Chapter 7 - Minor Complications.   Posted by Kaze no Kage.Group: archive 0
Kaze no Kage
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Mon 21 Dec 2009
at 05:28
Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Well, Tsuruchi-san, Yoritomo Akuto says, "we have the beginnings of an agreement with the Crane, but now we need to get our associates among the Minor Clans to agree with us.  With the Mantis newly minted as a Great Clan, few of the Minor Clans trust Yoritomo-sama to continue to act in their best interests--not that many of them did so in the first place," the seasoned Mantis courtier grins, "now, we--really you--need to convince them that this deal with the Crane is in their best interests, rather than simply in the interest of the Mantis."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Mon 21 Dec 2009
at 06:24
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi nodded as she began to speak. "Hai, Yoritomo-sama. Convincing them will be most important. However, are we ourselves convinced that we are getting exactly what we sought and that the Crane are not simply maneuvering? More importantly, is this deal benefiting the Mantis more than the Minor clans? If so, some demonstration of the Mantis' loyalty to the minor clan's well being may be in order."
Kaze no Kage
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Wed 23 Dec 2009
at 06:39
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Oh yes," Yoritomo Akuto smiles, "for a small application of force and soldiers we establish our place among the ranks of the Great Clans and place the entirety of the Minor Clans in our debt.

"What kind of demonstration were you thinking of?"

Tsuruchi Sumi
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Wed 23 Dec 2009
at 07:07
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Something to demonstrate the altruistic nature of what you do for them. They must never think that you are doing it to place them in your debt. It is fine if they realize it is happening, but they will resent you if they think you are doing it for exactly that reason. You must be seen to have other motives, or rather be seen to have a selfless desire to improve their standing. If this is shown to them you will have not only them indebted to you, but you will have their loyalty and their desire to see you succeed."

"The question is, what could you do to demonstrate this to them?"

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Kaze no Kage
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Thu 31 Dec 2009
at 06:27
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Perhaps we might offer to host and provide the reward for a tournament among the Minor Clans," Yoritomo Akuto replies after a moment of thought, "that would provide them a forum to showcase their skills without being overshadowed by the Great Clans, and by taking the burden of the cost we cannot be accused of doing so for our own profit.

"Do you have other ideas?"

Tsuruchi Sumi
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Thu 31 Dec 2009
at 09:15
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi considered the problem silently for a moment and then nodded her head. "Hai, Yoritomo-sama, I think I do. That is a good idea. Host the tournament between them, then perhaps offer a boon to the winner, something to be named by them, or if they have a problem that our new position or status can assist with, use it on their behalf."
Kaze no Kage
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Thu 31 Dec 2009
at 20:19
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Excellent," Akuto smiles, "have you decided who you will proposition first in this matter?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 1 Jan 2010
at 08:04
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I have in mind perhaps beginning with the Sparrow"
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 1 Jan 2010
at 21:26
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
The rooms assigned to the Sparrow are simple, as befitting the small and humble clan, but of high quality, as befitting their shared ancestry with the Crane Clan.  The Sparrow welcome you cordially and offer you tea and conversation.

"So Tsuruchi-san," Suzume Kirika, one of the Sparrow sub-functionaries asks as you sip your tea, "are you here on behalf of the Mantis?  or have the Wasp tired of playing second biwa to Yoritomo's ambition?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sat 2 Jan 2010
at 09:27
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi smiled pleasantly as she sat down her temporarily cup to speak. "I would not pressume to know the feelings of all my family. However, Suzume-san, I am certain that they all understand that even the greatest performers rely on assistance to create their art."

