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!

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 RANK 3 MISSION: Foreign Priest!, Todo Shinsuke and Konishi Viola
Moby Dick
 Posted: May 4 2018, 12:17 PM
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A long journey from Edo... First, to the trains, traveling to the southernmost stop on the main line. Then, to catch a boat that is scheduled to ferry them from the mainland to that of the island of Kyushu itself. Finally, there would be a car waiting for them to take them yet further south. The train ride itself would give them plenty of time to consider the impact of the mission. Perhaps the more the merrier, as they were indeed headed for one student's province of origin.

The mission stated that in Kyushu, there was a foreign priest proclaiming that the spirit of the Shimabara Rebellion should not be forgot, that Japan can yet still become a Christian nation and that the people should rise up and break all of Kyushu away from Japan as the first step towards converting this land. However, it would be clear by the tickets the two Bugei members were handed where they were headed, if not by the instructions that followed after. The priest was hitting the people where the effect would be most heartfelt: Hige Province, the area most open to Christianity in Japan. With that area as the center of his focus and outlying provinces gradually worked on, the possibility of conversion and rebellion greatly concerned the Shogunate.

Since it was the Konishi Clan itself that reported on this incident, there was no concern for Viola that she would have to fight her own people. They followed the religion for the sake of it, not because they want to reform the nation. That is dangerous thinking, right there, the reason this must be suppressed. Because of this were to be pursued to its logical conclusion, the Konishis would be considered highly-suspicious themselves. In effect, by reporting this, they were calling for help before this became a true crisis in their area. Viola was not alone in this endeavour. With her was Shinsuke, of the Todo Clan. Where a weapon's edge may not be useful, a diplomat may be just as dangerous, as this may become a war of words and beliefs more than that of the sword and gun.

A long train trip, a more brief ride upon a ferry, and they were in the Northern section of Kyushu. As the two of them exited the docks, they would find what they expected: A couple of men with a car. Not warriors. The Konishi Clan broke tradition in more ways than one. Less trade and more farming, the worship of the Christian God, and a focus on female samurai. These men were servants of the Konishi Clan, their cross-like emblems clearly visible. They both gave the two arrivals a respectful bow before one of them spoke.

"It's good of you come on such short notice. Though the Clan remains largely untouched by this man's words, there are those among the people who feel a certain unrest at the mention of Shimabara, remembering a government that turned its back on the word of the lord. There are those who will even shout openly that the Konishi Clan should make the push this mad priest is calling for, to rebel against the whole of Japan!"

This man was deeply concerned, and no less the one standing beside him, though he kept it more under control as he indicated with his hand for the other to calm himself.

"We must bring you to the capital. We don't know where it is this man hides himself when not speaking to the public, but he has been seen in the area, preaching his word to the public. The people who believe in him shield him from being arrested. Normal measures will not work, not unless we wish to harm friend and foe alike, and that would be the worst..."

He gestured to the car, a sleek black sedan that was roomy inside.

"Come. Let us be on our way."

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 Posted: May 9 2018, 04:18 PM
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Viola couldn't believe the details of the mission she decided to undertake. She signed up for this because it involved a mad man wanting to revolt against the current Shogunate with the Konishi because he believed Japan could still be a Christian nation. She knew this couldn't happen simply because a man shoving his beliefs upon another group, be it a clan or a nation, would only cause more strife, which would in turn, really cause said religion to be persecuted as outsiders see it as a nuisance rather than a blessing. She was grateful her clan members had reported the issue to stay within the good graces of the Shogunate, but knew she had to go to defend her clan from further insult and shame, as any good samurai would do.

The train and ferry ride from Edo took a different path than what she had went when she came north to the school. The sights along the way were peaceful, but alluded to the coming struggle awaiting at home; a looming storm in the background, winds coming off the ocean while aboard the ferry, indicative of bad weather further out on the ocean. The trip did take some time, which gave her ample opportunity to prepare mentally for the task at hand. She prepared for a peaceful encounter first, attempting to reason with the wary man. Then if that failed or peaceful means were ineffective, she had plans to deal with the man, or worse off, a group. Image training for this was more difficult as Viola was unsure of any weapon choices, abilities, or environments she would be in, but she tried several scenarios with different outcomes for all of them.

