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  • Lore

    | *Lores* | | | | [[Crab]] | [[On (Face)]] | [[Historical Battles | Historical Battles]] | | [[Crane | Crane]] | [[Codes of Bushido | Codes of Bushido]] | [[Plays and Popular Stories]] | | [[Dragon | Dragon]] | [[Sepukku | Sepukku]] | [[Religion | …

  • Crab

    *Looks* Those who spend their lives on the Kaiu Wall may either shave their heads or allow their hair to grow long and wild. *Dining* The Crabs believe in two simple principles when it comes to food; simple and plentiful. In honor of those who's duty …

  • Funeral Rite

    Immediately after death an eta will moisten the lips of the deceased with a mixture of salt and water. This is the ‘last food and drink,’ and it is intended to fortify the spirit of the dead for its journey into the next life. Next the eta will take the …

  • Crane

    *Looks* Men and women alike are known for dying their hair white and wearing it long, with only a loose topknot or ponytail to constrain it in honor of Daidoji Hayaku (further details under Customs). *Dining* Their accustomed meals involve plenty of …

  • Dragon

    *Dining* Due to the mountainous region in which the Dragon's reside, most of their lowlands grow millet and wheat while the upper reaches grow barley and buckwheat. They still eat traditional rice and fish, however most of it is from trade. The fish …

  • Lion

    *Proverbs* "To be born at all means to have died before. *Looks* Many Lion samurai dye their hair gold, in honor of the beasts whose name their clan bears. *Dining* The Lion deviate little from typical Rokugani dietary practice, though they eat …

  • Phoenix

    *Dining* The Phoenix have similar dietary patterns to the Crane (rice and fish), for pretty much the same reasons: abundant coastline and good farmlands, combined with a traditionalist approach. However, their large forests have given rise to a number of …

  • Scorpion

    *Proverbs* “If it’s got four legs and isn’t a table, if it swims in the water and isn’t a boat, if it flies and it isn’t a kite—the Unicorn will eat it.” *Dining* Scorpion cuisine is similar to Lion cuisine; hosting more on poultry and tofu than rice …

  • Unicorn

    *Look* * Many Unicorn samurai still wear the sleeveless garments they used during their time within the Burning Sands. * Unicorn bushi, especially those of the Moto family, are also known for letting their hair go loose and untethered. *Dining* …

  • Minor Clans

    h3. Mantis Clan *Proverbs* “Shipwreck renders a man poor for a year; a bad marriage makes him poor for life.” *Dining* The Yoritomo family of the Mantis have the distinction of being even pickier about their fish than the Crane. Indeed, they are …

  • Imperial

    *Miya’s Blessing* The activities of the first Miya gave rise to a tradition which is still upheld by the modern Miya family, and which is called “Miya’s Blessing” after them (although some traditionalists continue to refer to it by its original title as …

  • On (Face)

    Face is a vitally important aspect of samurai culture. It is intrinsic to the belief that samurai are exceptional persons, chosen by birth to serve the Empire in ways that mere peasants cannot. A samurai is expected to maintain self-discipline at all …

  • Codes of Bushido

    *Jin (Compassion)* “Through intense training the samurai becomes quick and strong. He is not as other men. He develops a power that must be used for the good of all. He has compassion. He helps his fellow men at every opportunity. If an opportunity does …

  • Sepukku

    This is the term used for ritualized suicide, usually to remove any and all dishonor from your family/clan/ancestors so that you will leave pure within your family. You disembowl yourself, making three cuts without any noise, and your 2nd will remove your …

  • Rokugani Traditions

    This is just a list of traditions. *Everyone Traditions* * A month after a child is born, the parents take the child to the nearest shrine to be blessed and have their name recorded. ----If you are invited to celebrate a child's birth, you know that …

  • Etiquette

    *Common Etiquette* * Samurai are always polite, even to bitter enemies. * They use family names or clan identity to address strangers, and full names (family and then personal) to address those they know. ----Only a close friend, family member, or a …

