Shinjo Shono 
Shinjo Shono 
Born: 1110 
Died: 1170 
Parents: Shinjo Yokatsu,
Shinjo Chibokiko 
Siblings: Shinjo Yasamura,
Shinjo Haruko 
Spouse: Suren
Moto Genki 
Children: Un-named children,
Shinjo Min-Hee 
Titles: Shinjo Daimyo

Shinjo Shono was the second eldest son of Shinjo Yokatsu, brother to Shinjo Yasamura. Shono was very loved by his father, who named him his successor as Unicorn Clan Champion upon his gempukku. He then became the Shinjo family daimyo.

He was known as the Master of the Wind. [1]

Family Edit

Shono was the son of the Unicorn Clan Champion Shinjo Yokatsu. He had two siblings, a brother Yasamura and a sister Haruko. [2] His mother was Shinjo Chibokiko. [3]

He also had a cousin, Shinjo Sanraku. [4]

Childhood Edit

In 1115 [5] a five years old Shono and her sister Shonoko, two years older, were part of a caravan to the lands of the Lion Clan. The caravan was attacked by bandits who fought the samurai caravan guards. Their governess Iuchi Shoan fled from the bandits with a child under each arm. She was not fast enough and the bandits caught up with her. She protected the children with the spell Castle of Water while the remaining bushi dispatched their assailants. [6] Shoan was granted by Yokatsu with the Horiuchi family. [7]

Unicorn's Heir Edit

Gempukku Edit

Yokatsu was fond of Shono and, on the day of his gempukku, named him as his successor, despite his daughter Shinjo Haruko was older than Shono. [8]

Married Edit

A very young Shono was married to a barbarian, [9] Suren [10] and she and their children were lost [11] supposely in an accident. [12] Shono and his sister thought the kolat took their lives as vengeance against the Shinjo Daimyo. [10]

His Father and the Kolat Edit

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A Young Shono

During the War Against the Shadow he served as the commander of Exile's Road Watchtower. From this post he was one of the first Unicorn to witness Shinjo's return to Rokugan. During the meeting with the Kami she began to slaughter Shono's kin, claiming they were Kolat. Shono could not believe this and nearly attacked Shinjo, but his hand was stayed by his sister, Shinjo Haruko. The Shinjo family was removed from power, and Shono learned his father would never return, exposed as another of the kolat traitors. [13] [2] When Shono realized the truth in Shinjo's words vowed to serve Shinjo loyally and atone the sins of his family. The newly appointed Unicorn Champion, Moto Gaheris, advised to kill him, but Shinjo spared his life accepting his vow, and Shono became the Shinjo Daimyo. Shinjo and the Unicorn prepared the Assault on Otosan Uchi against the maddened Emperor Toturi I alongside with Gaheris, leaving Unicorn lands under the care of Shono. [14]

Hunting his father Edit

Shinjo became outrage and rode with his friend, Shinjo Huang, to find his father and bring him to justice for his role in the Kolat. After months of riding Shono found Yokatsu and challenged him to a duel. Yokatsu would not raise his blade against his son and Shono slew him in a fit of rage. Afterwards, Shono dwelt on his father's death and came to see himself as a murderer, slaying the man who had shown him nothing but love and compassion. This caused Shono's rage to grow and fueled his vendetta against the Kolat. [2]

War against the Shadow Edit

March to Volturnum Edit

In 1133 Shono marched toward Volturnum to stop the slaughtering of the Empire ancestors by the Goju, while the Moto were riding toward the Twilight Mountains to destroy the Dark Moto. [15] As one, the armies of the Great Clans marched into the Shadowlands. The Unicorn led them into the Darkness, using knowledge of their ancient journey into the Empire from the Burning Sands. Shinjo Shono knew the path. The quest: to face the Shadow at its heart, assault the blackness that threatened the Empire, and slaughter Goju and his minions before they could control the passage to the spirit realm of Jigoku. If they fail, the Shadow would destroy the Empire's future as well as its past. [16]

Battle of Oblivion's Gate Edit

Shono was at the Battle of Oblivion's Gate, fighting faceless minions of the Shadows. [17]

Legacy of the Naga Edit

Shono was present in Moto Gaheris' court in 1135 when the Naga delegation gifted the Unicorn with the golden pearl known as the Legacy of the Naga. [18] After several years Akasha was hatched from this pearl. [19]

