Hida Kisada

The Great Bear, Hida Kisada was regarded as one of the greatest Champions in Crab Clan history. The epitome of Crab virtues and duty, Kisada was openly critical of Hantei XXXVIII, calling him the ‘Old man on the Throne’. Kisada believed that for the Empire to be strong, the Emperor must be too. When Kuni Yori, daimyo of the Kuni family and one of Kisada’s most trusted advisors, began to assert that the Crab should take action Kisada began to listen. Events soon overtook him when Bayushi Shoju led the Scorpion against Otosan Uchi and killed the Hantei in the Scorpion Coup. Kisada was enraged. If any of the Clan Champions deserved the right to depose the Hantei it was him.
Kisada took the might of the Crab that he could spare from the Kaiu Wall and marched to the capital. There, the gathered might of the Great Clans forced the Scorpion to submit. Kisada was still fighting on the walls when Toturi faced Shoju in a duel and killed him. By the time that Kisada reached the Throne room, Toturi had named himself regent and assumed the Throne to try to bring stability to the Empire. Battered and broken, Kisada had not the strength to force a claim of his own so citing his duty to defending the Empire from the Shadowlands Kisada departed with the Crab from the field.
Returning home, Kisada learnt of the coronation of Hantei XXXIX. Despite the joy expressed by the Clan that another Hantei had retaken the Throne, Kisada had doubts. The Great Bear depised the Old Man, and his weak and sickly offspring was worse. Kisada turned to Yori and began to plan his next move. The Scorpion had failed because of a simple problem. The Empire expected them to act against the Throne. None expected it of the Crab. But to ensure success, they would need to leave the Wall undefended. As a result, the Shadowlands would be able to wreak havoc unchecked. Kisada considered the possibilties and ordered Kuni Yori to make a bargain with the Shadowlands Horde. The Crab would ally with their ancient enemy and march to the capital, taking the Throne.
The road was long and hard, with many smaller skirmishes and battles as the forces of Toturi’s Army tried to stall the Crab. But Kisada’s persistence was legendary. After a year of fighting the walls of Otosan Uchi loomed ahead. Kisada and his son Yakamo led their Clan against the Seppun guarding the city and fought their way to the Throne room. There, Kisada faced the last Hantei in personal combat and earned the right to the Throne through the strength of arms.
For over ten years since that fateful day, Hida Kisada has been no more. Instead he is now Kisada I, the Son of Heaven and Emperor of Rokugan.

Hida Kisada

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