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Mirumoto family

Mirumoto  

Clan: Dragon Clan 
Founded: 5 
Daimyo: Unknown 
"Defy Definition" [1]

The Mirumoto family was the largest family of the Dragon Clan and comprimised the majority of their bushi. They were founded by the yojimbo of Togashi, Mirumoto, who was one of the most brilliant duelists that Rokugan had ever known. The family line could not be drawn directly from Mirumoto himself, as the only child he had was his adopted son Mirumoto Hojatsu. Hojatsu's daughter, Mirumoto Ujaniko continued the Mirumoto name in honor of the Dragon Thunder. The Mirumoto were also fierce advocates of the niten two sword style, as their founder Mirumoto was the one who invented it and it was further developed by Hojatsu. [2]

The Agasha Edit

After the Day of Thunder in 42, Togashi and his followers moved back up into the mountains and withdrew themselves almost completely from the affairs of the Empire. It was during this time that the Mirumoto family forged a strong bond with the Agasha family. The son of Mirumoto, Mirumoto Yojiro and the founder of the Agasha, Agasha worked closely together maintaining the clan's interests, and learned much from eachother in the process. Over the years the Mirumoto students would be encouraged to watch the Agasha and learn from them, and the Agasha students would do the same with the Mirumoto. This practice continued even after the deaths of the two school founders. [3]

Role Edit

The Mirumoto were responsible for the defense and security of the mountain keeps of the Clan. [4]

Politics Edit

Mirumoto Daimyo Edit

While the Togashi Daimyo were the Dragon Clan Champion until Togashi's ascension to Tengoku, [5] it was the Mirumoto Daimyo who had been usually performing all the duties of a Clan Daimyo. [6]

The following is a list of the known daimyo of the Mirumoto family:

Mirumoto 5 - 42
Mirumoto Hojatsu 42 - 46
Mirumoto Kijome 46 - ?
Mirumoto Daisuke 3rd century
Mirumoto Turan  ? - 441
Umeka's father  ? - ?
Mirumoto Umeka  ? - 671
Umeka's eldest son 671 - ?
Mirumoto Tomo (c. 704)
Mirumoto Kabe (c. 750)
Mirumoto Watanubo  ? - 805
Mirumoto Kaijuko 805 - c. 877
Kaijuko's Cousin c. 877 - ?
Mirumoto Januko 9th century
Mirumoto Shosan  ? - 1113
Mirumoto Sukune 1113 - (c. 1115) (Acting Daimyo)
Mirumoto Hitomi (c. 1115) - 1127
Mirumoto Daini 1127
Mirumoto Yukihira 1127 - 1128
Mirumoto Hitomi 1128 - 1132
Mirumoto Uso 1132 - 1161
Mirumoto Rosanjin 1161 - 1168
Mirumoto Kei 1168 - 1170 (ruled alongside Mareshi)
Mirumoto Mareshi 1168 - ?
Mirumoto Shikei  ? - 1200

Unknown Dates Edit

The following were Mirumoto Daimyo, but the dates are not recorded:


Vassals of the Mirumoto Edit

The following were the known vassal families of the Mirumoto family:

Within the Family Edit

Mirumoto Mon and Motto Edit

The mon of the Mirumoto was a dragon encircling and holding a daisho, symbolizing the technique of their founder. [7] The motto was "Defy Definition". [1]

Family structure Edit

The Mirumoto family was the military might of the Dragon Clan, and therefore had a much more regimental structure than the other families of the Dragon. The leader of the family was the daimyo, and the only others with higher authority than the daimyo was the daimyo of the Togashi family, Emperor of Rokugan and the Emerald Champion. Because of the reclusive nature of the Togashi daimyo the Mirumoto daimyo was for a thousand years almost considered to have the same status as a Clan daimyo. The Mirumoto daimyo's personal guard usually consisted of roughly 1300 men where 200 were archers, 200 were ashigaru, 50 were bannermen and 50 were shieldbearers. 500 were regular samurai, 150 were cavalry and the remaining 150 were shugenja. These soldiers were regularily stationed at Shiro Mirumoto in addition to troops from all the Dragon families totalling roughly three to five thousand troops at any one time in Shiro Mirumoto. [8]

Training Edit

A Mirumoto began their training at a young age, studying, practicing, learning kata and being taught the family history. The main dojo of the Mirumoto was a simple room with only three words painted on the wall; "Neither will I." This phrase was spoken to Togashi by Shinsei, and was very important to the Mirumoto. The reason for why it was so important had been hotly debated between the Agasha and Mirumoto. The students were expected to study this phrase during his training, and at the end of their gempukku they were expected to write a spontaneous haiku in response to the phrase. The most famous of these haiku was that of Mirumoto himself:

Starving until I
understand but I'm starving
my master with me
-Mirumoto

To the Togashi the meaning was clear. A samurai's devotion to one's lord. When Shinsei told Togashi "Neither will I" he showed him the consequences of his actions upon those who followed him. [9]

Lands Edit

Provinces Edit

Mirumoto provinces

Mirumoto provinces

The Mirumoto Provinces of the Dragon Clan were also known as the Lowlands. They were divided into four smaller provinces. [10]

For further information on this section, please see Mirumoto provinces

Holdings Edit

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 All Things Have a Price, by Lucas Twyman
  2. Way of the Dragon, p. 26
  3. Way of the Dragon, p. 15
  4. Way of the Dragon, p. 14
  5. Heaven’s Net, by Nancy Sauer
  6. Way of the Dragon, p. 23
  7. Way of the Dragon, p. 24
  8. Way of the Dragon, pp. 23-25
  9. 9.0 9.1 Way of the Dragon, p. 30
  10. Way of the Dragon, pp. 95-96



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