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    246 KB Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)22:31 No.9885402  
    L5R thread time. So, what's your favorite Clan, and why? In b4 Battletech Faggots.

    Also, pressing question, just how lesbian ARE Utaku Battle Maidens? All this and more, on tonight's L5R thread!
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)22:34 No.9885444
    They're only lesbian if men lack the ability to please them.

    Conversely, men can only not please Utaku Battle Maidens if they're not horselike in size.

    This is not related to their chosen profession at all.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)22:34 No.9885445
    They're not particularly lesbian, they're just expected to be masculine in preferences because they are samurai.

    This wasn't entirely unusual in Ancient Chinese culture in real life, by the by; female warriors were treated as men when they showed up, and were offered the same gifts and rewards as a result (they weren't actually expected to indulge, though one always wonders).
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/17/10(Mon)22:37 No.9885507
    The Sparrow are my clan of choice;
    The stalwart rhyme, the steady voice.
    >> That Fucking Scorpion 05/17/10(Mon)22:40 No.9885551
    inb4 testosterone-fueled Crab Clan idiots who must yell to justify their manhood.
    >> Richard Motion 05/17/10(Mon)22:41 No.9885570
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    Clan? What clan. We're huge. We don't need a clan.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/17/10(Mon)22:47 No.9885685
    Our epic rhymes, our awesome beats,
    You cannot match our clan's great feats.
    Your cowardly ways, your laughable skill,
    None can match the Sparrow Clan's will.
    Run home to the Shadowlands and never come back,
    Before we flip this bitch and start the second half of this track
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)22:52 No.9885794

    By rewards, you mean whores, right?
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:00 No.9885950
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    always the whores.

    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:06 No.9886066

    ... said the Spider clan
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:09 No.9886156
    It's the Shadowlands symbol, brosashi-san
    >> Richard Motion 05/17/10(Mon)23:12 No.9886219

    Spider Clan are splitters.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:17 No.9886352

    L5R is awesome. I just started getting into it due to a thread this morning.

    That is awesome. I just know the next time I go drinking, I'm going to keep repeating "summon the whoooooooooooorrreesssssssss" until everyone is sick of me, and I wind up alone a friendless. Thanks ;_;
    >> Richard Motion 05/17/10(Mon)23:18 No.9886368

    Cool setting. Card game is terribly balanced, however. Fanbase is also full of scrubs.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:21 No.9886435

    ...Did Shouting Matsu train that bird?
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:22 No.9886442

    Mirumoto Brosashi, my next character.
    >> Crab Clan 05/17/10(Mon)23:22 No.9886443
    Rose are red.
    Violets are blue.
    I'll fuck you with a tetsubo.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:23 No.9886463
    >L5R is awesome. I just started getting into it due to a thread this morning.

    Well, we'll answer any questions you have.

    Personally, I'm a Monkey/Scorpion fan.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:23 No.9886466
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    the whoreparty sucked, anyway.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:24 No.9886480
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    and then everyone was kicked out forever.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:24 No.9886489
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    Dragon Clan here.

    Duelling with two swords. Problems, Kakita?
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:24 No.9886490
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    no good ends allowed.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:25 No.9886505
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    so, yeah. don't do that.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:25 No.9886515
    Whats that Mantis ?
    >> Crane Clan 05/17/10(Mon)23:26 No.9886533
    Harriers don't exist, and I think you'll find that most of the evidence suggesting otherwise has been blown up.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:32 No.9886646
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    >> Richard Motion 05/17/10(Mon)23:33 No.9886657

    *facepalm* not these goobers again. Well, at least they aren't the dick-tucking crane.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/17/10(Mon)23:36 No.9886728
    Your skills are lacking, brother Crab,
    Your rhymes are boring, dull and drab.
    Just keep talking, we'll make you crawl;
    You cannot win this rapping brawl.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:37 No.9886735
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:39 No.9886765
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:41 No.9886798

    >> Richard Motion 05/17/10(Mon)23:42 No.9886818
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:43 No.9886835
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:46 No.9886880
    >Well, we'll answer any questions you have.
    >Personally, I'm a Monkey/Scorpion fan.

