Hanzo Shotozumi

Syndicate Boss

Real Name: Hanzo Shotozumi
Gender: Male
Metatype: Human
Nationality: Japanese Imperial State
Ethnicity: Asian
Hair: Black, gray at temples
Eyes: Brown
Awakened: No
Emerged: No
Affiliations: Shotozumi-gumi
Meeting Place(s): Seward Club, Downtown
Location: Seattle
Traits: Conservative, cunning, ruthless

Hanzo Shotozumi first landed in Seattle in the 2040s at the behest of Akira Watada, the infamous leader of the Watada-rengo in Japan. At the time, the Watada-rengo controlled large parts of Japan and all of the clans of Seattle. Seattle had a large number of Korean members, which grew restless under the watchful eye of Watada. Shotozumi was brought in when Watada decided to eliminate the problem during a week-long purge called “The Schism.”

Being a die-hard traditionalist, Shotozumi was more than happy to wipe out the Korean influences in the Seattle yakuza. The blood on his hands after that week would help solidify his position as the oyabun of Seattle. He was then tasked with rebuilding the Seattle yakuza as a traditional and loyal organization.

In the 25 years that have followed, Shotozumi managed to expand the yakuza’s influence, very nearly pushing the Mafia completely out of Seattle. As a result, Shotozumi declared his clan and the other clans of Seattle independent of the Watada-rengo in Japan.

A brief war broke out between the Seattle yakuza and the Watada-rengo and their affiliates in California. However, Shotozumi won the war handily and the Seattle clans gained their independence.

The second attempt to remove Shotozumi from power came from within. Isao Nishidon was a long-time Seattle yakuza oyabun and attempted to sieze power during the second Crash. However, Nishidon got in way over his head and rather than submit to Shotozumi, chose to take his own life.

No one has questioned Shotozumi’s guidance and leadership since.

Hanzo Shotozumi

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