Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Rite of the Lone Walker
Rite of the Lone Walker, lvl 2
Occasionally, a Kuei-jin discovers that she doesn’t conform to the strict hierarchy or rigorous protocol of existence among the Cathayans. Rather than being declared outcast by society, the rebellious or eccentric Kuei-jin willingly and willfully turns her back on the systems of court and wu by declaring herself heimin. This Rite of self-renunciation provides an acceptable means for such dissatisfied Kuei-jin to legitimize their decision without cutting themselves off entirely from Cathayan society or arousing its active hostility. A Kuei-jin who seeks the way of the outsider typically holds fast to her Dharma and assigned direction. She has no desire to deny what she is, only to forego the trappings of Kuei-jin society.
System: A Kuei-jin wishing to perform this Rite upon herself must issue invitations to members of her wu (if she has one) and to at least one appropriate elder (her former sifu or one of the mandarins of the court she is leaving). Once all the participants gather at the time and place designated by the invitation, the renunciate performs a tea ceremony (using an infusion of water, blood, and herbs) for her guests. She refrains from drinking the tea to symbolize her break with Kuei-jin society. After the ceremony, she breaks the tea vessels and turns her back upon her guests, who then depart, leaving the newly acknowledged heimin free to walk her own path.