Rokugan High School

First Week of Classes
"Girlfriends" defend Kusori from a vengeful Kakita

Kusori and Eevee choose classes for the semester, and start studying, knowing that as soon as the semester has started, it will end. Eevee finds quickly that she has all the same classes as fellow Daidoji Soccer Club member, Daidoji Kentaro.

Out and about Eevee and Kanoko are surprised by sophomore ?, known as the Crane house’s best matchmaker. Upon beholding them, ? exclaims they are an adorable couple, pressing them to come out to the rest of the house (and school), and Eevee loses face trying to get away from the overwhelming young woman— mumbling furiously and obviously about having a ton of homework and departing too quickly to be as polite as she ought to be to the older students.

Kusori, somewhat quiet and present, doodles a sketch of ? as a towering monster during the incident, folds it, and presents it to ? as a gift; she accepts it without looking at it and hands the doodle, titled “the mating call of ???, a closeted lesbian in her natural habitat”, to one of her flunkies to be put with the rest… to be found sometime in the future.

They beeline for the athletic fields, where Kanoko and Eevee agree to appear to be a couple because it seems they have no choice. Eevee says that Kanoko is free to ‘leave’ her for someone more suitable as soon as she likes, and that if she had even thought of a female as a suitor, she would certainly think of Kanoko first. They leave it awkward and unresolved.

Kusori goes to the library, where he meets Shosuro Natori, returning a stack of mystery novels. She confesses to dearly wanting to be a mystery novel writer; she loves to figure out the end before it’s revealed. Kusori admits he’s not sure what he wants to do: he’s at Rokugan High because his father had nothing else to do with him, and he has no real ambitions. Kusori proclaims that surely he will find one here, and she will use her abilities as a sleuth to determine what it is, even if it’s before Kusori knows himself. She leaves him to study.

He makes a valiant attempt at studying, but finds himself distracted quickly. His wandering attention lights on a couple of Lion students in the History section, who are playing a card game. He doodles them squashed under a huge rock inscribed “History” and presents them with the image, asking for their advice to improve it. They don’t understand the symbolism, and suggest that if he is to enhance it, he should ‘give history the face of our ancestors, for we are those who write history’. He accepts that advice graciously, albeit a little sarcastically.

Curfew fast approaches, and Kusori is headed back to the dorms alone; he is confronted in an out of the way location by Kakita Koji, the duelist who bowed to his ‘superior’ talent when Kusori brilliantly imitated the stance of a master during the Crane dinner. Koji is flanked by two Hida, to whom he has promised Crane blood.

Kusori stalls for as long as he can, and it is a tense moment indeed that Eevee and Kanoko walk into: Eevee drops her athletics bag, grabs her daisho, and moves quickly between the Crab and Kusori, asking them what the trouble is. The Hida say there is no trouble for her: she retorts that surely there can be no trouble for her nor her friends, Kusori and Koji. She tries to convince Koji that she had thought the incident of conceding to a false master was part of the theater of the moment, and offers to do her best to improve his lost reputation.

Koji sees through her attempt to absolve Kusori, and it is Kusori himself who convinces Koji to step down: he speaks plainly, saying that it was not his intent to damage the Kakita’s reputation, and that this kind of House infighting, involving another House, would only serve to undermine the Crane’s bid of supremacy. He says he is willing to publicly apologize for deceiving Koji, and Koji accepts said offer, calling off the ‘hit’ on Kusori.

The Crab, of course, are unhappy about being deprived of their opportunity to crush a Crane tonight. As a response, Kusori begins to make them paper cranes— but is interrupted by a good old-fashioned Hida fist to the face.

In the ensuing skirmish, one of the Hida is crippled, the other wounded, but not without doing significant damage to both Koji and Eevee, the former of whom is knocked entirely unconscious by a baseball-tetsubo-bat. Kanoko proves invaluable, her few ineffective healing spells outweighed by a well-timed Change of Fortune spell that helps Eevee find a few chinks in the Crabs’ shells. Kusori, being unable to fight or spellcast, calls Kuroko, telling her that Kanoko is being attacked by Crab.

Just as Koji is knocked out and Eevee finds herself having to defend herself, Kanoko, and Kusori from two only partially cooked Crabs, Kuroko descends with a flock of Iron Crane, and as the Hida flee, Eevee chooses that moment to shout a reminder after them: “Remember the next time you attack a Crane: we come in flocks!”

Eevee, Kusori and Koji are fixed up by some of Kanoko’s classmates, and the three of them agree on a tentative friendship.

Orientation, Part III
Ready to Begin

Kusori takes Kyouko to a tea house just off campus. There, he asks Kyouko to permanently scar Satoshi in the upcoming duel, so that Kusori will have something to hold over the Scorpion’s head forever. The suggestion makes the usually unflappable Kyouko incredibly uncomfortable, and Kusori eventually backs off – but the damage is done.

