What would you put in a mythic japan setting? >hardmore: no samurai
I guess what I should be asking is what is a good premise? Demon hunters? Wandering assholes? Displaced nobles? What are basic premises would make for a good game?
>>40597146a self described "divine swordsman" who inflicts the righteous judgment of heaven on evildoers.He's a villain. Full Judge Death.
>>40597146I'm gonna go with ninjas, OP.
>>40597146Onmyoji? Kagura dancers and kannushi?
>>40597170Village gets haunted by some specifc japanese demons. PC's are villagers trying to survive and either solve the mystery and stop the demons, or get the fuck out. Of course, since they've lived there their whole lives, strongly discourage the last one in-character.
>>40597195Jei plz go
>>40597232I wanted more of a traveling game with lots of references to shit no one but the weebest of weebs would get but everyone could enjoy. It also gives me an excuse to fill out my ukiyoe folder.
>>40597266Three words. Do it faggot. If the game is culturally solid enough, it may even drive the weebs away, since they can't make their edgy silverhaired shapeshifter sue.
>>40597310A folder of old block prints and some pop culture knowledge of history and folklore doesn't make a game. I mean it should, but I'd just end up 'improving' the plot of Okami.
>>40597346At least I'm fucking set on background art.
>>40597346Make a campaign where the animal spirits and other mythical creatures have overtaken the government and enslaved humans. It is up to the players to either overthrow or infiltrate the system. Oh wait, that's way too similar to Gintama. Anyway, here are some catfish overlords.
I remember there was a collection of short stories about a wandering samurai and a merchant who get into magical bullshit adventures.In the one story I read, the dudes stay at an inn and they notice the waitress has six fingers. They wake up the next morning and realize that everything's changed, the inn is dilapidated, it has new owners, and the six fingered waitress is now an old crone. The inn owners tell them that they've been transported into the future, and that in order to go back they need lots of gold to buy reagents for a time travelling spell. The merchant, of course, would still have a pile of gold sitting in the bank. The samurai calls bullshit, rolls a 20 on investigation, and figures out it's just a big scam. It turns out the six fingered waitress just had a grandmother with the same congenital defect, and the inn keepers were using them to fleece hapless travelers.I wish I could remember the name of the book, it's probably got some excellent material for this exact kind of thing.
>>40597410No the catfish was being tricked by the construction workers to cause floods or earthquakes so they could make dosh and then there was something with ghosts and vengence and somebody probably became a monk afterwards.
>>40597435I think that's the Curious Casebook of Inspector Hanshichi, although it could be Edogawa Ranpo.
>>40597459I was in the sixth grade when I read it, so my memory's not gonna be so hot, but I'm pretty sure it was written by a woman and the title had "oni island" in it somewhere.
>>40597455>EAT GUN, DRAGON
>>40597471I've heard the story before. I just don't know where. It could have been Lian Hearn's Tales of the Otori. I know I read it, but remember nothing except the first book had a nightingale floor and was called Across the Nightingale floor.
Would you like a red boot, or a blue boot?
>>40597523Shit like this is why niggas be renouncing the world and becoming monks.
>>40597240thats Jei-san to you
Giant disembodied feet that appear to people and demand to be washed. If they do, the foot disappears, but if they don't, it trashes the place and then disappears.
>>40597581I can't tell if this is magical realm or just a very stupid folk story.
>>40597703This is the country that brought you a disintegrating pile of skulls. That's all they do, crumble.
If I were to do mythic Japan I would probably base it on the Heian period, before the feudal system that gave rise to the samurai class was firmly established (well I guess technically its origins were in the later Heian, but whatever, the lines are a little blurry).There would be a big divide between civilization and wilderness; the wilderness is just downright fucking scary, evil wizards and demons and monsters run rampant; very "Points of Light"ish in a sense.Would draw largely from the Onmyouji manga and from the Nihon Ryoiki; supernatural horror, rather than high adventure.
>>40597817That's what I wanted. Lots of shitty backwater villages and weird shrines and shamans and spoopy youkai and backwoods peasant drama. Also some anachronistic floating world, but it still fits.
