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    Manchu got a reaction from ricoratso in New products   
    I kind of want two Padmes. Both poses are excellent.
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    Manchu reacted to ZebioLizard2 in Bloody Harvest   
    Given how the Lion tend to treat their peasants.. The fact that one willingly went over to the Lion over the Unicorn shows that they really did not like the Utaku's rule in that case.
     
    But yeah, another Lion jobber story.
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    Manchu reacted to Magnus Grendel in Bloody Harvest   
    I'm not sure. A response of "my family serves the lion" with chest puffed out feels like it wasn't just a case of hating the unicorn. Kamoko implies that at least some of the village had supported the lion taking the place initially: "We lost our hold on this village because of dissenters."
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    Manchu got a reaction from Kakita Jack in Bloody Harvest   
    A peasant child is more honorable than many of the Lion generals.
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    Manchu got a reaction from Shadrack in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    No, you have voluntarily taken that on yourself. I have always been clear that the influence of supernatural darkness is my own theory. Beyond that, the actual point of contention between you and I is YOUR interpretation of my speculation; namely, you insist that my theory of supernatural influence is just a way for me to excuse the immoral actions of Lion characters. And that is a bizarre claim on your part considering I have actually condemned their actions in the strongest possible terms and posted that execution is too good for them.
    Not at all. Objectively false. But as to ...
    I presume you probably actually mean something stronger than questionable because high level leadership is never black and white. This is exactly why loyalty is so important. A leader must be able to trust that her or his policy is executed rather than questioned. And I will concede that Toturi has not been depicted as earning the trust of his generals and diplomats. It’s like he simply assumes they will be loyal because he assumes their honor is above question. But he was clearly very wrong about that. I am ashamed to say, unchecked lust for blood and glory is currently dominating the Lion Clan. And Toturi did not seem to do anything to contain that lust, neither in Tsuko or the clan overall. Perhaps this is because he has not seriously considered whether his brother might have been an effective leader with a bad policy.
    Betraying your lord is merely discourteous? It’s like some of you have never even heard of Rokugan when it suits you.
    This is a very good point and probably what it all comes down to. At the heart of all her bluster, Tsuko is not able to really look at herself objectively. Toturi meanwhile actually can do so.
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    Manchu reacted to Magnus Grendel in A game of promises   
    Indeed. It has a slightly "Jason and the Argonauts with bonus tentacled oni" feel to it.
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    Manchu got a reaction from Mangod in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    We have never gotten to see him interact with Hotaru.
    In any case, the theme being continued here is Ishikawa's insane jealousy of Toturi. Ishikawa comes off very poorly in this story IMO. With the Emperor assassinated and the Emerald Champion nearly assassinated, the Captain of the Hidden Guard cannot resist a few petty barbs? And accusing Toturi of failing the Emperor is as rich as it gets.
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    Manchu got a reaction from MirumotoKatsuro in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    We have never gotten to see him interact with Hotaru.
    In any case, the theme being continued here is Ishikawa's insane jealousy of Toturi. Ishikawa comes off very poorly in this story IMO. With the Emperor assassinated and the Emerald Champion nearly assassinated, the Captain of the Hidden Guard cannot resist a few petty barbs? And accusing Toturi of failing the Emperor is as rich as it gets.
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    Manchu got a reaction from DarkHorse in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    We have never gotten to see him interact with Hotaru.
    In any case, the theme being continued here is Ishikawa's insane jealousy of Toturi. Ishikawa comes off very poorly in this story IMO. With the Emperor assassinated and the Emerald Champion nearly assassinated, the Captain of the Hidden Guard cannot resist a few petty barbs? And accusing Toturi of failing the Emperor is as rich as it gets.
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    Manchu reacted to RafaelNN in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    I dont know if this reasoning was true in real life or not, but in rokugan it doesnt make much sense what with the social order, celestial order and all that. By your logic a samurai could prevent sotorii from doing a lot of what hes done but that hasnt happened. I think thats proof enough and its applying a modern western line of thought. I think the correct line of thought is "my lord is a higher station, and has more honor, who am I to question and oppose it" and a "how dare I think I can protect him from himself". 
