Sigil: A golden dragon head.
The sigil is both an homage to Ryart, the Gold Dragon, who was of clan Yut originally. It is also a metaphor for the family's stronghold, Old Grey, which sits as the northmost hold on Gold; somewhat similar to the head being the northmost appendage on a dragon.
Colors: Gold, sandy brown, green.
Yut uses simple earthen colors that show the memorable qualities of their homeland. Green is somewhat less used in recent years, but was a common cloak color before the curse.
Ryart was originally a member of the Yut clan and when he no longer had need of his sword, the family took it into safe-keeping. Now, it is their most treasured heirloom and a symbol to all others in Oniga of what the family stands for.
The Yut clan family tree is large and wild, often said that 'there's a Yut in the world for every grain of sand on Gold'. Since marriage is often not used as a political tool in Oniga, and the Yut are a clan of few secrets and high wealth and respect, they are often quick to marry and breed. However, with such size comes a lack of focus; if you aren't a close relative of the current head, chances are you aren't important enough for them to take notice.
As such, many far away from the inner family will form new, smaller clans that serve as vassal to the Yut clan, still using the golden dragon and swearing their loyalty to their old clan, but without sacrificing the well-being of their family.
Stronghold: The Old Grey
Located to the north east of Oniga's capital about a mile into the desert. Was located there before Gold's Curse. The land it sits on is high enough to not be completely swallowed by the sand. Once covered in colorful banners, the sandstorms have torn them down, leaving only a smooth-stoned gate wall. However the storms have also finely polished the golden sigils in the walls below the battlements, making the royal family's fort a brightly shining beacon in the desert.
Despite the curse making the land the stronghold is in very unwelcoming, the Yut clan refuses to budge.
Known first and foremost for their honor, it is no understatement that the image of respect and swordsmanship that Oniga has in the eyes of foreigners was predominantly maintained by the Yut clan. They value many of the good tenets, such as honor, mercy, and fairplay in all things, giving them a very positive image with the common people. However this has also lead to inflexibility in times of crisis, as well as caused them to have a deep-seated grudge towards the Waragiri, and to be distrustful of House Cyre.
They are true to themselves and others, earning them a strong, positive reputation as sellswords, which is a hard thing to accomplish, and not always a good one. Many look to sellswords as discrete thugs, and members of the Yut clan are often unwilling to compromise their personal beliefs for the sake of employment.
They have a small vassal house tied to them, the Kusanagi, who are famous for being bodyguards to powerful men. This is a reputation shared with the Black Knights of Chaturanga, but they have recently lost credibility after the assassination of Tennou Myoga, whom they were charged with protecting. They have many similarities between the two of them, however, and were originally lead by an illegitimate child of the Yut family's head. A common saying for the gold dragon sigil wearers is 'Gold for dragons, green for grass', referring to common hair colors for the two. (Kusanagi is the name of the sword held by the Kusanagi vassals, which means 'grasscutter'.)
The Yut clan was one of the three great clans from the earliest days of Gold, alongside the Miashima and Azanbe. Their reliability was what brought the two other clans, the aloof and mysterious Miashima, and the wise but distant Azanbe into a sense of trust. Together they formed the alliance that drove back foreign invaders and united Gold.
And since then, not much has changed. The Yut remain in tune with their ancestor's values. They served as the loyal and dependable sword and shield of Oniga, making up the majority of the nation's land forces.
During the invasion of Sigrogana, the Yut clan lost about a third of its numbers, but it was still the most numerous clan among all others in Gold. After Gold's Curse began, many were forced out to different lands among the Great Six, serving as sellswords, earning the clan much in the way of Murai. Seeing a Yut out and about in the world is not uncommon.
During the beginning of Tennou Myoga's reign, a conspiracy by the Waragiri clan was uncovered by clan Yut; the head of the Waragiri at the time, Kelagu, thought that Myoga was too soft-hearted and weak, and was going to use it as an opportunity to assassinate Myoga and his children, and then intimidate the other houses into electing Kelagu's son, Benari, as the new Tennou.
When this conspiracy was brought to light, Tennou Myoga gave the slighest hint to the fire that was in his heart and had Kelagu taken aboard a fishing ship, sent out to sea with his arms and legs bound, and threw him overboard, resulting in his almost assured death. The rest of the Waragiri clan was spared, but they were disgraced, often mockingly called 'Uragiri' (Onigan for betrayer). The Yut clan has never forgiven this transgression and are still openly distrusting of Waragiri clan members, and often treat them aggressively.
Magashi Yut - Head
Makodo Yut - Heir