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  1. General Tacticus

    ...You May Be a <Insert Clan>

    If you start your breakfast by prodding it with jade in case it's an oni in disguise... you might be a Crab. If your breakfast would be incomplete and unsatifying without composing a spontaneous haiku to mark the occasion... you might be a Crane. If you eat your breakfast with a pair of chopsticks in either hand... you might be a Dragon. If you eat your breakfast every day from your father's bowl, filled with your grandmother's recipe, at your great-grandfather's table, in the fashion prescribed by your great-great-grandmother based on the writings of the Kami Akodo, in the certain knowledge that this is the ONE TRUE BREAKFAST and all others are unworthy of the name... you might be a Lion. If your breakfast was delivered to you via a boat that sailed into the house via the guttering from the ornamental koi pond... you might be a Mantis. If your breakfast is merely an annoying distraction from the fascinating scroll you discovered last night in a sealed vault labelled "DANGER, DO NOT OPEN UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, NO NOT EVEN THEN"... you might be a Phoenix. If the most important question in your mind is "is this the breakfast I prepared for me, or the breakfast I prepared for you?"... you might be a Scorpion. If your breakfast bowl is covered with skulls and spikes and brought to you by a zombie servitor, but is really the TRUE breakfast bowl that one day all the other crockery will be forced to acknowledge and bow down to... you might be a Spider. If you prepare breakfast for your horse and maybe yourself... you might be a Unicorn.
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    [RPG] Winter Court 5

    I recall the Crab and Scorpion being big enthusiasts... but no, it was not a well-conceived system at all. I think a points system for what they were going for could have worked, but it should have a) not weighted Honour/Glory/Status nearly so highly (and possibly not at all), because that promoted busy-work from everyone and was hilariously open to gaming the system; and b) been much more flexible about objectives and partial or creative fulfillment thereof, possibly with a lot more in the way of sub-objectives to measure progress towards each overall goal.
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    [RPG] Winter Court 5

    Aha. The wording of the objective itself makes it sound like it was the ideological dimension that mattered, not the connection to the heirs. But having the concern be specifically about the heirs is both more sensible from a game-design perspective (in that it makes the objective actually realisically achievable) and much more in line with what the Imperial Families actually care about (bunch of dirtbag Colonials scrapping over what kind of kimono to wear? Wevs, let the Clans pick up their own garbage. Clan samurai fighting over the Imperial succession? DANGER WILL ROBINSON, RED ALERT RED ALERT, ALL HANDS ON DECK). So while that seems like something of a rewrite of the objective to me, it's a sensible one and I approve. And yes, the Crane did specifically avoid mentioning the fact that the heirs were involved in the conflict (for which you can thank the Lion they were very adamant on that point, and as our objective did not require us to bring that aspect to light, it was one we were willing to give them). And indeed, the whole purpose of our strategy (besides "make the Otomo look ineffectual by showing that we're doing their jobs better than they are") was to lessen or, ideally, end the conflict. So that explains that. Thank you for clarifying
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    [RPG] Winter Court 5

    For the most part they seemed to ignore them, alas. Indeed, which was their choice. Perhaps it was a mistake... but given how much trouble Demiyah got into with the Scorpion in the first week, and how much else they had on their plate, perhaps it was wise. Given that the only goals they outright failed were either unachievable (keep the Crane from concluding any treaties with anyone? Come on, AEG, that was never happening) or outside their control (have their chosen heir inherit), I find it hard to fault their overall strategy too much. (Mind, I'm not sure how they qualified as succeeding in their objective to "See that, until the end of Winter Court, no proclamations or other forms of formal address regarding the growing conflict between Traditionalist and Progressive factions in the Colonies are brought before the Imperial Court by any faction in general, and by the Crane Clan in particular." given that the Crane presented not one but two petitions on the subject, but apparently they did.) For the most part they seemed to ignore them, alas. Indeed, which was their choice. Perhaps it was a mistake... but given how much trouble Demiyah got into with the Scorpion in the first week, and how much else they had on their plate, perhaps it was wise. Given that the only goals they outright failed were either unachievable (keep the Crane from concluding any treaties with anyone? Come on, AEG, that was never happening) or outside their control (have their chosen heir inherit), I find it hard to fault their overall strategy too much. (Mind, I'm not sure how they qualified as succeeding in their objective to "See that, until the end of Winter Court, no proclamations or other forms of formal address regarding the growing conflict between Traditionalist and Progressive factions in the Colonies are brought before the Imperial Court by any faction in general, and by the Crane Clan in particular." given that the Crane presented not one but two petitions on the subject, but apparently they did.)
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    [RPG] Winter Court 5

    The Otomo agenda at WCIV made perfect sense given the position they and the Empire were in. The job of the Otomo is not fundamentally "make the Clans fight each other". The job of the Otomo is to preserve the authority of the Throne (and of the Otomo family). One of the major tools that they employ to this end is to goad the Clans into conflict to ensure that they cannot ally with one another to defy the Throne. If the Clans are already in conflict, however, then that is not necessary; it is instead the job of the Otomo to ensure that it doesn't grow too large or damaging. Empire-wide warfare is catastrophic for the Otomo, because it undermines the political structure that the Otomo depend on. The Otomo have no armies of their own; their influence depends on their ability to influence how the Clans talk to one another. If the Clans are all fighting instead of talking to one another, they are impotent. In the case of WCIV, most of the Clans of the Empire were waging an undeclared war over which of the Empress' sons should succeed her. This was an unmitigated disaster for the Otomo; not only did it threaten to embroil the entire Empire in a Clan War-scale conflict if it spread to the mainland, it was also an implicit challenge to the authority of the Empress (on which the Otomo depend). For the Otomo to do anything except try to contain it would have been suicide. The reason why they had an additional objective of "make sure no-one talks about it" were never specified, but there are a number of strong possibilities. Perhaps they were afraid that discussing the conflict in open court would risk airing the associated grievances and spreading it to the mainland (again, an existential disaster for the Otomo). Perhaps they were afraid that the mere mention of the conflict would undermine the prestige of the Iweko dynasty - we know from card flavour text that they were already at work making sure that nothing about the conflict was entered into the historical record. Perhaps they were afraid that the mere fact of the conflict's existence would embarrass them personally - after all, it blew up on the watch of an Otomo governor, with a strong Otomo presence at her court, and yet she and they failed spectacularly to either head it off or contain it. Perhaps it was some combination of those. Regardless, it was a completely sensible objective on their part. You will note that the Imperial delegation was not assigned to do anything about the sanctioned inter-Clan wars (Crab-Spider, Lion-Scorpion, Phoenix-Unicorn) or to prevent new ones from occurring, because those did not threaten the Otomo family's power base; they were business as usual. The Otomo were free to milk them for whatever political benefits they could get, either encouraging them, mediating them, favouring one side in exchange for concessions, whatever.
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