Archive for January, 2010


February Plans and What was Written in January

31 January, 2010

The month of February gets its name from Latin term februum, which means purification, via the purification ritual Februa performed at this time of year.  The Romans also considered it an ill-fortuned month which is why it is shorter than the others.  So the theme here for February will be curses, cursed items, ill-fortune and, maybe, counter measures against such.

As usual, if there is something along this theme you would like to see let me know by posting here or in the Sea of Stars forum.

The posts in January were:

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L5R – JYTB Campaign Report 2

30 January, 2010

This episode sees the addition of a new player, the use of fate cards and the establishment of the framing mechanism of the campaign.

Picking up from where the first session left off, the original trio of characters pray at the Lonely Mountain Shrine and then headed back down the mountain with a nun, Hyoko, as a companion assigned to the Soshi samurai-ko.  The journey back down is less eventful.

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Worlds Beyond the Sea of Stars

29 January, 2010

Plane travel, as it usually appears in D&D-like settings is not a component of the Sea of Stars but that does not mean that they do not exist on some form or another:

Worlds Beyond the Sea of Stars

After the gods were deposed and the world Sundered, access to the other worlds became exceedingly difficult.  It is believed that the Empress sealed the worlds beyond away, while the gods who ruled them had been slain, many of their servitors survived, now impotently sealed away in their paradises and pits.  The beings of the worlds beyond could still be brought though into the world by use of spells and rituals but rarely for long.  The previously existing gates to the higher and lower worlds beyond were shattered and destroyed immediately after the Sundering as the dragons seized and plundered the churches and temples.  Those that have opened pathways to such places have been able to cross over but none have ever returned.

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Tuesday Magic Item – Safety Belt

26 January, 2010

Obviously, travel by sky or star ship is terrifying to some people, to assuage their fears, this magic item was created.

Remember to wear your Safety Belt at all times when walking the deck, you never know when a high wind will come up.   Remember to keep your hand on the rails whenever possible and immediately return below decks if you hear the bad weather horn sound. -part of the safety lecture on the sky ship Princess of Dawn.

Safety Belt

These sturdy belts are usually marked with the name of the ship or company that they were commissioned for.  Some are fancy and decorated, others are plain and practical, as the person ordering them thought best suited.

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Sailors of the Sea of Stars

25 January, 2010

Sailors of the Sea of Stars

As brave as a sailor.” -a complement in the Sea of Stars
Mad as a sailor.” -an insult in the Sea of Stars

Being a sailor has never been the safest of professions but in the Sea of Stars, those souls who brave life on the star ships and sky ships have an even riskier path than their sea-bound brethren.  For while one may be rescued after a fall into the water, falling off a sky ship or star ship is almost inevitably fatal, these risks are known by all who travel.

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Review – Genius Guide to: the Shadow Assassin

24 January, 2010

The Genius Guide to: the Shadow Assassin is a 9-page PDF (8 pages if you remove the credits/OGL page) for the Pathfinder RPG written by Owen C. K. Stephens and published by Super Genius Game.  This product is part of the Super Genius Games’ Genius Guide line.

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Travel in the Sea of Stars and this month’s Blog Carnival

23 January, 2010

It turns out that this month’s Blog Carnival is Games and Travel, which I was entirely unaware of when I choose travel as my theme for the month of JanuaryBlog Carnival - Games and Travel.

This month has seen the following travel-themed posts about the Sea of Stars:

Flying Mounts and Other Magical Beast for Travel, are flying horses worthwhile?

Magical Travel in the Sea of Stars, teleportation not always the safest route here.

The Seven Gate Cites, for trade, transit and wonder.

Star Ships and Sky Ships, what there are and how they work in the Sea of Stars.

Sailors of the Sea of Stars, people who work of the star and sky ships.

Trade in the Sea of Stars, how trade effects travel.

Worlds Beyond the Sea of Stars, other places beyond.

And the following travel related magic items:

Safety Belt and Deluxe Safety Belt, safety first!  Especially when traveling the space between the stars.

Soldier’s Sandals, for the army on the go.

Traveler’s Cloak, to make that long distance travel more comfortable.

I will update this through the month.  Fun to be part of the Blog Carnival again.


Trade in the Sea of Stars

22 January, 2010

Travel and trade are closely intertwined:

Trade in the Sea of Stars

While the tradition is that dragons pillage and steal, after their victory over the gods, they found that they owned everything, neatly divided by their contribution to the victory.  Dragons found themselves as rulers and overlords with access to immense amounts of wealth but some still sought more.

The Empress quickly clamped down on conflict between dragons except through formalized and ritualized channels.  For unlike many of her kin, the Empress saw that conquest  and plunder destroyed value in both the short and long run; While wealth was increased and enhanced by trade.  Creation, commerce and mercantile activity was to be the beating economic heart of the Imperium.

To support and encourage trade, the Empress instituted several systems:

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L5R – JYTB Campaign Report 1

21 January, 2010

From last week, our cast is noted here and an overview of this version of Rokugan here.  It was a short session what with finishing up characters and learning or relearning the rules.

It is early Sping, Kiau Yo, Soshi Utami and Usagi Okakura having completed their gempukku have -all independantly- been sent to seek answers t0 the Lonely Mountain Shrine to Kumoko-no-Kami, the Fortune of Redemption.   The shrine is located high on a mountainside from which the Isles of Silk and Spices can be seen on a clear day.  The only way to reach it is by winding mountain roads.

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L5R Campaign – Player Characters

20 January, 2010

Tentative Campaign Name: Junior Yoriki Team B (It will make sense later, trust me)

For the L5R campaign we are now using 4th Edition L5R rules, initially using starting characters fresh from their gempukku.

They are (from session 1):

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