Archive for the ‘Characters’ Category

The Armour Rider: Born for War

Posted: 14th November 2011 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, Setting

Yoroi, or armours, are the terrors of the battlefield. Ranging from around 3-4 meters tall, just having one semi-functioning armour can instantly change the tide of a battle against an armourless opponent. An armour is not only a weapon, it’s a symbol of status like an ancient well-regarded katana or a priceless tea cup. Their riders […]

The Kugutsu – More Human than Human

Posted: 6th September 2011 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, Rules, Setting

From birth, they are trained in the classical arts: Calligraphy, poetry, history, polite conversation, musical performance and other areas of courtly study. They are raised to be the wives, playthings, and trophies of the lords of Tenra. They are raised to be proper, to be subservient, but most of them know better that the life […]

Kongohki – The Unbreakable Machines

Posted: 8th August 2011 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, Setting, Tenra 101

Kongohki are a marvel of Tenra’s combined technology and magic.  They also demonstrate the soulless depths to which both will plunge to get a leg up in the war-torn world. The word Kongohki (金剛機) breaks down to Kongoh (The Japanese word for Sanskrit’s Vajra: Diamond, a Mythical Unbreakable Substance, Admantium even) and Ki (Machine). A […]

Oni: The Caretakers

Posted: 28th June 2011 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, Setting, Tenra 101

The people which the humans call “Oni” call themselves the Lu-Tirae: The Caretakers. They were the original humanoid lifeforms on Tenra when the humans arrived thousands of years ago. Things haven’t been going to well for them ever since. The oni are the native peoples analogue for the culture of Tenra. Depending on where you […]

Character Sheet, Rules Changes, and User Questions!

Posted: 16th May 2011 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General, Rules

Heya all. So Flamesoul asked in the previous post’s comment: I was looking over some of the old character sheets and noticed a skill that didn’t exist on a newer character sheet (Kirie’s). What the heck is Butterfly Dream under Spirit and how come it is now gone? While I’m at it what does Resonance […]

Tenra Character Types, in Brief

Posted: 8th February 2010 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General

Hey, we’re a Facebook group now! Look for “Tenra Bansho” in a Facebook search. So, as the final bits of editing of the game draw to a close before layout begins in full, I find myself wanting to post more about the game but without the time to do so. The classic conundrum of, “I […]

Two Months, Four Campaigns

Posted: 11th August 2009 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General

In between finishing up the last few sections of the book pre-layout, I’ve been running games of Tenra, both locally for my own game groups, and at conventions and the like. It’s been fun, but also a real lesson for how the game should be run, played and some pitfalls that can happen. Here’s a […]

Turning Up The Heat…

Posted: 28th January 2007 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General, Rules, Translation

I just noticed that I haven’t posted an update for quite a few weeks. Since the previous post, I’ve run the game about eight times (all one-shots) with five different scenarios.  Solidifying the rules in play has been a real rewarding experience.  I’ve had ideas for areas that needed “fixing” for the English edition, but […]

…and more Ninjas!

Posted: 7th November 2006 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General, Rules, Uncategorized

Hey all, been really hectic lately. I’ve actually been running Tenra scenarios here and there for the past two months, testing the system and improving my own understanding on how things work the way that they do. Anyway, I planned to write a lot more than I… well.. have time for these days, what with […]

Making a Ninja Campaign: Post Three: Archetypes!

Posted: 12th September 2006 by Diamond Sutra in Characters, General, Rules

So, in the last post we got a quick breakdown of what makes a Shinobi different than a Ninja in the world of Tenra, and learned a little about how ninjas use “Soul” to perform their ninja abilities. Now, we’re going to finish creating Peter’s character. In Tenra Bansho, there’s three ways of creating characters: […]