Ietsuna the Shogun

The brother of Emperor and the Shogun of the Empire



Legend of the Five Rings, 4E

Rank 5, Insight 249, Experience Points: 0

Kharma: N/A


Earth 4 Stamina 4 Willpower 4 Water 5 Strength 6 Perception 5
Fire 4 Agility 4 Intelligence 5 Air 2 Reflexes 2 Awareness 4
Void 3

Primary Weapons

Weapon Attack Damage Notes
Gunsen of Water 10k7 7k3 BoW p.129
Kaiu Blade 10k5 10k3 damage explodes on 9 or 10, enemy has -2 reduction, unbreakable
Wakizashi 10k5 9k2 damage explodes on 9 or 10

Armor TN Bonus: 16

TN to Be Hit (REF x 5 + Armor + Modifiers): 49

Reduction: 16 (18 with kata in Attack stance)

Initiative (Insight Rank + REF/ keep REF): 7k2

Wounds (Earth x 2 per level, Earth x 5 for Healthy)

Wound Level Penalty Total Notes
Healthy +0 20
Nicked +3 28
Grazed +5 36
Hurt +10 44
Injured +15 52
Crippled +20 60
Down +40 68 Must spend Void to act
Out 76 Cannot act
Skill Trait Rank Roll Emphases/Mastery Abilities School Skill?
High Skills
Courtier Awa. 3 7k4 (manipulation) No
Etiquette Awa. 3 7k4 (courtesy)/ +1k0 on contested rolls No
Investigation Per. 5 10k5 (notice)/ +5 on contested rolls No
Lore: Architecture Int. 3 8k5 Master/Emphases Yes
Lore: Law Int. 3 8k5 Master/Emphases No
Sincerity Awa. 3 7k4 (honesty) No
Bugei Skills
Athletics Str. 3 10k6 Master/Emphases No
Battle Per. 9 17k6 (Mass Battle), (skirmish) Yes
Defense Ref. 2 6k2 Master/Emphases Yes
Horsemanship Agi. 3 8k4 Master/Emphases No
Iajutsu Ref. 5 7k2 (assessment), (focus) No
kenjutsu Agi. 7 10k5 (katana) No
Warfan Agi. 7 10k7 (warfan) Yes
Merchant Skills
Craft: Armorsmithing Int. 1 7k5 Master/Emphases Yes
Craft: Weaponsmithing Int. 1 7k5 Master/Emphases Yes
Engineering Int. 8 10k7 (seige), (construction) Yes
Low Skills
Glory 6.0 Honor 5.5 Status 9.0 Infamy 0.0 Shadowlands Taint 0.0 Shadow 0.0

School Techniques (Kaiu Engineer/Emerald Magistrate/Kaiu Seigemaster)

Rank 1 The Kaiu Method A student of the Kaiu Method is taught the many basic essential disciplines the family uses to serve the Crab. You gain a bonus of +1k0 when making any School Skill Roll. When spending a Void Point to augment a School Skill Roll, you gain a bonus of +2k2 instead of +1k1.
Rank 2 The Path of Stone The Kaiu are feared on the battlefield for good reason—they are the masters of both construction and destruction. When constructing any large structure (temple-sized
or larger), you may make an Engineering Skill Roll at TN 25 to add an additional number of Wounds to the structure equal to your School Rank x 100. Also, when commanding a siege engine, you may re-roll once any of the siege engine’s damage dice that roll below your School Rank.
Rank 3 Honor is my Shield You gain reduction equal to half your honor rank, rounded up. This effect is cumulative with reduction you may have from other sources, including armor.
Rank 4 The Path of War Every Kaiu is a student of battle, as are all Crab. When you roll on the Mass Battle Chart, you may modify your result (up or down) by an additional amount equal to half your
School Rank. Additionally, when fi ghting with a katana, dai tsuchi, or war fan, you may make melee attacks as a Simple Action rather than a Complex Action.
Rank 5 The Hammer of Kaiu During a siege, you may add or subtract your entire School Rank to the total of your rolls on the Mass Battle Table (this replaces the Kaiu Engineering Rank 4 ability to add or subtract half your School Rank). If you are on the defending side in a siege, you gain a +2k0 bonus to any Engineering (Siege) rolls you make to operate siege weaponry, and the Reduction of any structures on your side of the siege is increased by 50%.


