"No one is asking you to stay," Tadoyoshi commented dryly. "And I don't need protection, if you are thinking of being noble. I'm very well capable of protecting myself without a sword." He sat down against the cave's edge, and closed his eyes, either dozing off or focusing on a meditative state. It was hard to tell. --- As the meeting came to a close, three men stayed behind. One of them was General Kokusho, of the former Black Dragon Army during the Godslayer War. He had long since given up his title, all for a position in the new Government. This was the man responsible for the new weapons and their creation. "They say that the ghost of Fujiwara Ritsu has appeared, and has began to take the lives of former military officers that have sold out their honor." "Bah. I'm not worried about some ghost rumor," said the second man. A true politician, Hoshiko Kagami had won his place in the government through lies and false promises. "What I fear is that demon that was released last night. I hear he was freed by a powerful samurai...rumor says that it was-" "You fools, be quiet. We might be overheard. The latest shipment will be brought by a small group of shikigami later tonight. We should not worry about these false rumors. All will go as planned." The last man, whom the other two barely knew, was simply named Yukio. "I expect you two will be there to make sure all is accounted for?" The other two nodded, and the three went their separate paths. Yukio smiled as Kokusho and Hoshiko left. Those men are excellent tools. Soon this country will see the true power of the Oni... --- For what seemed like hours, Tadayoshi slept. Or meditated. All anyone could really tell was the fact that his eyes were closed, and that he was breathing. Yet, suddenly, a powerful blast of wind rushed into the cave, and the ronin stirred. Standing up, he held out his hand to the wind. "Are you sure...? The blade is not ready yet." The wind gusted once more, and Tadayoshi cursed. "I understand. I will do my best, Fujin-sama." He turned to the shinobi, and raised his voice to overpower the wind, "Do you wish to be of use?"