OOC.   Posted by Kaze no Kage.Group: 0
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 7 posts
Sat 3 Feb 2007
at 18:16
OOC
for Out of Character discussion
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 1 post
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 01:28
Re: OOC
Okay, here were my rolls for the Heritage.  I spent two CP to make 3 total rolls.  I rearranged the rolls here to group them together with the rolls each went with.

20:04, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 6 using 1d10. Heritage Roll 1.
20:05, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 3 using 1d10. Distinguished Past Roll 1.
20:06, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 5 using 1d10. Battle Veteran Roll 1.

20:04, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 6 using 1d10. Heritage Roll 2.
20:09, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 7 using 1d10. Distinguished Past Roll 2.
20:09, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 6 using 1d10. Glorious Death Roll 2.
20:09, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 2 using 1d10. Great Battles Roll 2.
20:09, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 9 using 1d10. Killed In Battle Roll 2.
20:10, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 1 using 1d10. Bonus to Glory Roll 2.

20:05, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 6 using 1d10. Heritage Roll 3.
20:14, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 4 using 1d10. Distinguished Ancestor Roll 3.
20:14, Today: Kakita Ukyo rolled 7 using 1d10. Great Battles Roll 3.

So here's what I have so far for my Iaijutsu Duelist:

Name: Kakita Ukyo    Clan: Crane    School: Kakita Bushi

Rank: 2   Insight: 163

Rings:         Traits:

Earth: 3       Stamina: 3
               Willpower: 3

Water: 2       Strength: 2
               Perception: 2

Fire: 3        Agility: 4
               Intelligence: 3

Air: 2         Reflexes: 4
               Awareness: 2

Void: 4


Skills         Emphases        Ranks      |      Advantages     Disadvantages
Etiquette                        2               Quick           Bad Health
Iaijutsu                         6                               Driven (Prove
Kenjutsu       (Katana)          2                               worthy to
Kyujutsu                         1                               family)
Defense                          5
Meditation     (Void Recovery)   3
Tea Ceremony                     1
Athletics                        2
Lore: Shadowlands                1
Battle                           2

Kata: Striking as Earth
Techniques: The Way of the Crane, The Sudden Strike

Roll to Attack is 9k4
Defense (unarmored) of 25
Init is 7k4 + 10
Glory 1.1
Honor 3.5
Status 1


Does this look okay?  I haven't made a character in this game before so it's all new to me.  Any suggestions?  Did I make him weak?  Strong?  Average?  I was trying to make him somewhat well rounded but still be quite good in a Duel.  Did I hit my goal?

This message was last edited by the player at 18:59, Sun 04 Feb 2007.

Doji Naruhime
 player, 1 post
 Doji Courtier
 Rank 3
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 01:40
Re: OOC
Clarification: She doesn't show her shoulders, but this was the closest portrait i could find to what I was going for. So: Use your imagination to think she's got full kimono on :P
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 1 post
 Crane Clan Shugenja
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 03:30
Re: OOC
I'm just putting the finishing touches on Sakura right now. I think she'll be a fun part of this campaign ...

Out of curiosity ... these characters know each other, right?

Sakura's public history: she was once the daughter of a minor Daidoji vassal family, however her family was destroyed in a raid on the outlying village. The sole survivor of that bandit raid, she was adopted into the main line, ostensibly because of her "fierce bravery" but in reality because of her "fierce beauty". Anyone who knows her well will realize that she takes the Daidoji motto, "we do what must be done", very seriously. Anyone who knows her very well will probably have heard her reveal knowledge of an "unsavory sort" on rare occasions.

Sakura is a self-taught Shugenja who communes with the Kami through song. Her adopted family was so busy trying to arrange a "suitable match" that they almost missed her talents.

Sakura is an incredibly talented musician, and while not quite as good as a Courtier she's also a very good orator.

Sakura's private history: Really Shosuro Kasumi, she was trained in the Soshi Shugenja schools specifically for her role -- that of a "Deep Cover" Scorpion agent. She is an idealistic Scorpion who takes her job seriously: protect the Honorable from that which they cannot see.

Everyone considers her a Daidoji (the small tattoo on her wrist helps) at this point and she does her best to make sure no one questions her allegiances.
Musashi
 player, 1 post
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 03:48
Re: OOC

Konichiwa Crane-samas,

While technically one isn't supposed to ask about a monk's background, seeing as Musashi is a former Crane samurai who still owes obligations to certain Crane while having Moderately influential & loyal Crane Allies... it is possible that people might know something about Musashi.

He was originally born Asahina Musashi, the eldest of 2 sons to the respected shugenja sensei Asahina Takezo.  Asahina Takezo lent his healing to the defenders of Kyuden Doji during the Clan War & died bravely in the breech of the East Wall by the Crane Clan during the siege of Otosan Uchi on the Second Day of Thunder.

Sadly, despite his wish to follow his father's footsteps, it was his brother Asahina Yoshitaka who could commune with the Kami but not Musashi.  In honor of his late father's pacifist beliefs, Musashi chose not to take up the sword of a bushi.  Musashi did not feel that the life of a Courtier led to the Path of Enlightenment and thus he was able to persuade his Daimyo to grant him permission to become a Monk.  However as his own feelings on martial discipline were not quite as strong as his father's pacifism, Musashi chose to enter the Temple of Osano-Wo to become a Sohei.

Musashi is quite skilled in Jiujutsu and knows several Kiho.  He is also a fairly decent Instructor in Jiujutsu.  He has in fact returned to Crane lands to follow his father's path as a Sensei.  He hopes to pass on the wisdom of the Tao as well as the respect for the Fortunes (in particular Osano-Wo, the Fortune of Fire & Thunder) as both a teacher & a spiritual advisor.

Question: Would any of the Crane PCs be interested in having Musashi as a sensei and/or an advisor (perhaps arranged either as part of Musashi's Obligation or by his Crane Allies)?

Oh and it might be known that there is a particular Togashi Tatooed Monk named Togashi Seijuro who was beaten in a Jiujutsu Tournament held in Crane lands who carries something of a "nasty grudge" against poor Musashi.  ;)
Doji Naruhime
 player, 2 posts
 Doji Courtier
 Rank 3
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 13:13
Re: OOC
Naru, Naru, Naru...

Naru is young for a Courtier so accomplished. Few can match her knowledge of Etiquette and she is accomplished as a Calligrapher, in the field of Origami, and her flower arrangements are some of the best to come from Castle Doji...

But the one thing she isn't yet is married. With the chaos of recent years there hasn't been much thought put into it. With peace now in Rokugan it looks like that will change, but not until her parents feel ready.

Naru is an expert at navigating the intrigues of Rokugani court, telling better half truths out of sincerity than the best Scorpian liars. She is intelligent, erudite, cultured... She is the perfect wife it would seem. Now if she can just be kept on a short leash until they find her a husband...
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 2 posts
 Kakita Bushi 2
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 13:52
Re: OOC
Musashi:
Question: Would any of the Crane PCs be interested in having Musashi as a sensei and/or an advisor (perhaps arranged either as part of Musashi's Obligation or by his Crane Allies)?


Perhaps I could use you in such a capacity.  Seeing as I am so new to L5R, it wouldn't be just my character that you're advising.  ;)

Perhaps there's a way to tie him to Ukyo by way of his frail health.  By advising and teaching him in areas other than fighting he is helping to round him out into an even more distinguished, well-rounded samurai.  Perhaps this was done via an obligation.  Maybe one of Ukyo's instructors at the academy saw how hard he worked and knew his situation, and that instructor was someone you owed the obligation to.  He cashed it in by asking you to help me.

Just a thought off the top of my head.  :)

For my background, I have come up with this so far:

Kakita Ukyo has a lot to live up to.  His ancestors have all been distinguished, well known heroes of battle, in particular they have fought in the Battles of White Stag (where his ancestor died a glorious death, fighting bravely to save his comrades), the Cresting Wave, and the Sleeping River.  Every male of his family is born and trained in the arts of war and is expected to uphold the family tradition of great prowess in battle.

Then Ukyo was born.  His health was frail from the start.  Many believed he wouldn't survive infancy.  If nothing else, Ukyo is a fighter.  His family looked upon him with shame, as they believed he would not be able to uphold the family's martial tradition.  Seeing as he was the eldest, their fears may not have been unfounded.

Ukyo persevered and managed to secure a place in the Kakita Dueling academy, becoming an accomplished swordsman, known for his quickness, despite his frail health.  Yet in spite of that, his family was still not convinced.  He is driven to prove to them that he is good enough to uphold the family tradition as eldest son.  He believes that by adhering to Bushido, and honing his skills even further, he will attain the Glory and Honor he seeks to show his family that he is not worthless.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:56, Sun 04 Feb 2007.

Musashi
 player, 2 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 18:20
Re: OOC

Well Ukyo, I'm certainly open to your suggestion.  ;)

Actually one of Musashi's Kiho is Chi Protection, which is something of a "healing kiho".  Also I'm considering taking at least a couple of ranks in Medicine.

Of course Musashi's current Instruction is in Jiujutsu... for some reason you can't use Instruction without taking Emphases!  Just by Ranks, I could probably teach Meditation and/or Defense (or even Instruction!) but buying a 2nd & 3rd Empahsis is just too costly right now.

It is odd that Instruction is the only skill that can't be used without taking Emphases (basically buying Instruction alone seems useless?).  ;(
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 1 post
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 18:31
Re: OOC
Sachi is recently returned from his musha shugyo.  Might it be possible to have met Musashi during his travels as well?

Sachi has an obligation that is yet undefined and working with you sounds like a good way to place it into the game.
Musashi
 player, 3 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Sun 4 Feb 2007
at 18:46
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
Sachi is recently returned from his musha shugyo.  Might it be possible to have met Musashi during his travels as well?

Sachi has an obligation that is yet undefined and working with you sounds like a good way to place it into the game.

Certainly Sachi, I'm sure that Musashi is reasonably well traveled and he would have considerably respect for a samurai on a Musha Shugyo (in a way his joining of the Order of Osano-Wo is something of a "life long musha shugyo" for Musashi).

So I am certainly open to that idea.  ;)
Musashi
 player, 4 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 05:28
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
So here's what I have so far for my Iaijutsu Duelist:

Name: Kakita Ukyo    Clan: Crane    School: Kakita Bushi

Rank: 2   Insight: 163

Rings:         Traits:

Earth: 3       Stamina: 3
               Willpower: 3

Water: 2       Strength: 2
               Perception: 2

Fire: 3        Agility: 4
               Intelligence: 3

Air: 2         Reflexes: 4
               Awareness: 2

Void: 4


Skills         Emphases        Ranks      |      Advantages     Disadvantages
Etiquette                        2               Quick           Bad Health
Iaijutsu                         6                               Driven (Prove
Kenjutsu       (Katana)          2                               worthy to
Kyujutsu                         1                               family)
Defense                          5
Meditation     (Void Recovery)   3
Tea Ceremony                     1
Athletics                        2
Lore: Shadowlands                1
Battle                           2

Kata: Striking as Earth
Techniques: The Way of the Crane, The Sudden Strike

Roll to Attack is 9k4
Defense (unarmored) of 25
Init is 7k4 + 10
Glory 1.1
Honor 3.5
Status 1


Does this look okay?  I haven't made a character in this game before so it's all new to me.  Any suggestions?  Did I make him weak?  Strong?  Average?  I was trying to make him somewhat well rounded but still be quite good in a Duel.  Did I hit my goal?

If I might make a few suggestions?

First off, by my calculations, you actually have a higher Insight.
140 (Rings) +25 (Skill Ranks) +4 (Rank 5 Skill Mastery for Iaijutsu & Defense)= 169

You probably don't need Defense at 5.  You get to add Defense to your TN to be Hit at Rank 3.  The extra +2 isn't probably worth the 9 CP/XP you spend to raise Defense from 3 to 5... at least not right now.

Also you probably don't need Iaijutsu at 6 right now since you gain the Mastery Abilities at Rank 5 and again the added die for 6 CP probably isn't needed.

If you lower Defense to 3 & Iaijutsu to 5, you get 9+6= 15 CP/XP back just to start with.  I really think you should consider raising your Awareness to Rank-3.  Not only is Awarness an important skill for an Iaijutsu Duelist (after all, it is involved in evaluating your opponent, the better the Awareness/Iaijutsu roll the more info you get and the better choice you can make for what Trait/Ring your opponent has to use)... BUT... it'll raise your Air Ring to 3, giving you +10 Insight (at the cost of only 5 Insight from the lost ranks of skills & the last Rank 5 Mastery for Defense).

This will put you at 174 Insight... only +1 Insight more and you're Rank-3!! ;)

What is more, since it only costs 12 CP to raise Awareness to Rank-3, you still have +3 CP/XP to spend from lowering Defense to Rank-3 & Iaijutsu to Rank-5.

Basically all you need to do is either buy a new skill at Rank-1 or raise an existing skill by 1 rank... and you're at Insight 175 which is Rank-3 (and thus you gain your Rank-3 School Technique).

What you do with the 3 CP is up to you.  If you bought a new skill at rank-1 for 1 CP, you could afford a 2 CP Kata or a 2 CP Advantage or buy a skill emphasis for 2 CP (just to name a few ideas for CP/XP spending).

FYI: I'm not sure if you're aware of the Errata but in the 3rd Edition book there is an error for the Kakita Bushi School.  Etiquette is listed twice.  One of those Etiquettes is supposed to be Meditation.

According to the AEG L5R Story Team Lead, the correct skill list for Kakita Bushi is:
quote:
Kakita Bushi School – Etiquette is listed twice. The proper Skill list is: Etiquette, Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu (Katana), Kyujutsu, Meditation, any High skill, any High or Bugei skill.

Kakita Ukyo
 player, 3 posts
 Kakita Bushi 2
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 13:01
Re: OOC
Thanks for the suggestions.  Defense was originally purchased to 3, but my Heritage roll bumped it to 5 (2 skill points in a Crab school skill).  Good suggestions though, I think I'll make the changes you suggested.
Musashi
 player, 5 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 17:54
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
Thanks for the suggestions.  Defense was originally purchased to 3, but my Heritage roll bumped it to 5 (2 skill points in a Crab school skill).  Good suggestions though, I think I'll make the changes you suggested.

Ahh... then this may make things a little trickier.  Since the 4th & 5th ranks of Defense aren't bought with CP/XP... then when you lower Defense to 3 (by 1 rank with 1 CP & +2 for Heritage)... you'll only get back the CP/XP for ranks 2 & 3... namely 5 CP.

If you lower Iaijutsu to 5 you get back 6 CP.  This means you'll have only 11 CP rather than 15 CP.

So you'll need to make a few more "adjustments" to make Rank-3.

First you need 1 CP more to get the 12 CP to raise Awareness to rank 3 (as an Iaijutsu Duelist, I really do recommend this and not just for the Air Ring increase but because Awarness is useful both for Duels & for social situations).

Then you'll need to free up a few more CP to get the 175 Insight (which I think is worth it since it looks like most of the PCs are going to be starting at Rank-3).

The ways that you can do this are: 1. Look over the Disadvantages and see if any others fit your character concept.  2. Consider reducing Etiquette or Meditation or Atheletics or Battle (unless they also are coming from your Heritage rolls).  3. Consider not taking the Void Recovery Emphasis (at least not right now).

Again just some suggestions to consider.  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 2 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 22:26
Re: OOC
Speaking of Erratta ...

Okay, given that the GM can override anything:

Re: Heritage Tables.

In the Erratta they give an example using heritage tables. The short version is that the Heritage results are rolled before character creation and, therefore, applied before creation as well. So, a Kakita Bushi who's school lists "Defense 1" would start with a defense of 3. And, just to really screw things up a bit these added two ranks do count against maximums.

So, the defense from 3 to 5 would have had to be XP anyway.

Don't worry, I'm a bit confused myself.

Personally, I've never liked heritage tables -- they seemed to penalize those who create detailed conceptions.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 3 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 22:29
Re: OOC
Musashi-San:

I can think of a few things you might be helping Sakura with, actually. One of the things on her "to learn" list is Jiujitsu (or Jujutsu, or whatever ...), and she does a lot of meditation. I'm assuming that he could help with "Void Building" exercises, ne? Sakura is going to need a lot of void!

She's a lot more interested in such things than one might guess based on her honor (or lack thereof ...).
Musashi
 player, 6 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 22:51
Re: OOC

Well Musashi is certainly qualified to teach/Instruct Jiujutsu.  ;)  Technically Musashi has enough ranks in Meditation (including the Void Recovery Emphasis) to teach it... but since you can only teach/Instruct skills for which you have the Instruction Emphasis... Musashi will have to wait a bit to teach Meditation.

Musashi's strongest Ring happens to be Void, so he should be good in teaching that.

What is more... I am taking the "Brotherhood Wayfinder" path/Technique at Rank-2, so he can even lend Void aid to other people's skill uses.  ;)

As for Heritage Tables... I've always assumed that with my luck I would end up rolling badly and get stuck with negative background problems that I'd have to weave into my PC's background.  It is much easier to work in positive Heritage but negative Heritage can really screw one over.

So I tend to prefer keeping "chance" out of character creation if possible.  ;)

However if others want to risk it, well that's their choice.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 8 posts
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 22:58
Re: OOC
I've always found that heritage tables are best for roll-players who know how to build characters but aren't as sure how to create a detailed background for their characters, for people who aren't intimately familiar with the setting and need some ideas to jump start their character creation, and for people who just like the flavor the Heritage tables add to their characters
Musashi
 player, 7 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 5 Feb 2007
at 23:03
Re: OOC

Please understand (everyone)... I am not knocking the Heritage Tables.  I can understand people liking to use them and that's cool.

I was just saying that I'm pretty much unfamiliar with them because I always hate letting chance dictate the "baggage" my PC will have to carry around.  But that's just my personal preference.  ;)

I didn't mean to come across as negative towards the use of Heritage Tables in general.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 4 posts
 Kakita Bushi 2
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 00:30
Re: OOC
I have always loved lifepath tables.  I don't know why.  I can make a detailed hook heavy character background on my own, but I like the randomnes sof lifepath.  Afterall... when we're born, we didn't get to choose what our family history was.  The element of randomness simulates that.  Of course, maybe I just like to gamble.  i guess I lucked out on having all distinguished ancestors in major battles.  :)
Doji Fumimaro
 player, 1 post
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 13:25
Re: OOC
Hiya guys, just letting you know am the next lucky player to join this game. Looking forward to playing alongside all you guys.
I've still got a few character details to sort out but basically, Doji Fumimaro is a rich, high standing young man who was trained in the Kakita Bushi school but still retains skills from his Doji family heritage. My character is cool, calm and collected, never appearing to lose his temper. He is useful in both social and combat situations. This character will be quite a change for me as im used to playing a Matsu beserker and a Tsurichi archer so we shall see how my new roll turns out. lol :-)
Doji Fumimaro
 player, 2 posts
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 13:31
Re: OOC
I've found a portrait for my character (Just ignore the pointy ears!) It was the only one i could find with the typical Crane white hair and that looked right.
Musashi
 player, 8 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 18:40
Re: OOC

Welcome to the game Fumimaro.  ;)

So that makes the current lineup:

1 Kakita; 1 Kakita Bushi (Ukyo)
2 Dojis; 1 Doji Courtier (Naruhime) & our 2nd Kakita Bushi (Fumimaro)
2 Daidojis; 1 "Soshi" Shugenja (Sakura) & 1 Daidoji Yojimbo (Sachi) [at least I think that's right for Sachi]
1 former Asahina; 1 Osano-Wo Monk (Musashi, me! ;)

Does that look right?
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 2 posts
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 22:43
Re: OOC
Heh.  Someone else said they were making a Daidoji Yojimbo, so I changed myself around.  Went with more of a duelist bent.  :)
Musashi
 player, 9 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 6 Feb 2007
at 23:19
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
Heh.  Someone else said they were making a Daidoji Yojimbo, so I changed myself around.  Went with more of a duelist bent.  :)

Oh?  Who was that?  Did I miss someone?

I thought I listed everyone on the Cast List but maybe we're missing someone from the Discussion thread?

That would give us 3 Duelists... at least Sakura & Naruhime will have their pick of champions should either of them get challenged to a duel by a bushi.  ;)
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 3 posts
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 01:40
Re: OOC
Who is waterproof salamander?  That was the one mentioning Daidoji Yojimbo.

Not an issue.  I have a great ability to protect someone now, given I have a chance to watch people for a while.

Actually, I like the different ability the build gives me.  Slightly different methods, but potentially good ones as well.  :)


So that makes the corrected current lineup:

1 Kakita; 1 Kakita Bushi (Ukyo)
2 Dojis; 1 Doji Courtier (Naruhime) & our 2nd Kakita Bushi (Fumimaro)
2 Daidojis; 1 "Soshi" Shugenja (Sakura) & 1 Daidoji Duelist (Sachi)
1 former Asahina; 1 Osano-Wo Monk (Musashi)

This message was last edited by the player at 02:08, Wed 07 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 4 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 03:08
Re: OOC
Well, since we're all bein' this obvious, here's Sakura's background story. There are a couple minor changes (i.e. she now has some spells as innate abilities), but overall it works.

BTW, Musashi-San I realized that Sakura also needs to learn a few Kiho. As for Void exercises I wouldn't think you need instruction for that (though it is a GM call ...). I think it would be more like leading through exercises, similar to the way that a Personal Fitness Trainer would help by leading through exercises.

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Daidoji Sakura (Shosuro Kasumi)
Part I

Daidoji Shinkenichi stopped his steed at the crest of the hill. The small village ahead of them was nestled in the mountains and seemed to be of little value. The Daidoji family had given this village to a lesser vassal to govern because it was considered to be too insignificant to be governed by a "true samurai".

So why were bandits attacking.

Shinkenichi cautiously peered into the horrible sight. The village burned brightly into the night, the stench of flesh rising to meet the patrol. Those bodies that were not consumed by the fire littered the street, Samurai and Eta lying together in a gruesome quilt of death. The bandits roamed the streets, pillaging and plundering, but a small group concentrated itself on the stream side by the city's center. The bandits were laughing and chattering, taking turns jabbing their sticks at something in the center. Shinkenichi's eyes widened at the spectacle -- the "something" in the center was a very attractive Crane Samurai-Ko. Though drastically outnumbered, she was doing her best to fend them off with her Naginata. It was clear to Shinkenichi that she was alive because they found her amusing. When the bandits tired of their little game they would undoubtedly find a more dishonorable way to bide their time ...

Shinkenichi called on the wind spirits to aid in their silent charge and the small band of Daidoji crashed into the Bandits with all the fury of a hurricane. The bandits were soon routed and Shinkenichi's troops pursued them with vengeance. Now at the center of the town, Shinkenichi got his first look at the young girl who was moments ago being so brave. Her chestnut eyes peered out from under her grime-covered face.

"Doumo Arigatou Gozaimashita" she said bowing low.

Shinkenichi didn't have to ask about her family. As the sole survivor, he knew that her family was dead. He wasn't entirely sure what to do with her, but he instinctively knew that her beauty would come to good use for the clan. Perhaps they could arrange to have her married to a minor Imperial ...

"Think nothing of it" he replied sympathetically. "What is your name?"

"Sakura" the girl replied quietly.

"Well, Sakura-Chan, take what you need. We'll be departing shortly. When the small group finally departed, no one noticed the shadowy figure steal off toward Scorpion lands ...

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shosuro Kaze walked into Kyuden Shosuro and bowed low to his lord. The mission had gone well -- no one had ever suspected that the "bandits" were actually Scorpion samurai. "My Lord" he began, "Kasumi has been inserted with the Daidoji."

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Daidoji Sakura
Part II

Sakura sat in the garden listening to her adoptive family argue her fate as her younger brother practiced his Kata. Such things were normally quite interesting to the children being affected, but Sakura had long ago lost interest in the ritual arguments. Her uncle, the eldest of that generation, and her father had been playing court games trying to get her to follow the path that they had chosen for a couple years now, and the game had grown boring for Sakura. She was now far behind in her studies and no matter what they chose for her she would be too busy studying to be of any real use. While others her age were already assisting the professionals, Sakura was being kept too busy showing off for prospective husbands. It seemed that marriage was the only thing the brothers agreed on. Both wanted to use her beauty to make her part of the Imperial Family.

It would give them better connections.

Sakura sighed softly as the ritual argument began afresh. "She will be a Courtier!" her father boomed. "Nonsense!" her uncle retorted, "with her voice she must be with the artisans!" This year, once again, her training would suffer as she was shuttled back and forth between the Academy and Courtiers in between the many meetings with powerful prospective husbands.

"Good Morning!"

The voice of her uncle, Daidoji Yamanoke, the youngest of his generation, cut through the garden like a bell. Of all the brothers he was the most likable and the most respected. He had attended the Asahina Shugenja school and, unlike the others, had taken their pacifistic spirit as a position of strengh.

"Yamanoke!" her father demanded, "what is your opinion of the matter? Which will provide a better husband for Sakura -- courtier training or artisan training?" Yamanoke chuckled at the question and sat down on the grass with them.

"It seems to me" said Yamanoko watching Sakura, "that her skills will be secondary to her beauty." The two older brothers grunted their disaproval at the suggestion.

"Every advantage counts!"

'Look at that' Sakura thought to herself, 'something else they agree on.'

A servant came running up to Sakura, a large pouch in her hand. Bowing low, the servant gave the pouch to Sakura and scampered away. A slow smile crossed Sakura's lips as she regarded the pouch. 'the debate ends today' she thought to herself as she drew a scroll from the pouch. Sakura stretched the scroll out so that she could easily read it and then she began to sing softly, communing with the kami of air. Air spells were easy for her. She almost didn't need the scrolls, but she had yet to completely memorize the spells.

'soon. I'll have them memorized soon ...'

Visibly perplexed, Yamanoke looked over at his niece as she sang. The air kami seemed to dance and sway before her as she sang, hanging on her every breath. Yamanoke concentrated on her, attempting to drown out the arguments of his brothers. Yes, she was indeed communing with that kami ...

"She is a Shugenja" Yamanoke interrupted calmly.

"What!?!" The surprise that his brothers shared was obvious and genuine. "There is no way that I can allow her to train with the Kami!" Sakura's father shouted. "What good would that do us in the courts!?!" retorted his oldest brother.

"You both misunderstand me" Yamanoke replied still staring at Sakura. "I did not say she should be a shugenja. I said that she is a shugenja." It was then that the older brothers noticed what he was staring at. The wind appeared to be dancing with her soft voice, carrying leaves and dust upwards and dropping them in time with the music. The elder brothers' jaws dropped.

"I have never seen this kind of magic" Yamanoke continued, "she seems to come by it naturally." Yamanoke then turned towards his brothers. "I assure you, brothers, this will come in quite useful. A girl of this talent may even interest the Seppun Shugenja Academy."

The older brothers stared after Sakura a bit longer. The Seppun Shugenja Academy. The sole magical protectors of the Emperor himself. The only ones that were able to wield magic freely in the presence of the Son of Heaven. Such power had been considered unattainable and undreamable in this little corner of the family.

Until now.

Sakura's smile widened to one of joy. They had never asked her what she was good at, they had all assumed that she was untrained. It was true that she had a natural affinity with the air kami, they understood each other very well, but she was not, as they believed, "untrained".

'So much the better' she though to herself, 'it makes my cover that much more believable. But there is one downside to all of this.'

A bit sad, Sakura looked upward as she sang, focusing on the hawk soaring above her. It had always given her a sense of freedom when she worked with the falcons. Now that the family had come to a decision, they would no longer be arguing. That meant she could no longer sneak off and help train the falcons ...

"Yamanoke, why don't you tutor her?" her father asked politely. "Maybe she can catch up and then attend the Asahina School with you."

"Sure. I'll start right away."

There was silence from the oldest brother. The air was thick as the two stared at their oldest brother. Finally Yamanoke broke the tension. "What did you do, brother?"

"I kind of promised to send her on a small errand in a couple weeks ..."

'Of course' Sakura thought to herself as she watched her brother. 'That's so typical of him ...'
Musashi
 player, 10 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 06:04
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
1 Daidoji Duelist (Sachi)

Not that's it is important but by Daidoji Duelist, do you mean Sachi is from one of the Daidoji bushi schools or did he attend the Kakita Bushi School?  I'm just curious.  ;)

I imagine (if most of the PCs are roughly the same age) that if Ukyo, Fumimaro & Sachi all attended the Kakita Bushi School (ie. the Kakita Dueling Academy) then they would most likely know each other pretty well (ie. being peers & probably sparring partners).

In fact... if Sachi met & traveled with Musashi around the Empire while Sachi was on his Musha Shugyo, then perhaps it was Sachi who introduced Musashi to Sachi's old "school chum" & fellow duelist Ukyo (thus being the catalyst for linking Musashi with Ukyo as Ukyo's "advisor")?

Just an idea to consider.  ;)
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 4 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 13:07
Re: OOC
Ronin Duelist...but Sachi is no ronin, hence just duelist.  :)

However, I might entertain the idea of Sachi having attended the Kakita bushi school before going on his Musha Shugyo.

I am not sure though, would that require me to find 10 cp for the Multiple Schools advantage?  If so, it would likely drop me to rank2 for a while.  Though, it IS a likely path and would give some nice benefits too.

If it doesn require Multiple Schools, I will be taking a closer look at it.
Musashi
 player, 11 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 17:34
Re: OOC
Well seeing as the Ronin Schools don't require the Different School Advantage, I could see where they wouldn't need the Multiple School Advantage either (but you're right, there's nothing in the book one way or the other about Multiple Schools vis-a-vis Ronin Schools).

After all, the Ronin "Schools" aren't technically really "schools or dojos" in the formal sense but rather individuals who either teach themselves or find a fellow ronin to pass on the techniques.

Given the Musha Shugyo, it would make sense that Sachi would pick up "ronin habits" & training since he wasn't home & couldn't train at the school dojo.

It would be interesting to see how your old school chums react when Sachi returns with "heretical" dueling techniques/instructions.  ;)

This message was last edited by the player at 17:59, Wed 07 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sachi
 player, 5 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 17:56
Re: OOC
The more I think about it the more I like that idea.  Watching some Cranes go into a state of shock over Sachi's fighting style sounds... fun.

If, I can get some input from the GM on the Multiple Schools question, I'll be finished up pretty quick.


Sachi is 24.  How old is Ukyo?  It'll help know how Sachi and Ukyo knew each other I think.  It may be that Sachi left before Ukyo was fully accepted or that they knew each other as equals...
Doji Fumimaro
 player, 3 posts
Wed 7 Feb 2007
at 20:25
Re: OOC
I like the idea of knowing some of the other characters, makes things easy to begin with.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 5 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
Thu 8 Feb 2007
at 18:25
Re: OOC
Now that Sakura is "basically finalized" I can tell you that she is Soshi Shugenja (1) and Shosuro Deceiver (2,3; advanced school). Which is why she needs a lot of Void. She's also going to be ... hmmm, "fortifying her spirit", which I'm sure that Mushashi can help with.

As for connections: Sakura has traveled around a lot, mostly attending O-Miai (meeting a prospective spouse for an arranged marriage). So she could quite literally know anyone from practically anywhere.

BTW, Musashi-san, I don't suppose that you know the Death Touch Kiho, ne?
Musashi
 player, 12 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Thu 8 Feb 2007
at 18:34
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
BTW, Musashi-san, I don't suppose that you know the Death Touch Kiho, ne?

Now would any peaceful, non-threatening Sohei of the Fortune of Fire & Thunder know so dangerous and deadly a Kiho?

Or rather... would he be apt to admit to as much?  ;)

The thing is, I'm not really sure yet what Musashi can really "instruct" aside from the Jiujutsu (at least given the way the Instruction skill reads in the L5R 3rd Ed book).

For instance, in order to teach School Techniques, I have to have an Emphasis in that School (or possibly even in the Technique)... this works similarly to the requirement that I can only teach skills for which I have an Instruction Emphasis (in Musashi's case that's only Jiujutsu).

I may need to have a Kiho Emphasis or a Temple of Osano-Wo Emphasis in order to actually teach them.

However... I'm uncertain about something.  I know that Clan Schools are VERY touchy about the idea of teaching "outsiders" their Techniques.  How would a Monk Temple feel about teaching things like Kiho to those outside the Order (especially a martially oriented Order like Osano-Wo)?

Didn't one of the Shinsei Monks get martyred in Rokugan's past because he refused to demonstrate his unarmed combat techniques for the Emperor (the Crane Emerald Champion refused to strike down the monk and instead committed seppukku... leaving it to a Crab to strike & kill the monk)?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 6 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 8 Feb 2007
at 20:21
Re: OOC
Musashi:
However... I'm uncertain about something.  I know that Clan Schools are VERY touchy about the idea of teaching "outsiders" their Techniques.  How would a Monk Temple feel about teaching things like Kiho to those outside the Order (especially a martially oriented Order like Osano-Wo)?

Didn't one of the Shinsei Monks get martyred in Rokugan's past because he refused to demonstrate his unarmed combat techniques for the Emperor (the Crane Emerald Champion refused to strike down the monk and instead committed seppukku... leaving it to a Crab to strike & kill the monk)?


Well, to question 2 the answer is yes -- but he refused to demonstrate the techniques because they were invented specifically for peasants and he didn't want the Samurai Caste to have them.

For question one, I'm afraid that's a GM call. One would think not, but in real life Japan religious techniques are a closely guarded secret -- especially among the Vajrayana (Mikkyo) practitioners.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 5 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Thu 8 Feb 2007
at 23:57
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
Sachi is 24.  How old is Ukyo?  It'll help know how Sachi and Ukyo knew each other I think.  It may be that Sachi left before Ukyo was fully accepted or that they knew each other as equals...


Or perhaps as rivals.  ;)  I hadn't decided on an age for Ukyo yet, so I'm flexible.  Depending on when he left, perhaps they were both training in the Kakita Dueling academy until Sachi left.  Until then they were peers and equals, havign the same sensei, but they always had a healthy, friendly rivalry going.  Sachi leaves for his... whatever it was (don't remember the term and it's not on the page I'm typing this on :) and so Ukyo is left wondering who is truly better.  Then he comes back with these "unclean" fighting techniques suitable only for Ronin, and he is made to wonder even more, which is better... the "pure" fighting style of the samurai schools, or the catch-as-catch-can ronin techniques.  Perhaps Ukyo almost feels slighted, that they were not able to graduate together and prove once and for all who was better.  Perhaps he is driven to beat Sachi and show that the pure samurai techniques are better.  :)  One more Disadvantage!  lol... I dunno, this was all off the top of my head and totally subject to change... :P
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 1 post
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 11:50
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
Who is waterproof salamander?  That was the one mentioning Daidoji Yojimbo.

Ooh, me! :-) Haven't had a lot of time to create a char yet, but I'm nearly there.

I'm still thinking about a Harrier with a Path or two somewhere too, but likely I'm sticking with the Yojimbo. I'm interested in what our GM has to say about Multiple Schools for Ronin Schools too though. There are some nice possibilities there.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 7 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 14:35
Re: OOC
I forgot to look that up ... there's something about Clan Samurai taking MS with Ronin Schools in either the Erratta or in the book, but I can't remember the details ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 8 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 14:52
Re: OOC
Here you go, though the GM may choose to change this since that is his right:

Can Clan-Afflicated Samurai take the Ronin technique's with out the diffrent schools advantage? The book isn't to clear on this matter.

Clan-affiliated characters may choose to study at a ronin School at the time of character creation without having to take the Different School Advantage. If they wish to change Schools after that, they must take Multiple Schools. Ronin may move freely among the bushi Schools as they like, perhaps resulting in a Bushi 2/Duelist 1 or what have you.

