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There is a slight disconnect between what western languages and what the Japanese associate sincerity with. This article about decoding asian business codewords explains the difference. being Makoto (mah-koe-toe) means to properly discharge all of one's obligations so that every thing will flow smoothly and harmony will be maintained. It also means ...


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This is a pretty heavy houserule answer, but it's the only way I can tolerate 'disadvantages' these days; However, I'm not specifically familiar with L5R, so this will be a little bit abstracted. The gist of it is simple: Disadvantages are now worth zero extra chargen points. (you may wish to give everyone a modest number of extra points to compensate, but ...


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Samurai are exempt from certain rules when situation demands it. The do not touch in public rule is not applied during jiujutsu training or duels for obvious reasons. Similarly, the taboo against touching dead flesh/blood/etc.. is not applied during battles and duels where blood is expected because, well, things would be very awkward otherwise. There may be ...


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Make the setting work for you Players that take disadvantages are asking for problems. Wait, no, they are begging for them. Each disadvantage in the system is a tool for the DM to create challenges for their players, and taking disadvantages the players are, in fact, helping the DM to create stories for their characters. Let see some examples... A Crab ...


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The problem with the printed maps is that they are Imperial statements and cannot be wrong. If the ground disagrees with the maps then the ground is wrong. How dare it defy the Empress? Of course, if you're late because you thought the map was right, then you're the one at fault. There is one distance reference that I can find in the write-up of Toshi no ...


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Iaijutsu duels occur in 3 stages: Assessment: The two duelists study each other, analyzing their techniques, and attempt to determine who is the superior duelist. Mechanically, beating this roll gives you a bonus as you are able to pick out the weaknesses in your opponent's technique Focus: The two duelist settle into a meditative state, feeling for the ...


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The lack of touching is intended for polite society. When you're standing in line at the store, or out to dinner, you don't just start touching people. However, when you're at a martial arts dojo you can practice blocking and striking with your fellow students. The same social contract applies for Rokugan. Additionally, they can train in kata. Kata ...


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ISTR d20 Rokugan has a scale bar on the map. The following image looks to be the same From: http://brennor.dyndns.org/~steve/L5R/CombatMaps/map_rokugan.jpg


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Rank 1 techniques generally add rolled dice in certain circumstances (The Way of the Clan techniques in particular) and have a defensive bonus. Rank 3 techniques usually convert your attack from a Complex action to a Simple, allowing you to make two attacks a round. Some combinations of these rank 1 techniques are more powerful than 2 or 3 ranks in one ...


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I found nothing in the books. However, in a post in the errata & rules thread here in the Alderac forums, one player asked about this issue and he was provided an answer. If this can be considered RAW, then, according to that post, when a shugenja takes multiple schools and gains a new rank, this is what happens: Her Shugenja School rank increases by 1 ...


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Requirements to Cast a Spell In L5R, to cast a spell you need Two things: The innate capacity and knowledge to convince the kami to do magic of that level. Ie your effective school rank must be equal to or higher than the spells rank. Affinity raises your effective school rank by one, for one particular Ring (see page 164) Deficiency reduces it by one. ...


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Mirumoto samurai do Iajutsu duels the same way as other samurai Nitten duels are duels of kenjutsu, not Iajutsu, because Nitten style itself is a style of kenjutsu. Iaijutsu duels are (almost) always performed in the way you described, that is the way marked by tradition, and the only type of duel allowed for serious (read: officially sanctioned) duels. ...


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At the end of the first century, the infant Fox Clan managed to survive in its strange new home by forming an alliance with the fox spirits of the Kitsune Mori - an arrangement that ultimately included intermarriage with the spirits in their human form. From time to time this spiritual heritage manifests itself in a young Kitsune who seems to communicate ...


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In a dojo, they are behind closed doors and surrounded by other warriors. It's a private area. So I don't think that should be considered in public. It'd be very different if they were at a palace, or out in town.


