Moving to Area in July and Looking for RPG Group
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Sorry if you had to type that multiple times due to the error message! My email is . That should hopefully make future correspondence easier. It sounds intriguing. I will need to read up on some of the mechanics and character background. My brief perusal revealed a fairly daunting amount of possibilities for character creation, more so than the standard warrior, rogue, wizard, etc. When are ya'll thinking of starting? Just to clarify I would not be able to join any games until July 1st as I'll be in Louisiana until then, but we will definitely be moving up there come July.
Speaking of social elements, because the setting will be cut off from the rest of the world fairly early on, some character purchases, like allies or land holdings, will be either inaccessible during the first parts of the game or will require some jury-rigging to get use out of. I'll work with you during character creation to make sure you don't waste your points.
What do you think? Are you ready to pick up your katana and find out if your honor can match your steel?
The game's not yet fully defined in my head. I prefer to do that after I've spoken to the players, so I can customize a bit. By default, it's a fairly action-oriented game; the setting's formal, ritualized etiquette does play a part, but more for background than as an element of focus unless you plan to play some kind of courtier. Warrior characters are the assumption, but due to the escalating presence of the supernatural, shugenja--priests of the elements/sorcerers--will definitely be useful, as will someone capable of piercing the mystery of what's going on. That said, Rokugan is a social setting, and there will be NPCs whose assistance you can try to win over, so don't feel constrained to play a particular role.
Trouble hits Kamiki not long after you arrive, though: a brutish ronin (a samurai who has no lord, which means he's an outcast and is most likely an honorless criminal) with a magic sword on a rampage, looking to take offense so he can kill as many of the visiting samurai as he wants. You will have to find an honorable way to deal with this menace, but when you do, you'll discover that the problems in Kamiki are only just beginning. The town will quickly be cut off from the rest of the world by supernatural forces and monsters from the Shadowlands, and it will be up to you to deal with these problems to the best of your ability not just for your own survival, not even for your own soul (because you are facing the physical manifestations of the forces of corruption), but possibly for the sake of the Empire itself.
You are in Kamiki Village a week or two before the festival. Maybe you're a descendant of the original heroes specifically invited there to be honored; maybe you're a young samurai fresh from his gempukku (the ritual in which you pass into adulthood and are judged to be a worthy samurai), following the ancient tradition of "abandoning" your clan to wander the Empire looking for adventure to season you and gain glory; maybe you're a bodyguard protecting a traveling diplomat who's passing through; maybe you're not even a samurai, but a monk on a pilgrimage that involves Kamiki Village. I'll work with you on this, so feel free to get creative.