Way of the Open Hand

Way of the Open Hand Cover

Way of the Open Hand is a Second Edition sourcebook for Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game including mechanics for the Second Edition as well as the d20 version of the RPG. It details the path of the monk, covering the various beliefs of each sect of monks, as well as a view of the infamous Shinsei. In addition, it brings new mechanics for unarmed fighting in a variety of hand-to-hand martial arts throughout the Clans of Rokugan and beyond. It was released in June 2004.

Credits Edit

  • Writing: Shawn Carman, Kim Hosmer, Seth Mason, Aaron Medwin, Fred Wan, Rich Wulf
  • Editor: Katie Yates
  • Creative Director: Mark Jelfo
  • Art Director: jim pinto
  • Graphic Designer: Steve Hough
  • Cover Artist: Ben Thompson
  • Interior Artists: Chris Dornaus
  • Typesetter: Steve Hough
  • Chief of Operations: Maureen Yates
  • Brand Manager: Raymond Lau
  • Production Manager: Mary Valles
  • Playtesters: Mikel Burns, Ryan Carman, Jacobe Callahan, Jed Carleton, Jacob Chearham, Andy Cowell, Robert Dake, Joel Parker Kinstle, Chris Lesinsky, Paul Meador, Dan Moenster, Christopher Osborn, Marc Quintard, Matthew Schenck, Sam Sheddan, Cynthia Steward, Louis Veal

Table of Contents Edit

Introduction (Page 4) Edit

  • How to Use This Book
  • New Mechanics

Martial Arts Styles (Page 5) Edit

Shinsei 2


The Brotherhood of Shinsei (Page 21) Edit

Tasaii-do practitioner

Tasaii-do practitioner

Fiction with the monk Banasu seeking the redemption of the bandit Chikiri.

Monks of the Seven Fortunes (Page 31) Edit

Monks of the Mikokami (Page 39) Edit



Monks in the Great Clans (Page 51) Edit

Asahina Barako 2

Asahina Barako

Martial Arts Throughout the Empire (Page 59) Edit

Kaze-do 3





Bariqu Wrestling

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