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, 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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Miadori
 Posted: Aug 12 2016, 04:20 AM
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The first floor was teeming with students chatting and laughing, probably also talking about the rumors that are popular within Edo Bugei. One of the students was standing out though, and that is… Hayagawa Haruka herself. She was just there, standing near her locker, watching the others. With that, Haruka sighed. Why, though?

The answer? She doesn’t really have a friend. It’s probably like how she knows others, but the others don’t know her. Well, her fellow club members do know her, but she doesn’t interact much with them. Either they just can’t really relate her anti-war wish…

… Or she’s just overly serious about it.

And yes, she can be overly serious. That’s why she doesn’t have many friends. Well, some of the other students are a bit acquainted with her, but they do not know much about her, or they just can’t stand her being too serious. “She just can’t be funny, even once in a while,” one random student even said. “She is just serious about… everything.”

With that in mind, Haruka sighed while looking around. Oh when, when will she be liked by others? No one knows the answer.

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((OOC NOTES (MORE LIKE COMMENTS LOL): First thread and post for Haruka. This thread is friendshippy and lighthearted, by the way. And… romantic? Possibly, but that’s too early for Haru, plz. Just reminding you guys… even if it’s a bit obvious that this thread is about making new friends and stuff. Feel free to get some comedy in here, but most of the time it’s serious and… heartwarming? I don’t know the right word to use…

Oh, don’t worry, that random student is a random NPC student, not one of the RPCs here. Just reminding you just in case…? ^^))

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 Posted: Aug 12 2016, 12:32 PM
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Shinsuke Todo hadn't been seen in person very much since the Great Kanto Earthquake. In fact he'd been very introspective since his mission at that time had ended. Intense feelings of helplessness had been overwhelming his mind and heart, to the point that he couldn't look at his own reflection without feeling pain sometimes. As such he had withdrawn himself from the social world of Edo Bugei and hadn't appeared at all for over two weeks. Yet he couldn't keep himself locked up because that just served to make him feel worse. In the end it was an odd decision to become someone else for now - someone who hadn't been at fault for the many things Shinsuke blamed himself for.

That was why he had assumed his alter ego again. Sure it had been used during an outing to avoid attracting attention a while back. Now? It was a way to enjoy life and distance oneself from the problems fate had put in his way. As his other self he was able to smile again, which itself was a major victory. Traversing the first floor involved simultaneously searching for someone to speak to. Such contact was needed, craved after self-imposed isolation. After a moment or two a girl came to this alter ego's attention - that green hair made her stand out quite a bit. Nobody seemed to be engaging her in conversation, which had to be rough.

Decision made, Shinsuke - aka Mikoto in this form - approached with a gentle smile. Prior to the quake Shinsuke would have flirted with her. Mikoto, however, didn't do that. It was just an opportunity to meet someone new and maybe even make a friend?

"Hey," 'Mikoto' spoke, voice soft and androgynous, "I don't think we've met before.. love your hair!"

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It’s been so long and no one is still conversing with her. But why won’t she start a conversation with the others? ‘Well, I don’t think they would really like to converse with me,’ Haruka thought to herself. ‘I just can’t relate to them, that’s all.’ Now with that in her mind, she sighed.

Just then, she heard a voice.

“Hey,”

“Hmm?” Haru turned around only to see a girl with black hair and blue eyes. After the girl said that she loves Haru’s hair, the green-haired girl said thanks, her cheeks slightly pink. It’s one of the very few times she’s been complimented by other people.

“So, um…” she started. “… Is there something you want to discuss with me?”

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A bit of relief went through 'Mikoto' as the girl with dyed hair proved receptive to being approached. No being turned away then. Of course not! This was a positive situation with a positive self on the black haired student's part. Not someone who'd only disappoint. Plus the girl appreciated the compliment enough that her cheeks became slightly pink. That was a good start!

"You're welcome," was the response to the green haired girl's thanks, "It's a really pretty shade of green."

Then a pause before smiling hopefully, "I guess there is something I wanted to discuss.. I don't think I've seen you before, and.. well, anyone with such good taste in hair color's got to be interesting. So.. I was hoping I might get to know more about you."

Another pause, then an outstretched hand, "I'm Mikoto, it's nice to meet you."

