Arrival of the Phoenix
Isawa Ochiai appeared over the capital. “No more!” her voice boomed across the city. “This city shall not fall as Otosan Uchi did!”
The Shogun’s rikugunshokan is among the most respected commanders in the Empire.
Tetsu Kama Mura
“If the Crab have the strength of mountains, surely the Dragon have their serenity.”
The Spider’s Lair
“Subtlety can destroy what war leaves intact.”
The Khan’s Shining Horde
Whether it ends in victory or defeat, the Khan’s march has changed the world forever.
“They are a simple people, but terrible enemies.”
I do not fear Kyoso’s army, for I am already dead.
“We warned them, but Scorpion insolence knows no bounds. Their sly tricks will not save their towns from our armies.”
“Allow your enemy to waste his strength, exert yourself only when you must.”
“My death will be a good one, for I will be sharing it with you!”
“Tell me where you want to go, and I will find you a way to get there.”
“If the Unicorn succeed where the Crab once failed, then are they not worthy of respect? Perhaps even of loyalty?”
“Remember this: When you pick up a sword, you make a pact with death.”
“The Khan’s men have no manners a good thing we were here to teach them some!”
“Advance daily, becoming more skillful than yesterday, more skillful than today. This is never-ending.”
“Domotai-sama, I have learned some disturbing things about the unpleasantness at Kosaten Shiro.”
“The flowers of spring are unharmed by cold winds. Why, then, should we allow fear to touch our hearts?”
“Lady Doji, the Crane are the clan of art, and my art is that of the deal.”
“I serve Satsu alone.”
“I do not care about the Khan, as long as he stays out of our mountains.”
Mareshi chose well. As did Satsu.
“As long as the Crane refuse to admit their dishonor, there will be war.”
“He has the heart of a Togashi but the training of a Kitsuki. He can see both the internal and external world.”
The Jade Mirror revealed the truth.
At the Imperial City, Akodo Shigetoshi and his soldiers watched the Unicorn’s arrival. They stood ready in position to defend the city. The Khan’s Charge, Part Four
“Each soldier that marches under the Lion banner borrows the strength of a thousand of his ancestors.”
“He is a true Lion.” Akodo Bakin
When spring began, Lion soldiers quickly mobilized. Thousands of soldiers gathered to oppose the Khan.
“Yoshino is not Nimuro, but he is clever and his honor is unquestionable. Under his command we will destroy the Khan!”
She has not spoken to another since her crime. In battle, she murmurs prayers of penance to the kami, hoping that she will finally cleanse her dishonor.
“The former Topaz Champion has proven a great asset for the Storm Riders. I will be watching this one” Moshi Sayoko Topaz Championship ” Brian Fox
“Does the Mantis only send their prettiest to court?” Kakita Munemori
“The Khan marches for the throne, and armies gather to face him. We will protect the peasants of Rokugan for the chaos that will ensue.”
“The pirates rest in their lair. Your orders, my lord?”
Naizen and his generals led their armies deeper into the mainland, restoring order everywhere they passed.
“She manipulates with honeyed tongue and veiled suggestion. A worthy rival.” Yoritomo Yoyonagi
“Let the Shiba and the Isawa go bring order to the Empire. The Phoenix lands will be protected.”
The decision to march upon the capital was issued from the Elemental Council. Many wept at the notion of war for peace, but none could deny their wisdom.
“The time has come when philosophy is not enough. If there is to be peace, we must demand it of others as we demand it of ourselves.”
There is serenity within the Void, but sometimes there is rage as well.
“Every day an adventure! Every battle a festival!”
The Phoenix swept through the city. The Legion of Stone and the Avalanche Guard seperated enemies, ending the battle as they moved.
“Humans know how to talk, but they don’t know how to listen.”
“Unless Tomorrow learns how to swim, some Nezumi will remain.”
“Stand and face Tomorrow!”
“My place is with Tanari.”
“The Unicorn are only our enemies. Tomorrow is our destiny.”
“Watch how they die. It is fascinating.”
“As a hawk sees his prey on the ground, we see the weakness in a heart.”
“A plan to deal with the invaders? My sensei’s teachings are the only plan I need!”
“I believe this will help take care of your problem.”
To rise above a weakness is the only sure strength. Blessings of Obsidian ” Jesse Michaelica
“We walk in the darkness to protect the Empire from a darkness greater still.”
