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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

Setting

Characters Present

Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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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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Characters Present

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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Characters Present

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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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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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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Characters Present

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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#2013-09-12 13:45:25, as written by Rann
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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-12 21:04:54, as written by Rann
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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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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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#2013-09-13 03:56:51, as written by Nulix
"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.

***

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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#2013-09-13 04:30:32, as written by Nulix
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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-13 04:36:28, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan



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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#2013-09-13 04:55:07, as written by Nulix
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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#2013-09-13 05:10:58, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


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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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 05:36:12, as written by Nulix
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."

***

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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-13 05:37:31, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


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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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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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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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 07:36:41, as written by Nulix
From the wooden stage built in front of the tall town-hall tower Mayor Loy-Qui watched over as the square before him stood scared, packed to it's fullest with over a thousand citizens and travelers summoned by the bells, the last ones now arriving at the edges of the crowd. The town had gone into a deadly silence, the bright lanterns that swung in the winds no longer as festive as they had seemed an hour earlier. Overwhelming all was the bells ringing from each of the village's five gates, them going in near perfect unison. The elderly, balding Yutan man glanced down at the report he held in his hands. After a moment he stepped forward, his colourful purple robes the only thing clear from the farthest back of the crowd.

"The town of Poyo is under attack," He announced loudly. "At the twentieth hour... I received a report from the farthest northern outpost, saying an army of Bandits was approaching... at least three-hundred." Gasps of shock and cries could be heard across the crowd.

"We have tried to make contact with the outpost but none of the guards or messenger sent have returned, forcing us to declare this state of emergency," Loy-Qui continued. "The town of Poyo has thirty-seven guards, as well as the thirty of Prefect Ro's unit… and the bandits have three-hundred men. I am forced to ask upon you, citizens of ability, citizens of our great Yune Empire, to step forward and defend our village against this threat! For what we have not in numbers... we have in gold: three-hundred gold coins to each man or woman of any race who steps forward to fight with us! Three-hundred for each bandit who threatens our home on this holiest of holidays... "

A silence went over the crowd as the numbers sank in, despair on the tongues of the people, most whispering where to hide or how to escape the town. Loy-Qui swallowed once more. "Would all willing step forward... and all unwilling or unable step back and find shelter and hiding."

"Wait!" A voice called out as the crowd started shifting. All eyes turned to one figure as he pushed past the guards and lept onto the stage. He stood tall with olive skin, striking green eyes, a determined face and glimmering golden armour: a heroic site next to the cowering Loy-Qui, now almost in tears. "I have information!" The man declared as he stepped forward dramatically on the stage. "I know! I KNOW! Where the bandits will arrive!" The human, Yuwen Fortune, announced loudly over the crowd. "I just escaped them... and I heard plans that they'd set up camp at the Renen Swamp outside the north-gate to prepare their attack! Here I will ambush them, and destroy them! I have done so before, and I will do it again!" He paused dramatically. "But only the most heroic of warriors may join me - the rest staying here with the Prefects and the guards." He looked over the crowd as he raised his fingers and pointed to the sky. "So I ask you! Who among you is warrior enough to join me, Yuwen Fortune!" He called, his voice echoing for a moment as it traveled across the square. Yuwen paused and watched, waiting for the willing to step forward and the rest, which he predicated to be around ninety-nine percent of the current crowd, to step back.

Prefect Ro glared at the man angrily from the crowd. "Gods damn you, Yuwen," He whispered, shaking his head as the truth of the scenario sunk in. Fortune had done this before, not too long ago... and Ro wouldn't let it happen again.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-13 14:27:25, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


As Yamato took flight, heading towards the Town Center, Hyuna followed, using her chi to glide from rooftop to rooftop, relishing the feeling of the wind on her face as her cloak billowed out behind her. Even without her illusions, it was an impressive look, and she was always just a step behind her Master as they decided to see what this new threat was. And they finally reached their destination in seemingly no time at all, seeing almost the entire populace of Poyo gathered in one area- it almost looked like a cult, with the Mayor, Loy-Qui at the head, warning everyone of a bandit attack.

"Bandits?" Hyuna muttered. "Yamato, let's fight them. We'll see who gets the most kills, hmm?" She took an aside glance at the older man, almost pitifully. He probably didn't know how to fight at all. "Old man, you should just go find someplace to hide."

Loy-Qui was desperate, almost begging his towns people to step forward and help. And this was a good opportunity- if Hyuna and Yamato helped fight, wouldn't Ro, out of debt, be forced to leave them alone after that? Not to mention, it would satisfy both their battle urges. It really was a win-win situation here. Not to mention the gold reward for fighting, and Hyuna almost gleamed with interest.

"Master, please, can we help?"

But before they could step up, a familiar voice and face pushed onto the stage, screaming that he had information; that he knew where the bandits would arrive. And Hyuna jut stared in shock- after all this searching, the man just popped up in front of her, almost with no effort at all. She struggled to hold in her tears as a wave of nostalgia hit her harder than a blunt axe, and then she nudged her Master, telling him that it's him, it's Yuwen, she finally found him. So she almost dragged her Master into the conflict, when she heard Prefect Ro mutter angrily something about not letting Yuwen do this again. Her ears pricked up, making sure to tell her old friend that Ro may be planning something, just in case. A bounty hunter, and a rabbit beast-man already stood by Yuwen's side, exchanging a few words together, when she saw that not-quite-beastman from before walk up as well, almost asking to be bribed into it when the crowd erupted.

So, that guy was the Monkey King?

"Hey!" Hyuna hissed at the crowd. "Would you rather die because you wouldn't accept more help?"

She spun her spear around her wrist fantastically before pointing it at a poor merchant man, one of the ones who yelled against the Monkey King. He cowered in fear, and she could see the guards getting ready in case she started to kill the villagers.

"Don't turn away help, you fools. You're not in a position to do that, here." She let out an arrogant, self-pleased laugh. "You should be begging me to help you, too! I'd think I'm worth maybe, thirty or forty bandits on my own, so... I hope you pay me 12300 gold after all this. Unless you want me to leave you for dead." She jabbed the spear just a hair's breadth away from the merchant's throat, getting her point across. "Do you understand your position yet?"

She then turned to Yuwen, wondering if he also forgot her.

"Been a while, Fortune. If that's what you're callin' yourself now." She shot him a crooked smirk, still letting the air billow her cloak up to look larger and more impressive. "What're you even doing in a dump like Poyo, anyways?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Yamato was surprised to see so many of the people he'd already seen this evening volunteering to help eradicate the bandits. He was glad to be in the presence of so many selfless warriors. He wondered how many could actually kill another living being without a single thought though. He would help, he wasn't above a good fight, but he wasn't doing it for the gold or the glory or even the possible, if not expected, pardon from the Prefect. No, he would do it for the fun. Bandits were never trained well, they depended on scare tactics and torches to get what they wanted. Anyone could brandish a sword in the air and hold it to someone's neck while their friends searched the house, torching it afterwards. It would be child's play.

"Hyuna, I think keeping score is an excellent idea. Should you kill more than me, you can have all my reward money. I don't need payment for a job like this." he smiled coldly as he too jumped from the roof top to land behind Hyuna as she called out the villagers for protesting against the help that was arriving. Once her point was made, she turned her attention to the young man on stage that had given them the call to arms. "This must be the Yuwen she asked about before." He thought as he stood silently behind her, trying to gage the man's reaction to seeing an old acquaintance. She seemed to have quite a few enemies, and that excited Yamato, more people to fight everyday. It had been a while since he had a good fight and he was itching at all the possibilities that came attached to Hyuna.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-13 20:12:21, as written by Nulix
"What say you?!" Yuwen had called out, not only to the girl who had challenged him but to at the crowd. And though first met by silence and greeted only by frightened faces, a voice spoke up.

"You will need to be quick about it then," A female voice said. Yuwen squinted as the crowd parted for the woman to step forward: the rabbit beast-man from earlier. Whispers of concern and of uncertainty swept across the square as she joined the girl at the base of the stage. "For the safety of others, I will aid in this endeavour. There are very few who can outrun me after all."

"Then I will need your speed," Yuwen replied, giving the beast-woman an affirmative nod. He remembered her from earlier: he'd called her beast-ears. She was not that now, not in his eyes.

"It's easy to make a plan sound good on paper," The girl from before commented again. She was doubtful, and with the numbers they thought to face with good reason. But beyond the doubt there was agreement. "However, I will not deny that the idea does not seem too far-fetched given that capable hands will be engaged in this attack. I'm willing to give it a shot."

"Then I will need your... capabilities," Yuwen added to the human-girl with a half smile - one that was more gratefully than anything. Gratefully she'd joined when the hour was most dire.

Suddenly a figure leapt from the crowd, flinging through the ear until he landed on the podium, tail firmly landing as supporting the form of a very human looking beast-man before him. "Tch, you're so LOUD!" The beast-man exclaimed, causing Yuwen to raise an eyebrow in amusement. "But, fire powder does sound like fun. I suppose if ya bribe me something sweet, me and my monkeys could help ya! Whaddya say?"

"The Mayor would be happy to help, wouldn't you Loy-Qui?" Yuwen responded, patting the terrified mayor on the back, nearly causing him to jump. "Yes-Yes!" Loy-Qui spat out. "Three-hundred gold! Three-thousand gold, whatever!"

Yuwen glanced from the Mayor back to the man. "Then I will need your monkeys," He said with a warm laugh.

"GET OUT OF HERE, SCUM!" A voice screamed from the crowd as the man before him ducked an incoming rock. Yuwen turned in shock to see the crowd begin to form an upset. "WE DON'T NEED HELP FROM THE MONKEY KINGS!" "Yeah! Fuck the monkeys!" Another voice added loudly as the crowd began to form in an angry, frightened mass of yelling.

"Hey!" A woman yelled out at the crowd. Stepped forward was a young girl, the people separating around here. "Would you rather die because you wouldn't accept more help?" After spinning it for a moment she aimed her spear at one of the merchants who had yelled out against the man who now stood beside Yuwen on stage.

"Don't turn away help, you fools. You're not in a position to do that, here." She said with a disbelieving laugh. "You should be begging me to help you, too! I'd think I'm worth maybe, thirty or forty bandits on my own, so... I hope you pay me 12300 gold after all this. Unless you want me to leave you for dead." She stabbed the spear frighteningly close to the merchant's throat. "Do you understand your position yet?" She dictated to the crowd, before turning to the stage.

"Then I will need your good worth," Yuwen continued as he adjusted his armour, a bit taken aback by the violent display.

"Been a while, Fortune. If that's what you're callin' yourself now." She called. "What're you even doing in a dump like Poyo, anyways?"

Yuwen paused, squinting to make the girl out better. "I'm sorry... do I know-"

"I hope... you do not mind if join as well," Another voice spoke up. Yuwen turned from the girl to an old Snow Oni stepping forward to join the gathering at the base of the stage. "I may be a traveling musician... but I can fight just fine."

"Then I will need your spirit," Yuwen nodded with a grateful smile to the creature before him. He glanced back at the girl, now joined by a Tengu. "If you still need more help, sir, I would be happy to volunteer," Another voice added. Yuwen turned to see a large beast-man approach, seeming to be mixed with a massive whale or fish of some sort. But despite this he had an innocent look to his face. "Then I will need you too," He said at last. He looked down at the group assembled before him. "I will need all the help I can get," He admitted.

Yuwen stood rose high, his gaze sweeping from the makeshift ambush team to the citizens behind them: heads becoming a blur as they lined into the distant streets. Almost every citizen of Poyo was here, as well as the visitors for the festival. The lantern light reflected off their faces, marked with fear. It reflected the mothers, and the children who clutched hands tearfully. It reflected off the guards: most of them barely seeing any combat at all. In reflected off the Mayor, the leader of this town, who had backed to the farthest edge of the stage.

"Poyo is not built for war..." Yuwen began quietly. "Your community is one of peace and happiness and these bandits have threatened that. And they've ruined Emperor day!" He clutched the hilt of his blades angrily. "And I swear to you! I swear: we will defeat them!"

"Wait!" A voice called. The crowd turned to see a man step up on the stage: Prefect Ro, weapon ready as he glared at Yuwen. "Ladies and gentlemen this man is a fraud!" Ro explained, his words met by gasps in the audience. Ro marched forward, pushing Yuwen back slightly before taking his place at the centre of the stage. "This man has lied and has ruined this festival for his own greedy needs." Ro ripped the report out of Mayor Loy-Qui's hands and raised it high. "This is a fabricated report!" Ro announced. "One of my men just got back from the north-outpost. It's fine; the guard there was tied up by some thugs who wrote it in his place. We scouted the marsh, we scouted the fields - there is no threat!" He threw the paper into the crowd that had grown more and more enraged. The report landed to grabbing hands. Ro turned to Yuwen shaking his head. "You lied."

"Can you prove that?" Yuwen whispered in response, his hand also on the hilt of his blades as the two slowly began to circle each other.

"Yes I can," Ro spat. “My scouts saw nothing, you selfish man.”

"Maybe the bandits moved position!" Yuwen called, more to the audience and the soldiers he'd managed to recruit than to Ro. "Maybe they're attack the village!" Suddenly Yuwen heard iron footsteps on the wood of the stage. Large, armoured soldiers of the Prefecture were approaching, weapons ready. Yuwen turned from the soldiers down to the faces of those he hired, and the citizens beyond. Disgust, anger, and annoyance were the only expressions to be found.

"I didn't lie," He called out as the guards grabbed his arms. "Poyo isn't safe."

"Please," Ro chuckled, stepping forward to the front of the stage. "I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt: Poyo is in no danger!"

Suddenly a massive explosion rocked the stage, blasting everyone on it forward. A fiery piece of wood flung through Mayor Loy-Qui's back, impaling him to the stage as the crowd erupted in screams. Yuwen smashed into the cobblestone ground of the square, flaming pieces of wood zipping past him as deafening bangs roared from behind. He turned to see the town tower blowing apart, engulfed in a massive-fire ball expanding from within. "Oh shit!" He yelled, backing up slightly as the explosion blasted each layer of the hall apart, sending chunks and pieces scattering across town. A gargantuan piece of stone smashed apart the ground beside him as he limped forward toward a house.

"Formation!" Ro screamed in agony as he ripped his arm out from the large town emblem that had once decorated the tower, now a burning mass of molten metal which had crashed down upon the ruined stage. "Unit!" He screamed desperately through the fire and ash, searching for his men. A figure approached. "...Unit?" He whispered. Wings expanded from the shadowy figure's form, and Ro raised his blade in horror. This was no soldier. He stabbed forward, a Tengu hand reaching out and grabbing the blade from him. The unarmed Ro dived as the Tengu proceeded to attack, flying out of the smoke and into the panicked square. "Oh gods, not good!" Yuwen called as he pointed to the sky above. Descending from the mountain of smoke where the town tower once stood were nearly four dozen winged men, their red skin clear and their black robes fluttering violently in the winds. They wore opera masks, each one different, though even with concealed faces their race was clear.

"Tengu," Yuwen said as he turned from the approaching threat to the panicked citizens running for cover. "Someone has to help them! They won't get out on their!-" Before he had time to finish he was grabbed by the throat and smashed back into the cobblestone by a Tengu as he and the other masked figures landed in the square…

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yamato shook his head, hearing the allegations brought against Yuwen. "A subtle lie? What would he gain from this?" It wasn't long before Yuwen's report seemed to come true. In a flash the area was covered in fire, citizens lay around him bloodied, some dead on impact. He growled, seeing the Tengu in the sky above. Their red skin turning crimson in the light of the fires. He drew his blades as Hyuna launched herself from his back. She performed well while airborne for a human. "Her chi control is superior to any I've seen." Yamato muttered as he slit the neck of the Tengu she knocked from the sky before stealing his mask. "No one I've ever seen," he mused when Hyuna fell by his side. "Yamato." She cried. "I'm all burnt out, Master, sorry.... these bastards are stronger than expected," she then fell to her knees and used her remaining energy to render her form invisible.

"Don't worry, killing these bastards is a specialty of mine. Take all the time you need."

He then put the mask he'd taken from the dead Tengu and put it on before flying up and joining their ranks. "Attacking in waves, clever." He seemed to have gone unnoticed and made his way to the back most lines. The Tengu renegades were pushing forward with no mercy. His blade sank into the back of the closet Tengu, and was then hurled at an advancing group of three who'd seen him kill their comrade. "What? A little friendly fire never hurt anyone did it?" He let out a maniacal laugh as he displayed his ashen colored wings. "You know you don't stand a chance in Hell against me right?" He shook his head slowly, standing with his guard down as the trio recovered, hesitating to attack. Yamato focused on the Tengu who'd taken point and using his telekinesis, made the tengu attack the man to his right, running him though before turning the blade on himself. The remaining Tengu stood in horror, unable to comprehend what had happened. He didn't need long though, Yamato rushed the man, knocking him to the ground before finding a blade in his neck. "That's four." He commented, wiping blood across the mask he'd stolen.

By this time, another group had taken notice of Yamato's actions and made a semi-circle around him. "The Clan Killer...Yamato Hibiki. I've been searching for you for a very long time." One Tengu stepped from the group and removed his mask, the scarred face didn't mean anything to Yamato, but he was pleased someone recognized him. "Yes, men, here we have one of the most infamous Tengu there is, a man with Ashen wings that killed his entire family. I believe we owe it to my lovely sister, Menoa Hibiki, to kill her demon son!"

So, the man was his mother's sister. "Interesting, mother never mentioned having siblings. You must mean nothing." Yamato began, blocking against his uncle's men before fighting them back with ease. "Your men are tired, dear Uncle. Its a shame they won't live through this night." Using his chi, he drew a third blade, a dagger from his belt and sent it around, slitting the throats of the men who were unable to move in time. Only a few men and his uncle remained. "You see? You mean nothing, you are worthless. The only advantage you had was numbers. Now you have noting." Yamato looked around, seeing the other Tengu falling to the various men and women who rose to Yuwen's request. Even the city guard was holding their own, some better than others. His mind wondered to killing Prefect Ro, or allowing his death. That's when his newly found uncle struck, catching his right arm, forcing Yamato to drop the medium length katana. "Bastard!" Yamato cried out, Thrusting his blade wildly, catching his slower uncle in the gut. "You are a disgrace, Hibiki. I curse your existence, and pray nothing but death on your soul."

His uncle fell, blood pooling around him and Yamato's feet. Yamato clutched his injured arm, relying on his chi to hold his blade. "Oh dear Uncle, I should thank you, death is what I seek to be the cause of most. With every death I cause, I gain more power than those who have fallen. I prove my existence is greater than their's, just as I am greater than you or the rest of my unfortunate family." He grit his teeth, focusing on the remaining Tengu that surrounded him, each wishing for revenge.

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"Well, I was right when I said things were interesting," Sunaarashi said, as he carefully placed the bag he was carrying to the ground, keeping his hands open and his posture nonthreatening. "But this wasn't exactly what I had in mind."

The three Tengus in front of him had probably targeted him for the package he'd been carrying. Now, they advanced on him with the carefree scorn that arrogance and racism gives you. Sunaarashi sighed. This was what he got for arriving just as the attack had started, having gotten lost in some alleyways a few streets back. He'd heard everything that had been said, but for the life of him, could not find the way to the courtyard. It wasn't his sense of direction, all the buildings looked the same, and there weren't signs or anything. Clicking his tongue to himself, he made himself focus on the situation at hand.

"Sudean scum," one of the Tengus spat, showing his teeth. "Give us the bag and we might let you live."

"Hmm," Sunaarashi said, gazing at his opponents. "Tell me something first. Do you intend to spare anyone else in this village?"

"You humans are always so considerate of lives," the Tengu mocked. "Should we not show that same consideration?"

"Ah," Sunaarashi nodded. "I see."

"Enough!" the Tengu spat. "Give us the bag or we will take it from you."

"I don't think so," Sunaarashi said, and with one smooth motion, pulled his katana from its sheath. "Sorry. You really should have picked another town to ransack."

Snarling, the Tengus leaped forward, empowered by chi and rage. The three worked in perfect unison, all three weapons slicing simultaneously in a gauntlet of death over the spot Sunaarashi had stood.

Had stood, because by the time their weapons reached there, Sunaarashi was somewhere else. Moving incredibly fast, Sunaarashi slipped to the side and slid his katana, with the grace and ease of an expert swordsman, up through the ribs and out through the upper chest of the first Tengu. His sword ripped free from the creature's front with a spray of gore, the same thrust carrying Sunaarashi forward into the second Tengu, where his knife found the creature's throat.

Pushing the dead Tengu away, Sunaarashi whipped his sword around, catching the final Tengu's attack and throwing it upwards with immense strength. He stepped close in the same instant, his knife slamming upwards through the Tengu's chest and into its black heart.

Blood spurted from the Tengu's mouth as it looked muttered its protests.

"How...? You didn't... use... chi..." Eyes rolled backwards, and the body collapsed, leaving Sunaarashi with a slightly disgusted look on his face at the amount of blood that now covered his clothing.

"Going to have buy a new shirt. Stains will never come out," he muttered. Looking up, he grimaced and flicked his knife up. The knife spun end over end before burying itself in a Tengu across the courtyard. Sunaarashi looked around, seeing that girl from before suddenly vanish after falling to her knees. Frowning, he began to maneuver his way towards her, wondering if she was all right.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-14 03:53:05, as written by Nulix
The black haired girl who slayed the beast gave Yuwen her hand, which he took to pull himself up. "You should worry more about yourself," she muttered. Yuwen rose an eyebrow to her. "Well at least there are less than three-hundred," He commented as they stood to the scene. "...I don't know who these guys are," He added, pulling his blades out and rotating them slightly to get back into a swinging feel. "But they're not bandits."

He saw as a foursome of the creatures surrounded the Tengu who had appeared beside the aggressive girl from earlier. "They stay in the square, though - they're not after the citizens," He observed before running forward. "Come on!" He began to sprint toward the circle of creatures, spinning his left blade blade faster and faster until he flung it forward. It flew through one of the Tengu's necks as he slid into the circle, ripping his back out through the creatures throat and beginning to swipe at the rest of the Tengu before he was back to back with the other one, the Good Tengu as it were. "Friends of yours?" He called to the Tengu as the villains circled them...

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At the village outskirts Mayor Loy-Qui eyes began to open. He saw the stars of the sky at first, and the smoke of the village drifting into it, and then, slightly lower, Keeflo as he treated the wound. Loy-Qui raised an eyebrow at the sight, and though he tried to be still each breath he took turning into a violent cough. "...Someone saved me," He said to the Keeflo quietly, a smile forming on his tired, beaten face. "And it's a beast-man of all things..." Followed by more coughing, this time blood coming out in sprinkles on his purple robes. "The boy was wrong. They are not bandits," The Yutan man continued. "They blew up the tower because of whats... inside... but they cannot get it." He rose his hand to his collar and carefully pulled out an old, brass key. With another cough his hand drifted down, still clutching the object, until it met Keeflo's. "...They cannot get it..." He repeated, releasing the key for the beast-man to take.

"...I've lived in this village for the last sixty years... my entire life, and I've never left it." Loy-Qui whispered as he leaned his head back again to stare up at the stars. "Now I know I'll die in it too..."

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Back the town square Ro and a few of his men had managed to recreate formation, stabbing their way through the Tengu as they approached Sunaarashi. "These aren't bandits!" He spat, swiping at one as he flew past. "They want something else." Ro watched as the Tengu flew over, dividing and changing tactics in the air, with some switching to go down and fight while others disappearing into the black smoke of the burning heap where the town-tower used to be. "...Why blow up a tower... unless there was something underneath it," Ro whispered, turning to Sunaraashi. "We have to attack them at the base of the tower, in the smoke - they're doing something there, I know it."

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-14 04:15:13, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna heard the sounds of battle under her invisibility- a flaw with bending the air around her to make herself insivible is that she also can't see from inside out. But she heard some sort of family feud between Yamato and another Tengu. His father maybe? She couldn't get the exact words, and she cursed her own lack of stamina, for not being to really help out more. Knowing her Master could handle himself pretty fine, she focused on regaining her breath and concentration, and slowly felt strength ebb back into her extremities. She walked, illusion and all, towards where she heard Yamato yell out 'Bastard' and cry out in pain, and muttered something quickly and somberly. Finally pinpointing his situation, she covered him with the illusion as well, and saw the wound on his arm.

"If I was at your side, I'd have covered your vulnerabilities." Hyuna growled when she saw the blood, and tore off a small strip of her cloak to bind the wound. "I'm ready for more, so, don't fall behind! I'll go and fight the ones closer to where the explosion was, and meet you here after?"

She then ran farther into the still there smoke, almost shivering with anticipation as she reviewed the fleet and waves of Tengu approaching; purposely and deadly; like how they were way back when she still fought alongside them. Still, she's never seen this unit ever before, and she had no idea what plans they could have.

Goddamn it, Yuwen, where the hell are you?

She was pretty panicked. After leaping straight into one wave of Tengu and essentially trapping them in Yamato's radar, she completely lost track of where Yuwen could be, or even if he was safe. Leaping through the rubble, and even killing a Tengu that was in the way- it died confused, not knowing exactly who drove a spear through him, since he was basically alone and keeping a look out. Hyuna even heard a Rabbit Girl soothing a young child, presumably escorting it to safety away from the battle. She then stopped momentarily, using her hearing and smell to try and get a grip on her location, and based on the density in the air- most likely smoke- she figured it was farther west; the tower base. She heard Ro whispering at someone a few minutes and rooftops later, so she dispersed her illusion and took a swig of water from her deerskin canteen to see that old man from before, splattered with blood, but otherwise looked no worse for wear. So, could he fight too? Why didn't he volunteer either? Maybe, only interested in self defense? and took a swig of water from her deerskin canteen.

"Old guy." She muttered. "You holding up alright?" She also saw Ro, yelling something about the base of the tower. And yeah, it would make sense for whatever their goal is to be inside the tower, somewhere, seeing as they weren't really hunting civilians at all. And otherwise, Poyo isn't exactly that greatof a strategic position based on geography alone. It's better to go for the Jiefong Valley Gate and storm straight past that to get into the Yutan heartland, rather than worrying about the insignificant Poyo. So, whatever this is, it isn't strictly a military endeavor.

"So, they're at the base of the tower?" She asked the imperial guard, putting aside what had happened between them earlier, and she hoped that no one noticed that her fatigue was already itching at the back of her mind again. "Shall we go, then, Prefect Ro?" Hyuna then offered a hand to the old guy, and gave him her name. May as well take in another ally, if that is what he is.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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"Ah, nice to meet you," Sunaarashi said, stuffing his bundle under a tarp. "Name's Sunaarashi. Suna, for short. Sorry about not being here sooner, I kind of got lost." He looked towards the tower. "So that's their target, huh? Well, I don't suppose we should waste any more time."

He headed across the courtyard, lifting a cloth to his nose and mouth as he neared the smoke. "Cover your nose and mouth if you can. Smoke getting in your lungs isn't easy to get out... just like sand."

As Sunaarashi neared the entrance, a Tengu appeared out of nowhere, silently descending from above with a spear in hand. Sunaarashi, somehow, seemed to see the blow coming, and sidestepped, twisting around to the Tengu's back. He watched, somewhat amused, as the Tengu looked wildly around for his intended victim.

"Ahem," Sunaarashi grunted, and the Tengu turned. Feeling better about killing him, Sunaarashi swung his sword, neatly slicing the Tengu's head off his shoulders.

"These guys don't seem to be too smart about attacking people," Sunaarashi mumbled through his makeshift mask. "If they stayed in the air, they'd be much harder to kill."

Looking around, he pushed forward through the smoke and entered the tower, sliding from rubble to rubble. He heard voices ahead, and realized it must be the raiders. Grimacing, he lowered his mask, since the air was cleaner inside, and began carefully moving forward, following the voices through a descending tunnel blasted open by the attacker's powers.

"What am I getting myself into?" Sunaarashi muttered, looking over his shoulder to see if Hyuna and the soldiers were following him.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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[A sickly laugh began to croak out of the wounded Tengu's lips. "...We attack towns..." The Tengu hissed. "Don't over think it..." ]

Suiken pinched the bridge of his nose and sighed briefly watching the bald human head into the tower. "Let's try again, buddy...What is in the tower?" he asked more intensely. "You know...my weapon is still lodged into your wing. If I removed it the wrong way...that could end up pretty painful..."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-14 06:09:12, as written by Nulix
Ro looked up as the massive man pelted toward the fire. "You silly bastard," He spat, before dodging an attack from an incoming Tengu. He then turned to the girl who'd shown up, the criminal from earlier. "Shall we go, then, Prefect Ro?" She called to him, nodding toward Sunaarashi. "You can follow him into the eye of the storm if you want: we have to secure the area!" Ro spat as he sliced the Tengu to the ground.

Yuwen did what he was told, leaping out of the way as Yamato attacked the fellow Tengu. He adjusted his armour collar and began to walk through the battlefield, looking around for enemies when suddenly he was smashed into by a large man running toward the fire. "What the hell are you doing?!" Yuwen called, running after him.

From a distance Ro looked back as Yuwen began to follow the man toward the fire and smoke where the tower once stood. "If you go with them you'll have three against the Tengu who are down there," He muttered to Hyuna. "Maybe you'll even have a chance." With that he ran off toward a chaotic cluster of Tengu attacking the guards...

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The Tengu glared up at Suiken coldly. "...We are the Hatago warrior, Oni... we seek the chest... that's all he spoke of..." He lay his head back down carefully. "I hope you kill me, Oni... it is the only true way for a Hatago to die..."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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#2013-09-14 06:27:44, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Two more tengu approached. Hyuna dodged one, and send a slight gust of air at the other to knock him off his balance, and lunged with her spear at the katana-wielding one, while the second one, armed with a bow, hissed and readies arrows after righting it's balance. She easily dodged the katana strikes, and drove the blunt end of her spear upwards at the ribs of the katana tengu, using him as a makeshift shield against the arrow shot, and it pierced it's wing, forcing it onto the ground. She spun her body, twisting it to dodge a slash and to gain momentum with her weapon, hefting it towards the tengu to give herself more space, knowing it could dodge it. This forced an opening as she shot up an illusion of herself going left, and she leapt up and guided herself towards the bow Tengu, firing an arrow through the illusion. With a quick jab, the archer was crippled, and Hyuna snapped its neck, breathing hard.

That makes seven...

Maybe they saw her fatigue, but maybe not; several imperial soldiers came to back her up. Hyuna panted and tried to argue that she was doing just fine- it would be a lie. Her vision swam in the corner of her eyes when she remembered to catch up with Ro and the old guy, not even knowing his name. She took another hasty drink, almost choking on the lukewarm water pouring down her parched throat.

"You can follow him if you want." Ro said testily, and turned to his men, yelling that they had to secure the area. She nodded curtly, barely registering Yuwen in the distance, but glad that he somehow survived this mess so far. She also saw the story-telling Oni, looking grave with important information. Still, she figured he could catch up if he wanted to warn them. The sooner she and the older man headed into the ruins, the better, after all.

I'm pushing myself, aren't I?

She caught up to the strange old man, and she could also see a small unit of imperials alongside them, ready for anything. The first thing Hyuna thought was that it was dark. And eerily empty- almost as if the Tengu had already searched for whatever the heck it was they were looking for. Still, whatever it was, maybe if Hyuna could grab it and let Yuwen get the glory- if he was even still alive-, then maybe he'd recognize her again.

A faint, and probably vain hope.

"It'd be nice if I knew your name." She grumbled, not really having the energy to start an argument with him, but also not wanting to appear weak in front of him. "You stay in front, okay? I'll guard the flank."

She was talking quietly, because in the dark, a single sound was pretty easy to pick out and target. And who knew if the Tengu were lying in ambush, waiting for them. She knew she had her own strength, but now, she had to trust in this man as well, the man with no name, so far. The man with the scraggly beard, and the bloody shirt. Hyuna absently looked and saw her cloak, splattered with blood, silently reminding herself to buy a new one later on. She liked the mental image of it billowing behind her as she descended on a victim, so of course she'd get a replacement later.

I'll get more kills than you, Master... just you wait..

Up ahead, Hyuna heard the sound of flapping wings. She warned the man right before a small party of about four Tengu assaulted them from above, and Hyuna deflected an arrow by twirling the spear before using the man's back to propel her directly into the wave of them, scattering them about as they crashed into the ground, hoping the man was smart enough to follow the sounds of the bodies hitting the floor and kill them before they could recover. She stuck her spear into one's chest, huffing hard. She raised her spear enough to parry another strike, but she almost didn't have the strength left to counter attack.

Eight.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Fortunately for Hyuna, she did not have to counter.

Sunaarashi moved like lightning, his sword flashing three strikes. The Tengu, caught completely by surprise, fell to the ground silently, dead before they fully realized what had hit them.

"I thought you heard me," Sunaarashi said to Hyuna. "Sorry. The name's Sunaarashi. Suna for short." He wiped his sword on one of the dead Tengu's clothes and sheathed it. "What are you counting?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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#2013-09-14 06:56:28, as written by Nulix
A figure stalked them as in the dark cloud of smoke Sunaarashi and Hyuna walked across the fiery ruins of where the tower once stood. The figure plopped out of the shadows, ramming into Sunaarashi's chest head first and bumping off as it were a brick wall. "Hey there," Yuwen Fortune said as he recovered, looking from him to the girl. "You guys are investigating too, huh?" A fourth figure joined them. Yuwen turned to see the Oni step forward through the smoke.

"Hey," Yuwen greeted before taking a few steps forward. At the edge of the ruins of the tower, surrounded by dying fires, was a massive pit going into a dark chamber below. Yuwen ducked as a Tengu dived down into the chambers revealed below. "Whatever they're after is down there," Yuwen whispered, turning to the group. "...it's quite a drop..." He paused, looking at Hyuna with confusion for a moment before giving her a small smile. "Your name... starts with a Hyuna," He said, a massive grin growing on her face. "This is a weird way to meet, huh?" He said just as a Tengu leapt from the smoke. He quickly stabbed it in the chest and kicked it off his blade before smiling at her again. "I'm Yuwen Fortune, by the way - everyone," He added, nodding to Sunaarashi and Suiken.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Malao


"YAHOOO!!!"

Malao yelled at the top of his lungs, dozens of feet in the air. It seemed a lot had happened since he was thrown from the stage. Currently, he was standing on the back of an obviously unconscious Tengu with his sash through his mouth with Malao hold onto them like reigns. Malao had forcibly stretched out the Tengu's wings and was now surfing on the Tengu like a reverse glider. His left had held the reigns and his right held the Jingu Stick. He had a massive grin across his face, as he was having the time of his life. Sure over a half-dozen Tengu were constantly diving at him, trying to kill him but, that just made it more fun!

Right at that moment, Malao had been tactically surrounded by the Tengu, all of them eauther wielding nasty looking spears or those weird slim slightly curved swords. They all stood at battle positions, looking as if they were about to dive. Malao's grin just got wider and more devious. He quickly thrust out his arm behind him and the Jingu began to glow.

"JINGU!!" One end of it suddenly extended incredibly far, at least 12 feet pass the Tengu behind. They all looked at it oddly, eyes wide. "PINWHEEL FESTIVAL!!!" He then spun his golden staff with his great strength in a quick 360 degree circle, smacking into the taken aback Tengu. Malao then returned it to it's normal size of 3 feet.

It seemed the Tengu weren't done with him though, as several of their soldier recovered and flew at him from below. Feeling an updraft coming, Malao quickly dipped down for a moment, then pulled back up hard, casuing him to ascend several dozen feet higher. While he was in a vertical position and the Tengu all below him, he turned around and aimed his staff at the group. The Staff began to glow, yet much brighter than before. "JINGU, HAIL STORM!!!" The staff then began to elongate and retract at such a fast speed and a high rate, it seemed as if the staff was a simple blur. The staff managed to strike several of the Tengu multiple times before they headed back towards earth, though he made sure to not hit any of them in the head.

Though, it seemed he hadn't gotten them all. Two seemed to have deviated from the flock just before the attack and had gotten ahead of him as he leveled out. They both came at him with spears, diving straight on. Malao reeled into himself as the spears struck his body. The Tengu seemed pleased for a moment. Until Malao looked up at them with a mischievous grin. The two Tengu looked down at their spears. It seemed th espears had made contact with his torso, but only just. A very small trickle of blood came from the wounds, well more like scratches. His markings were glowing as he spoke. "Stone Monkey!" He then grabbed the spear shaft and used them to slam the Tengu's into one another with his monster like strength, then pulling them both in for a Monkey Palm to their chests, sending them flying.

"WOOOO! Today, a Monkey out flew birds!!!! HAHAHAHA!!!" Malao let out a very monkey like laugh. When he stopped laughing, he realized he was descending quickly. Malao readjusted himself and braced for impact.

He managed to land well, gliding the Tengu to the ground and sliding across the ground on it's back. It slid right up to a group of people. He recognized several of them as people he had met across town today. When he came to a stop, he hoppped off and gave them all grin, which looked a bit silly with his hair all wind blown. "Who said monkeys can't fly? Ha!" He then noticed they were all standing around a huge hole. He ran straight up to it and peered down it, his hand over his eyes like visor. *Whistle* "That's a hole alright..." He then turned around and faced them all.

"Well......what are you waiting for?" He then back flipped straight into the pit, doing his trade ark monkey call.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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["Whatever they're after is down there," Yuwen whispered, turning to the group. "...it's quite a drop..." He paused, looking at Hyuna with confusion for a moment before giving her a small smile. "Your name... starts with a Hyuna," He said, a massive grin growing on her face. "This is a weird way to meet, huh?" He said just as a Tengu leapt from the smoke. He quickly stabbed it in the chest and kicked it off his blade before smiling at her again. "I'm Yuwen Fortune, by the way - everyone," He added, nodding to Sunaarashi and Suiken. ]

Suiken nodded at Yuwen Fortune. "Suiken," he introduced, looking down at the pit apprehensively. Soon they were joined by two more. A human woman who had approached the stage to question Yuwen earlier as well as that strange beast-man. The apparent Monkey King, who unsurprisingly, invited himself to be the first to dive down the tower's depths.

"Reckless, that guy..." Suiken noted, turning around to see someone else join them in the tower. The orca beast-man, this time.

["The mayor entrusted me with a key to open whatever's down there," Keeflo said softly so only the group could hear him. "I think we should bring it to safety.]

"Has to be the key to the chest that tengu was speaking of..." Suiken noted aloud. "That's what they came for," he spoke, turning to the others, informing them. "A chest that lies at the bottom of this tower. If they're going through these lengths to get it, I think it's a pretty safe bet that we shouldn't let 'em. And if that's the key, then we have one advantage already. I suggest we don't wait around any longer..." he spoke, leaping down the pit, leaning his arm against the wall, hoping to use his rough oni skin as a break.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-14 22:27:51, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Three flashes of a sword later, and Hyuna let out a breath of relief, joking a little about how she could have finished them on her own, and that Suna's aid wasn't really needed, calling him, amongst others, a kill stealer. That doesn't mean she wasn't thankful, but just that she didn't want to express it so easily. Especially not to someone who stood and watched as she and Yamato were being cornered by the imperials a few hours back. But, she had to at least apologize in her head to him for thinking he was weak- this guy was skilled and precise in his attacks. Not the fastest, of course, but Hyuna figured her speed was near the upper human limits, with a self satisfied air.

"Counting kills." She answered him in a subdued voice, trying to preserve energy. "What say we wait for a bit at this hole, in case others want to come with?"

So they waited in a nervous sort of silence until eventually, two more people arrived, first of which was that Yuwen Fortune. The story-telling oni, introducing himself as Suiken, came by almost directly behind him, as if they entered together. She smiled a little bit to herself to see him again, but then quickly remembered that he didn't even know who she was; forcing the scowl back onto her small face. Yuwen greeted them, not even trying to explain that these Tengu were obviously not simple bandits, and that probably means his bandits were a total fabrication. It went pretty much as expected until Yuwen called her by Hyuna, giving almost an apologetic-but-not-quite smile at her. She stood there, completely blank for a second; having no idea how to react whatsoever. She finally settled with a radiant grin, and a failed attempt to respond until she gulped hard, slapped her cheeks, and sputtered out a "took you long enough, you idiot" at her old friend. She nodded as he exclaimed the weirdness of their reunion, hardly even noticing the newly dead Tengu that leaped out of the dark.

"Are we all planning to go down?" A quiet voice from somewhere behind them. Hyuna turned to look, and saw that it was that sword girl on the stage with Yuwen. Before she could answer though, the Monkey King, all of a sudden, leapt down the hole. Heck, Hyuna didn't even know when he got with the group in the first place, let alone how he knew there was a hole. Still, it answered sword girl's question well enough.

So then Hyuna followed the Monkey King down the hole, cushioning her fall with her chi, landing gracefully with flair to her imaginary audience.

She could hear some people talking up above, something about a key, or a chest, perhaps? It was pretty far down, and there were a lot of echoes so it'd be incredibly difficult to clearly hear anything from either end of the pit. But her eyes accustomed themselves to the dark pretty quickly, and she could see intricate stone linings in the wherever they were, as well as multiple paths.Was it possibly a labyrinth, to try and hide where the chest was? If so, whatever's inside had to be valuable. And if it's valuable, couldn't it be sold for a lot of money?

Sure, it's main purpose isn't the price... but still. How rich could I be if I did get it before anyone else..

But then she remembered that she was running low on energy already, and shook the temporary greed out of her head. It was then when the oni, Suiken followed, making it three on the bottom. And along with the heavy crash of the oni, Hyuna suddenly heard the excited, frantic sounds of Tengu wings, almost a whole squad of them, faintly hearing the Tengu words for 'found' 'chest' and 'hurry'. After they passed them by, Hyuna called up to the others up top. But of course, such a loud sound as a giant oni landing on his feet wouldn't go unnoticed, and some of the Tengu split off from their squad, maybe nine or ten of them, she couldn't keep count. Hyuna condensed the air and expanded it out as it reached the attackers, forcing them back, and giving her, Malao, and Suiken some much needed breathing room.

"Hurry up and get down here, stupid!" Hyuna called up, sucking up her pride. "We- we kinda need help!"

Together, the three of them could keep the Tengu at bay, but they couldn't take advantage of any opportunities to get attacks in, forced into a frantic defensive position, backs to each other. She felt as if she was on the verge of fainting, the corners of her vision going all blurry, and here vision itself going completely monochrome. All she could really hear was the sound of her pulse pounding in her head, reminding her that she was still alive.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra

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#2013-09-15 00:00:56, as written by Nulix
Yuwen looked down as several members leap into the darkness of the pit until only he, the strange horned Beast-Man, and the massive Sunaraashi were left. Yuwen squinted, trying to spot their forms in the darkness below before turning back to the square, where the Ashuran half-breed slashed the last remaining Tengu out of the air. "You know I think I'm going to help clean up here," Yuwen said before pushing Sunaraashi and Malachi over the ledge, causing them too to fly downward into the darkness. Yuwen wiped his hands together before running back toward the body-covered square...

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"Sir, I urge you we must go," A sniveling Tengu pleaded as he looked back at the tunnel leading to the chamber where four Tengu soldiers stood, spears in the air: preparing for any intruders who may come storming in. "Sir, the others are dead... we came with a force of forty-two and only the five of us remain," The Tengu whispered to his leader. "The Emperor must have known."

The leader, an elderly, grey bearded Tengu shook his head slowly. "The Emperor didn't know... we were just very unlucky." The leader reached forward and placed his hand on the carved, ebony stone of the large door at the end of the chamber. His long fingers traced the carvings until they reached a mechanical key-hole. "...It seems this chest needs a key," The leader whispered, before spouting fire from his hand and blasting the key-door with flame. The burning disappeared after a second, and the smoke a second after that. "...for I cannot open it with force."

Suddenly a sound echoed from the passage. The leader glared at his assistant. "Go investigate," he said, pointing to the passage. "They've arrived."

The assistant nodded and began to move with the other three Tengu back toward the pit entrance. The leader swallowed. "It needs a key... and they may have it," He repeated to himself before raising up and flying toward the ceiling of the chamber. His sharp boots hooked into the rock and he knelt behind a stalactite. And so he'd wait, on the ceiling, in silence...

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"Hey!" Yuwen called, running up to Amanha. "You killed them all! That's amazing," He exclaimed. "The others went down that pit, apparently there's treasure there or something."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Malachi watched with his covered eyes as one by one they went down the hole in the ground. Crazy. Insane. Even more crazy. Then off he was pushed into the long, dark pit. Malachi was able to maneuver himself where he was facing head first down the pit. There was many times as a child where he'd play outside with some of the rabbit-beast-kids and they'd go in and out of the holes in the forest. This was much like that, yet extremely different. Still, he was able to maneuver enough to make it...almost safely to the bottom. Once there, he nearly toppled over the spear that seemed to have came out of nowhere, though he used to to flip himself over and land on the ground, feet first. Malachi stepped forward slightly, running into the girl that had come ahead of him. He instantly stepped back and over to a wall.

Pressing himself back against the wall, Malachi could hear the sounds of the Tengu, and could hear a few of the group members talking. Malachi went into yet another one of his 'fighting-trance' stages and prepared himself for the best way to fight in these conditions. In this space underground, it'd be a godawful move to prepare his bow, and his eye-coverings weren't helping either. He removed the eye-mask from his horns and eyes, stuffing it in his pocket before taking a stance.

That's when he saw the ghostly green mist of a light start from behind him and the far off voices of those long gone six feet under. Sure, it will make things a hell of a lot easier on the rest of them, but this is not a good time for Malachi to be in a fighting mood as he'll allow his chi to spit out the energy to activate that which is not allowed. Forbidden. "Let the souls from long which have gone go forth first." Malachi said in a hushed voice as a slight breeze of ghostly green energy shot off down the tunnel towards the voices of the Tengu. "The souls shall stun them long enough until all else is up to us."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Yamato swept the town-centre one last time, making sure the Tengu that had attacked were all dead. The body count was staggering, Tengu and Human alike, some of the human's moaned in pain as their friends and family franticly tried to make their last minutes comfortable. Many were giving him looks of fear, he smiled coldly. "Pests." He muttered, making his way to the tower just as all the other warriors had before him.

It wasn't long before he came to the pit, an odd addition to a tower he felt. After all most towers went up, not down. The echoing voices and sounds of weapons scraping against stone peaked his interest, and he dove into the pit. The darkness wasn't a bother to him and he quickly made his way down the corridor, happening on the skirmish with the few remaining Tengu in the city.

"What's going on?" The Rabbit-woman asked. He chuckled, "Isn't it obvious? This group seems to be winning, and soon we will find what these idiots were after." He kicked the body of a fallen Tengu as he headed down the corridor, blade in hand. He stopped at Hyuna's side, sensing her chi was depleted again, he knelt down to her. "You really shouldn't push yourself like this. Not in a real fight. You've done well though, I'm up to thirteen, you?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Suiken turned as the rabbit beast-woman arrived through the tower's bottom level, inquiring upon the situation. "We've got the last of the tengu invaders cornered," he informed as the tengu allied to them soon followed . "They're after a chest inside the tower, but we have the key. They locked themselves inside, but..." Suiken glanced over at the trail of green energy leading down towards the tightly shut door. Glancing slightly over towards the beast-man who initiated the spell. "I wish you wouldn't have used such a technique...Such magic never bodes well," he growled.

From the other side of the door, the invading tengu remained silent, save for a minor flash of purple that was seen through the cracks behind the door.

"...Regardless if they're paralyzed or not, we should move cautiously," Suiken noted, contemplatively, slowly moving towards the door and nodding at Keeflo. "We're gonna need that key."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-15 04:38:43, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan



Soon, pretty much everyone dropped in, something which was deeply grateful for. She knew she couldnt keep fighting any more for the night, having no chi left at all. And without chi, all she was was a fast but not particularly strong spearman. And that alone was hardly worth any notice- she relied far too heavily on splendor and fanciness with her chi, despite having a generally average body in terms of muscle, or maybe even less so.

A strange goatman archer was there, doing some sort of chant, which strangely soothed and yet creeped her out at the same time, while Suiken warned against using necromancy, a grave shake of the head. Hyuna looked around fervently, not seeing Yuwen drop down, but her heart lightened somewhat when Yamato went to her side, telling her that she's done well, but that she's pushed too hard. And that he was at thirteen.

She grimaced before deciding on being honest, with a headcount of only nine. She felt something between shame and disappointment when she realized she lost, but, then again, Yamato is Master for a reason.

"I think I'll... sit out the rest of the fighting, Master." She murmured. "Moral support from the sidelines, I guess." She struggled a little to lift up her spear and put it back in it's sheathe on her back, and draped the cloak around her because of the sudden chills she got. Probably chills from over extending her energy, and now paying the price for it. Hyuna cursed her need for flourish with her illusions, but she knew that it helped her mentally in a fight, so she'd never really be able to be rid of it. The only solution was to slowly build up stamina.

First things first though, stopping the Tengu from getting to their goal. As the group prepared to head out, Hyuna stayed close to Yamato, hopefully close enough to garner a few tips from him.

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Sunaarashi smiled and stepped forward, slamming his katana into the door's lock. Metal screeched and the lock ripped open, sending the door slamming open.

"Keys," Sunaarashi said, sprinting into the room of surprised Tengu, "take too long."

There were four directly in front of him, and they didn't remain surprised for long. But then again, they didn't remain alive for very long either. Sunaarashi gutted one before it could react, grabbing the Tengu's neck and throwing it into the path of an incoming spear. His sword followed the spear swiftly, creating sparks and neatly taking the Tengu's head.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Entering the room where the tengu were hiding, the group could see only four more of their feathered nemesis remained. Three seemingly regular troops and their commander. The tengu's old leader looked upon the group with a frustrated scowl.

"Well, I'd have to admit....I wasn't expecting this much resistance from pathetic little Poyo," the old, wizened looking Tengu spoke, his red wrinkled face, glaring upon the would-be saviors of Poyo. "Ah...now, I see it. Beast-men. An oni. An asura... Hmm, one of our own. All of you outsider's who happened to pass by. Or perhaps partake in the celebration. ..." the old tengu muttered, scratching his bristly gray beard. "I pains me to admit your arrival was not one I anticipated. Nor did I anticipate the use of necromancy..."

The old tengu smiled cruelly. "Times must be bleaker than I thought, for such abilities to exist nowadays. Luckily, I hold enough power to banish such dark magic!" the old tengu beamed as his entire visage became coated in flame as he commanded his three remaining subordinates, "Do not let them live! Do not let them reach the chest!" And with that he darted down a hallway opposite of Poyo's defenders were standing, in pursuit of the chest and whatever treasure lied inside.

The three remaining tengu, each got into a formation. One drew twin blades and flanked the group on the left, while another brandished a large battle axe and flanked the group on the right. The third stayed in the back, armed with a bow, and used his mastery over fire magic to light the arrow heads aflame.

"These three will be tougher than the ones outside..." Suiken noted. "But not too much of an obstacle!" Suiken shouted as he charged at the battle axe brandishing tengu. "We have to make this quick! We can't let their leader slip through our fingers! Some of us can hold these three off while the others follow their leader!"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo watched as the others jumped in the pit. Unfortunately, the hole looked rather deep. Keeflo peered over the edge and sent a click down. The sound returned to him, revealing depth and width of the hole. At the age of five he had been augmented by a pod elder to be able to use echolocation, and now and many other times it had proven useful.

The hole wasn't quite as deep as it looked, although it was deep enough that Keeflo didn't want to jump down into it without something to cushion his fall. He still clutched the key as well, his massive webbed hand completely enveloping the small artifact. Something had to be done about that. He couldn't drop into a hole with more possible hostile tengu and have one hand useless. Not caring about respecting the dead, for that was a land person's qualm, the orca beast-man stripped a corpse of his clothing and used the cloth to bind the key to his belt.

This gave him an idea. Taking clothes from other dead, he made a rope of sorts. When he was satisfied with his handiwork he took a spear and drove it into the ground by the mouth of the hole. To the spear he tied one end of the makeshift rope and then he climbed down into the pit.

At the bottom of the hole lay a door, which a human abruptly bashed open and killed the tengus inside. Some more tengus came out to fight and one fled.

"These three will be tougher than the ones outside..." the oni storyteller said. "But not too much of an obstacle!" he shouted as he charged at the battle axe brandishing tengu. "We have to make this quick! We can't let their leader slip through our fingers! Some of us can hold these three off while the others follow their leader!"

Keeflo accepted the one's change from storyteller to commander in a heartbeat and ran of in pursuit of the fleeing tengu. In the dim light he was probably one of the best suited to the chase with his darkness piercing echolocation. He followed the tengu leader, constantly sending out clicks to keep track of him. While speed on land was not Keeflo's strong point, he did have plenty of endurance. As the running opened up the wound on his back again, Keeflo was reminded of his ineptness as a fighter. He hoped that someone else was coming too in case this lead to a fight.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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The silence of a grave stood between the two for several moments, weighted in the tension that resonated between the two as the armored giant seemed to gauge the situation. At length, she finally ended up walking past her with a hefty greatsword rested against one shoulder, passing up on a confrontation. Ann, acknowledging the answer, locked her weapon back into its sheath and smiled as she heard the words "Thought about it," grunted as she passed by. She crammed her hands into her pockets and turned around, following after her.

"That's no good at all, is it?" she said. "I really should start meaning everything that I say. Or perhaps not? You're quite scary, to be honest. I almost certainly wouldn't win if I fought you." Ann was still smiling as she walked further down the hall, gradually catching up with her pace. "Almost."

