Codex of Maeda Shichiroji.   Posted by J, Radio Broadcaster.Group: 0
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Mon 18 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Taken under the wing of Gary Moore, Shichiroji has his family brought to Gary's suite. Unfortunately for the family, Shichiroji's spirit comes into contact with a linering apparition whilst wearing the strange garb of Mr. Moore.

His body succumbs, but his spirit is enlightened!
Kamaitachi
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Mon 18 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Kamaitachi is an ancient Japanese spirit tied to the bloodline of Maeda Shichiroji. From this spirit comes the great and ancient power of the Magi, and the awakened young man finds himself contacting his estranged sister left behind in Japan.

Upon awakening, Shichiroji finds himself in a morgue with a new character under the employ of Gary Moore...
Phillip Fredrich
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Mon 18 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
An elderly German doctor, Phillip Fredrich, and Gary Moore discover Shichiroji's return to life.

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J, Radio Broadcaster
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Mon 18 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
 In this time Gary reveals he mysteriously understands Japanese, and that he has plans for Shichiroji. Shichiroji's undocumented status makes him a lucky pawn in the shewd Gary Moore's employ.

Shichiroji also discovers Gary's intense curiosity regarding a mysterious black powder, one similar to snuff in texture and form.

Needing some more traditional clothing, and given a large sum of money, Shichiroji is lead to Chicago's Chinatown on business...
Yusheng Sze
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Thu 21 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
While on business, Shichiroji decides to visit a local library. There he meets a young woman, Yusheng Sze. There he begins to learn more about his abilities, as well as seeing the spirit realms just beyond.
Renshu Sze
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Thu 21 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Yusheng Sze's grandfather is also introduced, the shopowner and magus of the mind! Using Renshu's power, he manages to find out where his estranged family has disappeared to after appearing to have succumbed tragically...
Maeda Chio
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Thu 21 Mar 2019
at 21:21
Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Reunited! Having returned to his family, his mother divulges more secrets of the family line. Formally revealing her own, albeit weaker, power Chio also tells Shichiroji that the chi that flows in their bodies flows in the world.

The family heirloom blade is here, and the decorative gems from its hilt have managed to make their way back to their owner, piece by piece. It is also revealed that Shichiroji is to succumb to the will of Futsu-Nushi-No-Kami, but he finds solace in the fact that Westerners ascribe to the notion of multiple futures...

For the time being, emerging from this unknown fog, is the revelation his father's income cannot fully sustain the family and Chio's treatments.

Shichiroji must remain in Gary's employ... and here his uncle seems destined to do the same!
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Thu 21 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Seeking his employer Maeda returns to the morgue from whence he was lain not long ago! But lo, a villain assaults the German mortician. A gangster perhaps?

Alas, it is revealed to be a monster, a creature of the undead. Even worse, the creature, Arawn, knows of the family of Maeda Shichiroji. Knowing the stakes, Shichiroji reaches within! In a glorious spectacle, the final hindrances to his powers come undone and he draws forth a katana of flame.

He fells the monstrosity in a single blow, though finds his command of reality may be limited by the very reality he attempts to subjugate. Knowing his capacities, Gary immediately puts Shichiroji back to work. He returns to Chinatown triumphant but needing guidance.

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Renshu Sze
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Sat 23 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Susanowa!

From the dark lands of the East come the tales of the dreaded Yama King. When Shichiroji returns to Chinatown he's informed of Renshu's adventures battling this mystical enemy.

Tonight, dear listener, we explore what Maeda Shichiroji knows about his ancient foe as well as his master, Futsu-Nushi-No-Kami.

Long ago ancient Eastern scholars wrote of a period in which SPIRITS ruled over squabbling human tribes. Harmonious elements they were, in the beginning, before imbalance. A war between flame and air, Futsu-Nushi-No-Kami and his stalwart enemy, Susanowa rages every 500 years. The calamitous Flame Sword, an inquisitor of fire, versus the slippery, corrupting ward of disease and plague.

It would appear that the ancient legacy of war has come to new shores! Safely harbored in the Far East for centuries, contact with the New World had tempted Susanowa abroad. Our most ardent listeners may recall the mysterious Swordsman Shi and his blade of bone that aided the magus Lucy and assisted in recreating Susan.

Indeed, dear listeners, recall the tales of nodes of power which Maeda Shichiroji has rapidly become familiar with! Certainly, the old world has been tapped time-and-time again into the great antiquity like a ancient, sturdy, but worn maple tree. Truly, as some of you dear believers may suspect, that as Europeans grappled and wrought the New World to bear that other powers may find America's fruits too succulent to resist.

Perhaps in another time, when the First Nations of America held true against the despoiling ravages of European plagues, that such sources of power could have been kept secure. But in the New World, ancient, forgotten places still lie in wait...
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
From whence we last met, dear listeners, Shichiroji had secured his employment with Gary and felled a strange monstrosity.

After speaking to Renshu Sze, Shichiroji learns the man had traveled to America long, long ago hunting an ally of Susanowa in a battle that resulted in the Great Chicago Fire. Using his mystical knowledge, he guides Shichiroji to embrace his spiritual heritage and cross into the spirit world to complete the dangerous job given by Gary.

