Recent Rumors and Gossip

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Recent Rumors and Gossip:

1120-The Phoenix Master of the Void, Isawa Ujina, has disappeared completely and no one will confirm what has become of him. It is also rumored that Isawa Tadaka, the Master of Earth, is making dangerous excursions into the Shadowlands. The Elemental Masters speak of ancient prophecies and a dark lord ascendant.

1121-Present-Rumors tell of a plague in some villages in southern Scorpion lands.

1121-Present-There are rumors of strange creatures being sited near some villages in Falcon lands, and some farms have been attacked.

1120-Present-Some say that Kachiko is using Maho to enchant the Emperor’s mind, while others say she betrayed the Scorpion Clan and Bayushi Shoju (Scorpian Clan Diaymo, her husband), and has become the Emperor’s concubine.

1122-spring-The Phoenix are concerned that an untrained Void apprentice is loosing his grip on reality and are seeking a way to bring peace to the troubled soul. They claim this untrained child is dangerous and is responsible for many deaths and is roaming the countryside.

Recent History
1109- Wasp Clan founded

1117- Yoritomo becomes daimyo of the Mantis Clan

1119- Isawa Tadaka succeeds Isawa Gojinwa as Master of Earth

1120- Bayushi Kachiko was appointed the personal aide of the Emperor. The position has little “official” political power, as she is mainly tasked with assisting the aging Emperor in reading and compensating for his failing eyesight. She was chosen because of her devotion to the Imperial court as a Scorpion courtier.

1121- Bayushi Tomaru launches an ill-conceived attack upon the Sparrow Clan. He is repulsed and roundly humiliated by the Three Man Alliance (Fox, Sparrow, and Wasp Clans). Bayushi Shoju chastises the Scorpion for his incompetence.

1121-1122- Drought in Lion lands depletes food reserves. The situation will worsen if the Crane clan doesn’t assist.

1122-Spring- The Crane press a diplomatic matter, using their food reserves as leverage, to pressure the Lion to return Shiro no Yojin.

Astrological Interest

-Amaterasu’s Pitcher
The Pitcher, a constellation known for its falling stars, expelled three stars in a brilliant display of starlight. The strange falling stars are said to herald a new era of peace in the Empire, backed by the strength of the Fortune of Storms. Others say it marks a rise of the Mantis Clan, sons of Osano-Wo; or the Crab Clan will shortly win a telling victory against the forces if the Shadowlands.

-The Stars Fell Silent
No stars at all were visible in the city of Ryoko Owari for three days directly following the Chrysanthemum Festival (June 2-9). The Legionnaires who reported the incident claim that the sky was darkened from the constant fires in the area, but the locals are not so certain. Some fear that someone is experimenting with dark magic up in the mountains, and that their experiments are nearly complete.

Choyo no Sekku, or Chrysanthemum Festival Rokugani holiday that takes place on the sixth day of the first month of Summer, celebrating the day that the Kami were believed to have fallen to the earth. Though the actual festival lasts only one day, for eight straight days (four before the festival and three after) all labor stops. Not even the peasants take up their tools, making this one of the most popular celebrations of the year. People chose a tree and sit under it, meditating, eating nothing and drinking only water. Great favor is bestowed to the one who sits under the first falling chrysanthemums.

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