Daughters of Kirin
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Aw man, I was all psyched to cover Black Tokyo, but then I find out PurpleXVI already did it while I wasn't looking.
Oh, well. At least he left me the other three books.
I don't know which one actually came first, but this one is the shortest, so I'm starting with it. For the record, that does appear to be cogent Japanese on the cover, but it also looks like half of whatever it is is missing, and the rest is all blurred together so I can't be bothered to figure out what it says.
intro text go posted:
This sourcebook serves as a continuation and expansion of the Black Tokyo world, delving even deeper into this horrific imitation of real world Japan. Inside, you’ll find new monsters, new feats, new demon-tainted advanced classes and a selection of monstrous new player races. We’ll venture across the dimensional border, and cross into the Tatakama. We’ll catch a glimpse of oni at play in the fields of the Black Else. And eventually, we’ll return to Tokyo, to confront human horrors and demonic lusts.
Also, terminology explained now so I don't have to pussyfoot around it later: in the Black Tokyo setting, there's the human world, the demon world a.k.a. the Black Else, and where the two overlap is an always-changing fairyland called the Tatakama. The core book explicitly likens this setup to a Venn diagram. Planescape, eat your heart out.
The Tales come later, right now we're facing down a new PC race option:
the Daughters of Kirin
. The Kirin of mythology is a Chinese chimera, with the body of a tiger, tail of an ox, legs of a giraffe, and antlers of a deer; the Kirin of dumbshit weeaboo hacks clearly inspired by
fan-art they saw on danbooru is basically a hovering Pan-Asian unicorn who works for the gods somehow. The Kirin is always on the move, but occasionally he stops long enough to bang a lady horse, which always results in the birth of a humanoid Daughter, always "an omen of cosmic significance", we are told. Raising these little bundles from Equestria has been the secret task of Japanese horse breeders for four thousand years; luckily, the average Daughter "can run within minutes of her birth, and is as clever as a two year old by the end of her first night on Earth", and most of the actual education is done by visiting angels, so it's probably not that onerous a duty.
Daughters of Kirin are agents of Heaven, called to heroism by instinct, and consider it their duty to protect the Futakuchi... whatever
are. (Maybe I should have started with the Races book after all. Meh.) Primary physical characteristics: six feet tall, muscular, attractive, horse legs with golden hooves, a long horn growing out of their forehead, and naturally occurring ivory-and-gold armor growing right out of their skin. The text specifies it covering "a beautiful pair of taut breasts and a virginal pussy", notes that it can be relaxed to allow for consensual humping but never fully retracted, then decides to let it protect the hips, shoulders, forearms and spinal cord as well, basically making a swankier, anthro-furry Witchblade. Do I even need to point out that they rarely wear clothes over this?
this tidbit comes pretty much out of nowhere in the book, too posted:
The Kirin are an exclusively female species- they can only bear daughters with their divine father, and most of the Daughters long for a visit from the legendary unicorn, though few begrudge him his wanderlust.
What, you thought an armored snatch was as bad as this was going to get? Nope, every last one of them's drippin' for Daddy!
This took longer to type out than I expected and I should have been in bed a couple of hours ago, so I'll let you off with just this for now.
Tomorrow: catgirl population control, first-hand ancestral memory management, and jets on legs!
I can't wait!
Talents & Classes
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Part 2: Talents and Class
Hot on the heels (or whatever they call them) of the Armored Electra Complex Cavalry, is another one of those ideas that is - I believe, but could be wrong - original to
, and yet
: Starting Talents.
easier than summarizing posted:
The starting occupations found in D20 Modern work well for most modern action campaigns. The following talents ground these generic starting occupations more
fully in Black Tokyo’s pseudo-Japanese reality. During character creation, players select a single Starting Talent. Most Starting Talents are only found among members of one or two starting occupations, and some have additional prerequistes that must be met before they can be selected.
Starting Talents provide characters with a minor advantage, which is usually a bit too situational or weak for a full feat. These minor abilities are intended mostly as campaign flavor, but clever players can probably come up with more impressive uses for these talents.
