Bonus Aspects from Japanese Proverbs

March 23rd, 2012 No Comments

From my “Sasarindō” scenario for Blood & Honor, here are some new Aspects I adapted from existing Japanese proverbs. Feedback is welcome, and appreciated. Feel free to use these for your own samurai, but please do not take credit for them or post them on your own site.

“One’s Eyes Say More than One’s Mouth”
Invoke: +3D for communicating non-verbally.
Compel: Easily gives things away with one’s eyes.

“Like a Fish to a Cat”
Invoke: +3D to make preparations to secure your “fish.”
Compel: You believe everyone envies you, covets what you have.

“Flower, Bird, Moon, Sun”
Invoke: +3D to communicating by drawing some link to the natural way of things.
Compel: You do not speak directly, but always in proverbs and riddles.

“The Walls Have Ears, the Door has Eyes”
Invoke: +3D to determine another’s motives.
Compel: Suspicious of everyone, paranoid.

“Farm when it’s sunny, Read when it Rains.”
Invoke: +3D to take advantage of a situation.
Compel: Cowardly when the odds are against you.

“A Falcon from Kites.”
Invoke: +3D to stand out from a crowd.
Compel: Does not belong to the caste, rags to riches, a beauty from commoners.

“Even a sleeve’s brush is karma.”
Invoke: +3D to appeal to religious ideas, beings.
Compel: Prone to giving up, reliant on fate.

About the author

Katrina Ostrander is a twenty-something gamer chick, game master, and fiction editor working at Fantasy Flight Games. Her previous credits include work as a game developer on the Star Wars: Edge of the Empire and Age of Rebellion roleplaying game lines. When she's not gaming (or working, which is practically same thing), she enjoys reading, writing, singing karaoke and trying craft beers.

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