The pair of you have traveled long and far from Guobei, all the way into the Shogunate of the North. This carefully manicured place is rich with grain and rice, the waters filled with many fish. It is a plentiful land. There are rumors of the risk to foreigners who are thought to worship "false gods", whatever that means. Regardless of the ominous warning, the truth of the Shogunate is that your travel here has been peaceful so far. What gold you had has stretched here. With so much plenty, your savings have bought much. What's the most prized possession you've picked up on your recent travel?
You have arrived at the wealthy city of Cakon Like all the cities of the Shogunate of the North, Cakon has a strict caste system. The kuge, or noble samurai families, form the uppermost caste. The kuge are often related directly to the Shogun's Family, hold titles, or own large amounts of land. The next caste is the buke, or samurai. The buke are landowners and part of the military elite. The next caste is the bonge, or commoners. The bonge include both the heimin, who are often merchants, craftsmen, and farmers, as well as the hinin, who include criminals, entertainers, geisha, and eta. The eta dwell outside Cakon in a squalid hamlet. They do the jobs that are thought to interfere with inner harmony and cause spiritual pollution, including butchering, executions, and the removal of human and animal waste.
Despite the fact that it is early morning, the temperature and humidity have already reached uncomfortable levels. The market district is full of activity. Swarms of gnats, common summer pests, hang like clouds over the damp earthen roads. A trio of bamboo flute playing musicians has captured your attention. Perhaps it is the common entertainment that attracts you, or maybe its the silk tarp that promises shade and a slight breeze.
While watching the performance, you both notice a brightly painted palanquin carried by two sweat-soaked youths. The palanquin is brought to the edge of the performance and lowered. The screens are opened and a slight, young, thin-lipped, man is visible inside. The man wears a beautiful pastel orange silk kimono. His hair is cut and oiled in the latest court fashion. A noticeable bruise darkens the young mans left eye. When the musicians have finished, the young man passionately applauds and tosses a handful of rectangular silver coins toward the players.
Ba Jiao, how is it that you are known here in Cago? Relatives? Past travels? You're a little famous here, aren't you?
Laughing Crane, you recognize this young noble. He is none other than Mibu Kagemaro, a member of the financial ministry here. How is it that you know him?
OOC: You are now third level. Please make adjustments accordingly to your character posts.