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    Diplomacy Incarnate

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Fri Oct 09, 2020 6:14 am

    Kiyoko was less than enthused at having to be at the Heavenly Emporium. She didn’t have anything against Tomi Okane, she was just not used to being summoned. She knew it was part and parcel to being the right hand of the Shogun, but occasionally she found the title he had given her to be less than amusing. She was easily described as many things; stoic, serious, judgemental. Diplomatic? Not even in the slightest. Her style of diplomacy almost always involved her sword. Or when she was feeling particularly fiery, actual fire. Regardless of her qualms with her assigned duties, she was here now and she was representing her lord and her people. So with the discipline drilled into her since her earliest memories, she straightened her spine and entered the diplomacy district. It probably would have looked slightly more impressive had she not also been carrying her daughter Aihi on her shoulders. She had thought long and hard about bringing her little flower with her, since the girl was only just over a year old. The perfect age to begin causing trouble but not have any way of staying out of it. But it had been a year since the girl’s father had abandoned them and it was high time that Kiyoko started moving forward and that meant bringing Aihi with her. The Heavenly Emporium was purported to be neutral territory, and as far as she had knowledge of there hadn’t been a single instance of violence since its creation.

    She had received a summons from someone from Kumogakure, a Shimiko Chinoike. She had heard of her, but due to her association with the village of Kumo she’d paid little attention. Considering the Shogun’s desire to see Kiyoko expand her good will to include the shinobi though she had agreed to a meeting. The floating city was a marvel of technology to be sure, and as Kiyoko walked through it she could see why Kensai was so enamored with the creations of Okane. The buildings made of steel and glass, the people bustling through the streets and the smells of industry and creativity were fascinating to her. She’d never been particularly interested in pursuing the craftsman arts herself, but she held a deep respect and appreciation for them all the same. The two swords she currently carried, Redemption and Kurosawa, were a testament to the ingenuity of people. Where she had dedicated her life to the art of using a sword, others had equally dedicated themselves to the creation of them.

    She had come in her usual clothing, a pair of black silk hakama and a matching black silk off shoulder shirt with flowing sleeves that ended halfway down her forearms. She had a long black wool cloak trimmed with dark fur that matched her equally dark hair and eyes and tied at her neck with a simple cord. Her two swords were strapped to her left side, their hilts ‘peace tied’ with red silk as a sign of respect for the laws governing the neutral place. Kiyoko had no intention of drawing the blades, but she had also been unwilling to let them leave her side. A Samurai’s blade was far more than a weapon, it carried the soul of its bearers and the hope of its people. The blade ‘Redemption’ was as much a part of her as was her arms or legs, to part with them would not only bring her dishonour, it would be to dishonour the very core of what it meant to follow the Bushido code. Kurosawa was even more integral to her accoutrement, she had given an oath to keep it safe, only to part with it when it could be safely delivered to the Shogun himself. Aihi was dressed in a traditional Land of Iron kimono made of pink and blue dyed silk, with similarly coloured adornments in her dark hair. Aihi’s hair was not exactly the image of stately perfection, but she was also a toddler and the fact that she was even dressed was a miracle in itself. On Aihi’s waist was a small ‘dagger’ that Kiyoko had whittled for her out of wood, at the near unintelligible insistence of the little girl when she was told that “No, you can’t have the Kurosawa blade”. Kiyoko had even gone so far as to ‘peace tie’ Aihi’s wooden ‘sword’ so that she understood the importance of following all the rules and laws of whatever land they were in.

    Once she had arrived at the room intended for her meeting she would take a seat at a small wooden table, removing her cloak and placing it neatly over the back of her chair. Aihi would do two and half laps around the room before giggling and falling onto a pillow near her mother. Refreshments had been offered to her and she had requested rice tea, a favourite of hers since she was a young girl, and some milk for Aihi. Kiyoko was fairly certain that Aihi wouldn’t even drink the milk and would just try her best to sneakily sip her mother’s tea, but since she knew it was coming she wouldn’t mind. She did have to keep her entertained regardless and if the worst trouble Aihi got into was trying to drink rice tea, then it was a blessing. She had wanted to have something stronger, but she needed to keep what few wits she had about her as she had no idea what to expect.


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:20 am

    Shimiko's Loadout:

    Shimiko was wearing her signature Chinowakagumi Armour, a stylish red jumpsuit made of flexible but protective material. It hugged her form tightly and exposed her generous bosom for the world to see, but its true value was sutured within its very seams. For the Chinowakagumi contained several cubic tons of blood courtesy of the Creation of All Blood Enchantment. This would provide Shimiko with an ample supply of blood to manipulate should the need arise. The armour also contained a handful of strategically placed slits. They were large enough for her arms to slip through and discreetly located near her hips and back. Shimiko wore a custom melody arm device on each forearm. They were known as the Kālīkoroshimasu and they looked similar to a pair of black evening gloves. They stretched to her elbows and provided an elegant touch to the contrasting red of her armour. Each device was also loaded with hundreds of Senshichi Needles and every needle filled with blood. The left Kālīkoroshimasu was of particular note because it contained the Batroc seal which in turn held two-hundred and fifty bats.

