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  1. Tetsuhiko

    Conspiracy Time

    I've seen many crazy theories floating around the forum and elsewhere, but they often are hidden beneath tons of unrelated and/or serious discussions. So here's the plan. Post your crazy theories, outlandish predictions and convoluted explanations here. Feel free to discuss them at length as well. Note that everything goes. Do not stop yourself because it is far-fetched or because there are more credible theories. This is a thread for fun I'll make sure to edit the first post to include all of them with a timestamp for ease of reference and to allow you to claim ''Called it'' if you are finally proven right. Who Killed Doji Satsume? Schmoozies (Dec 14, 2017): Nobody, he died of natural causes Ishu Toni (Dec 14, 2017): Nobody, he is still alive, faked his own death in order to acquire more freedom to investigate a conspiracy he stumbled upon during his tenure as Emerald Champion: The Imperial prince Daisetsu is plotting against his father and brother Waywardpaladin (Dec 14, 2017) The Emperor himself. Satsume discovered his plot to become immortal through dark magics and was killed to keep this information secret JolofNar (Dec 15, 2017) A Conspiracy aiming at destabilizing the leadership of the Great Clan. They also played at least indirectly into the death of the Lion and Phoenix Champion, as well as the failed marriage of the Unicorn Champion. Notorious I.D.E (Dec 15, 2017) Sotorii or Daisetsu. Unexplained why. What happened with the Water Kami? Doji Hyokin (Dec 14, 2017) The Mantis manipulated the Kamis to create the tsunamis, forcing the hands of the Crane Clan and pushing the Crab Clan towards them, giving them a chance of becoming a Great Clan. Shiba Gunichi (Dec 15, 2017) The Heavens are displeased by the Hantei Dynasty. The problem will continue to spread and take many forms, like the declined birthrate of the Dragon Clan. HirumaShigure (Dec 16, 2017) The Ninth Kami, Ryoshun, is behind the elemental imbalance, displeased about his lack of worship. Shiba Gunichi (Dec 16, 2017) The Void (aka the Lying Darkness) is slowly corrupting the phoenix, hindering their abilities to call upon the other kamis. Who are the sons and daughters of Heavens? Kinzen (Dec 14, 2017) I don't want to say aliens but... Aliens. Also, elemental magic is the Force and FFG will soon announce a crossover boardgame and a limited comic book series uniting the two universes. This comes from an inside source and is 100% confirmed. Kolat Shiba Gunichi (Dec 15, 2017) Yoritomo is part of the Kolat Meishodo Shiba Gunichi (Dec 15, 2017) It is dangerous, especially when dealing with spirits other than Kamis. The Shadowlands Tabris2k (Dec 16, 2017) Doji Fumio is Fu Leng in disguise. HamHamj2 (Dec 16, 2017) Fu Leng is behind everything bad that is happening in Rokugan. New Stars Doji Hyokin (Dec 16, 2017) The stars are right. Cthulhu will rise from the sea, heralding a new LCG crossover between L5R and CoC called Blood and Honor and Inhuman Appendages. Tetsuhiko (Dec 18, 2017) The new stars are new children of Heavens, meant to replace the old Hantei Dynasty. They will fall on the earth and create a civil war. Real World Shineyorkboy (Dec 16, 2017) Asmodee will be Disney's next acquisition.
  2. Well, to be fair, they are supposed to be a minority among the Asako and pretty much unknown by the majority of Rokugan. Also, the brotherhood of Shinsei is a complex organisation and is only e divided into two groups (Shinseists and Fortunists) for simplicité. There are a lot of subgroups with radically different ideology. For example, you have the Sohei, believing enlightenment can be achieved by honing one's martial ability to perfection (the most well-known but not the only one being the order if the Venom who might not even make an appearance this time). And there is this supposedly heretical sect in Dragon lands which might be Fudoism, basically saying there is no good or wrong way to achieve enlightenment and encourage it's member to explore their own, personnal path. Enlightenment through overdrinking and eating, for example.
  3. Monks are on a weird place in Rokugan's society. Being a monk ils a way of life, first and foremost. They can be samurai or heimin, soldier or scholar, young or old. Such distinctions have no meaning for them. Their only goal is to achieve enlightenment. How they strive for such goal depends on their tradition. The majority follows the teaching of Shinsei. Those with the most frequent interaction with the general populace are the caretakers of the numerous shrines scattered around the land and usually follow the teachings of the Fortunes and the guidance of the ancestors. These two types can be found anywhere. Some heimin or even eta (usually from a very young age), other samurai (having retired into a monastery or being forced to do so because of shameful actions) And then you have the weird ones. Togashi monks worship their founder, Togashi, and use the mystical tatoos to expand their body and mind, hoping to one day reach enlightenment. Asako henchin, on the other hand, follow the path of man, hoping to unlock the Mysteries of the world and the kamis. They converse with the "little gods", trading riddles to better understand their respective place in the world and unlock a hidden potential.
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    Fu Leng's Name