Four Winds Edit

Tsuno Threat Edit

In 1159 Shono moved to the city of Musume Mura, where he appeared to be working on potential alliances through marriages to some of his subordinates. His true motivation was to meet Asahina Daimyo Asahina Sekawa, to ponder about the threat the Tsuno appearances posed to the Empire. [20]

The City of Night and Shono's Eye Edit

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Shinjo Shono with his Crystal Eye

Shono made a deal with Moto Vordu where Vordu would supply Shono with the secrets of the City of Night to help Shono fight the Kolat. Shono's part of the deal was that he would allow himself to be the subjects of Vordu's experiments in the city. Shono awoke after making the deal to find that Vordu had replaced his left eye with Night Crystal. Shono fled Vordu and the city in terror. Since that time Shono came to be more associated with his special eye than anything else. [2]

Returning to the City of Night Edit

Shono returned to the city with Hantei Naseru, [21] Bayushi Sunetra and Seppun Isei. [22] They found that Vordu had become a pawn of the Tsuno, who intended to use Naseru to unleash the power of an ancient Kitsu artifact as a weapon. After destroying the Tsuno and Vordu, Shono reported the incident to Moto Chagatai, who promoted Shono the command the Junghar following Moto Chen's disgrace at the hands of the Kolat. [2]

Shinjo Maku Edit

Shono was the closest thing to a friend his cousin Shinjo Maku had, and they would often meet to share stories or simply relax. Even though Maku saw Shono as too foolhardy and irresponsible he would constantly encourage Shono to take up a position of instructor at Shinjo Dojo. Shono always refused. [23]

Trading with the Gaijin Edit

Shono and Shinjo Huang were traveling north, crossing Exile's Road leading a merchant caravan to Senpet. They heard the sounds of an attack, and as both investigated they came upon a Scorpion being attacked by a Tsuno pack. After the Shinjo defeated the beasts, they had to choose between kill the Scorpion, Bayushi Shixiang to maintain their secretive and forbidden gaijin trade, or to let him live and risk being exposed to the Imperial edict's consequences for such unlawful activity; death.

The two spared his life, though Shono immediately went to Kyuden Bayushi to make a trade with the Masters of Secrets, Bayushi Yojiro. In exchange for their silence on the matter, the Scorpion would receive some benefits from the gaijin trade.

Bayushi Yojiro, having initially ordered Shixiang to deliver a chest to an Ashalan, Hojyn, had secretly intended for Shixiang to uncover such illegal trading. [4]

Station in Ryoko Owari Edit

After Toturi Tsudao proclamated herself as Empress Toturi II in 1159 with capital in Kyuden Seppun, the rest of the heirs planned to declare their own claim upon the Imperial Throne, but in different cities. Hantei Naseru elected Ryoko Owari as his headquarters, and many clans had begun relocating their most skilled and influential courtiers and ambassadors to the city. For the Unicorn came Ide Michisuna, his yojimbo Moto Genki, Moto Chen. After a recent adventure in the Way of Night Shono was appointed as second in command to Chen. [24]

Chen Dishonored Edit

One day Chen in the Naseru's Court accused the Imperial Chancellor, Bayushi Kaukatsu, of sponsoring an illegal and dishonorable act without any proof. Kaukatsu ordered left to leave the City of Lies, and requested a Unicorn restituon for the insult. Upon Shono's request, Kaukatsu let the Khan could resolve satisfactorily the incident and got the Shinjo family's favor. [24] Shono made Moto Chaozhu one of his lieutenants, and commanded a large number of troops. [25]

Junghar Commander Edit

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Shono, Junghar Commander

Chen, Shono and Genki came back to Shiro Moto. Chen swore he was not the man who accused Kaukatsu, but without evidences. Moto Chagatai dismissed Chen of his duties to compensate the insult to the Scorpion and appointed Shono as Junghar Commander. [24] Shono made Moto Chaozhu his lieutenant and they were stationed on the Shinomen Mori to patrol the slumber of the naga race. [26]

Imperial Scrutiny Edit

The prominent courtier Miya Hatori was leaving the Unicorn lands and bearing towards the Dragon border. Shono disliked the idea to meet him, as it would end in an invitation for the next Winter Court, forcing him to go again to the court. Instead he and his friend Huang briefly met the last member of Hatori's entourage, Fuzake Sekkou. [27]

