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Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo




In the years after Bayushi Shoju became Shoju I, Emperor of Rokugan, many things changed, and many remained the same. The Clans were reordered and reorganized, and while there was peace between Great Clans, the commoners knew the depredations of bandits, ronin, and other, worse threats. Shoju I, with his Bloodsword, Ambition, by his side, became paranoid, and formed a force of secret informants and spies to monitor his Empire for traitors, conspirators, and malcontents. I, Miya Shouko, witnessed with my own eyes the suffering of the people during this period, for it was during this time that I came of age and travelled the land as one of the Miya Heralds.



The changes made by Emperor Shoju I had made many samurai unhappy, and there were many who gave up their title and status in protest, and many more who vanished in the night, victims of the Shosuro Inquisitors. And yet, even the dreaded Inquisitors could not find every possible avenue of dissent. It was in the lands of the Dragon, in the autumn of 1133, that a group of unlikely allies first formed together—at the time, their names were known only to a few, but as you are reading this chronicle, you will soon become familiar with them. Not only with the many legends which have sprung up surrounding them, but with the truth of their deeds, for it was soon to be a momentous period in the history of Rokugan.


-Excerpts from the introduction of The Scorpion Emperor: A History, by Miya Shouko.

It’s only autumn, but in the already chilly mountains of the Dragon lands, the autumn air can chill to the bone. It’s already been a month since your arrival in the court of Mirumoto Tarou, but the chill here still surprises you from time to time—even for those used to the Dragon lands, for Tarou’s court is isolated and the area inhospitable. Whatever the official reasons you were sent here, there’s no question in your minds—you’re not here to actually accomplish anything. This place is where careers go to be forgotten.

It’s not all bad, of course. With so little of importance going on, there is little pressure to perform, and the prospect of saying the wrong thing and being abducted by the Inquisitors is a distant and unlikely danger at best. For the most part, court is brief, simple, and you are largely left to your own diversions, such as can be pursued here in the mountains, at any rate. Pastimes such as painting, Shogi or Go, or composing poetry while meditating are all popular among the few courtiers assigned to this place, and you’ve found much time to broaden your own horizons.

You’ve come to know one another, at least on speaking terms, as well as many of the other inhabitants of Shiro Murakumo, Cloudsplitter Castle.

Mirumoto Tarou, your host, is an ageing samurai nearing the age of retirement. He has ruled this castle since shortly after his Gempukku, and is well-liked by his people here. He is generally a quiet man, with sad eyes—from what you understand, his beloved wife recently passed away and he has been more and more despondent since that time.

Mirumoto Chihiro, his only daughter, is a kind and soft-spoken girl just past her gempukku. Many who see her assume she is a courtier at first appearances, but when she dons her practice armor and practices her kenjutsu, it is obvious that there is steel within this girl, and a talented swordswoman besides.

Mirumoto Dai is Tarou’s cousin, a portly samurai a few years younger than his lord, but who looks older because of his weight and his thinning hair. He’s much jollier and more outspoken than his cousin or his niece, and takes great pleasure in the small things in life. He generally acts as an advisor to Tarou in court, as well as overseeing much of the daily operations at Shiro Murakumo.

Agasha Arashi is the court’s premier shugenja, a young, fierce woman who spends much time outdoors communing with nature, regardless of the weather. She’s just as likely to give a cryptic, one word response to a given question as she is to provide a direct, one word response—but she is definitely not one to speak more than absolutely necessary. She does enjoy a cup of heated sake in the evenings.

Togashi Goro is a Togashi Tattooed Monk who has been visiting the castle for a few weeks now. He hasn’t given any particular reason for his presence, and spends his days in meditation or in watching people.

There’s Gohei, an extremely elderly monk, who seems almost feeble-minded, but still plays Shogi and Go like a master.

Suibito
is an old nun, kindly and wise, who keeps the library of Mirumoto Tarou in order. She’s been there as long as anyone can remember, and most of the residents say she’s been old the whole time.

Asako Kouchi is a very nervous young Phoenix courtier. He stammers slightly, jumps if he doesn’t notice someone coming, and is generally a bundle of nerves. He’s very knowledgeable about history, and particularly in heraldry and lineages.

Doji Fuyuko is a Crane courtier, though an abrupt, haughty, and often rude one. She views her assignment to Shiro Murakumo as a punishment (which it is.) Everyone else views her assignment to Shiro Murakumo as something to be suffered through as gracefully as possible.

Kitsune Kyubi is the only person who seems to be able to put up with Doji Fuyuko’s outbursts. The young Mantis shugenja simply smiles and shrugs off the worst of Fuyuko’s abuse. She’s a talented painter, and has come to the Dragon lands to find inspiration in the breathtaking views.

There are others, of course—the heimin and eta who serve, as well as a number of itinerant monks and various samurai who are not assigned to the castle for a long term assignment, and even within a month, the relative isolation of this place and the laid back nature of the courts means that there are some who, for one reason or another, you have not had an opportunity to meet.

