Curved Blades

Read a New Short Story Set in the World of Legend of the Five Rings


A thousand years ago, the Ki-Rin Clan rode out of Rokugan, seeking to discover enemies hiding beyond the Emerald Empire’s borders.

Their journey was arduous, and they found many strange and powerful threats. In defeating each one, the clan learned. They changed their fighting styles, magical practices, and even philosophy. To survive, the clan was forced to adapt—and overcome. After eight centuries of wandering, the Clan of the Wind returned to the Empire as the Unicorn Clan. Their hordes entered Rokugan through the Shadowlands, punching a hole through Crab defenses and making their way past the Kaiu Wall into the heart of the Empire itself.

Even with proof of their heritage, the Unicorn were greeted as barbarian invaders, not returning heroes. They charged past the defenses of the Crab and then overcame the resistance mounted by the Lion, leaving both clans scattered in the wake of Unicorn cavalry. Reintegrating into Imperial society has been a challenge—and a deadly one at that. Still, there are lights in the darkness. An ancient treaty with the Crane was honored, providing the Unicorn a strong ally within the Empire. The Phoenix watch Unicorn magic with equal parts interest and concern. The Dragon perceive the wisdom of Shinjo’s children, and the Scorpion see the advantage in a pliable ally. Yet, all of Rokugan marvels at the speed and might of their magnificent steeds. Perhaps they are, finally, where they belong.

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to present "Curved Blades" by Ree Soesbee, a new piece of fiction set in the world of Legend of the Five Rings!

"Curved Blades" focuses on the nomadic Unicorn Clan and can be downloaded here (2.3 mb).

Join us next week as we continue spotlighting the Way of the Unicorn with an in-depth look at their gameplay mechanics in Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game. Be sure to check the Fantasy Flight Games website every other week for new Legend of the Five Rings fiction! Join us this Friday, August 4th, at 11 a.m. central  on the Fantasy Flight Games Facebook Page for another episode of L5R Live. Be sure to ask questions on Twitter with the hashtag #L5RLIVE or in our community forum for a chance to have them answered live on air!

Mount your steed and purchase Legend of the Five Rings: The Card Game (L5C01) at Gen Con or from your local retailer in the fourth quarter of 2017!

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