Born: Unknown 
Died: 1173 
Parents: Ikoma father,
Akodo mother 
Spouse: Ikoma Yasuko 
Children: None 
Titles: Lion Clan Champion,
Protector of the Imperial City,
Fortune of Recovery
Ikoma Otemi was Captain of the Deathless, Protector of Kyuden Ikoma, [1] husband of Ikoma Yasuko, and nephew of Ikoma Sume. [2] He became the Lion Clan Champion in the stewardship of Matsu Yoshino. He committed seppuku to show his disagreement with the Imperial Edict that granted Great Clan status to the Spider Clan. Ten years later the Empress Iweko I elevated Otemi as Fortune of Recovery.

Family Edit

His father was a sheltered omoidasu, his mother an Akodo bushi who had met via a political marriage arranged by Otemi's uncle, Ikoma Sume. [3]


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Ikoma Otemi

At the Castle of the Swift Sword Dojo, Otemi trained beside the likes of Akodo Ijiasu and Akodo Kaneka. [3] Before his Gempukku Otemi was named Ichiro. He defeated Matsu Nimuro when he was 12 years old in a kenjutsu trainee. He studied history, was a prepared swordman, expert horseman and even become quite accomplished at the art of taiko. [4] Otemi entered in the Lion elite cavalry unit, the Lion Wardens. [5] Otemi was assgined to defend the Ikoma Histories. [3]

Preparations of the Winter Court Edit

His uncle, Ikoma Sume, proposed to Otemi should vie for the favour of the Four Winds to gain the Winter Court in Lion lands. If successful, Otemi would then apply for a title that had been vacant for many years, the Protector of the Imperial City. [2]

Failed Winter Court Edit

The Winter Court was a disaster, when a Pekkle no Oni was unmasked at Court, and the Four Winds ended it unresolved. [6] Otemi was at hand afterwards to rescue Akodo Kaneka from an assassination attempt by bandits, when the bastard was traveling to Lion lands alone. [7]

Bandits in the Ikoma land Edit

Otemi took care of bandit brigades of Lord Hayato, clearing them out from Ikoma lands. From the saddlebag of a dead bandit's horse, his chief shugenja, Ikoma Tashiro found the map which shown the location of a lost island holding, the Island in the Mist. [8]

Island in the Mist Edit

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Captain Ikoma Otemi

Otemi returned from his voyage with a jade-studded warship, a Nezumi crew, and a hold full of crane gold, and was rewarded with a Scorpion wife. Look upon him, and see what it means to be a Lion.
-Matsu Nimuro

In 1158 [9] alongside Matsu Kenji, Otemi discovered the headquarters of the notorious pirate Yasuki Fumoki, the Island in the Mist, alongside with his vessel, the Deathless. The island was inhabited by nezumi of the Chipped Tooth Tribe, like K'chee, the Nameseeker H-Tach'kir, and the nezumi chieftain N'tuk, who was possessed by the ghost of the dead pirate Fumoki. Fumoki had been borrowing bodies to attempt to fulfill his destiny. Kenji was possessed by the dead pirate after she defeated N'tuk in combat.

Kenji and Otemi boarded the Deathless, and Otemi used his taiko knowledge alongside nezumi drummers to stun the gaki of the Sea of Shadows, defeating the giant beast living there, King Orochi, and claimed the vast riches in the name of the Lion Clan. [8] [1] [4] [10]

Betrothal to Shosuro Yasuko Edit

Otemi marrying Yasuko

Otemi marrying Yasuko

In 1159 the Imperial Chancellor, Bayushi Kaukatsu, and his uncle, Ikoma Sume, decided Otemi would marry Kaukatsu's protegee, Shosuro Yasuko. [11] Otemi was quite disgusted about the choice of his betrothed. [12]

Kenji's Love Edit

Otemi succumbed to temptation and requested that Kenji be granted a permanent post as first mate on the Deathless, which was granted, alongside with an entire unit of the Lion's Pride. [13]

