Hot answers tagged

39

I don't know about bushido, but in Rokugan, the answer of what they should do is "nothing", at least by themselves. Now, let me explain: Direct approaches are bad The brother of the Empress is way too high in the social scale for most samurai to be able to deal with him in any honorable way, at least under normal circumstances. Possible outcomes of doing ...


24

Don't solve your player character's moral conflicts Telling your player what they should do is boring. They should confront their own moral conflicts, and take their own options and carry their consequences. All the samurais codes can't prevent any kind of situation, in the end, any individual must take the action that he thinks is less dishonorable. I can'...


22

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 ...


19

Make the setting work for you Players that take disadvantages are asking for problems. Specifically, by taking disadvantages, they are extending an invitation to the DM to create challenges for their characters. A player creates a fully combat oriented Crab samurai that is very lacking in the mental side (the player took the gullible disadvantage and ...


17

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 ...


14

And just for completeness sake, as nearly all answers here seem to address to the question "How can I avoid explicit torture scenes as a DM?" If it is OK So after going through the metagame topic of "Is it OK?" (preferrably in advance), and if it is OK, you can role-play it in a nasty simulationist fashion. Prepare for the session as usual: research the ...


14

The place is Masakari Taki, or Broad Axe Waterfall. The large rock with the axe is in the top of said waterfall. It is located in the west area of the phoenix lands, east of the Shrine of the Ki-Rin. The reference can be found in the L5R 1st edition core rulebook, page 240.


11

In Rokugan, there are two problems with physical contact with other samurai: The specific taboo of touching another samurai in public Touching another samurai when others see you is improper. The taboo forces samurai to restricts all forms of physical contact to he least necessary, and only when need or duty demands it. Even if those cases, such as ...


11

In Enemies of the Empire, starting on p244 there are rules for "Shapeshifters" and "Child of Chikashudo" advantage. On 246 they have a sample Kitsune so you know which shapeshifter powers/aspects are typical for the race. The option is more general because there's so much history in other books for what was once a minor clan, and because so many other ...


11

In Legend of the Five Rings, what family you are in (and thus what your last name is) means something. You shouldn't just be handing out last names to NPCs because in order to understand the NPC properly, you need to know what family they are a part of, how that shapes them, and how that will shape the impression people have of them from the beginning. In ...


10

Since you mention nothing about a group's social contract, hopefully I cover all the possible ways to handle it . First, consult your group's social contract (if it exists) on the topic of torture, and if not now may be a good time to consider codifying some lines and veils for future reference. Definitions: Any given topic can be considered as a line, a ...


9

This first thing to realize here is that there is no correct answer. It will depend of a lot of factors. They obviously can't stay silent about this of course, but neither can they attack another samurai. After all, the Imperial might just be doing his duty, even if said duty isn't honorable. And ambushing a samurai is definitely not the honorable thing to ...


9

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. ...


9

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 ...


9

I need to do some searching in my books, but I recall a passage saying that while it is dishonorable to blatantly say you heard it from eavesdropping, there is no dishonor on using what you now know to find it out in a legitimate way. There is nothing wrong with saying "I have a hunch Ichiru and Hitomi are having an affair", but saying "I listened in on ...


9

Family Names aren't just Surnames As Ben Barden points out in his answer, families mean something in Rokugani society. The kind of granularity you are thinking of doesn't exist, because outside of immediate family (especially the daimyo and the daimyo's children) everyone is a member of the family entire with relative positions determined by status and ...


8

You sum your Agility trait with your weapon skill for the "roll", and "keep" your Agility trait. So if you have Agility 2 and Kenjutsu 3, you would roll 5k2 for attacking with a katana. For ranged weapons, replace Agility by Reflexes. For other melee weapons, replace the Kenjutsu skill for the skill of that weapon type. This is normally explained on the ...


8

The Kitsune use alternate paths for other schools. Secrets of the Empire tells on page 249, in the Mantis section, and on page 250, in the Minor Clan section, a comprehensive list of 4th edition versions of schools and paths that are (always) available to the Kitsune: School Kitsune Shugenja (Shugenja)L5R 4th Edition Core Rulebook. . . . . . . .219 ...


7

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. ...


7

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 ...


7

By the book? Rules-wise, it's rather clear this shouldn't happen. L5R rulebooks state that whenever a character is exposed to the Taint, a character can resist it through a roll, and Taint only increases through failing to do so. Skipping this process by making a character not able to defend, and inflicting far more Taint than usual at a single use is ...


7

This is a tricky question that somewhat depends on how you define 'duel'. In a non-battle situation the duel is the entire reason the two samurai are fighting; without the duel challenge, they're still just calling each other honorless pig-dogs. On the battlefield, the samurai are already trying to kill each other. So what makes the fight become a duel? ...


7

Some School Techniques and Dis/Advantages use them, usually to give bonuses or penalties Some Examples; The Prodigy Advantage (P.152 of the core book) Whenever you make a School Skill Roll, you gain a bonus of +1k0 to the roll The Doubt Disadvantage (P.159) Select one of your School Skills. Every time you use this Skill, you must declare one Raise ...


6

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 ...


6

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 reaction....


6

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 shugenja is ...


6

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 ...


6

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.


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible