Please note: This article is about the courtier. For other uses of the term, please see Masote (disambiguation).
Ikoma Masote 
Ikoma Masote 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Month of the Monkey of 1167

Ikoma Masote was the Ikoma Omoidasu of the Lion Clan.

Appearance Edit

Masote was an odd little man. [1]

Elemental Nemuranai Edit

In 1160 the Oracles of Light decided to retreat from the Mortal Realm for a time, to watch the people of Rokugan from the Celestial Heavens. Only the Oracle of Jade would remain among the people. Before they left each Oracle gifted an enchanted item that beared the power of an Elemental Dragon. [2]

Shakuhachi of Air Edit

Masote was chronicling the War of the Rich Frog diligently, but secretly becoming disillusioned with the horrors of war. Seeking some means to ease the suffering around him he came upon the Shakuhachi of Air. When in the Lion encampment eased the troubles on many Lion samurai's minds when he played the Shakuhachi. The following days Masote was in high demand, playing in Lion camps throughout the battlefield. When playing the Shakuhachi for samurai right before a battle the negative side effects of the Shakuhachi became apparent. [3]

Blood Hunt Edit

In 1166 Masote was stationed at Oiku to raise the moral of the Akodo garrison. The village was attacked and set to fire by bloodspeakers. The Lion garrison was quickly supported by his previous enemies, the Unicorn, who alongside with Shogun's and Imperial Legion's troops destroyed the menace. [4]

Courtier Edit

Rosoku's Legacy Edit

This year shortly after the death of the descendant of Shinsei, Rosoku, at the hands of the Bloodspeaker Shukumei, Asahina Sekawa, the Jade Champion, was proven to be enlightened, and became the Keeper of the Five Rings. Sekawa had found the last book in a way it showed that Shinsei continued to guide the Empire even in death. Naseru proclaimed him the Master of Enlightenment in a ceremony at Toshi Ranbo. [5]

Merenae Edit

Daidoji Kikaze announced that Esteban Cornejo, a Merenae ambassador, would be an official guest of the Crane for the indefinite future. The Crane Clan Champion, Doji Kurohito, requested the Emperor permission to assemble an honor fleet of vessels to make the journey to Merenae. The Mantis representative Yoritomo Katoa, supported by Masote, presented the Mantis Charter issued by Toturi I which officially referenced them as the Imperial Navy. [6]

Gozoku Struggle Edit

Chafed by the Peace with the Crane Edit

Masote's success in the Imperial Courts and his cordial relationship with the Shogun Kaneka made him the natural leader of those who were chafed under the peace with the Crane Clan. Akodo Setai, the family's representative in the Imperial court, found Masote and his politics distasteful and did everything in his power to lobby against him. [7]

Akiko Exposed as Gozoku Edit

Masote accused Akiko

Masote accused Akiko

In 1167 Masote was at Kyuden Doji in the wedding of the daughter of the Crane Clan Champion, Doji Domotai, with the Lion Ikoma Kusari. During the ceremony he approached Kurohito's wife, Doji Akiko, and talked about Doji Tanaka, an Akiko's subordinate. Tanaka was one of Akiko principal couriers for several years until his recent death at the hands of bandits while traveling between the Crane and Phoenix provinces. Masote was aware of where Akiko's loyalty truly lied. A leakage within the Gozoku had happened exposing her to the worst consequences. Kakita Munemori heard the conversation and Masote left when he reached the pair. [1]

Death of Akiko Edit

It was Masote's revelations in Imperial Court after the Topaz Championship in 1167 that exposed Doji Akiko as a Gozoku leader. The Crane Clan Champion Doji Kurohito killed his wife, and then committed seppuku to cleanse his family of the shame. Masote had also asked for the life of the entire family line of the traitor, it meant the seppuku of Akiko's daughter, Doji Domotai. Despite his request was based in a tradition for such treasons to the Emperor, Toturi III refused his claim. This resulted in Doji Domotai becoming the next Crane Champion. [8]

Death Edit

Doji Domotai exposed the fact that Masote had withheld the news of Akiko's treachery for months, in the hope of making a greater name for himself by revealing it directly to the Emperor. [9] Ikoma Yasuko convinced Masote's supporters that his failure to neutralize Domotai was a sign of weakness. Ikoma Korin and [10] Ikoma Otemi ordered him to die a coward's death for this treachery, and Domotai herself dealt the killing blow. [9] Masote had not asked for a yojimbo to stand in for him and accepted his own death with courage. [10]

External Links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dawn of Lotus, The Crane Clan, by Shawn Carman
  2. Gifts of the Oracles
  3. Four Winds, pp. 162-163
  4. Blood Hunt (Region 31 - Avignon, France)
  5. Fate of the Five Rings (Gencon Results), by Rich Wulf
  6. News of Rokugan (Imperial Herald v2#18)
  7. Vacant Throne, p. 9
  8. The Topaz Championship, Part Two, by Shawn Carman
  9. 9.0 9.1 Old Rivalries, Part III, by Shawn Carman
  10. 10.0 10.1 Vacant Throne, p. 16

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