Kyuden Caerdydd - Champions of the Sapphire Throne
The Crane Clan
The Crane, once among the strongest and most influential of Clans, have fallen on hard times of late. Their political influence on the Toturi dynasty was badly weakened by Toturi XII’s decision to marry a Scorpion, and has been slow to recover. Their wealth has also become less potent in an age when other Clans – the Unicorn, Mantis, and Tortoise – control the lucrative gaijin trade. Militarily, the Crane have yet to avenge their defeat two generations ago in the War of Bleeding Flowers, which cost them Shiro Kyotei, the Kintani Valley, and the Tsume vassal family. Their armies have grown, but the peaceful era forged by Miya Shikan has prevented them from using this new strength on the battlefield. The beauty and political and artistic skill of the Crane remain undiminished, and it can be expected that they will soon make a new effort to revive their political fortunes when the Emperor’s eldest children begin to marry.
• Daidoji Hayashi, the Daidoji daimyo, was killed in 1501 while visiting Friendly Traveller Village. This resulted in tensions between the Crane and Crab Clans that only ended when the Crane provided food to the Crab as part of a non-aggression pact in 1503.
• Hayashi’s replacement, Daidoji Kowaru, married Toturi Yukihime in 1504 with the hope of strengthening the Imperial line after the death of the Emperor’s heirs.
• During the winter of 1504, Doji Sarutomo, the Crane Clan Champion, committed seppuku for undisclosed reasons. With Sarutomo’s mother, O-Doji Koneko, retiring to a monastery, control of the clan falls to Kakita Saburashi until Sarutomo’s son comes of age.
Good Relations: Dragon, Unicorn
Poor Relations: Lion, Scorpion