    Why stop with his clanmates? Maybe by mixing the blood of the direct descendants of the seven kamis we can create a Tatoo that allows you to stare into the Heavens and get the answer you seek. Better get started with the blooshed right away.
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    Fu Leng's Name

    The closest thing we ever had for Fu Leng's true name was the name he had when demoted to a mortal: Furumaro.
  6. True. I stand corrected.
  7. I'm pretty sure the Phoenix players will be disappointed if they ended up with a fiction they all enjoy. What are they going to argue about?
  8. Or maybe the perception that corruption is causing the elemental imbalance of the kami is part of the plan. Conspiracy Theory Time A group of people long for the great old days. A time where the samurais were pillars of virtues and honor meant more than your life. Now, Lords and vassals are more interested in their own agenda, at least according to this group, and use honor and tradition as an excuse for disgusting behavior, corrupting its very essence. They cannot go to the courts or the Emperor to change things, as they are part of the problem. Therefore they unleashed dangerous magic, distorting the balance between the elements and the Great Clans, hoping to cause a civil war where all the problematic elements of Rokugan will be purged and they will be able to seize power when the dust settle, rebuilding using stronger foundations. Kolat confirmed.
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    What would a Lion Rokugan look like?

    I've done a little project called 20 Emperors which were basically 20 different Rokugans. In my version of Akodo's Rokugan, the final duel between Akodo and Hantei had a radically different outcome. Instead of Akodo conceding to Hantei, he only realized too late Hantei was pulling punches and killed him. Only when his dead brother lied dead at his feet did he realized the foolishness of his actions. He thus founded his Empire with this shame in mind. Rokugan would value military strength, for sure, but above all else the ability to use it with honor and restrain. A fool who draws his sword for pettiness doesn't deserve the title of samurai. Bushis are expected to resolve conflicts with every possible means except violence if they can help it, but are more than able to resort to violence if forced to. Of course, the definition of doing everything you can to difuse a conflict changes depending on the clan. Interclan wars still happen, but courtiers are pressured by the Emperor to resolve the conflict swiftly, unless they want to experience the wrath of the Imperial Legion, or worse, the Matsu Executioners. Therefore, the threat of violence is the greatest tool a Samurai has, but drawing your blade is almost always dishonorable, especially if you drew first. Duels are much rarer, but stakes are extremely high when they do happen. The Imperial Families have the task of making sure violence is used only when needed. The Ikoma are the voice of the Emperor, tasked with threatening and keeping in line the Clans when they think too much about violence. The Matsu are the fists of the Emperor. They are fielded to punish ambitious Lords and Courtiers thinking they can get away with death and violence. The Kitsus are still lionmen; they were never butchered to a handful, thanks to Akodo's restrain. They are the eyes of the Emperor, tasked with the communication with the Kamis and overseeing the other Clans in the process. The Imperial Legions are huge. Each Clan must lend are good portion of their men to field them. They serve as deterrent for any Clan thinking he can overthrow the Akodo Dynasty (Clans have only a very limited army on their own, and each Legion is composed of several clans, therefore their loyalty is always towards the Emperor), and as deterrent against foreign forces.
  10. The way I see it, if there's going to be a coup, it'll be Kachiko's, not Shoju, which has a very good potential. Here's a few storylines we could see. -Scorpion Civil War. Clan is split between those loyal to Shoju, aiming to get rid of the clan's influence to better protect the empire from the shadows and Kachiko's, wanting power for the clan, but first and foremost for herself. -Heir's feud. Sotorii is not an ideal ruler, but he is the legitimate one. Daisetsu understands politics like no others and will not let this opportunity pass. Lines will be drawn, Clans will make their choices, mistakes will be made (coughmahocough) and civil war will erupt.
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    Clan stealth/covert military units

    They go shirtless, but still wear pajama pants.
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    'New' Official Map

    I might be apparent by reading my posts, but I actually love to take these inconsistencies and errors and craft a story around i. When there is no story to be told, it's better to just ignore the errors (allowing a future story to explain it if needed) rather than handwave it with a simple ''it's magic''. It kills creativity and suspension of disbelief. Unless it really is magic and there is an in-universe explanation of course.
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    'New' Official Map

    And as a player/reader I hate that answer. If it comes with enough foreshadowing and/or explanations, it is acceptable, but if it is used as a mean to hide a major plot hole, it's Lazy GMing/writing. If a GM wants to sweep something under the rug, I would forgive a "don't look at this yo closely" apology much more easily than "it's Magic."
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    'New' Official Map

