Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Along the southern edge of the Mouth of Fire Ridge there is a huge cavern which it’s said leads deep down into the heart of the island and to the so-called “Tunnels of Ningyo.” While I don’t believe in the supposedly mystical qualities of the tunnels, the cavern which lies beyond the Orochi’s Mouth, often called the Gullet of the Orochi, is spectacular to behold. Every so often the sun’s rays will shine directly down the Mouth and little bits of the volcanic stone will shine like stars in the sky, reflecting the light in stark contrast to the deep black of the rock. A stone with similar properties is found nowhere else on Kaigen’s Island, so a few enterprising heimin not scared by the dark legend of the “Tunnels of Ningyo” have begun harvesting blocks of the stone for use in statuary and architecture. Due to the hard nature of the stone in question, very few blocks have been recovered thus far. Despite the difficulty, the beauty the stone offers is well worth the sweat of a heimin’s brow.