The Second City: Legend of the Five Rings

The Back Story

Raniyah is one of less than a dozen rakshasa left alive in the mortal world. This is because over a thousand years ago, the Ivory Kingdoms’ god Vishnu the Protector, lord of life, imprisoned most of the rakshasa race, locking them away in a spiritual trap beyond the physical world. Only a few of the creatures, such as Raniyah and her cousin Adisbah the Cruel, managed to escape Vishnu’s punishment and continue to roam the world. A millennium later, one of these escapees would serve as the commander of KaliMa’s great Destroyer army for the invasion of Rokugan. With all of the Ivory Kingdoms’ gods dead and the Kingdoms themselves reduced to little more than an empty wilderness, the power of Vishnu’s ancient seal is weakening. Raniyah realizes there is the distinct possibility her brethren can be freed. She has spent the last decade masquerading as a Crane samurai called Doji Chonitsu, using a web of alliances among mortals to slowly gather the powerful spiritual artifacts and divine substances she will need to have a chance at shattering Vishnu’s ancient seal. She has also gathered a small group of weak-willed mortal followers who she can use for human sacrifices
when the time comes. Her scheme is drawing slowly but steadily closer to fruition, and if she should succeed, the world of mortal men will be afflicted by an unprecedented plague of malignant and nigh-invulnerable demons.

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Trouble in Kosaten Province
Setting the mood

Kosaten Province is a Crane province located in their northern lands, next to their main border with the Lion Clan. Like most of the northern Crane provinces, it is a richly productive agricultural territory, with numerous villages surrounded by rice paddies and grain fields. The
seat of power in the province is Kosaten Shiro, a major military fortress of the Daidoji family. Like most castles, it has a fairly large village (about 2,000 inhabitants) associated with it, and a well-maintained road leading south toward the coast and the major port towns of Kyuden Doji and Musume Mura. The current lord of Kosaten Province is Daidoji Sokazaka, a man who eschews the traditional Daidoji militarism in favor of a love for art and beauty. The peace which has prevailed in this part of the Empire in recent years – inparticular, the peace between Lion and Crane which has held since the time of the Four Winds – has given Sokazaka the freedom to indulge his artistic taste without worrying too much about his clan’s military forces.

You and your fellow magistrates have have been touring the empire for the last year, and are making your way back to Toshi Ranbo the Imperial Capital through the lands of the Crane Clan. Stopping for a few days rest in the town outside Kosaten Shiro, along with obtaining the signature of the provinces lord before returning to the capital.

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