DXN - RoShoujou - Part 3 (Main 2)

Apr 25th, 2016
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  1. [08:50] <Cherem> Through the forest, you followed this mysterious woman, calling herself "Moonlight Mirror". Her Kimono almost floats as she walks through the woods, the trees, branches, and mist parting as you pass.
  2. [08:51] <Cherem> If you by chance glance behind you, the fog seems to slip up and cover your path, granting you a very small little world. Mirror gives off her own light, almost, as it seems like the moon manages to cast the spotlight over her as she walks.
  3. [08:52] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Creepy." Miyu mutters, looking on edge. She does in fact look around often.
  4. [08:53] <Cherem> Branches almost reach out to touch you as you go by. Howeve,r something keeps them just far enough that they maybe occasionally pull at your clothing.
  5. [08:54] <Cherem> Finally, the mist before you starts to part, as you come to what looks like a great wall, two, three meters high, made of glowing brown wood and topped with light blue tiles.
  6. [08:54] <Cherem> A gate looms before you, open save for a single figure. Goemon, you and Honda would recognize him. To the others, he is a young-ish man, dressed in a dark kimono. His black hair is long, wrapped around his neck like a scarf.
  7. [08:55] <Cherem> There's a sword on his hip, and resting on the end of it is his left hand, bandaged from his fingertips to his elbow. There's several charms slapped onto his forearm as well, but he raises his other hand in greeting.
  8. [08:55] <Cherem> "Evening. Kagami, you brought back a few more than you left with." A grin crosses his face, his tone lightly sarcastic. Moonlight doesn't seem to notice it, or she just ignores it.
  9. [08:55] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu just stares for a few seconds. Then after the greeting comes she responds with one of her own.
  10. [08:56] * Otomo_Reiko is content to keep quiet and hidden, alternating between Ai and Cerys for cover as needed.
  11. [09:00] <Cherem> "I have found visitors to the forest at the old Shrine. I have invited them to visit our Family and The Master." Moonlight turns back to face you, "This is my friend, 'Shadow Arm. And this," she turns to the gate and walks trhoguh, turning yet again.
  12. [09:01] <Cherem> "Is the House of the Moon." She stands back, beckoning you to continue following her.
  13. [09:02] <Otomo_Reiko> "Maybe this was a bad idea," mutters Reiko, understanding why he might view this group as a cult.
  14. [09:02] <Otomo_Reiko> why Honda*
  15. [09:03] <Cherem> Honda's lips are pursed, glancing around as if he's looking for any other way inside. As it goes, a man with a sword and a shrouded, misty gate isn't very inspiring. However, he starts to go through, waving his hand in greeting at Shadow Arm.
  16. [09:03] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu looks up at the wall and takes a deep breath. She twitches before moving along, making a polite nod to Shadow Arm.
  17. [09:03] <Cherem> The man seems to lack Kagami's theatrics, leaning against the side of the gate with hands on his side. He returns the wave and nod, and as the last one of you enters, swings in to bring up the rear.
  18. [09:06] <Cherem> Entering the manor, you can't see much this late at night, even with the moonlight basking the place in a cool blue glow. The courtyard is wide, wide, wide, with plenty of empty, unused space.
  19. [09:06] <Cherem> The pathway Kagami leads you along is stone inset into the ground, and it leads directly to one of the buildings inside. There are several large buildings that you can see: they are long with thatched roofing, traditional japanese construction.
  20. [09:07] <Cherem> Of note, there are two across the courtyard from each other, running perpendicular with a larger, central building. Beyond that there is a taller building, skinny, reaching up at the sky through the treetops.
  21. [09:09] <Cherem> Walking, there is a feeling of... not exactly tension in the air, but certainly pressure. There is the feeling you are being watched, eyes glancing over the procession.
  22. [09:12] <Cherem> The building you are led towards opens up for you, and Kagami turns as you enter. "I will see to The Master. Takao will show you to your rooms." She bows from the waist, turning and disappearing down the hallway. It's faintly lit with candles, and there's the smell of burning wax in the air.
  23. [09:13] <Cherem> Behind you, Shadow Arm clears his throat, "For the record, you can just call me Takao. And please excuse my sister's theatrics." He says it in a low voice, but you get a sneaking feeling that sound travels funny in the place like this.
  24. [09:14] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Theatrics beats getting shot to pieces." Miyu mutters.
  25. [09:16] <Cherem> "That kind of day?" Takao glances at Honda, who shrugs. "Any case, the Mistress is usually picky when she meets people: can I get you anything to eat or drink?" He opens a sliding door, taking one of the candles from the hallway inside the room and lighting the candles within.
