Okay, did some more work on the setting. Currently I'm looking at the group being part of a very Minor Clan or belonging to the Great Clan established just before the game kicks off. Either way, there will be Shadowlands scouts to deal with, other supernatural issues, potential for mass battle rules, and general instability in Rokugan, with certain legal/philosophical questions coming to the forefront. So while there will not be a proper court, social skills will be tested as well as skirmish and warfare, with other skills coming into play as well. I'm real big on the "whole samurai concept" and warriors will not be allowed to just remain silent and let the group courtier talk.
Some things I would like general feedback from:
I am considering different starting xp based on age. How does everyone feel about this, and what type of scale would you be comfortable with?
I am normally pretty big on gender ratios, but I can't say that I am expecting a particularly significant amount of sexual tension, so am considering tossing that aside.
I am considering playing with the possibility of differing loyalties/philosophies within the group, which could lead to elements of pvp later on in the story.