    Well, I have some kind of D&D 3.5 adaptation of L5R, but it's got all these weird furry/half-oni/just weird races. I was told that this book is an abomination, so am I right in assuming that PCs in real L5R are all human?
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:47 No.9886901
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    the different clans are based on animals, and the humans of rokugan are highly xenophobic.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:48 No.9886909
    Anyone seen a dark navy blue nearly black scroll anywhere ?
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/17/10(Mon)23:48 No.9886919
    Your beat is off, your rhymes are slow,
    Your rapping is a limp-fisted blow
    You can't deny the Sparrow Clan;
    We'll cut you down to the last man.
    Our funky rhythms, our graceful beat,
    You're nothing but a sack of meat.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:50 No.9886946
    here again, I also meant to ask: What's the story on the monkey clan? I feel like I have a basic grasp on what the different clans are stereotypically all about, but I haven't heard them mentioned before? I never heard of the sparrow clan before either, for that matter, but I like sparrows so I'd probably like that clan.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:50 No.9886954
    Ok, I'm going to bite. I've seen plenty of l5r threads and it seems pretty interesting. Which edition or thing on /rs/ should I be looking at? Is it 3rd edition? how come a bunch of the downloads on /rs/ are 1kb? rwargles
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:52 No.9886979
    Fellow clueless l5r newfag here, but I do know that 3rd edition revised is the most recent, with 4th edition due to be published this summer.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:53 No.9886992
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:54 No.9887016
    SO, someone should give me a rundown of all the clans. Philosophies, weapons of choice, etc.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:55 No.9887036
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    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:55 No.9887046
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    l5r 3.5 is the best pick but i doubt its on /rs/ 3rd will do fine for the most part.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:56 No.9887047
    it's even more complicated than just clans, as different houses within a clan can be markedly different
    >> Doji Amika 05/17/10(Mon)23:57 No.9887075
    Oh! This summer heat...
    My fan's a ragged blossom
    Dry, without colour.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:57 No.9887079
    >What's the story on the monkey clan?
    Back when the card game was first going, there was a card called Toku. He was a 0 gold cost samurai, so he got used a LOT. So he got added into the plot as one of Toturi's lieutenants. And kept being used and kept getting Experienced versions. In the setting, his discussions of samurai virtue might have directly led to Toturi forming his army and saving Rokugan.

    Toturi becomes Emperor and asks Toku to be the leader of his guards. Toku refuses and reveals he was never really a samurai, just a peasant who picked up a katana after a group of ronin defended his village and made his way. He asked to committ seppeku for his crime, but Toturi refused. He granted Toku the status of samurai retroactively and created the Monkey Clan.

    So basically the Monkeys are a bunch of super awesome samurai who embody bushido and fight with GUTS and WILLPOWER. The Scorpion have heavily intermarried with the Clan, and the Monkey live on former Scorpion land. They're basically the morality pet of the Scorpion Clan; for every virtue that the Scorpion must repress in order to fulfill their duty to the Empire, the Monkeys embody just the opposite. They're the best example of all the good a samurai can be.
    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:57 No.9887080

    >> Anonymous 05/17/10(Mon)23:59 No.9887104
    In short, the scorpion like the monkey because they see them as doing what ever other clan merely talks about. Their great virtue and this sponsorship has let them become quite a powerful minor clan.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:00 No.9887112
    Different houses within a clan aren't just markedly different, in many cases they're incredibly dissimilar. Two courtiers or two bushi from the specialist families of different clans are likely to have more in common with one another than with their clan member of a different profession.

    Not that they'd ever admit it, of course.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:01 No.9887130
    thanks a bunch, I'll go find em
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:01 No.9887137
    As for the Sparrow, they were formed when a rather tactless Crane casually remarked "Samurai should just give all their gold to the peasants and live humbly" at a REALLY bad time. So the Emperor made him and his family do so; his aunt thought it was an awesome idea.

    So the Sparrow live in this incredibly tough country with no wealth at all. But it's a very honorable and humble existence. The Sparrow produce some of the most respected storytellers in Rokugan because their entire history is told orally. Unfortunately, they have the stereotype of being unable to shut up after they get started. LET ME SING YOU THE SONG OF MY PEOPLE, indeed.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:02 No.9887143
    We live in honorable poverty,
    Not in dishonorable gluttony.
    Your honor should be looked to first;
    The Sparrow are far from being the worst.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:03 No.9887166
    Ok! More questions.

