Dojo Darelir, the School of Xenograg the Sorcerer

Warrior or Hired Killer?

In China, the warrior was despised as a hired killer; aristocrats and commoners alike could bear swords, so there was less of a mythology about swords and their power; and obligation to family was seen as the first duty, whereas in Japan that duty was loyalty to public entities. These differences combined to produce very different histories.

Richard Cohen, By The Sword, p. 153