OOC 2.   Posted by Kaze no Kage.Group: 0
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 593 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2009
at 23:47
OOC 2
since we're nearing the 1000 post limit on the first one ^_^
Kedo
 player, 292 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 12 Oct 2009
at 00:12
Re: OOC 2

 Then I guess we should start using this one... while we wait for you to post ICly. ^_-
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 594 posts
Mon 12 Oct 2009
at 00:29
Re: OOC 2
sorry about that, 5th grade camp really wiped me out
Kedo
 player, 293 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 12 Oct 2009
at 14:50
Re: OOC 2

 Heh, it happens. Post when you can and when you feel like it for best effect. Nothing worse for sapping enthusiasm than having to force yourself to post.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 604 posts
Tue 3 Nov 2009
at 03:07
Re: OOC 2
Hey all,

We've reached the end of events for the day, does anyone have any last minute things they want to accomplish?  What do people want to start on the next day?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 80 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 3 Nov 2009
at 03:22
Re: OOC 2
I'm good.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 441 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 3 Nov 2009
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
Well, that kinda depends on what Sakura finds out from the garrison and if her little speech works ...
Kedo
 player, 297 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 3 Nov 2009
at 03:29
Re: OOC 2

 Well, I for one would like to see Sakuras reaction to finding out just why our Daidoji friend went a-wandering... If only so's I know why I'm getting fireballed later on. ^_^

 For my own part, my vague hope of going to see a smith has been mildly derailed by my being recruited to form part of a pack of bold youngsters who look set to cause all kinds of trouble, but since I'd likely have trouble talking to Crane smiths until I have a bit of reputation under my belt anyway, that's likely no bad thing.

 I'll probably hope to start off with a chance to visit my new friends dad though - ex-crab smiths working in crane cities are bound to know something about steel and might just be more sympathetic to a student than most.
Miya Momoko
 player, 17 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Tue 3 Nov 2009
at 08:19
Re: OOC 2
I'm ready to begin a new day :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 605 posts
Wed 4 Nov 2009
at 04:28
Re: OOC 2
Those of you who are ready to move on (except for Kedo, since he's got an appointment with a man regarding steel ^_^) tell me where you'd like to start out and where you'd like to go (you may not end up there--as Kedo and Sakura can tell you) but then I'll have an idea about how to get you where we're going ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 18 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Wed 4 Nov 2009
at 08:42
Re: OOC 2
Am i goiung to be some sort of voice of the Imoperial families or something???  I dunno where, but im sure Momoko has more of an idea :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 443 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 01:12
Re: OOC 2
Depending on the answer from the Commander, Sakura needs to look over the new scrolls ... and some plotting.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 81 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 01:13
Re: OOC 2
*bows*

Well, assuming that it's alright with Miya-Sama, Shinobu-Chan and myself would like to escort her to visit the Crane tomorrow. That should give both of us enough time to prepare ...
Miya Momoko
 player, 19 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 08:06
Re: OOC 2
prepare????

Oh dear...
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 1 post
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 08:45
Re: OOC 2
Hello there.
I've adopted Daidoji Kumi, with a few changes, it must be said. I look forward to contributing to the general mayhem!
Miya Momoko
 player, 20 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 08:49
Re: OOC 2
Welcome Kumi - im a nube to the game myself :)
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 2 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 09:35
Re: OOC 2
good to meet you Miya-san.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 3 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 09:39
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg #10):

Kumi will pretty much be wherever Sakura is come morning.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 444 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 5 Nov 2009
at 14:04
Re: OOC 2
Welcome!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 611 posts
Sun 8 Nov 2009
at 08:20
Re: OOC 2
xp tomorrow sometime
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 5 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 08:16
Re: OOC 2
*poke*
Did this game die suddenly, or something?
Kedo
 player, 299 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 11:58
Re: OOC 2

 I hope not, but I think The Boss is having RL issues - he's been pretty reliable all these years though, so I'm sticking around to wait for 'im. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 614 posts
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 18:45
Re: OOC 2
sorry about the silence guys :-( I've been meaning to post, but the trimester just ended and I had parent teacher conferences and progress reports to get done :-( I just haven't had much time
Miya Momoko
 player, 22 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 20:44
Re: OOC 2
no problem - just been letting my words hang out, lol
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 6 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 21:10
Re: OOC 2
good to hear that you've not forgotten us.
Sorry for the lack of faith.
Miya Momoko
 player, 24 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sat 21 Nov 2009
at 23:40
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji  Kumi... how mean :(

lol
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 8 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 16:12
Re: OOC 2
Well, she is heartless. And war is considered Glorious in Rokugan. And if the heimin and the hinin disagree, well, by the celestial hierarchy they don't even count as real people, so who cares?

Life is cheap in Rokugan, since so long as you behave appropriately to your station you'll just be reincarnated anyway. The cycle of rebirth is only ended if you do something so terrible you end up in Jigoku, or something so great that you wind up in Yomi.

Disputes are commonly settled by fighting, with victory being interpreted as bestowing the mandate of Tengoku. The extension of this into war is what makes the Crane so formidable in combat are the duelists who challenge the leaders of enemy units, winning easily, thus neutralising the whole unit, who have been shown that the Heavens support the Crane.

Perversely, Momoku's desire for peace, while a fine example of Jin (compassion), could readily be interpreted as a fear of death (and thus insufficient Yu, courage), and indeed has by Kumi, who has little interest in Jin. Worse yet, it might be interpreted as a lack of faith in the teachings of the Kakita school, a grave insult to the school that has been so gracious as to train an outsider. Kumi is pretty much expecting the other Kakita duelists to challenge Momoku, and if they don't she might do so herself (probably suicidal, considering Kumi is a soldier, not a duelist), or at the very least consider them as dishonourable as Momoku herself.
Miya Momoko
 player, 26 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 16:19
Re: OOC 2
ahhhh

correct - save for the fact that she is a Miya, part of a family dedicated to peace.  They are bloodless, and popular, and hold a small amount of sway.  Had Momoko been an Otomo, things might be different, but as a Miya, and with her ancestors watching her, she feels she has to endevour to save lives.

I refer you to the second paragraph on p71 detailing the Miya family... where the principles of mercy and peace hold more sway than the other tenets of bushido.

But I do like it when you make those posts - you make her seem almost angelic! lol
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 9 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 18:07
Re: OOC 2
I quite understand where Momoko is coming from. But Kumi is a Daidoji, and a particularly merciless one at that. So far as she is concerned Jin is the least worthy of the tenets of Bushido, and so far as she has any interest in Bushido at all, Chugo trumps all others.
My OOC posts have been from that point of view. I hope I haven't caused any offence.
Miya Momoko
 player, 27 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 18:11
Re: OOC 2
no offense has been taken - please, its just a game :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 616 posts
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 22:43
Re: OOC 2
so Momoko, what do you want to do now that you've launched away from my plot? ^_^

don't feel bad though, everyone has turned my plot to hash at least once...some of you more than once (not naming any names, Sakura and Kedo ^_^)
Kedo
 player, 300 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 22 Nov 2009
at 22:51
Re: OOC 2

 Hey, I've just been acted upon not acting... It was Sakura who grabbed the wrong plot thread and tugged real hard! ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 617 posts
Mon 23 Nov 2009
at 00:21
Re: OOC 2
::ahem:: I beg to differ, I point to:  a) the Daidoji meeting, b) suggesting Kakita Tsutomu as a yojimbo, and (most recently) c) Daidoji Ryu.  I'll grant that your ridiculously high combat rolls aren't entirely your fault ^_^
Kedo
 player, 301 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 23 Nov 2009
at 00:38
Re: OOC 2

 Well yes, but those were all moving with the flow of things, not against them... I'm innocent I tell you. ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 28 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Mon 23 Nov 2009
at 07:02
Re: OOC 2
I'm thinking that riding directly into the path of the Lion army, Miya heraldry flying, and smiling alot.  Then saying that if any side were to begin spilling blood while ...I... am in the process of negotiating peace, then the Imperial Court will hear a rather detailed account of duplicitous and dishonerable samurai.

And if that doesn't work, offer to have Bayushi Kenshin kill them all, one by one. (joking)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 447 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 24 Nov 2009
at 19:54
Re: OOC 2
*smiles behind a fan*

Who me? No, I just follow the clues ... even if the small saltwater fish happen to be red ... ;p
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 85 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 24 Nov 2009
at 19:57
Re: OOC 2
As you wish, m'lady ... ;p

Heh ... wanna bet that the Lion General has a Crane trained Duelist?
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 11 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Tue 24 Nov 2009
at 20:04
Re: OOC 2
The Kakita school do seem uncharacteristically generous with their training. I'm just glad there are no Scorpion Harriers, since that would be really weird!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 448 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 25 Nov 2009
at 04:14
Re: OOC 2
*waves to someone unseen*

Quick, Kenji! Hide before she sees you!

*grin*
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 13 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sun 29 Nov 2009
at 23:52
Re: OOC 2
prolly should have asked before, but what ought Kumi know about what has gone on to date?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 450 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 30 Nov 2009
at 01:09
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, you'll have to PM the GM for that. Quite a bit of backstory ... and very little that we did together.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 635 posts
Mon 21 Dec 2009
at 04:57
Re: OOC 2
I'm going to be visiting family for the next five days or so, I may have a chance to use the internet, but I may not
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 15 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Mon 21 Dec 2009
at 10:41
Re: OOC 2
I imagine most people will be busy with family over the holidays.
Have a good time.
Miya Momoko
 player, 39 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Mon 21 Dec 2009
at 11:10
Re: OOC 2
yeah - holidays either make players more active or dms inactive, lol.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 16 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Wed 23 Dec 2009
at 13:31
Re: OOC 2
Where should Sakura and I go next?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 640 posts
Wed 23 Dec 2009
at 20:13
Re: OOC 2
sorry, I wanted to give you and Sakura the chance to talk if you wanted, I've got a post all ready for you ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 44 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 09:31
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin - any ideas????
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 97 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 21:16
Re: OOC 2
Err, yeah -- but I was thrown off a bit by Momoko's reaction.
Miya Momoko
 player, 45 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 23:42
Re: OOC 2
poo - well, we can try this and if it doesn't work ,we can challenge variuos people to duels :)
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 99 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 3 Jan 2010
at 03:00
Re: OOC 2
I had something planned, but when Momoko got up to leave it went out the window. Too much talking ... so I had to figure something else out, "and quick".
Miya Momoko
 player, 46 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 3 Jan 2010
at 03:01
Re: OOC 2
okay... um, alrigh.. pants :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 653 posts
Sun 3 Jan 2010
at 06:41
Re: OOC 2
...you guys can go back and revise in the case of a miscommunication or accidental assumptions (that's why I sent Momoko that PM) ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 47 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 3 Jan 2010
at 08:20
Re: OOC 2
shall I do a post edit kenshin, and then see if your plan works?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 100 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 3 Jan 2010
at 13:56
Re: OOC 2
Miya Momoko:
shall I do a post edit kenshin, and then see if your plan works?


Please.
Miya Momoko
 player, 48 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 07:44
Re: OOC 2
Edited the post... which means that those people following on will have to do the same...

sorry :)
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 101 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 4 Jan 2010
at 13:43
Re: OOC 2
I'll get to that later today.

m_O_m
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 102 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 5 Jan 2010
at 01:37
Re: OOC 2
Done.
Miya Momoko
 player, 49 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 08:27
Re: OOC 2
This is really hard with absolutly no social skills what so ever... lol
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 656 posts
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 08:54
Re: OOC 2
ah, I was wondering what you were doing ^_^ this'll teach me to keep better track of what the PCs can and can't do ^_^ kudos for good role playing ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 51 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 08:55
Re: OOC 2
lol - kudos = extra xp, right? lol
Kedo
 player, 313 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 13:59
Re: OOC 2

 Well, Kedo has managed fairly well with minimal social skills beyond good manners so far, but that's because people expect convoluted insight from a blatent Dragon and seem to be cutting him some slack. ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 52 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 15:39
Re: OOC 2
:P <-- at kedo lol
Miya Momoko
 player, 53 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 06:45
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin, did you order an earthquake, a ninja assault or the assistance of the kami?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 104 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 15:20
Re: OOC 2
T'wasn't me! I would have rather concluded our conversation first!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 458 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 15:20
Re: OOC 2
*frowns*

Wasn't me either ...
Miya Momoko
 player, 54 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 16:42
Re: OOC 2
Wonders is Kedo had beans and a curry last night...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 662 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 00:43
Re: OOC 2
hehehe...strangely enough, Kedo's actually to blame for this one, if only indirectly, but on two counts ^_^

Momoko and Kenshin:  you're really not going to go find out what's going on?

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:46, Wed 13 Jan 2010.

Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 105 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 02:33
Re: OOC 2
I was debating whether or not we could honorably get away with it ... ;D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 663 posts
Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 03:06
Re: OOC 2
you absolutely can get away with it, honorably ^_^ I just thought that you'd be thinking:  "really big, earthshaking boom, the governor's residence might be next" (it may or may not be, I'm not telling, but you might have been worried about it)
Miya Momoko
 player, 56 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 07:33
Re: OOC 2
I totally worried about it - but moving about without swords in the governors' house, when things are exploding and Lions are getting cranky???

hmmm

im not convinced, lol.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 107 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 15:52
Re: OOC 2
Oh, Kenshin isn't leaving without his swords.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 108 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 15 Jan 2010
at 02:41
Re: OOC 2
So, are we going or should I sit back down? ;D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 669 posts
Sat 16 Jan 2010
at 17:40
Re: OOC 2
no one is expecting you to go anywhere without your swords ^_^ but are you sitting back down or are you going out to investigate?  either choice will have options and consequences ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 57 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sat 16 Jan 2010
at 17:54
Re: OOC 2
Well, i think Miya knows enough to stay put - its a lion matter, and going out to look might put them in a difficult position - id say we sit still and hope.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 109 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 03:57
Re: OOC 2
Well, you're in charge. :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 670 posts
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 18:46
Re: OOC 2
please welcome Hida Zenko, a Daidoji Yojimbo who is about to receive a very unusual assignment ^_^
Hida Zenko
 player, 1 post
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 21:01
Re: OOC 2
Walking confidently into the room, Zenko surveys the assembled and bows deeply and wordlessly stands his hand lightly resting on the pommel of his katana.
Kedo
 player, 316 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 22:02
Re: OOC 2

 Kedo looks up from delicately lowering the pickaxe onto the saddle of his buckaroo set, nods in a grave and serious fashion...

 ...then picks up the rope.
Miya Momoko
 player, 58 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 22:08
Re: OOC 2
TWINS!
Hida Zenko
 player, 2 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Mon 18 Jan 2010
at 22:17
Re: OOC 2
Fixed! :)
Kedo
 player, 317 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 00:27
Re: OOC 2

 Awwwwh, that would really have weirded people out when you were wandering around at my back. A strange enough concept at the best of times. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 673 posts
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 00:47
Re: OOC 2
and would have driven Sakura through the roof ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 465 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 03:11
Re: OOC 2
*grins*

And how would that have been different?
Kedo
 player, 319 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 03:13
Re: OOC 2

 It would have been in stereo? ^_^
Hida Zenko
 player, 4 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 14:21
Re: OOC 2
Heh I didn't think that Kedo would want a lookalike, so I changed it :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 466 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 14:47
Re: OOC 2
But if you looked alike it would really mess up any Assassins, ne?
Hida Zenko
 player, 5 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 15:16
Re: OOC 2
Oh agreed, it would indeed but I assumed that Kedo's player would want me to change.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 467 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 15:45
Re: OOC 2
See, now I have a hankerin' to play twins with someone ...

*laughs*
Kedo
 player, 321 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 22 Jan 2010
at 16:23
Re: OOC 2

 Incidentally Zenko, since you're a Crab and actually appreciate these things, you might want to see the original plan they're discussing. It's back on Page 1 of the game in 'Daidoji Plans'... and because the dice roller has an irrational but much appreciated fondness for this character, the roll that went with formulating it was... really rather good. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 687 posts
Sun 24 Jan 2010
at 03:18
Re: OOC 2
yes, Kedo has a way of disrupting my plans with insanely good dice rolls--I thought the plan incident was a fluke, then you wiped out 5 ninjas in a single round, cut arrows out of the air, and crafted a legendary quality weapon.  If you didn't have some normal rolls, the Crane could just send you against the Lion army and that would be the end of it ^_^
Kedo
 player, 322 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 24 Jan 2010
at 13:20
Re: OOC 2

 Except that that would be a betrayal of fate and he'd be killed by a fumble in the first round. Kedo is good at some things and fate in the form of the dice roller has been kind enough to shine blessings upon me in addition - but I suspect strongly that if I should ever take it for granted that fortune would swiftly desert me. ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 62 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Wed 27 Jan 2010
at 23:51
Re: OOC 2
I let kenshin take the lead... i cant think how to word it in a post, so it can remain implied in his. :)
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 116 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 28 Jan 2010
at 04:03
Re: OOC 2
*bows*

Thank you, m'Lady.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 688 posts
Sun 31 Jan 2010
at 19:27
Re: OOC 2
sorry about the silence guys, it's been busy at work and I've had a cold.  I'll try to get something up tonight.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 23 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Sun 31 Jan 2010
at 19:45
Re: OOC 2
no need to apologise. I've been crazy busy this week too! Even put in 12 hours over the weekend. Still, gotta do something to warrant our stipends, huh?
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 50 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 5 Feb 2010
at 15:05
Re: OOC 2
Sorry for my silence too. I was unable to post for a while and then once I was, I honestly forgot that things were over to me in my thread.
Miya Momoko
 player, 65 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Fri 12 Feb 2010
at 18:42
Re: OOC 2
Hope you are okay Kaze no Kage... are you still here?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 692 posts
Fri 12 Feb 2010
at 22:31
Re: OOC 2
yup, just a series of crises at work (plus Valentine's Day coming up ;p)
Miya Momoko
 player, 66 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Fri 12 Feb 2010
at 22:35
Re: OOC 2
cool - thats okay then... and valy what?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 697 posts
Thu 18 Feb 2010
at 05:01
Re: OOC 2
blech, I hate it when I take too long between posts, it's always tough to get back into the groove...
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 26 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 18 Feb 2010
at 11:17
Re: OOC 2
I know that feeling. There are times when I come back after a busy spurt at work and find it so hard to get back into character.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 52 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 18 Feb 2010
at 13:44
Re: OOC 2
I imagine many of us here understand that feeling completely. I know I do.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 474 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 22 Feb 2010
at 01:29
Re: OOC 2
Oh, trust me -- I know that feeling all too well. Half the time I can't remember anything ...

BTW, I think I'm going to have to play a Hare Clan Bodyguard one day ... yes, I went there: An Usagi Yojimbo.

;p
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 54 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 22 Feb 2010
at 02:36
Re: OOC 2
You went where? I don't get it, what's with a Usagi yojimbo?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 700 posts
Mon 22 Feb 2010
at 03:28
Re: OOC 2
Sumi:  Usagi Yojimbo is a comic that started in the mid-eighties featuring a rabbit swordsman in feudal Japan.  It was one of the early furry influences as well as one of the early non-child or humor oriented comics.

Sakura:  I'm glad it occurred to someone else too ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 55 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 22 Feb 2010
at 03:38
Re: OOC 2
A rabbit swordsman? Okay, so it didn't really matter that you went there, the L5R people went there first naming a family of the Hare Clan Usagi.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 475 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 22 Feb 2010
at 16:27
Re: OOC 2
*nods*

My most obvious experience with this: in one game I'm in, I had to take over a previous player's character. So I took several days to pour over the story, absorbed lots of information, and came to some rather dramatic conclusions.

Fast forward to today: now I don't have a clue what's going on.

Things slowed down, and it's been so long since the original "burst" ... the writing's clear, I've just lost context for some reason.
Michio
 player, 2 posts
Mon 8 Mar 2010
at 23:52
Re: OOC 2
Hello everyone. I'm a new player in the game, and also I'm a fairly new player to L5R so I'm sry if I make any mistakes. I hope to have fun role playing with everyone.

Oh and I'm sorry about the introduction of my character in the game. I'm not very good at introducing characters yet.
Kedo
 player, 326 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 8 Mar 2010
at 23:56
Re: OOC 2

 That's alright... if you get on and sort yourself a picture and a description on your character, I can find out who and what you are, and we can come up with a reason you'd be where you are talking to me. Off-hand though, I do remember that the NPC's I'm with had a few friends that might well come along on our wild and whacky adventures.

 That might help.

 Otherwise, welcome aboard. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 703 posts
Tue 9 Mar 2010
at 00:47
Re: OOC 2
actually, Daidoji Tomoe just introduced you two--if in a rather roundabout and awkward way.

Tomoe and her brother Yukito are a couple of Daidoji samurai who (along with a few other samurai) are looking to make a name for themselves (or die trying) in the upcoming battle.  I figured they'd be a good group to hook Michio up with before the fun starts ^_^
Kedo
 player, 327 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 9 Mar 2010
at 13:13
Re: OOC 2

 Okay, then as soon as Michio gets enough of a description up that I can work out whether I should bow, nod or kowtow... and perhaps even work out what they might be by it, I'll reply like a shot. ^_^

 Ahhhh, I see what you mean, now that I go back to look at the thread!

This message was last edited by the player at 13:14, Tue 09 Mar 2010.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 704 posts
Tue 16 Mar 2010
at 03:32
Re: OOC 2
Hi all,

first of all, I would like to apologize for my lack of posting for the last few weeks.  I'm a teacher and we just finished conference week (the less said about that, the better), meaning that my free time (which had been taken up by writing reports) has now increased.  So thank you all for bearing with me and my hectic work schedule.  I'll get something up for everyone by tomorrow.

thanks for your patience,
Trystero
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 709 posts
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 03:21
Re: OOC 2
I'm sensing a lack of enthusiasm for this portion of the plot ^_^ which is okay, I was using it sort of as a transition into the combat heavy battle for Toshi Ranbo

so our options are:
1) continue as we are with the preparations for the battle
2) shift straight to the battle (with some OOC discussion regarding what roles you'll each be playing)
3) skip entirely to the next storyline (I'll only consider this option if Kedo and Sakura are in agreement, since they're the ones who've been involved in this since the beginning)
Kedo
 player, 330 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 03:31
Re: OOC 2

 I can't speak for the others of course, but I'm enjoying myself - then, with Kedo's positively unnatural good luck, I would be. ^_^

 Kedo needs two more days to visit two more swordsmiths and then he's about ready for the big battle, but that can as readily be done in an aside as on-screen, but I would like to at least handle a little of the skirmishing and the like, since we've been building up to it.

 I have no idea what the next storyline actually is of course, but Kedo will be involved if it takes him somewhere noted for good iron ore or unusually pure charcoal or hell, almost any other suitable source of swordsmithing inspiration. At some point I might even have him go looking for a Tengu, just to round it all out.
 After all, when(if) he actually forges a katana to the standards he needs to meet, he'll be out of the campaign, so I'd best put it off for as long as possible. ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 58 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 05:46
Re: OOC 2
I've been pretty much enjoying myself too, though I've been off by myself so much that I wasn't sure of the overall plot outside the tournament and wasn't really certain about that.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 31 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 07:53
Re: OOC 2
Life is kinda busy right now, so the slow pace has rather suited me, but I'm in your hands, and will keep up with whatever storyline you want to pursue as much as I am able.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 478 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 13:49
Re: OOC 2
*grins* Actually, Kedo is a latecomer ... He only joined us as we were sneaking through Lion lands.

I expect Sakura to be rather bored during the upcoming battle, but I'm good with whatever.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 121 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 13:55
Re: OOC 2
Kaze no Kage:
I'm sensing a lack of enthusiasm for this portion of the plot ^_^ which is okay, I was using it sort of as a transition into the combat heavy battle for Toshi Ranbo

so our options are:
1) continue as we are with the preparations for the battle
2) shift straight to the battle (with some OOC discussion regarding what roles you'll each be playing)
3) skip entirely to the next storyline (I'll only consider this option if Kedo and Sakura are in agreement, since they're the ones who've been involved in this since the beginning)


So, I take it that the peace mission failed.

I still need to see what happens in my thread -- We walk on a razor's edge -- but it can be done OOC easily enough.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 710 posts
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 18:05
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin:  it didn't fail, it just didn't succeed in its entirety.  Part of the result depends on what happens next in your thread.  The problem is that an army is like a machine, even if some parts stop moving, other parts will keep moving--and there are two armies.  The one at your location may or may not attack--depending on how things go (things are leaning towards not, for the moment) but the other one is still going to move at the prearranged time.

Now, assuming the Scorpion and Mantis arrive before they hit the walls of Toshi Ranbo (and you're successful with the Lion), you may have enough numbers to convince them to turn around without a fight.

Even if they don't arrive before the Lion, you'll still have enough numbers once they arrive to defeat them either in a traditional siege (if they haven't breached the walls) or in urban fighting (if they have but haven't yet secured the city).

Things will get dicey if you can't convince the unnamed Lion commander not to go, but victory will still be possible if the urban fighting goes well.

Everyone:  well, if everyone is good, then we'll continue ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:09, Tue 23 Mar 2010.

Kedo
 player, 331 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 23 Mar 2010
at 23:41
Re: OOC 2

 And though I do say so myself, the Crane do have a stonker of a battle-plan for the defence of the city, which is basically going to be an early mid-fantasy Stalingrad.

 How well that pans out against one of the finest military forces in the world however... Well, we'll see. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 714 posts
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 03:37
Re: OOC 2
I'm holding off on Kedo's thread (sorry Kedo, you get no love ^_^) because I've got a couple of PCs who'd like to be introduced and Kedo's the the most accessible for them
Kedo
 player, 332 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 03:41
Re: OOC 2

 Kaze. The last two P.C.'s you introduced into my thread vanished without a trace in two posts each... When are you going to learn that I'm just cursed. ^_^
Moshi Reiko
 player, 1 post
 Mantis
 Shugenja
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 03:58
Re: OOC 2
O ye of little faith. ;)

(I do sympathize, and I'll try not to vanish on you. :) )

Also, hello, everyone!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 60 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 12:00
Re: OOC 2
I'd try not to vanish either if we got in the same thread. I have a nasty tendency recently to get isolated off on my own in games anyway.
Kedo
 player, 333 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 12:27
Re: OOC 2

 Hello Reiko!

 And I hope not Tsuruchi - but so far the only person with any staying power around Kedo has been Sakura. Poor girl. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 479 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 13:49
Re: OOC 2
Kedo:
Hello Reiko!

 And I hope not Tsuruchi - but so far the only person with any staying power around Kedo has been Sakura. Poor girl. ^_^


I look at that the other way around -- the only one of Sakura's companions to stick around is Kedo, and even he left her! (Kumi is still here, of course, but she hasn't been around long enough for the curse to take effect.)

;p
Michio
 player, 3 posts
 Wandering Monk,
 and Storyteller
Sun 28 Mar 2010
at 02:38
Re: OOC 2
I'm sorry, I'm still here...lost, but here. The Curse of the Nameless Shadow has not affected me...yet.
Kedo
 player, 334 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 28 Mar 2010
at 12:35
Re: OOC 2

 I sure hope Michio's staring at the main bunch and not watching Kedo bathe... That would be kind of creepy. Try talking to them Mr Monk, I've prodded the GM into giving them characterful things to say before now. ^_^
Kedo
 player, 337 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 31 Mar 2010
at 03:10
Re: OOC 2

 As I understand it from context Moshi, there's a small bathing room that's an adjunct to the Dojo the scene we're in is taking place at. Earlier in the week Kedo found an old friend in the city who now teaches Crane youths swordsmanship, and it's at his school that Kedo and some of the teachers students are talking - plus one monk and one Shugenja.
Moshi Reiko
 player, 5 posts
 Mantis
 Shugenja
Wed 31 Mar 2010
at 04:29
Re: OOC 2
Ah--I thought we were outside, on the street, just by the entrance of the baths. Is there anything I've said that's off, or wrong, aside from wondering where the Daidoji is? I tried reading back a few posts before jumping in, but didn't want to spoiler myself too much. :)
Kedo
 player, 338 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 31 Mar 2010
at 12:57
Re: OOC 2

 Nah, you're great - that just struck me because I had one image in my head and you had another. ^_^
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 24 posts
Sun 11 Apr 2010
at 23:16
Re: OOC 2
Who's up on the Imperial Business thread, me or the GM?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 724 posts
Mon 12 Apr 2010
at 01:08
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Kumi actually ^_^;;;
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 25 posts
Mon 12 Apr 2010
at 01:21
Re: OOC 2
Heh. Got it.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 33 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Mon 12 Apr 2010
at 10:12
Re: OOC 2
Ohh. Sorry.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 725 posts
Tue 13 Apr 2010
at 01:50
Re: OOC 2
no worries ^_^ it usually is me ^_^
Miya Momoko
 player, 72 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Wed 14 Apr 2010
at 09:59
Re: OOC 2
Im gonna be absent a few days - sorry
family funeral
Moshi Reiko
 player, 10 posts
 Mantis
 Shugenja
Tue 27 Apr 2010
at 22:49
Re: OOC 2
My condolences, Momoko!

ALSO: My dial tone at home is gone, because the phone company could not get rid of the static on the line interrupting my DSL service. It might be that they'll have to get my townhouse management company to tear up the driveway in order to get to phone lines that shouldn't have been paved over in the first place.

In other words, I may have very limited connectivity for the foreseeable future. I don't know when this might get resolved. I work 3 days a week, so I'd have to go to a net cafe to do any non-work-work day surfing, which isn't always an option. I'll post as often as I can.
Miya Momoko
 player, 75 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Wed 28 Apr 2010
at 02:07
Re: OOC 2
Thank you :)
Idun
 player, 4 posts
Wed 28 Apr 2010
at 07:15
Re: OOC 2
Ah heck. Sorry to hear about that Momoko
Moshi Reiko
 player, 11 posts
 Mantis
 Shugenja
Tue 4 May 2010
at 02:26
Re: OOC 2
Hi, folks. The problem is not solved. The telco's got to rip up 200 feet of cable and replace it; they say they can do it by Friday, but I'm not optimistic. I can only access the net from work, and I only work 3 days a week. I'll be able to post for the next three days (workload allowing), but after that, it'll be radio silence for 5 days.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 734 posts
Tue 4 May 2010
at 03:38
Re: OOC 2
no worries ^_^ we're all in this to have fun, so don't feel bad if RL makes it tough for you to post ^_^
Kedo
 player, 344 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 13 May 2010
at 01:13
Re: OOC 2

 Hey boss, where's our update? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 738 posts
Thu 13 May 2010
at 13:58
Re: OOC 2
it's coming...I had work, then class ^_^ I'll try to have something up tonight ^_^;;;
Miya Momoko
 player, 78 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 16 May 2010
at 05:46
Re: OOC 2
Should we leave then KAze no Kage?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 741 posts
Sun 16 May 2010
at 05:59
Re: OOC 2
that's up to you, though you've pretty much accomplished everything you can with those two ^_^ the question is what do you want to do after wards?  Are you going to try to get to the other city?  Look into the Phoenix attack?  Try to meet up with the Scorpion army?  Something completely out of left field that I haven't planned for?
Miya Momoko
 player, 79 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 16 May 2010
at 06:03
Re: OOC 2
What do you think Kenshin???
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 131 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 16 May 2010
at 17:20
Re: OOC 2
Me? yeah, we leave ... question is "where to"? Give me a few minutes ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 742 posts
Sun 16 May 2010
at 21:31
Re: OOC 2
you could also take Gendo up on his offer and head for Shiro Akodo (that probably wouldn't be good for your health, but it's an option ^_^)
Miya Momoko
 player, 80 posts
 Crane Hostage
 Kakita Trained...
Sun 16 May 2010
at 21:38
Re: OOC 2
Na - I think im ready to head back to the crane lands now...
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 132 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 17 May 2010
at 12:52
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Miya Momoko (msg #150):

Well, we have to head to the second Lion army at some point, but I do think we should report in first.

