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Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Titles: Acolyte of Water

Suana was a member of the Brotherhood of Shinsei and an Acolyte of Water. The Naga called him the "Stonecarryer". [1]

Mantis Clan Edit

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Suana was born in the City of Lightning, and learned from an uncomplete copy of the Book of Sun Tao. He was expected to become a warrior, but the greater message of Sun Tao was the value of the art of war to the end of the preservation of peace, so Suana joined the Brotherhood at his gempukku. His decision outraged his younger cousin Yoritomo, who challenged Suana to a duel, which was not allowed by Yoritomo's father. [2]

Temple of Osano-Wo Edit

Suana left the Islands of Spice and Silk and joined the sohei Temple of Osano-Wo, where after years he became an Acolyte of Water. [3]

Dragon Lands Edit

The Dragon Clan Champion Togashi Yokuni gifted Suana with one of the orginal copies of the Book of Sun Tao, and the monk spent seven years in a small monastery near the Ki-Rin's Shrine studying it. [3]

Toturi Edit

Akodo Toturi was a student of Suana, before Toturi became both the Akodo Daimyo and Lion Clan Champion. [4] Suana had taken him as his student for his cunning and clear mind, and only later the monk knew who really was Toturi. [3]

Go Master Edit

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Suana was considered a master of Go. [5]

Scorpion Coup Edit

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Acolyte Suana

Suana was residing in Lion lands in 1123 at the time of the Scorpion Coup. He witnessed the power struggle between the Matsu and Akodo due to Toturi's absence, and decided to remain in Lion lands until Toturi returned. Suana also had visions of a hooded figure while meditating, interpreting them to mean that the descendant of Shinsei would soon appear. [4]

Clan War Edit

Go Master

Go Master Suana

Suana worked alongside Takao in training the Unicorn's army of farmers who fought on the Second Day of Thunder. [6] Suana and the wounded Master of Earth Isawa Tadaka found the maddened Master of Fire Isawa Tsuke yet alive despite his injuries and fall from the southern Enchanted Wall. The monk purified Tsuke with powerful kiho, and Tadaka forgave his fallen comrade for his madness. [7]

Hidden Emperor Edit

In 1132 Suana came to Morikage Forest together with Hoshi, and Togashi Mitsu, seeking the kidnapped Emperor Toturi I. The Shadows were aware of their coming, and sent his minions to attack them. While they were fighting the Goju appeared Hoshi Eisai. Suana believed they could do nothing more for the Emperor and it was time to escape. The four magically were transported out of the forest. [8]

Death Edit

Suana had met Ikoma Gunjin in his temple, when the tactician already should have retired from active duty. During their meetings in a small tea house near Kyuden Ikoma, they played many games of go as they traded ideas. Several month before the Battle of Oblivion's Gate they left an standstill unresolved game. They both decided to leave the game as it was and to finish it when they next met. Unfortunately, both Suana and Ikoma Gunjin fell in battle before they could reunite. The owner of the tea house left their game in its unfinished state in their honor. [9] His teachings were carried onto the Suana Dojo, and his name was venerated among the members of the Brotherhood. [10]

“Be as the water, and your strength will ebb and flow. Be as the stone, and your perseverance knows no limit.”
-Master Suana [11]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Superior Strategist

Suana Teaching Strategy


  1. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 1, by Ree Soesbee
  2. Way of Shinsei, pp. 70-71
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Way of Shinsei, p. 71
  4. 4.0 4.1 Clan Letter to the Brotherhood of Shinsei (Imperial Herald v.2 #4)
  5. Go Master (Imperial flavor) and (Gold flavor)
  6. Clan Letter to the Brotherhood #2 (Imperial Herald v2 #2)
  7. Time of the Void, p. 103
  8. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 3, by Ree Soesbee
  9. Art of the Duel, p. 63
  10. Suana Dojo (Aftermath Title and flavor)
  11. Book of Water, p. 99

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