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Suzume Yugoki 
Suzume Yugoki 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Suzume Kashira 
Children: Several un-named,
Suzume Mochiko
Suzume Yusuke 
Titles: Sparrow Clan Champion
People

Suzume Yugoki was the Sparrow Clan Champion.

Appearance Edit

Yugoki was a tall, thin man, who had not hair on his face. He had a dark complexion and his facial features were soft and angular. Yugoki had a rich, deep voice, perfect for storytelling, but he tended to spend much of his time listening instead. [1]

Training Edit

Yugoki was the son of Suzume Kashira, and at the age of fourteen Yugoki passed his gempukku. [2]

Traveling with his Grandparent Edit

The Sparrow Champion Suzume Mukashino retired and turned the leadership of the clan over to his son, Suzume Kashira, to travel with his grandson Yugoki. [3]

Refusing to join Yoritomo's Alliance Edit

In 1122, [4] during the Clan War the Mantis Clan Champion, Yoritomo, summoned the leaders of Three Man Alliance, Yugoki, Ryosei from the Fox Clan, and Tsuruchi from the Wasp Clan. Yugoki made no objection when the other leaders joined the Yoritomo's Alliance, but the scarcity of bushi within the Sparrow Clan forced Yugoki to stand aside of this Alliance. [5]

Learning about the Real World Edit

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Suzume Yugoki

In 1123 he went to Otosan Uchi with his uncle Suzume Turai, to tender their annual taxes to the Emperor. He was marveled by the great city, but Turai extended the travel, and they visited Ryoko Owari Toshi. Yugoki emerged from Ryoko Owari a greatly changed person, after he saw in first person the tales he heard of the city, the Scorpion, and geisha in particular. Since that day he wore a red silken sash beneath his kimono, [6] supposedly a geisha's gift.

Clan War Edit

During the Clan War Yugoki was inspired by Yoritomo, a true hero. Yugoki returned reinvigorated, and ready to lead his clan to greatness. He sent Suzume Storytellers across the Empire, speaking to anyone and forging closer ties to the Sparrow. [7]

Sparrow Champion Edit

In the Month of the Boar of 1128 Kashira died from a lingering illness, believed to be a strain of plague. Yugoki reluctantly assumed leadership of the Sparrow. He confirmed a previous decission, declining the renewed Mantis offers to join Yoritomo's Alliance. [8]

Stolen Goods Edit

Yugoki enlisted the aid of the ronin Akihiro and his group to return rice and gold that had been stolen by a bandit group led by Heiji. Akihiro returned to Yugoki with the head of Heiji. Unknown to Yugoki, Akihiro had found out where Heiji had hidden the stolen goods, but kept them for himself. [9]

Kolat Edit

In 1159 Yugoki did not understand why Suzume Roshi had tried to kill Hantei Naseru. Usagi Ozaki knew the kolat implication and joined Yugoki to undo it. [10]

Mantis piracy Edit

Yugoki received a letter from Yoritomo Kumiko after a Sparrow ship commanded by his cousin had been sunk by the Mantis. Kumiko remined him that the seas was the Mantis territory and the trading goods had to be shipped onboard Mantis vessels for a fee. [11]

Crane aid Edit

In 1169 during his visit to Suzume Hills invited by Suzume Chiaki, Asahina Ekei managed to save a mine from collapsing. The rice crop had been poor this year, so the income from the mine was crucial to the clan. Yogoki thanked Elei and extended it to the Crane Clan. [12]

Spider Infiltration Edit

In 1170 Yugoki was a samurai who had not retired, despite being in his sixties. [7] He eventually did not know that his clan was being infiltrated by the Spider Clan, and several of the most loyal Sparrow died in strange circumstances at least since 1172. [13]

Heir Edit

Yugoki had several children, being the youngest a daughter, Suzume Mochiko, sensei of the Kyuden Suzume Dojo. [14] His son Suzume Yusuke inherited his post as champion. [15] Yugoki never knew he was being held hostage, not even when he finally died. [16]

See also Edit

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Preceded by:
Suzume Kashira
Sparrow Clan Champion
1128 - ?
Succeeded by:
Suzume Yusuke


References

  1. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 57
  2. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 56
  3. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 53
  4. Fealty and Freedom, p. 87
  5. Player's Guide: 2nd Ed, p. 72
  6. Way of the Minor Clans, pp. 56-57
  7. 7.0 7.1 Fealty and Freedom, p. 90
  8. Time of the Void, p. 100
  9. Wolves, by Rich Wulf
  10. Suzume House Guard (Winds of Change flavor)
  11. Clan Letter to the Mantis (Imperial Herald v2 #9)
  12. Tendrils of Silk, by Rusty Priske
  13. Scenes from the Empire 15, by Shawn Carman, Brian Yoon, & Nancy Sauer
  14. Way of the Samurai, p. 80
  15. The Sparrow’s Fate, Part 1 by Robert Denton
  16. The Sparrow’s Fate, Part 2, by Robert Denton



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