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The Empire's Glory

2012

Kotei 2012
Kotei 2012: Results
The Fate of the Sparrow Clan
The Imperial Scouts
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Kotei 2012
For nearly two decades, the samurai of Rokugan have labored under terrible conditions to try and bring order to the former Ivory Kingdoms, a region now known simply as the Imperial Colonies. After more than 20 years of diligent effort, a portion of that distant land has been properly civilized and brought under the rule of the Emerald Empire, but a great deal of work remains, and the dangers to those seeking to fulfill the Empress's will are significant. For the entirety of the Colonies' existence, the duty of exploring and bringing the wilderness to heel has been that of the Spider and Mantis clans. Until now.

In a shocking display of disregard for her predecessor's policies, the new Imperial Governor of the Colonies has opened the entire land to exploration and claim by all of the Great Clans as well as the Minor Clan Alliance. Many are horrified by this, recognizing the potential for death and destruction as those grossly unprepared for the dangers they face rush into the unknown lands. Many more, however, are eager to lay claim to the riches that lay as yet unclaimed throughout the entire region.

This Kotei season, the winners of each individual tournament will have a decision to make. The prizes available to them are the vast resources and mysteries of the former Ivory Kingdoms, but the dangers are those things now unleashed in the aftermath of that great nation's demise. The winner of an event's CCG tournament will select in which district his clan stakes a claim, as well as the hero making that claim (a legal, non unique Personality from his Clan), and may select from the list (listed below) what treasure or mystery is of most interest to him. However, there are other matters to consider. Each of the five districts into which the Colonies are divided have varying levels of productivity, from mildly productive holdings in the Empty Plains and the region known as New Rokugan, to the moderately productive regions of the Ivory Coast and the Frontier, all the way to the significantly productive holdings of the Unknown Lands. But each also has a risk of complications. Only New Rokugan is free from such concerns, while the Empty Plains and the Ivory Coast have mild complications, the Frontier has moderate complications, and the Unknown Lands have complications of a most severe nature. Will the winner choose a safe treasure and avoid the risk of disaster, or will he risk it all for the greatest prizes to be found in the Colonies? Only the winner can make this choice.

Additionally, when the CCG winner chooses the prize to which his clan will lay claim, the winner of each event's Honor Contest will determine the name for this prize. So, for example, if a CCG winner decides that Hida Bushotsu claimed the Eternal Oasis in the Empty Plains in the name of the Crab Clan, the winner of the Honor event could choose to name it O-Ushi's Haven or something similar. In this way, the winners of the events at each individual Kotei tournament are encouraged to work together to develop the themes of each individual clan.

The 2012 Kotei season is an opportunity for players of L5R to truly shape the face of the Colonies, a setting which will have a major impact on the story of L5R over the course of the next two arcs, and potentially much longer. The potential rewards for each of the clans are great, but the dangers are significant as well, and it falls to the players to decide how the Colonies as a whole will be mapped out. Clans that consolidate their holdings will find that they have a strong power base in the conflicts to come, while clans that are scattered may have more difficulty if their enemies come for them.

District 1: The Empty Plains

The Empty Plains is the name given to the region of the Colonies that separates it from the vast northern wasteland. It makes up the northwestern region of the Colonies and exists in a narrow strip. It is largely devoid of features and is prone to extreme weather, including deadly dust storms from the north and frequent, extreme thunderstorms.

Productivity: Moderate
Complication: Mild
Available Resources:

* Enigmatic Temple Untouched by Time
* Long Lost Caravan from Medinaat-al-Salaam
* Glassworks
* Scholarly Gaijin Hermit
* Stable (Camel)
* Lost Tome of Shaharazad
* Enslaved Djinn
* Eternal Oasis
* Font of Lantern Oil
* Clay Soldiers Defending a Tomb

District 2: New Rokugan

This is the most heavily domesticated and safest region of the Colonies, where the Second City and most of the previously existing, established holdings are located. There are no complications in this district, other than the possibility of getting a holding surrounded by your enemies.

