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Yamato Hibiki

A ronin seeking his own path

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a character in “The Great Guild Fortune”, as played by Wing06Twilight

Description

"I will return you to the earth"

ImageName: Yamato Hibiki
Sex: Male
Age: 24
Race: Tengu

Physical Description: his face is all angles, giving him a deeply chiseled look. He has yellow tattooing under his eyes that add a contrast to his reddened skin tone. He is very lean with defined muscles. He keeps his wings maintained, and takes pride in their ash gray coloring. The coloring caused by his past sins against his clan and master.
Clothing: Black linen pants, with a loose fitting gray shirt that matches his wing color. He also owns a full set of Samurai armor crafted from obsidian
Height: 5'11"
Weight:
Skin Colour: Tannish Red
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Yellow

Occupation: Ronin
History/Bio: Born of a wealthy family, Yamato was the third in line for his father's fortune. He was raised in the arts of the Samurai and business dealings. It was in the dojo that he found his love for sword play and dominating his opponents. One afternoon he and his eldest brother were sparing, Yamato was losing, on his knees, battered and bloody, Yamato grabbed a small dagger from the wall and as his brother went to deliver the knockout blow, Yamato pierced his heart. Bathed in the blood of his own brother, Yamato desired to always be victorious. He would win no matter the cost.
His family was thrown into chaos after his eldest bother's murder. Yamato's father locked him away, planning to kill Yamato. Thanks in part to his mother's sacrifice, Yamato' life was spared. Soon, his Father passed, murdered in a business dealing. his bother wounded, could not take over. Yamato saw the opportunity and at 17 began running his father's company. It wouldn't last long, his bother succumbed to his wounds, the young Yamato neglected his fathers accounts, focusing more on his swordsmanship.
Despite his past transgressions, his uncle, the leader of the Hibiki clan of samurai took in his orphaned nephew and tried to train the young man to be good, to renounce his lust for power though any means. Yamato felt his uncle's path was too slow for his liking, and quickly began to best his fellow clansmen. His uncle, recognizing that Yamato's soul was lost, planned to cleanse the boy. The next morning, as the fires dies down and the ashes coated Yamato's wings, forever changing staining them, he laughed. The only Hibiki left, Yamato left his home in search of power and fortune. Taking with him all the money his father had hidden away in his uncle's temple.
Home Town: Carthia, a small village on the coast known for its fishing markets and lush palm forests located atop the white cliffs.
Home Country: Tengala

Personality: A vengeful young man who seeks power and commands the respect of those he deems beneath him though any means necessary
Fears and Desires: The only thing he fears are the demons from his past, the ghosts that haunt his dreams, demanding he pay for his sins. He desires power and fame, to be feared by those he leaves in his wake.

Equipment and Weapons: Obsidian armor, three katanas of various sizes, each one he keeps razor sharp and by his side at all times.
Styles and Abilities: Kenjutsu
Chi and Augmentations: Telekichises

So begins...

Yamato Hibiki's Story

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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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"Eh!" Jensu exclaimed with warm claps as the Oni finished his song. She quickly pulled out handful of gold coins and handed it to the large blue creature before her. "Whats a monkey king?" She added after a second before taking another shot of her drink and noticing the crowd gathered around her. The black-haired Human standing tall beside her had given her a glare or two during the performance, and seemed very tense for someone at a small villages festival. "Are you okay?" Jensu asked, elbowing the girl in the side to get her attention...

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

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Suiken nodded thankfully at the goblin. "Thankyou kindly," he said, before listening to her question.

"Whats a monkey king?"

"It's a mystery..." Suiken shrugged, giving an aside glance at the Monkey King wanted poster hanging off the walls near the docks. It didn't take long for him, to catch the thing that caught the goblin's attention, however. The Tengu's red faces tended to stick out like sore thumbs in a crowd and this one was no different. They didn't tend to come off of their 'perch' much. "Friend of yours?" Suiken questioned Jensu.

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Yamato smiled coldly. "I assume you're referring to me then, Goblin?" He stepped closer to the mismatched group. The Oni was a sight to see. "I'm doing well this evening, yourself?" He asked Jensu before turning his gaze to the Oni, "No, we are not aquatinted. I saw her running this way and thought I'd follow." He then took out a gold coin and tossed it to the Oni. "Your song was good, Bard."

