- Everyone gained 4xp, xp count of 84.
- Mid Autumn (Month of the Rooster)
Agasha Meiling spends a great deal of time with Otaku Naiku-bu and Shinjo Miruko hawking and hunting.
The court of Toi Koku was excitedly moving forward, bounding closer and closer to the conclusion. The courtly game of letters is going about, as the court excitedly makes use of the grand new winter court building. There Tonbo Suzume entertains, cultivates alliances and glows under her work. Her companion, Bayushi Kenzo is called away, so the Scorpion is sadly unable to play the courtier games, however he doles out many rumors and gossips and hidden truths before he leaves.
As such, Kitsuki Suko is sent on patrol by Hoshi Ryojiro, before his love triangle could become too complicated, as Kenzo discovered.
Agasha Nyokazu finds himself drawn into an interesting competition where it would appear that Doji Sakka and Mirumoto Iatsu vying for his attentions. He called upon Togashi Iriyou to aid him in settling the dispute, challenging both women to show their skills in both tasks. They are now both challenging one another, and it has yet to see how this shall play out.
Isawa Nozomi is approached by Asako Okashii, and he attempts to bridge the coolness she has shown her kinsmen. He makes arrangements for a child who has awoken to the Void to come study with her for a while.
Mirumoto Kinji remained resolutely apart form the courts, focusing on the training of his students. Even when Suzume Iwaku tried her best to get him to interact with the court. Sakka eventually approached the sensei and asked to make a mural for him, and he agreed.
In the early weeks a riddle contest ended with Ide Ma-Chanto winning with a clever understanding of riddles.
Shiba Shounin managed to channel his angst with his aid into a beautiful poem that both amused and provoked thought.
Tsuruchi Tsukau won in a Go championship, beating the governor, where as many allowed their host to win.
The contest to discover the hidden meditation circles within the city has become all the rage, that and glass fans. Currently, Togashi Iriyou, Otaku Jiei and Ikoma Kiobito seem to be the closest to uncovering the hidden places.
Togashi Mitsu arrived, a celebrated hero of the Dragon during the Clan Wars and current head of the Togashi Order. Mirumoto Hitomi had sent him to express her words to the assembled ambassadors and to relate her last moments in privet with each ambassador to allow them to know the bravery and glory so that their Clans may honor their deeds properly. Mitsu’ s presence pressed the issue over the Mantis’s great clan status to the forefront, and a great debate spawned forth.
koma Kiobito and Agasaha Nyokazu both drew lines and spear headed the debate. Everyone expressed with passion their views, and despite the dragon’s best efforts, the crowd sided with Kiobito’s views that only an Emperor can grant great Clan status.
A few days later a second debate rose, one over which if the Naga should be exiled form the Empire, and in the end the Crab managed to convince the assembled that they were allies that should be sided with.
As Kitsuki Rokuro continued his work, voting blocks began to arise, with the strongest being the Crane and Lion. The Crab and Mantis also rose into being, and both threatened to draw the Phoenix and Unicorn into their folds, splitting the blocks into two opposing groups. Susume sensing that, that may be too much power, managed to manipulate the Phoenix and Unicorn into their own block. Ryojiro however did not like the Crane and Lion having so much power, so he managed to break their block, showing that the Crane were trying to make choices for their alliance without the Lion’s approval. This action gained the favor of the Lion, but left the Crane far from pleased.
Kaiu Kokkaku begins working with Suzume to see the peaceful return of some of the Crane’s artwork taken during the Clan Wars by the Crab. The talks turn sour, and while attempting to salvage this, Kakita Risupu took offense of the Crab’s insults and a challenge was offered. As Suzume came upon the situation, Risupu smiled at her with victory shinning in his eyes. When she had suggested that this might strain situations, Ambassador Daidoji Akiudo expressed, “How terrible it would be that something of value become broken.”
The Dragon struggled with this challenge, because they had just gained the service of Kokkaku, and yet to not accept the challenge was to grave an insult to both her and the Crane. So they allowed the duel to occur.
Susume came to realize from Otomo Hoku that he was the favored student of Kakita Ichoro, who many of the Kakita family recall her disrespect of him. It would appear he ‘may’ have manipulated events legally to attempt to kill the Kaiu in a fair duel.
First though, the Crab had their only celebration on their grounds, and many drank themselves in a living wake given to the Kaiu, who many realize is not nearly so skilled in her blade as the Kakita is. When morning came, many had difficulty recalling the evening, a few were made fools of themselves, but all who attended the party seemed closer in many respects.
In the mid morning, before the mists had fully disappeared, the Crane and the gift of the Crab went to a hill over looking the village, and dueled. Risupu was the victor, and the Kaiu was laid to rest.
Yet… the third and final week lays before the assembled.