Productivity: Mild
Complications: None
Available Resources:

* Imperial Explorers Dojo
* Silkworks
* Minor Vein of Jade
* Stable (Gaijin Horse)
* Stable (Elephant)
* Dueling Grounds
* Colonial Herald Outpost
* Ivory Magistrate Outpost
* Farmland (Extensive)
* Farmland (Exotic)
* Guard Station against the Eastern Jungle
* Mine (Diamonds)
* Mine (Gold)
* Fudoist Temple
* Lakeside Estates

District 3: The Ivory Coast

The smallest of the districts is the mountainous coastline to the south, stretching from the primary Mantis holding of Kalani's Landing back east until you reach the unsafe regions associated with the Shadowlands. Due to its relatively small size, there are few holdings available here.

Productivity: Moderate
Complications: Mild
Available Resources:

* Sheltered Cove
* Pearl Bed
* Gaijin Shipwreck
* Fishing Village
* Allied Shojo

District 4: The Frontier

This is the region that has seen the most significant exploration over the past decade, primarily by the Mantis and Spider clans. The region is mapped, but not tamed, and many terrible dangers remain there to threaten those clans pushing forward.

Productivity: Significant
Complications: Moderate
Available Resources:

* Stable (Elephants)
* Stable (Exotic)
* Ruins of the Singh Raja
* Hidden Storage House of House Rafiq
* Cache of Kshatriya Artifacts
* Red Hunger's Fang
* Ruined Library
* Fallen Temple
* Evidence of Non-human Life in the Colonies
* Mercenary Headquarters
* Maps of the Northern Territories
* Lair of a Slumbering Ashalan
* The Tomb of a Doomseeker
* Settlement of Jackal Refugees
* Spawn of Vritra

District 5: The Unknown Lands

This is the greatest prize of all, and home to perhaps the greatest dangers the samurai of the Colonies might ever know. Terrible secrets are lost in this area, into which only a handful of Spider and Mantis have ever traveled.

Productivity: Significant
Complications: Severe
Available Resources:

* Ruins of the Ivory Palace
* The Last Village
* Stable (Supernatural)
* Lost Blade of the Maharaja
* Shard of the Great Death's Bones
* Buried Temple (Partially Intact)
* Herd of Docile Beastmen Destroyers
* Gigantic Golem Awaiting Activation
* Lost Fortress of the Ebonite Templars
* A Vast Field of Crystal Outcroppings
* The Tower of a Khadi
* The Tomb of Sun Tao
* Pool of True Divination
* Spirit Portal of Unknown Affiliation
* The Den of the Seventy Thieves

There are as many prizes in each District as there are delimited zones on the second map presented above, so choose prize and placement wisely with your victories!


The winner of each Kotei Tournament will earn the right to select an empty zone in the Colonies map and claim it for the Clan he played at the tournament. He will be able to select any still-available resource from the district in which the zone is and claim it as well. He will also be able to choose a non Champion (or Elemental Master) Personality to accomplish the feat, with Story Team approval. An in-story celebration of his victory with the tale of his chosen hero exploring that zone and claiming what lays inside will be published on the AEG website, and a card in a future expansion will be printed to celebrate his victory.

The winner of the Honor Event at each Kotei will earn the right to name the zone in which the hero picked by the CCG winner accomplished his feat. This name will be subject to Story Team approval. An in-story celebration of his victory with the tale of the hero chosen at his Kotei exploring the zone the Honor Event winner named and claiming what lays inside will be published on the AEG website
Kotei 2012: Results
Story Effects:
Fiction:




