Shinjo Tselu 
Shinjo Tselu 
Born: 1177 
Parents: Shinjo Sanetama's son 
Titles: Ivory Champion

Shinjo Tselu was a bushi and Emerald Magistrate of the Unicorn Clan. He became the first Ivory Champion.

Family Edit

Tselu's father served as a gunso under Shinjo Shono, while his grandfather was Shinjo Sanetama, a hero of the Clan Wars. He was unquestionably loyal and possessed no selfish ambition. Tselu was skilled at identifying who was best suited to a task and delegating it accordingly. He lived up to the example set by his father and grandfather before him. [1]

Imperial Explorer Edit

Tselu was trained as one of the Imperial Explorers in the Imperial Explorer Dojo, manned by sensei Bayushi Shibata. [2] He was a fierce and dedicated samurai, and as the top student of his dojo, Tselu served as an assistant instructor under his sensei. [3]

Ivory Champion Edit

In 1198, in the Month of the Rooster, the Imperial Governor of the Colonies Otomo Suikihime held a contest to select her personal champion and representative. Tselu won it, becoming the first Ivory Champion. [4] A comprehensive report on the strength and disposition of all the Second City Guardsmen's assets was given by Akodo Tsudoken, Head of the city guard. Administration of the Second City Guardsman fell to the Ivory Champion. [5] He began to held regular trials, once per month, wherein candidates could prove their mettle in a series of challenges that were designed to weed the weak from the worthy. [6] By the time Suikihime had formally arranged for the new structure of the Ivory Court, Tselu was in charge of the Fourth Ministry. With merely twenty-one years old, Tselu became the youngest of the court's Ministers as Minister of Defense and Justice. [1]

The Colonies Edit

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Shinjo Tselu

Tselu, along with Otomo Suikihime, went to see his old sensei, Bayushi Shibata in order to deliver new orders. The Imperial Explorer Dojo would now accept applicants from all the Clans, not only the Spider and the Mantis, in the name of productivity. The Governor was warned that many lives would be lost, and she answered that she came the accept this unfortunate truth, in the name of the greater good. [2]

Edict of Exploration Edit

Suikihime issued the Edict of Exploration, allowing any samurai to explore and claim any treasure they found for their clan. It caused trouble to the Imperial Explorers, and the sensei Shibata believed it made their duties difficult to the point of impossibility. Many samurai began to die while exploring the dangerous lands of the Colonies. Despite the fact that Tselu was against the edict, Suikihime saw that  the rewards were worth the costs. [7]

Seeking the Murderer Edit

Tselu left the city to find clues about the murdered of Suikihime's predecessor, despite Tsudoken considered necessary his presence in the city as a recognizable leader in a moment when a new Governor had been appointed. [8] Tselu recruited Asako Karachu to look after the defense of the Second City in his absence. [9]

Eggs of P'an Ku Edit

In the Colonies were found several nemuranai which Tselu guessed were with the same power than the Egg of P'an Ku. He was surprised by the fact Suikihime had use done of them to make a doppleganger of Shosuro Keirei. Tselu took in custody the egg and the false Keirei. He immediately appointed Akodo Tamisu and Daidoji Tsunehiko as Ivory Magistrates, with the task to find and destroy any other egg which existed in the Colonies. [10]

Mantis Banishment Edit

During the Mantis-Crane War in the Colonies Suikihime ordered to cease the Mantis strikes against the Crane until the Kitsuki finished an investigation on the matter. As the order was countermanding the judgment of the Emerald Champion, the Mantis did not stop. For their defiance, the Mantis representative Yoritomo Sakuma was told that any member of the Mantis were banished from the Second City. Tselu and Kitsuki Jakuei did not appreciate Suikihime’s obvious toying with the law. [11]

