Hiruma family


Clan: Crab Clan 
Founded: 43 
Daimyo: Hiruma Tomoe 
“A single fire against the darkness always burns brighter.” [1]
Old Hiruma

Original mon of the Hiruma family

The Hiruma family was founded by Hiruma, the right hand of the Kami Hida. [2]


War Against Fu Leng Edit

The Hiruma family was the first to Follow Hida to the Shadowlands. Their devotion to the Hida family oftenly made them bodyguards of the Crab Clan Champion. [3]

Nezumi Edit

in 314 many of the Nezumi tribes united to help a lone Hiruma Scout [4] foil the treacherous plans of a corrupted Kuni Shugenja, thwarting an attack which could have overwhelmed and destroyed the Hiruma Castle. Since that day the Hiruma honored the nezumi as trusted allies. [5]

Loss of the Ancestral LandsEdit

The Hiruma were defeated in the Last Stand Plain by the forces of The Maw. [6] Kyuden Hiruma, the ancestral home of the Hiruma family was destroyed in 716 by the Oni Lord. For centuries the Hiruma had no lands to call their own. A Hiruma warrior was grim, determined and joyless. The Hiruma bore no mon during this time and strove only to regain their homelands. [7]

Restoration of the Ancestral LandsEdit

In 1130, they fulfilled their quest, and once again, Kyuden Hiruma was filled with the colors of the Crab. [8] The Hiruma took a new mon [9] and moved the family katana, Hiko back to Kyuden Hiruma from its temporary home in Kyuden Hida. [10]

Bargain with Kuni Yori Edit

In 1132 the complete Hiruma family was in risk to became part of the Shadowlands. When the Hiruma Daimyo, Hiruma Yoshi was trapped at Hiruma Castle and knew Hida Yakamo was imprisoned by Kuni Yori, he offered a bargain to the tainted Shugenja: the Hiruma family willingly became Shadowlands for the life of Yakamo. Yoshi took the hand of Yori but the deal was broken when Yoshi tried to kill Yori with jade. [11]

Ancestral Armor of the Hiruma recovered Edit

In 1166 the Dark Lord, Daigotsu, expressed his gratitude toward the Crab by returning the Ancestral Armor of the Hiruma family, lost for centuries in the darkness. The Hiruma were elated but cautious, passing the armour to their Kuni brethren to study in order to be certain it bears no Taint. [12]

Colonies Edit

During the Age of Conquest the attacks on the Kaiu Wall were limited, and the Hiruma had new purpose. The Colonies were expanding, and the Hiruma scouts, and their recovered techniques, were deemed indispensable by the Imperial Explorers. [13]


Hiruma Daimyo Edit

The following were the known daimyo of the Hiruma:

Hiruma 43 - ?
Hiruma Tadanori c. 716
Hiruma Yoshi  ? - 1126
Hiruma Kage 1126 - 1128
Hiruma Yoshi 1128 - 1132
Hiruma Zunguri 1132 - 1137
Hiruma Nikako 1137 - ?
Hiruma Masagaro  ? - 1165
Hiruma Todori 1165 - ?
Hiruma Tomoe ? - Present

Vassals of the Hiruma Edit

The following were the vassal families of the Hiruma:

Within the Family Edit

Motto Edit

The original family motto was “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing at all.” and “We are as smoke in the wind.” was the unofficial motto after the Hiruma Castle fell. [1] The Hiruma had no family banner to carry into battle while their castle was not regained. [10] Once Hiruma Castle was seized the motto of the Hiruma family was "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing at all." [9]

Shinjo Allies Edit

Hiruma and Shinjo

A Hiruma training with a Shinjo

Hiruma - Shinjo marriages were not uncommon as the Hiruma were sent to train in Shinjo schools as their emphasis on speed and stamina was very close to their own teachings. Most notably in recent years was Hiruma Todori, daimyo of the family. Todori spent a great deal of his youth training with the Shinjo and had the same free spirit as his Unicorn cousins. [10]

Hiruma Scouts Edit

Hiruma Scouts served as military spies and advance scouts and were able to blend in with their surroundings and watch entire armies pass by undetected, they could run with the stamina of a horse delivering messages to units days apart. Their speed and intelligence gathering abilities were second to none. [7]


Once the Hiruma lands were fertile, but centuries ago, the armies of The Maw overrun Crab lands all the way to the site of the Kaiu Wall. The Hiruma had not regained even half of what they lost to the Maw, and the Hiruma lands were completely barren. Much of the land held only standing dead trees and broken patches of dry earth and rock. Their holdings were heavily fortified and connected to escape tunnels that emerged miles away. [14]


Hiruma provinces

Hiruma provinces

The following were known provinces under the control of the Hiruma family. [15]

Holdings Edit

The following were the estates and property of the Hiruma family:

Schools of the Hiruma Edit

The following is a list of schools of the Hiruma family:

See Also Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Great Clans, p. 15
  2. Way of the Crab, p. 22
  3. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 79
  4. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 11
  5. Way of the Ratling, p. 17
  6. Game Master's Guide; 2nd Ed, p. 55
  7. 7.0 7.1 Way of the Crab, p. 38
  8. Masters of War, p. 15
  9. 9.0 9.1 Victory at Hiruma Castle (Honor Bound flavor)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Way of the Crab, p. 39
  11. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 3, by Ree Soesbee
  12. Report of Miya Shoin to the Righteous Emperor, Toturi III (Imperial Herald v2 #16)
  13. Kanshi, by Robert Denton
  14. Secrets of the Crab, p. 32
  15. Secrets of the Crab, p. 96

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