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Kumo, The Sea-Spider
Death of the Ki-Rin
Return of a Lost Hero
The Dragon's Gift
Gencon UK 1998: Return of the Kolat Master
Gencon 1998: Test of the Jade Champion
Claiming the Bayushi Provinces
Annexation of a Minor Clan
Creation of an Oracle
Identity of a Spy
Creation of a Minor Clan
Test of the Emerald Champion II
The Wedding of Hida O-Ushi
To Gain a Tattoo

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1996

Kumo, The Sea-Spider
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Crane [Corrupt]
Crane
Unicorn
Unicorn
Story Point: The Kumo was created by the emnity between two Crane samurai.
Card: Kumo (Experienced)


Long ago, the first Kumo was created by the struggles of two bushi, fighting for their family's honor. Their battle was long, and they slaughtered hundreds of samurai on either side to fuel their rage and desire for revenge. Eventually, from the bloodstained fields, a sentient presence began to form - a creature formed of their hatred and desire for death. The Kumo. Since that time, the Kumo has spread its progeny, living at the bottom of the largest whirlpool known to exist - and superstition says that even to this day, the spirit of the First Kumo drags its prey to the bottom of the sea.

The top two players will determine the families whose ancestor created the first Kumo - the two families involved will be from their clans. The winner gains an additional boon: the knowledge of how to control the Sea Spirit, and how to summon its powers for their clan in time of great need. But be warned: the sea is legendary for keeping secrets, and more than one brave man has gone to his death in its endless depths.


Date: November 21-22, 1998
Place: Toronto, ON
Death of the Ki-Rin
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Dragon
Crane
Unicorn
Phoenix
Brad Kippel
???
???
???
Story Point: The Dragon will care for the baby Ki-Rin.
Card: Baby Ki-Rin


Deep in the shadowed Southlands, the murdered cry of the Kirin echoes, and is silenced. Once a creature of legend, the symbol of honor is found by Crab scouts searching for their men at lost Hiruma Castle. Torn apart by vicious claws and left for the vultures, the ancient Ki-Rin's heart beats no more. Honor is dead, and with it, one of the hopes for the Empire has been tarnished. But hope is difficult to conquer, and the Ki-Rin's death stands in the passage of a new life - the lone foal of the Ki-Rin. The last of its kind, its despairing cries echo in a high mountain pass...Someone must care for it, tend its wounds and return one of Rokugan's greatest mythical creatures to the skies of the Empire . before the Oni can find the child, and end the race of Ki-Rin forever...


Date: September 25-27, 1998
Place: CanGames
Return of a Lost Hero
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Crab [Corrupt]
Unicorn
Toturi's Army
Brotherhood of Shinsei
Christian Vikander
???
???
???
Story Point: Hida Amoro will return from the dead.
Card: Hida Amoro (Experienced 2)
Fiction: Return of a Fallen Hero


The Clan Wars are over, and the smoke has settled from the burning land. Pastures salted by blood have begun to grow again, and the wounds suffered by all the clans have slowly begun to heal. Yet, even as thousands died on the fields of Otosan Uchi .- not all were left for the crows to feed on. One soul, thought dead and mourned by their clan, has not fallen. On a quest beyond honor, they hide their name and face, and continue to serve beneath a shroud of anonymity. Yet in the villages of the Unicorn, a shattered mind seeks the truth behind the veil of lies -. and unveils their presence to all the Empire. One thought lost has been found -- a lone survivor of the thousands of dead and wounded from the final siege of Otosan Uchi.


