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The building, more like an ancient palace from Feudal Asia, rose high above the native treetops.
While not many ventured here, the old soldier had been here many, many times when he was younger. He was once a soldier from Europe and had traveled far and wide, among one of these he'd aided and befriended an Asian noble. And they've shared stories and memories together for many years.
He was escorted inside politely until his presence was announced.
"My lord," said the chamberlain, "Basiru-san has just arrived."
"Ah, good day to you old friend," the daimyo replied, "It has been some time now."
The soldier smiled, "Yes, it has. I trust the children's stories I've translated for you and your grandchildren were to your liking?"
"I found their connection to folk tales quite brilliant and well elaborated." The aging warlord replied, "But I must say, that I was most distressed by Andersen's version of the Little ningyo. Or mermaid as you c