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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Nheko in 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. 
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in 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.
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Mandalore525 in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Hellvlad in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from LordBlunt in Difference between Dragon and Phoenix monks   
    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.
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from LordBlunt in Difference between Dragon and Phoenix monks   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Magnus Grendel in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Ishi Tonu in 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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    Tetsuhiko reacted to Ishi Tonu in Fu Leng's Name   
    I'm totally in favor of someone tying to discover his name during the FFG story arc.............maybe something like a tatt'd up Dragon monk that goes crazy in the process and starts killing his own clanmates...............
    just spitballin
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Collinsas in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Mangod in 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. 
  12. Haha
    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from HirumaShigure in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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?
  13. Like
    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from HirumaShigure in 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. 
  14. Haha
    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from LordBlunt in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from LordBlunt in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from llamaman88 in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from OokamiGauru in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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.
     
     
     
  18. Thanks
    Tetsuhiko reacted to Manchu in What would a Lion Rokugan look like?   
    That sounds very insightful and spot-on, honestly.
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Manchu in 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. 
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Manchu in “If you do this, a bloodline will end.”   
    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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Mirumoto Saito in '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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Shinjo Tegi in 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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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Sszvein in The Bright Flame of the World's Glory   
    This has to become a thing. Let me check which story could be told from Yoshi's perspective and I'll see what can be done.
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from Suzume Chikahisa in Clan stealth/covert military units   
    They go shirtless, but still wear pajama pants.
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    Tetsuhiko got a reaction from LordBlunt in 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. 
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