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Sunaarashi

An expert swordsman who has emerged from the desert wasteland that is his home.

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a character in “The Great Guild Fortune”, as played by DarKnight36

Description

"Only a fool doesn't respect God... and fools don't live long in this world."

Name: Sunaarashi
Sex: Male
Age: 31
Race: Mixed - Mainly Sudean

Physical Description: About 6'5", has grey-green eyes and dark brown hair. Has dark-colored skin from the desert sun, but is a normal white color originally. Is very strong and muscular, and carries a large bag with him that contains an arsenal of weapons.

Clothing: Light clothes that keep him cool, including sandals, baggy shorts, and a sleeveless top.
Height: 6'5"
Weight: Probably close to 275 lbs
Skin Colour: Dark, white originally
Hair Colour: Dark Brown
Eye Colour: Grey-green

Occupation: Unemployed
History Bio: Sunaarashi was born somewhere in Sudea, and lived with his family in the deep desert. He later became chief of his tribe, and married. He had a son, and began to make progress in turning the sometimes vicious life that the tribe led into a prosperous trading link. However, tragedy struck when Ashura slavers, bolstered by mercenaries, attacked their caravan. Hopelessly outnumbered, Sunaarashi watched as his son and wife were murdered, and the rest of his tribe either killed or taken away into slavery. He himself was gravely injured from the attack. He has trained for the last several years in the art of killing...
Home Town: Unknown
Home Country: Sudea

Personality: A normally calm demeanor, polite and positive, but has buried a deep sense of hatred and guilt for what happened to his family and tribe.
Fears and Desires: He fears nothing any longer, as he has already lost everything that could be taken from him. His biggest desire is to avenge the deaths of his family.

Equipment and Weapons: Due to his exhaustive training, Sunaarashi is skilled in nearly every form of combat. However, he usually depends on a study katana that was given to him by his father. He carries with him a bag of equipment that contains many other forms of weaponry.
Styles and Abilities: His teachers nicknamed him the Copycat for his ability to pick up on fighting styles so quickly. He developed his own style of swordsmanship that is thought to be unpredictable.
Chi and Augmentations: Although his tutors tried to develop a sense of Chi within Sunaarashi, they could find no way to do so. Most of them believed, however, this was due to an unconscious block on their student's part, stopping him from learning the arts.

So begins...

Sunaarashi's Story

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Poyo.

It was a horrible name. Especially for a town like this, where people already gave you odd looks if you looked different, if you stood out against the grain. It wasn't pure racism, to be sure, but pride was one of the many faults of the Yune Empire, and Poyo had plenty of it. Especially today.

The Emperor's birthday was always an ostentatious occasion. Even in small towns like this, the Nightflower Guild had representatives selling fireworks by the dozen, albeit only small ones, to every one with enough coin in their pocket. At this time of year, the population of Poyo would have doubled, if not tripled, and the few inns would be filled to the rafters with people.

Vendors seemed to have been brought out of the woodwork, selling balloons, candy, offering prizes for the winner to one game or another. Inside the inns and homes, the noise was not diluted. Instead, it seemed amplified, with the smoke from cigarettes and the smell of alcohol thick in the air. In all the inns, waiters and waitresses alike offered what they had to sell, anywhere from food to themselves, if the price were right. The preparation would have gone on for months before this, and no one in the village would be expecting to get any sleep tonight. Which is why he hated this time of year.

Sunaarashi breathed in deeply, walking slowly through the packed streets, the bundle over his shoulder gripped tightly in his left hand. The sword strapped to his back moved little as he moved, its hilt gleaming dimly in the firelight. His pace was not as bad as it should have been, considering that most of the people who saw him gave him some breathing room as he passed. He supposed this was because of his size, as he stood taller than most of the others around him.

Right now, he really wished he could find a quiet inn somewhere in the back of town, lie down, and get a good night's rest for once, but even the smallest inn would be doing everything they could to rake in the influx of cash this night provided. No one could afford to let this opportunity slip by.

And so it was that instead of sleeping, Sunaarashi wandered the streets. Although not a stranger to the city life, he held no love for it, being a Sudean himself, fond of the wide open spaces and the isolation of the desert. Here in Yune, his dark skin and height, the loose-fitting clothes and sandals, they all gave him a different type of isolation... one he did not particularly enjoy. He might have had more luck if he'd been in one of the larger cities of the Empire, but here in the small town, every stranger was noted and, in his case, singled out.

His eyes scanned the crowds listlessly. He wasn't in the mood for this. Having arrived earlier this day, he'd found that the town was already filled to capacity with traveling family and friends. As the sun had set, even more had appeared, until the city was nearly bursting with screaming, crying, shouting insanity.

Quite suddenly, Sunaarashi found himself nearing one of the gates of the village. He paused in thought, wondering if he should perhaps slip outside and find some hedge to sleep under. Weighing the chances of actually sleeping to getting arrested for trespassing, Sunaarashi had just started for the gate when a rider approached.

Golden armor glinted in the firelight as the young man, of obvious mixed race and an air of confidence one could feel a mile away, looked around the town with a grin on his face. Sunaarashi seemed to catch his eye, which wasn't hard, and the two stared at each other for a moment, before the older man grunted and turned away.

