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After more than 10 years of looking for an artist for Rend, I finally found one with superb coloring skills!!! The art leans more toward bleach than Ranma in Takahashi verse, but I am content with this work.

Check out the picture of rend!

( cover art for rend )

Please leave comments in his deviant art if you have a deviant art account. :)




For those who have no idea what I'm talking about:
Rendezvous with Fate is a really old fanfic I wrote when I was in high school. Have pity on my high schooler's pen. It's a Ranma 1/2 fanfic set in medieval Japan. I might write another medieval Japan fanfic becuase I just have so much research that spilled over from rend!

Here are the stuff that supplement rend scattered throughout this journal:
Map of Japan with Ranma daimyo influences [here]
Japanese Feudal Hierarchy [here]
Rendezvous with Fate fanart [here]



Summary:
In a world where Akane never knew Ranma, never knew the Saotomes and is currently married to Ryoga Hibiki, she's never been more content.. Until she dies. She finds herself in the past, in the body of Kodachi and married to Ranma. Now she's lost.
Genre: Alternate Universe/ Medieval Japan
Main story link: [here]







Other posts related to Rendezvous with Fate, inspiration, basis etc. [here]



for someone standing at the peak of happiness it's an obligation...
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Map of Japan with Ranma daimyo influences [here]
Japanese Feudal Hierarchy [here]
Rendezvous with Fate fanart [here]



Summary:
In a world where Akane never knew Ranma, never knew the Saotomes and is currently married to Ryoga Hibiki, she's never been more content.. Until she dies. She finds herself in the past, in the body of Kodachi and married to Ranma. Now she's lost.
Genre: Alternate Universe/ Medieval Japan
Main story link: [here]

Recent Chapters links:
Chapter 20: April to June
Final chapter and therefore has no summary. :) Rendezvous with Fate 1998-2007 :) Finished. Editing for FFML, and then off to RAAC. Still editing some of the chapters for mediaminer. Will be updating my webpage hopefully before classes start (which is next week... and I'm going to medical internship this coming april, so I really need to do it soon or goodbye webpage until two years)

Epilogue 1 

Epilogue 2 will take a while, but then it's almost a stand alone.  It's 30% complete. 

As it is, though, Rend is finished.

Thank you to Ellen Kuhfeld, Dream & JM for everything. Especially my dedicated readers and reviewers. (I mean 9 years is a long time to wait for something to finish) Comments and Criticism welcome.




Next story is being worked on. The inu yasha one is ... hohum in the design phase, but the next ranma fanfic is already in chapter 6. It will be shorter, more contemporary because I want to leave all technical first while I'm going into internship before I return to research heavy medieval Japan (yes, I have another story for RxA in that setting plotted out in my head). Haha, wait and see.




Other posts related to Rendezvous with Fate, inspiration, basis etc. [here]



for someone standing at the peak of happiness it's an obligation...
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This is going to be large. So anyway it's behind a cut.

Map of Rend )

Everything I said before but in a map this time.

It took me an entire day to find all of the necessary pictures. Haha, even rank is specified. Also, their "Daimyo flags" or Daimyo sigils are there. All daimyo flags are based on previous daimyo who held that particular territory.

Ranma and Ikkasei's are behind them becuase there are two people in the map under "Saotome territory" and Sei's father (sugoshi) has an overloard, plus the Ikkasei seal that you see in the Imperial way is actually Japan's Prime Minister seal and I didn't want to toy with the prime minister *shudder*. The Kunos only have one becuase Kuno is still directly under his father, he hasn't earned the right for his own seal yet.

For more information on seals or mon, here's Wikipedia's easy explanation. [here] and Military communications in Feudal Japan [here]

Reminder, Tendo patriarch in Rend is dead. (I didn't put it on the map... but anyway). The guy posing as Sei's father (Ikkasei Sugoshi) was drawn by Rumiko Takahashi. Haha. He appears in Rumic World 1.

One province each dotted line (sanuki, sagami) , the ones grouped together is one 'do' or way which are represented by double dotted line (Tokaido etc).

