**Spoiler Alert** If you are listening to our Actual Play podcasts of the L5R game — Saga of the Inukai, you may want to skip this article until you hear Session 11, as it involves events that took place in that session.
We had a pretty Earth-shattering event happen in our last L5R session. The party’s daimyo was forcibly removed by his older brother (who is daimyo of other lands a few day’s journey away.
A commenter to the actual play rightfully pointed out that at the moment, the party are all ronin.
It was a big blow to the party. They had enjoyed many successes in the previous 10 sessions: they unraveled a mystery, putting their current daimyo in charge of a particularly wealthy holding; they unraveled yet another mystery, exposing some of their rivals as cheats and giving their daimyo another particularly lucrative holding in a large city. They have been the target of a couple of fathers looking for well-to-do husbands for their daughters.
Life was great. Awesome. Their pockets were full and love was in the air.
Then some asshole came along and took it all away from them (that was me, by the way). It was nothing the party did wrong. It was, without getting too specific, a conflict between two brothers, one of whom happens to be the party’s lord. To be clear, these were events that were beyond the party’s control. In fact, their daimyo ordered them out of the way when he suspected such a thing might happen, as he knew they would die defending him, and he wanted them alive.
Now I don’t want to spoil any thing by talking about what might happen in the future, but what do you think about throwing a huge setback at the party? How do you feel about it when it happens to you as a player?
Fair? Bullshit? Challenging? Dramatic?