Imperials Schools

Basic Schools


A Seppun knows from birth that he is born to protect the Em- peror from anything that may threaten him. A safe Emperor means a united Rokugan, and Seppun ensure the bright future of the Empire by fulfilling their duty. When chosen for this prestigious service, the Seppun Guardsman, also known as a Miharu, sacrifices everything in his life for the job. After all, nothing else is significant when set against the task of pro- tecting the Imperial House.
The Seppun Guardsman School holds defense as its high- est priority. The Guardsman learns to put the life of his charge above everything else, including his own survival. The Guardsman becomes stalwart against any sources of corrup- tion that may interfere with his job, and learns to be always aware of his surroundings, ready to identify any threat before it may approach his charge.

  • Benefit: +1 Perception
  • Skills: Battle, Defense, Etiquette, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu (Katana), Kyujutsu, any one High skill
  • Honor: 6.5
  • Outfit: Light Armor, Sturdy Clothing, Daisho, any 1 weapon, Traveling Pack, 10 koku


The Seppun are taught to be unswerving in their honor, and nothing can draw them away from their duty. Any time you are rolling to resist a Social Skill roll which could tempt or lead you away from your duty – such as Temptation, Intim- idation, or even Courtier – you roll additional unkept dice equal to your School Rank. You gain a +1k1 bonus any time you are making an Investigation roll to detect an ambush or surprise attack.

The Seppun’s blows are infused with his dedication to the Emperor’s cause. At the start of your Turn, you may spend a Void point to add your Honor Rank to the total of your attack and damage rolls until your next Turn.

The Seppun’s dedication now allows him to see through all manner of deceptions, even magical ones. At any time you may choose to spend a Void point as a Free Action to roll In- vestigation (Notice) / Perception at TN 25. With a success, you immediately see through all disguises and illusions around you, whether normal or magical in nature. If you are in the presence of the Emperor, his immediate family, or a major Imperial official (Chancellor, Shogun, etc) you do not need to spend a Void point to activate this Technique. Once you have pierced a specific disguise/illusion, it no longer has any effect on you (although a new disguise or illusion you encounter later will function normally).

The power of Heaven infuses the Seppun’s arm, allowing him to strike with greater speed. You may now attack as a Simple Action when using weapons with the Samurai keyword.

The true Seppun bodyguard is never caught off-guard, and can protect his charge even when surprised or disabled. Any time you are within 20’ of a person you are guarding, you may spend a Void point to leap in front of a blow or spell which is targeting your charge. The damage is automatically applied to you instead of to your charge. If you are still stand- ing (not Down or Out) after taking this damage, you may immediately take an extra Simple Action, which may be used for any normal purpose, including an attack. This Technique can be used even if your character is Blinded, Prone, Stunned, Dazed, Entangled, or at the Down Wound Rank (but not Grap- pled or at the Out Wound Rank).


The best bushi of Rokugan are granted the privilege of guard- ing the Emperor. There are threats steel cannot answer, how- ever, and against these the Seppun Shugenja stand ready. As members of the Hidden Guard, the Seppun Shugenja wait and stand vigil at all times of the day for signs of an attack. Their wards are among the best in Rokugan, and the Seppun con- stantly practice their prayers to the kami in preparation for an assault on their territory. They are the last line of defense for the Emperor and they will not be broken.
The Seppun Shugenja School focuses on defense of the Emperor and his retinue. When danger approaches, the Sep- pun calls upon the kami with his entire soul, amplifying spell effects and performing magical feats he would not be able to do normally. The Technique is versatile and works with a large variety of offensive and defensive spells, as long as the shugenja is trying to save the life of the Son of Heaven.

  • Benefit: +1 Intelligence
  • Skills: Calligraphy, Defense, Etiquette, Investigation(Notice), Meditation, Lore: Theology, any one High or Bugei Skill
  • Honor: 6.5
  • Outfit: Robes, Wakizashi, Bo, Scroll Satchel, Traveling Pack, 10 koku
  • Affinity/Deficiency: Fire / Water

Spells: Sense, Commune, Summon, 3 Fire, 2 Earth, and 1 Air

In Defense of the Throne
The Hidden Guard exist only to defend their Emperor, and are ter- rible opponents for any who might pose a danger to the sanctity of the Son of Heaven. You gain a Free Raise on any spell cast to protect the life, personal belongings, family, or reputation of the Emperor, as long as the action taken would not cause you to lose Honor. This includes members of the Imperial families (though not yourself). You also gain a Free Raise on any spells known only to the Imperial families.

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