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Jinshui

As arguably the southernmost landmark in the Riverland, Jinshui holds some strategic significance, which is why a great defensive fortification has been built here; a fortress situated atop a huge cliff formation overlooking the Hanguri Gulf. A number of smaller forts sit along the riverbank, within signalling distance of the fortress. The surrounding area is more rocky than most of the Riverland and so is the sea- and riverbed there, making transport by sea risky.
 
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Coming from : Here

Lena sat on a chair across from what seemed to be the Captain of the ship, she had her feet on another chair and with her right hand fiddled with a golden coin she'd taken an interest in. It was flipped between her fingers and spun on the spot, she played with it enough to make light scratches on the table. The man across from her was getting visibly irritated as his fingers tried to massage his head as he wrote things she could not see down. He looked up suddenly at her.

"CAN YOU JUST!?" He pauses, "So tell me... why were you just in the middle of the ocean?"

Lena was quiet, she had stopped messing with the coin now. Her fingertip balanced it up against the table, she pressed harder until the pressure was enough to unbalance it; snapping it against the wooden surface the coin thuds. A silence is shared between the two of them, thoughts working in her mind until she finally has something to say.

"Look if you explain to me the reason we may better understand your intentions and convince me you aren't a threat."

"I..I uh. I've just been apart of a battle, many deaths on either side. I needed to clear my head."

"By drowning yourself?"

"I knew what I was doing."

"A War then? The fallout of Chungsu has been bad, who can this war possible be between?"

Lena was hesitant to reveal the two sides, especially the details of her. But a chance to badmouth Takauji? Very convincing. She tightened her fist and bit her lip, it was stressful, but she didn't want to fight her way off this ship without risk of hurting anyone.

"We fought off a man named Takauji Ashikaga, his men came swiftly and with surprise. You don't know you have a lot, until you lose it."

The man before her's expression was shocked and then sad, as if the name she had mentioned had sparked something and then the words she spoke after summoned a bit of sadness. Though he had to mention something, she could see it in his eyes.

"Doesn't surprise me if you've heard of Takauji."

"Yes. Though none of us expected he would strike so quickly, yet it makes sense to grab the lands that are free whilst you can. I'm sorry that his ways are... Violent. Maybe it is best that you come to our Fortress and talk to our Lord Gakemaru."

Lena nodded. To keep these men happy, sure.
 
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This post marks the beginning of my (our) mission using these storyboard elements:
-Meet with a major faction representative

Summary: After Lena Stowed away on a Ship in the Hanguri Gulf, she is to go to Jinshui's Fortress and meet with the person who is in charge there and explain herself. They are to talk about their knowledge of Takauji Ashikaga and maybe work something out over the Country's future. Lena must remain in the people's good books if she wants to get anywhere with them.



The ship was starting to approach land, and so the Captain was signalled to leave his quarters so he was their for the approach. Lena followed him out of the room, sticking by him being a good idea so no more suspicions grew within him. He took the wheel and she just watched out to their destination beside him. There was rocks everywhere in the water, seemed like a bad idea to come this way unless they knew a way through. Which they did, he expertly handled with wheel and steered the ship around the large rocks with skill and subtlety.

The ship got closer to the cliff-side and everything began to get a lot clearer from Lena's perspective, thought this wasn't new to the sailors as you could tell. The way the kept working and marching on the boat like they weren't about to crash into a land. She saw it, the gap between the rock, you wouldn't be able to tell until you got passed the treacherous sea terrain. They ship managed to graze passed the rock and enters the cliff side entrance, tilting and turning so that it didn't crash into the wall. Until the space opened up and there inside this encased area of rock was a small dock with a couple of ships ready anchored to the pier; the one they were on turned on it's axis and slowly comes to a halt against the wooden slacks making up the Pier it was assigned too. The sailors worked to anchor the ship and the soldiers lined up to march off the deck. It was pretty good architecture to create something like this that works in such a tight spot, but there was enough space for the ships to leave one at a time and anchor.

Lena was beckoned off the ship with the Captain, he took her away separately from his men and addressed her quietly so no one else could hear;

"It's gonna be a bit of a walk till we get to the Main Fortress to meet our Leader, there are a lot of us here that make up the smaller fortresses and main fortresses, almost like a Village of Soldiers. I just ask you to keep by my and try not to act suspicious so I don't get asked too many questions."