Once he reaches the other side he discovers his first apparition! A lost soul, Shichiroji takes time from his quest to guide the soul to final peace. Understanding the deep implications of the rituals of his people, Shichiroji sees a world lost in the West. He has an opportunity to make new friends and allies...
Edna
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Here we're introduce to Edna, a young girl that courted an early demise drawn to Shichiroji's kindness toward the dead...
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
In this dark land Shichiroji comes face to face with not only the lost souls of imperiled Westerners, but a calamitous force that is consuming the dead. Only a few bastions remain in the spirit realm, and taking the lost soul, Alan, and Edna to a bakery for a respite has him meeting new faces.
Minawa Itoe
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
A young Japanese girl that appears to have been murdered, grateful to finally meet someone from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Charlie Two Crow
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
A tribesman of the Ho-Chunk Nation, Charlie Two Crow is another Wraith lost in the ghostlands of Chicago. A strong individual in life, Charlie and his brother work endlessly to save those damned souls being consumed by the great machine.
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Seeing his options limited, he returns to the world of the living and visits the shop the spirits had corralled themselves into and meets one particular family.
Lydia Redford
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
The Redfords run a business headed by Lydia Redford. She had arrived long ago and caught a desperate illness that struck the community. Her husband worked ardently to care for those ill... but he soon succumbed himself.
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Knowing this, Shichiroji returns to the realm of the dead and informs Mr. Alan Redford that, in fact, he did not fail in his charge. Though he finally succumbed to the disease sweeping through those crowded buildings, his hard work wasn't for naught. His wife lived, and his family were prosperous.

Unfortunately, for Itoe, such peace and tranquility could not be afforded. The young woman had family that finally immigrated from Japan, but they did not know her daughter had even died. Perhaps at some juncture Shichiroji could put this to rest.

Needing to finish his work for Gary, Shichiroji delivers the letter and discovers black powder at the letter site. Knowing Gary's letter is a cease and desist for manufacturing this drug, it is revealed that the drug has a strange mixture of magic within! A combination of matter, spirit, and prime mingle in the dire concoction.

This is particularly noteworthy, as his uncle had become addicted to the salt. Though Gary's money pays well enough to treat his mother, his Uncle takes increasingly dangerous jobs to pay for more of this salt.

Does Gary know of this? It is unknown, as Gary mysteriously VANISHES! The businessman that provided income for Chio's bills and a buyer of his father's sake strikes the family to the core.

Furthermore, the search for Shichiroji's family heirloom has revealed that lines of chi energy have surged in Chicago.

The one bright side is that the bakery shop has employed Shichiroji. Unfortunately, his mother's condition is worsening...
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Things may fare for the better, as some of the lost heirlooms from Futsu-Nushi-No-Kami's temple have appeared! Shichiroji meets two new strangers...
Susan
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Susan, a woman of indomitable will, presentable and practical.
Sarah Brooks
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Sun 24 Mar 2019
at 01:16
Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
And the true believer, and Susan's friend, Sarah Brooks, the "owner" of the stolen scrolls.
John Two Crow
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
The meeting of the two is fraught with suspicion, but Shichiroji and Sarah Brooks manage to come to an accord. In exchange for a documenting of the scrolls, she will return the sacred texts back to their proper owners.

Thought a demonstration of spiritual power, Susan requests that Maeda make contact with no other than Sarah's husband... DEAD!

Because of Shichiroji's long-term relationship with the spirit realm at this juncture, he leaves this world to find Charlie Two Crow and his brother, John. Charlie stays behind to guard the remains of Chinatown, leaving the dusty Wraith John to assist Shichiroji to the place called...

THE WAKE.

The Wake is a destroyed portion of spiritual Chicago near where Greg was interred. Here he discovers a hostile enemy! With his mystical powers and John's straight shooting, the creature is defeated. From its demise come two new individuals!

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Greg Brooks
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
Greg Brooks, once a soul amongst many in the land of the living... now undeath manifest!
Demosthenes Iohannes
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
And the ancient soul Demosthenes Iohannes, bound and captured by no other than Shichiroji.
J, Radio Broadcaster
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Sat 30 Mar 2019
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
In making an agreement with the ancient vampire spirit, Demosthenes reveals that he is part of a Clan of vampires that live in Chicago as well as methods to disable such a thing.

Furthermore, it is revealed this clan is imbuing a mysterious powdery drug, black in color, with their own blood to taint the souls of the living! Even worse, the great machine roaming Deadland Chicago is under their purview! This clan relies upon the dead for their power, so for this engine to consume the souls that grant them influence... indeed, it must offer more than mere souls!

How this clan has commanded the great engine in the Deadlands is not yet known, but it appears that in time the drug shall make even the living addicts in the Windy City susceptible to its endless hunger. Shichiroji is reminded his uncle is imbibing this dark drug.

With Demosthenes' temporary truce in hand, the body of Greg Brooks in the other, and the scrolls of his people in his possession to translate he returns to the world of the living to study...

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J, Radio Broadcaster
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Codex of Maeda Shichiroji
In these works he finds the long, sordid history of Futsu-Nushi-No-Kami!

Here he sees a tangled tale during a time Susanowa had nearly overcome his ancestors, becoming an infection amongst the people and the land. After his read, a sensation of doom overcomes him and Chinatown. The bakery seems to suffer from a suffocating presence, a dire omen indeed. Spiderwebs seem to pervade every corner wherever he goes.

But he has little time to ruminate, as his uncle has appeared. The times of good money are over, and he seems worn away from use of the drug that Shichiroji has discovered is contaminating his very soul!

Even worse, he has taken to working with the Mafia and has obtained a contract on a policeman. Though the money would be good, even Masayuki would not sink to such lows outright, though temptation calls.

Thankfully, Shichiroji manages to convince him to abandon this path. He turns to Renshu for assistance. Since he had left, Greg has not eaten, but he retains a semblance of humanity.

At this very moment, Susan Moore is on her way to Chinatown to have a chat. Before she arrives, he has a moment to make inquiries of Renshu, his books, or the citizens across the Veil for a means to cure his uncle's malady...

From here our listeners await the next chapter!