The Way

Spirit of Bushido 8 - Hidden from the Empire

Month of Akodo, 1138 (Early Summer)

Spirit of Bushido 7 - Blackened Honor

Month of Hantei, 1138 (Late Spring) – A death in the Scorpion lands brings to light questions on the Empire’s future…

Spirit of Bushido 6 - Fire and Water

Month of the Sun, 1138 (Spring) – Sometimes, there just isn’t a right choice.

Spirit of Bushido 5 - Winter Court: Kyuden Hida

Month of Hida through Ryoshun, 1137 (Winter) – Winter is the season of intrigue and politics as samurai assemble in the great courts of the land. Unfortunately, this year finds you in Kyuden Hida, far from any significant courtly affairs but close to danger of another kind…

+6 XP
+0.5 Honor (0.6 for Hida Gekido)
+1.0 Glory
+0.5 Status
Favor: Crab Clan
Ally: Hida Kozashi (3 Influence, 2 Devotion)
Koyso gains 12 points of Taint.
Koyso gains the disadvantage Bad Fortune: Secret Love
Koyso loses -16 points of Honor for lying to his superiors.

Spirit of Bushido 4 - Personal Sacrifice

This little shrine
A pheasant drags its tail
In the evening
-Kobayashi Issa

Month of Doji, 1137 (Summer) – The Emperor has commanded a shrine to a new Fortune be built, but the price of duty and piety may be higher than it first seems.

+8 XP
+0.1 Status
+0.2 Glory
+0.2 Honor (0.3 Honor if less than 3.9)
Koyso loses Touch of Destiny, gains +1.0 Honor

Spirit of Bushido 3 - Stand Against the Waves

“You may always trust a peasant over a nobleman. The nobleman is ambitious. The peasant only wants to eat.” – Bayushi Tangen, Lies

Month of Akodo, 1137 (Early Summer) – A hunt for bandits within the territory of the Lion holds unexpected danger and questions of how far a person must go to stand up for what they believe in.

+6 XP
+0.2 Glory
Favor: Doji Oharu (Emerald Magistrate)

Spirit of Bushido 2 - Bonds of Fate

“Every journey begins with a single step. Step well, and your journey will be filled with fortune. Step poorly, and it will be wrought with disaster.” – The Tao of Shinsei

Month of the Moon, 1137 (Spring) – A learned guest at the wedding of an influential lord’s son delivers news that will drive a samurai to the limit of his loyalty and obedience.

+6 XP
+0.1 Honor
+0.3 Glory
+0.1 Status
Favor: Mirumoto Takejiro (provincial governor)
Disadvantage: Oath to Takejiro

Spirit of Bushido 1 - New Beginnings

“We tell the tale of heroes to remind ourselves that we also can be great.” – The Tao of Shinsei

Month of the Sun, 1137 (Early Spring) – The Test of the Topaz Champion is to be held for the first time in more than a decade. This promises to be an historic event, but not in the way you anticipate…

+ 6 XP
+ 0.7 Glory
+ 0.4 Honor (+0.5 Honor if your Honor is 3.9 or lower)
Favor: Miya Yumi (the Imperial Herald)
Touch of Destiny (a one time use of the advantage Great Destiny)
Hida Gekido loses 0.2 points of Glory for becoming drunk in public and encouraging his charge to do the same.

The Legacy of the Sapphire Throne

Chapter 1: The Topaz Championship

Locations visited: Tsuma, Haruki Province, Crane Clan
NPCs encountered: Most of them

  • After an encounter with the Imperial Heir, Toturi Ikazuchi, the young samurai were forced into a Duel of Seven Thunders, a rare event that had not been seen in an age. The conclusion of the duel found them forcing Ikazuchi to withdraw his claims of injury, as well as a peasant who struck down the Emerald Champion, Kakita Kazumasa, with a gaijin pepper weapon.
  • Before finally expiring, Kakita Kazumasa and a mysterious man who wore the Armor of the Emerald Champion, charged the heroes to take Toturi Tatsu, the Emperor’s youngest child, with them upon their Musha Shugyo, and to show her the way of the samurai.

