Of Honor and Conflict (L5R)
Sometimes referred to as “Little Beiden,” Carpenter Pass is the largest passage through the southern Twilight Mountains. As such, it is used extensively by the Crab for the movement of troops through their own provinces. The Crab constantly shift forces in their never-ending campaign to keep the Shadowlands at bay, and Carpenter Pass is a major route for those movements. On those occasions when other clans offer to send troops to reinforce the Carpenter Wall, they also send their forces through the pass, giving the Crab ample opportunity to examine them and determine whether or not they are genuine in their desire to help – and whether or not they actually can be of any help. Because of the importance of their supply lines, the Crab maintain the road through the pass meticulously, ensuring it is one of the fi nest in the Empire. Much like the road that parallels the Kaiu Wall, the road through the Carpenter Pass is often lined with merchants and vendors, most sponsored by the Yasuki family, attempting to sell their wares to passers-by. Although most other Crab families fi nd this somewhat annoying, the revenue generated by the merchants from outside visitors assists in funding the clan’s efforts atop the Wall, so they generally overlook the matter.