In modern Rokugan, Bushido is integral to almost every aspect of a samurai’s life, and the proper way to uphold the Code is subject of continual. The L5R 4e Resource Guide: Code of Bushido & The Way of the Crane The set -up of the new 4e L5R more easily allows the use of materials. All Samurai are expected to live by a strict code of ethics known as Bushido ( which literally translates to “The way of the warrior”). The principles.
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All Samurai are expected to bushid by a strict code of ethics known as Bushido which literally translates to “The way of the warrior”. The principles of Bushido were first established by the Kami Akodo, founder of the Lion Clan and quickly came to be accepted by all the clans in Rokugan.
Bushido is comprised of seven virtues which represent the proper way all Samurai should cods and serve the empire. Following these virtues often leads to Honour and Glory while failing in them usually leads to dishonour, and in extreme cases, death or banishment.
The nature of Bushido inevitably leads to situations where the seven virtues come into conflict: Each clan teaches the virtues slightly differently and may place more value on one than the others, and individual Samurai may also come up with their own interpretations or order of importance.
The seven virtues of Bushido are: While Samurai are the elite of society, it is their duty to protect and guide those of lesser station. Bullying or abusing those of lesser station is an act unworthy of Samurai. The Phoenix often hold this virtue in very high bushico and go to great lengths to ensure their peasants are educated and cared for.
A Samurai bushudo at all times three feet from death, for that is the reach of a katana. Samurai are expected to die if need be for their clan and the Empire, to fight without fear. It should be noted that courage does not buhido foolhardiness, a Samurai shouldn’t throw their bushio away needlessly: The Lion and Crab both hold this virtue in high regard although in different ways.
The Lion are more likely to die in the name of honour, while the Crab are quick to point out how wasteful such actions are when every soldier is needed to hold back the forces of the Shadowlands.
Samurai are civilised, not barbarians, and are expected to behave with the proper etiquette at all times.
A true samurai remains polite and civilised even when facing their bitterest sworn enemy. A samurai who openly insults another shows only their own weakness, which is why all courtiers practice the art of subtle and indirect insult.
When a samurai is faced with a failure of Courtesy in another, their own honour demands that they endure such provocations without drawing attention to the other’s failures and those who indulge frequently in uncouth behavior are simply ignored.
The Crane value Courtesy the most, while the Scorpion use it in their own twisted way to hide their intentions. Many Crab tend to disregard it completely although their courtiers still practice it just like any other. A Samurai must always be ready to serve their bushidoo, no matter the cost. They must be prepared to endure hardship, humiliation, defeat and failure in the name of fulfilling their duty.
Duty is busido reason why love is problematic for Samurai, it divides loyalties and can cause a Samurai to question orders that might lead them into conflict with the one they love. Of all the clans, it is the Scorpion who hold Duty above all other virtues. They call it “Loyalty” and they reserve the most severe punishment for those that violate it: Perhaps the simplest of virtues and the most troublesome, it would seem that Samurai should always be completely honest, and yet many courtiers find that the truth is something that must be danced around.
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Many have turned the ability to speak deceptively while still remaining technically truthful into an artform. The Unicorn and some of the Dragon are famous for their straightforwardness, while the Scorpion ignore this virtue completely. Every Samurai stands in judgement over themselves at all times, Bushido is not merely bjshido by society but by the Samurai’s own heart and soul.
Those ot honour cannot truly follow the other tenets of Bushido. All Samurai hold honour in high regard with the possible exception of the Scorpion: All Samurai are taught from childhood that their words and deeds must always be sincere. Sincerity is about dedication, commitment and intent. Off a Samurai speaks or moves to act, they should do so in a straightforward way with a certainty that what they are doing is correct.
The Crane in particular admire Sincerity and the Dragon respect it’s ability to unify word and action.
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Even the Scorpion treat Sincerity with respect, albeit because speaking and acting with complete sincerity makes it impossible for their enemies to predict what they are really up to. The Crab however take a dark view on Sincerity, believing it to be a form of deception hidden behind honour and have been known to use “Oh, how sincere” as an insult.
Compassion While Samurai are the elite of society, it is their duty to protect and guide those of lesser station. Courage A Samurai lives at all times three feet from death, for that is the reach of a katana.
Code of Bushido (RPG)
Courtesy Samurai are civilised, not barbarians, and are expected to behave with the proper etiquette at all times. Duty A Samurai must always be ready to serve their lord, no matter the cost. Honesty Perhaps the simplest of virtues bsuhido the most troublesome, it would seem that Samurai should always be completely honest, and yet many courtiers find that the truth is something that must be danced around. Honour Every Samurai stands in judgement over themselves at all times, Bushido is not merely enforced by society but by the Samurai’s own heart and soul.
Sincerity All Samurai are taught from childhood that their words and deeds must always be sincere. Retrieved from ” https: Navigation menu Personal tools Create o5r Log in.
L5R: The Tenets of Bushido