It wasn't long before the passage ended and they caught up with rest of the group, faced against three tengu who actually appeared to know what they were doing this time around, each wielding a different weapon. One of them even looked to be adept in the use of fire magic. The tengu leader dashed off, leaving his guardsmen behind to defend his escape. Ann leaned against a wall near the back, crossing her arms. She decided she'd rather watch the fight unfold rather than engage in it herself. The group that had dropped down with her had seemed capable enough and figured that intervention was all but unnecessary.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Malachi nodded at Oni that had warned against his use of chi. Malachi understood it well enough. The 'art', as Pollo liked to call it, was widely looked down upon and forbidden. But if this small act of such could by the group even a fraction of a second more, then it was willing to be used, especially by Malachi in his state and mind. After what seemed like a while, though it was hardly even a few minutes, the door to where the voices were coming from was knocked down, revealing four remaining Tengu. One fled down the corridor, only after giving an effect to his men and mentioning a chest once again.

Malachi could care less about this chest they spoke of, but just the way the Tengu seemed to want it so bad meant it must be something extraordinarily important, and he made it his duty to not let that happen. Stepping back to position himself behind the group, Malachi drew his bow. He, unlike the Tengu how had equipped a bow as well and found fit to control the element of fire to light the heads of the arrows, Malachi only had his plane handmade arrows. They wont light the Tengu on fire or burn as much as fire headed ones, but they will due in the long run.

Right off the back, Malachi let three of his arrows fly at the bow wielding Tengu. The arrows could have just as well hit any of the group, piercing through the air with the power only an arrow can and nearly skimming the edge of the people of this rag-tag group of defenders. One nearly hit the orca Beast-Man as he ran on after the one that fled. That caused Malachi to cowwer, covering his eyes with his hands until he heard the groan of a Tengu and looked up to see that two of his three arrows his the archer with wings, the third being stuck into the wall behind him, the two being pierced in his skin, one in the shoulder, one in the chest. That sent a few arrows Malachi's way, one nearly hitting his head, the other deflecting off his left horn.

That was not the least bit fun. Malachi though before shooting two more arrows at the Tenu. One hitting him directly in the head, the other nearly missing his neck and piercing into the wall. Luckily, Malachi will be able to retrieve two of the five arrows he let off, that being the two in the wall as he didn't want to disturb the dead any further than he would need too. He'd have to wait until after the other two Tengu are strike dead before he does anything though. He nearly dashed off after the orca Beast-man to help, but decided against, deciding he wouldn't be much help. Instead, he stood back behind the group for a moment before drawing his eye coverings back over his eyes, deciding that was enough chi use for today. Maybe for the week. The month. Hell, the year.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-16 02:42:45, as written by Nulix
The Tengu leader glared at Yamato as he charged, quickly raising into the air with the large, oak chest tucked away beneath his arm. "You misunderstand, brother," He began to his fellow Tengu. "I needed to blow up the tower to access these passages beneath..." The bearded Tengu spoke as he circled the black stone chamber: the dead end all the passages reached. "This place was built many years ago, long before the town, the people... to store one thing, and the only way to unearth it again was with fire."

The Tengu swallowed as his eyes drifted between the human girl, the other Tengu, and the rabbit before finally settling on the Orca who'd pursued him first. "You are right though. Many of our sides have died..." The old Tengu whispered, before carefully holding the chest forward in the air. "But if you have a key... it must not all be for in vain..."

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One of the Tengu lieutenants was smashed into the ground by arrows, breaking their formation, while the other went off on the defensive, leaving the adviser in the middle unarmed. "Wait!" The adviser yelled, realizing he was both out-numbered and outmatched. "Perhaps we can... talk about this?" He croaked and stepped forward, giving a large, yellow-toothed smile to the team...

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#2013-09-16 06:48:16, as written by Nulix
The defeated Tengu wheezed heavily as Yamato's boot landed down on his chest. The winner of the duel stood over him now, the leader knew. And as Yamato looked down upon the elder's worn and beaten face he'd see something he'd not expect. A smile grow through the blood. "...You think you're powerful," The man whispered. "You think you're great... you have no idea what you've stepped into." The leader closed his eyes. "The underworld is a cruel place Yamato Hibiki... I will be waiting for you there..." And with that last breath the figure went cold, dying as if to rob Yamato of the final blow. The room seemed to fade with his passing, fade from any of them or what they had to say to the presence of one unspoken guest. The chest, hinged in iron and made of old, sunken wood...

"Please... can't we speak!" The adviser pleaded to the group of warriors before him. Suddenly footsteps caused the entire group to turn. From the passageway Yamato, Hyuna, Keeflo, and Muna emerged. The chest bouncing lightly in the rabbit-girl's arms. The adviser swallowed before turning to the other Tengu warrior remaining. "So he is dead..." The adviser whispered. Before anyone had time to react the two Tengu whipped out daggers and plunged them both into their hearts. "...As are we."

The two collapsed and outside a new day dawned. The Tengu were defeated, and far beneath the surface where the rising sun could be seen in the large passageway beneath what was once Poyo's town-tower the victors were gathered with their prize.

The chest.

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Malao


After all was said and done, Malao gave out a big sigh and plopped himself on his ass as he leaned back on his hands. A lot had happened tonight. A lot. A lot more than has happened in most of his life, he felt good.....and something else. He looked up and around at his comrades who might not be anymore since the fighting was said and done. He looked at eachone individually and then said to the lot of them.

"......I'm hungry. Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?"

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#2013-09-16 16:43:59, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


And with that, the Poyo Conflict was finished, with all the filthy Tengu killed in the end as the sun rose. This strange motley group, almost standing around the chest as if it were this sacred, precious monument; shining in glory. And Yuwen was still somewhere else, not that it mattered right now. What mattered was this chest- apparently harboring a big secret that everyone around was going to be dragged into- a huge massive conflict that may even be invisible to everyone else. Only an idiot would ignore the onus coming from the chest, and the significance it symbolized. There was a lot of death, for something like this. So, even if it were just a small useless trinket, it'd still carry and be worth the death it cost to save it.

This is not something to be taken lightly.

Perhaps the most important question of all would be, who would own it, in the end? Assuming it's a worthwhile treasure, and assuming that they'd even decide to open it in the first place.

Would it belong to the Giantess, bloodstained and brutal in her might? Half-ashuran, half-sudean, she was certainly a sight to behold. And it seemed as if she killed more people in her life than words she spoke- something Hyuna was sure to keep a note of; to not make an enemy out of this woman. She looked thoughtfully at the massive greatsword, and wondered if it could snap her spear like a twig. Hyuna wasn't really hoping to test that out. She also wondered if anyone here could stand up to the Giantess in a huge confrontation, if she decided that the treasure belonged to her?

So Hyuna had to put the spotlight on her, somehow. She looked at the others in the group, like that Suna.

Also Sudean, and also a brilliant fighter in his own right; at least what she saw of him. He's assuming to most, and probably because of his look of age, he'd be underestimated. Even now, she couldn't exactly pin point what his fighting style is, unlike the Giantess, who's specialty is pure and brute strength. Suna, most likely, was a strange amalgamation of different styles, leading to unpredictability and an opponent that can counter most anyone that came at him- as long as he knew they were coming. He was formidable, for sure, and deceptively so.

And what of the goatman? He wielded a bow, so he could use his speed to his advantage against the giantess while shooting arrows. He'd be more of a distraction than anything, something to divert and diffuse her attention so she couldn't fully focus. And if that failed, there was always necromancy. Hyuna honestly didn't know much about the forbidden chi art except that it was forbidden, and probably with good reason. She couldn't decide if she could trust someone who used such power.

And there was the tall human girl, obviously Gwanish of origin? There was a strange look in her eyes that Hyuna couldn't quite place. She looked probably too calm and distanced from the group, and Hyuna wondered exactly why she didn't participate in the fight once down the pit. And obviously this Gwanish girl was intelligent- she used spears to slow down her fall when going down the hole in the first place. Her katana, however was of inferior make, and she wondered if it could really harm the Giantess in hostile combat.

And of course, at full strength, she and Yamato could be more than a match for the Giantess. Her speed and chi mastery alongside his experience and expertise, she felt confident they could eliminate the largest threat, but not without some injury.

Then the Monkey King spoke up, breaking the uncomfortable silence.

"......I'm hungry. Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?"

Hyuna considered. Yes, she was starving and needed both nutrition and rest in order to regain her strength. She was worthless otherwise. But on the other hand, what if while they were all eating, one of the group made off with the treasure? That'd be unacceptable, to her at least, since she wanted at least some part of it if anyone as going to have any. And, unlike the others, she had possibly two allies to back her up- Yamato, her mentor, with whom she made a quick friendship with, as well as that Yuwen, who finally recognized her from his past. She didn't fully trust them, but she figured the three of them could work together and outnumber the others.

Still, her stomach growled, and she decided that no one would be stupid enough to try and steal the treasure away just yet.

"Then let's... let's eat." She said pensively to the group, and then specifically turned to Yamato. "I still have coin, Master, if you, um, wouldn't mind letting my ride on your back to the surface, at least. I'm too tired to move." She held out her stolen coin pouches from the guardsmen earlier, offering them.

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It was over. The tengus had died, some even suicided. At the end when the tengu wanted to talk Keeflo had been willing to listen but apparently Ashy Wing Tengu had had other ideas. He had killed the leader of the attacking tengus. Although Keeflo was glad the fight was over, he couldn't help feeling unhappy at all the lives lost just for a chest. What could it hold that the tengu had died for it? What could it hold that the mayor had trusted its key to a nobody?

Keeflo still had the key wrapped in his belt. It was fairly hidden, so he doubted anyone would be able to see it and try to steal it, but he kept his hand in its vicinity nonetheless. Some of these people had proven themselves to be clever and unpredictable.

Then the monkey man said something about being hungry, garnering a gurgle from Keeflo's stomach. Yes, he was hungry, but no, he likely didn't have the money to pay for it. Unlike the monkeys he had seen in the night, Keeflo didn't want to steal. That would just bring more people chasing him. He sighed. So close to entry to the ocean, yet so far...

The girl who had taken the chest from the tengu lead asked Ashy Wings to carry her up the hole. "I have a better way. I made a rope out of clothes. It should still be here," Keeflo said. He went to the part of the hole where he had climbed down and sure enough the rope was there.

"I'm strong, I'll carry the chest up," Keeflo said. He picked up the chest and held it in one arm and climbed up the bloodstained rope, using his feet, free hand, and tail to grip it. Not once did it cross his mind to open it and claim what was inside. It wasn't his. In his mind it belonged to Loy-Qui, who hopefully was still alive. He didn't have much need for it, as he planned to soon return to the ocean, and it wasn't owned by him or anyone else nearby, either.

Thus when he climbed up the makeshift rope he paused only for a moment to make sure the others were not having any trouble before heading to where he left the mayor. Loy-Qui was still lying where Keeflo left him and, judging by the people flocking around him, was still alive. Keeflo was still a little ways off, so he quickened his pace and headed towards the group.

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Lo-muna raised an eyebrow as she was relieved of guarding the chest, the orca beast-man already heading back to the surface. The concerns raised over their stomachs, three of the group so far, amused her but didn't incite the same curiosity as the chest that had caused so much of a fuss. After all, the leader had warned them they were not ready for the conflict. What conflict that was, Lo-muna wished she had asked. She cursed her own ineptness.

"I suppose the mystery can be resolved after a meal. Although I am low on funds due to a certain.. incident from earlier," Lo-muna said to the group, glancing at the monkey beast-man. "And it will give us a chance to discuss the dead Tengu's warning. I don't think our association with each other will end here."

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The tengu lay defeated. A shame it took the loss of their lives to so, but the town was saved nevertheless. Well, there was the matter of what to do with the treasure, but that can be decided later. For now, it seemed the others had other pressing matters on their minds. Namely food.

"Yeah...food sounds good about now," Suiken remarked, patting his stomach as he remembered that he hadn't eaten dinner. "Perhaps those of us who do have coin can split the bill, so everyone gets a chance to eat, eh?"

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Ann was still standing near the back, silently watching as the orca beastman took hold of the chest and began hauling it up the pit. She didn't really care much for what was in the chest or why so many lives had been lost to try and obtain it so she had nothing to comment on the situation regarding the treasure. It was highly unlikely that she'd end up getting her hands on it anyway so there was no point in thinking about it further.

"I'm hungry," the Monkey King finally spoke. "Anybody else hungry? Who's up for breakfast?" A few nods and phrases of agreement accompanied by growling stomachs were audible in the quiet depths of the underground sanctum. The rabbit-eared woman mentioned something about being low on money and while Ann would normally have spared her some coins, she figured the woman would work something out with the the Monkey King who had robbed her during the festival. She briefly wondered if the giant would contest ownership of the chest, glancing her direction and then at the beastman. The thought only lasted for a while and she found her gaze drifting elsewhere, casually inspecting the others in the room with her.

The oni suggested to the group that they should split the bill for a meal among them and she simply shrugged and said, "I've some coin to spare," her eyes still drifting around the closed space.

She wasn't in much of a mood to challenge the Monkey King anymore but wondered if she should do it anyway, since there didn't seem to any better time than this. On the down side, she had a feeling that the others would not be too happy with that turn of events and it didn't make much sense to peg several capable fighters on herself all at once because she was too impatient to wait for a better opportunity. Still, she was likely to miss out on her bounty at this rate. It wouldn't be so bad to give up on it she supposed, considering how much the last one paid anyway.

No one in the room particularly caught her eye, but it was rare to see so many competent fighters all gathered in the same room. She wondered how many of them she could best in a one-on-one duel, but kept it strictly to a thought. No point in starting a fight just for the sake of challenging each others' skill. Even if the curiosity lingered, battle was no thrill to her: It was simply a necessary means to an end. One that she found herself engaged in constantly. It was what she was good at, after all.

That wasn't to say that she possessed no other talents, but it had always proved to be both her greatest skill and money-making tool. Escorting high-profile figures, acting as a bodyguard, assassination, bounty hunting; if it involved violence, it was more than likely she could pull it off.

Perhaps another time. But for now, all that was left to do was wait.

At length, Ann left her spot at the wall inspected some of the bodies, settling on the higher ranked ones, kneeling by them and closely examining their weapons. She held one of them up the air, drawing it neatly from its scabbard. The quality was excellent, to be sure, but after a few experimental swings, decided that it was far too heavy for her. She slid it back in and set it down on the ground. The age old of dilemma of fighting a balanced weapon that would actually be of use to her. In all honesty, her sword was garbage, but it did its job well enough given that it wouldn't break any time soon. The only reason she hadn't replaced it yet was because of its incredible lightness, which she found much difficulty finding in other blades.

She gave up on the search for now, deciding that this wouldn't be a problem if only she'd spent more time physically conditioning her body. Of course, there was still time for that, but it would be something she'd have to work towards. For now, she'd have to stick with what she had without complaint. She'd been told time and time again that her potential was incredible, but she'd also been told that it was vital to improve her physical performance to unlock it. Her skills alone had carried her this far so she wasn't in any rush, but the thought of becoming a much more potent fighter than before was definitely of intrigue. Not only that, but if she could also figure out how to manipulate chi, tides would certainly turn in her favor. She gave those distant thoughts a rest for the moment.

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Suiken was silent for a moment, but then spoke up. "Do the bodies of the tengu lying on the floor within and on the grounds outside not provide enough explanation as to what happened here?" he asked, his hand pointing to the dead Tengu in the pit below. "I'm certain none of us has anything to gain by involving ourselves in such an assault."

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By the time Amanhã had caught up to the rest of the group, it seemed they had already made short work of the remaining tengu fighters. More importantly, as they emerged from deeper within the tunnel, one of them, the rabbit beast-folk, was toting the chest along-- Amanhã's eyes zeroed in on it. It was a hefty-looking trunk, fairly bulky but light enough to be carried in the hands of the slight-built beast-folk, fashioned of oak by the looks of it with a keyhole securing the latch. Amanhã frowned. A keyhole-- and she very certainly was not in possession of the key. Perhaps force would be sufficient in divorcing the two halves of the latch and unveiling whatever 'treasure' was contained therein, but that would necessitate addressing another issue.

Amanhã was not unfamiliar with fighting multiple opponents-- she had made a point of mastering her ability to adroitly and effectively fight numerous adversaries simultaneously. But multiple foes of this magnitude? Amanhã's confidence in her skills did not extend that far, for good reason: avoiding overt self-assuredness was necessary to survival, and Amanhã had always made sure to be aware of the battles she almost certainly could not emerge victorious from. A legion of tengus? That was child's play. But these warriors were more than a cut above those faceless mooks. In the case of at least five of them, they would individually have made quite a pleasure to fight and kill: altogether, the battle's outcome would have been... significantly less clear-cut. Perhaps if they had all been fighting amongst themselves, it would have been possible for Amanhã to eventually emerge victorious from the battle royale-- but making herself a target of all of them? That would have been the act of a fool, and Amanhã had not been a fool in more than thirty years.

She scowled. This was a predicament. She wanted that chest. Whatever was in there, the tengus had thought it significant enough to slaughter a town for. Granted, there was just as good a chance it was some trifling cultural relic of the tengus, stolen from them during the war by the avaricious Yune, worth nothing to anyone but the Teng Kingdom-- but then, she could simply sell it to them for a hefty price. Either way, she emerged with a profit... but only if she got that chest. Only if she could separate whoever was bearing it-- it had changed hands from the rabbit beast-folk to the orca beast-folk of before-- then acquiring it would become... very straightforward, as it were.

But it seemed for the time being, much to Amanhã's distress, she would have to linger with this group and await that opportunity.

When it emerged, she would be certain to act swiftly, decisively, and brutally-- as always.

At that point, they were beginning to return to the surface-- the orca beast-folk had fashioned a rope of sorts and had already clambered up, though Amanhã, who had been the last to enter and was now therefore at the head of the group, was not certain if it could bear her six hundred and fifty pound bulk. The uncertainty was put to silence, however, as a shrill whistle from above tunnelled down through the dank halls of the tower. And shortly following on its heels was a voice, reverberating down the passage. "Attention, warriors! This is Prefect Ro ordering you to exit the pit with your weapons sheathed!"

Ordering me? To hell with the others-- ordering her? Her scowl intensified in vehemence. It sounded almost as though Ro intended to arrest the group collected here-- which had to be a ludicrous proposition. They had just slaughtered their way through an attack force of highly-trained tengu warriors: what made this damn bureaucrat think his little town guard could possibly put up a fight against them?

"You are under investigation for involvement with the attack..." the prefect continued, initially in no way assuaging Amanhã's discontent. "But if you are cooperative and are found to have aided in the defence of the village, you will be paid by me, on behalf of the Emperor of Yune in his absence."

That was marginally more appealing, though still not without concerns. The bureaucrats would undoubtedly seize the chest from whoever was in possession of it before Amanhã ever had a chance to glean the nature of its contents, and in Imperial hands it would be much more difficult to acquire. Furthermore, they spoke of a reward, but really, when could you ever trust bureaucrats? This Ro character was probably planning on having them all killed so he could take the chest for himself-- it was what Amanhã would have done in his position. Well, no-- in his position, Amanhã would probably have made sure not to end up serving in a shitstain town like Poyo, but that aside, he was in a very good position to take the chest for himself.

Now that she thought of it, the orca had already proceeded up to the surface-- they might already have killed him and seized the chest.

The snow oni had begun to reply to the prefect's words, but for Amanhã's part, sheathing her weapon was clearly not on the agenda. Another battle was in the cards, she knew it-- but she was not going to be the first to go up. She would wait until two or three had already gone up and gotten themselves arrested-- kept the other soldiers occupied by the time Amanhã went up with absolutely no intent of letting herself get arrested.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-16 20:38:04, as written by Nulix
"I'm afraid not. Not until we have a clearer spectrum of events," The voice echoed down through the cavern. "Don't worry. If you are truthful and heroic in action you will be free and paid by midday."

In the small, half-destroyed courtyard of an abandoned restaurant in the square Yuwen sat at a table and sipped his tea, watching the Prefect talk to the heroes below with great interest...

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#2013-09-16 20:56:42, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna, while grateful, just curtly nodded at the orca-man when he gave his suggestion to use the cloth rope he made to get down in the first place. She was more than exhausted, but once at the surface, she could just nab some coffee to regain her energy. Never know when she'd need to be ready for battle again, especially with certain members of the present company. Still, when the orca took the chest and ran ahead, she narrowed her eyes briefly, wondering exactly what the orca could want with it. Seriously, he didn't seem like the self-interested type in the least, so it baffled her.

"Yamato." She muttered back at him once exiting the tunnel. "Keep an eye on the ashuran. You and I can handle the others ourselves, but... she's a threat."

Hyuna then quickly dived into a diner on her own, masking her exhaustion; not willing anyone to see her weak, especially these civilians she just recently helped save. She ordered imported coffee from Sudea, and not long after it was ready, and she sipped the bitter, thick liquid, feeling it swishing down her throat and almost burning at her stomach. Still, it gave her more energy to last a few hours, and she also carried with her some sweets, enough for her and Yamato to share. Upon leaving the diner, she gave haf of the sweets to her ashen-winged friend.

"They're good." She said amicably to him, taking a bite out of one laced with vanilla icing. She moaned with pleasure feeling the delicacy sweeten her tongue. "Ish r'lly g'd!" She exclaimed, rubbing her stomach with content and licking the soft crumbs off of her fingers.

But then, when regrouping with the others, it was all bad news- Ro, the idiot, had come and accused them, accused their freaking saviors of planning the whole thing! It was probably a farce for the Imperials to save face, and Hyuna was quick to voice her opinion angrily at someone who really shouldn't try to fight her on a good day.

"You shamed yourselves when the Tengu got in." She said scowling. "Damned Imperials let the mayor get hit, and we had to step in to save everyone. And this is how you treat the heroes? You're just a bunch of ingrates who should be begging at our feet to accept the money!"

There was no way in hell she'd just surrender- not to a pathetic man like Ro.

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Suiken shook his head in agitation, as he picked himself up to his feet. The situation had calmed now. Although the Ashura and the woman with the spear's actions had essentially branded them all as criminals and the ashen-winged tengu's arrogance seem to not help matters any, the man from earlier, the one branded as a fraud, Yuwen Fortune had arrived to settle the matter, it seemed. His appearance right now at the moment of their would-be arrest was a bit too convenient for Suiken at the moment...but being branded as a criminal by the Empire was not high on his list of priorities at the moment. And Fortune had a way out of it. By means of a guild. A 'great guild' as he called it.

Suiken raised an eyebrow. "Great Guild Fortune?" he repeated, sounding somewhat resigned, before laughing hardily. "That's possibly the vainest name I've ever heard given to a guild! I figure most people would ask some pretty critical questions at this point. Namely, why would the join such a guild, especially one that propped up at during such tumultuous events just in time to save the day...But as I see it. The only other prospect would be facing these guards. All of whom, I could surely defeat, but have no real reason to," Suiken stated, glancing back at the others, making sure they understood that they really had no reason to do so either.

"And if I refuse to join this guild, I'd pretty much be branded a criminal anyway now, thanks to those numbskulls," he stated jokingly, pointing a thumb back in the general direction of the half-ashura and the spear-woman. Possibly, the tengu as well, the thumb was just pointing in a general direction after all. Suiken sighed. This Yuwen Fortune was a sketchy one. But..this guild could be the push he needed. "So, what the hell! I'll take you up on your offer, Fortune!"

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#2013-09-17 03:37:38, as written by Nulix
Yuwen stepped forward toward the Oni, pulling out one of the contracts and handing it to him. "Please, use my quill," he said warmly, pulling out a quill and dipping it in a pocket-case of fine blue-ink. He handed it to the old Snow-Oni. "Good job trying to defuse the situation," he added. "Shame it didn't work. What's your name, Oni?"

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Sunaarashi walked up silently to Yuwen and Suiken. He'd been the last one up the rope, and since it had taken him FOREVER (rope climbing was not a skill he entertained), he'd only arrived for really Yuwen's speech. From what he'd heard while he was climbing, he was slightly exasperated that things had escalated to the point they had.

He hadn't really expected anything different. Yune had a lot of security, which is why it was able to survive in the midst of all these wars. He, fortunately, had made sure to go through all of the proper paperwork and guard posts coming from Sudea to Yune, and so was certain he wouldn't have a problem with the prefect and his group. Sure, they hadn't been able to do much in the fight, but that was what everyone else was there for, right?

However, the problem was, Suna was in need of a job. And this one seemed... interesting, at least. If it wasn't profitable, well, he'd never been the one to fancy after riches, anyway.

"I'll sign as well," he told Yuwen. "But I hope you know what you're doing. There's a lot of competition with guilds. And you have to fight some serious stuff." He smiled. "If you're okay with that, I'll be fine following you. If you're a strong fighter, I'll even enjoy it. Either way, I need the job, and my skills..." He shrugged. "Well, they're not exactly normal."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Suiken took the quill. "Actions without thought are actions that break nations, y'know?" Suiken asked Yuwen, scratching the back of his head with his free hand. "That's what I was trying to teach anyway. Dunno if the message got across," Suiken stated, signing his name across the contract. "Suiken is the name, by the way. I'm a musician and story teller by trade."

Suiken nodded at the bald human as he also approached.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 04:06:24, as written by Nulix
"I like stories," Yuwen nodded as the Oni's large fingers held the quill and signed gently with the fingers of a musician. "And I like music," He added, flipping to another contract and handing it to the large man. "I'll sign as well," The man began. "But I hope you know what you're doing. There's a lot of competition with guilds. And you have to fight some serious stuff. If you're okay with that, I'll be fine following you. If you're a strong fighter, I'll even enjoy it. Either way, I need the job, and my skills... Well, they're not exactly normal."

"I specialize in non-normal," Yuwen replied with a small smile as the man signed. "Whats your name, warrior?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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"Sunaarashi, but most people call me Suna," the Sudean answered, signing. "You probably can tell but I'm Sudean." He looked at the Oni. "You probably hear lots of tales of our bloodthirsty population."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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"You hear the worst about every nation...depending on where you travel," Suiken shrugged at Sunaarashi. "You'll find that no one nation quite agrees on everything another says."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 04:21:20, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


It was going good. Great, even. Hyuna had psyched out one of the guards, and the Giantess successfully gave the Prefect a concussion with a vicious headbutt. Upon seeing her illusion, which, most likely, fooled the idiots, they assumed a formation that could theoretically take advantage of an elemental chi user. Presumably, fire, which unfortunately was way off the mark- at least, unfortunately for them. Apparently Ro didnt even want a fight! Come on, that's a pretty blatant lie. The greedy power tripping bureaucrat. She gave the Giantess a look of slight companionship as she rushed forward, only to have her way blocked by that damned interfering pacifistic Oni, trying to play it off as some huge joke! And then the necromancer the hypocrite appeared, almost preaching nonviolence, and that they were tired. What, did they want to be arrested and questioned? Were the brave warriors she fought alongside this weak in the face of corrupt authority? Sure, she never knew them all that well, but she respected them enough to consider them fighters! Not surrenderers!

