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, 04/01/2018 The Chinese delegation have now arrived at the city of Edo. They have come to learn more about the state of Japan, the Shogunate, and it's Scions. We will be having a Lunar New Year's celebration, a school dance, and a combat tournament with them!

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 The Aokigahara Accord (Ajibana x Junko)
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 Posted: Feb 25 2018, 02:22 PM
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The summons had been swift.After Junko had returned to Aokigahara he had some very selective words on the state of Edo and the forest of Aokigahara. The amount of bodies in the forest had reportedly been stacking up recently and the metsuke had clearly not been as thorough as they should have been on scouting for dead bodies. As word spread to the Headmaster of Edo Bugei, he had sent word to the currently most powerful metsuke in Edo, Senior Ajibana. A man that acted as the Shogunate's head of police across Edo, and even more so after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Once Ajibana had gotten word of everything Junko had reportedly said and requested, he had sent a hand written letter to Junko's mailbox at the school. It was a beautifully written summons to Edo Castle. The Castle had been rebuilt after the Ikko attack, but still didn't seem as glorious as it had been yet. Around the castle grounds one could still see wooden skeleton frames still being constructed.

Junko hadn't been summoned into the castle proper but instead to a large building on the castle's grounds. It had the Tokugawa seal above the wooden twin doors, and a large placard on the side of the building that read "metsuke". It was the location Ajibana would be waiting for him, in his personal office. Today, he wanted to make clear that he was speaking with the full power of the Shogunate behind him. Thus Junko wouldn't be summoned to the large metsuke office downtown, but the official bureau office on the Edo Castle grounds. When Junko arrived he would first need to present his summons to the guards around Edo Castle's grounds, then to two metsuke standing outside the bureau office itself before he would be escorted to a large office with a low lying work desk and Ajibana sitting behind it. Waiting.

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 Posted: Feb 27 2018, 08:02 PM
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Junko was dressed in the finest clothes she and her mother had been able to find. After all, it was not often that one was invited to the castle to meet with one of the Shogun's chosen elites. At least, that's how Junko's mother understood it. Junko herself had managed to keep the real reason for the meeting secret. It hadn't been easy, not with all the extra lessons she'd been getting from Mi-chan and the silent rehearsals and revisions of her notes throughout the weeks since she got the message. But now she was here, alone, nervous, and with a great deal of weight on her shoulders.

This would have been so much easier if they could have just communicated through email, or even letters since he was old and stuff. Junko had a lot more confidence in her ability to draft up a written message than to speak and answer questions on a whim. But there were a great many people relying on this being successful. She had to stay strong and focused.

All things considered, her arrival was not very portentous. The place rang of hasty repairs and long term plans. Well, Junko knew how the castle felt. Her heart was beating fast and her bundles of paper, all organized and detailed was starting to feel like just a skeleton of an argument, missing the meat. Too late now.

Junko was prepared though, she'd been coached by the best diplomat she knew. The summons was on top of the stack and readily available for viewing at each checkpoint. She was polite, following formalities, and doing as much as she could on instinct, trying to save the brain cells for actually confronting the head of the Metsuke. After what seemed like an endless walk that was probably less than ten minutes, Junko found herself escorted to the Metsuke leaders office.

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The large barracks office of the metsuke, though tiny compared to Edo Castle itself, was well outfitted.The entrance had a fine hard wood floor with a step up to what was clearly the large office. The door way was covered with two low hanging purple pieces of cloth and a beautiful frame of the kanji for "justice" on the right side of the entry way when one entered. Inside the building itself hung various portraits of past important metsuke and those that had fallen in action during the earthquake and Ikko invasion. The inner offices of the building had cabinets, computers, and all sorts of documents everywhere. In the back a large room clearly marked as Ajibana's.

As Junko entered, Ajibana would be sitting behind his desk patiently, with a series of letters in front of him as well as maps of Aokigahara. As Ajibana would have heard Junko's footsteps he said in a polite voice.
"You may come in when ready."

Due to how busy he was his office looked almost completely different from the Headmaster of the academy's. Ajibana's Edo Castle office had multiple pictures on the walls, some with large X's through them. Some Junko would have helped add those X's too personally. It also contained a sword rack on the wall that held katana and arquebus alike. Ajibana himself was dressed in a fine outfit that looked more like a judge of Edo than a metsuke, fitting with his superior rank.

