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Secrets of the Unicorn

Secrets of the Unicorn

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Turo-Kojiri30
UtakuShiko
56ShtnomenTower,.,30VasselsofrheKaiuFamily,.58plumBlossom
Pass...........31
TheHyugaFamily,.58Introduction,4
Kawa
SanoFuinoDanseiwoSasu31TheNaokoFamily,.59Outsiders(1),,,..
4
ImporlllnHdeNPCs,,31
Ul-1I'k."
)4echal1l.s.....
60How
toUse
ThisBook
4Akasha31Ancestors,..6(]
CustomsoftheUnicornClan,.....'5IdeTadaji,.........32UmkuKaraoke..,..60
Gaijin
Customs,..
5Vassals
of
the
IdeFamily,
33UtakuKuriko.,....60
Birth,,.,.,.,.,.,..5TheSuiil
Family,,
33The
uraku
InfantrySchool...........60Cernpukku,...•.....................
GIde
Medianits,,.....,
34TheShinjo..,.........................63Courtship,.,.,........
6
Ancestors,
HOutsiders(6),63
Superstition,,7IdeSuari,.,.,'·34T'teShinjo
Provinm,.,
64War,,.,,7IdeGokun.,.,............'35MajorShinjoHoldings,.,.64Retirement,....................8IdeDalib,.,...........,.,35ShiroShinjo,,.64Funerals,,
B
calm
Heart
Dojo
36
BgamiMum,,,.66HistoryoftheUnicorn
clan......•.....
B.IdeEmissarySchoo!3.6OshindokaToshi...,,,..,.,,66
New
Mechanics,10The
Iuchi,,
37.Mau-UrniRyo"67
Complete
Unicorn
Fear
List..........11
Outsiders
(4).37
Minor
Shinjo
Holdings
68
NewCourtier
Abilities,,.
U
Thefll,hi
Provine",s..,......•.•.•.••.........
38Exile's
Road
audBxilesWatc.htower..68
The
Mota,
·13MajorIuchi
Hcldings
38Bugalsha,,,
68Outsiders(2).",,,13Hisatu-Kesu,38ReigenYuki..,68Th!
Mota
Provinus,.,,',
14-
ShiroIuchi..,,,39ExtraterritorialHoldings69MajorMotoHoldings,14Seikitsu
Pass..,
40TheRt.Linsof
Kalpa
69
Daikoku
Seide,14Minor
Iuchi
Holdings41RyokoOwari
Toshi.,,..
70MizuMura(Laketown)15
Okuyald,.,,,
41
Important
Shinjo
NPes,,,..
70ShiroMoto",15
Import,ml'lucni
NPCl.,,41
Shinjo
Shone,70ToshlnoAida
ni
Kawa,
16IuchiLixue....41ShinjoHaruko................72MUlotMotoHoldings17IuchiYue,................43Vassalsofthe
Shinjo.,.,,,.,
72MuraNisaKawaNemui.17VassalsoftheluehiFamily,44T.heMar!a
Family..,,.
72shiroKishi
MUTIl,...
17TheKenshin,.,..44ShinjoMed'llinics74-Watchtower,.,.,,,..,...,18TheBartue,..,...........45Ancestors74-BxrraterrirorialHoldings,......,.1811"hiMeehan;,!............,,........46ShinjoInejiro74
Importanl
Molo
NPC!...................,.18Ancesrors,46ShinjoRonin...............'74-MotoChagatai.18IuchiTsubel.,46
The
Vlgilsnr74MotoChaozhu1"9IuchiMoriJiro..,,46TheHoriuchi.,77
MotoChen,.",20NewSpeJ.ls.,.,47Qutsiders(7).,.,,."17
Vassals
of
the
Moto
T'aInily..,,,•......
21Ashim'sRainbowShield,47
The
HorillChi
Provillc"$,.,,,,..,.,
78TheOnshigawaFa.mily.............21
Blessing
ofMizu-no-Kami'.,.,.47
shinden
Horiuchi..,,,,..78
MDjoM",h~nics",,
22Eyes
ofNature,..
