Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The youngest family of the Unicorn Clan, the Horiuchi were founded seven years ago when a young Iuchi shugenja named Shoan saved the children of the Clan Champion from a bandit raid. The Shinjo daimyo was so impressed by the young, quiet woman’s courage and skill that he declared her the daimyo of her own family line, a reward that both honored and terrified the quiet Shoan. Though she was a likable and intelligent woman, Shoan did not have the ambition to become a powerful samurai at all. Though the honor guard Shinjo Yokatsu assigned to her swore fealty to the Horiuchi name, most believed the name would die with her.
Most Horiuchi are at least scholars to some degree and quite well versed in several supernatural topics, but there are a great many bushi among their ranks. As such a small family, they are largely left out of the politics of the Empire, allowing them to pursue their research undisturbed. This has led the Horiuchi to several breakthroughs in the art of meishodo, the Unicorn art of magic produced through charms and fetishes instead of scrolls.
Coming from a variety of different families, this first generation of Horiuchi and their children have few common physical characteristics. As a group, they favor humble attire that gives them a veneer of uniformity, even if they do not truly resemble one another.