Please note: This article is about the second son of Toturi I. For other uses of the term, please see Sezaru (disambiguation).
Isawa Sezaru 
Isawa Sezaru 
Born: 1137 
Died: 1169 
Parents: Toturi I,
Toturi Kaede 
Siblings: Kaneka (half),
Toturi Tsudao,
Hantei Naseru 
Spouse: Isawa Angai 
Children: None 
Titles: Voice of the Emperor

Toturi Sezaru was the third child and second son of Toturi I by Isawa Kaede. During his contention for his father's throne, he was known as The Wolf [1] and Son of the Void. [2] He has one older sister, Toturi Tsudao, a younger brother, Hantei Naseru, and a half brother, Kaneka.

Youth Edit

Birth of the Wolf

The infant Sezaru presented to his father

In 1137 the second child of Toturi and Toturi Kaede was born under signs of great fortune. Sezaru's hair became white (an omen of an Ishiken) shortly after birth and his aptitude for magic study surpassed even his mother's at the same age. [3]

Training Edit

Even as a child, he displayed an incredible talent for summoning the kami. He began training with the Phoenix as an Ishiken at a very early age, and underwent his gempukku as the youngest shugenja in record to achieve that distinction. [4] On the day of his gempukku, Sezaru killed an oni sent to murder him. [5] A group of Bloodspeakers had attacked, summoning an oni to slay Toturi's son. The young Sezaru destroyed the demon single-handedly, and then attended to the maho-tsukai as well. [6] Sezaru took the nickname the Wolf since that day, [7] and always carried a curved silver dagger with him. The dagger was filled with the purity of Void. His Isawa mentors gifted him with a mask which was the symbol of Sezaru's lineage - child of the Son of Heaven and the Oracle of the Void. [8]

Learning Other Ways Edit

Following his tenure with the Phoenix, Sezaru requested and received permission to study magic with the Tamori family of the Dragon, and later was educated in the organization of the [[Spirit Realms[[ by the Kitsu family. [4] He also trained with the Agasha. [6]

Demeanor Edit

Sezaru could be an incredibly cold and distant person. His great magical power had altered his perceptions of reality, and he sometimes had difficulty relating to “ordinary” people. Despite this fact, the Wolf had a strong sense of duty and saw it as his responsibility to protect others. [4]

Voice Edit

Shortly after Sezaru had learned to summon the Void a Voice had appeared, and filled his mind. The Voice was always stronger when he was within the Void. [9] This voice was a part of him, a fractured part of his own soul that personified what he might become if he indulged the raw power that coursed through his being. [10] The sheer power of his intense connection to the Elements made Sezaru somewhat disconnected from normal human behavior, and he often came across as mentally disconnected and somewhat uncaring about the fate of others. [11]

Toturi Kaede Edit

After the death of Toturi I in 1158, Kaede took the throne [12] in the Month of the Boar. After ascending to the Throne Kaede realized that she had overstepped her bounds as the Oracle of void. She had tipped the balance of the elements. [13]

Disappearance of Kaede Edit

Kaede gathered the Four Winds, including the revealed bastard, and told that they should decide what would be the best for the Empire. She disappeared into the Void [14] leaving the Throne empty. [5]

Toturi's Funeral: Starting a Quest Edit

At first, the Wolf was not interested by the Throne, and only wished to avenge his father's death by discovering and killing his murderer. [15] Sezaru was able to perceive the Oracle of Air at Toturi's Funeral. He hoped the oracle could guide him with regards to the death of his father. [2] He began wandering the Empire, seeking the answers and wisdom of the Oracles.[16]

Utagu's Suspicions Edit

He was suspected by Kuni Utagu, the Jade Champion, to practice maho, an unfounded suspicion. Kuni Utagu then died in mysterious circumstances, and Sezaru was suspected. The truth is that the murderer was no one else than Asako Ryoma, who did not accept the Jade Champion's accusation on his master. Ryoma may have been further motivated by ongoing animosity between Phoenix Inquisitors and Kuni Witch-hunters. [17] Sezaru was not involved in the actions of his servant. [18]

