| Hantei family|
The reigning emperor was referred to as tenno, or 'Heavennly Sovereign'. During twelve centuries the Hantei were the ruling house of the Emerald Empire, ruling as the political head of the nation as well as the leader of the Rokugani religion.  See Emperor of Rokugan for the full list of the Hantei Emperors.
Kotaishi and Ritual of Abdication Edit
The heir assumptive was known by the title of Kotaishi and educated by the foremost Shintao priests in the Empire. Through the Ritual of Abdication  any Hantei who did not ascend to the throne stepped aside, renouncing their name to clear the line of the true Emperor.  They usually took the Otomo family name. 
When the Last Akodo Falls Edit
Because Hantei spared Akodo during the Tournament of the Kami, Akodo swore to his brother that he and his family would serve him. Togashi, watching the battle from a distance, whispered: "When the last Akodo falls, so falls the last Hantei."  This forewarning was instrumental during the events in the 12th century.
Unified Empire Edit
Downfall of the Hantei Edit
In the 12th century the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Shoju discovered an ancient prophecy stating that the last Hantei would bring about the return of Fu Leng and the fall of Rokugan, and he decided that it was his duty to the Empire to prevent this. In 1123 he staged the Scorpion Coup in an attempt to assassinate the Emperor Hantei XXXVIII and his son and only heir. The son survived however, and after the death of Shoju became Hantei XXXIX. His rule would not last long, as he became quite sickly, and when he was near death he became possessed by Fu Leng. In 1128 the Second Day of Thunder took place, and when Fu Leng was defeated by the Seven Thunders, the Hantei line came to an end.
Hantei legacy Edit
Unknown to almost everyone in the Empire, including the Emperor himself, Hantei XXXVIII had another heir, Daigotsu. Daigotsu was the unborn child believed to be killed by Bloodspeakers. The child survived and was raised by the cult, eventually becoming the man known as Daigotsu and the Dark Lord of the Shadowlands. 
Also unknown to nearly all within Rokugan was the fact that the immortal sorceror Iuchiban was also heir to the Imperial Throne. Until his death in 1166, there were at least two possible claimants to the throne.
The Last Hantei Edit
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 26
- ↑ Footsteps of Madness (Ambition's Debt flavor)
- ↑ Blood Dawn, Part IV: Twisted Visions, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
- ↑ Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 19
- ↑ One Question (Fall of Otosan Uchi Rulebook Story), by Rich Wulf
- ↑ Souls of Steel, Part II, by Brian Yoon
- ↑ Goddesses, Part 4, by Shawn Carman
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