Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
Like the rest of the Unicorn, the Iuchi are both notorious and respected for their unique approach to their arts. During the Ki-Rin’s journeys beyond Rokugan, Iuchi was exposed to a great many different perspectives on the art of magic and the supernatural in general. Though he never abandoned his devotion to the way of the kami and elemental magic, the distance he and his students traveled from Rokugan forced him to become inventive and adaptable to a great many situations. Far from the power of the elemental spirits, Iuchi supplemented his power with gaijin knowledge, though not so much as to show blasphemy to the Celestial Heavens. One of the more curious aspects of gaijin magic that Iuchi stumbled upon was an attitude hared by Shinsei in the Tao – that though a great many things in the universe seem separate, they eventually fall together as one. This approach made the divisions between the elements seem much smaller to Iuchi, and before he died he passed on this discoveries to his brightest student. After spending generations dealing with petty magicians posing as would-be gods and tyrants, the Iuchi family also developed a deep sense of responsibility where their magical gifts were concerned. Coupled with their Unicorn nature, the Iuchi have a somewhat contradictory view of magic as something that should be free and natural, but also controlled and tightly monitored. For this reason, the Iuchi avoid using their gifts for destructive applications and instead focus on the arts of healing, fortification, and study. Even those among the Iuchi who do not become shugenja heed the lessons of their ancestors well, and do not commit themselves needlessly to violence.
This is not to say the Iuchi are pacifists or in anyway unwilling to join in a conflict when battle is unavoidable. The smallest of the Unicorn’s Three Armies, the Baraunghar, is primarily comprised of battle-ready Iuchi. Shugenja of the Iuchi are quite capable in battle, using their arts to stymie foes and bolster their allies but only causing direct harm to foes with their martial training. The iuchi are also extremely curious scholars and will search as long as it takes to find the answer to some mysterious subject that is presented to them. Because of the Iuchi family’s experiences in foreign lands, they also tend to disregard the difference between acceptable and “forbidden” topics of knowledge. Iuchi scholars surprise others with the wide range of subjects they are knowledgeable in, and not always in a good way.
Many Iuchi have a perpetually wind-swept look, as if they had just come in off the plains. They favor longer hair and practical clothing in lieu of more traditional trappings. They are often martially trained and have a more athletic look than many shugenja.