Second Servant Edit

Toturi Koshei, being regretful of his intervention on the Dragonfly banishment, came to Sezaru and asked to be his personal yojimbo. The Wolf willingly accepted Kosei's oath, granting upon him the name of the Imperial Line. [19]

Failed Winter Court Edit

In 1158 Sezaru attended the Winter Court at Kyuden Miya to meet the other Winds. It ended as a complete disaster after a Pekkle no Oni was unmasked at Court by Miya Gensaiken. Sezaru took Gensaiken as follower, who was secretly another disguised Pekkle no Oni. [1]

After the court he travelled to Phoenix lands and met Isawa Nakamuro. On the day of Toturi's funeral, Sezaru had witnessed a strange sight related to the Oracle of Wind, and he asked Nakamuro about the Oracle. [15]

Meeting with the Oracle of Air Edit

Nikushimi confronts Sezaru

Nikushimi confronts Sezaru

Sezaru met Oracle of Air at Sunset Tower obtaining the name of the person who slew his father. It was revealed to have been Fushin, the Onisu of Betrayal, who had been summoned by Daigotsu. The oracle also informed Sezaru and his allies about the location of the next oracle, [2] the Oracle of Earth. [20] During his quest Sezaru had to flee the first time he faced one of the Onisu, Nikushimi, since his intense desire for revenge fed the power of the Onisu of Hatred and made it far more than a match for him. [21]

Oracle of Earth Edit

The man once called Hiruma Osuno was located at Shiro Heichi, the home of the Boar Clan, hidden deep in the Twilight Mountains of the Crab. [2] In 1159 Sezaru reached the Tower of Vines, where the Oracle lived. Toturi Koshei asked the Oracle where to find the Oracle of Water.

"Seek the Oracle of Water where rebirth was forged. Seek the Oracle in the flaming castle where no fire burns."
-Oracle of Earth [8]

Osuno also said that Sezaru could not avenge his father's death through hatred alone.[22]

Sezaru and his tainted mask

Sezaru and his tainted mask

When Sezaru asked where Daigotsu was, the Oracle replied that the Dark Lord was waiting for him outside, in Yokubo's body. Ryoma had been killed by the onisu, and Yokubo and Sezaru fought. The Wolf would have perished if not for his yojimbo, because the Onisu of desire could not draw power from Koshei, who desired nothing. Sezaru and Koshei fled, though Yokubo took Sezaru's Mask as a prize. [8] [23] The mask was later returned to Sezaru by Bayushi Kaukatsu, who had obtained it from Bayushi Tai who recovered it during the Fall of Otosan Uchi. [24]

Oracle of Fire Edit

The Oracle of Fire could not answer the questions posed to him, and instead gave the Wolf a Dragon Puzzle Box. Inside was the location of the most elusive Oracle, the Oracle of Water. Sezaru was unable to open it and invited every samurai at the Izaku Library to attempt to open it. Anyone to manage it would be rewarded by the Wolf. [16] Kaiu Ryojiro solved the puzzle in 1159. [25] [26]

Oracle of Thunder Edit

The Oracle of Thunder would tell Sezaru nothing. He simply pointed the way to the next Oracle. [27]

Another Servant Edit

The Master of the Secrets, Bayushi Yojiro, assigned one Scorpion Clan member to follow and monitor each of the Four Winds, and Soshi Angai was chosen to monitor the emperor's eldest son. [28] Angai met Sezaru in the Hall of Ancestors, which was being visited by Sezaru. At first Sezaru rebuked her, but Angai revealed she knew one of the Onisu had killed his father Toturi. The Wolf was surprised the Scorpion had gathered this knowledge, so Angai went further and exposed her as member of the secretive Kuroiban. Sezaru felt she could help him in his quest and the Soshi joined the Wolf. [29]

