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From Tales of Rokugan

Distant Turtle City

Distant Turtle City, a place little known the the empire at large, but their duty is paramount. Though not a large town by any means, it maintained a large dock, and was known for the trade through its walls. Located at the south end of the Isles of Silk and Spice, the city was used as both a go-between port of call and an inspection site for goods entering the empire.

Those finding themselves stationed here are met with a wild and rambunctious lot, sailors and merchants coming and going constantly. There was always bustle, always more merchandise to move. Pirate and smuggling were major problems in the area. Those seeking a quick profit off others would ply the trade on the open waters aways from the risk of doing so on land. Spice and Silk were very profitable, and one good haul could set up a crew for a very long time.

The current governor, Kasuga Noku, is a stern but fair man. He was known to be heavy handed on the criminals yet soft on those he felt unjustly brought to charges. His word was the law for the most part out here, the only authority on the island was the Council of Twelve, of which the governor was one. This Council consisted of a dozen Kasuga that the family had entrusted with the task of preventing and/or rooting out any corruption or other issues that could befall the Mantis clan. In truth the Council was here as a hand of the Imperials overwatching the trade at sea.

Regional Powers

Several groups move in the area, some more dangerous, some more beneficial.

The Council of 12

The 'official' rulers of Distant Turtle City. The big decisions are made by them, and they are the final say in any matter they choose to voice an opinion on. Little is known about the group, save they are all Kasuga and all are more interested in their clan than the city. From past examples they seek to protect the city for it's trade and resource value over it's population.

The Governor

The governor of Distant Turtle City is more of a figurehead than anything else. Most often a pawn of the Council, they tend to select those who they know will look out for their interests. The governor has authority over the city unless the Council voices their opinion, they overrule him. The governor is not always a Kasuga, and many different samurai from many different walks of life have served in the position.

The Orochi Cartel

The organized crime family in the area. The magistrates have attempted several times to run this group to ground, to no avail. Very powerful, very wealthy, and very connected in the city. They are powerful enough the local city guard will not usually interfere with them for fear of brutal reprisal. These guys have "their fingers in a lot of pies", and taking them on is known to be extremely hazardous to one's health.

The Buku Tribe

A group of people who have shunned society in favor of a life at sea. Typically untrained and unskilled beyond fighting and sailing, many do not ever speak clearly and most are not literate. They sometimes cause trouble for the city as they have been known to attack ships at sea. They are impossible to find, it is unknown if there is a land-based group or if they all live at sea.

Empire History

Crab

The Crab had a long period of respite after warring for so long against their eternal enemy, but it was never to last. A little over a month ago a powerful oni appeared over the Wall and attacked Kyuden Kuni. In the ensuing fight the life of the Kuni Daimyo was lost. This led to many setbacks, both politically and logistically. The Crab lands themselves have seen fair weather, and otherwise have seen quiet days. Current Clan fad: “One shouldn’t mention the presence of one’s new equipment, or the taskmasters will have you stoned.”

  Goal: Establish Embassy and trade relations.
  Good Relations: Lion, Phoenix, MCA
  Poor Relations: Crane, Scorpion, Mantis, Tortoise
  Allies: 
  Enemies: Spider

Crane

Mighty storms rolled across Crane lands last spring, but with them came an unexpected, bounteous harvest. Quick minds ensured the flood waters were turned to good, and the Crane had quite the surplus of agricultural goods this year. The only problems came with an increase of banditry in Crane lands. Seems some believe more there means more to take. -Current Clan fad: “One ought display the size of one’s off-the-peg equipment, or the master’s will have one publicly shamed!”

  Goal: Establish Embassy and trade relations.
  Good Relations: Phoenix, Unicorn
  Poor Relations: Lion, Mantis, Spider, Tortoise
  Allies: -
  Enemies: -

Dragon

The Dragon lands were beset upon by mighty storms for the last almost year. An omen or not, the destruction caused was very real. Many roads and paths were lost, many routes would never be able to be traversed again. Taxes were increased on top of an Imperial coffer boost to combat the cost of what amounted to basically re-roading the Dragon mountains. While some of the smaller villages were cut off plague set in, and many lives were lost through disease, exposure and starvation. -Current Clan fad: “One must mention the shape of one’s off-the-peg weapon or the Masters will have one executed!”

