Clan SteelClaw - System of Ranking


You open a rectangular volume with a thin, hard cover.
Inside is a chart denoting the title/rank levels within the clan.

(Hiding under it, you discover a heavy, hardbound reference book titled "Glossary"
The edges of the pages are slightly yellowed, and curled from much use.)


1998-2003


"Regular" Active Member Titles

Daimyou
Taishou Hatamoto Shogun
Samurai
Bushi
"Special" Member Titles

Dajo Tenno
Takoku - sh/Member in Spirit
Honourary Member

2012
"Regular" Active Member Titles

Daimyou (Leader)
Daimyou (Second in Command)
Acting Leader (In the Absence of Daimyou)
Yakuin
Bushi
"Special" Member Titles

Dajo Tenno
Meiboka

Descriptions of Titles/Ranks:

Daimyou:  A title that denotes a leader or second-in-command of Clan SteelClaw. Originally a name given only to the two founders, this title was later expanded to include any current leader or second.

Taishou:  A title used in Clan SteelClaw. Taishou are members of the High Council that deliberate clan matters.

Hatamoto: 'Bannerman' or 'Banner Knight' These are retainers close to the Daimyou/Shogun and accorded certain priviledges and special status.

Shogun:  A title used in Clan SteelClaw that fell between "Taishou" and "Samurai" within the the clan's ranks. Members who originally held the title of Shogun were "promoted" to Taishou at the formation of that rank, to allow a greater versatility of responsibilities. Later, Shogun was briefly granted its rightful place closer to the top of the ranking system.

Samurai: Title for full-fledged clan members. A name given to warriors loyal to the Daimy.

Dajo Tenno: Honorific title for an abdicated emperor or in the case of the clan leaders who have now stepped down.

Takoku - sh : Allies. Members of the clan who have either stepped down or have left the clan. This replaces the 'members in spirit' status we once had.

Bushi: Title for new clan members. Bushi are promoted to Samurai when their membership "trial period" ends.

Acting Leader: As can be extrapolated by the name, this title denotes a clan member who has taken on a leadership role out of necessity during the duration of a Daimyous' absence.

Yakuin: Officer/Staff/Person in charge. Denotes active status in the clan, a high honour.

Meiboka: A.K.A. Person of great renoun, this title honors those whose very spirit defines the clan. For wandering members who may at some time return.

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Glossary



You open the heavy, hardbound volume. Inside are a list of terms that can be found around the site.




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We tend to use a lot of Japanese terms throughout the clan site so, to make things easier, we've put up this glossary of Japanese terms and their meanings. If you are interested in Samurai and such then this site may be of interest to you. There other words that are creations of clan members and they too are included here.

Between: A plane of existance that exists between this world and the next. A dimension of mists it is also home to places such as Avalon and the magical island Vashkoda travelled on before losing contact with it. In the Steelclaw universe it is also the home to demons such as the Oni.

Biomech: A technological lifeform who looks and acts biological in nature. They usually have a lifespan of 700 years but high energy use or abuse of the nanophages may drastically reduce that lifespan.

Fae: Also known as Oberon's Children. They are creatures of magic.

Gargoyle: A creature that is stone during the day and flesha nd blood during the night. Has the ability to glide on air currents. Ages at half the rate of a human being.

Newbridge: A fictional city in Pennsylvania. Mostly used as a battleground between the clan and their enemies. A place that sites eternally in 'interesting times'.

Oni: An ogre or a human who is bestial and brutal in nature. In the clan chronicles the Oni is a demon who can suck the life energy from people in adition to posessing them.

Nyuusuretta: "Newsletter"... say it out loud. ;)

Bijustukan: Clan Artwork

Soudan: Library

Tenra: Poetry

Chinkyaku: Welcome visitor

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