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The Book. The BookThe Book! Yea, Mirja had no idea what she was doing here. Chinese literature and learning aids were scattered about her table, and she felt pretty confident that she could speak, read, and write it now - she had a strange mental tick when it came to learning things - but the book remained basically gibberish. She could pull out a few words that meant something but most of it was to old to make sense of, like reading Old English and expecting your 24th century linguistics to translate it perfectly. Which it didn't.
So, after she exasperation, she picked up the book, and took it over to a guy that she knew, that was really smart. Walking into 3rd was always a little strange, like she was disturbing a nest of highly trained monkeys, and those monkeys stopped work to stare at the strange intruder. The musclehead that was just good for punching things and shouldn't be in the smart section of the Seiretei because she just didn't have the mental capacity to understand anything that was going on there. Probably paranoia, but over the years Mirja had developed a lot of that.
Eventually, she walked up to Zeda's desk, and dropped her book on it, to get her attention away from whatever leching he was doing, or if he was having a nap with his eyes open or something. "Morning Zeda~! I got something for you. I need your mighty brain on an expedition of language!" she exclaimed, grinning broadly as she opened it and launched right in without waiting for anything resembling a response. "So I've managed to get a bit out of the book, there are repeated mentions of Wudang-an-han which is basically a conceptualisation of how your body and your soul interact with each other in cool meshed buggerations. There is also several mentions of Reiki which is the idea of your physical energy, but the rest is gibberish. And so I need your help"
The poof was a bit strange, but maybe it was something he put in place to look all formal and respected while he did something elsewhere. Zeda was certainly a guy that really liked doing things, as opposed to being sat at his desk and just looking official without actually knowing what was going on. So she just let him poof and listened when he started talking about the book. "If it was normal Chinese, I wouldn't need a machine. I learned Chinese last night. But, this is kind of like Old English version of Chinese. Ofer hron rade, you know? If I stuck this into a machine, It would tell me that one line said 'your goat is purple' and that is if I got anything at all"
She stood up, and came around the desk to look behind him, staring at the ancient book in front of her. "Well, I've dated the book around two thousand years old, minimum. Found it in an ancient vault, locked inside a stasis box. If there is a translated version of this book, and not just some modernized bullcrap, I'm thinking it will be harder to find than this book was. World War Three was not kind on libraries. It's basically unique written in a language that the translation of would be incredibly difficult today. So I brought it to the smartest guy I knew to help me. Because if anyone is going to have the brains to be able to pull meaning from these two millennia symbols, then it is most probably going to be you. Or at very least you'll know someone who could help, or make a machine that can work it. I've enticed you now, so you will have to finish it or it will always niggle in the back of your mind"
Mirja leaned on the desk after she was invited, and gave a soft sort of smile. It was nice to lean against things and not have them creak and groan as she was some monster made out of Iridium and bad thoughts. Now it was just bad thoughts. Which she was working to get rid of, but it wouldn't be that easy to just discard. So she'd listen to Zeda, and nod softly at his words. "The Internet has done a pretty good job of surviving. But the much older things were still only found in books, and nobody bothered to upload it to the internet because there was so much other stuff to do. And then Hollows came and had no respect for classic literature, and people were busy not dying to save and secure the books. So when we find one that is actually cool, there is so much work needing to be done just to read it" she muttered, before getting up when he announced his cool machines had nearly done the work. She walked over to read the newly translated variant, and couldn't help but smile as she got through it more and more.
"Wow. This, looks like...Wudang Tai Chi. I looked into it a while back but it was to tame and casual for my taste, so I picked up Bājíquán instead. But, this is not your grandma's Wednesday Evening exercise. This, reads more like the original. The superhuman martial arts that gave birth to the legends of the Orient. It might need a bit of improvisation at some points, nothing is perfect, but...you know I think we have just found something that is very interesting indeed. It doesn't look like something even I can learn over night, but just having this...I knew I was right to bring it to the smartest guy in the Seireitei"
As much as he tried to tease her, the book would be gone from his hands before he realised Mirja had moved. This book, was the most precious thing in the world right now, and so she was a bit zealous about having it and learning what she could from the internals. Her silver eyes shone with delight at what she could learn from here, and even the crack about Ibiki didn't get a rise out of her, because she knew exactly how she was going to retort after safely tucking the book away in her Shihakusho. A broad wolf grin spread across Mirja's face as she looked at Zeda.
"It's not my fault you have an IQ of three billion. Translating a dead language is usually hard for people. But there is nobody I would trust with this more than you. Well, maybe Kisuke but he's kinda unpredictable and I'd probably get roped into buying a lot of something from his shop and staying for science" She muttered, going off on a tangent before recovering and grinning again, barely containing her excitement with the book now finally translated into words she could actually read.
"And with this book done now, I do have a lot on my plate, but hey, when I get it's secrets down pat, I'll make sure to come back and teach you. It looks really interesting, and with it, who knows? Maybe you'll actually win next time Zin comes knocking" She retorted, a flash of fang showing her incredibly cheeky side before turning to leave with her precious cargo. She was honest with her offer, since teaching Hakuda was really the only thing she could offer beyond making food and drink for people. Also Tulpa but that was another thing entirely...