Old Wounds.   Posted by Little Teacher.Group: 0
Little Teacher
 GM, 6290 posts
Sun 27 Aug 2017
at 21:13
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 165):

Ochube laughs. I think you may be a firey enough partner. I am not sure I can handle a new steed of your Clan's lineage at the same time. The bond between rider and steed is as personal as siblings, neh?
Akodo Jubei
 player, 532 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 02:30
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 166):

Jubei shakes his head once...

"If I thought he was the head of this serpent, then you may have a point. I think the leadership of the enemy goes higher than Iku-san."
Little Teacher
 GM, 6291 posts
Mon 28 Aug 2017
at 23:32
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 168):

Sheikei raises an eyebrow. Oh? And whom does my Lord suspect?
Akodo Jubei
 player, 533 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Tue 29 Aug 2017
at 03:03
Akodo Jubei
Jubei doesn't name names, there's not enough evidence of that.

"Unknown. But he was sending reports to someone. And the bandits are not currently acting leaderless. They seem to be following someone even still. It feels more like Iku-san was #2 or #3. A big loss...but not the head."
Doji Arata
 player, 1236 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 00:51
Doji Arata
"I would hardly think me worthy of such a thing," Arata says politely, but his eyes gleam with unsuppressed desire.
"But I find that Naishou cares little what I think. Perhaps it would not be so wrong to indulge a little. Say, my lady, what color would you pick for me?"
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1322 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 01:15
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 167):

Lixue looks pained for a moment, feeling rejected by the dismissal of her romantic gesture.  She is quiet for a moment.   She hopes that Ochube-san only speaks from ignorance. "It is an important thing." She says softly,  "to those in my clan it shows that you are held in esteem.  That I know you well enough to choose well.  And it will be a comfort in times of conflict to know that you will have someone besides myself to guard you."

She glances at him uncertainly, "You've mentioned that you don't particularly care for the Crane arts. So I haven't inflicted anything on you. If not with a fine horse, how am I to court you?"
Little Teacher
 GM, 6292 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 02:36
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 170):

Hmmm. I see. What shall we do now Lord Akodo?
Little Teacher
 GM, 6293 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 02:39
Doji Arata
In reply to Doji Arata (msg # 171):

She titters. There are not many Naishou takes the consul of. She considers you a moment. <Pink>Blue and silver for your clan. But that is so...expected. Black as ink. And white as paper. Perhaps you could consider some sort of motif to include?</Blue>
Little Teacher
 GM, 6294 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 02:49
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 172):

Uncle-sama lays a hand on your elbow. I beg your pardon for my nephew's ignorance. He truly does not know what you were asking.

He glances at Ochube, who does look confused. Uncle chuckles at his nephew and then sighs. Marriage can be an uncertain thing. Even for those lucky enough to have feelings for one another. As in most things, communication is key. Part of communication is listening. He taps his ears. These are not for decoration.

Ochube bows quickly. I am sorry. I... He seems at a loss.

Uncle-sama smiles at you. May I make a suggestion? Tell us of your steed. Raiden is his name, yes? Why did you name him as such? What does he run like? How can you tell when he is angry or joyful. He nods. Your clan has a saying, 'If the path were easy, it would not be worth taking', do they not?
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1323 posts
Wed 30 Aug 2017
at 18:29
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 175):

Lixue gives a Ochube a sorrowful look.  She isn't angry..but it is a disappointment.   Ah, well it's better to know where our limits were than to paint a picture of him as some perfect dream hero.    Isn't that was got the Akodo into so much trouble last winter?

Lixue looks away shyly, "This is a little embarrassing.. "But it is how I met my steed.  It is not how any of my brother's met their horses.  But, well it may explain much of our family.  Perhaps two summers before I was sent to school, I was riding the herds with my brother, Yoshikage.  It may seem strange that our parents did not mind their children riding for miles by themselves.  But it is not uncommon.  Perhaps Unicorn children are so lively that our parents are willing to risk for piece and quiet. We were attended by one of my father's dogs to be our chaperone--a story for another time.  And our ponies, the ones entrusted with children..well they are quite sensible."   There is a hesitation to her words, as though this is not a story she has told before.   She admits, "and perhaps our parents did not know how far we were going, or that we were looking for a lion that had been troubling the herd.  But in our own minds, we were great heroes and our steeds were Utaku battle horses.   It likely does not surprise you, Ochube-kun, that with my luck I found the lion."   She says this with a touch of humor.  "In retrospect, it was probably a scraggly thing with one tooth it's mouth. Driven out from Lion lands for being too old and scruffy.  But it had trapped one of the mostly wild yearlings in between the steep banks of a creek--it was a dry summer--and the yearling could not easily climb out." 

