[Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

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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[Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:56 pm

As Mirumoto Kyoshiro finishes his demonstration of the Mirumoto School, there is a brief deliberation of the judges. Provided none object, Togashi Gozato shifts forward.

"As eight is the number of the kami who founded the Emerald Empire, so to do we recognize it as a most auspicious number," states the elder ise zumi, his voice quiet but pitched to carry. His breath between sentences show him to be slightly winded by talking, but he perseveres. "It is the finding of these judges that all who have stood before us are of equal worth and adequate skill. We are honored by their talent and by the demonstration of their service to their Clan. They bring glory to these proceedings."

With a nod, a series of chops are brought before Togashi Gozato by one of the students. They are placed in a small silk bag, and held at an arm's length for him to draw and announce the pairings.

((OOC - This thread will be updated with more of a description once Fukurokujin posts the results of Mirumoto TBD.

The pairings are random, performed by Gozato placing a series of chops into a bag and pulling out one, then another. In order to save time, here are the pairings for Round 1:

Soshi Kazusa vs Shiba Michio
Daigotsu Yukari vs Yasuki Yamase
Akodo Kibo vs Mirumoto Kyoshiro
Utaku Yamada vs Kakita Karasu

These are all Iaijutsu Duels to the First Blood, with live steel. If either party of each pairing would like a third party to do the dice rolling, I would put forward myself or GM Fukurokujin. Please contact me or Fuku by PM, including the other half of your pairing. Otherwise, I trust you all to make this interesting and fun for each other, and may Fortune favor the bold!

Any Kata activated during the Kata Demonstration portion of this event are still active. This proceeds after a brief deliberation by the judges, and should be not enough time for a Tea Ceremony or Meditation rolls.))
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Re: [Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:07 am

"The first pairing shall be... Soshi Kazusa of the Scorpion Clan and... Shiba Michio of the Phoenix Clan."

Togashi Gozato gestures for the two duelists to take their place on the mat with his fan. He watches their duel. As Kazusa strike true, Gozato lifts his fan in her direction.

"Victor... Soshi Kazusa of the Scorpion Clan."

He sets the chop belonging to Kazusa aside, and reaches for the next.
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Re: [Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:11 am

"The second pairing shall be... Daigotsu Yukari of the Spider Clan and... Yasuki Yamase of the Crab Clan."

Togashi Gozato gestures with his fan for the two duelists to take their place before the assembly. He uses the time to catch his breath, and watches as their duel proceeds. There is a moment after Yukari's blow where Gozato watches carefully, and as the point is conceded he nods with approval.

"Victor... Daigotsu Yukari of the Spider Clan."

He sets aside Yukari's chop, and reaches towards the silken bag to remove the next.
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Re: [Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:17 am

"The third pairing shall be... Akodo Kibo of the Lion Clan and... Mirumoto Kyoshiro of the Dragon Clan."

The elder ise zumi gestures with his fan for the two duelists to take their place before the assembly. There is glance towards each as he takes their measure, nodding faintly to himself in approval. He watches as their duel proceeds, and keeps his expression suitably stoic as both competitors strike simultaneously.

The judges turn to confer for the moment. Feeling the mood of the judges, Kyoshiro sheathes his blades and bows to the judges. "If it would please the judges, I will withdraw. While I feel my skill was superior, he had far more power. Had this been to the death, I most surely would be."

As Kyoshiro announces his withdrawal, Togashi Gozato shifts forward. He bows to his fellow Dragon Clan member.

"You honor us all with your courtesy, Mirumoto-sama," offers the elder ise zumi. "Thank you for the demonstration of your skill."

With that, his fan gestures towards Akodo Kibo.

"Victor... Akodo Kibo of the Lion Clan."

He sets aside the chop with Akodo Kibo's name, and goes to pulls for the next pairing.
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Re: [Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Wed Mar 08, 2017 2:18 am

"The third pairing shall be... Utaku Yamada of the Unicorn Clan and... Kakita Karasu of the Crane Clan."

The elder ise zumi gestures with his fan for the two duelists to take their place before the assembly. There is glance towards each as he takes their measure, nodding faintly to himself in approval. He watches as their duel proceeds, and keeps his expression suitably stoic.

The duelists leap into action, and a blade flashes out. Compared the previous pairing's circumstances, the ending of this one was more obvious. Gozato's fan gestures towards Kakita Karasu.

"Victor... Kakita Karasu of the Crane Clan."
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Re: [Day 25 - Early Afternoon] Round 1 Pairings

Postby Togashi Gozato » Wed Mar 08, 2017 1:39 pm

With all four of the first rounds resolved, Togashi Gozato lifts his fan. As he announces each name, he places the chop in the silken bag again.

"Advancing to the next round... Soshi Kazusa of the Scorpion Clan. Daigotsu Yukari of the Spider Clan. Akodo Kibo of the Lion Clan. Kakita Karasu of the Crane Clan."

With each name returned to the bag, Gozato pauses to gather his breath before preparing to announce the next round.
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