Shadows in the West
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An audio-drama style retelling of a 4th Edition Legend of the Five Rings campaign. Tensions are high between the clans of Lion and Crane. As other clans seek to tug their strings, courtiers whisper of dark magic, of Bloodspeaker activity far to the west. The Togashi Empire has slipped into a time of great unrest, and it’s up to a group of unlikely samurai to band together and help restore the balance.
||ExplicitEpisode 10 - Kitsune Mori, Part 5||Daiyu, Atsu, and Crow resume their search for poachers in the forest. Things don't go as planned, and they soon make a grim discovery with unsettling implications.||11/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9 - Kitsune Mori, Part 4||After searching the poachers' camp for clues, Daiyu, Atsu, and Crow return to Kitsune Mori Mura to tend to wounds and report their findings to Kitsune Toshio.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8 - Kitsune Mori, Part 3||The samurai reconvene following Crow's early morning venture into the woods, then set out in pursuit of the kitsune poachers.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanElsewhere in the Empire 1 - Tanuki Justice||Elsewhere in the Empire, Toku Tora tells of Tanuki Justice's fateful encounter with the notorious opium smuggler Hard Hoji Harinezumi. Based on the short comic by Peter Violini, novelized by Peter Violini, recorded by...you guessed it: Peter Violini (and James). As the name suggests, this bonus episode takes place apart from the main story and characters of Shadows in the West. We will resume our regular release schedule on Thursday, November 1st. Thanks for your patience throughout our hiatus!||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Kitsune Mori, Part 2||Don't you believe in fate?||9/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Kitsune Mori, Part 1||The samurai finally make their way to Kitsune Mori to return the braid of Chizu to its final resting place. They bond over oden, onsen, and sumai wrestling, but soon find that things are amiss in the forest. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||8/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5 - A Sleeping Scorpion, Part 3||The samurai return to Beiden with the monk, but there is more that Bayushi Kushiro would ask of them. His final request starts them down a path they are scarcely prepared to travel. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||7/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - A Sleeping Scorpion, Part 2||The samurai, deprived of sleep after the unsettling events of their first night in Beiden, set out to unravel the mystery of whatever darkness is haunting the mountain pass. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||7/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitShadows in the West's Extra Spicy Pride Special||In honor of Pride, we decided to answer some listener questions regarding LGBT content in SITW as well as our thoughts on general LGBT representation as a whole. Thank you to all the folks who sent questions in for this episode! From all of us here in Gay Rokugan, HAPPY PRIDE!!!||6/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - A Sleeping Scorpion, Part 1||Following Ikeda Akimitsu's wedding, the samurai must decide which route to take to Kitsune Mori. Decisions are made, and regret follows close on their heels. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||6/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2 - A Lion Wedding, Part 2||As Ikeda Akimitsu's wedding draws closer, the samurai are forced to investigate strange occurrences in the Ikeda household. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - A Lion Wedding, Part 1||Following the burning of the Red Fox Inn, the samurai gather at Akodo Torokai's request to discuss their plans as yoriki moving forward. You can find the credits for each episode on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||5/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZuihitsu - The Direction of Fate||Fickle is the will of the Kami||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0.3 - Prologue - The Red Foxes, Part 2||The samurai reconvene to discuss their findings at the Drunken Phoenix before plotting out their next steps. The Red Foxes (Part 2) is final episode in our Prologue chapter. You can find the credits for this (and all) episodes on our website at https://www.sitwl5r.com/blog/||5/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0.2 - Prologue - The Red Foxes, Part 1||The samurai make their way to North Hub village to officially meet Akodo Torokai, and are quickly tasked with an investigation into a missing Imperial. The Red Foxes (Part 1) is the second of three prologue episodes.||5/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanZuihitsu - Travel Plans||Crow and Shio share a drink||4/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0.1 - Prologue - Escorting Ryoko||Five samurai are gathered together at the request of Akodo Torokai, an Emerald Magistrate, to assist in what seems to be a relatively simple task.||4/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: 20 Questions - Kitsuki Ryojiro||In this episode we interview Nick, who plays the investigator Kitsuki Ryojiro.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: 20 Questions - Kuni Daiyu||In this episode we interview Ely, who plays the Ishiken Kuni Daiyu.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: 20 Questions - Hida Atsuryokunabe||In this episode we interview James, who plays the bushi Hida Atsuryokunabe.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: 20 Questions - Crow||In this episode we interview Mallory, who plays the ronin Crow.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitBONUS: 20 Questions - Kitsune Shio||In this episode we interview Hanna, who plays the kenku bushi Kitsune Shio.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 0 - Introductions||Get to know the setting, the characters, and the cast.||4/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitSITW: Trailer||What to expect on April 5th||3/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Avid Podcast Listener
I listen to about 5 hours of podcast everyday, and as you can imagine, I am constantly looking for new shows!
Shadows in the West is again narrative and interesting story setting. I was previously unfamiliar with the Legend of the 5 Rings system and game, but it’s easy to just listen without knowing any of the lore.
Can’t wait to see what else the players and GM have planned!
The L5R Podcast the Wolrd Needs
Initially a collection of stories transcribing the events of the games the party, the Shadows in the West is a long time coming. And every second of it was worth the wait.
As a Legend of the Five Rings podcast, SITW takes place in an alternative universe version of the base setting. Now with more mysticism, inclusion and a great emphasis on the character’s struggle to find a place to belong. The misadventures of Crow, Atsu, Daiyu, Shio and Jiro are bound to take you in an emotional rollercoaster. By the time it’ll be over, you’ll want seconds.
The quality of the audio is high and the editing performed on it has only enhanced it. Beyond this, it’s clear that the party has excellent chemistry and feels comfortable with one another. You can tell they are fan not only of each other, but of each other’s characters as well. Their voices are smooth too, and hearing them talk just wants to make you jump into the conversation too.
In the end, Shadow in the West brings a fresh view, voices and themes to the L5R podcast scene. It’s a labor of true dedication, and true talent, and I cannot recommend it enough.
Big Tabletop Podcast Fan
This has easily jumped to the top of my Thursday roster, alongside the likes of The Adventure Zone and Critical Role. I love the audiobook-style presentation and the personality of the individual characters, both the players and the NPCs, and am so excited to see them delve further into the world of Rokugan.