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    Doji Satevis reacted to Tonbo Karasu in Ancient Daisho   
    My bet is that he said 'long sword' and 'short sword' and some helpful scribe at some point thought "Since we use katanas as long swords these days, I might as well just write katana here".
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    Doji Satevis reacted to player3015634 in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    Emerald Magistrates who spent their careers working under the Emerald Champion -- Doji Satsume. To suggest that they can't be trusted to investigate the death of their own beloved superior is to insult that superior's memory and ability to train and command his underlings.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to DGLaderoute in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    Interestingly enough, there WAS a definitive answer as to who's counteroffensive it was that was swinging the balance of power, and in what direction. But that got removed during editing, leaving the open-ended statement that somebody's counteroffensive was swinging the balance of power in somebody's favor. I'm not sure why, but I'm sure Katrina and the other folks at FFG have their reasons, so the statement stands as is, I guess (meaning that I'm not really entirely sure how the balance of power is/was swinging around Toshi Ranbo).
    I'm going to preface this by saying that, as a freelance writer, I have a broad-strokes knowledge of the "big picture" story going forward, but really nothing about the specifics of what's going with each clan in the upcoming cycle(s). So I'm saying this as a fan/reader, rather than a writer...just want to be clear on that. I think the Scorpion are in an increasingly dangerous situation. Yes, they are THE political powerhouse in Rokugan. They hold the position of Imperial Advisor, they wield enormous influence in the Imperial Court, they've largely sidelined the Otomo, they're going to be getting some form of control over Toshi Ranbo and, now, the Emperor intends to make their Champion the Imperial Regent. This all sounds awesome from a Scorpion perspective...especially if you're someone like Bayushi Kachiko.

    BUT...as Shoju muses in "The World, A Stage", this isn't what the Scorpion are supposed to be about. They exist to protect the Empire from hidden and insidious threats, both internal and external, to prevent the clans from uniting against the Throne (a job they came to share with the Otomo, thank you very much Gozoku conspirators) and generally do the things that need to be done to keep the Empire safe and functioning, that nobody else wants to do. However, as more and more of the clan gets enmeshed in the Empire's power structures and the enormous, bloated bureaucracy that has grown around them, there are fewer and fewer resources available to do all of those sneaky, schemy, shadowy things that the Scorpion are SUPPOSED to be doing. I image Shoju lying in bed at night, worrying that something is going to slip through, enormous damage and harm is going to result, and it will be because the Scorpion aren't doing the job they're supposed to be doing. The Scorpion are effectively supplanting the Crane and the Imperial families in Rokugan's political landscape, but they're increasingly risking shirking their "real" job to do it.
    It may LOOK like the Scorpion are the big winners in the Empire right now, but in a pretty fundamental way, they're actually facing trials and complications as much as any of the other clans are...they're just less obvious. 
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    Doji Satevis reacted to HamHamJ2 in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    I don't get the argument that Hotaru is ignoring her father's death. An investigation is/was conducted by the Emerald Magistrates. They found nothing. Sudden natural deaths happen. It's not like the Crane have a family who are all super detectives. What are they going to do that hasn't already been done? 
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in **SPOILER ZONE** Emerald Palace RPG Story Implications   
    I'm not a fan of the Kolat either, but I think FFG is committed to doing something other than "giant supernatural threat comes stomping in, clans band together to whack it, rinse and repeat" story pattern AEG fell into. Lots of the new conflicts they've introduced are ripe for more complicated types of resolution than that. And so, while I just sort of give a tired shrug in the direction of the Kolat, I'm also willing to wait and see if FFG does something more interesting with them.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Manchu in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    Shoju genuinely loves Kachiko, as the Hantei surely knows. Ordering him to kill her would permanently ruin their friendship. An Emperor has thousands of servants but few if any true friends.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Mangod in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    You know, I find it really funny how, in every story where someone has seen the Emperor, they've thought about how pitiable he is; he is old, he is weak, he has lost the favor of Heaven, etc, etc...

    And yet, we're also shown that, though his body is clearly failing him, he's not some doddering fool; quite the contrary. It just makes the tragedy of his situation sting that much more; if only he was a few years younger, he could still be the Emperor that the Empire needs. Alas.

