Finishing with the drunkard, Daichi returned to the path, though the other traveler was nowhere to be seen. Sighing to himself, the ronin proceeded into the town, a quiet village from the look of things. As he walked, he kept his eyes open for the man from the road, scanning the merchant's stalls as he did. Seeing something out of the corner of his eye, Daichi diverted between two buildings to get a better view.
The grass was tall where Daichi crouched, concealing him enough from view. From his vantage point, he could see tell the man he was looking at was the same from the road, as his naginata was quite visible, even from Daichi's current vantage point. Observing for a second, the man ordered sake, and proceeded to converse with the bartender. "What are you talking about, stranger?" Daichi thought silently. The man in the bar seemed to liven with whatever news the bartended had passed on, his posture straightening and his shoulders raised. He proceeded out of the bar, and this is when Daichi knew that he should follow. Whatever this man was after, Daichi was now past the point of interest. He had to know.
Standing from his crouched position, Daichi smartly followed the man, though keeping enough distance as not to bring attention to himself. Several minutes later, he could see the stranger talking to a group of guards. Another man was present, the object of the guards' attentions. "Interesting" Daichi thought to himself. He made sure his helmet was not visible within his satchel, opting not to travel with it mounted, as this often brought more attention than was sometimes necessary.
Deciding to play it cool, Daichi walked down the path, a simple traveling ronin was the look he was trying to portray. Whistling as he walked, he soon was within earshot of the group. "Hey, explain why this man is dead and your blade is bloodied..." one of the guards demanded. Closing in , he heard the stranger he was following state "What is going on here?"
Continuing by, as if nothing was going on, another one of the guards addressed Daichi, "Hey you, stop! State your business here. Did you see any of this happen?" Daichi paused, setting his satchel on the ground. Taking stock of the situation, he quickly ran down the threats present in the clearing. Five men, decently armed, poorly armoured and one with a bow. They were circling the heretofore unknown man, likely trying to implicate him in the corpse's demise, while the stranger Daichi was following was on the other side of the group.
If it was a fight they wanted, it looked like the odds might favor the group of strangers, but Daichi thought to try his hand at a bit of diplomacy. "Hello, friend. Yes, I saw it all happen. You see, the dead man is a wanted murderer, and that man over there by all rights was justified in slaying him." Daichi knew his bluff was about to be called as the guard who had addressed him approached. "How could you have seen what happened, you just walked down the path?" The guard looked quizzically at Daichi, who never broke eye contact with the guard. Sensing the tension, Daichi could almost hear the thoughts of the other strangers, who were all likely prepared to fight at the slightest provocation...
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