Samurai

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Samurai
Hayato, Iconic Samurai.
(Class)
Region Often Tian Xia
Races Any
Alignment
Iconic character Nakayama Hayato
Images of samurai

Source: Ultimate Combat, pg(s). 18

A samurai[1] is a warrior associated with honour, sworn service, and the art of war that is in many ways similar to a cavalier.[2] Samurai often originate from the continent of Tian Xia, where there are nations ruled by samurai: Jinin,[3] Kaoling,[4] and Shokuro.[5] The nation of Minkai is particularly associated with samurai.[6]

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Orders

All samurai pledge themselves to a single samurai order, usually the order of the warrior. Those samurai who abandon their lord or order are considered ronin.[7] Cruel samurai may follow the order of the Black Daimyo.[8][9] Other orders for samurai include the order of the songbird for those that see the poetry and art in battle.[10]

Philosophy and religion

The philosophy of the order of the warrior is called ichimeiyo.[11]

  • Fumeiyoshi, the Lord of Envy: patron of dishonoured and fallen samurai[12]
  • General Susumu, the Black Daimyo: patron of cruel samurai[12]
  • Shizuru, Empress of Heaven: patron of samurai, and often depicted herself as a samurai[13]


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References

  1. The singular and plural of samurai are the same.
  2. Jason Bulmahn, et al. (2011). Ultimate Combat, p. 18. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-359-0
  3. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 27. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  4. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 28. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  5. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 38. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  6. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 32. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  7. Jason Bulmahn, et al. (2011). Ultimate Combat, p. 21. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-359-0
  8. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 55. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  9. Neil Spicer. (2012). The Empty Throne. The Empty Throne, p. 11. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-400-9
  10. Saif Ansari et al. (2018). Heroes from the Fringe, p. 14f. Paizo Inc. ISBN 978-1-64078-053-8
  11. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 56. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  12. 12.0 12.1 James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 59. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8
  13. James Jacobs, Dave Gross, Rob McCreary. (2011). Dragon Empires Gazetteer, p. 62. Paizo Publishing, LLC. ISBN 978-1-60125-379-8