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!

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 What's For Lunch? [OPEN], okonomiyaki
Nori Iwara
 Posted: Jul 31 2016, 04:49 PM
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Morning combat drills had been taxing. Learning Iajutsu was hard, and training with the elites felt extremely difficult. Now that it was over, however, she got cleaned up and ventured to the cafeteria in her school uniform. She allowed her hair to hang down now that she wasn't fighting, but she still carried her katana with her. It was rare that she didn't.

And so Nori entered the first floor cafeteria for a mid day meal. Training had a way of making anyone hungry, and she had learned at a young age that one couldn't preform as well on an empty stomach. There was a nice mixture of smells coming from the okenomiyaki that was being made. Kelp, white fish, corn and noodles gave a nice oceanic aroma that carried her over to the line. She remembered how she use to help her mother make it back at home. Sheathed katana was held under the crook of her left arm and left hand carried the serving tray. After the food was portioned out, a bottle of water was selected and she moved to pay.

Cards. When dealing with this much money on a daily, or at a semi-daily pace, people used cards now. There hadn't been much need for it back home. Most business the Iwara family had was through the Konishi, and transactions were either coin or barter goods. After all, it was Konishi land they had lived on. They kept enough for themselves, and the rest went to the family that owned the soil that Nori and her family worked. Hopefully, though, if she did well here, things would be different. Nori would be samurai. She would prove her worth, and her parents wouldn't have to work until death to support themselves.

Once the food was purchased, she made her way carefully to a table. As she sat, her katana was rested against the side of the table until she was seated and the tray was in place. Once she was seated, she lifted up her katana and rested it across her lap and tried to balance it evenly across her thighs. Hands covered in thin, pale scars, went to work on removing her chop sticks from their little pouch and removing the cap from her water. A Third Year, and more often than not, she still sat alone. Eyes seemed a bit sad. Some if it was the isolation, but it was also that the smell of the lunch made her miss her family.

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 Posted: Aug 1 2016, 01:19 PM
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And while those more talented in fighting, swordplay, and tactics had their training, the more regular students had...a math exam...in the morning...when the brain is ill-suited for thinking and the reaction time may be lackluster. Worse than that, it was not some simple pop quiz. It was a big one, a grueling one, and even those who had studied were put through a difficult task. A lack of combat experience does not mean that they have the easy life. No, not by a long shot.

In real life, there is no effect to show that someone is down in the dumps, feeling half-dead, or otherwise plagued by troubles. There is no cloud over their heads, no blackened aura, no special way of actually getting that feeling...save for the normal way. It's all in he posture. Thus, in a room where Nori would hear some students complaining about 'That surprise math test this morning', she would find nearby...a zombie. Not a REAL zombie, but someone who definitely looked like he was out to lunch in more ways than one.

There is a point where human beings will act sort of automatically, because because they are tired or the task they are on allows the mind to wander. The fellow here wasn't really looking at his meal. He wasn't looking at anything, even though he seemed to be eating a similar meal to Nori (no kelp) and drinking without fail. This was a case of where a student is both tired and yet filled to the brim in his head with what he was doing previously, which was really hard math. He could probably still see the formulas. Fortunately, his ear twitched when he heard sounds nearby, so he wasn't without realization of his surroundings...maybe.

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Sachiko, you traitor, Suishoku bemoaned and hung her head tiredly for hastily cramming her notes together for today's special medical class lecture and nearly getting the public stand off with Mizuha-sensei at the archery range. She walked into the large lunch room famished and arms a bit sore from restringing her bow instead than the general soreness from the previous week. The one she usually picks up in class happened to break that day. Was it a bad omen? Suishoku turned her head down to her indoor shoes to check the laces. Neither of them were broken so today wasn't going to be a plague.

She followed the crowd to select a meal ticket to maybe cheer herself up with a special order of meat and potatoes, plain rice with a light burdock root salad on the side. Her tray felt heavy in her hands as she took a bottled water and looked for an open spot somewhere. Preferably somewhere away from the rifle table. It's thanks to them that, plus her existing sores, she has to scale to the third floor everyday after school to serve detention for two weeks. Just another week and a half to slog through.

Spotting a seemly open spot, Suishoku took her tray and sat down without meeting eyes with the person who sat seemingly alone. Better to take an empty spot than keep searching for a more preferable area or scaling three floors of stairs. "Pardon me," she excused herself when sitting down then rubbing her shoulder once lightening her hand load. It wasn't someone she knew but it didn't matter who it is or could be. From how they sat alone, they weren't in any relation to the rifle club and that's plenty enough for Suishoku to dine and recover in peace.

