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As Kimi meditates, she is focused on a nearby tree, covered in beautiful pink blossoms. She recalls a story she was told about one of the monks of the monastery that had spend twenty years in search for the perfect cherry blossom, only to realize that they were all perfect in their own way. She thinks to herself, One could do worse with their time than look at flowers.Sitting beneath the welcoming branches of the Millennium Tree, we come across a monk in quiet meditation. Even with her eyes closed, Kimi can sense the fact that she is not alone. But this is no ordinary figure; it is Oran, the leader of the order of sohei monks that have dedicated themselves to the protection of Kyoto's Tree.
Without saying a word, the old man kneels down next to Kimi and waits. He knows his presence was felt, and her is in no hurry to disturb the young dragon as she seeks her inner self.
When she finally opens her eyes, Oran says, "I hope I do not disturb you, little sister, but it is time for you to prepare for a journey. As you know, the Tree has gifted a sapling to the envoy of the Republic. It is hoped in many circles that there be a strengthening of ties between the Republic and the Empire, just as it is hoped by some that the two powers stay divided. This gift must be protected, and I have been asked by those I respect to help the Republic with aid in their efforts to stop the wave of evil from destroying everything they have struggled to maintain. It is my thought that you, dear sister, would be a true help to the Republic. Not only to protect the Tree, but to safeguard the budding ties that are forming between these two nations."
He is quiet for a moment to let you mull over what he has said. "I know that this is going to be difficult for you, leaving here after so many years. But I can see that your time to shine has come. Can I count on you to help the peace that is struggling to take root?"
Fukuizumi Fuyumi is lying back in an exam table as Dr. Ido, her Cyber Doc, runs a scan of her organic brain and how it is linked to her cyber body. He watches the screens closely, looking over lines of data as he moves the scanner slowly across your armored skull. With a satisfied nod, he says, "I think we are past any fears of rejection. Your brain is showing no signs of cyber brain sclerosis, and you appear to be completely integrated with your new body. You are quite the success story, if I do say so myself."
Dr Ido presses a control and the bed stands up, letting you step off and onto the floor. As your are gathering up your clothes to get changed out of the hospital gown, Dr Ido nods over at the observation window. "It looks like you have a visitor."
Looking out, you see the familiar face of Minister Feng, the very man that you risked your life for and, in return, he helped you get the cyber body that has kept you from being a quadriplegic. Once he notices that you have seen him, the Minister heads off to wait for you in the next room.
Once you are dressed, you find yourself looking at the Minister, one of his aides, and another woman in an Army uniform, with the rank of Major. Her name tag says Izumo.
Feng smiles as you approach. "It is good to see you doing so well, my friend. Allow me to introduce you to another good friend of mine, Major Kelly Izumo. Major, this is the guardian angel I have spoken to you about, Fukuizumi Fuyumi."
The Major offers up a slight bow in greeting, saying, "It is a pleasure to finally meet you."
Feng looks at you and says, "My trip here today is twofold in purpose. The first and most important is to see how your are doing in your new body. According to Dr Ido, he is very pleased with how well you have adapted to it. The second reason is to hopefully impose upon you a favor. I am assembling a team of the best and brightest that I can get my hands on, and you are now uniquely qualified to be a part of this team, to be led by Major Izumo."
"i trust that you have seen the news of the demon that fought several suits of powered armor the other day, causing such a loss of life? We are going to be taking several steps to keep such disasters from happening, one of which is the team that is being forged under the Ministry of Metahuman Affairs to hunt down these monsters before they can do the kind of damage that was done. There are several experts in magic that are coming over from the Empire that will provide their technical expertise and . . . unique abilities . . . to this cause. I am of the opinion that you would be very helpful in this, using your talents and the new cyber body you have, to help us all. I won't sugar coat this; it is likely to be very dangerous. But it is for an outstanding cause that would save lives."
The major looks over at Ando and says in a quiet voice, "There are various radical elements that have been spreading rumors of what might actually be behind the efforts to bring the two nations together, some of which are on our terrorist watch list. Also, there are some threats of increased oni and other monster activity that we have been brought together specifically to stop. I hope we are simply being paranoid with all of this firepower here, but the saying goes that even paranoid people have enemies."Ando Oda stood next to the Minister feeling very short and out of place amongst the heavily armed and armored army guard, and the massive cyborgs of his team. He would periodically peer out through his binoculars looking for the transport and it's escort.
He was still getting used to his new team their various titles and names. He knew little to nothing about his commanding officer, the Major, and the Minister. Their work was always very hush-hush, and well above his paygrade as an Inspector.
"um...Minister? Major? Do we have any intel on any potential groups that could and...or would have the gall to attack such a well defended transport? I would think gearing and moving such an attack force would be very hard to hide in the city, unless it is a Corporate Force and even then..."