She shook her head angrily and continued her assault when her mentor stepped through the illusion, showing the trick of the fake blazing fire. This was a shock for two reasons: first, he was supposed to have run away and wait for her at some place. She didn't really specify where, but he was too injured to fight. And second, why didn't he indulge in her gift? She had wanted him to eat those sweets, it was like a present! So a strange mixture of hurt and betrayal flitted across her face when he came in to essentially tell her that she was too weak to continue fighting for now.

Too weak? Too weak?!

He then patted her on the back- showing that he was still proud of her. So that calmed her stormy anger, at least a little bit. She was still raring to spill blood, and was more than eager to prove that she was still strong enough to manage it.

Then, goddamnit, That Guy appeared. Yuwen Fortune, at the most opportune moment, and she wondered if the timing was deliberate- purposely timed to make himself the glorious hero. To put him in the spotlight and bask in everyone's attention, whether hatred or admiration. And despite their past, Hyuna found herself leaning towards the former, wondering why he always always always showed up when, and only when it was most convenient for him, let alone anyone else. A true selfish man, and still immature and naive about the world, she figured. He probably didn't have the answers she was looking for, and she wondered if it was even worth it to get involved in this whole mess. Yuwen offered a sort of legal loop hole, on the condition that they joined his guild, and the Oni was quick to enter in, probably to protect himself. But she did learn that the Oni's name, at long last, was Suiken, and she made a mental note to remember it. Suna also approached Yuwen, being the last to climb up that rope left by the orca.

Prideless warriors. All of them.

"Fortune." Hyuna hissed. "I wouldn't be surprised if this was all your doing... to try and get us into your guild. All this death and destruction" She waved to the destroyed and bloodied courtyard, and to a lone scavenger looting a dead body of what looked like a wealthy woman in life. "You have the most to gain from all this..."

A fierce battle waged inside of Hyuna's head, both of them arrogant and haughty. She had two options- continue to resist Prefect Ro and join up with the guild, or resist the man she once promised to marry as a little girl, in favor of showing him that this damn world was no longer his stage; his plaything to be made in his honor. That the real world was a pretty terrible place, filled with terrible people.

"What if I refused your offer, Fortune, and put myself in the Prefect's custody?" She asked. "Was I really so insignificant to you; just a pawn for your self glorification?"

She stared him down menacingly, needing no tricks or fancy illusions this time.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune 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: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 04:23:56, as written by Nulix
Yuwen looked down at Sunaarashi's words with a raised eyebrow. "I lived and worked in Sudea for the past five months, Sunaarashi." He said, looking up at the man with a smile. "I've heard tales, and I've lived enough to know which are and aren't true. It'd be my honour to have a Sudean warrior by my side."

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Jensu sat with her knees to her chest, staring out over the water with red eyes as the beast-man sat beside her. After a moment he placed his hand on her shoulder, dwarfing it in his size. "Ma'am, is there something you need to get off your chest?" The beast-man spoke. Jensu glanced at the beast-man and opened her mouth, though nothing came out. She quickly closed it and glared back at the water, rather facing it's calmness than the ever changing face of another living being. "...I grew up in this village," She whispered as the boat gently glided around a bend in the farmlands just outside Poyo's walls. "And I've been away for many years..." She continued, her words slurring slightly from both the crying and the drunkenness. "So for the Empro- Emperor's birthday I thought I'd come visit my mother... she lives on the Teo-Poyo street... but when I got there her door was broken, and her baggy was on the ground..." Tears began to stream again. "They bagged her... one of the visiting sailors probably saw her at the market and followed her home... they bagged her and sold her and I don't know where she is..."

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"Fortune." A female voice suddenly hissed. Yuwen turned to see Hyuna, battle-worn and bloodied, staring at him. "I wouldn't be surprised if this was all your doing... to try and get us into your guild. All this death and destruction" She continued, pointing to the streets where bodies, mainly of Tengu but also of citizens, lay. "You have the most to gain from all this..."

Yuwen swallowed at the woman. They'd met as children, her much younger than him, when he had already found his identity. When he had already carved himself out as something popular, something special. And she had joined the fans, more or less... but as time went on she was more than that. She had become a friend to Yuwen. Yuwen swallowed, for to her he had always been the friend, not just a.

"What if I refused your offer, Fortune, and put myself in the Prefect's custody?" She continued unstably, staring him down as she did. "Was I really so insignificant to you; just a pawn for your self glorification?"

Yuwen began to march toward her. "Hey," He began with a half-smile as he approached her. All of sudden he opened his arms. She went on guard for a moment before getting engulfed by a tight hug. "You're giving me a lot of credit, you know... thinking I could plan all this," He said with a grin as he released her. "Unfortunately I am not so brilliant in planning. Or in mass-murdering, that's still not quite my style." He paused, and glanced at the other warriors that had gathered. "I'm still pretty good at talking though, huh?" He added with a wink, giving her a reassuring look, and old look he had ever since he was a child. A look that meant he had a plan, a crazy, dangerous plan that in no way would succeeded, but would still be a lot of fun. And with that he handed her a contract and turned back to the others...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Suna seemed surprised, then smiled and nodded at Suiken and Yuwen's reactions. Then he heard something that sounded like a strangled cat, which of course made him turn around to discover Hyuna spluttering vicious accusations that made no sense. Swallowing his laughter, Sunaarashi said as much.

"That seems a little farfetched, don't you think?" Sunaarashi said, shaking his head. "Honest, I didn't figure you for the fanciful type."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-17 04:59:35, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


What she didn't expect was a hug from her old friend and unpredictable force of nature, which, in all honesty, sort of what he was. A force of nature that's impossible to predict, and sure to create rifts in the world. She felt a lot of anger towards him, for not even bothering to try and reach out to her when her home town went under Teng occupation. Not even a single damned letter. Was it really that hard to write down a few words on a piece of paper, address it to her, and send it via post? So, sure, while it was pretty farfetched for him to have been behind all the destuction; (he was the type to delude himself as a hero after all, and there's no way to delude yourself into thinking murder, mass murder at that, was heroic). And, true, he was always a good speaker, and Hyuna was more than certain that he was doing the ol' Yuwen charm on her this very second, and she felt her will to resist and make a point slowly dissipating.

She heard Suna chastise her on fantasies, while the bunny girl brought up a pretty realistic perspective in quite a small amount of words. Hyuna shot them something between dirty and embarrassed looks, before almost pushing herself out of Yuwen's hug, and eyed her Master from behind. She figured he'd probably sign the contract- it is technically the easiest solution, although most everyone seemed to be ignoring that Fortune actually lied to them all, and pretty easily, at that. And so he's obviously not above lying again in the future, making it impossible to truly trust him.

Yuwen asked for Bunny's name, and then the Ashura's while she struggled with how to even talk to him. She didn't even know how to goddamn talk to him. So she covered up her insecurities with an angry face, once again, further questioning him.

"How can I trust you?" She asked sharply. "We were friends, back then, why didn't you even try to confirm if I was alive or not? Did you even know about my home town at all?"

Unwilling hints of tears began in her eyes and she violently wiped them away with her bloodied sleeve.

"Damnit, Yuwen, friends aren't supposed to just abandon each other in times of need, right?"

She put the spear back into it's holster, and accepted the contract resentfully, although still not signing it yet.

"You're a real bastard, Yuwen, but.... God, is it so bad that I want us to be back to how we used to be? Can we really?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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"Ten bucks says he doesn't remember her," Sunaarashi said to Suiken, nudging the oni and chuckling.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra

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Suiken raised an eyebrow at Sunaarashi's odd sense of humor, and didn't respond much, only giving a simple shrug. He then gave a nod of respect towards the two beast-people who just joined. "Hey, Fortune! As soon as you and you're, ah...old flame, are done reminiscing, I want to talk some about guild matters!"

The tengu seemed to make up his mind about joining Yuwen's cause as well.

["When this is over Fortune, I expect to have the highest body count."]

"Wow, you're certainly reaching for the sky with those goals..." Suiken spoke to the tengu in a flat, seemingly bored, mocking voice as he nonchalantly picked his ear.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-17 13:23:35, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


It had taken a while, but she had finally calmed down to some extent. A long night with no rest, coupled with being basically dragged into Yuwen's schemes once again, and of course, running out of chi during a fight, none of it particularly helped. And when the prospect of giving into the damned Prefect came up, she couldn't help herself .She still can't, now, but at least she wasn't raring to fight like before. She eyed the others- her new guildmates with a sour expression, not really liking most of them except for her mentor, and she was pretty ambivalent to the gwanish girl- Razul, but she didn't much care for the others at all. And, for all she knew, the orca had run off and gotten the chest to himself, probably with the key. She figured he wasn't a threat to the treasure, but, well. He had it all to himself now, the damned beastman. Still, at best this was only a temporary team up with the others, and then she could go and journey with the Tengu for who knows how long, and at worst it'd end with bloodshed. Hyuna was particularly worried about getting on the Giantess' bad side, Illyria. An oddly pretty name for such a strong and dangerous looking woman, but well, it's her name after all. So she sauntered carefully over to the Illyria, minding to not look like a threat.

"Sorry." She said in a subdued voice. "For gettin' you into the fight. There's still a treat left, if you want it." She held up the bag while Fortune discussed their plans to get to their next destination with the Oni. "Let's have a hopefully peaceable three months with each other." She finished, and bowed to her physical superior (not like any of them could be weaker to her in the physical sense), and went back to Yamato She even saw the Monkey King joining the guild, and figured that trying for the bounty was useless now, but, she wasn't really planning on killing the thief anyways. And, she supposed in some strange way, her assumption of the Monkey King leading her to Yuwen was found to be true, just, not in a way anyone'd really expect.

She felt the same panic rising as an animal cornered into a trap would've felt, and forced herself to concentrate on her Mentor's wings. It was an odd comfort, for sure, that the one she trusted most was a Tengu. She allowed herself a small smile in his direction.

It'd actually be interesting if this ended up as a in-fighting. I wonder who if I could survive that.

Illyria? Most definitely not. So it'd obviously be better to at least try to make friends with her. With Yamato, she'd be able to survive Suna as well, slaying the old man. At least, that's what she figured. They'd have to tr and predict his movement, wouldn't they? What about Yuwen, did she stand a chance? He was always skilled at combat, but she never really saw him fight recently, so she has no way to gauge his current skills at all. That was particularly miffing.

I'll get lots of money too, from this, even if it doesn't end up as a fight.

Yes, when adding the coin rewards into the equation, she felt even more at ease. Or perhaps her sugar rush had finally died down. Hyuna suppressed a yawn, and hoped desperately that whatever powers may be would find mercy on her and let this end quickly, at the very least.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-17 20:04:20, as written by Nulix
Yuwen cooly took Malao's hand in his and scribbled down a signature. With a wink he wrapped the scroll up. "Welcome to the Guild," He said to the man with a smile. He flung around to the rest of the group. "Alright team! With that the Great Guild is assembled!" He exclaimed loudly. "Get yourself some food and we'll regroup at the docks in an hour," Yuwen said as he jumped off of the boulder he'd stood on to add to his height and flung a pair of wood framed tinted-glasses on. "And trust me," He added with a smile. "We'll be doing lots of jobs and missions... but what we're going after in the end will make you all rich beyond your wildest dreams." He gave an eager nod at the group before continuing on toward a side-street...

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Jensu looked down in horror as the fish-beast curled up. "Oh god," She exclaimed, kicking the creature lightly to see if he died. "Mohan!" She exclaimed, calling for her Oni first-mate. "Quickly! We have to get him below deck..." She glanced down at Keeflo and swallowed. "He needs rest... and he needs to hide."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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"Well...anyone else hungry?" Suiken asked, as Yuwen began to stride off. "Perhaps in addition to food, we can gather supplies for our journey."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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About this point, Sunaarashi stepped into the conversation.

"Excuse me," he said politely. "But did I hear you say something about bandits?" He scratched his scruffy cheeks thoughtfully. "How much could I pay you to take me down river to fight the bandits?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-19 05:59:15, as written by Nulix
Jensu rose one of her bushy eyebrows high at the Sudean man who had tagged along with the Oni. "I mean no," Jensu replied. "No, why would I do that? This vessel is small and defenseless, why would I take it into bandit territory? Its hard to navigate the mountain rivers and its hard to get out of them again. I'm sorry but there's nothing you can do that will convince me to take you guys." She nodded toward the bridge the Milkweed floated beside. "You guys can leave whenever you want," She said before popping the cork off another bottle...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Suiken sighed at Sunaarashi's question and the goblin's drunken rebuttal. "Well, I had hoped to part more amicably, but what is done is done. Farewell, Captain," he bowed, before turning to Keeflo. And beast man...it's like I said. Come with us, if you want."

Suiken then began to walk off, nodding at Sunaarashi to follow him. Turning towards the bald human he sighed, "Well, that went worse than expected. I suppose we'll be walking to Jiefong then...." Shaking his head, Suiken soon heard the rumbling of his stomach and furrowed his brow. "Ah, it's been so long since I had a decent pork bun," he half-chuckled. "Sunaarashi, I'll meet you and the rest of the team soon. For now...it's time to hunt for pork buns."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo half listened to the banter between the goblin, the oni, and the human who had come to the boat. His mind was mostly concentrated on an internal debate. Would he be freed if he joined this guild? Would he be turned in? Some of the people in that group seemed pretty self centered and violent, so the bounty on his head might prove tempting.

He still had the key to return to the mayor of Poyo as well. Keeflo figured that in the ocean he would lose it and it wouldn't be of any use to anyone. Maybe this guild would give him the freedom to bring the key back to the mayor. The oni had said something about a contract, though. Keeflo shrugged. He had waited over a decade for freedom, he could postpone his reuniting with the ocean in order to stop being chased.

Thanking the goblin Captain for her hospitality, Keeflo got off the boat, feeling dreadfully conspicuous. He managed to find Fortune without trouble, although he did get a few odd looks on the way. Keeflo approached the man and said, "I heard you were offering a way to get out of trouble in exchange for joining a guild. Can you tell me more about this, sir?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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#2013-09-19 17:54:39, as written by Nulix
A sinister hand slammed down on the counter, grabbing the key. "I'll take it..." The man whispered...

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As the bells rang Yuwen sat and waited, still starring up at the seagulls above with his arms stretched out across the top of the bench. And though he did not seem nervous or afraid to the common man or woman walking past, inside he was very much unsure. The bells stopped, and he was still alone. Suddenly in the distance he spotted something, a figure towering forward through the dock workers. Illyria. He rose his head upward at the sight.

From the top of an wooden storage house painted in worn green another figure landed lightly before sliding toward them. Hyuna had come too, though her Tengu was nowhere in sight. "Yamato will be late." She called out, stopping short from joining the two. "He has to go pick up some of his things before we head out." Yuwen smirked as she began to munch on some sort of sweet.

"Oh hello!" The soft voice of Lo-muna called out. Yuwen turned next to the rabbit-girl, who seemed to smile especially at him. "An hour flows by really fast, doesn't it? I hope none of you had trouble finding what you needed?"

Yuwen carefully pulled his glasses off and gave her a half-wink before turning to the rest of them. A smile was plastered on his face, and his eyes were slightly red... as though they'd been teared up by happiness. "...I can't believe you guys came," He admitted after a moment, in the softest voice he'd ever use. He turned from Illyria to Hyuna to Lo-muna. "Thanks."

Suddenly a bag was flung onto the ground between them, at Yuwen's feet. "There is a bunch of money and jewelry and other shiny stuff in there, anyone can help themselves. Though, I think some of the money belongs to different people in the guild." The friendly voice of an approaching Malao said as he stepped forward. "Malao!" Yuwen exclaimed, flipping his tinted glasses back-on and hiding his eyes between a wall of dark-amber. "Good to see you, my friend." Emphasis on the friend.

Suddenly Yuwen's gaze was caught by Suiken giving him a wave, Suna and a killer whale Beast-man with him. "I heard you were offering a way to get out of trouble in exchange for joining a guild," The Orca said as the trio approached. "Can you tell me more about this, sir?"

"Uh, basically any arrests relating to the attacks last night have yet to be declared national issues, thus are still regional," Yuwen began, trying to explain as best he could. "If you're in a noble endorsed Guild it is illegal for any law enforcer without absolute authority to arrest you without a trial, because it's taking money away from some noble, is the theory... and any trial relating to the events of last night we'll win, because we saved the village." He paused and leaned forward to the man. "...listen, I don't know what type of trouble you're in but I know the law. And I know how to use it to pummel my enemies into the ground. I cannot guarantee an outcome, but I can guarantee to try. If you're hunted, its better to be hunted together then alone." He gave a bow to the Orca. "Yuwen Fortune, by the way."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Ann's eyes drifted back to the scene of the massacre. Nameless as they were to her, they were all alive at one point, each with their own stories to tell and relationships to hold, until they met their fate this day. A child was sitting over one of the corpses, head lowered and body quivering. Ann knelt down by her and lifted her hand, holding it warmly in her own. The girl let out shuddering breaths, faint tears staining her face. She felt the child's fingers tightening around her own, her eyes closed, unable to bear the truth any longer. Ann wrapped her arms around her in a gentle embrace, humming softly in her ear. She remembered that someone had done this for in the past at some point in her life, but it was all lost in a haze. All she recalled was that she was alone and afraid, succumbing to despair in a strange and terrifying world that seemed all to alien to her, tears in her eyes. A silhouette appeared before her and took her hand, an angelic smiled adorned on her face as she sang that same, haunting melody. Ann slowly opened her eyes.

What am I doing?

Ann took another bite from the apple in her hand, one leg folded neatly over the other with her eyes fixed nowhere in particular. She'd bought some rations, but that was the extent of her purchases. She'd wandered around through some of the equipment shops, but couldn't find anything to her liking and left without buying anything. Prior to that, she'd removed all of the blood stains that had been left on her clothes from the fight in the town square. She took another hearty munch. When it was down to the core, she tossed it into a waste bin and rose from the bench she'd been resting on for the past half-hour or so, dusting herself off.

As the sound of the town's bell reached her ears, she began making her way back. Several people had already gotten there before her, it seemed. And it just so happened that the girl from earlier was now following closely behind her, tugging onto the hem of her shirt as she walked. She hadn't said anything at all, simply pacing Ann's steps all the way until she'd hit the docks. She presumed that the girl didn't have anywhere else to go and was now looking to her to figure something out. Whether or not she could actually help was beyond her jurisdiction. Yuwen would probably have to settle the matter himself.

Ann placed her hand against the girl's back and lightly pushed her forward in front of him. She sported light brown hair that straightened out down to her waist and had pale blue eyes. She looked to be around ten years old. The girl avoided eye contact, her back slightly bent and her head turned away. If the crowd wasn't making her nervous, the towering armored giant was just as good of a guess.

"Room for one more?" Ann simply asked.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Having eaten his fill of fresh pork buns, Suiken had spent the rest of his coin on various supplies and necessities for the journey before heading for the docks, passing by an extraordinarily sinister looking cloaked individual. Once there he saw that some of the others had already gathered there, including the orca beast man, so that was one more to their number. He couldn't help but be a bit concerned, when Ann brought what appeared to be a child along with them.

"I don't believe that such a potentially dangerous journey such as ours is any place for a kid," he began, warily eying Yamato and the half-ashura before shrugging. "Eh, but it's not my place to decide. I only say that if you care for the safety of this child, having her join us may not be the best of options."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo listened as Fortune explained how the guild worked as an escape from the law. If he had been like the other people here, his problems would be solved. But he had more problems than that. Did he dare ask a question that pertained to his personal circumstances?

"Hey." the spear girl snarled angrily. "What'd you do to the chest? Why'd you steal it?" She approached him threateningly, not quite pulling out her new and maintained spear, but making it sure that she could have it out in a flash. "If anything, that chest belongs to us all, you damned water monster thing!"

Keeflo tensed under the sudden verbal attack, ready to the fight to turn physical. This girl seemed to be as safe as a swarm of sharks. Although Keeflo was taller, heavier, and likely stronger, he had far les fighting experience.

"Woah, woah! Settle down, kid," the oni storyteller said. "That treasure never belonged to us, for one thing. It belonged to the town, which may need such a treasure to cover the expenses of the damages it took during the tengu attack. Going around and pointing fingers just breeds too much unnecessary conflict and not enough actual answers, so how about calming down and letting the beast-man explain himself, eh?"

The orca beast-man in question nodded gratefully to Suiken. "I brought the chest to the Mayor. Then some guard took it away. I don't know where it is now. The guard... he... recognized me, so I fled and didn't challenge his possession of the chest." Deciding to risk his freedom, Keeflo continued, "Some of you may have seen wanted signs for an escaped orca beast man slave. Sir," he said, turning to Yuwen Fortune, "If I joined your guild, could you guarantee my freedom?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yamato rushed to the hotel, and gathered his rucksack and armor. He felt the armor would be easiest to carry if worn, so he put the Obsidian armor on. He caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror, and a surge of pride washed over him. It was a custom suit, devoid of scratches despite its many battles. The near mirror finish allowed his opponents to watch their final moments as he took the lives. The suit had been made just before his uncle turned on him. He'd felt the armor would convince Yamato to renounce his bid for power and see the path to enlightenment. It only furthered his passion for fighting and fueled his aggression. Such a brilliant suit of armor belonged on the battlefield, not on a mannequin.

"Right. Let's get this over with." He attached his katanas and slung the two messenger style packs over each shoulder. One full of the supplies he'd just bought, the other with clothing, extra coin purses, and various other items. He paid the Hotel manager, but kept the key. He'd had a standing deal with the owner, the hotel was a sort of second home for him. He had other deals like this in other towns, but never stayed for long. There was some comfort knowing no one else could use the Hotel's most grand room in such a city as Poyo.

He stopped by the bar he'd been in the night before, and purchased two bottles of their finest Sake and stuffed them into his personal bag. "No need to share this." He chuckled, finally making his way to the docks.


"My apologies for holding you up, supplies took longer than expected and my hotel was slow on letting me check out." He approached Yuwen, "I hope I didn't keep you too long." He held out his hand, a gesture he didn't partake in often. However, he and Yuwen were on the same side, for now, and he knew being Civil would ultimately work in his favor more than usurping power. Not that he wanted the Guild for himself.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-20 03:50:35, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


It was almost like a mini face off between old friends, Yuwen saying that the freedom wasn't guaranteed, Hyuna staring back with narrowed eyes and fire blazing in her eyes. She figured that there'd be many more such standoffs between the two in the future, but knowing Yuwen, he'd use his magic of words to keep her just barely hanging on the edge of actual violence within the guild. If only he could just own up to his mistakes and faults, then maybe they could get along, but to Hyuna, the bastard was like a taunting reminder of the happier days, way back then.

Surprisingly, it was the quaint and eye-drawing (in Hyuna's own prideful opinion) bunny girl who spoke up, breaking the tension between Fortune and Falcon. She looked stressed yet worrying and reassuring all at once; Hyuna's eyes basically glued to the soft quirky features of her. "Oh come now, it's probably just nerves isn't it? It is quite stressful being thrust upon such a chaotic situation and with so many new people too!" Muna offered Hyuna a delicate smile, and kept on talking, "At least she apologized, Fortune. Not many apologize so quickly after realizing the mistake they committed." Honestly, Hyuna wondered if she ever really owned up to her mistakes. Probably very very rarely. Still, she couldn't really think much as her attention and curosity was pinned on Muna. "Although, I really do hope we can avoid such rash confrontations in the future. We can't let the enemies see weak spots in the guild, now can we?"

Hyuna blinked blankly for a few moments, still bristling with anger, but also incredibly confused. Muna didn't like her, did she? Probably thought, along with the other more passive members, that she was just an attention drawer; dumb impulsive muscle? And yet she still defused the situation pretty well, with Hyuna making a soft but surrendering 'hmph' to Yuwen; not giving him the satisfaction of her backing down.

When... Echo decided on his new identity, who was Hyuna to deny him his chance for true freedom? If he wanted to be Echo, he could be echo. And she wouldn't let any damn imperials take away such a cool looking beast-man out of her grasp. It wouldn't surprise her if Ro kept some people trailing the guild, trying to watch if they ever did something that warranted arrest despite the current loophole protection they had. Not like she understood the law, anyways. And as usual, the giantess Illyria just avoided conversation completely. She shrugged her shoulders, wondering if it was really worth it to try and get on her good side. Chances are, Illyria didn't have a damn good side. Just a murderous brute, perhaps.

"Thanks, Muna." Hyuna said quietly to herself, before slightly panicking. "I mean- not like I couldn't handle Fortune on my own, it's- oh, whatever, nevermind."

She brightened considerably, at least, when Yamato joined them, completing their guild. She quickly gestured to Echo, introducing them to each other, before subconsciously drifting closer to the ashen-winged Tengu; her mobile comfort zone.

"Got your stuff?" She asked him. "Can you help train my illusions once we find spare time, Yamato?"

She hoped he agreed- she desperately wanted to figure out what her weakness was with the illusions, and how he saw through it instantly. And the sooner she could cover up that unfortunate hole in her main ability, the stronger she'd be against more enemies. The physical aspect could wait- she needed to make her illusions fool-proof, and indistinguishable from reality. And once she could do that, she'd be able to use them without any worry of the foe being able to see past it, and just pretending to be fooled; a fatal mistake, if there ever was one. And no way was she going to die like that.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Yuwen reached out and clasped Yamato's hand in his. "You didn't keep us at all." Yuwen then turned his attention to the young girl who seemed to be with Ann, "Glad to hear it," Yamato muttered under his breath before turing his own attention to his fiery apprentice. Who introduced him to the Ocra-human, Echo. "Ah yes, the one who managed to escape with the chest after the battle. Clever, you are. I trust you hid it someplace safe?" He joked, as Yuwen made his way over to talk to Echo.

Hyuna smiled up at him, "Got your stuff?" She asked him. "Can you help train my illusions once we find spare time, Yamato?" He smiled, he could tell she'd been eating the sweets they bought and by the look in her eyes, she'd been confrontational, but had calmed down before he'd gotten there. " Everything seems to be here yes, and every opportunity we have will be spent training. The only way to make sure we are on top of our enemies is to train ever, using your chi will take a lot of energy. To counter that, we will need to work on stamina. We could both serve to gain from increased chi flow. When we get settled on the boat, we will start your training."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-21 06:25:47, as written by Nulix
Captain Jensu watched as the Great Guild members began to board onto her small ship. She recognized a fair amount of them from the festival the night before, a festival she'd heard had gone fairly wrong after she'd blacked out in her mother's house. And she was willing to bet that the Great Guild had something to do with it.

"So what happened exactly, Fortune?" Jensu called as she steppe down from the wheel and strode across the deck to the man. "Tengu attacked the tower," Yuwen replied as he helped Lo-muna aboard. "We stopped them but were accused of participating in the attack so to escape the law they joined... I know how to exploit loopholes."