Date: September 25-27, 1998
Place: CanGames
The Dragon's Gift
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Crane
Dragon
Unicorn
Toturi's Army
Eric Wiener
???
???
???
Story Point: The Crane Clan will claim the Dragon Pearl.
Card: Dragon's ClaW Katana


Long ago, the ancient Dragons of the Celestial Heavens looked down upon the Empire which had flourished upon the world, and they were pleased. Mankind had grown wise beneath the rule of the Children of the Sky, and the kami had taught the Children of Earth well. The Dragons began to walk among the people, that they might learn more of their civilization, their ways and their hearts. When the Age of Man came, the Celestial Heavens began to draw away from the mortal world. The Dragons withdrew, mourning the loss of their brother, Togashi, and cursing the cruelty of the world which had brought him to his death. However, one Dragon alone still believed in the strength of a mortal to change the face of the world. In a deep chasm, near the borders of the Shadowlands,the Dragon of Void leaves behind its final, most precious gift."Take this," the Dragon said, offering a piece of its own soul - "Take this, and remember me, in the dark times to come."

The Dragon Pearl. Its form is been ever-changing, and its mystic powers hold secrets which mortals were never meant to know. A forbidden gift - a powerful artifact... Its strength could be turned to benevolent ends, reforging the Empire's unity, or to war, and its power could tear apart the already fragile peace.

Fight well, and win the prize for your clan, for in this time of darkness and loss, the most precious thing of all .. Is hope.

Date: September 3-6, 1998
Place: Dragon*Con
Gencon UK 1998: Return of the Kolat Master
Top 4: Story Effects:
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2nd:
Crane
Crane
Tom Mulheim
Mark Wootton
Story Point: The Crane Clan will have hid Kage.
Card: Asahina Dorai (Experienced)


Akodo Kage, the Kolat Master of Rokugan, has hidden himself deep inside Rokugan, maintaining his power over the economy and the secrets of Rokugan. His power has doubled since the exile of the Scorpion. But now, Kage has discovered something even darker - a black secret that even the Scorpion were afraid to reveal. Kage sends warning of this evil - this 'living darkness' - to one clan. The Clan which hid him, which kept his identity safe from the rest of Rokugan, who believed he was dead...
It's time for the return of the Kolat Master...

Date: Sept 3-6, 1998
Place: Gencon UK
Gencon 1998: Test of the Jade Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
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2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Lion [Corrupt]
Unicorn [Corrupt]
Dragon
Crane
David La
Chris Jilot
Chris Bergstrom
Nikolas Vincent
Story Point: Kitsu Okura will be the new Jade Champion
Card: The Kitsu Tombs


Hidden far beneath Otosan-Uchi, ancient texts lie in a secret library. Uncovered by the Chancellor's Guard, a document gives precedence to an Imperial Appointment -- the Jade Champion! Takuan, seizing the opportunity to renew the magic lost during the Clan Wars, holds the first Jade Champion tournament in three hundred years -- and a new Shugenja Champion of the Empire rises to claim the title!

Claiming the Bayushi Provinces
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
Crane
Crane
Joel Mazorra
Jordan Murari
Story Point: The Crane Clan will watch over the Scorpion children.
Card: The Scorpion Children


The titanic, historic battle to determine who controls the empty Bayushi lands now that the Scorpion have been exiled. Will Yoritomo make good on his threat to claim the Scorpion lands as 'unaligned lands,' as his charter states he has the right to do? Or will another clan wrest the prize from his fingertips?

From their camps in the Three Man Alliance's territory, the Mantis headed towards the Scorpion lands, and were blocked by the Crane, who refused them passage. Yoritomo, not to be balked so easily, offered them a fortune in payment for passage, including the Ancestral Sword of the Lion Clan in the treasure-trove. It, along with the rest of the treasures, will be transported to Kakita Palace in the care of a Daidoji ambassador and his personal guard.

Yoritomo and his army were then escorted to the edge of Crane lands, where Doji Kuwanan informed him that the Crane's obligation to the Mantis was fulfilled. Yoritomo agreed that the Crane had performed their duty to the Mantis Clan admirably, and the Crane and Mantis Clans parted ways. As the Mantis moved to invade the Bayushi Provinces, Kuwanan ordered the Daidoji forward to attack the Mantis rear guard to stop the Mantis invasion.

