Retribution of the Lotus Wheel
The Town of Laon
The town of Laon is nestled at the base of the Komokai Mountain along a widening of the Pale River called Lake Laon. In the center of the lake is a small strip of rocky island that bears a hot spring that, in times past, fed the waters of the river. This hot spring, called Zhen Yu Springs, not only introduced a wealth of minerals to the river, but warmed the ambient temperature enough to support a unique type of fish that adapted to it. Called the ChinChin Yu, the tasty, brilliantly colored fish attracted all manner of fishermen. Before long, the fishing town of Laon was born. During the early part of the Lung Wa Dynasties some five hundred years ago the hot spring was partially capped, allowing a portion of the spring to flow into to river as usual (and supporting the unique fish) while the remainder of the flow was pumped into an imperial onsen built on the island. This resort, called Zhen Yu Springs after the hot spring, quickly became one of the most lovely and frequented onsen in the country.
After Lung Wa fell and the oni took over Chu Ye, things changed for Laon. By royal decree the Springs stayed open and are maintained by sanctioned money, but clients are much rarer than they once were. Fishing has once again become the primary monetary drive for the town, and mostly human slaves dredge the waters from daybreak to sunset to gather their fish. The town was once kept spotlessly immaculate and beautifully landscaped to please the eye of visiting Imperials, but now it has become squalid and run down mess. The citizens of the town, gaunt and hollow eyed and hopeless, are treated poorly by the local samurai oni lord and his lackeys. While not bullying the fishermen, the lord Zao She usually spends his time relaxing under the tender ministrations of Zhen Yu Springs.