Lightly supplementing a core mechanic to better fit the setting? I think I like that a lot, in fact. No doubt this sliver of good will is about to evaporate like an ice cube on an August sidewalk, but hey, it was there. Skipping over the 'boring' ones to save time:
Best In Show!
: You've won ribbons in catgirl fashion shows. Once per day, strike a pose and add your Reputation bonus to Defense. Additionally, "mystical confetti and celebratory music fills the air, the arcane remnants of the enchantments you received for your stunning victory on the runway". Leave out the part about enemies "standing in awe of your sensuality", and this could actually be pretty funny.
: Anyone you bang heals 1 HP because sex.
: An actual Japanese phenomena,
which boils down to "dial-a-hooker"
. +4 to FORT saves vs. STDs, and +1 vs. sex magic.
Dodge the Tentacles
: "You’re an attractive young Japanese girl, so you just know there’s a lot of tentacles out there with your name on them. Try and avoid some. You receive a +2 luck bonus on grapple checks made to break a pin or escape a grapple by any kind of tentacle, prehensile penii or other weirdness." Couldn't have put it better myself.
: Any time you bang a new race for the first time, gain a free skill point. If you manage to bang
race, you gain one of three sexy feats: Gifts of Ecstasy (+4 to fuck rolls), Tantric Wisdom (fucking for an hour clears your head and gives +2 to brain rolls), or Perverted Immortality (must be in one of those other books, but I already don't like the sound of it).
: Indoctrination with the Sisterhood (feminist demon hunters) gives you +3 to attack rolls if the target has ever raped a sentient creature. I guess you're depending on the GM to let you know about this.
: Y'know what, I think I'm just going to let the name speak for itself, here.
Half Demon Pussy
: Oni heritage gives your cunt a mind of its own, writhing around anything phallic to drive it in as far as possible. For an hour after any penetrative encounter, you have a 15% chance to ignore critical hits. Sure, that makes perfect sense.
: Bang an immediate family member, and they get a 24-hour +2 bonus in any 4-rank or higher skill of yours. It's tantric, I don't gotta explain shit.
: Since everyone thinks you're an uncultured thug, +2 to Intimidate and reroll a failed Diplomacy check once per day. And yeah, the alphabetization's screwed up here. Fields also misspelled "nekomusume" in the Best In Show! text. Repeatedly. Nice proofreading, jackass.
: "You were born in a magical girl vending machine and bought as a playtoy. You’ve still got your company’s logo on your butt, in fact." As
as this probably sounds, after
, it wouldn't surprise me if this manga had been running for twenty years. +2 to hide in urban environments, and get free vending machine swag with a DC 4 Purchase check.
: "Ever since you were a little girl, you’ve dreamed of ceremonial suicide at the end of a noose, beneath the boughs of a great tree, in the presence of your friends and family."
You can sense the location of Shinto
gates, which... allow you to cross from the Earth Realm to the Tatakama, I think? The benefit to this weirdest of childhood aspirations isn't exactly clear.
: Once per day, substitute Knowledge (Pop Culture) for any other Knowledge roll by claiming you saw it in an anime once.
: Panty shots are a universal constant in
. Any round you move 20 feet or more while dressed in a skirt or kimono, all creatures within 30 ft. get -2 to WIS-based skill checks for one round.
Panty Shredding Trick
: Up to three times a day, destroy any non-magical clothing worn by a target within 10 feet. May be resisted with a DC 11 Will save.
: You were actually created by a "flesh-sculptor" as a sexual plaything. Each day when you wake up, designate another character to be your master/mistress for that day. +1 morale bonus to all rolls while within 30 feet of them.
: +1 to Treat Injury or Craft (Pharmaceutical) checks on anyone you have previously banged.
: Dunno what that stands for, but apparently they tool around in trucks, capturing and euthanizing stray catgirls. +2 to grapple/attack rolls vs. Nekomusume opponents.
: Remember that Sisterhood bonus vs. rapists? Doesn't apply to you.
