Legend of the Five Rings: Rise of the Four Winds
Current Yotsu Daimyo
The 57 year old woman remains as spry as she was in her youth.
Seou was the daughter of Yotsu Yatoshin, and the third of his children, twin sister of Yotsu Seiki, and younger sister of Ureiko. She had five more siblings who lived in the Mountains of Regret.
Imperial Heir’s Return
Her mother was killed by an earthquake which destroyed the hut they were living. After the event they left the Mountains for a safer place. 1 In 1111, during their journey, Yotsu saved the Imperial Heir from Bloodspeakers, at the cost of his youngest son. Seou accompanied her father and siblings when they moved to Otosan Uchi to return the rescued Heir Hantei Sotorii to his father the Emperor Hantei XXXVIII. Yotsu was given the Yatoshin name, and the children were invited to the Imperial Court as playmates and companions to the boy they had saved. 3 Seou and Seiki were ten-year-old at that time, and always remembered their dead youngest brother, who was five.
Seou wished to become a Seppun Miharu, but she only could practice throwing knives at trees while her sister was being taught in the ways of the shugenja by a traveling ronin. When the sensei died he left to Seou a collection of elaborate shuriken.
Seou and Seiki, the Twins
The Yotsu Dojo was a small dojo run by Seou prior to the Scorpion Coup, exclusively teaching ronin. The twins sisters maintained a small forre of guards in the Yatoshin district, governed by their sister Ureiko. They lent their talents to her cause.
In 1125 they heard the former Lion Clan Champion Akodo Toturi, currently known as Toturi the Black, was gathering an army in the Dragon lands. Seiki was eager to move and join her idolized hero, but Seou resisted the idea, expecting to enter in the Seppun guard. 6 Eventually Seou joined the Toturi’s Army, as her sister, who died in 1128 during the assault of Otosan Uchi on the Second Day of Thunder.
War Against Shadow
In 1132 the famine grew in Rokugan, unatended lands and continuous war left the warehouses empty. The plague of locusts seen by Seou worsened the situation. During the War Against Shadow, she fought along side of Toturi’s Army. She served under the great ronin general Saigorei when he reconstituted Toturi’s Army and led it at the Battle of Oblivion’s Gate. After the war, she became the district commander in Otosan Uchi when her sister Urieko succeeded their father as leader of the Yotsu family.
In 1158 Seou was already the only surviving child of Yotsu Yatoshin. Seou became the daimyo of the Yotsu family and the leader of the Sword of Yotsu school.