In 1129 the position of Captain of the Imperial Guard was offered to Toku from the Emperor Toturi as a reward for his actions in the Clan War. Toku declined the offer and revealed to Toturi that he was in fact not a samurai, but a heimin who had been impersonating one. Toku offered to commit seppuku as his final act as a samurai, but Toturi pardoned Toku for his crime and offered the position a second time, as well as minor clan status for Toku and his followers. In this way the Monkey Clan was founded. Shortly thereafter, Fuzake Garou, founder of the clanless Fuzake family, swore fealty to Toku and joined the Monkey Clan along with his small family.  The Monkey were not yet granted with any official lands, but made her home in the Imperial City, Otosan Uchi. 
The First Edict
In 1132, Toku was commanded by the newly rescued Toturi I to take the Monkey Clan and end the fighting between the Naga, Brotherhood of Shinsei, and the Dragon Clan in the Siege of Sleeping Mountain. 
Scorpion Clan returned
This year the Scorpion Clan returned from their exile in the Burning Sands. As part of a political arrangement Shosuro Inao, sister of the Shosuro Daimyo, Shosuro Yudoka married Toku. The Monkey champion offered to return the lands given the Monkey, but the Scorpion refused and instead, they entered into an alliance with the tiny clan. 
After the death of Toturi I in 1158, the Monkey Clan did not choose to officially support any of his four children, although Toku permitted his followers to serve them as their own consciences dictated. Many swore fealty to Toturi Tsudao, the eldest legitimate child of the emperor and leader of the Imperial Legions, and thus took the Toturi name. Rather than directly intervening in the politics of the Empire, Toku undertook the training of large numbers of Monkey Clan samurai, who travelled all over the Empire to maintain peace while the Clans warred.
Granted Toku family name
After the death of Toku in 1165, the Emperor Toturi III declared him to be Fortune of Virtue, and bestowed upon the Monkey Clan the family name of 'Toku'. His widow Toku Inao was the first to bear it. 
Blessed by the Heavens
In 1167 the gods turned their attention to an Empire that had lost its way. The Celestial Heavens found the Great Clans unworthy of their favors, and turned instead to the lesser among their children, the humble samurai that served the Minor Clans.  The Monkey Clan was the blessed one. 
Monkey Clan Lands
The Monkey Lands were very small, and nestled to the east of the Scorpion provinces. They were fertile lands, and that which was not farmlands was covered by light untamed forests. The fertility of the Monkey lands was such that often they produced more rice than was required for their own meagre needs. Traditionally, the excess was sold at no profit to the other Minor Clans.
At the heart of Monkey lands lied Toku Torid-e, the Vigilant Keep of the Monkey. The Vigilant Keep of the Monkey had twice fallen to enemy forces. Once it fell to the Living Shadow and the other time to the forces of Hantei XVI. Both times the keep was quickly rebuilt larger and better defended then before. This showed the Monkey resilience which was their hallmark. This was Toku's lesson and his students had learned well.
The Keep itself was a small building, barely looking like the centre of a clan's territory. Only the large village around it gave an indication of its importance. Inside the main courtyard, the Monkey had recently installed a shrine to Toku as the Fortune of Virtue, at which all who passed by stoppped and offered their prayers.
The following were the families of the Monkey Clan:
In addition, several members of the clan had sworn fealty directly to the Imperial line by taking the Toturi family name.
See Samurai of the Monkey Clan for a listing of notable members of the clan, both current and historic. For the leaders of the clan, see also:
Schools & Paths
The following were the basic Schools within the Monkey Clan:
There were currently no Paths within the Monkey Clan.
- ↑ Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 20
- ↑ Hidden Emperor, p. 11
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Worldly Matters, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ Creating the Monkey Clan (Dark Journey Home flavor)
- ↑ Toshi no Ichi, The Year’s End Festival (Tourney Storyline)
- ↑ The Fortunes Smile, by Brian Yoon
- ↑ Chosen of the Emperor, by Shawn Carman
- Way of the Samurai p. 77-79
- Way of the Wolf p. 72 - 74
- Legend of the Five Rings 3rd Edition p. 68
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