The Mantis army, battered but not broken, were forced north, towards Beiden Pass, the crossroads of the empire. The Crane have captured Bayushi Palace, and have offered to hold it in trust for the Scorpion children until they reach their majority. At that point, the Crane hinted, the Scorpion may be named a separate minor house within the greater Crane Clan.

Date: May 22-25, 1998
Place: BenCon
Annexation of a Minor Clan
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Crab
Peale Chuang
Story Point: The Falcon Clan will be absorbed into the Crab Clan.
Card: Toritaka Genzo (Experienced)


It is a time of strife in Rokugan. With the rise of the Mantis and the crippling of the Phoenix, the line between the Minor clans and the Great Clans grows faint. One of the Great Clans, in need from the bloodshed of the Clan Wars, will merge with the armies and lands of a nearby Minor Clan, absorbing its power into the Greater Clan. One Minor Clan will be no more, and one of the Seven Houses will have gained a new source of strength...

Date: May 22-25, 1998
Place: BenCon
Creation of an Oracle
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Crab
Ben Peck
Story Point: Hiruma Osuno will return as the Oracle of Earth
Card: Hiruma Osuno (Experienced)


In the dark lands of Rokugan, the Clans search desperately for some sign of their missing Emperor. In forests untouched for a hundred years, over moutains deemed unpasable, the servants of the Clans move, eager to find any clue to the mystery of Toturi's vanishing. While on search, a tower is found - a tower unknown to this day, and lying hidden in a small valley of brambles and thorns. The door has been kicked open, the tower is in shambles, and on the floor lies, bleeding, one of Rokugan's enigmatic Oracles. The Oracle raises their hand, reaching out..and touches their rescuer's hand.

A flash of light.
A burst of thunder, roaring through the sky.
A whispered death.

And a new Oracle is born.

Date: May 22-25, 1998
Place: Strategicon
Identity of a Spy
Top 4: Story Effects:
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2nd:
Lion
Crane
Scott Orlando
Marc Devico
Story Point: Daidoji Osen will be revealed to actually be a Lion clan spy, Kitsu Osen.
Card: Kitsu Osen (Experienced Daidoji Osen)


While peasants whisper of Kolat and nobles tell fables of ninja, no Rokugani will dispute that there is no such thing as spies - spies, infiltrators and traitors have been used by the Great Clans since the first kami created the houses. Spies are not creatures of myth, but members of our own houses, close to our hearts with knives and whispers to tell our secrets to our enemies... One of the Clans has the foremost Kenshu Supai (Spymaster) in the Empire, and his greatest achievement is to have placed a spy in another of the Great Clans...

The winner of this tournament has the Spymaster, and has a well-placed spy in the second place clan.

Date: May 22-25, 1998
Place: Strategicon
Creation of a Minor Clan
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Toturi's Army
Note: This was a Clan War Miniatures tournament.
Story Point: The Monkey Clan will arise from Toturi's Army, founded by Toku.
Card: Creating the Monkey Clan
Card: Vigilant Keep of the Monkey


A new Minor Clan will be created from a member of the winning faction.

Date: March, 1998
Place: Games University
Test of the Emerald Champion II
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Crane
Story Point: Seppun Toshiken will become the Emerald Champion.
Card: Seppun Toshiken


A member of the winning clan will become the new Emerald Champion.

Date: March, 1998
Place: Games University
The Wedding of Hida O-Ushi
Top 4: Story Effects:
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2nd:
3rd:
4th:
5th:
Unicorn
Toturi's Army
Lion
Dragon
Dragon
Story Point: Hida O-Ushi will marry Shinjo Yasamura.
Card: Hida Yasamura (Experienced 2 Shinjo Yasamura)


A member of the winning clan will marry Hida O-Ushi, sister of the Crab Clan Champion Hida Yakamo.

Date: February 12-15, 1998
Place: OrcCon
To Gain a Tattoo
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Crane
Story Point: Doji Reju will get a tattoo.
Card: Hitomi Reju (Experienced Doji Reju)


A member of the winning clan will get a tattoo from Hitomi.

Date: February 12-15, 1998
Place: OrcCon