In spite of how busy the office looked, Junko would quickly notice that Ajibana appeared to be one of the only people in the entire building. The actual building itself appeared relatively devoid of people in spite of it's proximity to Edo Castle. Though this was mostly due to the metsuke squads having their own barracks and offices all around Edo at local stations. Edo was too large for the metsuke to simply be centralized at Edo Castle.

With Junko now entering the office, Ajibana greeted Junko. Mostly wanting to hear Junko's side of things Ajibana didn't open with harsh words or reprimands but instead simply said.
"I have heard you are rather upset about the current state of Aokigahara forest." he said in a very matter of fact manor.

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Junko heard the invitation to come inside and took a deep breath to steady herself. She checked her clothes one last time to make sure she wasn't completely oblivious to some random leaf or scuff that would embarrass her unexpectedly. But al of this was just stalling in the end. If anything had happened, it was too late to do anything but flee. Junko was not going to flee because she was strong. She'd worked hard on this, harder than any other thing in her entire life. Not to mention all her friends were cheering her on. Forward into the breech.

Junko entered to face the head of the Metsuke, Ajibana. It was, well, a bit distressing but Junko could not let it get to her. She bowed formally, Mi-chan had coached her on all the formalities and so she followed them. Obviously the Metsuke knew what she'd written, who she was, all that stuff, but Junko was not going to prejudice her case by screwing up on the minor details. And so she formally said her name, family, and basically behaved as if she was in a noble court instead of the office of a policeman.

But regardless, this was an awkward situation to be in. There had been criticism in the letters, criticism of Japan's handling of the forest and the primary job of handling it was the Metsuke. She was sweating bullets. But there seemed that there would be no easing into the subject which was similarly terrifying. Junko gripped the papers tighter and bowed again. "I am sorry, sir but that is misrepresenting the situation." This was absolutely terrifying.

"It is not the forest's state as it's natural state remains in balance regardless and the beliefs and practices that have given it the reputation it has do protect it and the wildlife that live there." Oh no, not even there two minutes and already refuting the elders. Even when she was preparing for just Ajibana instead of the emperor, she'd expected/hoped that it would be like a school presentation. All talking in front of the teacher and class and fielding questions afterwards. This was way too personal.

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Ajibana watched as Junko entered, acting extremely polite and formal. The elder metsuke smiled a bit. It was clear that court niceties and nobility where being observed, likely due to Ajibana's senior rank and the fact they currently met just a few yards away from Edo Castle. However, that wasn't what caught Ajibana's attention the most. Junko was clearly acting extremely rigid and stressed, it was obvious for anyone to see. It made sense after all, Ajibana's rank was hardly something to be overlooked. Though as Junko tried to explain the situation it was clear that the intimidation level was quite high.
"It is not the forest's state as it's natural state remains in balance regardless and the beliefs and practices that have given it the reputation it has do protect it and the wildlife that live there."

At the comment's Ajibana's eyebrows perked up a bit. Junko was from the Matsudaira of the North, the rulers of Hokkaido, a very hunting and nature heavy island. In some ways it made sense that Junko would focus on nature. Yet, it still caught Ajibana off guard given what he had heard mentioned from the Headmaster. In his mind he imagined Hosokawa laughing a bit at even the elder Metsuke being caught by surprise. Ajibana did his best to to make sudden movements or seem threatening. Though he was certainly curious now.
"To protect the forest and the wildlife you say? I am curious what you mean by this." his statement was calm but carried a slightly heavy tone.
"As you know the Metsuke patrol both for violations of human and animal rights. After the animal abuse laws passed by the Fifth Tokugawa Shogun, Lord Tsunayoshi." of course due to his position Ajibana was a walking encyclopedia of Japanese laws.

"I'm sure, being related, you are aware that Lord Tsuneyoshi made most of the still standing rules against animal abuse, cruelty, and over-hunting. If you don't feel we are properly protecting the forestry of Aokigahara I would certainly like to hear how we could do better." his tone seemed formal and casual but his words seemed a bit pointed at Junko. As though putting a spear in front of Junko's rather unflattering words about the Edo Metsuke. Ajibana certainly did have to protect the reputation of his men after all, and thus couldn't let Junko go completely unslighted in this conversation.

