|Families||Miya • Seppun • Otomo|
Three families serve the Chrysanthemum Throne directly, and are known as the imperial families:
- Miya family: Heralds which deliver the imperial decrees to the clans.
- Seppun family: Protectors of the Emperor as bushi and shugenja.
- Otomo family: Courtiers who run the imperial bureaucracy.