Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The Yoritimo proud of their long and illustrious history as any other family, can trace their ancestry back to the Crab Clan during the Empire’s formation. ironically, their claim to lack the Kami’s blood is essentially rendered moot by the validity of their claims to be descended from Hida Kaimetsu-uo, the grandson of Hida. not surprisingly, few people mention this in the company of a Yoritomo.
Rare indeed is the Yoritomo that has not served on a Mantis kobune for at least part of their studies. The fighting style their family practices incorporates athletic maneuvers that demand a superior sense of balance, exactly the sort of skill that can be learned on one of the hundreds of Mantis vessels that scour the Rokugani seas. The hardships of their training tend to make Yoritomo large, powerful individuals with little regard for social niceties, much like their Crab cousins. There are many exceptions to this rule, of course, but in general terms it is most accurate.
Life at sea tends to give the Yoritomo a distinctive appearance. They have a great upper body strength and tremendous balance, both reflected in their build and the way they carry themselves. Many have a leathered, scarred appearance from the hardship of their chosen profession, with an attitude to match. The Yoritimo tend toward a gruff, burly demeanor, individuals who have a look hardened by years of experience on the high seas, due mostly to the conditions on their home islands.