Lena looks around, she doesn't answer and nods. The man gets his bag and throws it over his shoulder in response, nodding back as he leads the way through the inter-cliff harbour. They go further into the cave, most of the crew stay behind but the soldiers follow. The cave leads to a large corridor that starts to look more structurally appropriate to a fortress, a bunch of wooden steps and shafts lead upwards probably to surface level which they ascended. The Captain was correct, it was gonna be a while, she didn't realise the scale of the fortifications here, they had to go through a lot of rooms and meet with a lot of people - it also seemed like he had to convince people to allow him to go further like it was some community with a monarchy. Lena was tagging along, but she was getting restless and a bit bored - however eventually they had made it to the Main fortress. They walked through into a hall room, looking originally like an dining room that had been fashioned into some kind of throne room - at the end of the large space there was an intricate wooden structure created, a throne with splintered wood spiked off the top and surrounding it like it had been crudely made but there were delicate patterns etched into the base of the throne and the steps that led up to it. The Captain who took her in on the ship spoke quietly to her as they approached surrounded by guards.

"let her speak first."

The Captain knelt down in front of the Woman who sat laid back in the throne. Lena stood by him and didn't bow, even if the Captain tried to insist she did, the threaded woman remained standing and just looked at the other. The woman in the seat looked tough, her posture wasn't ladylike at all and looked as though she had recently thrown herself onto the chair - she grins at Lena and positions herself so that she was leaning forward on the throne now to get a closer look; she found her interesting.

"What?"

The Captain flinched at her for being so rude, patting Lena's shin.

"Oh Nothing." The Self proclaimed Queen finally replied. "I was just eyeballing you, you're gorgeous."

Lena didn't respond, if she was honest the woman opposite her didn't look too bad either. The "Queen" got whispered to in her ear, her attention momentarily taken off the two in front of her. Her concentrating look became a grin as she turned her attention back to Lena, with a flick of her wrist she spoke again;

"Tell me about this Takauji Ashikaga you informed my underling of."

Lena looked around, she didn't know what these people were capable of right now and she didn't want to start a fight, guess she would really have to open up now.

"He's a Tyrant. He thinks because no one has rivalled his "Right" to rule, that he has that right to begin with - probably a former Chungsu General that thinks because there is a power vacuum he can close it and anyone that opposes him will be steamrolled. Not likely however, he's trying to grip the Tea Peninsula through any means. Assassination, Bribery, Open War. We managed to halt him at Shinramoto, but at great cost."

"What's your name?"

"...Lena."

"Did you ever meet with Takauji face-to-face?"

"No. Just his subordinates, either he or I'd be dead if I met him face-to-face."

"Well the reason I asked you all this is because he reached out to me. A Man of action."

"I recommend you decline any alliance he tries to make with you and instead oppose him. He's a monster that will just bring death to your lands and crush your heart. The man just wants power, he cares not for anything else and won't stop at nothing to get what he thinks is rightfully his."

"But don't you think Allying with him is wise then?"

"...What do you mean?"

"He's a strong man with a lot of sway and I'm ready to expand. Jinshui is the perfect place to conquer next, it'll give him a foothold on the Land of Fire and a fortress to be safe in, I can also be his Queen... However, I like you Lena - you interest me. And if you tell me this man is bad and that I should ally with you then this would put me in a very difficult situation. We should talk more in private."

The self proclaimed Queen stands up from her seat and walks around the side of the wooden throne, he beckons Lena over to a room behind this large one. The Threaded woman hesitates and then follows, walking passed the throne she examines it's intricacies.
 
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Entering the door at the back of the room Lead Lena through a short corridor to another door that took her into what seemed to be someone's private quarter's. As she passed through the door closed on it's own behind her, examining the wooden door it was as intricate as the throne was. A link here or something? Lena turned back, her eyes resting upon the woman who lead these people. She was moving around her quarters, taking off her arm braces, jewellery and hair pieces went back to where they belonged in her room. She then turned her head, looking over her shoulder, hair loose against her back. Her strong aura suddenly turned into lust.

"I haven't introduced myself properly have I, Lena?...My friends aaand potential allies call me Angela Bliss"

Lena watched as Angela spun around on the spot, body now facing her - she had removed her chest plate already and it was placed on the side. Underneath that was a loose fitting garment that was a velvet red - the small crack between revealed the skin of her chest straight down to her bellybutton before being cut off as the cloth meets again in the middle. Angela had multiple straps around her waist and lower pelvis, upper thigh which used to holster weapons and pouches but she had removed them when she first entered the room; her pants were tight and black, her feet bare as she'd removed her footwear.

