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The Red Lights is the second most seedy place in the Grand Palais. It's name is taken after the fact that this formerly subterranean zone's lights had a crimson tint that bathed this region in a blood hue but it can also be likened to the term 'red light district' as it it commonly termed because it is essentially the same thing. Here are located the foulest bars, dirtiest joints and raciest clubs. The owners here don't mind serving their food expired and alcohol to minors. Those looking for inexpensive company can find what they're looking for, for about 2 yen. It is suggested not to come here at night.

Seedy Hotels, Dive bars and generally bad people can be found here. When searching for criminals in hiding this is a great place to start.

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Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:14 am

One might think that the Lord Steward if put into a realm of eternal night would be very disturbed. Quite the contrary. Sousuke had been used to such a state given his time in underground Sunagakure. He would survey his surroundings. He would take in this haunting landscape with a sort of amusement in this, if one could call it that. He would look skyward to find a ceiling of tree branches and tree leaves. It almost felt like home to him. He would look over to Nobu who seemed to be quite clearly spooked by the whole setting. The gentle giant would be looking at his back here and there. "Quite charming isn't this?" He would say in what sounded like troubled sarcasm.

Sousuke who was indeed a stranger to sarcasm answered his fellow noble with an absolute honesty. "Absolutely." He answered. He would continue to survey the surroundings noting the darker colours. "I quite like this really. Reminds me of how things used to be before the Diamond Maelstrom was defeated." He would added. Nobu would give Sousuke a concerned look, as if to question the mental health of the Steward. Nobu found it difficult to believe that Sousuke enjoyed this moody surrounding. Either way the two would walk. "Curious thing here. The path instead of growing cooler due to the lack of sun is... not the case here." He would continue, "There is warmth here. I have to wonder what it is, if it is natural at all." Sousuke drank in the illusion in a metaphorical way. Was the heat something that the illusion generated? Or was the heat generated by something else? It was not clear to the man who so very closely regarded science of the natural world. As the two progressed, the Steward would pause for a moment. "That echo of Lady Akazukin got a head start on us, but I have to wonder how much further she got?" Sousuke ruled out loud as he continued his walk with Nobu. The two would come to another pause when the dark atmosphere was challenged by trees of a radically different colour. These trees were purest white. It was an absolute challenge and change to the darkened surroundings. The scene continued to evolve as fireflies would emerge and continue to provide a sort of light to the path. "This is certainly an interesting ... dedication to the surroundings. The path has evolved and changed moods." Sousuke would pause to look skyward. He was half expecting there to be a boarder of sorts being that once he transverse into the land of white trees, that there would be a certain sunlight in the sky above.
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Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:33 pm

Even the ground was changed and Sousuke and Nobu would be walking through the soft earth of mud. This particular forest they were in grew on top of a wetland. If Akazukin remembers right, the appropriate term for the type of environment would be a swamp. Akazukin was wearing her normal combat boots so it did not affect her much. Unfortunately she did not really pay any attention to the others footwear. Akazukin has found the open shoes such as sandals seem to be the popular trend here in the desert sands. Needless to say sandals would not be ideal in this environment.

As a reaction to Nobu’s sarcasm, Akazukin would respond in agreement. “I had the same reaction when I first saw this place some many years ago..” Akazukins parents lived on a mountain, while her grandmother lived in the valley below. “Trust me there is beauty here if you look for it.” Fortunately Sousuke seems to be enjoying the scenery, which makes Akazukin smile. The former kage sure takes notice of some of the most peculiar things. “There is a hot spring a little ways up the mountain. This place gets some of its water from there. Another source of water is a river that flows nearby.” Akazukin lived her for quite some time and knows her way around.

They say that the very air is heavy with illusion but that is not exactly so. These white trees; each blossom releases a cloud of toxic pollen that fills the air. Like fireflies they sparkle and drift around in the air. The flowers scent was a sweet as honey; smelling it one could taste the sweetness on their tongue. Those who inhale this poison would find themselves in a drunken state; their sense would be impaired. This is a special type of tree that likes to live in dark and damp places. The trees also thrives on decaying organic matter, pretty much dead animals. Between the luminescent particles and sweet aroma, it lures many creatures. The poison makes them stay and eventually kills them. If Sousuke was observant he might notice a skull of some animal over half way sunk into the mud.

“If I recall my grandmother’s tales correctly they are a trees created by my clan decades ago.” These trees were a mixture of different breeds of trees. One part of the trees family is of the Jubokko. Jubokku are tree yokai that feed on the blood of men and grow on battlefields. These trees are no yokai, but like some people have a demonic heritage, so does this tree. It is due to this heritage that the trees have a vampiric diet and why its leaves and flowers are such a crimson red. Each tree also had a face carved into it to represent one of the gods Akazukin mentioned before.

