Kyuden Caerdydd - Champions of the Sapphire Throne
The Lion Clan
The Lion have enjoyed an era of wealth and influence unprecedented in their recent history. The peace-making efforts of Miya Shikan have “frozen” their victories and territorial gains in the War of Bleeding Flowers, and they have had two full generations to exploit them. As a result, the Lion coffers are unusually full and their armies are large and well-supplied. However, the lack of conflict has also prevented them from testing those armies in the field, and some in the Clan worry that they are in danger of “going soft” in this placid era. The Lion’s political strength has also been unusually high in this era, due to the appointment of their leader Matsu Hoketsaku as Emerald Champion. With his death, however, and the ascension of an untried boy (Matsu Nimoro) to take his place, the future prospects of the Lion look somewhat uncertain.
• Matsu Hoketsaku, the Lion Clan Champion, was killed in 1499 by a member of the Tsume vassal family in revenge for the loss of their lands during the War of Bleeding Flowers. Hoketsaku was replaced by his son, Matsu Nimoro.
• The Crane Clan provided some of their surplus food to the Lion Clan in 1503 but gave most of it to their allies in the Phoenix Clan.
Good Relations: Crab, Phoenix
Poor Relations: Crane, Dragon, Scorpion, Unicorn