Sengoku Horizon

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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, 11/01/2017 The dust has cleared after a fierce clash against the rebel Ikko Ikki monks. Now, as a tense period of calm spread over the island nation of Japan the students of Edo Bugei must figure out how to proceed in life after experience such intense conflicts and such deep loss.

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 Rank 2 Misson: Damage Assessment - Western Edo
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 Posted: Aug 16 2016, 01:35 PM
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The Great Kanto Earthquake. It was a devastating event for everyone in and around Japan's capital city of Edo. The amount of people that lost their lives was far more than anyone was willing to admit or talk about. Currently estimates had been released but most people thought the thousands listed only counted as a conservative estimate given the vast number of people in critical condition through out the area coupled with the long list of people still missing. Even now bodies washed up on Edo's southern shore and got marked off the list of missing people.

One area that hadn't been discussed much was Western Edo. Unlike the Eastern part of the city in which the general population lived, or Southern Edo that had a large foreign population, Western Edo was devoted to the elite of the city. Those that directly served the Shogunate and worked in important government buildings. Immediately after the quake struck Edo Bugei students moved to Central, Southern, and Eastern Edo to help the general population. Since nobles lived in Western Edo special teams had been directly deployed from Edo Castle into the western part of the city. Even now, two months after the quake, a lot of Edo still need cleaning and assessment. In Western Edo the metsuke in charge of guarding the city currently worked in Eastern and Southern Edo in order to keep eyes on the general population while various groups from Edo Castle and Edo Bugei worked on the damage in the west.

Currently it was early Tuesday morning. At Edo Bugei's entrance two metsuke stood waiting for their assistants for the day. One metsuke was dressed in the normal robes of the city's police force, holding multiple bags for the man next to him.
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The man had on a complete black outfit with gold lining and two Tokugawa crests on it. It was clearly different from the normal outfits most metsuke tended to wear. Waiting for the two assigned students, Yamana Eriko and Honda Mikazuki to arrive, he would then properly introduce himself. His stern eyes clearly showing both his age and his experience.
"My name is Ajibana Hiroyuki. Senior metsuke, right hand of the minister of the interior." he would then wait for them to bow politely. Hiroyuki wasn't a man who enjoyed being looked up to, but a man who had dedicated more time and effort to the shogunate in the past 30 years than most people could in three lifetimes and very much deserved his title.
"This is my attendant, Gozu Oro." he said slightly gesturing to the metsuke next to him who bowed twice.
"It is a pleasure to meet you. Please excuse my odd name. My parents, are considered free spirited." he said humbly, bowing a final time before Hiroyuki spoke again.
"I'm sure neither of you mind getting out of classes to come assist us. We will be traveling to Suginami. It is the main living area for most of the government employees who aren't high ranked enough to live on the Edo Castle grounds." and with that the quartet would take a train to Western Edo.

As they arrived they would see multiple mansions around them still completely leveled by the destruction. In the distance row after row of housing frames and tarps stood against the wind as new lodging was clearly in the process of being constructed.
"This area still hasn't been fully inspected. Before we begin, do either of you have any questions?" the senior metsuke asked.

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It was somewhat relieving to know that Edo was slowly returning to normal. At least as normal as you could get in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake. Combined efforts of the government and major clans had slowly gotten the rebuilding process underway. Classes had resumed at Edo Bugei even if the dorms still remained unlivable. Eriko's relief was tempered by the understanding that she was on a much different level of expectation than a year ago. Everyone else now expected the same out of her that she'd expected of herself prior to becoming the subject of gossip and attention. Getting away from that was a nice break, especially if it meant helping the city continue recovery efforts.

She'd heard about and quickly signed herself up for a mission inspecting western Edo to assess lingering damage from the quake. That part of the city had yet to begin rebuilding at the scale which the rest had in the past two months. Eriko arrived at the gates in her uniform, ready to greet the metsuke and his attendant when they arrived. Once he did arrive she made a point of stiffer posture than she normally adopted. As if the man were a senior commander in a battle situation; the idea that she was being watched had made her err on the side of formality lately. When she bowed to the metsuke it was in a similarly formal and stiff manner.

"It is a great honor to make your acquaintances, Ajibana-sama and Gozu-sama. I am Yamana Eriko," she introduced herself, holding the bow perhaps a beat longer than she ought to have, "As Edo Bugei students it will be an honor to assist the rebuilding efforts in Suginami however we can."

