The Empire Reborn
The Phoenix Clan
The Wise Shugenja
Although the titles affiliated with many Great Clans can be and are disputed by others, such as the Lion’s status as the preeminent military power in the Empire, the status of the Phoenix Clan as the greatest shugenja in the Empire has never been questioned, or at least not publically. For reasons owing both to heredity as well as the teachings of the clan’s founders, there are none in the Empire who can rival the sheer power and number of shugenja that the Phoenix can field. Truly, their priests are beloved by the kami, who answer their prayers with great vigor and relish.
The history of the Phoenix Clan is unusual, compared to most. It was created when Shiba, a child of the Sun and Moon, knelt before the mortal Isawa and pledged to protect his line for all time. Isawa and his tribe were known in the early Empire to be the most powerful sorcerers, and Shiba knew that they were needed to create a stable domain for his brother’s new nation. Thus the Phoenix were created, and despite a turbulent past with frequent incidents of members falling to darkness in pursuit of knowledge, the clan has remained the preeminent mystical force in an entire Empire.
Salutations and welcome to all.
We stand here now at the end of a long and terrible winter. The treachery of the foreign interlopers and their foul illness has crept its way across our lands. Each of the Great Clans has locked themselves away in turn, to survive the dark and terrible night, while all around us has fallen into disrepair. But the snows around us are melting, and much like the glorious Amaterasu’s return heralds the end of each terrible night, the Emperor’s light has beckoned out again declaring our most terrible winter to be at its end. The time has come of the Great and Noble Clans to rebuild the land and repair that which has been rent asunder.
To this end, the Phoenix Clan has re-dedicated its efforts to the peaceful reconstruction of our beautiful Rokugan. Where there is lawlessness, we shall bring the Emperor’s Justice. Where there is misery, we shall invoke the blessings of the Kami. Where there is the darkness of ignorance, we shall bring the Light of Knowledge. Where there is illness, we shall find a way to create wellness. And we shall travel this path with all so open to the Will of the Emperor and the Blessings of Heaven.
May the blessings of the Kami and the Emperor be with you always.
Isawa Natsumi, Master of Air