Songs of Rokugan
Echo on the Winds of Time
Unaware of Death
Echo on the Winds of Time
Unaware of Death
Session 1 was mostly character building. Several players, excited to make samurai characters, built theirs weeks ahead of time. Others waited until the first official game day. It was everyone’s first time dealing with the system, GM included, and while many commented that the system for 4th edition Legend of the Five Rings appears to be sweet, we were unhappy with the layout of the book (like, the only reference we could find for starting glory was in the example character).
Complaints aside, after hours of creation, we had our crew:
Hida Takeshi (MIA, presumed deceased)—An extremely uncouth samurai, even for a Crab.
Kitsune Toshiro—An unlucky duelist, and yojimbo to…
Kitsune Yamako—A talented Fox shugenja with unusual name and family ties.
Sanjuro (Deceased)—A wandering ronin of noble birth and nobler heart.
Sanjuro Sakura—A Utaku Battle Maiden, fresh from her gempukku, traveling the world before returning to her clan duties.
With little time to prepare a story tailored to these new characters, the samurai were put through the Legacy of Disaster Quickstart adventure, modified slightly to fit their backgrounds.
The session started with an odd, shared dream. All the characters were fighting together against one of their friends, a shugenja who fell to the Shadowlands Taint and summoned a powerful Oni Lord. Though they all fell, each played a vital role in bringing the evil down.
Then a scream cut through their dreams.
Before the second scream could rip through the night, the group was already converging on the sound. It turned out to be Toshiro’s lord, Doji Hakura (Deceased), a drunk, minor governor for a tiny Crane town. An ancient daisho, a gift from a much higher ranking imperial friend, had been stolen, and the scream was his cry of anguish, a stunning display of raw emotion that the group kindly chose to ignore, allowing the man to safe face. He immediately tasked the group with returning it.
Learning that the thief had fled the village heading west, they headed out of town, unafraid of traveling at night. Upon the road the came across a traveling witch hunter, Kuni Hachiro (Bound), who was tracking down criminals. They felt an odd kinship with the man, and he offered to travel with them for a ways.
They tracked the thief to a small forest on the Lion/Crane border, where the Kitsune shugenja communed with the chief spirit of the land, who told her a dark presence passed through recently, having frightened away his smaller cousins.
Through the woods and across the nearby border into Lion territory, they were stopped by a small patrol of Lion bushi. Suspicious of travelers at night, they patrol told the group travel to a nearby village to be questioned by the Lion’s lord. Takeshi, the honorable brute that he is, challenged the leader to a duel in order to pass unmolested.
Somehow, the Crab, untrained in the ways of Iaijutsu, defeated his lion foe, and won the right of continued passage.
Eventually, the group was set upon by a small gang of bandits, and after a brief, but deadly, struggle, emerged victorious. Several of the party was wounded, but thanks to Yamala’s knowledge of Water kami, and medicinal knowledge, they were soon set right.
Finally, they came across the thief, a young imperial samurai tasked to steal the daisho, which she claimed was haunted by a dark spirit. Yamala confirmed this, having sorted as much out much sooner. Unfortunately, before they could stop her, the thief broke the katana’s blade. Her task done, she committed seppuku, though Sanjuro tried to talk her out of it. Toshiro volunteered to be her second.
However, it was not yet over. When her blood touched the shattered blade, the dark spirit rose from it, forming a blood-drinking gaki spirit. The touch was short, but fierce, with Sanjuro dealing the final blow.
The broken blade was returned to its rightful owner, though Hakuri was shocked to find it had been cursed. He was still glad for its return, and immediately set about having it reforged. To show his thanks, he invited each and every person (including Hida Takeshi and Sanjuro), to travel with him to a nearby Court, which promised to be very important and would be much talked about (and had food, which is all Sanjuro was concerned about).