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, 06/01/2018 The Chinese delegation have now arrived at the city of Edo. Making friends and learning about Edo Culture is their current aim! In other news it is also time for the school dance event! Please bring your characters along!

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Moby Dick
 Posted: Apr 13 2017, 11:55 AM
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There's ever so many things that a young man full of energy can do, and an entire world of possibilities! One of these was to run like hell. As stated, Roshi was not a member of the track team, but he was physically fit, at least. That basically made him a raincoat-clad Whoosh! as he passed other people on the way to the destination, in question. The monk who had let out a prayer...

Tink, Ta-Tink-Tink...!

...would find that 500 yen had actually been flipped into a nearby donation box during that particular whoosh. Roshi was on a roll. If he were a boat, he'd bee forming wakes as he moved. Finally, he reached the shrine! Out of breath nnow, he looked around for any sort of students that could be around. He uhh...didn't see any. There was only a man and his wife - who was with-child - here...who were rather surprised by his sudden entrance, and Mirai's appearance behind him. Their response was...

Huh? What...?

When you shunt your willpower into your feet and pay only heed to where you're going, you kinda' lose something in the cognitive reasoning skills for a while. It took him a moment for it to click, and by that time those two were long gone. Then-

"Aaagh!"

We now deliver you...a pregnant pause...as Roshi recovers his mind and soul, to say nothing of his breath.

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 Posted: Apr 19 2017, 09:08 AM
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In her hurry to follow Roshi, Mirai barely noticed the monk as she dashed past him. Mirai was panting slightly as she caught up to Roshi at the shrine. Despite the chill and rain in the air, her nape was sweating; the run had warmed her up quite a lot.

Mirai glanced around the shrine; it was a small place, just like the old man at the stall had warned them. There only seemed to be two people other than her and Roshi in the whole of the shrine, or at least what Mirai could see of the shrine; a man holding hands with a heavily pregnant woman. Mirai supposed they must be a couple. She gave the two a smile and was going to offer them a greeting and an inquiry about whether they’d happened to see a Bugei student with a limp around anywhere, but when the couple turned around they stared at her and Roshi. Mirai wasn’t sure what that stare was supposed to mean but it made her feel kind of uncomfortable; anyone staring would.

"Good luck with your pregnancy. Even though you are young," the woman said.

Mirai offered her a smile and inclined her head. “Yes, good luck to you as wel--eh?! There was a disconnect between Mirai hearing the woman's words and actually processing them completely, and her voice must have risen a whole octave at the end of that sentence.

Pregnancy!? She wasn’t pregnant! What! It was impossible. She hadn’t done the required… well, activity, in order to be pregnant. Mirai’s face went red as she thought about such a “required activity” and the fact that the person the couple were thinking she’d done it with was standing right beside her and how wrong that idea was and normally she wouldn’t even be thinking about sex but now that she’d started her brain wouldn’t stop reminding her of the things she knew about it though none of those thoughts included Roshi except the one about how mortifying it was for the couple to be thinking that she and Roshi were involved.

Roshi began screaming beside her and she made no attemp to stop him. If she was less restrained she might indeed have started screaming herself. She certainly felt like screaming. It would be a moment before Mirai was significantly enough herself again and her thoughts and curiosities about the “required activity” had subsided. It would only be after this that she would clear her throat and, without looking at Roshi, say, “I, um, can’t see anyone around here. Should we try looking somewhere else?”

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 Posted: Apr 21 2017, 08:11 PM
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Thus, the two students awkwardly stood at the katsu-maru shrine. Upon further inspection the small wooden shrine was quite beautiful. Made from fine lacquered wood it had a small white statue inside of the Japanese fertility and luck goddess Kisshoten. The figure looked to be incredibly well made, and clearly had carved with absolute care. To the left of the shrine stood a few stone carvings of very happy looking children.

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Two things would now be clear to them. The first being that the student the two had come to look for was definitely not here. The second was that this was clearly a shrine for fertility and asking protection for children. The couple had likely come to wish for a healthy birth and a good fortune for the child they would soon have. For the two students however, screaming and clearly red faces aside, they had at least cleared one of the three areas they had planned to search. Also, hopefully the running and screaming would help get their blood bumping, to held keep them warm in the now heavily falling rain.

