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 participated in the Battle of Hofu, where your troops' resolve was tested. You won, and now the city of Hofu is yours. Twitterhttps://twitter.com/ZapQMArchive:http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=BoshinInfo Paste:https://pastebin.com/L50nUu0V
Overcast skies are the first thing you see. In the distance, a plantation house burns, sending a massive plume of smoke into the air. You try to stand, but are knee-deep in foul smelling mud. Whispers can be heard all around you, saying something you should know, but can’t quite put your finger on. Broken phrases in Japanese and English fill your head. The mud begins to pull you down, and your heart begins to race. You realize, horrified, that the mud is not what is dragging you deeper. There are cold hands wrapped around your ankles and legs. Dozens of them. You shout as the mud reaches your waist. Looking around, you realize exactly where you are now. Wooden crosses stick out of the foul earth around you in every direction. You mutter a mix of prayers and apologies as the ghastly hands drag you deeper into the mud. The dim light shining through the clouds begins to fade rapidly, almost as though the sun itself has ceased to exist. You hear a rustling behind you, and turn around to see what it is. Horror overtakes you, and a soundless scream escapes your lips. Standing in front of you is a woman. It is too dark to see any details, but you know exactly who it is. In one hand is a bent, cast-iron cantle holder covered in blood. In the other hand, hanging by its chain, is a gold pocket watch. “I’m sorry,” you mutter. The woman takes a step toward you, her foot sinking into the mud. “Please, it was an accident!” Tears run down your face freely. The hands pull you deeper, the mud reaching to your neck now. You hear laughter as the mud envelops your head, filling your mouth and eyes. Waking up with a start, you instinctively reach for your Dragoon. Sighing, you sit up and rub your head. Morning sunlight shines through the windows of the Hofu Castle’s study. It is the location you’ve decided to use as your quarters. The whole castle is basically your headquarters now. It has been two days, three now, since you took Hofu and defeated the Choshu forces here. You stand up and grab your shirt, putting it on as you walk over to your desk. It is situated in such a way that you can look out at your forces from the window. Most of your army is camped out within the castle’s walls, with your officers living in the keep with you. Those who you don’t have space for within the walls, mostly line infantry and some artillerists, live near their defensive positions surrounding Hofu.
You finish getting dressed, looking at yourself in the mirror. You should probably shave your stubble. Though ,perhaps you should grow a beard, as is the fashion for most officers these days? Shaking your head, you go over to the chair where your gear and boots are, putting all of it on. Your Henry rests in the corner of the room, partially disassembled. You were trying to tap out the dents in the magazine tube last night. Sighing, you go out to the balcony to get some fresh air. You think of what you should do first today. >Go and meet with your lieutenants. They should be having breakfast around this time. >Sarah has set up an ad-hoc editorial office in one of the castle’s rooms. You are curious what she’s up to. >Custer has been out in the field all morning training his cavalry. You want to go pay them a visit. >You noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his Marines in the castle courtyard. What’s that all about? >Write-in.
Also I lost track of time because I've been playing a bunch of Anno 1800 lately, meant to go live at 6PM.
>>3454710>>You noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his Marines in the castle courtyard. What’s that all about?Wonder how they're doing after basically being decimated.
>>3454705>cantleSupposed to be candle. I need to proofread better.
>>3454710You noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his Marines in the castle courtyard. What’s that all about?
>>3454710>You noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his Marines in the castle courtyard. What’s that all about?
>>3454710>You noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his Marines in the castle courtyard. What’s that all about? I guess we can check on the officers after this, this seems time sensitive.
>>3454710>Custer has been out in the field all morning training his cavalry. You want to go pay them a visit.
You decide to head down to the castle courtyard, where you noticed Commander Lee giving a briefing to his remaining Marines. There aren’t many of them left, only fifty-two of the original two-hundred that initially arrived in Japan. Just as you arrive, the Marines all disperse back to their tents. You walk up to Commander Lee and greet him. “Good morning, Commander.” He nods. “To you as well, Colonel.” He sips coffee from a tin cup. “Do you mind if I ask about that briefing you just gave?” Colter Lee frowns, nodding. “I was updating the men as to the news.” He motions for you to follow him. “I just got news from the US. They’ve gotten word of the casualties taken during the shore landing.” “I see,” you grimace. He continues without pause. “And the Secretary of the Navy has apparently been given authority to send more Marines.” Commander Lee looks at you severely. “One thousand US Marines will be landing in Japan in two months to assist the Shogun’s forces.” You nearly do a double-take. “A thousand Marines?” He nods. “I guess the Shogun already approved it.” Lee pauses for a moment, drinking more coffee. “Their official role will be training, security, and logistics… But I think we all know how that shit goes.” You frown. “That’s a lot of soldiers.” Colter shrugs. “It’ll probably be more when the folks back home hear about Hofu. Apparently this is getting as much coverage as the fight against the Indians back home.” >”That doesn’t bode well…” (pessimistic) >”Well, more Marines means this will end sooner.” (optimistic)>Write-in.
>>3454910>”That doesn’t bode well…” (pessimistic) I need to siege an island that has several towers and a Big Bertha. How many Ships of the Line would I need?
>>3454910>”That doesn’t bode well…” (pessimistic)I guess the indians will have a chance in this alternate universe since the US will send even more troops later
>>3454910>”That doesn’t bode well… we both know where this ends up if mode keep funneling in” (pessimistic)
>>3454946Nah, Lee is going to get those xp gains and will slap them with his dick this time around.
>>3454910>”That doesn’t bode well…” (pessimistic) I hope the the shogun doesn't end up getting too dependent on foreign powers
>>3454954If we don't end up killing him and every single marine that sets foot here with our 1s
>>3454954>>3454967I meant Custer, my bad.
>>3454923I haven't done much seiging myself, so I couldn't tell you. Probably like five or six, supported by several frigates.
>>3455037Thanks QM. Will let you know tomorrow if it goes well.
“That doesn’t bode well,” you say. Colter nods. “I agree. America isn’t in a good spot as it is. We can’t go gettin’ involved in a war overseas.” You grimace. “Hopefully once this campaign is over, there won’t be a war.” Commander Lee shrugs. “I hope you’re right, Colonel.” “So what did your men think of the news?” You cross your arms. Colter takes a sip of coffee. “Well, mostly they were just happy at the prospect of getting to rotate home.” He rubs his eyes tiredly. “Some of ‘em have been away from America for two or three years straight.” He looks off into the distance. “Some of the guys who died hadn’t seen America since the Civil War started.” You frown, not really knowing what to say. “I’m sorry.” Colter shakes his head. “Don’t be. They knew the risks when they signed up.” He turns away, walking back towards his tent. “Besides, if you beat yourself up over casualties, it’ll kill you.” You take a step back. “Right, thanks,” you say as he enters his tent. You aren’t sure if he even heard you. Putting your hands in your pockets, you look around. >Go see how Custer’s Cavalry are coming along. >Meet with your officers. They might still be having breakfast. >Explore the town of Hofu.>Go check out Sarah’s improvised newsroom. >Write-in.
>>3455062>Go see how Custer’s Cavalry are coming along.
>>3455062>>Meet with your officers. They might still be having breakfast.
>>3455062>Meet with your officers. They might still be having breakfast. If we can't we can talk with Kana later too
>>3455062>See Custer.I’m surprised the U.S. is sending troops since they are down sizing the army again at this point.
>>3455111>He doesn't see....
>>3455113>tfw Mexico attacks seeing as america is fighting on too many fronts.there's got to be some consequence for this commitment coming
>>3455062>Meet with your officers. They might still be having breakfast.
>>3455122You are seriously over-estimating the ability of Mexico to even consider interfering in the US's affairs. At least without help.
>>3455137I mean, what other english speaking super power, that america is interfering with its asian interests right now, could be disgruntled enough to try and support something like this right?
>>3455152oh, and they are sore losers too
>>3455122Impossible. At this point Mexico is still dealing with a civil war of its own, with Republicans fighting with Imperials all over the country plus the French Expeditionary force sent to aid them.
>>3455152Someone’s gotta have an angle on this, and wherever they live would be like the land of their angle, an Angle-Land as it where
>>3455187>>3455137The only way the Mexicans would try anything with the Americans would be if the Imperials won the struggle, seeing as how Juarez, the current Mexican president, is an American puppet willing to do just about anything to stay in power, and the only reason he's still around is because he's being propped up by the US. If the Americans lessen or even stop the transfer of materiel and manpower south of the border in favor of an increased presence in Japan, the Empire of Mexico has a fighting chance.
