The party headed South. We went to Shiro Akodo, one of the Lion’s greatest fortresses. We headed in, I in full Mon and Mempo, to try and persuade the Lion clan to lend us forces. We got 150. Somasadai explained to Akodo Shigetoshi what happened in Tortoise lands: the usurpation and dispute over the daimyo position. Our goal is . We moved on to Kosaten Shiro, where I remained in monless dressings and kept a low profile.
After Hotsuma managed to get us 150 Daidoji warriors, Kana, Somasadai, Kazuma, and I chose to return to Lion Clan Holdings, as I am uncomfortable around that many Crane, and Kana needed to engage in further training. While practicing in the yard with my Scimitar, I gain a level of attention based off the misapprehension (which I do not correct) that I killed a Unicorn to capture my scimitar. I accept the respect and train with many young warriors, each of us using the experience to learn to combat the others’ weapon of choice. My cooperation ends up being so influential that they recast several boken as scimitar shaped staves.
Meanwhile, Kazuma’s multi-weapon training leads him into a scrum-like competition amongst the Lion with a wager of a “shot” of sake for each foot lost. Sadly, Kazuma’s side loses, and Kazuma finds himself under the table. Kana races to catch up with his training in the arts of siege. On the final day, Kazuma aided the training warriors by casting spells on some of the trainees during their scrimish, so as to simulate the presence of Shugenja in combat.
I write this entry with a lighter heart. It is early evening and I have just finished some engineering training with the Akodo. Bakuru trains with some of my fellow Matsu, who he has quite impressed with his skill with a scimitar. Neichiwai’s son Azuma has found his own place in the training yard. When I had heard Azuma was casting spells on the Matsu I assummed I was going to have to explain some things. Comming to find he is helping my clan train. So now I sit here with a smile watching his little show. If only all of our group could find the same peace. Akira, now going by Kazambi, now Ronin is a shadow of himself. It will take time for those kinds of wounds to the spirit to cleanse, how well I know that. I think I may have unknowingly been avoiding him as well. I feel… unclean aound him sometimes. I know that he fights it, and I know he did it to save lives, but still he has the taint inside him. The one that could probably help him the most Azuma understandably wants nothing to do with the man who killed his father. Kakita Hotsuma who has taken to looking like a ronin after Bayushi Ayame announced her engagement. I knew there was a romance there, but neither wishes to speak of it. The Crane, who I had thought I was finally started to understand slapped away the hand I offered in friendship. I will not make that mistake again. Still a battle is looming at the Tortoise clan holdings, and I march with the forces of Somesai Dai to help take back her clan. I can’t help but becoming excited at the prospect. I understand of course that bloodshed should be avoided, but I can’t help secretly wanting it to come down to strength of arms. Ha! I am a Matsu after all! Somesai Dai continues to be an enigma to me. Regent of her clan, very persuasive in the courts, yet she came to me for help. I bear no great weight with my clan. She also continues to let me train her with a blade. At first it was a way for me to allow her some focus, but she seems to have taken my teachings to heart. And tough I told her she could find a superior teacher here in Shiro Akodo, she declines and continues her training with me. I am grateful that those I call my friends were able to become so comfortable in a place I could call home. Indeed, it’s been a good week.