Escorting Asako III [Prologue | Episode 3]

“I do!” Toru says with a smile. Ryojiro is quick to reciprocate, and he clasps his hands together.

“Shall we play a game?” he asks, looking over the Crane’s shoulder toward the Go board just behind. “I will play white.” Toru bows in his seat. Continue reading Escorting Asako III [Prologue | Episode 3]

Escorting Asako II [Prologue | Episode 2]

The next morning is clear and cool, and the pale blue sky is dotted with clouds. When Kato sees the group again, he thanks them profusely and with deep bows. He provides a set of travel papers authorizing them to accompany Asako Ryoko to Pale Oak Castle, by way of the villages of Oiku and Toi Koku. He departs west toward the City of the Rich Frog, walking briskly with the aid of his stick, leaving them to linger or set out. Continue reading Escorting Asako II [Prologue | Episode 2]

Escorting Asako I [Prologue| Episode 1]

It’s early spring, and mid-afternoon at the shrine. The Village of the Reinstated Hero, Mura Sano Eiyu ni Suru, is a minor village in the Ikoma territories. This Lion town is home to about 1,200 people, famed for a shrine to Duty honoring a hero of an age long passed, Ikoma Teidei. The Shrine of Duty is actually rather small; it is a simple pagoda surrounded by a tiny garden and a stone-paved path. Residential houses are located at either side, and the noise and bustle of urban life is clearly audible, but the modest street which leads to the Shrine is kept clear and scrupulously clean. A single monk sweeps the path around it and hands out incense sticks to those who approach. Continue reading Escorting Asako I [Prologue| Episode 1]