Hantei XXIII 
Born: Unknown 
Died: Unknown 
Parents: Hantei XXII 
Spouse: Doji Ryobu's daughter 
Titles: Emperor of Rokugan

Hantei XXIII was the twenty third Emperor of Rokugan.

Youth Edit

During his childhood, during a visit to Kyuden Doji, the Imperial Heir fled the courts and spent the night in the woods outside the walls of the castle. When the Seppun guardsmen found him the next morning in the Eye of the Needle, he was unhurt and told a tale that a silver fox had kept him company, bringing him berries and singing him songs. None believed the child, but they could not refute the Imperial Heir. [1]

Marriage Edit

In 811 the Crane Clan Champion, Doji Ryobu, unexpectedly won the tournament of the Emerald Champion. Hantei XXII announced his son would marry Ryobu's sister, allowing the Crane maintain a strong position in a political climate dominated by the Scorpion and Lion. [2] He eventually married her when his brother had become the new Crane Clan Champion. [3]

Emperor Edit

Hantei XXIII became Emperor in 821. [4]

Protection of the Forest Edit

One of the first acts of Hantei the XXIII was to declare Eye of the Needle forest to be sacrosent. The Crane honored this and had, as such, inadvertantly protected an active passage to the spirit animal realm of Chikushudo, for his story had been completely true. [1]

Curiosities Edit

It was known that Hantei XXIII once owned the Hantei's Tessen. [5] He was also a noted painter [3] and it was rumored that Hantei XXIII refused ever to bathe. [6]

Notable Events Edit

The following notable events occured during the reign of Hantei XXIII:

Preceded by:
Hantei XXII
Emperor of Rokugan
821 - ?
Succeeded by:
Hantei XXIV


  1. 1.0 1.1 Secrets of the Crane, p. 40
  2. Imperial Histories 2, p. 155
  3. 3.0 3.1 Steel, by Nancy Sauer
  4. Way of the Phoenix, p. 41
  5. Way of the Lion, p. 120
  6. Way of the Scorpion, p. 30
  7. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 16
  8. Way of the Phoenix, pp. 41, 80

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