Chapter 6 - Further Investigation.   Posted by Kaze no Kage.Group: archive 0
Kakita Aki
 player, 11 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Thu 2 Apr 2009
at 21:26
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Aki trailed behind and to the right of Toshirou, keeping his eyes open for any possible threats.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 443 posts
Fri 3 Apr 2009
at 02:23
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
The halls nearest the recently deceased Doji Kusaragi's rooms look like a battlefield.  Deep gouges in the hardwood floors and holes in the shoji doors show the telltale signs of combat.

OOC:  make a perception/investigation (notice) check or a raw intelligence check whichever you feel like
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 445 posts
Sat 4 Apr 2009
at 04:32
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
PM
[Private to Kakita Aki: you vaguely recall that Doji Kasarugi was murdered yesterday, in his rooms--the damages to these walls was much more recent than that]
[Private to Kitsuki Toshirou: these are obviously the signs of a recent skirmish--in fact, you can almost trace the path of the battle away from Doji Kasarugi's rooms towards the rooms of Doji Sotan (a Crane monk who was honored with one of Togashi Yokuni's tatoos some time ago) and Mirumoto Yamada's signature technique (the steel curtain) marking the walls, floors, and even the ceiling
Mirumoto Yamada is Kitsuki Fuji and Kitsuki Ryoma's yojimbo
]

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Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 11 posts
Sat 4 Apr 2009
at 04:50
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Though the battle is likely long past, Toshirou draws his Jitte from it's place at his belt--the situation is not yet so dire he would draw his grandfather's soul.  "The battle moved from here to Doji Sotan-san's room."  His fingers trace slashes through the rice-paper walls. "See how there are twice as many slashes on the left as on the right?  The Steel Curtain style sweeps blows back and forth with bot blades at once, but the off-hand Wakizashi is too short to mark the right-hand wall across the duelist's body."  As he explains, he mimes the appropriate sword technique.  Though Toshirou is not clumsy, it is clear that he is not a master of the style.  "This is Mirumoto Yamada-san's work, no doubt.  But...a fight this severe, yet it did not raise an alarm or attract the guards?"

Ready for anything, Toshirou moves forward. "Sotan-san?"  He calls.

[Private to GM: Right now, my character suspects the involvement of Shugenja, on the theory that a spell of silence is the only explanation for this fight failing to attract attention. Is that assumption warranted? Or is there another reason this skirmish might have gone unnoticed?]

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Kaze no Kage
 GM, 446 posts
Sat 4 Apr 2009
at 05:17
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Doji Sotan-san is is not present at the moment, Toshirou-san," Kitsuki Fuji calls out from inside the room, "may I presume you are here regarding our missed appointment?"

[Private to Kitsuki Toshirou: the palace is a pretty big place, so most of it would not have heard a skirmish in the halls.  The other consideration is that a highly enough ranked person could have cleared the halls in preparation of such an ambush.  That being said, there's no particular reason that a shugenja wouldn't have been involved as a matter of security.  That's not particularly helpful, I know, but you should know all the options ^_^

Oh, btw, Doji Sotan's room is several halls down from Kusanagi's rooms--not close enough that he would have heard the commotion--but his are the closest rooms that a Dragon ambassador might seek safety if they were in danger
]

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Kakita Aki
 player, 13 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Sat 4 Apr 2009
at 12:59
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Upon seeing the scores and slashes all over the walls and even on the floors Aki stepped between Toshirou and the door, whispering to him, "Doji Kusaragi was murdered yesterday but Kitsuki-San, these cuts on the walls are much more recent then that. Beware."

Aki steadied the sheath of his sword with his left hand and would not stray his right hand far from the hilt. Prepared for the worse.
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 12 posts
Mon 6 Apr 2009
at 05:57
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"They lead to Doji Sotan-san's room...and we had best follow," says the magistrate efore acting on his own advice.
Kakita Aki
 player, 14 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Tue 7 Apr 2009
at 14:22
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Yes Kitsuki-Sama" Aki continues to follow him, not removing his left hand from the scabbered of his sword. This whole thing stank of a trap to Aki, having never worked as a Yojimbo before he's not sure how to proceed or how even to voice his concern for the wisdom of Kitsuki-Sama's actions.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 449 posts
Thu 9 Apr 2009
at 04:18
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
A few hallways short of Doji Sotan's quarters the trail of damage peters out--as if whomever were pursuing the ersatz Dragon ceased to do so--though tell tale blood spatter indicates at least one of them is injured--but not likely to be life threatening.  The path leads to the rice paper shoji of Doji Sotan's quarters.
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 16 posts
Thu 9 Apr 2009
at 16:32
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Sotan-san?  I am a Kitsuki Magistrate.  I humbly apologize for this necessary intrustion."  Toshirou opens the rice-paper door slowly so as not to disturb any evidence, unsure as to what he will see...
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 455 posts
Fri 10 Apr 2009
at 16:34
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Ah, Toshirou-san," Kitsuki Fuji replies from his seated position at the table, "my apologies for not making our appointment, but as you can see, other things occupied our attention."