    And now he's stuck in a position where he's apparently counting each day as a blessing, having to choose between two heirs, one unfit, the other untrained, and has to appoint his closest friend as Regent, a position that the Emperor must know will only cause his friend problems. In short, Being Hantei XXXVIII is Suffering.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Coyote Walks in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    That is what we literary types call a 'Death Flag'.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in A Tiger Stalks His Prey Lore Discussion   
    Oddly, one of my favorite touches in this story is also one of the most understated: the Emperor is abdicating because he has cataracts.
    I love that because stories so often reach for the big, grand moves instead. But no -- his vision is failing him, and he's smart enough to know that compensating for that handicap would require him to trust the people around him. In another society that would work just fine . . . but not here. And Rokugan may have magic, but it can't fix everything, and cataracts are on the list of problems it can't solve. Other health problems, too, but that little touch about his vision just pleases me all out of proportion.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Manchu in Fiction Library   
    *** Please also see the Imperial Census thread maintained by Tonbo Karasu for notes on the known personalities of Rokugan.
    "The First Scroll" - a single-PDF collection of some of the stories indexed below.
    The Stories
    An Empire In Turmoil (Learn To Play, p. 2)
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/03 appearances: Doji Kuwanan, Doji Takeaki Synopsis: Crane samurai are attacked by ronin. A Season of War (Learn To Play, pp. 19-21)
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/03 appearances: Akodo no Kami (by reference), Daidoji Kaezin, Doji no Kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei no Kami (by reference), Ikoma Eiji, Kakita Asami, Kakita Yuri (by reference), Matsu Beiona Synopsis: War looms as Crane and Lion diplomats debate which clan has the right to control the Osari Plains. Her Father's Daughter
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2017/05/17 appearances: Bayushi Kachiko, Daidoji Nerishma, Doji Hotaru, Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference),  Doji Shizue, Fumio (cat), Kakita Toshimoko (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Shosuro Hametsu (by reference), Yoritomo (by reference) Synopsis: The Crane Clan Champion faces trouble on the road to Otosan Uchi - and perhaps more trouble in the capital. The Price Of War
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/06/07 appearances: Akodo Arasou, Akodo Toturi, Doji Hotaru, Kitsu Motso, Matsu Agetoki, Matsu Gohei, Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: The Lion Clan Champion leads his forces into battle against the Crane, at a high cost. The Rising Wave
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/06/21 appearances: Kitsuki Yaruma (by reference), Kobori Sozan (clerk), Mirumoto Hitomi, Mirumoto Masahige, Rakusetsu (horse), Sanjiro (headman of Tall Pine Village), Togashi no Kami (by reference?), Togashi Gaijutsu (by reference), Togashi Kazue (by reference), Togashi Mitsu, Togashi Yokuni, Yuki (wife of Sanjiro) Synopsis: In a time of growing troubles, the Mirumoto daimyo seeks an audience with the mysterious Dragon Clan Champion. Dark Hands Of Heaven
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2017/07/05 appearances: Hida Kisada, Hida O-Ushi, Hida Sukune, Hida Tomonatsu, Hida Yakamo, Hiruma Yoshino, Kaiu Shihobu, Kuni Osaku (by reference), Kuni Yori, Lady Hida (by reference), Yasuki Oguri, Yasuki Taka Synopsis: The stoic Crab Clan Champion oversees the increasingly desperate defense of the Carpenter Wall. Risen From The Flames
    by Robert Denton III published 2017/07/19 appearances: Elemental Master of Air (unnamed), Isawa Tsuke (Elemental Master of Fire), Elemental Master of Water (unnamed), Isawa Rujo (Elemental Master of Earth), Isawa Tadaka, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Shiba no Kami (by reference), Shiba Sukazu, Shiba Tetsu, Shiba Tsukune, Shiba Ujimitsu (vision) Synopsis: The Phoenix Clan gathers to choose a new Champion when a shrine ominously catches fire. Curved Blades
    by Ree Soesbee published 2017/08/02 appearances: Ikoma (nee Asako) Akari, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Daiyu, Shinjo Altansarnai, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura, Utaku Kamoko Synopsis: The Unicorn Clan Champion must weigh the future of her clan, as well as her own fate, now that her people have returned to Rokugan. Smokeless Fire
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/10 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion), Hantei Sotorii, Isawa Atsuko, Isawa Kaede, Isawa Ninube (by reference), Isawa Nobu, Isawa Ujina (by reference), Kitsuki Yaruma, Seppun Ishikawa Synopsis: Phoenix shugenja warn the Emperor that meishodo, foreign sorcery the Unicorn carried back to Rokugan, endangers the Empire. The World, A Stage