>>40597817That's one aspect that's easy to forget about civilization in antiquity. Most people were unlikely to go more than a few miles from where they were born. As far as they were concerned, ogres were a very real danger if you were to leave your town and strike off the roads.To us the world seems quite small, but back then leaving your stomping grounds was a huge and dangerous deal. In all actuality, bandits, murderers, and highwaymen really did roam the wilderness and wandering around unguarded really was quite stupid.
>>40597703It be real, lad.
>>40597931>You hear the sounds of liberty bell playing in the distance.
Oni and those big ass clubs.
>>40597865If you want inspiration, the Nihon Ryoiki (Miraculous Stories from the Japanese Buddhist Tradition, any good college library should have a copy) is a great start. It's a collection of supernatural Buddhist folk tales that are primarily moral lessons for common folk, and although they are fictional tales, they very often can paint amazing little portraits of everyday life during the time. They are usually very short tales and so make good adventure seeds to expand upon.The anime series "Requiem from the Darkness" is great too, it's about a traveling writer trying to collect stories, and each episode is a self-contained story based on a traditional Japanese ghost tale, but with the twist that it's never actually a ghost that's responsible for what's going on, the ghost stories are just a psychological reflex to explain the horrible actions of normal people. So it's kind of like Scooby Doo in that sense. Even if you don't like anime that much, I should point out that it's based on a book by a very famous Japanese horror writer, Natsuhiko Kyogoku, who also happens to be one of Japan's best contemporary folklorists (in my opinion). It does a really good job of exploring the psychological origins of ghost stories and supernatural beliefs in general.Izumi Kyoka's "The Holy Man of Mt. Koya" is another great inspiration, it's about a monk relaying the tale of his harrowing, surreal, and horrifying travels through the wilderness. It's another really good example of the psychological "fear of the unknown" and how all of these supernatural stories came to be in a world where people really don't know everything that's "out there" away from their immediate surroundings. In most of Japanese myth, "the mountains" are practically synonymous with evil magic, for example.Sure, in a sense they are just stories that justify status quo and restricting the mobility of peasants, but it ports over to an explorable fantasy setting so easily.
>>40598031Tanuki and those big ass balls
A magical realm
>>40597170mushishiA traveler party cures villages and solve their problems with supernatural creatures.works well with 2-3 players group that like world building.
>44 replies>No mention of Noppera-boThey're fucking hilarious, they group up and impersonate dudes for the sole end of scaring the shit out of people who are alone at night.
>>40597817If I go heian, what are the best caste backgrounds for players to pick so that options are open? Wanderers are fine but being able to get to where all the fun political intrigue and melancholy is is better.
>>40597168Ninjas make everything cooler
What about the one with a giant eyeball in its ass?
>>40598275I have the pic but I get a ban every time I post it.
>>40598051Consider also Mononoke: exorcisms and dark secrets all resolved by an enigma of a medicine seller
>>40598275Really? I post the image of satan wheelbarrowing his monster cock around all the time and I've never been banned for it.
>>40597266This website is great. The various monsters give you an idea of the sorts of things that concerned the average Japanese peasant. http://yokai.com/
>>40598352meant to reply to >>40598281
Ok I have seen the OP and most people on this thread have the same vision of the game.You are traveling investigators that incounters supernatural.So the best way to do it is having a normal Japan. Normal folks know that supenatural creatures exist but they know nothing about them.Like World of Darkness.Since the main scope fo the game is investigation the "monster manual" must be secret for the players (ala Paranoia)I immagine PC are investigators called by a village with a probelm. The problem may be caused by:>humans being assholes and pretending spirits are at work>Some small youkai infestation. Uninteligent creatures tha tmust be destroye dor taken away.>Youkai that do harm. PCs can either talk with them (if sentient) or kill them, or banish them, or seal them.>Kami, Gods of the place are at work. You attack it it kilsl you. You need to convince him or the village to change. Crazy solutions like "Burning th ewhol forest" will destroy a kami, but that is a crazy solution.THis way PCs never know what is behind the probelm and that going full murderhobo with no prep time gets the party killed.I would suggest that each PC at cahr gen can chose a little spiritual companion.some are passive boosts, some bring luck, some like the two tailed cat can be used to weak necromancy.Also I immagine talking can get you a lto. You can convince a Kami to be friends with you and take over the country with his help.P.S. are you writing a setting, making a game, or just enjoying a thought experiment.