Thankfully, she was not alone on this endeavor as another student had signed up for the mission long before she had; Shinsuke Todo, a diplomat student whose best means of assault were the words he spoke. With what conversations they had upon meeting and traveling to the servants, Viola was grateful that such an easy spoken person had decided to come along. His words and attitude reflected that of someone who was confident in their abilities, and would do whatever it took to keep from resorting to a fight to solve a problem. The worries that had plagued her were allowed to fade into the background the more she learned of her partner and his means of solving problems diplomatically. Viola considered herself a patient and sound lady when it came to negotiations, but her mouth has been known to get her into trouble over disagreements in views or what she seen as complete ignorance and stupidity in a rival speaker's statements. The fact that Shinsuke was her opposite in that regard instilled within her what her primary job would be in this mission; Defend Shinsuke and the Konishi, and only speak if it will benefit the situation. Hopefully, that wouldn't be too difficult for her to accomplish.

They arrived at the port and were greeted and briefed by the servants on the situation at hand. Viola bowed upon meeting them and heard the concern coming from them as they spoke. The priest's whereabouts were unknown unless he was speaking out, and some members of the Konishi had taken it upon themselves to defend him, keeping his location secret. It became increasingly apparent that at first, they would have to plan out a means of searching the capital for him, then once they found him, follow him back to his hideout and come up with a plan of approach; Either by sneaking into the hideout, or by catching him off-guard coming to and from his speeches and accost him then. Whatever the scenario may be, the mission had definitely given them something to work toward.

As the gentlemen concluded their briefing and showed them to the car, Viola turned to Shinsuke, giving a confident, but worrisome look.

"How do you think we should go about finding him? Maybe once we get to Kyushi, split up and scout areas he's spoken at before?"

Her words carried a strong will that finding him would be fairly simple, but diffusing the situation or taking him into custody would be much more difficult. She was still unsure of how she would approach those who defended him, hoping that Shinsuke would have the answer for that when the time came. Her only words in a fight were her tonfas and her powers, hardly a thing she wanted to use against her own people, though.

As they climbed into the car, Viola held for his answer, and was as ready as she would ever be to face this threat to the sovereignty of her people and her religion. God willing, this wouldn't lead to another revolt like in the past.

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 Posted: May 9 2018, 08:53 PM
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Edo was the bustling capital and nerve center of the entire nation, but Kyushu was home for the Todo. As masters of diplomacy it was quite useful that their granted lands had been on the southern island. Most of the nation's contact with the outside world was conducted in areas near ports, and Kyushu had plenty of subtle influences from the west. This mission was a stark example of the very sort of influence that could cause trouble for the rest of the nation. Some mad priest attempting to stoke the fires of Christian fanaticism into an open rebellion against the government. Shinsuke had heard of the potential troubles in whispers at first, and by the time that the mission had been posted he'd been ready to sign up. His sister could maintain the Todo presence at Edo Bugei while he went to deal with this situation.

Their trip down to Kyushu was a long one as always but he did have the good fortune to have company along the way. A Konishi girl had also signed up to investigate the reports as well, and that was bound to be quite useful. After all it'd been her clan that had reported the unrest in the first place. He'd done what research he could on the Konishi and the odd embrace of Christianity within their domain. A foreign religion which had been mostly innocuous since the Shimabara Rebellion, thanks in no small part to the strong example set by samurai like the Konishi. The ability to follow one's faith while remaining true to one's duty. Yet apparently some foreign priest had taken it upon himself to meddle in the affairs of another nation.