    1) Is the Imperial Family from one of the clans, are they attached to a specific clan, or are they their own family/clan? Do they have their own samurai (ie, can a PC be an imperial soldier), or do they just make the various clans do what needs doing?

    2) About what level of technology is there? Obviously, they must be able to make good steel. Are there aquifers for irrigation? What is the sanitation like? Basically, what do I do when I have to take a dump if:
    a) I'm at my house
    b) I'm at a major clan-head's house
    c) I'm at the emperor's house
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:06 No.9887211
    Those of you just getting into this, check out
    for most of your basic information-gathering needs. If someone mentions a family and you want to know the implications, or starts discussing schools, that has at least basic information on it. There are a fair number of historical events and such recorded in there as well.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:07 No.9887220
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    i was actually the lich the last time we had a rap battle.







    and with that, i must concede defeat, for it is late and i have ran out of lion clan pictures.
    >> Doji Amika 05/18/10(Tue)00:08 No.9887237
    White threads of winter.
    Stitched well, so tighly wound. Should
    Barren heat prevail?
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:11 No.9887274
    A chill autumn wind
    The whisper of fallen leaves
    A time of change
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:12 No.9887290
    I have not idea why people care so much for the Emperor in L5R. He is almost merely a figurehead, and wherever a war between clans is going on he seems pretty content to let shit sort itself out.

    Its not like in 40k where the Emperor's presence is required and he has a huge effect on everything. Its more like Romance of the Three Kingdoms where the Emperor rules in name only and everyone is either like Cao Cao, Liu Bei, or Sun Quan and are free to do whatever the fuck they please.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:14 No.9887324
    Budding blossoms
    Herald Spring. Winter's grasp is
    broken; life begins
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)00:16 No.9887347
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    Hey, I wonder if there are some of those guys from the "how to play a Unicorn" thread earlier today.

    Anyways, to answer the OP's question, pic related.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:17 No.9887365
    I must have suffered a great blow;
    the first line should read *Budding blossoms show
    >> Doji Amika 05/18/10(Tue)00:17 No.9887368
    Within the tumult,
    The Crane stands, silent and strong
    Nature does not change
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:21 No.9887410
    There are a couple of Imperial families; the Seppun are the most well known. I *think* they have their own schools and techniques, though I'm not positive. They're not a part of any Great or Minor Clan, just separate families.

    As for the tech level, well, they have gunpowder, but it's highly illegal for anything but fireworks. Otherwise it's horses and melee weapons. So, I guess, champerpots for your bodily functions.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:21 No.9887419
    >Hey, I wonder if there are some of those guys from the "how to play a Unicorn" thread earlier today.
    You better believe it.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:22 No.9887436

    L5R DOES have Nezumi, but Nezumi are fucking awesome and you don't play as one in actual L5R anyway.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:23 No.9887459

    Perhaps you'd like tea?
    Even just a single cup!
    It might perk you up.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:26 No.9887494
    There's also the Naga, depending on what time period the game is set.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:26 No.9887496
    The Sparrow flys free
    Soaring through the summer skies
    A joyous freedom
    >> Doji Amika 05/18/10(Tue)00:27 No.9887514
    I have no time to exchange further fripperies, Sparrow. By acknowledging my format and abandoning your own, you have already admitted the superiority of the Crane.

    Good day.
    >> Utaku Hanami 05/18/10(Tue)00:29 No.9887537
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    The plum trees flower,
    Just as the maids beneath them.
    Tonight I gather blossoms.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:30 No.9887565
    How many clans are there?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:31 No.9887568

    Yep, another one here.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:31 No.9887573
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:34 No.9887611
    The Sparrow came from the Crane;
    Do I sense some lingering ass-pain?

    A maiden's brief gasp
    A cherry picked, a woman
    born; pleasure tonight.
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)00:35 No.9887627
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    Earlier in that thread, people were talking about how the Tsuruchi Archer is lolwtfbroken due to their many free raises and having everything dependent upon the Air Ring.

