Nearly every major event in the history of the Rokugan between the two Days of Thunder was manipulated by Togashi from behind the scenesPrior to the Clan War, the most notable thing about Dragon Clan was that they did almost nothing and seemed content to let the history of the Empire pass them by. When they did get proactive, it was a sign that something huge was about to happen. Perhaps this is not a accident. Perhaps the Togashi did not pass into Nigen-do when his siblings did because he knew that Fu Leng would come back and that the odds of the Empire surviving round two were not good unless history unfolded in a very specific way. Thus, Togashi spend the next One Thousand years running an elaborate Gambit Roulette, manipulating history so that the vents of the Clan war play themselves out. Then, at the critical time, the descendants of Shinsei and the Original Thunders would stand together against the Fu Leng, and eleven of the twelve Black Scrolls would be opened. All the was necessary to finish the plan was for Hitomi to take out his heart and open the final scroll to make Fu Leng mortal. One thousand years of history led up to that one moment. Exactly as Planned.
Hidden Emperor was originally intended to have a more Straightforward plotThe original plan, more or less, was to have Hitomi act as the Big Bad and kidnap Toturi as part of a plan to gain power for herself and send the entire empire crashing down. However, a combination of the action of the Honorable Dragon Movement and Executive Meddling in the face of declining sales led to the Eldritch Abomination ninja, moon killing Wall Banger-laden mess we have today.
Master Tiger is and always has been TogashiA nigh-omnicient, future-seeing, immortal (or body hopping) god-man can't see the humanist enemies who run the most powerful criminal syndicate in the world? Not only that, but they just happen to end up training the man who would kill Fu Leng and protect the world - which is the entire reason Togashi's been hanging around the past thousand years? No. It's only possible if Togashi is, in fact, Master Tiger, the most secretive post in the Kolat's secret organization. Kage was allowed to claim the title, but he was just one of Togashi's pawns.
The Divine Mandate of the Toturi Dynasty died with TsudaoThink for a second. Of all the Four Winds, she was clearly the most honorable and noble. Also, she was rumored to be the reincarnation of Amaterasu, and she is pretty much a Gender Flipped version of her father. Also keep in mind that Kaneka was an illegitimate child whom Toturi I never acknowledged and that Naseru, AKA Toturi III, was a Hantei by adoption before taking the throne. As for Sezaru, he eventually became a Pheonix and never seemed very interested in ruling anyway. Tsudao, AKA Empress Toturi II, was the only true heir of the Black Lion; Naseru was nothing more than a pretender. This also explains why Kaneka never took the throne. He knew that he could never be a true son of Heaven because, without his father's acknowledgment, he was not a true Toturi.
Toturi I's initial refusal to reinstate the Akodo name was a Take That directed against his former ClanConsidering how the Lion treated him before he became their Clan Champion (he was an Unfavorite who was shipped to a monastery until his brother died, making him Champion by default, And considering that One of his Vassals was making little effort to hide her Starscream nature, how can we blame him for being a little resentful? That he demoted the Lion from the Traditional post of Right Hand of the Emperor and put the Unicorn in charge instead is also a big clue.
Had Togashi not intervened, Fu Leng would have triumped on the Second Day of Thunder and ushered in the events shown in the card set A Thousand Years of Darkness.Togashi could only see the future but not his part in it. If he interfered it meant that it was BAD. If it involved his death then you can guess just what sort of Bad Future he was trying to avert.
The Yodotai gods and the Kami are one and the same.Seriously, compare the Yodotai deity Conquest◊ with Akodo and tell me they don't look alike.