Legend of the Five Rings: Rise of the Four Winds
Hero of the Clan Wars and Clan Champion
Bayushi Yojiro, known as the “Honest Scorpion” or junshin by fellow Scorpions, lived a difficult life. Yojiro was at heart an honorable man, who followed bushido as best he could all his life. This frequently came into direct conflict with his life and duty as a Scorpion. Generally untrusted due to being a Scorpion by the empire, and scorned by his clan for being too honest, Yojiro eventually found his way to a position as a magistrate, a job which suited him well.
Yojiro was born around the beginning of the 12th century. Unfortunately for Yojiro, he was a Scorpion with a Lion’s heart. When he was young he read books that talked about honor and duty,and when his father took them away from him, he arranged for the books to be sent to him by the Lion and Crane he met in Court. His closest friend, Matsu Agetoki, assisted Yojiro in learning bushido. The young Yojiro’s favourite story was the tale of Shosuro, weeping when he read the words describing her sacrifice and her loyalty, not only to the Scorpion but to the whole the Empire. His father, Bayushi Noburu, made him enter in the Bayushi Courtier school and trained him to be an advisor to the Scorpion Clan Champion as a favor for having saved the Champion’s life.
Yojiro found he had a natural talent for understanding what the other courtiers were doing, but did not have the drive to duplicate it. He was a quick student of political games and could easily construct scenarios to trap the unwary, but could not bring himself to deceive someone who placed their trust in him. He was more than willing to trick those who were a danger to the clan, but he could not learn to hate his enemy. Bayushi Kyoto, the head of the school, knew that something had to be done to make Yojiro desire to use the techniques he had mastered. For this, he set a plan and called his finest student, Shosuro Tage, to carry out the plan. She informed Yojiro of a Crane samurai who had been visiting a Scorpion geisha house. Afraid that the Scorpion would use these nights of indulgence as a political lever, the Crane killed everyone in the geisha house, burned the building to the ground and went back to his homeland without a sign of regret. Tage ordered Yojiro to destroy the man’s honor and kill his family in revenge for the innocent Scorpion lives.
Yojiro was incensed, believing such a man deserved every horrible thing he could do to him. Using the skills he had learned at the courtier school, he began spinning a web of intrigue which would culminate in the death of the Crane’s family, apparently at the bushi’s own hands. Such an event would surely destroy the man’s life, his honor, his history and his future. On the eve of the event, Tage stopped Yojiro as he was about to issue the final order. She told him that the Crane was innocent of everything that she and Kyoto had said. She told him the geisha house had been burned down by Scorpion agents and the geisha inside had been killed in order to test Yojiro’s loyalty. Yojiro was to continue with his plan against the Crane. Tage said that if he could have done it out of hate, he could do it out of loyalty. If he was doing it because he hated him, he did it because he wanted it done. If he was doing it out of loyalty, he was doing it because his lords wanted it done. She also asked Yojiro whom did he serve: the Scorpion or his own selfish sense of honor. At this moment, Yojiro realized he had no choice, but to destroy the man. He knew that if he refused, his kinsmen would kill him. He hesitated for only a moment, then issued the order.
The Honest Scorpion
After this “initiation”, the Scorpion began to call him “the honest Scorpion” behind his back, and Yojiro was considered a junshin, which was not well-considered in the Scorpion Clan. Courtiers from other clans learned the nickname and, ironically, used it as a compliment.
Seeking His Place
Yojiro chose not wear a mask, using only a high-necked collar to conceal his lower face as a nod to clan tradition. Being conscious that he couldn’t bring himself to arbitrarily hurt innocents because of his conscience and sense of honor, he became a magistrate, and soon he was considered a honest and trusting person throughout the Empire, becoming one of the Emerald Champion’s most loyal magistrates. He was still serving the clan, but other Scorpion samurai felt he couldn’t progress further in the Clan of the Secrets. However, Yojiro’s keen mind and unswerving loyalty did not go unnoticed by Scorpion Clan Champion Bayushi Shoju.
His devotion and loyalty to the clan, however, was unquestioned. Bayushi Shoju’s first orders to Yojiro were to keep a subtle watch on his wife Bayushi Kachiko to make certain her indiscretions did not endanger the clan. Yojiro followed his daimyo’s orders to the letter, staying close to the Lady of the Scorpion as often as he could. And while he was not immune to her allure, his loyalty proved to be a suitable shield to her more dangerous charms. Such virtue was found frustrating by Kachiko on more then one occasion.
Yojiro’s cousin, Shosuro Kujiko, had been sent to the lands of Matsu Ino to gain political influence on him. She had discovered a dark secret but before Kujiko could substantiate her findings she vanished. In 1122 Yojiro moved to the Lion lands to find answers, alongside with two yojimbos, Shosuro Reiji and Bayushi Chuyo. A group of magistrates managed to detain the murderer, Kakita Hachi. He made accusation to his lord, Kakita Hojin, as the instigator, to avoid the exposure of a dishonorable action took by Ino alongside Hojin much time ago.
Yojiro plotted the shame of Matsu Ino and the murder of his lord, after Ino had made an accusation against Kachiko. Ino woke up the next morning, without memories, near the bloody corpse of his daimyo. In this way Yohiro took revenge of his cousin’s death, and he also managed to have Hojin killed the same month.
