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Horiuchi Shoan 
Horiuchi Shoan 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1166 
Titles: Horiuchi Daimyo,
Head of the Brotherhood of Shinsei

Iuchi Shoan was a Unicorn Clan shugenja.

Early years Edit

Shoan was a peaceful woman, small, slender, with long dark hair, and bright, shy eyes. After graduating the Iuchi Shugenja school she became the Josei-kateikyoshi, or governess to Shinjo Yokatsu's children. She was a small woman who rarely spoke, and in a low halting way when she did. The exception was when she was in the presence of her charges, then she was then quick and literate, eager to teach them. [1] She spoke in a quiet, halting voice, unless she was with her wards. Then, she was quick and clever, able to show them the richness of poetry and literature in descriptive images and adept metaphor. [2]

Horiuchi Family Edit

In 1115 [3] when Shonoko and Shono were seven and five, they were part of a caravan to the lands of the Lion Clan. The caravan was attacked by bandits who fought the samurai caravan guards. Shoan fled from the bandits with a child under each arm. She was not fast enough and the bandits caught up with her. She protected the children with the spell Castle of Water while the remaining bushi dispatched their assailants. [1]

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Horiuchi Shoan

Days later, Yokatsu learned of her bravery and added Hori- to her name, which means moat. She remained the only Horiuchi for several years. Years afterward, her followers took the Horiuchi name. [4]

Love Edit

Shoan met a young Crane while she was serving as Ide Tadaji's secretary in the Imperial Court, and fell in love. The Crane did not love her in return, and his image would appear in Shoan's mind when she was reading poetry. She never married. [1]

Advanced Training Edit

Shoan was a student of Floating Leaf Dojo. During one of the school's stops at Shiro Iuchi she met a young Iuchi Karasu. The two became fast friends, and rode one against the other in an Engaging the Wind duel. Shoan defeated Karachu through her mastery of movement spells. [5]

Orphanage and expanding the Horiuchi Edit

Shoan remained as the only Horiuchi for many years, but when the Clan War broke, she decided to find and take in the orphans created by the war, and those of samurai birth took the Horiuchi name. [3]

Kaneka Edit

Shoan was running her orphanage in during the War of Spirits, when Kaneka visited in 1150, barely able to walk. Shoan took him in and nursed him back to health. Shoan attempted to convince him to stay, but he could not. [6] Kaneka would return again though, attempting to aid her when he could. [7]

Brotherhood Edit

Shoan decided at one point of her life to became a nun and retired to Four Temples at Kyuden Seppun, [8] named Shoan. She later was raised to the leadership of the Brotherhood of Shinsei [9] after Hoshi ascended to the Celestial Heavens in 1159. [10] Her followers lived in a small temple, Shinden Horiuchi. [11]

Death Edit

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Shoan in an alternate reality

Shoan died in 1166, shortly after the death of Rosoku. She had been present at the Ten Thousand Temples during a bloodspeaker attack, and gave her life to save many of the junior acolytes. [12] Her sucesor was Tanari, formerly known as Tsuruchi. Tanari was made head of the Brotherhood. [13]

Shrine Edit

In 1171 after the Horiuchi family was put to the torch as consequence they had been affected by a plague, the Unicorn Clan Champion Moto Chen ordered the construction of an ancestral shrine for Shoan near the main Temple of the Lords of Death. [14]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Horiuchi Daimyo
1115 - ?
Succeeded by:
Horiuchi Shem-Zhe
Preceded by:
Head of the Brotherhood
1159 - 1166
Succeeded by:

Sources Conflict
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The Great Clans page 243 claims the Horiuchi family was born in 1119. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 09:05, May 11, 2014 (UTC)
Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Masters of Magic page 63 said that Tanari was made Head of the Brotherhood upon Shoan retirement, so she was supposed alive. In The Tournament Matches fiction, which depicted the Jade Tournament in 1169, Shoan was recalled as current Head of the Brotherhood. Nevertheless, the tournament "Rebuilding the Temples" stated the death of Shoan, and as storyline result K'mee entering the Brotherhood. So I let the things unchanged --Oni no Pikachu 20:45, August 10, 2011 (UTC)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Way of the Unicorn, p. 75
  2. Clan War: The Clans, p. 50
  3. 3.0 3.1 Imperial Histories, p. 127
  4. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 300
  5. Art of the Duel, p. 113
  6. A Forgotten Saga, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  7. A Forgotten Saga, Part 2, by Shawn Carman
  8. Rokugan, p. 157
  9. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 72
  10. Four Winds, p. 41
  11. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 300
  12. Rebuilding the Temples Storyline tourney
  13. Masters of Magic, p. 63
  14. Letters, Volume 4

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