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OH no, she was losing the thread and getting off topic. How had this happened? Had she said something wrong? She must have, or maybe she wasn't clear enough in her wording. "No sir, the forest protects itself. It can be tricky to navigate and the trees can become thick and it's not hard for an untrained person to become disoriented. Though the real defense the forest has is the countless dead who remain, both in body and spirit." There, that was the point. "I don't know if you've read my proposals." Junko shuffled the papers in her hands. If he hadn't, then why was Junko even here?

She wasn't prepared to go from scratch, not entirely. She needed a blurb or something, a way to make sure the Metsuke was on the same page. Well, that was something that couldn't be fixed now. Junko would have to press on. "The issue has nothing to do with protecting the forest itself. It has everything to do with stain on the nation's honor that grows blacker and bleaker with every passing week." The emotion was starting to rise, Junko was having trouble keeping the urgency and passion out of her voice.


She took a deep breath and slid several sheets of paper off the top of the stack and moved them to the bottom. She stepped forward and set a list of numbers and figures down on the desk. "These are the numbers of unconfirmed dead after the earthquake." She pointed at one chart listing missing and probable dead. "Next to it are numbers of people who disappeared or died during reconstruction best that the census can estimate." She pointed at the next chart beneath it. "These are the same numbers drawn after the rebellion." Had she jumped the gun, she hadn't even said why she'd written the message, what she wanted.

"The most pertinent are the numbers after the fact. What happened to those people after they lost friends, family, livelihoods, everything?" She frowned. "Some of them are in the forest even now. I can name a few, some of them were from the academy. It was assumed they went home or were killed, or even kidnapped. But no, they lay forgotten in Aokigahara." She took a deep breath, this was scary but she had to treat it like a hunt. She had a target, she couldn't let emotion get in the way. So she buried it deep inside.

"It seems that your men rarely venture into the forest except when a particularly unpleasant criminal draws them in, and even on the few excursions you make annually to deal with bodies, there is a great deal of things missed." Junko set several more papers down on the desk, a map of the forest, several copies with different areas outlined. "On my mission for the school, I covered this area following a single line and going not very far past it." She pointed at the first map marked with a line in blue. "It's one of the most obvious paths and readily accessible to the main entrance. In less than half a day, I encountered over a dozen dead bodies. Some were starting to decay and others had been there for so long that animals had begun using them as part of their habitation."

Junko looked at Ajibana, not flinching, not looking away in nervousness anymore. "That is why I wrote and why I've come today. Not because of an unenforceable crime against nature, but a stain against the honor and soul of our nation." Well, that would at least clear things up, though she hadn't actually stated what she wanted or any of her plans, or anything really. It was all just backstory and whys.

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Ajibana listened carefully with a very serious expression. His eyes carefully observing Junko's expressions as if he was looking for something in particular, something his sharp eyes seemed to find at least halfway through the explanation as he sat back in his chair a bit and nodded, politely waiting for the conclusion of Junko's thoughts.
"I see. I am rather impressed. It is rare for you the youth to be so passionate about something such as this. It is even more rare for someone to come with a proposal and not use it as some clever guise for other ideas or to try and give bribes to senior officials. You seem very pure hearted. I imagine this is both a blessing and curse at times." He said clearly as he looked back over the map and documents.

Standing up with a bit of a creak from his old body he moved over to a large shelf with multiple stacks of papers on top of it and even some pictures of what appeared to be Edo's Citizens on the wall above it.
"These large stacks of paper are all of the missing person's reports we have yet to complete from the past two years. You are certainly right, a vast number of people went missing after the earthquake and Ikko attacks. Some criminals, who saw a chance to vanish from Edo. Some citizens scared for their lives. Some just simply drifters who will never be known. However, following the earthquake and Ikko assault we have lost a vast number of Metsuke and Samurai. I have wished, for a long time, we could get through these papers quicker. However not only must we deal with these papers but also the daily happenings in and out of Edo itself." his explanation was careful as he walked back over to his desk an sat down. Looking at Junko again.

"I agree with you, it is shameful, but we do the best we can with our manpower. Though I'm curious, what do you think of the Edo Bugei students? Do you truly believe they would be able to handle going into the forest and recovering their possible friends or families? In the wake of the aforementioned attacks many people lost hope for Edo, the country, and the world." as he said it his own face seemed to dim a bit. It was clear that he was talking about no small amount of people.
"I have no doubt that the number of people who journeyed into Aokigahara skyrocketed the past two years." and with that looked back at the forest map again.

"To make matters worse. This is Aokigahara. Many myths, rumors, and cultural fears exist around this forest. Even I had them as a young man. Some of the men are weary to even venture too deep within those woods. Some even believe that to go beyond the halfway mark of the forest will have one venture into the land of the dead itself." he looked offended at the thought as he sighed a bit.
"Honestly, grown men being afraid of rumors and legend." he finished by shaking his head a bit.
"Your thoughts on how to take care of the forest's problems?" he asked politely.

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Junko wasn't entirely sure what Ajibana meant by that, a blessing and a curse? Purity of the heart was just a thing, who wouldn't feel awful after seeing the poor lost souls of the forest. But still, a curse? What was the curse part about wanting to help somebody out. Oh well, she shook her head a little to clear out the confusion and regain her focus. Now was not the time to try and figure out what that was supposed to mean, she had a pitch to make. It definitely seemed like she was getting through to the man.

That said, she might not be getting through to him on the right subject. It was certainly a great number of papers in the stack. Lots of people lost and missing, and she had brought it up first, but it was just another example of what might have happened to them. The main goal wasn't just finding out what happened to somebody after they disappeared, it was putting their souls to rest. If this was what it took to get her wish granted though, Junko would accept it. The books on public speaking and rhetoric had mentioned finding a what the audience cared about, maybe this was the way in.

"Sir," she began, Junko didn't want to seem like she was contradicting the man but she was. "I can't speak for all the students, but we have seen our friends and family killed already. By earthquake and rebels at the very least. The academy escaped neither unscathed. But we are strong, a great number of the students likely would be able but it is not their ability that holds us back. It is their willingness." Junko took a deep breath, steeling herself for the crux of the matter.

"The problems of the forest are minor in comparison to the problems of man. It is widely believed that interacting with the dead is a stain on the honor of a noble and there are a great many nobles in the academy. I have a lot of ideas to help the souls of Aokigahara, but I can't do them without extra hands. Strictly speaking, there is no law preventing my going out and doing this. The greatest threat to cleansing this stain lies in tradition. This is why I requested a channel to present my idea to the Shogun. If anyone in the country could grant a pardon from dishonor for this act, or even make purifying the forest an honorable act, it would be him."

Junko's hands were tight on the paper. "I think that I could recruit more students if they were not worried about what their families would think or what the clans would think. If this were to be considered an honorable endeavor, then maybe even more would volunteer." She looked up at Ajibana again. "As you said, you are understaffed. I would not want to add extra stress to your workload. So I am looking to create a volunteer force. And maybe not just students, priests, citizens, anyone with the talent, drive, and willingness to learn. The forest must be clear, many of those in the forest felt like they had been left behind and forgotten. It's past time to show them we did not."

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"As you said, you are understaffed. I would not want to add extra stress to your workload. So I am looking to create a volunteer force. And maybe not just students, priests, citizens, anyone with the talent, drive, and willingness to learn. The forest must be clear, many of those in the forest felt like they had been left behind and forgotten. It's past time to show them we did not." Ajibana listened intently to the words and nodded a bit. As Junko mentioned various group that might be willing to help a few such groups quickly crossed the elder offical's mind. He didn't need convincing for cleaning up Aokigahara, he needed manpower. Which was clearly what Junko was brainstorming at the moment. The other upside was that every body they found in Aokigahara was a name they could cross off the list of missing people. It also meant they would know that those people died by their own hands instead of by the earthquake, the Ikko Ikki, or some other source. Which meant closing a lot of currently open investigations into missing citizens.