  • Maho-Tsuki

    Also known as blood sorcerers or blood-speakers, these are people who have succumbed to dark and secret arts. They do not use kami, but call on the corrupt power of kansen, evil elemental spirits born from the power of Jigoku. Unlike normal Rokugani …

  • Historical Battles

    *The War Against Fu Leng - circa year 25* Shortly after the fall of the Kami, waves of darkness issue from the Festering Pit, tainting the southern lands of Rokugan. The armies of the Lost Brother, Fu Leng, swarm across Rokugan and destroy all in their …

  • Plays and Popular Stories

    *Famous Books* * [[Akodo's Leadership | Akodo's Leadership]] * Kakita's _The Sword_ * Tao of Shinsei * [[The Journey of the Single Strike]] * Bayushi Tangen's _Lies_ *The First Hantei's Bride* It is said that during the dawn of the Empire, Hantei …

  • Akodo's Leadership

    “This is the path of the warrior. All men who call themselves samurai are measured by it. Those who stray from this path will perish. Those who adhere to its teachings will prosper.” “Through intense training the samurai becomes quick and strong. He is …

  • Religion

    h4. Tao of Shinsei *Quotes from the Tao of Shinsei* “First we are enveloped by the womb; then we are enveloped by custom; finally we are enveloped by death.” “Understand the Will of Heaven, and you make all things possible. Ignore it, and you will …

  • Strategy Games

    *Go* is a game with rules so simple that even peasants can and do play it, but with such depth of strategy that even brilliant samurai who devote their lives to it cannot truly master its intricacies. The game is played on a wooden board with a 19 by 19 …

  • Court

    *Art of Insult* "To insult someone without wit is to show your neck to the enemy and hand him the sword with which to cut it off." - Kakita * *Keep it personal* An effective insult must be delivered against its target alone, not against his family, …

  • Past Times and Arts

    h3. Pass Times *Geisha Houses* Many samurai visit geisha houses, enjoying evenings of music, dance, and free conversation. As an added benefit, since geisha are technically hinin, or “non-people,” a samurai can freely express his emotions to them …

  • Crab Clan Families

    *Clan Champion:* Hida Kisada Of all the Great Clans, the Crab Clan has the least enviable duty of all. Their clan guard the southwestern borders of Rokugan, where the Empire borders upon the sinister Shadowlands. The Crab are charged with protecting …

  • Hida Family

    The Hida family rules the Crab Clan. Descended from the Kami whose name they bear, they are fierce warrios with an extreme range of emotions, a fact that often makes problems for them in the courts where to maintain face is all-important. Their rage in …

  • Hiruma Family

    The Hiruma are a grim and humorless family, and for good reason. Their lands were completely destroyed and dominated by the Shadowlands during the same battle that led to the creation of the Kaiu Wall. Those lands were later retaken and purified, but the …

  • Kaiu Family

    The Kaiu are a family of engineers, smiths, and siege masters. They are the pragmatic scholars of their clan, turning all of their boundless energies into the eternal art of war. The Kaiu Wall stands as their proudest accomplishment, but the Kaiu are not …

  • Kuni Family

    The most infamous family of the Crab, the painted kabuki faces of the Kuni family are met with fear and suspicion in almost every court. They are the Crab Clan's shugenja, mystics with deep insight into the dark horrors that the Crab Clan faces every day. …

  • Yasuki Family

    The Crab Yasuki are obsessed with wealth and commerce, a family of wily traders and smooth businessmen. The Yasuki have a reputation for aggressive bargaining, and will not balk at bending the occasional law to get a better deal. While their reputation as …

  • Crane Clan Families

    *Clan Champion:* Doji Satsume The most graceful, beautiful, and charming creature to ever set foot on the face of Rokugan was Doji, Hantei's sister and founder of the Crane Clan. Though the armies of her brothers may have tamed the land of the nascent …

  • Asahina Family

    The line of Asahina was not part of the Crane Clan at the dawn of the Empire. The tale of the Asahina family's birth begins centuries ago with an invasion by Lion into Phoenix lands over some forgotten insult. Isawa Asahina, the Phoenix Master of Air of …

