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The book features Rokugan as the setting. L5R 1st and 2nd Edition were out by this time, and the setting was already in use.
Some setting details are not the same between the editions. Because Rokugan is so strongly defined by its fluff, these differences could be significant. There are so many things any PC in L5R would never do because it is dishonourable e. In terms of the in-universe history, I am only concerned with prior to year , as that is when the Oriental Adventures timeline ends. I am not sure if there are significant historical differences or not, but I am only concerned with very major differences, particularly in how people behave.
Note I am not interested in mechanical changes. Though I am interested in the fluff explanations. Eg if magic works different. As everyone is so familiar with L5R Rokugan it would be easy to slip into L5R fluff—I want to be sure of the differences. Though I am sure you could just directly swap the setting and sweep the differences under the carpet, that would defeat my purpose Full disclosure: The purpose of this is for a drinking game: "Every time you make a incorrect assumption about the setting that would hold in L5R, but doesn't in Oriental Adventures, take a drink.
BUT this is not the case in your campaign because you are choosing to use the Oriental Adventures custom version of the L5R lore in Rokugan, which by default lends directly to L5R The history of Rokugan;.
Encompassing more than a thousand years. The last forty or so of those years are of particular interest, since that is the time period covered by the Legend of the Five Rings card game and novels. This chapter cannot hope to describe the events of the Clan Wars, the War Against the Shadow, and the Spirit Wars in any kind of exhaustive detail. A summary of key events in those years appears here, and each clan description below gives a current snapshot of the clan, with details of the most important events leading up to the present.
The differences you mention above about people eating meat is simply an observation that can be over ruled by any GM, also the way to the dragon homelands is completely up to you as the GM to build and thus could easily mirror exactly as it dose in L5R.
The differences you are seeing between Oriental Adventures and the L5R RPG are caused more by differences in timeframe than actual differences in the setting or fluff. They are intended to be exactly the same setting. However, the Oriental Adventures book was written during the time the CCG was going through the Four Winds storyline, and is mainly written with that time period fixed firmly in mind. The 4th ed L5R RPG was specifically written to be mostly time-period neutral, and so generally doesn't delve very deeply into fluff that doesn't apply in all time settings.
Taking stats of a character from one system and translating to another will result in some changes that affect fluff. For instance, the spells available to a shugenja are quite different in number available and power levels between the two game systems, meaning the same shugneja character may well be capable of very different things under the two systems. This can lead to some anachronisms. I also ran a whole campaign under the Oriental Adventures rules, for a group that was totally unfamiliar with Rokugan as a setting.
The feel of the games were a little different due to mechanical differences, but the overall story was taken directly from a number of L5R RPG adventures Fall of the Hare Clan, some of Ryoko Owari, some others. I attempt to explain why the planes you can reach in the OA territories are different by blaming it on massive dragon taint of the ethereal.
In my campaign magic using Dragons, Fae, and temples can taint the ethereal creating an "illusion" of a land reflecting the real world across the "hedge". That also mostly in temples closes off access to planes or even opens it to other nonstandard or normally inaccessible ones. The point is in OA all you have to do is cross the border to access the normal multiverse. In L5R you're still there.
DnD using profession aristocrats , performance dualing , and creating back ground feats and traits, then attempting to create clan backgrounds which the clan has a favorite class. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Ask Question. Asked 5 years, 11 months ago. Active 5 years, 10 months ago. Viewed 1k times. Since then several more editions of L5R have come out, including the current L5R 4th edition.
Getting to a city in dragon lands is a truly fantastical experience—roads may move overnight, etc. L5R : The dragon don't like guests—expect barriers might show up in your way, but nothing beyond the mundane or the capacity of a Shugenja. SevenSidedDie k 38 38 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. Lyndon White Lyndon White 6, 3 3 gold badges 29 29 silver badges 58 58 bronze badges.
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The setting itself is still malleable but has a core if you're seeking ideas. YogoZuno YogoZuno There is also the issue that in L5R you are human, OA many other possible races to play. Toddy Shelfungus Toddy Shelfungus 89 3 3 bronze badges. Sign up or log in Sign up using Google. Sign up using Facebook. Sign up using Email and Password. Post as a guest Name. Email Required, but never shown. Featured on Meta.
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It is similar to feudal Japan , though it also includes aspects of other Asian cultures, as well as magic and mythical beasts. There is no given name for the entire world which the setting describes, so "Rokugan" is used alternately to refer to the specific nation within the setting or to refer to the entire world. Strictly speaking this is incorrect, but as the Emperor lays claim to all that is as a right of being the descendant of Amaterasu Lady Sun and Onnotangu Lord Moon , the courtiers of the Emerald Empire would see this as an appropriate use. The citizens and rulers of the Burning Sands and Ivory Kingdoms might disagree, however.
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