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Imperial Cartographer

Imperial Cartographer

The Imperial Cartographers, often members of the Otomo or Miya families, [1] were charged with maintaining the maps of the Empire. The Imperial maps were considered infallible because, according to an Imperial edict, nothing in the Empire truly existed if it was not recorded on the Imperial maps. [2] The original maps were kept in the Imperial City, but copies were available for any samurai who desired to go there and obtain them. [3] They were oversaw by the Ministry of Territories. [4]

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Few young samurai found their place among the cartographers, but a cartographer would always require the assistance of several samurai when exploring rough lands. The cartographers had only a limited travel authorization, and would often fall victim to bandit attack. A less common threat was that of the gaijin barbarians in the northern and western borders, and the occasional Shadowlands creature when mapping in the south. [2]

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Imperial Cartographers

Imperial Cartographers redrawing the maps


  1. Rokugan, p. 129
  2. 2.0 2.1 Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 35
  3. Live Action Roleplaying, p. 33
  4. Secrets of the Empire, p. 119

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