Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Due to the already astronomical cost of establishing Broken Wave City, Yoritomo Okai, the city’s first Governor, opted not to establish city-wide fire fighting department. Instead, individual neighborhoods hired their own fire fighting crews, and the Broken Wave City kajinin were born. The kajinin, firemen, straddle the line between strong-arm neighborhood watchmen and lawless gangsters. While the Old Quarter’s fire fighting duties are handled by the Watchmen, the other city districts rely on the kajinin. The firemen gangs are paid a small stipend by the Governor, and the rest of their fee comes directly from the individual neighborhoods which they serve. Originally there were seven firemen gangs, though, three merged together a year or two past. There are now five different firemen groups, each with separate territories and dispositions. In the Holy Quarter there are the Reflection’s Edge Firemen. The Reflection’s Edge are generally respectful, and have been known to ask for regular prayers as part of their payment from their clients. This gang has the full cooperation of the monks, and watch over the entire Holy Quarter. The Commerce Quarter has the Daikoku’s Shadow Firemen, the Little Death Firemen, and the Servants of Natsu-Togumara Firemen. The Daikoku’s Shadow cover the Commerce Quarter on the top of the Cliff of Piety. The wealthy merchants who call that area home must pay the firemen quite well, as they have never been known to do anything besides fight blazes. The Little Death Firemen cover the northwestern section of the lower Commerce Quarter and are known to be paid in time at the House of the Laughing World. Often the Little Death firemen work as bouncers and public watchmen, enforcing a mob justice against criminals and other ne’er-do-wells. Though occasionally unruly, this kajinin gang is rarely problematic. The southeastern section of the lower Commerce Quarter is the territory of the Servants of Natsu-Togumara. These firemen are functionally in the employ of the Natsu-Togumara’s Bounty, and have never threatened public order. The Fisherman’s Quarter was once home to the Stone Finger Firemen, the Hammer & Anvil Firemen, and the Haruhiko’s Mercy Firemen. When these three kajinin gangs merged they began calling themselves the Fire Watchers. The Hammer & Anvil Firemen and the Stone Finger Firemen had a storied history of street brawls, general lawlessness, and power struggles. At some point whatever differences divided the two groups were rectified, and the all of the Fisherman’s Quarter firemen merged. Likely the reconciliation was brokered by the Haruhiko’s Mercy, though, the details of it are beneath my notice. The Fire Watchers are certainly the most ruthless of the firemen gangs, beating their opponents, shaking down those who refuse to pay for their services, and worse to thieves who attempt to steal from them. The Fire Watchers keep vigilance over the Fisherman’s Quarter and the Temple of Suitengu.