So we have this great new setting and 4 intriguing factions and yet no-one is discussing them yet. Claymore has given us some pointers in his fictiion and I think it's time we kinda said thanks by having a group headscratch over what the Jwar Isles will bring.
I see it as an uncharted territory here we all are just got off the boat with this whole world to explore...
Anyway enough of my odd metaphors I want to get the ball rolling by discussing my faction of choice, The Cult of Yurei.
So what do we know so far? May not seem like much but we can still extrapolate a bit from what little we do.
Firstly the name. It's a cult, which already gives the impression of it being an underground organisation, set against the current authority (The Prefecture). So what they are working toward is something that is against what those in power wouldn't want to happen. The name Yurei actually is the Japanese name for ghost. So if we take that into account it appears to be a death cult.
The Dark Masters These are referred to in the faction description, obvious question who are they? Chances are we'll never really find out, however working from the death cult motif it may be fair to say they are necromancers of some power (and able to give some of this power away). There are clearly more that one of them (it's always masters not master) and the fact that those serving The Cult aren't always aware that they are serving the same masters suggests that they may be able to change form or appear as different things to different people. They put me in mind of Nyarlathotep of the Cthulhu Mythos some beings of immense power pulling the strings in the background.
The Yurei bargain A passing comment made in the faction description, but once again it is possible to work a few bits and pieces out. The fact it is called a "bargain" implies it is something that an individual has to agree to (whether the individual know fully what they are getting into is another matter). It is also stated that the bargain gives the individual control over life over death in some variety. From Kato it's clear that re-animation of the dead is one aspect of this but how does Nezumi fit in? Is he the result of some Dr Moreau style experiment or does the cult attract these creatures in the same way the Temple cultivates shape shifters? (The Kitsune) Or is the Nezumi originally a monk who struck his own Yurei bargain? Maybe the variety of power of life over death means that there are individuals with different forms of power. some being able to create life, almost Frankenstein like, some only able to cure disease, or illness, or inflict it.
The Cult's main figure in the starter set is Kato. He is also known as the puppet master, and he clearly has the power to control inanimate objects (the mannequin) as well as bend other to his will through touch (the manniquin has to be in BtB with an enemy model. This appears to be the only limitation to his ability. He can certainly influence anyone (at the moment) on the battlefield. But is this ability his or the spirit that is with him? Does the spirit posses the mannequin and then the individual? So was Kato's bargain to gain the spirit as a servant or has the spirit been attracted to the death that Kato resurrects?
So for those of you that don't want to wade through the above, here is a long post cut short:
The Cult of Yurei, discuss...
(and don't worry! I won't do one of these for each faction I wouldn't want to subject you all to multiple brain ramblings, I'll let someone else lead the charge there (if you want to of course))