"I'm sure you do," Jensu muttered before stepping forward in front of everyone. She stuck two fingers in her mouth and gave a loud whistle, causing everyone to turn to her. "Alright everyone, welcome to the Milkweed," She began slowly. "Now this is a cargo vessel, and it's got six rooms in the hull. Two are bedrooms, the Captain's quarters and Mohan's. One is a bathroom, and the other three are storage hulls. One of them's full so you'll have to divide the other two for yourself."

"Do you have hammocks or something?" Yuwen asked.

"Hammocks, sheets, and covers," Jensu replied. "I'm sure you'll be able to fix something up. Now sailing down rivers is dangerous so that brings us to the rules. One, don't disturb the Captain. And I'm the Captain. Two, don't take any of the Captain's food or especially drink without asking. That means that-" She pointed her green finger toward a large pile of drinks on the outdoor table. "Is off-limits. Is that understood?"

"Yes ma'am," Yuwen said under his breath.

"Alright. Jiefong is about two days away, the mountains about one. One we hit the mountain river pass we have to be careful, it's bandit country," Jensu continued. "Again, I'm the Captain. That's the first mate, Mohan." She nodded her head toward a large, shirtless fire-oni with white skin, large, wild red hairs and beard. His eyes were blue and very tired. "Welcome to the Milkweed." With that she gave another whistle, signalling them to dismiss.

"Oh boy," Yuwen muttered to the team as Mohan went to the sails and Jensu grabbed a bottle from the table. "Sailors are always a bit strict..."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Keeflo climbed into the boat with the rest of the guild. When the Captain was finished giving her orders he went up to her and said, "Thank you for your hospitality earlier, Captain. We will get back your mother." It was infuriating how some people thought they could own others. Keeflo understood the concept of the strong lording over the weak, but to go so far as to say you owned them? That was unnatural as city sludge in a river.

There unfortunately hadn't even been time to send the key over a messenger. Keeflo considered asking if he could take the key to the Mayor and then swim down the river after the Milkweed, but he didn't. Yuwen seemed pretty dead set on going now. Well, maybe they would return to Poyo sometime. For now Keeflo decided he would protect the key with his best efforts.

Keeflo watched as the guild began to disperse. The Angry Blue Giantess (not that he would call her that to her face) sat under the mast. Hyuna and Yamato looked for a place to train. The others still seemed to be getting used to the change of pace.

The orca beast-man looked around, trying to decide who to ask to mentor him. Giantess - Illyria was her name, he thought - didn't seem to be the best. He had hardly heard he communicate at all and she seemed terrifyingly violent. She didn't seem to have much patience, either, so Keeflo didn't feel safe asking her. Ashy winged Yamato was a good fighter and had shown willingness to teach, but he already had an apprentice. Keeflo was not sure if Hyuna would want to share her 'Master' as she devoutly called him. Yamato seemed impatient as well, though not as dangerous to an ally as Illyria.

Perhaps the bald human, then? He was the other one who Keeflo had seen fight well. Would he take a student? The only way to find out was to ask. Keeflo found the bald human and said, "Sir, would you mind teaching me? I am a beginner when it comes to fighting, and in this guild I'm going to need some sort of skill."

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Sunaarashi, who had been quietly napping in one corner of the boat, opened an eye when Keeflo began talking to him. He opened the other eye when he realized the beastman was asking him to teach him.

"Well, I guess I could give you some pointers," Sunaarashi said, after a moment. "But you don't really seem the combative type. Are you sure it's what you want to do?" He raised a hand, forestalling any comment from Keeflo. "Let me rephrase that. I can teach you how to fight, but understand: once you learn how, you have a responsibility to use that skill, and use it wisely."

He gestured at the other members of the guild. "A lot of these guys are really good at fighting. But they only use it for selfish reasons. If you learn from me, you can't do that. Do you understand?"

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Keeflo listened attentively as the bald man spoke. "Well, I guess I could give you some pointers," the man said, after a moment. "But you don't really seem the combative type. Are you sure it's what you want to do?" He raised a hand, forestalling any comment from Keeflo. "Let me rephrase that. I can teach you how to fight, but understand: once you learn how, you have a responsibility to use that skill, and use it wisely."

He gestured at the other members of the guild. "A lot of these guys are really good at fighting. But they only use it for selfish reasons. If you learn from me, you can't do that. Do you understand?"

When Keeflo was sure the man had finished he turned his attention inward towards his thoughts. Part of him argued that it was logical to learn to fight. After all, he was probably going to need it. Another part of him, one that had a clearer memory of his childhood, cried out that fighting other than for the next meal was plain wrong. Keeflo acknowledged that for the most part he couldn't understand why the land dwellers had to fight, argue, heckle each other, and fight some more. Even after more than a decade spent on land he still couldn't comprehend why they had to have more and say more as if this would somehow make them be more.

But he was on land, not in the ocean. He would have to conform at least somewhat to the land dwellers' rules. In the ocean life was about survival against the elements, on land it was not simply the elements every living being fought but also each other. In order to preserve himself Keeflo had to learn how to conform to the rules of the world he lived in.

There was the problem of the responsibilities of using the skill of fighting as well. Keeflo planned to return to the ocean as soon as he could. He could use fighting skills in the meanwhile. Was using them to gain freedom selfish? Keeflo's tail swayed from side to side, an indicator of his deep thought. How else could he contribute to the group? He was strong, yes, and could "see" in the dark as well as hold his breath for long periods of time, but other than that he didn't have many useful skills. He had been a manual laborer and for that he didn't need much else than strength and endurance. Now that he was out in the true world he found himself without qualities that would help much.

"Sir, I believe I understand," Keeflo said at last. "For now I am not asking much, just simple ways I can protect myself. I do not know my place in this guild yet. Once I find it and if I find it involves fighting I ask that I can return to you for more guidance."

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Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Sunaarashi sighed. He wasn't sure that Keeflo had really understood his point, but he hadn't at first either. He thought back to his own teachers. He'd wanted to fight so he could kill the men who had destroyed his family and clan, but...

"I'll help you as much as I can," Sunaarashi said, standing. "Some of it you just have to learn on your own." He raised a finger. "Rule number one is to be aware of your surroundings. Look around you right now. Tell me what you see, and how it might affect you if you were to engage in a fight."

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Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Obeying Sunaarashi's command, Keeflo looked around the boat. "There are allies I do not want to hurt. There's rope I could trip on. The wind's picking up," Keeflo said. "...And it's starting to rain."

Rain came down in sheets and lighting arced across the sky, making Keeflo's simple statement obvious. The Captain yelled for everyone to get below decks. The orca beast-man wanted to help, but he was inexperienced with ships. His strength could come in handy but the old slave's habit of obeying orders was kicking in.

"Sir, I don't think we should continue with this right now," Keeflo said. He wasn't concerned about his own safety, after all he had been born to swim. Rather, he was concerned about the human who likely had no experience with large storms of this type.

The Captain had said she didn't know the name of the river. Keeflo worried that she didn't know it well, either. Adjusting his walk to the rolling of the ship he approached the Captain and offered, "I can swim ahead to see if I can find a place to dock and scout for any dangers in the water."

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Sunaarashi raised a hand, feeling the rain falling on his skin. He peered up at the clouds above, listening to the thunder and the lightning. He heard Hyuna say she would funnel wind into the sails to outrun the storm.

He frowned. That didn't sound like a good idea to him.

"Hyuna, wait," he called. "You can't just do that. The canvas on the sails isn't that strong of material. You'll just end up shredding it, and then we'll really be in a bind. We should probably bind up the sails so they don't get damaged."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-09-22 19:49:47, as written by Nulix
"I don't need to go faster, I need to steady her," Jensu replied as she rapidly adjusted the wheel at each motion, skillfully weaving them through the barley big enough side river they'd retreated onto. The rain soon turned to a chilling hail as the Milkweed tumbled through the narrow water, dodging walls of rock, beach and tree as it did. On-board it was chaos, both Jensu and Mohan working superhuman speeds to adjust the rudder and sails at each unexpected change in wind or direction. Her coat fluttered violently against her body and if not for a green hand Jensu's hat threatened to fly off, but she managed to sail on, just as the beast-man approached the wheel.

"I can swim ahead to see if I can find a place to dock and scout for any dangers in the water," He suggested. Jensu glared at him over the wind. "You will die!" She called back. "But go ahead!"

"Guys, we've got to get below deck!" Yuwen called to Suiken. "Take the girl!" And with that he slid down the hatch, cornering the stairs until he reached the hallway of the hull. It was dark and wooden, made of bamboo bindings against curving walls of oak. Gravity seemed uncertain as the hall shifted to and from, downward changing step by step as Yuwen walked. He approached the first door, open with an iron-bound lantern flailing rapidly from the unsteady movements of the ship, and entered. It was fairly large, though not nearly large enough, filled with a few sparse crates, piles of woolen blankets for sleeping on and covering, and several hammock's tied up already for Jensu's usual travelers. On one by the far wall Ann lay asleep, and beside her Lo-Muna was hanging her coat up in the corner. "This place isn't so bad actually," Yuwen said as he stepped onto the creaking wood. "If there was a rug or someth-" He paused, his ears picking up a sound. A distant moaning soon washed away by the waves. He swallowed, before dismissing the thought. "It's getting pretty bad out there," He added, sitting against a wall and folding his knees to his chest. "If we don't make port soon we may end up grounded." He paused, as the moaning came back and disappeared just as fast. "...I just hope nothing else goes wrong."

Outside, in the blistering river, something else was going wrong. Gaining on the Milkweed with intensity was the black kayak, it's small and nimble design allowing it to speed through the narrow river where the large Junk was hindered. As the vehicle approached the back of the ship the cloaked figure inside kicked open the protective elephant-bone cage and stood. He began to run forward along the nose of the kayak and leapt off it, just as lighting came down and struck the wood, igniting it into flame.

"What the hell was that?!" Jensu yelled, looking back as some sort of burning wreckage flung into the rapid waters behind them. The hooded figure stabbed into the red wooden back of the junk, beginning to scale up it with a knife in each hand...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-09-22 21:31:25, as written by Rann
Hyuna Ka-Nan


The captain had said that they didn't need more speed, but Hyuna didn't really get it. If they moved faster, then there'd be less opportunities for them to capsize, right? And, well, capsizing would be bad. Sure, she could climb onto Yamato and they could try to fly to safety, but what about the little girl? Millie, or whatnot. She definitely wouldn't live. Yuwen might end up dead to, as well as Muna. Echo'd be perfectly fine, but that's if he survived jumping into the water in the first place. But she saw stress showing up heavily in the sails, and when Suna told her not to; that they needed to bind the sails, she found herself grudgingly agreeing.

"Fine." She shrugged. "Let's bind the damned sails then!"

She looked at the main deck and saw Yuwen rush inside, with the annoying Oni carrying the girl to relative safety. Could she trust the oni? Most likely not. But, still, what choice did she have? Hyuna wanted to try and help her if possible, but she also felt an idiotic need to do her best to keep the Milkweed afloat. She went back to the deck, and slipped down the hatch, looking for any spare cloth laying around. It was pretty frantic; but she didn't want the boat to go over. That'd just be stupid. Hyuna flinched when she heard the loud roar of something going on outside as she gathered up a few bedsheets to use as support for the sails. She caught a little glimpse of Muna, blushing fiercely and forcing herself to focus on task, climbing back up the shaft into the storm. Hyuna frantically pushed the sheets into Suna's arms, mumbling that she didn't know how to really bind a sail, and went back to the captain and first mate.

"You doin' okay?" She asked, a little worried. "Captain?"

That was when she noticed it, of course. The little kayak catching up. Hyuna glanced at it with distaste, and tried shooting balls of condensed air; missing each time with the rushing tides and vicious winds.

"What the hell was that?" The goblin exclaimed, turning back to see what it was while Hyuna kept trying to attack at range, shivering with the cold.

"Illyria, someone's climbing up!" Hyuna called over to the Giantess, who donned her helmet and sword in anticipation. "Deal with it, okay?"

With the winds increasing even more, illusions would be dispersed immediately, automatically. So really, if the fighter was as skilled as expected, Hyuna wouldn't be able to deal with it with just her spear. So she waited for Suna to set up the supports for the sails in order for them to be able to accept extra wind pushing against it to speed things up.

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Sunaarashi wasn't a stranger to rain. Sudea was a desert, but they had a wet season where vicious thunderstorms transformed their world into a flood zone of immense magnitude. Not was he a stranger to boats, because when the rivers swelled and plains became lakes, you made do.

As such, he didn't mind the slippery wood as he balanced on the masts, ignoring the downpour and the rushing wind. He expertly perched on the precarious niches, gathering the wet canvas in each hand and quickly knotting the ropes. The last sail, however, he left open. One sail would be enough to keep them going in this wind, and if it tore, it would be easier to repair.

Looking down, he saw the hooded figure leap from its kayak as lightning slashed. It landed heavily on the rear of the ship and began climbing upwards. Looking down more, he saw that the giant halfbreed warrior was getting ready to squish whoever it was as soon as their head appeared.

Sliding downwards, he walked over to the aggressive woman.

"Relax," Sunaarashi said, placing a hand on Amanha's sword. "Whoever it is, might be friendly. If they attack us, then you can beat them up. But... let's see what they want first."

He walked over to the edge of the boat and looked for the figure, wondering if he should offer a hand. Climbing a wet boat with only knives had to be difficult.

"Hello?" he called tentatively, not seeing anyone.

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Yamato drew his blade as the man hit the backside of the ship and started to climb. Illyria seemed to join in his thinking, and Hyuna asked her to deal with it. He shook his head and licked his lips, "come on, let's see what you've got," he muttered under his breath as the ship rocked violently with the rising storm.

That's when the Human got involved. Sunaarashi. "Relax," Sunaarashi said as he placed his hand on Illyria's sword. "Whoever it is, might be friendly. If they attack us, then you can beat them up. But... let's see what they want first."

Yamato chuckled. These people were so trusting of the unknown, of perfect strangers. Then, in what Yamato felt was the stupiest gesture one could ever make, Sunaarashi said, "Hello?"

"You're kidding right? You call over the deck, hello, and expect him to answer you like he's just here to ask for some water? This man or woman is none of our concern and is trespassing. We don't need anymore strays. Of course he was only subtlety referring to the mysterious young girl that showed up out of the blue with Ann.

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Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Sunaarashi scowled at Yamato, muttering under his breath, "Birdbrain."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-23 06:54:47, as written by Nulix
All eyes focused on the stern of the ship, waiting for a figure to leap over or call out. They waited as the rain continued to pour down, covering the red painted wood in water, but no one came. Captain Jensu swallowed as he squinted in the rain, trying to see a figure climb up against the grey skies, but there was just nothing.

"GUILD!" A voice cried. The gang turned to find great balls of fire flying toward them. In a black leather cloak lined with silver coyote fur a figure ran along the railing, his head hidden beneath the cloak's hood. The cyclones of flames smashed into the deck, their fire spreading weakly under the rain. "Where is he!" The man spat, kicking outward. The air around his foot combusted into fire and flung forward violently toward Jensu, who smashed to the ground to see it hit the wheel of the Milkweed, instantly engulfing it in flames. The man jumped off the railing and slid along the wet deck until her reached the mast, which he grabbed with two hands and began to burn. "Where is Fortune?!" The hooded villain screamed...

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"Man, she's really yelling those commands up there?" Yuwen commented, listening to some screaming above deck. He glanced between the girl, Suiken, and Lo-muna nervously as suddenly the faint moaning came again. "You guys heard that, right?" Yuwen questioned, standing at the sound. "It's the third time since I've come down here."

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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Yamato eyed Sunnarashi, "Looks like he doesn't want to talk." he said with a slight chuckle. "Why not go down and give him a hand?" He grinned, seeing the annoyance in Sunaarashi's face. He was about to investigate himself when a voice boomed behind them,

"GUILD!" He turned around in time to see massive fireballs flying towards them. The man was dressed in a black leather cloak lined with silver coyote fur, ran along the railing. His face hidden in the shadow of the cloak's hood. Yamato gripped his blade, moving at the last second.

The cyclones of flames smashed into the deck, their fire spreading weakly under the rain. "Where is he!" The man spat, kicking outward. The air around his foot combusted into fire and flung forward violently toward Jensu. "This guy has some serious issues..." Yamato muttered as he leapt up to the cockpit in time to Jensu smash to the ground to dodge a fire ball which hit the wheel of the Milkweed, instantly engulfing it in flames. The man jumped off the railing and slid along the wet deck until her reached the mast, which he grabbed with two hands and began to burn. "Where is Fortune?!" The hooded villain screamed...

"You think you'll get him that way? Sink this ship and you lose him with it. He's under the deck right now, but perhaps I can keep you busy?" He rushed the man, swiping at the cloak as soon as he was in range. The mast continued to burn behind the man, and Yamato knew they didn't have long to save the ship from going up in smoke, rain or not.

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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#2013-09-23 08:01:50, as written by Rann
She heard the squabbling behind her. The Giantess, prepared for a fight, ready to bathed in more blood; more than obviously enjoying slaughter, with old man Suna, trying to calm her down and make for a more passive, careful route, putting his hand on the broadsword and calling down to whatever the hell was making it's way up. Master even stepped in calling out Suna's idiotic but good intentions with his own swift logic, receiving an insult from the old man. Hyuna felt anger pulsate in her forehead, but she concentrated on keeping the wind channeled on the now bound sails. An insult to Yamato was pretty grievous, but she understood that it wasn't her fight. It was up to Yamato to defend his own honor. The Giantess was losing patience again, and made to push Suna out of the way when it happened.

An unearthly voice screeched through the sharp whipping winds of the storm; easily heard over the heavy patter of the rain and the crack of distant thunder. "GUILD" Was the cry, and from there, at great speed, flaming balls crashed into the hull where most of the guild above deck were located, and Hyuna almost lost her balance if not for using chi to keep her balanced at the last second. She felt the intense heat graze her, singeing her cloak mercilessly, but she used a powerful air blast to keep it away from her Master, just barely on time before he was scorched. The hooded figure cried out again, asking where someone was, sending flames flying towards the goblin captain, who collapsed to the ground; the wheel of the Milkweed burning in the blaze. He leaped off the railing before Hyuna could react, burning the mast with his hands, yelling for his true target- Fortune. Hot anger blazed in Hyuna now, an anger she could hardly contain.

First, Falcon turned to the Captain, and helped her up, alongside Mohan, the first mate. "Jensu." She murmured in a low voice. "Keep her safe, Oni, okay?" She then rushed shortly after Illyria onto the main deck where the cloaked enemy was.

Illyria made the first move, executing a combo that had a rather high chance of killing it immediately. Yamato was close behind, swiping with his katana at the figure's back, reminding the enemy that burning the ship wouldn't help capture Fortune. However, there was a weak point where it could dodge safely and counter-attack, so Hyuna whipped out her spear with a click of her tongue, and lunged at the vulnerable flank of the figure in conjunction with Illyria and Yamato's attack; her free hand gathering condensed air to shoot as a projectile, aiming slightly to the right of it.

Check and mate, bastard.

"Only I'm allowed to kill Fortune!" Hyuna exclaimed viciously. "He's my rival, no one else!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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#2013-09-23 08:11:37, as written by Nulix
"It may be, though I'm more worried about another Chi'ing," Yuwen replied, adjusting his collar as they crept down the dark hall. A moan echoed from one of the farthest doors, one of the storage rooms the Captain had said was full. But yet moaning came from it, becoming more and more distressing the closer they came. Yuwen approached the dark, locked door and glanced back to his employees before ramming it. It pushed him back but after another few tries he smashed the lock open, falling into the dark room. "Ow," he muttered, raising slowly to look up. In the darkness before them cages stood, filled to the brim with gagged Goblins. One little girl was crying loudly into her gag, the muffled cry he recognized from the room over. "Oh... shit," Yuwen whispered as he stood.

***

The cloaked man flung his body back violently at Amanhã's attack, dodging each attack up until the last, a smack from the pommel of her blade. He'd dodged, but not far enough, the blow enough to smash him onto the ground.

"You think you'll get him that way? Sink this ship and you lose him with it. He's under the deck right now, but perhaps I can keep you busy?" A voice cried. The cloak figure blasted himself up off the ground with a swift burst of fire as another blade slashed at him, the hooded man barely fast enough to lean backwards and dodge it. Suddenly another spear came out from the side, jabbing the hooded figure in the rib-cage. He let out a scream before grabbing the spear and blasting fire up it to engulf the girl who'd attacked. He then stepped back and rose up a wall of fire between him and his attackers. Unfortunately, he hadn't looked behind him. A gruff, white hand grabbed him by the back of the neck and began to lift him in the air by it.

Mohan stood lifting and choking the man simultaneously from behind. "You've come to the wrong ship," The large fire-oni spat. Suddenly Mohan received a kick to the chest, causing him to release the man, who landed agilely opposite him.

"Hey friend, about your ship," The cloaked figure began, raising his hands. "Don't sweat it." Suddenly the sweat on Mohan's body ignited, causing him to start burning alive. The Oni cried out before diving overboard, and the figure turned back toward his opponents. "Do you even know who this Yuwen Fortune is? Because I promise you, staying aboard with him is no less deadly than staying aboard with me."

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Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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#2013-09-23 08:21:38, as written by Rann
Fire exploded all over her after watching in shock as the figure survived the stab to the ribs. It was excruciating, as she fell backwards, dropping her spear in the chaos. Hyuna grunted to keep her screams in; red tingeing her eyesight, and having trouble just focusing on breathing, let alone summoning her chi. It was really damn hot, and she couldn't take it. Hell, Hyuna was already frail enough. But when she heard the first mate cry out, and then a distinct heavy splash, she knew that things really were going badly.

"Do you even know who this Yuwen Fortune is?" The figure asked menacingly. "Because I promise you, staying aboard with him is no less deadly than staying aboard with me."

That snapped Hyuna back to reality, blowing the flames away with a circular wind, and she dashed to pick her spear back up; ignoring the multiple burns over her body, mainly her chest, nape of her neck, and most of her left leg. She winced as she stood up, agony exploding throughout her body, and glared at the attacker.

"Yuwen Fortune." She screamed like a wild beast. "Is my childhood friend! So there's no way I'll let the likes of you touch him!"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-23 08:54:43, as written by Nulix
"Yuwen Fortune," The burnt girl began angrily, clearly injured from the attack. "Is my childhood friend! So there's no way I'll let the likes of you touch him!"

"Well he does have a lot of friends," The hooded figure replied between heavy breathes. The attackers had clearly left him weakened.

"So, tell us, Fire-boy, who is Fortune?" The Tengu with the sword added, stepping beside the injured girl in the rain. "Because honestly, right now, neither of you seem very appealing or "safe.""

"I'd say you're being quite convincing so far, though if you keep at it, you'll probably be convincing a dead audience. And that wouldn't be any good, now would it?" Another one added, a girl who emerged from the lower decks.

The cloaked man looked between the group before stretching his neck. "I met Mister Fortune in the village of Ya'ei-Choen a good few years ago. It was festival, I don't remember for what, when the village went under an emergency call," He began, loosening his limbs as he began to pace the stern of the junk. "He said Tengu attackers were coming from the North... and that he wanted the bravest of warriors. That he had a surprise attack and that the Tengu were camping in a field not far from town... when I got there with the other warriors there were no Tengu. We were confused, but soon understood... It was a setup, and the guards, when they arrived, were convinced that it was we who had been plotting to attack the town. And joining his guild was the only way out... the one loophole."

The man looked up as thunder clapped above them, his face almost slipping out from beneath the hood. "I am here to help you!" He announced loudly, opening his arms. "I know it may not seem it, but you have to trust me! There are men and women of great power after you! After that key you stumbled upon! And they will not rest until they have it!"

Suddenly the Ashuran-thing jumped forward, coming down with her blade directly on him, from the other new the new girl almost attacked, both at an angle he could not dodge on the current playing field. And so he had to widen the playing field. Suddenly the air surrounding his fists began to spark and flame violently, and as she flung forward he smashed them down into the deck, blowing the wood apart beneath him...

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Yuwen looked at the cages and swallowed. "Wait," He said, raising a hand to his comrades. "Don't... don't free them, we don't know what they are," He said, turning to them. He had to tread very lightly with this one. "We... don't want to make a mistake and have to pay for it later," He carefully explained. "It's not like they're going anyway. Besides, we-"

Suddenly the wooden ceiling blew apart in a fiery blast and a hooded figure smashed down between the cages. The burning hole in the deck above spread, revealing the room below wider and wider. Yuwen squinted as the harsh rain and day-light flushed in, and the figure stood, raising his hands to the cages filled with gagged goblins. "Don't come one step closer!" The hooded villain spat to Amanha on the deck above as the air surrounded his fists began to spark. "Or I will incinerate every one of these goblins! If the lack of life doesn't disturb you I'm sure the lack of profit will."

Yuwen looked in disbelief at the figure to the massive hole above where the other members of the Guild stood, battle worn. "Ideas?!" He called to his fellow guild members. The figure looked down from the large gap in the deck to Yuwen at the end of the room, a smile growing beneath his cloaked face. "Yuwen Fortune... still playing these games?"

"Ideas?!" Yuwen repeated desperately to his team, ignoring the psychopath...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-23 09:50:12, as written by Nulix
"Elabourate," The half-Ashuran whispered coldly, with her blade still ready to strike.

"He took us to the ends of the Earth and back for a single treasure, and he failed to get that treasure," The figure summed up as the ship shook. "You don't want to know where you will be taken... you do not."

The cloaked figure swallowed as the Oni stepped forward as well, his hesitation only heightened as Hyuna and Yamato dropped down and joined. He did not want to kill them, and yet he could not risk lowering his hands. He was tired, and more injured then he'd like to admit, and he knew the sparks on his hands was all that was keeping the enemy at bay. And in the corner of the room Yuwen stood, staring him down. "Do you know what you found, Yuwen? In Poyo?!" The Hooded Villain asked. "I saw it all... in the village." The figure sighed. "You won't survive very long, my friend."

Yuwen stared at him, before shaking his head. "I don't know who you are," He called out desperately. And for a moment the words took the villain aback. Suddenly the ship rocked to the side, the cages beginning to slide across the increasingly wet cargo room. "We're reaching the rocks of the river Baotongu," The hooded villain said as he adjusted himself against the imbalance. In the river the burning junk known as the Milkweed sailed violently toward white rocks.

The hooded villain looked away from the rocking ship as a blade came to his neck. "Keep talking, you may just save your life," The cold Tengu whispered. He then glanced to the beast-woman, "How about you hold on to Fortune? The rest of you focus on the fires. Make sure we can still sail. Some one get Mohan out of the river." He shook his head. "This is shaping up to be quite a day Fortune, and my patience is running thin."

"You're telling me," Yuwen muttered.

