But Have You Seen Me Lately?   Posted by Little Teacher.Group: 0
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 982 posts
Mon 25 May 2015
at 16:23
Re: Lixue

Lixue is happy enough to let the errand drop.  Hopefully somewhere far away from her.

"Yes I think so; Ide-sama seems reasonably pleased.  She admits pleasantly, though she doesn't seem to have any particular ambition or goal in mind for herself. I think every day I hear news of some new delegate, and I am enjoying the company of those I've met so far."

She expects that tone of things will change once the hunt begins, perhaps people will be come more ambitious, or more guarded.  It is a rare soul that becomes more kind and pleasant when there is more at stake.  The hunt itself seems like the waving of a starting flag.  "If I may, what do you think of Lady Miya's falconry hunt?  I am impressed that her birds are so well-trained to tolerate very many unfamiliar people.  I am not sure everyone falcon is capable of maintaining their composure particularly given that they themselves are new arrived."
Doji Arata
 player, 1031 posts
Mon 25 May 2015
at 22:29
Re: Arata
(I actually have no idea, so I'll make stuff up.)

"Certainly."

Arata smiles and produces a small jar of pickled salt plums from a small laquered chest which he places on the floor between himself and Meichou.

"It is a game of conversation, and the rules are few and simple. We agree upon a subject matter, then we take turns making quick statements on it. Each statement must add to the conversation, but may not be in direct agreement with any of the opponent's previous ones, nor may it contradict or repeat a previous statement of your own. The game ends when either player breaks a rule or concedes. If another round is played, it is customary to let the defeated player pick the next topic."

This message was last edited by the player at 22:29, Mon 25 May 2015.

Hida Kambe
 player, 296 posts
Tue 26 May 2015
at 19:04
Re: Kambe
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 222):

"When was the last time you heard or saw Goji-san?" Kambe asks casually.
Little Teacher
 GM, 5255 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 04:10
Re: Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 230):

(Best advice here is to be armored most of the time, but prepare a few 'leisure suits'. Someone in your position wouldn't need or be expected to be on full alert 24/7.

I'll assume you pack a couple of nice off duty robes, a few trinkets you can bestow as gifts if need be, and various easily transportable courtly instruments such as a game board and a few fans.

Starting you on the new thread. Wait to post there. Thanks.)
Little Teacher
 GM, 5256 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 04:15
Re: Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 231):

Itaru chuckles. "Ithink the handlers will be the ones doing most of the hunting. Though it would not shock me if she had a bird herself. No. We will ride and watch the birds do all the work. Then again, the same would be true if we were the ones launching the birds." He glances at you. "I have not seen the guest list. I would suspect she will invite more than a 'hunting trip' warrants. I suspect this is more a tour of the province and a chance for her to get out from behind the city walls. Either way it should be interesting. Are you a betting woman Lady Iuchi? Would you be up for a small wager?"
Little Teacher
 GM, 5257 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 04:18
Re: Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 232):

(And thus the rules are decided)

Meichou considers and then says, "I consider pottery the lowest of the crafts. While certainly a fine art, at the end of the day, a pot is just a pot."
Little Teacher
 GM, 5258 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 04:19
Re: Kambe
In reply to Hida Kambe (msg # 233):

He thinks. "I last laid eyes on him...what? A month before he died? I think so yes."
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 983 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 12:42
Re: Lixue

Lixue admits with a quick little smile, "Oh, I am happy with the opportunities to get out beyond the city as well.  I am much in sympathy with Lady Miya for that."


She concedes wistfully, "I am not much of a gambling spirit. But I do admire clairvoyance.  It is so clever when someone can look at a elaborate party and say: it shall be thus, and then it just so."   She asks innocently, curious whether he will choose to reveal some thoughts or not. "Do you have such a prediction to make, Bayushi-sama?"
Hida Kambe
 player, 297 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 16:32
Re: Kambe
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 237):

Kambe's eyebrows raise a small amount but otherwise this news is taken with little change to his exterior. "He died a month ago? How did that come to pass?" Kambe said, once again keeping his voice casual.
Doji Arata
 player, 1032 posts
Wed 27 May 2015
at 21:05
Re: Arata
Arata smiles, resting his hand on the finely patterned hilt of his katana.

"I respect the smith that forges good swords, but show me a potter that has made one perfect rice bowl and I shall bow to him and address him as master."
Little Teacher
 GM, 5261 posts
Thu 28 May 2015
at 03:08
Re: Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 238):

Itaru chuckles again. "So sorry. But mediums do not soothesay without some compensation. Risk should always have a hope of reward."

You have come to an intersection. He bows. "I appreciate your service today Lady Iuchi. I hope we can chat more during the hunting trip."

