Few Clans have been more frustrated by the enforced peace of Miya Shikan than the Unicorn. Unlike the Lion, the Unicorn did not have a position of advantage prior to Shikan's ascension, and the inability to convert their mighty cavalry into territorial or political gains has considerably weakened their standing in the Empire. Thankfully, their immense wealth, supplemented by a monopoly on trade with the Senpet Empire, has allowed them to avoid falling too far in prestige. The Clan is especially concerned by the rise in power of the Scorpion, and Unicorn magistrates fret endlessly over the growth in crime, gambling, smuggling, and opium addiction all across the Empire. Such villainy thrives, they say, because Miya Shikan's peace has prevented them from chastising the treacherous Scorpion on the battlefield. Of all Clans, the Unicorn would probably be the most pleased to see the enforced truce of the last thirty years come to an end.
Moto Temujin, Moto family daimyo, the Khan, Clan Champion: Twenty-nine years old. The Khan is a fierce, turbulent young man, still unmarried. He takes pride in his gaijin name and has the skill to defend it - Temujin has killed more than one samurai, including Kakita duelists and Mirumoto swordmasters, who were foolish enough to mock it. He is also known to be a student of the art of war, and has begun a custom of taking Unicorn armies into the desert each winter to practice maneuvers and strategies. Unfortunately, in his younger days he was also lacking in discretion, and several times spoke openly of his hatred for Miya Shikan (on one occasion calling him a "tofu-eating geisha-boy"). Despite the best efforts of the Ide family diplomats, such remarks did great damage to the Unicorn Clan's political position, and it is only in recent years, as Temujin has learned to guard his tongue, that the Clan's position has shown the faintest signs of recovery.
Shinjo Kotoku, daimyo of the Shinjo family, "The Accidental Daimyo": Twenty years old. A casual and undisciplined young man, Kotoku was never expected to hold any position within the Clan, but was forced to take office after a series of unfortunate incidents. His older (and much higher-regarded) brother Shinjo Rokaro died in 1496 IC after challenging a Scorpion duelist named Shosuro Sora (accusing the woman of dishonoring his wife). His father, Shinjo Tekkai, died two years later (in 1498 IC) while unwisely attempting to tame a wild horse brought back from the Burning Sands. Since his ascension, Kotoku initially did little to dispel the impression he was ill-suited to his responsibilities, but during last winter's battle maneuvers his performance was unexpectedly strong, and many now hope for him to emerge as a fine military leader.
Utaku Xiuling, daimyo of the Utaku family: Twenty-eight years old, a superb horsewoman and warrior, who has managed to acquire a reputation as a skilled tactician even in an era when her only battlefield opponents are bandits. Xiuling is also said to be a stunning beauty, reminiscent of Otaku Kamoko herself, although since she generally remains in Unicorn lands there are few who can testify to her looks firsthand. She is known to be a firm and loyal follower of Moto Temujin, although her own manners are said to be slightly more polished than his.
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