Here is my issue with a lot of these 'shelter those who have lost' plans... It is decidedly western thinking. I understand the notion but it doesn't make sense for the Crane (historically speaking, Unicorn, Mantis and Sparrow are much more involved with the Ashigaru and Eta than the Crane. And the virtue of compassion is more associated with the Phoenix). It may make sense on some level for the Asahina, but they are the smallest family within the clan. In contrast, I am proposing another path option, one that combines both option one and option three in a way that benefits the Crane on all fronts and opens the door for dramatic story (which is what this is all really about).
Path 4: Guard the Way
This path utilizes key parts of both the To Do What We Must path as well as the Salvation path. Fighting the war on two fronts: one on the fields of battle and the other in the courts, like the Crane have always done in times of war. A majority of the clan stays in Rokugan to fight the forces of Jigoku. To rally the other clans against the darkness and the corruption of it's dark emperor. Not for glory, but for honor. Because it is what must be done for the empire and its traditions, traditions that the Crane have sworn to protect, to survive. Meanwhile a contingent of courtiers, artisans, shugenja and yojimbo shall travel the the colonies to establish control and make alliances and to foster the culture of Rokugan where we can.
This is a harsh path, but one the Crane should face with dignity and honor for the future of the clan and empire. The clan will lose much in the war in Rokugan and protection in the colonies will be light, but the presence will be smaller and not gather as much attention as if the entire clan fled. While the clan as a whole will gain the respect of the other clans resisting the darkness, those who leave will lose some reputation and could be seen as cowardly. This will test the clan on every front, but it allows the Crane, as a whole, do work as it always has in times of strife and chaos.
Case Lopez / Daidoji Maseru
Collector of Ujis
To Do What We Must