Flavor Text: Torn Asunder

Booster Display Quote – Relations between the Empire and the Colonies have degraded to the point of violence, and a single Imperial Legion lays siege to the Second City in an attempt to bring order to the Colonies once more. The siege now comes to an end, but who will prevail?

A Cleansing Breath – “We do not know why the Lion have attacked the Spider encampments with our advisors. They have brought no testimony, levied no charges. While we find the truth of the matter, we simply cannot allow this to go unanswered.” – Mirumoto Kojinrue

A Close Call – He charged into the rain of arrows without hesitation. His trust in his armorer was absolute.

A Dangerous Game – He reached for the results with a trembling hand. If the Moon Die showed Void, his entire fortune was lost.

A Threat Enacted – “You were warned, and yet you persisted.”

Akodo Chiyo – “If it is the Spider who have attacked us, perhaps we should turn to those versed in fighting such abominations.”

Ambush Tactics – With the government of the Colonies distracted by the events at the Second City, skirmishes among the Great Clans became increasingly frequent, and increasingly deadly.

Anchored in Earth – “Not all denizens of Chikushudo are gentle. Some can be roused to a brutality that puts the Hida to shame.” – Asako Kyuudo

Asahina Akahiko – “Many times you have served the clan by protecting me, kinsman. Now it is time for me to serve the clan.”

Asahina Nanae (Experienced) – “Indeed, I am aware of the many conflicts in the Empire, but I am the Jade Champion. I will never forget what my first duty to the Empire is.”

Asako Izuna (Experienced) – “Tell me more. Tell me all of it.”

Asako Kyuudo – “Yuzuki-dono, I apologize for my impertinence, but I believe you are wrong. If you had seen what I have, you would agree that not all gaijin knowledge is beneficial to the Empire.”

Asako Suzukaze – “My niece is a fine example of our order’s greatest gifts, though when her anger is aroused she can sometimes be a trifle…hasty.” – Asako Souta, Phoenix Clan Ambassador

Avenging the Fallen – An oath to avenge fallen comrades is gravely serious. Nothing else can exist in the warrior’s mind once the promise is spoken. A samurai’s word and deed are as one.

Bamboo Tattoo – “Bamboo endures, and so do I.”

Bayushi Hamada – “My friend Yasuki, you have my blade at your disposal. Whatever the Crab require, the Scorpion are more than happy to assist you.”

Bayushi Kazutoshi (Experienced 2) – “Greetings, dragon. I would have words.”

Bayushi Wakui – “Your steel is weak and unequal to the task. Just like the man who wields it.”

Blood of Isawa’s Tribe – “Isawa was a visionary, but he lacked the stomach to adapt when his blood magic became corrupted. The Phoenix are not strong and wise in their art. They are simply cowards.” – Chuda Hitaka

Blood Wave – “A proper tsukai finds uses even for his broken tools.” – Chuda Niiro

Bonds of Hospitality – “No, Bayushi-san, I could not send you out into that terrible rain. I will pour you a cup of tea, and we can discuss the Tao.” – Kitsuki Yataku

Brothers of the Great Lake – “Strength in numbers,” the oldest said, “or numbers in strength?” Privately, the youngest brother thought there was little difference.

Calling the Darkness – “No member of the Empire may be tainted without their consent. But now that war has come, how many are secretly begging my father for his blessings?” – Daigotsu Kanpeki

Cavalry Flankers – “Fast horses have to be good for something,” the gunso said with a savage grin.

Charge Into Danger – The berserkers of the Crab leap into the heart of danger, caution thrown to the wind. This tactic rarely works for those without their insanity.

Chiyurei’s Axe – “I suppose you could call it a brutal weapon, but sometimes you need to kill brutal things. Katana are for honorable combat, not red butchery.” – Hida Chiyurei

Chuda Kaito – “Well,” he said philosophically, “there is always a use for a dead Oni.”

Chun – “There is no need to learn to swim before venturing to sea. That is the job of the ship.”

Courteous Gift – “A proper guest always offers a gift, to show appreciation to his host.” – Lady Doji

Daidoji Ibara – “There are so few of us here, so few. But if I must do the work of two in order to defend the Crane, then that is what I will do.”

Daigotsu Arare – “The Crab cast aside their duties in order to attack us, and without provocation. So be it, then! I am ready for them!”

Daigotsu Bofana (Experienced) -

Daigotsu Hashibei – The Spider were still respected as benevolent guardians by the heimin. They manipulated their simple fears and grew more popular than ever.

Daigotsu Shiraume – “Whatever needs to be done to accumulate power should be done without hesitation. That is the way of the world. What use is a person who balks at such things?”

