Muse – Modern Age Troubles

The Kari were mourning the loss of their elder, Tadayoshi. Still, before he was even put in the ground his replacement had been chosen. It was simply the way of things. The Kari Clan was ruled over by a patriarch and that person guided his kin by will and experience. When the elder fell he would always be swiftly replaced. Though if she was honest, Semei Kari would not have been the man she would have chosen.

On the island of Shimragata there was not a moment to be alone. Each time she had tried to escape the gathering of individuals who had come to support and show their respects she was cornered by someone. So, it came as no surprise to her when a subtle sigh drew her attention, “Those Kari men sure do love to brood. I could not take it anymore and had to get out of there,” Tsubaki stated.

“They just lost their elder, it is understandable.”

“I am not saying it isn’t, but this does not feel like simple mourning.”

Tationy noticeably sighed, “That is because it is not. Today the balance of power has shifted back into the hands of those that support the dismantling of the Kari Foundation. The heaviness is from mourning and the brooding from uncertainty.” With a quick change of the topic Tationy asked, “How long will you be staying in Aslann?”

Tsubaki laughed and then made an annoyed expression, “If the new president has his way, probably forever. Thankfully, I do not have to return to America for a while. Nala Kari is putting together her newest collection in Milan and she has asked me to join her.”

“Are you safe Tsubaki?”

“Of course, I am fine. Currently, Aslann is not one of the nations on his detaining list. If that changes…well, let’s hope it does not change in my lifetime.”

“Mr. President,” Tationy said breathlessly, “Certainly has charged in like a bull.”

Tsubaki laughed, “Why do I get the impression he reminds you of someone?”

With a shake of her head she finally turned to face Tsubaki. There was a moment where she simply stared at the young woman she had gone to high school with before tilting her head and finally responding, “In a way, but Hiko did not talk as much and it took nothing for him to piss people off. The new president of the United States, tries too hard.”

“There is always something about men like those, isn’t there?” Tsubaki questioned and the somberness was clear in her tone. It came as no surprise when she asked, “Have you heard from him?”

Pursing her lips and crossing her arms she briefly sighed, “No. I am sure whatever Abe is up to he will be back before we know it.”

“I keep telling myself that same thing, but it is unlike him not to call. Have you heard from him at all?”

“I am sorry Tsubaki. Really, I wish I had some news for you. Unfortunately, where he has gone my eyes cannot follow.”

The young woman before her changed gears quickly, “No, do not apologize. Look at me asking you about Abe. I told myself I was not going to. After all of these years, one would think that I would have gotten over this foolish crush I have on him.”

“A woman’s heart will always remember the soul that touched it and never forget the one that tied it down. It is simply the way of things.”

“Does this mean you will go to him, Kuro of the Ishi?”

“The thought of doing so makes my heart beat wildly,” Tationy responded as she rested her hand to her chest. It would be a moment before she would quickly add, “My son and I will be staying among the Kari in Meratoia. Kazuma is very much like his father and the loss of his grandfather is proving to be very difficult for him. Only a strong Kari hand will be able to guide him.”

“I do not know if I could be as stoic. How do you do it? What the hell keeps you standing Tationy?”

“It is nothing overly complicated,” She responded somberly. “The truth is as long as he is alive, then I can continue on.”

“What if something happens to him?”

There was a heaviness that lingered around the two of them. Certainly it was a question Tationy had asked herself millions of times. The answer was an ugly one; a truth she could not hide or take back. It was reflected in her eyes at the mere thought of losing him.

“Then those responsible will suffer a fate worse than death,” She responded simply.

“Abe was right, you are far scarier than Hiko Kari.”

Tationy managed a meek smile, “Coming from him that was probably a compliment.”

Tsubaki chuckled and responded, “Yeah, it probably was.” There was a moment of silence before the young Zenaku woman added, “We should head back before those Kari men send out a search party for you.” Tationy had inadvertently responded in a way that amused Tsubaki, “You just rolled your eyes.”

“I cannot even tell you how much I hate this Queen of the Kari shit.”