For his next trick, Fields looked up the word "
" in a thesaurus and came up with a new player class:
the Assault Witch
, pantsless high school girls with airplanes on their legs who shoot magic. The character art is, bizarrely, more worksafe than most images from the show he's ripping off, so here's a visual aid:
Blah blah Princess Aiko initiative something paper-thin justification: "Under the Crown Princess’ direction, neophyte Assault Witches are to get as much battle experience as possible, hopefully becoming a centerpiece of a new generation Japanese military, one that publicly embraces magic, and elevates women to positions of power." Yeah, this is definitely a good place to start on
. Apparently, there are American counterparts using cyber-tech, but it's all magic all the time in Nipponland. Plus they make good JSDF recruiting mascots, because what military couldn't use a few good mouth-breathing ephebophilic neckbeards.
The skills and class features are remarkably creep-free, probably because they dumped it all into this one:
Next time: we get to the actual tales!
I don't think this actually happens in the show posted:
Mach One Climax (SU)
: Like the witches of old performed sex magic with their besoms, the Assault Witch can use the pure energy of her orgasm to unlock her body’s full potential. Starting at 3rd level, if she masturbates to orgasm immediately before take off, the Assault Witch gains the ability to travel at supersonic speeds outside of combat and gains the stamina to take advantage of her range.
I can't wait!
The World of Black Tokyo
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Part 3: The World of Black Tokyo
Yaaaay, game lore! I love this stuff!
Your basic Illuminati stand-in: the immortal founders of Japan's
, controlling everything from the unearthly pleasures of their vast palatial estates in the Tatakama, only ever setting foot back in the mortal world anymore for the odd board meeting or G8 Summit. Except, of course, immortality has a price, and that price gets steeper every year, so by this point they're really just another layer of stooges between Earth and the Black Else, directing mortal affairs to further the ends of their demonic paymasters. Then it goes on for half-a-dozen paragraphs about how the PCs could find out they've been unwittingly working for the Amakaze all along. You could probably write the whole entry yourself. Pretty standard stuff.
The Ubume Empress
According to a sidebar, the so-called Ubume Empress works for the Amakaze, somehow manipulating the other Ubume into servitude so that they can "spread delicious misery across the human realm"... again, somehow. While her actual purpose and motivation is vague to the point of vapor, the rest of her entry is bizarrely detailed. She answers to the name "Ellen", and her accent seems to be American, but she isn't native to the world of Black Tokyo, having somehow crossed through the Black Else and the Tatakama after her death. She wears tailored business attire, to which the ghosts of hundreds of fetuses cling invisibly, and enchanted veils cover up the fact that she's missing the top of her skull. Why go to the trouble of including all this? Is it based on someone he knows? A friend's self-insert? Petty revenge against an ex-girlfriend who slept around on him?
oh, and then there's this thing posted:
The Ubume Empress is also adept at manipulating Japan’s minority Christian population to commit horrid atrocities in the name of faith, only realizing too late their actions serve the Black Else.
Amusement Store Tulip - Sapporo, Japan
Nominally, an adult novelty shop. But in the back room, owner Noriko Tennin, self-emancipated Living Toy (new to me, too, but the name seems fairly self-evident) and Innocent (D7ACU: The Innocent, Skortched Urf Studios, 2007, but I ain't buyin' that one), crafts magical artifacts to order. Reasonable prices and good quality, but accordingly, a months-long backlog on orders. She'll even custom-build you a Living Toy bedmate, but only after she's "encountered" you herself and is sure you won't mistreat them.
A rude and impudent website, a place where calling another anonymous poster a nigger-fag is the height of comedy, and the one place on the Net where it’s totally possible to innocently stumble across home-made kiddy porn while browsing for anime wallpapers or song torrents.
Right down to a recent spate of 'hacktivism' against the corporations of the Amakaze. Anonymity keeps the fight alive for the most part, but twin webmasters Ryu and Haneda Shirow have their own list of supernatural contacts to call on if the forces of evil get too close for comfort, cough cough plot hook.
