The Black Lotus Cartel was said as the largest and most influential criminal organization in the Empire. It was founded by the monk Hiroto, a former Emerald Magistrate. [1]

Activities Edit

The cartel performed the usual illicit activities, including smuggling. [2] They controlled over half the market throughout the southern half of Rokugan. [3] In 1165 they dominated most criminal activity in the Fisherman's Quarter and Licensed Quarter, and had a number of covert operations taking place in the Merchant Quarter as well. [4]

Organization Edit

The cartel was organized in a fashion similar to the Emerald Magistrates, with more skilled and successful operatives being promoted to higher levels. [5] Deception and misdirection were vital concepts to the Black Lotus, and spent considerable resources playing smoke and mirror games with magistrates. [6]

Zakyo Toshi Edit

In 1170 they came under the scrutiny of the Oracle of Obsidian Shosuro Maru. A representative in Zakyo Toshi was discovered and the Emerald Champion Shosuro Jimen took control of the city to fight its activities. [7]

Known Members Edit


  1. Way of the Thief, pp. 26-27
  2. Black Lotus Smuggler (School Update Project, Part 5)
  3. Way of the Thief, p. 23
  4. Way of the Thief, p. 64
  5. Way of the Thief, p. 28
  6. Way of the Thief, p. 30
  7. Small Gains, by Nancy Sauer

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