Legend of the Five Rings Aftermath
This family is as misunderstood as the Scorpion Thunder who founded it. To the public eye, the Shosuro seem little more than aides de camp to the Bayushi, a lesser family of courtiers and warriors who further Bayushi goals. The truth, which the Shosuro labor tirelessly to conceal, lies in something much darker. The Shosuro are a family of spies, saboteurs and assassins. Those who call them ninja, however, will swiftly regret it. To the Shosuro, it bears no loyalty to any lord, no honor to forgive their terrible actions. The Shosuro are not ninja – they are samurai. If their lord’s commands drive them to dress in dark clothing, skulk through the shadows, and kill their enemies silently with virulent poison then so be it. In their eyes, their honor is that much stronger for not questioning what must be done, for being prepared to make any sacrifice in the name of loyalty.
Where the Bayushi are elegant and beautiful, the Shosuro are frequently bland and unassuming sorts. It is quite easy to have an extended conversation with a Shosuro and later forget what he looked like, exactly what the Shosuro hope for.