Protector of Otosan Uchi Edit

Otemi became the Protector of the Imperial City, and guarded Otosan Uchi by captaining of the Deathless stationed nearby. [12]

Matsu Domotai Kidnapped Edit

Otemi also served as the protector of the Hall of Ancestors and Governor of Shiranai Toshi until Matsu Domotai's released from Tsuno captivity. [14]

Wedding Edit

The Protector of the Imperial City married Shosuro Yasuko in Otosan Uchi. [15] Otemi was granted the governorship of Shiranai Toshi as a wedding gift from his uncle Ikoma Sume. Otemi put the city under the watch of Otemi's newly appointed advisor, Ikoma Chikao. [16] Togashi Giri, the holy man who would perform the ceremony, accused the bride to be a vile temptress from the Shadowlands. Soshi Eiji worked to quickly stop the ensuing chaos. [17] After the wedding Otemi returned to the Deathless and to the sea; making it clear he did not love his new bride. [18] [19] Once married both Kenji and Otemi chose never to pursue their passions for each other, instead remaining far apart to ensure neither could fall to dishonor. [20]

Fighting Daigotsu's Army Edit

Fall of Otosan Uchi Edit

During the Fall of Otosan Uchi, Otemi defeated the Shadowlands ships commanded by the undead Garen from his own ship, the Deathless, sinking Garen's flagship the Revenant. Otemi landed and faced Garen in a duel in the streets of the city, being able to wound him and when he was ready to strike the final blow, the undead was rescued by the Shadow Dragon and disappeared. [21] The position of Protector became defunct when the Lion Clan burned Otosan Uchi, until the title was resurrected by Toturi Kurako in 1168 and gave it to Bayushi Norachai. [22]

Battle in the Ruined City Edit

This year Otemi got words that a Lion expedition in the Ruins of Otosan Uchi [23] had been cornered by Shadowlands and Bloodspeaker forces. Matsu Hyun had ridden to the Kitsu Tombs and had reported to the Kitsu Daimyo, Kitsu Juri. The Iuchiban's followers had opened a gate to Jigoku and the Lion boarded the Deathless to sail toward Otosan Uchi's beaches. They prepared a counterattack that released their brethren and Juri closed the portal in the Battle in the Ruined City. [24] It looked the last time the ship remained in Lion hands. It was passed to the nezumi and I-m'jek became his captain. [25]

Assassination Attempt Edit

Otemi, his wife Yasuko, and Matsu Kenji were hunted by assassins, but they survived them. [26]

War of the Rich Frog Edit

Nimuro's Orders Edit

Otemi was the Chief Shireikan of the First Matsu Army. [27] He was at Kyuden Ikoma when he was ordered by Matsu Nimuro to take command of the Lion forces at Kaeru Toshi. The War of the Rich Frog against the Unicorn had been at a standstill for months, and the arrival of the Dragon had only made things more difficult. His wife Yasuko decided to be with him despite Otemi wished her safe at home. Otemi begged his uncle Sume to use his connections between the Kaeru to protect his wife. [28]

Relieving Hasaku's Command Edit

The city had changed hands several times during the course of the conflict, but currently was under Lion control. Otemi took the place of Ikoma Hasaku, and the record of orders received by Hasaku from Nimuro were somewhat erratic. The same weakness that Nimuro denounced Hasaku for appeared to stem directly from the Champion's change in orders. In the Hasaku's seppuku Otemi was his second. His first action was to dismiss the gunso Ikoma Korin, who had not had success in discovering the traitor who was informing the Unicorn about the Lion movements. [28]

Kaeru family Edit

Otemi met the Kaeru Daimyo, Kaeru Tomaru, and his son Kaeru Meiji. Both were warned of the leaking information, and that the traitor could be a Kaeru. Shortly after his visit Otemi knew that Tomaru had died poisoned. [28]

Matsu Nimuro Edit

He saved the situation, but the strange orders of Nimuro complicated his task. Driven by Bayushi Kaukatsu, Nimuro then came himself to lead the conflict, [29] and died against Moto Chagatai, the Unicorn Clan Champion, in a violent duel; Otemi picked up the Celestial Sword of the Lion Clan, ordered retreat [30] and put an end to the war, thus losing the town of Sukoshi Zutsu but saving the property of the City of the Rich Frog. [31]

