Originally the clan lived in a little village on the front from the wind nation. That time the second ninja war was ongoing and that brought big losses to this village and it got smaller. That’s also why the families become very close and caring about each other. Only since then the people from this little village could be seen as Clan.
The most villagers were farmers and didn’t have any special abilities. If the villagers worked as ninjas they mostly weren’t higher ranked that chuunin.
After the civilian war in the water nation some people of the Yuki-Clan found their shelter in this little village, since they were haunted for their kekkei genkai.
By the time the Yuki-Clan members became a part of the village and the families living there, so their children also got the Ice-Element (氷遁 – Hyouton). Because of that the farmers could create something similar to ice-cream, which was very valuable in this area where it was hot and dry in the desert. Since then people called the villagers ryoumi (涼味 – ryōmi – first kanji means refreshing and the second taste as far as I know) That’s how the Ryoumi-Clan got their name.
By the time the Ryoumis recognized that this ability is also a strong weapon. Since then the clan became more withdrawn and began to keep attention that the kekkei genkai will not passed on outsiders. So only members of the clan were allowed to get the kekkei genkai, which meant that incest wasn’t rare. But those who married someone outside of the clan or got children with them had to be murdered with their family. There was a simple politic in this clan and the craze about the “pure blood” were pretty strong.
After the Ryoumis began to use their power pretty much, people started to fear them and the Ryoumis could not live in undisturbed anymore. So the clan wanted to leave the wind nation. The head of the clan made a deal with Iwagakure and let his daughter marry the daimyō who lived there, so that the clan could move there and have a good live. But the Tsuschikage wanted more information from them about the wind nation. A part of the Ryoumis didn’t want to betray their home and from then on the clan split up. The ‘main family’ moved to Iwagakure and cooperated with the Tsuschikage. The others are called “side families’ and had to flee because they didn’t want to cooperate and they didn’t want to betray the wind nation. Since then the main family didn’t accept the side families anymore in their clan and since only clan members are allowed to have the kekkei genkai they started to haunt the side families. The main family puts very much time and energy into the extinction of the side families. The side families fled into different countries and married into other clans in so that they won’t be found.
Actually it can’t be called a “clan” anymore, since the Ryoumis get less and less. Also the main family is too small to be called a clan. It’s just a little remnant from what it was once. As fast they build the clan up, as fast they fell.
But still, most Ryoumis are very proud to be a descendant of the Yuki clan.
The Ryoumis tell until now the legends of the Yuki Clan and live their traditions.
Ryoumi members have either dark hair or very light-colored hair, usually brown or even black, but also white or bright blonde. Reddish colors, light browns and darker blonde colors are very rare and are a sign that the blood is "unclean." Their eyes are bright blue and all the members wear a piece of jewelry with the Ice-Stone, as a sign of their descent. According to an old legend, this stone is a also protect against nightmares (like dreamcatcher). The stone also shows whether someone has the kekkei genkai of the clan by seeing inside of the stone something similar to "blue smoke". If someone doesn’t have the kekkei genkai then the color of the stone is simply just blue.
It’s typical that Ryoumis have a slim face with lower cheeks.