Shinwa seems unphased in the face of Kiru's sudden divergence from the group and his cry. Albeit, he seems unphased about just about everything.
He offers a quick bow to the Shiba who is guiding them. "I apologize, Shiba-sama. Kiru-san seems, for some reason, surprised by this turn of events. We will be right back."
With that, he straightens and takes a few long strides over to the nezumi, the Doji, the sugar glider, and the poor Asako would-be customer.
"Please forgive the interruption, Doji Kaiden-sama." He bows deeply to the pamphleteer, then straightens and turns to the Asako customer. "Please do not allow the intrusion of our lowly selves to cause you any alarm. Kaiden-sama is a true paragon of hospitality and kindness, a man of great honor and patience. I am certain he is acting in every way to assist you in all things that you require to make your experiences delightful and educational. I wish you a most excellent voyage."
Post by emeralddragon on Jun 7, 2017 11:40:51 GMT 10
The Shiba bows in reply, and calmly waits for the Nezumi and Ronin to return.
The Loremaster pauses as the Suger Glider appears on the Cranes shoulder, and blinks twice, a look of controlled surprise appearing on his face, that quickly morphs to curiousity. As Kiru and Shinwa approach, Kiru focused on Rik, and Shinwa focused on him, he almost smiles, although he still looks a tad confused at the Nezumi's connection to the Sugar Glinder. Finally he said, "It is quite all right, Samurai-san, quite all right. I have never seen a Sugar Glider up close, so while surprising, this is an opportunity to learn."
Turning he bows to, Kiru, "Assuming of course I have your permission, Nezumi-san. I was not aware the Nezumi made Pilgrimages to Rokugan." His glance at the Nezumi is equally curious, although shorter lived, as his attention quickly goes back to the Sugar Glider, "There are some that would say that over the past 3,000 years we have learned all we can from the Life on Rokugan, but the Sugar Glider lived far from Rokugan did it not? Until we discovered Nankyokutairiku, we didn't even know it existed."
Turning back to the creature, but not touching it without the Nezumi's permission, he looks at it for a moment longer, "Fascinating," Before going back to the brochure and flicking through it to see if Rokugan was on offer, "I have wanted to make a trip to Nankyokutairiku for a while now. The land remains untamed, be it the dry land, the icy tundra, or its beautiful forests."
Post by M'thack-kir on Jun 7, 2017 13:17:36 GMT 10
((OOC: first dice roll for me this game, to try and point out why a Rokugani is wrong about their home planet without getting my head chopped off... orokos.com/roll/522647#))
Kiru bows low to both the Crane and the Asako. "Forgive M'thack-kir, Asako-Asako-Asako, but sugar gliders are native to more than just the great southern continent. M'thack-kir has never visited that place before."
He doesn't respond to the query about having been to Rokugan itself, and instead whispers angrily at Rik, in words only Shinwa understands, "You cannot be reckless, especially here! We can't cause trouble for our allies, and someone might try to kidnap you! Stay safe in my scarf, Rik. Safe-safe."
Shinwa hears Rik sigh, before replying, "This one's scent reminded me of nectar; I had to at least investigate. Sorry, Kiru." With amazing speed, the sugar glider pounces from the Crane's shoulder onto Kiru's before burying himself in the sanctuary of the Phoenix-coloured obi scarf.
Co GM M'thack-kir, of the Burnt Crane Tribe, "Kiru" to most. Captain of The Warren, Friend of Rik, Master of Kakashi. Dependant: Shiba Itsuki, pilot. Orokos History: orokos.com/roll/m-phechan
Post by emeralddragon on Jun 8, 2017 11:38:38 GMT 10
The seemingly does not acknowledge the Nezumi's correction, having taken the Nezumi's lack of refusal to let him look at the creature as permission to do so. Thus when the Nezumi calls Rik over, and the Sugar Glider vanishes into Kiru's Obi Scarf a brief look of disappointment flickers on the Asako's face.
Then it was gone and the Asako bows to the Nezumi, "Thank you Nezumi-san. You have a truly magnificent pet."
Turning back to Kaiden, he bows again, "Perhaps the Fortunes guided you here for this moment. If so, I thank you for it, and hope you bring much joy to others as your journey continues." And then he vanished into the crowd around them.
A small and confused frown darkened Shinwa's features as the Asako disappeared into the crowd. He turns back to Doji Kaiden, and this time looks, really looks, at the shorter man. He takes in the lack of white gloves and polish. The uniform is nothing like the gleaming silver and cerulean silk he remembers. And neither is the careworn expression in the younger man's eyes.
He looks back once more in the direction the Asako went.
"You were not serving as host and aide and guide for the Asako, Kaiden-sama? Is everything well? What happened to your ship?"
He turns crisply to face M'thack-ir. "I owe this man for his past hospitality," he explained. His tone, even the way he phrases the sentence, sounds like something from an old pillowbook novel. "I would pay my debts and help him, if I could."
There is a sense of utter certainty in the words, as though, unless the Doji chose to speak up, he might find himself picked up and carried off to be helped whether he needed it or not.
Post by Doji Kaiden on Jun 8, 2017 13:55:01 GMT 10
The Dodji let's out a yelp as Rik leaps off his shoulder, not from pain, but worry for the fine fabric. After determining there was no damage done, he bows deeply to each of the newcomers while speaking
"Greetings Friends, I believe it is you I am waiting to meet. Shinwa-sama! It is a pleasure to see you again, your words are too kind."
"I am glad you are well." Shinwa gestures to those nearby, starting with the nezumi. "Indeed. This is M'thack-kir-san." To the shugenja. "Shiba Itsuki-sama" To the Dragon, "Mirumoto Nanashi-sama." To the Crab. "Hida Tetsuko-sama." And to their guide, "And Shiba..." he hesitates, "Dong-Geun-sama. He is escorting us to...I think...an inn?"
He turns to the others. "This is Doji Kaiden-sama." He offers no further explanation of how he knows the man than he has already revealed.
He turns back to the Doji. "If you are not guiding the Asako...and you are not in need of help...you said you were waiting for us?"
"if you will excuse me, Asako-Sama, I have extended business with these people. If you contact your local Crane Cruise agency, they can arrange whatever cruise you desire. And if you use this coupon. You can get %15 discount on your deposit!"
He turns to Shinwa, again bowing.
"Indeed Shinwa-Sama, my station has changed somewhat since our last meeting. But that is in the past and I am here now. I was told my services could be of use, so here I am!"
As a low-life ronin, it is a little unusual to be '-sama'ed' by a Great Clan samurai, but Shinwa seems to accept the honorific with aplomb. He simply nods, perfectly accepting of this unusual addition to the events surrounding this mission. "Of course, Doji-sama. I am certain it is as it is supposed to be. I believe we are going to speak with a scholar....but going to a inn first. Shiba Dong-Geun-sama, shall we proceed so Hida-sama has a chance to change before the time we must arrive?"
The ronin does not even question 'who' told the Doji his services are needed, what services he could possibly offer, or whether it was even really them that his services were being offered too. Either the questions haven't occurred to him, or he has a large amount of faith in the general serendipity of the universe.