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Scorpion's Tale

Scorpion's Tale

The Scorpion's Tale was the decoration of the walls behind the Imperial Palace, a series of incredible waterfalls along the Forbidden City wall. The light reflected each morning from the waterfalls depicted the early days of Otosan Uchi and the Battle of Four Winds from one end to the other. It was majestic to behold, a rainbow image captured and enhanced by the kami of the River of the Sun. [1]

Designer Edit

It was devised by Yogo Koreyasu, one of the Scorpion architects of the Imperial Palace, so a prisoner of its walls to death. On the eve of the structure's anniversary he managed to send his design to the Kaiu and Crane, and the "tale" was ready three years later. [1]

Concealed Message Edit

Once a year, when the afternoon sun set at just the correct angle, another image was depicted, the curling tail of a scorpion, reminder of the Scorpion's sacrifice for the Emperor. [2]

Hidden Entrance Edit

The Scorpion's Tale had an access to the Imperial Labyrinth of Otosan Uchi. [3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Otosan Uchi:Book 2, p. 85
  2. Otosan Uchi:Book 2, p. 88
  3. Otosan Uchi:Book 1, p. 86

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