Sengoku Horizon

Look towards the Horizon

The Warring States Period: Fierce warlords fought for control of Japan, and many would perish. When a warrior falls, where does the passion they once held go? Possibly into something dear such as a favorite weapon or heirloom. These heirlooms have been labeled as “relics”, and those that carry them are labeled as “Scions." Recently more and more of these special relics have been activating, signaling the start of a great change as ancient power meets the modern world!

Now For The Local News, 06/01/2018 The Chinese delegation have now arrived at the city of Edo. Making friends and learning about Edo Culture is their current aim! In other news it is also time for the school dance event! Please bring your characters along!

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Aideen
 Posted: Feb 19 2018, 08:18 PM
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Kire had finished his introduction and felt pretty much relieved about it all being over. He wasn't going to end up in any trouble for this whole debacle but what did the Headmaster expect. The school had an overwhelming number of oddballs and weirdos from the clans who probably just wanted to get rid of them or teach them manners. Of course they would go around causing trouble. It wasn't as if they'd had any proper training in how to act around the foreigners. Though Kire doubted that any of that training could have saved this from its collapse.

He shuffled off to one side and pulled out his phone. At the very least, he'd come prepared. He could keep an eye on the foreigners as much as he liked and that wouldn't do a lick of good if he didn't understand their language. With any luck, the headmaster could speak Chinese, or had a few people around who could speak or understand it. But with everything else, Kire was not very confident in his people. So the only recourse was technology. He'd actually purchased a translator program and set it to translate Chinese to Japanese. Let them think he was goofing around, what did he care? Kire had only come to see their weapons.

As it was, he was not impressed. He could probably pop some of their weapons out of the forge in less than three days. And that was without actually getting a good look at them. But they were probably considered very nice back in China or wherever. He eyed their weapons again. Which ones were relics, which just looked fancy. Maybe he could get a chance to look at their weapons later on. He'd have to be friendly though, they wouldn't hand their stuff over to a thuggish guy like him for no reason. Especially not if the weapon was actually an artifact. He needed to think.

Also thinking was Jugemu, though she was having very different thoughts. She had actually been distracted from her assessment of the new Chinese visitors by an idiot. She returned Yagyu's look with a confused and oblivious smile. He'd regret that glare when she ruled over the school's food supply. Let the trumped up swordswinger have oatmeal day in and day out. See how he liked a diet of paste and excessive fiber. He woulnd't shit for a month.

As if she had any power over the students the headmaster invited here. Her powers ended at the edge of the classroom. For all intents and purposes, she was still a student at the school, just with a few extra duties. Sure, maybe she could have poisoned a few troublesome students last night and kept them from coming but maybe Yagyu should have taught his students about behaving the way a soldier or samurai should behave.

She turned her attention back to the foreigners. "I'm sure they would quite enjoy the food of the vendors of our city. They might even find something reminiscent of home, Yuubei-san. And I expect there will be a great meal to welcome them once they've gotten settled in their rooms." She looked at the Headmaster for confirmation. That was true right? They weren't screwing up their side of the host/guest dynamic as bad as the introductions had let on, right?

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 Posted: Feb 23 2018, 01:32 PM
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The look from the light-haired girl drew a biit of curiosity from Makoto there, for a moment. Was her history well-known, then? Well, it was of one of Nobunaga's generals, after all, and a good personal friend of his, even. Perhaps the head of it was bigger than she thought it was. Hopefully, she could swing with it, still. This could end up being a very interesting year, if this young woman had half the intention of confronting her that Makoto thought she did.

We'll see.

All of this led to her thinking 'Roshi, why...?', when he shouted his name out like that, and in that armor. Of course, it was evenn more surprising when there was actually some approval by the newcomers. The light-haired girl - She had introduced herself as Jiao Meili - who'd given her that look before was now laughing out loud at Roshi's antics. Good, she supposed. They'd have something to talk about, perhaps.

On Roshi's side of things, he was glad to have a mask on right now, because he had a big goofy grin on, with that approval and shout just making him beam like crazy right now. If that wasn't a decent ice-breaker, we dunno what IS. However, the merriment was suddenly LOST as Jinn Kuki made his splashdown. Both Makoto and Roshi reacted instantly. She was armed and prepared to interfere with this, and Roshi was making frantic gestures to stop.

Fortunately, others of higher authority had interceded, as well, leaving the situation to calm down a bit. Introductions continued, with no further threats to anybody's person, but perhaps a few glares...as one of the students gave their Riddick introduction. So! Things were finally able to move along, as it was announced that the students from abroad would be in the dorms, and the lot of them had the chance to mingle now.

