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It was customary for members of the samurai caste in Rokugan to retire in a monastery as a monk once they were too old to be of use to the clan. The retiree would shave his topknot, a symbol of ending his life as a samurai, and passed his swords to one of his heirs or gave them back to his lord. Once released from service by their lord and daimyo, the samurai sought refuge and peace from the martial life in one of the many mountain monasteries and lived a simple life of contemplation and reflection over the Tao. It was common for the retired monk to take a new name.  These retired samurai were not ronin, even though they had renounced all claims of clan and family. 
Notable Retirees Edit
External Links Edit
- Retirement (Anvil of Despair)
- ↑ Live Action Roleplaying, p. 42
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