If you're gonna make a game about Japanese ghosts, you've gotta set a space aside for the Sea of Trees. An old growth forest around the base of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara is purportedly the most haunted place in Japan, a reputation due entirely to the indisputably documented fact that it's also the most popular spot in Japan for committing suicide, seeing upwards of 100 every year. Popular opinion puts the root of this in Seichou Matsumoto's 1960 novel
, about a young lover who hangs himself from a tree in the forest, but as is the way of these things, stranger theories abound.
, the roots of the Universal Tree cross under the soil, making the entire forest a weak spot in the barrier between the True Earth Realm and the Tatakama. Portals constantly open and close at random, Kasha guide the souls of the dead so they cannot return as undead, Futakuchi descend upon sacred groves. And just in case you thought he'd get too solemn or respectful of the site to include some creepy detail, a cave in the heart of the forest contains a sacred steel dildo which Kijimunna use to masturbate themselves to death.
Clovers Academy - Outside Tokyo
An exclusive private school owned and operated by Heaven itself, training the next generation of demon slayers from Grades 7-12. The students are mentioned to be pen pals with the seemingly all-girl Hanging Academy, whatever that is.
Club Ameonna - Tokyo Harbor
club "popular with younger Yakuza and wealthy idiots who get their thrills being seen with Yakuza". Also the location of a permanent portal directly to the Black Else, so make sure you
understand the directions to the restroom when you ask.
Fairy Tale Student's Club - Rappongi, Tokyo
Again, not my typo. A two-bedroom apartment turned party club and crash-pad for young shapeshifters and magic-users, with a loose-knit but internally-loyal membership.
Monsters University - Okinawa
The "run-down inner city" equivalent to the Clovers Academy, MU is a sort of magically-aware juvie hall, where optimistic exorcists send young abominations to learn how to rise above their baser instincts or die trying.
Since most of Monster’s University students enjoy watching women die, students of both genders often begin strange, melancholy romances with the girls of the Hanging Academy.
This seems like it might be a good place for Doom, but since I still don't know what the deal is with this Hanging Academy, all that really frustrates me is that these things don't have numbers on the front or something.
A popular watersports webcam site, with a magically encrypted Member's Only section selling the stained panties of down-on-their-luck goddesses, as well as an always-busy chat room for Flow Witches and waste-mages.
Sagari Downs - Nagasaki
Lavish and apparently fictional 1/4-mile horse racing track, where many of the jockeys are actually Koropokkuru, which makes a sort of carrot-over-stick sense. Open to the public during the regular racing season, closed off and glamoured during the winter months for "high-stakes and eroticized races" between "Japan’s mystic pony-players, animalistic cosplay-mages and the virginal, powerfully built Daughters of Kirin" for the exclusive amusement of richer clientele.
Seamless Sleep Club - Rappongi, Tokyo
Still not my typo. Run by three of the Tannin sisters ('related' to the owner of Amusement Store Tulip and likewise self-emancipated Living Toys), the SSC is a popular maid cafe and "cuddle club", where lonely otaku and salarymen can pay extra to sleep with the staff in the literal sense of just sharing a bed - no intimate contact, both parties' pajamas stay on at all times. Recently gained national notoriety when the Imperial Princess hosted a party there, but not mentioned in the tabloids were the personal bodyguards the owners built for her as a gift.
The extremist side of the Eyrines Sisterhood, the Shikome not only hunt down and kill sexual predators, but go the extra mile to
euthanize their victims as well
, with the reasoning that while being raped itself is no sin, the lifetime of pain and guilt that often follows only serves to stain their karma, so they're better off re-entering the cycle of rebirth as soon as possible. Yeesh. Not very many of them around, what with both the aforementioned predators
the Eyrines both actively hunting them down.
Vending Machine Girls
Mage-bred sex slaves sold in mystical gashapon machines, "transitory playthings [which] are almost as disposable as a can of soda".
Next time: zombie hobo hordes, auto-groping kimonos, and literal crotch rockets!
I can't wait!