Kotei
Location
Date Region/Prize Name Personality 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Honor
Winner
Chicago, IL (87 Players) 2/25 D5-11/The Ivory Palace Aramoro's Redemption Mirumoto Kojinrue Alex Nagelvoort (Dragon) Jason Auby (Scorpion) James Donnithorne (Phoenix) Joel Martin (Phoenix) Sarah Corn (Scorpion)
Feeding Hills, MA (93 Players) 2/25 D5-11/Lost Blade of the Maharaja The Feeding Hills of the Shojo Hida Yamadera Josh Griffis (Crab) Jason Pere (Scorpion) Paul Germain (Unicorn) Matt Rose (Phoenix) Melissa Bowers (Mantis)
Dublin, Ireland (46 Players) 3/3 D5-10/The Tower of a Khadi The House of Boyoh Bayushi Kahoku Dave Russel (Scorpion) Ken Curran (Scorpion) Brian Mulcahey (Crab) Jack Murray (Crab) Carl Boyle (Mantis)
Vancouver, British Columbia (47 Players) 3/3 D5-15/Stable (Supernatural) The Spawning Pool Tsuruchi Etsui Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Jonas Solberg (Crab) Randy Green (Lion) Chris Enns (Crab) Casey Smith (Scorpion)
Atlanta, GA (79 Players) 3/3 D5-7/Pool of True Divination Mirror of the Twins Isawa Shunsuko James Donnethorne-Tait (Phoenix) Randy Slaven (Lion) Daniel Long (Lion) Lee Steele (Mantis) Lee Steele (Mantis)
Evansville, IN (84 Players) 3/10 D5-13/Herd of Docile Beastman Destroyers Sozen's Legacy Togashi Sakata Alex Nagelvoort (Dragon) Anthony Calabrese (Phoenix) Andrew Kreft (Crane) Matt Weckman (Crab) Reginald Garth (Crab)
Brisbane, Australia (28 Players) 3/10 D5-8/The Den of the Seventy Thieves The Forest of Lies Bayushi Waru Jay Coad (Scorpion) Adam Fry (Crane)

Murray Whiteford (Phoenix)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (37 Players) 3/17 D5-3/Buried Temple (Partially Intact) Temple of a Forgotten God Akodo Makotai Alex Iartsev (Lion)



Madrid, Spain (104 Players) 3/17 D5-12/Lost Fortress of the Ebonite Templars Moto Chieno's Den Hiruma Nikaru Victor Bazan (Crab) Diego Gonzalez (Lion) Alejandro Tortosa (Scorpion) Carlos Saez (Unicorn) Fernando Arsuaga (Unicorn)
Las Vegas, NV (84 Players) 3/17 D5-9/A Vast Field of Crystal Outcroppings Benika's Tears Kaiu Onizuka Dan Jacobson (Crab) Josh Kolb (Dragon) Joshua Jonas (Phoenix) Brandon Bryant (Lion) Brandon Bryant (Lion)
Atlantic City, NJ (124 Players) 3/24 D5-5/Spirit Portal of Unknown Affiliation The Cliffs of Pekkle's Laughter Kitsu Kagako Aaron Barto (Lion) John DiBattista (Scorpion) Josh Griffis (Crab) Mike Knapp (Crab)
Boelsko Biala, Poland (53 Players) 3/23 D1-9/Enigmatic Temple Untouched by Time Zembu's Retreat Kitsuki Nubane Artur Szymala (Dragon Jacek Jachymowski (Crab) Przemek Kowalczyk (Phoenix) Milosz Wierzhon (Lion) Michael Gabor (Crab)
Budapest, Hungary (22 Players) 3/31 D2-1/Dueling Grounds Master Jinn-Kuen's Dojo Kitsuki Horume David Beke (Dragon) Daniel Nagy (Crab) Jakub Baranski (Scorpion) Michal Gabor (Crab) Salman Barakat (Crab)
Takoma, WA (82 Players) 3/31 D4-12/Ruins of the Singh Raja Junzo's Final Betrayal Yoritomo Singh Andrew Ornatov (Mantis) Randy Green (Unicorn) Roby Swann (Crab) Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Roy Esquivel (Crab)
Orlando, FL (58 Players) 3/31 D5-6/Gigantic Golem Awaiting Activation Umiushi Springs Hida Daizu Trevor Valentine (Crab) Lee Steele (Dragon) Corey Beahon (Dragon) Freddy Gow (Mantis) Jeff Williams (Lion)
Tuscon, AZ (64 Players) 3/31 D4-9/Stable (Elephants) Kasuga Estates Kitsuki Horume Matt Demand (Dragon) Praeam Kodiath (Phoenix) Zach Lackey (Crab) John Digiovanni (Unicorn) (Dragon)
Lafayette, LA (51 Players) 4/7 D5-2/The Last Village Tsuruchi Zeshin's Gift Tsai-tsu Doug Dee (Dragon) John Merholtz (Crab) Jeremie Maurine (Crab) Ray Nerpel (Spider) Jeremy Monts (Mantis)
Athens, Greece (70 Players) 4/8 D4-14/Evidence of Non-Human Life in the Colonies The Pillars of Tadaka's Thunderous Soul Asako Kaitoko Jim Yiannakis (Phoenix) Petros Meletakos (Unicorn)


