Clan Roles

The Five Rings comprise the underpinnings of reality, but they also represent different philosophies of being. At different times, the samurai of the Great Clans embody different aspects of these Rings—the cunning of Air, the endurance of Earth, the ferocity of Fire, the adaptability of Water, or the introspection of Void—and aim to either protect or unravel the mysteries associated with them. With each turn of the seasons, the relative perspectives of the clans shift and evolve according to the counsel of their daimyō and the winds of fate. Those clans who build up their defenses, cement their alliances, and cleave to tradition serve as Keepers of their worldview. Meanwhile, those clans determined to forge ahead, launching gambits and searching for new possibilities, can be said to be Seekers.

Only one clan can champion a given element and ethos at a time. Each year at the Winter Court World Championship, the leaders of the clans will determine the outlook and approach of their samurai during the Roles of Rokugan ceremony, which takes place following the crowning of the new World Champion as Shogun. After a hard-fought day of intense battles, the player from each clan with the highest final standing will have the honor of choosing a single elemental Seeker or Keeper role. This critical choice will reverberate across the empire: the newly selected role will be available for exclusive use by all players of that clan for the entire following year's Organized Play events when building their decks!

Keeper and Seeker Roles

When building Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game decks, the rules of the game guide all players. For Organized Play events, there is an important additional rule: access to a single elemental Keeper or Seeker role for deck building, as determined at the Winter Court World Championship each year.

Every member of a clan around the world is united in their quest to triumph using their designated role. Each type offers a benefit when building decks and while playing. Importantly, some cards are only available to certain roles, with text such as "Seeker role only," or "Fire role only."

There are ten roles in total: a Keeper and a Seeker role for each of the five elements.

  • The Keeper roles increase the influence value from your clan stronghold by three, allowing you to include more out-of-clan cards when building your decks. During the game, after you successfully defend a conflict with a ring that matches your role, you gain one fate.
  • The Seeker roles allow you to include two provinces which share their element with your clan's role in your set of five provinces, replacing another element's province. Then, when one of your provinces with that element is revealed during the game, you gain one fate.

Current Clan Roles

Clan roles are selected after each year's Winter Court World Championship for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game at the Fantasy Flight Games Center. The Roles of Rokugan ceremony invites the top finisher from each clan to choose which elemental Keeper or Seeker role their clanmates around the world will be able to include in their decks until the next year's Winter Court. Importantly, they cannot select an elemental role another clan has already selected at this ceremony, and they must each select a different role from the one their clan held leading into this event!

For the Toshi Ranbo Season, which concludes prior to the 2018 Winter Court World Championship, players have access to the elemental role chosen for their clan as decreed below.

Clan Role
Crab Keeper of Earth
Crane Seeker of Air
Dragon Seeker of Fire
Lion Keeper of Fire
Phoenix Keeper of Water
Scorpion Seeker of Void
Unicorn Keeper of Void

At the 2018 Winter Court World Championships, plus an associated in-store event, players may alternatively use the second role awarded to their clan as part of the Kotei Series. The Clan Standings of Elemental Points determine how these additional roles are awarded at the end of the Toshi Ranbo Season.

Please note that the second elemental role awarded to each clan is a permitted choice for that clan's representative during the Roles of Rokugan ceremony at that Winter Court. Only the role selected at the previous Winter Court and used throughout the preceeding season cannot be chosen again.

Prizes

An exclusive prize awaits those who have the ultimate privilege of selecting their clan's new Keeper or Seeker role at a Roles of Rokugan ceremony. An engraved stone depiction of that role card is awarded to them, and will show the incredible impact they had on their clan's destiny. They can use it proudly for the next season, reminding everyone that they carved out a place for themselves and their clan in the annals of Rokugan!

Updated on December 4th, 2017 - Removed Kiku Matsuri season roles. Clarified second elemental role and added note about it being chosen at Winter Court.