Doji Satsume 
Doji Satsume 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1123 [1] 
Parents: Doji Chuai 
Siblings: Doji Ichihara 
Spouse: Doji Teinko 
Children: Doji Hoturi,
Doji Kuwanan,
Doji Shizue (adopted) 
Titles: Crane Clan Champion,
Emerald Champion

Doji Satsume, or the Grinning Crane was a master duelist from the Kakita Dueling Academy.

Youth Edit

He was the son of the Crane Clan Champion and born into greatness. He would however not let this dull the edge of his fighting spirit or dampen his quest for glory. Trained at the Daidoji Bushi school and the Kakita Iaijutsu school, Satsume was one of the best swordsmen in the Empire. [2]

Station Edit

He began his service to the Crane by serving on the Daidoji line against the Lion, fighting against the Akodo. It was during his service that he slew the Ikoma Daimyo in personal combat, at only sixteen years of age. He trained alongside the Emperor Hantei XXXVIII in the Kakita Dueling Academy, and the two became good friends. At the age of twenty-one he became the youngest Emerald Champion in history when he beat his own father, Doji Chuai, at the Test of the Emerald Champion. [2]

View on the Unicorn Edit

After his victory Satsume asked the Unicorn Clan Champion, Shinjo Yokatsu, to follow the path of his ancestors and to be ashamed for the barbaric ways they showed. Yokatsu retorted and menaced to cross blades for any future slight regarding it, his blade would be guided by the Kami Shinjo herself. [3]

Duties Edit

Satsume was capable of performing his duties as both Crane and Emerald Champion, but when away on official duty he would leave his son, Doji Hoturi in charge of the Doji household. He wished that his son would begin to prepare for the challenges to come when Satsume was no longer Champion. [2]

Defending the Emperor Edit

During his duty with the Emperor's guard Satsume was badly injured while defending the Emperor from a ninja infiltration. The injury left Satsume with a scar running from his left eyebrow to the corner of his mouth. As the scar healed it contracted the skin of his face, resulting in a strange "half grin" which served as a constant reminder of his loyalty to the Emperor. The scar earned him the name the "Grinning Crane". [2] [4]

Family Edit

His wife was sister to Kakita Toshimoko, Kakita Teinko. Their marriage was arranged at Satsume's petition, and Teinko's parents were more than happy to oblige their Champion. Teinko did not love him, but married him dutifully and gave birth to two sons, Doji Hoturi and Doji Kuwanan. Teinko always wanted a daughter and when Satsume's brother, Doji Ichihara, and his wife died, Teinko begged Satsume to take their daughter, Doji Shizue, under their wing. [5] He had a cousin, Doji Mikara, from an unknown sibling. [6]

His Sons Edit

His duties left him little time for his family, and when his single-minded duty as a Champion drove his wife, Doji Teinko to her suicide. [7] This planted a deep wedge between Satsume and his eldest son, Doji Hoturi. Satsume regretted this, but his pride stood in the way of any form of apology. He chose instead to focus his energy on his youngest son, Doji Kuwanan, who shared his zeal for combat and justice. [8]

When Satsume had to go to Winter court at Kyuden Asako, he did not believe his heir could conduct himself honorably as the Crane representative in the Emperor's winter court. Satsume asked Kakita Toshimoko who would be the daimyo to be send. Asahina Dorai, the replacement proposed by Toshimoko, was rejected by Satsume as he saw the Asahina as a fool boy of fourteen years old. With no other better option, Satsume was forced to send Hoturi alongside with Toshimoko. [9]

His Daughter Edit

Satsume had no time for Shizue. Her crippled leg caused him to pay no attention to her at all. Teinko however doted upon the child, and taught her many skills including storytelling. [5]

Appearance Edit

Doji Satsume 2

Doji Satsume

Satsume walked slightly bow-legged as a result of many years spent on horseback. His stride was purposeful and direct, just like his speech. His voice was sonorous but harsh, carrying hints of a threat, and his eyes were narrow as if clouded by the evils he had seen. His most distinguishable feature was his facial scar. He was five foot, six inches tall, but with a bulky frame. [5]

Toshi Ranbo Edit

Tensions between the Crane and the Lion Clan arose, and the claim of Toshi Ranbo by the Crane general Doji Chuto only increased them. The former Lion Lord of the castle had left it and committed seppuku in shame. Rumors of blackmail by the Crane general spread. [10] The Lion Clan Champion, Akodo Arasou, was killed when he attempted to retake the city. [11]

Emerald Champion Edit

Murder at Tsuma Edit

Satsume was had been recently appointed as Emerald Champion in 1122 when he attended the Topaz Championship, alongside other Daimyo such as the Lion Clan Champion Akodo Toturi and the Matsu Daimyo Matsu Tsuko. [12] The Badger Clan Champion Ichiro Akitomo was at Tsuma while the tournament was held, and was found murdered. One of the witnesses, Bayushi Sugai, claimed it was a ninja assassination, while another, Otaku Shiko accused Sugai as the murderer. Sugai challenged her for the slight and cut Shiko down. [13]

Stepping down as Doji Daimyo Edit

Satsume gave the Ancestral Sword of the Crane, Shukujo, to his son on the day Hoturi took command of the Doji armies and first joined the Council of the Crane as Doji Daimyo. [14]