On this particular autumn morning, though, there is an unusual amount of activity here, for arrangements are being made for an upcoming visit—Arrangements for Chihiro to marry have just been in the works for some months now, and her prospective bridegroom is coming to Shiro Murakumo to finalize the arrangements. Heimin and eta servants bustle about the normally calm courtyard, cleaning long-neglected areas and generally making sure all will be in order for the arrival of his entourage. Many of the other inhabitants, with no other immediate duties, are in the courtyard, observing—it’s something different, which is at least novel here. What will you be doing at this time?

(Also, please post your character sheets in this thread to help keep me sane)

Zero Suit Ridley fucked around with this message at Jun 23, 2013 around 02:53

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Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



pre:
Togashi Win
Togashi Tattooed Monk Rank 2
Insight: 130+22 = 156
Honor: 5.5
XP: 3
 
Air 3
- Reflexes	3
- Awareness	3

Earth 3
- Stamina	3
- Willpower	3

Fire 2
- Agility	3
- Intel		2

Water 2
- Strength	3
- Perception	2

Void		3

Athletics 1
Defense 1
Craft: Tattooing 1
Jiujutsu 7
Lore: Theology 3
Meditation 3
Etiquette 2
Sincerity 2
Investigation 2
Hunting 3
Stealth 1

Tattoos
Scorpion
Wolf


Friend of the Brotherhood
Blood of Osano Wo
Kiho: Touch the Void Dragon
Kiho: The Rolling Avalanche
Hands of Stone
Ascetic
Contrary
Cursed By The Realm: Meido
Togashi Win

The night had been spent standing in the stream. Cold water from the first snows of the mountain had swelled the autumn waters, and even here small chunks of ice brushed the man's skin. Win found it refreshing, to clear the mind and soul. As Lord Moon turned overhead and the night made a thousand small sounds, the stream flowed. Through it all, it flowed. Never the same, ever changing. He would strive to be like that. He would become as the water which flowed from the mountains to the sea.

Hours later he is going through the steps of the endless katas with the Little Brothers who were present. An elaborate dance, one that focused the mind and body. They were his seniors by many years, perfect technique. He does not break his motions as the din of the visitors comes in, there would be time enough for that soon.

I have rolled a 40 on my meditation to get Touch of the Void Dragon up and running; I am assuming the mountains we are in are EARTHY?

Winson_Paine fucked around with this message at Jan 20, 2014 around 05:23

CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

KERSPLAT

Tekre has probably been bunking with the servants, being a filthy rat and all, talking off the ear of anyone who will listen to her about any possible shiny things that she can barter for. She's noticed the ruckus in the courtyard, though, and has assumed an unobtrusive position, maybe under (Or up in) a nice tree that nobody else has claimed, looking out for the object she currently desires above all others.

ProfessorCirno
Feb 17, 2011

The strongest! The smartest! The rightest!


Ikoma Asano



pre:
Ikoma Asano
Ikoma Lion's Shadow 3
Age: 20

Insight 177	Honor 4.5 (6.5)		Status 1		Glory 1		Exp 140/140

Earth	3	Stamina		3	Willpower	3
Air	3	Reflexes	3	Awareness	4
Water	3	Strength	3	Perception	3
Fire	3	Agility		3	Intelligence	3
Void	2

Techniques/Masteries
No Boundaries - No honor lose for use of low skills for glory or goals of the clan.  
3/day, until end of day, target three people, gain +1k0 on all attack/contested rolls.
The Lion Cannot Fail - +1k0 to all rolls using school skills
The Spirit of Ikoma - 1/round spend .3 honor for +2k1 to your attack, damage, and 
Contested Social Skill Rolls until the end of the Round
Etiquette Mastery - +3 Insight
Courtier Mastery - +3 Insight
Investigation Mastery - Second attempt to Search emphasis without TN increase
Kenjutsu Mastery - +1k0 to damage rolls with swords

Skills:			Rank	Trait	Emphasis	Rolls
Acting			1	Awa			5k4
Artisan (Poetry)	3	Awa			7k4
Athletics		1	Str/Agi			4k3
*Courtier		3	Awa			8k4
*Ettiquette		3	Awa			8k4
Games (Go)		1	Int			4k3
*Investigation		3	Per	Notice		7k3
Jiujitsu		1	Agi			4k3
*Kenjutsu		3	Agi	Katana		7k3
Lore (Bushido)		1	Int			4k3
Lore (Heraldry)		1	Int			4k3
Lore (Scorpion)		1	Int			4k3
*Sincerity		3	Awa	Deceit		8k4
*Stealth		1	Agi			5k3
Perform (Storytelling)	1	Awa			5k4
Tea Ceremony		1	Void			3k2
*Temptation		3	Awa	Seduction	9k4

