Shinjo Yokatsu 
Shinjo Yokatsu 
Born: Unknown 
Died: (c. 1132
Spouse: Shinjo Chibokiko 
Children: Shinjo Yasamura,
Shinjo Haruko,
Shinjo Shono 
Titles: Unicorn Clan Champion,
Shinjo Daimyo,
Kolat Master

Shinjo Yokatsu was the Unicorn Clan Champion during the Clan War. He had two sons, Shinjo Yasamura, and the much younger Shinjo Shono, and a daughter, Shinjo Haruko. [1] He was called the "Master of the Four Winds". [2]

Youth Edit

Yokatsu was raised by his grandfather, and grew up hearing tales of his clan's time in the Burning Sands. The day after his gempukku, Yokatsu declined to immediately take the position of clan champion and instead mounted his horse and departed from his home. [1] [3]

Yokatsu spent the next two years traveling. During his travels he met with strange gaijin, from whom he learned much. One day Yokatsu reached the edge of the Burning Sands. He spent the day mounted on his horse, simply watching and not moving. When the moon rose Yokatsu turned around and left for home, singing songs from his youth. [1]

Upon returning Yokatsu took up the championship and came to be known as the Master of the Four Winds. [1]

Appearance and Demeanor Edit

Yokatsu was not a large man, fairly stocky, with restrained eyes. His smile was open and genuine, but he was a stern-looking man. [3]

As Champion Edit

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Champion Shinjo Yokatsu

Yokatsu was very uncomfortable in political situations, as he was a quiet man. He often made mistakes in court and would curse under his breath and look extremely embarrassed, visible to all. [3]

Horiuchi family Edit

Yokatsu was married with Shinjo Chibokiko. [4] In 1115 [5] when Shonoko and Shono were seven and five, they were part of a caravan to the lands of the Lion Clan. The caravan was attacked by bandits who fought the samurai caravan guards. The children's governess, Iuchi Shoan, fled from the bandits with a child under each arm. She was not fast enough and the bandits caught up with her. She protected the children with the spell Castle of Water while the remaining bushi dispatched their assailants. [6]

Days later, Yokatsu learned of her bravery and added Hori- to her name, which means moat. She remained the only Horiuchi for several years. Years afterward, her followers took the Horiuchi name. [7]

Emerald Championship Edit

After his victory in the Emerald Championship, Doji Satsume asked Yokatsu to follow the path of his ancestors and to be ashamed for the barbaric ways they showed. Yokatsu retorted and menaced to cross blades for any future slight regarding it, his blade would be guided by the Kami Shinjo herself. [8]

Otaku Kamoko Edit

Yokatsu attended the gempukku ceremony of Otaku Kamoko, and even spoke to the assembly after the ceremonies. He spoke with Kamoko later the same evening where he realised she had not named her horse. He named it Hachiman, deeming him "as rash and impetuous as his mistress". [9]

"The Unicorn must remember our history, as we have done each year since the time of our ancestors. We must rise to the winds during this time of war, and we will be victorious!"

Scorpion Coup Edit

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Shinjo Yokatsu

Yokatsu condemned Bayushi Shoju's actions in the Scorpion Coup in 1123, and sounded a call to arms to his clan in support of the Hantei Dynasty. [11] Yokatsu successfully brought the Unicorn army to the capital within a day of the Emperor's assassination. Until the return of Akodo Toturi, the leadership of the united clans was going to be held by either Yokatsu or Matsu Tsuko. [12] The weeks before this day the Unicorn had molded and trained an army on the edge of the Ikoma land, as near to the capital as they could. It was considered pure luck that so well-prepared force was ready for quick dispatch to the Imperial City. [13]

Testing the Scorpion Edit

Yokatsu joined Shiba Tsukune and his small detachment, and requested her aid for a quick attack on the Scorpion defenses in the second day of the Coup. Tsukune spared her commander Shiba Shingo with ten men. [14]

Assassination attempt Edit

A Scorpion spy under the persona of Ide Shiguji was sent to steal their battle plans and to assassinate Yokatsu. [15] The spy made the attempt in the fourth day of the coup. Despite Yokatsu survived, the Scorpion planted the blame firmly on the Crab Clan. [16]

After the Coup Edit

After the Coup the Rokugani life was dangerous, with the Imperial Legions seeking hidden Scorpion and the Crab armies leaving the Kaiu Wall. Yokatsu began to marry off Unicorn daughters right and left, trying to secure alliances wherever he could. [17]

Clan War Edit

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Shinjo Yokatsu

Winter Court - 1125 Edit

In 1125 the Unicorn diplomat in the Imperial Court Iuchi Takaai reported that the Otomo were determined to maintain the Winter Court in Otosan Uchi at all costs. Takaai suggested to detain the ambassadors from the other Great Clans as a mean to press for holding winter court at Shiro Shinjo. After the clan representatives became captives, the Unicorn diplomats were retaliated similarly and signs of war where everywhere. Takaai, influenced by the Emperor's wife Bayushi Kachiko, had manipulated Yokatsu, in hopes he could surface as the man who avert war al the last moment. Winter Court was eventually held at Kyuden Kakita and the Clan War Kachiko had devised as revenge for her disbanded Clan was in motion. [18]

