Hida Unari was a bushi of the Crab Clan who retired as the monk Unari.

Warrior Edit

Unari joined the Crab armies only a few weeks before the Scorpion Coup. He cultivated a reputation as a merciless warrior and a ruthless commander, driving his troops to exhaustion for the sake of honor and glory. [1]

Clan War Edit

Unari was among the most notable members of the Hida family at the dawn of the Clan War. Unari was a key military officer. He distinguished himself in numerous skirmishes before the Clan War and was recognized for his leadership potential. Although not ambitious, Unari was dedicated and believed it possible to both remain true to the tenets of bushido and the practices of the Crab Clan. [2] He was one of the first to swear fealty to Hida Yakamo when the Crab Thunder denounced the path of corruption the Crab had begun to tread. [1]

War Against Shadow Edit

Hida Unari

Hida Unari

In 1132 Unari followed Shinjo in the Assault on Otosan Uchi against the Lying Darkness and its hold over Toturi. He was aided by Kitsu Motso in the assault to the Imperial Palace [3] because he was grievously wounded. [4] He stood beside the Acolyte of Fire Takao as he defeated Lord Moon's avatar.

Lame Edit

Unari recovered enough to lead a legion of Crab to Volturnum, losing the lower half of his left leg in the Battle of Oblivion's Gate. After returning to Crab lands, Unari reluctantly retired. [1]

Retirement Edit

Unari joined the Brotherhood of Shinsei and began to read the Tao of Shinsei, which changed his demeanor, turning him into an avid reader, a student of the classics. Unari spent three years to write a novel, Persistence which depicted the rise, fall, redemption, and death of Hida Kisada. He gifted it to his Lady and Kisada's daughter, Hida O-Ushi who at the following Winter Court proclaimed Unari the Crab's foremost author and poet. O-Ushi killed a Phoenix who had mockered the former blunt, surly, and barely literate warrior. Unari's talents as a writer were widely acknowledged and he moved to Nishiyama Mura where he hoped to be left in peace. [5]

Spirit Wars Edit

Shadowlands struggle Edit

During the War of Spirits Hida Hio sent word that the nezumi had seen the Shadowlands warring between them, but Unari was too busy with the internal Rokugani issues. [6] Unari believed Hio spent too much time with the nezumi, while his true loyalties should reside with the Crab. [7]

Spirit Defeat Edit

It was not clear which side joined Unari in the War. In 1150 he saw the destruction of the Beiden Pass. [8]

Intellectual Blockade Edit

Unari has been overwhelmed by the reaction with his first, and unique novel, and could no longer write. In 1160 he gave a group of samurai a letter intended for Kinen, master of Koten, the Crab Ancestral Hall. He requested Kinen dispatch one of his acolytes to Nishiyama Mura so that he can share stories, hoping that the tragic tales of Koten could inspire him once more. An unpublished author by the name of Ikoma Juichi was jealous of Unari's success, and had spyed on the old monk's home. He sent bandits to take the letter, which he supposed was another great tale, but the group of samurai foiled his plan. [9]

Legacy Edit

A small monastery was eventually built at Nishiyama Mura to house Unari's students, who taught students of their own. [10]

See also Edit

External Links Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Secrets of the Crab, p. 18
  2. Clan Wars: Crab Army Expansion, p. 37
  3. War in the Heavens, by Ree Soesbee
  4. War in the Heavens (GenCon 99 Storyline Tournament Results)
  5. Secrets of the Crab, pp. 18-19
  6. Evil Feeds Upon Itself (Spirit Wars flavor)
  7. Hida Hio (Spirit Wars flavor)
  8. Luring Tactics (Spirit Wars flavor)
  9. Secrets of the Crab, p. 19
  10. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 15

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