Legends of Rokugan
A Kitsu trained shugenja and Gunso in the Legion of the Black Lion
Legend of the Five Rings, 4E
Rank 3, Insight 188, Experience Points: 0
|No Dachi||7k3||8k3||(No Dachi)|
Armor TN Bonus: +10
TN to Be Hit (REF x 5 + Armor + (Other Modifiers ): 30
Initiative (Insight Rank = REF/ keep REF): 6k3
Wounds (Earth x 2 per level, Earth x 5 for Healthy)
|Down||+40||34||Must spend Void to act|
|Skill||Trait||Rank||Roll||Emphases/Mastery Abilities||School Skill?|
|Perform: Storytelling||Awa.||2||5k3||Emphases/Mastery Abilities||No|
|Lore: History||Int.||3||6k3||Emphases/Mastery Abilities||Yes|
|Lore: Theology||Int.||3||6k3||Emphases/Mastery Abilities||Yes|
|Rank 1||Kitsu Shugenja School||Eyes of the Ancestors||You may make a Spell Casting roll (as though casting a Water spell) against a target’s Willpower x 5. If successful, you learn all Spiritual Advantages or Disadvantages that individual possesses. By Spending a Void Point, you may negate any one Spiritual Advantage any opponent possesses for a number of minutes equal to your School Rank. You also gain a free raise on any spell with the Battle keyword.|
|Rank 2||Kitsu Shugenja School||plus 2 more spells|
|Rank 3||Bishamon’s Chosen||Scion of Strength||#k#||You may expend a spell slot as a Free action to gain a bonus of +1k0 to any Strength-based roll, including the damage roll of a melee weapon. You may also expend a spell slot in this manner to gain a bonus of +1k0 to the Spell Casting roll made for any spell with the Battle descriptor.|
| Rank 5
|Social Position (Gunso in the Legion of the Black Lion): gain +1 status/ +6 xp|
|Friend of the Elements (Water): Choose a ring when this advantage is purchased. Whenever you make a trait roll with either trait associated with that ring, you gain a free raise./ +3 xp|
|Chosen of the Oracles (Water): You must select one ring when you take this advantage. You gain a bonus of +1k1 to the total of all Ring Rolls using that ring./ +5xp|
|Bad Fortune (Evil Eye): One of your eyes is discolored. People avoid looking you in the eyes at all costs, and some believe your very presence invites evil spirits./ -3xp|
|Idealistic: You adhere closely to the code of bushido, perhaps too closely, and you have a hopelessly naive view of the world and how things work. You have impossible standards that not even the most heroic individual could hope to meet, much less you. Whenever you lose Honor, the loss is increased by 1 point./ -3|
|Overconfident: When outnumbered or facing a clearly superior enemy (whether in court or in battle), you must succeed at a Perception trait roll (TN 20) in order to recognize the situation for what it is and leave instead of engaging./ -4xp|
|Ancestor (Kitsu): A true-blooded descendent of Kitsu who gains his favor can detect the presence of spirits and spirit portals. (This is a perception roll, normally TN 25, although the GM may raise it for obscure or well-hidden spirits or portals). In addition, Kitsu’s guidance grants you 3|
Voice of the wind (Air/1)
Strength of the Tsunami (Water/2)
Master of the Rolling River (Water/4)
By the Light of the Moon (Air/1)
Courage of the Seven Thunders (Earth/1)
Path to Inner Peace (Water/1)
Water Kami’s Blessing (Water/3)
Silent Waters (Water/3)
Heart of the WaterDragon (Water/4)
Sympathetic Energies (Water/1)
Scroll of Knowledge (Neumeranai): Anyone who knows of Ikoma’s true history knows he was both a brawler and a wonderful storyteller. He would often reference the numerous scars on his body while saying his tales, for each scar had it’s own story and held the knowledge and experience he had gained throughout his long life. While his knowledge was shared with his disciples through stories and scars, he was a practical man and knew that not all of his descendants would lead the same rough and tough lifestyle he had. He decided to have the most experienced members of the Ikoma family write down all of the knowledge they had collected over the years, starting with Ikoma himself, onto one large scroll as well as for other scrolls in the library. This way there would be a place for any type of lore to be referenced. Over the years, the scroll slowly started to awaken as a neumeranai as the knowledge and experience of dozens of generations of Ikoma were poured into the scroll so much that literally any kind of lore could be gleamed from it. If the owner focused on the topic harder he would find that the information would magically appear on the scroll more readily and in greater detail.
Mechanically: The scroll grants the owner the Sage advantage as long as it is in his possession. If the owner opens the scroll and spends a void point, they receive the benefits of the fire spell Mental Quickness only on Lore skills for 10 min.
