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[EVENT] [Week 25, Day 7]

World Shift Event

[Week 25, Day 7]

(July 8 – 10th)

Welcome to Edo Japan, courtesy of Blade of the Immortal!


When the characters wake on Day 7, it’s to an early morning mist, if an almost familiar setting. Whether they wake in a cart of hay, a rice patty, a house, a merchants quarters, or even Edo Castle itself, they will all received the message on the Hitomi hinting at the fact that the world has changed the moment they wake.

The bigger hint is that all of the characters will wake to find a katana and either a wakizashi or a tanto beside their Hitomi.

The biggest hint, however, is the fact that they are all now in the same city – and no matter what they try, be it teleportation, on the backs of a Duel Monster, or any other form of sorcery, magic, or ability, they cannot leave this city. Should they step or fly into the Mist that surrounds the City roughly 1 kilometer from the gates, they shall simply step back into the City where they tried to leave. Should they attempt to teleport, they’ll simply reappear in the same spot.

The Itto-ryu, in BotI, is a “sword-school” in the form of a gang -- led by one Anotsu Kagehisa. Anotsu’s proclaimed aim is to reform the way of the sword itself, and to do this, he has resolved to unify all sword schools of Edo, possibly Japan, under his rule. His reasoning is that, since peace was established in Japan by Tokugawa Ieyasu two centuries prior, the art of the sword has gone stale, and mostly something for bored samurai to spend their time with. Anotsu insists to get things up to speed and remind people that they carry a sword to fight and win with it. He goes so far as to say winning is the only criterion by which entry into the Itto-ryu is granted or denied. Everything else, including moral character, doesn’t count.

So, what does this mean for you?

Well, our dear friend Anotsu is not at all above using force to reach his goal. Which means that you’re arriving just in time to find he’s going around with his gang conquering dojos, putting dojo headmasters before a decision of surrender or die, sowing unrest and in some cases, enabling fights to break out in the very streets!

Since he’s trying to convert by force, there is the ever present resistance to such forceful change, which means there are both unnamed Itto-ryu fighters and resistant samurai as this world’s NPCs.They may be on a mission or they may have time off and just be doing their thing. And “their thing” may be just about anything! These are people from all walks of life, but honestly... mostly not so high with the social standing, and not so exact with the moral standards either. Some of them. Point is, there’s a certain room for variety here.

Let’s just hope they don’t interrupt the Tanabata Festival centered on the great tree, near the entrance to Edo Castle! Behind the tree, hanging from the gleaming white walls of the castle, is a grand tapestry in celebration of the meeting of Orihime and Hikoboshi – who, according to legend, have a river of stars that crosses the sky, bringing these two lovers together only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month. The celebration for the night of the 7th will include booths and games and food to be had near the tree, as well as a grand fireworks display from the castle. So bring your wishes and prayers to the festival and tie them to one of the many branches so that the gods may hear you! And after that, if the usual festival fare isn’t quite to your taste, well… let’s just say you’ll find all manner of alternative diversions in the Entertainment District.


ALL NPC’s, to include the ones that represent members of the BotI canon characters still bear the mark of the Celestial natives. Only difference is they all now believe that this has ALWAYS BEEN their world.

All Kannagara currency automatically changes into Edo currency: Found Here

BotI takes place in 18th century Japan plus some immortality on the side, in Edo Japan. Edo is a big city, which even at the time had a population of about one million. Its streets are packed earth for the most part, its buildings made of wood, a form of bricks and shingles. They are seldom higher than two stories. Several small streams run through it into Edo bay. It is built around Edo Castle and organized in districts, which are largely determined by social factors -- there’s a district for the daimyo to live when they were in Edo, a district where mostly townspeople/commoners live, a pleasure district (Yoshiwara) and so on. More also on Wikipedia!

The population is mostly Japanese, with perhaps some Koreans or Chinese mixed in. The society is officially stratified like this:

1) Samurai
2) Peasants
3) Artisans
4) Merchants

The merchants are lowest in rank because they do not produce anything. Note that in actuality, there will be rich merchants and impoverished samurai. Outside of these four social classes are also the burakumin, or, less polite, eta -- people who perform “unclean” jobs, such as butchers or tanners. They live in a specific area on the outskirts of town in the northeast of it, which is considered spiritually dangerous, even past the protective temples.

Samurai are officially the only class permitted to carry swords, and they also have the right to kill people of lower classes if they should bother them.

Also note that Edo-period Japan is quite the xenophobic place. Back then, Japan practiced sakoku, that is, they denied commerce with other countries -- well, less so the neighboring Asian countries than European countries. Europeans were only allowed on an island outside Nagasaki. Japanese people themselves were not permitted to leave the country. Therefore, those residents of Kannagara that do not look Japanese in the slightest may experience some problems with either the locals or the gangs of samurai. (Please note that it shouldn’t get too extreme, though -- the one European character in BotI seems to be getting along okay.)