Yasuko during the War Edit

Otemi noticed his wife had a strange behaviour before while they were at home, [28] but did not know that she intercepted the reports that passed through Kyuden Ikoma and passed to her former Clan. Ikoma Korin had discovered it but decided to not inform because deep in his heart Korin knew that Yasuko was good for the Lion, and became a ronin. Yasuko informed Korin it was her last act of treason to the Lion Clan. She came to respect Otemi, to love him, though she knew Otemi's heart was elsewhere. [32] Yasuko aided Korin and his Clan since then. [33] Yasuko engineered the dead of Kaeru Meiji, for his treason to the Lion. [31]

Lion Clan Champion Edit

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Lion Champion Otemi

When Matsu Ketsui believed her son, the Lion Clan Champion Matsu Nimuro to be dead, she named Otemi as his successor until Nimuro's eldest son, Matsu Yoshino, came of age to assume the Lion Clan Championship. She had no real authority to act so, but her declaration was well received by the Clan, and Otemi himself accepted the championship in this way. [31]

Ikoma Masote's death Edit

Yasuko convinced Ikoma Masote's supporters that his failure to neutralize Doji Domotai, Doji Kurohito's daughter and Crane heir, when he engineered the death of Doji Akiko was a sign of weakness. Ikoma Korin and [34] Otemi ordered him to die a coward's death for this treachery, and Domotai herself dealt the killing blow. [35] Masote had not asked for a yojimbo to stand in for him and accepted his own death with courage. [34] In this way Yasuko had answered the request for help her husband made, and the ancient wounds Kurohito's death had opened were bound again. [36] [37]

Proving leadership Edit

The Lion had been lost a war, and its leader Otemi believed the Lion needed a leader who would inspire them, a hero. [38] In 1167 the leaders of a broken peasant uprising had been fleed to Dragon lands. Otemi ordered Akodo Natsu to pursue them, and to request free pass to the Dragon. The expected refusal would be used to begin the conflict. The Empire would learn to respect the Lion once more, even if the cost would be measured in Dragon lives. [39] It led in the begin of the War of Silk and Steel, which quickly would evolve in a war between the Dragon and the Lion's allies, the Crane Clan. [40]

Matsu Yoshino Edit

Matsu Yoshino, Nimuro's son and future Lion Clan Champion, was appointed by Otemi under the command of Ikoma Fujimaro shortly after his gempukku. [41]

The Wanderer Edit

In 1168 the Kitsu Daimyo and Lion representative at the Court, Kitsu Katsuko, sent words to Otemi that the Emperor Toturi III was not in seclusion as they had been lead to believe. He had spent the past few months traveling the Empire as a disguised wanderer in search of enlightenment and lately entered the Shadowlands. The Emerald Champion Yasuki Hachi had requested all clans send a small force of warriors at Crab lands to join him in finding and protecting the Emperor. Otemi sent the young and untested Beastmaster Matsu Benika at the command of their fleetest unit, the Lion Wardens. The experienced Matsu Takuya would hold command until the border to the Shadowlands was crossed. After that point, Benika would make decisions regarding battle and tactics, best suited to an adaptable commander not bound by the conventions of traditional tactics as Benika. [42]

Two-War Front Edit

The Khan Moto Chagatai was seeking a covert path to Toshi Ranbo and sent an expeditionary force that was crushed by Yoshino and Ikoma Fujimaro's forces. Otemi sent Matsu and Ikoma forces to strengthen their western border and Akodo Shigetoshi aided by Akodo Kobi would lead the Akodo joining the Crane against the Dragon. Yoshino did not believe that the Khan would falter until he found a safe passage to Toshi Ranbo. [43]