Kaede's Return Edit

The Empress and Oracle of Void, Toturi Kaede had returned to the Mortal Realm at Kyuden Seppun. She comanded to gather the Four Winds at the city to defeat Daigotsu and to destroy the City of the Lost with its Temple of the Ninth Kami, channel of the Shadowlands worship to Fu Leng. Shono was present as one of the most prominent and powerful samurai in the Empire when the Winds were gathered and prepared the Four Winds March. [28]

Kolat Interference Edit

Shono had followed a Kolat Assassin and attempted to stop him, but did not act quickly enough. The target, an Iuchi Shugenja, was saved by his yojimbo, Moto Genki, who took a poisoned arrow intended for the Iuchi. Shono was injured during the mission as well and returned with Genki to one of his estates near Shiro Shinjo to recuperate together. [29]

Married with Genki Edit

Moto Genki was a good friend of Shinjo Haruko, and while she was spending several weeks recovering from the injury with Shono, Haruko convinced the khan Moto Chagatai that a daimyo without an heir was unwise. [29] The arrangement for Genki and Shono to marry was given, ad they were betrothed to be married during the summer of 1160, [10] and married the following spring in 1161. Genki bore Shono a daughter, Shinjo Min-Hee, [30] within the year. [31]

War of the Rich Frog Edit

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Shinjo Shono

Shono and most of his Junghar were called in by the Khan to help secure their claim over the City of the Rich Frog and he left Moto Chaozhu in charge of the remaining forces. He also received a letter from Emperor Toturi III requesting for his advice on how to end the Lion/Unicorn war with as little bloodshed as possible. [32] While he and his forces were on their way to the city Shono's troops he was accosted by Mirumoto Kyuzo, a taisa of the Imperial Legions sent by the Emperor to help end the conflict between the Lion and the Unicorn. Kyuzo attempted to goad and insult Shono into challenging him to a duel, which Kyuzo would most likely win, but Shono instead shot him from a distance with an arrow, killing him. This prompted the hidden Dragon forces to ambush Shono's soldiers, and the ensuing conflict would have turned badly for Shono and his men if not for the timely arrival of Moto Ogedei and the White Guard. This turned into a massacre for the Dragon, but despite this he reprimanded some of the White Guard who had been disrespectful towards one of the Dragon's corpses. [33]

Shono achieved victories during the war, his men having managed to rout Mirumoto Kei's Dragon army at a box canyon. Leaving his forces in the charge of Shinjo Huang, he met with the Khan at Sukoshi Zutsu to discuss their tactics. He also passed on to Chagatai a portent he received, possibly due to his jade eye - that the conflict will escalate in the next few days, and that it may possibly kill Chagatai. He offered to take Chagatai's place as commander of the soldiers at the village, which would be under assault from Lion forces attempting to reclaim it, but Chagatai refused to, saying that it would demoralize the Unicorns if they did that. So instead Shono returned to his men, hoping that Chagatai would survive Nimuro's fury. [34]

Bayushi Atsuki and the Ashalan Edit

In 1166 Naseru sent Shono to monitor his brother Kaneka, who had gone from the Imperial City. The Shogun camped near the ruined Naga city of Iyotisha in the Shinomen Forest. Shono detected on top of a tree Bayushi Sunetra, who had banished from the public see after she stepped down as Scorpion Clan Champion, becoming the Underhand of the Emperor. She also had been sent by Naseru to investigate the relation between the Fires of Toshi Ranbo, the Gozoku, the supposedly dead Bayushi Atsuki, and the immortal race of the Burning Sands, the Ashalan. Sunetra had come to the forest to talk with the Naga, the ancestral enemies of the Ashalan, to know more of them. [35] Shono offered himself to ask the Naga, because he was able to be admitted in the city. Sunetra waited his return. [36]

Atsuki's Death Edit

Shono joined Kaneka, Shiba Danjuro, and Akasha to see Orumash, a Naga Jakla guardian of Iyotisha. [36] Orumash guided the Shogun's Imperial Legions to the Ashalan hideout in the Plains Above Evil where Atsuki was hidden. The Empire army defeated the defenders and Kaneka killed the Gozoku leader in personal combat. [37]

Shono's Daughter Edit

In 1167 Akasha saved Shono's daughter who was about to be kidnapped at Shiro Shinjo. A Ninube entered the chamber where the infant was sleeping, but it did not find the child. Akasha somehow had sensed the danger and had hidden her. The Naga caused the Ninube to flee after it was wounded by her crystal knife. [38] It is not known if Akasha was aware that the child was the reincarnation of the Kami Shinjo. [39]