So to Crane lands then!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 743 posts
Fri 21 May 2010
at 04:11
Re: OOC 2
Hi all,

Sorry about the long silence, but school (both the one I teach and the one I attend) is wrapping up around this time and I've got a lot of last minute tasks to complete (finals to grade and take, last minute assessments, meetings, paperwork, etc.).  Hopefully, I'll be back to a more regular posting schedule after next week (or at least have a little bit more free time to play).

Thanks for your patience, I'll be back ASAP ^_^
Kedo
 player, 346 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 21 May 2010
at 04:40
Re: OOC 2

 I think by this point only something similarly serious in RL will actually kick me out of this game, so take the time you need boss. Just remember that when you get back, you need to provide us something at least as awesome as naked Kedo fighting ninjas in a bath-house. Nakedly.
Moshi Reiko
 player, 13 posts
 Mantis
 Shugenja
Sun 23 May 2010
at 13:24
Re: OOC 2
Question: are the ninjas naked as well? A girl's gotta know.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 746 posts
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 02:32
Re: OOC 2
the ninjas weren't naked...or at least those ninjas weren't ^_^;;;

just checking, who's still here (and is anyone waiting for a post from me?)

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:13, Fri 04 June 2010.

Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 133 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 13:25
Re: OOC 2
I'm not sure who I'm waiting for ... you or Miya-Sama. But, as I do not lead I must follow.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 483 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 13:28
Re: OOC 2
There was a naked ninja, but you probably didn't see her ... ;p

I'm just along for the ride for now. When you and Kumi-San are done, let me know.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 66 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 4 Jun 2010
at 19:13
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg #155):

I'm still here, just a little at a loss of what to do, but I think I'm actually waiting for a thread or at least a direction of which to post in.
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 27 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 01:11
Re: OOC 2
I'm kinda sitting by the sidelines since Sayuri is completely out of her depth in the discussion for now.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 747 posts
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 04:46
Re: OOC 2
okay, so Sayuri and Sakura need something to do, any suggestions?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 484 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 7 Jun 2010
at 14:43
Re: OOC 2
Oh, I'm fine with my Yojimbo driving for the moment. I took quite a bit of the spotlight earlier, and it's not like I don't pipe in ... :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 748 posts
Thu 10 Jun 2010
at 03:55
Re: OOC 2
So Sakura and Kumi are moving on, are you going to go with them Sayuri?

next question, do you want to keep on with the city defense stuff or do a montage and move on to something different?  suggestions?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 486 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jun 2010
at 13:19
Re: OOC 2
Don't let us hold you up, a montage is fine with me.
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 39 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 10 Jun 2010
at 16:51
Re: OOC 2
Bring on the rousing power chords!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 487 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jun 2010
at 19:10
Re: OOC 2
Oh! Do I get to do some spell casting?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 749 posts
Fri 11 Jun 2010
at 04:05
Re: OOC 2
ummm, if you'd like, what are you casting and why?
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 28 posts
Fri 11 Jun 2010
at 11:21
Re: OOC 2
I'll just kind of follow Sakura and watch her cast her spells...

...which aren't quite being cast in the Asahina style, are they? ::evil grin::
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 488 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 11 Jun 2010
at 14:10
Re: OOC 2
*strikes a pose*

Well, for those truly sticky tactical situations, we have

*displays scroll*

Wisdom of the Kami. When combined with Sympathetic Energies it can turn a Tactical Expert into a Tactical Genius.

Plus three to your Battle rank! ... but this offer is for a limited time ...
Kedo
 player, 348 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 Jun 2010
at 15:47
Re: OOC 2

 We should have kept you around to boost Kedo's rolls... it would put his battle skill up into the level of being downright uncanny, although it might offend the Dice Gods somehow. ^_^
Idun
 player, 7 posts
Sat 12 Jun 2010
at 21:24
Re: OOC 2
You a high Battle character too then Kedo?
Kedo
 player, 349 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 12 Jun 2010
at 21:33
Re: OOC 2

 Kedo was Sakura's Ronin when the two of them went along to a meeting of the Daidoji commanders for the defence... He was asked his opinion on the plans for the defence and after rolling a hundred and two on his Intelligence+Battle roll, became the man responsible for developing the plan to defend the city from the Lion forces.

 So yeah, he's got a bit of battle skill. ^_^
Idun
 player, 8 posts
Sun 13 Jun 2010
at 11:18
Re: OOC 2
Or a more than reasonable amount of luck.

Alas my fortunes with RPOL's dice roller tend to go poorly. Dice explosions are always enjoyable though.
Kedo
 player, 350 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 13 Jun 2010
at 13:01
Re: OOC 2

 An absolutely insane amount of luck... On Kedo's behalf I should start burning incense for the Dice Roller - he also dropped by the forge of a mastersmith in town and, while she was being scornful, was fortunate enough to bash out a blade worthy of being Named, then put on display in her forge.

 I think the GM is begining to despair of the characters absolutely ridiculous good luck. I of course, am merely grateful for it. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 13:01, Sun 13 June 2010.

Daidoji Kumi
 player, 40 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Mon 14 Jun 2010
at 16:41
Re: OOC 2
My luck with the RPOL diceroller seems to be inversly proportional to my luck with dice in the real world. The worse I roll in real life , the better my rolls on RPOL. When my RL group goes on hiatus, my RPOL rolls get worse. My RL rolls are always distressing, although amusing for my players when I GM.
Idun
 player, 9 posts
Mon 14 Jun 2010
at 17:08
Re: OOC 2
My dice are horrifyingly tempermental, both in real world and RPOL. One of the more awkward moments in an L5R game was due to them turning on me by rolling high. I spent most the day failing miserably on dice rolls then the GM started spring magical effect of wibble. Players had to make steadily more difficult Willpower rolls to avoid randomly teleporting away. Mainly it was it nended to get us to the next bit of plot and also let us roleplay with those left around who we might normally not interact with as much (all Phoenix group. Lots of yojimbo and shugenja interplay, not much outside of the pairs).

If memory serves correctly the first two to vanish were our tempermental Fire shugenja and the Asako Henshin. We proceeded to wig extensively looking for the two of them, at which point another yojimbo and my shugenja went awol.

Last two players. One shugenja, one yojimbo. Stare across at each other. Long awkward silence.

And then there was one lonely yojimbo, in the woods, wondering where his shugenja who can barely get on his horse without help has gone. Oh and everyone else too It was a less than pleasent experience for him, though he had to admit the silence was sort of soothing. Think I made another two Willpower rolls before being popped away.

That was a fun but somwhat weird game.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 750 posts
Mon 14 Jun 2010
at 17:17
Re: OOC 2
I had a friend who had dice trouble like that, he would trade off on roll high and roll low systems--we started having him run the games instead ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 751 posts
Fri 18 Jun 2010
at 20:21
Re: OOC 2
heading out for Father's Day weekend, I'll have something by Monday for everyone
Hida Zenko
 player, 7 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Sat 19 Jun 2010
at 14:43
Re: OOC 2
Morning, folks. I will joining you very shortly, just looking/waiting for an opening :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 753 posts
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 05:39
Re: OOC 2
okay, so I flaked today, sorry ;_;
I've actually got everything written up, I just need to type it in.  Hopefully by tomorrow ^_^;;;
Hida Zenko
 player, 8 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 20:19
Re: OOC 2
Ready and waiting, sir :)
Kedo
 player, 351 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 22:35
Re: OOC 2

 In your own time man... we've waited for you this long, you're not going to lose us easily. ^_^
Michio
 player, 7 posts
 Wandering Monk,
 and Storyteller
Sat 26 Jun 2010
at 03:20
Re: OOC 2
I am truly sorry for any inconvenience, but I will only be able to post regularly on weekends for awhile.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 757 posts
Mon 28 Jun 2010
at 04:41
Re: OOC 2
no worries, RL always comes first ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 67 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 28 Jun 2010
at 07:03
Re: OOC 2
My life is really crunched for time these days. I'm still working on periods that allow me to post. Hopefully I can find time tomorrow.
Hida Zenko
 player, 10 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Mon 5 Jul 2010
at 18:29
Re: OOC 2
Things have gone quiet... too quiet.

I blame the Scorpion.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 68 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 5 Jul 2010
at 19:48
Re: OOC 2
Shhhh...
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 1 post
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 00:33
Re: OOC 2
Hello there everyone!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 69 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 01:06
Re: OOC 2
Konichiwa!
Hida Zenko
 player, 11 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 04:01
Re: OOC 2
Greetings and well met.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 490 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 13:17
Re: OOC 2
*bows* Hello there, Shosuro san!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 135 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 13:19
Re: OOC 2
Greetings, fellow Scorpion!
Kedo
 player, 353 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 20:05
Re: OOC 2

 Hey there.

 Your picture does promptly cause me to wonder two things however - where can I get a hat that cool and what the hell happened to your eyes? ^_^
Hida Zenko
 player, 12 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 20:50
Re: OOC 2
Who needs a hat?
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 2 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 20:55
Re: OOC 2
With a hat this stylin' nobody has to pay attention on my freaky eyes.
Hida Zenko
 player, 13 posts
 "the Little Crab"
 Yojimbo
Mon 12 Jul 2010
at 13:26
Re: OOC 2
Sounds like something a Scorpion would say.

<rolls his un-freaky eyes>
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 43 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Tue 13 Jul 2010
at 09:36
Re: OOC 2
Greetings Kagehisa-san.
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 3 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Tue 13 Jul 2010
at 14:53
Re: OOC 2
Hey guys, i'm going to take a trip July 17 and only come back in day 31. Saying that in advance because i won't be able to post during those two weeks.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 763 posts
Wed 21 Jul 2010
at 23:20
Re: OOC 2
in the middle of moving, and the phone company messed up our transfer date.  may not have internet access for about a week

sorry about the inconvenience
Daidoji Kumi
 player, 45 posts
 Daidoji Sakura's yojimbo
 Who do I need to kill?
Thu 29 Jul 2010
at 11:01
Re: OOC 2
I'm back after a little hiatus. Funny how things pile up in the office after a week off.
Kedo
 player, 354 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 29 Jul 2010
at 21:18
Re: OOC 2

 Ain't it just... fortunately things have been a bit sluggish here - even my usual lightning responses have been delayed by the need for a bit of back-and-forth with Kaze. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 764 posts
Fri 30 Jul 2010
at 05:00
Re: OOC 2
fixed things up for the Something About Steel thread
Kedo
 player, 355 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 30 Jul 2010
at 09:34
Re: OOC 2

 Almost...!

Kedo:
before picking up his own second weapon and balancing it lightly in his hand


Kaze no Kage:
Kedo's own skills are such that, had he both his blades,


 But really getting closer, thanks boss. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 765 posts
Fri 30 Jul 2010
at 17:35
Re: OOC 2
::thunk::
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 137 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 5 Aug 2010
at 03:16
Re: OOC 2
Errr, do we still have Miya-San with us? This is something that I think the assembled need to know ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 768 posts
Thu 5 Aug 2010
at 05:56
Re: OOC 2
I sent her a PM, but haven't heard back, I think you're on your own Kenshin ^_^
Doji Toyozo
 player, 1 post
Fri 17 Sep 2010
at 19:24
Re: OOC 2
Hello everyone. New player just getting started. Looking forward to gaming with you all.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 775 posts
Tue 28 Sep 2010
at 02:51
Re: OOC 2
Hey all, I need to apologize for flaking lately.  I'm in the middle of moving into a new house (closing title, repainting, redoing the yard, and all that jazz) so my free time has been eaten up rather quickly.  I'm still here, I just may be a bit posting.

sorry and thanks for your patience ^_^
Kedo
 player, 359 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 28 Sep 2010
at 10:02
Re: OOC 2

 Understood - sorry I've been a bit slow myself, the pace is sort of infectious.

 And don't worry Toyozo, we'll talk to you in due course, but it's not Kedo's Dojo and he's not about to speak befor either Crane does. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 11:24, Wed 29 Sept 2010.

Doji Toyozo
 player, 3 posts
Wed 29 Sep 2010
at 04:51
Re: OOC 2
ah no worries at all. Toyozo may not always be patient but his other self more than understands the ways of RL.
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 32 posts
Fri 8 Oct 2010
at 18:55
Re: OOC 2
I see I'm neither active nor defunct.

Which is fitting; Sayuri's just stuck standing patiently in a meeting which has gone on for RL months, so she'll speak if spoken to.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 781 posts
Fri 8 Oct 2010
at 20:04
Re: OOC 2
augh!  sorry Sayuri ;_; I'm trying to get things back in gear as quickly as possible by making quick posts that respond directly to the one just before it.  The list was just something quick that Kedo wrote up a year and a half ago and I copied and pasted, so it's out of date and woefully incomplete.  It's really there so that everyone (mostly me) has a cheat sheet for all the names of NPCs, who they are and how they're related.  Sorry again.
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 9 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Fri 8 Oct 2010
at 21:14
Re: OOC 2
So, huh, where am i on the list?

EDIT: I am going to post on a few moments before i go out on a trip.

This message was last edited by the player at 21:15, Fri 08 Oct 2010.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 496 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 11 Oct 2010
at 01:37
Re: OOC 2
Well, now I'm confused -- I thought the negotiations were completed already. By yours truly.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 783 posts
Mon 11 Oct 2010
at 04:22
Re: OOC 2
ummm, as I recall there was no firm agreement as to what the Crane would give for Scorpion help (Shosuro Shinobu was quite perturbed about that point)  there were some vague promises of support in the Winter Court but not much beyond that.

Of course, I could be wrong--it has been a long time since that happened ^_^;;;
Kedo
 player, 360 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 12 Oct 2010
at 10:12
Re: OOC 2

 Damn, I had forgotten that list! - I'll get my ass back in gear sometime and work on it.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 785 posts
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 03:16
Re: OOC 2
barring anyone's objections, we're going to jump forward to the battle:

Kedo, Idun, Doji Toyozo, Hida Zenko, Moshi Reiko, and Tsuruchi Sumi will be in one group (on the front lines)

Daidoji Sakura, Bayushi Kenshin, Daidoji Sayuri, Daidoji Kumi, and Shosuro Kagehisa will be in a second group (in a support position)

if there are any preferences for locations/positions, I'll change things up
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 1 post
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 13:44
Re: OOC 2
*Wild Scorpion appears*

Yo.

EDIT: and now that I look at it, since we are fighting Lion, Takashi would want to get up on the front lines if it is at all possible.

This message was last edited by the player at 18:52, Fri 22 Oct 2010.

Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 76 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 18:38
Re: OOC 2
Aagh! I'm an archer and scout primarily. What nut put me on the front lines?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 143 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 21:01
Re: OOC 2
*shrugs*

Just tell me how my meetings went and let me spend a bit of XP first ...
Kedo
 player, 363 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 23:55
Re: OOC 2

 Well, there are just two observations there... Kedo was going to visit that other smith at some point, but I think that'll get delayed if there's a Lion assault anyhow, as long as he's had the chance to wash up and meditate some first. Secondly, if they're actually using Kedo's improbably good plan, there aren't any front lines as such, but rather a mad, whirling, Stalingrad-like swirl of urban warfare designed to drive the Lion officers to absolute distraction and break up their exquisitely well-crafted C&C systems.

 In other words, a plan designed around lots of small sequential skirmishes in obstruction-heavy, stunt-friendly urban areas practically designed from the ground up for Player Characters to make good use of. Clever huh?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 786 posts
Sun 24 Oct 2010
at 19:39
Re: OOC 2
visiting another smith won't be a problem, we could do that concurrently with the battle or wait until afterwards--though it would be ironic if one of the smiths got killed in the battle ^_^

as for the front line / support position thing, that's just how I'm keeping it organized in my head.  Front line being the people who engaging directly with the enemy, support being the people who are trying to keep the fall back positions organized--which is not to say that they won't see combat, more that their victory conditions may not involve killing the Lion ^_^
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 33 posts
Sat 6 Nov 2010
at 01:07
Re: OOC 2
Okay, I'm back in the saddle, sorry for the unannounced abduction. (This game seems to have a curse on it...)

Support position's acceptable for Sayuri.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 790 posts
Sat 13 Nov 2010
at 04:36
Re: OOC 2
Sorry all, been really sick this week.  Will try to have something up by Monday.  Off to collapse now.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 791 posts
Sun 14 Nov 2010
at 07:53
Re: OOC 2
Not dead yet ^_^

Kedo, Idun, Doji Toyozo, Hida Zenko, Moshi Reiko, and Bayushi Takeshi (Group 6)

Daidoji Sakura, Bayushi Kenshin, Daidoji Sayuri, Daidoji Kumi, Tsuruchi Sumi, and Shosuro Kagehisa (Group 7)

Prior to the battle, everyone needs to roll Perception/Battle TN 25, to see if you spot any critical flaws in the planned execution of the battle plan (like using gaijin powder on their own walls).
Kedo
 player, 365 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 14 Nov 2010
at 11:33
Re: OOC 2

 28 with a free raise. A nice, normal roll. ^_^

 And don't worry boss, I think we're with you for the duration now!
Daidoji Sayuri
 player, 34 posts
Sun 14 Nov 2010
at 12:11
Re: OOC 2
Sayuri rolls a 20 with her magic boost.
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 15 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Sun 14 Nov 2010
at 18:58
Re: OOC 2
Got a... nine! Nothing wrong here!
Doji Toyozo
 player, 7 posts
Mon 15 Nov 2010
at 01:01
Re: OOC 2

19:59, Today: Doji Toyozo rolled 14 using 2d10, rerolling max with rolls of 8,6. battle/percep.

Everything looks good to me.
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 7 posts
Mon 15 Nov 2010
at 04:29
Re: OOC 2
Rolled what ends up being a 30 after accounting the unskilled no explosions penalty.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 796 posts
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 05:27
Re: OOC 2
can everyone see the thread titled the Lion March?  everyone should be able to see at least one
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 78 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 05:31
Re: OOC 2
I can see one.
Kedo
 player, 366 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 10:06
Re: OOC 2

 I can see it, but I had no idea what to do about it, it just appeared and two folks started posting to it. Are we supposed to be there?
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 16 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 12:38
Re: OOC 2
Well, i do see it, but i thought i was already on the Scorpion Plans thread.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 797 posts
Mon 6 Dec 2010
at 15:00
Re: OOC 2
yes, everyone's supposed to be there.  Sorry about not making that clear :-(

I kept getting bogged down in the other threads (starting and not finishing posts) so I got something going that everyone can focus on and we can continue in the other threads simultaneously (since they won't affect the outcome or setup of the actual battle) if that works for everyone.

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:03, Mon 06 Dec 2010.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 498 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 8 Dec 2010
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Hey gang, sorry for the delay! I got caught up in some personal issues, but I'm back now.

But ... where am I? Lion attacks thread?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 146 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 13 Dec 2010
at 21:00
Re: OOC 2
Since the Scorpion are, for the most part, outside the city, where do you want Kenshin? I can think of at least three places ... but "sneaking" isn't one of them.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 799 posts
Tue 14 Dec 2010
at 01:36
Re: OOC 2
inside the city with the non-combatants.  One of the consequences of not completing objectives within a certain number of rounds is having to fight off Lion troops while still working on it.  Without at least one bushi, they'd be screwed.
Kedo
 player, 370 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 24 Dec 2010
at 10:35
Re: OOC 2

 Don't stab the Ronin, stab the lion Ashigaru, the Ronin is on your side!

 And apparently, very very dangerous... eep.
Doji Toyozo
 player, 12 posts
Fri 24 Dec 2010
at 16:47
Re: OOC 2
oops. Sorry.

Changed who I am trying to kill.
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 12 posts
 Bushi
 Duelist
Fri 24 Dec 2010
at 17:34
Re: OOC 2
Someone seems to have ranks in Mirumoto Bushi...

Hmm... maybe I should have gone the cheesier route with this character... he wouldn't have gotten hit that first time :P
Kedo
 player, 371 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 24 Dec 2010
at 19:04
Re: OOC 2

 Oh, just one or two... or four actually, and verging on five after some of the things Kedo has achieved. I have to admit I'm sort of excited about the very real possibility of getting to qualify for and play with the higher rank school abilities... which is not the least reason I'm fingers crossed the game goes on after the siege!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 501 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 24 Dec 2010
at 20:41
Re: OOC 2
I, meanwhile, have been here longer than Kedo -- longer than anyone save the GM actually -- and I'm still stuck on Rank 3.

*sighs*
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 13 posts
 Bushi
 Duelist
Sat 25 Dec 2010
at 03:26
Re: OOC 2
If I had gone the crazyawesome route with my character, I'm pretty sure Takashi would never lose a duel ever... but a stiff breeze would likely be his death >.>
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 150 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 25 Dec 2010
at 04:10
Re: OOC 2
*LOL*

You called? Sorry, I was delayed by a light breeze ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 804 posts
Sat 25 Dec 2010
at 07:22
Re: OOC 2
Happy Holidays everyone!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 81 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 30 Dec 2010
at 07:50
Re: OOC 2
I am going to be away for a while, one or two weeks roughly, without internet access. So I will be out of things for that time, but I should be back and will try to catch up when I do.

Happy New Year everyone.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 809 posts
Thu 30 Dec 2010
at 19:49
Re: OOC 2
Bushi people:  don't be afraid to take the four raises for an extra attack!  The ashigaru only have a TNtbH of 15, four raises takes that up to 35 which all of you can hit with your eyes closed ^_^  Against the samurai that you might be facing, it's a different story, but the ashigaru are just mooks ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 151 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 30 Dec 2010
at 23:31
Re: OOC 2
I was going to ask about that: can the attacks be against different targets?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 810 posts
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 03:59
Re: OOC 2
yes
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 14 posts
 Bushi
 Duelist
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 09:04
Re: OOC 2
It should be noted that the Bayushi Bushi techniques are not conducive to super adders to attack ;)

I will also guess that the 'sure, you can make extra attacks against other targets' is a house rule, since the rules as written do specify that you can only do that if you have two weapons ;)
Kedo
 player, 373 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 13:16
Re: OOC 2

 Yeah well, what can I say but that off the battlefield, Kakita rocks... but when things hit the fan, you want a Miromoto on your side. Albeit one less wounded than Kedo now is... Still, the dice roller giveth and the dice roller taketh away and love it still I must. ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 152 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 15:55
Re: OOC 2
*nods*

The rules as currently written don't do a whole lot; that's why I asked. I mean, I can out-duel most but on the battlefield ... well, it's been nice knowing ya. ;D
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 16 posts
 Bushi
 Duelist
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 17:13
Re: OOC 2
Actually, ironically enough my character is likely a better duelist than most of the kakita trained people.  In 3rd ed, the Kakita bushi was built as an excellent speed skirmisher (ranks two and five are just about the most insane techniques ever), but their duelist bonuses just aren't that great.  Extra focuses and void points are fun and all, but in the end they just don't compete with raw static bonuses (especially when you're cool like me and are rocking a 9k3+16 focus roll on all cylanders... and if that sounds ridiculous, just remember that it could have been 10k4+18, which basically translates to "Takashi will be winning this duel kthxbai").

Also, if you can ever get trained by a kenku, do so.  I was in a 3rd ed game where we had someone who was Kakita bushi 3/Kenku bushi 3.  He only had two attacks, but had something like a 10k5+40 initiative, which meant he always went first and got a ridiculous amount of free raises from KB 2, as well as a rather sizable bonus from Kenku bushi.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 154 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 31 Dec 2010
at 22:46
Re: OOC 2
KB2 ... oh yeah. Huh, looks like I forgot to use some of those free raises that I'll almost definitely get.

Thanks! :D

I don't think Kenku are in Kenshin's future, but we will definitely need to train together. :D (FWIW Kenshin is a "one-trick pony", built that way with GM's permission. Ironically enough, he's working better than most of my "balanced" characters.)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 812 posts
Sun 2 Jan 2011
at 08:45
Re: OOC 2
house rule update in the house rules section (second attack with raises can hit anyone and justification)

no Kenku, sorry, I'm trying to keep to the inter-Clan conflict spirit of L5R rather than supernatural myth aspect ^_^
Kedo
 player, 374 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 2 Jan 2011
at 08:49
Re: OOC 2

 Can't say I was deeply excited by the notion of going lookig for Kenku either - I mean sure, as a Ronin on the mystic path of steel it'd fit Kedo's mojo down to the ground, but he's more likely to be concerning himself with the busienss of men.

 And believe it or not, he's actually a fairly balanced character, appearances in-game to the contrary. Well, I think he is. ^_^
Bayushi Takashi
 player, 17 posts
 Bushi
 Duelist
Sun 2 Jan 2011
at 16:39
Re: OOC 2
Oh trust me, Kaze, I am not surprised.

Hmmm... I just realized that as far as second attacks go, I'm farther behind the curve than the standard Bayushi Bushi.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 82 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Wed 26 Jan 2011
at 16:40
Re: OOC 2
Being moved to a different room again so may be offline a few days. Not that'll hinder much since I haven't posted in a while anyway, but I was going to try and start.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 815 posts
Thu 27 Jan 2011
at 00:32
Re: OOC 2
okay, thanks for letting us know ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 83 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 5 Feb 2011
at 19:46
Re: OOC 2
I've gotten a bit lost. Is the area of the barricade where I under direct attack, or can I continue to work on it?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 819 posts
Sat 5 Feb 2011
at 20:44
Re: OOC 2
you can continue to work at it...in fact, Bayushi Kenshin just eliminated both of the ashigaru who would have attacked you while you were working ^_^;;;
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 827 posts
Tue 8 Mar 2011
at 04:14
Re: OOC 2
update to group 7
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 162 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 02:20
Re: OOC 2
Just wanted to verify something -- we're using 3E rules for Defense, not 3ER right? That is to say, someone with 3 ranks of Defense adds 3 to their TNtbH, not 6?
Kedo
 player, 381 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 02:21
Re: OOC 2

 That's what I've been using, I think.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 163 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 02:22
Re: OOC 2
You mean you've been using 3, ne?
Kedo
 player, 382 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 02:31
Re: OOC 2

 Well, my book is in The Cupboard, but when I look at my sheet it says my defence is:

 [5(Reflexes)+(5+School Rank)+2(Earth Ring)+Armour+(Defence Skill)]

 So I guess it must be.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 829 posts
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 03:49
Re: OOC 2
since I don't actually own 3ER (couldn't afford the extra $50 for small mechanical changes) I think we're still using 3E.  However, I'd be willing to switch to the 3ER defense mechanics if you can come up with a convincing argument for them ^_^

Also, the ashigaru have 10 base TNtbH + 3 for their ashigaru armor, in case you were wondering ^_^

In addition, if anyone feels like I've messed up on the rules, please let me know.  I might have a good reason, but equally likely is that I just messed up ^_^
Kedo
 player, 383 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 12:11
Re: OOC 2

 Does anyone know if there's a workable summing-up of the differences between the original and revised editions lying around anywhere we can chew over?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 164 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 17:29
Re: OOC 2
I don't believe so. The changes are small and scattered, but they usually make a big difference.

In the case of Defense, it's become both more and less potent. You replace (if you want) your TNTbH with the roll under Full Defense (less powerful), but add 2x your rank at all levels and at ... Rank 7? Can add it when under Full Attack.

It would make Kedo even more unstoppable ... ;p
Kedo
 player, 384 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 Mar 2011
at 23:29
Re: OOC 2

 Wouldn't it just, ouch... well, for now I'm content with the fortunes as manifested in the form of the dice roller without feeling the need to slant them further. ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 91 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 06:42
Re: OOC 2
Um, every combat after this one or are the ashigaru about to get reinforcements?

What are VP?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 833 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 13:21
Re: OOC 2
every combat after this one

I'm keeping track of your progress in defeating the Lion with Victory Points, which you earn by meeting each challenge.  The harder the challenge, the more VP you earn.  You have some control over how tough the challenge is by whether you move forward or retreat.  At the end of each challenge, you can advance (and possibly earn more VP but less healing and more glory), stay put (earn the same number of VP and some healing), or retreat (earn fewer VP and more healing but lose glory)
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 165 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 16:15
Re: OOC 2
Ack! -1 vp?!? That'll teach me to play an Honorable character!
Kedo
 player, 387 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 16:38
Re: OOC 2

 Hey, we got -1 VP too and we won our duel plus routed some Ashigaru... I guess something bad happened somewhere. ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 167 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 19:41
Re: OOC 2
Right. So the Combat Monster gets a duel while the Duelist gets mass combat ... Sounds like L5R.
Kedo
 player, 388 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 20:05
Re: OOC 2

 Ahhhh, you assume too much!

 Our duel took place between our duellist and an enemy. Kedo stood it out politely - in order for him to actually get a duel there'd have to be no Clan Bushi around with precedence over him. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 834 posts
Mon 21 Mar 2011
at 23:27
Re: OOC 2
something bad happened somewhere ^_^ suffice to say it was not Kenshin's actions which created the difficulty--if you do something like that, you'll know ^_^
Doji Toyozo
 player, 22 posts
Tue 22 Mar 2011
at 19:28
Re: OOC 2
Kedo, you just admitted yourself as a Dragon in the main thread, i think that is the first time you ever came out and said that.

Also apologizes for misreading Kedo's intentions.
Kedo
 player, 390 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 22 Mar 2011
at 20:00
Re: OOC 2

 I think by this point it's largely obvious what he is - the all-over tattoos, Miromoto training, philosophical bent and tendency to utterly scramble delicate machinations just by being near them all kind of blow his cover. But it wasn't said out loud!

 And don't be silly - Toyozo just jumped the gun some is all, Kedo was thinking rather more dynamically 'cause what I wanted to do was stuntage utilising the inevitable street furniture of a good city fight. 'I hit him, roll dice' is a hell of a lot less interesting than Jackie Channing it with the scenery. ^_^
Doji Toyozo
 player, 23 posts
Tue 22 Mar 2011
at 21:23
Re: OOC 2
I can try a cart kheel when I iai draw next time.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 835 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 00:52
Re: OOC 2
...because Kedo doing crazy stunts in combat is unusual...(thinks back to Kedo cutting a half dozen arrows out of the air, naked bathhouse mass ninja killings, and philosophy discussions while dueling) never mind ^_^

actually, that's not a bad idea, I'd be totally willing to hand out free raises to well considered, well described, and well done stunts.  7th Sea and Exalted have something similar--Dramatic Raises! ^_^
Kedo
 player, 391 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 09:52
Re: OOC 2

 I'm proudest of the naked bathhouse fight, just for themental image of a mad tattooed nutjob vaulting the dividing wall wearing nothing but some strategically placed soap suds before jumping into the middle of a pack of ninjas. ^_^

 But I like the idea of offering a benefit for good stuntage - particularly since it's all in the hands of the GM. A raise or two added after the fact can go towards making something look more impressive or upping the effect of an action without affecting the difficulty we roll against after all.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 168 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 14:48
Re: OOC 2
*thinks about a Swashbuckling Kenshin*

Need to add athletics to my skill list ... ;)
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 92 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 21:04
Re: OOC 2
I wonder what stunts you can do with a bow?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 836 posts
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 23:14
Re: OOC 2
watch Lord of the Rings ^_^ anytime Legolas pulls out his bow is a stunt ^_^
Kedo
 player, 392 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Mar 2011
at 23:22
Re: OOC 2

 Unfortunately he's almost always desperately trying to stroke off the fanboys, which steals pretty much all the cool he might otherwise have managed.
Doji Toyozo
 player, 24 posts
Thu 24 Mar 2011
at 03:11
Re: OOC 2
And completely at the expense of poor Gimli.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 93 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 25 Mar 2011
at 23:22
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg #285):

What, like stabbing someone with an arrow?