47Im_pof'tantHoriuchi
NPCs,79
Ancestors.,,..,'22
Fury
oftheRiver,..........47HoriuchiShen-zhe,,79
Moto
Chang..,..........,,22
Move
as
Wnt8):.....•...•...•........
4$Horiuchi
Mechanics..............•........
89MotaMinghan....,23The
Seed
ofQanon..'48Ancestors,80Moto,.,.,,,.'23S(;)rcerersinRokugan,49Horiuchi
J
unichlro................80
New
Dojo.,,23TheBaraungharShugenia49BehindtheVeil61
Dojoofthe
Center,,23
TheUtaku,
51
The
Burning
Sands,.,.
81
Dojo
oftheleft,..............23
Outsiders(5).............
51
OtherImportantGroups,,
82TheMotoBushischool,24
Tire
Utakll
Provinces,
52TheLordsofDeath..,,.,,84ThePrieSTSofDeath,......
24
Major
Utaku
Holdings,,
52Muchrtsujo,NightmareoftheUnicorn,87[unghatDefender,,,,25:B~amj,.,52
Outsider
Keep,,."89
KholRaider,
26
Akami..,,"
53Typical
Inhabitants,,._,,.
90TheIde,27ShiroUtaku
SI10JO•.•.,.•...........
53OutsiderKeepOverview,,.•,92Outsiders
(3),....................27OtakuSeido,......................54OutsiderKeepMap...,,,,..93
The.
IdeProvinus.................,.•.....
28Minor
Utaku
Holdings
HTheUnicotnTerrftory
Map,,96MajorIdeHoldlngs.;............28Kibukito,54Duzakl,Toshi.........•.............
is
Yashigi55
ShiroIde,,,29
Earthquake
Shrin.e........,•.......55
Mizu
Umi
Kiku
Hanablra,30Kurayami-HaMUIa56MinorIdeHoldings..,.....30
Important
utaim
NPC!,
56
 
OUTSI"£~S
i'A;tT
one
i2i&LE~-
Otomo
Tancji
rode
in
silence.
There
hadbeen
little
conversation
during
the
lo,tg
jo!,mey
fromthe
Criln~
Illntis,
r:r.nd
ltow
that
[he
party
WIlS
approaching
the
ouJer
edgesof
the
Unicorrl
provilnes,
Tanejifound
himself
strangely
restless.He
h"d
bUI1
to
everymajor
Unicorn
court
of
course,an.dkn~w
theirlands
nearly
as
well
as
hil
'mew
his
family's
oumproviltCcs,
bMt
this
['ime
hi,
concem
fOl>
)'lis
ma.d:erdistmded
him.
MlyaHaton.
had
not
spokenother
than
to
,tmwerquC5tions
inoveraweek.Thetension
WM(Jbviol~5il1
hisface
'frill
posime.DespiJe
his
years
of
service,
Taneji
had
never
seen
his
lord
HI'ldeYso
much
Itrel'S.
The
Shadowed
Tower
had.lm!napped
11Is
wlf~
Kamifw
month·s
ago
in
a
plot
to
bla,kmail
B1itoriinto
spyingall
the
Crane.
The
Emer"aid
Champiotl
Yus-ukiHacki
hadresmed
frer
(ll'ld
pl.aced
1ler
under
the
more
ofa
rna
11.
that
no
one
in
the
Empire
dared
ITOss:
the
Un.icom
Clan
Kliatl,Moto
Cnagatm.Despite
Htlchi's
aS5U"TanCes,
Taneji
knewthatHatoriwouldnotbe
~li'
easeuntil
he
knew
for
certafn
that
his
WifeMIS
safe
again.LatJ.gnterfrom
elsewhere
in
the
party
clHtse,d
Tanejito
frown,
Sekkoll,
as
IlSlml,
wasobllvwus.