  26. [09:17] <Otomo_Reiko> "So no wifi I take it?"
  27. [09:18] <Shinjou_Miyu> "An apple would be nice."
  28. [09:19] <Cherem> "Maybe if we managed to wake up one of the Black Dogs." Takao smirks, and nods, "I think we have some fruit. Dinner was a few hours ago, but we should have other items as well." He goes for the door, "I will return in a moment." And he's gone, leaving the door a crack open.
  29. [09:20] <Otomo_Reiko> "We're back in the dark ages," Reiko bemoans.
  30. [09:21] <Cherem> Inside the room it's pretty rustic: wooden flooring for the very entrance, then tatami mat for the inside. There's a sliding wall connecting this room and the next, although the room is pitch black. There's several futon stacked in the corner, and cushions. In the center is a table, where a porceline vase has several flowers set just so.
  31. [09:22] <Cherem> Honda frowns a little as he sits aside the table, "Must be hell for you." He goes for his phone, flicking it open. "I've still got a bar of- oh, there it goes."
  32. [09:24] * The_Espada (~IceChat9@Rizon-5FFF9C81.clv.wideopenwest.com) has joined #DXtheGame
  33. [09:25] <Shinjou_Miyu> "It's not that bad except for the element of the unknown."
  34. [09:25] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko drops her pack and flops down, rolling around and holding her head.
  35. [09:27] <Cherem> "Mm." Honda agrees, sitting up and crossing his arm, "Strange that the UGN doesn't come in here though. Makes me a little suspicious." He laughs a little bit, scratching his cheek.
  36. [09:29] <Otomo_Reiko> "Maybe their ludite ways scare the UGN."
  37. [09:29] <The_Espada> "Or they dont want to set something off with thses guys."
  38. [09:31] <Cherem> "Dunno, the UGN nowadays is like Edo Period christian hunters." Honda shrugs, "Could be it too. So many different angles to watch."
  39. [09:32] * Otomo_Reiko digs out her phone, trying not to cry as she sees her own lack of bars.
  40. [09:33] <Cherem> Not too long later, you can hear footsteps on the wood, and the door opens to reveal Takao carrying a tray, and Kagami behind him. Takao waits as Kagami goes through first, then slips inside. "We had some apples, but I also brought rice and miso soup from this morning." He sets it on the table, carefully avoiding the flower art as he sets the things down.
  41. [09:36] <Cherem> Kagami has a sour look on her face at Takao's informal tone, but presses onwards, "The Master has already turned in for the night, and invites you to do the same. Takao has vouched for your merits, and as such we will leave you under your own power. You are free to leave if you so wish, but my mistress will rise as sure as the sun, and will discuss matters with you then."
  42. [09:37] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Thank you. I'm sure it's delicious." Miyu says tiredly and a bit gruffly, managing a small bow. "I don't see us going anywhere between now and then."
  43. [09:39] <Cherem> Honda glances at the Futons, then looks at Takao with an accusing look. And Takao looks the exact opposite direction.
  44. [09:42] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko chews on her thumb nail, waiting for the two 'outsiders' to leave again.
  45. [09:42] <Cherem> This whole time, Akane has been with you, trailing behind, mostly clinging with and around Ai. However, as you've entered, she's looking more... curious. She manages to fix her eyes on Kagami.
  46. [09:43] <Cherem> By chance if you're watching her, Moonlight smiles just so slightly, but it's gone before you can really register it. "In that matter, I bid you good night." She bows and steps out.
  47. [09:45] <Cherem> "The room next to you is open as well, should you wish for..." Takao glances at Goemon and Honda, "Privacy. If you need anything, set the candle outside your door alight, and I'll be there as soon as I can." He goes for the door, nodding to you all as he gets to the door. "Oh, and, by the way, should you wake up before dawn, you have free roam through the estate. Just, make sure you knock before going in."
  48. [09:45] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu waves, then turns her attentions to the food. Omnomnomnomnom.
  49. [09:46] <Otomo_Reiko> "Hrn. What do you think, Akane-san?"
  50. [09:47] <The_Espada> "Don't eat all the food."
  51. [09:48] <Cherem> "... It's quiet." Akane closes her eyes, "Unsettling." She takes one of the bowls left for you and fills it with rice, pouring miso over the top. "I feel like I was here before, once."
  52. [09:48] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Oh? Anything you remember?"