Kachiko offers Itsuwari
Yoshiro had a permanent chamber in the Scorpion Guest Home in the Forbidden City. Shortly before the Scorpion Coup in 1123, Bayushi Shoju came to Yojiro with Itsuwari, the Scorpion Ancestral Sword. Shoju told Yojiro that he was to distance himself from the Scorpion, and to protect the sword and watch over Kachiko and Bayushi Dairu if the Coup failed. At Shoju’s command, he made the Empire think he had abandoned his clan during the coup, so when Shoju’s coup failed, Yojiro’s reputation as the honest Scorpion left his position as a magistrate untouched. Secretly he remained in the service of the Scorpion after it was dissolved, but spent the next few years in dishonor for his “betrayal”, secretly serving the new champion Bayushi Kachiko at Otosan Uchi. Yojiro was following the orders he got from Shoju shortly before the Coup began: survival would continue to become the priority of the survivors, because only through survival should they find justice, and only through survival should they find revenge.
After the failed assault on Otosan Uchi against Hantei XXXIX in the Month of the Hare of 1128, the surviving Crab forces laid a camp near the ruins of Kyuden Doji. In winter this year the possesed Emperor announced the cancellation Winter Court. Hida Tsuru, Hida Kisada’s brother, sent invitations to hold a mock Winter Court outside the city, which was soon attended by the leaders of the clans and their military advisors, including Yojiro for the Scorpion Clan. Now united, the clans began uniting their forces against the Shadowlands.
Exile of the Scorpion
While the Scorpion where exiled in the Burning Sands in 1130, Yojiro remained in Rokugan on Kachiko’s orders. He made a point of leading the Imperial Legion in their scouring of Scorpion lands, subtly ensuring that the Legion was going in the wrong direction whenever he could, ensuring that many of his fellow Scorpion escaped notice.He was again considered a traitor by many of his brethren who did not know the true purpose of his station, as it was the second time that he had avoided punishment while his clan suffered.
Gift of the Emperor
In 1132 the tournament The Gift of the Emperor was held by the returned Toturi I. Aramoro disguised as a ronin won the contest and claimed the Scorpion lands. When Toturi offered to have him swear fealty to the Monkey Clan, Aramoro was able to reject it twice, but on the third offer he was in trouble. Yojiro stepped in and recognized him as his Lord, giving Aramoro his own blade, proving that Aramoro was not a ronin anymore and unable to be at the command of a second Clan.
Voice of the Emperor
Yojiro was named Voice of the Emperor by Toturi I and the city magistrate of Ryoko Owari.
Reinstatement of the Clan
After the clan was reinstated in 1132, he came back to Kachiko and returned Itsuwari to her. Kachiko cursed those who doubted the magistrate.
The more you question my loyalty, the less you deserve it.
- Bayushi Yojiro
Master of Secrets
Yojiro assuming the Championship
In 1132, near the end of the War Against The Shadow, the current champion Bayushi Kachiko made a move that shocked many samurai of their clan, naming Yojiro her heir as Scorpion Champion. Shortly thereafter, she disappeared beyond Kyuden Bayushi, in the Sleeping Lake to face her destiny.
War Against the Shadow
Yojiro gave Saigorei, general of the combined forces of Rokugan, one hundred thousand katana, nagamaki, naginata, and arrows – all of purest crystal. These weapons decided the fate of the Battle of Oblivion’s Gate. In return, Yojiro requested that the clans should know that they lived not because of their honor but because of a Scorpion’s. This aided the restoration of the Scorpion Clan to Great Clan status.
Race to Volturnum
Yojiro led the Scorpion armies in the march to Volturnum.
Battle of Oblivion’s Gate
During the Battle of Oblivion’s Gate, he adopted a new trademark, wearing massive armor and for the first time using a fearsome mask, which would remain his identification mark while he was the Master of Secrets. At that time, Yojiro had little battlefield experience, and he only wished to survive the battle to prevent leaving the Scorpion leaderless. During the Great Clans’ race toward Volturnum, he proved his mettle, leading the Scorpion armies to victory against a force of ogres four times as large as his own. Afterward, it seemed none would question Yojiro’s right to rule his clan again.
War of Spirits Edit
In 1136 Yojiro reported to Toturi I that he believed a single guiding purpose was behind the increasing bouts of unrest among the Returned Spirits. When in 1138 the War of Spirits broke, the Scorpion professed loyalty to Toturi but in many of their actions they appeared to neither support nor particularly oppose either Toturi or Hantei XVI. One of Hantei XVI’s advisor was Bayushi Baku, a hero of the clan.
The Fortune of Steel, Xing Guo, gifted Yojiro with the Celestial Sword of the Scorpion, Churetsu. The sword was enchanted by the Yogo Daimyo, Yogo Masuhiro, commanded by Yojiro, to return to Kyuden Bayushi should its owner ever be killed. It returned to a special room full of dozens of copies of the sword that randomly moved at night. This allowed the next champion to come to claim the sword. The other swords would kill anyone touching them.
Yojiro would lead the Scorpion throughout War of Spirits and would eventually use his clan’s reputation as betrayers to lure the armies of Hantei XVI into Beiden Pass where they would be destroyed. 27
At the end of the War, Yojiro sought out the spirit Bayushi Baku at Traitor’s Grove. Crane Clan Champion Doji Kurohito had bargained survival for those spirits who remained loyal to Toturi during the war. A ritual had been devised that severed a spirit’s connection to the Spirit Realms, rendering them mortal once more. Yojiro wished to offer Baku this option, in recognition of his service during the war, but he was unable to find Baku.