Otemi steps down Edit

After Matsu Yoshino, tutored by Otemi and Ikoma Fujimaro, proved himself worthy and became the Lion Clan Champion, [43] Otemi remained on as the young champion's advisor, [44] and gained the nickname "The General". [45]

Toturi III's death Edit

After the death of the Emperor Toturi III he and his wife were summoned by Matsu Yoshino. Yasuko lobbied to give the Lion support to the Empress Toturi Kurako, who was specifically left in charge of the Imperial Court while the Emperor withdrew, until a new heir was officially crowned. Otemi had arranged the marriage of Yoshino who accepted it as a part of a Champion's fate. After the meeting Otemi let his wife to investigate if Tsuruchi Etsui, a young Mantis who also had returned from the Tomb of the Seven Thunders knew more than he said about who Naseru wished as the Emperor's heir. [46]

Khan's Defiance Edit

In the winter of 1168 the Unicorn Clan Champion Moto Chagatai began a campaign to seize the Imperial Throne, the Khan's Defiance. The attack was sudden and captured Shiranai Toshi before the Lion could mount a decent defense. Words arrived Otemi at Kenson Gakka, and as the Khan marched upon Kyuden Ikoma, Yoshino and Otemi laid out a plan that would strike at the command post of the Khan, attempting to cut the head off the beast. [47]

Otemi Wounded Edit

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The General Falls

Otemi lay in wait in a small village, and when the Khan's banner became visible Otemi and his men charged, taking the Unicorn by surprise. The advantage lasted only for a short time, and Chagatai shot Otemi twice with arrows. Otemi's life was just barely saved thanks to Yoshino's forces collapsing the castle gate and striking out at the command unit. Otemi was whisked away to safety but was severely wounded. [47] The Khan torched the castle in the Fall of Kyuden Ikoma and took all the supplies his army could carry from the castle stockpiles. [48]

The Khan's Assault on the Capital Edit

Otemi recovering

Otemi recovering

Otemi's wound prevented him from aiding Matsu Yoshino in the defense of Lion lands and the Capital in 1169. [49]

Recovering Edit

From his wounds Otemi had a limp he was unable to overcome. He trained to be ready when one year's time Yoshino would march to Shiro Moto. [50] A scar on his throat was the remind of how he was close to be dead. [51]

Vacant Throne Edit

During winter of this year Otemi made the planning of a campaign against the capital, aided by Matsu Aoiko. Ikoma Akiyama was unsure that it would be a good idea, but Otemi pointed out that the Phoenix occupation had shown that only those strong enough to take and hold the capital should be allowed to claim the throne. [51]

Lion Candidate for Emperor Edit

Toturi Shigekawa, cousin of the late Empress and general of the Imperial Legions, was nominated for Emperor by the Lion Clan, which had been his clan of birth. [52] During the Race for the Throne other Lion saw Otemi as another possible option. [53]

Fall of Shiro Moto Edit

Inspecting the Charts

Otemi inspecting the Unicorn charts

Still not recovered from his wounds, Otemi aided his lord to devise a plan which eventually would lead in the Fall of Shiro Moto. [54]

Library of the Kitsu discovered Edit

In 1170 the nezumi crew of the Deathless, captained once again by Otemi, discovered a lost treasure, the ancient Library of the Kitsu race within an island the Lion claimed for their own, and named Shima no Quehao. [55]

Ikoma Hagio Edit

When Korin was murdered in the Night of the Assassins Otemi rejected the seat of the Ikoma daimyo in favor of Ikoma Hagio, Korin's son. He felt too old, even to take place in the Celestial Tournament as asked by Shigetoshi, [56] as he finally did. [57]

Celestial Tournament Edit

While the Celestial Tournament was taking place, a group of renegade maho-tsukai and followers of the shokansuru conducted a ritual in the Ruined City to summon an army of lesser oni, including some wanyudo. A group of Lion bushi led by Shigetoshi arrived at the scene as the ritual was being performed, and managed to stop the group's plan. Otemi was escorting the Kitsu Daimyo Kitsu Kiyoko, who blessed the Lion before the attack and purified the survivors. [58]

