Please note: This article is about the Lion city near the Unicorn Clan. For the former Crane, now Lion city, please see Kaeru Toshi.
City of the Rich Frog

City of the Rich Frog

The City of the Rich Frog, sometimes confusingly nicknamed "Kaeru Toshi", was a holding that had long been contested by the Lion and Unicorn Clans.

Legend Edit

City of the Rich Frog 2

City of the Rich Frog (U19)

There was a legend that the city was founded by a mischievous spirit-frog from Chikushudo. [1] [2] Other sources said it was founded by the Lion Clan. [3]

Civil Militia Edit

The Machi-Kanshisha was an otokodate who acted as a band of "volunteers" that followed the orders of the city magistrate. They replaced the job of the yoriki that the magistrate should have. [4]

History Edit

Ki-Rin's Journeys Edit

The city stood equidistant between the edge of Unicorn territory and the never-changing borders of the Dragon. [5] During the Ki-Rin Clan's travels, the Lion were given control of the city after the truce negotiated to end the Lion-Phoenix War of 353. The Lion had begun the war to claim new territories, so they eventually get them from the absent Ki-Rin. [6] After the Return of the Ki-Rin the area surrounding the city was a buffer between both clans. [5]

Defended by the Unicorn Edit

In 1090 the city was menaced by a massive bandit force, when the post of resident Imperial Magistrate was vacant. The sacrifice of a single ronin gained time for the Unicorn to arrive and defeat the bandits in the Battle for the City of the Rich Frog. [7]

Disputed Control Edit

In 1132 the Lion were forced to return the holding when the returned Emperor Toturi I edicted his second Imperial Edict. The Lion was stepped down as Right Hand of the Emperor, role that the Unicorn occupied, and also ordered to his new Right Hand to punish the Lion because the corruption caused by Kitsu Okura. [8] His first step was to seize the City. [9]

War of Spirits Edit

During the War of Spirits it was known that the forces of the Steel Chrysanthemum attempted to take control of the city. [10]

Kaeru control under Unicorn rule Edit

The Unicorn ruled the city for the next decades, though sometimes without any official presence from the clan. During this time the administrators of the prospering city were the Kaeru family, a family of ronin and merchants. [11] The city quickly earned a well-founded reputation for being open to any business possibility. Smuggled goods, dishonorable services, gaijin artifacts, even drugs such as opium were purchased and sold with the knowledge and tacit approval of the Kaeru family. [12]

Weakened Kaeru Rule Edit

The major wars and conflicts of the recent past served to deplete the pool of ronin, many of whom joined Toturi's Army, the Wolf Legion, the Shogun, or were offered fealty in a Great Clan. In the Four Winds era, the Machi-Kanshisha were severely undermanned, and the Kaeru hold on the city was beginning to slip. The situation had degraded to the point where it was obvious that the Kaeru could no longer adequately administer and protect the city. [12]

Defection and War Edit

When in 1159 the Kaeru petitioned the Imperial Courts for protection the Lion Clan answered, [13] and made the Kaeru a vassal family of the Ikoma. The Unicorn did however not receive this well, for the Khan percieved the city to be his, and war broke out in 1165. The War of the Rich Frog lasted for two years, involving other clans including the Scorpion and Dragon. The city was finally placed firmly in the control of the Lion following the war. [14] During that time it was also known as the City of War. [15]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

In 1200 the rebellious Spider Clan overwhelmed the Lion in the Seikitsu Pass, moved to the city, and from there they sailed to storm the Imperial City Toshi Ranbo. [16]

Notable Locations Edit

The city was home to the dojo of the Badger Clan, the Fallen Mountain Dojo.[17] The city also housed a Tsuruchi Estate, base of the family operations in the western side of the Empire[18] The Ikoma manned the Rich Frog Dojo. [19]

Kaeru Contractors Edit

Kaeru Contractor

A Kaeru-hired Assassin

The city housed a secret dojo, the House of the Golden Frog, [2] with profitable activities sponsored by the Kaeru Daimyo. Ikoma Sume knew of it before the Kaeru joined the Lion, and accepted that its activities should continue as before. [20] The Kaeru were known to hire assassins. [21]

External Links Edit


  1. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, pp. 230-231
  2. 2.0 2.1 Way of the Ninja, p. 60
  3. Way of the Lion, p. 40
  4. Way of the Wolf, p. 33
  5. 5.0 5.1 Way of the Wolf, p. 32
  6. Way of the Lion, p. 103
  7. Way of the Wolf, p. 45
  8. Hidden Emperor, p. 27
  9. Clan Letter to the Lion #12 (Imperial Herald v3 #4)
  10. Show Me Your Stance (Steel Throne Bonus Chapter)
  11. Legions, Part II, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  12. 12.0 12.1 Way of the Thief, p. 74
  13. Enemy at the Gates
  14. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 293
  15. Penance, Part Two, by Shawn Carman and Rich Wulf
  16. Blood Moons, by Mari Anne Murdock
  17. Way of the Samurai, p. 75
  18. Secrets of the Mantis, p. 59
  19. Masters of War, p. 119
  20. Honor's Grave, by Shawn Carman
  21. Kaeru Contractor (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)

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