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Blood. Honor. Steel.Welcome to the 4th Edition of the epic Role-PlayingGame Legend of the Five Rings! Join us forthe ultimate adventure of fantasy samurai, locked inperpetual battles of honor and glory within the bonds ofthe Code of Bushido.The Emerald Empire of Rokugan demands muchof its samurai: service to one’s lord, service to one’sClan, and service to one’s Emperor. Bushido’s staunchand unyielding code of conduct binds samurai to duty,strengthening their character and defining theirchoices. While some samurai serve the greater good,others use the strictures of Bushido to manipulate thelower ranks and advance their own power. Will youfollow honor or reject it? The choice is yours!Eight Great Clans form the heart of Rokugan’sculture. Each is defined by its own principles, values,and agendas. Each sees the Code of Bushido in its ownway. Each seeks to serve the Emperor with its ownunique talents. Take up the soul of your ancestors —the samurai’s daisho — and fight for the glory andhonor of your family and Clan. Now is the time forheroes, in a world where Honor is a force more powerfulthan Steel.The Fourth Edition of L5R is the ultimate edition ofthe award-winning role-playing game. Inside this tomeyou will find:ccccA game unlike any you’ve played elsewhere.Honor and service are valued more than magicswords taken from wandering ogres. Prepare forthe glorious life of the samurai!A unique, comprehensive character sheet. Legendof the Five Rings rules have never been more easyto learn and to play. No more need to flip throughpages of rules while fighting your enemies!A toolbox approach to role-playing in Rokugan.Fourth Edition encourages gamemasters ofLegend of the Five Rings to customize their game,adding or removing from their campaigns as theysee fit.A broad history of the Emerald Empire and thebeliefs of all the Great Clans, with play options notonly the major clans but also for outlying groupssuch as Imperials, Minor Clans, and the infamousSpider Clan.DRAW YOUR BLADE AND JOIN THE FIGHTFOR ROKUGAN. WWW.L5R.COMLEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS and all related marks are and Alderac Entertainment Group, Inc., All rights reserved.US MSRP 59.99Printed in the United States AEG 3300 AEG 3300

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LEGENDWRITTEN BY:OF THEFIVE RINGS RPG, 4TH EDITIONShawn Carman, Robert Hobart,jim pinto, & Brian YoonEDITED BY:Robert Hobart, Todd RowlandPROOFREADERS:RPG RULES TEAM:Dace, Mason Crawford,Aaron RubmanART DIRECTOR:Todd RowlandCOVER DESIGN:David ArdilaGRAPHIC DESIGN:David ArdilaLAYOUT:Edge StudioARTISTS:PRODUCTION MANAGER:SENIOR BRAND MANAGER:David LeporeTodd RowlandCHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER:John ZinserHEAD PLAYTESTER:Brian BatesPLAYTESTER:Team 1 (Dave Smith, Patrick Chen,Aien Elmi, Jason kang, Ki Chang Kim, Roger Liang,Arthur Nguyen), Team 2 (Lucas Twyman, Lee Masheter,Amanda Martyn, Chad Kirby, Andrew Flynn, Lauren Murray),Team 3 (Kit LaHaise, Catherine Pickett, Bret David Hewes,Francois Martineau), Team 4 (Becca Hobart, Todd Stites,Will Stampley, Kevin Blake, Lewis Fleak, Daniel Briscoe),Team 6 (Dace, Erykah Fassett, Tracy Pinkelton, Daniel Walters,Laura Harvey), Team 7 (Jason Shafer, Nathan Shafer,LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGSAND ALL RELATED MARKS ARE AND ALDERAC ENTERTAINMENTINC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.SPECIAL THANKS:SHAWN THANKED everyone in the Foreward, but thanks againanyway!BRIAN WOULD LIKE TO THANK:ccccMy best friends, who’ve stayed by my side and fueled mylove of L5R and gaming for over ten years. Love you,guys.My family, who’ve always believed that I could doeverything I want.The Fourth Edition team, writers and playtesters. We’vecreated something to be proud of.Angela, who listens to me complain about esoteric gamingissues.ROB WOULD LIKE TO THANK:cccccMy wife Rebecca, who always believed I would get to writefor L5R someday.My first L5R gaming group – Jaime, Allen, Keith, Jason,and Tim – especially our GM Jaime, who introduced me toL5R way back in 1997.The players, writers, and GMs of Heroes of Rokugan, forten years of glorious samurai drama.Shawn Carman and the rest of AEG, for giving me thechance to work on this project.John Wick, for creating such an amazing world and gamefor all of us to play in.JIM WOULD LIKE TO THANKcyou — the reader — for taking the time to read this partof the book.TODD WOULD LIKE TO THANKcccMy wife Kathy, who still sits patiently as I talk aboutmagical samurai.Mike Webb and the Mungbeasts who ran the first L5R RPGgame I ever played in back in 1st Edition.Everyone on this credits page, you all went above andbeyond.EDGE STUDIO WOULD LIKE TO THANK:cTo Yayoi-san, for her help writing the Kanji.GROUP WWW.L5R.COM1CREDITSChristopher Appel, Steve Argyle,Gonzalo Ordonez Arias, Mathew S. Armstrong, Daren