The year is 1866. You are Daniel Stockton, a veteran of the American Civil War and colonel in the Aizu Domain's military. You've come to Japan looking for work, and with the nation on the brink of war, there is an ever-increasing demand for men such as yourself. Last time, you underwent a trial for your actions, and assisted Matsudaira Katamori in committing a soft coup. Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ZapQMArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=BoshinInfo Paste:https://pastebin.com/L50nUu0V
You cross your arms, looking out over the city of Hagi. Just last night, your forces arrived and set up camp. Now, in the soft light of pre-dawn, you assess the surroundings from a hilltop vantage point. You are maybe fifty yards from your camp proper, which is one of several belonging to the various Shogunal forces here. It has been two days since Matsudaira Katamori, with your help, seized power from the Shogun himself. As far as you are aware, the Shogunate is now controlled in secret by the Aizu Domain. While you imagine it is the best possible solution for the conclusion of this campaign, a part of you cannot help but feel deeply unnerved at the new power dynamic. A shadow-government has taken control, and you are an instrumental part of it. “Sir?” Nakajima calls out as she approaches you. You turn to face her. “Yes, Lieutenant?” She walks up beside you, offering you a steaming mug of coffee. You take it graciously, sipping as she speaks. “So we’ll be attacking Hagi today…” You nod. “If everything goes according to plan, yes.” Frowning, you look toward Hagi Castle. Like the scouts said, it is built into the side of a mountain, with the sea on the opposing side. A relatively narrow path, perhaps fifty or sixty feet wide, leads up the hills to the front gates of the castle. The rest of the terrain is un-traversable by foot or horse, making for a rather perfect killing field. You shudder to think of the bloodshed that will undoubtedly occur in any assault attempt. “After this, the campaign will end, and we will return to Edo, yes?” Nakajima raises an eyebrow. You take another sip of your coffee. “That seems to be the plan. I doubt the enemy will put up much more of a fight once the Mori Clan’s stronghold falls.” Nakajima is silent, looking out at the castle in question. It is low, and wide; even atop the mountain it seems somewhat unimpressive compared to others you’ve seen in this country. The location of the fortress more than makes up for it, though. Nakajima finally speaks up. “When you first learned of my true identity, you said that you would decide whether I would remain in the army once the campaign ended…” She sighs, looking down momentarily. “I… Do you know what sort of decision you will make?” >”We’re still going to discuss it once we return to Edo. There are a lot of things to consider moving forward from there.” >”The situation has changed since then. You don’t have anything to worry about.”>”Now isn’t the time to worry about that. I need you focused for what we’ll be undertaking here today.”>Write-in.
>”Now isn’t the time to worry about that. I need you focused for what we’ll be undertaking here today.”
>>3600336>”The situation has changed since then. You don’t have anything to worry about.”>"Especially if you get pregnant"
>>3600336>”The situation has changed since then. You don’t have anything to worry about.”But>There are a lot of things to consider moving forward from there.” This new government has given us other things to worry about
>>3600391Let me justify, the situation has not changed only because we became involved, but with the coup and the shadow government we need every loyal men, or woman in this case, wecan get, and Nakajime is talented and capable, she can inspire her underlings to follow her.
She will still be punished, in our private tent at night.
>>3600336backing this >>3600385
You look over at her, taking a sip of your coffee. “The situation has changed since then. You don’t have to worry about your career or anything.” She breathes a quick sigh of relief. “I see. Thank you, Colonel.” You nod slightly. “There’s no need to thank me.” Frowning, you stare forward at the city in the distance. “Besides, with the current political situation, I need loyal people close to me.” Looking over again, you grimace. “Just in case Matsudaira’s leadership turns out to be more than we bargained for.” Her expression hardens. “I can understand. The way that Lord Matsudaira seized power… It leaves a bad taste in my mouth, even if his leadership is the best path for the realm.” “Still,” you begin. “There’s not much we can do right now. We’ll have to keep an ear to the ground when it comes to the political situation back home. Once we return, that is.” Gesturing toward Hagi castle with your mug, you nod. “We’ve got to put an Aizu banner atop that fortress first, though.” When you all marched out, Matsudaira explained his desire for the campaign’s end to you: he didn’t care how it was done, but Hagi castle needed to be neutralized within the next week, no protracted sieges. He didn’t outright say it, but you got the impression that he would like to see the castle destroyed. “It will be a bloody assault, if we decide to take the castle intact.” Nakajima crosses her arms, now back in full professional-mode. “I have spoken with Sato and Kojima about it, we all agree that any force attempting a frontal assault can expect to take between sixty and seventy percent casualties.” You grimace, sipping your coffee. “Did you factor in the presence of artillery support?”
She nods. “Any barrages would have to be minimal, if we wanted to actually take the fortress instead of destroying it.” She rubs her chin thoughtfully. “Kojima suggested using the fire shells and burning the castle to the ground, shelling anything that didn’t burn with conventional artillery rounds.” Gesturing toward the castle, she frowns. “Such a dramatic measure would send a clear message to any disloyal domains, but such a massage might only harden their resistance and cause them to militarize more quickly. It could also scare them back into obedience.” “I can see how it might strengthen their resolve. It’d be like the Alamo.” You shrug. “But it’d mean the least casualties on our part, and guarantee us going home quicker.” “This is true.” Nakajima nods again. “Sato suggested using the Izumi forces as the spearhead in an assault. Let them take most of the casualties, and when they break and run, or all die, our forces can charge in and mop up the last of the enemy resistance.” “Cold,” you sigh. “But we’d be able to take the castle intact with minimal Aizu casualties.” Sipping your coffee, you speak again. “And the Izumi commander has shown his willingness to command that sort of assault.” Nakajima raises an eyebrow. “What would you do, sir?” >”Sending in the Izumi as a spearhead would be the best solution for taking the castle.” >”It’ll be bloody, but our troops are the most competent. They’ll be the ones assaulting the castle.” >”It doesn’t matter whether we’re raising the banner over a castle or planting it on rubble. We’ll blast the castle into oblivion with our artillery.” >Write-in.
>>3600507>”Sending in the Izumi as a spearhead would be the best solution for taking the castle.”
>>3600507>”It doesn’t matter whether we’re raising the banner over a castle or planting it on rubble. We’ll blast the castle into oblivion with our artillery.”
>>3600507>>”Sending in the Izumi as a spearhead would be the best solution for taking the castle.”A price must be paid to bring peace and stability, our forces already paid , it's time for others to prove their worth
>>3600505>sixty and seventy percent casualtiesClarify. Of the total force or just our contigent? How many do we have?
>>3600539>Clarify. Of the total force or just our contigent? How many do we have?Whatever forces acted as the spearhead would be subject to those casualty rates, pretty much regardless of the number of men or whether they were light infantry or line infantry. Due to the terrain, only so many men can assault the castle at a time, perhaps two thousand or so. Any other men would have to bring up the rear and move forward as men either died or made it into the castle. That casualty projection could also be expected to go down as the castle's defenders were killed off, of course.
>>3600555>>3600507>Write-in.If we learned anything from Fort Wagner or Sumter, don't ven fucking bother.Lay siege and remind them every fucking day you could blast them away if you wanted. It is too damn early in this to be throwing away whole fucking regiments.
>>3600507>>”Sending in the Izumi as a spearhead would be the best solution for taking the castle.”
>>3600507>>”It doesn’t matter whether we’re raising the banner over a castle or planting it on rubble. We’ll blast the castle into oblivion with our artillery.”
“Sending in the Izumi forces as the spearhead is the best option.” You nod slowly. “It’s going to be a costly battle, no matter who does it, and our men have already paid enough acting as this campaign’s vanguard.” Nakajima nods. “Very well. Then we will have the Izumi forces assault the castle.” You sip your coffee. The sun begins to rise over the horizon now, casting its light on the terrain. The tile roofs of the city, still wet with nighttime dew, glitter in the young sunlight. “Well, let’s go brief the men.” Several minutes later, you stand in your camp, with your lieutenants all around you. Except for Nakajima, they all look a bit tired. Breakfast hasn’t even been served yet, and most of the troops are still asleep. You don your cap, crossing your arms as you look amongst the men. “Good morning, Gentlemen.” You frown. “This is it. Hagi Castle sits within our grasp.” You begin pacing back and forth in front of your men. “As you’ve all been told, the fortress is highly-guarded, and there is only one path that leads to it.” You grimace. “Any assault attempted would sustain heavy casualties, likely with whole regiments being wiped out. As such, I do not intend to have our forces spearhead the assault.” “Sir?” Lieutenant Subaru raises an eyebrow. “If not us, then who?” You nod, setting your jaw. “The Izumi Domain’s commanding officer has expressed an interest in spearheading such an assault. As such, I’ve already sent a runner to inform him of the strategy.” You finish your coffee, sitting the cup on your campaign table. “The Izumi Domain’s most elite troops will act as a spearhead, with our men marching behind. Once the castle’s gates are breached, and the bulk of the defenders have been dealt with, we will move in to mop up the remaining resistance.” You gesture toward the castle. “Then we’ll take the keep, hang an Aizu banner from the top, and be headed back to Edo before the end of the month.” Kojima speaks up next. “What if the Izumi troops fail?” You frown. “Though that is unlikely, if they do fail, then the enemy defenders will have been severely weakened by the exchange of fire. We’ll take more casualties than initially expected, but not by much.” You shrug. “The likelihood of the Izumi forces being totally wiped out is nearly zero, though.” Sato crosses his arms, raising an eyebrow. “And what of our artillery, sir?” >”We’ll have an initial barrage to soften the enemy up.” (light artillery support)>”Our artillery will provide our forces with cover while the assault takes place, to keep the enemy pinned down during the Izumi assault.” (heavy artillery support)>”The risk of friendly fire is too great to use artillery during this battle.” (no artillery support)>”We’re going to bring a cannon with us, which we’ll use to blast the gate doors off their hinges.” >Write-in.
