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The Race to the Throne
The Race for the Throne is the first-ever L5R "mega-game." You will determine the major shifts of the Empire - not through the CCG tournaments alone, but through many other means. These can include costuming, web-design, charity fund-raising, hosting large events, spreading the word of your Clan, etc. This game will begin with the Kotei season, and the whole Race for the Throne will lead to the Samurai Championships in 2008.

Object of the Game
Each Clan is trying to seize the throne and rule Rokugan. To do so, the Clans must achieve dominance in five Spheres of power: Military, Economy, Politics, Knowledge, and Spirit. During the course of the megagame, the clans accumulate points in each Sphere, and are ranked in the Sphere based on point totals compared to other clans. The Clan at the end with the best combined rankings (adding all five Spheres together for each Clan) will take the throne at the end of The Samurai Championships.

Participating Clans
Crab, Crane, Dragon, Lion, Mantis, Phoenix, Scorpion, Spider, and Unicorn.

The Prize of Power
At the end of the megagame, the Clan with the highest rankings in each Sphere will place a member to the following positions:

Military: Shogun
Economy: Imperial Treasurer
Politics: Imperial Chancellor
Knowledge: Imperial Advisor
Spirit: Voice of the Emperor
All Spheres Combined: Emperor

The Seven Legs
There will be seven legs of the race. At the end of each leg we will calculate to see who is leading in each category. There will be prizes for each leg's best Clan in the different Spheres.

It is important to win the legs because the top Clan in each Sphere of a given leg will receive a point bonus during the next leg in that Sphere.

If a Clan is dominant in at least three Spheres at the end of any given leg, they will put a Clan member up as the leading contender for the throne, giving them a large advantage over other Clans not currently in power. The actual Emperor will be decided at the Samurai Championships. If a Clan has the leading contender (3 Spheres or better) at the end of a leg they will gain an additional point bonus for all spheres during the next leg.

1st Leg Preseason: Kotei 2007, March - May
2nd Leg: June 1, 2007 - September 30, 2007
3rd Leg: October 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007
4th Leg: January 1, 2008 - March 31, 2008
5th Leg: April 1, 2008 - June 30, 2008
6th Leg: July 1, 2008 - Just before Samurai Championships
7th Leg: Samurai Championships

At the end of the Race, one Clan will provide the Empire with an Emperor, and one clan will be stripped of its status and its samurai will become ronin. The eliminated clan will remain a playable faction, and throughout Celestial Edition, will have unique options unavailable to other clans.

The clan which is eliminated will be determined by the clan which gains the Throne.

If the Crab gain the Throne, the lowest in Military is eliminated.
If the Crane gain the Throne, the lowest in Politics is eliminated.
If the Dragon gain the Throne, the lowest in Spirit is eliminated.
If the Lion gain the Throne, the lowest in all spheres is eliminated.
If the Mantis gain the Throne, the lowest in Economy is eliminated.
If the Phoenix gain the Throne, the lowest in Knowledge is eliminated.
If the Scorpion gain the Throne, the second-placed clan is eliminated.
If the Spider gain the Throne, the Crab Clan is eliminated.
If the Unicorn gain the Throne, the lowest in Military and Knowledge is eliminated.

Temptations
Any time a Clan either tops a specific Sphere two or more legs in a row or tops two or more Spheres in a single leg, members of the Imperial Assembly registered to that Clan will have a chance to accept or refuse a temptation by popular vote from those registered to that Clan. An example of such could be a box of boosters sent to all members of the Clan, or special promo cards which only registered members of that Clan will receive. Whatever form it takes, the price for accepting is always the same: the Clan will only receive half the points in its top-ranked Sphere during the next leg, and loses any additional bonuses in other Spheres for that leg.


Earning Points


Military
Your victories at CCG events translate to victory for your Clan on the field of battle in Rokugan.

Scheduled Major Events

These will be on the schedule on the AEG web site. These events include Kotei, Gencon Indy, European Championships, Jewel Championships, etc.

Sanctioned Samurai Fund Events
AEG will make a Samurai Fund Prize Kit and sanctioning available to T.O.'s starting in June 2007. No events will be sanctioned prior due to Kotei. Events must purchase the Samurai Fund Prize Kit and have a minimum of 50 participants for the event in order for it to count for points in the Race. Proceeds from the sale of the Samurai Fund Prize Kit go to the Samurai Fund. T.O.'s and players will be given the opportunity to host events that will allow the winner to qualify for a spot at the Samurai Championships. Details on how to organize these events to follow.

Economy
Your use of Koku will help your Clan dominate the markets and trade routes of Rokugan.

Scheduled Events
These will include: Koku Auctions, Largest Kotei, Best Samurai Fund Promotion, Store Makeover Contest, etc.

Koku Redemption
Points will be earned during each leg for koku sent and redeemed at the AEG offices. All koku sent to the AEG offices after January 1 can be pledged to a specific Clan. Points will be awarded to the Clan that sends in the largest total amount of koku and for the single largest koku purchase. Keep an eye on the AEG site for special Race for the Throne koku offers.

Politics
How you present yourself in words, attire, and character will sway the courts of Rokugan in your Clan's favor.

Scheduled Events
These will include: Winter Court, Secret Votes, Best Kotei Vote, L5R Attire Contests, Clan Courts, Fan Site Contests, etc.

Court Intrigue
Players will have the ability to earn regular points through RPG events and through long-term in-game loyalty to a specific Clan.

Knowledge
Your knowledge of the traditions, lore, and history of L5R will give your Clan control over secrets, spells, and other information in Rokugan.

Scheduled Events
These will include a L5R Scavenger Hunt, L5R Biggest Fan Contest, Fan Fiction Contest, Hidden questions on the web, etc.

Walking the Way
Points will be earned for each leg through regular trivia quizzes and Imperial Assembly contests.

Spirit
Your generosity and sportsmanship will win the hearts and minds of the people of Rokugan.

Scheduled Events
These will include Charity Events, Food Drives, Challenge Booths, and more.

Imperial Gift
Players and Clans will be able to gain points in the Spirit Sphere for food and charitable donations made in the name of their Clan and verified by the charity receiving the donation.

Overall Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit Total
Crab 56 52 56 60 50 274
Crane 56 34 57 43 44 234
Dragon 59 79 76 66 88 368
Lion 68 41 45 49 56 259
Mantis 57 85 40 34 36 252
Phoenix 22 20 23 37 44 146
Scorpion 66 69 83 69 80 367
Spider 18 43 34 70 34 199
Unicorn 69 49 57 44 39 258


At the end of each leg the Clans will be ranked in each sphere from first to last and gain points in the overall race as follows. During the Sixth and Seventh Legs, these points will be doubled.

First: 10 points
Second: 9 points
Third: 8 points
Fourth: 7 points
Fifth: 6 points
Sixth: 5 points
Seventh: 4 points
Eighth: 3 points
Ninth (Last): 1 point
The Seventh Leg


The ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. The Seventh Leg runs from November 7th to 9th, 2008.

Military

Win the Samurai Championships main event: 30/15/10/5 points
Win the Samurai Championships side event: 10/5 points
Win a Defenders of Ningen-do event: 1 point for every 3 wins


Economy

Win a booster draft at a Defenders of Ningen-do event: 1 point for every 3 wins


Politics

Win the store decoration contest at a Defenders of Ningen-do event: 1 point for every 3 wins


Knowledge

Give the most L5R demos at a Defenders of Ningen-do event: 1 point for every 3 wins


Spirit

Have the most t-shirts for your clan at a Defenders of Ningen-do event: 1 point for every 3 wins


Seventh Leg Standings
Story Effects:
Fiction: The Empress: Kitsuki Iweko
Fiction: The Shogun: Moto Jin-sahn Card: Moto Jin-Sahn (Experienced)
Fiction: The Imperial Treasurer: Yoritomo Utemaro Card: Yoritomo Utemaro (Experienced 2)
Fiction: The Imperial Chancellor: Bayushi Hisoka Card: Bayushi Hisoka (Experienced)
Fiction: The Imperial Advisor: Daigotsu Susumu Card: Daigotsu Susumu (Experienced)
Fiction: The Voice of the Emperor: Togashi Satsu Card: Togashi Satsu (Experienced 5)


Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 5 6 5 7 4
Crane 10 4 9 3 5
Dragon 20 18 22 17 21
Lion 16 5 2 2 5
Mantis 4 8 3 1 3
Phoenix 3 3 2 1 5
Scorpion 8 8 8 6 9
Spider 5 5 2 12 5
Unicorn 69 4 4 3 4

NOTE: Total points towards the Race earned in this sphere will be doubled.


The Samurai Championship
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Side 1st:
Side 2nd:
Unicorn
Unicorn
Dragon
Crane
Unicorn
Lion
Pablo Rojo
Victor Diaz
Greg Wong
Chris Russel
Carl Harris
Case Kiyonaga
Story Point: Unicorn will take possession of the lands of the Spider clan.
Story Point: Moto Chen will win a duel to the first blood against Akodo Shigetoshi.
Fiction: The Celestial Tournament
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II



Race for the Throne: This event will be worth 30 military points for first place, 15 points for second, 10 points for third and 5 points for first. An additional booster draft will be held, which will be worth 10 military points for first place and 5 points for second.
Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.

The winning clan of this tournament will receive two prizes. First, the winning clan will be immune to elimination in the Race for the Throne; in the case that they would be eliminated, elimination would fall to the second most eligible clan. Secondly, the winning clan will take for its own the lands of the clan that is eliminated, serving as governors for the uninhabited lands.
In addition, the champion of the clan that wins the side event will win a duel to the first blood against the champion of the clan that places second.


Date: November 7th-9th
Place: Los Angeles, California
Defenders of Ningen-do
Top 3: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
3rd:
5th:
5th:
5th:
8th:
9th:
Unicorn
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Crane
Spider
Mantis
Phoenix
Story Point: The Lion will defend the Celestial Tournament
from an attack by Jigoku.
Fiction: Defenders








Race to the Throne: This event will result in points given for the following contests. For every three wins a clan gets in each category, they will get one point in that sphere.
Military: Tournament Winner - The winning Clan at each event.

Spirit: T-shirt Dominance - Clan with the most Clan T-shirts on at each event.

Knowledge: Most Demos - Clan who gives the most demonstrations of L5R with non-L5R players in the store that day.

Politics: Best Decorated Store - The Clan that best helps decorate their store in all things their Clan.

Economy: Booster Draft Event - Stores will be able to run a booster draft event and winners will earn Economy points.


The greatest heroes of the Empire have gathered in the tournament grounds near the Plains of Thunder, assembled by the announcement of a grand Celestial Tournament by the Voices of the Sun and Moon. Dozens have assembled to compete, watched and supported by hundreds of their kinsmen, including the most important and powerful individuals anywhere in the Emerald Empire.

This has not gone unnoticed.

The forces of Heaven wish to re-establish a proper, reverent order in the world of man, but the forces of the Realm of Evil do not consider such an outcome acceptable. The forces of Jigoku have thrived for decades in the atmosphere of fear and ambition that mankind has wrought, and they have no intention of allowing that to stop.

The Clan that claims the most victories in this Global Storyline Tournament will be responsible for thwarting an attack by Jigoku on the Celestial Tournament, the pivotal event in determining the next Dynasty of the Emerald Empire. The cost of victory may be great indeed, but the clan will gain a favor from their new Emperor, and the blessings of the Voices of the Sun and Moon will be showered upon them as well.


Date: November 7th-9th
Place: Global Storyline Tournament
The Sixth Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the Sixth Leg of the Race for the Throne, running from July 1st to October 31st, 2008.

Military

Win a Samurai Championship Event: Variable
Win a Level 10 or Special Event: 4/2/1/1 points


Economy

Koku Pledge: 3 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 8 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 10/5/3 points
Farthest Travelled at Each 6th Leg Event: Variable (3/1 at Level 10 events)


Politics
Design a Legend of the Burning Sands RPG Character: 15/10/5/3
Best Clan Attire at Each 6th Leg Event: Variable (3/1 at Level 10 events)
Most Personality Copies sent to AEG: 15/10/5/3 points
Mail Surprise: 15/10/5/3 points


Knowledge

Best Story or Theme Deck at each 6th Leg Event: Variable (3/1 at Level 10 events)
L5R Fan Fiction Contest: 15/10/5/3 points
Why I Play L5R Essay: 15/10/5/3 points


Spirit

Sportsmanship Award at Each 6th Leg Event: Variable (3/1 at Level 10 events)
Poster Contest: 10/7/5/3/1


Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Sixth Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 45 11 60 7 15
Crane 41 1 42 3 5
Dragon 29 67 118 64 56
Lion 16 3 42 8 25
Mantis 45 77.5 29 0 5
Phoenix 6 3 23 0 19
Scorpion 48 77 74.5 54 44
Spider 5 20 22 40 5
Unicorn 66 6 64 10 12

NOTE: Total points towards the Race earned in this sphere will be doubled.


Temptations:
Dragon: During his travels, the Dragon duelist Mirumoto Hojatsu will encounter the wandering Kakita Noritoshi, greatest duelist in the Empire. The two will duel to first blood, and Hojatsu will win.

Acceptance of this Temptation will result in the Political Sphere being halved in leg 7 for the Dragon Clan. Rejection will result in a 4 point bonus in Political, Knowledge, and Spirit, and 2 point bonuses in Economy and Military.
Story Point: Hojatsu will not duel Noritoshi.
Mantis: Yoritomo Aramasu was the heir of Yoritomo, and one of the greatest heroes of the Mantis Clan. He died, assassinated by the Scorpion Clan years ago. In the next arc, however, the Mantis will discover his final legacy, hidden far from the Empire, and it will change them forever.

Acceptance of this Temptation will result in the Economic Sphere being halved in leg 7 for the Mantis Clan. Rejection will result in a 4 point bonus in the Economic Sphere.
Story Point: The Mantis will find the final legacy of Yoritomo Aramasu.
Fiction: The Ruined Kingdom, Part I Part II
Koku Drive 6

Single Largest Pledge: Mantis
Most Koku Overall: Mantis 135,000+
2nd: Dragon 30,000+
3rd: Scorpion 27,000+
Clan Koku Points
Mantis 135,000+ 135
Dragon 30,000+ 30
Scorpion 27,000+ 27
Crab 3000+ 3

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 3 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 8 Economy points, and the clans with the most total koku will earn 10, 5 and 3 Economy points, respectively.


Personality Pledges 6

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Number submitted
Scorpion Bayushi Kosaku 2112
Dragon Mirumoto Yozo 1462
Lion 1214
Unicorn 547

The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Politics points in the Race to the Throne: 15 for first place, 10 for second, 5 for third and 3 for fourth. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Fan Fiction Contest

Winners: Results:
Thomas Grable (Dragon) Dragon will receive 15 knowledge points.
Bob Speights (Dragon) Dragon will receive 10 knowledge points.
Dave Laderoute (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 5 knowledge points.
Victoria Joyner (Spider) Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.

Players may send in their best L5R Fan Fiction. One entry per person, no more than 3000 words. .


Date: October 15th
Why I Play L5R

Winners: Results:
Victoria Joyner (Spider) Spider will receive 15 knowledge points.
Abraham Arce (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 10 knowledge points.
Marie Wessels (Dragon) Dragon will receive 5 knowledge point.
Peter Lipphardt (Crab) Crab will receive 3 knowledge point.

Write up why you play L5R. What does the game and the community mean to you? Why do you play the Clan you play? What does L5R mean to you? Judged by AEG Staff. One entry per person, no more than 3000 words.


Date: October 15th
Poster Contest 2
Winners: Clan:
1st: James Freeman-Hargis Scorpion
2nd: Marie Wessels Dragon
3rd: James Freeman-Hargis Scorpion
4th: Abraham Arce Scorpion
5th: James Freeman-Hargis Scorpion

Submit your coolest L5R poster concept! Artistic talent is not required, just a great idea. Unlimited Entries

Date: October 15th
Legend of the Burning Sands NPC Design Contest

Winners: Results:
Aaron Frede (Dragon) Dragon will receive 15 politics points.
Mary Denise Burke (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 10 politics points.
Christopher Stevenson (Dragon) Dragon will receive 5 politics points.
Tom Lewis (Mantis) Mantis will receive 3 politics points.

Create an awesome new NPC for the LBS RPG! Due by September 31, 2008. RULES: 3 entries per person, maximum. No more than 3000 words per entry. Winners may be used in the L5R or LBS RPG.


Date: October 15th
Mail Surprise 2

Results:
Dragon will receive 15 politics points.
Scorpion will receive 10 politics points.
Crab will receive 5 politics points.
Crane will receive 3 politics points.

Send us a cool thing. We don’t care what it is as long as it’s fun and different and has something to do with Samurai, L5R, or where you are from and how that ties into gaming. We want to be surprised. AEG staff will vote on the coolest, funniest, or most Clan loyal item sent to AEG during the sixth leg.
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Tengoku
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Dragon
Crab
Crab
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Lion
Crab
Unicorn
Crab
17 Players
Nicolas Vaurette
Alain Decker
Vincent Destombes
Frederic Dacquin
Gedric Giroux
Guillaume Brisseau
Stephane Tetart
Thomas Haessle
Florent Dolle
Frederic Dacquin
Cedric Giroux
Mathieu Guyot

Story Point: Doji Hakuseki will gain the Talisman of Tengoku in the form of bell jewelry.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Tengoku












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Tengoku. The mark of the Celestial Heavens carries great weight, and none may attack its bearer whom he has not first attacked. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: November 2nd
Place: Lille, France
The Last Brother
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Phoenix
Lion
Phoenix
Dragon
Crane
Crane
Crab
Crane
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
36 Players
Marc Johnson
Ohmy Fasvdhani
Carlos Matos
Alex Wong
Ken Kama
Amanda Lau
Amanda Lau
Shane Pheeney
Amanda Lau
Edward Drew
Dan Juleff
Richard Chan

Story Point: Etsushi will join the Unicorn Clan.
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II













Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Years ago, a man named Kaneka traveled the Empire as a ronin, encountering many talented and gifted individuals, making allies and enemies everywhere he went. When the hand of fate intervened and granted Kaneka a life unlike that of any ronin-born samurai, when he rose in status and power to become the first Shogun of Rokugan for his brother, Emperor Toturi III, those who had known him best stood beside him as his chosen advisors. These men and women were placed above all others in the Shogun?s forces, and when many of the Great Clans showed their support of Kaneka, he in turn ordered his advisors to swear fealty to the clans as a sign of his favor. One by one, his advisors joined the ranks of the Great and Minor Clans.

All save one.

Etsushi is the last true descendant of the ronin hero Ihariko, who founded the Hidden Sword ronin band. The Forest Killer bandits destroyed the Hidden Sword years ago, leaving only Etsushi, his brother Uchito, and Kaneka alive to tell the tale. Now Kaneka is dead, Uchito has joined the Lion at the Shogun's request, and Etsushi alone remains. As a magistrate in Zakyo Toshi, the so-called City of Vice, Etsushi has had to face the machinations of the Scorpion again and again, and now he finally has accepted that as a ronin there is nothing he can do as a simple wave man. Fortunately, his talents, his courage, and his tenacity have not gone unnoticed, and a clan has approached him with the offer of fealty that he alone among the advisors missed originally.

What clan will Etsushi serve?
Will he join his brother among the Lion?
Will he accept that the Scorpion cannot be defeated, and join the Clan of Secrets?
That remains to be seen.

The winner of this tournament will see his clan offer fealty to the ronin hero Etsushi, the last of the legendary Shogun's Advisors. Etsushi will swear an oath of loyalty and serve the clan with every resource at his disposal, no matter the cost. Although there is no guarantee of a new personality card, if one should be printed, the winner will receive full credit for Etsushi's new representation in the game.


Date: November 1st
Place: Santa Rosa, California
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Chikushudo
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Scorpion
Crab
Crab
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
31 Players
Chris Russel
Craig Poche
Ravi Sanka
Nick Shahan:
Mark Cimino
Tim Eck
Rob Zepf
Sascha Peil
Sascha Peil
Paul Casagrande
Craig Poche
Brian Gifford

Story Point: Daidoji Yaichiro will bear the talisman of Chikushudo.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Chikushudo












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Chikushudo. The favor of the Realm of Animals has strange but powerful results. The bearer of this talisman may command any natural creature, and see through its eyes as he wishes. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: November 1st
Place: Salisbury, Maryland
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Meido
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Lion
Lion
Spider
Dragon
Phoenix
Spider
44 Players
Sebastien Bellanger
Pierre-Emmanuel Bureau
Sebastien Duthu
Laurent Simon
Gregory Betsch
Anthony Delord
Paul Thevenon
Vincent Diot
Sebastien Duthu
Franck Serres
Maxime Desprez
Nicolas Binet

Story Point: Hida Ubogin will gain the Talisman of Meido in mempo form.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Meido












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Meido. The Realm of Waiting offers eternal patience and persistence to those who bear its mark. The bearer of this talisman will never age or grow infirm so long as he keeps it in his possession. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: October 26th
Place: Toulouse, France
Gifts of Ryoshun: Talisman of Gaki-do
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crane
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
Dragon
Dragon
Spider
Spider
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Dragon
43 Players
Chris Nicoll
Tom Kirchgesner
Craig Poche
Matt Butterfield
Kevin Kennedy
Jonathan Roden
Victoria Joyner
Mason Crawford
Kevin Kennedy
Rich Judd
Craig Boche
Kevin Kennedy

Story Point: Kakita Hideshi will gain the Talisman of Gaki-do.
Fiction: Gift of Ryoshun I II
Card: Talisman of Gaki-do












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire is in turmoil in the face of disapproval from the Celestial Heavens. Mankind has lost his way, and presumed too much, meddling in affairs that are not for those without the spark of divinity within their soul. The precious few virtuous among them are to be rewarded, and the countless legions of the sinful are to be punished. There will be no mercy, for the wrath of the Heavens has been fully aroused.

Not all share this animosity, however.

From the murky depths of the Realm of Waiting, the god named Ryoshun watches with sadness. Alone among the sons and daughters of the original Lady Sun and Lord Moon, Ryoshun has no legacy in the mortal world, no descendants or followers to bear his name and celebrate his memory. For a thousand years he has watched the world of men without bias, without partiality, and he has seen the virtue that others have missed in their anger and bitterness.

Now the Guardian of the Spirit Realms has reached into the essence of each realm under his protection, and crafted a series of artifacts of incredible power, each the equal or better of the ancestral weapons held by the Great Clans. These incredible talismans of power will be gifted to those who demonstrate their worth, as a sign to the Heavens that the divine can inspire as well as censure.

The winner this tournament will determine the clan that receives the Talisman of Gaki-do. The Hungry Dead favor those who bear their talisman, and their favor is terrible indeed. The bearer of this talisman may summon the spirits of that dark realm to smite his enemies at will. The winner may choose what form the Talisman takes (a weapon, a suit of armor, an item of jewelry, or any other appropriate token that the winner prefers), and what non-experienced, non-unique Samurai-legal personality will be chosen to bear it.


Date: October 25th
Place: Overland Park, Kansas
The Emperor's Favorite
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Scorpion
Dragon
Unicorn
Scorpion
Scorpion
Lion
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
38 Players
Rick Heinz
Chris Stevenson
Justin Ownby
Stephen Franklin
Jesse Wallace
Steve Bewley
Thao Nguyen
Erin Carlson
Justin Purdy
Rick Heinz
Azver Hussain
Jesse Wallace

Story Point: Scorpion playwright Bayushi Hiroshi will
become the Empress's favored courtier.
Fiction: Glory of the Empire, Part I












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Each court season is an opportunity for those who travel in such circles to increase their influence and prestige and, for a very select few, to gain the attention and the favor of the Emperor himself. With a new Dynasty upon the throne, the new Emperor's first Winter Court will be the most momentous in living memory, and opportunities will abound for those who know how to seek them out.

The winner of this tournament will have the opportunity to create a new character in the Legend of the Five Rings storyline. This character will be in attendance at the new Emperor's Winter Court, although they may be a courtier, a yojimbo, an artisan, or any of a dozen other possible professions. This character will gain the attention of the Emperor through one means or another, perhaps creating a new work of art, demonstrating a mastery of kata, or skillful maneuvers in court. For at least a season, this new character will be the darling of the court, the favored of the Emperor himself, and will feature prominently in any fiction regarding the courts.


Date: October 18th
Place: Douglasville, Georgia
The Spirit of Steel
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Dragon
Crane
Mantis
Lion
Dragon
Spider
Unicorn
Lion
Unicorn
Spider
Dragon
48 Players
Andrea Civiera
Steve Chamberlain
Dave Ruddock
Pawel Chimeleski
Paul Moore
Steve Chamberlain
Anthony Doornebosch
Dave Benton
Phil Comer
Gary Quinton
Anthony Doornebosch
David Avery

Story Point: Moto Kang will perform an act of villainy
and awaken the spirit of his blade.
Card: Moto Kang's Sword
Card: Moto Kang (Experienced)
Fiction: Darling of the Season










Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Every samurai carries a blade forged for his family. The eldest in each particular branch of a family carries his grandfather's blade, and in turn passes it down when he comes of age to do so. Every katana has a story, and is forged for service. Those who come into the hands of particularly valiant warriors can have their spirits awakened by honor and glory, and become things of magic, spirits wrapped in steel that strengthen the arm and honor of their master.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-unique personality currently aligned with their faction. This personality will perform a deed of such heroism (or if the winner prefers, villainy!) that it will awaken the spirit of their blade, and it will become a talisman of great power for that character's family. This blade, and its bearer, will be specified in the next two arcs of the Legend of the Five Rings storyline, guaranteeing that the legend of this character and their bravery lives on.


Date: October 11th
Place: Sheffield, UK
The European Championship: Light of the Moon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Legacy 1st (4M):
Legacy 2nd (2M):
Legacy 3rd (1M):
Legacy 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):
Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Legacy:
Booster Draft:
Main Tournament:
Crane
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
Scorpion
Crane
Phoenix
Scorpion

Scorpion
Unicorn
Phoenix
Scorpion

Dragon
Dragon
Phoenix
Crane

Spider
Dragon
Dragon
Crab

Unicorn
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion

Dragon
Unicorn
Crane

Crab
Dragon
Spider

Scorpion
Crab
Phoenix
Mantis
Dragon

Dragon
Spider
Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon

Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion

Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
256 Players

38 Players

104 Players
Kamil Magda
Pablo Rojo
Juan Palomo
Victor Diaz
Javier Rodriguez
Reda Lounis
Jean Laroche
Borja Claveria

Piotr Burakowski
Michal Michalak
Lukasz Kowalczyk
Julien Paffumi

Javier Jimenez
Alberto Vasquez
Benjamin Deinhardt
Lionel Lambert

Anthony Doornebosch
Kevin Kennedy
Greg Wong
Jean-Pierre Lacroute

Remi Cavaille
Anthony Doornebosch
Abraham Arce
Stephane Tetart

Lene Jakobson
Michal Michalak
Volker Muller





Daniel Vidal
Manuela Mertes
Natalia Abramova
Juan Carlos Arco
Adrian Amoros

Christopher Weindl
Tobias Vater
Kevin Kennedy

Christian Sulcanj

Robert Almgren











Story Point: Kakita Kensho-in will bear the Obsidian Hand.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part IV
Card: Hand of the Obsidian Dragon
Card: Kakita Kensho-in (Experienced)



























































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Just as the Sun chooses a hero to receive its blessings, so too does the victorious Moon seek those worth of its favor. Although it too seeks a recipient who demonstrates the proper respect for the Celestial Order, the Moon has no little use for conventional heroes, and instead seeks one who can walk the fine line between reverence for the Order and the wicked ways over which the Moon hold sway.

The winner of this tournament will select from a list one personality of his faction who shall be chosen by the Moon to bear the new Obsidian Hand. The dark powers commanded by this artifact will elevate its bearer to new levels of influence throughout the seedy underbelly of Rokugan.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Candidates:
The following are the characters players may choose to receive the Obsidian Hand at the European Championships 2008. Players must choose from the Clan with which they win the event.

Crab Clan
Hida Genichi
Hida Sozen
Hida Tsuburu
Kuni Daigo
Yasuki Jinn-Kuen

Crane Clan
Asahina Beniha
Daidoji Gempachi
Doji Koin
Kakita Kensho-in
Naoharu

Dragon Clan
Kitsuki Nagiken
Mirumoto Katsutoshi
Mirumoto Kenzo
Mirumoto Yozo
Togashi Hogai

Lion Clan
Akodo Hachigoro
Akodo Sadahige
Akodo Shinichi
Ikoma Tatsunori
Matsu Daichi

Mantis Clan
Chutaro
Kitsune Ryukan
Tsuruchi Ayame
Yoritomo Buntaro
Yoritomo Daishiro

Phoenix Clan
Asako Bushiken
Isawa Umezo
Masakazu
Shiba Jouta
Shiba Rae

Scorpion Clan
Bayushi Yumita
Shosuro Adeiko
Shosuro Toson
Soshi Korenaga
Soshi Tishi

Spider Clan
Chuda Kyuwa
Daigotsu Eiya
Daigotsu Kaikou
Goju Zeshin
Michio

Unicorn Clan
Horiuchi Rikako
Iuchi Ietsune
Moto Hideyo
Shinjo Xushen
Utaku Tama


Date: October 3rd-5th
Place: Karlsruhe, Germany
The European Championship: Temples of Victory, Part II
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Unicorn
Dragon
Crab
Scorpion
190 Players

Renaul Angles
Peters Gegerly
Johann Sliva
Scharwin Farnsuch


Story Point: A temple to the moon will be built in Unicorn lands.
Fiction: Fires of the Heart






Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

The tumult in the Celestial Heavens is completely unprecedented in Rokugan, for never have the divine entities of Tengoku risen up and demanded that the delicate balance, established at the beginning of time and changed only in recent years by the actions of man, be restored to its previous state. Now, two dragons battle against the mortal interlopers Yakamo and Hitomi, determined to expunge the stain of mankind from the Heavens' highest ranks. Whatever the outcome, the shugenja and monks of Rokugan know that they must pay proper deference and respect to the victors, for to do otherwise could spell ruination for all they hold dear.