Stiff formalities out of the way, Eriko accompanied the metsuke and the Honda princess to the train hoping she hadn't misspoken. Such concerns were fleeting, though, as she watched out the window to make her first assessments of how bad the damage in western Edo remained. Upon their arrival she could immediately see that there was a great deal of work still to be done. Temporary shelters were set up to such a degree as to be overwhelming. So many people were still without homes and yet she had at least a temporary apartment to call her own. As she made her first mental notes, she turned to face the metsuke and Mikazuki.

"Forgive me for being so direct, but I'm curious how the recovery efforts for victims has gone. What is the situation of casualties and of medical services here?" she asked, concern for the people living here trumping any concerns about structural integrity of buildings.

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Mikazuki would arrived in usual uniform to try her hand at a different kind of mission. A damage assessment to survey Western Edo. This was likely the place that nice lady lived during her cat search but now, not so much. She lightly wondered of the lady's status and if her boyfriend is doing well but that was neither here nor there. She approached two dressed metsuke, one much older than the other, and bowed in proper intruction. "Honda Mikazuki," she spoke and their elder went on ahead to brief her and Eriko-san. "It would be an honor to work with you both today."

Ajibana Hiroyuki, an elderly man of position along and his assistant(?) Gozu Oro. She smiled some as their humble interjection of their odd name despite the damage that surrounds them. They board the train to their distract area of searching. The blonde didn't say much but stared outside the window, hands resting in her lap, a the different changes of where construction has gone to the ramshackle homes that were no more than piles of wood needing to be process, the lot cleared, and a new home rebuilt as fast as possible. The colored tops of tent communities could be seen in passing along their ride that it felt like a wonder the train system managed to return into functioning order.

The thin girl nodded to herself then shifted her attention to Eriko who conveyed concern for the people in the area. It has been two months since the main quake that rescue efforts may continue but the time window of saving has gone short. Now it would be more of a miracle. "Are there certain conditions we should put more emphasis on? I would like to know what should we keep in mind as first time surveyors." The girl asked to make point of her, and likely Eriko's, novice skills. Edo Bugei isn't often requested to survey areas as mostly other people do that when building up missions for the students to go forth on. It also would help to put less of the 'assessment' under their own interpretation who what is deemed important before they go documenting everything in sight.

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The chief metsuke listened carefully to the questions presented, thinking of how to best answer without wasting anyone's time, and proceeded to answer them in due order.
"In regards to the recovery efforts, they are having mixed results in Western Edo. Eastern Edo is complex, it is where most of the normal people of Edo live and work. After two months we still have many missing but have a working idea of their schedules and what places they usually frequent. Norther and Southern Edo are business related, and we can assume many of the people labeled missing probably fell victim to their work stations collapsing." then swept his hand out towards Western Edo.
"At first one would think it is simple. Most of the population of Western Edo are government officials, metsuke, and office workers. All with very strict schedules. So we just have to figure out who hasn't been at work or come to collect pay recently. The issue is we can't figure that out as quickly as we'd like. Many of the people in Western Edo have private houses, guarded lands, or are from large clans and may have gone home or fled the city. To make matters worse, a sizeable amount of Western Edo's population are also retired former officials. So they could have died months before the earthquake, or even two days ago, and we may not know since they don't actively come to collect their pay." he then showed a few cold coins to help emphasize his point.
"Being the home of prized government bureaucrats and metsuke, Western Edo has the best shogunate medical workers stationed here day and night. In terms of casualties though, we really aren't sure. The specific area we are going to is a retirement area." with that they would walk about twenty minutes from the train station in Western Edo to a small street. On the side of the streets stood massive wooden gates with large golden plaques displaying the names of various families. Some of the gates still seemed to be completely fine while others looked to be absolutely destroyed.