    I was wondering how the other types fare. Like Yoritomo Bushi and such. Though I like the Mantis archery in the card game, it's actually not my favorite form of warfare RP wise. Not that I'm a huge minmaxer, but were I ever to play an L5R game, and I'd certainly like to, some degree of combat efficacy is the most fun way to play.

    I wonder how often combat that doesn't involve dueling occurs. I guess it's ST dependent, but how often do you face threats from, say, the Shadowlands, or enemies you don't have to use Iaijutsu to face?
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)00:36 No.9887645
    Heheh, *snort*
    I'd buy that for a koku.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:38 No.9887675

    Biggest tip to playing a unicorn: Don't be a Kolat.

    Don't worry, you're fine.

    I promise.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:39 No.9887679
    You don't want to mess with the Shadowlands. Trust me.

    The last time I went there, it started raining and mouths sprouted wherever the rain fell.

    Do you know what it feels like to see a drop of water fall on your hand before carving a twisted, ululating, toothy maw in the center of your palm as it runs off?
    >> Utaku Hanami 05/18/10(Tue)00:39 No.9887682
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    The frog croaks proudly,
    but has never been accused
    of being subtle.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:40 No.9887699










    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:41 No.9887713

    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:45 No.9887773

    Soft gasping maidens
    Lilies swaying in the stream
    A soft springtime blush.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:46 No.9887796
    ...Darn, beaten to it. At least I get to see my friend from the Sparrow again.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:47 No.9887808
    ....this made my special places tingly.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)00:47 No.9887811
    That's fucking beautiful.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:49 No.9887834

    Never have I been so content not to spend time in the Shadowlands. If I have my way, I shall send extra barrels of sake to the Kaiu wall, it sounds as though they will be welcome and needed.
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)00:52 No.9887890
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    Suh-suh-suh-straight from the motherfuckin' Rokugan,
    Phoenix on the ups, on the rise again
    It's the bird with the word, not a Pelican
    Not a Sparrow, not a Crane, bring the flames from my brain,
    Phoenix in the house, needing not a spouse
    We're shugenjas and mystics often talkin' cryptic
    But I gotta shake a leg and turn back to an egg
    Ain't no time left for oni 'cause the Shadowland can blow me.

    I'm OUTS.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:54 No.9887918
    Greetings, Bayushi-san;
    How go the affairs of your clan?
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:54 No.9887923

    Thank you, but Hanami's was far superior to mine. I only dabble.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)00:56 No.9887953

    The rice is coming in nicely, I've managed to not get married off, and a close friend has invited me to the next Shiba Festival. Things are going well. Even Saru-chan, my tiny monkey retainer, has learned a few new tunes to play on his very small biwa.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)00:59 No.9888012
    You must be either foolish or very brave
    Time to get this rap battle started, Sparrow Style,
    I'll outpace your rhymes by a Rokugani mile.
    Go ahead, take your best shot,
    You're beats still stink and your core is full of rot.
    Phoenix fools think you can jive?
    Well let me explain your place in the five;
    You're messing with the Void, you foolish clan;
    And if you persist, you'll get slain to a man.
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:06 No.9888120

    You must be either foolish or very brave
    Time to get this rap battle started, Sparrow Style,
    I'll outpace your rhymes by a Rokugani mile.
    Go ahead, take your best shot,
    You're beats still stink and your core is full of rot.
    Phoenix fools think you can jive?
    Well let me explain your place in the five;
    You're messing with the Void, you foolish clan;
    And if you persist, you'll get slain to a man.

    Being kicked, slapped or killed is a mild drill,
    Phoenix bursts back from graves, just like a thrill
    err, that is to say, I've got the rhymes and the beats for every day.
    My core don't stink and it surely don't rot, since my heart is on fire and the pump never stops,
    Each word got stings like the Scorpion, flows fresh like water from Atlantis, Clan of Mantis, stronger than a Lion dealin' with Spiders lyin', bringing light to the Shadowlands, all you suckas I'm fryin', screech of the Phoenix, drop with my talons, until all your blood
    been drained out
    by the gallon.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:07 No.9888152

    What is this "Atlantis"?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:07 No.9888155
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    They're having a rap battle!
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:09 No.9888178

    Phoenix and Dragon got the knowledge of the gaijin lands,
    Adding myths and secrets to our sohei plans.
    Scorpion heard the tales, but it wasn't dirty,
    So they discarded those scrolls like 20 the new 30.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:11 No.9888216
    >Phoenix and Dragon got the knowledge of the gaijin lands,
    >Adding myths and secrets to our sohei plans.

