[L5R 4e Hearts and Souls] The Kakita Family

Posted: December 19, 2012 by pointyman2000 in Articles, Legend of the Five Rings, Roleplaying Games
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If the Doji are the voice of the Crane Clan, the Kakita represent the hands. The Kakita family are well known throughout the empire for their skill in their intense devotion to the mastery of their art. Taking their name from Kakita, a master swordsman and musician, the family seeks to excel in the aesthetic and martial arts with the same single-minded dedication expected of any Crane.

The Kakita usually take one of two paths: That of the Artisan, or of the Duelist. Both schools are held in very high esteem, and the Kakita students who join either are expected to perform to remarkably high standards. While the Kakita Artisan Academy might seem to be a softer school, the Kakita sensei of the Artisan Academy are equally ruthless in coaxing out every ounce of effort from their students.

Kakita manifest the Crane Clan’s pursuit of excellence to the point that it’s easy to think that they’re very one-dimensional. Thankfully, there are ways draw multiple lessons from that.

  • Perfection is a Lie – The pursuit of perfection is the pursuit of the impossible. It’s a ruthless goal, and one that is largely unforgiving of failure. There are countless stories about those who fall from great heights to learn that mastery comes from picking themselves up rather than winning all the time.
  • The Appearance of Perfection is seductive – Sometimes people will go through great lengths to preserve their “lead” over their rivals. Sabotage, assault, and even murder are things that obsession can breed.
  • Art is pretty, but you can’t eat it – Art is a lofty ideal, but when someone is hungry or in dire need, it loses it’s appeal. This is the struggle for a higher purpose despite the call of man’s baser natures or when the world is too busy getting caught up in the moment to aspire to anything greater.
  1. Hikkikomori says:

    As the saying goes: There’s no such thing as a perfect murder.

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