Rising Day and Burning Night

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Fifteen years ago, Isawa Sachi rose an island from the seafloor and Yoritomo Kaigen smashed a Tainted enemy against its shores. And on that island grew a Mantis stronghold unlike any other. It is said that Broken Wave City is the City Without a Past, but that is not entirely true. Without the War of Fire and Thunder, and the Dark Wave Fleet, and all which led to them, there would be no City Atop the Sea. On the Tenth Day of the Month of the Monkey, the anniversary of the Battle of the Broken Wave, the people of Kaigen’s Island, Mantis and Phoenix, congregate to solemnly remember that desperate day, and the honor of the samurai who thought only of their lords and fought to defeat what seemed to be an unassailable and sinister enemy. The markets close, and the temples open their arms and embrace the city. All dress in the white clothes of mourning and meditate upon following a correct path, and never again succumbing to the manipulations of a tenebrous foe. Upon nightfall, the city shifts from reflection to celebration. The markets reopen, and the people gift one another new clothes, not white and sombre, but bright and colorful. There is music and dancing in the streets. Upon the Hour of the Rat the people retrieve their kuroi-fune, black ships, the Dark Wave Fleet in effigy. Some use derelict vessels no longer fit to sail, others build theirs from driftwood and detritus. No matter the construction method, all are brought to a point on the island’s shores, and pitched into an immense pile and set to burn, just as the Dark Wave burned all those years ago. The people celebrate their honored victory by burning their accursed enemies each year on the day of their defeat. Around the bonfire there is much music and sake, but there is also tea and mochi, freshly brewed or pounded at the fire’s edge. Nearly every year the various kajinin petition the Governor to make the burnings illegal, and each year, Okai and Ninsei after him, have mouthed their support for the notion, citing the myriad dangers of the bonfire, and the loss of productivity in the harbor, but ultimately, they still attend the burnings, and relive the Mantis victory again and again.

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Rising Day and Burning Night

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