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Jensu turned from the Human girl and the Oni to the approaching figure of a Tengu, his wings flinching slightly as he walked. "Holy shit, seems the war is bringing in all types," She muttered as she downed her drink.

"I assume you're referring to me then, Goblin?" The Tengu called out in a cold voice. Jensu almost choked on her drink before shaking her head. "No, I was asking the girl here if she was- it doesn't matter," Jensu replied as the Tengu continued to speak, his words causing her to squint harder. "Wait, wait what? You followed me?!" She spat after a moment, smashing her glass to the ground. "Listen I already dealt with your asshole buddy at the docks-" She continued angrily, pausing for a moment. "Or... unless you're unaffiliated or- sorry, what is it you want?" She said in a more civilized tone, trying to figure out if the Tengu was a friend or foe. "...I'm doing fine, also. Thanks for asking."

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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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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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu

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"I'm not a criminal or a rebel slave if that's your thinking," Jensu replied harshly as she glared up at the Tengu. After a moment of tension she decided to let her guard down. These were people at a festival, not criminals. The drink may have gotten to her more than she'd like to admit. "I'm, uh- I'm a sea Captain, I have a junk called the Milkweed. She's small but she can go across the sea and down rivers so I've got a pretty good market." She gave a small smile and shrugged. "I'm from here, born and raised in Poyo so I thought I'd head back for Emperor-"

Suddenly out of nowhere one of the groupies lept into the air and onto a rooftop with a monkey. Jensu stared at the scene for a moment before turning back to the Tengu. "What about you? Don't the Tengu hate the Empire or something? Strange to celebrate our Leader's birthday, eh?"

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Yamato scowled and folded his arms across his chest, "I'm not here to celebrate. I have no desire to. I'm here simply by coincidence. I cannot say that I'm not entertained though. I mean what with monkeys everywhere you look, a drunken sea captain, the monkey boy himself jumping from roof top to roof top." He chuckled, "Forgive me, I must be going now. I've grown tired of this rather anticlimactic scene." He turned to go back the way he came, "Besides, I have a bar maiden that offered to show me a good time." He waved over his shoulder, "Ta-ta now, don't have too much fun in the Emperor's name. God knows he could care less about you all anyway."

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Suiken nodded thankfully once more at the monkey-beast-man's praise, but said no more as the ape soon bounded off. Suiken didn't really pay much attention to where he went. People had places to be, especially in times of celebration, after all. Though, his ears were sharp enough to detect the angry chattering of monkeys and as his eyes over, he would see the odd sight of the primate beast-man, surrounded by a large amount of...well, monkeys. "Hmm..I wonder..." Suiken muttered to himself, as he raised an eyebrow at what the beastman appeared to be carrying in his arms.

But his attention was soon called back to the tengu and the goblin. The goblin seemed intoxicated and jittery, but fairly well meaning in her wording. The tengu, however..."Bah. Obnoxious..." Suiken snorted snidely at the bird-man.

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

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Captain Jensu stared at the Tengu as he walked away, his wings calmly narrowing as he shifted through the crowd. He called her a drunk. She felt humiliated, she was humiliated, in front of the entire group gathered. Humiliated by that prick. But it wouldn't be the first time. With a smile she turned back to the Oni and the human girl. "That's why the Emperors making their mountains into an elevated tea-room," She joked with a weary smile. "...I really liked your song, son of Onium." She added after a second, slight sadness in her voice. "You're good at what you do."

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"Thanks," Suiken nodded. "And what of you and your captaining? How does it work for goblins? Did they refuse to let you captain a...more impressive ship?" Suiken inquired.

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

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


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

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

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

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

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

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

Not that I even paid the song any attention.

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

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

Oh well.

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

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

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

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

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Yamato stopped for a moment, sensing that he was being followed. He turned to confront the stalker but only found emptiness. It took a second to feel the shift in the air which caused him to look up and see the girl from the bridge brandishing a spear at him, a spear he knew to be of Tengu origin. He quickly drew his katana. "Tengu," she said with a scowl on her face. "Remember the battles for Leiya?" He didn't. "Was it fun, screwing up my life like that, you disgusting beast?" Now he was angry, how dare she lump him in with the rest of his kind? He was better then them. He had no part in their pointless battles. He found no fun in killing those who could not fight back. Sure, he loved to kill, but he needed the fight, and a human was not a good fight to him. Though this one seemed different. He smirked watching her summon her demon though the use of her chi before jumping over him and going for a kick to his back.


