Legend of the Five Rings: Suikoden
Status of 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.
- Crab Clan Champion: Hida Kisada
- Hida Family Daimyo: Hida Kisada
- Hiruma Family Daimyo: Hiruma Yoshi
- Kaiu Family Daimyo: Kaiu Suman
- Kuni Family Daimyo: Kuni Yori
- Yasuki Family Daimyo: Yasuki Taka
The Crab Views on Other Clans
The Crab hate the Crane Clan almost as much as they hate the Shadowlands. They are everything the Crab despise – weak, elusive and they rely on commerce and politics to offset their cowardice. They have little to no military might, and yet own more land than any other clan. They do not defend themselves, but rather rely on the words of the Emperor or might of allies. Had it not been for the necessary war against the Shadowlands the Crab would most likely have launched an all out attack on the Crane centuries ago.
The Crane-Crab War was probably the worst encounter between the two clans, resulting in the break of the Yasuki family from the Crane. Because the Yasuki took up the position as the Crab’s diplomats they were not allowed within the lands of the Crane, and the Black Crane Palace where the Yasuki would host visiting dignitaries was barred to Crane. To remedy these issues to an extent the Crab had a small number of Hida and Hiruma trained as courtiers specifically for negotiations with the Crane. The only exception to the hatred of the Crane is the Daidoji family, whom the Hida family in general have a very high regard for. Since the First Yasuki War, as the Crane-Crab War has come to be known, the two clans have fought once more over the family.
Few in Rokugan can understand the mysterious Dragon Clan, and the Crab are no exception. The Crab don’t trust what they cannot understand, and the Crab are infuriated over the Tattooed Orders isolation from the outside world, labeling the Dragon as cowards. The other families of the Dragon are more respected. The Mirumoto family are respected for their military skills, and the Kitsuki magistrates for their honorable dealings with the rest of the Empire. While the Agasha were still a part of the Dragon they created a interesting relationship with the Kuni family despite the famous Agasha aloofness. The Kuni would frequently send oni ichor or goblin entrails to the Agasha for identification and inspection.
The Crab have a grudging respect for the Lion Clan. They don’t care for the Lion as a rule, but cannot ignore their tactical prowess. The only problem the Crab really have with the Lion is their philosophy. The Lion boast of honor in defending the Emperor, but without achievements what are words? The Lion’s rigid adherence to the abstract notions of honor often causes the Crab to merely see them as arrogant and posturing.
Ironically it is the pacifistic Phoenix Clan that the Crab generated the most respect for. The two clans have never quarreled over land due to the distance between them, and their other interests are so different there have never been any conflict of interests. The Phoenix often speak their mind, and while the Crab ignore the cries for peace they still respect the openness of the Phoenix. The power of the magic the Phoenix have is never dismissed however, and the Kuni will never hesitate to go to the Isawa when they need help.
After the Crane, the Crab hate the Scorpion Clan the most. They are deceptive and tricky like the Crane, but unlike the Crane they have a wary respect of the Crab. The two have clashed before, and the Scorpion know it is not wise to anger the Crab. The Crab try to have as little to do with the Scorpion as possible, although this sometimes plays into the ploys of the Scorpion. The Crab refused an offer to aid the Scorpion Clan Coup, and are pleased to see the Scorpion Clan removed from history, though their opinion of the current Emperor is less than the father that was killed.
The Crab view the Unicorn Clan as kindred spirits in a way. They are much like the Crab in that their strange customs make them outsiders in Rokugan, and their martial prowess mark them as true warriors. Since the return of the Unicorn, the two have more or less been allies, and a particularly strong bond was forged between the Shinjo family and the Hiruma.
The Crab view most minor clans with a great degree of favor, respecting them for their relative strength compared to their size. The Crab also share borders with the Hare and Sparrow Clans, providing a sort of buffer between them and the Scorpion Clan. The nearby minor clan daimyo’s are wise enough to not draw the wrath of the Crab, and view them rather as allies should the Crane or Scorpion turn against them.
The Crab have originated more minor clans and ronin families than any other clan. The following are all clans and families with Crab ties:
|Mantis Clan||Badger Clan||Boar Clan||Falcon Clan|
Where as most Rokugani despise the Nezumi, the Crab recognized them as valuable assets in the fight against the Shadowlands. Their immunity to the Taint as well as intimate knowledge of areas of the Shadowlands meant that they were excellent scouts. The Hiruma Scouts frequently used ratlings as additional eyes and ears, all in exchange for cheap jewelry or food. The occasional betrayal of the Crab by a Ratling Tribe was taken very seriously, wiping out the tribe to make an example of them.
Crab samurai hate to think that they will die, not on the Carpenter Wall, but of old age. To become a monk and sit idle and useless seeking Enlightenment, while others defend the Empire, would cause deep shame to any true Crab. This is why most elderly samurai instead take a position at a Crab bushi dojo, so that the young can gain by their experience. Only the infirmed or insane go to the monasteries.
Most Crab superstitions stem from their proximity to the Shadowlands, and they usually have a grain of truth to them.
The magic of the Crab Clan is usually more practical than that of other shugenja, and Crab are much more willing to share their knowledge with those outside the Clan.
- Capital: Kyuden Hida
- Population: 4 610 000 (approx)
- Military: 258 000 samurai
- Imports: Jade, Rice
- Exports: Iron, Tea, Raw Materials