I figured the rest would just be called shots maybe, or are called shots actually stunts?

Well, there was the stairs surfing...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 509 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 26 Mar 2011
at 02:03
Re: OOC 2
*shrugs*

I've always played that raises can be used for effect -- and that Iaijutsu raises can be used to minimize damage in the duel (e.g. First Blood looks great, and raises can be used to guarantee no more than 1 pt of damage).

But Daredevil (advantage) is kinda awkward the way it's defined anyway. Perhaps that should be considered?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 837 posts
Sat 26 Mar 2011
at 05:02
Re: OOC 2
I was thinking of free raises more for effect (and good description) rather than over the top action/athletics.  Kenshin's strike that took out two ashigaru, for example, wasn't athletic, but it was artistic and dramatic and would've earned a raise ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 838 posts
Fri 1 Apr 2011
at 03:27
Re: OOC 2
Sorry about the silence guys, I'm still here.  Work's been hectic and I was in a car accident (no one was injured).  Sorry again.
Doji Toyozo
 player, 26 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2011
at 13:54
Re: OOC 2
Kaze-san. How much damage have these strieks been doing, I think I have been hit twice by the Lion but I can't find the damage... I may be out.
Kedo
 player, 395 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 20 Apr 2011
at 13:58
Re: OOC 2

 Uh-oh... Then again, you have higher initiative than I do so hopefully you'd be able to tell me you're going down before I start on the battlefield first aid efforts.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 843 posts
Wed 20 Apr 2011
at 14:44
Re: OOC 2
whoops, sorry about that Toyozo, you've taken 31 wounds (10 from the first round, 8 from the second), you can spend void retroactively to lower those injuries (since I didn't post damage like I should have)
Shosuro Kagehisa
 player, 26 posts
 Wandering peddler.
Thu 21 Apr 2011
at 00:09
Re: OOC 2
So... What are my options, Kaze:
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 844 posts
Thu 21 Apr 2011
at 00:47
Re: OOC 2
...shoot, I knew I was forgetting someone ;_;
sorry about that, I'll have something up for you later tonight
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 849 posts
Thu 26 May 2011
at 14:11
Re: OOC 2
Hey all, sorry for the silence, work's been a bit crazy.  I'll be back on Monday at the latest.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 97 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 26 May 2011
at 19:15
Re: OOC 2
My whole life (if you could call it that) has been that way, so I understand completely. The silence has been a sort of break for me.
Kedo
 player, 399 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 26 May 2011
at 19:59
Re: OOC 2

 Updates, huzzah!

 I've been trying to get a mid-battle chat going with Tomo, but it's been a hard sell I think. ^_^
Doji Toyozo
 player, 31 posts
Fri 3 Jun 2011
at 15:33
Re: OOC 2
HE HE.

Missed the your move part when I first read your post, Kedo, so I merely made that part of Toyozo's natural reaction.
Kedo
 player, 401 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 3 Jun 2011
at 16:05
Re: OOC 2

 Nothing wrong with it at all Toyo, it's just the response was priceless... Kedo was only meant to be using psychological warfare on the poor Lion, not on you too. ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 98 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 4 Jun 2011
at 18:43
Re: OOC 2
Do we roll initiative again or are we still going off what we rolled before?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 852 posts
Sat 4 Jun 2011
at 18:51
Re: OOC 2
still going off what you rolled before
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 173 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 5 Jun 2011
at 02:14
Re: OOC 2
Don't forget -- you haven't taken damage yet, so there are bonuses and benefits ("Tides of Battle"). I forget the whole list since I've only used it to bump my own Init.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 100 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 5 Jun 2011
at 03:35
Re: OOC 2
You can either bump your own initiative or subtract it from theirs. You have to have suffered no wounds since the last turn and can only use it against an enemy you made a successful attack or inflicted a wound.

I forgot about until I looked at your post and noticed you rolled it, so I did too. I got an 8 on it, which I will subtract from the one I shot, if I didn't kill him.

This message was last edited by the player at 03:37, Sun 05 June 2011.

Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 174 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 19 Jun 2011
at 22:47
Re: OOC 2
Ahhhh .... ummmm ...

I need a bit of advice here (not used to playing someone this honorable). We're in the "bragging phase" of the duel challenge when one of us shot the opposing Samurai with an arrow.

Soooooo ...

What is an "Impossibly Honorable" Samurai expected to do in such a situation? No challenge had been laid -- yet. But now I just lost my best opportunity to Duel, etc.

Suggestions?

(I even had my response ready, dang it!)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 855 posts
Sun 19 Jun 2011
at 23:32
Re: OOC 2
make your declaration:  your initiative is higher than Sumi's so your declaration would have taken place seconds before she released her arrow and I'll work the timing out in my post; plus, your enemy might have the defense (yadomejutsu) emphasis ^_^

as for the 'honorable samurai' thing, Kenshin's not responsible for Sumi's actions (and won't take an honor penalty for not doing anything about her attack) and the Lion know that all actions are honorable in warfare (as per Akodo's Leadership), so they won't hold it against either of you...much ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 103 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 15 Jul 2011
at 03:26
Re: OOC 2
I would continue plugging away at her just to distract her if anything, but since it was Kanshin's challenge I'll hold my fire. Should I delete my post then?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 860 posts
Fri 15 Jul 2011
at 04:39
Re: OOC 2
It's up to you what your character does, I just wanted to make sure I was clear about what was going on ^_^  It is a formal challenge though, and you'll lose (more) honor if you don't respect it--not even the Wasp Code covers interfering with someone else's fight ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 104 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 15 Jul 2011
at 14:24
Re: OOC 2
Okay, edited.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 107 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 4 Sep 2011
at 18:29
Re: OOC 2
Did I get hit? I don't know what my own target number is.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 866 posts
Sun 4 Sep 2011
at 20:12
Re: OOC 2
TNtbH = (Reflexes x 5) + Defense
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 108 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 4 Sep 2011
at 21:40
Re: OOC 2
Thanks.

The gonad did hit me!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 110 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 15 Sep 2011
at 02:38
Re: OOC 2
I think I am either down or dead if I am reading damage correctly. Didn't I get hit for like 15 earlier and now 23?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 870 posts
Thu 15 Sep 2011
at 13:52
Re: OOC 2
you'd be in the crippled range, but didn't you ever get healed?  if not, I owe you, Sakura, and Kenshin 14 points of healing.  Plus ashigaru dice shouldn't be exploding, so you're only taking 14 damage (I'll edit the post)
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 111 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Thu 15 Sep 2011
at 14:07
Re: OOC 2
Just so I understand: 14 this time, and the damage before was healed?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 871 posts
Thu 15 Sep 2011
at 14:10
Re: OOC 2
well, 14 points of it, so you're at a grand total of 15 wounds
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 884 posts
Tue 1 Nov 2011
at 03:42
Re: OOC 2
@Kedo: did you want to wait for Toyozo or continue without him?  I've PMed him already, but no luck...
Kedo
 player, 414 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 1 Nov 2011
at 11:28
Re: OOC 2

 I would love to continue with him... but sadly the Curse of Kedo seems to have struck again and I'm left bereft. If possible, could we have him fighting to one side, being fricking' awesome and generally kicking ass so's as I don't get deaded by the many, many Lions? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 885 posts
Sun 6 Nov 2011
at 01:19
Re: OOC 2
Please welcome Daidoji Akimitsu to the game ^_^
He'll be joining Kedo once I get my act together ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 119 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 6 Nov 2011
at 01:38
Re: OOC 2
Welcome Akimitsu!
Kedo
 player, 415 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 6 Nov 2011
at 02:07
Re: OOC 2

 Raaaah, always good to have more people, it makes it less likely that the game will slide into the ranks of the forgotten, which we can't have happening! ^_^
Daidoji Akimitsu
 player, 1 post
Sun 6 Nov 2011
at 02:43
Re: OOC 2
Greetings one and all!

That is what I say Kedo. And I can not abide having good L5R games fall into the maw of darkness never to be seen again.

As a warning, this is my first Crane character so if it seems off or if its a wee over the top keep that in mind. Also feel free to send a PM with tips.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 887 posts
Sun 13 Nov 2011
at 19:53
Re: OOC 2
sorry for the long delay, Akimitsu, Kedo, Toyozo, you're up ^_^
Doji Toyozo
 player, 41 posts
Mon 14 Nov 2011
at 21:34
Re: OOC 2
Kaze, sorry for my own delay. What rolls shall I be making at this time as Kedo has been whirling his blades around me and I find myself a little behind in the times. (Apologies to you as well Kedo for being such a phantom poster this last month+). And greetings to you Akimitsu
Kedo
 player, 417 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 14 Nov 2011
at 22:06
Re: OOC 2

 That's quite alright Doji... and no matter how good the Miromoto school is at multiple opponents (almost as good as the Kakita one is at single opponents) I'm vastly relieved to not be facing down a mob of archers on my own.

 I think I managed to take out the arrows coming your way - depends on how the GM wants to run it, but we're leapfrogging from cover to cover so this round I think we just need a 'moving' post.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 888 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 01:06
Re: OOC 2
@Toyozo:  not a whole lot has happened since your last post ^_^;;; you and Kedo are still running for bear against a fortified Lion barricade, you got some backup in the form of Daidoji Akimitsu (also of the Kakita Bushi school), and Kedo is cutting arrows out of the air like the Iron Chef cuts veggies ^_^

@Kedo:  you've been a yojimbo for most of the game, I'd be excessively rules lawyery and anti-role play if I didn't take that into account (besides, the image of Kedo flying down the street, cutting arrows out of the air like a whirling dervish is too impressive to pass up ^_^)
Kedo
 player, 418 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 01:27
Re: OOC 2

 I love the fact that my success rate for stunts goes up the more cinematic and cool I make them... That's exactly the sort of game I love to play.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 522 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 01:39
Re: OOC 2
Kedo-Kun, are you sure it's the "Curse of Kedo"? I mean, you're the only other Long-term player here, and I'm the only one of the "originals" left.

Maybe it's the "Curse of Sakura"? lol
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 120 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 01:45
Re: OOC 2
I've been with it a long time.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 523 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 02:03
Re: OOC 2
True, but you joined after we reached the City, ne? IIRC, Kedo and myself are the only two that started out before the city walls; I'm the only one that started out with the Crane Clan Champion.

We were actually all Crane then ... LOL
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 121 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 02:30
Re: OOC 2
I wasn't trying to claim I'd been with it as long as you guys, just that I've been here maybe long enough to be a long-term player.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 889 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 02:35
Re: OOC 2
...oh yeah, this was originally a Crane-only game...and there was an entire task force devoted making sure the Crane had allies in Toshi Ranbo before Winter Court happened...and then only three people arrived (Kedo, Daidoji Sakura, and Miya Shiko--and Shiko was an NPC).

There was even a whole subplot involving the Lying Darkness and the Emperor...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 524 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 03:00
Re: OOC 2
Yep. Our only "non-Crane" when we left was a Monk who was formerly Crane. We were also collectively given special authority (a sort of Crane Magistrate thing IIRC) from the Clan Champion which sorta had to dissipate when I was the only Crane left.

I was so proud of Doji Kuwanan picking Sakura specially for this mission, too. ;D
Kedo
 player, 419 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 03:01
Re: OOC 2

 ...which I at least have carefully ignored because I bloody hate the whole lying darkness plot arc and, truth be told most everything that comes in after the 'thousand years of peace' stuff.

 I sort of came into the L5R RPG before all the card game tournaments played 'monster of the week' with Rokugan and although I've enjoyed the later editions, I've never seen anything in any of them that made me even slightly interested in following the dreadful metaplot.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 525 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 03:22
Re: OOC 2
I mostly enjoyed the CCG before WOTC got their hands on it.

I had a problem with the Scorpion Corruption (you give them only one way to win and then you punish them for winning? WTF?!?), but overall I was okay with it.

But then WOTC came.

The whole "The Scorpion are back -- but, wait! They were exiled to the Burning Sands before the game even begins!" put a rather bitter taste in my mouth*, and when they gave us good Heros -- only to kill them off and/or corrupt nearly every darned decent card we had ... well, I had enough of their games. My last deck was the first Kitsune deck.

(We Scorpion do not like being betrayed.)

And don't even get me started with the "Mantis become a Great Clan" nonsense. (Becoming a Great Clan is one thing, but doing it by threatening the Emperor? Say what?)

The only good thing that came out that whole darned thing was when the Dragon Clan stood up for us. That was the result of Dragon Clan players going "WTF are you doing to the Scorpion Clan?!?" and, more or less en-masse, taking our side.

I personally prefer to play pre-clan war games, but they aren't even being run anymore.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 890 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 04:27
Re: OOC 2
::ducks flying chunks of meta-plot::

okay, I'll try to avoid Lying Darkness sub-plots (though given that we're entering Hidden Emperor territory in the timeline, that could be tough ^_^;;; -- I promise not to make it a central part of the plot though ^_^;;;) I started playing the L5R rpg during the Four Winds era so the Lying Darkness is just sort of part of the background for me.

On a related note, the end of the siege is coming soon (soon being a relative term for me ^_^;;;) so the question is where do people want to go from there?  I'm planning on it being court, though where, when, and who is still up in the air.
Daidoji Akimitsu
 player, 3 posts
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 04:44
Re: OOC 2
I'm just sitting here happily listening to the tales of all my extreme elders. There is much to learn from the aged. ^.^

Also, Doji, my character is a very social heavy Kakita so while the same school we probably have a fair amount of differences.
Kedo
 player, 420 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 15 Nov 2011
at 12:12
Re: OOC 2

 I tend to feel that the metaplot is best dumped from a great height and instead used as a background for other things - Rokugan is crammed with sorcerors, warriors, courtiers, plots, schemes, murders, bandit chiefs, wandering ogres, supernatural beings... The massive 'we shall tell you where your story goes and you can watch our awesome GMPC's rule you all' metaplots are practically superfluous.

 I have to admit that after the siege, I'm, it might be interesting to visit the Lion just for completenesses sake, but on the other hand there's a Winter Court coming up, the Emperor is on his way and we happen to be in the city where he'll be appearing. Kedo would give his eye-teeth for a chance to sit at the feet of the Emperors smith for a few hours and I can't wait until he's sitting in front of a Dragon ambassador to the court and trying to explain the last week or two and why all the Crane are looking at anyone in a green kimono with even more disconcerted respect than usual. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 891 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2011
at 03:26
Re: OOC 2
please welcome back Bayushi Kenji after a long absence ^_^

plus, I archived four years of threads so everyone can see what's happened before ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:13, Wed 16 Nov 2011.

Bayushi Kenji
 player, 47 posts
Wed 16 Nov 2011
at 05:34
Re: OOC 2
Howdy, guys and gals.  Now, to attend to a few of these enemies...
Kedo
 player, 421 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 17 Nov 2011
at 01:38
Re: OOC 2

 Damn' but it's nice to see this game moving again after so long! ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 526 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 18 Nov 2011
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
Well, I'd actually like Sakura to "go Ronin" with the "new-to-be" Emerald Champion, but Winter Court would work well ... especially if the Emperor & Empress are there.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 185 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 18 Nov 2011
at 03:24
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin definitely needs to do Winter Court, but he'll mostly be trying to keep his mouth shut. LOL
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 894 posts
Wed 23 Nov 2011
at 03:41
Re: OOC 2
all right, out numbered 5 to 1 and unable to respond offensively for 3 rounds, Kedo and Toyozo are totally uninjured and about to wreck complete and total havoc on the poor Lion Ashigaru...I'm going to have to send tougher enemies, since overwhelming numbers don't seem to work ^_^

oh, and Kedo, you can still post actions (besides cutting the 1 arrow that beat your TNtbH--which you demolished)
Kedo
 player, 423 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Nov 2011
at 03:45
Re: OOC 2

 I'd love to, but unfortunately arrow-cutting is a pretty taxing action all its own. And please, don't feel obligated to kick our asses on my account - after all, it would only take a couple of hits to put Kedo on his backside bleeding, same as anyone else and a couple of those came damn' close. If they'd been stood in two groups or firing from more than one place or had rolled slightly higher the cumulative volley bonuses would have feathered me like a pillow. ^_^
Kedo
 player, 424 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 23 Nov 2011
at 18:09
Re: OOC 2

Kaze no Kage:
2am for everyone


 Tired when you were posting then boss? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 896 posts
Wed 23 Nov 2011
at 18:12
Re: OOC 2
no, trying to type on a borrowed iPad...damn autocorrect ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 898 posts
Thu 24 Nov 2011
at 04:35
Re: OOC 2
in case you missed it, small xp reward for everyone (with a larger one to come after the siege) plus a few new house rules in preparation for Winter Court.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 49 posts
Thu 24 Nov 2011
at 05:48
Re: OOC 2
And Kenji has re-entered the game.  Yay!
Kedo
 player, 425 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 24 Nov 2011
at 11:09
Re: OOC 2

 Huzzah!

 Which reminds me. A little while back I created an epic 'who's who' post for the game, including everyone mentioned or met up to that point. The response was less than overwhelming, but since most of the commentary is (i) my own words and experiences (ii) snarky, anyone who wants a more accurate synopsis is invited to take a look and page me with the update so's I can keep it up to date. ^_^

This message was last edited by the player at 11:10, Thu 24 Nov 2011.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 528 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 26 Nov 2011
at 04:56
Re: OOC 2
Hah! After all this time I'm finally closing in on Insight Rank 4!

insert maniacal laughter here

Yes! My plan to get to Insight Rank 6 might come to passsssss ...

(LOL!)

So, Kedo-Kun -- what are you now? Like, Rank 12? LOL
Kedo
 player, 426 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 26 Nov 2011
at 11:37
Re: OOC 2

 Nope, Rank 4 and ruing the fact that as a Ronin I'll not be able to ascend to Rank 5 until such time as I put off the gray's and rejoin the Dragon. Although I might be able to sweet-talk the GM into having a training-capable Bushi with the Dragon envoys. ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 123 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 04:59
Re: OOC 2
What are VP and do we roll the healing?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 901 posts
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 06:10
Re: OOC 2
Vp are how I'm keeping track of the progress of the battle.  The more you have,the closer to the end you are.

Yes, you roll healing
Kedo
 player, 427 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 11:20
Re: OOC 2

 Incidentally, as a fairly competent battle-type, how do things seem to be going with the Mad Ronin's Plan? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 903 posts
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 15:38
Re: OOC 2

you can tell from the degree of resistance that you've been encountering that the battle is probably going well from the Crane perspective.  The Lion seem less confused than you'd hope, but that's probably because you're closer to their chain of command than they'd like and orders flow smoothly when you're close to the top.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 124 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 17:09
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg #355):

Do we need to keep track of them or are you doing it?
Kedo
 player, 428 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 17:35
Re: OOC 2

 I'm guessing The Boss is doing it... But it sounds as though we're on to a winner if we can just win through to the point where their messengers are pouring back and forth through the gates we ceded them. With a large chunk of their army inside the city but unable to coordinate against a foe that knows exactly what it's up to, they're in for a bad day in the time it'll take them to open up more lines of communication.

 Going to be hard on those of us that are blocking the gate mind. ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 125 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 18:59
Re: OOC 2
Maybe not too hard. Think positively. :)
Kedo
 player, 429 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 19:02
Re: OOC 2

 Alright, I'm positive it's going to be hard on those of us holding the gate. ^_^

 Be damn' cool if we all get there at the same time though!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 126 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 5 Dec 2011
at 19:36
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, that would be nice.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 905 posts
Tue 13 Dec 2011
at 03:05
Re: OOC 2
sorry I haven't posted, been sick, I'll try to get something up tomorrow
Kedo
 player, 430 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 13 Dec 2011
at 10:53
Re: OOC 2

 As long as you're still around boss, I think we'll be patient. Just don't fall down on us! ^_^
Kedo
 player, 431 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 24 Dec 2011
at 03:39
Re: OOC 2

 Teeny missing detail boss - is the Ashigaru response bowfire or melee, and in either case does the barricade provide them any protection (or are we assailing it from the rear)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 907 posts
Sat 24 Dec 2011
at 08:23
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, thought I'd clarified that.  They're attacking from melee and the barricade adds +7 to their TNtbH making the total 25

I've fixed it in the post too
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 910 posts
Sun 25 Dec 2011
at 18:31
Re: OOC 2
Happy holidays everyone!
Kedo
 player, 433 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 25 Dec 2011
at 19:46
Re: OOC 2

 Happy holidays indeed!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 131 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Wed 28 Dec 2011
at 21:03
Re: OOC 2
We won the battle at the barricade, correct? Now we are looking for some way to press the advantage?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 914 posts
Wed 28 Dec 2011
at 21:10
Re: OOC 2
Yes, but there are a lot of different skirmishes going on and the ashigaru came from one that isn't going as well.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 132 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Wed 28 Dec 2011
at 21:28
Re: OOC 2
I know. That's why I was asking to make sure I was right about the situation. We can go help.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 915 posts
Fri 30 Dec 2011
at 19:33
Re: OOC 2
Yes, but there are a lot of different skirmishes going on and the ashigaru came from one that isn't going as well.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 134 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 30 Dec 2011
at 19:57
Re: OOC 2
Exactly why I'm volunteering to go back and help.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 916 posts
Sun 1 Jan 2012
at 18:44
Re: OOC 2
Happy New Year!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 189 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 2 Jan 2012
at 00:41
Re: OOC 2
Hey, sorry for the delay -- things got hectic on this end.

Ironically enough, I was planning on sneaking thought this time. I'll give you his reasoning IC. ;D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 918 posts
Sat 7 Jan 2012
at 18:09
Re: OOC 2
so is anyone waiting on anything from me?  or are we still in the holiday slump?
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 136 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 7 Jan 2012
at 18:47
Re: OOC 2
I don't know everyone else, but I'm waiting.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 56 posts
Sat 7 Jan 2012
at 21:20
Re: OOC 2
Okie dokie, boss, I edited my post to reflect Kenji's observing of the battle.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 57 posts
Sat 14 Jan 2012
at 17:27
Re: OOC 2
Are we in a slump due to classes restarting?  Praying this is the case.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 920 posts
Sat 14 Jan 2012
at 19:04
Re: OOC 2
I was waiting for Kenshin and Sakura, but I was planning on moving forward today
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 138 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 14 Jan 2012
at 19:33
Re: OOC 2
Cool!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 191 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 16 Jan 2012
at 00:19
Re: OOC 2
Waiting on me? Didn't realize that. Gomen Nasai!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 532 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 16 Jan 2012
at 00:20
Re: OOC 2
Sakura's kinda lead weight in this thread. Until & unless they start sneaking again, that is.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 922 posts
Mon 16 Jan 2012
at 00:28
Re: OOC 2
well, sneaking has begun ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 534 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 16 Jan 2012
at 00:41
Re: OOC 2
Oh goody! That means she can do nothing quietly!. LOL!
Doji Toyozo
 player, 47 posts
Wed 18 Jan 2012
at 17:08
Re: OOC 2
Do we still have Akimitsu around? I will leave him to introduce himself.  Kedo, I took the initiative to introduce you becuase Toyozo looks down on your "unorthodox tactics and manners". :D
Kedo
 player, 437 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 18 Jan 2012
at 17:44
Re: OOC 2

 It absolutely suits me... I like having a straight man around to play off because it lets Kedo wince whenever someone bigs him up around the punters. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 927 posts
Wed 8 Feb 2012
at 15:11
Re: OOC 2
Hey all,

Sorry about the total silence for a while, things got really busy at work.  They're looking to stay busy this week, so I'll try to get something up in the next day or two, but no guarantees.  After this week, though, things are looking a lot less hectic, so I'm going to try to get things going faster then.

sorry again,
Trystero
Kedo
 player, 440 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 8 Feb 2012
at 15:37
Re: OOC 2

 I think by this point we're all in it for the long hall, but speaking for myself I am endlessly pleased by little 'hey guys, I ain'tn't dead' posts like this and not just because they're simple good manners. Don't worry boss, we'll be here when you get to us. ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 62 posts
Wed 8 Feb 2012
at 18:21
Re: OOC 2
Ditto.  I, for one, have no stones to throw regarding hectic schedules.  lol
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 539 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 9 Feb 2012
at 04:24
Re: OOC 2
I'm stubborn enough that I've got to stay around long enough to try to get to Insight Rank 6! LOL
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 930 posts
Wed 22 Feb 2012
at 04:34
Re: OOC 2
...I think I've figured out how to run combat with Kedo in them:  treat them like Iaijutsu duels.  There's no slow wearing down of the opponent, it's just BOOM and done.  ^_^
Kedo
 player, 442 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 22 Feb 2012
at 10:49
Re: OOC 2

 With a Matsu wielding a heavy weapon?

 Kedo can probably take two solid hits before he goes the hell down, so he fights defensive, maneuvers and tries to avoid letting them get the hit until he can strike - fighting two at once would have been lethal if he hadn't gone for a door and taken them one at a time. He'd have probably killed one, then been hacked down in seconds by the other.

 Kedo is very, very dangerous but I am under no illusions about how much of it has been luck too. ^_^
Kedo
 player, 450 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 16 Mar 2012
at 09:09
Re: OOC 2

 Toyozo... You can add 1k1 to your initiative if you're taking Kedo's tactical advice on our way in, since we're in a continuous scuffle. Might help us to get the drop on the Matsu. He will, by the way be putting you in front and covering your flank - you're the Clan Bushi after all. ^_^
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 67 posts
Mon 19 Mar 2012
at 22:48
Re: OOC 2
Am I close enough to get in close to the archers?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 952 posts
Mon 19 Mar 2012
at 23:53
Re: OOC 2
@Kenji:  no, but you can get there.  Reflexes/Stealth to increase your TNtbH by your roll -15, Agility/Athletics to get there TN 60 (if you don't make the TN you can roll again the next round at a lower TN to represent the progress you made).

@Kedo:  Toyozo's going to be absent for a while due to RL stuff, feel free to post
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 547 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 19 Mar 2012
at 23:56
Re: OOC 2
Ignore me, I'm not doing anything important ... *evil laughter*

Oops, sorry. Thought I was Isawa-no-Kami for a moment ... LOL
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 961 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 03:27
Re: OOC 2
...just a few things to wrap up, but the Siege of Toshi Ranbo is done ^_^

you won ^_^

Question:  do you guys want to continue in this game for Winter Court?  or should I create a new game for a fresh start (and less clutter)?

This message was last edited by the GM at 03:29, Sun 29 Apr 2012.

Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 153 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 03:48
Re: OOC 2
I'm okay with winter court. Winter court is where I do half my rather dishonorable trade.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 962 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 04:12
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Tsuruchi Sumi (msg #399):

What I meant was, do you guys want me to open up a new game with the same characters so that there aren't five years of  old posts that are now irrelevant ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 154 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 04:29
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg #400):

What would be easier for you?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 963 posts
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 04:39
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Tsuruchi Sumi (msg #401):

It's all the same to me, that's why I'm asking ^_^ if one was easier I'd just go with that one ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 155 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 04:59
Re: OOC 2
I would like to do the winter court option then.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 551 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 23:10
Re: OOC 2
Hey, now! All my hard work goes up in smoke? LOL!

I know all that "clutter" doesn't mean much to the rest of the "newbies", but I've kinda got sentimental attachments to it. Well, some of it at any rate ... LOL
Kedo
 player, 456 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 23:29
Re: OOC 2

 I'd prefer to keep the existing threads and just let them roll gracefully off the page. I still sometimes go back and look through them just to work out what's on. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 552 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 29 Apr 2012
at 23:40
Re: OOC 2
Yes, well ... I'm afraid we have to throw you another curve ball, Kedo-Kun.

*cue evil laughter*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 964 posts
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 02:27
Re: OOC 2
as curve balls go, this one isn't too bad--for one, it doesn't make me entirely rewrite the climactic scene where Kedo arrives just in time to see poor Kakita Tsutomu cut down by the Lion general ^_^
Kedo
 player, 457 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 21:33
Re: OOC 2

 Huh, I figured it was my friend from the office who offered to adopt me in the tent. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 965 posts
Mon 30 Apr 2012
at 21:42
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kedo (msg #408):

It is that guy ^_^ Tsutomu is safely protecting the governor
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 554 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 1 May 2012
at 01:34
Re: OOC 2
We will be getting XP, right? I mean, as long as I've been playing it'd be nice to finally get to Insight Rank 4. LOL.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 966 posts
Tue 1 May 2012
at 01:54
Re: OOC 2
yes ^_^ you'll definitely be getting XP ^_^
Daidoji Nori
 player, 1 post
 Crane Clan Duelist
Tue 1 May 2012
at 13:31
Re: OOC 2
Please remove me from the game.  Thank you. :)
Shosuro Kasumi
 player, 5 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Wed 2 May 2012
at 01:28
Re: OOC 2
And we're back!

Muah-ha-ha-ha!!!
Kedo
 player, 459 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 2 May 2012
at 07:03
Re: OOC 2

 At which point I have to ask:

 Where did you pop up from?

 My reaction would obviously be different if you stepped out of the Lion Commanders Tent to what it would be if you manifested in a puff of smoke. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 969 posts
Wed 2 May 2012
at 22:47
Re: OOC 2
from the streets Kedo and Toyozo used to get there.  Kenshin, Kasumi, and Sakura followed the trail of dead and wounded to find you.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 206 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 3 May 2012
at 23:19
Re: OOC 2
Ah, sorry 'bout that. Forgot you couldn't see the GM transition on our thread ...

I'll go edit.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 208 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 3 May 2012
at 23:52
Re: OOC 2
Not much, but I hope it helps.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 156 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 4 May 2012
at 06:17
Re: OOC 2
Did we get XP?
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 157 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sun 6 May 2012
at 03:28
Re: OOC 2
Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been at a bit of a loss as to what to post.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 970 posts
Sun 6 May 2012
at 03:37
Re: OOC 2
at the moment, anything ^_^ we're in that nebulous time between objectives.

you could watch the Lion for signs of treachery or even start schmoozing in preparation for Winter Court
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 559 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 8 May 2012
at 00:54
Re: OOC 2
Sakura & Kasumi will be watching the Lion ... schmoozing comes later.

Oh, and to answer your question, Sumi -- no, we haven't gotten XP yet. You would be hearing shouts of joy from me if we had -- I'm exactly 1 insight away from Rank 4.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 972 posts
Tue 8 May 2012
at 20:54
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg #421):

Okay, so apparently I overestimated the number of things left to do in this scene ^_^;;;

Before Winter Court begins, what things do y'all want to accomplish?  For example, I'm pretty sure Sakura and Kasumi want to have a quiet chat with Kedo.  Kenji probably wants to debrief with the scorpion.  Etc.
Kedo
 player, 462 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 8 May 2012
at 20:59
Re: OOC 2

 Kedo would probably quite enjoy a chance to spend a few days with a Dragon sensei talking over his recent experiences, meeting the second smith in the city recommended to him, writing some letters to a certain Crane lady and trying to do his level best to cooperate with the inevitable Crane efforts to minimise his role in recent events. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 973 posts
Wed 9 May 2012
at 03:20
Re: OOC 2
Any other pre-winter court business (besides xp ^_^)
Okeio
 player, 2 posts
 The sea cleanses all
Wed 9 May 2012
at 17:04
Re: OOC 2
Hello everyone!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 560 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 May 2012
at 00:26
Re: OOC 2
Hello!