>>3455122Consequences?>Shogun rules Japan and the emperor's line ends>the Shogun survives a grave illness>He has an american advisor that married a local officer woman and settled after the war further bringing the two countries together>Japan and The U.S. forge a long standing alliance due to the continued support the americans provided>Pearl Harbor never happens>Japan joins WW2 along with the U.S at it's later stages>Atom bomb droped on german soilWhat was the name of that netflix thing that did an alternate history sketch? Lol
You head for the room where your officers normally take their breakfast. It would be good to meet with all of them, you think. Entering the room, you see all of your lieutenants already seated and in the middle of eating. “Ah, good morning sir.” Nakajima greets you. “Good morning,” you return the greeting. Sitting down, you rest your elbows on the table. Sato calls out to a soldier, who promptly brings you a bowl of soup. Though you have gotten rather adept at using chopsticks when eating solid foods, the soup noodles are quite a different affair. Finally, after getting a couple mouthfuls, you speak. “How is everyone today?” “Well enough,” Sato is the first to speak. “I think I speak for everyone when I say I am glad to be resting after that battle.” He grins just a bit, only enough for you to see really. “It truly is a shame that Honda Tadakira was unable to see the end of the battle.” You nod. “A shame indeed.” You found out later that day that Sato’s plan involved Honda getting involved in a munitions handling accident inside his command tent. You didn’t ask too many questions, but it would seem that a bomb of some sort leveled the tent shortly before the battle began. “That lad who’s replaced him is something of a prodigy, from what I hear.” You take a sip of green tea. The man being a prodigy is plainly untrue, the commander who took over after Tadakira’s death is pliable to Sato’s requests. You’ve never met the man himself though. “Indeed.” Sato nods. “One of my own disciples from the Shinsengumi, in fact.” He grins, pointing at the ceiling. “I see a bright future ahead for him!” “To tell the truth,” Kojima speaks up. “Sir, my men are anxious to get back out in the field.” Lieutenant Kojima’s Mountain Sharpshooters, one of your most elite units, suffered far fewer casualties than the rest of your regiments. Not only that, but they managed to rack up an impressive number of enemies killed and routed. Kojima speaks again. “I know that the city is secure, but may my men act as scouts in the surrounding countryside?” >”They may.” (allow) >”Right now I need everyone here.” (refuse) >Write-in.
Also I hate to do it now, but I'm gonna call the session here for tonight due to connection issues. We'll resume tomorrow at around the same time.
>>3455232>>”They may.” (allow)
>>3455232>”They may.” (allow) Retaliation is a possibility
>>3455232>>”They may.” (allow) >>Write-in."For now. Keep in contact, depending on further orders we may need to move."
>>3455232>”They may.” (allow) Also good to have eyes around the base it usefull to discourage enemy units.
>>3455232>>”They may.” (allow)>>3455235Thanks for running>>3455218>first man on the moon Koji Armstrong
You guys think that Kojima is remembering the spy spot we found once we took the beach head?Also can't forget that the grey coats are teaching the enemy some strategies.
>>3455122No anon, you don't get it. The U.S. IS downsizing. And they're doing it in a way that doesn't raise unemployment...
>>3455282kek, they are taking the Emperor's approach.Now they just need to find a couple more meatgrinders somewhere
>>3455232>”They may.” (allow) I like that our subordinates are showing initiative.
>>3455282I wonder due to this, they will be giving the marines the new yet unproven trapdoors.
Hey everyone, just a heads up: session will have to be tomorrow afternoon instead of today.
>>3456500thanks for the warning see you then
You nod. “Your troops are authorized to act as scouts. Make sure they keep a sharp eye for anything suspicious.” “Understood, sir.” Kojima salutes you. You go back to eating after returning the salute. “So how have things been going with the troops? Have they settled in alright?” Nakajima nods. “With the surgeon’s tent finally being set up inside the castle walls, the wounded are receiving proper treatment.” “Excellent.” You look over at Subaru. “You’ve been quiet, Lieutenant. Something bothering you?” He shakes his head. “No sir, I just have little to say.” He rubs his chin thoughtfully. “My troops have mostly been helping the line infantry with building earthworks, as well as repairing damaged buildings in the city.” “Ah, good.” You nod. “Helping the civilians with their troubles will help win their hearts and minds.” You lean forward. “Excellent job taking the initiative, Lieutenant.” He bows slightly. “Thank you, sir.” The five of you continue eating for a while, mostly making casual conversation as you eat. Eventually, you finish your meal, and all get up from the table. As everyone goes their separate ways, you head out into the castle courtyard. >Go and see if Custer is still training his cavalry. >Explore the city of Hofu. >Check out Sarah’s improvised newsroom. >See the surgeon’s tent. You’re curious what sort of setup he has at his disposal. >Write-in.
>>3458384>>See the surgeon’s tent. You’re curious what sort of setup he has at his disposal.we should visit the wounded
>>3458384>See the surgeon’s tent. You’re curious what sort of setup he has at his disposal.
>>3458384>>See the surgeon’s tent. You’re curious what sort of setup he has at his disposal.
You decide to head to the surgeon’s tent. You’ve met the man only twice before. The first time was a short conversation after the shore landing, where he was tending to the wounded on the beach. The second was when he stitched up your shoulder two days ago. The number of people waiting at the tent is small. Most of your soldiers’ wounds were treated in the hours after the battle ended, as well as during it. Now, only five or six men stand outside the tent. They salute you as you walk up, and you return the gesture. The mens’ injuries are minor, mainly from assisting with cleanup after the battle. You tell them that you’re just here to talk with the surgeon, then enter the tent. Your army’s surgeon is a young man, perhaps a couple years younger than yourself, who speaks with a slight Russian accent. He is skinny, and wears thick spectacles. As you enter the tent, you see him cleaning off some surgical implements. “Ah, Colonel Stockton.” He nods as you enter. “How’s the shoulder?” For someone so small and young, he has a frighteningly deep voice, similar in quality to gravel falling down a metal sheet. He lights up a wooden tobacco pipe as you begin to speak. “It’s much better.” You look around at the operating area. “I see you’ve managed to set up shop here.” He puffs on his pipe before speaking. “It’s not perfect, but I certainly prefer it to doing my work on the battlefield.” The surgeon sighs, taking another puff of his pipe. “But regardless, is there something I can help you with, Colonel?” >”Nothing in particular, just wanted to see how things were coming along.” (leave) >”If there’s something you need, I’d be happy to try and supply you.” (ask what the doctor needs)>”How many injured did you have to treat after the battle?” (inquire about casualties)>Write-in.
>>3458516>>”If there’s something you need, I’d be happy to try and supply you.” (ask what the doctor needs)>>”How many injured did you have to treat after the battle?” (inquire about casualties)
>>3458516>”If there’s something you need, I’d be happy to try and supply you.” (ask what the doctor needs)>”How many injured did you have to treat after the battle?” (inquire about casualties)
>>3458516>>”How many injured did you have to treat after the battle?” (inquire about casualties)
>>3458516>”If there’s something you need, I’d be happy to try and supply you.” (ask what the doctor needs)No one cares about Custer, feels bad man. Anyway QM it turns out you will need way more than 10 Ships of the Line. Around 15, 20 to play it safe. I'll let you know if round 2 succeeds.
You frown, crossing your arms. “If there’s something you need, I’d be happy to supply it.” The doctor goes back to cleaning some of his tools. One in particular that catches your attention is a particularly nasty-looking saw. “There are some things, Colonel, that I am sure even you would have a hard time acquiring.” “Really?” You raise an eyebrow. “Well it’s worth a shot, at least. Isn’t it?” The doctor shrugs. “Fine, I suppose I may as well ask.” He turns to you, now with a sharp-looking scalpel in his hand. Carefully, he wipes the blade with a cloth. “Currently, the Shogunate’s supplies of medicine are somewhat limited.” He grimaces. “They lack much of the advances in pain relief that the West has. For example-” He sits the scalpel down and reaches into a box, pulling a glass bottle out. “The most advanced pain reliever they have here is laudanum.” He shakes his head. You frown. “So you need more advanced medicines.” The doctor nods, putting the bottle away. “Morphine in particular, though any modern sedatives would be greatly appreciated. Supply is more the issue than the exact medicine.” He sighs. “I nearly ran out of laudanum during the battle.” You grimace. “I see. How many injured did you treat?” “Me personally?” He raises an eyebrow. “A couple hundred during and immediately after the battle.” The doctor then leans forward. “My dozen or so assistants managed to treat the vast number of the wounded, though. Perhaps two thousand men altogether.” “And how many of those will have to be sent home due to their wounds?” You brace to hear the numbers. “Perhaps five hundred.” The doctor looks proudly at you. “Many of the men who were injured will be able to continue on campaign with you, thankfully.” “That’s good,” you say. The Doctor nods, returning to his instruments. “Now, is there anything else you need?” >”No, thank you.” (leave) >”You’re quite an experienced battlefield doctor. Especially for your age. Where’d you learn all of this?” >”If it’s not too much to ask, would you send some of your assistants into the town when they have the free time? I’d like to address any medical issues the townspeople have. It’ll help convince them we’re not the enemy.” >”Actually, I’ve been feeling a bit strange since the battle. Headaches, and trouble concentrating sometimes.” >Write-in.
