Lion Clan Champion and Akodo Daimyo
As the first son of an Akodo and a Matsu, Toturi’s life was one of balances. Before, samurai from the Akodo and Matsu families were not allowed to marry, not only because of the competition between the two houses, but also to prevent the strife a child would create. When his father married his mother, they agreed that any male children would be raised as Akodo, so when Toturi was born , the Matsu, expecting a girl, turned on him and branded him weak.
At the age of 5 Toturi was taken to the dojo’s to be trained in kenjutsu, but his training proved to be disastrous, for Toturi was meek, and full of thought. Despite the many sessions of instruction, Toturi seemed to have no interest in martial pursuits, and Akodo Daio began to agree with his wife Matsu Sodohime, and sent Toturi to a monastery within the Phoenix lands, where he lived for more than ten years.
There, he dedicated himself to the study of tactics, strategy and the Tao. His mentor was an Acolyte of Water in the Brotherhood by the name of Master Suana. Occasionally, Akodo Kage would visit the monastery and teach Toturi the basics of kenjutsu and bushido.
Toturi’s brother, Akodo Arasou was born three years after Toturi, and quickly became his parents favorite, displaying an aptitude and liking for violence that Toturi lacked. After his first major victory against the Unicorn Clan, Arasou was proclaimed heir to the Akodo. Toturi and Arasou met only rarely, usually when Toturi was home for festivals and other formal occassions.
When Toturi was twenty, Arasou was engaged to Matsu Tsuko, the daughter of the Matsu daimyo. For a year Tsuko and Arasou put off their wedding, with Arasou promising his bride Toshi Ranbo wo Shien Shite Reigisaho, but Arasou was killed trying to take the city from the Crane Clan. Toturi’s uncle, the Lion Clan Champion was wounded, and died later, causing Toturi to be recalled.