Ironically enough, Kedo wasn't at the top of the list -- the Governor was. But, hey ...
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 211 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 10 May 2012
at 00:55
Re: OOC 2
Well, most of what Kenshin needs to do is best done behind the scenes. But his one remaining duty really can't be done until Winter Court. That's when he need to (try to) talk to Kachiko-Dono.

:D
Hida Kazuki
 player, 1 post
Fri 11 May 2012
at 22:12
Re: OOC 2
Hi, I'll play Hida Kazuki, a master of tessenjutsu, a veteran go player and a fan of poetry and art, who disdains the heavy weapons typically used by his clan.

And he's a Hida Berserker.
Kedo
 player, 468 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 11 May 2012
at 22:20
Re: OOC 2

 Welcome aboard!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 212 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 13 May 2012
at 19:25
Re: OOC 2
Welcome, welcome!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 564 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 13 May 2012
at 19:25
Re: OOC 2
The Twins welcome you as well!
Hida Kazuki
 player, 2 posts
Sun 13 May 2012
at 20:45
Re: OOC 2
Thank you all! I can't wait to begin!

PS : There is something that has been bugging me for a while : if Rokugani loathe all contact with the bodies and body parts of dead things, including leather, then why is there parchment on the equipment list? And why is it amongst the standard peaces of gear that can go into a traveling bag?

This message was last edited by the player at 22:40, Sun 13 May 2012.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 981 posts
Mon 14 May 2012
at 02:42
Re: OOC 2
because the writers didn't do their research and assumed parchment was just another kind of paper ^_^
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 163 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Mon 14 May 2012
at 02:53
Re: OOC 2
It might be a form of papyrus instead of true parchment.
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 72 posts
Mon 14 May 2012
at 04:09
Re: OOC 2
I guess I should post Kenji's correspondences, eh?  There's a certain lady who may or may not be awaiting a letter from him, and who may or may not be attending Winter Court with her family.  At the GM's discretion, of course.
Okeio
 player, 6 posts
 The sea cleanses all
Mon 14 May 2012
at 04:15
Re: OOC 2
It is actually a little known fact that parchment can be vegetable based. We call it paper, but it is actually parchment. It started being called paper in china during the 10th century to differentiate between the cheap bamboo parchment peasants used and the vellum of the upper strata.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 565 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 15 May 2012
at 16:09
Re: OOC 2
Anyone I would know? LOL
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 984 posts
Wed 16 May 2012
at 02:51
Re: OOC 2
@Kenji - feel free to send your letter (you can do it via PM if you'd like), yes, she's likely to be at Winter Court ^_^

@Sakura - probably ^_^ and if not, you'll definitely be introduced at Court (along with a number of other Crane women who have not Crane penpals ^_^)
Yoritomo Kinnosuke
 player, 1 post
Fri 25 May 2012
at 14:42
Re: OOC 2
Hello everyone! Thought i would take this opportunity to introduce myself.

I'm going to be playing the Yoritomo courtier Kinnosuke, a young man with a passion for Riches, Tea and increasing the standing of the Mantis Clan (not necessarily in that order).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 999 posts
Sat 9 Jun 2012
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
Hey all, sorry for the relative silence.  Work's been kinda crazy with end of the school year shenannegans.  Things should be better next week
Doji Hirai
 player, 1 post
Sat 9 Jun 2012
at 03:36
Re: OOC 2
Hello everyone. I, like Kinnosuke, am new. Also like him, I'll be playing a courtier, though representing the Crane clan and the Doji family.
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 174 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Sat 9 Jun 2012
at 06:26
Re: OOC 2
Welcome to the game Hirai.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 17 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Mon 11 Jun 2012
at 00:32
Re: OOC 2
Welcome! From both of us!
Tsuruchi Sumi
 player, 176 posts
 Butei academy actress
 Meek and very beautiful
Fri 15 Jun 2012
at 04:52
Re: OOC 2
time got away from me today, I'll have to wait until tomorrow to post.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 571 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 19 Jun 2012
at 00:24
Re: OOC 2
Hear ye! Hear ye!

Let it be known: after five years of hard labor, with efforts going back to the beginning of known time -- err, the game -- Daidoji Sakura has finally made it to Insight Rank 4! There will be a party held in her honor!

(I hear that the Emperor will attend ... LOL!)

[Can you tell I've been wanting this for a while now? *chuckles*]
Hida Kazuki
 player, 7 posts
Tue 19 Jun 2012
at 02:03
Re: OOC 2
Congratulation!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1004 posts
Tue 19 Jun 2012
at 04:33
Re: OOC 2
Heading out for SoCal tomorrow afternoon, to visit friends, so no posts for about a week, sorry.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1015 posts
Sat 30 Jun 2012
at 02:38
Re: OOC 2
hey, y'all, I'm going to be heading to Hawaii from the 3rd to the 15th, so not so many posts, sorry.  I'll try to get everyone a response in the main thread before I go ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1024 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2012
at 04:31
Re: OOC 2
hey guys, I'm back, I swear, I'm just having trouble finding time to answer all the posts  at once ^_^
Hida Kazuki
 player, 10 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2012
at 23:07
Re: OOC 2
I've got to tip my hat to you. Managing all those characters and plot lines at once is no mean feat.

Okay, during July you didn't post much - but then I can't complain about that, I was pretty busy myself.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1033 posts
Thu 19 Jul 2012
at 23:15
Re: OOC 2
why thank you ^_^  I think everyone has a reply now, right?
Kedo
 player, 480 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 21 Jul 2012
at 07:40
Re: OOC 2

 Yup, although I need one for Something about Steel. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 572 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 16:18
Re: OOC 2
As another of my L5R games is now DOA, so I looked and ... Can't find another L5R game (3E or 3ER). Anyone know of another?

[I have nothing against 4th edition, but as a general rule I refuse to buy a system for RPOL -- the games do two dangled quickly]
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1035 posts
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:03
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg # 453):

sorry, no, I was in one, but it died :-(
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 573 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:12
Re: OOC 2
Did the game you were in happen to have a Kitsu named Kiyoshi? ;D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1036 posts
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:20
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg # 455):

it did!  I was Suzume Kirika ^_^ I joined and then it died :-(
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 78 posts
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:34
Re: OOC 2
4000th game post!

And so it's not just filler, are we just waiting on the other players to post their actions?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1037 posts
Thu 16 Aug 2012
at 17:58
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Bayushi Kenji (msg # 457):

yeah, pretty much, I haven't forgotten y'all I promise ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 574 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 19 Aug 2012
at 20:13
Re: OOC 2
Laughs

I've had that happen to me more times than I can count. Do you know this is the first L5R game I can recall actually "leveling up" in? I was hoping to play something long enough to get to Insight Rank 8, but that does not appear to be in the cards.

So, is  my cousin and his True Love here somewhere?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1038 posts
Sun 19 Aug 2012
at 21:24
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg # 459):

I don't know ^_^ I think I may drop every one a PM today and maybe rethink my plot depending who all is here.  school is starting up again so I may be a bit slow to respond, but I think we've been here too long to let things die ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1039 posts
Thu 6 Sep 2012
at 04:19
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 460):

okay, y'all!

first, I'm still here, but work has been crazy busy lately! so if I'm a bit slow it's cuz RL ate me and hasn't spit me back out again.

second, I want to know if you want to continue with this particular court thread or move to a more communal scene (so y'all can talk and not have to wait for me) either is fine, I just want to know what y'all would find most fun

third...there is no third, so forget I said anything ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 575 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 6 Sep 2012
at 16:20
Re: OOC 2
I don't mind either way. But it's good to know you're still about! :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 576 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 7 Sep 2012
at 23:03
Re: OOC 2
So, I wanted to see if there was any interest in a "high-level" Epic game. 3E-Revised. "Nearly anything" allowed; insight rank 5 or 6. Akodo or Hantei must start either Ronin or Warrior Quest (Ronin).

Alternate Rokugan, roughly equal to just before the clan wars though several centuries later. But all heck will break loose ... As you might expect from an Epic game.

Thoughts?
Hida Kazuki
 player, 12 posts
Fri 7 Sep 2012
at 23:10
Re: OOC 2
Well, that would allow us to enjoy the über goodness that is high rank play, which in PbP is harder to find than a bishi Hida.

Concerning Kaze's question, I'm for the communal scene.
Kedo
 player, 481 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 7 Sep 2012
at 23:46
Re: OOC 2

 I'm good either way.

 As for the high-end epic... that depends. I love the idea of getting to play with the cool toys, that's all fine and dandy but:

 Are we talking epic with epic storylines of empire-shaking importance turning on brave deeds and careful words or just faux-epic 'monster of the week, grab the crystal/jade/iron/unobtanium tanto'?

 'Cause the latter is exactly what turned me off L5R's awful attempt at timeline continuity y'see.
Hida Kazuki
 player, 13 posts
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 00:00
Re: OOC 2
L5R evolving timeline was always a little weird for me, how the entire game world would radically change every few years.

But then the universe I prefer to roleplay in is a lot more open and malleable, and the GM could shift the time of the game a few millennia into the past and you could be forgiven for not noticing it.

Anyway, one thing I'd like to see in such a high-level game would be the imminent threat of the encroaching Yodotai Empire.

This message was last edited by the player at 00:02, Sat 08 Sept 2012.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 577 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 00:58
Re: OOC 2
Kedo: the former. If the Unobtainium Tanto becomes a factor, it's only because Kedo rolled so high I had no choice someone figured out how to create one -- on their own initiative.

Kazuki: hadn't thought of that. Hmmmmmmm .........
Kedo
 player, 482 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 8 Sep 2012
at 13:20
Re: OOC 2

 Oh, I probably wouldn't dust Kedo off for a second starring (hah!) role. No, I've an (actual) Ronin Shugenja I'd like to try next time.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1041 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 14:33
Re: OOC 2
woohoo!  finally found the time to get my act together!  ^_^

I've chunked everyone's response into one big post, so I think I got everyone!  please, if I've missed you, let me know!

also, epic L5R sounds like fun!  though I probably only have time to lurk in a game like that at the moment :-(
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 578 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 16:43
Re: OOC 2
I reread my Burning Sands material. Well conceived, but not terribly well executed. Maybe I missed it, but it appears that the Yodotai have no native magic ... and no real way to resist magic. But they're still the most terrifying military force in the world. *shrugs* but, maybe I just missed something.

Kaze: I may be able to work something out. Wouldn't be as fun as posting regularly, but it would be better than not playing. I think. *lol*
Hida Kazuki
 player, 14 posts
Thu 13 Sep 2012
at 17:26
Re: OOC 2
The Yodotai all have magic resistance and can buy more even after character creation with no limit to how high a magic resistance rating they can have. Also, the ghosts of their ancestors fight at their sides and they are one of the best trained and disciplined military force. A samurai may be a blade master, but against an impervious wall of shields and spears, that isn't going to do much.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 579 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 14 Sep 2012
at 03:03
Re: OOC 2
Ah yes, I did forget about that. Does make a wee bit of a difference, doesn't it. *lol*

Seriously, though, I remember being impressed with how much good a few well placed leaders would do. Give me a few days ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1042 posts
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 16:29
Re: OOC 2
...I have no idea who the Yodotai are or what they're doing in Rokugan ;_;
Hida Kazuki
 player, 15 posts
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 17:05
Re: OOC 2
Think Roman Empire or Byzantine Empire, with legionnaires, shieldwalls and turtle formations, a distinctly expansionist bent, and worshiping Ten Gods, Sons and Daughters of Sky and Earth, cast from the Heavens. The spirits of theirs Gods visited them one by one, urging them to conquer and expand. The first was the leader of their pantheon, Conquest, who appeared to the Yodotai in 45(year Hantei died). Also they strongly honor their ancestors, who literally fight by their side.

This is what Conquest supposedly looks like :


Yes, the disturbing links are commented on IC in the Burning Sands book.

This message was last edited by the player at 17:10, Sat 15 Sept 2012.

Daidoji Sakura
 player, 580 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 20:11
Re: OOC 2
They're not in Rokugan. They're actually Burning sands folk, beyond the Unicorn's northern wall. Basically, it's the Roman Empire. So, Hida-San's idea was to have them come knocking ...

Which, actually, could be an interesting plot complication ...

*Evil Laugh*
Kuni Yenko
 player, 1 post
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 20:21
Re: OOC 2
Hello all, new player here should be joining you sometime very soon.
Hida Kazuki
 player, 16 posts
Sat 15 Sep 2012
at 21:26
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
They're not in Rokugan. They're actually Burning sands folk, beyond the Unicorn's northern wall. Basically, it's the Roman Empire. So, Hida-San's idea was to have them come knocking ...

Which, actually, could be an interesting plot complication ...

*Evil Laugh*


More like :

Crab : Yay, we finally beat back the shadowland immensely, reclaimed our old holdings and made the wall basically obsolete!
Unicorn : Come over here, we need a totally new wall to hold back this unending horde of gaijins!
Crab : &*@-#!@*


Anyway, greetings fellow Crab!
Kuni Yenko
 player, 3 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 12:15
Re: OOC 2
Well not a very auspicious start to the game for me. Think I'll blame the saki >.<
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1044 posts
Sun 23 Sep 2012
at 14:34
Re: OOC 2
That's okay, lots of people make that mistake about Shiba Mifune ^_^ his whole character just screams Lion, so he's not offended in the least ^_^
Ichiro Taki
 player, 1 post
Wed 26 Sep 2012
at 15:46
Re: OOC 2
Hello!  Nice to meet everyone.  I've always liked the L5R setting, but haven't gotten to play in it before.  Hopefully we have some good times!
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 221 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sun 7 Oct 2012
at 01:54
Re: OOC 2
I forget the rules for this, but I forgot to OOC my post: Kenshin's honor is high fives; his wife's in the mid threes. So whatever they're up to, it's probably not Evil (TM).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1047 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 02:38
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, just letting you know that I'm still here, but I've been having a rough couple of weeks that has prevented me from devoting the time to this game--involving, in no particular order, emergency meetings, pages of bevioral observations, and a tetanus shot.  I'm going to try to get things back on track this week though.

Thanks for your patience!
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 7 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 02:47
Re: OOC 2
Sounds rough, hope things start getting better for you!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 6 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 03:17
Re: OOC 2
Vibes to you and yours! I hope things get better soon. We will be here when you get the time
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 81 posts
Tue 16 Oct 2012
at 13:26
Re: OOC 2
Take your time to get your things in order, boss.  Like has been said, we'll be here.  Well, the majority of us anyway.  We know how it goes.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 583 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 17 Oct 2012
at 01:33
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, we're here.

For those that showed interest in an Epic L5R game, I've started the construction work (pardon my dust). You can find it here:

link to another game
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 83 posts
Fri 26 Oct 2012
at 04:08
Re: OOC 2
Oh, not-so-subtle romance blossoming.
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 10 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Fri 2 Nov 2012
at 14:26
Re: OOC 2
Ikage, I'm pretty sure that Bayushi Kenji is out in the gardens with a Doji, not participating in the discussion inside - unless I missed something. :)
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 84 posts
Fri 2 Nov 2012
at 14:38
Re: OOC 2
You didn't miss something, I am indeed in the gardens.
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 9 posts
Fri 2 Nov 2012
at 14:55
Re: OOC 2
BAH!!!, I will adjust right now. Sorry!!
Bayushi Kenji
 player, 85 posts
Fri 2 Nov 2012
at 15:24
Re: OOC 2
It's all good. Just glad we caught it early. Haha!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 10 posts
Fri 2 Nov 2012
at 18:29
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, it was a weird morning
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1049 posts
Sat 3 Nov 2012
at 18:54
Re: OOC 2
Just letting y'all know that I'm still here, just been really busy with work stuff!  I haven't forgotten about you though!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 12 posts
Sun 18 Nov 2012
at 00:57
Re: OOC 2
I leave for Idaho tomorrow for the week. I will be taking my laptop, but I am unsure of how much free time will be available to me so my posts may lag behind till Friday when I return. Feel free to NPC me if I am holding anything up
Kedo
 player, 491 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 24 Nov 2012
at 01:29
Re: OOC 2

 Before you disappear Kenshin, give the lass at the table a chance to react! ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 230 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 24 Nov 2012
at 03:58
Re: OOC 2
Ummm ... okay.
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 13 posts
Sun 25 Nov 2012
at 12:45
Re: OOC 2
I have returned from Idaho
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1053 posts
Sun 25 Nov 2012
at 16:50
Re: OOC 2
Yay! Welcome back!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1054 posts
Wed 28 Nov 2012
at 23:55
Re: OOC 2
Except for Kedo, Kenshin, and Sakura, is anyone waiting on a post from me?
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 13 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Thu 29 Nov 2012
at 01:16
Re: OOC 2
I never did find out what happened with that roll I made (although it probably wasn't succesful).

Taiki's not a big player, so he's mostly reacting to other people, like Kenshin's wife, Shiba Mifune, the Hida, and so forth.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1055 posts
Thu 29 Nov 2012
at 01:36
Re: OOC 2
ah, okay
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1062 posts
Sun 16 Dec 2012
at 17:35
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, just letting you know that I'm still alive ^_^ work has been kicking my butt which is why I haven't been as responsive as I ought to be.  But I'm working on it ^_^ Plus I need to do some reorganizing of threads and groups.  I'll try to update in the next couple of days or so.

Thanks for your patience!
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 5 posts
Sun 16 Dec 2012
at 18:30
Re: OOC 2
It is ok....:)  I am just waiting to find out if I will be able to participate in the Go tournament.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1063 posts
Thu 20 Dec 2012
at 14:21
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, I know everyone is totally waiting on me, sorry!  My life is being eaten by work and baby classes!  I'll try to get something out by this weekend, sorry!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 15 posts
Thu 20 Dec 2012
at 15:15
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 504):

No worries. Real life comes first. Take your time, we will be here when you get the time
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 17 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Fri 21 Dec 2012
at 06:16
Re: OOC 2
This probably won't really matter, but I'll be away until about the 27th.  Happy Holidays!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1068 posts
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 19:44
Re: OOC 2
Just to be clear, all of the main threads have moved to the Opening Moves thread (unless there are things that you feel are unresolved in Pomp and Circumstance)
Kedo
 player, 496 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 19:48
Re: OOC 2

 Heh, Kedo is just going to keep it going long enough to resolve the whole 'Two Scorpions are trying to get me to play Go and one of them isn't a Scorpion and she's about to try and do something staggeringly dangerous' thing. He's currently playing for time. ^_^

 Oh, and Compliments of the Season folks!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1069 posts
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 20:00
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kedo (msg # 508):

to be fair, her whole purpose for being in Toshi Ranbo is to do something staggeringly dangerous (making yourself a target for dissident elements in your own Clan isn't exactly a safe prospect ^_^).

also, best wishes to everyone this winter season!
Kedo
 player, 497 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 20:04
Re: OOC 2

 Well no, but Kedo doesn't know about any of that - all he knows is that the shame of publicly disobeying her father and disregarding her family would be lethal, whether by associating with him as herself or as a Scorpion - a guise she couldn't sustain in the face of the actual Scorpion clan... So he's sort of worried. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1070 posts
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 20:26
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kedo (msg # 510):

She did refer to her purpose in Toshi Ranbo obliquely to him ^_^ also, it's not as if she's masquerading as a Scorpion without their knowledge (she said that it was at the request of Shosuro Shinobu) Kenshin just hasn't gotten the memo yet ^_^
Kedo
 player, 498 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 20:48
Re: OOC 2

 Not quite - she said that it was at the behest of a Scorpion of Kedo's acquaintance, which seemed to be an offhanded way to refer to herself, since she was dressed as a scorpion... Hence Kedo's concerns and his natural buying of time. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1071 posts
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 21:05
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kedo (msg # 512):

ah, the whole failure to communicate conundrum ^_^
Kedo
 player, 499 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 24 Dec 2012
at 21:14
Re: OOC 2

 An ever-present danger in the world of covert operations!

 But definitely something that needs working out when they get a moment alone-ish. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1072 posts
Tue 25 Dec 2012
at 17:11
Re: OOC 2
Happy Holidays!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 16 posts
Tue 25 Dec 2012
at 21:04
Re: OOC 2
So Ikage is representing an alliance of clans correct? So should he say he represents all the clans or the ones in the alliance. I am a bit at a loss
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 7 posts
Tue 25 Dec 2012
at 22:53
Re: OOC 2
Man, it is so hard to know where to step in here.  I feel like an intruder, lol.  Happy KwanHanMas Solstice everyone...:)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1073 posts
Wed 26 Dec 2012
at 00:36
Re: OOC 2
I'm just looking for y'all to sort out who's on what teams ^_^ So, Shosuro Shinobu (NPC), Kitsune Takumi (NPC), and Shiba Mifune (NPC) could be one team, while Ichiro Taiki (PC), Shosuro Sumiko (PC), and Kedo (PC) could be another, and Bayushi Kenji (PC), Kitsu Ikage (PC), and Kakita Kaori (NPC) could be a third.  Because it's open to everybody there are a lot of teams, so it's unlikely that y'all will be pitted against each other until much later in the tournament (unless someone messes with the scheduling ^_^)

I'd prefer teams of three PCs but if you all want to split up, that's what I've got NPCs for.

Does that make sense?  or did I just make everyone more confused?

This message was last edited by the GM at 00:37, Wed 26 Dec 2012.

Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 235 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 26 Dec 2012
at 02:18
Re: OOC 2
To be clear, Kenshin was asking Kedo what he was going to do. Kenshin would never refer to a Clan-Mate as "Samurai-San". A Ronin, on the other hand, is fine -- that would actually be respectful.
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 18 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Sun 30 Dec 2012
at 05:50
Re: OOC 2
Well, I'm not opposed to those teams, necessarily, but I don't think Taiki has met either of the people on his team, so he certainly wouldn't request them (nor would they request him, I'd imagine).  I think he's only met Shiba Mifune and Kitsu Ikage, of the folks on that list.

So like I said, not necessarily opposed - if folks are just being teamed up from a pool of "want to team up" players, then that's fine.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1074 posts
Sun 30 Dec 2012
at 07:24
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Ichiro Taiki (msg # 520):

I just picked those names at random, not because I was actually picking them out for you.  y'all are free to pick your own partners ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 237 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 1 Jan 2013
at 00:54
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin can't post on that thread until the Drama with Kedo(TM) is concluded. Well, his wife can but ...
Kedo
 player, 500 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 1 Jan 2013
at 01:47
Re: OOC 2

 And Kedo is trying to strategise a way of extracting himself from his having agreed to play with Kenshin and the others or persuading the woman he loves not to shame herself in a quixotic court play - which of course she's not, but he doesn't know that.

 Hence his playing for time, because frankly, try though he might he's not that bright. ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 1 post
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 07:21
Re: OOC 2
Konichiwa everyone, new player here about to join/jump into the fray.  ;)

I'm still working on catching up with all the past threads (y'all have been quite busy in this city).  Though of course I have to keep in mind that a good deal of info found in those past threads is strictly OOC (ie Hajime wouldn't know it IC).
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 23 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 07:36
Re: OOC 2
Hello!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 20 posts
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 15:49
Re: OOC 2
Welcome aboard!!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 3 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 15:58
Re: OOC 2
Thanks for the welcome Taiki, Ikage.  ;)

It has been awhile since I last played L5R, so I may be a bit "rusty" to start with (thus I ask your forebearance initially as I get back into a Rokugani state of mind).
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 10 posts
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 16:03
Re: OOC 2
Oh wow a newer character than me!  Welcome aboard sir!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 4 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 9 Jan 2013
at 16:11
Re: OOC 2
Shosuro Sumiko:
Oh wow a newer character than me!  Welcome aboard sir!

Thank you.  ;)

Nice to know I'm not the only relative "newbie" to the game (I noticed that some of the more active players/PCs on the Cast List have upwards of 200 to 500 posts to their name!).
Kedo
 player, 502 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 00:38
Re: OOC 2

 Or even (barely) more! ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 5 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 01:42
Re: OOC 2
Kedo:
Or even (barely) more! ^_^

True... in fact at about 590, Daidoji Sakura (the current post leader) is nearly at 600 character posts!  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 591 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:10
Re: OOC 2
Actually, I'm over 600 -- if you count my alter-ego/twin. But, to be fair, that's only a hundred posts per year. My six year anniversary is coming up in a couple of months. Daidoji Sakura is the only one of the original party left at this point. Kedo, my former Yojimbo, has been around only slightly less than me ... he pretty much was the second wave.

I double checked, mostly 'cuz I'm curious. It's just Kedo, Myself, and *ahem* Kenshin that are the high posters. And Kenshin entered play four years ago. So don't feel bad -- you have years of posting to go before you can be expected to catch up to us.

<playful tone>
But, wait -- do my eyes decieve me? You start as an Emerald Magistrate?!? I've been working on that for almost six years!!!

Oh GM-Sama ...
</playful tone>

Oh, and welcome to the game.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 24 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:16
Re: OOC 2
Just to be a post-hog, I'll say hello too. ;p
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 241 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:16
Re: OOC 2
Greetings from my (IC) Wife and I.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 6 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:34
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
<playful tone>
But, wait -- do my eyes decieve me? You start as an Emerald Magistrate?!? I've been working on that for almost six years!!!

Oh GM-Sama ...
</playful tone>


Well Hajime took the Seppun Magistrate Path (in his background, he was a SM before becoming an EM with the Seppun Magistrate experience giving him the training in investigation) and I took the Social Position Advantage, defining it as becoming an Emerald Magistrate (I asked and the GM didn't seem to have a problem with that).

Granted based on the Status ratings in the core rulebook, Hajime is probably a few points (not ranks) lower in Status than the usual/average Emerald Magistrate but I figure that perhaps he hasn't been an EM for all that long.

I have not yet taken (nor am I in a position pre-req-wise to take just yet) the Advanced School of Emerald Magistrate (as laid out in the 3ER Updated Schools).  It won't be for awhile anyways and it is a tough call between that and the Advanced School: Student of the Ruby Dojo.

If this is a problem, I could define the Social Position status bump as something else and just be a Seppun Magistrate.

Although part of the interesting thing about Hajime is that he has ties (in different ways) to both the Crane and the Lion Clans, thus his presence here is sort of a "building bridges" (or at least keeping any more bridges from being burned behind us) type and the EM role dovetails nicely into that.


In any case, thanks for the welcome Sakura-san, Kasumi-san, and Kenshin-san (as well as his IC Wife-san?).  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 592 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 02:47
Re: OOC 2
No, not a problem. But it is something I've been working toward for quite a while now, and it would be nice to think that I might -- just might -- be getting close now. :D
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 11 posts
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 03:47
Re: OOC 2
All these grandiose dreams.  I am quite jealous.  Do we have a Shukenja in the game?  as of yet I have taken only courtier so I could go into that if needed next rank.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1079 posts
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 04:03
Re: OOC 2
Sorry Sakura, you just haven't been around any Emerald Magistrates or Imperials of sufficient rank to ask (or gotten permission from Doji Kuwanan to offer your services to the Emerald Champion).

You have sufficient rank now to reasonably expect your request to be honored.
Kuni Yenko
 player, 7 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 09:45
Re: OOC 2
I am a shugenja
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 593 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 14:32
Re: OOC 2
Shosuro Sumiko:
Do we have a Shukenja in the game?  as of yet I have taken only courtier so I could go into that if needed next rank.


Look to my left (description). ;p
Kuni Yenko
 player, 8 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 14:43
Re: OOC 2
I'm not to your left ;) :P
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 594 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 14:47
Re: OOC 2
*lol*

But, yeah -- Sakura is a Shugenja as well. Though, as a Daidoji *cough* she may not appear that way sometimes.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 8 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 14:51
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
But, yeah -- Sakura is a Shugenja as well. Though, as a Daidoji *cough* she may not appear that way sometimes.


The interesting question is whether Sakura's mirror image doppleganger (I mean "twin sister") Kasumi is also a Shugenja (and trained in the same shugenja style/school)?  Especially since apparently everything else (including the Daidoji tatoo) is the same between them.


And then the question is whether Sakura and Kasumi can gain extra/new powers by bumping fists and shouting "Wonder Twin Powers Activate!"  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 595 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 15:01
Re: OOC 2
Otomo Hajime:
And then the question is whether Sakura and Kasumi can gain extra/new powers by bumping fists and shouting "Wonder Twin Powers Activate!"  ;)


LOL! I'm working on that ... LOL
Kuni Yenko
 player, 9 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Thu 10 Jan 2013
at 15:01
Re: OOC 2
Hah! That must be some Shadowlands ability! I knew it!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 597 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 12 Jan 2013
at 01:30
Re: OOC 2
No, Closer to a Void Kiho I think.   ;D
Kedo
 player, 505 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 12 Jan 2013
at 02:23
Re: OOC 2

 Mmmmmm?

 Closer to the void? What an... intriguing... turn of phrase.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 598 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 18:46
Re: OOC 2
quote:
OCC:  Sumiko is not trying to be rude for using first names.  I do not know where this information was come by but having taken Japanese I experienced that the first name was always used except in the naming of teachers or other people in a superior position.


Modern Japanese aren't quite so strict, especially with foreigners. But even today, there are some things that "just aren't done". That said, it's without the honorific that's taboo -- that is, just using the "given name" by itself. Kenji-San might be a little informal, but will typically be ignored -- unless, like you said, it's a formal occasion. But just calling him "Kenji" (no "-san", no nothing) without permission -- that's the big no-no, and can get you in serious trouble -- even in today's Japan.

Unless, of course, you're speaking English.

I was rarely called by my first name in Japan, even in English -- it was always "John-San" (not to be confused with "Johnson" ;p ). Even the lady that ran the place I was staying always called me "-San", and she was used to Gaijin.

Does this help?
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 13 posts
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 18:53
Re: OOC 2
I was just clarifying because in an earlier post one of them had indicated internal offense at my use of their first name with the honorific san included.  I only have old movies to go off of for etiquette so I cannot say for sure what previous practices were.

I can only imagine since there are only what maybe 35 family names that are in use that things would get pretty confusing in large settings if they only used last names while speaking.  lol
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 24 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 21:05
Re: OOC 2
I guess you're referring to me?  If you have a disagreement, please (politely) bring it up in OOC and I'll be happy to have a discussion with you.

Rokugan, while obviously modeled on it, is not Japan, and is certainly not modern Japan.  In the rulebook, it says that samurai of different clans would be expected to address one another by the name of their clan unless it was obvious which family they belonged to.  However, if someone's family is apparent, then calling them by their clan is an insult (implying their family is either unknown or unimportant).  More relevant to this discussion, unless two individuals are close or permission has been given, they will usually refer to one another by their family names rather than personal names.  Two samurai of differing clans who refer to each other by personal names in public are acquainted with one another, distantly related, or publicly displaying an alliance with one another.

In 4th, it adds that family or clan names are used with strangers, while full names (family and personal) are used to address those they know (this addresses your concern about only having a handful of family names to refer to people with, Sumiko).

And as far as suffixes - in 4th it says that -sama can be used either when talking to a superior, or when talking to an equal in a very formal public setting.

So, Taiki, not knowing anyone, being in Winter Court, and being from a minor clan, is calling everyone:
(Family if known, clan if not)-sama.

He (being very polite) and I would expect most folks in such a formal occasion to be using that sort of formula, although of course it will vary with personality and with clan - I'm not telling anyone how to play their characters, just explaining my understanding of the setting and thus what I and Taiki would expect.

So, Taiki probably thinks Sumiko is a bit forward, having used both his personal name and only the -san prefix; however, he doesn't think of her as rude.  The use of personal name could just be her way of signifying that they are allies, at least for now, and her use of -san isn't wrong, just not what he'd expect from Winter Court (although being from a minor clan, he's willing to accept it).