Bader,Drew Baker, Jason Behnke, Tom Biondolillo, Leonardo Borazio,Beet, Manuel Calderon, Mike Capprotti, Paul Carrick,Miguel Coimbra, Audry Corman, Ed Cox, Edwin David,Molly Denmark, Thomas Denmark, Randy Elliot, Steve Ellis,Jason Engle, Anthony Francisco, Carl Frank, Randy Gallegos,Joachim Gmoser, Anthony Grabski, Troy Graham,Andrew Hep worth, Jeff Himmelman, Quinton Hoover,David Horne, IFS, Paul Prof Herbert, Jonathan Hunt,Llyn Hunter, Hugh Jamieson, Michael Kaluta, Michel Koch,Michael Komarck, Heather Kreiter, Amandine Labarre,Stephanie Law, April Lee, Monika Livingston, Eric Lofgren,Anson Maddocks, Slawomir Maniak, Thomas Manning,Britt Martin, David Martin, Malcolm McClinton, Patrick McEvoy,Peter Mohrbacher, William O’Connor, Glen Osterberger,Jim Pavelec, Ben Peck, Ramon Perez, Eric Polak, Mark Poole,Angga Satriohadi, Erich Schreiner, Chris Seaman,Douglas Shuler, Steve Snyder, Ron Spencer, Beth Trott,Charles Urbach, Luis Vasquez, Diana Vick, Franz Vohwinkel,Byron Wack witz, Corene Werhane, Mario Wibisono, Matt Wilson,Jarreau Wimberly, Wack witz & DailyLegend of the Five Rings RPG, 4th EditionEoin Burke, Jim Chatham,Mason Crawford, Daniel Dineen,Erykah Fassett, Laura Harvey,Daniel Jacobsen, John Merholtz,Jen Oney-Hooven, Todd Stites,Ralph TropeanoMatt Strout, Liza Strout, Joe White, Terry “Dingo” Moore,Eric Newlin), Team 8 (Robert Knight, Mathieu Brebouillet,Aaron Rubman, David Whitney, Richard Whitney, Stuart Biggs,Edward Reynolds, Ryan Gossens, Jean-Phillipe Lanfond),Team 10 (Luke Martinez, Joseph Schuster, Andrew Snow,Christopher Myers, Michael Neer, Paul Siebuhr, Ryan Flynn),Team 11 (Cory Mills, Caitlin Mills, Molly Poole, Darren Walters,Lynne Ahlgren, Jeremy Bullens, Albert Koenig), Team 12(Don Eisele, Kate Adams, Matt Ussary, Janet Bozarth,Nate Hedrick, Mike Shimek, Chester Decker), Team 13(Howard Hooven, Jen Oney-Hooven, David Farmer, Scott Smith,William Hart, Gentry Trimble, Kevin Witt), Team 14(Stephanie Dane, Mikael Brodu, Greg Krywusha, Bob Martin,Reginald Garth, Ryan Reese, Elliot Smorodinsky,Randy Schneider), Team 15 (Mason Crawford, Allen Cantrell,Julien Vallette, Kristof Parker, April Hamilton, Mark Butler,Luis Fernando de Vasconcelos), Team 17 (Tom Lewis, Jamie Kipp,Gavin O’Hearn, Shawn MacLean, John Taylor)

Tableof ContentsIntroductionWelcome to Rokugan . . . . . . . 7Legend of the Five Rings RPG, 4th EditionWelcome to the Emerald Empire . . . . . . 8What is a Role-Playing Game? . . . . 8But Whyis it Called “Role-Playing”? . . . . . . . . 9Why Use Dice? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9What is Rokugan? . . . . . . . . . . . . 9Why PlayLegend of the Five Rings? . . . . . . . . . 9What is in This Book . . . . . . . . . . 10TABLE OF CONTENTS2Book of AirThe Emerald Empire . . . . . . .13The Birth of the Universe . . . . . . . . .The Fall of the Kami . . . . . . . . . .Pre-History of the Empire . . . . . . .The History of an Empire . . . . . . .The Geography of Rokugan . . . . . . . .Social Classesand the Celestial Order . . . . . . . . . .Rituals of Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Day-to-Day Etiquette . . . . . . . . .Visiting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gift-Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Time and the Seasons . . . . . . . . .Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Clothing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dwellings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Travel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Men and Women . . . . . . . . . . . . .Religion and Philosophy . . . . . . . . . .Kharma and the Celestial Wheel . .The Spirit Realms . . . . . . . . . . . .1314141524262931323334353535363838393940The Three Sacred Substances . . . . .The Tenets of Bushido . . . . . . . . .The Concept of Face (On) . . . . . . .Shame and Disgrace . . . . . . . . . .Seppuku . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Politics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Economics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Crime and Punishment . . . . . . . . . .Dueling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Blood Feuds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .War in Rokugan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Armies and Tactics . . . . . . . . . . .Sieges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Great Clans of Rokugan . . . . . . .The Crab Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Crane Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Dragon Clan . . . . . . . . . . . .The Lion Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Mantis Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Phoenix Clan . . . . . . . . . . . .The Scorpion Clan . . . . . . . . . . . .The Unicorn Clan . . . . . . . . . . . .41424444454647484952525353555658606264666870Book of EarthGeneral Mechanics . . . . . . . . 