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Sebastian Traitor

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  1. Honor is good only for servants, great people do what they want and if they succeed, they decide what is honorable. An interesting system would put you against your goals in order to follow the honor.
  2. It's the best way, there is already Exalted for super-human anime style games.
  3. Takaoka Agito was a a samurai of the Shosuro family fascinated by something which shouldn't interest those of his rank: the money. He often come along with merchants, farmers and even burakumin in order to understand the flow of the money, and in the end, to control it. However, his behavior was noted and caused some rumors; jealous relatives cast him away in colonies and try even to strip him of his family name. Takaoka Agito laughed and took the chance to meld with the merchant class. His family thought he would be never more a problem, but some time later, rumors of a new rich village in the colonies start to spread: clever merchants and skilled artisans lived there and apparently, the village was protected by some ronins lead by a strange and clever person. Doji Akemi, a bored courtesan, was interested by these rumors and went to the village, that now was a town full of life: there she meets Takaoka and fell in love with him. However, it was hard for her to leave her clan, but Takaoka helped her making several gifts to the Doji clan, and disguise as an important member of the gozoku and was able to convince the family to let him to marry her. However, shortly the wedding, the Shosuro clan discovered the truth about the rich new town and convinced the Doji clan to take the weapons against Takaoka; unfortunatly for them, to help the ronins of the town there were also some strange sohei and the common people of the tow, the Red-Bricks-Village Ikki, all lead by Takaoka himself. The defeat was hard for the small armies of the Doji clan, and in meantime Akemi was able to convince some members of the court to give official recognition to the Takaoka clan, playing with their greed. Takaoka choose the Falcon as his mon and attracted more supporters. However, the doctrine of the five rings, which teach that every one have a important function in the society giving to all the same importance, is disliked by the other clans, as the custom of the Red-Bricks-Village to live in a sort of democratic league. The fact that everyone can carry a kodachi, and in time of war, even other weapons is seen as a serious threat, but usually, the people is not armed during the civil life. However, the people of the rest of the empire see the inhabitants of Red-Bricks-Village as bandits. Of course, the difference between the old casts still exist, but are less strong here than in other parts of the Empire, so many "exiled" seek refuge in the new town. P.S.: sorry for my bad english.
  4. I'd like to see japanese terms used properly, like gozoku for example. I'd like to see the clans developed in deep around their traditions and territories and not around one or two archetypes like the shinobi-Bayushi, the berserk-Hida, the author's-waifu-utaku ecc. I'd like to see a better representation of Merenae and Tharane in order to better include them as visitors or enemies, like it was done for Yobanjin; I don't need a school for them, just advises to play them as PC or NPC. It is not need that everything have a school, but everything need a good description. I'd like to see Shirabyoshi. Seppuku wasn't the sole punishment for a samurai, there was also the loss of the family name for example. [Oh, yeah, I'd like to see resolved the "problems" with the matriarchal clans, exspecialy the Utaku, I still don't know how the Utaku females convince the nomads to marry them (buy they the boys?) and what are the rules for males, they can't attend to other schools, I don't think the clan let them leave their family via marriage either]
  5. Exactly! The mon of Tokugawa was the pumpkin, but it wasn't the pumpkin clan, it was TOKUGAWA CLAN!
  6. The Neko family of the Cat clan has given me a facepalm. The Obake clan seems interesting, but it seems to me that the word "obake" means "monster" and it seems not right as name of a clan. Also, have you ever consider to make a monks clan? They existed. The Rakuda family is in short the bedouins of Rpkugan. Have you ever consider to take inspiration from the Sanka people?
  7. Thanks. The protection from the heaven is silly to me, only Daigotsu can prevent someone to become tainted. Who cares, the important thing is that what I like of the Spider is still an available option for a character of the empire: the monks!
