Greetings and welcome to the esteemed halls of the Akodo Acting School. Many are called, but few are chosen to join the ranks of the true Akodo. Now, if everyone would please take their seats we can begin.
*Suddenly six men in black suits swarm into the classroom, lunging at the teacher with a variety of weapons. The teacher spins quicker than the eye can follow, divesting the first man of his sword and pinning the second to the wall with it by his collar. Two more leap at him. He jumps straight up, causing them to crash into each other. He comes down directly on the table, splitting it in two, then catches one of the flying table legs between his ankles and kicks, spinning the leg into the forehead of his fifth attacker. The sixth man is taken down by a flurry of punches and kicks before anyone even realizes the teacher landed badly on the table and snapped his ankle. He turns and smiles boldy at the class before collapsing on the floor and being carted outside by the ever present Kitsu paramedics...*
Such is the way of the new Akodo. And if you are ready, we will begin...
Family and school
The new "Akodo" have nothing to do with the once great Lion family of the same name, save their importance to the Lion Clan. "Akodo" is merely an appellation, nothing more, applied to students in tribute to the legendary family. Thus, any samurai may become an Akodo, so long as he is prepared to swear fealty to the Lion. (For example, Doji Jiko is from the Doji family. He gains the +1 Awareness that that family provides, --making him a fine actor indeed-- but is now Akodo Jiko. He is a Lion, not a Crane, and is most likely not popular with his family for doing such a thing. Such is the price of stardom. This name and clan change can be avoided by purchasing the "Different School" Advantage.) The Akodo Actors are not the thespian actors of the Kakita or the trained impostors of the Shosuro. The Akodo are destined for action movie stardom, and as such must be brilliant combatants as well as charismatic celebrity personalities.
Benefits: +1 Awareness
Beginning Honor: 3, plus 5 boxes
Acting (action films), Marksmanship, Kenjitsu, Jiujitsu, Journalism, Defense, Driving (any)
Rank 1: A Soul of Thunder: The Akodo's charisma is unmatched. It is his spirit and his strenght; he carries it into everything that he does. Actors from this school may add his Awareness to the total of any skill roll he makes.
Rank 2: You Only Live Once: The Akodo Actor is trained to make no mistakes. The opportunity for greatness comes only once. Once per day, the actor may spend a Void Point to re-roll any failed roll.
Rank 3: The People's Champion: The Akodo is so loved by the people that he may attack twice - once for himself and once for those who live through his deeds.
Rank 4: Strike Without Striking: The Akodo is now the center of restraint and the heart of fury. He may choose to make a Full Attack that causes no damage whatsoever, but requires his opponent to make an opposed Stamina+Defense against his attack roll or be knocked to the ground, missing his next action.
Rank 5: The Show Must Go On: The Akodo learns the final lesson. The play is the thing; his life is unimportant in comparison to his performance. Once per day, he may ignore the effects of wound levels (including Down, Out, and Dead) for a number of rounds equal to his Awareness.)
(All considered to be Average Quality except Sunglasses and Coat, which are Fine Quality) Katana, Wakizashi, Pistol (3 clips 20 bullets each, may choose live rounds or blanks), Concealed Body Armor, Coat, Any 1 Weapon, 7 Hyakurai, Sunglasses