Righto part two of the PC options….
THE DRAGON CLAN
There are problems with players choosing parts of this clan. I don’t want to say no to anyone BUT in the 3rd Edition of L5R there are three orders of tattooed
monks (don’t ask!) However the official guys who write the rules have said that having three orders in the RP game has become too complex and in the online updating of the rules the orders have once become ‘one’ under the aegis of Togashi once more. Also there are families who would have little interest in the case at this stage (the Togashi and Tamori) but for the sake of completeness I’ll give you all the details.
Simply put the ruling family of the Dragon Clan is not a family but a brotherhood. An order of Ise-zumi (tattooed monks) they are the most ancient of
the familiies of the Dragon and the most mysterious but yet probably the most energetic. To outside eyes they act randomly and without reason. Yet there always appears to be an ulterior motive for the good of all Rokugan.
Gifted directly by the first Togashi the ise-zumi can tap powers through their tattoos which can achieve wonders that no ordinary samurai can achieve. Well liked by peasants and most samurai they are rarely understood even by themselves.
The Tamori are the inheritors of the Agasha family that defected to the Phoenix Clan to help rebuild them after the disastrous civil war that took place within the Phoenix clan during the lead up to the Second Day of Thunder. What happened was that the leader of the Agasha at the time, Agasha Tamori became corrupted by the Living Shadow and aided Togashi Hitomi in her pogrom against the Dragon Clan itself. A pogrom which only ended when Togashi Hitomi became Lady Moon and Agasha Tamori was killed by his daughter after the War of the Spirits.
Therefore the Agasha shugenja family became defunct and were replaced by a family that holds it’s founding name in contempt! They are a martial family the most militant of all shugenja families in Rokugan and were practical clothing instead of the usual robes a shugenja might wear.
(On a personal note this is an absolute mess of a storyline in L5R. I can’t do anything about it but the ‘fate’ of the Agasha was decided at a games convention in the states by a card game. It makes little sense in the overall story arc and it indicates why the main writers have backpedalled on the ‘three orders’ of Togashi monks before the idea became too set.)
This family is not only well known within the Dragon Clan for it’s pursuit of justice but throughout the whole of Rokugan. Their role as the diplomats of the Dragon Clan is well known and the arts of court are a way of life for a Kitsuki that they revel in and excel. They are tenacious and effective as magistrates, diplomats and negotiators. The presence of a Kitsuki in court rules out the presence of most illicit activity.
The Kitsuki pride themselves on their open demeanour and appearance. Physically speaking they are of small to medium build with the Dragon clan’s ever present lean physique.
Making up 75% of the Dragon Clan’s numbers the Mirumoto are the main bridge between the Dragon and the outside world. Forming the largest part of it’s armies the Mirumoto are born from a gruff and direct samurai who could not understand the master that asked him to serve his house. The first Mirumoto created the ‘Niten’ or ‘two swords’ style of fighting a direct style which allows samurai trained in the school to use both swords. Those who fail to understand the school call it a ‘coward’s way’ but those enlightened and particularly those schooled in the Kakita school (who have a long standing rivalry with the Mirumoto) understand that it comes from doing one’s duty to the best of your ability and resources. Physically the Mirumoto are strong and lean, with limited food resources you will never come across an overweight Mirumoto but might, if you’re unlucky, face one who has a trace of the original Mirumoto’s short temper.
Right the schools
The TOGASHI ISE-ZUMI have learned that by tapping into their tattoos they become closer to enlightenment and closer to understanding the true path that Shinsei showed mankind.
Upon starting along the path of a Togashi monk you are given a tattoo. That tattoo could be one of a variety of things, the Sun, Bamboo, a Tiger or even a Chrysanthemum. That tattoo gives you a start and as you reach enlightenment more tattoos will appear and your connection with the world of man will become more tenous.
The school teaches a variety of skills but it’s students are always encouraged to use peace as a way of negotiating and most followers of Togashi are practioners in the way of jiujitsu as a way of defending themselves if required to.
The KITSUKI COURTIER school is unsual when compared to other courtier schools. Renowned for it’s ‘Kitsuki Method’ the school teaches its students to see through deceptions practised by the other clans. Sharp senses are required and honed over time coupled with the novel approach of using evidence in matters of law has resulted in the Kitsuki being sought specifically to solve murders of a serious nature when, before the school’s creation 300 years ago, a samurai’s word would have been enough to convict a man.
Because of the first Kitsuki’s teachings the Dragon uses diplomats from the Kitsuki to get their message across in other important courts but they are seldom allowed to get too close to what events are truly occuring. Most Kitsuki would say that they already know….
The TAMORI SHUGENJA school is next. Not the most honourable of the shugenja schools in Rokugan they hhave set their minds to uncovering the wilful elemntal forces of earth and combined it with the enigmatic nature of the Dragon Clan.
The Tamori’s former family were alchemists and to a certain extent students of the school continue that work but have discarded some of the irrelevant clutter that was sometimes associated with the Agasha. They are still focused on the arts of herbalism but are less concerned with alchemy than their predecesors. Still maintaining Shinsei’s mantra that ‘all ways are one’ they are mystic warrior philospohers with training at certain levels given over to Mirumoto bushi.
Which leads us to the MIRUMOTO BUSHI school. One of the oldest sword techniques in Rokugan, Mirumoto’s ‘Niten’ style teaches it’s students to use a katana in one hand with a wakizashi in the other. Not only making attacks more effective but also making it’s practioners harder to hit! Reflecting the desire to know all things Mirumoto bushi are encouraged to fight and learn from their brethren in the TAMORI SHUGENJA school.
Emphasising nothing other than Niten the school allows its students tgo follow what other skills they may choose, on the proviso that they will be the best at what they can do; be that Origami or Kyujutsu (archery). Shinsei said ‘All paths are one’ Mirumoto replied ‘I know one path will not teach me all I need to know.’
Developing skills from the bushi school the MIRUMOTO SWORDMASTER school developed out of the necessity to confront single powerful opponents. Taking on board the fact that students of the MIRUMOTO BUSHI school can fignht multiple opponents at a time, disciples of the Swordmaster school have taken their dedication to ‘Niten’ to a greater level, applying it in new ways, exclusive to Shinsei’s influence. And as opposed to their Mirumoto brethren all students are required to take Iajiutsu (duelling/fast draw) as a skill so that they may apply Mirumoto’s technique in it’s most perfect form.
IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: PCs PLEASE READ 🙂
For the basis of the upcoming game I would like PCs, who would like to play a Dragon character, either to be from the Kitsuki or Mirumoto family and then, schoolwise, to come from the COURTIER, BUSHI or SWORDMASTER schools. There will be no negotiation on this! Thanks awfully.
Right *scrathes head* I guess the Scorpion Clan will be next……
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 October 2007 )