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“Get to know more about me? W-Well, umm…” Haruka said nervously. It wasn’t really the first time she has met someone so kind, she has met others. But those ‘others’ were out of Edo Bugei. As for the others in here, well, some of them are polite here, yet she doesn’t have a close friend she’d always be with.

… A pause went by, then after that pause the girl outstretched her hand. “I'm Mikoto, it's nice to meet you,” she said. As a response, Haru shook hands with the girl and introduced herself. “My name is Haruka. Hayagawa Haruka,” she said. “Nice to meet you, too.”

With that, she feels like it’s the first time she has met a friend. Well, this day might turn out as a good day.

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She really must not have many friends, thought the more-Shin-than-Mikoto part of a certain student's mind. It was a snap judgment that wasn't really fair, and despite that fact being obvious the judgment had been made anyway. No, you can't just blurt out things about other people! 'Mikoto' thought back. The latter thought won out and the kinder person remained at the forefront. Haruka was timid, sure, but any student could be - especially if they were newer at this school.

"Nice to meet you, Hayagawa-san! Unless you'd prefer being called Haruka-san? Or Haruka-chan?" 'Mikoto' asked before pausing to think. What did you do after introductions? After a moment a smile crossed those androgynous lips, "Can you tell me what you enjoy doing? What are your hobbies? If we're going to be friends, we should know that kind of thing about each other."

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The girl—she’s named Mikoto, asked some things about Haruka. The green-haired girl, being the one who will answer any question… or well, just most questions, answered, “My hobbies, huh? Well, I’m not the combat-type of person, so I just read books or do my political-related things. I’m here as one of the ‘Political Strategists’ in the school. With most of the students here focusing on combat, I can’t really relate to them. Well, there are non-combat people in Edo Bugei, but I’m not really friends with them. I’m just acquainted to them.”

Haru, upon realizing she has said about 5 sentences, stared at Mikoto. She doesn’t want to get her bored or anything like that, but that’s Haru, a girl who really likes to speak many words. Still, many people nowadays like to say short sentences rather than long ones, as some think that it’s kind of boring.

“Ah, I’m sorry. Did I say too much?”

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Passing into the area with her eyes staring intently at her phone arrived a lite blonde student. Her body a tad thin making the school uniform on her slightly baggy and loose despite the material being tailor made to fit. She headed to her shoe locker to change out for her indoor set along with a print magazine stuffed inside. Another piece of reading material for the morning.

"Hot. Bright colors." She uttered to herself as she texted with one hand and held the booklet open with the other. On her back was her school backpack with a simple Honda emblem phone strap tied about the handle with her name on it; Honda Mikazuki.

They seemed oddly occupied today but the air about them didn't exactly key in with the atmosphere of what the school was around her. Compared to the busy world around her did the first year float at her own pace like a soft lofty cloud. The girl's head filled with the magazine and friend texting to keep her mind far and away from her brother overseas.

"Samples? Kay," she spoke softly to the phone and started taking pictures by comparison. The phone chimed, ching ching with each picture taken as she walked away from the shoe lockers to her own. It was along the way a few other fast first years came by and bummed into the girl as they chased each other in the hallway. The phone flew out of her hands and clattered across the wooden floor upon the feet of two girls conversing with another; one with dark hair and another with a sea foam green colored hair. Amazing by the tone of the dye, Mikazuki couldn't help but stare at the amazing shading of gentle coloring. "So light..."

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Now thoroughly invested in the Mikoto mindset, the darker haired student wondered at what Haruka did hobby-wise. There wasn't really a way to tell just looking at her appearance. Aside from not judging others by their looks, experience dictated that even smaller students could be on combat tracks. Larger, more athletic students could be on non-combat tracks. From the perspective of a non-combat student it would be nice to meet someone else who was on a similar track. The combatant students, of course, could be perfectly nice but there was something to be said about discussing personal experiences in classes and on missions with a like minded person.

When Haruka responded that she was not a combat tracked student, 'Mikoto's' eyes lit up. Another student pursuing political strategy and diplomacy! Now that was something more than just a happy coincidence. Having someone who shared the same area of study could be really beneficial. Since the aim was to become friends here, it would be a great foundation to build up from. Really it was hard to believe just what fate had brought this day. The look Haruka gave afterward was apologetic, as if she'd said too much. To the contrary, 'Mikoto' could not have been happier at the situation.