Pointing out the various gated mansions around them the metsuke then answered the second question posed to him. Walking up to a very damaged gate he tapped the bottom of his jitte on the damaged frame three times causing the entire wooden gate to collapse. Stepping over it the girls would realize they had entered a large mansion area easily the width of an office building.
"This is a noble's house. Take anything you find and we'll have to execute you. This is the first house on the list of places to inspect. It is divided into three major ares. The first is the mansion, which as you can see has completely collapsed. For safety reasons I'll be inspecting the rubble. The second is the back garden and living area," he pointed at Mikazuki. ", which you'll be inspecting. Then the side garden and pond area. Which you will be inspecting." and with that he pointed at Eriko.
"All you have to do is go to the area, look around. Watch your feet for glass and nails. If you smell or see nay dead bodies then report them to me. Also get a good idea of how damaged the area looked and report back to me. We have multiple houses to cover so try and observe as much as you can as quickly as you can." he said and then waved his jitte to the right, for Eriko to go, and far away from himself, to show that Mikazuki would need to go around the rather gigantic rubble pile to the back area.
"You, the young miss from the Honda, take the left way. The left side of the house shouldn't have much aside from a few plants. That way you won't be stepping over the other girl's feet." finished giving orders he then started moving towards the front of the collapsed house to see what he could find.

(OOC: Alida, I need to know if you want to just quickly move to the backside of the house or spend time inspecting the left side anywa even though the metsuke said there wasn't much in the area. Suzu, I want to know if you want to inspect the garden area of the pond more.)

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"I see, sir," Mika answered with a diligent nod. It was more so about seeing to the people on who is yet to be unaccounted for. This wasn't so much just to see the wreckage of buildings as what Mika first thought it out to be. The need for observation was grave to ensure that the places they will visit today had a low body count. The chief also brought up a valid point that even if the quake did not claim their lives, some elderly may have passed away in their sleep prior to anyone's notice. All this came to mind as a valuable lesson in what damage assessment truly did for Edo.

Their first location of visitation was the retirement area of Edo. All ready did the prospects feel low for Mika when it came to the elderly. Many would opt to have at least one attendant but stubborn wills grew with age that the owners of these homes could have refused social workers to live as they do in ignorance of physical weakness accompanying age. Mika's gold eyes looked to the name plates and the gates separating the lost homes to the street. Without the blaring sirens that wailed in their ears all throughout the mission did the walk feel unearthly quiet. Their chief stopped before a gate and whacked it once with his jitte. Three raps and the gate fell wit h hardly an effort to permit them access with instructions following their entry.

In summary of their task Mika and Yamana Eriko were to inspect the fallen mansion before them. Stealing, of course, an unruly option. Behind the mansion were living areas and a garden. Mika was given the garden and living area and from the sound of it, the garden was rather large as the Yamana girl took a portion of the garden. "Hai." Mika answered the chief. Before she would head off, the chief advise her of a large rubble area on her given side. "Yes sir," Mika continued to address him as a proper field expert and headed on her way.

Making her way toward the side of the building needed to pass, Mika couldn't help but look at what she was passing by along the way. A large mount of rubble and slumped crumbled wall. Japanese housing didn't seem to be build any sturdier for the building to fall in such a way. It would serve as practice for her on what to look for on her way of passing through the gardens and finally the living area in question.

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Even if two months had transpired since the earthquake Eriko was still concerned about the people who lived in western Edo. Maybe it was silly to ask about casualties this long afterward, but it had been the first thing to come to mind. She was somewhat mollified knowing that what was being done seemed to be the best possible effort at the moment. It seemed that their damage assessment would include partial casualty assessment as well. Had she been more spiritual Eriko would have said a silent prayer for those who likely had died but not been found yet.

Rather than doing that she followed along as they entered what remained of a noble's manor. She was surprised that the gate was still standing at all actually. Given the extent of the damage across the rest of the city one might have expected that it too might have fallen. When it fell over after the metsuke's tapping, it proved to have been damaged after all. Nodding slowly she stepped over the threshold and listened to the instructions given to them by the experienced man. By his order they were to traverse different parts of the grounds to observe how extensive the damage was in those areas. In addition to a warning about stealing, they were told to also be on the lookout for signs of further earthquake victims. Eriko herself was assigned to the side garden and pond, while the Honda girl would take the back garden and living area.

"Yes sir," Eriko responded before taking a deep breath. It was entirely possible she might find bodies during this mission, which she had to mentally prepare herself for.

