Ronin: For Honor and Life

Ronin: For Honor and Life

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Introduction

A Long Time Ago....


There was once a large and vast empire as far as the eye can see, the Mountains were large, it's rivers flowing in peace and prosperity all throughout the land. The spiritual powers of the world enabled the empire to employ talented individuals, masters of shadow, and powerful swordsman, tasked to protect the empire from rogue Oni, powerful beings who are usually on good terms with humans, and also from any corruption within.

At the head rules the Suryuichi line, the Imperial Royal house. However, there was once a great time of turmoil in the land. Once a corrupt imperial official began to do things that went against the codes of honor, and disgraced the imperial family. Thus, in secret, an order was given to a band of samurai, Shinobi, and Kunoichi, to combat the official under the guise of a commoners rebellion.

The war was brief, and violent. The rivers were stained by the blood. It is said the band of unlikely warriors sacrificed their lives to end the Official's reign of terror upon his province. The band passed into legend, to never be heard from or said of again, as was planned. However, one member survived, and he was disillusioned of his victory, and became a Ronin, Masterless and alone.

Three Years later...


In a large province of the Empire, lies Kumonosu Town, the town of Cobwebs. It is a quaint and often peaceful town when the Local Daimyo is ruling fairly and the taxes are acceptable. However, there have been a growth in number of the local Yakuza, the Shiranui Clan. They've bullied the locals to also give them tribute, amongst many other things, running the gambling rings and rigging them to the favors of those loyal to them, to running brothels and many more. Sometimes the Emperor wonders what the Shiranui intend to do if they grew powerful, with the town officials trying to keep the peace with their own Samurai.

The Town borders on a forest called the Wandering Wood. Some people who walk into there can get lost for hours if they lose the trail long enough, much like the town's namesake. Recent Rumors have it that a ronin is heading towards Town. Whether the ronin is just passing through or not remains the question, and if he is another threat to the people, or a new savior. Either way, the Ronin is coming.

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Kumonosu town, the Town of The Spider Web, or Cobweb town, was as busy as ever, tending to its thriving businesses and observing the silent, warm weather. The morning came and went, with the aternoon straight on its tail. Then around three in the afternoon, a ronin emerged from the wandering woods. Walking towards the town with the hope and prospect of a warm bed and a hot meal, the Ronin continued his slow, wanderer's walk.

He observed the town, wondering if it was a busy town or a town of many faces, as he noted several Yakuza wandering around in broad daylight, and that confused him to no end. Then he watched as the same squad rough up a person who ran a place of business, and the Ronin gripped his katana before relaxing, he had to continue on.

He had to search for a place to stay for the evening. He noticed the Yakuza crest and knew that he'd be staying for awhile, heck, maybe for the rest of his days. But first, an inn or someplace for rent.

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It was a beautiful day. The murmur of people bustling outside of her window as she lay on her futon was comforting, and Aoki found herself struggling to get up. Her luxurious room in the brothel was quite warm though, and she wanted some fresh air. There was a large festival coming up in a few days and business was slow for the girls. Of course, Aoki still had her regular customers, but today and tonight she was free to rest up for the sudden influx of people they would no doubt be getting in a few days.

It was also the last week with the old owner in charge; the Yakuza were taking over the brothel, having bought it out for quite a bit more than what it was worth, along with all of the titles. Technically, Aoki was the only free woman in that house now; she had never had a title to be bought, and she was paid well over her living expenses. Its why many of her kimono were actually owned by her, and not the brothel. Its why she could tailor her schedule to her own needs.

Today she wore a baby blue summer kimono with the image of falling cherry blossoms off of a tree and a geisha drinking sake with a man on it. It was one of her most prized possessions. Her hair was put up in its usual ponytail, and she was off, outside to observe the world as it was.

The last few months had seen the town more crowded than ever with less than savory characters flowing in. The government did little about it, and the citizens were often frightened for their lives and their businesses. Aoki might not have been a native to this town, but she had many friends and her brothel-sisters were important to her.

Today she stopped to speak to the one person in town that knew everything, Hatsumura Kenji, the owner of one of the cheapest, yet most profitable, inns in town. There were two inns of note, her friend Kenji's and won that was run by the Yakuza. "Kenji-san!" she smiled brightly as she entered, a small bag of tea leaves and herbs in her hand. It was a mixture of his favorite tea, one she had made herself. "Woah."

