Legend of the Five Rings: New Journeys
The Mantis Clan
Alone among the Great Clans, the Mantis Clan has carved its position from the world by pure force of will, seizing destiny where others merely accept what is offered to them. The Mantis began existence in the early centuries of the Empire, when the Hantei Dynasty was yet young. Born of the Crab and Lion, the young hero Kaimetsu-uo forged his own path when his sibling was chosen as heir by his father, the Crab Clan Champion, and sailed to the distant Islands of Silk & Spice to create his own legacy. The Mantis were among the very first Minor Clans, and existed as such for hundreds of years until the unprecedented days of the Clan War, when the Mantis Champion Yoritomo stood among the Great Clan Champions and demanded his place among their ranks. The others accepted, pending success upon the battlefield that day, and the Mantis fought harder than any others. The day was one, the Toturi Dynasty was created, and the Mantis Clan ascended to the position of Great Clan. Since that time, three more families have joined the clan, and together, they stand tall and proud among their comrades as the house of the Mantis Clan.
- The Yoritomo lead the clan in the name of their founder, the peerless hero.
- The Moshi guide the clan’s spirit, embracing their ways and forging one path.
- The Tsuruchi lend their bows and their skill at hunting to the family’s pursuits.
- The Kitsune lend their magic and their respect in the courts to the clan’s work.
Despite their position as equals among the other Great Clans, the Mantis remain somewhat apart from their peers. They are separated both by geography and philosophy, for the Mantis believe in their hearts that the other clans have never truly accepted them and perhaps never truly will. The recent conflict that the clan experienced with the Crane Clan within the boundaries of the Colonies only reinforced the opinion of many Mantis that the other clans do not consider them equals, and while they profess not to care about the opinion of others, the matter rankles them. They have continued to maintain their position of dominance in the Colonies, both in terms of the volume of territory they control and their familiarity with the territory claimed by others.
The Mantis Clan Champion is Yoritomo Hiromi, known by some as the Growing Storm. His nickname is a result of his sour disposition, and it is said by some, even among his own clan, that Hiromi will never be satisfied until he is convinced that the Mantis are recognized as equals by the other clans, and that he will never consider this achieved until the Mantis stand above all others.
The Daimyo of the Mantis in 1199
Yoritomo Hiromi is known as the Growing Storm among his Clan. Hiromi is an impetuous young man, who has not hesitated to take the field in the Colonies in support of his interests. His twin sister, Yoritomo Harumi, has chosen the path of the shugenja and is as calm as her brother is tempestuous. Under his leadership, the Mantis has become more prosperous than ever, yet Hiromi still wants more for his Clan.
Moshi Ikako, the daughter of Moshi Amika, was raised in the Valley of the Centipede in the pure tradition of her Family. After becoming daimyo, she became dissatisfied with the current status of her Family and what she sees as the loss of their identity in favor of the Mantis ways. She has tried to bring them back to her Sun worshipping ways, but remains honor bound to serve the Yoritomo.
Tsuruchi Fusako, veteran archer and magistrate, is at an age where she would be expected to retire, but she has not done so yet. Her successor remains unnamed, and as she has no children of her own there is much discussion of the topic among the ranks of her Family. Although her body is old, her mind remains sharp and she continues to lead the Family, demanding nothing but the best from every one of her vassals.
Kitsune Toshitaka, a man with a strong connection to the spirits of his homeland, believes mankind as a whole has distanced itself from nature, becoming lost in the process. He considers projects such as the establishment of the Colonies as dangerous, as they further encroach on nature’s territory. Unable to convince more than a few outside his Family of his concerns, Toshitaka has been communing at length with the spirits of Kitsune Mori, hoping to find a way to restore balance.