Yoritomo's Alliance Edit

Yoritomo, leader of the Mantis Clan, was a bold samurai who wished to carve his own destiny. He founded the Yoritomo's Alliance, amassing a great army, an alliance of the Minor clans in the Empire. In 1127 Yokatsu was visited by Yoritomo Hogosha, who asked the Unicorn's support when his Lord would expose his claims to the Great Clans. Yokatsu agreed to back him if Yoritomo would have the strength to support his aspirations. [19]

Toturi's army Edit

In 1127 the Leader of the Brotherhood of Shinsei, Tetsuya, sought and alliance with the Unicorn. Yokatsu agreed, and immediately sent one force to the Toturi's Army, the force that was acting in the Empire's best interest. [20] An isolated Unicorn army led by Shinjo Yasamura fought at the Battle of Beiden Pass under the banner of Toturi the Black. They were later tasked with guarded the pass, and after a Lion-Unicorn treaty agreed by Yokatsu, Toturi was no longer permitted travel through the pass. [21] While Toturi and a Dragon army was engaging the Crab, the Captain of the Imperial Guard Seppun Ishikawa delivered an Imperial message to Yokatsu. Bayushi Kachiko ordered Yokatsu to refuse the Dragon army access to Beiden Pass upon their return. Ishikawa told Yokatsu this had been his last mission as Imperial Guard, resigning as Kachiko was sending him and his men to missions seeking their death. [22]

Yogo Junzo's Army Edit

Shiro Iuchi had been almost destroyed by an attack of Yogo Junzo's army, but Iuchi Karasu and Otaku Kamoko alongside her Battle Maidens made them fled. Yokatsu would marshal his army after winter, but Kamoko's tiny band left immediately to chase Junzo. [23] A band of the army attacked Water Dragon Shrine, and began to kill the Shingon monks who tended it. Yokatsu arrived with an army of Shinjo Bushi and drove the Horde into Dragon Heart Forest. [24]

A Prophecy Uncovered Edit

The investigation performed by Seppun Ishikawa regarding Kachiko and her implication on the bad Emperor's health, put in risk the Kolat secrecy. Ishikawa, former Captain of the Imperial Guard, was manipulated by Yokatsu. At Heavens Crossroads, a small abandoned Scorpion keep in the Lion-Scorpion border, there were a kolat hideout where a scroll was being researching. Ishikawa went there, wiping out the kolat, which he believed as Scorpion ronin. The scroll told about the Emperor would be corrupted from within, and fall to the Deceivers. Ishikawa returned to Otosan Uchi to offer himself in service to Kachiko and her cause against the Hantei. The kolat knew the prophecy did not show the return of Fu Leng, but the hold of the Lying Darkness upon a Emperor, [25] who would be Toturi I years later.

Breaking Alliance with the Lion Edit

Yokatsu was concerned that the Lion did not attack the Crab forces landed in the shores near Otosan Uchi, and also their strange behaviour when Shadowlands forces sacked Kyuden Doji at the sight of Matsu Agetoki's forces. He did not rely on his alliance with the Lion anymore, so in the first month of 1128 Yasamura was ordered to leave the Beiden Pass. [26]

Besieging Otosan Uchi Edit

Yokatsu later ordered the Unicorn forces led by his son to join the combined army massing near Otosan Uchi. Alongside the Crane Clan Champion Doji Hoturi, the Lion forces of Kitsu Motso, Hida Yakamo's Crab forces and Toturi's Army. [27] After the failed assault on Otosan Uchi against Hantei XXXIX in the Month of the Hare of 1128, the surviving Crab forces laid a camp near the ruins of Kyuden Doji. In winter this year the possesed Emperor announced the cancellation Winter Court. Hida Tsuru, Hida Kisada's brother, sent invitations to hold a mock Winter Court outside the city, which was soon attended by the leaders of the clans and their military advisors. Now united, the clans began uniting their forces against the Shadowlands. [28]

Second Day of Thunder Edit

Yokatsu fought at the Second Day of Thunder, and aided Otaku Kamoko in killing Yogo Junzo by shooting an arrow through his throat before trampled him with her horse. [29] [30]

Death of Akodo Kage Edit

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Yokatsu Sensei

Yokatsu knew the death of his old friend the Kolat Master Akodo Kage in 1128 had been faked, and arranged for Kage's blades to be delivered to him and then 'stolen', allowing him to return them to Kage, who was now in hiding. [31]

Otaku Kamoko Dissappeared Edit

The behaviour of Otaku Kamoko after the end of the Clan War became so twisted from her mother's vengeance that at one point she even issued a duel against Yokatsu, who refused. [31] Near the end of year 1129 the Otaku Daimyo disappeared. [32]