"Not at all! So you're studying politics too, then? How exciting! I didn't think I'd meet someone on the same kind of track," replied the dark haired student, "It can be tough to relate to students whose focus is combat, even if they're pretty nice. I'm sorry you haven't been able to make friends with the non-combatants, but I'd be happy to help you start changing that. What do you say, Haruka-san? Will you let me be your friend?"

Just at that moment, there was the sound of something clattering on the ground. A sudden jolting sound that suggested something had been dropped. Head turning to glance at the source it became obvious it was.. a phone? That was what 'Mikoto' saw on the ground, and nearby a girl whom was recognizable by her light colored hair. Another quick look at the phone itself revealed a Honda clan symbol attached as a charm. Ever helpful, the diplomat kneeled and gingerly picked up the phone. The non-combat student smiled as a thought came to mind.

"Why don't we return the phone and get to know Honda-san there? She seems like she could be nice," 'Mikoto suggested, leaving it up to the shy girl to initiate greetings.

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Two hours before

He glanced at his phone and muttered to himself "I'm sure Mika will be surprised if I go to school today, " He was grinning while wondering how she will react to his appearance. It was not a long journey from Kumamoto, their home-town. He arrived early in the morning, as the journey from Shinano took place at around 4 AM, taking the fastest and only available route that the train could travel through. He arrived from overseas just yesterday evening, though Mikazuki wasn't informed of his arrival. He imagined how shocked she would be, showing an impish smile.

As he arrived in Edo, Matsushina, clad in his school uniform was picked up by a Tokugawa escort, he arrived at the promised time, and his escort was already waiting for him. The escort lady took his school bag and asked, "Matsushina-Sama, correct?" She asked as polite as possible. "Yes," his reply was short, but it was full of joy, as he wanted to get to school as quickly as possible, and see his sister again.

The escort drove him all the way to Edo Bugei from the train station. Checking his phone, he read over a text message from his mother: "Darling, welcome back to Edo, please meet up with Mikazuki at school. "

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Matsushina looked at the time on his phone and proceeded with sending a text to his sister, the message read: "Hey sister, I'm finally back and I will meet you near the shoe locker area." With the message sent, he made his way towards the entrance of the school. He yawned because he was up so early, and there's still jet-lag.

Even if it had been a long time since he was last here, not much have changed. The first floor still filled with the same first years that he recognize, some of them at least. But they probably wouldn't recognize him in person, only through rumours and his reputation. He saw what would be the figure of his sister from behind, and he looked at where she was looking, her phone with the Honda clan emblem phone strap on the floor. Matsushina glanced over towards the two people coming in her direction, perhaps it was them who caused her phone to fall on the floor.

He moved closer towards his sister, the breeze of the open window brushed past his flowing long hair, and the sheen of his hair reflects the radiant sunlight as sparkles around him. He beamed a smile in Mikazuki's direction, shouting: "Hey Sister! Look who's back," he was still grinning, very rarely Matsushina was excited in such a boisterous manner. His head tilted slightly in her direction. While loud, it's still soft and smooth. A voice with distinctive feminine allure.

It was unbecoming of him to shout, but he cannot contain his excitement anymore, and he hoped he hadn't scared the two that is trying to pick her phone up.

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Mika shuffled her feet a little as the student next to the one with the vibrant colored hair offered her phone back to her. The Honda girl blinked a few times to refocus herself before accepting the phone with both hands. "Thank you." She spoke lightly before opening the flip cover to check if the phone was okay and, more importantly, the pictures she took just then. The girl didn't want to wait till homeroom was over before sending off all the designer photos she took to a fellow Home Ec. club member about them. Before she could say more, a voice not heard for a long time sounded and Mika's eyes widened a little in shock then dimmed in conflicting emotions. Her small hands squeezed the phone before turning to face the owner of the voice; her twin brother.

