Night of Falling Stars 
Night of Falling Stars
Location: Shiro no Yojin
Date: 960
Major Forces:
Lion Clan,
Crane Clan
Matsu Aigito,
Daidoji Yuzan, Daidoji Tenzo,
Kakita Rensei
Battles of Rokugan

The Night of Falling Stars or the Swordsman's Last Stand was the siege and fall of Shiro no Yojin to the Lion Clan.

Marching Aginst the Crane Edit

Frustrated from years of subtle manipulations by the courtiers of the Crane Clan, the Lion led by Matsu Aigito marched upon Shiro no Yojin. The Crane barricaded themselves within the city's walls, with a barrage of refuse and filth, a horrible insult for a samurai to endure. [1]

Battle Edit

The siege by the Akodo Legions lasted three weeks. They seemed destined to take the castle from the Daidoji defenders. The Crane were using a network of tunnels to ferry supplies into the city, allowing them to last as long as they did. Matsu Aigito dispatched ronin to find out how the Crane were getting supplied and halt them. They found the tunnels and smoked the Crane out, killing the supply runners. Preferring death over surrender, every man, woman and child leapt from the castle walls into the raging river below. The torches they carried traced fiery trails in the night sky, resembling falling stars. [2] [1] [3]

Daidoji Yurei Edit

The great Crane general Daidoji Yurei was born on the field from which the Crane fled, and would try to retake the castle many times in his lifetime. The Lion held their ground however, and the castle was never retaken. [4]

Kakita Rensei Edit

Kakita Rensei was one of the most famous duelists at the time of the battle, and offered his services to Daidoji Tenzo, a shireikan of the Crane Clan forces, and Daidoji Yuzan, the Daidoji Daimyo. His prowess was unparallelled, but he could not prevent the outcome. Two years later Rensei traveled to Shiro Matsu to avenge the loss of Shiro no Yojin, but his fate was unknown. [5] [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Way of the Wolf, p. 43
  2. Way of the Crane, p. 41
  3. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 16
  4. Way of the Crane, p. 46
  5. Way of the Crane, pp. 82-83
  6. Code of Bushido

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
The fiction Code of Bushido incorrectly names the event the Day of the Falling Stars, and the castle Shiro no Yogin.

Secrets of the Lion page 68 dated the Night around 1088, but it was a mistake, as the same RPG book in its page 88 placed the battle in 960.

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