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The thousand years of darkness and the great clans

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:29

Hier poste ich euch die Infos zu den Clans welche in "Imperial Histories" drinnen stehen, einfach der Vollständigkeit halber.


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The Crab

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:31

The samurai of the Crab Clan were once stalwart defenders against the forces of the Shadowlands. When the Day of Thunder went horribly awry, the Crab warriors were at loss as to how to proceed. How could they defend the Empire when the Empire itself had succumbed to corruption?After weeks of uncertainty, the Crab decided to stand their ground, refusing to submit to the inevitable.
The manned their fortifications, bolstered their defenses, and fought every Shadowlands creature that crossed their lands. For a year the Crab held out, interrupting communications between the Imperial Palace and the Shadowlands and disrupting Fu Leng’s troop movements.

When the disruptions grew too much to ignore, Fu Leng turned his full attention toward the Crab. He resurrected the Maw from the depths of Jigoku. The Oni Lord was only too eager to gain revenge against those who had defeated it centuries before. The rebellious Crab were caught between rampaging oni hordes from the south and Ikoma Ujiaki’s corrupt samurai from the north. The campaign lasted only weeks. The castles of the Crab were razed to the ground, and the Maw gloated over the ashes.

After their crushing defeat, the remaining samurai of the Crab Clan separated into three groups. The first group believed they had to unite with the rest of Rokugan to stand a chance. These Crab followed Hida Yakamo as he joined Toturi’s Army. The second group refused to abandon their homeland and waged guerilla resistance from the Twilight Mountains. Hida O-Ushi led this group for many years. These rebels had a difficult time surviving on their own, however, as they were hounded constantly by Fu Leng’s demons.

The final group decided Fu Leng’s armies were too strong to meet on the battlefield. Only the most insidious tactics could be effective, and in their minds the only possible source of help were the legendary masters of conspiracy: the organization known as the Kolat. Yasuki Taka revealed his affiliation with that sinister group and led those who shared his beliefs to the Hub Villages, where the Kolat had established themselves under Fu Leng’s nose. These Crab quickly shed their moral scruples and did everything they could do to damage the Dark Emperor’s reign.

Sadly, the Crab Clan also supplied a very large part of the Obsidian Legions’ numbers. Hida Kisada’s previous alliance with the Shadowlands provided Fu Leng’s army with a large supply of corrupted Crab samurai. The pure Crab fought beyond their limits to correct their failure, but they did not have enough strength to overcome their dark brothers. The years of constant battle took their toll. Hida Yakamo and Hida O-Ushi both perished without any sign of possible victory.

The Crab Clan has always been defined by stubborn courage, a stalwart refusal to give in against the Shadowlands. In the year 1155, under the reign of Fu Leng, the Crab continue to fight though there seems to be no hope and no end in sight. As the Shogun Kaneka raised his banner, many of the surviving Crab flocked to his side, while others continued to fight from the ruins of the Crab lands, unwilling to ever give up on their homeland.


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The Crane

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:33

The story of the Crane Clan after the Day of Thunder is defined by tragedy and revenge. Fu Leng killed Doji Hoturi during their fateful battle, ripping a hole into the Crane Clan Thunder’s chest. He turned insult to injury by resurrecting Hoturi with his most powerful magic. Hoturi the Heartless retained all his skills with the blade, but none of his kindness or mercy. The undead samurai was the strongest warrior in Fu Leng’s service, and the Dark Emperor appointed him as his Obsidian Champion.

Hoturi the Heartless held all of the faults attributed to the Crane Clan, but magnified a thousand times. He was obsessed with becoming perfect in form and style.  His twisted mind came to the conclusion that the existence of any other Crane reflected poorly on him. There was only one possible solution. Hoturi led an army of demons and Lost to his former home, KyudenDoji. His younger brother Doji Kuwanan challenged the undead abomination to a duell, but was immediately struck down, and the slaughter of the Crane Clan followed.

A handful of Crane samurai were able to escape in the chaos, but Hoturi’s relentless hunt knew no limits. The Obsidian Champion searched for the survivors personally and took great pleasure in watching each Crane die on his blade. Fu Leng allowed his Champion to indulge himself for many months, but finally grew impatient when Hoturi showed no sign of returning. Eventually Fu Leng recalled Hoturi to his side, and the Heartless was unable to kill the very last Crane: Daidoji Uji, lord of the Daidoji, the Iron Crane.