>>3458697>”If it’s not too much to ask, would you send some of your assistants into the town when they have the free time? I’d like to address any medical issues the townspeople have. It’ll help convince them we’re not the enemy.” No drugs for dan
>>3458697>>”If it’s not too much to ask, would you send some of your assistants into the town when they have the free time? I’d like to address any medical issues the townspeople have. It’ll help convince them we’re not the enemy.”
>>3458715>>3458725Should we be doing this? Aren't we already low on supplies for our men? Or is it just pain killers?
>>3458772we can just not send painkillers, and I'm sure we can use the towns own supply to treat the townsfolk
>>3458772Painkillers are just the ones in low supply.Im sure some folks are injured and we can help to get them better.The other thing we can do is establish a soup kitchen to distribute food to the populace.
“If it’s not too much to ask,” you begin. “Do you think you could send some of your assistants into the city of Hofu?” “What for?” The Doctor raises an eyebrow. You cross your arms. “See if the people need anything, maybe offer medical attention if it’s needed.” You look over at the Doctor. “It’d be nice if we could persuade the locals that we have their best interests at heart.” The Doctor frowns, shaking his head. “I doubt it will work the way you expect it to. The Japanese aren’t quick to trust outsiders.” He then sighs. “But, it couldn’t hurt, I suppose.” “Good,” you reply. You are about to say more, when someone else enters the tent. “Colonel,” one of your soldiers walks up to you. “Sir, you need to come with me.” You raise an eyebrow. “Why?” “Hijikata Toshizo is here.” He leans forward. “He requests to see you as soon as possible. It is urgent.” You nod. “Lead the way.” The two of you walk out of the tent, toward the castle’s keep. Once you enter the main hall, you see Hijikata surrounded by fifteen soldiers in Aizu uniforms. They all wear armbands with the Shogun’s insignia on them, and carry Henry rifles. Hijikata turns to you as you enter, and you see Matsudaira Katamori standing off to the side. “Colonel Stockton.” He greets you with a handshake. His expression is grim, and he guides you over to Matsudaira. “We need you to come with us as soon as you can. Pack clothing for a couple days at least.” You frown, raising an eyebrow. “A couple days? What’s going on?” Matsudaira turns to you, grimacing as he speaks in Japanese. “As my top commander, I feel you should accompany me.” He rubs his eyes tiredly, they are bloodshot. He leans in, whispering to you. “Something has happened, with the Shogun.”
And that's all for tonight! Thanks for playing. We'll have another session tomorrow at around the same time. Until then, the floor's open for any questions/comments/concerns/shitposts you may have.
>>3458900nooooooobased shogun is Kaput!
>>3458900Thanks for running, I wanted to have a talk with Nakajima about the duel since we trained together a lot but I guess it can wait.
>>3458900OH NO OUR LORD IS DEAD
>>3458897Oh fuck did the shogun get poisoned by the daimyos?
>>3459327Nah Shogun was already sick. Remember the cough he was having when we meet each other? Yeah...
>>3459336Oh right, the Incurable Cough of Death
>see this awesome quest>14 threadsGod I hate archive trawling, but this concept is so good.
Session in two hours.
It is raining when you arrive at Osaka Castle. The carriage stopping is what awakens you from your nap. The ride from Hofu to here took nearly 24 hours, and it is now just after dawn. This is the Shogun’s campaign headquarters. You, Matsudaira, and Hijikata exit the carriage. The Shogun’s guards, the Aizu soldiers with repeaters and armbands, follow you into the castle. After getting your things ready and leaving Hofu, Matsudaira told you the full extent of what has happened. Two days ago, not long after learning of the successful siege of Hofu, the Shogun collapsed without warning. At first, doctors thought it was just from stress, but his condition deteriorated from there. When Matsudaira left to get you, the Shogun was bedridden and barely conscious. Though they have kept it from all but those closest to the Shogun, the doctors do not expect him to survive much longer. As the three of you approach the keep, the front doors are opened by the guards. You all enter the keep and shake the rainwater off, collecting yourselves after the long carriage ride. Your ears begin ringing again, and your vision goes blurry for a solid five seconds. Shaking your head, you light a cigarillo and puff on it for a while. “Do you have any extra?” Hijikata looks at you. Nodding, you reply. “Of course, here.” Handing a cigarillo to him, you offer a match as well. He lights it, puffing gently before exhaling. He looks like he is about to say something to you, when the sound of quick footsteps interrupts him. Looking to their origin, you see Hikari Tokugawa, the Shogun’s sister, standing at the far end of the hallway. “Uncle Matsudaira? Colonel-sama?” She approaches you, and a guard tries to stop her. “Uncle Matsudaira,” she speaks loudly in Japanese. “They won’t let me see Brother. What’s going on?” Matsudaira grimaces, rubbing his eyes tiredly. “Right now, your brother needs rest. You can go see him in a little while.” He looks at you. “First, however, we must speak with him.” Matsudaira begins walking, motioning for you to follow. As you all go, Hikari calls out again. “Wait, please! Let me speak to him!” You look over at Matsudaira, who keeps his gaze fixed straight ahead. His stride doesn’t falter as he walks. >Keep walking. You’re not about to disobey Matsudaira Katamori. >”We should at least let her see the Shogun.” >Write-in.
>>3460407>Keep walking. You’re not about to disobey Matsudaira Katamori. After we talk with him, we don't need the shogun emotional right now.
>>3460407>Reassure Hikari will be able to speak with him.>Keep walking.
>>3460407>”We should at least let her see the Shogun.”
>>3460407>"We will try to make it quick so you may see Shogun">Keep walking. You’re not about to disobey Matsudaira Katamori.
>>3460407>Keep walking. You’re not about to disobey Matsudaira Katamori.
You look back at the young princess. “I’m sure you’ll be able to see your brother when we’re done.” You speak in Japanese. She looks at you with a surprised expression as you turn and resume walking with the others. She calls to you after a few seconds. “T-thank you.” You keep walking with Matsudaira and Hijikata, being led by a guard the whole time. Hijikata leans toward you, whispering in English. “I am glad you reassured her.” He then frowns. “The room where the Shogun is being kept is just up here.” You all enter the room quietly. It is a rather nice bedroom, likely the one used by the lord of this castle normally. In the center, instead of a futon, is a medical bed. The Shogun lays there, and one look tells you that he is not long for this world. Though he was always skinny, the young man is now barely more than a skeleton. His eyes are sunken in, and his chest rises and falls in such miniscule degrees that you would be forgiven for assuming him dead already. His eyes open slowly as you all enter. Craning his neck, he looks at the daimyo of the Aizu Domain first. “Matsudaira Katamori,” he speaks weakly. “We are here, my lord.” Matsudaira takes a step toward the Shogun. “Indeed…” He then turns his attention to Hijikata and you. “Colonel Stockton. I am glad to hear of your success at Hofu.” He coughs. “You bring honor to my house.” “Thank you, sir.” You bow lightly. He nods, an attempt at a bow from his bed, and continues. “All of you, I know I am on my deathbed now.” “Please, I am sure you will-“ Matsudaira tries to brighten the Shogun’s spirits, to no avail. “Listen to me.” The Shogun remains undeterred. “No matter who replaces me as Shogun, you must bring the campaign to victory.” He looks at you. “Take two weeks to regroup your forces, then march to Hagi. Defeat the Mori Clan’s troops and seize the castle.” You nod. “Yes sir.” He continues. “And one more thing…” He sighs, clearly mustering up a great deal of his strength just talking. “Hikari, my sister,” he pauses. “Take her with you when you leave this place. I entrust her safety with you and your army until the campaign is over.” He looks straight up at the ceiling. “I do not want her here when I die, or for the chaos that is sure to follow right after. I do not want her to see that.” >”Why not send her back to Edo instead?” >”Yes sir.” (accept)>”Me? Why not have her stay with one of the daimyos?” >Write-in.
>>3460618>>”Yes sir.” (accept)
>>3460618>>”Why not send her back to Edo instead?”fucking hell, babysitting the girl, stop shoving waifu down our throat shogunpoor Nakajima will die out of jealousy
>>3460618>”Why not send her back to Edo instead?”War is no place for her, he is delirious.
>>3460618>”Yes sir.” (accept)We could have her stay back with our war reporter
>>3460618>>3460628SupportShe'll be a distraction at best, a target at worse, argue against it, but if he insist we will have to obey, maybe we can assing Sato or one of the Lt.s as an escort.
>>3460618>”Yes sir.” (accept)I'm sure the Shogun has his reasons for this.
>>3460618>”Yes sir.” (accept)>>3460644She will be safer in a place with the army rather then away from all the combatants were someone can easily poison or kill her.At least here she has a entire army to protect her.
>>3460648As long as she doesn't get in the way, we will have to assign someone to her, I was thinking Sato, what do you think?
>>3460618>Yes sir.” (accept)
>>3460618>”Yes sir.” (accept)
>>3460701I'm on board of putting Sato there, Naka will have her hands full with us.Who knows, maybe our boy Sato might impress the late shogun's sister.
