Tuesday, June 27, 2017

L5R - City of Lies (A Set of Generators)

People who know me know that Legend of the Five Rings has been my wheelhouse for about half a decade now. I enjoy it, despite how terrible it is at times and despite how it handles its setting (which is at times offensive or just utterly stupid). But it is a great system, and when put in a single place at a time, it can be a lot of fun.

What follows are a set of generators for use with an L5R game set within the Scorpion Clan's City of Lies. The generators cover basic samurai appearances by way of hair, physique, and miscellaneous features; as well as some general fashion/tattoo choice, and some masks. Should've done a sword one too, but that'll be important maybe in the future. If you roll a 1 on these charts, because you used a d20 instead, that's a dealer's choice situation.

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2d10Hair ColorMen's Hair Style
2Tawny brownBound up in a chonmage with a shaved pate, slightly stubbly.
3Cedar brownShort chonmage in the ginkgo leaf style.
4Umber brownLong queue of hair, braided in the back, with the front portion of ones head being shaved into a tonsure.
5Cloud whiteProminent forelock of hair, like a horse.
6Silvery whiteWild full mane of hair, billowing out like smoke rising from a bon fire.
7Charcoal blackShort hair, bound up into a small top knot as a show of self-control and minimalism.
8Iron blackHigh pony-tail of the chasen style, which looks like a tea-mixing brush.
9Slate blackFull head of hair kept short where it can, but often defying such discipline.
10Deep auburnLong uncut bound up hair that has never once been cut in the life-span of the samurai.
11Smokey greyBalding or extremely short hair, either through misfortune, age or shame.
12Oaken brownProminent pompadour in the front, styled up and obnoxiously.
13Midnight blackPatchy hair, as though someone took the effort to cut the samurai's hair while he slumbered.
14Crow blue-blackAn unflattering bowl cut, which no one has ever claimed to look good.
15Sooty brownLong hair on the fringes but bald upon the scalp.
16Russet brownShaved sides of head with a small wolf's tail of a top knot.
17Grease blackHime-cut with heavy bangs, almost obscuring to the point of feminine allure.
18Ink blackTightly pulled back, looped ponytail.
19Betel nut blackLoosely feathered hair, which drapes lavishly on his shoulders.
20Wheat blondeShort, tame, tightly groomed courtier's hair and top knot.

2d10Women's Hair Style
2Simple pony-tail tied with ribbon in the back.
3Bound up in a top bun, bound in ribbon and pinned.
4Long hair, divided down the middle, with straight-cut bangs.
5Loose long hair, arranged with wide hairloops that fall on the shoulders.
6Wild hair that grows uneven, as though it has been cut often by forceful hands.
7Tall wild hair, as though she shapes it by leaping up and down.
8Long locks of hair, with cheek-length sidelocks and a heavy frontal fringe of bangs.
9Dango-looking bun in the back, braided and plaited into place.
10Plaited hair, adorned with flowers.
11Extremely short hair cut almost to the point of masculinity.
12Shorn head, to show indifference and implies her a widow.
13Curly long hair that bounces playfully with her movements.
14A long, braided tail of hair; bound with lace and ribbon.
15Rough mane of bristling hair befitting a warrior on a battlefield.
16Tight roll of plaited hair on the top of the scalp, long and draping in the back.
17Short, wavy hair which gives off a carefree sense of style.
18Long hair with double ponytails which do nothing to tame the wild length.
19Shorn on the scalp, tied in tight plaits on the side; likely a Unicorn style.
20Thin, loose, stringy hair that would imply sickness at some point in her life.

2d10General FeatureBody
2Jagged scar over their lips.Fat broad body, like a firm stone.
3Single sunken eye, bruised.Short ill-proportioned body, more like that of a child than an adult.
4Brutally broken nose.Barrel-chested and muscular, like a wild boar.
5Long drooping ears.Skeletal thin and lithe body.
6Dumb dead eyes like a carp.Average height, chicken-thin limbs, and a slightly pudgy belly.
7Several broken teeth.Robust but burly, like a badger or a toad.
8Bright shining teeth.Short and muscular, such that their strength can be hidden in loose clothing.
9Rapturous eyes.Obese and ill-postured, perhaps a former sumai wrestler who has lost their strength.
10Brutal intensity in their expressions.Withered and tired in build, prone to leaning and slow monotonous motions.
11Missing their pinky finger.Built like a tiger, strong of limb and center.
12Hooked nose.Lanky-limbed and of strange gait, like a monkey.
13Teeth like an Oni.Regal stature and calculated in movement, as though prone to perfectionism.
14Smokes a pipe.Slightly hunched over, with a bow-legged gait.
15Harelip.Built like a stag, strong of chest and made to run.
16Wide, expressive eyes.Vaguely tortoise-like, with a broad chest, and stump-like limbs.
17Burn wounds.Of normal proportions but a slightly long neck, as though they've been strung up before.
18Tapestry of scars from many conflicts.Heroic stature, build and proportion; destined to be a hero or play one in the theater.
19Rough calloused hands.Long of limb but short of torso, almost like a crab you'd find in the river.
20Long, prodding fingers.Tall, lanky, and of uncomfortable deft momentum; like an eel or a weasel.

