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Takuan 
Takuan 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1132 
Parents: Un-named trader 
Titles: Imperial Chancellor,
Imperial Regent
People

Daidoji Takuan was cast out as the ronin Takuan. He became a loyal follower of Toturi the Black. After Toturi was crowned Emperor of Rokugan, Takuan became his chancellor and after Toturi's disappearance he was the Imperial Regent.

Beginnings Edit

Born of a vassal family of the Daidoji, [1] son of a trader, [2] he began life protecting the mercantile interests of the Crane, and his father pulled many political strings in order to allow his son to train with the Akodo, Doji and the Kakita. [3]

Outcast Edit

After his gempukku, Takuan was assigned to guard a Daidoji caravan. He later discovered the caravan was merely a cover for an opium smuggling cartel, and immediately reported to his lord, Daidoji Kichibei. Takuan struck Kichibei across the face. [1] Takuan's lord drew his sword and demanded the young samurai to kneel before him, but Takuan refused saying that he could not serve a weak man. Takuan knocked his lord to the floor as he left in disgust in search of his own future at the age of 24. [3]

Ronin Edit

Takuan 3

Takuan

Takuan served two years in the service of the Crab Clan at the Kaiu Wall, then as a caravan guard for the Ide family in the deserts north of Rokugan, and later a diplomat for the Sparrow Clan. [4]

Nanashi Mura Governor Edit

Since 1122 he helped Nanashi Mura grow under his leadership and served as the head of the Eyes of Nanashi, where he made friend of the local magistrate Mirumoto Taki. When he heard of the army that was growing under the leadership of Toturi he felt that it could help the villagers of Nanashi against Lion Clan. [5]

Toturi's Army Edit

Toturi's Lieutenant Edit

In 1127 the Eyes of Nanashi infiltrated Toturi's Army, with plans to assassinate Toturi should he ever be corrupted by his power. [6] Satisfied that Toturi had the best interests of the Empire in mind, they willingly joined Toturi the Black, and Takuan was granted the chui rank in his army. A group of Akodo ronin led by Utsuei left the Nanashi in disgust, blaming Toturi for their disgrace. [7] Takuan would become a powerful warrior and a charismatic leader of Toturi's Army. [8] Takuan became the leader of the Twelve Ronin. [4]

Guarding Beiden Pass Edit

After the Unicorn clan left the Beiden Pass in 1128, the Toturi's army was released from their trap in the Lion lands. They ehaded toward the Crane lands to confront the False Hoturi. Takuan was in charge of the pass. [9]

Imperial Chancellor Edit

Toturi as Emperor appointed Takuan to the office of Imperial Chancellor, reassigning Kakita Yoshi to be Imperial Advisor. [10]

Creating the Monkey Clan Edit

In 1129 Toturi I appointed Toku as the new Captain of the Imperial Guard and granted him his own clan, the Monkey Clan. Takuan suggested that the fledging Minor Clan, filled with ronin who owed their fame and respect to Toturi I, would make an excellent pool of apolitical Imperial Magistrates. Its duty was set to keep law and order in the Empire. [11]

The Disappearance of Toturi I Edit

In 1130 in the Month of the Hare [12] Toturi I announced a great festival for his second anniversary as Emperor, and important members of the Clans gathered into the Imperial City. Before the celebration began, a guard announced the disappearance of Toturi, and it was found a Scorpion silk scrap in his bloodied chambers. The Phoenix Clan Champion Shiba Tsukune gave testimony that Bayushi Kachiko had been in the Emperor's chambers just one hour ago. Tsukune had led the guards through the secret passage beyond the Emperor's room and had found an Akodo Dagger in the hands of the dead Bayushi Tagumura, a minor Daimyo, who also held a piece of Toturi's cloak. Within the dagger's tang was found the name of its owner, Akodo Kage, who had died during the Clan War. Only a Lion could have this weapon, making the matter confuse. [13]

Imperial Regent Edit

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Regent Takuan

Takuan, as the Imperial Chancellor, had to act as Imperial Regent. He now needed to keep the Imperial Court together and the Clans at peace, but Takuan was not yet ready for this task. [14] Overhwelmed by the responsibility, he turned to the Imperial Advisor Kakita Yoshi for aid. [15]