    Shimiko kept her armaments on her person for quick access. Her Twin Tessen of Terror were strapped to the upper arm of her armour. Likewise, her notorious X-Rank Sai, the Badgers Claws, were holstered in a discreet pouch attached to the small of her back. Additional Sai were holstered along her spinal column as backups. There were two more pairs in total each occupying their own grooves that were along her back, not too close nor too far apart from one another. The Sai pairs crisscrossed each other with the handles protruding outwards so that she could grab them quickly.

    Shimiko's hair was let down in stark contrast to her past iconic pigtails. The excess hair, which would normally form her bangs, was parted to the side.  She had the Red Lightning and Black Lightning Seals etched into the corner of her right and left breasts respectively. She had used a technique of her own design to adjust their appearance. The Red Lightning tattoo formed the Kanji which spelled "Yui's" name and the Black Lightning tattoo formed the Kanji which spelled "Yua's" name. A constant reminder to herself and the world that her Twins would always be near and dear to her heart. Finally, Shimiko's jewelry of choice, Jashin's Gift, hung prominently on her neck.

    The rest of her minor effects (kunai, chakra pills, shuriken, ninja wire, and the like) could be found stored in a pouch located on her hip and right thigh.

    Shimiko marched through the diplomacy district. She was a woman on a mission. Now that Kirigakure was allegedly acting on the world scene, the ANBU Commander needed to make sure that they were abiding by the terms and conditions that she had set during her previous visit. She had opted to not destroy Kiri so long as they conformed to international law, more specifically, what Shimiko perceived international law to be. One of the conditions for the village's continued existence was that it return the priceless artifacts and exclusives it had stolen from the Land of Iron. Kurosawa was a powerful blade and Shimiko did not want it in Kiri's hands. The sacking of the nation had provided a wonderful excuse to bully Kiri into giving back its spoils. It was a lie to say that Shimiko cared for the well-being of a minor nation consisting of samurai. They weren't her concern. She was more inclined to see this as an opportunity to exercise Kumo's divine will over their historic maritime enemy.

    She decided that rather than ask Kirigakure whether or not it had complied with its task, she'd meet with the Head Diplomat of Tetsumura. Shimiko had skipped on overseeing the transfer of the artifact herself. Partly because she wanted to give Kiri a chance to do the right (or wrong) thing on its own without direct pressure from her presence. Enough time had passed where she felt confident that they had no excuse to not have returned the blade. She messaged the Shogun, requested an audience, and scheduled a meeting at the illustrious Heavenly Emporium. Shimiko was quite fond of the floating fortress-city. It had been built by an illusive genius. The same man that had crafted her Badger's Claws. She had spent three days in the city as a tourist, just marveling at the fine craftsmanship and orderly governance of the neutral zone. By the time the day of the meeting had arrived, Shimiko had seen all there was to see.

    When she entered the room, Shimiko was greeted by a beautiful but stern looking young woman. The sound of babbling in the corner turned her attention to the small child that had been brought. Ordinarily, Shimiko would be annoyed that someone would dare bring a baby to a high-stakes diplomatic meeting. Kiyoko was lucky enough to have two things working in her favor. First, Shimiko wanted to butter the samurai up. She was hoping Kiyoko would reveal critical information about Kirigakure and based on what she was told, she could then take further action against the Mist. Second, Shimiko had recently born her own daughter and while she had always been partial to children, having one of her own made her even more sympathetic to Kiyoko's decision. Tetsumura had been brutally attacked once and leaving her child in such an unsecure country was a risk that Shimiko wouldn't take with Désirée. The startled expression she wore softened and turned into a warm smile.

    "You must be Kiyoko Fisei!" Shimiko bowed and returned to her upright position. She was cheerful and polite, except unlike past instances, the positivity stemmed from an genuine inner warmth and not a desire to lure the unsuspecting into a false sense of security. Shimiko bent down and smiled at Aihi. "And who is this little samurai? Had I known you were bringing her, I'd have brought a gift" Shimiko said with a grin. She knelt on the floor in the traditional Japanese style. She had put in her order in advance and so was brought a cup of boiling hot blood tea. It was a rare Chinoike delicacy but the establishment knew that it was best to indulge the Honey Badger.

    Shimiko was in no rush to get to business. She would much rather start by chit-chatting with the Diplomat about her family.

