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 Post subject: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dairu)
PostPosted: Sat Aug 08, 2015 9:00 am 
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http://imperialassembly.com/news.php?news=118

In which the Oracles begin to reveal things.

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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...

/slow clap

While I cannot put my finger on exactly why, yet... this fiction nailed it out of the park. Yeah, it's hitting a bunch of outstanding tournament prizes, sure, but... You guys managed to properly capture the way the Oracles should feel. And bits about Nitoshi and Shoju were excellently placed.

This is how L5R should be. Epic fantasy, with non-Western elements and an awareness of the history of the world (see: Shoju & Junzo, Handen in the north, Tonbo Toryu).

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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i've always been a huge fan of Doji/Mirumoto Saori. Wish she'd ended up Daigotsu but whatevs. I'm thrilled theres a Shourido practitioner as an Oracle, and i love Dairu's appearance here.

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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Nice to see the Scorpion temptation head towards resolution.


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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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Handan! HURRAH!

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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Fantastic all around......


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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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I like the fiction, because it gives insight into how the Oracles think and function. To learn that Mirumoto Saori was not chosen by an Elemental Dragon but claimed the power of an Oracle. That she thinks rules of the Oracles aren't binding to her is interesting, too, because it seems that the Dark Oracles are allowed a bigger freedom because of Saori's misconception.

What I've noticed, however, is how difficult it is to keep up with the characters if you don't regularly play the CCG and now the relevant cards. That's why I love that Toryu is still around (I remember him saving the Dragonfly lands during the Destroyer War with a Faustian bargain as if it was yesterday) and that's why I like that Mirumoto Saori and Wotan were chosen as Oracles. Their names have so much more oomph than those of some others (even if it will be difficult for the new Oracles to compede with Matsu Turi or Yaskuki Nokatsu or Tamori Chosai). But a mix between old and new characters helps the fiction. Also the reference to the Blood Sword is a nice touch. So people might remember that Yajinden has his Anvil of Despair back since tthe era of the Vacant Throne.

That the Scorpion use the Oni's Eye and that Shoju's redemption is foreshadowed is also very nice. It's an interesting variant and I like it better than Nitoshi also climbing a mountain and disrupting a Conclave. But I generally like the resolution of prizes, especially if they fit smoothly into the bigger plot. What surprise is left for the Jade Champion will be interesting to see, too.

And we definitely need to see more of Dairu and his Kokujin followers.

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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The more I see of the Kokujin, the more I like them, honestly. Especially when they come into conflict with the sohei of the Order of the Spider. Neither of them are good guys, but the Kokujin truly make for the dark mirror so very needed to the Togashi.

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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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Couldn't be happier how my story choice with Dairu turned out. Looking forward to future Kokujin shenanigans, and hopefully corrupting one of the Togashi at my Kotei in a couple of months :)


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 Post subject: Re: IA - 2015/8/8 - Conclaves of Light and Dark (Kokujin Dai
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Daigotsu G wrote:
Couldn't be happier how my story choice with Dairu turned out. Looking forward to future Kokujin shenanigans, and hopefully corrupting one of the Togashi at my Kotei in a couple of months :)


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