Legend of the Five Rings, Fourth Edition- War Against Darkness


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Over a thousand years has passed since the Day of Thunder, when the dark Kami Fu Leng was brought low by the seven Thunders. While it has seldom been peaceful, Rokugan has prospered. Now, though, whispers have issued forth; of the decline of the Hantei...of the influence of dark powers on the Empire. For ages before human history began, mortal champions have blunted the evil of Jigoku, and fate has selected you...

Welcome to a recruitment for a Legend of the Five Rings game! Here's all the info you need to get started;

Setting:
The game is set in Rokugan, of course. The year is 1122. Those that are familiar with L5R's history will find this to be an extremely alternate version of the history they might be familiar with!

The game will start in Kyuden Seppun, during winter court. Your characters will be there as members of your clan's entourage, for one reason or another.

Allowed Material:
Any official 4th Edition material.

Character Creation:
Standard, as described in the book. Fluff wise, I would like a background from everybody. It can be as detailed as you like, but at minimum, I expect to know who your character is (and aspires to be) in Samurai society, her views on the Emperor and her views on the Empire.

I will be assigning everyone I select an extra Advantage and Disadvantage that I will base on your background.

I will require at least one shugenja, bushi, and courtier. Clan diversity is preferred. I would prefer no Ronin, but if you really want to play one, send me a PM and we can talk. Monks are perfectly acceptable.

I will be recruiting at least SEVEN players.

Posting Expectations:
I will try to post once a day, but I have a very busy job and personal life so that will not always be possible. Accordingly, I would like you all to be able to post every day, but will understand if sometimes that doesn't happen. If you don't post every day, I will bot you.

Recruitment will run until August 23. I'll be on vacation the 19-22, so will make my final selections that evening.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Dot, Dot, Dot, Dot, Dot, Dot
Do you know where I can find a free ruleset? (Legal of course)


Ditto to the above...Always wanted to play some L5R. If me being new to the system is a barrier for entry I understand. I can assure you I'm certainly not new to various RPGs (mostly d20 & FATE).


I'll throw something up on Dropbox later.


OK, here's the ruleset; Link!!!

Ping me with any questions.


No doubt, I'm dotting as Hida O-Ushi's fiancée. Not sure what clan yet, but it won't be crab, and will be fun =)


Love it


Fire
Earth
Water
Air
Void
^ Ranking of rings in order top to bottom
EArth *2 HP?


(Horrible)Character creation:

Clan: Dragon
Family: Mirumoto; +1 Agility
School: Mirumoto bushi; +1 Stamina
Honor: 4.5
Skills:Defense, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu (Katana), Lore: Shugenja, Meditation, Lore: Theology, Bugei or High Skill
Outfit: Light Armor, Sturdy clothing, Daisho (Katana & Wakizashi), Weapon, Travaling pack, 5 Koku

Skill upgrade (7XP) Kenjutsu to Rank 3 Emphasis (Wakizashi)
Agility increase (16XP) Agility ring =4


Skill mastery:

Kenjutsu: Rank 3: The total of all damage rolls made with a sword is increased by 1k0.


(Horrible)Character creation II:

Clan: Dragon
Family: Mirumoto; +1 Agility
School: Mirumoto bushi; +1 Stamina
Honor: 4.5
Skills:Defense, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu (Katana), Lore: Shugenja, Meditation, Lore: Theology, Etiquette
Outfit: Light Armor, Sturdy clothing, Daisho (Katana & Wakizashi), Weapon, Travaling pack, 5 Koku

Skill upgrade (7XP) Kenjutsu to Rank 3 Emphasis (Wakizashi)
Agility increase (16XP) Agility =4
Skill upgrade (7XP) Kenjutsu to Rank 3 Emphasis (Courtesy)
Higher purpose (3XP) Go toward higher goal when made demonstratable progress +1 XP
Ancestor (Mirumoto) +1k1 on all agility based tests +3k1 if using mirumoto bushi


Skill mastery:

Kenjutsu: Rank 3: The total of all damage rolls made with a sword is increased by 1k0.

Quick combat:

Katana AR 10k5; DR 6k4
Wakizashi AR 10k5; DR 5k4

Blood of Osama-Wo
Chosen by the oracles
Clear thinker
Elemental blessing (-1XP to 1 Ring)
Great potential
How long is a 'session'?


Reasons:

? was sent to the court because of his knowledge of social etiquette and ability to defuse a situation.

