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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, 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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 A War Memorial (Mikazuki, Soujuro, and Yiting)
Nobuyumi
 Posted: Jun 4 2018, 07:53 PM
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Yiting thought of her own words. The more she considered it, it was decidedly odd that Fangyuan had asked to go overseas. It wasn't as though she often showed interest in traveling, and seemed more of a careful planner. It made the skilled guard, Yiting, deeply concerned about what exactly Fangyuan was planning. Now that she had returned to her dorm she went to her mini-fridge and began putting away the various foods. Thinking a bit as she went to change into lighter clothing she wondered if she would actually get to speak with Fangyuan later on. She also opened the container that held her broadsword, making sure the weapon was still in the perfectly taken care of state she had made sure to leave it in before leaving this morning.

Eventually she would return to Mika in jeans and a light shirt. Now that the two had moved indoors she wanted to wear something a bit more relaxed than when she had been outside.
"Thank you for waiting." she said with a smile. Her hair was pulled back in a ponytail and she seemed more relaxed than when they had been outside of the academy. After all, in Edo this was the only place she knew of that was actually "safe". Looking at the tea that Mika had it made her want her own.
"Um, let me get some tea of my own." and after about two minutes she would return with a huge cup of tea. Sitting down she looked at Mika.
"Thank you today, for being tolerant, of my Japanese." she said politely.
"I feel you have showed me so much today." she said with a bright smile.

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 Posted: Jun 9 2018, 05:21 AM
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The tea Mika was having set down on a nearby side table as her head craned up to Yiting’s constant smile as of late. They even brought tea as well making Mika wonder if they were a child mimicking others to feel included. “Your japanese is fine,” she said firmly to put an end to that note and got up from her seat and reclaimed her tea. “We’ll go now. The tea is fine to takebso long as we are careful about it. The bathing should be the same as your home, is it not?” She asked this in the assumption that it was.

“We’ve walked long enough today and, if possible, to know a bit more of how your home is.”

Mika moved to the women’s bath marked with red curtains and dressed down fairly quickly thanks to her ligter set of clothes and started cleaning up for the long soak ahead. As she sat on her bathing stool, she checked for Yiting before starting her question with the half finished tea settled closer to the spa for safe keeping.

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 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 12:12 PM
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“Your japanese is fine,” Mika said bluntly. Hearing it brought a bit of relief to Yiting's heart. Since Japanese wasn't her first language, she constantly found herself worrying about her skills in it. As the two had their tea Mika asked about Japanese bathing versus Chinese bathing. In truth Yiting hadn't considered it, but likely it would be the same as back home.
"Over all yes, though I think the Japanese celebrate and advertise their bath houses a bit more than the mainland." after all public bathing wasn't anything new. However, even in shows and books, Japanese bath houses seemed romanticised to a ridiculous degree.

As the two grabbed their teas both women changed fairly quickly and stepped into the women's bath. Fortunately no one else seemed to be around at the moment. Looking at the hot water it seemed to call Yiting to it. As Yiting approached the water Mika would be able to see that Yiting's skin was far from perfect. It had a rather surprising series of scars upon it and her muscles well defined. All of this was part of her job as both a warrior and a bodyguard. Yet unlike some, she didn't seem self conscious about it at all. Settling into her bath and putting the tea next to her she gazed at Mika once the girl got comfortable.
"I would love to share about Beijing. What would you like to know?" she asked curiously. After all since she was use to being in China, everyone already knew about China. It was always interesting to her what kinds of questions foreigners had about her home.

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 Posted: Jun 10 2018, 08:23 PM
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Finding no one, even a trace of another Chinese student just encouraged that the group was a pack of individuals. Would it even to right to call them a group at all? She continued to focus on her bathing and then checked to Yiting to find those marks. A diagram of butchering. Violence was what Mika noted as Yiting continued to talk rather cheerful of the day. Those marks mean nothing to them.

