Rokugan: Return of the Jade Raven
The humans of Rokugan are the undisputed rulers of the Empire. Divided into clans and their families, the largest form what are known as the Major Clans. On the political and social stage, these Clans wield more power and prestige than any other. Conversely, they are also held to the most strict expectations. While bringing dishonor in one of the lesser clans can bring shame to a given person or their immediate family, dishonor in a Major Clan affects the entire lineage. Those who bring shame upon a Major Clan find retribution swift and merciless, while those who bring honor receive affluence and prestige beyond compare.
Bonus Class Skills. Each family has a skill in which they specialize. By choosing this family, you become proficient in this skill. If that skill happens to also be a class skill for you, you can also choose another skill, tool, or instrument of your choice in which you gain proficiency.
Crab Clan: Members of the Crab clan tend to be crude and violent, though they are strongly dedicated to their clan’s sworn duty: protecting the empire from the Shadowlands. They believe in duty over honor and are always ready for a fight. Members of this clan are large and powerful, muscular and crude.
Crane Clan: The Crane Clan is made up of diplomats and courtiers. Graceful, elegant and noble, they are the masters of iaijutsu (the speed draw) and duels of honor. Cranes tend to be tall and slender, with soft features.
Dragon Clan: Mysterious and reclusive, the scholars and warriors of the Dragon Clan are devoted to exploring the secrets of the universe. All tend to speak in enigmatic riddles, though members of the mysterious order of tattooed monks are especially know for this. The Dragons practice martial arts to keep their bodies as well as their spirits honed.
Lion Clan: Lions are the noble warriors of rokugan. They are warlike and aggressive but devoted to the honor of the samurai. Lions are trained soldiers and look the part: well developed muscles and a warriors poise. They have wide facial features with hair that ranges from black toward brown or reddish and brown to hazel eyes.
Mantis Clan: Alone among the Great Clans of the Empire, the Mantis clawed their way to a position of power through sheer will. Long considered a minor house of nobility, the zealously defended their homelands, routed enemies, and allied themselves with those who have elevated them to equals on the Imperial stage.
Phoenix Clan: The greatest Shugenjas of Rokugan belong to the Phoenix Clan. They have a deep love of magic and knowledge. Members of the Phoenix clan are tall with fine features an a regal bearing. They share a certain avian grace, with long necks, angular features and piercing stares.
Scorpion Clan: Members of the Scorpion Clan are the manipulators or Rokugan, masters of secrets and lies. Never seen without their masks, they resemble their namesakes – unassuming but armed with a deadly sting. Scorpions are tough and wiry, and they usually wear smug expressions behind their masks.
Unicorn Clan: Unicorns are the outsiders of Rokugan. Most of them are barbaric riders with aggressive dispositions. Mounted combat is their specialty and their riding skills are second to none. Unicorns are short and stocky, with harsh features, and only members of this clan routinely wear goods made of fur, bone, and leather.
Imperial Families: Though the clans are loyal to the Emperor and his dynasty, they have many times taken actions that placed their own interests above those of the Imperial Throne. The families of Otosan Uchi and its surrounding provinces, however, are the family of the Emperor himself, and can never separate their livelihood from his. Unlike the clans, they are not collectively biased toward a particulr duty, and are therefore hard to stereotype.