Wave men, or masterless samurai the ronin are social outcasts and viewed as failures. To many, the ronin are little better than criminals. This is true to an extent, many ronin choose a life of banditry and dishonour rather than the harder path of bushido. Since the reign of Kisada I however, ronin have gained a new reputation due to the actions of the most famous of their ilk, Akodo Toturi. A hero to the people, Toturi is viewed as the salvation of the Empire by most. Indeed, the one who doubts the strongest is Toturi himself. He has left the Mantis Isles and is wandering the Empire. Some say he seeks a weapon to defeat Fu Leng, others that he is a coward who has run from the fight. Some small number whisper of the quest of the Last Thunder to find those souls who are pure and good that will take on the mantle of Thunder once more and bring about the Third Day of Thunder and the salvation of Rokugan.
Many dismiss these rumours. But many ronin do not, and still they flock to the banner of the Black Lion.