Honorable Scorpion - _Junshin_

Scorpions and Honor:

THE JUNSHIN
The Scorpion Clan as a whole rejects the code of
Bushido almost in its entirety. In their view, Bushido
is a pleasant myth which makes their foes
easy to manipulate and control. The only virtue of
Bushido \which the Scorpion Clan truly respects is
Chugo – Duty and Loyalty – for the Scorpion take
pride in their absolute obedience to the needs of
their Clan. A Scorpion will not hesitate to commit
any crime, break any promise, destroy his own
honor and reputation if that is what the Clan requires
of him.
But there are exceptions. Some among the Scorpion
truly believe in Bushido, and try to follow it
as best they can despite their Clan’s dark duties.
Such beliefs seldom remain private, of course. For
the Scorpion Clan is just as adept at ferreting out
its own samurai’s secrets as those of other Clan
samurai. The Clan refers to such unfortunately
honorable samurai as “junshin,” a term which
literally means “pure of heart” but \which, among
the Scorpion, means “not of the blood” – meaning,
not to be trusted.
Most junshin Scorpions live out their lives in
unhappy obscurity. Since the Clan does not trust
them to carry out significant duties, they are assigned
to unimportant tasks or married off to other
Clans as part of insignificant treaties. If a junshin
Scorpion is foolish enough to actually try to uphold
Bushido against his Clan’s interests, he will
usually be quietly disposed of – ending his life in
an unfortunate accident, a pointless duel, or with
a teacup full of poison.
There have occasionally been junshin Scorpions
who managed to successfully balance their belief
in Bushido with the ability to serve their Clan’s
interests. The most famous of these, of course,
was Bayushi Yojiro, the notorious “Honest Scorpion”
from the Clan War era. Thanks in large part
to the friendship and protection of notable figures
like Bayushi Kachiko, Yojiro was able to serve the
Scorpion Clan without fatally compromising his
own tortured sense of ethics, and he eventually
rose to be Clan Champion after the War Against
the Darkness. Although he was noted for employing
classic Scorpion ruthlessness during his
lengthy tenure as Clan Champion, the Clan never
completely forgot his early junshin ways. Yojiro’s
success has offered inspiration to more recent gen~
erations of young junshin, suggesting that a compromise
between the ideals of Bushido and loyal
service to the Scorpion may be possible. A few of
these young idealists have even developed their
own technique, the so-called “Yojiro’s Way.”

Honorable Scorpion - _Junshin_

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