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Argosian Soldier

The backbone of the Argosian Army

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a character in “The Multiverse”, as played by barney_fife

Description

The Argosian Military



Legionary



Primary Armament: Hasta (Hastati Soldier), Gladius Sword
Secondary Armamant: Pugio Dagger

Note: Many Argosian weapons are forged with Taiyou nanosteel, and sharpened to a monomolecular thin blade, this has enabled them to cut through even inferior quality metals with ease.

Armor: Lorica Segmentata forged from Taiyou nanosteel, has been found to be bullet resistant, and capable of withstanding energy weapons.

Shield: Magnetically Stabilized nano steel, with a unique property against disruptor weapons (These shields have been known to deflect disruptor weapons with little damage to the shields)


Structure of the Argosian Army


Legatus Augusti pro praetore - Imperial Legate, The commander of two or more legions.
Known Legatus Augusti pro Praetore: Livia Caesarius
Legatus legionis - Legion Legate, the commander of one Legion
Tribunus laticlavius - Broad Band Tribune, generally the adjutant under the Legate, and second in command.
Praefectus castrorum - Camp Prefect, in charge of the camp. (Generally an equivalent to a colonel)
Tribuni angusticlavii - Narrow Band Tribunes, five of these served in one legion, and often performed administrative functions.


Centurion - Commanded a Century of 100 men, 60 Centuries exist in one Legion
Optio - Second in command to a Centurion
Tesserarius - One for each century. They acted as seconds to the Optios

Decurio - Calvary Commander

Decanus - Commanded a Contubernium of 8 men, generally equivalent to a corporal, commanding a squad of soldiers.

So begins...

Argosian Soldier's Story

Setting

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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At the airfield, a pair of Taiyou sudden transports had finally touched down. The streets had been cleared and everyone had been anticipating the arrival of the AXIS Delegation for some time.

As the transports finished their landing checks and their post flight checkups, the bay doors opened and a single Century of Argosian legionaries began to move from the bay in locked step, their armor clunking with their marches as they moved down the street in parade formation.

The men's shiny armor, their spears, and their shields all glinted in the sunlight as they moved through the street.

In the center of the formation was a young auburn colored woman in full Argosian regalia. Her red and white cape fluttered in the breeze along with her plume of red feathers in her helmet.

The horse trotted along the street, at the same pace as the marching legionaries.

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Slowly and surely they moved through the streets until they came upon the steps of the Imperial Palace, and the plumed woman stepped down from her horse, which, like the men were clad in ornate armor that glimmered in the sun, adorned with feathers and gold designs along the edges of the segmented plate.

She looked up at the steps of the Palace, before she slowly started up the steps while she removed the helmet from her head, and held it respectfully in the crook of her arm. The Legionaries formed a precision formation around them, and the AXIS Delegate approached the Empress Kaida. She inclined her head respectfully while she stepped aside, and a black sedan came to a stop behind them and a Taiyou woman, and what looked like a small bear-like animal in strange wood colored robes emerged, and started towards Kaida and Avantia.

Livia finally spoke. "Ave, we have come on behalf of the AXIS Cooperation forces to humbly thank you for allowing us an audience with you."

She stood aside and gestured to Yoko. "Prime Minister Yoko Kayabuki of the Taiyou Empire of Greater Niihama, and Shipmaster 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt, of the Matokey collective, I am Livia Caesarius, Commander of the Argosian Military and Champion of Argos."

The setting changes from tianshi-city to Tiānshì Imperial Palace

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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At the airfield, a pair of Taiyou sudden transports had finally touched down. The streets had been cleared and everyone had been anticipating the arrival of the AXIS Delegation for some time.

As the transports finished their landing checks and their post flight checkups, the bay doors opened and a single Century of Argosian legionaries began to move from the bay in locked step, their armor clunking with their marches as they moved down the street in parade formation.

The men's shiny armor, their spears, and their shields all glinted in the sunlight as they moved through the street.

In the center of the formation was a young auburn colored woman in full Argosian regalia. Her red and white cape fluttered in the breeze along with her plume of red feathers in her helmet.

The horse trotted along the street, at the same pace as the marching legionaries.

---

Slowly and surely they moved through the streets until they came upon the steps of the Imperial Palace, and the plumed woman stepped down from her horse, which, like the men were clad in ornate armor that glimmered in the sun, adorned with feathers and gold designs along the edges of the segmented plate.

She looked up at the steps of the Palace, before she slowly started up the steps while she removed the helmet from her head, and held it respectfully in the crook of her arm. The Legionaries formed a precision formation around them, and the AXIS Delegate approached the Empress Kaida. She inclined her head respectfully while she stepped aside, and a black sedan came to a stop behind them and a Taiyou woman, and what looked like a small bear-like animal in strange wood colored robes emerged, and started towards Kaida and Avantia.

Livia finally spoke. "Ave, we have come on behalf of the AXIS Cooperation forces to humbly thank you for allowing us an audience with you."

She stood aside and gestured to Yoko. "Prime Minister Yoko Kayabuki of the Taiyou Empire of Greater Niihama, and Shipmaster 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt, of the Matokey collective, I am Livia Caesarius, Commander of the Argosian Military and Champion of Argos."