Style of Dress: Old-time Japanese! Which means: kimono everywhere. There are a few specifics as to how they are worn:

Women wear their kimono with a broad obi coming up to their chest, and usually, they will wear at least one layer of undergarments. For everyday wear, their sleeves will not be very long, even those of unmarried girls. Their kimono usually have a fold beneath the obi called ohashori, and the obi will be tied in big bows with elaborate styles. The neckline will usually be lowered to varying degrees.

Men’s kimono are different: they are tied with a thin obi sitting atop the hip, tied in a simple knot, do not have an ohashori, and their necklines are close to the body. They do not necessarily wear anything beneath their kimono except for their loincloth. A lot of the men wear their kimono very casually, leaving them wide open so a good part of the chest is revealed. Others, though, wear them perfectly well-closed. Samurai may also wear hakama.

Some workers may also be seen in a shorter kimono and skin-tight leggings; palanquin carriers, for example. Haori or happi, short kimono coats, are worn by all kinds of people; more often in winter.

Shoes are nearly exclusively sandals, with a strap that goes between the big toe and the rest of the toes. They may be wooden and have “teeth”; that is, wooden boards to stand on, so they will be elevated from the ground. Unlike western high-heels, all of the shoe is elevated, and the sole is flat. High-heel style wooden sandals (geta) have been observed, though. There are also zori, flat sandals covered in cloth. These are probably the nicest shoes around. Then there are also sandals fashioned from straw; they may be simply a sole and a strap, then called warazori, or they may have longer straps to be wrapped about the ankles, then called waraji. The last kind is reserved for long-distance travel, while warazori are everyday footwear. Beneath them, one wears toe-socks called tabi, and when one is travelling, one may also wear leg (and arm) protectors. Shoes are never worn in the house, instead they are deposited in the genkan, a ground-level area in the entryways of Japanese houses designed specifically for this purpose, or, if one enters via a veranda, next to the veranda on the ground. In the nicer tea houses, there are elevated areas with tatami on them, where shoes will also not be worn.

For hairstyles, topknots are popular. Samurai will also often shave the top of their head, though not always. Most men have long hair. Women usually wear their hair up in more or less elaborate styles, depending a little on their status -- if they pursue an occupation of some sort or do the household chores, their hairstyle will be simpler.

Language: Is actually pretty modern, for the most part!

Mod Team Note:

All canon weapons, cards, skill, and abilities remain intact for the characters.  If they die by a celestial 'native' they will reappear in the Palace Temple within the hour. There will be a post for each day of the event, broken down into the sections: The Tanabata Festival, Throughout the City, The Merchant District, and the Entertainment District. Feel free to create additional threads and comment spam away! Please tag any logs outside this with: world shift: BotI


Jul. 8th, 2011 02:47 pm (UTC)
[It's not so rare that Rin dreams of home. After all, it is where she spent almost seventeen years of her life. So if she's dreaming about home tonight, there is nothing suspicious about it.

And when she wakes up, the first thing she notices is the arm around her. Blinking the hazy fog of sleep away, and -- oh. Gau. There's also someone at her back, like flush against her. That must be Raikou, then.

She doesn't remember going to sleep like this, so she spends a moment just flushing a lot and staying all still, because she doesn't really know what to do. They are still sleeping, after all, and there's no real reason to wake them. Rin is still a little dead-beat from the events a few days prior, and they may be, too.

As she's come to this conclusion, she has ample leisure to look around. Nothing special to look around, for sure, it's her room -- wait.

Shōji and tatami mats? Not exactly Mizusato style. And those sliding doors, there's something off about them. Which she mulls over, until she realizes with a sharp pang -- she knows the patterns on them. She knows them like the back of her own hand. Then there, that plain old folding screen catching dust in the corner. Her eyes graze the comforter she is covered with, only to find it yet the same, its pattern so familiar, so achingly familiar...

Tears well up in her eyes, and she brings up a hand to wipe at them, biting her lips to quell any sobs.

She must still be dreaming, after all.]
Jul. 8th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
[If Raikou is anything, it is not a heavy sleeper. Slight movements and a notable tension in the body before his is enough to stir him awake - bot not enough for him to immediately notice the hard lines of Gau's body replaced by softer curves.

It's only when he brushes the tip of his nose and lips across the back of the neck before him and breathes in the unfamiliar scent that has russet eyes snapping open as he pulls back.

To see Rin. Between him and Gau.

In their bed.



[Relieved to realize they're all fully dressed, he pushes up to an elbow and starts to disentangle himself, none too gently nudging Gau off her as well as he he looks down at her in concern. Because while he can see that they are, most definitely not in their cave anymore, that he can assume is just another trick these gods are playing on them.]

