Kajika looked even more skeptical, sleeves fluttering as she crossed her arms. “The Kongokaku have bushi, too.”
“It also helps if you’ve almost died a few times,” Daniel admitted. And let’s not mention how sometimes it was more than just ‘almost’. “You have to live through combat more than once before that stops messing with your head just by itself. And from what everyone’s said about Kongokaku, they… didn’t.”
“Kibito said something about that,” Ikoma muttered, half to himself. “That they’re having to go back and think about how they teach people all over again, because steamsmiths don’t grow up knowing about combat. And what happens after a fight.”
Need to get Kibito and Jack to talk about that, Daniel made a mental note. I bet Jack has all kinds of hints on how to teach geeks not to get killed. “Anyway, if I’m not bothering you… I have a few questions. About Shitori.”
Kajika brightened. “It’s a nice place! Not as big as Aragane was, but there’s plenty of water, we can take hot baths… I hope they let us stay a few more days, this time.”
Oh, a bath. Soaking in hot water sounded like pure heaven.
Brown brows drew down. “They’d better let us stay a little longer. With Kongokaku gone – Yukina says we’re going to have to redraw all the routes, if we want to keep supplying the living stations. Lady Ayame’s going to get a meeting with Minister Yamazaki so they can talk about that.”
That did sound like a good idea. If Kongokaku had been the capital all kinds of trade would have routed through there; changing the hayajiro routes to avoid that central point would take a lot of work- Wait. “The minister?” Daniel asked, curious. “Not the station lord?” Because that seemed like a very odd blip in formal protocol, though if Ayame had lost status by losing the station she was heir to that might be understandable….
Or not, because he’d just gotten a pair of very confused looks. “What did I say?”
Ikoma blinked, then winced. “Uryuu did tell you about Lord Hirozuka?”
“Ex-quartermaster of the shogun’s army, yes-” Daniel cut himself off, as ominous pieces fell into place. “Oh no.” I don’t want to know, I don’t want to know…. “You mean we’re heading back to the station where the Hunters decapitated the local government.” Oh boy. Had anyone told Jack this? Couldn’t have, the colonel would have been brainstorming with the whole team about, what do we do when someone tries to shoot our thoroughly guilty allies.
A/N: What can I say, everybody’s been kind of busy, and they did name names. It just may not have clicked with everyone that SG-1 didn’t know X name belongs to Y station….
Side note: The first Kabaneri compilation movie has Mumei give us the distance between the lord’s manor in Aragane and the railyard: 2 ri (ri = about 2.44 miles), 8 cho (cho = 357 ft, 11 inches). Aragane seems to be modeled on a yamajirō (山城, ‘mountain castle‘), where the manor’s at the top of the hill and the town spreads out below, so that might be more-or-less the whole diameter of the station. That’s still 2.97 miles in diameter. Or about 7 square miles in area. As in, a third the size of Manhattan.
The only bigger station we’ve seen in canon was Kongokaku.