Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Even as the first surveys of the future foundations of Kyuden Kumiko were begun, it was clear to the Mantis engineers that complex defensive works, such as continuous city walls, would largely be a waste of effort. Kaigen’s Island was its own fortification, with the sea its moat and the Mantis fleet its defensive bulwarks. As a result, only Kyuden Kumiko itself enjoys the protection of traditional walls. The remaining defensive works for the city consist of seven separate watchtowers and a single keep, the main difference being that the latter is a larger, stouter structure, more capable of independent defense, featuring two towers and thicker outer walls. These are strategically located to provide observation both across the island and out to sea. As long as sufficient warning is available, the Mantis are confident that the might of the Third Storm is sufficient to answer any conceivable threat to the city.