Sure she had been in battle. She had killed men who dared to threaten the peace of the country. Seeing people fall in battle was entirely a different thing than finding bodies afterward, let alone finding them in rubble or a disaster area. These people hadn't done anything wrong, just been in the wrong place at the wrong time. Eriko set off to the right, stepping hesitantly at first and then with slightly more purpose. Both the metsuke and her peer from Edo Bugei would expect her to do her job here. No time to dawdle.

"If Honda-san is handling part of the garden.. I think the pond would be the place to start," she thought aloud, then made her way toward that as the focal point of her assessment.

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As the ladies went off to do their inspections the head metsuke looked at the collapsed building and turned to his assistant.
"How many lived here? What rank?"
The assistant began shuffling through some paperwork he had brought with him. The first step was finding the proper address of the mansion they currently stood in, and then figuring out how accurate the records they had actually happened to be. Of course Ajibana was no spring chicken, he knew very well that his assistant wouldn't procure an answer instantly. Unlike other Metsuke of his rank he was surprisingly patient, but also extremely firm with those under and around him. After a bit of shuffling through papers Gozu nodded a bit and finally spoke up.
"Senior Metsuke, retired, Sakakibara Muneyori sir."
Ajibana's eyes went wide for a moment before narrowing to look a bit sad. That name carried a lot of weight inside the ranks of the city's police force. In his prime the "Devil Judge Sakakibara" had seen multiple criminals captured and executed with little remorse. He was someone Ajibana had looked up too greatly as he rose through the metsuke ranks. He had never seen his senior's retirement mansion, assuming Sakakibara had retired into a province somewhere instead of staying within the city.

Meanwhile Mikazuki entered the back garden and what was once the living area. The house itself had completed crumbled, so entering the living area at this point would have been impossible. Outside multiple flower beds seemed shockingly well tended, and a large, stone well stood in the middle of the area, though must of it had collapsed in on itself due to the earthquake. The ropes on the well looked worn away as though it was used often. Whether the owner, or perhaps a gardener that had been paid to maintain the property, the back garden was certainly very well maintained. The flowers would seem almost out of place, perfectly serene and majestic in spite of all of the rubble and destruction around them. Of note was the lack of a horse stable or car on the property. Whoever owned the house must have rarely gotten out. To make it even more spooky all of the flowers in the garden happened to be bright red or crimson. After two months of little care, however, an army of weeds could be seen growing at the base of the flowers.

The pond that Eriko investigated would be in similar condition to the house. It was a small pond with a rock garden next to it. All of the fish in the pond seemed huddled close together at the very bottom of the pond. A few of the more unfortunate ones could be seen floating at the top of the pond along with a few closed lotus flowers. The pond was about the size of a small apartment, but didn't seem to have many fish in it either dead or alive. Given it was a retirement community it may have been easier to maintain that way. Upon closer examination it would appear the dead fish corpses had been well eaten into. After all the living fish hadn't been fed in roughly two months.

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Avoiding tripping over some loose roofing tiles and a fallen over wall section, Mikazuki arrived in the back garden area to a sight that made her feel like she might have went the wrong way. The garden area was large and among the weeds were bright vibrant red flowers. Their coloring a stark contrast and almost too bright a shade that it reminded her of pictures of red spider lilies often depicted with the dead or so folk tales go. Mikazuki paused to look behind her to be sure that she wasn't too out of place with the building corner at her back. Nodding to herself to reaffirm that she didn't wander off to a place no human was meant to be in, she strolled through with care to note of anything else that didn't seem right.

Oddly enough in her searching did she find that the garden had little damage done to it. Weeds of neglect had taken root but over all, the area was well taken care of by whoever owned this place. Even the small of the yard had some sourness to it but lacked any kind of animal from where she stood. Mika turned around in a small circle to now realize that she hasn't even seen a car nor a stable of some kind. The ground lacked any tire track indents either as though the owner of the home never had a use of one. How strange. Neither her nor Eriko asked about the previous owner so there was no telling on what should be on the properly. With the absence of a vehicle and no stable, at least there was no fear of running into a dead horse. That would have been a sad sight.

"The garden looks safe." Mikazuki dubbed it as thus but just to be certain, she walked through the paths with her head craned light upwards then down for anything hidden among the weeds. Eriko should have an easier time for going the other side, she thought. After searching around this area, Mikazuki hoped to meet up with Eriko at the living quarters area once going over the gardens. The girl kept these in mind as she went to check out the well. Her picked up a section of rope and gave it a brief tug. The coils were worn and slightly frayed of use. Curious if there were any water in the bottom of it still, she stooped down for pick up a small pebble and dropped it into the dark pit for a sound. No one could possibly be down there, she thought, but the well had a charm to its used look and feel.