As they'd spoken along the way he'd done his best to project a calm, confident demeanor. He was a Todo, an expert on negotiation and discussion rather than the power of the blade. It had to be incredibly difficult knowing that such troubles were brewing within your own home province. Easing Viola's nerves was as important as preparing for the task at hand; a calm and confident compatriot would foster greater potential for success. Yet he wasn't so sure that it was going to be as simple as speaking to a few people.

There was more to this than just a foreign priest rabble rousing in Konishi lands. Foreign powers had been known to meddle in the affairs of Asian countries in the not so distant past. Direct attacks on China had failed, however, so the would-be conquerors may well have other things in mind. Undermining a government by encouraging a once-oppressed minority to rise up in righteous religious fervor certainly didn't seem out of the realm of possibility. Without knowing all that much about foreign politics, though, he could only speculate as to whether this priest actually had foreign backing or not. Much more comforting to think of him as a singular madman than a madman with the cash of a foreign state behind him. Where there was smoke there was fire, and where there was cash there could be weapons. Shinsuke shared none of these suspicions en route to Kyushu, though, out of fear of causing undue stress to his companion. When the time was right he could present his case.

When they at last had arrived and were greeted by the Konishi men, he felt anxiousness tugging at his heart. This was the first time that he had undertaken a diplomatic mission without his father also being present. If it were anything to do with clans at each others' throats or internal affairs Shinsuke would've felt more genuinely confident. As it was, he was stepping into the great unknown with only the Konishi and their resources to support his work. Viola seemed like a strong young lady, reliable if things became too ugly for words. For her sake - for Kyushu's sake - he would stay confident and resolve this problem. No matter where their leads took them.

"I don't know that finding him will be as simple as asking people politely or simply poking around. We need to know a bit more about him, if that's possible. As this is your homeland, I imagine you know the area better than I do.. so perhaps the scouting should fall more in your capable hands?" he proposed in response to her question, "I'd like to know if he was presiding at any local church before taking to his current behavior. Or, failing that, where he came from. Certainly he can't have just appeared out of thin air!"

He climbed into the car and looked to Viola, "Let me ask you this, out of curiosity: are the priests in your province commonly foreign-born or Japanese? Or is that something that has changed over time?"

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 Posted: May 13 2018, 05:29 PM
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The four of them having entered the car, it was started up and they swiftly drove in the direction of the capital, Kumamoto. Streets and roads would be moderately busy to varying degrees, as it was mid-day. Official cars were, of course, given priority on the road when there was any case of traffic or blockage of any sort. Official vehicles were as now what royal processions were way back then...mostly.

The servants were a little more at ease now, since one of their own samurai from Edo and a diplomat of the Todo were here. With the general feeling that they could hit the situation both ways, and the fact that they were starting to coordinate even now, they were showing signs of markedly calming down. Before now, they were worried that this event would end in having to put down many of the common folk to reach the priest, and then to deal with a bloody aftermath as he was martyred.

Now, the servant in the passenger seat heard the discussion in back and felt keen to inform. He turned to look back at them now to speak.

"My lady, sir, I beg your pardon, but I have more information to give."

He had been waiting for them to be on their way, so as not to waste time standing around, before conveying it to them.

"He did not, as you say, appear from thin air. As we are open to Christianity, so are our ports open to visitors who wish to speak the good word. We do have his name and know the church from which he originally preached from."

It would be a little hard not to know the identity of the man who makes himself publically available to speak the good word. Even if he had been fresh off of the boat, people would circulate such a name in an underground fashion, whispered in rumors. It's just how things are. Thus, they had something to actually start with: Father Ricardo Bennicio, of the Church of the Sacred Path. The driver spoke up now.

"We can take you directly there, if you wish to start your inquiries there, or anywhere you wish us to drop you off before reporting back. We are also at your service, if need-be, but I recommend that be kept to a minimum. Some people have...assaulted the car. It draws attention."

When they had originally entered, a couple of dings in the paint job, maybe a dent in the framework, could have been noted. This could've been easily explained away, but one could not help but think that the pressure upon the Konishis would have people stoning the car as it passed, thinking some Clan member inside. They had yet some time to plan this through, but the journey to Kumamoto was going faster than the ferry ride, to be sure.