>>3600654>”Our artillery will provide our forces with cover while the assault takes place, to keep the enemy pinned down during the Izumi assault.” (heavy artillery support)
>>3600654>>”Our artillery will provide our forces with cover while the assault takes place, to keep the enemy pinned down during the Izumi assault.” (heavy artillery support)
“Our artillery will provide heavy covering fire for the duration of the assault.” You produce a cigarillo, lighting it. “That will keep the enemy defenders pinned down during the Izumi assault.” You look amongst your officers. “Any questions?” After a few seconds of silence, Sato speaks. “No sir. We understand the plan.” “Excellent,” you reply. “Gather your men. Make sure to eat good breakfasts this morning, you’ll need the energy.” With that, you all disperse. The cooks have now started cooking breakfast, which appears to be more bacon and eggs again. You return to your tent, where you begin going over the strategy one last time. Everything will work, you think. You put together your usual kit, then head out to the mess hall to grab some breakfast. After a large plate of bacon and a couple scrambled eggs, you head out to the edge of camp, where your mustering grounds are. You stand off to the side as men begin to file in and stand in formation. Their uniforms are ragged now, frayed at the edges of sleeves and the like, with buttons missing here and there. Some men have bloodstains on their jackets, yours included. Though the campaign has been short, the fighting has been rather hellish when compared to what the generals were expecting. Your troops, particularly the light infantry under the direct command of your lieutenants, have been hardened by combat. They are probably some of the meanest, toughest fighting men in Japan. More men arrive, and the first artillery reports crack across the hills. They are infrequent, mainly to sight in the guns and ensure accuracy. Several shells hit their mark, throwing pieces of the castle’s walls out onto the hillsides. You light another cigarillo as you watch the shells pass overhead. As the last of the men arrive at the mustering grounds, you walk to the front of the formation. Sato and Nakajima stand there, talking with each other. They salute you as you approach, which you return. “Is everyone ready to go?” You gesture to the men. “Yes sir.” Nakajima nods. “Six-hundred and eighty light infantry, as well as five thousand regular line infantry, plus or minus a hundred or so. They are all ready to march.” “That’s all we’ve got now, eh?” You puff on your cigarillo. “We started out with ten thousand men… Damn.” You shake your head. “Well, at least we’ll be done with it after this.” As you speak, a runner wearing an Izumi uniform approaches. You salute him when he salutes you, and he speaks quickly to you. “Colonel Stockton, I bring news from Captain Takahara.” You nod. “Out with it, man.” “The Izumi Domain is honored to receive this mission,” he repeats the message verbatim. “We will provide a vanguard force of nine-hundred men to spearhead the assault.” >”Excellent. Tell him to start marching.” >”Tell Captain Takahara that he’ll need more men than that. This is going to be a tough battle.” >Write-in.
>>3600779>”Tell Captain Takahara that he’ll need more men than that. This is going to be a tough battle.”
>>3600779>”Excellent. Tell him to start marching.”
Gonna pause the session here for tonight. We'll run again tomorrow at around the same time.
Session in two hours
You frown deeply. “Tell Captain Takahara that he’s going to need more men than that. He should bring at least two thousand.” Crossing your arms, you continue. “Today’s fight will be a tough one, he would do well to not underestimate our foes. We’ve backed them into a corner, so they’re going to be throwing everything they’ve got at us.” The runner salutes you. “Understood, Colonel. I shall relay your instructions to the Captain.” With that, he turns on his heels and begins jogging toward Captain Takahara’s encampment. Nakajima walks up beside you, as does Sato. “How do you think they will fare, sir?” Sato raises an eyebrow as he speaks. Grimacing, you look up toward the fortress as more shells whistle above. “Hopefully they’ll surprise me… But, honestly I’m expecting the initial assault to be Hell for them.” Sato nods curtly. “Indeed it will. The enemy have no doubt resolved themselves to die defending that castle. They will not break.” You all stand there, waiting to see what Takahara’s force does. After perhaps twenty minutes, they begin to march out towards the castle itself. You sigh, seeing that they clearly didn’t heed your warning. There are maybe a thousand men marching, likely no more than eleven hundred at the most. Grimacing, you turn to your lieutenants. “Well, it looks like they’ve begun their maneuvers.” Nakajima gestures to the troops assembled on the mustering ground. “The troops are ready, sir. How do you want to proceed?” >”We’ll stay here until Takahara’s forces have begun their assault. That will keep us out of harm’s way until the fighting has hopefully swung in their favor.” >”Begin marching now. We’ll get in relatively close behind them in case their assault wavers or breaks.” >Write-in.
>>3602939>”Begin marching now. We’ll get in relatively close behind them in case their assault wavers or breaks.”
>>3602939>>”Begin marching now. We’ll get in relatively close behind them in case their assault wavers or breaks.”
>>3602939>”Begin marching now. We’ll get in relatively close behind them in case their assault wavers or breaks.” Lets try not to risk the light infantry elite, since in this conditions their skills count for little
“Begin marching now,” you speak in a commanding tone. “That way we’ll be close enough to react if their assault fails.” “Yes sir!” Your lieutenants spring into action, directing your troops to begin moving forward. The line infantrymen take up the center and rear, while the light infantry control the flanks and front of the formation. You march with them, a few rows back from the very front. As you all begin closing the distance with Hagi Castle, you see muzzle flashes from the castle walls. You’d expected they might have artillery. “Widen the formation!” You command your men to disperse as they advance. The formation does this perfectly, creating a reasonable amount of space between each individual trooper. Unfortunately, Takahara’s men neglected to do the same. The artillery, which you realize was aimed at the Izumi forces, begins to tear into their center. The pace of the tan-coated infantry in the distance quickens, as they practically break into a charge. You actually see several dozen men draw their swords as they move, likely to raise morale. A few enemy shells land near your force, but most miss their mark. It makes sense, seeing as the enemy never sighted their guns in before firing. Your artillerists did not make that mistake, and friendly shells soon begin pummeling the enemy fortress. The entire hillside is peppered with artillery shells, some landing directly within the walls of Hagi Castle, and others cratering the landscape nearby. Quickly, the guns of the fortress fall silent, allowing you all to move forward relatively unmolested. Still, with artillery being as imprecise as it is, you feel a sense of apprehension as the Izumi troops approach the wide net of possible landing areas for artillery shells. A couple land far short of their mark, dangerously close to the Izumi forces. They press on, undeterred. In fact, you order your own men to pick up the pace, so as not to lose sight of the Izumi troops in the distance. They are nearly at the castle now. As they begin to ascend the hill, the guns from your own encampment begin to rumble with the thunder of another barrage. >Roll a 1d20.
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>3603065BIG MONEY
>>3603077>>3603065Did.. did I win big money?
Rolled 10 (1d20)>>3603065
Rolled 8 (1d20)>>3603065
Rolled 6 (1d20)>>3603126Order your artillery to open fire on the castle, use this distraction to send the light infrantry at your flanks to surround the castle on all sides in an attempt to barr of any attempts to escape or send out troops. march the bulk of your forces to the gates under coverfire.
>>3603077Very nice, Anon. Writing now.
Dozens of high-explosive shells pummel the castle directly. They all hit their mark. You actually stop for a moment and just stare as Hagi Castle’s walls disintegrate. The front gate, where many of the enemy defenders were gathered, is pulverized beyond recognition. Enemy soldiers, and pieces of enemy soldiers, are thrown hundreds of feet in every direction. Other shells land among the terraces of the castle, as well as falling onto the keep. It is almost a shame to see such beautiful architecture damaged so thoroughly, but seeing as it is full of enemies who want to kill you, it’s not hard to get over it. An entire wing of the main keep is reduced to rubble, and parts of the roof collapse and begin to smolder. All of the Shogunal troops, yours and the Izumi, let out a cheer as the artillery’s ruckus dies down. Hagi castle is almost unrecognizable, save for a few buildings and the largest part of the keep. Even the mountain seems to have a slightly different shape than before. “Forward!” You draw your saber, gesturing towards the castle with it. Your force picks up its pace, quickly reaching the foot of the hill and beginning to close the distance with the Izumi forces. The hill is steep, and at times it makes for some rough going, but the sight of the enemy being so thoroughly obliterated gives your men the energy to power through it with ease. You realize as you approach the castle, that it has gone totally silent. Frowning, you squint to see past the smoldering, broken walls. There’s no way that the barrage killed everyone there, right? Soon, the gap between your formation’s front, and the rear of the Izumi assault force is only a few yards. They too seem a bit surprised at the sheer desolation caused by the barrage. “Did it kill all of them?” Sato’s eyes widen a bit as he walks beside you. “I suppose it could have,” you reply quietly. “But it would be a first in military history. Artillery barrages may be powerful, but men always endure…” Your eyes narrow. “Keep sharp, Lieutenant.” “Yes sir,” he replies. Up ahead, some of the Izumi soldiers laugh confidently, some even turn their backs to the stricken fortress, talking with their comrades as though the battle has long since been over. Even you are about to let your guard down upon seeing the fortress up close. Only some of the wall that faces you remains, and the gate itself is in tatters. However, just as you go to sling your rifle over your shoulder, a chorus of voices comes from within the fortress. “Tennōheika Banzai!”
You mentally translate the phrase as “Long-live the Emperor!” Or something similar. Crouching, you ready your rifle. To your horror, thousands of enemy soldiers charge out of the rubble, with katanas in hand. Roll a 1d20 >Order your men to retreat down the hill. The Izumi forces are too close, but you have enough distance from the enemy to escape the charge. >Order your men to form up and deliver volleys as rapidly as possible. >It’s no use. Order the men to affix bayonets and prepare for hand-to-hand. >Write-in.
>>3603209>Organised retreat covered by light infantry skirmishing fire.Much easier to deal with this bunch of dickheads if we draw them out into an open field where we can spread out and hit them with more volleys and artillery.
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3603216Forgot the dice
Rolled 5 (1d20)>>3603216We cannot allow them to seize the higher ground, quick, fire! before they close the distance!
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>3603209>Order your men to form up and deliver volleys as rapidly as possible. The izumi will recieve the charge and we picj them off
Rolled 9 (1d20)>>3603209>Order your men to form up and deliver volleys as rapidly as possible.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>3603209>>Order your men to form up and deliver volleys as rapidly as possible.The izumi will take them head on while we fire into their sides.
