From: TLHawkins@???.com Date: Wed, 16 Oct 1996 22:47:05 -0400 Subject: Re: Astromundi Cluster: Uramatsu
Not every Samurai traveling the spheres need be from Toril. With the exploration of the stars, the Kara-Tur people have left their mark. Countless cultures, communities, races and inhabited asteroids reside in the Inner Ring of the Astromundi Cluster. This is one of them. Uramatsu Type: Irregular, earth. Size: (C) 320 miles long by 160 miles wide. Population: 22,000 Primary Inhabitants: 65% Shou Lung Human, 33% Wa Human, 2% Xixchil. Natural Resources: Silk, Rice, Wood, Finished Wooden Goods, Spices, Crafted Goods. Imports: Raw Materials, Meats, Metals. Seen from Orbit: Uramatsu appears to be an irregular oval asteroid that is flat enough to be inhabited on both sides of the gravity plane. The "upper" side is dominated by Mt. Ichia which is surrounded by forests and rice farms. The spelljammer port city of Nagai lies on the rim. The "under" side features the vast (90 miles in diameter in some places) Lake To-Ki. On its shore lies Sho-Shing, a fishing town and port for water-bound spelljamming ships. Near the center of To-Ki is the Island of the Celestial Temple. Its crystal towers sparkling in the sunlight. Uramatsus' gravity plane is on the same level as most of the rest of the asteroids in the Inner Ring and so the sun is never overhead on either side, but circles around the horizon. Description: Almost 200 years ago, a small fleet of Shou Lung ships entered the Astromundi Cluster due to a navigation error in the phlogiston and we unable to leave. By chance they happened up a group of Wa explorers that had arrived a few years before. Together, they staked out an abandoned, lifeless asteroid in the Inner Ring. Atmosphere was marginal and water non-existent. But the industrious Shou used their combined wealth to purchase a glacier-sized chunk of ice from the Thoric and a large variety of plant seedlings from the elves. Within years, the turned the surface of the barren asteroid into a paradise. Shipping in the Inner Ring has always been lucrative, but the advantage of silk from worms that had been preserved over the journey was a great advantage (the only other supplier of silk is a colony of drow who produce spider silk at a high price). The great ice chunk formed the lake To-Ki and the Uramatsu merchants kept an eye out for any favorable fish species in the sphere to stock it with. During this time, a small group of Xixchil earned the friendship of the people with their skills as healers, tatoo artists, and their willingness to adapt to Kara-Tur laws and customs. Over time, the elves were impressed with what the Uramatsu accomplished and provided (for a heavy fee) passage from the sphere so that supplies from Kara-Tur could be obtained. This was the start of the true prosperity of Uramatsu and its darkest days. The resources and information brought back greatly benefited the colony; stock fish for food and sale, fresh silkworms, rare woods and spices to be planted. Some specialists seeking a new life returned also, providing training in crafts, martial arts, and other valuable skills. The plans for the Tsunami class ship was "somehow" obtained along with the Locust ship design (The ninja clan responsible are an honored family on Uramatsu). Over four dozen locust have been constructed by the Uramatsu over the years, but completion of the Tsunami is still awaited. Not everything brought back from Toril was a boon. At least one oriental vampire and an unassociated group of werefox made the return journey. They have plagued the inhabitance since. And with the new riches that started entering the Inner Ring markets, greedy eyes fell upon Uramatsu. Illithid and Varan spies attempted a covert take-over of the bureaucratic government. This plan backfired when a yakuza clan discovered someone attempting to infiltrate their organization. Soon after, raids from Scro terrified the local population. Samurai and ninja worked together to repel the invaders and the neogi-imposed policies soon forced the raiders out of the Inner Ring. Today, the Asteroid-Island of Uramatsu is a paradise with hidden dangers. Outsiders, even humans, are not generally unwelcome due to the Varans' treachery. Shukenja, Sohei and monks revere the philosophy of The Path and The Way instead of the native deities. The Celestial Temple is a training ground for them, as well as Mystics, Wu Jen and Samurai. Ninja, Kensi and Yakuza prefer less obvious training facilities. Many local ninja sometimes journey off-world in the service of the Hidden. Due to their hatred of the Illithids and Varans, some have even begun to tutor the Hidden in their deadly skills (this is a dangerous act of generosity since the Ninja elders would punish the sharing of their clan secrets with death). Patrols commonly consist of several Bushi lead by a Samurai. A Wu Jen and a monk are also present. One of the Bushi may have ninja skills or be a genin (single classed ninja) in disguise. The nation as a whole possesses about fourteen Dragonships, seven Viperships, forty-nine loctus, and two squidships (captured from the Varans). Construction of the Tsunami should be finished in about three years and the colony will feel much safer at that time (they put little faith in the Trade-laws of the savage neogi). Relations: Uramatsu is on excellent terms with the Elves of Avarien, the Thoric, the Dwarves of Chakarak, most Lizard-Men and Xixchil and the Calidian Hidden. Varan are considered enemies if they are associated with Illithids. Any Illithid ship approaching Uramatsu had better be ready for a fight. The neogi are distrusted, but their laws in the Inner Ring are obeyed (with the exception of attacking Illithid ships, which the neogi seem to overlook). The Antilans are seen as little better than the Varans or Illithids due to their slave practices and a few unpleasant run-ins with Priests of Gelanicus during the early years. Sources/Reference Material: Oriental Adventures Book, Kara-Tur Boxed Set, Dragon issues #121 ("Whaddya mean, Jack the Samurai?", and The Genin), #189 (The Other Orientals), #195 (So you want to be a Samurai), Realmspace or War Captain's Companion: Ship Recognition Manual (Dragonship, Tsunami, Locust), Compete Fighter's Handbook (Samurai kit, Martial Arts), Complete Wizard's Handbook (Mystic and Wu Jen kits), Complete Priest's Handbook (Fighting-Monk), Complete Ninja's Handbook.
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