Many do not know of the travails and trials of becoming a Lion samurai... Sure, we have the largest standing army in the Empire, but not because our training is soft. For an example, here is the story of one Lion's quest to become a samurai.
Hetsunai, I learned, was no ordinary clan recruit... Her grandmother was the captain of the late Emperor Hantei Okenoda-sama's guard. Hetsunai's mother, also an illustrious warrior, was cut down early in life during a minor skirmish against the Scorpion clan. She was stabbed in the back, dishonorably, and fell on the field of battle. The culprit was never found, never came forth to claim his dishonor in the evil death of a dishonorable samurai.
Hetsunai, already enrolled in the Matsu school of bushido, used this to fuel her training. She was, in the beginning of her schooling, a bit timid compared to the normal Matsu youth. Upon her mother's death, rather than taking a temporary l