Kyuden Seppun

Kyuden Seppun

Kyuden Seppun 2

Kyuden Seppun (I9)

The Seppun family palace (I9) was located at the base of the Mountains of Regret, near the river Toyura, [1] to the North of the Crane provinces, [2] within two days' ride [3] of the ruins of Otosan Uchi, to its south. [4]

Early Years Edit

While the Imperial City, Otosan Uchi, was being built, Hantei and his sister Doji remained within Kyuden Seppun. Once the Emperor moved to the Imperial Palace, Kyuden Seppun became the Second Home of the Hantei. [2] It was built at the high point of a hill with no defending walls. [5] The place would become a vast complex in which gardens, barracks, temples, and yashiki were joined by covered walkways and smaller buildings, melding into the central keep. Two sets of structures were distinctly physically separated in their placement and construction: the Imperial Libraries and the Four Temples. [3]

The Four Temples Edit

Seppun Temples

The Seppun Temples

There were four grand temples, Daikandaiji, Yakushiji, Asukadera and Kawaradera, which surrounded the Seppun palace. Many Daimyo had retired to them, notably of which was Tetsuya, seeking enlightment. They were built of marble, stone and wood and a huge ceramic bell on top of each entrance. Each bell was covered with inscriptions from the Tao, and the names of the temples. [6]

The Seppun Gardens Edit

The Seppun Gardens were the vast plains that surrounded Kyuden Seppun, famous for their unusual statuary. A giant stone statue was carved each time a new Seppun Daimyo was appointed. [7]

History Edit

Winter Court - 440 Edit

Kyuden Seppun hosted the winter court in the year 440 during the reign of Hantei Yugozohime. [8]

Winter Court - 1113 Edit

In 1113 Kyuden Seppun hosted another winter court during the reign of Hantei XXXVIII. [9]

Winter Court - 1122 Edit

Kyuden Seppun hosted the winter court in the twenty-first year of the reign of Hantei XXXVIII. [10]

Fall of Otosan Uchi Edit

Shadowlands creatures approching Kyuden Seppun

Shadowlands creatures approching Kyuden Seppun

In 1159 in the Fall of Otosan Uchi Kyuden Seppun was attacked by the Great Sea Spider [11] and some of the surviving members of the Horde, but the First Legion was well prepared. [12] Afterwards Toturi Tsudao declared Kyuden Seppun as the new capital when she declared herself Empress. [13]

Aftermath Edit

Since the destruction of Otosan Uchi, the Seppun had mostly moved to Toshi Ranbo, but they still maintained a presence here both in memory and in penance for their failure to protect the Imperial City from the Shadowlands. Kyuden Seppun was still regarded as holy by the Brotherhood of Shinsei and many other honorable orders in Rokugan and was viewed more with reverance than the shame the Seppun felt. [4]

Notable Locations Edit

Layout Edit

External Links Edit


  1. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 36
  2. 2.0 2.1 Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 35
  3. 3.0 3.1 Book of Air, p. 66
  4. 4.0 4.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 301
  5. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 231
  6. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 37
  7. Fealty and Freedom, p. 117
  8. Imperial Histories, p. 74
  9. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, pp. 72-75
  10. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, Book cover
  11. Battle for Otosan Uchi, Part 2, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  12. Keen Eye (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  13. No Price Too High, by Shawn Carman

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