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This is a small synopsis of how the other clans handled the relatively peaceful decade of 1170-1180.

Crab Clan: The Crab’s focus in the early years of Iweko’s reign is largely inward, rebuilding both their economy and officer corps after the Yasuki and Scorpion War sapped both to nearly to their breaking point. With their jade mines largely tapped out and stores rapidly dwindling, the Crab are forced to increasingly stringent measures to conserve what jade remains, limiting their forays into the Shadowlands. Even along the Wall, Crab commanders note their troops succumbing to the Taint in greater numbers as they are forced to economise and prioritise in their allocations of jade.

Despite their deep frustration at these losses, the Crab are all agreed that it could be much worse - in Daigotsu’s absence, the most powerful denizens of the Shadowlands fight amongst themselves for dominance, diverting their energies away from the Wall. The hordes of the Shadowland have been spent in repeated assaults on the Wall and Empire, and even now their recovery is impossible so long as they fight amongst themselves. While skirmishes continue, and there are always a few larger attacks from bold oni seeking to make names for themselves in the struggle, the Crab find themselves enjoying a relative reprieve.

By far the most visible Crab figure to the wider Empire is the Jade Champion, Kuni Daigo. In addition to carrying out the normal duties of his office with brutal zeal, Daigo is relentless in his demands that preparations for the colonial expedition be accelerated in order to remedy the pressing shortage of jade. Unfortunately, while the authority of the Jade Champion can sweep aside all manner of political barriers, not even his furious will can make the open ocean passable without properly-designed ships.

Crane Clan: The Crane began the reign of the Iweko in a precarious position, their military resources strained to the limits by a two-front war and their traditional political dominance seemingly eclipsed by the Scorpion. Thus, they have spent the years since seeking to remedy the situation, rebuilding their armies to avoid dependence on Lion support, working courtiers into key positions in service to the Iweko, and defending their economic networks in the face of Mantis competition. Their political efforts bear early fruit with the appointment of Doji Asami to the position of Imperial Advisor, ensuring a Crane voice close to the Empress; however, the combined power of the Imperial Chancellor and the Emerald Champion is enough to stymie efforts to roll back Scorpion gains in the courts, leaving the two Clans in an uneasy stalemate.

Of particular note is that the Crane have begun a major naval buildup following the Winter of Red Snows, believing that the Mantis can not be trusted and that the Left Hand must be in a position to challenge them at sea. The results were dramatically illustrated during the War of the Ant and the Lion, with Crane naval deployments on the Three Stone River able to largely block organised Mantis naval efforts on the river despite their official neutrality in the war.

Dragon Clan: The Dragon, having learned their lessons from the War of Silk and Steel, have cautiously begun to build up their forces and fortify the passes into their home. The large gathering of Yobanjin along their northern border has caused no small amount of consternation amongst the Mirumoto. However, the largest change has been the quiet work of the Togashi seeking a number of plants and the nemurani hunters ranging farther than ever before. All in all however, it seems that the Dragon have returned to being their inscrutable selves, even with one of their number now on the Imperial Throne

Phoenix Clan: A small clan by Great Clan standards, the Phoenix have long relied on their formidable mastery of magic to punch far above their apparent weight. As the Iweko Dynasty establishes itself, however, the Phoenix turn their efforts to re-establishing their spiritual authority, hoping to limit the strength of the Jade Champion. They receive quiet support for this project from the Crane, still quietly seething over Kuni Daigo’s use of his authority to sack Shinden Asahina. Their direct successes are mixed, but the campaign bolsters a number of priestly efforts within the Phoenix. This leads to the establishment of proper rituals for the new Fortunes, the Sun and the Moon in the heavens, and a thorny theological debate on how exactly the Shi-Tien Yen-Wang assist the Fortune of Death Emma-O. While the Kitsu argue that it should be them who helps decide these matters, in quiet rebuke for the burning of Tsuruchi Province, the Phoenix instead request the Moto Death Priests to speak.

Scorpion Clan: To outer appearances the Scorpion have rebuilt themselves from the frankly devastating wrath of the Crab and Bishamon-no-kami with remarkable speed. Within the Scorpion however, it is known that the Underhand has been very busy and that their rebuilding largely results from the private rewards of Iweko I for their work. Having for now destroyed the Kolat, the Scorpion for much of the decade turned their efforts to eradicating every single Spider agent they could find. A hard fought war of knives and silk, the Scorpion consider it largely won with the assassination of Michio once and for all. In the aftermath of the traitor monk’s final stand, the daisho of close to a hundred Scorpion bushi were returned to their families with word that their bearers had given their lives in faithful service to the Clan.

Unicorn Clan: With the burning of Shiro Moto, the Unicorn had to retreat and rebuild their armies in preparation for a potential future Lion assault. In addition to the physical rebuilding of holdings and armies, Moto Chen invests much effort in building a Unicorn version of the War College, relying on Shinjo Dun as its first master sensei.

Of most note to the rest of the Empire, however, is the Unicorn campaign to establish the Death Priests as recognised authorities on the Shi-Tien Yen-Wang, an effort capped by invitations from the Isawa for the Death Priests to speak with their theologians and scholars on the matter. Given the religious prestige of the Phoenix, for the Moto to be acknowledged in this way is widely regarded as a major political coup. When the courtiers of the Ide are able to parlay this success into an Imperial Winter Court held at Shiro Shinjo, it seems the Unicorn have been forgiven for their actions during the Winter of Red Snows, at least in the eyes of most.

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