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Hiruma Kage 
Hiruma Kage 
Born: Unknown 
Died: 1128 
Parents: Hiruma Yoshi 
Siblings: None 
Spouse: Hiruma Nikako 
Children: Hiruma Masagaro 
Titles: Hiruma Daimyo

Hiruma Kage was the son of the Hiruma Daimyo Hiruma Yoshi. He had a wife, Hiruma Nikako, and had a son, Hiruma Masagaro. [1] He would spend his life trying to regain his family's lost lands, but would die before they were retaken.

Demeanor Edit

Kage quickly made a name for himself in the ranks of the Crab. His skill was impeccable, his courage was over­whelming, and his sense of duty was breath-taking. [2]

Bushido Edit

Kage was a trusted follower of Bushido, and kept himself immaculate and practiced the Tea ceremony with his elderly aunt. His Hida cousins saw strange this behaviour, but they say nothing because of his performance on the battlefield. [2]

Life Edit

Fall in love Edit

Kage fell in love with a Crane courtier he had met in court, and became her suitor, writing haiku to her. [2]

Early Expedition Edit

The burden of his family's lost lands weighed heavily on Kage. Immediately after his gempukku, he led an expedition to reclaim Kyuden Hiruma. They managed to gain control of the castle, but were forced to retreat soon afterward. Kage had to be physically dragged from the castle. After his inital defeat, Kage did not try to retake the castle again during his lifetime. [3]

Hiruma Daimyo Edit

Kage was the son of family daimyo Hiruma Yoshi. When Yoshi relinquished the post, Kage became the new daimyo. His leadership skills were extraordinary, and his contemporaries realized he was a very talented and capable leader. [4]

Personality Edit

Hiruma Kage 2

Hiruma Kage

Kage lived constantly near the Kaiu Kabe, organizing his family's activities. He lived the life of a berserker, praying every morning for death to release him from his obsession. He would enter battles striking without hesitation at the greatest and most terrible foes. [4]

Kage was a cold and calculating man. He thought about every action he took and weighed all the forseeable consequences. He spoke calmly and casually, and his gaze never wavered. Kage always wore simple armor. He saw no point in having to constantly repair elaborate armor, as it would only get torn to shreds when he used it. [5]

Fighting in the Wall Edit

In 1125 Kage, Hida Tampako and the new recruit Hiruma Yugure defended the wall against the attack of a marauding oni of feline face. [6]

Clan War Edit

The Crab army had marched north in their quest for power against the Hantei, leaving a token guard in the Kaiu Wall. Yoshi sent a letter to Kage counseling him to seek support in the nezumi Third Whisker Tribe. [7]

Death Edit

After Kage's death in 1128 in the Second Day of Thunder [8] his father would come back out of retirement and fulfill Kage's dreams of regaining the lost Hiruma lands. [9]

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Preceded by:
Hiruma Yoshi
Hiruma Daimyo
1126 - 1128
Succeeded by:
Hiruma Yoshi


  1. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 36, 37
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 58
  3. Way of the Crab, pp. 71-72
  4. 4.0 4.1 Way of the Crab, p. 72
  5. Way of the Crab, p. 73
  6. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 46
  7. Way of the Ratling, p. 12
  8. Time of the Void, p. 143
  9. The Storming of Morikage Castle, Part 3, by Ree Soesbee

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