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2017/08/16 appearances: Bayuhsi no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Ogoe (by reference), Bayuhsi Shoju, Bayashi Yunako, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Soshi Shiori (by reference), Yogo Junzo (by reference) Synopsis: The Scorpion Clan Champion ruthlessly tests the skill and devotion of his followers, including his own wife. A Most Suitable Teacher
    by Katrina Ostrander published 2017/08/18 appearances: Doji Hotaru (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Ujiaki (by reference), Isawa Kaede (by reference), Seppun Ishikawa, Iuichi Daiyu (by reference), Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Shinjo no Kami (by reference) Synopsis: The Emperor has decided on the meishodo issue, and the wheel of court intrigue turns. In the Garden of Lies (Part 1)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/09/06 appearances: Akodo no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Gensato, Bayushi Masanao, Kitsuki Shomon, Shosuro Hyobu, Yogo Hiroue Synopsis: Dragon duels Scorpion, first as a matter of steel and then as a matter of words. In the Garden of Lies (Part 2)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/09/20 appearances: Kitsuki Shomon, Satto, Shosuro Hyobu (by reference), Shosuro Miyako, Yogo Hiroue Synopsis: Hiroue sends Miyako north to investigate the Perfect Land Sect. To The South (Part 1)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/10/06 appearances: Irugel (horse); Iuchi Rimei, Naegi (horse) Shinjo Tatsuo, Tama (ashigaru) Synopsis: A patrol of Unicorn pursue an unknown threat across the wilds. To The South (Part 2)
    by Marie Brennan published 2017/10/18 appearances: Hiruma Kogoe, Iuichi Rimei, Kaiu Shuichi, Kuni Heki, Shinjo Tatsuo Synopsis: Crab and Unicorn scouts work together to unravel a dangerous mystery. The Fate of Flames
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 2017/10/30 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Doji Satsume (by reference), Kitsu Motso, Kujira (ronin), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: Matsu Tsuko comes face-to-face with the brother of the Crane Champion. Better To Be Certain
    by Robert Denton III published 2017/10/31 appearances: Hida Tsuru, Hiruma Kenjiro, Hiruma Shizuyo, Hiruma Yukino Synopsis: A lone Crab faces horror and doubt in the Shadowlands. The Fires of Justice
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 2017/11/05 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Doji Satsume (by reference), Kitsu Motso (by reference), Matsu Agetoki (by reference), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: Matsu Tsuko and Doji Kuwana part ways, as Kuwanan rides for Kyuden Kakita. The Stories We Tell
    by Nancy M. Sauer published 2017/11/08 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Doji-no-Kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Shizue, Doji Teinko (by reference), Fukurokujin (the Fortune of Wisdom) (by reference), Hantei-no-Kami (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Hochiahime (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Kakita (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Shiba Tsukune (by reference), Shiba Ujimitsu (by reference) Synopsis: The children of the late Crane Champion struggle with the truth of their father's demise. Blind Ambition
    by D.G. Laderoute published with Tears of Amaterasu Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu-no-kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Ide Tadaji (by reference), Isawa Kaede (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Otomo Sorai, Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shosuro Takeru, Yasuki Taka (by reference) Synopsis: Bayushi Kachiko maneuvers to prevent a coalition of Great Clans. Service and Sacrifice
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/11/15 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kage, Akodo Matoko, Akodo Mikiu, Akodo Toturi, Daidoji Utsugiri (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Hatsuko (servant), Ikoma Ujiaki, Isawa Kaede, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Kakita Toshimoko (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shiba Tsukune Synopsis: The Lion hunger for war with the Crane, but their champion disagrees and considers stepping aside. A Difference Of Lanterns
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published with For Honor And Glory Dynasty Pack appearances: Daikoku no kami (Fortune of Wealth) (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Hida Yakamo (by reference), Kakita Yoshi, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo Synopsis: The Crab Clan can expect no help from the Imperial Court ... but help may come from unexpected places. Family Duty