Pretoria, South Africa (22 Players) 4/14 D2-6/Ivory Magistrate Outpost The Tranquil Gardens of Kachiko Utaku Mai Mark-Anthony Fouche (Unicorn) Russel Goldman (Phoenix) Doug Pretorius (Crane) Louis Swanepoel (Dragon) Chirs Keulder (Scorpion)
Sao Paulo, Brazil (33 Players) 4/14 D4-7/Stable (Exotic) Stable of Crimson and Azure Pincers Bayushi Tsimaru Bone ??? (Scorpion) Bruno Ramos (Scorpion) ??? Kelson (Crab) Yohanes ??? (Mantis)
Szczecin, Poland (55 Players) 4/14 D4-10/Red Hunger's Fang Kempy's Hunting Trophy Kaiu Nakano Kamil Pakowski (Crab) Marcin Karwowski (Dragon) Wiktor Wozniak (Scorpion) Szymon Wronkowski (Phoenix) Michal Gabor (Crab)
Sterling, VA (95 Players) 4/14 D4-8/Hidden Storage House of House Rafiq Seven Tanuki Grove Yasuki Dokansuto Jon Palmer (Crab) Bob Martin (Scorpion) David Winner (Crane) Dan Jacobsen (Phoenix) Jason Wray (Crab)
Selangor, Malaysia (43 Players) 4/14 D4-13/Fallen Temple Durian King Cove Mirumoto Katagi Quek Fu Jin (Dragon) Hafeez ??? (Unicorn)

Andyputra Zachardyutama
South Sioux City, NE (58 Players) 4/21 D4-6/Ruined Library Yasuyo's Final Lesson Shinjo Tae-hyun AJ Valle (Unicorn) Mike Brost (Crab) ??? Walters (Lion) ??? De Jesus (Dragon) Giovanni Aviles (Crane)
Barcelona, Spain (101 Players) 4/21 D1-1/Enslaved Djinn Yasuko's Memorial Kitsu Sorano Jorge Garcia (Lion) Gustavo Caperan (Phoenix) Pablo Garcia (Unicorn) Tomas Macho (Dragon) Abraham Arce (Scorpion)
Moscow, Russia (14 Players) 4/21 D5-1/Shard of the Great Death's Bones The City of Pen-Zyu Tamori Kazushige Alexander Khlobystov (Dragon) Viktor Golubev (Lion) Andrey Chaginskiy (Crab) Evgeniy Tarakanov (Unicorn) Nikolay Roganov (Mantis)
St. Louis, MO (101 Players) 6/23 D2-14/Minor Vein of Jade Ikarukani's Pure Rage Asako Karachu Anthony Calabrese (Phoenix) Josh Kolb (Dragon) Brian Fox (Mantis) Alex Nagelvoort (Dragon)
Reykjavik, Iceland (18 Players) 6/23 D1-3/Stable (Camel) The Nexus of Boyoh Daigotsu Yajinden Azrael Johnston (Spider) Dario Perri (Spider) Robert Almgren (Dragon) Kristmundur Bergsveinsson (Crane) Sigurbjorn Johannsson
Sheffield, UK (90 Players) 4/28 D4-11/Mercenary Headquarters Boyoh's Cultists Bayushi Kahoku Michael Dickenson (Scorpion) Eoin Burke (Crab) David Atkinson (Dragon) Brian Stewart (Phoenix) Stuart Taylor (Lion)
Portland, OR (70 Players) 4/28 D3-1/Sheltered Cove Kage's Rest Yoritomo Kanaye Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Dave Brereton (Phoenix) Russel Anderson (Lion) Roby Swann (Crab) Roy Esquivel (Crab)
Knoxville, TN (74 Players) 4/28 D4-4/Cache of Kshatriya Artifacts Resting Place of the Last Wish Shiba Sansesuke Kevin Kennedy (Phoenix) Brian Fox (Crane) Chris Stevenson (Dragon) Josh Kolb (Dragon) Jay Earle (Phoenix)
Rotterdam, Netherlands 5/5 D1-2/Scholarly Gaijin Hermit The Cliffs of Lady Dojo Ikoma Tsukasa Marcus Finger (Lion) Andere Rinn (Mantis)

