|Please note: This article is about the 12th century Spider Clan monk. For other uses of the term, please see Shima (disambiguation).|
In the timespan between the recognition of the Spider Clan as a Great Clan in 1174 and the rise of the Dark Naga in 1198, young Shima trained to become a monk of the Order of the Spider. He was one of the most promising students. When he defeated his fellow student Tsuda, who was three years his senior and larger than him, he enjoyed the cheers of his peers. 
Legend of Michio's Death Edit
This earned him a serious talk with Tetsuo, grandmaster of the order. The old monk told the young boy the story of Michio's death, who was Shima's idol. Thus, Shima learned how much Michio despised hero worship, so much even that he fought and killed Goemon, the Fortune of Heroes. How much truth was in this legend or if Goemon was really dead remained uncertain.
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