  53. [09:49] <Cherem> "Mm... Embarassing." Akane grumbles, shooting Honda a glance. A moment later, he's covered his ears. "Dreamed of it. Followed a woman with white hair into the forest."
  54. [09:54] <Otomo_Reiko> "This place seems off, though. You alright asking them for help?"
  55. [09:55] <Cherem> "Mm... The woman said something about learning the Renegade." Akane looks at her hands, pale skin like a canvas coated and blotched with thick painted scars. "They aren't False Hearts, but I don't know anybody other than them."
  56. [09:56] <Cherem> "Well, and you," She adds distantly.
  57. [09:59] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Learning the Renegade. Sounds kind of like research somehow."
  58. [10:00] <Cherem> Akane nods, "But a place like this, can they really research?" She looks around at the walls, the flooring...
  59. [10:02] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Could be all sorts of lab stuff hidden away somewhere. Guess it could be a martial arts or philosophical thing, too. Kind of like knowing yourself except you have to know your Renegade."
  60. [10:03] <Cherem> "Mm. Does sound strange." Akane nods a little, "Ascetics, modern day monks?" She shrugs.
  61. [10:03] <Otomo_Reiko> "UGN didn't have a lot of information on them that I could find."
  62. [10:04] <Cherem> "Makes sense. Could just be out of their area of interest." Akane adjusts her mask and starts eating carefully.
  63. [10:05] <Cherem> "I couldn't help but overhear," Honda lowers his hands from his ears, "From what I know, Tindalos knows a little about this place. Besides the Culty stuff, they're supposed to be Renegade Beings."
  64. [10:09] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I don't really know a lot about that myself. What's with the culty stuff?"
  65. [10:10] <The_Espada> "Why would these guys need to research the renegade anyways?"
  66. [10:11] <Cherem> "That's what we don't know. We've been asked by Ginyomi to give them a wide berth, and they don't bother us, so..." Honda shrugs. "Just, I've seen one of their people once. Dressed like a shrine maiden, fighting a Gyaum. Kept babbling about the moon and new light and a bunch of chuunibyou occult stuff."
  67. [10:13] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko sits in the corner, arms folded and eyes closed. She makes the occasional noise, looking irritated as she sat there.
  68. [10:13] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Sounds reasonable. If they're lowering the Gyaum population I'm not going to judge if they want to dress up."
  69. [10:13] <The_Espada> "You okay in the corner?"
  70. [10:14] <Cherem> "Still weird. And that girl just now, she can't be more than my age, but she's talking about Masters and Moons and stuff." Honda frowns, "And his arm too..."
  71. [10:14] <Otomo_Reiko> "Hrnnn...garuru..." She snaps her eyes open and starts to chew on her thumb nail. "There's no surveillance equipment anywhere in the area."
  72. [10:15] <Otomo_Reiko> "There is a /lot/ of Renegade in the area though. You have to feel for it. It's...overwhelming."
  73. [10:17] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I'm still not going to fuss over it. We've got a safe haven for the time being. If they wanted to kick our asses and do bad stuff to us they would have done so by now."
  74. [10:18] <Cherem> Akane stops, and closes her eyes. And a moment later, her skin goes clear, the scars and blotches disappearing. "Looking for people..."
  75. [10:19] <Cherem> Honda lets out a sigh. "I suppose. We should get some rest." He stands up, "We can use the other room, Goemon and I."
  76. [10:20] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Sure. Night, guys." Miyu finally backs away from the food.
  77. [10:20] <The_Espada> "As long as the safety for your gun is on. I dont want it accidentally firing while your sleeping."
  78. [10:21] <Cherem> Honda sighs a little, taking off his gun and handing it to the deep-in-thought Cerys. "Fine, fine. It's a good thing my renegade doesn't have a hairtrigger." He laughs a little and steps into the other room.
  79. [10:22] <Cherem> Akane nods, going to the futon pile. There's five here, just enough for the women. And in the other room, "Uh, do you guys have enough in there? There's only two in here," from Honda.
  80. [10:25] <Otomo_Reiko> "We have plenty," Reiko answers from her chosen corner.
  81. [10:25] <Shinjou_Miyu> "We're good." Miyu announces as she plops down on one to claim it.
  82. [10:26] <The_Espada> "Good."
  83. [10:27] <Cherem> Akane sets hers out carefully besides Ai's, taking off her shirt and overclothes before slipping in. If you're crude enough to look, you can see the scars mar her entire body, stretching funny as she moves. "Night. See you all tomorrow."
  84. [10:28] <@Mr_Rage> "Nighty night!" Wumpf.
  85. [10:28] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu lets her have her privacy. Then she tries to snooze.
  86. [10:29] <Otomo_Reiko> "Way too trusting," Reiko mutters, settling in for a long night awake.
  87. [10:30] <Cherem> The lights fade of their own accord slowly, creepily. The night continues on, and it's quiet, painfully quiet. Occasionally you can hear the wind blowing through, and the walls gently settle, but it's a long, quiet night.
  88. [10:31] <Cherem> Sometime around midnight, Reiko, you think you can catch a glimpse of a silouette passing by the shogi. But you blink and it's gone.
  89. [10:32] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu mumbles a lot about Ginyomi and Honda in her sleep. At least some of what can be made out sounds obscene.
  90. [10:33] <Cherem> In the other room, Honda sleeps like a dead man, occasionally snoring.
  91. [10:33] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko groans inwardly as she's forced to listen to it, rolling her eyes. She does her best to stay awake the entire night, occupying herself with lists of thing she would need to do and buy to set up a new base.
  92. [10:34] <Otomo_Reiko> Aside from the occasional nap that manages to sneak up on her she stays awake, keeping her paranoid watch.
  93. [10:36] <Cherem> At some point before dawn, Reiko, you manage to catch it, as well as anybody else who is a lighter sleeper. There's the sound of feet outside, not in the hallway but the courtyard, faintly heard through the thin walls.
  94. [10:38] <Cherem> A moment later, you can hear the sounds of... sparring. Great. A moment later, Akane sits up, bolt upright, wig falling and head balder than a babe. She looks around groggily, eyes fixing on you, before turning her attention to the door.
  95. [10:39] <Otomo_Reiko> "Sounds like training."
  96. [10:40] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu sits up with a start, wide eyed and terrified. After a few seconds of panting she shudders and flops back down.
  97. [10:41] <Cherem> "Mrph..." Akane rubs her eyes carefully, then realizes. She grabs her wig and forces it on her head, face red. "Sorry you saw that."
  98. [10:42] <Otomo_Reiko> "Psh. Want to see something?"
  99. [10:42] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Saw? Huh? Oh... had some dumb nightmare."
  100. [10:43] <Cherem> "Like what?" Akane turns, looking around, "Nightmare?"
  101. [10:44] <Otomo_Reiko> The hikki stands and moves over to join Akane, plopping down on her futon but staying clear of touching range.
  102. [10:44] <Cherem> Honda, in the other room... rolls over, arm reaching out and cracking you in the arm, Goemon.
  103. [10:46] <Otomo_Reiko> Reiko gathers up her hair in the back and hunches forward, giving Akane a good look at whatever she hid back there.
  104. [10:47] <The_Espada> Goemon flinches a bit from the blow and tries to move away.
  105. [10:47] <Shinjou_Miyu> "It had a lot of action at first. We had to rescue Ginyomi and carved a bloody path to her, but then after we found her Honda got on his knees and proposed to her. I slapped him upside the head and swore at him, and then he turned into a really huge Gyaum that started corrupting the planet itself with failsauce."
  106. [10:47] <Cherem> Akane glances back, staring, "Oh... Oh, wow." She sits back, looking around, "... Wow. This is... Stupid Honda."
  107. [10:48] <Cherem> In the other room, Honda makes a groaning noise like his dream is going sour.
  108. [10:49] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Yeah, really." Miyu mumbles.
  109. [10:50] * Otomo_Reiko smooths her dirty hair back into place before standing, giving Akane a thumbs up before wandering back to her spot for a nap.
  110. [10:51] <Cherem> Akane nods a little, "I didn't dream." She pulls on her shirt, looking around. "I slept like a rock." She did, Reiko, she slept heavy and hard.
  111. [10:53] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Think I'll be careful about the food here from now on/"
  112. [10:56] <Cherem> Akane nods a little, standing and putting on her skirt. "I'm going to go see that noise." She heads for the door.
  113. [10:57] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Sure. I'll be there soonish. Don't forget the knocking thing." Miyu gets out of bed and straightens out her clothes.
  114. [10:58] <Cherem> Akane knocks at the door, sliding it open slowly. She steps outside, and like that she's gone, her footsteps pounding heavily on the wood. The door left open, you can hear the sparring a little bit more. It's still ungodly early, maybe around five thirty, six.
  115. [10:59] <Shinjou_Miyu> A few minutes later and Miyu knocks before heading out herself to observe.