Dave Ruddock (Crane)
Ontario, CA (98 Players) 5/5 D3-3/Gaijin Shipwreck The Kamis' Fall Yoritomo Tarao John Seals (Unicorn) Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Roy Esquivel (Mantis) Alan Wilcox (Scorpion) Doruk Ozaydin (Scorpion)
Santiago, Chile (61 Players) 5/5 D1-10/Long Lost Caravan from Medinaat-al-Salaam Sekawa's Last Hope Mirumoto Yumaru Nicolas Altomonte (Dragon) Felipe Alegre (Phoenix) Alexander Lartsev (Lion) Salomon Hernandez (Crab)
Grenada, Spain (72 Players) 5/12 D2-15/Mine (Diamonds) Plains of the Pincer Alliance Nijugun Gustavo Caperan (Phoenix) Juan Palomo (Crab) Daniel Sales (Crab) Sergio Garcia (Lion) Xavier Correro (Scorpion)
St. Paul, MN (60 Players) 5/12 D4-2/Lair of a Slumbering Ashalan Lair of the Crystal Wind Shosuro Tanzaki Noah Luckish (Scorpion) Dan Jacobsen (Crane) Kasha Shakti (Unicorn) Jeff Williamson (Crab) Giovannia Aviles (Lion)
Melbourne, Australia (52 Players) 5/12 D3-2/Pearl Bed Crimson Watchtower of the Vigilant Kuni Shinoda Dan Chlebowczyk (Crab) Shane ??? (Crab) Flint Callum (Mantis) Jay Coad (Scorpion)
Fort Mill, SC (99 Players) 5/19 D4-5/Spawn of Vritra Otemi's Sacrifice Ikoma Shinju Travis Cooper (Lion) Pierson Payne (Lion) Bob Pursell (Crane) Mike D'Ottavio (Spider)
Calgary, Alberta (41 Players) 5/19 D2-4/Stable (Elephant) Personal Stables of the Maharaja Utaku Lishan Adrian Chan (Unicorn) Chris Enns (Crab) Anthony Ngo (Dragon) Nate Fleming (Crab) Clement Chow (Ronin)
Prague, Czech Republic (47 Players) 5/19 D1-7/Clay Soldiers Defending a Tomb Tomb of Kokujin Kitsu Fukui Sebastian Neuefeind (Lion) Przemek Kowalczyk (Spider) Tomasz Gala (Crane) Lukasz Gladysz (Crane) Vojta Sobek (Spider)
Fort Worth, TX (64 Players) 5/19 D2-8/Imperial Explorers' Dojo Kalen's Sacrifice Doji Kazuo David Winner (Crane) Dan Jacobsen (Crab) Daniel Landrum (Crab) Bob Martin (Scorpion)
Toulouse, France (71 Players) 5/25 D1-8/Eternal Oasis Oasis of the Seven Eternal Rainbows Matsu Koyama Nicolas Dufau (Lion) Johann Sliva (Crab) Thomas Pecqueur (Crane) Frederic Lafaye (Mantis) Jerome Begault (Spider)
Toledo, OH (92 Players) 5/26 D4-3/The Tomb of a Doomseeker Karasu's Respite Iuchi Shunshi Dan Jacobsen (Unicorn) Anthony Cook (Mantis) Justin Swentzel (Mantis) Alexander Magoulas (Crane)
San Juan, PR (24 Players) 5/26 D3-4/Allied Shojo Fields of Sanfiorenzo Kitsuki Jakuei Corey Beahon (Dragon) Wilfredo Rosaly (Crane) David MacCaldwell (Mantis) Juan Sanchez (Unicorn) David Rodriguez (Scorpion)
Denver, CO (73 Players) 5/26 D2-10/Colonial Herald Outpost House of Tenacious Defenders Doji Yoshitada David Winner (Crane) Chris Pepe (Crab) Mike Palser (Crane) Ben Cooper (Crab) James Matthews (???)
Kansas City, MO (51 Players) 6/2 D4-1/Settlement of Jackal Refugees Otaku's Glimmering Basin Bayushi Keirei Bob Martin (Scorpion) Matt Demand (Dragon) Ken Martin (Crab) Adam Carey (Scorpion) Jarod Zabloski (Unicorn)
Malmo, Sweden (30 Players) 6/2 D2-2/Mine (Gold) Slave Pits of Boyoh Kitsuki Yataku Artur Szymala (Dragon) Michal Gabor (Crab)