>>3460710....so the purposes of putting Sato with her is to do shipping?
>>3460720He was also smart enough to realize about the other samurai and has a good knowledge of the noble families. So i think he would be perfect to protect her.
>>3460720Not really, I think he is the most versed in covert stuff as proven by his actions agains Honda, and if someone will try to hurt her will be through a covert opperation.He has the higher chance to stop an assassination attempt, if one thing led to another it would be just bonus.
>>3460618>if that is what you command my lord. If.. I may ask though why not Edo?
>>3460720Why shouldn't we? Hikari sounds like a qt and Sato's probably the broest of bros we currently have, barring Naka. It'd be nice for them to get together.
You nod. “Yes, sir.” The Shogun smiles. “Thank you, Colonel.” He turn to Hijikata this time. “And you, Hijikata Toshizo.” “Yes?” The Shinsengumi commander steps forward. “Follow Matsudaira’s instructions once I am gone.” He coughs a little bit. “He can be trusted to continue our mission.” “Understood, Your Excellence.” Hijikata bows deeply. “Now, Colonel, Hijikata,” the Shogun gets your attention. “Matsudaira and I have something to discuss in private.” You both nod. “Understood.” Leaving the room, you both go out into the hall. Hijikata frowns deeply, rubbing his chin. “I can’t believe the Shogun is in such poor health.” He speaks to you in whispered Japanese. You nod. “He seemed fine when I last saw him.” The Shinsengumi commander grimaces. “This does not bode well for our campaign.” He puffs on his cigarillo some more. “The fact that he ordered you to continue no matter what… That means that he isn’t confident in his potential successors.” Leaning against the wall, he continues. “The last time a Shogun died unexpectedly, it nearly threw this country into a war of succession.” You frown. “Well let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time.” “Indeed,” Hijikata replies. >”So who are the potential successors?” >”How often do Shoguns pass away unexpectedly?” >”You don’t suppose the Shogun’s condition could be the result of foul play, do you?” >Wait quietly. >Write-in.
>>3460746>>”So who are the potential successors?”
>>3460746>”So who are the potential successors?”
>>3460746>”You don’t suppose the Shogun’s condition could be the result of foul play, do you?””So who are the potential successors?”
>>3460746>”So who are the potential successors?” >Write-in: "I guess i will need to learn on how to behave around the shogun's sister, since he asked me to take her once i leave... Any tips?"
>>3460732>>3460734Ah I see.decerease the competition >>3460743Least this anon is being honest
>>3460746>you dont believe this could be do to foul play right?>who are the potential successors?
I wonder if we can use her to bolster the morale of the expeditionary forces.That the princess herself has come to the front to observe and pray for our eventual victory. Rouse the troops into a state of frenzy for victory in the campaign and let her become a symbol.
>>3460799could work, but I think the less we expose her the better, if we can keep her presence hidden and secret, even better
>>3460809Its an option to use to ensure that the campaign continues if all else fails.
>>3460809Gonna be hard with our journalist ex walking with us during the campaing...>>3460799She would definetly hit with the americans thanks to her exotic beauty.
>>3460823well, about Sarah, we'll have to ask her to keep quiet, for the girl's safety, she'd understand, if she doesn't we could not be more right in ending things with her
“Who are the potential successors?” “That…” Hijikata frowns, rubbing his chin thoughtfully. “Is a complicated question.” He continues. “Essentially, every clan has a runner in that race.” You raise an eyebrow. “Then how does a shogun even get chosen?” Hijikata nods. “It is complicated, and often takes months. That being said, there are usually only two or three candidates with real potential.” You shrug. “Okay, then we can assume it will be one of them.” “Indeed.” Hijikata leans forward, puffing on his cigarillo. “Right now, the most likely option is the man you call Keiki.” Frowning, you look at Hijikata. The man who spent a battle cowering in a wagon? “Really, him?” Hijikata nods. “He has been a serious candidate since before the current Shogun was in power.” “What can you tell me about him?” You cross your arms. “Not much,” he relents. “He is a member of the Matsudaira Clan, but is estranged from Katamori and the other clan elders.” He shrugs. “Other than that, I know nothing but rumors.” “There must be a reason he’s estranged…” You frown. “Likely for some dishonorable thing he did. To be ostracized like that is no trivial issue.” Hijikata shakes his head. “But the specifics are unknown to me.” >”Well regardless, he may be our boss in the future.” >”I know I’m not really in a position to ask this, but could you have the Shinsengumi look into Keiki? I’d like to know more about him.” >”Are there any other serious contenders?” >”What would happen if there was some sort of succession war?” >Write-in.
And I'm gonna call the session here for the night. We'll run again at around the same time tomorrow. Until then, the floor's open for anything you want to ask, as well as any votes on the above prompt.
>>3460892>”I know I’m not really in a position to ask this, but could you have the Shinsengumi look into Keiki? I’d like to know more about him.” >”Are there any other serious contenders?”
>>3460892>>”Are there any other serious contenders?” >>”What would happen if there was some sort of succession war?”
>>3460892>”I know I’m not really in a position to ask this, but could you have the Shinsengumi look into Keiki? I’d like to know more about him.” >”Are there any other serious contenders?” Don't want our men dying in vain.
>>3460892>>”I know I’m not really in a position to ask this, but could you have the Shinsengumi look into Keiki? I’d like to know more about him.”
>>3460892It's really strange that someone who did something dishonorable is being really considered for the Shogun post. If his family propped him up they'd lose a ton of face, so he must have considerable political clout of his own or be supported by someone else from the shadows.>”I know I’m not really in a position to ask this, but could you have the Shinsengumi look into Keiki? I’d like to know more about him.” >”Are there any other serious contenders?”>”What would happen if there was some sort of succession war?”
>>3461317Agreed. The shogun is meant to be the military leader, this ain't somewhere someone who isn't either insanely powerful or popular gets.
>>3460961War is a buisness where men can and will die in vain
>>3461455Doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't minimize it.
>>3461461doesn't mean we also shouldn't keep pussyfooting around the Idea of casualties.
>>3461464I just don't want an incompetent at the top anon. We'll be spending our men, don't you worry.
You frown deeply. “I know I’m not really in a position to ask…” Sighing, you continue. “But could you direct the Shinsengumi to investigate Keiki? I want to have a better picture of who we’re dealing with.” Hijikata nods, puffing on his cigarillo. “I had already planned on it. Though the Shinsengumi serve the Shogun without fail, nobody wants an incompetent man in that position.” He grimaces slightly. “No offense to you, but we do not want a repeat of the Unequal Treaties that happened under the previous Shogun.” You shake your head. “No offense taken.” Puffing on your own cigarillo, you continue. “And, are there other serious contenders for the Shogun’s position?” Hijikata rubs his chin thoughtfully. “Certainly. Matsudaira Katamori is within the line of succession, though it would likely result in a succession war if he tried to claim the title, seeing as he is also a daimyo.” He shrugs. “And then there is Katamori’s brother, who the Matsudaira Clan has been trying to get as Shogun for the last twenty years.” Hijikata shakes his head. “But I doubt he would even accept the throne at this point. Few want to inherit a country with so many problems, you know.” You nod. “Makes sense. Whoever it is, let’s hope they’re up to the task.” “Indeed.” Hijikata sighs. “Leading Japan right now is a monumental task, for sure.” You are about to say more when you both notice Matsudaira Katamori walking down the hall towards you. “Gentlemen,” he greets you. However, he continues walking. You both follow him into the main hall, where he walks up to Hikari. “You may see your brother now.” “Thank you,” she says. Without hesitation, she takes off down the hallway towards the room where the Shogun is currently bedridden. Katamori looks at you, crossing his arms. His eyes narrow as he speaks. “Once she is done speaking with the Shogun, collect her and return to the carriage.” He nods toward the door. “It will take you back to Hofu.” “Yes sir.” You bow lightly, which he returns. >”What did you and the Shogun discuss?” >Remain quiet while you wait. The Shogun clearly didn’t want anyone else hearing his and Katamori’s conversation. >Write-in.
>>3462815>Remain quiet while you wait. The Shogun clearly didn’t want anyone else hearing his and Katamori’s conversation.
>>3462815>>Remain quiet while you wait. The Shogun clearly didn’t want anyone else hearing his and Katamori’s conversation.
>>3462815>Remain quiet while you wait. The Shogun clearly didn’t want anyone else hearing his and Katamori’s conversation
>>3462815>Remain quiet while you wait. The Shogun clearly didn’t want anyone else hearing his and Katamori’s conversationSo who wants to bet that the Shogun is telling his sister about her going out with the american right this moment?Man we will probably need to give her the main bedroom in the castle. Hopefully it isn't the same place that the family commited suicide.