Uji joined with Toturi’s Army and took eager students under his wing to create a new Crane Clan. Uji swore to kill Hoturi and continue the Crane name, but he would only do so on his own terms. The Crane Clan had previously been defined by social grace and dueling form, but Uji’s new Crane Clan was different: he trained his students in covert attacks, sabotage, and guerilla tactics.

Through Uji’s efforts the Crane Clan survived into the new world, but the clan archetype of the graceful, civilized samurai soon faded into memory. Those who called themselves Crane samurai now were dirty fighters who would not hesitate at the cruelest tactic to defeat the
enemy. Modern Crane samurai lamented the loss of their identity, but they also knew the truth: the world ruled by Fu Leng needed fighters, not artists, and if the Crane were to provide art and culture in the future they would first need to survive and to triumph.


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The Dragon

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:34

Mirumoto Hitomi’s hatred toward Hida Yakamo, her brother’s killer, and toward Togashi for allowing it was what brought forth the Thousand Years of Darkness. She stepped away from her destiny as the Dragon Clan Thunder and left the rest of Rokugan to die. After that fateful day, she returned to her home in the mountains and planned its defense. She knew her home had no real hope against the full might of Fu Leng’s armies. She watched the Crane lands burn and knew she needed a drastic solution to keep her clan’s independence.

She found her answer deep within Kyuden Hitomi. A prison of pure crystal held the original Scorpion Thunder, Shosuro. Hitomi released the creature and listened to its subtle words. The Goju could save the Dragon Clan, Shosuro whispered. The power of Nothing was strong enough to stand up to Fu Leng’s armies. If the might of the Dragon Clan joined the Lying Darkness, the combination would be unstoppable.

Hitomi agreed, and the entire Dragon Clan fell to the Lying Darkness. Goju Adorai, the avatar of the Shadow, came to dwell in Dragon lands and ruled the clan alongside Hitomi. The Shadow soon grew exponentially in power, and Fu Leng decided toppling the Dragon Clan
would cost too much; he pushed the problem away for another time. The years passed while the Dragon Clan consciousness controlled by Hitomi and Goju Adorai. 

Despite her corruption and madness Hitomi did not lose her sense of ambition. She imprisoned Adorai and claimed full control of her clan. But when Hida Yakamo confronted and killed her, Adorai escaped and regained control of the Dragon. Once he asserted domination over the clan, there was nothing left of the Dragon… or so he thought.

Many former ise zumi did not lose their personalities completely. They retained a bit of themselves, and they knew Adorai was the doom of their clan and possibly of creation itself. While they could not do anything overt against their master, they rebelled in any way they could. They stole the Jade Hand, a powerful nemuranai that resisted the power of the Lying Darkness, which had been left behind after Yakamo died. Eventually Togashi Shunsen placed the item in the hands of Togashi Mitsu, one of the last uncorrupted Dragon. If anyone could save the Dragon Clan, Shunsen knew, it would be Mitsu.

Although the vast majority of the Dragon Clan was corrupted by the Nothing, a few travelers and wanderers escaped that fate, most prominently Togashi Mitsu himself. Most of these warriors joined Toturi’s Army, but others died in remote villages across the Empire as they stood against the tyranny of the Obsidian Legionnaires.

By the year 1155, the Dragon Clan was technically the strongest faction within Rokugan that was still free of Fu Leng’s influence. Shadowlands creatures guarded the border to the Dragon mountains but dared not step inside. These two evil powers stood at an impasse, neither willing to make the first aggressive move. Fu Leng’s Empire grew ever stronger, but the Nothing spread its influence where the Shadowlands could not watch. The corrupted Dragon but if his great power ever faltered, they would strike if not patient.


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The Lion

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:53

The Lion Clan had served as the Right Hand of the Emperor ever since the founding of Rokugan, and when the Emperor revealed himself as the lord of Jigoku, the samurai of the Lion were forced to a difficult and divisive decision. Did the oaths they swore bind them to the Empire or to the Emperor? Ikoma Ujiaki decided on the latter and brought thousands of Lion samurai to the service of Fu Leng. These corrupt samurai formed a great portion of the Obsidian Legions, immediately providing the Dark Emperor a force of highly trained and completely loyal samurai.

