L5R: Dance of the Lion and Crane

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In Rokugan, the Crane and the Lion are two powerful clans, ready to fight.

Conflict defines the Emerald Empire of Rokugan. It is woven into the fiber of every bushi and samurai. Its code shapes the society of the Great Clans–for some the best hope they have is to fall in honorable combat and earn a revered place among their ancestors. For others, it is the pursuit of perfection that drives them to hone their skills at the razor’s edge–they fight to test themselves and to cut away their own flaws.

The Lion and the Crane. Two of Rokugan’s greatest Clans–and the Emperor’s Right and Left Hands–stand poised to attack each other. In the wake of famine, the two clans fight over territory. After a siege results in the death of the Champion of the Lion Clan, their conflict threatens to boil over into open war. But war might throw the very empire they both seek to protect and serve into chaos.

As Fantasy Flight Games prepares for the August release of the new Legend of the Five Rings living Card Game, we will see more and more how the world of Rokugan is ripe for battle. Recently we’ve got a glimpse of both the Lion and the Crane.

via Fantasy Flight Games

This is perhaps the most Crane Clan one can get. “They are the poets–and the poetry of the empire. They are the swordsmiths and its swords.” That sounds very much like something a Crane would say. But, they are only the left hand of the Emperor. What of his right?

Three feet from death at all times–this is the motto of the Lion Clan. With that in mind, you’d think that the death of their Champion wouldn’t be as sorrowful an event as it was. And yet, it was a death that threatens to tear the Clan apart–if not to throw the two hands of the Emperor at war with one another.

But what happens to the Emperor when his hands are at war? Who will step in and offer order, or guidance?

In a land where honor is stronger than steel–what strengths does treachery hold?


  • Horacio Rivas

    exited for this game! thank you for the article

    • backoos

      Right? gen con can’t come soon enough…

  • kagefu

    So are they rebooting the whole story now? From what I have seen on the website this takes place before Fu Leng took over.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Yep. Bayushi Shoju is the sitting clan champion, so it’s before the Scorpion coup. Hence, no Mantis or Spider clans.

  • Dennis J. Pechavar

    Scorpion Clan is amused.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      But little frog, I can swim.


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