Siege of the Second City Edit

Siege of the Second City

Tselu readying the defenses

The Ninth Imperial Legion led by Shinjo Kinto laid siege to the City. Tselu sided the governor, despite her eccentricities and playthings. When the Kuni Daimyo Kuni Renyu went on hiding within the city, Suikihime ordered to find him. [12] Many samurai of the Second City would defend it, included the majority of the Unicorn Embassy. [13] The Imperial Legion’s siege broke into the inner city with the aid of Renyu. It was unsafe to remain there, so Tselu suggested Suikihime to flee. [14] Utaku Kimiono told him that a coalition of delegates of several clans had plotted to weaken the city defenses. Suikihime ordered Tselu to arrest all the conspirators, but she went on hiding shortly after. His lieutenant Karachu had left the city as well, the fight was effectively lost, and further fighting was pointless. Tselu surrendered after he willingly lost a duel of first blood to Shinjo Tae-hyun. A scar across his cheek would remind him of his defeat. [15]

Seeking Suikihime Edit

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Shinjo Tselu

The position of Ivory Champion was divested from accountability to the Governor of the Second City, though its purview remained in the realm of enforcing law, not administration. Tselu was tasked to find his former mistress. [15] Two days after he departed, Tselu received a letter from the Empress' son, Iweko Shibatsu. He told about how Tselu could find Suikihime, and that the Second City was rioting. He decided to return to the city, and commanded Hiruma Tensin to track down Lady Otomo. [16]

P'an Ku's Madness Edit

Tselu was joined by Moto Ming-Gwok, a Moto Death Priest. He had been given a vision, and Ming-Gwok had shared what the Phoenix had learned about the mad dragon P'an Ku, and its influx over the Colonies. Gates that had been barred in attempt to contain the riot now were keeping Tselu's forces at bay. Ming-Gwok used his magic to crumble the gates to dust, allowing the Ivory Magistrates to charge. [17] The Ivory Magistrates had cut their way through the northern section of the Military District. Tselu guessed that P'an Ku wanted chaos and destruction, so he decided to avoid destruction. His men retook the gate that led to the Imperial District and hold it, rallying others to their banner. They made a stand in defiance of this madness. [18] Order was partially restored across the different districts. In front of the Ivory Court Daigotsu Gyoken, the Spider commander who had become a madmen, was tortured by Renyu, and in turn killed by the Spider Clan Champion Daigotsu Kanpeki. A messenger arrived from Journey's End City, reporting the city had been lost to a maddened horde which had come from the Second City. Shortly after Suikihime appeared at court, as a prisoner. [19] Tselu talked with her and Karachu. [20]

Banishing the Mad Dragon Edit

Tselu was recalled from the advance on Journey's End Keep and brought the prisoner Suikihime to the Imperial Court. Iweko Seiken, the eldest Empress' son, and the Master of Air Isawa Mitsuko announced that P'an Ku would be summoned in the Imperial District, to be banished from the mortal realm. [10] Once the district was evacuated, Seiken broke the Heart of Fudo to summon P'an Ku, and the mad dragon was forced to appear in the mortal realm. Tselu, who had been alongside Seiken and Mitsuko, attacked the dragon's avatar, [21] only to be easily defeated by the dragon. Somehow Seiken managed to parley through the creature's madness, and P'an Ku willignly banished. Tselu survived the day with only a minor wound. [22]

Suikihime's Restoration Edit

Seiken left the Colonies, giving to Tselu his mother's order. The once disgraced Suikihime was restored with her family name and former station. [22]

Heretic War Edit

In 1199 an army of Fallen seized Journey's End City after a siege. Tselu assembled his forces and rode to recover the lost city. [23] Kitsune Merihiko was appointed as his advisor. [24] The 9th Imperial Legion led by Kinto faced Unicorn forces led by Shinjo Yoshie, while a second army of Lion Fallen under the command of Akodo Tsudoken attempted to flank them. The enemy was outmaneuvered by the arrival of the combined forces of the Lion Clan Champion Akodo Dairuko, the Khan Shinjo Min-Hee, and Tselu himself. Yoshie's forces broke to intercept Dairuko's army, and the 9th Legion intercepted Akodo Tsudoken's Fallen legion. Kinto killed Tsudoken in personal combat. [25]

