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TVC II Supplemental Chapter 3.9: Oscillation of Gobs

Sweeney Todd

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Harland said:
“Well met indeed,” he said, before switching to Nipponese: “The name was given to me by my mentor, a man from Nippon, along with this coat. I was trained high in the Mountains of Cathay, in the Ai-Heping Monastery; I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. Would you perhaps tell me where you were trained, as a m- vampire of obvious skill? Also, I did not catch your name?”
[OOC: In future I will use this colour to indicate when Roland is speaking in another language.]
"Ah yes, where are my manners? I am Kenshiro. Ai-Heping? Love and Peace? I have not heard of such a monastery. Considering the obvious nature of your training, that name is rather ironic, would you not agree?

As for myself, what I can say is that I have trained under many masters over the centuries. Perhaps you have heard of Pai Mei? Or the Man with No Name, or the Sword Saint? I had the honor of receiving their instruction, among others." Kenshiro replied in fluent, if somewhat archaic Nipponese.
 

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"Indeed, the name is ironic. Either the founder believed the residents of Cathay to be entirely unintelligent, or wanted to make the purpose of the 'monastery' entirely clear." Roland looked thoughtful for a second.
"Of those three names, Pai Mei is the most recognizable. He is Cathayan, am I correct? I remember one morning, when I was still a youth, a very wizened old man entered the monastery. He did not introduce himself - he simply challenged our instructor to an unarmed spar. Although our instructor appeared entirely surprised and awestruck at first, he seemed to understand what was going on and agreed.
The old man almost seemed to toy with our instructor, deflecting every attack, and landing the lightest of blows many times when he could have easily finished the fight there and then. Eventually, the old man defeated the instructor with a technique I have never seen since, and proceeded to instruct us in unarmed combat for the remainder of the day, instruction that I have never forgotten since. For some reason, nobody questioned the unconscious body of our instructor - just before the zenith, a few men gathered up the body and took it to the medical ward, not saying a word.
It was only afterwards that I overheard the instructor mention the name 'Pai Mei' to my personal mentor in a tone of utter reverence. I looked him up in the library, and although mentions were sparse, what I did glean told me that that old man was no less than a legend. I haven't seen him since.
I have definitely heard of the Man with No Name - the head of the college, who occasionally gave me private tuition on focus and meditation, often referred to him. I believe they were acquaintances. However, I know very little of the man himself. All I think I know - I am not sure how true it is - is that he is a reclusive master of Zen somewhere in Nippon.
Come to think of it, the founder of our monastery - which is slightly over two hundred years old - was a very mysterious man about whom we know very little indeed. We don't even know his name, except that he only stayed for a few years until the college was up and running, before disappearing without a trace... although how likely is it that they are one and the same?
As for the Sword Saint - I apologise, but I have never heard of him. Although, from the name, I wonder at you being trained by him - for if I am not mistaken your primary weapons at those gauntlets you are wearing?"
 

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OOC: Kenshiro is speaking in Nipponese for the entirety of this post

"Yes, Pai Mei was always a proud man; instead of simply defeating his opponent, he often opted to utterly humiliate the other person before finishing the bout. It was by no means easy to get him to agree to train me, or anyone else for that matter." Kenshiro said with the air of one reminiscing about bygone times.

"Such a pity he later died from being poisoned by a resentful disciple. I do not know of the founder of your monastery, so I cannot say for sure. But the Man with No Name, he did teach me much of the mind. Which brings me to the Sword Saint. You are correct when you say that I am not really a sword wielder. It is not odd to train under him though. From the Sword Saint, I learned that it is not necessary to bear a sword, for when you have attained the highest levels of mastery, you become the sword. Your body is but the means with which you express your will."

"Did you train outside your monastery?"
 

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Roland's eyes widened. "He was poisoned? A great shame indeed... I guess I will never know why he trained us that one day.
"This Sword Saint sounds very interesting. Does he live still? I would very much like to meet him some day.
Now I wonder - Are all these masters mortal men? Pai Mei certainly lived for a very long time. And were you trained before or after you were turned?
"Although we often went outside the training grounds, both for survival courses and gathering courses for our cookery, we never strayed very far as pupils. Once I had passed my initiation, I began pursuing contracts all over the Cathay, and even Nippon from time to time."
 
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