A Note on the Water Situation

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Drought is not unknown in Rokugan, but nowhere else is there a constant need for imported drinking water. Broken Wave City is home to nearly forty thousand souls; samurai, heimin, and even eta, all require fresh drinking water. The ever ingenious Mantis have developed several techniques to help alleviate the water situation. The first was magical in nature. The Moshi, spearheaded by Moshi Hyoko and Agasha Ryunobu’s prodigious spell research, developed an incantation which entreated the water kami to separate the salt and brine away from ocean water, leaving pure drinking water. Though the salt is returned to the Fortune of the Sea in an elaborate ceremony, the magics are taxing, and only so much can be taken from Suitengu’s realm without upsetting the tempestuous Fortune. The second method is the construction of mizuto. A mizuto is essentially a large barrel with four legs and a cone like top which allows any rainwater which falls onto it to run down into a thin channel and into the container. The height of the device allows the water to flow to any location below it. A spigot with an attached pipe allows for easy collection of the rainwater. The mizuto are ubiquitous, having been constructed on nearly every rooftop in the city, due to the free water they provide. The largest mizuto in the city, the Great Basin, is operated by the monks of the city as an emergency reservoir. Even with much of the rain and storm water being collected, the city still requires imported water. Large subterranean cisterns have also been cut from the rock to hold addition rainwater for later consumption. Water is heavy and difficult to transport, which makes its importation expensive. The Mantis have developed specially designed trade vessels uniquely suited to water transport. A small fleet of these mizufune have been constructed specifically to serve Kaigen’s Island. Should the price of water outpace the people’s ability to afford it, or should water importation suddenly halt, the effect on the city would be devastating. The water market is split fairly evenly between Mantis, Phoenix, and Crane interests, with some small but reasonable variations in price from source to source and from month to month, and so is stable for now, but major disruptions to the flow of water will be detrimental to public order.

A Note on the Water Situation

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