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Fortress of the Dragonfly 1

Fortress of the Dragonfly

Kyuden Tonbo (D11), in the Shinpi province [1] also known as the Dragonfly Clan Palace, was the home of the Dragonfly Clan.

Appearance Edit

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Kyuden Tonbo (D11)

Kyuden Tonbo sat in a shallow valley at the foothills of the Great Climb, a sort of gateway to the Dragon Mountains. A tiered pagoda-topped tower in its center housed the Dragonfly daimyo and his family. [2] The castle was not formidable, but was protected by enchanted walls and the Dragonfly's cousins, the Dragon and Phoenix. [3] The rooms meant for visitors were well decorated, but the rooms that the Tonbo reserved for their own use were humble and basic. The city around Kyuden Tonbo held a thriving center of commerce. [4] In the mid-12th century, a small Shrine to Thunder was constructed outside the town. [5]

History Edit

Founding Edit

The Dragonfly sprang from the marriage of a Mirumoto Asijin and a Isawa Maroko, and it was finished in 710. [6] The castle was not formidable, but protected nonetheless by enchanted walls and both the Dragon Clan and Phoenix Clan. [7] [8]

Clan War Edit

In 1128 a Unicorn force returning home from Phoenix lands encountered the Dark Moto. Moto Sada's forces were overrun by the Battle Maidens led by Otaku Kamoko and supported by Iuchi Karasu. [9]

Destruction Edit

Fortress of the Dragonfly

Fallen Fortress

In 1158 following the death of the Emperor, a dispute between the Phoenix and the Dragon which began the Dragon-Phoenix War, led to a Lion Army led by Akodo Ijiasu destroying the Dragonfly palace. [10]

Rebuilding Edit

Kyuden Tonbo

Kyuden Tonbo Rebuilt

A year later Toturi Sezaru, "The Wolf", rebuilt the palace in one day with powerful magic [11] in the month of the Rat. [12] The Dragonfly became emissaries to him and their palace a base of power for his claim to the Steel Throne. They were still recovering from the devastating attack by the Lion Clan during the Dragon-Phoenix War. [10] The fortress was called Kyuden Sezaru while Sezaru was living there. [13]

Second Destruction Edit

Kyuden Tonbo burned again during the War of Dark Fire, but the Tonbo rebuilt it with the assistance of the Dragon, the Phoenix, and the Imperial families. They redesigned the castle into a more conventional walled temple complex with plain yet elegant buildings. [2]

Rise of Jigoku Edit

The Dragon Clan foresaw the rise of Jigoku and that the Empire would be ruled by the Spider Clan. In 1200 all Dragon were moved north of Last Step Castle alongside with those Tonbo who decided to follow them. The Dragon Wall was magically built with no gate, no door, severing the Dragon from the Empire. [14]

Notable Locations Edit

External Links Edit

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Kyuden Tonbo

References

  1. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 96
  2. 2.0 2.1 Secrets of the Empire, p. 44
  3. Secrets of the Dragon, p. 16
  4. Fealty and Freedom, pp. 37-38
  5. Book of Water, p. 89
  6. Fealty and Freedom, p. 34
  7. Roleplaying in the Emerald Empire, p. 236
  8. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition p. 291
  9. Time of the Void, p. 77
  10. 10.0 10.1 Secrets of the Dragon, p. 10
  11. Perfect Attunement (Fall of Otosan Uchi flavor)
  12. Imperial Histories 2, p. 205
  13. Voices, by Shawn Carman
  14. Dragon Returns to the Sky, by Robert Denton III



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