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Battle Maidens, the Shiotome, were an elite regiment of the Unicorn cavalry.
It was comprised almost only of the Utaku family female samurai, who rode the famed Utaku battle steeds. The Battle maidens shared a special bond with these steeds, drew from the blood of the original Otaku. To increase their family ranks they would retire, marry and have children, but not necessarily in that order. 
Their training was more intensive in its teachings in the way of battle, both individually and as a unit. It was a quick and mobile unit which became the shock troops of any Unicorn arm, fighting with ferocity. The shiotome benefitted from the 'esprit de corps' of being the only all-female cavalry unit in the Empire. 
The Shiotome performed their tests prior to their gempukku in the sacred Utaku Testing Grounds. Because of its proximity to Dragon Lake, it was said that the Dragon of Water watched over the Battle Maidens. The Dragon would sometimes visit the dreams of Utaku samurai-to-be before their gempukku as they meditated at Otaku Seido, granting them his heavenly blessings. 
Battle Maiden Techniques Edit
Known Sensei Edit
Battle Maidens were considered fearless, and swift. They were famous for charging into the melee without uttering a single word.  Otaku, the first Unicorn thunder was considered to be the first ever Battle Maiden. However, it was her daughter, Otaku Shiko who founded the Battle Maiden school. 
Heigen no Otaku Edit
Name Change Edit
When Lady Shinjo put Otaku Kamoko among the stars as a reward for her action, she commanded the Otaku family to change their name to Utaku so Kamoko would be the last Battle Maiden to bear the Otaku name. 
See also Edit
External Links Edit
- Battle Maidens (Hidden Emperor 6)
- Battle Maiden Troop (Rise of the Shogun)
- Shiotome (Words and Deeds)
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