Kyuden Caerdydd - Champions of the Sapphire Throne
The Mantis Clan
The Mantis hold an effective monopoly on the Empire’s trade with the Ivory Kingdoms, and this has allowed their famed wealth to swell to unprecedented levels, with a corresponding boost in political power. The Mantis remain hampered by their lack of numbers and the vulnerability of their limited territory on the mainland. Thankfully, the current era of peace has protected their far-flung territories from military pressure. The successful resolution of the crisis between them and the Scorpion several years ago has also been to their benefit, greatly improving their relations with the Clan which has traditionally been among their fiercest enemies. As a result, the Mantis are among Miya Shikan’s strongest supporters in the courts.
• The Mantis succeeded in breaking the Tortoise Clan’s monopoly on trade with the Thrane in 1502.
• Toturi Hizatoru, the Emperor’s eldest surviving son, is being fostered by the Mantis.
Good Relations: Crab, Scorpion
Poor Relations: Tortoise