It was at ths point that Roshi began to remove and dissemble his armor into foldable bits, revealing that there was a human being inside! Anyone paying attention would see that while he was doing this, he was speaking to someone on a headset, because the dry-ice thing on his back was still going on full. So, you'd be seeing him now, shouting into his mic, "Hatto-san, switch off, already! It's not that funny! You know you're taking this stuff back, right? I have to stay here, and it can't."., and then he was finally revealed to be in plain day-clothes. After all this, he stepped over too the gathering about Suishoku, joining in on the conversation with staff and big hat still in hand.

"Well, we should at least show them around Edo, so they're familiar with the layout of the land, food or no food."

Makoto was also nearby, eyeing the Jiao girl now. In a lower voice, but close enough to her so that it would be easy for her to hear her over conversation, she said...

"I'm guessing you hold the Maeda Clan in interest for some reason. I don't know the history well enough to know why, so if there's something you need to say, I'd rather hear it sooner than later."

The funny thing is, Makoto didn't look like the sort of person who'd inherit anything from such a brutal war general, but she had a way of surprising people, including herself. As it stood, she had decided that clearing the air was probably for the best. She wasn't too happy about the threat to Jinn, either. She didn't know him that well, but he was a human being, so getting a spear thrust at him was not acceptable.

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 Posted: Feb 24 2018, 10:59 PM
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The situation was quietly tense, all things considered. Shinsuke noted with interest that the teachers on both sides of the exchange seemed to be trying to keep the calm. Perhaps they realized it was a potentially volatile situation with representatives of two proud nations meeting for the first time. Especially two nations which didn't necessarily have the most peaceful of histories, and whom had ambitions for greatness beyond their current status. He flinched a little when Nobuyori spoke in the prideful manner of someone nearly challenging the Chinese visitors. Obviously he knew that his friend was apt to say such things, but it was the timing of that particular type of introduction that made it difficult to stomach.

He decided it might be best to stick close by in case there was an exchange which required some glossing over. After all the last thing they wanted here was some kind of fight breaking out. These were guests, not invaders, after all. The heir of the Todo stepped closer to the Azai, saying nothing at first but nodding to indicate he had his friend's back.

"It's good to welcome such proud representatives of an esteemed nation, isn't it? As proud representatives of Japan, we're ready to help make this visit fulfilling for you," he spoke in general, though his gaze shifted to the boy who'd seemed to react the most strongly to Nobuyori's introduction, "It would do us all well to learn more about each other too, so perhaps some breakfast would be in order that we might discuss such things."

Kumori meanwhile was relieved that nothing awkward arose out of her own introduction. Initial sponsorship from a clan which held such prominence as the Oda might make her omission particularly odd to some. No one had even slightly questioned her decision, though, so she left it at that and wondered how she ought to proceed. Of all the Bugei students present she was one of the most senior ones, so maybe it'd do to speak with a similar counterpart on the opposite side. One of them had seemed to react to her introduction, the one who'd introduced themselves as Choa Guang.

The former shrine maiden gracefully whisked forward to approach him, expression neutral. Though she wanted to welcome these visitors, and she didn't want to seem confrontational, she was still a trained warrior. Much as the visitors might be from a powerful place, Kumori was not about to let that lead to a sense of superiority. She cared for the Japanese people regardless of clan, and as a Japanese warrior-priestess she held some personal pride in claiming Ise as her true home. As such her posture was upright and firm, her eyes showing a pride in her identity that wasn't going to allow challenges to stand. Still, she bowed to the Chinese student again since she was accosting him more personally than before.

"Choa Guang-san, was it? I hope your journey from the mainland was peaceful and pleasant," Kumori remarked while she studied the young man's countenance a little more closely, "I was curious if you might be interested in a tea ceremony at some point. After traveling so far, I thought it might be pleasant to experience some tranquility. It would take time to prepare, but I'd be honored if you would join me."

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Ripley kept a small smile to themselves as they rose from their bow, noticing that Fangyuan was looking at the them directly. That was a good start.

It was possibly slightly less good for that bizarre kid who emerged from the water. First almost stabbed by a Chinese student (fair enough, too: unannounced people emerging from the water is fair game to attack, Ripley thought) and now being told off by Yagyu-sensei - there was no way that was anything other than being told off. And that Roshi guy with all the fog or smoke or whatever made a bit of a scene, Ripley couldn't guess what motivated him but they thought it was kinda funny either way. It took guts to attempt something like that on such an important occasion, and that was something Ripley could appreciate.