"I am here on behalf of a cause that I believe in. One that I also believe would benefit your clan."
Kaze no Kage
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Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 08:03
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Very well then, the Wasp have always been good allies to the Sparrow," Suzume Kirika acknowledges, "and have never betrayed our trust.  So what word does your Clan bring to the Sparrow?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sun 10 Jan 2010
at 21:15
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I bring word of a tournament being held by the Mantis in celebration of their new position and so that the minor clans can showcase their skills. The winner will be granted a the boon of a request to be fulfilled." Sumi explained politely, studying Suzume Kirika's expression carefully for a reaction.
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 03:59
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"A tournament, eh?" Suzume Kirika replies, "an interesting proposition to be sure; but what is this about the Mantis's new position?  For some reason I doubt that you are simply speaking of their newly minted Great Clan status."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 04:04
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"You would be correct," Sumi admitted. "It is not only that but in largest part it is the Mantis being given the right to represent the minor clans in court."
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 12 Jan 2010
at 04:43
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"And now we come to the crux of the matter," Suzume Kirika replies, sipping her tea, "the Crane were indifferent representatives at best, biased in their own interests at worst, but there was never any danger to the Minor Clans because we were so far beneath their notice.  The Mantis are a different matter altogether, and I am not so certain that this 'Minor Clan Tournament' that you are proposing will not be to our disadvantage in the long run...

"Very well,"
the Sparrow courtier replies after some thought, "the Sparrow will consider your offer, but only if Yoritomo-sama himself gives his word that the Mantis will not attempt to absorb or annex any of the Minor Clans that do not specifically request such a favor."

OOC:  Make an Awareness/Courtier (Political Maneuvering or Manipulation) check
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Wed 13 Jan 2010
at 10:10
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
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Kaze no Kage
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Thu 14 Jan 2010
at 04:48
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
OOC:  the Yoritomo that Kirika is referring to is Yoritomo himself, Champion of the Mantis Clan (I only mention this because Kirika knows that its unlikely that he said any such thing since there's no way that he could have known that the Crane would give the Mantis representation of the Minor Clans ^_^)
Her two major concerns are 1) the Mantis will use their new status to wrangle concessions from the remaining Minor Clans and 2) the tournament will be a way to set the Minor Clans against one another to make it easier for the Mantis to take advantage of them

Tsuruchi Sumi
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Thu 14 Jan 2010
at 16:42
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
OOC: Okay, I edited it then to read:

"I have been assured that Yoritomo-sama has no such goals in mind. This is an attempt to bring unity and strength to the minor clans as a whole. The Mantis will only profit in this if everyone does since they will be absorbing all the costs." Sumi explained to Kirika. "May I ask however, if Suzume-san is not so certain of the tournament's results, how can she be certain that it will not be to her advantage in the long run?"