Advantages			Disadvantages
Dangerous Beauty		Dark Secret (Supporter of Toturi)
Crafty				Driven (Help oust the false Emperor)
Heart of Vengeance (Scorpion)	Fascination (Poetry)
Perceived Honor (2)		True Love (Shika, once Doji, now ronin under Toturi after being disgraced by Scorpion)

Combat
TN-to-be-hit:	20
Initiative:	6k3
Damage:		7k2

Outfit: Traditional Clothing, Daisho, Knife, Calligraphy Set, Traveling Pack, 5 koku
Asano held his fan up to his face to make it appear as if he were hiding a grimace as he placed the stone on the board, only to raise it higher to actually hide his widening smile as the Mirumoto opponent decisively placed his stone with a clack, all but ending the game. His opponent smiled gracefully at Asano and offered him the chance to bow out, one Asano took with equal amounts of grace. And with that game, a new acquaintance had been made. If Go had taught Asano anything, it was the value of a small loss for a greater win.

The young Lion had spent most his time in court so far meeting people and getting to know and understand them. Armed with a Go board, snippets of poetry, a tea set, and a ready and warm smile, Asano had done all that he could to implant himself in the court quietly. Even in such a barren and inhospitable land, it was important to make friends. Or allies.

ProfessorCirno fucked around with this message at Apr 9, 2014 around 16:48

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka



pre:
Name: Moshi Haruka 	Rank: 1
Clan: Mantis		Experience: 79/80
School: Moshi Shugenja	Insight: 150

Earth:  2	 Air:  3 	Honor:   5.5
  Sta:  2	 Ref:  3	Glory:   1.0
  Wil:  2	 Awa:  3	Infamy:  0.0
Water:  2	Fire:  4	Status:  1.0
  Str:  2	 Agi:  4	Taint:   0.0
  Per:  2	 Int:  4
	Void:  2

Initiative: 5k3	

Skill		Rank	Trait	Roll	Emphasis/Mastery
Calligraphy     1       Int	5k4	Cipher
Divination      1       Int	5k4
Etiquette       2       Awa	5k3
Lore: Theology  2	Int	6k4
Meditation      1       Void	3k2
Sincerity       1       Awa	4k3
Spellcraft      5	Int	9k4	+1k0 to spellcasting rolls

Athletics	1	Str	3k2
Courtier	1	Awa	4k3
Defense 	2	Ref	5k3
Game: Shogi	1	Int	5k4
Kenjutsu	1	Agi	4k3
Investigation	1	Per	3k2

Advantage			Points
Balance				2
Elemental Blessing (Fire)	4
Hero of the People		2

Disadvantage			Points
Missing Limb (left arm)		6
True Love (Moshi Akiko)		3

Techniques
Favor of the Sun
  During the day, gain an additional Affinity for Fire
  spells. This benefit is lost at night.
  Free Raise on any spell with the Thunder keyword

Spells: Affinity/Deficiency: Air (Fire)/Earth
Sense, Summon, Commune
Blessed Wind, By the Light of the Moon, Tempest of Air
Extinguish, The Fires That Cleanse, Fury of Osano-Wo*

Equipment
Robes, Wakizashi, Tanto, Scroll Satchel, Traveling Pack, 10 koku
As the entourage is arriving, Haruka is finishing her morning prayers. It is only when they are done that she allows her mind to wander to other things, such as the arrival of Chihiro's soon-to-be betrothed. Just past her gempukku and she is already to be married.

Standing up, Haruka thinks of other things as well. The weather here was quite cold, despite it being the beginning of autumn, and already the days were getting shorter. She also sometimes felt that she was not accomplishing enough here in the Dragon lands; after introductions with the new arrivals were finished, she may speak with one of the other shugenja. The Agasha didn't talk much, but perhaps her fellow "Mantis" would be up for some discussion. Or perhaps she would simply play some shogi.

Roland Jones fucked around with this message at Mar 7, 2013 around 03:30

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Moto Daitomu

Dagon posted:



pre:
Name: Moto Daitomu 	Rank: 2
Clan: Unicorn		Experience: 6
School: Death Priest/	Insight: 151
        Shinmaki Order

Earth:  3	 Air:  2 	Honor:   4.5
  Sta:  3	 Ref:  2	Glory:   1.0
  Wil:  4	 Awa:  2	 Infamy: 0
Water:  2	Fire:  2	Status:  1.0
  Str:  2	 Agi:  2	Taint:   0
  Per:  2	 Int:  3
	Void:  2

Initiative: 3k2	

Skill			Rank	Trait	Emp/Mas			Roll
Athletics		1	Str				3k2
Horsemanship		1	Agi				3k2
Hunting			2	Per	Tracking		4k2
Lore: Theology		4	Int	Diamond Sutra		7k3
Meditation		2	Void				4k2
Spellcraft		5	Int	Importune, +1k0		8k3
Etiquette		3	Awa	+3 insight		5k2
Divination		2	Int				5k3
Sincerity		2	Awa				4k2
Spear			3	Agi	-3 Armor 1st Rd		5k2
Defense			2	Per				4k2
Investigation		1	Per				3k2
Divination		1	Int				4k3
Jiujutsu		1	Agi				3k2
Meditation		2	Void				4k2
Calligraphy		1	Int				4k3
Lore: Ghosts		1	Int				4k3
Medicine		1	Int				4k3
Engineering		1	Int				4k3
Stealth		1	Agi				3k2
Sleight of Hand	1	Agi				3k2


Advantage				Points
Sage				  	3
  Unskilled Lore skills are Rank 1.
Friend of the Elements (Earth)		3
  Free Raise with Earth attributes.