She is embarrassed by her youthful impetuous courage. "I was outraged.  I put my heel to my pony and drove my spear at it like a lance.  Somehow I managed to not become lunch myself, or fall off.  And there was a spear sticking out of the lion.  And my father's dog was looking very pleased with itself as well." She wrings her hands in embarrassment--it sounds like the most dramatic, child's story. "I stayed with the foal, who was injured, and my brother rode back to get my father.  He helped us retrieve the foal, and I demanded to be able to keep the foal if I could nurse him back to health."  She smiles fondly, "I think my father was hoping the responsibility would keep me from further adventures.  And it worked until Raiden was old enough to ride.  I named him Raiden because for a long time he had scars like lightning bolts in his black hide.  I think there was a scarred warrior in one of my brother's pillow books. And he would stomp when he was displeased, he was very dramatic until his 4th year--not getting fed first, not being admired properly..stomp stomp stomp."   Lixue smiles fondly.

Lixue smiles, "It is easy to tell if he's angry.  He flattens his ears and bares his teeth. When he is pleased, his ears are up and his tail is waved like a pennant.  His run is different depending on the terrain--but he always seems more gathered than other horses.  As though we might have to leap at any moment."
Little Teacher
 GM, 6295 posts
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 03:00
Iuchi Lixue
Nice work

Uncle-sama nods. Please forgive me if this is an intrusion. But I think it important my nephew understand the intimacy of the relationship you have with Raiden.

At the same time, it is important you understand some of the thought processes of the Crane. Hmm. Let me consider. Ah. Tell me Iuchi-chan: did you have to 'train' Raiden? How did you go about the learning process of riding?

Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1324 posts
Fri 1 Sep 2017
at 23:00
Iuchi Lixue

Lixue considers.  "I am sure that it was expected that I would train Raiden given our..exciting..beginning.  But honto?  I cannot imagine not helping train him.  And as I was quite young, my father guided us closely.  I believe he used the opportunity to teach me how to train a horse.  It brought us closer together."  She glances, still a little uncertain if Ochube-san would want a steed that she trained for him. "But my eldest brother did not train his own horse--he seemed to get along very well with one of the foals from my mother's mare."

When asked about learning to ride the pause is longer.  Finally, "I don't entirely remember.  Does a baby remember learning to walk? I am sure I remember seeing my mother with my younger brother wrapped before her.   I must have been so with me as well.   Learning to ride properly on a pony, perhaps around five years old." 

She blushes and looks aside, "I am sure my brother helped me on his pony before it was quite proper.   What else is an older sibling for?"

Lixue gives Kakita-sama and Ochube-san a questioning look.   She is not entirely sure why they are asking these questions, particularly.

And now that she is asked about the traditional skills, a question blooms in her mind. "If I may, Ochube-kun.  Why do you not care for any of Crane arts?   You clearly take pleasure in seeing the story of a case come together.   You like a neat proverb, more than most.  What makes these things appealing and not a story or a poem?"
Akodo Jubei
 player, 534 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Sat 2 Sep 2017
at 03:35
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 173):

Jubei considered his reply carefully.

"We still have influence with Miya-sama. I believe we can nudge the city into the hands of the people we'd like to deal with all these problems. A well placed word here, a suggestion there...and this all becomes an enemy's problem."
Little Teacher
 GM, 6296 posts
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 00:10
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 178):

I do not dislike stories or poetry. I just find them...unrealistic.

Ochube shrugs slightly. I can be stirred by fine words. Make no mistake. But tales are...how should I put it...self serving? When you are seated for a play, you usually have some idea if it is a tragedy or a comedy. Or you are familiar with the legend it is based on. So more or less you know how it will be resolved. There is little suspense.

But even then, I could enjoy the different viewpoint a tale is told from. But then comes perhaps my second and more major problem: the way they do not conform to reality. Consider the things we have gone through. If these were plots of a pillow book, would they not have resolved themselves much more cleanly?

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Little Teacher
 GM, 6297 posts
Tue 5 Sep 2017
at 00:12
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Akodo Jubei (msg # 179):

He cocks an eyebrow. I see. And which enemy do you think should be given this...'opportunity'?
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1325 posts
Thu 7 Sep 2017
at 01:29
Iuchi Lixue

Lixue considers this thoughtfully, "Well, we may be in one of those stories where the author is cheaply trying to generate interest in the next book by leaving things unresolved.   I think of some of the things that have happened since I left Unicorn lands.."  She smiles ruefully over her cup, "I am more forgiving of an unlikely plot."   Her quip is good natured, as she does not intend to try to convince Ochube-kun of anything.  It is interesting to see thoughts behind his preferences.

