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Jiyuu-jō is a castle, in the city of Tokyo, on the planet of Jiyuu III (Jiyuu), that was built by the Motoyoshi Clan in YE 30 prior to the independence of the United Outer Colonies.

The castle is unique in that it is both a private residence and a facility of the Star Army of Yamatai.


Yosano Yoshiyo is assigned to handle calls to Jiyuu-jō.


Jiyuu-jō was nearly destroyed by fire during the Second Mishhuvurthyar War. It was restored in YE 41 when it was reacquired by Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko.

About The Jiyuu-jō

Jiyuu-jō was designed by Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko during the early days of the colonization of Jiyuu III (Jiyuu) as her intended residence and the seat of power for the Motoyoshi Clan. Katsuko designed a haven built with traditional aesthetics while elegantly decorated with all of the comforts and luxuries that could be found in the Yamatai Star Empire. Although she designed and overseen the construction of this dream home, she never was able to reside in it until YE 41. The castle was used as a residence for Motoyoshi Tio, the declared monarch of the United Outer Colonies until his disappearance. The castle was later damaged during the invasion of the planet during the Second Mishhuvurthyar War; it was gutted by fire and suffered massive structural damage and it sat unoccupied for several years. In YE 41, after two years of work, all thanks to the efforts of Kage Yaichiro the castle was restored and upgraded. It was then made to finally serve as the residence of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko when the First Expeditionary Fleet transferred their Headquarters to Jiyuu III (Jiyuu).

Design and Features

An elegant castle of three keeps, central castle and three enclosed baileys. The color scheme is the vivid dark purple of the Evening Orchid with white trim and accents. Its tapered gable rooftops are often depicted in photos and paintings of the Motoyoshi Channel. Built on a stabilized platform of land that was built up a few meters off-shore and reinforced behind the walls of a breakwater, it is a towering landmark. It is also located just off the coast from Fort Tokyo. In the reinforced subterranean structure it has access to direct road and train access which connects it to Tokyo's transit system. A small landing pad structure has been built on the north-east corner of the castle for a private shuttle access and Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko's Type 30 Space Yacht, the Heion. The landing area is maintained by the First Expeditionary Fleet as it is utilized for the transport of the Taisho.

Use by The Star Army of Yamatai

The castle is used by the Star Army of Yamatai to host formal events and ceremonies.

Noteable Exterior Locations and Features

Note: Places will be added as they are featured in RP.

Rock Garden

A new addition, added in YE 41, as part of the castle's restoration; the rock garden features a unique mosaic of locally extracted stone and minerals arranged into the symbol of the Platycodon grandiflorus found on the Flags of the Yamatai Star Empire.

Akuro Gazebo

Named after the infamous ships of the Akuro line, including the YSS Akuro III that served as the backbone of the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet. It is surrounded by lush gardens filled with exotic flowers and trees and is often a place where weddings and important ceremonies are held. There is a statue of Shimizu Akina ( 清水明菜 ) and a tiered water fountain on the path that leads to the gazebo.

Himiko's Garden

A sprawling garden of cherry trees and colorful flowering plants and bushes planted in the honor of Her Imperial Majesty, Empress Himiko I of Yamatai. It has a twisting loop path that provides a leisurely walk through the well-maintained garden. In the nighttime, paper lanterns are lit along the path for illumination so that the gardens can be enjoyed after sunset.

Motoyoshi Shrine

A small gable-roofed structure that contains an obelisk upon which the names Motoyoshi Clan members that have fallen are recorded. Rumors have circulated that secret compartments located in the shrine contain Soul Transfer data for higher ranking members of the clan.

Outdoor Entertainment Area

One of the enclosed baileys is the location of a large outdoor kitchen and dining area used during favorable weather to entertain the guests of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko. The Area also has a large heart-shaped pool, sauna, and two hot tubs for guests and residents to enjoy. A small brick dance floor and outdoor DJ booth are located along the south wall of the enclosure.

Notable Interior Rooms and Facilities

Note: Rooms and Facilities will be added as they are featured in RP.

Office of the Taisho of The First Expeditionary Fleet

When not on Gemini Star Fortress or at their Tokyo based offices, TaishoKetsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko of the First Expeditionary Fleet conducts her duties from her home office in Jiyuu-jō.

Katsuko designed the office originally after the Taisho's Office on the YSS Akuro III. It features the same transparent “V” shaped desk situated in front of a massive transparent window which overlooks crystal blue water of the Motoyoshi Channel. A high-back black leather chair with a SPINE interface sits behind the desk, with two smaller leather padded chairs for visitors sit facing her chair. With the same access to PANTHEON as she would have anywhere in the First Expeditionary Fleet, Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko can conduct any command and control actions from her home office.

The Seijin no Umi Memorial Dining Hall

A dining hall and massive kitchen built as a memorial for those who lost their lives in the Port City of Seijin no Umi on Taiie IV. The walls are painted in whimsical murals depicting the fallen city's rocky shore and spectacular ocean views. The floors are made of rare Taiie marble mined before the disaster, similar to that found on the Takumi Command Deck. Seven long tables, arranged with one across the front of the hall as the head table, and three arranged in two rows in front of it provide seating for up to a hundred guests and is ideal for hosting conferences and conventions.

The Ketsurui Dojo

Named after Ketsurui Yui, the Dojo at Jiyuu-jō is a place to train the mind and body, very similar to the Star Army Dojo found on Star Army of Yamatai ships. It is often utilized by higher-ranking officers and those assigned to staff the castle.

Hall of Densetsu

“The Hall of Legends” purposely named similar to the YSS Densetsu, the flagship of the Seventh Fleet, the former command of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko. The walls are painted in vivid images of the Katsuko's Nebula. A statue of each member of the Motoyoshi Clan lead the way towards the Taisho's Office with a statue of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko and Ketsurui Yui to the right and left of the door to the office.

Chambers of The Evening Orchid

Located at the top of the main tower are the private rooms of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko. It includes a large bedroom suite and a luxury bathhouse designed for the comfort of the castle's main occupant and only the most intimate of guests. Access to this area of the castle is highly restricted as that Katsuko maintains a high level of privacy.

Yugumo Cluster Observatory

A small globular turret on the eastern section of the castle is the place of the Yugumo Cluster Observatory. The observatory has a real-time volumetric projection of the cluster that fills the entire space. Guests can utilize hand gestures and interface with the projection to zoom in and out from objects from the perspective of a person standing at a location within the cluster.

The Hummingbird Keep Museum

One of the keep towers has been converted into a public museum which contains historical records and artifacts about the colonization of Taiie IV and Jiyuu III (Jiyuu) by the Fifth Expeditionary Fleet. The exhibits are rotating collections contributed by Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko, The Motoyoshi Clan and the Star Army of Yamatai.

Notable Artifacts

The Museum has several historical exhibits:

OOC Notes

Andrew created this article on 2019/04/20 22:05.

Approved by Syaoran on 4/25/2019

location/tokyo/jiyuu_jo.txt · Last modified: 2020/02/08 04:43 by andrew