    I agree with Manchu in his point about Tsuko.
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    Manchu reacted to Schmoozies in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    We also have to remember that we have had hints that Ikoma Ujiaki and some faction of the Lion (or possibly another interest) have been actively working to undermine Toturi's leadership since he took power.  Part of the plan to have him take the position of Emerald Champion was specifically to either split his time between the clan and capital so that they could use that as a wedge to drive him further away from the clan, or as would be normal for most Champions who take the position of Emerald Champion he would abdicate the Clan Championship to another so that his focus would not be split.
    It was a point of contention that Satsume hung onto his championship as long as he did while serving as Emerald Champion, and I'm sure the expectation was that Toturi would do the "honorable" thing and either abdicate, or else fall in line and push a Lion agenda with the authority of his new office, something which he hasn't been able to do due to his own sense of duty to put the interests of the Empire as a whole and the throne ahead of those of the Lion.
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    Manchu reacted to Magnus Grendel in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Regardless of who holds what balance of blame for the 'peace deal' falling through (for the love of god let's not start that again), the fact that a peace deal was needed in the first place is a result of the Ikoma deciding to opportunistically poke a historical claim so stale you could scrape penicillin off it.
    Probably, yes. The problem is that that is exactly what the Emerald Champion isn't supposed to do. In much the same way that blaming him for his absence when the whole idea of pushing him into competing was to get him out of the way seems rather hypocritical.
    Agreed, but as noted, that perception seems largely due to not paying attention to - probably not caring about - the political situation in the capital.
    In fairness, what Tsuko's faction actually wanted from Toturi - at least immediately after Arasou's death - is an open declaration of unrestricted warfare. Which there's no indication he's ever proposed in the Imperial Court. In practice, such a motion would probably have been shut down rather quickly and he hadn't a hope in heck of getting one - but I suppose the argument can be made that he should have asked for such a declaration regardless, for form's sake if nothing else.
    I'm not convinced he's an idiot. Rather the reverse - he seems to overthink things too much - but I wholeheartedly agree he's not much of an inspiring leader as a result.
    The problem is that that's a game of perceptions; Tsuko is too wound up in her own self-righteousness and anger to consider for a moment the blame she holds for Arasou's death.
    The events in The Price of War:
    Tsuko blames Toturi for hesitating before launching the pincer move that breaks the Crane counterattack - Toturi isn't, he's waiting for the right moment (and picks it) Tsuko then happens on Arasou and Toturi arguing what to do now the Crane are retreating and she talks Arasou into leading a frontal assault Said frontal assault ends the way attempted coup de main on a well-garrisoned fortress usually does - failing badly, with the first wave getting cut to ribbons.
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    Manchu got a reaction from DarkHorse in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Not even remotely. Lion is in the enviable position of having created its own problems. Under Arasou’s leadership, Lion aggressively bullied both Crane and Unicorn. These conflicts are not about anything but a clan with a big army wanting to use it. Tsuko isn’t in any sense “saving” the Clan. To the contrary, she simply stole power because she wants to fight an unnecessary war.
    Right back atcha. Restraint is obviously a key ethical practice in a society where nearly everyone of import walks around with three foot long razor blades. Ever noticed how important good manners are? (I mean, Crab mon aside.) Samurai who can’t control their base impulses are just bandits.
    Tilt all you want, we have an entire story about Tsuko resisting her impulse to kill Kuwanan. We know she is capable of better judgment than betraying her Clan Champion. Also, NOT betraying your Clan Champion is hardly an impossible expectation of perfect adherence to bushido. Tsuko and the traitors who followed her have breached a fundamental social norm here.
    That’s just a false dichotomy. Between the extreme poles of being non-existent and being so overwhelming as to totally eliminate free will one can imagine a wide range of possibilities.
    The point is, not everyone is as susceptible to giving into selfishness and dishonor as Tsuko or Sotorii or Altansarnai or Kachiko. Characters like Toturi, Tsanuri, Shoju, Yojiro, and Shono, to name a few, are shown holding onto what is right despite their personal difficulties.
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    Manchu reacted to Mangod in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    "Truly, this is the suijindai."

