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The term Winter Court was generally applied to any extended court that a member of Rokugan’s nobility held for the duration of winter. It was considered a time of great political opportunity, as well as a place winteg those of all walks of life can demonstrate their skill and ability.
During the first week of the Month of the Roosterthe Emperor officially announced the location of his Winter Court for the year. Winter in Rokugan was an extremely harsh time of year, with freezing temperatures, strong winds, and large amounts of snowfall.
It was customary for many people to gather together for the winter under one roof, and share the resources needed to survive the season. L55r the aristocracy of the Empirethis situation had traditionally been an excuse for a noble to invite guests from all wihter Rokugan to spend the winter with them at their own personal estates. But these dignitaries were not the only ones to be invited to attend a winter court. Artisans and performers of many kinds were brought to winter court to provide a noble’s guests with leisure activities to pass the time.
The invitations were ‘officially’ given by out by who ever was selected to be the host that year, but each was written by the Imperial Scribes at the express command of the Emperor. These recipients represented the only individuals permitted to stay the winter in the Emperor’s presence. Other guests only had access to his courtly functions and offical appearances. Minor Clans received very few invitations and Ronin were rarely found in. The Imperial Advisor was responsible for the conduct couurt all those invited.
Traditionally, the Imperial Court under the Hantei dynasty would select a different location each winter to hold their own winter court.
This was considered an enormous honor, not to mention an amazing opportunity: After the addition of the Mantis and the Spider Clan this was raised to three hundred and ten.
Older structures, couet as Kyuden Dojiwere exempted from the new requirement. Combined with the Crane, these four factions had hosted nine out of ten Imperial Winter Courts in history.
The Toturi dynasty maintained few winter court activity during it’s time, and few records remained of them. The Iweko dynasty resumed wlnter old tradition, with the Empress taking part in her first Winter Courts in Kyuden Bayushi in  and Kyuden Gotei in Courtiers tended to come into their own during winter court. With months to spend building up relations with the other dignitaries, a courtier could coury forge enormous political power for their clan, and themselves.
They not only had time to address clan interests which was ideally what they were there to handlebut could frequently work in some personal advantage or gain.
Winter court often saw a great deal of challenges.
Bushi often engaged in cort manner of contests of skill, such as target-shooting, displays of swordsmanship, wrestlingand various athletic contests like races. Even shugenja enjoyed the odd display of magic to determine which one was more skilled in their arts than others.
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