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Name a Personality Tournaments
Hero's Redemption
Gencon 1999: War in the Heavens
Gift of the Emperor
Naming the Blade
The Origin of Naka Kuro
Storming of Morikage Castle

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Name a Personality Tournaments
Top 4: Story Effects:
Maryland:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Alaska:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
California/Nevada:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
New England:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Deep South:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Ontario/Quebec:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Pennsylvania:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
???:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Kansas:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:

Shadowlands
Scorpion
Crab
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Naga
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Lion
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Phoenix
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Phoenix
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Unicorn
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Scorpion
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Shadowlands
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Phoenix
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Jon Palmer
Chris ??
Paul Heaver
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Jim Chalder
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Ash Thomason
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Jared Devlin-Scherer
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Eric Newman
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Adrian Dion
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Al Gharet
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Vu Nguyen
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Adam Diephouse
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Card: Hitaka




Card: Chaldera




Card: Akodo Yobi




Card: Tamori Shukuen




Card: Isawa Yoriko




Card: Moto Kubulai




Card: Yogo Hatsumi




Card: The Importunate Vu




Card: Shiba Yoma





This series of tournaments resulted in each of the winners being allowed to name a character that would get printed as a card.
Hero's Redemption
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Crane
Phoenix
Toturi's Army
Phoenix
Jon Palmer
Skye Thomsen
John Hampton
Chris Weber
Story Point: Kakita Kaiten will recieve the guidance of Fukurokujin.
Card: Kakita Kaiten (Experienced)


The winner of this event will be allowed to choose one hero from the Jade arc in his clan. The Fortune of Wisdom, Fukurokujin, will guide that hero throught the Jade arc and into the Gold arc, enabling him to survive no matter what.

Date: September, 1999
Place: Shorecon '99
Gencon 1999: War in the Heavens
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Brotherhood of Shinsei
Brotherhood of Shinsei
Phoenix
Toturi's Army [Tainted]
Bret Swanson
Stefan Zarzynski
Antoine Blanchard
Michael Jahnke
Story Point: The monk Takao will defeat the champion of the Moon.
Card: War in the Heavens
Card: Takao (Experienced 2)


Intro Fiction


A terrible darkness had fallen over the city, and the armies of the clans struggled to rise, to fight... even to move. In the palace, the Moon laughed, a sound that echoed from the mountains of the Dragon. Even as Hitomi struggled to match Onnotangu's terrible strikes, the armies in the palace watched as the Moon's Champion -- an extension of the Moon's power -- raised its sword in a terrible mockery of bushido.

***

A few bushi steeled their souls and pushed forward, breaking through the veil of pain and torment. They chose this path. They would not let their honor die for lack of courage, and so they stood, despite the anguish of the Moon's dark shadow. And so, the pushed their way forward into the throne room.

One Crab, bold and true, bleeding from wounds of duty.

One Crane, through a secret corridor behind the throne -- a secret that had been told to him by a simple storyteller, long ago.

One Lion, raising his sword and screaming Tsuko's name.

A Unicorn, blind from birth and yet his sword did not falter, stepped from Shinjo's side.

A man, born of the ronin, sworn to serve Toturi, turned from his place at his master's side, and stepped between Toturi and the Moon. "You will not have my Lord," he snarled.

A brother of the Order of Amaterasu, his soul burning with the Sun's fire.

One Phoenix, weary from the longest battle, yet unwilling to give up the fight.

A single Dragon, strong son of Mirumoto, bearing in his hand a golden sword.

A serpent-warrior, screaming of the Pale Eye, reached through the gate of pearl with swords of crystal.

One Scorpion, saluting their ancient master of shadow. "I thank you for your instruction," he smiled. "It will no doubt provide the strength I need to defeat you."

And one Mantis stood in the Emperor's window, aiming his bow at the heart of the Moon.

They had not come because they were foreordained. They did not fight to find their path because it had been written by the stars, but because their hearts and duty demanded it. Because, as mortal men, as servants of the Empire, they could not let Onnotangu claim the world.
Gift of the Emperor
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Scorpion
Fiction: Gift of the Emperor


The Imperial Ambassador's footsteps have been heard in all the courts of the Empire. His message, carried from the Throne of Otosan Uchi, was simple,and to the point: The Emperor has offered his life-gift to the one who best proves their loyalty and courage in a test of arms. Tell me, daimyo, Champion of your people, what would you request of His Imperial Majesty, Toturi the First, should the honor fall to you?...

Crab: O-Ushi's eyes were cold and hard, her hand on the hilt of Chakara, the ancestral sword. "My brother may be dead, but my clan still struggles to defend your Empire. We ask nothing more from the Emperor. What we desire, you cannot give us: peace of mind and a good night's sleep." Behind O-Ushi, her husband nodded in agreement, and the men of the Hiruma cheered.

Crane: In the war-torn courts of the Crane, the Kakita Ambassador, Ichiro, carried forward a scroll. "My Lord instructs me to remind his Highness," Ichiro smiled, "That the noble Emperor is yet unwed, and his line is unsafe from the knives of fortune. It would be the honor of the Crane to provide a woman worthy of his line, to bear children for the future of Rokugan." The Kakita's eyes shone with cunning and victorious glee. "A new Bride for the Emperor, a new Favor for the land."

Dragon: To the north, the blackened rocks of Sleeping Mountain shone dully in the warm sun, ice glittering from their peaks. One tattooed man stood at the path to the Dragon Homelands, meeting the Emperor's court with a sorrowful smile. As he bowed, he held out a katana-stand, empty and forlorn. "Our ancient swords are gone, broken and defiled in the Emperor's service. We would ask a new daisho be commissioned, to represent our new beginning..."

Lion: "Before these dark times, the Lion served the Emperor with our lives," Motso said, rising from the Kitsu dais, a haunted shadow in his eyes. "The decimation of the Clan Wars has robbed us of our place at his right hand. We, the houses of the Lion, would raise our banner once more, levying samurai and heimin from every corner of the land to serve with us." An iron fist raised before a golden banner, the Lion General snarled, "Tell your Emperor that if he gives us the men, we shall retake our ancestral place at the right hand of the Jade Throne!"

Phoenix: Shiba Tsukune, Champion of the Phoenix, looked out over the mountains of her homeland, the letter from the Emperor crushed in her hand. "Toturi-sama would know what we require?" The Isawa nodded, and the Imperial Ambassador smiled. "Then tell him it is time for the Phoenix to learn the ways of war and weapon, the strength of samurai as well as the power of spell..."

Scorpion: Kachiko stood alone in the darkness, the passing thunder rippling through her unbound hair. "So, they think to play a game of chance for the Emperor's prize?" Aramoro knelt, a stolen missive on the ground between them. Silk rustled as she turned, her rich lips coiled in a soft smile and bitter poison in her voice. "One victory, Aramoro, and it will all be ours again... our lands, our title, and our position in the court. One battle, and we will be redeemed...."

Unicorn: In the lands of the Unicorn, horses run free and the battles of the Empire are far away. However, no distance can separate the shame of a fallen house. "If you wish to aid our people, my Emperor," the daimyo's reply read, "Then help us to save our people, lost to the Darkness of the Shadowlands. Send us armor to protect us from our shame, that we can strike a blow against the Dark Moto Lord."

Naga: "Your kind is strange, but we begin to understand your nature of this offering. If your Emperor accepts our Dashmar into his court, we will also provide him with a gift of our own." The Qamar's pearl staff glittered in the light of the sun. "An Honor Guard, to defend him from the Darkness that threatens to engulf the land."

Brotherhood: In the temples of the Brotherhood of Shinsei, Takao and the monks watched as the Ambassador left, his horse dancing down the road away from the shrine. "Do you believe he will honor your request, Takao-sama?" One of the brothers asked. "I can but hope." Takao whispered. "Only the Emperor knows the truth of his conversation with the Son of Shinsei. Only he can rewrite the Tao..."

Mantis: On the Phoenix battlefields, Yoritomo's eyes glowed with honor. "The Mantis Clan will send our Champions to the field, but the prize we demand is the right to choose the Emperor's heir, should Toturi die without a son to carry on his name. Strength wil unify the Empire; strength alone can keep it safe from civil war." In the eyes of the Wasp, cold hatred burned, and the Ambassador hurried away.

Toturi's Army: "My Lord," Toshiken knelt at the feet of the golden dais, "No force in the Empire can take us from you, save Death, and Death you cannot conquer with steel. By spell alone can we rebuild your city and repair your Empire. We ask that a new school be built, that the power of noble shugenja can be at your command, as well as the steel of bushido."

Shadowlands: Maddened laughter and quiet sanity rend the mind of the sorcerers of the land. "Know this, my children," Yori murmured, and wetness oozed from his torn lips. "If the Emperor seeks to turn his mind to children's games and petty gifts, then now is the time to strike. His favor shall be destroyed, and what we have lost, we shall regain!"

Ninja: "One darkness, one face, one man." Whispers the shadow behind the Throne in the cold and moonless night. "A soul, for the soulless, a bargain will be made... and a mind lost, ruined and forsaken, to be forgotten. A plaything, a creature to serve the Word and the Shadow, forevermore. One we could not have had without your command..."

Place: Global Storyline Tournament
Naming the Blade
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (tied):
1st (tied):
Dragon
Scorpion
Story Point: The Dragon and the Scorpion will have a deep and unbreakable alliance.
Card: Sword of the Sun


This storyline tourney was originally to be to name a sword (a la Hojatsu's Blade). It turned out somewhat different. In the words of Doji Shizue...

The fight had been bitter, and the opponents were both determined to do anything necessary to win - until time had to be called. From a group of finve, these last two men looked up at me and said 'Ree, can we call it a tie?'

A tie? A tie. Hmm...

During the game, the Scorpion had Kolat Mastered the Dragon's signed hitomi - a precious card to him. I noticed that, by her side, a signed Bayushi Shoju now stood. "All right," I said to them. "If you two are willing, here's what we do. Your Hitomi permanently stays with the Scorpion, and your Shoju goes to serve the Dragon. If you do this, and exchange cards, I'll call it an allied victory.

For as long as those two Champions stay in those two decks, Dragon and Scorpion will have an 'unofficial' alliance. But if I ever see one of those decks without their Champion, the alliance ends."

The players did it. Despite the fact that the two cards cannot join the respective deck, they will be built forever after to contain one personality that can only be turned up, and discarded - all in the name of an honorable alliance. Now *that's* a story.



Date: February 13-15, 1999
Place: OrcCon
The Origin of Naka Kuro
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
Phoenix
Story Point: Naka Kuro originally hailed from the Phoenix Clan.


Naka Kuro will be revealed to have originally been from the winning clan.
Date: February 13-15, 1999
Place: OrcCon
Storming of Morikage Castle
Winning Clan: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
Unicorn
Crane
Fiction: The Storming of Morikage Castle 1 [2 3


Date: January 15-17, 1999
Place: Global Storyline Tournament