The First Rice Paddies

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No place on Kaigen’s Island is as universally loved as the first rice paddies. The heimin farmers who work them are seen as heroes and pioneers among the lower caste. The shugenja who fertilize the land are revered as masters of earth and life. The samurai who guard them do so with the ferocity of a man defending his own lord. The first rice crop, six years ago, was a full koku’s worth. The yields have improved each year since, with last year’s being nearly forty koku. The island is not even close to supporting itself, but, the first paddies are proof that with time, effort, and enough koku, a Mantis can produce rice from stone.

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The First Rice Paddies

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