The winner of this tournament will have a temple erected to the victorious entity not previously selected at the South American Championships, either the Sun or the Moon, within his clan's lands. Either the Temple of the Victorious Sun or the Temple of the Victorious Moon will be the first of its kind, and will become the primary site of worship for the entity in question throughout the Empire.


Date: October 3rd-5th
Place: Karlsruhe, Germany
The South American Championship: Whispers of the Dying Moon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

Total:
Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crane
Mantis
Crab
Crane
Unicorn

Unicorn
Mantis
Crab
???

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon

Mantis
Scorpion
Dragon

Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon

Crab
Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crab

Mantis
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
Unicorn

Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion

Phoenix
Dragon
Unicorn

62 Players
Jeronimo Ayla Rocha
Jordan Uy
Walbert Ibarra
Pedro Miranda
Alex Damian
Patrick Mishima
Ariel Alvarez
Alvaro Trieli

Tadeu Saldanha
???
Luiz Socrate
???

Jordan Uy
Robert Almgren
Bruno Carvalho
Joaquin Javier

Danilo Nakamuro
Robert Almgren
Anne Neves
???

Anderson Rosa
Shosuro Akita
Carlos Bustamente





Conrado Cotomacio
Alex Damian
Bruno Carvalho
Walbert Ibarra
Luiz Socrate

Anderson Rosa
Jordan Yu
Bruno Carvalho
???
???










Story Point: Tsuruchi Etsui will hear Hitomi's last words.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part III
Card: Whispers of the Dying Moon




















































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Lady Moon, ever an enigmatic and wrathful entity, has been challenged for her position atop the Celestial Order by the Obsidian Dragon, a truly divine entity. Only one can hold the position of Moon, however, and the struggle between the two will leave one the victor, and one the defeated. The defeated will fall to earth, shattered and broken, and be discovered there in their last moments by a single mortal, who shall hear secrets unlike any ever heard by mortals, and receive a final blessing.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living personality currently aligned to his faction. This individual will be present at the side of the defeated as they breathe their final breath, and learn the secrets they have to impart before they passes on, as well as receiving their final blessing.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Date: September 20th-21st
Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil
The South American Championship: Temples of Victory, Part I
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Mantis
Dragon
Spider
Scorpion
34 Players
Alex Demian
Robert Almgren
Renato Ferreira
Eric Onuki

Story Point: A temple to the Sun will be built in Mantis lands.






Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

The tumult in the Celestial Heavens is completely unprecedented in Rokugan, for never have the divine entities of Tengoku risen up and demanded that the delicate balance, established at the beginning of time and changed only in recent years by the actions of man, be restored to its previous state. Now, two dragons battle against the mortal interlopers Yakamo and Hitomi, determined to expunge the stain of mankind from the Heavens' highest ranks. Whatever the outcome, the shugenja and monks of Rokugan know that they must pay proper deference and respect to the victors, for to do otherwise could spell ruination for all they hold dear.

The winner of this tournament will have a temple erected to one of the victorious, either the Sun or the Moon, within his clan's lands. Either the Temple of the Victorious Sun or the Temple of the Victorious Moon will be the first of its kind, and will become the primary site of worship for the entity in question throughout the Empire.


Date: September 20th-21st
Place: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Revered Sensei
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1st:
Sportsman 2nd:
Theme Deck 1st:
Theme Deck 2nd:
Best Attire 1st:
Best Attire 2nd:
Furthest Traveled 1st:
Furthest Traveled 2nd:
Total:
Unicorn
Crane
Crane
Scorpion
Crane
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Unicorn
Scorpion
Unicorn
51 Players
Pablo Rojo
Dimas Miura
Heraclio Sanchez
Oscar Hernandez
Heraclio Sanchez
Francisco Gallego
Sotirios Apostolou
Adrian Amoros
Adrian Amoros
Fernando Arsuaga
Sotirios Apostolou
Pablo Rojo

Story Point: Shinjo Hanari will found a new monk sect.
Fiction: Letters and Bios
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VI












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The wish of every honorable samurai is to perish in the service of his lord. For many, however, that end never arrives, and instead they seek honorable retirement within the ranks of the Brotherhood of Shinsei, venerable scholars and seekers of enlightenment. When a samurai enters the monastery, he surrenders his name and all his worldly trappings, taking on a new name both to symbolize his new purpose in life, and to avoid bringing dishonor to his family through what may be a life of inactivity. Some, however, find greater destiny in their new life than ever reached in their old.

The winner of this tournament may select any Clan War era personality affiliated with his clan. Spider Clan players may pick Shadowlands personalities, with story team approval, who will found a dark monk family. This personality must not be one known to have been killed. Instead, this personality will be featured in a new fiction, and be revealed to be the founder and head of a new sect of the Brotherhood of Shinsei. This sect will be designed with the assistance of the winner, and be based on the personality of the selected samurai. Cards referencing this sect may appear in future expansions, and the sect will receive a Basic School in the role-playing game as well as a full write-up on its background.


Date: September 13th-14th
Place: Barcelona, Spain
Gencon UK: The Jeweled Smith
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Crab
Lion
Crab
Crab
Lion
Scorpion
Spider
Unicorn
Lion
Spider
Crab
52 Players
Salman Barakat
Aaron Boyhan
Ben Palmer
Eoin Burke
John Hick
Ben Palmer
Jon Butler
Alex Jones
Andrea Civiera
Phil Comer
Anthony Doornesbosch
Salman Barakat

Story Point: A member of the Kaiu family will
become the Jeweled Smith.
Fiction: A New Empire, Part II












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Jeweled Champions of the Empire, Emerald, Jade, Amethyst, Ruby, and Topaz, are among the most well-known and influential samurai in all of Rokugan. Each commands considerable, if different, resources, and each can draw upon the assistance of any number of individuals affiliated with the Imperial bureaucracy, as well as with the Great and Minor Clans. The only complication is that, with such a diverse staff at their disposal, the results can sometimes be uneven, and this can negatively impact aspects of the Champions' duties.

The most powerful of the lot, the Emerald and Jade Champions, have decided that this is unacceptable. Together, the two have sought out and recruited a single blacksmith, one of the most talented in all the Empire, to oversee the work of those who produce the weapons and armor that these men give their subordinates, both as a badge of their office and to enact their duties. This individual shall be perhaps the most powerful and influential blacksmith in the Empire, and shall be responsible for overseeing the creation of weapons carried by the Imperial Legions, the Jade Legion, the bodyguards of the Amethyst Champion, and more.

The winner of this tournament will determine choose the family of his faction from which this blacksmith will come, and may select a name to give this personality. This individual will appear in the storyline of the Legend of the Five Rings, and may also receive a personality card at some point in the future.


Date: August 28th - 31st
Place: Gencon UK, Berkshire, England
Gencon Indianapolis: Light of the Sun
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Booster Draft 1st (4M):
Booster Draft 2nd (2M):
Booster Draft 3rd (1M):
Booster Draft 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Main Tournament:
Lion
Crab
Unicorn
Scorpion
Crane
Unicorn
Spider
Unicorn

Mantis
Unicorn
Unicorn
Unicorn

Dragon
Dragon
Spider
Crab

Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider

Dragon
Unicorn
Dragon

Lion
Dragon
Scorpion

Scorpion
Unicorn
Unicorn
Lion
Lion

Scorpion
Mantis
Mantis
Scorpion
Crab

Dragon
Lion
Mantis

Phoenix
Lion
Scorpion

184 Players
138 Players
140 Players
Case Kiyonaga
Aaron Boyhan
Jon Palmer
Stephen Franklin
Chris Russell
AJ Valle
Dan Dineen
Jason Aken

Josh Gaydos
Josh Jonas
Justin Ownby
Leon Phillips

Les Allen
Marie Wessels
Luis Cuimarges
Salman Barakat

Amanda Martyn
Matt Dalen
Dave Laderoute
Mason Crawford

Val Parmley
Leon Phillips
Marie Wessels





Matt Tyler
Dawn Parson
Stephanie Dane
Brandon Smith
Lief Paulson

Matt Tyler
Kerisate
Kerisate
Rick Heinz
Salman Barakat












Story Point: Matsu Benika will wield the new Jade Hand.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part II
Card: Hand of the Jade Dragon
Card: Matsu Benika (Experienced 2)





















































Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Even as the Heavens pass judgment on the folly of man, the victorious Sun gazes down and finds that there are those among the wicked and the disobedient who are truly faithful. From among these few, from the ranks of those who revere the Celestial Order and the Mandates of Heaven, the victorious Sun shall choose one to bear its blessing: the new Jade Hand.

The winner of this tournament will select from the below list one personality of his faction who shall be selected by the Sun to bear the new Jade Hand. Powerful almost beyond comprehension, the Jade Hand will prove to be an incredible asset for the clan whose hero carries it onto the field of battle.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.

Candidates:
The following are the characters players may choose to receive the Jade Hand at GenCon 2008. Players must choose from the Clan with which they win the event.

Crab Clan
Hida Benjiro
Hida Daizu
Hiruma Kaikawa
Kaiu Jurobei
Kuni Umibe

Crane Clan
Daidoji Akagi
Daidoji Yaichiro
Doji Chitose
Doji Toyoaki
Kakita Noriko

Dragon Clan
Kitsuki Ryushi
Mirumoto Narumi
Mirumoto Satobe
Togashi Ieshige
Togashi Masujiro

Lion Clan
Akodo Itoku
Ikoma Otemi
Kitsu Ineko
Matsu Fumiyo
Matsu Benika

Mantis Clan
Moshi Kalani
Moshi Kiyomori
Moshi Minami
Yoritomo Fushou
Yoritomo Yashinko

Phoenix Clan
Asako Juro
Asako Masamichi
Isawa Kimi
Isawa Mizuhiko
Shiba Miiko

Scorpion Clan
Bayushi Chikayo
Bayushi Kosugi
Bayushi Muhito
Bayushi Ryuzaburo
Shosuro Aroru

Spider Clan
Daigotsu Keigo
Daigotsu Sahara
Daigotsu Susumu
Kishida
The Quelsaurth
Tetsuo

Unicorn Clan
Akasha
Moto Akikazu
Moto Yong-tai
Shinjo Seihan
Shinjo Turong


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: Forgotten Lore
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Dragon
Ratling
Ratling
Dragon
53 Players
Aaron Boyham
Daniel Wheeler
Mike Johnson
Chris Stevenson

Story Point: The unheard story of Togashi
Yoshi will be told.
Fiction: The War of Dark Fire, Part VII
Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 5 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This event was held in the Legacy format.

The Empire of Rokugan is rife with tales of heroes. Over the past century, so many world-changing events have taken place that some stories have been lost in the clamor. Now, one of those forgotten tales has been recovered. The winner of this tournament may select any one Clan War era personality from their faction. That personality will be featured in a fiction detailing a previously untold story of their exploits.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Duel
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Lion
Crane
Lion
Scorpion
61 Players

Lon Schlittenhart
Brian Fox
Eugene Tanaka
Rick Heinz


Story Point: Akodo Seiichi will win a duel
to the death against a Crane personality.
Card: Akodo Seiichi (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 5 military points.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.
Crane will receive 2 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This event was in the booster draft format.

The samurai of Rokugan are a hot-tempered lot, and when a dispute between two cannot be resolved in any other fashion, a duel is the formal means to settle such matters with absolute finality. The final match of this tournament will allow each finalist to select any one non-experienced, non-unique living personality currently aligned to their faction. The two personalities will duel, and the winning deck will determine the winning personality. After the final match is concluded, the winner may decide if the duel was to first blood or to the death.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Imperial Yojimbo, Part II
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:


Dragon
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
63 Players


Mike Petke
Ben Cumming
Geoff Bergh
Jesse Wallace



Story Point: Togashi Kazuki will be
Miya Shoin's Yojimbo.
Card: Togashi Kazuki (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Crab will receive 1 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Like his friend and mentor Seppun Kiharu, the Miya family daimyo Miya Shoin has come to see the value in creating closer bonds between the Imperial families and the Great Clans, if only to undo some of the damage done by the Lady Otomo Hoketuhime prior to her death. In an attempt to create such a bond, Shoin has chosen to invite a worthy samurai from the Great Clans to serve as his chief yojimbo, in hopes that doing so will build not only an understanding, but friendship between the Emperor's heralds and the men and women who serve in his clans.

The winner of this tournament may select any one non-experienced, non-unique, tournament legal personality from their faction. This individual will be invited and accept the invitation to become the chief yojimbo for Miya Shoin, the Imperial Herald. Clan Champions and family daimyo are not eligible to be selected. They have too much do to!


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Gencon Indianapolis: The Jade Magistrate
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Lion
Lion
Crane
Lion
63 Players
Matthew James
Greg Durant
Joel Krakow
Lon Schlittenhart

Story Point: A Lion personality will
join the Jade Magistrates.
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 7 military points.
Crane will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Note: This is a sealed deck event.

The Jade Magistrates are the eyes and ears of Kuni Daigo, the feared and respected Jade Champion of Rokugan. At his command, they travel the Empire in search of any who might have violated the Emperor's laws regarding proper use of magic, and investigate whispered rumors of forbidden arts, such as the dreaded blood sorcery, maho. The winner of this tournament may select any one non-experienced shugenja currently aligned to his faction. That personality will receive an appointment to serve with the Jade Magistrates, and will be a trusted vassal of Kuni Daigo himself.


Date: August 14th-17th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
A New Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Scorpion
Unicorn
Lion
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Phoenix
Scorpion
Unicorn
42 Players
Walbert Ibarra
Christopher Garin
Alberto Munoz
Joaquin Rivas
Cristobal Nunez
Fernando Lobos
Cristobal Nunez
Israel Ordonez
Bruno Carvalho
Juan Caceres
Bruno Carvalho
Christopher Garin

Story Point: Morito will be killed and replaced with another Morito
Fiction: War Amid the Shadows













Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The winner of this tournament will have the chance to select any one currently existing Minor Clan. Either through death or retirement, the Championship of that clan will become vacant, and the tournament winner will have the opportunity to help select the new Minor Clan Champion. This may either be an existing character already affiliated with the Minor Clan, or it may be a new character created by the winner to take the place of the previous Champion.


Date: July 26th
Place: Santiago, Chile
Masterpiece
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Crab
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn
Unicorn
Crab
Spider
Lion
Scorpion
Lion
Spider
Lion
44 Players
Jeff Williamson
Steve Lawson
Evan Hixon
Jack Fair
Eric Harms
Slowemir Bres
Mason Crawford
Laura Harvey
Audrey Visga
Daniel Walters
Mason Crawford
Laura Harvey

Story Point: The Crab will create a great masterpiece.
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VI
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 1 economy point,
1 politics point and 1 knowledge point.
Crab will receive 4 military points and
1 spirit point.
Spider will receive 3 economy points and
3 knowledge points.
Scorpion will receive 3 politics points and
1 military point.
Dragon will receive 2 military points.
Unicorn will receive 1 military point and 1 spirit point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Once every few centuries, a piece of artwork is created that has such beauty, such relevance, that it becomes the talk of the entire Empire and enters its creator into the annals of history. Many of the early works of the Crane Clan's founders fall into this category, as does the recently, tragically destroyed jade statue known as The Council. The winner of this tournament will have one member of his clan create an object of such beauty that it will capture the Empire's attention and permanently place his name on the lips of those who speak of the arts throughout the history of Rokugan.

The winner of this tournament will be able to supply AEG with a photograph of anything. It can be a portrait of a person, a landscape, a building, or anything else that he just happens to like very much. This picture will be given to one of our artists and be used to create the art for a card in coming set. If the winner sends a picture of himself, that picture will be used for a personality card. If a landscape is sent it, it might become a Region or Holding. A building might become a Holding or even a Stronghold. Whatever the subject matter, it will become a permanent part of L5R in whatever manner the winner prefers.


Date: July 19th
Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan
Lost Legends
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Most players:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Unicorn
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
Crab
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Crab
Crab
Lion
42 Players
AJ Valle
Jeremy Schauer
Jim Werner
Jesse Anderson
Nick Moran

Leif Paulson
Ben Hill
Justin Solarski
Mike Brost
Shawn Riley
Laura Harvey

Story Point: The Unicorn will find the remnants of the Tanuki Clan.
Fiction: Into the Mountains
Fiction: Preparations, Part III












Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The winner of this tournament will have a chance to create a new legend in Rokugan's history. A member of the winning clan will discover the tale of a lost Minor Clan, born and destroyed sometime in the distant past of Rokugan, never to return.

The winning player will be able to work with the story team to create the name, flavor, and theme of the lost Minor Clan, and while the clan will not appear in the CCG (which is to say that they will not recieve personalities, but there will be cards revealing the clan's existence, complete with the winner's name in an attribution), it will receive full treatment in the RPG.


Date: July 26th
Place: Gnome Games, Green Bay, Wisconsin
Gencon Australia: Whispers of the Dying Sun
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st (12M):
2nd (6M):
3rd (3M):
4th (3M):
5th (1M):
6th (1M):
7th (1M):
8th (1M):

Legacy 1st (4M):
Legacy 2nd (2M):
Legacy 3rd (1M):
Legacy 4th (1M):

Furthest Travelled 1st (8E):
Furthest Travelled 2nd (4E):
Furthest Travelled 3rd (2E):
Furthest Travelled 4th (1E):

Theme Deck 1st (8K):
Theme Deck 2nd (4K):
Theme Deck 3rd (3K):
Theme Deck 4th (1K):

Sportsman 1st (5S):
Sportsman 2nd (3S):
Sportsman 3rd (1S):

T-Shirt 1st (8S):
T-Shirt 2nd (4S):
T-Shirt 3rd (2S):

Costume 1st (7P):
Costume 2nd (5P):
Costume 3rd (3P):
Costume 4th (2P):
Costume 5th (1P):

Best Banner 1st (5P):
Best Banner 2nd (4P):
Best Banner 3rd (3P):
Best Banner 4th (2P):
Best Banner 5th (1P):

Largest Banner 1st (5P):
Largest Banner 2nd (3P):
Largest Banner 3rd (1P):

Most Banners 1st (5P):
Most Banners 2nd (3P):
Most Banners 3rd (1P):

LARP Player 1st (12P):
LARP Player 2nd (8P):
LARP Player 3rd (4P):
LARP Player 4th (2P):

LARP Clan 1st (12P):
LARP Clan 2nd (8P):
LARP Clan 3rd (4P):
LARP Clan 4th (2P):

RPG Best Players (1P):
















RPG Best New Players (1P):











Total:
Legacy Total:
Mantis
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
Scorpion
Mantis
Crab
Crane

Crab
Lion
Mantis
Spider

Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Lion

Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Spider

Lion
Spider
Dragon

Phoenix
Scorpion
Crab

Dragon
Spider
Scorpion
Scorpion
Phoenix

Spider
Crane
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crab

Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion

Phoenix
Scorpion
Crab

Unicorn
Lion
Scorpion
Crane

Unicorn
Lion
Crane
Scorpion

Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn
Crab
Lion
Dragon
Mantis
Unicorn
Mantis
Crane
Crane
Dragon
Unicorn

Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Crane
Crane
Lion
Crane
Mantis
Crab
Crab
Unicorn
Mantis
44 Players
32 Players
Richard Chan
Carl Harris
Shane Pheeney
Martie van der Leest
Dan Juleff
Michael Hill
Daniel Chlebowczyk
Tarl Cowley

Dan Juleff
Brent Steeves
Richard Chan
Charles Thorp

Jon Butler
Calvin Kelley
Lincoln Hely
Chris Bridgeman

Calvin Kelley
Lincoln Hely
Jason Parravicini
Damien Hennesey

Brent Steeves
Damien Hennesey
Bryn Smyrna-Jones





Calvin Kelley
Charles Thorp
Dan Juleff
Lincoln Hely
Patrick van Rooyen

Charles Thorp
Tarl Cowley
Jon Butler
Brad Hackworthy
Jason Parravicini

Lincoln Hely
Brad Hackworthy
Jon Butler





Tim Wilson
Lisa McOrist
Martie van der Leest
Glenn Richards






Toby McGrath
Chris Earl
John Lambert
Nathan Weston
Brad Hackworthy
Elizabeth Corsair
Tarl Cowley
Lisa McOrist
John Lambert
Zorro Smith
Robert Anderson-Hunt
Gareth Roberts
Katie Brown
Glenn Richards
Wayne Russel
Belinda Smith

Toby McGrath
Martie van der Leest
Chris Earl
Hayden Tunncliffe
Katie Brown
Connan Bruce
Hayden Tunncliffe
Gareth Roberts
Colin Roy
Floyd Roberts
Richard Willis
Steve Joans


Story Point: Moshi Amika will hear
the last words of the dying Sun.
Fiction: Sun and Moon, Part I
Card: Whispers of the Dying Sun

































































Race for the Throne:
Dragon will receive 13 politics points,
4 economy points, 1 spirit point and
8 knowledge points.
Scorpion will receive 32 politics points,
10 economy points, 4 military points,
4 spirit points and 4 knowledge points.
Crane will receive 15 politics points
and 1 military point.
Lion will receive 18 politics points,
1 economy point, 2 military points and
5 spirit points.
Mantis will receive 4 politics points
and 14 military points.
Unicorn will receive 28 politics points
and 6 military points.
Crab will receive 5 politics points,
8 military points, 2 spirit points and
3 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 10 politics points,
1 military point, 3 spirit points
and 1 knowledge point.
Phoenix will receive 6 politics
points and 8 spirit points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth the points listed in the results.

The Heavens are in turmoil.
For too long, the rightful and divine entities of the Celestial Heavens have tolerated the interlopers who walk among them. Although the spirits of past Emperors and those human souls elevated to the status of Fortunes are welcome among them, too many former mortals have overstepped their boundaries and made their home in the Celestial Heavens. Tengoku is the seat of gods, dragons, and Fortunes, and without the acceptance of their betters, mankind has no place there.

This insult will be borne no longer.

The Jade and Obsidian dragons, unique creatures born of destiny and possessing an unprecedented power shared between two realms, have ascended to the Heavens and challenged Hitomi and Yakamo. The rightful will be restored. The truly divine will reign in the Heavens once more, or the current will prove they are truly the divine. And yet, even if the Obsidian and Jade dragons should succeed, the judgment of the Heavens will not yet be finished with mankind.

There will be a reckoning.

This is only the beginning.

Lord Sun has been challenged for his position by the Jade Dragon, and one shall be cast down from the sky by the victor of this titanic struggle. One fights for the right of the conqueror, the other for celestial balance. Even as the power of the defeated fades, one shall fall to earth and shatter the mountains. Broken and dying, their divinity will dissipate even as mortality rushes in for their last moments. Regardless of who falls, however, the defeated entity will have knowledge beyond the ken of mortals, and knows secrets that can scarcely be contained by the mortal mind. Those who find the fallen in their final moments shall hear these secrets, and be the recipient of a final blessing.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living personality currently aligned to his faction. This individual shall be at the side of the defeated as he dies, and shall be privy to secrets never before heard by mortal ears as the former celestial entity utters his final words.

Gencon Indy, Gencon Australia, the European Championship and the South American Championship are each host to the Samurai Championship Tournament. While each location will have special events, multiple tournaments and activities, the first rounds of the Samurai Championship Tournament will be represented in the main event at each location. 32 players will move on to the finals to be held in Southern California in November of 2008.


Date: July 3rd-6th
Place: Gencon, Brisbane, Australia
Gencon Australia: The Imperial Yojimbo
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:

Mantis
Crab
Scorpion
Crab
34 Players

Richard Chan
Daniel Chlebowczyk
Dan Juleff
Shane Pheeney


Story Point: Tsuruchi Mochisa will be
Seppun Kiharu's Yojimbo.
Fiction: The Heaven's Command
Card: Tsuruchi Mochisa (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
Mantis will receive 4 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point.
Crab will receive 3 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth.

Otomo Hoketuhime, Lady of the Otomo and the unquestioned, ultimate authority of the assembled Imperial families, is dead, murdered by an assassin even as she resumed power over the Imperial Court in the city of Toshi Ranbo. Months before her death, Hoketuhime had taken as her yojimbo Hiruma Todori, daimyo of the Hiruma family and one of the students of the lost Hiruma techniques. Many among the Imperial families had hoped perhaps that this would be an opportunity to establish a closer bond between them and the Great Clans, but sadly that was not to be; Todori's resentment over being compelled to serve was clear, and Hoketuhime took no steps to conceal her enjoyment over his consternation.

Now, in the wake of her death, the Imperials realize more than ever that they must build bridges with the Great Clans if they are to have any hope of surviving. Seppun Kiharu, the aged daimyo of the Seppun family and the master of the Brotherhood of Shinsei's Order of Ten Thousand Temples, now seeks a yojimbo among the ranks of the Great Clans. Unlike Hoketuhime, however, Kiharu seeks someone with whom he can establish a rapport, perhaps even friendship, and to whom he can pass on some measure of his wisdom before his impending retirement. If he is successful, he reasons, then perhaps he can ensure that his family will continue to prosper even if a new dynasty takes the throne in the coming months.

The winner of this tournament may select any one currently legal, non-experienced personality to receive the invitation to serve as the chief yojimbo for Seppun Kiharu. Clan Champions are not eligible to be selected. Family daimyo will be considered if the winner requests it, but may be declined.


Date: July 5th
Place: Gencon, Brisbane, Australia
The Mouzaka Championship: A Fork in the Road
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Highest Attendance:
Total:
Crab
Unicorn
Scorpion
Lion
Phoenix
Lion
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Spider
Dragon
Scorpions
42 Players
Panos Georgopoulos
George Proikas
Nikos Tsetelis
Antonis Panagiotopoulos
Dimitris Giannakis
Maria Zavaliadou
Sotiris Apostolou
Robert Almgren
Sotiris Apostolou
Tolis Koutsikos
Robert Almgren


Story Point: Kaiu Taru will be approached by
Muzaka and will receive a vision of impending disaster.
Fiction: Letters
Fiction: The Burning Wall, Part II
Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 1 military point and 1 spirit point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point,
3 knowledge points, 3 politics points
and 1 economy points.
Dragon will receive 3 economy points
and 1 knowledge point.
Spider will receive 1 politics point.
Phoenix will receive 3 spirit points.
Crab will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Fortunes are fickle, mysterious creatures.

Every year, the Fortune of Enigmas, Muzaka, takes human form and walks among the people of Rokugan, never revealing his presence until he finds the one person he seeks. When he finally selects the one person that he wishes to speak to, Muzaka challenges them to a friendly game of riddles, or perhaps a puzzle. The nature of the contest varies every year, but it is always some manner of enigma. If the individuals declines, the Fortune moves on to find another, and the subject never realizes that he has had a brush with divinity. Few refuse, however, for something about Muzaka compels others to participate in his games, no matter how dire the circumstances otherwise. For those who defeat the Fortune in a simple game, the truth is revealed, and Muzaka offers a prize to the victor: a chance to glimpse events that have not yet taken place.

Sometimes the vision is of great things yet to come, and the responsibility for ensuring that this comes to pass falls upon the winner of the duel.

Sometimes the vision is of terrible things that will befall a family, or a clan, or the entire Empire, and the only one who can prevent these things is the winner.

The vision is a burden, and has destroyed more than one winner in the centuries since Muzaka began his strange games. What the ultimate purpose is, none can say, but the simple fact of the matter is that no one who encounters the Fortune is ever the same again.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-unique personality currently affiliated with his faction. That character will be challenged to a duel of games by Muzaka, the Fortune of Enigmas. The winner may choose whether the personality sees a vision of great things to come, or of impending disaster. Either way, it will be the duty of that personality to try and steer the course toward or away from the events of the vision.


Date: July 5th-6th
Place: Athens, Greece
Website: http://l5r.gr/mouzaka/index.html
The Fifth Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the Fifth Leg of the Race for the Throne, running from April 1st to June 30th, 2008.

Military

Win a Level 10 Store event: 4/2/1/1 points
Win a Kotei Event: 2/1 points


Economy

Koku Pledge: 1 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 3 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 5/3/1 points
Farthest Travelled at Each 5th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at Level 10 events)


Politics
Design a Castle or Fortress (RPG Contest): 7/5/3/1
Best Clan Attire at Each 5th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at Level 10 events)
Most Personality Copies sent to AEG: 5/3/1 points


Knowledge

Best Story or Theme Deck at each 5th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at Level 10 events)
How to Play L5R CCG Video: 5/3/1 points
How to Play L5R RPG Video: 5/3/1 points


Spirit

Most NEW Imperial Assembly Subscriptions each month: 5/3/1 points
Sportsmanship Award at Each 5th Leg Event: 1 (3/1 at Level 10 events)
Charity event contest: 5/3/1


Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Fifth Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 12 6 1 6 5
Crane 13 4 9 5 5
Dragon 11 11 17 15 30
Lion 27 3 15 6 8
Mantis 14 30 2 2 6
Phoenix 11 1 3 5 2
Scorpion 14 28 21 19 22
Spider 8 6 2 3 2
Unicorn 26 2 7 1 8


Temptations:
Scorpion: The Scorpion are known as the Clan of Secrets, and for good reason. There are few in the Empire who can rival their ability to ferret out knowledge and conceal it from others, when it suits their purposes. Throughout history, however, there has been one group that has managed not only to conceal themselves almost completely from the Scorpion’s prying eyes, but to gather secrets from the Clan of Secrets without being noticed. For centuries this group has made mockery of what the Scorpion stand for, always slipping under the radar of the supposed "Clan of Secrets."

Until now.