Meanwhile, the monk they passed shook his head a bit.
"That man has good reflexes. I'm sure he will make a fine father. He is also not stingy with money. Bless him." and proceeded inside the middle shrine, the shrine of the holy eye.

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 Posted: Apr 28 2017, 03:36 AM
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He never asked for this... Roshi had been thumping his head against...well, whatever was available and not immediately sacrilegious to do so. A railing, a post, whatever fit the venue - just as long as it got the idea that had been planted in there would fall right back out again. The regular thumping would probably remind one of a water garden with their lovely bamboo fountains. You know the type. Roshi continued this until Mirai suggested that they go, which caused him to straighten up suddenly and say...

"Yes please, and thank you."

Of course, they had to be a little more careful going down, than they did up. You may recall that Soutaro-san had warned them of the dangerous of slipping and falling in this particular area. Roshi had been in something of a hurry, just to make sure that their guy hadn't taken a great fall, but now they were running the risk, just somewhat. Fortunately, as they were not in a limp and protected against the rain, the two of them easily made it down, where - as they moved along - they could overhear a monk speaking. That made Roshi screech to a halt, metaphorically, and make a U-turn in reality. Very soon, he'd catch up to the monk going into the Holy-Eye. Hopefully catching him before he set about to prayer, he would ask him...

"Excuse me, but did you see a tall student with brown hair, green eyes, and a limp?"

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 Posted: May 3 2017, 05:55 AM
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Mirai was only too happy to follow Roshi, even through the downpour and the slippery streets. It may have been a beautiful little shrine but if she’d known someone would say something to her like what that couple had said she would have preferred never to come here in the first place.

Scampering after Roshi, Mirai started to pull out the map again to double check where they were going; however, as soon as she began to unfold it she noticed the rather irritating problem that a paper map in the rain would soon be soaked and thus rendered useless. She’d have to find some shelter or something to stand under to give her somewhere to check the map with exposing it to the rain too much. She glanced around, wondering if maybe the side of a building would block the rain enough to check the map, but then she noticed that Roshi was headed towards the monk and, actually, asking the monk if he’d seen the boy they were looking for was a better idea, wasn’t it?

She approached the monk too, and nodded as Roshi asked the question. “Yes, we’re trying to find him.”

With any luck, this monk would have seen something… if not, it meant another slog through the city in this dreadful weather. Mirai clasped her hands behind her back, hoping for good news.

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 Posted: May 6 2017, 09:45 PM
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Before the monk could make it inside the Heavne's Eye Temple he was stopped by the two from earlier as they suddenly asked him questions about a person they had been looking for. Instantly the monk frowned a bit as he looked at the two. Maybe he was wrong in his original assessment. Dragging a pregnant woman running, through the rain? What kind of father could this man really turn out to be? It seemed he absolutely wanted his wife to have health issues. Unless, maybe since the two of them are still young they didn't really want a kid? How tragic could you be to do something like this?

Turning to Mirai the monk began praying a long series of Buddhist sutras praying for both Mirai and her unborn child. Once the monk had finished he looked at Roshi.
"I'm afraid i haven't. People come and go from this area quite often." he wanted to then yell at Roshi to get his girlfriend inside, however it wasn't a monk's place. Especially not a monk as young as himself. A young monk's life was full of important cleaning duties. Duties that right now seemed to be getting interrupted.
"You are welcome to check the inside of the temple." the monk said politely and quickly walked towards the temple.

The temple itself was a large spiral. It had three floors, a large ground around it, and in the distance a small barn in which to keep livestock. Over all the temple itself looked like some kind of spiral shell.

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 Posted: May 10 2017, 05:53 PM
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At this point, Roshi wished that he HAD borrowed Hakuro's attire. At least, thenn, if they made this bizarre mistake to think that they were even somehow in a relationship or even close to having a kid, they would think it was the Hatto-san and not him.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Meanwhile, in a diner, Hakuro felt a sudden chill go up his spine.

"Not sure, but I think that means I made the right move, not strolling around the shrines today."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

At any rate...assuming nobody else decided to do weird things to them and stuff...the long and the short of it was that the monk hadn't seen anything useful because there were far too many people to keep track of in his daily routine. Made sense, really. He's a busy monk. Of course, they were welcome to check the shrine, but there was also a barn nearby. Brainflash! He turned to Mirai.

"He could be in the shrine, but he could also be in that barn. How about I brave the barn, 'cause it...probably smells in there, and you start on the shrine? If I don't see anyone, I'll join you to help look around."