>>3462935>>3462869ugh, I hope we can assign someone and not get distracted, dragged into this
You decide against asking Katamori about his conversation with the Shogun. After maybe twenty minutes of standing around and making small talk, you see Hikari walking down the hallway toward you. In one hand is a large suitcase, likely full of whatever personal effects she brought from Edo. “Princess,” you greet her with a bow. “Colonel-sama.” She either cried while talking to the Shogun, or was on the verge of tears, judging by the redness around her eyes. “Brother told me I am to go with you?” You nod. “That’s correct. The carriage is outside.” “Then shall we depart?” She clearly doesn’t seem happy about leaving Osaka Castle, but you admire her level-headedness. Looking over at Katamori, he nods. You turn to Princess Hikari. “We shall. Do you have everything you’ll need?” “I do.” She turns to Matsudaira. “Farewell, Uncle.” He bows. “Farewell, your highness.” With that, you both walk toward the front doors of the keep. The carriage is waiting outside, and thankfully the rain has stopped. You open the carriage door for her, helping the young princess get in before entering as well. You sigh, leaning back against the seat and closing your eyes. Though you understand the importance of this visit, you could do without the day-long carriage ride. “Colonel-sama?” Hikari gets your attention. The carriage begins to trundle forward as she speaks. “Yes?” You raise an eyebrow. “Will my brother be alright?” She looks at you with pleading eyes. A pit seems to form in your stomach as you consider your response. >”I honestly don’t know.” (half-truth)>”The doctors’ prognosis is grim.” (honest)>”He’ll be fine, your highness.” (lie) >Write-in.
>>3462984>>”I honestly don’t know.” (half-truth)
>>3462984>”The doctors’ prognosis is grim.” (honest)
>>3462984>”I honestly don’t know.” (half-truth)
>>3462984>I wish I knew for sure. The lord is a great man
>>3462984>>3463020Sure, let's go with this. We owe a lot to him, and her uncle.
“I honestly don’t know,” you say simply. “I hope he makes it though, this country needs him.” Hikari seems like she’s about to say something in reply, but instead looks out at the passing landscape. The main road that goes from Osaka to Hofu runs along the sea, making for a lively view. To the northeast, you see the shogun’s war fleet anchored in the bay. After a few minutes, Hikari speaks up again. “What is America like?” You raise an eyebrow. “America? Well it’s quite different from Japan, I suppose.” “How so?” She leans forward, intrigued. “Well,” you begin. “There’s no shogun or emperor in America, to start.” Hikari seems taken aback by this. “No shogun or emperor? How does anything get done?” “It’s a democracy.” However, her confused expression doesn’t change, so you have to explain further. “Basically, the people choose who leads them, and every few years they select new people.” “The people?” Hikari still looks confused. “You mean the peasants?” Shrugging, you reply. “There really aren’t peasants in America. There are farmers, and factory workers, and bankers, and politicians, and merchants…” You trail off. “But anyone can be what they want to be, for the most part. You aren't tied to the class you were born in, by law anyway. President Lincoln grew up as a poor farmer on the frontiers.” “What is a president?” She tilts her head to the side slightly. You rub the bridge of your nose. “The president is like the leader of America, but he’s only one of many leaders.” You lean forward, gesturing with your hand as you speak. “Congress is also in charge of America, and they’re a bunch of people that represent certain parts of America. They all vote on how to govern the country.” Hikari frowns. “That sounds rather complicated. Why not just have an emperor?” >Write-in.
>>3463240"We like complicated, prevents a single person from taking an extreme action without others having ways to stop him."
>>3463240"It provides the people with control over their own government, rather than the government controlling the people. Something which was fundamental to the american revolutionaries."I don't feel comfortable discussing this, I either want to write something really long or something short like this that feels incomplete...
>>3463240>we are a nation of rebels and tratiors. America could never settle for an emperor... besides what if they end up being terrible and causing more harm then good?
>>3463240Because some people like having the illusion of having a hand in their own governance. The political machines and dynasties that have popped up since our Independence say otherwise, but most people don't think to hard about it. As long as the government doesn't intrude on their lives overmuch, I think most people don't care one way or another.
“America was born from rebellion,” you explain. “We used to be part of an empire, but the king abused his power, so we fought to be free from that.” Leaning back, you continue. “So I don’t think America could ever have a king or emperor. Besides, what if they abused their power, or made a foolish decision that cost the nation greatly?” Hikari nods slowly. “I see. So in America, the people control the government, as opposed to the government controlling the people.” You nod. “That’s one way of looking at it.” She frowns. “So you think that way of governing is the best system?” You shrug. “It’s not perfect, but it might be as close as we can get.” Hikari leans back, looking out at the scenery some more. After a solid minute or two, she speaks. “Then, would you prefer if Japan had the same system?” You swallow nervously. You can’t tell if it’s an innocent question, or if this teenage princess is testing you. “Uh…” >”No.” (bluntly end the conversation) >”I’m just here to follow my employers’ orders, your highness.” (polite) >”While it would be nice to see democracy take root in Japan, things are too tumultuous for that right now.” (optimistic) >”Indeed. Hopefully these national troubles are the beginnings of it.” (revolutionary) >Write-in.
>>3463326>>”I’m just here to follow my employers’ orders, your highness.” (polite)not about to open that can of worms
>>3463326>”I’m just here to follow my employers’ orders, your highness.” (polite)
>>3463326>”I’m just here to follow my employers’ orders, your highness.” (polite) We don't really know if they are ready or willing for it.
>>3463326>I can't actually give you a proper answer on that due to the fact that I don't know the culture or the Hope's and dreams of the people here. Remember two vastly different nations with different values and mindsets. Maybe I'll be able too tell you at a future date but until I'm more knowledge on the subject all I can do is really stick too what I do know
I want too die. I'm putting fucking thought into these and feel like an idiot
>>3463326>Write-in: "Does what i want really matter? I'm not a Japanese i do not know what the japanese people want. What i think it should and would be good is for the Japanese people and their leaders to find what works for then, be it the American way or keeping things the way they are. That's for leaders like your brother who are way more know of the politics, the culture and more importantly the williness of the people to want change."
>>3463376support>>3463355I know that feel. Sometimes you post too late to really affect the vote, but rest assured that I and no small amount of other posters appreciate well written write-ins
>>3463326>>Write-in."I'm not sure. I love my country and her way but is it the right path for everything other country on this world? Perhaps some day in the future, Japan might want something like that but right here right now, a democratic system would likely introduce more harm than good with how stratified society is this point."
>>3463347>>3463376>>3463397>>3463470I'll try to combine all of the write-ins with the (polite) option. Almost done writing now.
>>3463606Zap, you are a scholar and a gentleman.I personally feel the polite option is a cop out when what the princess desires is honesty. Rather than a cold unfeelingly response of a merc.
>>3463606I mean I wasn't trying too be polite but thanks anyway boss. I just don't think we have all the pieces and she is trying too find an edge
>>3463622that was what I was going for, a cold response, I feel slightly cheated but oh well
You sigh. “That’s… A complicated question.” Leaning forward and resting your elbows on your knees, you continue. “I love my country, and I think people deserve to be free.” Frowning, you rub your chin thoughtfully. “But Japan is totally different from America. I don’t know if the people are ready for democracy, or if it would cause more harm than good.” You look at the princess. “So, I suppose all I can say is that I will follow my employers’ wishes. My opinions regarding their government aren’t all that relevant to doing my job.” Hikari stares at you for a few seconds, then speaks. “That is a very nuanced position, Colonel-sama.” She smiles. “Thank you for explaining those things to me!” You breathe a tiny sigh of relief. Perhaps she was just curious. “You’re welcome, your highness.” She returns to looking at the passing scenery once more as you lean back in the carriage seat. “What else is different about America?” You shrug, chuckling. “Well, the cities are bigger, and we have railroads, factories, and other things like that.” Frowning, you correct your statement. “In the North, anyway. The South doesn’t have much in the way of modern technology, so it’s actually a bit similar to Japan in that regard.” “Factories,” Hikari says. “Those are the places where they make pocket watches and sewing machines, yes?” You chuckle. “Among other things, yes. Pretty much everything can be made in a factory these days.” “Amazing!” Hikari smiles. “I think I would like to see a factory one day.” “Is that so?” You raise an eyebrow, finding it hard to keep a smile off of your face. “Indeed.” She nods. “You come from a land of many marvels, Colonel-sama.” You chuckle again. “Thank you, your highness.” Leaning against the wall of the carriage, you stare out at the passing coast, enjoying the peaceful view as you return to the warzone. Having a princess embedded with your army will complicate things, but you think you’ll be able to manage.
And that's all for tonight! Thanks for playing. Our next session will be either Sunday or Monday, as I'm going to make ill-advised purchases at a gun show tomorrow! Floor is open for questions, comments, concerns, critique, and shitposts until then. >>3463628 To be fair, (polite) wasn't exactly a cold response, just a respectful way of backing out of the subject. That would've been "No."
Also based off of our experience in this campaign, we've got a few things we really need to sort so we don't get our ass handed to us quite as badly. For example, we need to improve our medical staff and supplies. Maybe we can just argue for a fund to be given to that Russian field-doctor to get what he needs.