Endless Sake Bottle (Neumeranai): A boisterous Ikoma was telling stories to the visitors in a sake house when an old peasant man walked in. The peasant sat down in the corner and asked for a bottle of sake. When asked how he would pay for it, he said that he didn’t have any money now but he was good for it and would pay it back later. The master of the sake house gestured toward one of his men to escort the old man out. As he was being ushered out, the Ikoma said,“Wait. I will share my sake with him so go ahead and bring us another bottle.” The let the old man go and let him be. The old peasant man and the Ikoma drank and told marvelous stories throughout the evening. Towards the end of the evening, the old man asked,“Why did you share your sake with someone the likes of me and ask nothing in return?” The Ikoma laughed as if the answer was so obvious,“Every man who has sake should share it with anyone who wishes to have some if he has the ability to do so.” The old man gave a small chuckle and poured the Ikoma another drink, finishing off the bottle. The old man set down the bottle and said,“May your cups never be empty and your sake bottle never break.” With that, the old man got up and walked out the door into the night. The Ikoma suddenly got up and stumbled to the exit. He called out into the night,“Wait. I never got your name!” but the old man had disappeared. With a frown the Ikoma stumbled back to his seat and accidentally knocked the empty sake bottle off the table. To his surprise, the bottle didn’t break and was actually overflowing with sake onto the floor. He picked up the bottle to inspect it for damage and found it to be completely full despite the fact that it was empty earlier and had even spilled more when it fell on the floor. Upon closer inspection, he found a small kanji representing the fortune of sake. He shook his head with a smile,“Thanks for the drink old man.”
Mechanically: The Endless Sake Bottle is considered Unbreakable and never runs out of sake. You also gain a free raise on all social skill rolls if conducted while drinking the sake with them.
No Dachi of the Battle Crier: A No Dachi that has been passed down the ancestral line to it’s current owner, Ikoma Seishin. It was originally wielded by a Deathseeker who was able to live long enough to redeem his honor and retire into the Brotherhood. It is wielded as a symbol of duty and honor in his family in remembrance of his ancestor’s tenacity.
Ikoma Seishin’s view of the Code of Bushido:
Duty- Absolute and without question
Courage- no courage equals death, especially on the Great Wall
Honor- is the strength that binds all other apsects of bushido together
Honesty- if one cannot speak honestly then he shouldn’t speak at all
Sincerity- the intent behind one’s words can result with either a kiss or a slap
Compassion- We are the stewards of our people who we must guide and protect
Courtesy- showing respect to one’s opponent can result in an ally later on
Ikoma Seishin is the only son of an Ikoma War-Crier and a Kitsu Sodan-Senzo. He was born with his right eye discolored, a common sign of bad luck. His right eye had a golden hue, almost like that of a true Kitsu from the beginning of when the Kitsu family was first created. In fact, he could trace his ancestry back to the marriage of the first Kitsu to Akodo’s eldest daughter. His true-blooded Kitsu manifested at an early age. He saw the realm of Ningen-Do with his left eye and saw the realm of spirits in his right almost like to paintings overlaying on top of each other. His mother was overjoyed by this and even more so when he started being able to hear the whispers of the kami labeling his future as that of a shugenja. Not completely neglecting his father’s line. He also served in the field as a battle shugenja and follower of the fortune of strength, Bishamon. His natural talent for battle and abilities with the kami had him start to take on higher leadership rolls even above some Akodo from the War College. He made sure to stay humble though like his mother even though he was sometimes overconfident in his actions. He respected his men and they respected him in turn, not just his abilities as a shugenja or a descendent of Kitsu but by the strength and fellowship that he showed his men. His military career took him into the ranks of the Legion of the Black Lion. This was the main outlet for him to flex his abilities and make “practical” use of his talents. He also served as one of the spiritual leaders for the hundreds of Lion that were so far from home and sometimes didn’t have as much time as they would like to worship their ancestors everyday. This helped to keep his men’s morale high against the day to day grind of slaughtering monsters on the wall and losing their comrades. He served admirably in the face of so much death and destruction. One day while his men were facing another attack on the wall, he had an epiphany that stirred a fire in his heart that he had never felt before. It was one of both pride and shame at what his clan had become over the years. He decided that he must consult the ancient spirits at the Hall of Ancestors upon his return to Lion lands. Their wisdom and honorable hearts would surely know what to do in this time of spiritual and moral need. Others could argue against his opinions of course, but how would their views stack up against those of some of the greatest heroes the Lion clan has ever known? Obviously not all would agree with him which would require that he have some strong support and testimony form those that the masses respected. Once he got the support he needed, he would have to make a grand announcement to the masses that he felt would support, most notably the Matsu and military Kitsu.