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Kaida smiled and inclined her head towards the delegates - not too much, but just enough to show respectful acknowledgement without deference. The ministers would be watching her every move like hawks, she was certain, to ensure she wasn't signing their nation away to become subordinate to any power. "Welcome, Champion, Prime Minister and Shipmaster. The Losenji Imperium greets the AXIS with open arms."

If the Empress was perturbed by the diminutive stature and bear-like appearance of one of the delegates, she did not betray it in the slightest. Fully made up in ceremonial paints and robes, with her golden crown resplendent upon her forehead, she made for an imposing presence even devoid of weapons or armour.

"Come," she said, gesturing, "Join us inside. We have much to discuss, I am sure."

Kaida turned and made her way inside, followed by the captain of the Dragonwatch and likely Avantia. The AXIS delegates would be led in next, then following them would come the first ministers. The entirety of the upper tier of the ministry had turned out to be present during this meeting, each with their own personal goals and opinions surrounding the matter.

The walk through the magnificent palace was short-lived before the delegates would be led into the throne room audience chamber. A large and tall-ceilinged room, the throne room consisted of a wide open floor with a long red carpet leading up to a series of finely crafted tables. They were laid out with two long tables to each side of the room, and one stretching across at the foot of a raised alcove, at the top of which another table was set. At the centre of that alcove, upon a slight further raised dais sat an elaborately carved golden throne in the design of a dragon, encrusted with precious metals and gems enough to make a man's fortune. Kaida had already taken her seat upon the throne.

The rest of the royal family along with Avantia and her accompaniment were seated at the raised table to either side of Kaida: her two brothers Shin'ichi and Kenji, her sister Emiko and her uncle Haruki, as well as her husband and children.

The ministers filed past the delegates to take their seats at the long tables to the sides of the room, whilst the delegates were directed to places at the table directly before the dais in the centre of the room. Places were also set aside for a TNG delegation.

Kaida gestured around, "My court, delegates." she introduced. "I will have refreshments brought shortly. Please, make yourselves comfortable. The TNG party should be with us momentarily."

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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No glitzy entourage or legion of marching soldiers preceded the TNG delegate. He entered quietly, making his respects at the grand palace doorway before being lead into the throne room. The diplomat, dressed in a modest suit and tie, bowed respectfully before them: first to Kaida and the Losenji court, then to Avantia and her emissaries, last to the AXIS delegates.

"Empress, Matriarch," he nodded to them, his cold but vigilant eyes flickering from face to face, "honored royalty and ministers, honored Prime Minister, Commander and Shipmaster and all other honored delegates of this court." He drew himself upright, his poise prudent and refined. "I am Casper Lessard, diplomat of the Terran National Government to the Shintechi region. I am honored to appear before you today."

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Avantia watched on quietly as the various delegates were seated, and as the TNG diplomat joined them in the crowded hall. The general murmurs of quiet discussion between ministers and delegates created a droning of noise that afforded some measure of privacy even with so many people at hand.

Arun leaned close to Avantia as he watched 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt climb his way up into one of the available seats.

"What's that?" he asked her.

"That's a Matokeyan," she replied quietly. "They're found in the Andromeda Galaxy," she explained.

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Among the ministers, Ling Wu was looking rather bored with the whole affair. She had largely already made up her mind on most of the matters to be discussed today, and she wasn't likely to change her mind during the ensuing debates and discussions. Matters of alliances, and of the Invictus were secondary to maintaining good trade relations with the Taiyou and the TNG both. The coming discussion would be a largely boring ordeal for her, one with which she would be happy to be done with. She had only attended as a matter of formality, and because it was expected of her as the Minister of Trade.

She hid a yawn behind her hand as the delegates filtered in and didn't so much as spare the TNG representative a passing glance. The only person that had drawn her attention was her sister Lian Wu, Minister of Work. When their father had broken tradition and left the family estate, and the mantle of Minister of Trade to his youngest daughter, rather than either of his two elder children, it had been with smug satisfaction that Ling Wu accepted both.

That her sister had managed to weasel her way into the Ministry on her own had been a point of irritation for Ling Wu, and only furthered the rather dysfunctional state of the Wu family.

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Liang Cheng watched the precedings with a level of curiosity. As General of the Land, much of Losenji's military decisions and security fell to him, and though in these largely peaceful times that job was often little more than a formality, he fulfilled it dutifully and proudly.

He often held a level of disdain for the squabbling of the ministry, preferring the more straight forward art of war to the politics that plagued Tianshi.

He had already made his feelings known to Kaida on the matters to be discussed today - especially that of an alliance with the AXIS. Losenji was a small nation, and an alliance to unify the entirety of Shintenchi would greatly strengthen the security of their nation and bolster their military assets.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Shin'ichi Kokuro was seated not far from his sister, Kaida, with his head propped up against his hand. He looked distracted as he stared out over the delegation - much as if his mind was simply not on the matters at hand. Politics had never been Shin'ichi's strong point, and he was largely of the mind that life in Losenji had been getting on just fine without all of this talk of alliances and war, so why change things now?

Behind the royal family a low rumble and snort disturbed the draped silk that cascaded down behind the dais. As the cloth fluttered beneath the heated breath of what lay behind it, a black scaly snout was briefly visible.

Shifting his weight the dragon Tamotsu nudged his head out from beneath the curtain of silk to get a better look at the delegation. Snorting loudly he lay his head down with a lazy yawn.

