[Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

A series of tatami floored rooms ring the dojo. At any given time, wooden and bamboo practice swords can be heard clacking or the sensei lecturing students. Peculiarly enough, compared to most dojo, these sensei speak with more questions than orders. Here, one corner of the ground floor has been reserved for guests to practice their own martial arts. At the center, a larger tatami floor spreads against a short conclave of bleachers. The east wall is occupied by a trio of shrines to Mirumoto, Shinsei and Togashi. A single stone at the base marks the grave of Mirumoto Hojatsu. Akin to the shrine in the village, a banner hangs with the words "Neither Will I."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Suzume Kenichi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:07 pm

Shosuro Megumi wrote:She was sure she would get him. How he managed to tap her wrist just as she cleared her sword was beyond her.

She just stares in astonishment for a heartbeat or two before laughing in delight.

"I still have much to learn, Suzume-sensei. This pleases me!" She bows. "Thank you for the match. I might have lost, but I feel I can carry my katana without shame." She grins. "Still, I was so sure I would strike first. Amazing..."


Kenichi remains in his final position for a few moments longer. His strike was almost meditative and his connection to the void is obviously strong. He blinks his eyes and returns to his stance before bowing.

"If this is what you are like as a novice, you will be striking first before long. You made me dig a little deeper, and that is no bad thing."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:10 pm

Finally, the Kabuto is placed upon her head, mempo firmly fastened into place. A final bow of thanks, and then Yamase is gone; replaced with a weapon of war intent upon the destruction of the enemy of the Crab. Or at least, the training for it.

As she slides her daisho into place, she moves carefully, if obviously loudly, to pick up a bokken and begin the few moments of training she would be able to complete, before court would necessitate reversing the long process.
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Shosuro Megumi » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:47 pm

Suzume Kenichi wrote:Kenichi remains in his final position for a few moments longer. His strike was almost meditative and his connection to the void is obviously strong. He blinks his eyes and returns to his stance before bowing.

"If this is what you are like as a novice, you will be striking first before long. You made me dig a little deeper, and that is no bad thing."


Megumi inclines her head in acknowledgement.

"Hardly a novice at the blade. And I'm an experienced shugenja, favored by the Air Kami, oh, and a courtier. It is just a matter of bringing all these pieces together and gain experience at the specific techniques.

And I can not complain about my teachers, of course..."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:25 am

Yamase clunks her way towards the Tsuruchi.

"Tsuruchi-san; I hope we can share a quick word?"
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:31 am

Yasuki Yamase wrote:Yamase clunks her way towards the Tsuruchi.

"Tsuruchi-san; I hope we can share a quick word?"


Mao finished her next draw before nodding to the Crab.

"Of course, Yasuki-san."
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"Why can't I make arrows from this bamboo? Why else is it planted here?"

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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:42 am

The clanking mass of Yasuki and Iron bows a bit.

"As you may know, I acted at the dais to insure the Mantis clan pays taxes on the holdings now trusted to your clan based on the word of the Imperial Treasurer. I apologize for not informing you prior to my deed; but as I have informed Yoritomo Kuniken, one of the reasons for my action was in support of your bid to become Champion."

She turns slightly. "As the delegation head of those Mantis from Zogeku informed me that Crab would be killed on sight in the former colonies, I could not dutifully stand silent and see someone who has declared my clan criminals, and not recanted after our apology to his family, rise to such a height."
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Wed Mar 01, 2017 3:49 am

Mao looked confused. "How does making Zogeku pay taxes help any of the trials?"
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"Why can't I make arrows from this bamboo? Why else is it planted here?"

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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:00 am

"Before the Imperial Treasurer's words they were Imperial lands taken over by interlopers because the Imperial families did not have the power to hold them. After her words, they are officially Mantis lands, governed by the Mantis." Pausing a moment, she shifts her footing so as not to dent the floor.

"Each clan self-governs the lands entrusted to them by the Emperor. Their word is law, so long as the laws of the Emperor are not overridden." The next part she is less sure about, "I believe the only thing closer is if the Mantis now give up control of that land and names a portion of their population as no longer Mantis, but Zogekuan. As my deed was done, no other could repeat it. As I do not intend to become Champion myself, nor do I wish for your clan to be leaderless, I must therefore pledge the deed as done in another's name, no?"
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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Tsuruchi Mao » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:05 am

Mao nodded in understanding. "Yes, I see now. I admit, I don't know what I have done to earn this consideration from you, Yasuki-san."
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"Why can't I make arrows from this bamboo? Why else is it planted here?"

As of Day 13, carries a strip of black cloth in her obi upon which is stitched a kingfisher in blue and orange.

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Re: [Day 22 - EM] - Bokkens Before Breakfast (Iaijutsu edition)

Postby Yasuki Yamase » Wed Mar 01, 2017 4:09 am

She waves a hand about the dojo. "You seek to improve, even from those you have reason to think of as enemy. I have seen and spoken to many leaders, despite my youth. The best of them do the same, in a world where there is daily new firsts. I have not seen the same from any others of your clan competing."
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