“Form up!” You shout to your men. “Volley fire! Break their charge!” Your men do exactly as instructed, forming up in such a way that they can provide the maximum amount of fire against the enemy. The charge crashes into the unprepared Izumi troops. Some men open fire with rifle-muskets, others frantically reach for their own swords and begin swinging at their attackers. The wall of enemies quickly overwhelms them, and soon enemy troops begin spilling through toward you. Your own men make easy work of the enemy, at first. A few dozen here, a couple more dozen there, it is nothing your men have not encountered before. The fighting up ahead is hectic and bloody, you see many Izumi soldiers go down, and many more Choshu and Satsuma as well. Captain Takahara can be spotted in the thick of it with a katana, covered in blood. However, more and more of the enemy punch through the weakening Izumi line, and soon what was a measure tattoo of fire becomes a frantic din as your men struggle to keep the enemy at bay. You aren’t sure how many times you reload your Henry, but after a few minutes of combat, the barrel becomes painfully hot. You rest it on your forearm when you need to aim, but not long after that, another problem presents itself. You are beginning to run out of ammunition. “Sato, Nakajima.” You call out to your lieutenants. “How many rounds do you have left?” “A couple dozen,” Nakajima replies. “I just ran out.” Sato stands up, firing with a revolver into the enemy charge. “The men are nearly out as well.” “Dammit.” You look forward again. The enemy have lost a lot of men, and the Izumi are fighting like Hell, but it’s still not enough. “We may have to get into close quarters.” You say that just as a few enemy troops, crazy-eyed and screaming, leap into your formation. You swing your empty Henry at one man, only for it to be yanked from your hands. You quickly draw your saber, and grip your Dragoon in your free hand. Your men do the same, switching to a mix of firearms and melee weapons to repel the attackers.
The fighting feels like it lasts for an eternity, and perhaps it does. The sun is noticeably higher in the sky when the last of the enemies fall to your blade. The barrel of your revolver smolders in front of you as you put a final round into an enemy soldier. You are covered in blood, and almost certain that some of it is yours. The end of your saber is bent, and it feels like you either broke your arm, or nearly did, in the melee. Looking around, you can tell that not many of your men were killed, certainly none of your Lieutenants. There have been casualties, though. Looking forward, there are maybe two hundred Izumi troops left. Some of them cry, some are actively mutilating the bodies of the enemy, some just stare into space. Looking over, you see your Henry laying on the ground, bent at the spot where the barrel meets the receiver; the little bits of machinery from inside the receiver are all splayed out across the bloody earth. It is ruined, completely. “S-sir?” Nakajima approaches you, out of breath. She is alright, if exhausted. “Your orders?” >”We take the castle, obviously. It’s time to end this campaign.” (press forward)>”Let’s wait here for a while and collect ourselves.” (take a break)>”I somehow doubt that was the last of them. Let’s take point and explore the castle before we try raising any banners.” (proceed methodically) >Write-in.
>>3603365>”I somehow doubt that was the last of them. Let’s take point and explore the castle before we try raising any banners.” (proceed methodically)
Rolled 2 (1d20)>>3603209>Order your men to retreat down the hill. The Izumi forces are too close, but you have enough distance from the enemy to escape the charge. Advance in the opposite direction!
>>3603365>>Write-in."Wheres Captain Takahara."Search for him. It's important that he be found and made safe. A pliable ally is rather important.
>>3603365>”I somehow doubt that was the last of them. Let’s take point and explore the castle before we try raising any banners.” also>(proceed methodically) Write in: Capture & Question wounded soldiers.
>>3603357>”I somehow doubt that was the last of them. Let’s take point and explore the castle before we try raising any banners.” (proceed methodically) Cycle troops and request ammunitionGrab a repeater from one of our fallen
Also guys, we are out of ammo. We at least need to resupply before we do room to room clearing.
You sigh, wiping the blood and sweat off of your face. “I doubt that was the last of them.” Grimacing, you kneel down and examine your Henry. It was only a matter of time, you suppose, they are delicate rifles, after all. Nearby lays a Spencer, dropped by one of your troops that was killed in the fighting. You take it, checking the magazine and grabbing a discarded belt of cartridges. “Let’s check the castle thoroughly before we plant any banners.” “What about the Izumi forces, sir?” She gestures to what’s left of the assault force. You notice Takahara among them, attempting to give a rousing speech. You imagine it isn’t going over too well. “They’ve been through enough for one day, I think.” Chambering a round, you look down the rudimentary sights of the carbine. “Besides, after that kind of fighting, and sustaining those kind of casualties, we’d probably have a mutiny on our hands if I ordered them to clear out that castle.” You begin walking ahead, gesturing for your men to follow you. “Let’s finish this.” You stop briefly to speak with Takahara. Of the thirteen-hundred men he came up here with, only three-hundred and eighty remain. They bore the brunt of the charge, and upon seeing the survivors up close, you know that they would be wholly unwilling to proceed further as a vanguard force. Much to Takahara’s protests, you send him and his men back down to form a defensive line at the base of the mountain. You and your men clear out the castle. As it would turn out, every man in the garrison apparently took part in the charge. Of them, not a single one survived, you killed them all. In the areas of the castle that weren’t destroyed by the assault, you find that it was stocked for a months-long siege at least. Not only that, but your men discover a cache of breech-loading Armstrong Rifles, still packed in grease-lined crates for shipping. If the defenders had been allowed more time, they could’ve set the Armstrong guns up and used them to harass your encampments. Something your men don’t find, however, is any trace of the Mori Clan or their generals. The disloyal daimyo that started all of this was supposed to be here, commanding the defenders.
You stand atop one of the few intact sections of castle wall, one facing the sea, and look out into the distance with your field glasses. Your arms still hurts like hell, and you figure you probably did fracture it in the battle. The rest of your cuts and wounds have been bandaged, and those of your men who were wounded have been sent back to camp. Grimacing, you swear to yourself. “Sir,” Nakajima approaches you. “The men have finished checking the enemy dead. None of them could have been the Mori leaders, or any of their generals for that matter.” You nod, handing her the field glasses. “I know. Take a look out there.” You point to a small shape on the horizon. “Is that…” She frowns deeply as she looks where you instruct. “It’s the Shenandoah, flying a Satsuma naval jack.” You sigh, lighting a cigarillo. “There’s a little path down the mountain, and a dock at the bottom. All the important people probably got out during the bombardment, or just before.” “Damn,” Nakajima practically hisses. You shake your head. “Nothing we can do about it now.” You look over at her as she lowers the field glasses. “Let’s go raise that banner.”
And that's all for tonight, thanks for playing! Our next session will probably be tomorrow at around the same time. Until then, the floor is open for any questions/comments/concerns/shitopsts/etc.
>>3603531Thanks for running.So, se delivered a pretty strong blow to the mori and the ones reinforcing, but with their escape they will be raising discontent wherever they go
>>3603531no mercy a second time
Well at least we sighted the Shenandoah again since with this proof that they are supporting the other side of the civil war, we can almost certainly get more support from America.
12 August, 1866. You’ve written that date down more than a few times now, filling out all of this paperwork. It has been only two days since you arrived back in Edo with your men. After the city of Hagi was secured by the other domains’ forces, you and your men were all summoned to Osaka Castle. The Shogun, bruises still lining his face, and Matsudaira met with you. The meeting was short, with them thanking all of you for your roles in the completion of the Second Choshu Campaign. The surviving US Marines were all granted military decorations prepared specifically for their participation in the campaign, as well as some US Navy decorations bestowed upon them by the captain of the USS Wyoming. Matsudaira then explained that he and the Shogun, as well as a contingent of Shogunal troops, would remain here to secure the former Choshu Domain. You learned later that day that the Shogun would be doing something unprecedented: he was going to revoke the lands of the Mori Clan and grant them to another daimyo. After that, you were all sent to the coast where you initially landed, and boarded ships headed back to Edo. The voyage home was uneventful, thankfully. You slept for most of it, nursing your fractured arm. Many of your soldiers had been injured in the campaign, and were undergoing medical treatment as the ships sailed for Edo. When you arrived home, the pieces of your army all went to their respective garrisons. You ordered all of your men to take a week of leave to visit their families. Since then, you’ve mostly been writing reports in your office, as well as searching for a better rifle to replace your destroyed Henry; the Spencer just isn’t to your liking. Grumbling, you set aside the last stack of paperwork, yawning. It’s been over two full months since you’ve been in your office, and honestly you had missed it. With the men on leave, the base is quiet. Your head begins to hurt again, and your vision temporarily blurs. You’ve avoided taking the laudanum, even for the pain in your arm, but sometimes you wonder if you should try it. Still, the worst of your head injury’s symptoms are mostly gone, and you only have episodes every now and again.
“Done with paperwork, sir?” Nakajima walks into your office, sitting a cup of coffee on your desk. She rubs your shoulder lightly as she passes over to the window. Aside from Mr. Beretta and Major Harp, the only other person still residing here at the base is Lieutenant Nakajima. The first night back, you both shared a bedroom. Last night, she took advantage of the leave you granted everyone and went to visit her family. “For the most part,” you reply. Sipping your coffee, you look out through the window. “It seems strange that we’ve received no news from Matsudaira since we got back here, though.” She nods, leaning against the wall. “That is true…” She shrugs. “Perhaps they are taking a bit of a break to recuperate as well.” You take another drink of coffee, thinking of what to do for today.>You haven’t really been into the city of Edo since you got back. You want to visit it today. >Seeing as you’re currently without a rifle, you need to visit the gunsmith in Yokohama. >Sato is stationed at that military academy just south of the city. You’re curious what he’s been up to since he got back. >You really need to have that discussion with Nakajima that the two of you talked about. >Princess Hikari has been staying at Edo Castle since you all got back. You want to make sure she’s doing alright.>The US Marines have set up a permanent garrison in the harbor district to house the incoming regiments. You want to pay them a visit. >Write-in.
>>3605102>Seeing as you’re currently without a rifle, you need to visit the gunsmith in Yokohama. >Bring Nakajima to talk about all that stuff we said we would while on deployment.
>>3605102>Princess Hikari has been staying at Edo Castle since you all got back. You want to make sure she’s doing alright.