I don't generally like to fully explain a character's rationale like that, but in this case, since we're having an OOC disagreement on the nature of polite conversation in Rokugan, I've laid it all out so that you can see why he speaks how he does, the speech he expects from others, and why Sumiko's speech isn't insulting, just a bit more forward or friendly than he had been expecting.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 14 posts
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 21:22
Re: OOC 2
I'm sorry I wasn't disagreeing I was just confused and I didn't want to seem like I was being a rude bitch....:)  Not a great way to make a first impression. lol

I don't know enough about 4th ed, I bought the book all excited, read through it, was entirely disappointed, and gave it to a friend.
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 25 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 21:30
Re: OOC 2
Disagreement is fine, it's all in how it's handled.  :)

I've noticed a definite trend in various games that any sort of disagreement is an "argument" and is bad and people are angry and yelling and it needs to be stopped right now!

A disagreement is just that - two or more people have differing views on something and don't agree.  So you can politely present your case and evidence, and try to convince the other side, or at least come to some sort of understanding.

I know this game is 3rd, so I'm not going to the 4th edition book for rules, but just for background material, to get some additional insight into etiquette and suchlike.  The two editions cover things slightly differently.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 15 posts
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 21:45
Re: OOC 2
Well I will go with this definition of my actions

"The use of personal name could just be her way of signifying that they are allies, at least for now"

:)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1082 posts
Sun 13 Jan 2013
at 23:27
Re: OOC 2
My personal rule for this (which is just FYI not to be proscriptive in any way) is a varient of the "my character is savvier than I am" rule, unless indicated in narrative that the character is using the wrong level of courtesy -- either deliberately to be offensive or accidentally because the character isn't socially savvy -- then whatever you use is appropriate.  But again, y'all are cool, so it'll probably never come up ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1087 posts
Fri 18 Jan 2013
at 05:44
Re: OOC 2
I know that a few of you are involved in conversations with each other, but are there any players who don't have something to respond to?  I want to make sure all of you have something to do ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1088 posts
Sat 19 Jan 2013
at 16:35
Re: OOC 2
Okay ladies and gents, it looks like we're getting induced today, so if there aren't any posts for a few days you know why ^_^ wish us luck!
Kedo
 player, 508 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 19 Jan 2013
at 17:20
Re: OOC 2

 Good luck!
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 17 posts
Sat 19 Jan 2013
at 17:44
Re: OOC 2
How awesome.  Congratulations!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 601 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 19 Jan 2013
at 17:58
Re: OOC 2
Nice! Congrats! (From "all of Me", actually).
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 28 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Sat 19 Jan 2013
at 20:00
Re: OOC 2
Good luck!
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 30 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Mon 21 Jan 2013
at 22:13
Re: OOC 2
I was about to reply to Sumiko, but then realized that she listened to his story, then went off to find her team again.  But he's on her team, and he's talking to the other guy who's on her team.  So . . . did she leave for some reason, or was that a bit of misspeak and she's still standing there?  Just want to clarify before he responds.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1089 posts
Mon 21 Jan 2013
at 22:18
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Ichiro Taiki (msg # 561):

She went to go register you three for the tournament ^_^
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 31 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Mon 21 Jan 2013
at 22:22
Re: OOC 2
Hmm.  That may be what she meant, but it's not quite what was written.

- Sumiko, Ikage, and Taiki meet and decide to form a team
- Sumiko goes to register and observes the Sparrow incident
- Ikage and Taiki talk, Taiki tells his story
- Sumiko comments on the story and then "goes off to find her team"

So I'm fuzzy on whether the registration was completed, and also what exactly Sumiko is doing.
Kuni Yenko
 player, 12 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Mon 21 Jan 2013
at 22:23
Re: OOC 2
Look at you, all business. So how did things go and where is my cigar? :P
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 19 posts
Mon 21 Jan 2013
at 22:31
Re: OOC 2
Gah sorry I got confused....changing post now.
Kuni Yenko
 player, 13 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Thu 24 Jan 2013
at 15:27
Re: OOC 2
Things have gone quiet, this does not bode well. Prepare for a Shadowlands attack!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1090 posts
Thu 24 Jan 2013
at 16:19
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, got home from the hospital yesterday.  The good news is that we have a baby boy!  The less good news is that I'm a little sleep deprived.
Kedo
 player, 509 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 24 Jan 2013
at 16:37
Re: OOC 2

 Congratulations!
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 20 posts
Thu 24 Jan 2013
at 16:38
Re: OOC 2
Lol..... speaking form experience that exhaustion is not likely to go away soon...:)  Congratz on the baby!
Kuni Yenko
 player, 14 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Thu 24 Jan 2013
at 17:23
Re: OOC 2
Lol congo-rats! Yeah also speaking from experience. You can say good bye to a good nights rest, on the good side you will become really good at napping! :)
Asahina Byako
 player, 1 post
Tue 29 Jan 2013
at 19:49
Re: OOC 2
Greetings, everyone. I'm happy to say I've been approved to join your game. Nice to meet you all, and, to our illustrious GM: grats on the baby boy! They're lots of work, but also lots of fun. Nothing can compare to when they say "I need my mommy and daddy. Sooo much!"
Otomo Hajime
 player, 13 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 29 Jan 2013
at 19:52
Re: OOC 2
Welcome to the game Byako-san!  ;)

Between you and Kakita Une-san, the game seems to be getting a fresh dose of Crane reinforcements.

I too am a relatively new addition to the game.  ;)
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 35 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Tue 29 Jan 2013
at 19:53
Re: OOC 2
Hello!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 25 posts
Wed 30 Jan 2013
at 00:36
Re: OOC 2
Welcome aboard!
Kuni Yenko
 player, 16 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Wed 30 Jan 2013
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Welcome to the game and the fun :)
Kakita Une
 player, 2 posts
 Kakita Duelist
Wed 30 Jan 2013
at 12:09
Re: OOC 2
Never such a thing as too many Crane ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1093 posts
Sat 2 Feb 2013
at 07:50
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, just wanted to let you know that I hadn't forgotten about all of you!  I'm just a little swamped at the moment ^_^ I'll try to get something out for everyone by this weekend.
Kuni Yenko
 player, 17 posts
 Kuni Witch Hunter
 "Evil eye"
Sat 2 Feb 2013
at 11:43
Re: OOC 2
No worries, I'm sure the little one is taking up a lot of your time. :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1097 posts
Tue 12 Feb 2013
at 01:32
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, just letting you know that I haven't forgotten you, but new baby + going back to work = less game time,  sorry, I'll post as soon as I have some timetime
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 27 posts
Tue 12 Feb 2013
at 01:45
Re: OOC 2
Take all the time you need.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 15 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 22 Feb 2013
at 05:42
Re: OOC 2
Sorry been a bit busy with RL, will post something IC for Hajime when I get home from work tomorrow (too late right now).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1099 posts
Fri 22 Feb 2013
at 05:53
Re: OOC 2
okay, so I think we're mostly done with Opening Moves, though if people still have things they want to do, feel free to continue posting.

Current Go teams:
Kitsu Ikage, Ichiro Taiki, Shosuro Sumiko
Kitsuki Fuji (NPC), Kitsuki Ryoma (NPC), Kakita Une
(presumed) Otomo Hajime, Kedo, Kakita Kaori (NPC)

I'm going to post for the next scene now, but feel free to continue posting in Opening Moves until you're ready to move on.  I just want to make sure that y'all have something to go on if I'm suddenly unable to post for a while.

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:21, Fri 22 Feb 2013.

Ichiro Taiki
 player, 37 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Fri 22 Feb 2013
at 06:11
Re: OOC 2
Ichiro *Taiki, if you please.  :P  :)

It's a good idea, especially if you're unsure of your posting schedule.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1100 posts
Fri 22 Feb 2013
at 06:22
Re: OOC 2
fixed ^_^ sorry about that
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 38 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Fri 22 Feb 2013
at 06:24
Re: OOC 2
No worries, I'm not offended, I just want to make sure that my character's name is clear.  Thanks!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 605 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 23 Feb 2013
at 20:14
Re: OOC 2
Kasumi & Sakura's location at night will undoubtedly depend on what they find out in the next few posts on the other thread. So, I'm not ignoring the thread ... :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1102 posts
Sat 23 Feb 2013
at 20:50
Re: OOC 2
no worries, no rush ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1104 posts
Sun 17 Mar 2013
at 15:46
Re: OOC 2
Sorry everyone for the total lack of posting!  It was report card time, and that's always a rough gig.  I'm working on being a little more posty ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 607 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 17 Mar 2013
at 23:35
Re: OOC 2
Byako-San? Your cue! ;p
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1108 posts
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 03:06
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, I'm really sorry for being a total flake, but some unexpected bad news at work in conjunction with some post baby medical issues have really done a number on me for the last couple of weeks.  I'm hoping to get something done this week, but I can't promise anything.  So sorry!
Kedo
 player, 519 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 07:26
Re: OOC 2

 As long as you take five seconds to keep us informed boss, RL Comes First. I doubt anyone can blame you for that. Here's hoping things get better.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 21 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 07:51
Re: OOC 2
I'm with Kedo on this, RL comes first (especially when we're talking Work and/or New Baby).  I just appreciate the quick heads up and I wish you well (hope things resolve themselves in RL for you very soon).
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 31 posts
Wed 10 Apr 2013
at 13:09
Re: OOC 2
Take you time and gets things all set and come back when you are ready. Best wishes to you and yours
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 608 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 16 Apr 2013
at 00:05
Re: OOC 2
Heh. I'm still hoping for Rank 8 before the game folds, so you know you can count me in. Mind you, Kedo will be there in a few more XP I think ... ;p
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 26 posts
Tue 16 Apr 2013
at 00:26
Re: OOC 2
Heck I just joined....:)  You can count on me....lol
Kedo
 player, 520 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 16 Apr 2013
at 00:29
Re: OOC 2

 Nahhhh... I still need a few more to reach fifth. Not to mention some way of getting the training for the ranks if I reach them. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1109 posts
Tue 16 Apr 2013
at 03:39
Re: OOC 2
I'm still here, it's just real life is kicking my rear just now, sorry for the delay!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 609 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 18 Apr 2013
at 23:36
Re: OOC 2
That's all right. While you're gone, I'll divy out XP ... let's see ... 100 xp for everyone! ;p
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1111 posts
Sat 20 Apr 2013
at 16:59
Re: OOC 2
ooh, thanks for reminding me that I owe y'all xp ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 263 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 21 May 2013
at 23:14
Re: OOC 2
Okay, it took me a while to figure this out ... and I'm not going to claim 100% accuracy. So, I'll post my logic for Kenshin's actions here and if I'm wrong, I can always RetCon. It took me quite some effort to get his Honor up to 5.9, and I'm not risking it now. :D

So, looking at the honorable/dishonorable actions list for Kenshin it seems that the following are appropriate:
Raises:
  • Facing a clearly superior foe in the name of your Family or Clan
  • Protecting Clan/Family/Lord's interests despite great personal risk


Lowers (aka "do not do" list):
  • Enduring an insult to your ancestors
  • Enduring an insult to your family or clan
  • Politely ignoring another person's dishonorable behavior


So, think that given the current circumstances Kenshin will now need to charge headlong and kill until they have properly fled. Which may or may not result in his death. But there is no failure ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1117 posts
Tue 21 May 2013
at 23:55
Re: OOC 2
Well, actually Kenshin wouldn't have lost any honor if he hadn't gone charging after the assassin guys.  He stood up, brandished a weapon, and threatened to fight them.  That was sufficient to maintain his honor rank.  He'll still get glory for wading in against those odd though ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 24 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 24 May 2013
at 14:10
Re: OOC 2
Hmm... so given Kaze's clarification... are you still determined to throw yourself at the assassins Kenshin?

I don't suppose anyone else (NPCs) are similarly pursuing the assassins?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 265 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 25 May 2013
at 01:04
Re: OOC 2
Oddly enough, yes. I hate to let a good speech go to waste ... *lol*
Ichiro Taiki
 player, 44 posts
 Badger Clan samurai
Tue 4 Jun 2013
at 17:38
Re: OOC 2
Hey folks, I'm in the process of moving, so here's the timeline:

- Friday, June 7th, I'm loading up my stuff, so I'll lose internet contact.
- I'll be incommunicado for about a week and a half
- After that, I hope to return to a once-a-day posting schedule, although I am uncertain how well that'll actually happen.

This game has been pretty slow-paced, so I don't imagine my disappearance will cause any problems, but in case it does, it's perfectly fine to replace me, put me under the Cloak of Unimportance, or NPC me for the interim.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1118 posts
Tue 4 Jun 2013
at 17:51
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Ichiro Taiki (msg # 604):

Thanks for the heads up!  Sorry my posting has been so slow, I'm back at work after taking time with my baby and a lot of stuff piled up while I was gone.  :-(
I'll try to get my stuff together this week or next week!  Sorry!
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 30 posts
Tue 4 Jun 2013
at 19:34
Re: OOC 2
No need to apologize, I am sure many of us know what having a child around is like...:)  I am just glad you still have time for us.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 616 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 10 Aug 2013
at 03:07
Re: OOC 2
I went looking back to the original "mission" thread ... where has the time gone! It's been six and half years since this game began!

Omedeto Gozaimasu!

(I also got reminded about a couple critical plot details that I forgot. Gomen, ne?  m_O_m )
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1136 posts
Sat 10 Aug 2013
at 05:06
Re: OOC 2
uh oh, I have a feeling some of those early critical plot details are going to come back to bite me O_O
Tsuruchi Kenta
 player, 1 post
Thu 15 Aug 2013
at 14:03
Re: OOC 2
Hi all, new player here! \o/

Kaze no Kage, I don't really know what you expect from me in Crazy like a Fox. You gave me nothing to react to, and didn't tell when and where I am. Am I just supposed to say "I start looking for Kitsunes" or something?
Kedo
 player, 531 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 15 Aug 2013
at 15:02
Re: OOC 2

 Welcome aboard Tsuruchi-san!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1139 posts
Thu 15 Aug 2013
at 22:34
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Tsuruchi Kenta (msg # 609):

Ah sorry!  I was leaving it open ended in case you had any preferences as to how you intended to contact them (either by letter or in court or in a quiet garden somewhere) or if you had any clarification questions for Yoritomo Akuto before talking to to the kitsunekitsune
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 618 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 16 Aug 2013
at 03:16
Re: OOC 2
Where I was going with "critical information I just remembered" a couple posts earlier was just put in my "thought bubble"/story portion of the last post for Kasumi: "don't trust every Crane you meet ...".

I don't think that's gonna mess with your plot too terribly much at this point ... *lol*
Otomo Hajime
 player, 33 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 20 Aug 2013
at 01:53
Re: OOC 2
Is there nothing we can do or roll to try and catch up with or track down the fleeing ninjas?

(I'll understand if for plot reasons that isn't possible, but I wanted to check first in case there was still a chance)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1143 posts
Tue 20 Aug 2013
at 03:47
Re: OOC 2
You know, my first instinct was to say no, but then I remembered the rule that derailment = awesome (thank you Kedo) and also I don't like it when GMs say "plot" for no good reason (which I don't have ^_^), so I updated it to give y'all options ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 278 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:01
Re: OOC 2
So, quick question: in the current Time Line, the Emerald Champion has not yet been chosen -- is that correct? If that's the case, Kenshin is going to enter the Tournament. He'll lose (most likely), but it would be fun!

Errr ... what are the minimum requirements again? *lol*
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 620 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:03
Re: OOC 2
Speaking of derailment, I just came up with an idea to remove the "Representative of the Minor Clans" from the purview of the Mantis (which will probably start a war, but what are trouble makers for?).

*Begin maniacal laughter*
Kedo
 player, 533 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:08
Re: OOC 2

 Well, the opening prerequisites are a solid understanding of Rokugani law, as administered by a series of punishing written exams. If you pass those, you get to participate in a series of Iajutsu duels to determine who's the most qualified.

 Kedo, needless to say will be moving heaven and earth to avoid letting his dice get within a mile of that one. ^_^

 Oh, and you're welcome boss. I think. ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 279 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:25
Re: OOC 2
I thought it was Investigation, Law, Courtier, and Etiquette ... but for the life of me I can't remember the Skill Levels required. Nor am I actually certain of that list ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1146 posts
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:27
Re: OOC 2
LOL, without crazy Kedo/derailment dice y'all would still be dodging Scorpion ninja's hunting for Lying Darkness doppelgangers and I would have had to figure out Mass Battle rules, so it all worked out for the best ^_^

Also, I disapprove of starting wars, except in the interest of entertainment ^_^

Hmmm, I may have to do a bit of research on the Test of the Emerald Champion, though that one might be a bit too world altering (perhaps a Test of the Emperor's Favored though ^_^)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 621 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 02:40
Re: OOC 2
*laughs*

So, let me get this straight ... Kedo completely derails the whole Hidden Emperor arc (which is a very good thing). I get the Void Dragon involved in the war for Toshi Ranbo, who creates a whole new person (also a very good thing). And you're worried about the Emerald Champion? You should probably worry about what earth-shattering things he'll do without the reins of responsibility to hold him back! I think Kenshin's next on the "upend the GM's world" list *lol*

(Otomo Hajime is after that, IIRC *lol*)

It could be worse, though -- Kedo could enter the competition.

("No honestly, I don't know how I rolled a 93 on a 4k3 skill ...!" *lol*)

BTW, I think you'll like what I have in mind for the Minor Clans. I think the Minor Clans will like what I have in mind for the Minor Clans. I'm absolutely certain that the Mantis will hate what I have in mind for the Minor Clans, but their reaction will depend on how hot-headed their boss is. I mean, he's mellowed ... right? *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1147 posts
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 03:49
Re: OOC 2
Well, he had help ^_^ if somebody hadn't involved the Scorpion enough that the battle was won without the help of Lying Darkness doppelgangers, I'd be looking up my Hidden Emperor books right now.  ^_^

Also, if your plan involves making the Tortoise into an official Imperial family and giving them the guardianship of the Minor Clans, I now know where my notebook with my Minor Clan campaign ended up ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 35 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 06:00
Re: OOC 2
Kasumi - please hold off on responding to Hajime's last IC post... I need to confirm a couple of things with the GM first and I may be editing that last IC post based on the response.

Thanks.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 43 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Wed 21 Aug 2013
at 14:47
Re: OOC 2
Will do. Just let me know.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1150 posts
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 05:02
Re: OOC 2
Friendly Public Service Announcement from your GM ^_^

Please take everything you hear from NPCs with a grain of salt, each one has an incomplete picture of the situation and their own agenda.  They may be trustworthy but not know that they don't know something.  They may be untrustworthy but the only source of particular information.  They may be untrustworthy and not know that their information is faulty.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 36 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 08:42
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Kasumi:
Will do. Just let me know.

Ok I managed to confirm some things with the GM and it looks like there's nothing glaringly wrong (or at least out of character) with Hajime's last IC post.

As such, I believe the post can stand as is (without further edit or adjustment).

So feel free to respond to it and thanks for waiting.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 44 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 20:47
Re: OOC 2
Okay, tonite most likely.

While it won't make a difference in the short term, you may want to reconsider the "eta" sequence. Since Kasumi already informed you ("testified") that they are Ronin (Samurai caste) it is difficult to take that as anything but a direct insult.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 37 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 22 Aug 2013
at 21:14
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Kasumi:
While it won't make a difference in the short term, you may want to reconsider the "eta" sequence. Since Kasumi already informed you ("testified") that they are Ronin (Samurai caste) it is difficult to take that as anything but a direct insult.

Where, when, and how did she testify that they were Ronin?

And how did she justify that testimony?  Based on what did she determine they were ronin?

EDIT: You mean this?
Daidoji Kasumi:
"You do not need to tell us who you are, Ronin, I already know. Shortly the Daidoji Guards will know of you and your ilk, and you will be hunted like the dogs you are."


I believe that statement was directed at an assassin, not at Hajime (so technically she hasn't "informed" Hajime of anything).  And that seems pretty weak as far as being considered "formal testimony" (is a "shout out" during a fight considered "testimony" normally?).

And why wouldn't Hajime be within his rights to find Insult in Kasumi's apparently unsupported claim that these assassins are ronin (and thus samurai caste)?

After all... samurai (even masterless ronin) do not behave like "ninja" (at least they're not supposed to).

Unless I'm mistaken, it is my understanding that "ninjas" are considered Eta (don't they have a negative Status akin to criminals and geisha)?  So calling these honorless criminal assassins "samurai" is actually insulting to the samurai caste, isn't it?

Besides as I understand Testimony... the samurai with higher status has the "last say".  Now I don't know what status Kasumi is.  Are you saying Kasumi has higher status (and thus her testimony supercedes Hajime's own "testimony" that these assassins are Eta)?

This message was last edited by the player at 21:51, Thu 22 Aug 2013.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1152 posts
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 00:46
Re: OOC 2
I'm going to make two separate points here, neither of which is intended as a criticism:

1) you're in the middle of a chase scene, stopping to have an argument over terminology may allow your quarry to escape (if were a question of protocol, it would be different, because it would determine whether or not you continued pursuit)

2) things said in the middle of a chase (like combat) are under stress and shouldn't be held to the same standard as court conversation
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 45 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Yes, that's what I meant.

Re: Ninja: Actual Ninja are lower than Eta, having their status pegged at an eternal (until the next life, at any rate) -10. If they are discovered as Ninja that is. That said, outside of the Scorpion clan and a subset of the Kitsuki family, almost no one believes in Ninja as anything more than peasant superstition. It's not uncommon for peasants and Samurai -- especially Ronin -- to pretend to be Ninja. Those are not considered Eta -- just Criminals (of the worst sort).

Re: Testimony: A superior's testimony usually supersedes their inferiors testimony, yes that is true. But that does not make it any less insulting. There are ways to countermand a Superior's testimony, but someone with Kasumi's background (and Honor ... or lack thereof) wouldn't do any of them.

It's far less important for Kasumi than ... well, practically anyone else in the game. I'll hint at why in my IC post.

Re: Status: Ummmmmmmmm .....

Daidoji Sakura's Status is a clear 5 - 6, in this city at least. She has 4 from Insight Rank, and "some" from her original mission (actually everyone but Kedo had that Status; but, other than Kedo, Sakura's the only one left from that group) and a bit more from her recent investigations and, err, "troubleshooting". Then there's the "relative status". I forget the exact number, and it's never really been that important. "Crane Clan Magistrate" is, ironically enough, probably far more accurate.

Daidoji Kasumi's status is a bit more Hazy (pun intended*) because Kasumi is an Enigma. Those who have only met her recently would consider her status to be equal to or just barely below her sister's (depending on whether you believe Doji Kuwanan's orders apply to her). Those who know that she showed up, quite literally, out of thin air ... well ...

Some would begrudgingly consider her "Samurai" and leave it at that. A select few would say that her rank is on par with the highest of the Imperial Court. Some would say that she is outside of the Status system altogether. Most would probably just shrug, work under the assumption that her Status is equal to that of her Sister (how can one tell the difference?), and say something like "That's the Governor and Kuwanan-Sama's problem."

If you ask Kedo, he'll give you a Dragon-like non-answer answer. *grins*

Which is a (very) long-winded way of saying "assume it's a five or six unless the GM says otherwise". *lol*

For what it's worth, I've been assuming that Hajime has a higher Status rank than the Daidoji twins, strictly based on his position. If that's wrong, I'm sure the GM will let us know; but -- like Sakura -- that's probably more accurate than whatever number may be attached anyway.

Added in response to the GM's post:
1) I actually considered using that tactic, but it'd be a little too obvious. *lol*
2) To be continued ... *grins*

[* - Kasumi means "Mist" or "Haze" in Japanese.]
Otomo Hajime
 player, 38 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 03:30
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Kasumi:
[Ignore her investigation roll; she will go with Hajime.]

Just wanted to point out that Hajime is being sincere when he says your assistance in pursuing the assassins is welcomed and appreciated.

So if Kasumi notices something (especially something that could lead them to the assassins), she more than welcome to point it out.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 47 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 14:04
Re: OOC 2
I know, thanks, and I appreciate it. Unfortunately, as a Daidoji, she also has to protect the Crane. If this was a Crane investigation, then the criminals could quietly commit seppuku and the honor of the would be Crane protected. A story of Ronin being executed would be manufactured, of course. As an Imperial investigation, the Honor of the Crane is on the line -- since outsiders would know about internal Crane violence.

She really doesn't give a rat's behind as far as who is in charge; the whole "this is a Crane matter" was to avoid further dishonor to "her Clan". That didn't work, so she has to come up with a Plan B.

They may actually be Ronin, but she has other ideas ... and it would not do to have an Imperial in that hornet's nest. If they break form and attack Hajime,, her work becomes considerably harder.

So, long winded, she has to stay with you -- both to protect you, find out what you know, and protect the Crane.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 39 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 14:32
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Kasumi (msg # 631):

Fair enough, I figured that might be what it was (ie attempting to protect the Crane Clan)... but I just wanted to make sure you didn't feel "cut out" of the investigation in case Kasumi wanted to point something out.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 48 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Fri 23 Aug 2013
at 18:02
Re: OOC 2
She still may, thanks.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 622 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 28 Aug 2013
at 00:09
Re: OOC 2
Hajime, and anyone else who cares to answer:

When it comes to secrets -- character background, hidden secrets, and that sort of thing -- do you prefer to find this stuff out IC, or is it easier / better to be told "behind the scenes"? In other words, Sakura & Kasumi's actions do/will make perfect sense and are probably even reasonably predictable (well, except for how she plans to screw the Mantis clan! *evil laugh*). But, there are those (*cough*Kedo*cough*) that vastly prefer to discover this stuff for themselves.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 40 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 28 Aug 2013
at 00:19
Re: OOC 2
I'm not adverse to "spoilers" per say, though perhaps keeping things "general" without revealing too many specifics (basically just enough to get a point across or provide some OOC insight) is best.

I like to discover things as they develop IC, though I'm not overly particular about it.

Generally I'm fairly good at keeping my OOC knowledge out of the IC.

That said, it can be fun to be surprised.

I suspect that I might have an inkling regarding the present IC situation (and for that matter, Hajime has his suspicions as well), though both of us could be wrong in our own ways.
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 49 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 01:57
Re: OOC 2
Hmmm ... okay. Well, the Really Big Secret(s) will never come out IC. *insert evil laugh here*.

@Kaze no Kage: I'm going to hold off responding until you've responded to Byako.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1155 posts
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 02:01
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Kasumi (msg # 636):

Yeah, sorry, I'll edit my post once I have access to a machine that isn't a cell phone >.< sorry
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 281 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 02:20
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, I just get a real kick out of the thought of a Questing Ronin finding himself with the Mantle of Emerald Magistrate, like it or not. But you know, Kaze, if you let Kedo enter the Dice Roller will ensure that he Wins ... *lol*
Kedo
 player, 535 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 08:13
Re: OOC 2

 It would be very legendary, no question of it... Also not happening because of the sheer amount of venom it would generate Empire-wide for a mere Ronin even to enter the contest. Also, I'm fairly sure dice roller or no, Kenshin would kick Kedo's ass in an actual duel - the Miromoto school is about the best for mook-herding, but the Kakita one rules where it's supposed to, in duels.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1156 posts
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 14:24
Re: OOC 2
Actually, if there was one time in L5R history that you could have a ronin as the Emerald Champion, the very first years of Toturi's reign would be it.  The guy raised up a commoner to the ranks of the Kuge, made a Minor Clan into a Great Clan, and generally tossed the Celestial Order on its collective head.

That being said, it would probably break my brain to try to run that and keep track of the various factions that would get involved.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 41 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 14:45
Re: OOC 2
Can we on the sidelines start taking and making bets regarding just how long the Ronin EC will remain in office, alive and undisgraced/not dishonored?  ;)

Somehow having the Emperor's go-to "top cop" of the Empire be a Ronin seems like something that could bring the Clans together... in unified opposition to the Ronin EC.  ;)

Still... this is a very pro-Ronin (anything can happen) imperial environment at the moment.  Kinda hard to say what a ronin can or cannot accomplish when the Emperor himself was a ronin just before winning the imperial throne.

I imagine that a Clan Ronin (in light of the Emperor, since Toturi had been a Clan Ronin) might have a better chance at such elevation than a True Ronin.

Question: When Toturi reinstated the Akodo family, was he reinstated as an Akodo as well?  Can a Clan "unmake" a ronin by reinstating a clan ronin back into the clan?

Because that might be the path to EC legitimacy... if Kedo was/is a Clan Ronin (I'm suspecting former Dragon Clan samurai made ronin), then what if the Dragon Clan reinstated Kedo to Clan samurai status as a prelude to his formal installation as Emerald Champion?

After all, having "one of their own" succeed in the EC championship might be reason enough to reconsider if whatever caused Kedo to be made ronin has been "atoned for".

Just an idea.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 282 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 15:30
Re: OOC 2
You missed one: pseudo ronin (aka Musha Shugyo). Not really Ronin, the pseudo ronin can go back to his clan when his quest is completed.

Which is what makes this hilarious.

(Warning some of the following may be made up out of whole cloth. Only Kedo and the GM know for sure)

Kedo: I'm Emerald Champion now.
Dragon Clan:  no sword, no clan.
Crane Samurai: no sword? Well, then you still can't marry my daughter!
Kedo: but ... but ... I'm Emerald Champion!

(Sadly, my iPhone knows how to properly spell "Kedo". *ROFL*)
Kedo
 player, 536 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 15:41
Re: OOC 2

 Nope, that's dead-on.

 Somewhere out there is an incredibly pissed-off Crane Samurai who was betrothed to a Crane Samurai-ko who, after a long winter of arguing with a young Dragon Samurai, was caught by her father holding his hand. Much shouting later and he declared that he'd never see his daughter wed to anyone who could not match his steel.

 Cue one broken betrothal, one warrior pilgrimage to find the secret of steel (the fellow only makes Kakita blades, no pressure) and the gentle advice from a tall, armoured man with the stars in his eyes to take a wander down to Toshi Ranbo and see if he couldn't confound destiny a little.

 This does not include any intention to attempt to become the Emerald Magistrate however, no matter how awesome it would be to have a Kitsuki-influenced Emerald Magistrate. Awesome and incredibly brief before 'drunken samurai fell on sword. Off battlements. Onto broken glass and bamboo. On fire.' happened. ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 283 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 16:07
Re: OOC 2
The Scorpion Clan would never permit it to happen. Truly Honorable Samurai like Kedo are easy to manipulate after all ... *lol*
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 50 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 29 Aug 2013
at 16:13
Re: OOC 2
Hmmm ... Does Kasumi's Rank 4 technique work in Iai duels? If so, she should answer the challenge ...

*waits for GM to feint*
Asahina Byako
 player, 23 posts
 Crane diplomat
Wed 4 Sep 2013
at 16:22
Re: OOC 2
RE: your latest post in night moves Daidoji Kasumi - that would be the Lion.... or the Daidoji Heavy Regulars, haha...
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 52 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 01:17
Re: OOC 2
*lol* True, but that wouldn't have sounded as good. *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1157 posts
Thu 5 Sep 2013
at 04:05
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, sorry for the unexpectedly long silence, work exploded all of a sudden, but I'm working on posts and I'll try to post something tomorrow
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 54 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Sun 8 Sep 2013
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Has anyone else read "Berserker Base", by Fred Saberhagen and guests? There's a chapter in there with an "anti-berserker berserker", and I kinda feel like it -- an Anti-Assassin Assassin! *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1160 posts
Sun 8 Sep 2013
at 01:00
Re: OOC 2
Wasn't there a tv show like that a few years ago?  "To Catch a Thief"?  or something like that?
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 55 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Sun 8 Sep 2013
at 01:04
Re: OOC 2
Heh. That's a pretty good call, actually. :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1161 posts
Tue 24 Sep 2013
at 03:56
Re: OOC 2
I'm really sorry that I've been flaking on y'all :-( things have been a little dicey at work -- but at least I haven't had to get another rabies shot.  I'll try to get stuff going again this week.  Sorry again.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 625 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 25 Sep 2013
at 01:06
Re: OOC 2
Hey, you know me -- I'm too addicted to XP to leave now! ;p
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 46 posts
Wed 25 Sep 2013
at 12:39
Re: OOC 2
I am having no issues with the pace.

