[dragon] DJH Spoilers
cperez at mail.coin.missouri.edu
Fri Jan 22 00:57:51 EST 1999
On Thu, 21 Jan 1999, Nicholas Jarrett wrote:
> I'm afraid I bear what may be ill news regarding our clan, stemming from one
> of the DJH cards:
> Ashigaru Infantry
> During your next end phase after you bring this card into play, you can draw
> an additional card.
> Battle: Bow for a Ranged One Attack
> "The son of Togashi stood at the gate of Mirumoto palace, the courtyard dark
> and bleak as hundreds of bodies bled on the ground. 'Why?' asked the Qamar,
> horrified. 'Because they believe in her,' Hoshi whispered."
> It seems the Naga have taken Mirumoto castle... perhaps this is old news,
> but it is news for me. It would seem also that the Qamar might be having
> second thoughts...
Here's a question for you all- The surprise and horror voiced by the Qamar
and Hoshi seem out of place for generals surveying the field of battle.
Both Hoshi and the Qamar are neither new to war, so the mere numbers of
the dead should not have upset them as greatly as they appear to be.
So, what then might have caused them to react so negatively?
Perhaps it was the way in which the soldiers died? Perhaps, with Mirumoto
castle so obviously outmatched by the Naga horde, the defenders committed
seppukku rather than surrender? This would seem in line with the Codes of
Bushido and the loyalty of the Mirumoto to Hitomi. Also, it seems to fit
the reactions of both Hoshi and the Qamar better than the sheer magnitude
of the possible blood shed.
Hitomi Mushu also pointed out that the card featuring said flavor text was
'Ashigaru Infantry' and made a reasonable argument to say that these were
only farmers and peasants who died in the battle. I can understand this as
well. The Qamar might easily have been horrified to find that his Naga
have slaughtered peasants as well as samurai. Hoshi's response might have
been in explanation for why the peasants would have stood before the
obviously superior force of the Naga and fought unto death, rather than
Personally I hope that the latter interpretation is closer to the truth.
Unlike Hitomi Karasusan, I believe that the Dragon Clan would be hard
pressed to survive with but one family alone. With the loss of the
Togashi, the much predicted loss of the Agasha to the Phoenix, the
possible slaughter of the Mirumoto, and the possible betrayal of the
Kitsuki to the ninja, the Dragon would indeed be a one family Clan.
Personally I hope that the Togashi return, that the Agasha may not leave
after all, or at the least, not entirely, I hope that the Mirumoto survive
and that there are still Kitsuki who will remain loyal to the Clan. As
loyal and powerful as the Hitomi family might be in and of themselves,
none are so hard pressed, as those who stand alone.
The Doom of the Dragon foretold a disunity of our Clan. But as long as
there is strength and blood within the viens of a single Mirumoto,
neither Hitomi, nor any Dragon, need ever stand alone.
> Hitomi Trajan
> njarrett at oz.net
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