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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!

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 Special Class: Smithing 101
Nobuyumi
 Posted: Jan 28 2018, 04:47 PM
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Of the group Masato seemed one of the slowest, especially compared to Kitsu. Not only did the third year quietly listen to the lecture on safety and try to take in as much of it as he could, but when he got to working with his metal rods he seemed to go fairly slow.

Keeping his first rod in the first too long it seemed to melt and fall a bit into the flames. Then with the second rod it didn't seem to heat at all due to show short of a time span he had kept it in the fire. The third rod seemed to heat close to just right but still off. Thus, Masato put it in for longer and then put the second rod back in for a slightly shorter time period than that. It quickly became clear that unlike Kitsu who was trying with every rod, Masato was using his first three simply as practice pieces for the proper heat before actually starting his work.

On the fourth rod Masato managed to pull it out of the flames as it looked just like Oda-Sensei's and began carefully hammering it down. Though with how carefully he hammered the metal it looked as though it was losing it's high heat before he could actually shape it. In this way he had managed to, by most standards, "waste" four rods.

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 Posted: Jan 28 2018, 04:54 PM
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Oda-Sensei watched the three boys carefully. Roshi seemed to have a good idea of what he was doing as he worked carefully with the rods, and Kitsu clearly seemed the type to learn by experimentation. Meanwhile, the third boy, Masato, seemed to use each rod as an experiment piece. Clearly more the scientist type than anything. Shaking his head a bit Oda-sensei let out a large shout.
"HEY! LOOK OVER HERE!" he made sure to bellow, over the sounds of the workshop. He then gazed at all three boys.

"You, Roshi Bento, you are doing well but try being a bit less meticulous with your first two rods. This is just practice." he said before pointing his hammer at Kitsu.
"You are doing the right thing. Learn by doing. I'm sure you will get it soon." and then he looked at Masato, clearly annoyed.
"Smithing is a science, but this isn't a lab. Trying being more like this Kitsu boy here. Feel what you are doing and learn from that." he said as he nodded at Roshi as well.

With that he pulled a rod out of the fire and looked at all three boys before looking down at the rod and using his pliers to starts twisting the rod around itself a a few times before he straightened out then end into a spear. Then he took another heated rod and kept pulling and hammering the sides, giving the middle of the spear what appeared to be wings.

"You can use various techniques to stretch and shape the steal. Try and be creative with it." he ordered.
"You three are doing alright so far, but two of you need to try being a bit more creative and willing to experiment, like Kitsu here."

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 Posted: Jan 29 2018, 09:08 AM
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The normally hot headed Iga clansman was taken off guard. It was either the heat or the strange compliment at his terrible smithing work, but it seemed like a small blush of surprise spread across his face. He was a bit confused about how he was doing it correctly, but would still be proud of his failure. He would continue pounding and heating his steel, and actually chose to smooth out his crooked design into a less crooked almost lightning bolt type shape, though it was off by quite a bit.

He heated it again and twisted it a little, turning it into an imperfect spiral, just trying to follow the instructor. He wasn't a creator as much as a destroyer, so this entire class was out of his normal range of skills, but he was determined to at least try. He also made a point in his mind to see if he couldn't strike a deal with a blacksmith to get a weapon made.

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 Posted: Jan 30 2018, 02:48 PM
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Hey, everybody! Big loud voice in the middle of forging! Roshi almost dropped the rod he'd been working on, because of that. He tried to give Oda-Sensei a dirty look for that, but you couldn't see it with his equipment on. He just looked like he was paying attention.

The teacher's basic issue with him was that he was being far too precise with the spear he was making. He was? Roshi was just trying to get it right first. Isn't that sort of the point? Good first, flourish second? Well, HE thought so, at any rate. It was important to know that he could, before he messed around.

So now...he looked at the what he had already created, and saw that the spearheads were kind of like leaves. Okay...let's work with that. Roshi began to pound rods and shape their heads to look like different leaves. He would have a theme going with this, then, and it would look very nice.

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Masato blinked a bit at the instructor. In his head Masato thought carefully. Did the instructor read his files? Did he know about Masato before the class? His track? His general style of things and planning? Clearly he didn't and clearly, by the standards of a master of the forge, Masato was a failure. As the student looked at Kitsu just pounding away, and Roshi who was now apparently creating pretty shapes with his spear he looked at the fifth metal rod.