  Goal: Safeguard the souls of those who are so far from the empire.
  Good Relations: MCA
  Poor Relations: Lion, Scorpion
  Allies: Dragonfly
  Enemies: -

Lion

What started as an outstanding year for the Lion came full circle last month. The silk production was far higher than expected, setting the Lion up to have a small surplus of funds. On top of this, a son was born to the Akodo Daimyo, leading to a month long celebration as the stars spoke of a great future for the child. However, recently there was a massive fire that spread across Shiro Matsu. The weather had been the norm for Lion, and the dry air prevented effective firefighting techniques. 2 of the 4 top Matsu Dojo were burned to the ground, a painful loss. -Current Clan fad: “One mustn’t display the color of one’s foreign garment or one could be imprisoned!” (The Lion are not fans of people displaying gaijin goods.)

  Goal: Establish trade relations, prevent the Crane from gaining any control of the city and having more to fight with.
  Good Relations: Scorpion, MCA
  Poor Relations: Crane, Dragon, Mantis, Unicorn, Spider
  Allies: -
  Enemies: Dragonfly

Phoenix

  • Good Relations: Crane, Dragon, Unicorn
  • Poor Relations: Mantis, TA
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Average
  • Resource Events: Positive Stone Production
    • The quarries were ahead of production schedule
  • Big News this year: Marriage
    • With Unicorn
  • Big News this month: Major Injustice

Scorpion

  • Good Relations: Lion, Tortoise Alliance
  • Poor Relations: Crane, Mantis, Unicorn, Spider
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Average
  • Resource Events: Positive Iron Production
    • New deposit of Iron found
  • Big News this year: Rebellion
    • War of the false champion
  • Big News this month: No events

Unicorn

  • Good Relations: Crane
  • Poor Relations: Lion, Phoenix, Scorpion, MCA, Spider
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Poor
  • Resource Events: Poor Lumber Production
    • Lumber mills could not meet requirements
  • Big News this year: Ominous Birth
    • Child born to Khan and a Gaijin
  • Big News this month: Marriage
    • With Phoenix

Mantis Alliance

Mantis, Sparrow (thanks to the imperial canal to kyuden suzume), Bat , Wasp

  • Good Relations: Spider, Tortoise Alliance
  • Poor Relations: Crane, Lion, Phoenix, Scorpion, Ox
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Great
  • Resource Events: Major Silkworm Die Off
    • A fire caught and blazed out of control, consuming much of the plantations
  • Big News this year: War
    • Assisted Scorpion with their False Pan War
  • Big News this month: Major Fire
    • Island of Silk had a bad time

During Iweko the 5th reign- had twins, no one knew who was born first Mantis won imperial favor, used to train one of the twins. Spider/Mantis plotted to put this kid on the throne- to the point of assassination attempts punished to minor clan

Other twin went to phoenix, this is the current sitting emperor Iweko the 6th

The mantis reeling from being tossed down as a great clan have to face a harsh reality of the fox and centipede leaving. But allies of old and new do step forward and welcome the protection and while lessened greatly the still considerable economic might of the once great clan.

Tortoise Alliance

Tortoise, Oriel

  • Good Relations: Mantis, MCA
  • Poor Relations: Crab, Crane, Spider
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Great
  • Resource Events:
  • Big News this year:
  • Big News this month:

Pact of Toshi ranbo, the tortoise would be allowed to use the resources of Kyuden tsi (like 50 feet from toshi ranbo) and the turtles would allow the tsi access to ancient and holy forges in otosan along with supplies and a marriage

MCA

Badger, Fox, Hare, Monkey, Centipede, Ox

  • Good Relations: Crab, Lion, Dragon
  • Poor Relations: Unicorn
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: -
  • Recent Weather: Average
  • Resource Events: Excessive Taxes (reduce starting koku to 1)
  • Big News this year: New Religion
    • Ujina is named the Third fortune of Vengeance
  • Big News this month: Death
    • another ox daimyo gets murdered by bandits

Fox and moshi tired of dealing with mantis chauvinism and incompetence leave the disgraced minor clan and joint their other mainland minor brothers in arms

There is an internal schism with the northern MCA members (ox, badger, centipede) and the Southern MCA members (fox,hare,monkey) on how resources should be spent.

Spider

  • Good Relations: MA
  • Poor Relations: Crane, Lion, Scorpion, Unicorn, MCA, Tortoise
  • Allies: -
  • Enemies: Crab
  • Recent Weather: Great
  • Resource Events:
  • Big News this year:
  • Big News this month: