Please note: This article is about the Crane Clan Champion. For other uses of the term, please see Makoto (disambiguation).
Doji Makoto 
Doji Makoto 
Born: 1170 
Died: 1200 
Parents: Doji Domotai,
Doji Kusari 
Siblings: Un-named sister 
Spouse: Un-named maiden 
Children: Un-named son 
Titles: Crane Clan Champion

Doji Makoto, the Smiling Blade, was the Crane Clan Champion in the later twelfth, early 13th century. [1]

Birth Edit

Makoto was the son of the Crane Clan Champion Doji Domotai [2] and he was born around the time of the crowning of Empress Iweko I. [3]

Crane Clan Champion Edit

Makoto became the Champion after his mother passed to him the mantle [2] in 1196. [4] He was well known throughout the Empire for his genial demeanor, his warm mood, and his easy laugh. Few who have met him do not consider him a friend. Makoto was among his generation’s most gifted duelists as well. [1]

Kurohito's Perfection Edit

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Doji Makoto

Makoto ordered no expense to be spared in elevating his grandfather Doji Kurohito as Fortune of Perfection, as it happened in the Month of the Dog of 1197. [5]

Korihime's daughter Edit

While Makoto was visiting one of his provinces he knew Kakita Korihime's daughter, Kakita Mitohime, had defeated a Matsu shortly after her gempukku. Makoto met her and congratulated Mitohime personally. [2]

Bringing Justice Edit

Ide Shimoro was a Unicorn merchant who dared to foster feelings of resentment against the clan in a tiny Crane village. Makoto alone moved there and killed Shimoro in an iaijutsu duel. [6]

Conflicts in the Colonies Edit

Mantis-Crane War in the Colonies Edit

Tension increased between the Crane and Mantis regarding commerce interests in the Colonies. [7] The Mantis were accused of widespread corruption and forgery of documents by Daidoji. After a duel that settled the Crane's accusations, the Mantis engaged in retaliation over this slight of honor. Incursions on Crane holdings along the rivers between the coast and the Second City began. The majority of the Mantis' seaborne forces began to mass on the southern coast of the Colonies, and began a movement inland up both rivers, towards Twin Forks City. The Crane were requested to surrender their ports or see them destroyed for their insult. The Emerald Champion Utaku Ji-Yun upheld the complaint of the Mantis and granted permission for war between these clans in the Colonies. [8] Makoto lobbied towards the Imperial Governor of the Colonies Otomo Suikihime, expecting she could rule against the Mantis, with no practical result in the conflict. [9]

Mantis Trade Blocked Edit

Makoto had a meeting with the Imperial Treasurer Seppun Ritisharu to inform that the Crane would shut down their ports to the Mantis Clan. The Crab ports were already heavily occupied shipping a great deal more resources back from the Colonies, and the Tax Collectors were slowing the traffic in the Mantis ports avoid any oversight as the one reported by the Crane at Twin Forks City, so it would provoke a blockade of the Mantis trade to mainland Rokugan. By happenstance Makoto stumbled upon Yoritomo Hiromi in Ritisharu's estates, and the Crane Champion detailed his plan to the Mantis Clan Champion. In return, Hiromi announced they would take the colonial Crane stronghold of Twin Forks City. [10]

“I am sure Hiromi-san intends to abide by our agreement. I am also sure he will be creative in

interpreting some of the details, so watch any Mantis merchants closely.”

-Doji Makoto

Siege of the Second City Edit

The Ikoma Daimyo Ikoma Hakige presented to the Imperial Court the accounts of the Siege of the Second City. The Second City had surrendered to the Ninth Imperial Legion and the escapee Imperial Governor of the Colonies Otomo Suikihime had been stricken from their family rolls by the Otomo. The Kuni Daimyo Kuni Renyu was instrumental to finish the siege in a quick way, instead a more longer but bloodless conflict. [12] Makoto argued that Renyu had thwarted any possibility to come to an end through diplomacy, but he chose to devolve into senseless violence. The Kaiu Daimyo Kaiu Iemasa claimed the Kuni Daimyo had acted with true loyalty to the Imperial Throne, and his words were backed by the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Nitoshi. [13]

End of the War Edit

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Doji Makoto, the Smiling Blade

The Voice of the Empress Togashi Satsu believed the war with the Mantis had been devised by the Crane. He subtly advised Makoto to bring the conflict to an end. [14] The hostilities ceased after the Battle of Ten Thousand Martyrs, where many samurai died from both sides in an enormous blast. [15] The Mantis Clan Champion Yoritomo Hiromi decreed the Crane free of blame of the blast, and the Crane were indebted to the Mantis for their mercy. Doji Iza accepted to open the Crane ports in the Colonies and in the Empire to the Mantis trade. [16] Makoto and Daidoji Tametaka visited the Mantis Clan Champion Yoritomo Hiromi in his states at Toshi Ranbo, after the war was over. [17]

A Brother's Destiny Edit

Fudoist Connections Edit

In 1199 the connections of the Asahina with the Fudoists, a heretical brand of the Brotherhood, were exposed. It obliged Makoto to choose between punishing the Asahina or seeing the whole of his clan suffer. The Jade Champion Asahina Nanae accepted that she had to abdicate. [18]

Undermining the Otomo Edit

Makoto and Nitoshi broker a new alliance

Makoto and Nitoshi broker an alliance

Iweko Seiken seized control of the Second City, and the Crane forces in the Colonies had all pulled back to Twin Forks City. The Otomo had been tireless in keeping news of it out of the Imperial Court. Kakita Ikura and Makoto had been forced to be very circumspect about how they approached discussion of the Colonies, and to whom. Maneuvering around the Otomo had consumed the Crane Champion for weeks. [19] He eventually brokered an alliance with Bayushi Nitoshi [20] to undermine the Otomo family. [21] The Crane wished to seize power from the Otomo, so they agreed Scorpion courtiers would stay out of Crane affairs, and the Crane would stay out of Scorpion ones. The alliance would last until the end of winter, and the Crane would not speak against the Lion in their current affairs with the new Crane allies. [22]

The Currency of War Edit

A disagreement over a merchant caravan in the Spine of the World Mountains rapidly escalated into a conflict between the Crane and Mantis Clans. The Daidoji Daimyo Daidoji Akeha and Makoto had devised a war had with the Mantis, a way to secure a closer alliance with the Phoenix Clan. Fighting the Mantis, old enemies of the Phoenix, made easier to renegotiate some old treaties of mutual aid and assistance between the clans. A cease fire was met after the Crane replaced the losses from their caravan. [23]

Son and Widowed Edit

In the time of Twenty Festivals Makoto's wife and sister were both with child. Two children were born on the same day, a son and a nephew, but there were complications, and both mothers died. [24]

Forewarning Edit

In 1200 a demon moved from the Sea of Shadows to raze the Crane coastline. Daidoji Akeha led the forces that drove the creature to the sea. Makoto saw the event as a forewarning, and ordered her to build an Iron Crane dojo in the Aerie, ensuring their survival from the coming darkness. [25]

Reign of Iweko II Edit

War on the Empire Edit

During the festivals predating Iweko Seiken's coronation, the Imperial Heir had publicly humiliated Daigotsu Kanpeki by announcing that he would remove him as Spider Clan Champion. Seiken's brother, Iweko Shibatsu would join the Susumu family as their daimyo and become Lord Spider. Kanpeki considered this as betrayal of the deal between his father and Iweko I and declared war on the Empire. [26]

Coronation Edit

A Gift of the Emperor tournament was held shortly after Seiken became Iweko II, to celebrate his birthday. The winner was Daidoji Yurei. The Emperor granted his petition, to allow the Daidoji family to study the use of gaijin pepper. In turn, Yurei was also granted to commit seppuku. [27]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

This year Makoto had discussions with the Asahina Daimyo Asahina Akikusa regarding affliction that struck down so many among the Asahina, some manner of balance between the Spirit realms had been altered in some way. A Tattooed Monk warned that the Second Seal was located near Cold Wind City. Despite this information the Crane forces led by Daidoji Akeha did not avoid the destruction of the seal by the Spider Clan in the Battle of the Second Seal. [28]

Death Edit

This year Makoto was beheaded by Bayushi Nitoshi, as part of a plan devised by the Scorpion Clan Champion to deceive Daigotsu Kanpeki and secure the Emperor Iweko II. Nitoshi proved his allegiance delivering to Kanpeki the heads of Makoto and Shiba Tsukimi, the Phoenix Clan Champion. [29]

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Doji Domotai
Crane Clan Champion
1196 - 1200
Succeeded by:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Age of the Conquest: The Clans
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 GenCon 2011 scrolls: The Crane, by L5R Story Team
  3. A New Empire, Part III, by Rusty Priske, Nancy Sauer, and Lucas Twyman
  4. Imperial Histories 2, p. 275
  5. State of the Clans, Part 5, by Nancy Sauer
  6. Emperor Edition Starter Fiction: Crane Clan
  7. The Shadow’s Embrace, Part 2: The Crane, by Nancy Sauer
  8. Petitions, by Seth Mason
  9. Scenes from the Empire 29, by Robert Denton & Seth Mason
  10. Scenes from the Empire 31, by Robert Denton & Seth Mason
  11. Deep Harbor (Ivory flavor)
  12. Torn Asunder, Part 1, by Seth Mason
  13. Torn Asunder, Part 2, by Seth Mason
  14. The Raised Blade, Part 1 by Seth Mason
  15. Scenes from the Empire 34, by Robert Denton & Seth Mason
  16. Gates of Chaos, Part 1, by Seth Mason
  17. Age of Ivory, Part 2, by Shawn Carman
  18. Shadow of Disgrace, by Shawn Carman
  19. Letters to the Clans – November 2014
  20. A New Alliance (The New Order flavor)
  21. New Factors (The New Order flavor)
  22. Scenes from the Empire: Halloween Deluxe Edition, by Robert Denton and Shawn Carman
  23. The Currency of War, by Shawn Carman
  24. Letters to the Clans – Thunderous Acclaim
  25. Spring Kotei 2015 Fiction Act 1: Opening Moves, Day 5, by Chris Hand, Maxime Lemaire, Mari Murdock, Fred Wan, and Robert Denton
  26. Thunderous Acclaim, Part 1, by Shawn Carman & Christopher Hand
  27. Coronation, by Shawn Carman and Maxime Lemaire
  28. A Cold Wind, by Shawn Carman, Robert Denton III and Fred Wan
  29. Blood Moons, by Mari Anne Murdock

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