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 Post subject: First Contact: the Tortoise [LM4]
PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 2:46 pm 
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A boat under the flag with the Imperial Chrysanthemum emblazoned on it is heading toward the impressive carrack blocking the passage to the west of the island. Envoys sent by Hantei Jama with an escort of Teppodoka are about to approach...

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The call had been given for diplomats to go forth on Hantei Jama's behalf, and Utsusemi was not one to shirk duty, even if she felt that she wanted instead to help search for survivors.

She briefly lamented that she had still not had time for a bath or anything of the sort to make herself properly presentable, but she did the best she could with what was available in the time they had as the clothes that had endured the storm were changed for something cleaner and less salty. Still, the conditions of the sea voyage had still not robbed her of the natural grace and charisma of a born lady of the Doji.



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Sitting nearby was Bellena. She sat there calmly as they approached, her mind racing on what to say.



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:45 pm 
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Berena knew the vessel. It was La Espina, the key coast guard ship of the West Port. Usually commanded by Muhaki Rohasu, or Armando Roxas. It had not seen much use ever since it had entered service, and Roxas was no sea rat but a bully leader of the port militia, but it sported 12 cannons per board, now hidden. There was a commotion on the deck.



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Bellena looked over to Utsusemi and described the ship and its leader in brief terms. She then stood and hailed the ship.



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Roxas was there; his unabashed bald scalp shining in the sun like a pomaded butt of a tourney hog. But the person really in command was leaning against the ropes on the upper deck. She was distinguishable by her long auburn hair fluttering in the wind and a fashionable black Thranish hat.

Muhaki Yubari herself. Who was now folding her spyglass.

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The commotion resulted in the formation of militiamen armed with muskets into two lines on the main deck.

"State your business!" The hog-butthead called.



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Bellena de Quijano, here with an emissary from the Rokugani Emperor’s son’s fleet to discuss possible admission onto the island with the Lady of the West Port.



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Cannons... yikes...

Utsusemi swallowed slightly, hoping that Bellena's familiarity with the ship and its crew would be of help when it come to first impressions. She maintained her Doji calm, waiting for when they would come closer... unless they were going to have a shouting match.

She was at least thankful that the safely stored clothes had been unharmed in the storm, so she could keep some level of formality and decorum, even if she was mostly worried about how tanned her skin must look despite the great care she had gone through to keep it pale.



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Yubari, who was vaguely familiar with Rokugani events, stepped forth and leaned felinely against the railing.

"Hola, Quijano. I've heard they were building some vessels. You've led them here? Is it what Juanito wanted you to do?" He halted Roxas from throwing rope ladder before some answers were given. "And which son? Second, right? Is he there, alive?" She pointed to the battered flotilla with her folded spyglass.



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Bellena shook her head, “I was just supposed to figure out what is going on. One of their leaders has a map from Kasuga days. And there’s been a decree about Lady Sadahako... Lots to explain. Can we come aboard?



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"A lot to explain from the sounds of it. And quickly. They start sending scouting parties inland. Any more and we'll have to react if we don't reach an agreement." Yubari kept looking at the Imperial Navy with a sceptical frown while her bosom attacked the limits of her sateen laced shirt over which her unbuttoned doublet was loosely cast. She looked at Utsusemi. "Who's this other woman?"



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Utsusemi looked up at the daringly-dressed woman, feeling a little over-dressed for the occassion herself.

"I am Utsusemi Agasha, second officer of the Kunshu Maru," she raised her hand in greeting. "Señorita Quijano and I travelled on the same ship together."

She did have a strong accent to her Merenaese, but nothing that hindered her from communicating so far.



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Yubari squinted her eyes, then pulled her beige doublet down along her curves.

"An officer without a gun? Strange navy you have." She rolled her eyes and made a gesture. Roxas threw the ladder for them to climb on. "But you are right you don't need them here. Leave those soldiers of yours behind. They have nothing interesting to say."



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Bellena nodded and climbed up the rope. Once at the top she smiled at Yubari and nodded her head. “The Lady Agasha here has been appointed to represent Jama’s fleet.i think I’m just here to make sure she didn’t get shot at before she could talk.

She smiled warmly at Yubari.



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Utsusemi followed behind Bellena on the ropeladder, thankful for having gotten used to this kind of climbing by now. As she joined the other women at the top, she smiled as well and bowed to Yubari.

"An honor to come aboard," she nodded her head. "It is as señorita Quijano said, there is much to say."

And since it seemed to be the most pressing concern for the moment as Yubari had mentioned in specifically; "the scouting parties are looking for survivors the we lost to the storm," the Agasha tried to assure the woman, "as well as trying to salvage supplies that were lost too."



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"Likely." Yubari commented on Utsu's words as she scaled down the stairs to the main dack. "Welcome aboard La Espina. Follow me into the cabin." She pushed the door inside the castle open with the tip of her high boot, then called a sailor to hold them as the envoys were about to follow. "So I should negotiate with her not with you, Quijano?"



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It is her position. Mine has not changed... I serve Juanito here. I can help clarify things if need be.” She said with a nod.



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Yubari led them forth and kicked the next door, then headed straight to the decanter on the table to pour wine. "Sit around, ladies. I don't like when people stand when I talk. Do you drink port, lady Uxue*?"

*'Dove' in Aberri (Basque)



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Utsusemi tilted her head slightly at the name, not quite sure of its meaning and Bellena could probably tell that she was trying to figure it out, but it did not seem like an insult... if sailor-canter had taught her anything.

"I have not drinked port before, but I am happy to accept your offer, lady governor" she nodded, "thank you very much." At least she didn't flub so badly over the unfamiliar conditions that she would sit on the floor; one of the offered chairs sufficed for now.

Only in her mind was this also a test of sorts to show Bellena how well she had learned the Merenaese language.

"La Espina is a very impressive ship. I have not seen anything to compare before."



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"I can return the courtesy in a sense." Yubari filled the goblets and passed one to Utsusemi, the other to Bellena, and immediately took a gulp from hers, without a toast. "I haven't seen anything like this squadron before. So, you've taken quite the trip, and the storm almost undid you. What for?"



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