He side stepped out of her way, placing his katana in the small of her back while using his own chi to throw the spear from her hands. "Now, now," He leaned in to whisper into her ear, "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." He flapped his wings, showing their ash grey color, "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." He chuckled, "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?"

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

He walked slowly over to the two of them.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yuwen nodded. "Then we're even."

***

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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After the oni told his story Keeflo clapped his hands, showing his appreciation. Any fortune seeker who had heard the story had probably entertained hopes at one point or another that they could find Eoling's treasure. Keeflo, coming from a place where there no one owned anything, was not quite as allured as a land native would be, but he still like a good story. Someone had risen up against an Emperor before, and successfully at that. Seemed to be a bit odd of a story to be told on the current Emperor's birthday, but then again the oni likely wasn't a native of this country, so he wouldn't hold featly to the Emperor.

Almost as soon as the oni was finished with his story loud bells tolled. A guard rushed passed the storyteller and his audience, telling them to go to the center of the city. The oni packed up and followed the orders. Keeflo, however, was not as quick to react. Maybe in this new distraction he could slip free of Poyo and its wanted posters. He shook his head. No. Now more than ever it would look strange if he left.

The orca beast-man made his way to the town center, where the mayor was giving a speech about attacking bandits. The guy was really emotional about it, even asking for volunteers to help against the bandits. What caught Keeflo's attention was that there was a monetary gain if he participated. Maybe enough to buy his freedom and not have to worry about being recaptured.

Then a young human man in golden armor sprang up to the stage, declaring that he would take out the bandits with only a choice group of the bravest volunteers. One by one people agreed to help: a rabbit beast-man, a black-haired human girl, a beast-man who looked more human than beast, another girl, this one dragging a tengu along, and the oni storyteller from before.

Keeflo considered his options. If he didn't participate, he might have less of a chance of being recognized. Might. But if he joined the fighters he could get money and be a hero. People were less likely to prosecute heroes, right? Making his decision, Keeflo made his way to the stage. "If you still need more help, sir, I would be happy to volunteer."

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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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"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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


Yamato joined their little rag-tag group as well, looking ready for a fight, and Hyuna flashed him a grin; the light of competition ready in her eyes. Another known face arrived too- the singing oni from earlier, almost shyly asking if he could join and help fight. If it were anyone else, Hyuna would think it was for the money, but from the scant little she saw of the singing oni, he wasn`t the type to do something like this only for money. Too kindhearted for that, she figured. And finally, another beastman, the third one tonight, some sort of mutated cross of human and whale. Or shark, maybe. Hyuna figured it didn`t matter, but none of the fighters better get in her way; she has a bet to win.

In any case, their rag-tag little army seemed complete, each of them at ease enough for Hyuna to figure them all to be experienced in battle. She clenched her teeth in anticipation, before realizing that Yuwen didn`t recognize her at all. He had squinted a little at her, but that was all.

What the hell, do I really look all that different?

Just in case she had any illusions around her face, she dispersed it all. But it didn't seem like it'd help. In any case, it didn't seem as if Yuwen was all too worried about his old friend, even though they spent so much time together, and were meant to be even closer once Hyuna had enough money to move on her own into Yuna-Yae. After her home town was taken, did he not even care that his friend could've been dead, or even captured? The worst part is, it's exactly what she should have expected. As children, they always played around as adventurers, and it almost seemed as if he paid her no heed unless she supported him correctly as his side-kick. Heck, he seemed more preoccupied with the theatrics and dramatics of their make-believe games, than anything.

After all of this, he doesn't even recognize me. What've I even been fighting for?

It came to no surprise then, when Ro appeared, tearing away the report from the cowardly Mayor, and claiming that this whole thing was a farce set up for Yuwen to bask in the glory. Because, in hind sight, it's exactly the sort of thing he would have done. Frustrated and feeling more alone than ever, Hyuna glanced at Yamato; probably the only one to show her kindness since she returned to Yutan province.

"Kuh, whatever." She scowled angrily. "I don't feel like it anymore. Let's let them rot."

The imperial guards moved in to most likely arrest Yuwen, and Hyuna just watched, numbly wondering if they'd torture him for disrupting Fat Cat day, Emperor's Day. Possible, actually, quite possible. And her numb disbelief only heightened when the Mayor was impaled through the chest and flung to the side. And in the smoke, Ro was flailing around, screaming in pain, obviously in no more condition to fight. Yuwen, panic in his eyes, proving it to Hyuna that at least this part wasn't in his little scheme, was thrown into a cobblestone.

