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While all the clans of Rokugan have unique customs and practices that others would readily identify as strange, perhaps no other save the Unicorn suffers the confusion and disdain of the Empire so much as the Dragon. Although the Dragon are beholden to their own traditions and codes of conduct, there is little they do that is considered normal to the other clans. This is a direct reflection of their founder, the most enigmatic and peculiar of the Kami, Togashi, who gathered to his banner other singularly unique individuals and created a clan of oddities. During the earliest days of Rokugan, the Dragon Clan ascended to the northern mountains and have rarely ever come down, never expanding their borders, and engaging in battle with the other clans for reasons no one else can ever fully comprehend.
For the majority of their history, the Dragon Clan has lacked any form of unifying philosophy, adopting instead the notion that all honorable souls should be free to find their own path to enlightenment. The Dragon as a whole believe every individual must determine how the code of Bushido and its tenets applies to them and then live according to that determination. This is not to say they condone abandonment of the Code; the Dragon condemn those who are without honor as much as any other clan. They place particular emphasis on the tenet of Sincerity, embracing the principle that word and deed should be as one, both with oneself and others.
Families of the Dragon:
The Kami Togashi was an enigma even to his brothers and sisters, unique among the children of the Sun and Moon, and he has no extended family that bears his name. Instead, he created a monastic order, the Togashi, which is ruled by his direct line of descendants. The Togashi line is as enigmatic and reclusive as its progenitor, and perhaps a handful of individuals in any given generation of the Empire ever meet the Dragon Champion. Two other orders of tattooed monks, the Hitomi and Hoshi, share the Togashi family’s holdings. The Togashi’s closest followers are the Mirumoto, the largest and easily the most practical family of the Dragon, at least by their clan’s standards – other samurai, by contrast, often find them mysterious or strangely poetic. The Mirumoto deal with most of the day-to-day affairs of the clan, so the Champion can focus more fully on the pursuit of enlightenment. The Kitsuki family often represents the Dragon in court, and they are known throughout Rokugan as exceptional magistrates despite their strange obsession with evidence and logical deduction over testimony. The Agasha family once served the clan as shugenja with an interest in alchemical pursuits, but they eventually abandoned the Dragon to join the Phoenix, and were replaced by their successors, the Tamori family.
The Dragon Clan controls provinces that are almost exclusively mountainous, making it difficult for them to marshal any significant amount of resources. The few plains they control at the mountains’ foothills are fortunately very arable, but far from sufficient to feed the entire clan. The minerals they mine from the mountains are the clan’s primary resource, and one they trade heavily in order to feed their people. Although artisans are relatively uncommon among the Dragon, smiths are not, and fine weapons and armors are a valuable product with those who appreciate such things.