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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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Do monks have a gempukku ceremony?

In Legend of the Five Rings, do the different monks orders (such as the Dragon Clan monks) have to undergo the gempukku ceremony like other samurais? I don't have much information about this, but I ...
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How many families constitute a Major Clan in Legend of the Five Rings?

In Legend of the Five Rings, a list of families is presented for each Major Clan. There are some in the source book (usually 4 or 5 for each Clan), and some others in additional books. However, does ...
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When is a Mizu-do practitioner able to enter full defence and react?

I need help solving a technicality about the Legend of the Five Rings RPG, 1st edition (roll & keep system). The Book of the Crane introduces (at page 113) the Mizu-do, a Crane-specific martial ...
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Are Kitsune a playable race?

Searches here and elsewhere has convinced me that while kitsune do exist, there's no baseline mechanics for creating PCs or NPCs. I am hoping I am wrong, as one of my players has her heart set on a ...
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Where can I find the Heroes of Rokugan 1 modules?

I have found the Heroes of Rokugan website but only modules from Campaign 3 seems to be available on it. Does anyone either know where Campaigns1 and 2 are, or how I can get hold of them? Specifically ...
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What mechanical effects impact a character's School Skills?

In the Legends of the Five Rings core book, 4th Edition, page 134 (Book of Fire), emphasis mine: SCHOOL SKILLS are the basic seven Skills taught to a character by his sensei while studying at his ...
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Should a samurai gain all bonus (traits and skills) when purchasing the Multiple Schools advantage?

The L5R-1ed core rulebook states, in the character creation section: [...]Your character's training in that school will give him a few bonus starting Traits and Skills. On one hand this is ...
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Strike Without Thought (Kakita rank 5) in last-blood iaijutsu duels

Legend of the Five Rings, first edition. Iaijutsu duels usually happen like this: Determine "initiative" (not an actual initiative roll but still) Contestant with higher initiative decides who has ...
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Roleplaying a proficient Crab officer - military art references [closed]

I've been playing L5R roleplaying game 1st edition, impersonating a Hida bushi. Hida bushi start off with the Battle skill, which I even raised to 3 over time, and as the story progressed my ...
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How do you calculate rolls for attacking?

I think you calculate your attack rolls as your Agility + Skill for the "roll" and "keep" 2. How do you increase the "keep"? A 6k2 rarely hits anything.
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Is listening in on a conversation at court dishonorable?

Emerald Empire p. 43 states: Rokugan is a society where every residence is crowded and privacy is rare and difficult to attain. If that were not enough, most internal walls (and even some ...
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Must duels during a field battle still be fought using katana?

Dueling is supposed to happen with both contestants wielding a katana, and it is dishonorable to do otherwise (Hida Yakamo fought and won a duel using a tetsubo but you know, Crab clan). When ...
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Do effects that modify Void Points stack?

There are several places in the L5R rules where absolute values are meant to be interpreted as relative bonuses/penalties. Eg. The price advantages and disadvantages are modified if a character meets ...
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Shiba Bushi and Void Point modifiers

Shiba Bushi's rank 1 technique is written as: The Way of the Phoenix: When spending a Void Point to gain +1k1 on a roll, you may choose to spend 2 Void Points (to gain +2k2) on the roll instead. ...
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Can the GM bypass the chart and just assign a Shadow Taint level instead?

In a current RP with my friends on Roll20, one of the characters was tainted by Fu Leng. The GM skipped the entire process of the Taint chart in the rule book and pushed my friend's character to the ...
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What is the penalty for a Hiruma Slayer wielding an off-hand Masakari?

The Hiruma Slayers alternate path (from The Book of Earth) has the following line in it's technique: You suffer no penalties for using a masakari in your off-hand (although you still suffer ...
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How can a samurai train Jiujutsu if they can't touch people in public?

Jiujutsu is one of the most common bushi skills, and is trained in dojos in many schools of many clans. However, as it is the art of unarmed combat (or with improvised weapons, but I think this part ...
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What is the best way to discourage “easy” disadvantages purchase?

I had this issue in L5R, but there are many role-playing games that include in their character creation process a "disadvantage" purchase system : any kind of handicap, that may be physic, mental, ...
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Center stance bonus clarifications

There are two things that bothers me with the Center Stance, and I can't seem to find definite answers. The Center Stance gives a bonus of 1k1 to one roll, plus your Void Ring. Let's say I have a ...
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Can maho or Oni powers harm creatures of the Lying Darkness?

The Way of Shadow says that creatures (or perhaps “extensions” might be a more fitting term) of the Lying Darkness can be harmed by weapons of crystal. What about beings of Jigoku or the Shadowlands ...
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How many attacks when fighting with two weapons?

I'm making Samurai NPCs for a future campaign and I'm not sure to perfectly understand what are bonuses and penalties for a Samurai fighting with two weapons at the same time (that can be common for ...
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What is Fair for a Rank 0 Shugenja

I am presently running a game of L5R where they are encountering students who have failed their gempukku. For courtiers and bushi this is easy: no school. However, with a shugenja, talking to the ...
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Where is the petrified Oni located?

I once read about a site in my (now gone) 1st edition of the Legend of the Five Rings rulebook. The site is a large rock belived to be a petrified Oni, with an axe lodged into it. I remember that ...
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Is there a general rule for how Minor Clans train non-primary School samurai?

Secrets of the Empire contains a great deal of the type of information I am looking for, between its vassal family entries and sometimes outright declarations. However it seems that while some of the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 rank ...
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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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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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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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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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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 question'...
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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 ...