The Chinese students would be staying in the dorms with them, which was actually quite nice to hear. It meant that they would get to spend more time with them on a personal level, especially if they decided to hang out in the common areas with all the Bugei kids. It would be a lot of fun to get to know them.

They were given instructions to mingle with the Chinese students, and indeed make them feel welcome, so Ripley headed for where Fangyuan was standing. Why not? There was already another girl there talking to her, but the Bugei students by far outnumbered the Chinese delegation, so of course each Chinese student would likely have the opportunity to speak with more than one Edo Bugei kid.

“Fangyuan Yen, wasn't it?” Ripley said as they approached Fangyuan and Rin. Despite their earlier introduction, Ripley gave another small bow. “Lovely to meet you in person. Even from the shore you seemed pretty rad but I'm sure it's better close up. Listening to anything good?” They gestured to the headphones Fangyuan wore.
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In all honesty Mirai was a bit bemused by how a couple of the Edo Bugei students had reacted and introduced themselves. Roshi, who Mirai remembered from their mission together, pulled some stunt with fog and making pretend that was entirely inappropriate for the situation, and someone Mirai didn't recognise had flat out decided to swim around instead of joining in properly like any sensible person would. Mirai couldn't understand why anyone would want to do that sort of thing when they were doing something as important as this.

It would be interesting to have the Chinese students living in the dorms with them. It certainly be a change of pace and Mirai wondered if it would be significantly different to usual Bugei life.

Mirai thought that it was best to treat the Chinese students as they were - honoured guests. As such it was the right thing to offer them proper hospitality and courtesy. Right?

She picked at random - there was Chao Guang, who seemed fairly intimidating compared to the rest of the group. Upon the call to mingle with the Chinese students Mirai hesitantly approached him and bowed. “Would you like any help, or is there anything you’d like to know about Edo, or Japan?”

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 Posted: Feb 26 2018, 01:55 PM
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Jinn didn't even flinch from the sprear going his way. He looked straight over it. Towards the guy holding it. His left eye that is covered by his hair was giving away a turquoise colored smoke. Jinn's relic was ready to be used within a second.

The moment the spear stopped infront of him jinn's eye was still smoking a bit. Although it disapeared a second later. Jinn climbed calmly further up keeping his calm yet lazy look with him. It was like it didn't do Jinn anything. Well it didn't do him anything.

One of the teachers walked towards him and grabbed him. Jinn rolled his eyes at the comment he made toward Jinn before awnsering in a calm yet lazy tone "If I wanted them death I would have attacked them while they were still on the ship. Less people to witness en fewer people around me." Jinn calmly pointed towards another ship where his Hoodie was still laying on the top sail. "On the other hand I could have shot arrows from there without anyone noticing I was there."


Jinn looked back towards the sensei with his blue grey eyes and looked him straight into the eyes. "And my name is Jinn Kuki, enhiretor of Kuki Yoshitaka."

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The other seemed to introduce one another well enough, at least until what looked like a possible assassination took place. As the Chinese students turned around to defend themselves Yagyu-sensei rushed forward with sword in hand. Fortunately, however, it was just one of the Bugei students who didn't seem to carry any weapons. As Nobuyori himself had prepared to move in he fortunately had no need to.

As things settled down Nobuyori took a long gaze at the inheritor of Cao Cao. Something about the boy seemed to mix with Nobuyori like oil and water. As Nobuyori kept his gaze he also moved forward towards the group.
"As a prince of the Azai, lords of Omi, should you all need anything please let me know." he said politely. Unfortunately his words didn't carry as much weight as he wished they could. It sounded as though the group would be in Edo most of the time they where in Japan and the Azai didn't exactly have much power in the city ruled by the Shogunate.

Thus, with his offer extended he back away a bit and observed the rest of the group who seemed to be talking to various members of the Chinese delegation, or heading back to the academy at their own pace. The only true saving grace of course was that both Suishoku and Shinsuke happened to be here and Shinsuke seemed to be standing next to Nobuyori, as though sensing he and the chinese lord's natural dislike of one another. It was a petty clash of egos at first glance, and yet here it certainly was.

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Reika shrugged a bit. This kind of thing just wasn't for her, and with no pesky shinobi about...she didn't need to stay. "Done my part, time to go...somewhere else." She was in the foreign section of the city, perhaps she could go find some sort of challenge. She looked over at the delegation and noticed one of them giving her the eye. She cracked a grin and pointed two fingers at her own eyes, than at the other's. Then she simply turned and began walking into the city. It wouldn't be hard to find someone to play with, those ones...she doubted would be allowed to get roughed up by some common criminal.

