Kitsune Oshirin 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1090 
Children: Kitsune Ryoden,
Kitsune Gohei 
Titles: Fox Clan Champion

Kitsune Oshirin was the father of Kitsune Ryoden and daimyo of the Fox Clan in the year 1090.

Hare dealing with Maho Edit

Oshirin had been warned the Hare Clan Champion was dealing with maho, so when a Hare scout fired upon an unarmed party of Fox shugenja he guessed the Hare wished to cover their tainted lies with the blood of the Fox Clan. Oshirin was concerned the Hare would attempt to capture the Ancestral Sword of the Fox Clan, which had one of the Black Scrolls in its hilt. This must not be permitted to happen. [1]

War with the Hare Edit

A series of border skirmishes aimed at increasing their respective holdings threatened to quickly escalate into full-blown war. [2] The Crane Clan mediated a temporary truce, but the Fox dignitaries were assassinated, and the Fox accused the Hare. The Hare denied any part in the assassination, but Oshirin declared war upon the Hare nonetheless, and the Crane supported them. [3]

The Night of a Hundred Deaths Edit

Many ronin where employed at the Battle at Kyuden Kitsune. There were rumors after the battle that the misunderstanding between the two clans was staged by one of the ronin and that many ronin had staged their own deaths during the battle just to be hired again by the other side. Whether the rumors were true or not would never be determined, because all of the ronin were slain after the battle, during what became known as the Night of a Hundred Deaths. [4]

Death Edit

Oshirin believed the intervention of the Crane Clan had instigated the Battle at Kyuden Kitsune, and as a result the death of his wife. Oshirin challenged Kakita Toshimoko to a duel, claiming his love for Oshirin's daughter had blurred Toshimoko's vision. Oshirin claimed that if Toshimoko had truly loved Ryoden the Crane would have sided with the Fox from the beginning. Toshimoko was forced to accept the challenge, and killed Oshirin in a single stroke. [5]

Secret remains Hidden Edit

With his sacrifice Oshiron avoided the Crane learning the secret of the blade, as they would claim it for themselves. With much work and guile, the Fox had eradicated their enemy. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Way of the Minor Clans, p. 34
  2. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 16
  3. Way of the Crane, p. 44
  4. Way of the Wolf, p. 44
  5. Way of the Crane, pp. 44, 88

Preceded by:
Fox Clan Champion
? - 1090
Succeeded by:
Kitsune Gohei

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