Tale of Ronin

History

A stylized artwork showing an inky silhouette of a ronin samurai.

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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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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The Farmers …

They work hard everyday, farming and surviving, making enough to be able to feed themselves and pay the taxes to the Daimyo. Always following their customs and very suspicious about outsiders. Bandit raids leave these peasants helpless and wish for support from the warriors that might be able to help them, the warriors that are …

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Iaijutsu

Iaijustsu is the art of drawing the sword for the classical warrior, the Bushi, the Samurai. Often times the result of the combat needs to be resolved in a fraction of a second, un-sheathing the Katana, wiping the blood and sheathing back. Zanshin is the state of awareness for the Samurai that can lead to …

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The Game Setting

So how did we come up with this setting? Delving into feudal Japan and the details of the Samurai culture and curiosity towards their conscience and emotional aspects? Well, this really did happen when a game developer who was raised in Japan during his childhood and fell in love with the Japanese traditions and various …

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