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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Jul 10 2018, 05:58 PM
Invitation extended, invitation accepted. A quick greeting had led to a well dressed Todo heading to the dance floor with Azai Kaori. Nobody would have been surprised by that, but they might have thought it odd which Todo was going to dance with her. To Inori it made perfect sense to take to the dance floor with the girl her brother had invited. It was important to give him enough time to ensure that Junko was well settled. Also important to make sure Kaori wasn't left alone among a sea of people she didn't know at all. Given that she had time to spare right now, and didn't have a date of her own, Inori had made her decision.

Together with the Azai princess she moved right into the thick of things, ignoring the occasional odd look she got along the way. So long as the two of them had fun it didn't matter what other people thought of her attire. Or her dancing with another girl. Inori moved between a couple of couples to get them away from the more crowded spots of the dance floor; after a long trip to Edo, she didn't want her friend to feel overwhelmed by the number of people.

"How's this spot? Not too many people, enough space for us to enjoy ourselves," Inori asked with her big grin, "So.. Shinsuke has been goin' through a lot of stuff lately, but he's excited about tonight. He must've been havin' second thoughts right up until he actually dialed your number.. so what I'm sayin' is, he's nervous about this but lookin' forward to it."

She then laughed a little, "I just realized I came to a dance, but I don't know how to dance.."


An invitation accepted to dance wasn't quite the one the elder Todo might otherwise have been entertaining. Without the crossed wires of dance promises Shinsuke would have been the one taking the first dance with Kaori. With those conflicts Mikoto had taken Shinsuke's place - at least to start the dance. Junko's mother was the reason for the delay in his date, and the reason that two well dressed 'girlfriends' were taking the dance floor. Even with Junko in her element with a social event, Mikoto needed that extra encouragement.

Unlike Inori, the elder sibling knew something of how to dance at a social event. It'd been part of gentlemanly training growing up and despite looks, that gentlemanly nature reigned supreme. Therefore when it came to actually dancing Mikoto was grateful for the offer to take the lead. In fact they fell right into it, old lessons returning through muscle memory as the pair found their spot on the floor.

"Thanks for this, Ko-chan," they spoke quietly, hardly noticing that very close by was Inori with Kaori. Then they asked, "Your mother's not coming to the actual dance, is she? I'm prepared to deal with that situation if it arises.."

May 8 2018, 12:29 PM
First order of business, your April caption contest winner is: jinn kuki!

Welcome to the May caption contest! The rules are simple, you can submit as many funny captions to this post as you want. Double posting is fine! At the start of the new month I'll declare a winner and post a new image for June! Here is this month's image!

May Caption Contest Dates: 5/8/18-6/8/18


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Please include the name of one your characters with your entry, that way we know which character to give bonus points to.
Jan 23 2018, 07:10 AM
Already the day had been an unconventional one for Shinsuke Todo, and it was barely into the afternoon. For some reason his sister had insisted that this was the appropriate day to insist on some sibling bonding time. Specifically time for sisterly bonding, meaning that she really wanted to spend time with "Mikoto", aka "Todo-chan". Even though she'd been raring to go moments after calling, he'd at least made her wait until he could get the makeup done right. Though it was less awesome for his masculinity it was nice that he hadn't yet developed the ability to grow facial hair. Less to cover up for times like this.

Their day morning had been a bit of a whirlwind with Inori, ranging from some shopping for basics to asking for recommendations for shampoos. And makeup. Since Inori never had shown an interest in cosmetics previously he'd been very curious. Before he could get a satisfactory answer his sister had taken him into an arcade where they played a few rhythm games. Then some purikura and ice cream before he talked her out of wasting yen on a UFO catcher. They were rigged, so all it was was wasting coin that could buy actual stuff. And then she'd done it anyway and somehow won not one but two small plush foxes. One was given to her 'sister' as a thanks for a fun morning, and then they'd headed back to the school.

