L5R A Deadly Assignment
Year: 1120 Emperior: Hantei XXXVIII Scorpion Clan Daimyo: Bayushi Shoju
-The empire has largely been at peace the last 200 years. The Barbarian Crab still guard the Hida Wall, the Only real armed conflicts are between the Lion and Crane clans, who skirmish constantly over boarder lands. An uneasy peace holds over the empire, as Bayushi Shoju is know publicly as the best friend of the emperor, setting the Scorpion Clan up as largely untouchable at court, supplanting the Crane Clan who usually hold such a position. The young Daimyo of the Lion Clan, Akido Toturi has forged an uneasy alliance with the Unicorn Clan, and has proven himself to be one of the most accomplished generals in the nation with his recent successes agaisnt the Crane Clan.
Ryoko Owari Toshi, or Journey’s End City is possibly the largest city in Scorpion Clan territory. The city is alternately called “City of Lies,” “City of Stories,” “City of Green Walls,” or the popular shortened form, “Ryoko Owari.”
While control of the city has changed hands several times, Ryoko Owari has retained its reputation for being a hotbed of criminal activity. Its involvement in the opium trade (both legal and illegal) makes the city very profitable for its rulers. Poppies are grown in vast fields that surround the city. The city maintains a mask of legitimacy as Rokugan’s center of medicinal opium trade.
The Unicorn Clan retained control over the city for a number of years, but the Scorpion have in recent times managed to negotiate its return. The Scorpion were unsurprised to discover the Unicorn had little luck reducing the crime in the city.