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Shiba Gunichi

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  1. A major hitch in the old lore portrayal was that the arrogance of the Phoenix would blow up in their faces every time they showed up... meanwhile, their hubris never got anything to back it up. It was... frustrating. Yes, the Isawa are arrogant gits (especially at the outset of whatever plotline you want) because for centuries they've been undisputed blah blah blah. But when in the span of twenty years of various stories, they only show up to be duped, evil, just plain wrong, or outright defeated by foes we're told they should be able to handle, you'd think a scrap of humility might show up. Nope.
  2. Well, kinda.... but the Phoenix also genuinely revere the elemental kami- their prayers are requests that are usually fulfilled. Meishodo seems to them like cramming one of these sacred spirits into a jar and making it do tricks on demand. The Phoenix are actually VERY keen on everyone having "proper" shugenja, because as they see it, it's the most important job a samurai can do.
  3. Basically, it's magic powered not by elemental kami, but by Jigoku-tainted spirits called kansen. Where elemental kami now respond to prayers from shugenja, kansen will answer anyone who offers them blood in the correct format. Magic of that sort is called maho (which is typical Rokugan piling a bunch of concepts under one banner and walking off with its hands in its pockets), and invariably inflicts Taint on those involved.. And for the Phoenix, it's an absolutely moronic thing to engage in, for reasons I've ranted about at length for the past twelve years or so- the short version is, a clan whose supremacy is based on their actual shugenja should never, EVER be all about something that literally anyone can do to. If your edge is magic, keeping it restricted is entirely in your interest- putting aside the known consequences and thematic dullness of the topic. "Evil magic made me evil" has never been a terribly satisfactory narrative element.
  4. I've stuck with the Phoenix through a lot of outright ludicrous crap (although a lot of what I was around for was, "the Phoenix are hard to write for so they're not showing up"), but I won't lie- if the clan as a whole took a hard left turn into maho territory and stayed there, I'd probably bail- but that seems unlikely. AEG never did it, and they were the ones who gave us (several.) periods where the only way to be competitive with a Phoenix deck was to use maho- which meant that the only Phoenix wins we'd get to impact the storyline reflected that. Even that couldn't shunt the pollos del fuego completely to being boring wrist-cutting Evul Wizurds, so given how FFG has presented the Phoenix? I expect some heavy dabbling in darkness, but I'm pretty sanguine about the long-term faction identity.
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    Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)

    Meanwhile the friggin' Yogo get two schools before the Scorpion have an in-clan bushi? BAH.
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    Clan Spirit in L5R...

    Yeah, an honest Shadowlands fan doesn't annoy me in the slightest. Heck, Shinden Fu Leng was/is the best of the old Clan Forums, in my opinion. Someone who tries to turn a non-Shadowlands faction into Shadowlands lite, on the other hand? Go away.
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    Like seeds on the wind

    Did anyone actually think the PLS was on the level, narratively speaking? I always had them figured as a creepy cult, offering scraps of supernatural hope to peasants in an incredibly brutal and stratified society. I'd supposed they were either a Kolat (yawn) front or something more supernaturally sinister. This fiction has done nothing to shake that supposition. I'm sure that many of their adherents have only the best of intentions... but good intentions can lead to horrible things. My big happy takeaway: All those abandoned villages in the Dragon lands. Nobody watching all that closely- especially now that Yokuni has sent that expeditionary force down into the Empire for... whatever it is they're going to do.
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    Clan Spirit in L5R...

    Yes. The answer is yes. (Basically, the only thing the Phoenix playerbase as a whole could ever agree on was that AEG treated the Phoenix badly, in both story and card mechanics) And yes, as Schmoozies notes, there is a heavy contingent that really ought to just jump ship to the Shadowlands faction and stay the **** outta mine!
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    Clan Spirit in L5R...

    Note that some of that is a function of how.... disharmonious the Phoenix fanbase has historically been.
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    Clan Spirit in L5R...

    Meanwhile Grampa Gunichi regards discords with scorn (for "scorn," read "baffled incomprehension and disinterest"), but doesn't really miss Clan forums as much as he thought he would...
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    The Possible Conclusion to the Inheritence Cycle

    How nice that a Phoenix-trained Ishiken is there to notice I have my own speculation on root causes- I think that whatever it is is hitting the Phoenix hardest so that they'll be chasing that down instead of looking at the bigger picture. Especially since if they admit the full depth of the problem, they'll be displaying a weakness that more mundane Clans would be only too happy to exploit.
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    The Possible Conclusion to the Inheritence Cycle

    The tsunami that hit the Crane was the direct result of the former Phoenix Master of Water trying to fix the imbalance. Every single time the imbalance has been seen, the Phoenix have been involved on some level- it's either hitting stuff in their lands or affecting their shugenja.
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    The Possible Conclusion to the Inheritence Cycle

    It remains to be seen- what we can be pretty sure of is that the Council have been a bit hasty in blaming meishodo for the elemental imbalance- especially since it's apparently hitting the Phoenix lands, not the Unicorn (or, uh... anyone else so far).
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    Scorpion bushi (or lack there of)

    Considering that multiple people have said, "you can just fight as a courtier," it makes as much sense as anything we've got. I mean... in 4th edition? I LOVE the Bayushi Bushi. It's a one-on-one specialist wrecking crew of a school. But the Bayushi have always been excpetionally courtly bushi- and exceptionally stabby courtiers.
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    The Possible Conclusion to the Inheritence Cycle

    At present, it seems like the "MEISHODO TERRIBAD" campaign basically failed anyhow, with the Seppun formally trying to study it. Now, should Shahai do something... untoward, then maybe the old ban-train might get some steam in its boiler again, but for now? Might just be in the presentation, but it seems like literally nobody else sees it as the problem the Phoenix do- because so far, the elemental imbalance is something only the Phoenix appear to have noticed. In addition, the only clue we really seem to have on that front is that djinn fighting with elemental kami might be the root cause- but meishodo does not necessarily require the presence of djinn.
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