Yeaaaah... a little... well
No, lets not go that way, we've got enough enemies
To be honest, i still can't understand the tenacity to a horrible "canon"
I'm still saying the best would be the rewind time, new, fresh start!
The Spider Clan has WON the Torunament
Daigotsu is revealed himself as a Hantei, and Tengoku blessed him (like Iweko - immagine a Devinely blessed Daigotsu!) and purged his taint! The two Oracle bowed before him
Its not new for Daigotsu... he was clean once and still loyal to Fu Leng, so no porblem here
But now the Emperor is someone who KNOWS the Taint and Jigoku... and with the Shourido and Fu Lengs help - like in case of the Lost - can use it as a dark Gift, a weapon, something dark and sinister weapon, dangerous, but ultimatly, a tool
Then came the Destroyer war and since the Jacals warned him like years ago - one of the reasons behind the whole move in to the Empire thing if you remember - that Kali-Ma is coming... Rokugan is prepared
The story is the same: Fu Leng was kicked out... yada yada yada
Still so much life was lost... even with the divine powers, like Iweko, he can't protect everyone from the Taint and in the end the Emperor - Daigotsu - sacrificed himself for Rokugan to kill the demon goddess, reciveing FuFu's power in the process like in the "real" timeline and become Jigoku's Master (Fu Leng goes to Tengoku or reincarnated like Shinjo)
Empress Shahai is dead, the Maho ritual consumed her that helped his housband defeat Kali-Ma and Kanpeki is an orphan , rised by the Spiders, Clans etc, like he was in the cannon, and a ragent ruled/clan champion council
Daigotsu one day loose controll ower Jigoku, he knows it, but this sacrifice bought time for Rokugan to prepare to the tides of darkness (and the long long waited Yodotai invasion...)
But until that day come, the taint is kind of a blessing... the Ogres and undeads are disturbing army, but so much life lost... why lost more? The dead soilders can fight for Rokugan... and the young can have their fathers, brothers... family. One thing thats was always important for Daigotsu (and basically every rokugani). Skeletons and zombies in armor, or living being.. the difference? The living CAN die... and Rokugan is lost already so much life.
In time, they are... normal sight.
Shackled onies working to rebuild the Empire
With this and the Shourido, we can have an Onyx Empire (not really Obsidian per se)
Shourido and Bushido CAN and should co-exist... its an Empire based on servitude (as the Bushido expects) but this is the playground of the powerfull (as Shourido expects).
"Yes my lord, i will serve you with my life... if you are worthy for this! If you are, no problem.. if you are not, i will take your place, and i expect this mindset from my servants! "
So in this way Rokugan can be strong in spiritual and in, well, every way... ^^
But again, this is just my two koku