Chanbara (5e Campaign Setting)
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"You fool, can’t you see your era has ended?
This is an era of peace! Repent on your bloodthirsty...."
As the monk prattled on Juuzo asked the innkeeper for another cup of sake.
The senile sack of bones only saw what he wanted to see.
Peace? What a joke.
He didn’t know a man would pay fifty kaku for Juuzo’s blade defending him.
And a hundred fifty for it to be planted in the gut of a rival.
The Waxing of an Era
After the Age of War and the rise of the Shirogane Shogunate, peace has lasted in Nikko for many generations. Towns have grown to cities under the watch of the unified clans, scientific marvels of magic and gears have been crafted by the Shikake Guild, and trade has been established with the lands across the sea from the port of Nanba. Famous swords gather dust either on ancient battlefields or propped up against a family shrine, and suits of armor have become just fancy decorations than object of fear and respect.
Yet the sparks of war have not been fully extinguished in the Land of First Sunlight. Monsters and malicious spirits still roam the edges of civilization preying on the weak and unwary, cruel bandits and uncaring lords reap up money from the poor, and sinister cults long thought exterminated have crawled out of their holes to enact the wishes of their dark masters.
There is still need of heroes in this world whether through sword or power.
A setting based off the Edo Era of Japan, the fall of the shogunate, and jidaigeki I've grown up with, from the Taiga Dramas on NHK to movies like Youjimbo and Zatoichi, mixed with a healthy does of clockpunk.
First time working on a setting. Hopefully this goes better than expected. :P
The World of Chanbara