Book of the Shadowlands

Book of the Shadowlands Cover

The Book of the Shadowlands The writings of Kuni Mokuna was the third sourcebook for the first edition of the Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game. The book itself reads like a compilation of the works of Kuni Mokuna, a well-known and most feared shugenja of the Kuni, who dedicated his life to the understanding of how the Shadowlands work.


  • Authors: Greg Stolze, Cris Dornaus, John Wick, Ree Soesbee, Rob Vaux, Ross Isaacs
  • Artwork: Cris Dornaus, Carl Frank
  • Cover artwork: Brom

Table of ContentsEdit


Chapter 1: The ShadowlandsEdit

Introduction by Kuni Mokuna

Haiku by Hiruma Kaso

Chapter 2: Corruption and the TaintEdit

  • The Shadowlands Taint
    • Tainted Characters
    • Taint Effects
      • Physical
      • Mental
  • Zombies and Skeletons
    • Crab Protocol for the Shadowlands
    • Blessing of Cleansing
  • Infection and its Prevention
  • Protection from the Taint
  • Healing the Taint

Chapter 3: GoblinsEdit

Meeting with Basher

Chapter 4: Ogres and TrollsEdit

It is quite noteworthy to say that this section of the Book proves that Mokuna believes Ogres are a creation of Fu Leng.


  • Physiology
  • Ogre Behavior
  • Ogre Dwellings
  • Ogres in Combat


  • Physiology
  • Habitat
  • Attacks and Tactics

Chapter 5: OniEdit

Oni of the ShadowlandsEdit

Creating OniEdit

  • Oni Appearance Chart
  • How to (not) use Oni in your L5R RPG Campaigns

by Ree Soesbee, John Wick

Chapter 6: Other Dangers of the ShadowlandsEdit

Chapter 7: NezumiEdit

  • Physiology
  • Life Cycle
  • History and Origins
  • Society and Culture
  • Nezumi Dwellings
  • Nezumi Philosophy
  • Combat and Tactics


Letter from Daidoji Nazoko to Kuni Yori

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