He was beginning to think this was all a waste of time.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi
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Malao


The Festivities were well into their stride. Fireworks were set off every couple of minutes, and the general chorus of laughing and singing could be heard even deep into the forest. Though, for some odd reason, the forest, which was usually filled with the chatter of it's inhabitants, was oddly silent on this night. For on this night, the Golden Monkeys of the Great Houzi Forest were absent from their lofty canopies. Instead they were in a different kind of forest. One made of dense moving people and quick moving carts. Yes, dozens of Golden monkeys moved relatively unseen or ignored through the great crowds of Poyo this evening.

As per usual, the Golden Monkeys were helping themselves to every thing they liked. They distracted food sellers while their friends stole from their carts. They weaved through the thick crowds, nicking purses and valuables with ease. Some even pretended to be injured to distract people as their comrades stole the lot right from under the poor villagers noses. Some monkeys even went after some people no pick pocket in their right mind would.

A Golden Monkey leaped down from a tree onto the rump of a galloping horse just coming into town. The gilded armor of the rider attracted the Monkey's eye. When the rider slowed down and entered the village, he climbed up onto the riders back and began lightly tapping and scratching at the armor. He even looked at the rider a few times, as if to convey to him that he wanted his armor. As he was begging and looking cute, his long tail made it's way down to his coin purse and gently lifted it from his waist. The second he got the purse off the waist, the monkey leaped off of his shoulders and began running through the crowd.

A couple of monkeys spotted a very tall man wading his way through the crowds. Two monkeys leaped in front of his path and began walking backwards just staring at him. Every time he made even the smallest gesture, the two monkeys would mimic it, even if he growled or yelled, the monkeys wouldn't be intimidated, they just kept copying him. As this was going on, one monkey had snuck up from behind and had ever so skilfully nicked his coin purse off of his belt, like it had done a million times. It then leaped up onto one of the near by buildings, screeching a mocking screech, coin purse in hand. It then took off over roof tops.

Even the Giantess was not safe from the Monkeys. As she walked along, she would definitely begin to notice several monkeys gathering around the roof tops, seeming to be following her. One approached her from the top of a lantern wire and screeched at her to get her attention. It then held out what looked like a sapphire. It waved it at her and seemed to try and hand it to her. But, it wouldn't let it go. As this was happening, several monkeys tried and grabbed her coin purse. But, many of them were too scared to get that close to her. One leaped at it,but got scared halfway through and ended up clawing at it, ripping a hole through it causing several of her coins to go clanging to the ground. Several of the monkeys panicked and fled in different directions.

As the Rabbit girl was making her out, a monkey fell in her path. It groaned with pain and even had tears in it's eyes. When she got near it, a monkey sneaked up from behind and lifted her purse. The moment this was done, both monkeys ran and leaped to the trees.

One lone monkey nicked a peach off of a child and scurried to a roof top, there a young man sat and looked out over the festival. He wore a red monkey mask. It was in fact, a Monkey King mask he had gotten at one of the stalls that were selling items. The monkey got back to the boy and plopped the peach into his hand. The boy tussled the monkeys fur then lifted his mask to reveal incredibly sharp teeth. He bit into the peach and his body shivered a bit. He munched on it for awhile, listening to a story told in the distance a big blue Oni. He snickered when the rain came down for a few moments. It was pretty funny. Malao decided he wanted to go talk to him. It was easy for him to blend in with the crowd a events like this, with a simple mask. Though, if anyone ever looked at his feet, they might get suspicious. But, no one looks at feet in a crowd.

A golden monkey dropped down from seemingly nowhere right onto the big Oni's shoulders. It picked some things from his hair for few moments, until a young man in a monkey mask approached him. He also seemed to have a large monkey like tail sticking out from the back of his trousers. The tail seemed stiff and in an odd position. Obviously fake.(Locked with Stone Monkey)

"Hey, Grandpa Rumble." He said, sounding more affectionate than anything. "Know any good tales or stories 'bout the Monkey King?" He said, pointing to a colorful poster of The Monkey King. The boy then held his palm out and a coin purse suddenly dropped into it. it looked rather full. "Ive got coin."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu
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Out of all the strange things Sunaarashi had ever seen, this night was giving him a wondrous exposure to the downright weird. First, there were the monkeys. They had appeared out of nowhere and blocked his path, hooting and hollering whenever he tried to sidestep them. Then they'd stolen his wallet, which he didn't really care about, but the fact that monkeys of all things had done it was bizarre. He'd sworn he'd seen a half-breed Ashura, whom he'd avoided, he had definitely seen a girl with bunny ears, and now he had somehow stumbled across another interesting scene.

For in front of him was an Oni, a girl with a spear, and a man with... monkeys.

Sunaarashi wasn't stupid. It didn't take much to put two and two together. Scowling, he advanced on the monkey man with the very real intention of receiving his money back. However, he paused as a goblin, in a captain's uniform of all things, called out to the unlikely trio.

An uneasy prickling flickered over his skin, and he paused, his eyes narrowing. Something told him to wait, and so he did, standing silently at one end of the street, his attention fixed on the group before him.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu
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"Another drink, sir?" The cocktail waitress asked as Yamato placed the shot glass down on the small table beside him. He had been making a tower of them for the last few minutes, preferring to order his shots in increments of 5. He nodded as he waved the girl away without a second thought.