    "Your daughter is as beautiful as you are. How old is she?"


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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Thu Oct 15, 2020 1:12 pm

    Kiyoko stood immediately as Shimiko entered the room, noting the startled look on the blonde woman’s face as she turned her attention to Aihi. There was a brief moment of tension as Kiyoko tried to assess the kumogakure shinobi’s reaction to her daughter. Kiyoko lived in fear every day that someone may come to take Aihi away or hurt her, and it was not such an unreasonable fear. She had been separated from her parents when she was quite young, only through their quick thinking had she even managed to survive where so many other children of Iron did not. In the incredibly brief moment before Shimiko smiled, Kiyoko was considering how best to protect her daughter. She had no reason to believe that the woman who had just entered the room was a threat to Aihi, but she was fiercely protective of her young daughter and without evidence that she wasn’t in danger she would probably always be on edge.

    Aihi was blissfully ignorant of any potential dangers, or was a veritable savant when it came to judging people’s intentions and simply saw there wasn’t any danger. Either way the toddler pulled herself up with a grin and did her best impression of a respectful bow along with Kiyoko before grasping on to her mother’s leg and mischievously peeking out at Shimiko. “Well met. Shimiko Chinoike I assume?” Her question wasn’t exactly a question, but Kiyoko was direct and jumped to conclusions, as was her nature.

    When Shimiko bent down to address Aihi the little girl would laugh gleefully and point at the woman’s head “Yellow” she said as she looked up to Kiyoko for confirmation. The dark haired samurai would nod and smile affectionately at the tiny girl, choosing to answer her daughter’s remark before addressing Shimiko again. “Yes my little flower, yellow.” Turning her gaze to the ‘yellow’ haired woman she would give her a sincere smile. “This is Aihi. Bringing her was a last minute decision. I saw no reason to not bring her, the Heavenly Emporium is quite the marvel and as safe as any place gets these days.”

    Once Shimiko had knelt at the table Kiyoko would return to her seat on the ground and pull Aihi onto her lap after detaching the tiny human from her leg. Shimiko’s ‘tea’ came and Kiyoko couldn’t help but to stare at it and probably would have continued to do so had Aihi not decided to take her mother’s obvious distraction as an invitation to make her first attempt to drink the rice tea that was now in front of her. Kiyoko felt the not so sneaky movements and would look down, allowing the child to attempt the theft. She doubted Aihi would enjoy the taste and was counting on her becoming disinterested once the bitter liquid entered her mouth. She was surprised by Shimiko’s interest in and complement of her daughter and herself. Shimiko had unknowingly endeared herself to the usually stern samurai, Aihi was her pride and joy and to show her favour was to prove to Kiyoko that a person was worth investing time in.

    “She is eighteen months. Growing so fast though, it seems like just yesterday that she was born.” Her last remark was said with the tiniest amount of wistfulness. She sometimes wished she could pause time and continue to cherish the innocence of her daughter. With Aihi speaking and doing things on her own now, she knew it wouldn’t be long before Aihi would learn more than just the word to describe a colour. She would learn about people and their ways. And not all of those ways were good. Kiyoko’s dark brown eyes would settle on Shimiko’s blue ones. “Do you have any children?” Kiyoko wasn’t very adept at friendly conversation, or conversation at all. Though in the interest of kindness she decided that reciprocation the concept was probably appropriate.


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Sun Oct 18, 2020 1:19 pm

    Shimiko noticed how Kiyoko had tensed in her presence. Most people did so that wasn't surprising, in fact, it was especially understandable given that her daughter was here. Shimiko was just as protective of her own child so she made no move or gesture indicating hostility or that she had even noticed Kiyoko's reaction (however slight it may be).

    “Well met. Shimiko Chinoike I assume?”
    "The one and only" she said with a smile

    When Aihi pointed to her hair and uttered the word "Yellow," Shimiko had to keep herself from squealing in delight. She responded very well to being flattered about her hair even in such a simple way. When Kiyoko told her how old Aihi was and asked if she had any children of her own, Shimiko lit up like a Christmas tree. The ANBU's attempts at light conversation were well received it seemed.

    "A daughter of eight months" she replied proudly. "Just as curious as yours and every bit as cute. Her name is Désirée....she's in Kumo at the moment but maybe when she's a bit older I'll bring her here to visit. I think every child should visit this place at least once....its an interesting mix of cultures and commerce. Everyone is at peace and everyone is respected. The sort of world we want them to grow up in"

    Shimiko didn't do this often but she felt as though she could trust Kiyoko. The samurai were renown for their honor. They were an isolationist people but their code was legendary. They did not harm children and although Shimiko wasn't beholden to the same principle, she planned on extending the same courtesy to little Aihi. She reached into one of her pouch's pockets and retrieved a small picture. She leaned over and showed Kiyoko the picture of her daughter. It depicted a small baby with blonde hair and golden eyes swaddled in a blanket embroidered with the Chinoike Clan symbol. When the picture was taken, Vik had insisted on using the clan blanket as opposed to the Jashinist one. Shimiko balked at first but she eventually relented. She was now glad that she had allowed Vik to talk her into it.