It had been at Shin'ichi's insistance that Tamotsu had been allowed attendance to this gathering. He had expressed a belief that the presence of the dragon - a sacred animal among the Losenyu - would be a matter of good appearances to the foreigners. Of course, those among Shin'ichi's family likely had other thoughts as to his desire to have the creature present. The two were near inseparable, even during matters of politics it would seem.

Tamotsu seemed largely indifferent either way as he settled in for a long nap. Unlike their more evolved cousins, many of the dragons within Losenji - though quite intelligent - were not typically sapient.

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Livia slowly lowered herself into the available seat, while Yoko too found herself in an available seat, directly across from the TNG delegate, whom the Taiyou Prime Minister seemed to glare daggers at. Yoko assumed he was here to try and sway things against their laid plans, but Shimizu had groomed the Taiyou woman well, and she was ready to lead and partake in the diplomacy to follow.

Yoko turned to 'Taanz, and she inclined her head. "Ha'cnz 'Taanz'ru" She spoke in the native Matokey language, and the bear like creature nodded slowly.

It's voice was smooth and elegant, like a soft whisper yet a powerful trumpet, it carried great power and authority from such a small creature, and seemed to boast a formidable presence in the chamber.

"I will not hesitate to admit that these are unprecedented measures that the AXIS Cooperation forces are taking, extending an overture three million standard intergalactic units from the furthest edges of our jurisdiction. But the very foundation of the AXIS Cooperation forces is to help those in need, be they our own, or those from without who seek our guidance." The small bear like creature explained.

"No doubt an alliance of this magnitude will come with stipulations, but none of them would you find to be unreasonable, and only serve to strengthen the bond between the nations of Shin'Tenchi and the greater AXIS Alliance. We come extending an open hand, paw, tentacle, or flagella of friendship in hopes that we may all prosper together, and welcome you where others would shun you. I have seen the treatment the Invictus of this world loosed on the representatives of the Sato Shogunate, and their esteemed and close allies, the Volarian Monarchy."

'Taanz then brought his beady eyes onto Casper.

"And I admit it not only offends, but troubles me to know that the sovereign government of the Aslund Jurisdiction arrogantly lays claim to the entire planet, and allows such ruffians as the Invictus Paramilitary Company to operate through their government and military with absolute impunity. Need I mention the squandering of Coalition aid for the construction of a state of the art military of aggression. I only hope that these signs do not serve as impediments to the sovereign right of all nations regardless of race or creed." The creature explained.

"I will further state that it is the opinion of the Didact of our collective, that until these grievances are redressed, the Matokey Collective will not consider the entertainment of any diplomatic talks with the Non-Governmental Organization of the Aslund Jurisdiction States, self proclaimed 'Terran National Government'" The creature explained, before he turned to Kaida.

"However, we offer our full economic, diplomatic, and military support in any assertions of sovereignty that your nation may have, Your Imperial Majesty." He said, showing a deferred bow to the Empress, then he returned to his seat.

Livia nodded. "Well spoken..." She said, turning to Kaida. "So we have come here, through the unified vote and the power vested in us by the Andromedan Alliance, the AXIS Cooperation Forces, to officially extend you membership into our alliance, as the Avorians before you enjoy. Like you we were worried how it would affect our sovereignty and Civilization, given our current technological development, without the AXIS, our civilization would have become extinct."

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Avantia raised a hand briefly to speak while a translator stepped up to repeat Avantia's words into the common tongue of Terra for those that did not speak Volarian.

"The matter of membership with the AXIS will be decided all in good time," Avantia reassured the AXIS delegates. "For now I think all of us are eager to explore the impacts that relations with the AXIS will have on not only Shintenchi, but our involvement and relationship with the rest of Terra."

There were a few murmurs and nods of agreement among the gathered ministers.

"I as well have a few matters I would like to put on the table for discussion with the TNG," she added with a look to Casper.

"The primary being the blockade currently in place around Terra that as I understand it is is preventing foreign military vessels from passing," she continued. "While I commend the TNG's efforts to protect the planet of Terra from foreign threats, it does raise a matter that 'Taanz has touched upon. The TNG does not speak for all the nations of Terra, and Volaria wishes to ensure that this blockade will not be utilized to prevent military assets and support from reaching Shintenchi from its allies in the Andromeda Galaxy."

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kamil Iyengar Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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Casper adjusted his glasses as the other delegates finished their claims.

"I think that's a curious point you touched on, Shipmaster," he nodded to Velzzmkt, "is the Terran National Government 'self proclaimed'?" Casper shrugged. "I suppose it is, if you consider the unanimously accepted alliance of over a hundred different formerly-independent Terran countries into a single, unified coalition to be 'self proclaimed'. The TNG represents civilians from every corner of the planet, from Hafirjan to Nebrajit, from Therrier-Paix to Solinus. Though Aslund is our political centerpiece (and admittedly, the source of many of our domestic dilemmas), we are far more than just an 'Aslund Jurisdiction'." He turned now to Avantia. "In truth, Matriarch, Shintechi is the only continent in which our union possesses absolutely no political authority. While we respect the sovereignty of your nations and your cultures, we are grieved that it took a looming threat to bring our peoples together." He looked now to Kaida. "An error that we are eager to rectify, Empress, with Losenji. With impending foreign threats finally pacified, with our economic reconstruction nearly complete after the ravages of war, and with the long-awaited Parliamentary elections taking place within the month, I am proud to say that diplomacy has at last become the primary political objective of the Terran National Government. It is my deepest wish that we might come to know each other on better terms than we have." He looked again to Avantia. "All of us. Gathered peacefully at the table of brotherhood. United not as Volarians, Losenji or Aslunds, but as Terrans. Lovers of the same earth." He looked again to the AXIS delegates. "Though our esteemed Andromedan diplomats are generous with their gifts, I don't know if they truly understand the nature of our people, the fierce, unyielding passion that drives us, all of us, regardless of background, race or species. I question the ability of the AXIS Corporate Forces to properly accommodate this aspect of Terran society, a purely-inherent characteristic that has little to do with finance or economic stability. I question the cultural impact that AXIS' massive corporate influence will undoubtedly play in Shintechi society at large, if this continent's rich culture and customs will remain intact under the weight of an entire galaxy's crushing fiscal sway, if its domestic industry and self-sustainment will not whither and choke in the thick and endless smog of a thousand different Andromedan mega-corporations."