Ronin Schools are intended to represent a number of basic, fundamental styles that exist within all major fighting styles (for Clan samurai), and that may be studied independantly without the need for a dojo or sensei (for ronin). They also allow you to make that Hiruma Yojimbo you've always wanted, even if there's no Yojimbo School among the Crab.

They are, like much of 3E, a toolkit to use as you see fit in order to create a more varied and appealing character.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 9 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 14:53
Re: OOC
Quick question for the GM: since we're starting off at higher Insight Ranks, does that mean (since it's a GM call) that we start off with higher Status as well?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 9 posts
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 15:55
Re: OOC
yes, of course ^_^
your Status, Glory, and Honor go up at the same rate as your Inisight Rank
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 6 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 16:05
Re: OOC
Hmm... nice.  So status, glory and honor all go up by 2.  I'll have to take advantage of that i think.  :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 10 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 16:16
Re: OOC
Speaking of Honor (Duty), I thought y'all might like to see Sakura's "Duty List" while we're being public:

quote:
1) Empire
2) Clan (In theory this should never conflict with 1, but it probably did during the coup)
3) Close Friends and Family
4) Other Family
5) Friends
6) Monks (Enlightenment is what keeps her from Darkness and she knows it)
7) Emerald Magistrate (as a person; when acting as EM he generally represents 1 above.)


I would anticipate party members at level 3, with Musashi being more like a 2.5, assuming that they knew each other well enough before hand for Sakura to have developed Loyalty for them.

Hmm ... maybe "Close Monk Friends/allies" should be 3, and the others bumped down a notch?
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 2 posts
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 18:26
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
I guess I lucked out on having all distinguished ancestors in major battles.  :)

I hate to break it to you, but I'm fairly sure any Heritage rolls made after the first one are essentially re-rolls. It's not an addition, you get the one Heritage from your last roll and all the previous Heritage rolls are expunged.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:28, Fri 09 Feb 2007.

Musashi
 player, 13 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 18:37
Re: OOC
Daidoji Yoshida:
Kakita Ukyo:
I guess I lucked out on having all distinguished ancestors in major battles.  :)

I hate to break it to you, but I'm fairly sure any Heritage rolls made after the first one are essentially re-rolls. It's not an addition, you get the one Heritage from your last roll and all the previous Heritage rolls are expunged.

No I do not believe that is how it works.  The 1st Heritage roll is "free"... however the 2nd & 3rd Heritage rolls cost CP.  It would be like spending CP on Advantages.

At least that's my understanding, if you're willing to spend CP & risk getting bad rolls... then you get to keep all that you roll.  In this case Ukyo lucked out with 3 good rolls.
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 3 posts
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 19:13
Re: OOC
So theoretically I could have any number of ancestors who all wrote an influential book on my Clan's philosophy and consequently gain any number of points of Honor and any number of Free Raises on Social Skill Rolls with my Clan?

I really don't think that's right. I'll try to dig up a clarification from one of the developers though.

Edit: forgot the max three times limit, but the point essentially stands.

This message was last edited by the player at 19:14, Fri 09 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sachi
 player, 7 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 19:15
Re: OOC
Book pg 153:
You may roll on the Heritage tables up to 3 times as desired; the first roll on the Heritage Table is free, but each roll after that costs 1 Character point (CP).  Some results award Skill Ranks; these Ranks are gained after you are done purchasing Skills with your CP.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 11 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 19:22
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sachi:
Book pg 153:
You may roll on the Heritage tables up to 3 times as desired; the first roll on the Heritage Table is free, but each roll after that costs 1 Character point (CP).  Some results award Skill Ranks; these Ranks are gained after you are done purchasing Skills with your CP.


FAQ V2:
Q. I'm a bit confused with starting skills and how
they work. With all the ways you can increase your
skills at character generation how exactly do these rules
work?


A. Very simple, gentlemen. Page 153 says: “After
choosing your character's Family, if you wish you may
roll on the Heritage tables to see what sort of family line
the character was born into.” Ergo, any bonuses you
gain to a Skill will be determined before you even pick
your School.
When you have selected your School, you get your
Starting Skills. The term “Starting” is identical to the
one used on page 88: “A character can increase any
given Skill only two ranks beyond its starting rank
during character creation.”
Therefore, if I were making a Kakita, I might roll a
Heritage result that conferred +2 ranks of Iaijutsu (such
as Table 3B: 1-2). I might then select the Kakita Bushi as
my School. I could use the “any one High or Bugei Skill”
to gain Iaijutsu 2, and then add the +2 Heritage result to
gain a total of Iaijutsu 4. I would then have increased my
Iaijutsu Skill two ranks above its starting rank (2), and
would be unable to increase it any further.


As always, GM trump applies.

(Now that I found the FAQ, I can read it ... )
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 4 posts
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 23:18
Re: OOC
It's good to point those things out, but they don't really clarify whether you add the Heritage rolls of whether the last one overrides the previous ones.

However, I found a couple of posts by Rich Wulf (former L5R developer) on the Alderac forums that suggest I was mistaken and that the Heritages do "stack".
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 6 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Fri 9 Feb 2007
at 23:34
Re: OOC
If you read the charcter creation example in the book, after the first roll, they say the fictional player feels his luck is not with him and reconsiders using his last CP for a second roll.  The intent seems clear that it would have been a second, seperate heritage with all the benefits/penalties it would have brought with it.  If it was a "re-roll", then there would be no question as to whether he should reroll to try to get rid of the bad first roll.

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 06:02, Sat 10 Feb 2007.

Musashi
 player, 14 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 02:52
Re: OOC

Well since the GM didn't object initially to Ukyo's stacking of his 3 Heritage rolls, I figure that's how they work.  Since I don't ever use Heritage rolls (I dislike randomness in my character creation), I can't say I've ever really given it much thought (maybe my view was adversely affected by the somewhat negative & discouraging example provided in the 3rd Ed. book lol ;)

Heritage Rolls aside... KnK, do you intend for all the PCs to know each other (and perhaps to all start out together) from the start of the campaign?  If so, then we should probably work out the connections & relationships between various characters.  I know we've made a start to some degree... the 3 Kakita School Duelists probably know each other, Sachi has some history with Ukyo (sparring partners and/or "friendly rivalry"), Musashi met & befriended Sachi during his Musha Shugyo, it is possible that upon return to Crane lands Sachi introduced Musashi to Ukyo.

Again all tentative ideas for background links.  But KnK, do you want us to tie everyone in (one way or another)?  I.E. should we already work out how Sakura met the Duelists & the Monk?  How some of us at least know and/or are friends with Naruhime the courtier?

If Yoshida is a Daidoji Yojimbo, then it is likely that he'll need a "charge" to bodyguard for... Sakura or Naruhime would be likely potential charges.  Fumimaro, while he may not know the "rogue" Sachi (who left his formal schooling for a Musha Shugyo), would likely have gotten to know Ukyo at the Kakita Dueling Academy (or at least that's a possibility).

How Sakura, Naruhime & Yoshida would be tied into the Duelists & Monk is less clear though certainly not impossible to work if that's what we (or more importantly you KnK) want.  ;)

Just wondering?  ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 10 posts
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 03:32
Re: OOC
yes, my intention was that all of you know each other and are given a single mission (sorry for not making that clear at the beginning) I've been meaning to get something started, but stuff came up, I'll have something up by monday
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 7 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 04:01
Re: OOC
Perhaps one of us ran into Sakura at one of the O-Miai meetings.  :)
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 8 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 04:50
Re: OOC
Heh. O-Miai would have been one of those things that moved Sachi into leaving in the first place.  ;)
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 8 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 06:42
Re: OOC
Heh, well, there's a few other PCs that could find it acceptable.  :)  At least upon first glance, but a few people haven't filled in much character detail yet.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:43, Mon 12 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 12 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 16:27
Re: OOC
Well, here's a couple things for you:

Sakura's Yojimbo would pretty much have to be Daidoji. From experience I can tell you that those pesky Kakita won't let her go off by herself, and they especially won't let her do things that might be ... less than honorable. Either that or she wouldn't have a permanent Yojimbo at all.

And the Yojimbo would probably need to be Female under normal circumstances. Either that or he wouldn't be guarding her at a number of "inopportune" times, like when she's sleeping or in the bath.

So the Yojimbo thing is probably out.

As far as the O-Miai goes, don't forget that besides the "intended" there are always witnesses and such present. And she could have easily been present at any number of political negotiations.

Hmmm ... her brother is a graduate of the Kakita Academy (there is a long story about her brother that involves a Crab, a female Doji Duelist assigned as her Honor Guard, and a Scorpion plot that "failed"), and she's visited him on a number of occasions. Anyone from the academy could easily know her from there.

She's kinda hard to miss ...
Doji Naruhime
 player, 3 posts
 Doji Courtier
 Rank 3
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 16:50
Re: OOC
Well Naruhime is probably watched by at least 1 Yojimbo, if not more. She's a treasured Doji Bride (or at least they want to make her one) in the time just after the Clan War... she's an asset they can not overlook.

That said, even if they can't watch her while she is bathing, they certainly can stand within earshot in case she screams.

More than likely her Yojimbo would be a duelist, though family wouldn't matter so much. And she is more than happy to use her talents to aid in any courtly intrigues that the party members find themselves in.
Musashi
 player, 15 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 18:42
Re: OOC

Hmm... so does someone want a Daidoji Yojimbo?  If not, then Yoshida might be in a tough spot (unless the GM wants to run an NPC "charge" but that might complicate things).

Of course Naruhime could have Yoshida as her main day-to-day Yojimbo and perhpas one of the Kakita School Duelists as a "secondary" dueling Yojimbo (or "champion" for any duels she might be challenged to)?

This double Yojimbo situation would tie in Naruhime & Yoshida with the Duelists... and the Duelist 2nd Yojimbo would be the link to the other Duelists (and via Sachi and/or Ukyo, a link to Musashi).

Now as for Sakura... well it could be that since she doesn't have a Yojimbo, it has been arranged for her to accompany Naruhime.  After all, Sakura was being planned for a "trophy bride" as well.  Maybe the hope is that Sakura can learn from Naruhime's example?

OR... there could be some family connections.  We have 2 Doji (a courtier & a duelist)... they could be related (1st cousins maybe)?  Also some of the Daidoji might be closely related as well.

The Kakita and Musashi (who is formerly an Asahina) are probably not that closely related to anyone else (but that's not definite either).

So some of the connections could be "family ties" or "family obligations"?

Sakura... the rules/restrictions about Yojimbo who are different gender than their charges... does this apply to brothers & sisters?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 13 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 19:33
Re: OOC
Musashi:
Maybe the hope is that Sakura can learn from Naruhime's example?


Hmmm ... insert the sound of gears turning well, Sakura doesn't take too much effort to conceal her emphasis on the Daidoji's Duty (e.g. she doesn't have any ranks of Perceived Honor). It could easily be that Sakura is supposed to be "training" to appear more honorable so that they can arrange a better quality husband for her.

quote:
The Kakita and Musashi (who is formerly an Asahina) are probably not that closely related to anyone else (but that's not definite either).


On the other hand, Sakura's Uncle (the youngest brother) is trained in the Asahina school so there could be a tie there. I could easily see him asking Musashi for a favor ...

quote:
Sakura... the rules/restrictions about Yojimbo who are different gender than their charges... does this apply to brothers & sisters?


No, immediate relatives are fine. So if the Daidoji Yojimbo wanted to be Sakura's Brother that would be fine (though he probably still couldn't accompany her to the bathing area ...). Cousins are a bit iffy, but probably alright -- especially if they were raised together.

One of Sakura's Aunts could easily have married ... well, practically anywhere, so Cousins could work with pretty much any of the PCs. Three of the Brothers have been defined (Sakura's father and her two uncles), but there are probably others ...
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 5 posts
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 20:42
Re: OOC
I wouldn't mind playing a female character, if that makes things easier. Yoshida is based on a female Daidoji Yojimbo character I played a long time ago anyway.

As for the day-to-day yojimbo vs. dueling yojimbo issue, I really doubt Rokugani samurai would see things that way. In fact, it'd be a terrible insult to either yojimbo, suggesting they wouldn't be able to deal with both kinds of threat to their charge. And in case it matters, Yoshida's gearing up for the Kenshinzen school. He's probably fairly close to a dedicated Kakita duelist in dueling ability, close enough not to warrant a stand-in to begin with.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:43, Mon 12 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 14 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 12 Feb 2007
at 21:26
Re: OOC
Does Yoshida mind the Daidoji that "dirty their hands" with dishonorable activities?
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 6 posts
Tue 13 Feb 2007
at 00:04
Re: OOC
Yoshida wouldn't question the honour of anything done for the Crane Clan as ordained by the Crane Champion. He doesn't justify his own actions by the same argument, but he firmly believes everyone should look to his own honour first and leave that of others to them.

I'm pretty much done with the background and the mechanical stuff, but background and (dis)advantages are subject to change if it were preferable for Yoshida to be female. I'll post everything as soon as that's decided on, that should give everyone a good idea of what kind of character he/she is.
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 7 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 14:45
Re: OOC
"I'll post everything as soon as that's decided on, that should give everyone a good idea of what kind of character he/she is."

Just so we're clear, that's meant as encouragement to weigh in on the decision. ;-) I'll go female if it helps, but if there's no reason to do so I'm simply sticking with Yoshida as is.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 15 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 16:56
Re: OOC
Well, let me put it this way: if Daidoji Sakura says "We're sneaking into Akodo Bozo's quarters to plant some evidence" what would his/her response be: "Count me in, sounds like fun!";"Well, I suppose if we have to ..."; or "count me out! If anyone asks me, I'll just say you needed to be alone for your meditations."?
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 8 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 17:18
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
"We're sneaking into Akodo Bozo's quarters to plant some evidence"

That's rather more dishonourable than what usually comes to mind for underhanded Daidoji actions. Those usually focus on gaining a more direct military advantage (ambushes, sabotage, that kind of thing). I expect there might be a few other characters in the group who would have a problem with this. But assuming this is just Sakura speaking of something she intends to do on her own and talking only to Yoshida:

Daidoji Sakura:
"Count me in, sounds like fun!"

Not a chance.

Daidoji Sakura:
"Well, I suppose if we have to ..."

Most likely, since the duty of protecting his charge is more important than personal honour. But only if he can't persuade Sakura otherwise, and be prepared for a serious argument.

Daidoji Sakura:
"count me out! If anyone asks me, I'll just say you needed to be alone for your meditations."

Nah. If he's in the know, not taking part but otherwise going along is not better than actively helping out. In for a penny, in for a pound.

This message was lightly edited by the player at 17:40, Wed 14 Feb 2007.

Musashi
 player, 16 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 17:33
Re: OOC

Well aren't the Daidoji the "underhand" of the Crane Clan?  The Family willing to do dishonorable deeds so the rest of the Crane Clan can maintain their honor without risk (thus explaining why the Daidoji Harriers start with lower Honor than the other Crane Schools)?

At least that's how I always viewed them but maybe I have the wrong view of the Daidoji?
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 9 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 17:52
Re: OOC
The way I always thought it was is that yes, the Daidoji are willing to do dishonourable things for the benefit of the Clan, but not just anything. They're supposed to be the military might of the Crane and will do whatever it takes to fullfill that role effectively despite often (at least against their n°1 opponents, the Lion) being at a numerical disadvantage. That means raids on enemy provisions, guerilla tactics, ambushes, singling out enemy officers to disrupt the chain of command, using terrain and natural circumstances and whatnot. Necessity trumps honour in war for the Daidoji. Deception, intrigue and dirty pool in the courts however are something else entirely, especially since the Crane are only rivaled by the Scorpion in political power. There's no need to get dirty in this case.
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 9 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 18:01
Re: OOC
I'd call them pragmatic but not necessarily 'underhand'ed.

To compare them to other clan stereotypes, they are more akin to the Crab than the Scorpion.  Well, at least that's how I see them.  :)
Musashi
 player, 17 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 18:22
Re: OOC

Ahh... well I guess I don't see much difference between the Battle Field & the Courts... both are areas of conflict and both need to be dominated for the success & survival of the Clan.

After all... some of the Doji Courtier's "Favors" involve some pretty shady areas.  I have a feeling that one of the key ways for the Crane to remain on top at the Courts is to use some rather underhanded tricks (they only become "dishonorable" if they become publicly known).

Here's an interesting blurb on the Daidoji Family found on the L5R Wiki:
quote:
Tactics
The Daidoji know they cannot match the forces of their traditional enemy, the Lion Clan, in strength or numbers, so instead they learn to use ambushes, sabotage, and explosives, and to exploit the land to their advantage. They are the masters of guerilla warfare, and it is the only reason the family has survived for so long. Their methods skirt the edges of dishonor, but the Daidoji are confident in their abilities and proud of the service they do for their Clan. In addition to their duties as defensive measures the Daidoji are often required to conduct illegal smuggling operations to keep supplies trickling into a war-torn area. The Daidoji are also sometimes found in court, although not in a courtier capacity. Their presence there is to gather sensitive information to the Doji courtiers. Daidoji can also occasionally be seen as yojimbo to some important courtiers.

Granted different people may see the Family different ways and in fact individuals can go against Family stereotypes as well (certainly Musashi has walked a far more martial path than his Asahina father would have approved of).

Also it might be important to know how the GM views the Daidoji Family, just for use as a general reference.

That said... please don't feel that I'm trying to persuade anyone to play their characters in any specific way.  Honestly I'm not.  People should play their PCs however they wish, whatever is comfortable and enjoyable.  ;)

I'm just trying to get a better feel for how the Daidoji Family is generally viewed (both OOC & IC).

While I'm a long time Crane Player... I have pretty much stuck to traditional high honor Kakita & Doji (usually formal Iaijutsu Duelists).  I actually know very little of the Daidoji (and not all that much more about the Asahina for that matter).

So I have only a general feel for the Daidoji Family and how it normally operates.  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 16 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 19:34
Re: OOC
I exaggerated a bit there, but Sakura is known for (e.g.) going into the "bad" parts of town, seducing (light, not "adult forum" stuff) an enemy, and consorting with dishonorable types to get necessary information.

In other words, if Yoshida is the "only on the battlefield" type of Daidoji gender probably won't make a difference to Sakura. She won't argue about it, she'll just do it.

Also of note is that I'm a very intuitive player, so sometimes I'll do things that just won't make any sense. I'm not always right, by any means, but I play my hunches. So sometimes she'll go to the "bad part of town" because of a hunch and nothing more ...
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 10 posts
Wed 14 Feb 2007
at 23:35
Re: OOC
Musashi:
I'm just trying to get a better feel for how the Daidoji Family is generally viewed (both OOC & IC).

I certainly don't want to claim to be 100% right on this. By their very nature, the Daidoji are not an easily known family. And especially with things like this, it's a matter of subjective interpretation.
We know the Daidoji have no qualms about seedy business to collect sensitive information. In my mind, that doesn't extend to actually fabricating and/or planting fake info, but it's a thin line. I fully expect opinions to differ, if not on this then probably on other stuff.

That said, to me that's half the fun: not all Daidoji are completely the same, and that goes for every other family out there too - if that wasn't the case, there'd be no interest in roleplaying.

Daidoji Sakura:
I exaggerated a bit there, but Sakura is known for (e.g.) going into the "bad" parts of town, seducing (light, not "adult forum" stuff) an enemy, and consorting with dishonorable types to get necessary information.

In other words, if Yoshida is the "only on the battlefield" type of Daidoji gender probably won't make a difference to Sakura. She won't argue about it, she'll just do it.

The gender issue is mostly to do with plausibility. If the majority of people involved (and particularly our GM) feel that a male yojimbo for a female courtier or shugenja is improbable, impractical or both and there's no objection from the courtier/shugenja player to have a PC yojimbo rather than an NPC, that's really all the reason I need. Any in-character headbutting and arguing as the result of such a relationship is just part of the roleplaying (not to worry, Yoshida knows full well who has the final say in any difference of opinion between a yojimbo and his charge).

Maybe the example you chose (planting false evidence) is not the most representative for this issue though. It's just over the line, while doing unsavoury things to gather info which can then be used against a political opponent is close to but not over the line (again: to me, or at least to Yoshida. Not every player and certainly not every Daidoji will make the same distinction). All in all, it's difficult to get something subjective like this across in a few short sentences. We could probably go over it for days.

Daidoji Sakura:
Also of note is that I'm a very intuitive player, so sometimes I'll do things that just won't make any sense. I'm not always right, by any means, but I play my hunches. So sometimes she'll go to the "bad part of town" because of a hunch and nothing more ...

That makes sense. If it worked once, it's worth trying again.
Doji Fumimaro
 player, 4 posts
Thu 15 Feb 2007
at 18:37
Re: OOC
Due to being busy i havent got to post in a while but to go back to an earlier conversation...I have a few connections that are possible. One is the Kakita Bushi school, another the fact that i am a Doji so could know Naruhime that way. I dont mind being related to another player at all. Another two possibilities that i can look into when the GM gets back to me is that i have Imperial connections (Having an imperial spouse!) Therefore anyone dealing with courtrooms may know me that way. The second one to be organised with the GM is that i have a social position which i was hoping was a military one, therefore someone may know me due to my military position. All just ideas.Iv left my background fairly open and am willing to change it around slightly to suit the backgrounds of others. So any suggestions from other players on how you wish to know me or relate to me are welcome. lol :-)
P.s. I am no longer doing an evening job so i should be able to post regularly now. So i can throw in my suggestions.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:42, Thu 15 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 17 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 16 Feb 2007
at 03:42
Re: OOC
Well, I'd love to have a "partner in crime" but I know that this role is a bit of a stretch even for the Daidoji. Since Sakura has access to some really strange magics, anyone who would go with her "regularly" would have to be very trustworthy in her eyes.

To the more general subject all I can say is, well, I guess I've said most of it. Related, knows through her Duelist brother, or met at an omiai are the only three I can think of. Knowing of Sakura is probably a given for the two Daidoji though. I doubt that very many vassals were adopted into the main line after their family was annihilated.

Hmmm ... on the other hand, since we've just come out of the Clan Wars it's quite possible that some of the other could have known her from there as well. Sakura was inserted into the Crane clan before the Coup.

Okay, thinking aloud (I need to hear the GMs opinions on this) I'd say that she kept her cover the entire time.

Barely.

She would have been working with/for Kachiko, indirectly most likely. I picture her master/controller dying early in the coup, so she had to get direction from the only people she knew. So basically at this point only Kachiko and Aramoro would know anything about her.

Sakura survived the coup because she knew better than to reveal herself without direct orders, completely unaware that her supervisor was dead and so couldn't give her any orders. She didn't find out until it was too late, and with Kachiko's designs on the Crane it was felt she would do better where she was.

During the final assault on Otosan Uchi, she used her strange ("ronin magics" would be how it would be described, though in reality it was Tejina/Deceiver magics) magics to aid the Daidoji during the assault, and probably got a bit of a reputation there. Unlike most of the Asahina, she was "reasonably" prepared for battle; like the Daidoji, however, she did much better when unseen (e.g. she has no ranks of Battle, but her Stealth is pretty darned good). She probably would have been used for things like opening locked doors, harassing enemies (drawing them to the "well prepared" Daidoji Harriers), and so forth.

Hmmmm ... this is "just after" the Day of Thunder, right? Are we talking a couple of months, the next year, or what? I completely forgot about a few details, like how many of her family -- both adopted and real -- is now left. I'll have to think about that.


I think I would like to have her related to at least one of the PCs, and given her background it could be practically anyone. Any volunteers? :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 11 posts
Sat 17 Feb 2007
at 07:31
Re: OOC
given the level of scrutiny that a Scorpion agent is trained to withstand and the chaos of the Clan War it's unlikely that Daidoji Sakura would have had the opportunity to blow her cover (a Daidoji shugenja with a talent for misdirection?  her superiors within the Daidoji wouldn't have questioned their good fortune, just used her any way they could--now, given a period of relative peace, your superiors may start to question their serendipitous fortune but they haven't so far ^_^)

it's a couple months after the Clan War, things have begun to settle down from that time, but, of course, new issues are arising ^_^
Musashi
 player, 18 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 19 Feb 2007
at 06:38
Re: OOC

Well I know Musashi is originally Asahina (though I only really worked out the father... his mother is still "undefined"), however I would be open to any potential familial connections if people were interested.  Perhaps a 1st cousin or in-law (Musashi has a younger brother who is an Asahina shugenja).  Someone who might have known Musashi before he left to become a monk?

Actually if Sakura is being trained by an Asahina shugenja, there could be a link there (either with Musashi's father before his death at the end of the Clan Wars, Musashi's father was a respected sensei at the Asahina Shugenja School)... or perhaps through Musashi's brother who is just completing his shugenja training?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 18 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 19 Feb 2007
at 19:29
Re: OOC
Or both ...

Sakura's uncle attends the Asahina Shugenja school, and has since before the Coup. It's quite likely that Sakura was brought there on several occasions by her uncle for "catch up" studies. Tutoring sessions if you will.

Oddly enough, though, she can't join the Ashahina Shugenja school yet, or just recently became eligible, so while she might have studied there a bit there's no way she could have attended, and at this point in her career I don't think that they'd let her attend. Everyone still thinks that her training is "inborn" or discovered, e.g. that she is attending a Ronin school.

So, the short version of this is, I think that she has been there several times to study. It's quite likely that she knew your father and your brother. In fact, it's possible that she even knew Musashi that way ... it was long enough ago that it could have been before his retirement.

Or, if you have any sisters or aunts it's possible that her uncle could have married into your family.
Musashi
 player, 19 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 19 Feb 2007
at 20:49
Re: OOC

Well Musashi's only sibling is a younger brother named Asahina Yoshitaka who has recently completed his training as an Asahina Shugenja.  Musashi's late father was named Asahina Takezo & he was a respected Asahina Shugenja as well as a noted sensei at the Asahina Shugenja School (before his death during the final battle of the 2nd Day of Thunder).

As for possible aunts or uncles, that is certainly possible as I haven't worked out that degree of family.  Also I have settled the details regarding Musashi's mother either (ie. she could be from a different Crane Family).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 19 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 20 Feb 2007
at 22:34
Re: OOC
Well, Musashi-San, it sounds to me like the "your father knew my uncle" angle would work best. What do you think?

Others made suggestions earlier, I think, that I lost somewhere ...
Musashi
 player, 20 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 21 Feb 2007
at 04:48
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
Well, Musashi-San, it sounds to me like the "your father knew my uncle" angle would work best. What do you think?

That works for me just fine.  ;)
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 9 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Wed 21 Feb 2007
at 05:32
Re: OOC
And you will be an attractive fleeting vision to Ukyo who has seen you at the Kakita school visiting your... brother I think it was?... but good to long from a distance as I don't know if his 5.5 honor can withstand a "close" relationship with Sakura, if you catch my drift.  :P

This message was last edited by the player at 00:25, Thu 22 Feb 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 20 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 21 Feb 2007
at 14:48
Re: OOC
Sounds good to me, Ukyo-San!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 12 posts
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 17:37
Re: OOC
so have we reached a consensus as to how everyone is related?  or do you need some more time before we start?
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 10 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 18:03
Re: OOC
Sounds like we have it figured out.  So what I can gather:

Sachi, Ukyo, and Fumimaro attended the the Kakita Deuling School together before Sachi left.  After he left he met up with Musashi during his Musha Shugyo and Ukyo and Fumimaro were still together at the academy.

Sakura has Yoshida (or possible female name) as a body guard.  She has a sibling at the Deuling academy and so has met Ukyo and Fumimaro at least in passing there.  Naruhime, being a courtier has probably spent time around Fumimaro since he has an imperial spouse and he has most likely been in court with her.  That's her connection to the rest of the group.

Musashi, once returning to Crane lands, was somehow beholden to help out Ukyo, who is somewhat sickly, using his knowledge of medicine.

If I recalled anyth8ing incorrectly, let me know.
Musashi
 player, 21 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 18:26
Re: OOC

I believe it was Sachi who introduced Musashi to Ukyo.  I don't know if I would say that Musashi is "beholden" to Ukyo but he may have agreed to accompany & watch out for Ukyo (ie. Musashi hasn't sworn any sort of allegiance to Ukyo).  Musashi does owe a small Obligation to his former Daimyo Lord Asahina Arinaga and his attending Ukyo may be a part of that (on the other hand he has a powerful Ally Lord Kakita Yoshihiro who might have asked as favor of Musashi to care for the sickly Ukyo).

Sakura's uncle knew Musashi's late via the Asahina Shugenja School.

I'm not sure yet if it has been settled that Yoshida will be Sakura's Yojimbo... also I believe Naruhime requires a Yojimbo as well (if not Yoshida, then perhaps one of the Kakita School Duelists?).

There is of course still the question of possible "family ties".  Musashi's mother hasn't been defined, so it is possible there could be a connection there.  In fact maybe Musashi's mother was a Kakita (perhaps an Artisan) and she was the daughter of Lord Kakita Yoshihiro (thus partly explaining the Ally) and this could be why Musashi has been asked to look after Ukyo (maybe via marriage, Ukyo & Musashi are cousins in some fashion)?

It may also be possible that Fumimaro & Naruhime could be related.  Also the 3 Daidoji might be related as well (though in Sakura's case it would be via her "adopted" family).
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 11 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 19:01
Re: OOC
Musashi:
I believe it was Sachi who introduced Musashi to Ukyo.  I don't know if I would say that Musashi is "beholden" to Ukyo but he may have agreed to accompany & watch out for Ukyo.


I shoul dbe more clear.  By beholden I was speaking of your prior thoughts that he had an obligation to someone and perhaps that someone "cashed" in that obligation to have Ukyo looked after.

If we have steered away from that, we can certainly think of something else.  :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 21 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 19:03
Re: OOC
I believe that we also have Naruhime knowing Sakura from one (or more) of Sakura's many Omiai's, but I could be inventing that I suppose.

Also, while we did discuss having Yoshida as Sakura's bodyguard at length, we didn't settle on who Yoshida would be guarding. Naruhime may be the better option, but that depends on ... well, a lot of things.
Musashi
 player, 22 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 19:10
Re: OOC

Well I don't mind the idea of Musashi serving as a spiritual advisor to Ukyo... I just felt that the word "beholden" seemed to imply that Musashi was a "retainer".  I think as a Monk, that Musashi tends to be more "free" than that.

As for Musashi's connection to Ukyo being a part of his Obligation, that sorta depends on what the GM's views are.  The GM might have another idea for Musashi's Obligation.

I was just pointing out that there could be alternative or multiple reasons for connecting Musashi to Ukyo.  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 22 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 23 Feb 2007
at 20:11
Re: OOC
I finally found the (short) story about Sakura's brother. It's possible that this story could create a link between characters, but mostly it's for background. And to make sure that I don't loose it again ... ;p

For context, this story was originally told during a gift-giving exchange.


--------------------------------------------------------------------


Sakura opened her hands to reveal a small stone. The stone itself was unremarkable except, perhaps, for it's smoothness. Obviously it came from a river because the Water Kami had made it nearly perfectly round. Sakura's smile grew wider as she continued.

"My younger brother is a student at the prestigious Kakita Dueling Academy and, as part of my travels, I was asked to visit him. I was met by my brother and two of his friends -- a lovely young Doji girl named Aiko and a Crab from the Hida family. Aiko was something of an outcast at the academy. She was from a wealthy courtier family and they did not approve of their daughter training in the sword. But they weren't given much of a choice by their Lord so they were forced to allow it. She was small and, because she did not come from a Bushi family, the other students did not approve of her either."

"Well, my brother is somewhat overprotective and it turned out that he was concerned about me. One of the students was a Scorpion of the Bayushi family and my brother was worried that the Scorpion would try to dishonor the clan in some way since I was still new to the family, so he arranged with his Sensei to have Aiko act as an honor guard for me. The sensei, for some reason, was more than willing to comply."

"The Crab had with him a bag of stones which he presented to me as a gift. 'The Crab only give practical gifts' he told me, but I must confess that at the time I saw no practical value. He insisted that Aiko and I must keep that bag with us at all times and we reluctantly agreed to the odd request. Well that perception changed at bath time."

"It seems that many of the young men were manipulated into trying to get a peek of Aiko and I in the bath. 'You haven't passed your Gempukku' the Scorpion told them, 'so it won't dishonor anyone.' We heard movement outside the fence and, realizing what was going on, Aiko took a stone out of the bag and tossed it over the fence. Her aim was true and we heard a yelp, followed by footsteps running away. This process was repeated over the evening and it became something of a game for us."

"Well one of those yelps came from the Scorpion who was hit on the face. He didn't know it but this stone had lodged in his mask and did not fall out until later at practice. Aiko-Chan, being the faithful honor guard, immediately challenged him to a duel for my honor which the Sensei gladly permitted. The whispers that went around the room did not favor her. The Scorpion was apparently more skilled in Iai, but she took her stance like she had been doing this as long as Toshimoko-Sensei and her spirit dominated her opponent. Her draw was fast and her aim was true; she proved her skill by breaking the Scorpion's mask with her bokken. After that she was no longer an outcast. No one ever questioned her skill or path again, not even her parents. The Sensei, it turned out, knew her potential all along which is why he agreed to put her with me in the first place."

"So you see" she concluded with a wide smile, "This is the stone that broke the Scorpion's Mask and turned a beautiful young outcast into a local hero. I can think of no better home than with the lovely young Ronin who did the same."

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 20:12, Fri 23 Feb 2007.

Kakita Ukyo
 player, 12 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Thu 1 Mar 2007
at 04:09
Re: OOC
So, did we know we were being summoned by the clan champ?  Or would we be surprised upon entering the room?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 14 posts
Thu 1 Mar 2007
at 18:36
Re: OOC
yes, being addressed by your Clan Champion in a small back room is pretty far outside your expectations ^_^

EDIT:  everyone's character sheets should now be user editable, sorry for not getting that done earlier ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:55, Thu 01 Mar 2007.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 24 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 1 Mar 2007
at 19:03
Re: OOC
Okay, "silly history question". It's been a long time so ...

Doji Kuwanan was trained by the Daidoji, ne? Wasn't that one of the reasons that he wasn't "well liked"? Or am I misremembering something?
Musashi
 player, 23 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Thu 1 Mar 2007
at 19:34
Re: OOC
quote:
As a second son, he enjoyed greater liberties than his brother Doji Hoturi, and was able to attend both the Akodo family and the Hida family bushi schools before he began training at the Daidoji family school.

Lion Clan
At the age of twelve Kuwanan was fostered to the Lion Clan to study under Akodo Toturi. He learned about tactics, strategy and preparedness, and how honor can strengthen a man's heart and boost his soul. The time spent with the Lion also gave him a love for battle, and a wish to learn more of war, tactics and kenjutsu. Kuwanan had been one of Toturi's best students, and when he returned to the lands of the Doji he asked Satsume to allow him to study at other bushi schools of the Empire.

Daidoji School
Kuwanan began to roam the southern lands of the Crane, and began to learn from the clever Daidoji family.]

Hida School
After his time with the Daidoji he traveled even further south and trained with Hida Kuman, the sensei of the Crab Clan who had taught both Hida Yakamo and Hida O-Ushi. During his time there Kuman would frequently say "the boy has promise".