    You are saying that a cabal from your Clan and the Dragon have collaborated to use dishonorable Gaijin teachings to taint the Togashi and Asako Monastic Orders!? Thank you, we shall relay this at once, so that those involved can be purged.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)01:13 No.9888257
    You can't compare to the Sparrow's skills;
    Your Shadowland Magic is good for nothin' but cheap thrills.
    We're stylin, profilin', Haiku-writin',
    If you get corrupted, we'll be doin' some smitin',
    So go ahead, keep on talkin' smack,
    We'll tie you down to a torture rack.
    For the good of the empire, we'll kick your ass;
    So don't backtalk, don't jive, and don't talk sass.
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:15 No.9888286

    Don't get it twisted, you're liable to have missed it,
    Phoenix makes shugenja from all the lands, taking spiritual essence to pour it out from our hands,
    If we didn't know the world and the gaijin in it,
    The Shogun be trippin', cussin' and having a fit,
    Outside invaders gettin' braver marching on the Rokugan and our common man.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:17 No.9888325
    The Weapon of Choice for most samurai is the Katana. There are a few exceptions, the Shiba like Naginata, the Tsuruchi are huge into Archery, the Hida love their Heavy Weapons, and the Moto use a lot of foreign stuff like scimitars.

    Great Clans are the heavy hitters of the setting they are all descended from the Kami, the children of the Lady Sun and Lord Moon.

    Crab: Their duty is to defend the Empire from the Shadowlands. They built a big ass wall and fight goblins and oni and all sorts of crazy shit that comes out of the Shadowlands. They are well known for their rough manners and incredible resilience.

    Crane: They are the guardians of Rokugan's culture. Most of the traditions were thought up by the Crane. They have been the Left Hand of the Emperor since the first Emperor married a Crane and most Emperors continued the tradition. They are well known for their wealth and skill at dueling.

    Dragon: The Dragon are mystics that live in the mountains. They like to speak in riddles and generally do things differently than the rest of the Empire. Their founder created an order of tattooed monks that got all sorts of cool powers from their magic tattoos, like breathing fire if they have a dragon tattoo. Their warriors duel wield and their priest are also alchemists.

    Lion: The Lion are the Right Hand of the Emperor. They have the biggest armies and some of the fiercest warriors. They are among the most honorable samurai in all of Rokugan and draw their strength from powerful connections to their ancestors.

    Mantis: They are the new kids on the block. Their daimyo had the cojones to hold Rokugan for ransom in order to secure great clan status for his minor clan. Since then they have absorbed several allied minor clans. They are a seafaring clan that by law controls all the of Rokugan's Oceans. Their trademark is the use of peasant weapons, that way if they loose a weapon while fighting at sea it is not a large loss.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:18 No.9888341
    I dont know jack shit about l5r other than that card game I played when i was like, 11.


    random fa/tg/uy poppin in to say keep up the rhymes.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:18 No.9888344
    Phoenix: The Phoenix are the masters of magic. One of their founders, Isawa, basically invented magic. The family of their Kami, Shiba, are known for their excellent skills as bodyguards.

    Scorpion: The Scorpion are the Emperor's Underhand. They look into the dark underbelly of the Empire and defend it there. They are sneaky bastards without an ounce of honor. Also Ninjas.

    Unicorn: The Unicorn were originally the Ki-Rin Clan. They left to explore the world and returned after several hundred years full of gai-jin knowledge. They also have the best cavalry in the Empire.

