Blood of the Empire
The Burning Sands
The Burning Sands, also known in the Rokugani tongue as the Yakeru yoni Atsui, was the name given to the great arid area to the north and west of the Empire of Rokugan. The Unicorn Clan, called the Ki-Rin Clan before it left its homeland behind, originally set out from Rokugan soon after its founding to explore this region of the Mortal Realm and determine if its inhabitants presented any danger to the people of the Emerald Empire. The Burning Sands was a merciless and lethal place, unlike any environment known in the Empire. The Scorpion Clan, too, would eventually be banished from Rokugan, its members forced to eke out existences for themselves in this difficult region of the world. The destinies of the Burning Sands and Rokugan have always been intertwined, though this reality has only become clear in recent years.