Legend of the Five Rings is a fictional setting created by John Wick and published by Alderac Entertainment Group in 1995. The setting primarily involves the fictional empire of Rokugan, though some additional areas and cultures have been discussed. Rokugan is based roughly on feudal Japan with ...

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When confronted with a situation with no seeming honorable resolution, what does a samurai do in Rokugan?

During a L5R game, the players ended up in a situation extremely complicated from an Honor point of view. While running after a suspected murderer, they stumbled upon the Empress' brother, buying ...
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How to roleplay a PC torture scene

How should a GM role-play a torture scene for a PC? In one of my games, one of my PCs will be captured by the enemy who wishes to get information from him, using... less than ethical methods. ...
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How to Determine *Honest* Sincerity

The specific example I am working with is the Sincerity (Honesty) skill in L5R but there is a certain factor of curiosity for any other system: How do you really roll to tell the truth and logically ...
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Is physical contact still a problem for samurai if it's in private between family?

When it comes to courtly interaction in Rokugan, it is a significant offense for a samurai to touch another person. In fact, this seems to apply in general. There are exceptions for intimate ...
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How can you handle L5R Campaigns where PCs are from different Clans?

I see that the cliché solution to this problem is to have all of the PCs be Magistrates. I'd rather not go that route, though. What are the more interesting ways to get the PCs to work together while ...
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What are the key in-setting differences between D&D Oriental Adventures and L5R?

The Legend of the Five Rings product line has a moderately interesting history (OOC and IC). What I have been able to piece together of the setting's publishing history: AD&D has a setting ...
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What are the essential elements of Legend of the Five Rings?

I got invited to a game of L5R (the role-playing game, not the card game) and I want to know enough about the game to be able to contribute instead of being hauled along. The biggest problem for me is ...
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What are the mechanical differences between L5R editions?

I owned first and third editions, and played a fair bit of first edition. I'm sort of lightly interested in fourth edition, but am curious about what's been changed, fixed, or altered. If the ...
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How does Niten dueling differ from standard dueling?

I know that, mechanically, iaijutsu duels are iaijutsu duels. However, it's well documented that Mirumoto are skilled duelists that use a different style from their Kakita rivals. L5R goes into detail ...
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Samurais studying abroad: automatic killing machines?

I am confused by the "Multiple School" advantage in L5R 4th Ed. It basically allows your character to stop studying in his current school and start studying in another one. It costs a whole 10xp, and ...
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What Gaijin items are banned from trade?

Trade with gaijin is obviously rare or non-existent during certain time periods of Rokugani history, although some artifacts may come in the form of "loot". But what items (besides "gaijin pepper") ...
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How to generate requests to PC with decision power and keep track of their conclusions

Background My players are officially recognized deputies, underlings of clan capital's chief magistrate, the most likely pretender to being next clan chief magistrate (same position but for whole ...
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What spells can a Shugenja cast?

I'm trying to create an L5R (4th ed.) Shugenja, and want to understand what spells she will be able to cast. Sometimes, the rules talk about “learning a spell”. Does that mean “gaining a scroll you ...
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How does Armor of Earth work?

The spell Armor of earth pg. 216 in L5R 2ed Player's guide states: For the duration of the spell all damage dice rolled against a shugenja which are less than or equal to their caster's school ...
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Is there a penalty for rolling consecutive tens?

In 2nd edition Legend of the Five Rings, is there a penalty for rolling too many tens in a row (like in monopoly for rolling doubles 3 times in a row)? For some reason I'm convinced there is, but it ...
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What exactly is a “Wound Rank” in L5R

It's been a while since I've played L5R. I don't understand what the book means by Wound Rank. It could mean things like Healthy, Nicked, etc. or it could be individual points of damage. Which does it ...
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Effect of jade contact on tainted individuals

My PCs are in a court where they suspect someone to be Tainted, but they are not sure who. There are actually several Tainted individuals, with a Taint score between 2.0 and 4.0. They have some jade ...
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Where can more information about feats be found?

The L5R wiki mentions Feats, but I don't recall seeing mention of them. Does anyone know which edition they come from?
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Does hitting a shugenja while casting disrupt the spell?

In L5R 2nd ed, if a shugenja has successfully cast a spell with a casting time greater than one turn, does she have to roll some kind of "concentration check" if she is hit during a casting turn?
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What families often have Merchant Patrons?

I know that the Ide, Daidoji, Yoritomo and obviously the Yasuki is mention in the source material as often having members whom are Merchant Patrons. There is also a reference that the Lion sees ...
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How does the Dragon Tattoo damage work?

The dragon is a fearsome tattoo, and contains frightening power waiting to be unleashed. As a Complex Action, you may breathe fire in a cone, equal to ten feet plus your School Rank in length, and ...
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Legend of the Five Rings Jiujitsu Alternate Rules [closed]

I love L5R. The setting is in depth and has just the right mix of different Asian cultures. I'm gearing up to play 4th edition and I'm excited to see what changes are in effect. The only problem with ...
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Which way is North in the L5R 2nd edition map?

I've been poring over the various regions and cities in L5R and, though this sounds silly, I'm not sure which way is north anymore. The biggest part of my confusion comes from the GM Guide when ...
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Calculating wounds & TN

In Legend of the Five Rings (2nd edition) this subject is spoken of twice but it's not clear: It says that the wounds are your earth ring *2 and next to the level there's a +X i.e: stamina 3, ...
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What would a Bayushi Samurai think of the Scorpion Shinobi if he realizes those exist?

It's a common knowledge that Samurai despise ninjas, consequence of their lack of honor, counter-posed with the Bushido lifestyle. But what if you are a Samurai from the trickiest families, and the ...