A few moments later the waitress returned with a bottle and one glass. "This is on the house tonight," she said with a smile, trying to get his attention as she bent down to pour him a glass of the Sake. Yamato rolled his eyes and tossed two gold pieces on the table. "For your trouble." She smiled at the large tip and stood there for a second. "I'm fine, I don't need anything else." His tone reflected his irritation. She bowed deeply, "Thank you for the tip, sir. Please continue to enjoy the town's festival. If you'd like me to I can show you around when my shift is over." He shook his head, sipping the sake. She walked away, unsure why her advances hadn't worked. "Pitiful girl." He muttered, draining the glass. He grabbed the bottle and stalked out into the busy streets filled with merriment. He found himself slightly disgusted with the number of people, "So many peasants. What have they to celebrate? This is just an excuse to forget their pitiful lives."

He threw the empty bottle into the gutter as he staggered though the streets, his mood improved slightly. It was then that he saw the monkeys, and what he thought looked like a goblin. "This should be interesting." A small smile crossed his face as he followed the goblin. Soon he found who the goblin was looking for, an Oni, a Monkey-boy, and a girl who seemed to be readying herself for combat. He wasn't the only on looker either, a man stood on the opposite side of the bridge, and he seemed just as confused as Yamato.

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Since Sunaarashi had no talent for music, he wasn't sure if he knew what to think about the Oni's song. But he did understand drums, and could appreciate the tempo. Sudean music tended to be spoken in low tones, with accompanying layers of percussion, and was strictly kept to religious ceremonies or private rituals like burials.

He shifted from one foot to the other uneasily, his thoughts leading him to remember how there had been none to bury the bodies he'd left behind. Only thirsty sand and wind. He shook his head, attempting to rid himself of the memories, instead focusing on the conversation before him.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu
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Yamato narrowed his eyes, "I have no friends, no associates. Whoever you dealt with at the docks was not with me." He shook his head, "I'm not after anything here, I was simply curious as to why you an a monkey were going the same direction," he shrugged, "I know there's a carnival going on but you seemed to out of place, Captains uniform, these three, excuse me, four individuals. If I didn't know any better, I'd say you were up to something."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul
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Malao


After the Oni finished his song and asked him how it was, Malao slowly put the mask onto his head and revealed his face. He had a big grin showing off his fangs. He then extended a thumbs up to him. He gave a quick monkey laugh. "That was great! Just what I wanted to hear! I'd ask you to write it down for me, 'cept I can't read! Haha! Definitely worth the money!"

Some others began to gather round and soon enough, a girl, a goblin and even a red bird man.....thing. He was wondering what was going on, until one of his monkeys ran up to him and began howling at him. Malao looked at him, seeming like he was listening to the monkey. His face lost his smile. He hung his head low. "Show me." The monkey then ran off. Malao then leapt incredibly high into the air over the row of buildings to their right, ignoring the group.

After a few moments, the monkey showed him the scene. The monkey lied dead, his body completely smashed, there was blood everywhere. Still, he recognized. He was always very brave. He even stuck his head in a sleeping tigers mouth once. He jumped off the building and landed silently next to his body. He saw a big blue monster like woman next to a girl. He ignored them. Malao knelt next to his body and pulled out a piece of cloth from inside his robe. It was made of silk and etched with gold leaf. He draped it over his body and wrapped it up. He then stood up and cradled the body. The monkey that led him here just pointed at the monster woman, baring his teeth. Malao simply nodded and began to walk off. All the monkeys that had come into the village with him were now surrounding him as he walked.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu
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Hyuna Ka-Nan


Truth be told, the moment the Tengu appeared, Hyuna completely stopped paying attention to the song the oni was playing. Her eyes narrowed into two angry, vengeful slits, and now she was almost certain that she’d have to get out of here soon, before she lost control and moved in for the kill. And, since fighting alongside Tengu for years, Hyuna knows all about their weak point and blind spots. And she’s more than ready to exploit each one to kill the terrible monster.

Bump. The goblin-woman elbowed her and, before the shock could wear off enough for Hyuna to slay her, the goblin asked if she was okay. Momentarily confused and not knowing if she was genuinely kind or not, Hyuna muttered that she’s just fine, that’s all. Totally fine.

That was when the Tengu joined their little circle completely, making a snide remark at the Oni. Sparks flew as the tension rose, and it was incredibly hard not to brutally slaughter the flying dastardly creature, too beastly to even consider it sentient. That race ruined her life, after all, so there’s no way she’ll make friends with any Tengu.

Somewhat at a distance, and still watching the group, is a man with a drink. He looked grizzled and experiences, and Hyuna didn’t honestly know what to think of him. And she still was conscious of the not-quite-beastman, who laughed at the Oni’s song with some strange sort of satisfaction. Is he just a fan of the Monkey King, or maybe a friend? His appearance, obviously, does not match with the slant details she heard in the song before the Tengu showed up, of course, but that doesn’t excuse the fact that he may be connected. And that he may know Yuwen.

Still. The goblin-woman and the Tengu seemed to have some sort of tense, cautious, and suspicious exchange, and when the winged monster turned to move on to another area, Hyuna made sure she was closely following it. To get revenge, perhaps? Who knew? Still, chances are, if the damned Tengu could see the spear from under her cloak, he’d be able to tell that it’s of Tengu make, and that Hyuna probably stole it from their lands. Before going on the hunt against her hated natural enemy, she put on her passive, cheerful mask and bowed and smiled nicely at the Oni.

