The Crane Game
Twin Maples Village
Twin Maples Village is a moderately sized farming village in Kougen province now stretched dangerously near the breaking point by refugees from the Third Yasuki War. Its population has increased by almost 50% during the summer and fall of 1170 and as winter looms, the town finds itself in desperate need of more homes and the timber and other supplies necessary to build and outfit them. Thankfully, a bounteous harvest means no one in the village will starve this winter.
Two large maple trees dominate the village square and magnolias grow throughout the settlement. Two Crane magistrates, Daidoji Gorobe and Kakita Eizo, police Twin Maples Village and with the influx of new inhabitants they find their resources pushed to the limit.
Late in the month of the Rooster, 1170, a band of ronin led by Takuya and calling themselves part of the ‘Spider clan’ arrived in Twin Maples, escorting some 250 refugees from the fighting in Takayama province.