Fighting the Ninube Edit

Shono took up the pursuit and was able to stop it. This led Shono to hunt down the Ninube at Otosan Uchi. [40] Shono marched to Northern Hub Village with Chen, Iuchi Najato, Shinjo Loruko, Shinjo Xie, and few more volunteers. Somewhere to the south were the ones responsible for trying to kidnap his daughter. They arrived in 1168 and there the Unicorn retrieved a map from men who all shared the same tattoo, a skull. [39] The map led them to the East Hub Village where they met Hokatsu, a ronin mercenary at the command of the Tortoise and leader of the East Wind. He told the tattoeed men were members of a gang bandit, the Sons of Shadow. Shono offered a bounty if the East Wind helped the Unicorn group. They reached a building where they killed the bandits, aided by Mirumoto Ryosaki, Isawa Angai, and Agasha Miyoshi. Later in another fight in the nearby ruins of Otosan Uchi the kidnapper instigator, Ninube Chochu, was confronted by the Jade Legions led by Asahina Sekawa, and the group aided them. Chochu was eventually killed by Ryoseki, after the Ninube killed the Dragon's father, Doji Reju. Xie also died in the combat. [1]

Ronin Allies Edit

The East Wind became allies of the Shinjo family, [41] and the forgotten troves of Tortoise gold discovered in the North Hub Village were used to fund their ronin allies. [42]

Funding the Legion of Two Thousand Edit

This year Shinjo Natsume was accused by three Unicorn samurai for some misdeed and Shono made him a ronin. Shono had engineered it to start the rebuilding of the Legion of Two Thousand without being linked to the Unicorn Clan. Shono funded Natsume for the purposed task. [43]

Yodotai visits the Empire Edit

The gaijin Yodotai Phyrrus with the assistance of Moto Jochi of the Ujik-hai, Ujik-hai cousin of Chagatai, traveled to the Unicorn Clan from Medinaat al-Salaam to seek out the son of Duqaq. Shono informs the Khan who came to meet them. Chagatai knew that Duqaq was in fact the Hooded Ronin, and his son was Rosoku. Chagatai did not mention however that Rosoku had been murdered, and when Phyrrus discovered this he immediately traveled home to the Yodotai. [44]

Khan's Defiance Edit

When Chagatai decided to launch an attempt at taking the throne in the winter of 1168-1169, Shono expressed his doubts about the convenience of it. [45] Shono feared the Khan's ambition would undo the Unicorn all. [46] The Khan left Shono and the Junghar in charge of the defense of the Unicorn lands. Shono was not convinced by the plan, doubting the rice sent to the Dragon and Scorpion would buy them allies. The Khan instructed Shono that Akasha and the Naga must be on guard for any potential threats, and the Junghar patrols were removed from the Shinomen. [44]

Winter War Edit

The One Tribe retributed for the previous attacks and insults [47] made by the Unicorn over the Tattered Ear Tribe at the Shinomen Forest. [48] The Junghar led by Shono defended the southern Unicorn lands in a two-war front, [49] until the nezumi made a halt to fight the Tomorrow. [50]

Peasant Uprising Edit

The peasant revolution that plagued the Empire reached the Unicorn lands. The men of Shinjo Shono investigated who was behind them. [51] Later was known that Kokujin, the Prophet of the Dark Lotus, was the leader. [52]

Chagatai's Defeat Edit

Chagatai was defeated and his Khol legions lost one-half or more of their number while the Baraunghar lost ninety percent of its unit. Upon returning, Chagatai placed Shono in command of the defense against Matsu Yoshino's coming invasion in 1170. Shono swore he would not reach Shiro Moto while he lived, and began to prepare "hit and run" tactics and how to use the terrain in their favor, while the numbers would not. [53]

Test of the Emerald Champion Edit

Shono sought the ronin Utagawa and Tamago, and asked aid to another ronin, Tawagoto, to find them. [54] Shono gifted Utagawa and Tamago the possibility to compete in the Test of the Emerald Champion in 1169. [55]

