The Ghost, When Examined...   Posted by Little Teacher.Group: 0
Little Teacher
 GM, 6177 posts
Fri 12 May 2017
at 04:31
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 113):

As you approach, you can see the side of the man's face.  It is Iku-san.  He is laying on his stomach.  It seems he has some kind of belly wound as the ground is wet with blood.  But you would have to turn him over to be sure.
Akodo Jubei
 player, 480 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Fri 12 May 2017
at 04:54
Akodo Jubei
(OOC: Is there some reason why I shouldn't?)

Jubei has to be sure Iku has indeed passed on. If Iku-san was killed in this assault...that has many, many implications. He'll have someone, preferably somebody with some medical training, move him.

If Iku isn't flat out dead, he'll have the wound bandaged and hope he can be saved. If on the other hand, he has passed...then he needs to be buried properly, and he'll abandon the hunt and have him transported back to the city.
Doji Arata
 player, 1226 posts
Sat 13 May 2017
at 02:56
Doji Arata
"I am not entirely sure about 'what'," Arata says, sighing. With the Tanuki gone, he loosens his sash to breathe easier. He slumps back against a decorative stone pillar in a more or less dignified manner.
"And 'now' seems even less certain. But the story of little miss Owl was quite inspirational, no? I wonder, if this Cuckoo and that Crow were to clash in full force, would Naishou be better off or worse? Or perhaps it is we that are poisoning the place with our presence. No matter; here we are. This dream-world politicking is their game, so we must play by the rules, however insane. But would it not be a sweet thing to beat them at it?"
Little Teacher
 GM, 6180 posts
Sun 14 May 2017
at 05:22
Doji Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 116):

He shakes his head.  I do not know. I am a soldier.  I go where they tell me.  I fight when I am told to.  My world is much less complex than yours.  Of which I am eternally grateful.

Our host seems to have some passing familiarity with this...world.  Should we consult him?  Or can he be trusted?

Little Teacher
 GM, 6181 posts
Mon 15 May 2017
at 04:39
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 119):

Nope.  I did miss the medical training line.  Sorry.  As for the others, I did factor them in.  But for once I got some amazing rolls.  However, it's academic now.

We're going to rewind.  I'm deleting our prior posts.  See below.  Thanks.


Your men are still engaged to some degree.  Your second lieutenant is finishing his fight and has some experience with wounds.  You signal to him and glance down the hlll at Iku.  As you do, you see something glinting under him.  He's laying on his belly with a knife in his hand.  You are quite certain he is holding it.  The blade is not thrust through him.  It seems odd he would be holding a blade while laying on his belly like that.  And you are fairly certain he is breathing.
Akodo Jubei
 player, 482 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Mon 15 May 2017
at 06:29
Akodo Jubei
As the 2nd Lieutenant goes over, he says, "Careful. He's got a knife in his hand. He may lash out at you if he thinks you're the enemy. He may need to be restrained before you treat him."

(OOC:Despite knowing what'd happen in the original timeline...I have to give him the chance to be honorable)
Little Teacher
 GM, 6185 posts
Mon 15 May 2017
at 22:44
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 121):

Your man nods and slides down the now blood soaked earth of the slope.  He stops about a sword's length away, drawing his own weapon, and saying <Goldenbrown>Lord Iku-sama?</Goldenrod>

Iku starts to laugh.  He lays there laughing and shouts out, So you finally learned caution, neh Jubei-sama?  I would have thought your fine tutors growing up would have instilled that in you from the cradle.
Akodo Jubei
 player, 483 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Tue 16 May 2017
at 05:39
Akodo Jubei
Jubei replies, "If this was meant to be a test. it was a poor one. Men died here today because of it. And did they not report I waited before engaging the boar, simply because I knew the ones beating the bushes to draw him out might be slain?"
Little Teacher
 GM, 6187 posts
Tue 16 May 2017
at 23:06
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 123):

A test  He raises himself, pushes off his hands, and manages a neat hop up to his knees.  He turns his head to look at you, a sardonic smile played out across his lips.  You really think I am so poor a leader as to allow my men to die because I wanted to test you.  No Lord Akodo.  I want you dead.  You have been a thorn in our side for a while now.  And honto?  I was eager to see one less of your line.  I should have bidden my time.  Taken the advice offered.  So perhaps I am a poor leader.  But I am still a finer man than you.
Akodo Jubei
 player, 484 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Wed 17 May 2017
at 00:39
Akodo Jubei
"Take him into custody. He has to be brought to Fizu-sama for judgment. If he is feeling generous, you may be allowed to give your name back to the Ancestors untainted."

Apparently Jubei isn't feeling kind enough to tell him to seppuku on the spot, or take him off to the Deathseekers. He must face the full shame of what he has done.

