The Empire Reborn
The Crane Clan – The Elegant Artisans
During the dawn of the Emerald Empire, it was the Emperor’s beloved sister, Lady Doji, who created the traditions and customs that would become the social system of Rokugan. In the one thousand years since that time, there have been precious few times that the Crane have not utterly dominated the social environment of the Empire. The reign of the Hantei Dynasty was a period of prosperity for the Crane, with the clan supplying wives to almost all the Emperors of that line, and dominating the position of Emerald Champion for much of that time. The beauty of the Crane’s system is that they reinforce their dominance of social conventions through iaijutsu, the formal dueling method that is used to resolve differences. The fact was that the Crane were partially responsible for the creation of the Empire’s justice system and the emphasis on iaijutsu, an art at which the Crane are unquestionably the masters in the whole of the Empire.
The main families of the Crane are:
- The Doji are the previous lords of the clan, the masters of court.
- The Kakita serve their lords as yojimbo and peerless duelists.
- The Daidoji fill the ranks of the clan’s armies and scout the lands of enemies.
- The Asahina maintain the clan’s spirituality and its vast network of temples.
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