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Hida Jitenno

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  1. Hey guys, I'm so sorry. I overestimated my capacity to run a game right now. Stuff's just a mess here and I won't be able to give this the effort it deserves for a few weeks minimum. I apologize for being gone. I kept convincing myself I could get to it "tomorrow" but I can't. In a few weeks I should be more settled and everything should calm back down. I'm really sorry.
  2. "Nice t-," she clears her throat, "an honor to meet you," Ayaka finishes, the words sounding rote and trained rather than her natural greeting. She throws a glance back over her shoulder to the main terrace, then turns back. "Yes, so it seems. I can spare a moment for friends, but I must keep it short." She turns her arms over to show her tattoos to Jinyo more. "Yes, they are relatively fresh still, though I'm sure your trained eye already caught that. New paths in life, new symbols of that path."
  3. Ayaka inclines her head, then tucks her thumbs into her obi. "Yes, reliance on the Fortune of Strength is essential in time of war. The question remains whether he can be remember as highly during the new peace. So, Kuni-san, who are your friends?" She gestures to the two who didn't introduce themselves.
  4. "Ah, I was fairly certain it wasn't the water. This residue was on the water glider as well. Aruzhan-san, do you know of any ritual that requires this phosphor?" He offer the jitte handle-first to her.
  5. Hekasu drops the bucket in surprise from Aruzhan. "Calm down, mom, it's just a taste. I scooped the gunk aside. I," in the words the GM used, "know the practicalities of drawing water from a well without getting a mouthful of algae." Hekasu then reaches for his katana, frowns, then looks to the others. "If any of you have a tanto or similar dagger, there's some residue right there." Then he glances at Aruzhan, "but don't worry, I won't touch it directly. I think that's what ignited here, when it touched the water."
  6. Von - just give the results in spoiler boxes in the main RP thread, like we do in Magnus Grendel's game.
  7. "Burning water?" Hekasu blurts out, surprised. "Ah, hmm. I guess it can do its own boiling," he jokes. He dips a pinky in the water then taps it to his tongue, trying to get a taste of anything that might be off about the water itself.
  8. Ayaka returns the bow in kind. As she does, you see a tattoo on each inner forearm: a simple three-tier temple on her left arm and a yari on her right. The tattoos look like they were done within the last month or so. "Suda Ayaka, formerly a taisa of the Legion's vanguard," she says, to explain knowing Kamaitachi.
  9. Several courtiers snap open fans in surprise, the whisper growing more intense. For her part, Ayaka gives a characteristic smirk, one Kamaitachi would recognize as her "pre-battle chutzpah," and bows back. "Kamaitachi-san! What a surprise to see you so far north. But please, 'Ayaka,' between battle sisters, is more than enough for me." She gestures for you to lead the way. Now that you get a better look at her face, you see two light scars, one running over her right eye and one parallel down her temple right beside it. Her eye itself is fine - it looks like the cuts must not have been deep. This is new since the war.
  10. A bit of quiet surprise moves through the main area. A mid-20s woman walks into the terrace, midnight-black kimono with a simple yari mon patterned in red down her right arm. She wears three layers, suggesting she is lower-ranking than many in attendance, yet wealthy enough not to wear merely two as a high-placed servant would, and she has no family or clan mon either. Her hair is pulled up into a warrior's topknot, but she carries no short blade to suggest her status as a samurai. In short, the hubbub seems to be centered around her contradictory appearance.
  11. "Though, the water beneath the surface might just be good, especially with a bit of boiling..." He grabs the bucket, looking at it, "I do think this was used recently, though." He glances to Aoi to see what reaction the man has.
  12. "Well, I feel a bit relieved if we're not going to have a showdown with a spirit. I had begun to, ah... wonder, slightly, when it looked like an entire horse disappeared!" Hekasu looks back at the water, "Well, define 'drinkable.' You could probably scoop a cup of it and pour it into your mouth... but it's going to be chewy."
  13. "Hiruma-sama, that well over there," Hekasu gestures toward it. "Is it commonly used?" He makes his way over to inspect it.
  14. At the mention of sake, a nondescript servant appears, eyes downcast, holding a well-crafted wooden box, steaming in the almost-warm air. The servant's robes are marked with the Isawa mon, indicating the family he serves. The bottle is marked with the kanji 'Kyou' - Apricot. He bows, presenting the bottle for approval or dismissal.
  15. The gates of Kyuden Asako have closed three weeks before the official start of the Winter Court. Unseasonable blizzards have swept across the Phoenix Lands. Fortunately for our intrepid party, their invitations came and travel was timely arranged. This is not the Winter Court. Hantei II is wintering at Kyuden Akodo, as are all the Clan Champions and Elemental Masters. Rumors fly throughout the town that Otomo's son will be attending, searching for a wife among the Asako. Several taisa from the War represent all the Clans, and a retired elderly Priestess of Bishamon is preparing the opening ceremonies. Today, though, the festivities have not yet begun. After three days of nonstop snowfall, there has finally been some sun. The servants have cleared away an outdoor terrace, lit eight braziers around. Four shugenja students, likely old enough to take their gempukku in the spring, tend to the fires, moving the warm air about for a pleasant early-fall temperate. Various under-dignitaries have assembled to talk. Even if the official Winter Court hasn't started, maneuvering has begun. Favors are being discussed behind fans, while veterans share quiet moments for comrades lost. Into this scene, our PCs enter!
  16. Okay guys, sorry about the absence. I"m gonna get the RP thread started up today. Thanks for you patience.
  17. Okay, sorry for the AFK guys. I got a new job about 300 miles away from where I currently live, so I've been apartment hunting. I will sit down this afternoon/evening or Monday and get things together to start. I'm going to make a new thread for the game. If you guys are good with not rocketing into the action, we can start the thread with general IC roleplaying as you meet at the opening of Winter Court while I get my OOC life organized 😂
  18. Maho exists, but do recall that blood magic was commonly used before it became corrupted. Isawa was a master blood mage. We're at a point of transition with that. It's clearly got "problems" and its use is now officially discouraged as Hantei II has accepted and endorsed elemental prayers as magic. That said, the corruption associated with maho-tsukai in later centuries absolutely exists, it just isn't easily understood yet. The Kuni, any shugenja that served heavily in the War, and what remaining independent shugenja from Hida's Legion remain, know there's more than just "correlation" with blood magic.
  19. Can you come up with a reason how you got it from the Ivory Kingdoms?
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