Way of the Ninja (Oriental Adventures Legend of the Five Rings). Home · Way of the Ninja L5R RPG Masters of Court (Legend of the Five Rings). Read more. L5R/Oriental Adventures: Way of the Ninja. Recently, during a gaming session, I came up with an Absolute Ontological Truth in gaming, which I now call the. Way of the Ninja – “Ninja are nothing more than peasant superstition and an Game Masters running the Second Edition L5R RPG will need a.

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Eventually, ninja started working for a variety of clans, and many clans use ninja-like espionage techniques that would never suffer being called “ninja.

I’ve always liked the oniwaban spymaster style of shinobeing, where your lord expects you to come up with information you probably have no business knowing about others, relies on this from you, and in return offers the courtesy of not treating you with suspicion in an unspoken understanding of roles.

All the illustrations have a crisp and evocative style, and the art shows a greater variety and more interesting depictions than many earlier d20 Rokugan books. He fights for pay, he leads his troops, and he is loyal to both his contracts and those in his employ.

They are probably all aware of each other on some level from their education, but have zero contact and would not recognize one another. Yes, it stretches you a bit thin in many ways, but the ninja schools are like that, too.

The numerical score is always a personal evaluation The Kolat are divided into a number of sects that are functionally equivalent to dojos in game terms.

The introductory chapter provides a number of new feats appropriate for ninjas such as lightning stealth defrays penalties to hiding and moving silently from moving quickly or stab at the face allows the ninja to stagger an opponent with a critical hit.


We have done exactly that once. Each dojo has a few feats representing their techniques. That one seems very specialized, probably kept in the Clan most of the time and deployed only when necessary, like a magical JSOC operator or Treadstone agent.

The interior art is generally very good. Once you’ve picked that, then talk to the GM about how you want it to work. The fifth chapter introduces some l5 figures and organizations that serve the great clans.

A column here and a column there If that means picking the Infiltrator or Actor school and posing as a Courtier or Bushi, so be it. Or is it something that really varies from ninja to ninja depending on their skill set?

Way of the Ninja

There is more new d20 stuff than new L5R 2e stuff I tried to do a bushi cover and it sucked with the very limited combat skills that the Shosuro Ninja has. Join Date Sep Location brink of total screaming madness Posts 6, And of course it’s personal. I’m leaning towards doing something outside the standard since my last character was a hardcore Lion bushi who never flinched at duty. What I’m wondering is roleplay-wise, what should I expect if I do end up playing one?

The best way for a cover to hold is if it’s real. I don’t understand your review.

Join Date Apr Posts 2, Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. I’m more curious about what exactly a ninja does for their njnja when they aren’t being sneaky and honor-less. Here’s what I mean: The class is a spellcasting class, and a full spell list and new spells are included. As such, their usage in a standard game is more gimmicky than anything, and tends to be difficult to work into any mixed group unless the group is what’s being infiltrated.


That can work as an object in the setting, but doesn’t work very well as a character. The sixth chapter covers enemies of the ninja. Become a Redditor and subscribe to one of thousands of communities. No sharing pirated material. This review deals primarily with those portions of the book written for the d20 system. All user posts are expected to follow Reddiquette.


Conclusion Overall, the book l5 mechanically sound, and a fairly decent update to the Rokugan setting, and the book emphasizes expostion and details regarding the Rokugan campaign setting over mechanical details. Consider reading Dreams of Shadow from the new L5R fiction https: Fortunately, the interior text is dense.

Wednesday, 7th May, It could be as a courtier, monk, Bushi from a different clan, etc. L5R Wikia – A good resource for lore about Rokugan. The hidden moon dojo harness the power of the entity known as Nothing; though the lying darkness is no more in the Rokugan setting, there are some who can still access the power of the Nothing.

Also, the idea of dojos and katas are reintroduced for the d20 ninjja they were first introduced in Way of the Samurai. His character sheet says courtier, at least: If they’re pretending to be ninjs Scorpion samurai, they follow their role.

Is it the writing style? The ninja Shugenja school from what, 3rd Edition?

Way of the Ninja

In Rokugan, the first ninja were originally created by a l5d vague edict from the first Hantei emperor. There are two appendices. The most important thing a spy can have is a cover. The first include a number of new equipment items. That being the case, the book is a little costly compared to other d20 system books with similar page counts.