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Shiba Gunichi

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  1. Instead of the Borgitomo siphoning flavor, you can have the same combination (even if I think the Tortoise were a lousy execution of a neat idea, and often, in variant canons, give them to the Mantis because with all due respect to the idea that the Imperials need more love, no they don't)... maybe leave the Fox out, since that was a temptation sort of tossed out there as "absorb this beloved Minor Clan or they die," and they got TRULY lost in the shuffle- Naizen's explicit promises forgotten, not so much by the Yoritomo as by the friggin' art and story departments... (Note that as a Phoenix player I'm still a bit salty about how the temptations worked, since who didn't get any at all because they were a garbage fire? That's riiiiiiiiight. Who got punched in the face because the Dragon turned one down? Yep! Gragh... MOVING ON) Just play up the character of the Centipede and Wasp and make their differences from how the Yoritomo do things a source of strength, rather than something to be swept under the rug. Have the pious, respectable Moshi take up the Mantis role in the courts... unless some swagger is called for. Have the Wasp keep breaking their swords and being oddballs... and then, "oh, by the way, these Mantis guys are here to handle the duel you've tried to throw down on that Wasp... since he doesn't carry a katana, he's wholly within his rights to demand a champion." I mean, I prefer the Three-Man Alliance to the Mantis Clan, but it hasn't got the same traction...
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    Imperial Gifts - Kotei Prize Fiction

    Oi. Get over here, some Asako with some weird tattoos wanna have a little chat...
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    A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion

    The Dragon: Proving the Scorpion have no monopoly on "we meant to do that" when they take it in the grill...
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    It was locked to the Shinjo bloodline in the old lore until Shinjo herself returned from the Burning Sands and wiped out a decent chunk of her own family for being Kolat, at which point it got handed over to the Moto.
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    "I'M ANGRY!" "I'M ANGRY!" "I'M ANGRY!" "I'M ANGRY!" "I'M ANGRY!" "I'M ANGRY!" Repetition is the essence of boredom. One-note characters are trash, when they manage to be characters at all. *yawn* Then you haven't been paying attention.
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    "She is ANGRY" = "She is boring" if that's all you ever do with her. And whatever a character should be? Boring isn't on the list. What she did was honorable- there is no honor (or glory) in murdering a prisoner. And while much of Tsuko's rage is driven by grief, she is also angered by things she sees as dishonorable.... which throttling an unarmed, helpless prisoner would certainly have been. Have you considered that sending Kuwanan back to question his sister's inactivity was actually far more dangerous? Not that I think Tsuko intended it that way, but seriously... As for "an annoying lack of truly dangerous characters," uhm, between Shahai, Daisetsu, Tadaka, Kachiko, Aramoro, Kage, Ujiaki, Yori...
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    Nope. Kakita Yoshi's folly is beyond debate. On the Tsuko issue... One of the problems the Matsu in general had in the prior lore incarnation? They were almost always portrayed as killingly, dangerously inflexible. Sure, sometimes it took the form of insane displays of honor like the seppuku of Matsu Domotai, but generally, the family came off looking... not terribly friggin' bright, to be brutally honest. Having Tsuko figure out a blatantly transparent attempt to elicit a reaction allows us to see that the Akodo haven't corned the market on actual brains in the Lion clan. It also allows her to show more nuance than she'd permitted up to that point- after all, had she met Kuwanan in battle, she would have cheerfully killed him without a moment's hesitation- but by having some ronin deliver him in gift wrap, we get to see that she has more than just grief and fury going on.
  8. No Utaku Mounted Infantry. I may cry. So I went with the stablemaster.
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    Trufax. I... have serious issues with that story, not least because a bad debut can be damaging in the long run (see the fiery birdie mon? See how much happier I am with the handling of the Phoenix this time around?)
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    See? PROOF that maho use makes you evil!
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    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    Very, very little indicates that this was her primary motivation for breaking the agreement. It came across more as a matter of pride- cultural and personal. And Kakita Yoshi is a fool.
  12. Expect it to continue diminishing... Now, I have fond notions about the Utaku mounted Infantry, so...
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    So glad the fiction mostly averts this

    Eh... Dune is specifically cited as averting some of the pitfalls in the "how House Badguy wins" segment. But love it though I do, there's little denying that the Harkonnens are HILARIOUSLY incompetent in their stewardship of Arrakis- but also note, they don't betray the Padishah Emperor. Far from it. As far as L5R goes... I would actually argue that at MANY times in its history, it has fallen into a "House Placeholder" approach to multiple clans. I mean... what did the Unicorn get up to in the original Clan War arc? What did the Mantis do during Celestial Edition? What were the Phoenix doing from the end of Samurai through the debut of the New Moto Curse? While not every Clan can or should be a presence in every story, having entire factions basically go AWOL from the plot for years- literal, real-world years- at a time makes it hard for them to feel fleshed out.
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