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Emerald and Jade Magistrates find themselves embroiled in the most momentous event in a generation.


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Akodo Shunsuke also needs to define who he is betrothed to, as well as who his sworn enemy is.

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I remember I had something like a Scorpion Clan character from my old days in 3rd edition, even tho I will only be a supplemental character in case a slot opens up I will submit the character for review just in case.

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For consideration, stats to follow.

Hida Sobou:

Sobou was born to a vassal family of the Crab in 1172. Being raised away from the traditional home of the Crab in Scorpion lands for the early part of his life, he worked hard to maintain his identity as a Crab. Refusing to give in to the guile and subtlety of the Scorpion has caused him to go in the other direction, becoming an almost stereotypical Crab warrior.

On his gempukku Sobou was sent to help reclaim a lost section of the wall. Working as a team with the other young samurai-to-be he was able to bring down a small ogre. Though some have said the beast was sickly to begin with Sobou considers it a mark of pride that he did not have to settle for a goblin.

Large for a Rokugani but average for a Crab, Sobou takes great delight in wielding his tetsubo in combat, and his sword skills have suffered for it. Many times against smaller foes he has found himself with minor cuts, though he has always been able to shake off the wounds and power his way to victory.

After a few years of undistinguished service to the Crab, Sobou was sent to the Emerald Magistrates as part of a deal for additional food for the Crab in exchange for a group of samurai to serve the Empire. Though he does his duty, he is not happy to be so far form his friends on The Wall, and longs for the day he can return to it. The mission to the Badger lands is the first opportunity for honor he has found in the North of Rokugan, and he is happy to be assisting the Crab descendents.


In case Wandslinger can't find someone to run the other pair of his game ideas (which is looking more and more the case?), I thought I'd see if anyone in this thread who hasn't already posted interest might want to check out my Heroes of Rokugan recruitment thread. Three people have expressed some interest, including Wandslinger, but I'd like 1-3 more. Stop by if you're curious.


Good so far Balodek. Make some stats to match, and try and flesh out the backstory further.


Working on the backstory, just taking longer than I expected. Wanna make sure I get the details right.


Character sheet for Shiba Saito - I can get the backstory up tomorrow.

Is 24 old enough? I know you said older but I'm not really familiar with where age falls in Rokugan.

Sheet:
Shiba Saito
Age: 24
Hair: Black
Eyes: Purple

Rings

Earth 2 (Willpower 2, Stamina 2)
Water 2 (Perception 3, Strength 2)
Fire 2 (Intelligence 3, Agility 2)
Air 2 (Awareness 2, Reflexes 2)
Void 3

Skills:

Spellcraft (Importune) 3, Defense 3, Medicine 2, Lore: Elements 1, Etiquette 1, Calligraphy (Cipher) 1, Meditation 1, Lore: Theology

Spells

Mastery Level 0:
All – Sense, Commune, Summon

Mastery Level 1:
Fire – Fires of Purity
Water – Path to Inner Peace
Air – Tempest of Air, Way of Deception
Void – Touch the Emptiness, Drawing the Void

Mastery Level 2:
Void – Altering the Course

Techniques:

Isawa Shugenja School Rank 1

Affinity: Void
Deficiency: None

There are no greater masters of the shugenja tradition than those among the Isawa. You gain a Free Raise on all Spell Casting Rolls for spells of the element which you chose as your Affinity.

Advantages:
Ishiken-do, Sage

Disadvantages:
Overconfident


Age is fine. I just didn't want 15 year olds in service to magistrates.

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I was thinking on a scorpion bushi, but there is already one so will think of another option ^^


What's the downward limit on age - since I've billed him as something of a prodigy I'd like him to be as young as feasible without being out of place.


I'd say a fresh faced 21 is about as young as I'd like to go. You've already been considered an adult samurai for years, at least as far as Core is concerned, but now you actually are an adult physically and perhaps mentally as well. ;)


I know I thought about age as well, but decided I wanted to play someone that already had a career behind them, even if he didn't develop a widely known reputation.

Aaaaalmost done with backstory.


Posted what I've got of my backstory to my profile. It's not quite there yet, but most of what people really need to know is there.


I added my backstory to my profile as well. I can add more if necessary but it is late and I wanted to get something down.


Tunos: make an alias for the character. You can do that from the My Account page.


Working on Yoritomo Haruki, my Mantis bushi. Most of the crunch is done- still need to figure out his combat and wound stats, final equipment tally and his backstory.


Alias created, still filling in some minor details.


Done!


Now if you shift the profile over to the alias, and put your sheet mechanics in there as well, you'll be golden.

Looks good so far James. Very fitting.

Deiros, go ahead and jump in. I think you'll be the last.

I'm gonna give you guys until 3/7, this Wednesday, to finish things up. I have Thursday off, so I'll be able to throw the IC intro together with ease.

Your discussion thread is live, so go talk at it!


I just made this character and lacking the background, but wanted to know if I got the mechanics right.


I believe your TN for being hit should be 20: reflexes 3*5 + armor 5. Thus it would be 25 vs slow people. Other than that, just show each trait for rings as well as the ring level.


