Matsu Zaruko, the "White Lioness", [1] became the first non-Akodo Lion Clan Champion after the previous Champion, Akodo Kurojin, was killed alongside Empress Hantei Yugozohime during the Battle of White Stag. [2]

Koritome Vassal Family Edit

Not long after the Battle of the White Stag, the gaijin sent an ambassador do parley with the new Emperor Hantei Muhaki. The ambassador claimed they wished to leave without further bloodshed, and requested supplies to aid them on their voyage. Muhaki agreed to meet with the gaijin, but the meeting was a trap. Muhaki's life was only saved due to the skill of the master archer Matsu Koritome, but Koritome himself was killed. Muhaki declared an archery tournament to be held in Koritome's honor, and after two days there were over two-hundred Lion still competing. Zaruko was so impressed that she formed the Koritome vassal family, and made the two hundred it's first members. [3]

Preceded by:
Akodo Kurojin
Lion Clan Champion
442 - 458 [4]
Succeeded by:

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Way of the Lion states that Zaruko was the first non-Akodo Lion Champion, yet the dates indicate that Matsu Itagi served as the Champion before Zaruko


  1. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 93
  2. Way of the Lion, pp. 24-25
  3. Secrets of the Lion p. 76
  4. Clan War: Lion Army Expansion, p. 6

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