Damaged Port – The sudden attack from the Crane decimated the docks of Kalani’s Landing. Undeterred, the Mantis found other options.

Defensive Stance – The arrival of the Imperial forces touched off a series of events both predictable and amazing. In all quarters of the Second City, inside and out, samurai prepared to defend honor and clan the best way they knew how. – Chronicle of the Orchid Lands, Part I

Destrier – “Not bad riding.” – Utaku Ji-Yun.

Disciples of Master Coin – “Money obeys its own laws.” – Master Coin

Doji Iza – “Kyoshiro. I’ve tried overlooking your insolence for the good of both our clans. But if you are so determined to die, well then I will be happy to oblige you.”

Doji Kazuo (Experienced) – “I am an Explorer, not a common thief.”

Doji Tatsuzo – “Can you deny the testimony of your own eyes? Not even monasteries are safe from the greed of the Mantis! Shall the Empire tolerate this brutish violence any longer?”

Drain of Effort – “Clearly, claims must be checked, but this is getting out of hand. No sooner do we resolve one claim dispute when two more take its place! It is as if some malevolent force is directing it all.” – Kitsuki Jakuei

Duty Over All Things – “I would have preferred to go to the next world without ever spilling the blood of your noble people. Unfortunately for us both, my duty demanded otherwise.”

Earth’s Protection – “Borrowing the mountain’s strength can be useful, if dangerous when done recklessly.” – Tamori Yayu

Eye of the Sword – “Victory in a duel is the purest kind.” – Doji Genshin

Forest Cover – “Very satisfying when they realize we were there all along.”

Forgotten Teachings – “The young learn too late that they ought to learn from the past.” – Moto Taha

Frozen in Place – “It’s amusing, the look they get when it dawns on them that the only way to escape justice is to grow wings.” – Hiruma Akio

Fubuko – “I can see truth in the Dragon’s riddles.”

Generational Gap – One generation raised during a time of war, and another raised during a time of peace. The differences in philosophy can be significant, and even family bonds can be tested.

Goju Kaxt – His gaijin ancestry only makes him more deadly.

Green Lake Dojo – “And what is taught here, Shichiro-sama?” “Cavalry tactics,” the sensei replied. Moshi Ira looked around. “I see no horses.” Shichiro smiled.

Hachiman’s Prowess – “Stand up, there is still glory to win!”

Harbingers of War – “How could they march against us?” “I do not know, but the Second City must know that the Legions are on the way!”

Harbor of Kalani’s Landing – “We will return every fire to them tenfold.” – Moshi Rukia

Harmony – “It is a simple truth that so many seekers would ignore – we do not search for enlightenment. We are enlightened; we simply do not realize it.” – Yung

Hero’s Memorial – Togashi Noboru bowed. “I will not forget.” His promise crashed against the walls and carried across the dome of the heavens.

Hida Chiyurei – “There’s a time for attack and a time for planning. Lucky for me, most of my plans involve attacking.”

Hiruma Ikeuchi – He throws himself into combat with reckless abandon, yet his troops follow him with unshakable trust.

Ikoma Satoru (Experienced) – “They should have remained uninvolved. A pity.”

Ikoma Shizuka – “He is silent, observant, and possessed of a perfect memory. He has made our search for the Yodotai a great deal easier.” -Ikoma Shika

Imperial Deployment – “Go and bring law to the lawless.” -Utaku Ji-Yun

Improper Papers – “A thousand pardons, but it appears these papers are inadequate to pass the border.”

Imprudent Misstep – No samurai climbs quite so high that he can safely disregard propriety. Carelessness is the fortunate man’s undoing.

In the Right – “The only excuse the Mantis have for their attacks is greed for power and plunder,” the Crane said. “What else would you expect?”

Isawa Hibana – “Miko’s daughter has inherited all her mother’s gifts with the fire kami but puts them to intriguingly constructive uses.” – Isawa Ochiai

Isawa Mizuhama – “Even in this foreign land, the water kami still answer in the ways of their element… gentle as a spring rain, or ferocious as a tidal wave.”

Iuchi Shaocheng – “The time may come when the Lords of Death pass judgement upon the whole of the Colonies. It will be unfortunate, but I will not hesitate.”

Journey’s End Keep (Experienced) -

Kage’s Teachings – “Such amazing thoughts! They will serve me well in the chaos now spreading.” – Doji Muroken

Kaiu Nagai – “The Shadowlands might have fallen quiet in recent years, but we cannot afford to grow lax.”

Kitsu Miwa – “A report from the Second City, my lady. The Akodo are not certain what the Spider have used against us, and hope you can unravel this mystery.”

Kitsuki Judgment – “It appears the Lion are not baseless in their claims, Daigotsu-san. There will be repercussions to both clans for the Dragon who have died over this dispute.”