    Lastly the Spider are the evil clan. They were found by one of the setting's BBEGs, Daigotsu. They follow the god of evil and seek to corrupt the Empire.
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:19 No.9888367

    Liable to toss you some bananas since you're sounding like a Monkey,
    Phoenix only brings the cheddar, ya weak Crane flunky.
    We can raze out our own, any that want to go black,
    Light the flames, build a pyre, burning up the track.
    Got magic, it's gathering, five colors all together
    Helped to part the sky for Thunder Day, stormy weather.
    All you can do is cheep and make haiku,
    Why not pick up a sword and help the Empire too?
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)01:24 No.9888430
    >implying that the Sparrow are flunkies of the Crane


    Now this is a story, all about how our clan got flipped, turned upside down,
    And I'd like to take a minute, just sit and don't complain,
    And I'll tell you how we became the stewards of Golden Sun Plains

    In Crane territory, born and raised, in the council's where Suzume spent most of his days,
    Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool
    And all talkin' some economics to some Crane fools

    When a couple of Crabs that were up to no good,
    Started makin' trouble in their neighborhood.
    Suzume said one little thing and the Emperor got scared,
    He said "You're movin' with your clan to Golden Sun Plains."

    Suzume whistled for retainers and when they came near,
    Their armor was ragged and they had lice in their hair
    If anything, he could say those Samurai were plain
    But he thought "Naw, forget it, onward to Golden Sun Plains!"

    They showed up on their new lands after 7 or 8 (months)
    And Suzume yelled to the Cranes "Yo homes, smell ya later!"
    He looked at his kingdom, his own little domain,
    And thats how we became the stewards of Golden Sun Plains!
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:26 No.9888470

    I spit so much hot fire you'd think I'm a Dragon,
    The way I heat the mic got Utaku tongues waggin',
    My spells more flashy than David Copperfield,
    Summon heavy mists, don't need no shield,
    Kami bodies got me guardin', and go hard in,
    Heard you had lice, so I brought you some ungents,
    Know I got ice, and it sparkles repugnant,
    Haters gonna hate, Sparrow gonna squawk,
    Phoenix gonna fly 'coz other clans? ALL TALK.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:28 No.9888487
    Now for the Minor Clans

    Badger: An offshoot of the Crab that guard a portion of the northern mountains in Rokugan. They are known as great wrestlers.

    Bat: A recent offshoot from the Mantis. They are specialists in summoning spirits.

    Dragonfly: The result of the Dragon and Phoenix trolling the Lion. As a result they are the Lion's favorite chew toy. They most often serve as the "doormen" to the Dragon lands.

    Hare: The Hare were founded to help root out Bloodspeakers and other hidden threats to the Empire. This has gotten them in trouble with the Scorpion who have lots of dirty secrets.

    Monkey: The Monkey are among the most pure samurai. The Scorpion view them as precious and go to great lengths to protect them. They were founded by a peasant that was elevated to samurai status by his great deeds.

    Ox: The Ox are an offshoot of the Unicorn. They are a front for one of the most successful conspiracies in Rokugan, the Kolat.

    Sparrow: An offshoot of the Crane that live in honorable poverty due to a glib remark by the Crane that would become their founder. They guard the most fertile plains in all Rokugan, but they are not allowed to farm there and the plains lay fallow.

    Tortoise: The Tortoise clan are a clan that is tasked with keeping an eye on foreigners. They regularly send out ships to foreign countries to discover threats to Rokugan.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:30 No.9888532
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    >>The way I heat the mic got Utaku tongues waggin'

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    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)01:34 No.9888592
    I'll admit, your rhymes are kinda fly,
    you've got this Sparrow's respect; you got me to testify.
    But I gotta say hold on buddy,
    I think your perception of the Sparrow is kinda muddy
    The Sparrow are servants of the empire,
    Not like the Scorpions, those stuck-up liars.
    We're upfront and in your face,
    And we'll put naysayers in their place,
    But as always the good of Rokugan comes first;
    For when it comes to defending the empire, we've got an almighty thirst.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:36 No.9888611
    This is....actually very well timed.

    Here's the lowdown: I'm a Kitsuki courtier- magistrating the shit out of things, can't lie to me, intelligent as shit. I'm like Hercule Poirot, the samurai.

    Problem being, I tried to focus, thus, only combat skill is Jiujutsu.
    Can I make this work through systematic improvement? Should I just leave it where it is, as a flavor thing?
    Am I doomed to get gutted by any old body I meet?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:37 No.9888650
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    Clan Sea Fox, up in this bitch.
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)01:39 No.9888680
    Wow, that took quite a while.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)01:40 No.9888696
    >Not like the Scorpions, those stuck-up liars.