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    Diplomacy Incarnate P5_portrait_of_Anne_Takamaki27s_Phantom_Thief_outfit_without_mask



    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:54 pm

    Kiyoko was pleased to see Shimiko’s reaction to her question, for once she had asked a question that hadn’t been received with awkward silence. A new experience for the usually quite awkward conversationalist that she was. The samurai would smile at the woman’s words, it was wonderful to meet another new mother. She spent so much of her time strategizing and doing her part to keep the Land of Iron safe and cared for that she had little time to think about socializing. Not that she had done much of it before she’d been named the diplomat of the Shogun. Her mood improved considerably as she listened to Shimiko describe her daughter.

    “That’s a beautiful name, and congratulations, eight months late.” Kiyoko’s brow would furrow slightly at the mention of ‘Kumo’, she still had deep hatred for the village and it was only a tiny giggle from Aihi that stopped her from saying as much. “I’m glad to be able to show Aihi some of the world, and in truth I simply couldn’t afford to leave her there. Not when the world is so unstable as it is. We’ve only just begun to rebuild after. . .” She would let the thought go unfinished, she was likely less involved in politics than the woman in front of her was, so it didn’t need repeating, especially in front of Aihi.

    Kiyoko would look at the photo of Désirée appreciatively, studying the symbol on the blanket she was wrapped in curiously. “What is that a symbol of? It looks vaguely familiar but I can’t place it.” Kiyoko was well trained, but not the most learned. Recognizing symbols was slightly more difficult for her. “As you say, this is a good example of what I wish the shinobi world was. Of what we make the Land of Iron, and what we’re making Tetsumura to be.” Gently stroking Aihi’s hair smooth Kiyoko’s gaze would become wistful and almost sad. “I want to leave her a world that she can be proud of and safe in.”


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Fri Oct 30, 2020 7:56 pm

    Shimiko noticed Kiyoko's adverse reaction to the word Kumo. She wasn't aware of anything that her village had done to wrong the Land of Iron but these samurai were generally distrustful of shinobi. When Kiyoko was about to mention the attack on Iron, Shimiko gave a nod. She didn't need to say the rest. Kirigakure had brutally sacked a nation on the far side of the continent for no good reason. It was an unlawful exercise of power and it was why Shimiko had personally visited the archipelago. She had extracted an apology or something close to it alongside a commitment to return what was taken. When the conversation turned back to the children, Shimiko smiled and gave a cheerful answer. They would need to return to the unpleasant business of politics soon enough, but for now, they could relish talk concerning more light-hearted matters.

    "Its the sigil of the Chinoike Clan. A prominent shinobi family located in the mountains of Kaminari."

    Shimiko could go on and on about her surname-sake but she opted not to. Further talk of all things ninja might rub the Diplomat the wrong way. Shimiko understood where Kiyoko was coming from regarding her wishes for the ninja world. It would never be perfect but safety was important. The Shimiko of two years relished violence and war but now that she saw what it could do to those she cared about, it was difficult to glorify it. Even as a Jashinist she longed for peace.

    "And you will....in time....peace will always prevail but not before you and I and people like us work towards making that happen..."

    Now was as good a time as any to transition to the real purpose behind their meeting.

    "...which brings me to the purpose of our meeting. I wanted to follow-up on whether Kirigakure no Sato kept its promise. I received assurances that they intended to apologize for their past acts and return what rightfully belongs to the Samurai of Iron. Did they in fact do what was demanded of them?"

    Shimiko unsubtly let Kiyoko know that it was Kumo that Iron had to thank for this sudden change in policy.


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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Mon Nov 02, 2020 4:36 am

    Kiyoko was glad for the knowing nod from Shimiko, it was not a subject she particularly enjoyed discussing over and over again. And Shimiko’s apparent understanding of the issue earned her a tiny bit more respect in the samurai’s eyes. She had done more than a few things in the short time both women had been interacting to impress Kiyoko. Jaded as she was about all things shinobi, and especially those that came out of Kumogakure, she was trying to give this woman the benefit of the doubt. Trying to be more understanding as so many people had tried to convince her was proper.

    Shimiko’s answer about the symbol on the blanket didn’t exactly clear anything up for Kiyoko. Maybe the name Chinoike was familiar. And maybe it wasn’t. It had been a few years since she had lived in Kumogakure and part of her longed to reminisce about the happy times that she had. Yes, it had been strange and had ended horribly, but the times spent with her father Kosuke had been wonderful. Until they weren’t. Kiyoko tried to distract herself from the melancholy that she felt creeping in, focusing her attention on what Shimiko had to say about peace. It gave her hope that someone who was undoubtedly a shinobi and not a samurai had similar views of the future.

