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  1. My best guess is that a Shikigami is actually made using two skills: one to craft its physical form (which CAN'T be Composition, because even if you're origami'ing, that's not what Composition does) and the other to actually inscribe the prayer/request to the Kami (aka, the invocations) within it (which HAS TO be Composition).
  2. Kansen aren't really found within the Empire reliably enough for this to work. And, of course, if you're hanging around with kansen you have bigger problems, like having everyone in the Empire hunting you down.
  3. Note that "priest" and "shugenja" are two entirely different things. Priests keep care of shrines and temples and they don't have the special connection to the kami that shugenja do. Shugenja are far too rare and their special skills too valuable to be wasted as priests.
  4. I'm not sure you can, actually. Invocations cannot be handled in a purely mechanistic way, because what they actually are is you asking the Kami to do a favour for you, and Kami are sticklers for the Celestial Order and therefore procedure (yes, even the air ones). Pretty sure the moment you try a Sympathetic Seppuku whatever Kami you asked is going to tell you "Nah, bro, and also enjoy Jigoku." If Seppuku is the ultimate way to regain your lost honour, then trying to pervert the spirit of it is the ultimate way to be permanently dishonoured.
  5. This is a GM problem. If you play the NPC as JUST an adversary whose only reason for existing is to oppose the PCs, then, yes, hitting them on the HGS stats is meaningless. If you play them as actual characters who will, presumably, have to keep living their own lives in Rokugan (where the HGS are of utmost importance) after their encounter with the PCs, things shift considerably. I mean, not ALL NPCs, of course. Anything from the Shadowlands doesn't give a crap, for instance, and neither do the Kolat (mostly).
  6. I'm pretty sure it's so people who want to play a specific kind of character can trim down the number of schools they have to look at, so if you want to, say, play a character whose shtick is smacking stuff in the face you just wave to look at whatever has the Bushi tag, instead of every school.
  7. If I understand your question correctly, you're asking how you buy ranks in the entire skill group? As in, what you do when the school table says "Trade skills"? That just means that each skill in the Trade group is part of the curriculum. It's short hand for 5 lines on the table saying "Commerce," "Labor," Seafaring," "Skulduggery," and "Survival." If that wasn't your question, I fear I'm not understanding what you meant. Could you rephrase? EDIT: The other option I'm seeing is that you're misunderstanding the tables, thinking that reaching rank X in your school requires you to have the skills/techniques in the corresponding part of the table?
  8. Odds are the Crab wouldn't take an exile lightly. Serving at the Wall isn't just about holding against a PHYSICAL enemy, it's also about not getting tainted and becoming an infiltrated agent while doing so, which folks with a low Honour score would be more likely to do to start with.
  9. Way of the Earthquake is a rank 2 kiho, it's just that the Tattooed Monk can buy it at rank 1 - that's exactly what the little symbol in front of it is for, to denote you have "privileged access" and can buy it even though you don't meet the prerequisites. You read it... sort of right? Bonus successes aren't the same as successes, as they don't help you succeed at a task. If you need to hit a TN2 and only keep one success in the dice, the bonus successes from Blood of the Kami (or anywhere else, for that matter) don't let you hit that TN2. In fact, you don't even HAVE bonus successes in that case, because you can only have bonus successes if you succeed. That's how the tattoos work, yeah - basically, the Tattooed Monk gets a bunch of bonus kiho (and he's better at them) for free.
  10. Random thought on backlash: it's not beyond reason to give a hit to Honour and Glory whenever a backlash happens. If your job is to entreat the holy spirits that are the kami, and you displease one enough that you take a backlash to the face, you're clearly not good at your job. Perhaps even worse, you lost control, which is one of the biggest no-nos for a samurai.
  11. Note that this isn't true. Just because suffering the condition again does nothing it doesn't mean you're not suffering the condition. If you get hit for 2 physical damage when wearing lacquered armour the hit does nothing, but you still got hit. In fact, several parts of the rules refer to suffering the same condition again, being phrased like "if you would receive this condition again, receive X instead."
  12. Note that no-one doubts the Heavens and the Celestial Order EXIST and are most definitely a thing. The stance of the, ahem, people who Kind Of Like Asking That is that it should all be brought down, crashing and burning. I have no idea how they intend to not subsequently be turned into oni-food, but them's the breaks.
  13. Try cats, straight to their face. I assure you, there's going to be a LOT of strife going on.
  14. Against most opponents, Stonewall Tactics is generally paired to great effect with Striking as Earth - take all Opps instead of successes, dump 2 in each. Suddenly it's base TN4 to hit anyone but you, you have 6+ physical resistance, and are immune to conditions from opp spends. If you want to be REALLY mean, do that with the hit from Crescent Moon Style, so now nothing hits anyone, because you've guarded.
  15. I'm going to go with "when preparing", because that's theoretically when you entreat the kami. Of course, a particularly displeased (or mischievous) kami can keep on pretending everything's ok just to have everything blow up in your face when it would make the most damage.
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