Tsuruchi family


Clan: Mantis Clan 
Founded: 1109 
Daimyo: Tsuruchi Fusako

The Tsuruchi family are a part of the Mantis Clan, however originally they were the Wasp Clan and known as the Ashinagabachi family.

History Edit

Founding Edit

In 1109, Tsuruchi, born of a Scorpion and a Lion and betrayed by both clans, retook the castle that had been his birthright from his uncle, Kyuden Ashinagabachi, slaughtering all within. In the ensuing uproar, Tsuruchi presented his case to Emerald Champion Doji Satsume, a Crane with a distaste for both clans. Tsuruchi was declared innocent of any wrong doing and was given leave to create his own minor clan. Tsuruchi's followers had long since given him the nickname "Little Wasp," so there was little debate over the name for their new clan. Thus, the Wasp Clan was born. [1]

The Wasp Code Edit

The Wasp under Tsuruchi developed their own code of honor, which was not entirely in accord with the code of Bushido. The Wasp Code was not adopted completely by the younger generations of the clan due to contradictions in its works. Its main precepts are Honesty, Loyalty, Mercy, Justice, Brotherhood and Judgement. [2] Their ranks were increased with a yearly tournament, the Day of the Wasp[3]

Own Family Edit

The Wasp Clan had their own family, the Ashinagabachi family. [4]

Minor Clan Alliances Edit

The Wasp Clan were members of the Three Man Alliance of minor clans. [1] Sparrow Clan used a modified calendar based upon the year of their founding. It was not uncommon for the other members of the Three Man Alliance to use it, particularly the Fox. The Wasp used it some as well, although not as often as they once did. [5]

Joining the Mantis Edit

In 1128 the Wasp Clan joined the Mantis Clan. The Tsuruchi family was created, [6] as inheritors of the Ashiganabachi family, whose name disappeared, [citation needed] their members shifting their family name to Tsuruchi. Many members of the Yoritomo joined the new Mantis family through marriage. The Tsuruchi numbers outnembered the former Wasp by two to one in less than thirty years. [7] During the time of Tsuruchi, all members of the Wasp Clan were considered Emerald Magistrates, but the affiliation was dissolved once the clan was absorbed into the Mantis as the Tsuruchi. [8] In 1134 for their efforts during the War Against the Shadow, Toturi I officially bestowed the Tsuruchi family name upon the former Wasp Clan. [9]

Ivory Kingdoms Edit

The information gathered by the Tsuruchi spies were instrumental in the success of the Mantis-Ivory Kingdoms War. [10]

Schism Edit

The Tsuruchi generations that did not live when the Wasp was a clan were more willing to follow the Bushido than their older fellows. A philosophical schism, code of Bushido against code of Tsuruchi, began within the family, and affected the real life and the behaviour between Tsuruchi brethren. Theoretical discussions even could finalize with one of the Tsuruchi exiled. [11] The younger generations were dissatisfied with the status of the Tsuruchi family and began to learn the ways of the sword, the Tsuruchi Kenkyaku. [12]

Politics Edit

Tsuruchi Daimyo Edit

The following is a listing of all Tsuruchi Daimyo since their founding in 1109. Before joining the Mantis, they were called the Wasp Clan Champion.

Tsuruchi 1109 - 1133
Tsuruchi Ichiro 1133 - 1165
Tsuruchi Nobumoto 1165 - 1173
Tsuruchi Fusako 1173 - Present

Vassals of the Tsuruchi Edit

The following were the known vassal families of the Tsuruchi family:

Within the Family Edit

Mon Edit

The mon depicted a wasp and the clan colors were black and gold. [13]

Samurai Edit

See Samurai of the Mantis Clan for a listing of notable members of the clan, both current and historic.

Schools & Paths Edit

Schools Edit

The following were the basic Schools within the Tsuruchi family:

Paths Edit

The following were the Paths within the Tsuruchi family:

Lands Edit

The family's holdings were almost exclusively nestled within the Spine of the World Mountains, slightly north of the Sparrow and Kitsune lands. [14] They were generally infertile, being either the barren rock of the mountains and their foothills, or dry sandy flatlands. [15]

Provinces Edit

Tsuruchi provinces

Tsuruchi provinces

The following were known provinces under the control of the Tsuruchi family; [16]

Major Tsuruchi Holdings Edit

Minor Tsuruchi Holdings Edit

Extra-Territorial Holdings Edit

See also Edit

Sources Conflict
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
Way of the Samurai page 50 claims the Wasp joined the Mantis one year after the Battle of Oblivion's Gate, but Legend of the Five Rings; Fourth Edition page 217 rules that the date was 1128. --Oni no Pikachu (talk) 23:08, October 26, 2012 (UTC)


  1. 1.0 1.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 17
  2. Way of the Samurai, p. 50
  3. Way fo the Minor Clans, p. 102
  4. Player's Guide, p. 16
  5. Scenes from the Empire I, by Shawn Carman
  6. Legend of the Five Rings; Fourth Edition, p. 217
  7. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 5
  8. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 53
  9. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 62
  10. Strangers, by Rich Wulf
  11. Stray Arrow, by Rich Wulf
  12. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 57
  13. Way of the Minor Clans, p. 3
  14. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 52
  15. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 115
  16. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 96

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