Many of the tales of legendary Japan focus on the heroism of a lone warrior. This was attractive to people in such a homogeneous society. The rebel, the outcaste, the individual hero who sweeps in to save the day and then rides off into the sunset.
When writing up the Buntai we could not leave this out, so we decided to create a dozen or so different lone heroes/villains than certain Buntai could choose to ‘hire’ on a single mission basis. Note though that none of these are leaders, nor do they replace leaders in the Buntai that hires them.
In the Options list for each Buntai you will find one or more Heroes listed. Obviously Buntai leaders will not choose heroes that they despise or that would not serve them, so the list is restricted.
The most obvious such Hero is Benkei, the half-oni warrior monk. In legend he fought alongside a Samurai Lord. In Daisho he will certainly be available to the Samurai and Sohei. We are considering what other lists he might also be available to. Maybe a Ryu or the Ikko-Ikki for example.
Other heroes we are designing include:
- A superb Ninja infiltrator,
- A Yamabushi hermit,
- A Shugenja and summoner of demons,
- A Sensei from a famed Dojo,
- A Ronin Bandit,
- A Sumo Champion,
- A Shinto Priestess and friend to Kami,
- An accomplished Noh Actor,
- A Kitsune Geisha, and
- A Royal Samurai in disguise.
None of these will be cheap, but they will give players the opportunity to add something special to sweeten their Buntai.
So, do you fine people have any ideas for such a hero? They need not be hugely powerful but they should bring something different to the Buntai’s they choose to help. If we pick one of your ideas you will be credited in the acknowledgements in the book.