Martino wrote:I think one of the subtle problems with Crane's overall narrative (and the reason I am actively trying to rekindle our war with the Lion) is that we often express our political savvy as achieving peace and alliance and friendship with our neighbors. This is a nice goal, but it doesn't lend itself to interesting stories. I would much prefer if our savvy expressed itself as us having the same kind of enemies that everyone else has, but that our political prowess prevents them from being allowed to do anything about it.
The war with the Lion and the perpetual Crane Imperial Consort from the pre-history of the game tied into each other nicely. The Lion hated us, and their armies massively outmatched ours. And yet, they could never force total war because the Emperor would always end up telling them to leave his in-laws alone. And the Lion couldn't do anything about it! It was lovely!
Lovely? I imagine it would be more boring than anything you protest against. A constant cycle of the same thing, over and over again? Again, is this not what we all wish to avoid?
I do not want to see the Crane become a military Clan, because the Crane are politicians and artisans and duelists. But I would like more variety in the use of those features than an endless cycle of provoking or being provoked by the same people (Lion) for the same reasons (... because, I suppose) -> stalling -> being bailed out for no other reason but marriage ties, not even successful lobbying or gifting or dueling or anything of the sort. Boring, repetitive and boring, and not "lovely" at all.
Let the Crane clash with whoever may need the clashing, when the clashes are needed and interesting, and let the Crane win on the Crane's terms -- non-military terms -- but on their own merit
with those non-military terms, not simply "because someone else who actually has the power said so".
Daidoji Tacticus wrote:Wut. The Unicorn are traditionally a Crane ally, and the Dragon are traditionally a Crane "WTF do these people even want?", not an enemy.
Yes, that rather confused me as well, especially where the Unicorn are concerned.