Ready to rizzoll!


Make posts in the discussion thread to signify completeness.

Bayushi-san, I was incorrect about your Armor TN. I missed the base 5 points that the Ref*5 and armor bonus is added to. Your base is your original 25, thus 30 v slow people.


Is this still open to join?


We're full up at the moment. I'll add you to a waitlist, if you like.


Suzume Nakata (Sparrow Clan Bushi)

Spoiler:
Earth 2 Willpower 3
Air 3
Fire 2 Agility 3
Water 2
Void 2

Skills
Calligraphy 1, Kenjutsu (Katana) 2, Lore: History 1, Lore: Theology 1, Perform: Storytelling 1, Lore: Bushido 1, Etiquette (Courtesy) 2, Iaijutsu 2,
Courtier 2, Defense 1, Athletics 1, Craft: Farming 1

Advantages
Hero of the People
Sacred Weapon (Kakita Blade)

Disadvantages
True Love (Ikoma Matsuko)
Sworn Enemy (Ikoma Tadaka - Matsuko's husband)

Techniques
All Things in Time


Not looking for any more people at the moment, but I'll add you to the waitlist.

A couple of things would need to change about the character, however: First, I specified that only Great Clans were open to characters. Second, I also specified that you could only have a single (1) disadvantage. If you want to be on the waitlist at all, I'd like a bit more background since you made the mechanics already. It had better be good to earn a Kakita blade: there have only been 4 made in recorded history. Why are you so awesome as to earn the 5th?


GM-The Voice of Tengoku wrote:
Not looking for any more people at the moment, but I'll add you to the waitlist.
yeah, I read your response to the last player
GM-The Voice of Tengoku wrote:
A couple of things would need to change about the character, however: First, I specified that only Great Clans were open to characters. Second, I also specified that you could only have a single (1) disadvantage.
yeah, I didn't see that post until after I had already posted.
GM-The Voice of Tengoku wrote:
If you want to be on the waitlist at all, I'd like a bit more background since you made the mechanics already. It had better be good to earn a Kakita blade: there have only been 4 made in recorded history.
actually, I didn't realize that (the fact that a player can spend 5 XP to get one to me implied that they were somewhat commonplace)
GM-The Voice of Tengoku wrote:
Why are you so awesome as to earn the 5th?

The plan was that Nakata inherited it from his grandfather and so on back to one of the Kakita bushi that swore an oath of loyalty to the founding Suzume, but if there are only four then that seems unlikely.

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Will post again later when time allows. Very interested in L5R...


The actual Lore is rather unclear on the subject. Some accounts have them as a sort of 'one a year' gift to a great swordsman, others that they are the most supremely awesome swords of a lifetime. I prefer to think that all the special clan blades are rather rare, with only a few people earning the right to carry them. So I suppose it shouldn't be 'why are you so awesome as to earn the 5th?' as much as 'why are you so awesome to have earned one?'

You'd still have to be a Crane clan member, though. I do believe that the Advantage actually stipulates as such.


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Please do not advocate illegal activities on our boards.

To my knowledge, in Canada where I live it is legal to download copyrighted material for non-commercial use (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_infringement#Countries_where_sharin g_files_without_profit_is_legal).

However, I do cede that the same rights may not be present in all jurisdictions and as such I may inadvertantly be advocating illegal activities and as such I apologize.


I would imagine if a non-Clan member had a blade from another clan it would have to be very detailed as to why.

You'd probably have to marry into a new clan and keep your old blade or have some awesome journey to get one.

Even then, members of that clan would likely try to take it from you on sight.


Shiba Saito wrote:

I would imagine if a non-Clan member had a blade from another clan it would have to be very detailed as to why.

You'd probably have to marry into a new clan and keep your old blade or have some awesome journey to get one.

Even then, members of that clan would likely try to take it from you on sight.

I'd agree with that perception in general, but the Sparrow clan is primarily descended from the Crane clan and the general perception of the Sparrow clan from their Crane cousins is that of either sympathy for their "shame/plight" or mild disdain for their "rustic, commoner" ways. I suspect that they would continue to respect the deeds done by a bushi who had been recognized by the Crane clan even if he no longer was a member of said clan (to do otherwise would dishonour the giver of the gift) provided he did not use such a gift against the interests of the Crane clan (in such an event they would likely kill him and retrieve the family heirloom)

The rationale I had was that one of the Kakita bushi who was in service to Doji Suzume had received such a gift for his deeds as a Crane and when the Sparrow clan was founded this Kakita joined the fledgling clan swearing fealty to the Suzume family just as his distant ancestor had sworn a similar oath to Lady Doji. The sword and associated honor was passed down the family line and ended up in Nakata's hands.


Oh man, this looks interesting! If recruitment is still open, I would prefer to be a Dragon Ronin (Pair 2, Group 2A). However, I am open to whatever that party needs. If that group is full up, I can fill an empty character slot as I find enjoyment in playing all kinds of playstyles(read: ADHD to the max for character generation :P )

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