When the process of designing Port Jiyuu began in YE 42, it was requested by Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko that the Green Sector of the station included a private residence for the Motoyoshi Clan. Since Jiyuu-jō is shared with the Star Army of Yamatai, the elders of the Motoyoshi Clan felt the need for the clan and its members to have some privacy.
The initial designs were submitted by Motoyoshi-Igarashi Yue, which were then given to Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko and Motoyoshi-Ieyasu Taro. They made changes and suggestions and sent the design plans back to Motoyoshi-Igarashi Yue and her mother Motoyoshi-Igarashi Yuka to finalize them.
Asagumo-Jo is at the center of Asagumo City. It is a one hundred and eighty-six level skyscraper with a narrow pyramid profile. Unlike most castles in the Yamatai Star Empire, it forgoes a lot of the traditional architecture except for the exterior pagodas. It can be seen from anywhere in the main level of the Green Sector and is often looked at in awe by citizens of the city.
Vine covered walls surround the palace. The entrance gate includes a bridge that is a hardlight construct which can be deactivated if criminals or unwanted visitors have decided to invade. An artificial lake that is stocked with fish and other wildlife encircle the tower except for the entrance bridge.
The exterior of the palace is surrounded by tall walls that give privacy to the residence of the Palace. Everything except for the tower and some of the rooves of the secondary buildings can be seen from the outside the walls. The walls themselves have gun mounts for optional weapon installation for defending the palace in the event of invasion.
The gardens and courtyards of Asagumo-jo are like a scene captured from a fantasy novel. Sparkling crystal water flows through vine-covered aqueducts and trickles down the stone faces of fountains and elaborate waterworks. Elegant, colorful flowers from across the Yamatai Star Empire grow and flourish as they surround carefully trimmed and pruned shrubbery. Ponds filled with beautiful koi fish, lilies, and cattails are easily accessed by stone pathways dotted with benches and outdoor furniture.
To the northernmost side of the Palace, featured one special pagoda which serves as a Shrine devoted to Ketsurui Yui. According to Motoyoshi Clan traditions, Ketsurui Yui the first of the Nekovalkyrja is a revered and worshipped icon. Because of its sacred status, the staff makes absolutely sure that this area is well maintained with no signs of dirt, or bugs. Around the main building were several small pagoda-style buildings that are designed for important events and functions. One was where the Star Army of Yamatai enlisted members of the clan can train and exercise where they can train their bodies and their accuracy. The final building was the archives where the Clan history is stored, as well as the names, records of birth certificates, and everything and anything related to the clan members, including who was a traitor.
The main structure of the central spire is very tall, with one hundred and eighty-six levels. From the ground, the building's shape is a wide square area, and as it goes up into the simulated sky above, the measurements narrow until it gets to a point, making this building look a bit like a pyramid. Each visible window is translucent and amethyst colored, with the ones at the very top being larger, allowing for some views. Those of the highest ranks in the clan get to have their own balcony where they can get an even clearer view of the city.
The grande interiors of Asagumo-jo.
The entrance foyer room of the palace is designed to be aesthetically pleasing and portray the power of the Motoyoshi Clan. The polished stone floor has the Clan Mon (紋) in the center. On the wall opposite the door is a painting of Tamashii no Jiyuu (“Soul of Freedom”), the first colony in the Jiyuu System as it was in YE 29.
The flag of the Yamatai Star Empire and the Jiyuu System are held in a ceremonial pose on both sides of the painting. A bank of lifts is located in a hallway behind where the pictures and flags are. There is also an archway to the left with stairs going up, and another set that descends into the cellars of the building. There is a security desk to the right behind which is the hallway to the Hall of The Evening Orchid, and its support facilities.
The Takeda House Kitchen is the primary catering and food service for the Motoyoshi Clan. The restaurant's chefs gained popularity and favor with the family as more locations were established in YE 42 and YE 43. Eventually Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko began to use vetted chefs from the organizations as her personal chefs. When Asagumo-jo was created she once again favored the chefs by having them provide food service in Asagumo-jo. The chefs here provide gourmet meals for members of the clan on a daily basis as well as cater events and gatherings.
Other food options include menu items from:
Similar to Motoyoshi-jo, the family palace on Yamatai (Planet), Asagumo-jo has an extensive below street level vault system where valuables are stored. Since the palace was built, nothing of high value has been moved there as of early YE 43. The basement also includes an extensive wine cellar with wines from Ainu Orchards and other locations around the Yamatai Star Empire.
Each member of the Motoyoshi Clan is given their own residential suite. The more important the person has within the clan, the larger and higher the suite is within the pyramid tower. The suites are built as modular units so that they can be customized.
The top two floors of the pyramid are the suite of Ketsurui-Motoyoshi Katsuko the clan leader, and her partners Kage Yaichiro and Motoyoshi Eri. The suite of Motoyoshi Kaoru is located directly below, as she is the named heir of the Motoyoshi Clan.
OOC Note: Motoyoshi Players will submit their suites as locations within the palace separately.
The headquarters of the Motoyoshi Keibi division of the Yugumo Keisatsu is located on the first floor of the building. They have several security alcoves and control points throughout the castle. They provide personal protection services to members of the Motoyoshi Clan.
Asagumo-jo is the residence of the Motoyoshi Clan and the vetted citizens who provide services to the family.
|Motoyoshi-Ieyasu Taro||Clan Leader||Male||Minkan|
|Motoyoshi-Kotoku Sui||Commander of Nemesis Bastion||Female||Nekovalkyrja|
|Motoyoshi-Igarashi Yue||Junior Executive||Female||Minkan|
|Motoyoshi-Igarashi Yuka||Fuku-Kaicho of Yugumo Corporation||Female||Minkan|
|Motoyoshi Kaoru||Starship Captain||Female||Nekovalkyrja|
|Motoyoshi Kazue||Flotilla Commander||Female||Nekovalkyrja|
|Motoyoshi Naoko||Science Officer||Female||Nekovalkyrja|
|Motoyoshi Tio||Starship Operations||Male||Minkan|
Asagumo-jo is a great place to roleplay.
Rumors and Controversy.
Asagumo-jo is new, so its inventory will likely expand.
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