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Thursday, July 11, 2019

IHMN: Kwai Chang Caine and the Martial Arts for Justice (Episode 5.11)


In the late 19th century China, Kwai Chang Caine (虔官昌) was the orphaned son of an American man and a Chinese woman. Although taking a student of mixed parentage into the order was unprecedented, the head monk Master Kan sagely noted, "There is a first for everything," and welcomed Caine. He was raised in a Shaolin Monastery in Hunan Province, and was trained by the monks to be a Shaolin master.

Shaolin Monks (少林僧侣)

Years after his graduation, Caine traveled to the Forbidden City to meet his old blind master Po, whose lifelong ambition had been to travel to a festival at the Temple of Heaven on that date, the full moon of May - the 13th day of the 5th month in the Year of the Dog. While they were talking together in the street, the Emperor's nephew and his entourage came along and an altercation ensued when a guard tried to push Po aside and was sent sprawling (had the crap kicked out of him as quoted by Agent X) by the blind Shaolin. While defending himself from the other guards, Master Po was shot by the Emperor's nephew. Before the nephew could reload his pistol, the enraged Caine seized a guard's fallen spear and killed the Imperial nephew. With his dying words Po instructed Caine to flee from China as there would be both no place to hide and a price on his head. Before he fled China, Caine returned to the temple to confess his deed to Master Kan.


General Ranglu, in an attempt to capture and kill Caine, attacked and burned to the ground the Shaolin Monastery; however, Caine escaped to America and searches for his half-brother Danny. After finding his brother, he secretly returns to China and starts organizing Shaolin Monks and other martial arts experts to fight against the Dowager Empress, Chinese Warlords, evil Westerners involved in the opium trade and especially any who would oppress the Chinese people and disturb those "beings" who should best be left alone.

Legendary heroes who have joined Kwai Chang Caine.

 Kwai Chang Caine (虔官昌)
Name: Kwai Chang Caine
Pluck: 2+
Leadership: +2
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +4
Shooting Value: +3
Talents: Martial Arts, Intervention, Fearless, Fortitude, Leadership +2
Mystical Powers: Clouding Men's Minds, Path of Shadows, Resonant Touch (Note: Caine gets 30 points of Mystical Powers and the previous I have chosen for a game.)
Basic Equipment: None
Armor: 7
Cost: 92

 The Master (大师)
who points out the genetic and moral shortcomings and how slow and stupid his students are and that none of them are worthy to be students of the sacred martial arts of old . . . well, you get the picture.

Name: The Master who points out . . . oh never mind.
Pluck: 3+
Leadership: +1
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value: +3
Talents: Martial Arts, Erudite Wit, Medic, Meticulous Planning
Mystical Powers: Path of Shadows, Dragon Talons
Basic Equipment: The Dragon Ring of Helong 龙环 (gives the bearer Reflection)
Armor: 7
Cost: 72

Lü Bu (吕布), The Harmonious Fist of Wrath 

Lü Bu wandered around central and northern China, consecutively seeking shelter under various warlords. Although he had agreed to an alliance with Warlord Zhang Yulin (see Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun) earlier, he severed ties with him after Zhang declared himself emperor, massacred and entire city. Disgusted with the life he was living, he has attempted to live alone in peace and harmony as he was also notorious for his temperamental behavior.
 
Name: Lü Bu, The Harmonious Fist of Wrath
Pluck: 3+
Leadership: 0
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +3
Shooting Value: +3
Talents: Martial Arts, Fearless, Numb, Fortitude
Mystical Powers: Path of Shadows, Harden
Basic Equipment: Rope Dart (two hands, attack bonus +2, Pluck -1,)
Armor: 7
Cost: 65

 Daniel LaRusso, The Karate Man

Daniel LaRusso, the only American with Caine, moves with his mother to San Fransico at the age of 14. Cobra Kai gang continually bully Daniel, savagely beating him up until the intervention of of Japanese Master of Karate known only as Mr. Miyagi. Through Mr. Miyagi's teaching, Daniel learns not only karate, but also important life lessons such as the importance of personal balance, reflected in the principle that martial arts training is as much about training the spirit as the body. Daniel applies the life lessons that Miyagi has taught him to strengthen his relationships with others.

Name: Daniel LaRusso
Pluck: 4+
Leadership: 0
Speed: +2
Fighting Value: +2
Shooting Value: +2
Talents: Martial Arts, Cannot Defend (defender must roll an unmodified Pluck roll or he is automatically knocked down before he is attacked in the Fighting Phase)
Mystical Powers: Path of Shadows
Basic Equipment: None
Armor: 7
Cost: 32

The Twins: Fai (辉) (initial, beginning) and Bao (宝哥 )(clear as a jade gem)

Fai and Bao were students at the school run by the Shaolin Monastery in the Hunan Province when it was savagely attacked by the forces of General Ranglu. They were the only survivors of the town and the school. They have not dedicated themselves as students of the Shaolin way to protect the innocent and the oppressed; but they both hold onto a secret grudge against General Ranglu and any of his followers.

Name: Fai
Pluck: 5+
Leadership: 0
Speed: +1
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +0
Talents: Martial Arts
Mystical Powers: Path of Shadows, Wonder Twin Power (If fight involving Bao, both of their attacks increase +1 FV and another -1 Pluck modifier.)
Basic Equipment: None
Armor: 7
Cost: 21

Note: Fighting Value increases to +2 if facing General Ranglu's Imperial Chinese Army. Point value becomes 22.

Bao 

Name: Bao
Pluck: 5+
Leadership: 0
Speed: +1
Fighting Value: +1
Shooting Value: +0
Talents: Martial Arts
Mystical Powers: Path of Shadows, Wonder Twin Power (If in a fight involving Fai, both of thier attacks increase +1 FV and another -1 Pluck modifier.)
Basic Equipment: None
Armor: 7
Cost: 21

Note: Fighting Value increases to +2 if facing General Ranglu's Imperial Chinese Army. Point value becomes 22.



Rules for other Martial Monks, to include other characters, Masters, Disciples and Students can be found in the In Her Majesty's Name's Supplement Sleeping Dragon, Rising Sun.

2 comments:

  1. Man I LOVE that warband. Had me smiling and laughing in equal measure. Top stuff!

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    1. Thanks riot. I forgot to mention in the blog that are from the Martial Artist Heroes set from North Star packaged for a "Fistful of Kung Fu."

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