  • Daidoji Family

    After the war against Fu Leng, Lady Doji's cheerful smile and mirthful eyes were shadowed so deeply that even the First Crane could not hide her sorrow. Every night when she closed her eyes, she saw visions of her daughter, the Crane Thunder Doji …

  • Doji Family

    Descendents of the Lady Doji, the Doji strive for a single goal - excellence. When the Kami fell to the mortal world from the Celestial Heavens, it was Doji who turned the unorganized tribes into civilized men and women. When the First Crane had completed …

  • Kakita Family

    Like all Clans, the Crane were wounded to their very core by the first war against Fu Leng. When Shinsei came to the lands of the Crane Clan to gather Doji Yasurugi to be one of his Thunders, the young warrior accepted without hesitation. For the simple …

  • Dragon Clan Families

    *Clan Champion:* Togashi Yokuni The most mysterious of all Great Clans, the Dragon have not experienced a great deal of interaction with the Empire at large throughout their history. Unknown to most, the Kami Togashi remained in direct control of their …

  • Agasha Family

    Agasha are rarely seen outside the lands of Dragon, preferring to remain among themselves. Resembling their Dragon brothers, Agasha samurai have a slightly huskier build, although they are by no means overweight. They favor elaborate tattoos. As a result …

  • Kitsuke Family

    In the three centuries since their creation, the Kitsuki family has developed a reputation throughout the Empire as incredibly skilled magistrates, held in the same regard as long-standing institutions like the Doji family magistrates and the Kuni witch …

  • Mirumoto Family

    In a clan famous for its non-traditional practices, the Mirumoto are the anchor that connects the others to the rich culture and traditions of Rokugan. This might seem an impossible task given the oddities of other Dragon families, but for all the …

  • Togashi Order

    The Togashi are the oldest of the Tattooed Orders, having been established shortly after the first war with Fu Leng ended during the Empire's earliest days. The first members were samurai disillusioned with the horrors they had seen during the war, …

  • Lion Clan Families

    *Clan Champion:* Akodo Toturi There has never been any question that the dominant military power in Rokugan has throughout the Empire's history eblonged to the Lion Clan, the Right Hand of the Emperor. Despite the hardships the clan has suffered …

  • Akodo Family

    Ever stoic and unshakable, the Akodo are the descendants of Akodo One-Eye and his sworn followers. There was no greater proponent of bushido in the early Empire than Akodo, and his courage and conviction were soon adopted by the family that bore his name. …

  • Ikoma Family

    The Ikoma are an exercise in contradictions. The family produces equal number of historians and tacticians, choosing two wildly different paths of study that the family considers inextricably linked. Both traditions can be traced all the way back to their …

  • Kitsu Family

    The Kitsu have perhaps the most bizarre creation story of any family in existence in the Empire. Their history is inextricably tied to the Lion's early history, when Akodo led his armies against a mysterious race of lion-like creatures called the Kitsu. …

  • Matsu Family

    In many ways, the Matsu are the most straightforward family in the Empire. They hide nothing, presenting their true nature to the world, their thoughts and opinions laid bare for the world to see. This outlook attracts few admirers, however, as the true …

  • Phoenix Clan Families

    *Clan Champion*: Shiba Ujimitsu When the Kami fell to the mortal world, they went about organizing the scattered tribes they found in what would become the Clans of Rokugan. All of Sun and Moon's children were attended by followers that swore fealty to …

  • Asako Family

    Shiba's closest friend was a mortal woman named Asako, who was known for her kind nature and her talents in the healing arts. When Shiba marched into the Shadowlands to discern the fate of the Thunders and Shinsei, Asako wept, having already lost her …

  • Isawa Family

    Few families have histories and traditions as proud and complex as that of the Isawa family. As scholars and masters of the arcane, they are well aware of the difference between perception and reality. Some point to Isawa's actions as the hallmark of a …