Tokaido, East Sea Way: fifteen provinces. Fitats, Simusa, Katsusa, Awa, Musasi (Musashi), Sagami, Isu (Izu), Suruga, Kai, Tutumi and some other provinces I can't find.

So in the fic, the entire administrative division's head would be Happosai ruling the Tokaido. Ranma has Sagami. And Happosai stays at Musashi.

Ranma's han (fief) is in [12 Samurai Archives Map] (The Province of Sagami) which has a city called Kamakura where Rose Brier is. I relocated Nerima to Kamakura (yes, it's time for suspension of disbelief) to Kamakura so that there would only be one place for all of Ranma's cities.

Kuno land would be the Tosando, east mountain way: Dewa, Muts (Mutsu) Simotske, Kutske, Sinaro, Fida, Mino and Umi. Which by the way, is a large friggin amount of land. (7 in the PCL map)

Tendo land (2 on the PCL map) is Narikaido, South Sea way : Isje (Ise) and Kiu (Kii), Awa, Sanoki (Sanuki), Tosa, Ijo (Iyo), Awasi(Awaji) and Iga.

Although I'm placing both Ise and Kii in 5 (PCL MAP) so that Tendo land is surrounded by water.

I'm placing Ise and Kii as Ikaasei land along with Setsu (Settsu), Yamatsiro (Yamashiro), Yamato, Kawatsi (Kwatchi) and Izumi. This is Ikkaasei land. This is 5 on the PCL map bringing me an ordinate amount of trouble because this is Gokiraido or the Imperial Way.


All are their original groupings (1855) except Iga, Ise and Kii, which aren't supposed to be in Gokuraido (history wise) but rather part of Narikaido. However, I couldn't have the Saotome territory bordered by Tendo territory, so I merged lands.

Why 1855 and not 1600's well because in the 1600's everything was so messy because everyone just said, "I think I'll take over my neighbor, I'm stronger" then took land. I know, I'm cheating, somewhat. I don't have a 1600's political map anyway. Especially since I've rewritten history and Ieyasu Tokugawa isn't anywhere close to edo.

Map from Perry-Castaneda Library

Daimyo Flags (yes they really were the daimyo flags for that particular location in the 1500's-1600's) were courtesy of Flags of the World.

Ranma pictures were stolen all over the net.
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Here's a map of old Japan with their names. (A lot of the prefectures were renamed)

Anwyay:
http://www.samurai-archives.com/map.html

Here is a better map from the PCL Map Collection:




Found here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/japan_1855.jpg
**From Japan as it was and is by Richard Hildreth. Phillips, Sampson, and Company 1855.

It's a more detailed map than the one in "The Samurai Archives" because other than Province Boundaries (Sagami, Sanuki) it has the Administrative Divisions(more modern) although around 1855 and presumably earlier it was called 'Do' roughly translated into 'Ways'.

Names in parenthesis are the ones in the "samurai archive" and the ones used in the fic. Names in the old map were written by a foreigner so it has letters like j etc. A Japanese friend assures me that there are few changes in Japan when it was closed so history books even if it's 200 years apart are ok for information. But really, LAND BOUNDARIES change so much in the feudal eras. I'm in 1600's and the earlies boundary map I have is 1855. It's really sad.

The Administrative Division, from the 1855 map, has grouped these provinces together:

Tokaido, East Sea Way: fifteen provinces. Fitats, Simusa, Katsusa, Awa, Musasi (Musashi), Sagami, Isu (Izu), Suruga, Kai, Tutumi and some other provinces I can't find.

So in the fic, the entire administrative division's head would be Happosai ruling the Tokaido. Ranma has Sagami. And Happosai stays at Musashi.

Ranma's han (fief) is in [12 Samurai Archives Map] (The Province of Sagami) which has a city called Kamakura where Rose Brier is. I relocated Nerima to Kamakura (yes, it's time for suspension of disbelief) to Kamakura so that there would only be one place for all of Ranma's cities.