"Same shit, same problems. Just more rules added to crap-fest."


(Reika Exit)

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(TWO ROUNDS LEFT!)

The two groups seemed to quickly meet one another as the issue from Jinn's sudden appearance started settling down. The first one to really speak at the suddenly appearing Rin who moved straight towards the strategist Fangyuan. The girl eyed Rin carefully. It was clear that Rin was acting more as a scout for the Tokugawa then anything else. In light of this Fangyuan gave a polite bow.
"I believe we have a formal meeting with the Tokugawa this evening. I very much look forward to it." she said politely, her eyes clearly hiding other concepts. It was her own way of making clear that she had no intention of accepting private meetings or summons.
"Please, give your lord my best regards." she said with a polite bow as she gazed over at Kire. It was hard to ignore a boy clearly checking their weapons from top to bottom. It seemed the Edo students weren't as wild and care free as the other may have believed. They had just all come with their own objectives in mind. Though, before she could consider this further Ripley approached both her and Rin.
“Fangyuan Yen, wasn't it?” Ripley said as they approached Fangyuan and Rin. Despite their earlier introduction, Ripley gave another small bow. “Lovely to meet you in person. Even from the shore you seemed pretty rad but I'm sure it's better close up. Listening to anything good?” They gestured to the headphones Fangyuan wore. Fangyuan recognized them as being named Ripley and slowly slid the headphones off of her neck and over her head before handing them to Ripley to try on. The headphones seemed to be playing a Japanese hard rock band that Ripley would have recognized as becoming extremely popular in Edo recently. The band was called "Sen-Gen 23". It was short for "sinners generation".
"Are you a Sen-Gen fan?" she asked curiously of Ripley.

Meanwhile Suishoku asked about what was available for breakfast as Mizuha-sensei pulled out a rather old model of smart phone and began searching for breakfast places near the pier. The group was in Southern Edo so many foreign shops sat around the bay, since it was usually inhabited by foreign merchants.
"That is a good question. we should look into this." she suggested. A few places around served crepes as Suishoku made the suggestion to everyone around.
I know ya'll just got off the boat but if no one has any large luggage to carry to the dorms or, uh, any hurry to hit the dorms just yet, how about freshening up with some fruit crepes since we're in the Southern District and all?" she asked as the entire delegation. The various students looked at one another and seemed fairly intrigued, even the Edo Bugei faculty seemed fairly interested. Even Jugemu, the assistant teacher, added
"I'm sure they would quite enjoy the food of the vendors of our city. They might even find something reminiscent of home, Yuubei-san. And I expect there will be a great meal to welcome them once they've gotten settled in their rooms." With that said Headmaster Hosokawa nodded decisively.
"It is as good of an introduction as any." Yagyu-sensei agreed.
"Well, we should at least show them around Edo, so they're familiar with the layout of the land, food or no food." Roshi added as the inheritor of Liu Bei, Chao Guang, smiled. In his best Japanese he spoke for the group.
"Thank you for your kindness. I promise. We are not in a hurry." he said as he bowed politely, raising his head with a kind smile.

While food seemed to bet the consensus of most of the people in attendance, however, a few private chats where in fact going on. One was Makoto Shiyo walking up to the red haired girl who had come from the Chinese delegation.
"I'm guessing you hold the Maeda Clan in interest for some reason. I don't know the history well enough to know why, so if there's something you need to say, I'd rather hear it sooner than later." she said bluntly. It was clear that this girl, Jiao, had an interest in her. Jaio gazed right at her without flinching.
"The Maeda, the Honda, the Sanada. I have heard all three are extremely strong. I want to fight whoever is from these clans." her desire for combat was extremely obvious from her aura alone. She was the inheritor of the famous master fighter Lu Bu for a reason. All she wanted to do in regards to her trip to Edo was fight the strongest warriors in Japan, and if possible, defeat them in front of everyone.