“As for the echo of my former self…” Akazukin resummons the temporal echo. Her younger self was kneeling on the cobblestone in front of the first white tree. The face was that of a woman and the young greyed version of Akazukin seems to be praying to it. “Blessed mother, as your bear guides us during the night I ask of you to guide me back home should I go astray.” Akazukin belongs to a clan of Inuzuka so it is a small wonder that they believe their gods to be the same.
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Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:58 am

The Lord Steward for a moment froze. He watched the fireflies. He did not reach out to them or the likes. He simply stared at them. He was caught in a memory of having to deal with Shouki. It made him think of war times. He remember the structure of bodies and the insulting graves they were given. He had reduced the structure and the graves to ashes. He was sending a message. He was sending a message to Shouki that the Cabal was going to be sundered. At the time, the Steward did not know that he would be combating one of his deadlier foes. At that time, Sousuke was a younger man, he knew that the evil that the Cabal had brought had to be stopped. It had to be sliced out like a cancer. He stared at the fireflies and said or did nothing for a whole three minutes.

Nobu had raised his hand signaling Akazukin to give him a moment "Something here triggered a small lapse of trauma for the Lord Steward. He will need a moment to work through it." Nobu had seen this before in the Lord Steward. He had seen this before. Was it public knowledge that Sousuke suffered from PTSD and would freeze up? Not entirely. It depended on the social circles, but it also depended on one's perception of him. The Steward was known for looking skyward and thinking hard about a subject, but there was something different here. His head was not raised in the traditional manner like that. Nobu would look to Akazukin, "Tell me is the water clean? There are those in this world who lack such a necessary resource. Sad thing that, and that is why we must ensure such a resource is available to all." The Akimichi Lord spoke. He would watch as Sousuke would make his way back to the mental present, instead of being stuck in the mental past, or whatever horror lurked in his mind.

Ever observant Sousuke would blink for a moment as he began to pick up more oddities. He would indeed notice the skulls of animals in the mud. He would blink once more and he would raise an eyebrow. He would look around the trees and he would begin to note the carnivorous nature of what was around him. "I take it that things here that linger ... have a shorten life capacity, at least not experienced things?" Sousuke would inquire. He would continue his walk making note not to go off the trail should he become yet another skull in the mud. They would stop as Akazukin would call upon the younger version of herself. Both he and Nobu would stop and observe. The echo was praying before a white tree. Indeed. Both Nobu and Sousuke exchanged looks.

"I didn't think of Red as a religious girl, but right now would be a good time for a certain someone to appear." Nobu would add, thinking that they were still operating in the story of Little Red Riding Hood. He would look amongst the woods looking for encroaching wildlife.
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Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:43 pm

Akazukin watches as The Lord Steward stood there frozen in place staring off in a distance. Sousuke did not look like he was lost in thought as she remembers. For a moment she might have even believe she inadvertently paused time. Thankfully Nobu cleared things up. “Lost in the past, hmm.” Has she ever done something like this after all the trauma she has been through and is currently placed in a position to relive. Nobu tries to change the subject probably to stop her from attempting to knock Sousuke out of it physically or maybe to knock her out of her own daze.

“Is it clean?”
Akazukin found the question rather odd considering it was swamp water. The water had a bit of dirt in it to say the least. she wouldn’t drink from it directly, but running it through a filter should do the trick for the most part. However the question seems more dastardly than it might appear. “What are you suggesting my good sir?” She asks in a not so pleasant tone. As he said water is rare and the demand was great. Leave it to a noble to see profit when presented with something spectacular. However Akazukin did not like the idea of this power being used for money or political power. It was fortunate for Nobu that Sousuke woke from his trance at that moment.

“Indeed” was the only thing Akazukin had to say about that statement. She then performs some hand seals for a jutsu, but when she was done nothing happened. It was because she was casting it into the future. She always found it interesting casting Ninjutsu or Genjutsu this way. How it is possible to target a person from a distance within time. This one she was casting was a genjutsu.

“Red riding hood in the story likely wasn’t, the real me was and is.”
As to his second comment she holds up an open palm. She then fold her thumb down, thus holding up four fingers. Obviously she was counting down as she takes away a finger each second. After hitting one she points to a tree and under it was a small creature. The beast was likely smaller than Nobu would expect. It’s ears were pointier than a wolf’s and muzzle more pronounced. Its fur was black except for the tip of its tail, which looked dipped in white ink. His face was also white and had the appearance of a kitsune mask within Noh theatre. Wait this was not a wolf at all, but a fox.

