Lion Ronin Campaign.

So we tried to hook up with the Forest Killers in the area. They’ve been pretty successful in the region, the Lion seemed to be spread thin, The People’s Legion’s gaining a little traction and we don’t know shit about what the Scorpion are up to.

So we went to join The Forest Killers. Laid down our weapons and were prepared to be jumped in. And surprise, Yamarashi brought a knife to a fist fight which made all of the Forest Killers break out weapons and there we were. Naked and unarmed, about to fight a bunch of ronin, budoka, and generally angry peasants.

Long story short: Blood bath. Yamarashi took on the leader in a one-on-one, slammed his head into a campfire, got stabbed in the chest, smeared the blood around and licked his blade. In a desperate attempt to get our weapons back, Mayu, surrounded, chose to vault over the enemies from horseback. And he made it! But slipped right off the muddy cliff and had to be pulled back up by Homare.

Then we found a guy they captured, General Bu, a Lion’s Shadow. It was our sole opportunity to plead for forgiveness and get back into the good graces of the Lion Clan. So I spit on him and told him to “Eat shit.” Then, upon recognizing us, he said he’d tell Homare’s brother what happened to her, forcing him to fall on his sword. So Homare followed him into a dark cave, challenged him to a duel, and almost died, getting her boob lopped off.

We found the Forest Killers weapons cache of a bunch of wakizashis, some katanas, parangu, ninja-to and a No-dachi. Seeing as we just murdered our way out of our best chance of control in the region, with no where else to turn, we made an executive decision.

"Wanna join the Scorpion?"
Resounding support. So that’s where we’re headed. To go see if our Scorpion Magistrate buddy will take us in, maybe integrate us into their clan. 

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More Karrin Klash Idea Sqaures?

Who knows. Not me. I’m exhausted.

Unicorn Session.

So our little side adventure happened and boy was it swell. It’s great not playing an honorless ronin known as Mad Man Mayu whose hellbent on controlling the region. Tonight I played Ide Otoko, the Rokugani equivelant of The Big Lebowski’s “The Dude”. I got to be all gaijin and purposely not fit in, along with make a bunch of horrible jokes that my Ide Courtier class lets me do. Thanks incredibly-low-target-number to see if someone’s offended by how ill-fit for everything I am. 

We also ran into someone from a previous campaign, but in his younger years. Then, we knew him as that slimy Crane asshole, now we know him as a slimy Yasuki salesman. It was definitely super interesting to have a Courtier-off with the guy. It was just as rewarding as a massive battle, even though its just 2 dudes trying to con each other over and over.

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Liz & Cynthia.Every so often I have a smart idea. Basically, in the last post, the second image was a little square I made of Karrin Klash based ideas. Whatever I fit in the square, fit in that part of the story. Tonight I realized “I could totally do that for every Karrin Klash story”. Plus it looks nice, especially if I collect em. So I’m running with it. I redid Liz & Cynthia with whatever I could fit on this square. Maybe they’re a thing now, maybe not. I’ve got work in the morning.

Liz & Cynthia.

Every so often I have a smart idea. Basically, in the last post, the second image was a little square I made of Karrin Klash based ideas. Whatever I fit in the square, fit in that part of the story. Tonight I realized “I could totally do that for every Karrin Klash story”. Plus it looks nice, especially if I collect em. 

So I’m running with it. I redid Liz & Cynthia with whatever I could fit on this square. Maybe they’re a thing now, maybe not. I’ve got work in the morning.

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Senior Portfolio Assignment.

Basically, we were given a script we had to pencil out for a comic. A sorta “See where everybody’s at” assignment that involved equal parts reference and imagination. It’s a good assignment, but the script had some glaring issues I had to try and steamroll as best I could without entirely rewriting it. But yeah, I managed to get this all pencilled out in a 9-hour sitting. Go me.

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More Karrin Klash.

I’m trying to develop a plot for the first bit of Karrin Klash the old fashioned way: Randomly generated plots. Scroll through my ‘inspiration’ folder, close my eyes and pick 3 images and run with those.

That’s how the last few verisons of Karrin Klash were written and I’ll be damned if I change it now. Also it saves on a lot think-time. But that’s probably negated by how much time it takes to smash these images into something cohesive.

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Unicorn One-Shot.To get some insight on what’s happening in our Lion Campaign, we’re doing a quick one-shot with the Unicorns in area. Y’know, instead of a big document of what’s happening and what we’d learn after a month of travelling.
Horiuchi Tuan’s an epileptic shugenja with a soft heart who was only taken into the region because he was the only expendable magic-man. And Ide Otoko’s failed the Courage aspect of Bushido, but he’s so likeable that people see him as a Soul Above Question, even though he’s just a regular old dude. Gankai’s the runt of a litter of Ki-Rin war dogs that Ide rescued from being put down for being so small and weak.