Disadvantage				Points
Cursed by the Realm (Gaki-do)		5
  Gaki and hungry dead target you.
Forced Retirement		 	4
  Next IR must be in Monk school.
Disturbing Countenance			0
  TN of Social Skills increased by 5.


Techniques
Blessings of the Shi-Tien Yen-Wang
  Sacrifice spell slot and target one enemy. Contested Will roll. If successful, 
  target can't explode dice or get rerolls for rounds equal to SR.
  Free Raise on any spell with the Travel keyword.
The Diamond Sutra
  +1k0 on Meditation, Fear, and Social Skill rolls involving heimin and hinin. 
  You do not lose Honor for touching dead flesh.


Spells: Affinity/Deficiency: Earth/Air
Non		Earth		  	Fire			Water
Sense		Armor of Earth		Burning Kiss of Steel	The Rushing Wave
Summon 		Stone's Endurance	Envious Flames
Commune		Jade Strike

Kiho
Earth Needs No Eyes (Earth 3/Internal)
  Sense movement within IRx50'
Song of the World (Void 3/Kharmic)
  Contested Void roll to reduce target Initiative by 5 and increase your own by 5.
Depths of the World (Earth 4/Internal)
  Roll to recover from a non-permanent Condition that allows rolls for recovery.


Weapon	Attack	Damage	Notes
Yari	5k2	4k2	Large, Throwable

Equipment
Sturdy Traveling Clothing, Wakizashi, Yari, Traveling Pack, Horse (Unicorn Steed), 5 Koku.

Daitomu spends most of his time playing go with the monks. He was absolutely terrible, no patience for the game really. Maybe it was the mountain air, the solitude, or just throwing himself into the game, but something about working on the problems, losing over and over, distracted him from death at every step. Even the senile Gohei was relaxing to be around, innocent and without a care, except the black and white pieces arrayed before him. Daitomu was happy to be beaten by him, and every match was a wordless lesson, both in go, and somehow a message about life itself.

Now though, there were outsiders coming to the mountains. Outsiders brought questions, brought attention, made things complicated. The empire had enough complications with the Scorpion on the throne. Just when the simple life of a monk was looking appealing, reminders of reality were rearing their heads.

Dagon fucked around with this message at May 12, 2013 around 23:37

Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Togashi Win

Finishing his morning workout, the skinny tattooed monk, scarcely more than a child himself, takes another dip in the stream before returning to court proper. He seeks out the Moto, who he finds kind of fascinating. The philosophy of the Death Priests was so different from what he had discussed in the mountains of the Togashi. "Moto-san," he calls to the fellow as he heads across the courtyard. "Have the scales yet fallen from the heart of wind?"

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Moto Daitomu

"Scales from the heart of the wind? What are you even talking about?" Daitomu replies. Surely it was some sort of proverb from the boy, wise beyond his years. Daitomu was eager to learn, but it always felt awkward to be lectured about theology by someone nearer to half his age. Humility was just one of many things the monks would need to teach.

HiKaizer
Feb 2, 2012

Yes!
I finally understand everything there is to know about axes!


pre:


Matsu Itaru

Clan: Lion 
School: Matsu Berserker
Rank: 1 
Insight Rank: 2/166
Experience: 0

Honor: 8.0
Glory: 1
Infamy: 0
Status: 1
Taint: 0

Air: 3                 Earth: 2
Ref: 3    Awa: 3       Sta: 2    Wil: 2

Fire: 3                Water: 3
Agi: 3    Int: 3       Str: 4    Per: 3

Void: 3

Initiative: 4k3
Armour: Heavy  TN: 30  Reduction: 5

Katana: Attack, 6k3, Damage: 8k2
Ono:    Attack, 8k3, Damage: 4k4


Skills:
+ Athletics 2          (Str) 6k4
* Battle 1             (Per) 4k3
+ Defenses 2           (Ref) 5k3
Heavy Weapon (Ono) 7   (Agi) 10k3
* Jiujutsu 1           (Agi) 4k3
* Kenjutsu (Katana) 3  (Agi) 6k3
* Kyujutsu 1           (Ref) 4k3
* Lore: History 1      (Int) 4k3
Investigation 3        (Per) 6k3
Perform: Oratory 2     (Awa) 5k3
Sincerity 3            (Awa) 6k3