Seiken's Return Edit

Iweko Seiken returned to the Second City, and in presence of Suikihime, the Imperial Heir forced to have command upon half of the Ivory Legion and half of the Second City Guardsmen as well. [26] Tselu appointed his officer Akodo Tamisu as commander of the Ivory Legionnaires reminded by Seiken. [27] After Seiken seized control of the Second City, [28] he commanded the Crab to any and all gaijin symbols from the city. Tselu despised this order, and he even ordered Kaiu Akemi to stop the demolition of a shrine in the Temple District. [29]

Dark Naga Assault Edit

Tselu pondered with Akodo Himaru, a high ranking officer of the Second City Guardsmen, the reports from the Imperial Legions concerning the departure of the Dark Naga from Rokugan. They reported to Suikihime of the news, and that they were concerned about the creatures could be heading towards the Second City. The defenders of the city had been narrowed after the Imperial Heir had reminded a significant part of the City Guardsmen and Ivory Legionnaires. Suikihime dismissed any idea to ask help to Seiken, and commanded to defend the city with their current ranks. [30] The Dark Naga forces appeared and assaulted the city. Tselu realized as a secondary target they were seeking the Red Hunger's Fang, a Crab nemuranai, to take control of the Red Hunger, a massive serpent of the former Ivory Kingdoms. [31] Tselu defended the Military District, but rallied his men to the Imperial District, after Hida Kazodo gave him words that the eastern wall had been breached. Eventually, the enemy was defeated and their leader killed in the fight. [32]

Adjunct Edit

In 1200 Bayushi Shizuka was appointed by Suikihime as the second-in-command for Shinjo Tselu. [33]

See also Edit

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Shinjo Tselu

External Links Edit

Preceded by:
Ivory Champion
c. 1198 - Present
Succeeded by:


  1. 1.0 1.1 Second City - People, pp. 25-26
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jewels of the Empire, by Shawn Carman
  3. Second City - People, p. 25
  4. Second City - The City, p. 7
  5. State of the Clans, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  6. Whispered Secrets, p. 13
  7. Repercussions, by Shawn Carman
  8. Embers of War, Part 1: The Unicorn, by Shawn Carman
  9. Defenders of the Empire, by Shawn Carman
  10. 10.0 10.1 Face the Madness, Part 1, by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason
  11. Scenes from the Empire 29, by Robert Denton & Seth Mason
  12. Torn Asunder, Part 1, by Seth Mason
  13. Gempukku Starter Fictions
  14. Torn Asunder, Part 2, by Seth Mason
  15. 15.0 15.1 Torn Asunder, Part 3, by Seth Mason
  16. Coils of Madness 3, by Seth Mason & Robert Denton
  17. Coils of Madness 3, by Seth Mason & Robert Denton
  18. Coils of Madness 4, by Seth Mason & Robert Denton
  19. Gates of Chaos, Part 1, by Seth Mason
  20. Gates of Chaos, Part 2, by Seth Mason
  21. Face the Madness, Part 2, by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason
  22. 22.0 22.1 Face the Madness, Part 3, by Shawn Carman & Seth Mason
  23. Riding to the Rescue (Picture and flavor)
  24. Kitsune Merihiko (Aftermath Boxtext)
  25. Age of Ivory, Part 3, by Seth Mason
  26. The Coming Storm (Story rulebook)
  27. The Coming Storm, Part One, by Brian Yoon
  28. Public Letters from the Clan Champions
  29. The New Order, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  30. Siege: Heart of Darkness, Part 3
  31. Siege: Heart of Darkness, Part 4
  32. Siege: Heart of Darkness, Finale, by Shawn Carman
  33. Ivory Ascendance (Thunderous Acclaim flavor)

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