If this Temptation is accepted, the Scorpion Clan will discover the location of the Hidden Fortress, the secret lair of the Kolat Masters, and lay waste to it. In the process of doing so, they will seize the most valuable treasure that the Kolat have ever possessed, the ancient crystal known as the Oni’s Eye, and make careful use of it to advance their own agendas.

If the Temptation is accepted, Scorpion players will receive an exclusive Scorpion-only item, The Oni's Eye. This will be legal for both Samurai Edition and the next upcoming format.
Story Point: The Scorpion will destroy the Hidden Fortress.
Fiction: War Amid the Shadows
Lion: There can be no question that, in the wake of their victory over the Unicorn, the Lion are the pre-eminent military force in the Empire, and some say the world. Thus far, in the history of Rokugan, there has been nothing to suggest that this claim can be refuted. In the modern age, however, there is greater contact with the world beyond the Empire than ever before, and even the traditionally xenophobic Lion have begun to hear rumors of other cultures and their powerful armies.

If this Temptation is accepted, then among the items recovered from the Unicorn lands will be discovered an exhaustive and detailed treatise on the unit structure and military tactics of what many believe to be the most powerful military in the known world: the Yodotai. With this information in hand, the Lion Clan alone may be the only force in the world that can rival the power of the Yodotai centurion legions.

If the Temptation is accepted, Lion players will receive an exclusive Lion-only item, which represents the tactics learned. This will be legal for both Samurai Edition and the next upcoming format.
Story Point: The Lion will discover a Yodotai military treatise.
Fiction: The Heaven's Will, Part I
Mantis: Despite their formal status as a Great Clan, the Mantis have suffered quietly for years as their enemies and detractors use their Minor Clan origins against them, even if they do so quietly to avoid calling into question an Imperial decree. Along among the Great Clans, the Mantis were not founded by a child of the Sun and Moon, and their representation in the Celestial Courts of Tengoku is ever called into question. The Mantis are a valiant and courageous people, however, and have earned the favor of the mighty Thunder Dragon, who has the ability to at last end this unfortunate state of being.

If this Temptation is accepted, the celestial Thunder Dragon will use a fraction of its power to reward the Mantis for their courage and valor, and suffuse the spirit of Yoritomo, an attendant in the Celestial Court, with its essence. Yoritomo will become a Kami in all but birth, and the heavenly patronage of the Mantis Clan will be without question throughout the Heavens and the Empire, for eternity.

If the Temptation is accepted, Mantis players will receive an exclusive Mantis-only item, a Shrine to the Yoritomo Kami. This will be legal for both Samurai Edition and the next upcoming format
Story Point: Yoritomo will become a Kami in all but birth.
Fiction: Preparations, Part I
Fiction: A New Empire, Part I
Koku Drive 5

Single Largest Pledge: Scorpion
Most Koku Overall: Mantis 36,000+
2nd: Scorpion 30,000+
3rd: Dragon 6,000+
Clan Koku Points
Mantis 36000+ 12
Scorpion 30000+ 10
Dragon 6000+ 2
Crane 3000+ 1

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 1 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 3 Economy points, and the clan with the most total koku will earn 5 Economy points.


Personality Pledges 5

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Results
Scorpion Bayushi Kosaku
Dragon Mirumoto Taishuu Fiction: Scenes from the Empire X
Spider Daigotsu Usharo

The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Politics points in the Race to the Throne: 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Imperial Assembly Membership Drive

Month: Clans:
April
Dragon
Scorpion
Lion
May
Scorpion
Dragon
Crab
June
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion

Each month, the clans with the most new subscribers to the Imperial Assembly will gain spirit points for bringing new players into the clans. For the months of April, May and June, the point awards will be 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third.


Stronghold Design Contest

Winner: Stronghold: Results:
Lucas Twyman (Dragon) Jousai Tengai Dragon will receive 7 politics points.
Case Lopez (Crane) Shiro Nodoka Crane will receive 5 politics points.
Amanda Martyn (Dragon) Wrath of the Kami Dragon will receive 3 politics points.

Players may create a new castle or fortress for the L5R RPG! Three entries per person, maximum. No more than 3000 words per entry. Email submissions to race@alderac.com. Illustration of the floor-plan is not necessary. Winners may be used in the L5R RPG.

Charity Event Contest

Winners: Results:
Dragon Spirit of the Dragon to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. Dragon will receive 5 spirit points.
Mantis Deeds, Not Words to benefit Habitat for Humanity Mantis will receive 3 spirit points.
Dragon Solving the Riddle to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Dragon will receive 1 spirit point.
Unicorn Voyage en Solidaire to benefit Voyage en Solidaire Unicorn will receive 1 spirit point.
Dragon Dragon's Blood to benefit Heartland Blood Centers Dragon will receive 1 spirit point.
Crab Sixty Pieces of Jade to benefit the American Cancer Society Crab will receive 1 spirit point.

Players may host the best L5R or Clan-themed charity event: food drives, charity fund-raising, etc. Images from the events may be submitted to race@alderac.com


Date: Before June 15th, 2008
Learn to Play L5R Videos
Winners: Results:
CCG 1st:
CCG 2nd:
CCG 3rd:
RPG 1st:
RPG 2nd:
RPG 3rd:
Scorpion
Spider
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion Submission 1
Spider Submission
Scorpion Submission 1
Dragon Submission
Scorpion Submission 3
Scorpion Submission 4
Scorpion will receive 10 knowledge points.
Dragon will receive 5 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.

Create the best How to Play L5R video for either the CCG or RPG. Videos should not be more than 5 minutes, and should get across the basics of what the game is about and how to play. They will be judged on visual quality, accuracy, and entertainment value. RPG and CCG entries will be judged separately.


Tale of a Hero
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Most Represented:
Total:
Spider
Crab
Crab
Scorpion
Dragon
Scorpion
Crab
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
Scorpion
Spider
38 Players
Alex Wong
Kellen Walker
Alfred Dong
Doruk Ozaydin
Ken Kama
Azver Hussain
Chris Armstrong
Ken Kama
Joe Frazier
Robert Fulkerson
Azver Hussain


Story Point: The Spider Clan will get a new Paragon.
Card: Daigotsu Gahseng


Race for the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 1 military point, 1 spirit
point, 1 politics point and 3 economy points.
Dragon will receive 3 spirit points, 1 knowledge
point and 3 politics points.
Crab will receive 3 military points and
3 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 4 military points
and 1 economy point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

The Empire of Rokugan is a land filled with stories. The men and women who dwell there entertain one another, and their children, with stories of heroes long since passed on. It is not only a means of entertainment, but a demonstration of respect and reverence for one's ancestors. It is as much a part of life as breathing or eating. Some tales have become so common, so well-known, that they are the stuff of legend. Heroes from the dawn of the Empire, or the Clan War, are known to virtually everyone in the Empire. Others are less well-known. And other still have yet to be told.

Now is the time for a new tale.

The winner of this tournament will have the opportunity participate in designing a new personality in an upcoming expansion for the L5R CCG. The winner will be able to choose the name of the new character, write an art description, choose one profession for the character (courtier, samurai, or shugenja), and select a flavor trait for them if they wish (such as "Master of Pain" or "Fist of the Khan," to use two previous examples of a flavor trait). Some restrictions will be imposed upon family/occupation combinations. For instance, there are very few Hida courtiers and no Hida shugenja.


Date: June 29th
Place: Dublin, California
Test of the Onyx Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Phoenix
Lion
Dragon
Mantis
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Crab
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
Scorpion
39 People
Benjamin Pattou
Anthony Lawrence
Barry Kunz
Evan Dunn
Barry Kunz
Matt Tyler
Matt Dalen
Josh Griffis
Matt Tyler
Matt Dalen
James Dunning
Dennis Karambelas

Story Point: Isawa Fosuta will be the Onyx Champion.
Fiction: Champions
Card: Isawa Fosuta (Experienced)

Race for the Throne:
Dragon receive 1 Military point, 3 Spirit points,
3 Knowledge points, 1 Politics point and 3 Economy points.
Scorpion receive 1 Economy point, 3 Politics points,
and 1 Spirit point.
Phoenix receive 4 Military points.
Lion receive 2 Military points.
Mantis receive 1 Military point.
Crab receive 1 Knowledge point.


Race for the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

At the head of the dark lord Daigotsu's sinister Spider Clan armies stands a single figure: the Obsidian Champion. Ruthless beyond all comprehension and completely devoid of mercy or compassion, the Obsidian Champion is the ultimate fulfillment of the true Spider philosophy: rule of the strong by domination of the weak. The current Champion, Daigotsu Hotako, formerly known as Yoritomo Hotako, has proven time and time again that the position is hers by strength of arms. Of the many who have challenged her for the position, none have survived. The only man who might possess the skill necessary to unseat Hotako sits at her right hand, utterly loyal to her. He is Daigotsu Fumiaki, the Chief Shireikan of the Spider armies.

But who shall sit at the Obsidian Champion's left hand?

Daigotsu has commanded that military domination is not sufficient for the Spider's ultimate plan to succeed. If victory is truly to be theirs, then the Spider must not only hold the Empire, but transform it as well. Toward that end, the Obsidian Champion has commanded all who seek to serve her as chief shugenja to participate in a grand tournament. The victor shall be responsible not only for the corruption of the Empire, but for converting the weak-willed fools of Rokugan to the worship of the Dark Kami, Fu Leng. This individual, this Onyx Champion, shall be the mouthpiece of a god in a hostile Empire, a voice of reason that leads the sheep of Rokugan to the true light of Fu Leng's grace.

The winner of this tournament may select any one living, non-experienced personality of their faction who is no longer legal in the current environment. Champions and family daimyo are not eligible to be selected for this prize. The chosen individual will be revealed to have converted to the Spider Clan, and will rise to the position of Onyx Champion, serving the Obsidian Champion and the dark lord Daigotsu as one of the Spider Clan's most powerful individuals.

Winning this tournament with a pure deck will not have an impact on the result. Regardless of the status of your deck, by winning with your chosen faction you are condemning a member of that clan to service among the Lost.

Choose carefully.


Date: June 21st
Place: West Babylon, New York
The Blessings of P'an Ku
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1:
Sportsman 2:
Theme Deck 1:
Theme Deck 2:
Best Attire 1:
Best Attire 2:
Furthest Traveled 1:
Furthest Traveled 2:
Total:
Unicorn
Mantis
Lion
Crane
Lion
Crab
Lion
Scorpion
Lion
Scorpion
Scorpion
Scorpion
54 People
Matt Butterfield
Jesse Anderson
Anthony Manes
Nick Jones
Val Parmley

Leif Paulson
Dave Laderoute
Anthony Manes
Dave Laderoute
Erin Ross
Myke Clark

Story Point: Hidekazu will become a Unicorn Clan Samurai.
Fiction: Into the Mountains
Card: Moto Chiang (Experienced Hidekazu)



Race for the Throne:
Unicorn will receive 4 military points.
Lion will receive 1 military point,
3 spirit points, 3 knowledge points and
3 politics points.
Mantis will receive 2 military points.
Crane will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Additional points in each of the other spheres will be awarded, 3 points for first place and 1 for second.

Somewhere in the Empire, a madman sits in the darkness and laughs. His name is Hidekazu, or perhaps it is not. He is not certain, nor does he care. Hidekazu professes to be a disciple of P'an Ku, although no one can say for certain if that is true because no one knows exactly what P'an Ku is. Some believe it was a ruse used by Fu Leng during his first war against the Empire. Others believe it was a dragon that unmade itself rather than fall to corruption. There are as many myths as there are men who care to spin stories of the creature and its fate, whatever that may be. Most dismiss Hidekazu as a fool and a madman. Others agree that he is a madman, but not a fool, and they wisely keep away.

Divine or insane, Hidekazu has abilities that no one can comprehend. In the name of his possibly dead god, he will infiltrate the ranks of a Great Clan and spread his particular brand of insanity.

The winner of this tournament may choose to have Hidekazu become a member of his clan, replacing a low level member of the clan and hiding himself among their ranks. The winner may also choose what manner of role the madman will play within the clan, and gain an additional point for the Race for the Throne in the process. If Hidekazu is a samurai, the clan gains one additional Military point. If he is a courtier, they gain a Political point. Monk gains a Spirit point, merchant an Economic point, and Shugenja a Knowledge point. Hidekazu will receive an experienced personality aligned to the winner's clan that will have the keyword in question.

However, the winner may instead choose to have Hidekaze join the ranks of a different clan. If this happens, he may still choose what type of personality Hidekazu will be, and the clan that he joins will lose one point in that Sphere. Hidekazu will still receive an experienced version that will be aligned to the clan of the winner's choice.

What effect will Hidekazu have on the ranks of the clan he joins?

No one knows.

Yet.

But we will find out on during the summer solstice in the Bay of Green Coral.


Date: June 21st
Place: Gnome Games, Green Bay, Wisconsin
The Fourth Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the Fourth Leg of the Race for the Throne, running from January 1st to March 30th, 2008.

Military

Win the Favor of the Imperial Storyteller: 4/2/1/1 points
Win a Kotei Event: 2/1 points
Win the Blood of Champions: 2/1 points


Economy

Koku Pledge: 1 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 3 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 5/3/1 points
Farthest Travelled at Each 4th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at the Imperial Storyteller)


Politics
Design a School (RPG Contest): 7/5/3/1
Best Clan Attire at Each 4th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at the Imperial Storyteller)
Most Personality Copies sent to AEG: 5/3/1 points


Knowledge

Best Story or Theme Deck at each 4th Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at the Imperial Storyteller) Treatise on Politics (hosted by thecraneclan.net): 5/3/1 points
L5R Online Quiz Day: 5/4/3/2/1 points


Spirit

Most NEW Imperial Assembly Subscriptions each month: 5/3/1 points
Sportsmanship Award at Each 4th Leg Event: 1 (3/1 at the Imperial Storyteller)
L5R Motivational Poster Contest (Humerous and serious): 5/4/3/2/1


Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Fourth Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 10 2 4 1 13
Crane 12 4 2 1 3
Dragon 6 8 4 1 20
Lion 15 4 10 0 6
Mantis 1 17 3 2 7
Phoenix 5 2 0 1 5
Scorpion 13 4 8 8 22
Spider 0 3 3 21 6
Unicorn 7 13 6 1 2


Temptations:
Lion: For years before the onset of the Clan War, the Ancestral Blade of the Lion Clan was kept within the Imperial Palace in Otosan Uchi. After the fall of the Hantei Dynasty, it was eventually gathered together with the other ancestral blades and scattered across the sky by the wrathful Lady Shinjo, who believed that the Great Clans had disgraced their founders and the first Emperor. Since that time the Lion have made great use of other blades, including the Celestial Sword of the Lion, forged by the Fortune of Steel, and the blades Chukandomo and Daitan, powerful blades in their own right. None, however, has truly equaled the power of the Ancestral Blade of the Lion Clan.

If this Temptation is accepted, then one among those who dwell within the Celestial Heavens shall recognize the valor and honor of the Lion Clan, and return their blade to them. It will be borne by a powerful messenger chosen by the Heavens, one who shall stand shoulder to shoulder with the Lion, and strengthen their ranks in the process. Lion Clan players in the Imperial Assembly will receive a new personality card of this messenger, as well as their returned Sword.
Story Point: The Celestial Heavens will not return the Ancestral Sword of the Lion.
Spider: Daigotsu's master deception, creating the Spider Clan from the ranks of the Lost, is an unprecedented success. Although there are those who suspect, thus far none can prove any relation between the two groups. By the time the Empire realizes what the true scope of the Spider's threat is, it will be too late. The final stage of the plan is known only to Daigotsu, but already his preparations cause whispers among his followers, whispers of a deathblow dealt to an already flagging Empire. And the final stage, the step necessary to bring the Spider's plan to its most gruesome fruition, is the acceptance of others.

If this Temptation is accepted, one Great Clan will accept the Spider and recognize them before the Empire as a fellow Great Clan. They will present a blade, forged by Rokugan's greatest smiths, to serve as an ancestral blade for the Spider, and one among their number shall be accepted as a high-ranking member of the Spider Clan.

If the Temptation is accepted, the Spider players will receive a personality card of the character that joins them, as well as their new blade. The Clan that chooses to recognize the Spider will be the non-Spider Clan with the lowest Knowledge score in Leg 5. Ties will be broken by lowest Spirit score.
Story Point: The Unicorn will recognize the Spider Clan and they will receive an ancestral sword.
Fiction: The Heaven's Will, Part I II
Political Treatise Contest

Winners: Results:
Principles of Power Ramon Echevarria (Spider) Spider will receive 5 knowledge points.
Grosh's Treatise Ryan Reese (Spider) Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.
Sumi's Letter Jonathan Roden (Dragon) Spider will receive 1 knowledge point.

Players may submit a treatise on politics in Rokugan. The topic may be any clan's point of view on politics or a general overview of politics in Rokugan.


Date: February 28th, 2008
RPG School Contest

Winner: School: Results:
Travis Rhoades Ikoma Brawler School Lion will receive 7 politics points.
Mikael Brodu Baraunghar Ghost Guard School Unicorn will receive 5 politics points.
Daniel Walters Stone Guard Advanced School Lion will receive 3 politics point.
James Freeman Aotora Poison Master Advanced School Scorpion will receive 1 politics point.

Players may submit new schools, paths or advanced schools for the L5R RPG. Use the L5R Third Edition schools as a template. Winners may be used in the L5R RPG. Submissions should be emailed to race@alderac.com.


Koku Drive 4

Single Largest Pledge: Unicorn Ben Raisher (18,000 koku)
Most Koku Overall: Mantis 25330
2nd: Unicorn 18580
3rd: Dragon 13485
Clan Koku Points
Mantis 25330 8
Unicorn 18580 6
Dragon 13485 4
Scorpion 9000+ 3
Crane 3000+ 1

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 1 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 3 Economy points, and the clan with the most total koku will earn 5 Economy points.


Personality Pledges 4

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Fiction
Scorpion Soshi Idaurin Destiny Has No Secrets
Dragon Mirumoto Chojiro
Spider Daigotsu Iemitsu

The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Politics points in the Race to the Throne: 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Imperial Assembly Membership Drive

Month: Clans:
January
Scorpion
Dragon
Crane
February
Scorpion
Dragon
Crane
March
Crab
Dragon
Scorpion

Each month, the clans with the most new subscribers to the Imperial Assembly will gain spirit points for bringing new players into the clans. For the months of January, February and March, the point awards will be 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third.


Motivational Poster Contest
Winners: Clan: Posters (Serious):
1st: James Freeman-Hargis Scorpion
2nd: Tom Sarachan Phoenix
3rd: Nick Grebneff Scorpion
4th: Matt Tyler Dragon
5th: Kevin Blake Crab
Winners: Clan: Posters (Humorous):
1st: Justin Bruegger Crab
2nd: Mason Crawford Spider
3rd: Julie Ratliff Mantis
4th: Daniel Bezerra Dragon
5th: Jean-Philippe Davignon Crane

Inspired by the thread on our RPG forum, we want you to create and submit your best L5R Motivational Posters. They can deal with the RPG, CCG, a particular Clan, or just about anything at all to do with L5R. Points will be given in TWO categories, serious and humorous.

The winner in each category will receive 5 points in the spirit realm. Second place will receive 4 points, third will receive 3, fourth will receive 2 and fifth will receive 1.


Date: February 28th
Kotei 2008
Story Effects:
Fiction: Words and Deeds II Lion: Kill an enemy general (Shinjo Shono)
Fiction: Words and Deeds III Unicorn: Kill an enemy general (Akodo Bakin)
Fiction: The Battle for Sunset Tower Crane: End the life of a Lost (Megumi)
Dragon: Sunset Tower
Dragon: Dark Covenant of Fire
Dragon: Book of Fire
Crane: Hostage from the Dragon
Fiction: Acts of Virtue Crane: Favor from Bayushi Sunetra
Fiction: In Search of the Inferno Lion: Kudo
Mantis: Tsuruchi Sho joins the Jade Hand
Phoenix: Tear of Lady Doji
Phoenix: Journals of Isawa Tsuke
Crab: Ship of jade
Fiction: Small Gains Scorpion: Secrets of the Black Lotus
Scorpion: Zakyo Toshi
Unicorn: Moto Akikazu to study with the Phoenix
Unicorn: Shiro Morito
Spider: Warning from Asahina Sekawa
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VII Crab: Monopoly on tea
Crab: Imo Hana Mura Sake Works
Fiction: Worthy Souls Lion: Kyuden Miya
Fiction: Of Past and Future Lion: Knowledge of Ratling history
Lion: Uninhabited island
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire VIII Unicorn: Favor from Asako Bairei
Scorpion: Scrolls lost to the Lying Darkness
Fiction: Champions Scorpion: Chief magistrate of Toshi Ranbo
Crab: New martial arts style (Tanujitsu)
Crab: Jade cache
Scorpion: Imperial spouse for Bayushi Tsimaru
Fiction: Visitors Unicorn: Shinjo Dun to study at the Akodo War College
Crane: Kakita Nakazo to study at the Akodo War College
Lion: Legion of Two Thousand
Lion: Toku Torid-e
Lion: Mizen Mura
Fiction: Into the Mountains Unicorn: Favor from Yasuki Jinn-Kuen
Fiction: Intervention Mantis: Dragon Guard City
Mantis: South Hub Silk Works
Mantis: Koeru Mura
Fiction: Gifts Dragon: Hostage from the Crane
Fiction: All Things Have a Price Phoenix: Bloodsword
Fiction: Preparations, Part I Scorpion: Rebuild a famous temple
Scorpion: Library lost in Otosan Uchi
Fiction: Preparations, Part II Unicorn: Commune with an ancestral spirit (Iuchi)
Fiction: The Heavens' Command Lion: Favor from Otomo Hoketuhime
Lion: Imperial Librarian
Crane: Shiro Usagi
Fiction: Shadows in the Forest Scorpion: Winter Court
Fiction: The Topaz Championship Unicorn: Question of an Oracle
Fiction: The War of Dark Fire, Part 11 Spider: Establish a northern outpost
Card: The Fingers of Bone Spider: Establish a northern outpost
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire IV Scorpion: Koutetsukan
Scorpion: Book of Air
Fiction: Glory of the Empire II Dragon: Lost naga temple


Location Date Choice 1st 2nd 3rd 4th
Kotei Cruise, Florida. [17 People] 2/16 Kudo Nick Moran (Lion) Ben Henderson (Dragon) Jeremy Bloyd (Dragon) Lorie Henderson (Phoenix)
Dublin, Ireland. [38 People] 3/1 Doji's Tears Kay Stattmueller (Phoenix) Michael Verditiore (Lion) Salman Barakat (Crab) Aaron Boyhan (Unicorn)
Green Bay, Wisconsin. [104 People] 3/1 Take a Crane political prisoner Evan Hixon (Dragon) Dave Seefeldt (Crane) Howard Hooven (Spider) Kyle Otte (Dragon)
Dublin, California. [75 People] 3/1 Imo Hana Mura Sake Works Karl Prince (Crab) Alfred Dong (Mantis) Craig Hopkins (Phoenix) Joe Bartolick (Crab)
Toulouse, France. [86 People] 3/1 Kyuden Miya Hervier Loic (Lion) Nicolas Dufau (Lion) Dolle Florent (Lion) Duthu Sebastien (Spider)
Madrid, Spain. [130 People] 3/1 Kill an enemy general in battle. Victor Diaz (Unicorn) Gerard Torras (Lion) Carlos Saez (Unicorn) Heraclio Sanchez (Crane)
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. [68 People] 3/14 End the life of a Lost member of the clan. Danny Swartz (Unicorn) Jonathan Dunaj (Scorpion) Rob Huber (Scorpion) Dustin Smith (Lion)
Douglasville, Georgia. [90 People] 3/8 Sunset Tower Chris Stevenson (Dragon) Robyn P (Crab) Jason Aken (Crab) David Reed (Lion)
Karlsruhe, Germany. [77 People] 3/8 Zakyo Toshi Marcus Finger (Scorpion - Onis) Christian Horstkoetter (Unicorn) De Ruyck Romain (Unicorn) Lukas Vogelgsang (Crane)
Wroclaw, Poland. [76 People] 3/8 Secrets of the Black Lotus Michal Rapacz (Scorpion) Jakub Klusek (Scorpion) Marcin Zyga (Unicorn) Lukasz Ziemba (Dragon)
Brisbane, Australia. [32 People] 3/8 Emperor's first Winter Court Martie van der Leest (Scorpion) John Pope (Crane) Adam Fry (Crane) Chris Harvey (Lion)
Sebastopol, California. [60 People] 3/8 Chief magistrate of Toshi Ranbo Tristan Muntsinger (Scorpion) Craig Hopkins (Phoenix) Sean Donnelly (Spider) Doruk Ozaydin (Scorpion)
Calgary, Canada. [51 People] 3/22 Legion of Two Thousand Jonas Solberg (Lion) Jerrod Moore (Crane) Patrick Naayer (Unicorn) Case Kiyonaga (Crab)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. [20 People] 3/22 Favor from Bayushi Sunetra Pedro Miranda (Crane) Enram Omar (Lion) Anderson Rosa (Mantis) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. [46 People] 3/23 New martial arts style Case Kiyonaga (Crab) Jerrod Moore (Crane) Andy Huynh (Unicorn) Matt Rose (Scorpion)
Budapest, Hungary. [42 People] 3/29 Shiro Usagi Ysarion Deichl (Crane) Michael Verdefiore (Lion) Scharwin Farnusch (Scorpion) Lukasz Ziemba (Dragon)
Santiago, Chile. [46 People] 3/29 Koutetsukan Walbert Ibarra (Scorpion) Oscar Cooper (Phoenix) Alberto Salazar (Crane) Jorge Matar (Scorpion)
Cincinnati, Ohio. [98 People] 3/29 Imperial librarian Chris Finger (Lion) Jason Aken (Dragon) Kenny Jones (Lion) Paul Ashman (Scorpion)
Tacoma, Washington. [67 People] 4/5 Hero joins the Jade Hand Josh Gaydos (Mantis) Anthony Dingman (Dragon) Greg Byrne (Lion) Greg Wong (Dragon)
Manhattan, Kansas. [87 People] 4/5 Dark Covenant of Fire Chris Nicoll (Dragon) AJ Valle (Unicorn) Chris Dreyer (Spider) Jason Aken (Dragon)
Valencia, Spain. [132 People] 4/5 Journal of a former elemental master Gustavo Caperan (Phoenix) Pablo Rojo (Unicorn) Juan Palomo (Scorpion) Alberto Vazquez (Dragon)
Manila, Philippines. [52 People] 4/5 Shiro Morito Mark Guillen (Unicorn) Roy Umali (Unicorn) Alain Hortillosa (Crane) Irvin Amores (Unicorn)
Pretoria, South Africa. [17 People] 4/5 Lost Naga temple Robert Almgren (Dragon - P) Gerhardus Klopper (Mantis - JH) Amy Brehm (Lion - P) Russell Goldman (Scorpion - P)
Gatineau, Quebec. [39 People] 4/12 South Hub Silk Works Steven Collin (Mantis) Dustin Smith (Lion) Wedge (Dragon) Andrew Findlay (Crab)
Colorado Springs, Colorado. [55 People] 4/12 Jade cache Drew Allen (Crab) Chris Pepe (Lion) Paul Merchant (Scorpion) James Matthews (Phoenix)
Sheffield, United Kingdom. [79 People] 4/12 Owed a favor by Yasuki Jinn-Kuen. Aaron Boyhan (Unicorn) Eric Hoath (Scorpion) Jon Butler (Dragon) Eoin Burke (Crab)
San Diego, California. [People] 4/12 Find a lost Bloodsword Craig Hopkins (Phoenix - P) Eric Boehm (Lion - T) Joe Frazier (Dragon - P) Ben Pollock (Scorpion - P)
Sao Paulo, Brazil. [39 People] 4/12 Kyuden Seppun Andre Martins (Unicorn) Diego Bianchi (Mantis) Jeova Neto (Lion) Galileu Paolo (Crab)
Lyon, France. [People] 4/19 Recover scrolls lost to the Lying Darkness Laurent Simon (Scorpion) Pierre-Emmanuel Bureau (Crane) Salman Barakat (Crab) Laurent Lepvrier (Crane)
Wellington, New Zealand. [19 People] 4/19 Kill an enemy general Chris Bridgeman (Lion) KC Wong (Unicorn) Lincoln Hely (Scorpion) Hamish Thomsen (Phoenix)
South Sioux City, Nebraska. [107 People] 4/26 Toku Torid-e Chris Fuchs (Lion) Daniel Walters (Lion) AJ Valle (Unicorn) Andy Tate (Unicorn)
Rio Rancho, New Mexico. [32 People] 4/26 Book of Fire Chris Pepe (Dragon) Paul Merchant (Scorpion) Marty Lund (Lion) Isaac Cynova (Mantis)
Moscow, Russia. [24 People] 4/26 Warning from Asahina Sekawa Danila Hmyl (Spider) Anton Tamarov (Mantis) Alexander Khlobystov (Dragon) Artem Fomichev (Dragon)
Capital Federal, Argentina. [27 People] 5/3 Student at Akodo War College. Alberto Mora (Crane) Javer Espana (Phoenix) Jorge Matar (Scorpion) Diego Vergara (Dragon)
Brussels, Belgium. [82 People] 5/3 Imperial spouse for Bayushi Tsimaru Laurent Lepvrier (Scorpion) Andreas Ljubisic (Crane) Faber Van Kraanen (Crane) Nicolas Fortune (Crane)
Athens, Greece. [46 People] 5/4 Hostage from the Dragon. Hermes Pirlis (Crane) Nikos Apostolou (Dragon) Haris Prokopiou (Lion) Panos Georgopoulos (Crab)
Rockville, Maryland. [88 People] 5/17 Kill a Lost clan member. Joe Maiden (Crane) Robyn P (Crab) Barry Kunz (Dragon) Dan Seeley (Mantis)
Selangor, Malaysia. [20 People] 5/17 Question from an Oracle. Jason Chew (Unicorn) Ahmad Kamal (Phoenix) Jeremy Ooi (Lion) KC Har (Phoenix)
Fort Worth, Texas. [78 People] 5/17 Knowledge of Ratling history. Marty Lund (Lion) Trevor Nerpel (Dragon) Scott Rixson (Crane) Dan Jacobson (Crab)
Chilliwack, British Columbia. [47 People] 5/17 Establish a northern outpost. Andrew Ornatov (Spider) Leon Phillips (Unicorn) Patrick Naayer (Unicorn) Roger Morrison (Scorpion)
Paris, France. [129 People] 5/17 Student at the Akodo War College Christian Horstkotter (Unicorn) Faber van Kraanen (Lion) Reda Lounis (Dragon) Samuel Benies (Unicorn)
Evansville, Indiana. [76 People] 5/24 Commune with an ancestral spirit. Jason Aken (Unicorn) Hayes Hunter (Lion) Daniel Walters (Lion) Brian Fox (Crane)
Long Beach, California. [54 People] 5/24 Rebuild a famous temple. Tristan Muntsinger (Scorpion) Kele Mendell (Crab) Luke Hoang (Crab) Andrew Flynn (Unicorn)
Aldershot, United Kingdom. [60 People] 5/24 Monopoly on a clan export. James Pratt (Crab) Paul Moore (Lion) Ben Palmer (Lion) Neil Robbins (Lion)
Collinsville, Illinois. [119 People] 5/31 Owed a favor by Otomo Hoketuhime (dead) Hayes Hunter (Lion) Chris Nicoll (Crane) Jason Aken (Unicorn) Matt Kreideweis (Crab)
Antelope, California. [88 People] 5/31 Mizen Mura Case Kiyonaga (Lion) Ohmy Fasuduani (Crane) Chris Cappelletti (Phoenix) Anthony Dingman (Dragon)
Sevilla, Spain. [66 People] Student to learn from the Phoenix Jose Luis Tagarro (Unicorn) Julio Reina (Scorpion) Sergio Angel (Lion) Jorge Cabrejos (Shadowlands)
Nuernberg, Germany. [90 People] 6/7 Ship of Jade Salman Barakat (Crab) Faber van Kraanen (Lion) Marcus Finger (Lion) Ysarion Deichl (Crane)
Melbourne, Australia. [20 People] 6/7 Dragon Guard City Richard Chan (Mantis) Carl Harris (Unicorn) Sam Groom (Crab - Jade Hand) Leigh Gregurke (Scorpion)
Portland, Oregon. [59 People] 6/7 Previously uninhabited island. Carlos Matos (Lion) David Winner (Crane) Mike Petke (Dragon) Case Kiyonaga (Lion)
Maumee, Ohio. [72 People] 6/14 Book of Air Andrew Vought (Scorpion) Dan Sacco (Dragon) Paul Ashman (Dragon) Adam Mollan (Scorpion)
Thunder Bay, Ontario. [36 People] 6/14 Library lost in Otosan Uchi Mike Clark (Scorpion) Brandon Smith (Phoenix) Steven Collin (Mantis) Eric Gardiner (Unicorn)
Anchorage, Alaska. [21 People] 6/15 Koeru Mura Wesley Kreger (Mantis) Joe Desimone (Crane) Nick Keyuravong (Phoenix) Jared Inghram (Mantis)
Orem, Utah. [29 People] 6/21 Favor from Asako Bairei. Michael Tunes (Unicorn) Zack Cameron (Crab) Greg Wong (Dragon) Randy Gustman (Scorpion)
Note: Koteis with dates that are bold or italicized have not yet been added to the points totals.
Clan 1st Place (Pure/Tainted) 2nd Place 3rd Place 4th Place Total Points
Lion 10 13 12 5 108
Unicorn 10 7 8 6 83
Scorpion 10 5 6 11 78
Dragon 5 6 10 9 67
Crane 5 10 5 6 66
Crab 5 4 5 8 50
Phoenix 3 5 3 4 37
Mantis 4 4 2 3 35
Spider 2 0 3 1 15
Shadowlands 0 0 0 1 1
Note: Koteis with dates that are in bold are missing information. Koteis with dates that are in italic are complete, but have not yet been added to points totals.