Ooh, I had a write-in but ran outta time:>With respect, your highness, America is bigger than Japan, and younger. We're more spread out and playing it by ear. One region of my country is very different from another, and there's no standard way of living among all Americans. The king lived further away, and he had no idea what people on the other side of the ocean went through, so he couldn't have been a good leader to us. Just the same, no president can be popular forever without the opportunity for change to a new one people in other regions approve of. Your Emperor and Shogun (hopefully) don't have a problem like that.
>>3463648Oh god do our loyalties lie with second best girl or the next shogun?>>3463659What's the choice of posion.
>>3463727Probably the next shogun, I imagine her importance will be greatly reduced when a new shogun is put in place and she is no longer direct family.
>>3463727>What's the choice of posion. I have no idea, but I've got enough cash saved up for something cool hopefully. Might post pics of what I get.
>>3463752But what if she marries the next shogun?
>>3463752Wouldn't they try to force her hand too marry?>>3463753Good luck then
>>3463768>>3463767That is a very good point, marrying her to the next shogun would give him a lot more credibility.
>>3463777we could even suggest using that to get a shogun that would be better suited for the job in place, I don't trust that guy they have lined up very much, he seemed awfully ill-prepared when we met him
>>3463817I think he's just a coward. By no means the best possible leader for Japan, given how easily manipulated he might be, but we odd to be able to work with him if worst comes to worst.God help us if he just turns out to be a dullard or a snot nosed brat.
>>3463837He seemed earnest if dumb, he actually was bogged down in mud.
>>3463837>>3463866So we should be working closely with him in the campaign. Train him up, educate him the ways of modern warfare.
>>3463910Maybe he's pulling an I, Claudius to look dumb?
>>3463913Unlikely. I think theres potential there but hes lacking in knowhow.
So I got two guns at the gun show today! For the price of one! I'll give some hints for any /k/ommandos that want to take a guess. Will post photos later. 1: Serbian, pistol, good luck finding magazines. Smaller than it looks. 2: Perfect for living out my Spaghetti Western fantasies on a budget. I have to physically restrain myself from twirling it on my finger like a cowboy.
>>3465270Colt Single Action Army?
>>3465270M70 and a Colt Single Action?
>>3465284>>3465285Good guesses anons! The Single Action is a Heritage .22, so it’ll be cheap to feed.
>>3465446Can the M57 take TT mags or are they incompatible?
>>3465270>1: Serbian, pistol,Some knock-off of a makarov or similar shit I imagine.2: Perfect for living out my Spaghetti Western fantasiesColt single action revolver?>I have to physically restrain myself from twirling it on my finger like a cowboy.All I can imagine is your neighbours watching you try and pull this sort of shit off.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY9HQccpILU>>3465446Just read this post after making my guesses. Nice choice of revolver, looks damn good.
>>3465677Unfortunately, they're totally incompatible. A common feature of Yugoshit.
Session tomorrow at 6PM.
Session starting in an hour. This vote will have potential to be a spicy one.
>>3472335Time to get spicy, we better get Naka flustered
“And so until further notice,” you say. “Princess Hikari will be living and traveling with our forces on this campaign.” You lean back in your chair, looking at your officers. Hikari stands next to you, noticeably timid now that she’s amongst the army itself. “Any questions?” You only arrived about half an hour ago, and immediately gathered your lieutenants for a briefing. “Yes, sir.” Sato is the first to speak up. “I assume that the princess will not be sleeping in a tent, or in one of the rooms you’ve set aside for the military personnel in the castle, yes?” You nod. “I’m glad you brought that up, Lieutenant. Has the master bedroom been cleaned to a sufficiently livable condition?” You don’t want to ask if the blood from the castles’ former residents has been cleaned up, so you say it in as subtle a way as possible. “Indeed, Colonel.” Sato nods. “You would never know there had been any mess there in the first place.” “Good.” You cross your arms. “Then the master bedroom shall be the Princess’ quarters.” Looking at Hikari, you continue. “Lieutenant Sato will show you to your quarters. It is just across the hall from my own office and quarters, so I assure you it is the safest place in Hofu.” “Thank you, Colonel-sama-“ She stops herself, covering her mouth in embarrassment. You’d asked her to refer to you as ‘Colonel’ instead of ‘Colonel-sama,’ particularly to avoid any unfortunate rumors that soldiers love to spread. “Colonel.” You nod slowly. “You’re welcome, your highness. Meals are every day at dawn, noon, and dusk. You may either take them in your quarters or eat with the officers.” “Yes, Colonel.” She bows. “Thank you for your hospitality.” Turning to your officers, you rub your chin thoughtfully. “Alright. Sato, show the princess to her room. Everyone else, dismissed.” Your men all get up from their seats, going their separate ways as you stand and stretch. You are admittedly tired from the carriage ride, despite having slept for much of it. As you exit the main hall and begin walking toward your own quarters, a voice catches your attention. “Colonel, a word please?” Nakajima speaks from the main hall. Turning around, you re-enter the hall. She is the only one still there, as it is just about lunchtime now. “Something on your mind, Lieutenant?” You raise an eyebrow, closing the door behind you.
“I believe it is unwise to have the princess here, sir.” She frowns deeply. You grimace. “Well like I said, there’s not much I can do about it. Shogun’s orders.” Shrugging, you continue. “If it’s her safety you’re concerned about, I can assign guards in addition to being nearby myself.” Nakajima takes a step toward you. “What troubles me is the closeness you seem to have with her.” She crosses her arms. “People have been buried alive for getting to close to princesses, sir. Not to mention the attention she would draw if the enemy discovered her presence here. They would send the best assassins in all of Japan.” Nakajima’s frown deepens. “I believe we should send her to another commander. Perhaps Takei or Keiki.” >”Absolutely not. My orders on this matter are final, Lieutenant.” (harsh) >”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>"I've just endured a day-long carriage ride. We'll discuss this after I've had some sleep." (dismissive)>”There really isn’t any military unit as competent as us in this campaign. This is the safest place for her and us.” (logical)>”I’ll consider sending her to Takei, but not to Keiki.” (agree)>”Are you… Jealous?” >Write-in.
>>3472480>>”There really isn’t any military unit as competent as us in this campaign. This is the safest place for her and us.” (logical)
>>3472480>>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)
>>3472480>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me. Besides, there really isn’t any military unit as competent as us in this campaign. This is the safest place for her and us.”
>>3472480>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>”Are you… Jealous?” Can't resist
>>3472480>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>”Are you… Jealous?” Putting extra guards posted there at all times and telling Sato to take care of her security are things we should do too
>>3472480>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>”Are you… Jealous?”
>>3472480>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>”Are you… Jealous?Maybe not as direct as "jealous", but asking if she thinks we have any ill intention and assuring her that we don't
>>3472476>”While I understand your concerns, I can’t just violate the trust that the Shogun has given me.” (sympathetic)>”There really isn’t any military unit as competent as us in this campaign. This is the safest place for her and us.” (logical)
You cross your arms. “While I understand your concerns, I can’t violate the Shogun’s trust like that.” Frowning, you continue. “I’ve made a promise, so I’m sticking to it.” Nakajima looks away, frowning as she mutters something unintelligible to you. “I understand, sir.” She finally replies, still not looking directly at you. “But I still do not like the situation it puts us in.” Something clicks in your brain as you recognize the expression on Nakajima’s face. “Wait a second…” You trail off. “Are you… Jealous?” Nakajima looks at you, and everything from the neck up slowly turns red. “J-jealous?” She stutters a bit. “No, sir. I am not jealous. Why would I be?” She takes a step back. “Now, I need to… Supervise the line infantry.” She nods. “Yes. They cannot be trusted to complete defensive positions without supervision. May I be excused?” You cross your arms. “You may,” you finally say after a few seconds. Nakajima salutes you. “Thank you. Good day, sir.” You return the salute. “And to you, Lieutenant.” However, she is already halfway out of the room by the time you get your reply out. Sighing, you lean against the wall of the main hall, lighting a cigarillo. The stresses of having women around while on campaign are certainly not to be underestimated. Grimacing, your vision goes blurry once more and you feel a familiar ache behind your eyes. Shaking your head, it goes away, mostly. Your ears still ring a little after your vision returns to normal though. With a grimace, you finish the cigarillo and step out of the main hall, into the hallway that runs from the castle’s entrance to the second floor. While it is about lunchtime and you certainly are hungry, your cot upstairs also seems like a very inviting place to be. >Head upstairs and get some sleep. >Go down to the mess area and get some lunch. >You want to explore Hofu a bit before you settle down for the day. >Write-in.
>>3472590>>You want to explore Hofu a bit before you settle down for the day.Let's see how things are going
>>3472590>You want to explore Hofu a bit before you settle down for the day.
>>3472590>Go down to the mess area and get some lunch.
>>3472590>>You want to explore Hofu a bit before you settle down for the day.
>>3472590>Go down to the mess area and get some lunch. We need food and rest.