Scorpion Fostered Edit

As the Scorpion were unable to answer for the testimonies brought against them the acting Regent Takuan under advise from Emerald Champion Kakita Toshimoko ordered the Scorpion to be exiled to the Burning Sands. All Scorpion children under the age of 12 were fostered to the Crane to ensure that the Scorpion did not attempt any subterfuge. [16]

Chaos Edit

Flattering Takuan

Flattery begins

Lawlessness and banditry were rampant. The rising tides of ambition and loyalty threatened to crush the Empire in an iron grasp. After two months of Toturi's kidnapping the Empire was in chaos. [17] The Imperial Court saw the weakness of Takuan and the flattery began, whispering him to create his own dinasty, the Takuan family. [18]

Jade Championship Edit

While exploring the archives of Otosan Uchi, Imperial scribes discovered the existence of the long-defunct office of Jade Champion. [19] In 1131 attempting to show his authority, Takuan decided to hold the Test of the Jade Champion for the first time in centuries. Unexpectedly a Lion shugenja, Kitsu Okura, bested his opponents. [20]

Hitomi Requests Aid to the Court Edit

From Kyuden Hitomi Dragon ambassadors came to the Imperial Court, telling tales of genocide by the Naga, and speaking claims of peace. Hitomi sent a message of goodwill and unity through, and an offer of brotherhood to all who wished to join her in her quest for enlightenment. [21] Hitomi Kobai offered food for the Imperial military support against the Naga army and Takuan accepted advised by Yoshi. [22]

Siege of Kyuden Hitomi Edit

Tokuan defended Kyuden Hitomi against the Naga and Brotherhood of Shinsei combined armies in the Siege of Sleeping Mountain. [23] [24]

The Madness of Toturi Edit

After his rescue from the torture by the Lying Darkness Toturi was never the same. In 1132 he begun a cleansing of Otosan Uchi of everyone he deemed to be a Kolat, a word barely even heard of before this point. Even the loosest evidence resulted in executions and Takuan, horrified by his lord's actions, [25] requested to commit seppuku. What was left ol the true Toturi begged his friend to stay by his side, and Takuan agreed. [26]

Death Edit

Takuan's Seppuku

Takuan's Seppuku

The next day, however, the Emperor instead announced to the Imperial Court that he had ordered the Chancellor to commit seppuku for failing to properly govern in his absence. The final insult came when Toturi ordered Emerald Champion Seppun Toshiken, whom Takuan despised, to stand as the Chancellor's second. [26] Takuan performed the requested seppuku. [27]

See also Edit

Shiryo no Takuan

Shiryo no Takuan

External Links Edit


Preceded by:
Kakita Yoshi
Imperial Chancellor
1128 - 1132
Succeeded by:
none until Bayushi Kaukatsu
Preceded by:
Toturi I
Regent
1130 - 1132
Succeeded by:
Toturi I


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Time of the Void, p. 65
  2. Clan War: Toturi's Army and Yoritomo's Alliance, p. 27
  3. 3.0 3.1 Desperate Journey, p. 40
  4. 4.0 4.1 Time of the Void, p. 66
  5. Way of the Wolf, pp. 122-123 Sidebar
  6. Time of the Void, p. 10
  7. Time of the Void, p. 52
  8. Takuan (Anvil of Despair Boxtext)
  9. Time of the Void, p. 74
  10. Imperial Histories, p. 161
  11. Fealty and Freedom, p. 53
  12. Hidden Emperor, p. 11
  13. The Exile of the Scorpion, Part I, by Ree Soesbee
  14. Hidden Emperor, p. 21
  15. Takuan (Jade flavor)
  16. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, pp. 20-21
  17. Rulebook Story (Hidden Emperor 2)
  18. Flattery (Hidden Emperor 4 flavor)
  19. Hidden Emperor, p. 13
  20. Imperial Histories, p. 186
  21. Rulebook Story (Hidden Emperor 5)
  22. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 1, by Ree Soesbee
  23. Rulebook Story (Siege of Sleeping Mountain)
  24. Arrows from the Woods (Siege of Sleeping Mountain flavor)
  25. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 22
  26. 26.0 26.1 Hidden Emperor, p. 28
  27. Rulebook Story (Dark Journey Home), by Ree Soesbee



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