    by Robert Denton III published with Into The Forbidden City Dynasty Pack appearances: Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kiso (horse), Matsu Mitsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura, Tsubasa (horse), Umeboshi (horse), Utaku Hisako (by reference), Utaka Yumino, Yue (horse) Synopsis: Shinjo Shono, son of the Unicorn Champion, determines to face his erstwhile betrothed in battle after the Lion seize Unicorn land. Beneath, Below, Beyond
    by Annie VanderMeer Misoda published 11/22/2017 appearances: Daikoku no kami (Fortune of Wealth) (by reference), Hida Kisada (by reference), Kaimetsu (by reference),  Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Kudaka, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo Synopsis: A fateful deal is cut, between Crab and Mantis. Court Games
    by D.G. Laderoute published with The Chrysanthemum Throne Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko,  Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Teinko (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Ujiaki, Kakita Asami (by reference), Kakita Toshimoko, Kakita Yoshi, Kakita Yuri, Yasuki Taka (by reference) Synopsis: The Clans maneuver in the Imperial Court but what's really going on? Flying Chariot, Standing
    by Gareth-Michael Skarka published 2017/11/29 appearances: Agasha Seigen (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Iuchi Daiyu (by reference), Miya Satoshi, Otomo Sorai (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shosuro Takeru (by reference), Utaku Kamoko Synopsis: News of tensions between Lion and Unicorn arrives in the capital. The Bright Flame of the World's Glory
    by Nancy M. Sauer published with the Fate Has No Secrets Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi, Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shjou (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Satsume (by reference), Doji Hotaru, Hantei XXXVIII, Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Ikoma Ujiaki, Isawa Kaede, Kakita Toshimoko, Matsu Mitsuko (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Miya Satoshi (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: Lion and Scorpion face off in the final duel of the Emerald Tournament. Honor, Loyalty, Duty
    by Mari Murdock published 2017/12/06 appearances: Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Goshiu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayuhsi Mikuru, Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII (by reference), Kakita Yuri (by reference), Shosuro Hatsuko Synopsis: For a Scorpion Magistrate, balancing one's loyalties is a complicated and dangerous matter. Wildcats And Dragon Teeth
    by Lisa Farrell published 2017/12/13 appearances: Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion) (by reference), Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Doji Satsume (by refrence), Hantei Sotorii, Kitsuki Yaruma Synopsis: The Crown Prince demonstrates his temperament. Fireflies
    by Robert Denton III published with the Meditations on the Ephemeral Dynasty Pack appearances: Akodo-no-kami (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Hantei-no-kami (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Isawa Tadaka (by reference), Maki (servant), Seppun Ishikawa, Shiba no kami (by reference), Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Empire is steeped in ominous signs but there is still room for tenderness. The Spectres of War
    by Lisa Farrell published 2018/2/7 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion), Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Bishamon (Fortune of Strength) (by reference), Daidoji Uji, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Haciman no kami (Fortune of Battle) (by reference), Kitsuki Kagi, Kitsuki Yaruma (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Emerald Champion visits Toshi Ranbo to ensure the spirits of those who died in battle are at rest. Repentance Does Not Come First
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/4/2 appearances: Asako Togama, Isawa (by refrence), Isawa Akuma (by reference), Isawa Rujo (Elemental Master of Earth), Isawa Tadaka, Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void) (by reference), Shiba no kami (by reference), Shiba Testu, Shiba Tsukune (by reference), Shinesei (by reference) Synopsis: Tensions within the Phoenix Clan come to a head, resulting in a duel between the Elemental Master of Earth and his most controversial student. Tempests and Tides
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published with the Breath of the Kami Dynasty Pack appearances: Asahina Kenji (by reference), Asahina Maeko, Asahina Takako (by reference), Doji Kiriko (by reference), Fuu, Isawa Asahina (by reference), Kaze no kami, Kudaka, Suiten (by reference), Umi, Yoritomo Synopsis: A young shugenja does not believe the storms claiming Crane shipments are altogether natural. Sometimes it's tough being right! A Crane Takes Flight
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2018/7/3 appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Daidoji Netsu, Doji Hotaru, Doji Kuwanan,  Doji Satsune (by reference), Doji Shizue (by reference), Kakita Asami (by reference), Kitsune Kuzunobu (by reference), Shosuro Hamestsu (by reference), Sun Tao (by reference) Synopsis: As the Crane face defeat on the battlefield, a long-awaited reunion of siblings goes ... poorly. Gaze Into Darkness