(OOC: I figure it's 'brought to Fizu' because this is an internal Lion matter. If it should be brought to Miya-sama instead, we'll do that. Unsure of how that works. Either way, he's been pretty seriously disgraced. I don't imagine he'll be given to the Deathseekers, as this dishonor is by choice, not by accident.)
Little Teacher
 GM, 6188 posts
Fri 19 May 2017
at 02:35
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 125):

I would agree with ordering him taken to Fizu.  If it needs to be elevated to the Governor, Fizu should be the one to do so.  However, it won't go that easy.

Your man nods and advances.  Iku smiles and pulls his blade, switching the blade to his other hand.  Oddly, he has the stance of a Dragon warrior.

I decline Fizu-sama's generosity.  And my name will go where I chose to send it.  Are you too frightened to face me yourself Lord Akodo?
Akodo Jubei
 player, 485 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Fri 19 May 2017
at 05:55
Akodo Jubei
Jubei merely raises an eyebrow.

"You would challenge me to a duel of honor when your first plan was stab the nearest person with a knife? Your notion of honor seems quite flexible, as it suits you."

Jubei isn't at all afraid of this guy. Rather he's implying he's lost SO much honor that challenging him to an honorable match is just hypocritical now.

Making the point more clearly, he adds, "If you were worthy of a duel, you would've challenged me on the battlefield, before it came to this, instead of letting your lieutenant face me and be summarily cut down. It is too late for the duel you want now."

He looks almost sad, "It is a pity...your name would've been better tendered to the Ancestors that other way. But now you have lost that right. Take him away as the prisoner he has chosen to be."

(OOC: I actually think it's more honorable to reject that challenge as a prisoner trying to avoid the dishonorable fate awaiting him.)
Doji Arata
 player, 1227 posts
Sat 20 May 2017
at 04:19
Doji Arata
Arata politely covers a yawn with the corner of his fan.

"How can we form a rational basis for trust in a place where reality can not be trusted? We do have one advantage which I intend to leverage to its fullest; we have nothing to hide. That is a rare and blissful state to be in. Or do you have a different feeling about our situation? I do value your intuition highly."
Little Teacher
 GM, 6190 posts
Mon 22 May 2017
at 23:01
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 127):

I would not disagree.  Some may though. It kind of depends on different GMs POV.  Just so you know for future games.


Iku snarls and charges.

Your man advances, but Iku makes a rather savage lunge.  Your man is just able to dodge enough to avoid having his arm taken off.  But a large gash appears on one side of that arm, spraying blood into the air.

Your Man counters.  Iku sidesteps.

Let the melee continue as is?  Thanks
Little Teacher
 GM, 6191 posts
Mon 22 May 2017
at 23:06
Doji Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 128):

Hawasi shrugs.  I just had tea with tanuki who previously put on a stage play for me.  I am so baffled by the world I find myself living in, I could not even begin to decide what my instincts are saying.  But we should press on I suppose.  There is no point to anything we have previously done if we do nothing further about it.

I can send a message to the acting General about the situation as well as the Phoenix offer if you like.  He can have his staff draw up the agreement and send it for ratification.  It would at least save you a distraction.


Let me know if you want to turn over the Phoenix portion of the storyline to the NPCs.  Otherwise, I'm perfectly happy to complicate your life even more so than I was planning.  Once I get your response, I'll move you to the new thread.

Thanks

Akodo Jubei
 player, 488 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Tue 23 May 2017
at 06:27
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 129):

(OOC: The man by himself is obviously in danger. I'm actually thinking of doing battle rolls to coordinate my people. Iku is obviously a single strong opponent, but the Lion are nothing if not extremely coordinated.

On the other hand, Jubei will know if a line gets crossed and he has to stop trying to make a point and actually defend his people. But in the meantime, there's much to be said for letting one's people find Glory. No man needs all the Glory himself.)


23:29, Today: Akodo Jubei rolled 8 using 1d10+7.  Personal Tactics roll.
23:28, Today: Akodo Jubei rolled 50 using 8d10, dropping the 4 lowest rolls, rerolling max, rerolling ones.  Coordinating the Troops.

(I'm almost certainly winning the Coordination roll, so I'll spend my honor bonus on Tactics. I'll get to heroic opportunity, and save the wounded guy. But the point is to let someone else achieve some Glory.)

The Lion are well trained. Remarkably well trained. And the Ancestors are PISSED at such treachery. Commanding this battle as if it were a skirmish, Jubei skillfully directs his men to take Iku into custody, like the criminal he is. He will be certain to make a note of which man accomplishes this task and see to it he is trumpeted accordingly.

In the meantime, Jubei bandages the wound of the guy who got hit. A wound that bleeds THAT much could bleed quite a bit more, and he doesn't want to lose anyone just to make a point.

This message was last edited by the player at 06:33, Tue 23 May 2017.