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 Posted: May 14 2017, 01:39 AM
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Mirai watched the monk as she waited for him to finish his sutras and and answer their question.

“You haven’t?” Mirai’s face did fall a little; it seemed their search wouldn’t end here after all. She sighed, but smiled at and bowed to the monk. “Thank you anyway.” Mirai supposed he had a point about people coming and going; it would be hard to keep track of everyone.

The monk did have another suggestion for them though: they could check inside the temple. It appeared to be several floors high and in the shape of… a spiral? Mirai wondered how long it would take them to check the place.

Mirai nodded at Roshi’s suggestion of splitting up, even if she was a bit bemused by his talk about it smelling there. “OK. I think that’s a good idea.” Right then she just wanted to be out of the Katsu-maru shrine and onto the next place as soon as they could - then she could forget about that embarrassing pregnancy incident - and if they went to search a place each they’d get it done more quickly for sure. She headed straight for the temple and slipped off her shoes as she stepped through the doorway. It made sense to search from the bottom floor up, so here was where she would begin.

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 Posted: May 21 2017, 01:51 PM
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With searching roles decided the two young students split up. Mirai was first as she went into the shrine proper, taking off her shoes on the way. The large Pagoda was truly grand. Though mostly wood it seemed to be a rare dark wood with an expensive varnish. It was clear that when the pagoda was built whoever had it commissioned had quite a bit of money. In spite of how old it was it barely creaked as Mirai walked across the floor and seemed as though it had just been built yesterday. On the first floor was a small shrine to Buddha with incense burning next to it, as well as a few wall scrolls of western Asia. Inside the Pagoda, however, she didn't seem to find anyone. Just various rooms containing small places for private meditation or one on one meetings. If Mirai looked up from the middle of the first floor she would find a large spiral staircase that would take her to the second floor.

Meanwhile Roshi braved the rain and went to the barn. He would find it to be a surprisingly simple barn four horses inside. What would likely surprise anyone was how clean the barn was. The hay seemed extremely well maintained and it didn't smell as much as one would expect of a small barn in an Edo storm. The small barn had a center lane with two horses on each side in individual corrals. Currently a rather depressed looking boy in simple clothing was feeding the four horses. He was a young man around Roshi's age that clearly matched the description he and Mirai had been given. The man simply sighed and pet the horses a bit as they ate from the brain filled muzzles he attached to them. It seemed his mind was so many other places that he didn't even notice as Roshi walked in.

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 Posted: May 22 2017, 10:15 AM
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Admittely, he was giving Mirai the hard job, at least at the start, but for her to be even stuck doing it alone, he would have to basically luck out in...this...uhh...barn?

Well, okay. Looks like he found 'im.

It occurred to Roshi that it probably would've been a good idea for him to have gotten Mirai's phone number, since calling her up and saying 'Hey, I found our guy' would certainly be helpful now. The best he could hope for was that, if he didn't show up in there, she would realize he wasn't coming and that she should go back to the barn.

So, their guy, then. He fit the description, at least, even though he wasn't in uniform. Then again, neither was Roshi. He didn't have to. The other boy was tending the horses, which was nice. He decided to approach this as he was: A guy getting out of the rain. He let out an audible sigh, taking off his hat as he walked in.

"Whoo, that got rainy in a hurry."

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Mirai padded through the pagoda, marvelling at it. The wood it was built of looked rich and dark and highly varnished; it looked like whoever had built this shrine had poured a lot of effort and money into it. The floor didn't even creak as she crossed the room, glancing here and there to see if there was any sign of the boy they were seeking. She peeked into each of the little side rooms and wished she could properly examine the shrine to the Buddha and the wall scrolls but she had more important things to do right at that moment. The atmosphere inside the pagoda, especially considering that there didn’t seem to be anyone else about on this floor, was silent in a kind of reverent way, like silent was the way it was supposed to be. Maybe a broken-hearted boy would find this a good place to escape to…?

She briefly wondered how Roshi was doing over at the barn, but that was his job and not hers, so she focused back on the the task at hand.

There wasn’t anything for it but to tackle that impressive-looking staircase and see what was on the other floors, then. Perhaps she would have better luck there. Mirai headed back to the centre of the room to climb the staircase.

