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Matsu Mochiko 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Siblings: Matsu Itagi,
Matsu Oki 
Titles: Matsu Daimyo,
Emerald Champion

Matsu Mochihime was the Matsu Daimyo who became one of the first ronin, known as Mochiko, during the Gozoku rule. [1] [2] After the fall of the Gozoku the ronin returned to their clans, and she became Matsu Mochiko. [3]

Lion Clan Edit

Matsu Mochihime was the Matsu Daimyo. The Legend went that after the Gozoku victory over Hantei Fujiwa in 391, she strode into the Imperial Court, threw her haori to the floor turned to the Emperor and his court with a scowl,

"I am Mochihime," she spat. "I may no longer be Matsu. I may no longer be a Lion. But I am, and will always be, a samurai. When you wish to have my daisho you can pry it from my dead fingers." [1]

Ronin Edit

Legend also had it that Mochihime became ronin named Mochiko continued to follow the secret commands of Fujiwa with a band of ronin to pave the path for Fujiwa's daughter, Hantei Yugozohime. [1]

Family Edit

She had a younger brother, Matsu Itagi, who would become Lion Clan Champion in 401, [4] and a younger sister, Matsu Oki. [5] Her brother died in 412 after a campaign in the Shadowlands. [4]

Rejoining the Lion Clan Edit

After the Gozoku was ovethrown by Yugozohime in 435 the Empress undone the Imperial Edict which had made Mochiko ronin, so she joined the Matsu family as Matsu Mochiko. [3]

Emerald Champion Edit

A Test of the Emerald Champion was held this year, and it was won by Doji Usan. In the next year the winner turned down his position to marry Yugozohime. [6] A new tournament was held in 438 and Mochiko won the new Test of the Emerald Champion. [7] In the place of the tournament, Dark Edge Village, Mochiko gathered all those magistrates of questionable character within a building, locked the doors and burned it to the ground. The homes of every Gozoku agent in Dark Edge village were likewise burned completely. [8]

Katai family Edit

When Mochiko rejoined the Lion Clan her ronin followers became leaderless. Katai, formerly known as Akodo Katai, was allowed to form the Katai family with the ronin group, vassals of the Akodo family. [9]

Gaijin Ambassadors Edit

In 440 Mochiko was present when Gusai Mori introduced in the Imperial Court Teodoro Cornejo, a gaijin of the Merenae kingdom, [3] and Garen Hawthorne, a Thrane almirant. In 441 the Daidoji claimed to sponsor the Thrane Kingdom separately from the Merenae, but she refused, the gaijin had to be treated as a whole regardless of supposed ‘national’ ties. When in 442 Thrane ambassadors were exposed as enemies of the Empire by the Merenae, all the gaijin were asked to leave Rokugan. The gaijin refused, which led to the Battle of White Stag and the Battle of Raging Seas. [10]

Retired Edit

Mochiko survived but never forgave herself for allowing Empress to die. She finally retired a few years later and lived out as a sensei in the Ruby dojo, training Emerald Magistrates. [11]

See also Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Way of the Wolf, p. 25-27
  2. Imperial Histories, pp. 44-48
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Imperial Histories, p. 71
  4. 4.0 4.1 Imperial Histories, p. 50
  5. Way of the Crab, pp. 27-29
  6. Imperial Histories, pp. 48-49
  7. Imperial Histories, p. 72
  8. Strongholds of the Empire, p. 49
  9. Secrets of the Lion, p. 26
  10. Imperial Histories, pp. 74-75
  11. Imperial Histories, p. 92

Preceded by:
Matsu Daimyo
? - 391
Succeeded by:
Matsu Itagi
Preceded by:
Emerald Champion
438 - ?
Succeeded by:

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