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Otomo Taneji 
Otomo Taneji 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1200 
Parents: Otomo Shikan 
Spouse: Otomo Asami 
Children: Otomo Takuan,
Otomo Terumoto 
Titles: Otomo Daimyo

Otomo Taneji was an Imperial Courtier and became the Otomo Daimyo.

Family Edit

Taneji's great-grandfather was the influential lord Otomo Daimesu, his grandfather was a Mantis serving under Yoritomo by the name of Mokihara, [1] and his father was Otomo Shikan. [2]

Unique Upbringing Edit

Taneji was raised with the Otomo and trained in their techniques, but he spent every summer with the Mantis in the Islands of Spice and Silk. In school he learned order and restraint, on the islands he learned joy and freedom, to never allow restrictive rules to bar him from having a mind of his own. [3]

Miya Hatori's assistantEdit

When Taneji passed his gempukku, his father sent him to serve his old friend Miya Hatori, a hero of the years following the Second Day of Thunder. [3] Taneji became Hatori's Karo and one of the two main assistants of the prominent courtier. [4] He journeyed alongside Hatori and his fellow aide Fuzake Sekkou when Hatori traveled across Rokugan during the Four Winds Era. [5] Taneji sometimes showed a harsh demeanor, overreacting to Sekkou's questions to Hatori. [6]

Lion and Mantis Lands Edit

In 1159 Hatori entrusted Taneji and Sekkou to travel alone to the Shiro sano Ken Hayai. They met the Kitsu Daimyo Kitsu Juri, who allowed to assess the historical records of the Kitsu family[7] They later traveled to the lands of Taneji's grandfather, the Mantis Islands. [1] Their time in the Mantis lands had concluded with both self-proclaimed champions deeming the old shisha unworthy of their concern. [8]

Again at Mainland Rokugan Edit

The group sailed to the Ruined City, the fallen Imperial City Otosan Uchi, an intermediate point before they moved to the Phoenix lands. They were met by the Tortoise Daimyo Kasuga Taigen. [9] Taneji was sent alone to the Asako lands, [10] where he met the Asako Daimyo Asako Toshi. They pondered about the Dark Oracle of Fire attacks. [11] The Phoenix had ignored the group, and they moved on. At Kyuden Asako they had received an anonymous note for a meeting in a small shrineChian, a former Shosuro and ninja, told them about the Shadowed Tower, a conspiracy for power within the Scorpion. The monk believed only an impartial outsider could bring an end to the threat of a civil war. [8] At Kyuden Bayushi they were met by Bayushi Yojiro, the Master of Secrets, [12] moving later to Painted City, where Hatori alone met Shosuro Furuyari[13] In their quest eventually reached Shiro no Soshi[14] At Ryoko Owari Toshi they were visited again by Chian, alongside with Yogo Ichiba. They told that Hatori had been informed about the internal conflict, to make him understand that it was a Scorpion matter, and that Hatori had to keep others away. [15] They moved to the Carpenter Wall, where Hatori would tell of the Tower to the Kuni Witch Hunters. [16]

The Crab Clan Edit

Hatori had met Hida Kuon in the Winter court of the previous year, and they met again in 1160 at Kyuden Hida, introduced by Hida Reiha. Hatori had gained Kuon's sympathy with his past endeavours to favor the allocation of the Miya's Blessing toward the Crab. The new Crab Clan Champion, however, forced Otomo Taneji to depart from the audience, as Kuon was angered toward the political maneuvers the Otomo made before and during the Second Yasuki War against the Crab interests. [17] Taneji explained that the xenophobic Hiruma would not receive him, so Hatori moved to Lone Candle Keep to visit the Hiruma Daimyo. He was met by Hiruma Tatsuya, who had been sent by Hiruma Masagaro to speak in his stead. [18] At Kaiu Shiro Hatori agreed with Kaiu Namboku to use some of his engineers to improve Hatori's estates. Taneji knew personally these estates and provided Namboku with everything he required. [19]