The Four Winds struggle Edit

Gensaiken wished that Sezaru claimed the Throne and worked for it, [30] [15] and the Wolf finally did. [31]

Sezaru's Blessing Edit

Sezaru's Blessing

Sezaru's Blessing

In the month of the Rooster, [32] following the advice of Gensaiken, Sezaru sought the favor of the Dragon and magically fertilized the crops, and the harvest was plentiful. [33] [34] The Tamori family openly supported Sezaru in his claim to the Imperial Throne. [35]

Kyuden Tonbo Edit

After the Fall of Otosan Uchi the Wolf looked for his own center of power. The Dragon Clan offered a home to Sezaru in any of their castles, in exchange for Sezaru's aid in rejuvanating their failed crops and staving off starvation. [36] The Wolf chose the ruins of Kyuden Tonbo and sent Toturi Koshei and Miya Gensaiken there in advance.[37]

Ruling his Lands Edit

Sezaru took care of his domains, pursuing bandits and outlaws. In one of these skimishes he encountered the ronin Kamiya who was being assaulted. After the Wolf murdered the brigands attacking her, he offered a place on his guard at Kyuden Sezaru. [9]

Dealing with his Voice Edit

Deep within the structure of Kyuden Sezaru was the personal shrine of Sezaru. He was the only person allowed within for the daily cleansing his soul. He would attempt to diminish the demanding Voice he heard in his mind, becoming scared of what the future would bring. [9]

Kitsu Sodan Senzo Edit

The Kitsu Daimyo Kitsu Juri had offered Sezaru to be trained in the Kitsu Sodan Senzo school. He accepted and traveled to Castle of the Swift Sword with Soshi Angai and Koshei. The Kitsu also gifted the Wolf with his favor toward the Throne claims. Sezaru was the only non-Lion to have trained beside the sodan-senzo in over five hundred years. During the travels in the Spirit Realms Sezaru's form was a wolf much larger than his physical body. [9]

First Travel Edit

Sezaru wanted to speak with his father's soul, and Juri accompanied him to the passage to Meido. From there he had to find a way to Yomi and later to Tengoku, where the soul of Toturi was resting. In Meido Sezaru reached Emma-O, the Fortune of Death, and while talking the Wolf guessed Emma-O was who released Fu Leng. The Fortune enraged and refused to help him. Sezaru could not go further, being all the ways sealed. [9]

Hantei Sotorii Edit

In the Emma-O's palace was Hantei Sotorii's soul, the remains of the once possessed Emperor Hantei XXXIX. Sotorii gave counsel to Sezaru. [9]

"Keep our fathers' dream alive. Triumph where I failed."
-Hantei Sotorii's soul [9]

After his return, three days after he began his journey, Sezaru sent out half a dozen messages. [9]

Possessed by a Demon Edit

Sezaru's behavior had rapidly spiraled out of control until he was dangerously unstable. One of his Imperial Guard, Shinjo Hekirou, came to his chambers and released him from a demon who had subdued his will. Sezaru was able to recover enough to kill the demon. The creature had been lured by Gensainken, because his plans to warp Sezaru into a pawn of the Shadowlands had come to nothing, and now his goal was to kill the Wolf. [38]

Kaede's Return Edit

Toturi Sezaru

Toturi Sezaru

The Wolf wanted only two things: vengeance for his father's murder and knowledge that his mother was safe. While Sezaru was visiting the Oracles, he was also seeking Toturi Kaede. [39] Sezaru was wandering how Daigotsu knew about his quest to seek the Oracles. The Wolf was secluded in Dragon lands when his mother, the Oracle of Void and true Empress of Rokugan had returned to the Mortal Realm at Kyuden Seppun. [40] Sezaru sensed his mother, and after another "conversation" with the voice within his mind, flighted toward Kyuden Seppun to meet Kaede. [41]

