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Gencon 1997: Day of Thunder
The Dark Lord's Favor
Winning Kachiko's Favor
Battle at Doji Palace
Secret of the Sword

1996

Gencon 1997: Day of Thunder
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd (tie):
3rd (tie):
Lion
Crane
Lion
Phoenix
Chris Bergstrom
Rob Kramer
Steve Horvath
Derek Huisjan
Story Point: Toturi get proclaimed the new Emperor.
Story Point: Toturi and Doji Hoturi together slay Fu Leng.
Card: Toturi the First (Experienced 3 Toturi)


The Seven Thunders, led by the decendant of Shinsei have assembled to face the Dark One, Fu Leng as their ancestors did so long ago. Between them and their destiny stand the stalwart legions of Lion who find their oath to serve the Emperor more powerful than their own sense of preservation. Also opposing them is a vast Shadowlands army led by Yogo Junzo and the oni carrying the name of Hida Yakamo. The Clan represented by the player who wins this event, the ultimate Clan War tournament, will determine which of the Seven Thunders destroys the Dark One forever. However, should the forces of the Shadowlands be triumphant, Fu Leng will cast down the Clans and the world will experience an eternity of darkness!

The Dark Lord's Favor
Winners: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
Lion
Crane
Crane
Mike Colson
???
???



Yogo Junzo's forces rampage across Rokugan, under the banner of the last Hantei Emperor. For this unique event the Imperial Favor will be replaced by the Dark Lord's favor -- special rules will be in effect for this event only. A special prize, The Dark Lord's Favor will be bestowed upon the winner!

Date: July 17-20, 1997
Place: Origins

Winning Kachiko's Favor
Winners: Story Effects:
Lion
Scorpion
Phoenix
Crane
Mike Colson
Steve Kozlowski
???
???
Note: Winning Kachiko's Favor was also an unusual format tourney,
as it was a 3-round round-robin format, where any clan going 3-0
got something special from Kachiko, anyone that went 0-3 got her disfavor.


The mistress of darkness, the Scorpion Clan Seductress weaves a web of politics and intrigue across the Emerald Empire. The Clan represented by the winner of this event will gain Lady Bayushi's favor -- a dangerous but potentially rewarding situation for any samurai!
Date: July 17-20, 1997
Place: Origins

Battle at Doji Palace
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
Shadowlands
Crane
Andy Morris
Ree Soesbee
Story Point: The Shadowlands, let by the False Hoturi, will take Doji Palace.
Card: Daidoji Uji (Experienced)


Place: Hero-Con 1997

Secret of the Sword
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
5th:
Unicorn*
Crane
Lion
Crane
Scorpion
???
???
???
Ree Soesbee
Andy Morris
Note: Because there were 5 top players rather than 4, the Scorpion agreed to drop out of the T4 in
exchange for the story prize.
Story Point: The Scorpion Clan Sword was discovered not to have been broken after all.
Card: Ancestral Sword of the Scorpion


One of the Ancestral Swords of the Clans has unknown powers. The Clan represented by the winner of this event will see their Sword enhanced in a future expansion with new and mysterious powers.

Date: June 26-29, 1997
Place: Dragon*Con