The room is small sitting area, with a low table and a stove for the preparation of tea.  Seated around the table are Kitsuki Fuji, Mirumoto Yamada, and a young servant boy.  Kitsuki Ryoma is standing beside Mirumoto Yamada, bandaging his injuries.
Kakita Aki
 player, 15 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Sat 11 Apr 2009
at 01:17
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Aki Bows deeply to the seated Dragon Clan members. Keeping his sword arm free as he reaches into his sleeve and takes his fan back out, using it to make himself appear nonconcerned as he watched the man being bandaged.
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 17 posts
Sat 11 Apr 2009
at 21:53
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"I had little fear for your safety, my lords, when I recognized the marks of Yamada-san's Curtain of Steel on the walls.  Surely no attacker could have injured you through such sword skill." Toshirou bows deeply as well. "I trust the assailants were slain?"
Kakita Aki
 player, 16 posts
 Crane Clan Bushi
 Androgynous Samurai
Mon 13 Apr 2009
at 04:29
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Aki's ears perked up as the Dragon talked of their sword technique, he stepped further against the wall keeping his eyes on the door leading into the small room.
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 457 posts
Tue 14 Apr 2009
at 01:18
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Unfortunately, no, Toshirou-san," Kitsuki Fuji frowns, "when it became clear that their skill could not penetrate Yamada-san's defenses, they departed and we moved to the nearest secure area we could find.  Fortunately, Doji-san was willing to provide us a place to recover while he left to inquire about our investigative ally, Daidoji Sakura."

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Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 18 posts
Tue 14 Apr 2009
at 01:59
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Toshirou nods. "Cowards. As I would expect from those launching such a dastardly assault."  He glances at the bloody bandages.  "Shall we put our meeting off till another day, My Lords?"
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 460 posts
Wed 22 Apr 2009
at 16:34
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"We might as well do it now," Kitsuki Ryoma shrugs, "it might be some time before we have another opportunity, and if this investigation goes the way I think it's going, we may need someone to back stop us for negotiation.  How open do you think the Crane will be to an open ended military alliance?" he asks, keeping an eye on Kakita Aki.
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 19 posts
Thu 23 Apr 2009
at 18:06
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"That..." Toshirou says, "...that is well beyond my area of expertise, Ryoma-sama.  Most of my life I have spend guarding the villages of the Shichibi range."
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 463 posts
Thu 23 Apr 2009
at 21:02
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Everyone has to start somewhere, Toshirou-san," Kitsuki Fuji replies gently, "and the Crane are about to be involved in what might be a protracted siege here in Toshi Ranbo--meaning we won't be able to get any political support personnel from Hitomi-sama, making us the men on the spot during the siege and Winter Court.  So, in your expert opinion, will the Crane look favorably on a short term military alliance with specific details to be determined at a later date?  Or should we start looking for other Clans that might want allies?"
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 20 posts
Fri 24 Apr 2009
at 05:03
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"My concern, Ryoma-sama," Toshirou says hesitantly, "would not be with the friend we make but rather with the enemies.  The Crane are undoubtedly honorable," he says, nodding to Aki, "and would surely remember and repay out kindness.  However, the memories of the Lion and the Unicorn are even longer, and should either assert a claim to this city..."
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 464 posts
Thu 30 Apr 2009
at 18:35
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"And how do you think the Crane will answer such a response?" Fuji asks, "feel free to respond, Kakita Aki-san, this does, after all concern you and your Clan; and whatever the Dragon response, the Crane have a right to know of it as soon as possible."

OOC:  given Aki's lack of response to PMs, feel free to answer Toshirou

This message was last edited by the GM at 18:47, Sat 09 May 2009.

Kaze no Kage
 GM, 467 posts
Wed 13 May 2009
at 02:58
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Very well," Fuji shrugs, "Toshirou-san, if you would take Akira here to the Governor?  It will be the one place we can be assured is safe until Daidoji Sakura can be located, and you can use the opportunity to sound out the Crane response to an offer of alliance...remember, do not promise anything, but allow the possibility to be known."
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 22 posts
Wed 13 May 2009
at 20:48
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Toshirou bows deeply. "Of course, Sama, I shall do so immediately."

Stopping momentarily to check his Daisho and Jitte by his side, Toshirou nods. "By your leave?"
Kaze no Kage
 GM, 470 posts
Thu 14 May 2009
at 04:00
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
"Of course, of course"
Kitsuki Toshirou
 player, 23 posts
Thu 14 May 2009
at 04:19
Re: Chapter 6 - Further Investigation
Toshirou nods once more, before returning to his feet, smoothing his robes and thankful again for the opportunity to straighten his legs from seiza.  Swiftly, he turns and begins toward his destination, pausing only to ensure his charge follows