The Four Winds gathered Edit

At Kyuden Seppun Sezaru gave to each Wind a Lady Doji's Tears, enought to march deep in the Shadowlands without became tainted. Asahina Sekawa, the Jade Champion, had an army immune to the taint, the Tadaka's Children. Tsudao had the aid of Akasha, who would contact with the sleeping Naga to trap and fight the Tsuno, wihdrawing an important Daigotsu's ally. The Shogun had maps from the Hiruma showing the swiftest, safest way through the Shadowlands, if the location were known. Naseru offered the location of the City, allowing the Four Winds March. [42]

Four Winds March Edit

Sezaru shielding Kaneka and Naseru

Sezaru shielding Kaneka and Naseru from Daigotsu's attack

The Four Winds made their way to the City, being watched out by the nezumi, sent by the Crab. The Tadaka's Children attacked from the North, while the Winds slipped into the City and the Temple of the Ninth Kami from the South. [43] Daigotsu was guarded by the most powerful Onisu, Kyofu, Yokubo, Hakai and Muchitsujo. While both sides were fighting Naseru rested aside, began to talk and fostered doubts on Fu Leng about Daigotsu saying that the Lost did not believe in Fu Leng, they believed in the Dark Lord instead. The doubts of Fu Leng cut the power he received from worshipping and was casted out from the Celestial Heavens, the Onisu faded except Kyofu who retreated and Daigotsu began a powerful spell which would destroy the Temple and all within it. Sezaru provided a magical barrier of protection that his sister steped out of to stop the larger threat at hand. Tsudao leap forward through the beginnings of Daigotsu's spell and struck down the Dark Lord, sacrificing herself. All that remained of Tsudao was her golden amulet, and her brothers were shocked. Sezaru teleported the surviving Winds back to Kyuden Seppun. [44][45]

Isawa Sezaru Edit

Isawa Sezaru 1

Isawa Sezaru

After the death of his sister, Toturi Tsudao, Sezaru abdicated his claim to the Steel Throne. [46] When his brother assumed the throne and his sister was buried, his inner voice fell silent. [10] Doji Akiko invited Kaneka to be a Phoenix, and the Wolf asked to join the Isawa family in honor of his mother becoming Isawa Sezaru. [47] When the Phoenix Clan was granted the position of Voice of the Emperor by Toturi III, Sezaru was named to be the Voice of the Emperor. [48] Sezaru took residence at Kyuden Isawa and Isawa Nakamuro gave him a warn welcome. Sezaru had dismished Koshei, who now was overseeing the transfer of Kyuden Tonbo back to the remaining Dragonfly, and Angai had commitments among her clan. The only servant who remained was Gensaiken. [47]

Assassination attempt Edit

The same night Sezaru reached Kyuden Isawa, an assassin tried to kill him, but was easily defeated. While the assailant was being questioned by Sezaru he was possessed, his eyes turned blood-red. A voice of a woman, the "Mistress", menaced Sezaru, and the assassin fell dead. The Wolf had joined the Phoenix because he had sensed some darkness growing within the Phoenix lands and Isawa Sezaru came to destroy it. [47]

Rain of Blood Edit

In 1165 the Council of Five were warned of the Rain of Blood and decided to only advise the Emperor and the Crane Clan, being Sezaru who went to Toshi Ranbo. [49] Sezaru told Naseru the incoming threat and protected the Imperial Palace from its effects. [50] The Phoenix Shugenja coordinated a ritual that protected the Phoenix lands of the Rain. Sezaru returned and told that Toshi no Omoidoso had been destroyed by tainted pirate Mantis. He magically transported the Phoenix Clan Champion, Shiba Mirabu, Shiba Yoma, and fifty Shiba to destroy those who fell to the Rain. Mirabu handled the mission, and Sezaru left to journey to the other daimyos and show them how to protect their people from this rain. [49]

