[L5R 4e Hearts and Souls] The Daidoji Family

Posted: December 20, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Legend of the Five Rings, Roleplaying Games
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For all of the Crane Clan’s focus on the nature of the Higher Man, the pursuit of art, beauty, pefection and peace, it would be foolish to leave themselves open to those who would seek to destroy them. The Daidoji family serve as the Clan’s protectors, those who would fend off the efforts of those determined to haul the Crane Clan down from their lofty ideals.

The Daidoji family are the practical, realistic sort. They represent the wisdom of silence, caution and vigilance. Their efforts defend the clan from all threats, serving as soldiers, bodyguards and merchants, making sure that the Clan’s interests are well protected.

One of the more interesting aspects of the family is the fact that they are the ones who are most likely to have less than honorable dealings. From smuggler contacts for their commercial dealings, to ambush tactics and deceitful maneuvering in the battlefield, the Daidoji aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. They are not afraid in the least to do what they must in order to protect the Clan.

This mix of practicality and lack of hesitation in moments of urgency presents an interesting contrast to the general reputation of the Crane Clan, but does make sense considering that the Crane still finds itself going to war now and then.

Of course, the Daidoji family’s practicality can also lead to disaster, as recently seen in the disbanded Daidoji Harriers, whose methods were more in common with those of Ninja, and whose hubris led them to perform further acts of dishonor that could jeopardize the Clan rather than defend it.

The Daidoji family present an interesting opportunity for characters to explore the conflict of Duty and Honor. Is it worth giving up honor to do what is best even if you become a villain for it? How much dishonor is your Clan really willing to put up with before they brand you as unnecessary or a blight?

One of the central conflicts in Hearts and Souls revolves around this, as the Harriers, disbanded by Domotai see themselves as Patriots that have been cast aside. They sacrificed honor and their lives for the safety for the Clan, and are rewarded for it by being expunged and executed.

They are blind to their own excesses by their own pride, but all that means is that they see themselves as heros rather than villains, and that makes them very dangerous indeed.

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