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  1. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu tilted her head slightly to the side, considering the question, then shook her head. "If there was something added to the sake afterwards, I am not aware of it, but this one is neither alchemist nor brewer, or even a... prolific imbiber of sake. The merchant I spoke to did say both brands of sake were particularly dry varieties, if that holds any meaning for you." The oddly coloured Crane nodded at Shosuro Kamiko. "Perhaps the disposition of the masks would be a greater lead, but we learned little of them in our first encounter. They seem to similar to the ones we encountered at the Temple of Amaterasu, but we learned nothing of their manufacture or providence. The craftmanship of the masks are quite exquisite however. It may be possible to track down their artisan, if not the one or ones who infused the foul sorcery into them, if the artisan and maho-tsukai are not one and the same."
  2. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "We would still be most appreciative of your aid," Zoyu amended smoothly, giving Rin a surreptitious glance. "But most esteemed personages... suggested it would behoove us to speak little of that night. Suffice to say, we have seen such masks or some most similar to their like, before. With your greater study, Shosuro Kamiko and the insight of such a one as yourself, Shosuro Miren, do you believe we would be better served seeking this bladesmith or the source of the sake they seem to have partaken of?"
  3. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "The masks themselves, they are of very fine quality. Not the work of a common artisan. There were crafted with cultivated skill, great innate talent, or both," Zoyu mentioned, "though for my part, I could no tell where or by whom they were made. As for the magic infesting them, we do not know if it is by the same hands. The magic is some manner of foul Maho, though it appears any hand may use the mask once it has been infused with its deviltry. We have seen their like used during an... incident in Tsuma."
  4. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "It would seem then that something integral to the Cult has changed," Zoyu conjectured. "Either they have gained access to a new source of influence or power they believe would tilt the odds in their favour." She nodded at Kamiko, adding to her comment about the Moon Cult's gamble. "Or there is new leadership, or a play for such, in the Cult of the Moon, one or more who are more ambitious and bold. Perhaps a brewing schism based on the tactics they wish enacted." The Crane woman gave the Scorpion siblings a brisk nod when Shosuro Kamiko spoke of swiftness. "Our preliminary investigations have reveals a pair of threads to unravel derived from the weapons and sake found in their possession. The maker's mark found on the low quality blades the zombies were armed with belong to one Yasuragi, a Ronin bladesmith that can be found in a small Village called Tokoro, off the Beiden pass. In lands belonging to the Bear clan. The sake the cultists had were from The City of the Rich Frog and a brewery found just outside Kyuden Ikoma. In your studies, do any of these places have some connection with the Cult of the Moon, however tenuous?"
  5. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu appraised the Scorpion siblings with polite frankness as she finished her tea. Their blue eyes, while not uncommon among the Crane, were rare everywhere else in the Empire and quite fetching, and even exotic in some fashion. They were as pale of complexion as she and dressed in very fine and stylish kamishimo, with complimentary masks ubiquitous among the Scorpion. Zoyu couldn't help but notice the man was very handsome, almost pretty, and very polished in his manner. "We are most pleased to make your acquaintance," Zoyu replied in a low, sweet voice, returning a polite, measured bow. Her mismatched eyes of blue and green were keen with interest, her cerulean kimono trimmed in white and patterned with pink sakura blossoms cut to emphasize her sleek, curvaceous figure and for ease of movement. "This one is Kakita Zoyu, Topaz Champion, and these are Mirumoto Rin, Kakita Kaze, Kitsu Kageko, and Doji Yuzo." The Crane gestured gracefully as she named her companions. Unlike Ujimitsu, her own long hair, elaborately pinned and braided, was naturally a glossy white, save for a lock that was as glistening and black as that of the siblings. "Ujimitsu-san has spoken highly of you both and we would be grateful for any aid in dispatching these troublesome Moon Cultists. Ujitmitsu-san mentioned that you have had experience dealing with their ilk?"
  6. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "Indeed, just so," Zoyu agreed heatedly, her eyes hardening at the thought of maho-tsukai and those who utilized their foul magics. "Hiju acquitted himself quite well during the tournament and seemed a most excellent hunter and woodsman. I hope his aid will serve you well and I will add my own prayers that Fate and the Fortunes favour you in finishing this Fade and his foul feats."
  7. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "We will keep that in mind, Ujimitsu-san," Zoyu replied, giving him a small smile, vaguely regretting being so sharp with him and suspicious of his motives, if not actually apologetic about it. "And likewise, if there is some way we may be of assistance in your own investigations, I hope you will feel comfortable in asking. If I may inquire, how has Hiju been since the Topaz Championship?"
  8. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu pursed her lips in consideration, then took a sip of tea, savoring it, before dipping her head in assent to Ujimitsu. "It is true that we have just recently learned of the activities of the Moon Cult and know little of them, their practices and goals. It would serve us well to make acquaintance with those who know them better. Many have we encountered in our travels that have aided us with their own particular specialties and knowledge. Rooting out the Moon Cult is most definitely a concern for us now and if these siblings also have a particular interest in the same, I would find it enlightening to make their acquaintance, if it would not be an imposition, Ujimitsu-san."