The common area of the inn was overcrowded and a bit chaotic. "Ah, Aoki, I know you must have important things to do but I could really use your help," her friend seemed flustered, something uncharacteristic of the older man. "Sian is sick again. He didn't show up. Can you lend me a hand, just to get everyone settled in?"

And that is how Aoki, most renowned and well-paid prostitute in all of the providence ended her afternoon working at the Inn.

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The Ronin observed the town more as he approached an inn that seemed to begin to be crowded. Raising an eyebrow he chose to ignore it until he noticed another inn, also beginning to be crowded, with the Shiranui Yakuza clan mark, having several brutes with katanas strapped to their belts walking towards the other inn.

He half knew what was going to happen next and he decided to walk into the inn they were heading to, just to head them off. He walked in and took a seat. He watched for the Yakuza to come in.

Soon enough, three men walked into the inn and beginning to shout for the owner, saying something like being behind on protection money or something along those lines. Then one of the men noticed a woman and pointed her out to the others. Maybe she was a local woman of a brothel they were controlling?

Sighing as he had no other choice, he got up and walked in the way of the man and glared at him and his friends. "This is your first and last warning Baka. Leave, and your lives will be more or less intact." the yakuza glared and started to attack him, only to find his wrist sprained and him yelling in pain as he was thrown out. He slowly walked to the other two who backed out of the inn.

The Ronin unsheathed his sword and pursued the two outside. "I warned you the first time! Now give this to your boss. His cousin's colleague, Autoro Masenai of the Autoro clan, is here and is to begin a new life in this town. If he begins to disrupt the town further then he already has, I will personally kill him myself. Now get out of my sight. trash." the Yakuza started to flee back to their inn.

"It's the Yokai-cursed Autoro!" He heard one of them scream as Masenai sighed, sheathing his blade. "it was only my hair color..." he thought with a sigh.

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Aoki considered herself a fairly patient woman. She despised fighting of all sorts, but she knew how to protect herself. Arguing with customers though was stressful. As charming as she was, most of these people were hot, hungry and tired. It was frustrating to keep up with room assignments, pointing out directions to places, and trying to convince people to keep their children- and sake-filled business partners in some cases- out of trouble.

Kenji had managed to fend off the Yakuza for a very long time before having no choice but to give in when his son fell ill and needed medical help, costing him quite a bit of money... still, he retained most of his ownership and only owed them 'reasonable' fees. Still, Aoki hated them for making such a proud old man submit.

When the thugs- faces she knew too well around town, came in, the place got fairly quiet. She was already on the defensive though. They wouldn't leave without money or a fight.

"Hatsumura!!! You're late on your payment again! Come out old man!" One man- She thought his name was Ren, though she couldn't really recall. She never gave more than a moment's thought to any of them.

"Aoki, you still hanging with this old man? Don't you have a brothel to occupy?" Ren leered at her after one of his buddies pointed out that she was there. Her hand was already on her kodachi.

She despised fighting.

But she would fight.

Suddenly, without warning, there was a flash of red hair and before them stood a man- a ronin, from the looks of it. She couldn't figure out where he had come from. She hadn't seen him until just that moment.

she didn't hear his words, she simply found herself walking around the front counter, ready to launch her attack if need be... but instead she watched him throw Ren out with ease... whatever his words were, they clearly frightened the men because they ran shouting something about 'yokai-cursed' and 'Autoro'. The name rang a vague bell, though she knew not where from.

Kenji was suddenly standing in front of her, observing the man with a bit of curiosity on his face. "Thank you for your intervention, though as unneeded as it was," he gave an appreciative smile before realizing the room was still very quiet. "Please, everyone, if you'll line up appropriately we'll be able to sort you out much quicker. I'm sorry sir, but what did you say your name was? I am the owner of this establishment, Hatsumura Kenji, and this is my friend and current assistant Aoki-chan."

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Masenai turned to look at the innkeeper and bowed respectfully. "Although I am a Ronin, I try my best to uphold my code and principles. Honor and Life. The words of my clan." he stated as he learned the Innkeeper's name and the woman next to him. "I am Autoro Masenai. Former Samurai of the Autoro clan, the Emperor's retainers. Sole survivor of one military campaign. It is my honor too meet you both. I see your inn is rather busy, although I was hoping to find some place to stay for the next few months until I earn enough money to get a house built in this neighborhood."

He meant what he said to the Yakuza. If this was the Shiranui, then he'll teach Taki's cousin the meaning of respecting the people. He had no other choice in the matter. He will keep his promise.

