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The Asahina Shugenja School
Much like the family as a whole, the Asahina sensei who teach at the various branches of the Asahina Shugenja School extol the virtue of preserving life over heedless destruction. As much monks as priests, the Asahina focus on scholarly pursuits and meditation as a means of finding their path in the world. They conduct the same rituals on behalf of the Crane that other shugenja families perform but they use the opportunity to raise questions for those participating or observing the rituals. The Asahina regard everything as a teaching opportunity. Likewise they place great emphasis on the creation of artwork, an act they consider essential to the improvement of the world around them.
Above all else, the Asahina Shugenja School focuses on defense and protection. Both its core Technique and its spell emphases encourage spells that reduce damage and protect others from attacks. Other spells possessed by Asahina shugenja tend to have an emphasis on crafting or creating.
ASAHINA SHUGENJA SCHOOL
Benefit: +1 Awareness
Skills: Any one Artisan Skill, Calligraphy (Cipher), Etiquette, Lore: Theology, Meditation, Spellcraft, any one High Skill
Outfit: Robes, Bo, Wakizashi, Scroll Satchel, Traveling Pack, 10 koku
Affinity/Deficiency: Air / Fire
Technique: The Soul’s Grace –- The Asahina have harnessed the power of the kami for art, not war. You may spend a Void Point to reduce the total of all opponents’ damage rolls inflicted within 20’ of you by 0k1 for a number of rounds equal to your School Rank. (Using this technique again before its duration expires “resets” the duration but does not increase the damage penalty.) You also gain a Free Raise on any spell with the Defense keyword.
Spells: Sense, Commune, Summon, 3 Air, 2 Water, and 1 Earth