Another such incidence was Todo Shinsuke and Azai Nobuyori speaking with Cao Cao's inheritor, Zihao Men. Sadly, however, it was less of speaking and more of a stand off. In spite of the kind words from the Azai boy and Shinsuke attempting to help things Zihao stepped directly up to Nobuyori and gazed directly into his eyes.
"It is a pleasure to meet you, Prince of Omi. I am a prince myself, and future lord of a rather large military regiment. I look forward to seeing, exactly, what kind of place Japan is. As well as the, strength, of it's warriors." he said coldly. It almost looked like the two of them would come to blows as behind him Yiting Deng, his bodyguard, stepped forward and bowed to both the Todo and Azai boys.
"I think it would be best if we all focused on breakfast for now. We have all had a long trip, I am sure we are both hungry and tired." she said very matter of factly as Zihao turned to her for a few moments in contemplation before backing away slightly from Nobuyori. Giving both boys a polite bow.
"Yes. I think breakfast would be a good idea for us all." he said as he looked at the two one last time before turning to walk away from them with Yiting in toe.

On another note Chao Guang was approached by a girl from Edo Bugei. One who had introduced herself as Nakamura Kumori.
"Choa Guang-san, was it? I hope your journey from the mainland was peaceful and pleasant," Kumori remarked while she studied the young man's countenance a little more closely, "I was curious if you might be interested in a tea ceremony at some point. After traveling so far, I thought it might be pleasant to experience some tranquility. It would take time to prepare, but I'd be honored if you would join me." the figure of his bodyguard, Fai Cheng, standing behind him made him look far more intimidating then he likely was.
"Chao," he said politely as he made a kanji in the air with his finger.
"Chao, Guang. Sorry." he said, giving a deep bow after his correction.
"I would be absolutely honored to join you in a tea ceremony. I'm sure many of the others would as well. As Guests, whenever it is best for you, please let us know." with that he pulled out a cell phone and pushed "add contact" so that Kumori could then get his contact information. As he did so the girl named Mirai came over.
“Would you like any help, or is there anything you’d like to know about Edo, or Japan?” she asked both he and his guard. As Chao exchanged numbers with Kumori Fai Cheng approached Mirai.
"Actually, I was curious. I heard that Edo was recently attacked. However, the city doesn't look as damaged as I would expect from a town under siege only a year ago. Are the people of Japan that industrious? Was the siege not as large as we had heard?" he asked Mirai curiously, looking around the fairly well equipped dock. He also noticed two girls, Mika and Reika, both seeming to take their leave from the group.

While this was going on Mizuha-sensei had walked over to the Headmaster and Head Teacher and suggested a local shop she knew well. It was a local French cafe that no doubt could accommodate their group.
As Jinn finally introduced himself, being dragged away by Yagyu-sensei the students all seemed to take note of him. Even the Chinese Head Teacher.
"Thank you for your introduction." he said and gave a polite bow as he went back to looking at Headmaster Hosokawa.
"I feel breakfast would do us all some good. Though, what of our luggage?" he asked more for Suishoku and his delegation than for himself. The Headmaster just waved his hand a bit.
"Come, come. Do you not think I prepared for however much supplies you all have brought? Have the crew of the boat move everyone's luggage outside and it will be transported to their dorms. Though, I feel unpacking may take a while." he said politely. After all, if the question of luggage was being raised it clearly meant they had brought a considerable amount and obviously cared for what was inside of it. Thus, Headmaster Hosokawa acted as diplomatically as possible.
"To let each and every one of you know, a large French Cafe is open this time of day and would like to invite us all for breakfast. It is a very short walk from here. Everything will be paid for by the Bugei." he informed everyone as Mizuha-sensei went to inform Mika and Reika.

"NOW! EVERYONE GET TOGETHER AND LETS GO!" he declared. The entire group seeming to start following the Headmaster as the Head Teacher from China gazed back at his boat, speaking a few loud yells in Chinese as some of the sailors on the boat could be seen moving above and below deck, slowly getting boxes together to move out onto the dock proper.

It wouldn't take long for the group to arrive at a large, brown restaurant with tinted glass windows. The inside was a beautiful cafe style set up with multiple wooden tables. Crepes could be smelled cooking. Both with fruit filling, and actual breakfast food, while behind the counter massive clear containers of various coffee beans could be seen. It was now up to the students to order whatever they would like and gather with whomever they would wish to sit with.

Jiao Meili ordered a very light tea and a strawberry and creme Crepe before sitting at a table near the corner. Chao and Fai both ordered fairly healthy food while ordering light roasts and sitting together at a large table. Fangyuan sat at a table facing the outside window with a medium roast and small salad, while Zihao and Yiting sat at a large table directly in the middle of the room, both ordering extremely expensive breakfast crepes with steak. Deciding it best not to helicopter too much the Head Teacher, as well as the staff from Bugei, all gathered at their own table. All of them ordering fairly black coffee as though to speak on just how long of a morning they had clearly been having thus far.

