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What is
Shadows in the West?

Shadows in the West is an audio drama based on a 4th edition Legend of the Five Rings campaign that has been ongoing since February 2017. Our game is entirely text-based.

We build each episode’s script from our Roll20 play logs, which we carefully refine to better suit an audio drama experience. That means no dice rolling, no out of character chatter, no umms or awkward silences; when you listen to our podcast, you jump right into the story. You don’t even need to know anything about L5R!

Shadows in the West seeks to tell compelling, inclusive stories by and for people from all walks of life. We have dramatically changed (or removed altogether) many aspects of Rokugan that lean on racism, Orientalism, homophobia, misogyny, etc, and we take great pride in our diverse cast and crew. If you ever find any of our content to be socially insensitive, please let us know and we will work to resolve it as quickly as possible!

(Despite our name, we are not affiliated with Shadow of the Cabal or Shadows of the Iron Dragon! We’ve been Shadows in the West for a loooong time.)

Our Rokugan

Shadows in the West takes place in an alternate version of Rokugan, theTogashi Empire, where Togashi became the first emperor instead of Hantei. What results is a much more mystical—and socially flexible—Rokugan.

A few key differences in our Rokugan:

  • Togashi and Hantei have swapped places historically

  • The Dragon Clan is now Imperial

  • Many vanilla Dragon families are Owl instead

  • The Unicorn Clan is known as the Ki-Rin Clan

  • Zero social stigmas around LGBTQ+ orientations

  • Lineage is rooted in soul, not blood

  • Gratuitous liberties are taken with Kami & Fortunes lore

  • Cultural divides between regions are very distinct and developed. Japan, Mongolia, and China are not all the same…

For a more complete synopsis of the Togashi Empire, you can read Evalli’s synopsis here (which she advises is always a WIP). This doesn’t contain everything—no spoilers!

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Player Characters

Cast & Crew

 
Arielle // GM  + cast & crew

Arielle // GM
+ cast & crew

James // Narrator  + cast & crew

James // Narrator
+ cast & crew

Mal  + cast & crew

Mal
+ cast & crew

Nick   + cast & crew

Nick
+ cast & crew

Walt  + cast & crew

Walt
+ cast & crew

Michole  + cast & crew

Michole
+ cast & crew

Reese  + crew

Reese
+ crew

Aldrich  + cast & crew

Aldrich
+ cast & crew

Karen  + cast & crew

Karen
+ cast & crew

Maddy  + cast & crew

Maddy
+ cast & crew

Peter  + cast & crew

Peter
+ cast & crew

Charlie  + cast & crew

Charlie
+ cast & crew

Didi  + cast & crew

Didi
+ cast & crew

Debbie  + cast & crew

Debbie
+ cast & crew

Past Cast & Crew

Seth  + cast

Seth
+ cast

Hanna  + cast & crew

Hanna
+ cast & crew

Ely  + cast & crew

Ely
+ cast & crew

Violet  + cast

Violet
+ cast