Meanwhile, Eevee introduces Kanoko to her friend Shirou, who appears enamored with a nearby student quietly reading on a bench. Eevee is forced to break the news to Shirou that the student is in fact a boy, and is the Crane’s transfer to the Mantis class, Asahina Kazemaru. Shirou almost immediately shifts his attentions to Kanoko, but Eevee asks him to back off at Kanoko’s request.

When Kusori and Kyouko return to campus, Eevee suspects that something is wrong when Kyouko rushes to the Mantis dojo. She goes to visit Kyouko and, while helping her blow off steam with a training dummy, learns what happened at the tea house. She encourages Kyouko, and the two head off to the apponinted spot for the duel.

Satoshi has arrived early, and is taking the opportunity to show off. When Kusori and company arrive, barbs are exchanged and Kyouko is introduced as Kusori’s champion. The two students assume their iaijutsu stances, and draw simultaneously. The fight is a draw.

Kuroko would have preferred an early victory for the Crane, but will take a draw over a loss any day. Though she is perturbed that Eevee found a Mantis champion for Kusori rather than a Kakita student, she grudgingly congratulates the victorious students. Kusori, brash from what he considers a victory, says just a little too much and Kuroko figures out that he is the author of the poem about her circulating the campus. Though they talk about the poem’s author as though it were an acquaintance of Kusori’s, Kuroko reminds him that she is not someone he wants as his enemy.

Kusori, relieved that his is not about to be cut to pieces anymore, invites those students involved to an impromptu party at his apartment. Before the guests arrive, Eevee confronts him. She tells him in no uncertain terms that she won’t tolerate him ruining her reputation just because they have been thrown together by fate. She insists that he shape up or suffer the consequences. Shaken by the encounter, Kusori apologizes to Kyouko for putting her on the spot earlier.

After the party, the group decides to take a boat out on the river and set off some fireworks. Eevee goes to the Crab campus to get the fireworks from a Yasuki student, while Kusori goes to the Phoenix campus to invite Michiru along to enhance the show. The students traveling on the boat are Eevee, Kusori, Shirou, Kanoko, Kyouko, Michiru and Kazemaru.

The boat is out late, and the students find their boat beset by kappas. The surprise attack leaves Michiru injured, but the students drive the creatures off. Kanoko heals Michiru with magic, and the students return to campus to prepare for their first day of classes.

Orientation, Part II
The wheels begin to turn

Eevee and Kusori rush to the Crane’s Orientation Dinner, arriving with time to spare. The most interesting people in the room turn out not to be any of the assembled Crane students, but the two Scorpions who have, in keeping with their class’s tradition, crashed the party. Kusori is so intrigued by the pair that he conspires to get a seat at the same table as them. In doing so, he earns the ire of a Kakita student, who challenges the artist to a duel then and there.

In a bold move, Kusori perfectly mimics an iaijutsu stance he had seen on TV. Despite the fact that Kusori barely knows the right way to hold a sword, the Kakita student is so taken aback by Kusori’s “flawless form” that he acknowledges the artist as the winner and hastily departs.

As dinner progresses, students are called upon to present their talents to their fellows. Eevee makes an impressive showing with her katana, but her thunder is stolen by the Scorpion boy Bayushi Satoshi. He insists that Kusori, who has just now shown himself to be the freshman class’s preeminent swordsman, duel him then and there. Knowing that Satoshi will not back off, Kusori accepts the challenge but refuses to assume a proper stance, forcing the Scorpion to either strike an unready opponent or wait.

To Kusori’s surprise and relief, Satoshi waits (albeit impatiently) for the next two hours. For the rest of the dinner, Eevee converses with some fellow students. She meets the other Scorpion, a chatty girl named Shosuro Natori. Eevee accidentally lets it slip to the Scorpion that Kusori is the author of the scathing poem about Doji Kuroko. She also meets a friendly soccer player named Daidoji Kentaro, who reassures her about her transfer from the Mantis.

Curfew arrives, and Satoshi and Kusori are forced to postpone their duel until the following day. Kuroko decides to take control of the situation, as a victory for Kusori would create an early lead for the Crane this year. Eevee, Kusori, Kanoko and Kuroko discuss strategy and they decide that it is best if they find a suitable champion for Kusori. Since Kuroko never specified the champion had to be a Crane, Eevee takes Kusori and Kanoko to the Mantis Floating Campus. She offers three koku to any student who can beat Satoshi, and the Mantis delegate the incredibly forward Yoritomo Kyouko.

After negotiating payment with Eevee, Kyouko insists that Kurori “at least take the girl who’s saving your ass out to lunch,” and drags him off for an impromptu date.

Eevee Dreams

as it flickers in
School grounds after dark feel emptier than usual, in a way they are not supposed to feel.
She is glad to have her daisho: with her thumb on the hilt of her katana she feels safe in a way she does not feel in her day to day life, especially since coming to Rokugan High.

