Learning is to a man as the leaves and branches are to a tree, and it can be said that he should simply not be without it. The heavens have blessed me with curiosity and anamnesis, and for my whole life, I have endeavored myself to not have this gift be squandered.
During my time at in Four Temple Order, I met people from all walks of life and took an interest in the trade of all willing to impart of their expertise. Some of this only serves to satiate my inquisitive mind but at other time this knowledge helped me in my duties. A great many time I was able treat cases of poisoning due to my knowledge of wild plants and mushroom which I acquired from peasants and hunters.
During my tenure as a healer, I tended cases of all sorts, from the benign chickenpox to the virulent and unforgiving pneumonic plague. Of all the things I’ve seen, nothing compares to the horrors of the maho-tsukai. Five years ago during Daigotsu’s invasion of Otosan Uchi, I did see the wounds inflicted by the creatures of the Shadowlands and the foul deformities of those corrupted by the Taint. While I had not gazed with my own eyes a maho-tsukai or any of their abominations, I did hear first hand, from the bushi and shugenja that had fought them, the power of the undead and those who control them. This experience possibly saved my life and that of the Young Master and his friend, Mirumoto Takeshi.
While we were investigating the disappearances of some of my flock, we stumbled upon a group of kyonshi up on a hill. It was a terrifying sight and it took all my willpower to maintain my composure. Luckly, I recalled the words of a seasoned Crab bushi I had once under my care. He had told me decapitation was the most expedite way to dispatch them. I yelled this instruction to Ichiro-san and Takeshi-san who rapidly complied. In the span of six breaths, the battle was over.
|Following this encounter, we sent for messengers to governor Katsuo asking for him to come as soon as possible. Meanwhile, we enlisted of a young Eta named Junkei to burn the kyonshi and the other corrupted corpses lying around. Sadly, the Young Master’s friend had been wounded by one of the kyonshi during the battle and there is a possibility that he has been infected. While my knowledge of medicine is extensive, it is not without boundaries. I had seen the ravages of the taint on those that fought this evil but there is much about the Taint I do not know. I could not determine if an infection had indeed taken place or what to do about it. Katsuo-sama suggested to Takeshi-san to have his wounds be checked by a healer of renown residing in the City of the Rich Frog, Shosuro Satoru. Additionnally, the governor ordered that Takeshi-san and I escort Junkei, the eta, to the healer so that he reports on what he saw on corrupted bodies. The governor specifically requested that no one in our escort address the eta on what had just transpired. I understand the need for secrecy on this matter, but my heart is not at ease. I fear that once Junkei-san has transmitted his information to the healer, they choose to dispose of him. I can only hope his fate is not already sealed.|