The Interim Governor

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

To say that Yoritomo Ninsei is an ambitious man is an understatement. He rose from a junior functionary to the governorship within the span of a single night on his own recognizance. His bold power play succeeded… mostly. Though he is the administrator to one of the most important cities within the Mantis lands, his hold on the assignment is tenuous. In many major cities and important trade hubs, a governor need only answer to his daimyo. His interim status holds him back from the unassailable political position that many governors enjoy. He must answer to Yoritomo Jera, the Third Storm commander, and must routinely report to the Islands of Silk & Spice. Ninsei has had to capitulate or compromise with Jera on numerous occasions, most notably when it came to naming the head of the Watchmen. Jera put forth his obviously illegitimate daughter, who was only twenty at the time, and Ninsei, despite his title and status, was forced to surrender to Jera’s demand. With each passing year, Ninsei’s hand is forced a little further, and respect for his position steadily deteriorates. Soon he will have to find some way to elevate himself fully into the position, or surely be left behind. Despite this hindrance, Ninsei is a fantastic Governor who knows the workings of his city inside and out. Although he can not always act as he might like in response to social, political, or commercial developments, one can be sure that he is aware of what is transpiring. He has forged strong alliances with easy enemies, and has won over as many opponents as he has created, which is not a small number. Under his adaptable, pragmatic, and insightful leadership – his steady guiding hand, Broken Wave City has grown more powerful, more important, and more profitable in less time than any could have guessed. Certainly, Ninsei has done better than his boorish predecessor would have. Ninsei is capable of walking the finest line, he can intimidate and ingratiate with a few well placed words. Ninsei is also capable of bold action, throwing caution to the wind, committing himself fully to a pursuit and succeeding despite the odds. The Yoritomo has done just that with Broken Wave City, its fortunes are his, its folly is his; its rise or fall is as much his own rise or fall as it is the city he governs. Whether his gambit succeeds or fails, soon the balance of power will shift. Someone will be permanently invested in the governorship, and either way the delicate social, political, and financial equilibrium will bend and contort, and perhaps, if there is misfortune, break completely. Should he fail, Ninsei will return to his former position, but with all the allies, favors, and connections he has curried, and likely he will remain a contentious force in the city for whomever replaces him. Whether it be Yoritomo Jera, Yoritomo Obaami, an outsider, or, Fortune’s forbid, Yoritomo Azula, or Ninsei himself, the transition from an interim governor to a permanent one will change the face of the city forever.

The Interim Governor

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