Hidden City Edit

While Iuchiban began the Siege of Gisei Toshi he unleashed the Kusatte Iru toward Kyuden Isawa as distraction for the Wolf and the Council while the Bloodspeaker carried out his true plans at Gisei Toshi. The four available members of the Council and Naka Tokei began a ritual in the Grove of the Five Masters, while Togashi Satsu and Sezaru fought the immense oni gaving time for the ritual. Isawa Taeruko completed the spell with her sacrifice, and the monster was sent to its slumber again. [51]

A Time of Retribution Edit

Sezaru returned to Toshi Ranbo and told Naseru the bad news respect the Bloodspeakers: the siege of Gisei Toshi, the attack of the Kusatte Iru, and the dead of the hero of the Empire, Toku. Naseru was also informed about every important city of Rokugan had a hidden cultist cell. The Emperor decided to unleash the Asako Inquisitors and Kuni Witch Hunters to reveal them, and he would use the spy network of the Scorpion Clan Champion, Bayushi Sunetra, to watch from the shadows. Sezaru warned about innocents would be harmed, and as natural consequence the enemies of Naseru would try to strike him. Sezaru promised his brother that if he was assassinated would not let Kaneka become Emperor. [52] To overcome the bad news the Wolf proposed to build a shrine honoring Toku, who was accepted by Naseru. [53]

Hunting the Bloodspeakers Edit

After seeing the horrors of the Blood Rain, Toturi III commanded Sezaru to hunt down and eradicate all bloodspeaker cells in Rokugan, [54] and the inner voice returned. [10] In 1166 Naseru authorized Sezaru to commandeer whatever resources he desired to combat the Bloodspeakers. All shugenja in Rokugan were commanded to offer their magical aid in his hunt, even the Jade Champion was subject to Sezaru. [50] This caused friction between Sezaru and Asahina Sekawa, the Jade Champion, whose traditional duty it was to command the empire's shugenja and hunt down maho-tsukai. [55] Sekawa met the Wolf and both finally agreed to join efforts. [50]

The Hour of the Wolf Edit

This year an imprisoned bloodspeaker confessed that there was to be a gathering of many prominent Bloodspeakers in the Northern Wall Mountains. The assembled forces of Sezaru's Asako Inquisitors marched, but Sezaru ordered his forces to withdraw when he saw the overwhelming numbers of undead and bloodspeakers. A smaller group of Bloodspeakers attacked and the Wolf's army could not retreat. Sezaru and his men were pinned in the mountains, attacked by a far more sizeable force. They battled the massive force of Bloodspeakers led by Jama Suru and Mohai. He sent Utaku Rishimaru to send words to Kyuden Isawa and the Council, when the outcome of the battle was unconcluded. [50] The first news had no notice of Sezaru's fate. [56]

Awakening Sezaru's inner Demon Edit

When Mohai and Jama Suru attacked the Wolf's army, Sezaru had been already drained much of his power destroying the undead legions. Sezaru saw only one way to achieve the win, but with a great cost: the inner demon of Sezaru was unleashed. What had been contained during years of peace and mercy exploded in an instant. A storm of fire, wind, and void swirled around Sezaru, destroying Mohai immediately. Jama Suru survived and approached to kill a fallen Sezaru, but the Wolf cast an earth spell that destroyed the abomination. Sezaru had barely survived and had killed the two bloodspeaker leaders. [50]

Journeying the Burning Sands Edit

Rishimaru had reached Phoenix lands, and Iuchi Katamari, the Doomseeker, was the first to arrive. He aided Sezaru to recover from his wounds. Sezaru learned what a Doomseeker was, and that Iuchiban was a Khadi, an immortal heartless raised from the ancient knowledge in the Burning Sands. The Wolf and Katamari marched to know more from Iuchiban to the place he gathered his power, the Burning Sands. [50]

Sezaru's Hunters Edit

The Sezaru's Hunter were viewed with suspicion in the Empire after the death of the seer Agasha Hamanari by their hands. [50] With no news of Sezaru's fate in the Court, the Jade Champion requested their dismissal He felt the hunters were unnecessary, an unchecked chaotic force that interfered with his Jade Magistrates. Naseru did not undo his previous Edict at that difficult moment. [57]

