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Enter the world of outcasts in Path of Waves, the third sourcebook for the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game! This 256-page setting guide takes you to the forgotten heart of the Emerald Empire where masterless rōnin, foreign gaijin, and others who don’t fit neatly into the grand design of the divine hierarchy struggle in tales of camaraderie, redemption, and revenge.

Path of the Waves details the difficult lives of those living on the fringes of society, including a new set of The Game of Twenty Questions that adds myriad new options to create rōnin, peasant, and gaijin characters, as well as Adventure seeds, NPC profiles, and two fully-realized settings to bring the world of Rokugan to life. Are you ready to step off the well-known path and forge your own destiny?

Forgotten Heart of the Empire

Path of Waves is a 256-page sourcebook that offers players a comprehensive guide to the rōnin, commoners, and gaijin who live on the fringes of Rokugani society. Inspired by the year-long period where some new samurai choose to travel the land as rōnin with the goal of renewing their allegiance to the security of their clan, this book gives you the chance to experience the Emerald Empire through new eyes, whether they be those of a renegade peasant, a bitter rōnin, or a curious gaijin.

Over the course of seven chapters, several of which we’ll take a closer look at in future previews, you will gain an in-depth look into the little-discussed part of Rokugani society filled with ragtag misfits seeking fame and fortune as they stand against impossible odds in a world set against them. The opening chapters dive into the life of rōnin—how they come to be and their place in Rokugan—and give you an entirely new way to play the game with a brand-new set of twenty questions for building your characters as well as new options for creating outsider characters. Then game masters will have the chance to explore two fully realized settings complete with locations, characters, and adventure seeds that they can choose to visit in their games. They will also find guidance on developing games for rōnin and other outsider characters, as well as a host of new non-player characters with which to populate their stories. 

Path of Waves also journeys further beyond the game you thought you knew than ever before by including information on foreign gaijin and the Ivory Kingdoms, the Legend of the Five Rings Roleplaying Game’s first look at the lands beyond Rokugan. When they cross into the Emerald Empire, they are seen as unwelcome foreigners who stand apart from society, and they often find themselves consorting with rōnin and criminals in order to eke out a living. When you are forced to live outside of the comfort of polite society, your struggles may be great, but so is your chance for adventure!




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