Tsuruchi Sumi rolled 22 using 6d10 with rolls of 9, 8 & 5 (keeping the 3 highest rolls, rerolling max).
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 15 Jan 2010
at 05:01
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"The Sparrow have labored for generations to maintain our independence, Tsuruchi-san," Suzume Kirika replies, "the Three Man Alliance proved that we could do so, even against the Great Clans, but not without the help of the other Minor Clans.  So naturally we look with caution on anything proposed by anything proposed by a Great Clan--even one so newly minted as the Mantis."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 15 Jan 2010
at 07:31
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"You make a very good point Suzume-san," Sumi told her honestly. "However, The Mantis, as you said, are newly minted as a great clan. Meaning that until very recently they were a minor clan and have not forgotten their roots. They understand as Yoritomo-sama does, what it means to be a minor clan. And because of that they desire to support those of the station from which they came. If you do not believe in the altruistic motives behind this offer, think of it this way, what would benefit the newest great clan more, to leave the other minor clans to their fates and forget them, or to bring them all together into one unified front. Would that not be equal to another great clan in itself? It is true that the Mantis is not doing this out of pure selflessness, they are doing this in hopes to gather support and build future allies."
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 00:56
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"You make several good points, Tsuruchi-san," Kirika agrees grudgingly, "and have given me much to consider.  I will present your proposal to my superiors with fidelity.  It is likely that they will have many of the same concerns that I have, but the Sparrow are unlikely allow timidity to override our curiosity."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Tue 19 Jan 2010
at 15:08
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi smiled and bowed her head briefly to Kirika. "Thank you Suzume-san. No one could ever claim that the Sparrow are at all timid. I await their decision and hope to see the Sparrow at the tournament."
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 22 Jan 2010
at 04:57
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Oh, the Sparrow will be there," Suzume Kirika replies wryly, "the only question is whether or not we'll be participating or just watching others win the glory."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 22 Jan 2010
at 05:15
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Ah, I see. Of course you are right Suzume-san, that is the question of which I wait anxiously to discover the answer." Sumi replied pleasantly, seeming about finished. She then paused and continued sounding apologetic. "However, may I ask for curiosity, what could it hurt you to participate. If I gave the impression that there was a penalty for failing to win, I must apologize. It was not my intent."
Kaze no Kage
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Sun 24 Jan 2010
at 02:41
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"You've piqued my curiosity and pricked my pride, Tsuruchi-san," Suzume Kirika smiles, "and if it were entirely my decision, the Sparrow--or at least this Sparrow--would face the Mantis challenge with enthusiasm.  But it's not my decision, and my daimyo will make his decision in his own time."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 5 Feb 2010
at 15:01
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi smiled. She considered this meeting a success. The answer she had was likely the best one she was going to get. She gave Suzume Kirika a grateful bow and rose to her feet. "Thank you for your gracious hospitality Suzume-san. I do hope your daimyo will see it worthwhile to come. I look forward to seeing the Sparrow there. If you will forgive me though, I believe I must be going. Something of this importance demands much preparation."
Kaze no Kage
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Wed 17 Feb 2010
at 04:43
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Of course, Tsuruchi-san," Kirika bows, "I wish you good fortune in your endeavor."

OOC:  now where do you want to go?
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Wed 17 Feb 2010
at 05:39
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi bowed her head politely on the way out. "Domo Suzume-san. May you find good fortune as well."

Outside, Sumi considered where next to visit and decided at length to visit the Usagi family of the Hare clan.
Kaze no Kage
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Thu 18 Feb 2010
at 05:09
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Only a few years after the reestablishment of their Clan, the Hare prospered during the tumultuous time of the Clan War.  Though no Clan survived the Clan War unscathed, and the Minor Clans suffered even more than the Great Clans, the Hare's fortunes are clearly on the rise rather than on the decline.

"Well, Tsuruchi-san," Usagi Tsuki says neutrally, after the appropriate greetings have been made, "what brings you to the Hare?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Thu 18 Feb 2010
at 14:36
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Usagi-san," Sumi began once the introductory pleasantries were over. "I have come to invite you to a tournament that the Mantis Clan are hosting in order to celebrate and showcase the skills of the minor clans." Sumi was actually feeling a bit under-prepared for this and the other meetings, she should have spent the time to get gifts.
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 23 Feb 2010
at 05:00
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Usagi Tsuki simply stares at you for a moment in nearly open mouthed shock.

"And what exactly is Yoritomo-sama's interest in this showcase?" she asks, "forgive my bluntness, Tsuruchi-san, but this seems...uncharacteristically generous of the Mantis Champion."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Wed 24 Feb 2010
at 03:47
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"These are unusual times for Yoritomo-sama and due to recent fortunes he has reason to be uncharacteristically generous." Sumi explained.
Kaze no Kage
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Wed 17 Mar 2010
at 03:30
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"The Usagi are a Clan of Bushi, Tsuruchi-san," Tsuki replies testily, "not courtiers, but I get the feeling that you're not just talking about his ascension to Great Clan Champion."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Thu 18 Mar 2010
at 13:53
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Usagi-san is very astute." Sumi said in way of compliment. "I was not only referring to that but other fortunes as well. The Mantis clan has awarded the position to represent the minor clans. In celebration of this Yoritomo-sama has chosen to host the tournament. It is because the Usagi are renowned for their bushi that you were my first choice of clans to approach with the news."
Kaze no Kage
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Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 03:19
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"It seems Yoritomo-sama's ambition is truly as boundless as I have hear it rumored," Usagi Tsuki replies, raising an eyebrow, "but as long as it does not interfere with the Hare's duty, there will be no objection from us.

