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Silk Road Traveler

The Silk Road Wanderer
is a Folk Tale from Japan. It has been only been passed down verbally, so this will be the first time it's been online. The tale is as follows:

There was a traveler named Shu Menn. He was elderly, about 60, who had seen much war in his life.

He had lost all family, friends, and hope to the Imperials. Yet he wandered, selling his wares.

Eventually, he went to the Imperial city, the place where he lost his wife. After entering a local tavern several old soldiers recognized him and Shu was swarmed.  Beaten, bloodied, his goods stolen. They shattered an already broken man.

Shu stood up and looked at them, then locked the door. The soldiers stared in awe at this sage who could stand that kind of punishment. Shu walked up to one and stared him in the eye. He said one phrase.

"It's your turn to give."

It's said that he flew into a rage and afterwards, all they found in the tavern was shredded body parts, with no sign of Shu. His wares remained, including a pendant engraved with his wife's face.

It's said that Shu still wanders the road, searching for the spirits of his beloved, and taking revenge on those who wronged him.

It’s short, but this is all there is (Well, all that I can remember). I only heard it once, and the man I heard it from said it was told to soldiers to warn them of being cruel to bystanders. I feel that it belongs here, since I haven't seen it online anywhere.

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