Hatori's Wife Kidnapped Edit

They left the contested Yasuki lands after a meeting with Yasuki Jinn-Kuen, a prominent courtier. There Hatori got news about the disappearance of his wife, through a letter written by the Miya Daimyo Miya Yumi. Nevertheless, the group moved to Crane lands. [20] Hatori and Taneji had a brief meeting with the Daidoji Daimyo Daidoji Kikaze, and left to the Kakita lands. [21] Hatori later met the Crane Clan Champion Doji Kurohito at Kyuden Doji. They were making their rounds through the Fantastic Gardens, while Taneji trailed behind. Doji Yasuyo joined him and asked if there was something Taneji wished to tell her, something Hatori wished her to know. Taneji most probably told Miya Kamiko's disappearance. [22]

Kamiko is Released Edit

At Kyuden Kakita they met Hatori's old friend and powerful courtier, Kakita Munemori, who knew of his friend's problems. [23] His old friend told Hatori about a safehouse of the Tower at Ryoko Owari, while Jade Magistrates led by the Jade Champion Asahina Sekawa arrived, alongside with Sekkou. During the march they were met by the Emerald Champion Yasuki Hachi, who told that Hatori's wife had been released, with the instrumental aid of his lieutenant Bayushi Norachai. Miya Kamiko was sent to Shiro Moto, as a guest of the Khan Moto Chagatai, who would protect her as a matter of honor. [24] The group moved to Unicorn lands, [25]where they met the Utaku Daimyo Utaku Xieng Chi at Shiro Moto. An honor guard of Iuchi Shugenja and  Shiotome escorted Kamiko back to Kyuden Miya, while Taneji and Sekkou followed Hatori toward Dragon lands. [26]

The Dragon Clan Edit

Upon their arrival to the Dragon lands in 1161, the group was met by Togashi Matsuo, the renowned student of the Clan War's hero Togashi Mitsu. [27] The Tattooed Monk marched alongside them until they reached the Last House, the Kitsuki holding that laid before entering the Dragon mountains, where Kitsuki Kiyushichi met the group. [28] They met the Mirumoto Daimyo Mirumoto Rosanjin near Shiro Mirumoto, [29] and Tamori Tsukiro near Shiro Tamori, who was in stewardship of the castle due to Tamori Shaitung's absence. [30] After they visited Kyuden Hitomi, the group spent a time in the Dragon territory. Taneji expressed to Sekkou his disconfort that mysticim was part of everything in these lands. [31]

Imperial Court Edit

Hatori taught him about the real world, about the disparity between clan samurai and what drives made them so different from each other. With Miya Hatori's recommendation, Taneji was appointed as an official representative for the Imperial Court. In this duty he once again travels around all of Rokugan on the orders of the Imperial Court. [3]

Imperial Bride Edit

In 1165 the Miya Daimyo, Miya Shoin, was tasked by the Emperor Toturi III to find a suitable Lion bride for him. Shoin send Taneji to interview Akodo Kurako, Miya Gensaiken to met Matsu Aoiko, Miya Hatori to see Matsu Kenji and Shoin would speak with Kitsu Dejiko. Taneji arrived at Shiro Akodo and sneaked himself in the castle's library were Kurako was studying several military and martial books. Taneji was greatly impressed by the Lion bushi, being educated, clever, and unafraid to speak her mind. The rest of courtiers were also impressed by their counterparts, and instead of weeding out the unworthy candidates, they were merely able to find four more than acceptable choices. [32]

Growing Influence Edit

Taneji was a seasoned courtier, a facilitator, and peacekeeper. The fervor with which he believed in the cause of peace was unique among his kin. Since the last great Imperial Winter Court of 1169, Taneji had grown in authority within his family, a figure of power and authority in his own right. [33]

Otomo Daimyo Edit

Taneji became the Otomo Daimyo following the assassination of Otomo Hoketuhime [34] in 1170. [35] Taneji was married to Hoketuhime's niece, [36] Otomo Asami, [37] who cancelled her previous betrothal to Bayushi Norachai, to strengthen his position as daimyo. [36]

Demeanor as Daimyo Edit

Taneji possessed none of the usual cruelty or guile of his kin. He approached through diplomacy and appealed to honor rather than blackmail or manipulation. Within his family some called him “shisha,” a nickname for the Miya Heralds, and Taneji was quietly proud of it. [38]

Kolat Scrutiny Edit

The Kolat Master Morito put his eye over Taneji, as a possible recruit. [39] Master Steel sent a missive to the Otomo Daimyo, telling that once a new Emperor had come, it could happen that he would punish the Otomo for his failures that led in the end of the Toturi Dynasty. A tentative alliance was offered, by which the Otomo could secure their position and power through what they did best, the manipulation of information and economics. It was not known if Taneji answered. [40]