(I realize a scene change happened. You guys can write about having asked whatever you would like between the dock at the cafe. You all walked for about ten or fiteen minutes-ish. I will make sure to respond to whatever you asked on my next NPC Post)



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Mika raised her head from her phone as the elderly teacher approached her and another that happened to join up. Her wrinkled face looked at the two before motioning back to the group of students to were actively attempting to accommodate the Chinese. "If...," the blonde looked at the few students who had weapons and the one who had that odd look in their eye that seemed to light up after mentioning the Honda clan. It felt like an odd premonition that made her want to leave to avoid a foolish battle for show. Mika weighted her options of going back to the dorms empty handed or take part in a possible free meal for coming out to this fish reeked pier. "you insist." The girl closed her phone and retreated from the bus stop. The bus time sheet listed it as arriving another thirty minutes away and that was thirty minutes too long for her to be patient for.

Mika walked up behind the group and did her best to look as well together and disinterested in the the new students. She didn't offer to come here as a representative of the Honda family; her brother is that title, not some cast off. The prospect of food seemed to draw even the most combat focused to drop the battle pretense for a meal. It took a moment for the arrangements to be made before the group walked loosely together toward the cafe destination to give a large boon to its usual customer count.

Inside, she waited her turn before ordering a light breakfast of a salad crepe of some tuna, onion, lettuce, asparagus, and ham. Today she didn't feel like she could stomach sweets. The wrapped breakfast meal was given to her to which she looked at her table options. Most of those students paired off elsewhere into a few couple corners in booths or sat by themselves. Feeling to put distance between her and the girl in the corner, Mika surprisingly opted for the open table in the center. The choice of a more free and less clustered seating choice was more on instinct than trying to avoid both political and battle lust.

"Excuse me," she pulled a chair and sat an open space away from Zihao's unoccupied section of the large table. A brief nod, if one could call it that, was given to him and his company before sitting down with care for her clothes and meal thanks to her upbringing. "Carry on with your meal," she spoke as if giving them leave to continue as they were. Even if she were discarded from the Honda family's concerns, Mikazuki has yet to stoop to commoner behavior in public.

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Really, she should've guessed. It was as Jiao said. The Maeda, the Sanada, and the honda were indeed strong fighting clans. They were all certainly famous enough for one who had battle in their blood to wonder just how strong, to see if the current generation of clan members were as good as the legends. And in all honesty, Makoto just didn't know. Legends were...well...legends. They were tales of both truth AND fiction. You wouldn't know which part was which, because you wouldn't even know if they had the powers that people did now, back then. And even if they expressly said so, it could just be a tall tale, embellishing their skill.

What this all boiled down to, though, was that they had a pair of battle-ready Scions - or Inheritors - and one of them was really itching for a fight. This was technically alright with Makoto, but in no way was she out to show the world how great she was, per se. It was about accomplishing goals FOR those goals, not for herself. She didn't brag. She just did things and let them be the statement, all on their own. Even still, the chance to fight against another skillful opponent was a chance to learn and grow in her own skills. The more different opponents she faced, the more chance she would have to overcome those of an outlandish nature when it counted. So, to this, Makoto smiled.

"I think I can indulge you. Now is not the time, of course, but it'll be fun to see what the other is capable of."

She was pretty sure that kind of spirited competition and exchange was something the two schools were looking to see, so unless someone of the clans said no, they were probably going to do that, at some point. She'd probably have to find her later. And then, a funny hit her. She looked around the crowd that was around and said to Jiao...

"Of course, there are those who are hiding in plain sight, who are masters at their craft, that hide behind innocent facades, as well. They are quite formidable, in their own way."

She was jokingly referring to Roshi, since he'd gone out of his way to put himself ON display. Maybe the Chinese group would start thinking he had skill and intrigue behind him that they would have to be wary of... That would be hilarious. Roshi was, of course, hanging out with the others, having basically offered to show some of them the city, because what he really was...was a nice guy. After all, hadn't he tried to morale-boost people at the school? And Makoto had seen his commemorative sculptures at the Earthquake Memorial, honoring her and...their dead friends. During the time in which Makoto had spoken her 'warning' to Jiao, it'd been said that they were going to a French restaurant for breakfast. They were already underway when Makoto realized something.

"You know, if we do fight, I think it only fair you tell me about your style, since you can clearly see what I favor."

