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 specialist

Daimyo – lord over a particular land/family/clan

Geisha – one of the only eta to be respected, a geisha is a woman who works as an entertainer, companion, and makes it their duty to allow their customer a chance to relax. Traditionally, they are not a prostitute or consort, but a person meant to take a samurai’s worry away, for just a little while.

Heimen – “half people” or commoners of Rokugan.

Hinin – “non people”, the commoners who work with the unclean; blood, garbage, fesces, etc. They are collectively known as eta

Junshin – “not of the blood”

Shugenja – a common word used to describe a person who can speak with and use/pray to the Kami

Items/Objects

Cha – tea

Hakama -sort of pleated, divided skirt, taking the place of pants

Kataginu – outer jacket or vest

Kimono – Robe-like outfit with full sleeves

Koku – a coin that represents how much it would take to feed one person for one year in rice.

Kyuden – a term used for a stronghold that is deemed worthy to host an Imperial Winter Court

Maho – blood magic

Maiden’s Foxtail – the name given to the braid or ponytail an unwed female samurai has

Mi-Ai – arranged marriage

Mon – unique circular pattern, traditionally placed on a kimono, showing your clan/family/school/alliances

Obi – a sash or cloth belt

Sashimi – raw fish placed upon vinegar-treated rice

Sake – alcoholic rice-wine

  • Shochu – EXTREMELY alcoholic rice-wine

Shiro – a term used for a smaller, more functional castle

Taint – the word used for any signs of spiritual corruption

Termonology

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