War of Dark Fire Edit

In 1171 during the War of Dark Fire Otemi returned to battlefield to led a combined Lion, Crab, and Dragonfly army against the yobanjin Army of Fire. Hida Hikita was under his command. The ancestral lands of the Tonbo had been attacked and Otemi evacuated the villages to lure the raiders deep into a trap they had planned, to enclose their ranks completely. The Dark Oracle of Void Tonbo Toryu, appeared and unleashed his wrath against the invaders of his former Clan. [59]

End of the War Edit

Despite suffering heavy causalties, the Army of Fire prepared for a final assault. Otemi got words from Shigetoshi that all known yobanjin forces had withdrawn and appeared to be heading east. They were massing on the Dragon Heart Plain to attack south, to Toshi Ranbo. Shigetoshi commanded to marshal Otemi's forces and met him there. Shosuro Naname, of the Sixth Imperial Legion, joined Otemi. [60] In the Battle of Dragon Heart Plain the minions of Chosai were defeated by a combined Rokugani army, ending the war. [61]

Festival Edit

In the ensuing festival announced by the Empress Iweko I Otemi and Shigetoshi agreed to send the Lion hero Akodo Setai at the forefront of it. [62]

Plague War Edit

In 1172 Otemi took command of the Ikoma Wardens and met Akodo Hiroshi and his Legion. They talked about the next actions to be taken. Hiroshi had his men exhausted, but Otemi pressed to intercept a number of plague-infected, both refugees and a number of undead following in their wake, who were fleeing toward Scorpion lands. The heated discussion ended with the arrival of Matsu Benika, bearer of the Hand of the Jade Dragon. She spoke to both officers about the duty they shared, and that they must all stand together against this implacable threat. The troops and steeds were somehow invigorated, inspired, and the march began. [63]

Fighting the Destroyers Edit

Lion reinforcements led by Ikoma Otemi arrived to the southern front, in the Scorpion lands. In his first mission Otemi retook to the Destroyers a Scorpion village with tactical value, aided by the forces of Shosuro Ritsuko. [64]

Mass seppuku Edit

In 1173 after the end of the Destroyer War the Spider Clan had been conferred the status of Great Clan as part of an arrangement with Daigotsu, the Master of Jigoku at that time. The Imperial edict issued by the Empress Iweko I respect the Spider and the bargain she made with Jigoku was seen by many Lion samurai as acts that they could not reconciled themselves to. Shigetoshi allowed to all of them to commit seppuku, as a denouncement of Iweko's actions. [65]

Death Edit

Otemi also disagreed with the Empress. Shigetoshi gifted him his own Wakizashi and the Lion General took his life with Matsu Kenji as his second. [65]

Ascension as a Fortune Edit

On the tenth Festival of Ascension, which celebrated the anniversary of Empress Iweko's coronation, she rewarded the Great Clans for their service by permitting each to choose one of their venerated ancestors to be elevated to the position of Fortune. The Lion selected Ikoma Otemi, hero of the Winter of Red Snow. He then ascended as the Fortune of Recovery. [66] Years later an area in the Colonies was named Otemi's Sacrifice to honor him. [67]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Lion Clan Champion
1166 - 1168
Succeeded by:
Matsu Yoshino
Preceded by:
Protector of the Imperial City
Succeeded by:

Sources Conflict
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Great Clans page 125 claims Otemi was the Ikoma Daimyo after Sume, which is wrong. Otemi never was appointed for such post, as there are clear canon sources which indicated how the Daimyoship was passed from one to the next, and Otemi was never in. Oni no Pikachu 11:33, April 29, 2014 (UTC)


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  4. 4.0 4.1 Island in the Mist, Part III, by Rich Wulf
  5. Secrets of the Lion, p. 29
  6. Secrets on the Wind - Part 2, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  7. Secrets on the Wind - Part 3, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
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  14. Enemy at the Gates
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  16. Secrets of the Lion, p. 36
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  30. The War of the Rich Frog, Part Six, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
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  33. The War of the Rich Frog, Part Four, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
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