Shiro Akodo

Shiro Akodo

Shiro Akodo (L13), in the Ken-ryu province, [1] also known as Loyalty Castle, was the home of the Akodo.

Foundation Edit

On the foundation stone of the Akodo Palace was carved the words the Kami Shinjo spoke out for her brother. "Akodo is not practicing the Art of War, but defending the Art of Peace." [2] Shiro Akodo lacked the creature comforts of most ancestral estates. The chambers within the large castle were only furnished to an extent that was appropriate for any guests that might visit the Akodo. [3]

Crane border Edit

Shiro Akodo was the centre of tactical coordination for the Imperial City Toshi Ranbo and the Lion-Crane border. [4] This area was once claimed by the Lion, but was lost to the Crane. [5]

History Edit

Ancient Halls of the Akodo

The Ancient Halls of the Akodo

Pre-Scorpion Coup Edit

Akodo castle was not what it once was. The daring and glorious acts of the Matsu family eclipsed the history of the Akodo. [6]

Abandoned and Burned Edit

It was nearly abandoned after the Scorpion Coup in 1123, when the Akodo family was disbanded. It was known that the revered sensei Akodo Kage lived there. When he was granted his dispensation, he begged the Emperor to let the ancestral home of the Akodo kept its name, and plea was granted. [7] In 1127 the corpse of Kage was found, and Shiro Akodo was burned shortly thereafter as part of the sensei's last wishes. [8] Its ruins was the point selected by Kitsu Motso to rally the leaderless Lion Clan after the death of Matsu Tsuko. [9]

Re-opened Edit

It was re-opened after the Battle of Oblivion's Gate in 1133. It ranked among the greatest of the Lion fortresses. The Akodo were not keen on creature comforts, and most visitors would find the castl[e stark. [10] The new Akodo Daimyo, Akodo Ginawa, ordered to remove all adornments until the Akodo could fill the castle once more with the trappings of their victories. [3]

Details Edit

Ancestral Home of the Lion

The Ancestral Home of the Lion

The Akodo rarely hosted guests at Shiro Akodo, and the massive structure was almost wholly free of decoration, except for the captured banners and other trappings of great Lion victories. [11]

Buildings Edit

Within the castle sat Yu Seido, the Shrine of Heroic Courage, [10] Heart of the Katana, the Kensai dojo, [12] and the Akodo's Dojo. [13]

Go Tournament Edit

The castle traditionally housed the Empires most favourite Go tournament. [14]

Estates of the Bastard Edit

In 1155 the ronin Kaneka was revealed as the son of the Emperor Toturi I. A estate at Shiro Akodo was given to him after he swore fealty to the Lion as Akodo Kaneka, consisting of a large personal residence, and a small parcel of farmland. [3]

Ancestral Home of the Lion Edit

Old Layout Edit

Actual Layout Edit

External Links Edit


  1. Secrets of the Lion, p. 95
  2. Way of the Lion, p. 11
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Secrets of the Lion, p. 18
  4. Visitors, by Shawn Carman
  5. Way of the Lion, p. 112
  6. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 235
  7. Game Master's Guide; 2nd Ed, p. 34
  8. Time of the Void, p. 53
  9. Time of the Void, p. 74
  10. 10.0 10.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 293
  11. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 83
  12. Art of the Duel, p. 65
  13. Masters of War, p. 118
  14. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 32

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