Add the following to character creation II 'Skill upgrade: Iaijutsu to Rank 2
Add the following to Skill Mastery 'Etiquette (Courtesy):The characters gain an additional +3 Insight above the total normally indicated by his Rings and Skill Ranks.
Add the following to character creation II 'Insight: 93'
Remove the following from character creation II 'Higher purpose (3XP) Go toward higher goal when made demonstratable progress +1 XP'


A session's length would be determined by me mostly. I've not the time to get in depth but at a glance your build seems mostly correct,


What would you do if seven players didn't show up for recruitment, 4 did?


Unsure as of right now. I could fill the story spots I need with NPC's but that sounds less fun


Dodekatheon wrote:
Unsure as of right now. I could fill the story spots I need with NPC's but that sounds less fun

Was just wondering. maybe start planning?


Heh.


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I have an idea towards a Sparrow Bushi but wow winter court, that's a bit more high end than I expected.

Last time I played and L5R rpg the province had gone through a terrible winter and plague so we were doing a census.


You all wouldn't be high-ranking samurai, but you'll be in your Lord's entourage.


I'll have a alias up by tomorrow


Interested, thinking Phoenix shugenja.


Right now I'm leaning towards either Wasp clan bushi, or a Crane clan duelist. I was going to go Oriole clan, but they were created long after the setting.


Could somebody play a courtier?
I will play anything but a courtier or Imperial


Is your social station determined by Honor and Glory?


Nope. Your Status starts at 1, unless you take certain Advantages. Your Status may only be raised by your superiors acknowledging you.


I would play a Courtier, but I can't really see how that would jibe with my stated goal, although...Dodekatheon, how much of a problem would it be if I used the Oriole crafter school to represent a crafter from another clan?


I wouldn't have a problem with it.


Character fixes:

Clan: Dragon
Family: Mirumoto; +1 Agility
School: Mirumoto bushi; +1 Stamina
Honor: 4.5
Skills:Defense, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu (Katana), Lore: Shugenja, Meditation, Lore: Theology, Etiquette
Outfit: Light Armor, Sturdy clothing, Daisho (Katana & Wakizashi), Weapon, Traveling pack, 5 Koku
Skill upgrade (7XP) Kenjutsu to Rank 3 Emphasis (Wakizashi)
Agility increase (16XP) Agility =4
Skill upgrade (5XP) Iaijutsu to Rank 3
Ancestor (Mirumoto)(9XP) +1k1 on all agility based tests +3k1 if using mirumoto
3XP
Insight: 90


Skill mastery:

Kenjutsu:
Rank 3: The total of all damage rolls made with a sword is increased by 1k0.
Iaijutsu:
Rank 3:Readying a katana is a Free Action rather than a Simple Action.

60 XP for Fire 4, Void 4


How excactly does HP levels work?


Elemental blessing (Fire)(4XP) -1 for your chosen ring
Agility to 4 -1 XP
(Save 3/more)
58XP for Fire 4, Void 4
29XP for Kenjutsu 5, Iaijutsu 5, Lore: Theology 4
87XP to apply for Swordmasters Advanced path

Grand Lodge

Alias, name will be changed just can't think of one as of right now

Now for a Shugenja character

Dark Archive

Hmm,
Kitsune Misako was created for another game (that died), but seems like she'd fit. Original era was 1158, but 1122 still puts Fox as an independent clan I beleive.


The clan War!
You can't play a Kitsune, you must play a fox. A small distinction but an important one.
Kitsune were created in 1170


Could I play a Phoenix Who isn't 100% anti-Violence?

Dark Archive

Kitsune is still the family name of the major bloodline of the fox clan. Misako is simply a Kitsune of the Fox clan rather than a Kitsune of Mantis.


Ancient Dragon Master wrote:
Could I play a Phoenix Who isn't 100% anti-Violence?

Please ignore this post, we need a bushi

Ideal party composition:

3 bushi
2 Shugenja
2 courtiers
1 of The courtiers can be swapped for any other class


spinningdice wrote:
Kitsune is still the family name of the major bloodline of the fox clan. Misako is simply a Kitsune of the Fox clan rather than a Kitsune of Mantis.

It matters because only one of each clan is allowed


Dot. Thinking a henshin maybe.


Sooooo good news and bad news!

Good news- I got a job I really wanted!

Bad news- it means I have to move, which unfortunately means I will not have time to put together a game to run. I have to suspend this recruitment indefinitely. When I get situated and used to my new space and job I might open it back up. Thank you all for your interest and sorry for the tease!


Good luck with you new job!


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Congrats and no worries

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