“Hey Nakajima,” you look over at her. “Yes, sir?” She raises an eyebrow. “Get the carriage ready, we’re going to Yokohama.” You stand up, finishing your coffee. Not more than ten minutes later, the two of you sit in the carriage as it trundles up the road. You look out at the passing landscape, enjoying the familiarity of it. Running your hand along your freshly-shaved face, you recall the sparse beard that you had sported upon returning to Edo a couple of days ago. Something else also crosses your mind. It is a topic that you’ve been thinking a lot about over the last week or so. Frowning, you lean forward and look at the carriage floor. “Lieutenant… I think it’s about time we had that discussion we talked about while on campaign.” Her expression grows serious as the words leave your mouth. You sense a certain fearfulness as she sits up straight. “Of course, sir.” You frown, rubbing your chin. “And now that I say that, I don’t know where to start…” Sighing, you lean back and look her in the eyes. “Obviously things have changed between us from when I first discovered your true identity to now, so there’s no way I’d just throw you out.” “So, what will you do?” She looks at you. Your expression doesn’t change, your frown only deepening. “I suppose I don’t know.” Shrugging, you sigh. “We certainly won’t be able to keep your identity a secret forever, and when it gets out…” Nakajima looks away, stuttering quietly for a moment. “What if… What if we stop keeping it a secret?” If you had been drinking something, it would be all over the window in front of you. “W-what? Have you hit your head or something?” You look over at her with an expression of incredulity. She, however, remains unfazed. “It would not be the most unconventional thing our army has done since you took command.” She rubs her chin thoughtfully. “And really, the only people who would need to know would by my sergeants and the other lieutenants. Most of the enlisted men don’t see me enough to even learn about something like that, assuming I didn’t change my appearance any. I would not necessarily be keeping my identity a secret, but I would not go out of my way to tell anyone.” >”It’s too much of a risk for everyone involved.” (disagree)>”It could work... Possibly.” (Agree)>Write-in.
>>3605308>>”It could work... Possibly.” (Agree)
>>3605308>”It could work... Possibly.” (Agree)
>>3605308>”It could work... Possibly.” (Agree)Its a risk she is taking, but in the end we have her back as she had ours before
>>3605308>”It’s too much of a risk for everyone involved.” (disagree)
>>3605308>>”It’s too much of a risk for everyone involved.” (disagree)
We should work on training up more drill instructors while we aren't on campaign.
>>3605378I'm not even sure we will be here anon, that radio silence from matsudaira and a vengeful shogun don't inspire me confidence
You nod slowly. “It could work,” you trail off. “Possibly.” Leaning forward, you look at her. “But regardless, I’ll have your back. You’ve had mine through plenty of tough situations.” “Thank you, sir.” She reaches forward, squeezing your hand for just a moment. From then on, the two of you mostly talk about small things. As the carriage trundles through Edo toward Yokohama, you bring her up to speed on what the base’s other two occupants have been doing. You mention that Harp has spent most of his time in Edo at the tavern since you all got back, which is amusing to both of you. Beretta has been in his workshop for the most part, refining the metal cartridge sleeves for the rifles your enlisted men use. Nakajima muses that he must be trying to develop a fully-metal cartridge that is superior to the paper ones the sleeves are currently designed to protect. The carriage arrives in Yokosuka without much spectacle. Though it is clearly marked as an Aizu military carriage, nobody even looks up as you roll past. You see the occasional US Marine in uniform walking around, as well as even more Westerners than before. The carriage passes the British garrison and you have to do a double-take. The wooden stockade is gone, with only the central building remaining. The flagpole at the center of the complex which once held a Union Jack is bare, and there are no signs of the British military presence that once was quartered there. You call up to the driver from the carriage window. “When did the British leave?” The driver, an older Japanese man, looks over at the place in question. “Oh, the English? They left the city around the beginning of June. Right around the time that you all left for Osaka.” You grimace. “Any idea why?” “No sir.” He shrugs. “Anyway, we’re almost here.” The carriage pulls up outside of the gun store, coming to a stop in front of the doors. You and Nakajima get out, walking toward the relatively nondescript building. “Thank you for the ride,” you say as the two of you walk away. Inside, the man at the counter recognizes you. “Ah, my friend from New York!” He beams as he walks over to you. “I see you’ve been some interesting places.” He reaches over to the corner of the counter, producing a newspaper with a photograph of you right after the Battle of Hofu. “How can I help you?” >”Could I take a look at that newspaper?” >”I’m here for a new rifle. Got any recommendations?” >”I don’t suppose you’ve got any Henry repeaters in stock, do you?” >”I saw the British Garrison packed up and left while we were gone. Any news about why they left?” >Write-in.
>>3605533>”I’m here for a new rifle. Got any recommendations?”>”I don’t suppose you’ve got any Henry repeaters in stock, do you?”
>>3605533>>”I’m here for a new rifle. Got any recommendations?”
>>3605533>>”I saw the British Garrison packed up and left while we were gone. Any news about why they left?”>”I’m here for a new rifle. Got any recommendations?” >”I don’t suppose you’ve got any Henry repeaters in stock, do you?
>>3605533>”I don’t suppose you’ve got any Henry repeaters in stock, do you?” >”I saw the British Garrison packed up and left while we were gone. Any news about why they left?”
“I don’t suppose you’ve got any Henry repeaters in stock, do you?” The man shakes his head. “Quite popular, those rifles. My whole stock gets bought out quick whenever I get any of them in. The Japanese special police and soldiers seem quite fond of them.” You nod. “I can see why. It’s unfortunate you don’t have any.” Leaning on the counter, you gesture to the rifle racks. “I had an iron-frame model, but it got destroyed when I was on campaign recently.” You frown. “Got any recommendations for a replacement?” The man sighs. “Damn shame about that, sir. Those iron-frame models are hard to find. Their value is shooting up actually.” He walks over to the rifle racks. “That said, I’ve got some suitable replacements.” He hands you a revolving rifle, but not a Colt-pattern one to your surprise. “This is a revolving rifle based on the LeMat action,” he says. “It’s built to use the same cartridge as the Spencer repeater, so it packs a reasonable punch.” You take the revolver-carbine into your hands, feeling the weight of it as you examine the action. It is a bit of a ridiculous-looking weapon, but you can tell that whoever built it was a master craftsman. “Does it hold nine rounds, like the pistols?” “Plus a round of shot in the central barrel,” the man nods. It’s an identical action to the typical LeMat, just bigger and made for cartridges.” He points to the end of the barrel, where a small lug sits off to the side. “And it can mount a sword-bayonet. One comes with the rifle.” You nod, sitting the weapon gently on the counter. It is quite heavy for its size, but you kind of like the weight. “Interesting.” You look at some of the other rifles on the rack. Many are rifle-muskets and breech-loaders like the Sharps. There are also plenty of Spencers of varying barrel-lengths. You see a couple of Colt revolving rifles, as well as a revolving shotgun, but they are all percussion weapons. You point out one of the Sharps carbines, which the man hands to you. “Say,” you begin as you examine the carbine. “I’d noticed the British packed up and left.” The man nods. “Seems they were needed elsewhere.” Frowning, he looks out through the shop window. “Something about the new British consulate in Kagoshima needing extra security.” “Kagoshima?” You raise an eyebrow. Nakajima speaks next. “The capital of the Satsuma Domain.” “I see…” You frown. “So,” the shopkeeper speaks again. “What rifle would you like?” >”This Sharps carbine is quite nice.” (take the Sharps)>”I’ll take one of the Colt Revolving Rifles.” (Take a Colt Revolver-Rifle)>”That LeMat Carbine was interesting.” (take the LeMat carbine)>”I’ve always wanted to try using a shotgun.” (take the Colt Revolving Shotgun)>”I suppose I’ll keep using a Spencer for now.” (decline to purchase anything)>Write-in.
>>3605814>”That LeMat Carbine was interesting.” (take the LeMat carbine)>ask if he can put one of the henrys on hold when it comes in with an iron frame.So the british and America are doing a proxy war then I guess.
>>3605814>>”That LeMat Carbine was interesting.” (take the LeMat carbine)
>>3605814>”That LeMat Carbine was interesting.” (take the LeMat carbine)
>>3605814>>”That LeMat Carbine was interesting.” (take the LeMat carbine)>>3605858If we can do this, this'll be great.
>>3605814>”I’ve always wanted to try using a shotgun...these models are quite rare.” (take the Colt Revolving Shotgun) (also purchase both 10gauge Shells & Slugs)
“That LeMat carbine was interesting,” you point to the weapon in question as you return the Sharps to the shopkeeper. “I’ll take it.” “Excellent choice, friend.” He sets the Sharps back on the rack, wiping it down with a rag before handing the LeMat carbine to you. “Would you like any boxes of ammo, perhaps a bandolier?” “Well I’ve got more than enough ammunition,” you reply. “But when you say bandolier, what exactly do you mean? Like a cartridge belt?” The man smiles, producing a leather belt far too large to be worn on the waist. “You throw it over your shoulder like a sash. It’s easier to get your cartridges that way.” You nod slowly. “I like it. Sure, I’ll take one.” You throw the bandolier on and hand the man your money. As he said, the carbine comes with a bayonet, but it also comes with a rather nice sling and a leather scabbard for a saddle. As you inspect the gun’s accessories further, you note that they were made in Switzerland. As you exit the shop with your new purchase slung over your shoulder, Nakajima walks alongside you. She also bought something, a new holster for her Colt Navy revolver. “You seem quite pleased with that carbine.” She smiles. You shrug. “Well, nothing can replace my Henry, but this sure is eye-catching. We’ll just have to see how it performs in combat though.” “Indeed.” Nakajima nods. As you are about to say something more, a man in an Aizu uniform with one of the Shogunal Guard armbands approaches you. “Colonel Stockton?” He throws up a crisp salute upon reaching you. You nod, returning the man’s salute. “Yes. What do you need?” “Lord Matsudaira has just arrived in Edo, and requests your presence at the castle immediately.” The man, more of a boy really, speaks in a serious tone. “He has also requested the presence of all of your lieutenants.”
And that's going to be all for tonight. Thanks for playing! Our next session will probably be this coming Sunday, barring any unforeseen events. Now that the fighting has subsided, the politics can begin! Until then, feel free to throw any questions, comments, concerns, shitposts, and anything else up here. I'm more than happy to answer anything you guys have to ask. Once again, thanks for playing!
>>3606077was I fucking right about the stuff being moved?
>>3606119You mean the proxy war? There's still the possibility of avoiding it, but the die is nearly cast.
>>3606077thanks for running
>>3606141I'm a fucking hero. So Imperial and America, Vs... rebels and england with commie support?
>>3606229 Shogunate and America (and maybe France but you didn’t hear it from me) vs Imperials and Great Britain The next story arc of the quest will determine, among other things, outside military support in the upcoming hostilities.
>>3606255 Ah Fuck, Where is the prussians at when we need'em! I look forward to this insanity. Thanks for the run boss
>>3606066>“That LeMat carbine was interesting,”The LeMat carbine is jammed. It'll misfire within 10 minutes real-time.
We should take the Laudanum more often, and be good patient.
Session in two hours.
>>3616246Hope you got that Laudanum ready boyeeeee!
>>3616404no, bad anon, we won't become a junkie
>>3616413Patients need Medicine and Medicine needs Patience.
