Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The Hiruma are a grim and humorless family, and for good reason. Their lands were completely destroyed and dominated by the Shadowlands during the same battle that led to the creation of the Kaiu Wall. Those lands were later retaken and purified, but the dark memories of their failure still remain. The Hiruma lands are desolate and lifeless. Even the stones of the Hiruma castles seem darker, as if stained by a shadow that will never wash away.
As their territories lie beyond the formidable protection of the Kaiu Wall, the Hirumo must be ever vigilant and prepared for attack. Their scouts are among the finest in the Empire, able to move quickly and tirelessly through the most hostile of terrains without detection. While the other families all bear great knowledge of the enemy, none know the terrain of the Shadowlands as they do.
Though Hiruma are strong in the way of all Crab, they tend to be lean and tough where the Hida are massive and powerful. Hiruma have a reputation for speaking few words, though when they do speak they do so with a bitter, cynical view. While the Hiruma never doubt that the Crab Clan will ultimately defeat the Shadowlands, neither do they doubt that many of their family will die before that day ever comes. Some mistake this anger for a distrust and hatred of non-Crab, but in fact the Hirumo hate only the Shadowlands. They merely have little time for those not as dedicated as fully to the war as they, and no patience to explain their war to outsiders.