Orlee
he
had
heard
tllat
Kmniko
was
safe
ill
theKhan's
protection,
he
I'Hut
rerumed
to
his
usual.,m
i.n.dlessly
jovialself
The
conversation
SehllotlhndbmL
holding
ulit'h
Ol~eof
llit,h
i's
magistratesformost
of
theday
continued
bestde
Tamii,
much
tothe
CllUrfifT's
chagrin.
"rue
alwaysfound
the
Moto
courts
a
bttunorthod.ox,
til
teLLtl1e
trHth,"
the
young~hugenjas(lid."They'rean
in/eme
people.
Between
angry
MotD,grim
Shinjo,and
rigid
UtaJw,
I
tflinh
thedan
ismrely
I.ackmg
It
5e~lseofhumor.".
The
older
magistratesh1"1tgg~d
Jloncommiti(l.ll.yr.md
,tared
offto
the
south.
"It
wa;not
tI./ways
50,"
fte
said«[ter
a
few
moments'
GOHS"i,deratioM.
"Oh?"
asked
SekkDu
mnocently.
"I
assumB
YOLI
meanbefore
t~le
Moto
gamed
control?"
"Yes:'aid
Haj'oriunexpectedly.
"TtIC
Unicorn
seem
ItHick
different
today
trlal'
they
werein
my
yaLlth."
"Seemdifferent,
HntDri-samll?
Are
the)'
not
tfllly
different?"
"Oh,
theyaredifferent,yes,"thehistoriat!
cOl1fi.rm.ed.
"But
/'lot
somuch
as
they
W01~
[d
ha
ve
usbe!i
eve."
The
Shltgen}1l
frowned.
"Ido
notundmtand."Ratoyilooked
north
tothe
platnsunfoldingbefore
them.
"TheShinjoare....orwere,I.shouldsay,
(I.
merry
people.They
en.joyedthesimplethi.ngs
in
life
despite
their
vastwealth,al1d
IN.m
well
regardedby
most
familiesthroughoutthe..Empire.
Thoughthere
werethosewhodisda1l'led
their
gaijm
ta.stes,therewere
few
who
WOy
ld
eaU
them
enemies""Difficultto
irMginf,
given
their
wrrerlt
d.emeallor,"
Tcmejto~served."It's
110
moretha'»theydeserve,"
one
magistratesaidcoldly.
"Filthy
Kolat."
"Donotbe
.10
rll,.,ty,"·
Batori
atiltloni'shed.
J'What
w'ollid
11avebefaHenthe
Cra'1e
hal!theEmpire
judged
you
according
tothe
exa.mple
of
Asan
ina
Yajmdenand
Jus
followers?"
Tanejiand
Se!dWIl
exchanged
a
'Luick
gl.anu.
The
greattraitor
Yajindm
wasasore
sulljed
amongmany
Crane,
a]ld
WllSnot
aecret
they
spoke
offredy.
His
natne
had,
in
fact,beenwipedfromthermp~-
nltl
Records
(llldnDw
onlysamurai
Huhas
the,e
-magistrates
i.ntended
tostand
agaimt
such
menacfS-
hnewof
him.
The
magis-
trateSllid
rlQthing,
a[thollghhe
reddenoovisibly.
He
jllrned
away;dearly
Ii
nlshedwiththe
conver$atiol1.
"TheMoto
arc
quit.edOllr:'
Sehhousaid,
YCflmling
to
his
previouscomment.s.
"1
firld
it
difficultto
imaginB
theUnicorn
rtsa
'merrypeople,'Hatori-sama,espeCiallyconsideringhowftared
their
armies
lI.re."
"The
Motoknow
that
ane-xcessil/e1.y
,heerfi~t1'l.a!1.Jre
isoft<?1'1
mis-
taken
forincompdence:'
Hatori
returned,"woul,drl't
you
say,
Sekkout'
TI,e
sh
Ilgenja
chlUkled.
"r
seem
to
recall
hearingthatbefore,yes."
'~t
any
rate,"thehirtorian
wnti.nlled,"the
Moto
arenot
so
dourasone
might
imagi.ne.
They
prefer
to
allow
therest
of
liS
tobelievethey
'li'e
~mcouth,
grl~ff
b"rbarians.
