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Way of the Scorpion was the first source book for the Scorpion Clan in the Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game and the fifth in the Way of the Clan series.


  • Written by: John Wick
  • Additional Material by: Ree Soesbee, D.J. Trindle. Patrick Kapera, David Williams and Jennifer Mahr
  • Game System by: David Williams and John Wick
  • Art Director: KC Lancaster
  • Cover Artwork: Dave Leri
  • Interior Artwork: Mary Lee Bryning, Audrey Corman, Jim Crabtree, Cris Dornaus, Scott James, KC Lancaster, Jennifer Mahr, Ramon Perez
  • Maps: Jeff Lahren
  • Artwork Prepress: Cris Dornaus, Steve Hough
  • Line Editor: D.J. Trindle
  • Editing: D.J. Trindle, Patrick Kapera
  • Interior Layout: Steve Hough, Sean Thompson

Table of Contents[]

The Honest Scorpion (page 4)[]

Chapter One: The Subtle Scorpion (page 10)[]

Chapter Two: Families of the Scorpion (page 20)[]



The Other Clans[]


Chapter Three: Character (page 38)[]

Chapter Four: Who's Who (page 50)[]

Chapter Five: Character Templates (page 66)[]

Appendix I: Treachery 101 (page 78)[]

or "How to be a sneaky git and not get killed by the other characters.

  • Part One: Some Basics
    • A Little Bit About Ethics.
    • The Laws of Warfare
    • Loyalty
    • Scorpion Honor
  • Part Two: Advanced Treachery
    • Win or Die
    • Choosing Two Evils
    • Lying
    • Patience is it's Own Reward
    • Aid a Doomed Conspiracy
  • Part Three: "I'd Have More Fun..."
    • What Have You Done For Me Lately?
    • Scorpion Loyalty
    • Putting On The Pain
    • Secrets And Porcelain
  • Part Four: Tragic Misconceptions
  • Conclusion

Appendix II: Ninjutsu (page 89)[]

Appendix III: Magic and Poison (page 94)[]

Appendix IV: Miscellany (page 103)[]

Appendix V: Two Scorpion Clan Decks (page 111)[]

  • "Bowed, Controlled, Dead or Discarded"
  • "The Dark Sword of Bitter Lies!"

Scorpion Clan Character Sheets (page 117)[]