Shiro no Yojin

Shiro no Yojin

The Castle of Vigilance (L15) was located in the Lion-Crane border, beside the Shadowed Souls River, [1] in the Yojin province. [2]

Strategic Point Edit

The castle laid in the eastern edge of the Plains of Battle, just two miles from Shiro sano Kakita, the Kakita Dueling Academy. It was also only a day's travel from Otosan Uchi, making it one of the most strategically important castles in the Empire [3] until the Fall of Otosan Uchi.

Appearance Edit

The castle was not a massive fortress, nor was it easily defensible. The nearest Lion reinforcements must come from Shiro Akodo, thirty miles away. The structure stood over eighty feet tall, with seven interior levels including one underground, rising over a hundred feet above the river along its back side. The castle was built upon a carefully engineered earthen mound, and the single path that led to the gates passed between two watchtowers. [4]

Dojo Edit

Shiro no Yojin was the location of the Shiro no Yojin Dojo. [5]

History Edit

Vigilance Keep

Vigilance Keep

Contested Holding Edit

The fortress fell into the hands of the Crane along with much of the Yojin province. Lion armies marched to avenge the slight, [6] retaking it during the Night of Falling Stars, in 960. Since then the castle had changed hands more than once, but the Lion retained it, despite the efforts of many Kakita officers. [7] [8] [9]

Spirits Edit

It was said that the river below the castle was haunted by the spirits of those who died there. Once a year, on the seventh day of the month of the Snake, the Lion barred the gates to the castle. That night the spirit of Daidoji Yurei walked the plain outside the castle, and tore any Lion he found to bloody shreds. Since the Lion had held the castle only seven had been outside on that night, but all were found in pieces in the morning. [10] The ghosts of the castle prevented anyone from occupying the uppermost floor. [4]

Legacy of the Forge Edit

In 1123 [11] the traitor Kitsu Goden and the instigator Bayushi Sozui unleashed the Legacy of the Forge to raise the tensions between Lion and Crane forces, [12] which led in the Battle for Shiro no Yojin, [13] and the holding was again in the Crane hands. [14]

Crane Civil War Edit

Daidoji Uji seized the castle [15] in 1132, following the guide of his ancestor, Daidoji Yurei, against the orders of the Crane Clan Champion, Doji Kuwanan. [16] It was the beginning of the Crane Civil War. [17]

Back to Lion Hands Edit

In 1153 Matsu Nimuro sacked Shiro no Yojin with an army of Akodo with terrifying precision, minimizing losses in both sides. [18] In 1159 Matsu Masahide was its governor. [4]

Stormed by the Crane Edit

In 1200 the Lion claimed the northern portion of the Kintani Valley fell within the purview of Seizuka Shiro, and the Crane were forced to vacate Kyuden Kyotei. Shortly after Shiro no Yojin was stormed by Crane forces under the command of Kakita Ujirou. The Lion relinquished their claim, and both strongholds were returned to their former owners. [19]

External Links Edit

Shiro no Yojin 2

Shiro no Yojin

Layout Edit


  1. Legacy of the Forge, p. 56
  2. Secrets of the Lion, p. 95
  3. Secrets of the Lion, p. 67
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Secrets of the Lion, p. 68
  5. Way of the Samurai, p. 43
  6. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 99
  7. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 293
  8. Code of Bushido
  9. Clan Letter to the Crane #10 (Imperial Herald v3 #2)
  10. Way of the Crane, p. 46
  11. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 283
  12. Legacy of the Forge, p. 50
  13. Legacy of the Forge, p. 54
  14. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 11
  15. Ancestors Posses the Living (Fire and Shadow flavor)
  16. Clan Letter to the Crane #12 (Imperial Herald v3 #4)
  17. Soul of the fallen, by Ree Soesbee
  18. Secrets of the Lion, p. 9
  19. Spring 2015 Kotei Fiction – Act 2: Troubled Waters (Part 1), by Chris Hand, Maxime Lemaire, Mari Murdock, Fred Wan, and Robert Denton

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
The fiction Code of Bushido incorrectly names the castle Shiro no Yogin, which is assumed to be a typo.

In Secrets of the Lion page 95 the province Ma4 must be Yojin province

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