>>40597381all dat foxfire do
>>40597865>Also some anachronistic floating worldUse Yamatai, fluffed as a floating island.
>>40598352How about that wrinkly old asshole who squats in your house while you're gone and drinks all your wine?
Also have I said this pic is amazing? >>40597381What are those dogs depicted on it?do You have more?I would say leave samurai but exclude ninjas.You can have feudal Japan with no ninja, but with non samurai it would not be Japan.So for classes I immagine:Samurai/warrior (very high melee skills)Entertainer (High social skills)Monks (BUddist/shintoist subcalsses) have little powers about identifying spritis (No roll spell that reveals all supernatural in 1 km radius) But have strong powers on sealing or banishing stuff.We ned some mechanics that favors sealing/banishing over outright killing stuff. SInce in most stories stuff is sealed. Also how do we explain that since his awesome powers are in Japan the current rulers aren't using them?
>>40597146More tanuki testicles.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVESQ5Z9jgM
>>40598422The other floating world. The world of gamblers and geisha, kabuki and teahouses. Hookers and blow. Shunga and wandering artists looking to make a quick buck.
>>40598268If you're going to be historically accurate, there wasn't really a caste system by the time of the Heian period; the strict enforcement of the ritsuryo system had pretty much devolved by then, and in some sense its abandonment (along with many other things borrowed from China) lines up pretty much with the beginning of the Heian era.There were three general social classes; serfs, freemen, and nobility. Probably anything besides being a serf would be fine for a game; most freemen were farmers but they could hold almost any occupation, artisans, bureaucrats, soldiers (the soldiers that served provincial lords who would eventually become the samurai came from this class originally, as well).If you want to play heavy political intrigue, then having characters come from one of the major ruling clans is the quickest way. Aristocratic life didn't have to be especially rigid or full of obligations; the cultural advancements that the Heian era is known for came from them dicking around, but they could just have easily have gone on little adventures or ghostbusting or whatever. The Buddhist temples too were gaining a large amount of political power at the time and often pressed against the ruling aristocracy, so monks can easily find themselves involved as well.
>>40598520I was just looking for a sweet spot. Dirt farmers aren't going to be called to court and the inner ranks of the imperial house don't even go outside. Monks and minor nobles are the ones with mobility and the social standing to go anywhere. Merchants too.I'm not beholden to historical accuracy, but I do believe there are some places a character should never see inside unless they have already done something extremely exceptional. It also keeps characters that don't fit with the game out to some degree.
>>40598391>are you writing a setting, making a game, or just enjoying a thought experiment.A little bit of everything. Its a game I've wanted to run for a long time but have never got around to doing right.
Laudetur. What's going on in this thread?
I was always fascinated by tengu.How would you include them into the setting?what magic powers do they have?any stories about them?
SO if we are doing supernatural Japan, how is the ruling class using the supernatural?
>>40598754Magic bird swordsmen. I'd leave off the Buddhist aspect and play up their savagery.
>>40597146SamuraiFuck your hard mode faggot, samurai are part of like all their fucking myths and legends, you gotta have them niggas in some way, shape or form.It's like wanting a mythical Norse setting without vikings, a mythical age of sail setting without pirates and sea ghosts, or a mythical Greece setting with fated prophecies and little boys gerring their butts plundered by degenerate old men.Goddamn am I sick of you tryhard contrarian faggots that infest this board.
>>40598788The ruling class IS supernatural. They are the messengers to man, the celestial envoys.
>>40598839Name one myth that features a samurai. They weren't even around until after the Heian and most of the historical tales are from either the sengoku or the Tokugawa.
>>40598839>samurai are part of like all their fucking myths and legendsNot really. It's all priests, even the monsters are priests.Farmers, priests and prostitutes.