You arrive at the castle within half an hour of being summoned there. Rather immediately, you are directed by several Shogunal guards toward the main keep. When you arrive at the keep, you enter the main hall and are greeted by Matsudaira Katamori. He stands at the head of the room, along with the other three of your lieutenants. “Ah, Colonel. Welcome.” He bows, which you return graciously. “I trust you have been keeping well since returning from the campaign?” “Yes, sir.” You nod. “I was actually getting curious as to why there had been no news from there since we left.” Matsudaira crosses his arms, chuckling. “Ah, we were preoccupied with managing the new provinces, I’m afraid. There was a great deal of administrative difficulty in transferring them to the Aizu Domain.” “The former Choshu realms belong to the Aizu now?” You raise an eyebrow. “Indeed,” Matsudaira nods. “The Shogun, in his infinite wisdom, granted our domain sole rulership of the provinces repossessed from the Mori Clan.” You don’t speak Japanese quite well enough to detect if he’s hinting at pressuring the Shogun to make that decision, but you certainly assume it to be the case. “That’s excellent.” You smile slightly. “And where is the Shogun now?” Matsudaira waves your question away casually. “Still in Osaka, under the watchful protection of Hijikata Toshizo and his Shinsengumi.” He chuckles. “But I did not call you here to bore you with such matters.” He gestures to one of the soldiers, who brings a small wooden box with him. Matsudaira opens the box. “In recognition of your contribution to the Second Choshu Punitive Expedition, I wish to grant you a reward.” He pulls a medal from the box, pinning it to your chest. “I grant you the Army Command Cross.” You look down at the award, a white enamel cross with a golden Aizu crest in the center and oak leaves lining the outside of the crest. He then produces another medal. “As well as the Medal of Victory.” He pins said medal on next to the Army Command Cross. It is a round medal with a Shogunal crest set in the middle of a rising sun. You bow as he closes the box. “Thank you very much, Sir.” Matsudaira bows as well. “Of course. In addition to your medals, in recognition of your service to the realm, which no other officer has yet matched, I grant you a promotion to the rank of General.” He hands you a new set of shoulder boards and rank pins with the corresponding rank insignia. “As such, you will have a far greater authority in matters of the army, as well as greater control over the development of your personal headquarters.” After he finishes speaking with you, Matsudaira calls up all of your lieutenants. They each get a Medal of Victory, as well as promotions to the rank of Major. It is not long before the ceremony begins to wind down, and Matsudaira approaches you once more. “General Stockton,” he says.
“Lord Matsudaira.” You bow. He returns the gesture. “I wish to thank you again for your help in modernizing the army. Without you, I seriously wonder whether we could have accomplished this feat.” “I’m glad to have helped.” You gesture to your lieutenants. “It helped to have so many competent people working under me.” “I can imagine,” he nods. “However, your mission is far from over. There is something I wish to discuss with you.” He begins walking out of the room. You follow him, and the two of you continue down a hall toward the center of the keep. “What do you mean?” Matsudaira crosses his arms. “We looked into your reports that a ship was sailing away from Hagi Castle after the battle.” He turns to you, his expression serious. “The Choshu Domain’s top military officials are now residing in the Satsuma Domain, and have formed a kind of government-in-exile.” He grimaces. “Not only that, but the Satsuma, who have long been disloyal to the Shogun, have invited the British to set up a consulate and military mission in their realm.” “I had heard about the consulate,” you reply. Grimacing, you continue. “What do you want to do about it?” Matsudaira nods slowly. “Well, currently there are no open hostilities between the Satsuma and the rest of the Shogunate, but that could change quickly. They are trying to rally support from the other realms. Unfortunately, the seizure of former Choshu lands by the Shogunate has sowed resentment among some of the daimyos.” His eyes narrow. “War could very well be on the horizon.” “That’s not good.” You frown. “Indeed.” Matsudaira sighs. “Especially since most of the domains have begun to modernize their forces in the wake of the campaign. That is why I have called you here.” He looks out through a nearby window. “The great powers of the world, America, England, France, the countless German princes, the Russians… All of them are making leaps forward as far as military technology and strategy go. I am preparing a series of military and industrial outreach missions to various nations. I want you to be in charge of one.” “Did you have a particular one in mind?” You raise an eyebrow. Matsudaira shakes his head. “It was my plan to let you choose. We have a mission going to America, one going to Great Britain, one going to France, one that will visit many smaller European nations, and one that will visit Russia.”
>”It’s been too long since I stepped foot in my native land. I should take the opportunity while I can.” (American mission)>”Great Britain sounds like an interesting prospect.” (British mission)>”The French have been good to us so far. I can gather a good deal of support there, I think.” (French Mission)>”I’ve always been interested in traveling through Europe. I’ll bet I could make some good contacts there as well.” (European Mission)>”Russia is a close distance away by sea. They could prove a useful ally.” (Russian mission)
Rolled 3 (1d3)>>3616435Fuck me, I'm torn between America and France.I'll let dice pick1 is America2 is France3 is european and germans.
>>3616435>”Great Britain sounds like an interesting prospect.” (British mission)We already have great support from america and the the enemy won't get their support since they killed so many.It would be good to deny the enemy Great Britain's support, that would be essential.Can we bring Nakajima and Beretta too?
>>3616435>”Great Britain sounds like an interesting prospect.” (British mission)
Only 3 votes? That's a little disappointing. I'll wait a few more minutes and start writing then. >>3616443>Can we bring Nakajima and Beretta too?There will be a vote of who to bring along, yes.
>>3616433>>”I’ve always been interested in traveling through Europe. I’ll bet I could make some good contacts there as well.” (European Mission)
Now we have a tie. I'll wait five more minutes then roll a d2 if no other votes have come in.
>>3616435>”I’ve always been interested in traveling through Europe. I’ll bet I could make some good contacts there as well.” (European Mission)The Brits have already shown who they're siding with, we can get help from the Americans, but I think that Beretta could help a lot in helping us seal some European deals, as could...what was his name? The businessman we started off bodyguarding?
we need to go somewhere we speak the language, So America or Great Britain
You think about it for a moment. Though the thought of going back to the US and visiting your old haunts sounds nice, you know that the Shogunate already has plenty of backing from the United States. Britain is another interesting prospect, being the most powerful empire in the world, but you figure they’ve already made up their minds about who they are going to support if a civil war breaks out. France is also pretty much decided, you imagine, with the amount of support Frenchmen have given the Shogunate in the last couple of years. Russia is a bit of a wild card, and you honestly know very little about the nation and its people, let alone their national interests. That leaves you with one reasonable choice: the European mission that will reach out to a bunch of smaller nations. “I’ve always thought it would be interesting to visit Europe,” you say. “Plus I’m sure I can find useful contacts there.” Matsudaira nods. “Indeed. Europe is an untapped wealth of military and political support. I will make preparations for your mission there.” “Are there any nations in particular you want me to visit?” You raise an eyebrow. He shakes his head. “I had planned to leave the particulars in your hands. Prussia and the German states, of course, are worth visiting. I believe the Belgians are also beginning to expand overseas, so they could prove a valuable ally. The Dutch have had a long history of interaction with Japan, but they might lean more in favor of the Satsuma Coalition should hostilities break out…” He turns to you. “That being said, I am unfamiliar with the intricacies of European politics. That is something you will have to learn when you arrive there, I think.” “Understood,” you bow. “Who all will be going with me?” Matsudaira returns the bow. “I will be sending some of my own diplomats, as well as some interpreters for them, but I will leave it up to you whether you want to bring along more people. Having your cadre of officers would likely be helpful, as well as any Europeans you might have in your ranks.” “Very well.” You nod. “And when do we leave?” “In one month,” he replies. “You will have plenty of time to get your affairs in order, I assume?” You nod again. “Yes sir. That’s more than enough time.” “Very good.” Matsudaira turns and begins walking away. “Good luck, General.” With that, Matsudaira leaves you. You exit the keep, finding your men standing around outside. It would seem that the official function is over, and everyone is preparing to return to their posts. >Head back to the base with Nakajima. >Brief all of your majors on the military outreach mission. >Take your majors somewhere more private and get the Nakajima situation sorted out. >While you’re here, you should check in with Princess Hikari. You’ve not seen her since the campaign ended. >Write-in.
>>3616433Going to America would be the gain foreign support mission, going to GB would be the deny foreign support mission.
>>3616653>While you’re here, you should check in with Princess Hikari. You’ve not seen her since the campaign ended. Honestly, you think we could use her for this political mission?
>>3616653>>Take your majors somewhere more private and get the Nakajima situation sorted out.we said we would
>>3616653>>Take your majors somewhere more private and get the Nakajima situation sorted out.I bet Sato alredy knew.
>>3616653>Take your majors somewhere more private and get the Nakajima situation sorted out.
You walk over to where your officers are standing, saluting them when they throw up salutes of their own. “Good afternoon, gentlemen.” “Good afternoon, sir.” Sato grins. “Congratulations on the promotion.” “You as well,” you reply. “How have all of you been keeping since we returned from the campaign?” “I have been attending to my duties at the Army academy.” Sato crosses his arms. “Much of my time has been spent writing reports and the like, unfortunately.” “I have spent most of my time organizing captured supplies and equipment,” Subaru grunts. “A lot of enemy materiel was seized when we raided the castle’s stores. It’s actually a bit tough finding a spot for everything.” He chuckles. “My troops and I have been training with new versions of our Sharps rifles,” Kojima explains. “I acquired some barrel-mounted telescopes that allow my men to shoot much further and more accurately.” He grins slightly. “I am happy to report their accuracy is up by twofold, perhaps more for some of them.” “Excellent,” you nod. “I’m glad to hear things have been going smoothly.” You glance over at Nakajima, then gesture to a secluded area of the castle’s garden. “Would you all follow me? I have some important information to relay to all of you.” They follow you over to the area in question. You all sit cross-legged under a cherry tree, near a koi pond. It is right next to the castle wall, far from any unwanted listeners. >”There’s something you all need to know, about Major Nakajima...” (reveal the truth)>”Nakajima, would you like to tell them?” (let Nakajima do the talking)>Write-in.
>>3616789>>”Nakajima, would you like to tell them?” (let Nakajima do the talking)But be prepared to back her up in any questioning
>>3616789>”There’s something you all need to know, about Major Nakajima...” (reveal the truth)
>>3616796something to keep in mind for laterif we are going to prussia we could use her Zorn as an interpreter
>>3616789>”There’s something you all need to know, about Major Nakajima...” (reveal the truth)So its clear that we support her.Tell her she can interrupt us at any time.
