Author Archives: Confanity

About Confanity

I love the written word more than anything else I've had the chance to work with. I'm back in the States from Japan for grad school, but still studying Japanese with the hope of becoming a translator -- or writer, or even teacher -- as long as it's something language-related.

The one before the Metal Friend

元の木阿弥 (Moto no mokuami; “The former Mokuami”) Definition: Back to square one; ending up where you started. For something, or a situation, to revert to a previous (worse) state after temporarily improving. The ur-example is of a poor person who … Continue reading

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A looming opportunity

好機到来kou.ki.tou.rai Literally: pleasing – loom / opportunity – arrive – come Alternately: A golden opportunity arrives. The time is ripe for something good, with perhaps the implication that it’s an unparalleled and therefore unique opportunity. Notes: Compare and contrast 千載一遇, … Continue reading

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Fire Down Below – Character Creation

So you’re on a quest to retrieve the Fire Down Below, but first you need some heroes. Specifically, four: too large a roster would be hard to keep track of… but wounds, afflictions, and even deaths will demand a regular … Continue reading

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Does this ring any bells?

Not for those who refuse to hear! 耳を掩い*て鐘を盗む (Mimi wo ooite kane wo nusumu; “To cover one’s ears and steal a bell”) *See Notes for an important comment on pronunciation! Definition: When you think you’ve hidden something – usually something … Continue reading

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For a boring time, put your awl into it

全身全霊 zen.shin.zen.rei Literally: whole – body – whole – spirit Alternately: Putting all of your physical and mental strength into something. “With all your soul and with all your might,” as they say. Doing one’s best; being utterly devoted to … Continue reading

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Fire Down Below – Core

The mechanical aspect of play in The Fire Down Below campaign will rest on the twin bases of attributes and skills. About Attributes and Modifiers When each hero is created, roll 3d6 seven times and assign six of the resulting … Continue reading

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As recently as this morning

(This.) 坊主憎けりゃ袈裟まで憎い (Bouzu nikukerya kesa made nikui; “If you hate a priest, even the priestly robe is loathsome”) Definition: If you hate somebody or something, then all too often you also start to dislike neutral things that you associate with … Continue reading

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