Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
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 calling in these times. Ide had always been a clever and emphatic man, and these two talents were crucial during Shinjo’s many encounters with gaijin cultures. The young man quickly grew adept at deciphering foreign languages and finding ways to avoid social gaffes in societies he had never before dealt with. Ide’s silver tongue saved countless lives on more than one occasion, and his intuitive understanding of other people’s emotions made sure the Ki-Rin never exhausted their welcome (when they had such a thing). Ide often clashed with Shinjo’s other advisor, Utaku Shiko, because Ide valued peaceful resolution while Shiko did not hesitate to solve problems with violence when necessary. When bloodshed was unavoidable, Ide turned his talents to making the eventual surrender of Shinjo’s enemies as clean and binding as possible. Those that challenged the strength of the Ki-Rin either walked away apologetically realizing their foolish error, or lived in fear of it the rest of their lives.
Through much of the Unicorn’s history since returning to Rokugan, the Ide have been key to keeping relations between their Clan and the rest of the Empire as cordial as possible. The Ide serve the Unicorn primarily as diplomats and ambassadors, though some take to the way of the warrior and Ide shugenja are not unheard of. In any role, the Ide usually achieve the upper hand with their inborn ability to relate with others on a personal level. Ide courtiers appeal to whatever hidden facet of their quarry’s nature is most likely to produce results, and Ide warriors are somewhat notorious for their ability to “read” an opponent within moments. They are historically dedicated to the ideals of peace and tranquility.
Many have commented that the Ide bear a striking resemblance to Hotei, the Fortune of Contentment. They have wizened features and an easy smile that makes their job as ambassadors and emissaries far easier. They favor priestly robes that further their peaceful appearance.