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Choosing a Clan
The Great Clans of Rokugan are descended from the Kami that fell from the heavens, and their children who defeated the Dark Kami Fu Leng on the first day of Thunder. The blood of gods literally runs through these characters veins. (Though it has gotten admittedly diluted over the centuries!) Each clan has its own style and flair, but we have provided archetypes from similar games so you can quickly get a handle on which Clan suits your style of play!
Barbaric warriors of the south who defend Rokugan from supernatural horrors. They have little time for culture and etiquette, but follow Bushido as strongly as any others. Their war with the Shadowlands often places them on the brink of poverty.
General Clan Playstyles (Out of ten):
In other games, a Crab player would usually play as:
Vampire The Masquerade: Brujah
Game of Thrones: The Knight’s Watch
Hardline military soldiers with the largest army in Rokugan, they live and die by their honor and heritage, taking advice directly from their ancestors beyond the grave.
Vampire The Masquerade: Ventrue
Game of Thrones: House Baratheon
The most powerful shugenja (spirit mages) in Rokugan, The Phoenix learn magic like most samurai learn the sword. Scholars with a pacifistic bent, the power and prophecies they wield sometimes drives them to madness, corruption…or both.
Vampire The Masquerade: Malkavian
Game of Thrones: House Targaryeon
Mysterious aesthetics who live in secluded mountains, the Dragon are often a neutral and misunderstood party. Their enigmatic ways make them few enemies but fewer friends, but no one can deny the power of their strange techniques in both the battlefield and the court.
Vampire The Masquerade: Tremere
Game of Thrones: House Aeryn
Believing art and culture are a samurai’s duty beyond all else, the wealthy Crane prevent samurai from being more than mindless battlefield soldiers. Despite their tranquil demeanor, they also revere one art form above any other… the art of the iajutsu, the single strike duel.
Vampire The Masquerade: Toreador
Game of Thrones: House Lannister
Assassins and scoundrels to the core, the Scorpion is the “underhand of the Emperor”, performing deeds for the good of the realm at the cost of their own honor. They take on the role of the necessary villain so other samurai might maintain their own honor.
Vampire The Masquerade: Assamite or Setite
Game of Thrones: The Faceless Men of Bravos
A minor clan that is powerful in this time period, the Mantis live on small Islands and have the largest navy in Rokugan. A samurai culture by the sea with a strong independant bent, they are skilled traders hardened by necessity, though some call them little more than pirates with katana.
Vampire The Masquerade: Gangrel
Game of Thrones: House Greyjoy