The Sohei Tendai sect Monk are as most religion in Nippon, Jinto, but believe in the notion that the of a phenomenal world and therefore Evil in all its forms must be destroyed. The teaching of the sect originates from High Elf Swords master living in a shine on the Southern Island south of Haikido. The swords master directed the founder of the minor sect to establish a Shrine and small hamlet of Bōto ya uma-mura (which should translate to Boat and Horse Village). North of the Honshu Channel at the foothills of the mountain range and in the forest to destroy all forces of chaos and help the innocent.
The official religion of Nippon is called Jinto and has been so for thousands of years. During Nippon’s history it has existed as an amorphous mix of nature worship, fertility cults, divination techniques, hero-worship, and shamanism and unusually it has no recognised founder. It is a religion of nature and spirituality and the belief that human nature is inherently good, and evil is thought to stem from the individual’s contact with external forces or agents that pollute their pure nature and cause them to act in ways which are disruptive.
Jinto worship is centred on the reverence of the gods or kami. Kami may be anything that is extraordinary and that inspires awe or reverence. Consequently, a wide variety of kami exist in Jinto: there are kami related to natural objects and creatures — the spirits of mountains, seas, rivers, rocks, trees, animals, and the like; there are guardian kami of particular locales and clans; also considered kami are exceptional human beings, including many emperors. Evil spirits are also known in Jinto, but few seem irredeemably so. While a god may first call attention to its presence through a display of rowdy or even destructive behaviour, generally speaking, the kami are benign. Their role is to sustain and protect.
In a way Jinto is similar to the Old World religion in that it consists of a pantheon of deities. However, the priests of Jinto worship all the gods or kami as one rather than their being any single clerics of a particular god. Although some gods are more popular than others, such as the Sun Goddess Amateratsu for example, it is highly unusual for anyone to take on a monotheistic perspective. There are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of gods in the Jinto pantheon which are discussed further in this chapter but suffice to say the Sun Goddess Amateratsu is one of the most preeminent of the kami as well as the divine couple Zanagi and Zanami who were said to have created Nippon.
THE SHINZEI CLAN The Shinzei reside in Haikido in the north of Nippon, a place where few men dare travel. Despite the large amount of daemons, Beastmen and undead dwelling there, the Shinzei have kept their old realm for themselves. Residing high up in the mountains, their fortresses are virtually impenetrable to attack, and thus they have been able to survive any serious attacks from the island‘s fell inhabitants.
Indeed, Haikido‘s foul reputation is even beneficial to the Shinzei, who have their secrets to keep. They developed a school of martial arts, the ninjutsu, which combined martial arts, assassination techniques and unconventional warfare tactics. They used their ninjutsu to keep their independence, and then to make themselves wealthy as swords-for-hire to the other clans, for there are no greater Ninja than those of the Shinzei clan. The tradition of independence, however, has remained strong among the Shinzei. Ninjutsu remains a dark art, passed down through families and jealously guarded from outsiders eyes. It is not surprising, then, that their ninja also have more expertise, both on and off the battlefield. The exception to this has been their ancient trade agreement with the Skaven, whom they taught the art of ninjutsu in return for refined warpstone they could use to increase the potency of their poisons.
The Shinzei are generally distrusted by the other clans, both due to their residence and their reputation for assassinating those who would seek to oppose them.
The monks had heard rumours of the Fimir lead raiders moving though the area along to old foot path to the village. So the lead of the Sect ordered that all the supplies should be collected from around the village.
This were located in the centre of the village, 2 barrels of Rice near the fields and the donation barrel near the Torii gate.
The sect where well aware of the direct which the raiders would come from and took up a defensive position with the Teppo cover from the bridge.
The Monks lead and a warrior armed with a naginata moved across the bridge to retrieve the donation barrel!
This is when the first of the Clan Eschin gutter runners, hoping to surprise on monks tried to spring their trap of quickly reducing the monks numbers and running off with the supplies before the raiders arrived. This didn’t fair to well for the Eschins, as all three where quickly eliminated by the monks, who seem to be rat catchers in a previous life/career!
So after the brief distraction, the Raiders appeared… The monk’s leader, took inspiration from the legend of Benkei, as he took position at the peak of the bridge waiting upon the raider to come though shots from his sect firing Teppo into the uncultured raiders!
During this time, more can Eshin popped up, to steal supplies, but couldn’t tackle the skilled monks who were very determined to keep the supplies the monks had gathered!
Numerous turns moved on, raider after raider fell to the Monks leader club. None being skilled enough to take him out! Finally the Monks noticed the fimir lead moving though the raider ranks (well the few remaining human raiders.), and the leader moved to the other side of the bridge so his brethren could add they might to destroying the vile half human half demon!
The creature charge, knocking down one monk and injuring a 2nd (who fate hasn’t been decided yet). The monks swung back and wounded the creature (Who had the numb ability). Concerned at the creatures strength to ignore most attacks. A brave monk distracted the fimir while the other could get the injured and knocked out from combat.
So at the foot of a bridge should the one-eyed fiend vs a lone monk with a naginata.
The finally raider fled, but was chased down and dispatched… The Shinzei Clan will be most disappointed!
Massacre at Bōto ya Uma-mura had concluded….
Great game again! Not as many fumbles as my first game and was great fun creating a scenario and making the Mythical/Fantasy monsters for the Monks to tackle. Here is a couple of images of the Figure cards I used
If you happen to be in the area and up for a game, check out our local club
This is where I leave you to go plot the downfall of those Monks… but first a Benkei Tribute!