Shadowed Autumn Leaves
Natsu-Togamaru's Bounty Fishmarket
From Shishinza’s Dossier
Located in the southern end of the Commerce Quarter near the dockyards is the Natsu-Togumara’s Bounty Fishmarket. Originally it was just a simple fishmarket called Haruhito’s Bounty, but under the leadership of the heimin, Patient, it has grown into a vast mercantile emporium. It was Patient who changed the name, thinking the bounty of travel and experience outweighed the bounty of simple fishermen. If it is available in Rokugan, chances are there is a merchant stall which sells it here; Silks, spices, exotic foods, imported wildlife, stones and soils, antiquities, weapons and armors, fish of course, and even, if you know who and how to ask, illegal goods as well. Natsu-Togumara’s Bounty is, for lack of a better term, a black market which exists openly. Each merchant, or merchant patron, is autonomous and must manage their own stalls and accounts. The Bounty provides security and a guaranteed influx of customers for a reasonable, and private, percentage of profit; more than enough to attract many merchants to the Bounty’s winding alleyways. I must warn the esteemed Emerald Magistrate who thinks to shut down the illegal elements of the Bounty that such efforts are wasted. The stalls and yurts seem to change place nearly every week. The avenues are labyrinthine and, purposefully I think, confusing to navigate. Though several illegal stalls have been shut down, due to the way the Bounty is structured Patient can sincerely claim ignorance of any illegal operations within the market. The Natsu-Togumara’s Bounty Fishmarket is well entrenched, and protected by powerful, though undisclosed, merchant patrons; attempts to halt or impede the Bounty are likely a fool’s errand.