Topaz Championship - 1172 Edit

Taneji oversaw the Topaz Championship in 1172 and announced it had been won by Mirumoto Kalen. [41]

Yojimbo Edit

Taneji dismissed Hiruma Todori as his personal yojimbo. Taneji could not maintain the Hiruma Daimyo in such station during the Destroyer War. Seppun Goharu was appointed for such task. [42]

Assaulted Edit

Taneji traveled to Ryoko Owari Toshi. There he was assaulted by several individuals, and Goharu would not handle with all of them, and was wounded. Only the arrival of three ronin, Gahseng, Setsuko and Asagi, let Taneji to survive this day. The Otomo offered further service to the men. [42]

Empress' audience: renewed Charters Edit

Taneji attended the Empress' audience, where the Great Clans were given new Imperial Charters. [43]

Death and Heir Edit

Taneji and Asami had two sons. The second, Otomo Takuan, caused a scandal when he married into the Spider Clan, to the Susumu family's daimyo Susumu Kuroko, becoming Susumu Takuan. [44] The elder son, Otomo Terumoto, became the new lord of the Otomo after Taneji was killed by Kommei no Oni, during the Imperial Winter Court at Toshi Ranbo. Terumoto was with his father during the attack, and he survived but [45] fell to a deep torpor. He had slept through his father's funeral, and there were only Taneji's first-born, his son, and his wife, the Susumu Daimyo herself who ceremoniously lifted Taneji's bones from his ashes. [46] Weeks after the assault, Terumoto awoke confused and uncertain of himself. Because of the oni's strange powers, it was possible the soul of Taneji had been trapped within Terumoto's body, haunted him, or had completely taken over. [47]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Otomo Hoketuhime
Otomo Daimyo
1170 - 1200
Succeeded by:
Otomo Terumoto


  1. 1.0 1.1 Secrets of the Mantis, p. 4
  2. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 64
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lotus Personalities: Otomo Taneji
  4. Otomo Taneji (Winds of Change flavor)
  5. Secrets of the Crab, p. 4
  6. Secrets of the Lion, p. 4
  7. Secrets of the Lion, pp. 46-47
  8. 8.0 8.1 Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 4
  9. Secrets of the Mantis, pp. 69-70
  10. Secrets of the Phoenix, p. 15
  11. Secrets of the Phoenix, pp. 31-32
  12. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 14
  13. Secrets of the Scorpion, pp. 31-32
  14. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 47
  15. Secrets of the Scorpion, pp. 63-64
  16. Secrets of the Crab, p. 4
  17. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 13-14
  18. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 31-32
  19. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 61-62
  20. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 79-80
  21. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 23-24
  22. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 37-38
  23. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 57-58
  24. Secrets of the Crane, pp. 73-74
  25. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 4
  26. Secrets of the Unicorn, pp. 51-52
  27. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 4
  28. Secrets of the Dragon, pp. 13-14
  29. Secrets of the Dragon, pp. 29-30
  30. Secrets of the Dragon, pp. 47-48
  31. Secrets of the Dragon, pp. 65-66
  32. The Honor of a Lifetime
  33. Masters of Court, pp. 160-161
  34. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition Revised, p. 74
  35. Vacant Throne, p. 108
  36. 36.0 36.1 Champions, by Shawn Carman
  37. Winter Court Kyuden Otomo 1168, p. 8
  38. Fealty and Freedom, p. 122
  39. Otomo Taneji (Lotus flavor)
  40. Fealty and Freedom, p. 124
  41. The Topaz Championship, by Rusty Priske
  42. 42.0 42.1 City of Darkness, by Shawn Carman
  43. Duty of the Clans, by Shawn Carman
  44. State of the Clans, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  45. Reconstruction: Fever Dream, by C. Thomas Hand
  46. Spring Kotei 2015 Fiction Act 1: Opening Moves, Day 1, by Chris Hand, Maxime Lemaire, Mari Murdock, Fred Wan, and Robert Denton
  47. The Daimyo Project, by C. Thomas Hand, Mari Murdock, and Maxime Lemaire

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