Leaning back in his chair a bit Ajibana then leaned forward and looked at Junko with a steady gaze.
"Off the top of my head, I can think of a few groups that would be interested in helping your cause. They certainly wouldn't be nobles who have to worry about customs, and wouldn't need full Shogun authorization to help you either." he stated as he shifted a few more papers around.
"First off, the metsuke members that aren't into childish superstition, or that have lost someone, will likely jump aboard any task force. The monks in Northern Edo are also very spiritual and could probably be gathered. As well as some of the citizens of Edo." with that, though, a look of doubt crossed his face as he gazed at Junko.
"I'm unsure about the nobles though. Having the Shogun declare it as a proper act to mess with corpses would be extremely reckless and likely even offend the Emperor in Kyoto. The Shogun can't simply reverse an ancient public custom. The other problem is that it is easy to motivate people to do things for a day, or a week, but how often do you plan to patrol Aokigahara looking for bodies? Are you sure you can keep people interested in doing this regularly?" Obviously he wasn't against the idea of regularly going into the forest more than once a year, but he was curious just how much Junko planned to go into the woods. He couldn't imagine people agreeing to go in all that often. On top of that constantly going into a forest of suicides likely wouldn't help anyone's own psychological well being or happiness.
"Also, in regards to speaking directly with the Shogun, I'm not sure such a meeting could be organized without a solidly mapped out plan of action. I believe you are of the Northern Matsudaira correct? That authorizes you to speak to the Shogun and request an audience, but without a completely worked out idea of how often you would patroll the forest and with whom, I doubt he would accept the request."

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Junko hadn't considered going to any major groups, if they had wanted to do something like this, they ought to have been. She couldn't be the first to think of setting up expeditions into the forest. Or maybe she was. Regardless, she had hoped to lure the larger groups in through word of mouth when they found out how much good the expeditions were doing. Why wouldn't they want to help? She had really only hoped to get a few trained people from the temples and the school to help out, metsuke was least likely in her mind, even if they were included. With more support, she might have to readjust his plans.

"I'm not suggesting he allow things like desecrating the dead or robbing them or even looting the dead." Junko said quickly. "It's simply saying that doing this thing, at this time, in this place, will be tolerated and maybe even celebrated for the soul of the country to recover." She shuffled through the papers in her hand again and realized the one she needed she saw it on the papers placed on the desk.

"They aren't doing it for me but I'm not expecting people to make a career out of this." She stepped over and slid the document out and pointed out a plan. "And it isn't as if I've come unprepared for a meeting to defend myself against doubts." Junko pointed at the list. "This is the basic summary of the excursions. You can see that I only planned to start with around ten to twelve people because I wasn't sure how much support for the idea I would get. Twice monthly, the groups would go out into the forest. She pointed to the divided map of the forest. "The zone I marked first is nearest to the main paths and road from the city. That's where they will start."

"Each group will have to be trained but the first group will probably be the most dedicated to searching the forest. I know I will be. I think the majority of the bodies will be in section two." she pointed at the next one. "But section one will be the easiest to traverse for a team still learning how everything will work and easiest to transport the bodies. It's a good spot for beginners and when the excursions get new members, they will start in section one. Not just because bodies might be missed but also because I doubt that our presence will be enough to deter further lost souls. Though if our presence can save anyone, that will be well worth the trouble."

She pulled the top page off her stack. "At minimum, I want somebody strong or tough who knows how to fight, somebody who knows how to navigate a forest, and somebody who knows about the rights and rituals to put a soul to rest." She held up her hand and gave a reason for each.

"The priest is obvious but if we encounter a living person in the forest planning suicide, I hope they will be able to provide words of encouragement, as well as reassure the others in the group if superstitions start to grow. The woodsman should also be obvious, the forest is large and easy to get lost in. Compasses don't always functions and a signal is hard to get. The fighter is there to help with carrying and moving and pathfinding, but also because there are criminals and possibly rebels who took to hiding in the deep forest. I want somebody who knows both how and when to fight and when to surrender."

"Three people at a minimum. People might be able to do two or even all three roles, but still three. Eventually, they might learn the skills from the others and that would be very good." As she spoke, her voice took on a slightly more authoritative tone. No longer as nervous as before. "A metsuke on each team would be great, but not entirely necessary or feasible. The hope is that if there was foul play, say from bandits or criminal elements, they could spot it better than the layperson."

