Before the Five Rings
- Benefit: +1 Awareness
- Skills: Courtier, Etiquette, Sincerity, any one Perform Skill, any one Merchant Skill or Primitive Weapon Skill, any two Primitive Skills
- Technique: After speaking with or observing someone for a few moments, you may roll an Awareness Trait Roll against a TN of their Awareness x 5. A success grants you a simple understanding of their feelings at that moment. After winning a Contested Social Skill Roll that used the Awareness Trait, you may choose to provide a bonus or impose a penalty on that character’s Skill and Trait Rolls equal to your Awareness. This technique is not cumulative with itself and its effects last until the end of the encounter. Mindless enemies are immune to this technique.