[x] No need to cause a scene here. He's still under Yuugi's command - you can get rid of him later if you need to.
“If you really think that's best. We could use some more people.”
That statement is a complete lie, of course – you've got more than enough firepower in your group to be effective without him and his troops. The extra bodies will slow you down, as well. However... with a little under half of the room serving his interests, it would be best not to start a fight with him here.
“I do,” The old crow says with a sneer. “Glad to see that you also agree.”
You can't tell exactly what he's thinking, but judging by his face it must be incredibly hard for him to not be gloating over it right now.
“Cut the crap, you two,” Yuugi says, joining the conversation, “If either of you are plotting something that doesn't involve getting our city back, I'll smack you into next week.”
You just smile at that. That is your goal, after all, so you probably have nothing to worry about as long as you can keep Tenma from pulling something. It's going to be difficult to watch both the real enemy and this new one at the same time.
Tenma, in a rare bit of passivity, just nods. “I wouldn't think of it.”
He catches your gaze moments after saying that – and you can see in his eyes that the old crow definitely hasn't 'cut the crap'.
“Just remember,” Yuugi says, not missing a beat. “I never lie.”
Animosity aside, you do need to revise your plan now that you have more men, so the two of you set to work. He's very easy to work with, all things considered – his knowledge of the underbelly of the city gives you a few new ideas for entry/exit points into the underground.
Tenma opts to leave most of the tengu he's responsible for with one of the two tengu he was conversing with earlier, keeping only 90 for himself. In the end, your plan looks very close to the old one, only with thirty tengu at the front of each push out of and back into the underground. Most of the important decisions will be need to made on the fly anyway, based on what you encounter out there.
No one can ignore a yelling oni, so the entire room goes silent in seconds.
“Planning time is over, everyone,” She says, “Grab your guys, and meet outside in twenty minutes.”
The sudden announcement causes some brief confusion for the people in the room, but the order doesn't go unheeded for long. Most tengu take one last look at the map and converse with the nearby leaders before heading out.
“I will see you outside, then,” Lord Tenma says, taking one last look at over the city map. He nods to his cohorts, gives you a bow, and takes his leave.
Eventually, it's just you, Saykuya and Yuugi left in the war room. With how quiet the former maid has been, however, it may as well just be you two.
“I suppose you don't really have many to gather, do you?” Yuugi laughs, “Myself, I've got another oni in mind. Anyone else you want with us?”
“Anyone you think would be able to stand up to a strong demon and come out alive,” You say, shrugging, “As long as they aren't already working with some other group, anyway.”
“There might be a few fitting that bill,” She says, “I'll go see what they're up to while we wait.”
“Sure. Sounds good,” You say, “We'll meet outside.”
As you leave the planning room, you see a now-familiar face amongst the crowd. Seems like your kappa friend made it back to the city unscathed.
She notices you, too, giving a big wave to catch your attention. You make your way over. The last time you had seen her, you had just escaped the sacking of your staging area and she had volunteered to escort a family to safety.
“How was the trip?” You ask, making your way over, “Uneventful?”
“Yeah,” She nods, “We didn't actually end up in any danger on the way there. Your friends made it, too.”
Even more good news. Of the two Guild groups that escaped, yours was probably least likely to make it... but with the types of demons running around, any sort of encounter could be fatal.
“Oh, and here. Uh... Patchouli, right? She wanted me to give you this.”
She pulls a small scroll case from her pack and hands it to you. There's multiple seals on it – both physical and magical – that let you know who it's from and that it's for your eyes only. You open the top and pull out the scroll. More seals... you wonder if she did this because it was easy for her, or because she's protecting important?
Ah... Guild plans. It highlights the 4 or so avenues that they'll be using to enter the city, timetables, and general compositions of each group. This would have been a lot more useful if you'd had it during the planning session, but you suppose that your group is the only one tasked with something other than raising havoc.
“Is it important?” The kappa asks, looking over your shoulder, “I can't read it.”
“Pretty important,” You say, stashing the scroll case while you read the scroll itself. You'll want to commit this to memory, then destroy it. “Thanks for bringing it to me.”
“So... what's going on now? I just saw a bunch of clan heads leaving the room before you came out.”
“Right,” You say, “We'll be beginning things shortly. They should be gearing up their men and whatnot as we speak.”
“Do the kappa know?”
“Yeah,” you say, “I saw at least one in the room. I'm not sure what their plan is, though.”
“Well,” She says, “I'm going to find out. Want me to find you when I'm done?”
You hadn't known if she was going to make it back in time for the assault, so you hadn't really accounted for her in your plans. Regardless, you'd welcome the extra help – she's done well enough so far. You give her a nod.
“If you feel you can spare the help,” You say, focusing more on the scroll than the conversation.
“I'll let you know regardless.”
After informing Ichirin (and Unzan) of the operation time, you spend the remainder of the time outside committing this new scroll to memory. There's a conveniently located barrel up next to the building, which provides you a good spot to sit and read.
When you look up, you see that the entire plaza is filled with youkai. Tengu, mostly, but there's a huge variety of different types. Humans, too, from the looks of things. The warehouse must not have been their only stronghold.
With a wave of your hand, you dismiss the decoding rune on the scroll, rendering it useless forever. You don't know what sorts of tricks Makai might pull, but there's no way they'll be able to read this now.
“You ready to get this started? I found a few more people for our group.”
Turning to your right, you see Yuugi towering over you.
“No time like the present, I suppose.”
“So,” She says, “I was thinking. We need to get these guys fired up, yeah? I'm not much for speeches, so I was wondering if you wanted to do it.”
“Really?” You wonder, “They respect you, so whatever you said would probably be enough.”
She laughs. “Yeah, sure, but mages are still better with words.”
It's a huge generalization, but it's not exactly wrong. Still, with the politics of the situation, a misstep could run completely counter to what you'd want to accomplish with a rallying speech.
[ ] Play it safe. Let Yuugi do it.
[ ] --- “My friends. It is time to confront the great evil that has befallen our city...”
Sorry about that. Writing in bed is a bad habit of mine, and I fell asleep with just a little bit left to go. The update feels a little awkward, too, but I think that's because I haven't written in so long. The summary stuff will be in the next update.
I think from now on, you should count on sunday updates every week. It's better if I set hard deadlines for myself.