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The staircase was winding and grand indeed. As Mirai proceeded upward she would come to a large room full of various small statues and what appeared to be various trinkets from mainland Asia. The entire room was draped in a lovely red and gold coloring with a large status of Buddha on one end of the room. On the other was the start of still another winding staircase up. As Mirai looked closer towards the Buddha statue she would notice three figures that blended in well with the room. Dressed in the same red and gold colors as the room itself three monks slowly breathed in, chanted a few sutras, then breathed out. It would be obvious to anyone that the three currently sat in the middle of a special meditative prayer. Next to the stairwell would be a small plaque with the following inscription.
"The more one closes one's own eyes, the more one begins to see the truth." and then the name of the monk who it was quoted from. Clearly the purpose of this floor was to remind the monks in Northern Edo of mainland Asia and of the roots of Buddhism. If Mirai closer her eyes she would hear the soft neigh of a horse outside as well as the steady rain drops against the temple's walls.

Meanwhile outside Roshi didn't seem to be noticed by the boy. As one of the horses let out a soft neigh sound the boy turned and took notice of the new intruder.
"Whoo, that got rainy in a hurry." Roshi opened with. The boy in the horse stable simply looked at him a bit and brushed the horse that had neighed. As he tried a loud thunderclap echoed across the sky causing all of the horses to quickly get up and rear a bit, spooked. The boy Roshi had found said a few soft words to the horses and attempted to calm them down.
"Please don't make any sudden movements. Horses are easily spooked." he said with a nod. He didn't seem to take much stock in Roshi's appearance. After all if Roshi had shown up wearing an Edo Bugei uniform that would have been a different story.

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It wasn't his presence that spooked the horses, thank god. No, it was the thunderclap, which had startled him into a flinch that caused him to drop his hat. When the boy mentioned not to make any sudden movements, he went "Okay" and bent over to pick up his hat...hopefully finding it not to have landed in anything. He noted how easily he seemed to handle those horses.

"You're pretty good with them. D'you take care of them regularly?"

He was just opening up some conversation through innocent curiosity. Potentially, this could lead into the part he came here for, though there was no guarantee...

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It wasn’t just the quality of the architecture that had had money poured into it like it was water; the room was full of statues and trinkets and red and gold drapings that probably cost a lot. Mirai glanced around the room but couldn’t spot anyone but three monks deep in prayer (who she didn’t even notice the first time she looked, the colour of their robes camouflaged them against the drapings) so she crept over to the stairwell with the intention of checking out the third and final floor. Mirai noticed a plaque next to the stairs so she stopped to read it.

The more one closes one's own eyes, the more one begins to see the truth. Mirai frowned at the inscription. She’d never been the best at interpreting philosophical quotes like that one and she wasn’t familiar with the monk who the quote was attributed to, which in turn just made her feel like a bad buddhist, but that wasn’t what she was supposed to focusing on. Actually, this plaque wasn’t what she was supposed to be focusing on either; she was supposed to be finding a broken-hearted boy and that meant finishing her search of this temple. She continued up the next set of stairs, trying to tread as carefully as she could so as not to disturb the monks.

((OOC: she’s too stupid to figure out that she should hear the horses and go back outside, I’m sorry xD))

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"You're pretty good with them. D'you take care of them regularly?" Roshi asked. The mysterious boy tending to the horses just whispered to them in response. The horses calmed down a bit as the boy gently brushed one of them and turned to Roshi.
"No. Just visiting." he said and kept brushing the horse. He was clearly doing his best to keep the horses calm as the storm outside began to pick up more. The boy didn't seem that bothered by Roshi's presence. For someone who ran away from the school one would assume this boy would be scared of someone finding him. Though it was hard to tell if the boy was remaining calm for the sake of the horses, or if he genuinely didn't think Roshi to be of Bugei stock.

Meanwhile in the temple Mirai proceeded up the stairs. This time it would take her some time as she walked up what must have felt like a million steps. Outside the storm would get worse and rage on more. The higher she went the louder the storm would be, the thunder even causing the temple to shake a bit until finally Mirai reached the top. It was a simple room with four large windows. From here, in spite of the loud noises and excessive amount of rain drops covering the windows, she would be able to see a great deal of Northern Edo. She could see a few houses in the distance with lights on, a horse stable with two lamps, and a few smaller temples and groups of people moving around the area. It would be a truly beautiful view. If she looked up she would see an incredible ceiling mural of the Buddha in meditation.


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