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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in New Campaign Characters   
    Facing a possibly insane avatars of one of the most powerful spiritual entities in the entire celestial order is a time to be - as Horonigai's player put it - "really extra super-duper please-don't-incinerate-me-I'm-not-a-scorpion respectful". She stopped at the end of the bridge and prostrated, bowing every bit as low as she had before the Imperial Dais at Winter Court.  The Oracle looked at her with a concerning mix of anger, fear and disgust, but a (pretty hard) courtesy check at least got him to respond. When Horonigai asked if she could approach, he gestures at the three PCs and in a distraught voice said they could 'do as they wished'. The PCs cordoned on pretty fast that they were dealing with someone that- if they were human - they would say was trying and failing to process a huge emotional trauma. The Oracle wouldn't speak about things directly but was claiming to have suffered some great loss, and that 'she stole it and left foulness in its place'. Whilst the PCs had a healthy scepticism that anything the Scorpion Clan told them was true, to date the only 'she' involved was the hinin girl. Had she stolen something? But the Oracle had said she was his successor - surely he wouldn't pick a thief? The problem was that - given his alternating between morose and suppressed anger, they were hesitant to raise any subject which might bring that anger to the surface. Every time his anger bubbled up, a wave of searing heat rolled out from the Oracle across the mountain top, robbing them of their breath. Horonigai - the only one of the three who'd taken up the permission to cross the bridge and approach the throne - noticed something slightly disturbing: the Oracle's eyes varied from human - if darting and unfocused - to reddish pupils of a distinctly reptilian cast. The latter seemed to dominate in the Oracle's more lucid moments, and the shrine keeper realised that part of the problem was that the human half of the Oracle had become far more prominent and independent of the Dragon's presence, and was coping (badly) with emotion  for the first time in what might be centuries. The PCs tried to be supportive, but were flying blind. Ultimately, they couldn't dance around indefinitely and Horonigai asked the question no one wanted to say out loud: "Who was 'She' and what exactly did she take?" "SHIRIKO" came the answer, and a blistering shockwave of heat rolled off the Oracle as he said the name. Horonigai's robes limited the damage she took but everyone took a non-trivial amount of fatigue from the sheer furnace-heat of the wave of rippling air. The Oracle broke down and explained. Shiriko (presumably Shosuro Shiriko, because the Oracle recognised her as a Scorpion) had come to him in this place. Interrupting the act of his succession, she had caught the eye of the Oracle - the human half, anyway, passions briefly freed from the bond with the Elemental Dragon of Fire in preparation for the succession - and had seduced him. The Oracle had truly believed she loved him - until she tried to turn him from his duty to the Dragon and the next Oracle, and to persuade him to give her the power of the Oracle instead if it's chosen successor. She had broken his heart, and - seeing his anger - fled before they could speak. He knew he had pursued her and remembered approaching what the PCs realised was Shiro no Shosuro, but his memory beyond that was blurred. He wanted to find her - to talk - to demand explanation - maybe to start over - the Oracle didn't really know. "What about the hinin girl?"  At this, the Oracle's eyes became purely draconic in form, and heat could be seen rippling over the figure, and the Oracle produced a distinctly inhuman snarl of anger. "You guys might want to hold on to something. I think this one is going to be a big one" - Horonigai's player.  
     
     
     