“I hear them call me. The scrolls offer power, but will my family pay the price?”
“I have heard of your problem. Perhaps we can help each other?”
“They are so eager to assist us once they feel my mark upon them.”
“Not all among the Lost believe that our lord’s new path is true. It falls to me to silence the heretics that walk among us.”
“The bandits fell upon the village like rabid dogs, killing and burning everything. The warriors clad in the spider mon came. The village survived. The bandits did not.”
“The Anvil.” He turned towards the east. “My former kin are using the Anvil.”
“Those whose weaknesses we can not exploit must be dealt with,” Daigotsu smiled.
“The Dark Prophet is an artist, and I am the brush with which he will paint his masterpiece.”
“Your Spider Clan needs a threat to combat to gain legitimacy, lord Daigotsu. I can help you.”
“The Soetsu was the first, but there is much yet to learn.”
“She presses forward with admirable skill and recklessness.”
“The Akodo claim to have never been defeated? Give me a unit of the White Guard and I will show them the folly of their arrogance.”
“Her brush with the Lords of Death has left her unstable, but powerful. Direct her toward our enemies and stand aside.”
“Release the hounds!”
“A second army gathered behind the formation of the Khol. Before the Lion could react, the Baraunghar began their ritual. The Khan’s Charge, Part Two
Youthful exuberance makes her daring. Skill keeps her alive.
Picker of Bones
“We shall see how they seek enlightenment when they are paralyzed by fear. They shall pray for a savior, and the Spider will answer.” Omoni
Tadaka no Oni
“It is time. Kill them all.” Daigotsu
“What glorious peaks the Badger dwell among!”
“The Ujina are a mysterious and dangerous lot. One who can speak to the kami should be watched particularly closely.” Otomo Taneji
“We have seen the damage that secrets can do. Bloodspeakers, Kolat, or Kokujin, it does not matter. They must be stopped.”
Anvil of Despair
“Let others have honor. We shall have victory.” Daidoji Shihei
“Domotai acts like a Lion, not a Crane,” Shihei said. “We will do what is best for the clan, regardless of her foolishness.”
“Clumsy, but good battle fodder,” Rekai said.
“I can breathe, so I can serve.” Ikoma Otemi
Ceremony of Planting
Wars, Emperors and gods shall come and go. Each spring, the rice must be planted regardless.
Dawn of the Spider
“Let the demons rule the Shadowlands as they like. Our domain shall be that of man.” Shahai
“His body is destroyed, and his wisdom lost to us forever, but we will remember him all the same.” Isawa Ochiai
Second Doom of the Dark Lord
“Defeat is not the end. Death is not the end. Submitting to a pattern of constant failure and weakness… that is the end.” Daigotsu
Hashi no Oni
Kyofu smiled at the sight of Kyoso’s army. “After today, even demons will fear the battle cries of the Crab.”
A Legion of One
“I have been ordered here, and I will not leave!”
“I have a few questions for you, my friend.”
“Did you truly believe you would get away with this?”
“Be prepared to kill a Crab berserker three times over.”
“Miya-sama, please accept this token of our esteem.” “Miya-sama, please accept this small sign of our clan’s regard for your most honorable family.”
All who have faced the Crab know that there comes a time when you can only run or die.
Blunting the Charge
“Inform Lord Yoshino that we have secured this flank and the Unicorn are retreating.”
“It is not a katana, but is has been used by great warriors. Do not shame it, or them.” Toritaka Tatsune
Courage in Death
“I shall hold it until you can strike, brother!”
“With this blade,” she whispered, “your duel will end as you wish. In glorious victory.”
“Those who accept our aid have formed a pact from which they can not escape. They belong to the spider Clan always.” Shahai
Writing death poems / is a game for samurai. / Death is only death. the death poem of a shamed Doji
Denounced on Stage
“Already the playwrights vilify the Khan’s march. They will ensure he is remembered forever as a villain.” Doji Nagori
“I have lost everything. I will not miss my honor.”
“Should we not all aid the Keepers in their quest?”
Echoes of Disgrace
A dishonorable relative can ruin a courtier’s career.
Failure of Courage
“Face the Crab and be blessed in the next lifetime!”
