One of Japan's oldest cities, the Ronin's Rest was historically synonymous with the fabled Samurai of Feudal Japan. Once famous for its unique markets and peerless atmosphere, a city which would stop and watch the timeless sight of the sunset with captivated eyes, it was truly a wonder of the world. Now synonymous with crime, poverty, and corruption. The Gothic City of Japan, some have called it, the Decaying City...The City of the dishonored. Harboring some of the most elusively kept secrets of the ancient bloodlines which once ruled Japan, The Decaying City is a feeble shadow of its former self. Nobody visits the city anymore. Those who are imprisoned within its horrendous confines are entrapped in poverty and destitution, having no will to escape the clutches of its turmoil, no honor remains amongst the dwellers, the way of the warrior? Forgotten. Bushido and the ancient, fabled traditions tarnished by the sight of rampant crime. Murder and rape are not an uncommon sight to stain the city streets. The mutilated remains of a rival gang littered across of the once praiseworthy streets are a sightly occurrence...But to those who wish to see it for themselves?
All major religion was purged from the city. All honor, nobility and principle abandoned. Those who now survive in the urban slums are usually found in one of the three biggest zones...
...The First; The market place
Once known throughout the world for its lavish perfumes, exotic fruit and unequaled swordsmanship, now host to infected foods and rampant with a lively criminal crowd of ruthless pickpockets. Sharing none of the noble traits which their ancestors' shared to survive, the only trait needed now being sleight of hand to rob an unassuming shopper or the trait to intimidate and rob, the police force is nonexistent, nobody dare risk their lives against the crime lords who govern the settlements within....And those who do? Well, none have lived to tell their tale....Yet.
...The Second: The workers region
The city dwellers living space, not too horrible, at least, in comparison, home to the entire populace of around 2 million, cramped into the space which should only house around half of that number. The workers region is by far the nicest area of the city, sealed off from the rest by a gigantic stone wall at night by The Daimyo himself to preserve what little peace is left and avert (some) criminals from entering. These are the people which keep the city's dying economy alive day after day, like a robotic machine too entranced and brainwashed by life to ever question where they live and why they accept such treatment...But the real reason, is much more sinister.
And last, and by all means least: The contaminated slums
Home to the dregs of society, long since have they lost their humanity and in place they isolate themselves within it's horrendous confines, the water runs warm with the stale stank of blood and recently shed guts, the vermin...Or gangs, who control this urban underworld care not for their own health, merely what girl they will sell next to the highest bidder to fund their latest drug fix. This slum was once home to a great Samurai warlord who was spoken to be Japan's greatest, most compassionate man....
...How the mighty region has fallen.
The Ronin's Nest
A living homestead to an ancient relic (and now the New COP's), the humble abode of The Daimyo himself, a man tasked with defending the city for over 1000 years - Kenshin Yoshida - Who for the last 1000 years has devoted his life to the noble cause of defending, helping, and selflessly sacrificing his own existence for the city...The Last Samurai of the region, the only man in a city of millions to believe in the way of the samurai, in nobility, honor and trust. For 1000 years the devote defender has safeguarded the city. In the last 300, he has been unable to combat the plague of crime, the cancer of poverty, and the terror of the criminal warlords. In time, the Daimyo grew desperate, his heart hurt at the sight of his population suffering, day after day, night after night without relent.
Kenshin had to take action...The city dwellers lived in their poverty with no chance of escape. Yet non quarreled? None questioned why it was impossible to find a cure? Some could account this as them giving up, others, as them accepting their fate. But the real reason is far more sinister...Over 200 years ago Kenshin sought out a band of demons, begging them for help, the defender merely wanted his people to live in happiness, without fear of murder, rape, or even starvation. The demons accepted...In return for each inhabitants soul. Kenshin had no choice but to agree, condemning his city to a city of soulless, but happy residents. Ignorant to the world around them, forever bound by a deal which they had no knowledge of, living within a perpetual nightmare, yet thinking themselves in a dream.
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