Fantasy Flight Games is showcasing the Third Dynasty Pack of the Elemental Cycle. Legend of the Five Rings Fans: Get ready for The Fires Within – unless they are too hot to handle!
The Elemental Cycle is the next series of Dynastic Packs for L5R. Unsurprisingly, each pack in the cycle deals with a different element and today we’re getting a closer look into the raging element of fire with a preview of The Fires Within.
Illuminating Rokugan, Fire is an element of passion, love, and obsession. In moderation, this element is vital to the Emerald Empire, inspiring creativity and ingenuity across the land. However, when stretched beyond its boundaries, Fire can turn into a raging inferno, destroying all in its path. It is a difficult balance to maintain, and the scales are beginning to tip.
Aside from the focus on the element of fire (by way of new spells and shugenja) this pack also contains a couple of new cards for the different clans. First up we get a look at a new ally for the Unicorn clan – meet the Shiksha Scout:
By itself, this card doesn’t seem to do much – other than look pretty creepy. But it works in conjunction with other cards in the set that benefit when the Unicorn player controls more participating characters in a conflict.
The Battle Maiden is another card that is seemingly useless. With a 0 in both military and political skill why would you want to add this to your deck? Well for starters, she’s a 0 cost card. Secondly, she’s also a cavalry type so she can get the benefits of support cards that help cavalry. And finally, if you control the Water or Void Ring, she also gets a +2 to military.
The Dragon Rises
The Dragon Clan is getting a few new cards previewed today as well. First up we take a look at the sneaky new Smoke card:
Smoke is pretty great for 1 cost. It gives a character you attach it to +1 military and if you bow and sacrifice it, Smoke gives each non-unique character -2 military. It impacts your characters, too – so keep that in mind before you pop Smoke!
The Wrath of the Kami is the final Dragon card we’re getting a preview of today. It’s a new shrine that allows you to sacrifice 1 honor to gain 1 strength until the end of the conflict. The real kicker is that it’s Unlimited! If you’ve got spare honor you can dump it to really buff up your strength. But be warned – if might be unbreakable for a round but without honor you’re in danger of losing the game.
Let your passions burn with The Fires Within Dynasty Pack for Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game.
Explore the raging element of Fire with three copies of twenty new cards in the third Dynasty Pack of the Elemental Cycle. New Shugenja and Spells expand the power of the most explosive element, while the Mantis Clan continues to grow its ranks.
If you can’t take the heat…