Festival of Floating Lanterns

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Broken Wave City was formally recognized by the Imperial Cartographers on the Thirteenth Day of the Month of the Ox in 1171. On that day the grimy construction pit which was Broken Wave City rejoiced. In celebration, those early samurai and heimin who had taken Kaigen’s Island as their home created one thousand paper lantern boats, each with kanji of good fortune or hopes for the future or other less savory messages. In a large ceremony presided over by the various religious sects, the candles were lit, placed within their boats and set out into the Bay of Thunder to be washed out towards the Phoenix coast. There was a deep fog which had rolled over the island on that day, and the Phoenix peasants along the coast watched one thousand lights emerge from the haze. Unsure of what they had seen and cowed by fear, they reported that they had seen a Mantis flotilla. When the Shiba sent their kobune to investigate, they discovered, of course, that while the Mantis fleet was vast, it posed no threat to their security. They had a good laugh as they watched the Mantis papercraft navy come ashore. And so a tradition was made of it, each year the people of Broken Wave City mobilize their great paper lantern fleet and the Phoenix on the coast receive them with one of their own. It is a wonderful sight; countless lights among the sea like stars among the heavens. Some families craft their paper boats complete with their full heraldry and little battle standards, others inscribe their ships with poems or paintings, while others are masterpieces of origami. Others are simply crude paper boats. No matter how carefully constructed, ultimately they all end up setting sail out the Bay of Thunder to do battle with similar ships put out by the nearby Phoenix.

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Festival of Floating Lanterns

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