Kitsune Yuribara – “Distract him, my little ones.”

Kokure’s Lands – “The lands approaching the Second City have been fortified by the local lord, Mirumoto Kokure. It seems he too has embraced the corrupting influences of this foreign land.”

Kuni Renyu (Experienced) – “My loyalty lies with my clan and the Empress, none other.”

Kuni Shinoda (Experienced) – His victory over the Onyx Champion has only strengthened his resolve to destroy the Shadowlands.

Kurohito’s Perfection -

Martyr’s Call – “They are powerful, but they are merely flesh. I will show you!”

Matsu Sango – “Peace is a blessing to the Empire, perhaps, but a curse upon a warrior.”

Matsu Yoshito – “It is clear that the Spider are at fault. If the Dragon wish to defend that despicable clan, then the stories of their wisdom and honor are lies.”

Merchant Outpost – “Some transactions are better orchestrated away from civilization.”

Mirumoto Kojinrue (Experienced) – “I wonder if these ruins could be of use to us…”

Mirumoto Kyoshiro – “I will not rest until I see you breathe your last, felled by my blade.”

Mirumoto Yonekura – “Consider this a lesson in humility.”

Mirumoto Yozo (Experienced 2) – He has set aside his hatred and preaches serenity to his students.

Miryoku no Shima – “An estate belonging to both the Dragon and Crane, a chance for both clans to learn from each other in the name of peace.”

Moshi Ira – “I understood she guided her ship through the heart of a typhoon with hardly a scratch. What a pity I cannot have her on my own vessel.” – Yoritomo Kaishou

Moto Ogaru – “He is an enormous, brutish-looking man, but with an easy laugh and a gentle nature. He must be pure of soul as well. Why else would pandas bear him such affinity?” – Utaku Ji-Yun

Mumoku no Oni – “The beast crushes walls like flowers. It bears a resemblance to the dragons, and may be as powerful.” – Kuni Renyu

Mutual Support – “A pity you came here. Our Hiruma friends have some concerns about your behavior.”

Ninube Tsukau – “M…i…n…e…”

Nocturnal Attack – “I wish to speak to the disgraceful abomination that calls itself the Shadow Dragon. Kill anyone you must to make this happen.” – Bayushi Kazutoshi

Now We Are Enemies – Under the press of events, alliances shifted and died. Samurai who had served together for years now found themselves on opposide sides of a battle. – Chronicle of the Orchid Lands, Part II

Opening the Veil – “The Spirit Realms outside our own can be difficult to reach, even for skilled shugenja. Certain places are closer to other Realms, however, and there this task is easier.” -Kitsu Sorano

Oriole Imperial Vanguard – “It may not be Rokugan,” the guardsman said, “but service is service everywhere.”

Overpower – “Fool! You insult me with your feeble strength.

Paneki’s Mask – “Strange how such a simple thing can be so unclean.” – Bayushi Nitoshi

Path to Inner Peace – “The wound is too deep for me to aid right now. Instead, I will give you a blessing to wash away the pain.” – Isawa Mizuhama

Pierce the Tapestry -

Read the Essence – “In the Void, all things are seen and heard. But if you wish to find just one man, you must learn to find a raindrop that has already fallen into a pool.” – Isawa Kimi

Ready the Defenses – “We have little information on their exact strength, but we must assume it is a complete Imperial Legion and plan accordingly.” -Akodo Chiyo

Recruitment Effort – “The Mantis have assets that we cannot counter through politics, to be sure, but there is very little that cannot be countered with unlimited wealth.” – Doji Iza

Rejected Mediation – Suikihime’s serene mask slipped for a brief moment as she read the missive. “Prepare our defenses,” she ordered. “They are coming.”

Renyu’s Wrath – “If this place will not benefit us, it becomes just another problem. And we of the Crab understand what to do with problems.”

Revelations – A sense of bemusement filled the air. “These trifling actions of men have nothing to do with me,” the dragon said.

Riku – “My sword is as ten swords where Tamahime-sama’s honor is concerned.”

Scandalous Gossip – “They say the Imperials were dispatched by the Empress herself in order to rein in the Governor! Can you imagine such a thing?”

Scorching Lash – “Fire need not always completely destroy. Sometimes the ability to inflict harrowing pain is enough to stop a conflict.” – Isawa Koiso

Seppun Ryota – “Please,” he said, interposing himself between the two, “allow me to take care of this trifling matter.”

Shiba Tetsaka – “I do not wish to waste away my days guarding some scholar or healer. Where would be the glory in that?”

Shifting Waves – “In one moment, the monk was on her feet, all traces of serenity replaced by a fury I would never have thought her capable of.”

Shinjo Sihung – “The Lion were encroaching into our territory despite our warnings. And they made no effort to warn us of the approaching legion! It is clear they have no respect for us.”

Shinjo Tselu – “I do not know what my destiny is, but I know I will meet it with steel in my hand and no regrets in my heart.”

Shosuro Makiko (Experienced) – “It is a simple matter to imfluence minds. Magic? Why would I need such a thing?”

Shosuro Tanihara – “I have found the beast’s lair, Kazutoshi-sensei. I can lead you to it. We will know the truth at last.”

Soshi Shinoko – “I cannot speak to the kami, but I have little time to lament it. I have found other ways to serve, and my lord has never found fault with my service.”

Spiritual Coalescence – All things echo in ways man cannot perceive.

Spoils of Exploration – “Surely my lord will not notice if a few baubles go missing.”

Sturdy Armor – “Gunso, assemble the legion!” the command came. “An enemy force approaches the city, and we will be ready to face them!”

Suck the Marrow – “Not the strongest maho curse, but one of the most debilitating.” – Kuni Renyu

Sudden Blockade – The ships of the Mantis Clan appeared without warning. The menace in their actions was unmistakable.

Sycophants – “Yes, of course,” the courtier said, just to get rid of him, then realized what she had agreed to.

Tactical Sacrifice – “There comes a time when the value of a vassal must be weighed against the value of victory. This is the unfortunate reality of war.” – Akodo’s “Leadership”

Tamori Tsuchiya – He is slow to anger, yet strikes with terrible precision when aroused.

The Forgotten Bay Dojo – Away from the eyes of the Empire, the samurai of the Forgotten Bay are free to train as they please. But to remain unseen, it must remain forgotten.

The Last Move – For all their perceived faults, many still underestimate the lengths of a Scorpion’s devotion.

The Passing of Tradition – “May the ways of our ancestors live on in you.”

The Sky’s Barrier – “You Moshi think you understand the sky, but you know only fury, not subtlety.” – Asahina Akahiko

The Tachikaze – “I want them scuttled.” – Yoritomo Hiromi

The Thunderer’s Protection – “You should have stayed in your temples. The world is a dangerous place, Asahina-san.” – Moshi Rukia

Thunder Bow – “With it, the thunder in your soul is made manifest,” Tsuruchi Shichiro said. “Show the Crane what that means.”

Togashi Mihato – “The Imperial Legions are marching against the Second City? What are they prepared to do when they arrive?”

Touch of the Night – The touch of the Ninube grows stronger in the corners of the world.

Truce – The Imperial Legions stood at the walls of the Second City. Those trapped within began to find common ground where they once held none.

Trusting Instinct – “Your belly can perceive things your mind cannot. It can tell you how to act, even before the threat has appeared. A samurai trusts his belly. This is called ‘Haragei.’” – Mirumoto’s “Niten”

Uji’s Saboteur’s – “We remember Daidoji-sama’s methods,” the man whispered as he let loose the last casket.

Unbound Essence -

Unseasonable Weather – Neither side wished to let loose the first blood, and the constant rain only served to dampen the mood.

Utaku Ji-Yun (Experienced) – “Justice at any cost, save honor.”

Utaku Suying – “I have concern for my kinsmen in the Colonies, but I will obey the edicts of my lady Ji-Yun. There can be no divided loyalties when commanded by the Emerald Champion.”

Vast Paddy Fields – Generations of farmers struggled to cultivate the lands, knowing that they would never reap the fruits. Decades later, tiered rice terraces breathtakingly spanned the lands.

Vital Pathways – The Colonies had built few major roads when the Imperial Legion arrived. Control of seemingly insignificant pathways proved vital. – The Imperial Histories

Warded Premises – “Even the most serene places can become a place of death. All that is required is intent.” – Ikoma Satoru

Without Mercy – “Why are you reaching for this, Kakita-san? I was told your school requires only one strike.” – Yoritomo Hiromi

Witness the Untold – “Some are blessed with a moment’s glimpse into the infinite only once in their lifetime. But in that glimpse, all that is told and untold of the universe is seen, and a wise person can change their fate.” – Isawa Tomohiro

Yasuki Daito – “Perhaps you can overlook this error once?”

Yoritomo Harumi -

Yoritomo Hofu – “We have faced the unnatural terrors of these waters for twenty years and survived. Do the Crane really think they can trouble us where the Great Death has failed?”

Yoritomo Naoto (Experienced) – “The Crane think to confront us? They will find only a watery grave.”

Yoritomo Tansen – “My lord, this chui Daidoji Senshi seems unsettlingly well prepared for conflict with our clan, as though he has been expecting it… or planning to start it.”

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