For The Love Of Life 1 2c

[00:51] * Aline finished dispersing radios, and then… made it to her door. "So just me for this one, then…"
[00:56] <@Minaplo> [The hand alcove awaited her…]
[00:58] * Aline placed her hand in it, after taking a deep breath…
[00:58] <@Minaplo> [After a few seconds, it seemed to realise Aline wa alone. The door opened, splitting down the middle.]
[01:00] * Aline looked through carefully, before proceeding with equal care…
[01:02] <@Minaplo> [And the door snapped shut behind her. It was deathly quiet…]
[01:07] * Aline looked around cautiously, and listened closely. She didn't say anything, but looked contemplative. Either way, she moved through the hall…
[01:08] <@Minaplo> [She would run into a corner within metres, and turning around, she would see…-
[01:09] <@Minaplo> [He was a tall, strong man, old but not undimmed; his age made him seem fiercer. His hair was silver-white, a groomed moustache on his lip. He was clad head to toe in lacquered samurai Lamellar armour, a katana on his belt, a fan in his hand. He was sitting on a small Japanese fold-out chair.-
[01:10] <@Minaplo> [He looked up to see Aline, letting out a short 'huhn'.]
[01:15] * Aline looked more than a bit surprised, but soon gave a gentle bow in response.
[01:19] <@Minaplo> [He stared at her, then gave her the low nod that a superior gives to a lesser.-
[01:19] <@Minaplo> ["He said that you would be the one to come." Said the Samurai, his voice deep and powerful. He seemed to be impressed. "He even predicted that you would bow."]
[01:26] <Aline> "Yes… Given the instructions, it made sense? But, I see all the same." Aline stepped a bit closer, but kept a respectful distance, and spoke in measured tones. "I'd say I didn't predict this, but in truth, I didn't make too many predictions, preferring to simply be ready for whatever came."
[01:32] <@Minaplo> ["Huhn. The man who sees one enemy does not see the second? Fair. Tell me, the man who told me all this… Which door would he walk through, do you think?"]
[01:40] * Aline closed her eyes and concentrated. "I would think this one. He possibly once knew the ways of charm, but more recently would pay it little mind. The art of killing… no doubt he learnt of it, but it didn't seem like his preferred method. Yet, thought? A pasttime, for sure."
[01:44] <@Minaplo> ["Not an uncommon nor unfair assessment, yet it is also true that he was capable of decisive action when called for."]#
[21:20] <Aline> "Yes." Aline said genially, and she put a hand to her side. "I have definitely seen that, too."
[21:23] <Minaplo> ["I figured so. Huhn." He shifted slightly. "So, what are you waiting for?"]
[21:26] * Aline raised her other hand to scratch her chin idly, before smiling very lightly. "Only the solution, right now. But I suppose that looking and understanding are in order."
[21:27] <Minaplo> ["Hhn. If you want to go past me, I'm not going to stop you."]
[21:31] * Aline nodded her head politely again. "I will see what I can do, but I appreciate that all the same." …And she began to walk forward and past him, to see the door!
[21:44] <Minaplo> [And so she advanced.-
[21:44] <Minaplo> [She'd find the door. Unlike the previous door, it had no handprints…-
[21:45] <Minaplo> [The only notable thing about it in fact was that there was a small gap in the middle, surrounded by a sunken circle. That is to say, an alcove that would be a perfect fit…-
[21:45] <Minaplo> [For a katana.]
[21:50] * Aline stared at it for a moment. "…" Her silence was palpable. But eventually, Aline turned back, to go meet with the samurai again. "…A very strange door."
[21:51] <Minaplo> ["With a very strange key, no?"]
[21:54] <Aline> "Yes. I imagine you were either patient for me - or whomever else may have come - or there is some kind of problem at hand. Not to be presumptuous, of course."
[21:56] <Minaplo> ["Oh?"]
[21:58] * Aline sweated slightly. "…An instinct of mine is telling me that this is a surprisingly easy solution, if you are willing to accompany me and use said key. I may just be second-guessing myself."
[22:00] <Minaplo> ["Heh. This old man isn't going to move just because you ask, missy."]
[22:02] * Aline smiled again. "Ah, so I was right to have that instinct. What, then, would 'this old man' move for? It cannot hurt to at least inquire."
[22:04] <Minaplo> ["A good question, but if this little songbird were to sing so easily, that'd defeat the point, wouldn't it?"]
[22:08] <Aline> "It would." Aline leaned against the wall, and began to think for a moment. "If I may be so bold as to hypothesize out loud… It is obvious you are not in a great hurry, which suggests either a very relaxed character, or that you are at least somewhat comfortable doing what you are now for other reasons."
[22:13] <Minaplo> ["Your observation stands."]
