Shosuro Palace (Ryoko Owari)

Shosuro Palace

The Shosuro Palace sat in the summit of a hill in the Old Section of Ryoko Owari Toshi. It was a simple structure from the outside, but inside were endless passages, connecting rooms, trick doors, hidden rooms, and subterranean chambers. [1] A frequent host for regional winter courts the building overlooked all of Ryoko Owari and was second in size only to the Temple of Daikoku. [2] It was the first Governor's residence. The top of the palace was the highest spot in Ryoko Owari. [3]

Destroyed Edit

It was razed to the ground during the Crab Invasion of Scorpion lands in the 7th century, shortly before the Crab released the city. The returned governor Shosuro Sanekata only could afford a modest structure of wood and brick. The newest additions made the central house looked shabby by comparison. It was destroyed during the short Lion occupation, but some said the returning Scorpion troops destroyed it to make a new third Palace. [3]

Destroyed Again Edit

During the Clan War in the 12th century the Crab again burned the palace to the ground, and was left untouched for years by the Unicorn. The secret chambers beneath the mansion served as a sort of way station for the Scorpion who went into hiding. [4]

Rebuilt Edit

Shosuro Palace (Ryoko Owari) 2

Shosuro Palace

The governor's residence was rebuilt and modified somewhat by Unicorn craftsmen to better reflect their new controllers. The subtle changes in architecture and decoration were largely gaijin in nature, a fact that maddened the city's Scorpion citizens to no end. [4]


  1. City of Lies: Location Guide, p. 51
  2. The Atlas of Rokugan, p. 275
  3. 3.0 3.1 City of Lies: Player's Guide, p. 31
  4. 4.0 4.1 Way of the Thief, p. 65

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