Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Unsurprisingly, the Mantis are the most dominant clan, and the Yoritomo the most active family, though in no way are the interests of the entire Mantis Clan, or even of the Yoritomo, always unified. The Yoritomo family’s mercantile and political interests are handled by two very different individual samurai-ko, Yoritomo Obaami and Yoritomo Azula, and it is no secret that the two often disagree on the proper, or most efficient, ways to operate their family’s assets. Among the other Mantis families, it is the Moshi and Kitsune, who often act in concert, who have the most clout, though it is still unimpressive next to the commissary and bureaucratic power of the Yoritomo or Shiba. Among the other Great Clans it is the Phoenix, and particularly the Shiba family, which command the most influence. Shiba Sayoko, also the ambassador, is the head of the Phoenix interests and aggressively seeks to expand Phoenix power within the city. The trade disputes between the Mantis and Phoenix simmer constantly, though never boil over. The two clans still find common ground often enough to keep things civil. The Crane, though few in number, command a significant amount of clout due to their impartiality, often swaying split decisions in the court, and keeping disputes from boiling over. I find it unlikely that the Crane do this out of the kindness of their hearts, as they enjoy a fair amount of power due to their position. The Crab, lacking the Crane’s finesse in court, seldom act as tie-breakers or intermediaries. They do however, enjoy a great amount of mercantile power through the guidance of their leader, Yasuki Kuroite, who, for his part, seems content to allow the Crane their position in court so long as they do not try to muscle into the Crab’s merchant interests. The other Great Clans and the Minor Clan Alliance have limited influence, and appear to have little desire to expand, except of course in the case of the Minor Clans, who, despite their best efforts, can not truly challenge the Phoenix, Crane, or Crab in any arena of power.