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All (that I know of) schools in the first edition of Legend of the Five Rings provide the set of starting skills for the characters. Sometimes one or more of those skills are "open ended" like "any Bugei skill".
Can I choose a skill that's already on the list? For example: having Kenjutsu on the list and choosing it as my "any Bugei skill"
And if it is possible will this give me Kenjutsu 2 or just a wasted skill slot (the second option sounds unlikely, but I want to be sure)?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you looking for l5r-1e answers or answers from any editions? \$\endgroup\$ – Akixkisu Jun 3 at 19:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ I prefer first edition answers, because that is what I play, but I guess, that if none can be found, other editions can be useful too. \$\endgroup\$ – skkf Jun 3 at 19:34
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'd stay stick with 1e. The later editions made more profound changes than this - some of them dramatically more profound. \$\endgroup\$ – Ben Barden Jun 3 at 19:47
  • \$\begingroup\$ I agree with Ben Barden. While I could answer this in 5e, I'm uncertain whether that would help you at all. \$\endgroup\$ – Akixkisu Jun 3 at 19:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Neither am I, but it is at least some hint. Do the schools work in a similar manner in fifth edition, anyway? \$\endgroup\$ – skkf Jun 3 at 19:55
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In 5e you can get up to three ranks in each skill during character creation (41). You use the Game of the Twenty Questions Sheet to choose your options.

If you encounter an open-ended choice, you can choose any skill that complies with that choice. Your rank in that skill increases by the stated amount (usually +1) - unless you already have three ranks in that skill. In that case, you cannot make that choice, make a different choice instead.

So by making choices accordingly, you could end up with a martial skill of 3, for further information on Kenjutsu in 5e see the sub-skill (p. 162].

I lack the expertise to give you an edition-comparison that would help you compare that information to 1e content.

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