Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (54)
We are in mud. Goru is unconscious, and Ashu
looks like he is about to collapse at any moment. Rabena
immediately tends to them both. We are not attacked immediately,
so she has some time to do her healing work. We have worked our
way to the uppermost ridge -- some were below the surface when we
arrived -- and rest there for a while.
It takes half an hour before Rabena has finished.
It only takes a few minutes for Goru to put the
stone back. [if he wants. If he does not want, then we have a
problem. Miyara will try to convince him as his leader, in which
case he would do as she wants.]
Shon does not know when it is. This was not
where he intended to be. He stands there with a stupid expression
on his face, much as barbarians often do.
Miyara points out that as long as the time is not
after we found it, it really doesn't matter when we are. It could
be anywhere between the time we take it out and the time we take it out
Pireseri points out that we could be putting it in
for the very first time. Goru points out that there is mud here,
therefore it is not the first time.
I point out that we don't have to know when it
is. As long as we are preserving the integrity of our timeline,
then we are preserving the integrity of our timeline. As long as
we don't know when it is, we do not know that we are disrupting
continuity, and therefore we aren't.
Now we need to help KO find his way. We know
we had not done that, so we need to do that after we left. So our
only obligation now is to return to the future and do that. Each
of us has a piece of leather to anchor us to that time. Shon
works the box and we travel. Since the leather was created before
we left, we need a place that will not allow us to interfere with our
leaving the first time. Miyara says we will return to the battle
with the green things in the forest. That was before Baluku made
the leather, but we would then be far enough away.
We touch the boundary.
We are in the forest where we fought the green men,
where the demons fought each other. All we need to do now is hang
around for a few days and then go to KO.
We all get a strange feeling of weirdness, with a
nagging thought that we are just up the hill in KO. I guard
against anyone leaving the camp. No-one will get up the hill
The days pass. We go to KO.
I have closed my circle and fulfilled my
obligations. Miyara needs only to return the statue to
Nippon. Nevertheless, given the time this has taken, and the time
the statue has been away, there is time to return it. She also
remarks as an aside that she could do that with the box to
travel. I say that it is a thing of chaos, and does have side
effects, but it would be an honorable use and that might offset the
chaos. She discusses it with Shon in private, and she later tells
me that he has a really bad feeling about using the box, and strongly
recommends not using it for things we could do ourselves. That
makes sense to me -- every time we use the box, Tzeench gets to watch,
and no doubt laugh. Miyara decides that she will retain the
statue for the time, and Goru will continue in his task as its bearer.
Pireseri says that we should retrieve the stone of
stones and send to its own beginning. We can do that with all the
stones. That puts them in a closed loop, and they no longer exist
from the moment we sent them back. The act of sending them back
is what created them. It is entire in its
consistency. I look at Pireseri with a new respect.
The barbarian has become enlightened -- some. Of course, we don't
have to do it. It's pretty cool to be carrying these things
We return to KO. No-one seems to be in the
outer city. I go to pay my respects at the grave of Og's master,
and tell him that Og was successfully delivered, and trained in the
skills he needs to fulfill his destiny.
Then we enter the inner city. We go to
Ostahar's room, and find him there. He welcomes us. I
really want to ask him about Mendi, but I won't because I don't want
him to tell us anything inconsistent... but that train of thought leads
O asks Sun to make sure everyone has a beer.
The boy complies.
When we are settled, O looks at me and says in a
serious but appreciated tone of voice tells me that he remembered last
night what it was I did for his king and his heir. I bow
modestly. O nods to Goru and Ashu as well. He says that I
made it possible for his king to pass on his <dwarvish word> to
his heir. Again, I bow modestly, secretly pleased that my taking
on an entire ogre army is part of history and can be talked about
now. In addition, O says, he has had success in clearing out the
last of the Grey Mountain clan orcs, and KO is now completely his.
O asks if we have had a quiet few days. I say
we have, and Miyara says that we have been enlightened.
I say we have been reflecting on past events, as you
did. He says perhaps it was just hte proper time to be
reflective. I say yes, the time was proper.
So now you've secured this place, your way is
clear? I ask.
Yes, he says. The next steps are
obvious. I need to get a message to my liege and convince him to
mount a party of colonists.
KO has found his way. The sequence is
complete. We can now get the stone of stones again, and choose
whether to close its time loop yet or not. This will be our next
move. This is a higher priority for Miyara -- once all four
stones are together, then she can go back home with the statue.
Were the stones to fall into the wrong hands, that would have
repercussions back in Nippon too. She and I agree that fate has
put us into this, and we should therefore follow through with our
The journey here took three months. It is now
later summer, and it would be winter by the time we arrived. We
have experienced winter in the mountains, and it holds no fear for us
now. In addition, it has been a long time since we have brought
Chaos to Curutusofen and we need to check in on the inn we own there.
Pireseri says we have no clues for the stone of
water. I say we need none. Chaos follows us, as we will
come across it.
KO suggests a feast, and it would be rude to turn it
down. Sun and Hosei cook up the food, while the remaining members
of the entertainer troupe put on a show.