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Eriko carefully stepped over pieces of debris that had once been part of either the building or outside decor. There were a number of locations still to scout out in western Edo yet, so caution was the watch word. The last thing she needed was to injure herself by tripping over or running into some kind of obstacle she'd rushed past. As she approached the pond she kept her senses open to any indications of survivors or remains of victims which might remain here. It wouldn't be hard to identify the latter by the smell a corpse made, unsavory as it was to think of such things. Experienced in a few fights herself Eriko was prepared mentally for such a discovery.

Instead of any people or what was left of them, however she simply found a small viewing pond with a rock garden nearby. Before the quake it had likely been the kind of place which provided some measure of tranquility in residents' lives. Somewhere they could come to relax and let their minds clear out all thoughts other than simply being in the moment. It hadn't been all that aversely effected by the earthquake itself and might almost have given Eriko some peace of mind herself. Might have, had it not been for the fish which had not survived a lack of things to feed on. She crouched down to have a closer look at those which floated lifelessly revealed the fish had been eaten into. Only somewhat surprised - the other fish may have turned to cannibalism to stay alive themselves - Eriko stood up and sighed. No human survivors, and not even a peaceful place to pause either.

With that she made her way back toward the living quarters slowly, scanning the garden for any signs of recent activity. If someone had survived the earthquake there might well be signs that they had traversed the area. Foot prints might still be left in the pathways. Perhaps a person had even eaten some of the fish; a strange thought, an unlikely one, but one she had to keep in mind. As things were she fully expected to meet up with Mikazuki and move on to their next destination shortly.

"Nothing but fish so far," she thought aloud as she entered the remains of the living quarters.


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The investigation seemed to be going well on all ends. Mikazuki had discovered the back garden and exterior living area. It was clear it wasn't often used. Yet something would have stood out to the girl. The well in the middle of the exterior living area seemed in surprisingly good condition. As she dropped the pebble down into the well it wouldn't have taken her long to hear a decided splash. It wasn't difficult to imagine a caretaker or even an old house owner grabbing the frayed robe and pulling up fresh water. Next to the well would even be a small ladle. Now it was dry but at the time of the earthquake it had still been wet from being used early that morning. In fact for a moment Mikazuki would even have been able to look up from the well to see what appeared to be the clear visage of an old man looking into the well and then looking at her with deep but shockingly kind eyes. Though the moment she blinked the ghostly visage would be gone.

Eriko would have been in a similar way. Looking out at the garden it wouldn't be difficult to imagine a hired caretaker feeding the swarming fish, happy to get their morning feed. Life would have been so quiet and simple before the quake. It would have been almost like any other day in Edo. Sadly it clearly wasn't. If this house was any example, the other houses may not be in much better shape. As Eriko went to the living area in which Suishoku currently stood the senior metsuke and his assistant would have shown up as well. His eyes fell upon the well and ladle next to it, and then onto his two young assistants.

"Given the looks upon your faces, and lack of yelling, I presume neither of you found survivors." his words seemed remorseful, and surprisingly compassionate.
"I believe my senior's body is under the rubble of this home. I will not ask you to recover his remains, nor be here when they are recovered. He would never wish to be seen in such a state." and with that put his hands together, looking at the girls and his assistant to do the same as he closed his eyes and said a short Buddhist mantra about serenity. Breathing in he held the air in his lungs until he could feel a small burning in his chest. Letting the air out slowly he opened his eyes.
"I wasn't expecting this to be the first house we came across. Disaster truly has no eyes, nor sense of status." with that he looked to his assistant.
"Let the Castle know we have a long funeral to hold. Also that we are moving on to the next home." with that he turned and began walking towards the front of the mansion, his assistant and presumably the students behind him.

