Akodo Toturi has always been the paragon of duty. When his brother was killed in battle with the Crane, Toturi returned from his seclusion in a monastery to take on the mantle of Lion Champion. When Bayushi Shoju‘s Coup against the Throne left the Hantei Dynasty in ruins with no clear successor, Toturi took the Throne as regent with a heavy heart. When Hantei XXXIX returned to take his rightful place and disbanded the Scorpion Clan it was Toturi who stood to defend them, pointing out that they had acted with honour by following the orders of their lord. For his temerity, Toturi was stripped of his name and cast out as a ronin.
Even then, without a family or clan, Toturi knew his duty was to the Empire. Travelling for months he saw the effects of the young boy Emperor on the realm. In all that time, Toturi waited for one of the Clans to stand up and defend the Empire. However, the Lion and Crane were at war, the Crab occupied with the Shadowlands, the Scorpion scattered to the four winds, the Phoenix too afraid to intervene in other’s affairs, the Unicorn hastily fortifiying their own lands and the Dragon did as they always had – waited and watched. Toturi travelled to all of their lands, save the Lion and wherever he went he say the Empire crumbling.
In the Dragon lands, Toturi went to meditate in the Mirumoto mountains. There, he was visited by Togashi Yokuni, Dragon Clan Champion. What passed between them was never recorded. After Yokuni left, Toturi gathered his meager followers and sent them to find others, other ronin or Clan samurai who believed as they did that the Empire needed stability.
Many came to hear what the Black Lion had to say, and many more to see how far he had fallen. Most left. Some stayed. They rode out further and gathered more to listen. More stayed. Soon, Toturi had an army. An army he didn’t know what to do with.
Events would soon show him the way. The Clan War erupted with all of the Clans involved. Toturi’s army soon found itself policing the Empire in place of the Clan magistrates, defending the heimin class from the rampages of war. The Unicorn and Dragon soon joined forces with Toturi, the combined forces large enough to put pause to all of the other Clans except the Crab. Kisada’s march to Otosan Uchi had begun and it was only Toturi standing in the way. When the Dragon suddenly pulled out of the defense of Beiden Pass Toturi had no choice but to quit the field and allow the Crab to pass.
Then came the Second Day of Thunder. Toturi and the other Thunders faced Kisada I in combat and lost. Toturi survived, but he could not live with his failure. When Yoritomo gathered the vestiges of the Clans to the Mantis Isles Toturi went with them. Yoritomo attempted to have Toturi declared Emperor, judging him to be the figure that the Empire needed to rally around. Toturi declined, he had sat the Throne once before when it wasn’t his and he would never again.
Two years after the Day of Thunder Toturi and his devoted servant Takuan departed Kyuden Gotei in the middle of the night. They haven’t been seen since then. Yoritomo declared himself Shogun shortly afterwards, but the legend of the Black Lion has only grown. Yoritomo has used this to great effect, building that legend and using it as a rallying call. As to Toturi, no one knows his true fate.