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  1. The brotherhood can't probably excommunicate the Emperor.
  2. Divine right is about the Church putting donimion on Kingships in Europe by asserting these claims of right of god to the masses, holding lavish coronations and advising European bloodlines and nobility. As a political theory, it needs a strong theocratic backbone. The brotherhood isn't exactly the christian churches but it surely preach the Rokugani Religion, of which the Emperor is the head. On Rokugan, this is a fact that the emperor is seen as a god amongst men and people are extremely pious. It would be a blasphemy to most to think the emperor isn't holy and righteous. And he has right to rule the land and give it to its vassals. That would mean the end of the legitimity of the whole caste system. Divine right is also the right to rule of all the Clans ruling families. Divine Right is already in place in Rokugan since its dawn, having been founded by gods.
  3. Guns, lot of guns...joking, yet introduction of gunpowder could be an empire shattering event in itself. Something more mundane than constant epics against world breaking events. Every two season. I hope they'll build up slowly to the day of thunder then stop. Then reboot it again
  4. What I can't forgive is how they took complex writing and characters and made it mass entertainment using weak characterization. And being indirectly responsible for folks who wouldn't have touched a dnd book with a stick years ago now popping everywhere claiming they always loved dragons... Oh and of course they can't be forgiven for effing up Stannis character and having sacrificed his integrity to pander the masses. But indeed, since their GOT, feels death is cheap, and cheap death becomes meaningless.
  5. And lazy too. No more originality in a Anyone can die gruesomely since ASOIAF became mainstream.
  6. The problem with tropes is that you end up realizing everything has already been written anyway. Problems of tropes isn't that they are overused, of course, they became tropes this way. It's more some are outdated/archaic or a mark of creative laziness. A war for power/succession crisis is overarching a story, it's a classic framework, it's been used indeed but it works well with faction based story developpment. History has proven it can makes compelling stories. Is it lazy to follow this trope? Only if the writing that follows is lazy. Fridging a wife is a rather gratuitous heinous act, leftover from when women were barely more than faire-valoir for the heroic men. It's an archaic trope that has its uses but is better left in the Charles Bronson revenge flicks domain. Is it lazy to follow this trope? Most probably, as it make a vilain being vilain by sheer vilainy, yet a good writer might work something different out of it. Let's not be too quick to denounce tropes, else nothing is worth giving a read anymore. Kaede isn't a disposable woman trope, she doesn't exist as a Toturi faire-valoir and so isn't needed to set him in motion. Killing her just to make Aramoro more detestable would be a waste and a lazy move, unnecessary. Kind a like GOT laziness in having Stannis Baratheon kill his beloved daughter for fallacious reasons that book Stannis would'nt even consider. Lazy, unjustified, and only aimed at serving one dimension people who didn't like Stannis feel even more righteous to now hate him and make of a complexely written character a poor base tv show vilain. tropes are bad only in the hands of bad writers.
  7. Toturi and Kaede are two intertwining storylines. And they are each the lead of those storylines. Aramoro outright killing or leading to the death of Kaede would be a cheap kick the dog on scorpion, losing them a lot of sympathy. I don't see Toturi and Aramoro ending the fight for good the first time. There would be only one to survive and I have the feeling we are not done with both. What if Aramoro ended up as the scorpion thunder?
  8. The great thing with this short story is the amount of detail on Moto's and Ujik's culture and how it's foreign to Rokugan. Their tactics, weapons, titles, beliefs. The way they declare their wealth by horses and sheeps instead of Koku/Rice. The Moto feel also very proud of themselves quite condescending even of the so-called Walking Clans. And doubtful of the Shinjo. There's lots of love for the Unicorn, dropping fan favorite Moto Chagatai early in the setting, with a positive writing, playful with kids, sympathetic, with a promised great destiny! Moto feel more relaxed, less tight than the Rokugani society. It's a nice outlook that will bring sympathy for the Riders Clan. Expect to face lots of purple cards in the coming days, as Main or in Splashes.
  9. Litteraly on the first page of rules, under Ability: "Card abilities only interact with, and can only target, cards that are in play, unless the ability specifically refers to an out-of-play area or element. Card abilities on characters, attachments, holdings, strongholds, and provinces can only be initiated or affect the game while they are in play unless the ability specifically refers to being used from an out-of-play area, or require that the card be out of play for the ability to resolve. Event cards and role cards implicitly interact with the game from an out-of-play area, as established by the rules of their cardtypes"
  10. And splash. just splash something else than dragon, scorpion, for attachements control and conflict characters. And splash crab for Dragon. And play Dragon. Rotate with your buddy. Feel also free to try another clan, that's the greatness of LCGs, you can build any deck. Scorpion Core is strong against dragon, or go Crab/Unicorn. Have him Way of the Crab his tower 😁
  11. You mention not enough core to splash Dragon, how many cores do you have? And do you have other packs than core? Try to balance decks around sharing the strong neutrals playsets. 3 coresets are enough for two fun decks by giving 3 banzai and 3 court games for each to even the odds, and each may run up to 9 shugenja easily for 3 cloud the mind. Each benefits from a full set of fantana. Dragon is quite strong on core only, it's true. And it can start quickly, once it gets a tower. For Crane core, they need more setup. Try to control the board with honor and courtier mechanics and uses guys like cautious scout and brash samurai and banzai for breaks.
  12. fiction was good. It usually doesn't go well when a son of Hantei feels unconsidered and his deprived of warmth and kindness. Let's remember the forgotten (and erased) tale of Otomo Jama.
  13. Shadowlands faction is going to arrive, led by none other than Fu Leng Reborn
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