"The next house is third down on the left." Gozu said softly. He didn't wish to be too loud given the rather dark shadow that had clearly been cast over his boss.
"Name?" the metsuke asked.
"Nipo, Hajime and Hokina." and with that the assistant opened the door and instantly covered his mouth, running off down the road to empty his stomach. What he saw would sicken anyone. Behind the gate was a fallen house with multiple, broken pieces of lumber sticking out of the back of an old man. Ajibana quickly shut the gate and turned towards the two Edo Students.
"I can send you two to another house and handle this one alone. It is up to you to choose. I'd rather the scene not get dirtied with vomit." he said giving a slight glare down the street to his assistant.

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The Honda girl stared down the well in a lingering gaze. It's a wonder how this well surprised the disaster at all in one piece. The stone working and wood hardly looked any disturbed at all. In the water below's reflections and wavering ripples did a new face caught her eye. Someone was down there? No. This face looked to be across from her and was also looking into the well. Confused by this, she thought the elderly face would be the mentsuke who joined her in the garden just then. As Mikazuki raised her head to speak with the man was she mistaken to see someone else. He didn't wear the same clothes as the one that greeted her and Eriko at the entry way and looked a touch older by a few years. He too looked at her in utter silence with the red flowers framing the background of him. Is he...?

Mikazuki bowed her head slowly to the kind-eyed man. The moment they lost eye contact, she would find him gone once her head raised again. Was he the one they were looking for? She wondered of this when suddenly the senior Gozu appeared with his assistant. By lack of noise did he deduce that the body is likely under the house after all and proceeded to share a mantra.

'He would be pleased.'

She thought to herself rather than tell Gozu of what she saw just then. There were more houses and work to be done so it could wait till they departed. Maybe by mentioning would the garden and well find itself preserved somehow, or so Mika would have liked to think when the main house gets completely demolished. She looked to Eriko to see how her school senior was taking the search but there was little time or room to talk to her once Gozu started moving again. She took a moment to clap her hands once in a quick prayer to the ghost she saw by the well before walking after Gozu for the next house.

At the next house were they about to enter when the assistant ran past them to promptly puke around a corner. She shuddered at the sound when Gozu advised it would be better to check the next house. Mikazuki nodded at this idea as it didn't seem like there would be more for them to survey of this home. "Could you brief us of the next house before we go?" She asked Gozu.

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Peace was a fleeting thing in the world. For all the tranquil moments someone might enjoy there might well be an equal amount of chaos. Eriko pondered on the contrast of the two as she lingered in the garden just a while longer. With all the troubles life could bring someone - especially someone with great responsibility such as those who retired to nicer homes in Edo - the pond would have offered some respite at least. A place to step away from trials and tribulations to simply focus on the idealized world, tending to fish. She could appreciate that; sometimes she felt as if she needed such breaks in her own life.

Along with the others she clapped her hands in prayer for the presumed fallen. It was depressing to think of how they had not even had the chance to save someone here. At least their passing likely had been swift. Eriko took a deep breath as they departed for the next home on the inspection route. Would they find anyone? Would it be simply as fruitless as the first encounter? Though their mission was simply to assess damage, Eriko still hoped they could make a positive difference. She much preferred being able to take action to idle observation.

When they neared the next destination one of the mestuke's assistants tore off in illness. She didn't need to be all that close to him to know he was throwing up. A gut feeling told her there was something worse than finding nothing at all in this home. As she moved closer to inspect the doorway Eriko came to find her suspicion was correct. One of the home's residents had died there, run through by pieces of the home itself. Not knowing any mantras or prayers for the dead by heart, Eriko still clapped her hands and bowed. It was only proper to make some kind of gesture of respect. Mikazuki expressed interest in moving on to the next home on the inspection route, and Eriko was of mind to do the same.

"Indeed, anything you can tell us about the next home would be helpful," she agreed.

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The senior Metsuk nodded as the students asked to be sent to the next house on the list instead of the house they currently stood in front of. Even from the gate they would have been able to smell the stench of a dead body. In fact most of the area had strange smells of gas, rot, and sewage from destroyed homes and pipes. No one would have probably recognized the area as being the home of famous retired employees of the Shogunate. At least they wouldn't anymore.

"Come back here!" the metsuke would snap at his assistant who quickly cleaned his mouth and ran back. The moment he returned he bowed deeply to both his senior and the students.
"I apologize sir!" but the metsuke's eyes seemed in a glare.
"There isn't time. I'd like to get this done quickly. What is the next home? These girls will go on ahead and you with them. I will inspect this house myself." he said and with that opened the doors before closing the wooden doors to the property behind them. The now dishonored assistant looked at the girls and bowed again.
"I deeply apologize to you both. I am shamed you had to see that." and then began flipping through his notes.
"DON'T APOLOGIZE JUST GO!" the senior metsuke yelled from the other side of the wooden gate. His assistant jumped and pointed to a small area three hours down.
"T-This way!" and took off.

