The Topaz Misfits
Kyuden Doji, The Splendid Palace of the Crane
Kyuden Doji is the epitome of what it means to be a Rokugani court; its design, whilst less elaborate than the palace of the Emperor, is clearly made so by design. Everything here is nothing less elegant, not one toe out of place. Amongst less acclimitised guests, it can see as though the place were sentient, so discreet and polite the service, the castle responding to the needs of those who reside there. All samurai who have spent some time there have felt the essence of what it is to be a Crane; the touch of the first Doji resides here still, and will continue to affect visitors for centuries to come (though the reaction is less than manageable).
The esteemed house of the Crane has over 30 miles of gardens surrounding it, built ten storeys high, and the castle complex itself overlooks one of the Crane Clans most prosperous port cities, lying as it does near the famous White Cliffs. A wall barely 15 feet tall surrounds the castle itself; the great engineers of the other clans (particularly the Kaiu) scoff at this clearly inadequate design for the centre of the Crane Clan, but it perfectly reflects Crane philosophy; the enemy should never reach Kyuden Doji to test those walls in the first place.