Now, this tournament is another matter,"
she continues, "what benefit is there to us for participation?  I'm not just asking about the prize--though that would be a consideration, but not one that I expect you to answer here and now--but what is the purpose of the tournament?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Thu 25 Mar 2010
at 11:57
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Ah, but it often takes great ambition to accomplish great things," Sumi commented after Tsuki's initial statement.

"The purpose of the tournament is to provide a place for the each of the minor clans to demonstrate their skills and abilities outside of any context of clan standing. It is Yoritomo's belief, as it is my own, that the minor clans' skills are often overlooked as a matter of course by the great clans simply because of their status as a minor clan. This tournament is perhaps a step toward remedying that."
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 30 Mar 2010
at 22:54
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"An interesting proposal to say the least," the Usagi muses, "and will Yoritomo-sama be inviting visitors from the Great Clans to observe our skills?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Wed 31 Mar 2010
at 05:08
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi give a light-hearted giggle while covering her mouth demurely. "Why, Usagi-san. it is a tournament to showcase your skills. What good would it do to showcase something without people to show it to?"
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 6 Apr 2010
at 05:22
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Then you have yourself a competitor of the Usagi, Tsuruchi-san," Tsuki smiles, "and the Empire will see that the Hare are not to be trifled with."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sun 11 Apr 2010
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Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi beamed and nodded her head firmly. "Indeed they shall, Usagi-san, indeed they shall. I will be happy to add your clan to the list of those attending. It will be a glorious event." Sumi then rose half-way to her feet and bowed to Tsuki before rising the rest of the way. "It has been nice speaking with you Usagi-san. However, I must I must now ask that you excuse me. I have more arrangements to see to for this tournament and long roads to travel. I should be going now."
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 13 Apr 2010
at 04:29
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Be wary, Tsuruchi-san," Usagi Tsuki bows in farewell, "there are many who would see an end to Yoritomo-sama's ambition, and any who serve him."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Tue 13 Apr 2010
at 06:14
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
As she was beginning to leave, Sumi turned briefly to face Tsuki and said, "Ah, I see... But Usagi-san, I am certainly wary to be a lone traveler out on the open road. Tell me however, who would seek to end such noble ambitions?"
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 16 Apr 2010
at 04:47
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Many among the Great Clans are unwilling to accept the heights to which Yoritomo-sama has risen; no few among the Minor Clans are unwilling to see Yoritomo-sama reach any higher to their detriment; and there are some within the Mantis who resent the high handed way that Yoritomo-sama absorbed their duties."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sun 25 Apr 2010
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Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I see," Sumi said after listening to Tsuki. "I wonder though, Usagi-san, do you know some these Mantis, or are these perhaps phantom rumors that you have heard? All of those whom the Mantis has accepted into the clan were presented with a very beneficial offer that they chose to accept. Hardly high-handed, and it is so easy to make slanderous comments on someones deeds when you are envious of their deeds."

