Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
The fall of the Kami to the mortal world came as a shock to many of the unorganized tribes of humans, but one such group awaited them. Seppun and her tribe took a post close to the spot where the children of Sun and Moon fell, quickly kneeling in supplication to the gods that stood before them. Seppun was a wise woman and a seer, and her visions had brought her to Hantei in service to the new order projected to shape the land. The old woman could hear the voice of Lady Sun in her heart, and Hantei agreed that Seppun would be his first vassal in the fledgling Empire. Since that day, the descendants of Seppun and her tribe have guarded the Emperor and his kin with their lives. Like Seppun, they have done so with wisdom, vision, and vigilance that stretches beyond normal human performance. Their sole duty is to the Emperor, and every action a Seppun takes, be it in learning art, lore, or warfare, is solely with this interest in mind. The Seppun daimyo usually serve as either the captain of the Imperial Guard or the Emperor’s personal yojimbo, if not both. A secret order among the Seppun, called the Hidden Guard, train shugenja of their family to protect the Emperor’s person from supernatural threats that their bushi kin cannot combat. In either case, the Sepun are known for their supernatural powers of perception, making them nearly impossible to surprise or catch off guard.
The Seppun rarely venture outside of Toshi Ranbo on Imperial business, leaving such matters to the Miya and Otomo. When encountered, however, the Seppun command more respect and admiration than their Imperial cousins for a variety of reasons, not the least of which being their Imperial blood. Among the more martially inclined families, the Seppun bushi are considered legendary in skill and dedication. To those families who value wisdom and learning, the Seppun are well known for their devotion to the Tao, Shinsei, and the Fotunes. Like the samurai of the Mirumoto and Shiba families, the Seppun have close ties to the Brother of Shinsei, and more than one of the Little Teacher’s temples have elite Seppun Miharu bushi guards.
The Seppun perhaps most resemble the Lion in their appearance, although they would claim the Lion emulate them. A Seppun’s appearance is flawless in every respect, from their muscular build, to their close-cropped hair, to the immaculate condition of their armor. To appear otherwise would disgrace the Emperor they defend.