    I resent that remark. Stuck-up? Really?
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)01:42 No.9888735
    I'll admit, stuck-up may not apply to you;
    But I doubt Scorpions lying is something new.
    >> MC Phoenix 05/18/10(Tue)01:47 No.9888830

    If your tail is up, someone is 'bout to get stuck,
    Poke around, dirty secrets like pigs in the muck,
    On many things with other birds I do disagree,
    But when it comes to the Clans that crawl on the ground,
    I be up with the flock in the trees.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)01:55 No.9888978
    I wonder where the poetic Doji and Utaku went?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)01:56 No.9888999
    Do you have a loyal bushi companion or two who will keep your soft flesh whole and intact? If so, then you'll probably be okay for a while. If not, then getting some kind of defense in order is paramount.

    Even if you do have a bodyguard, maybe think about picking up a combat skill at some point, if only for self-defense. Dragons are all about cross-training too.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:00 No.9889048
    Actually, in a shamlayan twist, I'm a Crab.
    Different School time.

    We've got at least one Hiruma, a witch hunter, a yasuki, and what I'm pretty sure is another scout.

    So, my first purchase should be defense?
    That goes along with my plans, then. My real question is, am I going to be able to eventually bust out Bruce Lee-type moves?
    Or am I always going to be playing second fiddle to the swordsmen?
    >> Utaku Hanami 05/18/10(Tue)02:01 No.9889087
    You honor this rusty poet beyond her skills, Bayushi-san; it has been too long since I was at court to have truly kept in practice.

    An Utaku tongue
    Has other warmth to address
    And better uses.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:05 No.9889149
    >Crab Courtier
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:08 No.9889211
    Crab Courtier is the second most necessary courtier, after Unicorn.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)02:09 No.9889250
    Soft, warm, and willing
    A sensuous gasp, breathless
    Two bodies, one soul
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:11 No.9889276
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    This thread is now about pandas rocking.
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    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:14 No.9889338
    I know sweet fuck all about L5R but I heard crap-clan was pretty cool guys.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:14 No.9889351
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    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:15 No.9889369
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    Clan Wolf.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:16 No.9889389
    >playing second fiddle to the swordsmen?
    In direct combat? Probably. You're a courtier (or, more specifically, an investigator), you do the social things.

    Invest in whatever skills you want if it makes you a happy player. You could always assume that, since L5R combat is deadly anyway, a little bit of defense makes no difference at all, so you might as well get other stuff. And with that party make-up, hitting fast and fading away will probably be your regular style of fighting.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:17 No.9889407
    >crap clan

    inb4 Crab Shitstorm
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)02:18 No.9889427

    Nonsense, the women of your clan are lucky to have such a poet to address their needs.

    Some other maidens
    Needing a firm branch inside
    Do they long for men?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:18 No.9889430
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    >crap clan
    >Crab Shitstorm

    I see what you did there.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:22 No.9889492

    >crap clan

    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)02:34 No.9889709
    Dastardly pandas, they've killed the thread!
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)02:37 No.9889781
    They were obviously agents of the Spider.
    >> Bayushi Koganaga 05/18/10(Tue)02:59 No.9890297
    Bump, in memory of Rapping Sparrow and Utaku Hanami.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:09 No.9890516
    So, can someone tell me more about the Mantis?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:13 No.9890590
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    It's Matsu time! Thread reclaimed for the Lion!
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:13 No.9890601
    I usually like the Shosuro family of the Scorpion best (yay Actors)..but atm im playing a Fox Clan Kitsune Shugenja with different school, Isheken, Unlucky and Haunted. Yea for void mishaps.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:15 No.9890624
    That's Nobunaga Oda silly. He's definitely a Crane.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:19 No.9890693

    No. Although he's not Lion either. Mantis or Scorpion, maybe.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:20 No.9890707
    He was totally Crane. He was a massive pussy before he badass'd the fuck up.

