L5R - The Great Dusk

A Tale of Four Homes

Yoritomo Yoshita goes home. Heichi Masu leaves home. Usagi Kenchi sneaks out of someone else’s home. Kitsune Tokaji loses his home.

Four short mini-adventures to let everyone get a grasp on their characters.

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The Test of the Emerald Champion: Part 1

The Emerald Champion, Seppun Toshiken, has retired. The mantle of the Emperor’s champion lies vacant.

You have not been invited to compete.

The Test is one of the great celebrations of the empire and the Emperor has invited the new Minor Clan Alliance to arrange for the Imperial Court and Bakufu, along with the Great Clans, a demonstration of their skills. There shall be tests, duels, and a variety of entertainments. In all, it sounds like a bright start to celebrate your promotions to the rank of gunso and prove your worth to the empire. Of course, the shame of failure in any event would be unbearable and stain the honour of the Alliance.

No pressure.

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The Test of the Emerald Champion: Part 2

“Friends and loyalists, I only did what any lord would do, to do what my vassals could not do. Shame and dishonour where unjustly heaped upon them by the unworthy, for no reason other than petty politics. Honourable men cannot live under the same sky as dishonourable dogs, who would twist our sacred ceremonies and institution for personal gains. The shogunate knows this, for they are honourable men, indeed, all honourable men. A samurai protects, and if I cannot protect the honour of those who would follow me, then I am not a samurai. I killed Dairu honourably and he went to his ancestors with honours befitting his lineage. I will follow shortly, with a satisfied mind, in a manner befitting of a samurai.” – Toku

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter One

In the wake of Toku’s death, Heichi Nobunaga has assumed control of the Minor Clan Alliance’s forces. Nobunaga begins to take a more proactive, ambitious plan with the Alliance. As the heat of summer becomes oppressive in the south, however, riots break out in Zakyo Toshi, a city at the edge of the Shinomen Forest that holds interests of the Hare, Falcon, and Boar Clans, in addition to a great deal of interests of the Great Clans. The Eighth Company of the Eighth Legion find themselves dispatched to the city to protect the MCA’s interests. Things are not what they seem, however, in Zakyo Toshi, and the decisions of a few minor officers could have dramatic political ramifications across Rokugan.

Before that, there is business in Musume Mura to attend to, a quiet little village where nothing could go wrong.

Part One of The Chain of Dogs.

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter One, Part 2

In the wake of the devestating attack upon Musume Mura by the combined fleets of Sanada’s Serpents, the Red Dawn, the Children of Suitengu, and a host of lesser pirate bands, the Eighth prepare to embark on a mission of vengeance. Setting sail to Sanada’s island fortress, the Eighth finds themselves facing their first real battle.

Of course, there is no way that the pirates could prove to be a challenge for the Minor Clan Alliance…

Part 2 of the Chain of Dogs.

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter One, Part 3

In the wake of the defeat at Sanada’s island, there will be… consequences for the 8th.

Daidoji Uji has closed the Crane lands to the MCA and the officers of the 8th are sent to Koeru Mura to answer for their actions at the Battle of Sanada’s Island, passing through the Valley of the Centipede and the Castle of the Wasp on the way.

Surely nothing can go wrong, right?

Part 3 of the Chain of Dogs and the end of Act 1.

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter Two, Part 1

“Wherever there is corruption, the Locust shall feast.” – Inago Daigo

“Ambition is only a virtue when it is tempered by success.” – Yoritomo

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter Two, Part 2

As the MCA begins to march south to Kudo, the chui meet their gunso. It is an eventful meeting, however…

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter Two, Part 3

The officers of the 13th begin their journey south to Kudo and then on to Zakyo Toshi, stopping off first at Valiant Daidoji Keep. There, Tokaji’s past begins to catch up to him and just because he is protected from his enemies does it mean that everyone around him is equally protected.

I’m not going to lie to you, there may be bears involved.

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The Chain of Dogs, Chapter Two, Part 4

Two years ago, Daidoji Uji made a discovery. One year ago, Uji had a private audience with the Emperor.

Since the assention of Shoju to the shogunate, the Crane have been been fighting a war for their very survival. The Lion ground down the finest of the Daidoji and the Kakita. The Scorpion and their Bakufu allies blocked the Crane in the courts. The Mantis usurpt Crane naval power. The loss of face from Sanada’s Island has finally given Uji the cassus belli he needs.

Daidoji Uji is making his counterattack.

In the north, the second Crane army readies for a counter assault against the Lion forces at Toshi Ranbo. In the south, the first Crane army prepares to press into the lands of the Minor Clans. At sea, Uji’s new fleet sails towards the Mantis’s 2nd Storm.

Daidoji Uji has stolen fire from the gods.

And in the Spirit Realms, a third party has taken an interest in the conflict between Tiger and Yamata-no-orochi. This is a time of crisis, the feast-time for the opportunists. When the bear and tiger fight, it is the crow who feasts.

Meanwhile, Yoritomo Yoshita is presented with a rare opportunity to confront the sinister Yoritomo Kitao and Heichi Masu finally gains some insight into his terrible dreams.

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