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Sasori



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:14 pm    Post subject: "The Iron hand of Justice" Reply with quote

The sun blazed down upon the Island of Keshi as the peasants toiled to plat this seasons rice crop. The castle of the chosokabe clan was set upon the side of a great cliff looking out over the great southern sea, today in the brilliance of the sun it caused the waves glimmer with the light of gemstones before they crashed upon the shore.

A lone rider could be seen making his way with all haste towards the outer wall. His Kimono was covered in dust, the general detritus of the road. The horse itself was an impressive beast but its flanks were also covered in sweat, the animal panted at a state of near complete exhaustion.

Upon arriving at the outer gate and being asked his business the rider offered a reply and was allowed to enter. Dismounting his steed and allowing a groom to escort the animal to the stable the Samurai made his way towards the Kyuden proper. He refused a bath and fresh clothing before entering the main court chamber.

Music was going played as he entered and the smell of incense hung heavy in the air. The music was cut short at the interruption.

"My Lord Sasori" the voice was clipped and emotionless the voice of a Samurai "I bring you urgent correspondence from Kayaku-Taun"

From his throne upon the the seated Figure moved only barely "Hai ?"...A hand was extended with a finger pointing towards the interloper. At the signal a court attendant moved forwards. He bowed to the newcomer who for his part returned the gesture before reaching into the inner folds of his clothing he withdrew a sealed envelope handing it to the attendant.

When it was presented to him Sasori opened the envelope handing the outer layer of paper to his steward before reading

"Yuzki Naobou-San my overseer in Gunpowder Town informs us his Daughter has dishonored her virtue with a Gaijinn and fallen pregnant with his bastard child" pausing for a moment the lord of Keshi took a sip of water from a silver cup placed beside him "He asks my permission to have his daughter crucified and the father castered and placed on public viewing for the offense done to his honor...Bemusing" the voice is utterly impassive
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Mini Darkling



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aldurel laughed from the chair on which he was lounging. "You Thunderese" he said, "so worried about purity and dignity. You need to liven up"
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usagi



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmm? Liven up?
perhaps that is for the best though we do take the well being of those of keshi quite seriously, it is our duty and place to do so.
Usagi stands from his seat and makes his way towards where the messenger gave his report to Sasori to address directly those here.

It's a repeating story of the ages, a father having trouble controlling a willful daughter not realizing that attempting that control is what drove her away and fuels that rebellious side of her, The gaijin of Kayaku town are guests here, they were invited when they were refugees but have been allowed to remain past that time and find a new home here at Sasori-donos generosity, they enjoy our hospitality, this includes certain rights not normally given out to the gaijin, they may accept the gifts given to them.
However I do find myself annoyed that this father would request to deprive Sasori of not just one samurai but another one soon to be born into that caste, for the sake of revenge for a slight against his families honour, of which he himself is at the center of and further he seeks to disgrace our hospitality by seeking vengeance on one who is not only a guest but also of future importance to a would be life.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shugi pondered for a moment, looking up from his books. "What is the Gaijin's profession?" The Chief Physician asked calmly. "Is the daughter already married, or arranged to be wed? I believe more information is required for fair judgement to be passed."

Shugi finished his writings and put his pen down, committing to the conversation. "This woman and her lover could still serve Keshi and you my lord, it would be a shame to lose their lives when something could be done." He finished.
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Sasori



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Aldurel-San we are more then willing to accept that when you first came to this world you spent your time in a shard where the only culture they may have had is sitting in mud huts telling stories of some self perceived glories, however here in the Thunders offenses to honor must be taken rather more seriously"

Leaning back in his chair Sasori taps a single metal finger to his lower lip as he mulled over the words spoken

"Usagi-San you speak of robbing one of my Samurai and servants and indeed this may in fact be the case, You also speak of the fact the Citizens of Kayaku-Taun are our guests and this is indeed also the case however were a guest to come into your home, eat your food, drink your sake and then deflower your child one would assume you might not be best pleased with his actions in that case ?"

"As to the girls Martial status Shugi-San" Sasori allows his eyes to flash over the letter again Quickly "It makes no mention of this, one can however assume as it is a grieving father and not an enraged spouse who has penned me this then that might well answer elements of that question. The mans profession and such are not listed here"
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Sam The Shugi



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The father has been wronged. Of that there is no question. However this union is a presumably consensual decision of 2 other adults. That should be taken into consideration. Could the Gaijin not pay in some other way?"

Taking a long sip from his tea, Shugi pondered before adding "I know they are gaijin, and usually we would not consider their happiness. However they are more than guests now. They have settled, they contribute to Keshi and to the thunders. They provide us something we would struggle to produce otherwise. Perhaps a marriage between thunderese and gaijin would allow them to intergrate into our society rather than keeping to their own squirrelled in their own little community. Who better to take up the task of teaching them to be more civilised than the daughter of a samurai and her child? Make them happy to be here rather than serving us in fear. That would be my train of thought"
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usagi



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You speak true Sasori-dono, though fortunately that doesn't appear to be the case here, and if a guest who I've invited into my home, eats and drinks with me and mine, and one of my family takes a liking to them that is a very different state of affairs is it not? Likewise we can safely assume by the letter that this Gaijin in question didn't force himself or it would of been something of important note and we would already be flaying the perpetrator.