Unfortunately, those who did not bow to the Dark Emperor were thrown into disarray after their defeat on the Day of Thunder.
Their Champion Matsu Tsuko had already committed seppuku, IkomaTsunari was slain by Ujiaki, and Kitsu Toju perished on the Day of Thunder, leaving them no obvious leaders. Without skilled commanders their weakened armies were ineffective, and the Lion suffered many defeats in the days following the Day of Thunder. Finally, Matsu Tsuko's cousin Matsu Gohei assumed command and led the remnants of the clan to the Empire's southern provinces.

The Butcher was never a skilled commander; he had alsways preferred to throw himself at the enemy with reckless abandon.
When he found Toturi's Armie he relinquished control of his forces to the Black Lion.Toturi refused the title of Lion Clan Champion, but nonetheless performed all the duties of the office without complaint. The pure Lion acceptedhim as one of their own and quickly learned to be effective soldiers against their new enemy. 

The Lion had been a proud people before the Day of Thunder, and the loss of their pride was painful indeed. Although the priority of the remaining pure samurai was to defeat Fu Leng, many Lion remained more focused on the defense of their name, the last fragment of pride they had left. Nearly half of the Lion Clan had sworn allegiance to the Dark God; no other Great Clan lost so many to willing submission.
The pure Lion found it difficult to believe so many of their brethren took their oath to the Emperor to such an extreme, perverting the meaning of it, and they fought relentlessly to defeat their fallen counterparts in the Obsidian Legion. Pure Lion took great risks and suffered many defeats to kill Tainted Lion, only stopping when to continue meant disobeying direct order.(Ironically, many of the Lion who served Fu Leng quickly grew to hate their own existence. Their strict adherence to Loyalty prevented them from breaking their oaths, and seppuku was no answer to those who could not die except in battle.)

Though the numbers of pure Lion continued to dwindle from year to year, they remained at the forefront of every battle against the Dark Emperor. In the year 1155, the remaining Lion formed a large portion of the new Shogun’s armies. Their war would never end as long as one Tainted Lion drew breath.


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The Mantis

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:54

The Mantis Clan officially remained a Minor Clan within the timeline of the Thousand Years of Darkness, for the defeat of the Seven Thunders meant there was no way for Toturi to keep his promise to elevate them to Great Clan status. However, Yoritomo’s forces still became an invaluable part of the resistance to the new Dark Emperor. After the Day of Thunder, Yoritomo ordered the Mantis to maintain their mastery of the seas at all costs. Under his command, they ruthlessly destroyed all Rokugani vessels capable of transporting troops to the Islands of Spice and Silk, and maintained a guerilla campaign for months to attack shipyards and prevent the Obsidian Legions from
being able to mount an invasion of their home. Consequently, the Islands of Spice and Silk remained a safe haven for rebels and dissidents for over a decade.

The sabotage of Rokugan’s fleets protected the Mantis Clan for several years, but eventually the Crab prodigy Kuni Osaku and the Naga jakla called the Shashakar found a better solution. The two managed to purify the Great Sea Spider from the corruptive influence of the Shadowlands Taint. The creature destroyed Fu Leng’s ships for years before it was finally subdued again by the Shadowlands. During this
extended period the Mantis Clan was able to almost flourish, and certainly fared the best out of any of the clans. Their homeland remained untouched by major battles for more than a decade. Mantis samurai fought alongside Toturi’s Army on the mainland, and the clan also conducted guerilla raids along the coast to continue protecting the safety of the home islands. Bayushi Aramasu, the son of
Bayushi Aramoro, joined the Mantis clan and traveled to the Ivory Kingdoms in search of allies for the war. He could not rouse the foreigners to action, but his heartfelt attempts did engender sympathy for Rokugan’s plight.

After Fu Leng destroyed their homeland, the Mantis Clan sailed away from Rokugan with many of Toturi’s survivors, seeking a new home in the Ivory Kingdoms. Despite Aramasu’s best efforts to smooth over the situation, the sudden arrival of thousands of samurai alienated
the natives. It was a struggle for the Mantis and their companions as well; after centuries of self-confident xenophobia, they found it profoundly difficult to live as homeless refugees among foreigners.

Yoritomo led the Mantis Clan through the chaos and continued to do so until he finally grew too old and was forced to retire. His greatest lieutenant, Aramasu, took control of the clan. By the year 1155, Aramasu had finally managed to win real friendship from some in the Ivory Kingdoms, notably the noble family of the Singh, and prepared to return to Rokugan in force. He could only pray the combined
strength of the Mantis and the Singh would be enough to overcome the monsters who ruled their homeland.


