My group and I have been playing L5R for some months now, using the d10 system and rules from the first edition.
In the core rulebook it is clearly stated that, in a iaijutsu duel, the base TN to hit a character is 5; such value is then raised by subsequent 'Focus' actions.
I understand the point: in an iaijutsu duel you don't dodge hits, so there's no (Reflexes × 5) TN to be hit, but even then armor should count, right? Still, I could not find this exception written anywhere.
Can anyone enlighten me?
For anyone cringing at the concept of dueling with armor, you'll have to agree that this happens all the time in a field battle: on such occasions even a Kakita blade master will wear armor, and he might find himself dueling with an opponent. (There's a specific event in the Battle table, as you surely know.)