75Basic Mechanics:The Roll & Keep System . . . . . . . . . .Target Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rings & Traits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Raises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Types of Rolls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Skill Rolls, Expanded . . . . . . . . . . .The Combat Round . . . . . . . . . . . . .Definition of Terms . . . . . . . . . . .Sequence of Events . . . . . . . . . . .Attack & Defense . . . . . . . . . . . .Wounds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stances . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maneuvers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Iaijutsu Dueling . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grappling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Conditional Effects . . . . . . . . . . .Fear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Honor, Glory, & Status . . . . . . . .7576767979798081818182828485858788899090Honor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90Glory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93Book of FireCharacter Creation . . . . . . . . 99Character CreationQuick Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99Character Creation, Expanded . . . . . 100The Game of Twenty Questions . . 100Example of Character Creation . . . .103Improving Your Character . . . . . . . 104The Great Clans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105The Crab Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .105The Crane Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109The Dragon Clan . . . . . . . . . . . 112The Lion Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . . .116The Mantis Clan . . . . . . . . . . . . 120The Phoenix Clan . . . . . . . . . . . 123The Scorpion Clan . . . . . . . . . . . 126The Unicorn Clan . . . . . . . . . . . 129Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133Emphases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133Mastery Abilities . . . . . . . . . . . .133Skill List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133High Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135Bugei Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . 139Merchant Skills . . . . . . . . . . 143Low Skills . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144Advantages & Disadvantages . . . . . . 145Subtypes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .146Advantages . . . . . . . . . . . . 146Disadvantages . . . . . . . . . . 156Magic & Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .163Spell Casting Rolls& Spell Target Numbers . . . . . . . . . .163Actions & Casting Time . . . . . . . .163Affinities & Deficiencies . . . . . . .164Spell Descriptions. . . . . . . . . 164Universal Spells . . . . . . . . . . 164Air Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 167Earth Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . 173Fire Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180Water Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . 187Void Spells . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198Armor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .198Bows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 199Chain Weapons . . . . . . . . . . 200Heavy Weapons . . . . . . . . . . 200Knives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201Ninjutsu Weapons. . . . . . . . . 201Polearms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 202Spears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203Staves . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 203Swords . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 204War Fans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 205Miscellaneous Equipment . . . . . . .205Clothing & Accessories . . . . . . . . 207

Book of WaterAdvanced Mechanics . . . . . . 211Ronin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .233Clan Ronin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .234True Ronin, Option 1 . . . . . . . . . .234True Ronin, Option 2 . . . . . . . . . .234Optional Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . 236The Mass Battle System . . . . . . . 236Heroic Opportunities . . . . . . 238Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 241Crab Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . 242Crane Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . 242Dragon Ancestors . . . . . . . . 242Lion Ancestors . . . . . . . . . . 242Mantis Ancestors . . . . . . . . . 243Phoenix Ancestors . . . . . . . . 243Scorpion Ancestors. . . . . . . . 243Spider/ShadowlandsAncestors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 244Unicorn Ancestors . . . . . . . . 244Alternate Meansof Rank Progression . . . . . . . . . . . . 245Advanced Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . 245Alternate Paths . . . . . . . . . . . . . 245Grea