a tour of rokugan
celestial order this is the heavenly mandated way of life. it goes, in descending order:
*great kami (sun and moon, clan founders);
*lesser kami (elemental);
*the child of heaven (emperor, empress);
*samurai (noble caste);
*hinin, heimin (half-people);
samurai caste the PCs are members of the samurai caste of the celestial order. they live to serve their lords, by making war when necessary, making culture, and serving a examples to others.
gift giving when offered a gift, you are expected to decline twice before accepting, this allows the giver to show his sincerity by offering it 3 times. it is insulting to accept early. also the type of gift is important, low cost, sentimental gifts are best, while a practical gifts are impolite, and items like weapons and armor are seen as dire insults,implying ones lord cannot take care of you.