Succubus geshia girls.
>>40598901Well it makes sense since the literate and scholarly were monks writing stories to convey meaning and warning to other monks.
>>40598839Ha, no. Admittedly, all the Japanese myths I know I learned in middle school, but not a one of them was about samurai. They are all about farmers.
>>40598973Also monks traveled the most of anyone. If you see someone on the road, he's either a monk or a merchant.
>>40598986No like every story is about kami and either farmers, priests, monks, farmers who become monks because they've seen too much shit, or prostitutes. The only thing that isn't is court drama fan fiction.
>>40598986>>40598979>>40598893not that guy but some PCs would want to play a melee guy.Who will be the melee guy?
>>40599045You could be a soldier. Ashigaru weren't the untrained mob people say they were, but they were a peasant levy.Maybe bandit should be a player class as well.
>>40599045Yakuza, guards, levy infantry, demon hunters, Chinese monks. Samurai is a very specific class and title that didn't exist as we know it until very late. Hell you can just be a swordsman. If you go heian, Japanese swords didn't really exist and were still very Chinese in design.
>>40599078Actual ashigaru were professional soldiers with professional training. They weren't just peasants given a spear and some armor.
>>40599128Yeah, but they lived in villages and did peasant stuff when there wasn't a war on.The lords didn't maintain a full time standing army, it was too expensive.
>>40599052Fukken Ikko Ikki man.
>>40599045Monks especially. Soldiers, both commoner and noble. Thugs and bandits.
>party of monks travel through untouched and demon infested wilderness to the top of an inhospitable mountain >a jesuit order has already set up camp and converted the local kami
If you're looking for a major event, why not an ogre hunt?The kind of brutal affair that happens when villagers get sick of their kids being eaten by oni, and decide they're going to risk their lives to get rid of them. On one side you have a gang of vicious demons, and on the other a mob of peasants, sometimes with a few spiritual types or hired swordsmen.
>>40598365Thanks for the link. I'm hosting a WTF game set in Japan, this oughta help me make some spirits.
>>40597146This thingA geshadokuro
>>40599270>not ancient ayy lmaosSeriously, japs came from the moon.
>>40599270Ogres we're more known for dragging off maidens from villagers to rape and birth their children.
>>40599333Fukken dogus man. I guess you need a bronze spaceship filled with ancient astronauts. Stick it in the desert, like they did in pokemon.
>>40599337Source on that pic?
>>40597546>>40599376Yes! Force them to deal with far more advanced weaponry!
>>40599337>Ogres, we're more known for dragging off maidens from villagers to rape and birth their children.Ogre detected
>>40599388One of four shorts in a movie called Short Peace. In that short the bear is known as a demon and hunted down by the guy on the left. A girl from the local village happens upon the bear after it was wounded and did some disney bonding. Afterwards the oni attacks the village and takes a bunch of maidens. Something happens and the bear and the samurai fights the oni together. Also the oni has a spaceship.
>>40599327Thank you hungry skeleton
>>40598469Those are kitsune. Here's a link to some archives for it. I can't seem to find my own bookmarks, one of which is a multi-catalog gallery.http://www.ukiyo-e.se/guide.html
>>40599437It's all fun and games until the Japs get guns.
>>40597480>"THIS IS A HATE CRIME I TELL YOU"
>>40599488Oh wait, yes I can.http://ukiyo-e.org/
Kasha are way creepier than werewolves.http://yokai.com/kasha/
>>40597146Very angry Ainu geomancers/elementalistsThe demon Heian capital from New Getter Robo
Kamikaze Paper dollsOnly enough magic in them to fight for 5 minutes and then they fall apart, but they're cheap and come in bulk
>>40599526>[bix nood intensifies]
>>40599515Aww yeah, contemporary erotica.
>>40599622Gaijin here knows how to cut some lewd.
>>40598472I have that on DVD, it's awesome.
Whelp, looks like my party is fighting on of these things next weekend.
>>40599700Is tanukii testicles...the name of it?
Tall foreigners wearing metal, riding on dragon ships...