>>3472590>You want to explore Hofu a bit before you settle down for the day.Naka a qt
>>3472590>>Go down to the mess area and get some lunch.
You decide to head down to the improvised kitchen situated outside of the castle’s keep. When you arrive, you see that Kojima and Subaru are standing in line to get some lunch. Most of the rest of the troops have already eaten, it would seem, as the line is relatively short. You get your food after maybe waiting five minutes. It is the usual, rice with some beef chunks in it, with a dark sauce on top. Returning to your quarters with your bowl, you sit down at your desk and begin eating. While you eat, you look over the various pieces of paperwork that have been left for you during your absence. Most of it is the usual, patrol reports and various other things. You notice some dispatches from Mr. Brunet regarding the artillery exchange during the battle. He apparently has gained a lot of good information from seeing artillery actually used in anger. You set the paperwork aside, focusing on your admittedly delicious lunch. For food so simple, it is quite filling. Finishing your bowl, you set it aside and return to your paperwork. Signing off on a couple forms, you then turn your attention to your mail. It is mostly the standard fare, communications from various acquaintances, as well as a letter from your family in New York. You read it, noting that they are mainly curious how you’ve been. You need to remember to write them back soon. Yawning, you lean back in your chair. It is still early afternoon. Looking out through your balcony’s entrance, you see the city of Hofu. Black-uniformed figures, your men, can be seen among the townspeople. You hope none of them are getting into trouble. You also see Custer and his cavalry training out on the field again today. He must be quite the diligent commander. You sigh, looking over at your cot. >Get some rest. >Head into Hofu and explore the city. >See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing. >Check in with Nakajima, she seemed upset when you last saw her. >Go across the hall and make sure the Princess is settling in nicely. >Write-in.
>>3472883>>Check in with Nakajima, she seemed upset when you last saw her.
>>3472883>Check in with Nakajima, she seemed upset when you last saw her.
>>3472883>Get some rest.
>>3472892>>3472895>>3472900>>3472901all these people voting to bulli Naka, have you no shame?>See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing.
>>3472909none, but I agree with you that Custer needs some love, we can do that after it.
>>3472883>>Go across the hall and make sure the Princess is settling in nicely.We're literally right here now. This shouldnt take too long.
>>3472883>>See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing
My internet is currently trash, so I'm gonna pause the session here until probably tomorrow.
>>3472883>>Go across the hall and make sure the Princess is settling in nicely.
>>3472909I wanna bulli our yellow fever waifu and make her worry we will take a royal princess over her
>>3473000Naka is not for bulli. Naka is for marriage and babymaking.
>>3472883>Go across the hall and make sure the Princess is settling in nicely.
>>3472883>Get some rest.Some things take time.
>>3472883>>>Check in with Nakajima, she seemed upset when you last saw her.
Where did all these newfags come from?
>>3473422Dunno anon, where do newfags usually come from voting on opposite sides of a waifu decision?
>>3473423I didn't think that there were this many lurkers. It's three to four times the usual amount.
>>3473431Waifu action always brings out big numbers, though I'll agree that it's higher than I expected
>>3472883>See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing.
>>3473422Easy either samefagging or waifu or the aussie woke up
>>3473423This is a waifu decision?I voted to visit the Princess because of prectical considerations (namely currying favor)
>>3473606I just wanted our MC to rest considering he's fading in and out. Custer would've been my second choice.
>>3472883>See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing.Waifu wars are cancer
>>3473653Civil Wars are Cancer
>>3473808Console Wars are cancer
>>3473812Genesis does what Nintendon't
>>3473817Every hero has a Genesis
>>3472883>>See how Custer’s Cavalry have been progressing.
>>3473869Cursed. Also, session will have to be tomorrow afternoon instead of today.
>>3474023Thanks for the heads up, however it's more time for samefagging votes, can we redo the voting at the start of the session?
>>3474045Fuck no, the winner won and will stay the same before you can usurper.
>>3474045>>3474053Actually I'm just going to tally the votes here and now. It looks like 7 for checking on Nakajima, 6 for checking on the Princess, 6 for talking with Custer, and 3 for get some rest. That means that going to check up on Nakajima wins. My numbers look right to all of you?
>>3474064Seems kk to me.
>>3474064yup, that checks out
>>3474064>counting all the obvious samefag votes
>>3474754There is like 4 votes with consistent number of posts rest is 1 id. How do you choose samefags from them?
>>3472602>>3474022this was me, for some reason my IP decided to fuck itself
Session going live at 7PM.
>>3473869What abonination is that?
>>3476448You really haven't heard? It's the live action sonic movie. Trailer dropped yesterday.
>>3476473Oh god, I looked it up, why.....why...?
You sigh, getting out of your chair. Nakajima seemed upset when you last spoke to her. Perhaps you should have been a bit less direct with asking whether she was jealous? Regardless, you don’t want any animosity within your inner circle. That sort of thing leads to serious issues in battle. Exiting your quarters, you head downstairs to go look for her. You remembered that she had mentioned supervising the line infantry, but you aren’t sure where they are building earthworks today. Come to think of it, you were under the impression that they had finished all of that. As you exit the keep, you run into one of your soldiers. “Excuse me, Private.” You get the man’s attention. “Yes, sir?” He salutes you, which you return. “Have you seen Lieutenant Nakajima recently?” The man nods. “He took a horse from the stables just half an hour ago.” The soldier then points toward the northeast. “I believe he headed in that direction. Something about doing some reconnaissance in the nearby hills.” You nod, walking toward the stables yourself. “Thank you, Private.” Without further delay, you get your horse and mount up. Perhaps the Lieutenant needed some time alone, but you can’t have your officers going off where you can’t find them. Riding out of the castle’s perimeter and down the main street of Hofu, you quickly exit the city and head for the hills. Quickly, you are forced onto small dirt trails as the forest grows thicker. After a solid five or six minutes, the trail becomes narrow and awkward enough that you decide to dismount and continue on foot. Part of you curses yourself for choosing a practical draught horse as your steed. The trail winds around in the hills, getting steeper for a while. Eventually, you feel the ground level out, and the trail widens considerably. It opens up into a small clearing overlooking Hofu, quite a picturesque spot, you think. In the clearing, you see Nakajima standing, facing the city. Her horse is hitched to a nearby tree, and probably only made it up here due to being considerably smaller than your own. Lieutenant Nakajima isn’t wearing her cap, and her hair is let down, blowing in the light wind. She just stands there, looking out at the city, completely unaware of your presence. >Approach her. >Leave. She probably just needs some time alone, or something. >Write-in.
>>3476563>>Write-in.Wait a bit till she notices us.
>>3476566this and if it takes too long>Approach her.
>>3476575ThisIt's not often we get to see our Lt. like she is.
You lean against a nearby tree, deciding to wait a bit longer before announcing your presence. You don’t often see your lieutenant like this, so at least a part of you is intrigued at what how she acts when alone. She seems to mutter something to herself, and begins pacing back and forth a few times, before coming to a stop exactly where she started. Whatever is on her mind, it certainly has her frustrated. You get an odd feeling in your stomach, and decide it might be better to step away and come back in a few minutes. After all, you wouldn’t like someone watching you while being in a state such as this. However, as you go to push off from the tree on which you lean, Nakajima’s horse makes eye-contact with you, then neighs loudly. You silently curse at the animal, making a shooing movement with your hands. This causes it to neigh louder, and with more gusto. Lieutenant Nakajima turns around to see what the commotion is about, and locks eyes with you as well. “S-sir?” Her eyebrows shoot up. “Lieutenant,” you clear your throat. Stepping forward, you cross your arms and try to act as though you weren’t standing there watching for a solid three or four minutes. “You seemed upset when we last spoke. I wanted to make sure everything was alright.” Nakajima’s face gradually reddens, though her expression doesn’t change much from normal. “Ah, I am fine, sir.” You walk up beside her, looking out at the view of the city. “This is quite the spot. I didn’t realize how much you could see from these hills.” Nakajima doesn’t say anything, standing perhaps ten feet away from you. “… Indeed. It is.” She speaks up after a few seconds. You look over at her. “Are you sure everything’s alright, Lieutenant?” She sighs, rubbing the bridge of her nose. “I am just… Embarrassed, Colonel. At my conduct earlier. It was shameful to let my-“ Nakajima cuts herself off. “To doubt your decision, sir.” She doesn’t look directly at you. “And I was foolish to jump to the conclusions that I did.” >”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?” >”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.” >”Look, Lieutenant. I need you to tell me exactly what’s going on here and how I can solve it. I need you clear-headed when we go into battle next, which could be at any time.” >”You should’ve stayed closer to Hofu. These hills aren’t secure yet.” >Write-in.
>>3476645>>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.”>”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?”
>>3476645It's fine Sakura, I'm not offended, you always have the best intentions in mind I believe.Now, what sort of conclusions had you jumped to?
>>3476645>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.”>”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?”
