I'm Nagasone Kotetsu...or a counterfeit of it. The one who forged me wasn't Kotetsu. He was a swordsmith named Minamoto Kiyomaro, also known as Yotsuya Masamune. I was forged by a proper swordsmith, so I perform the best among the counterfeits.
Although, my former master seemed to believe that I was the real deal until the very end.
Ahh, when it comes to writing formal letters, it's a bit hard to write...
Well, I suppose there is no reason to be too formal, just think of this as a regular update.
In order to get stronger, I headed towards the era of the days of past.
It's the Bakumatsu Period, at the time where my previous master is still alive.
I understood my objective. It was said that it was my previous master who named me as a Kotetsu.
However, as pathetic it is to admit this,
I have absolutely no idea how to approach him, or how I can grow stronger.
I made up my mind, and successfully managed to make contact with my previous master.
.....Although it sounds like a complete victory, it was actually nothing special.
All I did was take the seat beside him in a pub and exchanged a few words with him.
My previous master was a man who likes to talk about swords.
He boasted about how he owns a Kotetsu.
He would have never guessed that his conversational partner is that particular Kotetsu and a fake at that.
Eventually, I asked him in a joking manner whether that Kotetsu was real.
And then he replied that there was no way that such a fabulous work of craftsmanship could be a fake.
I crossed paths with my previous Master again. Right after the Ikedaya incident, that is.
I played it off like it was just a coincidence and called out to him.
It appears that he still remembers the recipient of his bragging sometime back.
"This Kotetsu is definitely real! Thanks to it, I managed to get out of a thick spot," he said.
After that, he lectured me on how horrible my knowledge of swords was and if he had a chance, he would teach me about them.
His tirade would have gone on for a while had I not kept my mouth shut. Nevertheless, I managed to gain something out of it.
I realised that even if it is a fake, as long as it has the properties that its master seeks, and fulfills the master's desires,
then it will be something that can rival that of the real thing.
Therefore, I should just strive to achieve the type of work that is needed by my current master.
I have obtained my answer. All that is left is for me to return and make it a reality.