Celestial Pattern

The Celestial Order is the belief held by all Rokugani that all souls had their place in a celestial pattern as decreed by the Celestial Heavens.[1] It was essentially the Rokugani caste system. [2]

Dharma and Kharma[edit | edit source]

A person's place in the Celestial Order was determined by their "soul duty", or Dharma. How well they performed this duty during their life would be measured by their Kharma, and if it was performed well enough it could lead to a higher rank in the Celestial Order the next time they were reborn into the world. [3]

Rokugan's Social Order[edit | edit source]

The social order of Rokugan was divided mainly into three castes, [1] as it was determined by Lady Doji: [4]

There was also a fourth, non-group; [1]

Further Groups[edit | edit source]

The main castes of the Celestial Order could each be further divided into their own separate hierarchies. For example, the Samurai caste held the Emperor of Rokugan as its highest member, followed by the Kuge, the Buke, then the Ronin and finally the Ashigaru. [5]

Defying the Order[edit | edit source]

Those who dared to defy the Celestial Order shamed and befouled their existence. Not only was such a soul considered to be without honor, but they risked being reincarnated into an even lower station in their next life. [1]

Shinsei's View[edit | edit source]

The Celestial Order was developed by the Kami as a mirror of Tengoku's laws. Shinsei recognized something that the Kami chose not to, the Celestial Order was still merely a model and did not bind individuals the same way the cosmic laws of Tengoku bound Fortunes and Kami. Given training and ability, any person could improve himself to the point of achieving enlightenment. [6]

External Links[edit | edit source]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 26
  2. Winter Court: Kyuden Seppun, p. 19
  3. Game Master's Pack; The Hare Clan, p. 3
  4. Way of the Crane, p. 10
  5. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, pp. 26-28
  6. Way of the Open Hand, p. 24

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