"Men can be vile people, especially when they want something... something like power. But women can be just as bad, right?"

At this point she'd walked around Lena, her hand gliding across the threaded woman's waist until she reached the opposite side of her and finished with her mouth awfully close to her ear. Lena didn't know what to say in response to this, it was a difficult position she was in as this woman was just exerting her vulnerabilities all over her which surprisingly worked as a tactic apparently. That might just be because she didn't know where she was emotionally.

Angela's hand reached across Lena's belly and gently moved across the width of her well toned body, her other hand rested on the shoulder furthest away like she was about to pull the threaded woman into a hug. The contact was strange to Lena, it had been a long while since she had been so close to another person so intimately.

"Let me be honest, I was going to work out a deal with Ashikaga as it seemed like the best option. That was until yoooou turned up and told me about everything, your fire and your strength, I can tell you have a determination and resolve about you. Like I said to begin with, you're gorgeous. You've also changed my mind and convinced me otherwise, if Ashikaga is struggling to even take the Tea peninsula then the whole of the Land of Fire is going to be much worse for him - so now I'll have to think about it and arrange something. But first... you."

It's not what Lena expected when she came to meet with the Leader of Jinsui's fortresses, Angela's fingers traced delicately over her stitches. Lena hadn't looked directly at her since arriving in her room, but it was getting harder to not give in to this feeling that felt... good.

"I have to g-go, I can't stay - I have to go home. But I want to know the outcome of your decision. Just know the result could mean we're enemies and I can't have Takauji get a foothold. Anywhere."

Lena looked directly at Angela who was right beside her because of what she said, but that was a bad move, because now she had her staring straight back at her. Lena was confused, why was this woman so interested in her so suddenly. Lena went to look away, but Angela had already got her hand on her face, after tracing the stitches up to the side of her mouth.

"You don't even know me."

"I would like to get to know you."

"Why, I'm no one intere...."

She was interrupted, it was unexpected and not something Lena would usually allow. But she had been so worked up recently, and stressed out and suddenly someone gave her attention that was good, making her body heal emotionally which in turn made her less angry. Lena was interrupted by a Kiss, it didn't last very long as it was pretty one sided. The Queen beside her moved her head away and looked up at her with a raised eyebrow.

"Nothing?"

There was something. It was a moment of just staring at Angela's lips. Then Lena acted, her hands grabbing the underside of the Queen's thighs and lifted them up around her waist, which prompted a small yelp and carried her over to the bed. Obviously things got heated from there as Lena did return a kiss.

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A while later the two had bonded over a lustful couple hours. Lena adjusted her boot and stood up from the bed in Angela's private quarters. The self proclaimed Queen straightened her hair and put on a top, she then escorted Lena to the door back into the large room they first met in, there were only two guards this time, they stood at the bottom of the plinth that held up the throne and Lena was pretty sure they were grinning. She ignored it. She felt a bit better. She was escorted to a balcony, it was massive and half oval looking over all these smaller fortresses and the Hanguri Gulf. It was a nice view to have for a Queen.

"You are VERY good at 'Diplomacy' Lena."

Lena had a little red haze on her face. Angela was leaning against a column that was in the middle of the passageway to the balcony, she had much more air of confidence around her than Lena did right now. Lena whistled a loud tune into the sky. It took a couple moments but then into view Songbird was diving into view, it' wings spread open as he came to a stop just above the large Balcony and then landed on the railing. Angela was in awe and walked slowly over to the bird, raising her hand up to touch the summon. Lena nodded to Songbird as he looked towards her, in response he lowered his head towards the hand and allowed the contact. Lena had climbed upon the bird at this point letting Angela pet her summon for a moment before beckoning Songbird to raise his head back up again.

"I'll be back to hear your decision."

"If I told you I made it already would you stay all night?" Angela crossed her arms and smiled up at Lena.

"I have to go back to Shinramoto."

"You didn't say no."

Lena couldn't help but let slip a student smile as she shook her head. Typical. She clicked her teeth and the bird fell back off the balcony and flew down, swooping upwards into the air and off into the distance pretty quickly. Lena looked back to see Angela leaning against the balcony railing now, watching her leave.

-Leaving Landmark-

 
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