Jon Butler (Scorpion)
Montreal, QC (68 Players) 6/9 D2-9/Guard Station against the Eastern Jungle The Boyoh Tower of Amaterasu's Vigilence Kitsu Miro Owen Michaud (Lion) Arnaud Montreuil (Crane) Anthony Lawrence (Lion) Jake Gardiner (Mantis) Ben Higgins (Mantis)
Aldershot, UK (67 Players) 6/9 D4-15/Maps of the Northern Territories Koan of Fudo Yoritomo Aranai Andy Gordan (Mantis) Dario Perri (Spider) Inaki Izarra (Crane) James Cameron (Crab)
Anchorage, AK (20 Players) 6/10 D2-13/Lakeside Estates Red Lantern District Yoritomo Kanahashi Patrick Gingrich (Mantis) Matthew Arnold (Unicorn) Drew Lanz (Dragon) Jon Crutchfield (Crab) Nick Keyuravong (Ronin)
Thunder Bay, ON (23 Players) 6/16 D2-12/Farmland (Extensive) Hasaiki's Lair Iuchi Yupadi Ben Cumming (Unicorn) Val Parmley (Dragon) Adreinne Payette (Unicorn) Dustin Poster (Lion) Alex Buitenhuis (Spider)
Austin, TX (61 Players) 6/16 D2-7/Fudoist Temple Temple of Man's Path Hida Watari John Merholtz (Crab) William Steinberger (Lion) Sean Skaggs (Crane) Ray Nurple (Spider)
Grove City, PA (71 Players) 6/16 D1-4/Lost Tome of Shaharazad Forgotten Den of the Bara Bayushi Hurunayi Matt Rose (Scorpion) Justin Swentzel (Mantis) Jonathan Gillum (Lion) Robyn Pavlakovich (Crab)
Nuernberg, Germany (66 Players) 6/16 D2-5/Silkworks Entla's Cellar of Liquid Courage Silkworks Christian Horstkotter (Unicorn) Sebastian Wagner (Scorpion) Scharwin Farnusch (Scorpion) Rene Daszenies (Unaligned)
Salt Lake City, UT (47 Players) 6/16 D3-5/Fishing Village Kakita Kamiko's Obsession Tamori Chieko Greg Wong (Dragon) Dennis Dreischmeyer (Mantis) Brandon Snyder (Lion) Wayne Hofeldt (Scorpion) Bill Litzinger (Crane)
Paris, France (157 Players) 6/30 D1-6/Glassworks Shrine to Kurohito Isawa Shunsuko Alexandre Baylot (Phoenix) Frederic Lafaye (Mantis) David Beke (Dragon) Owen Michaud (Lion)
Auckland, NZ 6/30 D2-11/Farmland (Exotic) Magnificent Farmlands of the Fuzake Kaiu Esumi Gordon Ho (Crab) James Dunning (Mantis) Nathan Smith (Dragon) Paul Cooper (Dragon)
San Jose, CA (97 Players) 6/30 D1-5/Font of Lantern Oil The Lost City of Laramun Shosuro Atesharu Doruk Ozaydin (Scorpion) Roy Esquivel (Crab) Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Kellen Walker (Crab) Caitlin Gormley (???)
The Fate of the Sparrow Clan
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Mantis
Crab
Spider
Spider
32 Players
Tom Kirchgenser
Charles Caswell
Donovan Sparks
William Steinberger