Sumi sighed letting a moment of silence settle before commenting further "As for the rest of the minor clans, well, I fail to see how a minor clan rising in power to become a great clan, and thus, proving to the other great clans that the minor clans are not beneath their notice, is to their detriment unless they are indeed fearful of being noticed." Stopping, Sumi gave an apologetic bow and told Tsuki. "I apologize for sounding so argumentative Usagi-san. You were only cautioning me and that is no excuse for me to rant so to you. So many people are so resentful of another's successes that it is just shameful."
Kaze no Kage
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Mon 26 Apr 2010
at 04:21
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Those who have spoken to me have spoken in confidence, Tsuruchi-san," Usagi Tsuki shrugs apologetically, "and I would not betray their confidence in much the same way you would not tell a newly met acquaintance the drunken ravings of an old comrade.  But it is the Hare's duty to hunt down the hidden enemies of the Empire, and out of such dissatisfactions are conspiracies formed.
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 30 Apr 2010
at 05:29
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Ah, I see," Sumi said with a slight bow. "Perhaps I might not speak of drunken ravings. They often do not amount to much once the drunkenness is gone. Ravings that I suspected of growing into a conspiracy, however... Well, I suppose I should be thankful that my comrades do not rave drunkenly about such dissatisfaction Usagi-san." Sumi shrugged, dropping the subject for now and giving Tsuki a smile. Sumi considered there was likely very little she could do with any information of that sort right now. There were other things that she needed to do first and could not spend the time necessary for watching Tsuki to find out more, besides that, it was doubtless that the Scorpion already knew what she was referring to and Sumi suspected that if she became too involved with it, she would either quickly become their pawn or be pulled away from it. She would have to hope more information came her way before she devoted much activity to it.
Kaze no Kage
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Wed 12 May 2010
at 03:45
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I wish you well in your dealings, Tsuruchi-san," Usagi Tsuki bows, "and hope the Mantis prove themselves worthy of the loyalty of the Wasp."
Kaze no Kage
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Tue 22 Jun 2010
at 00:28
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Tsuruchi Sumi finds Tsuruchi Michiru--the Tsuruchi adjunct to the Mantis contingent--unsurprisingly, in one of the practice yards, training with her longbow.  She is alone in the yard, as her particular training regimen requires that she shoot at multiple targets of varying distances and angles as quickly as possible, and no one wants to get in her way.

"Well, Sumi-san," she asks, after completing her final sequence of shots, "what brings you here?"
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sat 10 Jul 2010
at 01:26
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Oh, I was enjoying a pleasant afternoon and thinking of ways that I might improve my own kyujutsu. this made me think of how close I was to here. So, I thought to come by. It is an honor to see you practicing your skill Michiru-san. I would consider it no small gift if you would allow me the pleasure of watching you further. I will try not to disturb."
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 16 Jul 2010
at 05:42
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Your timing, Sumi-san, as always, is impeccable," Michiru replies, smiling as she unstrings her bow, "as I am quite finished for the day.  Too much shooting at one time can over stretch the bowstring.  However, if you wish to improve your skills, practice is the best advice I can give you."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Tue 20 Jul 2010
at 06:32
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I could hardly even begin to equal your skill, Michiru-san, but of course I would be foolish not to heed your advice. What do you normally do after practice?" Sumi asked, watching Michiru for a clue as to what she was going to do next.
Kaze no Kage
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Sun 1 Aug 2010
at 17:18
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I take tea and, perhaps, meditate upon my fortunes," she replies, as you exit the practice area, "would you care to join me, Sumi-san?"

OOC:  are you still looking to find out more about the Tsuruchi who are dissatisfied with the Mantis?  I assume Michiru is where you wanted to start gathering information
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Tue 3 Aug 2010
at 04:35
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"You are very kind to offer Michiru-san. I have been on the road a long way and the weather does parch one's throat. I will accept your offer if it does not inconvenience you." Sumi followed her out of the practice area. Her Scorpion training keeping her eyes alert for any details that gave her a bit of personal information about Michiru.

OOC: Yes I am, I'm just trying to sort of back into the conversation without being too blunt and insulting.
Kaze no Kage
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Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 06:14
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Michiru leads Sumi into her stark tea room, there are few decorations, though the tea set she serves you from is fine.