Excerpt from Kitsu Seishin’s Pillowbook:
My first deployment into the Legion of the Black Lion on the wall has certainly been an enlightening experience to say the least. I am a Gunso in charge of a rather more than willing squad of Matsu bushi. I was almost killed my first day by bakemono that was hurled onto the wall by an oni. It was almost as surprised as me. He was dispatched in a flurry of Matsu blades almost as quickly as he arrived. I have never experienced such comradery before in the face of horror and death. Matsu who were at each other’s throats only a few months ago from frustration at the effects of the Imperial edict of limited warfare are laughing together as they slice apart an ogre. They feel free and are a shining beacon of light and honor in this forsaken place. Here, we can cut our teeth and sharpen our blades. We are released to be what we were meant to be, honorable warriors fighting with everything we are to protect our empire that we love without being held back. Our victories are many and while we have lost several brave warriors, those that remain have become elite bushi that have seen the worst that the Shadowlands can throw at us. I look at the men under my command and I see the honor and glory of what the Lion once were, not the fattened creature that will bite off it’s own paw to feel alive. The Lion have lost their way using traditionalism as an excuse to stay the course because they are afraid to lose any of their honor. They must be shown that there is a way for them to return to their former glory and also to take revenge on those who have constantly prodded us and our honor while we have been caged behind the bars of limited warfare. I have work to do…
“My friends, our clan has come to a crossroads. The topics of traditionalism and pragmatics have many of us divided. This has bled over into many aspects of our lives. Our honor has been slighted by the Unicorn and former Shogun with the Imperial edict of limited warfare to cage us and prevent us from seeking retribution to cleanse our honor. When I say ‘cage’, it is hard not to feel that it is almost a physical presence that lines our borders. We cannot unleash our full might and potential against our foes that constantly use hit and run tactics to hurt us and then hide behind the edict.” Seishin then turns a bright red as he roars out, “Why have we become so complacent with the way things are! We might as well be a lion without teeth because we can roar out at the indignities that we suffer but can’t do anything about it. The Unicorn make a mockery of us with their calvary units that give them the edge on mobility while the Crane slander us in court and readily comment on our helplessness in our current situation.” His tone takes on a more sarcastic note when he says, “We have tried to placate ourselves with War Games that have resulted in some bushi being too ambitious and seriously hurting each other even after a winning side has already been declared.” He then seemed to be looking at someone in the crowd that wasn’t there, " Those who find no point in fighting against ourselves and not being able to use their abilities to their full extent have volunteered to join the Legion of the Black Lion on the wall. I can say from personal experience that the latter has produced magnificent results and have allowed those in the legion to be what they were born to be, Lions. It is a sight that brings tears to my eyes at the glory of seeing what our clan once was and can be again. It took facing monsters on the wall to realize the pragmatic solution to our situation while we still adhere to the rules established by the imperial edict. The Crab have fought a war for centuries based on a situation based on our own of mainly fighting on a border against enemies with unusual tactics as they come while sparingly taking the fight past the wall into the Shadowlands. They cannot commit to total war as we know it, but instead fight a war of attrition." The Akodo loses all signs of joy and replaces them with confident determination,“We have the largest, most well-trained military in all of Rokugan. The edict allows us to perform border skirmishes with limits on the size of the army. There is no limit on how many skirmishes that can be going on at one time or how many clans we can skirmish with. Constant skirmishing with the Unicorn will keep them on their toes and wear them down. We can start conquering neighboring minor clans through border skirmishes due to their lack of resources and standing armies. This will provide us with more territory and possibly flank other clans. The Crane will regret their audacity by constantly having to fend off our forces and devoting their resources towards fighting with swords instead of words. If we must, we will have to have border skirmishes with other clans to show that it is in everyone’s best interests that a plea for the imperial edict to be lifted be made so we can focus our might on our true enemy instead of lashing out at everyone else. I must stress that we would be following the letter of the law and no rules will be broken. Going forward we would have to make sure that every skirmish is following all the rules regardless if the other side does or not. We wouldn’t be able to afford another mishap like a certain Matsu involving himself in an Akodo’s battle. The path to our true selves and the restoration of our honor is in sight. Will you steel yourselves and grasp it!?” The crescendo of his speech resulted in massive approval from the Lion assembly. Some seemed to disagree but were drowned out by the majority’s approval.
Ikoma Seishin’s Family makeup:
Father- Ikoma Yashura: Ikoma trained historian and battle-crier. He served honorably on the field of battle back before the imperial edict of limited warfare. Since then he has taken up more of a sedintary task of recording and editing the empire’s official history because of his distaste of border skirmishes that reduced the glory of war.
Mother- Kitsu Hokade: Kitsu trained Sodan-Senzo. While most Sodan-Senzo are very reclusive in the Kitsu Tombs, she wanted to take on more of an active role in everyday Lion affairs and act as the bridge between the people and their ancestors. This led her to being one of the priests that took care of the Hall of Ancestors.
Brother- Ikoma Orinaka: trained by the Ikoma Lion’s Shadow. He is the most practical of his immediate family and a bit of a womanizer. He believes that if the end result is for the betterment of the clan that it is by default honorable. His situation of not being able to call upon the kami but still possessing his Kitsu heritage of being able to see the spirits and spirit portals made him somewhat of an oddity and commodity with the ranks of the Ikoma Lion’s shadow and was often given secret missions invoving the neighboring Lotus clan.
Children and wife- none. He is married to his work, but will still indulge himself in women who he has earned their admiration and repect. Most of these have been secret meetings with some Ikoma and one or two Matsu while he was away on the wall since he didn’t know if he was going to be alive or not at the end of the day.
Leisure activities- meditation, reading in the libraries, or drinking sake and telling stories in the local sake house