"This ship has no wheel and burning sails, we will crash!" The villain spat out desperately, trying to convince them. And as though at his word a tall, sharp rock penetrated the hull, ripping through the scene like a passing wall of stone. It smashed into the hooded villain, plunging him into the sea before the Milkweed adjusted, flying off the rock violently. The entire front bow of the ship began to collapse, the wooden planks that held the junk together becoming undone.

Yuwen frantically tried to dodge but was soon smashed by a piece of wood and flung into the river, each of the others following suit until they were all in the water. Behind them the burning Milkweed uncontrollably crashed into the rocks before hitting a patch of trees on the river coast. "Guys!" Yuwen called desperately, his head popping in and out of the water as he swam toward a large piece of driftwood. "Guys!" He called again, grabbing hold of the wood, the burning, grounded junk disappearing in the storm behind them

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"Ah, an inn. Should be a decent place to rest at the very least..." Suiken breathed a sigh of relief as he spotted the inn and Yuwen and Yamato heading near it. Suiken was very tired and for one reason or another, he felt very cold. Which for a snow oni was odd, but he attributed it to having taken a long dive in the river, yet the feeling felt familiar as well. Suiken merely shrugged the feeling off for now.

Suiken looked back at the others. "Well, we have ourselves an inn. Are any of you planning to retire now? I could use some tea before I head to bed myself..." Suiken sighed as he made his way into the inn. As he entered the establishment, he noticed this town didn't seem very lively. Well, it WAS night, but whoever's on shift at the inn at the moment shouldn't look so...sleepy. The woman at the greeting booth, the tea servers, the rest of the staff all appeared as if they were about to pass out from exhaustion.

Perhaps they spend long periods keeping awake at night, trying to keep the inn open because they were understaffed. The village didn't appear to be that big after all. Suiken shrugged and took a seat at the table where a tired old man, serving tea and other beverages went to make the rounds around the table.

Suiken looked around. The members of the Great Guild appeared to be the only guests...aside from two tall figures sporting identical black conical hats and dark green silk shirts. They appeared slumped over in their chairs, their table covered with dozens of emptied sake cups and bowls of soup. One of the two, thin and lanky, was slump over to his left, out cold. The other one, more muscular, was leaning against the wall, his arms folded as he snored rather loudly. Both of them had conical hats draped over their faces that only moved very slightly through their loud snoring.

"Hmm," Suiken shrugged, before signalling the server. "Ah, tea if you don't mind." The server halfheartedly nodded and left to comply.

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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: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Suiken nodded. Almost everyone was in the inn. And with Hyuna's recent arrival that was everyone. "You heard, Fortune, gang," Suiken called. "We're having a group meeting in our room before we retire for the night," he informed the others.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Malachi nodded slowly at what Suiken had said. After everything else that's happened, it made absolutely perfect sense to him. But that can always change in the next thought. He stood back slightly from the group and looked them over.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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"Alright, I think everyones here..." Suiken muttered. "Well, almost everyone. Illyria's still asleep, I think," the oni noted. Hw then nodded at the old tea server from earlier, who still appeared to be on the verge of a complete breakdown. Suiken folded his arms and asked, "You stated before that you needed our help?"

"Well...n-not just me, but my entire village...what's left of it anyway...." the old man sighed. "It all started around...I-I don't know, a month and a half ago? We always had our troubles, bit as a village we always pulled through. We had made ourselves into a successful respite for passing travelers and the spirits of our ancestors would rain blessings upon our farmland, allowing our crops to flourish."

He sobbed, "But then something changed in the last on and a half months! Our ancestors...they became venomous towards us! First our crops began to wither and die. Then, anyone who attempeted to leave the village was entrapped in a maze of mist, wandering for hours until they arrived back here. And lastly...they started to demand that every night that one or more specific villagers wander into their gravesite, alone, or else they'd attack."

"Sometimes, we never see the again....and sometims," the old man shuddered. "Sometimes they come back....different." The old teamaster paused as he glanced around frantically as if someone heard him. "In two hours time, the next villager will be summoned to the grave site. Oh, I don't understand how this could've happened.."

"Hmm..." Suiken sighed, heavily scratching his chin. "More than likely,your ancestor's spirits have been corrupted. Not too uncommon for those that used to be among the living, but...still, it's unusual they would turn on your village when you were once so close. Has anything been done that would anger them?"

"No! None of would ever do something like that! Not that I'm aware of, at any rate," the old man cried out.

"That's honestly the best case scenario, since the only other real causes are a demon or a necromancer. The former..." Suiken grimly smirked, "Is possibly not an issue. The latter is a problem." Suiekn turned to lool at the others. "Well...what do you all think?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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#2013-09-25 21:14:13, as written by Nulix
Yuwen scratched his now very messy hairs as the elder told his predicament. After he was finished shook his head. "...Two hours. At two in the morning the next villager will be called," He sighed heavily, sitting down on one of the beds. "Our eyes are red, sir. We've been in fighting and wrecked in a river and traveling for most of the day... we need rest, and we need to bathe." He sighed and cracked his neck. "Plus it seems most of the village is against your theory of asking for outside help... or too afraid of angering your ancestors. If we all go at once it'll seem suspicious. No, we need someone else... someone to go alone..."

Suddenly a creaking could be heard from the door beyond. Yuwen put a finger to his lips, and at his command the room went silent. He crept forward carefully, and from below the door the faint hall light that streamed in was blocked by shadow. Someone was there. Suddenly Yuwen kicked open the door, swinging his sword at the being who skillfully dodged and jumped up to attack. Yuwen grabbed his opponent's striking fist fist and rotated, using the force of his opponents strike to fling them into the room. "It looks like we have our first volunteer!" Yuwen said as the long-coat wearing Captain Jensu flung onto the wooden floor of their room. She rose angrily. "You ruined my ship!"

"Oh, sorry we interrupted your slave trading," Yuwen replied, locking the door behind him. "But it seems it lead you to a greater purpose. Jensu will go investigate," He called out. "But we'll need some people to join our little green friend to ensure she doesn't make a run for it. I know some of you have slept already, who here has gotten the most rest? Or is willing to spend a few hours out while we all sleep?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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The black haired woman began to talk. "As far as I'm concerned, you fell out of the sky. If you were trying to get me killed, you almost succeeded. You landed right on me while I was being pulled along by the river running through the outskirts of the town." When Terra heard this, she felt rather ashamed, but the woman held her arm out, the stains of blood still wet and visible beneath her clothes. "Honestly, the things I do..." she muttered to herself.

Seeing that made Terra feel even worse, and she began to say some kind of apology, but the woman made direct eye contact (thankfully, no comments about Terra's different-colored eyes) and addressed her again. "You want to thank someone, thank the orca. I'm sure he'd be happier to hear it than me. After I snagged you, he carried us both to shore and this was the next stop."

With these words said, she didn't wait for a response and turned back to the little girl. "Let's head upstairs so we can hear what Fortune has to say." The girl nodded in acknowledgement, and they began to ascend, leaving Terra behind.

"W-wait, where's the whal...um, I mean, orca?" Terra called after them, but she didn't get much of a response. The hooded girl gave an apologetic look to the chef who had been sitting with her and hurried after them. The woman didn't really give any acknowledgement, but the little girl noticed Terra and whispered something her. Hopefully it didn't mean anything bad.

As soon as the woman entered the room, which had nearly all the strange visitors Terra had seen in the bar earlier, it seemed their meeting had begun. As she wasn't technically part of the meeting, Terra simply stood outside the doorway to listen. An old man began telling a rather troubling story about how by some cruel trick of fate, the village's fortune had turned bad.

"First our crops began to wither and die. Then, anyone who attempted to leave the village was entrapped in a maze of mist, wandering for hours until they arrived back here. And lastly...they started to demand that every night that one or more specific villagers wander into their gravesite, alone, or else they'd attack. Sometimes, we never see the again....and sometimes," the old man shuddered. "Sometimes they come back....different." The old teamaster paused as he glanced around frantically as if someone heard him. "In two hours time, the next villager will be summoned to the grave site. Oh, I don't understand how this could've happened.."

"Hmm..." It was the snow oni who began to speak at this time. "More than likely,your ancestor's spirits have been corrupted. Not too uncommon for those that used to be among the living, but...still, it's unusual they would turn on your village when you were once so close. Has anything been done that would anger them?"

"No! None of would ever do something like that! Not that I'm aware of, at any rate," the old man cried out.

"That's honestly the best case scenario, since the only other real causes are a demon or a necromancer. The former...is possibly not an issue. The latter is a problem." The snow oni glanced around at the others. "Well...what do you all think?" As the other members gave their thoughts on the matter--and most of them seemed to agree that they should do something about the matter--Terra wondered just what she should do.

Suddenly, she heard a noise coming directly behind her. The next moment, a tall, brown haired man came bearing through the door. Terra almost shrieked as the door nearly crashed into her, but the man blazed past and grabbed the fist of...a goblin? As Terra wasn't very fond of goblins for reasons we will not discuss now, she instinctively jumped back...and fell rather unceremoniously into the room.

The brown haired man stalked into the room after having thrown the goblin in, not paying attention to the other intruder. "It looks like we have our first volunteer!" he declared, obviously angry over the eavesdropper.

The goblin lady rose to her feet, equally angry. "You ruined my ship!" she retaliated.

"Oh, sorry we interrupted your slave trading," the man replied sarcastically, slamming the door shut and locking it behind him. "But it seems it lead you to a greater purpose. Jensu will go investigate. But we'll need some people to join our little green friend to ensure she doesn't make a run for it. I know some of you have slept already, who here has gotten the most rest? Or is willing to spend a few hours out while we all sleep?"

Terra looked around at the tired faces, starting to make up her mind on the matter. It certainly wasn't her problem, true, but if she helped, she could potentially get enough money to get back onto the road, hopefully away from the horrors. And besides, if it was to help people...well, that was compelling enough on its own.

Terra rose to her feet and cleared her throat, directing all the attention in the room upon herself. Hoping she wouldn't stammer too much, she began to speak. "E-Excuse me for intruding...I would like to help with this...in any way I can."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Kathuel Asatori

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Yamato sat in on the meeting, vaguely understanding that they had a new member, and that she was going with the Goblin girl to investigate the strange things happening around town. Hyuna seemed eager to fight, but he knew that's the only reason she wanted to help. He leaned against the wall, drifting in and out of sleep. He couldn't remember being so tired, but it had been nearly three days without sleep and the Sake wasn't helping.

"Let's get this moving then. Let the Goblin Slaver and Terra go and do what they've been instructed to do by the ever knowledgable Yuwen Fortune." He stood to leave the room so he could venture to his own and sleep until he decided to wake up.

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Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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The heat was tremendous, the sun burning into his skin, then deeper, through blood and into bone, cracking every piece of him and turning his body into sand and ash. His every breath was agony, a knife piercing upwards into his lungs and twisting down into his abdomen, tearing apart his insides and filling his mouth with blood.

He had had enough strength to lift his head from the sand, to reach a hand towards the bloody carcasses that had once been his clan, to see the face of the one who had carved their lives out of their fragile chests, the one who had given him the cut that would be the death of him. Now, he lay there, knowing his death was far away, yet the time would pass in an instant. It was a death he awaited.

He shivered. Somewhere in him, his mind reeled. Cold... he was cold... but no, he was hot, dying in the sands... no it was so COLD...

***

Sunaarashi opened his eyes, coughing and spitting up water all over the rocks and branches that made up the sordid beach the river had thrown him on. His left shoulder hung limply, and Sunaarashi gingerly felt it, feeling the arm out of socket. With a clench of his teeth, Sunaarashi slammed the shoulder back into place, a groan escaping his throat. He lay there, panting, for some time, listening to the water pouring.

He lifted a hand to his head. What had happened?

He remembered the ship crashing, and he had flown forward. He must have hit his head, then fallen into the river. He lifted himself upwards and looked around. To his surprise, his bag lay not far away. He must have retained a death grip on it when he took his tumble. No wonder his shoulder had been...

Lifting the bag, he stumbled a little, shaking his head to clear it. Looking around, the woods were dark, but the moon was bright and the stars were out. Through the trees, he thought he saw a light in the distance. Maybe several lights. A town?

Sunaarashi shouldered the bag and began making his way through the trees, wondering if any of the others had survived the crash. He snorted. Knowing his luck, he would be the only one who was injured or lost.

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Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Jensen Favler Character Portrait: Marlene Grove

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Jensen Favler, major in the Yune army, slowly sipped from the water in front of her while studying the report submitted by Captain Ro on the Tengu attack and its repulsion. A surprisingly high amount of casualties considering the speed in which the Tengus were eradicated, but it had been the night of the festival. Even in tiny towns, battles created death.

Still, this report was terrible, absolutely terrible. Civilian deaths would never be tolerated, especially not by his ignorant superiors who didn't have more than an inkling of true warfare. They had inherited their positions; Jensen had worked nearly twenty years to achieve his, and if he was lucky, would work ten more before he was put on the shelf to rot. He rubbed his temples.

"Lieutenant!" Jensen called, and a young woman with jet black hair and dark green eyes appeared in the doorway. "Please take these reports to the general's office. I've finished reviewing them, and find them acceptable in form, if not in subject."

Marlene Grove frowned as she took them. "Bad news?"

"A Tengu assault, high civilian casualties, and not near enough military ones," Jensen snorted, rising and pouring himself a glass of chilled water from a container nearby. "Some group of citizens were the main progenitors of the resistance, apparently nearly single-handedly killing every Tengu in the raiding party. Captain Ro reports that they've formed a guild, and gave a brief overview of each member so far." Jensen looked at Marlene over his glass.

She frowned. "Why would he do that?"

Jensen barked a laugh. "Because they're an incredibly dangerous group led by an unstable nobleman, that's why. Yuwen Fortune is the so-called leader of this new guild."

Marlene's nose crinkled. "Oh."

"Yes, it's a problem, one I'll have to handle sooner or later," Jensen muttered, seating himself at his desk once more. "But right now, we can do nothing. And we have more pressing matters to deal with, as per the general's instructions." He gave a tight smile. "The bandits in the mountains have grown much more bold and eager to shed blood in the last few weeks. I am to personally lead a contingent to wipe them out and not come back until every last renegade has been accounted for in blood."

"I suppose I'm going with you, sir," the Lieutenant said, looking resigned. "When do we leave?"

"I'm not waiting around for the general's reaction to that report," the Major replied. "I'll finish up here and close up. You head home and pack for the road."

"Yes sir," Marlene said, nodding respectfully and walking out the door.

"My life is a joke," Jensen said under his breath. "And I'm the punch line."

***

Sunaarashi stumbled through the woods, his head aching. Blinking, he followed the lights in the distance, hoping that he wasn't just seeing things. Or hearing things, because he swear he could now hear shouting.

His grip on his bag tightened. The last thing he wanted was a fight right now, but no one with his lifestyle ever picked when such would occur. He would have to be ready for anything.

Kneeling, he opened his bag deftly, and began searching for what he might need...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-28 23:59:10, as written by Nulix
"Are you alright?" Yuwen called to Ann from the room over as he propped a bed on its side and pushed it into the hall. "Careful, there's no knowing what these things will-" Suddenly a large shake rocked the hall. Yuwen paused, preparing for combat. "...They might be here..." He whispered as another shake rocked the hall. He placed a finger to his lips, trying to determine which way they shaking was coming from, and as he did silence washed over the hall. The creatures outside seemed to make no noise, and whatever was shaking the structure seemed to have stopped for the near minute Yuwen listened.

Yuwen lowered his finger. "If I say something - something bad's gonna happen," He whispered to his teammates. "That's usually how these things-" At his words the wall from beside them was ripped off by large, flying Tengu villagers and the floor beneath them began to collapse. Yuwen and everything else in the hall was sent sliding down the hanging hall floor into the fray of villagers. Yuwen landed on his fleet, slicing down two villagers as he grounded, before dodging the outgrown finger-nail claws of another. "This isn't good!" He yelled. "I hate to imagine how the others are doing!"

***

One of the others in particular, a small goblin, was doing pretty well. Or rather, pretty well for the Great Guild. In that she wasn't in immediate danger. Captain Jensu scampered across the misty fields on all fours as fast as she could. Her shoes had fallen off as had her captains hat, her hair had become undone and now hung messily across her face, and all four of her palms were dirtied from evading the village of terror all night. But now she ran up the final slope away from that hell-hole just as the first light of a new day dawned over the approaching tree-tops. "So long Great Guild," She spat between heavy breathes as she bustled into the tree-tops. "Never to see you again."

At her words she suddenly pelted straight into the stomach of a tall figure, the impact hitting her like a rock. Jensu flung backward and stared up at the cold face of Sunaarashi, who looked to be in even worse face than she was. "Oh... oh hey," Jensu said, giving a large, desperate smile at the man as she began to crawl backward. "You uh... you washed up, did you?" She commented nervously...

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Sunaarashi stared at the goblin captain, taking in her highly agitated state, the sound of yelling and fighting from the village, and the guilty way in which she was looking at him.

"Ah," he said. "You're running away. Well, I guess that's expected. I won't stop you, but before you run off into the woods, you might want to be aware that there are things out there popping out of the ground. Things with nice sharp teeth, a few tentacles, red eyes, and black skeletal armor that you probably won't be able to damage. No idea what they are, but I'm sure they're carnivorous and hungry, and you're about the right size for a meal." He shrugged. "You might make it past them. Or you might get eaten. OR you could stay with me, tell me what's going on, then stay behind me so you don't get hurt. Your choice."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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#2013-09-29 04:39:23, as written by Nulix
Yuwen backed away as the villagers he'd been fighting collapsed and began to spew acid, after being taken down swiftly by Ann who continued to run forward, taking out the creatures left and right. Yuwen watched on as the girl decimated their foes, before dodging the attack of another creature. He flung himself next to Yamato and the two cut a villager down in unison. And then all the creatures paused. "Yamato, look!" Yuwen called, pointing to the horizon, where from beyond the distant mountains the sun's first rays shun out. The cursed villagers screamed in horror at the light and began to flee, running past the Great Guild as they sought shadow as from which they were transformed. Yuwen glanced at his friends and gave an exhausted laugh. "...The light repels them," He said with a smile. Suddenly a burst of fire rocked a distant hill, its outline faint in the fog. "But I bet it's not repelling whatever is keeping Suiken and the rest," He muttered. "Come on!"

***

"Tentacles? Sharp teeth?" Jensu swallowed as her eyes darted along the ground before her, hurriedly trying to figure out what to do. After a moment she flung upward and glared up at Sunaarashi. "Listen, your friends at the Guild kidnapped me and accused me of being a slaver. Then took away my drink, and forced me to risk my life in some undead village... the villagers are creatures and there are ghosts attacking everything." Jensu shook her head. "I don't have much choice but to stick with you... but if you run down there I don't think either of us will last very long."

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"Well," Sunaarashi said. "Sounds like you've had a crappy day." He paused, thinking. "Ghosts, and crazy villagers... I can't really fight stuff that requires chi."

He looked around. "Maybe it would be better if everyone else took care of this one. I'd probably just get in the way." He shouldered his bag, and gestured to the goblin captain. "C'mon, I saw a broken down house out in the woods a little ways. It should provide us some shelter until it's full morning."

He began walking back into the trees, wondering if this was the end of the short-lived guild...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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#2013-09-30 03:29:39, as written by Nulix
Yuwen was lost in the midst of the actions. Battle had broken out on the burning and the Guild members fought the destructive power of the super summoning bros. Necromancers of some kind, as ghosts swept down upon them. Their power seemed to come from the lantern one of them held. Bai, he believed. Yuwen gripped his sword tightly, trying to get an angle on one of the brothers when suddenly a fist rammed his face into the ground. Yuwen's blade was released as the hooded villain was upon him, beating him relentlessly. "Its good to see you!" The man yelled out, socking Yuwen in the eye. "My old friend!" Yuwen elbow blocked the next punch and headbutted the man off him before raising himself.

Wiping some blood off his cheek Yuwen smiled. "I don't know who you are," He said. The hooded villain paused. "Then let's test that!" The villain raised his palms forward and sparks began to form. "Let's see if you remember how to dodge this maneuver: the cone of fire, Yuwen Lu-Tan!" He announced loudly. Suddenly a wall of fire shot out, speeding toward Yuwen at ferocious rates. The guild leader swallowed. He could not outrun it. But he could run.

Yuwen's hand went to his hip and he pulled out his second sword and held it high before sprinting toward the oncoming fires. With his free hand he reached up and pulled the hood of the cloak down hard, holding it in place so that the velvet garment cradled his running form. On the opposite side of the fire the hooded man stood with his blackened hands guiding it, which suddenly through the flames a fist emerged. Smashing him directly in the gut and collapsing him to the ground. The hooded figure collapsed as an on-fire Yuwen Fortune ran forward, his burning charge aimed at brother Bai.

Bai turned just in time to see Yuwen fling his flaming cloak onto him, catching him off guard before stabbing his sword into the lantern. Impaling the magical device. Yuwen then continued to run over the hill and dived into a well, a loud splash being heard as he hit the bottom.

***

Jensu watched as Sunaarashi began to walk back into the dark forest. She glanced back at the foggy village before following. "Why are you taking care of me?" She called out, she having to speed up considerably to match his pace. "Don't you think I'm a drunk and a no good slaver? Like your friends?"

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"I'm not the type of person that makes rash assumptions," Sunaarashi said, slowing down enough that Jensu did not have to run to keep up. "Nor am I one to judge others when the situation is unclear." He looked down at Jensu and shrugged. "Why wouldn't I help?"

The house appeared out of the dark woods, and Sunaarashi stepped inside, spot checking for inhabitants. Seeing nothing, he motioned Jensu inside, and unzipped his bag, pulling out a few wet blankets.

"I'll get a fire going," he said, gathering some broken pieces of wood from old furniture. "Then I can dry out and get some rest, perhaps."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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#2013-10-01 01:10:08, as written by Nulix
"Whatever!" Yuwen replied, pushing past the guild members toward the the villagers as the local healers stepped forward to attend to its members. "You've been burned," An old, accented Sudean woman whispered as she walked next to Yuwen. "Your arm."

"Yes, I have," Yuwen said, extending it as he walked so she could treat it. He approached the elder, who was overseeing the horses for the guild. At the back of the attached carriages the townsfolk loaded them up with fruits, vegetables, milk, juice, and baked goods. "Wow," Yuwen muttered as the woman finished bandaging his arm. "This is looking pretty grand."

The elder turned and bowed. "All for you mighty heroes. Enough food for three days, and its only two to Jiefong."

"You suggest we take the Bioling road?" Yuwen questioned as the elder pulled out a map. "Yes, you take it south until you hit the River Rann, then you go east along it until you reach the mountains and hit the Touhan forest at the base of the mountains."

"How are we supposed to get up them?" Yuwen muttered. "The mountains are bandit country."

"The Imperial Guard have a machine there, its a marvel of technology. A man-made platform is pulled up by weights at the top and pulls up passengers all the way to the top of the valley. At the top past the arid farms you should see the walls of Jiefong."

Yuwen went over the route through his head and nodded. "Alright," He said, taking the map and bowing. "It was an honour, village elder."

He then turned and approached the Guild members as they were being treated. "Alright guys we have a new route! We're taking horses and carriages to Jiefong. We head south until we reach the river Rann," He explained. "Also, has anyone seen Illyria or Sunaarashi?"

***

Jensu leered into the abandoned shack before stepping in. "How'd you find this place?" She questioned before stumbling in.

"So like, are you not part of the Guild anymore...? Because I have to find the Milkweed, she grounded somewhere down river... and I could use your help." Jensu exhaled and shook her head. "I was hired by a man named Cha'Valkar. Five-hundred gold and a generous gift of alcohol for one shipment in country, it sounded pretty good. His boys in Poyo loaded the cargo and the only condition was I wasn't allowed to check it..." Jensu swallowed. "If I never saw and I got there a day late, or something put us off course... or even if I managed to take you guys to Jiefong, they would have starved..." She looked down at the fire, wishing she had a drink...

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Sunaarashi said nothing for a moment as he started the fire with a piece of flint from his bag.

"Starving," he said after the fire had started, "would probably have been a blessing compared to what they were planned for." He looked at Jensu. "I won't tell you not to feel guilty over it. I won't tell you everything will be just fine. Because you should feel bad. It's how you can tell you still have a conscience." His fists clenched. "Unlike the slavers who set you up for this."

They sat in silence for a few minutes, then Sunaarashi sighed.

"We should regroup with the others," he said. "Most of them are lowlife villains in a rut at the moment, and I don't trust the vast majority of them, but I did make a promise to stick with the guild for a few months. If you come back with me, I'll look out for you. Vouch for you." He smiled. "After all, I could have let you run away. There really aren't any monsters in this forest. So, think of it as repayment for the lie I told you. And... for telling me the truth, Captain. You didn't have to."

Silently, Sunaarashi engraved Cha'Valkar's name into his mind. A man he would be very interested in meeting... His eyes glittered with flames not entirely from the embers in front of him.

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The group all ready with the (practically literal) fruits of their victory, set about on their horses and wagons to head on the journey to Jiefong. Along the way, they soon exited the field to fresh hills of grass and vegetation, a stark contrast to the horrors of the previous night.

Suiken had inclined in his spot, preparing to go to sleep when he spotted a fire coming from the forest in the distance...probably from a house. But then someone was approaching from the house. It appeared to be...

"Sunaarashi?!" Suiken asked in surprise. "Where were you!? Didn't we carry you into the inn?!"

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Sunaarashi sheathed his sword, ignoring Suiken's ignorant and obvious lie. "There you all are. I see you survived the night."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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She was very much tired but refused to fall asleep just yet. If the rabbit still had a choice, most often that choice would be to stay awake until her body no longer obeyed. It made sleep easier. For now, she walked slowly and had to keep moving to keep from nodding off. Her eyes kept roaming, taking in yet not processing the details around her.

The scenery had changed, lush green now filling the horizon, and Lo-muna felt more at home in the forest. It was comforting and reminded her more of home than anything. These memories were promptly interrupted by Suiken who had found their rogue member.

"It's good to see you alive and well Sunaarashi. Did you find anything interesting while you were gone?" Lo-muna greeted him, drowsiness evident in her voice. "And the guild is more than capable of surviving a night, mind you. Even if we do need a bit of sleep."

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Obnoxious Lu stood next to Sunaarashi, assisting him in glaring at the truthful Suiken. "You know they've done something wrong if they've saved my life and I still hate them," he pointed out to his friend, Sunaarashi.

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Sunaarashi ignored the obnoxious and antagonistic Lu and answered Lo-Muna.

"There was..." he said, then paused for a few seconds. "...Nothing." He finished with a shrug, content to leave it at that.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Lo-muna nodded but didn't look entirely convinced. Then again, it could have been the exhaustion she was currently experiencing.

