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Fantasy Flight Announces Winter’s Embrace For Legend of the Five Rings RPG

March 5, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Legend of the Five Rings

Fantasy Flight Games has announced a new adventure for the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game. The new module, Winter’s Embrace, will take players into the grounds of Kyūden Doji for a story filled with court politics and all of the high-stakes intrigue that L5R is known for.

In the adventure, players are tasked with uncovering the truth behind how a dangerous band of scoundrels from the Mantis Clan secured a coveted invitation to the event, and what plots they hope to accomplish while they are here. The synopsis for the adventure reads as follows:

“This adventure takes you and your fellow samurai to the beautiful grounds of Kyūden Doji, where you are introduced to the hazards of court politics. Here, you are surrounded by the political power players of the Emerald Empire—diplomats, artisans, shugenja, bushi, magistrates, and daimyō fill the lavish halls. Certain samurai have been selected to attend based on their skills and positions, while monks also serve as counselors in difficult matters of state.

But somehow, a few select members of the Mantis Clan are also present. This is unusual, not only because Minor Clans are not typically given the honor of participating in events so close to the Emperor, but the Mantis in particular are seen by many as mere pirates with flippant disregard for social grace. It is well known, however, that their leader seeks recognition from the Emperor, perhaps even an ascension to Great Clan status. Yet a strained relationship with the Crane Clan, the true masters of the court, makes such desires seem foolhardy.

But now their chance may have finally arrived, and Kakita Ryoku wants you to ensure that does not happen. As the course of history may be decided over just a few days, the race is on for you to determine truth from rumor of the Mantis Clan’s motives, and potentially upset their plans before it is too late and you become trapped in the competing political schemes of the Crane and Mantis Clans. The reputations of both factions are at stake, and your decisions can shape the future of the Emerald Empire. As the plots begin to unravel around you, the more you will find that a whispered word can kill as easily as a sword. Can you survive the poisonous lies and shadow politics of the Rokugani elite?”

The module will include a double-sided map that shows off the Lands of the Crane and the Islands of the Mantis, as well as the Esteemed Palaces of the Crane Clan, Kyūden Doji. It’s currently available for pre-order at your Friendly Local Gaming Store or online at the Fantasy Flight Games shop. It’s set for a release in the second quarter of the year.