Rokugan - Basic Information
Rokugan is the setting for Legend of the Five Rings. It is ruled by an Imperial family, who are served by eight Great Clans and several Minor Clans. In general, it is based off of feudal Japan, though there are elements of other Eastern cultures, such as Korea and India as well. The nobility of Rokugan are the samurai, who fight in battle, lead the armies and engage in courtly intrigue.
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Rokugan is divided into a number of provinces, most of which are governed by the Great Clans though all land is owned by the Emperor, who dictates who shall rule what parts of the nation. Rokugan is a rocky, mountainous country, surrounded by mountains on the north, west and south sides, with a vast ocean to the east. Most of the flat lands - only about a fifth of the total area of the country - are situated nearer the coastline. When the Mantis were made into a Great Clan, the Empire's territories expanded out into the eastern ocean, with several tropical islands governed by the Mantis Clan.
The weather is quite diverse, with long sultry summers and short, but hard, winters. Falls are cool and springs are wet. Earthquakes are common but rarely severe - only five "great earthquakes" have been recorded in history.
On the southwest border of Rokugan is the Carpenter Wall, also called the Kaiu Wall. Beyond the Wall lie the Shadowlands, a dark and twisted place home to oni, goblins and other unspeakable horrors. It is the duty of the Crab Clan to hold the Wall and keep the darkness at bay.