"Clearly you must be a man who likes observing the scenery," Lo-muna yawned. "For nothing has held your interest. But I'm rambling. I'm assuming you were going to rest here for the night Suunarashi? Suiken, Yuwen, are we stopping here as well now that we have found him? Or should I just sleep in a cart for the rest of the journey?"

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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#2013-10-03 15:25:29, as written by Nulix
Jensu stared into the fire as Sunaarashi spoke. "I can't go back," She swallowed, her eyes darting up to the large, Sudean man. A slight smile flashed across her face. "I think my contract with the Great Guild has come to an end, anyway. I can't take you far without a ship."

The large man stood up and passed by the embers for the shack's entrance, turning and giving Jensu a bow as if to respect her decision. Jensu rose and bowed back. "Perhaps I will see you again," She called to the man as he exited. "Great Guild..."

Hours passed, and at midday a ship stood cradled in the forest, its front hull once damaged now being repaired by a large, white Oni nailing logs together to seal the gap. "Mohan!" Jensu called. The Oni turned to see his captain pelt down a hillside and head toward him. "Is she sea-worthy, mate?"

"Yes ma'am!" Mohan replied, giving the logs a smack and stepping down from his make-shift ladder of bark and cuttings. "She is now."

"Excellent," Jensu said, examining the repairs. "Well, at least she'll float. Where are the slaves?"

"On board, ma'am," Mohan explained, matching her steps as they walked around the ship to the starboard ladder. "I've saved most of them."

"Excellent. Get us in the water," Jensu ordered, climbing up onto the deck. "I need a drink. And I need to find Cha'Valkar." At the base of the ship Mohan began to push the craft forward with all his strength back toward the river from where it had come...

***

"We left the village with as much haste as we could muster given the circumstances. Something awaited me in Jiefong... I hadn't known it at the time but it would come to change everything I mission was. It would shape it, define it... we rode across the province. The raging rivers in summer were humid, wet. Warm, sticky. Especially when stuck in wagons. But with some members still injured from the incident with the guards we didn't have much of a choice but to keep to the carriages and after a day of travel past farmlands, forest, streams, rivers, waterfalls, and hills the rich mountains of Jiefong could be seen on the horizon - their peaks stabbing up into the sky until they surpassed the clouds. And I knew then our goal would soon be reached... Its a nice country, Yutan. Its rich, lush, full of life and people and things... its very unlike here," The words rested on Yuwen's lips as he leaned against the wall, the world white from the brightness of the sun.

"...You should really stand up right, Yuwen," Horat whispered in response, the shorter man standing opposite of him in matching uniform. "Sudean guards cannot be shown as weak."

"Why? Afraid you'll get invaded again?" Yuwen said bitterly.

"Isn't that Yune's thing now?" Horat replied with a half-smile. "Look. I know this isn't the ideal place to be but sometimes that's just how life is. You can't escape into your fantasies, friend."

"Fantasies?" Yuwen muttered, pulling his leather helmet off and slumping against the wall, dirtying the blue-Sudean uniform against its dusty brick. Their post was a small-archway in the market, remarkably giving them no-shade for ninety percent of the day but an ideal guarding post for the village bank. Their swords were plain and rusted, and armour consisted of nothing but worn linen never cut the correct size. The life of a Sudean guard in an obscure village in the middle of the desert was not one of luxury, Yuwen Fortune had found out. But perhaps it was all he could get. "The Guild of Fortune was a real organization founded by yours truly, my friend."

"So you claim," Horat muttered. "Like your map? Or you nobility?"

Yuwen swallowed. "Like my map."

The Sudean man folded his arms. "Alright then. What happened next?"

***

Wet, rice-fields surrounded them, rising and falling with the earth broken only by elevated farm-huts. Workers and farm-hands stood knee-deep in the wet soil as they harvested the rice, looking up only to see a band of three wagons pass through the muddy-road that cut down the middle of the farms. And leading them, barefoot with his pant legs rolled up to his knees and wearing nothing but a loose tunic was Yuwen Fortune himself, a large smile on his face as he walked beside his black steed. He whistled as he marched, giving the farmer's daughters a wink as he and the caravan passed. Through the clouds a high, yellow midday sun shun down, and Suiken, the large snow Oni who sat at the helms of the first wagon, seemed to be getting increasingly irritated by it.

"How we doing, first officer?" Yuwen questioned, running beside the Oni as he lazily steered. "Oh, not too hot huh?" He muttered, seeing the creatures irritation. "I suppose high twenties aren't the nicest temperatures for a snow Oni, huh?" Yuwen paused, as though realizing something. "I'll be right back," He said with a smile, giving the Oni a hard pat on the arm before maneuvering around the narrow road and running toward the back of the first wagon, mud splashing up with each footstep.

"Is it in here?" Yuwen questioned, opening the curtains of the wagon and peering in. Malachi, the silent necromancer, and Sunaarashi stared back at him, as if he was interrupting their conversation. "Oh, sorry guys," Yuwen muttered, backing away. "Wrong wagon." He began to sprint toward the second one, giving a quick wave to Malao who was also outside in the mud. "Hey!" He said, opening it. The medical wagon, housing Hyuna, Lo-muna, and Yamato. "Oh, wrong kart," Yuwen repeated, glancing at his teammates. His eyes darted between Yamato to Hyuna to then Lo-muna, and before he closed the curtains he made a slight mental note of the situation.

He then made his way to the third kart. "Echo!" He called to the large orca-beastman who sat on it's front seat. "You doing alright?" He questioned, before making his way to the end of the caravan. The curtains to the third wagon. He pulled them open and revealed what he was looking for: a massive bundle of food, there for them. "Perfect," He smiled, giving a happy nod to Millie and Ann'Razul who sat opposite the feast. "I've got a surprise for Suiken he's going to appreciate," He muttered, searching through the piles. "They had this food wrapped in paper - it was like flavoured ice, it was really delicious," He tried to explain to the two as he searched through. "Ah ha!" He exclaimed, pulling a cone covered in paper out victoriously. He unwrapped and his hand was instantly drenched by warm, fruity water that seeped out of the cone. He frown, dropping the worthless item and licking his hand. "I guess things melt," He stated. Like an idiot. Suddenly something caught his eye. A foot beneath the food. "Um Ann," He commented, removing a basket to reveal the body of a teenage girl beneath. "...I think I found some sort of corpse."

It wasn't a corpse, but instead the unconscious body of Terra Himene.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Cha'Valkar Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan Character Portrait: Nee Me-Hyung

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#2013-10-08 05:15:50, as written by Nulix
"I'm okay." She said quietly to the goblin captain, hugging herself tight. "I'm fine with being his slave... because, I don't think he's a bad person. If my suffering can help him, then so be it, it's worth it."

"Not a bad person?" Jensu spat in disbelief as Nee retreated to the half-breed Illyria at the bow of the deck. "Do you know what we used to do to sailors like that in the Imperial Trading Company?" She continued, her yell turning into a whisper at the realization that Valkar could hear below deck. "We'd crucify and drown them," She whispered to the two as she approached. "Now that piece of shit has a human slave. Within the Empire that's illegal." She shook her head angrily and took another chug of her bottle. "The minute we get into Jiefong I'm going to alert the guards and they'll destroy him."

She glanced up at Amanha and swallowed. "Unless you'll try to stop me," She said, having not before questioned the mysterious mercenaries loyalty.

***

Ro glared at the assembled gang who had threatened and insulted him in the midst of an army camp. Every single soldier had noticed and surrounded the trio of wagons, armed to the teeth and ready. "Well, this all checks out," Ro replied, handing Yamato back the papers. "It turns out if you had just shown me you would have been free to pass. Unfortunately you proceeded to insult me, threaten my life and commit treason in the process. In fact you should all be massively executed."

At the words the five-hundred or so soldiers in the camp prepared their blades and rose their shields for combat. Ro shrugged at the sight and began to walk away. "Good luck," He called.

"Wait, Ro!" Yuwen called, pushing passed Hyuna roughly as he ran up to the man. Ro paused to give the noble his ear. "Look... I'll pay."

"Oh good, you'll pay," Ro chuckled, raising his cup of tea off a bench.

"Listen, we surrender and go to court and then go to prison. Whatever the fine is to get out at that point I'll double it right now if you let us on our way," Yuwen pleaded. Ro was silent in response before taking another sip of tea. "They threatened you, you're in the order of the prefecture not the army," Yuwen said, putting his hands together and falling on his knees. "I am literally begging you to undo this."

"Get up, you silly man," Ro muttered, grabbing Yuwen's hand and pulling him up. "Where's the money from?"

"The account," Yuwen replied, glancing over his still surrounded teammates.

Ro let out a laugh. "The account is locked out for Yuwen Fortune and you know it, old boy."

"Then get the other Lu-Tan to do it," Yuwen said. "Tell him the amount I promise he'll extract it."

Ro pause, finish his tea before marching back toward the guild. "Off them men! They've paid a fine and are free to go!" Ro put his whistle in his mouth and blew loudly, causing the confused soldiers to back away. "I said off them!"

"It's not really an issue for you to decide, is it?" The elderly general muttered as he approached through the crowd. Ro turned, instantly getting into the older man's face. "Isn't it?" He spat. "They insulted the Prefecture, so I decide what the punishment for that would be. Right now I decide its freedom. They aren't a threat so I say they go free."

"I am your senior officer," The general whispered threateningly. "And your elder, young dragonfly."

"Alright then sick the army on me," Ro dared the general before turning to the guild. "Formation!" He yelled followed by a loud whistle blow. The red armoured prefectures surrounded the guild's caravan and carefully began to escort them through the crowd of hostile soldiers. The general watched as they walked through the camp toward it's east exit, shaking his head and dismissing the matter.

"You want to use our lift to Jiefong?" Ro questioned Yuwen as they walked out the east exit of the camp and approached the large, wooden platform built into the side of the rock. Ropes hung off it and stretched tightly along the valley stone above, and beside it large beast-man slaves stood beside handled pulleys with rope weighed down with stones to balance the lift as it rose.

"This'll take you to Jiefong," Ro explained, looking up into the cloudy mountaintops the lift's ropes disappeared into. "But it won't support all this."

"We leave everything except Master Wang Chang," Yuwen replied, pointing to his black horse.

"Okay," Ro nodded as he began to walk away with his man. "Take the moron with you," He added, nodding toward Orion. "I don't think he'll survive a trip back through the camp."

Yuwen nodded before turning to his team, the friendly expression he had with Ro was gone, now replaced by one they hadn't seen before. A mix of disappointment and anger. "...Come on," he managed at last, stepping onto the large wooden platform with his horse....

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Orion Shan

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After an incredibly bizarre scene with Fortune begging the man named Ro to let them pass, the guild was carefully escorted to the rather hazardous-looking lift. Terra wasn't sure if she was permitted to follow, but then one soldier turned towards her and gruffly asked, "You coming or not, kid?"

"A-ah...y-yes!" Flustered, the girl hurried after the guild as fast as possible, keeping her hood down tightly. The bear man and the one who apparently had murdered all the bandits earlier also were being urged along, but she didn't pay attention to if they were following through on it.

As they got onto the lift and it began to move, the others began talking about Hyuna's actions. Not daring to look at the girl herself, Terra approached Fortune carefully. The man seemed to have lost most of his energy and charisma, and was leaning on the railing as if he were doing for support. "U-um...Fortune?" she asked cautiously. "A-about your...g-guild..."

"Yes?" Fortune muttered sullenly, glancing sideways at her. "I realize it is awful. Don't worry, you can get away from us once we reach the city."

Terra immediately took a step back, confused and surprised. Even Fortune's words had acquired a harsher tone. Maybe he was stressed out too much from what just happened? It might be best not to ask to join the guild after all, even if she'd likely be travelling with them for some time. "N-no, t-that's not it...a-actually, I'll tell you later." Giving him a forced smile, she turned away--and found herself face to face with Hyuna.

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The worst possible person to get in the way, just.. well, got in the way. It was the weird girl, and Hyuna'd be hardpressed to not just snap her throat and see what'd happen. What else would anyone expect? The girl was so pathetic, it'd probably put her out of her misery, right? And it only benefited anyone. She eyed the weird girl with a dark glare. "Remember the bird from before?" She muttered menacingly. "Yeah."

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Hyuna was clearly not in a mood to be talking, so Terra just gave her an equally forced smile, whispered a quick "Sorry" to her (forgetting the Tengu's words in the process) and turned away. But the entireity of her guilt suddenly had come crashing down on her with just one look into Hyuna's eyes, and she found herself stumbling slightly as she moved away, as though her energy had disappeared just like Fortune's.

Somehow managing to end up in a sitting position at the front edge of the platform, Terra sighed and stared forward, hoping they'd reach their destination soon. Everyone simply seemed far too stressed out now. It seemed the destination was finally coming up, actually...

Why did she suddenly have a very bad feeling?

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"I'm afraid," Sunaarashi said, stepping down the stairway, "that Yamato will be late. I will be taking his place."

Sunaarashi smiled.

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#2013-10-26 05:33:14, as written by Nulix
Yuwen looked up, his eyes lighting up as the man's massive form stepped down the steps. "Sunaarashi!" He exclaimed, a smile appearing on his face. "You're alive! Where have you been?" He paused, glancing at the monk robes Sunaarashi held in his arms. "But wait, what happened to Yamato?"

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"He................." Sunaarashi paused. "...had an errand to run."

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#2013-10-26 05:50:36, as written by Nulix
"...Did... did you murder him?" Yuwen questioned.

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".............." Sunaarashi didn't say anything for a moment, then slowly shook his head.

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"Wow, uh...I hope that isn't the case," Suiken frowned, raising an eyebrow.

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#2013-10-26 05:52:24, as written by Nulix
"What happened to you, Sunaarashi Maru?" Yuwen questioned. "We haven't seen you since we entered the city," He paused and shook his head. "Nevermind, quickly unshackle me! The Guild thinks I'm a villain because some villains attacked us."

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"I'm not surprised at their reasoning," Sunaarashi said, frowning. "Everyone here seems a little... high strung."

He took out a knife and broke Yuwen's shackles. "And I didn't kill Yamato. He really had some errand to run. I just don't know what it was."

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After hearing his friend's plan, Phecda scowled again. It still seemed distasteful to him, but he had no choice but to go along with it. "Well, I suppose we can make that work," he grumbled as he picked up a sachel of round objects. "Let's get back to the palace, then."

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Sunaarashi Maru. That was the man who suddenly descended into their midst...to replace Yamato? Just what did he mean by that?

For some reason, the mentally exhausted Terra almost immediately felt there was an air about this man that made him seem untrustworthy. The smile he had, and the way he carried himself...she was so busy internally questioning him that she jumped when she heard Rumelis mention that the scarred man had been specifically hunting her.

But if that was a reason to stay in the guild, well, Terra wasn't so keen. "I-I'm grateful you care, Rumelis," she stammered in a ragged voice, "but, y-you know...i-if I stay away from you all, won't that mean he'll follow me, and not you all? R-really, it'd be for the best if I'm excluded."

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"Maru has nothing to do with my name," Sunaarashi said to Terra, before turning to Yuwen. "Obviously, I'm with you. I'm here."

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It suddenly became apparent to Terra that she was the only one in the room who had openly made it clear that she did not want to follow Fortune anymore. As shameful as being the only one to do anything felt, she wasn't in a state to keep moving, though.

"Just go," she muttered to Rumelis, pointing up the stairs with a hand that was about to fall back down at any moment. "I-if you really think I should follow you...I-I'll come up in a few minutes, okay?"

But she was still questioning if she should follow them at all.

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"If you want," Muna offered as she walked up to Rumelis and Terra. "I can stay with her so you can join the others. I can easily catch up and should anything dangerous happen to come by, I can deal with it using some tricks up my sleeve. It won't be a problem, I assure you. Just keep an eye on Fortune for me."

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"... Just keep an eye on Fortune for me."

Rumelis considered the proposal that Muna had made, then settled on it.

"Okay. Thanks for the help, I'll keep going with Yuwen."

After all, he couldn't really help any more than he had tried. He kept walking to catch up with Yuwen, continuing upwards with the main group.

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"...good luck, then," Terra whispered as Rumelis turned and started moving back towards the stairs. But in reality, she felt even more burdensome than before, because Muna was being made to stay behind because of her. Granted, Fortune didn't trust the rabbit woman anyway anyway, so he'd probably try to make her life worse, but...Terra still was sure she'd make Muna get hurt (again) somehow simply by being near her. Honestly, how true were the "witch" rumors, anyway?

As Rumelis, Ann, and the rest trudged back up the stairs, Terra collapsed back against the stairs, trying not to meet the gaze of her companion. This was just about the first time she and Muna had been together alone since the graveyard-no, this was the first time, period. Just what did Muna think of her, anyway? The rabbit woman had almost every reason to hate Terra, and yet she kept acting as though the girl's life was worth it, so Terra couldn't understand any of it at all.

"...s-so, are you really okay with staying here? I-I didn't w-want to make you stay somewhere...t-that, you know, um, you didn't want t-to be," she stammered, glancing at Muna for an instant before quickly averting her eyes.

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#2013-10-27 01:38:27, as written by Nulix
Yuwen glared over the group. Rumelis and Sunaarashi were the only two firmly in his corner, the rest were still plagued by the information the two assailants from earlier had bestowed upon them. The only real reason they hadn't left was that they were in the middle of the mission, and he still was the only one with in depth knowledge of what they were about to do next. "Right," Yuwen began, grabbing the red and white monk robes from Sunaarashi and placing them on the steps. "We shouldn't meet any interference from here to the entrance to the old temple, but just in case put these on-" Squeeze his head through the cloaked opening and stuffing his arms through the sleeves he bent over and grabbed hold of the other robes before flinging them at the other members. As everyone began to put on the misfitted robes Yuwen glanced over to Lo-muna, who stood by Terra's side. "Take care of her and wait by the third floor balcony for us to come back - if someone approaches you go into the temple and warn us," He ordered, not really expecting the beast-woman to follow. But it was worth a shot none the less. Yuwen turned back to the rest of the team, who'd all changed into monk robes. "Right," Yuwen said, putting his hood up. "Let's do this."

With that the Great Guild Fortune pelted forward up the stairs, Yuwen in the lead with Suiken following, heftily lifting up his robes so not to trip over his legs on the stairs. Sunaarashi trudged behind him, Ann by his side, and at the back Rumelis followed, keeping an eye behind him for oncoming guards. The Guild flung past the second floor entrance hall and quickly scaled the the second stair case before emerging on the third floor. Historic halls greeted them, the lanterns in them lightless and their ancient murals and decorations lit only by the moonlight shinning in through the balcony at the far end of the hall. "Come on," Yuwen whispered, beginning to pelt through the hall and quickly sticking himself to a wall as it split into two more. He swallowed, identifying the location in his head before running down the left hall, the Guild members following. They continued through the maze of halls, stopping only for a few sparse moments of tension when Yuwen thought he heard something - but there were never any guards to be found. The entire floor seemed to be abandoned.

Yuwen swallowed as they reached the end of the seventh or so hall they'd gone down, this one not greeted by more halls but instead a large stone door, the ancient symbol for temple engraved above it. But reaching the door wasn't what caused Yuwen to be nervous - it was that the door was already opened. "This is the bridge into the mountain," He explained, turning to the team. "Into the sacred temple. From now on we are monks, worshipers of Order and the God of Yune..." Yuwen stopped, unsure what else to say, before opening the door wider and beginning to march down the stony corridor into the mountain-temple.

Yuwen widened the door at the other side, emerging into a spectacular chamber that's ceiling towered so high above him he could swear it carve itself all the way to the mountain's peak. Titanic statues of the gods loomed above the team as they entered, and at the end of the chamber stood the leader of humanity, the correctest of the gods, according to the Empire. The God of Yune, the protector of humanity, towering in his robes with a silver staff held in hand. Cold, rock eyes looked out over the massive chamber, watching silently as the Guild stepped through the sacred space. "No one seems to be here," Yuwen whispered, glancing at the side-rooms of the temple, which were all as shadowy and dark as the main chamber- lantern light flowing from none.

Yuwen past by the God of Yune and approached a backroom, pushing in the door and entering into a tight hall, one side carved stone and the other rocky mountain jutting in. "The ancient temple was all designed for the main chamber," He explained, pushing himself against the wall and carefully shimmying past the protruding rocks. "So they used as much space for it as possible, leaving the side areas and the living quarters microscopic in comparison." Yuwen pushed himself off the wall as they entered a small living space, long-abandoned rock beds lining sheet-less. "Of course now in our modern age the Emperor lives in Yuna-Yae and he has an even bigger palace theres no real reason for the monks to live in this death-trap anymore, so they all live in the city," He said, unfolding a lantern from his pocket and igniting it. He held it out and began to pace down the beds, glancing at each carefully. "It's weird... being in a place so long dead." He paused. "But apparently not long enough."

He rested the the lantern down at the last bed, that's front frame had been pushed down and inward revealing a stairway below, further into the mountain. Yuwen looked to his team nervously. "So that one of a kind map that led to a never before opened chamber seems to have been opened by someone else..." Yuwen whispered. "And I don't think we're going to like whoever awaits down there. What weapons did you all bring?"

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"Well, I've got this axe here." The axe was still as sharp as ever, if a bit
notched.

"But, I also have my claws and teeth, so if someone's going in unarmed, I can give
the axe to someone else. Anyone need it? Careful, it's a pretty heavy weapon, even
for me."

Rumelis looked around at the mostly unarmed group.

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Sunaarashi shrugged. "I brought a few knives."

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#2013-10-27 04:26:58, as written by Nulix
"Okay," Yuwen nodded, pulling out a small knife himself before turning to the stairs in the bed. Suddenly from the main chamber of the temple Rumelis entered, Terra, Lo-muna, and some woman with him. "What are they doing here? Who the hell is she?" Yuwen questioned, before shaking his head. "Never mind... we're too close now."

Stepping onto the frame of the stone bed he carefully began to march down the secret passage, the others following as he descended lower and lower into the darkness. It was pitch black, the only light coming from lantern he held before him - though the reach of it's light barely extended beyond the thousands of abandon spider webs melted upon each other in thick layers coating the ceiling and wall. Soon they reached the bottom of the stairs and emerged into light. Before them a large cave stretched, mountain water flowing through it's stoney ground, swerving around a large, stone platform - where basking in a single glimmer of light a chest stood, and marked upon it's lock was Eoling's character itself. "We made it..." Yuwen said in disbelief as they entered the cave. "We made it!" He exclaimed again, beginning to run toward the stand.

"Wait!" A voice called. The Guild swung their weapons toward the source of the voice - a man emerging from the shadows. Greasy black hair, small, puny features - a pair of spectacles decorated his pale face. His body, small and unimposing, was decked in a priests robe. "It's a trap," The man called out. "Trust me... you don't want to try."

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"Cool story," Sunaarashi said. "Who are you?"

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"Sorry, trust has become something of a...touchy word among us," Suiken spoke. "As Sunaarashi says, who are you? What fate will befall us if we try?"

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#2013-10-27 04:40:08, as written by Nulix
"My name is Aeong Lexicon, I am a monk of the temple," The man whispered, raising his hands. "I found this place while cleaning the rooms."

"Well whats up there?" Yuwen asked, pointing to the chest. "Where's the boundless treasure and relics of ages past? Where's the crown of the old King?"

"Not here," The Monk replied, stepping forward over the stream and beginning to walk toward them. "Whatever is in that chest it burns the hands of men... of the unworthy... Eoling himself made it so only he could retrieve it's contents."

"Then what are we supposed to do?!" Yuwen spat at the man, before turning to his team. "...we need whats inside that chest."

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"Just open it," Sunaarashi suggested, edging his way in front of Aeong Lexicon. "And let Rumelis hold it. He's not fully human, so..."

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So Muna wasn't going to tell her? Terra sighed and looked back up ahead, the disbelief returning in full. "J-just, tell me when you're comfortable, then, o-okay?" she pleaded, seeing Fie turn and race into a room...which the rest of the guild was in?! Nothing ever seemed to go like it should...granted, Terra was feeling less sluggish, so it sort of worked out.

"What the hell are they dong here? Who the hell is she?" Fortune's annoying 'this is not how it should go because I say so' voice echoed through the room as they entered. "Never mind...we're too close now." He turned back with an annoyed huff...well, not that Terra cared about him...her eyes were more placed upon the girl in Fie's grip.

Moving up to the catgirl, she pulled Millie from the catgirl's arms and hugged the little girl tightly. "I-I'm really sorry, Millie...I-I won't let this happen again next time, I promise!" she almost automatically declared, relieved that the girl hadn't been hurt, but now with the guilt fresh and burning in her mind.

Then, Terra looked up at the catgirl. "Nice to see you again, Fie..." She laughed a bit nervously, before standing up and bowing. "Th-thank you for taking care of Millie!" Her eyes briefly swept over Ann, hoping the black-haired woman wouldn't disapprove too much of her neglecting Millie. But the group had started to move again, so Terra remained with Fie, Millie and Muna in the rear.

The route was an ominous descent into pitch darkness, and Terra found herself clutching her bare upper arms even tighter as they walked. It felt cold and threatening with each step, and any sound reverberated loudly through the passage, making her jump. Even so, she pressed on...she had promised Rumelis, after all, that she'd accompany them.

At the end of the route, a vast cave opened up before them. Gemstones sparkled above in the light of Fortune's lantern, and water rushed beneath their feet, under a narrow, smooth bridge of stone...which led to a chest on a pedestal. This was the treasure Fortune wanted? It felt like the rest of the cave was more interesting to Terra, but she said nothing as Fortune rushed towards the chest like a greedy kid who wanted to be the first to get candy.

Suddenly, a priest with spectacles stopped them, claiming the chest was designed so that it would burn the hands of any man who attempted to open it. As Fortune showed obvious dismay, Terra watched him with even less respect than before. He was so desperate for riches; it was like they meant more to him than his life. "If anyone but Fortune needs me, please tell me right away," she whispered to Muna and Millie. Then she sat down on the edge of the bridge and began singing softly, ignoring the chest.

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"I'm sure," Sunaarashi said, patting the monk on the shoulder. "Just like you're an actual monk that just happened to stumble across this super secret room with this evil chest and treasure by accident."

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#2013-10-27 05:00:38, as written by Nulix
The Monk looked taken aback by Sunaarashi's statements, clutching his chest. "I promise you, sir - I am no liar. Only a Great Guild Leader may touched the chest without getting burned..."

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"Yes, well... let's proceed with caution at least..." Suiken warned Sunaarashi. "It'd be too much of a risk to just open it without care. This is a puzzle, my friends. And any puzzle can be solved simply enough with the right application of thought..."

"Wait..." Suiken. "What did you say...?" Suiken asked the monk, before immediately answering without hearing the monks response. "You said...Great Guild leader," Suiken scratched his chin thoughtfully, as he glanced at the others.

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"I wasn't being sarcastic," Sunaarashi said seriously. "Things like that seem to happen frequently, to my surprise."

