Honourable virtues

There is more to The Empire`s spiritual life then just the gods. Each class of society has a different set of virtues that each member of that class should adhere to. After the War of the Wall both sides of The Empire the virtues of the Warrior have risen to prominence. Slowly changing the virtues of the Craftsman, the Merchant, the Shugenja, the Magistrate and the Courtier.

As such, we start our discussion on the virtues of the warrior, called ‘bushido’ in the Emperial tongue.

Honesty and Justice

Be acutely honest throughout your dealings with all people. Believe in justice, not from other people, but from yourself. To a true samurai, ther are no shades of gray in the question of honesty and justice.
There is only right and wrong.

Polite Courtesy

Samurai have no reason to be cruel. They do not need to show their strength. A samurai is courteous even to his enemies. Without this outward show of respect, we are nothing more then animals.
A samurai is not only respected for his strength in battle, but also by his dealing with other men. The true inner strength of a samural becomes appearant during difficult times.

Heroic Courage

Rise up above the masses of people that are afraid to act. Hiding like a turtle in a shell is not living at all. A Samurai must have heroic courage. It is absolutely risky. It is dangerous, It is living life completely, fully, wonderfully. Heroic courage is not blind. It is intelligent and strong.
Replace fear with respect and caution.

Honour

A true samurai has only one judge of his honour, and this is himself. Decisions you make and how these are carried out are a reflection of who you truly are.
You cannot hide from yourself.

Compassion

Through intense training the samurai becomes quick and strong. He is not as other men. He develops a power that must be used for the good of all. He has compassion. He helps his fellow man at every opportunity. If an opportunity does not arise, he goes out of his way to find one.

Complete sincerity

When a samurai has said he will perform an action, it is as good as done. Nothing will stop him from completing what he has said he will do. He does not have to “give his word.” He does not have to “promise.” The action of speaking alone has set the act of doing in motion.
Speaking and doing are the same action.

Duty and loyalty

For the samurai, having done some “thing” or said some “thing”, he knows he owns that “thing”. He is responsible for it and all the consequences that follow. A samurai is intensely loyal to those in his care. To those he is responsible for, he remains fiercely true.

Honourable virtues

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