Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
When Kyuden Kumiko was still under construction and Broken Wave City was but an ambition all of Kaigen’s Island was barren. The monks of the Order of Kaimetsu-uo claimed a large patch of black volcanic stone as their own. But no temple or shrine was constructed. Instead the peaceful monks planted a simple mulberry tree. Around that tree, the first living plant to take root on this barren earth, grew the Mulberry Garden. The monks imported very little soil, only what they could carry on their backs, and none thought the timid monks could coax life to come to the island. Others had tried, famed gardeners, gifted earth shugenja, and these men who had failed had done so with massive amounts of imported loom and fertilizers and the magic of the kami. None thought the humble monks would succeed. But they did. After the mulberry tree took root the first governor of the city, Yoritomo Okai, proclaimed that the surrounding land would be a lavish garden to give thanks to the Order of Kaimetsu-uo and the Fortunes who had blessed that little tree. Complete with a meandering stream and waterfall, hedge garden, exotic flowers and fruit-bearing bushes, and of course, the eponymous mulberry tree, the Mulberry Garden is more to Broken Wave City than a simple public garden. It is a symbol of hope and of realized ambitions. Deep in the Mulberry Garden is a small well-tended stone dais which was to be the location of the Akodo Shigetoshi’s duel with Yoritomo Naizen. Although that duel never materialized, the dias has become a popular location for other samurai to stage their iaijutsu contests.