THE ROLLS OF SAMURAI
I've had a lot of NPCs. Most of 'em have gotten themselves
killed over the years. Anyone in italics is especially important.
The Died date after those who have passed on is in two parts - the first
is the year, the second is the Hantei who ruled. Thus, someone who died
in 37/38 died in the 37th Year of the 38th Hantei.
The Family of Bayushi Suko
Bayushi Suko: A noble Scorpion lord, Suko's loyalty to
the Bayushi house was unquestioned. Ruler of many great estates, he was
destined to become lord of Tochi province before his untimely death in
a battle with the Lion. Died 37/38
Bayushi Isakamiko: Suko's wife, called Bayushi Isawa
by many due to her origins in the Phoenix clan. A shugenja of vast power,
Isakamiko seemed to marry beneath her station when she agreed to wed Suko.
Some whisper that Suko's rise in power was partly due to his wife. Isakamiko
was Tainted when she destroyed an Oni in the Incursion. She was killed
by Matsu Jitae during her daughter's wedding to Tsujite, but rose up as
an Undead and was killed again by Jitae in the Shadowlands. Died 34/38.
Bayushi Sugai:Suko's son, and Tsujite's rival. His hand
was crippled during the Topaz Championship, but Sugai won the favour of
Bayushi Kachiko and was rewarded with the Obsidian Hand. He rose to command
the Bayushi House Guard during the Coup, and was slain at Otosan Uchi while
taking the Emperor's Palace. Died 40/38
Bayushi Isamiko: Suko's daughter. She married Bayushi
Tsuyite to end the feud between the two houses, and gave birth to a son
the next year.
Bayushi Sugato: Suko's younger son. He ruled the House briefly,
but was killed during the shortlived attacks on the Scorpion during the
Coup. His death was blamed on Lion assassins. Died 40/38.
Bayushi Hotai:Weapons Master of the House, Hotai was
one of the greatest fighters in the Empire. He won much glory for his near-suicidal
charging of the Lion army following his brother's death. Hotai was married
to a minor noblewoman. He died in a brush fire. Died 40/38.
Bayushi Hotasu: Hotai's eldest son. Hotasu was trained
by Kakita Bayishamon to be the House Duellist following Sugai's maiming.
Hotasu defected to the Crane during the Siege of Otosan Uchi. Died 1/49
Bayushi Hogama: Twin brother of Hirimiko, now ruler of the house.
Bayushi Hirimiko: Twin sister of Hogama. The twins are only
twelve years old.
Shosuro Hyobu: Governess of Ryoko Owari for many years,
Hyobu's iron devotion to her beloved city was second to none. She was killed
by Unicorn during the chaotic days soon after the coup. Died 1/39.
Shosuro Jocho: Hyobu's enigmatic son. His back was broken
just after he slew the leader of the Kenku Cult. Died 2/39
The Family of Bayushi Toshiro
Bayushi Toshiro: Daimyo of the Toshiro family, he was
driven mad during his family's hiding in the Summer House. He was deposed
by his son, but later reclaimed his place. He has since been deposed once
more, but conflicting reports about his death abound.
His wife: Her name and face have been lost. She haunts
the Summer House like a white shadow.
Bayushi Toshiyama: Weapons Master of the House. Vanished for
many years, then returned only to die in mysterious circumstances. Died
Bayushi Tsuyite: Lord of Tochi province.
Bayushi Chimizu: Second Weapons Master of the House.
The Family of Yogo Mekumu
Yogo Mekumu: Elderly daimyo of the House, Mekumu was taken prisoner
by his own samurai after they were corrupted. Died 37/38.
Yogo Gotoki: Bloodspeaker and servant of Yajinden. Faked
his own death to pursue his goals freely. Died 37/38.
The Family of Daidoji Dajan:
Daidoji Dajan: Respected daimyo of the family. His health
failed him during the Shadowlands Incursion. Died 32/38.
Daidoji Omatao: Head of the Adamant Guard, Omatao was
slain by a ninja assassin soon after becoming daimyo. Died 37/38.
Daidoji Omasu: Younger brother of Omatao, Omasu married
the beautiful Ide Emishiko. Soon afterwards, he took posession of a small
keep, a keep which has since vanished in the woods. Died 2/39
Daidoji Okaido: Commander of the northern provinces of
the House, Okaido was chosen as heir over Omasu.
Daidoji Henshu: Courtier and Hatamoto to the House.
Asahina Tomai: Bloodspeaker traitor. Died 37/38.