    It was. 
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    Myrion got a reaction from ADGabriel in Questions About the Imperial Advisor and other chosens   
    You don't automatically lose any other title. You might give it up to have enough time to dedicate yourself to your new duties, though.
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in New Campaign Characters   
    So.... In last night's episode of 'Everything's On Fire!: The Musical'...
    Travelling from Shiro no Shosuro to the mountain where Shosuro Medu had met the Oracle took a couple of days, and the PCs arrived at dusk.  Theoretically they travelled unaccompanied, but the PCs were working on the assumption Hametsu had no plan of letting them out of their sight, and that every third tree had a Shinobi skulking behind it. The fact that failed to spot any pursuers meant nothing given it was Suiren's family in question. In the slowly gathering spring twilight, it was abundantly clear they were in the right place: what had looked from a distance like the fires of an encamped army turned out to be lava flows and burning gas vents covering a mountain scorched clean of vegetation. Suiren's player was absent, so it was agreed he'd stay behind to keep an eye out for (other) scorpions following them, and because bringing a Shosuro to meet the Oracle felt like a bad plan. The sheer, hot stone of the mountain would have been a treacherous climb, but a set of stairs were cut into the stone. The ascent still wasn't easy, and the first challenge came after only a hundred feet or so. The steps widened into a platform split in half by a ten-foot wide gully filled by a lava flow. It was jumpable - just - but the PCs were under no illusion that failing would be anything other than instant death. Horonigai stepped up with a plan - the same approach they'd taken to to ford the tainted river near Daylight Castle - use a daikyu arrow to shoot a line over, and then - provided Goriate temporarily removed his armour and tetsubo and sent it across as a pack before crossing- the three could swarm over with relatively little risk. The problem was that where before the arrow lodged in a dead tree, here she needed it to embed into solid rock. That...was going to be a problem. Horonigai knew that using invocations would be hard because the terrain was hallowed (fire) and imbalanced (all except fire). Besides which, none of her air invocations really seemed useful. So she decided to try importuning the Forge of Xing Guo (biting steel). That needed an offering, though...and she didn't really have anything. With a degree of sadness, Horonigai took her sword, reached up and cut her iconic red lock of hair, lighting it against a nearby flame and burning the folded hair whilst she prayed as if it was incense. She was taking no chances, and used one of only two remaining flesh-ripper arrows - it's tip now ablaze with elemental energy. With a good martial arts roll, the arrow embedded itself with a reassuring thunk into the stonework opposite and the PCs were able to cross safely. The next issue was a cluster of steam vents - simply following the stairway would leave the unwary horribly scalded. Horonigai stepped up again, this time using Tamon's Rebuke (Blessed Wind) to create a miniature tempest to blow the steam away (or at least disperse it somewhat). This had mixed results - she succeeded, but only by keeping enough strife to trigger spiritual backlash, causing her fatigue and meaning (rather understandably) that no air spirit was prepared to intervene again on the Fire Oracle's mountain. On the other hand, as a positive side effect, thanks to the air backlash effect she was able to create three tempest, one centred on each PC, which meant they didn't have to cluster together. The protection didn't last long, and they all got mildly scorched (Goriate, with his lower air ring, especially), but they made it through broadly uninjured. The next challenge proved to be a plane of soil and sand reduced to soft quicksand by hot gases flowing through it. Goriate took the lead, picking his way cautiously across and using his tetsubo to search for loose or searing-hot patches before the PCs blundered into them. The final challenge was a last flight of stairs coated in volcanic glass. Uiri suggested they use the jitte they'd been given in Shiro Yogasha as improvised climbing spikes, and this did the trick. Finally at the summit, they found themselves looking at an imposing stone throne on an island in a lake of roiling lava. A narrow stone bridge crossed the lake. On the throne, striking sparks and embers from the stone as his fingers distractedly drummed against it, and flanked by two pillars of flame, sat the wild-haired Elemental Oracle of Fire...
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Questions About the Imperial Advisor and other chosens   
    We have a specific example, in fact.
    Doji Satsume was Crane Clan Champion, Emerald Champion and Doji Daimyo.
    Toshimoko and Yoshi talked (pestered) him into resigning the former post in favour of his daughter Hotaru, but he held all three for a non-trivial period of time.
    The Imperial Advisor doesn't really have specific servants. They (I could say 'she' as both the ones we're aware of are female) exist to provide the Emperor with a private confidante they can discuss matters with without the rules and protocol of formal court.
    They have a huge amount of influence due to daily access to the Emperor, but we haven't really seen any sign they have a specific role or much legal power outside this in the way that, say, the Chancellor (who chairs the court and decides what petitions make it onto the agenda) does.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Questions About the Imperial Advisor and other chosens   
    You don't automatically lose any other title. You might give it up to have enough time to dedicate yourself to your new duties, though.
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    Myrion got a reaction from UnitOmega in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    Max Brooke announced it on the Discord.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    Max Brooke announced it on the Discord.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Kiso in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    Max Brooke announced it on the Discord.
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    Myrion reacted to Daeglan in The Celestial Realms - New RPG Sourcebook   
    I just got my shipping soon notification for both the adventure and sourcebook. So that tells me next friday is release day. 
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    Myrion got a reaction from Kiso in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/02/45/0245843c-6a52-4254-ad2e-eca25b2845cf/errata__faq_v30_8_12_2020_hq.pdf
    The examples for adjusted TNs and staking social attributes will be very useful.
    Risky Checks and a change to the Treasure Hunter are also welcome.
    All in all: Gonna be very useful.
     
