Lion Clan Military Guests
Welcome to the care of the most honorable Lion Clan, children of Lord Akodo, dedicated servants of the Emperor and Empire itself! While there might be many misconceptions about your stay please let this guide acquaint you with the expectations you may have as you are hosted by the noble Right Hand of the Emperor!
As a guest of the Lion Clan we encourage you to take this time to become acquainted with our customs, our unique traditions, and our culture to further strengthen the bonds between clans during this glorious ritual of honorable war blessed by the son of heaven. A copy of Leadership will be made available to all guests for light reading to help appreciate and acclimate to the conventions of the Lion Clan. Further, as you move through the encampment all guests will be issued a companion to help explain any differences in behavior of culture as well as offer insights at the leisure of our visitors.
As a guest of the Lion Clan we are indebted to see to your protection while in our care. As such, please allow our most honorable Matsu Tanpopo the honor of seeing to the initial safe storage and care for your soul while on our campgrounds.
If there is a desire to participate in any training event, practice, or any other martial endeavor that would require your sword, please make your companion aware of such a thing! We encourage our guests to be involved in our exercises so that they may come to know who we are as a clan.
You may expect three meals a day. As is traditional the first meal will consist of eggs over rice, miso, and a grilled dish of changing variety. Lunch and dinner will frequently consist of a small plate dish either rice or noodle based, with grilled fish, chicken, tofu or pork, pickled, grilled or fried vegetables and a local fruit. Tea is available at all times. If another food or thing is desired (due to vows requiring one eats only tofu for example) please let your host be aware of such.
On Health and Medical Treatment:
The circumstances which typically see guests arrive to the care of the Lion Clan are such that your first moments during your visit may involve medical treatment. The skill of the Kitsu in healing is known throughout the Empire and we assure you that you are in safe hands. While in medical treatment, please be advised that there may be minor changes to your stay that contradict parts of this pamphlet – such as what our diet may be or restrictions in movement due to the request of the healer in charge of your welfare. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If, after being given leave, you experience any other injuries or illnesses please make your companion immediately aware. As our guest we are honor-bound to see to your treatment and comfort so that you will return safely, healthy, and whole to the clan of your birth.
On Spiritual Health and Treatment:
A temporary shrine has been constructed on the other side of the medical tents within the tent with the blue flag. Incense is available at request for your daily prayers to your ancestors or even prayers to Fortunes at your leisure. If there is the desire to visit any of the local temples, please alert your companion so that arrangements can be made.
While staying with the Lion Clan, prisoner baths have been arranged and the ofuro is typically prepared shortly after breakfast. They can be found in the tent behind the medical tent. Please let your companion know if the water requires another log for proper heating.
Due to the state that many arrive as guests of the Lion Clan, new kimono will be available for all samurai while your former guard is being attended to by the camp servants. Fresh clothing can be expected regularly of course – though we are in a state of war, the Lion Clan takes the duty of seeing guests interred treated as samurai.
Paper and ink for writing letters will be made available upon request to any who would wish to communicate thus. The neutral parties of this war have kindly offered their services helping to deliver messages. Beyond these things, please enjoy the local varieties of tea that are available, a selection of books, a rousing game of go or shogi, or the skilled storytelling of the Ikoma recounting the war!
If there are other comforts or items that a guest would like that are not immediately available, please, inform your companion and every effort will be made to obtain them if possible.
Though the act of war is typically thought as an opportunity to bring glory to one’s name, we of the Lion Clan also feel it our duty to show the honor of this pursuit. If there is a concern about the courtesy being shown, please make us aware so that the situation can be rectified appropriately.
Let the glory of this war only be outshone by the honor of the samurai who fight.