Way of the Ninja (Oriental Adventures Legend of the Five Rings). Home · Way of the Ninja L5R RPG Masters of Court (Legend of the Five Rings). Read more. L5R/Oriental Adventures: Way of the Ninja. Recently, during a gaming session, I came up with an Absolute Ontological Truth in gaming, which I now call the. Way of the Ninja – “Ninja are nothing more than peasant superstition and an Game Masters running the Second Edition L5R RPG will need a.

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Way of the Ninja

Being a ninja is more a matter of will and discipline than anything, with slipping into someone’s room at night and slitting their throat being a rare, severe last resort. The Goju are ninja that once served an entity call the Lying Darkness.

Rokugani society is based on aspects of Asian cultures, predominantly Japan, China, Korea and India, as well as their myths and history. Think of them as part-time ninja.

That one seems very specialized, probably kept in the Clan most of the time and deployed only when necessary, like a magical JSOC operator or Treadstone agent.

Log in or sign up in seconds. Wednesday, 20th October, L5R Wikia – A good resource for lore about Rokugan.

The sixth chapter ninjs enemies of the ninja. New prestige classes include the kitsuki investigator and the shadow hunter.

Once you’ve picked that, then talk to the GM about how you want it to work. The remaining chapters cover various clans and organizations that utilize ninja and other ninja-like operatives. Take Iron Bull, from Dragon Age: In my group, the Ninja just pretends to be a Courtier even to the other players to some degree.

This is the province of a prestige class called the shosuro tejina. The third chapter covers the Goju. The practices that the ninja use were repellent to those who live by the code of Bushido, so at one time several prominent ninja were executed.


There are two appendices. Here’s what I mean: Want to add to the discussion? The fifth chapter introduces some ninja-like figures and organizations that serve the great clans. But don’t rule out lf of the other schools for a part-time ninja.

The Lying Darkness was destroyed, but the leadership was subsumed by a corrupt Dragon of Air. I’m leaning towards doing something outside the standard since yhe last character was a hardcore Lion bushi who never flinched at duty.


The Infiltrators likewise are not great PCs unless they are posing as a Bushi of some sort. The group knows he’s doing horrible stuff, not quite how, but don’t care to know. The true ghost ninja who officially does not exist and isn’t something else? The fourth chapter discusses a number of minor ninja dojos. Pretty much all you do is describe what’s in the book, and then give it a “3”, noting that it’s expensive, and that it’s not “nearly as interesting or engaging as Way of the Samurai”.

It’s very similar to asking what the Shosuro Actor does when they’re not being sneaky and dishonourable. The book has a heavy bond paper that makes wya seem more l5, but in truth, the book has no more pages than the WotC class books which are priced for five dollars less. A typical bushi also has ninja training. The painter then listens, overhearing whichever important conversations occur in the garden, and pass that information along to their superiors.

Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the o5r. Chapter one covers the scorpion, the clan from which ninja originated in waay Rokugan setting. Aside from the one Actor PC we had who was eventually uncovered, vanished, then reappeared as someone elsethat is. A new system is introduced here similar to the taint system for ninaj shadow corruptionand a new prestige class is introduced, the Goju Stalker.


Most of the time, I think this ninja school spends its non-Infiltratey time posing as farmers, laborers, tradesmen, merchants, ashigaru and even eta or courtesans geisha ninja are more likely to be Actors, IMO. Scorpion PCs are going to be called on to do underhanded stuff all the time. So sure, there are ninja Infiltrators, Actors, Shugenja and the like depending on the supplementary material you have access tobut most ninja in my game are not schooled as such.

This section contains some setting secrets in the Rokugan setting. Posted By Abstruse Thursday, 27th December,wayy All of that is a long way of advising you to pick a school with techniques you like and want to use, but invest in skills to make you sneaky, manipulative, and deceptive as well. That’s pretty much the rub That being the case, the or is a little costly compared to other d20 system books with similar page counts.

I figure the school has only a handful of students at any given time. His character sheet says courtier, at least: Rokugan is sometimes referred to as the Emerald Empire. Wednesday, 7th May, No sharing pirated material. Reset Fields Log waj. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Yes, he definitely overheard those people in a streetfood restaurant. However, intentionally ninjaa, beating a dead-horse topic, arguing in bad faith, waay stirring disagreements on an unrelated topic is prohibited.