Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The first Unicorn Thunder was a nearly silent woman named Utaku that impressed Shinjo with her limitless capacity for both fury and mercy, a walking contardiction in her actions, changing direction and attitude as quickly as the winds on the plains. Others found her behavior perplexing, but Shinjo understood her lieutenant well. Utaku did not hesitate where warfare, peace, or learning came into play. Like Shinjo, Utaku preferred the idea of peace to war, but she was much quicker to draw her steel and cut down the enemies of the Ki-Rin when necessary. When her enemies knelt in defeat before her, she was always the first to put aside her weapon and accept surrender. Shinsei saw the keen insight behind Utaku’s decisiveness, and it did not surprise Shinjo when the Little Teacher came to claim Utaku as one of his Thunders. When the Thunders ventured into the Shadowlands, there were no words between Utaku and Shinjo – the Kami knew her follower’s mind and that words were needless between them. Utaku’s daughter, Shiko, replaced her mother at the right hand of Shinjo, and continud Utaku’s philosophy of action and determination. Since that time, the family has been dominated by the women in the family, and only female warriors of the family are allowed to ride mounts into combat. men raise and care for the legendary Utaku steeds, making them equal to their female counterparts.
In appearance, the Utaku stand in stark contrast to other Unicorn families. Their founder, Utaku, was incredibly beautiful, and many of her descendants of both genders share this quality. Utaku possess a quiet beauty, serenity, and inner strength at all times. The Utaku as a whole are a practical lot who prefer functional clothing and equipment, which can scarcely hide their natural beauty.