Samurai were professional warriors of the noble class who adhered to the code of bushido.[5] In Shou Lung, the equivalent warriors were simply called "knights".[7]

Culture[edit | edit source]

Samurai were fierce warriors bound by a strict code of honor, and service to their daimyo. They did not fear death, as samurai saw death to be the ultimate honor and service to their daimyo. A samurais life was consumed by striving to achieve perfection, as it was a reflection of their honor.[6]

Most samurai were human or spirit folk. Some korobokuru have successfully trained to become samurai.[6] Both females and males could become samurai.[8]

The samurais weapon of choice was the katana. Samurai formed a deep bond with their katana, who saw it as an extension of their honor and the honor of their clan or family. The katana was often a family heirloom, passed down through the generations. It was a serious insult to just touch the scabbard of a samurai's katana without their explicit permission, drawing the blade even more so. A samurai who lost their katana was disgraced and shamed, and became obsessed with recovering the weapon, if possible.[9]

Organization[edit | edit source]

Samurai were part of their daimyos household. The first part of samurai training was learning to connect and focus their ki.[6]

Jito

A samurai who was advanced in skill and also served their daimyo well were offered the position of jito. As jito, the samurai was given responsibility over a part of their daimyos territory. A jito protected their daimyos property, settled disputes among the civilians, suppressed rebellion and collected taxes on behalf of their daimyo, keeping one-quarter of the taxes for themselves. A jito had command over four samurai and up to ten bushi.[6]

Shugo

A jito who served well was offered the position of shugo. A shugo was in charge of an entire province, administering justice, providing protection and supervising the jito within the province.[6]

Ronin

A ronin was a master-less samurai. A ronin could be a samurai who has dishonored them-self, failed their daimyo, or voluntarily left the service of their daimyo.[6]

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Samurai were highly skilled martial warriors. They were experts at both archery and swordsmanship. Their weapons of choice in melee combat were the katana and wakizashi[10], and they chose the daikyu for ranged combat.[6] Some samurai, particularly female samurai, favored the naginata.[8] A samurai was also an expert horse-rider.[6]

In addition to their martial prowess, samurai were skilled artists. Calligraphy, music, poetry and painting were among the most common art forms that samurai were known to be accomplished in.[6]

Samurai eventually became immune to fear and advanced samurai were capable of naturally projecting an aura of fear. The strongest samurai were able to project ki into their voice, creating a deafening and powerful shout which stunned a target.[6]

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