Still I suppose Yuzki Naobou-San does have a point, his family are very traditional and it appears his permission was never sought for this relationship, likely due to his almost certainly refusing such a thing, it is a slight against him and he would lose face should he not take action, sending us this letter has allowed him to avoid this, whatever this court decides he will have to accept regardless...the action is made, whatever the result, he suffers, they suffer, no one suffers his families and his personal honour are untarnished.

Hisakawa-san does make an interesting line of thought, while the youngest of Kayaku-taun will form bonds far more easily, the of age residents will take some...work.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 12:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Tanuki Samurai Ichiro Kage bowed to indicate he wished to contribute to the courtly debate.

"My Lord your overseer Yuzki Naobou-san has been insulted by this gaijin. The gaijin- if measured by our customs has broken the tenets of bushido. He has been discourteous to the station of the overseer, he has been dishonourable in consummating a relationship without marriage and using the daughter as a cheap shiko- I believe the gaijin word is whore. He has been cowardly in failing to to openly request to court the daughter. He has been dishonest in not declaring his feelings. He has been disloyal to the father in posing as an ally and in getting her into this predicament. This shows his insincerity in being a true mate for her and I could argue he lacks compassion for the daughter too if he had the foresight to understand the consequences. For him, death is the only answer. The manner of which should be decided by the overseer."

The Tanuki sniffed the air and nodded as if in contemplation.

"However, he is gaijin, and not samurai. Therefore holding him so firmly to the tenets of courtesy, compassion, courage, sincerity, honesty, loyalty and honour could be seen as foolish or unfair. He should respect the ways of the Thunders and by any measurement of integrity he is wrong. In the Thunders we think of family first, our clan first. Selfish desires bring down clans. Therefore his crime is against the whole town. His punishment must give back what he has taken and to stain the honour of a noble demands this. The daughter, if samurai could be allowed to commit jigai or banished and made ronin. Perhaps banishment may be an answer. If she is not of the samurai caste then a different punishment could suffice."

The Tanuki snarled as he uttered the final piece of advise.

"My Lord, I advise that you to remove Yuzki Naobou-san for he has shown weakness. A true overseer would have dealt with this shame privately and not allowed this disharmony to infect your court. A man of his station has the power to silence such shame inside his own house and turn the gaijin over to you or turn him into food for the crows. Is gunpowder town not ours? Does he not have the power as overseer to deal with this himself? Are the gaijin people he must please and diplomatically dance around? I would recommend the second son of every gaijin family there be conscripted to become budoka were they can learn the seven virtues, defend the town as doshin and be shining examples of how to honour the celestial dragon."
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Sam The Shugi



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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 1:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ichiro-san, you are of course correct, your strict adherence to the Bushido code is an inspiration to us all."

Shugi turns to the tanuki to look him in the eyes. "However there is one thing I wish to contest. I believe the father commited no offence in bringing this matter to the court. While it is true that he could have handled the matter privately he showed foresight to instead ask for our guidance. Kayaku town represents something new to the thunders, and brings many challenges. If he had simply killed the gaijin it could have ruffled the rest of them. Their unease could then escalate, and the town represents a significant investment of resources as well as a risk to how we are perceived."

Taking a long sigh as he considers all the possibilities, Hisakawa-san concluded "I believe we should encourage our people to come to us to resolve these matters. Such situations should be handled carefully."
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tanuki nods to Shugi-san

"A compassionate view of our vassals is not without merit. It depends on how much autonomy our Lord expects from overseers. I assume these gaijin are followers and therefore serve the samurai caste present. Obedience should not be in question. All castes serve the celestial order from the lowly eta to the noble kuge caste. A possible rebellion is... unheard of unless these people have less honour than those in in so called Sanctuary. The father has lost honour and face amongst his peers by wallowing in his shame. He is still loyal nonetheless. Perhaps our Sensei-Shugi has wisdom for casting away a vassal that still functions is unwise. Especially when he adheres to the other tenets still. It should be determined that he does not fear the gaijin yet does act with measured compassion. Should this be so, the overseer could be set a challenge to rebuild his honour and cleanse his shame providing our lord sees this as redeemable. It is not without precedent. Although the loyalty of the gaijin villagers should be determined. I highly recommend the installment of budoka."
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The inhabitants of Kayaku-Taun are our honored guests" Sasori pauses to reread the letter still clutched in his hand "We have made every attempt to make them comfortable due to their purpose, namely the creation of Masuketto to outfit the army as per our agreement with Imagawa-Sama"

Placing the Note down on the low table beside his throne lord Sasori takes in the room at a glance "Lord Usagi makes an excellent point however the unborn child is by nature of blood a member of the Samurai cast and thus my servant"

"However Tenuki-San also is correct in his interpretation of the Virtues of Bushido as in these matters he is never wrong"


"I know how this will be settled Shugi-San I see you have your ink and brush there will you take a letter for me please"
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shugi prepares a new parchment and readies his brush "I shall write this letter and then have a more skilled calligrapher in the court transcribe it in a manner befitting your words my lord if that idea pleases you?"
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