As part of Woman Crush Wednesday, I thought I would start a column, one that I hope I can find someone with more time to take over at some point to help educated the new players of L5R into the history of the game and the legendary characters (especially the Female characters) that came before them.
She was born to Hida Kisada, the Great Bear. She was given the name Hida Yoritoko at birth. She had two brothers, Hida Yakamo and Hida Sukune.
Yakamo and Sukune gave her the nickname O-Ushi, which means Ox, to match her great strength and her stubbornness. At her gempukku, she officially took the name O-Ushi. Her hot temper and readiness to meet any insult with a swift stroke from her Dai Tsuchi earned her a new nickname, Bully.
The Great Bear raised her like he did his sons. This made O-Ushi strong and a great commander. While she had a quick temper, she never let it get the best of her. As a matter of fact, she would use it to goad and taunt, bringing others to anger before they could prepare for her. She relied on fear and uncertainty to gain an advantage over her enemies.
After her father’s passing, her brother Yakamo became champion. He ordered O-Ushi to choose a husband. A contest was held to determine O-Ushi husband, a tetsubo-only contest was arranged by Yakamo. O-Ushi entered to win in an attempt to keep from marrying anyone but, during the semifinal fight, Daidoji Uji and O-Ushi knocked each other out and Shinjo Yasamura was declared the winner. The two were married before O-Ushi regained consciousness. Yasamura took the Hida name and the two had a set of twin, Hida Kuroda and Hida Kuon.
After Sukune’s horrible death and Yakamo’s ascension as the new Lord Sun, O-Ushi took over as Clan Champion. She lead the clan until her death where she sacrificed herself in a duel to Doji Kurohito to allow her troops to escape.
If you wanted a strong woman as a role model in Rokugan, it would be hard to find a better Crab woman in the game.
If you would like more information on Hida O-Ushi, or any character in Rokugan Lore, you can visit the Wikia here.