  116. [11:01] <Cherem> The door rattles a little when you knock it, but a moment later you're out. Outside, the moon is still in the sky but it's slowly descending, and Akane is sitting on the side veranda of the building. In the center of the courtyard, there are several distinct figures. Two pairs are fighting, and just watching them go at it you can tell they're into it.
  117. [11:05] <Cherem> They're dressed spartanly, in simple clothing for martial arts. You recognize one of them as Takao, stripped to the waist and boxing with a woman armed with a boken. His speed is impressive, and his strikes send the woman back several feet with every successful block. However, she is a much more agile enemy, darting around his clumsier blows like a snake, dotting his arms and legs with little strikes.
  118. [11:05] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Huh... knowing the Renegade." Miyu mutters as she watches.
  119. [11:07] <Cherem> And across from them, it's a much more one-sided fight. There's an young boy, can't be over fifteen, dodging as the ground under his feet gets gently toasted by light. He's wearing the full uniform, but it's covered in little brown dots. Frankly, he's more concerned with dodging, and his opponent is standing and watching him go, her body circled by little orbs that occasionally fire a lance of light.
  120. [11:08] <Cherem> She's a little bit older, dressed in a uniform as well, but with a much more casual look about her, arms crossed.
  121. [11:10] <Cherem> And watching them all, a woman in a deep violet kimono, layered with black and silver, drowning her pale skin and shimmering silver hair. A simple white Obi keeps it together, but it her outfit slips just so, giving her a "waking up" aura.
  122. [11:11] <Cherem> As you step out, head flicks just so in your direction, noticing you, but turning back to watch the sparring.
  123. [11:12] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu makes a quick nod.
  124. [11:14] <Cherem> The fights continue, and you manage to see the boy use his own renegade, body hardening and gaining a carapace just in time for the woman's shot connect. he skids a little, and there's the sound of a fan clapping. The woman leans back, just so obscured by the much more intense combat of Takao.
  125. [11:15] <Cherem> For the record, it looks like his clear loss. He's sweating, covered in little bruises, and his companion looks fine. However, a moment later you can see the kimono woman snap her fan shut again, and they both drop down, exhausted.
  126. [11:16] <Cherem> And you see yourself, watching yourself from across the courtyard, waving. Akane double-takes.
  127. [11:17] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu waves back!
  128. [11:18] <Cherem> Your doppleganger approaches her opponent, helping him stand up from his knee, saying something and watching the boy go jogging over to the other. Meanwhile, she makes a beeline for you, "I'm glad you're safe!"
  129. [11:18] <Cherem> Akane frowns, "... It's a trick?"
  130. [11:19] <Shinjou_Miyu> "We got a little guide here just in time. Didn't expect to see you here, though."
  131. [11:21] <Cherem> "Ahaha, well..." She titters, "Glad you heeded my advice. And Ginyomi is okay?" Her voice seriouses up just a little bit.
  132. [11:22] <Cherem> Akane rubs her eyes and just listens, watching.
  133. [11:25] <Shinjou_Miyu> "Last we heard she was talking with some UGN people. She seemed okay, but under the circumstances it's hard to be sure."
  134. [11:28] <Cherem> "Uuu..." She frowns, a face you're getting used to seeing in the mirror. "Well, they wouldn't hurt her. That'd be the same as declaring war, and Hanase isn't that dumb. Well..." She laughs to herself. "Anyways, I would introduce you to Her, but she's in lecture mode now." She glances over her shoulder.
  135. [11:29] <Cherem> And indeed, the Violet Woman is lecturing, talking to the trainee your doppelganger was pinging away at, yammering away on dodging and planning one's actions. Beside them, Takao is speaking with the woman he was sparring, and gives you a friendly wave.
  136. [11:30] <Shinjou_Miyu> "I figured as much. Those guys that came after us meant business, though." Miyu waves back. "Most of us are still dozing off anyway."
  137. [11:30] <Cherem> Akane nods a little, "I saw... Guns and stuff, right?"
  138. [11:31] <Cherem> "Mmm?" Doppelganger tilts her head, "But, wasn't it UGN?"
  139. [11:31] <Shinjou_Miyu> "We're not clear on that."
  140. [11:34] <Cherem> "... Mm." Doppelganger frowns, "Alright. That might be something we need to look at. For the time being though, I can get you a change of clothing at least. Breakfast will be in a little bit, we can wake up your friends."
  141. [11:35] <Shinjou_Miyu> Miyu gives a thumbs up.
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