Unexpected Allies

Unexpected Allies

Unexpected Allies was a source book for Non-Player Characters in the Legend of the Five Rings roleplaying game.

Credits Edit

  • Written by: Patrick Kapera & Ree Soesbee
  • Additional Material by: Eli Basquez, Joseph Joshua Carlock, Mario Cerame, Cris Dornaus, Eric Evans, Alex Fox, Scott Gearin, Brendon, Guth, Steev Hough, Tom Iverson, Steven Jankiewicz, Paul Johnson, David Krieger, Mike Leader, Anthony Mambuca, David Margowsky, Perrin Martin, Jonah Medeiros, Colin Merritt, George S. Pantelis, Jim Pinto, Adrian Rammelt, Kevin Sanborn, Craig Stanton, Eric Suess, Josh and Molly Timmers, John Wick, Rich Wulf and Ray Yand.
  • Game System by: David Williams and John Wick
  • Art Director: Jennifer Wick
  • Cover Artwork: William O'Connor
  • Interior Artwork: Steve Bryant, Jim Callahan, Joseph Joshua Carlock, Cris Dornaus, Carl Frank, Thomas Gianni, Anthony Mambuca, Doug Shuler, Craig Stanton.
  • Artwork Prepress: Brendon Goodyear, Steve Hough, Patrick Kapera.
  • Line Developer: Ree Soesbee
  • Line Editor: D.J. Trindle
  • Editing: Eli Basquez, Alex Fox, John Glenn, Patrick Kapera, Ree Soesbee, D.J. Trindle and Ray Yand.
  • Interior Layout: Steve Hough, Patrick Kapera, D.J. Trindle

Table of Contents Edit

A Dark Path's Beginning (page 4)Edit



Fiction with Akodo Ginawa.

Introduction (page 14)Edit

  • The Characters
  • Populating Your World.
  • The Format of Unexpected Allies

Villains, Villains Everywhere (page 15)Edit

  • Black and White in Rokugan
  • All People Wear Masks
  • Honor, Glory and Loyalty
  • Twisted, not Evil
  • True Villains

Allies and Enemies (page 17)Edit

  • How to Build Belivable NPCs
    • Putting it Together
  • Akodo Samune (ancestor)
  • Character Descriptions
    • Quirks and Identifying Marks
    • First Impressions
    • Faults
    • Personalizing NPC's
  • Mirumoto Takeda (ancestor)
  • Using the NPCs for and against the PCs

Non-Player Character Motives (page 22)Edit

Kakita Kazuyoshi

Kakita Kazuyoshi

  • Secondary Motives
  • Crime in the Empire
  • Obvious and Concealed Crimes

Crime in the Emerald Empire (page 24)Edit

  • Thievery
    • Piracy, Robbery, Smuggling
  • Con Artists and Forgery
  • Kidnapping
  • Hiruma Kazuma (ancestor)
  • Drugs and Illicit Crimes
  • Homicide

Creating and Using Non-Player Characters (page 29)Edit

  • First Questions
  • The Set-Up
  • Types of Villains
  • Bayushi Akoru (ancestor)
  • Player Reactions to NPCs
  • End of the Line
  • Otaku Kunami (ancestor)

Villain and NPC Quirks and Motivations (page 33)Edit

Crab Non-Player Characters (page 36)Edit

Hida Kabe and Scitch'ik

Hida Kabe and Scitch'ik

Crane Non-Player Characters (page 44)Edit

Dragon Non-Player Characters (page 54)Edit

Lion Non-Player Characters (page 60)Edit

Phoenix Non-Player Characters (page 70)Edit

Isawa Chiroku

Isawa Chiroku

Scorpion Non-Player Characters (page 78)Edit

Unicorn Non-Player Characters (page 88)Edit

Ronin Non-Player Characters (page 94)Edit

Sanzo 2


Miscellaneous Non-Player Characters (page 114)Edit

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