    by D.G. Laderoute published with the Tainted Land Dynasty Pack appearances: Hida Kisada (by reference), Kuni Ayame, Kuni Daigo, Kuni Mokuna (by reference), Kuni Utagu, Kuni Yori Synopsis:  Are the Kuni on the brink of discovering a new technique to battle the Shadowlands? Or just on the brink of madness? Kurosunai Village
    by Chris Longhurst published 2018/7/11 appearances: Katsuo, Maki, Takuhiro (dog), Tomoko, Shin (by reference), Shiro, Yasuki Hikari Synopsis: Just another day in the life of the peasantry ... Awakened
    by Nancy M. Sauer published with the The Fires Within dynasty Pack appearances: Apieshu, Hiruma Kogoe, Ishikibel, Iuichi Rimei, Kaiu Shuich, Kuni Heki, Shinjo Tatsuo, Shushual Synopsis: The first meeting of peoples is a delicate moment. Outsiders
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/7/18 appearances: Isawa Maezawa (by reference), Iuchi Takeya, Kaito Kosori, Kichi, Mayu (horse), Shiba Tsukune (by reference) Synopsis: Foreign sorcery may be the key to the elemental unbalance plaguing Phoenix lands. Dreams of Shadow
    by D.G. Laderoute published with the Ebb and Flow Dynasty Pack appearances: Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Doji Ninube (by reference), Doji Satsume (by reference), Hantei no kami (by reference), Isawa Ujina (Elemental Master of Void), Shosuro Hametsu, Shosuro Sadako Synopsis: A Scorpion agent may have accomplished more than she suspects. Heart of the Garden
    by Edward Bolme published 2018/7/25 appearances: Doji no kami (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Iuchi Daiyu, Iuchi Shahai, Kakita (by reference), Shinjo Altarnasai (by reference), Seppun Sanosuke, Shinjo Haruko, Shinjo Shono, Shinjo Yasamura Synopsis: A fateful friendship emerges at the heart of the Empire. Snow and Sun
    by Marie Brennan published with the All and Nothing Dynasty Pack appearances: Hige, Mirumoto Ichiro, Mirumoto Masahige (by reference), Kanbei, Momoe, Satto, Seijin, Shinsei (by reference), Shosuro Miyako, Tadao (by reference), Yogo Hiroue (by reference), Yuki Synopsis: The Perfect Land Sect is on the verge of moving against the Dragon Clan. Between the Lines
    by Marie Brennan published 2018/8/1 appearances: Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Hida Yakamo (by reference), Ikoma Tsanuri, Mirumoto Akitake, Mirumoto Hitomi, Mirumoto Satsu (by reference), Suna, Togashi Mitsu Synopsis: A Dragon army marches through Lion territory on an enigmatic mission. A Swift End
    by Lisa Farrell published with the Elements Unbound Dynasty Pack appearances: Hosokawa Tesshu, Matsu Gohei (by reference), Matsu Mitsuko, Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shinjo Shono, Utaku Yumino Synopsis: Erstwhile lovers face each other in a battle that will spark a war. Tiger Stalks His Prey
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2018/8/8 appearances: Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Emma-O (Fortune of Death) (by reference), Hantei XVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Sotorii, Hosokawa Tesshu (by reference), Ikoma Anakazu (by reference), Isawa Ujina (by reference), Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: Determined to secure the future of Rokugan, the Emperor discloses momentous plans to his Emerald Champion. A Simple Test
    by Mari Murdock published 2018/10/3 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), (Bayushi) Aramasu (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Bayushi (Yogo) Asami, Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Bayushi Yojiro, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan, Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Sotorii, Masao, Otomo Utoshi Synopsis: Rumors of assasination swirl in Otosan Uichi - and the purported target is no less a personage than the Imperial Advisor herself. Small Mercies
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/10/31 appearances: Emma-O (Fortune of Death) (by reference), the Lady, Toritaka, Masaomi, Toritaka Nyotaka, Toritaka Taguchi Synopsis: Phantom Hunters of the Falcon Clan pursue their prey deep in the Shinomen Forest. Imperial Gifts
    by Robert Denton III published 2018/11/4 appearances: Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Doji Shizue, Doji Teinko (by reference), Doji Yasurugi (by reference), Fumio, Hantei no kami (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Hida no kami (by reference), Iuchi Shahai, Kaiu (by reference), Kakita Asami (by reference), Kakita Yuri (by reference), Kozue (by reference), Akari (family name not given) (by reference) Synopsis: Yearning hearts portend dark paths. Children of the Empire, Part 1
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/1/30 appearances:  Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by refernce), Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Hantei XVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Deisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Rezan (by reference), Shosuro Furyari (by reference) Synopsis:  The Emperor and his closest friend discuss the circumstances of his abdication. Children of the Empire, Part II