"So, Sumi-san, it is not often that you come to see members of your family while you represent our interests in court," Michiru says, sipping her tea.
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sat 4 Sep 2010
at 20:07
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi glanced over the rather austere room and smiles as she had a seat. She then graciously accepted the tea. She was in fact quite thirsty, aside from simply enjoying good tea. "I wish I were able to do more at court. I am only a minor actress, but there are many favorable toward me." Sumi sighed as if frustrated. "I must confide in you Michiru-san. I would like to do more, but I wonder if I should. It seems lately that if I benefit our clan, it is only the clan that receives the benefit while our family seems mostly forgotten for its efforts."
Kaze no Kage
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Sun 12 Sep 2010
at 19:12
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"The Wasp have always been a little bit different from the other samurai of Rokugan, Sumi-san," Michiru shrugs, sipping her tea, "we forgo the daisho in favor of the bow, we follow the Wasp code rather than bushido, and our duty binds us to the Emerald Champion.  When Tsuruchi bound us to the Mantis, we traded some of our independence for acceptance within the order of Rokugan.  Yes, the Yoritomo benefit most from your efforts, but being able to hunt our quarry with the protection of a Great Clan--even one so newly minted as the Mantis--is worth a little sacrifice.  Now," she smiles, "I won't say that I don't miss the yellow and black, or that all of the Wasp are satisfied with their lot, but both the Mantis and the Wasp still have much to learn about each other."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 17 Sep 2010
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Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Yes, I should think that they do have much to learn," Sumi agreed with a smile of her own. "It would be nice if there were an opportunity to for me to wear the old colors, unfortunately the yellow and black was traded out and I was given to the Scorpion to raise. I never had the chance to wear it, such a pity." Sumi sipped at her tea in silence for a moment. "I knew within reason that if I were unsatisfied with the state of things then there must be others. Sadly however, it seems that fortune has not favored the notion that similarly unsatisfied people should meet, or even if they had, secrecy obviously demands that they could not confide in each other, would you not agree Michiru-san?"

[Private to Kaze no Kage: Once again, I am so sorry for the long wait!]
Kaze no Kage
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Fri 8 Oct 2010
at 04:05
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"Of course there are those who are dissatisfied with their lot in the Celestial Order, Sumi-san," Michiru shrugs, "but the ways of Heaven are mysterious and do not take into account the short lives of humanity.  However, some among the Tsuruchi who continue to wear the yellow and black--with the full knowledge of the Mantis Champion--in order to fulfill their duties to the Emerald Champion.  Those of us who wish to remember our former lives as Wasp--outside of our role as Emerald Magistrates--sometimes wear black armbands in memory of simpler times.  It is not so much a matter of secrecy," she continues, sipping her tea, "as a matter of conflict between our new role as subject to Yoritomo-sama and our continuing role as servants of the Emerald Champion.
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Sat 9 Oct 2010
at 21:32
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
Sumi sipped at her tea thoughtfully, then asked Michiru, "What conflict exists between the two roles? Would Yoritomo ask of us something the Emerald Champion does not approve of?"
Kaze no Kage
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Mon 18 Oct 2010
at 04:22
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"It is a matter of perception, Sumi-san," Michiru replies, "when the Wasp were a Minor Clan, the Great Clans took no issue with all of us being considered Emerald Magistrates because there was little to no benefit to our taking advantage of our position.  But now that we are members of a Great Clan, our position is a potential political threat."
Tsuruchi Sumi
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Fri 22 Oct 2010
at 18:51
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"I see your point" Sumi told Michiru, while in truth she did not fully. "It would seem to me that the best way to solve this dilemma would be to somehow distance ourselves from Yoritomo, would it not? We need some sort of barrier to prevent anything we do from washing back the clan and also to make it plain that we only act in our duty as magistrates and that there are no political motives behind our actions."
Kaze no Kage
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Thu 30 Dec 2010
at 00:17
Re: Chapter 7 - Minor Complications
"And you would propose to do this how?" Michiru asks, not mockingly, but genuinely curious, "to distance ourselves from Yoritomo-sama so soon after our adoption into his clan would cast doubt upon our loyalty to the Mantis Clan and bring shame upon Tsuruchi-sama.  But even if there were some way to avoid this result, how then would you convince the other Great Clans that such a division was reality rather than a conveniently orchestrated fiction?  In an ideal world, of course our word of honor would be enough.  However, in such a world where the Lion Champion can forgo his duty for love of a geisha, where the Scorpion Clan can be disbanded for attempting to prevent the return of Fu Leng, and where the Crab can join forces with the Shadowlands, the mere word of any who hold authority is suspect."