Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
One can not discuss the lower classes within Broken Wave City without discussing Patient. Patient is a cunning and intelligent man who has utilized his gifts to establish one of the largest, most diverse, most profitable marketplaces in Rokugan. I speak, of course, of the Natsu-Togumara’s Bounty Fishmarket. He knows the law better than most magistrates, and is completely safe from any backlash any illegal activity may create within his market. Beyond that, Patient’s patron, or patrons, are also completely shielded because his patronage is kept entirely secret. In other words, Patient is the perfect merchant. Easy to manage, insanely profitable, and safe from possible reprisals. I envy the family who has Patient on retainer. If the Yasuki had an army of Patients we could make a second Kaiu Wall. When the first tax season comes around your eyes will become wide with shock when you see how many koku can be amassed by such a “perfect” merchant, and how many are given to the Emperor as tax. Patient as a man, not as a merchant, is rather underwhelming. As his name suggests, Patient is a listener and shows proper deference to those above his station at all times. He is not conspicuous or flashy with the large sums of money he must have, and he lives a quiet life in a modest home on the Cliff of Piety. I have never once seen Patient upset or angered. He appears to be in control of himself at all times.