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, 08/05/2018 The school dance is still ongoing as the seasonal news report reveals that a large ship has left England and is moving towards Edo!

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 Rank 3 Mission: Nobunaga's Fan
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 Posted: Mar 23 2018, 11:17 PM
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Junko was, on some level, pleased that he didn't have to kill the thief. As scummy as the man was, he was still a person and Junko still wasn't sure if he could go as far as to murder a person. It seemed so simple, just letting go of the string, but it wasn't. It was a very good thing indeed. Junko loosened his grip and took the lead on the way back to civilization. He felt confident that he could get back and, with the help of the artifact, he wasn't worried that the thief would get away even if the scumbag somehow managed to give Hana the slip.

Eventually, they were out and Junko felt a surge of confidence. He'd been right. Even if he was a bit rusty, even if this wasn't his forest, he could still be useful. The metsuke had been waiting, it was disappointing honestly. Junko moved aside to let them take over the prisoner. "No, he was staying in a cave, robbing bodies, I don't think he'd resorted to violence on anyone yet, but he's capable of threatening it."

Junko reached into his quiver and drew out the box and fan. "We also recovered this. I hope it's all in order." Junko wasn't quite ready to hand it over. "You may want to call the other metsuke in. That way they don't waste any more time patrolling the forest." Patrolling the edge of the forest at best, though more like they were just hanging around the main pathways hoping to get lucky.

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 Posted: Mar 30 2018, 09:52 AM
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Hana was definitely less sympathetic than she should've been with the man. Of course, he was human- but what he'd stoop to was below human. It would've been so easy to end it in a fit of boiling rage, how pathetic he looked in the moonlight, blood squirting out with every jolt of his miserable body.

It was like that of a mongrel who definitely would've bit his master's hand if he ever got the chance. Still, she didn't know if Junko was just pretending in front of the criminal, or if this short time in the forest had changed him some what. Either way- while he'd seen corpses, she wasn't sure how he'd handle watching the man gracelessly murdered before his very eyes. She couldn't risk scaring him like that, simply because she was hurt. Yet... she wanted to do so...so badly.

Hana focused on the back of the man's head as he wobbled- one quick strike, one one quick strike, that's all it took- he deserved it and she was only serving justice..right?

Just on- The sound of footsteps towards her caused her grip to tighten, like a vice, she restrained the bloodlust that seem to run strong for generations. The girl pulled herself back, wanting to apologize but being unable to. Judging him was above her, but sympathy for him was beneath her.

"He is...bleeding out- I suggest taking care of that before he passes out from exhaustion."

"No, there was nothing of importance here." Nothing that should've been important to them anyways.

The minute the metsuke had taken the thief of her hands, she looked over at Junko, but instead of laughing at the bravado, she instead sighed, a relaxed smile stretching her lips.

"Great job, fearless hunter."



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 Posted: Apr 2 2018, 08:26 PM
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As Junko showed the fan and Hana talked about the man bleeding out the metsuke grunted a bit. Far more so at the bleeding out than the fan. He was half tempted to execute the thief on the spot already and didn't care much about how pale the man was starting to become. If anything his passing out would make bringing him in easier. Though Junko's suggestion of calling in the other metsuke was valid. Looking at the two and nodding his head a bit he kept the thief thoroughly secured and pulled out a whistle. Blowing it loudly he heard a few other whistles in the distance and knew it would only be a matter of time before the other metsuke arrived.
"You two helped us a lot. Thank." and with that he shoved the thief to the ground, on his wound specifically before half kicking him onto his stomach.
"Move and I'll behead you, kick me and i'll behead you slower." the metsuke swore as he pulled out some extra gauze and herbs from a bag clipped to the back of his robes. It was a small, standard emergency kit a lot of metsuke who went near the forest had due to poisonous plants and thorny vines. However the metsuke wasn't using it on himself, but instead the thief. Once his wounds had been addressed he picked the thief up and held him tight.

A few minutes later other metsuke rushed to the scene as the one the students encountered explained what happened. Among them was a man in expensive looking black and gold robes with a beautiful white coat over it. He was clearly the senior officer and likely a low level magistrate. Looking over the thief he approached the students and gave a small bow. His rank of course wouldn't allow him to bow lower in front of his men. All of whom bowed deeper behind their commander for him.
"My name is Tokizo. You have done us a great service by capturing the thief. My men tell me you have the fan we have been sent here to secure. Rest assured I will see it returned to Edo Castle, and directly to the head Magistrate, Ajibana-sama." he said, waiting for Junko to hand him the fan.

The man didn't seem to have anything devilish about him, and clearly had the respect of his men. On his belt his swords would make most people stare in awe at how well maintained even the sheath and handle of the weapons looked. Clearly not from lack of use but instead from actual maintenance by hand.