With work, girlfriend and now school this pace is pretty nice honestly. :)

Take your time with RL. Also anytime you don't have to get another rabies shot is good
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 57 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Wed 2 Oct 2013
at 02:18
Re: OOC 2
Awaiting info from the GM before posting. :D
Otomo Hajime
 player, 45 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 9 Oct 2013
at 08:46
Re: OOC 2
Sorry about the silence, I have been having some RL problems recently (I mentioned as much to the GM) but I hope to get an IC post in for Hajime this week.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1170 posts
Sat 16 Nov 2013
at 17:32
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, sorry about the silence, work has been a bit dicey and my family and I came down with a nasty cold/flu.  I'm still here and I'll try to get something posted this weekend.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 45 posts
Sat 16 Nov 2013
at 21:20
Re: OOC 2
No problem.....thank you for letting us know.  Hope you and family are feeling better.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 48 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 11 Dec 2013
at 04:59
Re: OOC 2
Kaze no Kage:
[Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Daidoji Sakura, Daidoji Kasumi, Ikoma Ichiro (NPC)]

Question: I'm not quite clear about this... is only Kenshin currently present?  Or have the 2 Daidojis (with or without Ichiro) followed along as well (i.e. is there only 1 person currently at the front gate being spoken to by the guards or are there 4)?

Also does Hajime have the authority to allow these visitors to join him or would they need permission from a different authority?  I'm just not sure whether security has been heighten since the events of last night?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1177 posts
Wed 11 Dec 2013
at 05:41
Re: OOC 2
I think it's my fault, I misread some posts.  It's just Kenshin (unless Sakura and/or Kasumi say they're going) and yes, Hajime can let him through (the heightened security is closer to the Emperor--who isn't a slouch with a blade either)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 631 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 13 Dec 2013
at 03:41
Re: OOC 2
Nope, Sakura & Kasumi are with their charge. Easy enough to find, but they are on the "lion side" of the house.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 289 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Fri 13 Dec 2013
at 03:41
Re: OOC 2
I'm waiting for Hajime before I post.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 49 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 13 Dec 2013
at 05:57
Re: OOC 2
Bayushi Kenshin:
I'm waiting for Hajime before I post.

Sorry for the wait... just wanted to confirm who was there and what Hajime's authority was.  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 633 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 15 Dec 2013
at 19:28
Re: OOC 2
As an FYI: I'm deliberately delaying so that Hajime has a chance to catch up to them or not as he chooses. After that, I will post.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 52 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 17 Dec 2013
at 09:47
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
As an FYI: I'm deliberately delaying so that Hajime has a chance to catch up to them or not as he chooses. After that, I will post.

Hmm... I'm not sure what you mean... catch up to whom?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 634 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 17 Dec 2013
at 13:21
Re: OOC 2
I wanted to see if Hajime goes looking for the twins or decides to do something else.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 53 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 17 Dec 2013
at 18:19
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
I wanted to see if Hajime goes looking for the twins or decides to do something else.

Ahh... my guess is that he's going to go see the survivors (assassin leader and lion victims) with Kenshin (and his wife, if they'll come along).

I don't think Hajime knows the Daidoji twins well enough to really think to go looking for them specifically.

That's not to say he would send them away if they showed up.

I suppose if Kenshin mentioned waiting for them to arrive, he would wait.

But to my thinking, the Daidoji twins wouldn't really be foremost in Hajime's thoughts (he only just met them and doesn't know them very well).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 635 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 18 Dec 2013
at 22:55
Re: OOC 2
If you look for the target, you'll run into them. ;)
Otomo Hajime
 player, 54 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 18 Dec 2013
at 22:59
Re: OOC 2
Will post tonight when I get home from work... based on PM, I believe he has something to ask Kenshin (about the sword Lesson).  ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1180 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 02:38
Re: OOC 2
Okay L5R people, I have an old alternate universe historical L5R concept (read:  I tried running it before and it crashed and burned) that may require epic character concepts.

Here's the set up:
quote:
391 - Rise of the Gozoku
Major Change:  the Gozoku are led by Doji Raigu (Crane), Shiba Gaijushiko (Phoenix), and Akodo Mitsuyuki (Lion)

412 - Hida Tadaka and Bayushi Atsuki in the Shadowlands/Return of the Ki-Rin
Major Change:  Word of a force rising in the Shadowlands, the Emperor (read:  the Gozoku) orders the Scorpion Clan to investigate.  Decimated by the advancing Ki-Rin and then the pursuing Shadowlands forces, the surviving Scorpion (including the Scorpion Clan Champion) were rescued by the Crab (who gave shelter to the returned Ki-Rin).  Both the Crab and Scorpion Clan Champions died of their wounds, but forged a secret alliance with the Ki-Rin against the Gozoku.  The Imperial Restorationist Movement is founded.

413 - the Scorpion Clan is disbanded/The Ki-Rin are restored as a Great Clan
Major Change:  The Gozoku take this opportunity to disband the now leaderless Scorpion Clan, and grant the Scorpion Lands to the newly returned Ki-Rin.
To "honor" the Kami Bayushi, the Bayushi family is made into an Imperial Family (thus bringing them under the control/observation of the Gozoku)
To "honor" the Thunder Shosuro, the Shosuro family is given Minor Clan status (thus placing them under the authority of the Crane Clan)
The displaced Soshi, under the leadership of Soshi Yukito, are accepted into the Dragon Clan, forming the Yukito family.
The displaced Yogo are accepted into the Crab Clan, though they retain their name.

432 - Hantei Yugozohime fostered to the Lion
Major Change:  as punishment for attempting turn the Brotherhood of Shinsei into a spy network, all of Hantei Kusada's children (not just his sons) are fostered to the Lion, the Crane, or the Phoenix, thus preventing any loss of control over the throne.

435 - Coronation of Hantei VII
Major Change:  Hantei Yugozohime stands beside her brother as his strong right hand when he is crowned Emperor.  The Gozoku continue to rule.

442 - Battle of White Stag/Raging Seas
Major Change:  Hantei Yugozohime, ambassador for the throne, is killed after ordering the gaijin out of Rokugan.  Her brother bestows Minor Clan status to Agasha Kasuga.  The Shosuro Minor Clan family is placed under the authority of the new Tortoise Clan.

499 - Kuni Nakanu's journals discovered
Major Change:  Otomo Jama, loyal to the Imperial Family, happens upon the resting place of Kuni Nakanu's maho texts.  With the help of Crab and Dragon shugenja, Jama translates the texts.
The Imperial Restoratonist movement gains momentum under it's new leader:  Iuchiban

508 - Bloodswords forged
Major Change:  Six swords were gifted to the Champions of the Great Clans.
Handan (Judgement) was gifted to the Lion Clan.
Passion (Jonetsu) was gifted to the Phoenix Clan.
Ambition (Yashin) was gifted to the Crane Clan.
Fukushu (Revenge) was granted to the Crab Clan.
Hangyaku (Treason) was gifted to the Ki-Rin.
Naze (Why) was gifted to the Dragon Clan.

510 - Game begins


I'm not quite certain what to do with it, whether to try running it again or what.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 49 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:04
Re: OOC 2
I would love a chance to get into a new game.  I love the interaction in this one but I feel a bit left out/awkward because I haven't been in as long as many of the others in the game.  :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1181 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
you've been in as long as everyone except for two players ^_^
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 51 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:27
Re: OOC 2
lol....really?  have you lost players?  It seemed so immense when I joined that I felt a bit out of sorts....:)
Kedo
 player, 542 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:39
Re: OOC 2

 Hmmm, I do have a Lion character floating around I could use... Somewhat less dangerous to the plot than Kedo's turning out to be too. ^_^
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 52 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:40
Re: OOC 2
I have a crab concept I could play.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1182 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 03:53
Re: OOC 2
Shosuro Sumiko:
lol....really?  have you lost players?  It seemed so immense when I joined that I felt a bit out of sorts....:)


lol, over the course of 6 and a half years I've lost about 30 players (give or take), it only seems big because it's gone on so long (also, I have a really terrible habit of creating 2-3 NPCs for every side plot line, which creates the illusion that things are bigger than they are).  Plus, I'm not great about managing threads, so it's hard to find stuff (again creating the illusion that things are big and confusing).

Also, I'm not entirely certain that I want to run that game (but I'm considering it).
Kedo
 player, 543 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:02
Re: OOC 2

 Yeah, I need to update that name list again sometime, don't I? ^_^

 Edit: Also, looking at said list it's closer to forty... Or was when I did it!

This message was last edited by the player at 04:03, Thu 19 Dec 2013.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1184 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:10
Re: OOC 2
I think most of the NPCs are now defunct ^_^ either because the PCs they were attached to are gone or because their storylines ended with the battle.
Kedo
 player, 544 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:17
Re: OOC 2

 At some point I'll add all the names to it, then you can go through it and cross some out. Of course, you'll need to update my thread first. Hint, hint. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1185 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:21
Re: OOC 2
I'm waiting for Hajime and Kenshin to go where they want to go (I promise, I haven't forgotten you ^_^)
Asahina Byako
 player, 28 posts
 Crane diplomat
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:47
Re: OOC 2
I have, or can easily come up with, epic character concepts for every clan, Ronin, nonhumans, shadowlands or even gaijin (burning sands).

If I had free reign and got to pick anything, I think it could be cool to play a nezumi or a gaijin sorcerer, but I fully recognize that those are both extremely niche for most games. I think an Asako could be pretty awesome too, and would not be nearly so obscure.

If you do decide to run it, let us know; I would certainly like to play it!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 56 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 04:57
Re: OOC 2
Question about the game concept... given how prevalent the Gozoku has been (and perhaps more "successful" than the canon Gozoku or so it seems, my L5R history knowledge is a bit rusty)... how much would the average Crane, Lion, and Phoenix samurai know about the Gozoku and its influence over Imperial matters?

Would the average Crane be shocked to learn that the Gozoku was pulling the strings or would be be considered normal and perhaps even the "right thing to do"?

Are the Ki-Rin still the Ki-Rin or have they become the Unicorn after being accepted and even granted Scorpion lands?

Where does the Imperial Bayushi family stand in relation to the Otomo, Seppun, and Miya Imperial Families?

Do the Bayushi keep their school or do they use the Imperial schools (and vice versa, are there Otomos or Seppuns or Miya now being trained in Imperial Bayushi schools/techniques)?

Because of the acceptance shown to the Ki-Rin by the Crab & remains of the Scorpion (including forging an alliance against the Gozoku)... does that mean the traditional "good will" that was established between the Crane and the Unicorn no longer exists?  I may be misremembering but I thought the Crane earned some gratitude from the Unicorn because the Crane spoke up on the Unicorn's behalf (though the Crane had their own motives for doing so)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1186 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 06:45
Re: OOC 2
Otomo Hajime:
Question about the game concept... given how prevalent the Gozoku has been (and perhaps more "successful" than the canon Gozoku or so it seems, my L5R history knowledge is a bit rusty)... how much would the average Crane, Lion, and Phoenix samurai know about the Gozoku and its influence over Imperial matters?

Would the average Crane be shocked to learn that the Gozoku was pulling the strings or would be be considered normal and perhaps even the "right thing to do"?

The average Crane/Lion/Phoenix would see it as a natural extension of their duties as Left Hand/Right Hand/Voice of the Emperor.  But they would probably be unaware of how completely their superiors had subverted the emperor's will.

quote:
Are the Ki-Rin still the Ki-Rin or have they become the Unicorn after being accepted and even granted Scorpion lands?

They are still the ki-rin (I'm not sure what to do about the Moto family yet)

quote:
Where does the Imperial Bayushi family stand in relation to the Otomo, Seppun, and Miya Imperial Families?

They're lower on the social scale than the Otomo or Seppun, about the same as the Miya (though they serve the same function as before)

quote:
Do the Bayushi keep their school or do they use the Imperial schools (and vice versa, are there Otomos or Seppuns or Miya now being trained in Imperial Bayushi schools/techniques)?

Yes, to both counts.  The Bayushi Bushi school is now considered an Imperial schools, and there are Imperial s trained in both the Bayushi Bushi and Courtier schools (I'm considering folding both schools into existing Imperial schools, but I'm still working on the mechanics).
The Dragon and Tortoise have access to the Bayushi courtier schools, and the Dragon also have the Soshi (now Yukito) Shugenja school, while the Tortoise have the Shosuro Shinobi school).
The Yukito family of the Dragon also produce the kikage zumi.
The Crab have the Yogo Shugenja school.

quote:
Because of the acceptance shown to the Ki-Rin by the Crab & remains of the Scorpion (including forging an alliance against the Gozoku)... does that mean the traditional "good will" that was established between the Crane and the Unicorn no longer exists?  I may be misremembering but I thought the Crane earned some gratitude from the Unicorn because the Crane spoke up on the Unicorn's behalf (though the Crane had their own motives for doing so)?

The Crane spoke up for the ki-rin, so the traditional good will between those two clans still exists.  The alliance against the Gozoku is only now becoming effective (since a third of the alliance was disbanded and kept under close observation or powerless), so the ki-rin need to stay in the Crane's good graces until the opportune moment.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1189 posts
Thu 19 Dec 2013
at 18:10
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 683):

posted a new who's who, so that y'all can keep track in Volume 2
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 636 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 03:09
Re: OOC 2
Ooo! Ooo! Epic! Epic!

*dusts off thick binder of epic 3E/3ER L5R concepts*

Please! I'll even have access to my books soon!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 57 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
Question: What does "Epic" mean or equate to in L5R?

Going beyond Rank 5 and taking the Advanced Schools?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 637 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 03:34
Re: OOC 2
I'm hoping!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1190 posts
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 03:56
Re: OOC 2
To me, in story terms, epic means that the characters have the ability and the opportunity to willfully change the course of the empire through their actions.  So, this game is not (yet) epic, because the PCs aren't making deliberate changes to the Empire (though you're working on it).  

In mechanical terms, I'd say insight rank 4 or higher at the start counts as epic.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 53 posts
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 05:28
Re: OOC 2
My highest character was insight rank 13....it was completely awesome! 5 years of constant playing ....we had our own clan and everything!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 58 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 05:51
Re: OOC 2
Well I have been in roughly 3 games in the last couple of years here on Rpol where I had a Rank 7 or Rank 8 L5R character.... and sadly each time the GM ended up "disappearing" or the game ground to a halt for one reason or another (often due to GM unresponsiveness).

So I was getting to feel like high level L5R games were cursed (either that or my Doji Kenshinzen Empress Guard was a cursed character!).

I don't think I have ever played anything higher than Rank 8 (and considering how woefully short lived that game was, I don't know if it can rightly be said that I actually "played" him much at all).
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 54 posts
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 09:30
Re: OOC 2
Oh this wasn't a play by post game.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 638 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 20 Dec 2013
at 18:33
Re: OOC 2
Don't feel bad -- this is the only L5R game still running that I'm in. Then again, I don't play 4E -- but that's because I refuse to buy a system for PbP games. Put up all that money to watch the game fail? No thank you!

I'll post tonite -- at work ATM and can't dawdle ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 639 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 17:38
Re: OOC 2
Kedo,

Just read your updates. I didn't realize Kasumi was that old! It seems like it was just yesterday ...

BTW: under Dragon you have a few Kitsune ... I'm guessing they should be Kitsuki?

Everyone Else: yes, the list of "now defunct PCs" is astounding. Sakura is the only one left from the original party, Kedo being assigned to her not long after they left Kuwanan's presence. Other than Kedo, pretty much everyone else is a "newbie".

Oh, and scary trivia: my iPhone now knows how to properly spell "Kedo" ...
Kedo
 player, 546 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 18:05
Re: OOC 2

 I didn't run the updates this time, and probably. I never do quite manage to get the clans straight. ^_^

 And yeah, we've lost a few folks along the way.

 So it should by now!
Ide Daizu
 player, 1 post
Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 20:58
Re: OOC 2
Hey all So happy to be in an L5R game. Been forever since I played
Kedo
 player, 547 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 21:42
Re: OOC 2

 Welcome aboard! Apparently we're going to be seeing quite a bit more of each other in the immediate future, just as soon as Kaze rounds out his most recent post into an actual delivery complete with explanation and gives me enough time-sense to work out how long my walk in the garden will leave me to meet with you.

 *Poke*

 ^_^
Ide Daizu
 player, 2 posts
 Unicorn Courther
Sun 22 Dec 2013
at 21:49
Re: OOC 2
Woot I Love L5R. First time playing a cortuer though. Thought it would be a fun time to try. Also looks like a good place to play an Ide
Otomo Hajime
 player, 60 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 23 Dec 2013
at 15:43
Re: OOC 2
Welcome to the game Daizu.  ;)

After the Crane & Imperials, I think the Unicorn is my next favorite clan.


Sorry for the delay Kenshin, RL got me this weekend ("holiday stuff").  Will try to post IC when I get home from work today (sadly that won't be for awhile yet).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1194 posts
Wed 25 Dec 2013
at 06:12
Re: OOC 2
Holiday Contest!  Here are 12 questions related to holiday programs or programs released around holiday time.

1). In the original 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street", Thomas Mara, Jr. asks Kris Kringle for something as he is leaving the stand.  What does he ask for and when do we see it in the film?

2). In "Fellowship of the Ring", Gandalf claims to be the "wielder of the flame of Anor."  What was Anor, which member of the Fellowship did it matter to, and why?

3). In the modern Doctor Who Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned", the Doctor and Astrid Peth speak to a newspaper seller who explains why London is so empty on Christmas.  What is the newspaper seller's name and what does he give to the Doctor?

4). In the 1945 movie Christmas in Connecticut", a watch is lost.  Who loses the watch and what does he suggest be done?

5). "Fifteen birds in five fir trees,
their feathers were fanned in a fiery breeze!
what funny little birds, they had no wings!
Oh what shall we do with the funny little things?"

What are the names of the fifteen birds?

6). In the Doctor Who Chrismas Special "the Snowmen" a Classic Who enemy made an appearance.  Which Doctor and companion team first met said enemy?

7). "Frozen" shares one cast member with "Chess:  In Concert".  Name three roles that person played.

8). In "Mickey's Christmas Carol" how much of a raise had Bob Cratchit been given in exchange for what service to Ebenezer Scrooge?

9). "Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause" is a retelling of what classic Christmas movie from the 1940's?

10).  In the television adaptation of "Hogfather", Death says:  "the greatest gift anyone can ______" when he does what?

11). In "A Christmas Story" there is a breach of etiquette near the beginning of the movie.  What was the breach of etiquette and what were the consequences?

12). In "A Charlie Brown Christmas" what is the objection to the character assigned to play the innkeeper and what is the justification given?

Presumably you can look up all of the answers on the internet, but I came up with all of them without looking up any of the answers (which means, yes, I did watch all of the programs and movies in question--I blame my sister-in-law for Question 9).  

Prizes!  Just like with the May Day contest, I am offering xp and/or spoilers.

Answering one question correctly gets you 1 xp OR a spoiler regarding an NPC of MY choice.

Answering two questions correctly gets you 3 xp OR a spoiler regarding an NPC of YOUR choice.

Answering three questions correctly gets you 3 xp AND a spoiler regarding an NPC of your choice.

Every correctly answered question after three gets you 1 xp or a spoiler regarding an NPC of of your choice.
Kedo
 player, 549 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 25 Dec 2013
at 11:51
Re: OOC 2

 Without looking any up:


 With the benefit of the internets:


 And there was a May day contest for experience? Dammit! ^_^
Ide Daizu
 player, 3 posts
 Unicorn Courtier
Thu 26 Dec 2013
at 20:47
Re: OOC 2
all that I i could figure out with out looking up:
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 640 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 28 Dec 2013
at 03:39
Re: OOC 2
First, welcome Ide-San! m_O_m

Man, I hate loosing XP! But I also suck at trivia ... sadly #9 is the only one I have a shot at:


I generally play Scorpion (in one mask or another), but Imperial is my second choice. I have several interesting "honorable" concepts though ... including several I never got a chance to finish out.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1196 posts
Sat 28 Dec 2013
at 05:11
Re: OOC 2
Just pointing out (because it should be common knowledge/understanding) the Scorpion benefit the least in any conflict where the Crane go to war, because they're in a military alliance with them.  Their numbers are already low due to their losses in the Clan War, and they lost a greater proportion of their total fighting force in the siege than the Crane (even though they lost fewer people).

EDIT:  also, answers to the contest questions and xp will be posted Jan 5, 2014 (the 12th day of Christmas).  You have until then to find and post your answers.

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:54, Sat 28 Dec 2013.

Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 56 posts
Sat 28 Dec 2013
at 19:40
Re: OOC 2
I sent mine in a PM to you?  Are we supposed to post them on this thread?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1197 posts
Sat 28 Dec 2013
at 19:57
Re: OOC 2
You can post it anywhere you want ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 62 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 31 Dec 2013
at 10:16
Re: OOC 2
Hmm... it looks like we just gained another new player (and a fellow Imperial to boot!), welcome to the game Miya Shishako.  ;)

By the way, would Hajime know (IC) anything about Shishako?

This message was last edited by the player at 10:17, Tue 31 Dec 2013.

Miya Shishako
 player, 2 posts
Tue 31 Dec 2013
at 22:22
Re: OOC 2
Unlikely; she's a Miya courier and has not yet made any particular name for herself.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 642 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 1 Jan 2014
at 14:56
Re: OOC 2
Happy new year, everyone!
Asahina Byako
 player, 29 posts
 Crane diplomat
Fri 3 Jan 2014
at 17:56
Re: OOC 2
I had to research all of them; I'm not a memorizer type.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 64 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Sun 5 Jan 2014
at 10:09
Re: OOC 2
2 Questions:

1) What does it mean that the assassin's belongings have been left "unpurified"?  Does that mean they have simply been "not burned"?  Would it be "unclean" for a samurai to touch them or go through them (check them)?

2) Has Miya Shishako introduced herself to the PCs already at the assassin's beside?  If not, is Shishako wearing/displaying any Mons (such as a Miya Family or Miya Herald School Mon)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1205 posts
Sun 5 Jan 2014
at 15:11
Re: OOC 2
1) "unpurified" means that a shugenja hasn't come to cleanse the clothes of blood or other unclean influences.  Typical practice in Rokugan is to purify clothes blooded in combat as soon as possible.  (remember, blood is considered an unclean/corrupting influence in L5R) The Kitsuki frown on that practice because evidence might be removed during the cleansing process, either inadvertently via washing or deliberately because the shugenja is allied with the perpetrators.  But non-Kitsuki investigators don't hold with evidence.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1206 posts
Mon 6 Jan 2014
at 14:35
Re: OOC 2
Holiday Contest Answers!

1). In the original 1947 "Miracle on 34th Street", Thomas Mara, Jr. asks Kris Kringle for something as he is leaving the stand.  What does he ask for and when do we see it in the film?

A real football helmet, which I thought we saw wrapped at the party near the end of the movie (but apparently not).

2). In "Fellowship of the Ring", Gandalf claims to be the "wielder of the flame of Anor."  What was Anor, which member of the Fellowship did it matter to, and why?

My original answer to this question was incorrect because I misheard Gandalf's statement.  I originally thought he said "Arnor" which was the sister kingdom to Gondor.  Thus, the answer would have been Aragorn, because Elrond swore that he would only allow Arwen to marry a mortal if he were the heir to both Gondor and Arnor.

Anor, however, is the elvish word for the sun, and it mattered most to Gandalf because, as a Maia, it was the source of his life.  I would also accept Legolas as an answer.

3). In the modern Doctor Who Christmas Special "Voyage of the Damned", the Doctor and Astrid Peth speak to a newspaper seller who explains why London is so empty on Christmas.  What is the newspaper seller's name and what does he give to the Doctor?

His name was Wilfred Mott, and he gave the Doctor a gun in the "End of Time".

4). In the 1945 movie Christmas in Connecticut", a watch is lost.  Who loses the watch and what does he suggest be done?

Felix loses the watch and he suggests that someone call the police.

5). "Fifteen birds in five fir trees,
their feathers were fanned in a fiery breeze!
what funny little birds, they had no wings!
Oh what shall we do with the funny little things?"

What are the names of the fifteen birds?

Bilbo, Gandalf, Oin, Gloin, Thorin, Fili, Kili, Bifur, Bofur, Bombur, Balin, Dwalin, Ori, Nori, Dori (this was the song I wished had made it from the original text to the new adaptation)

6). In the Doctor Who Chrismas Special "the Snowmen" a Classic Who enemy made an appearance.  Which Doctor and companion team first met said enemy?

The Second Doctor with Jamie and Victoria.

7). "Frozen" shares one cast member with "Chess:  In Concert".  Name three roles that person played.

Elsa (Frozen), Florence (Chess), Elphaba (Wicked), and/or any other parts played by Idina Medzel (okay, so I listen to a lot of musicals).

8). In "Mickey's Christmas Carol" how much of a raise had Bob Cratchit been given in exchange for what service to Ebenezer Scrooge?

Cratchit was given a ha'penny (half-penny) raise for doing Scrooge's laundry.

9). "Santa Clause 3: the Escape Clause" is a retelling of what classic Christmas movie from the 1940's?

It's A Wonderful Life (once again, I blame my sister-in-law)

10).  In the television adaptation of "Hogfather", Death says:  "the greatest gift anyone can ______" when he does what?

"...give is a future." when he gives more time to the Little Matchgirl (and arranges for her to be cared for by Nobby Nobbs.

11). In "A Christmas Story" there is a breach of etiquette near the beginning of the movie.  What was the breach of etiquette and what were the consequences?

Skipping the Triple Dare and going straight for the Triple Dog Dare, and Flick's tongue ended up stuck to the pole.

12). In "A Charlie Brown Christmas" what is the objection to the character assigned to play the innkeeper and what is the justification given?

The objection to Pigpen is that he's too messy, and Charlie Brown says to think of it as dust but as the soil of some great past civilization.

XP awards will be posted later today ^_^
Miya Shishako
 player, 4 posts
 Miya Herald
Mon 6 Jan 2014
at 16:33
Re: OOC 2
Shishako had not introduced herself, since everyone was too busy, but she does wear the mons of her family and school (herald school).

She would avoid touching blood as much as possible, so, if things are literally coated in blood, then she may not pick them up and turn them all around, but she would still try to move them around with implements.
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 56 posts
Mon 13 Jan 2014
at 13:55
Re: OOC 2
Oh goddness I am here. I am sorry for being neglectful :( I will make a post asap
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 60 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Thu 16 Jan 2014
at 03:40
Re: OOC 2
@Hajime: I apparently completely misunderstood the GM -- rewrite in progress.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 645 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 16 Jan 2014
at 04:15
Re: OOC 2
*dances for joy*

This is my 1000th post! Never in the history of RPOL have I made it this long in a game!

*continues the dancing of joy*

[Okay, so for all the new folks -- there are only two "old" players here: Myself (Daidoji Sakura; Daidoji Kasumi; Bayushi Kenshin) and Kedo. Other than the two of us, only the GM breaks a hundred (and he breaks a thousand). So no need to feel like you've got to keep up or anything ... in RPOL terms, we're all older than dirt! We can really use some fresh blood!]

*commence mystic fireworks*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1214 posts
Thu 16 Jan 2014
at 04:51
Re: OOC 2
and someone new just applied ^_^

EDIT:  also, we have been at this game a really long damn time ^_^

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:52, Thu 16 Jan 2014.

Ide Daizu
 player, 9 posts
 Unicorn Courtier
Thu 16 Jan 2014
at 05:02
Re: OOC 2
Cograts on the long time game
Ide Daizu
 player, 12 posts
 Unicorn Courtier
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 03:23
Re: OOC 2
How is evefryone doing
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 63 posts
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 03:26
Re: OOC 2
good.....:)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1222 posts
Wed 29 Jan 2014
at 03:49
Re: OOC 2
Sorry for the long wait!  Been crazy busy at work, sorry'
Ide Daizu
 player, 13 posts
 Unicorn Courtier
Fri 7 Feb 2014
at 04:19
Re: OOC 2
I understand. I am on hear far more than I should be
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 647 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 21 Feb 2014
at 01:28
Re: OOC 2
Crazy weather too!

No one's waiting on me, right?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1223 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2014
at 01:53
Re: OOC 2
Nope, it's my fault! I keep getting distracted by real life, I'll try to get a post out to everyone tonight.
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 61 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2014
at 05:49
Re: OOC 2
I've got bad weather, school, work and just got surgery so I don't mind at all. Take you time. :)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1228 posts
Fri 21 Feb 2014
at 07:05
Re: OOC 2
Ugh!  Stay safe!  And hope you have a good recovery!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1230 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 04:12
Re: OOC 2
Okay people, I had a bit of free time and inspiration this weekend, so I finally put together that epic alternate history L5R game I was thinking about.

link to another game
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 649 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 05:00
Re: OOC 2
Hmmm ... I was about to RTJ when I noticed something: you're using 4E for this one? I don't actually own that one, so I have no idea what the differences are ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1231 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 05:44
Re: OOC 2
They aren't big.  They cleaned up emphases, changed some of the school skill packages, tweaked a few of the techniques, and clarified the use of some of the skills.  I'm not married to 4e if it's going to be a problem.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 66 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 06:32
Re: OOC 2
This is 4th ED?  I have a 3rd ed character?  lol
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1232 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 06:42
Re: OOC 2
The Price of Peace is 3e, the other game might be 4e
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 67 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 06:49
Re: OOC 2
oh ok....lol
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 650 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 16:57
Re: OOC 2
As a rule, I don't buy new books for online games. Sadly, you are my only L5R game ...

Is Way of the Daimyo or the equivalent available? Thinking of the head monk path (whatever it's called; I'm at lunch ...can't remember squat today ...).
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 68 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 17:12
Re: OOC 2
I think you should do it as 3rd ed....:)  Then I can get in on the ground level....lol.  That and 4th ed was horrible.  I bought the book and as like wth is this?  This isn't l5r.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1233 posts
Mon 3 Mar 2014
at 18:43
Re: OOC 2
@Sakura:  I have Way of the Daimyo, so I'll look it up when I get home

@Sumiko:  that's a reasonable argument, and it saves me typing a bunch of conversion stuff up for 3e players ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 652 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Relevant to this game: very frustrating to be so good at Interrogation -- and getting absolutely nothing from the interrogation ...