Unicorn One-Shot.

To get some insight on what’s happening in our Lion Campaign, we’re doing a quick one-shot with the Unicorns in area. Y’know, instead of a big document of what’s happening and what we’d learn after a month of travelling.

Horiuchi Tuan’s an epileptic shugenja with a soft heart who was only taken into the region because he was the only expendable magic-man. And Ide Otoko’s failed the Courage aspect of Bushido, but he’s so likeable that people see him as a Soul Above Question, even though he’s just a regular old dude. Gankai’s the runt of a litter of Ki-Rin war dogs that Ide rescued from being put down for being so small and weak.

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Tommy.In my state of exhaustion I forgot to add this to my last Karrin post. So here it is anyway. But yeah, this was a little experimentation sheet I did for Tommy, Karrin’s little french bulldog sidekick. He talks, he walks, he’s adorable and a half.

Tommy.

In my state of exhaustion I forgot to add this to my last Karrin post. So here it is anyway. But yeah, this was a little experimentation sheet I did for Tommy, Karrin’s little french bulldog sidekick. He talks, he walks, he’s adorable and a half.

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Developing Karrin.

Karrin Klash has always been sort’ve a side project that always dances around the fringes of my priorities. I’m trying to really solidify what I’m doing with her, which was pretty damn hard for a while. 

The Karrin origin story has always been that she’s my default “Create-A-Character” in any video-game with the option. Mass Effect, Dragon Age, Saints Row, Shadowrun. I loved her as the protagonist of all of em, so I tried to take her in a pretty off-the-walls direction.

Initially, I had her wandering around Samurai Jack/Gamma World-esque earth, doing one-page gags that were stupid, sexy or violent. And that worked for a while. The problem was creating a cohesive narrative from the bits and pieces and giving her a purpose besides wandering.

After a bunch of short-lived versions ranging from Space Samurai to Genderbent Zapp Brannigan, I’m warming up to the idea of her being serialized. Short 10-pagers maybe instead of cramming it all into one page. Keepin it light, keepin it fun, its 6am and I’m basically done.

Rhymes.

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Boy Did The Campaign Go Sideways.

Long story short: Yamarashi drew the cursed sword we got last time. We were told expressly to never draw the sword. Ever. And we weren’t going to, but a contested roll later, Yama drew it before I spoke. Unleashed a blood-controlling demon in a room full of old-school Lion Generals, and the entire scene turned into a blood bath. 

We destabilized the entire region by accidentally killing everyone in charge, committed Imperial Forgery to convince everyone otherwise, failed, fought an army of now-ronin Lions, and ended up ronin ourselves.

To put that into numbers, my character, Ikoma Mayu, before this all happened, had 7.9 honor, classifying him as “A Soul Above Question”. And by the time the session wrapped up, I was at 0.5 honor, an “Honorless Dog”.

Now, our characters have all gone our separate ways for a month and we’ll see what they’ve been up to and how they regroup next session. 

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Fourth Session Doodles.

So we saw a bear again. Not the same one that viciously mauled my team-mates, but another one. Wanting to prove to my team that I could achieve alone what they could not together. I attacked it. Smartly.

I fashioned a Bolas out of some heavy bells I had and some rope, swung it around my head and tried to hog-tie that bear and bring it to the ground. It half worked. I got the back legs and the bear immediately snapped the binds and went to maul me.

CHOMP. I was in it’s mouth, failing around, trying to not die horribly, when I jammed my Akodo blade straight into its fucking skull. And it still die. Because bears are apparently god-level in this campaign. So it mauled me some more and I jammed my Wakizashi in it’s brain. And again, it didn’t die. Needless to say, I was out of swords and our army had to be called in to murder this bear 14 to 1 and I got my swords back, despite being Out.

Later we popped by a local village to get some supplies and a wagon to help cart me around on. We left Yamarashi to do some negotiating and ask the local merchant for directions. A merchant who had finer clothes than we did and a grand assortment of cheap Scorpion masks, as we later found out. One thing lead to another, Yamarashi tried to intimidate the merchant, the merchant stabbed him in the chest with a Tanto, and the merchant immediately learned what a “Glasgow Kiss” is. It’s 40 rapid-fire headbutts to the face until you literally die from impact.

Then we finally progressed on our real mission. Finding our General’s stolen trophies. A Scorpion-Clan daisho. Long story short, one of our General’s Colonel’s Sons swiped one of the swords for some crazy ritual we know nothing about. And rather than telling us flatly that his father has the other sword in the set, he tried to Seppuku himself and we stopped him. Our Matsu Berserker, the raging lion-lady, is also apparently a Paragon of Compassion. So we booked it back to our General’s City while the berserker tended to the poor, possibly evil, boy like a mom and her pup.

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