Steve Argyle - Legend of the Five Rings release - #196
Paneki’s Disgrace promo
This is a promo legal in the Celestial Arc. The first availability of this promo is a difficult research topic. First of all the copyright line on the card states November 1, 2010 and has a set notation “TPW.” The initials “TPW” translate to “The Plague War.” This is the name of an L5R expansion released March 31, 2010, which this card is not included in. It is also the name of one of the events of the 2010 Kotei tournaments, which would be appropriate when combined with the copyright date.
The earliest known existence of the card was discussed in a message board post from June 2, 2010, just after the release of the The Plague War set. Someone claimed that this card, as well as a huge amount of other as-yet-unreleased promos, were discovered in a mispacked Lion Clan theme deck from “the new set.”
Speculation at the time was that the promo was intended for reveal at GenCon 2010, but I have not found any supporting information of that… nor of it being distributed at Kotei events however.
On March 24, 2011 the card was reported as included in the “Cards for Koku” redemption program. I have chosen this as the availability date and numbered it as such in Steve’s portfolio as it was the point where the card had confirmed, common availability.
Steve included the artwork in his Legend of the Five Rings archive on August 25, 2010.
Steve notes that the mask is that of Bayushi Shoju, who was horribly disfigured and never seen without one… although the character lore indicates he wore many, never the same one twice.
This personality card is unaligned, but Paneki was a Scorpion Clan personality before this undead state, hence the dead scorpions in the background, which is a meaningful detail for players of that clan.
The major element of this artwork is Paneki’s plagued, deteriorating skin. I wish I could find a higher resolution version of the art to get a better look at it.