Heikegani, known as the “Samurai Crab”, were a unique species of large crab native to the southernmost coastal regions of Rokugan, with a shell that bore a pattern resembling the face of an angry samurai. The superstitious believed these crabs were reincarnated souls from Toshigoku, the Realm of Slaughter, because the heikegani did not start appearing until after the small but tragic Battle of Dannoura, where two twins who grew up in different clans eventually fought one another to death. It was considered unlucky to eat the plentiful heikegani from the region, for to do so was to invite the sin of familial betrayal into one's heart. [1]


  1. Book of Water, p. 127

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