2d10Facial Hair
2Long stringy moustache braids, like a catfish.
3Thick burly beard, well-groomed and of fine sheen.
4Bristly goatee, rough like a poorly-kept calligraphy brush.
5Large and wild sideburns, though the rest of the face is cleanly kept.
6Firm moustache in the shape of a whalebone comb.
7A long braided beard which has seen the abuse of fire and many meals.
8Shortly trimmed moustache with a cleanly shaven jawline.
9Barely visible peach fuzz on the upper lip, and an almost pubic strip of hair on the chin.
10Scratchy chin beard, complimenting a stubbly face.
11Midday shadow of stubble, that never seems to grow longer or disappear after shaving.
12Faded stubble, all that could be grown in months of beard-cultivating attempts.
13Bristling chin strap of beard hair, to define a chin (or where one should be).
14Prominent moustache, with thinned sideburns and stubble.
15Rebelliously long sideburns connecting into a neckbeard and a powerful moustache.
16Full rough beard, belonging to the sort of yamabushi who has never seen a razor.
17Clean shaven, with obvious though faded, scars from poor shaving in the past.
18Full goatee and moustache which obscures the mouth almost completely.
19Wispy beard that billows out from the face like smoke from a fire.
20Full horseshoe style moustache.

2d10Clothing PatternTattoo Design/Clothing Embellishment
2Seigaiha Wave PatternOni in storm clouds, brandishing lightning as wildly.
3Asanoha Leaf PatternRats interlocking and climbing, wearing headbands.
4Shibori Dot PatternKoi of opposing colors, surrounded by steam and waves.
5Kiku Floral PattermOcean scene of great crashing waves and stars.
6Shippou Repeating PatternThe hundred eyes and folds of a hyakume.
7Nami Wave PatternChains and flames of spectral blue.
8Karakusa Vine PatternMountains that pierce the clouds, birds in flight.
9Shima Stripe PatternFearsome and twisting dragons, claws brandished.
10Komon Dot PatternRegal Vahana emerging from cresting waves.
11Hexagonal Kikko PatternClan/Family/Personal Mon, exaggerated and overly detailed.
12Koushi Lattice PatternDancing tanuki and head-tilted kodama spirits, garbed only in leafs.
13Koi Fish PatternWhales and dolphins, butchered and cut with blood flowing like water.
14Checkered Ishidatami PatternGreat fanged serpents coiling and striking.
15Unki Cloud PatternTiger in violent momentum, claws brandished and striking.
16Tachiwaku Steam PatternHorned Oni devouring light and exhaling flames.
17Yagasuru Arrow PatternShisa Lion baring its fangs and gazing with striking intensity.
18Sakura Blossom PatternUmibozu looming over darkened seas.
19Interlocking Sayagata PatternBudding lotus flowers in various colors.
20Uruko Scale PatternClothing Pattern if Tattoo, additional Clothing Pattern is Clothing.

2d10Clothing (or Mask Color) ColorsMask (Scorpion)
2Clan Colors.Okina Style Noh Mask
3Family Colors.Onna-Kei Woman Mask
4Lightening Red Maple.Otoko-Kei Man Mask
5Lightening Green with Red Base.Old Man Jyo-Kei Mask
6Paling Scarlet with White Base.Fierce Oni Mask
7Layered Pine with Red Base.Bearded Oni Mask
8Sumac Foliage with Red Base.Long-Nosed Tengu Mask
9Green Maple Foliage with Red Base.Shishi Lion Mask
10Yellow Chrysanthemum with Green Base.Kitsune Mask
11Paling Purple with White Base.Long-tongued Akaname Mask
12Layered Plum with Violet Base.Three-eyed Ao Bozu Mask
13Uncovering Snow with Green Base, under White.Cloth Bandana
14Orange Blossoms with White Base.Semi-translucent Veil
15Persimmon Bud with Red Base.Nue Mask
16Eight-Layered Maple, from Red to Pale Yellow.Great Horned Oni Mask
17Scattered Mapple with Orange Base.Domino Mask
18Violet Cherryblossom over Orange Base.Facial Tattoo
19Greenfinch with Nightingale color.Snarling Mempo
20Coral Red with Black Kite Base.Komuso Basket Mask

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