Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
In many ways, the Matsu are the most straightforward family in the Empire. They hide nothing, presenting their true nature to the world, their thoughts and opinions laid bare for the world to see. This outlook attracts few admirers, however, as the true nature of a Matsu tends to be a furious, unrelenting warrior who is quick to criticize others for their failings.
The Matsu line began with a woman named Matsu, who was regarded by all as the fiercest follower of Akodo, an exceptional warrior, hot-tempered and arrogant, but few could deride her for her social shortcomings without risking her wrath, a fate that few survived. The confrontation between Matsu and Kakita at the first Test of the Emperald Champion created a thousand-year rift between the Lion and Crane. And yet, it has been the Matsu’s fury that has borne the Lion through innumerable conflicts during their long history of warfare.
Although the Matsu and Akodo have reconciled their differences as families, their appearances remain in stark contrast to one another. The Matsu are more muscular, with a generally heavier build. They favor wild, elaborate hairstyles that are often died in the manner of their clan’s namesake. Their appearance, even when calm, suggests the potential for sudden violence, which many ascribe to their wild stare.