Opium War Edit

After the death of the Ryoko Owari Toshi's Emerald Magistrate, Kakita Naritoki, Satsume sent a group of magistrates to investigate, [15] but a violent conflict broke out in the city. Near the end of the Opium War Satsume was informed that the city's civil disorder was due to opium trading, and that the illegal opium trade was connected to the legitimate opium trade. Without testimony to support it, Satsume just decided to remove Shosuro family's charter to license opium farming and storage, with the acknowledgment of the Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Shoju. [16]

Tensions with the Lion Edit

Tensions between the Lion and Crane had increased at the end of 1122. Despite the economic might of the Crane the Lion had managed to be supplied for a third party and a Lion army had moved to the Osari border. His second son was at risk if the impending war happened, and Kuwanan had refused to return from Lion lands despite Satsume had requested so. [17]

Scorpion Coup Edit

When news of the Scorpion Coup reached the Crane, they left behind the Lion-Crane War and its fights in the Plains of Battle, an assembled an army to attack the city from the west, in the third day of the Coup. The Lion army assaulted the Emperor's Gate in the Outer Shouthern Wall. The Soshi Shugenja twisted their magic to defend the city, forcing Lion and Crane to retreat. Satsume was severely wounded, being ferried out of the city by his son Doji Hoturi. [18] The defeat of the Emerald Champion dealt a serious blow to the morale of the coalition armies. [19] Hoturi assumed the championship of the Clan. [20]

Death Edit

The exact nature of Satsume's death was not entirely known. [21] One commonly held record of events was that Satsume was severely wounded by a Scorpion in the belly during the third day of the Scorpion Coup in 1123, [22] [23] and later assassinated in his sleep by agents of Bayushi Kachiko. [24] He died in his home, his ear bubbling poison. [25]

A letter to his son, Doji Hoturi, later revealed that it had been Satsume's intention to die during or shortly after the coup regardless of the outcome. He believed he had failed in his duty as Emerald Champion. [26]

Ide Makujin, Satsume's second in command in the Emerald Magistrates, held the Emerald Champion position in all but name following Satsume's death until a tournament could be held to determine the new champion. [27]

Legion of the Dead Edit

In 1166 Satsume joined the Legion of the Dead. He had stepped forward to answer Matsu Goemon's call to fight the Legion of Blood. [23] In the Realm of Thwarted Destiny he met Kitsune Ryosei, who offered her aid to contact Satsume's wife's soul, Doji Teinko, which was wandering in Meido. [7] In truth she was not Ryosei, but the Shadow Dragon instead. He was seeking to distract Emma-O from guarding his realm, where the Fortune of Death had imprisoned part of Daigotsu's soul. [28] Satsume was met by the doppelganger Daigotsu Hoturi, who pondered the relationship Satsume had with his son. When another entity was near, [4] the False Hoturi fled and sneaked into Emma-O's fortress and gave the piece of soul to the Dragon. [28] The intrusion of Satsume was faced by Emma-O. Satsume begged to the Fortune, to be exchanged for Teinko. Emma-O agreed and Satsume wandered in the mists of Meido with his memory lost. [4] [29]

See Also Edit

Doji Satsume 3

Satsume Sensei

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Doji Chuai
Doji Daimyo
? - c. 1114
Succeeded by:
Doji Hoturi
Preceded by:
Doji Chuai
Crane Clan Champion
? - 1123
Succeeded by:
Doji Hoturi
Preceded by:
Emerald Champion
? - 1123
Succeeded by:

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
In Roleplaying the Emerald Empire pages 209-217 there is a Topaz Championship which is dated as 1118 in Imperial Histories page 127. In Roleplaying the Emerald Empire page 218 is stated Satsume had been recently elevated to Emerald Champion. In way of the Crane page 111 is said Satsume held the mantle 25 years, which must be wrong. Oni no Pikachu 22:12, May 1, 2012 (UTC) In Winter Court:Kyuden Seppun page 108 Satsume is Emerald Champion several years before 1122. Oni no Pikachu 15:25, March 23, 2012 (UTC) In Great Clans page 60 is claimed that Satsume was killed in 1123 by Bayushi Shoju himself. Oni no Pikachu 07:07, April 23, 2014 (UTC)


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Way of the Crane, p. 76
  3. Way of the Unicorn, p. 47
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 To Save a Soul (Imperial Herald v2 #16), by Rich Wulf
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Way of the Crane, p. 77
  6. Way of Shadow, p. 102
  7. 7.0 7.1 Legions, Part IX
  8. Way of the Crane, pp. 77-78
  9. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 10
  10. Way of the Lion, p. 112
  11. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 17
  12. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 218
  13. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 213
  14. Way of the Crane, p. 116
  15. City of Lies: Player's Guide, p. 84
  16. City of Lies: GM's Guide, p. 94
  17. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, pp. 82-84
  18. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 44
  19. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 24
  20. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 48
  21. Scorpion Clan Coup, Scrolls 1-3
  22. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 60
  23. 23.0 23.1 The Legion of Blood: The Grinning Crane
  24. Long Knives by John Wick
  25. Kachiko's Tale (Obsidian)
  26. Clan Letter to the Crane Clan (Imperial Herald v2 #4)
  27. In the Emperor’s Name
  28. 28.0 28.1 Legions, Part XI
  29. Four Winds, p. 115

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