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Nori Iwara
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A young man sat at the table nearby, and then a young lady. For a moment, her brown eyes studied them. There was a saying that she had run in her head every morning since her first year. 'Every day, you are surrounded by death. Every time you leave your door, you are surrounded by enemies.' This was not to imply that the world was against her. It was simply that one never knew the mind of the person next to you. The young man looked...odd. Maybe he was medicated? It was hard to say. The young lady sat and rubbed her shoulder. Bugei school, perhaps? Then she spoke. An apology for sitting. Politeness. It was one of the basic virtues of Bushido. Nori gave her a smile.

"'course. Ain't rightly no cause for it, but thanks the same."

She took a small bite of her own lunch. Some noodles and then a bit of fish. Small bites taken, as was proper. Hungry as Nori was, being proper was more important. The taste as well reminded her of eating with her family back on the farm. Sure, she enjoyed her time at the Bugei school. She worked hard to be like the samurai of old. She wanted to be like the samurai people told stories about. Brave, powerful, selflessly devoted. It was not easy, though. Then again, nothing worth doing was easy.

"Don't reckon seein' ya round too often. Name a Nori."

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 Posted: Aug 5 2016, 12:41 PM
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It would take a moment for things to properly register in a rightly-distracted mind once it was put on auto-pilot, but the brain was still in operation. It still processed informationas it came in. It was just that the sort of thing to wake the person up from said stupor would have to be something out of left field, else he'd probably ignore it enirely. At times like these, it could be anything. What it happened to be, in this case, was an unexpected accent.

Reckon. Reckon?

The subject who had, as of yet, been unresponsive blinked to life and unexpectedly turned his head, chopsticks stopping about a quarter-of-an-inch from his cheek - fortunately - as his head turned to regard the owner of the new and unexpected voice. He was surprised to see Suishoku sitting there, of course, but knew that it wasn't her that- Ah, there we go. He didn't know her, but the accent said she was from further out. He placed his chopsticks down across his meal and held out a hand, saying "Roshi Bento" by way of greeting.

Back from the dead. Nice recovery. All it needed was an out-of-town dialect.

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Her words needed a second run through to process exactly what was said once Suishoku raised her head to the student. There was a thanks out of it so it looked like that much was clear of the taller girl with very mellow looking facial features despite the sharp scar on her cheek. A Bugei club member or track was an easy tell. The scars she soon spotted in the girl's arms added to this. She nodded again to her before starting at her salad, eating one piece of cut vegetable at a time. Lunch would be her momentary grace period before just a snack later on to power hike up the stairs to the third floor room.

"Don't reckon seein' ya round too often. Name a Nori."

"Hmm, maybe," she answered. Now that she thought about it did Suishoku realize that she has been showing up more often at the main lunch room these past days. Usually she'd spend her time in the more quiet eatery in the dorms where there was less people and it was convenient for her volunteer work in the kitchens. A service of detention on her shoulders has gotten the second year to show up more often around here than having a light lunch elsewhere.

"Yuubae Suishoku," she added after taking a moment to think about her dining habits and chewing on some root. Another voice joined in to which she nonchalantly turned to wave in greeting and parrot their name. "Hi Roshi Bento." She popped another piece of crunchy burdock root into her mouth before clenching her teeth where the sound of it crunch filled her ears the loudest, followed by a brief but awkward pause. "You eat here too?" Her question completely blunt yet tired to put more energy into it like her previous encounter with him. The man was eccentric that a mundane lunch just seemed unlike him.

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"Nice meetin' ya both, Roshi Bento an' Yuubae Suishoku."

She had read recently that repeating people's names made it easier to remember them. It would have been more than a little rude for her to forget the names of people she had just met. She looked down and absently shifted around the noodles and fish in her bowl as the two started to talk to each other. She wouldn't want to interrupt the two of them. That and more could be learned from listening than speaking.

It seemed that they knew each other, and she wasn't quite sure yet if they were friends or not. Maybe they simply shared a class or two? Maybe they were on the same path in the academy. It might explain why she hadn't seen either of them. If they were both in infiltration or maybe something diplomatic, then it was unlikely that Nori would have had much chance to interact with them. With her upbringing and manner of speech, Nori would likely offend people while trying to win them over in a formal, official setting. She was also a bit too tall and her scars were too obvious and stood out enough that stealthy infiltrations would not have been an option for her. So, for now, she tried to figure out what they were hear to learn based on what she could deduce from them.

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The sudden and unexpected greeting from another person caught him a bit off-guard and his head turned to realize 'Oh wait, there's more then one person here!'. He gave the girl a salute with the hand that was unoccupied.

"Hiyo, Suishoku-san!"

