Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The Ikoma are an exercise in contradictions. The family produces equal number of historians and tacticians, choosing two wildly different paths of study that the family considers inextricably linked. Both traditions can be traced all the way back to their progenitor, the warrior Ikoma who served the Kami Akodo One-Eye. The first Ikoma was equal parts storyteller and cunning warrior, much beloved by the samurai who followed Akodo’s banner. Many quietly point out the many tales of Ikoma’s sordid career that indicate he was somewhat less than the paragon of honor that his descendants remember, but few risk the Ikoma’s wrath by discussing it opening.
The majority of Ikoma are exactly what they appear to be – devoted to bushido utterly. They pursue their chosen profession with the passion that only a true zealot can muster. These Ikoma who study tactics have served as the lieutenants and adjuncts for Akodo generals for centuries. Those who study history instead focus on remembering the tales of Lion ancestors, dutifully recording new tales in the Lion historical records and serving as storytellers and morale officers for Lion armies. These storytellers, also called omoidasu, are the only Lion samurai for whom it is considered appropriate to show emotion on a regular basis. They officially serve as the voice of the Lion Clan.
Ikoma are huskier than other Lion, verging toward heavyset. This stems from their tendency toward study rather than action, although younger Ikoma are more fit and rarely begin to gain weight noticeably until later in life. Older Ikoma appear to prefer beards, which is not particularly common among other Lion families.