    Translation: We live in the darkest timeline.
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    Manchu got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Sotorii might actually qualify for the insanity defense under the irresistible impulse doctrine. Which is to say, the dude is genuinely certifiable. This isn't a naughty boy with a temper. He's got some kind of problem. And not wishing to cast aspersions at real life mental health issues, I'd be more comfortable with the notion that he was demonically influenced rather than generically "crazy" (and blaming murder, even fictional murder, on autism is probably something we ought to avoid).
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    Manchu reacted to Coyote Walks in A game of promises   
    They arrange furniture in their spare time.... 
     
    <.<
    >.>

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    Manchu got a reaction from jimsowter in Fiction Library   
    *** Please also see the Imperial Census thread maintained by Tonbo Karasu for notes on the known personalities of Rokugan.
    "The First Scroll" - a single-PDF collection of some of the stories indexed below.
    The Stories
    An Empire In Turmoil (Learn To Play, p. 2)
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/03 appearances: Doji Kuwanan, Doji Takeaki Synopsis: Crane samurai are attacked by ronin. A Season of War (Learn To Play, pp. 19-21)
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/03 appearances: Akodo no Kami (by reference), Daidoji Kaezin, Doji no Kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei no Kami (by reference), Ikoma Eiji, Kakita Asami, Kakita Yuri (by reference), Matsu Beiona Synopsis: War looms as Crane and Lion diplomats debate which clan has the right to control the Osari Plains. Her Father's Daughter
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2017/05/17 appearances: Bayushi Kachiko, Daidoji Nerishma, Doji Hotaru, Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference),  Doji Shizue, Fumio (cat), Kakita Toshimoko (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Shosuro Hametsu (by reference), Yoritomo (by reference) Synopsis: The Crane Clan Champion faces trouble on the road to Otosan Uchi - and perhaps more trouble in the capital. The Price Of War
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/06/07 appearances: Akodo Arasou, Akodo Toturi, Doji Hotaru, Kitsu Motso, Matsu Agetoki, Matsu Gohei, Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: The Lion Clan Champion leads his forces into battle against the Crane, at a high cost. The Rising Wave
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/06/21 appearances: Kitsuki Yaruma (by reference), Kobori Sozan (clerk), Mirumoto Hitomi, Mirumoto Masahige, Rakusetsu (horse), Sanjiro (headman of Tall Pine Village), Togashi no Kami (by reference?), Togashi Gaijutsu (by reference), Togashi Kazue (by reference), Togashi Mitsu, Togashi Yokuni, Yuki (wife of Sanjiro) Synopsis: In a time of growing troubles, the Mirumoto daimyo seeks an audience with the mysterious Dragon Clan Champion. Dark Hands Of Heaven
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2017/07/05 appearances: Hida Kisada, Hida O-Ushi, Hida Sukune, Hida Tomonatsu, Hida Yakamo, Hiruma Yoshino, Kaiu Shihobu, Kuni Osaku (by reference), Kuni Yori, Lady Hida (by reference), Yasuki Oguri, Yasuki Taka Synopsis: The stoic Crab Clan Champion oversees the increasingly desperate defense of the Carpenter Wall. Risen From The Flames
    by Robert Denton III published 2017/07/19 appearances: Elemental Master of Air (unnamed), Isawa Tsuke (Elemental Master of Fire), Elemental Master of Water (unnamed), Isawa Rujo (Elemental Master of Earth), Isawa Tadaka, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Shiba no Kami (by reference), Shiba Sukazu, Shiba Tetsu, Shiba Tsukune, Shiba Ujimitsu (vision) Synopsis: The Phoenix Clan gathers to choose a new Champion when a shrine ominously catches fire. Curved Blades
    by Ree Soesbee published 2017/08/02 appearances: Ikoma (nee Asako) Akari, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Daiyu, Shinjo Altansarnai, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura, Utaku Kamoko Synopsis: The Unicorn Clan Champion must weigh the future of her clan, as well as her own fate, now that her people have returned to Rokugan. Smokeless Fire
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/10 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion), Hantei Sotorii, Isawa Atsuko, Isawa Kaede, Isawa Ninube (by reference), Isawa Nobu, Isawa Ujina (by reference), Kitsuki Yaruma, Seppun Ishikawa Synopsis: Phoenix shugenja warn the Emperor that meishodo, foreign sorcery the Unicorn carried back to Rokugan, endangers the Empire. The World, A Stage
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2017/08/16 appearances: Bayuhsi no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Ogoe (by reference), Bayuhsi Shoju, Bayashi Yunako, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Soshi Shiori (by reference), Yogo Junzo (by reference) Synopsis: The Scorpion Clan Champion ruthlessly tests the skill and devotion of his followers, including his own wife. A Most Suitable Teacher