Advantages:
Large
Sensation

Disadvantages:
Lost Love

Inventory
5K, 0B, 0Z
Heavy Armor
Sturdy Clothing
Daisho (Katana, Wakazashi)
Ono,
Travelling Pack: (Blanket, cooking pot, Daisho stand, flint and tinder, musical instrument (flute), 
                  small back banner, small tent, smoking pipe, week's rations, whetstone)
Itaru had been left alone mostly for some time now. His initial entrance to Shiro Murakamo had been filled with some outrageous tales, lots of smiles and spending time with people and the children around the place. He'd had occasional lapses into melancholy from time to time but largely he'd been fairly distracted at the court. All of this had changed when it was mentioned that Chihiro's bridegroom was soon to arrive to finish the arrangements. He had gone pale and weakly congratulated Mirumoto Tarou and Chihiro on her betrothal and upcoming marriage. Then he had excused himself due to feeling unwell and spent quite a while in his room keeping to himself. Naturally the immediate rumour had been that Itaru himself had fancied the lovely Chihiro, after all was she not a promising warrior and he himself a Matsu? Such a pairing in his eyes surely would have been appealing they said and for a day or two this had been what people whispered. But then someone had found out or revealed, it was unsure which, that Itaru had in fact been married and that he was still in mourning over his wife. The climate around him had suddenly changed and when he finally began to emerge he found people giving him a wide space out of respect and in a small way, to avoid an awkward or embarrassing situation.

For his part Itaru was staunchly avoiding the oncoming entourage, both physically and even thinking about the issue. He had decided to practice in one of the practice yards, which was currently empty with the departure of the Togashi Monk. Any attempts for conversation by the monk were politely but shortly returned, making it clear that while not wanting to seem rude Itaru did not really wish to talk much at the moment. He was working harder than perhaps was needed, but working out meant he need not think much about other matters at hand.

HiKaizer fucked around with this message at Apr 11, 2014 around 04:16

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


For clarity, the entourage has not arrived yet.

The relative peace of the courtyard--for even in the bustle of preparations, there is a certain rhythm and calm--is suddenly interrupted by Doji Fuyuko stalking into the center of the area, an expression of pure rage twisting her face. Kitsune Kyubi trails after her, protesting ineffectually.

"Where is the filthy rat? I demand that someone find it and drag it out here to tell me where it's hidden my pearl comb!"

Tekre, you definitely didn't take any such thing.

Fuyuko looks around, and spots Tekre. "You! Ratling! I demand that you return my property, at once! It's not for the likes of your filthy paws to handle!"

Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Togashi Win

Win frowns. "I wish I knew, I was hoping you might. Goro-sama gave me a koan the other day and it has nettled my mind ever since. I had hoped for some insight from another pair of ears," he says with a kind of genial lack of artifice. He is about to say more when the Doji comes crying through the yard. "Excuse me," he says.

Clearly this needed settling, "Doji-sama," he cries as he scampers after her. "I think in your dispair over your loss you may be mistaken. It is naga who covet pearls, not ratlings. Still, you may use this to practice separating yourself from material goods? I know a meditation which may help if you like."

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka

Well, the one whose company she sought had arrived. Unfortunately, she is already occupied by someone else.

"Greetings Kitsune-san, Doji-san, Togashi-san," she says, bowing to the three as she approaches. "Perhaps I can be of assistance. I have been outside since sunrise, and I can say that Tekre-san has not been near your quarters." Haruka uses the Nezumi's name to as a sign of respect (that Fuyuko probably feels she does not deserve). "She has been staying in the servants' quarters, and she has not been inside any of the estate's buildings besides it today. I believe that she, like many others, has been anticipating the arrival of Chihiro-san's suitor." She glances at the hustle and bustle, then continues. "Perhaps that is why your comb has disappeared; a servant may have mistaken it for her of the and put it away somewhere. You should ask one if they have seen it."

Making an assumption here CAPSLOCKGIRL, if I'm wrong correct me on IRC and I'll edit this post.

Roland Jones fucked around with this message at Jan 28, 2013 around 02:08

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Fuyuko takes a deep breath, and behind her you see Kitsune Kyubi surreptitiously cover her ears.

"How dare you imply that I'm losing my temper over something trivial! I'll have you know, I've asked around and all manner of precious items have been going missing of late! Why, Agasha-san confided in me that someone had stolen a vital ingredient to one of her experiments just the other day, one that she had procured at great cost! Well she may be willing to remain silent and arrange for a replacement, but my pearl comb is irreplaceable and--"

Her tirade is interrupted by an unmistakable sound--the sound of hoofbeats coming up the mountain approach. The entourage of Chihiro's bridegroom is not scheduled to arrive for another few days, though, and so far as any of you know, they're the only scheduled arrivals to such a remote castle.

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Moto Daitomu

Moto Daitomu steps into the courtyard, more to see who the new arrival will be, but the Doji's outburst gave a good excuse. "Calm yourself, Doji-san. I'm sure your comb is a valuable family heirloom that has only touched the tenderest of Crane scalps, but we have visitors."