Casper drew a deep (though likely unneeded) breath, adjusting his bow-tie. He offered the room a quiet sort of smile, warm and humble. It was considerably out-of-place in the paleness and gaunt (though somewhat handsome) features of his cold complexion. "As for the Invictus," he was getting to the 'big' problems now, "I attain that they have never, nor do they currently, hold ANY political influence in the TNG. They are an independent organization that works apart from our union, and, so long as they continue to operate in our territory, are subject to the same laws and regulations as any other 'mercenary' group. With that said, the Invictus has shown itself to have Terra's best interest at heart. Though their diplomatic strategies may be..." He looked to Avantia out of the corner of his eye, "...lacking... they ARE trying to protect this planet. With their help, we've repulsed dozens of foreign and domestic threats a like. The blockade we have in place (which, I assure you Matriarch, is being dispersed even as we speak) was put there to prevent the flight of a certain Jacob Haley, a suspected intergalactic terrorist. With the Invictus' help, the NPA successfully maintained custody of Mr. Haley, despite several daring attempts by his companions to free him." The vampire nodded, looking sternly at the AXIS delegates. "Should the Invictus commit any serious crimes, should they open-fire on your vessels or violate the human rights of your people, the Terran National Government would be the first to find and arrest them. Until then, we will treat them as they are: an organization that continues to actively defended Terra and protect her wellbeing. Soldiers. Not rulers. Not masters."

He fell silent, though much was unsaid. Casper hadn't addressed half of what he'd wished to in response to Taanz' opening retort, but he needed to give the other delegates sufficient time to respond.

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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"Indeed," Kaida nodded once Avantia had spoken, "A final decision has yet to be reached on whether we will be joining AXIS. It is for this reason I have gathered my court here in full, so that all angles of discussion might be addressed over the period of your stay."

To the side of the room, Lian Wu allowed her gaze to briefly brush across her younger sister's, her expression largely unreadable. A twinge of irritation crossed her mind at the meeting of their eyes, but it did not find its way to her face. She had little love for the rest of her family, particularly the sister who had had her career handed to her on a silver platter. But it was no matter at present. She returned her attention to the ongoing discussions. By and large, she was in favour of Losenji joining the AXIS alliance, thanks to the significant industrial strength of the Taiyou in particular - there would be a significant rise in employment opportunities. Perhaps she wouldn't have to cram as many low-paid workers into their own factories.

She almost laughed at that one. Of course she would. There was never a shortage of job openings there. Unskilled workers and heavy machinery made sure of that.

As Casper launched into his speech, at the front of the room Prince Kenji found his mind drifting. The formal robes he wore felt uncomfortable and heavy, and the small crown on his head was pulling at his hair. He hated politics. He was glad that as the youngest of Kaida's generation of the Kokuro family, he seldom had to take part in them. Frankly he'd just be happy when this entire affair was over, whichever side of the table the decision landed on.

Across from him, Emiko toyed with the end of her long furred shawl, running the soft material through her fingers. Far from distracted, however, her mind and her eyes were focused keenly on the diplomatic proceedings. Unlike her brothers, Emiko made a point of keeping herself firmly involved with Losenji's politics, and had the sharp mind for it. Across the room she briefly met the gaze of Huang Cai, First Minister of Law, and gave an almost imperceptible nod.

On the other side of Kaida, both her husband Suoh and her uncle Haruki were seated along with her son, Prince Ryuu and her daughter Princess Asami The Emperor-Consort was busied explaining things to his son, who seemed to have a new question for every one that was answered, whilst Asami listened silently to the both of them, legs swinging beneath her chair as she fiddled boredly with her dress. Haruki kept half an eye on Kaida. This was, no doubt, the most significant decision of his niece's reign thus far, if not the most significant of the past several rulers. He had every confidence that she would make the correct decision, but both he and she were keenly aware that this was one of the things she would be remembered for.

Kaida's gaze remained focused on Casper as he spoke, and she allowed him to continue without interruption. When he quieted, however, she spoke again. "I would not be so hasty to assume such things, Mr Lessard. I, too, shared your concerns regarding the impact on Losenji's culture and traditions in the light of such a change. I have discussed it to a great extent, and I have been reassured that the AXIS are well versed in the preservation of such things."

The Empress looked across to the AXIS delegates, "As is plain for me to see, Commander Caesarius' people's culture continues to flourish unique from the industrial power of the Taiyou and other member nations of the alliance. I would go so far as to say that we share more similarities, in truth, with many AXIS members than we share with the majority of the Terran lands to the west."