    The Mantis Clan has also been updated with a few minor changes.
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    Myrion got a reaction from UnitOmega in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/02/45/0245843c-6a52-4254-ad2e-eca25b2845cf/errata__faq_v30_8_12_2020_hq.pdf
    The examples for adjusted TNs and staking social attributes will be very useful.
    Risky Checks and a change to the Treasure Hunter are also welcome.
    All in all: Gonna be very useful.
     
    The Mantis Clan has also been updated with a few minor changes.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Diogo Salazar in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/02/45/0245843c-6a52-4254-ad2e-eca25b2845cf/errata__faq_v30_8_12_2020_hq.pdf
    The examples for adjusted TNs and staking social attributes will be very useful.
    Risky Checks and a change to the Treasure Hunter are also welcome.
    All in all: Gonna be very useful.
     
    The Mantis Clan has also been updated with a few minor changes.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Goken91 in New Errata with a lot of useful guidance and examples   
    https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/02/45/0245843c-6a52-4254-ad2e-eca25b2845cf/errata__faq_v30_8_12_2020_hq.pdf
    The examples for adjusted TNs and staking social attributes will be very useful.
    Risky Checks and a change to the Treasure Hunter are also welcome.
    All in all: Gonna be very useful.
     
    The Mantis Clan has also been updated with a few minor changes.
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    Two reasons.
    Because if it's 'further up' the curriculum, it's almost certain to be of a higher rank than your school rank. Which means at least TN+2, which means the odds of passing it are very low. The Fortunist Monk's invocations are in a sidebar, rather than their curriculum.
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Taoist Blade Question   
    A big question is "what sort of campaign are you planning to play?" - if you're going to be playing L5R as a combat-heavy D&D-esque 'dungeon crawl', then perceptions on what's good, bad, and broken will be very different to a Game of Thrones style 'political drama with occasional duels and assassinations'.
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    Historically the Jade Magistrates (when they existed) were always Shujenga.
    Therefore I suspect adding the Shujenga school 'tag' as a prerequisite for the title, which ducks the whole question, as it's highly unlikely we'd ever see a Shujenga school without access to invocations.
    Agreed, but Importuning invocations aren't 'free' - for starters they're harder than normal (minimum TN+1) and, much more importantly, must make an offering.
    "Whether or not something is sufficiently important is left to the GM’s discretion, but generally, the item should at least be rare, if not unique. The item is lost forever as the kami absconds with it."
    If you feel Importuned invocations are too much of a flexible toolbox (and I can see the argument!) then my suggestion for what it's worth is to be stricter with what qualifies as an offering.
    If, as an extreme example, a shujenga is having to permanently give up their ancestral family sword to get the kami to intercede, they're not going to use that outside a really dramatic and climactic scene.
     
    I'm hesitant to restrict importune invocations to 'just' Shujenga as we have quite a few borderline cases (like the Kaito or Fortunist schools) that feel like they deserve the ability but are strictly classed as monks not shujenga.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    On rereading, I think you're right, and it only adds Xk1, basically.
    That is cool, but not as good.
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Taoist Blade Question   
    Indeed. It depends entirely on the situation - duel vs skirmish, for example, and whether in a skirmish you're facing minions or adversaries.
    For the sake of an example, a Kiho-enhanced sword is deadly as all heck, but you don't activate the Kiho for free.
    So in a duel, you need a prepare action to draw the sword, then an action to activate the Kiho, then an action to thwock someone with it.
    Even if it's not going to be challenged as cheating - and it might in some settings - wasting an action in a duel just standing there communing with the elements is risky. Because whilst a kiho-enhanced sword is scary, you know what's scarier? A double-handed finishing blow from a totally mundane weapon. The fact that both mirumoto schools make you use the sword one-handed instantly reduces its deadliness from 7 to 5, and the abilities take this into account.
    Don't get me wrong, the Taoist blade is a really, really strong combat school. But in a duel rather than a skirmish, the family's other swordsmanship school (the Niten master) has probably got the edge by some margin.
    You also start with limited access to Shuji - which you can work around by titles if your GM awards you them - which can be an issue in formal situations - and a slightly lower Honour than the Niten Master (48 vs 50). The difference isn't huge, but it does mean an Honour rank of 4 instead of 5, which could hurt a starting character as techniques like Warrior's Resolve (which lets you recover fatigue based on your honour rank) will be less effective.
    Finally, you gain Void and Water rings from your school. That's not 'bad' per se - but most Bushi schools give you a bonus to Earth for a reason, as it's the one ring which contributes to both Composure and Endurance, and allows you to fight in a stance where you are immune to dirty tricks and critical strikes, and characters with a low Earth ring tend to be a bit fragile for that reason.
     