Fight Another Day
“Furry little thieves! They are bold enough when no one is around, but have a samurai show up, and they run like their tails are on fire.” Moto Jippensha
Find a Way Through It
“Battles are fought with steel, but they are won with a light step and an observant eye.” Hiruma Shotoku
For the Fallen
The air shimmered, and the Baraunghar appeared on the fields of the Imperial City. The Khan’s Charge, Part Three
Gift of the Lady
“Setai-sama, the Crane Clan will never abandon the Imperial City. We have said we will protect it, and nothing will come between us and our word.” Asahina Beniha
Glory in Death
“We shall hold until reinforcements arrive, Yoshino-sama.” Matsu Kenji
“No matter what happens, I will always protect you.”
Honor in Death
“I mourn your death, but rejoice for your clan.”
Hope from Death
“Destiny can not be denied.”
“Fight, for the brothers that stand beside you!”
The Crane seek to elevate all things to the level of art be it poetry, dance, or war.
“You know nothing of true horror, Crab.”
“Your pride matters not, samurai. You will be made to serve.”
“My ancestors guide my every move.” Ikoma Noda
Kharma in Death
“We were both born in preparation for this moment.”
Let Them Fight Their Dead
“Know that a Crab faces unspeakable horrors each day.”
Loyalty, Unto Death
Death without understanding is the ultimate loyalty.
“The Unicorn entered the Imperial City, destroying the opposition where it stood.”
“The Khan will not pass.” Akodo Shigetoshi
“Get this cart moving or I’ll have you blessed by the Lords of Death!”
Profit from Death
“Everything I have belongs to my clan.”
The beast roared as it leapt for its prey. “The book!” it demanded. “Where is the book?”
“We must move the flanking division at once!”
“The Emperor may be dead, but our responsibility to him continues.” Tsuruchi Chikuma
Sake House Brawl
“And I say Friendly Traveler is not the best sake!”
An army of the Crab can not be stopped by traditional tactics. Unorthodox thinking is required.
Share the Blame
“Gentlemen, please! This is undignified.”
Summoned to Justice
An enemy in the courts can prove deadlier by far than a legion of foes on the battlefield. In battle, at least death brings honor.
Tales of Battle
“We will immortalize their sacrifice in our hearts.”
The Price of Weakness
“What will be the price?” he asked. “Do not worry about that for now,” she smiled. “We will discuss that once your victory is complete.”
Triumph of Courage
Even a peasant can draw courage from his ancestors.
Violence takes an instant. Art requires a lifetime.
“Our lord was murdered, Aroru.” Tosun said. “Betrayed. It is time to reminded the Empire how the Scorpion treat traitors.”
We Join the Ancestors
The Lion charged the Khol, eager to halt the Khan’s advance. The Khan’s Charge, Part One
“Can not be destroyed to pay costs.” After this turn ends, remove this Personality from the game.
She raised her hands to the sky in prayer and the fire kami heard the call. Buildings burned and weapons shattered in the wake of their furious answer.
“His sacrifice will never be forgotten.”
Purity in Death
Only the worst sins will prevent a soul from reincarnation.
Summon Maseru no Oni
“I will obey you, human… for now.”
Brand of Cowardice
“I am so sorry to bring this to your attention Lord Shinjo, but I am sure you do not want such a man serving you.” Bayushi Maemi
Made of steel, both signal and shield.
“They are forged for use against the hordes of the Shadowlands, but they work just as well on Scorpion.”
“I am ready.” Akodo Setai
It is a foul, gaijin magic.
“A book, with the symbol of a spider,” Omoni patted one on the head. “Find it, little ones.”
“Stay and fight, fools!” Tamago roared. “They bleed and die, just like you!”
The Mantis deflected the blow at the last possible moment. “These people have suffered enough at your master’s hands,” he snarled. “It ends now.”
“I regret that I can not allow you to pass, Sekawa-sama,” the man said with a bow. “I was instructed to admit no one, not even the Jade Champion.”
“The village is safe now,” Fusako said. “Find me a trail, scout. The hunt continues.”
Spider Heavy Regulars
“What is this?” the bandit whispered. The Spider smiled as he crushed his throat. “A new world.”
“Leave your pets behind, Mishime,” Katsu said. “The Dark Lord has work for them in the Crab lands.”
“They have no lord to give them their tasks. They simply travel the Empire, bringing order where there is chaos, giving hope where there was only fear.”
“They’ve come for the Tao!” the sentry roared. “They will die without ever seeing it,” Benjiro promised.
“You reek far too much of fish paste to have any hope of approaching unnoticed, friend.”