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 Posted: Apr 8 2018, 07:59 AM
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Junko nodded and bowed. "I am Matsudaira, I believe that this is the fan you are looking for." He said, somewhat unnecessarily and held it out. He was trying to be formal about this.They were back in the world of rituals and honor and people letting their brains get in the way of doing what needed to be done. There was no reason to get worked up just yet. Junko wanted to have a good and long think about what he'd seen in the forest before he said anything.

"From what I saw, I think he was entirely alone, no partners or contacts." He wasn't sure if Tokizo needed to know this but he was the officer and you had to report such things to an officer. "I believe he was surviving on small thefts from any visitors and taking wallets from the dead. He used that money to buy what supplies and food he could." The thief was no woodsman. Of course, that fact almost justified the guard hanging around the outside of the forest rather than going in deep. On the other hand, they hadn't caught him.

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 Posted: Jul 5 2018, 06:56 PM
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Tokizo gazed at Junko as the fan was held over. Nodding to one of his subordinates who brought over a sack the officer carefully held out a sack and nodded to Junk to place the fan in the sack before tying the sack and handing it to his superior. Tokizo took the sack as though it was a delicate, thin frame of glass and gave a polite bow to Junko and Hana.
"I appreciate your efforts. I hope you understand the reason for all of the careful handling. We came here to secure a stolen item. It would cause unnecessary work for us if myself or one of our agents was to suddenly awaken it was a relic. It has already been verified as an item of interest by the Shogunate." It wasn't unecesary information or anything worth hiding. Both of the students had already known about the importance of the item.

"The criminal will be brought to the Northern Edo station. If the two of you would like we can escort you back to Edo Bugei or you can simply be driven to another part of Edo if you had other business. It is up to you." this man, Tokizo, seemed very to the point, but not a bad guy. It was clear his personality was akin to Yagyu-sensei back at the school. He was a man highly focused on his deadlines.
"Also, we would appreciate if neither of you made large mention of the guards around Aokigahara not catching this bandit. I would rather not have the people of Edo's trust in us be unnecessarily disturbed." it was clear the metsuke's polite way of asking the students what was a large favor to both him and his organization. The people of Edo relied on the Metsuke and officers beneath them to keep them safe after all. If it got out that the criminal had been operating under their noses this long it wouldn't end well for the citizens of Edo's trust in them.

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 Posted: Jul 6 2018, 10:02 PM
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Junko wondered if the authority in the area had been briefed on who would be sent to collect the artifact. They seemed to be trying to be very careful to avoid any kind of awakening the artifact. But nothing these people had done so far gave him a sign of that kind of competence. A smarter thing would be to have told them to be careful interacting with the artifact just in case. Though the two of them were already scions, not everybody from the school was a scion, and there might have been a substitution. Finding out there were non-scions at the school had actually been a pretty big surprise. Still, these adults who were sort of in charge of this mission should be more careful.

But then, he had not been impressed at all today. Except by his partner. She had really shown as a fighter. Not that there had been much need. If he was honest, the success of this mission with Hana had made him feel pretty good. The people who had sent them off into the woods probably hadn’t expected them to be back so quickly, and so successfully. They weren’t laughing at his survival kit now. They could tell he was a real manly man, the great hunter of the forest.

“Returning to the school would be fine.” He said calmly. He looked over to Hana for her response. He wondered if she, too, needed some time to process. It was a real shame that he couldn’t stay out here for the rest of the day, or even for a few days. The forest was beautiful, if sad. It might have helped him think. “Don’t worry about loose talk. We are simply an extension of the shogunate, another tool of the Metsuke and so any honor bestowed sis shared by those who directed us.” It was very polite. And it wasn’t as if Junko particularly cared about the credit for catching a small thief. Knowing that there was somebody robbing the dead would help nobody, even if he had been caught.

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 Posted: Jul 8 2018, 12:28 PM
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Tokizo gazed at Junko for a while, considering how to respond to the words.
"No one is simply a tool of the Shogunate, nor the metsuke. In the end we are all tools of the people. Public servants trusted by the people of Edo with their lives." he said as he put the fan away. The serious man in front of Junko showed no signs of lying in his words.
"If the two of you could please come with me." he said and walked off towards a black SUV. Another officer opened the door as Tokizo motioned to the two students to get in, following them in and sitting on their right in the three seat back of the SUV. As the two looked outside they would see the man they had caught being dragged off into a seperate vehicle to be taken into town.

