Legend of the Five Rings: Accursed Destiny
Shiba Sagura has natural, if unrefined, talent for art. This is a collection of his works.
Sagura’s dream is to become a playwright. To that end he fiddles with such ideas from time to time.
The Mountain Lord’s Court
This kabuki-style comedy deals with the love story of a small, effete samurai and a large, mannish samurai-ko. The samurai-ko is the only one who stays serious and out of trouble as all the other attendees of court get themselves into ridiculous situations. The play may or may not have been inspired by the events of Mirumoto’s Court, though it definitely includes a certain Dragon’s haiku with the central line of “Twin mountains of majesty.”
This haiku was written at Mirumoto Fumiko’s court in Dragon lands, a secret love-poem for Sanjuro Daichiko.
Forgotten in the moment
The touch of Benten
Another poem from Fumiko’s ill-fated court, this haiku was spontaneously composed at Mirumoto Hideoshi’s seppuku, since he wasn’t lucid enough to compose one of his own.
Green and orange feathers on
A thin red sunset
Written for his sister’s funeral, this poem was never read aloud. Instead, it was fed to her funeral pyre by the young Sagura.
The whippoorwill sings her song
But it is fleeting
This poem was created when Daichiko was wed to another. It is also vaguely prophetic…
But my greatest love is lost
And all is darkness
After a battle against bloodspeakers in Fox territory where he lost his sight, Sagura wrote the following haiku.
Precedes a world of darkness
But Moon Flowers bloom.
When stopping Daigotsu from retrieving the final piece of the Tao, Sagura’s sight was divinely returned to him. Upon his sight’s return, Sagura created the following.
With no art and no beauty
But light has returned.
A samurai should, I feel, strive to be like his reflection in the mirror.
His image is silent. It doesn’t boast. It doesn’t lie. It doesn’t manipulate. The reflection merely exists, and proves its existence through action.
A samurai should follow this example, allowing his soul to be reflected in his actions.
Plus, I know a few samurai who could do with keeping their mouths a bit more silent.
Way of the Leaf (Hajutsu)
Be the leaf.
The leaf never gets angry, never retaliates. It never loses its composure.
The heavy tetsubo cannot defeat the leaf, nor the barbed word or strong winds.
When the storm abates, the leaf continues its journey of peace and beauty while the enraged warrior only wears himself out.
Favored Tao Passages
Though not his own work, Sagura, like many Phoenix, holds the Tao in high regard. Below are a few of his favorite passages.
“The truth of the world can be found sitting at the riverside. The river never begins, the river never ends. All of life is like the river.”
“You own every word you speak.”
“No are no secrets. There is no understanding. Void is all and nothing. It is the dance of the elements.”
“A person overwhelmed still lives. A person dishonored dies long before their heart ceases to beat.”
A Radiant naginata, Sagura spent the four months of the Fox’s Minor Clan Court crafting it. The reverse of the slender blade is worked into golden flames.
Resilience of Spirit
A Balanced yari, crafted during the same time that he worked on Flame’s Sorrow. It was a gift to his yojimbo, Kakita Kiyo, and a reminder that even if your path is not your dream, if you excel at it, you will find honor and glory. The spear head takes the form of a crane’s neck and beak, with the creature’s wings acting as a guard.