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by Utaku_Yamada
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

The next day, they continued to search for any sign of the bandits that had raided the village. In the forest, they discovered a tree that had had some of the bark cut off with a knife, then another not far beyond. They followed the trail to a clearing where the bodies of the bandits laid, their thr...
by Utaku_Yamada
Thu Nov 29, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Spring went into summer without any word, even from the letters and dispatches Harun got. Harun tried not to worry, tell himself it might take a long time for Arahime to leave the jungle, and longer still for word to reach Rokugan from Zogeku, but it was difficult. One afternoon, one of the bushi ca...
by Utaku_Yamada
Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

It took Harun the better part of a week to get out of Crab lands completely, the road was improving and he could set a good pace. At the border into Crane lands, he presented his travelling papers. These authorised him to be travelling in armour and were authorised with Karasu’s own chop. He got a f...
by Utaku_Yamada
Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

The walls of Kyuden Hida seemed an unlikely place for the Susumu Shibatsu to take a leisurely stroll, but he was there with a purpose. Kakita Harun had made himself scarce since that display in the dojo. He had not been seen in the dojo since, and rarer still around the castle. Shibatsu sought him o...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sun Nov 18, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: The Meeting Hall
Topic: Welcome
Replies: 13
Views: 5669

Re: Welcome

Uni still Uni, Moto still Moto
by Utaku_Yamada
Sat Nov 17, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

After he returned from the dojo, Karasu sat on a bench near the rock garden. Some of the dark clouds that hung over them all were beginning to clear. Prince Kiseki’s betrothal to Isanko would be announced to the Imperial Court in the morning, the marriage to take place once Isanko had come of age. T...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sat Nov 17, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

That evening, Karasu accompanied Empress Iweko Ayameko and her son Crown Prince Iweko Kiseki to the Hida Dojo. Karasu wore the Emerald Armour and carried the Emerald Blade, but his role was purely ceremonial. The dojo was empty when they arrived, save for the Master Sensei Hida Senchou. Senchou was ...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Harun’s thoughts whirled like a storm as he headed to his father’s quarters. They were right…all of them…father, Kyoumi, Arami…even Doji Teruhime…how could they live with me doing this? How could I live with myself? I have been so very blind. Karasu wasn’t there when Harun arrived, but the ronin Sai...
by Utaku_Yamada
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Alone in the dojo, Harun’s bokken was a blur as he went through his exercises. Katas, stances, lunges, feints…again, again and again. But wasn’t enough, not nearly enough to dispel his nightmare. The empty academy, the traditions of Kakita abandoned. It couldn’t happen, it couldn’t, it couldn’t… he ...
by Utaku_Yamada
Thu Nov 15, 2018 8:17 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Harun’s second betrothal meeting took place in the rock garden at Kyuden Hida. Cushions were set out for both parties on both sides of a table with the nakodo Doji Nashikyo down one end. Harun sat to the right of his father, across the table from Hiruma Yosoko. He was silent, his face was still as h...
by Utaku_Yamada
Thu Nov 15, 2018 1:29 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

There was a festive air in the camp that night, especially from the Mantis and the Crab that seemed to wish to outdo each other in drinking. Harun was invited to be a part of it, but felt a little separate, as if he wasn’t enjoying himself. All he had in his mind was the image of his father Karasu, ...
by Utaku_Yamada
Tue Nov 13, 2018 8:06 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Being back at court was an odd experience for Harun, coming back from the Wall where the threat was visible and pleasant back to court where so much was about pretence and appearance. And he was constantly reminded where he wasn’t welcome, especially in the dojo. He knew the stories that were circul...
by Utaku_Yamada
Tue Nov 13, 2018 4:10 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Two days later, Harun was back at Kyuden Hida having tea with his Aunt Momoibura and his cousins. He told her about his trip to the Wall, honestly including his own mixed feelings. Momoibura smiled reassuringly. “I think that can be expected on your first trip, Harun,” she said. “The Wall is importa...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:41 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

The food in the mess hall was hearty and served in large portions. Noodles, rice with everything fried and greasy and topped with bonito and broth. And eaten quickly with little regard for mess or appearances. Harun found he could not eat much, not just from the table manners of his table mates but ...
by Utaku_Yamada
Wed Nov 07, 2018 7:26 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

They trained in an open courtyard behind the barracks. In the pouring rain. In full armour. Drills, tests of strength and endurance. And at such a pace that it was all Harun could do to keep up. Not even training with the Legion had been this gruelling. When moved onto defensive formations, Harun st...
by Utaku_Yamada
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:55 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

The next morning, Harun finished up a good session in the Hida dojo. He was beginning to get more acceptance with the other bushi that trained in the dojo. So, it was not just the Crab he sparred with, but a few from the Unicorn, Lion and Mantis Clans. Still, the Crane refused even to acknowledge hi...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

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The small desk in Karasu’s room was covered with paper. Letters, reports, missives, petitions…he went through them, some just required him to read, others the use of his seal. Many of them were concerning the fate of Toshi Ranbo, almost as soon as it had been taken by the Legions the age-old dispute...
by Utaku_Yamada
Tue Oct 09, 2018 5:17 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

The cold stone chamber was as stoic as any of the Crab, large and cold. The new Voice had found a way of making it her own, however. Along one wall hung two long scrolls, each completed with perfect calligraphy. One held the single word: "History". The other, a different word: "Tomorrow." By each de...
by Utaku_Yamada
Sat Oct 06, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Harun received word from Nikako that Koneko had been found, but that she did not wish to see anyone. All Harun could do was convey his apologies and good wishes to her mother. He still did not know what he had done or said that had upset her so. He received word from Kyoumi as well, unmarked but for...
by Utaku_Yamada
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:09 am
Forum: Artisan's District
Topic: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story
Replies: 62
Views: 6491

Re: L5R - The Duty of War - A Post Winter Court 5 story

Later that day, Harun walked with Hida Nasu on the walls around Kyuden Hida. They walked among the bushi that were on duty who acknowledged them as they passed. Nasu seemed to know many of them personally and it did please them to be known. Harun was growing to like Nasu’s company, but that wasn’t t...