>>3476645>”Look, Lieutenant. I need you to tell me exactly what’s going on here and how I can solve it. I need you clear-headed when we go into battle next, which could be at any time.” >”You should’ve stayed closer to Hofu. These hills aren’t secure yet.”
>>3476645>”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?”>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine."
>>3476645>>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.”>>”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?”
>>3476645>>”What sort of conclusions had you jumped to, exactly?” >>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.”
Hey guys, something came up so I'm going to pause the session here for tonight. I'll go ahead and call the vote here and resume the session tomorrow at 6PM.
>>3476809Good luck boss
>>3476645>”There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.”
Going live in two hours.
You shake your head. “There’s no need to apologize, Nakajima. It’s fine.” You cross your arms. “Besides, you did make some good points about the princess’ presence here.” She bows, which you return. “Thank you, sir.” “You’re welcome,” you reply. “Can I trust you and Sato to handle the Princess’ security detail while she’s with us?” You frown, shrugging. “I figured Sato would be capable of the majority of it, but it would be nice to have another officer helping out.” She nods. “I would be happy to, sir.” Nakajima then crosses her arms. “With any luck, we might be able to keep enough of a low profile to prevent news of her presence from reaching the army at large, as well as the public.” “That would be ideal,” you agree. “But if we can’t keep her presence a secret, we’ll just have to deal with the consequences.” “This is true,” Nakajima grimaces slightly. You feel your ears begin to ring, and your head starts to hurt just a little bit. Shaking your head rapidly, it dissipates and you light up a cigarillo. “Damn,” you mutter. “Strange.” Nakajima looks over at you, eyebrow raised. “Is something wrong, sir?” You shake your head. “No, I’m fine. Just a little bit shell-shocked from the battle, I think.” You shrug. “Being so close to artillery when it lands shakes your brain around, or so I’ve heard.” Nakajima nods slowly. “I see.” You look out at the city of Hofu from where you stand. Despite the craters from where the artillery shells landed, and the fresh graves off to the sides of the city, it almost looks peaceful. The castle stands low over the wooden buildings with their dark rooftops. A thought pops into your head, seemingly at random. “Say, Nakajima.” You look over at the young woman. “What sorts of conclusions had you come to, regarding myself and the Princess?” Nakajima looks away, frowning as an embarrassed expression takes hold. “I… Had assumed that you and the Princess might be involved with each other. Romantically, that is.” You raise an eyebrow. >”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >”Eh, she’s really not my type.” >”Suppose that was the case, why would it matter so much?”>”An American officer shacking up with a foreign princess doesn’t exactly happen outside of dime-novels, Nakajima.” >Write-in.
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >>”An American officer shacking up with a foreign princess doesn’t exactly happen outside of dime-novels, Nakajima.”
>>3478423>>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >>”Eh, she’s really not my type.”
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?”>”An American officer shacking up with a foreign princess doesn’t exactly happen outside of dime-novels, Nakajima.”
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >”Eh, she’s really not my type.” >>3478426We already tried the normal housewife with Sarah and it didn't work out...she changed a lot since then but...
>>3478444Didn't mean to reply, sorry.
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >”Eh, she’s really not my type.”
>>3478423>>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?”
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that?” >”Eh, she’s really not my type.” If she asks what's our type we should be evasive about it.
>>3478423>”How did you come to a conclusion like that
Man my fucking ID reset again
>>3478423>>”An American officer shacking up with a foreign princess doesn’t exactly happen outside of dime-novels, Nakajima.”
>>3478516it happened to me already, I had 30+ already and now I have to build up everything again.....sucks
“How’d you come to a conclusion like that?” Nakajima looks away again. “Just… The way you both spoke to one-another. It seemed oddly casual, considering your station in relation to hers.” You shrug. “I suppose I never really thought of it like that. I just figured I’d try to be as accommodating and friendly as I could be.” Nakajima nods. “That actually makes a good deal of sense.” She shakes her head. “Like I said, I was foolish in my assumptions.” You look over at her. “No, it’s fine. People make assumptions all the time.” She bows lightly. “Thank you, sir.” After a few seconds, she mutters an additional comment. “I still feel a bit foolish for it.” You chuckle. “Well regardless, the Princess isn’t really my type anyway.” Nakajima raises an eyebrow. “Your type, sir?” Nodding, you reply. “Yeah. She’s nice and all, but I don’t see myself ever being involved with her. I doubt we’d see eye-to-eye on enough things.” “I see.” Nakajima rubs her chin thoughtfully. “What is your type, then?” You frown. “I’m not sure. I’m better at knowing what I don’t like, I think.” You feel your own cheeks heat up a bit as you realize how odd it is to discuss such things with a woman. Borderline improper, really. Looking over, you see Nakajima regard you with a curious expression. “You know, sir. You are a bit strange.” You raise an eyebrow. “Strange?” She nods. “Perhaps all Americans are a bit strange, now that I think of it.” You frown. “If you say so.” >”Shall we return to the castle?” >”Find anything interesting in these hills?” >”For future reference, please don’t go off on your own like that. I need my officers where I can reach them easily.” >Write-in.
>>3478525>>”Find anything interesting in these hills?”
>>3478525>”Find anything interesting in these hills?” >>3478520
>>3478530 >>3478520Me too, not 30 posts but enough to bother.
>>3478525>”Find anything interesting in these hills?”
You look around. “Find anything interesting in these hills?” As if a switch has been flipped, Nakajima’s demeanor changes. “Actually, yes.” She looks at you seriously now. “I had come up here to be alone, but I noticed something strange that I had planned to tell you.” You nod. “What’s that?” She points toward the trail you emerged from. “Those are not game trails, sir.” “So?” You shrug. “And the villagers have little reason to be up here, especially during this time of year. It can mean only one thing.” You grimace. “You think hostiles have been moving around up here?” She nods solemnly. “They could have been here weeks ago, or yesterday, I do not know this region’s foliage well enough to tell.” Nakajima crosses her arms. “At the very least, we should have Kojima send his Mountain Sharpshooters through here every so often.” “Good idea.” Looking around, you continue. “Have you noticed anything else suspicious up here?” She shakes her head. “No sir. Everything else seems normal.” Grimacing, you nod. “Very well. Let’s head back to the castle.” As you turn to head back to where you left your horse, Nakajima speaks up. “Actually, sir, I think I will stay up here a while longer. If that is alright.” >”Not with the possibility of enemy activity. Come back to the castle.” >”Fair enough. I’ll see you later.” (leave)>Write-in.
>>3478626>>”Not with the possibility of enemy activity. Come back to the castle.”
>>3478626>it is quite dangerous to be here alone Lt., especially with the possible enemy trails you just pointed out to me.I promise not to bother you for some time if you head back to the castle, I need some rest myself.
>>3478626>”Not with the possibility of enemy activity. Come back to the castle. You did good.”
>>3478626>”Fair enough. I’ll see you later.” (leave)Just...be careful
>>3478626>”Fair enough. I’ll see you later.” (leave)
You shake your head. “Right now I need every one of my officers at the castle. I especially can’t have you out here now that we know there might be enemies lurking around.” “That makes sense,” Nakajima nods. “Very well. I will be right behind you.” By the time you get down to where your horse is, Nakajima is already approaching on her own steed. You mount up and ride behind her as the two of you descend the trails back toward Hofu. “You know,” you begin. “Most horses are rather foul-tempered, but I think I like this one.” You pat your horse on the shoulder, causing it to stir beneath you a bit.Nakajima chuckles. “That is good, sir.” Looking back, she raises an eyebrow. “Though, isn’t that one that would normally be used for pulling carts or artillery?” You nod. “The war horses all act a bit too aggressive for me.” Grinning, you continue. “This one’s got some fight in him, though. I think I’ll call him Gunpowder.” Lieutenant Nakajima frowns slightly. “Perhaps you should not name him, sir.” She looks ahead. “Just in case.” You shrug. “If I were afraid of naming a horse for fear of it dying, I’d not be fit to command an army, I think.” “Fair enough.” Nakajima nods. “Also, I must commend you.” “For?” You raise an eyebrow. “You handled yourself rather impressively in that swordfight a couple days ago.” She keeps looking ahead, though you can tell she’s probably grimacing. “Then wounded, a skilled samurai is a deadly opponent in melee combat. You performed superbly, considering your limited training.” You feel a bit bashful. “Thank you, Lieutenant.” Grinning, you continue. “I’ve had good teachers.” Nakajima glances back at you, then focuses on what’s ahead again. “And thank you, sir.” She trails off. “It is not often that my sword technique is praised.” You chuckle. “Well it’s quite something to behold.” Leaning back in the saddle, you admire the forest’s beauty as you trot along the trail. “I’m sure you still have a great deal to teach me.”
And that's all for tonight! My apologies for the early end to the session, but I've got a lot of things still to do tonight, as well as a busy weekend ahead. Our next session will most likely be Monday. Until then, the floor's open for any questions/comments/concerns/critique/shitposts you may have. Thanks for playing!
>>3478781thanks for running, until next time.