A Study in Emerald
Courtesy and the Crane
“Samurai have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. A samurai is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect, we are nothing more than animals. A samurai is not only respected for his strength in battle, but also by his dealings with other men. The true inner strength of a samurai becomes apparent during difficult times.” – Akodo’s Leadership
To understand why the Crane Clan adhere so strongly to the virtue of Courtesy, it helps to look at Lady Doji, the kami who founded the Clan. She was the light of civilization. She brought not just commerce and art, but drew man away from barbarism. Her rules are the rules of law and respect for each other, and her structures gave a place for every man.
It is the duty of the Crane therefore, to serve as the examples and enforcers of such an enlightened state of being. Because to deviate from that form of Courtesy is to return to the state of bandits and Gaijin, where strength alone, ruled over human interactions.
The empire looks to the Crane to show the way, and they shall not shirk from the demands of perfection.