Something about this spear needed to not fail. What was more than that, the spear itself needed to speak of Masato. Something that the boy had clearly made with his own hands on the metaphorical corpses of the last four steel rods. With this in mind he nodded to himself and began working. He kept the steel rod in for quite a while until pulling it out. Clearly his previous attempts at hammering had been to meek so he tried to strike the rod with his hammer as though hitting the skull of an opponent!

Driving the hammer down with cheer determination, then taking pliers and twisting the metal, he created a winged spear that looked more at home in Europe than in Japan. The wings looked extremely thin and likely would break if any pressure was applied to them, yet here they stood.

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The teacher watched the three carefully. Kitsu was, well, being Kitsu. Roshi had started being nature themed with his spears, but obviously experimenting more, and Masato had made some kind of winged spear that looked like it belong as a prop on the set of some viking movie rather than in a workshop in Edo, Japan. However, it was clear that all three boys had started to actually branch out and work on designing spears. It was also obvious that the teacher's dream of 18 light spears being crafted for free wasn't happening today.

With this realized the teacher merely shrugged, however. The point was that three people had started truly understanding that smithing was about expressing freedom, not simply theorizing and dabbling. That was the most important lesson to be learned to be sure.
"Now you three are getting it! Experiment! Try new things! For the final rod or two rod try broad spear heads instead of slim ones. Broader spear heads are more blunt but can pack more force than a slim spear head which is like a knife!" he ordered. After all the boys had already gone through a few steel rods so far.


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The stuck up clan lord who defends the people.

Tagami Yumiko
The adorable poet girl who hates war.

Katayama, Masato
A strategist bent on changing the world.
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 Posted: Feb 7 2018, 02:01 PM
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The spear-dream of the teacher was not fully understood by the class at hand. He hadn't really explained anything like that, so he wasn't really going to get it. They were three different students with three different ideas on how to get the job done. That meant that the results would vary. In Roshi's case, he had just went with the first theme that came to mind. It was different and it was ultimately 'him' to think of it so. He was an artist, not a warrior.

...which is why the explanation of 'broad' spear heads kinda' stumped him for a minute.

Broad? But...the leaves here ARE broad. Maybe they're just wide and not thick, and I need to...

So, he worked rapidly and rather hard to pound IN his final rods, so that they would be thicker, and then he could shape them into...a pair of heads that resembled Kunai. There! That was, at least, a shape he was familiar with and could work in there. It had the kind of thick-headed sharpness, right?

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"Now you three are getting it! Experiment! Try new things! For the final rod or two rod try broad spear heads instead of slim ones. Broader spear heads are more blunt but can pack more force than a slim spear head which is like a knife!" Masato considered the words of his instructor carefully. Broad was a relative term after all and the teacher clearly wanted them to experiment. In his mind when Masato thought of a broad end of an object he thought of a shovel or a rather large, flat arrow head. Perhaps if he made a spear tip like a shovel head or a spade that would be broad enough to not pierce well but surely slam into the mid section of a foe.

Taking one of his final roads he made the handle of the spear fairly short, using as much of the metal in the rod as he could to make the spear head more like a spade than anything else. With this he could hit an enemy in the middle and perhaps run forward and push them far back as the "spear" went into their stomach. It would require more brute force and muscle than he was capable of, but it was certainly an interesting concept peace.

Then then understood the jumanji-yari style spear. One point in the middle then two points sticking out. Even if the enemy moved to the side you could still hook them and behead them right? With that in mind he made a spear head that looked like the "clubs" suit of cards. No matter if he stabbed or swung the spear it could now "club" an enemy hard. He was rather proud of it.

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 Posted: Feb 19 2018, 09:48 AM
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Kitsu moved on to his next spear after sadly looking at the one he created. He started his work, trying to form it the way it needed to be. He carefully heated the rod and slowly but carefully hammered it out on the edges. It began taking on a flat shape, though not completely centered. He looked at his circle on top of his metal rod. He heated it until it was glowing again, and turned the circle on it's edge.