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/18 appearances: Doji Hotaru (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Ujiaki (by reference), Isawa Kaede (by reference), Seppun Ishikawa, Iuichi Daiyu (by reference), Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Shinjo no Kami (by reference) Synopsis: The Emperor has decided on the meishodo issue, and the wheel of court intrigue turns. In the Garden of Lies (Part 1)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/09/06 appearances: Akodo no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Gensato, Bayushi Masanao, Kitsuki Shomon, Shosuro Hyobu, Yogo Hiroue Synopsis: Dragon duels Scorpion, first as a matter of steel and then as a matter of words. In the Garden of Lies (Part 2)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/09/20 appearances: Kitsuki Shomon, Satto, Shosuro Hyobu (by reference), Shosuro Miyako, Yogo Hiroue Synopsis: Hiroue sends Miyako north to investigate the Perfect Land Sect. To The South (Part 1)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/10/06 appearances: Irugel (horse); Iuchi Rimei, Naegi (horse) Shinjo Tatsuo, Tama (ashigaru) Synopsis: A patrol of Unicorn pursue an unknown threat across the wilds. To The South (Part 2)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/10/18 appearances: Hiruma Kogoe, Iuichi Rimei, Kaiu Shuichi, Kuni Heki, Shinjo Tatsuo Synopsis: Crab and Unicorn scouts work together to unravel a dangerous mystery. The Fate of Flames
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 2017/10/30 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Doji Satsume (by reference), Kitsu Motso, Kujira (ronin), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: Matsu Tsuko comes face-to-face with the brother of the Crane Champion. Better To Be Certain
    by Robert Denton III published 2017/10/31 appearances: Hida Tsuru, Hiruma Kenjiro, Hiruma Shizuyo, Hiruma Yukino Synopsis: A lone Crab faces horror and doubt in the Shadowlands. The Fires of Justice
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 2017/11/05 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Doji Satsume (by reference), Kitsu Motso (by reference), Matsu Agetoki (by reference), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: Matsu Tsuko and Doji Kuwana part ways, as Kuwanan rides for Kyuden Kakita. The Stories We Tell
    by Nancy M. Sauer published 2017/11/08 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Doji-no-Kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Shizue, Doji Teinko (by reference), Fukurokujin (the Fortune of Wisdom) (by reference), Hantei-no-Kami (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Hochiahime (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Kakita (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Shiba Tsukune (by reference), Shiba Ujimitsu (by reference) Synopsis: The children of the late Crane Champion struggle with the truth of their father's demise. Blind Ambition
    by D.G. Laderoute published with Tears of Amaterasu Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu-no-kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Ide Tadaji (by reference), Isawa Kaede (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Otomo Sorai, Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shosuro Takeru, Yasuki Taka (by reference) Synopsis: Bayushi Kachiko maneuvers to prevent a coalition of Great Clans. Service and Sacrifice
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/11/15 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kage, Akodo Matoko, Akodo Mikiu, Akodo Toturi, Daidoji Utsugiri (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Hatsuko (servant), Ikoma Ujiaki, Isawa Kaede, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Kakita Toshimoko (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shiba Tsukune Synopsis: The Lion hunger for war with the Crane, but their champion disagrees and considers stepping aside. A Difference Of Lanterns
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published with For Honor And Glory Dynasty Pack appearances: Daikoku no kami (Fortune of Wealth) (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Hida Yakamo (by reference), Kakita Yoshi, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo Synopsis: The Crab Clan can expect no help from the Imperial Court ... but help may come from unexpected places. Family Duty
    by Robert Denton III published with Into The Forbidden City Dynasty Pack appearances: Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kiso (horse), Matsu Mitsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura, Tsubasa (horse), Umeboshi (horse), Utaku Hisako (by reference), Utaka Yumino, Yue (horse) Synopsis: Shinjo Shono, son of the Unicorn Champion, determines to face his erstwhile betrothed in battle after the Lion seize Unicorn land. Beneath, Below, Beyond
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 11/22/2017 appearances: Daikoku no kami (Fortune of Wealth) (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Kaimetsu (by reference),  Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Kudaka, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo Synopsis: A fateful deal is cut, between Crab and Mantis. Court Games