She moved into the batha dn sighed a moment in the hot waters before sitting herself comfortably to drink her tea again. The floor was open to Beijing so Mika, naturally, asked about its people and methods. It sounded different than Edo but hopefully a far cry from Kyoto.

“What do people take most interest in? How does the ruler maintain order?” She started with something a bit generic and easy to maintain as she occupied hersef with the tea than think much further about those scars. Those betrayed issues she’d hope to discuss next.

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As the two relaxed in the bath Mika already seemed to have two questions in mind. Before that, however, Yiting focused on the water. After walking and riding trains all day the water felt nice. The heat radiated through her body as she felt herself relax. Feeling the shifting waters wash over her she gladly rested her back against the side of the bath as Mika asked about Beijing.

"Beijing is run by our dear Emperor. The Imperial family has ruled China since ancient times, much like the Emperor of Japan. We do not see him much. He has many officials that handle business across the country. Ranks." she said the last word and hoped Mika would understand. She wasn't sure how to explain in Japanese. Much like in Japan, China had a tiered system of leadership. Everyone in any position of government had a rank and people reported to whoever was directly above them all the way to the emperor. Thinking of a term she heard once she said
"Caste system"

She felt nervous and hoped she explained it well enough. Of course she talked of the Emperor first before Mika's other question.
"Beijing people, are like Edo people." she said blatantly.
"They all like art, food, hate rebels, they like small sports games together. They love gossip, and trading with merchants." she said with a smile as she thought of the town she lived in with Zihao and the rest of the Beijing Academy students. It was home to her, and she usually did enjoy it quite a bit.

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 Posted: Jun 13 2018, 05:14 PM
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"That does sound pleasant. The tolerance of rank and file have become lax in this school environment. Mostly in part that what nobles here don't exactly have the right man power and authority of their home province to summon guards when mistreated below their family name." When guards fail did fights break out if one could brandish their abilities in ways that didn't come off as out right violence. It may be why the Bugei club was often popular with students who didn't even need the training but an excuse to legally fight others. This all lead up to the scars Mika kept note of for different reasons than a commoner's impulse to ask childish questions.

"And what of the problems of China?" She spoke right away to cut through the common fluff. Imports and drug smuggling was but a sample but someone doesn't get that scarred from just basic missions. Bugei may have covered missions with students to take the utmost care of their persons as possible where as Yiting's body gave way to a more troubled state of affairs.

Mika let her question stand a moment as she set her tea cup down and settled into the warm waters and move her feet in circles. She didn't appear all that concerned of the problems as they weren't exactly hers. It was China's issue and will remain that way until matters start to involve the Bugei to make students participate. Asking how things are below the tourist information was a probing effort to find what is there. Yiting did say that their group's strategist conspired the meeting of the two countries talented and relic endowed so, logically, what sort of problem is there to bring about a need to cross boarders? That question was what Mika hoped to learn form a satellite member before the main dealer shows their hand.

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"Beijing's rankings do help in many ways. People clearly know where they stand." she said in response to Mika's comments about Edo. Yiting had noticed that life in Edo was a bit more free flowing than life back home in Beijing. It was strange to see the different in social structures, and societies, but she didn't expect Edo to be completely like Beijing in the first place.

"And what of the problems of China?" Mika asked. Yiting thought for a bit and took a sip of the tea, letting her body relax and slope into the water a bit more. It felt nice and helped her relax a lot. Though, the issue of what problems China faced was a tricky one. After all, Yiting knew better than most what issues China had, but what she knew versus what she was allowed to talk about happened to be two very different things. It was safe to say that Yiting knew more than even some of her fellow students on the trip. Though that didn't mean she couldn't tell Mika anything.
"Some of the more common problems in Beijing are what you would expect in such a large country. Rebellions fester in the smaller, less organized regions. Trugs come in from all of the various countries and trade routes. Sometimes noble lords quarrel with one another, or they have such a large army that their ego gets too large and needs to be placed in check." she explained while sighing a bit.
"Sometimes certain arrogant lords put themselves in unnecessary danger..." she was clearly referring to her lord Zihao. The arrogant man she had been guarding since her arrival in Edo.