Little Teacher
 GM, 6194 posts
Wed 24 May 2017
at 01:11
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 131):

Battle system isn't really for this situation.  Instead, I'll use your rolls as your men's attack rolls.  Obviously you hit.  Go ahead and roll a 8k3 for me on damage please

As another of your men surges forward, Iku howls and thrusts both his blades at him...
Akodo Jubei
 player, 490 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Wed 24 May 2017
at 07:03
Akodo Jubei
00:01, Today: Akodo Jubei rolled 32 using 8d10, dropping the 5 lowest rolls, rerolling max, rerolling ones.  Damage 2.
00:01, Today: Akodo Jubei rolled 42 using 8d10, dropping the 4 lowest rolls, rerolling max, rerolling ones.  Second Attack.
00:01, Today: Akodo Jubei rolled 23 using 8d10, dropping the 5 lowest rolls, rerolling max, rerolling ones.  Damage, then! .

(I was hoping to take him alive. That's probably not happening. Oh well. Kudos to whoever got the killshot.)

Jubei's men surge forwards with their swords to defend their lord. With two very solid hits...well. Iku-san most likely has some explaining to do to the Ancestors.
Little Teacher
 GM, 6197 posts
Fri 26 May 2017
at 00:39
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 133):

Iku seems intent on not going quietly.  He manages to slice through the right side of one man's torso before another of your men manages slash deeply into the traitor's neck.

As his blood pours out, Iku bares his teeth at you and slumps to his knees.
Akodo Jubei
 player, 492 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Fri 26 May 2017
at 01:41
Akodo Jubei
(Is the slashed guy savable? 'into the right side of the torso' makes me think that's a kill shot...)

Jubei orders the slashed man saved, if possible, or properly honored, if he is not. The man who put down the traitor who...frankly, attacked like a mad dog in his opinion, will be called forward to receive glory for striking the traitor down. It's always important to promote the men who show competence, that others might strive to be like them. It promotes valiant and honorable deeds among the troops. And the bigger the Command Jubei gets, the more important promoting his people becomes. He's starting to reach the stage of wanting to promote leaders around him.

As for Iku...a neck wound like that, well, that was nearly a beheading anyway. He's not savable. He orders Iku also wrapped in a shroud, as befits the man Iku was up till 10 minutes ago, not as the traitor he died as. The public didn't need to know about a traitor unless Fizu sees fit to go public with it. But that's the General's call, not his. He tells the men to not trumpet the treachery or go public with it. It would remain an internal matter until the General saw fit to make it otherwise.

With that, it was time to take the party home. The boar they came here for is forgotten...removing a traitor from the ranks is far more important.

(OOC:As a side note...was there any chance of me catching Iku's deceit, or was he just yahtzeeing all his Sincerity (Deceit) rolls? This guy had to be lying out of his ass for months.)
Little Teacher
 GM, 6201 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:15
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 135):

There were a few clues, yes.  But the couple of times a roll was called for he did pretty well.  He has quite a rank in Deceit.  And some help.

The man who took Iku's blade will be given all due respects at his funeral.  The wound is too deep.

The most senior of your surviving retainers reports.  Lord Akodo.  We have lost three men total.  I have counted the total number of Iku-sam...-san's men at eight dead.  The peasants have all fled.  We have one man captured.  One of Iku's men.  He had his leg broken and tried crawling away.  We broke his other foot to keep him from escaping.  Do you wish to speak to him?  He considers and then bows.  Please forgive this one Lord Akodo.  But I feel I must speak.  I am concerned that there may be other traps waiting for us.  If you would allow, I would like to send for reinforcements from the city gate.  I do not wish to try to return until I know we have a proper escort for you.
Doji Arata
 player, 1228 posts
Tue 30 May 2017
at 04:29
Doji Arata
Arata nods tiredly and waves a servant over to extinguish the cooking fire.

"I wonder when my primary duties did turn into distractions. Would you please omit the part about my collusion with forest animals? I fear it would not go over well given the current mood in camp. Thank you, Hawasi-san. Shall we go and offer thanks to our host for the use of his garden?"
Akodo Jubei
 player, 493 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Tue 30 May 2017
at 08:06
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 136):

It is unfortunate, but when fighting a traitor, losses are always more severe than one would hope. After all, those were fellow Lion under Iku's command.

(How many men do I have left?)

"That is prudent. We don't know how many men Iku-san had turned to his way of thinking. Alright, go ahead."

As for the traitor that's been captured.

"Bring him to me."

Iku's attack may have saved him from a trial, but it will not save this man...
Little Teacher
 GM, 6203 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 02:42
Doji Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 137):

Okie Dokie.  Please move to the Old Wounds thread
Little Teacher
 GM, 6204 posts
Wed 31 May 2017
at 02:43
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 138):

If I remember correctly you had eight total to start with.  Five left.


Okie Dokie.  Please move to the Old Wounds thread