    by D.G. Laderoute published with The Chrysanthemum Throne Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko,  Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Teinko (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Ujiaki, Kakita Asami (by reference), Kakita Toshimoko, Kakita Yoshi, Kakita Yuri, Yasuki Taka (by reference) Synopsis: The Clans maneuver in the Imperial Court but what's really going on? Flying Chariot, Standing
    by Gareth-Michael Skarka published 2017/11/29 appearances: Agasha Seigen (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Daiyu (by reference), Miya Satoshi, Otomo Sorai (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shosuro Takeru (by reference), Utaku Kamoko Synopsis: News of tensions between Lion and Unicorn arrives in the capital. The Bright Flame of the World's Glory
    by Nancy M. Sauer published with the Fate Has No Secrets Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi, Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shjou (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Hotaru, Hantei XXXVIII, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Ikoma Ujiaki, Isawa Kaede, Kakita Toshimoko, Matsu Mitsuko (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Miya Satoshi (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: Lion and Scorpion face off in the final duel of the Emerald Tournament. Honor, Loyalty, Duty
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/12/06 appearances: Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Goshiu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayuhsi Mikuru, Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Kakita Yuri (by reference), Shosuro Hatsuko Synopsis: For a Scorpion Magistrate, balancing one's loyalties is a complicated and dangerous matter. Wildcats And Dragon Teeth
    by Lisa Farrell published 2017/12/13 appearances: Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion) (by reference), Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Doji Satsume (by refrence), Hantei Sotorii, Kitsuki Yaruma Synopsis: The Crown Prince demonstrates his temperament. Fireflies
    by Robert Denton III published with the Meditations on the Ephemeral Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo-no-kami (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Hantei-no-kami (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Isawa Tadaka (by reference), Maki (servant), Seppun Ishikawa, Shiba no kami (by reference), Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Empire is steeped in ominous signs but there is still room for tenderness. The Spectres of War
    by Lisa Farrell published 2018/2/7 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Bishamon (Fortune of Strength) (by reference), Daidoji Uji, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Haciman no kami (Fortune of Battle) (by reference), Kitsuki Kagi, Kitsuki Yaruma (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Emerald Champion visits Toshi Ranbo to ensure the spirits of those who died in battle are at rest. Repentance Does Not Come First
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/4/2 appearances: Asako Togama, Isawa (by refrence), Isawa Akuma (by reference), Isawa Rujo (Elemental Master of Earth), Isawa Tadaka, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Shiba no kami (by reference), Shiba Testu, Shiba Tsukune (by reference), Shinesei (by reference) Synopsis: Tensions within the Phoenix Clan come to a head, resulting in a duel between the Elemental Master of Earth and his most controversial student. Tempests and Tides
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published with the Breath of the Kami Dynasty Pack appearances: Asahina Kenji (by reference), Asahina Maeko, Asahina Takako (by reference), Doji Kiriko (by reference), Fuu, Isawa Asahina (by reference), Kaze no kami, Kudaka, Suiten (by reference), Umi, Yoritomo Synopsis: A young shugenja does not believe the storms claiming Crane shipments are altogether natural. Sometimes it's tough being right! A Crane Takes Flight
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2018/7/3 appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Daidoji Netsu, Doji Hotaru, Doji Kuwanan,  Doji Satsune (by reference), Doji Shizue (by reference), Kakita Asami (by reference), Kitsune Kuzunobu (by reference), Shosuro Hamestsu (by reference), Sun Tao (by reference) Synopsis: As the Crane face defeat on the battlefield, a long-awaited reunion of siblings goes ... poorly. Gaze Into Darkness
    by D.G. Laderoute published with the Tainted Land Dynasty Pack appearances: Hida Kisada (by reference), Kuni Ayame, Kuni Daigo, Kuni Mokuna (by reference), Kuni Utagu, Kuni Yori Synopsis:  Are the Kuni on the brink of discovering a new technique to battle the Shadowlands? Or just on the brink of madness? Kurosunai Village
    by Chris Longhurst published 2018/7/11 appearances: Katsuo, Maki, Takuhiro (dog), Tomoko, Shin (by reference), Shiro, Yasuki Hikari Synopsis: Just another day in the life of the peasantry ... Awakened