She waved a hand, "Whilst you speak passionately on the shared bond of the people of Terra, we could wax poetic for many hours on such things. Even in aligning ourselves with the AXIS, we would remain Terrans - no more, nor less independent from the rest of the planet than we are already. You have yet to speak more concretely on the political implications behind your words."

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"Your words smack of racism, Mr. Lessard," Avantia remarked. "Are we Terrans truly so superior that to associate and ally ourselves with foreign powers is viewed as nothing short of a degradation of our society?" she asked. "Are we Terrans truly so arrogant as to think that these qualities you speak of are ours, and ours alone?"

Avantia shook her head. "This fierce passion you hold with such reverence is a quality shared in all walks of life, among every race and people within this endless universe. It is a quality that binds all of us - the will to survive and prosper. You yourself spoke of a belief that the Shintenchi Shogunate is as much a part of Terra as any other native race - but does that not then suggest that these qualities are found within their place of origin within the Andromeda Galaxy? Surely you're not suggesting that the simple act of being born on Terran soil is what imbues an individual with these qualities, and that anyone short of that is incapable of comprehending our ways of life."

"Furthermore, as Empress Kaida has touched upon," Avantia continued, shifting to the matter of culture for a time. "I have myself been to the Andromeda galaxy and I have seen these nations for myself. While it is true that the Taiyou suffer these ailments that you speak of, it is also true that the AXIS Cooperation Forces have displayed a remarkable and commendable interest in preserving foreign cultures. The nations that comprise the AXIS are no less diverse than those of Terra - as our Argosian and Matokeyan guests can attest to. The matter at hand is that of an alliance, not a merging. I cannot speak for the other nations gathered here today, but I can say that it is not the approval of the TNG that Volaria seeks on this matter - but rather it is the wish of Volaria to explore the impact these decision will hold in our continued involvement with your own people."

"As for the Invictus," Avantia continued in response. "As I understand it, the Invictus made motions to overthrow the TNG during its period of vulnerability after the terrorist attack upon your government building. It is also known to me that the Invictus, operating from within TNG lands, sent men to bodily prevent the Taiyou from partaking in peaceful discussion with the Vankoryth Detante. While reports of this cult group are just as - if not more - troubling than those of the Invictus, the point remains that the Invictus you speak so well of continues to act with no regard for jurisdiction or law. Just how serious is serious?" Avantia asked. "In your own words, 'should the Invictus commit any serious crimes'. Is this to be taken that the Invictus are afforded special privilege in breaking other laws? Good intentions do not absolve someone from their criminal activities. Furthermore it is my understanding that the Invictus played a primary role in the erection and maintaining of this blockade. I trust we have your assurances that this will not be a matter of concern in the promise of its dissolvement so that traffic can resume normally once more?"

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The Matokeyan remained silent, having made his point as he listened to the other discussions as they carried on. This Invictus blockade perturbed the small creature, and it seemed to show by the strange expression that adorned it's face.

"Kayabuki, an'zz k'tx ch'nzya." He said in his native language, not so much to hide from the Shintenchi representatives, but more to speak his opinion against the Terran representative.

Kayabuki turned to Avanatia, and Kaida as well. "You have the assurances of the AXIS cooperation that should you join, we would take all measures, diplomatic, and should it come to it." Her expression darkened.

"Military interdiction." She added. "We would ensure that the blockade was not used to hamper the development, or threaten your nations. Certainly we could get the support of the Coalition and other nations here locally to end the blockade, should the TNG lose control of the situation."

'Taanz nodded slowly. "The fact remains, that your government has allowed the Invictus to operate unregulated and unimpeded in your world, regardless of their perceived intentions, they are not a military, and have no purpose in planetary defense. Utilizing capricious and unpredictable mercenaries in the defense of your world is a blatant violation of the national order of things, as I iterated before, We will not pursue talks with the TNG so long as the Invictus operate with impunity in her borders."

As Kayabuki and 'Taanz spoke their pieces, Livia was silently playing with a single Denarius coin, the pressed metal coin flipped and moved within the woman's slender fingers.

"Mr. Lessard, The Terran National Government focuses on the unity of Terran Nations into one larger government? Let me go out on a limb here, but wouldn't joining the Terran National Government mean a forfeiture of individual national sovereignty? This is not the case with the AXIS Cooperation forces. We're an Alliance of nations, a Coalition if you would. I can more apprecate the unique position that my people are in, the AXIS have not only given us clean, running water, but medicine for our sick while staying out of our affairs just enough to allow our culture to maintain it's independence. Though not as advanced as some of the other member nations, the Argosian Empire is secure in it's position because we can trust our friends to protect us when it is needed, and to strive in preserving our culture, and our individual national sovereignty."

Livia turned to Kaida, and she inclined her head respectively. "The AXIS is founded on the principal of individual national identity and sovereignty, while enjoying the economic and political benefits of the alliance. What Mr. Lessard proposes is tantamount to a forfeiture of your individual identity, your individual sovereignty in the name of a larger 'Terran Government' And we passionately seek to defend those identities. Membership does not change anything other than friendship with this alliance, and the prosperity and mutual defense that is guaranteed for your people, from all threats, foreign and domestic."

"The Argosian Empire has been a Security Council member for nearly two decades, and the Matriarch can attest, our cultural identity has remained intact, and our people have prospered."

Kayabuki nodded and then she spoke up. "I too am curious as the the exact political ramifications of membership within the AXIS Cooperation forces for these nations, so that we may take steps to remedy and address them."

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"Not racism, Matriarch," Lessard corrected gently, "but singularity. The Terran people are an absolutely unique body of individuals, possessed by ideals that I have not seen embodied by any other populace in all my wide travels throughout the galaxy. While I suppose that any intergalactic species can boast the same, it is the Terrans that I am consistently impressed with. Not 'superior' by any means, but certainly worthy of consideration among all the varying beings of the Multiverse." Casper looked back to Kaida. "As far as our 'waxing poetics' go, Empress, it is my opinion that these romantic, 'storybook' ideals are the backbone of Terran culture. We are a planet with a history built not on a collection of nations or empires, but on individuals. Brave men and women, mortals, superhumans, paranormals, demigods... a pantheon of champions risen from varying backgrounds and bloodlines, each with their own names and vision of the world. THIS is the mark of Terran society: the triumph of the individual over the masses; the significance of one, singular character and his or her power to make a difference in the world at large." He bowed his head, a sort of bashful smile overcoming him. "...that said... if the court wishes to dispense with the 'romantics' and speak on a strictly factual, economic viewpoint, I am more than happy to oblige."

He turned next Kayabuki and Taanz. "The TNG is a sovereign nation comprised of many different cultures and traditions. While we do take pride in a cumulative national identity, it is an identity that values diversity and variance above all else. To trounce on the heritage of Losenji - or Volaria, for that matter - would be completely contrary to our beliefs. Losenji and Volarian culture is just as much Terran as Aslundish or Hafirjan culture. They've been part of us for centuries, directly and indirectly influencing the aggregated legacy of the entire planet." He smiled. "...in a way, Shintechi culture is already TNG culture. Its traditions and national characteristics have been affecting the rest of the populace for millennia, no matter how isolated and self-dependent they may try to be." He smirked, adjusting his glasses. "...I can assure you that the Terran National Government has only the deepest respect for its own distinctive identity."

As talk of AXIS military intervention escalated, Casper's lips slowly inverted to a grim, expressionless line.

"And this is, perhaps, the most important issue that we can discuss today, honored delegates," Casper nodded, his voice losing much of its cool, disarming potency. His tone became somber, cold and emotionally vacant. It was a tone befitting of a vampire.

"Many of the nations involved with AXIS have repeatedly shown themselves to be enemies of the Terran National Government," Casper began, "the Taiyou Empire, to begin with. Though we fought alongside the Imperials against the Aschen in our most recent war, the hostilities between our worlds remains ripe. The Taiyou have openly and proudly declared their hatred for Terran society, and have eagerly voiced their absolute spite against our people and our customs. They have plotted, both secretly and publicly, the destruction of organized government on Terra and the genocide of our people. They have deliberately slaughtered Terran citizens and soldiers alike, have infilrated our government agencies and political infrastructure, have threatened war, not once but twice, and have nearly invaded our entire planet in the earlier years of the TNG's birth." He looked expressionlessly at Livia. "The Argosians too, are not innocent of shedding Terran blood. One of our own civilians visiting their planet was beaten with a rod thirty-one times and whipped twenty-two times over a trifling domestic dispute. He was crucified and left to die without trial."

"So the point stands, honored delegates," Casper turned back to the Losenji and Volarian representatives, "I do not trust the AXIS. I do not trust their intentions for Terra. I do not trust whatever military or economic instillation they will undoubtedly offer you. It is a distrust built not in romantic fancy or in a passionate plea for global sovereignty, but in fact and history. The Taiyou have not been kind to the Terrans before. Why do they want to be kind to us now?"

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Kaida nodded her head at Casper's words, "I appreciate your concerns on these matters, Mr Lessard. It is known to me that the Taiyou Empire have in the past been guilty of great misdeeds. However, the actions to speak of on Argos are to my knowledge, in accordance with Argosian law. This does not show them to be an enemy of Terra, the man you speak of was on their world and treated as they would treat their own."

"You state many of the nations involved with AXIS have shared this enmity towards Terra, but you provide only one example in the Taiyou. There are factions and allies within the Terran National Government's own sphere of influence who I would label as similarly concerning. The Vankoryth Detente, as Matriarch Avantia mentioned, are guilty of their own abhorrent crimes against your citizenry, and yet you embrace diplomatic relations with them and forgive their past misdeeds. The Invictus themselves hold dangerous amounts of power, if only through the strength of arms they are permitted to control with your borders and nothing else, and they have shown themselves to have their fair share of intolerance for foreign entities. They operate a vast paramilitary army with impunity and, as the Matriarch said, have evidenced designs on the removal or reformation of your government on their own terms."

The Empress shook her head, "And I must remind you that the hostility between your government and the Taiyou Empire has not been one shared by Losenji or Volaria. We do not have the same history of unkindness, as you put it, to throw doubt on their motives towards us. Quite to the contrary, we have a history of positive relations with the Shintenchi Shogunate who have recently rejoined with the Empire."

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It was then that Liang Chen stood and spoke - having remained silent until now.

"I would take this moment to make note to the Terran Representative that my wife is Taiyou, and many of us here have friends who are Taiyou - men and women we have lived with and known all our lives. To paint an entire race, and multitudes of independent nations, with the same brush is nothing short of repulsive."