    Although his flirtation with the west does bespeak of a certain Mantis like disrespect of traditional conduct regarding gaijin.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:21 No.9890731

    I'd argue that Kenshin is Crane, and Masamune is Unicorn. Shingen is definitely Lion.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)03:25 No.9890798
    Foolish Lion, this is a Sparrow thread;
    Can you get that through your head?
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:29 No.9890860
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    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)03:34 No.9890920

    In b4 massive Lion army.
    >> Sparrow Clan Rappin' Bushi 05/18/10(Tue)03:37 No.9890974
    Of course you answer like a brute;
    Are you fools, that you remain mute?
    I challenge you on my own terms;
    I'll show you're naught but feckless worms!
    >> Matsu Benjiro 05/18/10(Tue)04:05 No.9891326

    Easy, friend we aren't here to do battle
    Though the tromping of our boots make your peasant-huts rattle

    ...No, seriously, we're just here to keep a good thread alive. Shame the Utaku left.
    >> Fuck you Monkey totally doesn't count Eta 05/18/10(Tue)04:07 No.9891351
    No one is right.
    Everyone is dishonourable.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)04:13 No.9891419
    >Speaking when not spoken to
    >Talking more crap than a Crane
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)04:15 No.9891430
    My favorite clan.
    The Mantis are formerly a minor clan, combining several minor clans to make a major one. They used to be coalition under Yoritomo in order to protect the minor clans from getting swept up in the larger clans' wars.

    During the war against Fu Leng, Yoritomo threatened to turn on the major clans unless they recognized the Mantis as their equals. They couldn't afford to fight a war against the Mantis at that time and some (The Crab) were impressed by the Mantis audacity, so they attained tenuous major clan status.

    Since then, the Mantis have been the only real naval power in Rokugan, focusing heavily on trade. They seek to assert their legitimacy, as they are closer to the peasants the other major clans disdain and the minor clans they look down upon. The Mantis are opportunists, extorting and providing mercenary services wherever they can earn some cash, and exploiting their naval power for trade, even with the forbidden gaijin countries.

    The Yoritomo family of the Mantis is known for sea-faring samurai who use peasant weapons with skill. The Tsuruchi family, formerly the Wasp minor clan, has the best archers in all of Rokugan.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)04:16 No.9891458
    Yoritomo ascended to the Heavens pretty much cementing their Greater Clan status iirc.
    >> Mantis Pirat-I mean, Bushi. 05/18/10(Tue)04:19 No.9891490
    Yeah, with the help of the Thunder Dragon, who gave up part of its divinity to help him ascend.

    Still, most people seem to think of the Mantis as pirates, peasant-samurai poseurs, and criminal extortionists. To be fair, it's kinda true.
    >> Akodo Sogai 05/18/10(Tue)04:41 No.9891729

    How dare you speak to me directly, you hideous animal!
    Taste my blade!
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)04:49 No.9891818
    Yodotai Empire clan.
    Because is made of legion win and soon they are going to kick yellow ass when they are done with sandniggahs.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)04:50 No.9891829

    Silly Oni, you're holding your tetsubo wrong.
    >> Matsu Benjiro 05/18/10(Tue)05:00 No.9891928

    ...If he wasn't so obviously a Bloodspeaker, I might take exception to you just killing peasants like that. They serve a useful function, you know.
    >> Akodo Sogai 05/18/10(Tue)06:16 No.9892832

    What are you, some kind of Unicorn heimin-lover?
    >> Matsu Benjiro 05/18/10(Tue)07:17 No.9893465

    Peasants are resources, and just like any other resource we should avoid squandering them. Do not shame our Clan and your Family with inefficiency. Every peasant you cut down in a fit of anger could be growing rice, mining copper, or bearing a spear against the Crane.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)07:19 No.9893487

    What weirds me out is that the Berserker is discussing efficiency and common sense, and the Tactician is murdering people in fits of rage.
    >> Anonymous 05/18/10(Tue)08:01 No.9893916

    That sort of thing happens. For every BAD Lion, you get a bunch of good ones.
    >> Akodo Sogai 05/18/10(Tue)08:16 No.9894079

    The HEIMIN grow our crops. The HEIMIN are our peasant-soldiers, our miners. I killed the ETA. A non-person.

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