[22:18] * Aline reclined a bit further. "Unfortunately for such calm, I am. The secrets in this place are a necessary part of an attempt to prevent a rather vast catastrophe. Still…"
[22:21] <Minaplo> ["Oh yes, rushing off to save the world. Mmhmm, if you pass that door, you will definitely find the secret you desire."]
[22:24] * Aline nodded. "Good to know. I do apologize for the haste. I suppose I could take some more time to think."
[22:24] <Minaplo> ["Well, if you are taking time, then come and sit, and I will tell you tales."]
[22:26] * Aline smiled lightly, again, and went ahead and sat wherever she could. "I wouldn't mind that. It may give inspiration anyway."
[22:28] <Minaplo> [He nodded.-
[22:29] <Minaplo> ["The poem that was on the doors, did you know who it referred to? It is an old Japanese poem. If the songbird doesn't sing, what do you do? The first says, if it does not sing, then I will kill it. The second says, if it does not sing, then I will coax it to sing. The third says, if the bird does not sing, I will be patient and think until it does."-
[22:30] <Minaplo> ["It refers to the three victorious warlords of Sengoku. The first is Oda Nobunaga, who was brutal and ruthless. The second is Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who was clever and persuasive. And third was Tokugawa Ieyasu, who was patient and worked off the successes of his predecessors to gain total victory."]
[22:36] * Aline seemed rather interested now. "I certainly remember those names now that you mention them…" She looked towards the bend in the hall - or the door, whichever worked - and thought for a moment. "Successes of his predecessors… Having allowed them to work through it, then using the opportunity to complete the act."
[22:40] <Minaplo> ["Indeed. As they say, Oda made the cake, Toyotomi baked it, and Tokugawa ate it."]
[22:44] <Aline> "I believe that has given me an idea. Thank you." …And Aline pulled out something from her pack - one of the short-range radios! Hopefully, it'd signal properly. So, she tested it, pressing the talk button. "Hey. I had a thought."
[23:07] <Minaplo> ["What have they told you?"]
[23:11] * Aline shook her head. "…Nothing of circumstance - that is to say, that they can't find anything that they could use." She looked a bit disappointed. "…It was a decent idea, it just didn't line up with reality."
[23:20] <Minaplo> [He began to chuckle.]
[23:23] * Aline leaned back slightly. "…I suppose I should think, or maybe listen /and/ think, some more."
[23:30] * Aline looked down at her radio and spoke some more! Speak speak speak.
[23:46] * Aline looked up at him. "You probably heard that. I'm personally thinking you probably have some kind of available food or… something?"
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["I am in fact just a man, who needs to eat like any other."]
[23:53] * Aline nodded. "Which makes sense. I know you likely can open that door, so there might be food elsewhere in here." But a sidelong tilt of her head. "Hmm."
[00:03] <Minaplo> [He began to chuckle again. "Let me share with you another fine tale."]
[00:08] <Aline> "…Sure. I'm sorry."
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["Don't apologise. I am passing time!"-
[00:15] <Minaplo> ["Long ago, when a land long united began to divide, Lord Cao Mengde ment Yuan Shao at Guandu. Although Yuan Shao had a mighty army and Cao Mengde's army was small compared, for nine months Mengde held Yuan Shao at Guandu, not giving an inch. Cao Mengde thought of retreat, for his supplies were low, Xu Wenruo, Mengde's strategist, cautioned him to remain: for although weaker, he had gripped Yuan by the throat at this place for such a time that surely, this great force must buckle and a crisis must emerge."-
[00:17] <Minaplo> ["Mengde relented and took Wenruo's advice, and dug in, and patiently awaited a crisis he could exploit. When the time came, he seized it- the enemy's supply line was stretched, and their army's food supplies were placed in an exposed spot. Mengde struck, and destroyed their supplies, and Yuan's mighty army collapsed, and within two years, Yuan was dead."]
[00:25] * Aline nodded. "…I see."
[00:34] <Minaplo> ["Now, let me tell you a story about Take-Minataka…"-#
[00:35] <Minaplo> [About an hour and a half passed as the old man spoke. He never rambled, exactly- he always knew exactly what he was saying, and never had to think or mull it. He seemed to know an ungodly amount of stories and little historical tales…-
[00:36] <Minaplo> [Eventually, the samurai got to his feet, put his hands on his hips and stretched his legs out. "This old man here is hungry."-
[00:37] <Minaplo> [He turned and headed down the hallway towards the door…]
[00:38] * Aline picked herself up, and followed along diligently~ This was her opening, clearly.
[00:46] <Minaplo> [He approached the door, and in one smooth action, pulled out his sword, stabbed it into the alcove, and twisted. He pulled it out, and the door slid open…-
[00:47] <Minaplo> [A corridor was revealed, along with a wide room. By this point the samurai's food stores had been well and truly decimated, and he entered the room with a sigh. "My Wuchao has been burned."]

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