Here's a good website for L5R background info:
http://l5r.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page

Here's Doji Kuwanan's entry from that page (where the above quote comes from):
http://l5r.wikia.com/wiki/Doji_Kuwanan
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 11 posts
Fri 2 Mar 2007
at 00:35
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
EDIT:  everyone's character sheets should now be user editable, sorry for not getting that done earlier ^_^

I'll get you mine early tomorrow, sorry for not getting that done earlier.
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 12 posts
Fri 2 Mar 2007
at 23:52
Re: OOC
Charsheet and description posted, I'll start posting IC as soon as we've determined once and for all which gender my char will have and who he/she will be yojimbo for (if anyone).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 15 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 01:25
Re: OOC
gender is entirely up to you, I'm willing to change your name to better fit your character if you want, so don't hesitate on my account

as to who you'll be a yojimbo for, that's also a PC decision ^_^
Musashi
 player, 25 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 03:34
Re: OOC

I think that's what Yoshida means... he can't finalize the gender of his character (and thus name) until either Sakura or Naruhime "claim" him as her Yojimbo and then state a preference.  ;)
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 13 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 08:01
Re: OOC
What Musashi said. :-) Had I realized it would have been an issue I would probably have gone for a female character in the first place. If neither Sakura nor Naruhime wants Yoshida as yojimbo (for whatever reason, I'm not going to be upset if they prefer not to), I'm sticking with Yoshida (although I'll make a slight background change to explain why he wouldn't currently serve as such). If either does, he'll become Yoshiko instead. I guess that means it's up to them.

This message was last edited by the player at 09:07, Sat 03 Mar 2007.

Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 14 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 09:07
Re: OOC
Before I forget:
Fair warning for Sakura and Naru: Yoshida has the Bad Reputation (Failure) disadvantage (see his background in the description for the reason why). That might influence your decision.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 25 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 18:38
Re: OOC
Actually, it does -- but probably not the way you were expecting! ;D

I like Yoshida just the way he is -- I think he would make a fine Yojimbo for Sakura. The persistent, "never say die", attitude appeals to me ... and her. :D

How long would you say that they have been together?
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 15 posts
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 19:50
Re: OOC
I thought it could go either way - especially since Sakura might sense possibilities for corruption. :p

I wouldn't think they have been together very long (that background stuff didn't happen overnight), but probably long enough to get a rapport going. Somewhere between six months and a year (likely closer to a year), possibly?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 26 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 3 Mar 2007
at 20:22
Re: OOC
Hmmm ... well, since this is only three months or so after the Day of Thunder, that would place them both at the events of the Day of Thunder? Sure you want that?

I mean, it's fine with me but from your background I figured you might want to make it the last few months. If Yoshida was with Sakura during that time then there'd definitely be a rapport going ... :D
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 16 posts
Sun 4 Mar 2007
at 00:00
Re: OOC
I'm not sure I understand... The Clan War took roughly two years, so if Sakura went undercover before that there is no reason for Yoshida to be aware of who she really is. I had no idea Sakura was present at the events surrounding the DoT, and I don't know what difference it makes. I suppose I must be thick or something, but what am I missing? Either way, just the last few months (IOW, since shortly after the DoT) works for me too.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 27 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 4 Mar 2007
at 02:08
Re: OOC
*Laughs*

No, nothing like that.

During the Clan War, Shosuro Kasumi stayed undercover as Daidoji Sakura. Kachiko wanted it that way. During the final Day of Thunder, which was after Kachiko found out what happened to the Emperor, Kasumi was ordered to remain undercover as Sakura. She stayed with the Crane to ensure that the Daidoji would more effective.

During that time Kasumi had to use her full repertoire of Tejina Magics -- something which all outside of the Scorpion are forbidden to know about.

So, where I was going with this: if Yoshida was her Yojimbo during that time he would have witnessed her full range of magics. He wouldn't know that she's Scorpion, but he would know a lot about her magics.

Now this isn't necessarily a bad thing, and that's why I have no problem with it. What it would mean is that Yoshida would be under no delusions about Daidoji Sakura and her honor. He would know what she's capable of.

On the other hand he would understand her Loyalty as well. Yoshida would know that Daidoji Sakura will protect her Yojimbo with the same ferocity that he protects her. In other words, she would start with Yoshida pretty high on her Loyalty List.

It would make for a very close relationship.
Daidoji Yoshida
 player, 17 posts
Mon 5 Mar 2007
at 16:53
Re: OOC
I hadn't thought of it that way. Yoshida, being a bushi, doesn't know about magic: he'd have to rely on Sakura's reputation to know whether she's powerful or not, and without being told by another shugenja (or Sakura herself, I suppose), he wouldn't know there's anything special about how she works her magic.

Either way, it's probably more interesting (and certainly easier, since it'll require less behind-the-scenes work to establish their common history) to keep it at a few months. Right after the Clan War is an auspicious moment to start a new assignment for Yoshida too, a good opportunity to make a break with the past and start anew.

That leaves only the matter of gender: all things considered, female is probably better from a practical POV and I think it's probably common practice among the Clans to pair up female yojimbo with female shugenja if possible. Not necessarily an absolute rule, but still the norm. Honourable Kaze no Kage-same, would you be so kind to change Yoshida to Yoshiko?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 28 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 5 Mar 2007
at 18:44
Re: OOC
Okay! :D

Oh, by the way -- the reason that I didn't have Sakura lay her Katana aside is because she doesn't have one. I did think of it, but cannot recall any equivalent for a Shugenja.

(Actually, in the original Sakura did carry a Katana but she didn't know how to use it and wasn't required to defend herself. I get the feeling that it would not be appropriate for her to do so in this campaign ...).
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 14 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Tue 6 Mar 2007
at 13:17
Re: OOC
Granted, seeing as this is a fantasy setting with female Bushi it's a little different, but typically in feudal Japan, a woman of the samurai caste would, when leaving the house, have the Wakazashi and Tanto on her (they were not allowed to wear katana, which, as I pointed out earlier, doesn't necessarily count in L5R. However, a shugenja wouldn't have much reason to carry one).  Neither of which are required to be removed when entering a person's home or other establishment.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 15 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Tue 6 Mar 2007
at 13:20
Re: OOC
Why Yoshiko... you look so... manly.  ;)
Musashi
 player, 26 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 6 Mar 2007
at 15:32
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
Why Yoshiko... you look so... manly.  ;)

He/she has changed her portrait to something more "ladylike".  The change will no doubt be reflected in Yoshiko's next IC post.  ;)
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 19 posts
Tue 6 Mar 2007
at 16:11
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
Why Yoshiko... you look so... manly.  ;)

Wish I could say the same about you, Kakita-san. /deadpan :p

I assumed the database would look up avatars through the user when constructing the page, but apparently there's a direct link between posts and avatars. Doesn't matter, everything's adjusted from now on.
Musashi
 player, 29 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 16 Mar 2007
at 04:23
Re: OOC

So needless to say, this is my first try at playing a monk (ie. non-samurai) in an L5R game.  I'm not quite sure what his place would be right now in the current situation.  It might be different were it just the PCs but the presence of none less than the Clan Champion seems to indicate that Musashi should be "seen but not heard" for the present.

Is that how others would view the role/place of a monk in this situation?
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 22 posts
Fri 16 Mar 2007
at 12:05
Re: OOC
Musashi:
Is that how others would view the role/place of a monk in this situation?

I don't think there are any straightforward answers here. Honestly, monks shouldn't be in this situation. Joining a monastic order (I'm excluding the tattooed orders for this purpose, even if they are monks) pretty much means severing all ties with your life as a samurai, serving a Clan. Monks can certainly be welcomed and even sought out for their insight and advice, but I don't see them being asked to become involved in Clan affairs - maybe if those involved family members of the monk or there is some other, similarly pressing reason, but those would be extremely rare cases, I feel.

That said, the situation is what it is so there's no point in agonizing over what could/would/should be. The most probable reason why Musashi would be present is to allow for the point of view of one who is less biased and who can offer insights a samurai might not understand. Secondly, a more sly reason, Kuwanan might feel there is an advantage to be gained from adding an unknown element to his task force: monks are treated differently and provoke different reactions than samurai. Either way though, Musashi is present because he was invited to be. To me, that means his input will be appreciated and even expected. I don't think Musashi should necessarily sit there quietly and not involve himself.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 31 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 16 Mar 2007
at 12:53
Re: OOC
Daidoji Yoshiko:
I don't think there are any straightforward answers here.


I definately agree here.

quote:
Honestly, monks shouldn't be in this situation. Joining a monastic order (I'm excluding the tattooed orders for this purpose, even if they are monks) pretty much means severing all ties with your life as a samurai, serving a Clan.


Not necessarily, there are plenty of monk "advisors" who are the real power of a clan (forced to retire before they were ready, the "monk" only relinquished his/her power in name). And many others wander the empire offering counsel and wisdom. After all, a monk seeks Enlightenment for all and not just himself.

What I would say, Musashi-San, is that if you do decide to speak try to sound "wise" ... more like Confucius than a Fortune Cookie. ;p
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 17 posts
Tue 3 Apr 2007
at 22:06
Re: OOC
I'm going on vacation for a week, be back Monday
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 22 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Wed 4 Apr 2007
at 04:42
Re: OOC
Lucky... have fun!
Musashi
 player, 37 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Sat 7 Apr 2007
at 16:56
Re: OOC

Hi guys,

I'm just waiting on the final word from the GM regarding whether Musashi can arrange for lodging or at least "letters of introduction" for the entire group.
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 29 posts
Sat 7 Apr 2007
at 17:57
Re: OOC
Sure thing, Musashi-san.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 18 posts
Sun 8 Apr 2007
at 06:17
Re: OOC
sorry for not making it clear, Doji Kuwanan's travelling papers include arrangements for room and board in Toshi Ranbo and along the way.  However, having room and board provided by the Crane Clan Champion also makes you very, very conspicuous.
Musashi
 player, 38 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 10 Apr 2007
at 04:45
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
sorry for not making it clear, Doji Kuwanan's travelling papers include arrangements for room and board in Toshi Ranbo and along the way.  However, having room and board provided by the Crane Clan Champion also makes you very, very conspicuous.

Well I'm having Musashi make a private request with Lord Kakita Yoshihiro-sama for "room & board arrangements" for the group... so that the arrangements will come from Yoshihiro rather than the Clan Champion (thus hopefully lowering our "profile" at least to a certain degree).

If anyone doesn't want to be included in these arrangements (perhaps someone wants to make their own arrangements for various reasons, perhaps to keep aloof from the main group for various purposes)... please let me know as Musashi will respect that and only make arrangements through Yoshihiro for those who actually want them.

I'm assuming that Ukyo will agree to be included in these Yoshihiro arrangements?
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 23 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Tue 10 Apr 2007
at 11:39
Re: OOC
Yup.  No worries here.
Musashi
 player, 42 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 17 Apr 2007
at 03:14
Re: OOC

I guess that's a good question (and one the GM may need to answer)... have any of the PCs spent any significant amount of time in "Toshi Ranbo"?

I suppose it is possible that Musashi has been there but I hadn't really worked it into his background.  Then again, I haven't really detailed all the places Musashi might have been to (he's traveled quite a bit and "gotten around" as it were).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 21 posts
Tue 17 Apr 2007
at 04:03
Re: OOC
I'm willing to leave that up to you PC's, if you have spent time in Toshi Ranbo you haven't spent enough time to make any regular contacts, but you would know the lay out of the streets and (possibly) some of the seeder locations ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 37 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 22 Apr 2007
at 16:44
Re: OOC
*thinks hard*

Probably the "seedier locations" and "former contacts".

Sorry for the delay, guys -- I moved this week and it took more time (and energy!) than I thought it would.
Musashi
 player, 46 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 00:27
Re: OOC
Miya Shiko:
"Very well then," Miya Sachi says, taking a deep breath, "in the name of the Jade Emperor, Toturi I, I, Miya Sachi, Shisha of the Emerald Empire, do formally request your aid in the completion of my duty until such time as I arrive safely in Toshi Ranbo wo Shien Shite Reigisaho."

Did the Miya mean to say "Shiko" rather than "Sachi"... or is this a deliberate attempt to lie to us (if so, should we try to roll something in order to determine if we're being lied to IC)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 23 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 02:04
Re: OOC
no, that's just me failing to keep all of the names of my NPCs straight ^_^;;;
Musashi
 player, 48 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 03:00
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
no, that's just me failing to keep all of the names of my NPCs straight ^_^;;;

Ok no problem!  ;)

I actually thought that might be the case (ie. an OOC error)... but in Rokugan (where nothing is as it seems on the surface)... well... I felt it best to check just to be sure.  ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 24 posts
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 04:02
Re: OOC
no, thank you for pointing that out, I may try to pull that in the future ^_^ but I'll try not to be so obvious about it ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 42 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 15:19
Re: OOC
Here's a "quickie" for y'all:

I have "Heart of Mortality", a spell which "mystically binds" a Shugenja to one other person -- in Sakura's case it would be Yoshiko, assuming Yoshiko permits it. This spell enables the Shugenja to cast a spell on the other as if the other was in range (only useful for Sakura -> Yoshiko in this case); Further the two always know "range and direction" to the other. It also used to give "general condition" (i.e. "Alive and well", "almost dead"), though that appears to have been removed. Also the spell says nothing -- one way or the other -- about Kiho.

The spell is "permanent" until one of the two become unwilling or the spell is re-cast with another target.

How this is useful to the rest of the party: Sakura also has Sympathetic Energies, which allows her to transfer a spell from herself to another person. Effectively this means that she can create magical bonds between any two willing PCs (but only two). Timing would have been before we left "home base".

Let me know if you are interested. I thought of Musashi/Ukyo as well as the other Yojimbo/PC pair, but not everyone likes this sort of thing ...
Musashi
 player, 49 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Wed 25 Apr 2007
at 15:33
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
Let me know if you are interested. I thought of Musashi/Ukyo

Well I'm certainly cool with this idea.  ;)

If Ukyo is interested, then I think this would be a neat character development.

While not exactly a "yojimbo", I do feel there is a similar bond between Musashi & Ukyo (with Musashi looking out for Ukyo's physical as well as spiritual health).
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 37 posts
Thu 26 Apr 2007
at 01:14
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
... assuming Yoshiko permits it. ...

Being a dedicated yojimbo, I'm sure she would. ^-^
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 39 posts
Fri 27 Apr 2007
at 22:07
Re: OOC
Came home from work sick today, not up to writing a proper post. I hope I'll be feeling better in the morning.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 28 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Sun 29 Apr 2007
at 13:32
Re: OOC
That's fine by me.  Ukyo looks to Musashi as both confidant and advisor.  So i think such a thing could work well character wise.
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 40 posts
Mon 30 Apr 2007
at 10:59
Re: OOC
I'm still under the weather, but I'm able to resume posting.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 44 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 30 Apr 2007
at 20:16
Re: OOC
Well then, consider it done. :D
Musashi
 player, 50 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Tue 1 May 2007
at 02:51
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
That's fine by me.  Ukyo looks to Musashi as both confidant and advisor.  So i think such a thing could work well character wise.

Ok cool!  ;)

Well that's a 2nd "bonded pair" on the team.  ;)
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 41 posts
Wed 2 May 2007
at 12:12
Re: OOC
This is Daidoji Yoshiko's brother. He's been admitted to the hospital with appendicitis. It's not too serious, but he's going to be unavailable for a couple of days at least. He asked me to inform you so you wouldn't think he'd disappeared.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 31 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Sun 6 May 2007
at 00:07
Re: OOC
IIRC from previous talk, the Lion and the Crane are not on the best of terms, right?  So us goign through their lands may be a bit "hinky."  However, we are escorting an imperial messenger, and to impeded us would be an insult to the emporer, correct?  Also, what of the writs we were given?  i presume they are only valid within Crane lands, and perhaps imperial lands, but not lion lands, correct?

(Oy vey... trying to learn so much!)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 26 posts
Sun 6 May 2007
at 04:47
Re: OOC
Kakita Ukyo:
However, we are escorting an imperial messenger, and to impeded us would be an insult to the emporer, correct?

only if they were to stop you, delay you with "official paperwork" is still acceptable ^_^

Kakita Ukyo:
Also, what of the writs we were given?  i presume they are only valid within Crane lands, and perhaps imperial lands, but not lion lands, correct?

they're totally acceptable within Lion lands, but they give you no authority (so if you got attacked, killing your attackers might be seen as a crime) and no protection from "official inquiry" (so if you were accused of a crime, you might be in big trouble), just the ability to travel
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 46 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 11 May 2007
at 18:20
Re: OOC
But the fact that we're now on "official Imperial business" (guarding a Herald) does make a difference, right? I mean, most of the above is just if we were traveling "on our own" so to speak, ne?
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 42 posts
Mon 14 May 2007
at 22:54
Re: OOC
Back, more or less recovered, will be catching up asap.
Musashi
 player, 53 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 18 May 2007
at 04:38
Re: OOC

I'm going to be away from my computer for one week (until Monday the 28th).

GM please feel free to NPC my character as needed.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 28 posts
Fri 18 May 2007
at 20:06
Re: OOC
okay, have fun on your trip ^_^
thanks for letting me know ^_^
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 46 posts
Wed 23 May 2007
at 10:23
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
... something that would probably annoy her Yojimbo to no end.

Understatement of the year.
Musashi
 player, 56 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Fri 1 Jun 2007
at 02:57
Re: OOC

Regarding Sakura's question to Musashi about "crystal"... would Musashi be likely to have some on him?  Is crystal something that would be found in medical kits?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 32 posts
Fri 1 Jun 2007
at 05:30
Re: OOC
no, pure crystal is exceedingly rare and in this point in Rokugani history, no one carries it as a matter of course--actually, in no point in Rokugani history does anyone carry it as a matter of course, though in a decade or so, after the War Against the Shadow, it does become somewhat more common.

Further analysis of the foot prints may come in the form of an Intelligence/Lore:  Shadowlands check TN 20 (if you want to know if you know more about them) or a Percpetion/Investigation (Notice) check TN 15

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:35, Fri 01 June 2007.

Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 51 posts
Sat 2 Jun 2007
at 00:09
Re: OOC
I'll be unable to go online for most of the weekend. Normally things should go back to normal late Sunday night though.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 34 posts
Mon 4 Jun 2007
at 03:43
Re: OOC
unless you're going for special effects (i.e. take raises) or the rules specifically call for a roll, then no you don't need to roll (but the spell still counts against your daily total ^_^)
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 53 posts
Sun 10 Jun 2007
at 10:56
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
"We need to destroy these creatures if we see them again" she finally revealed. "Well, actually I need to destroy them, and I will do so or die trying. I suspect, however, that you will wish to aide me."
...
There were a couple things left unsaid. Certainly the Eta that attacked were dishonorable, but if the Evil were trying to destroy them then what of the messages that the Miya carried? And what should be done about it?

I'm completely confused right now: is Sakura saying we need to destroy the creatures that attacked the 'bandits'?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 61 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 11 Jun 2007
at 05:01
Re: OOC
Yes. Sorry I wasn't more clear ... m_O_m  ("Humble/Deep Bow")
Musashi
 player, 59 posts
 Monk, Order of Osano-Wo
 Fists of Fire and Thunder
Mon 11 Jun 2007
at 18:03
Re: OOC

*SIGH*

I have Good News (on a personal level) and Bad News (for this game).

I just got back from the post office where I finally received my acceptance to law school (finally getting off the dreaded waiting list).  Needless to say, this is good news for me in Real Life.  However this means that I need to really scramble in order to arrange housing, finish applying for loans, getting a physical & insurance and then finally making the big move down to law school.

What this means is that I basically have no "free time" for the foreseeable future.  The first year of law school is reputed to be very difficult with a great deal of reading & class work.  So even after I make my move, I don't expect to have any "free time" for gaming.

As such, I am (very sadly) forced to Quit RPOL for the time being.  While it may be possible that I will find free time for gaming in the Summer or possibly in the second year, that is really much too far into the future for me to predict.

Thus it is with much regret that I need to withdraw from this game (as well as all my other games and RPOL in general).

I have enjoyed playing in this game and I will miss it.  I wish all the best for the GM & all the Players in this game.  I wish I did not have to leave but I'm sure you all understand that Real Life has to come first.

Thank you all for a great game.  ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 36 posts
Mon 11 Jun 2007
at 18:17
Re: OOC
Congratulations again Musashi-san ^_^ I'm certain Law School will be great ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 37 posts
Thu 14 Jun 2007
at 13:07
Re: OOC
does anyone have any questions for Sakura-san?  or should I be moving the game forward?
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 39 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Thu 14 Jun 2007
at 17:10
Re: OOC
MOve it forward
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 39 posts
Sat 23 Jun 2007
at 18:55
Re: OOC
I'm going to be going on vacation camping for a week, see you all when I get back ^_^
Daidoji Sachi
 player, 21 posts
 Your weakness is open for
 any who look.
Thu 28 Jun 2007
at 20:54
Re: OOC
I know it's been a couple weeks sice I've been by.

Really sorry about that.  Things are hectic and terribly busy right now.  It's so bad that I do not foresee me being able to post reliably.  :(

So, I am going to have to back out of the game and wish you guys all good luck.

I am really still interested in how you make out, so I hope you do not mind if I lurk and read about the game progression.

I  hope you can continue without too much trouble.

Tyr.

This message was last edited by the player at 20:56, Thu 28 June 2007.

Kakita Ukyo
 player, 42 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Fri 29 Jun 2007
at 15:19
Re: OOC
Ha! Ukyo wins the rivalry!  Oh wait... damn... that sucks.  :P
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 65 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 29 Jun 2007
at 23:22
Re: OOC
Good luck, we'll still be here if things change for ya ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 67 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 23 Jul 2007
at 10:36
Re: OOC
Errr, not to ask a silly question but is this game still on?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 41 posts
Mon 23 Jul 2007
at 18:31
Re: OOC
yup, just waiting for your post actually (I was planning on moving on yesterday, but I fell asleep reading ^_^;;;)  Sorry about the long silence, life's been a bit busy
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 68 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 24 Jul 2007
at 04:07
Re: OOC
Me? Oh ...
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 43 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Sat 4 Aug 2007
at 17:00
Re: OOC
Hi all... sorry I haven't been around.  The last few weeks have been bad.  My mom had cancer and she just passed away this morning.  I still want to play, but it will be abit before I get back to the game.  I apologize for not getting on sooner.  The RPOL boards were just the last thing on my mind.  That being said, I will return soon.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 70 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 5 Aug 2007
at 11:12
Re: OOC
That's understandable. Take whatever time you need ...
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 60 posts
Sun 5 Aug 2007
at 21:42
Re: OOC
My condolences, Ukyo. I know this must be a very difficult time. Your family will be in my prayers.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 43 posts
Mon 6 Aug 2007
at 01:15
Re: OOC
my condolences as well, take as much time as you need
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 61 posts
Thu 9 Aug 2007
at 21:49
Re: OOC
Sorry for my absence, I've been having router problems. Should be solved tomorrow.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 44 posts
Fri 10 Aug 2007
at 23:46
Re: OOC
np ^_^
Daidoji Yoshiko
 player, 62 posts
Tue 14 Aug 2007
at 14:45
Re: OOC
Clearly it wasn't the router, but I'm still without connection at home (and I'm not actually allowed to post from work, as I'm doing now). I'm getting a tech guy from my provider over tonight, hopefully it'll finally get fixed. Sorry again.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 44 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Mon 3 Sep 2007
at 01:44
Re: OOC
Well, crisis is over, I have recovered, and am willign and able to return to the game... except I see it hasn't moved very far from where I left it.

Is this still active?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 45 posts
Mon 3 Sep 2007
at 02:10
Re: OOC
well, I'm still here, though people aren't posting.  Given the lack of PC input, should we close this game down?  or advertise for new players?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 73 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 4 Sep 2007
at 23:38
Re: OOC
Err, yeah ... well I completely forgot that someone was expecting a reply from me ...

Otherwise, I'm still here.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 1 post
Tue 11 Sep 2007
at 09:04
Re: OOC
Well, I hope I' not too late for this game.  If I am, though, I don't mind joining another game.

Oh, and I would like to say hi.  :)  Just your friendly Scorpion-Crane hostage...erm, I mean adoption.  Yeah, adoption, that's toally what I meant.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 46 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2007
at 03:51
Re: OOC
for ease of story integration, Kenji-san is with you and has always been with you ^_^ he was assigned to your group as a liason with the Scorpion Clan by Doji Kuwanan and has been partially briefed on the mission
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 48 posts
Sun 30 Sep 2007
at 22:56
Re: OOC
let's welcome Doji Noriko, of the Kakita Bushi School, to our group ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 5 posts
Mon 1 Oct 2007
at 01:37
Re: OOC
Welcome, welcome, welcome.
Doji Noriko
 player, 1 post
Fri 5 Oct 2007
at 03:41
Re: OOC
Thank you.

I'm sorry to say my schedule has not allowed me to read up on the game yet but I hope to do so soonly.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 77 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 5 Oct 2007
at 17:41
Re: OOC
Welcome! Oh, and how many players do we have at this point? Is it just us three?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 49 posts
Fri 5 Oct 2007
at 22:50
Re: OOC
four:  Daidoji Sakura, Bayushi Kenji, Doji Noriko, and I just added Ichigo, formerly of the Crane Clan
I think Kakita Ukyo and Daidoji Yoshiko are still around though experiencing technical difficulties.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 45 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Tue 9 Oct 2007
at 02:22
Re: OOC
Well, I wouldn't call my problems "technical difficulties."  Still dealing with family fallout.  I hope to be on here more.  :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 50 posts
Tue 9 Oct 2007
at 02:41
Re: OOC
ouch, my apologies, I hope everything works out for you
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 52 posts
Sat 13 Oct 2007
at 02:51
Re: OOC
there's a squad of Lion in the distance...
you see them before they see you...
what are you going to do?
Doji Noriko
 player, 2 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2007
at 01:57
Re: OOC
Sorry... still trying to catch up.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 79 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 18 Oct 2007
at 02:07
Re: OOC
Waiting on a "real Crane" to respond before I respond for Sakura ...
Doji Noriko
 player, 3 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2007
at 02:53
Re: OOC
Am I retconned into the group or will they be meeting me a bit later?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 54 posts
Thu 18 Oct 2007
at 03:36
Re: OOC
everyone is retconned into the group--in a different situation it would be easier to introduce new players, but at the moment it's just easier if everyone's already part of the group
Doji Noriko
 player, 4 posts
Wed 31 Oct 2007
at 04:53
Re: OOC
Please don't wait for me, I'm still trying to find enough time to read back. It's been a hectic few weeks for me.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 82 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 6 Nov 2007
at 17:56
Re: OOC
Sorry for the delay, I was trying to figure out how to respond to that. Sakura is more of a subtle Shugenja, with very little "war" in her repertoire ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 55 posts
Wed 7 Nov 2007
at 00:21
Re: OOC
No worries ^_^ when you get to Toshi Ranbo there will definitely be uses for non-bushi/War Shugenja skills and spells ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 56 posts
Tue 13 Nov 2007
at 21:55
Re: OOC
let's welcome the ronin Kedo who has come to take the place of Daidoji Yoshiko as Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 12 posts
Thu 15 Nov 2007
at 04:54
Re: OOC
The Department of the Online Relations in the life of Dustin regrets to inform you that we will be unavailable for an indefintie period of time.  We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience of having to find a new game to occupy your time in our absence, but unforeseen occurences have forced us into using infrequet internet connections.

Condolences.





Translation: I've lost my usual internt connection for an indefinite time period.  If someone would like to take over, I would be willing to pass the reins.  Otherwise, I hope my internet comes back to me sooner than it takes for me to lose all of you.  It has been fun.
Kedo
 player, 2 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 20 Nov 2007
at 02:28
Re: OOC

 Thankyou kindly gentlefolks. And don't go Bayushi, without you around, who's going to kick the bad guys asses for us?! ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 13 posts
Sat 24 Nov 2007
at 16:57
Re: OOC
Luckily my internet connection has been restored.  I am here to defend the honor of my family.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 58 posts
Mon 3 Dec 2007
at 04:06
Re: OOC
sorry, guess I should've explained my rationale for the roll ^_^;;;
I know stealth usually uses agility, but since there's not actually anyone for you to hide from, and that would require a perception check, I decided to combine the two rolls to reduce the rolling ^_^;;;
Kedo
 player, 8 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 14 Dec 2007
at 18:30
Re: OOC

 Should I be threatening to beat people with sticks, or is there a reason no-one's posting? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 60 posts
Fri 14 Dec 2007
at 22:53
Re: OOC
I like sticks personally ^_^
I was waiting for Daidoji Sakura, but your threats have proven quite effective--are you sure you're not a Scorpion ^_^
Kedo
 player, 9 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 14 Dec 2007
at 23:05
Re: OOC

 Who, me?

 No-sir, just a lowly Ronin thinking it might be worthwhile trawling for some new or replacement players. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 88 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 15 Dec 2007
at 20:35
Re: OOC
Me?
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 49 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Sun 16 Dec 2007
at 00:10
Re: OOC
I'm still around.  I am just on here infrequently.  (trying to get on here more often... it was easier when I had access at work, but now it's blocked)
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 17 posts
Sun 16 Dec 2007
at 07:31
Re: OOC
Oooh, that sucks.  Don't ya hate it when work does stuff like that?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 61 posts
Thu 20 Dec 2007
at 22:48
Re: OOC
it seems live we've bogged down once again, which may be my fault ^_^;;; I really hadn't intended this to be such an arduous portion of the game; if everyone is in agreement, I can fastforeward to your arrival in Toshi Ranbo (and tell you what you would have learned along the way) and advertise for a few replacement players
Kedo
 player, 11 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 20 Dec 2007
at 23:24
Re: OOC

 Yes, hell yes.

 Truth be told I don't think it would be that bad if people were actually posting, but let's move on! ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 18 posts
Fri 21 Dec 2007
at 03:04
Re: OOC
Agreed
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 89 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 21 Dec 2007
at 17:04
Re: OOC
On palm -- will post tomorrow.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 62 posts
Sat 22 Dec 2007
at 17:17
Re: OOC
I put up an add in Wanted - Players and got a couple of nibbles so as soon as their character gen is done we'll start with your arrival in Toshi Ranbo.  Since we're just moving forward, would you rather have been captured by the Lion and escorted to Toshi Ranbo or have evaded capture and made it there without incident?
Kedo
 player, 12 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 22 Dec 2007
at 21:31
Re: OOC

 I'm easy either way, since I'd only be doing Mayhem to someone (and thus being slaughtered by dozens of Lion Ashigaru) if someone threatened Sakura.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 19 posts
Sat 22 Dec 2007
at 22:11
Re: OOC
I want to say we'd make it there without incident, but considering there's a couple of different groups we'd probably get caught.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 90 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 23 Dec 2007
at 20:49
Re: OOC
I'd prefer to get there without incident, but I'm game with either. Sorry for the delay, by the way, I didn't realize that anyone was waiting on me.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 63 posts
Sun 23 Dec 2007
at 20:53
Re: OOC
no worries, it was my fault too, I lost track of who had posted last; I thought it had been me, but I was wrong :-(
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 64 posts
Wed 2 Jan 2008
at 23:24
Re: OOC
Just letting everyone know that I'm still here and just waiting on the 4 people who RTJed before the holidays to get their character sheets to me ^_^
Satoru
 player, 1 post
Fri 4 Jan 2008
at 21:56
Re: OOC
I am soon to be in business.  Hi everyone.  Monk advisor here.
Satoru
 player, 2 posts
Thu 10 Jan 2008
at 21:07
Re: OOC
For the first time in a long time I am ready to help the Crane... (good that makes me feel a little dirty inside)
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 1 post
Thu 10 Jan 2008
at 23:39
Re: OOC
Hello everyone,

I'm currently in the process of sorting out my stats and character details.  Courtier Daidoji Tsukiko at your service.
Kedo
 player, 13 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 10 Jan 2008
at 23:58
Re: OOC

 Pleased to see you. Now let's get moving! ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 91 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 02:12
Re: OOC
*bows*

Pleased to meet you ...
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 51 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 05:03
Re: OOC
*cough*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 65 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 06:01
Re: OOC
by popular request, I'm fast forwarding things to your arrival at Toshi Ranbo having successfully avoided capture by Lion forces.  During your travels, subtly prodded by Miya Shiko, you discovered an alarming accumulation of Lion forces at Ninkatoshi.  The story will restart as you exit Lion lands, with Toshi Ranbo within sight.

there are a couple more players that have expressed interest (one of whom I'm just waiting on a name ^_^) but I think we're pretty much ready to start ^_^

I'm also going to do some clean up of our cast list and delete any PCs who haven't logged on for the past couple months--I'll send them a PM first though.  If you're one of those PC's speak now or forever hold your peace ^_^  If you're logging on, but not posting, please post or at least let me know why you're not posting ^_^

any questions?

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:09, Fri 11 Jan 2008.

Bayushi Kenji
 player, 20 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 07:05
Re: OOC
I haven't had anything to report, but maybe I do now.
Satoru
 player, 3 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 18:47
Re: OOC
btw Hello Kedo, this is Bayushi Tsuya from the Cherry Blossoms... game that fizzled a few months back.  It is good to see you.
Satoru
 player, 4 posts
Fri 11 Jan 2008
at 18:50
Re: OOC
Oh yes and GM-san, how should I go about inserting myself into this group.  I assume I am posted in Ryoko, as an advisor but shall I just walk onto the street?  I am open to whatever you need.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 2 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2008
at 16:41
Re: OOC
Just wondering, OOC, which suppliments everyone has and whether we can reference them?
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 21 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2008
at 17:37
Re: OOC
I only have the main book.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 67 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2008
at 19:16
Re: OOC
I'll arrange introductions through Doji Kusanagi, the group's contact in the City--though in the interest of time saving you'll all be aware of each other by reputation at least.

I've got the Core book and Four Winds, though I'm open to other supplements that I don't own as longs as you clear it with me first.  The Core book should cover most of our needs pretty well though ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 3 posts
Sat 12 Jan 2008
at 23:04
Re: OOC
Okie dokie ^_^.  If I see something useful in Art of Duel for Tsukiko (with duel of wits etc.) in her courtier capacity and I'd like to use it then I'll let you know.  Would that be ok?

Also, are we posting publically known stuff about the characters in this thread?  I'm currently working out background for Tsukiko.  Also I saw that earlier in the OOC thread some of the original players worked out how they were inter-related.  Would we new players need to be doing the same for our characters?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 92 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 13 Jan 2008
at 01:48
Re: OOC
Need to, no, but we (the original players) felt it useful at the time.

FWIW Sakura's history is actually in the (OOC thread, I think) public domain, though obviously not IC knowledge (for most, at any rate ...). The really short version is: if you see me posting about Daidoji Sakura and Shosuro Kasumi it's the same person ... ;D

Oh, and welcome all! :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 68 posts
Mon 14 Jan 2008
at 15:52
Re: OOC
what Sakura said ^_^ it was an easy way for the PCs to share info about their characters -- especially the ones with initmately shared history -- since, for the most part, they were all part of a Crane Task Force Unit.
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 52 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Mon 14 Jan 2008
at 22:07
Re: OOC
Howdy all.  Just chiming in.  I have the core book and the L5R/D20 Way of the Samurai book.  That's pretty much it.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 4 posts
Mon 14 Jan 2008
at 23:17
Re: OOC
To Satoru:  I'm currently working out Tsukiko's background and had a thought about how she and Satoru might know each other.  Tsukiko's elder brother, a bushi, died during the clan wars and I wondered if perhaps they might have known each other and been friends.  After the death of her brother (which maybe happened at the same battle that Satoru received his injuries?), Tsukiko kept in contact with Satoru.  how does that sound.

To Sakura:  Seeing as Tsukiko and Sakura are both Daidoji, I wondered if they could somehow be related in some way?  I'm going to make a basic family tree for Tsukiko and post the link to it - maybe then we can decide what the relationship is?  If you're interested, that is.