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Kyushu was home to a fairly good number of adherents to the Christian faith, and this was the hotbed of that faith. It shouldn't have been surprising to hear that the priest who was now causing trouble had been welcomed as a guest at first. Shinsuke could already tell that this was going to be a complicated situation to navigate. The Konishi were loyal subjects of the Edo government, and important in the ever increasing international relations of Japan. Should there be trouble with Westerners the Konishi would need to be counted on as a source of information and support. Yet a foreign guest who took his evangelizing mission this seriously was a black eye to their good status. That's why they'd reported this Ricardo Bennicio to Edo, and why Shinsuke and Viola were here in this car headed for Kumamoto.

So it was going to be a balancing act between respecting the faith and good standing of the Konishi with issues of national security. Of course Shinsuke assumed that if things turned out to be more serious than just rabble rousing speeches, the government would step in. Two students alone would not stop a revolt once it had begun in earnest. Stopping it before it happened was possible, though. There were a number of things they had to discern before taking a course of action, and the church was their best lead for the moment.

"It would probably be best to start at the church and see what they can tell us about this turbulent priest. Even someone as outspoken as this man is should have the basic knowledge that his provocative words make him a wanted man. Thus he's likely to be hiding until his next public appearance.. but maybe someone has heard rumors of his hiding place," Shinsuke replied when the driver offered to take them to the church.

Then he looked to Viola, running a hand through his hair as he explained, "I will do my best to be diplomatic and respectful of the church ministers, Konishi-san. We want to maintain good relations with foreigners who respect the rule of law in this country. However if it seems as though someone is hiding information about the priest we seek, I may have to press harder. It's not out of disrespect for the institution or the faith or even their status as foreigners.. but a guest in our house must follow our rules. I hope that you understand."

After that he lowered his hand and asked, "I'm curious, do the people here convert to Christianity as adults exclusively, or are some children born into it? Though I'm from Agata, I've not had the chance to speak at any length with Japanese people who are also Christian."

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Viola hardly had a chance to answer Shinsuke about his question when entering the car when, upon departing, the escorts turned to them and gave information about their target and his original church. Ricardo Bennicio; The name itself had rang unfamiliar to her ears, but a small memory from before her departure to Edo came to her him. Her father had brought the topic up at dinner prior to her birthday that word was spreading of a new radical minister preaching his message of revolt and revolution for the Kunishi. He personally believed that the man was out of his mind; revolt to prove such a point would only paint a target on the Konishi and would prove to be the downfall of a clan whose devotion to the Shogunate was the reason they could practice Christianity entirely.

She sat in the comfy seat of the sedan as Shinsuke made the decision based on the escorts words to seek his initial church and find information there first. She nodded in agreement with this decision. Even if the clan members that followed his message wouldn't provide information, perhaps churches nearby would be able to shed light on the situation and know his whereabouts. Most Christian churches remained close knit with each other and, in accordance with the words within the Bible, helped each other out when possible and held small events for a number of philanthropic reasons, all with the agenda to win members to the church and, effectively, grow the church. Not all of them were as open with one another, but it was hard to find a church not willing to spread good will toward those of the same faith.

Remembering his question, Viola turned to Shinsuke and began relaying the information she had about the Konishi priests.

"Getting to your question about our priests, it depends on the priest in charge when he's ready to step down or name a successor. Some will go by whom they believe is best fit for the job, others will wait for a divine sign to choose, and others still will address their elders, usually a council, and decide a new priest based on their input."

Being a successor to a church had little to do with being a foreigner or Japanese native. It simply mattered that their heart was in the right place with God and that they were willing to take the job. So long as you were in the right place and there at the right time, even someone walking in the door claiming to be a foreign priest could help the church for a short time and take the spot of someone predetermined to succeed if proven to be a closer man to God.

