Yamato Village refers to a village that formerly resided within the borders of the Kingdom of Vale. It has a population of around 200. It was destroyed when a Grimm siege occurred.
Yamato was founded by eight people who were running away from the outskirts of the Western Kingdom, which became overrun with the Grimm, specifically a large winged one.
Initially, they were a caravan who survived by hunting animals in the woods. By day, they would hunt for food. By night, they would be defending their caravan from the Grimm.
One family led the Grimm Hunters, and secretly ate the Grimm they killed, supposedly beginning the 'downfall' of their clan.
The caravan would eventually become a village, as Faunus and human refugees found their way there, hearing rumors about a 'safe haven in the woods'.
As it's population grew, the amount of Grimm Hunters began to increase, allowing the village to begin settling down.
Decades pass and they began to receive more talented people such as blacksmiths and merchants. By the time the Children of the founders were born, the village is already considered a mini-town.
Generations pass and only three of the original founding family remained among those who still resided Yamato.
Eventually, two of them left as well to live in the prospering kingdom of Vale. This leaves behind only one family, as the sole founding family to lead Yamato.
As the village population dwindled, so did the tendency for Grimm to attack the village until it was eventually abandoned entirely.
Now it exists as a shadow of its former self.
The village has a very western motif... while having their names be 'Japanese' in origin. The village doesn't have a centralized religion, instead having multiple beliefs based on the section of the village.
They have a wide variety of people living there, with almost half being Faunus. Anyone who can't live in equality with the Faunus eventually leaves or is driven out of the village.
- Yamato refers to Japan's ancient name and the old name of the area now known today as Sakurai City, in Nara Profecture of Japan.