Kakita Matabei 
Kakita Matabei 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Kakita Rensei 
Titles: Commander of the Empress' Guard

Kakita Matabei was a bushi of the Crane Clan and the Commander of Toturi Kurako Empress' Guard.

Duelist Edit

Kakita Matabei 2

Kakita Matabei

Son of Kakita Rensei, the legendary Returned Spirit, [1] Matabei was an accomplished duelist, a Kenshinzen, and he was only defeated once, by Kakita Korihime. [2] For years, avenging himself by defeating Korihime would be his only true motivation. [3]

Tomodachi Edit

In 1167 the Jade Champion Asahina Sekawa entrusted Tomodachi to Matabei, the Lotus Sword of the Crane. [4]

Empress' Guard Commander Edit

Shortly after Matabei was gifted with Tomodachi he became the Commander of the Empress' Guard. [4]

The Khan's March Edit

In 1169 the Khan Moto Chagatai and the Unicorn arrived to the city during the last stage of the Khan's Defiance. Kurako moved the Court to safety and sealed the Imperial Throne room. [5]

Kurako's Death Edit

Matabei defended the Imperial Palace and throne room during the attack on the capital. He was the sole survivor in the antechamber to the throne room. Though he succeeded in keeping anyone from entering the Imperial Throne room, Kurako committed seppuku for fear of being captured. [6]

Demeanor Edit

The Empress' death had shaken Matabei's confidence, and the once smiling and garrulous duelist had withdrawn within himself. Outside of acknowlledging and giving commands, he spoke only to his bride. [4] While he had not failed in his duty, the Empress had apparently feared he would, and taken her own life to prevent being used as a hostage. The shame of that doubt had followed Matabei ever since. [7]

Under Jimen's scope Edit

Kitsuki Orika Edit

Matabei is patroned by Jimen

Matabei is patroned by Jimen

Matabei was to marry Kitsuki Orika at Kyuden Doji in 1169 during the Month of the Tiger. [8] Matabei had gained the favor of the new Emerald Champion Shosuro Jimen and had reintroduced Matabei to the Imperial Court. Orika was murdered the day before the wedding [7] by Yajinden. [9]

Meeting with Noritoshi Edit

In 1171 during a festival which commemorated the end of the War of Dark Fire Matabei met Kakita Noritoshi, his sensei. He told about how Jimen had earned his title and that he had sent the assassin who killed Noritoshi's wife, Kakita Mai. Noritoshi was planning to kill the Emerald Champion, which was kept secret by Matabei. [10] Matabei believed the Blood Feud of his Lord would bring dishonor to the Kakita, and there would be some sort of reckoning. So he decided to not follow the same path than his master. [3]

Chased Edit

In 1172 Jimen sent Bayushi Sorii alongside two more men to arrest Matabei. The Kenshinzen took care about all of them. Jimen noticed to the Crane that Matabei had been involved in the carnage, becoming an outlaw. [11]

Destroyer War Edit

In 1173 during the Destroyer War Matabei was one of the defenders of Kagoki against the forces of Kali-Ma. He met on the battlefield Kakita Korihime. Matabei counseled Korihime to put herself aside of Noritoshi's feud against Jimen. There would be some sort of reckoning after the war would be over, and the Kakita family's honor could be damaged. Korihime did not agree with him. [3] Matabei then disappeared as his father had centuries before. [1]

See also Edit

External Links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Unexpected Allies 2, p. 24
  2. Kakita Matabei (Reign of Blood flavor)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Destroyer War, Part 18, by Shawn Carman
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Prayers and Treasures, p. 125
  5. The Truest Test, Part 2, by the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team
  6. The Truest Test, Part III, by Legend of the Five Rings Story Team
  7. 7.0 7.1 Conversations in the Garden, by Shawn Carman
  8. Vacant Throne, p. 99
  9. Preparations, Part 2, by Lucas Twyman, Nancy Sauer, Brian Yoon, & Fred Wan
  10. In the Midst of Life, by Nancy Sauer
  11. War of Dark Hearts (Imperial Herald v3 #6)

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