Key:
BH: Black Heart of the Empire
DL: Allegiance to the Dark Lord
DLF: Dark Lord's Favor
S: Personalities with the Shadowlands Trait
G: Shadowlands gold
BS: Bloodsword/Shamesword
C: Other cards
T: Tainted with unknown cards
F: Fate cards that give the Shadowlands Trait
P: Pure


As winter's last breath fades in the face of spring, the Great Clans look at one another with unabashed hostility. The Winter Court of 1169 taught the samurai of Rokugan but one thing: no man can be selected to sit up on the throne. If there is to be an Emperor, the throne must be taken. With even long-standing alliances strained by the events of the winter, the Great Clans now seek to consolidate their power base, as each takes steps to ensure that their vision of the next dynasty comes to pass, rather than that of their enemies. Resources previously considered unimportant now command the attention of multiple Clans, and the scramble for power has begun in earnest.

On the horizon, the coming storm continues to grow stronger.

During the 2008 Kotei season, the Great Clans are attempting to seize as much power and resources as they can in hopes of placing the next Emperor on the throne. Toward that end, they are taking control of previously unaligned holdings, each one adding something new to their array of resources to be used against their enemies. For each victory during the season, the winner will select one holding or event for their Clan.

The following holdings or resources are available to be chosen beginning with the first Kotei tournament of 2008. At the season's half-way point, additional items will be added to the list for each sphere, ensuring that the prizes for the latter half of the season will have the same allure as those during the first weeks.

Militaristic

* Creation of a new martial arts style (Winner picks the name!)
* Dawn Tower (Location) – One of two towers that guard the Emperor's Bay near the ruins of Otosan Uchi, the Dawn Tower holds great value in terms of guarding West Hub Village.
* Destruction of the Forgotten Sons bandit organization
* Kill an enemy general in an upcoming battle
* Koutetsukan (Location) – The largest and most extensive shipyards in the Empire, Koutetsukan aids in the production of vessels for the Mantis, Crab, Crane, and Phoenix Clans, but swears allegiance to none.
* Loyalty of the Legion of 2,000
* Owed a favor by Bayushi Sunetra
* Shiro Heichi (Location) – The ruined home of the now-extinct Boar Clan, and the home of a mysterious group of spirits called the Shokaki Dogu.
* Shiro Ichiro (Location) – The revitalized home of the Badger Clan, this fortress guards the unoccupied northwestern border of the Empire from all intruders.
* Shiro Morito (Location) – Home to the militant Ox Clan, Shiro Morito sits in the northern regions of Dragon Heart Plain and guards against both the yobanjin tribes to the north as well as stands watch over the ruins of Shiro Chuda.
* A personality from your clan is allowed to study at the Akodo War College.
* Your clan establishes a military outpost beyond Rokugan's northern border.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Fire, a treatise on war and swordsmanship penned by Kakita Tsuken, the Keeper of Fire.
* Gain the loyalty of a troupe of veteran ronin to safeguard your Clan's ancestral estate.

Political

* Appointment as Chief Magistrate in Toshi Ranbo
* Host the first Winter Court of the new Emperor
* Kudo (Location) – A very productive farming village, Kudo is a hotbed of Minor Clan activity and a point of contention among several clans, including Hare, Fox, and Sparrow.
* Kyuden Miya (Location) – Home of the Miya family, Kyuden Miya is also home to one of the greatest stables outside the Unicorn provinces, and one of the most extensive historical records currently in existence anywhere in the Empire.
* Kyuden Seppun (Location) – A great temple and fortress, the home of the Seppun family is important not only to the Imperial families but the Brotherhood as well.
* Mizen Mura (Location) – This village guards the border between the Crane and Imperial lands, and is an important holding to the Seppun family.
* Owed a favor by Otomo Hoketuhime
* Political Hostage taken from a clan of the winner's choosing
* Toku Torid-e (Location) – The Monkey Clan's most important holding, this is the home of their ruling family and the center for their magistrates, who serve the Emperor directly.
* A personality from your Clan is allowed to study at the Doji Courtier School.
* A personality of your choice (pending Story Team approval) receives an Imperial spouse.
* Your clan gains possession of the Book of Air, a treatise on politics and diplomacy by Mirumoto Masae, the Keeper of Air.
* Your clan successfully mediates a dispute between two minor clans.

Spiritual

* Choose a Hero to gain membership in the Jade Hand
* End the life of a Lost member of your Clan
* Dangai (Location) – This small monastery is a center of study and enlightenment for the Brotherhood, and sees visitors and pilgrims from all across the Empire.
* Discover one of Lady Doji's Tears
* Discover one of the lost Dark Covenants of the Elements
* Owed a favor by Seppun Kiharu
* Rebuild a famous temple lost in a war
* Shinden Osano-Wo (Location) – The largest temple to Osano-Wo, the Fortune of Fire and Thunder, this temple is home to the most militant of all monastic orders.
* Shiro Usagi (Location)
* Sunset Tower (Location) – The second of two towers that guard the entrance to Emperor's Bay near Otosan Uchi, the Sunset Tower is a symbol of vigilance and purity to the entire Empire.
* A personality from your clan is allowed to study the ways of the kami with the Phoenix Clan.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Void, a treatise on philosophy and theology penned by Asahina Hira, the Keeper of the Void.
* A member of your clan will commune with an ancestral spirit from the Dawn of the Empire.
* A garden in your clan's lands will become known as the perfect sand garden, maintained by the Brotherhood.

Knowledge

* Ask one question of an Oracle
* Build and host the new Imperial Histories
* Discovery of a Shrine to a forgotten Fortune
* Discover the secrets of a lost Naga temple
* Locate the journals of a former Elemental Master
* Location of one of the lost two Bloodswords
* Owed a favor by Asako Bairei
* Recovery of the contents of a library lost in Otosan Uchi
* Secrets of the Black Lotus Smuggler Cartel
* Vyakarana (Location) – A partially rebuilt Naga city, a portion of Vyakarana is occupied by Unicorn troops with the blessings of the serpent men. The remainder of the city, however, is unoccupied, and quite close to essential Unicorn holdings.
* Your clan will discover the true, complete history of the Nezumi race, perhaps the only such copy in existance.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Water, a treatise on scholarly pursuits and the mythology of the Empire penned by Doji Jun'ai, the Keeper of Water.
* Discover a cache of lost scrolls believed to have been consumed by the Lying Darkness.
* A member of your clan will receive an enigmatic correspondence from Asahina Sekawa, the long-missing Keeper of the Five Rings, containing an important warning.

Economic

* Controlling interest in the preeminent tailor of Toshi Ranbo
* Dragon's Guard City (Location) – Once an essential component of trade from Otosan Uchi to the northern Empire, Dragon Guard City sits within Treacherous Pass, and remains a vital trade point for all exports from the revitalized Hub Villages.
* Establish a monopoly on one of your Clan's exports
* Imo Hana Mura Sake Works
* Koeru Mura (Location) – Despite its small size, Koeru Mura is home to exceptionally fertile farmlands and constantly produces crops in excess of what is required for its needs and taxes, and sells its excess to various Minor Clans each year.
* Owed a favor by Yasuki Jinn-Kuen
* Seizure of a cache of jade from smugglers
* Services of the Empire's most skilled silversmith
* Southern Hub Village Silk Works
* Zakyo Toshi (Location) – The so-called “Pleasure City” is a haven to vice and corruption, but is also an incredibly lucrative holding that produces wealth far in excess of its size each year.
* Your clan discovers a lost shipping vessel from the Ivory Kingdoms, blown far off course, its crew long dead and its hold full of jade.
* Your clan gains possession of The Book of Earth, a treatise on minimalism, resources and the management thereof penned by Kaiu Sugimoto, the Keeper of Earth.
* Certain members of your clan secretly sponsor a smuggling ring operating within your enemies' lands.
* Your clan will establish a formal holding on a previously uninhabited island a short distance from the Islands of Silk & Spice.

NOTE: The choices do NOT confer additional points in the Race, the categories are simply to assist in understanding of their meaning and influence on the Clans.
Kotei 2008: Other Points
Story Effects:



Location Date Sportsman (Spirit) Theme Deck (Knowledge) Attire (Politics) Farthest Traveled (Economy) Bonus
Kotei Cruise, Florida. [17 People] 2/16 Zach (Spider) Dave Laderoute (Scorpion) Dave Laderoute (Scorpion) Ben Henderson (Dragon)
Dublin, Ireland. 3/1 Salman Barakat (Crab) Justin Walsh (Spider) Mary Burke (Scorpion) Luke Fleeman (Spider)
Green Bay, Wisconsin. 3/1 Sam Osborn (Dragon) Rick Heinz (Scorpion) Dave Laderoute (Scorpion) Jazz Sutto (Lion)
Dublin, California. 3/1 Kellen Walker (Crab) Josh Fohrman (Spider) Amanda Lau (Crane) Paul Brown (Scorpion)
Toulouse, France. 3/1 Jean-Baptiste Corbier (Lion) Benoit Goyheneche (Spider) Jean-Christophe Cahuzac (Crab) Matthieu Guyot (Crab)
Madrid, Spain. 3/1 Alberto Vazquez (Dragon) Ruben Aguilera (Spider) Hector Salgado (Scorpion) Borja Collantes (Crab)
Feeding Hills, Massachusetts. [People] 3/14 Jason Mitchell (Dragon) Art Tebbel (Spider) Benjamin Pattou (Unicorn) James Matthews (Phoenix)
Douglasville, Georgia. [90 People] 3/8 Craig Yoshihara (Unicorn) Thao Nguyen (Scorpion) Erin Ross (Scorpion) Branden Bauer (Dragon)
Karlsruhe, Germany. [People] 3/8 Sebastian Wagner (Scorpion) Rene Daszenies (Crab) Robert Almgren (Dragon) Robert Almgren (Dragon)
Wroclaw, Poland. [76 People] 3/8 Przemyslaw Stepien (Lion) Adam Hans (Crane) Damian Chmielewski (Spider) Daniel Niebieszczanski (Unicorn)
Brisbane, Australia. [32 People] 3/8 Wayne Dyvestyn (Scorpion) Rachel Jackson (Scorpion) Jason Paravacini (Crab) Damien Hennesy (Spider)
Sebastopol, California. [60 People] 3/8 Josh Howard (Lion) Bryan Reese (Unicorn) Amanda Lau (Crane) Matt Lienau (Phoenix)
Calgary, Canada. [51 People] 3/22 Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) Ryan Buhler (Scorpion) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Paul Chang (Crane)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil. [20 People] 3/22 Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion) Ademar Savaki (Phoenix) Ademar Savaki (Phoenix) Jehovah Netto (Lion)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. [46 People] 3/23 Leif Steiztol (Lion) James Douglass (Mantis) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Paul Chang (Crane)
Budapest, Hungary. [42 People] 3/29 Timo Sternberg (Unicorn) Alain Morange (Scorpion) Alain Morange (Scorpion) Antonio Montenegro (Mantis)
Santiago, Chile. [People] 3/29 Walbert Ibarra (Scorpion) Cesar Campos (Scorpion) Fernando Efe (Scorpion) Carlos Rivera (Spider)
Cincinnati, Ohio. [98 People] 3/29 Leanne Orwigg (Mantis) Arron Damen (Mantis) Jim Chattem (Scorpion) Lon Schlittenhart (Lion)
Tacoma, Washington. [67 People] 4/5 Morgan Holland (Crane) James Watson (Mantis) Morgan Holland (Crane) Matt Demand (Spider)
Manhattan, Kansas. [People] 4/5 Anthony Manes (Lion) Tim McLees (Spider) David Walters (Lion) Tim McLees (Spider)
Valencia, Spain. [People] 4/5 Manuel Camacho (Dragon) David Cantabrana (Phoenix) Isabel Busquets (Scorpion) Kostas Adamopoulos (Dragon)
Manila, Philippines. [52 People] 4/5 Melvin Melicano (Scorpion) Alain Hortillosa (Crane) Roldan Rosales (Scorpion) Ben ??? (Crab)
Pretoria, South Africa. [17 People] 4/5 Robert Almgren (Dragon) Louis Botha (Dragon) Gerhardus Klopper (Mantis) Robert Almgren (Dragon)
Gatineau, Quebec. [39 People] 4/12 Robert Bellefeuille (Crab) Chad O'Byrne (Phoenix) Brandon Smith (Phoenix) Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion)
Colorado Springs, Colorado. [55 People] 4/12 Crane Crane Unicorn Brad McGinty (Spider)
Sheffield, United Kingdom. [People] 4/12 Mark Armitage (Spider) Mike Dickenson (Crane) Phil Comer (Lion) Morgan Holland (Crane)
San Diego, California. [60 People] 4/12 Joseph Schuster (Dragon) Luke Fleeman (Spider) Dawn Parsons (Spider) Paul Chang (Crane)
Sao Paulo, Brazil. [39 People] 4/12 Marco Aurelio (Scorpion) Marco Aurelio (Scorpion) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion)
Lyon, France. [105 People] 4/19 Baptiste Jouaneton (Crab) Oliver Rivera (Spider) Benjamin Pattou (Unicorn) Benjamin Pattou (Unicorn)
Wellington, New Zealand. [19 People] 4/19 Chris Bridgeman (Lion) James Dunning (Dragon) Meredith Lalande (Scorpion) Morne Henderson (Crab)
South Sioux City, Nebraska. [106 People] 4/26 Dan Lennon (Hare) Jesse Wallace (Scorpion) Daniel Walters (Lion) Eric Welsh (Crab)
Rio Rancho, New Mexico. [32 People] 4/26 Dan Merchant (Dragon) Dan Merchant (Dragon) Jacob Claussen (Unicorn) Michael Brown (Scorpion)
Moscow, Russia. [24 People] 4/26 Natasha Abramova (Phoenix) Nikolay Roganov (Crane) Natasha Abramova (Phoenix) Dmitry Chizhevsky (Lion)
Capital Federal, Argentina. [27 People] 5/3 Walbert Ibarra (Scorpion) Alexander Iartsev (Scorpion) Almendra Baez (Scorpion) Felipe Abarzua (Dragon)
Brussels, Belgium. [People] 5/3 Arnaud Petit (Mantis) Alain Morange (Scorpion) Alain Morange (Scorpion) Alexander Gehrlein (Spider)
Athens, Greece. [46 People] 5/4 Nick Mantzouratos (Scorpion) Sotiris Apostolou (Scorpion) Stasinos Karampatsos (Mantis) Antonio Montenegro (Mantis)
Selangor, Malaysia. [20 People] 5/17 Andypura Zachardyutama (Crab) Chong Fook Jade (Scorpion) Mohd Hafeezal Izwan (Unicorn) Alvin Yeoh (Unicorn)
Fort Worth, Texas. [78 People] 5/17 Kilian Downey (Mantis) Nathan SchattmanLion David Bennett (Crane) Jared Noble (Crab)
Chilliwack, British Columbia. [47 People] 5/17 Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) Brian Pickles (Dragon) Robert Sarnowski (Scorpion) Brian Pickles (Dragon)
Paris, France. [129 People] 5/17 Laurent Lepvrier (Scorpion) Gregoire Lefebvre (Scorpion) Michael Hubert (Scorpion) Antonio Montenegro (Mantis)
Rockville, Maryland. [88 People] 5/17 Paul Chang (Crane) Matt Dalen (Dragon) Robert Almgren (Dragon) Dennis Karembelas (Scorpion)
Evansville, Indiana. [76 People] 5/24 Jim Chatham (Scorpion) Steve Lawson (Dragon) Erykah Fassett (Crane) Robert Almgren (Dragon)
Long Beach, California. [54 People] 5/24 Thomas Lee (Phoenix) Stephanie Dane (Spider) Joe Frazier (Dragon) Chad Kirby (Mantis)
Aldershot, United Kingdom. [60 People] 5/24 Bobby Moran (Scorpion) Stuart Taylor (Lion) Paul Moore (Lion) Antonio Montenegro (Mantis)
Collinsville, Illinois. [119 People] 5/31 Aryn Keeney (Mantis) Thomas Graham (Scorpion) Kate Adams (Lion) Lincoln Hely (Scorpion)
Antelope, California. [88 People] 5/31 Josh Fohrman (Spider) Calvin Culp (Crab) Amanda Lau (Crane) Anthony Doornebosch (Spider)
Sevilla, Spain. [66 People] 5/31 Fernando Arsuaga (Unicorn) Antonio Gonzalez (Unicorn) Altair Perez (Phoenix) Antonio Montenegro (Mantis)
Nuernberg, Germany. [90 People] 6/7 Meik Nowak (Unicorn) Juliane Mittasch (Phoenix) Timo Sternberg (Unicorn) Amy Brehm (Lion)
Melbourne, Australia. [20 People] 6/7 Mark Biffin (Crane) Ookami (Lion) Steven Merlo (Scorpion) Michael Hill (Mantis)
Portland, Oregon. [People] 6/7 Ashe Arala (Scorpion) Marcos Tunes (Phoenix) Benjamin Pattou (Phoenix) Patricia Klouchek (Unicorn)
Maumee, Ohio. [72 People] 6/14 Joe Streidl (Crane) Arren Daman (Mantis) Ryan O'Leary (Crab) Eric Welsh (Crab)
Thunder Bay, Ontario. [36 People] 6/14 Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) Andrew Laderoute (Crab) Eric Gardiner (Unicorn) Robert Bellefeuille (Crab)
Anchorage, Alaska. [21 People] 6/15 Drew Lanz (Dragon) Kacie Carlson (Crane) Nolan Oliver (Spider) Wesley Kreger (Mantis)
Orem, Utah. [29 People] 6/21 Mark Williams (Dragon) Marcus Tunes (Phoenix) Scorpion Paul Chang (Crane)
Note: Koteis with dates that are bold or italicized have not yet been added to the points totals.
The Blood of Champions
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Lion
Phoenix
Scorpion
Dragon
Spider
Spider
Spider
Crane
42 Players
Brian Yoon
Craig Hopkins
Tristan Muntsinger
Karl Prince
Stephanie Dane
Denis Holiday
Dawn Parsons
Paul Change

Story Point: Akodo Shigetoshi will have a child.
Fiction: Words and Deeds, Part I


Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 2 military points.
Phoenix will receive 1 military point.
Spider will receive 1 spirit, politics and knowledge point.
Crane will receive 1 economy point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 2 military points for first place and 1 for second. One additional point in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

For over a thousand years, the blood of the Kami has reigned in the Empire of Rokugan. Though interrupted, the bloodlines of Hida, Doji, Togashi, Akodo, Shiba, Bayushi, and Shinjo have never lost the powerful influence they wield in the world of mortals. It is the duty of all samurai, particularly those who bear the name of a god, to see to it that their line continues. Unfortunately, decades of war and strife have ended many bloodlines without heirs, making those that continue all the more important, for only those with the blood of Champions are truly fit to rule the Empire.

The winning faction of this tournament will discover that their Champion is to have a son or daughter, ensuring that their line will continue uninterrupted for another generation. The winner may choose the gender of the child, and can determine whether or not that child has the gift that will allow them to speak to the kami when they come of age in the course of time.


Date: February 9th
Place: Irvine, California
Favor of the Imperial Storyteller
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman 1st:
Sportsman 2nd:
Theme Deck 1st:
Theme Deck 2nd:
Best Attire 1st:
Best Attire 2nd:
Furthest Traveled 1st:
Furthest Traveled 2nd:
Total:
Crane
Unicorn
Crab
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
Spider
Scorpion
Mantis
Scorpion
Mantis
Lion
64 Players
Thomas Pecqueur
Julius Van Der Steen
Gael Schmidt-Cleach
Simon Lapierre
William Marcelli
Owen Michaud
Julien Harquet
Alain Morange
Stasinos Karampatsos
Alain Morange
Stasinos Karampatsos
Ivan Kalatchev

Story Point: The Crane Clan will receive the favor of the Imperial Storyteller.
Fiction: Acts of Virtue



Race for the Throne:
Crane will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Crab will receive 1 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military, politics and knowledge point.
Mantis will receive 3 economy, politics and spirit points.
Lion will receive 1 economy and spirit point.
Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second and 1 each for third and fourth. Three points for first place and one point for second place in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

The so-called Imperial Storytellers are an odd lot, but much beloved by the people of Rokugan. Most come from the ranks of the Miya family, but storytellers from the Otomo and even Seppun are not unheard of. Elderly and no longer able to serve in their previous capacity, these samurai instead travel the Empire, visiting the courts and villages of the Great and Minor Clans and sharing stories of valor from the Empire's history with its people. Samurai greatly appreciate the exceptional storytelling skill of these men and women, and the peasants savor any form of entertainment, much less from kindly old samurai who favor them with gifts in the process.

The outcome of this tournament will determine which Great Clan will receive the favor of one of the eldest Imperial Storytellers. The old man will spend a year traveling among the people of that land, bringing glory and honor to their heroes and Champions with his stories, and bringing peace and happiness to the peasants. The Storyteller's presence will doubtless have a significant effect on the clan's attempt to gain the throne.

The winner of this tournament will gain the unprecedented right to ask one favor of the Legend of the Five Rings Story Team. Obviously, all requests are subject to approval, but could include any number of possibilities. Examples of appropriate requests include the following:

1. "Could you write a fiction starring (My Favorite Character!)?"
2. "In the next expansion, could you name one character (Name Here!)?"
3. "Can the next Scorpion fiction feature the origins of Deception's Veil Dojo?"

And so on! Examples of inappropriate requests (which will be instantly denied, and the winner will be asked to supply a new request) include:

1. "Will you bring (My Favorite Character!) back from the dead?"
2. "Will you make (My Favorite Character!) the Clan Champion?"
3. "Can you make (My Favorite Character!) the Emperor if the clan wins the Race?"


Date: February 9th-10th
Place: Starplayer, Paris, France
The Third Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the Third Leg of the Race for the Throne, running from October 1 to December 31, 2007.

Military

Win a Third Leg Event: Various


Economy

Koku Pledge: 1 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 3 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 5/3/1 points
Farthest Travelled at Each 3nd Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at the European Championships)
Koku Auction at European Championships: 5 points for the single largest bid.
Best Bounty at the European Championships (player vote): 5/3/1 points
Emerald and Jade Vote: 7/5/3/1 points


Politics
Best Clan Attire Online Contest: 7/6/5/4/3/2/1
Design an Oni for Halloween (RPG): 7/5/3/1
Best Clan Attire at Each 3nd Leg Event: 1 point (5/4/3/2/1 at the European Championships)
Clan with most new sets of three players at a store: 5/3/1
Best Clan Banner at the European Championships: 5/3/1 points
Most Personality Copies sent to AEG: 5/3/1 points


Knowledge

Best Story or Theme Deck at each 3nd Leg Event: 1 point (3/2/1 at the European Championships) What Came First online contest: 5/3/1 points
Flavor Text Contest: 5/4/3/2/1 points
Treatise on War (hosted by thelionclan.com): 5/3/1 points
Sensei Vote: 7/6/5/4/3/2/1 points


Spirit

Most NEW Imperial Assembly Subscriptions each month: 5/3/1 points
Bleed For Your Clan Blood Drive Day: 5/4/3/2/1 points
Sportsmanship Award at Each 3nd Leg Event: 1 (3/1 at Gencon)
Best L5R Video Contest: 7/5/3/1


Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Third Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 29 4 18 1 7
Crane 8 4 5 5 11
Dragon 14 7 13 9 22
Lion 16 1 5 7 1
Mantis 13 10 7 1 0
Phoenix 7 4 0 13 1
Scorpion 16 15 42 13 21
Spider 0 1 8 17 3
Unicorn 8 6 6 4 2


Temptations:
Dragon: Since the death of Agasha Tamori and the ascension of Tamori Chosai as the Dark Oracle of Fire, the Dragon have narrowly avoided his wrath thanks to the boon demanded by a Phoenix, that Chosai leave the Empire and never return. However, the Dark Oracle has not been idle, and has plagued his former clan with intermittent attacks through his minions, requiring the Dragon to construct a line of Watchtowers for no reason other than to guard against the Dark Oracle’s incursions. With such incredible power at his disposal, there seemed little way to combat the Dark Oracle directly.

Now, however, a chance has presented itself. Sympathetic yobanjin nomads, working together with the last remaining warriors of the Broken Shinbone tribe, have located the Dark Oracle’s lair. If this temptation is accepted, the Dragon will expand their borders for the first time in their clan’s history, seizing land left empty by the Dark Oracle’s machinations, and destroying him in his lair, once and for all. The Dragon will gain vital new land that can be used for farmlands, and the threat to the Empire’s northern border will be destroyed forever.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to receive a new Dragon Clan Stronghold to be designed and printed with an upcoming L5R set.

Before you choose, weigh the cost. For if you accept this temptation, the points you earn in Leg 4 in Spirit will be reduced by half at the conclusion of Leg 4.
Story Point: The Dragon will not expand their borders or destroy the Dark Oracle.
Fiction: The Haze of Time
Scorpion: Among the greatest heroes in the Scorpion Clan’s history is Bayushi Shoju, the maligned genius who attempted to save the Empire and instead is reviled as a traitor and a failure. Indeed, the Scorpion must revere their fallen Champion in secret, for even today his name is uttered as a curse among the other Great Clans. Shoju was even denied entry into the Realm of Blessed Ancestors, as the circumstances of his death prior to the Clan War damned him to the Realm of the Hungry Dead.

Now, however, a hero among the Scorpion will have the opportunity to aid Shoju in re-entering the cycle of rebirth. If this temptation is accepted, the fallen Champion will be born again among the Scorpion, and in time he will rise to greatness and restore the name of his ancestor in the eyes of the entire Empire.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to receive a newly design Scorpion Stronghold to be designed and printed with an L5R set in the near future.

