Asuras and Devas in the Ivory Kingdoms

   Well, given that the party in the Legend of the Five Rings campaign is currently messing about in the Ivory Kingdoms, here’s a quick accounting for the various Asuras and Devas they’ve encountered so far. Note that EVERY Asura and Deva is normaly a past master of the Meditations of Unity. Some basic notes on their schools will be posted later.

   The Asuras or “Demon-Gods” (more properly “extremely powerful and erratic people who just come back in ten or fifteen years even if you manage to kill them – which is unlikely at best”) of the Ivory Kingdoms tend to be arrogant, feared, deferred to, and – after a few lifetimes – usually accept that as a right. They’re usually more than a bit obsessive and unstable. Still, many of them are, in fact, relatively decent people – but they’ve been used to being a law unto themselves for centuries and are as dangerous to hang around as any other high-powered adventurer type.

   The fact that – since they are free to focus on upgrading their rings and buying up skills to the point where they can yield rank enhancements rather than spending experience points on buying techniques – they are often rank six or so, and masters of multiple schools (even discounting the Meditations of Unity), in their twenties or below, just make things worse.

   So far the group has dealt, at least briefly, with several Asuras:

   Two pirates attacked them on the way into the Ivory Kingdoms, looking for the exotic wealth that a ship from the Empire was likely to contain – Jitender Narkoon (M), a master of the Seven Secret Cuts and the Leaping Flame Sword schools and Rangan Kieroth (M), a master of the Hungry Ghost School and the Night Wind of the Soul School. While Rangan was killed and Jitender driven off, it was a narrow victory, and many of the other people aboard were killed in the process.

   In the port city of Andana the group briefly encountered Kashinath Daman (M), one of the most powerful Asura in the area and a master of the Elemental Storm School, the Invincible Guardian School, and the Sun Blade School, in the Temple Quarter, but decided not to interact much with him. Toku Najite briefly encountered Vajrasena Shivan (M), a master of the Blood Tide School and partial master of the Forest Demon School on the city streets thereafter, and witnessed the horrible results of turning his wrath against a young pickpocket.

   In the Emirship of Timingila, where the group went to visit the Tomb of Sarphabanda (AKA, the Tomb of the Rakasha or the Tomb of the Designer), and later the Emir, they also encountered – and at least briefly allied with against Narakikin Vyathayry, a Rakasha of Torment – a small group of Asuras. The five members include Vikrant Madan (M), a ten-year-old master of the Shadowfire School (currently working on the Inner Citadel School), Prisidivati Vasina (F), a mistress of the Purifying Waters School and an expert in Mantras who is currently working on the Whispers of the Winds School, Rathavabhasa (M), a master of the Shattering Palm School and the Iron Body School, Kashyapa Megha (M), a master of the Gaze of Yama and Invincible Guardian Schools, and Chandravati Vigsara (F): a mistress of the Dheramada and Garuda Schools, as well as a dabbler in various mystical arts (Mantra, Mudra, and the Impersonal Disciplines) (all explained in either the Campaign Handout Packet or the Legend of the Five Rings tab).

   The Devas, or “Guardian Lords” (perhaps better translated as “extremely powerful but restrained people who come back if you somehow manage to kill them”) tend to be self-righteous, superior, and more than a bit smug. They’ve been at this for many lifetimes, and tend to treat everyone else – except for the Asuras – as small children. Asuras they just treat like over-excitable adolescents. They’re presence is vital for maintaining stability in the Ivory Kingdoms, but they’re rarely well liked until they get so old that everyone expects the ancient sage to treat them like a child.

   Like the Asuras, they’re free to focus on gaining rank rather than spending experience points on buying techniques, which tends to make them atrocities of power at a relatively young age. Unlike the Asuras, they traditionally go by a single name to signify their renunciation of the world.

   In the port city of Andana the group spent some time talking with Padmottara (M), one of the local high priests. His abilities are completely unknown, since the group was only looking for some advice and information at the time. He seemed to be good at that, for what it’s worth.

   In distant Hipigala, Ninsei used the Recondite Weave and the Mandate of Heaven to get into touch with Rasavara – now a Deva, once a young prince and Asura who’s death after a lengthy hibernation-meditation (focused on his eventual vengeance) eventually led to the creation of Sarphabanda, the Rakasha of Artifice (whom he fought several times in later lives). Rasavara (M) is extremely elderly at the moment, and will soon have to start a new life. He’s apparently still a powerful master of Techynic Magic, as well as (presumably) a master of several other schools.

   In the Timingila Winter Palace the group encountered the four Deva who were supporting the local government. The Deva were originally just keeping an eye on these disruptive foreigners and the five Asuras they’d towed along – but fighting a powerful Rakasha obviously took precedence over such concerns. This group includes Chandana (M): a master of the Ward of Heaven School and the Dharmadahara School, Mirdangimi (F), a mistress of the Rahu-Ketu School of the Midnight Sun and the Inner Citadel Schools, Ratna-Chandra (F), a mistress of the Ward of Heaven School and the Garuda School, as well as a dabbler in Mantras, and Vipashyin (M), a master of the Sun Blade School and a student of the Leaping Flame Sword School.

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