Looming over the River of the Hour of the Wolf, Shiro Honshu is the home of the Honshu Family, a minor family of the Lion that once carried minor clan status several centuries ago. Diminished from its former heights in the slaughter that gave the river its name. Ruled by Honshu Shibu, a former nikutai on the Wall now forced into administering the affairs of his large, but minor, family with little practical political experience.
Tensions between Shiro Honshu and the outlying peasants whose rice they are entitled to have been suspiciously quick to rise. The Emerald Magistrate has been dispatched to the Shiro to try and quiet the matter before the coming of winter.