  • Shiba Family

    The Shiba hold an unusual position for a family descended from their Clan's Kami. When Shiba bent his knee before Isawa, he swore an oath that his family has maintained for the entire history of the Phoenix Clan, one that leaves them as both the servitors …

  • Scorpion Clan Families

    *Clan Champion*: Bayushi Shoju Also referred to as the Emperor's Underhand, the Scorpion are a clan of secrecy and manipulation. Though the clan indulges in a number of various industries to support itself, the main source of the Scorpion Clan's power …

  • Bayushi Family

    The Bayushi are the unquestioned rulers of the Scorpion Clan, as they have been since the time of their namesake. They are a proud family, well aware of the unique reputation their clan holds and eternally prepared to preserve that reputation. As the main …

  • Shosuro Family

    This family is as misunderstood as the Scorpion Thunder who founded it. To the public eye, the Shosuro seem little more than aides de camp to the [[Bayushi Family | Bayushi]], a lesser family of courtiers and warriors who further Bayushi goals. The truth, …

  • Soshi Family

    A family of shugenja, the Soshi family is the religious heart of the Scorpion Clan. As might be expected from a Scorpion, the Soshi have a rather unique view of religion. The Scorpion view the Tao and Fortune worship as another form of manipulation. …

  • Yogo Family

    At the dawn of the Empire, there was a shugenja named Yogo who was descended from the Tribe of Isawa. When Isawa joined the Phoenix Clan, Yogo was among the first to stand beside him, swearing fealty to the newborn [[Asako Family | Asako]] family. In a …

  • Unicorn Clan Families

    *Clan Champion:* Shinjo Yokatsu The Clan of the Unicorn as once known as the Clan of the Ki-Rin when it was founded by the Kami, Shinjo. Unlike the other Great Clans, the Clan does not have an extensive past in Rokugan, but instead traces most of its …

  • Horiuchi Family

    The youngest family of the Unicorn Clan, the Horiuchi were founded seven years ago when a young [[Iuchi Family | Iuchi]] shugenja named Shoan saved the children of the Clan Champion from a bandit raid. The [[Shinjo Family | Shinjo]] daimyo was so …

  • Ide Family

    The Ki-Rin Clan's journey through the Burning Sands and beyond was a crucible in which heroes were born and the destinies of many family lines were shaped. Ide, one of Shinjo's closest advisors, emerged from among these men and women who found their true …

  • Iuchi Family

    Like the rest of the Unicorn, the Iuchi are both notorious and respected for their unique approach to their arts. During the Ki-Rin's journeys beyond Rokugan, Iuchi was exposed to a great many different perspectives on the art of magic and the …

  • Moto Family

    The history of the Moto begins with the Unicorn's journey into the Burning Sands, but not as allies of Shinjo coming from the Empire. Instead, the oto were part of a band of nomadic raiders called the Ujik-hai that the Ki-Rin Clan encountered early in …

  • Shinjo Family

    The descendants of Lady Shinjo possess many of the qualities that she was well known for. Shinjo was compassionate enough to walk into the Shadowlands alone to find some spark of goodness left in her corrupted brother, Fu Leng, brave enough to turn her …

  • Utaku Family

    The first Unicorn Thunder was a nearly silent woman named Utaku that impressed Shinjo with her limitless capacity for both fury and mercy, a walking contardiction in her actions, changing direction and attitude as quickly as the winds on the plains. …

  • Imperial Family

    *Emperor:* Hantei XXXVIII When the Kami fell to the mortal world, they held a great contest between them to see who would be the most suited to rule the land they hand found. It was clear to the children of Sun and Moon that the scattered tribes of …

  • Miya Family

    At the end of the war with Fu Leng, the mortally wounded Hantei listened to the news of his brother's defeat with mixed feelings. Though the Empire was surely rid of the most powerful enemy that would ever threaten it, the destruction of the Dark Kami's …

  • Otomo Family

    Though many say Rokugan is an Empire forged by war and warriors, the Otomo understand the much less glorious reality of the world. One of Hantei's first followers was the clever Otomo, a man who quickly gained a reputation as a skilled politician and …