>>3616815>>3616796I think these are both good options.
>>3616789>”Nakajima, would you like to tell them?” (let Nakajima do the talking)
>>3616819agreed, maybe we talk together or we take the lead
You clear your throat. “Major Nakajima,” you begin. “Would you like to tell them, or should I?” She frowns, leaning forward. “I suppose I should be the one to say it.” Looking at the other majors, she sighs. “I suppose this will come as a shock, but I ask you all to remain calm and listen to what I have to say.” She pauses for a moment. “I… I am a woman disguised as a man.” There is silence. Kojima and Subaru look at one-another with disbelief. Sato leans forward, his expression serious. “This is certainly a shocking revelation… For what reason would you do such a thing?” Nakajima looks down, seemingly unsure of what to say. “My family encouraged me to join the Shinsengumi, because my brother had died.” You decide to interject. “Regardless of the circumstances, I hope that all of you will look past Major Nakajima’s gender, and remember the competence and dedication she has shown as a solider.” Sato speaks again. “Well, sir. I did actually have my suspicions that Major Nakajima was a woman in hiding…” He shrugs. “After all, we worked together in the Shinsengumi. I suppose it makes little difference though.” He turns to Nakajima. “After all, you have proven yourself to be a capable soldier, like the General has said.” Kojima speaks next, still looking surprised. “I… Suppose I am in agreement with Major Sato. Nakajima has saved my life before, and the lives of my troops, so I cannot say she is unfit to be a soldier.” Subaru nods curtly. “If you think she can keep being a soldier, sir. I have no problems with your decision.” “Good,” you nod. “Now, though you all know about the Major’s true identity, I see no reason to go out of our way to tell the rest of the troops, do you?” “Indeed,” Sato says quickly. “They needn’t know. Such matters do not concern enlisted men.” Nakajima speaks next, bowing as she does. “Thank you, everyone. I was not sure whether the General’s support alone would be enough.” She looks happily at everyone. “It is an honor to continue fighting alongside all of you.” You stand up, brushing your trousers off. “Well, now that it’s out of the way, we don’t have to worry about the difficulty of keeping it a secret.” “Is there anything else that needs discussed?” Sato stands up, adjusting his cap as he reaches full height. “I still have a lot of paperwork do take care of back at the academy, unfortunately.” >”You’re all free to go.” >”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)>”You mentioned telescopes on your rifles, Kojima. Could I take a look at one?” >”I would be happy to help with some of that paperwork, Sato.” >”You seem less talkative than normal, Subaru. Is there something on your mind?” >Write-in.
>>3616950>”You seem less talkative than normal, Subaru. Is there something on your mind?” >>”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)
>>3616950>”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)Invite but they are not required to come, Sato staying would actually help us keeping a presence here, Nakajima would be good to have around and if Kojima and Subaru want to come to learn a thing or two from the europeans they would be welcome to do so.
Gonna pause the session here for tonight. Next session will be Tuesday at the same time.
>>3616950>”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)>”You mentioned telescopes on your rifles, Kojima. Could I take a look at one?”
>>3616994ThisEurotrip with Naka.
>>3616950>”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)
>>3616950>”I would be happy to help with some of that paperwork, Sato.”
>>3616950>”You seem less talkative than normal, Subaru. Is there something on your mind?” >”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)
>>3616950>>”In one month, I will be travelling to Europe on a military outreach assignment. I would like you to come along with me.” (invite all of your Majors)>>3616994But this
“In one month, I’m going to be travelling to Europe for a military outreach assignment.” You cross your arms. “Basically, I’ll be trying to gain support and forge alliances internationally, as well as making contacts within military circles that could get us more advanced weaponry and additional combat advisors.” You look amongst your majors. “Though it’s not mandatory, I’d like to invite all of you to come along with me.” “Well,” Kojima speaks first. “My sharpshooters need to train constantly, plus I am trying to recruit more men to make up for those who were lost during the campaign.” He frowns. “I doubt I will be able to go on such a mission.” “That’s understandable,” you reply. “What about the rest of you?” Subaru nods toward Kojima. “I am in a similar situation. My regiment has just received many new recruits who will need to be trained and armed.” Sato raises an eyebrow. “Europe, eh? That sounds like quite the adventure.” He grins slightly. “I can put my subordinate officers in charge of the academy while I’m gone, they are more than competent enough for such a task. I think I will go along with you.” Nakajima looks away for just a moment. “I also would like to accompany you on this mission.” “Very well,” you nod. “Like I said, it won’t be for another month, so if any of you change your minds, feel free to let me know.” You all head back down to the main courtyard of the castle, and soon you say your goodbyes and get into your respective carriages. As yours trundles away from the castle, Nakajima leans back and looks at you. “I had no idea they were planning on sending out a military outreach mission.” You shrug. “Me either. I guess they’re sending out several to different parts of the world. America, France, Russia, all over the place really.” She raises an eyebrow. “America? You’d think they would send the American general on that mission.” You shake your head. “I actually chose to go on the European one.” She frowns. “Why is that? Do you not miss your homeland?” >”Not particularly, no.” >”We already have a good enough working relationship with the United States government. I don’t think there’s much more favor we can gain in their eyes at the moment.” >”There’s… I have a lot of uncomfortable, unfinished business over there I’d rather not address right now.” >Write-in.
>>3622168>>”Not particularly, no.” and>>”We already have a good enough working relationship with the United States government. I don’t think there’s much more favor we can gain in their eyes at the moment.”
>>3622168>”We already have a good enough working relationship with the United States government. I don’t think there’s much more favor we can gain in their eyes at the moment.” "I'm sure we will be able to visit it ome other time"
>>3622168>”We already have a good enough working relationship with the United States government. I don’t think there’s much more favor we can gain in their eyes at the moment.”
You shrug. “Well I didn’t think there would be much point in my going to America. We’ve already got a good enough working relationship with the United States government, after all.” Nakajima nods slightly. “That is true, but such relations could change quickly.” She leans forward. “Our only contact within the United States government is that consulate official, Mr. North, correct?” You nod. “That’s true, North has been the primary means for getting support from America.” Her expression grows serious. “Sir, not to sound insubordinate, but I can see issues with such a diplomatic relationship.” She frowns, rubbing her chin thoughtfully. “I have only met Mr. North a couple of times, but I know from just those few meetings that he is a schemer. For all we know, he might decide to cut us off as soon as he decides we can no longer benefit him personally.” You grimace. “I suppose that’s a possibility, but you could say the same for any foreign contact really.” Nakajima leans back, glancing out at the passing scenery. “True, but having a multitude of American contacts would increase the strength of our relations with the United States as a whole, yes?” Nodding slowly, you concede that she is correct. “You’re right… But there’s an outreach mission going to America already. We’re going to be making friends there regardless.” She raises an eyebrow. “Then who better to send on the American mission, to curry favor with the American government and people, than the most famous American in Japan?” She smiles slightly. “I have read some of the newspapers that find their way over from the United States, you know. Apparently you are something of a media darling over there.” >”Well, I suppose I could suggest to Matsudaira that the America assignment would be a better fit for me.”>”While that is true, I believe I could do more for the cause in Europe.” >”The decision has already been made, Major. Nothing much can be done about it now.” >”You aren’t just saying all this because you’ve been wanting to see America for yourself, right?” >Write-in.
>>3622302>”Well, I suppose I could suggest to Matsudaira that the America assignment would be a better fit for me.”Fug it. Sure, why not.
>>3622302>”You aren’t just saying all this because you’ve been wanting to see America for yourself, right?” It's time to bullyBut at the same time"I'll let Matsudaira know about that and he can decide if its interesting tobgarner more support there or to send me somewhere else to build new foundations"
>>3622302>”You aren’t just saying all this because you’ve been wanting to see America for yourself, right?” >We could send the news reporter with them as well?
You raise an eyebrow, smiling slightly. “You’re not suggesting all of this just because you’ve been wanting to see America for yourself, right?” Nakajima’s face turns red, and she stutters for a moment. “O-of course not, sir. I was merely taking into consideration the strategic value of you going to America as opposed to Europe.” She stutters a bit more in Japanese, too quickly for you to decipher. You chuckle. “Very well, Major. In that case, I suppose I will relay your suggestion to Matsudaira and see what he thinks.” “Understood, General.” Nakajima sighs, her face growing several shades less red as she does. You lean back, looking out at the passing scenery. The carriage has left the city now, and trundles through the countryside toward your base. Matsudaira had mentioned expansions to the base were included as a reward for your promotion, and you’re curious what sort of upgrades he might have in mind. Yawning, you close your eyes momentarily and allow yourself a short nap. You awaken with a start as your carriage enters the base. Perhaps you had a nightmare, but you cannot remember it. As you dismount the carriage and head over to the main building, you examine your new carbine once more. The machine work is far superior to that of most factory-built pieces, and you note some custom engraving along the cylinder itself. Perhaps this is a more special weapon than you initially thought?You return to your office, laying your carbine down on your desk and getting back to your paperwork. It isn’t long, maybe half an hour, before Harp returns and gets you up to speed on the situation in the city of Edo. Things are much as you left them, with the Shinsengumi basically acting as the city’s primary authority. There are more Westerners there now, more Americans in particular, drawn by the news of the Choshu Campaign and other such developments. Not long after that, you finish up the last of your paperwork. Leaning back in your chair, you yawn and try to think of what else needs done around here. Part of you contemplates going on a walk, but a knock at your door catches your attention. “Come in,” you say. Alain Armstrong, the Englishman who built the initial expansions to your base, enters your office. “Good day, General.” He removes his top hat. “How have you been keeping?” “Well enough,” you nod at the man. “And you?” He chuckles. “The Shogun has been keeping me and my workers busy, to say the least.” You raise an eyebrow. “To what do I owe the pleasure of your visit?” He leans forward. “I was told to report here and consult with you about expansions to your base.” >”What sort of expansions do you have in mind?” >”You mentioned having been kept busy. What sort of projects have you been working on?” >”I’m honestly surprised you’re still working for us. The British seem to be siding with our adversaries as of late.” >Write-in.
>>3622429>”I’m honestly surprised you’re still working for us. The British seem to be siding with our adversaries as of late.” >”You mentioned having been kept busy. What sort of projects have you been working on?”
>>3622429>”You mentioned having been kept busy. What sort of projects have you been working on?” and then>”What sort of expansions do you have in mind?”
