|Concept Art for Nemesis Worlds. Artist Σωτήρης Μπάκας (aka Zorel)|
During the 3rd era, the families of true samurai skills are down almost to zero. That happened after the creation of the shinobi hidden villages. The services of the samurai were not required because shinobi could do even a wider variety of "jobs" efficiently and silently even more destructively that any samurai would ever imagine...
So the remaining samurai of the 3rd era were corrupted, entitled like mere soldiers and there were no ideals and worthy masters to fight by their Katana. Even worse most of the samurai did not pass down their skills because they have seen the future world, a world where no true samurai existed.
The elders saw the future well, but some of the most strong samurai houses endured all hardships and remained true to their ancestral blood. Their skills have remained flawless and pure, kept original and never copied or taught to no other but the family (or what a clan may name family). Every house follows strict rules from which the source of their skills and power comes from. Power that has no envy to those that use spellcraft technology or occult, or any other way that is not the "way of the sword". Each house has some unique skills only to them and also some abilities.
Before someone chooses to role play one of the last samurai clans he must first understand the way of thinking, style and concept of every one of the clans. So before describing the clans these are the general rules when someone picks a “Samurai" :
Occult, justu, psychic skills, magic and aggressive forms of technology are forbidden flower for the samurai, if they learn or use it, all their abilities fail. If the code of each house is broken twice, the samurai abilities fail. The code referred is the Bushido :
The Code of the Samurai.
If one of those rules are broken, all samurai skills fail and are lost. Until the samurai atones.
Can chose up to 7 rules to follow from the 9.
1)Justice (Rectitude / Right Decision).
This is about doing the right thing or making the right decision, not because it's easy, but because it's ethically and morally correct. No matter the outcome or result, one does not lose face if tempering proper justice. This can also be defined as righteousness, justice, morality, honor, or "right conduct". Occasionally, it has been seen it translated as loyalty or patriotism. This is also one of the five tenets of Confucius doctrine.
The capacity one has to confront fear, pain, danger and uncertainty. Also bravery is the capacity one has to act in a right way when facing death or popular opposition.
Beyond "benevolence" word can be also be defined as "charity" or "mercy" depending on context.
The meaning suggests that one should pay alms to the poor, care for those in trouble, and take care of his fellow man (or woman).This is one of the five tenets of Confucius. In fact, it is a subject in which Confucius spent a great deal of time explaining to his disciples. It can also be translated as perfect virtue, selflessness, love for humanity, humaneness, goodness, good will, or simply "love" in the non-romantic form.
We show respect by speaking and acting with courtesy. We treat others with dignity and honor the rules of our family, school and nation. Respect yourself, and others will respect you. This is also one of the five tenets of Confucius. This character can also be translated as propriety, good manners, politeness, rite, worship or an expression of gratitude.
Translated as truth, faith, fidelity, sincerity, trust and/or confidence.
This version of honor is about having or earning the respect of others and about your reputation. It is the status of being worthy of honor.
7)Loyalty (Faithful / Devoted).
It contains the ideas of being faithful, devoted, true, and obedient.
Some will define this in more common English as "respect for your parents and ancestors". This is a subject deeply emphasized by the ancient philosophy and teachings of Confucius.
The meaning is open to interpretation, and can also mean intellect, knowledge or reason. This character is also one of the five tenets of Confucius. Beyond the title definitions, this also can mean, resourcefulness, or wit.
More details about this prestige class (+more) and of the Nemesis Worlds history, religion, Gods, Eras and the such, will be explained in detail in the upcoming book, the Campaign setting of Nemesis Worlds.