To the other game: I was thinking of trying to reprise a concept I played for a while, before the other game died. He was a "true-blood" Kitsu that took his job seriously. Headed a monastery overlooking ... the Lake of Sorrows(?) I think it's called. Anyhow, he also had a "Kitsu-Only" path as well ... which I for the life of me cannot remember either ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1234 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 02:12
Re: OOC 2
You've actually gotten quite a bit from him, but he's also kind of a dumbass (idealistic, brash, and low intelligence,  not a great combo)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1235 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 03:02
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so here's the Keeper of the Temple path:

Master Keepers understand the nuances of the Fortunes and Kami better than anyone else in the Empire. Their knowledge of how to placate and procure the favor of the spirit
realms, honed through long hours in their Temples, is peerless.  For each Rank attained in this Path, the Keeper receives a Free Raise when casting spells or using kiho.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 69 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 03:15
Re: OOC 2
OOOO If I play in your new game I wanna play a crab that takes the bushi shukenja path.  I don't know it off hand but I cna find it!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1236 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 03:47
Re: OOC 2
There are a couple different bushi/shugenja schools, any way to narrow it down?
Otomo Hajime
 player, 70 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 07:16
Re: OOC 2
Well my impression is that there isn't much more to really get from this guy... it sounds like they operate on a "Cell" basis, so that the capture of one will not result in the revelation of enough to collapse the entire organization.

Besides... don't we have a 2nd prisoner to interrogate?  This is the wounded one that was healed but then there is the prisoner Hajime tracked down with the others and brought in later that night, right?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1237 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 15:02
Re: OOC 2
Yes, there is still that guy
Otomo Hajime
 player, 71 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 16:12
Re: OOC 2
Kaze no Kage:
Okay people, I had a bit of free time and inspiration this weekend, so I finally put together that epic alternate history L5R game I was thinking about.

link to another game

Hmm... I might see if I can squeeze in one more game (RL has been tough for me lately, though a few of my other games have sadly recently died).

I may try a Dragon (Mirumoto) or Unicorn (Moto) bushi (though I guess that would be Ki-Rin rather than Unicorn).

Both would be something of a change from my usual Crane/Imperial characters.  ;)
Miya Shishako
 player, 8 posts
 Miya Herald
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 16:30
Re: OOC 2
The only Bushi/Shugenja school I know of is the Kuni Witch Hunter/Kuni Shugenja (with the path to switch). The only other thing even close that I have seen is the Soshi Deceiver, but you can't be a bushi with it, just a ninja. Did I miss some somewhere else?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1238 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 17:01
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Miya Shishako (msg # 744):

there's also the Tamori shugenja school, which has a martial focus, but neither the Tamori Shugenja or Kuni Witch hunters are available (because they haven't been created yet).  The Asako Inquisitor school has a martial focus and exists, but it's really small and doesn't have nearly the prestige as it does later
Miya Shishako
 player, 9 posts
 Miya Herald
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 17:56
Re: OOC 2
Ah, ok; I thought you meant there were other shugenja schools/paths that actually were marked bushi, or other bushi schools/paths actually marked as shugenja; I believe the only one that qualifies thus is the Kuni path that leads from Kuni Witch Hunter (bushi) to Kuni Shugenja, or visa versa (depending on where you start). I think Asako Inquisitor is a monk school that allows you to enter either as a shugenja or a bushi (advanced school, I think), and the Tamori Shugenja school is a shugenja school but with more martial leanings (weapons skills, etc). That was my confusion. :)

Either way it sounds as if Sumiko won't really have any of the selections (except Asako Inquisitor, I guess) available.
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 70 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 22:08
Re: OOC 2
Oh, I was thinking of the witch hunter....:(
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1239 posts
Tue 4 Mar 2014
at 23:34
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Shosuro Sumiko (msg # 747):

sorry, the Empire doesn't even know that maho is a problem -- it hasn't become the problem that prompted the creation of the Hare Clan or the Tsukai-Sagasu
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 653 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 5 Mar 2014
at 02:21
Re: OOC 2
The Kitsu Spirit Legion is also unavailable, which is required for the concept I was thinking of. Luckily I always have more ...

Give me a day or two to sort through my myriad concepts and I'll send an RTJ ...
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 654 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 11 Mar 2014
at 02:01
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, we're ready to move out.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 73 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 13 Mar 2014
at 06:27
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Sakura:
Yeah, we're ready to move out.

Did Miya Shishako have anything to add (I don't want to jump IC and potentially cut someone off)?
Miya Shishako
 player, 10 posts
 Miya Herald
Thu 13 Mar 2014
at 14:31
Re: OOC 2
No, she didn't
Asahina Byako
 player, 30 posts
 Crane diplomat
Tue 18 Mar 2014
at 05:44
Re: OOC 2
Sorry for my long absence, but I'm back. :) I'll try to wedge my way in somewhere.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1245 posts
Tue 18 Mar 2014
at 05:46
Re: OOC 2
No worries^_^ anything you're interested in pursuing?
Asahina Byako
 player, 31 posts
 Crane diplomat
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 02:12
Re: OOC 2
Maybe I'll look around for those swords that are missing, but the magistrates are too busy pursuing secret societies to suss out.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1246 posts
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 03:27
Re: OOC 2
there are definitely clues there (also, they sent a Kitsuki Magistrate in that direction)
Miya Shishako
 player, 13 posts
 Miya Herald
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 04:33
Re: OOC 2
Ahh, IC ok.. I was wondering what that was about!
Asahina Byako
 player, 32 posts
 Crane diplomat
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 04:46
Re: OOC 2
Ok, I'm going to start asking around about the swords, since I'm not really privy to any of the clues. I'll post in the main thread about it. :)
Otomo Hajime
 player, 76 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 05:26
Re: OOC 2
Miya Shishako:
Ahh, IC ok.. I was wondering what that was about!

By the way Shishako... I wasn't trying to have Hajime send you away IC.

He just wasn't going to stand in the way if she had to answer the call of duty.
Miya Shishako
 player, 14 posts
 Miya Herald
Thu 20 Mar 2014
at 18:01
Re: OOC 2
I didn't think you were; I just needed to get out and about and meet and greet. Currently I'm milling about the public areas, meeting (NPC) people. I didn't really have any major input on the investigation, anyway, and it seemed well in hand.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1256 posts
Thu 12 Jun 2014
at 19:05
Re: OOC 2
It is my sad duty to inform you that Otomo Hajime has dropped out of the game due to health concerns.  While he hopes to make a full recovery, he has reached the point where he has no expectation that he will be able to return.

Here's to hoping that he recovers soonest.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 661 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 14 Jun 2014
at 01:52
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, no kidding. That does put the Daidoji Twins in an odd predicament, though ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1257 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:07
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so it's been a bit quiet here, which means that it's roll call time!  I just want to know who is around so I know which plot lines I need to nudge personally and which ones I need to prune.
Kedo
 player, 563 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:27
Re: OOC 2

 Yo!
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 662 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:40
Re: OOC 2
We're here ... But not sure what to do with hajime missing.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1258 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:47
Re: OOC 2
once I know who's around I'll start summarizing events and reassigning people to more plot centric threads so that I'm not trying to run eight different plot lines for five people.
Asahina Byako
 player, 37 posts
 Crane diplomat
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 17:49
Re: OOC 2
still here
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 74 posts
Wed 18 Jun 2014
at 18:19
Re: OOC 2
I am here!
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 66 posts
Thu 19 Jun 2014
at 00:50
Re: OOC 2
I be here
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1259 posts
Sun 19 Oct 2014
at 04:05
Re: OOC 2
I've been asked to reboot this game, but since the current plot didn't hold people's fancy, I'm looking for thoughts on where y'all would like it to go
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 663 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sun 19 Oct 2014
at 04:29
Re: OOC 2
Hmmm ... well ...........

Good question. Probably the biggest question is "who's still here?" That will make a difference, I think.

And by reboot do you mean "move forward a bit" or "redo everything"? I wouldn't fancy the latter ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1260 posts
Sun 19 Oct 2014
at 04:44
Re: OOC 2
Probably more like redo from before the start of Winter Court (but after the battle), so basically volume 2.  I think there's just not enough structure for most people in a court setting without a clear plot
Kedo
 player, 564 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sun 19 Oct 2014
at 13:34
Re: OOC 2

 I didn't realize people were struggling with the plot myself... I'm up for most anything, as ever.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1261 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 01:28
Re: OOC 2
I think part of the problem is that hardly anyone cared about the backdrop plot (the tournament) and almost everyone was going after a different subplot.

Given that this game started out as a troubleshooting team mission, how do people feel about going back to being a Crane troubleshooting team?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 664 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 01:49
Re: OOC 2
Well ... I was good with the tournament, but none of my characters could actually participate. The closest I got was Kenichi having the Imperial Legion sponsor Kedo. Which I rather enjoyed, actually ...

If we go back to all Crane, then I'll have to drop Kenichi, right? Well, he'd loose his really really cool Nodachi anyway ... *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1262 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 02:27
Re: OOC 2
Kenshin could be the Scorpion part of a joint Crane/Scorpion task force (ironic, yes, I know ^_^)
sadly, yes, poor Lesson probably never would have gotten kidnapped >_>
Asahina Byako
 player, 38 posts
 Crane diplomat
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 02:44
Re: OOC 2
Byako wasn't well suited to the tournament stuff either, but she was making her way around, and she was trying to be involved in as many plots as possible; subplot or primary, whatever she could find out about, haha.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1263 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 02:53
Re: OOC 2
yeah, and I think I had too many subplots going and not enough people with enough information to bring those subplots together
Kedo
 player, 565 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 03:17
Re: OOC 2

 Kedo (and for some reason my autocorrect keeps trying to turn that into Jedi) would probably work well with a request from one of the Crane officers to do something useful with his time - particularly since he's already 'working' for them as a guard on their gate so a better born Bushi can attend the tournament... Having one of them for example, order him as a guard (rather than ask him as a favour) to look after Kaori he couldn't refuse and the tension would be entertaining. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1264 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 03:36
Re: OOC 2
Lol, the one game I'm running with the potential for romantic tension and it's the only NOT adult game that's active.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 81 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 05:19
Re: OOC 2
So I might be able to return to the game from my prior hiatus.

Of course, if things are going to focus on a Crane (or Crane & Scorpion) oriented "troubleshooting team"... then an Imperial who is also an Emerald Magistrate may not be the best character.

While I like Hajime, I'm not sure he fits well (potentially there is too much of a discrepancy between his status/position and that of the other Clan PCs).

Oddly enough, Hajime actually was capable of playing in the Go Tournament... though I will admit that I was unsure whether he would have had time to play/compete while conducting a full scale investigation at the same time.

That said, the Go Tournament could still serve as a nucleus event around which things are happening but more as a plot device rather than an actual challenge/event for PCs to take part in (the PCs will deal with events unfolding around the Go Tournament rather than participating directly in the tournament).

If need be, I don't object to potentially changing my character to better suit a revamped campaign (actually I have been toying around with the idea of playing a Monk, which would put him somewhat outside the Clan system but not as dramatically as an Otomo Emerald Magistrate).
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 75 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 19:20
Re: OOC 2
I am the only character who was looking forwar to the tournament?  LOL.... I was enjoying all of Sumiko's plots however.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 82 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 19:25
Re: OOC 2
Shosuro Sumiko:
I am the only character who was looking forwar to the tournament?  LOL.... I was enjoying all of Sumiko's plots however.

Well not exactly, I was curious to see how Hajime performed in the Go Tournament... but as events unfolded and Hajime became embroiled in an ever enlarging investigation/conspiracy, I couldn't help but feel that ultimately Hajime would have to put his Go playing aside and focus on Duty and the investigation.

So I'm not sure whether Hajime really would have been able to avail himself of the Go Tournament with everything else going on (in the shadows).
Kitsu Ikage
 player, 67 posts
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 21:58
Re: OOC 2
I was looking forward to the tournament as well. But I am up for whatever is decided
Kedo
 player, 566 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 20 Oct 2014
at 23:57
Re: OOC 2

 Oh me too, but there's no reason it can't go on in the background or between actual plot!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1265 posts
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 01:19
Re: OOC 2
Excellent, I will definitely reuse that in the reboot.  I think, I need to give y'all some clearer direction, because (except for Kedo, who somehow ended up with the info that would make a lot of this make sense) y'all are skirting the edges of the central plot.  So!  Three possible options:
1) continue on as we have been
2) reorganize with everyone as part of a troubleshooting team
3) assign the team to Ryoko Owari as part of the Crane/Scorpion treaty to help the Scorpion reestablish dominance in their lands

Those are just the three I've considered, I'm open to other options
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 76 posts
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 01:34
Re: OOC 2
but.....what about my epic play I was writing?
Kedo
 player, 567 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 01:55
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 786):

 I did? ^_^
Asahina Byako
 player, 39 posts
 Crane diplomat
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 02:36
Re: OOC 2
Any works for me; I was closing in on Kedo, though I didn't know he was on to the plot, I would welcome allies who knew what I was up to, though, so options 2 and 3 work well too.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 665 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 21 Oct 2014
at 02:44
Re: OOC 2
Well, it would help if Kedo didn't keep wandering off on his own. I mean, here I am doing my darndest to get him in the Go tournament, and he volunteers for sentry duty ... ;p

As for me ... I don't really know. I've lost all of my co-conspirators / investigators ...
Kedo
 player, 568 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 18:46
Re: OOC 2

 Heh, all Kedo wanted to do was make a perfect sword in order to win the hand of the woman he loves without anyone having to die for it... And people keep dragging him into monumental conspiracies and major battles!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 83 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 20:24
Re: OOC 2
So thus far the PCs (Players) who have voiced a desire to continue playing (or in my case return to the game) are:

Daidoji Sakura [along with Daidoji Kasumi and perhaps Bayushi Kenshin?] - Crane (secretly Scorpion) Shugenja [along with another Crane/Scorpion Shugenja and perhaps a Crane-trained Scorpion Bushi?]

Kedo - Ronin Bushi? [former Dragon Bushi?]

Asahina Byako - Crane Courtier?

Shosuro Sumiko - Scorpion Courtier?

Kitsu Ikage - Lion Bushi?

Otomo Hajime - Imperial Bushi (Emerald Magistrate)


I see on the Cast List that Miya Shishako has logged on but has not yet stated whether she wants to return/continue playing.


So a mix of Crane & Scorpion with a Ronin, Lion, and Imperial thrown into the mix?  Presently the Crane and Scorpion Clans have a Treaty establishing "cordial" relations between them while the Crane and Lion Clans just recently had a confrontation/conflict that is currently resolved/subsided (but not doubt bad feeling remains)... and finally the Emperor is coming to town for Winter Court (whlie a major Go Tournament is about to commence).
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 666 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 21:30
Re: OOC 2
Otomo Hajime:
Daidoji Sakura [along with Daidoji Kasumi and perhaps Bayushi Kenshin?] - Crane (secretly Scorpion) Shugenja [along with another Crane/Scorpion Shugenja and perhaps a Crane-trained Scorpion Bushi?]


You must have missed my "1000th post celebration". *lol* -- yeah, I'm playing all three. It was, of course, just two before the Great Void Dragon IncidentTM ... *lol*

If you give the GM a Plot HookTM it will be taken advantage of ...

quote:
I see on the Cast List that Miya Shishako has logged on but has not yet stated whether she wants to return/continue playing.


I suspect (IC) that Miya Shishako is Asahina Byako.

As far as choices go, I'm torn. If we keep going, then we have continuity. On the other hand, if we shift to Ryoko Owari we can formally return the "twins" to the Scorpion Clan; she (they) would be Scorpion again. (Perhaps through marriage ... it would be a well deserved reprieve for at least one of them).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1266 posts
Wed 22 Oct 2014
at 22:34
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Sakura (msg # 793):

 
quote:
You must have missed my "1000th post celebration". *lol* -- yeah, I'm playing all three. It was, of course, just two before the Great Void Dragon IncidentTM ... *lol*

If you give the GM a Plot HookTM it will be taken advantage of ...


Who me ^_^
Shosuro Sumiko
 player, 77 posts
Thu 23 Oct 2014
at 07:57
Re: OOC 2
Yes Sumiko is a courtier but I am trying to figure out what to do with her after she gains a rank.
Kedo
 player, 569 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 23 Oct 2014
at 08:10
Re: OOC 2

 Gaining a rank, I wish... That would actually make Kedo dangerous. ^_-
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1267 posts
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 05:20
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so if I'm understanding everyone right, y'all like the backdrop of the Go Tournament and winter court. Y'all like the set up so far, but given the recent posting rate, there's some confusion about how to proceed.

Okay!  I'm going to review the threads, post some resolution for everyone (so that you don't feel interrupted in what you're doing) and put up a "coming together thread" so that y'all can get some marching orders (except for Kedo, that guy can derail a plot by visiting a bath house ^_^)
Kedo
 player, 570 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 06:18
Re: OOC 2

 For me, the tournament seems to work better as a backdrop to something else rather than the primary plot focus, and I would definitely enjoy a single primary plot thread with side-shoots for individual interests rather than the web we currently have. Of course, that said I recoil violently from most of the things some of us consider way cool, so your mileage may vary. ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1268 posts
Fri 24 Oct 2014
at 13:36
Re: OOC 2
no, no, that makes sense.  I think my mistake was not giving everyone the same direction to go in before letting everyone scatter.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1273 posts
Mon 27 Oct 2014
at 05:23
Re: OOC 2
If you take the time to build a rich back story, I will most definitely exploit...I mean use it ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 304 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 29 Oct 2014
at 01:05
Re: OOC 2
FYI: I'm not trying to screw with Kedo -- it's just too perfect to ignore.

Maybe the GM is rubbing off on me ... *lol*
Kedo
 player, 574 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 29 Oct 2014
at 06:34
Re: OOC 2

 Fortunately, the rumour is wrong and it needs to be a Katana... Otherwise I would accidentally have completed my plot arc months ago. ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 305 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 29 Oct 2014
at 12:38
Re: OOC 2
That can be fun all by itself. *lol*
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 668 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 3 Nov 2014
at 00:52
Re: OOC 2
You have no idea how hard this has been to answer ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1279 posts
Mon 3 Nov 2014
at 23:21
Re: OOC 2
oops, sorry Kedo, my brain is broken.  I'll go back and edit.  The answer I wrote must have gotten lost with a previous draft
Kedo
 player, 576 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 4 Nov 2014
at 00:21
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 805):


 Awhhh, but then I'll have to edit too!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1280 posts
Tue 4 Nov 2014
at 00:22
Re: OOC 2
Okay, fixed, sorry if that derails anyone's conversation, but I really did mean to post a response
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1281 posts
Tue 4 Nov 2014
at 00:27
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kedo (msg # 806):

Yeah, sorry about that, but there's no good reason that anyone should be ignoring Kedo at this point, and passing an error like that off because "he's ronin" totally ignores the years of character development that's gone into this game (YEARS!)
Kedo
 player, 577 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 4 Nov 2014
at 00:29
Re: OOC 2

 I know, I know. Especially since the incident he's referring to was his and Kenshin (with help) demolishing most of a Daidoji ambush while Kedo acted like a one-man patriot battery... Which cannot not have made it into the reports.^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 88 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 13 Nov 2014
at 00:25
Re: OOC 2
Question: Now that the Emperor is Toturi rather than a descendant of the Hantei line... is the form of address "Son of Heaven" still used?

I ask because it made sense when the Hantei were Emperors since the Kami Hantei was originally from the Heavens... I suppose one could say all of the original Kami were children of the Heavens in their own way.

But Toturi is not necessarily divinely descended is he (or perhaps, as a former Akodo, he claims direct descent from the kami Akodo)?

Granted the form of address may remain out of tradition and I do think I have read in the sourcebooks that Toturi is still referenced by the title "Son of Heaven" but I was just thinking about it recently and wondered about the continued use of the title (I was reading something about how the Kolat viewed the fall of the Hantei and the reign of Emperor Toturi as a victory for mankind over kami).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1282 posts
Thu 13 Nov 2014
at 01:27
Re: OOC 2
Yes, "Son of Heaven" is still one of Toturi's honorifics.  *shrug* given that there was a break in the Hantei line when Yugozohime was killed at the Battle of White Stag, the Kolat had their mortal Emperor nearly 600 years earlier.  More likely, they were happy with Toturi because he was the protege of Akodo Kage, one of the main leaders of the Kolat of the time and they expected him to follow their program.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1283 posts
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 16:09
Re: OOC 2
Okay, just so I don't leave anyone out:

Kedo (along with Kakita Kaori), Otomo Hajime (along with Miya Shishako), and Bayushi Kenshin (along with Kitsu Ikage) want to go see a couple of Kitsuki (Kitsuki Fuji and Kitsuki Ryoma, with their yojimbo Mirumoto Yamada).

I'm not sure whether Miya Shishako and Kitsu Ikage are down for that plan, they might have their own things they want to do.

Daidoji Sakura and Daidoji Kasumi are probably going to have a talk with Otomo Hajime sometime afterwards, but for now they're doing their own thing.

Shosuro Sumiko is also free to do her own thing.

If anyone isn't sure what's going on in their particular plot line, please let me know, I have lots and lots of notes.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 90 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 16:31
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 812):

Question: Is Miya Shishako a bushi (is the Miya Herald School a bushi or courtier school?)

I ask because it may be pertinent to my next question... has Miya Shishako been assigned a yojimbo (of course if she is a bushi, that may be a trickier issue since assigning a yojimbo to a bushi could be seen as an insult, implying the bushi is not capable of defending herself)?

Then again, since it appears that Miya are being targetted, it would make sense for some arrangement to be made to assign a yojimbo for Shishako's protection (though among the PCs, I'm not sure who is "available" since Hajime really isn't in a position to play yojimbo, Kedo is yojimbo to Kaori, and Kenshin is yojimbo to Ikage).
Miya Shishako
 player, 19 posts
 Miya Herald
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 16:34
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Otomo Hajime (msg # 813):

Miya Herald is a courtier school. And, I do not have a yojimbo, other than you. :)

This message was last updated by the player at 16:34, Mon 17 Nov 2014.

Otomo Hajime
 player, 91 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 17:29
Re: OOC 2
Miya Shishako:
In reply to Otomo Hajime (msg # 813):

Miya Herald is a courtier school. And, I do not have a yojimbo, other than you. :)

Ahh... well as a Courtier, Shishako should have a bushi yojimbo assigned to her (no worries about an insult since she is not a bushi).

However, I'm not sure Hajime is technically in a position to be her "official" yojimbo.

While Hajime will certainly do his utmost to protect his fellow Imperial, his position as an Emerald Magistrate means he's not really in a position to "serve" as a yojimbo (since a yojimbo is supposed to be focused primarily on one thing, namely the protection/security of The Charge the yojiimbo is assigned to).

I just think Shishako should have a bushi formally/officially assigned to protect her (be her bodyguard first & foremost) since the implication from the earlier conversation was that the Miya Family is being targetted (and thus Miya Shishako is believed to be in danger).


EDIT: Unfortunately, I just don't think Hajime can serve as a yojimbo since as an EM he has to focus on his investigation(s).  Unless of course his superior (Emerald Champion or Emperor, perhaps Otomo/Seppun Daimyo?) gave Hajime direct orders to act as Shishako's yojimbo (thus making his Duty as EM secondary to his Duty to protect Shishako).

However nobody present at this meeting has the authority to assign (much less order) Hajime to serve as a yojimbo (and thus have him put his EM duties second).

At least that's my understanding of the current situation (but I could be misreading the scene/scenario).

This message was last edited by the player at 17:33, Mon 17 Nov 2014.

Otomo Hajime
 player, 92 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 17:36
Re: OOC 2
One idea... perhaps before the Kitsuki visit, Miya Shishako and Otomo Hajime should seek "higher authority" for instructions (clarification)?
Miya Shishako
 player, 20 posts
 Miya Herald
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 17:45
Re: OOC 2
Yeah, I didn't mean to say that Haijime was Shishako's formal yojimbo, just that the direction, as given, was for her to stick by Haijime, so that an attack on her would also be an attack on him, thus he would be, de-facto, her yojimbo.

Being assigned a yojimbo might cause more problems than it solves. For example, it would point out to everyone that the Crane (or whoever) think that the Miya are in danger within the Crane borders; traditionally the Miya are beyond targeting, since they are the Emperor's voice in the land. There are also other reasons.
Kedo
 player, 578 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 17:50
Re: OOC 2

 There are other reasons to have a Yojimbo - the Emeror has guards and a champion when he travels as a sign of status and respect rather than to suggest he's in danger from his hosts. If one was assigned more famous or more noted for a talent other than battle - poetry, art, Crane bloodlines - everyone would pretend to believe  they were a bodyguard, privately assume advisor, entertainer or ornament and get on with their business. Face is what matters after all, far more than actuality.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1284 posts
Mon 17 Nov 2014
at 18:17
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Otomo Hajime (msg # 816):

 Miya Heralds don't typically get yojimbo (they can't keep up with their travelling schedule).  That being said, Hajime's duties as an Emerald Magistrate shouldn't interfere with keeping Shishako safe (given that he hasn't actually been given an investigative assignment).  The whole point of assigning Hajime to the job is that no one would actually expect Shishako to have a protector and that it wouldn't look strange to have her hanging out around Hajime for long periods of time, so she's kept (relatively) safe without arousing suspicion.
Miya Shishako
 player, 21 posts
 Miya Herald
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 00:50
Re: OOC 2
Kedo, are you suggesting that Shishako should be assigned as Haijime's Yojimbo? (ornament) ;)

I'm confident that Shishako can probably find her way clear to survive anything survivable that she may encounter while around Haijime. Don't get me wrong; she won't be able to help much in a fight, but she's pretty good at evading death, I'd say.
Kedo
 player, 579 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 01:17
Re: OOC 2

 Hmm? No, no...just providing context for a yojimbo to not necessarily be an admission of risk or failure to provide security. ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 93 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 03:11
Re: OOC 2
Miya Shishako:
suggesting that Shishako should be assigned as Hajime's Yojimbo?

A potential alternative but similar idea might be if Hajime were to appoint Shishako as one of his Yoriki.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 671 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 03:20
Re: OOC 2
I was under the impression that the "cover" for her having a bodyguard was to be part of the current investigation. And since it was an invasion of Imperial Quarters having her along wouldn't necessarily seem "out of place".
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1285 posts
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 15:51
Re: OOC 2
just checking, no one has any more questions for Kuwanan?

Also, any input on planned locations for Sumiki, Ikage, or Shishako?
Otomo Hajime
 player, 95 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 20:03
Re: OOC 2
Who is the Emerald Champion at this time?  Is it Kakita Toshimoko?  Or maybe Seppun Toshiken?
Kedo
 player, 580 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 20:09
Re: OOC 2

 Bloody hell, we made 5,000!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1286 posts
Tue 18 Nov 2014
at 20:56
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Otomo Hajime (msg # 825):

 the Emerald Champion is Kakita Toahimoko, the year is 1128/1129ish (prior to the Hidden Emperor storyline)


@Kedo:  we've been playing for a long damn time ^_^
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 309 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 19 Nov 2014
at 00:12
Re: OOC 2
Well, Ikoma Image should be with Kenshin I think. Otherwise, not really sure.

Edit: Didn't notice that the computer auto-corrected the name (again!) to something worthless.

This message was last edited by the player at 01:36, Wed 19 Nov 2014.

Otomo Hajime
 player, 96 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 19 Nov 2014
at 00:19
Re: OOC 2
Well hopefully Miya Shishako will be accompanying Hajime.  However, OOC I don't want to dictate where PCs go, so I am open to an alternate suggestion for destination other than visiting the Kitsuki if Shishako has a different idea.
Miya Shishako
 player, 22 posts
 Miya Herald
Wed 19 Nov 2014
at 00:28
Re: OOC 2
I will go where the investigation leads you. For now, other than being seen in public, which was only implied, and remaining alive, which is both a stated duty and a biological imperative, Shishako's only goal is to assist Hajime in his investigation.

Whenever you post IC that you are heading there, I'll follow along, like a good girl. :)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 674 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Wed 19 Nov 2014
at 01:37
Re: OOC 2
And, at some point, Sakura & Kasumi have some private business with her. But that'll have to wait ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1287 posts
Wed 19 Nov 2014
at 01:49
Re: OOC 2
Ummm, does anyone remember who negotiated the treaty with the Mantis?
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 310 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 25 Nov 2014
at 17:03
Re: OOC 2
Looking, but can't find -- was it ever clarified IC that the blade must be a Katana? Need to know that before I introduce my plot ...
Kedo
 player, 582 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Tue 25 Nov 2014
at 20:50
Re: OOC 2

 I think it's generally understood by the Crane that the katana is the premier blade in existence, especially in the current version the Dragon invented (hah!)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1291 posts
Mon 22 Dec 2014
at 04:13
Re: OOC 2
sorry for the long silence!  For some reason I thought there might be other reactions to Hajime's questions ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1292 posts
Mon 22 Dec 2014
at 05:22
Re: OOC 2
It’s that time again!  Time for the annual holiday trivia quiz ^_^ The theme this year is Christmas Carols.  Once again the prizes are as follows:

Answering one question correctly gets you 1 xp OR a spoiler regarding an NPC of MY choice.

Answering two questions correctly gets you 3 xp OR a spoiler regarding an NPC of YOUR choice.

Answering three questions correctly gets you 3 xp AND a spoiler regarding an NPC of your choice.

Every correctly answered question after three gets you 1 xp or a spoiler regarding an NPC of of your choice.

1) Carolling or Wassailing is derived from a tradition related to an entirely different holiday.  What is that holiday and what is the dessert associated with that older tradition?

2) “What Child Is This” shares the melody with the song “Greensleeves”, what was the implied meaning of green sleeves in the 17th century?

3) The subject of “Good King Wenceslaus” was the duke of what nation and how did he die?

4) By the end of “the Twelve Days of Christmas”, how many birds have been gifted?

5) What is a wassail?

6) The carol “I saw three ships” has a geographic impossibility.  Why is it impossible and what could it be referring to instead?

7) The "Carol of the Bells" originates from a folk chant related to an entirely different season. What is that season and what modern holiday is associated with it?

8) One of the actors from the movie “Labyrinth” has a deep seated dislike for a particular Christmas carol.  What is the carol in question and with whom did the actor sing a counter point with for that Carol?

9) The author of "In The Bleak Midwinter" (the carol, not the novel) is more famous for another poem.  Who is the author, what is the poem she is best known for, and what was the name of the group of artists to which her brother belonged?

10) "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" was commissioned as a marketing ploy by which department store?

As before, you can look up any or all of these answers online, but I have a surprising store of useless trivia in my head and did not use anything to come up with the questions.  You have until January 3 to submit answers.  You may submit them in this thread or in PM.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 99 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 22 Dec 2014
at 05:33
Re: OOC 2
Holiday Trivia Quiz attempt...
Asahina Byako
 player, 42 posts
 Crane diplomat
Wed 31 Dec 2014
at 17:48
Re: OOC 2

Holiday Trivia Attempt
Kedo
 player, 584 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 31 Dec 2014
at 17:51
Re: OOC 2

 It's cuttin' and pastin' time! ^_^
Asahina Byako
 player, 43 posts
 Crane diplomat
Wed 31 Dec 2014
at 18:03
Re: OOC 2
crossing fingers ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1293 posts
Thu 1 Jan 2015
at 17:20
Re: OOC 2
Lol, two more days Byako ^_^

Happy New Years everyone ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 675 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Fri 2 Jan 2015
at 02:32
Re: OOC 2
You would think I would have remembered this one ... *lol*. Cut-and-Paste. :D
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1294 posts
Sun 4 Jan 2015
at 17:17
Re: OOC 2
1) Carolling or Wassailing is derived from the tradition of "souling"--when the members of the church went door to door collecting alms for the poor.  Souling was traditionally done on the day before All Saints Day or All Hallows Eve and, along with alms, the beggars received a dessert called a soul cake.  Besides caroling, souling also evolved into trick or treating.  No one got this one ^_^

2) In the 17th century green sleeves implied prostitution or promiscuity--which is ironic, since the woman in the song Greensleeves seems to be refusing the man for making that assumption. I accepted any answer that involved sex.