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/2/6 appearances: Akodo Toturi (by reference), Amaterasu no kami (by reference), Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Doji Satsume, Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Onnotangu no kami (by reference), Shosuro Takeru Synopsis: A duel between the Imperial heirs reveals the depth of their characters. Children of the Empire, Part III
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/2/14 appearances: Bayushi Dairu, Bayushi Shoju, Doji Satsume, Hantei XXVI (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu, Hantei Sotorii, Kakita no kami (by reference) Synopsis: The duel of the heirs told once more, from another perspective. Like Seeds On The Wind
    by Marie Brennan published 2019/3/20 appearances: Agasha no Seiya Fukuai (by reference), Hige, Ichiro, Kistuki Shomon (by reference), Mirumoto Hyogin (by reference), Satto, Shinsei (by reference) Synopsis: The Perfect Land Sect spreads heretical hope among desperate peasants. Rule From Horseback
    by Daniel Lovat Clark published 2019/3/27 appearances: Daichin (horse), Hamid, Khash (horse), Moto Altani, Moto Ariq, Moto Chagatai, Moto Guyuk, Moto Khojin, Moto Ogodei (by reference), Moto Qaro (by reference), Moto Rurame, Moto Sorghaghtani (“Tani”), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference), Shinjo Shono (by reference), Sky (horse), Ujin Hogelun Synopsis: Assasins pursue the heir of the Unicorn Champion but are his rescuers just as deadly? The Last Stone Played
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/4/3 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion) (by reference), Aiko, Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi no Kami (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro, Baysihi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi “No-name” (“Nightengale), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Hantei XXXVIII, Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Sotorii, Miya Satoshi Synopsis: An ambominable crime is committed at the heart of the Empire. Tactical Maneuvers
    by Nancy M. Sauer published 2019/4/24 appearances: Akodo Kage, Bayushi Iwane, Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Doji no kami (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuzunobu, Ikoma Eiji, Kakita Asami, Kakita Kaezin, Kakita Ryoku (by reference), Kitsune Gohei, Kitsune Itsuki, Matsu Seishin, Mirumoto Akihiro, Shinjo no kami (by reference) Synopsis: Crane courtiers make things awkward for their hosts. Falling Stars
    by Mari Murdock published 2019/7/24 appearances: Synopsis: Neither the Emperor nor his Emerald Champion are safe in the capital of the Empire. By the Stroke of a Brush
    by Lisa Farrell published 2019/8/14 appearances: Synopsis: Betrayals laid bare at last, war within the Crane Clan seems inevitable. Red Petals Scatter
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/8/21 appearances: Synopsis: Two Swords Fall From Heaven
    by Marie Brennan published 2019/8/27 appearances: Synopsis Black and White
    by D.G. Laderoute published 2019/9/3 appearances: Synopsis: Behind The Empty Throne
    by Mari Murdock published 2019/10/9 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (Ruby Champion), Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi (Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi Aramoro (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko, Bayushi Shoju, Bayushi Yojiro (by reference), Bayushi Yunako (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu (by reference), Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Ikoma Eiji, Ikoma Ujiaki, Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kakita Yoshi, Kitsuki Yuikimi (by reference), Miya Satoshi, Seppun Ishikawa (by reference), Seppun Masayo (by reference), Yogo Asami (by reference) Synopsis: The regency begins even as a rift widens deep within the Scorpion Clan. The Roar of the Lioness
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2019/10/15 appearances: Akodo no kami (by reference), Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Toturi (by reference), Akodo Zentaro, Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Ikoma Ujiaki (by reference), Kakita Barahime, Kakita Ichiro, Kakita Shinta (by reference), Kakita Wataru, Kakita Yoshi (by reference), Kitsu Motso, Matsu no kami (by reference), Matsu Tsuko Synopsis: The Lion Clan goes on the offensive, with ominous portent not only for its enemies. Wind Through Falling Leaves
    by Lisa Farrell published 2019/10/16 appearances: Agasha Sumiko (the Ruby Champion) (by reference), Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion) (by reference), Bayushi Dairu (by reference), Bayushi Kachiko (by reference), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Doji Hotaru (by reference), Doji Kuwanan (by reference), Doji Shizue, Fumio, Hantei Disetsu (by reference), Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Ide Tadaji, Iuchi Shahai (by reference), Kakita Barahime (by reference), Kakita Ichiro (by reference), Kakita Nene, Kakita Yoshi, Matsu Tsuko (by reference), Shinjo Altansarnai (by reference) Synopsis: The Imperial Chancellor must set plans in motion to balance threats arrayed against the Crane Clan. The Cornered Lion, Part I