>>3622429>”You mentioned having been kept busy. What sort of projects have you been working on?”
>>3622429>”What sort of expansions do you have in mind?” >”You mentioned having been kept busy. What sort of projects have you been working on?” >”I’m honestly surprised you’re still working for us. The British seem to be siding with our adversaries as of late.” Everything
“You mentioned having kept busy,” you begin. “What sort of work have you been doing?” Armstrong sits down in front of your desk, leaning back as he gets comfortable. “Oh, quite a variety of projects. I oversaw the construction of a new naval arsenal in Yokosuka, southeast of here. Then I was put in charge of designing a state-of-the-art hospital in the Fukushima region. I helped design a new docking area for passenger ships in Yokohama, the crews should be breaking ground on it soon. And just recently, I designed a new fortress to be built in the northernmost reaches of the Ezo region.” You nod slowly. “I see, impressive.” “Thank you,” he replies. “And what sort of work have you been up to? Obviously it led to your promotion.” You chuckle. “Well, I’ve been on campaign for the last three months, down in the former Choshu Domain. It was quite the task, bringing that expedition to a close successfully.” Armstrong nods. “I can imagine. It would certainly explain the shift in politics throughout the realm. I have been getting a great deal of project funding through the Aizu Domain as opposed to the central Shogunal government.” You nod, frowning slightly. “I’m honestly a bit surprised to see you still working with us. The British Empire seems to have sided pretty unequivocally with our adversaries.” Armstrong shakes his head. “What the British Empire does is of little concern to me, good sir. I am an independent contractor.” Clearing your throat, you decide to return to the topic of his visit. “So what sort of upgrades did you have in mind, Mr. Armstrong?” “Ah, of course.” He lays a piece of paper on your desk, which shows the layout of your compound as it stands. “Let’s begin.” Over the next hour or so, Armstrong explains to you his various ideas for upgrading the base. Some seem a bit outlandish and unnecessary, while others grab your attention as immediate needs.
Getting ready to post available upgrades, please stand by.
CURRENT FACILITIES:Main Building (1 office, 2 bedrooms, 4 storage rooms)Barracks (houses 200 persons)Mess HallFood and Water Storage (2 week supply for base at capacity)Shooting RangeObstacle CourseArmoryEnzo's WorkshopMustering GroundsUPGRADES (select 4): >Main Building ExpansionUpgrades the main building to a proper headquarters with 4 offices, 6 bedrooms, and 4 storage rooms. >Additional BarracksThree more barracks, will raise your base capacity to 800 persons.>Non-Combatant QuartersA set of residential-style buildings for the housing of various noncombatants that might end up staying at the base for extended periods of time. >Brick WallsHeavily-fortified walls around the perimeter of your encampment, turning it into a star fort. Artillery batteries are included. >Military Arsenal An expansion to the armory to allow the mass-manufacture of military small arms and ammunition, as well as the large-scale issuance of prototypes developed by Enzo Beretta. >Separate Instructor Barracks:A more luxurious barracks for the drill instructors and junior officers. >WellSelf-explanatory. Allows for water on-demand in case of supply interruptions. >Central GranaryA large silo for storing rice. Allows for up to six months of food in the event of a supply interruption. >HospitalDedicated medical facility. Allows for the treatment of wounds that would otherwise require a trip to Edo. >Chapel A place for the worship of Jesus Christ. Will boost morale of any Christians on-base. >Shinto ShrineA site for the worship of traditional Japanese religion. Will raise morale of all religious Japanese troops. >Telegraph Office A wonder of the modern world, the telegraph office will allow for up-to-the-minute communication with other locations. Presently you know that there is a telegraph office in Edo, and have seen personally the expansion of the Japanese telegraph network. >Upgraded Shooting RangeExpand the shooting range with more targets situated at varying range. >Upgraded Mustering YardLarger main courtyard with cobblestone paths leading to various buildings.>Officers’ OnsenA recommendation made by some of your officers upon discovering the hot spring. An onsen is a facility for rest and relaxation built around the spring itself. Naturally, such a small spring would be useful only to you and your senior officers.
And since this is a relatively important vote, it will be the last one for this session. We'll run again on either Thursday or Friday at our usual time. I'll leave the vote open until then. Thanks for playing, and feel free to drop any questions you have here in the meantime!
>>3622611>Additional Barracks>Well>Brick Walls>Officers’ Onsen
>>3622619>Main Building ExpansionUpgrades the main building to a proper headquarters with 4 offices, 6 bedrooms, and 4 storage rooms.>Brick WallsHeavily-fortified walls around the perimeter of your encampment, turning it into a star fort. Artillery batteries are included.>Military Arsenal An expansion to the armory to allow the mass-manufacture of military small arms and ammunition, as well as the large-scale issuance of prototypes developed by Enzo Beretta. >HospitalDedicated medical facility. Allows for the treatment of wounds that would otherwise require a trip to Edo. >>3622625Fuck if we could have one more, I'd had voted for the telegraph office. reee
>>3622619>Brick Walls>Hospital>Telegraph Office>Central Granary
>>3622619>Additional BarracksThe additional troop capacity would be nice. Given our focus on non-line infantry, we can avoid stressing our facilities by cycling between >Military Arsenal Having the ability to train and equip our soldiers with the most advanced equipment we can is important. Especially given some of the advancements we might make or need to make on our own.>Telegraph Office Constant communication with the emerging telegraph network will enable us to, if needed, command entirely from within this facility or anywhere else in the network. It'll prevent us being left out the loop for weeks and enable us to be appropriately equipped for our new rank in terms of information-gathering and command-sending capabilities.>???????????I don't know what to put for this last one but I'd advise against Brick walls, the Well or the Central Granary. Fact is, with only any one of the upgrades our maximum time to hold out is effectively two weeks + however long we are willing / able to go without food or water. That or we lack the sort of defensive walls and cannon positions to actual hold out in which case the supply stores are pointless since they actual would provide more benefit to the enemy than us.We might want to talk with our superiors about getting some accelerated investments in terms of defences but personally, I'd rather invest such resources into more troops, guns and training than a static fort. Unless it's in a strategically perfect position or something, which I doubt our base is.
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Brick Walls>Well>HospitalWe should also ask if he has contacts in london he can introduce with a letter as we are going on the diplomatic Mission
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Non-Combatant Quarters>Telegraph Office >Brick Walls
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Military Arsenal >Hospital>Well
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Military Arsenal >Hospital>Telegraph Office
>>3622619>Hospital>Telegraph Office >Upgraded Mustering Yard>Additional Barracks
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Main Building Expansion>Military Arsenal>Officers’ OnsenAll this should be ready before or after we travel abroad?
>>3622619>Additional BarracksThree more barracks, will raise your base capacity to 800 persons.>Brick WallsHeavily-fortified walls around the perimeter of your encampment, turning it into a star fort. Artillery batteries are included. >HospitalDedicated medical facility. Allows for the treatment of wounds that would otherwise require a trip to Edo. >Telegraph Office A wonder of the modern world, the telegraph office will allow for up-to-the-minute communication with other locations. Presently you know that there is a telegraph office in Edo, and have seen personally the expansion of the Japanese telegraph network.
Quick update: Session will be on Friday, as tomorrow is the 4th of July and I'm going to be busy pissing off my neighbors with copious amounts of professional-grade fireworks.
>>3624142Oh shit son you right, i didn't even notice. Fuck ya freedom day.
>>3624294This, to all Americ-anons, happy 4th of july.
>>3622619>Well>Brick Walls>Telegraph Office >Hospital
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Brick Walls>Military Arsenal>Upgraded Shooting RangeMore troops, defenses, weapons production, and weapons testing.This way we can start training a larger group of specialized forces who can then be equipped with state-of-the-art Beretta weapons and have better shooting practice with an improved range.We don't need a well or granary right now, as surviving a siege is not likely anyway, at least not yet.The telegraph office, hospital, and main building expansion are nice, but they can wait for now.the chapel, shinto shrine, upgraded mustering yard, and non-combatant quarters are low priority.And we absolutely do NOT want the separate instructor barracks. Keep the DIs and junior officers with the enlisted. We want to avoid the elitism that plagued the Imperial Japanese Army (and Navy) from the 1870s-1940's.
>>3622619>Additional Barracks>Military Arsenal>Upgraded Shooting Range>Brick WallsThe walls will be useful for assault training.
>>3622619>Additional BarracksThree more barracks, will raise your base capacity to 800 persons.>WellSelf-explanatory. Allows for water on-demand in case of supply interruptions. >Shinto ShrineA site for the worship of traditional Japanese religion. Will raise morale of all religious Japanese troops. >Telegraph Office A wonder of the modern world, the telegraph office will allow for up-to-the-minute communication with other locations. Presently you know that there is a telegraph office in Edo, and hav
So correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like the top-voted options are the barracks, brick walls, telegraph office, and hospital. Our session will begin at 6PM Eastern.
You spend the next half hour or so discussing your options. Eventually, you come to the conclusion that it would be best to move forward with the construction of a hospital, telegraph office, and additional barracks buildings. You also sign off on the fortress walls, but Armstrong says that they will take longer to build than the rest of the upgrades, possibly six months or more. Though a military arsenal is highly tempting, as are several other upgrades, for now you’ll have to go with the most immediately useful ones. After all, you’ll get more opportunities to expand this place, surely. After that, the two of you chat for a while over coffee (though he proclaims that he prefers tea). He is as much or more in the dark about the goings on of the realm as you are. The outline of the political and military situation is certainly clear, but the deeper one attempts to go, the murkier things become. Armstrong brings a fresh perspective on the British role in things, though. For quite some time, you’ve been stumped as to why the most powerful empire on Earth would be siding with insignificant rebels in a faraway country. The Englishman explains that the Crown might be worried about the threat of a Shogunate with renewed strength. Such a government could potentially return the nation to its long-standing state of isolation, cutting off the British from valuable trade goods. He speculates that it could also be another way for the British to get in a jab at the United States, as their rivalry is more intense than it has been in nearly half a century. After finishing your coffee, you bid Armstrong farewell. He has much work to do. You walk with him out to the carriage he rode in on. He hands his notes to an Aizu magistrate, likely some budgetary official, and hops in the carriage. As it trundles down the dirt road away from your compound, you begin picturing in your mind what the upgrades will look like. Your compound will become a proper star fort, one of only two in Japan at the moment, and you will have the ability to quarter almost all of your light infantry here. Lighting a cigarillo, you cross your arms and look around at the buildings as they stand. The day is still relatively young, with it being roughly thirty minutes past four in the afternoon. >Go visit Beretta. You want to see if he can fix your shattered Henry repeater. >It’s been a while since you took a walk in the surrounding countryside. You want to see if anything has changed in the three months since you left. >Do some target practice with your new carbine. >Write-in.
