Shadows on the Border
In this Rokugan each member of one of the major families is considered a member of the Kuge, or nobility. Samurai outside of the major families are considered the Buke, comprised of vassal families and minor clan samurai.
This means that each member of a major family is directly related to the daimyo of that family, and are thus considered nobility. For example Yasuki Toshiro is only the fourth cousin of his daimyo, Yasuki Taka. However, since Toshiro can still map his genealogy to the main Yasuki branch, he is considered nobility. Another vassal of Yasuki Taka’s is Kano Norito, a member of a vassal family, who is unable to claim Yasuki lineage.
Mechanically this is represented by all Kuge characters to start with a Base Status of 2.0
List of Kuge Families
-Imperial: Miya, Otomo, Seppun
-Crab: Hida, Hiruma, Kaiu, Kuni, Yasuki
-Crane: Asahina, Daidoji, Doji, Kakita
-Dragon: Agasha, Kitsuki, Mirumoto, Togashi
-Lion: Akodo, Ikoma, Kitsu, Matsu
-Phoenix: Asako, Isawa, Shiba
-Scorpion: Bayushi, Shosuro, Soshi, Yogo
-Unicorn: Ide, Iuchi, Moto, Shinjo, Utaku