“Thank you for your song, Oni.” She said politely. “I appreciated it very much.”

Not that I even paid the song any attention.

She also laughed a little at the goblin’s little joke, and decided that maybe this goblin was an exception to the rule of the pathetic goblin race. It’d be nice if they could meet another day, so they could perhaps make friends- but more importantly, Hyuna had a Tengu to hunt.

So she disappeared into the bolster of the festival; for Emperor’s Day, where the rats and dogs danced and pranced to celebrate their Fat Cat leader on the Fat Cat Throne. They’d be better off working this day off to get enough money to maybe rise up and remove said leader from the picture. That’s what she would do if she was considered a citizen of Yune anymore. Chances are, she wasn’t, and that’s just fine for her. No taxes, or any of that other bullshit. And despite being a tiny little place, Poyo still revered their Emperor. Farther south from her homeland of Leiya, but the culture was still somewhat the same, from what she remembered. Who knows if it’s still the same situation today.

Oh well.

When spotting the Tengu once again, Hyuna brandished her spear with triumph, before leaping through the air with cat-like agility, landing in front of her hated enemy.

“Tengu.” She scowled. “Remember the Battles for Leiya? Was it fun, screwing up my life like that, you disgusting beast?”

Fracturing the air around her to create an illusion of a giant fearsome demon, she side-stepped the winged creature and re-appeared behind it, before aiming a kick into its back.

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It wasn't that he particularly cared what would happen to the Tengu. It's just that he hadn't heard most of the conversation, being too far away, and after the monkey king or whatever had run away, Sunaarashi had wanted to ask a few questions. As the Tengu had noticed him a while back, and was now walking away, it seemed the most logical choice to ask if he'd seen the direction the villainous thief had run off to.

He'd maneuvered his way through the streets, walking fast so he could catch up with the Tengu. He'd met one once, they had seemed... well, distant, but not exactly bad. He figured he had nothing to lose by asking. However, he hadn't bartered on the fact that the young woman would follow and attack the winged folk. She had yelled something about "screwing up my life" and "disgusting beast," before transforming into a demon whilst sidestepping to kick the Tengu in the back.

Sunaarashi watched the conflict, completely surprised, and wondered if he should do something to stop it.

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


What she didn't anticipate is the Tengu saw her coming, and dodged before her kick's momentum could knock him to the ground. In two quick movements, his katana touched her back, making her flinch at the familiar feeling, as well as using his own chi to knock her spear out of her hands. Her mind worked quickly as Hyuna considered exactly how this Tengu could have survived a technique that immobilized all the other Tengu she slaughtered in her hunt for answers.

"Now now," Hyuna heard his almost mocking voice uncomfortably close to her ear; being at the mercy of one of those disgusting winged beasts was humiliating for someone who even eliminated a Tengu Commander in the midst of a battle. She tried to struggle in vain, but he had her weakness in his grasp- she lacked the physical strength to escape any sort of restraint, relying on speed and misdirection. "While I find your feistiness attractive, I can't help but feel that your hatred for me is misplaced. I know nothing of the battles you speak of, and would never concern myself with the wars between the Tengu and the Humans. Incase you may have missed it, I'm not like any other Tengu you've seen."

The Tengu then flapped his wings, with a color she didn't bother to register before- but a never before seen hue of ashen grey, immediately making her wonder exactly who this Tengu is. He let out a little chuckle as he sensed the realization hit her like a blunt strike to the ribs. "Ever met another Tengu with these wings? I ask you to think long and hard before you decide if you want to continue this little charade. Killing is my game, and I'm not above eradicating a pest such as yourself, but since there's a festival going on, I'm willing to forget this whole thing and let you go on living your obviously painful life. After all, who am I to deny life its right of making you suffer for the sins committed against you, and by you?"

Hyuna clicked her tongue with distaste, still wondering how to get out of this alive, without hurting her own arrogance. Somehow, in the way the Tengu spoke, there were some similarities, but she couldn't tell what, exactly. Are they both motivated by revenge, perhaps? He obviously has distaste for others of his kind, but why? What makes him different?

"Why are you different?" She muttered icily. "Most Tengu collapsed after I was done with them. You saw through my illusion, too! Who are you? What makes you stronger than the others, huh? Still, don't think you completely beat me!"

Testing out something she tried a while ago, Hyuna condensed the air around her fist, until it was almost a solid object. Placing it almost at the Tengu's side, she let it rapidly expand, blasting the Tengu backwards, allowing her to regain her spear. However, this time, she kept it in a defensive position to show that she wouldn't attack him again. On her face was a slight, but obvious frown. She saw that strange grizzled faintly Sudean man observing, and she wondered internally if, perhaps, he was following her or something. Did she somehow kill his son, or something, during her time as a mercenary for Tengala? If so, how could he have tracked her down in the first place?

"Anyways." She continued with a tone indicating a tiny bit more respect, although still ready to protect herself if needed. "Do you know of the noble Yuwen Lu-Tan, and if so, where he could be right now?" Almost as if it were an afterthought, Hyuna dispersed the fractured air to take away the demon illusion. This time she spoke almost submissively, unintentionally. "...if you don't mind, I'd like to learn from you... and get stronger. I've got a lot of coin, if you want that. I... uh, I apologize for the misunderstanding."

