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Questions tagged [l5r-4e]

The fourth edition of Legend of the Five Rings which was released in 2010. 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 influences from other East Asian cultures such as China, Mongolia, Korea, and Vietnam.

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Where are the rules for Memorizing Spells?

I have heard that Shugenja could memorize spells, or at least used to be able to do so in earlier editions than the 4th Edition. I couldn't find the relevant rules in the 4th edition yet, so I wonder: ...
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What is the earliest point at which a blind character could pass off as good as Zatoichi?

Zatoichi with his 26 films and over a hundred episode TV series starred by Shintaro Katsu is a well known franchiseTVTropes Warning as well as a meme as the epitome of the perfect blind swordsman. ...
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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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How compatible are the 1st and 4th editions of L5R?

Could someone tell me how compatible the L5R 4th Edition is with the 1st Edition source books? I have the entire 1st edition (every book they released) and am planning on dusting them off to run a ...
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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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Can a shugenja start with mastery level 2 spells from their affinity?

I am aware that when a shugenja attains a new school rank they can choose spells of any mastery level they're allowed to cast, but I couldn't find anything in the rules stating one way or another ...
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What schools are there that can make a good weaponsmith/armorsmith?

What schools are there that can make a good weaponsmith/armorsmith? In past editions there were specific weapon/armorsmith classes. So far I have only found the Shiba Artisan and the Kakita Artisan ...
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Is there anything like attacks of opportunity in L5R 4e?

Are there any sort of rules about attack of opportunity or the like in L5R? If there are none, does it mean that an archer can uses his free actions to move back and then shoot the guy that just ...
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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 you use the Center stance (or any stance) outside of a duel or skirmish?

In a duel or a skirmish, the Center stance seems fairly straightforward: you give up your action one round in order to get a few benefits on the next round (chiefly, +1k1+Void to a roll). Outside of ...
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How much does mixed clear and difficult terrain reduce movement?

The rulebook states: A character's Water Ring is considered two Ranks lower (to a minimum of one) for the purposes of determining how far he can move using Move Actions when on difficult terrain. [...
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Iaijutsu dueling rules

I find iaijutsu dueling weird in 4th. This is what I understand so far: If someone doesn't roll high enough to strike first, the duel is over and considered a draw. That seems a weird rule. I feel ...
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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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Does Destiny's Strike kiho override the defence or full defence rule about making an attack?

Does Destiny's Strike kiho override the defence or full defence rule about making an attack?
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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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How can I damage or break a foe's weapon?

Can someone provide a step-by-step walkthrough of how to make an attack against a foe's weapon? I wasn't able to find the specifics maneuvers and descriptions on official L5R 4E material (only some ...
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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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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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How much experience points should be given to create rank 2 characters?

A starting character receives 40 xp to purchases skills, advantage and rings. How much experience should be given to players in order to create balanced rank 2 characters ?
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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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When Should Disadvantages be Inflicted on (N)PC's?

I was tempted to add the System Agnostic tag to this, but for today there is a specific game in mind to receive an answer. Regardless of the source of the disad, (Physical, Mental, etc.) there are ...
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Is there any way I can make an effective Rank 1 Yojimbo who is not a Shiba?

Is there some combination of mechanics available at character generation that would make a reasonable substitute for the Shiba's Rank 1 Guard as a Free Action technique? This technique allows the ...
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Is there a “Megaphone” spell?

The closest thing I can find is "Voice of the Wind" but I'm looking for a spell that will carry the speaker's voice beyond its normal speaking distance or, in this case, outside of a building. I'd be ...
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What happens if a shugenja takes the Multiple Schools advantage to join another shugenja school?

This is a strictly mechanical question. Obviously, when switching schools shugenja would gain access to the new technique, however are there any additional advantages or penalties to do so? Do they ...
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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 there a “furry” disadvantage for Kitsune/Kitsu?

I was reading through the L5R 4th Ed books and stumbled across some bit of text that said something about certain characters having animalistic traits such as furry ears and slitted eyes as a result ...
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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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Stain Upon the Soul and Unconventional Wound Ranks

During a recent game, I had a monk character use the Kiho "Stain Upon the Soul", which makes the target act as though they have a number of wound ranks filled as the attacker's Air. The opponent, ...
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Would there be an appropriate punishment for failing to protect a host from another clan?

So I had a campaign idea that I was hoping to start up at some point involving the players being the second highest ranked people in an isolated Dragon Clan village. They were not assigned there, but ...
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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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What is the scale of the map of Rokugan?

Is anyone aware of the scale of the map for L5R? They talk about the sorts of tribulations of travel, but not what sorts of travel times are to be expected for any range and inquiring minds (my table) ...
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Movement Practices in L5R 4e

In the movement section of the 4th edition core it states how a Free or Simple action can be used for movement. Now my big question is, since they separate the concept of a complex action to move as ...
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Giving Players the Game They Want

Currently I am running a game of Legend of the Five Rings, 4th Edition that is an extension of my 3rd Ed campaign. The current setting is a courtly endeavor, which dredges up certain problems. When ...