The Sparrow Clan was a minor clan founded in the year 400. They resided in a small, barren patch of hills between the vast provinces of the Crane and Crab Clans. There, the tenacious samurai of the Sparrow had carved out an honorable, though difficult, existence. They were known chiefly by the rest of the Empire for their long-winded storytellers, who were generally avoided or used as distractions in court. They were a small clan who had very little and lead their lives of Honorable Poverty in service of necessity.
Sparrow Clan Edit
Date code Edit
Sparrow used a modified calendar based upon the year of their founding. It was not uncommon for the other members of the Three Man Alliance to use it, particularly the Fox. The Wasp used it some as well. 
The Sparrow followed a code of honorable poverty rigorously. Living in the Suzume Hills gave them little other choice due to its terrain. Samurai worked beside peasants and everyone knew everyone. There were no secrets.
The Suzume family still had the keen oratory skills and natural good looks of their Doji ancestors. They were adept public speakers and were often mistaken for members of the Crane Clan. That was, until they started speaking about their philosophies. They were long winded and let little detail escape when telling a story. 
There were a few dry places in the Suzume Hills where scrolls could be kept, so education and knowledge was passed down orally. Stories became a necessary tool for remembering one's ancestry and keeping track of history. A truly skilled storyteller was greatly respected among the Sparrow Clan. 
Suzume families were limited by law to two births per couple, so that the population of the hills would neither grow nor shrink. 
Doji Onegano was ousted from the Crane Clan because of a errant comment made by his son in open court regarding the wealth of the Crane,  making an interpretation of Shinsei's philosophy as calling for a renunciation of wealth.  The Crane Clan Champion believed Onegano had instigated the comment and was outraged. He ordered Onegano leave the clan and found his own minor clan. The Emperor gave Onegano new lands taken from the Crab and Crane. Onegano retired to a monastery, leaving his son, Doji Suzume, the lands. Suzume's aunt, Doji Masako, an elderly Crane, joined him, and with her wisdom and his charisma the Sparrow Clan was formed,   taking a more humble bird, the sparrow, as their inspiration.  and the family was named Suzume family because all had been Suzume's doing.  The lands were called the Suzume Hills. 
Hatred for the Nezumi Edit
An ill-fated diplomatic encounter with the Tattered Ear Tribe happened in 859,  where the Nezumi present committed a blasphemous breach of etiquette by presenting the clan with a fetish crafted from the thighbone of the Sparrow daimyo's deceased brother. Needless to say, the Tattered Ear representatives had to flee for their lives and the Sparrow became intense enemies of all Nezumi as a result. The Sparrow would kill Ratlings whenever they were sighted within the Suzume Hills. 
Three Man Alliance Edit
Spider Infiltration Edit
The Sparrow were infiltrated by the Spider Clan as an opportunity to gain entrance to the Crane Clan.  They began to remove the most loyal to the Daimyo Suzume Yugoki at least since 1172.  Their influence had gradually grown until they virtually controlled the clan. 
In the winter of 1198, the Sparrow Clan Champion, Suzume Ryosuke, suspected that his clan had been infiltrated. Worried, he turned to Moshi Rukia, a Mantis Clan shugenja who was visiting the Sparrow. Ryosuke subtly informed Rukia of his suspicions, stating that his betrothed "made a convincing Sparrow." After his bride-to-be, Suzume Aya, stepped beneath a charm used to ward off evil spirits and began to feel faint, Rukia realized that the girl was a supai, thereby confirming Ryosuke's fears.
After Rukia disposed of the supai, Ryosuke hatched a plan to lure the traitors closest to him out. The gambit worked, though at great cost - Rukia was wounded and Ryosuke outnumbered. Just as Ryosuke was prepared to accept his death, a large number of the Spider infiltrators emerged from the woods, many turning on their brothers and sisters to rescue the Suzume daimyo.
One among them, Daigotsu Ryudo, known to the Sparrow as Suzume Tatsu, offered Ryosuke an explanation: the Spider had infiltrated the clan, but they had been abandoned by their clan, and those who had scoffed at the ways of the Sparrow had died as a result of the harsh conditions of the Hills. Those who survived gained a newfound respect for the Sparrow and their concept of honorable poverty, and considered themselves as much a part of the Sparrow Clan as of the Spider Clan.
The infighting allowed Ryosuke to escape with the injured Rukia to Toshi Ranbo, informing Empress Iweko of his discovery, and causing the Great Clans to withdraw their tenuous support of the Spider Clan. By the Empress' decree, the infiltrators would become true members of the Sparrow Clan, those who had sided with Ryosuke becoming his loyal vassals, leaving those who had betrayed his trust to lament their undesired poverty. 
See Samurai of the Sparrow Clan for a listing of notable members of the clan, both current and historic.
Sparrow Clan Champion Edit
The following were the known Champions of the Sparrow:
|Suzume Onegano (formerly Doji Suzume)||400 - ?|
|Suzume Mukashino||? - ?|
|Suzume Kashira||(c. 1121) - 1128|
|Suzume Yugoki||1128 - ?|
|Suzume Yusuke||? - ?|
|Suzume Ryosuke||? - Present|
Vassal Family Edit
Schools & Paths Edit
The following were the basic Schools within the Sparrow Clan:
The following were the Paths within the Sparrow Clan:
See also Edit
The sources relating to this article are in conflict with each other.
|Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita page 88 placed the date of Sparrow Clan founding in the year 398.|
- ↑ Scenes from the Empire I, by Shawn Carman
- ↑ Way of the Minor Clans, p. 55
- ↑ Way of the Minor Clans, p. 53
- ↑ Way of the Minor Clans, p. 55
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Way of the Minor Clans, p. 50-51
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 234
- ↑ Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 12
- ↑ Way of the Crane, pp. 36-39
- ↑ The First Lesson, by Robert Denton
- ↑ Creatures of Rokugan; Third Edition, p ? 
- ↑ Way of the Ratling, p. 37
- ↑ Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 17
- ↑ Way of the Minor Clans, p. 33
- ↑ Masters of Court, p. 128
- ↑ Scenes from the Empire 15, by Shawn Carman, Brian Yoon, & Nancy Sauer
- ↑ Kyuden Suzume (The Dead of Winter Spider Deck flavor)
- ↑ The Sparrow's Fate (Part 2), by Robert Denton
- ↑ Way of the Minor Clans, p. 3
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