    ...which brings me to the purpose of our meeting. . .

    And there it was. The sentence that always meant an end to lighthearted chit chat and summoned sombre conversation. Seriousness was more to Kiyoko’s tastes anyway, but the segue was a bit jarring. Her brown eyes would settle intently on Shimiko’s blue one’s as she listened to her question about Kirigakure. It was clear that either this woman in specific or perhaps Kumogakure as a whole was responsible for ensuring the return of the ancestral weapon she protected. With a firm nod Kiyoko would gesture to the sword she had attached to her belt. “If what was demanded of them was to return the Meitō, Kurosawa, then yes they did what was demanded of them. There was also a letter. I did not read it. Suffice to say that words that cannot be spoken aloud are hardly viewed as apologies in my eyes. The former Mizukage, Hana I believe she said her name was, was unexpectedly spirited away during the exchange though. All told Tetsumura had four visitors that day, the entire event was very strange, probably even by shinobi standards. Unless it is quite normal to have mysterious young men and cat people appear out of thin air.” Kiyoko was still angered by the rudeness that had been shown that day, and it would be plainly evident in her features. Aihi could sense the shift in her mother’s mood and would twist around in Kiyoko’s lap to hug her mother, which Kiyoko was grateful for and would wrap her arms around the tiny girl protectively.


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    Diplomacy Incarnate JSj1oyq

    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Mon Nov 02, 2020 5:56 pm

    When Kiyoko confirmed that Kurosawa had been returned and even gestured to the weapon she possessed, Shimiko tried to hide her disappointment. How she would have loved to have caught Kiri going back on its international obligations. For all her talk, Shimiko was not a woman of peace. She wanted it for her children sure, but as a personal matter, she relished extreme violence. The only reason she wasn't out committing it at the present moment was because she had learned that there were other things in this world besides her own base desires. If Kiri was doing what they had been told to do then she'd have no reason to go to war. Lives would be spared and she could live with that.

    However, the truth wasn't so simple.

    The weapon had been returned but Kiyoko mentioned a suspicious occurrence. Hana was spirited away by an unknown individual in the middle of their meeting. That was indeed quite odd. Shimiko's ANBU instincts kicked in and she went into information gathering mode. The blonde picked up her tea, sipped it, set it back down, and leaned in just a hair.

    "What do you mean strange? Was Hana kidnapped? Did she appear to be going with them against her will? Describe the people that had left with her"

    Shimiko ordinarily wouldn't pepper a subject with this many questions but it was difficult for her to contain her excitement. The actions of the Mizukage and her secret friends stunk of more godless shenanigans. Shenanigans that they could be punished if it involved foul play. The Diplomat seemed intelligent and unrattled which meant she could probably juggle multiple questions at once. If not then Shimiko would go slower. Either way, she wasn't leaving until she got the full story behind Kurosawa's return.


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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:51 am

    Kiyoko caught the slight change in Shimiko’s demeanour. Where she had been friendly and apologetically business minded a moment before, now she was keenly interested in having her questions interested. There was nothing unprofessional about her change, it just pointed out to Kiyoko that people materializing out of thin air was apparently not normal. Not even by shinobi standards it would seem.

    Kiyoko’s face became more serious as she tried to recreate that day in her mind, searching her memories for any details that might prove helpful, as well as searching for the answers to Shimiko’s questions. “First, as far as I could tell the man and Hana were well acquainted, at least they spoke with the type of familiarity that one would expect from friends, perhaps even close ones. Hana did not seem the least bit concerned to be going with them, it seemed as though she had expected their presence, and had merely forgotten that she had. . . Wait, the man said ‘here as requested’. So obviously expected. So no, she was not being taken against her will, and she was not kidnapped. Her ‘assistant’ Chigetsu, had been mysteriously absent during the exchange and had the same concerns as you do currently. It seems that whatever the meeting and subsequent disappearance was for, Hana had kept it quite the clandestine affair.”