They didn't look like twins since Mika dyed her hair but their body shapes and facial structures were similar. Sure Mika and Matsu were thin and lite in appearance but real physical strength went to Matsushina. Mika looked at her brother while continuing to hold her phone in a tight grip. "I see you are well, elder brother." She spoke in restraint and addressing him as far away as possible. "I thought you were soon to be gone overseas from how long you were called away back home." There were so many things she wanted to do to him right now but they all stumbled into each other. Some parts of her wanted to hit him and some wanted to hug him since the earthquake.

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He watched as Mikazuki handled what happened between her and the students before them. He looked at her widened eyes, it seems the earthquake and whatever followed after that had done a lot to her, but she is still otherwise the same Mikazuki that he knows. He approached her, closing the gap that stood between them. Sighing with relieve. He looked at her face again, smiling.

"And, I see that you're well also, I missed you. " He said with a genuine worry and hint of truly missing her. But it was brief, he doesn't want to feel too sentimental with her in front of him now. He noticed there was something wrong about it, that she wanted to keep her distance, but he did not let up - attempting to approach her - that is. He tries to get closer into her range. "I was oversea, sister. But, I came back yesterday, and our mother instructed me to attend school again. " He had misgivings watching his sister pained by their meeting.

He decided to move even closer, much nearer now. Within arm-reach of each other, Matsu placed his hand in motion to embrace her, he hoped she'd accept the gesture since it's been a while since they last cuddled each other. He tries to plant his face on her face, beaming a wide smile " I'm back".

It did not matter to him, what the other students thought of this. All he wanted to do was hug her, to let all pent up feelings be released. He missed her, that's all there is to it. This is the only gesture he deemed apt for the situation, rather than allowing himself to cry.

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Upon seeing Matsushina, Haruka’s eyes looked like she was surprised. “Matsushina? Weren’t you overseas…?” But when he stated that he was told by his mother to go back to school, she just said “Oh,” and didn’t make any other sounds or say words. In fact, when the two twins hugged, she actually was fine about it. ‘Well, that’s a sibling reunion, and I shouldn’t interrupt…’ she thought.

On the spur of the moment, though, someone with whitish blonde-colored hair walked along… and then tripped. “OUCH!” she cried out as her face hit the floor. Seeing the hurt girl, Haru ran to her and asked her as the green-haired girl herself helped her stand up. “Hey, are you alright, miss?”

“Alright?” the girl asked back. Then she stood up, making Haru fall, but the girl who just tripped continued, “I’m as alright as the alrightiest… err… human alive!”

When she said that “word”, Haruka stared at the girl. “Excuse me, but… ‘alrightiest’ is not a word.”

“It is now! HAHAHA!” The whitish blonde haired girl laughed. Then she looked at Haruka. “Well, well… Hayagawa Haruka, is it? I’ve heard of you, that political girl. But I’d bet you’ve never heard of me, huh?”

Haruka stared at her with her amber eyes. “I have, actually. You’re Ashikaga Nazuna, that girl who is supposedly to be from the Ashikaga family. However, I see that some rumors tell that your surname is just a coincidence…” After that, Nazuna stared at her with a blank face, like she’s not saying anything. But then later, she goes with that goofy side of hers again.

“Wooooow… you really do know me… but of course, that’s a joke! HAHAHA!” she laughed while Haruka sighed. ‘If she is an Ashikaga descendant, she would’ve been more serious than she is right now…’

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((OCC: No one wanted to hijack it. Sorry. Welcome back?))

Mika wanted to back away the closer he got while explaining that his reason for returning was out of their mother's orders. Her hand twitched in thinking of what to do, how to act, where they were right now. In in scrambled thoughts she failed to notice how close Matsu has gotten. The girl's feet backpedaled her further when a sudden cry nearly had her jump. Behind her did a student happen to fall over somehow. She wasn't exactly sure what to make of it but by then she was trapped in her brother's arms.

"Un..."

Nothing felt right. Not now. Rather than welcoming him back and be happy for it, the person she saw now scared her. Her brother looked fine, hardly a worry, and only returned out of mother's wishes than anything else? What was she even there for?

"Let mother see you off," she spoke rather coldly, shoving him away with what little strength she had and backed away to avoid eye contact with him and the students in the hallway. "Or whatever girl you're seeing." Mika then added among the other things her suddenly social sibling has done and retreated with her phone into the depths of the school and not her homeroom.

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