Rokugan High School

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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