    When there is no logic, we can use creativity to explain things When the Kami fell a thousand years ago, they completly transformed the land and even some natural laws were completly broken in the process. Some rivers started to flow from the sea to the mountaintops, mountains were shifting locations, animal life and plants started to wither or grow regardless of the envirohmental conditions, fire could erupt and lightning could strike spontanously and time itself could move at different speed depending on where you were. In the early years of the Empire, shugenjas accross Rokugan spent years stablizing the situation, often one elemental kami at a time. The natural laws are now fopr the most part restored, but some remnants of this chaotic age can still be seen. Rivers forking where they shouldn't or sometimes even going uphill. It is said some parts of the world (especially in the South) were volontarly kept that way because it provided some protection against the corrupting forces of the Shadowlands.
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    'New' Official Map

    Not Montreal. When you scale out, it's the Saint-Lawrence River that actually disappears (Montreal and Laval are really big islands), and it's been that way for a long time before it actually became a city. Maybe the Saint-Lawrence River is a special case (I'm neither a hydrologist or a geologist, so I don't know), but it's a phenomenum that happens at several places along its bank, with islands much bigger than the actual river diverting it along two or three paths for a kilometer or two. (Montreal area, Ile d'Orléans, the Sorel-Tracy area are only examples) Some of them are also uninhabited and in natural preserves, so I assume they are in the most natural environment possible. Like I said, the way rivers are handled on the maps doesn't make sense, but sometimes rivers do fork sustainably for a few kilometers.
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    'New' Official Map

    Another, more stable version of a forking river is a big island in the middle of a river. Check Montreal's map for an example. https://www.google.ca/maps/@45.5367109,-73.7601299,10.25z?dcr=0 It is still a very limited phenomenum and nowhere near the scope and irrealism of Rokugan's map.
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    'New' Official Map

    The last unreleased set from the AEG era. The one where mantis got obliterated by the Spider.
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    Conspiracy Time

    I'm just expanding a crazy theory, based on nothing whatsoever: The two stars are new children of Heaven. They crash down and declare the Hantei Dynasty is no longer fit to rule, and they will instead. There is a power struggle between the Hantei, the new son of Heaven and the new Daugther of Heaven that degenerates into complete civil war. Who wins between the son and the daugther is decided by tournament result. The emperor and Sotorii are killed, but Daisetsu is allowed to live and form his own Great Clan since his ancestor is a kami too. Spider Clan is born, with a leader dedicated to take back his place on the throne.
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    'New' Official Map

    And still no linear scale... The map is gorgeous, though. (Water-realism aside)
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    Clan stealth/covert military units

    All families have scouts. I think there was a Lion Scout Advanced School that could be learned by pretty much everyone. I also forgot to mention the weird relationship in the old storyline between the Akodo and the Lying Darkness. Before and during the War of Darkness, a great number of members of the Akodo family were corrupted by the Lying Darkness (including Akodo Toturi). When it was finally defeated, the Lying Darkness, lacking a proper Heavenly-given name (this namelessness being the source of most of its power), was finally named and defeated. The name chosen was Akodo. It had the benefit of restoring the mind and body and all the corrupted Akodo, but also linked the family with its concept. It actually gave them an edge as scouts. EDIT: Got ninja'ed
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    Clan stealth/covert military units

    The Lion Clan uses scouts extensively in warfare. They usually refrain from using sabotage (as compared to harriers for example), but they use stealth and sometimes misdirection to lure units into disadvantageous positions. Unicorns also use scouts, but a special mention to the Baraunghar in the old storyline. A shugenja-heavy cavalry unit specializing in water magic (aka movement) and able to teleport.
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    Excellence: A Kakita Yoshi's Pillow Book.

    Probably first person, but the concept isn't set in stone yet, so it is still subject to change of course.
  23. Ok, this is not my idea, but I found it so good I couldn't help but try to make it happen somehow. It was mentionned how different some stories would be if told in Yoshi's point of view instead, and I find the prospect hilarious. I'm not a writer myself, so let's make it a group effort. Here's the plan: 1. Pinpoint the stories that can be told from his point of view. (He doesn't have to be active in the ficiton. He only must be able to somehow witness the events, or be in the known of certain elements so we can get his own interpretation. A good example is The Bright Flame of the World's Glory. He isn't part of the story, but it can reasonable be assumed he was present during the final duel and will certainly have very interesting things to think about it. 2. Write short stories, even if it is a few sentences or a paragaph for each of these fictions. 3. Assemble everything into a nice PDF called Excellence: The Beauty and Vagaries of a Blue Wisteria among Imperial Crysanthemum. It could be presented as Yoshi's Pillow Book, or personal diary. I'm thinking a wiki or something similar where everyone can add, edit and discuss how the stories should be made. Let's say this is still unclear in my own head, therefore comments and new ideas are welcome.
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    Conspiracy Time

    First post edited. I also added my own predicitons about the new stars and doctored some to make them even sillier. Enjoy
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    Fireflies - Meditation of the Ephemeral Story

    Or new children of Heaven. Maybe the Moon did managed to catch up with the Sun somehow and a new generation of Kami is about to come down on Rokugan and shake things up. That would also explain why the Hantei dynasty no longer benefit from Heaven's favor.
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