The Articles of Heaven were written in 622 [1] by Seppun Hanako to aid the young and inexperienced Hantei XVII in restoring the reputation of the emperor that had been tarnished by Hantei XVI. The Articles were a set of legal reforms, touching on every aspect of the Rokugani legal system and creating a new basis for the empire's laws. The Articles regulated the use of torture, increased the quality of life for heimin, and set strict requirements for treatment of prisoners and hostages, among other issues. [2]


  1. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 13
  2. Winter Court: Kyuden Asako, p. 24

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