    She would pause and allow Shimiko to take in what she had already divulged, taking a sip of her own tea and politely allowing time for follow up questions before continuing. “As far as strange goes, the young man looked normal enough I suppose; longer dark hair, taller than me, pale skin. What was strange about him in particular, other than as I said he quite literally materialized out of thin air, was his eyes. They were entirely red, not the red of sleeplessness, a deep, opaque and unnatural red, and each iris had three black dots in it. I have never seen the like before. And his ‘friend’, who he called Iko, was a young woman with the ears and tail of a cat, hair silver in colour. In all other ways she appeared to be human, but the way those ears and tail moved she was definitely not human. They were not a costume or decoration, they were part of her. Also the cat woman, Iko, seemed very attached to the man. At no point did she ever let go of his hand, possibly they were in a relationship of some sort? That is only an assumption on my part though.” Kiyoko would pick up her tea again and take another small sip. She hadn’t known what to expect of this meeting, but this was not it. A seemingly innocuous, if strange, event that she had passed off as more infernal shinobi rudeness had turned out to be the subject of great interest. A curious turn of events indeed.


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Sat Nov 07, 2020 9:21 pm

    Shimiko's eyes narrowed as she listened to and considered every word that Kiyoko said. Well acquainted? She was expecting him? It was part of a plan then. She's up to something.... When Kiyoko mentioned Chigetsu, Shimiko vaguely recalled the name and its relation to the past administration of the Chuunin Exams. Unfortunately, she knew nothing more of the individual but if he had been brought to the Land of Iron then he had to have occupied a high station in the Kiri military. This meant that his surprise at her sudden disappearance was either staged or proof that Hana's activities were of an extra-clandestine nature.

    Shimiko had no follow up questions at this juncture. She guessed that Kiyoko had more to say so she calmly waited for the Diplomat to sip her tea before she continued.

    When Kiyoko began describing the young man, Shimiko face grew red with rage. Teleportation. Sharingan. Physical characteristics a full match. Dodgy behavior and actions? Akihiro... Shimiko ground her teeth in annoyance. Konoha's top intellgience officer had done her favors in the past but she was never naive enough to beleive that he was above suspicion. Her intial read on him had been someone willing to shift with the changing tides of the seasons. Whatever suited his interests in that moment, he'd pursue it. The fact that he was working with Kiri for some kind of clandestine operation infuriated the ANBU Captain.  Part of it was that he had to know Kiri was her sworn enemy and he had held himself out to be a potential friend, but friends don't buddy up with your enemies. The other half was that she was stupid enough to have considered trusting him. He was an intelligence officer and deception was standard operating procedure.

    Shimiiko fell silent as she internalized what Kiyoko had said. The cat-person was intriguing. Shimiko assumed that it had to be some rare and strange kekkei genkai but she couldn't be sure. She did not the apparent closeness between the two. Didn't Akihiro have a girlfriend already?

    "Did you witness this cat-person exhibit any extraordinary abilities? Anything strange or paranormal? When Hana left what did this Chigetsu tell you?"


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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:34 am

    The annoyance that Shimiko felt was plainly evident. Or at least probably would have been to anyone but Kiyoko, she saw some tension, but couldn’t place why it existed and so she awkwardly carried on as though it didn’t exist. Her tone was matter-of-fact as she answered Shimiko’s new questions.

    “No extraordinary abilities that I recall seeing. Unless you count being part cat extraordinary, which I certainly do. She had actual cat ears and a tail, and she was able to use both. Had I not been so angry at the time, I probably would have been more disturbed than anything. A cat woman, ears and tail and wearing a fancy dress and stockings, not even dressed for the weather.” Kiyoko would shake her head briefly in disbelief, her voice trailing off slightly as she recalled the event.

    “The only paranormal things I witnessed were the young man’s strange eyes and of course them literally popping out of thin air directly behind Hana Kaguya. Let me be clear, this was not stealth. I am well aware of my failings in the department of brilliance, but what I am good at is noticing things, and I assure you they were not there one moment and then materialized there the next. I have never seen the like, and I hope to never see it again. Chigetsu did not end up saying anything particularly useful upon his return. Mostly crying in an absolutely shameful display. He seemed unusually. . . hurt by Hana’s sudden departure. Though he did apologize quite profusely for. . . what did he say?”

    She would bring one hand to her temple and rub her fingers in a small and slow circle, as if trying to physically draw out the memories. “He said ‘Please forgive us.’ Which I thought was rather strange, it seemed to signify that he was well aware of the planned disruption as he seemed to be taking at least partial responsibility for it. Perhaps. He also said something about ‘bringing our troubles to your doorstep.’ Again rather odd, and also incredibly accurate as the entire exchange was literally carried out on the doorstep to the Shogun’s manor, the only person to step foot inside was Chigetsu. More than likely though the boy was afraid of having his head removed. Considering my temperament at the time is a fair worry.” Kiyoko would smile ruefully as the hand on her temple lowered automatically to unconsciously touch the hilt of her sword briefly.