    by Nancy M. Sauer published with the The Fires Within dynasty Pack appearances: Apieshu, Hiruma Kogoe, Ishikibel, Iuichi Rimei, Kaiu Shuich, Kuni Heki, Shinjo Tatsuo, Shushual Synopsis: The first meeting of peoples is a delicate moment. Outsiders
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/7/18 appearances: Isawa Maezawa (by reference), Iuchi Takeya, Kaito Kosori, Kichi, Mayu (horse), Shiba Tsukune (by reference) Synopsis: Foreign sorcery may be the key to the elemental unbalance plaguing Phoenix lands. Dreams of Shadow
    by D.G. Laderoute published with the Ebb and Flow Dynasty Pack appearances: Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Doji Ninube (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei no kami (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Shosuro Hametsu, Shosuro Sadako Synopsis: A Scorpion agent may have accomplished more than she suspects. Heart of the Garden
    by Edward Bolme published 2018/7/25 appearances: Doji no kami (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Iuchi Daiyu, Iuchi Shahai, Kakita (by reference), Shinjo Altarnasai (by reference), Seppun Sanosuke, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura Synopsis: A fateful friendship emerges at the heart of the Empire. Snow and Sun
    by Marie Brennan published with the All and Nothing Dynasty Pack appearances: Hige, Mirumoto Ichiro, Mirumoto Masahige (by reference), Kanbei, Momoe, Satto, Seijin, Shinsei (by reference), Shosuro Miyako, Tadao (by reference), Yogo Hiroue (by reference), Yuki Synopsis: The Perfect Land Sect is on the verge of moving against the Dragon Clan. Between the Lines
    by Marie Brennan published 2018/8/1 appearances: Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Hida Yakamo (by reference), Ikoma Tsanuri, Mirumoto Akitake, Mirumoto Hitomi, Mirumoto Satsu (by reference), Suna, Togashi Mitsu Synopsis: A Dragon army marches through Lion territory on an enigmatic mission. A Swift End
    by Lisa Farrell published with the Elements Unbound Dynasty Pack appearances: Hosokawa Tesshu, Matsu Gohei (by reference), Matsu Mitsuko, Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shinjo Shono, Utaku Yumino Synopsis: Erstwhile lovers face each other in a battle that will spark a war. Tiger Stalks His Prey
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2018/8/8 appearances: Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Emma-O (Fortune of Death) (by reference), Hantei XVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Sotorii, Hosokawa Tesshu (by reference), Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Isawa Ujina (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: Determined to secure the future of Rokugan, the Emperor discloses momentous plans to his Emerald Champion. A Simple Test
    by Mari Murdock published 2018/10/3 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), (Bayushi) Aramasu (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Bayushi (Yogo) Asami, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Sotorii, Masao, Otomo Utoshi Synopsis: Rumors of assasination swirl in Otosan Uichi - and the purported target is no less a personage than the Imperial Advisor herself. Small Mercies
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/10/31 appearances: Emma-O (Fortune of Death) (by reference), the Lady, Toritaka, Masaomi, Toritaka Nyotaka, Toritaka Taguchi Synopsis: Phantom Hunters of the Falcon Clan pursue their prey deep in the Shinomen Forest. Imperial Gifts
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/11/4 appearances: Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Doji Shizue, Doji Teinko (by reference), Doji Yasurugi (by reference), Fumio, Hantei no kami (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Hida no kami (by reference), Iuchi Shahai, Kaiu (by reference), Kakita Asami (by reference), Kakita Yuri (by reference), Kozue (by reference), Akari (family name not given) (by reference) Synopsis: Yearning hearts portend dark paths. Children of the Empire, Part 1
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/1/30 appearances:  Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by refernce), Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Hantei XVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Deisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Rezan (by reference), Shosuro Furyari (by reference) Synopsis:  The Emperor and his closest friend discuss the circumstances of his abdication. Children of the Empire, Part II
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/2/6 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Doji Satsume, Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Onnotangu no kami (by reference), Shosuro Takeru Synopsis: A duel between the Imperial heirs reveals the depth of their characters. Children of the Empire, Part III
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/2/14 appearances: Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Doji Satsume, Hantei XXVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Kakita no kami (by reference) Synopsis: The duel of the heirs told once more, from another perspective. Like Seeds On The Wind
