the halls of the castle, twanging the bowstring and smashing the bow against the shield to scare away oni that might have infested the home. [1] The Phoenix claimed the Devil Chaser drove out all Tainted creatures from the palace, be they spirit, oni, or beast, overwhelming them with pain and fear. [2]

Known Winners Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 66
  2. Sword and Fan, p. 171

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