With the Empire continually distracted by the conflict with the Dark Naga, the samurai in the distant Colonies slip farther from the traditions of their homeland and embrace more pragmatic means of accomplishing their duties. Championing this new philosophy are the proscribed texts of Fudo, an ancient and censored prophet of the Brotherhood of Shinsei.

Seeds of Decay is the brand new expansion for the fan-favorite Legend of the Five Rings Collectible Card Game from AEG. It is part of the Emperor Edition Arc, which acclaimed base set released in the beginning of 2012. Far away from the eyes of the Empire, tensions grow between the Clans in the Colonies, as once forbidden texts reemerge. The seed has been planted. Will the Clans embrace this new philosophy?

  • Featuring Dragon, Mantis and Scorpion Clan starter decks.
  • 159 total new cards legal for the Emperor Arc, including 1 exclusive fixed card and a theme-oriented Stronghold in each Starter Deck and L5R’s 10,000th card!
  • Incredible art from renowned artists in the industry, highlighting the increasing differences between the Empire and the Colonies
  • Conflict rages on between the Clans in the Colonies as they vie for supremacy over a new land with little Imperial supervision.



The set was previewed at GenCon as part of the 10K Card Event celebration and as such, you can find all the cards already previewed and under discussion on our official forums! All cards from the set will be available on the Oracle of the Void as the set releases!

In the meantime, you can find below 2 images from cards in the set!


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159 cards

Starter Deck

  • 84 cards (includes 4 rares)
  • 1 Rulesheet

Booster Pack

  • 7 common cards
  • 3 uncommon cards
  • 1 rare card
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Release Date: October 15th, 2012
Pre-Release Date: October 5th, 2012

Starter Display

  • SKU: AEG 16200
  • ISBN: 7-29220-16200-7
  • MSRP: $83.94
  • 6 starters per display (2 of each Dragon, Mantis, Scorpion)

Booster Display

  • SKU: AEG 16210
  • ISBN: 7-29220-16210-6
  • MSRP: $181.92
  • 48 boosters per display
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