His extended hand was still thrust in the direction of Nori. No pressure or anything. He addressed Suishoku's question while it remained there, maybe wavering slightly.

"I eat where it's convenient at the time. I had all the life sucked out of me by a math exam and I didn't have the will to do anything else after that, so coming down here was just sort of...instinct, I guess."

You know, eventually, that arm is going to strain something. Would somebody please do something about it? You can only keep it up so long and - because Roshi was right-handed - he wasn't getting his lunch eaten in the interim.

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She followed his hand offer across the table to Nori then looked back at his salute greeting for herself. Her eyes lowered then looked away with a brief wave for his greeting. "Yaeah, hi," she answered back with a lower tone than prior.

"I eat where it's convenient at the time. I had all the life sucked out of me by a math exam and I didn't have the will to do anything else after that, so coming down here was just sort of...instinct, I guess," was Roshi's follow up.


"Ahh, is that so," Suishoku nodded with half sympathy. "Lecture and note cramming for exam tomorrow." She spoke simply and briefly. She didn't feel a need to go into details of what the class was, unless they felt curious enough to, and returned to dining on her meal. It would have served to be a delicious distraction if not for the awkward limb hanging over the table for Nori to shake in a westerner greeting. It shook a little while being put on hold.

"You could...nevermind." Felt like the last time she was helpful to him did it end up in a nutcase of a mess. Her attention went to Nori who may have looked at Roshi's odd behavior and strain with uncertainty. "What about you, Nori? Had a rough class as well?" The question felt harmless without intruding too deeply.

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The hand extended to Nori was a Western custom she had not been previously presented with. As such, she wasn't sure if she was being pointed at or gestured toward. She set down her own chopsticks now that it was clear that she was supposed to respond to the gesture in some way. The tall, lanky girl extended a lightly scarred hand outward near Roshi's, and just kind of left it there as she was still unsure what was supposed to happen from there with that in particular.

Then Yuubae had opted to speak to her, which was nice. She didn't have to much trouble with her classes. Sure the tests were hard, but she had a few ways to clear her mind and refocus herself. It was rare that she got too stuck to push through the barriers and complete her assignments. After all, if it got to be too much, she could always run a mission or do some training with Kai, and then get back to it with a clear mind.

"No. Classes're fine. Just missin' ma and pa back home. S'a long trip back ta Higo. Don't get ta see'em much as I'd like ta."

When she and Roshi were finished pointing at each other, or whatever the odd custom was that he had opted to engage in, Nori would return to poking a bit at her lunch. She knew she needed to eat, but being homesick was one of the few distractions that tended to stick to her. Before attending Edo Bugei, she could see her parents every day. She could tell them about her training, talk about how the crops and animals were doing, and the like. Now she had to send them a letter and wait patiently for a reply most of the time. Holidays she was usually able to return home to see them. One day, she was going to have to see about getting them a phone maybe.

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True, the handshake was not what you call a local thing, buuut Roshi found that trying new things made life more interesting. No harm in it, right? Right? Well...Nori didn't really know how it was suppose to work, so he initiated the handshake once her hand was out, and then once he retracted his arm...his hand cramped up. He let off a shudder at the mention of what sounded like a deeply-involved test.

"Sorry to hear that, Suishoku-san. Is it anything I could help with?"

Nothing like battle theory or altogether 'Fighty', but maybe something he'd been forced to read extensively and hopefully did not glaze over at the attempts to understand. His right hand having come back to life, he returned to his meal for a moment, paused, then asked...

"What's in Higo?"

Forgive him, he's a know-nothing city boy. Perhaps the Hatto-san had some sort of idea, but that guy was a traveler and HE...had lived in Edo his whole life.

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"How good are you with the anatomy of the human body and symptoms of sicknesses?" Suishoku questioned Roshi with a deadpan face before sulking at her food to take another bite. "Why does nearly every symptom have to have a fever and chills...ugh." She groaned in frustration at herself. The medical field was a lot of the body then playing a process of elimination of what the patient has before finding out what is the serious problem. Due to many illnesses having similar issues at the start before they develop to their more definitive sickness made memorizing each so hard.

She helped herself more to the cool salad while nodding to show that she was indeed listening to Nori. Higo is pretty far from Edo, nearly the whole other side of the country based off of Nori's lightly tanned looks. No way anyone north of Osaka would have a tan like that.

"Why not spent the weekend there? Leave Friday and come back for school by the morning of the new school week," she asked without any real knowledge of how long the train ride would take to reach Higo from Edo. Her hometown is about a four hour ride by train so maybe twice that? Suishoku wondered if that was a viable option as her chopsticks played with a potato lump in her bowl.

