Apprentice Shinobi

A Hidden Shosuro Shinobi

The Shosuro Shinobi (Assassin) were the most secretive school in the most secretive Clan in Rokugan, and for good reason. The Shinobi were spies, saboteurs, and assassins, to be utilized when diplomacy, strength of arms, and magic fail.[1]

Ninja Edit

Some might call the shinobi ninja, but it was unwise to let them hear the term. The Shosuro family loathed the demonic Goju assassins who proudly beared the name of "ninja". [1]

Exposure Edit

Above all else a shinobi's most prized possession was his identity. A shinobi concealed his true nature from any whom he did not trust implicitly. The Empire hated ninja, and though the shinobi did not consider themselves ninja, they did recognize that their tactics were so similar as to make little difference in the eyes of their enemies. Shinobi who were exposed must claim to be acting without the knowledge of the Scorpion Clan. They revealed nothing about their training or objectives. If there was no possibility of escape, a captured shinobi would take his own life rather than risk revealing the Scorpion's secrets under torture. [1]

Hunting the Goju and Ninube Edit

In the 12th century the Shosuro Daimyo Shosuro Yudoka decided that the Shosuro should train assassins, not Ninja. Every Shosuro Shinobi were given new duties; to chase the corrupted pawns of the Darkness that had survived the War Against Shadow. When the Goju came under the control of the Shadowlands, Yudoka extended this duty to shadowlands creatures too. [2]

Training Edit

Most Shosuro students were drafted from the other Scorpion schools when they began to show great talent in stealth or the cold instincts that were so useful for an assassin. Most were instructed privately while they continued studies in other schools, adapting guises as bushi or courtiers as they continued their shinobi training. Optimally, a Shosuro Shinobi had a full life and duties aside from those he learned at this school. When his Clan called upon him, his skills were ready, but until then these deadly samurai hid in plain sight. A shinobi was trained to move silently, kill efficiently, and blend effortlessly into the shadows. They were also knowledgeable in all aspects of Rokugan's criminal underworld, for their duties often required them to seek aid or information there. [1]

Shosuro Shinobi Techniques Edit

This was a list of the technique of the Shosuro Shinobi school: [3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 144.
  2. Secrets of the Scorpion, p. 38
  3. Way of the Scorpion, p. 94

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