Something snapped in the young mercenary. Was it seeing her childhood friend defeated so easily in a fight? Or was it the appearance of Tengu, and most likely Tengu with some sort of authority? Well, whatever it is, Hyuna started growling menacingly before jumping onto Yamato's back; using him almost as a spring-board to launch herself into the air. Whilst pseudo-flying, she guided herself, and condensed the air at the tip of her spear to add range, and guttered one of the mysteriously masked Tengu. She deflected attacks by spinning her weapon before driving it into the back of another Tengu, and landed with flourish on the ground. She felt momentary dizziness, and clutched at her head for a split second.

Damnit. Did I overdo it today with all the chi I've used?

She did another aerial strike, this time from below, and eliminated a few other Tengu a midst the confusion. This was what she was best at, after all- fighting outnumbered against a small group of enemies, using their numbers against them. This time she fell onto her knees, struggling to catch her breath.

"Yamato." She cried. "I'm all burnt out, Master, sorry.... these bastards are stronger than expected."

She then bent the air around her to make herself invisible, waiting until she regained enough strength to fight,

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

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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..."

***

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

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Yamato readied himself to fight the four remaining Tengu who had served under his uncle that were still willing to fight him. Their comrades were still fighting the others who had gathered in the square. Just as one of the Tengu made a move, Yamato found himself unable to see the battle, Hyuna by his side. She was swift, and apologized for not being there to cover him, to which he just soohk his head as she made a makeshift bandage for his arm.

He had not experienced kindness in this fashion. He grew up expecting nothing from others unless it was respect or fear. His family view kindness as a weakness. There was no love shared except between his father and mother, and between his parents and his eldest brother. Yamato was never jealous, his brother's special treatment was expected. Right? He pushed the thought from his mind, remembering his uncle, not the one he just killed, no, his father's brother. His former master. He had shown Yamato kindness, and paid with his life. However, there was something different about Hyuna's gesture. It was genuine, there was no pity in her bandaging his arm. He was about to thank her, but she was already on her way to the site of the explosion. "We'll meet back here, okay?" "Don't get yourself killed!" He called out to her, knowing he owed her a drink later.

With the illusion gone, Yamato was exposed and the Tengu lunged, but met a quick end at Yuwen's blade. "Friends of yours?" He asked, standing back to back with Yamato. "Hardly. I don't tend to keep the company of fools like these." He blocked the attack thrown at him by one of the three remaining Tengu, severing its arm. "These wonldn't happen to be the bandits you spoke of?" Yamato asked, trying to get a better sense of the man who seemed to be close to his age.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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"Brother I don't know who or what the hell they are or is going on," Yuwen replied, catching a Tengu spear between his dual swords and flipping it, before pushing forward and diving it into the creature's shoulder. The two Tengu left circled them as Yuwen and Yamato continued to counter their movements, remaining back to back. Yuwen glanced over his shoulder as his Tengu attacked, Yamato quickly flipping to block, leaving his back exposed. The other Tengu too thrust his blade forward, but Yuwen slid to where Yamato had stood and too blocked the strike. The Tengu released in unison and began to circle again, leaving them exactly where they had been before. "These two are different.." He whispered to the man as they circled. "They know the art of combat well and they have us stuck. We need a distraction..."

***

The bloodied Tengu coughed heavily as Suiken pressed down on his chest down. "Hey, how's it going?" Suiken began, his voice relaxed. "How about telling me what you want in there..." He continued, pointing over the Tengu's head. Suiken's finger was hard for the Tengu to see through the smoke and ash, but he knew where he was pointing. The Tower Site.

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

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki

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Yamato knew Yuwen was right, the two remaining Tengu were much better fighters than the others had been. He took the opportunity to use his chi to lift a piece of rubble from the ground behind him to attack the Tengu Yuwen was fighting. "Run," Yamato exclaimed as he blocked another attack by his assailant. He grit his teeth, his right arm beginning to bother him. "Alright this ends now!" He used his chi to control his short blade throwing it at the Tengu before him, who, as expected blocked the blade with his own, leaving his chest open to receive Yamato's blade. "Now then, time to mop up the rest of these bastards.

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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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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...