To GM:  I was wondering (and this is just a suggestion so feel free to disagree ;)) if the already established characters are going to take a while getting set up in the city, would it be worth running a parallel thread for the new characters and then having the two storylines merge?  This would, of course, depend upon the detail you want Chapter 2 to go into.

This message was last edited by the player at 23:35, Mon 14 Jan 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 69 posts
Mon 14 Jan 2008
at 23:43
Re: OOC
that's a good idea, I'll try to set something up tonight, but if not tomorrow definitely
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 5 posts
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 00:04
Re: OOC
That sounds wonderful :).  By the way, am I right in thinking that this is set in the year 1129?
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 6 posts
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 00:43
Re: OOC
On case this is of interest, here is a quick mock up of Tsukiko's immediate family tree - http://www.tellivision.co.uk/i...sukikofamilytree.jpg.  I'll do a better one later.  Once I write up her basic, publically known background then it'll make more sense.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:51, Tue 15 Jan 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 94 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 02:26
Re: OOC
As far as Sakura's concerned, that's a trick question ... ;D

Her real name is Shosuro Kasumi; as such you are probably not related on that line

BUT

Her cover started as the last survivor of a now extinguished Daidoji vassal family (the Yagyu family FWIW). While theoretically possible to be related this way, it's very, very, very unlikely

BUT

She was "adopted" by a Daidoji family that has a Shugenja (Daidoji family, Asahina School) as her youngest "uncle". As I haven't gotten any further than one generation above her own, it's possible. Sakura has a younger brother and several older brothers. She has a Daidoji Warrior as a father, one as an uncle and the Shugenja uncle. There may be more uncles and/or aunts, however I haven't detailed them yet.

She does have "relatives" almost everywhere. Her family believes in marrying the women off for connections, and Sakura is no exception -- adopted or not. Sakura's immediate family has dreams of marrying her "up" into the Imperial family.

That help?
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 22 posts
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 03:03
Re: OOC
Well, just letting the GM know I'm still around, just unsure what exactly to do.
Satoru
 player, 5 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 19:24
Re: OOC
Tsukiko:   Ihave no problem with the history you wish to establish.  You would know then Satoru's former name Doji Hideo.  He was a magistrate who was present for the battles at most of the Crane's Castles and lost his arm in the Battle of Otosan Uchi.  Retired shorly after.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 7 posts
Tue 15 Jan 2008
at 22:40
Re: OOC
Sakura:  I'd figured she was a Scorpion masquerading as a Crane, but thanks for clarifying the particulars on that one.  I was thinking that perhaps Tsukiko is distantly related (cousins with a few "removals" along the family tree) to Sakura's adopted family.  She would, therefore, likely have heard of Sakura every now and again when keeping up with what's going on in the family (Tsukiko is a courtier after all ;)) but she may not really have met her.  Does that sound plausible?

Satoru: That sounds great to me.  How would you feel about Satoru having been the one to bring news of the death of Daidoji Katsunan (Tsukiko's elder brother) during the Battle of Otosan Uchi (I couldn't find a precise date for it in the core book - but I'll change Katsunan's death date to match it), to Tsukiko's family?  I don't want to impinge upon your plans for Satoru, but perhaps he could be one of the few people Tsukiko trusts and confides in to any great extent?


Also, if anyone else wants to have a connection to Tsukiko then that would be great and we can work that out.  I'm still finalising the details to Tsukiko's character and background but hopefully the more publically known stuff will be up on her character details page by the weekend.

This message was last edited by the player at 22:41, Tue 15 Jan 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 95 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 00:27
Re: OOC
As a courtier you would have inevitably heard about her exploits at the Battle of Otosan Uchi. Her "ronin magics" (She is a Tejina and so knows "Shadow" Magics) turned out to be quite useful to the Daidoji generals. No one has, as of yet, bothered asking how she came upon them ...

I like the cousin idea. Given the nature of her adopted family, I think it's quite likely. You could have even been "assigned" to help get her married off to a Seppun (think "hidden guard").

[Note: I don't actually expect that to happen ...]
Kedo
 player, 15 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 02:04
Re: OOC

 And of course I'm just Sakuras lowly ronin sidekick, here to amble along cheerfully in her wake, occasionally rattle my scabbard at people upon her behalf and sometimes say insightful things without really meaning to.

 Or I would be if we got off our backsides and went out to have things happen! ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 8 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 06:27
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
I like the cousin idea. Given the nature of her adopted family, I think it's quite likely. You could have even been "assigned" to help get her married off to a Seppun (think "hidden guard").


I really like that idea *VBG*.
Satoru
 player, 6 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 15:39
Re: OOC
Tsukiko, would you like me to have returned his swords to your family?  Cause thats always a nice twist.  Also how old are you? (man that sounds creepy) but I would like to know so I can define whether Satoru looks at you as a peer, a successor to your brother or asa little sister type character.

Sakura you're a tejina? I was too in the last game I played and oddly enough Kedo was my side kick.  Although I was a bit rude to him towards the end of our game.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 96 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 16:26
Re: OOC
*nods* "Cherry Blossoms", ne? I was Shiba Kenichi in that one, one of my few attempts at an honorable character ... ;p  Kenichi, ironically enough, had quite a bit in common with Kedo as well.
Kedo
 player, 16 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 16:34
Re: OOC

 Of course, you realise that the reason for this is that Kedo represents the pure distilate of every bad, low-budget samauri (heh) movie you ever saw refined down into one crystalised mass of pure cheese and ham, which is why you are all touched by his shadow. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 7 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 18:37
Re: OOC
My tejina sure did like her cheese and ham...
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 9 posts
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 22:14
Re: OOC
Satoru:
Tsukiko, would you like me to have returned his swords to your family?  Cause thats always a nice twist.


I'm sure Tsukiko (and her father) would have been most grateful to Satoru in doing this so, yes, I think it's a nice twist.  It would certainly have cemented Tsukiko's high opinion of him (initially formed from what her brother would have told her about Satoru)

Satoru:
Also how old are you? (man that sounds creepy) but I would like to know so I can define whether Satoru looks at you as a peer, a successor to your brother or asa little sister type character.


She's 22 (although this may change slightly as I'm still not entirely certain about which year we're playing in).  How about Satoru?  I see from his character details that you describe him as being young, but I was uncertain how young you meant.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 97 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 22:37
Re: OOC
The time frame is "immediately after the Clan War". Totouri is Emperor, but not for very long. I think Sakura is actually quite "old" for the setting, mid 20's at least, since her story starts before the Scorpion's downfall ...
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 10 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Wed 16 Jan 2008
at 22:49
Re: OOC
That's what I thought, but reading the CB, I got a bit confused as to which battle of Otosan Uchi was being referred to.  I assume it's the Second Day of Thunder (year 1128) rather than the Fall of Otosan Uchi (year 1159)?  Sorry if I'm coming across as being a bit dense; I just wanted to check is all.
Satoru
 player, 8 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 17 Jan 2008
at 17:16
Re: OOC
No problem that I see.  It is most likely 1129, right after the battle during the Second Day of Thunder.  Satoru is young for a monk.  He is not young compared to your average samurai.  He is in his 30s mid to late.  But without his arm & earlier events making him feel slightly disgraced, he retired.  Yet still wished to serve his clan so he is still helping in terms of advising and teaching.  Honorable tasks.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 70 posts
Fri 18 Jan 2008
at 16:36
Re: OOC
sorry, RL got really busy all of a sudden, but I'm back ^_^
I'll just push everyone foreward into the city, starting with your interview with Doji Kusanagi ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 12 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 18 Jan 2008
at 22:45
Re: OOC
Satoru:
He is in his 30s mid to late.  But without his arm & earlier events making him feel slightly disgraced, he retired.  Yet still wished to serve his clan so he is still helping in terms of advising and teaching.  Honorable tasks.


Ok, well Katsunan, Tsukiko's brother, would have been in his mid-twenties so perhaps he was a junior officer, maybe a Gunso (Sergeant) under Satoru's command?  That way they would have had to work closely, but Satoru was more mentor to Katsunan can peer although they struck up a strong friendship during the time (say, 5 years?) between Katsunan being promoted to sergeant and his death on the Second Day of Thunder.  How does that sound?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 72 posts
Mon 21 Jan 2008
at 03:56
Re: OOC
random point of IC/OOC knowledge, Daidoji Sakura just dropped an informational bombshell.  While an immanent Lion invasion of Toshi Ranbo is always a possiblity, the fact of an actual Lion army camped within striking range of the City is cause for serious alarm.  Doji Kusanagi, among others, had no knowledge of this development (sorry for not making that clear)
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 16 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Mon 21 Jan 2008
at 07:11
Re: OOC
Would it be possible to have a list of who is in the room at Toshi Ranbo, PC-wise?    I'm a little confused about who Tsukiko is dealing with.

Also, I'm assuming that if the 'bombshell' stays in the IC thread then Kedo's in for a bit of a grilling about the matter :).  Tsukiko would still be taking Sakura to see the Daidoji captain (the term used in Emerald Empire for that rank is Taisa - I realise I forgot to explain that).  Would he be in the same building complex or another one in Toshi Ranbo?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 74 posts
Mon 21 Jan 2008
at 07:28
Re: OOC
Asahina Jiro, Bayushi Kenji, Daidoji Sakura, Daidoji Tsukiko, Kakita Ukyo, Kedo, and Satoru are present; of those Bayushi Kenji, Daidoji Sakura, Kakita Ukyo, and Kedo are the new arrivals to the City;

Taisa Daidoji Ryu would be stationed in the complex you're in now, but he's usually out on the battlements overseeing readiness drills and the like.

EDIT:  Because I can't find a cannon reference or map for Toshi Ranbo, I'm making it up ^_^

Toshi Ranbo is divided into four districts or quarters and the inner city.
There's the Merchant's Quarter, the Peasant's Quarter, the Clan Quarter (where the majority of the non-Crane reside), and the Crane Quarter.  The Inner City (where you're at now) is the residence of the higher ranking Crane, most military officers, and diplomatic representatives from the other Clans.  The Outer City is protected by two walls, and a third wall divides the quarters into the inner and outer districts.  Finally, there is another wall separating the districts from the Inner City.

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:34, Wed 23 Jan 2008.

Kedo
 player, 19 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Jan 2008
at 12:19
Re: OOC

 I'm rather looking forwards to the interrogation... I'll need to go and watch that episode of Firefly again I think. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 75 posts
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 00:45
Re: OOC
The party is splitting up--an event I should have prepared for, but didn't ^_^;;;
can everyone tell me who's travelling with whom so I can separate you into groups so that we're not stumbling over everyone's posts.

Right now I've got
1-Bayushi Kenji (closed)
2-Kedo, Dadoji Sakura, Daidoji Tsukiko

anyone else want to do something different from these two groups?
Kedo
 player, 21 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 02:02
Re: OOC

 Heh, normally I would be Sakuras shadow, but since I've been dismissed I'm rather left to my own devices for a while - so assume Kedo will head for the nearest bath that a Ronin is allowed to use, after which...

 ...Shinsei only knows - I have absolutely no reason to be here beyond travelling and trying to learn things, so I'll probably gravitate to wherever smithing is done. I might want to watch the Crane swordsman practice, but in *this* city in these colours I might as well paint 'spy, hang me dishonourably now' on my back. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 76 posts
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 04:55
Re: OOC
don't make up reasons to not go somewhere, watching bushi train isn't all that unusual a past-time--now if you were going to check out siege engines or wall defenses, then maybe they'd hang you ^_^
Kedo
 player, 22 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 11:49
Re: OOC

 As long as they're IC reasons, I'm okay with it - if I was a Clan bushi it would be less of an issue, but the Crane really aren't all that fond of Ronin and 'better safe than sorry' seems to be a good watchword.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 105 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 16:21
Re: OOC
I hated to do this, but I didn't really have a choice. Just remember, if you get stopped and someone asks who you are tell them that you are under Sakura's employ.

I've lost enough Yojimbo on this trip, I don't need to loose another one!

LOL!
Kedo
 player, 23 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 17:23
Re: OOC

 Come on, who's going to kill some random philosophical Bushi wandering around looking at Crane forges where... there secret... techniques are...

 Okay, so you might want to put out a want ad.

 In the meantime, I might want a post of some sort from whoever is left. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 9 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 23 Jan 2008
at 17:33
Re: OOC
Daidoji Tsukiko:
Satoru:
He is in his 30s mid to late.  But without his arm & earlier events making him feel slightly disgraced, he retired.  Yet still wished to serve his clan so he is still helping in terms of advising and teaching.  Honorable tasks.


Ok, well Katsunan, Tsukiko's brother, would have been in his mid-twenties so perhaps he was a junior officer, maybe a Gunso (Sergeant) under Satoru's command?  That way they would have had to work closely, but Satoru was more mentor to Katsunan can peer although they struck up a strong friendship during the time (say, 5 years?) between Katsunan being promoted to sergeant and his death on the Second Day of Thunder.  How does that sound?


That sounds fine.

BTW my apologies everyone friday- monday was an inexplicably crazy time for me.  Nonetheless I return trying to find my place again.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 77 posts
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 03:55
Re: OOC
Okay, current group count:
Group 1 - Daidoji Sakura, Daidoji Tsukiko, Kakita Ukyo?
Group 2 - Bayushi Kenji
Group 3 - Kedo
Group 4 - Asahina Jiro, Satoru
Kedo
 player, 24 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 04:51
Re: OOC

 Well, I hardly count as a group.

 Truth be told with no particular agenda or connections here, I might as well just bimble around until things happen.

 Oooh, but this is five hundred posts!

This message was last edited by the player at 04:53, Fri 25 Jan 2008.

Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 20 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 10:49
Re: OOC
Kedo:
Well, I hardly count as a group.

 Truth be told with no particular agenda or connections here, I might as well just bimble around until things happen.


Well, I often find with RPGs that you never know what is going to happen whilst bimbling about ;).

Oh, and I'm going away until sometime on Sunday.  I may have internet time but it all depends upon whether my Mac wants to talk to the network of the house I'm going to.  GM, if Tsukiko needs to do something urgently during that time, I give permission for her to written by you - I'm assuming at least some aspects of the way she reacts will be evident :).

This message was last edited by the player at 10:51, Fri 25 Jan 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 107 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 16:15
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
Okay, current group count:
Group 1 - Daidoji Sakura, Daidoji Tsukiko, Kakita Ukyo?


Errr ... that would be counter-productive. The Honorable Kakita are never told of the workings of us lowly Daidoji, and Ukyo is quite honorable if memory serves. Sakura would have objected immediately -- politely at first, bluntly if required.

Sorry to be a pain, but this is a critical point. Sakura would never have made Kedo wander if she thought that an Honorable Bushi could be exposed ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 83 posts
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 16:18
Re: OOC
np, unless anyone has objections Kakita Ukyo will switch over to Satoru and Jiro's group (Doji Kusanagi probably needs to hear the news from someone who was there first hand anyway ^_^)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 108 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 16:40
Re: OOC
*bows*

Thank you!
Satoru
 player, 12 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 25 Jan 2008
at 20:31
Re: OOC
No qualms here.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 24 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Sat 2 Feb 2008
at 19:14
Re: OOC
Apologies for my delay in posting - life caught up with me for a few days.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 94 posts
Sat 2 Feb 2008
at 19:26
Re: OOC
np ^_^ I completely understand how RL goes ^_^

quick question:  does everyone like the separate group thing for when the party splits up or would it be better to keep things in separate threads open for everyone to see?

and random other point, if you're looking for other party members just go back to the Group 0 main thread so that I know if people are in the same general location ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:47, Sat 02 Feb 2008.

Bayushi Kenji
 player, 29 posts
Sun 3 Feb 2008
at 00:33
Re: OOC
Well, I like it either way.  I've run games where the threads are open for others to view, but I've played in games where each group's threads are opened for viewing after they're closed.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 26 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Sun 3 Feb 2008
at 01:45
Re: OOC
I like it being hidden; simply because it adds a sense of realism (and stops metagaming - not that I've seen any of that in this game, but it's helped in other online games I've played) and it allows filtering of information depending upon how much the players want other players to know :).

I wouldn't be adverse to opening up threads once they're finished, if that's what everyone wants, though.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 114 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 3 Feb 2008
at 22:18
Re: OOC
Well, I like it open -- but that's just me being selfish. ;p

With a character like Sakura, I expect that her "true identity" will never get exposed to the other characters. Somehow, though, if the other players never know it kinda mutes things so that it's not quite as fun for me ...
Satoru
 player, 14 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 5 Feb 2008
at 21:42
Re: OOC
I am impartial in games I run I do a little bit of both with a dash of private posting occuring as well. But I do this in order to allow those secretive characters the security they want as well as presenting a clearer Game Page when people open the game.  Too many posts can sour a players experience.
Satoru
 player, 16 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 6 Feb 2008
at 21:41
Re: OOC
It appears my Kakita & Asahina have been scared off by my missing limb.  I shall search for the Bayushi & Kedo alone then.
Kedo
 player, 34 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 6 Feb 2008
at 21:45
Re: OOC

 Looks like there is an advantage to wandering off by yourself I'm rather enjoying things. ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 28 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Thu 7 Feb 2008
at 20:39
Re: OOC
I think I'm gonna have to wait for the GM to reply before we continue, Sakura.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 104 posts
Fri 8 Feb 2008
at 19:44
Re: OOC
did I answer your question or is there still something you need to know?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 107 posts
Mon 11 Feb 2008
at 21:40
Re: OOC
Daidoji Tsukiko:
OOC: Yes it does.  Would it be possible, though, for you to clarify some of the main layout of Toshi Ranbo?  As Tsukiko's been there for a while, I'm assuming she'd know where are the main buildings and compounds are in relation to one another.  Thanks (sorry to see so much clarification).

np, Toshi Ranbo, despite being a Crane city, was designed by the Lion and has an extremely military design.  Because the city continues to be hotly contested territory, the Crane have had neither the opportunity nor the inclination to change it very much.

The Inner City, consisting of limited--hence highly prized--real estate, is centered around the Tsume Palace.

The Tsume Palace is the residence of all of the most highly ranked Crane and the only place in the Inner City where non-Crane are given housing.  Most of the suites remain empty--being at all times ready for the Emperor, Clan Champions, and Family Daimyo.  This is also the housing for the various Clan representatives--though as a military and political precaution only the representative, his/her spouse, and her/his yojimbo live there.  Servants, clerks, and aides of non-Crane must find housing outside the Inner City.  The Tsume Palace is also where all court functions are held.

Surrounding the Tsume Palace is the Courtier's district.  This is the home for all courtiers, aides, clerks, monks and scholars of the Crane Clan.  Small temple complexes are scattered throughout the district--generally those who can afford to pay a steep rent to the Crane Clan (though none would be so crass as to suggest it were so).  As you can imagine, it holds a wide variety of housing options, ranging from barely affordable to extremely expensive.

To the South of the Courtier's district is the Daidoji Complex.  It is a veritable fortress in and of itself--and the only place in all of Toshi Ranbo with restricted access to a single Family.

To the East is the Shugenja/Artisan district.  This is where most of the less important Crane Shugenja and Artisans live and practice their crafts.  Like the Courtier's district, it's really more of a mishmash of buildings where people live and work rather than a single unified complex.

To the West and North is the Bushi district.  Like the other districts of the Inner City it is both a living area and a place to train.  Homes that double as dojo line the streets like modern day coffee shops and at any given time no fewer than three duels take place at once.  This is the most crowded and least expensive of the Inner City districts--though cheaper housing can be found in the Outer City as well.

Anything else in particular that anyone else is looking for?
Kedo
 player, 38 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 11 Feb 2008
at 23:29
Re: OOC

 A reply in my most excellently unfolding thread whenever you make a long post somewhere else?

 Ahem. ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 30 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Mon 11 Feb 2008
at 23:45
Re: OOC
Looks great to me - thanks for the info.

*goes off to post*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 120 posts
Fri 15 Feb 2008
at 22:19
Re: OOC
just to recap since everyone should be moving back to the main thread:

Daidoji Tsukiko and Daidoji Sakura are entering the Bushi district from the eastern Artisan/Shugenja district.

Kedo is in the Bushi district, drawing a curious crowd as he spars with Kakita Tsutomu

Bayushi Kenji, Satoru, and anyone else who's playing are entering the Bushi district from the Courtier's district.
Kedo
 player, 45 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 15 Feb 2008
at 22:30
Re: OOC

 Well, we *are* in his Dojo so I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that it's only his students who are forming the crowd... And anyone else who wandered into a Crane sword school of course.

 Come to think of it, they tend to be somewhat open-plan. Ho hum. ^_^
Kakita Ukyo
 player, 53 posts
 Kakita Bushi 3
 Sickly Master Swordsman
Sun 17 Feb 2008
at 21:30
Re: OOC
Grrr... I'm sorry.  Life has just been wretched for about the last year and I haven't been able to dedicate much time to RPOL.  (and this is the only game I'm playing!)

My humblest apologies, but I must bow out.  I have tried and tried to stick with it, but since my absence last year with my mother's illness and subsequent death, my life has become way too hectic and busy to keep up with anything.

Thanks for giving me a shot, but Kakita Ukyo will have to get assassinated in the street or something.  :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 123 posts
Sun 17 Feb 2008
at 21:36
Re: OOC
no worries on our account.

my condolences regarding your mother.  I hope things get better for you soon.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 1 post
Wed 20 Feb 2008
at 07:10
Re: OOC
Hello everyone, new add to the game just thought i would say hello!
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 37 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Wed 20 Feb 2008
at 07:15
Re: OOC
Doji Akibieden:
Hello everyone, new add to the game just thought i would say hello!


Welcome :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 123 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 20 Feb 2008
at 13:31
Re: OOC
Howdy!
Satoru
 player, 21 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 20 Feb 2008
at 14:15
Re: OOC
greetings
Doji Akibieden
 player, 2 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 21 Feb 2008
at 01:53
Re: OOC
So here is a short version of my history and persoality.

Akibieden is a veteran of a decade of fighting, starting when the lion last attacked Toshi Ranbo in 1120. With the scorpion coup three years later he found himself once again thrust into the breach. His unit was decorated for valor after taking the walls around the gate house and ending the deadly archer fire that was destroying the allied forces below. His commander died in the action and based on the testimony of Aki’s peers he was promoted. Since then their never has been more than 6 months without warfare for Aki. He has seen horrors unheard off, fighting the legions of goblins and oni brought forth by the crab, but nothing scared him more than battling his own fallen kinsmen as they marched under the false Hotori. Aki did not fight in the last day of thunder, but he did fight that day in a small village where the dark lord’s minions made one last desperate stand.
He is a spearman in the crane stile, and as such has been called on again and again to hold the line while the Didoji heavies struck the enemy. He is not a glorious war hero but he knows and accepts his place on the field. Without the sacrifices he and men like him have made the crane would surely have fallen, this knowledge more than anything shapes his personality. He is always ready to aid another gain victory by placing himself in front of the charge. He is a quiet but diliberate speaker. With a tendency to speak the truth. He plays the flute and has often been promted to by fellow soldiers on dark lonely nights. Aki is a loyal freind and a rathfull enemy. His life has been forfiet so many times, to place it on the line for honor or freindship is seen as a blessing.

By the way who is local to Toshi Ranbo, my character has been stationed here off and on through out his career. In fact much of his adult life has been spent standing on the walls and in the gates of this city. Currently he is a sargent of the gaurd.

This message was last edited by the player at 02:07, Thu 21 Feb 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 125 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 21 Feb 2008
at 02:31
Re: OOC
Sakura's not really local to anywhere. You might have seen her here once or twice, but probably not for very long. She's very hard to forget though ...

Sakura did fight at the Day of Thunder, aiding a party of Daidoji. Nobody talks about what they actually did though ...
Doji Akibieden
 player, 3 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 21 Feb 2008
at 03:20
Re: OOC
Such is the reality of war. Leave the heroics and romance to the poets and their pillow books. War is work, and like every job it has it's dirty parts.
Satoru
 player, 22 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 21 Feb 2008
at 15:33
Re: OOC
You will know Satoru, he is a monk who is advising and teaching at Toshi Ranbo. How personal the relationship is... we can work out together.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 4 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 06:20
Re: OOC
My school has the "Tsume pikeman" alternate path so depending on how the GM feels about it if you where a teacher hear you may have tutored me. By the way did you know the meaning of your characters name? "To attain enlightenment"

This message was last edited by the player at 03:42, Sat 23 Feb 2008.

Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 38 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 11:12
Re: OOC
Sorry for the silence, I'm moving today so I've been saying farewell to some of the friends this week and packing up all of my junk... I mean my stuff ;).  Aaaanyway, I'll trundle over to the IC thread and write something now.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 40 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 12:00
Re: OOC
Doji Akibieden:
By the way who is local to Toshi Ranbo, my character has been stationed here off and on through out his career. In fact much of his adult life has been spent standing on the walls and in the gates of this city. Currently he is a sargent of the gaurd.


Tsukiko's been stationed at Toshi Ranbo for a few years, along with her ward, Saburo, who is her younger brother.  She's slowly making a name in courtier circles in the city and tries to emulate her great aunt, Doji Hisako, who is a eminent Crane courtier.

She's friends with Satoru, having heard much of him from her elder brother, who was one of Satoru's junior officers.  Satoru brought Katsunan's Daisho back to the family after the Battle of Otosan Iuchi when Katsunan died.
Satoru
 player, 25 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 16:17
Re: OOC
Doji Akibieden:
Mt school has the "Tsume pikeman" alternate path so depending on how the GM feels about it if you where a teacher hear you may have tutored me. By the way did you know the meaning of your characters name? "To attain enlightenment"


Perhaps it was fate that drew me to the name. I often try to pick out names that have meanings for my character but for Satoru's case I just glanced at the common names section in 3e core book. How neat. Thank you for the info.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 6 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 17:06
Re: OOC
I just translated it online for fun.  http://www.animelab.com/anime.manga/translate

Kenji's name is also fitting it directly translates to "procurator" someone who acts on another’s behalf, like a political hostage perhaps. If you break it into Ken Ji it means "Sword Hour".

Tsukiko as Tsu Kiko = Steal banner and drums.

Kedo’s name is the hardest, it translates directly to the conjunction “but”. Although the word Ke means house so as a stretch it could mean “the way of the house” as the suffix Do means “way of”, but Do is also the word for a small “counter for occurrences“, like a Go stone. So ostensibly it could mean “a house of one” but that’s a real stretch.

My name is a Japanese sounding version of the famous Greek figure Alcibiades name.
Satoru
 player, 26 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 17:15
Re: OOC
I believe Kedo has the meaning of his name down pat, if memory serves it is indeed "House of One" or something along those lines.
Kedo
 player, 49 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 18:04
Re: OOC

 *Grins*

 I have few talents, but internet reference-finding is amongst them. I actually chose it as meaning something not unlike 'but' or 'however'. though I believe it also has connotations of 'gate' as well as the broken-down version.

 I do like the 'house of one' interpretation however - very poetic.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 127 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 18:27
Re: OOC
Sakura -- "Cherry Blossom", often a reference to innocent young women.
Kasumi -- "Haze or Mist", mysterious connotations that are not unheard of among Ninja.

;D Yes, I chose them both on purpose.

Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm off to find my answers. You know, I wasn't actually "in charge" of the traveling group until all my superiors left the game ...

*grins*
Doji Akibieden
 player, 7 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 18:32
Re: OOC
Oh sorry daidoji sama. I didn't mean to leave you out I just read your name and assumed everyone knew what it ment and implied.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 129 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 18:47
Re: OOC
NP. I just figured I'd chime in ...

I probably should have said "Pure young woman" instead of "innocent". In an odd, and quite ironic, sort of way she is actually quite pure. Not honorable, but pure ... ;p

(Yes, I am a fan of Sakura Wars. Somehow, though, I didn't think the GM would allow a Mecha in this campaign ... *LOL*)
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 41 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 20:23
Re: OOC
As far as I know, Tsukiko means 'Moon Child' - considering how graceful and serene things look like in the moonlight, I figured it was a good name for her :D
Satoru
 player, 27 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 20:31
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm off to find my answers. You know, I wasn't actually "in charge" of the traveling group until all my superiors left the game ...

*grins*


left the game? or removed? duhn duhhn DUUUUHHHHH!!!!!!!!

But seriously I joined this game late, did you kill anyone? :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 127 posts
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 22:01
Re: OOC
just to note, Asahina Jiro suffered an inconvenient computer breakdown, but is now back.  I've reinserted him into the game and introduced him retroactively when Kasarugi was introducing Kusanagi and Akibieden.

no, I probably would not have allowed any mecha, but you never know ^_^ if you had come up with a really compelling reason, anything is possible ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 130 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 22:28
Re: OOC
Satoru:
But seriously I joined this game late, did you kill anyone? :D


Nope, though I'm not sure anyone stuck around long enough ... ;p. LOL!

Seriously, though, I don't do "player vs. player"; not my schtick. Now I did almost kill the Imperial Messenger, but then I realized that it wouldn't do any good anyways ...

Oh, Kedo-San -- the "overstatement" was on purpose. "Master Warrior" + "Ronin" = "Almost respectable" or "maybe he's as good as my worthless nephew" in many eyes ... ;D

(Meddler? Manipulator? What's the difference? ;p)
Kedo
 player, 51 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 22:48
Re: OOC

 Whereas I am of course more concerned with the possible consequences of 'so, you think a Ronin might actually have some worth do you?' which could very well lead to my being asked to show my stance to some Crane hatchet-man just to put you in your place.

 But then, I'm used to rather hardball Rokugani politics. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 131 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 23:08
Re: OOC
At which point I would be forced to remind them not to <censored> with a Daidoji. ;}

Yes, our styles are very different ... which is one of the reasons I'm enjoying it so much.
Kedo
 player, 52 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 22 Feb 2008
at 23:35
Re: OOC

 I'm rather more concerned that you might not be given the chance to do so until after I'm two cooling halves - there's a Dragon school for duelling that's the full match of the Kakita one, coming at it from the other side (Kakita teaches to duel, then to use duelling techniques in battle, the dragon one teaches battle techniques, then using them in a duel) and I don't have it.

 I've got a bit of void, some slight reflexes and not a lot else to carry me through the consequences of some Crane taking offence at me. But he'll scold you ICly, once you're alone... it doesn't do to be indiscrete in public. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 9 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 23 Feb 2008
at 00:41
Re: OOC
Remember the Black lion did allot to better the name of the ronin in rokugan. The fact that the now emporer was general of an all ronin force that saved the empire is not soon forgoten. While this may not change the general station of a ronin it certinely will afford you a slight bit more respect.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 129 posts
Mon 25 Feb 2008
at 01:17
Re: OOC
well, since we now have an official AEG map, I'm going to have to make some revisions ^_^;;;  can you tell me where you found that map (just so that I can go through my books and see if there are any more details be had) thanks ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 12 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 25 Feb 2008
at 02:48
Re: OOC
sorry I didn't mean to step on any toes i just happened to have it.
I got it off the L5R forum ( www.alderac.com/forum )so i'm not shure witch book it came from. The map is just the fortress it's self though. it doesn't show any of the town around it so you could just keep the areas of interest the same :)
I tried to show this on the larger view by pasteing it over the map of another town...lol.

Here is a link to the jpg though.
http://i22.photobucket.com/alb...ames/Toshi_Ranbo.jpg

EDIT: I sent the original poster a PM so hopfully he gets back to me about witch book it is from. the art lokks like first ed though so i would check the way of the lion and crane books of mabey the gm's survival guide.

EDIT 2:Legacy Of The Forge ($5.00 US on E-bay)

This message was last edited by the player at 14:18, Mon 25 Feb 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 130 posts
Mon 25 Feb 2008
at 16:19
Re: OOC
no stepped on toes, just a lack of resources on my part ^_^

but I think I may have that one on PDF somewhere ^_^ (if not I'll just fake it ^_^)
in the meantime (since it won't be critical until we start Mass Combat) I return you to your regularly scheduled game (sorry for the interruption)
Satoru
 player, 29 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 25 Feb 2008
at 17:00
Re: OOC
Actually just bought legacy of the forge on Drivethrurp last night (I lost my old copy). It was 5.95 if memory serves but a pretty decent PDF from the glancing I gave it. I could put up the photo on Frappr or something Kaze if the XP price was right :)

or I could be a good little playerand shoot it to you via email, which ever you prefer.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:01, Mon 25 Feb 2008.

Kedo
 player, 53 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 26 Feb 2008
at 01:46
Re: OOC

 I'll post as soon as I get a reply from the GM - actually *having* some ranks in Battle, even if I just fluffed the roll might provide some small measure of insight into things, but I need a little more to go on than 'there's a map with stuff on it'. ^_^
Asahina Jiro
 player, 2 posts
Tue 26 Feb 2008
at 17:09
Re: OOC
Sorry about not posting for the longest time, I suffered total hard drive failure and just got my comp back.  GM told me to just insert myself in the thread, hope no one minds, 'cause I already did.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 14 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 27 Feb 2008
at 03:10
Re: OOC
about my caracters outburst...

So i like to play my disadvantages. and my char has several including brash. so i decided i woud roll etiquette vs tn 20 to see if he would espouse his opinion, figured i would be safe with 6k4 but oops i rolled an 18. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 132 posts
Wed 27 Feb 2008
at 04:43
Re: OOC
that's what disads are for ^_^  besides, I always like to see PCs playing their disads as actual disadvantages rather than just numbers on their sheets and forcing me to enforce them (no one here has done that, which I greatly appreciate ^_^) and/or getting rude and insulting with other PCs and then saying "it's my disad, deal with it" (also not something I've seen from you guys ^_^)
Satoru
 player, 31 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 27 Feb 2008
at 16:01
Re: OOC
Well if I ever try to act like I have two hands, cut me down man. Cause I am suffering from the Taint.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 16 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 28 Feb 2008
at 01:54
Re: OOC
Tsukiko who besides satoru is a monk?
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 44 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Thu 28 Feb 2008
at 08:34
Re: OOC
Oh drat, for some reason I thought there was another monk around (I'm getting confused - that's what I get for writing when my head is bunged up with a cold).  I shall go and edit that now.

Thanks, Akibieden.
Kedo
 player, 55 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 01:41
Re: OOC

 Bah, come on folks, what's the hold up?

 I'm just starting to enjoy things, no slowing down now!

 ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 135 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 04:02
Re: OOC
Well, I was waiting for the GM to post for an NPC but I suppose I could say something ...
Doji Akibieden
 player, 18 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 06:13
Re: OOC
Kedo:
Bah, come on folks, what's the hold up?

 I'm just starting to enjoy things, no slowing down now!

 ^_^


Unfortunately my character will be spending most of the next few weeks drilling his soldiers and probably drafting peasant ashigaru levies. Not all of us have the freedom of the waves Kedo-san.
Kedo
 player, 56 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 12:12
Re: OOC

 Nor the safe harbour of a house when those waves rise up under storm-driven winds, Akibieden-san.

 But yes, it does seem like we're going to be too busy to do anything y'know, adventury for a bit.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 45 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 12:32
Re: OOC
I'll be adding something in a couple of hours - just need to go get some food and then I have the rest of the day at my leisure :)
Doji Akibieden
 player, 19 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 1 Mar 2008
at 18:43
Re: OOC
Hey here is some Japanese military info moded to rokugan.

Military Officers
Ashigaru – Peasant levies, (SR 0:5 )
Hohei – “Private”; (SR 1)
Nikutai – “Corporal”; (SR 2)
Gunso – “Sergeant” of a Guntai; (SR 3)
Chui – “Lieutenant”; (SR 4)
Taisa – “Captain”, (SR 5)
Shireikan – “Commander”, (SR 6)
Rikugunshokan – “General”; (SR 7)
Shoko Kanbu – Staff officer for any of the above; one glory rank below the officer they serve.
Note: the Glory Ranks reflect the status of the officer in a time of war.
Note: some of titles may be reserved for kuge though all buke could receive a field promotion.