Return to Rokugan Edit

Isawa Sezaru returned to the Empire after a brief but extremely enlightening journey across the Burning Sands. Sezaru had promised to aid Katamari in purging the Burning Sands of the few khadi who remained, after Iuchiban was already dead. A creature created by Omoni, met him and gifted him the remnants of the Golden Obi of the Sun Goddess. This obi had once been worn by his sister, Tsudao, when she died in the City of the Lost. The Sculptor of Flesh and Yajinden believed it could be used better by Sezaru than if they showed it to Iuchiban. He was later visited by Kanashimi, Onisu of Regret, seeking to feed upon the inner demon of Sezaru's soul. The Wolf had not any regrets to be consumed, and sent the onisu to Jigoku. [58]

Age of Enlightenment Edit

Emperor's Wedding Edit

In 1166 at Ryoko Owari Naseru married Akodo Kurako in a secret, spur of the moment ceremony before the unveiling of Toku's Shrine, in honor of the Fortune of Virtue. It was presided over by Seppun Kiharu, master of Toshi Ranbo's Ten Thousand Temples, witnessed by Yasuki Hachi, the Emerald Champion. The Imperial Court was not informed in advance, Naseru did so in the opening ceremony of the temple. The bold move surprised the members of the Gozoku who believed the emperor could not act without them being aware of it. Sezaru did not attend it because he was restoring the wards that protect the Imperial Palace, over the Hidden Guard ones. The scrying enchantments introduced in the Steel Throne by the Shadowed Tower, that were later used by the Gozoku, were cleansed. Sezaru was aware of the conspiracy and fully supported his brother. [59]

War of Fire and Thunder Edit

Sezaru was at Toshi Ranbo when he sensed that a item contained a powerful maho. Shiba Tsukimi was in the Imperial Palace surrounded by the Imperial Guard and the Hidden Guard, and all the wards of the Palace were activated. Tsukimi told a Black Scroll was inside, the Wasting Disease, which had been used to destroy a Phoenix village several days ago, and found later in a captured Mantis vessel. The Phoenix had declared war upon the Mantis, the War of Fire and Thunder. The Council delivered it to the Emperor, so that he might choose an appropriate guardian. [60] Sezaru remained apart of the war. He would only join the war if the Mantis armies were within reach of Kyuden Isawa. [61]

Research of the Lying DarknessEdit

Isawa Sezaru began to research the Lying Darkness at the request of Akodo Daimyo Akodo Shigetoshi. He was concerned about the Akodo who were created by Hitomi's naming of the Darkness, and he wished to know if there is any connection between his family and the Darkness. [62]

The Fall of Iuchiban Edit

Death of Iuchiban

Isawa Sezaru destroys Iuchiban

At Kyuden Isawa Katamari told Sezaru that Hida Kisada had returned to life from Yomi. The Great Bear knew where the Hidden Heart of Iuchiban was, and had been marched toward Lion lands with a Crab army. [63] Kisada and Matsu Aoiko led the united armies of the Lion and Crab Clans against the Bloodspeaker, who was waiting in his Iron Citadel at Otosan Uchi. Sezaru joined them and told that in every city his hidden cultists have struck out in a wave of murder, betrayal, and destruction. Katamari had sneaked into the city and had reported that the Bloodspeakers were fearful, in chaos. Daigotsu, who had recovered his full power came by sea to the city to fight the Heartless. [64] While Kisada distracted Iuchiban fighting him in hand-to-hand combat outside Otosan Uchi, Aoiko and Sezaru reached Katamari inside the city. He had gathered a nezumi, E'skee, who led them to the place where the heart was hidden. It was inside a pool, and the Oracle of Blood was protecting it, empowered with the heart. Aoiko reached the pool and retrieved the heart, allowing Sezaru to evaporate the Oracle. Sezaru remained there alone, and when Iuchiban came for his heart the Wolf destroy Iuchiban's heart and body. [65]