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/10/30 appearances: Akodo Arasou (by reference), Akodo Kaede, Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Bayushi Shoju (by reference), Hantei Daisetsu (by reference),  Hantei Jodan (by reference), Hantei Sotorii (by reference), Iuichi Shahai (by reference), Kitsuki Kagi (by reference), Matsu Tsuko (by reference),  Synopsis: The Emerald Champion considers who may have tried to kill him. Trust Me
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/10/31 appearances: Azusa, Isawa Rujo (by reference), Isawa Tadaka (The Elemental Master of Earth), Kuni Yori, Shiba Tsukune, Tazu Synopsis: The Master of Earth looks after a sick priestess. A Game Of Promises
    by Annie VanderMeer Mitsoda published 2019/11/7 appearances: Hida Kisada (by reference), Kaze Kudaka, Miki, Mizu, Yasuki Oguri, Yasuki Taka, Yoritomo (by reference) Synopsis: Crab and Mantis negotiate another deal. The Cornered Lion, Part II
    by Robert Denton III published 2019/11/12 appearances: Akodo Kaede (by reference), Akodo Toturi (the Emerald Champion), Seppun Ishikawa Synopsis: In the wake of catastrophe, the Emerald Champion recruits allies.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Nitenman in Map from the ebook   
    you are not mistaken indeed. 
    So this is definitely the new Canon map, probably the one as well that will be the map for FFG's Five Rings RPG.
    A change from 4th ed. As said clan territories look smaller and less space for those untamed or unaligned lands. 
     
    The northern crane lands look now smaller, and when you see where Toshi Ranbo is, you wonder how crane can maintain supply lines to the town.
     
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in 'New' Official Map   
    We've got a decent percentage of the people here going "augh, I know, right, the rivers are terrible" -- so while it's still probably true that the vast majority don't notice the problem, it's tripping up enough people to be annoying.
    As for the "speaking as a writer" angle -- that's honestly one of the reasons I wish we could have taken this opportunity to fix the problem. Because now I feel like I can't write things that deal very much with the river geography of Rokugan (e.g. trade, which ought to be a pretty big deal), because the foundation I'm standing on isn't solid enough to support that. Whereas if it were better-designed, we could have stories about how certain castles control important confluences, or the Lion and the Unicorn squabble back and forth over the banks of a given waterway so they can dominate trade along it, or the drying-up of a particular minor river means the kami in a neighboring family's lands that contain the headwaters has been offended and now you need to politick your way through fixing that. But when there's only a handful of rivers and their behavior makes no sense, it's a lot more difficult to do that kind of thing in a compelling fashion.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in 'New' Official Map   
    Deltas happen at the mouth of a river. They're essentially a giant mudflat, in which the water branches apart because "the path of least resistance" is pretty much anywhere it wants to be -- and moreover changes on a regular basis, unless you have modern engineering forcing the branches of the delta to stay put rather than shifting.
    Rokugan's rivers somehow branch . . . everywhere. Middle of a plain, edge of a mountain range, wherever they like. And the branches are almost always in a direction that implies the water is getting divided instead of collected, which is the entire concept behind a watershed/drainage basin.
    I don't think it's possible to draw an elevation map of Rokugan that would make sense of the river system. If the water is flowing from high elevation to low, why does only half the water go one way and half the other? Even if the elevation at the spot of the branch happens to be exactly the same, the river would eventually carve out a deeper channel along one path (the one with a softer bed, probably, or the one that drops off more steeply later, leading to more rapid water flow), and then it would send all its flow along that channel. This is how the Mississippi used to jump its bed, before the Army Corps of Engineers poured huge amounts of money and effort into keeping it where it is right now.
    I mean, off on the eastern coast, you have the Lake of Sorrows and the Lake of Shining Glass on opposite sides of a MOUNTAIN  RANGE that are somehow connected. Yes, sure, there's a pass . .  and apparently that pass is at the same elevation as the eastern shore of the northern lake, because the water can't make up its mind whether it would like to take a short jaunt to the sea or . . .