He spied a curved section on the anvil that might be able to create his point that he wanted, which would end up looking like a spade, or close to one at least. He lined up where the tip of the spear would go and began to hammer lightly, noting that he was causing a hammer shaped section to form on the section he was hammering on. He stopped and looked at it a bit puzzled on how to fix it.

After a moment of looking around and looking at his fire that he had available, he realized he could try to just heat half of it by keeping half of it out of the direct fire. After fixing his mistake and having a flat circle again, he cooled it by dipping it into the water. After this, Kitsu put it on the edge of the furnace and kept the side of his circle he wanted to shape closest to the fire. This time only that side started to glow and the red head quickly set to work shaping it on the same curved section of his anvil as before.

Seeing his success in this, he quickly set to work on the other side, ending up with a marginally of center broad based spade on the tip of a spear. He cooled it one more time before holding it up triumphantly and exclaiming, "BEHOLD! I HAVE CREATED A WEAPON!"

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The teacher looked at this three students and their artwork and nodded approvingly. Walking over he gazed carefully at each of the student's weaponry. Roshi had made leaves, while the other two had made heads resembling more of a spade. Either way it was certainly a shovel like, broad head. He had given fairly vague instructions and now the student's interpretation was clearly showing through. The teacher nodded approvingly as he yelled loudly.
"ALRIGHT! THAT SHOULD BE ALL OF YOUR RODS IF I'M NOT MISTAKEN! PUT YOUR GEAR AWAY AND MEET BACK UP!" and with that would wait for the three to take off at least the headsets and eye protection he had lent them before waiting for them to return to the center of the room.

"Now, I realize I gave vague instructions and didn't make clear what I want. I want all three of you take this to heart, this is the life of a blacksmith. Your clients constantly give almost no instruction and then demand changes, or get mad that the final product isn't what they want. Not that i'm begrudging of course." he said with a decidedly begrudging face as he looked at the boy's works.

"Now, all three of you followed what I showed you well, then branched out, then by the end got quite creative. It took a bit of nudging but I'm proud of you three. Though I'm curious if you have any questions or thoughts."



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The adorable poet girl who hates war.

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A strategist bent on changing the world.
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Yes, Sensei! That was all of their rods! WHY ARE YOU ALWAYS SHOUTING?! So, it was with a bit of randomosity that they all ended up with different spear-types, a bit of variety, and some lessons learned. Offhand, though, Roshi didn't like spears, himself. He preferred his staff, so he had the option of not being lethal if he didn't want to be. He killed...a number of people with socks and thuds over the head, in the Ikko War. He didn't really like that...

So, off came the safety equipment as he was moving away from the forge. Roshi had assisted in a few shops before, so he was actually kind of practiced in this. no big deal. Oda-Sensei explained that he was being kind of vague on purpose, because the customer was often that way, but...it didn't have to be, did it? So, when he asked for their thoughts and questions, naturally Roshi had this.

"I know people have issues and all, but can't you just ask for more details so you don't waste time? There's alot of work to do, after all."

Blacksmiths, craftsmen, and any sort of builder only has so much time in a day. You have to manage your time, so what good is making the wrong thing? A further examination can get the true intention down faster.

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Kitsu raised his hand when asked for questions. "What would be the cost of getting well crafted guns from a blacksmith such as yourself, and how long does it take to train your skills up to that level?" He smiled a fake looking smile that thinly hid his obvious intention to buy a weapon from the master smith that was instructing the class.

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Masato finally got to breath a healthy breath. All of the safety gear was nice but having it on, and using the furnaces made breathing a bit of a pain. Shedding the gear with a smile he raised his hand to his head only to realize just how much he had sweated over the course of the class. Trying to adjust his appearance as best he could he returned to the group.

With the sensei-revealing he had bene as vaguage as possible on purpose Masato nodded and raised his hand to his chin. In a way he wasn't that surprised. People often had a tendency to request something with low detail and be mad about the product later. At least that is what he had heard from merchants and some of the smithing students he had spoken with before. Though on the issue of if he had questions he thought carefully of what to ask.

