Third Storm Haven

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From Shishinza’s Dossier

The Third Storm represents almost one-third of the massive Mantis fleet; alone, it commands almost as much maritime military power as the combined fleets of all the other Clans. The decision to base the Third Storm at Broken Wave City was controversial, but ultimately unavoidable. The Storm numbers around twelve thousand personnel, with nearly half being samurai, on some two hundred ships. Simply accommodating and supporting so many kobune and people posed a massive logistical problem for the fledgling city. This has been partly solved by grouping the Storm into three smaller formations called Squalls. At any given time, one Squall is at sea, patrolling the coastal waters of Rokugan and the sea-lanes to the Islands of Silk and Spice. The two remaining Squalls are in port, one just returned from sea-duty and undergoing repairs, refit, and general reconstitution, the other preparing to go to sea and relieve the currently on-station Squall. In this way, the Third Storm is maintained in a constant state of readiness, without unduly taxing crews or ships, while also reducing the number of vessels in port and associated ship movements through the harbor. Even so, it is possible to “surge” the full fighting power of the Storm to sea within one day, should the need ever arise. However, this leads to the other main point of contention about basing the Third Storm at Broken Wave City. Previously, the Mantis Fleet was a known but rather remote power, generally not of immediate concern to the other sea-going Great Clans. Now, though, a full third of that power is based only a few miles away from the Rokugani mainland coast. The sudden proximity of this powerful and strategically mobile force has provoked frowns of concern throughout the Empire – particularly from the Phoenix, Crane, and Crab Clans. The Mantis, for their part, do their best to not be too smug about this significant shift in the balance of Rokugani power. The barracks and other administrative and logistical facilities for the Third Storm sprawl throughout what used to be the city’s original warehouse district. This has the benefit of placing most of the available combat power in the city in close proximity to the Old Quarter and Kyuden Kumiko, should the need to fight ashore ever arise. Unfortunately, much of the most valuable land within the Old Quarter is swallowed up by the Haven.

Third Storm Haven

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