"The only stipulation regarding the succession process is that nearly all priests of the Christian faith are men. Women typically do not hold a position in the church unless specifically named by the priest, and only then, it is usually held in bad light when this happens." Saying this, Viola remembered the events leading up to her being chosen as the successor to her father's church. In a rare situation, she was chosen by her father with minimal opposition from the church's elders. Part of this choice was because of her devotion to the faith and the lack of devoted middle aged men to take the mantle. Her luck and faith, she believed, will lead her back to that spot eventually, but she was tasked with dealing with her new responsibilities first, one of the being that the Konishi aren't vanquished from history because of one radical's dream.

Shinsuke then carried on about being respectful as he could be to the Konishi ministers, then asking about how most people found themselves in the church. Viola understood that some action would have to be taken. It was the reason she came in the first place; If it involved her clan, she wanted to be involved to purge them of the sickness and not catch the ire of the Shogunate. If it meant dealing with some members of her clan, so be it. She came under the impression that those who fell so easily to the tricks of someone like that didn't deserve the grace given to them by the true message of Christianity. She grasped her hands on her legs, close to where her tonfa were holstered and replied back to Shinsuke with a forced grin.

"I completely understand and know the sacrifices that have to be made for this to work. I'll try to be as cold as I can be to the people, but forgive me if I hesitate slightly should violence arise. If I can keep from killing them, I will."

Viola was silent for a moment before regaining her composure and turning to Shinsuke to give an answer to his other question.

"For the most part, it is families bringing their children into the faith that maintains churches. I'm a prime example of that as my family has been Christian for generations, dating back to the Warring States era. Rarely, you will get new members from the activities we do to help those in need or as my father does, check in on nursing and retirement homes in the area and see if the elderly need assistance. As the country is mostly Buddhist and has other antiquated beliefs, conversion is a very difficult process to complete."

She hoped her response was adequate for Shinsuke, but was sure more questions would arise as their mission progressed, so she ended with an open ended statement to him.

"If you have any other questions you want to ask, please, let me know Shinsuke-san. I'm a bit worried about the outcome of this, but I will do what I can to make this successful."

She gave a small smile as she turned away from Shinsuke back to the escorts. She had a question for them, since the events were mentioned by her father before her departure from home, they had to have been going on for a while, but she was hoping they would know more statistics of the current event.

"Excuse me, sir, do you know about how long this maniac has been spreading his message? Also, would you happen to know approximately how many followers they have gathered? I'm curious as to what we'll be up against should this turn ugly, as your car has already seen."

With that, Viola again relaxed in her seat and awaited further questions and a response from either of the escorts. Her hands still sat at her sides near her tonfa. The fears still circled her mind, but the only thing she could do now was face them and do what was asked of her; eliminate the threats, or bring them in for justice.

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Who knew that Shinsuke was familiar with Henry the 2nd?

Anyway, they were definitely going to the Church of the Sacred Path once they hit town, as direct a route that they could manage without garnering too much attention. The two escorts were now remaining silent as they let the clan members speak among themselves, both over the mission and of Christianity itself. In their hearts, they hoped that Viola would find a way to minimize bloodshed, though they knew that a situation may or may not be totally avoidable. It wasn't their place to really speak opinions on this in front of those who were sent to obtain the facts and use them to the best of their disposal.

Honestly, the two of them weren't expecting that line of questioning - the one asked by Viola - to come up so quickly. They looked at each other. The one with his hands on the wheel made a gesture to it, like 'Hey, I'm driving'. With that, he left it squarely on the shoulders of the other guy, who had no choice but to be the bearer of bad tidings. He sighed dejectedly and spoke back to their passengers again, albeit uneasily now.

"I'm...sorry, my lady, but this has been escalating for what we believe to be a couple of months now. It just seemed like you would randomly hear that a priest was talking like this to individuals, and then suddenly it would be as if these public speeches came out of nowhere."

He was apologizing because it seemed that they were caught just a little off-guard by the quiet underground growth of something that seemed laughable...and then - out of the blue - wasn't funny at all, leaving them to gather intel after the fact to realize how far back the cause had been.

