The Truest Test Flavor
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
"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
"Tell me where you want to go, and I will find you a way to
"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
"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
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
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?"
"The Khan marches for the throne, and armies gather to face
him. We will protect the peasants of Rokugan for the chaos that
"The pirates rest in their lair. Your orders, my
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
There is serenity within the Void, but sometimes there is rage
"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
"Humans know how to talk, but they don't know how to
"Unless Tomorrow learns how to swim, some Nezumi will
"Stand and face Tomorrow!"
"My place is with Tanari."
"The Unicorn are only our enemies. Tomorrow is our
"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
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
"They are so eager to assist us once they feel my mark upon
"Not all among the Lost believe that our lord's new
path is true. It falls to me to silence the heretics that walk
"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
"She presses forward with admirable skill and
"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
"Her brush with the Lords of Death has left her unstable,
but powerful. Direct her toward our enemies and stand
"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."
"We have seen the damage that secrets can do.
Bloodspeakers, Kolat, or Kokujin, it does not matter. They must be
Anvil of Despair
"Let others have honor. We shall have victory."
"Domotai acts like a Lion, not a Crane," Shihei said.
"We will do what is best for the clan, regardless of her
"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
Hashi no Oni
Kyofu smiled at the sight of Kyoso's army. "After
today, even demons will fear the battle cries of the
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
"Be prepared to kill a Crab berserker three times
"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."
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
"I have lost everything. I will not miss my
"Should we not all aid the Keepers in their
Echoes of Disgrace
A dishonorable relative can ruin a courtier's career.
Failure of Courage
"Face the Crab and be blessed in the next
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
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
"My ancestors guide my every move." Ikoma Noda
Kharma in Death
"We were both born in preparation for this
Let Them Fight Their Dead
"Know that a Crab faces unspeakable horrors each
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
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
Tales of Battle
"We will immortalize their sacrifice in our
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
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
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
"You reek far too much of fish paste to have any hope of
approaching unnoticed, friend."