Sousuke was used to the ... explosion of sound and awe that was bestowed upon him by Raizo. The young man if anything showed spirit and large amounts of it. Words were spoken slowly and loudly. Sousuke was used to this, but he was trying to not resort to responding to the youth in the same manner, shouting slowly spoken words. First question. "I am the Lord Steward, and Guardian Protectorate of the Realm."
He answered the first question. Then came a second question. "Takahashi Fire-Forged Steel."
Then came the third question. He had to think about it for a moment. "Possibly."
It was possible that he was indeed living metal. The next question had two parts to it. Both of them would have the same answer. A very simple answer. "Yes."
Sousuke needed his metallic exterior to live, but he also needed it for fighting. It was not ideal, but it was the metaphorical hand he was dealt, in terms of the cards he was presented with. The last question in the first tirade would cause Sousuke to look skyward for a moment. He was looking at the blue sky. His gaze would shift back down after a moment of thought on how to answer the question. "I would not say that I am trapped."
He would answer cryptically. It was a bit of a sore subject. The Steward in this new profound state of existence was still working things out. The next barrage of questions came at him. He would answert all of them in a single go as it were. "I like to think I'm skilled. I built this wall and a number of structures inside the village with my fellow Journeymen... and yes there are several of us. Not all of them are like me."
The young man would reach out and clap him. The Steward felt out of place. He had seen people do this before, but there had to be some form of familiarity to it.
The young man was then... smacked in the back of the head?! What was... going on here? The scene unfolded itself and much was explained. The woman who had hit the heir was indeed the attendant. "Is... the beating liege lords common practice? I cannot say I've had it happen before, or be witness to it."
The comedy was fleeting. Properly introductions were provided. Sousuke would incline his head at the attendant. Raizo would reveal that he had not received anything from the Steward. He did not like the sound of that, but he was expectant of it. The Steward listened to the proclamation of the heir. He would step forward. Whereas the young man had a clenched smirk, he was met with the grim visage of the Lord Steward. "You heard correctly... until recently."
He would pause for a moment. Chakra mist burned out of the eye sockets and rise up. It seemed like there was a strained moment here. "The Sunahoshi heir is no longer with us. He is ... lost and I am unable to confirm his status. He was present when the... Swarm first revealed itself and he along with Lord Roku did battle with their leader. I am not sure of their fate. As such I have been calling all descendants of the First Men into Sungakure. I have called in my banners, I have called in those who cannot protect themselves to live within our walls. I am rallying the First Men descendants to defend these lands."
The words spoken were hard and heavy. "I cannot grant you what you wish at this time - to do battle with the heir. I can assure you an even greater battle is coming."
He would pause for a moment. The Lord Steward would offer himself though. "I am not the heir, I served him. Do you seek battle with me then?"