"It's been difficult to assess the number of followers, as there could be any number of onlookers who would be 'on the fence' as it were, only to jump off of it if properly provoked. The entire city is not likely to be affected, as there would have been an attempted revolt. It is more like..."

The driver interrupted him now, saying his peace.

"It's more like he planned to be subtle and spread out about it, so he could adequately shield himself or hide at a moment's notice for the maximum amount of time before getting the citizens to revolt, like he came to Japan specifically for this and no other purpose to his mind. It could be that every third or fourth person is sympathetic, at least, enough willing to fight for him not to be stopped by the Clan authorities or anyone else."

So, in any case where somebody or a group of somebodies tries to stop him preaching, enough of the people in the crowd will block the attempt or cause enough chaos and confusion for him to duck out. They were now on the outskirts of the city. They could be at the church very soon, provided nobody tried to 'interrupt' the vehicle.

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Viola listened carefully as the two escorts disclosed what information was requested as best they could tell. It seemed to her that this fellow was jumping between churches and public places, taking what followers would listen to his message, eventually finding a church to fall victim to his message and essentially wrangle it out of the priest's hand by declaring his message that of divinity. And to prove that divinity, he could be a Scion. Pieces seemed to fall into place as to what the duo were dealing with, and it was not looking pretty.

Whatever members of this puppeted church that were ostracized for not accepting his message were probably the ones to report the problem to the Shogunate, and they kept an eye on it from that vantage until action became necessary. She spoke up when the escorts finished their explanation. First, she addressed the escorts.

"Thank you both for that information, and for putting yourselves in danger to help us at least this much. If I am able to find you both after this is over, I'll be sure to pay you back for your bravery."

She then turned back to Shinsuke, who had been listening to the conversation with an expression of someone in deep thought. Viola spoke to him, hoping he was listening and not bothering him with pointless detail.

"Shinsuke, I have a plausible theory about this Bennicio guy. I think he's a Scion, and he's claiming his powers as a sign from above that he is the path to enlightenment. He probably has strangled control over a church in the area that fell victim to his deceit, possibly multiple ones if they're connected. If I'm right, we could be facing a small army to get to this guy."

All tone of lightheartedness had dropped from her voice at this point; she knew now for certain what was coming. People were going to die for this man; her clan members, strangers, probably foreigners who came with him. She had no reason to be smiling now, only to prepare for war and, in the best possible situation, peace talks. But a man, a Scion, would have no reason to talk. He has some unknown powers that could convince others to follow him, possibly killing those who didn't respond well to his message to prove his point. Viola was now completely ready for the worst scenario, a situation she has seldom ever put herself in.

Her expression was now similar to what her mother would put on before missions she completed as an ashigiri. Expressionless, cold, but fierce and mighty. Hell itself could come Viola's way, but she will find a way to the top of the pile.

She took a moment as Shinsuke considered her theory and began to pray; to the souls lost to this man, for forgiveness should she have to take a life, for her and Shinsuke's power to be enough to conquer this evil. As she finished her prayers, she called upon her mother in her thoughts for the final moments to the location and began image training. Perhaps her guidance would be sufficient for what was to come.

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Further evidence continued to mount about what exactly they might be dealing with, and none of it was pretty. Simply having to deal with a foreigner encouraging rebellion against the Shogunate in the name of a foreign deity was bad enough. Had that been the extent of the matter it wouldn't have been so troubling to deal with. It would simply have been a matter of discrediting a normal man. Nothing more. Should he prove to be a man of some power with a specific purpose in coming to Kyushu, that would be another matter entirely. Viola's theory about his true nature seemed to be right in line with Shinsuke's worst fears. A western Scion could certainly be far more dangerous to the city and its people than just a madman thumping his holy book.

