Yojimbo was the Rokugani word for bodyguard. Yojimbo were generally bushi assigned to protect non-bushi members of the samurai caste, such as courtiers and shugenja, as well as important figures such as daimyo and generals.
One of the first reccorded yojimbo in history was Mirumoto, who became the yojimbo of the Kami Togashi. Around this time was also the founding of the Shiba Yojimbo school, which was inspired by the Kami Shiba kneeling before Isawa and pledging to protect the shugenja and his tribe.
Emerald Champions Edit
The Emerald Champion was in theory the personal yojimbo of the Emperor, although other duties would sometimes keep the champion busy. The first Emerald Champion Kakita, won a tournament to hold the title. While the Emperor would traditionally have an Imperial Guard with several yojimbo, the Emerald Champion would be the first among any yojimbo.
The main duties of yojimbo were to protect important members or allies who were not expected to always defend themselves. People such as courtiers and shugenja were most commonly not trained in the sword, and as such would require someone to protect them. In the case of duels of honor, a yojimbo could often be someones designated champion, although this was not necessarily always the case.
Prestigious yojimbo schoolEdit
One of the most prestigious schools of yojimbo was that of the Shiba Yojimbo and the smaller Order of Chikai of the Phoenix Clan. Second to them would most likely be the Daidoji Yojimbo school of the Crane Clan.
Elite Guards Edit
Vassal families Edit
Some smaller vassal families of the clans devoted their entire family to the duties of yojimbo. Notable among them was the Koshei family, vassals of the Tonbo family of the Dragonfly Clan.
Yojimbo in clans Edit
The place of a yojimbo was so important to the clans of Rokugan that each clan had at least one school dedicated to the purpose of protecting it's less martial members.
|Crane Clan||Daidoji Yojimbo|
|Phoenix Clan||Shiba Yojimbo|
|Scorpion Clan||Shosuro Yojimbo|
- ↑ Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition page 313
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