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Please note: This article is about the original Imperial Palace, situated in Otosan Uchi. For other uses of the term, please see Imperial Palace (disambiguation).
Palace of Otosan Uchi

The Palace of Otosan Uchi

The Imperial Palace was the residence of the Emperor of Rokugan, and served as the governmental center of the Empire. As the meeting place for the Imperial Court, it was also where the greatest courtiers of the clans competed for the Emperor's favor. The palace was occasionally damaged over it's thousand year history, most notably during the Battle of White Stag and the Clan War, but was rebuilt to its former splendor every time until it was abandoned in the middle 12th century.

Imperial Palace of Otosan Uchi Edit

Founding Edit

The first Imperial Palace was finished in the year 23, and a festival was held in honor of its completion. [1] It sat in the center of Otosan Uchi, on top of Seppun Hill, within the Forbidden City, where it was originally built with the help of the Isawa family and the Scorpion Clan, the latter of which installed many secret passages known only to high-ranking members of the Imperial Families and the leaders of the Scorpion. [citation needed]

Re-built Edit

The Palace was torn down in the year 34 to be quickly rebuilt in less than six years to serve as a defensive structure against the Shadowlands Horde during the War Against Fu Leng. The Scorpion Clan was entrusted with the task, using their knowledge in Ward Magic and deceptive defense techniques to create an impenetrable six-story building against those who were not of the Hantei Blood. Those Scorpions who placed the wards, or crafted the traps and tunnels, remained inside the Palace until death, keeping the Palace's secrets safe from leaking. [2]

Fall of Otosan Uchi Edit

In 1159 in the Fall of Otosan Uchi, Daigotsu used the palace's link to the Spirit Realms to travel to Meido, where he freed Fu Leng from Emma-O's captivity. [3] After this, Lion Clan Champion Matsu Nimuro ordered the city to be burned down and declared it cursed for allowing the Ninth Kami's rebirth not once but twice. [4]

Eight Dragon Edit

The Palace was held by the Ninube as one of its holdings, [5] and was the birthplace of the Eight Dragon, the Obsidian Dragon. [6]

Notable Locations Edit

The Imperial Palace was a magnificent ten-story palace that homed several buildings within it. [7]

Layout Edit

Imperial Palace of Toshi Ranbo Edit

A new Imperial Palace was not constructed until 1161, after the newly-crowned Toturi III took up residence in the new capital of Toshi Ranbo wo Shien Shite Reigisaho. This palace was more magically fortified than the first, with the combined efforts of the Isawa, the Yogo, the Seppun Hidden Guard and even Isawa Sezaru himself going into its enchantments. [8]

External Links Edit

Palace of Otosan Uchi 2

The Palace of Otosan Uchi

References

  1. Imperial Histories, p. 30
  2. Otosan Uchi:Book 2, pp. 5-7
  3. Prelude to Darkness, Part 6
  4. Clan Letter to the Lion #20 (Imperial Herald v2 #5)
  5. The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 1, by Shawn Carman
  6. The Ruins of Otosan Uchi, Part 3, by Shawn Carman
  7. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 263
  8. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 145



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