The Crane Ascendant
A minor village and keep in the southern Crane provinces, Seawatch Castle’s original purpose is unknown, although many believe it was intended to survey the seas for potential pirate attacks early in the Empire’s history. Certainly the small castle is perched on a high cliff where it affords a fine view of the sea. That purpose, if true, has long since fallen into disuse, and for much of its history the castle did little other than to serve as an out-of-the-way assignment for those Crane soldiers who managed to earn the ire of their commanding officers.
At some point, however, a young and talented bushi was stationed at Seawatch Castle after beng singled out by a jealous and ambitions superior officer. Far from being upset at his assignment, the young warrior enjoyed the serenity of the ocean, and often meditated on the cliff top. Over the years, the young warrior became a great duelist and eventually a sensei at the Kakita Dueling Academy where his unique swordsmanship style was popular with the students, before returning to Seawatch to open a branch of the dojo there. In modern days, the Seawatch Castle dojo has risen to nearly equal prestige with the Kakita Dueling Academy’s main branch, though it is less known outside the clan. Although the Seawatch style never became the dominant style within the Kakita dojo, many still practice it with it’s smooth yet unerringly strong strikes.