Tattered Ear Tribe

Tattered Ear Tribe

The Tattered Ear Tribe was the largest of the Nezumi tribes and was one of three tribes to have split off from the Forever-Racing-Tomorrow Tribe. They became the ambassadors of the Nezumi. [1]

Dwelling Edit

Their main warren, M-atikf'chtr-foo, known as the Great Home, [2] [3] within the southern reaches of the Shinomen Mori. [4] They migrated through the lands of the Scorpion, the Crab and the Sparrow Clan in a three year period, and spending another year, or little more, in the Shinomen. [5]

The Tattered Ear had the largest migratory territory, which spanned from the Shinomen Mori and southern Unicorn lands through southern Scorpion provinces to the Crane lands near the Spine of the World Mountains. [6] They grew so large that it has split into independent packs, each led by a chekchuk. [7]

Demeanor Edit

They were remarkably optimistic and open-minded, which likely was the result of their centuries of absence from the Shadowlands. They possessed a strong racial pride and consider all Nezumi tribes to be their allies. They were also positively pre-disposed towards humans, and sought acceptance into their courts. [6]

History Edit

Creation Edit

Several generations after the alliance with the Crab Clan was formed the Forever-Racing-Tomorrow Tribe, the largest existing at the time, split due to a major disagreement as to how to best serve the interests of the Nezumi race. Those who followed a half-demented, self-proclaimed "prophet", remained in the Shadowlands to live as they always had, becoming the Third Whisker Tribe, a nihilistic group of doom-sayers who eventually occupied the tunnels beneath the Kaiu Wall. The tribe's chieftain wished to forge closer ties with the humans, so he took a large portion of the tribe and traveled north past the Kaiu Wall becoming the Tattered Ear Tribe. The Shaman, who felt that the humans would bring them all to ruin and advocated severing all ties, took a much smaller portion of the tribe and traveled farther west into the Shadowlands, becoming the Crooked Tail Tribe. [8]

Relations Edit

The Tattered Ear interacted the most often with humans, and as such came into an ideological conflict with other tribes, particularily the Green-Green-White Tribe. Like almost all Nezumi, they had ties to the Crab Clan, but the Tattered Ear also developed contacts among the Scorpion Clan and the Hare Clan. They also previously had contact with the Falcon Clan prior to that clan's absorption by the Crab. [2] Because of their wide range, the Tattered Ear frequently came into contact with Nezumi in other lands, trading goods and information. They became the unoffi cial communication network of their race. [9]

Because the Tattered Ear would often protect peasants from bandits and Shadowlands beasts, many heimin came to see them as benevolent creatures and would sometimes leave offerings to them. [2]

Breach of Etiquette Edit

Tattered Ear Watcher

Tattered Ear Watcher

One of the more notable incidents in the Tattered Ear history was an ill-fated diplomatic encounter with the Sparrow Clan in 859, [10] where the Nezumi present committed a blasphemous breach of etiquette by presenting the clan with a fetish crafted from the thighbone of the Sparrow daimyo's deceased brother. Needless to say, the Tattered Ear representatives had to flee for their lives and the Sparrow became intense enemies of all Nezumi as a result. [2]

Crippled Bone Expansion Edit

In the early 12th century the Crippled Bone Tribe began an expansion of their territory in the Shadowlands, killing any of the foul creatures they could. The Tattered Ear saw this expansion as a possible source of conflicts among both tribes, so they retreated their own territory north, deeper in the Shinomen Mori. [11]

Naga Awakens Edit

In 1124 [12] the first encounter between the Naga and the nezumi became a disaster for the tribe. Confronted with the gigantic serpentine warriors, the Ratlings were crippled by an instinctive terror that nearly paralyzed them. Several scouts were lost to the Naga before the tribe managed to retreat. [13]

Rebuilding the Imperial Court Edit

In 1160 the Tattered Ear was selected as the nezumi tribe to have a representative in the new Imperial Court at Kyuden Miya, in recognition of thier valorous efforts in aiding the Crab and for the defeat of the Onisu Kyofu. The selected nezumi was Zin'tch. [4]

