CHAPTER 1; Something's in the Air The region of Kato was a bustling one, known as the biggest lotus producer in all of the Isles, its commerce was the envy of the other Clans. Just another feather in the cap of the Dragon clan and it's Shogun. Katos main trade was in lotus, but it was also a place known for artificers and being the Resident of Joubei Ryo, Oldest son of the shogun. A bit less of a menace then his father, the boy was none the less still feared by many simply for being of the Ryo Clan. The Province capital was the City of Iagi, Located nestled on top of a large hillside, with mountains to the west and south and endless lotus flowers to the east and north. The houses stretching towards the skies were monstrosities of industrial might and iron, mixed with dirty wooden interiors and paper walls. More traditional buildings could be found in the old quarters, shrines to the different gods and protective spirits, old administration mansions with stone walls gilded gates. Rickshaws crowded streets, some propelled by motors, other drawn the old fashioned ways. Wagons of produce entered trough the massive iron gates that led into the walled off city, and wagons full of artificer goods left along with their heavily armed guards. The bustling industrial complex of Kato capital Iagi was bustling for another reason then profit today. The mainstreet, in all its cobbled glory, had been swept free of dung and dusty and there was a distinct lack of beggars lining the walls outside the traditional inns today. Hundreds of citizens milled about on the side streets, and stalls shouted out from every alley with offers of food and drink. Celebration hung about the air as the Imperial Flagship hung in the air, a giant Dragon Clan flag hanging from its bow. Musicians played at every in and painted girls hollared to sailors and soldiers, trying to get them drop their duty for a hour, and drop them some coin. IT was the air of a city about to celebrate something big. Today is the day of the Wedding of Joubei Ryo, who is to wed Hinako Tora of the Tiger Clan. Another step in consolidating the power of the current Shogun further. The streets were full of life as a result, and you could feel the excitement. But there was undercurrents, all this lavish spending when there was a war going on? As people prepared for the parade that would run from the Palace to Dragon Square, others muttered under their breath about the lavish lifestyle of the rich. Dragon Square is the largest open area in the city, were festivities would reach it climax. Players; For reasons of your own, you have come to this, and find yourself in the vicinity of Dragon Square as the fireworks burst in the skies, indicating the start of the Parade. Drums fill the air with booming like thunder, a dozen flutes sound unison and the voice of kabuki actors can be heard citing poems about the Elder Son of the The Dragon himself. Entertein yourself, do whatever you came to do.