    Taking another sip of her now much more empty teacup thanks to her daughter’s ‘sneaking’ of the warm liquid, she would take the opportunity to pose a question of her own to the blonde ANBU captain. “Clearly you have a vested interest in the exchange of Kurosawa, on behalf of Tetsumura and the Land of Iron, I thank you for your intervention in ensuring that the artifact was returned to its rightful place. I am curious though, why a sudden interest in the two unexpected visitors?” Kiyoko was an enforcer, not a thinker. She tried her best, but the Shogun had appropriately placed her in charge of defense and justice as her talents were distinctly outside the realm of intelligence.


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:16 pm

    The presence of the cat woman reminded her of Tatsu Kotoshura. Perhaps Konoha had taken on some previously undiscovered species of neko-nin and both individuals were members of the same "clan." She immediately threw cold water on that theory though. After all, Akihiro would probably not fraternize with a relative of the former cat Kage. The lack of profound abilities was reassuring. It meant that the companion might not be a threat although she'd need more information about her to confirm. When Kiyoko expounded further on the teleportation, it only validated her suspicions. Akihiro Uchiha was playing footsie with the Mizukage and she'd soon find out why.

    The mewling of Hana's aid was of no concern to her but it was good to know. She speculated that the two might be close. A student and sensei to be sure as it was common for Kage to take on skilled shinobi as their pupils. Although what skilled shinobi would start blubbering about a meeting gone awry? He's guilty....

    Shimiko tucked the bit of knowledge away. She didn't expect Kiyoko had more to say on the subject which made her more credible. The occurrence was strange but she had not made it out to be more than it was. When Kiyoko asked her why the sudden interest in the two unexpected visitors, Shimiko replied:

    "The particulars are classified. There is no need to thank us for our intervention though. Kumogakure and Kirigakure have long been adversaries....even before the founding of the hidden villages. Kumo understands that the key to global peace is in international cooperation and respect for the sovereignty of others. Kiri has always adopted the view that might makes right and that simply isn't so. Not according to the laws of man nor in the eyes of the almighty. I wanted to make sure they made things right with Iron because they had no right to reach across the world and take from you. This occurrence is troubling because it indicates....it confirms....that as one scheme ends another begins."

    Shimiko abruptly rose from her sitting position. She hadn't finished her tea but that was fine. It had served its purpose just like this conversation. She was rather fond of the Diplomat. She was an honorable woman and her daughter was an absolute delight. Once things had settled down, she wouldn't mind actually finishing a cup of tea with her. They could chat about matters of less importance then. Unfortunately, Kumo was at war and their enemies had apparently found a new ally. Kurosawa was with its rightful owners but that didn't mean Kiri was done. Shimiko would need to stay on them and that meant that she couldn't afford to waste a single second on idle chatter.

    The ANBU Captain bowed.

    "Thank you Kiyoko. This was most constructive and it was a pleasure to meet you. It sounds like Tetsumura is finding its feet again and if permitted, I'd love to visit. Unfortunately, the information you've given me is game-changing and I must swiftly return home to report it"

    Shimiko turned to Aihi and fluttered her fingers as if to say "bye bye."

    "Bye Aihi, it was nice meeting you!" she said with a warm smile.


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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Wed Nov 25, 2020 11:26 pm

    Kiyoko didn’t really understand what Shimiko meant by ‘classified’. Given that she was unwilling to go into detail she assumed it meant something like ‘secret’. Which was more or less correct but she had no way of knowing that. Instead she would just nod as Shimiko explained what she could. “That does seem to be the way of shinobi, always scheming. I will do my best to look surprised.” Her deadpan joke was actually intended to be funny, though her humour was hit or miss with most people.

    She was concerned with Shimiko’s dismissal of her gratitude though, it was unlike what she was used to and she assumed it was merely a cultural difference. Kiyoko’s fingers would twitch as Shimiko stood up suddenly, the movement causing her to be ready for conflict. There was none, but it was still ingrained in her. She would rise as Shimiko did, seeing her abandon her ‘tea’ as a signal that the meeting had ended. Bowing in return she would check out of one eye to see if Aihi was following suit.

    Aihi bowed to the ANBU Captain. Or as near enough to a proper bow as a toddler could manage, and it made Kiyoko’s heart swell with pride.

    “It was good to meet you Shimiko. I hope that any information I have provided has not been a burden. I would appreciate seeing you again, perhaps with your daughter Désirée next time. As intolerant as I am of the shinobi, our Shogun is more welcoming and requires only a letter be delivered to arrange passage into our lands. I would personally vouch for your character should you wish to visit.”

    Shimiko’s wave was met in kind by Aihi, though the tiny girl would take it as an invitation to move closer to the blonde woman and attempt to hug her legs. Given Aihi’s height it was about all she could reasonably do and had recently become her favourite way of interacting with people, much to Kiyoko’s dismay. Kiyoko would allow the exchange if her daughter wished it, but with the watchful eye of a new parent.  “Bye, yellow.” Was all the little girl said by way of parting wisdom and Kiyoko would chuckle good-naturedly.


