The Legacy Continues
The history of the Rare Fish Trading Company dates so far back, we're actually unsure of when the company actually began. We've found documents and receipts dating as far back as the ancient Shang Dynasty, and though difficult to decipher, seem to suggest RFTC may be the oldest rare fish supplier in the known human history. It of course went under a different name at the time, a name we have yet to decipher as it doesnt seem to be in a text we are familiar with.
One document we have resolved is a bill of sale of this company, and it has been tracked ever since. Best we can legitimately tell RFTC began as an actual company in 1409, this time however, resurfacing in Edo.
Nestling near the shores of the Sumida River in Nihonbashi supplying military platoons with delicious fish rations as the medieval wars waged on, and power strugles were won and lost.
RFTC managed to remain alive throughout the chaos and continued to supply top choice fish in Edo's prime market at the mouth of the Sumida River. Our records show RFTC rooted themselves on the shores of Edo for many years, amassing massive fleets of shipping vessels as well as massive amounts of wealth. Enough to establish themselves as the supplier of fish to the very royalty at Edo Castle.
Time passes and the oceans continue to move the land to their whim, as do the humans that cover it's surface.
It wasn't long before powers shifted, and Tokyo was born. Rare Fish Trading Company was a well established business for many years, surviving flood, famine, wars, rice riots, and dynamic royalty shifts. Massive leaps in technology, ideology, religion, and business. It wasnt until the Earth shook that the Rare Fish Trading Company was faced with it's greatest challenge.
The Great Kantō earthquake of 1923 absolutley devistated RFTC, owning one of the tallest buildings built at the time and not built for such a thrashing, the entire building came down into its footprint, killing over 90% of the RFTC staff, including the CEO and members of the board who were throwing a company party to celebrate the summer harvest.
As the central base of operations for RFTC was destroyed the company quicly fell into crippling debt. With only their ships to the company name, they quickly put them up for sale to bring in as much as possible to quickly establish a place of business in the new prime fish market in town, Tsukiji.
An armys worth of ships suddenly hit the market, this unorthodox behavior on the market caught the eye of a still-to-be mysterious investor, who quickly bought every ship on the market, as well as RFTC itself.
To Be Continued...