Town has space for:
30 samurai families
10 shops (2x teahouse, tailor, smithy, religious gift shop,
East side of the mountain.
Timber house, rusty saws and axes. 10 cords of wood.
Paper making house. Really nice. Shrine to lesser fortune of paper, and local spirits. Picnic areas and gardens.
On the west side – large facility with stinky vats. Very peasanty. Potsherds and ripped cloths sacks.
Soshuro Atsushi takes good notes.
In town, the burned out structure. Stone foundation. Castle of whomever the lord was. Granaries were also burned. Two wells but they’re collapsed with rubble. Public well/fountain in town is still functional (but not a fountain). Some wells in the peasant areas.
Next to the highest, hottest spring there is small shrine to the lesser fortune of vision. There boiling water from beneath, and there are stone benches in there. Monkeys didn’t come here. The path up to the onsen is big enough to walk five abreast. Past the top pool, the path is much more primitive, one person wide, and goes up the mountain. It’s a hard walk, but there are gorgeous overlooks over the land. We can also see Kitamari. Get above the treeline. The path ends at a cave mouth. Shredded tattered prayer flags. Ink or paint faded around the cave mouth. Path continues in. Cave faces south. Can see Isawa Mori, northern watch. Warm air smelling of sulfur exhales from the mouth. Cave worked slightly to make it more accessible. Once we lose sunlight, we can see a faint red glow ahead. See patch of wall with a red glowing glyph. There is a stone patio/balcony where the glyph is and the terminus of the trail. See prayer flags and paper amulets around the rune. Maybe incense was burned here? Looks like a typical shrine to a place-kami. The kami is probably a powerful spirit. The glyph is made out of many smaller glyphs, likely in the language of the kami. Needs a shugenja.
See a large open space ahead with muted sunlight. Floor is smooth and glossy black glass – there’s something glowing deep under it. There is a lot of heat coming off the floor. We return to Smoking Waters, and Shosuro Atsushi kills one of the monkeys. Shiba Kasai hunts grouse for dinner. Shiba Ran helps take notes.
There’s a one acre fallow field.
There is a notable lack of Torii arches in the village.
BACK AT KYUDEN ASAKO
Asako Fumiyo meets with Shiba Sakimoto, a cartographer (Shiba Hachi’s brother). He gives her a map and asks her to update the roads, and says he will consider it a favor. Miya Harukia comes up and Asako Fumiyo leaves.
Agasha Hotaka is getting his people ready to travel. 84 Agasha peasants, mountain farmers, who are ready to go. The refugee camp is 3,000-4,000 people. He goes to talk toIsawa Matyu to ask for money for food for them. They send for Doji Bakuto. The Doji gets an appointment with Shiba Kotoko, the quartermaster. She is an earnest young woman that wants to advance in the bureaucracy, and hates lions because they murdered her family. Matsu, particularly.
Asawa Toshiji is in charge of space at the castle. Doji Bakuto draws him aside. Doji Bakuto is trying to get better space for us. He discovers that Asawa Toshiji wants as many peasants out of the castle as possible. He is hustling to get to a meeting with Asako Kaiten in the garden. Gets the Smoking Waters delegation set up in the Cherry Blossom Room. It’s on the southern side of the castle. Well appointed. Low lacquered table and stools. Biwa nearby. Close but not too close to main court. View across the gardens.
Actual castle, Smoking Waters Castle. Built 350 years ago, in stone turtle style. High foundation, to hold off footman and cavalry. Vulnerable to fire, have shugenja there to control fire. Elegant style. Lends itself to ornamentation. Slate or tile roof. Built to withstand harsh winters. Large hot springs resort. Must be very fine and we should expect a wealthy village. Large inn. Destination for the wealthy who were ill. Particularly those with blindness.
Isawa Asano starts gathering supplies to clean shrines and reconsecrate them. Prayer wheels, incense, scrolls, and the like.
Asako Fumiyo, Agasha Hotaka, Isawa Matyu, Isawa Asano. Asako Fumiyo has a pretty good map of Kogen Province. Shiba Hatchi is excited about the prospect.
Agasha Hotaka is going to get more peasants. Stops in the blacksmith’s shop. Tries to recruit a blacksmith. Iron Shou is the blacksmith’s name. Has four sons. Goes to the Plum Blossom Teahouse. Meets Madame Yuki. She remembers a demand for hospitality services there. She mentions Ichii as the peacekeeper of the teahouse. She has 15 servants. Mother Izoku (grief), skilled herbalist. A nun of shinsei, she doesn’t know which order. Wears red robes and a veil.
Some recognize Ichii as a ronin duelist – yojimbo for hire. Protected high status people during peace talks at neutral locations.
Doji Bakuto and Asako Fumiyo are going to the quartermaster. Dangle the idea of her having a hot springs vacation to hob not for the elite.
We lock in this rate – 4 peasants/ 1 month/ 1 koku. 50 koku for 200 peasants per month.
Day before the Setsuban festival there is a buzz of rumors that there are 3 members of the phoenix nobility are incoming. The clan champion has decreed that they will be the daimyos of the unsettled areas. This is what Winter Court is going to be all about!
Thank you DJ for the scorpion cookies.
Thank you Ron for sake.
Thank you Paige for music.
Thank you Ben for beef sushi (has at least two more weeks of food) and sake.
Paige – remember: