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The Sure-Footed Style Comes to Our Army

Friday, January 6th, 2012

Every Friday, the Kokakumanzoku division has a meeting. This morning, Jōji spoke about a project that he and Anna, one of the fighters on Kento’s team, had recently completed.

Anna is a sweet-faced little woman from the southeastern islands. To look at her, you would never guess that she is an expert with grappling hook, kamaTechnically, a kama is simply a farming tool. It’s like a sickle, or a small, one-handed scythe. Since farmers make up a huge segment of feudal Japan’s population, there’s nothing suspicious about carrying one around. And ninjas like to avoid suspicion.

If you take a chain with a weight or hook on its end and attach that to a kama, you’ve got a kusarigama… much more useful as a weapon, but also obviously a ninja weapon, instead of a farming tool.A farming tool, like a sickle or a small, one-handed scythe. Commonly used by ninjas because they arouse no suspicion – farmers are everywhere, after all., and I think maybe even wakizashiThe shorter of the two gracefully curved swords that a samurai carries. Much like the longer katana in shape and style, except short enough to be a one-handed, secondary blade. The wakizashi is effectively the katana’s “baby brother”.

Note that the ninja-tō, the sword most often carried by ninjas, is not a wakizashi. It’s about the same length, but straight rather than curved — and generally of inferior workmanship, as ninjas couldn’t afford the materials or smiths that samurai had access to.The shorter sword of the two that a samurai carries; the “baby brother” of the longer katana., nor that she knows the streets and roofs of Kusatsu like the back of her hand.

So their project — not an entire campaign, but a small-scale project called “Many Houses” — involved testing out the Sure-Footed school of combat, including the Hearty Brawl tactic. Although many smaller clans and upstart types have been using the Sure-Footed school for some time, Clan Noriaibasha has not tried it yet.

Jōji and Anna were pleased to report that the new techniques allowed them to engage some fearsome foes with minimal casualties, and to take territories much more quickly than we might otherwise expect. Many of the priests and nobles expressed interest.

I congratulate my clan-mates on their successful sorties!

Too Many Meetings to Go to Nagoya

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

I was supposed to go back to Nagoya today. It’s not happening. (Not that I’m complaining.)

Early this morning, there was a meeting to discuss some of our strategies for dealing with peasants and understanding their needs and desires. I could have skipped it and gone to Nagoya… but it is good for me to stay aware of the clan’s larger operations, not simply the things I’m dealing with on any given day. (Besides, it kept me out of Nagoya for another hour.)

After that meeting, I found that there is a minor problem in Ichimen, the city we took during the Teitōken campaign. This problem will not be difficult to resolve, but it must be done very soon. So I prepared to go to Ichimen…

But then there was another meeting I had to attend, where a pair of our warriors demonstrated some new city-fighting techniques that will enable all our various teams to fight together more efficiently. Truly, these techniques are quite elegant, and it will be intriguing to use them in combat. But it will be some time before we receive actual training; for now, we have simply seen a demonstration.

Now that this meeting is done, I have an hour before I must attend yet another one. We must discuss Clan Hekoayu’s plans for our upcoming battle strategies.

I think I will not be going to Nagoya today. I will be lucky even to make it to Ichimen.

The Frustrations of Saturday and Monday

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

After defeating the Hakkā in the morning, the rest of Saturday was an exercise in frustration. I arrived at Ichimen only to have my chain break almost immediately. I went back to Castle Noriaibasha for a new one… but of course, Satonori wasn’t there to get me into the armory, so I could do nothing.

I looked through the lists of specifically identified enemies and determined a few that could be assigned to Satonori and Haruna. And I did some major work on the revised version of our Bright Square technique, which would be useful on Monday.

That took until sundown. Then I left the castle, wondering if anyone would contact me on Sunday to say, “We can get you into the armory now!”

Sunday passed uneventfully.

Then I went in yesterday morning and showed Kento the new Bright Square techniques, and he passed them on to Seijun. And Satonori got me into the armory, and I picked up fresh weapons and went to Ichimen and slew two fierce enemies before meetings took over my day.

And as I was getting ready to leave, there was an urgent call from Seijun. It seems his team was trying to use the new Bright Square technique, but they were getting carved into sashimithe kind of sushi that is nothing but raw meat, with no rice involvedthe kind of sushi that is nothing but raw meat, with no rice involved by the opposition. They needed help, urgently, and perhaps it was all my fault? I raced to Ichimen to see what was happening…

…and it turned out that only half of Seijun’s troops had been briefed on the new tactics! No wonder they couldn’t coordinate with each other! This was most definitely not a flaw in the kataA sequence of moves in martial arts, performed as a practice exercise to train the fighter’s muscle memory and reflexes in preparation for real combat. May be anywhere from a brief, 15-second movement to a full sequence that takes five minutes or more to complete. Usually solitary, but there are some two-person kata.

You may wish to see some videos of standard karate katas.A sequence of fighting moves used as a practice technique in martial arts. I had devised.

This is one of the things that drives me most insane about working with Clan Noriaibasha. The moment anything goes wrong, urgent messages are sent hither and yon, and everyone must drop everything they’re doing, even if it means abandoning the pursuit of another enemy that we’re just about to kill.

They say that I might have access to the armory today. I pray that I can make progress against the unending tide of bureaucracy.

My Dream Foretold Woe, And So It Has Come To Pass

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

On Sunday night, I had a dream. The nobles had decreed that we might no longer kill our enemies in the field. Instead, we had to drag them to Castle Noriaibasha and execute them there. Of course, this would be completely impossible, and would bring all our efforts to a halt. But one cannot explain such things to nobles who have their minds set on doing something idiotic. Especially in a dream, where logic is in short supply.

I woke up on Monday morning with this dream fresh in my mind, fearful that it was a bad omen for the week.

It is beginning to seem that my fears were correct. Yesterday, I got news of a disaster in Nagoya, just as I was racing to the capital to meet Akane to deal with some of our business with the minor bureaucracy of the Emperor’s court. I had no time to deal with the problem… and when I was done at court and went to Nagoya, I could find no trace of it! All that panic, for nothing.

And there were reports of multiple Ayamari in Shiryō-no-Hako, but the samurai teams were engaged in pitched battle at the gates to that district, so I could not even get inside it at all.

Still, yesterday was more productive than today. Today, I arrived at the Castle to find that there had been a mix-upproblems with my LAN account and ID, too intricate to describe here, but related to my recent transition from contractor to FTEproblems with my LAN account and ID, too intricate to describe here, but related to my recent transition from contractor to FTE in the papers giving orders to let me into the armory. The new gate guard denied me entrance, and so I had no weapons with which to do my job. (Yes, of course ninjas know how to get past guards and gates. But using such skills against one’s own employer is a very bad idea.) I was able to attend one planning meeting, but aside from that, I achieved absolutely nothing of any consequence in my entire day. And, due to the ineptitude of the quartermaster’s departmentcertain IT and HR policies are making it very difficult to fix this situationcertain IT and HR policies are making it very difficult to fix this situation, there is no assurance that I will be able to accomplish anything tomorrow. Even the best ninja can do little with no kamaTechnically, a kama is simply a farming tool. It’s like a sickle, or a small, one-handed scythe. Since farmers make up a huge segment of feudal Japan’s population, there’s nothing suspicious about carrying one around. And ninjas like to avoid suspicion.

If you take a chain with a weight or hook on its end and attach that to a kama, you’ve got a kusarigama… much more useful as a weapon, but also obviously a ninja weapon, instead of a farming tool.A farming tool, like a sickle or a small, one-handed scythe. Commonly used by ninjas because they arouse no suspicion – farmers are everywhere, after all. or manrikigusariA chain weapon with weights at both ends, which can be used for striking or entangling.A ninja weapon consisting of a length of chain with stuff at one or both ends. Generally has weights at both ends, but occasionally one weight will be replaced by a hook. The weapon can be used for entangling (by wrapping a weight around an enemy’s limb) or for a direct strike with one of the weights. It can also be used to entangle an enemy’s weapon with one end, then strike the enemy’s body with the weight on the other end. They hate that.

When the chain has one end attached to a kama, it’s known as a kusari-gama. (Kusari means “chain”; when it’s the second item in a compound word, it becomes -gusari. Similarly, kama becomes -gama in compounds.)
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In my dream, I could accomplish nothing because of the decisions of some of my clan-mates. In reality… I can accomplish nothing. And it is because of some of my clan-mates’ decisions, even if not the nobles.

Everything Falls Apart

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

The Teitōken campaign is in a shambles.

For all of its history, the Teitōken campaign has been part of the greater, overarching Futa Jūichi-yon schedule. In order for us to meet that schedule, all enemies in Ichimen and the surrounding forests and wilderness had to be neutralized by June 20th.

On Thursday, as it became clear that this was never going to happen, the nobles made a decision: The entire campaign was shifted to the Mitsu Jūichi-rei schedule. This would give us another full month to get everything complete…

…but things are never that easy. In addition to all the foes we’ve been worrying about, there has been a resurgence of the Mōjin resistance movement. We can no longer ignore them.

To make matters worse, the Tendai priesthood is insisting that we capture the suburb of Koyōshi, on the outskirts of the Keishutsu district. Kento is quite upset at this news; he asks, “Where were they during all the strategy meetings? We showed them the maps, we asked them if there was any other territory we might need. They said nothing! Why do they think they can suddenly ask for new conquests now?!”

I agree with him completely, but there is no arguing with them.

Finally, because I am now a full member of Clan Noriaibasha, I must have entirely newI can’t use my previous login any more. I have to switch to a new employee ID and a new user login on my work computer.I can’t use my previous login any more. I have to switch to a new employee ID and a new user login on my work computer. weapons with the clan crest on the pommels and scabbards and so forth. I am sure it doesn’t matter to my enemies if the manrikigusariA chain weapon with weights at both ends, which can be used for striking or entangling.A ninja weapon consisting of a length of chain with stuff at one or both ends. Generally has weights at both ends, but occasionally one weight will be replaced by a hook. The weapon can be used for entangling (by wrapping a weight around an enemy’s limb) or for a direct strike with one of the weights. It can also be used to entangle an enemy’s weapon with one end, then strike the enemy’s body with the weight on the other end. They hate that.

When the chain has one end attached to a kama, it’s known as a kusari-gama. (Kusari means “chain”; when it’s the second item in a compound word, it becomes -gusari. Similarly, kama becomes -gama in compounds.)
I strangle them with has a tassel in the Noriaibasha clan colors just behind the grappling hook or not, but it does change the weapon’s balance and slows me downThis means I have to set up and reconfigure a huge number of things to customize the new login the way I had the old one working.This means I have to set up and reconfigure a huge number of things to customize the new login the way I had the old one working..

That’s not even counting the fact that I spent almost all of Friday waiting aroundAlso, my new login doesn’t have administrative privs, and I’ve been given a new email account that none of my co-workers know about yet… and loads of stuff is still sitting in the old inbox. It’s kind of a nightmare, and I’ll be talking to IT support on Monday.Also, my new login doesn’t have administrative privs, and I’ve been given a new email account that none of my co-workers know about yet… and loads of stuff is still sitting in the OLD inbox. It’s kind of a nightmare, and I’ll be talking to IT support on Monday. for the quartermaster to issue me weapons, and the weaponsmith to sharpen and polish them for use.

Finally, Seijun still has the idea that we will somehow vanquish the previously-identified AyamariDespite our having pushed the entire release deadline back by a month, he seems to think we’re still going to fix all the bugs that had been identified before the date was changed, as if we could have met that deadline. We were going to have a hard time meeting that deadline in the first place, but moving the code to a new branch (which was required as part of the deadline-shift) cost us at least a day.Despite our having pushed the entire release deadline back by a month, he seems to think we’re still going to fix all the bugs that had been identified before the date was changed, as if we could have met that deadline. We were going to have a hard time meeting that deadline in the first place, but moving the code to a new branch (which was required as part of the deadline-shift) cost us at least a day. by the old June 20 deadline. Seijun is deluded. I will have to explain this to him on Monday.

Back From Ikaho Onsen

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Akane and I have returned from Ikaho Onsen. Life proceeds much as usual with Clan Noriaibasha: The Teitōken campaign is still moving, albeit slowly, and there is still opposition for me to vanquish in Ichimen town.

However, the high-level strategies of the Teitōken campaign are still being debated by some of the nobles. I understand from Kento that these delays are throwing the entire campaign into some jeopardy. The original plan was to have it completed by May; now that schedule may have to be pushed back.

The weather in Kansai is cold and wet, as usual for a Kansai winter. But after the days of relaxation and partying in Ikaho, I am fighting off an illness. I came to the castle today, huddled under my straw cloak, and now I am sipping some hot tea while I wait for yet another meeting to start. It will be good to be indoors, instead of lurking on cold, wet rooftops in Ichimen.

I see that in my last message, I was racing against time to defeat the gangs of Miseru-Kakusu. I was successful in that endeavor, even if I didn’t have time to tell about it before leaving on my trip. That neighborhood remains clear of enemies; I seem to have done a good job here.