    Shuji are very useful in intrigues. Essentially they're the 'social' equivalent of Kata/Kiho, and if you're trying to 'beat' someone at court then turning up their family secrets (ancestry unearthed), starting nasty rumours about them (whispers of court) and so on can make a big difference. It's also worth noting that a lot of 'leadership' techniques where you can enhance either the rest of your party or even a mass battle army are also shuji (Rallying Cry is a good example). Courtiers Resolve, the strife-healing analogue to Warrior's Resolve, is also a shuji, and is very useful in any situation where strife is a big deal.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in Taoist Blade Question   
    Eh, what is OP? They're the best at getting strong crits, but that's not the only thing that matters.
    Yes, Arganas, you're right, there are a bunch of useful kihō for social situations. Some of those should definitely come with social sanctions, like The Great Silence. Magically forcing everyone to shut up is majorly rude. ENNE is great for making yourself unassailable in Intrigues, but it won't come up too often. After all, that would mostly be relevant if you're the target and trying to convince your character isn't gonna be the usual case. Discrediting your character will definitely be hard, though.
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    Myrion reacted to Suzume Chikahisa in Monoculture - What if it wasn't so japanese?   
    I'm more bothered that, despite Rokugan being a continental Empire, it doesn't have much in the way of neighbours and cultural interchange.
     
    One unified nation being relatively monocultural is hardly surprising; using samurai as a stand-in for "asianess" with the occasional cosmetic splashes from other cultures thrown in just seems a bit a lazy.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    I mean, you can pretend all you want, but I stuck to factual statements about these bloggers. They are fascist asshats and not reliable news sources. That's what I'm calling out - you're spreading misinformation based on unreliable sources.
    You can also pretend that "the media" isn't reporting on any of the topics you've mentioned - that doesn't make it true, however. All of them get reported by actual, reliable news sources.
    And I've looked up what's actually happening. Patreon will have to deal with arbitration, which they tried to avoid. Big whoop, the claims are still baseless and arbitration will go in their favor. The fearmongering is based on the arbitration going maximally against Patreon in every case - which is not gonna happen. Big surprise, the fascist asshats were lying and fearmongering based on their biased worldview.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    Given that literally the only sources I can find about this are untrustworthy extreme-right conspiracy bloggers, I wouldn't worry about it too much.
    They keep crowing about their victories in the "culture war" all the time and yet they never seem to actually achieve anything, thankfully.
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    Myrion got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Any L5R Podcast recommendations for those new to the game/setting?   
    I don't know or care about his past, but right now, he's repeating the talking points of Cernovich, TheQuartering and a bunch of other fascist asshats. Whatever he used to be or do, he's running with a different crowd now.

    If Patreon were actually in trouble, that would make the news, as it has before - the site is relevant enough to at least tech news. 
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    Myrion got a reaction from Kiso in Exploring dungeons in L5R   
    Traps can work, I'm sure. I'd probably make them resist rolls, possibly with their own attack roll, if you want them to use opportunities. I could see some that cause strife on failure, f.ex.
    Goblins, trolls, kappa, giant spiders and other animal spirits... Those poor creatures that got enslaved by the Lion in the old lore...
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    Myrion reacted to Magnus Grendel in Jade Magistrate Mechanics   
    Just because (you'd hope!) a Jade Magistrate is a pretty high-level samurai who's potentially going to have an honour rank in the 70s or more, I'd rather have it be a fixed number. Plus, making it dependent on honour rank means, say, a Yogo magistrate of the Kuroiban 'effectiveness over honour' philosophy will be, relatively speaking, useless.
    Forcing someone to reroll 2 dice is an automatic, permanent disadvantage (but without the benefit of a void point). That feels not-too-powerful, but bear in mind Title abilities, rather than school abilities, aren't generally that potent. I might put in a proviso that the Jade Magistrate needs to be neither incapacitated, unconscious or compromised - basically, it's a free action but they need to be free to act to use it.
    Winter Court Champion lets you ignore two strife on checks to 'show off'. Emerald Magistrate is once per session, not once per turn. (Your idea feels like it would be fine if also once per session) Daimyo gives you bonuses on command checks on your vassals. Which matters in mass combat, but otherwise....how often do you need to pass a hard command check when you're a daimyo and you're giving orders to your vassals? Advisors have an awesome ability to provide their full skill rank as skilled assistance.....but they're doing so instead of just making the check themselves, so it's not actually that amazing.
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