Panchu Mura was once a small farming village in the Nobu Valley
on the southern border of Naishou Province
. The peasants were all trained as doshin to defend the village from any trouble crossing over from Unicorn
lands. But the influx of samurai in the wake of the old Governor's death has has changed the character of the village.
Some enterprising peasants created a sake brewery, the Dry Lotus
and soon other peasants built a second, the Blessed Waters
. Unfortunately, cheap rice becomes cheap sake and cheap sake does not attract refined and honorable samurai. Over the last half of 1156, the two sake breweries spawned a pair of inns to sell their sake, two moderately sized gambling houses, and a brothel that is only barely disguised as a geisha house.
The peasants who once trained to defend the village from trouble now find trouble has settled firmly within its borders. Panchu Mura has developed a reputation as a cheap place for the less discerning samurai to have a good time. Many of the village's peasants are happy for a measure of prosperity, whatever the price. The few remaining villagers upset at the turn of events keep their heads down and tend to their fields, for any complaints are as likely to be met with violence from their newly prosperous neighbors as from drunk or angry samurai.
The village is in such a sorry state that even its temple to Kenro-ji-jin
, the Fortune of Soil, has fallen into disrepair.
Surprisingly few young children remain in the village.
Most of the peasants are trained as doshin.
Brewing and selling cheap sake and cheap entertainment.
2 sake breweries, 2 inns, 2 gambling houses, 1 brothel, ferry boat to cross Itochu River.
The village is set about 200 yards from the west bank of the river with the village center on a low rise that provides excellent protection from flooding. The river bank rises about 10 feet and where the river widens and the current slows, the peasants have built a stout stone and wood pier and make a few coins by ferrying busy merchants or samurai across the river.