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I think it is a misconception in the source material that Gaijin items is traded fairly openly, though I totally understand it can be interpreted that way since the books is a bit fuzzy on the subject. After the White Stag Battle all gaijin items is completely forbidden. No matter what the item might be it is considered contraband and is illegal to trade ...


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Depending on which edition you are using, there could be different effects. Since all I have with me at the moment is my 4th edition book I'll provide you with this: Page 277: Levels of Taint Infection Level 1 - Passive Infection: ...jade will now burn the character's skin... Therefore one of your methods will have a very serious and immediate ...


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First some background The gempukku ceremony is a test for the young samurai to prove their expertise in the basic skills that their clans see necessary for their future roles. This mean that these tests vary greatly from clan to clan, and between bushi, shugenja and courtier. Before the ceremony is conducted, however, it is safe to assume that every young ...


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Terms like plus your X Ring will be seen quite a lot, when they happen, they mean a static bonus. For example, in the Defensive Stance, you add the value of your Air Ring to your Armor TN, so if your Air Ring is 4, that means +4 Armor TN. So 1k1+3 in your case. You get the Center/Void Stance bonus whenever you make a roll one round after entering that ...


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What's happening here is your players are treating your "disadvantage" system in the same way that they treat all the other pieces of character creation: they're trying to build a good character. Let's take stat point allocation as an example. Suppose someone is playing a fighter, and they choose to have their strength score be high, and their wisdom score ...


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I admit, I have never played L5R. However... They should take it as a challenge that they need to overcome in their new political environment. I have just started to do the same with my PC's in a D&D game. They have been fine as heroes fighting off the monsters and saving the land. But their responsibilities have increased and now they have to ...


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I believe that you are allowed to research new spells. Either you can research what you are looking for, or you may ask the GM to rule that the spell you desire already exists. For example: Voice of Thunder Ring/Mastery: 1 Range: Touch Area of Effect: One target person (may be caster) Duration: 1 hour (Recipient dismisses at will) Raises: ...


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1. Hoshi Tsurui Monk (Imperial Histories pg214) Quite possibly the only way to mimic and well nay beat out the Shiba ability is to use these monks. They get exactly one Tattoo to start, which you should pick the Wind Tattoo, because that free simple action that can't be used to attack can be used to Guard and leaves a complex action in your hands to make ...


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For a shugenja, learning a spell means getting the scrolls to cast it. Scrolls contains the prayers for asking the kami to "create" the results desired, and also double as a focus that the shugenja needs to cast the spell. Without the scroll, the shugenja cannot cast the spell, unless the spell is mastered. Shugenja start with a scroll for every one of their ...


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I hope they pass, and try to plot for them passing but I feel like I need a swoop-and-save always in the wings. Ah, here we clearly have part of the problem. They're in a situation where they would fail most of the time if you weren't engineering things for them to succeed, so they should fail some or most of the time. If you feel bad for railroading them ...


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Any Samurai is capable of being a Merchant Patron. However, each clan has a family that is slightly more likely to do said patroning than others. Crab - Yasuki are the courtiers. Their school is also known for being merchants. Crane - Daidoji is the family that does the "dirty work" for the rest of the clan, and thus are typically the merchant patrons. ...


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All Shugenja know the Sense, Commune, and Summon spells for each element. It's reasonable that they would be able to cast these from an early age. The issue with other spells wouldn't necessarily be casting them- it'd be learning them. Like any school, shugenja schools guard their knowledge and it would be difficult or impossible for a disgraced shugenja to ...


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It sounds like you heard "more social (than a war)" and gave them "ALL THE SOCIAL" instead. Have you considered backing off from or entirely backgrounding the politics storylines and bringing the level of social down a bit to where it's more comfortable? How about social issues and tensions among the people they're mentoring and responsible for, rather than ...


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From Stain Upon the Soul Kiho entry, Legend of the Five Rings pg. 262 The target suffers a penalty to all TNs as if he suffered from a number of Wound Ranks equal to your Air Ring. So the target does not actually suffer the Wound Ranks, he only suffers the TN penalties. Unconscious and Dead are not TN penalties so they aren't inflicted on the target. ...



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