Agreed. We need to cast our net wider─split up and pursue all available avenues of inquiry. But if we're to coordinate our efforts effectively, we'll need to establish a working base of operations here.
Indeed. Tataru would seem best suited to the task of organizing our supplies and procuring new ones.
While she attends to that, we four can begin our search by questioning the individuals Hancock identified. Alisaie and I will take those in the southern districts of the city, and the two of you can take those in the north.
In, uh...anticipation of just such an eventuality, I took the liberty of preparing some few sketches of Yugiri and Gosetsu during our voyage.
Leave everything here to me! If I can keep the Waking Sands, the Rising Stones, and the Falling Snows afloat, then this should be easy! I just need to think of a new name. The Blooming Cherry Blossoms? No, no, that's no good...
Welcome, traveler. Can I interest you in some rice wine? Exceptional quality, delivered but the other day...
...Ah. An Auri shinobi and a Roegadyn samurai. If I may, I would answer your question with some few of mine own.
If I speak of that which you know, ijin, be not offended. You are familiar with the situation in the lands across the Ruby Sea? The doomed rebellion, after two and a half decades of quiet?
I see. And you are familiar with the ways of Hingashi? How we elect to stand apart and support no cause but our own? Indifferent and callous, some may call us, but pragmatism is essential if a humble island nation such as ours is to survive.
But we are not fools. Complete isolation is impractical. And so Kugane is open to ijin, and we are equally hospitable to all. Or, if I must speak more plainly: Yes, I can help you. But if I do, I must also oblige the ones who ask after you.
Are you willing to accept this fair and equitable treatment?