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Please note: This article is about the Unicorn village with ningyo inhabitating the lake nearby.. For other uses of the term, please see Mizu Mura (disambiguation).
Mizu Mura

Mizu Mura (U18)

Laketown (U18) in the Kawabe province [1] was a village located on the southern shores of Shiroi Kishi Mizu-umi. The sands on the shores were pristine white, and the inland fishing village depended on the purity of the lake's waters for its trade. [2]

Founding Edit

Laketown was the oldest permanent holding of the Unicorn, founded at the Dawn of the Empire by the few Ki-Rin samurai who stayed behind when Shinjo left. [3]

Trade Edit

The city offered freshwater pearls, the most beautiful of their kind to be found in the Empire. [4] Its centralized location in the Unicorn lands resulted in a Great Caravan Hut, a clearinghouse where the Ide caravans stored their carts and horses during the offseason. [5]

Ningyo Edit

Legends Edit

Since the time the Fox Clan first settled there, rumors persisted concerning ningyo dwelling in the lake. The shugenja studying in the village were funded to further their research. They built a library and began to collect all manner of the most obscure lore. [5]

Alliance Edit

The inhabitants of Mizu Mura were allies with the ningyo who lived in Shiroi Kishi Mizu-umi. Gifts of pearls from the villagers pleased the ningyo who in turn provided greater fish hauls for the villagers. The tradition was begun by a pearl diver called Bakoto. The existence of the Ningyo was kept secret to avoid any opportunist that would wish to become immortal eating Ningyo flesh. [4]

Communication Edit

During the Clan Wars, when the Naga awakened from their slumber, many Chameleon scouts undertook a pilgrimage to Mizu Mura. When they arrived, the ningyo flocked to the shores of the White Shore Lake, eager to meet their long-dormant cousins. Naga taught several of the village elders the ningyo language. [4]

References

  1. Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 96
  2. Legend of the Five Rings; Third Edition, p. 299
  3. Great Clans, p. 251
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Legend of White Shore Lake, Imperial Histories (Imperial Herald v2 #15), by Rich Wulf
  5. 5.0 5.1 Secrets of the Unicorn, p. 15



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