She let it out almost by accident, but yes, Hyuna missed companionship for quite a long time. And sensing something vaguely familiar about this Tengu in the way he talked and acts, the more vulnerable side of Hyuna posed the question on if they could possibly become friends. After all, he separated himself from those of his kind, so he can't be nearly as atrocious as they are. He might, just might, be a good friend later on. She then gave a cursory glance to that human man at a distance, almost as if she was indicating for him to approach.

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Yamato smirked, her chi was rather impressive. He took a relaxed stance while she spoke, "Why are you so different?" The question was common, one he'd always had an answer to. Before he could answer, she continued to speak. He listened as she spoke of the Tengu who fell to her. He folded his arms as her speech drifted off, her gaze now over his shoulder. "Than man from the bridge...what's he after?" He thought before she started again, "Anyways," he sensed a tone of respect in her voice. One that made him nearly smile. This was what he lived for, what he desired most from the world. "Do you know of the noble Yuwen Lu-Tan, and if so, where he could be right now?"


He thought about it for a moment, while he thought she dissolved her demon. A trick he could see assuring her victory against his kind and many others. It could prove valuable to help him get what he wanted. "I've never met a man with that name, but I have heard of him. An adventurer, or something. I'd only ever heard of him in passing, never too eager to learn more." He shrugged and readied himself to leave, sheathing his katana. She was a threat, but he could tell she no longer desired a fight. "...if you don't mind, I'd like to learn from you... and get stronger. I've got a lot of coin, if you want that. I... uh, I apologize for the misunderstanding."

He request stopped him before he could leave. He stood there a second, thinking through what she said, what her intentions could be. He hadn't trained anyone in years, not since he murdered his clan. To him they were weak, too busy trying to fight the path to enlightenment. All he wanted was the power he knew came with his skills. People respected power and he wanted the world to know of his. Perhaps a desire born from being the youngest son of a prominent businessman in a society with few other options. He sought so much more from life, maybe she did too. She was strong, he could not deny that.

"No apology necessary. I'll attribute it to your keen instincts, anyone would be smart to stay our of my way. It takes strength or a great load of stupidity to challenge me." He looked over his shoulder at the man who followed them from the bridge. "You are strong and I believe we may be able to help one another." He smiled, "I accept your offer and will teach you what I know."

He stepped towards her, watching her gaze cast again over his shoulder, he too turn to face the man now. "I don't suppose you are looking for a fight are you? Or where you hoping to call dibs on my apprentice here, because I can assure, she can cut you in half in less time then it would take you to blink."

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Sunaarashi blinked and scratched the scraggly beard he'd been growing recently. Somehow, he got the feeling that he was being judged as old, when he was probably only a decade older or so than either of them.

He walked slowly over to the two of them.

"Is that right?" he responded to the Tengu. "Well, I suppose it's possible." This was said in a light tone that carried no mockery. "But no, I didn't follow you to start a fight." He smiled. "This little skirmish aside, do you receive a lot of invitations to battle?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo
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"My ships plenty fine - it's the Milkweed, come back to the docks after and I'll give you a tour!" Jensu called with a wave to the musician Oni, passing by a freaky-fish man as she did. She smiled as she walked, approaching a road leading away from the water and into the hilly residential streets. She hadn't come here just for Emperor day. She knew someone here, some she hadn't seen in a long time: an old Goblin woman with a small apartment overlooking the fields. The woman her raised her since she was young. Jensu smiled as she continued on. Five years was too long a time to not see ones mother. She'd fix that today. She'd surprise her.

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The drums tempoed rapidly as a choir of lutes strummed in the background. Yuwen nodded his head at the sounds as he shimmied through the underground tavern. The thugs of Poyo danced and drunk, some of the men trying to get in his way, and more than a few women laying a hand on him as he crossed the oak floors of room. He approached the backdoor where a large, muscle-bound Snow Oni glared down at him.

"You're back," The Oni whispered with a smirk. Yuwen gave a half-smile in response. The two made their way through the back-halls of the Rat's Den, the passages crowded with various shipments of foods, weapon and armour. "Almost there," The Oni said as he escorted Yuwen down another hall. Yuwen nodded, glancing at the supplies, and paused when he saw a large cage filled with Goblins gagged. He locked eyes with one, an elderly Goblin woman, before swallowing and continuing on.

"He won't be happy to see you," The Oni chuckled as he opened a purple curtain away, revealing a warmly lit room beyond.

"Ting Po," Yuwen greeted with open arms as he entered the lavish room. "Hohoho..." A great voice belonging to a fat, balding man in rich robes chuckled. "Yuwen Fortune." He pointed to a velvet chair opposite his. "Please: join me." Yuwen nodded and moved toward the seat. "And tell me why I should speak to you," Ting Po continued.

"Because you owe me a favour," Yuwen replied. "We got rid of the bandits for you, Ting. Your little operation was taking a hit and you promised me you'd set it right."

"And how do you suppose I do that?" Po asked. Yuwen leaned forward and put his hands together nervously. "I need you to forge a report. From a village outpost."

"Oh no," Po sighed, shaking his head. "You're not doing this again. Remember what happened last time?"

"I'm getting a Guild together," Yuwen said with a shrug. "I need your help,"

Po glared at the man before him. "And what happened to the last one?" He asked after a long pause. Yuwen remained silent, and Po knew he wouldn't get anything more out of him. "Fine. I'll get you your report in an hour- and then we're even."

Yuwen nodded. "Then we're even."