    by Marie Brennan published 2019/3/20 appearances: Agasha no Seiya Fukuai (by reference), Hige, Ichiro, Kistuki Shomon (by reference), Mirumoto Hyogin (by reference), Satto, Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Perfect Land Sect spreads heretical hope among desperate peasants. Rule From Horseback
    by Daniel Lovat Clark published 2019/3/27 appearances: Daichin (horse), Hamid, Khash (horse), Moto Altani, Moto Ariq, Moto Chagatai, Moto Guyuk, Moto Khojin, Moto Ogodei (by reference), Moto Qaro (by reference), Moto Rurame, Moto Sorghaghtani (“Tani”), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shinjo Shono (by reference), Sky (horse), Ujin Hogelun Synopsis: Assasins pursue the heir of the Unicorn Champion but are his rescuers just as deadly? The Last Stone Played
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/4/3 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion) (by reference), Aiko, Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Baysihi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi “No-name” (“Nightengale), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Sotorii, Miya Satoshi Synopsis: An ambominable crime is committed at the heart of the Empire. Tactical Maneuvers
    by Nancy M. Sauer published 2019/4/24 appearances: Akodo Kage, Bayushi Iwane, Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Doji no kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuzunobu, Ikoma Eiji, Kakita Asami, Kakita Kaezin, Kakita Ryoku (by reference), Kitsune Gohei, Kitsune Itsuki, Matsu Seishin, Mirumoto Akihiro, Shinjo no kami (by reference) Synopsis: Crane courtiers make things awkward for their hosts. Falling Stars
    by Mari Murdock published 2019/7/24 appearances: Synopsis: Neither the Emperor nor his Emerald Champion are safe in the capital of the Empire. By the Stroke of a Brush
    by Lisa Farrell published 2019/8/14 appearances: Synopsis: Betrayals laid bare at last, war within the Crane Clan seems inevitable. Red Petals Scatter
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/8/21 appearances: Synopsis: Two Swords Fall From Heaven
    by Marie Brennan published 2019/8/27 appearances: Synopsis Black and White
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/9/3 appearances: Synopsis: Behind The Empty Throne
    by Mari Murdock published 2019/10/9 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion), Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Shoju, Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Bayushi Yunako (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Ikoma Eiji, Ikoma Ujiaki, Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kakita Yoshi, Kitsuki Yuikimi (by reference), Miya Satoshi, Seppun Ishikawa (by reference), Seppun Masayo (by reference), Yogo Asami (by reference) Synopsis: The regency begins even as a rift widens deep within the Scorpion Clan. The Roar of the Lioness
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2019/10/15 appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Akodo Zentaro, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Ikoma Ujiaki (by reference), Kakita Barahime, Kakita Ichiro, Kakita Shinta (by reference), Kakita Wataru, Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Kitsu Motso, Matsu no kami (by reference), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: The Lion Clan goes on the offensive, with ominous portent not only for its enemies. Wind Through Falling Leaves
    by Lisa Farrell published 2019/10/16 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion) (by reference), Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Shizue, Fumio, Hantei Disetsu (by reference), Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kakita Barahime (by reference), Kakita Ichiro (by reference), Kakita Nene, Kakita Yoshi, Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: The Imperial Chancellor must set plans in motion to balance threats arrayed against the Crane Clan. The Cornered Lion, Part I
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/10/30 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu (by reference),  Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Iuichi Shahai (by reference), Kitsuki Kagi (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference),  Synopsis: The Emerald Champion considers who may have tried to kill him. Trust Me
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/10/31 appearances: Azusa, Isawa Rujo (by reference), Isawa Tadaka (The Elemental Master of Earth), Kuni Yori, Shiba Tsukune, Tazu Synopsis: The Master of Earth looks after a sick priestess. A Game Of Promises
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2019/11/7 appearances: Hida Kisada (by reference), Kaze Kudaka, Miki, Mizu, Yasuki Oguri, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo (by reference) Synopsis: Crab and Mantis negotiate another deal. The Cornered Lion, Part II
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/11/12 appearances: Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Seppun Ishikawa Synopsis: In the wake of catastrophe, the Emerald Champion recruits allies.
