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    JBento got a reaction from Hida Jitenno in Ephemeral Damage on ephemeral characters   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Shinkigami skills   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Shinkigami skills   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Shinkigami skills   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Hida Jitenno in School Tags   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Sympathetic energies : potential brokeness   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from UnitOmega in Ephemeral Damage on ephemeral characters   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Ephemeral Damage on ephemeral characters   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Sympathetic energies : potential brokeness   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Ephemeral Damage on ephemeral characters   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Sympathetic energies : potential brokeness   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Ephemeral Damage on ephemeral characters   
    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).
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    JBento got a reaction from Avatar111 in Sympathetic energies : potential brokeness   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Critical Missfits in School Rank Increase (skill group question)   
    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?
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    JBento reacted to Critical Missfits in School Rank Increase (skill group question)   
    I think I now understand the table and yes I think I was misunderstanding what the table was communicating. 
    Thanks everyone who chimed in. Very helpful 😊
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    JBento got a reaction from UnitOmega in Tattooed monk advancement question   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Strife and prepared Invocations   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from Scrivener Spills in Matsu Berserker Ability   
    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."
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    JBento got a reaction from AndyDay303 in Strife and prepared Invocations   
    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.
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    JBento reacted to T_Kageyasu in Strife and prepared Invocations   
    Premature invocations should cause lots of strife!
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    JBento reacted to Scrivener Spills in Strife and prepared Invocations   
    The opposite isn't the greatest either.  Remember, should your invocation last more than 4 scenes, please speak to your shugenja!  
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    JBento got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Technique synergies   
    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.
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    JBento reacted to Scrivener Spills in Technique synergies   
    not exactly techniques , but we have a Scorpion infiltrator who's passion is provocation.  He's getting good at using shuji and checks to increase strife in other characters, leading to compromising his targets, both reducing his strife, and activating the school ability to increase damage and deadliness.  
     
    Sadly, the Unicorn's idea of carrying dead mice and tossing them to his opponents, causing them to catch the object, then get strife when realizing they were holding a dead mammal body, was seen as... dishonorable.  
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    JBento got a reaction from Nheko in Technique synergies   
    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.
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    JBento got a reaction from BowelEvacuation in Technique synergies   
    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.
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