***

A loud whistle suddenly shot across the street, causing Yamato, Hyuna, and Sun to all turn. Villagers began to run as a man in red Imperial armour marched toward them. His dark hair was tied in a clean ponytail and his moustache was finely trimmed. The brass whistle dropped from his mouth as behind him from down the streets a duo of other, matching armoured men strode. They were all equipped with short-swords at their hips and shields on their back, the leather wrapping tight across their chest, marked with the Dragon of the Emperor. The leader approached, pushing Hyuna back roughly as he inserted himself in the trio.

"What the hell is this?" The man asked, his voice demanding but also layered with heavy undertones of not giving a shit. "We've gotten citizen reports of a human girl fighting a Tengu right here on this street," He informed, looking over them each one by one. "And you're the only two of that description I see. My name is Prefect Ro of the Raging Rivers Province. Do any of you have an explanation for these reports?"

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Yamato smiled a toothy grin at the man as he walked over, "This little skirmish aside, do you receive a lot of invitations to battle?" Yamato shook his head, "No. I don't tend to get invited into fights. I'm not one to play games, and generally since I left my hell of a town, I've tried to keep my blade clean. Though, there were the few unlucky men that tried to rob me one night. I'm impressed by your bravery, most men would run at the display she conjured, not you tho-"


Just then there was loud whistle and a shot across the street. Suddenly a man in imperial armor was coming at them. Yamato rested his hand on the hilt of his Katana. He wasn't quick enough though, and his new, only, possible friend was thrown to the side. He grit his teeth and gripped the hilt tighter once Prefect Ro began speaking. ""We gotten citizen reports of a human girl fighting a Tengu right here on this street, And you're the only two of that description I see. Do any of you have an explanation for these reports?" Yamato chuckled. "No, you've been misinformed. Happens all the time. We were not fighting. I was just showing my apprentice some new techniques to use in urban conflict." He helped Hyuna to her feet and stepped in front of her. "You see, Prefect, sir, she wants to join my clan of samurai and before I can bring her before the elders in my clan she must pass tests. She has, and I expect you to apologize, and never let this type of misunderstanding happen again." He shook his head, "I mean in what world do imperial guards act so violent on only the word of peasants. I'd say you were scared of something."

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Ro flashed a half smirk at the Tengu before him, before giving aside glances to his lieutenant. "Let's pretend you didn't say that last line, mate. It's Emperor Day after all." From a thick, chain-mail covered pant pocket he whipped out a notebook and quill. "And if you're training I expect you to keep it off the streets and in your Dojo. Its illegal to perform non-defensive combat charged with a fee of thirty gold coins, which you must pay immediately or within the next seven days. I'll also be needing both your names, date of births, and addresses..." Ro paused and gave the Tengu a suspicious look. "And while you're at it let me see your papers... I'm assuming you were not born in the Empire, correct?"

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Even though she didn't gain any new answers is this stupid little town, Hyuna did gain something else of value- someone to help her get strong enough to take revenge on the Tengu that kept warring over the little border town to the north, as well as the strength to keep herself alive and working. And maybe even the strength to find Yuwen one day, if he's even still alive. Doubtful, most likely, but she still can't help but have that vain hope. What she gained was a possible ally for the days to come, and maybe someone to accompany so she won't be all alone anymore.

Here's to a new friendship. I hope it lasts.

"No apology necessary." The Tengu said, in a softer and kinder tone than before, after appearing to have been looking her over, physically as well as stance. "I'll attribute it to your instincts, anyone would be smart to stay out of my way. It takes strength or a great load of stupidity to challenge me." He made an aside glance before smiling and continuing his answer to her proposal. "You are strong, and I believe we may be able to help each other. I accept your offer and will teach you what I know."

And with that, Hyuna made a steady, yet grateful bow, not to mention the feeling of her mind being forced open to accept the knowledge that someone like her is making nice with a goddamn Tengu! But, this one, it didn't really look like he counted as the ones that were involved in the wars. That's something she'll have to figure out later on, of course. But in being an apprentice, the only real downside is that she'll have to put her mercenary work on hold for now.

"I'm especially interested in how you could see through my illusion." She said quietly. "If I figure out my weakness with that, I can cover that and make it even better than it was."

Then, the new duo, facing the old man with the drinks behind them, and the Tengu making the first move.

"I don't suppose you are looking for a fight are you? Or where you hoping to call dibs on my apprentice here, because I can assure, she can cut you in half in less time then it would take you to blink."

Hyuna felt an incredibly odd sense of pride at hearing those words.

So the man blinked, seemed to ponder as his fingers itched against that messy and unshaven beard, before meandering his way over to her and her new Master.

"Is that right?" he said, not looking as if he took the small girl seriously at all. "Well, I suppose it's possible. But no, I didn't follow you to start a fight." He smiled. "This little skirmish aside, do you receive a lot of invitations to battle?"

"No. I don't tend to get invited into fights." The Tengu said calmly. "I'm not one to play games, and generally since I left my hell of a town, I've tried to keep my blade clean. Though, there were the few unlucky men that tried to rob me one night. I'm impressed by your bravery, most men would run at the display she conjured, not you tho-"

A loud and familiar whistle seemingly exploded in the night festival air, and the three of them turned to face it, almost battle-ready. Hyuna new this sound well- the Emperor's troops marching in, to war on the battlefield, to simple policing duty. She shot a short questioning look at her Master before feeling a rough hand jerk on her, pushing her away from the winged creature, losing her balance. She saw a flash of concern on her new friend's face. She almost indignantly argued, but she remembered that starting a fight with these men was something too big for her to chew, and would pretty much force her out of Yune, and away from Yuwen forever.