    Okay, I just realized that as pretty as this map is, it made things worse. In every other map I'm looking at, the Lake of  Shining Glass feeds only into the Lake of Sorrows. Which makes sense from an elevation standpoint, even if I wonder how one of the biggest lakes in Rokugan apparently just arises from a spring up in the mountains, with no rivers to feed it. But here, it also has an outlet to the sea. Plus the one that crosses the mountain range. That just . . . what . . . I can't even.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Khudzlin in 'New' Official Map   
    Deltas would make sense, but the map doesn't. Its rivers seem to run in arbitrary (and sometimes contradictory) directions.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in 'New' Official Map   
    There should be many small rivers inland joining together to make a bigger river as they flow toward the sea. Not a river somehow getting bigger as it splits into multiple rivers and forming what amount to islands all along the coastline. The map of Rokugan is the equivalent of a lovely painting of a mountain where the pointy top is in the ground and the wide base is in the air.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Kinzen in 'New' Official Map   
    Alas. I had my fingers crossed that with the reboot, we might get a redesigned map that has *any* comprehension of how rivers work. (Hint: NOT LIKE THAT.)
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    Doji Satevis got a reaction from Myrion in Sooo...Doji Hotaru   
    I cannot believe I have just read a post in which someone is in all seriousness attempting to argue that if a character is not acting in a (stereotypically) (to that person's biased point of view) "feminine" manner, then that character must actually really be male despite what we've been told and shown.
    This is already getting old.
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    Doji Satevis got a reaction from JJ48 in Story Changes   
    Why default to tradition here when we have an entire new version of Rokugan to play with?
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    Doji Satevis got a reaction from Ertsatz in Sooo...Doji Hotaru   
    I cannot believe I have just read a post in which someone is in all seriousness attempting to argue that if a character is not acting in a (stereotypically) (to that person's biased point of view) "feminine" manner, then that character must actually really be male despite what we've been told and shown.
    This is already getting old.
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    Doji Satevis got a reaction from Hammo12 in Sooo...Doji Hotaru   
    I cannot believe I have just read a post in which someone is in all seriousness attempting to argue that if a character is not acting in a (stereotypically) (to that person's biased point of view) "feminine" manner, then that character must actually really be male despite what we've been told and shown.
    This is already getting old.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Mirumoto Saito in A little disillusioned   
    Just wanted to add this: 4e wasn't "perfect" or "finished" by a long shot. It absolutely needed a new edition or, at least, a massive rework.
    Is this the new edition/version it needed?
    That is for each one of us to decide.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to BlindSamurai13 in A little disillusioned   
    lol Freaking gold mine for Shadowrun 
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    Doji Satevis reacted to llamaman88 in A little disillusioned   
    I mean really we don't need a 5th edition. AEG finished L5R off as far as I understand. Using their system you can run all the L5R you ever wanted and not have to step out and try anything new.
    But we get this system, because FFG saw a fanbase that didn't want to stop spending money on a game and a world they love. I think it was smart of them to rebrand the cards, the fictions and the RP for their own rather than try to keep doing what AEG had done in the past. AEG ran a story that lasted 20 years, dozens RP materials that many will say became a perfect representation of what AEG's world was.
    If FFG is going to have any chance, they need to do their own thing. Which they seem to have done in regards to the cards, the fiction and now the RP as well. This isn't 5th edition L5R, it's a new 1st Edition. The Imperial Cycle LCG isn't the Imperial Edition CCG, it's a new game with familiar themes. The New fictions with Toturi and Kisada aren't the same ones that broke ground in the 90s.
    To keep comparing this to the "perfect" 4e isn't doing either line justice. FFG doesn't seem to want to tell the same sort of story with their game that AEG did. AEG wanted a world where honor was stronger than steel. A world where the wrong words would end in a swift and deadly duel, and their dice mechanics sure make it deadly. FFG is interested in Samurai drama and internal conflict. This game's not meant to capture the story the same way AEG's did, even if you were to run the same campaign. And this is a beta, so it isn't working just right yet, but I think the recent update has made strides to capture their desired game experience pretty well.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to Norgrath in Rituals   
    I think it's safe to assume that the full rulebook will have more of nearly everything, particularly at higher ranks.
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    Doji Satevis reacted to BitRunr in I'm done being diplomatic.   
    I didn't make an argument. I don't, however, think that saying "Its movie fighting for entertainment." makes it any lesser.
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