Soon after his Test of Fire and Water, with nothing but the more traditional clothes provided to him by Harmonious Crane, and a sword at his side, Kurosawa Takehiko began his quest for revenge. His first goal was to reclaim his stored money from his days as a hitman, which was kept in a safe in the Yakuza communal apartments. With no means of transportation, him and Yamazaki Shizuka walked through Japantown, past the sick and dying on the street.
When he reached the apartment, he met 3 teenage Yakuza recruits. They mocked him for his choice of clothing, and told him to get lost. He responded by attempting to disarm one of them, though he only succeeded at elbowing him in the nose. As their conversation continued, the kids soon realized who he was, 2 of them running away in fear. The third stood, scared but ready to fight. Kurosawa threw him to the ground with a leg sweep, and the kid ran off as he tried to help him back up.
Making his way inside, he walked past the kids fighting, heading up to his apartment. He saw a few small children standing outside of his old room, telling each other to go in, talking about the ghost that lives in there. Going inside himself, he found nothing more than a few cigarette butts and empty bottles. His safe was tampered with, but its contents were untouched.
Heading back downstairs, he heard shouting from the landlord Goro, asking who was up there. Upon seeing Kurosawa, he tripped over himself trying to get back to his office, only to be slammed into a wall by a spinning kick to the head from Kurosawa. Kurosawa dragged Goro back to his office, trying to wake him back up. Yamazaki offered Goro some of her blood, healing some of his wounds. Injured, but able to act, Goro tried to crawl to his own safe, only to be grabbed by Kurosawa. After roughing him up a bit, he got Goro to tell him who messed with his safe, and what happened to his bike. Yamazki stayed to watch him as Kurosawa went to the garage attached to the building.
Back in the corner of the garage sat his bike. Two teenagers were messing with it, one of them wearing Kurosawa’s old helmet.He scared these two kids away as well, getting his bike and helmet back. Going back inside, he found Yamazkia had managed to make Goro open the safe, finding some more money, a small revolver, and some documentation with vague information about Yakuza imports, talking of drugs and something unspecified.
Not wanting to stand out as he walked around, he took some of his old clothes from his room, and stole from some of the kids to find something for Yamazki. Since there were no girls living there, she had to wear whatever they could find that would fit. With nowhere else to go, he went to Yamzaki’s apartment to hide his money. It was decorated in dead flowers and the colors black and blue. While somewhat off-putting, Kurosawamade a joke about it, brushing it off, and heading out to learn more about the Yakuza’s activity in the past year.
Kurosawa decided to hit up some bars that Yakuza members often frequent, looking form some information. Most people were dismissive of him, telling him nothing or to get lost. He eventually encountered a member of Saito-kai, who mentioned the incorporation of his group into Oshiro-ikka. After further questioning, the guy started to get suspicious, and left. Encouraged by his Po, Kurosawa threw a cup and the guy, and took him out with a spinning kick.
Left without answers, Kurosawa went to the Slumbering Dragon Temple to ask Savage Mantis for advice. He reminded him of his place in the Celestial Bureaucracy, his mandate from God. He found her words enlightening, reaching a deeper level of understanding in his Dharma. Encouraged by his newfound understanding, he went back out to find information on the Yakuza, trying to lie this time to get the info. When put on the spot, he said he came from Tanaka-gumi in Japan, forgetting Tanaka-gumi was one of the 4 clans in San Francisco. Realizing there was something off with Kurosawa, the Yakuza member sent him to the back alley, into an ambush.
Two men in the alley failed to get the jump on Kurosawa, and it lead to a bloody fight. When one of the two made Kurosawa drop his sword, it forced him into fire soul, leading to him killing all 3 of the men, cutting off one’s leg and decapitating him before he hit the ground, impaling the one he had talked to originally, and decapitating a third he left bleeding on the ground. Disappointed in himself, he returned to the Temple, look for some kind of penance.
His Po mocked him for seeking absolution, questioning why he cared about those 3 men he killed. There were criminals, they attacked him, he relished in their death, the Po certainly did. He told his Po how foolish it was, the revenge is more than killing people over simple grievances, and to punish those responsible for his condition, he had to have a plan. He slept at the temple for the night.
In the morning, Yamazaki was waiting for him, unable to find him last night. Kurosawa had a new plan, he would look for a Yakuza member, and force the information out of them. He went down to the Chinatwon market, where he knew a Yakuza patrol could be found, the same one his was part of when he first joined. When he saw the patrol, he could tell it was lead by the same man that taught him in the first place, his leader on his first mission. Kurosawa paid off a stall vendor to call him a thief, getting his old trainer to chase after him with one kid. Kurosawa led himself into a corner, and revealed his identity to his pursuers. The kid ran off, and Kurosawa end up in a stalemate, guns drawn.
Kurosawa tried to convince his old trainer that he was set-up, that Oshiro Hiroto had the old leader killed to take his place. Why else would Kurosawa have killed Yuuto and Daichi? They were like his family, he had nothing to gain from it. As it seemed he was getting through to him, his trainer took a few fruitless shots at him, receiving an injury of his own in the return fire. Kurosawa cashed him down, and took him out with a leg sweep, questioning him at gun point. He told Kurosawa about the incorporation of the smaller families, and about Mori-kai fighting back. Kurosawa planned to let him live, but his Po’s thirst for revenge was greater, forcing him into shadow nature. With the Dragon in control, he killed his old trainer, one of the kids with him, and injured the third as he ran off. His vengeance sated, the Po retreated, letting Kurosawa back in control to deal with the consequences.