Inryosui no Michi

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Inryosui no Michi, or Streets of Drinking Water, is a ceremony performed by the various monastic sects within the city. Seven years ago, the Monks of Daikoku, backed by the other sects, constructed the Great Basin, an artificial reservoir, a mizuto, the size of a modest mansion. In essence the Great Basin is simply a very large barrel which holds and stores vast amounts of rain and storm water, which the monks built so that in the case of an emergency, a severe drought, or the destruction of the port, the city would not die of thirst waiting for the catastrophe to pass. When the Basin is filled to capacity, the monks sell off much of the water, which is also purified and fortified against evil spirits, at fair below market value, to the citizens of Broken Wave City. In this way, no water is wasted when the next rainfall comes. Each individual is only sold a single ken-o of water, and only a certain amount is sold. The monks do not seem to care for personal clout or wealth, and generally sell to whomever arrives first. The unruly, or those who break their rules, are turned away. Due to its religious organizers, the Inryosui no Michi is enigmatic and begins and ends seemingly without rhyme or reason. The monks who manage the ceremony do not care about the riotous masses who often rush towards the Great Basin, and have little pity for the magistrates who must clean up those who attempt to scam the system, or steal water from the small-folk. They simply sell their water, and their prayer beads, and their purity seals and allow the law to sort out the trouble which may come of it.

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Inryosui no Michi

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