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka

Ah. Now Haruka remembers why she tries to speak to Kyubi when the latter is alone. She may be able to bear it, but the Fox's frequent companion was... Less elegant than one would assume of a Crane.

"Of course, no offense is meant. However, that only makes it even less likely that Tekre-san is responsible; as I said, she has been staying with the servants. They would have seen if she had been bringing valuables into where she is staying, and there are few other places she could hide such things." She glances over towards the gates. "If you would like, after our visitor is properly introduced and seen to, I myself will help seek out the thief. It would be unfortunate if the arrival of Chiriho-san's bridegroom were to be marred by common thievery." She thinks over her own possessions, and while her two most valuable ones, her wakizashi and her scroll satchel, were on her person at all times, she decides that should make sure that she too hadn't lost anything, after she had met their new guests.

CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

Blame timezones and monsoon rains and smartphones.

Tekre is pretty calm about all this, hopping out of her tree, and making her way over to the enraged woman, weaving through the throng of courtiers. Giving her best approximation of a Rokugani bow (Which she's learned is a good step towards placating someone) Tekre replies; "Tekre barters, and hunts, and does not steal. She does not have your shiny-thing."

Imagine a feminine Deekin for Tekre's voice.

Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Win

"The Little Teacher said treasures laid up on earth were as a stone cast into water to the soul. To let go of such mortal attachments is key to becoming more than what we might be." He considers a moment. "If many small things are missing, perhaps it is a tanuki, or a raccoon, or a magpie. Did you see any droppings in your room?"

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Fuyuko regards all of you with disgust, but is spared the need to respond by the arrival of the unexpected visitors. A group of mounted bushi in Scorpion colors march into the courtyard, escorting a richly dressed Scorpion woman bearing the Shosuro mon. She wears a mask concealing her entire face, designed to look like a cat. One of the bushi dismounts and helps her down. She casts her gaze around the courtyard, taking everything in. Another of her escort catches one of the heimin by the arm and curtly instructs him to inform Mirumoto Tarou of the arrival of his mistress. The terrified heimin nods once and dashes off into the castle interior.

CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

You have no idea how annoying it is to keep up with this on a smartphone.

Tekre raises a furred eyebrow at the blue lady, and looks back over her shoulder to scan the newcomers for shiny objects she might be able to barter off of them..

4k3 Investigation.

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Moto Daitomu

Scorpions. Their presence here couldn't mean anything good. As they dismount, Daitomu gracefully exits, courtyard left, getting out of the way. Just who was this woman? He would watch, and wait, for now.

Lore: Heraldry (from sage) 4k3 to recognize the 'mistress'

HiKaizer
Feb 2, 2012

Yes!
I finally understand everything there is to know about axes!


Matsu Itaru

Itaru heard the goings on of the courtyard vaguely, something to do with the Nezumi. Such creatures were strange to him and he was more inclined to racism than not, but he was polite and honourable if at least stiff the few dealings with the creature he had had. Should it have taken the comb, he thought that was what he heard, he would not have been surprised. Yet the Fuyuko-san really should have known better than to make accusations without at least some evidence.

Itaru finished up his practice and then paused as he passed by an entrance that revealed the courtyard. He lingered, watching what would happen next. Itaru did not exactly skulk, but he did not really make himself obvious or introduce himself.

Investigation: 5d10k2 24

Edit: I rolled a 10 but forgot the exploding notation. As my result was 5 I added it onto my result, but it doesn't match.

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Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Togashi Win

Turning distractedly, Win looks to the newcomers. This was likely trouble, certainly. The Scorpion were ever bothersome, and they were almost nothing but a layer of masks. A chance to chase the rabbit of truth, perhaps.

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka

Watching silently as the visitors arrive, Haruka attempts to recognize the new arrivals. She hasn't spent much time among the Scorpion, though, so her knowledge of their nobles is perhaps a bit rusty.

Untrained Lore: Heraldry: 19

ProfessorCirno
Feb 17, 2011

The strongest! The smartest! The rightest!


Ikoma Asano

While Asano tries not to associate himself too much with the ongoing problems with the haughty Crane - such loud and public accusations dishonor those who make them as well as any who involve themselves, in his experience - he pays no small amount of attention to the coming Scorpion. It looked as though this would not be the relaxing time at court that he thought it may be. He paid extra attention to the masked scorpion woman in hopes of identifying her...with no luck, too distracted with the rush of emotions at having his enemy come straight to him.

Lore: Heraldry vs SCORPIOOOOOON: 4d10o10k3 9

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Daitomu & Itaru

You recognize this woman from descriptions you've heard as Shosuro Shizuka, one of the Shosuro Inquisitors. While she is notorious and the organization to which she belongs is viewed with dread, her own reputation is one of kindness and mercy--petty disloyalty does not interest her, and generally she overlooks it. She's discovered incontrovertible proof of several major conspiracies in the past, though, and the perpetrators are dealt with swiftly--but at least openly, unlike those seized by many of her comrades.