Before you choose, weigh the cost. For if you accept this temptation, the points you earn in Leg 4 in Politics will be reduced by half at the conclusion of Leg 4.
Story Point: Bayushi Shoju will be reincarnated and redeemed.
Fiction: Vengeance
Card: Seven Stings Keep
Koku Drive 3

Single Largest Pledge: Mantis ??
Most Koku Overall: Scorpion 0
2nd: Mantis 0
3rd: Crane 0
Clan Koku Points
Scorpion 6000+ 0
Mantis 3000+ 0
Crane <3000 0

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 1 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 3 Economy points, and the clan with the most total koku will earn 5 Economy points.


Personality Pledges 3

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Fiction
Scorpion Bayushi Saya Scenes from the Empire VIII
Crab Hida Daizu
Spider Voitagi Scenes from the Empire VIII

The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Politics points in the Race to the Throne: 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Imperial Assembly Membership Drive

Month: Clans:
October
Scorpion
Dragon
Crane
November
Scorpion
Crab
Lion
December
Scorpion
Dragon
Crab

Each month, the clans with the most new subscribers to the Imperial Assembly will gain spirit points for bringing new players into the clans. For the months of October, November and December, the point awards will be 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third.


The Topaz Championship
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Unicorn [Pure]
Crab [Pure]
Crab [Tao of Fu Leng]
Scorpion
Dragon
Phoenix
Lion
Dragon
78 People
Andy Tate
Jason Aken
Dan Jacobson
Jesse Wallace
Jonathan Roden
Brook Cunningham
Daniel Waters
Corey McAtee

Story Point: The Topaz Champion will be Shinjo T'sao.
Fiction: The Fortunes Smile
Card: Shinjo T'sao








Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second place, and 1 each for third and fourth place. An additional point in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

Of all the so-called Jewel Tournaments, the Topaz Championship is perhaps the one most eagerly anticipated. It is held every year, while the others are generally held once a generation, and is open to all who might be chosen by their clans to represent them. The Topaz Championship is held in the small town of Tsuma in the Crane provinces, and there, the finest youth from each Great Clan compete in a series of grueling tests to see who among them is the finest warrior, the most learned scholar, the most skilled orator, and a dozen other accolades. Those who pass the tests before them earn the right to undergo their gempukku ceremony, the sacred ritual where a child is given their daisho and declared a samurai, before the assembled Imperials and Clan Champions. The one who emerges from the tournament victorious over all others is named Topaz Champion, the greatest youth in the Empire, and greatness inevitably follows.

The winner of this tournament will be able to name a character that will appear as a new personality for their faction in the upcoming year. They will be consulted as to the art description of this character, and will be included in discussions of any flavor traits that may appear on that card. This character will also appear as the star of the annual Topaz Championship fiction.

Date: December 29th
Place: Niles, IL
Emerald and Jade Champions vote

Results:
Scorpion will receive 7 economy points.
Dragon will receive 5 economy points.
Crane will receive 3 economy points.
Crab will receive 1 economy point.

With each purchase of Emerald and Jade Champions, players may cast a vote for their supported clan. The clans with the highest number of votes will receive points in the economy sphere.


Flavor Text Contest

Winners: Results:
"Without the Crab, there is no Wall. Without the Wall, there is no Empire." Ruth Malpas (Phoenix) Phoenix will receive 5 knowledge points.
"We will not fail. We will not break. By Hida's strength, we will hold!" Christopher Armstrong (Spider) Spider will receive 4 knowledge points.
"Never lay down, never quit. We are the Crab, we are the Wall. We will not fall." Matthew Boyd (Lion) Lion will receive 3 knowledge points.
"Men," Daizu roared. "Today is the day. Today you will earn the name Hida!" Morgan Wade Carmichael (Crab) Crab will receive 2 knowledge points.
"The Crane take our wood, they take our stone, they take our jade, but these are not what makes the Wall. We are the Wall. The Wall will not fall." -Hida Daizu Thomas Hall (Phoenix) Phoenix will receive 1 knowledge point.

Participants may receive knowledge points in the Race to the Throne by crafting the best flavor text for the following card, based on the image below:




Date: December 11th - 14th
Treatise Contest

Winners: Results:
The Book of Dark Virtues Mason Crawford (Spider) Spider will receive 5 knowledge points.
Soshi Tishi's Senryaku Alain Morange (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 3 knowledge points.
On War Ryan Reese (Spider) Spider will receive 1 knowledge point.

Players may submit a treatise on war in Rokugan. The topic may be any clan's point of view on war, a general overview of war in Rokugan, tactics, whatever you want. It can focus on a single battle or event or an overarching view of battle and/or a given war. There is no limit on word count, but remember that if it gets too long, it'll get lost on all but the most patient reader.


Date: October 7th - November 30th
The Order of Heroes
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Mantis
Dragon
Lion
Unicorn
Dragon
Unicorn
Dragon
Scorpion
22 Players
Jeronimo Gotico
Ari Neto
Enram Omar
Gabriel Toledo
Ari Neto
Thiagi Zibetti
Wanderson Souza
Bruno Carvalho

Story Point: Yoritomo Tadame will undergo a trial and emerge as a great hero.
Card: Yoritomo Tadame (Experienced)
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire V







Race for the Throne: This event will be worth one military point for first place.

The Order of Heroes is a small and mysterious sect of the Brotherhood of Shinsei that reveres the Thunder Dragon, the patron of heroes. The brothers of the Order believe that it is their duty to aid others in realizing their potential. Toward this end, they have been known to use elaborate means to bring samurai into situations where there is a great need for heroes, and aiding them in rising to the occasion. The most infamous of these incidents is with the group of samurai known as the Champions of Bushido, whose actions were lauded all across the Empire. Now, the Order has located their next target, and plans to aid them in their rise to fame.

The winner of this tournament may select any one non-experienced, non-unique, living personality currently aligned to their faction. This personality will be targeted by the Order of Heroes and will undergo a great trial of some sort, overcoming incredible odds and emerging as one of the great heroes of their generation.


Date: December 15th
Place: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bleed for your Clan

Results:
Scorpion will receive 5 spirit points.
Dragon will receive 4 spirit points.
Spider will receive 3 spirit points.
Unicorn will receive 2 spirit points.
Crane will receive 1 spirit point.

Players may send in a verified slip from their blood banks by Nov. 30. The clans with the most donations will win points in the spirit sphere.

Online Video Contest
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Robert Denton (Crane)
Barry Kunz (Dragon)
Robert Denton (Crab)
Jason & Nathan Shafer (Dragon)
Excellence
Showdown
Purpose, Part I II and III
The Question
Crane will receive 7 spirit points.
Dragon will receive 5 spirit points.
Crab will receive 3 spirit points.
Dragon will receive 1 spirit point.
Other Entries:
Rokugan University, Part I and II (Tim Parrotte & Jessica Fox, Crab)
Capcom vs. SNK 2: Nimuro's Wrath (Lion)
Midnight Kill (Scorpion)

Players may create a short video related to Legend of the Five Rings. The top four videos will receive spirit points.


Stronghold Sensei Contest

Results:
Scorpion will receive 7 knowledge points.
Dragon will receive 6 knowledge points.
Crane will receive 5 knowledge points.
Phoenix will receive 4 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 3 knowledge points.
Lion will receive 3 knowledge points.
Unicorn will receive 1 knowledge point.

At each stronghold store, a sensei will be chosen - the one who most embodies the game and best supports the game and community in that store. The clans will be ranked by how many sensei each clan claims, and the top 7 clans will receive points in the knowledge sphere of the race.


Online Costume Contest

Winners: Results:
Kevin Donovan (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 7 politics points.
Matt Tyler (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 6 politics points.
Michael Vincent Rabanal (Crab) Crab will receive 5 politics points.
John Urbanek (Crane) Crane will receive 4 politics points.
Alex Jacobs (Dragon) Dragon will receive 3 politics points,
plus 1 spirit point for taking the photo in a store.
Heidi Kirchgesner (Scorpion) Scorpion will receive 2 politics points.
Justin Baier (Crane) Crane will receive 1 politics point.

Online competitors will post images of their costumes. The seven best costumes will receive politics points in the race.


Northern Battles
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Lion
Lion
Lion
Scorpion
Scorpion
Lion
Crab
Dragon
28 Players
Antonis Panagiotopoulos
Tolis Koutsikos
Fountas Aggelos
Vasiliou Giorgos
Abostolou Sotiris
Giorgos Koiliaris
Tsartsarakos Tolis
Apostolou Nikos





Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 7 military points and 1 knowledge point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point and 1 spirit point.
Dragon will receive 1 economy point.
Crab will receive 1 politics point.

Race for the Throne: This event will be worth four military points for first place, two points for second place, and one each for third and fourth place. Additional points will be awarded for furthest traveled (economy), best attire (politics), theme deck (knowledge) and best sportsman/most spirited (spirit).

Now more than ever, the Clans need to expand their strength if they are to have any chance of taking the throne. Toward that end, the winning faction of this event has constructed a new stronghold on one of their borders.

The winner may choose the border to be fortified (such as the Lion choosing to reinforce their Crane, Dragon, Scorpion, or Unicorn border), or they may instead choose to name the new fortress (for example, Black Silk Castle or something similar).


Date: December 1st
Place: Kavala, Greece
Gift of the Anou
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
3rd:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Lion
Scorpion
Mantis
Crab
Dragon
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon
64 Players
Aaron Barto
Joe Maiden
Dan Seeley
Dan Jacobsen
Barry Kunz
Matt Tyler
Alex Jacobs
Corey Baehon

Story Point: Miya Taihu will assist in the construction
of a new Lion Clan stronghold.
Fiction: Worthy Souls
Card: Venerable Plains of the Ikoma







Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 2 military points for first place. One additional point in each of the other spheres will be awarded.

Centuries ago, the Crab lands were home to a man named Kaiu Anou, unquestionably the most brilliant architect that has ever walked the Empire of Rokugan. Anou’s innovations revolutionized the construction of virtually every major structure in the Empire, and there is not a clan stronghold in existence today that does not bear some signs of his work. The Anou now serve the Miya, having been granted fealty to that family in exchange for generous gifts made to the Crab by the Emperor at the time. Now, Miya Taihu has offered his services to the Great Clans, on the condition that they assist his family in the proper execution of their duties during this time of discord. Generally celebrated as the most brilliant mind since his ancestor, Miya Taihu's assistance is greatly valued by each and every Great Clan.

The winner of this tournament will be able to name and write the art description for a stronghold of their faction. This will be used in the next available slot for that faction to receive a stronghold. In addition, the winning player will be able to participate in the design discussions for this stronghold, offering comments and gaining insight into the design process.

Date: December 1st
Place: Dream Wizards, Rockville, Maryland
Dawn of the Ogres
Top Clans: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
4th:
6th:
7th:



Crab
Crane
Phoenix
Dragon
Scorpion
Unicorn
Lion



Story Point: A member of the Crab clan will discover
the true origins of the Ogre race.
Fiction: The Dawn of the Ogres
Race for the Throne:
Crab will receive 7 military points.
Crane will receive 6 military points.
Phoenix will receive 5 military points.
Scorpion will receive 4 military points.
Dragon will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Lion will receive 1 military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 7 military points for the most wins, 6 for second place, 5 for third, and so on.

To most, ogres are nothing more than simple-minded brutes in service to the Shadowlands. They are powerful, yes, and terrifying for the sheer destructive potential they can unleash when their ire is aroused, but ultimately they are not as dangerous as some other opponents that dark realm sends forth, such as the insidious oni of Jigoku. What virtually no one among Rokugan realizes is that the ogres were once something far greater, and far more dangerous.

The winning Clan of this global tournament will have one non-experienced, non-unique personality from their faction discover the true origins of the ogre race and, once this is revealed in the fiction, determine how their Clan reacts to and uses this knowledge.

Unlike global events in the past, this one will be a booster draft format event! It will use the new Shrine of Lady Sun draft pack, which will be sent with the event kit. Make sure you are up on all the rules for this format at our Rules Site.

Special Rule: The Ogre Warriors alternate-art participation card you receive may be used as one of your cards after drafting!

Winning: The winning player at each event may select the Clan to receive credit for the win. Since this is draft, we won’t hold you to the Clans you had to draft! The Clans with the most wins will receive points in the Military sphere of the Race for the Throne. 7 points for most reported wins, 6 for 2nd most reported wins, all the way down to 1 point.

Event Date: The event may be held at your local Dojo Days store November 9 through December 2. A store may run a total of two reportable events during this time.

Reporting: Reports are due back to AEG no later than December 10. A reporting form that may be mailed or faxed will be included!

Event Kits: Dojo Days stores of Level One and above do not need to request kits. Kits will be shipped to those stores automatically. If you would like to request a Kit for a store that is not a Level One Dojo Days store, please email Retail Support.

Date: November 9th - December 2nd
Place: Global Storyline Event
Website: http://www.l5r.com/events/dawn-of-the-ogres/
Test of Strife
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Mantis [Pure]
Scorpion [Pure]
Phoenix [Pure]
Dragon [Pure]
Crane
Phoenix
Scorpion
Scorpion
36 Players
Raymond Roth
Jeff Jung
Chris Adkins
Robbi Robinson
James Houston
Jay Earle
Erin Ross
Tyler Hamilton

Story Point: The Mantis will win an origami contest.
Fiction: Intervention








Race for the Throne: This event will be worth four military points for first place, two points for second place, and one each for third and fourth place. Additional points will be awarded for furthest traveled (economy), best attire (politics), theme deck (knowledge) and best sportsman/most spirited (spirit).

The samurai of Rokugan are a competitive people, and particularly in times of strife they test their skills against one another to alleviate stress from the threat of constant war. This event will result in a character from the winning faction emerging as the champion of a tournament.

The winner of this tournament may either choose the identity of the winning personality (subject to Story Team approval), or the nature of the contest being held (a iaijutsu tournament, a sumotori tournament, a poetry contest, etc.)

Date: November 17th
Place: M.A.C.E., High Point, NC
Kumitae
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
1st:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Crab
Crab
Unicorn
Unicorn
Dragon
Spider
Unicorn
Lion
70 Players
Josh Griffis
Dan Jacobson
Benjamin Pattou
Ben Raisher
Tricia Griffis
Dylan Longworth
Ben Raisher
Karl Prince

Story Point: Hida Nichie will win the Kumitae.
Card: Hida Nichie (Experienced)









Race to the Throne: This event will be worth 4 military points for first place, 2 for second place, and 1 each for third and fourth place. An additional point in each of the other spheres will be awarded, as well as a bonus spirit point for the food drive.

One year ago, a militant sect within the Brotherhood of Shinsei held a tournament to determine what warrior in the Empire was worthy to gain an ancient text containing secrets of unarmed combat, alleged to have been penned by the prophet Shinsei himself. The competition was fierce, and the final match was marred by the revelation that one among the contestants was Tainted, and may have contaminated the tournament’s winner. That the Kumitae was so infiltrated is a source of great shame for the sohei monks who convened it. In order to restore the reputation of their order, the monks have chosen to convene the tournament again. This time, the winner will be taken into their ranks and trained in the most dangerous martial arts known to exist in the Empire.

The winner of this tournament may select the identity of the character from their faction who will emerge victorious at the Kumitae this year. Other contestants will be determined by clan councils. All choices must be non-experienced, non-unique personalities. The victorious personality will appear in an experienced version sometime during 2008.

*All choices are subject to the approval of the Story Team.

Date: November 17th
Place: Feeding Hills, MA
European Championships: The Jade Championship
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:



Crab
Scorpion
Dragon
Lion
306 Players



Cristoph Donatt [Kuni Daigo]
Javier Jimenez [Yogo Rieko]
Lunis Reda [Tamori Shiki]
Oscar Neira [Kitsu Katsuko]




Story Point: Kuni Daigo will be the next Jade Champion.
Story Point: A prophecy was given to the top two players.
Card: Kuni Daigo (Experienced)
Race for the Throne:
The Crab will receive 8 military points.
The Scorpion will receive 4 military points.
The Dragon will receive 2 military points.
The Lion will receive 2 military points.
Featured Matches: Story Effects:
Unicorn
Card: Moto Yong-tai (Experienced) Story Point: Moto Yong-tai will be noticed by the Seppun Hidden Guard and recruited as a shugenja bodyguard to the next Emperor.


Asahina Sekawa has left the Empire, determined to restore the line of Shinsei and teach Rosoku's infant son the secrets he will need to ensure that Rokugan survives on the next Day of Thunder. With Sekawa gone, the Empire requires a Jade Champion to ensure that impure and illegal magic does not influence the Race for the Throne. The time has come for a new Jade Champion.

Upon signing up for the tournament, each player will choose one character from their clan from the following list to support during the tournament:

Crab:
Kuni Daigo
Kuni Kiyoshi
Kuni Ochiyo

Crane:
Asahina Beniha
Asahina Itoeko
Asahina Nizomi

Dragon:
Tamori Noriko
Tamori Shiki
Tamori Wotan

Lion:
Kitsu Ineko
Kitsu Katsuko
Kitsu Tanoyame

Mantis:
Moshi Kiyomori
Moshi Sayoko
Kitsune Aiko

Phoenix:
Agasha Tomioko
Isawa Eitoku
Isawa Kimi

Scorpion:
Soshi Shuuko
Shosuro Atesharu
Yogo Rieko

Spider:
Chuda Eiichi
Chuda Kyuwa
Katsu

Unaligned:
Ujina Saionji
Komori Junsaku

Unicorn:
Moto Yong-tai
Iuchi Katamari
Horiuchi Shem-Zhe


Clan Councils
Registered members of each clan will be invited to participate in the Clan Councils. Each council, in private, will be asked four questions, which they will then vote on.

Clan Question Choice
Crab Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
Hostilities have begun in the war
with the Crane.
Who will lead the Crab's armies?


Hida Benjiro



Crane Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
Hostilities have begun in the war
with the Crab.
Who will lead the Crane's armies?
The Lion Clan.

Daidoji Uji



Dragon Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
Inspired by the Jade Mirror, Togashi
monks have begun to travel to the wall
to combat the Shadowlands menace. The
mysterious monks of the Spider clan,
however, have also entered battle with
the Togashi. Which of these two threats
do you consider the higher priority?
The Scorpion Clan

The monks of the Spider Clan.
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire IV






Lion Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
The Lion invasion of Unicorn lands has
begun. The Lion occupy several areas in
Unicorn lands, but winter is approaching.
Should the Lion continue forward in
winter or home that winter weakens the
Unicorn and wait until spring to
continue the march?
The Crane Clan

Wait until spring.
Fiction: A Tale of Bushido






Phoenix Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
Asako Bairei, Master of Water, has
discovered a series of scrolls
detailing the ancient style of
uncorrupted blood magic that Isawa
used. Will Bairei destroy these to
save the honor of his clan or will
he give them to a student and order
him to try to rediscover this lost art?
The Dragon Clan

Rediscover pure blood magic.








Mantis Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
The nezumi have leaft for Dream, but
have left behind the Chipped Tooth
tribe. The Mantis watch these ships
with both amusement and annoyance.
How will the Mantis treat these
strange creatures?
Other than Lion, Crane and
Spider, the clan that pays the most.
Hire the nezumi as mercenaries.
Fiction: A Scene at Sea





Scorpion Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
Bayushi Paneki has discovered the
activities of Shosuro Maru, the
Oracle of Obsidian. The influence
of the Oracle has been slowly spreading
through the criminal elements of Rokugan.
Will Paneki endorse these activities,
using them in support of the Scorpion,
or will he use the connection to
Maru to fight criminals?
The Dragon Clan



Use them in support of the Scorpion.
Fiction: Shadows & Lies






Spider Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
The Celestial Jitte, created by an
apprentice to the Fortune of Steel,
was lost in the Shadowlands more
than a decade ago. Daigotsu has placed
a powerful, but subtle spell on it,
allowing him to see and hear what goes
on within a short distance of it.
To what samurai will he give this?
The Mantis Clan.

Asahina Beniha
Fiction: Letters and Bios







Unicorn Should you fail to attain the throne,
what clan do you support?
After the defeat of Moto Chagatai
at Toshi Ranbo, there are those of
his clan who are secretly tired of
his rule. Will the failure of the
Khan end the Moto's rule, or will
the clan continue to follow the
edicts of Lady Shinjo?
The Mantis Clan

The Moto will continue to rule.
Fiction: Words and Deeds, Part III







Date: November 2nd - 4th
Place: European Championships, Madrid, Spain
Website: http://www.l5reuropean.edgeent.com/
European Championships: Other Points
Contest: Sphere points: Winner:
Koku Highest Bid:
Furthest Traveled:

Best Bounty:



Clan Attire:




Clan Banner:


Theme Deck:

Sportsmanship:

Economy (5)
Economy (3)
Economy (1)
Economy (5)
Economy (3)
Economy (1)
Economy (1)
Politics (5)
Politics (4)
Politics (3)
Politics (2)
Politics (1)
Politics (3)
Politics (3)
Politics (1)
Knowledge (3)
Knowledge (1)
Spirit (3)
Spirit (1)
Dragon
Eddie Santos (Phoenix)

Unicorn
Crab
Unicorn
Phoenix
Scorpion
Unicorn
Scorpion


Scorpion
Crab
Mantis
Pedro Marroquin (Spider)
Scorpion
Kostas Adamopoulos (Dragon)




Date: November 2nd - 4th
Place: European Championships, Madrid, Spain
Website: http://www.l5reuropean.edgeent.com/
European Championships: Commanders of Jade
Top 2 Teams: Story Effects:
1st:
1st:
1st:
2nd:
2nd:
2nd:
Total:
Lion
Mantis
Crab
Dragon
Crane
Scorpion
47 Teams
Julio Pineiro
Alex Morong
Alvaro Manchado




Story Point: Moshi Minami, Akodo Koun and Kuni Umibe will be commanders of the Jade Legion.
Fiction: Scenes from the Empire IV
Fiction: Champions
Race for the Throne:
The Crab will receive 4 military points.
The Lion will receive 4 military points.
The Mantis will receive 4 military points.


Note: This is a 3-on-3 multiplayer team event.

In addition to his Jade Magistrates and the ability to requisition troops from the Imperial Legions, the Jade Champion is aided by a small but highly-trained and extremely efficient force known as the Jade Legion. The Jade Legion are bushi of the highest caliber, chosen from the ranks of the Great Clans for their purity, their martial prowess, and their ability to work hand in hand with shugenja. If the Jade Magistrates are the will of the Jade Champion, then surely the Jade Legion is his sword. Even among the Jade Legionnaires, there are those who stand above the rest. These men and women are among the greatest heroes in the Empire, even if few ever know of their deeds, and are honored to serve as the personal vassals of the Jade Champion.

The winners of this 3-on-3 tournament will select three personalities: one samurai, one courtier, and one shugenja. These personalities must come from one or more of the clans used to win the tournament. The personalities must be living, and currently aligned to the clans in question, and must have a Personal Honor of 3 or higher. These three personalities will become the leaders of the Jade Legion, and the personal advisors of the Jade Champion.


Date: November 2nd - 4th
Place: European Championships, Madrid, Spain
Website: http://www.l5r.com/events/european-championships-2007/
Design an Oni Contest

Winner: Oni: Results:
Maxime Lemaire Chouchin no Oni Spider will receive 7 politics points.
Jason Shafer Shafir no Oni Dragon will receive 5 politics points.
Julie Ratliff Hitomatome no Oni Mantis will receive 3 politics points.
Mikael Brodu Dodai no Oni Unicorn will receive 1 politics points.

Players may design a new oni for the L5R RPG. Submissions must be emailed to race@alderac.com using Creatures of Rokugan as a template. Winners will be used in the RPG and potentially in the CCG.


The History of an Empire
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Best Attire:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Scorpion [Pure]
Crab [Pure]
Lion [Pure]
Lion [Pure]
Phoenix
Scorpion
Crab
Spider
22 Players
Walbert Ibarra
Jose Munoz
Ariel Alvarez
Gabriel Barcia
Javier Espana
Adrian Barcia
Jose Munoz
Fernando Moure

Story Point: Soshi Tishi will be the Imperial Historian.
Card: Soshi Tishi (Experienced)


Race for the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 2 military points and 1 knowledge point.
Crab will receive 1 military point and 1 politics point.
Spider will receive 1 economy point.
Phoenix will receive 1 spirit point.

Race for the Throne: This event will be worth two military points for first place and one point for second place. Additional points will be awarded for furthest traveled (economy), best attire (politics), theme deck (knowledge) and best sportsman/most spirited (spirit).

For over a thousand years, the dutiful samurai of Rokugan have diligently recorded the deeds of each generation's greatest heroes, knowing full well that their descendants would wish to honor their ancestors by reciting them in years to come. Even those families that do not place great emphasis on the traditional definitions of honor remember those who have gone before. The Miya family have maintained the most extensive records, attempting to record the deeds of all the Great Clans rather than a single clan, and their efforts have been impressive. Although an individual clan's records include more detail than the Miya, there is no greater source for comprehensive historical information. Now, in an attempt to forestall the conflicts that always seem to erupt between clans in a power vacuum, the Miya have extended the offer to the Great Clans for one among them to take their place alongside the Miya as the Imperial Historian.

The winning player of this tournament may select any one living, non-unique personality currently aligned to the faction of the deck played to win the tournament. That personality will be appointed as the Imperial Historian, and forge a close alliance between their clan and the Miya family.


Date: October 20th
Place: Rosario, Argentina
Website: http://www.coliseoweb.com
The Second Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the the Second Leg of the Race for the Throne, running from June 1 to September 30, 2007.

Military

Win a Second Leg Event: Various


Economy

Player Koku deal: 2 points
Koku Pledge: 1 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 3 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 5/3/1 points
Largest Samurai Edition Release Event: 5/3/1 points (photo required)
Distributor Sales Contest for Samurai Edition: 5/3/1 points
Farthest Travelled at Each 2nd Leg Event: 1 point (3/1 at Gencon)
Koku Auction at Gencon: TBD
Best Bounty at Gencon (player vote): 5/3/1 points


Politics
Player Koku Deal: 4 points
Mail Surprise: 5/3/1 points
RPG Character Contest (winner will be in L5R RPG): 5/4/3/2/1 points
Best Clan Attire at Each 2nd Leg Event: 1 point (5/3/1 at Gencon)
Best Imperial Favor (email photo): 5/3/1 points
Best RPG Scenario (Hosted at Kuroiban.net): 5/3/1 points
Gencon LARP: TBD
Clan T-Shirt Dominance at Gencon: 3/2/1 points
Best Clan Banner at Gencon: 3/2/1 points
Most Personality Copies sent to AEG: 5/3/1 points


Knowledge

Best Story or Theme Deck at each 2nd Leg Event: 1 point (3/2/1 at Gencon) Gencon Scavenger Hunt: TBD
Gencon L5R Trivia "Game Show": 3/2/1 points
Online Forum Debate: 5/3/1 points
Card Design Contest: 5/4/3/2/1 points
Online Forum Trivia Day: 5/4/3/2/1 points


Spirit

Picture Contest: 5/3/1 points
Most Stores with 3 Players Aligned to a Clan: 5/3/1 points
Bleed For Your Clan Blood Drive Day: 5/4/3/2/1 points
Sportsmanship Award at Each 2nd Leg Event: 1 (3/1 at Gencon)
Store Makeover Contest: 5/3/1 points
Demo Contest at Gencon: 3/2/1 points
Gencon Challenge Booth: 5/3/1 points


Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Second Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 6 8 18 16 0
Crane 9 3 12 5 2
Dragon 14 24 9 3 8
Lion 20 1 3 15 2
Mantis 25 10 18 9 7
Phoenix 5 0 3 2 1
Scorpion 18 5 45 8 3
Spider 5 3 15 10 0
Unicorn 12 4 5 0 2


Temptations:
Dragon: In the final moments before his death, the Mad Dragon issued a dark prophecy to Togashi Matsuo, foretelling the fall of the Togashi order and of Togashi Satsu. If this temptation is accepted, Kokujin's final prophecy will be deciphered, and perhaps avoided in the process.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to order a newly discovered set of ancestral Dragon Clan items to be designed and printed with the L5R set following Honor's Veil.
Kokujin's final prophecy will be deciphered and possibly avoided.
Fiction: Heaven's Net
Card: Nyoko's Daisho
Card: Scales of the Dragon
Card: Togashi's Mask
Card: Hojatsu's Standard
Scorpion: The Scorpion value, above all else, loyalty. Betrayal is the ultimate crime. Decades ago, a Scorpion lord and his Lion lover betrayed the clan, and a castle was lost as a result. Although the clan has pretended to dismiss the incident, the Scorpion never forget such an insult. If this temptation is accepted, the descendants of Tsuruchi shall pay for their founder's folly.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to order a newly discovered set of ancestral Scorpion Clan items to be designed and printed with the L5R set following Honor's Veil.
The Scorpion will not wreak vengeance on the descendants of the Tsuruchi.
Mantis: Centuries ago, out of a fleet of forty vessels, nine magnificent gaijin ships survived the legendary Battle of the Raging Seas outside Otosan Uchi. Commanded by the ruthless Captain Garen Hawthorne, the ragtag fleet sailed south in hopes of finding harbor and striking back at the Rokugani who had cast them out. Instead, they found the Sea of Shadows, where Garen and his men perished. It was believed that all nine of his ships were destroyed, but that is not the case. If this temptation is accepted, the Mantis will discover the wreckage of three of Garen's ships, battered and broken, but not beyond repair. With the secrets of their construction available to them, the Mantis will at last have the means to challenge the might of the Lion Clan's legendary Deathless.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to order a newly discovered set of ancestral Mantis Clan items to be designed and printed with the L5R set following Honor's Veil.
The Mantis will not find Garen Hawthorne's ships.
Crab: Directly between Shiro Hiruma and the Great Carpenter Wall lies the Tower of Fear, a dreadful blight that was once a watchtower along the Wall before it was permanently infected with the Taint. All attempts to destroy or purify it have failed. If this temptation is accepted, however, the Crab will discover a means by which the Tower can be destroyed permanently, and all remnants of its disgrace eradicated.

