Thousand Fortunes


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1175, City of Lies. The Empire of Rokugan exists much as the 4E books describe it (so no Destroyer War to ruin my hundreds of pages of setting info), the City of Lies exists much as the Box Set describes it geographically though the specific people have changed.

Within the City of Lies sits the Temple Quarter, populated by monks who tend to it's thousands of shrines and temples. Over them all looms the Temple of Daikoku, the tallest and richest building in the city.

The Brotherhood is skilled and capable and quite independent, yet not all problems can be easily handled by the Monks. While respected, they are not of the Samurai caste and so they have made sure to be on friendly terms with a number of Ronin. "Gifts" are exchanged and the friendly Ronin return the favor by aiding the monks in various ways. It would be incredibly impolite to call them hired swords.

The current Governor of Ryoko Owari is not a terribly pious man, it's rumored as a young boy a Monk shamed the insolent and privileged youth and now that he has taken his position as Governor the Brotherhood finds no favor with him.

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Character Creation - Pick one of the 3 Ronin options.

House Rules for Ronin Options

CLAN RONIN

  • Created as normal for a clan-affiliated samurai
  • Must purchase the Disadvantage Social Disadvantage: Ronin
  • May not gain additional ranks in starting School
  • Must seek out higher-Rank Ronin Paths when increasing in Insight Rank

TRUE RONIN, OPTION #1
  • Gain +1 to any three attributes, the starting limit of 4 is still in effect.
  • Gain any 7 skills at 1. - instead of 25xp
  • Must purchase the Disadvantage Social Disadvantage: Ronin
  • Starting Honor: 3.5
  • Outfit: Ashigaru or Light Armor, Tattered Clothing, Daisho, Traveling Pack
  • Must seek out higher-Rank Ronin Paths when increasing in Insight Rank

TRUE RONIN, OPTION #2
  • Gain +1 to any attribute. instead of 10xp
  • Must purchase the Disadvantage Social Disadvantage: Ronin
  • Begin with one Rank 1 Ronin Path from this chapter
  • Must seek out higher-Rank Ronin Paths when increasing in Insight Rank

OTHER SCHOOLS?
Something like the Kenku school would be by special permission.

INDEPENDENT RONIN OPTIONS - Can only pick one per level obviously, use this if you don't find something you like or don't have the expansion books.
  • Rank 3: Add the samurai keyword to a weapon, you get simple attacks with samurai weapons.
  • Rank 3: Add +1k1 to any two non-weapon skills (A woodsman type can take hunting/stealth, a duelist type iaijutsu/courtier, etc)
  • Rank 4: Add the samurai keyword to a weapon, you get simple attacks with samurai weapons.
  • As an option the R2 Ronin Path Claws of the Wolf (p200 EoE) can apply to people who've violated Temple "laws" instead of Imperial Law.
  • I'm pretty homebrew friendly if it has a good theme that fits the character.

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