Chapter 2: Treacherous Terrain

Locations visited: The Shrines of Bushido, Lion Clan; Pale Oak Castle, Asako Province, Phoenix Lands
NPCs encountered: Asako Kato, Master of Air; Hitomi Fuguki, Tattooed Man

  • After paying homage to the various Shrines of Bushido across the Lion territories, the heroes were charged with escorting the niece of Asako Kato back to her home in Pale Oak Castle. Along the way, they encountered a Tattooed Man by the name of Hitomi Fuguki, an eccentric and strange (even for Tattooed Men) personage with the remarkable ability to seemingly know someone’s thoughts.
  • Sometime into their journey, they were attacked by a maho-tsukai and his underling, as well as a thief who stole some of Asako Ryoko’s notes before vanishing. Fuguki became unstable in an Inn and had to be calmed by the heroes, but not before blurting out blasphemies against the Emperor.

Chapter 3: Compassion

Locations visited:
NPCs encountered: Shinjo Gidayu, family daimyo; Niban, ronin leader; Isawa Kairi, Master of Fire; Koan, ronin shugenja

  • The heroes were then charged by Moto Temujin, Khan of the Unicorn, to meet Shinjo Gidayu, family daimyo and man given the honor to escort the scrolls to the Phoenix Clan’s Setsuban Festival. As part of the honor guard, the samurai traveled to Kyuden Tonbo to collect the last of the scrolls. They were then beset on the road by ronin, who managed to steal the scrolls.
  • After reporting to Gidayu, the samurai were then charged to reclaim the scrolls before the Phoenix Clan discovered them missing. The ronin were in charge of a village, and claimed they wished to have as much right to compete as the Clan shugenja. After some political wrangling, the Masters of Elements relented and agreed.

Chapter 4: Bayushi Lineage

Locations visited: Kyuden Bayushi, Bayushi Province, Scorpion Clan
NPCs encountered: Bayushi Kyodai, family daimyo

Chapter 5: Sincerity

Locations visited: Pale Oak Castle, Asako Province, Phoenix Clan
NPCs encountered: Asako Kagetsu, family daimyo; Otomo Yorishiku, Imperial Princess; Kakita Ryuden, family daimyo; Shosuro Tage, Preeminent Shosuro Actress

Chapter 6: A Champion’s Heart

Locations visited: Champion’s Shrine Village, Mirumoto Province, Dragon Clan
NPCs encountered: Mirumoto Daikabe, family daimyo

Chapter 7: In Search of the Future

Chapter 8: Courage

Chapter 9: Grave of the Firefly Clan

The Most Precious Thing Of All

“1. Accept everything just the way it is.
2. Do not seek pleasure for its own sake.
3. Do not, under any circumstances, depend on a partial feeling.
4. Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
5. Be detached from desire your whole life long.
6. Do not regret what you have done.
7. Never be jealous.
8. Never let yourself be saddened by a separation.
9. Resentment and complaint are appropriate neither for oneself nor others.
10. Do not let yourself be guided by the feeling of lust or love.
11. In all things have no preferences.
12. Be indifferent to where you live.
13. Do not pursue the taste of good food.
14. Do not hold on to possessions you no longer need.
15. Do not act following customary beliefs.
16. Do not collect weapons or practice with weapons beyond what is useful.
17. Do not fear death.
18. Do not seek to possess either goods or fiefs for your old age.
19. Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
20. You may abandon your own body but you must preserve your honour.
21. Never stray from the Way.”

― Miyamoto Musashi

The Sapphire Throne – The Most Precious Thing of All
Prologue: Winter Court – The Tournament of the Samurai
Chapter 1: Writ of Justice
Chapter 2: Way of Death
Chapter 3: Compassion
Chapter 4: The Topaz Championship
Chapter 5: A Change of Color
Chapter 6: The Shadowlands
Chapter 7: Twenty Goblin Winter – Strength From Weakness
Chapter 8: Twenty Goblin Winter – The City of The Lost
Chapter 9: Twenty Goblin Winter – Tomb of the Seven Thunders
Chapter 10: Four Funerals and a Wedding
Chapter 11: Grave of Heroes (Formerly “Hair of the Dog”)
Chapter 12: Test of Purity, Part 1
Chapter 13: Test of Purity, Part 2
Chapter 14: Bits and Pieces
Chapter 15: The Battle of Shiro Usagi
Chapter 16: From the Ashes
Chapter 17: The Hidden Heart
Chapter 18: A Hard Rain Will Fall
Chapter 19: Celestial Journey
Chapter 20: A Trivial Thing
Epilogue: For Two Men to Keep a Secret…

“You must understand that there is more than one path to the top of the mountain”

― Miyamoto Musashi


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