Ronin

A ronin is a samurai with no lord or master. A samurai can become masterless from the ruin or fall of his master (as in the case of death in a war), or after the loss of his master's favor or privilege. The word rōnin literally means "drifting person".

Historical Ronin (OOC)

According to the Bushido Shoshinshu (the Code of the Samurai), a samurai was supposed to commit oibara seppuku (also hara kiri – ritual suicide) upon the loss of his master. One who chose to not honor the code was "on his own" and was meant to suffer great shame. The undesirability of ronin status was mainly a discrimination imposed by other samurai and by the daimyo.

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