City of Lies
The Great Clans
The Crab Clan
The Crab Clan are the Defenders of the Empire. They spend their lives on the Carpenter Wall, watching the southwestern border of Rokugan for the next attack from the Shadowlands. The Crab was founded by the Kami Hida. Daily the Crab warriors give their lives on the Wall so the other clans may live in peace and security. The Crab value this duty above all, even honor. They may be gruff, unkempt and downright rude at times, but no one questions their strength or courage.
The Crane Clan
The Crane Clan, Left Hand of the Emperor, is known throughout Rokugan for its skilled duelists and artisans. The Crane are also noted courtiers, wielding great power in the courts of the land. The Crane were founded by the Kami Doji. They pursue excellence in all things, and the traditions established by Lady Doji are now customary in the Emperor’s Court. The formal dueling system, iaijutsu, was established by Doji’s husband, Kakita. Their preferential status with the Imperial line is renowned and throughout history the clan has had fewer taxes and more gifts heaped upon them. They are the masters of the courts and have the status and wealth commensurate with such a position.
The Lion Clan
The Lion Clan are the Right Hand of the Emperor, recording the military and political interactions between the Clans. They are the epitome of bushido and the picture of valor. Next to the Seppun family, they are most likely to serve as the Emperor’s guardsmen, and they make up the greatest share of the Imperial Legions. The Lion Clan was founded by the Kami Akodo.
The Phoenix Clan
The Phoenix Clan is known throughout Rokugan for their skilled shugenja and mastery of elemental magic. The Phoenix are also noted pacifists, preferring diplomacy to war if at all possible. The Phoenix’s presence in the courts of the land is not great, and their courtiers are relatively few in number, although they are not isolationists like the Dragon Clan. The Phoenix Clan was founded by the Kami Shiba, although the family of his vassal, Isawa, generally runs the affairs of the clan.
The Scorpion Clan was founded by the Kami Bayushi. The clan and its members are widely considered to be villainous and untrustworthy by the rest of Rokugan, though they merely attempt to fulfill the duty given to their family by the First Emperor on the day of his ascension.
While the Crane is the Emperor’s left hand and the Lion his right, the Scorpion is often referred to as the Underhand of the Emperor. It is a family of spies, manipulators, and assassins who value loyalty and duty and for whom the ends justify the means. The samurai of the Scorpion clan understand that by dirtying their hands, they ensure that no others need do so.
Following the Day of Thunder however, the clan gained another important duty. The twelve Black Scrolls used to seal the power of Fu Leng were entrusted to the Scorpion for safekeeping. The shugenja of the Yogo family have traditionally been the guardians of the Scrolls, adding to their sinister reputation, though only the Bayushi daimyo himself knows the location of all twelve.
The Unicorn Clan
Once known as the Ki-Rin Clan, the Unicorn Clan departed Rokugan shortly after the Day of Thunder. The Kami Shinjo, founder of the clan, hoped to avert other threats to Rokugan by discovering them first. They roamed the world for eight centuries before returning to Rokugan.
The Unicorn have the finest cavalries in all of Rokugan. They are considered barbarians by most of the other clans. They spent eight hundred years outside the empire, exploring the Burning Sands and other lands, and Rokugan’s cultured society believes that in the two centuries since their return, they have not learned the ways of their motherland. The clans could not be more wrong. The Unicorn know the ways of their cousins, but choose to follow their own, influenced by gaijin cultures. Because of this, they are held in low regard by many, but feared for their military might.
The Dragon Clan
The Dragon Clan was founded by the Kami Togashi, the most enigmatic of the Kami.
After the first appearance of Shinsei after the Tournament of the Kami, Togashi retreated into the mountains of northern Rokugan to live alone. This however did not happen as he was followed by two men, Mirumoto and Agasha. These two became his first followers, and the three together built a temple to Amaterasu and a castle around the temple to protect it. Over the next years Togashi’s followers grew in numbers, those seeking his wisdom took the Togashi name, those showing any skill with the blade were taken in by Mirumoto and trained by him in his niten technique, and those who showed an affinity for the elements were taught by Agasha. The Dragon were secluded, and for the next thousand years they would rarely leave their mountains to interfere with the politics and events of the other clans.
The Minor Clans
The Fox Clan
The Mantis Clan
The Dragonfly Clan
The Sparrow Clan
The Badger Clan
The Centipede Clan
The Falcon Clan
The Tortoise Clan
The Wasp Clan
The Boar Clan
THe Hare Clan
The Snake Clan