  9. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Perhaps the change in Clan was beneficial to Ujitmitsu, though Zoyu didn't think the Scorpion would be as forgiving to outbursts in their name. Still, a harsh method of humbling seemed to have served him well and he offered apologies to her as he should have that would have been crass to demand. She hoped the Scorpion did not make Ujitmitsu regret his decision some day. "Your apologies most appreciated and greatly accepted, Ujitmitsu-san," Zoyu replied graciously with a demure smile. "Under the eyes of Fate and the Fortunes, all things are possible. Please, sit and be at ease." Her mismatched eyes twinkled as she took a sip of tea. "When you heard word of us in Ryoko Owari, did you come to reconnect with old acquaintances and make overdue apologies, or is there additional reason you sought us out? Lord and Lady Bayushi have taken a particular interest in the Jade Magistrates, with their establishment and their providence, it seems to me."
  10. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu nodded her agreement with Rin, then her brows rose at the sight of a face she hadn't thought to see again, a man she had not even thought of since the Topaz Championship. "If it does not disappoint, it is still a trial," Zoyu replied, schooling her features to a polite greeting as she dipped her head to her former classmate. "There is no need for apology, Ujimitsu-san. I had not considered remaking your acquaintance here in Ryoko Owari. It is an unexpected turn of events. I trust your a doing well, since...?" Zoyu made a graceful gesture, indicating his attire> Her tone and manner was civil and gracious, but not warm. She had known him since they were both children and while Kakita Satsuma-sama could be a harsh man, Ujimitsu's outburst had been a deep breach of etiquette and she still could not reconcile his decision to switch clans, especially to the Scorpion. "Would you like some tea?" Zoyu offered, indicating the pot, poised to serve if he accepted.
  11. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "The Fortunes were indeed with us, Kaze-san," Zoyu replied with a soft smile. "The merchant Yuzo-san lead me to was most helpful. Both sakes are from the lands of the Lion." Zoyu quickly gave Kaze and the other magistrates the details. She turned to Rin. "If necessary, do you believe the Tortoise would be amendable to transporting us along the river, if we decide to pursue this avenue of investigation?" Zoyu glided toward Rin, presenting the sheathed kami-favoured katana towards her. "There is more. For all that we have done for Ryoko Owari and his family, Fuketsu-sama has entrusted the enchanted katana to the care Jade Magistrates and would be honored if you would wield it until you see fit that another Jade Magistrate is worthy to wield it."
  12. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "That is an excellent suggestion, Kageko-san," Zoyu agreed, giving the slight Soden-Senzo a smile before nodding at the merchant. "I had forgotten another recourse we could pursue and I wouldn't not want our company to slow your travel and make it more difficult and uncomfortable besides. Please forget my idle thought, Kobei-san. When you return, please deliver the sake to the Inn of the Apple Blossom and everything will be settled appropriately." She glanced at Yuzo and Kageko, patting the enchanted blade found, stolen, and recovered. "Shall we continue on and make our own delivery?"
  13. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu did indeed prefer the sweeter sorts of sake, but Kobei had been most helpful, just as Yuzo had suggested. She had gotten what they needed, but the Mantis deserved something for his efforts and knowledge. Zoyu bowed her head towards him and smiled softly as she smoothed out her kimono and haori. "Thank you, Kobei-san, that is exactly what I wished to know," Zoyu said. "I will not keep you any longer from your lessons, but if possible, I would be interested in procuring a pair of casks of each." She pursed her lips in consideration. "Depending on certain circumstances and when you may depart, might it be possible if I and a number of my companions accompany you? That is all for now, unless, Yuzo, you have anything to add?"
  14. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    Zoyu kept her expression polite, ignoring the somewhat crass mention of money. He would be paid his due, but she would not haggle like some common merchant. His bracelets earned a second glance however. They were not garish or elegant enough to be decorative jewelry and they looked to be heavy, heavy enough to slow one's sword arm. What purpose would such serve? "Cost is of no matter, Kobei-san," Zoyu said, waving a negligent hand. "As for time, perhaps, perhaps not, we shall see. Very recently, we have come across two particular brands of Sake and we would be interested in procuring their like. And I am even more interested in knowing where they may have been produced. In all your great and very extensive travels, Kobei-san, have you come across 'Well In The Stream' or 'Flower In Winter' sake?"
  15. L5R: Blood and Jade - With A Single Step

    "You are most gracious, Kitsuki," Zoyu murmured in dulcet tones. "We will not take up much of your student's time." She glanced at Yuzo then nodded towards the assembled students. "This Kobei, he is here?" "Yes, Zoyu-san," Yuzo confirmed. "The bald Mantis in the trousers and vest." Zoyu glanced over, concealing a frown at the Mantis' attire. The Mantis were all strange and often gaudy, those this one didn't seem to be such a successful - or thieving - trader to warrant such ostentation. "I see." Zoyu glided over towards the man, a polite, demure smile on her lips, Yuzo at her side. "Kobei-san?" He looked around the slender, yet curvaceous Crane, not quite hiding his admiration for her form in her elegant kimono. "I am he." "Then you are the man I am looking for, thanks to the suggestion of Yuzo-san, here." Her smile widened just a trifle. "I wish to speak with you of Sake, if you could spare a few moments, and perhaps earn a few coins as well. There are two brands that are of particular interest to me."
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