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Lord Shojo (deceased)
Daimyo Kubota was a male human aristocrat and leader of House Kubota. He was leading several noble houses in abandoning Azure City on the eve of invasion over a disagreement with Hinjo and Roy regarding how best to address the impending threat.
On Kubota's orders, both a pair of ninjas and a convict released to fight for the city try (and fail) to assassinate Hinjo during the chaos of the battle.
Due to the ruling of the lone magistrate to escape the fall of the city, Hinjo has been unable to arrest Kubota for these actions. As Kubota's ships sail with the fleet of refugees leaving the city, he has made several more attempts on Lord Hinjo's life using charmed aquatic monsters and his own ninja, Therkla.
Hinjo has described Kubota as the kind of man who would not care whether all of Azure City fell to the forces of evil, just so long as he came out of it with his power intact. However, Kubota actually was more actively villainous than even Hinjo suspected, conspiring with devils to place himself on Azure City's throne. Kubota had an appreciation for the finer things in life, from caviar to imported rugs, which extends to a dim view of commoners like Kazumi and Daigo.
While he surrenders to Elan following the murder of Therkla, he seems infinitely confident of the aristocratic countermeasures he has plotted out, assuming that any trial will turn into a circus to make Hinjo look even worse, in part due to a non specified "aristocrat-friendly prestige class that grants the extraodinary ability to fool magical lie detection". All his bragging was for naught; Kubota never even gets to trial, thanks to a Disintegrate spell from an annoyed and trance-deprived Vaarsuvius. This was followed with Gust of Wind, which effectively sweeps Kubota's remains into the sea, thus preventing him from being resurrected.
Vaarsuvius then admits to not even knowing the man's name or precisely what he had done wrong, simply that, as Elan's prisoner, he was most likely a villain of some sort, and that the trial Kubota mentioned would distract from Vaarsuvius' research. Elan did not approve of the killing, comparing to it something Belkar would have done.