Great Potential: Battle Select any one skill when you purchase this advantage. When you make raises on a skill roll using that skill, your raises are limited by your rank in that skill instead of your void ring. +5 pts
Sacred Weapon: Kaiu Blade 3k3 Unbreakable Katana that gives -2 to target’s reduction +6 pts
Tactician When making a roll on the Mass Battle table, you may increase or decrease your result by 5. +3 pts
Virtuous +1 rank of honor. +3 pts
Kaiu Armor: Tetsudo Armor Tetsudo armor crafted by a rank 5 Kaiu Engineer +8 pts
Overconfident When outnumbered or facing a clearly superior enemy (whether in court or in battle), you must succeed at a perception trait roll (TN 20) in order to recognize the situation for what it is and leave instead of engaging. – 3 pts
Sworn Enemy: Champion of Toshigoku Karmic Nemesis – 5 pts
Ancestor: Akodo While you have Akodo’s guidance, you gain a +1k0 on all Bugei skill rolls (except iajutsu) and a +1k1 bonus to any rolls made on the Mass Battle Table. Further,whenever you fight alongside your fellow Lion, you draw strength from their presence, just as Akodo taught. Anytime you enter a skirmish with at least one other Lion bushi fighting alongsideyou, you gain +1 extra Void point. +12 pts

Strength of the Crab
Ring/Mastery: Earth 3
Schools: Any Crab Bushi
Effect: While wearing Armor and in the Attack Stance, your armor provides an additional +2 Reduction.

Water Kami’s Blessing
Ring/Mastery: Water 3
Range: Touch
Area of effect: one target individual (may be the caster)
Duration: 5 rounds
Raises: Special (your water rank is considered one rank higher per two raises)
Effect: The target of this spell receives a bonus to all of his perception based rolls, whether trait rolls, skill rolls, or anything else, consisting of additional rolled dice equal to your water ring.

Sturdy Clothing, traveling pack, Kaiu Armor: Tetsudo Armor, Gunsen of Water, Kaiu Blade, daisho, 3 koku

Quick Reference List

Mass Battle: His mass battle table roll is 2k2 +14 with additional +/- 10 from advantages and schools techniques. If you are using the alternate rules for siege warfare from Book of Earth and he is on the defending side during a siege, he adds +Xk0 to his battle skill roles (where X equals his ranks in engineering, which is 8). Remember that his void points add +2k2 when spent on battle rolls. On every round of mass battle, he either fires a siege weapon or casts Water Kami’s Blessing on himself or one of his other generals leading the battle.

Skirmish: He generally fights with his Gunsen of Water against “normal” opponents due to his overconfident nature that he defeat them with just a tessen. He does use his Kaiu blade against opponents that he feels are a worthy challenge or considerably harder to kill.

Court: He finds the fickle people of the court with their backstabbing deals and vying for status distasteful. He will generally not interact with anyone unless he has business with them or they have something important to speak to him about. He cannot stand idle chit chat and doesn’t wish to be caught up in any kind of political trap.


Ietsuna is the brother of the Emperor and the Shogun of the empire. He is of average height, but his training with the Kaiu and the other crab on the wall has built him up to be extremely muscular for his size. His face is set in almost a permanent scowl with cold gray eyes that seem to pierce the soul at times. It seems almost natural that the Kaiu would bestow upon him the biggest, heaviest, and most intimidating set of armor they could design. His warfan is of unusual make with water kanji that almost seem to ebb and flow across it’s massive design. His back banners let all who see him know who he is that they should prepare for defeat.

He was sent off to train with the Kaiu near the wall at an early age. For what army could compare after seeing the Shadowlands horde attack the wall day after day? This was the central idea that he kept in mind as he trained diligently with generals and engineers who were undoubtedly the masters of an unending battle. He favorite subject was battle and tactics. His mind soaked up strategies and counter measures like a sponge. His second love was engineering because it involved concepts that defeated even the most well trained armies. Well built fortifications could let few defend themselves against many. Siege engines could do what not even a thousand samurai could accomplish. The aspect of his training that he most neglected was crafting. He thought more about the big picture and felt that his talents would be wasted if he were stuck hammering out weapons and armor when there were already so many accomplished smiths doing it already.

His time spent after his gempuku was mostly in the dusty rooms filled to the ceiling wit maps and fortifications of the wall and surrounding cities or operating siege engines on the wall. He even became an Emerald Magistrate for the area before becoming the Shogun. His reputation for strict orders and high expectations for his soldiers grew rapidly during this time. He developed new tactics against specific creatures of the Shadowlands. His room walls were covered in rough sketches of new siege engine prototypes with twice that many waded upon the floor. All this though never kept him from occasionally seeing his brother, the Emperor. He was generally only ever seen smiling in his presence regaling each other of their childhood and discussing matters of state.

Ietsuna the Shogun

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