Prelude: Doji Kyousuke

The Emerald Empire of Rokugan. It is a land upheld by honor, guided by fate, ruled by destiny. The Great Clans each support the Emperor, but inter-clan conflict is inevitable—both in the Emperor’s courts and on the battlefield. In the midst of danger and turmoil, honor must be your sword and your armor.

It is an era of sudden change and upheaval in the Emerald Empire. Mortal schemes, elemental imbalances, and celestial turmoil have disrupted the political, military, and spiritual equilibrium of Rokugan. Long-simmering rivalries and fresh betrayals ripple through the courts and on the battlefield. The Chrysanthemum Throne is beset by threats from without and within, and the honor of the seven Great Clans shall be put to the test.
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Post by ManWithDoor » Wed Jul 17, 2019 12:12 am

The young man waits patiently for the Crab to make his way out of the gardens before resuming conversation. "You have collected some interesting friends over the years, Mother. It adds to my appreciation of the network of connections and Favors that the Doji cultivate. And the Imperial families as well, of course. On a random day we now have access to news from the Crab and Phoenix provinces, and the opportunity for new or renewed connections, for the small price of a dinner and entertainment."
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Post by Vardaen » Thu Jul 18, 2019 7:18 pm

The former Otomo smiles at her son, "You under estimate the difficulty of arranging this diner with your uncle. He is not as easy going as I, nor does he have as much patience." She considers her next words carefully, "He is not here on a pleasure trip. It is tax collection time, and that always makes him far less pleasant to be around. A samurai does not care about commerce, but the collection of the Emperor's Taxes is a serious matter." She motions at the painter to return and set up.

"Now then, back into your pose.... hold it... hold it...."
You'll have to hold that pose for 2 weeks till I'm back!
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Post by Vardaen » Thu Aug 08, 2019 6:34 pm

Several hours pass that seem like weeks and the light of the day is lost. The painter, humbly, comments that he can do no more today.

Doji Aiko nods to the man, "Wait for my call and we shall try again, perhaps in the morning tomorrow." The painter then spends some time gathering his things and packs up before bowing several times and leaving. The mother turns to son, "Come, my legs need stretching and i'm tired of this place. I could use some tea or something to eat."
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Post by ManWithDoor » Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:03 am

"Of course, Mother." He offers his arm to her, inviting the bodily intimacy kept in private, when one can lower one's On in the presence of family and very close friends. "It is not something I had deeply thought about when I was a child, dreaming about my adulthood. I had not thought I would so keenly miss you and Father, and the look and smell of home." He smiles a sad smile. "Perhaps that is one more reason to seek a worthy marriage. Especially if we can come to admire and trust each other." He lets out a small laugh. "Perhaps I was mistaken in thinking I should be spending time in a temple to Benten to achieve understanding. Fukurokujin and Hotei may bless me with what I have been lacking - Wisdom and Contentment."
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Post by Vardaen » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:49 pm

"Now you are coming to see the light my son. Good." She puts her arm around her son, in an show of affection that only a mother can get away with in Rokugan. "Come I am hungry, let's circle our way out of here and go back to the estate for something to eat."

The two wander their way through the garden heading for the exit. Not far off, on the trail toward the exit of the gardens they spot a small group. A few Crane, a Crab by the look of his attire, and a small child. They seem to be conversing and eating fruit.
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Post by ManWithDoor » Fri Aug 16, 2019 2:16 am

The Doji has a pleasant smile on his face as they slowly approach this new group. "Another Crab? Perhaps this is the grandson that was mentioned. Although I assume he would be too young to have sired a child, at least not without some scandal." He reserves his judgment, continuing the approach until he is closer to see more.
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Post by Vardaen » Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:28 pm

Aiko doesn't have as much disdain for the Crab as many Crane have, being from the Imperial Families originally. She tilts her head, "There is some family resemblance among them, I think it is safe to say that is 'the grandson' as you put it. Still, I am not interested in anything now but food. If you'd like to go and find out, perhaps speak with some one more your age, you are welcome to do so. I will see you tonight in the estate before we retire for the night." She smiles to her son and turns and heads off down a path that will take her in a direction to avoid the scene.
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Post by ManWithDoor » Mon Aug 26, 2019 2:23 am

The son stops and bows respectfully to his mother. As he is within eyesight of the public, the formalities must be observed. He takes a moment afterwards to brush any dirt from off the hem of his kimono, and make sure the lines of his clothing are straight. First impressions are important, and can only be made once. He then calmly approaches the strangers at the border of the public gardens. "Greetings Crab-san, Crane-sans." He also kindly nods to the small child, but does not address him. "I am Doji Kyousuke, diplomat of the Crane. Whom do I have the honor of addressing?"
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Post by Vardaen » Tue Aug 27, 2019 4:01 pm

Mother leaves, and son joins the gathering...
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