Giri

Giri is a value roughly corresponding to "duty", "obligation", or even "burden of obligation", but one with a far more pervasive influence on the Silverstari world view and culture than its Dimrosian equivalent. It is defined as "to serve one's superiors with a self-sacrificing devotion". Indeed, the conflict between giri and ninjō, or human feeling, is said to be the primary topic of Silverstari drama.

A basic breakdown of the the relationships between Silverstari are: Master-subordinate, parent-child, husband-wife, brothers-sisters, friends, and sometimes even enemies and business associates. The most basic definition one can give giri is a debt of gratitude and a self-sacrificing pursuit of their happiness.

Historic Giri [OOC]

The term giri is derived from the Chinese yi, meaning "justice" and "righteousness".

Giri, however, is not always a good thing. An extreme example are the yakuza, who interpret giri to include acts of violence to please their superiors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giri_(Japanese)

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