The Suzume Storytelling School
, a community of L5R writers and role-players, is hosting its own Winter Court-themed free-form, play-by-post RPG open to players of all levels. Right now we need plot leaders for the various Clans as well as characters to populate them.The Otomo, Seppun, and Miya families form a triangle of protection around the Imperial line from which they are descended. But in the third year of his reign, the boy-emperor Hantei XXXV is but a puppet of those who covet his power. When a question of honor pits the courtly Otomo and guardian Seppun against one another, each must turn to the Great Clans to to gain the upper hand when the stakes include Rokugan itself. The stalwart Crab, elegant Crane, mystical Dragon, proud Lion, magical Phoenix, treacherous Scorpion and pure-hearted Unicorn must determine which family will best serve their interests and extend their influence in the Emerald Empire. At the 1012 Winter Court old rivalries will assert themselves, friends will become enemies, and unlikely alliances will balance on a katana’s edge. Will you be a player or a pawn in the beautiful-yet-deadly courtly game?
The School is part blog, part forum, part social network with AEG’s Samurai fantasy RPG, Legend of the Five Rings, at its center. Our members use the WordPress foundations to publish stories in our fiction archive, or to blog about the process and their characters. We discuss topics of Lore, Character, and Style in the groups, responding to daily prompts or discussing customs in the Empire. Role-players develop collaborative narratives themselves, or navigate the political currents and eddies of the site-wide Winter Court ’12 campaign. Finally, at the core of our community are the dedicated workshoppers who provide invaluable feedback to their peers in the hopes of producing publishable work.