He looked as if he might say more, but after a moment he simply retook his seat.

He knew it to be true that Taiyou had been involved in heinous acts of barbarism against Terrans, but it was true too as Kaida had so eloquently put it, that Terrans were guilty of no less. Where the Losenji then culpable for the acts of their neighbors in Aslund simply for sharing in the title of Terran?

He couldn't help but wonder why it was so ingrained into human nature to compartmentalize race and creed - or even alliances as it would seem. The here and the now were what mattered to Liang, and none gathered here on this day had any association to the Hakuro Shogunate.

He knew though that such things while seeming simple were not so simple and he finally sighed and waved a hand to defer the conversation back towards the others.

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It was Avantia who picked up where Liang and Kaida left off.

"I think," she began as she addressed Casper, "what we're all trying to say is that within Terran lands acts of barbarism and brutality run rampant - but their actions don't speak for the rest of us on Terra, yourself included. We're all individuals. To hold every Taiyou, and AXIS nation, accountable for the acts of select groups is something that we are having difficulty with accepting. What's done is done. Former acts of brutality have been enacted between many involved parties gathered here today, and I know of no nation that can claim a clean slate. We can't change the past, but we can forge forward towards a better future. Should the nations of Shintenchi ally with the AXIS, perhaps it might finally provide the bridge needed to mend the hostilities that have ravaged both the TNG, and the Taiyou people."

"I would however like to again iterate that the purpose of this meeting here today is not to gauge the approval of the TNG on who we might ally ourselves with, but to discuss the impact this may have on future involvement between the TNG and the nations of Shintenchi."

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Shin'ichi couldn't help but note the rise in emotions within the room. But such was the way of bringing so many people of differing cultures together under one roof. There were points at which he might have spoken, but the outspoken nature of the more passionately inclined were always one step ahead of him.

Live and let live was his way of thinking, and all of this seemed woefully unnecessary. It was his belief that nothing good would come out of involvement with the AXIS and he had been opposed to these alliances from the start, but he simply wasn't outspoken enough to get into the debates.

He leaned close to Emiko and spoke quietly to her.

"If Kaida asks for me, let her know I wasn't feeling well and have retired for the evening?" he asked her.

He rose quietly enough, but there was unfortunately no subtle means for Tamotsu to depart the building as well. The large, sinuous dragon rose from its own place with a shake of its thickly furred mane before sliding its way down from the dais to follow Shin'ichi in his departure from the palace.

Both doors had to be opened to accommodate the creature, but it moved with grace enough to not knock into the rows of people it passed by; though, for some it passed close enough that one might have been able to reach out and touch the black scales of its muscled hide.

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'Taanz nodded slightly before he turned to face Casper directly. "Avantia raises a valid point, we wish to know how this would impact the relations of the Shintenchi Nations, with the TNG, not whether or not the Shintenchi nations should join the TNG. Skirting the issue perturbs me." The creature said, before he lowered itself back into it's seat.

Livia too nodded. "When the citizen in question traveled to Argos, I am certain he understood the implications regarding Argosian law. He was punished as any Peregrinus, be they Taiyou or Paradigm, it is as if you expect to receive special treatment in foreign nations simply for being Terran, the arrogance is astounding." Livia said, crossing her arms over her chest.

Kayabuki nodded only slightly. "Yes, we will address our other grievances with the Terran Government after this meeting is concluded and a decision is made. But we must be prepared to deal with the Terran response to a decision to join the AXIS, be it positive or negative, and hopefully use this as a bridge to foster more positive Terran-Taiyou relationships."

Kayabuki cleared her throat. "Terra is also not entirely the innocent one here. Your ignorance for our culture and our ways, and your assumption that you get special treatment has earned your people the ire of many foreign nations. There's an old Terran saying I believe it goes like this;"

"When in Rome, do as the romans do."

"You expect us to adhere to your cultural rules and laws, and yet you expect us to treat you with preference simply because of nationality." Kayabuki added.

"But we're getting off track, We invited you into this discussion to weigh the implications of your government to these esteemed nations joining the AXIS, not to have you try and convince them to join the TNG."

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"I spoke in regard to the Taiyou political leaders at large, General," Casper smiled at Liang Chang, "obviously I would not generalize the decisions and actions of the Imperial government with its people."

"When the citizen in question traveled to Argos, I am certain he understood the implications regarding Argosian law..."

"It is my understanding that this citizen did not break any laws, Commander," Lessard quipped, "and was punished over a grudge held by one of the commanding officers ruling over the town he was residing in." He shook his head. "But you're right. We're getting off track." He turned his attention back to the Losenji royalty. "You'll make note, Empress, that I have not once advocated that the Imperium should join the Terran National Government. We extended that offer to you long ago, and we have honored your refusal these past years. We have no problem with other independent Terran nations sharing the planet with us." He pushed his glasses back up the ridge of his nose. "...believe it or not, we don't even really have a problem with you joining AXIS. We understanding what it is: a coalition of sovereign nations that, to my knowledge, does not infringe on the rights and liberties of its members. Now, what we WOULD have a problem with is a foreign military instillation. Terra has always had a serious problem with alien garrisons on our world. Another army on Terran soil would not be productive for diplomacy between our nations."