She knows they are oni before she knows she is striking them down, but she strikes them down with cracks of thunder and her hair stands on end as if she is herself being struck, but by lighting: she strikes them down with the uninhibited pure power of Osano-Wo, her blade the only incarnation of plasma on the face of the planet. As she strikes them down there is no sense of there being an end to the hoard or to the fight, simply that she has cut them all as easily as a sickle through wheat.

breathing deep and clear
Now she kneels in the warmth of Amaterasu Herself, and the sun on her hair bring the smell of thunderstorms to her, and she knows that Amaterasu has decided that to be her gift: even when her katana is not white with lighting, its edge has the blessing of the kami.

The smell of thunderstorms is tempered by the smell of sakura blossoms, the ever most popular scent, and it is the sun that is keeping her warm under these thin sheets, the sun and the silk body of Kanoko: the white-haired shugenja is sound asleep with her head on her breast, her arm draped over her stomach, a pale blue origami mantis between her fingers.

empty lungs demanding deeper breaths
Kuroko is standing at the end of the bed and the windows are open. Thunderstorms are on the horizon but they are many miles from here. There is only a bow in the bed, and the green sheath of arrows too far away. Kuroko grins a smile too wide, and there are paper cranes everywhere, their wings too shiny to be parchment alone. Eevee covers Kanoko to protect her skin from the cuts that come even as Eevee crawls across the too large bed to get to the arrows. They are unbalanced, their fletching half bare, and no matter how many she fires they are wide, they are shallow, they bury themselves in the feather mattress, and now there are feathers everywhere, feathers and metal cranes.

“Since when did you need a katana? Where are your kama?” Shirou is no help. At least he knows she is no wasp with arrows. At least he has seen that. She is filled with shame, and the bow bends and twists in her hands: they do not even do the justice of being kama, though for a moment she might use them as such, though she had so rarely taken them up they would be as ineffective.

Kuroko has Kanoko in her arms now, wrapped in sheets, and Eevee knows they are both oni, they are both demons but she cannot strike the older without killing the younger. Duty is to strike them down. Duty is to protect the school and herself from such dark things. Does no one else see the Crane for what they are? Feathered oni?

“What does that make you?”

A feathered mantis?

She is being painted. She covers her front with her Crane uniform, holds her wild hair to one side, and her back is bare, Kusori’s canvas. Shirou is on one side of her, holding her daisho safely for her, and Kanoko is on her other side, crafting silk into flowers and tying them into Eevee’s hair.

As Kusori’s brush moves over her skin she feels feathers sprouting from her back, long and teal green.

They fill her with pride.

“Kuroko will be jealous.”

How much of a threat can one feathered mantis be?

Orientation, Part I
This isn't how it was supposed to be...

Moshi Eevee arrives for her first day at Rokugan High School, and is devastated to learn that she has been traded to the Crane Class. Much of the day is a confused haze for her, until she is finally able to gather her thoughts at the Crane’s welcoming assembly. There, utterly alone and miserable, Eevee starts a conversation with Kusori, a fellow student.

During the assembly, the pair are introduced to the upperclassman Doji Kuroko. Kuroko’s speech informs them that the new students are to pair off and present something to show their value to the class at tomorrow evening’s Class Dinner. Lacking any friends (or even acquaintances) beyond each other, Eevee and Kusori agree to work together. The assembly ends, but not before Kusori dashes off and circulates an anonymous poem blasting Kuroko’s pompous nature while disguising the insults as flowery praise.

The two go their separate ways for a time. Kusori wanders campus, eventually coming to an area where the new Phoenix students are practicing spellcraft. Kusori is approached by a faculty member, who chides the rebellious youngster for failing to wear his proper uniform. The conversation is cut short when a Phoenix student accidentally douses Kusori with a water spell.

Kusori strikes up a conversation with the Phoenix girl, Isawa Michiru. She seems impressed by his demeanor, and he half-jokingly gives her advice about aiming her spells in the future. Michiru seems to take the advice to heart.

Meanwhile, Eevee has gone to the Mantis region of campus, and is practicing archery with her friend Shirou. The two trade barbs as Shirou tries to make Eevee feel better about being traded. He shows her up at archery, however, which doesn’t really help. He also asks Eevee to send him pictures if her roommate is cute.

Afterward, Eevee returns to her room, where she meets her incredibly cheerful roommate Kanoko. Kanoko, it turns out, is the younger sister of the imperious Kuroko. She is also an expert at origami, which impresses Eevee somewhat.

Eevee and Kusori meet up to plan something for the class dinner. Kusori suggests that he will forge a sword, which Eevee can display her talent with. Despite working all night in the school’s weaponsmithing shop, Kusori overextends himself and fails to finish the weapon. The two settle on adding decoration to the sword Eevee already has, and the two rush off to attend the event.

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.


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