Ikoma Asa 
Ikoma Asa 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Siblings: Two un-named brothers 
Spouse: Doji Nobuhide

Ikoma Asa was a poet and historian of the Lion Clan.

Family Edit

Ikoma Asa's two older brothers died in skirmishes with the Phoenix and Scorpion during her childhood. Blessed with a pure voice and a talent for song, Asa was admitted to the Ikoma Bard school to tell the deeds of the Lion samurai. [1]

Toshi Ranbo Edit

Upon her gempukku [1] Asa came from the City of the Rich Frog to Toshi Ranbo in 1169. She was extremely talented and became the rising star of the capital this year. She was radiant, but it was her voice, as clear as a mountain spring, with words as deep as the great sea, that held her listeners spellbound. [2]

Scene at Sea Edit

A yojimbo, Kaiu Genji, asked her to tell the story of Hida Sadaharu and the Deathless, which she did nicely, charming her audience. [2]

Love Edit

While visiting the courts of the Crane Asa met a samurai named Doji Nobuhide. She grew quite fond of him and he returned the affection. To convince their superiors to grant the right of marriage, Asa informed them that they would bind it with a great gift, from herself to Nobuhide. Asa was in trouble, because she did not have such gift. [3]

Festival of the Sea Dragon Edit

In 1170 during the Festival of the Sea Dragon Mirumoto Katsutoshi helped Asa found a suitable gift for her would-be husband, Doji Nobuhide - a handkerchief that once belonged to Lady Doji. They were accused by Doji Saori of stealing it, and Katsutoshi retorted saying she was a liar, and it was clearly attempting to shame Asa for her own purposes. Katsutoshi was challenged to a duel, in which the insult and Asa's honor would be dealt. He arranged for Mirumoto Ichizo to act as their champion, who defeated Saori in a duel to first blood. Katsutoshi said the outcome proved that Saori attempted to shame Asa, but the duel did not resolve the attempt to shame her. Doji Choshi, Saori's charge, suggested that the Dragon took Saori as its hostage. Asa was indebted to Katsutoshi and in time he would make excellent use of such a favor. [3] Asa and Nobuhide married, and her husband joined the Lion taking the Ikoma name. [1]

Married Edit

Winter Court - 1170 Edit

Asa attended winter court at Kyuden Bayushi in winter 1170-1171. She was pleased to heard a story of Dragon honor by Asako Kanta, featuring his father. [4]

Winter Court - 1171 Edit

This year Asa attended Imperial winter court at Kyuden Gotei. She won the Artisan challenge, a contest held by the Kakita family of the Crane Clan. [5]

Imperial Wedding Edit

Asa was present in the Imperial wedding between the Empress Iweko I and Akodo Setai at the Temple of Jade Sun. [6]

“There are few places more dangerous than the courts of the Scorpion Clan. The battlefield can claim your life, but the Scorpion can claim far more than that.”
-Ikoma Asa [7]

Retirement Edit

Asa and Nobuhide retired together during the peace after the Destroyer War, dedicating themselves to a temple to Benten in Crane lands. [1]

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