  8. I've just read a mail which tell me about the 30% off sale of the pdfs, as written in another topic. However, the news is that after the 16 May, Anima will be no longer sold on DriveThruRPG and RPGNOW. Probably this will be the end, maybe also of this forum, I don't know.
  9. In the case of the battle maidens specifically, I feel that can be easily explained away by the fact that the Unicorn hold fast to their gaijin traditions, some of which may not be as genderless as those familiar to Rokugan's people. It is not written anywhere that this is a gaijin tradition, and this would not be a problem if: 1) Shinjo family would be largely isolated from the rest of the empire 2) The cultural clash would be described in detail, because it is important in a game that place much emphasis on social interactions However, as I reported in another topic, Utaku family is not the only exception in Rokugan but again, the problem is that it's poorly described. So, a way very easy to deal with this problem would be eliminating the sexism at all* OR explain in the detail the cultural clash within the variuos families. *this could be done making the sole female school open also to the males OR creating schools of sole males, not necessarily in the same clans, but in any case, choosing this way the matriarchy, as the patriarchy, should be given away to me. I have not problem with the sexism against males or females in a fictional game, but it must be described WHY still exist in families that are part of societies that give equal opportunities to all and what cultural clash this causes. P.S.: sorry for my bad english.
  10. Exept the fact that, if it's worth of mention that the cultural clash is stronger in Moshi family (even than Utaku family), I don't think it's common finding a male Moshi trained in whatever school, unless he is fortunate enough to marry outside his family with a wife of higher status. Also, I don't think the Moshi family can easily find really interesting husbands for their daughters, since the family discourages the females to marry higher status samurai (page 41 Emerald Empire). So why a samurai would marry a Moshi? It's a minor family, he would no gain ever status or power and even his family wuoldn't gain much to me, giving away one of their member. In the end, to methe Moshi daughters are prize only for starving ronins. [Ok, maybe I'm too extreme here] We know that even Matsu discourage the females to marry samurai of higher status, but for an outsider, to enter in the Matsu family is not a total block to the career and even his family could gain something of tangible; however, we know NOTHING about the males. We can speculate that they have minor restrictions about the marriage, but this not written anywhere. The Utaku are the champions of sexism: males can't enter in other schools, females can't marry higher status samurai, probably even males can't marry outside their clan with other females of the samurai caste. As pointed by Tetsuhiko, the actual situation is confusing, and this is a problem in game with a great component on social interaction. In the 1200 in Japan there were less sexism than in 1700, why the authors didn't choose that time to gain inspiration, why?
  11. Who left the empire? Who remain? Order of Spider? It seems still loyal to the Empire. Order of Venom? It seems still in the Empire but by its own. Now that the deal with empress is broken, the taint is again a problem, right?
  12. Now I've understand. Honestly, I've never read the term "samurai-ko" before reading L5R, and at time I thought it was a less used term to indicate the onna bugeisha, maybe chosen because more simple to remember. However, since now i know the real meaning, I agree to stop using this term, but in favor of "Onna-Bugeisha".
  13. So...males in Utaku and Moshi can gain status and power only if they left their families, because their families are traditionaly ruled by females and so males can't became part of the elite, while in the other clans, there is no gender restriction at all, or very little restrictions like in the Matsu family and in the Bee clan. And for the Utakus, they really try to prevent the males gain status with the rest of the clan and enter in other school (page 241 The Great Clans - I've just checked), and the Utaku mounted infantry has an inferior status in the family. In the Bee clan the only restriction is that the chief of the clan is a female, but this doesn't seems a strong tradition. The Mastu family is usualy led by a female, but if there are not female heirs, a male will be choose instead (page 118 The Great Clans); also, they have a sole female unit, but still males are free to advance equally in other schools and they can gain status and power also in their family. So, back to the Moshi, you point out that the cultural crisis is stronger there than in other clans, so now I really think that males are even more limited than in Utaku faily.
  14. Who is Elhazzared? Is he/she/it still alive?
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