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Taming The Time Bandits: Some time-saving combat techniques

Synopsis Of The Problem In Johnn’s last blog post, “My Group’s Time Thief Revealed,” he described his discovery that the chief drag on the pace of his combat was the GM, despite his expectations to the contrary. While he did not track the components of his activity, he was able to dismiss a couple of factors out of hand – …

Close to Death

I felt the wind as the katana sliced at my throat. Ha , I thought. Missed me! And then I felt the pulse of blood flowing out. I did the only thing I could. I straightened my tail out, stiff like a plank and fell over backwards. If the thief thought that I was dead, I may have a chance to heal myself before doom fell. I…

At the Temple

We met with some difficulties through the caverns, to be sure. They were not as safe as the army commander had said. We were able to help some of my fellow Nezumi — treasure hunters of the Grasping Paw tribe — who were under attack. I was pleased to lend them a hand. Aside from the obligations of tribe and station, …

Trying to Heal Humans

Very soon after we entered the caverns, we had our first obstacle. There was a large growth of fungi on the floor of the cavern. It was a weird orangey color and smelled like a human had slept in a pile of wet rotting leaves. The smell made it hard to concentrate. Hekari suggested that me lead our horse along…

Into the Caverns

Our start the next day was not as late as it could have been. Shasuki, number one maid, was sent to the market to buy many healing potions. The human child, Hekari, sulked over her breakfast porridge. “ What is it, small one? ” Mir’Itus looked concerned. Gami-Gami put her spoon down. “You do not like the food, child? This is fine food. Better…

Wham! Clang! Kapow! Character Conventions In Pulp

The Story So Far… This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grew so substantially that it became necessary to split it into multiple parts. The first part dealt with the relationship of genre to other aspects of a roleplaying game, …

Decisions at the Lotus Petal Inn

It was getting towards dusk when Gami-Gami entered the common room of the Inn. She had a big grin on her face and some mud. But what mattered to me was that she was here, before curfew . She ambled over to our table. “It is a big city, is it not, Mir’Itus, sir?” She bowed to him. “You are looking well, Mistress Rat.” She…

Shiro Kuni: The Big City

As we approached the outskirts of the city, the smell of the human inhabitants hit my nose like a hammer. I leaned over to Mir’Itus. “ You smell the human smell, yes? What are they eating, do you think ?” He frowned at me. I twitched my whiskers. “ What? We speak in Nezumi. ” He shook his head. “ That doesn’t matter. We…

Gimme Shelter

We left village of Midaki without ceremony. All worn from the events and town peoples most of all. Mayor glad, I thinking, to be rid of us. Half way along road, terrible storm. Icy-ice rain down. Wind almost blow Te’Ka’Mok from back of horsey G’dah’la.  Gami-Gami catch me. Rein horse and sigh. I hear her mutter something…

Death of a Mage

Princess look at me. She look at Nya Scorpion. “ I haven’t made up my mind as to how we solve this problem.” “Oh boy”, I thinking.  “Here ends the life of Third Whisker shaman Te’Ka’Mok. What shame, yes? I do muchly good in the world. And I end by well, doing good. But not the way I wants to. I cannot fight Princess wish. Perhap, …

Death of a Mage

Princess look at me. She look at Nya Scorpion. “ I haven’t made up my mind as to how we solve this problem.” “Oh boy”, I thinking.  “Here ends the life of Third Whisker shaman Te’Ka’Mok. What shame, yes? I do muchly good in the world. And I end by well, doing good. But not the way I…

Death of a Mage

Princess look at me. She look at Nya Scorpion. “ I haven’t made up my mind as to how we solve this problem.” “Oh boy”, I thinking.  “Here ends the life of Third Whisker shaman Te’Ka’Mok. What shame, yes? I do muchly good in the world. And I end by well, doing good. But not the way I wants to. …

Shizuki’s Letter Home

22nd Day of the Month of the Hare In just one week, emissaries from the Scorpion and Lion Clans will arrive in Crab lands. My Lady Kaede is to marry into the Lion Clan.  She seems happy, smiles and nods, but it is hard to say whether she looks forward to it. Two years ago, when Shoyu Araii came for her hand, they seemed very…

Blat! Zot! Pow! The Rules Of Genre In RPGs

This article is being co-written by Blair Ramage, with whom I co-referee a Pulp Hero campaign. Although it started as a single item, it has grown so substantially that it has become necessary to split it into multiple parts – yet another series! It’s pointless re-creating precisely a historical period or past fictional genre. For maximum …

Rokugan: Here’s How It Is

The year is 1158 in the Empire of Rokugan.  After years of unity and prosperity, the seven clans of the empire are threatening to splinter again. An oni is said to have killed the Emperor and Empress While traveling through Scorpion lands, Emperor Toturi I and his wife, the Empress, were slain in a combat against Shadowlands creatures.  They died leaving four children, but no designated heir. Their four…

Blood Magic in the Twilight Mountains

Princess, she stand there for a moment. Then she nod. “Yes, heal these poor people. I will join you soon.” I not sure, at first what she mean by that, but later, she beside me kneeling on cold hard ground, wrapping bandages. Hmmm, my first princess, sure but they not usually kneel and help with wounded, right? As we work, she say to me “Neiki had…

Midaki – City in Trouble

After much of the feasting, tea drinking, talk talk talk! we finally leaving Shiro for south way. Kaiu daddy give many speech — he take after Grandpa this way. Like sound of voice. Te’Ka can hope that daughter-granddaughter no follow in steps, yes? Otherwise, long trip be seeming longer. Human why talk so much-much? What to say? Nezumi talk, yes-…

Meeting the Princess

We were close to Shiro city when the Bakemono attack happened. So close to human city and attack for by beasts? Bad sign of bad times, yes? I healing who can be healed and Lion and Scorpion pile Bakemono carcass to burn. Ugh, what smell! But clear Te’Ka’s nose of the blood stench. Sad for lost humans. Sad for Te’Ka’Mok, but yes, Tomorrow …

Meeting the Princess

We were close to Shiro city when the Bakemono attack happened. So close to human city and attack for by beasts? Bad sign of bad times, yes? I healing who can be healed and Lion and Scorpion pile Bakemono carcass to burn. Ugh, what smell! But clear Te’Ka’s nose of the blood stench. Sad for lost humans. Sad for Te’Ka’Mok, but yes, Tomorrow …

First Blood

Humans are unusual. From distance like porcelain doll. White face and red lips. Cool. Up close more brown and hot. Smell like food and fear.  Mir’ Itus, he used to them. Noises, snuffles, coughs. Farts. Oh so noble. I like the spirit woman. She quiet. Smell? She smell like rope from the sea ships. Nice. Like pirate smell. Neiki her name. She talk with me …