Military units
Ashigaru – Peasant levies often armed with spears
Hohetai – Infantry
Ite – Archers
Gishi Hoi – Siege engineers (this unit is seldom used as sieges are unusual)
Kimabusha – Cavalry (this unit has only been in service since the return of the Unicorn)
Uma Ite – Horse Archers (this is the latest unit to enter the Lion army through the innovation of Lion Champion Akodo Toturi)

Military formations
Guntai – 20 men usually arranged in 5 x 4 ranks
Kaisha – Company (in the Lion army that is 2 ashigaru guntai, 2 hohetai guntai and 2 ite guntai) commanded by a mounted Chui and his five mounted
Shobo Kanbu (of which one is the flagbearer of the kaisha). Roughly 150 troops.
Daibutai – Squadron lead by a Taisa (in the Lion army that is 6 field Kaisha and one reserve). Roughly 1100 troops.
Riku-gun – A battalion made up of 48 Daibutai led by a Shireikan or Rikugunshokan. Roughly 50.000 troops

I also have a converted list of political titles but its like 4 pages long. So if you need to know the title for the emerald champions exicutioner just let me know. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 18:46, Sat 01 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 133 posts
Sun 2 Mar 2008
at 06:58
Re: OOC
based on my best guess, lack of access to Legacy of the Forge (and my other gamebooks, I'm away from my home computer at the moment, and haven't had time to check to see if I've got it in any case) I'm going to say that the Crane currently have one incomplete Riku-gun (roughly 40 daibutai) at their disposal, about 10% of which is made up of Daidoji "Irregular" units.

on your way to Toshi Ranbo, you estimate no less than two full encamped Riku-gun that you personally observed.

these are rough estimates, but the end result is that, even if the numbers are wrong, the Crane ought to be outnumbered about 4-1
Doji Akibieden
 player, 20 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 2 Mar 2008
at 08:07
Re: OOC
That seems like allot of men. If memory serves the crane had 150,000 troops before can war acording to way of the dragon. They suffered the greatest losses durring that conflict so having 40,000 men in one location seems unlikly.  Not to mention if a man occupies three feet, and they are aranged five men deep with archers and calvelry behaind, the crane battle line would stand 1 to 2 miles long with the lion streaching out to 4.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 135 posts
Sun 2 Mar 2008
at 08:43
Re: OOC
hence my disclaimer that I was just making up numbers ^_^

no, seriously, thanks for pointing that out--that's what I get for posting without access to my resources ^_^;;; I'll recalculate the exact troop sizes some other time, but whatever you've got, the Lion have about 4 times that number (though you only saw twice your current count on your way to Toshi Ranbo)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 138 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Mar 2008
at 00:59
Re: OOC
Speaking of Kenji-San, he is still with us, correct? I think I saw him log in the other day ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 139 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Mar 2008
at 16:45
Re: OOC
Kedo-San, I don't think you were ignored -- Akibieden is the only one present, to my knowledge, that could actually answer your question and he hasn't posted lately.
Kedo
 player, 59 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 3 Mar 2008
at 16:50
Re: OOC
 Perhaps foolishly, I was assuming the GM would take up the slack in the event of 'people who know things' on the basis that... well, he's the one who knows things.

 In any case, the moment is past and the post stands - if you wishy-washy liberals can't be trusted to treat a Ronin like dirt I'll just have to do it for you. ^_-

This message was last edited by the player at 16:51, Mon 03 Mar 2008.

Satoru
 player, 34 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 3 Mar 2008
at 17:05
Re: OOC
Yeah I know nothing. And  iam not going to treat you like dirt for I am merely a monk. So back off little wolf pup! (tahts about as demeaning as I get)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 140 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Mar 2008
at 17:07
Re: OOC
ROFLMAO!

"Liberal! Them thar's fightin' words!"

LOL!

Sakura has some very strong IC reasons to treat Kedo with respect -- and will undoubtedly get herself in trouble because of it at some point.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 21 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 4 Mar 2008
at 00:19
Re: OOC
I was waiting on a reply from the gm regarding the pm I sent him and you, Kedo. Also as noted above he has not yet confirmed the size of the force here. So other than pulling a "Self GMing" I figured I would wait and see what he said.

[sarcasm] Oh and Ronin suck! Their are you happy now, seriously the things I do to bring others joy. Emotionally Masochistic ronin huh this aught to be fun. [sarcasm]

This message was last edited by the player at 00:24, Tue 04 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 136 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2008
at 04:06
Re: OOC
okay, random bits time ^_^

I do have Legacy of the Forge (yay! ^_^) but it doesn't have anything on the population of Toshi Ranbo (bugger ;_;) so I'll be making up numbers

sorry about not posting an answer to your question Kedo, I really did start that post with the intention of giving you an answer...but then I got distracted by answering other questions ^_^;;; there was no slight, intentional or other wise by Doji Kusanagi (I'll be editing that post shortly to correct my error) ^_^
Kedo
 player, 60 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 4 Mar 2008
at 04:50
Re: OOC

 That's quite alright... it is however perfectly characterful that a lousy Ronin would be a long way down the priorities ladder when it comes to having questions answered and even for him to be ignored - especially when there's a Lion army parked outside.

 After all, no matter who vouches for him, he has no family - no ancestors to honour with his deeds. He could do literally anything, even betray the city to the foe. ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 36 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2008
at 08:05
Re: OOC
I'm still here, just having trouble figuring out a good place for me.  Who would I talk to as a Harrier?  I would probably be of use to them, neh?
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 48 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Tue 4 Mar 2008
at 20:21
Re: OOC
Kedo:
if you wishy-washy liberals can't be trusted to treat a Ronin like dirt I'll just have to do it for you. ^_-


Oh, don't worry, Tsukiko's none to keen on ronin; she's only tolerating Kedo because he's been useful.  She really doesn't have time for people who she deems to be striving against the world order of Rokugan ^_∼
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 142 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 5 Mar 2008
at 03:41
Re: OOC
Just as an FYI, Sakura is waiting for the Daimyo to leave before she makes her "agenda" (that is, short-term plan of action) known. Which is to say that I have some stuff to discuss briefly with Akibieden and Tsukiko, but will need to wait ...

This message was last edited by the player at 03:42, Wed 05 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 138 posts
Wed 5 Mar 2008
at 16:14
Re: OOC
well, he was on his way out ^_^;;; and now he's gone ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:25, Wed 05 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 139 posts
Fri 7 Mar 2008
at 16:15
Re: OOC
sorry about the delays, my home DSL has not been working properly so I'm stuck posting during break times at work.

In other news, please welcome Tsuruchi Hidemoto of the Mantis Great Clan to Toshi Ranbo ^_^

currently we've got two groups, right?

Mantis Group - Asahina Jiro, Doji Akibeiden, and Satoru (plus Tsuruchi Hidemoto when you begin negotiations)

Scorpion Group - Bayushi Kenji, Daidoji Tsukiko, Daidoji Sakura, and Kedo

This message was last edited by the GM at 16:18, Fri 07 Mar 2008.

Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 1 post
Fri 7 Mar 2008
at 18:10
Re: OOC
Hi guys :)
Kedo
 player, 62 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 7 Mar 2008
at 18:20
Re: OOC

 Woo, someone for the Ronin to look down on! ^_-
Satoru
 player, 36 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 7 Mar 2008
at 19:12
Re: OOC
Those groups sound right to me. My group shall make its way their shortly to meet you Tsuruchi.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 52 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 7 Mar 2008
at 21:32
Re: OOC
The groups sound good to me too.

Nice to meet you, Tsuruchi-san.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 24 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 8 Mar 2008
at 05:28
Re: OOC
Hello!
Asahina Jiro
 player, 5 posts
Sat 8 Mar 2008
at 05:59
Re: OOC
groups look good, let's get this party started
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 142 posts
Sat 8 Mar 2008
at 07:09
Re: OOC
everyone should have their Chapter 3 threads open now, let me know if you don't

the Mantis group is Group 4, Duty Before Honor and the Scorpion group is Group 5, Weakness is my Strength
Asahina Jiro
 player, 6 posts
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 04:43
Re: OOC
ok, team 4, ooc, we need to figure out who among us has the  so we need to figure out exactly who among us has the higher modifiers/roll for various social rolls.... you know to figure out who does the talking, it's probably Satoru (social monk and all), but I'll throw my 2 cents in anyway, I've got 8k4+23 for for oratory, and 4k4+13 for all other social rolls.  PRESENT STATS! hahaha, but seriously, we need to convince the mantis to help us, so just a wee bit of min-maxing is in order.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 27 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 04:55
Re: OOC
meta gaming = bad

Hey how exactly do you have +13 to what appers to be untrained rolls.


Oh Kaze no kage are you useing the optional ancestor rules for 3rd ed.?
If so i get a bonus on social rolls if not no biggy.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:57, Sun 09 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 143 posts
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 05:31
Re: OOC
meta-gaming = bad
but
IC discussion as to how to best proceed in a diplomatic manner = good

of course your characters won't know the exact stats of your companions, but you should know the relative strengths/weaknesses of your social skills
for example, Kakita Bob may have trained in the Kakita Bushi School, but he also attempted to learn some of the diplomatic skills of the Doji Courtier School that his friend/rival Kakita Flo attended, though he's had little chance to practice those skills he definitely knows when someone's trying to maneuver him into something; meta game translation:  Courtier 1; Ettiquette 3 (please don't post the meta game translation, that's just there to prove a point)

it's all in how you present things ^_^

and yes, ancestor rules do apply ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:34, Sun 09 Mar 2008.

Asahina Jiro
 player, 7 posts
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 08:35
Re: OOC
Sorry, 'bout that, 'sbeen a while since I've played a game, long story short, the toku bushi school actually makes descent courtiers.  I.c. the character is gregariously open, uses the samurai code as an excuse to do so (A samurai does not lie or hide, on any battlefiels ect...) an he uses sheef force of charisma to win the admiration of courtiers (Toku's first ability is crunk and based off willpower so it seemed to work.) Perhaps with mantis who are notoriously unconventional in their courts this approach would work better than the stand crane courtier approach.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 28 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 17:17
Re: OOC
Aki has been trained in the manner of the crane after all. As a soldier though this has mostly been limited to how he should conduct himself. While he is not trained in the subtilties of the court he is a well spoken man.
Kedo
 player, 63 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 20:27
Re: OOC

 Which ancestral rules would those be? - I have to admit, I'm a lot more familiar with second edition (owning damn' near all the books as I do) than this new-fangled fancy stuff. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 144 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 21:37
Re: OOC
Well, I own all three of them so you can imagine my confusion ...

BTW, GM-Sama, I thought you said that we were not using the Ancestor rules?
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 39 posts
Sun 9 Mar 2008
at 22:09
Re: OOC
Fixed, Sakura-san.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 144 posts
Mon 10 Mar 2008
at 03:36
Re: OOC
whoops, my bad, I guess we're not ^_^;;;

under the old 1st/2nd ed systems each Clan had specific ancestors which served mostly like enhanced advantages.  The new system (which I'm still getting a hand of) allows you to make up your own ancestor feats based on a variety of factors

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:41, Mon 10 Mar 2008.

Doji Akibieden
 player, 29 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 10 Mar 2008
at 04:54
Re: OOC
Well it doesent really matter to me as I built an ansestor with no point cost. Yes I know that the system is slightly broken, thats why I asked.

By the way my work is sending me out of town for a couple of days and I may not get a chance to post.
Satoru
 player, 39 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 10 Mar 2008
at 17:01
Re: OOC
In that case my message in our thread about if "the desire to speak comes upon you" won't really pertain to you as your desire to speak may not be for awhile :D
Kedo
 player, 65 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 10 Mar 2008
at 17:16
Re: OOC

 I know about the old ancestor merits and had one I was firmly intending to take, but of course it was second edition.

 Where might I find the new rules, in my hardback or in some cunningly concealed web supplement?
Satoru
 player, 41 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 10 Mar 2008
at 17:48
Re: OOC
Web SUP or the recently released Masters of War book.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 30 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 11 Mar 2008
at 00:37
Re: OOC
My hotel has a comp i can use so I'm ready when youare satoru.

The ancestor rules are alittle wierd now. you build them from a list of options and they require differing amounts of devotion depending on how powerfull you make them. most of the first and second ed. ancestors can't be recreated with the new system. things like gaining you next school tech form mirumoto siply dont exist although I have herd of GM's house rulling on the point and devotion cost of the special effects of such an ansestor.

Here is a link to the rules.

http://kuroiban.net/files/fold...tras/entry54310.aspx

I once saw a mirumoto ansestor house ruled that simply gave you the first ed benifit with a cost of 8 and a devotion of rank 3.
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 2 posts
Tue 11 Mar 2008
at 22:08
Re: OOC
Huh, spiffy.

Personally I would have liked to pick an ancestor. Sadly, most of the Tsuruchi ancestors in the books haven't...um...died yet. It makes things difficult.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 145 posts
Tue 11 Mar 2008
at 22:41
Re: OOC
a point to make is that an Ancestor does not have to be someone famous, they just have to be a dead person to whom you have blood ties, but since we're not using the ancestor rules it's moot (though spending the time to make up an ancestor to whom your character makes regular offerings might be worth some RP XP ^_^)
Doji Akibieden
 player, 35 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 01:14
Re: OOC
So i'm running a game called a path to glory and my ninja player posted this as his background.

   Shosuro Ume was born in the                    , in the year            After the celebration of his birth, Shosuro Ume had gone           to           and in the true path of his fathers art. Excelling in                                           , Ume was a true inspiration to his class mate at                  .

       Ume’s mother, Shosuro                  is the master of the              , the head of their                   operations.

She is a former sensei                at the                 school who faked her death in order to become Master of                one of the             most                           sects. She is very traditional in her opinion of what the goal of                 should be, and believes that the                 should return to its old methods. In this way she is an ally of the of the         ,                  ,            and sects. She currently spends most of her time at the                              , directing her              sect. She contacts her agents directly : the idea is that anyone who has managed to come to one of the                           without getting killed is one of their own. She is a cousin of the current Scorpion Clan champion,                     .

         Shosuro Ume’s father Bayushi                        was one of the most recognized Scorpion before and after the                     .

 Bayushi                                    was entrusted to protect               during the                     , but he              . He was one of the few people that knew that              was the son of               , as he was previously the of and knew of her relations. Bayushi                               was also talented in the art of            .

In the year           ,                            held a contest, the winner of which would win a boon from the Emperor. All clans were invited to attend, each sending one candidate. The winner of the contest, a candidate entered by the                                            clan, was revealed to be Bayushi                           . Bayushi                              immediately requested control of the lands formerly occupied by the Scorpion Clan. The Scorpion were not restored to their place as a Great Clan until several years later still,                 but Bayushi             had once again returned control of their ancestral lands to the leadership of the clan.

The Scorpion under Bayushi            returned from the           accompanied by Lady             and the            ,                       just in time to assist the Empire in the War against the               . Bayushi himself lead the Scorpion forces, while proceeded to contain Shosuro                         .

        During the battle at the ancient city of                        ,                Gate opened, allowing passage between the                   realm and the realm of                    . Bayushi then ordered his men to join him in committing seppuku, and they then used                             Gate to attack the               of the army of the            and assist the                        .

          Shosuro Ume is the current                           . He first received recognition during the                            after              one of by their                stores. For his service he was named “                                       “by , a title he still takes very seriously.

After the death of                             , Ume became one of most         and                                     a true friend. During one encounter with the                  general he took                            of the                  , bringing the            under the temporary              of                                            . Since the day that sacrificed                              herself for the Empire, he has worn a                           of the over his heart to represent his              to her. Shorsuro Ume became the            of the            after the death of                         .  He gave up the position to                             after he succeeded as                   .

Tell me that is not the best ever.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:32, Tue 18 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 151 posts
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 05:10
Re: OOC
...what happened to the text?  It looks like there was something there, but it got deleted in transition
Doji Akibieden
 player, 36 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 05:41
Re: OOC
thats the point hes a ninja so he sent me an NSA style "edited" document. I thought it was hilarious. All names, dates, and locations have been removed.

This message was last edited by the player at 05:42, Tue 18 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 153 posts
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 05:43
Re: OOC
ah, now I get it ^_^ that is funny ^_^
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 8 posts
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 20:21
Re: OOC
That's...bad. Really really bad :D

I like your Ninja player.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 58 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 22:14
Re: OOC
Sakura, Kenji and Kedo, I'll post tomorrow - I'm not entirely compos mentis right now and I need to be in order to write something worthwhile :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 149 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 18 Mar 2008
at 23:15
Re: OOC
*nods*

I'm usually in a position where I can check much more than I can post ...
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 41 posts
Wed 19 Mar 2008
at 02:59
Re: OOC
And I'm just background flavoring right now.  :)
Satoru
 player, 45 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 19 Mar 2008
at 12:46
Re: OOC
You know Akibieden, I originally thought that your ninja rather than draw up a "confideintial" report had merely made a Ninja Background Adlib, and we were to come up with proper nouns and verbs and such to make it all work out. So... i laughed twice.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 154 posts
Wed 19 Mar 2008
at 16:11
Re: OOC
Bayushi Kenji:
And I'm just background flavoring right now.  :)

no you're not ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 38 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 20 Mar 2008
at 00:01
Re: OOC
I actually thought the same thing at first...LOL
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 42 posts
Thu 20 Mar 2008
at 05:46
Re: OOC
OvO   Orly?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 41 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 06:02
Re: OOC
Since the advert thread is closed i gess i'll post this here.

Starting a star wars game called "swd6 tramps on the fringe" feel free to join. it will probably take me a little while to get it started.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 156 posts
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 06:19
Re: OOC
sorry about that, I hadn't realized that I'd closed that thread

random continuity question:  when did the Mantis get on the Phoenix's bad side?  The Mantis/Phoenix wars haven't happened yet, but there may be something that I'm missing...

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:21, Sun 23 Mar 2008.

Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 12 posts
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 18:57
Re: OOC
Ditto on the continuity question. I know of two wars with the Phoenix but I don't think either have happened yet. Well, at least one hasn't. The War of Fire and Thunder happened only after Yoritomo's death.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 42 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 20:15
Re: OOC
I may be mistaken but the I belive the birth of the mantis involves a battle with the phenoix. So from the start the two clans have disliked each other. The reason nothing came of it untill recently is due to the mantis's former minor clan status.

I'll check if this is correct.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 43 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 20:31
Re: OOC
Yup just read it in MotMC. The phenoix where involved in the death of Osano-wo, they harbored his murderer. The founder Mantis heard of this from his half brother the Crab dimyo, and invaded the Phenoix lands. With the aid of the fortune of storms he breached the walls of kyuden Isawa and with only 15 men forced the elemtal masters to give up the murderer. While their has not been open hoistility the two clans don't exactly like each other.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 157 posts
Sun 23 Mar 2008
at 21:50
Re: OOC
ah, okay, I'd thought their animosity was more recent, but I hadn't looked that far back either, thanks ^_^
Satoru
 player, 49 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 24 Mar 2008
at 16:57
Re: OOC
Yeah the Phoenix and Mantis have always been touch and go. Now their super past history may not have lead to the war that we know is in the Canon horizon but I think a lot of what lead to that was the Shadow's doing.
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 61 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Mon 24 Mar 2008
at 22:41
Re: OOC
I shall post something tomorrow in the Scorpion thread - the past four days have been rather busy visiting friends and family.  I just thought I should make sure you know I haven't dropped off the face of the planet.
Kedo
 player, 70 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 25 Mar 2008
at 00:23
Re: OOC

 And neither have I... I just really *am* the total fifth wheel Bayushi Kenji thought he was at this meeting. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 158 posts
Tue 25 Mar 2008
at 03:44
Re: OOC
unless assassins show up ^_^  in which case everyone will be very glad they brought along their fifth wheel ^_^  I am definitely going to have to drop assassins into the middle of treaty negotiations at some point ^_^
Kedo
 player, 71 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 25 Mar 2008
at 04:14
Re: OOC

 They'd have to be pretty poor assassins for Kedo to make much of a difference when they jump us... But then, if they're not pretty poor assassins the party wouldn't survive their attack. In any case, it doesn't seem a very Lion tactic, and we *are* in the middle of a Scorpion hall.

 Besides, I rather assume we're unarmed save perhaps for Wakizashis at the moment, with any katanas or other pointy things we may have brought with us being 'sharpened' by the most respectful people the Bayushi could put on the door - it's traditional, after all. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 45 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 25 Mar 2008
at 04:38
Re: OOC
"Hai, Kedo-san you say," the bayushi gaurd nots on a piece of paper, "you may place you katana here next to my grandfathers. You know he was quite the swordsmen as well, we have served as guards for ten generations in my family. palces note infront of kedo's dachi. "If you will all follow the servant their he will show you to the audience chambers."

Taken from the L5R forum:
If i'm not mistaken, and i could be horrably so, in some palaces and castles in japan the lord would keep all the swords of his guest samuri, off duty gaurds, and permenet residents in one place of honor, usually promenently displayed just inside the inner section of his esstate. Each sword was displayed with the Chop or Mon of the owning samuri with the more promenent being in greater places of honor. This served a three fold purpose. First if the castle/palace came under attack the house gaurds would defend the outer areas of the essate while the remaining bushi ralleyed to this location to muster for defence. Secondly every person entering the esstate would see the great number of swords the lord commanded and fear his power, and lastly It removed the weapons of geusts without fuss by placing them inevitabley in high places of honor and thus procaimed their prowess as warriors for all to see. To refuse to place your weapon in such a place of honor would be veary rude indeed. You would essentually be saying my sword is to good to sit beside your sons, captians, dead fathers, ect.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:42, Tue 25 Mar 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 159 posts
Tue 25 Mar 2008
at 04:52
Re: OOC
well, you would've surrendered your katana at the door of the Tsume Palace (no sense in taking chances, after all there are a lot of high ranking politicians living here who really don't like eachother ^_^) but don't get so caught up in the Lion that you forget that there are at least two other factions (not counting normal Clan politicking, of course ^_^) involved here who may or may not want you dead
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 152 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 29 Mar 2008
at 17:17
Re: OOC
Just to clarify, the Scorpion is talking to Tsukiko and not Sakura, ne? "Daidoji-San" can refer to either of us ... n_n;
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 161 posts
Sun 30 Mar 2008
at 06:55
Re: OOC
he's leaving it intentionally open, Tsukiko is the one he's negotiating with for the immediate situation but Sakura is the one who's given him something to consider ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 47 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 30 Mar 2008
at 22:25
Re: OOC
Hey whats going on in the manits group. Things are getting really slow.
Asahina Jiro
 player, 11 posts
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 09:08
Re: OOC
sorry, that may be my fault... unless that's not what you meant, whatevs
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 44 posts
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 15:03
Re: OOC
I am joining the US ARMY.  I'm shippin gout in a couple of days for Basic training and don't know if I'll have much, if any, time for the net.  So, if you don't hear from me for a week or more, just assume I can't post.  After it's done, if I'm still in the game I'll be back to play.  It's been fun guys.
Kedo
 player, 73 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 15:07
Re: OOC

 Youch, well - good luck. Just because I don't like what our boys and yours are being used for just at the moment, it doesn't mean I don't respect their courage and determination. Good luck to you and every man and woman you're joining under arms.
Satoru
 player, 51 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 17:53
Re: OOC
Yes yes, congratulations and good luck.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 153 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 18:37
Re: OOC
Oh, you'll have plenty of time -- but none of it will be yours. ;p Good luck, and we'll see you in a few months (your "after-basic" trainings will give you more time, but I still won't count on surfing much ... especially if you are in Ranger school or the likes ...)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 162 posts
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 21:23
Re: OOC
congratulations!  and good luck ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 48 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 31 Mar 2008
at 23:47
Re: OOC
Congrats
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 64 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Tue 1 Apr 2008
at 07:45
Re: OOC
Good luck; I hope it all goes well for you.
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 14 posts
Tue 1 Apr 2008
at 11:12
Re: OOC
Grats and good luck mate!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 155 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 4 Apr 2008
at 00:09
Re: OOC
A huge thank-you to Kedo! :D  I had other things in mind until I realized that may plans were fatally flawed; I had just started thinking "harrier" the day before his posting ...

m_O_m
Kedo
 player, 75 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 4 Apr 2008
at 00:25
Re: OOC

 Heh, the essence of all tactics and strategy is to get two or more of yours to beat up on one of theirs... It just struck me that the best way to do that when the Lion have so many more people than us was to... well, make them take away some or all of their people.

 In any case, Kedo has some other related thoughts - it just depends on whether you want to dig for them. ^_^
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 16 posts
Wed 9 Apr 2008
at 21:11
Re: OOC
Sorry for not posting in a while guys. I had a hectic weekend and a busy week. And for those who follow the card game we had our Kotei last weekend. A Dragon took 1st with me as Mantis taking 2nd.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 171 posts
Wed 9 Apr 2008
at 21:56
Re: OOC
congratulations ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 157 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Apr 2008
at 04:49
Re: OOC
Well, congrats to the Dragon. My last experience with the CCG was during the Hidden Emperor (aka "the story that should have never been" ;p) timeline; the Dragon were the only ones that really stood up for us (Scorpion).

BTW -- I'm in LA at a seminar at the moment and I don't have as much free time as expected. Sorry for not posting sooner ...
Kedo
 player, 78 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 10 Apr 2008
at 10:29
Re: OOC

 That's alright... we're at nine hundred posts now and slowly, painfully crawling towards a thousand. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 55 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 00:18
Re: OOC
Satoru would you like to explain why you stuffed a shotgun in the mouth of our negtiation. Your last two posts may has well have been rolls to strike!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 173 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 01:23
Re: OOC
because he's not about to just give in to the Mantis without trying to negotiate him down ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 56 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 03:19
Re: OOC
ya but he's bluffing with a pair of dueses and the Mantice know it. They are asking for somthing they allready have, basicly all they want is for us to openly aknowledge that fact right.

I dunno mayby this is why I refuse to play a courtier I just dont get it. It's all just illogical nonsence to me. lol!
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 18 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 08:52
Re: OOC
Not just you. Half of this stuff goes way over my head. XD
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 174 posts
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 18:58
Re: OOC
the beauty of politics ^_^ appearances count for just as much as actuality ^_^  Satoru has deliberately misunderstood the Mantis demand in order to avoid losing the Crane any prestige.  I'm just waiting for a counter offer from someone (preferably Satoru, but it could be anyone).  Akuto has made his agenda known, but Satoru hasn't actually offered anything (bringing the Minor Clans' agenda to court is something they'd have to do anyway and couching it in terms of supporting the Mantis makes the Mantis seem subservient to the Crane)

Doji Akibieden, Asahina Jiro, or even Tsuruchi Hidemoto could suggest a counter offer ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 68 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 11 Apr 2008
at 21:18
Re: OOC
Right, sorry about the delay in my writing.  I'm now on my third consecutive cough/cold so I'm a little drained of energy at the moment.  I will try to keep up with posting though.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 175 posts
Sat 12 Apr 2008
at 05:18
Re: OOC
np, I hope you get better soon ^_^

on a separate note, I think we're rapidly approaching the point where a consideration period might be in order to come up with some answers to some of the differences that've cropped up ^_^ and it's about time to give you all a chance to work on your personal goals anyway ^_^
Satoru
 player, 61 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 14 Apr 2008
at 19:33
Re: OOC
Apologies to thosein my group. I like the arguments of semantics and Kaze seems happy enough to oblige. Besides Satoru's mouth is not large enough to take a whole shotgun in.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 57 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 14 Apr 2008
at 23:29
Re: OOC
ROFLOL!!!!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 178 posts
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 00:01
Re: OOC
hey, no stress ^_^  the Crane making a serious military alliance with the Mantis and the Scorpion is Empire changing stuff--almost in the range of a new Gozoku alliance--I couldn't make it easy on you ^_^

in the same vein, there's at least two ways to resolve your differences with the Mantis and Scorpion that don't involve capitulating to their desires (but they're also much, much harder to pull off) and you know where to find the keys to one of those answers already (no, I'm not telling you any more than that ^_^)

in the meantime, please PM me with locations/personal goals that you'd like to be working on during the cooling off period ^_^
Kedo
 player, 80 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 00:10
Re: OOC

 Well... finding some way of making sure that Daidoji Sakura goes where I need her to go so I can complete my appointments is high on the list. If I leave her alone who knows what sort of trouble she'll walk herself into?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 58 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 00:24
Re: OOC
Don't worry too much. A lady with Sakura's "talents" should have no problem finding freinds amongst the soldiers of Toshi Ranbo. I'm shure their is allready a list of volenteers to escort her around the castle.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 159 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 00:25
Re: OOC
Not a problem, Kedo, since one of Sakura's priorities is to see to it that Kedo keeps at least one of his appointments ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 161 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 03:17
Re: OOC
ROFL!

Not that Kedo would know, but the appointment that Sakura is referring to is a Training Appointment! That's the only one that she was aware of ... although there may be some inferences on her part as well, but that is what she believes ...

chuckles
Doji Akibieden
 player, 59 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 05:19
Re: OOC
hey just a question (feel free to ignore) are any of the players actually female. In my table top experiance I have only meet two female gamers, but it seems like their are allot more online. My wife wouldn't be caught dead playing D&D but she had a pretty cool WoW character. I dunno it seems to me to be a vanity thing. Well that and having four ar five overweight, unshaven, nerds druling over you probaoly isn't a big selling point. LOL
Kedo
 player, 82 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 09:07
Re: OOC

 It depends on the game and gamers... a few of our local groups have run to as many as three or four girls at the table, more usually it's one or none.

 One, remembered in our history as 'Treasure Chest' Alex had a habit of eating crisps then fishing for the crumbs in order to distract the GM.

 Your milleage may vary. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 62 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 14:11
Re: OOC
Back when I played MtG in Ohio, when I would go to Topurneys there was this play group of girls who would come wearing low cut shirts to distract their opponents.

Course it never really worked on me because I am a relatively mild mannered, stealth type geek (i need to keep myself looking presentable so I can land gigs) and subsequently found myself much more well adjusted than the stereotype MtG player. My girlfriends were usually way more attractive.

Actually on the l5r.com forums we were discussing stereotypes of gamers and whether l5r players can be elitists etc etc. Was quite interesting.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 162 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 14:44
Re: OOC
"Not I" said the Scorpion ... ;p

There was one gaming group, back in college, where the females were plentiful ... often outnumbering the guys. But, since then, I've only seen the "rare female gamer".
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 69 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 22:06
Re: OOC
Does that mean I'm the only girlie gamer here then?  I suppose I've been pretty lucky in the groups I've gamed with; it's been a pretty even split between males and females.

As for types of games, while I have played D&D I find that the endless list of feats, talents, skills etc. tend to slow the game down for me at least (what with having to look the blasted things up every five minutes).  For some reason I find L5R and White Wolf's Exalted (my other game of choice) much more intuitive for me.  It's not so much a case of vanity as perhaps wanting different things out of a game.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 163 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 22:37
Re: OOC
Really? You wouldn't happen to be from Utah, would you?
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 71 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 22:51
Re: OOC
LOL, nope, I'm afraid.  I'm actually from the other side of the pond (UK) which is why I post at odd hours compared to everyone else.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 60 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 15 Apr 2008
at 23:25
Re: OOC
Satoru:
Actually on the l5r.com forums we were discussing stereotypes of gamers and whether l5r players can be elitists etc etc. Was quite interesting.


Hey I post pretty regularly on the forum, and in both of those threads, as Cliffside81. Whats your handel if you dont mind me asking?
Satoru
 player, 63 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 16 Apr 2008
at 16:24
Re: OOC
gypsieking3280.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 183 posts
Wed 16 Apr 2008
at 19:32
Re: OOC
In order to move things along, I've opened up the threads for the next phase of Chapter 3, let me know if the groups aren't to your liking ^_^
Kedo
 player, 83 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 16 Apr 2008
at 21:28
Re: OOC

 Uhm... actually, Kedo does nothing of the sort - he's Daidoji Sakura's personal and only bodyguard in a city full of spies and treachery (almost by definition, it's a city therefore it's full of spies and treachery ^_^).

 Where she goes, he goes - and she doesn't get a great deal of say in the matter. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 164 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 16 Apr 2008
at 23:08
Re: OOC
Er, yeah what Kedo said ... ;p
Doji Akibieden
 player, 62 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 17 Apr 2008
at 00:29
Re: OOC
Those men arn't spies their my soldiers. I just ordered them to keep close tabs on all unruly ronin.

Besides how much trouble could a spell tossing shinobi get herself into anyway?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 169 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 17 Apr 2008
at 00:34
Re: OOC
*ROFLMAO*
Soshi Manami
 player, 2 posts
Thu 17 Apr 2008
at 21:24
Re: OOC
Hello !

New player jumping in both feet , here.  Just realized that I hadn't said hello yet, so here I am.  ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 64 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 01:30
Re: OOC
<looks aroud scared> Hi <runs away>

Soshi give me the heebi-jeebis.
Soshi Manami
 player, 3 posts
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 03:56
Re: OOC
We're really quite nice.  We have milk and cookies, too. Honest.


^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 170 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 04:47
Re: OOC
*evil grin*

Don't forget, the Scorpion that you can't see is more dangerous than the one that you can!

LOL!
Satoru
 player, 67 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 14:11
Re: OOC
Stupid Scorps are multiplying. May as well be the Hare clan at this rate. Bah Duh Dump!
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 19 posts
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 17:13
Re: OOC
Hi, welcome :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 173 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 21:50
Re: OOC
Yes, well don't let that BUG you ... ;p

Oh, and don't worry Akibieden-Kun -- I'll protect you from those evil Scorpions ...

*evil laugh*

LOL!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 174 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 18 Apr 2008
at 21:55
Re: OOC
Oh, and for those that didn't read Kasumi's "Loyalty List" the party typically sits at 3 or 4 (with 1 being Empire, and 2 being Clan). The actual slot is "close friends and allies", but Monks are in the list by themselves in a lower slot ...

(Thus the question: should "Monks who are Close Friends or allies" be slot three, above "Close Friends and Allies"?)

So Satoru, Kedo, and Kenji are safe. We'll just have to work on the "friendship" aspect for everyone else ...
Soshi Manami
 player, 5 posts
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 14:28
Re: OOC
Quick question:

I've never followed the CCG events.  I know about the Scorpion clan coup, and most things up to the day of thunders.  But what's this about the entire Scorpion clan getting carted off to the Burning Legion ?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 189 posts
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 15:54
Re: OOC
a few years after the Clan War, Toturi goes missing (and is presumed dead).  This is, of course, blamed on the Scorpion Clan (again) and, instead of being disbanded (again) they're exiled to the Burning Sands.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 178 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 17:25
Re: OOC
IRL, this is when Wizards of the Coast bought the CCG and they thought it would be a great idea for a crossover. That, BTW, is what made me quit the CCG -- "couldn't trust them".

I was active Scorpion before then and we were promised a few things. Technically they delivered (we did get our lands back, but then they were taken away before the next set was issued; we did get to free the Kami Shinjo, but only at the cost of what it meant to be a Scorpion; we got a couple of great cards, but lost them right away; we did defeat the Lying darkness, but only as a footnote; ... and so forth.)

For those that keep track, my last purchase was the Kitsune stronghold. After that I was too disgusted with the story line (read: betrayed by the CCG, nasty offense for a Scorpion) to continue. I briefly started watching the storyline again when Shawn & Rich took over (and WotC was expelled), but not for long.