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Shimiko Chinoike
    Jounin

    Posts : 2019
    Join date : 2017-09-21

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    Post by Shimiko Chinoike on Fri Nov 27, 2020 8:04 pm

    Shimiko didn't realize Kiyoko was joking. They had very different cadences when it came to making jokes like that. The ANBU didn't take it personally though. Kiyoko was a samurai and one that had watched her country be victimized by shinobi, a group that admittedly did a lot of scheming. She ignored the bitter comment and smiled when the bow was returned by mother and daughter. Kiyoko indicated that while she may not like most shinobi, Shimiko clearly fell into the state of exception. The ANBU Captain was welcome in Tetsumura owing in part to the Diplomat's assessment of her character and the Shogun's willingness to embrace foreigners. She'd have to see about visiting some time soon once this nasty business of war was settled.

    Shimiko nearly squealed with delight when Aihi walked over and gave her a little hug. The only thing that kept her from dropping to her knees and full-on embracing the babe was Kiyoko's protectiveness. In times like these, Shimiko could not blame her. If it was Désirée in the same position, Shimiko would be just as tense. So instead of giving into her friendly instincts, Shimiko remembered her ANBU training and showed total emotional restraint. She gave the child a soft pat on the head.

    She hadn't ever been called "yellow" before and it reminded her of how she often thought of her old friend and rival in terms of her hair color. This memory was much cuter though and she'd cherish it forever.

    Yellow! I like it... she thought before letting the little one break the hug.

    "I would be honored to receive your hospitality Kiyoko. Until then...I wish you safe travels"

    Shimiko then walked out of the room. Armed with new knowledge and perhaps a new friend.

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    Stats

    • Strength: D
    • Constitution: D
    • Stamina: A++
    • Speed: A
    • Coordination: S
    • Intelligence:  B
    • Perception: A


    Gear

    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu
    • 1x Kālīkoroshimasu (Chakra Disruption Technology)
    • 10x Serrated Kunai
    • Six Sai of Serration
    • Badger's Claws
    • Chinowakugumi Armour (Snow Armour Technology)
    • Twin Tessen of Terror

    Kiyoko
    Kiyoko

    Village : Minor Nation
    Posts : 83
    Join date : 2020-06-24
    Age : 27
    Location : Tetsumura

    Character File
    Skills & Elements: Katon, Kenjutsu, Iryojutsu
    Class: A
    Ryo: 25000

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    Post by Kiyoko on Mon Nov 30, 2020 3:39 pm

    Kiyoko bowed as Shimiko wished her safe travels. Surprisingly the meeting with the Kumogakure shinobi had gone well, and despite her misgivings about anything related to Kumo she was left with a good feeling about Shimiko. It made her wonder how differently her life would have gone if while she had lived in the village she had been allowed to spend more time actually in it. Being holed up in her father’s home for most of her life had left her with not nearly enough knowledge to make fair judgements. And she was starting to see Kensai and Oda’s points about giving the benefit of the doubt to shinobi.

    Aihi liked the woman, and honestly that was what counted. Kiyoko was a tiny ball of rage and bitterness, but Aihi was a pure soul and if she liked ‘Yellow’ then that was good enough for Kiyoko. “I look forward to meeting you again Shimiko-san. Until then, be well and may your ancestors watch over you.”

    Looking down at Aihi after Shimiko left, Kiyoko would smile and laugh. “You were such a good girl my little flower. And you barely drank any of my tea! You must have been distracted.” The little girl laughed along with her mother as she ran another two and a half laps around the room before clinging to Kiyoko’s legs again. “Up!” Little arms stretched as Aihi tried to will herself into the air, still giggling with excitement. Bending down and scooping up the toddler Kiyoko held Aihi close and shut her eyes for a moment. The meeting had been puzzling, though that was not a surprise as Kiyoko was easily puzzled. Now though she would have to make her way back to Tetsumura and to the memories and relative loneliness that the place held for her. “Up it is my little flower. Always only up.” Aihi had been her constant source of happiness and strength for the past year, without her she truly would have been lost.

    Kiyoko took Aihi out of the room to enjoy a few more hours in the Heavenly Emporium before making her way back home. There was an uncharacteristic smile on her face, strange though the meeting had been, she thought perhaps she might finally have a friend in a shinobi.

    [Exit Thread]


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    The Diplomat:
    Character Name: Kiyoko Fisei
    Spendable Experience: 230
    Total Experience: 3730
    Renown: 3900
    Ryo: 435,000
    Stats:

    • Strength: B
    • Constitution: B++
    • Stamina: C
    • Speed: D
    • Coordination: A
    • Intelligence: D++
    • Perception: A

    Gear:
    Redemption
    Kurosawa

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