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The Isle of Nara is now recruiting!
The Isle of Nara is now recruiting!
After giving it a great deal of consideration and reference from book 29-30 and history of ancient japan, its only logical for us to initiate the role play of Pani People with rest of gor, since the books 29 and 30 spent a great deal of time talking about (pani) people, their cultural aspect, their political frame work etc., which providing us with the basic guidelines. With that raises the question how can one go about doing so, since not a great deal of information beside the cultural and political frame work is provided within the books. It tells us about the lives of pani, it also tells us about the boats in which a “Tarl” that traveled back and forth to Pani Island thus opening the sea route to the islands but it fails to tell us about the name of such islands, the cities that dwelled within such islands. So for that purpose I figured the logical solution or a rational solution is to turn our attention to the history of japan and find our inspiration and other fundamental foundation for the role play as a Pani SIM. We as Gorean role players have adored these books and have spent countless amount of hours building our characters and adoring this amazing fantasy, I believe if two volumes of these books have spent maximum amount of energy emphasizing most of the read around the Pani people, it will be pure ignorance on our part to ignore its existence thus out casting it from the world that is not written on stone. His (pani) existence is now officially a part of gor I humbly believes, it’s about time that Asian cultural has been brought into gor.
Story Line of Nara - NOW RECRUITING!
As an Island now ruled by the “Shogun” who has departed from the imperial court this starting a new era of feudal system and “samurai rule”, Influenced by the Tokugawa shogunate period of japan. (1603–1867).
We will start our role play with the arrival of the Lord Tarl into Pani Lands. We can find such similarities of such arrival in history of japan, also relevant to the “12 Isle Trade era” which started with the first arrival of the European’s (Portuguese explorers, missionaries etc.) in japan (1534). It’s only logical to assume that Tarl is a representation of rest of gor with others to follow thus opening the doors to these foreign lands, which for centuries been isolated from rest of the world. The only interaction they enjoyed was China and the Mongol invasion beside the sister concern islands nearby.
The city has been under constant chaos, threat, raids, war and struggle to seek independence from the royal court who rules the islands of Pani, under the leadership of “Lord Shogun Shigenoi Sa” the feudal lord of Nara seeking to become a shoganate (Land ruled by Shogun as a ruler). Under his command he has loyal vessel Daimyos that serve him and fight for him along with undertaking any affairs on the lands and administrative and military branch of his court. Samurai’s are below the Daimyos, then comes the infantry men, which can vary in ranks and their skills as a swordsmen, tarnsmen or archer, or even a cavalry. (Please read the Chain of Command NC).
After taking over the city much of the land was taken over by the shogun as the supreme leader of the land. Land was then redistributed first among his Daimyo then rest reverted from public lands to be Shoen (which means lands owned by clans or feudal lord) Taxation was placed in the city to make the Shogun court self-sufficient, the districts were divided among the lords, which collected rent coin for the properties to the Citizens, partial payments were made to the Court for the allotment of these lands, to raise revenue. The Citizens of the city were placed under taxation to provide for the services of their well-being, protection and to keep the city day to day operations intact.
Finally after taking over most of the coin was spend on rebuilding the city, his gardens, farm lands, irrigation etc and with the arrival off alien men in Pani, the struggle to establish rule over rest of Pani lands now seems a strong possibility as it has provided the opportunity to trade outside of Pani to earn more coins and build more elaborate economy and military hardware. As the cost of war is very expensive physically and economically, mush of the fields have been destroyed, the “shogun” seems fascinated by the alien lands which are now been introduced too him, his fascination has led to allowing controlled trade agreements with several other lands who wish to trade, but keeping a minimal influence diffusion into his isle.
It was a wise decision that the shogun made spending the coins rebuilding to normalize the chaotic nature of the isle during and after war, thus allowing his people to cherish, his tea houses filled with Contract Women and customers, allowing farmers to farm. He also spend most of his time consolidating Nara as a strong hold well defended by any further intervention of adventure from the imperial court.
Since now the ability to sail across waters to other foreign lands in gor. the “shogun” have appointed several ambassadors who are normally from the house of Daimyos as they are the bureaucratic branch of his court to initiate trade and cultural exchange in controlled environment. (This is a historic fact has Japanese considered the westerners to be less barbaric, and the arrival of the Tarl justifies such point of view).
"True," said Lord Nishida. "Tajima," said Lord Nishida quietly.
"Yes," said Tajima.
"The other's purpose was served, surely, when the reserve was reached, " said Lord Nishida. "Yet, I understand he in the camp. Why did you not kill him?"
"I was reluctant to stain my blade with inferior blood, that of a weakling, " said Tajima. "I would have left him behind for animals, but Tarl Cabot, tarnsman, our guest, desire that he be permitted to accompany us."
"I see, " said Lord Nishida. "You did right, then, to bring him to the camp."
Tajima bowed his head, slightly, acknowledging this judgement of Lord
"He may be disposed of later, " said Lord Nishida.
"I am sure, " I said, "he may prove of service."
"There is no place in this camp, " said Lord Nishida, "for cowards or weaklings."
“The days will now grow longer,” had said Lord Nishida.
“It will become more difficult to supply the holding,” I had said.
“Very much so,” had said Lord Nishida, looking over the parapet.
There were four of us at the wall at this time, myself, lean Lord Nishida, Nishida of Nara, who had commanded at Tarncamp, ponderous Lord Okimoto, Okimoto of Asuka, who had commanded at Shipcamp, and sandy haired Pertinax, once of Earth, student of Nodachi, swordsman. Both Lords Nishida and Okimoto were daimyos of the shogun, Lord Temmu, master of Temmu’s fortress, now for several months under siege.
“I should return to the cavalry,” I said.
“What there is left of it,” said Pertinax, bitterly.
“Perhaps you might find safety there,” said Lord Okimoto.
I shrugged. “It is my command,” I said.
“An urt sold for a silver tarsk yesterday,” said Pertinax.
“He who controls the fields controls the islands,” said Lord Okimoto.
“I fear,” said Lord Nishida, “we lie beneath the shadow of the iron dragon.”
About Pani Isle of Nara 5/4/2018 Copyright story Line is done by Shinji Takahashi