Hidden Emperor Edit

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Shinjo Yokatsu

The Unicorn Clan gave testimony against the Scorpion Clan after Toturi I disappeared. Kitsuki Yasu, the appointed investigator, disagreed. [33]

While the Imperial Throne was empty Yokatsu keep the Emperor's law with Shinjo Yasamura in the West and Shinjo Sanetama in the East. [34] The way the Unicorn attempted to keep the law clashed with the Lion Clan, and fights began between both clans. [31] The city of Ryoko Owari was seized in 1130 [35] with the Scorpion Clan sent into exile. [36] [37]

Madness of Toturi Edit

In 1132 Toturi had been rescued and ruled again the Empire. He enacted a Imperial Edict stepped down the Lion as the Right Hand of the Emperor, and the Unicorn Clan took this role instead. Toturi ordered the Unicorn courtier Ide Tadaji to punish the Lion for threatening the Crab, as well as to destroy the Kitsu for their corruption. [38] [39]

The Gift of the Emperor Edit

Ryoko Owari remained under Unicorn rule even when the rest of Scorpion lands were returned to their original holders by Toturi I in 1132 as the boon of the tournament The Gift of the Emperor. The Emperor would not have his right hand cheated of their conquest. [40]

Kolat Edit



Kolat Master Edit

Yokatsu had grown up surrounded by Kolat and he became one of the ten Kolat Masters. He saw the Kolat and the Unicorn as the same thing. By guiding the conspiracy to greatness, so too did he guide his people along the same path. His famous two-year journey before his gempukku had been nothing more than an extended visit with the other Masters. [41]

Revealed as a Kolat Edit

In 1132 Yokatsu fled the Unicorn, becoming a ronin, [42] after Shinjo returned from the Burning Sands, Yokatsu was removed from his station as Unicorn Clan Champion when he was revealed to be a Kolat Master. He fled towards Exile's Road, being helped by Seishi, the master monk of the shrine in the Dragon Lake who had been saved by Yokatsu during the Clan War. [24] Yokatsu finally took refuge in the Hidden Temple of the kolat. [43] Yokatsu had never been afraid to give his life in service to the Unicorn, and was not afraid to give his honor. He believed his services as a kolat had been for the good of his Clan. [44]

Hidden Temple Edit

The rest of the masters and the kidnapped Doji Shizue were at the Hidden temple. Yokatsu and his fellows surveyed the events of the Assault on Otosan Uchi. Yokatsu guessed the death of Onnotangu could empower the Shadow. [45]

Death Edit

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After hiding for several months, Yokatsu was hunted down by his son, Shinjo Shono. Yokatsu refused to cross blades with him, and Shono struck him down. [46]

See also Edit

Preceded by:
Unicorn Clan Champion
? - 1132
Succeeded by:
Moto Gaheris
Preceded by:
Shinjo Daimyo
? - 1132
Succeeded by:
Shinjo Shono
Preceded by:
Kolat Master
? - 1132
Succeeded by:

External Links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Way of the Unicorn, p. 62
  2. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 179
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Way of the Unicorn, p. 63
  4. Otosan Uchi:Book 1, p. 43
  5. Imperial Histories, p. 127
  6. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 75
  7. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 300
  8. Way of the Unicorn, p. 47
  9. Way of the Unicorn, pp. 5-6
  10. Way of the Unicorn, p. 5
  11. Clan Letter to the Unicorn Clan (Imperial Herald v.2 #4)
  12. Flyer (Scorpion Clan Coup Scroll 2)
  13. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 56
  14. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 58
  15. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 43
  16. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 47
  17. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 39
  18. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, pp. 56-57
  19. Time of the Void, pp. 49-50
  20. Time of the Void, p. 10
  21. Clan Letter to the Unicorn #2 (Imperial Herald v1 #2)
  22. The Emperor's Seal
  23. Time of the Void, pp. 52-53
  24. 24.0 24.1 Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 67
  25. Pawns of Prophecy, by Patrick Kapera
  26. Time of the Void, pp. 53-55
  27. Clan Letter to the Unicorn #4b (Imperial Herald v1 #4)
  28. Time of the Void, p. 100
  29. The First to Fall
  30. The Provincial State of the Unicorn (Time of the Void, story back)
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 1, by Ree Soesbee
  32. Hidden Emperor, p. 11
  33. Shinjo Yokatsu (Jade flavor)
  34. Shinjo Sanetama (Jade flavor)
  35. Hidden Emperor, p. 12
  36. Smoke and Mirrors, by Shawn Carman
  37. Rulebook Story (Hidden Emperor 4)
  38. Ashigaru Archers (Dark Journey Home flavor)
  39. Hidden Emperor, p. 27
  40. The Gift of the Emperor
  41. Merchant's Guide to Rokugan, pp. 86-87
  42. Yokatsu (Ambition's Debt Boxtetx)
  43. Hidden Emperor, p. 52
  44. Honor's Cost (Ambition's Debt flavor)
  45. Rulebook Story (Ambition's Debt)
  46. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 71

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