It was after stepping off the train the elder Todo had checked his phone to see that someone had been trying to contact him. Not just that but frantically trying to get a hold of him. Odd that. Seeing that there were over a dozen messages and voicemails, he checked who'd sent them. As soon as he saw that it was Junko, he wasted no time in rushing back to the dorms with only a parting farewell to his sister. If something was troubling his friend this much he wasn't about to delay any longer. He'd not thought to check his phone earlier since he didn't get that many messages and the arcade had been really quite noisy.

Without a second thought as to his look - the girls' uniform again, his hair down with subtle makeup on his face - Todo-chan went into the boys' dorm. Despite drawing an odd look from one or two guys in the lounge area, Todo-chan was up the stairs and at Junko's dorm door in record time. A little winded, they still knocked on the door gently so as not to startle Junko too much. Already troubled if the amount of messages was any indication; further upsetting the situation wouldn't be helpful at all.

"Jun-kun, are you there? I got a bit worried about you.. can we talk?" Todo-chan called through the door.
May 19 2017, 08:01 AM
The confession of what had seemed like a huge secret had ended up leading to the strangest of things. Not rejection by one friend of another but of dressing up. Both Bugei students had gotten dressed up in fairly nice clothing for an outing together. Shinsuke had typed the shop information into his phone to help them get to their destination expediently. Which was probably a good thing since he was wearing a full furisode kimono with a flower shaped hair ribbon hand tied by Junko. Long distance walking wasn't the sort of thing that you did in this kind of attire.

As they arrived in the right area he looked over at Junko and smiled. Just getting to go out as he was, expressing this side of himself was very relaxing. Having his friend with him was even better. With the weather sunny but not hot in the slightest, it was looking to be quite a nice day. Using the suggestions his sister had given him for places with good manly clothing, he was sure that Junko would be happy today too.

From the looks of it there were a ton of shops in this shopping arcade, though. All along a walkway with a high vaulted roof to protect shoppers from any elements that might threaten their enjoyment of the experience. Apparently a nice affordable place with a wide selection of men's and women's clothing was just down the path to the left. As Shinsuke lead the way he was all too aware of the fact that they were drawing a bit of attention to themselves. Probably the fancy kimono, he reasoned.

"Jun-kun, I think I may need to change out of this after all. We're kind of getting noticed by.. well, everyone," he remarked, smiling nervously at that fact.
Mar 31 2017, 09:56 PM
Things had gotten better with the passage of time, all things considered. Edo had gotten rebuilt by the combined efforts of the leading clans and government, the lost had been properly mourned and school was back in session. It would be a lie to have said that things hadn't been rough for Todo Shinsuke in that time. Losing a sister to the earthquake, possibly losing a friend over his decision to admit a crush on the friend's sister and the ongoing demands of classwork hadn't been easy. Probably thanks to his other sister now attending Bugei and some new friends he'd made, Shinsuke was doing all right.

He still hadn't talked to Nobuyori after the blow up between them. Inori had helped him calm down after his soon-to-be-aunt had lectured him. Things were much more in day-to-day mode than panicking over the potential troubles of the future. Still he didn't want to lose what friends he'd made like he might have with Nobuyori. His own thoughts had drifted to his identity again, and there was really only one of those friends he could turn to for that kind of discussion.

So he'd sent a text ahead to Junko, asking to meet up and hang out. Oddly it turned out that Junko's room was in fact in the men's side of the dorm building. Maybe his interpretation of the Matsudaira clan student's identity had been off? Regardless Shinsuke went with a leather school bag over his shoulder and his hair still resembling the feminine style he'd gotten during their last meeting. A bit more grown out and tied back in a loose ponytail, but still present. He wasn't sure how he'd break the full truth about himself, but he thought of anyone he knew that Junko would understand the most. It would be the first time that his friend had seen Shinsuke and not Todo-chan as well.

Once at the door he took a deep breath, then knocked twice, "Jun-kun, I'm here!"
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