>>40599755Pom Poko, but it's full of their testicles, yes.
>>40599716A Gashadokuro was totally going to be a late-game enemy in my modern heroes versus mythic monsters game. Too bad the game petered out.
Thread appropriate music.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzNQ8SVCgL0Love, /mu/.
>>40599785That reminds me, the vikings had presence in north america before other europeans. Do you figure the natives saw them as Norse Gods?
I think I read this doujin.
>>40599804I've got a 3 man group, and when I run shit, it goes on for months, which is nice. Lucky to find enthusiastic people. Challenge: Make the Gashadokuro Unseelie court flavored, mixed with Cyrics machinations: Go
>>40599881A samurai wrestles a shit monster while Disco Buddha gets his groove on dancing with skeletons?
>>40599980No this one. Not much difference though.
>>40599327What about a geishadokuro?
>>40600016>mfw that pun
>>40600006It's strange how historical records show sumos being buff as shit in the past but now they are fat as fuck.
>>40599577I see it
>>40598208>HilariousThat's not how you spell "fucking terrifying" anon.
>>40600093You sure about that? This is from the 1700s.
>bitches just sitting on their asses all day watching the screenGood to know not much has changed.
>>40599716Aren't those supposed to turn invisible? You can only hear the constant rattling of bones, before this 40 foot skeleton comes out of nowhere.
>>40600093Gotta eat big to get big. Extra weight is handy in wrestling, it means people can't throw you around.
>>40600327>>40600135I don't know what's true anymore!
>>40597146Band of ashigaru/yakuza/priests, have samurai/upper classes act as npc's only.Basically the dudes band together to defend an eta village as no one else will.
>>40598520>>40598986>>40598636A traveling monk would probably be the perfect figure to be travelling around japan, since they frequently did so historically, were ussually more literate than the general populous, would have reason to know about the supernatural and would be in possition to talk to people in different social classes.Other possible classes:Traveling performerHunterA magistrate who has left their home region persuing a criminalA homeless bum (preferably alchoholic)A thief
>>40597346What is going on here
>>40599835Not very likely. Just very tall hairy men that wanted land.
>>40600475Ink drawing of fishes that got turned into a ukiyo of a tanuki attacking a man with it's sack.
>>40599835no. they saw them as tall pale people. except for in northern Canada, where they saw them as punk ass bitches and killed them.
>>40600475Kuniyoshi is what's going on. There's others in the sillouette series but I'll let you find them.http://ukiyo-e.org/artist/utagawa-kuniyoshi
>>40600453>Traveling performer>Hunter>A magistrate who has left their home region persuing a criminal>A homeless bum (preferably alchoholic)>A thiefSounds like a game of d&d.
I will give somebody all the internets if they can find a better costanza face.
>>40600571>picSir, this is a worksafe board...
>>40600683Well yes, lots of the main classes in DnD represent fairly universal functions, you just need to dress it up in appropriate flavour.
>>40600810Call the hotpockets I don't give a fuck.
>>40600475Tanuki scrotum attack.
>>40600875>That guy on the bottom >"Your waifu a shit"
All of the youkai.Yes even anus-eye.
>>40597146Jesus christ op how the hell do you consider that hardcore mode? As everybody else already said: fucking ninjas.Maybe in real life they weren't so great, but in allmost anything fiction there the fucking best.
From One Page Dungeon; you can adapt it for a more ancient era.
>>40597146Just rehash the plot of Okami and tweak it for your PCs. Nobody will know.
>>40597146I want a mythic Japan setting set in the Meiji era. Trade with the steampunk Westerners has started to increase the tech level, but hostile oukai activity has increased as well because of the foreign presence. Samurai are only allowed to keep their weapons if they join the anti-youkai force, which also consists of monks and onmyouji. Guns are ineffective against youkai. The magic system would be the Chinese five elements because of the various cycles. I want to work that in.