Story Point: Moshi Rukia will expose the Spider





During the Destroyer War, the Spider Clan made bold move within the Empire to cement their power in the face of a great danger. One of the ways they sought to achieve this was by infiltrating the Sparrow Clan. Though initially sought out as a means to an end, many Spider found themselves growing to enjoy the somewhat more simple life of as a member of a Minor Clan than the strife that often befalls that of a member of a Great Clan.

However, the actions of the Spider Clan has placed both themselves and the Sparrow Clan in a very dangerous position; prior to their ascension to Great Clan status, the Spider were viewed as evil and an abomination against the Empire. Their infiltration of the Sparrow Clan and subsequent lies and manipulation reflect poorly on the fledgling Great Clan, but even more so on the Sparrow. Rather or not the Clan was fully aware of what happened remains to be seen, but there always comes a time when a samurai must pay for his deeds one way or another...

The winner of this tournament may choose an Emperor legal non-Experienced, non-Champion, or Elemental Master personality. This personality will be the first within the Empire to discover the infiltration and deception of the Spider into the Sparrow. That personality will then be faced with an option- expose the infiltration and bring severe consequences for the Sparrow Clan and the Spider Clan upon them, or maintain the secret, and forge an alliance with a powerful member of the Spider clan who will remember the grace shown by this personality and will go out of his way to help and protect that samurai in the future. Whatever the choice, it will be reflected in a future set with a card, credited to the winner of this tournament.


Date: July 21st
Place: Tulsa, Oklahoma
The Imperial Scouts
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Lion
Unicorn
Lion
Crab
29 Players
Albert Mialet
Miguel Angel Diaz
Sergio Garcia
Heraclio Sanchez

Story Point: Akodo Uehara will join the Imperial Scouts.





The winner of this tournament may choose a Personality to be a member of the Imperial Scouts.


Date: June 2nd
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Name a Card: British Columbia
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Scorpion


13 Players
Jonas Solberg
Ray Kwan
Dave Brereton
Chris Enns

Card:





The winner of this tournament may name a card in an upcoming expansion.


Date: February 4th
Place: Victoria, British Columbia
Name a Strategy: Austin
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
Total:
Unicorn
Dragon
15 Players
Jace Furches
Grant Huddleston

Card:



The winner of this tournament may name a Strategy in an upcoming expansion.


Date: January 29th
Place: Austin, Texas
Name a Holding: Ottawa
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Mantis
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
26 Players
Chris Medico
James Larking
Mike Davis
Paul Germain

Card: Hero's Memorial





The winner of this tournament may name a Holding in an upcoming expansion.


Date: January 28th
Place: Ottawa, Ontario
Imperial Explorers: Nuernberg
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Spider
Lion
Lion
Unicorn
22 Players
Christian Reitberger
Sebastian Neuefeind
Thomas Reitberger
Marcus Finger

Story Point: Ninube Onchi will join the Imperial Explorers.






