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  1. Doji Hyōkin

    Please may I have an Idiots' Guide to l5r lore

    Yes! They keep it at the level of stern disagreement, and the skirmishes are limited to the Osari Plains. Also each is massaging court opinion in their favour, and managing perception of the extent of the conflict would be part of that.
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    Coiled Snake

    Could be both. Kaede's the eldest, daughter of Doji Ninube and Tadaka is the child of Isawa Ieku, Ujina's 2nd wife after Ninube disappeared. Hantei Daisetsu is definitely the son of Hantei Hochiahime, Jodan's current wife. In Old5R, though, Sotorii was the son of an unnamed Crane concubine after the death of the Emperor's 3rd wife, but before his marriage to Hochiahime and I don't know if that's still the case. If so, it's interesting that Sotorii may have grown up with the knowledge that even though he is the eldest son and heir, he's the child of a concubine while Daisetu is the blood of the sitting Empress.
  3. Doji Hyōkin

    Coiled Snake

    I have to say that when this all started, I certainly never anticipated feeling bad for Bayushi Shoju, but here we are.
  4. Doji Hyōkin

    Children of Bushidō

    I got the sense that he gave her broad latitude as sensei of the Emerald Magistrates’ dojo and trusted her fulfill the position honourably and competently, but anything outside of that and he had no time for her.
  5. Doji Hyōkin

    Coiled Snake

    " I will not bow...not now, not ever...it isn’t right, it isn’t fair, I wasn’t wrong, I was right, the Heavens are wrong, everyone is wrong— " There is the tension that vibrates at the heart of Sotorii. Because, of course, he is wrong yet at the same time has been told all his life that as Heir then Emperor he cannot be wrong, and that contradiction only feeds the anger inside him. I find it notable that when Sotorii thinks on the coiled snake within, it's the time he's being the most honest with himself. And Jodan? He's just done.
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    Children of Tradition

    The Sotorii thinking ‘woe is me’ and hiding tears in the garden is the same Sotorii whose instinct when losing is to beat the winner to death. Absolutely delusional rather than misunderstood, though I’m glad we get the first part if only to season my contempt with a dash of pity.
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    Children of Tradition

    I have to disagree with you there. Dairu doesn’t drag himself into the conflict, he steps in to address the situation when Daisetsu hesitates. That’s explicit in the text when Dai tries to talk him down, and Dairu tells him it’s a valid challenge that needs to be answered. Dairu understands the demands of Bushido in that moment, and it’s obvious that Daisetsu didn’t. How else to explain that the second son of the Emperor is surprised when his words to a social superior are provocative and fails to understand the impact their feud will have on his friend & host. Sotorii’s problem is that he expects the deference promised by his position, with none of the self-restraint society expects. Daisetsu’s problem is that he thinks his society is wrong, and his position has insulated him from the consequences of that thinking.
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    Children of Tradition

    No, I think the weakness that Doji Satsume calls out comes from Daisetsu's failure to manage the situation. He thinks him weak because first, if he was going to provoke Sotorii, it should have been planned & deliberate, and once it happened he failed to stand on his own, dragging in the Scorpion heir. Then, when it all boils out, he's not strong enough to stoically endure watching the inevitable results of his actions. Satsume's a stern pragmatist who judges based on the exacting standards of an unforgiving culture, and Daisetsu struggles with performative honor to the point of starting to think of Bushido as a suicide pact.
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    Children of Tradition

    *chef finger kiss* Also love the hat-tip to Doji Satsume. If there was ever someone to give practical but still 'just Bushido enough' advise, it's him.
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    Children of Bushidō

    Yep. Every time I consider this question, step one is 'Assume it's not Kachiko'. That being said, if it is Kachiko, I'm fine with that. She works perfectly well as a Gozoku-esque villain.
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    Children of Bushidō

    There are 3 big names that fit the peer & Otosan Uchi criteria: Ikoma Ujiaki, Bayushi Kachiko, Kakita Yoshi. Ikoma Ujiaki is very likely not a friend, given his mad-on for the Crane. We see Bayushi Kachiko's thoughts, and while they are very suspect, they do not seem to indicate that she's already a cunning Kolat cell leader assassinating the Emerald Champion. So, Kakita Yoshi. His brother-in-law, doesn't seem to hate him the way Toshimoko does, is daimyo of the Kakita & Imperial Chancellor making him definitely a peer. With Teinko being dead, 'friend' may be preferable in correspondence to 'dead wife's brother'. Given his priggish nature, he & Satsume might have gotten along well, all things considered.
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    Children of Bushidō

    And yet, in Old5R Matsu Tsuko stands for actually possessed by Fu Leng Sotorii. Or, given ‘Hantei Joffrey’ the quote from Stannis “Good men and true will fight for Joffrey, wrongly believing him the true king” Sotorii’s nature is a whetstone for Bushido. We see that in every interaction anyone has with him. And the depth of his character will only get plumbed when the one thing he uses to define himself gets taken away by his father.
  13. Doji Hyōkin

    Children of Bushidō

    Hard disagree. The essential point of someone like Sotorii is that there really is nothing that should remotely make you think they should be in charge of anything, yet they will be given nigh-unlimited power. It’s the core flaw in primogeniture.
  14. Doji Hyōkin

    Unicorn Novella Announced

    True! There's still a chance for those two!
  15. https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2018/11/28/across-the-burning-sands/ Still the Burning Sands! No longer Medinaat al-Salaam under the immortal Caliph Hanan Talibah, we have Caliph Harun al-Hakim of al-Zawira and a people/nation called the Nehiri. Also, Shono has all the feels over killing Mitsuko