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Duel: Spirit and Strength on the Innsroad

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Whispers in the dark
Wind rises through petals soft
Winding over steps


Negumi Raifu stands at a bend in the road about a mile from the Red Dragon Inn, the blade of his family odachi drawn in acceptance of challenge. Moonlight passes through black bark and pink flower to light the path below, a rare clear night that invigorates the senses.

The she-warrior, Himura Kyoko, approaches. She's wounded, and yet eager to fight. There's a spring in her step that belies her raw strength. Not one to be underestimated. 

Raifu calls out in an even tone, his voice cutting through the calm wind over the flat paving stones, "Hail, Himura-san. You seek glory for your master, the Daimyo?"

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Kyoko leaned against the trunk of an old Cherry tree. This spot was one of a rare few in the city. In the crook of the bend, the creaking boughs of this ancient tree had sheltered many over hundreds of years and witnessed much bloodshed. It would do so again tonight. 

The footsteps of her opponent echoed under the thick canopy, and she stepped out to give them pause. This would be quite the challenge. 

A small smile played on her lips as she heard him speak, and her eyes sweeped over his silhouette in the moonlight. She fingered the hilt at her hip. 

“It is Fate that brought us together, friend. Are you ready for the Kami to receive you this night?”

 

 

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Tension: 1

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

Action: Stare

Roll: 13: Your opponent reveals something about their character. You may also choose to Forfeit,
ending the duel.


Raifu assesses his opponent, even her blade remains sheathed. Is she arrogant? Or is it a ploy? The Batosi have always smacked of arrogance, but his sensei, Mitsurugi Takeno had taught him to beware the undercurrents of cunning. Best to  gain more information.

"Always. Though I suspect Fate's hand has only given us a gentle nudge toward one another, while your sensei shoves hard."

 

Tension: 1

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

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10 hours ago, MadCast: rife170 said:

Tension: 1

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

Action: Stare

Roll: 13: Your opponent reveals something about their character. You may also choose to Forfeit,
ending the duel.


Raifu assesses his opponent, even her blade remains sheathed. Is she arrogant? Or is it a ploy? The Batosi have always smacked of arrogance, but his sensei, Mitsurugi Takeno had taught him to beware the undercurrents of cunning. Best to  gain more information.

"Always. Though I suspect Fate's hand has only given us a gentle nudge toward one another, while your sensei shoves hard."

 

Tension: 1

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

 

 

Tension: 1

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

 

Kyoko seemed unhurried, considering his words. After a moment, her hands moved, and she pulled out two small red bean manju. She tossed one of them into her mouth and then offered the other in an outstretched hand. 

"I find sweets to be exceptionally tasty before and after a duel. Don't you?" 

As she finished the manju (and pocketed the other if the offer was refused), Kyoko unsheathed her long sword and strode forward to settle in front of her opponent. 

"Your sensei tends to drive his hand in clandestine ways." 

The grip of her hands on her sword, along with the position of her feet, seemed unmistakably familiar to Raifu. It was clear to one of the learned protege's of the Hokuten that this loyal Nanten follower was at one point advised by the clandestine hand of another.  

Reveal: Kyoko was trained by Mitsurugi

Move: Stare

Roll: 7 - You both reveal something about your character and increase the tension by 1.

Reveal: Kyoko loves sweets.

Raifu must also reveal something.

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

Tension: 2

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Tension: 2

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

Reveal: Raifu is from Tokushima.

Action: Stare

Roll: 10. Your opponent reveals something about their character. You may also choose to Forfeit,
ending the duel.

 

Raifu declines the treat. "Where I come from, to eat right before a battle is ill omen. Why then?" He thrusts his chin toward her. "If you trained with Mitsurugi-sama, why do you devote yourself to the Batosi?"
 

Tension: 2

Calm Wind, Flat Ground, Road

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