“Well, let’s survive the rest of the day and then tomorrow you can tell me all about it over coffee and breakfast.”

“Deal,” Tationy responded as they quickly returned to the wake.



  1. Hmm, so the choosing of Semei, is this the start of the end? “The end” in the sense of Kazuma the god eventually taking over the Kari and making them all return to Shrimgata so Kazuma can blow up the rest of the world? Who would Tationy have chosen, by the way? You state she was a vocal opponent of Semei as the Elder.

    I’m with Tsubaki, why the heck is Tationy staying with the Kari? I feel like she is using her uncontrollable son as an excuse to not go where she wants to go. Doesn’t she remain “Queen of the Kari”? Why, if she hates the title so much? HAHA oh Tsubaki, glad to see you still hang on to the memory of Abe like a dead flower. -_- It is good, however, to see Tsubaki being a friend to Tationy, coming to the wake and supporting her like this.

    Love the insight into Tationy back in the modern days, and her viewpoint on the Kari. It is about time we got to see that *glares at Michelle*.

    • Yes, the choosing of Semei is the start of the end. It was the first step toward Kazuma getting what he wanted. In TEPR we see this just a bit when Semei and Tatsuya were chosen by Tadayoshi as the Elder and the Shield, overruling the decision of Zen’s choice for shield.

      This has been hinted at and shown in some form in TEPR and even was meant to be shown in the college years with the removal of Kazuki as Shield.

      Tationy would have had Zen stay on as Shield (because he would never lead the Kari), but her choice of Elder for the Kari would have been Ryuu Kari (a character we have not seen) due to being overshadowed by others.

      Yes, her and Zen were very vocal against Semei. Semei is a great elder, unfortunately he has no care for the modern age and his feeling regarding the Kari Foundation are very harsh. So, both vehemently disagreed with his appointment.

      Tationy has done two things through the ages. 1) stayed among the Kari in one form or another. 2) stayed among their enemies – Shima, Maiba, etc.

      She did this to “passify” the vessel of Kazuma. As long as she was close to the Kari in one form or another she could keep him in check for a time. When she was unable to be close to the vessel she could be at the side of one of their enemies.

      For the most part, the Ishi and Kari just stayed away from each other. They did not like each other, but they had no reason to get involved with each others affairs. With Tationy being with the Kari, many Ishi took it as a sign that she had chosen Kazuma instead of Rin (for one reason or another), while the Kari found – Yes of course she chose her king. In reality she knew that if she went to the Ishi, the Kari would not stand fore it and it would cause conflict.

      So she pushed it off for as long as she could and remained at the side of the Kari (in one form or another) to protect the Ishi and passify Kazuma. Unfortunately, her Sato blood did not work on Semei and she was unable to keep Kazuma in check. Eventually Semei realized why it was she stayed close to the Kari and ultimately that knowledge was passed on to Kazuma which is why she and Som(e) seem as though they do not get along.

      In some ways, yes her uncontrollable son is an excuse. It is one of course that most people would not question though and it was true, he was quite uncontrollable and there were very few people capable of keeping him in check – Semei being one of them. Nao from the Ishi being the other.

      Yes, Tationy remains Queen of the Kari even as she moves into the Future Age. It is a title bestowed upon her by Aslann and the Kari. Tationy has worn very few titles she approves of. Queen of the Kari was never one of them. Though you will have to wait to find out why.

      Some crushes you just cannot move on from, that is the case with Tsubaki. She always pines away for Abe and had he lived there is a chance they would have come together in one form or another, though nothing serious. The only woman I see him marrying is Moochie of the Sweela who is also around during the modern age and was friends with Tsubaki.

      I felt it was definitely necessary to use Tsubaki. Originally, my plan for Tsubaki (along with Mai and Pai Pai) were to be Tationy’s girl squad. They were all meant to be her friends in one form or another, but in TEP, TEPR, and the Prequel Tsubaki really took a hit along with Mai, Pai Pai, Eri, and Suemeli. So, it is my hope to redeem her in modern age muses as I try to fix the damage that was done to her in other stories. Will it work? No idea, but she did go to school with Tationy and she did have a crush on Abe. She dated Sadoo and was friends with Moochie, so she is not a character I have given up on 100%. Whether or not she can be redeemed after the Prequel, who knows.