  • Seppun Family

    The fall of the Kami to the mortal world came as a shock to many of the unorganized tribes of humans, but one such group awaited them. Seppun and her tribe took a post close to the spot where the children of Sun and Moon fell, quickly kneeling in …

  • Minor Clan Families

    h4. *Badger Clan* [[Ichiro Family]] Current Daimyo: Ichiro Chuga h4. *Centipede Clan* [[Moshi Family]] Current Daimyo: Moshi Wakiza h4. *Dragonfly Clan* [[Tonbo Family]] Current Daimyo: Tonbo Sodan h4. *Falcon Clan* [[Toritaka …

  • Ichiro Family

    Hida Domogu, founder of the Badger Clan, was granted the right to rule the new Minor Clan after winning a contest of strength at the Emperor's decree. The Badger were given the Ichiro family name and set to guard the northern mountains of Rokugan, a …

  • Moshi Family

    The Moshi are matriarchal, at one time devoted almost exclusively to reverence of Amaterasu, the Sun Goddess. The Moshi are highly conservative and traditional, women in particular. Physically, they most resemble their Phoenix ancestors. They dress in …

  • Tonbo Family

    The Dragonfly are a clan with rather curious origins. A Phoenix maiden betrothed to a Lion samurai instead married a Dragon and fled to the mountains that would become the Dragonfly's home. When the Lion sought retribution, the armies of the Dragon and …

  • Toritaka Family

    The Toritaka dwell in a place called Tani Hitokage, or the Valley of Spirits. In this serene valley, the barrier between Rokugan and the other Spirit Realms are very thin. All manner of strange ghosts and spirits wander regularly into the valley and …

  • Kitsune Family

    Following the first War Against Fu Leng, the Lady Shinjo took the Ki-Rin Clan and resolved to explore lands beyond Rokugan. Not all Ki-Rin, however, joined the perilous journey. A handful remained behind to protect Shinjo's lands. After a time, many began …

  • Usagi Family

    Of all the Minor Clans, perhaps none other is such a fixture of peasant legend as the Hare. Many tales tell of how an insidious [[Maho-Tsuki | maho-tsuki]] or manipulative crime lord seized a village in the grip of fear, only to be undone by a clever …

  • Yoritomo Family

    The Yoritimo proud of their long and illustrious history as any other family, can trace their ancestry back to the Crab Clan during the Empire's formation. ironically, their claim to lack the Kami's blood is essentially rendered moot by the validity of …

  • Suzume Family

    The Sparrow Clan occupies the Suzume hills, a desolate area located just west of the fertile Golden Sun Plain. It is the Sparrow's duty to oversee these lush fields, teeming with life but sacrosanct to the Emperror, while scratching a livin out of the …

  • Kasuga Family

    The Tortoise Clan is a clan regarded with a great deal of disdain by much of the Empire. Some consider them as pitiful as ronin. Others consider them even worse, as many ronin do not choose to be what they are. The Tortoise are a clan of merchants and …

  • Tsuruchi Family

    The Tsuruchi are a strange family, one born of unique circumstances that are unlikely to be repeated ever again. The family began as the result of one man's campaign of vengeance against the Lion and Scorpion, two clans that betrayed his parents. …

  • Termonology

    *People* Ashigaru - peasant military Budoka - armed peasant vassals Budoka - personal armed retainers to a samurai Bushi - a common word used to describe a warrior-samurai Courtier - a common word used to describe a court/polticial …

  • Titles

    Daimyo - lord over a particular land/family/clan Clan Magistrate - a title given to someone and their yojimbos who have the authority of their clan daimyo to look into political/scandelous/tax evasive/etc within their clan's borders Emerald Champion …

  • Current History

    h4. *Twelfth Century (1100-1146 IC)* *The Battle of Fate's Gorge: year 1100* Following a slight to the [[Matsu Family | Matsu family's]] generals, [[Isawa Family | Isawa]] and Matsu forces meet on the field of battle to prove once and for all whether …