She glances at his Uncle with an easy amusement. "Has your Uncle's questioning given you any insight, Ochube-san?"   Even if it had not, it was a well-placed distraction.  Lixue resolves to recall this technique while in court.  It was very effective.
Little Teacher
 GM, 6298 posts
Fri 8 Sep 2017
at 01:07
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 182):

Ochube smiles. With my Revered Uncle, there is a truism: the more out of place the distraction, the more insightful it tends to be.

Posh, poshes Uncle-sama,smacking his nephew lightly on the top of his head with a fan. I am never out of place. You must work on curing him of his insolence Icuchi-san. Now. Let us discuss matters...

Did you have anything specifc you wished to discuss with Uncle and Ochube? If not, we will be moving along. Thanks.
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1326 posts
Sun 10 Sep 2017
at 04:45
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 183):

OOC: Yes, I wanted to ask to borrow a maid while Risa recovers and let Ochube-san know that Lixue is meeting a Dragon tomorrow am.  Would you just like to have done and move on?  Or should I write it out all fancy? :)

Little Teacher
 GM, 6299 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 03:15
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 184):

I forgot you wanted to talk to him abput the Dragon. Please proceed. Thanks
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1327 posts
Mon 11 Sep 2017
at 03:38
Iuchi Lixue
Lixue lets the subject turn light before she mentioning to Ochube-san, "In hopes of closing one of those plot holes you so dislike, I am meeting with Kitsuki Okero tomorrow. Have you met him?"  She asks innocently, "I have never heard of him, but I'm curious about meeting one of the famed Kitsuki."
Little Teacher
 GM, 6300 posts
Tue 12 Sep 2017
at 01:53
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 186):

Both Ochube and Uncle-sama stop and look at you. You seem to have surprised them.

Uncle-sama shakes his head at his nephew. It is probably a different man with the same name.

Well it would have to be, Ochube says in reply. Sorry Lixue-chan. We did not mean to talk apart from you. It was a surprise though. Okero is the name of the Empress' father.
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1328 posts
Wed 13 Sep 2017
at 01:42
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 187):

Lixue is completely still for a moment.  Like a deer who has seen the tiger's footprint on her path. The Empress' father, here?!  It's not possible.  "Well, I can hope that you are correct, but perhaps you might loan me a maid just in case?  Risa will never forgive herself for being ill when royalty visits."

She pauses, "What does he look like?  I agree that it's unlikely for such a person to go around without a retinue.."  There is a little pause at the end that suggests that Lixue does not underestimate the eccentricity of Dragons.
Little Teacher
 GM, 6301 posts
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 04:39
Iuchi Lixue
In reply to Iuchi Lixue (msg # 188):

Uncle-sama shakes his head. Sorry. I was being confusing. It can not be the same man because her father died years ago.

Ochube frowns. If we were not in Naishou. But we are. Ochube turns to you. Sorry. Uncle and iI are having a long running debate about Naishou. Does t2his province seem strange to you? I mean...really strange?
Akodo Jubei
 player, 535 posts
 Daimyo's son
 Future General
Fri 15 Sep 2017
at 09:14
Akodo Jubei
In reply to Little Teacher (msg # 181):

Jubei considers...

"I'll have to confer with father about that. This is a heavy disadvantage to place, but once placed, it'll be a lingering problem. And not easily transferred should I miss a greater threat."

He has some ideas about where to put the poisoned fruit, but...
Iuchi Lixue
 player, 1329 posts
Sat 16 Sep 2017
at 02:49
Iuchi Lixue


Lixue paused at this strange conversation that she might be meeting with a dead person. "Well, regardless of whom I'm meeting. Risa would appreciate the loan of a maid, if you can spare one.  It would be a great consolation to her."

She considers her words to answer Ochube-san's questions.  And there is something stern in it, perhaps a little grim.  She saw this strangeness as a threat.  "Of course it is strange.  And not in an amusing way. If it weren't for duty--and that I could not convince you to withdrawal--I would gather up you and my household and ride hard for the Unicorn border."   She frowns, "I know many will say that Unicorn are too fanciful and so be it.  But there is something in the loss of memory, those butterflies, the way the buildings are put together..."   She cannot quite put words to it, and she skirts the edge of poetry to describe the feeling, at least. "I think we are seeing a shadow, the bent stalks. Oh certainly, there are the usual problems too.  The Lady Miya, the bandits and ronin..but there is something else moving in grass.

Lixue shakes her head.  "I do not know how that Phoenix shugenja ignores it--or pretends too.  Either she is a terrible shugenja or is trying to use it to her advantage."