His brows furrowed. "...not that I imagine you would even NEED foreign military aid, Empress. Our factions have always been at peace. The invasions, terrorist attacks and superhuman domestic threats that plague our lands have not, to my knowledge, seriously molested your own islands. I assume that your desire to join with AXIS is entirely based on economic principle."

He made a curious face. "Though... come to think of it... the Shintechi islands are not in any serious economic decline." He nodded to Avantia. "Your nations have only prospered over the years. I wonder... WHY do you want to join AXIS? Why now? Why them? Hundreds of years of isolation and independent sustainment and now this. I am curious as to the reason."

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Avantia raised a brow to Casper's words. "I think it goes without saying that the nations of Shintenchi would be greatly disagreeable to a desire from the TNG to wish stipulations on traffic into our lands, military or otherwise, after all we have as much a right to defend our lands as you do yours - and as I understand it the TNG has a long history of permitting foreign militaries to operate within its lands - including the aforementioned Invictus, the Varden, the Joes, UCON, the RDA, an Aschen garrison in Terran Space to protect their assets... need I continue?" The Invictus' foreign nature in particular was a key point on this matter - especially given their open hostility towards Shintenchi and the fact that Casper had just gotten through defending their right to operate on Terra.

"Many of these foreign entities to this day are still running operations and maintaining standing militaries in Aslund and other TNG controlled regions of Terra. To wish us to not utilize military aid from our allies while the TNG permits these operations to run within their own lands would be rather hypocritical. However, if this is the only point of contention over these matters, I would like to think that everyone here would be agreeable to ensuring that airspace boundaries are lain out more formally and respected by all involved parties, and agreements reached on how best to maintain the security of these borders and to ease any concerns of the TNG. Rest assured that Volaria has no intentions of crossing unwelcomed into TNG controlled lands with military assets anymore than the TNG would be welcome in doing the same within Volaria, and it would be a great disappointment if this matter is the hinging point on further diplomatic relations between the TNG and the nations of Shintenchi."

"As for the reasons behind these decisions, I would be happy to discuss such things with you at a later time - when we're not taking up the time of a room full of busy delegates and emissaries with matters of personal curiosity," Avantia added.

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"Avantia speaks much to my own views," Kaida noted as the Volarian monarch finished speaking. "Whilst I have no intention of garrisoning my land with masses of foreign troops, even allied troops, I would hope that you make no claims to having any right to 'have a problem', as you put it, with my doing so. The disapproval of the TNG on such a matter would be expected, of course, in light of your past relations with the Taiyou Empire, but disapproval would, I should hope, be the limit of it in much the same manner as we disapprove of the Invictus' operations."

The Empress held up a hand to stem further replies. "But, let us hold. Thus far much of this discussion has degenerated to arguing points backwards and forwards, coupled with conjecture and anecdotes. I advise that we take a recess to regather our thoughts and discuss on a more informal level some of the smaller or more specific points that have been brought up."

Kaida rose from her chair, and as she did the rest of the assembled ministers and royalty rose with her. "We shall reconvene in the morning."

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The AXIS delegation, the Taiyou prime minister, and the Argosian delegation slowly rose with the Empress and her assembled ministers. Kayabuki quickly moved to Livia, and the pair spoke in a hushed tone.

The late arrival had finally himself managed to arrive at the delegations. Identifying himself to the Losenji guards as the Taiyou Prince, Shimizu would likely get a quick pass to join the meetings, though they had already ended.

It was then the Prince elected to introduce himself to the Empress, and the young Aschen-Taiyou hybrid approached with a slow and respectful bow to Kaida.

"It is an honor to finally meet you in person, forgive my Tardiness, some things kept my attention elsewhere, but I wanted to personally introduce myself to you and your cabinet, Your imminence." He said, exchanging formalities. "I am Crown Prince Shimizu Takayama, Crown Prince of the Taiyou Empire." The man seemed to be quite tall for a Taiyou, standing at a staggering six feet in height and towering over everyone save for maybe the Avorians and the Argosians.

"I look forward to hearing your decision." He said with another respectful bow before he made his way to Kayabuki.

"Prime Minister, I need to talk to you about a few things regarding the Sato Shogunate, and possible hostilities with the Invictus." He said, and the pair moved off to a secluded portion of the room to discuss military aid for the Sato shogunate.

Livia was the last person to really rise from her seat and make any moves. She first went to Casper, shooting him a glare that would make anyone wet themselves. She slowly walked past him with methodical and well placed steps, heading out to find some refreshments.

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Character Portrait: Yoko Kayabuki Character Portrait: Livia Caesarius Character Portrait: Shimizu Takayama Character Portrait: 'Taanz 'Velzzmkt Character Portrait: Avantia Kumara Character Portrait: Kaida Kokuro Character Portrait: Arun Kumara Character Portrait: Liang Cheng Character Portrait: Ling Wu Character Portrait: Emiko Kokuro Character Portrait: Shin'ichi Kokuro Character Portrait: Kenji Kokuro Character Portrait: Lian Wu Character Portrait: Huang Cai Character Portrait: Suoh Kokuro Character Portrait: Haruki Kokuro Character Portrait: Casper Lessard Character Portrait: Argosian Soldier
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"I could not agree more," Casper nodded, hiding his weariness, "thank you again for hearing me." He rose and gathered his things, pausing only to return Livia's intimidating glare with indiscernible coldness.

He left the throne room.