It
is
to
their
ad~"1'1tage
far
usto
believe
them
SQ,
for
it
[filii!
0111'
10
linderestimate
them.
In
truth,
they
enjD)'life
to
Ihelullest
Cenrnriesof
hardship
andsufferingin
j'he
Burning
Sandshavewnditionedthem
to
celebratelife
at
every
opportUtlity.
A
Motocelebratiml
is
a
th
ihgto
behold,indeed."
He
glallCed
aroun!!al
his
twoaides.
"But
they
preferthatol'hers
not
be
privy
to
SIJch
thll'lgs!'
"How
Gm
anI'
family
domi'tHlte
the
clan
50r'
Tanejiasked.
"rhey
are
butone
of
six,
It
seemsodd
that
their
riseto
dam
irlan,e
couldbri.nga!lOut
such
ch
ll
l1.ge
in
the
dan."
"1~e
Motawho
dweH
in
Rokugl1l1
were
once
few
ill
number,
that
IS
so.
Butwhen
Shinjoreturned,
tl~ou5andsofMota
nomadsfrom
the
BurningSands~lccompanied
her.
The
Ide,
Iuchi,
at,.r:!
Borillchi
are
small
families,and
tl1e
Utah!!
Imd
Shinjo
lost
many
In
t'h~War
Against
the
shadaw.
The
Mota
are
slfghtly
more
than
a
third
of
the
dan.,presently."
He
nodded
to
Taneji.
"Perhc<psit
isn't
50
surprisingafter
all."
"Ifsomany
people
Imdc-rest/mate
the
Mota,"
Sekkoupondered,"whywou.ld
Hacht
choose
Chllgntal
tobe
Kam
iko's
protect.or?"
For
the
first
time
in
weeks,
Batm
laughed."There
ar~many
who
believe
Chagatllia
fool,"
l1ebegan,
"but
YnsuJd
Haeni
is
not
one
ofthem.
Only
atrue
foal
wo~dd
notrecognizehis
might.
rrl€
Unicorn
have
nots1.ffered
a
11'1
ilitary
defeatsihceearLy
inth~
War
of
Spll'its.
Chagatai
has
nevC'Ybeendefeated
in
personal
combat,
andmost
fool-ish
enough
toface
himdo
notlive
totel!
the
tale."He
sl1ook.his
head.
"No,
if
an.
memy
of
minewOl.!d
lay
siege
to
Shiro
Mota,
then
he
has
made
an
enemy
fill'
more
d,angeTousthan
me.".
"wru
we
take
herfrom
ShimMoto/then?"inquired
Taneji.
"Will
we
be
able
to
defend
herproperly
from
Kyudel'l
Miya
1"
Miya
Hntor!
WIl>
silent
for
a
while
then,
weighin.ghis
words
care-fully.
"The
timehas
come
toreturn
home}'he
said
finally.
"Twill
n.ot
livein
fea
Y."
HOWTO
US£
TttlSBOOI{
Semis
ofthr
Unlearn'"is
a
sourcebookdesignedfor
players.and
GMsalikewhoareinterestedinaddingmoredepthanddetail
to
theUnicornClan.Unlike
Way
of
the
Un
iwTl'l,
which
detailed
the
history
andthe
dan'smajor
institutions,this
bookgivesfinerdetailtothediffel'enrfamilies,theirorganiza-tion,holdings,vassalfamilies,andlesser-knownschoolsamongotherthings.'
Secrets
of
tl1C
Unicom'"isbrokendownintochaptersasfollows:TheIntroductiondealswiththeUnicornClan'shistory,some
general
CUs:t()InS
thattheclanas
It
whole
embraces,and
.severalnewmechanical
optionsappropriateforUnicorncharacters.Chapters
One
through
Sixeach
dealwith
an
individual
family:theMoro,Ide,luchi,Utaku,Shinjo,andHoriuchi.Eachchapterl?resentsinformationonthefamily'sholdings,includingseveralpointsofinterestforeachholdingandsomeadventurehooksforGMs,majorNPCsWithinthatfamily,

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