      HAHA, I know it is about time. We will learn more from Tationy in muses, but not all at once because I do not want to overwhelm all of you. *Dangles Tationy Muses*

      • Ahhh. You know, I have been wondering how Som(e) knew about Tationy’s plan, and why they don’t get along (or seemingly don’t get along). Besides the fact that Som(e)/Kazuma is a jerkface, I mean HAHA. I am guessing Tationy’s Sato blood could not pacify Kazuma in Semei, because Semei was too strong for that? Or…wait, isn’t there some aspect to Semei that makes him immune from that? It’s been so long since he was in the picture, I no longer remember. πŸ™

        The Kari seem to like their titles, so of course they would brand Tationy with one that indicates she “belongs” to them. I mean, I get why she stays with the Kari – she has said she will do anything to protect the Ishi – but between her decision to stay and the Ishi assumption that she chose the Kari, she and Kuro now have this epic gap of misunderstandings and miscommunication between them. It seems like they will eventually work that out, but lordy, it’s going to take a lot of head knocking for that to happen HAHA.

        I hope Tsubaki can redeem herself. At least for the sake of the Zenaku in the modern era, with Imari and Morri. You are right, there are some crushes you never get over. It is just sad to see Tsubaki still holding on to that for Abe, especially considering how she was portrayed in the prequel (which I know is not canon, but the feeling still lingers).

        Good, I was hoping we would learn more about Tationy, from her perspective!

      • Tationy’s Sato blood could not pacify Semei and thus could not pacify Kazuma – Correct. No, Semei has Matsuo blood which is one of the clans that cannot be pacified because the are shifters – primarily cats and what we have learned about cats is the do whatever the hell they want. ^_^ In all seriousness, the Matsuo is a clan that cannot be pacified their weakness comes in the fact that that their minds are weak to clans like the Waichia.

        Yeah there are a lot of misunderstands and miscommunications between Tationy and Kuro. There is along road, but eventually the two of them do work it out (how long and to what degree is the true question).

        Well how she was portrayed in the prequel is exactly why I am trying to fix her. Her relationship with Abe should never have been written that way. We know she does have other relationships, but Abe is always that one crush she never quite gets over, but she does move on and forward. Of course in this particular muse she is not that old. Tationy was 16 when with the Kari, she spent 2 of those years with Hiko and 9 years with Tadayoshi before he died. Her and Tsubaki, along with Abe, Chochi, Taku, Sadoo, Moohie, Otoha, are all the same ages. So, Tsubaki is still in her twenties at the time of the funeral and young people still burn torches long after high school and college sometimes which is the case with Tsubaki.

        Yeah the prequel feelings still linger. It had a very strong impact as an AU, which is why I want to get away with AU’s and deal with the characters properly.

        We will get plenty more from Tationy as time passes. The chapters will always be from Kuro’s pov, but muses will vary depending on what I am writing so we will get a wide variety of POV’s.

      • No wonder I liked Semei so much, he is literally part cat. πŸ˜‰ I’m sure Kazuma was pleased to get a host like Semei, because that means being able to do whatever he wanted. Not being pacified into submission like Tationy had been doing to him.

        I am glad to see you are working on fixing some of these characters. It’ll be nice to see some of your female characters redeem themselves. πŸ˜‰ Tationy needs some friends who are girls, seriously. Being around all that testosterone gets lonely after awhile.

      • Yeah it was a good thing for Kazuma and it happened very rarely in history for him to be in bodies that could not be pacified in one way or another.

        She does not trust women. That is the problem with being able to see the past, present, and future she is privy to all the potential skeletons in a persons closest, but it is my hope to redeem some of them – though no all. I have no plans to work with Eri Maiba again nor do I have any intention on using Sadamitsu Anami (other than his historical and his future age forms). As well as Miroku will be another character that never gets seen in the modern or future ages again. Will stick with just the historical with him as I always intended. So on and so forth.

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