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Hiruma 
Hiruma 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 127 
Children: Hiruma Mai,
Un-named son 
Titles: Hiruma family founder, Hiruma Daimyo
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Hiruma was one of the first followers of Hida and was the founder of the Hiruma family of the Crab Clan. Hiruma was a highly skilled scout and was known as the "Hunter of a thousand hares". [1]

Hiruma's Skill Edit

Hiruma's eyes were said to be eagle-sharp, and he was able to determine the size of a force with a single glance. He knew the colors and insignia of units from all the commanders of all armies: human, goblin, and oni. Without his keen observations, Hida would not have been able to defend the empire as well as he did. He was quick-footed and quick-witted, and the tales of his exploits border on inhuman bravery and foolhardy bravado. [2]

Daughter Edit

Hiruma was known to have had at least one child, Hiruma Mai. Mai was full of the same bravado as her father and constantly sought to prove her superiority to anyone she met. Her ruthless and unforgiving military tactics and instruction style served to forge the Hiruma into what they would become. [3]

"I am not married. But I am not lonely, either."
-Hiruma

Initial Duty Edit

One of Hiruma's first duties was to scout the mountains in Crab lands, searching for suitable natural resources. He tired of the work, being to impatient for the work to be completed. He was also concerned of what would become of him once the Crab were settled, not having the skill to become a farmer or an artisan such as Kaiu. Instead Hiruma longed to explore further south , but he was warned against it by Kuni. [4]

Oni no Hatsu Suru Edit

In 43, when Hida first called for followers, Hiruma stepped forward with Kaiu and Kuni. To prove themselves, the three had to enter the Shadowlands and kill Oni no Hatsu Suru, a guardian left behind by Fu Leng after his defeat in the War. Hiruma's role in the fight was to lure the oni into the trap set by Kuni. Once the oni was trapped, Hiruma also dealt the final blow to the oni using Chikara, the sword Kaiu had forged. Afterward, the reward for the three was permission for them to found their own families, sworn to Hida's service. Because he dealt the killing blow to the oni, Hiruma became Hida's right hand, second in Crab lands only to Hida himself. Despite his newfound station, Hiruma continued to volunteer his services as advance scout of the Crab armies. [5]

Hiruma's Legacy Edit

Ancestral Sword of the Crab Clan Edit

Hiruma presenting Chikara to Hida

Hiruma presenting Chikara to Hida

Hiruma presented Chikara as a gift to Hida at the opening of Kyuden Hida. Since then it has been customary for the heir of the Crab Clan Champion to carry it, making it the Ancestral Weapon of the Crab. [6]

The Hiruma Tetsubo Edit

Hida as a sign of trust gave Hiruma his tetsubo, who was known as the Hiruma Tetsubo. [7]

Preferred Weapon Edit

Kishu was the name given to Hiruma's jade katana, specially designed to harm oni and to pierce armor, as well as enhancing the scout and stealth skills. [8] During the War Against Fu Leng Hiruma left it embedded in an oni. He passed his other sword, Hiko, to his son, [9] and this blade was considered the Ancestral Sword of the Hiruma. [10]

External Links Edit

Hiruma 2

Hiruma Sensei

References

  1. Way of the Crab, p. 20
  2. Way of the Crab, pp. 38, 72
  3. Secrets of the Crab, p. 43
  4. 4.0 4.1 Defenders of the Empire, by Shawn Carman
  5. Way of the Crab, pp. 19-22
  6. Way of the Crab, pp. 22, 106-107
  7. The Hiruma Tetsubo (Pearl flavor)
  8. Bearers of Jade, p. 57
  9. Bearers of Jade, p. 59
  10. Way of the Crab, 108



Preceded by:
None
Hiruma Daimyo
43 - ?
Succeeded by:
Unknown


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