New crises strain the Emerald Empire to its breaking point, and every Great Clan will be tempted and tested—but perhaps none will be more tested than the Scorpion Clan. The survival of the Emerald Empire hangs in the balance, as does the heart of the Scorpion. Will they, and the rest of Rokugan, succumb to the rising darkness?
The Temptation of the Scorpion follows the pattern of the Temptations cycle, as new dire abilities force every clan to carefully consider how to invest fate in their characters. Will you take advantage of new Shadowlands creatures and Mahō blood magic to taint your deck, or will you rise above these temptations to pursue a path of righteousness?
Open the Scroll
Within The Temptation of the Scorpion Dynasty Pack, you’ll encounter the Daimyõ of the Yogo family for the first time—the mighty Yogo Junzo (The Temptation of the Scorpion, 73). Yogo Junzo is a cunning Shugenja, and he gives you unorthodox ways to keep fighting your battles by drawing on your characters’ fate. As an Action with Yogo Junzo, you can choose a character you control, and move any amount of fate from that character to your fate pool—refilling your supply of fate and giving you the resources you need to keep playing cards in your current conflict.
Of course, Yogo Junzo has another way you can use his ability to gain the advantage, beyond simply grabbing more fate in the heat of battle. This cycle of Dynasty Packs introduces the dire keyword, which grants powerful abilities when a character has no fate on it. These abilities are powerful, but you’ll need to carefully judge how much fate you want to place on your characters. After all, a dire ability won’t do you much good if your character can’t use it. With Yogo Junzo, you can pull all of the fate from a character whenever you want, immediately activating their dire ability. Yogo Junzo himself has a dire ability, letting him unleash his power on your enemies by choosing any character and discarding all fate from that character!
Yogo Junzo can become even more powerful if he (or any other unique character) chooses to open The Skin of Fu Leng (The Temptation of the Scorpion, 83). This deadly Black Scroll gives you dominance over characters whose fate has run out—you can trigger each ability on each character with no fate as if you controlled that character, and your opponent can’t trigger those abilities! By turning your enemies’ strengths against them, The Skin of Fu Leng can give the Scorpion unprecedented control over the battlefield… but what will be the cost of unlocking this evil?
The Scorpion may also choose to tamper with unsavory Spells with Shadow Step (The Temptation of the Scorpion, 84). If you’re using a Void role, you can use Shadow Step to remove one of your characters from the game and immediately return it to play! Since characters come into play ready, you’ll be able to use it in another conflict, as well as triggering any abilities an additional time. With myriad ways to use it in a game, your next cunning reversal or push for control may be just a Shadow Step away.
The Fate of Rokugan
The Scorpion have been tempted with great power, but to use it, they may need to sacrifice their very souls. Is victory worth the cost? And what choices will the other Great Clans make?