Taka watched Zoyu move off after Rin with a slight shake of his head. It was frequently irritating the way Zoyu always assumed she knew best, but perhaps in this case she could help Rin regain her balance - she had obviously been feeling out of sorts since the championship. Rather than follow Zoyu's assumption/suggestion Taka turned instead towards the temple where he meditated for a while in the peaceful grounds before raising a prayer to the Sun as she rose at dawn. After a brief word with the priests to see if more information was available about when the Uba appeared and how widespread the attacks were claimed he made his way back up to the castle for some breakfast and to discuss things with his colleagues.
No problem Noir. This game is the only reason I'm still checking the site at the moment, which I'm doing almost everyday.if you have a particular frequency you would like then let me know. At the moment Taka is in his most uncomfortable circumstance - a high sicial banquet on top of which he knows he can't ask about the things he most wants to as they would be inappropriate. Having said that I do plan to do another post for him later today.
<Of course I knew you'd notice, but of course it's all about you isn't? How someone should have told you first?>
Her mother turns away and heads off to make a cup of coffee but her mental voice still comes through just as clear.
<Well 'Genius' I suggest you start getting used to how the real world operates away from the Amanda-centred bubble your 'darling' father helped you maintain. You woke up in the First Class lounge at Heathrow airport, while I woke up three hours earlier in a crisis meeting room at the Embassy to find that roughly one in ten our staff and relatives hadn't made it, including the Ambassador. While you've been pissing people off acting like a spoilt brat, raiding bank accounts and buying porsches I've been in constant meetings trying to clear up some of this mess.>
She re-enters the room, mug in hand, a mixture of anger and disappointment on her face.
<So no, no-one warned you I was psychic, because I've been too busy to tell anyone!>
"I only heard from Alex that you were one of the psychic survivors when I saw him on my way out of the office about ten minutes ago."
"From what you have said I fear the farmers will be blamed more than their stories of witches. If you could describe how to find some of these farms I will try to investigate their troubles tomorrow."
After receiving what directions the monk is able to provide Taka takes a brief walk through the town, taking a mental note of any folk charms to ward against evil or curses that might be seen. If they are prevalent then perhaps it would be more informing what establishments do not feel the need for such protection.
Knowing of Zoyu's love of geisha houses from their time in Tsuma Taka will ask a passing doshin for directions to the towns most exclusive geisha house confident that Zoyu would use her status of being the Topaz Champion to gain entry for herself and any others to have joined her. Staying in the castle was definitely not her style when more refined entertainments could be found in town.
Arriving at the geisha house Taka asked for a member of the Topaz Champion's group to come to speak to him, refusing offers to pass a message on to them.
Great, just after the self proclaimed mage goes walkies we get a magic based job, thought Terry to himself.
"When you say spotted on a rock ma'am, was it carved into, painted on, chalked on or what? If it was a fairly permanent type of marking method have the previous sites been checked for sigils or glyphs?"
As Lucretia runs for the doors Terry shakes his head slightly as he quietly comments "Great, another SNAFU before we've even set off."
Rather than running after Lucretia he opts to 'port to the surface entrance and immediately spots the two chutes coming down. Ignoring the one destined to come down on land he sends a mental message to the other 'chutist "I'm going to keep you out of the drink, just relax."
'Porting closer to the docks he pauses until they are only 100m up before doing a turnabout 'port up to the 'chutist, grabbing a hold of their rig and return to the spot he just left.
"Right mate, lets get over to the boss lady." Is his only comment before 'porting the two of them to Lucretia's side as the other 'chutist morphs her clothes asks for Lucretia's name.
"Hai Toshi -san" Taka replied, "I have heard of three methods of creating zombies, although perhaps there are others. Firstly, all humans who die in the Shadowlands rise as zombies within a matter of hours at most, sometimes as little as minutes. Secondly the bodies of the dead can be reanimated by a maho spell. And lastly as we saw today the bodies can be reanimated by the use of an enchanted porcelain mask."
He pauses to consider something for a moment before continuing, "Although the ones we faced today are the first I have heard of connected to a scroll and seemed to be easier to damage than those I have faced before. Perhaps the two things are connected and it was simply a weaker spell than those I have seen in the Shadowlands. "
Taka gave appropriate bows to the nobles as they arrived and seemed a little nervous at the prospect of his actions coming to the attention of his Clan Daimyo. However, he was obviously happy at the prospect of becoming a Jade Magistrate.
Unlike previous meals Taka was very talkative, asking Hiruma for tips about hunting, athletics and comparing jujutsu techniques/styles. He then approaches Hitoe for advice on how to use a Jitte, the traditional symbolic weapon of a Magistrate, and through out it all is happy to talk to anyone who cares to listen about his store of lore about Zombies.
Whilst waiting for her mother Amanda had casually flopped on a sofa while logging her devices into the apartments wifi, and then realised that the paramedic, Gwyn had sat in the same spot several times in the last week. Not a thought she was happy with.
Almost an hour later than predicted Amanda's mother finally returned home, her entrance heralded, to Amanda at least, by the approach of another 'light/spark/glow' denoting another psychic to Amanda's new senses.
Suzanne called out as she opened the door to the entrance hall, "Amanda, I'm home."
Ditching her shoes and bag in the hall, she went straight into the reception room Amanda was sitting in.
"I'm sorry I couldn't get away to met you in person, but you can imagine the chaos we're facing with all this pod stuff happening. It wasn't helped by the Ambassador not surviving his pod. So, apart from the obvious, how was the trip?"
Taka was all too familiar with facing zombies and was justifiably afraid of doing so in such an unprepared setting as this. However, it did not slow his reactions. Plucking the scroll he wanted from within his scroll satchel with long familiarity he quickly cast his spell and a razor sharp obsidian headed Ono formed in his hand. Turning briefly away from the approaching zombies he throws it to Hitoe with a brief "Hitoe, Catch!" as her only warning.
Turning back to face the zombies he swings his satchel onto his back as he takes up an unarmed stance next to Hiruma.
OOC Fear roll was failed with a 13
Tetsubo of Earth cast 2 turns early and 1 raise to change to an Ono.
But 1 free raise to cast using a scroll with an Innate spell and 1 free raise on Earth spell as a Kuni so TN only raised from 10 to 15
Rolled an 18 (witnessed by Noir)
"Well Miss," Terry says as he turns to Sylvia, "There are still some games that are blocky, but that tends to be by design now rather than due to a limitation of the technology. If you don't mind my asking, just how long have you been out of action?"