The boy sat in silence as he contemplated the conditions under which such a man would have come to Kyushu. Foreign visitors weren't unheard of, least not clergy of the Christian orders which the Konishi lands had embraced. Such a man wouldn't be thought peculiar until he began his dangerous ministry in earnest. There were so very few Scions in the world - so far as he knew at least - that it was certain the man's home country would know of his status. To be allowed to head thousands of miles away with a Relic.. they might very well know what he was up to; either officials would have endorsed his mission or stood to profit from it. All of it painted a picture of a dangerous, powerful man with influential backing right on this island. He frowned at that thought, but foreboding turned to determination as he looked to Viola again.

"We may not have solid evidence that he is, in fact, a Scion but we can't discount the possibility. It stands to reason that if he is, he must be known to his homeland's authorities. Either he slipped through their grasp or they allowed him to come here with a precious Relic. And if those things are true it would be safe to assume that he has foreign backing as well as assistance from people he has manipulated here. We will need to tread carefully," Shinsuke stated, his tone grim, "I will do what I can to avoid bloodshed. The last thing we need is to play into the twisted lies this man is spreading about the government. He could use a violent confrontation to his advantage, claiming it to be the government cracking down on and persecuting Christians."

"If he's seized control of this church, we need to win back the hearts and minds of those he's seduced. In all my years of studying these sorts of things, I never imagined that I'd be thrust into this position as a student... but Kyushu is my home as well, and I am not about to let someone bring death and destruction here," Shinsuke continued on, his mind beginning to go into overdrive in planning out their next move, "We will appeal to their better nature, then. Convince them that all this priest wants is to cause a conflict that will weaken us all more. That weakness would open the door for his true masters to come in and split Japan just as they have to India and attempted to do to China."

It wouldn't be easy for him as a non-Christian to appeal to the more fanatical followers of the priest though. Those who held a true belief in something needed to see their own reflection in the mirror to be convinced it may be wrong. He'd only been able to grow past his obsessive interest in flirting with girls once he'd had time to personally reflect. What he needed was a voice they would listen to in good faith, one who could be counted on to support the effort of defusing the situation.

"Konishi-san, would you be willing to appeal to his followers as a fellow believer in their faith? It may help to have someone they share that in common with to back up my appeals. Perhaps even a local priest that you could recommend to counter balance this man's fiery rhetoric?" he asked, starting to get things to fall into place for an initial plan.

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The more nervous of the two servants appeared quite gratified by Viola's words, though the collected one said "As you wish, my lady, but our job is to serve.", which was both acknowledgement and a nod to his cohort to chill out. This seemed to work for whatever effect was needed. They were on board for this madness, whatever it was that was necessary, if they could provide it. Neither of them, however, had considered the possibility that he might be a Scion, and sadly they had no information on such a matter.

As the two of them sat back there, discussing matters - the worst-case scenario of him being a foreign Scion, their plans of 'tactical diplomacy' aimed at members', etc. - the car was heading to their first destination. Nobody said no to going to The Church of the Sacred Path to speak to people there about Father Bennicio, so that's where they were headed. There were apparently no immediate problems. The car was glanced at, of course, but since the driver was being patient about anybody being in the way and/or taking alternate streets to avoid any undue attention, things were relatively peaceful...until they just blatantly had to stop.

"Oh...that's not good."

Little obstacle ahead. There were people down the street, pretty much IN the street, facing away from them. It was a crowd of people, and from the looks and the sound of it...some sort of rally. Given the situation, it seemed very unlikely that they were here for any delightful purpose. The driver spoke up, watching the people in the crowd very carefully.

"Ma'am, sir, The Church of the Sacred Path is about a block ahead of us, and I'm afraid we cannot help you further until this crowd disperses. Our garb and this car carry official markings. We'll be targeted if we approach them, without a doubt. You two, however, should be fine to walk right over, at least, and see what can be done. We'll try to remain nearby enough to pick you up, after."

So, there you have it. It begins now. They would have to rescue The Church of the Sacred Path if they wanted to speak to them there. But how to proceed? If they got out or rolled down a window, they could definitely hear talking, even shouting. Was the priest they were looking for there now? Or was this just an righteously-angry mob?

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