Samurai

The noble caste of Silver Stars. Samurai means "those who serve in close attendance to nobility".

Unlike peasants, samurai are permitted to bear arms. They also have the right to kill any peasant whom he or she feels is disrespectful.

A child born to a noble family must first pass their Gempukku before being declared an adult and a samurai. Those who fail their gempuku may become ronin, something that can also happen to samurai who are stripped of their status or leave their daimyo.

All samurai possess a set of daisho, though depending on their kingdom of origin or profession in life (eg bushi as opposed to shugenja) not all will carry both blades or even wield them in earnest during their lifetime.

A notable part of the samurai code is seppuku, which can allow one who is disgraced to regain his honor, or spare one's family shame, by passing into death.

Most samurai are bound by a code of honor and are expected to set an example for those below them. They are usually loyal to their immediate superiors, however there can be instances where samurai are disloyal to their lord or daimyo when loyalty to the Emperor is seen to have supremacy.

Historical Samurai (OOC)

Samurai were given certain privileges and were, most importantly, honoured amongst the people. Some of the privileges included being able to carry two swords, having family crests (mon), and a surname. Even today people with well-known samurai family names are treated with great respect. Samurai were held to a strict code of honor called bushido, meaning 'the way of the warrior'. This meant loyalty and obedience to their master, simple living and both physical and mental work. If this code was broken, a samurai would follow a suicide ritual called seppuku in which the samurai would disembowel him or herself in a way that was considered honourable and would bring respect back to his or her family once deceased. Unlike the gender roles prevalent in most other countries, women were allowed to be samurai. They also were given these privileges, but they would always be dominated by a male samurai. Regardless, they could order a male in the lower class to their will.

Samurai were not always nobly born, as there are instances of even eta achieving the rank through simple amassed wealth.

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