With his black coat and white face, he resembles an Anbu in appearance. The fox lays by one of the white trees smoking a pipe. Its three tails sway gently as he enjoys a nap. Opening his eyes he would look towards the group. Each of his eyes possess the Tokeigan just like Akazukin. The clocks in his ears were a golden yellow and hands moved with the passage of time. Akazukin waited to see in the genjutsu was successful before summoning her echo once more.
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Tue Jul 16, 2019 1:32 am

Nobu detects the uncertainity or the mere concept of the woman being on edge. He holds both of his hands up. The gentle giant makes a passing gesture of sorts. "I am ... merely making for space in time, but on a deeper level?" The man's face makes a rather sad quirk of sorts. Nobu for all his wealth and power realizes his inability to ensure something for everyone. "It is our responsibility to see it to that such things as clean water is shared. It is our duty to be that man or woman in the desert who saves another's life by giving a thirsty impoverished individual or lost individual that drink of water so they do not perish. At the same time ... oh I did that didn't I? Hoho. My mistake. We need to make sure such a thing does not become ... ah... so vastly out of reach?" Nobu was not a philosopher. He was not a man who could go about changing the norm on a whim, he could influence it, but he had to be mindful that the influence being given or provided was not the rotten sort. Nobu very much wanted to make sure that his influence was bright and positive.

Sousuke listened to Akazukin's statement. He gives her a deadpanned look for a moment, before giving her a slightly confused look. "That's a curious way to put it." He would mull something over in his head. He would notice her counting down on her digits. Given Akazukin's mastery of time, he was surprised. The reason being that she was not in fact using a clock, she was using her digits. He waited with an intense focus as the countdown came to an end. She would then point to the trees and there indeed was a surprise. Nobu perhaps had the most noticeable expression as his eyes went wide, not with fear but with surprise. His lips formed an O shape as this was in fact a surprise of the highest form. There was a change in the story, a variant of it so to speak. The enemy, or what perhaps indeed the enemy was not a wolf. The enemy was in fact much smaller than a wolf, and did not have any humanoid appearances to it. He made an inaudible clap of the hands. A change. A difference. Something new. For this was not a wolf, but a fox! The noble was indeed delighted by this change, for this fox was designed with a certain artistic flair, and the features? Oh my, what a visual delight. Sousuke would turn his head noticing that Nobu almost seemed to fall over himself in this display. The Steward did not quite get it, but ... the story would indeed have to continue.
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Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:13 pm

Nobu seems to be happy about the deviation from the fairy tale to the point that his eyes pretty much lit up at the sight of the fox. Personally Akazukin was a little surprised at the noble’s excitement. For some reason she figured he might be upset that it wasn’t a wolf. wait a minute. A wolf. Totoro “Shit!” She completely forgot a character in the story. Akazukin was born to a clan of Inuzuka that specialized in what they called the art of the hunt; the ability to track down and captor one’s prey. Like most kids in the clan Akazukin was given a wolf pup at a very young age. If the two remember, the echo made a loud whistle after saying goodbye to her mother. This was her younger self calling Totoro.

At this moment Akazukin looks a little panicked as she is not sure what to do to correct this error. She could not simply remove him for the story for he does play an important role later on. She would have to add him in, but how. Normally she would use a creation jutsu, but she already has one of those active playing as the fox. If she uses a creation jutsu to make Totoro, it will either fail to cast or over right the existing creation. “Umm… I’ll be back. Catch.” She reaches into a pocket and pulls out an old looking pocket watch and tosses it to the two. “If you have any questions for the fox, talk to the pocket watch.” She then runs off back from which they came and exitting out the door behind the mirror.

Though not known to the common folk the Journeymen are capable of sealing the souls of their ancestors or other potentially powerful beings into weapons and armor. So it might not be too unusual for the leader of the Journeymen to realize that there is a spirit of a being seal within this little devise. There was some sort of seal on the back of the watch that only appears when exposed to chakra. The seal was incredibly complex; so many runes covered this magic circle. The runes seems ancient and would likely take a group of Suna’s top Oracles centuries to decipher. Sousuke would not be able to properly undo the seal even if he spent the rest of his life on it. It was inconceivable that any man could make something as intricate as this.

So many questions must come to his mind looking at this chakra seal: who made this seal, where did Akazukin get this, what else does this seal do? This was no simple sealing technique like the journeyman may use. If Sousuke would try to free the captured spirit by breaking the watch, time for the watch would reverse and it would reform like nothing happened. This thing had several fail safes to protect the watch from attacks both inside and out.

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