Morito Garin 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Spouse: Un-named Bayushi 
Children: Morito Naname 
Titles: Ox Clan Champion

Morito Garin was the second Ox Clan Champion.

Family Edit

The wife of the Ox Clan Champion Morito was sister of Garin's mother. Garin was one of the few Ox not selected to join the Kolat, a conspiracy deeply infiltrated among his clan. He suspected what was happening within the ranks of his clan, and struggled with the balance of loyalty to his clan and family. [1]

Ox Clan Champion Edit

Garin succeeded the Ox Clan founder as Ox Clan Champion following Morito's death in 1170. Morito had been one of the Kolat Masters and was killed at the Hidden Temple, but this fact was covered up and it was claimed Morito had been killed in bandit attacks. [2]

Scorpion Allies Edit

During the aftermath of the Scorpion's decimation of the Kolat, an emissary of the Scorpion had told Garin that he was the only Ox samurai with the will and the vision to redeem his clan. Garin had sworn he would never betray the Scorpion, and in turn the clan's affiliation with the Kolat would never become public knowledge. The Emerald Champion Shosuro Jimen had proclaimed Morito Garin the new Ox Clan Champion. [3]

Rooting the Kolat Edit

Garin, who had no prior knowledge of the Kolat, was ashamed at the extent of his clan's treason. He surrounded himself with trusted vassals and covertly [4] sent a request to the Khan Moto Chen asking for assistance in rooting out the Kolat from his clan. [5] To remove Chen's doubts about his true loyalties, Garin told Chen that he could select the next Ox Champion, and prepared to commit seppuku. Chen finally stopped him, convinced of the man's sincerity, and placed one of his Shinjo advisors with Garin. [3] Garin approached the Hare Clan Champion Usagi Ozaki, and told one of his men, Ujina Heiji, had been found among the kolat. [6]

Garin's Vigilant Edit

His Unicorn advisor began instructing Garin in the techniques of the Vigilant, a Unicorn school devoted to resisting and destroying the Kolat. From those teachings it was developed the Ox school known as Garin's Vigilants, an elite unit of men who would never be compromised by the Kolat. [3]

Conflicts Edit

War of Dark Fire Edit

The Army of Fire attacked the Ox lands, and Imperial Legion forces arrived to defend them from the Army of Fire during the War of Dark Fire. The yobanjin minions of Chosai, the Dark Oracle of Fire, attacked Shiro Morito, from earth and air, with wyrm raiders. The Legions and the Ox defeated them in the Battle of Shiro Morito. [2]

Destroyer War Edit

When the Army of Fire returned to the Empire during the Destroyer War the Badger and Ox clan sided with the Dragon Clan against them. [7]

Retirement Edit

The Ox had fought savagely during the previous wars, gaining again the respect of the other clans. Garin eventually married a samurai-ko of the Bayushi family and retired when his son, Morito Naname, came of age. [4]

See also Edit

Preceded by:
Ox Clan Champion
1170 - ?
Succeeded by:
Morito Naname

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Fealty and Freedem page 44 claims Usagi Heiji as the kolat, but War Amid the Shadows claims the kolat was Ujina Heiji instead. Oni no Pikachu 11:57, March 21, 2014 (UTC)


  1. Fealty and Freedom, pp. 79-80
  2. 2.0 2.1 The War of Dark Fire, Part 4, by Shawn Carman
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Fealty and Freedom, p. 80
  4. 4.0 4.1 Secrets of the Empire, p. 78
  5. Fealty and Freedom, p. 76
  6. Fealty and Freedom, p. 44
  7. Radiant Steel (The Plague War flavor)

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