Tale of Ronin

Samurai Movies and the Human Side of the Samurai

The word ‘samurai’ comes from “saburai,” and it means “to serve” and “to keep watch.” Samurai were warriors who served a lord known as a daimyo and followed the values of Bushido, “the way of the warrior.” This chivalrous code of honor was based on moral principles such as bravery, sacrifice, and honesty. Needless to …

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Ronin: the Unemployed Samurai

The samurai is one of the most iconic figures in Japanese history, but the ronin is one of his only rivals. Ronin, meaning “wave man,” refers to masterless samurai who were no longer retainers serving a daimyo. Although warriors had served daimyo — and lost them — during most of Japanese history, ronin were especially …

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The Saka Village

Saka village is the home to various travelers, merchants and ronin. One of the few villages that is not part of any territory owned by a lord, a Daimyo. One of the few locations that the peasants don’t have to hand over their life’s work to the land owners and starve day and night. Many …

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On the Ronin and Shame

When honor is all that you live for, when it is ingrained in your soul throughout your life, when it is what defines your identity as a samurai, the question is will it ever leave you? Honor is constructed on the foundation of a code of honor, a reference to evaluate your every action. For …

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A stylized icon of art showing a samurai and a dragon over a red circular sun.

Tale of Ronin Comics

We will be releasing a few comics in order to further introduce you to the game world and the characters. The first one, an introduction to Tale of Ronin is ready now, enjoy!

Interesting quote by Frank Miller

The great comic artist, Frank Miller, has a very interesting quote about the ronin. He had done extensive research about samurai culture for Daredevil and later on worked on the Ronin comic series. Frank Miller: “The aspect of the samurai that intrigues me most is the ronin, the masterless samurai, the fallen warrior. … This …

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On Ronin and Zen

The human side of the masterless Samurai is very much based on a main conflict between ninjo and giri. Their conscience and their duty. Their compassion side and the right way set by Bushido. A Ronin is faced with such struggles daily as he has a new life now, a life as free as the …

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What matters in combat…

Among the deadliest weapons ever used in man to man combat has been the Katana. A sword that would resolve the outcome of a battle in one or two slashes. The aim for each fighter is to find that small opportunity to land the blade properly on the opponent. A huge mind-game on top of …

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