The drive back to town was quiet. Tokizo wasn't the type to talk more than he needed to and Hana seemed oddly quiet. The ride would last about two hours as the vehicle moved through Edo before reaching the gates of Edo Bugei. Tokizo got out first, making sure the two students got out alright before giving a polite bow.
"You two have done a lot for us. Thank you." he said. Turning to leave he suddenly stopped himself and turned back to face the students.
"By chance, Did you two meet anyone in the woods? Many people still use the woods for suicide and it is clear that our guards have been too lax in their patrols." apparently that is what the quiet metsuke had been considering on the ride back through Edo.

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It was a noble sentiment, Junko could understand even if he didn't entirely agree with it. Still, they weren't going to debate merits of belief. Junko hadn't even decided what beliefs he held at the moment. He followed along behind Tokizo as they were led back into the vehicle back home. He didn't often ride in cars, it was usually the train or, in one unique trip, on a plane. He took off most of his gear and put it in back of the SUV. It would be nice to get back into some air conditioning. As nice as it was to be a mountain man again, it could get kind of hot and it was nice to take off the heavy survival gear.

Junko stared out the window for most of the ride as the forest turned back to city. He didn't have much to talk about but he did have a lot to consider about the forest and the poor souls who had been left to rot with nobody the wiser. So many fates, so many names from the missing person lists who would never get that closure. He didn't like that. He didn't like that at all. Hana seemed similarly distracted.

"What?" He asked, he hadn't been paying too much attention to anything but removing his gear from the car. "Oh, yes. There was an old man. I think he often takes walks there, he knew the area and helped us find the caves where we found the trail to the thief. He said he grew up hiking the forest."

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Tokizo paused, mentally taking note of Junko's words.
"An old man. I see. Did he say why he was in Aokigahara?" it wasn't necessarily a crime to kill one's self in the forest. After all, suicide itself wasn't actually against the law. However, the metsuke and police officers still did their best to keep the number of suicides in Aokigahara as low as possible. It was why they patrolled the woods once a year and had signs in various languages asking people to reconsider.

Pulling out a notepad and pen he looked at Junko carefully as Hana came around the other side of the vehicle, preparing to go back to school.
"What did this old man say? What part of the forest was he in? How far from the entrance?" the questions where blunt, but he didn't appear to be aggressive.
"I only ask so directly because when it comes to people inside the forest time never seems to be our ally." With both Junko and Hana out of the vehicle the motor had already gone back to roaring. It seemed the metsuke had been serious about dropping them off and then leaving right away.

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"He seemed to be attempting to relive the good times from his youth. He was quite sickly." Junko added. He wasn't sure how much he should reveal about the old man to be polite, but regardless of Junko's personal opinion of the job the metsuke and the officers had done in the forest, it was their job to help people and take care of the forest. "I can't exactly say. We followed several strings but it was not too far from the caves where we found the thief." Junko was pretty sure he could get back if he had to, but he hadn't really plotted their hunt on the map.

"I don't think he went there to die exactly. He had supplies and a camp set up and all of that. He is dying and I think he's expecting to die in the forest, but not by killing himself." It was kind of sad, but it was a sort of respectable way to go. He was trying to be polite, to not bother anyone. Shame it had to be this way. Technically it might bother the metsuke but they didn't seem to bother with the effort beyond the bare minimum.

"That's all I can tell you. If you wanted to go over a map I think I could be more exact, but right now, that's the best I can do." Junko shifted his bag onto his back. He wanted to clean up, shower, and lie in his bed and think for awhile. The forest had gotten to him in a very unexpected way.

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Tokizo gazed at Junko for a long time. It seemed the man was piecing through every bit of what Junko said, forming opinions, and placing it in categories in his mind. Finally as Junko finished the metsuke nodded. He closed his eyes for a few seconds, as though cementing this thoughts in his own heart. as he did he could hear it. The sound of the motor running, Junko's breathing, some birds crying in the distance, and the sounds of Hana's footsteps. All of these allowing him a moment's reprieve from his own thoughts while making a decision.

"No. I don't think a map will be necessary." he said finally. His face looked stern and his eyes sharp.
"The role of the patrolling officers is to prevent suicides, and retrieve the bodies of the dead. An elder on a personal camping trip, communing with the Kami, is not a punishable offense. Thus the metsuke have no need to get involved." he understood Junko's words and meaning quite clear. The forest was for suicide, and while the old man could be viewed as passively suicidal, what good would arresting him do? What good would returning him to Edo Bring?

"Thank you both for your work today. The metsuke are grateful to you both." he gave both students an extra long look, locking eyes, as though to say without words that he was beyond grateful before turning and getting back into his vehicle.

With the mission done the students, and metsuke alike, went on with their days. Roughly a week later both Hana and Junko would receive a report from Edo Bugei's office. It was signed by the Headmaster running over everything the two had reported. It also had their shop credits and a personal note hand written by Tokizo himself with his contact information should they ever need assistance or wish to offer their assistance in a patrol of the city. The grade for the missions was a solid A+ for both students.

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