She had come with her actual Relic, so it was kind of obvious that pole-arm combat was in use. Now, we much step away from Makoto for a moment, because over closer to where Roshi was, Chao had asked about the war with the Ikko Ikki, about how much damage there was...since very little evidence of it existed now. Roshi, having been both in that battle and one who volunteered to help rebuild Edo, decided that he should speak up on this matter. He did so as a deep-voiced storyteller.

"The seige had been terrifying, fire and explosions occurring in every district. The Ikko Ikki wanted none of Edo to survive, not even a memory. The so-called monks had even rigged themselves to explode, at times, to make sure they could take their enemies with them as they died. I can't speak for all the Generals, but at least one was completely mad and bloodthirsty. There is no question that that seige was the most horrible thing to behold since the earthquake that had struck previously."

Then, with a smile, he returned to his normal self.

"The people of this town rebuild as a way to heal. They only feel satisfied when the job is done, so they can say 'We've put the darkness past us and we're ready to go on'. We need Edo, and Edo needs us. That's how it is."

Once they arrived at the cafe, Roshi had...no idea what to order. Well, tea worked, but he needed food too. He ended up asking for something that looked like it was smiling at him, which was Palmier. Makoto had milk and croissant, herself.

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The question of where to eat and how their luggage would be handled direct to their teachers threw her off as the man’s body posture and eyes went to include her as well. Suishoku lowered her hands with a sheepish grin while trying to figure out how she got saddled into making the arrangements. She didn’t have that many connections in Edo save for a restaurant and the Duch Foreign Embassy so it did put her on the spot on how to accommodate their Chinese guests so suddenly. Even then did Roshi came to join her, a gesture Suishoku much appreciated, when he offered a better tour idea to her breakfast. Roshi honestly fit better in that aspect as someone born and rised in the city while her knowledge was limited to the more tourist stuff and local convenience stores. Her shy grin turned to a beaming smile to Roshi as though he just saved the day as Mizuha-sensei came up with a more elegant solution.

“They would seat all of us?” Suishoku asked the grandmother figure of their school. The confident look in her eyes complimented an answer of certainty. Feeling to be once again saved thanks to the combined help from the Edo teachers and Roshi, Suishoku calmed down to settle back into the guide role that ended up in her possession. “It would be a hassle to drag the bags to the restaurant. We’d be imposing enough with out large group,” she lightly pointed out to the Chinese headmaster. Both groups would head off lead by Hosokawa. Suishoku strolled along with Roshi after him with the group of Chinese students keeping in their formation.

The walk wasn’t too dull or quiet with conversation continuing in their wake. Roshi spent a time retelling a sample of what happened in Edo during the Ikko attack. Suishoku nodded in agreement of the assessment. “Would say we got off lucky not every person was armed with powders.” This being the truth of the matter. If the Ikko wanted Edo wiped clean then they could have raised it to he ground or something. Or had every person under their sleeper agents blow themselves up taking put untold numbers in their wake. Having thought these horrible thoughts made Suishoku pale a bit and quickly put a stop to these crazy what-if scenarios. “..The enemy Generals were powerful though they kinda each did their own thing, after hearing how your acted differently to mine. That was a great story teller voice by the way.”

When everyone gathered into the restaurant for their breakfast, Suishoku spent her time looking at the menu of crepes. It is what she wanted for breakfast so she placed an order for something to try a new taste in a differnet form; a chocolate banana crepe. She paid extra for a dash of cinnamon on too before taking the quickly folded treat and took a seat at the nearest table where Jiao sat. Mostly because they has a crepe too. “Looks good,” she complimented Jiao’s choice and took a bite of her own creamy chocolate banana mix with an approving grin upon it. This tasted just as good as the ones at the festival.

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Jugemu felt like she had some reassurance, all things would be taken care of, the adults would appear to be less impulsive and have everything well planned out. It was all a very big relief, despite the missteps of several of her fellow students. Well, something like fellow students at least. It was gratifying to see them all start getting along more now. Jugemu wasn't sure what she'd do if a fight actually broke out. She'd probably have to dig into her apron for some surprise.

But despite a few people tensing up, and others relaxing, Jugemu felt that she'd performed adequately. So what if they wouldn't want to eat her cooking, that just meant they were appropriately cautious. She wondered if the foreign students had been trained to recognize Edo Bugei students from their arm bands. Or what the lack of armband might signify. That would be a good reason to be cautious around her. She slipped her hands into the front of her apron with a smile and turned around to walk with the group. Her stride was easy and relaxed, she wasn't worried anymore. Though she did keep her distance from a certain combat instructor.