>>40601598I forgot the specifics but there was this beautiful quote about the funeral of Emperor Meiji and how ahead of his carriage were modern businessmen, soldiers and officers in cars, but behind him were people such as sumos, geishas, samurai, and shinto/buddhist monks behind on horses.FAR more than the just emperor had died. It was the end of an era....feels like the ending of LOTR at the grey havens when the magic and wonder of Middle Earth was gone forever.I always imagined the Youkai boarding trains and vanishing once old japan was gone
>>40600016>A giant skeleton dressed like a geishaI'd fuck it.
While not particularly HISTORIC, i'd probably mash a bunch of foundational japanese history together so you have the great clans beginning to form but large parts of the archipelago are still tribal settlements, parts of the country are beginning to emulate chinese culture but parts are presinicized, maybe even live some of the pre-yayoi huntergatherers around.Basically a mashup of the Kofun and Yayoi periods.
>>40597523Care yo elaborate? Google gives me murrica boots if I look that up.
>>40601636Exactly 47 of them
>>40597146You are a soldier in service of a daimyo or a warlord, you fight your way up the ranks to lead your own army and become a daunting yourself, or to be traded off to the emperor and fight for him to become his royal guard.
>>40604959try gold axe silver axe
百鬼夜行/Hyakki Yagyou/"One Hundred Demon Night Parade"
Do kami play a direct role, will there be their messengers running around, or is it just demons and lower spirits?
>>40597146You find a lot of dead people in swamps with prolapsed anuses
I forgot I had this.
I'm surprised no one's said "ninjas" yet.
>>40597146Oni. Oni everywhere. Bartender? Oni.Geshi? Oni.Ninjas? Oni ninjas.not!samurai? Oni.Basically, make it so the PCs REALLY don't want to try muscling their way through stuff, and have to play the intrigue game when dealing with npcs.
>>40609567Do the players just happen to be the only humans for miles around or would they be oni too?
>>40609490Literally the first post.
Sheesh, no one said kappa yet?
>>40604959Dickass spirit appears out of nowhere are offers you the boots. You accept the red boot, it cuts you to pieces. You accept the blue boot, it beats you to death. If you immediately drop to your knees, put your forehead on the ground, and apologize profusely while offering it money, it'll leave.
>>40609857>I guess what I should be asking is what is a good premise? Demon hunters? Wandering assholes? Displaced nobles? What are basic premises would make for a good game?What about it?Pic related, it's a ninja.
>>40610305I know you want to be funny like everyone else, but you're 177 posts too late. If you can name something interesting to do with ninja besides fight them or play as them (because god knows following orders is fun), I won't laugh at you. Otherwise I'll just assume you're a narutard.
>>40610531You have to teach one of them how to play Go! so he can assassinate the Shogun. Meanwhile monks are coming to kill you because the Go! board is possessed and is trying to teach the Ninja bad Go! play.
>>40610687I'm stone cold sober. Here. Have some Love Craft hierarchy.
>>40610531Not the sharpest tool in the shed, are you?
Can I play an illegal Christian?
>>40610885Toshi, this is the third fucking time you've tried to put one of your westaboo special snowflakes into the game. Fine, but we're playing it by the book.
>>40610885Shirou Kotomine plz go
>>40610780Get your Derleth memes out of here.
>>40610885Wait, what's going on in the background?
>>40610531Shady merchant is scared of ninja attack, hires you to protect him.At the same time the city is host to a farmer's market, trade caravan, local festival, and a three-day public noh play, replete with black-garbed stagehands who occasionally have to run errends through town without changing out of the uniform.So they need to defend this guy and his shop while the town is crawling with unnoticeable dirt farmers carrying gardening tools, out-of-towners who stick out like sore thumbs and carry oddly shaped packages, and guys wearing the stereotypical ninja suit weaving through crowds trying to get their errends done as quickly as possible, all of which are prime ninja disguises.And no ninjas actually show up.
Somebody's going to get hit with this thing.
One whole golem army.
>>40611269I dunno, Jesus stuff?
>>40597146The Night Parade of One Thousand Demons
>>40612215I know what my party is going up against when they go to the lost lands
>>40597146Turns out it's not ancient Japan; it's a future where the Japanese miracle went off the charts. Corporations set up a fake mythic land to act out their fantasies. The NPCs are all wage slaves, players are interns trying to impress their superiors, and monsters are people who didn't pay their debts. It's Japanese Jurassic Park with swords and stabbing.
