The Winter Gardens of the Kakita
Fan Fiction for the Legend of the Five Rings
So...I've done a mountain of work recently. I've got stories from the Scorpion and Unicorn up in Stories from the RPG for you to read. And my big effort was creating an Opportunity Table for 5th Edition (here). This took me a lot time and has been a considerable effort. However, short of FFG developing an Application, I think this is the easiest way to manage all of these opportunities and navigate in the game system. But it has been so much work!
My next project I think will be trying to create an alternate Mass Battle system based on Squad-based combat. I'm not sure how it will do. It worked well in 4th Edition, and it fits a niche in 5th Ed between the leaders/commanders in armies and regular fighters, but the translation is a little tricky. We'll see.
I've been working on getting the Stories from Way of the Phoenix posted. I may have one or two left, but beyond that I only have Way of the Scorpion and Way of the Unicorn remaining.
The Mixology set is complete...thank you very much to Alex Jacobs for those.
I've finally written a new Fan Fiction: The Lady's Last Journey
I've been messing around for a while in my head about what Doji was thinking and feeling in her last days. Why did she leave? This is a theme we see carried through in Ditched, with the death of Shiba. However I got the story bug to dig into it. It ended up going through the deaths of each of the kami, and where Doji ends up at the end of her life.
And, maybe, it's a little bit about Motherhood, and letting go of your own siblings and people in your life you care for. I hope readers enjoy it.
I darkened the headers and changed them all to white for the different subscreens to hopefully make the titles more readable. I also rolled all the fan fiction under a single sub-area. The primary purpose of the site is Fan Fiction, on one hand, but now I'm adding RPG materials and some other things, I thought I should pull it out a bit. Hopefully it won't be lost. Finally, completely breaking character, I added a section for Rokugan mixology. I'd heard about the Rokugan - Drunken Style guide from 2004 and seen it once or twice, but it was one of those things lost to time. I wanted to bring it back and save it. Getting Alex Jacobs drinks was a great plus...I have to say, his recipes look much better. He will be sending me updates and pictures as he works on refining his proposals so I hope to add them too.
I like to do things that help the community, and though I don't drink much, I can see this as one thing at least a certain slice of the community can share.
I've been super busy on the website, but have not bothered to update the blog recently.
First, I have added a new section under the RPG Tools for The Influence Game. This should be a great tool for those who want to run and actually use all those new shuji in 5th Edition L5R and I really encourage everyone to check it out.
Next, I've redone a number of screens and moved all the Fan Fiction into a Fan Fiction section in preparation for more material to come. I hope you can still find everything.
Ashigaru and levies
So I have a new section up under my Rokugani Local Governance section under Villages for Ashigaru and Levies. I find that making lots of different types of Rokugan is easier if you work with the idea that Rokugan shifts on a spectrum from peacetime to war, and the conscription and deployment of Ashigaru and Peasant Levies definitely mark phases on that spectrum.
I'm trying to accumulate some superstitions for the clans, because I think they're interesting. They are peppered broadly through the books and fictions but I'd like to pull them all into one place.
I've also spent time on copy-editing and adding back buttons and forward buttons to everything, but the site is getting pretty big so I'm sorry that's only in a few places right now.
That's about it for now.
So, it's taken me over three months to get it done, but I finally finished my section on Rokugani Local Governance.
A little background:
In pouring through the L5R RPG sourcebooks, it has always felt that there is a big hole in our understanding of the world. We get a good picture of major events in a samurai's life, and a good feel for how the clans interact in the highest courts or the most deadly battlefields. However, since the CCG/LCG naturally focuses on the actions of the kuge and the most elite of each clan, the regular lives of the rank and file are left undescribed. We have a far better understanding of life in a daimyo's castle than we do in a village magistrate's house.
Rokugan has been a stable society for a thousand years. Something about it has to work...at least most of the time.
My goal for this document is to discuss normal, peace-time life. I start on the family level, but I expand that to the village level, and then talk about how towns are formed when grow large enough. I try to talk about how these social patterns work during periods of peace, and how they change when inter-clan warfare strikes an area.
In addition, I have some good maps and layouts, with terms for samurai houses, and for a typical Rokugani village. I have a section where I break down how samurai really can 'buy' goods and services in an honorable fashion, and what happens if they abuse the privilege.
Finally I have a section on how each of the various clans 'break' these social norms and shows how a village in Crab lands might be different than a village in Unicorn lands, or how Lion families and Dragon families might do things differently.
A lot of my research comes from how things happened in real world Japan, with a splash of China and Korea here and there. I don't consider this 'done' and I embrace any ideas you have to how I can change it, though I'm trying to not duplicate the RPG books, since they already exist.
I hope everyone likes the section.
I added The Language of the Fan to the RPG Tools area just for some more little tools to help your RPG.
I own a fan that has 4 flowers on it: Plum, Cherry, Bamboo, and Maple, with readings from the Lotus Sutra between the images of flowers. I thought that would make a terrific code fan for a courtier. Different combinations of flowers and sayings could mean different things.
Cadence, in general, is a language of shared context. Once you have a few tools to orient yourself in the symbolism, you can make up a whole dialog where nothing is concrete. Once all parties understand that The Peach Pit Boy is the Matsu Daimyo, for examples, you can have an extensive discussion about the Peach Pit Boy without anyone who doesn't have that point of reference understanding. Fan language is a very simplified version of the same thing.
I'm working on Local Governance still, but I've taken a (very long) break. I'll get back to it. Just doing some other things.
New Stuff to Post
New stuff in the RPG tools section...a look at Dojos and the Kakita Academy. If you are interested in stories set at the Kakita Academy, you can find them in the story Beginnings, which is set there.
I am currently working on an overview of civic governance in Rokugan...if you have ideas, please let me know. That should be up later this week.