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"Its good to know that some people still believe in Honor," Kenji bowed respectfully back at the red head. "Normally I would offer you a place to stay, however you're coming in at a very busy time. There's a festival in two days that will keep the inns full, however, this should only last for three or four days. Once we have availability, I would be more than happy to give you a room. You did save my inn from losing a lot of business today, knowing those fools. I owe you. Until then..."

Kenji thought for a moment, trying to think of where Masenai could stay in the meantime.

"We have empty rooms available at my brothel... I can explain to my Master the situation. I believe he was planning to catch some of the overflow from the Inns anyways," Aoki spoke up suddenly. She knew the Master would be displeased at her volunteering, especially if this man had a beef with the people taking over their brothel, but she knew what Ren and his gang would have done to her the moment they pointed out she was there, if Masenai hadn't cut in when he did... she also knew the Master would never deny her; she had earned him more than enough money in her time there, that while she was still free under the new tyranny under the Yakuza, he made sure she got whatever she wanted while he was able to give it to her. "If you don't mind waiting until my business here is done, I'd be happy to guide you there."

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Masenai looked at Aoki when she offered a brothel as a means of shelter. If he was still there if Shiranui decided to take over, they'd corner him. Although, the same could be said about when he plays dice. His one favorite gambling which he knows how to play right. "You don't have to go through all the trouble if your master, or even the Madame, doesn't want any trouble with someone like me with any unwanted quarrel with the Yakuza. But if you're insisting I shall think on this as I wait."

Masenai walked outside the crowded inn and sat in front of the inn and pondered about what was offered to him. He'd have to rent out a suite, or something, he'd be able to hide there from the Yakuza, if need be, until he had enough money to build a house. It would be awhile yet. What more could he do?

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It didn't take long for them to get the customers sorted; Aoki was methodical and very efficient in her work and before long she was exiting the inn with farewells to Kenji. She gave the red-haired ronin a smile. "Thank you for your patience," she gave a small bow. "Don't worry about quarelling with the Yakuza... the Master already has many bones to pick with them, as do I. Please follow me."

As she started to lead him to the more decadent side of town she explained the situation better. "The Yakuza have been 'buying out' many of the business in the area. Coercing people into selling out when they're making more than enough profits to support themselves. Offering 'loans' at the cost of the business if they fail to get paid back within a certain time frame. My master fell prey to that not long ago, and was forced to sell the building and all of the girl's titles. I, however, am a free woman. I never had a title to sell in the first place. My master is grateful for the money I make him and I only require what it takes for me to enjoy life. He makes more money off of me serving tea to business men than he does for most of the girls selling their bodies for a week," she seemed a bit arrogant as she spoke, but she was truly proud that her body wasn't always required to make her money. Very few of her sisters could say the same thing. "However the Yakuza refuse to believe I'm not owned, that I simply choose to make my way in the world in this fashion."

With a small smirk she added: "Mostly they're just angry that I can refuse any and all of them as I please. I make more money in a month than they do in a year, during the busiest months of the year."

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He walked with her and listened to her explanation. She wasn't like any other person working there? She was free? "Aren't you afraid that they'll do something and make you truly into one of the other girls? If you have your freedom why not-" he listened to her speak more that she earns more money then they do in the year. So that was that they hated her. Professional jealousy.

He could scarcely believe it if it wasn't true. But he almost admired her for sticking it out like that. But he snapped back out of it. "Do you have any family Aoki? Any who'll take you in if the Yakuza become too rough?" he asked trying to get a sense of finding a way to help her out if he could.

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Aoki lead him to the brothel, standing outside the grand building. "I... I don't know... I have no memories before I came here, to be honest. Flashes on occasion, but I don't know who my family is. I just know my father was killed when I was a teenager, and I've been here for the last four years since then," she admitted, moving a bit of hair out of her face. "I can take care of myself. I traveled a lot before I first came here. I can defend my own. This is the only family I have, or need."

Even to her own years she sounded as if she were trying to convince herself more than him... and maybe she was.

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Masenai looked at Aoki in small sympathy, he felt sorry to even bring it up. "Forgive me, I did not mean to pry." he stated, as he looked at the Brothel before sighing and fishing out 4 ryo from his robe. "Hopefully this will cover for room and board until the time I stated to get the money I need to get a house built in the neighborhood."

He kept it in his hand until he was told to show him the money. Until then, he tried hard to blot out the fact this was a strange place for him to be in at the precise moment from his mind.

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