If this temptation is accepted, you will also be eligible to order a newly discovered set of ancestral Crab Clan items to be designed and printed with the L5R set following Honor's Veil.
The Tower of Fear will be destroyed permanently.
Card: Twilight
Card: Shell of the Crab
Card: Atarasu's Mempo
Card: Atarasi's Banners
Fiction: Preparations, Part II
Koku Deal

Results:
Mantis will receive 2 economy points.
Scorpion will receive 4 politics points.

The largest verifiable deal between players of two clans to exchange koku for something else will earn each clan points. The clan which pays the koku will receive 4 politics points, while the clan which receives the koku will earn 2 economy points.


Online Trivia Contest

Results:
Crab will receive 5 knowledge points.
Spider will receive 4 knowledge points.
Phoenix will receive 2 knowledge points.
Lion will receive 2 knowledge points.
Mantis will receive 2 knowledge point.


Question: Answer: Winner:
1. In Rokugani military, what is the Rokugani name for a Reserve Company? Yobihei Kaisha Jeff Williamson (Crab)
2. List the cards from which art is featured on the covers of the Imperial Herald Volume 2 Numbers 1 through 20. #1 Akodo Senke
#2 This art has no card.
#3 Veteran Samurai
#4 Hakumei
#5 Hantei the 39th
#6 Inferno
#7 Dark Oracle of the Void
#8 Moshi Eihime
#9 Iuchiban
#10 Bayushi Atsuki
#11 Matsu Fujiwe
#12 Hida Enko
#13 Gozoku Sensei
#14 Togashi Matsuo Exp
#15 Hida Kisada Exp
#16 Hoshi Masote
#17 Hida Kosedo
#18 Shiba Riza
#19 Shiba's Promise
#20 Tamori Futaba

3. How many cards come in a sealed Samurai Edition booster display? 541 Jeff Williamson (Crab)
4. What was the last set to feature the full stronghold image taking up the entire back of the starter box? Honor Bound Jeff Williamson (Crab)
5. The Hiruma have a name for Gekido no Oni's mental state when fighting. What is it? The Rage Maxime Lemaire (Spider)
6. In L5R canon, who wrote the play "Virtue"? Akodo Jijo Jeff Williamson (Crab)
7. What personality has been a member of the highest number of playable factions, including all printings and experience levels of that personality, and what were those factions? Toturi: Lion, Toturi's Army, Ninja, Spirit. Brook Cunningham (Phoenix)
8. Pennaggolan are sometimes known to keep barrels of what certain liquid? Vinegar Mason Crawford (Spider)
9. What two cards in Anvil of Despair had different frames in the FRPG marketing material than the actual printed cards, and what were the frames in the marketing material? Shiryo no Shono and Shiryo no Hiruma had follower frames. Zen Faulkes (Crab)
10. What was the MSRP for Imperial Edition booster displays? $88.20 Chris Yao (Mantis)
11. What form of art has become a favorite among many Spider Clan members, as an outlet for their dark urges? Sculpture Mason Crawford (Spider)
12. Shinjo Yasamura's original art bears a strong resemblance to the statue of what real world samurai? Kusunoki Masashige KyofuBAD (Spider)
13. Among the Naga, who is expected to be the defender of the Cobra egg-clutches and protector of the young? The Taquar Chris Yao (Mantis)
14. Ownership of Kyuden Kyotei has been hotly contested between what three clans? Crane, Lion and Phoenix Jeff Williamson (Crab)
15. Who was the Emerald Champion from 1132-1158? Seppun Toshiken Bayushi Mamoru (Dragon)
16. What is the current name of the location where Clan War figures used to be cast? The Shadowlands
17. Who are the patrons of the Koritome vassal family? The Matsu Maxime Lemaire (Spider)
18. A card was printed in an early set that was an homage to a real-life distributor salesperson.
What card was it?
What set was it in?
Who is the person?
Gaijin Merchant
Time of the Void
Stan Sord
Jeff Williamson (Crab)
19. What phrase does the word KOLAT stand for?

20. What is the name of the southern half of the Empire's primary inland waterway? River of Gold Maxime Lemaire (Spider)
21. You have four provinces face-up, five cards in your hand, 30 gold total to spend, it is the beginning of your dynasty phase and you have no cards in play. You may ignore honor requirements, but not the Loyal trait. Using only Samurai-legal cards, what is the maximum force you may achieve by the end of your next limited phase and how? For the purposes of this question, you may carry over left-over gold to the next turn.

22. Outside of food, what is the Phoenix Clan's main export? Wood Mason Crawford (Spider)
23. How many letters total are in the names of the families that have been in the Dragon Clan during the run of the CCG? 45 Jeff Williamson (Crab)
24. Where is the Dojo of the Gentle Guard located? Shiro Ide Marty Lund (Lion)


The Race trivia contest will be held for 24 hours on Thursday, September 27 - 28. Each hour, AEG staffers posted one trivia question to the trivia forum. The clan of the poster who correctly answers each question first will receive credit for that answer.


Date: September 27-28
Website: http://www.alderac.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=153
Koku Drive 2

Single Largest Pledge: Mantis ?
Most Koku Overall: Mantis ?
2nd: Dragon ?
3rd: Scorpion ?
Clan Koku Points
Mantis 15,000 5
Dragon 3,000 1
Scorpion 3,000 1
Unicorn 3,000 1
Lion 3,000 1

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 1 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 3 Economy points, and the clans with the most total koku will earn 5 Economy points for first place, 3 for second place and 1 for third place.


Personality Pledges 2

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Results
Scorpion Shosuro Mikado Fiction: Scenes from the Empire XIV
Mantis

Unicorn


The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Politics points in the Race to the Throne: 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Picture Contest

Results:
Scorpion will receive 3 spirit points.
Unicorn will receive 2 spirit points.
Dragon will receive 2 spirit points.
Crane will receive 2 spirit points.

Email AEG a picture of you playing L5R in crazy places or funny L5R coincidences.


Store Makeover

Results:
Dragon will receive 5 spirit points.

The clan that best makes over their store in an L5R-related theme will receive 5 spirit points.


Card Design

Winner: Card: Results:
Benoit Bozzetti Kaiu Shoichi Crab will receive 5 knowledge points.


Scorpion will receive 4 knowledge points.


Mantis will receive 3 knowledge point.


Crab will receive 2 knowledge point.


Spider will receive 1 knowledge point.

Players may send in their best Clan personality card ideas to AEG. Only new, non-experienced personality cards for the nine Great Clans will be considered. The top five cards will be playtested and featured in Honor's Veil. Each contestant may submit three characters, and they must be from the Clan which will receive the points.


RPG Personality Contest

Winner: Character: Results:
Paul Blair Daigotsu Seido Spider will receive 5 politics points.
Dan Merchant Togashi Asai Dragon will receive 4 politics points.
Phillip Hohensee Moshi Rokuro Mantis will receive 3 politics point.
Martin Padilla Yasuki Kazu Crab will receive 2 politics point.
Phillip Hohensee Togashi Katsumaru Dragon will receive 1 politics point.

Players may submit RPG characters to AEG. The winner will be included in an L5R RPG sourcebook.


Mail Surprise

Results:
Scorpion will receive 5 politics points.
Lion will receive 3 politics points.
Dragon will receive 1 politics point.

Send AEG a cool thing. We don’t care what it is as long as it's fun and different and has something to do with Samurai, L5R, or where you are from and how that ties into gaming. We want to be surprised. AEG staff will vote on the coolest, funniest, or most Clan loyal item sent to AEG during the second leg.


Gencon UK 2007: A Moment of Brilliance
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Attire:
Sportsmanship:
Theme Deck:
Travelled:
Total:
Lion
Crab
Crane
Scorpion
Scorpion
Lion
Crab
Crab
41 People
Damien Desprez
Vincent Destombes
Ben Davies
Mathieu Fourmentin
Eric Hoath
David Williamson
Tim Parrotte
Casey Matteson

Story Point: A member of the Lion clan will be the next great sensation.
Fiction: A Scene at Sea
Card: Ikoma Asa

Race for the Throne:
Lion will receive 4 military points and 1 knowledge point.
Crab will receive 2 military points, 1 economy point and 1 spirit point.
Crane will receive 1 military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 military point and 1 politics point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, one each for third and fourth place, and one for each of the other four spheres.

Samurai are not merely warriors, but scholars, poets, priests and artisans. Occasionally an artist of such brilliance, of such uncompromising ability, appears that the Clans have no choice but to set aside their mutual hatred and warmongering to bask in the light of their talents.

The winner of this tournament will determine the Clan affiliation of the next great sensation that will grip the Empire in a fever pitch.

Date: August 30th - September 2nd
Place: Gencon UK, Berkshire, England
Gencon Indy 2007: Test of the Emerald Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Qualifier 3:
Main Tourney:
Scorpion
Crane
Unicorn
Scorpion
166 Players
134 Players
70 Players
121 Players
Eugene Earnshaw-White [Shosuro Jimen]
Scott Rixson [Kakita Noritoshi]
Pablo Rojo [Akasha]
Myke Clark [Bayushi Hisako]




Story Point: Shosuro Jimen
will be the Emerald Champion.
Fiction: Test of the Emerald Champion I II
Race for the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 10 military points.
Crane will receive 4 military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 military points.
Other points.
Card: Akasha (Experienced 2)
Card: Daigotsu Kanpeki
Card: Hida Sozen (Experienced 2)
Card: Kakita Noritoshi (Experienced 2)
Card: Shiba Yoma (Experienced 3)
Card: The Khan
Card: Bayushi Norachai (Experienced 2)
Card: Doji Yasuyo (Experienced 3)
Card: Ikoma Otemi (Experienced 3)
Card: Kitsuki Iweko (Experienced)
Card: Shosuro Jimen (Experienced)
Card: Tsuruchi Etsui (Experienced 2)

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth eight Military points for first place, four for second place, and two each for third and fourth place
The Test of the Emerald Champion is by far the most prestigious competition held in the Emerald Empire. The Emerald Champion is the personal defender of the Emperor, and executor of his law. The Emerald Champion's voice speaks as that of the Emperor himself, and the power and influence he wields is second only to that of the Son of Heaven. Now is the chance for you to determine the next Emerald Champion. The winning Clan will put one of their own through the Test and win the treasured position. Great influence and power will be theirs!

Upon signing up for a qualifier, each player will choose one character from their clan from the following list to support during the tournament:

Crab:
Hida Daizu
Hida Shara
Hiruma Todori
Kaiu Hisayuki

Crane:
Daidoji Akagi
Doji Seo
Kakita Hideo
Kakita Noritoshi

Dragon:
Kitsuki Berii
Kitsuki Nagiken
Mirumoto Chojiro
Mirumoto Narumi

Lion:
Akodo Shigetoshi
Ikoma Kosaku
Matsu Kenji
Matsu Robun

Mantis:
Tsuruchi Gidayu
Tsuruchi Kaya
Yoritomo Buntaro
Yoritomo Isoshi

Phoenix:
Isawa Sawao
Shiba Danjuro
Shiba Jouta
Shiba Naoya

Scorpion:
Bayushi Adachi
Bayushi Hisako
Bayushi Tsimaru
Shosuro Jimen

Unicorn:
Akasha
Moto Najmudin
Shinjo Shuilong
Utaku Tama

Spider/Shadowlands:
Daigotsu Eiya
Daigotsu Iemitsu

Hare:
Tamago
Utagawa


Clan Councils
Registered members of each clan will be invited to participate in the Clan Councils. Each council, in private, will be asked four questions, which they will then vote on.

Clan Question Choice
Crab Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

The Crab will reclaim and purify
more of their lands long lost
to the Shadowlands. Which will
be reclaimed, Kuni or Hiruma?
The Crane

The Spider


Hida Sozen


The Hiruma lands
Fiction: Belonging


Crane Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

In the absence of the Emperor,
will the Crane seek the favor
of the Emerald Champion, the Jade
Champion, or the Amethyst Champion?
The Crab

The Scorpion

Doji Yasuyo


The Emerald Champion



Dragon Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

The Tamori need a purpose. Will
they track down and defeat the
Dark Oracle Tamori Chosai, craft
magical items, or delve into
the mysteries of the mountains?
The Scorpion

The Spider


Kitsuki Iweko


Delve into the
mountains' mysteries.



Lion Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

When Moto Chagatai attacked the
Lion, he razed much land. Will the
Lion do the same, or will they only
destroy what is necessary to reach
Shiro Moto and achieve their goals?
The Crane

The Mantis


Ikoma Otemi


Destroy only
what is necessary.
Fiction: A Tale of Bushido


Phoenix Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

The Phoenix have the opportunity
to save the life of a damiyo from
another clan. Shall the Phoenix
save a daimyo of the Crab,
Mantis, Lion, or none?
The Dragon

The Mantis


Shiba Yoma


Save a Mantis daimyo.
Fiction: A New Empire, Part I



Mantis Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

The Mantis will recover an
artifact lost at sea. Will
they recover the Armor of Shadows,
Yoshitsune's blade, or Yoritomo's Kama?
The Crab

The Lion


Tsuruchi Etsui


Yoritomo's Kama
Fiction: The Ruined Kingdom, Part I & Part II


Scorpion Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

The Imperial Families currently
hold a great deal of power. How
will the Scorpion deal with them:
By seduction, blackmail,
bribery or assassination?
The Dragon

The Spider


Bayushi Norachai

By seduction.





Spider Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

With the Mantis choosing to work
with the Spider, who will the
Spider seek to ally with next?
The Unicorn

The Scorpion


Daigotsu's son


The Crane


Unicorn Which clan will you aide?

Which clan will you hinder?

Who among your number do you
support to be the new Emporer?

It is time for another clan to
accept the Shi-Tien Yen-Wang.
Which clan will build a large
temple in their lands: Scorpion,
Mantis, or Phoenix?
The Crab

The Lion


Moto Chagatai


The Phoenix
Fiction: All Things Have a Price




Date: August 16th - 19th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Website: http://www.l5r.com/events/gencon-emerald-championship/
Gencon Indy 2007: Other Points
Contest: Sphere points: Winner:
Koku Tournament:



Koku Highest Bid:
Furthest Traveled:

Best Bounty:



Clan Attire:







LARP:




T-Shirts:


Clan Banner:




Theme Deck:


Scavenger Hunt:

Game Show:
Master of Hunt:
Sportsmanship:

Military (4)
Military (2)
Military (1)
Military (1)
Economy (5)
Economy (2)
Economy (2)
Economy (5)
Economy (3)
Economy (1)
Economy (1)
Politics (7)
Politics (7)
Politics (5)
Politics (4)
Politics (2)
Politics (2)
Politics (1)
Politics (1)
Politics (5)
Politics (4)
Politics (3)
Politics (2)
Politics (1)
Politics (3)
Politics (2)
Politics (1)
Politics (5)
Politics (4)
Politics (3)
Politics (2)
Politics (1)
Knowledge (3)
Knowledge (2)
Knowledge (1)
Knowledge (3)
Knowledge (1)
Knowledge (3)
Knowledge (3)
Spirit (3)
Spirit (1)
Unicorn
Dragon
Mantis
Mantis
Crab
Dragon
Mantis
Dragon
Spider
Crane
Crab
Spider
Scorpion
Crab
Mantis
Crane
Phoenix
Dragon
Unicorn
Crane
Crab
Spider
Scorpion
Unicorn
Mantis
Crab
Dragon
Mantis
Scorpion
Crab
Scorpion
Crab
Mantis
Crab
Lion
Spider
Lion
Lion
Lion
Mantis
Dragon



Date: August 16th - 19th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Website: http://www.l5r.com/events/gencon-emerald-championship/
Gencon Indy 2007: The Mad Dragon
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Scorpion [Pure]
Dragon [Black Heart, Allegiance]
Mantis [Black Heart, Allegiance]
Scorpion [BH, Kokujin, Shinzo exp, Unexpected Betrayal]
34 Players
Mike Schmidt
Barry Kunz
Leon Phillips
Jesse Walsch

Story Point: Bayushi Shinzo and Togashi Matsuo will face Kokujin.
Story Point: Bayushi Shinzo will strike the killing blow.
Fiction: The Mad Dragon
Card: Meanwhile...
Race for the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 5 military points.
Dragon will receive 2 military points.
Mantis will receive 1 military point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, and one each for third and fourth place.

He is called by many names, but only one captures the essence of who and what he is: the Mad Dragon. Kokujin is his true name, and he bears within him a fragment of the soul of Togashi, founder of the Dragon Clan. The forces of order have united to destroy the Mad Dragon and end his anarchistic movement once and for all. The winner of this tournament will select a hero from their faction, and that individual shall be the one to face Kokujin for the last time before the Mad Dragon meets his destiny. Should the Shadowlands win, however, then Kokujin's destiny will be far, far different.


Date: August 16th - 19th
Place: Gencon, Indianapolis, Indiana
Samurai Edition Prerelease: The Chrysanthemum Festival
Story Effects:
Fiction: The Fortunes Smile
Race to the Throne:
Unicorn will receive 1 military point.
Dragon will receive 5 economy points.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth one Military point for every 20 wins per Clan. In addition, the clan which organizes the largest Samurai Edition release event will receive 5 economy points.

The Chrysanthemum Festival has come to Rokugan, and with it both celebration and fear. The festival is the time when the Fortunes bestow their blessings upon the Empire, but the fourth day afterwards is when the followers of Fu Leng conduct their terrible rituals and sacrifice those who have drawn their ire to their dark god.

The winning Clan of this Global Storyline Tournament will have one of their young heroes receive the Fortunes' blessing, and will rescue an intended sacrifice from the dread followers of Fu Leng. See the Release Event page for more info!


Date: July
Place: Samurai Edition Sealed Events
Origins 2007: The Spider's Shadow
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
3rd:
Sportsman:
Attire:
Theme Deck:
Farthest Traveled:
Qualifier 1:
Qualifier 2:
Mantis [T: Black Heart/Allegiance]
Mantis [Pure]
Dragon [Pure]
Scorpion [Pure]
Mantis
Scorpion
Mantis
Mantis
22
20
Kilian Downey
Chris Yau
Dan Sacco
Rick Heinz
Bill Early
Doreen Nor
Kilian Downey
Eric Reyes


Story Point: The Mantis will discover the Spider.
Story Point: The Mantis will initiate a
tentative trade pact with the Spider.
Fiction: Obsidian
Card: Yoritomo Jera
Mantis will receive 6 Military points and 1 economy point.

Scorpion will receive 1 Military point.
Dragon will receive 1 Military point.


Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, and one each for third and fourth place.

With the coming of Samurai Edition, a new threat lurks in the dark recesses of Rokugan: the Spider Clan. Although they bear a new name, their faces are familiar. They are the Lost, the most dangerous and cunning enemies ever produced by the Shadowlands, and now they hide among the Great Clans in an insidious attempt to corrupt their enemies, and even the code of bushido itself. Where once there was chaos, now there is strategy. Where once there was brute force, now there is subtlety. Unless the Great Clans discover the truth in time, an obsidian blade in the back may spell the end for countless samurai throughout the Empire.

The winning faction of this tournament will be the first to discover the existence and machinations of the sinister, scheming Spider Clan. The winner will be able to choose whether or not the first contact with the Spider will result in a tentative agreement of mutual assistance, immediate hostility, or if the two factions will remain neutral toward one another. If the Shadowlands are victorious, then the Spider Clan will remain secret until a time of their choosing.


Date: July 5th - 8th
Place: Origins, Columbus, Ohio
Test of the Amethyst Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Attire:
Traveled:
Total:
Ratling [Pure]
Mantis [T: Black Heart/Allegiance]
Mantis [T: Black Heart/Allegiance]
Lion [T: Black Heart/Shourido]
Lion
Scorpion
Phoenix
Mantis
19 People
Jon Palmer
Chris Yau
Kilian Downey
Mike Colson
Justin Dees
Shawn Riley
Ryan Reese
Eric Reyes

Story Point: Yoritomo Yoyonagi will
become the new Amethyst Champion.
Card: Yoritomo Yoyonagi (Experienced)
Race to the Throne:
Mantis will receive 3 military points and 1 economy point.
Lion will receive 1 military point.
Phoenix will receive one politics point.
Scorpion will receive one knowledge point.
Lion will receive one spirit point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, one each for third and fourth place, and one for each of the other four spheres.

Once, the Amethyst Champion was charged with safeguarding an ancient, cursed gaijin artifact. That time has passed, and with the destruction of the crown, the current Amethyst Champion has chosen to pass on his title to those whom have worked for the betterment of the Empire.

The winner of this tournament will select one courtier from their Clan to become the new Amethyst Champion, a hero granted full Imperial status and given free access to the courts of all Clans.

Date: July 4th
Place: Columbus, Ohio
A Break From Tradition
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Attire:
Theme deck:
Traveled:
Challenge Booth:
1st:
2nd:
Total:

Lion [T: Black Heart]
Unicorn [T: Allegiance, 7 Personalities]
Ratling [T: Black Heart]
Crane [Pure]
Mantis
Scorpion
Dragon
Dragon

Dragon [Pure]
Dragon [Pure]
41 People

Antonis Panagiotopoulos
Petros Meletakos
George Koiliaris
Andreas Stavropoulos
George Goupas

Jorge Ribeiro
Robert Almgren

Kostas Adamopoulos
Robert Almgren


Story Point: The Dragon used their clue to
help the Lion Clan solve the puzzle.
Story Point: The Lion will find the secret.
Card: Solving the Riddle
Story Point: Akodo Setai will become the Empress's consort.
Fiction: To All Things An End
Race to the Throne:
Lion will receive 4 Military points.
Unicorn will receive 2 Military points.
Crane will receive 1 Military point.
Scorpion will receive 1 politics point.
Mantis will receive 1 spirit point.
Dragon will receive 1 knowledge and 1 economy point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, one each for third and fourth place, and one for each of the other four spheres.

With the Race for the Throne underway, many clans are desperate to gain an edge over their rivals. One group of samurai has discovered something that might gain them an advantage, but the secret they need is held by a forgotten Scorpion hero, who is in turn protected by an old Dragon monk dwelling in the most remote reaches of the Empire. If they can find the Dragon and solve his riddle, will the Scorpion give them the secrets they require?

The players of the Clan that wins will have a chance to solve the riddle, giving them advantages in the Race for the Throne if they do so.


Each of the top three players will receive an envelope containing a riddle and a numerical puzzle. The winner of the Challenge Booth will receive a clue that would help to solve the puzzle. The solution to the puzzle will be the key to a chest, which contains inside it the prize.

The Riddle:
If you break me, I do not stop working
If you touch me, I may be snared
If you lose me
Nothing will matter.
What am I?

Note: Due to a misunderstanding, the Lion Clan did not receive an advantage in the Race for the Throne from winning this tourney. As compensation, Lion Clan members were allowed to vote on whether a member of the Lion Clan would be named the Empress's consort, the captain of the Empress's Guard, or second in command to the Protector of the Imperial City, Bayushi Norachai.

Date: June 29th
Place: Athens, Greece
Test of the Ruby Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Costume:
Furthest
Traveled:
Saturday:
Sunday:
Crab
Spider
Ratling
Ratling
Phoenix
Crab
Unicorn
Dragon

90 People
84 People
Heraclio Sanchez
Nicolas Vaurette
Laurent Leonard
Ivan Kalatchek







Story Point: Yasuki Miliko will
be the next Ruby Champion
Card: Yasuki Miliko

Race to the Throne:
Crab will receive 4 military points and 1 knowledge point.
Spider will receive 2 military points.
Dragon will receive 1 economy point.
Unicorn will receive 1 politics point.
Phoenix will receive 1 spirit point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, one each for third and fourth place, and one for each of the other four spheres.

Note: The title of Ruby Champion is one based on deckbuilding creativity, play skill, and sportsmanship, over the course of a multi-day series of tournaments. The top 5 competitors are voted on by a panel of players and tournament organizers.

The revered sensei of the Emerald Dojo, the great Utaku Takai, is preparing to retire as the Ruby Champion. He has begun searching for a replacement, someone worthy to serve as the master sensei of the Emerald Champion, perhaps the most powerful man in the Empire.

The winner of this tournament will select a character from their Clan to become the new Ruby Champion. All members of the Imperial Assembly aligned to that Clan will receive the card of the Ruby Champion for free when it is available. Other members of the Imperial Assembly may purchase the card for koku.

Date: June 1st to 3rd
Place: Luxembourg
Website: http://www.guilde.lu/cardgames/l5r/torc2007/index.html
Test of the Obsidian Champion
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:

4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Costume:
Furthest
Traveled:
Total:
Mantis [T: Allegiance]
Shadowlands
Ratling [T:
BH/Allegiance]
Crane [Pure]
Mantis
Dragon
Scorpion
Crane

25 People
Chris Yau
Anthony Lawrence
Jonathan Green

Wilfredo Rosaly
Chris Yau
Matt Dalen
Don Corcoran
Wilfredo Rosaly


Story Point: The Obsidian Champion
will be Yoritomo Hotako.
Fiction: Obsidian
Card: Yoritomo Hotako (Experienced)
Race to the Throne:
Mantis will receive 1 Spirit point and 4 Military points.
Spider will receive 2 Miltary points
Dragon will receive 1 Knowledge point.
Scorpion will receive 1 Politics point.
Crane will receive 1 Economy point
and 1 Military point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth four Military points for first place, two for second place, one each for third and fourth place, and one for each of the other four spheres.

Daigotsu's word is the law of the Spider Clan, but not all those who followed him as lord of the Shadowlands embrace this new path. The Dark Lord has declared that there shall be an Obsidian Champion, one terrible warrior who will enforce Daigotsu's will and ensure that the Spider's web is not threatened by outsiders or weaklings within their ranks.

The winner of this tournament will determine the identity of Daigotsu's new Obsidian Champion. A non-unique personality who has a personal honor of 2 or less, and who is aligned to the faction used to win the tournament, will become corrupted and join the Spider Clan as the new Obsidian Champion. This means that unless you play the Spider or Shadowlands, you will want to play a Clan you dislike at this event!

Date: June 9th
Place: Seaford, New York
Child of the Tao
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Scorpion [T: Corrupt Gold]
Ratling
Dragon
14 People
Eric Hoath
Simon Clarke
Chris Gardner

Story Point: The Scorpion will benefit from the wisdom of Sun Tao's heir.
Card: Sun Doru
Race to the Throne:
Scorpion will receive 1 Military point.
Dragon will receive 1 Economy point.

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth one Military point and one other point.

Centuries ago, a ronin tactician named Sun Tao earned the respect of an Empire with his treatise on strategy and warfare. Now, his descendant has begun the same journey his ancestor undertook, and hopes to study with each of the clans in turn.

The Clan of the winner of this tournament shall be the first to benefit from this mysterious ronin's wisdom and insight in the form of a personality card. This event will reoccur around the world as the ronin travels from Clan to Clan working on his treatise. As different Clans win, the ronin will be reprinted to benefit their Clan.

Date: June 23rd
Place: Sheffield, United Kingdom
The Village of Demons
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Sportsman:
Theme Deck:
Costume:
Furthest Traveled:
Total:
Ratling [T: BH/Allegiance]
Scorpion [T: Kokujin]
Mantis [T: Guerrilla Tac]
Crab [T: BH/Tao of Fu Leng]
Mantis
Crab
Crab
Mantis
23 People
Jason Aken
Jesse Wallace
Markus Horton
Josh Kolb
Markus Horton
Reginald Garth
Reginald Garth
Kenny Jones

Story Point: Mak'irtch will discover
the secret of Oni Mura and break its power.
Card: Oni Mura
Race to the Throne:
Mantis will receive 1 Spirit point and 1 Economy point.
Crab will receive 1 Politics point and 1 Knowledge point.




Race to the Throne: This event will be worth one point in each sphere.

Oni Mura is a place of curses and death. It has lain in ruins for decades, an evil hanging over it long after the demon that ravaged it was destroyed. The time has come for the curse to be lifted, and the winner of this tournament will determine what shugenja is finally wise enough and powerful enough to break the curse forever.

The winner of this tournament may select any one shugenja from the faction used in the winning deck. That shugenja will be the one to finally discover the secret of the curse haunting Oni Mura, and break its power over the village once and for all. If you do not include a shugenja, the prize falls to the next highest player who did. The Clan of the player who wins the storyline will receive a region or holding of the cleansed village of Oni Mura in a future expansion.

Date: June 1st - 3rd
Place: Collinsville, Illinois
The First Leg


The many ways you may earn points for your Clan are listed below. Note that these are available during the the First Leg of the Race for the Throne, running through the 2007 Kotei Season (March - May).

Military

Win a Kotei: 1 point


Economy

Koku Pledge: 1 point for each 3000 Koku
Largest Single Koku Order: 3 points
Clan With Most Total Koku: 5 points
Largest Kotei: 5 points
Top 5 Distributor Sales Staff for Samurai Edition: 1 point each
Farthest Travelled at Each Kotei: 1 point


Politics
Winter Court Top 5 Best Actors: 5,4,3,2,1 points respectively
Winter Court Dominant Clan (by Vote): 5 points
Best Clan Attire at Each Kotei: 1 point
Most Inspirational Player: 1 points


Knowledge

Quiz Winner at Each Kotei: 1 point
Online Trivia: 2 points


Spirit

Poster Contest: 5,4,3,2,1 points respectively
Signature Contest: 2 points
Most Personality Copies Sent to AEG: 5,3,1 points respectively
GAMA Retailer Which Clan Are You: 5,3,1 points respectively
Sportsmanship Award at Each Kotei: 1 point

Temptations:


Any Clan dominating two Spheres of Influence at the end of a leg will be offered a Temptation. If they take the Temptation, they will have their highest Sphere in the next leg cut in half.

