Shadowed Autumn Leaves
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Rodent is a ingenious ronin and one of the wealthiest independent men in the city. Just outside of the official border of the Mantis waters, and also outside of the territorial waters of the Phoenix lies a small island just an hour’s boat ride away from Kaigen’s Island. The island is minuscule, only about three hundred feet long, and completely barren. On that island Rodent runs his gambling establishment, the Rat’s Refuge House. Because it is not in either clans territories neither Clan may tax his income. Neither Clan will allow the other to claim the small island due to the tense political climate, and so Rodent offers bigger payouts and makes more profit than gambling houses on the mainland or on Kaigen’s Island. Of course, he still must pay his taxes to the Emperor, and as such he tends to see a good working relationship with the esteemed Emerald Magistrate to be a top priority. To support his gambling house, Rodent owns and operates a small fleet of light-craft to ferry people to and from his little island, and a squad of ronin, brutes, and other strong-men to protect his holdings. Even though Rodent’s gambling house may sound suspect, I can assure you that the Rat’s Refuge is entirely legal, and is a result of a cunning wave-man simply knowing imperial and local law and utilizing it to his advantage.