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Rokugan SRIU Episode 2 “Cherry blossoms fall . . .” (L5R Campaign Report)

6 May, 2015

The basic structure of the campaign here Rokugan SRIU and the previous game (and the other three characters) described here: Episode 1 “. . . and a monkey.”

Two new characters joined the unit:

Doji Otaro, a doji courtier and inheriting son . . . who lacks compassion.  (Doji Courtier 2,  Played by M.)

Otaku Asilah, outspoken Otaku battlemaiden . . . who just knows a gaijin invasion is going to happen any day now.  (Utaku battlemaiden 1, Played by C2, his first time playing L5R.)

The new team members are introduced and then Doji Akira takes them all out for fine dining and a play (kabuki as the Crab usually do not like noh) as a team building / get to know you exercise.  It is somewhat successful. Cherry BlossomsIt is spring in Otosan Utchi, capital of the Empire of Rokugan, and in only a few days, the great Hanami, the cherry blossom-festival, begins.  Originally the Hanami was used to divine that year’s harvest as well as announce the rice-planting season through reading the blossom and afterwards offering were made with sake. Emperor Hantai Saga (Hantai VI) adopted this practice, holding flower-viewing parties with sake and feasts underneath the blossoming boughs of sakura trees in the Imperial Court.  Poems would be written praising the delicate flowers, which were seen as a metaphor for life itself, luminous and beautiful yet fleeting and ephemeral.

The custom was originally limited to the elite of the Imperial Court, but soon spread to samurai society.  Under the sakura trees, people had lunch and drank sake in cheerful feasts. The teasing proverb ‘dumplings rather than flowers’ (“hana yori dango”) hints at the real priorities for most cherry blossom viewers, meaning that the viewer are more interested in the good food and free flowing drinks accompanying a hanami party than actually observing the flowers themselves. Therefore it is unfortunate that the cherry trees show no signs of blooming, there are neither buds nor blossoms.  As the main grove of such trees are planted beside the Imperial roads, it indirectly falls into Magistrate Doji Akira’s portfolio and he has been contacted by the city-gardener, Kakita Yuzuki, to try and determine what is wrong.  She meet with the team and says that the trees are healthy – so there is no natural cause for the missing signs of blooming.  A group of three heimin sent to use powerful fertilizers to try and shock one of the trees into blooming vanished.  His assistant sent to check on them vanished as well. Read the rest of this entry ?

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