Legend of the Five Rings: Rise of the Four Winds
Current Imperial Advisor
Ide Tadaji was a Unicorn Clan courtier and the daimyo of the Ide family during the Clan War. He was an experienced diplomat and usually represented the Unicorn in court. He became Imperial Advisor in the reign of Toturi I after the War of Spirits.
Tadaji was the eldest son of the brother of the Ide Daimyo. He was born with a club foot, which meant that he would never be able to ride a horse. His innability was hidden by his parents through all his childhood. Thus it seemed that Tadaji would have no use for his clan. This was far from the case, however, as Tadaji became one of the most important members of the Unicorn.
Tadaji was originally apprenticed to Iuchi Daiyu, who quickly realized that the Ide had no ability as a shugenja. Daiyu felt sorry for Tadaji and became his only friend, teaching him all about Unicorn lore. Daiyu spoke to the Ide daimyo shortly before Tadaji’s gempukku on behalf of his student. The daimyo agreed to send Tadaji to a monastery to learn more about the people of Rokugan. Tadaji returned from Dragon lands for the funeral of the Ide Daimyo who had passed sentence on him. He had changed, full of confidence and with a powerful voice and a strong knowledge of the courts. Daiyu and the other Unicorn warmly welcomed Tadaji home. He also managed to arrange a marriage to a Phoenix maiden, Asako Kaori.
He was immediately accepted into the Ide Emissary school, enrolled in the Calm Heart Dojo near Shiro Ide shortly thereafter. While studying, Tadaji proved himself to be a reputable advisor and fierce voice for the Unicorn. His reputation led to Tadaji serving Shinjo Yokatsu by impressing the Emperor during a visit to the Unicorn lands. Yokatsu rewarded Tadaji by sending him to Otosan Uchi and making him the Unicorn’s voice in the Imperial Court.
Tadaji was sent as the Unicorn ambassador to the Imperial Court. Tadaji’s friendship with Shosuro Taberu, who he met with waiting for an audience with a Lion Clan ambassador, was long and storied. The two were legendary for their long games of Go on one of the islands in the Imperial Water Gardens. He also spent time with his former sensei Iuchi Daiyu. Tadaji played shogi but never was an expert on the game.
The Hito district was governed by a likeable Unicorn, Ide Ukuri. Tadaji was irate by the forgiving administration and association with peasants conducted by Ukuri, and it was rumored Tadaji would be the next in line for this post.
Winter Court – 1122
In 1122 Tadaji attended Hantei XXXVIII’s winter court at Kyuden Seppun. He was the assistant of the newly appointed Otaku Daimyo, Otaku Kamoko. She showed little interest in the ways of the court, and even she won a riding contest to a Scorpion, gaining his enmity.
Tadaji was part of the Unicorn forces led by the Unicorn Clan Champion Shinjo Yokatsu that arrived at Otosan Uchi in the second day of the Scorpion Coup to fight against Bayushi Shoju’s army.
Tadaji married and had a daughter, Ide Yoshiko. His wife had died giving birth to their son, the couple’s second child.
In 1126 Tadaji was present in the Imperial Court when a tainted Seppun messenger told Hantei XXXIX that Hida Kisada had raised an army against the Emperor, composed by Crab warriors, oni, and minions of the Shadowlands. It was the beginning of the Clan War.
Bayushi Aramoro saved Tadaji from a ninja assassination attempt in the Test of the Emerald Champion in 1127. They were unable to identify the assassin because he destroyed his own features with his Climbing Gear before Aramoro could catch him.
Cancelled Winter Court
Shiro Ide had been selected to host winter court this year, and the Ide expended a great deal of wealth and favors preparing for the Emperor Hantei XXXIX’s arrival. They were incensed when it was cancelled, citing poor health of the Emperor. The Unicorn recall all of their ambassadors from Otosan Uchi shortly thereafter.
His son perished in the Clan War.
In 1132 Tadaji wain the Imperial Court when the famine stroke Rokugan. Hitomi sent Hitomi Kobai with a proposal of supply of food in exchange of Imperial protection in the Siege of Sleeping Mountain.
Madness of Toturi
The same year the Emperor Toturi I stepped down the Lion as the Right Hand of the Emperor, and the Unicorn took this role instead. Toturi ordered Tadaji as Unicorn representative in the Court to punish the Lion for threatening the Crab, as well as to destroy the Kitsu for their corruption.
After the second death of the first Imperial Advisor of the Toturi dynasty, Kakita Yoshi, 24 Tadaji became the Imperial Advisor of Toturi I.
Legacy of the Naga
Tadaji was given the honor of acting as the speaker for his Clan in 1135 when the Naga gifted to the Unicorn the golden pearl known as the Legacy of the Naga. 25 After several years Akasha was hatched from this pearl.