As for Kire, he was not walking with the group, more like he was lagging behind. He'd overestimated the powers of his new phone and now was fighting it to get the results he wanted. Apparently the translation program was designed for a person to speak clearly directly into the microphone, all the background noise and muttering and conversations were playing hell with the translation. He was getting pretty sick of it.

So Kire wasn't paying much attention to what everyone decided on for food, he just trailed along and fiddled with his phone. Of course, once they had arrived, he was not pleasantly surprised. He breathed out slowly, repressing the urge to cuss. "I gotta...do a thing. Save me a seat." He said to nobody in particular and slipped around the corner to go around back of the restaurant to face a bit of music.

Jugemu had tried a lot of food, she'd made a lot of it too. French food seemed to have some of the most elaborate and fancy desserts. Who else would make a cake of a thousand layers? Who else would make it so delectable? She was excited to have a bit more of it without needing to make it herself. Jugemu took the menu after sitting down and let her fingers dance across the dessert table as she tried to make up her mind.

After awhile, Kire walked back inside, he was obviously sulking and his left cheek was a bright red. Obviously his excusrion had not ended well. He sat in one of the empty seats and stared at the table. He was served water, regardless of anything he ordered, he got water. A brownish water with the occasional bit of soap bubble still in it. He didn't bother drinking it. Instead he just sighed and sulked.

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I believe we have a formal meeting with the Tokugawa this evening. I very much look forward to it.

Both Fangyuan and Rin’s words so diplomatic they miss well have been scripted, but such way the way of things in these situations in while only fools spoke their mind. For now Rin would leave it at that, she had made the introduction the rest could come later so as the other started to flood in and the next phase of the meet and greet was proposed Rin faded into the back and simple observed. It personalities were becoming more apparent as the two groups continued to interact and curiosity took over during the trip to the café. Upon arrival the rather large group split to their own little areas, something Rin took note of; thus it was up to Rin now to decided who she was going to join. At first, she planned on rejoining Fangyuan decided to follow that tread at a later date so for the time being she decided to join Zihao and Yiting at their table not to interact per say but to simply listen for now as she enjoyed the nice dark roast she just ordered.

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"You want something to eat too, brother?"

"Not now, I am still watching them."

Hushed, Kayoko looked somewhere else, not wanting to catch any attention from the rest of the students.
The twin kept his sharp gaze at the new arrived from the red boats, and now they're inside a restaurant with those foreign people, the whole time following diligently the crowd.
While the young one looked enthusiast to meet the new guests arrived, Youri looked concerned and sceptic, something that stopped her to do anything as their gazes met briefly.

"For what I am understanding, those guys are Chinese, but I am not sure, I was too far to examine them properly. Anyway, I hope they're not here to make some mess." Youri finally spoke again, low to don't be heard by anyone around them, but deep like a growl, clearly distressed by their presence.

Worried for his aggressive behaviour, she tried to calm him down somehow. "Calm your spirits, brother. For now what is happening are things which go beyond our care. Let's leave them be, we have other things to take care of."

With a short snourt of annoyance, Youri nodded and remained with her on the table they choosed.
They'll eventually keep to watch everything from afar, as they did in these first days in the Academy. Only for him this formal meeting felt unsettling: too much richness, too much ostentatious... Kayoko sighed plainly as she kept to watch him holding stubbornly this worrisome tension, accentuated by both his fists clenched tight on the table.
She must do something, and quickly.

"C'mon, I'll order for us some Sencha. It's been time since I've drank a cup of tea with you!" Kayoko insisted with her smile that finally broke the tensions of her brother.
Won by her attitude once again, he "disarmed" himself from his prejudices and paranoias to have a cup of tea as well with her.
The worse was avoided, and the two continued to enjoy the offerings of this place quietly like the others.

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Jinn felt the hands of the sensei on his body and would push the hands of the sensei off him. "I can walk myself." Jinn said towards the sensei while looking at him in the corner of his eye.

Jinn walked away from the sensei although he still wasn't wearing his shirt making the water that fell from his hair slide over the contours of his athletic muscle built. Jinn may have fought many battles but there wasn't a single scare to be found on his body. His pants clinging to his legs because of the water.

At the cafe jinn would take a seat in the corner of the cafe right next to the window. He was calmly staring outside like he did most of the time in classes. He wasn't paying attention to what was happening in side. He just preffered to look at the clouds and how free they are with nothing to worry about. He wanted to be just like that. Infront of him was a pretty simple fruit crepe with a caramel ice coffee next to it. His pants was almost dried up by now although his shirt and Hoodie where still hanging in the top sail of the ship.

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