Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
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. Shinsei’s wisdom keeps people calm, thoughtful, and easily controlled. The Fortunes in their heaven keep samurai in check, the same way a samurai keeps peasants in check with the threat of the sword. These things are thus valuable because they can be used as a means by which to control others. A Soshi shugenja will provide advice and counsel as eagerly as any holy an, all the while listening very carefully to determine how the situation might be turned to his clan’s advantage. To possess such an enlightened sense of the elements and universe yet be forced by circumstance to use that power to manipulate others is a paradox that makes the Soshi even more cynical than most Scorpion.
The Soshi are particularly talented in the use of Air magic. Illusions, misdirection, and observation are the sorts of magic they relish using. However, whereas Iuchi and Isawa shugenja have a reputation for turning the tides of battles, the Soshi have no such reputation. This is not to say the Soshi do not accompany their samurai into combat, but that when they do, they take great pains to make certain the enemy does not realize they were there. The victories of many a brilliant Bayushi general can in fact be credited to a Soshi who used his magic to spy upon the enemy general’s planning sessoin, or wove illusion to hide reinforcements until it was too late to withdraw.
The Soshi greatly resemble the Bayushi in appearance, though they tend not to be as dazzling beautiful. Soshi can be described as having a vaguely “hard” appearance, an outward expression of the bitter cynicism that drives them.