She looked at Ajibana and held up the other half of the papers. "I have maps, planned routes, training plans, integration for new members, and more all written here. Changes would have to be made, I admit, I was hoping for support from the shogun, not relying on it. I'm not very old or experienced, but I've worked on this for nearly a year. Maybe somebody else has better ideas than me but they aren't here and they're not in Aokigahara. I'll take advice, accept improvements, but there has to be something to improve. This is that something."

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As Junko spoke Ajibana nodded along. At first Ajibana really had thought Junko was doing it for selfish reasons, but now he was certain that it was out of honest concern for the people of Edo and the forest itself. With the explanation of the group set up and routes Ajibana finally spoke.
"It sounds like it would be best to have a priest, a metsuke, and a bugei student on each team. If one of those three isn't available, or they are a deep forest group, you should also consider a hunter. They know guiding, tracking, and hunting well. They can help you navigate the forest even without the wires." he offered.

Then a thought came to his mind. Junko had talked about how it would be good to go twice a month, and have some kind of Shogunate approval. Having Shogunate approval would be good. In fact it would be great! However, right now the Shogunate was at a record low with some people due to the Ikko rising in power, and a record high due to putting the Ikko down. The Shogunate still had a lot to do in terms of reputation and Junko wasn't necessarily wrong that Shogunate approval would help. That is when Ajibana looked at Junko carefully.
"As you know, due to the Ikko coming to power and attacking Edo, the Shogunate isn't at it's best in terms of public image. How much do you care about taking credit for this project? If the Shogun was to declare that sweeping the forest was for the "sake of the country's spirit." it would inspire the people of the greater Edo area to provide assistance." he offered. He hoped that with Junko wanting to do this for the sake of the people, then credit wouldn't be high on the list of priorities right now.

"Please understand, I don't do this purely as PR stunt for the Shogunate. However, the more power the Shogun has, the more people follow the laws, and the lives of Edo's metsuke become easier. Thus giving us more time to focus on things such as the forest." he explained. Ajibana knew well both due to his age and rank that everything in Edo was a web wound tight around the Shogunate and it's authority. With the Shogun's power low, crime had risen in Edo, and criminals felt emboldened. The stronger the Shogun's authority, the more careful and less often criminals would move, thus giving the Metsuke more leeway in what they chose to do.

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"No sir." Junko said quickly. "The hunter is one of the key three elements because they are their for that tracking and finding experience. As you say, you are short staffed and, also like you said, there are many students who would not be willing to do this task. The student and the Metsuke fill the same roll when we are not worrying that a death is more than what it appears. That of the one who knows when to fight and when not to fight as well as a visual deterrent to troublemakers." She was very firm on this. Sure, maybe a Bugei student could fill another role, but if you went assigning roles that way, it was a sure fire way to end up needing a search party. Junko's forestry experience was the exception, not the rule. She knew that.

As for the credit, well, that was a tricky thing. There were so many elements to the idea that it was like navigating a maze trap. Junko looked down at her papers and took a slow breath as she aligned pros and cons. This was like another hunt, like when there was a heard and you had to choose. Getting the largest meant some level of honor and prestige if it was as big as it looked. However you would get none of it if you couldn't' carry it. If you went after the young and small, it might not be enough and it would be damaging to the next generation. There were things to consider for every option.

"I am not interested in credit for the deeds, at least, nothing more than what I get for going out and working in the groups." Sure there was some honor in enacting changes, but not from anyone who wouldn't know where the idea came from anyway. "But if the shogunate wants to take responsibility, then they will have to contribute more than just tacit approval." Junko set down the last few sheets of paper in her hands. "I had planned to go to certain businesses and request donations to the cause as well as ideas for posters and requests for both training and volunteers." Junko had expected to be doing a lot of footwork.

"But I am only sixteen. I have schoolwork, I have exams, I have preparations for my future. If the shogunate wishes for credit, I cannot be the only one getting it together. That said, I don't want to be squeezed out by politics and the ambitions of others. This is my project, regardless of whose name it is written under. I will not accept self promoting manipulations that interfere with the effectiveness of the main goal for somebody's..." Oh, she'd been doing so well but the word got away from her. political gain wasn't right, popularity was a bad choice too. Her face started turning red. "I mean, to make somebody look better."

