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Moto Naleesh 
Moto Naleesh 
Born: 1167 
Parents: Akasha,
Moto Chen 
Titles: Kami,
Unicorn Clan Champion

Naleesh was the first child of Unicorn Khan Moto Chen and his wife Akasha. Her name is a naga word meaning "little precious treasure". She was near one year old when Akasha met for a second time Yoritomo Bunmei in 1168. [1] Naleesh was found as the reincarnation of Shinjo's soul, [2] and was known as the Living Goddess. [3]

Early Years Edit

Shono's Daughter Edit

Akasha saved Shinjo Shono's daughter, Shinjo Min-Hee from being kidnapped by a Ninube. [4] Ninube Chochu was seeking the reincarnation of the Kami Shinjo [to take her life and gain the power of a goddess. [5] It was not clear if Chochu was seeking Min-Hee, or Naleesh, who was the true reincarnation of Lady Shinjo. [6]

Demeanor Edit

Like most Moto, she enjoyed horseback riding and worshipped the Lords of Death. [7] She was an eager student, but also stubborn and willful, getting into arguments with her sensei almost daily. [8] She had a reputation for embarrassing young men unprepared for her innocent boldness. [6]

War of Dark Fire Edit

In 1171 after the Battle of Shiro Utaku Shojo, the last battle in Unicorn lands of the War of Dark Fire, Chen and Naleesh attended the ceremony where Utaku Yu-Pan became the Utaku Daimyo after the death of Utaku Xieng Chi during the fight. [9]

Naleesh betrothal Edit

Naleesh, only months past gempukku moved to Dragon lands alongside with her father. Chen made an arrangement with them and proposed a marriage to honor it. Naleesh was wandering out of the castle where she met Mirumoto Mareshi's son, and future Dragon Clan Champion, [6] Mirumoto Shikei. [10] She did not know that her father had betrothed the boy with her at that time [11] and he had greed that she would marry into the Mirumoto. [12]

Unicorn Champion Edit

Soul of a Kami Edit

Moto Naleesh 2

Moto Naleesh

A Unicorn shugenja discovered Naleesh was the reincarnated soul of their Kami, Shinjo, and she was appointed as the Unicorn Clan Champion. The betrothed met again at winter court at Kyuden Bayushi in 1184. They felt genuine love and affection for each other, [12] but neither were willing to leave their clan for the other's, and the wedding remained at bay. [13] Her childhood friend Shinjo Min-Hee disapproved the arrangement, and did not trust Shikei. [14]

Demeanor Edit

Naleesh's life changed drastically when the Unicorn shugenja discovered she was the reincarnated soul of their Kami, Shinjo. Despite the great expectations on her shoulders, she remained a cheerful and confident woman [15] when she became the Unicorn Clan Champion. [11] Naleesh was open and bright, a beacon for her people, a leader to their recovery, and a symbol of their ancestor’s blessings. [14] She did not bore the Khan title, which passed to Shinjo Shono's daughter, and her childhood friend Shinjo Min-Hee. [16]

Overtures to the Spider Clan Edit

In 1186 the Empress Iweko I confirmed Daigotsu Kanpeki as Spider Clan Champion. His first political movement was to make overtures to the Unicorn, and she opened up friendly relations with the Spider. [17]

Colonies Edit

A regular schedule of caravans departed from the Western Steppes in the Outsider Keep, crossed the Western Wastes, and reached the Second City, the metropolis in the Colonies. It was a dangerous path, were raiders attacked the travelers in the Wastes. She decreed these strange warriors were not to be studied, but rather that they and all their trappings were to be incinerated after defeat. [18] Naleesh envyed the freedom that the caravans had and often longed to endlessly travel the empire with them. [19]

Akasha and Chen disappear Edit

Her parents had retired, and Chen became an old man with a young wife, because Akasha did not aged as humans. [11] In 1198 Akasha and Chen disappeared [20] from the estate where they lived and no trace was found. Shinjo Junpei, the military adjunct to the magistrates for the purpose of this investigation, told more disappearances had happened as Mirumoto Mareshi, father of her betrothed Mirumoto Shikei, or the destruction of the Naga Embassy. [11]

Broken Wedding Edit

Shikei breaks the engagement with Naleesh

Shikei breaks the engagement with Naleesh

Shikei and Naleesh met at Shiro Shinjo, to ponder about their wedding. The event was again delayed because neither of both wished to leave their clan. [2] Her karo and childhood friend Ide Takeru disliked the idea of Naleesh wedding. Naleesh visited Shikei at Shiro Mirumoto [21] who offered an Imperial arbitration about the betrothal. The engagement had carried on for over fifteen years now, and for the same time the negotiations between the clans had stalemated. Shikei had asked the Otomo which champion should leave his or her clan in the marriage. After the Imperials judged that Shikei should fold into the Unicorn Clan, the Dragon Champion refused the ruling, and broke the engagement. [12] During the Festival of the Hundred Hands, which celebrated the Empire's victory in the War of Dark Fire, Min-Hee suffered a direct hit from Shikei's shinai during a kenjutsu practice, leaving her arm broken. Naleesh blamed that Shikei had dragged his grudge with the Unicorn to the festival and then passed it off as an accident. [22] Rumors of Shikei and Naleesh leaving the Empire to live as a couple in the Colonies were whispered, [23] but the travelers were actual doppelgangers, born from the Egg of P'an Ku. Kitsuki Yoritoko had used it upon Naleesh, and Moto Taigo upon Shikei, in vengeance for the broken betrothal. [24]

Scouring the Yodotai Edit

In 1199 the Lion Clan Champion led an army into the Unicorn territory. Naleesh held an audience with Akodo Dairuko, who requested her permission to patrol the Ki-Rin's Path. In turn Naleesh offered her Clan's aid to scour the Yodotai, who was accepted by the Lion Champion. [25]

External Links Edit

Moto Naleesh 3

Moto Naleesh, the Living Goddess

Preceded by:
Moto Chen
Unicorn Clan Champion
(c. 1184) - Present
Succeeded by:


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