Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The Hida family rules the Crab Clan. Descended from the Kami whose name they bear, they are fierce warrios with an extreme range of emotions, a fact that often makes problems for them in the courts where to maintain face is all-important. Their rage in battle is legendary as is their joy in the face of triumph. Hida celebrations are the most boisterous in all the Empire. To those outside the family, who only see the results of such outbursts, the Hida appear as if they have no self-control but this is untrue. A Hida is taught to recognize the power of emotions, but to always control them. A fierce temper is a power weapon, one that can turn the tide of battles, but must be kept in check until the proper time arrives.
The Hida family’s rule of their clan has never been questioned, for the Hida have always recognized the talents of each family that serves them. Responsibilities among the clan are clearly defined, and the expertise of each family is recognized and highly valued. In matters of siege and defense, for example, the Hida trust the Kaiu implicitly. In matters of magic, the Kuni are heeded, and in matters of trade the Yasuki are given free reign.
Hida are the largest of the Crab families, forming the back bone of the Crab armies. Whereas many Crab are larger than average, Hida bushi tend to be even taller and more muscular. Some wonder if their proximity to the Shadowlands has conferred the strength of demons upon their family over the generations, but never within earshot of a Hida.