The Tell of the Black Scrolls

   For tonights Legend of the Five Rings game, here’s the current accounting of the Black Scrolls:

There are three remaining unopened Black Scrolls. These are:

  • The Return of the Fallen Lord: Whereabouts unknown, presumed lost somewhere in the Lion Clan Lands.
  • The Dark Sight of Fu Leng: Presumed to be currently in the hands of the Yogo Council.
  • The Iron Citadel: Presumed to be currently in the hands of the Yogo Council.

   Nine of the Black Scrolls have apparently been destroyed, although it is remotely possibly that some of them were fakes. The list to date is:

  • The Plague Winds: Opened, contained, and destroyed by being turned back against Ful Leng by Yogo Junzo in the Scorpion Lands.
  • The Uttermost Darkness: Apparently destroyed by Shigure on the Mantis Isles. This could have simply been a powerful fake however, since there is reason to doubt that even a powerful blow from a jade weapon would destroy a true black scroll outright. Alternatively, this may have counted as opening it, rather than as destroying it – although its power certainly was not properly channeled into the spell upon it.
  • The Thousand Forms: Taken from the heart of the Dragon Lands, Entombed and Destroyed in the Burning Desert. Confirmed as a genuine scroll both by its raw power level and by the Dragon Clan Champion.
  • The Dominions of Despair and The Essence of Jigoku: Stolen from the Phoenix Council, Entombed and Destroyed in the Burning Desert. Confirmed as true Black Scrolls through their affinity with the Thousand Forms scroll.
  • The Walking Horror of Fu Leng: Taken from the Fox Clan Champion, entombed and destroyed in the Burning Desert. Seal accidently broken by Kochige. Confirmed as a true Black Scroll by its open gateway to Jigoku.
  • The Oath of Blood and The Dragon’s Chains: Entombed and destroyed in the Burning Desert in cooperation with the Elemental Masters. It is possible that one of these was a fake; the aura of a true Black Scroll might have been enough to cover the lesser aura of a fake even from the Council of Elemental Masters, but it doesn’t seem especially likely.
  • Opening the Dark Gates: Opened and used by Igashikaka in the Naga Forest. Once again, confirmed as a true Black Scroll by sheer power level.
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