Honest question to all: who read past this point?
Clarification : I find if posts start this aggressive then I don't care if there is anything useful Inside of it, I am unwilling to slog through the toxicity to get to it.
For what it's worth, I always really enjoyed the fictions. Sure there was room for improvement, things could always have been done better, and some clans could have been given more attention - clearly the Phoenix being a prime example of that. But overall this was a labor of love for AEG and the writers themselves. Plenty of games get by without the incredibly deep back story that L5R has, and they could always have decided to do away with the fictions and let everyone get by with flavor text on the cards and the occasional story insert with a box set. Instead they busted their collective asses to give us more than the bare minimum and to flesh out the world in a really incredible way. I think we should be appreciative that they put so much effort into something that existed solely for the players/enthusiasts and didn't directly generate a dime a revenue. [I know that the stories kept a lot of people coming back, myself included, I'm just saying they didn't actually profit from putting out these fictions and that can be a difficult expense for a business to justify]