The Divine Empress Iweko I, the Child of the Heavens, long may she reign, is greatly pleased with the fruits of her vassals' labors in the distant colonies. Their tireless efforts in harvesting the resources of that ruined land have been a great boon in the rebuilding of the Emerald Empire in the aftermath of the Destroyer War some decades past. Tremendous progress has been made, and the empress is honored by her subjects' service, but there is more yet to be done.

Toward that end, it is the honor of the Imperial Heralds to bring word to Rokugan's people of the creation of a new branch within the Imperial bureaucracy: the Imperial Explorers. The task of exploring and marking the resources of the colonies is an enormous one, and a burden and honor that should not be borne by only a few clans. Instead, all clans, both great and minor, are invited to submit their young and industrious samurai for membership within the explorers.

The task before this August body will be the ongoing mapping of the former Ivory Kingdoms and the identification of resources to be harvested for use by the people of Rokugan. Successful members of the Imperial Explorers will not only be graced with service in the name of the Empress, but will earn a portion of their discoveries in the name of their family and clan, no doubt earning great accolades from their peers in the process.

All glory and honor to the Divine Empress,
The Imperial Herald

The winner of this tournament will see a legal non-unique personality affiliated with his clan join the ranks of the Imperial Explorers. This personality will appear in an upcoming expansion.


Date: January 28th
Place: Nuremberg, Germany
Favored of the Celestial Dragon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Crab
Crane
Scorpion
42 Players
Dan Chlebowcyzk
Jamie Lawrence
John Pope
Dan Juleff







In the aftermath of the Destroyer War, the stability and the benevolence of the Empire of Rokugan under the rule of the Divine Empress Iweko I has returned the favor of the Celestial Heavens to the mortal realm. Once wrathful and conflicted, the great Elemental Dragons now look upon mankind with interest and appreciation, and find their works pleasing to the divine eye. A handful among men will be chosen and found worthy of the dragons' favor, and these men will possess blessings such as few in Rokugan have ever known.

The winner will select one Emperor Edition legal personality of the faction he played at the tournament. This personality will, in one manner or another, attract the attention of the Celestial Dragon and be granted that dragon's favor. This favor will manifest in different ways depending upon the nature of the dragon in question and the strengths of the winning clan, but each will gain significant power in the process, and grow to be a figure of great renown in their generation.


Date: January 21st
Place: Melbourne, Australia
Imperial Explorers: Sheffield
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Mantis
Phoenix
Scorpion
Spider
35 Players
Ross Graham
Ed Paszek
Eric Hoath
Azrael Johnston

Story Point: Yoritomo Naoto will join the Imperial Explorers.






The Divine Empress Iweko I, the Child of the Heavens, long may she reign, is greatly pleased with the fruits of her vassals' labors in the distant colonies. Their tireless efforts in harvesting the resources of that ruined land have been a great boon in the rebuilding of the Emerald Empire in the aftermath of the Destroyer War some decades past. Tremendous progress has been made, and the empress is honored by her subjects' service, but there is more yet to be done.

Toward that end, it is the honor of the Imperial Heralds to bring word to Rokugan's people of the creation of a new branch within the Imperial bureaucracy: the Imperial Explorers. The task of exploring and marking the resources of the colonies is an enormous one, and a burden and honor that should not be borne by only a few clans. Instead, all clans, both great and minor, are invited to submit their young and industrious samurai for membership within the explorers.

The task before this August body will be the ongoing mapping of the former Ivory Kingdoms and the identification of resources to be harvested for use by the people of Rokugan. Successful members of the Imperial Explorers will not only be graced with service in the name of the Empress, but will earn a portion of their discoveries in the name of their family and clan, no doubt earning great accolades from their peers in the process.

All glory and honor to the Divine Empress,
The Imperial Herald

The winner of this tournament will see a legal non-unique personality affiliated with his clan join the ranks of the Imperial Explorers. This personality will appear in an upcoming expansion.


Date: January 21st
Place: Sheffield, UK
Name a Personality: Northern California
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Unicorn



12 Players
John Seals




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The winner of this tournament may name a Personality in an upcoming expansion.


Date: January 21st
Place: Castro Valley, California