Sunaarashi then pulled on a glove and opened the chest.

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"Hmm, now where would we find someone like that?" Lo-muna wondered out loud as she stroked her imaginary beard. She immediately stopped when she saw Suunarashi go to open the chest.

"Woah, wait!" she exclaimed, uncertain of what would happen.

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Sunaarashi laughed. "Or I was meant to be a great guild leader. Either way, I'm glad it worked."

He examined the crown. "Something like this... shouldn't be locked away here." He pulled out a cloth bag and gently placed the crown inside of it. He handed the bag to Yuwen. "This is what we came for."

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Sunaarashi punched the evil monk-monster in the face.

"Let's skip the monologue and get out of here!" he yelled, continuing his assault with a vicious uppercut to the man's jaw, followed by a two-step kick to the man's chest that sent the monk to the ground. "Obviously, this guy's had a lot of time to plan this and I don't want to wait around for him to follow through!"

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Sunaarashi twisted away as the man's body exploded. Yuwen fell to the ground, a thick smoke pouring into him, like it was the necromancer's essence itself.

"Crap," Sunaarashi muttered, reaching out and snatching the bag from Yuwen. "Suiken! Use your chi stuff!"

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Suiken readied his weapons, preparing a fight, when he saw a horrid creature beyond imagination. "What manner of creature are you...?" Suiken muttered. The snow oni always knew if something came as a shock to him, it'd be really bad news. In his lifetime he's encountered all manner of creatures and this was the first time something surprised him. This was more then a simple necromancer.

And that much was proven when the monster of a man seemed to entomb himself within Yuwen. "By the spirits..." Suiken gasped. Suiken then looked at Sunaarashi who seemed to ask him to use chi stuff, prompting a still bewildered to reply, "Yes, I'm not sure you know how that exactly works...This isn't like a usual case of cleansing an evil spirit. This is....far worse."

Suiken walked over to Yuwen. "Fortune! Are you aware?! Can you breath?! Anything?!"

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The madness that had erupted throughout the chamber had left Terra absolutely confused and petrified from fear. It all went by so fast that she couldn't even believe anything-Sunaarashi opened the chest without difficulty, then that priest suddenly exploded into a horrifying burst of organs and blood, and then Fortune started attacking Suiken-

And now, the hooded man was before them again, giving them two options: Hand over Fortune, or die. And even stranger, Muna and Suiken were defending the guild leader, claiming if they let him be taken, a great evil would be unleashed upon the world...

The most logical thing to do, it seemed to Terra (even in her panicked state), was to drop Fortune into the waters below and seal him with her Chi into the earth forever. But wait...if she did that, the hooded man and Phecda would destroy them all anyway. Just what could be done?

"Hurry up a bit, will you?" The voice of Phecda echoed from high above. "My fingers are rather twitchy right now, you know."

Hearing this, Terra realized however they would resolve this, it had to be fast. She started wracking her own mind for a solution, but none presented itself to her...

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"My fingers are rather twitchy right now, you know..."

The situation had changed quite quickly. Yuwen was convulsing under the effects of
the foul magic that held him, the hooded fire-chi user threatened them all with
death. He didn't trust his promise, though... something seemed off. Rumelis turned
to the fire chi-user, his face covered once again by the hood he always wore.

He was about to speak--"PRAISE KHORNE, PRAISE HIM IN ALL OF HIS MIGHTY CHAOS, cause
there apparently is no such thing as logic anymore. Nope, it's completely out of the
window, meaning that the gods of chaos are really the ones in charge here."
Well, okay. Apparently the cat-girl had something to say...

"And he killed logic with his stupidity that is on the same level of a retarded fish
person."

He looked over at the cat-girl, who was violently shaking a fearful Terra. Was she
really going to anger the man who apparently held their lives in his palm? Strange
girl. He looked back at her and half-whispered.

"You trying to get us killed? Because making him mad isn't helping anyone..."

He turned back to the hooded man.

"Still, I think something's up here. If you want Yuwen, why threaten to kill
everyone here? You'll lose him. And why should I trust that you'll let us live
anyway? You're clearly not one to hold life carefully, considering you set fire to a
ball full of unarmed nobles who meant you no harm."

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Being shaken around wildly by Fie's sudden bout of insanity was not fun at all. As the suddenly delirious catgirl started blabbering out some nonsense, Terra was caught in a vicegrip in her flailing arms. It was extremely disorienting, and she felt sick by the time she was released and collapsed into a heap at Rumelis' feet.

Speaking of Rumelis, the bear man was trying to reason with the hooded man. While he did bring up valid points, though...well, the fact that he acknowledged the man's merciless actions at the ball should have meant Rumelis would understand how foolish it would be to take an arms-free approach.

Picking herself up, Terra staggered past Rumelis, feeling her stomach lurch violently, but managed to remain on her feet nonetheless. "It's not like he'll spare us, Rumelis...his friend was more than willing to kill you when you defended F-Fortune, you know," she groaned, leaning on the bear man for support.

Wait. Friend... That gave her an idea. "A-are you sure he'll do it?" she asked, standing up a bit straighter and addressing the hooded man. "Y-you're his friend, you know...h-he wouldn't kill us if you'd get c-caught up in the blast, I'm sure."

Taking in a deep breath and praying for the humanity of the one named Phecda, she thrust out her hand, and stones wrenched themselves from below the waters, sharpening and pointing at the hooded man. "Now you're bound to die as much as we are," she growled, with a grim smile, before raising her quavering voice as much as she could. "S-so, what happens now, Phecda? You wouldn't b-blow up your f-friend...r-right?" Her voice cracked on the last words, revealing how uncertain she was.

To her surprise and relief, no explosion came. Then, the voice echoed back down the passage, spoken with much more care and less levity than before. "Well, my friend, it seems there's been a hitch in our plans. Do you have an alternative?"

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#2013-10-28 06:24:02, as written by Nulix
The Hooded man froze as suddenly as the rocks lifted from the waters, sharpened edges aiming at the Hooded Villain. And for the first time he seemed to panic. "Well, my friend, it seems there's been a hitch in our plans," Phecda's voice called down "Do you have an alternative?"

He did not.

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"This way!" Painji screamed as he and Tuying ran with hundreds of guards through the passage leading to the old temple. They kicked open the door and rushed in, swarming forward and breaking off into the side-rooms off the main chamber in search of the guild. From the bedroom entrance to the secret cave Phecda could hear their voices and boots kicking open doors, and from below the Guild too picked up on their noise.

"Well... looks like the fuzz has arrived," The Hooded Villain said quietly, his words meek as even he was unsure of what he was about to do. "Phecda... blow it!"

"I found one!" Painji screamed to his partner as he entered the bedroom, aiming his crossbow at Phecda who sat at the fuse. "You are under arrest! In the name of Emperor Hojan! Hands in the air!" The Officer screamed. Confronted with the shot bow and with no more time to questioned Hood's wishes, Phecda ignited the fuse.

"Sorry," The Hooded Villain whispered. "But we are too close now." At the words explosions rocked the walls. The Hooded Villain winced, preparing to feel either the pain of Terra's rocks... but none came. He opened an eye, and found that the cave was still intact. "...Well," The Villain sighed. "I guess it's-"

At the words the floor suddenly smashed in two, the cave having cracked in half. Sunlight pored in as the unstable edge of the cave, where the Guild stood, begin to break away from the mountainside it was on. With Terra's rocks displaced the Hooded Villain pelted forward, leaping across the gap and sliding into the unstable side of the cave. The floor began to break away more and the walls of the cave too shattered as the area began to tumble sideways. The guild members and the villain flung to the wall as the cave collapsed, it's rock breaking away, causing them to fly into a free-fall along with broken pieces of mountain and cave, the city of Jiefong's noble quarter five hundred or so feet below them.

"Fortune!" The Villain screamed as they fell, his feet digging into a falling piece of stone and kicking off it, intersecting with Lo-muna and snatching Fortune out of her hands. The Villain and the guild leader flung past and smashed into a snow-part of the mountain-side, toppling violently down it and out of sight as the guild continued to fall...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Ten Fists Tuying

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#2013-10-28 06:53:52, as written by Nulix
"I don't know," Painji replied at the shake of the explosion. "Keep an eye on the perp," He commented, nodding to Phecda before descending down the secret staircase - a descent that ended quickly as it led to a massive hole in the side of the mountain. Below it he spotted the debris of the chamber and the forms of the Great Guild members descending toward the city. "They're bloody well falling! The Great Guild is!" Painji replied, running up to Jun-Sun. "Have the guards in the noble-quarter ready to fire and evacuate the citizens!" he ordered.

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Outside the Great Guild continued to plummet from the mountainside toward the noble quarter and the massive river that ran through the city of Jiefong...

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Phecda sighed and muttered something about "foolish juniors" and raised both his hands. A moment later, an explosion of wind threw the police away, and Phecda bounded out wildly. Behind him, from a black mist that suddenly entered the passageway, the Umbral Horrors suddenly crawled out and made for the police, giving the villainous masked man enough time to escape...

But as he tried to locate his friend from the window of the palace that he jumped out of, he suddenly noticed Spectre's presence very close. So Hyuna has come back... With a smirk, he changed his course and started flying in the other direction. This would be fun.

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Terra had no chance to attack the hooded man before they were all sent flying through the cave wall and into a frightening 500-foot drop, the streets of Jiefong far below them.

At first, she was absolutely panicking yet again, and for a full minute couldn't think of a plan to get down safely-before remembering, she could just soften the earth beneath them at the last moment to break their fall. In any case, having recovered, she quickly set to using her abilities to send any rock debris that fell near them in other directions. It didn't matter to her just how much she ruined some nobles' lives; she had seen enough arrogance from them already.

Sending a glance towards Muna, however, she saw that...wait, what was Hyuna doing there? Terra's hands moved down to her swords, but Hyuna flew away a moment later after the hooded man...who had snatched Fortune. Whatever she was planning, Terra hoped it'd end for the better...which it probably wouldn't, knowing Hyuna.

Suddenly, she was aware of a man in a red longcoat rushing at them...whom she, and everyone else (with the exception of Sunaarashi) recognized all too well. Oh, no! Phecda's attacking us again now of all times?!

"I might as well kill you all now for the fun of it!" Phecda laughed, ripping one of the rings from the chain he had created and throwing it downwards at Rumelis. As it fell, the ring spun faster and faster, crackling with lightning.

Eyes wide, Terra threw her hand upwards and sent one of the rocks falling about them to slam into the ring-but in a few seconds, it sheared right through the rock, on a slightly different path...but now towards her instead. She unsheathed both her swords in order to block it, but...

A crazed burst of lightning flew into her body, causing the girl to scream in pain. But with the ground less than a hundred feet away, and the attack sending her plummeting even faster than the others for some reason, Terra knew she would have to withstand the pain and act. Forcing her muscles, which refused to respond at first, to push against the ring and hurl her in a different direction, she willed the ground underneath to soften, leaving her with no serious injuries. All she really got were a number of bruises and the wind knocked out of her.

Moments later, Phecda landed, the ring having been called back to his hand, and linked it with the others once again. As soon as he had disposed of all of these people, he was planning to go find Hyuna...his friend could deal with Fortune. Honestly, his friend probably did not want Phecda to kill the entire guild, but he hardly cared; he just wanted to torment Fortune even more. Raising the linked rings, he sent a freezing bolt at Muna, who had also landed nearby. This time, Terra was too far away to effectively defend her, and she had to be incapacitated from that lightning attack, so he was sure she wouldn't interfere...

Except the girl in the green kimono rose and staggered towards Muna, as though she thought she could block the attack in time. Phecda stared in irritation and surprise. That girl wasn't fast enough, he knew it...so why was she even trying?!

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Sunaarashi splatted into Suiken when they hit the ground.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Rumelis spread-eagled and looked at the massive expanse of land beneath him. There didn't seem to be any way for him to slow his descent otherwise-- he didn't have any chi to save himself, just a heavy axe and some military-esque clothing. At least he'd ditched the breastplate, he was falling a bit slower because of that.

He scanned the approaching ground for something to land on that might slow his fall without killing him. He'd fallen off tall trees before, he figured the same concept could be used. However, it seemed that there was nowhere to land other than the buildings below him, a fall he'd surely die from. He'd need some external help for this one.

Suddenly, an electric chain whipped towards him, tossed by that bastard with the ice attacks. He had no way to dodge the damn thing, but it seemed Terra had him covered. Some chi quickly made the chain move, now threatening Terra instead of him. He wanted to help her in turn, but it seemed impossible at his current position.

The ground loomed closer. He gave out a yell to Hyuna, hoping she'd save a beast-man over getting revenge.

"Hyuna! Ignore that bastard and save us, or you'll never touch this fur again!"

Of course, she could touch the fur on his corpse if she so desired, but Rumelis was hoping she wouldn't think of it that way...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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Sunaarashi picked himself off the ground, grunting a thanks to Suiken for cushioning his fall, and pulled out of one of the throwing knives he'd kept in his belt.

Since he'd been one of the last to fall, he wasn't sure this guy with the Sonic rings had seen him yet. With a burst of speed, he sprinted towards Phecda, leaping into the air and slamming both feet into the man's back. He rolled to his feet as Phecda slammed into the ground, the knife in his hand spinning through his fingers to throw at Phecda's throat.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Phecda stared in surprise at the rabbit woman, as the flames blazed away from her. "How did you...?" he murmured, before suddenly grinning wildly. "Forget it. I can figure out once your soul departs!" He raised his finger and pointed it at Muna, and a burst of water gushed out in front of him, dousing the flames and sweeping the annoying hare awa-

It was at that point that Terra, who had also stopped in surprise when Muna countered the attack, made her own move. She slammed into Muna from the side and blasted the two of them upwards, letting the tide blast underneath her feet without touching her. Another rock flew upwards which she kicked off of, landing on a noticeably higher place where the deluge couldn't reach them.

Just who was this rabbit woman, anyway? As Terra released her, she whispered, "You have to tell me everything once tonight is over. Please allow me that." Noticing Rumelis and Ann still falling, she was about to soften the earth beneath them, when suddenly, orange light radiated from behind her. She was barely in time to raise a wall of stone before the ring of fire seared through the air and struck it, shearing through Terra's defense in an instant and slamming into her swords.

The ring was spinning rapidly on its own for whatever reason, and to Terra's horror, it was forcing her swords back quickly with each second--in fact, the next moment, her swords went flying out of her hands, as the ring went upwards. A second one, crackling with lightning, sliced towards her and Muna the next moment. Without her swords, Terra began to panic, before hurriedly trying to block it with a stone. Once again, it did nothing, and the ring zoomed through it, towards Muna.

There was only one thing to do, as far as Terra could tell. She threw herself just in front of the ring before it could strike the rabbit woman, and the menacing sparks immediately leaped into her own body. With a scream, the girl went flying back into the river, her body still glowing from the attack.

Phecda snarled as he called both rings back to his hand. "Just when will that girl stop interfering?!" he growled, before turning his attention upwards at the falling Guild members. "Hmph...now this really leaves me in a bad mood...I suppose I'll start with you!" His hand flew to the side, and spears of earth shot into the cold Jiefong air--straight towards Ann'Razul.

Suddenly, a moment later, Sunaa's feet crashed into Phecda's back, sending the magus sprawling on the ground, and a moment later, Sunaa pulled out a knife and threw it towards Phecda's throat. Furiously, Phecda pointed a hand at the knife, and it suddenly stopped in midair. The next moment, he reached out with one hand and made a motion of grabbing something. At that moment, Sunaa felt as though someone's fingers were closing around his neck...

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Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Yamato wondered the streets of the upper district alone. The sun was shining and people were out and about. He'd missed the ball and Yuwen's entire plan after deciding to get drunk instead. He remembered running into Sunaarashi and giving him the monk robes for Yuwen, but after that it was a blur. Save the young woman he'd woken up next to only hours before. She'd given him a smile before quickly dressing and leaving without a word. Yamato took that as his cue to find out what happened to the people he'd somehow grown fond of traveling with.

A sudden explosion from the mountain that towered above the city made him look up, only to regret the decision after his chi enhanced vision noted the guild falling to what would be their deaths. He jolted from the earth just as it grew unnaturally soft and made his way to the sky, dodging the falling debris, using his chi to break some of the larger rocks into smaller pieces that would crumble on impact when they hit the ground. He then noticed the man falling with the guild, he seemed to be aiming for Terra, Hyuna and Lo-muna. The group fell faster than he'd anticipated and Yamato shook his head as he landed behind Phecda, who was making his way to where Lo-Muna had fallen. She got up quickly and armed herself, fighting back against Phecda's attacks. He then turned his attention to Terra, "what is it with this girl and attracting danger?" Yamato thought as he watched Terra fly into the nearby river.

The towns people were in a panic now, the guild had fallen from the sky, magically survived and were now engaging an unknown enemy. Not what one would consider a "normal" day. Yamato drew his katana and slammed into the ground, sending a shockwave though the softened earth before pulling Terra from the river. "Stay out of trouble. I'll handle this prick." He watched as Sunaarashi drop kicked the man, who seemed to be focused on Ann at this point. Sunaarashi had turned the focus on to him however. It was the perfect opening. He rushed Phecda and shoulder checked him to the floor, thrusting his katana into the man's shoulder, pinning him to the ground. "The way I see it, you have two options. I hold you here until you bleed out, or you run. Either one works for me, but what you will not be doing is attacking my guild-mates any longer."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Ten Fists Tuying

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"Great Guild!" the voice of Tuying called down, projecting over almost the entire Jiefong valley, all echoing from a small cloud, courtesy of Recruit Jun-Sun. "It's in your best interests to surrender. I've surrounded this valley with Jiefong's best!" Tuying announced as hundreds of guards, lined up around the valley encircling the river, aiming crossbows at the guild. "You've got the firepower, I'll give you that! But we've got you outnumbered! Please, it's in your best interest if you don't try to run!"

"Why run....when we can swim?" Suiken wheezed as he pressed a hand to his wound. "We need to use the river to our advantage. It's...our only chance...." Suiken coughed as he glanced at the others.

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Sunaarashi paused, and looked around. He seemed to be counting. Then he shrugged.

"Yeah, I'd say take the river," he said. "I can probably handle these guys."

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Well, things escalated quickly. The tengu that had been completely missing from the ball had arrived, pinning Phecda to the ground and jammed his katana into his shoulder. Next, Hyuna had made few jabs at him in his predicament, threatening to make him...a vegetable or something, and even thinking his name was "Magic". The hell?

Regardless, Phecda knew what he was doing-or at least, he thought so, anyway. "That's a nice blade you've got there, Tengu," he commented, putting a finger on it. "Shame if something were to happen to it...or its wielder!" The next moment, a jolt of lightning burst through the blade all the way to the hilt, causing Yamato to fall back, and giving Phecda the chance to attack other members. In a short amount of time, he sent flames spiraling towards Sunaa and lightning surging at Hyuna.

He was about to prepare yet another attack when suddenly, he was aware of archers from multiple angles aiming at the guild. The enemies kept piling up, didn't they? But scum like those guards weren't worth his time. "Know your place, muggles!" he shouted, throwing his hand up. And then, the winds began to spiral above his head-

But suddenly, a searing pain filled Phecda's body without warning. All his Chi attacks that were still going on suddenly vanished, and he collapsed onto the ground, clutching his heart. "I...pushed myself too hard today..." he wheezed from the pain, before struggling to one knee. "It's time...for me to leave." Then, a black mist began to cover the area in which they fought...Umbral Horrors appeared, once again, but Phecda was nowhere to be seen.

Some of the guards panicked when they saw the ghostly demons, and took their eyes off the guild to start shooting at the Umbrals instead. While they were distracted, that gave the members of Fortune enough time to jump into the river and flee...

Terra, who had blacked out briefly after the lightning attack she had taken for Muna, suddenly awoke with a start when an Umbral got too close to them. She was about to spear it through the head, but found her chi was almost expended (again), and her body was too weak to pose any threat. So she had to simply hope it didn't attack them as she followed the others down the river...

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Ten Fists Tuying

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"Argh, dammit!" Tuying frowned, overseeing the situation from the top of one of Jiefong's roofs. "Jun-Sun, I'm going in! Tell the officers around us to concentrate on the river!" Jun-Sun nodded as Tuying leaped off of the roof, falling downwards towards the scene below. As he fell he tossed a grappling hook towards the roof above him. Once it hooked into the roof's edge, he held onto the rope and used his legs to kick off from the building, swinging over to the scene below where guards were fearfully fighting these despicable looking horrors and what appeared to be other assorted demons.

A distraction from the look of it, as Tuying seemed to recall, Yuwen's childhood friend summoning the demons currently plaguing the guards. The earlier ones though...? Tuying had know clue. Maybe that guy who had attacked them earlier? he seemed shady. Tuying studied briefly, how the Jiefong guards were fighting these creatures and sighed. They didn't out up much of a fight, but Tuying guessed they haven't formally come across anything like this before. Neither had he, honestly. But standing there afraid and letting the things kill you isn't the best way to put up a fight.

"Damn it, the guild is still escaping, lose these things fast!" Tuying called out. "Whatever they are, they're magic! You may not be trained to fight these creatures, but you ARE trained to fight chi users. It's the same principal ya morons! Use chi!"

The guards looked as if a torch had lit above their heads and started to fight the demons using various elemental attacks...only to stare in amazement when their attacks just phased through them. And the monsters' attacks seemed to pass right through them.

"Oh...I get it! It's an illusion!" one of the guards happily said, before pointing to the umbral horrors. "And these things! They must be illusions too!" he exclaimed as one of the horrors, reached over a ripped his arm off. "Oh. Uh, hey sorry guys! Dropped the ball on this one!" the one armed guard shrugged.

"What the hell is going on in Yune these days..." Tuying shook his head, still trying to figure out exactly what these creatures were. He took a stance and exhaled deeply, before planting his foot in the ground and releasing a stream of golden flame from his hands, engulfing a large number of umbral horrors in it.

"There are still more, you guards take care of the rest! Use your chi!" Tuying instructed as he turned to face the river, where the guild was quickly becoming a small group of dots in the distance. Tuying drew out his crossbow and fired a few shots at them, but ultimately, he knew it was futile. The guild had alluded them.

Tuying through the crossbow down at the ground in frustration and proceeded to stomp on it in anger. "Damn...what the hell is going on in this Empire nowadays..." he repeated.

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"We're...ugh....being pushed towards the desert of Gangamai," Suiken informed the others. "It's not a barren place, we should at least find something to eat there. We won't be able to rest for too long, though...that desert is filled with bandits and who knows what else so it'd be best to make it to Gangamai as soon as we can..." Suiken sighs. "And if any of you is a medic...I need some healing."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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Rumleis continued to fall; apparently his shout fell on deaf ears. No real surprise there, it was Hyuna, after all -- she had some... issues with helping others sometimes. He began hurtling towards the river and what would surely be his death, and began to wordlessly shout in panic.

"SOMEONE DO SOMETHINGAAAAAAAAH!!!"

Hopefully they'd notice this time; he was less than seconds from hitting the uncaring waters below.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende Character Portrait: Ten Fists Tuying

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Yamato was pushed back by the lightning chi attack. His arm was numb but he was okay. The city guards began their barrage of arrows that he either cut in half or sent flying away with his chi. Phecda soon fell over, his hand on his chest, his breathing labored. Yamato smirked, figuring this the opportunity to kill the man. It wasn't. Phecda began to emit some sort of dark fog that conjured Umbrals. Dark creatures that Yamato had fought in the woods of his homeland. He'd never seen anyone command them before, though he'd heard stories of men learning the art. This made him question what it would take to wield such unspeakable creatures as he cut one in half with a fell swoop. Phecda had gotten away, and the guards were not letting up their attack.

Yamato was about to turn his attention to the guards when Hyuna, his pupil, or so he thought, rushed forward, her wind chi flaring. She fought back the arrows and threw a few guards to the side like rag dolls. "Hyuna, c'mon, we need to leave." He shouted over the chaos, but it was too late. She'd thrown the guard's commander, Yuwen's brother to the ground and was gone. He shook his head and took off after her, his wings beating harder than he could remember. "What is she doing?" He cursed under his breath as he trailed her from roof top to roof top.

"SOMEONE DO SOMETHING! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!!" He looked up and saw Rumleis, the newest member of the guild still falling from the sky. In a split decision he took off towards the helpless beast-man. He knew Rumleis could handle himself on land, but falling to his death would mean nothing. Yamato quickly grabbed the bear-man and flew them both into the river with the others. He could have dropped Rumleis, and continued flying, but the idea of an arrow in his wing from behind wasn't appealing.

He swam over to Lo-Muna. "Would you care to explain where Hyuna went?" He then directed the next question to anyone, "Or where Fortune is?" He sighed, rubbing his temple as the current carried them away from Jiefong. Suiken explained they were headed into the desert of Gangamai, which only made Yamato even more frustrated. He'd spent months in the desert before heading to Yune. He trained in the heat to help his body adapt to extreme climates. He'd fought off hordes of bandits and wildlife, all in all, it hadn't been a waste, but he wasn't looking forward to doing it again, even if it was for a shorter time.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Sunaarashi

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"Wait, wait, I can't swim!" Sunaarashi yelled. "I live in the desert! I can't..." The rest of the guild jumped in the water, the river quickly carrying them away.

"Crap," Sunaarashi said, turning to see the guards closing in on him. "Listen, guys, I'm really a good person, you should just let me go."

The guards laughed, and closed in on him.

"I know what you're thinking," Sunaarashi said, as most of the guards turned their attention to him, the lone remaining presence from the guild left as the others were quickly carried out of harm's way by the river.

"I'm thinking," one of the soldiers said, "you have a few choices right now. Come with us, quiet like and die rotting in some dungeon. Try fighting all of us and die. Or jump in the river and drown. What'll it be?"

"Those are excellent options," Sunaarashi said. "No, really, I'm impressed. Did you come up with that all by yourself?" He clapped. "Great, great second story work gentlemen. And ladies who look like gentlemen. Or is it the other way around, gentlemen who look like ladies because they lack balls?"

"Mouthy, isn't he?" one of the guards muttered. "Just kill him."

"Oh, there's no 'just' about it," Sunaarashi smiled. "You would all try to kill me, but I'm pretty confident I could take out about 60% of your forces without being injured, and possibly the rest without being killed. There's a chance one or two of you might live."

"You're full of it," the first soldier spat, and stepped forward.

Sunaarashi's eyes became steel. "Am I?"

The guard paused. "Uh..."

At that instant, Sunaarashi burst out laughing. "Oh, you should see your faces, you actually considered it for a second!" The men in front of him instantly got ugly, and charged forward.

"Oh, dear," Sunaarashi said. "I've said too much."

And with that, he jumped in the river, and began swimming away.

"Hey, you can't swim!" one of the guards called.

"Um..." Sunaarashi said, turning as the current pulled him swiftly away. "I lied."

And with that, he was gone.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Sunaarashi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Rumelis Morende

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