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PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:12 am 
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The goblet was turned slightly in her hand, as she seemed to take a moment to appriciate the craftsmanship. Some habits died hard for her. Utsusemi sipped from the goblet, surprised at its rich flavour... and the aftertaste of strong alcohol.

"His Highness, prince Hantei Jama, Imperial Admiral of the fleet, have led this expedition personally to explore the lands that lie beyond the coast of our Empire, to learn more of the world outside, and hopefully establish new relations with the people we meet."



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 Post subject: Re: First Contact: the Tortoise [LM4]
PostPosted: Mon Oct 30, 2017 12:19 am 
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"Because the Tortoise have been briefing him badly, I suppose?" Yubari chuckled, glancing at Bellena. "Someone sometime ago somewhere else repeated what he had heard from someone else that the Emperor is briefed on what's going on here. Maybe the Prince was angry about not being in the loop and decided to take matters in his own hands?"

Yubari shook her head.

"Arrogance of men, thinking they can change the world. All they get is the world changing on their backs, and running on their blood and sweat. I don't think there's much glory in this for your Prince. Then what? Overdue taxes? Fresh papayas?"



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 Post subject: Re: First Contact: the Tortoise [LM4]
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Well, that was the official spiel delivered at least.

"I would not know of reports from the Tortoise, but glory has not been the reason for many joining the expedition, but rather knowledge and discovery - the Empire cannot ignore the world around it for always."

"There is also a matter concerning the lady
Sadahako that has brought us here."



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 Post subject: Re: First Contact: the Tortoise [LM4]
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"So it is like a training voyage? Looks like you can learn some basic Merenaese out there, and you can build some seagoing ships even if the design is a little shoddy. So what is yet there to learn..." She paused, her eyes narrowed as she apparently gave herself the answer.

"What about Lady Someisa?"



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"There was an Imperial decree, from the late Eight Hantei, Empress Hantei Retsuhime."

She wasn't sure how much that meant for Yubari.

"The decree was that lady Someisa Sadahako would become Fortune and Patron of Artisans, and be revered as such, with a temple for her placed in lands of the Tortoise, as chosen by the Champion of the Tortoise."

She inclined her head slightly, glancing to Bellena in case she wanted to expand upon the Tortoise-business.



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The Acting Champion... Bellena clarified with a knowing look to Yubari.



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"So... she's dead? And Genjiko too?" Yubari frowned. "And Sadahako is now a small deity of that? Nobody tells me anything what's going on out there... It looks like it works both ways."

She shook her head.

"So the Prince wants to build a temple around here? Is it some making nice to the Tortoise, or an effort to export unwanted magicians? Did you bring any of them with you to settle here?"



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Bellena looked to Utsusemi for a second before answering, "Genjiko is dead, yes. As is the Lady Someisa... the circumstances of their deaths I can relay to the triumvirate later. The decree seems to have been in the works from before the time of the Emperor... it could easily be a play to try and make nice, or it could be the sincere wish of the previous Empress... who did have a personal relationship with Lady Someisa... or possibly a kind of mission by the priests. Ultimately it is a secondary reason for the voyage."

She then put the cup down on the table in front of her, "There are some Rokugani priests and monks aboard the ships who are tasked with taking care of this 'temple' once it has been constructed. I also brought with me a group of Merenaese craftsmen and women from the mainland that have been held captive while building this fleet for the prince there for the past year. It appears things on the mainland may become troublesome for them soon... and since they were in danger I received permission for them to come and participate in this temple construction. It's the only way I could think of to save their lives."

She then said, "But like I said... this is a secondary reason for the voyage. I feel its probably the most worthwhile of the reasons... the only compassionate and decent one. But there are other things to consider as well. Right now... the biggest concern is probably the condition of the fleet. They took quite the beating. Many of the ships are damaged, some taking on water... their crews are washed out across the islands probably. These folks are gonna need some help. And their leader is looking for friends. It could be an 'opportunity' for 'goodwill' if we were so inclined to offer them a place to recollect themselves."

The way Bellena said 'opportunity' and 'goodwill' would have been difficult for a non-native speaker to pick up. But to the governor, it would appear that Bellena was skeptical, but these folks were desperate enough to perhaps get something out of them.



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"Hmmm." Yubaki took a long sip, then refilled her goblet and drank some more. "Hmmm."

Finally, she sat at the corner of the desk, one leg in tight leather breeches on the other, and folded her fingers over the goblet put on her upper knee.

"I may let half of this fleet into the West Port, but under escort. La Espina will be their shadow, and will open fire on provocation. Your troops stay on the ships, no more than two dozen individuals from your fleet may be in my city at any time. No ship leaves port without clearance, and I reserve the right of inspection. I can host the Prince in my estates if he's not hideous. Maybe we can have a nice chat over dinner and sort out these matters more." Yubari smirked to herself and drank some more. "Otherwise, no privileges. These people pay for everything, like the others under my jurisdiction. No free dinners and all that. If they make trouble, they will be roughed up by Roxas' men. If they can't foot their bills, they'll be put to work. Go tell the Prince these are my terms, some opportunity and some goodwill in good proportions."



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Bellena nodded affirmatively. It seemed fair to her.



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Utsusemi nodded as well. The conditions seemed fair given the situation.

" Your terms are fair, and your offer generous. Thank you. On behalf of his highness, I accept these terms and conditions."


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"Very well." Yubari hopped up onto her heeled boots, spring in her hips. She took the now half-empty bottle of port and extended it to Utsusemi. "You seem to like it, keep it for later. There's a wine merchant near my estates in the West Port, pay a visit there if you want to resupply."

She gestured toward the exit.

"We'll move out with La Espina at your back when you have your three selected and on course."



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Bellena nodded and then leaned her head towards Yubari, "I'm going to need to talk to Juanito as quickly as possible. Do you have any transports to spare? If not, I can find something."



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"You can go with me to the port and take a boat from there. I won't advise you a horse ride along the Misty Road. Someone fell off just yesterday, the rock chipped." She raised her brow. "No further obligations to the navy from Rokugan?"



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She tilted her head, "I have to help with this temple, but that's Zazu's order... Beyond that I am not bound to Jama any further than I wish."



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"Oh, thank you, it's kind of you, but I have no gift in return."

Utsusemi was rather surprised by the sudden gift. That Bellena did not wish to return to Jama, she could understand. It would be easy to explain it away as well.


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"You can bring me something nice later. You'll know where I live." Yubari chuckled, nodding to Bellena that she got the message.



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Bellena smirked and nodded, "Of course."

She then turned to Utsusemi, "It looks like this is where we part for now. I'll see you again if the Kunshu Maru ends up in the East Port... Or if you find your way over there safely."



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Right, right... I seem to recall the sailors said I don't have to refuse the gift twice? Or am I misremembering.

Even if she was a little uncertain, she took a chance with accepting the gift for now, as Yubari did not seem like the type of woman for drawn out social niceties.

She gave her Tortoise friend an understanding nod. "Hai, I understand. Do you have any word you wish for me to give to our captain, or anyone else aboard the ship? Considering the number of civilians aboard the Kunshu Maru, I will at least try to press for the ship to dock."



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She nodded, "I need to go prepare a place for these people to go. Let them know I'm working on it and hope to have something ready soon. Thank the Captain for his work. And let Mirumoto-san know as well he is welcome to come visit should the opportunity present itself."



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