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Ryoko Owari Toshi
Ryoko Owari Toshi , or Journey’s End City was possibly the second largest city in Rokugan after the capital. It was located in the Ryoko province.
The city was alternately called City of Lies, City of Stories, City of Green Walls, City That Dung Built, or the popular shortened form, Ryoko Owari. In the Crab Clan only it was called Reeking Scorpion Cesspool
Control of the city changed hands several times over the years, but Ryoko Owari always retained its reputation for being a hotbed of criminal activity, having many gambling dens, geisha houses and opium parlors. The city maintained a mask of legitimacy as Rokugan’s center for medicinal opium trade. Poppies were grown in vast fields that surround the city, and it’s involvement in the opium trade (both legal and illegal) made the city very profitable for its rulers.
Ryoko Owari Toshi
The city was founded by Shosuro Kaneie in the 5th century under the rule of Hantei IX. It was a simple fort which stood against the expansionistic ambitions of the Crab Clan, with a nearby small town north of the fort named the “Journey’s End” in hopes of attracting settlers. The city would be known as the “City of Green Walls” because the original city walls were quarried from local limestone.
Growing in size
The city was still a small fort under the rule of the Sixth Governor, Shosuro Kurodo. His ground-breaking policies led to the prosperity of the city, that would lead Ryoko Owari to became the second biggest city of the Empire. It was also under his reign when the kajinin firemen appeared. The river that neatly bisected the village soon became an attraction for merchants from other clans, and the village soon became a city. The fertile fields surrounding the city were home to vast crops of opium, harvested, processed, and distributed for medicinal purposes.
The Garbage Rebellion
The Garbage Rebellion was begun when the Twelfth Governor, Shosuro Atsusuke, taxed collecting refuse, breaking a Kurodo’s promise. Atsasuke eventually was forced to revert his decision. Since that time the eta community at Ryoko Owari were known as the Leatherworkers.
The Crab Invasion
Early in the seventh century, Crab forces seized Ryoko Owari during the Crab Invasion of Scorpion lands, and held it for a little more than a year. The Liberation Day Festival was a local holiday held every year to honor the return of Shosuro Sanekata, the governor of Ryoko Owari at the time, who had predicted that the Crab could never hold his city.
The Lion Invasion
During the rule of Hantei XX Scorpion, Crab, and Lion Clans battled for the lands around the city. The Lion had the upper hand and easily breached the weak limestone city walls. They held the city for only a week before they recalled their forces to other war scenery. New city walls were built eight feet thick and fifteen feet high with black granite from the Spine of the World Mountains.
Second Rise of Iuchiban
In 750, during the second rising of Iuchiban the city was ravaged by the bloodspeaker’s undead army. The majority of the citizenry had been evacuated to Yogo Shiro.
In 1122, Ryoko Owari was the place of the Opium War.
This same year, a Moon cult rose an undead army. They entered unnoticed in the city mixed with the population during the Parade of the Dead, when the citizens bore death masks similar to the Porcelain Masks used to animate the zombies. The ritual was eventually disrupted by Crane magistrates.
Scorpion Clan Coup
After the failure of the Scorpion Coup in 1123, the city was occupied in 1125 by the Imperial Legions, and its governor Shosuro Hyobu and other Scorpion residents were forced into hiding. The Unicorn members of the city’s ruling council took over administrative functions after the Coup.
In 1127, in the month of the Dog, on their way to Beiden Pass, Crab forces seized and pillaged Ryoko Owari Toshi after defeating two of the Imperial Legions guarding the city. The commander choose not to destroy the city, but instead pillaged as many supplies as possible and returned to the main Crab army. Sanru no Oni had descended into the city and began killing armed resisters.
Unicorn Assume Control
In 1128, after the Second Day of Thunder, the Emperor Toturi I order to return order to the city. In 1130, in the month of the Serpent, with the Scorpion Clan sent into exile, the Unicorn seized control of the city. The city remained under Unicorn rule even when the rest of Scorpion lands were returned to their original holders by Toturi I in 1132 as the boon of the tournament The Gift of the Emperor. The Emperor would not have his right hand cheated of their conquest.
In 1132 the Scorpion Clan had returned to Rokugan and Toturi I named Bayushi Yojiro magistrate of the City. The Scorpion began his fight to retake the city from the Unicorn control.
War of Spirits
In 1150 the spirit’s legions threatened the City of Lies. Bayushi Paneki reported the Crab Clan Champion’s husband, Hida Yasamura, the Scorpion could not stand against the Hida Tsuneo’s armies. Hida O-Ushi, who had been supporting Hantei XVI since the beginning of the war, decided to send Yasamura leading the Crab cavalry to fight her own kinsmen. The Crab and the Scorpion won the day in the Battle of Drowned Honor, but Yasamura died by an arrow in his throat.
Ryoko Owari was the place where Kaneka announced to the Empire that he was the son of the Emperor Toturi I in 1155.
Retaking control under the Scorpion.
1157 the scorpion regain control of Ryoko Owari after the death of the Shinjo Governor. Bayushi Daihiko was appointed and is trying to get everything in order. while for many years the Scorpion have had influence on the city, it remains very strongly influence by the Ide and Shinjo families of the Unicorn.