Short version: you didn't miss much. The only good thing to come out of that whole mess was the Scorpion/Dragon alliance (the Dragon were the only clan to set aside their Clan's goals out of "Player Honor" to help the Scorpion -- something that I've never forgotten. Everyone knew that the Scorpion had gotten the shaft, but only the Dragon cared enough as a clan to do something about it.)
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 20 posts
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 19:19
Re: OOC
I kinda like where the story is going now. Then again I only started playing the CCG and reading the fictions at the end of the Lotus arc so I missed most of the things that embittered a lot of older players.
Soshi Manami
 player, 6 posts
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 20:10
Re: OOC
I used to be Unicorn, but I got bent when one day my entire clan was declared Kolat.

In other news...

How long has it been since the Scorpion were given their lands back ?  I need to know if my character was supposed to have spent her childhood off in boonies somewhere.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 68 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sun 20 Apr 2008
at 22:05
Re: OOC
We are playing right after the second day of thunder. all events you are not familiar with have not yet occured.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 179 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 21 Apr 2008
at 02:14
Re: OOC
Soshi Manami:
How long has it been since the Scorpion were given their lands back ?  I need to know if my character was supposed to have spent her childhood off in boonies somewhere.


About six months IIRC. My character was in deep cover the entire time. The Clan "forgot" to tell her about the Coup, and she just about got herself killed trying to reestablish contact in the 'tween times. I'm guessing Sakura is in her mid twenties by now, which means that her family will be working double overtime to get her married.

She pretty much had to be "out in the boonies" somewhere, especially since she would have been technically Ronin until right after the Coup.

*wry grin*

I just realized something ... Sakura was technically Ronin for quite a while there -- but nobody knew it ...

*evil laugh*
Soshi Manami
 player, 7 posts
Mon 21 Apr 2008
at 07:39
Re: OOC
1123 - Scorpion Clan Coup - Scorpion clan disbanded
1128 - 2nd Day of Thunder
1129 - Toturi crowned emperor - Scorpion lands returned ???
1130 - Hidden Emperor arc - Scorpion lose everything again. Banished to Burning Lands
1132 - Toturi found. Bayushi Aramoro wins back Scorpion lands in Emperor's Gift arc


This is the best timeline reconstruction I can figure out.  It seems that the Scorpion existed officially only one year in a nine year stretch.  That's assuming they were restored when Toturi became emperor; everything points at it, but I can't find where they explicitly say it.

We are playing in year 1129ish ... which means that Manami was 14 when the coup happened, and prolly spent those next 5 years or so in hiding until now.  Am I right about the timeline ?  I need to know , as that sort of thing will have a huge impact on her view of things.  Thanks for the help.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 180 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 21 Apr 2008
at 16:10
Re: OOC
Seems right to me. The Scorpion *couldn't* be returned until the coronation, but I think it was "de facto" after the second day of thunder.
Satoru
 player, 70 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Mon 21 Apr 2008
at 16:39
Re: OOC
yea, when your default leader is laying the penultimate blow to the dark kami you are given a bit of leeway.
Kedo
 player, 89 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Apr 2008
at 23:16
Re: OOC

 And this is me ducking in to nick the one thousandth post.

 Someone pass the fireworks. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 23:17, Mon 21 Apr 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 183 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 22 Apr 2008
at 00:12
Re: OOC
*hands Kedo an armful of fireworks*

It's a Low Skill, see ...
Satoru
 player, 71 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 22 Apr 2008
at 13:25
Re: OOC
<Frowns at the preparation of the shameful firework display>

"Maybe if  a Daidoji was performing the ceremony..."
Doji Akibieden
 player, 69 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 23 Apr 2008
at 01:41
Re: OOC
18:40, Today: Doji Akibieden rolled 16 using 2d10, rerolling max. honor to not notice fireworks.
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 21 posts
Wed 23 Apr 2008
at 20:34
Re: OOC
There is nothing wrong with Fireworks. Learning explosives is even a High Skill when making Fireworks.

It just didn't make sense with Gaijin Pepper being outlawed and all. Then again, very little does make any sense at all.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 193 posts
Wed 23 Apr 2008
at 21:15
Re: OOC
in Historical Japan, gunpowder was outlawed by Tokugawa Ieyasu early in the 17th century, shortly after he took the Shogunate.  Only one family in all of Japan was given permission to produce fireworks (and, consequently, gunpowder) (I think it was the Okazaki clan from Aichi prefecture, but I could be wrong about the names).  Ieyasu had seen first hand what a company of riflemen could do to infantry and cavalry when he had served under Oda Nobunaga and he wasn't about to let that sort of military advantage loose for anyone to use.  I imagine the same principles are at work in Rokugan.
Soshi Manami
 player, 10 posts
Wed 23 Apr 2008
at 22:00
Re: OOC
Hmm....

I wonder where a girl can go learn the rifle/carbine skill.  I might have to go charm a gaijin.  Eeew.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 185 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 23 Apr 2008
at 22:01
Re: OOC
Well, the short version is "There's nothing wrong with fireworks -- as long as you get them from the Honorable Dragon Clan and use them in an Honorable Fashion and there's not Gaijin Powder involvolved". Explosives, the skill used for fireworks, is a Low Skill for all but one or two families (it's a High Skill for them), and even they have to be careful.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 70 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 24 Apr 2008
at 01:26
Re: OOC
Aki continues to politely not hear what any of you are saying. Should he become aware of your questionable activities he would have to no longer associate with you. Therefore he may be inclined to rudely change the subject to protect his friends from further dishonor.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 1 post
Sat 26 Apr 2008
at 00:47
Re: OOC
Im the poerson I guess just thought I would say hi.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 72 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 26 Apr 2008
at 01:59
Re: OOC
hello!
Soshi Manami
 player, 11 posts
Sat 26 Apr 2008
at 06:50
Re: OOC
More Crane than you can shake a stick at.  ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 73 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 26 Apr 2008
at 07:35
Re: OOC
Hey speak for yourself I'm a rank 3 crane spearman so I can shake a stick at allot of people.
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 22 posts
Sat 26 Apr 2008
at 07:53
Re: OOC
I refuse to shake sticks at people. Like Katana, they're inferior to the bow :P
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 2 posts
 Daidoji Scout
 Parttime Courtier
Sun 27 Apr 2008
at 23:58
Re: OOC
But words are far more deadlier then an arrow even.
Satoru
 player, 73 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 29 Apr 2008
at 19:23
Re: OOC
With one's chi properly aligned, man need fear no man's weapons.
Soshi Manami
 player, 12 posts
Tue 29 Apr 2008
at 19:43
Re: OOC
All must heed the kami, or suffer their wrath.

^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 75 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 29 Apr 2008
at 23:43
Re: OOC
Blah blah blah, I've been around awhile and seen allot of strange stuff, but nothing ever made me belive theres some mystic force that controls my destiny.
Satoru
 player, 75 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 30 Apr 2008
at 15:32
Re: OOC
Han Solo?!?!??!

Sweet, where is Chewbacca?
Soshi Manami
 player, 13 posts
Wed 30 Apr 2008
at 17:55
Re: OOC
Hey, how do you get more neat spells and stuff ?  I know you cant just go out and buy them, there is a mechanic for it... but I can't remember at the moment and I don't have my book with me.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 202 posts
Wed 30 Apr 2008
at 19:19
Re: OOC
Intelligence/Lore checks TN 10+5*rank (rank 1 spells = TN 15; rank 2 spells =TN 20; etc); or you could just ask (no guaruntees about the answer though ^_^)
Kakita Zenko
 player, 2 posts
Thu 1 May 2008
at 01:26
Re: OOC
<hi jacks the thread>

With regard to insight, don't you think it is silly that ONLY skills and rings raise your insight? Doesn't learning a new spell, kata, kiho or whatever represent a better understanding in a discipline? Shouldn't they count for insight?

Thoughts?

Just something to chew on ;)
Doji Akibieden
 player, 78 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 1 May 2008
at 01:31
Re: OOC
I see your point but insight is allready so easy to get i dont think it is really needed
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 205 posts
Thu 1 May 2008
at 01:51
Re: OOC
I've always considered Spells, Kiho, and Kata in the same category as Techniques--the results of your improved understanding rather than the cause.  For both Shugenja and Monks, Spells and Kiho (respectively) are a stand-in for Techniques.  Kata were a d20 add-on which translated poorly into d10.  Now only Courtiers get screwed by a lack of versatility (of course, Courtiers get screwed by the whole system anyway--excepting, of course, the Ide "I Trump Everyone" Emissary--so it's not a big surprise ^_^)
Kakita Zenko
 player, 3 posts
Thu 1 May 2008
at 01:52
Re: OOC
It is to a point, but consider this. A character who wants spells or kiho or kata is going to be lower rank than someone who just focuses on skills and rings yet from a realistic standpoint they aren't learning less than the person who focuses on skills or abilities, just learning something different.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 190 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 1 May 2008
at 15:16
Re: OOC
Soshi Manami:
Hey, how do you get more neat spells and stuff ?  I know you cant just go out and buy them, there is a mechanic for it... but I can't remember at the moment and I don't have my book with me.


You get two per rank -- or you can do Spell Research, or you can just ask for them. Right now I'm kinda stuck with the latter ... ;D

As far as insight goes, no I don't think Spells and Kiho should count towards Insight: they are already rewards for getting Insight. As far as Kata goes ... well, consider them to be Advantages -- you don't get Insight for those either.

On the other hand, if you take a different tact, the "effectiveness at insight" tact (what do I need to be "reasonably effective" at this insight rank, you find out that the last thing you need -- especially Shugenja -- is more insight.

For Shugenja a good estimate for the first few ranks is 2 rings, one of which must be your Affinity, and five skills. Bushi have a bit more flexibility, but they aren't too different. Monks are similar to Shugenja (since they are "ring based" as well). Courtiers are fairly Skill Centric, but they also have to make the decision between Skill and Trait.

In Sakura's case, Sakura being a "skill-centric" Shugenja, this can be downright deadly to ignore ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 210 posts
Fri 2 May 2008
at 22:19
Re: OOC
I'm going to be pretty much out for the weekend, but it seems like all of your threads are starting to wrap up anyway, so on Monday (at the earliest) everyone'll be back in the main thread for some complications in everyone's plans ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 213 posts
Tue 6 May 2008
at 19:29
Re: OOC
sorry about the lateness of the post ^_^;;;
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 214 posts
Thu 8 May 2008
at 22:30
Re: OOC
we've had a lot of recent arrivals to our game so I'm going to post a brief one line intro for all of the active participants ^_^ feel free to add/correct anything I've written

Asahina Jiro - excentric Crane, trained in the Monkey Bushi School

Bayushi Kenji - Scorpion hostage of the Crane, part of the special task force sent by Doji Kuwanan

Daidoji Kumi - relatively recent arrival from Daidoji lands, part of a Daidoji unit sent to bolster the defenses of Toshi Ranbo

Daidoji Sakura - Daidoji Shugenja, part of the special task force sent by Doji Kuwanan

Daidoji Tsukiko - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, Crane Clan Courtier

Doji Akibeiden - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, Gunso in the Crane armies of Toshi Ranbo

Doji Minako - Crane hostage of the Phoenix, returned to Toshi Ranbo on a short term basis as a show of good faith for future negotiations during Winter Court

Kakita Zenko - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, Crane Magistrate

Kedo - ronin yojimbo to Daidoji Sakura, part of the special task force sent by Doji Kuwanan

Satoru - Monk adviser to the Crane, long term resident of Toshi Ranbo

Soshi Manami - Scorpion Shugenja, long term resident of Toshi Ranbo

Tsuruchi Hidemoto - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, aide to the Mantis Representative

Miya Shiko (NPC) - recent arrival to Toshi Ranbo, escorted by Bayushi Kenji, Daidoji Sakura, and Kedo

Daidoji Ryu (NPC) - commander of Daidoji unit sent to bolster the defenses of Toshi Ranbo

Daidoji Tokagero (NPC) - Daidoji Ryu's second in command

Doji Kasarugi (NPC) - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, daimyo of the city

Doji Kusanagi (NPC/Deceased) - long term resident of Toshi Ranbo, commander of the Crane armies stationed in Toshi Ranbo, survivor of multiple Lion invasions during the Clan War; now dead

there may be other NPC's and details whom I've neglected to mention, these are just the Crane who sprung immediately to mind.  Please feel free to correct or add to anything I've posted
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 196 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 12 May 2008
at 04:12
Re: OOC
Kenji is going to be out for quite a while, but he will return! ;D

BTW, as an FYI to everyone, I'm waiting on the Daimyo's reaction to Manami's request before I can post further.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 84 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 12 May 2008
at 05:06
Re: OOC
Why between your ronin and my twenty men i think we can handel a little snuff job. I mean you would think a scorpion would know better than to bring attention to themselves right after an assanation. So we just escort her out, no one ever sees her again, she takes the blame for the various mrders me and kedo perform finding the real killer, and then we present her corps as proof of our golrious deeds.

Or we could do the polite thing and just let this one slide.
Soshi Manami
 player, 19 posts
Mon 12 May 2008
at 08:41
Re: OOC
Puh-leeze.

Everytime someone important gets so much as a headcold, everyone looks towards the nearest scorpion.  Therefore the safest place is under the scrutiny of everyone, instead of skulking about like they expect you to.  Never do what they expect you to.

Besides, its a token offer only.  Nobody in their right mind wants a Scorpion with a liscense to snoop, poking about thier castle unescorted.
Doji Minako
 player, 1 post
 Asako Courtier
Mon 12 May 2008
at 19:37
Re: OOC
Until a Phoenix opens a Black Scroll or has an Oni take his name >:D

(Oh btw Hi nice meeting you all.)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 197 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 12 May 2008
at 21:06
Re: OOC
Doji Minako:
Until a Phoenix opens a Black Scroll or has an Oni take his name >:D


Yeah, yeah ... next you'll be telling us about a Lion Jade Champion that is secretly a Tsukai ... ;p


BTW, there is a very important reason that I am waiting for the Lord of the City. I suspect I shall have to do, well, nothing, but "just in case" ...

I suspect that GM has something in mind, errr, I mean One never knows what the Fortunes have in store ...

LOL
Soshi Manami
 player, 20 posts
Mon 12 May 2008
at 21:28
Re: OOC
What a cute avatar !

Damn, I should have stolen that one for myself.  Meanwhile, hello and welcome.

^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 217 posts
Mon 12 May 2008
at 21:53
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
Doji Minako:
Until a Phoenix opens a Black Scroll or has an Oni take his name >:D

Yeah, yeah ... next you'll be telling us about a Lion Jade Champion that is secretly a Tsukai ... ;p

replace "Lion Jade Champion" with Emperor's Brother and you just gave away the plot of one of my other games ^_^

Daidoji Sakura:
BTW, there is a very important reason that I am waiting for the Lord of the City. I suspect I shall have to do, well, nothing, but "just in case" ...

I suspect that GM has something in mind, errr, I mean One never knows what the Fortunes have in store ...

LOL

sometimes you guys give me too much credit ^_^ like now, I have no idea what you're talking about...unless I do, but have failed my innuendo check ^_^

oh, you guys can post away now ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 85 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 12 May 2008
at 23:57
Re: OOC
hey no matter how crazy the story got it really didn't matter since the living darkness erased all that funky history anyways.
Soshi Manami
 player, 21 posts
Tue 13 May 2008
at 00:38
Re: OOC
One of these days, I'll read enough story fluff to know what the hell you guys are talking about.

^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 86 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 13 May 2008
at 00:48
Re: OOC
Don't bother everything after the coup is complete nonsense. Some of the newer stuff isn't half bad but alas it is built on a foundation of sand.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 198 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 13 May 2008
at 05:37
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
Daidoji Sakura:
BTW, there is a very important reason that I am waiting for the Lord of the City. I suspect I shall have to do, well, nothing, but "just in case" ...

I suspect that GM has something in mind, errr, I mean One never knows what the Fortunes have in store ...

LOL

sometimes you guys give me too much credit ^_^ like now, I have no idea what you're talking about...unless I do, but have failed my innuendo check ^_^


:grins: I had to be ready in case someone said or did something Stupid(TM). On the other hand, I had to keep ... certain information private for now and still avoid shaming Sakura and/or the Lord of the Manor ...

In this case, you did what I hoped -- had Doji-Sama act with pristine etiquette, while still having someone else voice the "obvious objections".

So I didn't have to "do" anything ...

Domo Arigato Gozaimasu ...
Satoru
 player, 80 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 13 May 2008
at 15:51
Re: OOC
Everyone, work has become a strain lately so I am going to need some time to get that together. Hopefully I will be back to posting tomorrow, but definately by Thursday.

Apologies.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 219 posts
Fri 23 May 2008
at 19:24
Re: OOC
no worries, I'm a bit behind too

btw, please welcome Doji Kanisai to our group, he's been seconded to Doji Akibeiden as part of the defense of the Southern wall ^_^
Doji Kanisai
 player, 1 post
 Crane fealty,
 Crab heritage.
Fri 23 May 2008
at 21:16
Re: OOC
Hey gang, I hope to add to the game with my uniqueness.  Besides, you'll get the gift of a Crane that's a jerk without trying to hide it behind courtliness.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 89 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 24 May 2008
at 01:50
Re: OOC
great two of us!

hello
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 223 posts
Thu 29 May 2008
at 00:29
Re: OOC
Tsuruchi Hidemoto (PC) is a well known Bounty Hunter, though hindered by a crippling injury to his leg during the Clan War

Tsuruchi Koizumi (NPC) is also a well known Bounty Hunter who makes no secret of his opposition to the absorbtion of the Wasp by the Mantis

Kitsuki Fuji (NPC), Kitsuki Ryoma (NPC), and Mirumoto Yamada (NPC) are a Kitsuki Courtier, Kitsuki Investigator, Mirumoto Bushi team that is making a name for themselves in court as a rock of virtue and honor

Shosuro Shinobu (NPC) tertiary liaison of the Scorpion Clan, though crippled in body, is also reputed to have training in Kitsuki's Method.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 232 posts
Sat 7 Jun 2008
at 19:29
Re: OOC
new threads are up ^_^
Murder Mysteries is the investigative thread for Daidoji Sakura, Daidoji Tsukiko, Doji Minako, Kakita Zenko, Satoru, and Kedo
Tidings of War is the prep against the Lion thread for Daidoji Kumi, Doji Akibieden, and Doji Kanisai

feel free to invite any of the non-Crane PCs into your circle (let me know though, so I add them to your group^_^)

This message was last edited by the GM at 23:39, Sun 08 June 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 207 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 8 Jun 2008
at 02:06
Re: OOC
Timewise, when does Akibieden's thread happen? I did promise to take Kedo over ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 233 posts
Sun 8 Jun 2008
at 23:41
Re: OOC
concurrently with your investigative thread (though I'll be making changes to that to reflect your going to the scene of the crime)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 208 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 10 Jun 2008
at 16:44
Re: OOC
*nods*

I pretty much have to wait for those changes.
Kedo
 player, 105 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:11
Re: OOC

 Meanwhilst the chuckle brothers are haring off at one hell of a pace planning their cunning defence and I'm not able to give them the benefit of my wisdom. A shame, because I have at least one hum-dinger of an idea. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 95 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:19
Re: OOC
Am I to understand that I am a chuckel brother! Rest assured ronin your place will be front and center no matter what corse of action is taken.

OH wait sorry this is the OoC.....
Doji Kanisai
 player, 5 posts
 Crane fealty,
 Crab heritage.
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:22
Re: OOC
You know, Akibeiden-san, we could always teach this Ronin a lesson for attempting to say that you and I don't have senses of humor due to our gruff demeanors..
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 237 posts
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:23
Re: OOC
and suddenly I remember why I shouldn't split the party without knowing exactly what everyone will be doing...
Kedo
 player, 106 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:24
Re: OOC

 I happily invite the lesson Crane-san. I cannot help but feel there is much to learn from watching your... antics. ^_-

 But I wish I was doing something rather than twiddling my thumbs.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 238 posts
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 22:40
Re: OOC
there, finally fixed that thread, investigation people, have at it ^_^

bushi type people, there will definitely be combat coming up sooner rather than later

This message was last edited by the GM at 22:43, Wed 11 June 2008.

Kedo
 player, 108 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 23:33
Re: OOC

 That would be nice, though the truth be told I would be happy with anything happening rather than needing an out and out fight. Not that I'll object to one mind you. ^_^

 The question I need to ask though is... what the hell is going on at the moment anyway?

 I understand that Chapter 3 ended with people splitting up to the four winds and now there seem to be multiple threads veering back and forth through the remainder of that day, three of which I can see and only one of which I think I'm actually in - and I don't know what I'm doing there because I'm following Sakura, who hasn't told me anything. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 239 posts
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 23:40
Re: OOC
Chapter 4 starts with the death of Doji Kusanagi which has thrown the Crane chain of command into chaos.  The three main things you should know are:  Daidoji Ryu is now the supreme commander of the Crane armies, Doji Akibeiden is now in command of about half of the defending Crane, and Daidoji Sakura has been assigned to find out who killed Kusanagi.  Side bits and pieces:  Doji Kanisai was assigned to Doji Akibeiden, Doji Minako was assigned to Daidoji Sakura
Kedo
 player, 109 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 23:52
Re: OOC

 That sort of helps... so I only need to worry about the one thread I'm actually present in, right?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 240 posts
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 23:54
Re: OOC
yup

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:01, Thu 12 June 2008.

Kedo
 player, 110 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 11 Jun 2008
at 23:56
Re: OOC
 That's a considerable relief, because all I need to do there is stand against the wall and not listen to anything that's said. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 01:11, Thu 12 June 2008.

Soshi Manami
 player, 24 posts
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 05:50
Re: OOC
In reply to Kedo (msg #510):

Are you sure you don't want to listen.  One tiny listen couldn't hurt.  It might help save Sakura-chan's life, in fact.  You do want to help Sakura don't you ?  Just one small listen, and then decide if you want to ignore the rest.

BTW, would you like a bite of this shiny apple ?
Kedo
 player, 111 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 08:27
Re: OOC

 Quite sure.

 It's not after all, why I'm here.


 Ooooh, apple. I can make scrumpy with that. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 209 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 16:47
Re: OOC
Sorry, guys -- power was out in "my neck of the woods" for the last day and a half. I could read stuff on my Palm Treo, but I couldn't really respond (tiny keyboard ...).

Oh, Minako-San: the only reason I haven't posted Sakura leaving for the investigation scene yet is because I can't. I have to wait for Tsukiko's reply first. But, for those interested, that's the first place she is heading. Right now in fact ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 211 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 16:59
Re: OOC
Oh, for those currently "left out", don't worry: It shouldn't take long for Sakura to "send for you" (so to speak).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 242 posts
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 17:01
Re: OOC
well, Tsukiko hasn't logged on for about a week and a half, so we'll just assume she's gone off to talk to Miya Shiko and press on
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 212 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 12 Jun 2008
at 17:23
Re: OOC
*nods* I just posted elsewhere, so I guess the main difference would be that I don't have to send Minako to the Imperial Quarters instead of Tsukiko.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 243 posts
Fri 13 Jun 2008
at 06:45
Re: OOC
please welcome Seppun Masashi, imperial observer, he'll be joining the Tidings of War thread ^_^
Seppun Masashi
 player, 1 post
Sat 14 Jun 2008
at 03:25
Re: OOC

  Hello one and all.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 96 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 14 Jun 2008
at 15:36
Re: OOC
Whats up
Soshi Manami
 player, 25 posts
Sun 15 Jun 2008
at 17:43
Re: OOC
Welcome
Tsuruchi Hidemoto
 player, 33 posts
Sun 15 Jun 2008
at 18:50
Re: OOC
Welcome!

Although shouldn't you be guarding the Emperor?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 215 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 15 Jun 2008
at 20:04
Re: OOC
*bows*

Hello there, Seppun-Sama!
Kedo
 player, 119 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 17 Jun 2008
at 02:12
Re: OOC

 Hey, I know you folks are out there. Why has the Daidoji Plans thread gone dead?

 Or have I staggered people with the depths of my cynicism and dishonour? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 255 posts
Tue 17 Jun 2008
at 02:43
Re: OOC
I'm waiting on Daidoji Kumi actually ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 219 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 20:55
Re: OOC
I'm waiting too, but that's alright ... ;p

Actually, I just wanted everyone to know that I'm still here -- I'm not ignoring the game, I just have nothing to post at the moment.
Kedo
 player, 120 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:17
Re: OOC

 You could post in the planning thread... It's either you or the GM's turn, and I really want to find out how soon I'm going to get stabbed for my horrifying suggestion. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 100 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:19
Re: OOC
T minus 5 and counting....
Kedo
 player, 121 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:25
Re: OOC

 It is that sort of level, isn't it? - I'd never have suggested it to a room full of Kakita swordsmen, but Daidoji tend to be a little more... flexible.

 Even so. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 101 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:38
Re: OOC
I cant really comment since I don't know your idea....Wait a minute....Who told you about my astoundingly powerful psychic powers!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 220 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:50
Re: OOC
I was kinda waiting for you to answer Kumi in that thread, but I can throw something in ...
Kedo
 player, 122 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:52
Re: OOC

 You and the NPC's are also allowed to act... I also feel it's a bit of a waste of time to reply to just one line if there are other people who might give me a bit of meaty RP to respond to. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 222 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 18 Jun 2008
at 22:58
Re: OOC
Ah, understood. (Ah, wakarimash'ta!)
Kedo
 player, 125 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 22 Jun 2008
at 22:30
Re: OOC

 Alright, that's the scariest dice roll I ever saw. Here's hoping I get something like it when, one day, I try to forge my masterpiece sword.

 And that the GM doesn't cheaply decide that this is where my destiny pays off and I can be easily killed now. ^_-
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 226 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 24 Jun 2008
at 00:44
Re: OOC
Holy Schnikie! What a roll!

You do realize that everyone will expect you to be equally brilliant from now on though, right? ;p
Kedo
 player, 126 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 24 Jun 2008
at 01:15
Re: OOC

 Heh, I'm only a lowly ronin... it's not like they'll ever let me lead troops.

 Besides, it's all karmic - want to bet on how many '1's I'll roll when I finally get around to making myself a sword? ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 104 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 24 Jun 2008
at 01:42
Re: OOC
whats the under / over?
I got a paypal account.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 228 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 26 Jun 2008
at 00:31
Re: OOC
*laughs*

So, tell me Satoru-San, was your name "Coronbo" (Columbo) before you joined the monestary?
Satoru
 player, 88 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 26 Jun 2008
at 14:55
Re: OOC
I play good cop/bad cop... but I am both cops! It blows the peasants minds and they become like play doh in my hands.
Doji Kanisai
 player, 7 posts
 Crane fealty,
 Crab heritage.
Wed 2 Jul 2008
at 04:07
Re: OOC
I would like to apologize for my lack of posting lately; I've been hit by some serious problems with my lack of employment, but I'm trying to work them out.  Hope I haven't gummed up things with my absence.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 268 posts
Wed 2 Jul 2008
at 05:15
Re: OOC
no worries, RL comes first ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 83 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Sun 13 Jul 2008
at 20:40
Re: OOC
Just a quick message to say I'm still here; life went a bit loopy for a bit.  I'll try to get back into the swing of things now.  Also, just for advanced warning, I'm working this weekend so I won't have internet access.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 280 posts
Mon 14 Jul 2008
at 05:22
Re: OOC
I'm leaving for a couple of weeks tomorrow afternoon and probably won't have regular internet access--I might be able to post once or twice a week, but no garuntees
in the meantime, start thinking about what you want your characters to do once the next day starts (continue investigating the murder, start doing more intensive preparations for the defense of the city, continue negotiations with the other Clans, etc.) because I'm pretty sure most of you are ready to move on to something different
also, I'll be instigating more combat (some of which might be avoidable, but not all of it) so be prepared ^_^
Daidoji Tsukiko
 player, 86 posts
 Grace and serenity belies
 the sharp mind
Fri 18 Jul 2008
at 08:29
Re: OOC
And as soon as I'm back again I'm dashing off... but just for the weekend.  I'll be back on Monday.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 285 posts
Sun 27 Jul 2008
at 09:39
Re: OOC
I'm back too ^_^
Kedo
 player, 135 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 27 Jul 2008
at 22:21
Re: OOC

 Glad to hear it, now get on with the game. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 287 posts
Fri 1 Aug 2008
at 22:05
Re: OOC
moving things along to the next day due to conspicuous silences from most of the PCs ^_^
Kedo
 player, 136 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 1 Aug 2008
at 22:17
Re: OOC

 Well, I'd have loved to contribute... but there really was nothing much for me to say or do after I got lost in the sea of random additional people turning up, so I just figured to be following Sakura around. I'll make the attempt to actually post not doing much next time to keep things moving along. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 95 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 1 Aug 2008
at 22:18
Re: OOC
Satoru had plenty of questions but I am cool with the leap forward, would have liked to have hunted down the missing servants earlier but Shinsei tells me to be patient.
Kedo
 player, 137 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 1 Aug 2008
at 22:27
Re: OOC

 I'm also a bit thrown on the timeline... sorry, it's been a while - is this our first or second night in town and where would Sakura and her Ronin sidekick be accomodated?

 Pardon me for not paying attention there. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 289 posts
Sat 2 Aug 2008
at 09:42
Re: OOC
actually, the Daidoji guard came in at the very end of the Murder Mysteries thread and told you that the families of the missing servants didn't know that they were missing--didn't even expect them to be back until after the evening meal

np, it's the first night you'll be holed up in Toshi Ranbo, you've been given adjoining rooms in the Tsume Palace, near a shrine to Lady Doji

This message was last edited by the GM at 09:47, Sat 02 Aug 2008.

Satoru
 player, 96 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Sat 2 Aug 2008
at 15:16
Re: OOC
excellent... that is where I am then.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 240 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 2 Aug 2008
at 16:16
Re: OOC
On Palm, will post when I can ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 241 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 2 Aug 2008
at 21:14
Re: OOC
Sorry for the delay, the internet was out at my Hotel last week. Hopefully the problem will not recur this week ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 295 posts
Sat 9 Aug 2008
at 05:07
Re: OOC
still waiting on Bayushi Kenji--assuming he's back ^_^--Daidoji Tsukiko, Doji Kanisai, Doji Minako, and Tsuruchi Hidemoto for location choices ^_^
Kedo
 player, 140 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 06:40
Re: OOC

 And possibly a significant question... how does one go about concealing a dagger in a bath-house (presumably wrapped in a towel, though that would be a bit awkward to reach in a hurry) and if it's not so concealed (hidden so that it can be quickly reached) what's the opposed check to spot it and call the guards?

 Purely asking as a Yojimbo you understand... ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 111 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 12:26
Re: OOC
You may not want to know the answer.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 296 posts
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 18:08
Re: OOC
that would be an Agility/Slight of Hand (conceal) TN 25 with an opposed Perception/Investigation (notice) roll.

It should be noted that while swords are prohibited, Tessen (iron fans) and Machi-kanshisha (iron smoking pipes), which may be used as weapons, are allowed in the bath house.

Improvised weapons include short wooden 'skin scrapers' (basically a hard wood squeegee to scrape off dead skin from hard to reach places--like your back), essentially a jo (DR 0k2), buckets of scouring sand (used for exfoliating as soap was highly expensive and made from rendered animal fat--see Improvised Metsubishi rules p164), and towels (hereafter to be considered improvised Chain Weapons, they provide 1 free raise to disarm or knockdown and may be used to feint and guard but do not actually do any damage--unless you are using the Jujutsu skill)

There are guards placed strategically at entrances/exits of which there are 10.  I'll be editing the beginning post to the bath house thread shortly to reflect terrain and other strategic considerations.
Kedo
 player, 141 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 18:51
Re: OOC

 Uhm... Kedo will not be going into the womans side. There's a usually a thin partition and an older woman watching both sides if trouble breaks out... Which ought to be enough security for him not to have to violate public decency.

 Oh, and for reference, on a roll of:

 19:50, Today: Kedo rolled 24 using 6d10, dropping the 3 lowest rolls, rerolling max. Perception/notice.

 I think the weapon is hidden from me if the sleight of hand roll is successful. ^_^
Soshi Manami
 player, 33 posts
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 19:08
Re: OOC
Wouldn't want somebody to label you a peeping tom, would you?  The scandal.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 245 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 11 Aug 2008
at 19:30
Re: OOC
*evil grin*

Hey, there are reasons that Sakura went into the men's side ...

LOL!
Seppun Masashi
 player, 9 posts
Tue 12 Aug 2008
at 03:46
Re: OOC

  If warfans are permitted easily then I'll modify the post accordingly.
Kedo
 player, 142 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 12 Aug 2008
at 11:22
Re: OOC

 No eligable, semi-naked Crane girls on the mens side of the bathing line. There will be disagreement over attempts to violate this rule.

 And if we hadn't been GM past-tensed I'd be saying that ICly. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 246 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 12 Aug 2008
at 12:15
Re: OOC
Actually, you were the reason I said "headed" instead of "entered". I knew there would be some disagreements there ... :D

As far as I'm concerned, you can feel free to post ...
Satoru
 player, 98 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 12 Aug 2008
at 13:18
Re: OOC
I love Bathhouse drama. 'Crane' girls have no morals.
Kedo
 player, 144 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 12 Aug 2008
at 13:53
Re: OOC

 For reasons that have nothing to do with Daidoji Sakura and that only one PC is aware of...

 ..smile when you say that. ^_-
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 299 posts
Thu 14 Aug 2008
at 03:55
Re: OOC
okay, I'm going to try to start making rolls a more regular part of the game--please remind me if something happens that you think needs a roll and I've forgotten to ask for one ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 302 posts
Tue 19 Aug 2008
at 13:47
Re: OOC
sorry about not posting, I've had some connectivity issues lately and don't have the time to make decent length posts--it'll definitely be better later this week.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 250 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 20 Aug 2008
at 23:36
Re: OOC
Oh, did I mention to our two combatants that I need the governor alive?

*wry grin*
Moto Gyatso
 player, 10 posts
Thu 21 Aug 2008
at 09:18
Re: OOC
Should be fine. Except of course for the more experienced guy they have in there who is about to gut him and blame it on us.

Bloody Ninja.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 251 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 21 Aug 2008
at 12:58
Re: OOC
Kolat ... "Bloody Kolat"! ;p *I'm* the Ninja here ...

LOL!
Satoru
 player, 104 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 21 Aug 2008
at 13:46
Re: OOC
Don't bother the angry monk with details, can't you see I am about to punch a whole in an archer's chest.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 305 posts
Fri 22 Aug 2008
at 21:32
Re: OOC
no real resolution on my internet, so I'm making a short post in the meantime, sorry about that
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 252 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 27 Aug 2008
at 00:02
Re: OOC
*Stretches*

So when are the assassins gonna try and take me out? Kedo-kun is itchin' for some action ... ;p
Kedo
 player, 147 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 27 Aug 2008
at 00:43
Re: OOC

 Hmmm... well, apart from my having explicitly requested of The Boss that he give some thought to improvised bath-house weapons, I'm not that itching for action as without my Daisho I lose all my style techniques and most of my bonuses. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 306 posts
Wed 27 Aug 2008
at 01:04
Re: OOC
actually, I'm willing to compromise on that, as long as you're wielding two bludgeoning/cutting weapons you can keep your rank 2, 3,and 4 techniques, including the fire ring bonus, but you take penalties from wielding two weapons and don't get the TNtbH bonus from your rank 1 technique--someone who knows how to wield a sword can still wield a stick like a sword, they just won't be quite as good at it.

In the same vein, improvised weapons impose a -2k0 penalty if you're using a skill they're not meant for (the skin scrapers, for example, can be wielded as staves without penalty)
Kedo
 player, 148 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 27 Aug 2008
at 09:50
Re: OOC

 You might be, but I'm not... techniques are immensely specific and refined... A bokken, yes I'd argue I could use with them 'cause it's designed to be. But two clubs? Not so much.

 I'll just have to try and get my hands on swords at the earliest convenience.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 313 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 17:43
Re: OOC
I'm going to have to make your enemies tougher Bath House group, Satoru and Gyatso are pretty much walking through their opponents ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 114 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 17:53
Re: OOC
As valiant defenders of the empire should!
Moto Gyatso
 player, 15 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 19:49
Re: OOC
In fairness I did have to cast two spells. And I'll probably need to cast more. Still I'll behave and will not maim the evil servents of evilness too much. In fact one's already unconscious right? So we've got an interrogation suspect right there:). Means we don't have to worry about letting the others live on in pain.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 115 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 19:53
Re: OOC
errrm They are like totally an affront to the celestial order or something. You should like totally smite them in the name of the kami, right!
Moto Gyatso
 player, 16 posts
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 20:01
Re: OOC
Why does that sound like an excuse to use when caught at the murder scene in Rokugan?
Kedo
 player, 150 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 30 Aug 2008
at 23:28
Re: OOC

 Hey, L5R works that way... if you want to get an idea about how tough people need to be to beat us, have one of those ninjas hit me this round and watch me go down like a sack of potatoes. 'Course, I'd rather you didn't but... ^_^
Moto Gyatso
 player, 17 posts
Sun 31 Aug 2008
at 08:55
Re: OOC
It comes down to rolling. This version works a lot better than 2nd Ed it has to be said. Such a stupid rule about 1s. But nevertheless the reason we're doing okay is that thus far no one has tried to hit us. Once that happens we'll be in real trouble.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 256 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 2 Sep 2008
at 12:31
Re: OOC
*eeps*

Don't be so fast there! I'm already in an underkill/overkill position -- she has no scrolls with her, and revealing her "true power" would be "problematic at best" (can you say "instant death"? I knew you could ...)

Rokugani don't like those that display magics like hers ...

There are a few things that she can still do, but at the moment she has to "hold low" and pray that the Bushi keep her alive ... and at 2:1, with one Bushi's life seeming about to expire, the odds are most definitely not in our favor ...
Satoru
 player, 109 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 2 Sep 2008
at 17:54
Re: OOC
Don't worry once the monk is done in the Shrine, flash the Crow signal (Shinsei's that is) and I will be right on over. :)
Doji Akibieden
 player, 116 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 5 Sep 2008
at 23:07
Re: OOC
hey Kaze no kage did i get a weapon or not?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 258 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 6 Sep 2008
at 02:50
Re: OOC
Well guys ... this is either gonna be really great or I'm gonna be really dead. ;}

"Listen my children, I've got something to say ... it's better to burn out than to fade away ..."
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 316 posts
Sat 6 Sep 2008
at 03:37
Re: OOC
Doji Akibieden:
hey Kaze no kage did i get a weapon or not?

yup, the assassin didn't hurt you badly enough to stop you ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 118 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 6 Sep 2008
at 23:04
Re: OOC
so I do kendo so my combat descriptions tend to be a little technical  :)

If I had a spear right now that fool would be dead already.

And Sakura you don't have to worry about Aki seeing anything. He had a face full of Tabi slipper when you started your "Evil Shenanigans"

This message was last edited by the player at 17:44, Sun 07 Sept 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 259 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 01:32
Re: OOC
I was wondering what art you did. I recognized some of the Kamae, but not all of them ...

"Hmmm ... Dai-Jodan, aka the 'kill me now!' posture ..." ;p  (That's a joke -- most of our lower-tier kata start with the Tori in Dai Jodan. It can be very effective, but not for the foolish ...)

"Ah, a change of posture ... much better ..." ;p

I do Taijutsu (Bujinkan) which, among (many) other things, has Kenjutsu in it. So, what other Budoka do we have in this game?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 119 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 02:13
Re: OOC
jodan is a critical stance. Each stance represents a moment in a strike, by practicing beginning and ending a cut from each of these positions the fighter gains the ability to attack any target from any position. the main benefit to jodan is your swing is already half complete you do not need to raise the sword. This cuts the time of the killing stroke in half, the weakness is you are defenseless. Aki used the stance as a transition from a defensive position to his killing stroke. By passing through a memorised stance his cut becomes a natural extension of his will, allowing his mind to focus on his opponent instead of his attack. No matter where you target if you move through predetermined positions you gain more opportunities to react to your opponent.
Kedo
 player, 152 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 02:37
Re: OOC

 Whereas instead of playing around with the fancy and largely impractical oriental bushwah, I started rather closer to home when I got interested in the sword... I'm not particularly good even now, after some years of training, but I've been playing around with the classic broadsword and the various British and German schools for its use - most of which seem to consist of about one-third sword maneuvers, and two-thirds really, really nasty things to do with your elbows and knees and teeth to the poor bugger(s) on the other end of the fight. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 317 posts
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 03:22
Re: OOC
hey, all that 'oriental bushwah' is relatively close to home, for me at least ^_^
I've studied a fair number of different unarmed styles--both Eastern and Western (though I've spent the most time studying Jujitsu--not Brazillian) and most of them come down to doing various unpleasant things to do to someone with knees and elbows
Kedo
 player, 153 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 12:00
Re: OOC

 Heh, it's just a natural reaction on my part to the firm conviction in many peoples heads that 'martial arts' meants 'eastern'. An exchange student friend of mine lucky enough to go to a German academy where they still teach sabre as a sport has spent a lot of time studying Talhoffer's work and going up against him with sword, dagger or spear is a real education in different and interesting ways to end up on the floor with a knife coming towards your neck, armpit or groin.

 Anyone who enjoys Kendo and the like might want to take a look at the English translations linked from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Talhoffer but I warn you, they're extremely hard to translate into real-world usage without knowing what you're doing already, because they're translated from medeival German. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 260 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 12:51
Re: OOC
Doji Akibieden:
the main benefit to jodan is your swing is already half complete you do not need to raise the sword. This cuts the time of the killing stroke in half, the weakness is you are defenseless.


Exactly! Without understanding that weakness, it cannot be properly used. Once one does understand that weakness, however, one can turn it into a strength.

"Look, I'm open! ... Oops, missed your chance!" (a head goes rolling ...)

Kedo:
Anyone who enjoys Kendo and the like might want to take a look at the English translations linked from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Talhoffer but I warn you, they're extremely hard to translate into real-world usage without knowing what you're doing already, because they're translated from medeival German. ^_^


*raises eyebrows*

From medeival German? Now that is interesting ...
Kedo
 player, 154 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 13:17
Re: OOC
 They are - and the best thing about them is that so many work so brutally well. It's part and parcel of a fundamental difference in teaching styles between most eastern and most western techniques - from what I've seen of it, Kendo teaches a series of linked moves that can then be broken down to provide the correct response for a given situation. Western styles tend to the exact reverse, teaching individual maneuvres that can then be chained together into practical combinations.

 One of the fellows from the local fencing society - who's in his eighties and who can still kick my ass up one side and down the other - actually grew up doing this as a sport in the old, no-holds-barred style: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singlestick

This message was last edited by the player at 13:18, Thu 11 Sept 2008.

Doji Akibieden
 player, 120 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 11 Sep 2008
at 22:48
Re: OOC
What I find interesting is that the differences are quite few when you really break it down. Though the east and west attacked the problem of combat from opposite ends so to speak they arrived at the same solutions. High guard (Vom Tach), the hawk stance, and jodan are all the same thing and are all used in the same ways. their is after all only so many ways to effectively use an edged weapon.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:53, Sat 13 Sept 2008.

Asako Suleiman
 player, 1 post
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Thu 18 Sep 2008
at 00:54
Re: OOC
Hi all,

I'll be joining in here with Asako Suleiman, a Phoenix Clan Courtier.  (Yeah, that does count as a Gaijin name, in case there was any question.)  I notice from reading the descriptions of a few of the characters here that some of you have connections with the Phoenix.  If you'd like to have some sort of tie in character history, I'd be happy to discuss the options.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 262 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 18 Sep 2008
at 13:14
Re: OOC
Satoru-San, Moto-San

*bows*

Thank you for keeping him alive for me! I'm certain that we shall be joining you "shortly" ...
Moto Gyatso
 player, 22 posts
Thu 18 Sep 2008
at 14:17
Re: OOC
Thank us once I've put Satoru's innards back inside him. That really wa snot a fun fight for him.
Oh and now I know what to look for oh yes. There will be a reckoning for this. I'm gonna find those guy's buddies and when I do...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 265 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 24 Sep 2008
at 02:38
Re: OOC
Quick note: It'll take me a little bit, but I'll be over with the governor soon.
Satoru
 player, 115 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 24 Sep 2008
at 17:26
Re: OOC
"Quick my lords, we must get that crystal glassware set you got as a wedding present and melt it down!!"
Moto Gyatso
 player, 25 posts
Wed 24 Sep 2008
at 19:09
Re: OOC
Heh.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 325 posts
Thu 25 Sep 2008
at 02:48
Re: OOC
I'd say "watch out for valid theories based on incomplete information" but I think some of you know how I operate well enough to see that anyway ^_^

or it could be a vast conspiracy to make you all more paranoid than you need to be ^_^

or both ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 127 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 26 Sep 2008
at 05:46
Re: OOC
Kaze, The Tiasa and more senior Chui are my only military superiors here correct? Beyond that short list I only need answer to the diamyo and his staff correct? All other Honorable politeness is just that "honorable politeness" right.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 270 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 26 Sep 2008
at 12:17
Re: OOC
I was under the impression that your only military superior was the Commander himself ... ?

Edit: Also, sorry I forgot to explain the Asterisk. I don't remember the actual rank names, but IIRC the senior Military official here is a Commander, and Captains report to him.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:22, Fri 26 Sept 2008.

Doji Akibieden
 player, 128 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Fri 26 Sep 2008
at 15:23
Re: OOC
Ah.
I thought it was snarkyness. Ah well Aki has several personality problems so the thought will stand. He just happens to be mistaken in them. oh we3ll that kinda makes it funner in a way.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 274 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 29 Sep 2008
at 01:58
Re: OOC
Holding off on comments for a bit ... but one can never cite me for lack of interest in this game ... ;p
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 277 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 1 Oct 2008
at 01:57
Re: OOC
*Grins* Honesty? From a Scorpion Spy pretending to be a Crane?

*laughs*

Anyway, to a different subject:

"Can I get a Logic Check in Aisle five?" ;p

I'm away from my books, but I figured I'd best post this now.

As far as I remember, to Sense an element one must first be able to cast spells in that element. So, for example, Rank 1 Scorpion and Crane Shugenja cannot Sense Fire, only Ishi can cast Sense for Void element, ect. (there are also a few other uses, such as sensing spirits & what spells have been cast recently).

Do I remember correctly?

The reason I ask is because this is a key to Sakura's last post (though I'm about to post here shortly ...). As a Tejina/Deceiver, she is able to cast Nothing spells; with the possible exception of Ishi (who may be able to Sense Nothing because of their connection with the Void), Tejina are the only ones that can Sense Nothing ... and as sense is such a basic spell, it can be used fairly often.

Sakura is guessing that she is the only one that can do so; moreover there's a good chance (though the GM would never do that to us, right? ... ;p) that the Enemy *knows* that she can do this.

What they won't know is that she's all but defenseless against them.

Sakura was built as a spy, not a warrior. So Sakura, who admittedly is nobody's tactician, is guessing that the enemy will know of the value of this ability and take her out as quickly as possible for the same reason that armies typically try to remove the Enemy's scouts as quickly as possible -- what they don't know can help us.

Thus the comment, "my life is forfeit".

Does this make sense, or am I (the player) missing something important?
Moto Gyatso
 player, 35 posts
Wed 1 Oct 2008
at 08:16
Re: OOC
Probably not missing anything that I can see. Can't recall the Schools either from brain flatulance or just not having the book with them in but it seems accurate.
And your logic adds up OC. IC folk don't know unless I'm missing the PM that says Shh Scorpion Spy:).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 279 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 1 Oct 2008
at 13:45
Re: OOC
*laughs*

Yeah, I know. I just wanted to make sure everything was kosher OOC.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 334 posts
Wed 1 Oct 2008
at 22:49
Re: OOC
well, there are a couple of IC points to consider here, for those who have Lore-Lying Darkness (or other equivalent):

1)  just as with the Shadowlands Taint, Lying Darkness infectees don't necessarily know that they're infected (those are the ones who won't care that you can find them)
2)  just as with Jigoku and the Bloodspeakers, there may be more than one Lying Darkness faction at work here (some of them might want to be found)

I'm also going to have to look into those Sense spells to get a better picture of how they work--otherwise Sakura's going to become a Lying Darkness dousing rod for the rest of the campaign ^_^
Kedo
 player, 165 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 00:36
Re: OOC

 And of course, as has been so elegently demonstrated... There are people out there sufficiently dishonourable that they'll kill from ambush, without warning, solely on the basis of orders received.

 There's absolutely no reason to belive Sense (anything) will be the least use detecting agents of the Big Bad unless it's foolish enough to come get us 'itself' so to speak. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 280 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 00:51
Re: OOC
Eh, well it really is of "limited usefulness".

The range is fairly limited, and I don't think that the concentration is "casual" which means that she pretty much can't just cast it "whenever".

I (and Sakura) am also assuming that it would be something of a "lightning rod" for the Goju Shuenja, who would make sure to either avoid her (as Kedo so aptly pointed out), kill her (as she suspects), or both. Chances are, the Goju have more Shugenja available to them than Sakura/Kasumi has Tejina or Ishi available to her.
Not to mention the whole "not valid in a court of law" thing ...

AFIK it's only actually useful if used sparingly ... which is why Sakura sighed before casting it.

Oh, and there's also the tiny detail that the entire universe is composed of Nothing if you want to get devious ...
Kedo
 player, 166 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 01:08
Re: OOC

 I can't imagine that universal 'nothing' would futz up a spell like that one, but I do fondly remember the first 'Kedo' back in the pre-second-thunders days who wandered around with a Phoenix Void-trained Shugenja magistrate who was terribly puffed up and smug with himself about his powers until one day he plunged into the void, wrapped in spells and the arrogance of power and found Kedo floating there calmly working through a kiho intended to refresh himself with a little light exposure to the cosmic all.

 Good days.

 There might be similar ways to generate false-positives when dealing with the Darkness as well I guess... still, at least it's not as pernicious as Taint, right? ^_^
Moto Gyatso
 player, 36 posts
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 08:38
Re: OOC
Sense has the advantage that it can pick up people (since people have all the elements in them) but detecting Nothing would probably register people again because, as you said, the universe has it as part of its building blocks. You might be able to pick up bigger concentrations but overlooking them wanting to gut you for finding them sensing Nothing can't be good for you. On a similar level to how trying to sense Void is bad for those who can't do it Nothing is liable to be really bad even for those who can.
Kedo
 player, 168 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 15:41
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
[* it is not dishonorable to reveal that a quest is being undertaken (though Kedo will undoubtably be "quite put out") or that a Ronin is a questor. Revealing other things, however (e.g. the nature of the quest; the clan of origin; ect.) would be ...]


 Dishonourable, no... a bit rude, perhaps. Though let's face it - Kedo's clothing and equipment is all gray. All of it - it's not laquer over another colour.
 Which as far as hiding what he is is about as effective as putting on a pair of glasses and pretending it's a disguise. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 282 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 16:03
Re: OOC
*chuckles*

Bushi 1: "Where do you think that Tattooed Ronin that uses Two Swords remarkably well trained?"

Bushi 2: "Dunno. Probably the Scorpion Clan ..."

LOL!
Kedo
 player, 169 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 16:04
Re: OOC

 Precisely my point - everyone who isn't an idiot knows that Superman is Clark Kent, they just take pity on the poor, brain-damaged fool and let him keep pretending 'cause it's rude to break his illusions...

 Which, come to think of it is much less funny and more apt when you consider the Japanese/Chinese/Korean mindset of the L5R world, where everyone can agree to bow before a lie, knowing it's a lie, so long as the polite fiction is maintained. ^_^
Moto Gyatso
 player, 37 posts
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 16:47
Re: OOC
Let's see, dual wields swords, tends to be fairly quiet and serious, little if no wordly possessions. Nope I'm stumped. Knew I should have been an investigator.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 283 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 18:19
Re: OOC
*chuckles*

Doji Aikibieden:
Any honor or loyalty this GIRL may claim to have has been shown to be false.


Sakura's Honor is 0.0 ... and she doesn't claim otherwise. Her Duty/Loyalty, on the other hand, is 5.5.

It's a Scorpion thing ... ;D
Doji Akibieden
 player, 135 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 18:57
Re: OOC
Had I made my first idea of a Kick Ass duelist. your character would have allready lost her head and me and kedo would be getting veary interesting right now.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 38 posts
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 19:28
Re: OOC
Doubtful. Remember we're still within a temple unless the threads been changed. Gutting people inside a shrine goes badly. For one thing any attendant monks get very snarky.
Satoru
 player, 120 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 19:56
Re: OOC
This monk is already snarky.
Kedo
 player, 170 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 20:03
Re: OOC

 Interesting probably isn't in it - I don't subscribe to the foolish belief that Kedo is any easier or harder to kill than anyone else, but my goodness the carnage. ^_^

 Mind you, if you'd gone with Duellist I imagine you'd be Kakita and they have a slight edge in solo duels whilst Miromoto have an edge in actual battles... And, come to that Kedo is technically a quasi-monk, that's why he doesn't have any status.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 39 posts
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 20:25
Re: OOC
Mirumoto swordsmaster. Now there's fun. It seems to strike an odd middle ground between Kakita duelist and Mirumoto bushi.
Ah two monks, no waiting. Gut 'em fellows.
It's bizzare what'll happen when the dice play along. I did a fair bit of carnage here but the most devestating I've ever been was playing a Phoenix Yojimbo. In second ed.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 285 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 2 Oct 2008
at 23:23
Re: OOC
*laughs*

That's what I love about the Crane. Do what they tell you and loose your head; don't do what they tell you and loose your head ...

*wry grin*

And they say that the Scorpion are bad ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 337 posts
Fri 3 Oct 2008
at 03:36
Re: OOC
Moto Gyatso:
Doubtful. Remember we're still within a temple unless the threads been changed. Gutting people inside a shrine goes badly. For one thing any attendant monks get very snarky.

well, the thread says Lady Doji's Shrine, but it's not really a temple, it's in Doji Kasarugi's offices in the Tsume Palace (it just happens to be near a small Shrine to Lady Doji) ^_^;;; sorry for the confusion, I'll try not to name threads after actual locations without some sort of qualifier (like Big Trouble in Little Toshi Ranbo or some such ^_^) I'm just saying ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:41, Fri 03 Oct 2008.

Moto Gyatso
 player, 41 posts
Fri 3 Oct 2008
at 14:30
Re: OOC
Curses. There went one of my cunning calming methods:).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 339 posts
Mon 6 Oct 2008
at 04:16
Re: OOC
okay, so Asako Suleiman is going to find some crystal weapons while the rest of you wait for potential yojimbo to arrive, right?

so what's your plan after all that goes through?

some loose ends that you may want to look into:
1) negotiations with the Scorpion and Mantis are still on going
2) the murder of Doji Kusanagi remains unsolved, though the Kitsuki are still investigating
3) there's now an opening to start negotiations with the Unicorn and the Phoenix
4)
5) no one's checked up on Miya Shiko for some time now

some personal things you might want to take care of:
-Doji Akibieden just gave up his two highest ranking officers to be Kasarugi's yojimbo, he's going to need to find replacements (possibly reactivating Kakita Asakura and promoting Daidoji Tomoe)
-Kedo's got a couple of leads in his personal quest that he could look into during his copious free time ^_^
-
Doji Akibieden
 player, 140 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 6 Oct 2008
at 05:14
Re: OOC
I was thinking about checking in on the mantis with satoru. thus my needing to speak with him. and i believe your suggestions for new officers would probably be best so I could attend to that as well.
Asako Suleiman
 player, 16 posts
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Mon 6 Oct 2008
at 05:23
Re: OOC
That sounds right to me.  I was just waiting on permission from Sakura-sama before going ahead and posting my exit.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 43 posts
Mon 6 Oct 2008
at 08:15
Re: OOC
Wasn't there a living assasin?
Kedo
 player, 172 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 6 Oct 2008
at 09:18
Re: OOC

 There is a living Assassin - whether or not we interrogate him depends upon how much faith we place in Sakura's answers of course...

 For Kedo's part, his original understanding of matters revolved around a massive Lion army parked outside the gates and his own desire to see a little errand through to completion whilst keeping Sakura alive and healthy. Needless to say those petty niggling little concerns may just have been overtaken by a mad, sprawling legacy of ancient evil and deceit.

 Truth be told, he's not the slightest idea what to do next - fortunately he can pretend to be serene for a bit while he follows Sakura around until something crops up.
^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 288 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 06:45
Re: OOC
*shakes head*

I don't like where this is going ...
Doji Akibieden
 player, 142 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 13:01
Re: OOC
Daidoji Sakura:
*shakes head*

I don't like where this is going ...


Daidoji Sakura:
'He chooses a harrier -- even after my warnings -- and completely ignores my other suggestions as well.'


To be perfectly honest I have no idea what you are talking about. I gave my lord my two best men. The two you suggested where in fact considered, one simply was not suited for the task. Lastly the two non crane said themselves that they didn't know anyone here so it would be imprudent for them to try and find anyone.

But then again I make my decisions with the solid foundation of honor, something Kasumui does not have the luxury of doing.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 340 posts
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 14:01
Re: OOC
and you both have different information and considerations ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 289 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 21:44
Re: OOC
Err, yeah ... the GM gave me some information that I (the player) thought that you (the character) had to have known ...

I'll see if I can fix it IC.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 342 posts
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 21:55
Re: OOC
edit is a wonderful function, so's delete ^_^ many the time both have saved me from a mouth full of crow and/or foot ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 143 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 22:01
Re: OOC
sorry if there was any snarkyness in that last post. I was really just allittle confused. And my honor comment was supposed to be a joke. I dont have to be smart or right, I'm honorable.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 290 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 22:28
Re: OOC
Well, I can edit the thought bubble easily enough without mucking things up. The question is whether I edit to warn them before I leave the room (which would affect things greatly, I suspect).

She left the room like that because I (the player) figured that Aki knew (insert secret here), when he obviously didn't ...
Doji Akibieden
 player, 144 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 23:04
Re: OOC
I get the funny feeling Aki might end up with his own blade in his gut before the end of this game. Though I cant say I hadn't thought that when I first put him down on paper.
Kedo
 player, 174 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 7 Oct 2008
at 23:07
Re: OOC

 There are some definite advantages to being Ronin y'know, even an honourable Ronin like Kedo. And of course he's got more important things to do yet... ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 343 posts
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 00:23
Re: OOC
so we'll fix it by saying that she just moved to a quiet corner to confer with her yojimbo (because Sakura still has to keep Kasarugi safe by using Detect Shadow on his new yojimbo crew)
Satoru
 player, 124 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 13:58
Re: OOC
And that way Kedo does not have to go in & out like a bad scooby doo chase scene!
Kedo
 player, 176 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 14:00
Re: OOC

 That was what was going through my head actually, with a possible pause part-way through a revolving-door-esque comedy scene for Satoru to get plunked in a chair for a badly-disguised barber to shave his head. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 125 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 14:08
Re: OOC
Only if we both walk thru a door together, see each other and run back in the door we came out.

I suppose I should credit french comedy for this rather than scooby doo, but scooby doo is where I saw it first.
Kedo
 player, 177 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 14:26
Re: OOC

 This is going to mark me as an Englishman if ever there was one, but I thought the only two comedy routines the French embraced were their labour relations and their army? ^_^

 Ahem...
Satoru
 player, 126 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 14:52
Re: OOC
*Rim Shot*
Asako Suleiman
 player, 19 posts
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 14:55
Re: OOC
Or, to put it another way... http://www.instantrimshot.com/
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 292 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 8 Oct 2008
at 18:49
Re: OOC
*tired grin*

Well, with the way I feel right now it'd probably be more like Abbott & Costello ...

If things don't make sense for the next week or two feel free to call me on them.

*bows*
Asako Suleiman
 player, 20 posts
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Sat 11 Oct 2008
at 12:26
Re: OOC
For any who look inside the larger bundle, it contains two crystal wakazashi, and four crystal knives.  Any one of which, of course, is worth a small fortune.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:27, Sat 11 Oct 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 344 posts
Sat 11 Oct 2008
at 16:51
Re: OOC
only because you rolled ridiculously well ^_^ well not ridiculously, that was Kedo's crazy battle roll and then his performance in the Bath House... I'm going to have to start ramping up your enemies if you people are going to walk all over my TNs like that ^_^
Kedo
 player, 178 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 12 Oct 2008
at 12:10
Re: OOC

 Sometimes the dice give, other times they take away. And let's face it, if that ninja had stabbed me instead of kicked me, I'd have been out of the fight there and then. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 345 posts
Sun 12 Oct 2008
at 16:36
Re: OOC
I underestimated your lethality, it won't happen again ^_^
Kedo
 player, 179 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 12 Oct 2008
at 16:41
Re: OOC

 Fine by me. You can't be heroic if you're not challenged, though it must be said that was never meant to be what Kedo was about. I'm much more interested in following the hints and clues on smithing that have been strewn about me, but I can't leave Sakura alone to get into trouble to do so. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 130 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 14 Oct 2008
at 22:39
Re: OOC
Wait, Sakura the bundle you showed me, those were the weapons right? or something else?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 347 posts
Tue 14 Oct 2008
at 23:44
Re: OOC
I think that she's implying that two of the three dead yojimbo might have shapeshifted into the missing servants, right?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 147 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 01:24
Re: OOC
This is going to get very sad or very funny real quick. Aki knows absolutely nothing of shadow lore, I meta-gamed a little harrier knowledge based on his rank, and mow I have a bundle of crystal swords. What the frack am I supposed to do with these!

Seriously non of you guys really explained anything to us humble bushi. Does this work like jade? Dose it harm them extra or just protect me? Will these delicate things break in a fight? How much shadow could a shadow spawn spawn if a shadow spawn could spawn shadow?

Aki IS totally lost and thinks you are all crazy.
Kedo
 player, 181 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 01:40
Re: OOC

 Whereas Kedo has made the natural connection that crystal, representing elemental purity as it does, must have some influence over the beings that we are engaged with. It's giving him some philosophical ideas regarding alloying and metal structure, but he's no interest whatsoever in weighing himself down with shiny geegaws. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 01:40, Wed 15 Oct 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 348 posts
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 02:12
Re: OOC
and IC most everyone who knows anything about the Lying Darkness (Sakura, Gyatso, and Suleiman) would know that most of your associates know nothing about Nothing -- so some IC explanation (or quick OOC reference to explanation) would be totally appropriate.  You guys have a bit of down time that you could use to educate your fellows.  No need to play through that if all you want to do is say 'we tell them what's going on and why crystal is important', though you may have to start making Int checks to remember what was said if you don't buy Lore:  Nothing/Lying Darkness/etc. ^_^
Kedo
 player, 182 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 02:14
Re: OOC

 No, I think I'd rather have them actually tell us what they tell us... after all, that way we get to know what we don't know, which I always find so very much more fun than actual knowledge. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 148 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 05:16
Re: OOC
I do also enjoy the implcations of actual character knowledge.
That is one of my favorite ways of teaching new young players the hazards of metagaming. "I had no idea your ranger snuck off on patrol and wound up being attacked in the woods how could I come help. I just met you like Two days ago I'm not storming a castle for you....So like roll a new character...one that's smarter."
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 295 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 13:55
Re: OOC
Satoru:
Wait, Sakura the bundle you showed me, those were the weapons right? or something else?


Err, yeah ... what Kaze no Kage said.

That was an easy way for her to cover up the fact that she's whispering something to you ... what he actually does is irrelevant.

Also note that Sakura only has one of the bundles; the other was deliberately left with the Phoenix.

Crystal: I'll be glad to explain IC. But I figued since we were all dismissed in a rather blunt (well, blunt for Rokugani) manner it would have to wait. Perhaps a whispered "please see me outside asap" would have made it clearer? I can easily add that in (retcon).

*shakes head*

So why is it that when I intend to cause trouble I don't, and when I don't intend to cause trouble I do ...?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 349 posts
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 14:05
Re: OOC
because I can anticipate you guys trying to cause trouble but incidental misunderstandings are normal parts of human interaction and completely unstoppable ^_^  mathematicians would attribute it to chaos theory and Rokugani would attribute it to the Lying Darkness making a mess of things ^_^
Satoru
 player, 131 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 15 Oct 2008
at 16:39
Re: OOC
Since I normally play Dragon I attribute these things to Kokujin usually.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 297 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 16 Oct 2008
at 01:39
Re: OOC
Aki-San, I modified the earlier posting. Will this one do the trick?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 151 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Thu 16 Oct 2008
at 23:21
Re: OOC
looks good to me. I realy dont mean to cause trouble, i just cant seem to avoid it.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 300 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 17 Oct 2008
at 21:05
Re: OOC
Satoru is not around to give the blade or bundle to (did you mean Suleiman?).  Besides which, there are only two Wakizashi, ne? That means they are both given out, ne? (Aki & Tsutomu-Sensei)

Oh, and Kedo is certainly right ... it was probably not the best idea to choose Kedo as her Yojimbo ... m_O_m
Kedo
 player, 185 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 17 Oct 2008
at 21:56
Re: OOC

 Heh, there are worse companions to have than a philosophical sometime Dragon who's spent way too much time around people who actually believe that 'evidence' rubbish...
 ...but not if you've got a very big, very dangerous secret of your own.

 Still, if the crystal weapons are really important it would look pretty bad if we wandered off with all of the ones a Bushi is trained in and came back an hour from now to find the boss dead and all his new Yojimbo looking sheepish, wouldn't it?
 If they're not that important, then it won't matter so much now, will it? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 350 posts
Fri 17 Oct 2008
at 22:11
Re: OOC
I'm assuming (for the purposes of my own sanity) that you all gathered and had this discussion in Doji Kasarugi's equivalent of a foyer--since no one posted that they were going elsewhere (and if they did, I didn't notice ^_^;;;)  And now, as I understand it, Sakura's going to go check up on Miya Shiko, whom no one has heard from or seen for about a day (barring incidental public appearances, of course--she's not gone, she's just in the background...kind of like a ninja trained yojimbo ^_^) though in game terms you haven't seen her since Sakura and Kedo arrived in the City, Akibeiden is going to go reorganize his chain of command...again, and I'm not sure what everyone else is doing, right?  or did I miss something again?
Kedo
 player, 186 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 17 Oct 2008
at 23:36
Re: OOC

 Not so far as I'm aware of yet, though I can't help but wonder whether the Daidoji have filled Doji Akibieden in on their new operational plans... I'd loev to be a fly on the wall when they do. ^_^
Doji Akibieden
 player, 154 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Sat 18 Oct 2008
at 04:11
Re: OOC
Aki went with Sakura.

I thought Satoru had rejoined the group after his talk with the guard as per his earlier post stating he would speak with me after.

And i could not seem to locate the post that delineated to contents of the bundles so i just winged it.

This message was last edited by the player at 04:29, Sat 18 Oct 2008.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 351 posts
Sat 18 Oct 2008
at 05:13
Re: OOC
it's two wakizashi and four daggers of varying styles (random bit of information, Tsutomu uses two katana for his unique style)

well, since Daidoji Ryu outranks Akibeiden and he still has to figure out how to explain the exact details of the battle plan to his squad leaders, it'll be a bit ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 301 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 18 Oct 2008
at 15:22
Re: OOC
Yeah, we left the room. It wasn't much of a post, but it was in there ...

Well, I left the room; I kinda assumed that my Yojimbo would go with me ... ;p
Kedo
 player, 187 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 19 Oct 2008
at 17:40
Re: OOC

 Remember, I didn't go back in once I was armed. I was waiting outside for you. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 352 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2008
at 03:00
Re: OOC
okay, but what are you guys doing?  (except for Kedo and Sakura, they're heading at a hurried--but not undignified--clip towards Miya Shiko ^_^)

and how are you distributing the crystal weapons?  So far I've heard none for Kedo at least one wakizashi for Kasarugi's yojimbo.  Anything I've missed?
Doji Akibieden
 player, 155 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 20 Oct 2008
at 04:13
Re: OOC
Im going with sakura-san and took a wakizashi myself.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 302 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 20 Oct 2008
at 13:31
Re: OOC
Sakura has a Crystal Knife.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 49 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2008
at 14:44
Re: OOC
If there's a knife spare I'll take it, as for location I'll tag along. With no other company in this city and booted out of the room of his main contact here Gyatsyo's a bit unclear what now. Suppose I could wander the city till I find one but the sight of a random Moto beating the tar out of people may go down badly.
Satoru
 player, 134 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Tue 21 Oct 2008
at 13:58
Re: OOC
So I was asking a guard where the servants are and have yet to hear back about that, but just so I am clear I believe I have a wakizashi and two daggers of crystal in my possession, yes?
Kedo
 player, 188 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 21 Oct 2008
at 14:11
Re: OOC

 I think that currently we have:

 Wakizashi - Akibieden
 Wakizashi - Bodyguard dude
 Tanto - Sakura
 Tanto - Gyasato
 Tanto
 Tanto

 Now can we move along? - The sooner we do so, the sooner Sakura can decide she doesn't need a bodyguard as thoughtful as Kedo, the sooner I can get on with my subplot. ^_-
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 303 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 21 Oct 2008
at 17:02
Re: OOC
*rofl*

That would be even funnier if it weren't so true!

;p
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 355 posts
Tue 21 Oct 2008
at 22:01
Re: OOC
I'm assuming that Asako Suleiman is joining Daidoji Sakura and Co...unless you've got somewhere else you'd rather go?
Satoru
 player, 136 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 14:07
Re: OOC
Oops, was I left on my own? I had thought everyone was still in the hall.... *SIGH* Stupid ronin - kedo making everyone leave me behind
Kedo
 player, 190 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 14:56
Re: OOC

 That's the spirit! - Remember, none of you believe in evidence, everyone hesitates before carrying a weapon in a house and always blame the ronin. ^_^
Satoru
 player, 137 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 15:03
Re: OOC
So the first part is any court case that has heavy media involvement in the US, and the third part is like the US as well if ronin is changed to anyone who is different.  So it is not that big of a leap for me!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 304 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 15:28
Re: OOC
So, yeah it's just the like the US! ;D

On other notes, should I post on the old thread -- assume that Satoru found me before we left?

Edit:
For the record, Sakura does not believe Testimony (she is Scorpion, after all -- she knows how to manufacture testimony), is starting to understand evidence, and thinks it hillarious that the Bushi cannot carry their swords since spells can kill -- or worse -- much more efficiently ...

This message was last edited by the player at 15:39, Wed 22 Oct 2008.

Satoru
 player, 138 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 19:55
Re: OOC
OOC: Treasonous harlot.

IC: I shall follow your lead, Daidoji-sama.


Edit: I butchered the spelling of treasonous

This message was last edited by the player at 20:27, Wed 22 Oct 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 307 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 22 Oct 2008
at 20:14
Re: OOC
ROFL!
Asako Suleiman
 player, 23 posts
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Thu 23 Oct 2008
at 05:19
Re: OOC
Kedo:
Wakizashi - Akibieden
 Wakizashi - Bodyguard dude
 Tanto - Sakura
 Tanto - Gyasato
 Tanto
 Tanto


Suleiman will take one for himself also, when they have been otherwise distributed.  It'd suck to pay the price that I've given for thses things and be left without one ;)

Kaze no Kage:
I'm assuming that Asako Suleiman is joining Daidoji Sakura and Co...unless you've got somewhere else you'd rather go?


Indeed I do!  I have to apologize about my slowness in respondng.  It's been a weird couple of days over here.  Deadlines, and lack of sleep, followed by rampant socialising hasn't left much brainpower for posting, even with the little time I've had.

As Suleiman hasn't been asked to go with Sakura, he's not inclined to force himself upon the situation, particularly with his lack of combative skills.  Instead... well, who might be an appropriate person to see about obtaining permission to peruse the records of comings and goings in the city?  Really any sort of formal happenings that might be recorded - everything from taxes, to troop assignments to arrests made, to births and deaths, to arrivals and departures?  After all... readin' is what Asako do best, and everything worth knowing has been written down somewhere, right?

I have to confess, while I have some idea how I'd go about finding out this kind of thing in the modern world, and I imagine that Suleiman has some notion of how to do so in Rokugan, I've got no clue with whom to start.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 308 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 23 Oct 2008
at 13:36
Re: OOC
Ah. Well, since you were "drafted" and assigned to Sakura, I just kinda assumed *cough* that he would follow unless told/asked otherwise ...
Asako Suleiman
 player, 25 posts
 Phoenix Clan Courtier
 Historian and Loremaster
Thu 23 Oct 2008
at 13:39
Re: OOC
Ah.  Well in that case, I'm more than happy to.  See, I took the converse assumption, that since you listed specific people who were to go (a list which didn't include him), that Suleiman was not really intended to be there for whatever reason.

Fell free to tell him so ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 310 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 27 Oct 2008
at 19:06
Re: OOC
Quick note about my last post: while I know what you're up to, Sakura hasn't though of it yet -- thus the question.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 157 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Mon 27 Oct 2008
at 21:52
Re: OOC
so I just found out i'm getting devorced so my post may be hit or miss for a while.  sorry guys i've been having alot of fun.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 311 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 28 Oct 2008
at 00:07
Re: OOC
*winces*

Ouch! Well, all I can say is good luck ...
Kedo
 player, 191 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 28 Oct 2008
at 00:39
Re: OOC

 Likewise, though I would like someone to damn' well post so's I can get on with RP. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 356 posts
Tue 28 Oct 2008
at 00:56
Re: OOC
...my condolences, hope things work out for you :-(
Kedo
 player, 192 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 29 Oct 2008
at 23:11
Re: OOC

 You go Kaze, let's get this thing moving. And on that note, why is it quiet? - RL eating people up, no-one particularly interested in following Sakuras side-plot or just a whole lot of confusion as to what's going on?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 313 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 29 Oct 2008
at 23:59
Re: OOC
Probably the latter.

I know that we lost Akibieden (essentially). Don't know what happened to the others though after a quick scan I think there are really only four of us left ...

(Asako-San logged in last week; Moto-San yesterday. The rest were, in effect, last month or earlier).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 315 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 14:09
Re: OOC
Unless something really strange happens with Miya-Chama, I think we're about ready for the next thread. Sakura is heading to the Shadow Hunter ... errr, I mean "Ronin Assassain" next ... ;p
Satoru
 player, 141 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 18:54
Re: OOC
Sorry wanted to throw in a bit of clarity in the shrine post folks. But beyond that Satoru is free to move on as well.

I had some RL issues, not nearly as severe as Aki's, who I wish the best by the way. But I am back now and ready to move forward.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 316 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 20:05
Re: OOC
Clarity? Now I'm completely lost ...

They aren't the missing servants ... but you (Satoru) already knew that before I summoned the other servants to ID them?

Sorry, but with GM & Satoru both misunderstanding I'm guessing that we've got a massive miscommunication going on here.

AFIK -- the dead & (Nothing) tainted bodies first looked like the Yojimbo, then looked faceless, and now are "unknown". I wanted to ID them, first finding out if they were the missing servants. If not, then I need to look elsewhere (I have a pretty good idea, actually ...).

Also AFIK there are no others in that area to ID ... they are all known quantities.

Are we still on the same page, or am I reading Tolstoy?
Satoru
 player, 142 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 20:21
Re: OOC
Well the GM corrected my previous oversight, hence my recent post. I too was confused and the IC post is an attempt to clarify. Sorry for the confusion.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 317 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 20:48
Re: OOC
Ah ... okay.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 318 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 30 Oct 2008
at 21:08
Re: OOC
I just looked at the thread again. I suspect that it would confuse matters even worse if I were to try and "fix it" at this point, so I'll let it go.
Satoru
 player, 143 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Fri 31 Oct 2008
at 13:02
Re: OOC
Yes, I think it best to just move on.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 359 posts
Mon 3 Nov 2008
at 04:20
Re: OOC
okay, so Sakura, Kedo, Aki, and Gyatso are going to visit Miya Shiko, Satoru is still interviewing the servants, and Suleiman is going to do research in an as yet undecided location, right?

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:20, Mon 03 Nov 2008.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 319 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Nov 2008
at 14:11
Re: OOC
As far as I know ... though, unless the GM has something odd planned, I think we're basicallly done there as well.
Kedo
 player, 194 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 5 Nov 2008
at 12:20
Re: OOC

 I should stress this again particularly for Moto - Kedo didn't enter the personal chambers of our Imperial lass. He's just about been persuaded to go armed by need, but it's really, really offensive to go carrying a weapon into someones living quarters and he's not been doing it.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 51 posts
Thu 6 Nov 2008
at 09:09
Re: OOC
Ah my apologies. Heck in that case I'll ammend to lurk outside. I don't know the Imperial and don't like the notion of prodding my nose in there.
Doji Akibieden
 player, 159 posts
 My job, hold the line.
 You win the battle!
Tue 11 Nov 2008
at 19:17
Re: OOC
Hey guys sorry for the long delay. Been couch surfing for the last couple of weeks. Found a place though and will be moved in in like two weeks. things should get back to normal after that. thanks for your patience.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 365 posts
Tue 11 Nov 2008
at 23:49
Re: OOC
hey, no worries ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 322 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 13 Nov 2008
at 20:29
Re: OOC
<Saracasm>
Well, since I've been absolutely perfect in my reply timing ...
</Sarcasm>

;D

"No worries, mate!"
Satoru
 player, 151 posts
 Not all can shave their
 heads and start over
Wed 26 Nov 2008
at 16:20
Re: OOC
Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it. I will more than likely be out of commission for the rest of the week.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 326 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 11 Dec 2008
at 06:28
Re: OOC
Just to verify something -- Sakura doesn't actually control the purse-strings, does she? I mean, she has all sorts of authority but I don't recall "procurement" being on the list ... am I mistaken?

I suspect that this would be Akibieden's area, ne?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 378 posts
Fri 12 Dec 2008
at 03:43
Re: OOC
well, in the case of your investigation you're the leader, when it comes to the defense of the city it's Akibeiden's call; in terms of "procurement" you've got some leeway (you did requisition the crystal weapons, after all); on the other hand, you don't have to buy in bulk the way that Miya Shiko is doing, it could be for much smaller purchases too ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 385 posts
Mon 29 Dec 2008
at 10:02
Re: OOC
Hey guys, I'm going to be getting married in a few days and then I'm going to be going on my honeymoon.  I'll see everyone when I get back on Jan 13 ^_^

Good gaming and happy new year ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 4 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Mon 29 Dec 2008
at 10:48
Re: OOC
Wow! Congratulations!!
Moto Gyatso
 player, 52 posts
Mon 29 Dec 2008
at 15:14
Re: OOC
Congrats.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 332 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 29 Dec 2008
at 17:36
Re: OOC
Omedeto Gozaimasu! (Congrats!)
Kedo
 player, 202 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 29 Dec 2008
at 21:31
Re: OOC

 Blimey... congratulations. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 333 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 3 Jan 2009
at 03:33
Re: OOC
*chuckles*

Now I've got to go back and read the old posts!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 386 posts
Tue 13 Jan 2009
at 04:29
Re: OOC
hi all, I'm back ^_^

the wedding went off without a hitch and DisneyWorld was great ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 6 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Fri 16 Jan 2009
at 06:29
Re: OOC
I apologize for my taking so long to reply towards the post. After I was sort of removed from the scene, I sort of forgot about this game for a while. ^o^;
Kedo
 player, 205 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 23 Jan 2009
at 02:36
Re: OOC

 So folks, why's it all gone quiet?

 What do we need to do to get things back on track?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 387 posts
Fri 23 Jan 2009
at 03:59
Re: OOC
well, I was under the impression that you guys were doing internal consultation--between Ru-Fang and Sakura, though Gyatso, Akibeiden, and Kedo could certainly do their own thing too ^_^

Satoru was on his own investigative track...but he hasn't posted in a while

what do you guys want to be doing?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 335 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 23 Jan 2009
at 04:34
Re: OOC
Well, actually Sakura needs to get going -- and she plans on taking Kedo and Lin Ru-Fang with her. I was sorta waiting on the GM ... but now that I think about it I suppose I should post a "going to ..." huh ... mOm
Moto Gyatso
 player, 53 posts
Fri 23 Jan 2009
at 09:03
Re: OOC
Unfortunaely I've not really got any leads to hunt down myself. I was just poor innocent type doing a bit of diplomacy and now I'm assigned to the mob:). I am still here, don't worry on that, just vewy vewy quiet.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 390 posts
Sun 25 Jan 2009
at 22:34
Re: OOC
please welcome Kakita Ichiro, a young--just past gemppuku--but extremely talented Kakita Bushi who has just been assigned to be Moto Gyatso's yojimbo by Doji Kasarugi
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 8 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Sun 25 Jan 2009
at 22:39
Re: OOC
A Moto who needs a Kakita as a Yojimbo?

I think Gyatso just got kicked out of the Unicorn clan.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 392 posts
Sun 25 Jan 2009
at 22:48
Re: OOC
Moto Gyatso is a shugenja who just got appropriated by the Crane to do some detective work for them, if he happened to die while doing this duty it would be bad news for Crane/Unicorn relations.  They're not taking any chances, after all a Lion/Unicorn alliance would be extremely uncomfortable for the Crane, and not just at Toshi Ranbo ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 9 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Sun 25 Jan 2009
at 22:53
Re: OOC
I'm just picturing a 6'5" wild Mongolian horserider who just got assigned a 5'2" Japanese painter as a bodyguard.
Kakita Ichiro
 player, 1 post
Mon 26 Jan 2009
at 07:42
Re: OOC
I don't paint, my skill with a brush is a bit lacking....I do play Shogi a lot though.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 54 posts
Mon 26 Jan 2009
at 18:55
Re: OOC
It's a what?
*Looks at nice shiney new Crane*
Who did you upset to get this job? All right then let's narrow down the pecking order. Should I be incapacitated turn to my horse for any and all instructions.

And welcome to the game
Kakita Ichiro
 player, 3 posts
Mon 26 Jan 2009
at 19:04
Re: OOC
its not so much that I upset anyone as they don't want to give you someone with actual experience and skills they might need else where.  Thats why you get a 15 year old samurai fresh from his Gempukku.

and thanks for the welcome.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 56 posts
Tue 27 Jan 2009
at 09:42
Re: OOC
Perfectly logical. It's the old Crane "appearance" trick. As long as you look like you're doing the right thing it's at least as good:).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 340 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 28 Jan 2009
at 23:59
Re: OOC
First, a warm welcome to the newcomer!
Kakita Ichiro
 player, 5 posts
 Thats most interesting,
 do you play Shogi?
Thu 29 Jan 2009
at 03:20
Re: OOC
well thanks for that.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 343 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 30 Jan 2009
at 05:02
Re: OOC
Ah, yes ... I keep forgetting that not everyone here has seen Sakura's history. I discovered in a "previous incarnation" that Sakura wasn't as fun to play unless I put some of her "Scorpion thoughts" in the open. Also, a bit of trivia, Kedo and I are the only "original players" left in this game.

So, for those new to the game, a little "light reading" (it's a re-post of a couple Feb 2007 posting in this same thread):

Overview:
------------------------------------------------------------------------

I'm just putting the finishing touches on Sakura right now. I think she'll be a fun part of this campaign ...

Out of curiosity ... these characters know each other, right?

Sakura's public history: she was once the daughter of a minor Daidoji vassal family, however her family was destroyed in a raid on the outlying village. The sole survivor of that bandit raid, she was adopted into the main line, ostensibly because of her "fierce bravery" but in reality because of her "fierce beauty". Anyone who knows her well will realize that she takes the Daidoji motto, "we do what must be done", very seriously. Anyone who knows her very well will probably have heard her reveal knowledge of an "unsavory sort" on rare occasions.

Sakura is a self-taught Shugenja who communes with the Kami through song. Her adopted family was so busy trying to arrange a "suitable match" that they almost missed her talents.

Sakura is an incredibly talented musician, and while not quite as good as a Courtier she's also a very good orator.

Sakura's private history: Really Shosuro Kasumi, she was trained in the Soshi Shugenja schools specifically for her role -- that of a "Deep Cover" Scorpion agent. She is an idealistic Scorpion who takes her job seriously: protect the Honorable from that which they cannot see.

Everyone considers her a Daidoji (the small tattoo on her wrist helps) at this point and she does her best to make sure no one questions her allegiances.

Fiction:
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Daidoji Sakura (Shosuro Kasumi)
Part I

Daidoji Shinkenichi stopped his steed at the crest of the hill. The small village ahead of them was nestled in the mountains and seemed to be of little value. The Daidoji family had given this village to a lesser vassal to govern because it was considered to be too insignificant to be governed by a "true samurai".

So why were bandits attacking.

Shinkenichi cautiously peered into the horrible sight. The village burned brightly into the night, the stench of flesh rising to meet the patrol. Those bodies that were not consumed by the fire littered the street, Samurai and Eta lying together in a gruesome quilt of death. The bandits roamed the streets, pillaging and plundering, but a small group concentrated itself on the stream side by the city's center. The bandits were laughing and chattering, taking turns jabbing their sticks at something in the center. Shinkenichi's eyes widened at the spectacle -- the "something" in the center was a very attractive Crane Samurai-Ko. Though drastically outnumbered, she was doing her best to fend them off with her Naginata. It was clear to Shinkenichi that she was alive because they found her amusing. When the bandits tired of their little game they would undoubtedly find a more dishonorable way to bide their time ...

Shinkenichi called on the wind spirits to aid in their silent charge and the small band of Daidoji crashed into the Bandits with all the fury of a hurricane. The bandits were soon routed and Shinkenichi's troops pursued them with vengeance. Now at the center of the town, Shinkenichi got his first look at the young girl who was moments ago being so brave. Her chestnut eyes peered out from under her grime-covered face.

"Doumo Arigatou Gozaimashita" she said bowing low.

Shinkenichi didn't have to ask about her family. As the sole survivor, he knew that her family was dead. He wasn't entirely sure what to do with her, but he instinctively knew that her beauty would come to good use for the clan. Perhaps they could arrange to have her married to a minor Imperial ...

"Think nothing of it" he replied sympathetically. "What is your name?"

"Sakura" the girl replied quietly.

"Well, Sakura-Chan, take what you need. We'll be departing shortly. When the small group finally departed, no one noticed the shadowy figure steal off toward Scorpion lands ...

- - - - - - - - - - - - -

Shosuro Kaze walked into Kyuden Shosuro and bowed low to his lord. The mission had gone well -- no one had ever suspected that the "bandits" were actually Scorpion samurai. "My Lord" he began, "Kasumi has been inserted with the Daidoji."

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Daidoji Sakura
Part II

Sakura sat in the garden listening to her adoptive family argue her fate as her younger brother practiced his Kata. Such things were normally quite interesting to the children being affected, but Sakura had long ago lost interest in the ritual arguments. Her uncle, the eldest of that generation, and her father had been playing court games trying to get her to follow the path that they had chosen for a couple years now, and the game had grown boring for Sakura. She was now far behind in her studies and no matter what they chose for her she would be too busy studying to be of any real use. While others her age were already assisting the professionals, Sakura was being kept too busy showing off for prospective husbands. It seemed that marriage was the only thing the brothers agreed on. Both wanted to use her beauty to make her part of the Imperial Family.

It would give them better connections.

Sakura sighed softly as the ritual argument began afresh. "She will be a Courtier!" her father boomed. "Nonsense!" her uncle retorted, "with her voice she must be with the artisans!" This year, once again, her training would suffer as she was shuttled back and forth between the Academy and Courtiers in between the many meetings with powerful prospective husbands.

"Good Morning!"

The voice of her uncle, Daidoji Yamanoke, the youngest of his generation, cut through the garden like a bell. Of all the brothers he was the most likable and the most respected. He had attended the Asahina Shugenja school and, unlike the others, had taken their pacifistic spirit as a position of strengh.

"Yamanoke!" her father demanded, "what is your opinion of the matter? Which will provide a better husband for Sakura -- courtier training or artisan training?" Yamanoke chuckled at the question and sat down on the grass with them.

"It seems to me" said Yamanoko watching Sakura, "that her skills will be secondary to her beauty." The two older brothers grunted their disaproval at the suggestion.

"Every advantage counts!"

'Look at that' Sakura thought to herself, 'something else they agree on.'

A servant came running up to Sakura, a large pouch in her hand. Bowing low, the servant gave the pouch to Sakura and scampered away. A slow smile crossed Sakura's lips as she regarded the pouch. 'the debate ends today' she thought to herself as she drew a scroll from the pouch. Sakura stretched the scroll out so that she could easily read it and then she began to sing softly, communing with the kami of air. Air spells were easy for her. She almost didn't need the scrolls, but she had yet to completely memorize the spells.

'soon. I'll have them memorized soon ...'

Visibly perplexed, Yamanoke looked over at his niece as she sang. The air kami seemed to dance and sway before her as she sang, hanging on her every breath. Yamanoke concentrated on her, attempting to drown out the arguments of his brothers. Yes, she was indeed communing with that kami ...

"She is a Shugenja" Yamanoke interrupted calmly.

"What!?!" The surprise that his brothers shared was obvious and genuine. "There is no way that I can allow her to train with the Kami!" Sakura's father shouted. "What good would that do us in the courts!?!" retorted his oldest brother.

"You both misunderstand me" Yamanoke replied still staring at Sakura. "I did not say she should be a shugenja. I said that she is a shugenja." It was then that the older brothers noticed what he was staring at. The wind appeared to be dancing with her soft voice, carrying leaves and dust upwards and dropping them in time with the music. The elder brothers' jaws dropped.

"I have never seen this kind of magic" Yamanoke continued, "she seems to come by it naturally." Yamanoke then turned towards his brothers. "I assure you, brothers, this will come in quite useful. A girl of this talent may even interest the Seppun Shugenja Academy."

The older brothers stared after Sakura a bit longer. The Seppun Shugenja Academy. The sole magical protectors of the Emperor himself. The only ones that were able to wield magic freely in the presence of the Son of Heaven. Such power had been considered unattainable and undreamable in this little corner of the family.

Until now.

Sakura's smile widened to one of joy. They had never asked her what she was good at, they had all assumed that she was untrained. It was true that she had a natural affinity with the air kami, they understood each other very well, but she was not, as they believed, "untrained".

'So much the better' she though to herself, 'it makes my cover that much more believable. But there is one downside to all of this.'

A bit sad, Sakura looked upward as she sang, focusing on the hawk soaring above her. It had always given her a sense of freedom when she worked with the falcons. Now that the family had come to a decision, they would no longer be arguing. That meant she could no longer sneak off and help train the falcons ...

"Yamanoke, why don't you tutor her?" her father asked politely. "Maybe she can catch up and then attend the Asahina School with you."

"Sure. I'll start right away."

There was silence from the oldest brother. The air was thick as the two stared at their oldest brother. Finally Yamanoke broke the tension. "What did you do, brother?"

"I kind of promised to send her on a small errand in a couple weeks ..."

'Of course' Sakura thought to herself as she watched her brother. 'That's so typical of him ...'
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 2 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 30 Jan 2009
at 05:10
Re: OOC
And, since we're posting stories ...

Bayushi Kenshin is a former Hostage to the Crane. He is Jun Shin -- a truly honorable Scorpion -- and in incredibly gifted duelist. He's also been in this city for a very long time. Anyone who has been here for a while would probably know him pretty well.

------------------------------------------------------

Bayushi Kenshin

Nobody insults the Scorpion Clan when Kenshin is around.

The youngest son of his family, he was nowhere near his Gempukku when the Coup happened. In the aftermath of the coup, he was “taken in” by the Crane, forced to live in an environment where his clan and family were insulted daily. He understood all too well the hypocrisy of the “honorable”.  His anger simmered inside of him – his Scorpion Mask would not let his anger show.

He showed great promise with the Sword, and especially with the Iaijutsu of a formal duel. So it was that, against the advice of many Kakita, Kenshin was allowed to enter the Kakita Bushi school and study dueling. While he was there, something very odd happened.

His anger disappeared.

The perfect form of the perfect focus for the perfect strike was the ideal meditation for him. His anger gradually disappeared, until one day there was only the perfect focus left. And it was then that he understood his duty: to be an exemplar of Honor. He did everything he could to show what an honorable Samurai was like – and what holes a Dishonorable Samurai could exploit. When the Clan was reinstated and he finally took his Gempukku with the Scorpion, he had a mask specially created for him. It was of exquisite design, and a Samurai who looked carefully could see a word etched carefully into the mask.

“Honor.”

Kenshin realized something in his meditations – that Honor was a mask, carefully worn to conceal flaws. When he first donned the mask, it was to remind him self of that fact – that true honor comes from behind the mask. And that those that cannot know True Honor must follow the honor of the world.

It wasn't long after that that Kenshin found himself in a duel, protecting a young Imperial's honor from  a Lion bushi that had shamed her. After that, after everyone in the court had seen his stance, no one ever questioned his honor again. Not long after that the Seppun family showed its gratitude by wedding Kenshin to the young woman, Shinobu, and she became Bayushi Shinobu.

But there is a price for all decisions, and there was one for Kenshin's decision. Being a “truly honorable” Samurai – Jun Shin – means that the Scorpion cannot trust him with the less honorable missions.

And that would be most of them.

Still, they keep him around. Having a truly honorable Scorpion has proven itself to be ... useful ... and the fact that his wife is a Seppun Shugenja makes things even more useful. Unfortunately for both of them, Shinobu is both honorable and naive about the real world. Still, they take it in stride. Because, unlike many Rokugani couples, they are in love.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 356 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 03:44
Re: OOC
So, Kedo-kun ... shall we play some card while waiting for the bad guys to show? ;p
Kedo
 player, 216 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 04:02
Re: OOC

 "Hmmm?"

 Kedo looks up from reading the manual to 'Empire: Total War'

 "Sorry, I was plotting world domination, what was that?"
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 419 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 04:12
Re: OOC
sorry about the long wait, thanks to Kedo I actually had to build some enemies instead of just using basic mook stats (see the Loose Threads thread for details ^_^)

plus I was waiting on some of the others to post, but in vain ^_^
Kedo
 player, 217 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 04:14
Re: OOC

 Well, bear in mind that if I'd missed a single roll, I was down to a TN to be hit of next to nothing 'cause of my not having any armour on and not being able to dodge if I'm to protect Sakura... so I'm not about to be unhappy about my luck with the dice.

 Besides, I'm gradually working on one hell of an act for the next poor bloody Ronin to follow. And generally reminding people why Dragons stay on their mountains. It's allllll good.

 Anyhow, for other people to post - I think maybe the odd OOC or PM prod is a good idea. And hey, you could have used default stats. I'd not have minded. ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 16 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 06:08
Re: OOC
Not... really certain what you expect me to do. o_o

As for my character's personal history... well, I'll let you the players figure that ought. I do enough internal monologues in my posts that one ought to be able to assemble the pieces and come up with something.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 420 posts
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 06:24
Re: OOC
not you, Ru-Fang ^_^ I don't expect the PCs to post any more often than I do ^_^ (unless they happen to be in a conversation with each other)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 357 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 6 Mar 2009
at 14:03
Re: OOC
Well, when you're working on the "challenge for Kedo" just remember -- Kedo falls, Sakura doesn't have a chance ...

Well, more or less ... ;p
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 421 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2009
at 01:03
Re: OOC
okay, before I post enemy actions, let me make sure I've got everyone's posts right:

Kedo, Bayushi Kenshin, and Doji Sotan are blocking arrows with their bodies
Daidoji Sakura is casting (yes, the house rule applies to all rolls, including spell casting)
Moto Gyatso is going on full defense
Lin Ru-Fang is running away from the archers
Kakita Ichiro hasn't posted yet

so only Lin Ru-Fang is actually moving everyone else is playing sitting duck ^_^
Kedo
 player, 219 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 10 Mar 2009
at 01:10
Re: OOC

 Not so much 'sitting' as 'wanting very badly to not be here but not about to assume that someone clever enough to set what look like Harriers on us is stupid enough to send only four to kill a group like this one.

 Particularly since they shouldn't have known that we knew what they were up to and could have used subterfuge... Kedo's concerned that there might be more than one string to their bows, so to speak.

 So he's waiting on Sakura... then bottling it and running for cover like a little girl.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 359 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 10 Mar 2009
at 13:43
Re: OOC
Sounds about right.
Moto Gyatso
 player, 67 posts
Tue 10 Mar 2009
at 15:11
Re: OOC
Can't move on full defence alas.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 13 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 10 Mar 2009
at 19:19
Re: OOC
Just to be clear, Kenshin will attack if any of the opponents come in range. But they haven't approached yet, so -- for the moment -- he'll just have to observe until they do ...
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 14 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 11 Mar 2009
at 15:33
Re: OOC
BTW -- how far away are the known opponents?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 422 posts
Wed 11 Mar 2009
at 18:57
Re: OOC
the enemy archers are 90' away, you are about 30' from the courtier district
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 16 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 12 Mar 2009
at 13:43
Re: OOC
One more question, GM-Sama -- would the Bushi (I'm thinking of Kenshin and Ichiro here) have their bows with them? My guess would be "no", but I figured it's better to ask than assume ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 424 posts
Thu 12 Mar 2009
at 17:36
Re: OOC
I'm going to rule no, in this case, because there wouldn't be a reasonable reason for you to be carrying bows in the city--or expecting trouble requiring them.  If you were Tsuruchi then you would certainly be carrying your bows, and I would expect Shinobi, Harriers, and other 'ninja' schools to be carrying easily concealable ranged weapons, but I can't think of a good reason for court bushi to be armed as if going to war in the city...
Kedo
 player, 221 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 12 Mar 2009
at 18:07
Re: OOC

 Hell, Kedo doesn't even wear armour in the city - he has a set, but if it's considered cause enough to be killed on sight 'for banditry' on the roads, it can only be worse in town.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 17 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 12 Mar 2009
at 20:37
Re: OOC
That's what I was figuring as well, but I needed to confirm it ...
Doji Kanisai
 player, 8 posts
 Crane fealty,
 Crab heritage.
Thu 12 Mar 2009
at 21:38
Re: OOC
Just to let you know I'm still here and still interested, the GM knows I just had some family things to work out, but I'm here.
Kedo
 player, 222 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 20 Mar 2009
at 15:24
Re: OOC

 Okay... Kedo will move with Sakura, but I kind of need to know whether or not any arrows are aimed at her (or him) and whether or not they get through the charging Bushi before I structure my post. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 427 posts
Fri 20 Mar 2009
at 16:03
Re: OOC
no arrows got through the second round, but you are all clustered close enough together that you can't tell who they're aimed at
Kenshin is charging away from the archers towards the Courtier District and is not the target of any of the arrows
Kedo
 player, 223 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 20 Mar 2009
at 16:05
Re: OOC

 Oh, hey... two thousand posts!

 And I was kind of wondering whether any got past the people moving forwards so Kedo had to cut them... ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 16:06, Fri 20 Mar 2009.

Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 1 post
Sun 22 Mar 2009
at 01:19
Re: OOC
Hiiiii! It's me, the gorgeous and talented Sayuri, speaking to all of you from my super seeeeecret radio station with all my love! Desu~
Kedo
 player, 225 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 22 Mar 2009
at 15:39
Re: OOC

 Oh, hey there...

 And oops, sorry GM, I didn't realise that they were taking a round out to feather me good n' proper... assume then that that defence-roll-with-void will go up against their next shot unless I get out of the way first (which is very likely) in which case I just duck into cover and let them shoot whom they want.

 Except Sakura. ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 19 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Mon 23 Mar 2009
at 09:01
Re: OOC
Do I need to roll anything to try to convince the bushi to not attack me? Surely that is some sort of social trait roll...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 431 posts
Wed 25 Mar 2009
at 02:35
Re: OOC
still waiting on Bayushi Kenji, Doji Sotan, and Kakita Ichiro...

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:19, Wed 25 Mar 2009.

Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 1 post
Wed 25 Mar 2009
at 03:43
Re: OOC
Hi everyone!

I'm Kitsuki Toshirou, Magistrate and Investigator from the dragon lands.  I'll be joining you in your adventure, though I'm not sure exactly how long it will take for me to arrive.
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 5 posts
Wed 25 Mar 2009
at 04:00
Re: OOC
I'm waiting on Doji-san.
Doji Kanisai
 player, 14 posts
 Crane fealty,
 Crab heritage.
Wed 25 Mar 2009
at 08:12
Re: OOC
Sorry, was a scoonch busy.
Kakita Aki
 player, 1 post
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 20:24
Re: OOC
Hi everyone, I guess I'll go ahead and introduce myself. I'll be playing Kakita Aki and I hope to start as soon as I can be fitted in lol.

I'm new to the system but I'm excited about learning it and playing in what looks like a well established game with a good set of player.
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 2 posts
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 20:44
Re: OOC
Hi Aki, welcome.  I think the GM mentioned you were going to be introduced alongside my character as an escort or something.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 362 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 21:12
Re: OOC
Hello! I hope to survive long enough to have you screw up my cover ... LOL!

"For those just joining us ..."

Daidoji Sakura is, in fact, Shosuro Kasumi -- a deep cover agent planted by the Scorpion well before the Coup. Pretty much everyone considers her a "true Daidoji" at this point, even "if she was a vassal".

Pretty much every Scorpion knows this (how, I don't know) ... and a certain Dragon/Ronin seems to have figured it out as well ... ;p
Kakita Aki
 player, 2 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 21:19
Re: OOC
Thats cool Sakura, Aki's wife is a Scorpion maybe she knows... Of course she wouldn't tell Aki if she did...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 432 posts
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 23:19
Re: OOC
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg #773):

actually, only three Scorpion know this (Soshi Manami, Shosuro Shinobu, and Bayushi Tenma though others might suspect ^_^
Kedo
 player, 226 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 26 Mar 2009
at 23:34
Re: OOC

 That's not strictly true Sakura... unfortunately you really, really annoyingly told me your entire character background before we started RP'ing together so half of the things Kedo has noticed that he might have interpreted that way have to be disgregarded because they might mean other things and I can't have him act or assess based on OOC knowledge that slants the deductive process.

 Fortunately he specialises in cryptic wisdom rather than out and out discussion, so it's not so far come up. ^_^
Lin Ru-Fang
 player, 20 posts
 Traveling Merchant
 I'll buy and sell you!
Fri 27 Mar 2009
at 21:13
Re: OOC
Well, if it makes you feel any better, Sakura, my character doesn't know! ^_^
Then again, he wouldn't know the difference between a Scorpion and a Crane other than the colors they are always wearing anyway. The difference between a Soshi and a Daidoji, sure, but these family-alliance clan things are too confusing. :(

On the other hand... he knows a lot of things no one is supposed to know. Joy! ^o^
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 7 posts
Fri 27 Mar 2009
at 23:56
Re: OOC
::crickets::
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 433 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 00:19
Re: OOC
sorry, I'll get something up for everyone tonight--I was hoping that my AWOL players would show up, but I'll just have to lower the skills of the bad guys ^_^;;;
Kedo
 player, 227 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 01:43
Re: OOC

 Works for me. Might I suggest in future a simple 'good faith' system where a player in a combat scene has say, three days to respond unless they've mentioned in advance that they're going to be away.

 That should allow for about two updates a week.

 Seem fair?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 434 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 02:45
Re: OOC
sounds fair to me, how does everyone else feel about it?

if you're in a combat scene, you've got 3 days to post before we move on without your action

majority rules, if enough people are in agreement I'll add it to the house ruleset
Kakita Aki
 player, 3 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 02:50
Re: OOC
Sounds reasonable to me.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 363 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 14:32
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg #773):

actually, only three Scorpion know this (Soshi Manami, Shosuro Shinobu, and Bayushi Tenma though others might suspect ^_^


Ah, my mistake.

Kedo:
unfortunately you really, really annoyingly told me your entire character background before we started RP'ing together


*chuckles* Sorry.

I tried playing it the other way in one of Sakura's previous incarnations, but it just didn't work. I write for enjoyment -- both myself and others. When no one else got to read what was going on I felt bad ...
Moto Gyatso
 player, 71 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 16:46
Re: OOC
The timing thing works for me.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 437 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 19:00
Re: OOC
PM
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 3 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 19:39
Re: OOC
Honestly, I'd suggest being even harsher and making it 2 days.  Having run a few games, nothing kills them quite so quickly as a month-long combat thread.
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 9 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 19:56
Re: OOC
I'm with Kitsuki.
Kedo
 player, 228 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 28 Mar 2009
at 21:34
Re: OOC

 Actually, I don't know that they're mon-less... GM never describes any of them - archers or spearmen - and for some reason I had imagined them as wearing Crane armour, if only as a disguise.

 They're almost certainly using what a Crane might well recognise as Harrier techniques though... But again, I don't think we quite nailed that down either. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 438 posts
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 02:12
Re: OOC
they're wearing blue (I'm sure I did say that at some point ^_^;;;)
they are wearing ashigaru armor (I'll make that clearer in the next post)
anything else, you'll have to make a Know the School roll for ^_^
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 10 posts
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 02:17
Re: OOC
Which I don't have. ^_^
Kedo
 player, 229 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 13:14
Re: OOC

 Heh... in which case what you have up ahead is a small group of disreputable-looking fellows including a couple of ronin, some of whom are rather bloodstained (because of the lack of opportunity to clean up properly after the literal bloodbath earlier) apparently resisting arrest at the hands of what appear at first glance to be at least Crane Ashigaru...

 ...not that I'm encouraging anyone to lump in on their side mind you. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 439 posts
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 18:52
Re: OOC
ah, but what you also have at first glance is what appears to be a few Crane Ashigaru attempting to arrest several Great Clan samurai--including a Crane Shugenja and Bushi--with deadly force ^_^
Kedo
 player, 230 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 19:12
Re: OOC

 ...in a time when there's a Lion army parked outside the gate. And rumours of ninja assassins butchering officers in their offices and bathers in their baths.

 In other words, at a time of considerable confusion. ^_^
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 11 posts
Sun 29 Mar 2009
at 22:00
Re: OOC
Which is why I'm trying to put everyone to sleep until it's sorted out.

With preference to the group that doesn't (appear to) include another girl from my school. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 365 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 30 Mar 2009
at 02:18
Re: OOC
Kedo! You are such a trouble maker! ROFL!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 23 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 30 Mar 2009
at 02:33
Re: OOC
Kaze no Kage:
anything else, you'll have to make a Know the School roll for ^_^


Hey, I rolled! I rolled! ;p