The Third Storm

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

The Third Storm is, in the simplest terms, nearly one third of the Mantis fleet, which is further subdivided into three Squalls. Though most of the new Fourth Storm was composed of ships taken from it during the so-called Fleet Divide in 1173, the Third Storm remains a maritime power which has been appraised to be about equal with any of the other clans entire navies. When the Mantis seized Kaigen’s Island, they did so with the intent of rebasing the Third Storm here. Kyuden Kumiko and all of Broken Wave City exists due to the Mantis desire to have a tactical presence along the mainland coast. Its rikugunshokan, Yoritomo Jera, resides within and operates the fleet from the city, and offers few apologies for his rank and duties. He is quick to point out that Broken Wave City exists to serve the Third Storm, and, although certainly no longer true, exists to do little else. At any one time, two thirds of the Third Storm, some four thousand samurai, and just as many budoka sailors, boson, and oarsmen, are active in the city. Those who are within the city are usually on duty, guarding the Third Storm Haven, the Great Pier, or the Dry Mouth Shipyards, or assigned to the defensive works. Some, about two thousand men, however, are on leave. These men reside within the vast barracks complex within the Haven. The final third is out to sea, patrolling the coastlines, rooting out pirates and kaizokuban, or guarding sea-lanes. The kobune which are in port are generally undergoing refit and repair, being cleaned, maintained, or supplied. The entirety of the Storm can surge to sea in a single day’s time, if such a show of force is required, though such a surge has been unnecessary since the Destroyer War. The most pressing issue for an esteemed Emerald Magistrate is that while on leave, the Third Storm sailors have the usual appetites of other seagoing men. Attempts to prosecute or punish unruly Third Storm sailors can be unduly frustrating, with other Third Storm samurai always being more than willing to testify on the behalf of their fellows, even the budoka; not to mention the support they receive from their commander. Jera is certainly protective of the men under his command. Another note is that even while serving with the Watchmen, the Third Storm bushi are still commanded by Jera, which, as it stands now is almost never a problem, given that the commander of the Watchmen is Jera’s daughter, Yoritomo Jerako, though, in the absence of this familial relationship a conflict of orders could delay efforts to restore public order, or worse, a direct confrontation could be a threat to public order in and of itself.

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The Third Storm

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