Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
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 body of the Scorpion Clan, they boast the most educated courtiers and keenest bushi. In most cases, it is difficult to tell one from the other. Even dedicated Bayushi warriors make it a point to learn the subtleties of the court, and even the most sheltered politicians realize that it is a good idea to know how to defend oneself, given their often aggressive style of political manipulation.
Ironically in many ways this family, seen by many to be the most dishonorable of families, directly embodies what it means to be a samurai – a master of the pen and the sword, prepared for any threat, ever ready to spill their blood for the Emperor but even more prepared to spill the enemy’s. They are an extremely wealthy and powerful clan, rivaled only by the Doji and Imperial families for raw political might. Even those who despise the Bayushi rarely oppose them, for one never truly knows who they might count as allies. Keen masters of politics, they never forget to collect on a debt, and they never betray their obligations. While they might not repay a favor in exactly the manner that was expected, those who seek the favors of the Bayushi are rarely disappointed with the results.
The Bayushi family is renowned for its beauty, but it is a dark, oil slick beauty. Scorpion men are handsome rogues and Scorpion women possess an aching, seductive quality that drives honorable samurai to have most inappropriate thoughts.