>>3629438>>It’s been a while since you took a walk in the surrounding countryside. You want to see if anything has changed in the three months since you left.
>>3629438>It’s been a while since you took a walk in the surrounding countryside. You want to see if anything has changed in the three months since you left.
>>3629438>>It’s been a while since you took a walk in the surrounding countryside. You want to see if anything has changed in the three months since you left.bear pelt 2 get
>>3629438>Do some target practice with your new carbine
You decide to take a walk in your camp’s surroundings. It’s been quite some time since you did, and you’re interested to see if anything has changed. Starting in the grassy fields immediately surrounding your camp, you note that the grass itself has grown significantly since you were last here. It stands up to your ankles, and you are thankful to be wearing proper boots instead of low-top shoes. Moving on, you head up into the forested hills. The woods have become more difficult to traverse, with underbrush making old trails unusable now. The signs of animal life, likely deer and smaller game animals, can be readily found. It is peaceful out here, far more so than the city of Edo, or even your own camp. You smell the scent of faraway pine trees on the wind, likely from up in the nearby mountains. As you continue your walk, you come across the natural hot spring you’ve seen a few times before. Suddenly, you make the connection that the woman who was bathing here almost a year ago must have been Nakajima. Slapping your forehead, you keep walking. Further along, you come across the dark hollow where you shot the bear many months ago. You’ve still got some of its pelt, probably enough to make a small cape or a large hat, you figure. Moving on, you decide to go deeper into the forest, which begins to slope upward toward the mountains. Much of Japan’s central regions are mountainous, to the point of being nearly impossible to traverse the width of the country. The geography of this land would make any war fought here an absolute nightmare, should an enemy seize control of the mountains. You keep walking, and eventually come across a small clearing. There is a pile of burnt logs near the treeline, the remnants of a long-gone campfire. It doesn’t really surprise you, considering the sheer size of these forests. There are likely transient wanderers making camp all over these hills. Still, curiosity gets the better of you, and you kneel down to inspect the former campfire for any clues as to its maker. A sound stops you, however, and you stand to full height again. A horse can be heard galloping, and soon you see the source of the sound. A man sits atop a colossal war-horse, galloping out of the trees and straight toward you. He brings the horse to a stop, positioning it sideways to you as he looks you right in the eyes. The Ghost of the Confederacy himself, Colonel Allen Taylor, stares you down. You immediately grab the handle of your Dragoon, but Colonel Taylor merely puts up a hand to stop you.
“I’m not here to kill you, General.” His face is stone-like, his expression one of hardened determination. Even from ten feet away, his voice has a thunderous quality to it. You note that his other hand is on the reins, far from the pearl-handled LeMat on his belt. “Not here to fight you at all. I just want to talk.” >”You can talk to the devil, then!” (shoot him)>”I don’t think there’s anything to talk about, Colonel.” (walk away)>”Very well. What do you have to say?” (let him speak)>”How’d you find me?” (question him)>Write-in.
>>3629643>>”How’d you find me?” (question him)>”Very well. What do you have to say?” (let him speak)keep the gun at him, we may decide to kill or capture before the talk ends
>>3629643>”How’d you find me?” (question him)
Is this the guy we met around here or the captain of the confederate ship?
>>3629643>”Very well. What do you have to say?” (let him speak)
>>3629730Oh oh I forgotVery well, speak then, but choose your words wisely, they may as well be your last.
You grimace, eyes narrowing. “How’d you find me?” Taylor’s expression doesn’t change. “I was a guerilla, General. Me and my men have been less than twenty yards from your camp several times.” The corners of his mouth tighten slightly, causing the ends of his mustache to twitch. “I could have shot you or one of your officers several times in the last few months.” “I see.” Your hand never leaves the handle of your Dragoon. “And what is it you wanted to discuss, Colonel Taylor?” “So you know who I am,” he breaks eye-contact, seemingly just a bit surprised. “It doesn’t matter. I’m here because I want to ask you an important question.” He reaches into his pocket, pulling out the pocket watch he stole from you when you last met. “I remember you saying that you picked this up in Baltimore, at a secondhand shop.” He looks down at the watch, cradling it gently in his hand. Opening it, he looks at the engraved words on the inside of the lid. After a solid ten seconds of silence, he closes the watch loudly, putting it back in his pocket. “It’s the truth,” you lie. Taylor remains unfazed, speaking before you even finish getting your words out. “I need to know, Colonel. Did you spend any time in Georgia?” You raise an eyebrow. “Excuse me?” “Sumter, Georgia. Were you ever there?” His eyes widen slightly, but his tone never changes. “Perhaps your unit was part of the force that liberated Andersonville?” >”I was a prisoner at Andersonville.” (tell the truth)>”Never been there, sorry.” (lie)>”I went through there, yes. I found the watch in an abandoned house.” (half-truth)>Shoot him. (roll a 1d20)>Write-in.
>>3629752>>”I was a prisoner at Andersonville.” (tell the truth)
>>3629752>”I was a prisoner at Andersonville.” (tell the truth)
>>3629752>”I was a prisoner at Andersonville.” (tell the truth)>Write-in: I found southern hospitality to be a bit underwhelming.
You sigh. “I was a prisoner at Andersonville, actually.” Taylor’s expression twists into a grimace. His eyes practically smolder in the low light of the forest. “A prisoner? You’ve done quite well for yourself since then, to be sure.” You nod slowly. “I’ve been fortunate, yes. A lot of good men weren’t so lucky.” You take a step forward. “A lot of men weren’t even lucky enough to survive your Southern hospitality.” Taylor doesn’t look away. He doesn’t so much as blink. “I was never involved with the camp at Andersonville. Me and my men didn’t take prisoners.” His hand brushes the large bowie knife on his belt. “Better to die than rot in some filthy prison camp, right?” Your grip on your revolver tightens. “I suppose so.” Taylor looks forward, breathing sharply through his nose. “My family was from that part of Georgia, though. I had a house near there once. A small tobacco plantation, too.” He looks down at you, then snaps his fingers. “Men, disperse!” He calls out, and you hear shuffling in the underbrush. Men, likely dozens of them, begin moving quietly away from you, deeper into the woods. “I don’t doubt we’ll cross paths again, General. It would seem that fate has drawn us onto a collision course.” He gives a small, casual salute. “Until next time.” With that, he turns his horse dramatically, riding off into the underbrush. You draw your revolver, planning on putting a round between his shoulder blades, but by the time you raise the weapon, Colonel Taylor has already disappeared into the forest. You lower the Dragoon, realizing at that moment that you’re shaking. Without any hesitation, you turn around and immediately begin hiking back to your base. Soon, you are back at the compound. Nearly out of breath, you enter the main building and walk right into your office. You grab a bottle of bourbon from your desk, drinking from it with little regard. You take several mouthfuls, feeling yourself grow steady as you set the bottle down. As you sit down, you lay your revolver on the top of your desk. “Sir?” Nakajima enters the office, clearly having seen you walk into camp. “Is something the matter? You look as though you’ve seen a ghost.” You shake your head. “No, no. I’m fine, Major.” Looking up at her, you sigh. “Has anything happened here while I was gone?” “No, sir.” She sits down in front of you. “Are you sure you’re alright?” >”It’s nothing to worry about.” >”I encountered those Confederate Guerillas in the woods a few minutes ago.” >Write-in.
>>3629895>>”I encountered those Confederate Guerillas in the woods a few minutes ago.”she actually saw him right? when we went on that mission together
>>3629895>”I encountered those Confederate Guerillas in the woods a few minutes ago.” Fuck Naka, we almost died...again!
>>3629895>”I encountered those Confederate Guerillas in the woods a few minutes ago.”
>>3629895>”I encountered those Confederate Guerillas in the woods a few minutes ago.” >Write-in.Looks like my past is coming home to roost.
“Remember those Confederate guerillas we ran into when we were investigating the Shenandoah?” “Yes,” she replies. “I ran into them a few minutes ago.” You grimace, pouring yourself a glass of bourbon. Her eyes widen. “What? You mean the enemy is here?” She reaches for her revolver. Putting up a hand, you take a sip of your bourbon. “They were in the woods. Their commander had been following me, I think.” You shake your head. “He wasn’t looking for a fight.” She grimaces, sitting down again. “Then, what did he want?” You sigh. “He had some questions for me, about my service in the Civil War…” “Why? Did the two of you cross paths or something?” She raises an eyebrow. “I don’t think so,” you say. “But, maybe…” You think back to when you escaped from Andersonville. The memories are hazy, clouded by trauma and fever-madness. “No, I couldn’t have crossed paths with him. I think he has me mistaken for someone else.” She sits back, looking at you for a moment before speaking. “You mentioned that there were more than one of them… Do you know how many?” Shrugging, you rub your head. “Dozens maybe, I didn’t get a good look at any of them. Something tells me he wanted me to know they were here. He’d mentioned being only twenty meters from here before.” Nakajima grimaces. “That is bad. Should I send for some men to return from leave early to bolster our security?” >”Something tells me if we didn’t see them before, we won’t now.” >”The way he spoke, I think the guerillas are leaving this area for now.”>”Better yet, organize a scout party to hunt them down.” >”Sure, call some men back here.” >Write-in.
>>3630006>”The way he spoke, I think the guerillas are leaving this area for now.”
>>3630006>>”The way he spoke, I think the guerillas are leaving this area for now.”but get some more men to bolster security later
>>3630006>”Something tells me if we didn’t see them before, we won’t now.”
>>3630006>”The way he spoke, I think the guerillas are leaving this area for now
Gonna pause the session here for tonight. Next run will be in a new thread on Sunday at our usual time. Until then feel free to post any questions and whatnot here. Thanks for playing!
>>3630006>We need to organize anti-guerilla training.
>>3630006>>”The way he spoke, I think the guerillas are leaving this area for now.”>"Double the patrols, just in case they come back. And we should consider giving the troops some training in understanding and countering guerrilla tactics. Perhaps Kojima could oversee it."
Quick update guys: new thread will be going live on Tuesday instead of today.
>>3635585Ah fuck, Well be safe Zap. I look forward too it.