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  1. I really liked this, and I am making some major changes thanks to this.
  2. So, several of the points you bring up were points I ended up mulling over last night. Why a second false betrothed? From the son's point of view: It is more likely that the betrothees call off the wedding entirely rather than insisting a choice be made between two clans. Maybe it would be smarter to move it to two clans, though. I might just stick with Crane and Crab. I had the idea that he enjoyed the pleasure of a Geisha, so much so that he loved her and had the mistaken thought that if he were Daimyo, he could marry her. Intercepting correspondence. I plan on this being a big clue. I had already thought of a false seal, with an imperfection if letters are inspected. Thanks to your addition, I will add a missing loyal retainer who figured out something was amiss and was murdered. In regards to the poisoner: Yes, I was thinking the Shugenja would be the actual poisoner, but acting on behalf of the son. A Yogo who betrays her master for the son, because the son has blackmail on her. I'll make sure to have several clues there as well. The son would have known and arranged the impending arrivals through letters sent near the end. I will probably add a younger sister and or brother as potential scapegoats. Thanks for the questions and the analysis.
  3. So, I am currently in the process of designing/storyboarding an introductory adventure for my group for a new campaign. I wanted to run some basics through here, see what people think, if they have any ideas or suggestions, etc. The current story: There is a Scorpion territory bordering near Crane lands that is known for bountiful rice paddies. Luckily for the province, there storms that wrecked other areas did only minor damage here. This has put them in a fortunate position, and the Daimyo has decided to use the excess as an opportunity to forge an alliance with another Clan and finally wed his obstinate son. However, a few days before the wedding was to occur, the betrothed arrived. Actually... 3 arrived. 3 Different Clans. 3 Different Matchmakers. 3 Different Betrothal Contracts. A Crab, A Crane, and a Unicorn. Another twist... the prior month, the Daimyo has seemed somewhat erratic, perhaps falling to age and dementia. Just prior to their arrival, he had slipped into a coma, and has not yet been able to be roused, even by the local Shugenja. The Scorpion Daimyo, worried about the shame this would bring, pulled a few favors in, and had the PCs brought in as Neutral Arbiters. They will be from the 4 mentioned clans. Their goal is to determine the rightful marriage, and to soothe, if possible, the 'Losers.' While each of the Betrothed are insulted, none enough to give up the opportunity for rice needed in the War, on the Wall, etc... Twist: The father extended one betrothal contract. The other two were a confusion caused by his son. The son is poisoning his father, which is causing the dementia; He hired and wrote the letters for the other match makers, and he has control of the local Shugenja. Each of the Matches will have good qualities and bad secrets to make each of them seem like both a good and bad match. Thoughts? Ideas?
  4. I need that Kitsune info. I have a player for whom that will work perfectly.
  5. The GM section in 4th just uses The 36 Dramtic Situations. Enjoy.
  6. She was a warrior in my viking themed fantasy savage worlds game.
  7. I create cards like this for my NPCs and my games. I fuzzed out the character art because it's not mine - just art I grabbed for a game.
  8. I read it as the second ( unless you spend the void point to avoid defending)
  9. The puncture and bypassing sternum and ribs is definitely one thing, but it is also used as leverage to force itself through certain blocks even into more sensitive areas. An example might be when you wield a knife with the blade facing the bottom of your hand. One strike is a strike to the center of the throat. There is a common, almost instinctive, block that is overpowered by application of the palm to the pommel of the blade that almost makes a sure strike certain. It is just one example, but it is easier to do with a knife. Using a one handed bolo or sword in this manner is not really applicable. Which is why I can see allowing 2 handed knife, while still having one handed swords. Still, I have no idea what the devs were thinking. But I am happy enough with that decision, none the less.
  10. As someone who practices Filipino knife fighting (I know, I know... not standard Samurai styles), I can say there are several movements and actions that rely on two hands for a knife strike, usually to provide extra leverage or force in certain situations. Most of them reply on a grip on the scales, and a palm wrap on the pommel to provide that extra oomph. Just as there are situations where it is best to use two knives. Heh.
  11. I disagree with part of this... While I, too, understand that these are not rifled and in real life, one is as likely to kill as the other, to make them scarier and more impressive in Rokugan, and to give it that feel of danger and cinema, I would make them incredibly more powerful. Also rare, and make the secrets of powder strict and scary enough to have it's own campaign. But that would be for my own cinematic purposes.
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