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DaveR

Having just read the 're-vamp' (ok, ok , this was AGES ago ......) of the Samurai .... have noticed a few oddities... that may or may not have been cleared up elsewhere .....

There was a published 'Bushido' code in the old Blue Supplement, however there doesn't seem to be a definative in the Tradition in En Garde ! - It mentions that samurai have very limiting personal honour codes and lists example of when a Samurai will commit seppuku, but doesnt state an actual code.....

Is the old one still in affect ? or is there a newer one published elsewhere ?? or, gods forbid, can we write our own individual ones ??

Sorry if this has been cleared up / errata'd elsewhere..... but am planning on playing one soon, and would like to know exactly what i'm in for....


Cheers

Dave
dantingle
For the Oriental Campaign pants and I use the following

The Code of the Warrior (Bushido)


“Fate is in Heaven, the armor is on the breast, success is with the legs. Go to the battlefield firmly confident of victory, and you will come home with no wounds whatever. Engage in combat fully determined to die and you will be alive; wish to survive in the battle and you will surely meet death. When you leave the house determined not to see it again you will come home safely; when you have any thought of returning you will not return. You may not be in the wrong to think that the world is always subject to change, but the warrior must not entertain this way of thinking, for his fate is always determined.”


There are seven principles virtues of the code of the warrior.

GI -Honesty and Justice
Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To a true samurai there are no shades of gray in the question of honesty and justice. There is only right and wrong.
YU - Heroic Courage
Rise above the masses of people that are afraid to act. A samurai must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky, it is dangerous. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong. Replace fear with respect and caution.
JIN - Compassion
Through intense training the samurai becomes quick and strong. He is not as other men. He has compassion. He helps his fellow men at every opportunity. If the opportunity does not arise, he goes out of his way to find one.
REI - Polite Courtesy
Samurai have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to prove their strength. A samurai is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect we are nothing more then animals. A samurai is not only respected for his strength in battle, but also by his dealings with other men.
MEYO - Honor
The true samurai has only one judge of his honor, and that is himself. Decisions you make and how these decisions are carried out are a reflection of who you are truly. You cannot hide from yourself.
MAKOTO - Complete Sincerity
When a samurai has said he will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing on this earth will stop him from completing what he has said he will do. The action of speaking alone has set the act of doing in motion. Speaking and doing are the same action.
CHUGO - Duty and Loyalty
For a samurai, having done something or said something, he knows that he is a part of that thing. He is responsible for it and all the consequences that follow. A samurai is intensely loyal to those in his care. To those he is responsible for, he remains fiercely true.

However this code must be tempered by the realm of the fantasy. Someone who strictly adhered to the code above would almost certainly be CG in alignment. There are those that would keep to this code only when others could perceive it. Other that would ignore it unless faced by someone more powerful than themselves. As in all things the opportunity for human greed and ambition to bend and allow different perceptions of the same point are limitless.


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