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  1. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    I don't think it goes against bushido if they are viewed as enemy combatants. From the (rightful) Lord's perspective, they have seized her property and killed samurai in service to the Emperor. I don't see a conflict of interest from that viewpoint. If they get to know them and figure out their actions were reasonable in some way... Well, they'd still probably have to forfeit their lives. I refer to the Steel Chrysanthemum as an example. They did what was right but their actions were still wrong. As Obi-wan would say... from a certain point of view....
  2. I can't find a cost for any of the special arrows in the book. Should players just get some? How have you handled it in your games?
  3. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    Haha, perhaps. She is reasonable though (she was a Daidoji yojimbo, while her husband was a Doji courtier, so perhaps it's more accurate to say he's reasonable and can talk her down) and will hear other opinions. I plan to have her ask the players for options and allow them to guide the decision making. Perhaps I will even have her resolved to a certain course of action (burn it to the ground, that's a great visual @AtoMaki!!) to see if they will speak up and try and dissuade her.
  4. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    Their Daimyo is also kind of a hardass, so they may take their mark off that... The introduction to the city is as follows... The city stands in the midst of rice fields, the Itochu River running through it. There is a wall running the circumference of the city, but even at this distance you can see gaps where it has been broken and left unrepaired. As you approach the southeastern gate, you spy two guards slouched to one side of the gate, rolling dice in the dirt. Lady Kuma spurs her horse ahead of the rest of you, towards the two guards. As she nears, they look up from their game and one of them stands and spits to the side, “Who th-” His words are cut off by your daimyo’s spear being embedded in his throat. The other guard stumbles backwards, a look of terror on his face. He turns to run but only gets a dozen paces before Lady Kuma’s thrown spear takes him in the back, pinning him to the ground. His ear splitting screams of agony indicate that while down, he is not dead. Your Daimyo wheels her horse to you and says, “Find out why these peasants aren’t acting properly.”
  5. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    The imperial ex-governor knows about the tunnel. It and the river wall are basically the options for infiltration (they could just try and go over a wall at night, but it's a lot harder). Once inside, the PCs would open the gate and hold it until their Daimyo's forces can arrive.
  6. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    It's a good idea but I was planning on him being a "villain" to deal with later. Once they secure the castle, the first snow will fall and start to impede travel. During the winter they will be dealing with criminal elements in the city (and an escaped governor turned to maho).
  7. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    It certainly would! I will have to see if the players go for something like that... Could present an interesting development in the story.
  8. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    Thanks! Basically, the guys in the castle got fed up with the inept governance of the province. Before the Imperial governor, the province changed hands several times between the Dragon and Lion with numerous conflicts occurring all over the province. Numerous ronin were often part of these conflicts (helps with deniability) and then those same ronin were recruited by the Imperial Governor (who is also an inept boob who was hoping to make a buck with this quick assignment... they are carrying orders for him to commit seppuku) in the hope they would be impartial. Instead they seized the castle, killed a score of his retainers/guards and then dumped them in the street. They've been partying for the last day and a half and their leader is actually off travelling as I plan this to be indicative of unrest throughout the province. A diplomatic solution was honestly not one I had considered! Perhaps even winning over part of the occupiers and creating dissent could work as well...
  9. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    They are part of a minor clan, just formed and gifted the province to govern. It is between lion and dragon lands.
  10. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    It's a 4 story keep with the associated out-buildings (dojo, stables, barracks, shrines, gardens). It has an outer wall (it's in the heart of a city) and a moat. There are three gates, one main and two smaller side gates. The north wall side is dominated by a largish river. My plan right now is to provide several options for the players. 1. The first (and hardest) being a straight out assault, they'd have to procure some kind of siege weapons and possible support from inside the city. 2. The second is a secret tunnel leading from an estate in the city to the biggest shrine in the castle gardens. 3. The wall on the river side is poorly maintained and crumbled in some places, so they could ford the river and gain access that way. 4. See what they can come up with! There are approximately 40 combatants in the castle, a mix of peasant and ronin bandits. The players and their daimyo have half a dozen samurai and 20 ashigaru. The imperial governor in the city (who they are taking over from) is hiding out in a private estate (he never stayed in the castle) and can offer no real support besides a couple of guards. There are possible sources of help from rival clans in the city (Lion and Dragon) but engaging either one will have political and physical consequences.
  11. TheBoulder

    Castle Assault

    My samurai have reached the province they are set to govern, only to discover the castle occupied by ronin and peasant bandits! I have some ideas for an assault, but I was wondering if anyone knew of a castle assault or infiltration in previous written adventures? Any example would be helpful. Much appreciated!
  12. TheBoulder

    3x3 only play... Viable?

    Hey guys, a friend and I are looking at the game but we have limited space and time. Is it viable and fun to play the game only on a 3x3?
  13. Moto Ogodei is stated as the Moto Khan... I'll let you know if I see any others.
  14. The shinseist monks are kiho powered. The forunist choose a fortune and then based on the fortune they have chosen they get access to a handful of invocations and gain them in a similar way to the togashi monk.
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