Four years ago, I started a Naruto D20 game
on this very forum, and it is still ongoing. Mostly I sought to introduce this system to the Elliquiy community so I could play it instead of GM it all the time- but here we are. For those of you not familiar with it, Naruto D20
is free and... boy, is it exhaustive. Still, I like it because it's fairly simulationist... and represents the potential of the setting well, rewarding creative use of deception and techniques and allowing for some pretty interesting encounters and characters.Plot
Long ago, before the devastation of Konoha by the Nine-tailed Fox, the world was on the verge of collapse. Reeling from the First Great Shinobi World War, the five great nations were at a fragile peace. As if mirroring one another's misfortune, the villages of Konoha and Suna both appointed their third Kages during the war, and Kumo and Iwa's founders were also slain in the conflict. The island superpower Kirigakure, however, has been hailed as a beacon for peace. It still retains its second Mizukage.
Tanigakure rests between the Lands of Fire and Wind, comfortable among the ravines of the Land of Rivers. In the last war, the Kawa Daimyo offered his support to the Third Hokage after the Second was killed and the entire Konoha army surrounded on both sides by Iwa and Kumo forces. Seizing the advantage of a weakened ally, this alliance cemented a partnership that lasts today. It has not been without difficulty, however, as tensions between the two nations remain high, as they are all throughout the world. Sixteen years after the last great war, the villages have not forgotten their old animosities and will not so easily ignore the faintest sign of weakness.
One night, Tanigakure was infiltrated by a mysterious mercenary. He had ties to Sunagakure, and it seemed like a provocation of war. In truth, he was a member of the Bansentennin, an old clan from the Warring States Era. It was obvious that this was an attempt to frame Suna, but the leaders of Tani and Konoha paid no heed to the threat posed by the ancient clan. Now, all the nations are preparing for war, and it almost seems inevitable. But the true enemy remains hidden from view... biding its time.Character Creation
The campaign is already underway, but there's a few ways I could easily incorporate new PCs into the plot. Among them are;
A ninja of Konohagakure, part of an invasion force against Amegakure.
A ninja of Amegakure, defending their homeland.
A mercenary, hired by Amegakure.
A wandering nin or neutral party caught in the crossfire.
In any event, the new PC would stumble upon something relevant to the Bansentennin, and their true nature. Upon meeting the party, information may be exchanged and things might become more clear. The only thing really required of the new PC is a desire not to take any one side in the war, or a desire to end the war by finding and bringing the justice the group that started it and presumably has an interest in prolonging it.Crunch
36 Point Buy. ECL 10. Any race or clan or template you can justify as being fluffily sound. Homebrew is, by all means, encouraged.
Rank 1 Techniques: 1d4+10, as well as Bunshin no Jutsu, Henge no Jutsu and Kawarimi no Jutsu (If you have ranks in Ninjutsu)
Rank 2 Techniques: 9
Rank 3 Techniques: 8
Rank 4 Techniques: 7
Rank 5 Techniques: 6
Rank 6 Techniques: 5
Rank 7 Techniques: 4
Rank 8 Techniques: 3
Rank 9 Techniques: 2
Rank 10 Techniques: 1
Rank 11 Techniques: 0
(+1 to each w/ Genius Nin)
Tough Heroes: Light, Medium, and Heavy Armor, Simple Weapons Proficiency
Strong & Dedicated Heroes: Light and Medium Armor, Simple Weapons Proficiency
Fast, Smart & Charismatic Heroes: Light Armor, Simple Weapons Proficiency
Any class or occupation that grants Nin Weapons Proficiency as a possible bonus feat will also offer Archaic Weapons Proficiency.
Any class that requires Nin Weapons as a prerequisite will also accept Archaic Weapons.
On a related note, only Archaic armor is generally available. This does include Battle Vests. Ninja Vests and Reinforced Suits would be considered cutting-edge technology and haven't caught on yet.
Genin, Chuunin, and Jounin feats are granted by RP but otherwise have the same requirements and benefits.