(Anything else you wanted to do here in town? If not I'll move us onto thehunting trip. Thanks.)
Little Teacher
 GM, 5262 posts
Thu 28 May 2015
at 03:11
Re: Kambe
In reply to Hida Kambe (msg # 239):

Isiko blinks. "Oh. Please forgive if I was not clear Hida-sama. I saw Goji-san last a month before he died. And that was three years ago. Goji-san died three years ago. It was an accident on the river as I recall. He was taking wares down river and his boat was caught in a storm. The boat sank. Goji-san was found washed upin shore a week later. Drowned."
Little Teacher
 GM, 5263 posts
Thu 28 May 2015
at 03:13
Re: Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 240):

"Ah but what is the definition of the perfect rice bowl? A bowl that holds rice perfectly? Doji-san may have to do quite a bit of bowing."
Hida Kambe
 player, 298 posts
Thu 28 May 2015
at 16:24
Re: Kambe
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 242):

"Three years ago? I met an individual last evening who seemed to have known a Goji that worked with Lady Hida a bit before we arrived. That is not to say that I think you are a liar, my friend. But such confusion... is odd. Did Goji have a son perhaps?"
Doji Arata
 player, 1033 posts
Thu 28 May 2015
at 19:55
Re: Arata
"Perfection is the virtue of a thing that any change could only worsen. The perfect rice bowl is not first a bowl for rice but defines itself; unique, complete. This is true for any work of craftsmanship."
Little Teacher
 GM, 5266 posts
Fri 29 May 2015
at 04:32
Re: Kambe
In reply to Hida Kambe (msg # 244):

More blinks from Isiko. He seems genuinely confused. "Not to my knowledge, no. That is odd. I shall make inquiries. Hida-sama...it could be an imposter. I have heard stories of imposters as of late. Though no such person among the lower class such as among us merchants. "
Little Teacher
 GM, 5267 posts
Fri 29 May 2015
at 04:36
Re: Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 245):

"So it moves from being a bowl to a perfect bowl, neh?" Meichou laughs. "I will have to conceed. I know not how to counter that argument. Something perfectly crafted is perfect." He refills your cups from the kettle kept warm by a charcoal brazier. "I may not give you much sport Doji-san. But at least you can help me sharpen my wits. Arrigato. Do you think it is worthwhile? The search for perfection I mean. Not the sharpening of my poor, dull wits."
Hida Kambe
 player, 299 posts
Fri 29 May 2015
at 18:45
Re: Kambe
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 246):

"Well let me know what you hear. Also, I do not recall where Lady Hida was sent to, do you recall?" Kambe followed up.
Doji Arata
 player, 1034 posts
Tue 2 Jun 2015
at 18:32
Re: Arata
"If not that, then what is?"

Arata takes a drink, closing his eyes contentedly.

"I do not know that I am ever going to reach that point personally, or that I would even desire to. But if I were to aim for anything less, I do not think I could find satisfaction in the effort. Is it strange to think that way?"
Little Teacher
 GM, 5270 posts
Sun 7 Jun 2015
at 06:36
Re: Kambe
In reply to Hida Kambe (msg # 248):

"You mean Lady Uko-sama Sir? She arrived...oh...about four years ago I think. Maybe five. She never really had much to do with the merchants that I know of. Oh. That's not true Hida-sama. Please forgive my poor memory. She does invite a merchant named Hassa to her house once a month or so. I think Hasso's patronized by the Bayushi though."
Little Teacher
 GM, 5271 posts
Sun 7 Jun 2015
at 06:46
Re: Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 249):

"Sometimes just breathing," Meichou smiles sadly as he answers your first question. He thinks your second question over a moment. "To think that way...no. To live that way? Yes. Sorry." He picks up his tea cup. "But then again what would I know?"

(Unless you have something else you wanted to say to Meichou, I'll move you to the new thread tomorrow. Thanks.)
Hida Kambe
 player, 301 posts
Mon 8 Jun 2015
at 16:12
Re: Kambe
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 250):

"Indeed. Thank you. So much to think about. Could you put me in touch with Hasso? I assure you it is merely to get some information regarding interactions with the former representatives of my clan, nothing more." Kambe says neutrally.
Little Teacher
 GM, 5280 posts
Tue 9 Jun 2015
at 03:03
Re: Kambe
The merchant bows with a content smile. As if he had not a care in the world. "Of course Hida-sama. Consider it arranged."

(Anything you wanted to do before the meeting with Hassa?)
Hida Kambe
 player, 302 posts
Tue 9 Jun 2015
at 15:19
Re: Kambe
Kambe takes his leave to collect his thoughts before his meeting.
Little Teacher
 GM, 5283 posts
Wed 10 Jun 2015
at 02:44
Re: Kambe
In reply to Hida Kambe (msg # 254):

(Please move to the Hunting thread. Thanks)