3)  He was the duke of Bohemia and he died via fratricide.  I accepted any answer that provided the general location and mentioned that he was murdered.

4)  184 = 1 partridge × 12 days + 2 turtle doves × 11 days + 3 french hens × 10 days + 4 calling birds  × 9 days + 6 geese × 7 days + 7 swans × 6 days  I also accepted 23 as an answer for the less literal counters.

5) A cheer involving a hot alcoholic drink generally provided by someone else, hence Wassailing.


6)  Bethlehem is landlocked and could not have any shops sailing in. I accepted any answer that mentioned this and provided a reasonable alternative.

7)  "Carol of the Bells" originated as a Ukrainian folk chant associated with spring, which is the Easter season. I accepted any answer that identified the season correctly.

8)   David Bowie dislikes "Little Drummer Boy" and sang counterpoint with Bing Crosby.


9)  Christina Rossetti is best known for writing Goblin Market and was the sister of Dante Rossetti, of the Pre-Raphelite Brotherhood.  Random bit of trivia:  The actor who plays Kili in the new Hobbit movies also plays Dante Rossetti in the Desperate Romantics mini series.

10)  Montgomery Ward
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1296 posts
Tue 6 Jan 2015
at 17:30
Re: OOC 2
Oops, fixed some coding errors, people should be able to see their xp awards now
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1297 posts
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 16:09
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so it looks like this game reset has crashed and burned :-( but I’m not ready to give up on it (because I’m stubborn like that, and I’ve been running this one for way too long).  I think, though, the plot line that was going was way too complicated, so I’m going to chuck it out the window, and find something a bit less...convoluted.

Just to confirm who’s still in:
Otomo Hajime
Kedo
Bayushi Kenshin
Daidoji Sakura
Daidoji Kasumi

If you’re not on that list (and want to continue) let me know, so I can figure you in ^_^

I may do some recruiting once I figure out what’s going on
Asahina Byako
 player, 45 posts
 Crane diplomat
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 16:16
Re: OOC 2
I'm still here. :)
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 1 post
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 16:55
Re: OOC 2
I'm still here!

First post!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 100 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 17:35
Re: OOC 2
I am still around.  ;)
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 676 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 18:47
Re: OOC 2
Confirmed (x3).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1298 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 02:24
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so the next question, is: do people want to stick around Toshi Ranbo or go to other places?
Kedo
 player, 586 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 02:25
Re: OOC 2

 I'm surprisingly easy, having an essentially portable plot and a fondness for happening to other stories as and when they occur. ^_^
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 677 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 02:56
Re: OOC 2
Heh. I've probably worn out my welcome around Toshi Ranbo, but I'm cool either way.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 101 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 06:08
Re: OOC 2
I would say that Hajime is fairly flexible and "mobile" as far as where he could be sent (stationed).  So he could stay, but he could go somewhere else as well.  ;)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1299 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 16:46
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so I’m probably going to chuck out everything that happened in Volume 2--the Go tournament (which never even got off the ground) and the internal Crane conspiracy (which was too convoluted for people to follow). I think it was way too ambitious and had way too many moving parts for me to manage.

Sorry Kenshin, but that means Lesson gets put back on its shelf.

In keeping with the idea that there should be some logical fallout from Volume 1, one of the conditions for coming to the Crane’s aid at Toshi Ranbo was that the Crane would surrender representation of the Minor Clans to the Mantis.  But...nobody told the Imperials or the Minor Clans.

The logical time and place to clear up any diplomatic snafus in this case would be the Tournament of the Emperor’s Favored--in which all the players will be free to participate or not--but it’s a neutral time and place where everyone can be gathered together without favoring any side of this four way negotiation (Crane, Imperials, Mantis, Minor Clans).

Does that sound like it works for everyone?
Kedo
 player, 587 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:40
Re: OOC 2

 Sounds simply ducky to me: plenty of shenanigans, room for Lesson to continue to generate headaches as it stays in view and gets finished... Plus a tournament!
Asahina Byako
 player, 46 posts
 Crane diplomat
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 20:02
Re: OOC 2
ohh, fallout from political snafus. People are bound to be upset!

ie. Yes, sounds great :)
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 313 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 21:23
Re: OOC 2
I loved Lesson! Ah, well ...

What Minor Clans exist and what are the prizes?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1300 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 23:51
Re: OOC 2
The Clans that will be participating and the prizes for their test are as follows:

Badger: A heavy weapon bearing the Badger mon, and unlimited access to training with the Ichiro sensei in all Badger dojo.

Centipede: An elaborate kimono created with the winner’s Clan and Family mon, and a satchel of scrolls for shugenja contestants.

Dragonfly: A private reading with shugenja sensei to divine the winner’s future.

Falcon: An assortment of ward ribbons used to protect the bearer from malicious spirits, an exquisite falcon-themed helmet, and an actual trained hunting falcon.

Fox: An advanced herbalism kit that provides 2 Free Raises to Medicine (Herbalism) skill Rolls and lasts twice as long as the normal item, and a scroll satchel of spells for shugenja winners.

Hare: A scribe to record the tale of the winner’s exploits in an epic play or book. When complete, the winner gains a number of Glory Points equal to the scribe’s Storytelling Skill.

Mantis: A sizeable sum of koku, and papers allowing free passage throughout the seas of Rokugan on any Mantis vessel.

Monkey: A fine quality katana with the Monkey mon engraved into the hilt.

Sparrow: An exquisitely rendered copy of the Tao.

Tortoise: A number of legal gaijin trinkets, a small kobune, tortoise-shell armor (value equals 3 x normal price of armor).

Wasp: A Tsuruchi longbow.

Yes, the Falcon, Wasp, Centipede, and Mantis are no longer Minor Clans, but their elevation or absorption happened so recently that their identity as members of the Great Clans hasn’t fully sunk in yet.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1304 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2015
at 22:53
Re: OOC 2
Posts are up for people who might need some coaxing to the Tournament or need the stakes they're playing for clarified.  I haven't posted anything for the Scorpion or Minor Clan players yet, since their stakes are pretty self explanatory--though I can amend that if you have questions.
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 2 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2015
at 23:22
Re: OOC 2
Don't see any posts.  Is that intentional?

I noticed I only have access to 0.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1305 posts
Sun 8 Mar 2015
at 23:27
Re: OOC 2
Yup, I'm still working on a whole group intro post, but a few people need prologues to transition from Saving Toshi Ranbo to Minor Clan Tournament.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 678 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 9 Mar 2015
at 00:11
Re: OOC 2
I see the post, but since it wasn't me that agreed to that ... I'm not entirely sure what to do.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1306 posts
Mon 9 Mar 2015
at 00:51
Re: OOC 2
It's just informational--you don't have to justify it to Kuwanan, just inform him.  I just want to know how y'all perceive the various deals that came out of Volume 1--it's been a while, so it's also a refresher.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 102 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 9 Mar 2015
at 04:49
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 858):

It is possible for someone to enter only certain competitions/tests rather than having to compete in all of the tests?

Does one enter the Tournament as a "whole" or can one sign up for specific events?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1307 posts
Mon 9 Mar 2015
at 05:03
Re: OOC 2
Yes, each test is its own, self contained event.  I'm going to rule that you have to enter every test to win the whole thing, but nothing prevents you from just entering the ones you're interested in.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 104 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Sat 14 Mar 2015
at 10:07
Re: OOC 2
Important Question... with the "erasure" of much of the recent IC activity... would Hajime know or have met any of the other PCs before the Tournament?

I believe Hajime met/encountered most if not all of the PCs during the recent IC activity (signing up for the Go Tournament, the ninja night attack on the Imperial Quarters, the questioning of the ninja prisoners, the meeting with the Crane Clan Champion)... all of which has now been "erased" I believe?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1312 posts
Sat 14 Mar 2015
at 14:32
Re: OOC 2
Correct, so Hajime would only know them by reputation
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 315 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 17 Mar 2015
at 02:12
Re: OOC 2
Hard to remember all that. *lol* (Bayushi) Shinobu's pregnancy hasn't been announced yet, IIRC; Kenshin no longer has Lesson; and he's back to square one as far as being inducted into the Imperial Legions.

It's possible, however, for Hajime to know Shinobu (when she was Seppun Shinobu) or to have even met Kenshin (he hangs out with more than his fair-share of imperials). At the very least, who she is would be pretty obvious as she'll be the one wearing the Scorpion Kimono with the Seppun Shugenja School Mon on it.

There aren't a whole lot of those floating around ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1318 posts
Tue 17 Mar 2015
at 17:27
Re: OOC 2
Not quite square one, he did acquire a reputation in the battle ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1320 posts
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 04:56
Re: OOC 2
Please welcome Isawa Shema to our group ^_^
Isawa Shema
 player, 1 post
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 05:00
Re: OOC 2
Hi, all.  I'm working on getting a sheet and picture picked out, and hope to be ready to play soon.
Asahina Byako
 player, 49 posts
 Crane diplomat
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 16:04
Re: OOC 2
Welcome
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 681 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 16:07
Re: OOC 2
Isawa ... aKA "my nemesis ". *lol*

Welcome!
Isawa Shema
 player, 2 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 16:38
Re: OOC 2
Oh, man.  I haven't even posted IC yet, and I've already got an enemy... courts are so rough.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 682 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 16:44
Re: OOC 2
*lol*

No, not an enemy. Sakura & Kasumi have a secret, and some of those pesky Isawa are too close to the truth. That's only an issue if you're an Ishi, but what Isawa PC isn't an Ishi? *lol*
Isawa Shema
 player, 3 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Thu 19 Mar 2015
at 16:49
Re: OOC 2
It was actually very hard to pass up on the void spells, but I played a Phoenix Fire/Void specialized shugenja/craftsman in a several year long in-person campaign and wanted to do something entirely different from that.

So, I have a water Tensai, with no void spells, and Fire spells severely hampered.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 316 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 24 Mar 2015
at 01:29
Re: OOC 2
So ... for the Grand Prize, does it have to be a specific Samurai or is it a Clan thing? Thinking about entering Kenshin in all of the competitions, in spite of the fact that his skill level for a huge chunk of them is Zero.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1325 posts
Tue 24 Mar 2015
at 01:35
Re: OOC 2
Well, if it works the same as other tournaments, it would be a specific samurai with the authority to appoint underlings
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 317 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 02:10
Re: OOC 2
So I apparently forgot to ask -- what are the skill tests (and relevant skills)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1326 posts
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 02:17
Re: OOC 2
Badger Clan, sumai
Centipede Clan, theology
Dragonfly Clan, divination
Falcon Clan, hunting
Fox Clan, herbalism
Hare Clan, athletics
Mantis Clan, personal combat
Monkey Clan, kenjutsu
Sparrow Clan, iaijutsu
Tortoise Clan, sadane
Wasp Clan, kyujutsu

This message was last edited by the GM at 05:02, Wed 25 Mar 2015.

Kedo
 player, 599 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 03:47
Re: OOC 2

 I can see I'm going to need to hurry to take part!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1327 posts
Wed 25 Mar 2015
at 04:01
Re: OOC 2
Well,  there's definitely some pre-tournament politics to get out of the way first,  so you have some time

Also, based on your itinerary, I don't forsee any major effects of double posting in your travel thread and in the main plot
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1330 posts
Sat 28 Mar 2015
at 23:06
Re: OOC 2
Hey guys, sorry about the inconsistency of posting lately, it's been a tough week, culminating in some job stress, a toddler with pink eye, and an emergency trip to a 24 hour vet hospital for a cat with a urinary tract blockage, all on Friday.

Fortunately, it is a weekend, the toddler is recovering nicely, and the cat made it through surgery okay.

I will try to resume regular posting tonight.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 318 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Mon 30 Mar 2015
at 01:09
Re: OOC 2
Hmmm ... I need a bit of help here.

1) Does Sumai use the Jujutsu skill?
2) "Personal Combat" -- is that is basically a non-lethal "anything goes" sort of thing?
Otomo Hajime
 player, 106 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 30 Mar 2015
at 01:16
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Bayushi Kenshin (msg # 884):

1) I believe Sumai would use Jiujitsu as Jiujitsu is the skilled used for Grappling (Core Revised p. 179).

2) My guess is that since "Personal Combat" is being hosted by the Mantis, who with their Kama have made a clan specialty of using unorthodox/unconventional (i.e. peasant) weapons, that this similar to Kenjutsu sponsored by the Monkey Clan but any type of weapon can be used (so not just swords, thus allowing the Mantis to show off their special techniques using peasant weapons like the Kama).
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1331 posts
Mon 30 Mar 2015
at 03:19
Re: OOC 2
1) yes, Jiujutsu is the skill to be used for sumai (which would be an emphasis)

2) yes, "personal combat" does mean anything goes, preferably non-lethal ^_^
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 71 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Sat 4 Apr 2015
at 00:15
Re: OOC 2
Dang! I just realized ... we never met Byako or Shiko, did we? (Or was that Shishako?) That pulls a whole lot of role-playing out ... that is gonna have to be redone.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 320 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 4 Apr 2015
at 00:29
Re: OOC 2
Before I finalize my XP expenditures: the Sumai competition doesn't require the emphasis, does it? In other words, it's useful bot not actually a necessity?

My expenditures (to actually have ranks in all the skills) put me at exactly 200 insight with 1 XP to spare, so I wanna be real sure about this.
Asahina Byako
 player, 54 posts
 Crane diplomat
Sat 4 Apr 2015
at 01:15
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Daidoji Kasumi (msg # 887):

Yeah. If we had met previously, I would have been talking to you already.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1335 posts
Sat 4 Apr 2015
at 05:27
Re: OOC 2
You did meet Byako, at least in passing, since she was with you when you were talking with Kuwanan in the Volume 2 Prologue
Otomo Hajime
 player, 107 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Sun 5 Apr 2015
at 07:31
Re: OOC 2
quote:
Yes, unless you are a minor clan samurai (they're prevented from entering the test for their Clan)--interestingly, this means that the Mantis can't actually win the tournament.

Hmm... so if I understand this correctly, this means that the likely Champion is going to be a Major Clan Samurai (is there a Minor Clan who isn't sponsoring an event)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1338 posts
Sun 5 Apr 2015
at 14:06
Re: OOC 2
No, sorry if that was unclear.  If a Great Clan samurai wants to become champion, he/she has to enter every event. A Minor Clan samurai can be Champion by placing in every event but their own. For example, say Suzume Kirika placed in every event, except for the test of the Sparrow (which she's prohibited from entering) and got a higher total score than anyone else, then she would be champion.
Isawa Shema
 player, 8 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 17:42
Re: OOC 2
Shoji, I think having  your bear maul someone as "Personal Combat" would be met with about the same amount of approval as Shema casting Rise, Water and having an elemental do his personal combat for him... which is to say: the judges would be forced to frown on it, but you'd live on forever in stories.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1340 posts
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 21:10
Re: OOC 2
so the rule that I'm using to determine whether it would be acceptable or not is:  how many skill checks do you need to make

Shoji would have to make multiple, ongoing skill checks to maintain control of the bear (just as a normal combatant would have to make multiple, ongoing skill checks to fight)

Shema would only have to make one skill check to use Rise, Water, and then it's the Elemental doing the fighting.  That's why Bo of Water is acceptable (one skill check to cast, multiple skill checks to fight), while Burn the Soul is not (one skill check to cast, no other skill checks to make)
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 13 posts
Fri 10 Apr 2015
at 21:21
Re: OOC 2
Thanks for the clarification.

Note that I hadn't actually considered (until now) using the animals to fight in the personal combat contest.  I suppose they'd be sort of an unconventional weapon.

I might if Shoji didn't have his yojimbo available, but it would feel like Shoji was dishonoring Daichi somehow by choosing a pet to represent him instead of his brother/yojimbo.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 323 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 11 Apr 2015
at 01:02
Re: OOC 2
Ummm ... the Personal Combat test is strictly non-lethal, isn't it? Is Kenshin expected to compete with a "Live Blade" or Bokken?
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 683 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 11 Apr 2015
at 01:05
Re: OOC 2
Stories! Oh goody! Uh, wait a second ... *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1342 posts
Tue 21 Apr 2015
at 05:12
Re: OOC 2
Sorry for the long wait people, I'm too tired to post tonight, but I'll try to get something up tomorrow
Isawa Shema
 player, 12 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Wed 13 May 2015
at 21:05
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, all.  I've been in an intensive training for work that I hadn't expected and have no time for reading/posting until this Fri or Sat at which point I'll be catching up.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1346 posts
Wed 13 May 2015
at 21:36
Re: OOC 2
No worries, real life comes first ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1347 posts
Tue 2 Jun 2015
at 05:17
Re: OOC 2
Sorry about the total silence, y'all.  Real life is starting to slow down, so things are getting better, I'm hoping to have enough free time to post regularly again soon!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1350 posts
Sun 21 Jun 2015
at 05:12
Re: OOC 2
okay guys, going to be camping with the in-laws and a two year old for the next couple of days...wish me luck!
Asahina Byako
 player, 61 posts
 Crane diplomat
Mon 22 Jun 2015
at 15:12
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 902):

a 2 year old... good luck!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1351 posts
Wed 24 Jun 2015
at 02:25
Re: OOC 2
The funny part of camping...

Driving on the way to the campground:

Me:  "are you okay, kiddo?"
Kid: "yeah"
*squelchy sound of car sick 2-yr old vomiting*

Cleaning up vomit on the highway:
Kid:  "let's go camping!"

The not so funny part of camping...

Arrived at campground and starting to set up:

Park ranger:  "emergency evacuation due to forest fire, effective immediately, time to go"

We did manage to find another campsite (not in the path of the fire), but as of today, the fire is at 10% containment.  For the curious, it's the Markleeville fire.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 333 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 30 Jun 2015
at 00:58
Re: OOC 2
Quick, odd question: for Crane Courtier Technique (Favors), are there any "gotchas" for those "delivering" a higher level favor than they have access to on the table, typically those they provide personally?

I'm thinking specifically of Kenshin teaching Iaijutsu. I'm reasonably sure that's not a level 1 favor ...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1352 posts
Tue 30 Jun 2015
at 04:45
Re: OOC 2
Not that I can think of
Otomo Hajime
 player, 118 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 01:30
Re: OOC 2
Is the Sparrow functionary in the IC thread speaking just about the Sparrow Clan's Iaijutsu competition or is this an official for the entire Tournament (and thus is inquiring about all the contests the various samurai have signed up for)?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1354 posts
Thu 9 Jul 2015
at 03:46
Re: OOC 2
She's inquiring about all the competitions you've signed up for
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1356 posts
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 04:35
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so just to make certain I have everyone and all their events:

Badger Clan, sumai - Isawa Shima, Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Kitsune Shoji
Centipede Clan, theology - Isawa Shima, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Shiba Ikaji, Asahina Byako, Kitsune Shoji
Dragonfly Clan, divination - Isawa Shima, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Asahina Byako, Kitsune Shoji
Falcon Clan, hunting - Isawa Shima, Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Asahina Byako, Kitsune Shoji
Fox Clan, herbalism - Isawa Shima, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Asahina Byako, Shiba Ikaji
Hare Clan, athletics - Isawa Shima, Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Asahina Byako, Kitsune Shoji
Mantis Clan, personal combat - Isawa Shima, Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Kitsune Shoji
Monkey Clan, kenjutsu - Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Shiba Sisatsu, Kitsune Shoji
Sparrow Clan, iaijutsu - Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Shiba Sisatsu, Kitsune Shoji
Tortoise Clan, sadane - Isawa Shima, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Asahina Byako, Kitsune Shoji
Wasp Clan, kyujutsu - Isawa Shima, Otomo Hajime, Bayushi Kenshin, Kedo, Kitsune Shoji

This message was last edited by the GM at 06:20, Thu 16 July 2015.

Kitsune Shoji
 player, 22 posts
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 06:15
Re: OOC 2
I believe Shoji signed up for all (except Fox, of course). The plan being that he'd delegate Daichi on an event by event basis.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1357 posts
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 06:20
Re: OOC 2
fixed!
Otomo Hajime
 player, 120 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 09:57
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kaze no Kage (msg # 909):

Looks good as far as Hajime's events are concerned.  ;)
Isawa Shema
 player, 15 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Thu 16 Jul 2015
at 14:03
Re: OOC 2
Looks right for the Phoenix, except for the spelling of Shema's name (he wouldn't complain, but Ikaji might).

Sorry all for my inactivity of late - we've been spending time packing and visiting friends as we're moving 600 miles away next week.  Hopefully I'll be posting IC regularly in 10ish days.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1359 posts
Tue 28 Jul 2015
at 04:01
Re: OOC 2
bwahahahaha, I was struggling to work out a central conflict for this new chapter (besides the tournament) but I think I found it...look out spoiler
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 24 posts
Tue 28 Jul 2015
at 17:26
Re: OOC 2
Hmm.  Since I'm the last one to post, I'm concerned and afraid I might have inspired it.  Disconcerting.
Isawa Shema
 player, 16 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 03:53
Re: OOC 2
So, 10 days did not cover it, apologies to all.  I should be back to regular posting again now.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1360 posts
Thu 13 Aug 2015
at 04:27
Re: OOC 2
No worries, stuff happens.  I sometimes end up being sporadic in my posting too, so don't feel guilty!
Isawa Shema
 player, 18 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 00:49
Re: OOC 2
Hey all, I'm sad to have to say this but it's become clear to me that I will not have time for much/any gaming through seminary.  30+hours of week each for my employment work and my school work leaves me without enough time to properly show my love to my wife and children, let alone having any left to enjoy myself with you all.  I hope that when I graduate (or when some to-now unknown relative leaves me a fortune in their will so I can stop working while I do school?) I'll be able to come back and join you all again.  Until then, I hope that you all have a fantastic game.
Kitsune Daichi
 player, 7 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 01:30
Re: OOC 2
Family first.

Good luck in seminary!
Kedo
 player, 619 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 01:57
Re: OOC 2

 Shame to see you go old bean.

 [Insert generic witty internet comment about <appropriate religious sect> here]

 Good luck with the Seminary!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1366 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 02:17
Re: OOC 2
Good luck with Seminary!
Isawa Shema
 player, 19 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 03:50
Re: OOC 2
Kedo - Some kind of Disney reference coming back to "frozen chosen" would work, or coming from the other side, a question along the lines of "Does PCA really stand for Pipes Cigars and Alcohol?" would do :)
Kedo
 player, 620 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 05:30
Re: OOC 2

 Wow, you're going to Pittsburgh Classical Academy? I could throw a rock at that place from here! ^_^
Isawa Shema
 player, 20 posts
 Phoenix Clan Tensai
 Elemental Guard
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 15:20
Re: OOC 2
Nah, I just moved out of that area, though.  From Grove City to Greenville, SC.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 684 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 15:47
Re: OOC 2
That moment you look at your character sheet and go "what was I saving all this XP for again?". *lol*

@Shema: Sorry to see you go, but it's understandable. Real Life(TM) comes first.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 336 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 16:00
Re: OOC 2
Wait .... confused now. Is Lessons still on?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1367 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 16:17
Re: OOC 2
Lessons is Kitsune Shoji, Asahina Byako, and Kedo (plus NPCs)

Training is Otomo Hajime, Asahina Byako, and Bayushi Kenshin

Both are still on.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 337 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 16:56
Re: OOC 2
See, I told you I was confused. *lol*

Who is Kenshin training first?
Otomo Hajime
 player, 122 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 17:11
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Bayushi Kenshin (msg # 928):

Technically I believe Kenshin only arranged to teach Shoji, but Hajime does not want to pass up the opportunity to at least observe Kenshin's lessons to Shoji (and observe Kenshin's form/style).
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 26 posts
Sat 22 Aug 2015
at 19:18
Re: OOC 2
Oh yeah.  If there is teaching going on, Shoji is there!

At least that was the request.  If ya'll want to exclude the poor Minir Clan member then I'll understand.  *sniff*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1368 posts
Sun 23 Aug 2015
at 05:35
Re: OOC 2
Whoops, I'll make the edits to the cast of that thread shortly
Otomo Hajime
 player, 123 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 24 Aug 2015
at 05:46
Re: OOC 2
quote:
[OOC: * I suspect Hajime has other things to do, but he's welcome to join in the wanderings (and conversation) if he would like.

While Hajime would enjoy the chat, I think he did have a few things he would have tried to do first before coming back to observe the Iaijutsu training:

1) Hajime wants to meet 2 samurai, Asahina Byako (Shishako's associate who asked her to make the request of Hajime) and Shiba (Asako) Ikaji who wants to speak to Hajime about the Emerald Magistrateship.

2) In general, as the Imperial representative to the tournament, Hajime will mix & mingle and try to check in on each of the Minor Clans who are hosting an event to make sure they are well ("show the flag" as it were, display the Emperor's interest & concern for the Minor Clans).

Now #2 is just a general thing, so that could take place at no particular time.  #1 is something Hajime would likely want to take care of first if possible (i.e. if Byako and/or Ikaji were available).

Speaking of Shiba (Asako) Ikagi... is this a different person from the Isawa Ikaji mentioned in the Training IC thread?

It sounds like Kenshin had some things to do before getting to the Training, so perhaps Hajime was able to wrap up the meetings in objective #1 and then arrive in time for the training to begin?
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 29 posts
Mon 24 Aug 2015
at 18:32
Re: OOC 2
@Hajime - I think that Ikaji and Shema (and Sitatsu?) all were the same player.  Given that he begged out/retired I think the second part of part #1 may be obsolete.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 124 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 25 Aug 2015
at 04:24
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kitsune Shoji (msg # 933):

Ahh, well that's a shame IC but good to know OOC.
Kedo
 player, 628 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 07:25
Re: OOC 2

 Weird - every message in Lessons since #31 has been in a strange format - outside the boxes and on a different background. Anyone else getting that?
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 43 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 13:11
Re: OOC 2
My fault.  Should be fixed now.
Kedo
 player, 629 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 13:40
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kitsune Shoji (msg # 936):

 So it is. What did you do, Shoji? ^_^
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1378 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 14:36
Re: OOC 2
Gozer:
Sub-creatures! Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor, Volguus Zildrohar, the Traveller has come! Choose and perish!

Kitsune Shoji
 player, 44 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 14:44
Re: OOC 2
I embedded hard brackets [] inside of a PM.  Bad move
Kedo
 player, 630 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 15:37
Re: OOC 2

 Shoji.

 Next time someone asks you if you're a Moderator, you say Yes. ^_^
Otomo Hajime
 player, 126 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 16:21
Re: OOC 2
Kitsune Shoji:
I embedded hard brackets [] inside of a PM.  Bad move

Whatever you do, Don't Cross the Brackets... it would be Bad.  ;)
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 45 posts
Mon 21 Sep 2015
at 23:25
Re: OOC 2
You guys are killing me!
Daidoji Kasumi
 player, 81 posts
 Beautiful and Deadly
 Twin of Daidoji Sakura
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 03:56
Re: OOC 2
I tried to think of the most harmless thing I could ...
Otomo Hajime
 player, 127 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Tue 22 Sep 2015
at 08:22
Re: OOC 2
Daidoji Kasumi:
I tried to think of the most harmless thing I could ...

"Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us. "  ;)
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 47 posts
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 22:00
Re: OOC 2
I'm going to have a hard time not referring to Kedo as Bono.  His high glory, and with his documentary crew following him about telling of his great deeds?  Somehow I got the image stuck in my head.  All that's missing are the sunglasses. ^_^
Asahina Byako
 player, 75 posts
 Crane diplomat
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 22:23
Re: OOC 2
Just to point out; you may have been thinking of Heimin (the caste of farmers, merchants, etc) as being cared for. Hinin are definitely something to be avoided; the caste of undertakers (eta) and other untouchable/unclean folks, and they aren't even protected by the Emperor’s justice. Unless Shoji is remarkably open minded. :)
Kedo
 player, 632 posts
 Would you stand
 upon the mountain?
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 22:36
Re: OOC 2
In reply to Kitsune Shoji (msg # 945):

 I could very easily hate you. ^_-
Asahina Byako
 player, 76 posts
 Crane diplomat
Mon 28 Sep 2015
at 22:50
Re: OOC 2
Haha; don't hate on him because he sees the truth! More and more like Bono with every word!
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1380 posts
Thu 1 Oct 2015
at 02:20
Re: OOC 2
Hey y'all, I've been fighting off a cold for the last couple days, but today I admit defeat.  Posting will be spotty(er) for the next few days.  Sorry, hopefully I'll be back next week at full strength.
Bayushi Kenshin
 player, 346 posts
 Scorpion Junshin
 Kakita Bushi Academy
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 02:49
Re: OOC 2
Sorry, I'm having trouble connecting with this scene. Probably because I feel like a fraud (I know, it's just role-playing) having only and hour or so of formal training -- and that in Battojutsu rather than formal Iai.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1381 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 04:53
Re: OOC 2
No worries, I'm supposed to be moving things along soon anyway ^_^ there are a couple of things that need resolution (on my end) so I'll try to get the first test started tomorrow
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 50 posts
Tue 6 Oct 2015
at 22:53
Re: OOC 2
quote:
Sorry, I'm having trouble connecting with this scene. Probably because I feel like a fraud (I know, it's just role-playing) having only and hour or so of formal training -- and that in Battojutsu rather than formal Iai.


I have no objection to just ending the scene!  Shoji has plenty to think about after a first lesson.
Otomo Hajime
 player, 128 posts
 Seppun Miharu/Magistrate
 Emerald Magistrate
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 15:49
Re: OOC 2
Question: Would these competition skill checks (for instance Jiujitsu) be considered "attacks" for the purpose of applying School Techniques?
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1383 posts
Wed 7 Oct 2015
at 18:50
Re: OOC 2
My instinct says no, but I'm willing to be convinced by sufficient justification
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1384 posts
Sun 11 Oct 2015
at 05:06
Re: OOC 2
Okay, so my current ruling (but potentially not my final word) is that you can use techniques that apply for the finals (he contested rolls, possibly against other players) but not for the prelims (the rolls with a set TN to get you into the finals)
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1386 posts
Thu 22 Oct 2015
at 05:34
Re: OOC 2
I'm realizing that Volume 2 has a lot more moving parts than Volume 1 (which was essentially a two part braided narrative with a whole bunch of character driven activity thrown in).  So, I'm putting together a wiki (for my own sanity).  If you want something or someone included or referenced (or definitely not included), please let me know.  As always, I'll let you decide what to put on your own character page.
Kitsune Shoji
 player, 52 posts
 No animal could ever
 be so cruel as man.
Thu 22 Oct 2015
at 22:51
Re: OOC 2
Oooh!  I love wikis.

All sorts of fun stuff!

I like people entries especially - I've got a number of background NPCs who can be included.  Both family and other stuff.

And animals, because Shoji has a few.

And a "Stories of Kedo's exploits" - or, more colloquially - "Stuff that the Ikoma said"

For my part, I'm hesitant to re-read the 4000+ posts over seven years that I wasn't involved in.  So a one-page recap might be nice.

I don't think Shoji has any real secrets, so whatever you put up there is fine.  Daichi has a few, but really those are only due to the fact that I've been too lazy to make up more stories.
Daidoji Sakura
 player, 687 posts
 Crane Clan Shugenja
 Beautiful and Seductive
Mon 26 Oct 2015
at 03:07
Re: OOC 2
Will have to post for the twins tomorrow.

BTW: OOC is heading to 1000 posts. Dang we're a chatty bunch! *lol*
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1388 posts
Tue 3 Nov 2015
at 04:42
Re: OOC 2
Sorry for the dearth of posting, our kitten has been sick and we had to let him go this evening. I'll try to be better later, but right now I'm a little broken.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 1390 posts
Mon 23 Nov 2015
at 03:14