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    Manchu got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Sotorii might actually qualify for the insanity defense under the irresistible impulse doctrine. Which is to say, the dude is genuinely certifiable. This isn't a naughty boy with a temper. He's got some kind of problem. And not wishing to cast aspersions at real life mental health issues, I'd be more comfortable with the notion that he was demonically influenced rather than generically "crazy" (and blaming murder, even fictional murder, on autism is probably something we ought to avoid).
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    Manchu got a reaction from phillos in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Sotorii might actually qualify for the insanity defense under the irresistible impulse doctrine. Which is to say, the dude is genuinely certifiable. This isn't a naughty boy with a temper. He's got some kind of problem. And not wishing to cast aspersions at real life mental health issues, I'd be more comfortable with the notion that he was demonically influenced rather than generically "crazy" (and blaming murder, even fictional murder, on autism is probably something we ought to avoid).
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    Manchu got a reaction from phillos in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Uh most people don't murder their dad when they get angry. You can't explain away something that, in the context of this culture, is the worst imaginable crime, in fact so bad that it is generally unimaginable, by reference to anger management issues or being a spoiled brat or whatever.
    Sotorii is either mentally ill or the victim of demonic influence (or both).
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    Manchu got a reaction from Shiba Gunichi in Trust Me- 2019 Halloween Fiction   
    The corpse of the dog is outside of the shrine.
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    Manchu got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Obscuring Sotorii's agency in the passage in question could simply convey his lack of control over his own behavior, rather than that the will of some other being had overcome his own. But there is a larger context to allow for speculation about him being possessed. My theory is, the suijindai is not a "historical" process but is due to the toxicity of supernatural evil.* I don't think that Sotorii is full-on possessed by Fu Leng (just yet) but rather that his lack of, shall we say, ethical introspection has left him vulnerable to corrupting influences.
    *The Carpenter Wall is clearly not a 100% effective containment system of the radioactive evil of the Shadowlands.
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    Manchu got a reaction from phillos in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    Obscuring Sotorii's agency in the passage in question could simply convey his lack of control over his own behavior, rather than that the will of some other being had overcome his own. But there is a larger context to allow for speculation about him being possessed. My theory is, the suijindai is not a "historical" process but is due to the toxicity of supernatural evil.* I don't think that Sotorii is full-on possessed by Fu Leng (just yet) but rather that his lack of, shall we say, ethical introspection has left him vulnerable to corrupting influences.
    *The Carpenter Wall is clearly not a 100% effective containment system of the radioactive evil of the Shadowlands.
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    Manchu reacted to phillos in The Cornered Lion - New L5R Fiction Story Discussion   
    I would agree except we are given enough evidence to back it up as a real possibility.  Also if it is a supernatural influence that had a hand in shaping Sotorii's actions it just needs to get in line behind a long list of people who consider Sotorii either an obstacle to be overcome or a tool to be exploited.  I guess there is a nuance to the question did he allow himself to be influenced by "it" or was he driven by "it" against his will.  I prefer the former since I feel it allows agency for Sotorii as well as it allows for supernatural forces to be at work here.
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    Manchu reacted to Halion in Fiction Library   
    It appears that Red Petals Scatter may have been overlooked.
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