Bayushi Shoju

Bayushi Shoju is a name both revered and villified in Rokugan. As Scorpion Clan Champion, Shoju was known as the Lord of Secrets, and it was said that no man or woman had ever seen his face and lived. Shoju was born disfigured and crippled with palsy. He used his clan’s tradition of wearing masks to disguise his face from the others at court, and only he, his wife and old maid knew of his palsy. To the rest of the Empire, Shoju was an enigma. None had seen his face and with his network of spies and informants he was rightly feared.
The Scorpion had two duties given to them by Hantei at the dawn of the Empire. The first was to give the other Clans an enemy they could all focus on to take their eyes off the Throne. The second was to safeguard the Black Scrolls that were used to bind Fu Leng. Shoju learned of a prophecy stating that the last of the Hantei Emperors would become a vessel for Fu Leng’s soul. If the prophecy were to come true, the Empire would be plunged into chaos. Shoju was friends with Hantei XXXVIII and it pained him that the old man would be part of this. Determining that the only way for the prophecy to be halted, Shoju took it upon himself to end the Hantei line.
Shoju led the Scorpion to Otosan Uchi and there committed an act that would ensure his name would be forever damned. The Scorpion Clan Coup saw Bayushi Shoju cut down Hantei XXXVIII and take the Throne. Eventually even his best laid plans were to come to naught as Akodo Toturi led the combined might of the Great Clans against the Scorpion and defeated Shoju. The rest of history would have seen Shoju’s name become a footnote. Instead, when Kisada I assumed the Throne he tasked Kuni Yori with finding ways to bolster his forces. One of Yori’s first subjects was Shoju, who’s remains had not been cremated. Yori infused the Scorpion daimyo with Taint and raised him as an undead revenant. Now, the being that was once the honourable Scorpion Champion is now a champion of jigoku in service to Fu Leng and has control of the what remains of the Clan.

Bayushi Shoju

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