Emperor of Rokugan

The Emperor of Rokugan was the title given to the ruler of the Empire of Rokugan. It was a hereditary monarchy that passed, with only a few exceptions, from eldest son to eldest son. Two dynasties have held the title of emperor: the Hantei family, under whom the title was established and held for over a thousand years, and the Toturi family.

The position of emperor was created by the Kami Hantei, who was son of Amaterasu and Onnotangu and victor of the Tournament of the Kami. After the Tournament, Hantei was declared ruler of all Rokugan, but this was not truly so until the reign of his grandson, Hantei Ningi, when the Imperial Court and post of Emerald Champion were offically established. The Emperor of Rokugan was the highest authority in the Empire of Rokugan. Inherent in the position was absolute administrative, judicial, religious and military control of the empire, although many of these roles were delegated to trusted subordinates.

Titles of the Emperor
The Emperor could be referred to as tenno, or “Heavenly Sovereign”. The heir apparent could be referred to as kotaishi. The Emperor could also be known as the “Son of Heaven”

Religious Leader
The Emperor was considered the highest member of the Samurai caste in the Celestial Order, above the Kuge. He was also the head of Rokugan’s religion, and was even believed to be the voice of the Celestial Heavens. As such, the training of the Emperor’s children, the prospective future Emperors, had a great focus on the Tao of Shinsei as well as the religion of the Fortunes.

Imperial succession was generally inherited directly from father to eldest son. If an Emperor had no surviving son, a daughter could claim the throne as Empress. If the Emperor had no surviving child, the Emperor’s younger brother or sister could be called to claim the throne. In the rare occasion when an Emperor died without a clear successor, the empire’s historians would search through the histories of the Otomo and find the living person with the closest blood tie to the ruling line.

Upon rising to the throne the Emperor would cast aside their former name and only be referred to by their dynasty.1 This tradition was begun with Emperor Hantei X in 487.2 The Emperor would also traditionally take on a unique title, such as Emperor Toturi III, the Righteous Emperor.1

Abdicating Siblings
Historically, the children of the emperor who did not ascend to the throne ritually abdicated their claims to the throne upon the coronation of their eldest brother. They would abandon the dynastic name, and join either the Seppun or Otomo families. The only people allowed to bear the Emperor’s dynastic name were the Emperor, his wife and his children. On the occasions when the Emperor’s siblings were needed to claim the throne after he died with no heir, they were allowed to renounce their abdication.

The Emperor owned all land within the Empire, and allowed his vassals to manage the lands for him. The Emperor was the final arbiter in matters of law, and his commands were immediately considered Imperial Law. Most Emperor’s wielded this power carefully, to prevent contradicting themselves or previous Emperors or erode the faith placed in them by their followers. The Emperor’s Laws were enforced by the Emerald Magistrates, and the Imperial Legions were his armies.

Emperors of Rokugan
Hantei Dynasty

Begun with Hantei at the foundation of the empire, the Hantei Dynasty ruled Rokugan for eleven centuries.
Hantei Pre-calendar – 45
Hantei Genji 46 – 247
Hantei Ningi 247 – ?
Hantei Bosai ? – 371
Hantei Fujiwa 371 – 391
Otomo Tohojatsu (Regent) 391 – 397
Hantei Kusada 397 – 435
Hantei Yugozohime 435 – 442
Hantei Muhaki 442 – ?
Hantei Retsuhime ? – 487
Hantei X 487 – ?
Hantei XI (circa 510)
Hantei XII ? – ?
Hantei XIII ? – ?
Hantei XIV ? – ?
Hantei XV ? – 589
Hantei XVI 589 – 597
Hantei XVII 597 – ?
Hantei XVIII ? – ?
Hantei XIX ? – ?
Hantei XX ? – ?
Hantei XXI ? – 740
Hantei XXII 740 – 821
Hantei XXIII 821 – ?
Hantei XXIV ? – ?
Hantei XXV ? – ?
Hantei XXVI ? – ?
Hantei XXVII ? – ?
Hantei XXVIII ? – ?
Hantei XXIX ? – ?
Hantei XXX ? – ?
Hantei XXXI ? – ?
Hantei XXXII ? – ?
Hantei XXXIII ? – ?
Hantei XXXIV ? – ?
Hantei XXXV ? – ?
Hantei XXXVI ? – ?
Hantei XXXVII ? – 1103
Hantei XXXVIII 1103 – 1123
Hantei XXXIX 1123 – 1128

After his assassination of Hantei XXXVIII during the Scorpion Coup, Bayushi Shoju claimed the empire, crowning himself Emperor Shoju I. His reign lasted five days, from his assassination of the emperor in the evening of 14th day of the Rooster in 1123, until his death at the hands of Akodo Toturi in the evening of the 19th day of the Rooster.

Toturi Dynasty
After the posession of Hantei XXXIX by Fu Leng and his death on the Second Day of Thunder, the throne was claimed by Toturi, the Lion Thunder.
Toturi I 1129 – 1158

Emperor of Rokugan

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