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The Phoenix

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:56

The Phoenix Clan was on the brink of destruction even before the Day of Thunder. The Council of Five had opened the Black Scrolls and summoned an oni to learn what the Shadowlands held in store for the Empire. Their curiosity unleashed the horror of the Shadowlands Taint upon the clan. Hundreds fell to corruption and madness, and almost the entire Elemental Council died on the Day of Thunder, along with the Clan Champion. By the time the Phoenix retreated from Otosan Uchi their forces were only a pitiful remnant. The Phoenix Clan never recovered from the setback. Shiba Tsukune attempted to rally her forces together with the aid of the Grand Master of the Elements Naka Kuro. She was a natural leader but time and manpower were against her. An army of foul demons marched toward her homeland shortly after Fu Leng ascended to the throne, led by the greatest maho tsukai under the god’s command. The Dark Council of Five was determined to show Rokugan that they were the true masters of the elements.

The Phoenix waged a desperate and futile defense against overwhelming opposition. The Shadowlands forces obliterated the defenses in a matter of weeks and razed every castle to the ground. Thousands died. The scant few samurai who survived dispersed into the wilderness and the organized Phoenix Clan was no more. Those who wished to continue the fight joined Toturi’s Army, carrying
the memory of the Phoenix in their hearts. 

The Soul of Shiba sensed the withdrawal of Tengoku from the mortal realm and knew the resurrection of the Phoenix Clan would have to wait for centuries if it was to happen at all. The Soul ordered Shiba Tsukune to hide the Ancestral Sword of the Phoenix deep in the countryside. The rightful scion of the Phoenix might one day uncover the weapon and claim its birthright, but in the meantime the sword—and the Soul—fell dormant without Tengoku’s guidance.

The future remained grim for Shiba’s followers in the year 1155. Although Shiba Tsukune had found and completed the Last Wish, even she could only be in one place at a time, combating the Obsidian Legion and saving villagers from the predations of Shadowlands creatures. Tsukune was becoming an older woman, although the strength of the greatest nemuranai in the world kept her youthful and powerful, one of the strongest samurai in the realm. So long as she continued her quest across the land, the Phoenix Clan would not be altogether dead.


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The Scorpion

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 19:58

The Scorpion Clan was formally disbanded by Hantei the 39th after the failed Coup against the Emperor. Most of the clan took on the trappings of ronin and continued to watch over the Empire, while waging vengeful covert warfare against those who had undone them. However, while they changed the colors they wore, the Scorpion never truly forgot the ancient duty they had sworn to uphold. Thus of all the Great Clans, the Scorpion Clan was uniquely prepared when Fu Leng ascended to the throne-they had been waging a guerrilla campaign for years, but were utterly unwilling to submit to the Shadowlands.

All the same, Fu Leng’s triumph came as a terrible blow. The Scorpion had been charged with defeating hidden enemies of the Empire, they had launched the Coup expressly to prevent Fu Leng’s return, and now the Dark Kami sat as usurper on the throne at the very heart of Rokugan. Worse still, it was their own Yogo Junzo who had begun unleashing Fu Leng’s power by opening the first Black Scroll. They had a responsibility to redeem his actions and to save the Empire, even if that meant destroying it.

Scorpion forces were largely unchanged by the catastrophic turn of events on the Day of Thunder. They had marched onto the Battlefield along with the rest of Rokugan and suffered many casualties, but their strength had never truly been measured by the numbers in their armies. The Scorpion were always the most powerful when working off the battlefield, infiltrating the enemy and controlling the flow of information. The only difference now was that the stakes were infinitely higher.

Many Scorpion appeared to submit to the Obsidian Legion and blended in to the new Empire. They told their new masters they wanted revenge for being cast aside after the Coup. Like all skillful lies, these claims had a core of truth within and were thus easily accepted. These Scorpion infiltrators passed along troop movements, important supply lines, enemy plans and tactics, and personnel changes to the resistance. These infiltrators acted with great care, often conveying their information blindly to unknown agents lest they betray the resistance. Moreover, many of these infiltrators had no choice but to accept the Shadowlands Taint in order to win the trust of their
new lords in the Obsidian Legion. They did this knowing that no matter how strong-willed they might be, the overwhelming power of the Taint would grind down any resistance over time. Some Scorpion killed themselves before the Taint forced them to turn traitor. Others fled, disappearing into the wilderness and eventually turning into mindless beasts. The most notable of these tragic infiltrators was Bayushi Aramoro, brother of their famed Champion Bayushi Shoju, who submitted to the Taint to be near his true love Kachiko but ultimately became a mindless monster.

