Legends of Rokugan
Shinriko - Tangen's _Little Truths_
Shinriko: Little Truths
Although Bayushi Tangen’s Lies is well-known
and notorious throughout the Empire, his greatest
work is unknown outside of the Bayushi family.
This was his personal journal, which he entitled
Shinriko – “Little Truths.” This private work was
discovered by Tangen’s wife after his death, and
she passed it on to their son. It has remained in
the line of the Bayushi lords ever since, and many
Clan Champions have added their own observations
to its pages. If there can be said to be a single
work which encompasses the true nature of the
Scorpion Clan, it is this one.
Shinriko consists of a long series of aphorisms,
succinct comments on the true nature of life, war,
and politics in Rokugan, as well as suggestions on
how to deal with enemies of the Scorpion. A brief
Cut off the right arm and the left will be wholly occupied
trying to stop the flow of blood.
How easily mortals are corrupted, and how difficult it is
to make them just.
Do not fear your enemies. Only a friend can betray you.
Fools forget. Make certain you do not.
Enemies you make are enemies you keep.
Enemies you threaten make armies. Enemies you destroy
Be more afraid of an army of sheep led by a wolf than an
army of wolves led by a sheep.
Everyone lies. Even me.
A commander must be two men: To those he commands,
he must be a saint. To his enemies, he must be a
devil. The reverse is also true.
Men hold on to nothing like that they do not know.
Life is not fair. That doesn’t mean you can’t win.
Always know where your sword is. Always.
The only box that can hold a secret is a coffin.
He who speaks with anger makes his anger heard, but
his words forgotten.
Secrets and porcelain have one thing in common. Drop
either of them, and all the World hears it.
Procrastination is the pastime of fools.
Injury is more quickly forgotten than insult.
Only a learned woman can please a learned man.
How dearly we cling to pretty deceit.
No enemy is beneath notice.
What lies behind the throne is always greater than what
sits in it.
A man in love, a man in hate: both are willing to believe
anything to accomplish their cause.
Always be ready to wait.
Shinsei says, “Forgive and forget.” Why? So you can fool
Learn lessons of the past, for what has happened is happening.
What has happened, will happen. By understanding
the past, you learn how to act now and
how to prepare for the future.
Patience and persistence can bring down the tallest tree.
A man divided by duty has not a single leg to stand on.
If you cannot kill a man, make him impotent.
When shame falls upon you, share it with an enemy.
Holy readily others will believe a dishonest man.
Better to have a graveyard of dead enemies than a Single
Need to defeat a Crane? Convince him a battle will ruffle
Need to defeat a Lion? Study what his grandfather did.
Need to defeat a Phoenix? Make him fight.
Need to defeat a Crab? Trip him when he charges.
Need to defeat a Dragon? Make him rely on another’s
Need to defeat a Unicorn? Tell him the truth.