Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
At the end of the war with Fu Leng, the mortally wounded Hantei listened to the news of his brother’s defeat with mixed feelings. Though the Empire was surely rid of the most powerful enemy that would ever threaten it, the destruction of the Dark Kami’s hordes caused could easily rot Rokugan into nothing before it had fully emerged. The First Emperor turned to one of his attendants and commanded him to immediately spread word of the Thunders’ victory over Fu Leng across the Empire. Hope, Hantei believed, would help allay the problem faster than anything. The young courtier, a man called Miya, rushed from the Emperor’s chambers and immediately took a horse from Otosan Uchi to do what his master commanded. Bearing the seal of Hantei’s authority, Miya traveled across the land, proclaiming the threat of the Shadowlands banished for all time. Miya was a compassionate man, and thus his race across the Empire slowed as he stopped whenever his hands could aid people with their recovery. As Miya stopped between cities and villages, he gathered a small following of samurai and peasant alike that vowed to follow him and support his efforts. More than a year later, Miya returned to Otosan Uchi with an army of laborers and nobles behind him as a testament to the unbreakable spirit of Rokugan’s people. Though Hantei had died in Miya’s absence, Hantei Genji was deeply impressed by Miya’s devotion to the First Emperor’s word. The Shining Prince, Genji, declared Miya the lord of his own family, and commanded those who followed him to swear fealty to the new daimyo’s name. Miya’s journey through Rokugan has been enshrined as a yearly tradition named “The Emperor’s Blessing,” where samurai and peasants of the Miya lands travel to an area of the Empire particularly ravaged by war or weather and spend Imperial funds in restoration efforts.
Founded on the principles of mercy and peace, the Miya have evolved into the role as moderators and peacekeepers between the Clans whenever the attention of the Emperor is brought to bear on some conflict. When the Miya speak, few are willing to contradict the small family in any way. Enraged Hida generals and vengeful Bayushi commanders alike shrink down when a Miya herald enters into a mediation effort and begins issuing edicts. Compared to the other Imperial Families, the Miya hold little influence in the Empire, but they are still more closely allied with the Throne than most. Additionally, their sincere dedication to the ideals of harmony and almost complete guilelessness, means that the Miya have few enemies. Others realize that the Miya tend to be the “front line” of imperial contact, and to spurn them invites the anger of the less peacefully-inclined Seppun and Otomo families.
The Miya are a practical family, given to simple clothing and a simple lifestyle. They are short, with a slight build and dark complexion. Their duties require frequent travel and a great deal of riding, which helps keep them physically fit if not particularly muscular.