The house they arrived at had a brick fence instead of wood. It also had a metal gate that was now destroyed. The name plate on the brick was in Katakana instead of Japanese. The assistant looked at it carefully and then at his notes.
"Mr. Colsan." the assistant said while making his list.
"A British military advisor to the Shogun. Decided to retire to Edo. Unlike most foreigners instead of Southern Edo he was given permission to live in Western Edo with the rest of the senior officials he retired with." then the assistant walked through the gate. The mansion took up a large amount of the property and the outside seemed shockingly fine. Aside from a few caved in areas and every window being shattered the mansion itself seemed to have mostly withstood the earthquake.
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"I heard quite a few people in Western Edo got extremely upset over a Western style fence being build in the middle of multiple Japanese mansions. Apparently Mr. Colsan wasn't very well liked by his neighbors." he said shaking his head a bit as he suddenly kicked in on the already broken door. The already badly damaged wood collapsed under the weight of the kick. The living room looked like it would lead to a kitchen, a garage, and three back rooms. Meanwhile to the group's left was a rather broken looking staircase that appeared to go upstairs.
"One of you should go upstairs and the other to the back rooms. I can check the garage." the metsuke assistant said with a large smile. It was clear he didn't wish to see any more dead bodies and didn't trust broken staircases.

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Mikazuki tried not to show a smile a humor at the metsuke's comedy and gladly followed after the younger male in their hasty retreat to the next hour over to get away from the clearly dead body some few ten feet away from them. The girl stepped lightly to keep up with the assistant past fallen wooden fence lines till a brick one lead them to another gate broken home. Its family sign placed at the end was written in kana for Korusan or Colsan, however it was properly written. In a rare sight did the three of them find the home relatively intact with mostly the windows and a side or two caved in. It too was quiet though while approaching the door. It was promptly kicked in for them to enter, something Mikazuki wouldn't have been able to do.

"Entering," she voiced lightly after the assistant to view the somewhat intact inside portion. Intact that it looked less likely to fall upon their heads. They were given the option to search as they please either by going upstairs or exploring the ground floor area. The man claimed the garage with a grin of relief to be far and away from the dead bodies earlier. Mikazuki nodded some, glancing at her partner for a moment then raised her hand. "I'll go check upstairs," she spoke up in mind of thinking she was the lightest of the two girls to head up the stairs. "If that is alright with you," she eventually added at the end for confirmation before carefully going to explore the upstairs anyway with careful steps and keeping close to the wall if a board under her did give out.

Once making it to the second floor, Mikazuki began to search to see which rooms were safe to enter in by opening up a room and peeking inside. "Hello?" She called into each room.

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Of all things they could have been sent to inspect, Eriko had not expected a foreigner's house to be one. Though she had been somewhat aware that foreigners were allowed to live in part of Edo, it was still a surprise to go to one of their houses. Growing up in Tottori didn't really do much for a girl's awareness of the outside world. Her mind had been so focused on the glorious past and training in the present that she hadn't really thought about places outside of Japan. Therefore she listened intently as the metsuke explained the situation this Mr. Colsan had been in prior to the earthquake.

This seemed like a potentially messy issue if something had gone wrong for the foreign adviser. A natural disaster would probably be excused as out of the government's control. Should some of his neighbors have decided to take advantage of the disaster to express their distaste of the westerner's presence, that was another matter. They'd have to get all the information they could about what had happened so that there wouldn't be as much of an international incident out of it. As such she was willing to play whatever role was required of her here. That turned out to be inspecting the back rooms, since the metsuke was headed to the garage and Mikazuki upstairs.

The Yamana girl carefully moved to the back of the building, looking around for any signs of damage beyond the earthquake itself. That might be difficult to discern, but it was something she was concerned about. As she looked through each room she realized it might be best to call out, in case someone was trapped.

"Is anyone here? We're from the Shogunate.." she would call out in each, limited to Japanese due to poor foreign language ability.

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