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Ajibana looked at Junko carefully before giving a hearty nod. It seemed Junko had planned everything even down to the organizing. However, being the one that thought of the entire thing it made sense that if the Shogunate couldn't provide much it would be unfair for the Shogun to take credit.
"As one of the people closest to the Shogun I assure you the Shogun is not the type to take credit simply by signing off on a piece of paper. The Shogun's approval will make metsuke and samurai alike be more willing to offer aid. It also means that his Lordship can even command groups to go. I know that isn't what you want however. Obviously certain groups like hunters and monks also won't care about the Shogun's orders." he said as he looked at some of the papers Junko had brought before looking back up.

"It is clear you are driven, and I fully intend to aid you. It is a noble cause regardless of how you look at it. I did not wish to offer right away since it is common for people to come and demand to see the Shogun. However, if a meeting with the Shogun is something you feel is absolute necessary then we can certainly organize it." he said with a slight smile. He was absolutely entranced with Junko's strong ideals and willingness to give credit to others. It was was endearing compared to the nobles Ajibana was use to dealing with when it came to requests to meet with Japan's military leader.

"Also, if you feel a hunter in each party would do the best good then I fully support you. It is true they would know the forests better than most. Obviously better than some of the metsuke and Yoriki." compared to before he seemed to be conceding quite a few points to Junko. After all it was clear that this project was already well made.
"Is there any other assistance you feel you will need, or questions you may have?"

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Well that was good news, she'd keep some control of her project even as it grew and exploded far beyond what she'd ever expected and especially larger than she had hoped. She hadn't considered asking any large groups and here was a representative of the shogunate offering options for so many people who might provide help or bodies, that was probably the wrong word for this work but still it was accurate. People commanded to go wasn't bad either. Despite what Ajibana seemed to think, Junko would be fine with people ordered to do it.

The current patrols had been ordered to do it and even if they dragged their feet and wasted time, even a single soul taken back from the forest was a soul that wouldn't have been without those orders. Junko might have wanted life and futures to be full of doing only what she wanted to do, but she was not so naive to think that it would be that way. Still, volunteers were better, they would be willing to work harder and put the extra effort in over those who were forced to work.

Junko stayed quiet and thought about the chance of meeting with the Shogun. It was, in a word, terrifying. This meeting was bad enough. She finally said, "I don't know if it's needed. You are close to him, you said. You are also an adult with a great many credentials, I pushed what little influence I could find to get this far. I see that it might be enough to speak with the Shogun directly but" she paused and took a breath, "maybe I don't need to."

There it was. "I have been working on this not quite on my own. I've had friends helping me with some of the writing and the planning, but we're all kids, basically. So I guess my only immediate question is, do you think I should meet with the shogun?" It was probably time to let the adults step in with their opinions. Junko hoped that they'd be good ones, or helpful ones at least. It was like wandering the forest at night without a compass right now. A little extra guidance would be appreciated.

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"I have been working on this not quite on my own. I've had friends helping me with some of the writing and the planning, but we're all kids, basically. So I guess my only immediate question is, do you think I should meet with the shogun?" the question seemed nervously asked regardless of how he considered it. It was clear to Ajibana that this was going quite a bit beyond the response Junko expected. In response Ajibana simply lifted his hand and shook his head a bt. Showing it wouldn't be necessary.

"A meeting with the Shogun wouldn't be able to happen for some time. On top of that I worry the situation may make you too nervous. You have made it clear what you wish to do, and with whom. All of this are things I can easily convey to his Lord Tokugawa, provided you trust me to do such things." his words seemed fatherly as he looked back over the papers Junko had brought and organized them a bit better.

"I am impressed with you and your friends. This generation of Bugei students is truly a blessing to the nation. However, I must ask something you may object too. Do you have copies of these papers? If possible I would like to keep them here." as he opened a drawer and put a folder on the table he thought for a moment.
"If you'd prefer, I could make copies of them all while you are here, but it would mean sitting around the office for a bit while I do so." drafting his own papers seemed pointless to an extent, given how much of the work had already been planned and summarized in Junko's work.

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