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    The port at Ishikawa is a mass of ships and refugees; every day the sun rises to reveal fresh sails on the horizon, and every dusk the sun sets on more and more refugees making their bed beneath the stars, the few inns they could hope to afford long since full.

    Ishikawa is one of the last ports still open to foreigners, and most there expect the local lord to decree otherwise within a matter of days. For now, however, the tide of human traffic continues unabated, and the three latest foreigners - not refugees, travelling as they are from a part of the mainland yet untouched by the war - are quickly swallowed up in the crowds.

    Only a few hundred yards away, Kosei is also arriving in the crowded port city, his ornate robes covered in dust from the road, and his once-heavy purse more than a little lightened from his recent travels, working his way north and away from his father's former lands.

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    Bailin doesnít really like being in crowded places but he doesnít let it show. He will just have to be even more careful than usual and at least with his imposing height he can see over the head of the other crowd. He takes extra care to interpose himself between the wave of people rushing by and Petals trying not to make it seem on purpose. Lets find a place to eat and perhaps a place to sleep for starters. We will need our strength for tomorrows journey and we could use the time to ask around for news. As an afterthought he adds Letís try not to get lost shall we?... this place couldnít be any more crowded.

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    Petals nimly jumped down to the solid ground and followed her newly-found... Friend? Ally? "Companion" would do, for now, I suppose..., feeling grateful for his efforts in clearing the way for her. Not that she really needed it, but it still was a nice thing to do on his part... "Don't worry", the girl giggled, "It's not easy to lose sight of you! But there sure is a lot of people... I wonder if inns have any rooms left..." there also was the question, of course, of whether the few coins left in her purse would buy one of said rooms, even should there be one available, but Petals didn't let that concern her. If it would be enough, if would be enough, if not, well, she'll just have to earn some more. And, come to think of it, it's not like one coin would make a difference, she thought, taking a small detour to buy some fruits. The sailors' food was nourishing, she had to gave that, and probably good for storing, but it sure lacked variety... it pretty much lacked taste, too. She carefully took a bite out of unfamiliar fruit, than chewed on it with delight written on her face. "Um, tasty! Here, you should try it, too!" she handed the fruits to both of her sojourners.
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    "Well lets just see what we can find. Anyway I want to see if anyone knows of the emblem" Ru said as he began to push his way through the crowd after them. His kanabo was atracting alot of attention since it was just as long as his body and had been straped acrossed his back. "Gods I'm hungry, I couldn't keep a meal down the entire trip" he continued as he walked along and finaly reached the edge of the crowd. He laugh though as he watched petals standing behind Balin as the crowd walked by them. Maybe things will get better ... he as he chewed on the fruit three petals had given him
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    Kosei sighed in disgust. There were so many people here, commoners crowding every foot of the city. Not that he looked much better, it was intolerable, how far he had fallen. The thought of an honorable death flashed across Kosei's mind for the hundredth time, but he quickly discarded it. Father had ordered him to live. Death wasn't an option anymore.

    As low as this place was though, it wouldn't hurt to rent a room for the night before seeing if he could find a ship to take him away from Ryouta's reach. And a good meal would be nice, common food could only sustain a body, not nourish it. It was amazing what peasants could survive on.

    Kosei quickly glanced around the front gates, searching for someone who didn't look like a refugee. His eyes settled on the first man with clothes that weren't completely filthy. He would do.

    Without hesitation, Kosei moved toward him, taking long strides and glaring at anyone who didn't step out of the way. The crowd parted, and Kosei reached the man quickly.

    "Where can I find a decent meal, and a bed for the night?" Kosei made the question sound like a command as he glared down imperiously at the local.
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    The man Kosei addressed started to scoff, then glanced away nervously, uncertain how to act in the presence of a man so clearly a noble, but equally clearly down on his luck.

    "There are rooms yet to be had up the hill, away from the docks... but the refugees have claimed so many of them, already... still, I think your lordship may find some that are out of their price range."
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    "Very well." Kosei inclined his head slightly in thanks as he spoke, then turned and strode toward the hill, ignoring the crowd. As he approached the hill he began to scan the buildings, looking for the most prosperous inn he could find.
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    Some of the buildings appear nicer than others; the most elegant of them is situated a little ways away from the town proper, overlooking a cove a mile or so from the docks.

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    Kosei smiled when he saw the building. Finally, something of quality. A long bath to wash off the dirt and dust of the road would be heavenly. He started the short walk it would take to reach it, his mind focused on the pleasures of a hot meal and a warm soak.
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    The crowds thinned as Kosei approached the building; as he neared the final path up to it, a couple of guards stood blocking the way. They traded an uncertain glance at the sight of Kosei, but eventually nodded, stepping aside and letting him pass.

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    Where too now? Bailin thinks. It has been a very long while since I was last here and many things have changed but some principals must still hold true. If memory serves me correct the more expensive inns are up the hill with the cheapest ones being next to the port. He would like to avoid both so the others in between should serve well. Letís just hope we can find a resting place or else itís either the expensive ones or out in the streets and he wouldnít like for Petals to have to sleep outside. "Ok we should try to secure lodging; we will start from the middle section of the town and work our way upÖ There must be some rooms available but I doubt that many of the cheap ones are. As for the moneyÖ well tomorrow we should start looking for a way to travel and get some cash flowing in at the same time".