Toturi's Daisho Edit

The Otomo Daimyo, Otomo Hoketuhime, publicy gave Naseru the Toturi's Daisho, as a gift for his victory over Iuchiban. She told how the swords had been fetched shortly after the Toturi's death, and made an explanation about why they did not returned to the Imperial family since then. Sezaru warned Naseru about Hotekuhime, who was loyal to the Emperor only because she still loved Naseru. The Anvil explained that Hoketuhime gifted the Daisho to show to the Imperial Court that the Otomo family supported him against the Gozoku conspiracy. [66]

Instability grows Edit

Current Demeanor Edit

Sezaru was always a soul tormented by incredible power, the legacy of his Oracle mother. His journeys beyond the borders of Rokugan had changed him, as had his duel against Iuchiban. Sezaru had been a man of peace, the moderating voice between Emperor and Shogun. Yet now, if a clever man looked into Sezaru's eyes, he would be afraid. [67]

Rosoku's Legacy Edit

This year, shortly after the death of the descendant of Shinsei, Rosoku, at the hands of the Bloodspeaker Shukumei, Asahina Sekawa was proven to be enlightened, and became the Keeper of the Five Rings. Sekawa had found the last book in a way which showed that Shinsei continued to guide the Empire even in death. Naseru proclaimed him the Master of Enlightenment in a ceremony at Toshi Ranbo. [68]

Dark Ancestry Edit

In 1167 Sezaru began to research the Lying Darkness at the request of Akodo Shigetoshi. He was concerned about the Akodo who were created by Hitomi's naming of the Darkness. Shigetoshi wished to know if remained any connection between the Akodo and the Darkness. [69]

Sezaru's Marrige

Sezaru's Marrige to Angai

Married Edit

This year Sezaru married Soshi Angai, who took ker husband's family name, becoming Isawa Angai. [61]

Conflict between Brothers Edit

Sezaru's Conflict

Sezaru's Conflict

In 1168 Kaneka moved his army to the Imperial City to protect it during the Emperor's period of seclusion, which started when the Imperial Court received the visit of the Daigotsu's ambassador. Sezaru confronted his brother to know his real intentions. Sezaru believed that the differences between Toturi III and Kaneka would be disastrous for the Empire. The Wolf had warned Kaneka that when he inevitably must choose a side, only one of his brothers would remain. Sezaru did however not know which one it would be yet. [61]

"I should destroy you. You desire only the best for the Empire, as he does. And you both believe that the other cannot achieve such goals."
-Isawa Sezaru [61]

Seeking the Emperor Edit

Sezaru becoming the Mystic

Sezaru becoming the Mystic

When his brother Emperor Toturi III left on a search for enlightenment Sezaru sought his brother disguised as The Mystic. He used magic to disguise his features, making his head wreathed in flame. At Nanashi Mura he was found by his brother Kaneka, also disguised as "the Ronin". After they talked, Kaneka decided to left his wanderings and returned to Toshi Ranbo. [70]

Madness Edit

Sezaru had always embodied brilliance and madness in equal measures. This struggle with this form of insanity happened during his lifetime. For a time after his sister's death, he found peace. The Bloodspeakers' war upon the Empire changed that, however, and to his brother the Emperor, Sezaru became the monster he had hidden away for so long. He struggled against his divided soul, seeking understanding and only finding more questions. [71] The Council and the Phoenix Champion Mirabu were worried with the behaviour of Sezaru because he had grown more and more troubled of late. They did not wish to involve him in any matter if it could be avoided. [72] His internal voice eventually revealed itself to be an alternate personality, The Wolf. [citation needed]