Tekre

The newcomers are dressed in spiffy red and black outfits, with shiny belt-buckles and swords. They seem to be more of a ceremonial guard than a bartering force--they're all dressed just about the same, and they all seem to have the same equipment. Except for the lady in the cat mask, anyway. She's got a small box in her hands, carved with beautiful engravings.

Asano, Haruka, Win

You're not familiar enough with specific Scorpion to know who this particular one is, but from her garb and the way she carries herself you can tell she's someone important. You see Kitsune Kyubi and Doji Fuyuko both looking at her with some concern, however.

Everyone

Mirumoto Tarou emerges shortly from within, and bows formally. "Shosuro-san, what an unexpected pleasure to see you visit my humble dwelling. I hope your travels through the difficult mountain paths were not unduly troublesome."

Shosuro returns the bow. "Not at all, Mirumoto-sama," she responds. "As ever, the rugged beauty of your lands more than makes up for any difficulty crossing them." She looks around. "I see I am not your only guest at this time, however..."

(I'm going to cut the conversation here in case anyone wants to interject or react while it continues, also because I simply despise dialogues between two NPCs.)

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Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka

Noting Fuyuko and Kyubi's reactions to the Scorpion and watching Mirumoto greet her, Haruka thinks to herself. Their wariness and her family mon make her think that she might be an Inquisitor, or at the least a magistrate, but she can't know for sure without asking. That would have to come later, though.

As the Shosuro woman casts her attention to the others gathered around, Haruka steps forward, bowing to her. "Greetings, Shosuro-sama. I am Moshi Haruka, representative from Kyuden Moshi." She doesn't mention her status as a shugenja; the mon upon her kimono already denotes her as such, so she wouldn't be surprised if the woman already noticed it. "It is an honor to meet you."

If necessary, I have 5k3 Etiquette/Awareness.

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CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

Having seen nothing that she is willing to barter for (And being a little scared off by the masks), Tekre turns back to the Doji woman and continues(In a somewhat subdued fashion); "If the blue lady does wish, Tekre will empty out her owned-things to show the blue lady the shiny-thing is not with Tekre."

HiKaizer
Feb 2, 2012

Yes!
I finally understand everything there is to know about axes!


Matsu Itaru

Feeling that perhaps with a lady such as the Shosuro-san was, it would be best to not be seen as hiding. Matsu walked away and briefly mopped himself with a cloth and washed off some of his sweat, before walking into the courtyard with the others. He noted that the Moshi had used Sama and decided that with that precedent set, using San would be seen as an insult. He bowed respectfully as he began his greeting.

"I bring my greetings as well Shosuro-Sama. I was distracted from my training by a commotion here, only to unexpectedly find you leading this group. I am Matsu Itaru. It is my sincere hope that you are here only to join in the upcoming celebration, and not here on less joyous business." He said and took a small step back to allow any others to make their own introductions.

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Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Win

The Togashi hangs back with the Doji, leaning over he whispers, "I see your look of concern, Doji-sama. Do you fear for your combs with this one as well or is your malaise one of the spirit?"

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Moto Daitomu

It could be worse. Shizuka wasn't one of the zealots, but her presence meant there was something amiss. Daitomu would watch and wait, for now, taking a seat nearby, and producing a Yuzu fruit from his satchel to snack upon while he watches.

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Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Win, Tekre

Fuyuko hisses at you. "Oh do hush. The filthy creature has likely hidden it in some little nest--but for Heaven's sake now is hardly the time to deal with this nonsense."

Haruka, Itaru

The Scorpion woman bows slightly in acknowledgement. "I am Shosuro Shizuka. It is always a pleasure to make the acquaintance of promising young samurai such as yourselves. Ah, I see Doji Fuyuko-san is here as well, and upset about something. I do hope it's nothing too serious."

She turns to Tarou, opening up the box in her hands and offering the contents for him to see. "A trifle for you, Mirumoto-san--a fan decorated with an image of mountains. I saw it, and was reminded of your home..."

After the traditional process of refusals has been observed, Mirumoto accepts the gift and, after commanding one of the servants to see to accommodations for Shizuka's honor guard, withdraws with the Shosuro to continue in private.

Kitsune Kyubi lets out an explosive breath once the Scorpion have cleared the courtyard. "What do you suppose she's come out all this way for? Do you think--"

"Don't be ridiculous!" Fuyuko interrupts her, waving a fan dismissively. "Clearly none of us would be so crass as to be conspiring against the Emperor..." Her expression isn't as confident as her words--she's definitely worried, and it doesn't take a skilled courtier to see it.

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Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Win

"Perhaps she heard about the loss of your comb," Win says with deep sincerity. "Already you note the ephemeral nature of the trappings of what we can perceive," he finishes approving of her recent conversion. "There are deeper issues to be concerned with."

CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

Tekre switches the raised eyebrow, signifying continued confusion, both at the Blue Lady and the situation developing around her. "Nest? Tekre has no nest here, only sleep-bed, nest is for pups and parents and Chitatchikkan, not for Trr'Trr-Tekre."

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Tekre, Win

"Can it even speak a civilized language?" Fuyuko turns to Tekre, sneering, and speaks very slowly. "You. Are. A. Filthy. Thief. Return. My. Belongings. At. Once."

Kyubi looks mortified. "Doji-san...don't you think that's a little too much? She clearly has no idea what you're talking about. There's plenty of other possibilities...I know! We could ask Haruka-san to commune with the kami and ask them if Tekre was the one who stole your comb!"

Fuyuko looks pensive. "That's not a bad idea...and when the truth comes out, we can see this filthy beast thrown out of here!"

Fuyuko pointedly ignores Win throughout this exchange.

Dagon
Apr 16, 2003



Daitomu

"The monk is right, Doji-san." Daitomu says through a mouthful of the fleshy citrus fruit. "Among my people, when the Lords of Death take you, it is only you, your horse, and whatever is on your back. Trinkets like combs are of no importance."

"This, though." He gestures with his half-eaten fruit towards the troubled gossips in the courtyard, whirlpools left in the Shosuro's wake. "Conspiracy! Inquisitors! Something important has come to court."

Winson_Paine
Oct 27, 2000



Win

"Indeed. Better to concern yourself with more pressing affairs," Win says as a smile twitches the edge of his mouth. "You will doubtless need a gift for our new visitor, no? I am relieved, I have recently come into possession of a pearl handled comb and did not know what to do with it. Yet as the water flows from the mountain to the sea, so the comb must tumble from hand to hand."

Roland Jones
Aug 18, 2011

i wasnt scared at all


Moshi Haruka

Haruka nods at Kyubi's suggestion. "That is what I was thinking myself; if we have a thief about, then it is important that they are discovered. We wouldn't want them to affect Mirumoto-sama and Shosuro-sama's meeting, or Chihiro-san's wedding arrangements. Perhaps we can recover Doji-san's comb and what Agasha-san lost as well." She ignores Daitomu and Win for now; the less she has to do with the Infiltrators, the better. "Tell me where you last had your comb, and I will meet you there; I will need to get an offering to the kami before I attempt to commune with them." She thinks to herself; getting the offering would also offer her a chance to make sure nothing of her own was missing.

Basically that; asking where to meet them, then going to get some incense (fire kami are assholes unless you give them something to burn) and other things from my quarters and will meet them there.

CAPSLOCKGIRL
Jul 21, 2011

I actually just hold down the Shift key.

Tekre stares at Win, her expression first of surprise, then one of annoyance. "Why did the Jakr'Chik simply not tell the Blue Lady that he had the shiny-thing when blame was being heaped on Tekre?"

Zero Suit Ridley
Jan 20, 2004

Trout Clan Daimyo


Haruka

Fuyuko calms down, somewhat. "It was in my room, of course. Thank you for your assistance, Moshi-san, it is most appreciated. In truth, I understand that such things are transitory, but this particular comb once belonged to my great-great-grandmother, who received it from the Emperor himself as a gift for her great beauty and charm, which I have of course inherited. It is truly more sentimental in value than anything else, and I would be quite saddened to lose it. I shall be awaiting your arrival." She turns and sweeps away, ignoring the two monks and the nezumi entirely.

Everyone

The atmosphere in the castle has shifted noticeably from one of anticipation and preparation to one of dread and fear. The arrival of the Scorpion in the midst of what was to be a celebration has definitely put a damper on things. Mirumoto Dai emerges from within the castle, spying the group of you, and approaches.

"I hesitate to intrude on the valuable time of our honored guests, but there is something I would discuss with you all--privately. I cannot force you, but if you would, please join me at the top of the observation tower in three hours time." Saying nothing further to you, he bows, and goes over to one of the Dragon bushi who guard the gates, dressed in full armor--you have all met him a few times in passing, and know his name to be Kenji, though his duties and yours have not intersected frequently enough for you to know much more about him. Dai speaks to Kenji quietly, and the latter nods once in understanding.

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ProfessorCirno
Feb 17, 2011

The strongest! The smartest! The rightest!


Ikoma Asano

Asano continues to watch the argument with the Crane, not yet getting fully involved, calculating mentally. The Crane would make for a truly atrocious ally; siding with her would be pure folly, even if she was correct. If she were right, people would only remember her outbursts, and if she were wrong, the shame would be immense. At the same time, making an enemy of her would be equally unwise; she was arrogant enough to be dangerous, willing to - if accidentally - shame others alongside herself when upset. Best to let the bird squawk on it's own and prove itself wrong. Still, he could always provide assistance to the others without openly upsetting the Crane...

Asano is already getting ready to join the others to assist them rqen Mirumoto Dai comes down, capturing his attention completely. Matters involving the Scorpion interest him far more, and he quickly agrees to meet at the observation tower.

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