The clan’s two strongest symbols of ongoing resistance were Bayushi Hisa, who acted as their leader within Toturi’s Army, and the Thunder and former Empress Bayushi Kachiko. Fu Leng took the crafty woman as his bride after the Day of Thunder, and although she was horrified by the Dark Kami she knew what role she had to play. Much as with the original Hantei XXXIX, she submitted rather
than die in futility. Kachiko was disgusted and horrified by Fu Leng’s reign and wept when she could not stop his cruelties,
allowing him to see her weakness and fear, knowing he reveled in them. In truth, though, Kachiko used every political and emotional trick she had against the Dark Emperor, working to curb his excesses even without his knowledge. She was a far harder-hearted woman than
she appeared, but realized early on that Fu Leng needed her dismayed reactions as approval for his actions. Every day of her life was a constant battle of wits, struggling to contain the malign god’s worst actions, and she never lost. She even managed to fool Fu Leng by presenting him with a fake heir; while the fallen Kami believed Kachiko had borne him his daughter, the child’s father was actually Bayushi Aramoro. Although he did not realize it, his plan to possess his own daughter to continue his eternal life had been foiled.

In the year 1155 the Scorpion Clan continued to fight from the shadows. Many traveled to the Burning Sands to forge ties with gaijin forces, even beginning conversations with the mysterious Ashalan. Kachiko groomed Hantei Naseru in her subtle and fiendish methods, training him in the best Scorpion traditions. His mind was becoming as razor sharp as Kachiko’s own, and she watched with an adopted mother’s pride.


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The Unicorn

Beitrag von Nicole am 20.11.13 20:10

The Unicorn had always felt comfortable traveling outside Rokugan’s borders, especially since they were never fully accepted as a Great Clan after their return in the ninth century. All too many other samurai treated them as nothing more than uncouth barbarians. While the Unicorn restrained their resentment at such attitudes, they retained their willingness to explore the outside world, and this saved the clan once doom came to the land.

The Unicorn allied with Toturi’s Army in the months after the Day of Thunder. They fought hard, using their advantages of speed and mobility to strike before the Obsidian Legion was fully prepared for them. They attacked supply outposts, camps, and even the Imperial City itself. Shinjo Yokatsu had more than one reason to support Toturi; in addition to serving as Clan Champion, he was also one of the Kolat Masters, and the Kolat saw the rise of Fu Leng as anathema. His superb tactical mind honed the Unicorn into a dangerous mobile force that left only devastation in its wake.

After a few months of guerilla combat, Yokatsu agreed to support Toturi in a decisive strike against the Emperor. The Obsidian Legion had sent half of its forces to the north to conquer the Yobanjin tribes and destroy the Dragon lands, and Toturi took advantage of this to march on the Imperial City. The Unicorn formed a large portion of his multi-clan army and for a time they allowed themselves to hope that victory might be possible. But the battle had barely begun when the skies opened and angels of death descended on razor wings: 
the ashura, forged from the souls of fallen samurai. They devastated the armies and drove the Unicorn away in rout. When the dust settled, Yokatsu was among the dead.

Without any military guidance, the Unicorn retreated to their homeland and tried to figure out what they could do. It was Horiuchi Shoan, the quiet shugenja-ko whose family name had begin with her, who realized what their next move had to be. “Rokugan is lost to the forces of Jigoku,” she told her clansmen. “We are the people of the wind. Let us follow it and find our long-lost cousins.” The Unicorn agreed, and a week later the entire clan began an exodus into the Burning Sands.

The trip was arduous. The Desert Moto tribes finally found them deep within the Burning Sands, haggard but alive. The reunion with their Moto cousins was bittersweet, the joy of meeting tinged with the horror of what they had left behind. After a long conversation, the Moto and the rest of the Unicorn merged forces, referring to themselves as the people of the Ki-Rin and adopting the Moto ways. Within a few years the Unicorn became a clan of superb desert warriors, basing themselves out of the city of Medinaat al-Salaam, the Jewel of the Desert. They regrouped, gathered their strenght, and waited for the evil they knew would one day follow their tracks.