Daidoji Ukami: Commander in the Adamant Guard
The Family of Ide Kanjin
Ide Kanjin: A fat merchant at heart, Kanjin's fortunes
were ruined when a ninja assassin wounded him, leaving his house open to
economic attack by Henshu. He succumbed to his wounds after many months.
Grandmother: Elderly matriarch of the House. Grandmother died
in her sleep. No, she wasn't a Kolat. Ever. :-) Died 33/38. Returned
as a ghost.
Ide (Daidoji) Emishiko: Ninja assassin, later Oracle
The Family of Shinjo Yoshioko:
Shinjo Yoshioko: Ordered to take the city of Ryoko Owari, Yoshioko's
ambitions were ruined when she fell prey to an assassin's blade. Died
Shinjo Kyo: Younger son of Yoshioko, Kyo has yet to distinguish
The Family of Matsu Jitae
Matsu Jitae: A skilled general, Jitae held the Lion's
outpost in the Scorpion territory for 13 years. He was killed in the Shadowlands
by Isakamiko. Died 34/38.
Matsu Shojuro: Jitae's son, he died in a duel with Bayishamon.
Matsu Shien: Jitae's daughter, she was denied the title
of Daimyo by Jitae's spirit. Following the ruination of her House, she
became a Deathseeker. She later became an unofficial magistrate in Ryoko
Owari, and has taken the Magistrate's House there. Died 2/39
Matsu Haramono: Jitae's cousin. An ambitious commander, he allied
with Shinjo Yoshiko - and died in the same way she did. Died 37/38.
Kitsu Ujiki: A powerful and mysterious shugenja, Ujiki had unfathomed
links to the Bloodspeaker. He orchestrated much of the war against Yajinden.
He was assassinated. Died 36/38.
Matsu Oyo: Jitae's hatamoto, and commander of the 39 Ronin.
The Family of Hida Tsu
Hida Tsu: Commander of the Crab's northern border, Tsu feared
he would never test himself against the Shadowlands. He died holding the
walls of his castle during the Shadowlands Incursion. Died 32/38.
Hida Bakanu: He married Yasuji Takiji's grand-daughter. Under
Kuni Yori's command, he attacked the Phoenix Watchtower, striking the first
blow against the Empire.
The Family of Yasuki Takiji
Yasuki Takiji: A Crab who dabbled in opium trading, and lost
everything as a result. He was killed along with most of his family in
the Incursion. Died 32/38.
Kuni Abashimori: House Shugenja of Takiji. Died 32/38.
The Family of Suzume Idatego:
Suzume (Bayushi) Idatego: He hid the first Scroll for many years.
Imperial Officials, Courtiers, and other
Otomo Yasho: An obnoxious yet important Imperial Courtier.
Kakita Pukabishi: The "Staring Crane", a famed Kakita
Magistrate. Died 39/38.
Mirumoto Fai Suk: Magistrate of Ryoko Owari.
Kakita Bayishamon: Master Duellist.
Kuni Abashita: Last Witch Hunter.
Kuni Kuul: Captain of Kuni Abashita's followers.
Shiro no Amimono Mori
Bayushi Yorinaga: Commander of Shiro No Mori Amimono,
chief warlord of Kawayo province
Bayushi Ryoi: an ambitious young general.
Bayushi Hamanari, Ryoi’s rival in Yorinaga's court Died
Shosuro Tanari: a quiet young gentleman samurai, courteous
and polite. Died 1/39
Shosuro Yashiko: a beautiful courtier
Yogo Tenkazu: Shugenja of the castle, Tenkazu's devotion
to the Tao and the proper worship of the kami is well known. Died 2/39
Hida Nakano: A noble-born Crab samurai sent to aid in the war.
Bayushi Ichiro: Chui Ichiro commands the PC's unit. Ichiro
was one of the six samurai of the original Kawayo Thunder Legion to survive
the attack on Otosan Uchi. Following this disaster, the Kawayo Thunders
have been rebuilding, but much of the honour and prestige of the Legion
Bayushi Igako: A scout and castle guard, Igako seems to know
everything that transpires within the keep.
Shosuro Gemmei: Another survivor of the Kawayo Thunder Legion,
Gemmei is a gunso under Ichiro’s command.
Michiko: A Wasp archer sent to the keep by the Three Man Alliance.
Kuni Abashimori: A strange iron-masked sorcerer of unknown origin
and intent. Died 1/29
Zatoichi: A blind swordsman and massage artist encountered on
the road to Shiro no Mori Amimono.
The Dark Jester of Fu Leng: A strange demon and trickster.