Only players registered with their Clan in the Imperial Assembly by April 23rd will be allowed to vote on accepting the Temptation for the First Leg and only they will receive it should they choose to take it.

The announcement of the First Leg Temptations brings with it some changes to the Race. Because we are revealing the Temptation to help stress the importance of signing up for the Imperial Assembly, it changes the balance of power that the boons offer. We want as level a field as possible and we want this Temptation to be earned (if you want it that is!). So starting April 13, 2007, in the remaining 25 Kotei events, selecting boons will still earn the story prize, but no additional Race points. Previously earned points will stand. Now that players know the Temptation prize we feel that it is only fair that we do not allow Military Victory Points to effect other Spheres.

An Important Story Effect Just for the Clan - A story point will be tailored to the Clan that is in the lead, and offered to them. We can't tell you right now what it will be for your Clan, but it will be... tempting, to say the least. Oh, and a reminder, if you are considered to be dead last in the Race you also get a story prize... but not a good one.

A Set of Foil Samurai Edition Commons - For the first time ever we are foiling a sheet other than the rare sheet. That's right, a complete set of foiled Samurai Edition commons (when they are off press). This is the ONLY way to receive these cards. And we're serious, they will not show up in packs, as tournament prizes, online store deals, or Christmas packages. This is your only chance to get them.

First Leg Standings
Clan Military Economy Politics Knowledge Spirit
Crab 4 7 8 17 24
Crane 6 7 13 5 11
Dragon 12 18 10 4 14
Lion 6 17 9 6 12
Mantis 14 27 5 6 12
Phoenix 1 4 6 8 9
Scorpion 2 4 15 5 13
Spider 1 4 9 5 7
Unicorn 2 8 9 8 8


Temptations:
Mantis: The Mantis have ever been the smallest of the Great Clans, and their recent war against the Phoenix, together with their losses suffered in the Battle of Toshi Ranbo, have worsened the situation dramatically. Although the Clan Champion has brought many ronin in to serve the clan in order to alleviate the problem, the clan is still flagging in numbers. While many feel that there is little that can be done, others look to old allies, and wonder if there is another path...

If the clan accepts the Temptation:

A terrible crisis will cripple the Fox Clan, a crisis so dire that when Yoritomo Naizen extends the hand of friendship, the Kitsune gladly accept. The Mantis offer will be far greater than a simple gesture of forgiveness or apology: it will be an offer of a home within the clan, and the Fox will accept. The Kitsune will become the fourth great family of the Mantis. Beginning with the expansion that follows Honor’s Veil, they will begin to receive personality support for the clan.

Also, each Imperial Assembly member registered with the Mantis will be able to order one set of Samurai Edition Common Foil cards from the AEG store. Your cost will be 1 dollar plus the shipping charges to send the set to you.
The Fox Clan will join the Mantis Clan as a fourth family.
Card: Kitsune Mizuru
Card: Kitsune Ryukan (Experienced)
Fiction: Shadows
Crab: Long ago, the teachings of the original Hiruma dojo were lost in the fall of Hiruma Castle. Though the castle has been retaken for decades, the Hiruma today have never reclaimed the teachings of their founder. Should the Crab accept this temptation, the Crab Clan will rediscover the teachings of the original Hiruma Dojo. The Crab will rediscover the lost teachings of the Hiruma.
Card: Hummingbird Wings
Card: Torch's Flame Flickers Card: Wolf's Little Lesson
Koku Drive

Single Largest Pledge: 9,400 Mantis
Most Koku Overall: 29,675 Mantis
Clan Koku Points
Crab 3,000 1
Crane 3,000 1
Dragon 15,000 5
Lion 12,000 4
Mantis 29,675 9
Phoenix 3,000 1
Scorpion 3,000 1
Spider 3,000 1
Unicorn 40 0

Players may pledge koku sent into AEG towards their clans during the first leg. For each cumulative 3000 koku pledged to a clan, that clan will earn 1 Economy point. In addition, the single largest koku order will earn 3 Economy points, and the clan with the most total koku will earn 5 Economy points.


Personality Pledges

Final Rankings:
Clan Personality Number submitted Fiction
Crab Hida Tenshu 1109
Lion Ikoma Korin 890 Scenes from the Empire VII
Dragon Mirumoto Gonkuro 857
Mantis Tsuruchi Nobumoto 651
Crane Daidoji Akagi 714
Scorpion Shosuro Maru 327
Phoenix Shiba Tsukimi 622
Spider Goblin Wizard 294
Unicorn Utaku Tama 87

The clans that send in the most copies of a single personality will receive Spirit points in the Race to the Throne: 5 for first place, 3 for second and 1 for third. The top 3 Personalities will also be featured in fictions.


Hammer and Anvil III
Story Effects:
Fiction: The Mad Dragon
Race for the Throne:
Sphere: Points: Clan:
Military: 1 Mantis
Economy: 1 Crane
Politics: 1 Crane
Knowledge: 1 Phoenix
Spirit: 1 Mantis


The night sky was bright with glowing embers cast up from a dozen burning buildings, and any peace the darkness should have brought was broken by the shouts of the dying, the wounded, and the wrathful.

Osami knelt and checked the status of one of his men. His face was bloodied, but he recognized the piecemeal armor at once. The man had served with him for over six months, but that service was at an end. Osami closed his eyes for the briefest of moments, offering a silent prayer for the man's sould.

"Osami-sama!" Another man ran toward him. He held a kumade, but the way in which he held it betrayed how recent his training had been. "Osami-sama!"

"Do not call me sama," the ronin said sharply."

"Oh, yes," the ashigaru said. "The bandits are fleeing! Their line is broken!"

Osami looked around at the village. It was not in ruins, but it was precariously close. Had the battle lasted even ten minutes more, their position could very well have been completely overrun. "Akihiro did not run," he said flatly. "His men broke. The ones he can find, he will kill himself." He shook his head. "His rage will be unquenchable."

"You've said that angry men make mistakes, Osami," the man said.

Osami nodded. "They do." He rose, sheathed his blade, then looked up at the night sky. The smoke had obscured the stars, but it was a cold, cloudless night with a full moon. There would be enough light. "Gather the rest and hold your position in the village," he ordered.

"We have to chase the bandits!"

"No," Osami said. "Akihiro is the threat. Leave him to me."



In the events of Hammer and Anvil 2: The Anvil's Legacy, the madman Kokujin sent his disciple, the ronin bandit-lord Akihiro to Rokugan following the death of Emperor Toturi Naseru. His mission was to wreak havoc, creating confusion and fear in the populace.

Consumed by their own petty squabbles, and the Khan's race for the throne, the Great Clans were either unaware of this threat, or were reluctant to commit resources to address it. Only the ronin hero Osami and his allies stood against Akihiro's assault. Against impossible odds, Osami has driven Akihiro back, thwarting his dark master's sinister plans and proving the strength of the people of Rokugan. Now, with the final battle imminent, the story of Osami must be completed.

Each tournament winner will help shape the events of a new fiction depicting Osami's story, and should answer the following questions:

1. What faction did you play in this tournament?
a. Is this the clan from which Osami originates, or
b. Is this the clan he considers his enemies?

2. What ally shall Osami call upon to aid him in the final stand against Akihiro?
a. Nagisa, the wandering duelist.
b. Ikuei, the freelance yojimbo.
c. Yamainu, the ruthless assassin.
d. No one. Osami will face Akihiro alone.

3. What shall become of Akihiro?
a. He will be slain in battle.
b. He will live to fight another day.
c. He will be cast out from Kokujin's pupils to wander the Empire, a broken and hunted man.


Place: Global Storyline Tourney
Poster Contest
Winners: Clan:
1st:
Micah Thomas Crab
2nd: Matt Dalen Dragon
3rd: Justin Walsh Spider
4th: Marcos Tunes Phoenix
5th:
John Pope Crane

Now is your chance to show your design skills to the gaming world and earn your Clan up to 5 Spirit points in the Race for the Throne! We want you to design a poster for L5R that conveys the spirit of the game, and why people should be playing. We'll be taking submissions until May 1, and then a panel of L5R retailers and distributors will help choose which design they feel is the best. After that, we will produce the poster and send it out to L5R stores. Your design might be seen around the world!

Design Parameters
Purpose of the Poster:

- Poster is intended to show people why L5R and/or Samurai Edition is cool and they want to be a part of it.
- Poster can be limited to one Clan or feature various Clans.
- You may submit as many posters as you like.

Materials:

- You may use any and all L5R artwork or images you find on the internet or scan from cards. AEG will not provide images at request. Bear in mind however that we are looking for reasons to play now, older images or characters may not be the best to use! You may also use original artwork if you wish.

Dimensions:

- Poster will be printed at 22 inches by 18 inches. It can be portrait or landscape. Files sent in should be at 300 dpi in either .jpg or .tif formats.

Judging Criteria:

- The poster will be judged on its message as much as its design. Even if your design skills aren't the best, don't worry, we can have one of our graphic designers fix it up if the concept of your poster was amazing.

Submission Deadline and Address:

- All submissions are due by May 1, 2007. Please send them to this address with the subject line "L5R Poster Contest." Any submissions not including that subject line will not be reviewed.

Disclaimer:

- All poster submissions, and any original artwork contained within, become the property of Alderac Entertainment Group.


Date: March 19th - May 1st
Hidden Quiz #4

Winner: Clan: Answer:
Josh Kolb Crab Brotherhood of Shinsei took 2nd place, losing to another Brotherhood player.


Here is your chance to earn free Knowledge points for your Clan! Be the first to email us with the answer to the following quiz question. The Clan of the winner will receive 2 points in the Knowledge sphere for the first leg.

Three part question: What was the highest place finish of an Enlightenment deck at a L5R World Championship? What Clan was it? What Clan defeated it? All three questions must be answered to qualify.


Date: March 31st
Website: http://www.l5r.com/finalquery/
Hidden Quiz #3

Winner: Clan: Answer:
Josh Kolb Crab David Seay and John Zinser.


Here is your chance to earn free Knowledge points for your Clan! Be the first to email us with the answer to the following quiz question. The Clan of the winner will receive 2 points in the Knowledge sphere for the first leg.

Who are the two people credited as having the Original Concept for the Battle of Beiden Pass boxed set?


Date: March 4rd
Website: http://l5r.com/?page_id=359
Hidden Quiz #2

Winner: Clan: Answer:
Jason Aken Crab The First Scroll is Opened.


Here is your chance to earn free Knowledge points for your Clan! Be the first to email us with the answer to the following quiz question. The Clan of the winner will receive 2 points in the Knowledge sphere for the first leg.

According to the classic "You Might be a Phoenix" listing, what is the missing card in this sentence:

"You've burnt one or more copies of ________________"


Date: March 3rd
Website: http://www.l5r.com/race-for-the-throne/first-leg/2nd-race-quiz/
Hidden Quiz #1

Winner: Clan: Answer:
Jeff Williamson Crab Seijuro's Legacy.


Here is your chance to earn free Knowledge points for your Clan! Be the first to email us with the answer to the following quiz question. The Clan of the winner will receive 2 points in the Knowledge sphere for the first leg.

What is the name of the Technique in the new Matsu Duelist path in Art of the Duel?


Website: http://www.l5r.com/race-for-the-throne/first-leg/race-quiz-1/
Signature Contest

Winners: Signatures:
1st: Micah Thomas
Finalists:





As another contest in the Race for the Throne, members of the AEG forums will be able to create forum signature banners. The five favorite banners will be voted on by the community, and the creator of the winning signature will choose a Clan to receive 2 spirit points.


Date: February 28th - March 9th
The Topaz Championship
Top 4: Story Effects:
1st:
2nd:
3rd:
4th:
Total:
Crab
Crab
Shadowlands
Scorpion
72 Players
Jason Aken
Josh Kolb
Jon Palmer
Chris Fuchs

Note: The top 16 of this tournament was run in a draft format.
Story Point: The Topaz Champion will be a Hida Bushi or Samurai, backing the Empress.
Story Point: The Topaz Champion's nemesis will be a Hida Samurai, backing the Shogun.
Fiction: The Topaz Championship
Card: Hida Kashin
Card: Hida Fumetsu

Race to the Throne: This event will be worth one Military point.

The Topaz Championship is the gempukku tournament held every year and overseen by the Emperor himself. Only the best and brightest of the samurai caste are invited to perform their rite of passage in front of the most powerful nobles in Rokugan, and to do well in such a competition is often the first step to glory and fame throughout the young samurai's career. The winner of this tournament is deemed the "Topaz Champion" for the year, a position with no real authority but great prestige. Former Topaz Champions have been fawned upon by all the Clans in order to both get into the Emperor's good graces and earn the friendship of a samurai who will perhaps one day be one of Rokugan's celebrated heroes. Recent Topaz Champions include such revered samurai as Mirumoto Uso, Moto Najmudin, and Doji Domotai.


Date: December 30th
Place: Highland, IN
Kotei 2007: Race points


Most Kotei Attended:
Noah Decter-Jackson Lion Card: Matsu Nao
Dan Jacobson Crab Card: Kaiu Genji
Largest Kotei:
Madrid, Spain Pablo Rojo Dragon
Most Inspirational Player:
Noah Decter-Jackson Lion


Location Winner
(Mil)
Sportsman
(Spir)
Spirited
(Poli)
Quiz
(Know)
Farthest
(Econ)
Bonus
Feeding Hills, Mass. Dan Dineen (Mantis) Natalie James (Crane) Sara Schloth (Phoenix) Jonathan Dunaj (Dragon) Eric Reyes (Mantis) Food Drive (Spirit)
Greg Clinton (Phoenix)
Evan Dunn (Mantis)
James Chatham (Scorpion)
Los Angeles, CA Case Kiyonaga (Mantis) Martin Padilla (Scorpion) Steffan Muntsinger (Unicorn) Nick Myers (Lion) Brian Rayhanabad (Phoenix) -
Barcelona, Spain Adrian Amoros (Ratling) Ramon Pena (Spider) Carles Masdeu (Scorpion) Ramon Pena (Spider) Miguel Gallego (Unicorn) -
Seattle, WA Greg Wong (Dragon) Joel Perry (Crane?) Morgan Holland (Crane) Patrick Naayer (Unicorn) Noah Decter- Jackson (Lion) -
Douglasville, GA Robbie Robison (Dragon) Ryan Martinez (Dragon) John Ling (Lion) Randy Slaven (Lion) Michael Dammer (Unicorn) Teaching (Spirit)
Michael Dammer (Unicorn)
Dublin, Ireland Faber van Kraanen (Ratling) Pamela Mitchell (Crane) Eoin Burke (Crab) Eoin Burke (Crab) Mike Colson (Lion) Alternate Format Winner (Spirit)
Jack Coates (Dragon)
Wellington, New Zealand Richard Chan (Mantis) Drew South (Dragon) James Dunning (Dragon) James Dunning (Dragon) Richard Chan (Mantis) -
Wroclaw, Poland Jacek Jachymowsky (Ratling) Przemek Stepien (Lion) Dariusz Nowakowski (Spider) Michal Wypych (Crab) Michal Peplinski (Scorpion) -
Vigo, Spain Juan Palomo (Ratling) Ruben Megia (Unicorn) Daniel Sanchez (Lion) Rafael Ortega (Crab) Daniel Sanchez (Lion) -
Toronto, Ontario Chris Yau (Mantis) Philip Benoit (Lion) Brandon Smith (Phoenix) Chris Yau (Mantis) Noah Decter- Jackson (Lion) -
San Diego, CA Chris Reda (Crane) Aaron Kremin (Mantis) Steffan Muntsinger (Unicorn) Arthur Halavais (Spider) Mark Wootton (Crane) -
Vancouver, BC Greg Wong (Dragon) Sean Whittaker (Mantis) Victoria Woodcock (Phoenix) Noah Decter- Jackson (Lion) Noah Decter- Jackson (Lion) -
Toulouse, France Ferran Villegas (Scorpion) Laurent Delpuech (Mantis) Jean Cahuzac (Crab) Pierre Fagon (Mantis) William Jones (Crab) -
Rio Rancho, NM Isaac Cynova (Mantis) Bryan Cronober (Phoenix) Mateo Valdez (Unicorn) James Matthews (Ratling) Josh Cook (Mantis) -
Saint Peters, MO Steven Lafollete (Dragon) Joe O'hare (Phoenix) John Ling (Lion) Jed Carleton (Lion) Noah Decter- Jackson (Lion) Box of Greed (Spirit)
Eric Morgan (Mantis)
Joseph Fender (Scorpion)
Lisbon, Portugal Pedro Alvarez (Crab) Andre Rodrigues (Scorpion) Sandra Ferreira (Phoenix) Jorge Ribeiro (Phoenix) Bruno Hermenegildo (Scorpion) -
Highland, IN Chris Dreyer (Dragon) Valerie Parmley (Crane) Erykah Fasset (Unicorn) Howard Hooven (Dragon) Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) -
Colorado Springs, CO Isaac Cynova (Mantis) Mike Theemling (Crane) Mateo Valdez (Unicorn) Nathaniel Trahan (Crab) Kristofer Parker (Lion) -
Charlotte, NC David Reed (Lion) Jonathan Freeman (Unicorn) Jay Earle (Ratling) Eric Krute (Crane) Eric Krute (Crane) -
Santiago, Chile Salomon Hernandez (Ratling) Cristobal Nunez (Dragon) Cristobal Nunez (Dragon) Jose Yanez (Phoenix) Ariel Alvarez (Crane) -
Moscow, Russia Dmitry Saatchan (Mantis) Nikolay Roganov (Crane) Maxim Zrelov (Scorpion) Andrey Tretyakov (Crane) Artem Fomichev (Crab) -
Magdeburg, Germany Faber van Kraanen (Ratling) Andreas Boehm (Crab) Dominic Adenuga (Dragon) Markus Steinbart (Unicorn) Christian Reitberger (Mantis) -
Owensboro, KY Chris Dreyer (Dragon) Jeremy Anderson (Phoenix) John Ling (Phoenix) Andy Tate (Unicorn) John Ling (Phoenix) Draft event
(Spirit)
Jeremy Kilburn (Crab)
Valencia, Spain [124 People] Adrian Amoros (Ratling) Marta Montes (Unicorn) Mori Saiseki (Spider) Pablo Cobos (Scorpion) Rhea Giner-Sorolla (Unicorn) Best Costume (Pol): Jorge Alba (Spider)
Budapest, Hungary Aron Negyesi (Ratling) Mucha Mateusz (Mantis) Laszlo Bodnar (Mantis) Csaba Mile (Unicorn) Robert Almgren (Dragon) Winner's Choice Event (Military): Robert Almgren (Dragon)
Quezon City, Philippines Lloyd Videz (Crane) Melvin Melicano (Scorpion) Miguel Munsayac (Unicorn) Carlo Pulido (Phoenix) Al Hortillosa (Unicorn) -
Fredericton, New Brunswick Matthew Maddocks (Scorpion) Jonathan Conte (Spider) Philip Benoit (Lion) Rudy Roy (Crane) Philip Benoit (Lion) Street Fighter Kumitae (Econ): Greg Corbett (Spider)
Calgary, AB Jerred Moore (Crane) Bryan Murphy (Unicorn) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Tim Melnick (Spider) Jason Beck (Lion) Best Banzai (Spirit): Paul Thorgrimson (Crab)
Manchester, UK Neil Robins (Ratling) Joe Jackson (Dragon) John Austin (Crab) Alexander Andersson (Phoenix) Stasinos Karampatsos (Mantis) Easter Egg Painting (Pol): Luke Farren (Lion)
Saskatoon, SK Josh Gaydos (Mantis) Leon Phillips (Lion) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Jason Beck (Lion) Josh Gaydos (Mantis) Best T-Shirt Design (Pol): Jeremy Gibson (Crane)
Rancho Cordova, CA Jon Palmer (Shadowlands) Josh Howard (Lion) Russel Ackerman (Mantis) Luke Fleeman (Shadowlands) Ben Henderson (Dragon) -
Fort Worth, TX Josh Griffis (Crab) Dace (Scorpion) Dace (Scorpion) Chris Yao (Mantis) Josh Griffis (Crab) Penny wars (Econ): Mantis
Charity (Spirit): Frank DiSefiano III (Dragon)
Annerley, Queensland Jon Meertens (Ratling) Michael Hall (Crab) Rachel Jackson (Unicorn) Wayne Duyvestyn (Scorpion) Jon Meertens (Ratling) -
Rennes, France Owen Michaud (Lion) Jerome Begault (Crab) Jerome Begault (Crab) Gael Cleach (Dragon) Romain de Ruyck (Unicorn) -
Gatineau, Quebec Brandon Smith (Phoenix) Jason Beck (Lion) Deryck Mills (Unicorn) Danny Gosson (Crane) Jason Beck (Lion) Drawing Contest (Pol): Philip Benoit (Lion)
Hillcrest, South Africa Marie Wessels (Dragon) JP Naude(Spider) Russell Goldman (Crane) Rhys Jack (Unicorn) Rhys Jack (Unicorn) Charity Raffle (Spirit): Adam Fry (Crane)
Athens, Greece Panos Georgopoulos (Crab) Raphael Skourtas (Phoenix) Nick Tsetelis (Scorpion) George Koiliaris (Ratling) Angelo Alvisi (Dragon) -
Zwolle, Netherlands Kamil Magda (Crane) Rhea Giner-Sorolla (Unicorn) Michael Hubert (Scorpion) Marcus Finger (Lion) Robert Almgren (Dragon) -
South Sioux City, Nebraska Eric Morgan (Mantis) Mike Colson (Phoenix) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Andrew Laderoute (Crab) Paul Thorgrimson (Crab) Charity: (Spirit) Crab
Santa Fe, Argentina Ariel Alvarez (Crane) Matias Lespiau (Mantis) Jorge Matar (Scorpion) Oscar Cooper (Phoenix) Gonzalo Valdenegro (Spider) Charity Event (Spirit):
Federico Catalan (Spider)
Madrid, Spain Jesus Mera (Dragon) Heraclio Sanchez (Crane) Carlos Saez (Unicorn) Aubin Bellue (Crane) -
Caufield East, Victoria Richard Chan (Mantis) Brent Steeves (Lion) Iyestyn (Lion) Leigh Gregurke (Crab) John Pope (Crane) -
Manchester, TN John Ling (Lion) Patrick Kelley (Crab) John Ling (Lion) Andy Tate (Unicorn) Adam Newkirk (Mantis) Revering the Dead (Spirit): Adam Newkirk (Mantis)
Sandusky, OH Howard Hooven (Dragon) Jim Chatham (Scorpion) Leanne Orwig (Mantis) Matt Orwig (Mantis) Josh Griffis (Phoenix) -
Parana, Brazil Tadeu Saldanha (Unicorn) Galileu Paolo (Scorpion) Ademar Savaki (Phoenix) Andre Martins (Dragon) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion) -
Green Bay, WI Jesse Anderson (Mantis) Dave Seefeldt (Crane) Josh Przybylski (Scorpion) Jeff Williamson (Crab) Jonathan Russell (Spider) Box of Greed (Spirit): John Merholz (Crab) Jason Aken (Crab)
Draft (Spirit): Jason Aken (Crab)
Nurenberg, Germany Patrick Zeuner (Ratling) Jacek Jachymowski (Ratling) Tobias Vater (Spider) Michael Neugebauer (Scorpion) Miguel Gallego (Unicorn) -
Antelope, CA Case Kiyonaga (Dragon) Kellen Walker (Crab) Caitlin Gormley (Unicorn) Kellen Walker (Crab) Case Kiyonaga (Dragon) Suicide L5R Championship (Spirit): Michael Shaneman (Crane)
Lake Buena Vista, FL Jesse Gibson (Crane) Arturo Ron (Unicorn) Branden Bauer (Dragon) Chris Goto (Phoenix) Carlos Campos (Lion) -
Garden City, MI Mike Colson (Lion) Lee Masheter (Ratling) Erykah Fassett (Scorpion) Daniel Comrie (Scorpion) Jon Palmer (Ratling) -
Thunder Bay, Ontario Steven Collin (Mantis) Jason Beck (Lion) Reginald Garth (Crab) Nick Jones (Crab) Robyn Ferguson (Unicorn) Koku Auction (Spirit): Michael Schmidt (Scorpion)
Belo Horizonte, Brazil Alvaro Trielli (Lion) Rodolfo Funa (Mantis) Carlos Gralhado (Crane) Alvaro Trielli (Lion) Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion) Blood donation (Spirit): Bruno Carvalho (Scorpion)
Lyon, France Javier Rodriguez (Unicorn) Vincent Degee (Unicorn) Jerome Begault (Crab) Sebastien Duthu (Spider) William Jones (Crab) Food contest (Knowledge): Alain Morange (Scorpion)
East Brunswick, NJ Ben Henderson (Dragon) Barry Kunz (Dragon) Mark Robertson (Dragon) Dan Dineen (Mantis) Robert Almgren (Dragon) -
Manhattan, KS Jason Aken (Ratling) Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) Dace (Scorpion) Kris Parker (Crane) Noah Decter-Jackson (Lion) Haiku Contest (Politics): Kris Parker (Crane)
Winter Court
Race to the Throne:
Dominant Clan: (5 Politics Points) Scorpion
1st: (5 Politics Points)
2nd: (4 Points)
3rd: (3 Points)
4th: (2 Points)
5th: (1 Point)
Dragon
Imperial (Spider)
Ratling (Crane)
Crane
Lion
Phil Hohensee
Alex Shay
Daniel Gosson
John Pope
Daniel Walters
Kitsuki Sasuke
Otomo Hoketuhime
K'mee
Doji Jorihime
Matsu Kenji
Cards:
Card: Bayushi Arashii
Card: Togashi Jomei
Card: Kitsuki Kouri
Card: Ikoma Tatsunori
Card: Doji Jorihime

Story Results:
Fiction: Winter Nights: Sowing the Wind
Fiction: Armed and Ready [Imperial Herald v2 #21]
Fiction: Will of Iron [Imperial Herald v2 #21]
Fiction: Knowledge First [Imperial Herald v2 #21]
Fiction: Men of Power
Story Point: Ide Jiao will fake his own seppuku to avoid dishonoring the Khan.
Story Point: The Lion clan will attempt to build a shrine honoring the kitsu Nintai.
Story Point: Isawa Ochiai and Mirumoto Tsuge will fall in love.
Story Point: Bayushi Norachai will demand 2000 troops from each clan to defend Toshi Ranbo.
Story Point: An elder Crane statesman will dishonor himself and commit seppuku.
Story Point: Shosuro Higatsuku will be banished from the Winter Court.
Story Point: Doji Jorihime will be falsely accused of being Gozoku.
Story Point: The Mantis will have control of the East Hub Village port.
Story Point: Kasuga Taman will escape punishment for the murder of a sailor.
Story Point: Kasuga Taman will gift a crystal katana to Otomo Hoketuhime, who will in turn grant it to Ikoma Korin.
Story Point: Bayushi Yojiro will be murdered by a Unicorn under the belief that he was Bayushi Moyotoshi.
Story Point: Daigotsu Soetsu will break free of his shackles and die at the hands of Shosuro Aroru.
Story Point: Soshi Ukyo will die while attempting to prevent Soetsu's escape.
Story Point: Toritaka Tatsune will retire.
Story Point: Should Matsu Kenji bear sons, they will marry into the Toritaka family.
Story Point: Toritaka Tatsune's grand-daughter will be fostered to Shiro Matsu for training.
Story Point: A Shrine to Bishamon will be built in Scorpion lands, on the site of Bishamon's curse.
Story Point: Hida Shara will spearhead a "strike team" to attempt to destroy Kokujin.
Story Point: Kakita Bikan, aka Shosuro Eiriasu, will marry Yasuki Miliko and join the Crab.
Story Point: Kitsuki Kouri will train with the Miya Heralds.
Story Point: Bayushi Hazame will become ronin and ally to the Lion Clan.
Story Point: Kitsuki Sasuke will train the Otomo house guards in the Kitsuki method.
Story Point: Agasha Shouhei will marry Yoritomo Yashinko and join the Mantis.
Story Point: Kakita Himoto will create a coalition of samurai to fight the Shadowlands, based in Oni Mura.
Story Point: Doji Jorihime will marry her true love, Doji Nagori.
Story Point: Doji Jorihime will be gifted with a katana matching the Golden Oriole Wakizashi.
Story Point: Hida Shara and Doji Asuki will be betrothed.
Story Point: Toku Kyoji will become the Monkey daimyo and will marry Akodo Minako.
Story Point: Bayushi Norachai will marry Otomo Asami, neice of Otomo Hoketuhime.
Treaties:
Imperial-Yotsu
In recognition of honoured and valiant service to the Empire beyond the call of loyalty and duty, the Seppun extend to the Yotsu family the hand of friendship and continued Imperial service as a vassal family to the Seppun and the Imperial House.

As the Yotsu name was established by the Emperor and a badge of virtue, the Seppun will not request nor allow the Yotsu to change their family name. Instead, the Yotsu will be allowed to wear the mons of both families in all official capacities.

The Yotsu dojo shall remain Yotsu, but Yotsu students will be welcome in the dojo of the Seppun, as Seppun students will be welcome in the Yotsu dojo. A council of masters will determine how best the two families can learn from each other and how their martial styles may best be combined to serve the Empire

. The Seppun first request of their new vassals the following, that two of their finest samurai-ko who have just completed their gempukku be assigned to the household of Otomo Hoketuhime as her yojimbo, and two their finest samurai who have just completed their gempukku be assigned to the household of Seppun Kiharu as his yojimbo. These four samurai to be trained in the way of the Seppun miharu as well as in the school of their family.

