Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The history of the Moto begins with the Unicorn’s journey into the Burning Sands, but not as allies of Shinjo coming from the Empire. Instead, the oto were part of a band of nomadic raiders called the Ujik-hai that the Ki-Rin Clan encountered early in their journey. The Moto vastly underestimated the courage, ability, and power of the Kami’s army, and the frequent raids they made on the Ki-Rin eventually gave way to a wary respect..and finally peace. The Moto and Shinjo’s followers learned much from one another, and when the Ujik-hai and Ki-Rin parted ways, many Moto chose to follow the divine Kami wherever she and her children would go. Since that time, the history of the Moto has been a remarkable one, but not always to the benefit of the family. The daring of the Moto led them to glory whenever the Ki-Rin, eventually the Unicorn Clan, encountered battle, and after the Clan returned to Rokugan, they were considered the fury of the Unicorn. Moto warriors were fierce enough in battle to give even the Hida pause, and cunning enough to outmaneuver the traps of Scorpion commanders. Such a glorious rise was ended by an equally stunning fall – the corruption of a great portion of the family and the curse on its living bloodline. In an effort to aid their Crab allies, the Moto sent a war party into the Shadowlands, only to be driven insane and Tainted to the last man. For generations, the pure Moto have been harassed and haunted by their Lost kin.
More than any other Unicorn family, the Moto wish to prove themselves to those who would mock the Clan, and apply themselves fully to any endeavor as a result. They are skilled hunters, trackers, warriors, horsemen, and survivalist. Though they tend not to be adept in the ways of courtly life, they are hardly the bumbling barbarians others imagine. The Moto, however, do nothing to dispel these false notions, preferring to maintain any advantage they can.
The archetypal Unicorn, the Moto embody the most exotic elements of their clan. Their appearance is so different than most samurai that some speculate they may be another race. They are short, with thick, squat bodies and wide, menacing features. They favor clothing that incorporates fur and other gaijin elements, bringing even more attention to their physical differences. The White Guard of the Moto Family are immediately recognizable in their ghostly white armor and makeup.