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 Post subject: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:58 pm 
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It was getting late, but science waited for no man. Or woman.

Nevertheless, Kenzo approached Berena's hacienda with a hint of trepidation. He did have some concern for the late hour, especially as he knew Berena had been unavailable earlier. Hopefully her mind would still be sharp. His lips twisted. In truth, that should be the least of his worries.

Approaching the door, he gave it a sharp rap with his knuckles.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:49 pm 
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The Hacienda door was opened and a butler greeted Kenzo before heading off to check with Bellena. After a short wait the butler returned and escorted Kenzo to Bellena's room. When they arrived the door was already open and Bellena had cleared off the table where she had been working. She smiled warmly at Kenzo and invited him in with a gesture.

"Good evening Kenzo-san. Nice to see you again. Didn't bring a snake with you did you?" She smiled teasingly as the butler left and shut the door.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:39 pm 
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Kenzo grinned, bowing smoothly. "Believe me, I wanted to." He said, matching her tone. "But no one would help me carry it."

He chuckled. "It's not too late, is it? I do hope I'm not disturbing you. I stopped by earlier, and your people said that you'd be back later."

He looked around, his expression curious. "You have a very nice home, Berena-sama."



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:09 am 
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She smiled, “Sorry to make you come out twice. I was out on the Kunshu Maru and didn’t get back until the evening. The home is the governor’s, I merely serve as his advisor.”



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:21 am 
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"Ah, I see." Kenzo's eyebrows went up, impressed. "But no, no trouble. I actually spent most of my day in the East Port. It was..." He paused a moment, frowning. "It was a rather exciting day."

He opened his mouth, prepared to ask about the Kunshu Maru, but decided instead to get to the point. "I actually went out yesterday, with Gusai-sama and a few others. We came across something that I thought you might be interested in."

Reaching into his satchel, Kenzo pulled out a collection of papers. Symbols were written on them, clearly sketched with a meticulous hand. "This is a copy Miya Suihime-sama made of a series of rubbings we took from a grave on an island." He offered them to her. "Oh, and the island was a turtle! An enormous one!" Kenzo grinned at her in remembered excitement.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:36 am 
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Bellena took the piece of paper in her hands and began examining it carefully. Her eyes opened a bit as she began to make the connections in her head, "Where did you say you found this?"

Her eyes continued to look at it and attempt to decipher what writing was legible.


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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:44 am 
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"On the back of a giant turtle!" Kenzo said, gesturing and grinning. After a moment, he brought his excitement back under control. "Sorry. I know it sounds ridiculous. But it was a turtle, covered with enough dirt for plants and trees to grow on it."

He grimaced. "And for a grave mound to be dug. That-" He gestured towards the papers, "-was on the marking for the grave." His frown deepened. "A grave which, incidentally, whose inhabitant seemed to have left of its own recognizance."

Reaching out, Kenzo selected one particular paper, which had the image of a hideous monster on it. "This one seemed especially interesting. And concerning."



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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"Left of its own recognizance?" She asked. The Mirumoto was throwing out tidbits of information in rapid succession. Questions popped into her mind in great volume.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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"So it seemed, yes." Kenzo said grimly. "An examination of the ground around the grave seemed to indicate that it had been dug out from the inside, not the outside. As well, there were indications that the ground was... affected." He cleared his throat. "In the manner of the Ninth."



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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"The Ninth... that's the evil Kami who tried to destroy the Empire or something a long time ago right?" She asked.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:57 am 
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"Right." Kenzo smiled. "I forgot that you don't have the same cultural background." Although with the dancing still fresh in his memory, he really should have remembered...

"But yes." He went on. "The Ninth is unclean, spiritually. Its influence can corrupt. Or, as I understand it, bring the dead back into a state of... un-life. I'm afraid I'm not quite clear on the particulars." He shrugged. "This is about as close to the antithesis of my area of study as one can get."



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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"So... how did this corrupted material end up on the back of a giant sea turtle covered in dirt?" She asked.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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"That-" Kenzo sighed, "-is anyone's guess. I'll admit that I don't have any theory."

He frowned. "Or, almost none. Seppun Kaiya-sama seemed to suggest that this is part of a larger map. Which suggests that it was placed there by someone as some sort of grand puzzle." He grimaced. "I enjoy mysteries, but that doesn't mean that people should go about creating them. There are mysteries enough to explore as is."



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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She sat quietly for several moments as she looked over the document, "I may have an idea as to what this 'map' is referencing..."



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"Do you?" Kenzo's eyebrows went up. "I was rather hoping you would. It's half of why I brought it to you, after all. The other half that I thought you would find it interesting."

He looked at her, his eyebrows raised expectantly.



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 Post subject: Re: [D8LE] Shapes and Symbols
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She paused for a while before replying, "There is an old Thranish custom to divide parts of a map leading to some collective location of importance among members of a crew in order to prevent each other from turning their ambitions inward. A kind of way of keeping everyone honest..."



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"Thranish?" Kenzo asked, his eyebrows going up. "I'm afraid I know little of them. A seafaring folk, I take it from your description?"

He leaned over, looking at the papers. "What a curious custom. And to use it as a grave marker. Hmmm..." His expression darkened. "Hawthorne was Thranish, was he not?"



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She nodded, “Now you see its potential importance.”



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"Yes." Kenzo said with a sigh. "I have a bad feeling about this."

"And yet..." He shrugged. "I am nevertheless intrigued by what it says. I don't suppose you can decipher the meaning of all these symbols?"



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“I can work on it... it may take some time. And this isn’t really the type of knowledge I could bring some other specialists into...” She replied.

“And it’s only part... so at best it’ll be fragmentary.”



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