Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
Though many say Rokugan is an Empire forged by war and warriors, the Otomo understand the much less glorious reality of the world. One of Hantei’s first followers was the clever Otomo, a man who quickly gained a reputation as a skilled politician and manipulator. Those who attempted machinations in the shadows of Hantei’s city often found themselves stymied by Otomo and his followers. No matter how cunning a would-be puppeteer was, Otomo ensured that Otosan Uchi knew only one master – the Emperor. As one of Hantei’s personal attendants, the courtier held both immense influence and the freedom to use it how he saw fit. Where many lesser men would have quickly abused such power, Otomo realized the responsibility that he carried with such authority. Though warriors dictated the fate of Rokugan outside the Imperial City, nothing moved without Otomo’s knowledge within it. Otomo understood that he was hardly the only man who could muster such awareness of the city, however, and took steps to correct that small problem. Before Otomo passed away, the complicated bureaucracy of Otosan Uchi became exponentially more confusing.. to those who Otomo and his family did not trust.
The family of Otomo and his descendants quickly grew into their role as the administrators and politicians of Hantei’s dynasty, but it was centuries later that they would find their true purpose. The Otomo have made it their primary duty to ensure the Clans never become able or motivated to challenge the power of the Imperial Throne. Through subtle manipulation and trickery, their diplomats ensure there remains enough awe surrounding the Emperor to discourage such a coup and enough tension between the Clans to make such a thing impossible. The Otomo realize their duty is not particularly glorious, but they serve no one but the Son of Heaven, the Emperor. So long as their service is selfless and righteous, none can judge them but the one who rests on the Throne.
The Otomo are an opulent family, and their appearance reflects this. They tend toward a heavyset frame, with virtually no military training to help them maintain their physique. They favor elaborate clothing and the traditional shaved pate for samurai. They project a warm, welcoming exterior as genuine in appearance as it is manipulative in nature. Among the Otomo, arrogance and vanity are not seen as negative traits – such things are the earned rights of men and women of their uniquely elevated station.