For the first time he had the chance to ask whatever he wanted of the teacher. No worries about others hearing, no worries about likely getting in any major trouble, and the only other two people around his two fellow students who seemed focused on their own crafting ends.
"What is the worst condition for a rifle to be used?" Masato knew the answers already. At least he thought he did. However, he wanted to hear what a smithing teacher himself thought. Guns always posed a threat to samurai, and Masato had recently been focusing on how someone without guns could manage to equal. Aside, of course, from being a Scion.

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The sensei looked at the three. He was extremely proud of them. They had quickly removed the gear, they had come back, and all three had ask very serious questions. The teacher first looked at Roshi.
"I know people have issues and all, but can't you just ask for more details so you don't waste time? There's a lot of work to do, after all." thinking about the question the sensei couldn't help but laugh a bit.
"Hahaha. I wish we could ask such a thing. Believe me, I've thought that a million times. Unfortunately, that isn't always an option. If you get an order from a lord, if you get an order from client that are constantly traveling, or if you get an order through a third party, at times you can not always reach the people that requested the products. It is a huge pain in the ass, but that is how it goes. On top of that you ask lords what they want, and they just expect that like their servants who have been around them since they popped out the womb, you will just read their minds. You may end up having to remake the same piece three times and only be able to charge them once." his face looked angry just at the thought, and upset. In a lot of ways it was a huge pain in the ass he had lived through over and over. So in his own way he was doing his best to warn these three and get them use to the thought ahead of time. Even if they never became smiths they could at least understand a blacksmith's pain.

Next was Kitsu's question.
What would be the cost of getting well crafted guns from a blacksmith such as yourself, and how long does it take to train your skills up to that level?" Oda-sensei's face looked extremely serious as he pondered the question.
"To get a gun from me? I'm not sure about the cost. You will have to ask the school if you want such a weapon. Then the Headmaster would tell me to craft it. I'm not sure about cost, that is up to the Headmaster." he explained. After all, he was sworn to the school.
"Now in regards to learning to craft a high quality gun. That is up to you and how seriously you take your studies at gun making. I will say though, it is rough. A really good gun requires extremely carefully made parts or your bullet will just fly off to who knows what place."

Then finally came Masato's inquiry.
"What is the worst condition for a rifle to be used?" it was clearly based on Kitsu's question but Oda-sensei still huffed a bit.
"You two seem gun focused. Though I suppose it makes sense to ask while you are here. List, a lot of older guns don't do well in rain since you can't spark or ignite powder well when wet. That still holds true. However, I think the worst condition is heavy winds. Just like with an archer, when you release your shot you can't control it's flight in mid air. Also, no matter how fast you shoot it out, wind will still effect it. If the wind is even slightly blowing, your shot can be off. The further the distance to the target, the more wind will hurt it. If it is both raining and gusting, like a storm, forget it. Don't even bother with guns in a condition like that. Just stick with a fine sword or spear." he said and slammed his fist into his hand. It was something he hated to admit but even a rifle made by his own hands wouldn't do well in a hurricane. No ranged weapon would.

"You three had good questions, and you made the test spears I wanted you to work on. If you have any other questions you can ask another time. For now, I'm going to call this class done and I'm going to get to work on the actual orders for steel spears we had come in. All three of you did great, and will be getting full credits for this class." he said with a large grin.


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So, what Roshi was being taught here was that the customer actively made things harder with all the ways they could be belligerant and unreachable. Mind you, Roshi hhad a feeling that {A} it was really important to make sure you get a lord's wishes right since...they could punish you if you did not, and {B} that not all lords were pricks. After all, Nobuyori was a decent sort of fellow. Even if he's a diamond in the rough, his way of thinking and doing can't be an unknown quality to have.

The other two largely had gun-related questions, rather than about the business or the act of smithing, per se. Kitsu, he could understand asking about it. He seemed to favor guns. His Relic was a gun, or so he'd heard from Makoto. To be honest, Roshi wasn't entirely certain why Masato wished to know about such things. Perhaps he just didn't know the other boy well enough to know if he had a true interest in such things. Well, no matter. It was only a class, and this class was now over.

"Thank you, Sensei. I hope to learn more from you in the future."

Seriously. Roshi had a practice going on, pretty much. Maybe Kitsu should try asking HIM for some rifle work...

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