By the grace of the Empress and under the gaze of the Ancestors and Fortunes.
***
Unicorn-Scorpion
1 - The Unicorn will offer a discount in its taxes and tariffs on Scorpion merchants, so that the Scorpion might better know and understand the Unicorn, building friendship and trust through the dealings such actions will encourage.

2 - The Scorpion will offer a discount in its taxes and tariffs on Unicorn merchants, so that the Unicorn better know and understand the Unicorn, building friendship and trust through the dealings such actions will encourage.

3 - One Bayushi will be trained at the Ide Emissary School, that the Scorpion as a whole might benefit from the wisdom gathered during centuries of travel outside the Empire.

4 - One Ide will be trained at the Bayushi Courtier School, that the Unicorn as a whole might benifit from the wisdom gleaned from the secrets of an Empire.

5 - To ensure amicable relations and continued friendship between the Scorpion and Unicorn, the two clans will agree to an exchange of hostages.
***
Phoenix-Scorpion
The Scorpion hereby agree to send the Phoenix assistance in dealing with a delicate matter they wish to remain private. These aides will be able to help both politically to cover up the activities of the Phoenix and militarily to assist in the application of their duties. In exchange the Phoenix hereby agree to enter into a formal alliance with the Scorpion.

The Scorpion agree to allow Asako Inqusitors to speak with Daigotsu Soetsu upon either their arrival to Kyuden Otomo or at a later time after the spring thaw. In exchange the Phoenix hereby agree to support the Scorpion in the courts.

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As an aside, Kaukastu will offer up any info they learned while Soestu was in their custody since he died before the Asako could interogate him.
***
Unicorn-Tortoise
First, the Tortoise shall spread the worship of the Shi- Tien Yen-Wang, constructing shrines along their trade routes and in their ports.

Secondly, Tortoise shall be granted access to and passage through Unicorn lands, for the purpose of conducting matters of trade.
***
Unicorn-Oriole
1. The Oriole and the Unicorn shall have commerce between them, and the Unicorn shall be given preferential trade discount in the acquisition/trade of Tsi-manufactured blades/items. 10 percent of the output from the steel will be given/sold to the Unicorn Clan.

1.a This 10 percent of manufactured blades will consist of designs presented by the Unicorn Smithmaster, be they gaijin in origin or otherwise. The manufacture could be within Unicorn lands or in Oriole lands.

1.b The Oriole Clan reserves the right to copy these designs for their own academic purposes, and private commercial purposes, to a much, much lesser extent. It is understood though that sale of gaijin-designed weaponry is still not within the norms of the Empire, and such private trade by the Oriole, if given unfavorable light, shall be the sole responsibility of the Oriole Clan, with the Unicorn Clan disavowing any knowledge of such.

2. It has been made clear that Tsi Zutaka does not wish his creations to be turned into instruments of violence and destruction. The Unicorn Clan acknowledges the Oriole Clan in their right to cease all manufacturing of Tsi blades and weapons during Wartime, specifically, should any of the Great Clans declare war on each other. The Oriole are asking for respect in this decision without any bias or any economic or social repercussion of any kind from the Unicorn Clan. Trade of Tsi-manufactured blades and weapons will only resume once a time of peace is observed.

2.a The Oriole Clan, however, shall recognize that this applies universally to all clans they deal with, meaning if they provide someone else with weaponry, clearly inteded for a specific conflict, the contract is void. In the context of war, however, defense from bandit attacks and border skirmishes (i.e. Shadowlands incursion, etc) should not nullify the two clans' agreement.

3. As a further extension of this stipulation, attached here is a copied document made by the Hantei (OOC: we don't know which one) in declaring that no Minor Clan shall make any move of aggression towards a Great Clan, and the Oriole would see manufacturing of arms during wartime as a disobedience of this Imperial Decree.

4. The Unicorn agrees to incorporate a very small number of Oriole diplomats and swordsmiths, for passage into the Burning Sands in a future expedition of the Unicorn, with the intent of reaching Medinat al-Salaam.
***
Scorpion-Minor Clan
This agreement, between the Minor Clans, as represented by the daimyo of the Monkey Clan, and the Scorpion Clan, stipulates the following considerations.

The Minor Clans agree to the following:

1. To provide to the Scorpion a total of 6666 koku of rice. This commodity shall be transported as soon as possible after signing of this agreement is completed, to a delivery point that is mutually agreeable to the signatories, using transport provided under separate agreement by the Mantis Clan;

In return for the above, the Scorpion Clan agrees to the following:

1. To provide to the Minor Clans, upon their request, a future favour whose value is reasonably commeasurate with the value of the rice being provided above.
***
Mantis-Minor Clan
The Clans that the signers of this treaty represent shall agree and abide by the terms written here:

1) The Mantis shall pay 20,000 Koku to the Minor Clan Alliance (MCA).

2) The MCA shall distribute their surplus rice, an amount of 20,000 to the following clans as evenly as possible; The Crab Clan, The Dragon Clan, The Scorpion Clan.

3) The MCA may conduct business with the clans above, so that the appearance of the MCA doing this for themselves, rather than the choosing of the Mantis, is maintained, so long as the agreements made with said clans do not change the the terms of this treaty.

4) No mention of this treaty shall be mentioned to any Clan other than the Mantis, and then only when in private situations if necessary. 5) The Mantis will use their ships, at no cost, to provide the allotted rice to the Crab Clan. Other ways of transporting the rice are left to the devices of the MCA and will be at their expense.
***
Mantis-Unicorn
Thus on this day do the Unicorn and Mantis clans acknowledge their continuing economic friendship with one another. The specific provisions are as follows:

- The Unicorn shall aid the Mantis directly and indirectly in furthering their economic goals for two years.

- The Mantis shall aid the Unicorn directly and indirectly in furthering their economic for two years.

- For two years The Unicorn will offer a discount in its taxes and tariffs on Mantis merchants, so that the Mantis might better know and understand the Unicorn, building friendship and trust through the dealings such actions will encourage.

- For two years The Mantis will offer a discount in its taxes and tariffs on Unicorn merchants, so that the Unicorn might better know and understand the Mantis, building friendship and trust through the dealings such actions will encourage.

- The Unicorn shall come to the defense of the Mantis and their holdings, should they be threatened by gaijin, or shadowlands forces for five years.

- The Mantis shall come to the defense of the Unicorn and their holdings, should they be threatened by gaijin or Shadowlands forces for five years.

- For five years The Ide family will seek to welcome the Tsuruchi family to their home, should the Tsuruchi seek to come, sharing their experiences and records as magistrates of the Empire throughout the reign of Toturi I... that the noble Wasp will be better equipped in their own mission as magistrates to the Empire.

- The Unicorn will support the Mantis in their endeavors with the Imperial Families concerning East Hub Village, on the condition that the East Wind Ronin band as led by the ronin Hokatsu be allowed to continue their service to the empire to keep the peace and earn a living, so far as they obey the Law of the Empire.

- A daughter of Utaku Xieng-Chi will marry Tsuruchi Ki, (we can replace with Buntaro if needed) She will take his name and provide him an heir worth of his bow. Outside of his heir, any females born to Tsuruchi Ki (or Buntaro) shall be given the choice to join the Shiotome as Battle Maidens.

- The day Ide Tang names an heir, that heir shall take a Mantis Courtier to be his bride. She will take his name, and provide the new Ide Daimyo with an heir worthy of his steed.
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Mantis-Seppun
Moshi Amika's heir, Kyoko, and eldest niece, Kiyoko, to come to visit Seppun Kiharu and be wards of the Seppun household for as long as the Moshi shall choose. During that time, Moshi Kyoko and Kiyoko shall be considered to be part of the Seppun family and be welcome to learn from any of the Seppun schools and dojo.

It is hoped that Kiyoko will be able to find a suitable husband from among the Seppun to strengthen the ties of friendship between the Moshi and the Seppun into ties of marriage and blood.

Moshi Akimi, nephew to Moshi Akima, shall become assistant to Seppun Kiharu in his role as Master of the Ten Thousand Temples. The Seppun family to house Moshi Akimi and seek a suitable bride for him (possibly from the Monkey Clan)
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Dragon-Oriole
My Lords, most wise Togashi Satsu, Champion of the Dragon, and most esteemed Kasuga Taigen, Head of the Minor Clan Assembly:

To formalize and legitimize negotiations contracted between Hoshi Oki, representative of the Dragon Clan, and Tsi Zutaka-sama, Daimyo of the Oriole, during the span of Winter Court, I present to you this draft for the treaty listing the deals made between the two clans. I present this with the approval of Kitsuki Tadashi-sama, head of the Dragon delegation for this Winter Court.

Listed below are the terms of the agreement:

1. Tsi Jieza, daughter of the Oriole daimyo, is looking for a husband and the Dragon have offered a Mirumoto as an answer. Zutaka-sama though has expressed with sincerity that he has chosen a Crab smith to marry his daughter, and apologizes to the Dragon for this misunderstanding. The Dragon accept his decision and have instead offered to assist in the coming marriage ceremony between the two. Representatives of the Hoshi will attend for they are known to bring luck in marriages.

2. A Shrine to Bishamon, Fortune of Strength will be constructed in the village of West Hub. This will be in continuation of the Dragon's support for the Oriole, not just economically but spiritually as well. Construction costs and materials will be provided by the Seppun as this was a prize given by Seppun Kiharu to the Dragon for participating in the Bushido contest.

3. Tsi Zutaka, on behalf of the Minor Clan Delegation, has invited the Dragon Clan to attend a shugenja competition in the lands of the newly-formed Bat Clan. The Dragon Clan has graciously accepted this offer and have extended it to their allies in the Phoenix. The invitation has been sent to Tamori Shaitung and Isawa Nakamuro as a gift for their coming bethrotal. This would prompt the exchange of knowledge between the Dragon and the Phoenix with the Komori.

4. The Dragon and the Oriole will also exchange students in hopes of refining their swordsmithing knowledge. The Tamori will send a student with adequate knowledge of the new "Water Hammer" technique, in return for learning even a small fraction of what the Tsi know.

5 Lastly, yet most importantly, the Dragon are giving rights to the Oriole to mine their mountains for invaluable steel to produce their famous Tsi Blades. In exchange for this precious right, the Oriole has willingly allowed trade with the Dragon, and shall be given preferrential trade discount in the aquisition/trade of Tsi-manufactured blades/items. 25 percent of the output from the steel will be given to the Dragon. That is one blade out of four produced.

It has been made clear that Tsi Zutaka does not wish his creations to be turned into instruments of violence and destruction. The Dragon Clan acknowledges the Oriole Clan in their right to cease all manufacturing of Tsi blades and weapons during Wartime, specifically, should any of the Great Clans declare war on each other. The Dragon shall respect this decision without any bias or any economic or social repercussion of any kind to the Oriole Clan.

Trade of Tsi-manufactured blades and weapons will only resume once a time of peace is observed. The Oriole Clan, however, shall recognize that this applies universally to all clans they deal with, meaning if they provide someone else with weaponry, clearly inteded for a specific conflict, the contract is void. In the context of war, however, defending ourselves from bandit attacks and border skirmishes, should not nullify the two clans' agreement.
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Dragon-Unicorn
The Clans of the Dragon and Unicorn hereby agree:

1. That a student of the Tamori shall train with a Moto priest of the Shin-Tien Yen-Wang, as is appropriate given their status as fortunes. This training shall take place on the Western Unicorn/Dragon border, to further the convenience of both parties.

2. That once hostilities have ended in their region of the Empire, the Unicorn shall construct, with Dragon blessing and aid, a shrine to the Shin-Tien Yen-Wang in Dragon territory.
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Dragon-Phoenix
Lord Togashi Satsu, Champion of the Dragon and Leader of the High House of Light, Master Wayan, Head of the Hoshi, I present to you a copy of the signed deal between Hoshi Oki, Representative of the Dragon, and Isawa Ochiai, Master of Fire and Head of the Phoenix Delegation in Winter Court. I submit this to you in hopes that you will bless the exchange with you permission.

In hopes to further increase the exchange of knowledge and wisdom between the Phoenix and the Dragon, as well as to strengthen the growing alliance, Ochiai-sama and I have agreed to an exchange of students. One of the monks of the Order of Hoshi will be studying under the tutelage of the Asako to learn about the Phoenix, while an Asako will be studying with all of the Three Orders to learn about the Dragon.

We have agreed to send Hoshi Koichi to represent the Dragon while Asako Fumiko will represent the Phoenix. The said student exchange will occur once spring arrives.

May the Fortunes bless this enlightening exchange.
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Dragon-Minor Clan
1.) In exchange for access to the Suzume Halls, repository of knowledge of the Sparrow Clan, the Dragon Clan have generously offered free access to the Kitsuki Libraries and have agreed to support Suzume Senkosan's endeavour to be named Imperial Storyteller.

2.) The Dragon offered their services in resanctifying and rebuilding the Badger homeland and are willing to send an Ise Zumi or Tsurai Zumi advisor to Ichiro Kihongo-sama to assist him in restoring his shattered Clan to it's former stature. In return, the Badger will provide an Ichiro Yojimbo to a person of the Dragon's choosing for a period not less than the time spent in Badger lands by the Dragon advisor and allow said advisor access to Ryoshun's Tomb for purposes of studying this fortuitous find.

3.) The Dragon Clan shall carry an invitation to the Festival of Inari to be held by the Fox Clan to the Mirumoto Daimyo Mirumoto Mareshi-sama and his betrothed Mirumoto Kei-san. Kitsuki Iweko shall select one of her most able Kitsuki Investigators to act as an advisor to Kitsune Ryukan-sama and assist him in investigating the death of his sister, Ryosei no Shiryo. In gratitude for this act, the Kitsune Library shall open it's doors to the Kitsuki in an effort to spread knowledge.

4.) The Minor Clan of the Ox will enter into an arrangement with the Dragon that will see the Dragon hosting Morito Xin-Ju Ox Clan Chui, Daimyo Morito's premier defense strategist while the Ox are provided with the services of Hitomi Tsubo. Each attending the other clan for a period of 6 months from the First day of the month of the Moon to the last day of the month of Bayushi.

5.) The Hare clan will be provided a Kitsuki Investigator to teach them the Kitsuki methods that they may be better equipped to hunt their foes the Bloodspeakers. Any yoriki he deems required to assist him will be appointed from within the Usagi so as to provide them with a better opportunity to attempt to walk the path of an Emerald or Jade Magistrate. In exchange all information discovered about the enemies of the Empire will be freely shared among the most generous Dragon Clan.

6.) In an effort symbolising the respect the Dragon and the Minor Clan Alliance have for each other, both parties agree to an open exchange of students between schools taught by the Dragon and school taught by the members of the Minor Clan Alliance to a maximum of 6 students per year.
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Crab-Oriole
1. The Crab Clan and the Oriole Clan have agreed that a wedding be set for Tsi Jieza, the daughter of the Tsi Daimyo - Tsi Zutaka - and for Hida Rezan, the Kaiu-trained weaponsmith in service to the Crab. This choice is made in light of the Oriole Clan to expand their knowledge of other metalcrafts that the Kaiu are known for (such as engineering, armorsmithing, and others) without compromising the family forging secrets of the Kaiu. A date for this marriage and the assigned dowry given by both families shall be set on a later date.

2. The Oriole graciously acknowledge the gift given to them by the Crab Clan, which is the Scrolls of Taikyo, the Kaiu Engineer of great historical renown, and will honor this exchange of knowledge with utmost respect and trade secrecy, making sure that Taikyo's knowledge will be put to good use for the benefit of the Empire.

3. The Oriole and the Crab shall have commerce between them, and the Crab shall be given preferential trade discount in the aquisition/trade of Tsi-manufactured blades/items. 25 percent of the output from the steel will be given to the Crab. That is one blade out of four produced.

4. It has been made clear that Tsi Zutaka does not wish his creations to be turned into instruments of violence and destruction. The Crab Clan acknowledges the Oriole Clan in their right to cease all manufacturing of Tsi blades and weapons during Wartime, specifically, should any of the Great Clans declare war on each other. The Oriole are asking for respect in this decision without any bias or any economic or social repercussion of any kind from the Crab Clan. Trade of Tsi-manufactured blades and weapons will only resume once a time of peace is observed.

4a. The Oriole Clan, however, shall recognize that this applies universally to all clans they deal with, meaning if they provide someone else with weaponry, clearly intended for a specific conflict, the contract is void. In the context of war, however, defense from bandit attacks and border skirmishes (such as attacks from the Shadowlands, etc.) should not nullify the two clans' agreement.

5. As a further extension of this stipulation, attached here is a copied document made by the Hantei (OOC: We don't know which one) in declaring that no Minor Clan shall make any move of aggression towards a Great Clan, and the Oriole would see manufacturing of arms during wartime as a disobedience of this Imperial Decree.

6. The Oriole Clan, with the gracious blessing of the Phoenix Clan shall provide a student within a year's time, to help the Kaiu engineers devise a massproduced, cost-efficient weapon against the denizens of the Shadowlands, as a token gratitude for their sharing of their knowledge with the Oriole Clan.
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Crab-Mantis
Whereas the Mantis Clan desires to improve its relations with its cousins the Crab Clan,

Whereas the Crab Clan desires to improve its relations with its cousins the Mantis Clan,

The Mantis Clan and the Crab Clan hereby agree to an alliance and to mutual support of each other militarily, economically, and politically.

In recognition of this alliance the following particulars are hereby agreed to:

1) That Kuni Jiyuna, Jade Magistrate and Shugenja, will marry Tsuruchi Nobumoto at the Spring Archery contest of this upcoming year, 1169, and take his name. Excluding the firstborn of this marriage, all subsequent children who show signs of the ability to speak with the Kami will be offered for training in the Kuni Dojos, and to be trained there if the Kuni judge them acceptable.

2) Any children other than the heir of the Kuni daimyo(s) during the life of this marriage who do not have the ability to speak with the kami may be offered by the Kuni to the Dojos of the Tsuchi for training, and will be trained there if the Tsuruchi judge them acceptable.

3) Upon his retirement from the Emerald Magistrates Tsuruchi Kaya will offer to serve as a sensei of Kyujutsu to the Crab Dojos;

4) In recognition of the great honor the Crab do the Tsruchi the Mantis will pay the following bridal price (whatever is boilerplate for a daimyo's marriage) plus 10,000 Koku of Rice immediately, and promises to act in good faith to obtain another 10,000 koku of rice before fall by expanding its fishing operations or redirecting resources from other projects if at all possible.

5) In light of the famine facing the Crab the Mantis agree to patrol the Sea of Shadows for the Crab for a period of two years, with Crab navigators serving on their vessels.

6) The Mantis grant to Crab vessels 5 years relief from tariffs at Mantis ports except the East Hub Village Port where such relief will be for a two year renewable term in compliance with the terms of the treaty with the Imperial Families,

7) The Crab grant to Mantis vessels 5 years relief from tariffs at Crab ports save ay one port of their choice where they may designate it as a 2 year renewable term,

8) For two years the Crab will provide two detachments of Kaiu Engineers with Yasuki support, one to assist with the recovery efforts of the Imperial City and Villages as described by (reference to Imperial/Mantis Treaty), the other to assist with building the Kyuden on the Broken Wave Islands off the Coast of the Phoenix Clan, and any appropriate ancillary projects.

9) The Crab will provide a suitable wife for Yoritomo Buntaro from the Crab Yasuki Line to take his name;

10) The Mantis will provide a suitable wife for Yasuki Jin Kuen (or Yukinaga) from the Yoritomo to take his name.
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Crab-Unicorn
Thus on this day do the Unicorn and Crab clans pledge friendship to one another! The specific provisions are as follows:

- The Unicorn shall aid the Crab directly and indirectly in furthering their goals... be they economic, political, or military.

- The Crab shall aid the Unicorn directly and indirectly in furthering their goals... be they economic or political.

- The Unicorn shall come to the defense of the Crab and their holdings, should they be threatened by outside forces.

- The Crab shall come to the defense of the Unicorn and their holdings, should they be threatened by outside forces.

- The Unicorn will offer a discount in its taxes and tariffs on Crab merchants, so that the Crab might better know and understand the Unicorn, building friendship and trust through the dealings such actions will encourage.

- A daughter of Utaku Xieng-Chi, a shiotome born and raised, will be wed to Hida Daizu; she will take his name, and provide the man with an heir worthy of his blades. Outside of his heir, any females born to Hida Daizu shall be given the choice to join the Shiotome as Battle Maidens.

- Hiruma Sakimi, heroine of the Battle at the Tomb, will be wed to Horiuchi Nobane; she will take his name, and provide the Commander of the Eighth Legion with an heir worthy of his steed.

- To ensure good relations and continued friendship between the Crab and Unicorn, the two clans will agree to an exchange of hostages. Shinjo Haruko, sister of Shinjo Shono, will be kept in Crab lands; under the guard of the Hiruma family. Toritaka Kaiketsu, heir of the Toritaka family, will be kept in Unicorn lands; under the guard of the Moto family.

- The Crab shall send a Kuni shugenja of their choosing to be trained in Unicorn lands by either the Shi-Tien Yen- Wang or Moto Death Priests. This Kuni shugenja shall have free reign to train other Kuni shugenja in the same arts upon completion of training.

- The Unicorn shall construct a temple dedicated to the Lords of Death within Crab lands. The Unicorn are responsible for all costs in construction of the temple, and the Crab reserve the right to choose where the temple shall be located.
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Crab-Lion
By the grace of the Most Glorious Empress, Toturi Kurako, and the blessings of the heavens, do the Lion Clan and the Crab Clan hereby agree to the following:

The Lion shall send five hundred samurai to assist with the Crab in their endeavors. In addition to these shall be a number of officers trained in the ways of the Akodo to both learn and teach in the command structure. These shall be sent immediately upon the onset of spring.

The Crab shall send five hundred samurai to assist the Lion in their endeavors. In addition to these shall be a number of Kaiu trained in the arts of seigecraft and fortification to both teach and to employ their skills as deemed necessary by the Lion, as well as a minimum of one sensei of the Hiruma to assist in the training of runners, couriers, and scouts. These shall be sent upon the arrival of the Lion.

The number of samurai of all varieties and specialties sent to either clan shall be equal, but no less than five hundred capable bushi in number.

The Lion that are to serve with the Crab will be accompanied by sufficient provisions to not be a burden upon the Crab. The Crab that are to serve with the Lion will be provisioned by the Lion hosting them.

The Lion sent to serve with the Crab will take no part in conflicts with the Scorpion unless such an act has been endorsed by Imperial Authority, and will not be used to patrol the border with the Scorpion. They will otherwise fall into the chain of command as deemed fit by the daimyo of the Crab.

The Crab sent to serve the Lion cannot be compelled to take part in any offensive military action unless such an act has been endorsed by Imperial Authority.

The Lion that are assigned above the visiting Crab will have the right to request such assistance, and the Crab in service to the Lion will have the right to decline to take part, but should they accept, the acceptance will constitute a waiver of this selective immunity until such time as this treaty expires, the goal of the mission is accomplished, or their Lion commanders release them from service. At the request of any daimyo of the Crab or Lion, such service may be reviewed for the purpose of determining an additional opportunity to re-instate this capacity to refuse orders.

Upon request by the daimyo of the Crab Clan or a representative thereof, the soldier exchange portion of this agreement may be placed upon hold for a temporary basis for any amount of time necessary so that the soldiers of the Crab serving beneath Lion banners may return to take part in their ever-vital duties in opposing the forces of the Shadowlands, pending agreement and approval of the daimyo of the Lion Clan, or a suitable representative thereof. In the event that the aforementioned hiatus of troop exchange occurs, those soldiers of the Lion serving beneath the banners of the Crab will be presented the opportunity to return to their original duties or to voluntarily remain under the command of the Crab to further assist with their endeavors. If the soldiers of the Lion elect to remain under the command of the Crab in this situation, they will be treated with the respect due to their station, obey all commands as directed by their superiors among the Crab, and their provisions will be the responsibility of the Crab Clan for this time until the soldier exchange portion of the treaty resumes. Those Crab placed in command of the Lion troops may elect to decline the voluntary extension of service if they are place in a situation to offer it, at which point those soldiers of the Lion would return to their original duties in Lion lands.

In such a situation as the troop exchange portion of this treaty is suspended, either the daimyo of the Crab Clan or the Lion Clan may elect to re-evaluate the treaty in its entirety, at such point in time its terms may be altered and re-implementation of this treaty would require the approval of the daimyo of both clans in question, or their appointed representatives.

In addition, for the duration of this treaty, all merchants traveling up the Oboreshinu Boekishi Kawa and Kawa Mitsu Kishi rivers will be granted immunity to blockades and considered as friendly once the inspections are complete. Such merchants owing allegiance to the Yasuki, or other families of the Crab Clan will be allowed to travel and trade with the waiver of one-half the current tariffs so long as their path involves travel along the listed water routes and their final destination for trade lies within the lands of the Lion Clan.

For the duration of this treaty, merchants owing allegience to the Yasuki or other families of the Crab Clan will be also considered to be friendly, and while traveling across land routes they will be given an option of carrying messages between the Beiden Outpost on the west side of the mountainsm, and either Kyukachu Mura or Shiro Matsu. Should they elect to do this, a waiver of one-half of the tariffs due will be implemented. The carrying of messages and reports will not alter their classification or allegiance, and will retain the status of the Crab Clan at large, should the relations of the Crab Clan or Lion Clan change throughout the duration of this treaty.
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Crane-Phoenix
Agreement between the Crane and Phoenix Clans in reaffirming their Alliance.

The Crane delegation to Winter Court in agreement with the Phoenix delegation - does hereby propose the following so as to reaffirm their Alliance:

- That the Crane shall supply the Phoenix with 30,000 koku of Rice, 20,000 to be sent initially, 10,000 to be sent at spring thaw. The Crane will transport the initial shipment of 20,000 koku of rice to East Hub Village and the Phoenix will take responsibility from there. The second shipment will be delivered by the Crane to Toshi no Omoidasu. This rice is for the Phoenix's use and will not be divided with the Dragon or Scorpion by actions of the Phoenix.

- That the Crane will provide troops at the Phoenix's request to fight with the Phoenix against the enemies of the Empire when all peaceful avenues have been exhausted.

- That the Phoenix will allow a fair number of Crane to be trained by the Isawa in the ways of the kami in order that the Phoenix's reverence for the kami and peace might be seen through the Crane. Once the training of these sutdents is underway, to continue fostering good relations between our Clans additional mutal exchanges of students will be undertaken, among the schools of our Clans.

- That the Phoenix will allow a fair number of questions to be answered at the Isawa libraries by the Crane in order that the Phoenix's great wisdom might benefit the Empire through the Crane.

- That the Crane will be permitted to establish a Trade Embassy in Toshi no Omoidasu so that both Clans might grow in prosperity through the exchange of their resources for the Empire's benefit.

- That the Phoenix will provide troops at the Crane's request to fight with the Crane against the enemies of the Empire when all peaceful avenues have been exhausted. The Phoenix will not be called upon to attack the Dragon or the Scorpion by the Crane.

- Should the Phoenix or Crane take the field against the other in a conflict this treaty will no longer be binding.

- To affirm this treaty two marriages will be held at the discretion of the Elemental Council and Doji Domotai to bring the Clans closer together in the spirit of peace and friendship that has long guided them. Through these unions a Crane will marry into the Phoenix and a Phoenix into the Crane.

In all these things, do the Crane and Phoenix delegations intend to strengthen the bond between both Great Clans and further peace in the Empire.
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Crab-Tortoise
1) The Crab shall send a number of Kaiu engineers to Badger lands, to assist the Badger in the rebuilding of their home.

2) The Tortoise shall receive access to Yasuki trade routes.

3) The Tortoise shall welcome the Yasuki aboard their ships and within their ports, allowing them to benefit from the Tortoise's protection, as well as the trust afforded to the Tortoise by the Mantis Clan.

Most honorable samurai,

I write to you in regards to the most honored event of Winter Court. The Fortunes smile upon us during this wonderful occasion. My daimyo has instructed me to answer the questions poised in regards to the formalities of court.

Format: Winter Court will be held using the gajin technology of a web forum. A special user name and password will be supplied to each individual. This user name will provide you with access to the main courtyard. Additionally, it will allow you access to your clan's private rooms. Since this is a web forum, there is no set schedule of play. You may post as often as you like when time permits. In addition to the web forum, you may also communicate in the darkened hallways outside of the rooms by sending private e-mails between samurai. Though should you choose to do this, please do CC the master officiator or one of his assistants. A third form of communication is provided for your convenience - teamspeak. It is a voice communication server allowing you to speak in real time. This is not required by any means. It simply is provided to assist in large conversations which require faster response than the web forum. Instructions for the teamspeak server will follow.

Personalities: Shawn Carman and the story line team have decided on 68 personalities will be in attendance. Based on the information you have provided, you will be assigned one of the personalities. If you want to play your own personality, you may do so. If you choose to go that path, you will be provided a set number of character creation points to build a character per the 3rd edition rules. The personalities in attendance are from the canon CCG. Creating your own character does not mean he will automatically become part of the canon storyline. Player-made personalities will not be as high ranking as those from the CCG, but they may still have a major impact on events. Please note AEG does reserve the right at its discretion to use a personality you create as part of the main L5R storyline.

At the end of the event, the players will vote on the dominant clan at the court, and that clan will receive 5 points in the Political Sphere for the Race to the Throne.

The GMs of the event will also choose the top five individual players, and each of them will be able to assign between 1 and 5 points in the Political Sphere to their clan, depending on their ranking. The top player will receive 5 points, the second place will receive 4, and so on down to the fifth place player, who will receive 1 point. If the winners are not members of Clans in the running for the Race, they will be allowed to allocate their points to a Clan of their choice. The top player will also be eligible for a share of the Samurai Fund, should he attend the 2008 Championships.


Date: December 17, 2006 - March 4, 2007
Place: http://www.legendofthefiverings.com/wintercourt