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    "Are the inns that expensive that expensive here?" Petals asked curiously, than quickly added, "well, with that many people around, they might be... back home, I earned more than enough for a night and a meal with my dancing, though. Don't know which dances are popular here, though..." she half addressed her companions, half simply thought aloud, "Maybe I'll just show them some tricks on the tightrope, people usually like watching it..."
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    "Well lets get moving then." he said as he walked towards the closet inn. Rather shabby looking and a bit run down he hoped this one was not yet full. Ducking his head and dipping his shoulder down to aviod his kanab from touching the doorframe he waited till his eyes adjusted to the dark interior of the inn.
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    The innkeeper glances up as Ru stepped inside, blinking in surprise at the sight of the Kanobo before speaking in a brusque tone. "One room?"

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    "Well, we'd take three", Petals says, slipping under Ru's arm and giving the innkeeper a smile which, unfortunately, comes off as whimsical rather than charming, "But if you only have one, that'll have to do, I guess. Right?" she turns to her sojourners.
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    What the young lady said my fellow innkeeper.. Bailin executes a smile while saying do. He had no natural talent for befriending people but he had train a lot as a child and well he hoped that would do.and i am sure that your prices are as good as this fine establishment is. He hoped his words werenít to stiff as he said a phrase he had practiced countless of times.

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    The innkeeper appears somewhat taken aback by the compliment, before resuming his gruff demeanour. "Flattery will get you everywhere, anywhere else. Around here we've got too many people and too few beds. It'll be thirty for a room, or eighty if all you've got is that Mainland rubbish they call money."

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    Kosei's face briefly twisted into a dismayed grimace when it looked like the guards would block his path. Do I look that unkempt? He looked down at his robe, briefly. It was nearly as filthy as the garments those peasants had been wearing. It seems I'll need to have my robe cleaned, too.

    As soon as the guards stepped aside Kosei nodded to them and continued through, as though he hadn't been stopped at all, and made his way calmly up the path to the inn.
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    The rest of Kosei's trek up to the inn continues uninterrupted; up close, the building has a stately and elegant design to it, and the gardens around have been well-kept. It's far from the level of luxury Kosei is used to, but undoubtedly the best this community has to offer.

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    Eighty coins... well, that much Petals had - though it was more or less everything she had. It also was rather more than a room in such a place would cost back home... but than again, it wasn't back home. She looked at Xun inquiringly. Is this a fair price? Too expensive? Way too expensive?
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    Bailin couldnt help but notice Petals looking his way seeking advice but he had none to give, after all its had been nearly 15 years since the last time he was here and even then his sifu took care of the bills. He had money for perhaps 3 nights here. He turned to the innkeeper My good man I am prety sure you can do a better price than that, say what if you lower the price we for as long as we stay here, will for free, assist you if anyone starts asking for trouble.

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    OOC: Sense motive to see if we are being overpriced (1d20+12)[15] If we are not and that is a fair price my char will say to Petals and Ru in a low voice ICC: I am afraid the prices are what they are. We need to conserve money until we can start making some while we travel. As much as I would like for us to stay in one room we should realy get two so we can actualy get some rest. Ru and I can sleep together. OOC: if the innkeeper is trying to cheat us out of our money then ICC: at the innkeeper Oh forgive my rudeness we havent yet being introduced. My name is Xun Bailin Qiang,it might be the first time for my companions visiting this fine countr, but its isnt so for me. I Realy think that we can do better with that pricing, after all its for our common Benefit.

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    The price is certainly extravagant just for the quality of the inn, but the innkeeper doesn't seem to be bluffing; more likely, the glut of refugees seeking shelter has raised the price.

    On the currency difference: In theory, the Mainland money should be worth more - but there's a massive influx of it, and with the Mongolian invasion and recent wars, the Chinese currency isn't all that stable anymore.


    The man doesn't seem particularly moved by Bailin's arguments, but he does glance up at the offer of help. "You three know your way around a fight?" he asks, eyes lingering on their weapons.

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    "You think I carry this around for looks?" Ru said, barly masking his temper "We have the money, but if there is a way we can pay you other wise it would be appericated."
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    The inn wasn't perfect, Kosei noted, but then, he hadn't truly expected it to be. The gardens, though, were lovely; he'd have to enjoy them after his bath. Kosei felt his steps begin to quicken as he moved up the path, and forcibly restrained himself from moving past a stately walk until he reached the door. He sighed briefly, not having a servant to open it for him wouldn't make quite the right impression. No help for it though.

    Kosei opened the door and strode inside, his posture and bearing regal, and utterly controlled.
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    [QUOTE=FreakyCheeseMan;15074813The man doesn't seem particularly moved by Bailin's arguments, but he does glance up at the offer of help. "You three know your way around a fight?" he asks, eyes lingering on their weapons.[/QUOTE]
    "Well, you could say so, I guess", Petals smiles, twisting her hands in a peculiar fashion. As she does, two slightly curved daggers fall out of their holders inside her dresses sleeves and into her arms, "And does it change the price in any way?"
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    Bailin raises an eye at the display of Petal's skill with the daggers. Now that he didnt expect. Yes as you can see we are all quite skilled.

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    The lady who greets Kosei as he enters either has more decorum than the guards, or was forewarned about his approach. "Hello, sir, and welcome to the Ishikawa Rose; have you come seeking a room, or do you intend to visit with one of our other guests?"

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    The inkeeper's eyes follow Petal's daggers quickly before he nods. "It might remove the price entirely, if you're willing to do some work. Could be something extra in it for you, even..."

    The man leans forward, a conspiratorial note in his voice. "You want to help out your fellow Mainlanders, don't you?"

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    "Depends on the mainlander, why, what would have happened if such a person would need help from several people in our areas of expertise" Ru asked as he stared at the man.
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    Bailin stays quite for now slowly nodding the innkeeper to go on. He would need to know more to decide.

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