Our primary group of four hopeful heroes continued south from the Inn of the Willow Branchcrossing into the lands of the Monkey Clan and soon arriving at Sweet Rice Village, whose existence far predates that of the Monkey Clan. They find the town pack with farmers, traveling peddlers, entertainers, and a small compliment of Monkey samurai for they have arrived the annual Moon Festival. They make their way to the inn where they
Lord Moon Watches
meet another Lion, Matsu Tsuruchi, who is here showing off his archery skill on his way to the Vigilant Keep of the Monkey to report to Toku Kobo and are shortly there after joined by Gunso Akodo Katsu and Shiba Kyo of the 4th Imperial Legion who have been seconded to the Imperial Magistrates as well.
Sweet Rice Village is usually as actually maintaining a temple to Onnotangu, Lord Moon, for according to the legend:
Back in ages past, in the dawning days of the Empire, a vast and powerful oni stalked the land and threatening to tear apart the land and let the sea flood the inner Empire. But Onnotangu came down, cloaked by night and confronted the oni. Lord Moon demanding that it leave the Empire and return to whence it came, when it did not, he slew the oni with one mighty blow, driving his body deep into the Earth. The only marker of this is a small salt water spring bubbles out through the shrine and is used for ceremonial blessings.
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