Stained Paw Plot Edit

This year during the days before Toturi Naseru took his throne the Stained Paw shamans prepared a terrible curse. They fashioned a satchel of plagued skulls that would be hurled into the Bay of Drowned Honor. The skulls would spread sickness and disease throughout Ryoko Owari, leaving the city empty of life. The Tattered Ear discovered the Stained Paw ritual and their warriors attacked the saboteurs, but they were too late. A mighty shaman of the Stained Paw escaped and moved into a Tattered Ear warren. When found, he had already altered the enchantment that suffused the skulls. With a single word, he could had slain the Tattered Ear. He looked upon the frightened pups and elders, shame filled the shaman's gaze, and drew the plagued magic of the skulls into himself, and perished there in the Tattered Ear Warrens. [14]

Nezumi Alliance Edit

In 1165 the Chipped Tooth, Crippled Bone, Green-Green-White, Tattered Ear, and Third Whisker allied to fight the Stained Paw. Kan'ok'ticheck was chosen as the Chief of Chiefs. [15]

One Tribe Edit

Zin'tch as chieftain of the Tribe decided to join their packs with the Green-Green-White Tribe to attack the Stained Paw Tribe. Kan'ok'ticheck was given command over the tribes that had not fallen to corruption, and became the One Tribe, being Zin'tch his equal in the tribe, Kan'ok'ticheck for his skill in battle and Zin'tch for his wisdom. [16]

Unicorn Attacks Edit

Unicorn attacking Tattered Ear

Unicorn attacking Tattered Ear

A series of misunderstandings between the Unicorn guarding the Naga ruins and the Tattered Ear tribe living in the Shinomen Mori caused tensions between the two groups. [17] Moto Hideyo led an army who [18] attacked the Tattered Ear in the Shinomen Mori. [19] They took refuge in hidden warrens. [20] The fight escalated in the Winter War. [21]

After Time Edit

The nezumi race gathered to fight Tomorrow, which threatened Yume-do and the Rememberers. Many Tattered Ear died during the Battle of Tomorrow. The sleeping Naga sensed the conflict in the world of dreams, and helped the Tattered Ear to clean the Great Home, tending to the dead and organizing those who remained. In the After Times, the Tattered Ear sent forth their migrating packs, looking for survivors, and to bring them all back to the Great Home. [9]

Chieftains Edit

The following were the known chieftains of the Tattered Ear Tribe:

Kipptch  ? - ?
Stichuk (c. 1043)
Stikak  ? - 1127
Tchickchuk 1127 - ?
Zin'tch  ? - 1165
Manithith  ? - 1165 - Trapped in Yume-do in 1169

See also Edit

External Links Edit

Hidden Warrens in the Shinomen

Hidden Warrens in the Shinomen


  1. Way of the Ratling, pp. 36-37
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Way of the Ratling, p. 37
  3. Secrets on the Wind - Part 1, by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rebuilding the Court, by Shawn Carman
  5. The Book of the Shadowlands, p. 138
  6. 6.0 6.1 Creatures of Rokugan: Third Edition, p. 67
  7. Way of the Ratling, p. 36
  8. Way of the Ratling, pp. 17-18
  9. 9.0 9.1 Enemies of the Empire, p. 104
  10. Creatures of Rokugan; Third Edition, p ? [citation needed]
  11. Way of the Ratling, pp. 6-8
  12. Creatures of Rokugan: Third Edition, p. 48
  13. Way of the Ratling, p. 21
  14. The Last Rememberer, Part Two, by Rich Wulf
  15. Creatures of Rokugan: Third Edition, p. 50
  16. Return of the Master (Diamond Rulebook Story), by Rich Wulf and Shawn Carman
  17. Creatures of Rokugan: Third Edition, p. 51
  18. The Rolling Tides (Rise of the Shogun flavor and picture)
  19. Test of Enlightenment
  20. Hidden Warrens (Khan's Defiance flavor)
  21. Vacant Throne, p. 56

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