Mirabu Edit

Mirabu and Sezaru

Mirabu confronts Sezaru

In his hunt for bloodspeakers, Sezaru accused Isawa Nomi in Honored Treaty City. Phoenix Clan Champion Shiba Mirabu, who was possessed by Isawa's Last Wish, confronted Sezaru. A fierce battle ensued, but Sezaru prevailed thanks to an illusion of Shiba Aikune created by his wife Isawa Angai. Sezaru destroyed Mirabu and the Wish. [73]

Council's Scrutiny Edit

Since the Blood Hunt the Council held an eye over Sezaru. After the dead of Mirabu Sezaru was becoming more and more unstable. Shiba Ningen came to confront him hoping that their mutual connection to the Void might allow him to reach Sezaru. It was during their conversation that the wards Sezaru had placed around the Imperial Palace were first broken. He became aware of the Battle of Toshi Ranbo instantly, and the horror of it shattered what little remained of his mind. Ningen was gravely wounded in the confrontation between the two. [74]

Death Edit

Sezaru appeared above the capital Toshi Ranbo in an apparent maddened state during the Khan Moto Chagatai's assault on the city in 1169. [75] Sezaru's alter ego The Wolf was distracted long enough by Isawa Angai for her to plunge the Tsudao's Tanto, made with shards of the Isawa's Last Wish, into Sezaru, killing him. [76]

Preceded by:
Voice of the Emperor
1160 - 1169
Succeeded by:
Togashi Satsu

See also Edit

The Mystic

The Mystic

External Links Edit


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  31. Toturi Sezaru (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  32. Imperial Histories 2, p. 204
  33. Blessed Ward (Broken Blades flavor)
  34. Four Winds, p. 42
  35. Tamori Shukuen (Broken Blades flavor)
  36. The Wolf's Proposal (Broken Blades flavor)
  37. Nightmares, Part I, by Rich Wulf
  38. A Hero Born, by Shawn Carman
  39. Oracle, by Rich Wulf (Heaven and Earth, Rulebook Story)
  40. Rulebook Story (Winds of Change), by Rich Wulf
  41. Fight For Tomorrow, Part III
  42. Fight For Tomorrow, Part IX
  43. Fight For Tomorrow, Part X
  44. Fight For Tomorrow, Part XI
  46. A New Emperor, by Rich Wulf
  47. 47.0 47.1 47.2 Homecoming, by Shawn Carman
  48. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 25
  49. 49.0 49.1 Blood Dawn, Part VII: Soul of the Phoenix, by Rich Wulf
  50. 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 50.6 Hour of the Wolf , by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  51. Fires of the Hidden City, Part Five, by Rich Wulf
  52. A Time of Retribution, by Rich Wulf
  53. The Battle at the Tomb, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  54. The Forgotten Son, by Rich Wulf
  55. Four winds, p. 111
  56. Clan Letter to the Phoenix (Hidden City timeline)
  57. Rulebook Story (Web of Lies), by Rich Wulf
  58. A Moment of Regret, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  59. The Underhand, by Rich Wulf
  60. The Gift, by Rich Wulf
  61. 61.0 61.1 61.2 61.3 Brothers, by Shawn Carman
  62. Vacant Throne, p. 17
  63. Rulebook Story (Enemy of my Enemy), by Rich Wulf
  64. Enemy of my Enemy, Part Three, by Rich Wulf
  65. Enemy of my Enemy, Part Four, by Rich Wulf
  66. Fires of Toshi Ranbo, Part One, by Rich Wulf
  67. The Path of Shinsei (Code of Bushido Rulebook Story), by Rich Wulf
  68. Fate of the Five Rings (Gencon Results), by Rich Wulf
  69. News of Rokugan (Imperial Herald v2#18)
  70. Rulebook Story, (Test of Enlightenment)
  71. Test of Enlightenment
  72. Rising from the Ashes, by Shawn Carman
  73. Wishes, by Shawn Carman
  74. Occupation, by Shawn Carman
  75. The Truest Test, Part 2, by the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team
  76. The Truest Test, Part 3, by the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team
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