Rin-san? Are you alright?
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:31 pm (UTC)
[He's really quite warm and comfortable, but Gau thinks that's probably just because he's actually sleeping in the bed with Raikou again, and he's still getting used to that. Between his time in the Celestial Plains and the time as a child (and everything happening since), the pattern of everyday life isn't something he's quite settled into again yet.

So Gau doesn't really think about it as he's moved around a little, simply assuming that his lover is trying to sneak out of bed to begin a morning routine. Which means that it's about time to get up for him as well.

But his sensitive nose catches an unfamiliar scent to the clothing his face is pressed against, and when he hears Raikou's voice, it's not saying... anything it should be saying.

Green eyes blink open sleepily, but when he realizes that he's lying half-sprawled across his friend and being pushed off? He squeezes his arm around her a little more, almost clinging.]

Mph, Rin? Wha... okay?

[He's trying to ask if she's okay too.]
Jul. 8th, 2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
[Oh, there are. There are things going on around her. Boys moving around. And talking to her. She swallows the tears down, and with a last wipe, looks from one of them to the other.]

Mmh... yes, I'm fine.

[Perfunctory words, because she really has no idea if she's fine right now. The only thought she can grasp with any clarity is I gotta make sure. So she pushes both guys off herself, somewhat roughly even, and heaves herself up in a standing position.]

Sorry, gotta see about something!

[And she runs forward to the shōji, pulls it open wide, and -- truly, she is looking onto her house's garden, with the wall around it, and even the roof of the neighboring house beyond.

Gau and Raikou may hear a sharp intake of breath as she stands extremely still for a moment, before she runs back into the room, right through it, and opening the opposing sliding doors to run through the hall.

The hall, which is her hall, even still as she rounds the corner to the front part of the house, passing the room where her life was teared to shreds on to the front door, where she slips into a pair of her geta standing in the genkan and out and out, through the gate, and -- that is where she finally comes to a halt.]
Jul. 10th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
[It takes him a moment after seeing that message, before Raikou finally pushes up to sitting with a soft groan. His ribs are still tender, but the bruising - which should have taken weeks to heal - is already mostly gone after only a few days.

He sighs and pushes up to his feet, takes a moment to straighten his sleep yukata, then taps his foot against Gau's thigh.]

C'mon. Lets go find her. She needs to see that little message, I think.
After that we can figure out what the hell is going on. And grab her Hitomi, will you? I forgot to.
Jul. 10th, 2011 06:43 pm (UTC)
I'll get it.

[Gau gives Raikou an almost tired look, very much exhausted by the rapid changes in his world recently still, but obediently pushes himself up and moves to grab Rin's Hitomi, catching up his own Hitomi and weapons as well.

It's strange, sliding a second sword into his belt alongside Haiirogamon, but he's glad at least that the gods left him his own blade.]

Let's go.

[And he's moving even as he says the words, heading in the direction Rin had taken.]
Jul. 10th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
[Rin is still standing where she was, not quite able to comprehend. It's so unreal, the street and the river in front of her house, the horizon full of further houses with towers in-between, all so familiar yet so alien to suddenly, without warning, see again.

She has to fight back tears once more.

And look, there's someone coming over the bridge, a face Rin vaguely knows. It's a person who lives around the area, at least, if not a direct neighbor. The man gives her a hoodedly curious (and kind of imperinent) Look, and she becomes keenly aware that she's still in her sleepwear, and feels her face flush appropriately.

So she'd go back inside, really, except -- the man's forehead.

It's a little hard to see, even from the short distance (the street is not a broad one), but she could swear she sees a small, golden dot on the center of his forehead.

Now it's her turn to openly stare, and the man takes the opportunity to quicken his pace and get away quickly.

If that isn't interesting.

Rin whips head and torso around and looks for -- ah, there it is, indeed; the nameplate of the house, a big, long wooden thing reading "Mutenichi-ryū Asano-dōjō)

Oh look, there are the tears again, running down both her cheeks in thin streams. She lets them run, only acknowledgement the occasional swallowing of a sob, as she stares at those letters, at that door that holds so many memories, good and bad.]

Edited at 2011-07-10 09:09 pm (UTC)
Jul. 11th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
[Raikou's own gamon and the unfamiliar blade find their way to his belt with an automatic movement that speaks of a long habit - even if he has rarely ever actually carried the second blade. His own steps through the house are quick and sure, silent across the unfamiliar tatami, no sign of the woman in question in the house.

Thus, Raikou wasn't quite sure what to expected to see when he stepped out of the front door, but seeing Rin standing there, silently crying, isn't as much of a surprise as he'd expected.

He doesn't say anything at first, his expression somber and a trace worried as he steps closer. Reaches up to tuck long cerise bangs behind his ear.]

...Rin-san? Are you going to be alight?

[Not are you now - obviously she's not - but will you be.]

Edited at 2011-07-11 08:27 pm (UTC)


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