She recognized the man as Prefect Ro, once facing him in a skirmish during the Tengu-Yune war. He was a lot tougher than he looked, but not as much as he boasted.

"We've gotten citizen reports of a human girl fighting a Tengu right here on this street, and you're the only two of that description I see. Do any of you have an explanation for these reports?"

There was a tense moment before her master let out a chuckle, giving the imperials the excuse that he was training her for battle in an urban setting, to which she nodded in agreement, and he lifted her up to her feet, surprisingly gently. He then continued to explain that she wanted to join his clan of samurai, and about the elders test and what-not, but she tended to daze out on details like that. Master concluded by insinuating that the guards had something to be afraid of.

"See?" Hyuna muttered so that only Master could hear. "Some civilians could see through the illusion too... and uh." She almost started blushing in embarrassment. "Thanks for helping me up, Master. I'm Hyuna, by the way."

She then turned to face Prefect Ro, remembering his battle style, that rainy night when her forces faced off against his, directly. She managed to repel the attack, but it wasn't the easiest task. And even now, Ro was being a thorn in her side. She subtly fractured the air around her to change her appearance so that hopefully, Ro wouldn't recognize her at a closer inspection.

"Naomi here, samurai trainee!" Hyuna said brightly, faking an air of confidence to hopefully psych out Ro. "Please, we meant no harm, right?"

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He patted Hyuna on the shouler before turing to Prefect Ro again,


Yamato nodded, "We are all good people here, right? After all it's a party! Or so I've been informed for the third time this evening. We should celebrate! What do you say to 60 coins and we keep our anonymity?" He smirked, pulling the gold from his pocket. "But if it helps you sleep at night, my name is Hadrian, my apprentice here is Naomi, and this man here, if for no other reason than to be through, is her older brother, Clossio. Ah now there's a 10 gold deduction for our names."

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Prefect Ro took a steady step backward in unison with his lieutenants. They unsheathed their blades. "I'm afraid bribery is a criminal offence," Ro continued as they reached up and slid their shields off. "Surrender or you will be subject to forcible arrest," Ro said as he held the shield up like a wall of steel before him. A tenseness came over the street, now abandoned by citizens. The music of the festival echoed distantly, and the shopkeepers on the street had all taken cover: now peering through cracks in doors and windowsills. "And as a secondary note: taking names from Yuing's Tales of Foreign Lands isn't the best way to remain anonymous."

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Yamato stepped back, offended. "Bribery? What kind of man do you take me for? We gave you our names and showed you our papers. The extra 20 I added to the fine was for his loitering fee!"

Yamato took front, "Now, miss Naomi, please do not let these men scare you, after all they are only doing their job, to protect and serve. Am I right, gentlemen?" He shook his head, "As for our names, you see, my master gives his pupils all names from the classics, or at least what he deems to be classics. If they offend you, it is not intentional. So may we please be on our way?"

He turned away from Prefect Ro before getting an answer and mouthed the words "Run, when I say." To Hyuna and the man who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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So it seemed as if trickery wouldn't be enough to get them out of this mess. Hyuna let a little sigh, and glanced again at Yamato, while wondering if the old man had managed to get away while all the attention was focused on those two. She considered fighting their way out, but, no matter how skilled the two of them were, they're no match for an army. And an army is what they'd face if they tried to use force.

Yamato took a step back after offering coin to Ro, being accused of bribery and the like, and explained himself in what seemed to Hyuna to be over-defensive. He then tried to reassure her that the men were only doing their job, and she had to resist the urge to roll her eyes. She knew Ro well from their battle years ago; he lost because he got on a power trip after thinking he had the upper hand, not realizing his main encampment was being burnt to the ground. And what's currently happening is another of those power trips.

Still, she nodded to Yamato, wondering if she should just reveal her identity to her old enemy. He's even using the same shield as before, the mark of her spear shearing the plate is still slightly visible, almost like a scar.

"Sorry for the hassle." She mouthed to Yamato with a subtle shrug. "This is kind of my fault."

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Yamato shook his head, "This really is cutting into my evening. No more games." He suddenly took an aggressive stance, " The quicker we get rid of these three, the more time we have to get away from the army, or at least stand a better chance to take them on in small numbers." He drew his long bladed katana and held it with a reverse grip in his left hand, before reaching across his body and drawing his second blade to hold in his right hand.

"If you enjoy remaining a free man, I suggest you leave now. No free shows, mate," He didn't have to look at the man to know who the comment was directed toward. He then looked at Hyuna, "It's really been a pleasure, an quite an evening. Can't remember having so much fun, now if you'd like, I can hold them off while you go, or you are welcome to stay and fight. I can see it in your eyes you have a score to settle, Hyuna. You can call me Yamato."

He smiled devilishly at the guards and Prefect Ro, "Yamato Hibiki, the Clan Killer. Pleasure to meet you. "

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Seeing Hyuna reveal a spear the Prefect charged forward, attempting to ram in Yamato's face, who expertly moved back. Ro swung his sword furiously, preparing to take a swipe. But he paused as the sound of a bell echoed across the rooftops from the village wall. Ro lowered his blade and looked at the criminals before him as suddenly citizens rushed down the street, pushing past them. "It's the village bell," He informed, sheathing his blade. "There's trouble out there."

