Kaiu Utsu 
Kaiu Utsu 
Born: Unknown 
Died: c. 1147 
Siblings: Kaiu Otoge 
Titles: Kaiu Daimyo

Kaiu Utsu was a Siege Master of the Crab Clan.

Demeanor Edit

Utsu was a calm, friendly and entirely unassuming man who had a great joy of life. He was a tall man with warm brown eyes, and a scar on his cheek from when a battlement had collapsed on him. [1]

Youth Edit

As a child he was fascinated by models and learned origami before he could walk. He would hold mock battles with paper armies. In training his bushi skills were adequate, but his strategic knowledge was second to none. He could plan a defense like no other. [2]

Siegemaster Edit

After his gempukku he took a position in Kaiu Shiro to study the Crab defenses and how to make them better. He would also study other fortresses of Rokugan and how to breach them. As the Crab Clan Siege Master he was not a combatant and would be located with his siege weapons, not in the heat of the battle. [3]

Kaiu Wall Edit

During the Clan War he defended the Kaiu Wall from the Shadowlands, despite the Crab pact with the minions of Jigoku during that time. Utsu would permit no Tainted creature to cross the portions of the Wall under his command. [4]

Assault on Otosan Uchi Edit

In 1127 Utsu was beside Hida Kisada, in the shores of the Golden Sun Bay during the Kisada's Blockade. Only the Lion were between them and Otosan Uchi. The Great Bear ordered to attack the Outer Wall of the Imperial City, and once it was breached, the Kuni had to assault the Western Wall of the Miwaku Kabe, to release as many of the Oni trapped within as possible. Utsu was stunned, fully aware of the horrors that Kisada intended to release upon the Lion. [5]

Brother Edit

In 1144 the settlement which would be known as Water Hammer City rapidly grew. The monk and blacksmith Haru accepted his first students, who were offered the chance to practice his skills on the sacred forge there. [6] Kaiu Otoge, the younger brother of the Kaiu Daimyo, came there as the Crab representative. [7]

Death Edit

Kaiu Utsu 2

Kaiu Utsu

Utsu died of natural causes during the War of Spirits, but the exact year was unknown. A portion of the Great Wall was dedicated to his memory, with a shrine built along a section that supported numerous siege engines. [8] He had a nephew, Kaiu Umasu, and Umasu's father became the new daimyo. [9]

See Also Edit

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Preceded by:
Kaiu Daimyo
? - (c. 1147)
Succeeded by:
Kaiu Umasu's father


  1. Way of the Crab, pp. 74-75
  2. Way of the Crab, p. 74
  3. Way of the Crab, p. 75
  4. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 71-72
  5. Eyes of Dawn
  6. Strongholds of the Empire, p. 96-97
  7. Book of Water, p. 133
  8. Secrets of the Crab, p. 72
  9. Secrets of the Crab, p. 66

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