This retribution came in the form of an undead Otaku Kamoko. The Herald of Fu Leng chased the Unicorn through the Burning Sands, 
leading the largest Dark Moto army assembled since the Day of Thunder. Moto Gaheris, the Khan of the united Unicorn, coordinated the defense. He used the unfamiliar surroundings and strange desert tactics to confound the superior Shadowlands army. The Unicorn suffered many casualties, but they left their enemy with no survivors. Moto Gaheris and his son, also named Gaheris, were both dead, 
and Moto Chagatai became the new Khan at the age of six. 

Although the Unicorn Clan had repelled the attack, they could not predict the Immortal Caliph’s alliance with Fu Leng. The Caliph loosed the Tsuno into Medinaat-al-Salaam and turned the Unicorn haven into a deathtrap. Countless Unicorn samurai died fighting the strange
Shadowlands creatures, and finally Chagatai called a retreat. He did not want to abandon his lifelong home, but he knew that something needed to change if his people were to survive. Help came unexpectedly from Daidoji Uji, who arrived in the city and swore to help kill the Caliph if Chagatai would bring his forces back to Rokugan to aid the new Shogun, Akodo Kaneka. Chagatai agreed.

The Unicorn Clan returned to Rokugan in the year 1155. Their armies were as strong as the rest of the Rokugani resistance forces combined. Moto Chagatai swore fealty to Akodo Kaneka and promised him eternal friendship. Kaneka was happy to have a trusted ally and quickly grew to respect the desert warrior’s opinions. Refreshed after their long reprieve from danger, the Unicorn Clan now prepared to help their exhausted brothers carry on the fight.


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The Imperial Families

Beitrag von Nicole am 25.08.14 19:26

The Dark Emperor Fu Leng had no need for the Seppun,the Otomo, or the Miya. He set his forces to raze Kyuden Otomo and to kill every Seppun in their homes. The Miya scattered  before  a  similar  doom  could  fall  upon  their heads. With the Imperials gone, Fu Leng restructured the Empire in his image. He kept a few Imperial sycophants near him, weak and corrupt men like Miya Satoshi who groveled at his feet. Fu Leng often amused himself by having them tortured or executed for no reason, reveling in the torment of the victims and the terror of the survivors.

In truth, when he first took power Fu Leng had no interest in ruling and maintaining the Empire. He intended to simply unleash the wrath of Jigoku on the human world. However, power corrupts everyone, and sitting on the Emerald Throne brought the dark god the realization 
that he enjoyed keeping humans under his thrall. Empress Kachiko subtly encouraged this tendency, knowing it was 
the  only  way  to  keep  humanity  alive.  Fu  Leng  decided to keep Rokugan’s people powerless and utterly subservient, denying them the strength of the Shadowlands Taint. He would subvert and corrupt everything his siblings had ever created.

Fu Leng placed his own creations in the traditional support positions around him. Hoturi the Heartless served as his Obsidian Champion, much as Doji Satsume had served Hantei XXXVIII. Otaku Kamoko became his Dark Herald, much as the Miya once served. His own Dark Council of 
Five ensured his dominance over the Elements, and the beautiful Hantei Kachiko became his bride. His subversion of the Empire complete, he turned his attentions toward trivial matters, leaving the Empire to struggle for survival without his direct supervision.

Ikoma Ujiaki, Rikugunshokan of Fu Leng’s armies, was assigned to lead the Obsidian Legions. The Obsidian Legionnaires themselves were former samurai, now turned into  undead  or  utterly  corrupted  by  the  Shadowlands Taint, and they served with unflagging loyalty. Some of them even continued to believe in Bushido, regarding their oaths to Fu Leng as binding them in the same way as those to previous Emperors. The Legions outwardly resembled a traditional Rokugani army, and maintained strict discipline. The forces of Jigoku were another matter altogether, however. Led by the Oni Lord known simply as the Maw, these forces—sometimes called the Legion of Jigoku—embodied all the chaos and destruction of the Shadowlands Horde. Their massive numbers of oni, goblins, ogres, and trolls rampaged across the countryside at Fu Leng’s bidding with no regard to human life. The rebels who fought against the Dark Emperor were always unsure which they preferred to face: the cruel, calculating brilliance of the Obsidian  Legions  or  the  raw  brutality  of  the  Legion  of Jigoku.

The Dark Lord’s forces did not wane with the passing years, and in the year 1155 both the Legion of Jigoku and the Obsidian Legions were as powerful as ever. They stood ready to defeat any threat to the Dark Kami’s throne, and watched  the  Shogun’s  growing  armies  with barely  restrained eagerness.
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