"Quickly!" A voice called through the crowd. Ro turned to see the town crier yelling out over the citizens. "A state of emergency has been issued! Quickly! Everyone to the town centre!" He announced. Ro turned to the trio he was fighting and nodded forward. "Alright: to the town centre."

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At the street Suiken was performing the bell could be heard loud and clear, the city exit in plain sight. Citizens were running in from outside as fast as possible. "Oh god," One cried as they passed. "I knew this holiday was cursed!"

A guard ran up to Suiken and Keeflo, breathing heavily. "Quickly! Poyo is in a state of emergency: everyone to the town square!" He glanced back at the distant walls. "You want to be as far from that as possible, friends. Trust me." With that he too ran off with the crowd of citizens toward the centre of town.

***

As Amanhã approached the east gate to the village the bell began to ring from the walls above and the guards on it began to run frantically. Something was wrong. "Hey!" One called out as he slid down a later. "Something's happening... I, I think we're under attack." He looked her up and down for a moment and nodded. "You've got to get to the village centre. We could use your help... and the Mayor will pay anyone who helps." The guard nodded at her and began to run with the rest of the populace, hoping she'd follow.

***

The bells were faintest on the village outskirts: farmlands outside the wall but inside the Poyo's radius. And through the fields sparse families too ran. A single boy pelted down the dirt road toward the walls, ramming violently into Ann'Razul as he did. He stood and backed up slowly, looking from her to Malao. "You guys shouldn't be here!" He exclaimed, his voice trembling. "We have to go to town square!" The boy grabbed both their hands greedily and attempted to drag them. "We have to! It's emergency!" He explained.

***

Yuwen strolled through the streets calmly as the people ran toward the town square in the distance, filled to the brim with the citizens and visitors to the port village. A small smirk grew on his face: both because he knew how badass he looked walking calmly in the chaos, and two... because he caused this. "Rabbit ears!" He called to a confused looking Muna, who was caught off guard by the sudden panic. "Get your fur to the square, the Mayor's got something to say."

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The beast, hungering for spilt blood awakened once again when she saw Yamato, her Master, unsheathe his katanas in front of the three guards trying to accost them. Creating the illusion of sparkles and a tense, deathly aura, Hyuna unbrandished the spear from behind her cloak, twirling it aggressively until the handle near the guard was in her dominant hand, feeling light and comfortable and ready for use.

Clan Killer, huh? Is that the reason why he doesn't want to be lumped with the current Tengu Monarchy, or whatever it is? Interesting, interesting, I'll have to hear this once we get outta this.

Yamato began his speech, that once again, Hyuna fizzled out as she leapt into the air with such speed that it almost appeared she disappeared and then reappeared directly in front of Ro. But then To charged towards her Master, trying to ram into him with his whole weight.

"Remember me? The Imperial Wetlands Campaign a while back?" Her mouth curved upwards with bloodlust. "I'm the one who ruined your offensive line. Falcon here, Ro, and you really got in my way!"

"I'll take the Prefect, Master." She said to her ally, the air bristling. "We've got old business to settle!" Then she gleefully lunged forwards, aiming directly to shear apart his chest plate and bypass the shield completely. Mid-lunge, she conjured an illusion of herself in front of Ro, and she then she leapt up while he focused on the illusion, and got a mid-air vantage point, perfect for tearing apart heavy armor.

That's when it happened. The alarm of emergency, completely shocking Hyuna out of her groove and dispersing her illusions. And just like that, the whole mess was over. Ro took his other imperials and they headed to the town center, leaving behind the trio after basically ordering them to follow. She looked confusedly at Yamato, wondering exactly what the heck is going on.

"Master? Do we follow? Or should we get away now?"

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Yamato watched as Hyuna, Falcon, rushed the Prefect. He couldn't help but admire her ambition, and mock the Prefect's sense of recollection. How could any solider worth his salt forget an enemy like Hyuna? It was unprofessional. He quickly rushed the two remaining guards, catching their blades with his just as the bell went off.


In a flash, the three guards forgot the two existed and ran off to the town-centre. He let out of a cry of frustration, sheathing his blades with a guff, "Cowards!" He shook his head, collecting himself. If there was anything Yamato truly hated it was an unfinished fight. This one however took the cake, he was ignored for an unknown threat. "Do they not realize who I am?" He shook his head again, registering Hyuna's question, "Master, Do we follow? Or should we get away now?"


"The smart move would be to leave, however, we don't know what is out there. I'm interested to see what the guards thought was more important than our fight. We follow along the rooftops and keep a low profile." He slowly began to flap his wings, hovering a foot off the ground before rising up to the nearest rooftop. Once Hyuna followed, the two began to make their way to the centre. "By the way, call me Yamato."

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Sunaarashi released the grip he'd held on his sword. For a moment there, he'd thought he'd have to... well, no matter. It wasn't his business anyway. But now there was...

"This is... getting interesting," he muttered, smiling to himself. "I guess I'll follow them and see... This might have been worth my time after all."

Slipping the large bag over his shoulder, Sunaarashi broke into a run, following the guards and the unlikely pair as they raced towards the town center.

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