When she didn't want to tell Mika about where things like weird taoist cult leaders summoning phantom soldiers and storms, entire dead armies rising up and charging at cities, or the issues along the Northern Border with Russia.
"Also a lot of bandits roam the country side. Even though we try and take them down, sometimes it feels like they just rise back up out of nowhere." she grumbled and let her mouth sleep beneath the water as well, breathing through her nose and letting her facial muscles relax.

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“Comes off as a rather violent country when looking beyond what can garner immediate protection.” She too sank into the water a little after finishing what remained of her tea. The problems themselves came out as general information even if Yiting may not have intended them to be. Large or small, if the current ruler can’t afford the man power to span the full lengths of their boarders then it is easy for pockets of discord to be found.

She kept her head still, careful not to dip her head further in to sully their pool. The baths made do with what it was equipped with, a divider wall of cubed frosted glass and a bamboo forest at the back among the tile backdrop.

The information felt too broad in strokes to put a noteworthy mark of those scars. It seems Mika would have to alter her question a little. “Do you come from a school similar to this? They say this facility was a military and of high education in our country. With China being so large, wouldn’t there be other schools? Or just one focal point of Inheritors?” Having the question fall toward their lifestyles might shred some information scraps of how these. Hinese students go about their business.

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“Do you come from a school similar to this? They say this facility was a military and of high education in our country. With China being so large, wouldn’t there be other schools? Or just one focal point of Inheritors?” as Mika finished her tea she asked a pointed question of Yiting. The girl's eye brows raised a bit as she brought her mouth out of the water, reaching for her own tea she finished off the drink before answering, giving a satisfied exhale as she finished. It truly was good tea and between her insides being warm and her outsides being warm, she was quite content.
"The tea is truly good here." she said in a humble tone. Due to the still slightly frigid air outside it was a very nice remedy to the day.

"Beijing Academy, I think in most ways it is like Edo Bugei. We have more students, and the campus is maybe two times bigger?" she said, putting her hands together then stretching them far apart to emphasize her point about the size of her school.
"We only have one school though, for inheritors. Though, it is like Japan. Every province, has different leaders. Inheritors serve different leaders. We all train at the same school though." she hated her limited Japanese. She couldn't phrase it quite as elegantly as she wanted. However, she still felt her Japanese was good enough to get her point across.

"Many of our students, aren't usually at school. Our school has more strict entrance rules than Edo Bugei. Many "talented" people still just attend province schools. Many inheritors aren't at our school either. Many of them have long assignments in a province somewhere." she concluded.
"I hope that makes sense?" again, she still worried about her Japanese. She thought she said everything fairly well, but she was still far from a native speaker.

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A campus the size of Bugei but only two times bigger just about felt like the size could take up land rivaling what surrounds Edo castle. Steam clouded and thinned as it rose from the bath waters. Mika sank herself again and rolled her shoulders as Yiting did their best to provide an adequate answer to her questionings. How odd that for now the student didn't appear bothered by them yet but the insight was helpful yet humorous that China saw the same minds of those who designed Edo's version of the school.

Eventually her arms folded after being told by Yiting the situation of the school and its Inheritors. "If I understood this correctly, even though the school is primarily made for Inheritors, the conflicts of the country keep many preoccupied where needed or in homes. Persons of talent are training more specifically within their providential homes. Some are on long term deployment even. How grave."

While Yiting spoke to her of this as how natural things are in China, Mika saw the matter as serious and down right poor. The school served as a training facility but pointedly sends out students for the long term as fully assigned soldiers. "Very well. It appears that the students you traveled with are very experienced. You as well seem to sport many battle scars in some way. I take it these were earned mainly by performing missions. Wounds acquired by training can't have been too harshly done or else the school could be seen as a form of torture."

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