[Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

A row of storehouses have been converted into guest quarters just north-facing the training grounds. The Crane Clan Occupy the center-left building. Their accommodations are modestly furnished with notable works of art taking up one sliding door wall in the middle. One panel is a painting of Shiro Daidoji, the matching panel reveals a di-glyph, showing a landscape of the Kosaten Province beyond.
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[Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Fri Mar 03, 2017 7:23 pm

The following letter is pushed under Daidoji Nazomi's normally closed door. It is written on the finest white paper, and the ink is an attention-catching red. It smells of the incense used often at the shrine of the daisho in the main Embassy.

The letter reads:
To Daidoji Nozomi-sama, Shireikan of the Iron Warriors
Court draws to a close and our final petition draws near. We shall try to secure for you the very last intelligences that can be procured, and set in place the very last items that can be set in place, before this court comes to an end. But it is necessary before we finish our final moves, write our last haiku, that we completely understand your assessment of the military situation which we face. We are sorry we have not been able to secure you more intelligence, but what we have, we present to you.

The current status of our affairs in our understanding is this:

  • During this period of peace, the enemy has been rebuilding. Increasing his fortifications, developing his troops. He has waited to see if we will fall into degradation and ruin. But in any event, the peace has not been caused by internal weakness.
  • Internal factions damage the Onyx. They are fighting internally over power. Kanpeki is strongly in power, and binds them hard, but may be pushing too hard. The gift of the Onyx in itself is a signal that this has occurred, but we have more proof in the letter found by Doji Arami.
  • The Scorpion, we believe, stand ready to betray, and they have the tools to do so. But they have not done so yet.
  • The Lion have Akodo Kano stand as Shogun with the support of many clans.
  • The Crab retreat south to retake the wall.
  • The Mantis divisions have ceased, with the Mantis to be fortified shortly by those of Zogeku who wish to return to Father Emerald. The rest of Zogeku who wish to stay the child of Daughter Ivory do stand ready to ally with us. Zogeku will attempt freeing the Fox Lands.
  • The Phoenix have dismissed the Ryu, but their Shugenja and Bushi stand ready to join the other units and fight at the direction of the Lion.
  • The Unicorn are prepared to strike out and begin the reclamation of their lands, as discussed previously.
  • The Last Legion has been approved as an Imperial Legion, and while its general remains in chains, it in itself is a mighty fighting unit that will report to the Shogun.

I will attempt to secure more specific intelligence shortly. But with this information, we need to know if the situation for the Empire seems promising with this wide range of forces in play, or if, in your opinion, more is required.

For a less than victory from this range of forces, all the strength left in the Empire, will mean the defeat of all the clans. And we have one last contribution to offer, though we understand the cost.

Nozomi-sama, we believe the time has come for the strike. One strike. But we know the cost. We know that there may well be betrayal down the line and it will cost us all. But when the duelist enters the ring, they must give of their whole selves, fully commit to the blow, no matter the cost.

Only you can decide if this is the time. If it is, we must commit to the strike now.

I will take the steps to save what remains.

Yours ever in gratitude and service,

Kakita Kyoumi



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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Sun Mar 05, 2017 5:56 am

Additional information is affixed to the note as it comes:

[Day 24 EE]
The Unicorn Battlemaiden Utako Yamada, the Unicorn's finest warrior beyond their Champion, believes that the battle cannot be won, based on her understanding of current circumstances. While our odds are positive against conventional armies, against the armies of Jigoku and the dead, the battle cannot be won for long. She looks to fight and have a solution from the heavens be presented.
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:54 pm

Additional information is affixed to the note as it comes:

[Day 24 Midday]
The Kaiu Warmaster, Kaiu Oda, believes that the alliance assembled is one of the most formidable forces in the Empire's history. Were that full might to be unleashed we would cause more damage to the forces of Kanpeki than any have yet achieved in the course of this war. And yet even this would not be enough to defeat the Onyx. For the forces of Jigoku are nearly limitless. Every oni we cut down will, in time, return through the Pit. And he doubts the Oni Lords indignity at following the lead of a mortal alone will be enough to cause them to rise up against him when they have a common enemy in us. As much as we have accomplished already we must gather even more might to our side."

More is required.

I will gain as much intelligence as I can in the remaining day of Day 25. Then we will come to you to make help make our final decisions. We are not Daidoji. You cannot ask us to decide this thing for you.
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:21 pm

Put with the note is a fat scrollcase, containing the Statement of Intent of the Spider, for what use it might offer.
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Daidoji Nozomi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:10 pm

A reply was sent the next morning, written in perfect penmanship.

Kyoumi-san,

All of this intelligence presented is very interesting and should prove useful when delivered to the Shogun. As to how this counter offensive is to be executed is a matter of discussion for minds far more involved with matters of war than everyone here. That is not to say our part cannot be done. When the thaw comes, the first task of our messengers will be to immediately send words to our best ships plan a voyage to Merenae. Trading for their technology will be indispensible in the coming months. Our conscripts will need to be well fed in the meantime. At the least, training them to use firearms will be the easypart. Let us hope the Shogun is wise in the deployment of our arquebussiers.

Keep me informed and send a report of the meeting from last as well. Thank you.

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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:21 pm

Doji Arami wrote:...

Kyoumi passes Nozomi's note back on the morning of Day 25 to Doji Arami, so he may add a summary of the previous night's meeting to the other intelligence within the growing stack of intelligence.

Arami provides full and well document notes. (Thread is ongoing)
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:26 pm

Kyoumi adds another piece of intelligence to the pile on Day 25 Midday:

I have spoken to Shiba Michio of the Phoenix. Without the power of the chained dragons, they can make the war last, given supplies, but there will be no victory. More is required. Only the heavens can fix this. But the Phoenix do not know how.

<OOC: Waiting on battle roll results, but trying>
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Tue Mar 07, 2017 10:26 pm

Kyoumi adds another piece of intelligence to the pile on Day 25 Midday also:

The Lion have reviewed all the information provided by the Scorpion, though Arami-sama has the full report of that. They see no solution for a military victory, but also hope for some sort of unknown spiritual victory. They do not propose full out assault, but careful manuevering and holding actions that will buy time until spiritual solutions are found.

I have ventured to them a proposal for a petition to loosen the restrictions on the use of gaijin pepper and guns. They will argue against it, but I don't think they will argue hard.
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Re: [Day 24 Midday] Request for Battle Information

Postby Kakita Kyoumi » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:32 am

Kyoumi stacks on her final piece of intelligence on the stack to wait for Nozomi.

The scorpion believe all hangs with Kanpeki, and will not fall unless he does. Even if he does the clans will need to cooperate fully if we are to proceed.the They offer detailed and continued intelligence about the location of Onyx forces throughout and near our territories in exchange for the promise of support in court for regaining their place in the Empire when Kanpeki is defeated. I said I would put the question to you. They will draw up a treaty.

Not that it is helpful, but, the Yogo is studying how the distancing of Tengoku and the ascension of Hantei XL have affected NIngen-do's relations with other realms. He is dangerous. We have deciphered notes and he has given us more.



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