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Higshikawa district

The Higshikawa district was the one of the outer districts of Otosan Uchi, along the northern banks of the River of the Sun where it joined the Golden Sun Bay. It was named for one of its governor, Bayushi Higshikawa. Many merchants and Geisha houses were located there. Many of the houses were built on stilts to prevent the damages of the floods. [1] It was also known as the North Dock district. [2]

Scorpion Coup Edit

In 1123 during the Scorpion Coup the Higshikawa district was taken almost immediately by the Scorpion in the first day of assault. [3] In the second day the Crane, Tortoise and Mantis Clan fleets cordoned off the Bay to avoid the Scorpion to have reinforcements or supplies from sea. [4] In the fourth day the combined forces of the Clans had regained control of the majority of the Outer Districts. Only Tsai, Higshikawa and Meiyoko districts remained under Scorpion control, but they were seized in the fifth day. [5] In its river ports was captured Bayushi Sundokai, one of the two generals of the Scorpion forces. [6] The district was one of the most damaged, and much of the Peddler's Row was needed to be rebuilt. [4]

After the Coup Edit

The governor Shosuro Mukai actively worked against his own clan. After the Coup he remained in his post and joined the Otomo family as Otomo Mukai. [7]

Notable Locations Edit

The district followed the northern bank of the River of the Sun as it became the Golden Sun Bay. It boasted more pleasure houses per block than any other district.The centers of all the major roads were paved with gravel, to avoid muddy streets caused by the wet from the heavy fogs and rains coming off the bay. Also due to the fog, every residence and holding hanged large wood lanterns to guide travelers. Most houses along the waterway were built on stilts to avoid the flood that appeared every spring. The district stables and Imperial barracks housed an entire kaisha of the Imperial Guard and dozens of horses, under the command of a Lion chui. [2]

References

  1. Otosan Uchi:Book 1, p. 27
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 257
  3. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 15
  4. 4.0 4.1 Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 78
  5. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, pp. 26-27
  6. Otosan Uchi: The Scorpion's Sting, p. 47
  7. Winter Court: Kyuden Kakita, p. 118


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