Every Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game campaign includes moments when the material in these pages prove invaluable, because as we all know, there is a time in every samurai's life whena challenge becomes personal.
Publisher's blurb: ""Set... focus... Strike!' A samurai of Rokugan who does not thrill to these words is no samurai at all, and would do well to abandon his swords by the side of the road. Dueling captures many important facets of a samurai's life: skill with a blade, moral and physical courage, personal honor and loyalty to family and clan. It is an experiance which compresses his existence to its essence... his entire being summed up in a single instant of perfect action.
"But dueling is not limited to the warrior ranks alone. Shugenja have used the rites of taryu-jiai to settle matters of honor between them almost since the dawn of the Empire. Courtiers have a myriad of less violent (but no less dangerous) methods of dealing with rivals for personal and political ends.
"The Art of the Duel covers the full range of Rokugani dueling practices: iaijutsu dueling. Phoenix naginata duels, Tsuruchi archery contests, Unicorn competitions of horsemanship, Crab and Badger sumai wrestling, Ikoma storytelling contests. Doji debates - even Crab Clan drinking games."
More when I get hold of a copy!
Authors: Shawn Carman, Richard Farrese, and Douglas Sun
Publishers' Reference: AEG3203
Paperback, 192 pages
Date: May 2009
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