As she walked into the clan quarters, familiar masked faces greeted her warmly. She regarded the others as warmly as she was welcomed as she made her way towards the commanders office. Lucky for her, he was there.
“Commander, a minute of your time if you don’t mind?”
Osashi Yogo looked up from a map of the city he was studying, “What is it, shujenga?”
“I assume with the recent losses, we will be training new recruits, yes?”
“Assuredly, go on.”
“I wish to participate in the training.”
“It will be basic self-defense, mostly focusing on martial combat, I’m not sure how useful this training will be for you.” The commander was clearly intrigued at this point, “What exactly is your motive here?”
“It’s not the martial training I am interested in commander. In fact, let me rephrase. I do not wish to train WITH them, I with to use them to train.”
She walked out into the dusty ring, eyeing all the young new recruits. Osashi was instructing the men in different strike patterns. The recruits were distracted by the curious, ornately dressed woman who walked into the middle of the training grounds and stood quietly.
Osashi turned, noticing her arrival, “Ahh, now we can begin practice with a live target.”
Reiko nodded at the commander and turned towards the recruits, “My name is Soshi Reiko. I am a hammer squad member. Soon you will be too.”
She assumed a ready stance, pulling air spirits around her like a blanket. The recruits gripped their shinai tightly.