As I flew around the keep, Erik and Kyo began the ritual. Their chanting became ethereal and stopped sounding like them. Some release of energy drew all four of us to the ritual cirlce as the light swelled. We found ourselves standing in a planeless expanse of clouds and light. I froze. There was no way we could have transported ourselves to the realm of the gods and yet it was there that we found ourselves. I was awestruck and terrified all at once. Out of the distant mist walked a bright burning figure that struck me to be Raiden. I fell to one knee and bowed faster than I thought possible as Nakano followed suit. Kyosado stood blissfully ignorant and smiled around and Erik, the fool, gallantly strode up to Raiden and offered to shake his hand. I froze more and prepared for the worst.
Raiden spoke to Erik freely. They discussed how we ended up here. Raiden told us that the ritual made him take notice and that we were brought here in part by Raiden. The other part that brought us here was a strange looking yellow haired man in armor with a short warhammer. Erik discussed much with the man. I take it that large man was a god-like figure from Erik’s cursed home.
Erik referred to the large man as “uncle.” That seemed a bit impossible to me. Meanwhile, Raiden spoke with Nakano and offered him a one time use of Raiju, Raiden’s companion and pet once. Raiden told us to find a large swelling of mystical energy and that could lead us to more information. After some brief farewells, Raiden sent us back to the keep. It’s an odd thing to move from unified senses in the realm of the gods back to flying through the air in the physical realm. I circled around and drove for the castle keep.
I spoke to my companions for a long while about our encounter with divinity. I mistakenly divulged to Raiden that my lord had been slain. The three brought it up and I tried to not discuss the matter. I argued with Ishikura that he and I were not alike only to be angered at every turn in the conversation. I came to bicker with Erik. Erik thinks I dissrespect him and Kyosado. I may. But Erik proposed a deal. If I stop dissrespecting him and Ishikura, then he’ll stop dissrespecting me and we’ll all get along much better.
After our discussion, we began wondering where the mystic energy was located. As soon as we began to get curious, a massive earthquake moved across the land and shook us in the keep. The energy released was so potent we all knew it came from the northeast towards Hitachi. Nakano gathered us together and overexerted himself to transport us to Hitachi. We spotted a massive stone crag that had burst from the earth and rose a good 200 feet into the air with a massive gate 40 feet up from the ground.
Erik borrowed my cloak to fly to the gate and knock as I made Nakano, Kyosado, Kouhei and myself invisible and we ran as fast as the wolf could to the bottom of the tower. We stood with our eyes fixed on the open gate for what seemed like hours. I saw a pair of feet on the edge of the opening as a swell of energy and reality burst behind us. I turned to look and saw an army in full formation facing the tower, and us. The army stood at least 3,000 strong and there were commanding officers that were flying over the troops. I heard a resounding crack of thunder above me and looked up to see an armored samurai flying backwards towards the army on the ground. I looked back up to see Erik standing at the edge of the gate grinning ear to ear. I was sure I had found a new contender for the most interesting day of my life yet.
((Erik knocked at the gate with his axe, Jern. The gate creaked open and Erik was greeted by Yoshishige. Oni-Yoshishige. The same Oni-Yoshishige that decimated Kyosado and Honda during their trek north. They spoke about the Red Daimyo. Yoshishige told Erik that Imagawa is the Red Daimyo. Yoshishige also told Erik he’d love to fight him. They both stepped to the edge as the army teleported in. Erik decided it was time to start things. Erik wound up and swung Jern as hard as he could into Oni-Yoshishige’s back and sent him flying a good 200 feet out of the gate.))