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Roshi looked a little confused by Nori's response. Then she remembered that not everyone knew every province. Really, Nori didn't know very many of them herself. The country was so big, it was hard to know all of them. She covered her mouth a moment in apology before lowering it to explain.

"Higo's the province I was raised in. Mostly farms what the Konishi clan own. Ma an' Pa work on one a their farms so the Konishi don't gotta, an' in trade my family get a house ta live in an' a share on the crops ta live on."

It wasn't all that bad of a life, really. Nori might have ended up a farmer herself, but it was kind of in her nature to want to protect people from the ones that might want to harm them. If she hadn't been taken in on sponsorship, there wouldn't have been much choice in the matter, and she would likely have worked the land with her brother. Her brother would have gotten married and taken over the household, and Nori looking like she did, would probably have ended up living with them and continuing to work unwed. Scars tended to make the other farming families nervous about have their sons marry 'damaged goods'. Then she was brought out of her thoughts by Yuubae's question.

"I go when I can, but 'tween class, missions fer the school, a part time job, Bugei Club, an' tryin' to make a new sword...I barely got time fer sendin'em letters. Like should think I'd save up a bit an' get'em a phone."

Nori felt responsible to take care of her family. It was her responsibility to the people that raised her and cared for her that she do the same for them. Sure, they could still work, but within a few years? With the hard labor farming could entail? And the dangers of roving bandits out to steal from them? She didn't want them to have that hard of a life when old age caught up with them. She worked all over Edo Bugei, doing whatever jobs and missions she could get. It was her highest priority to make the Konishi clan proud enough of her accomplishments, and bring enough honor to her sponsors, that her family be taken in and made a branch of the Konishi clan. Then, as a real samurai, she could see her family taken care of.

"I head back there on holidays, an' maybe one weekend in a month were I ain't got too much school work ta keep me from it. Like should think my brother's gettin' the lion's share a the work 'round the farm now. He ain't too small fer it anymore."

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How was he at anatomy and discerning sickness? He was... Roshi's head thumped against the table in defeat as his hand raised in the international sign of the goose egg.

"Only what I know in Health Class..."

There was only one hope if Suishoku was feeling under the weather. He would have to call upon the powers of...the Hatto-san! Raising his head, Roshi pulled out his cellphone and called The Man In The Hat.

"Ah! Hakuro! I need to ask- What? Yes, fine, thanks. I just need- Right, yes. It IS a nice day out. Will you- Hatto-saaaaan!"

Okay, AFTER he managed to keep the guy on the phone from interrupting and he mentioned the symptoms...Roshi's head thumped against the table and he hung up.

"He says it could be one of a bunch of things, but he said to ask how hard you work yourself, Suishoku-san."

All this while Nori was explaining Hige and all the things therein. He heard it all, but he had been somewhat occupied with his phone call on the side. The fact that Nori was into farming was interesting, though, because...

"My dad is big into the food industry. He might be buying heavily from your area."

Specifically, his father owned Odachi Foods, which sold food in bulk and in prepared form. The former included rice, meat, and sometimes vegetation, so it WAS possible.

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"The basics would be good refreshers."

Suishoku sighed and left it there while Roshi spent an extended phone call to last bother her answering and Nori's own about Higo. The farm life lived off a trade of service and are housed rightly and Nori had both her parents. All of which was a good thing after encountering some students the previous school year who lacked one parental figure or both. Her chopsticks moved to eat away a piece of render stewed meat before getting interrupted by a rather audible be moaning from Roshi.

"Ah! Hakuro! I need to ask- What? Yes, fine, thanks. I just need- Right, yes. It IS a nice day out. Will you- Hatto-saaaaan!"

She sighed and did her best to pretend he wasn't there over the phone as she spoke to Nori about her busy lifestyle. "We're not busy now if you can't hold off on one thing for a moment to put down a letter. Visiting once a month is plenty to do than most other students can afford." Not including herself on this answer who chooses to visit on holiday. "What do you have after lunch?" She asked for a peek into their daily life style. It was then Roshi, ever noisy today, banged his head on the table to rattle the dishes slightly.

"He says it could be one of a bunch of things, but he said to ask how hard you work yourself, Suishoku-san."

"Ah," asking for help outside of those within her lecture class was too much of a stretch for even the most out there student even. "Ah...don't worry about it. I'll just keep studying on my own time. Be something to read on the way back to the appartment anyway." She sighed for a third time and shook her head in giving up. "Speaking of those new appartments, how are you guys finding your rooms?" Their new living quarters, courtesy of the Hittokiri himself, lacked location but made up for the ample rooms it provided. It was like a peek at living alone due to how larger it was than their previous dorm rooms. Most of them even include a kitchen!

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