Kuno land would be the Tosando, east mountain way: Dewa, Muts (Mutsu) Simotske, Kutske, Sinaro, Fida, Mino and Umi. Which by the way, is a large friggin amount of land. (7 in the PCL map)

Tendo land (2 on the PCL map) is Narikaido, South Sea way : Isje (Ise) and Kiu (Kii), Awa, Sanoki (Sanuki), Tosa, Ijo (Iyo), Awasi(Awaji) and Iga.

Although I'm placing both Ise and Kii in 5 (PCL MAP) so that Tendo land is surrounded by water.

I'm placing Ise and Kii as Ikaasei land along with Setsu (Settsu), Yamatsiro (Yamashiro), Yamato, Kawatsi (Kwatchi) and Izumi. This is Ikkaasei land. This is 5 on the PCL map bringing me an ordinate amount of trouble because this is Gokiraido or the Imperial Way.

Anyway... ... ... Here's the photoshop version of Rend with Ranma 1/2 characters as main political leaders. [click]
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Just finished with chapter 9 and 10 edit.

But since this is also a resource post:

Heirarchy of Feudal Japan )

Following the links go to )
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These are the deleted scenes of Rend. These do not include scenes deleted before 2005 because my harddrive totalled the database I had for the lost scenes.

They were taken out either becuase it was unnecessary for the plotline or because I thought it was not what I wanted the fic to go to.

Spoilers Abound )
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con't from Rend 13b

Rend 13C )

I'm taking a gamble on Hinako's age. Since she looked like a child when Akane and Ranma were sixteen, maybe she'd look like a teenager when they were grownups. I mean her child form does grow up, right... which makes me wonder what her child form will be when she's 75 or something.

For the manga impaired: Ryu Kumon is not my character, for those of you that have noticed him on either fanfiction or have bought the manga... Nabiki's flashback was also mostly derived from the manga. I'm not planning to tell the in-betweens because that would be too long and would take out the purpose of this entire thing... If you're really interested... it's in volume 28 of the manga.

Exerpts of it are already in my webpage, check it out.

Also the oath taking was heavily revised from an original work :) I'm not very poetic. Here's the original of the oath. As some of you may have noticed, it's the Hippocratic Oath with a few changes:

Hippocrates circa 400 BC (Be my light)

I have recently found out that Japanese people don't have middle names. Hmmm... They have a first name and they have a last name but never middle names. So the entire Nabiki thing with two names is improbable. However, it's too late to change the entire story line for that sole reason. It's a minor fact that just strips Nabiki of a -ma in the end, and not terribly important, but I just had to say it :) Sorry for the mistake.

We could think of it as a 'second name'. A different name bestowed on her, quite a stretch but I'm sure you could suspend reality for a while to digest that.

Lastly, donjon is a fortified main tower of a castle or a keep. It is usually your main tower within a fortress. It's not a misspelling of dojou :)


Disclaimer: Ranma and co. were borrowed from the brilliant mind of Rumiko Takahashi

Author's Notes:

This was written before I watched House of Flying Daggers, so I don't know if it managed to catch the same essence as watching that movie has. I hoped you enjoy and see you guys again. Oh and if you have comments for my fighting scenes, especially the bamboo one write to me. I always try to incorporate reader ideas.

I hope the inaguration scene was believable and that you were able to feel the same terror Akane went through when she was pushed off the 'goddamned mountain' :) I based that experience off something similar 'final rights' into something crazy in college I wrote about it here.

On another note, for the entire feeling on top of a mountain what I did for research was climb the smallest volcano in the world! Taal Volcano! I was taking lots of pictures and taking note of the entire experience so that I could get that on paper. Find out more here

And lastly on Genma's description of Kodachi!

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Revision

04/28/05 : punctuation, grammar and colorful word fix (Media Miner Upload)
01/07/05 : Fixed ending scene with Nabiki since she was too childish and some grammar.
12/28/04 : Added a ranma-akane scene and corrected grammatical errors.


Rend Chapter 7A ) Continued in Part B
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Dedicated to those who have been telling me to fix up my Akane and
Ranma pairing.

From 9C Rend 10A )

On to 10 B

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