>>40610609>You have to teach one of them how to play Go! so he can assassinate the Shogun.
>>40597170Monstrous animals, like especially vicious bears. Akitas 4 lyfe.
>>40597170>Wandering assholesIn the context of Japanese mythology that could be two different things
>In Japanese folklore, Gashadokuro, (がしゃどくろ) literally "starving skeleton" (also known as Odokuro), are giant skeletons that are fifteen times taller than an average person. If a Gashadokuro sees a human, it will grab them and attempt to bite its head off with its giant teeth to drink the spray of blood. Gashadokuro are created from gathering bones from people who have died of starvation. The only way a Gashadokuro can be detected before it appears is by hearing a ringing in one's ears. They are said to possess the powers of invisibility and indestructibility; though Shinto charms are said to ward them off.>People who are being targeted by this mammoth- sized skeleton hear extremely loud bells ringing throughout their ears. Gashadokuro targets people when they are alone. It roams about after midnight.Hey /tg/, what time is it?
What's a good way to come up with names for monsters/yokai and things without using their actual names? Like those long titles they use in Exalted.
>>40597146That thing that goes "dook"
>>40615992Giant hungry skeleton hugs time?
>>40615992That sounds a whole lot more interesting than these guys.
One of their kickass water dragons.
>>40604771If we're mixing time periods together, add this too: >>40599263Christianity had an interesting history in Japan.
>>40616805Well, it is where Jesus is buried and all.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shing%C5%8D,_Aomori
>>40597346It's not too hard to come up with a plot for a fantasy Japan game. Maybe a particularly nasty yokai is stirring up shit and trying to conquer Japan, and the players have to stop them.
>>405971461. Ninjas and yamabushi, obviously2. Shinto shrines and lots of lesser gods3. Samurai and, consequently, ronins4. Youkai, a lot of them5. Shinsengumi with naginatas6. Lots of ninjo on the GM's part and giri on the players' part
>>40609248This post deserves a cucumber!
>>40616046Just use their literal translation, or some close approximation. A lot of them are euphemisms or wordplay, which obscures the actual creatures abilities.
>>40615992A secluded sorcerer/necromancer shunned from the local village for practicing black magics, constructs wandering bodies to search and bring back food for him to live off. Turns out skeleingtons end up eating everything they find, and the local dickass spirits think it a swell idea to give birth to super mega bone 2000 from the resulting town starvation deaths.Does your super nippon team;- Investigate and slay/collaborate with the sorcerer to deal with the spookies- Heroically defeat the threat head on- Rally the townsfolk to battle- Sleuth their way around some kind of supernatural force(That thing is turbo disturbing, who the fuck would think of such a thing)
>>40605200>47>not sevenhaha no
>>40616046Just come up with a short and very literal description in plain language, and then pretty it up bit by bit until you're satisfied.For example, let's use this guy: >>40615992. The literal translation of "starving skeleton" is a good place to start. "Skeleton" doesn't have isn't quite ludicrously poetic enough, and doesn't imply its enormous size. So we could swap that out for, say, "tower". And if we want to go full Exalted, we can change the adjective descriptor, "starving," into the verb descriptor, "that hungers."So from Starving Skeleton, we get The Tower That Hungers.
>>40597146read some japanese myths and legends for monster ideas. I peronally prefer the inn a wanderer finds that is filled with 'patrons' that are really spirits/demons that eat the travelers that stay there.
>>40598275That's the shirime you're thinking of
Just watch Mushishi, man.
>>40597170Reaction images if I ever saw one.
>>40624762I still maintain that they're all high as fuck and that guy with the snakes is just harshing their mellow.
>>40612669this, this is the correct answer. Like a japanese disneyland version of mythical japan, designed to sell shit. Monolithic and absurd historical revisionism for the sake of face and sales.
>>40610123Good morning honorable Kappa-sama*bows before kappaWell hello, samurai friend!How are you doing?*bows too, collapseskappas suck.