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school student seeking revenge.
Ochiai:
Huh? What's that?
Kawashima:
Fugitive ninjas, or ninjas from small villages or other organizations that don't
fall under one of the major faction. A kind of home-grown ninja.14
{{p11}}Ochiai:
Ah, that might work. I wanted his grandfather to teach him ninpo after his
parents were killed.
Kawashima:
All right, write Haguremono down for your faction. Characters from this faction
specialize in Stealth. They're good at hiding, spying, and the like.
Ochiai:
They're ninjas, shouldn't they all be specialists in stealth?
Kawashima:
Ah... In "Shinobigami," Stealth is a group of skills used for hiding and spying.
And you also have ninpo, which can produce various special effects.
Ochiai:
Okay, okay, so ninjutsu are skills, and ninpo are special abilities.
Kawashima:
Now that you've got that down, next you should decide on a Cover15. This is
the facade you present to normal society.
Ochiai:
I'm a high schooler, obviously!
Kawashima:
Okay. Since this scenario takes place in a high school, that works great. If for
some reason you can't think of one, there's also the Cover table16. But since you have a clear
image of what you want to do, it's best to go with that17.
Ochiai:
So what's next?
{{p12}}Kawashima:Next you choose your Conviction18. This is the core of your character's
personality. If, during the course of the game, you're at a loss as to what to do, you can roleplay
following your conviction. It's like a compass in troubled seas. There are six different types of
convictions, and you can choose one of them.
Ochiai:
<<looking at the rules>> There's a table for this too, eh? I'm gonna try rolling
this time. <<rolls>> 5. "Loyalty19.”
Kawashima:
"Loyalty" says, "You are sympathetic towards your faction/clan, a certain ideal,
or a person, and would sacrifice yourself for them."
Ochiai:
It doesn't feel like a Haguremono would have a faction to pledge his loyalty to.
Kawashima:
It doesn't.
Ochiai:
Hmm. I guess that means I'll devote myself to my grandfather who taught me
ninpo.
Kawashima:
I see. Makes sense.
Ochiai:
Except my grandfather is dead20. <<laughs>>
Kawashima:
Is that so? <<nervous>>
Ochiai:
Yep. But I still hold my devotion to my grandfather's teachings. Sometimes,
he'll appear in flashbacks21.
Kawashima:
Okay, I guess that works. It's pretty cool.
{{p13}}Ochiai:
Eh-heh-heh-heh-heh.
Kawashima:
All right. Next you choose your skills. Check out the skill list on the character
Home-grown ninja – A type of ninja who is taught ninjutsu by a member of their family, whose only background is
their own home. They could also be part of a branch family loosely affiliated with their family head, or a ninja
created through artificial means.
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Cover – Of course, when filling out forms, you can always write "ninja" as your occupation. But you might get some
pretty sad looks from people.
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Cover table – Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with all the little details for your character. "Shinobigami" has
numerous tables that you can roll on whenever that happens.
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Since you have a clear image of what you want to do, it's best to go with that – Of course, those tables are only
there if you can't come up with anything. The player's ideas are what's most important.
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Conviction – All ninjas have a conviction, or conversely, there is no such thing as a ninja who doesn't believe in
something. When your job involves fighting superhuman opponents beyond the realm of human experience, such
a thing is absolutely necessary.
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Loyalty – While I daresay that loyalty is a virtue in warrior societies, since the ninjas of "Shinobigami" are part of the
modern world, there is a tendency to over-conflate classical ninja with the samurai.
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Except my grandfather is dead – This happens to the elderly, from time to time.
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Flashbacks – For example, while Eito is fighting a powerful enemy, the screen might change to a sepia tone and the
scene will cut to a silhouette of his grandfather, teaching a young Eito some obtuse lesson on the finer points of
ninjutsu. Then, when things return to normal, suddenly Eito is stronger!
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