The Commerce Quarter

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

Unlike many cities in Rokugan there are no walls which separate the samurai in the Old Quarter from the commerce of the lesser districts. Originally, all of the city’s commercial activity was conducted through the docks in the city’s Old Quarter. However, with the arrival of the Third Storm, all non-military shipping had to be directed to new facilities. Fortunately, the city’s forward-thinking Harbormaster, Watanabe Al-Zayan, had already foreseen that the wharves of the Old Quarter would be insufficient to support the future growth of the city and had advocated construction of additional docks on the Bay of Thunder. As a result, the city only had to contend with a few months of disruption while the new docks in the Commerce Quarter were completed. Rapid expansion of this quarter of the city followed, to accommodate the new influx of shipping and the myriad goods and services needed to support it. If the Old Quarter is the center of political power in Broken Wave City, and the Holy Quarter its focus of spiritual devotion, then the Commerce Quarter is its beating heart. Broken Wave City relies heavily on imports of most basic goods, so ships dock, unload their cargoes, and depart again as quickly as they can be turned around, with other ships continually waiting for space to anchor. The quarter bustles and thrums with an organized chaos, as goods are unloaded, sorted, stored, and distributed throughout the island. Meanwhile the crews of docked ships wander among the shops, sake houses, noodle stands, and the inevitable establishments of lesser repute, seeking some diversion before putting back to sea. Most of the ships here are still Mantis, but increasingly, vessels of the Phoenix, Crane, and Crab jockey for berth space, while unaligned ships wait their turn to convert cargo to profit.

The Commerce Quarter

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