The Winter Gardens of the Kakita
Fan Fiction for the Legend of the Five Rings
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.
Kakita Kaori, also known as Jeanne Kalvar, has played the Legend of the Five Rings Role-playing game since 1st Edition.