Defense of the Unicorn Edit

Lion march begin Edit

Shono devised several ingenious and daring defenses against the Lion. When the march to Shiro Moto began, the Unicorn waited to defend their territory. Shinjo Xushen drew a fired arrow, which caught flame with the oil Shono had slathered onto that section of the field. It killed many Lion warriors, but before the oil fire could spread, the fires abruptly disappeared in a sudden cyclone of flowing air, summoned by Kitsu. The Lion had broken through the traps and evaded the ambush, so the Unicorn retreated. [56]

Shiro Moto on sight Edit

In 1170 Akodo Shigetoshi, the Akodo Daimyo put to the torch the empty village of Kaiten Mura, five miles from Shiro Moto. The Lion sent two legions to clear the way to the Unicorns capital, leaving nearly unprotected the Lion command, the Matsu legion Yoshino commanded following closely behind. Shono had concealed in the burning village a small cavalry unit, and charged against the flank of Yoshino's forces. [57]

Death Edit

Before Shono reached Yoshino's rear Shono was confronted and killed in personal combat with Akodo Shigetoshi. [58] His porcelain mempo and the rest of his armor were placed within a shrine, to be honored by his kin. [59]

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Shinjo Yokatsu
Shinjo Daimyo
1132 - 1170
Succeeded by:
Shinjo Genki

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Secrets of the Unicorn claims Vordu deals with Shono secrets of the City of Night in 1156, but the City was found in 1159, as indicated in The Four Winds page 36. Oni no Pikachu (talk) 18:33, April 7, 2013 (UTC)


  1. 1.0 1.1 The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 71
  3. Otosan Uchi:Book 1, p. 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 Dark Secrets, by Rich Wulf
  5. Imperial Histories, p. 127
  6. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 75
  7. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 300
  8. Secrets of the Unicorn, pp. 71-72
  9. Marries a Barbarian (Jade flavor)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 The Promise of Spring, by Shawn Carman
  11. Shinjo Shono (Gold flavor)
  12. Four Winds, p. 60
  13. Hidden Emperor, pp. 51-52
  14. Hidden Emperor, p. 54
  15. The Race to Volturnum: Unicorn
  16. The Race to Volturnum (Storyline Tournament) Imperial Herald #15)
  17. GenCon 2000: Oblivion's Gate, by Ree Soesbee
  18. Legacy of the Naga, Part 3, by Edward Bolme
  19. Legacy of the Naga, Part 4, by Edward Bolme
  20. Four Winds, p. 42
  21. Favor for a Favor (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  22. Four Winds, p. 50
  23. Way of the Samurai, p. 69
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 Smoke and Mirrors, by Shawn Carman
  25. Treachery's Coin, Part III, by Shawn Carman
  26. Treachery's Coin, Part II, by Shawn Carman
  27. Secrets of the Unicorn, pp. 63-64
  28. Fight For Tomorrow, Part IX
  29. 29.0 29.1 Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 28
  30. Letters, Volume 4
  31. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 28
  32. Clan Letter to the Unicorn (Imperial Herald v2 #9)
  33. The War of the Rich Frog, Part One, by Rich Wulf
  34. The War of the Rich Frog, Part Six, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  35. Fires of Toshi Ranbo, Part Two, by Rich Wulf
  36. 36.0 36.1 Fires of Toshi Ranbo, Part Three, by Rich Wulf
  37. Fires of Toshi Ranbo, Part Four, by Rich Wulf
  38. The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  39. 39.0 39.1 The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 2, by Shawn Carman
  40. Vacant Throne, p. 30
  41. East Hub Village (Rise of the Shogun flavor)
  42. North Hub Village (Rise of the Shogun flavor)
  43. A Legion Reborn, by Nancy Sauer
  44. 44.0 44.1 The Khan's Defiance, by Shawn Carman
  45. Winter Thunder, by Nancy Sauer
  46. A Clan Divided (Test of Enlightenment flavor)
  47. Vacant Throne, p. 56
  48. Test of Enlightenment
  49. Vacant Throne, p. 57
  50. Vacant Throne, p. 59
  51. Shinjo Isuke (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  52. The Anvil's Legacy: Hammer & Anvil 2 and A Hero's Tale: Hammer & Anvil 3, by Shawn Carman
  53. The Return Home, by Brian Yoon
  54. Recruiting Allies (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  55. The Test of the Emerald Champion, Between-Round Fiction Snippets
  56. The March Begins, by Brian Yoon
  57. Words & Deeds, Part I, by Shawn Carman
  58. Words and Deeds, Part II, by Shawn Carman
  59. State of the Clans, Part 4, by Robert Denton

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