***

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Yamato chose to follow the leader of the renegade Tengu. "On me." He called to Hyuna, who was already at his heels. "You've done very well to get this far. I must say I am impressed." He complimented her as the two followed after the Rabbit-woman and Orca-man.
"This bastard will meet his end at my blade!" He shouted, racing ahead of the two beast-man. In the small room, Yamato noticed the chest on the far end of the room. The Tengu leader stood before it, guarding it as if it was truly his and they were the ones coming to steal it. Either way, the perspective didn't matter to Yamato. He saw a fight, and a good one at that.

"So all of this for a chest?" He shrugged. "Seems a little over the top. Either that chest holds the worlds greatest treasure, or you are a piss-poor planner. Would this not have gone more smoothly as a stealth mission? Sneak in under the guise of a traveling performance group during the festivities, kill the tower guards while some of your men gave their performance, and then come down here to steal your precious treasure?" He laughed, "Such a fool. You seem to be smarter than this. You must be working for someone else to pull off such a attack. Someone else is pulling the strings. I can see the frustration in your eyes, the pain that comes from loosing your men in cold blood. They didn't deserve to die, right?" He nodded, "Oh yes, you're mind is telling you to finish this mission to get the treasure and live, because then your men didn't have to die in vain. Well, I'm sorry that we are here to prove your idiotic stunt was all for nothing!"

With that Yamato rushed forward, his long blade held tightly in his left hand, while his still injured right arm remained tucked into his chest. While it pained him to admit, he was going to need to depend on the three others to help him fight off the Tengu leader.

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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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Hyuna Ka-Nan


While the others dealt with the others, Yamato motioned for Hyuna to follow him, and, although her muscles were weary and her bones and mind were screaming, she kept up with her mentor, eagerly waiting to see him in action. She, the orca and bunny beast-men, they were chasing what appeared to be the leader of this Tengu unit. Maybe not directly involved in the battles of Leiya, but still Tengu, nonetheless. And they obviously weren't exceptions to the rule, like Yamato the 'clankiller', was. So, they had to die. End of story. It irked her that she wouldn't get any more kills for the night, but it wouldn't do well to faint from the exertion.

Still. Yamato was injured, there was no denying that. If he needed it, Hyuna would gladly throw an illusion or two, here and there to back him up, as well as the bunny and the orca. Those two were allies too, and, well, Hyuna had no issue with the beast-man, and instead considered them something fascinating and interesting to look at. Almost like works of art. And the four of them eventually made it into a room- and they all saw the rumored chest, glinting at them almost temptingly. And of course, the Tengu leader was there.

Yamato was the first to react, yelling his lines while rushing into the battle. Hyuna wasn't stupid enough to see that he kept the injured arm to his chest though; out of harms way, and she felt a small twinge of guilt. Not much of one, but there nonetheless. The leader took a defensive position with the chest in his arms, before talking almost directly to Yamato.

"You misunderstand, brother, I needed to blow up the tower to access these passages beneath... 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."

So, once again, the damned Tengu disrupt lives in order to get their own selfish goals.

"You are right though. Many of our sides have died... but if you have a key... it must not all be for in vain..."

She saw the opportunity- the chest was being held forwards. Hyuna smirked in satisfaction, before using her last reserves of energy to bring up an illusion of spears flying towards the enemy tengu, in hopes they flinched. She leapt forwards, kicking desperately away at the tengu leader, and grasped the chest to her chest; wrenching it violently out of his grasp. And just as quick as she jumped in, she tossed the chest behind her allies, and then ducked behind Yamato.

"My last good deed of the night." She panted, and sat down. "I leave the rest to you three, okay?"

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"Your trust will not be wasted," Lo-muna said, leaping forward to catch the chest. The moment her feet touched the ground, she was already throwing herself back as small sparks flew forward. In the air before the leader Tengu, they exploded in a bright, harmless light which vanished as quickly as it came. They were meant to be blinding in such a close range, their aftermark on the sight difficult to remove. It was a distraction for Lo-muna to distance herself, placing the orca beast-man and ally Tengu between her and the enemy.

His words still rang in her ears and she clutched the chest tightly but was not about to engage in direct combat yet. The chest was priority, the key was priority, but they had both items on their side. As long as the orca didn't slip up, both items would stay on their side. The ally Tengu seemed pretty heated for battle so Lo-muna figured he would keep the enemy off of her. Of course if they chose to talk, as the enemy had wanted to, they would have the upper hand either way.

Lo-muna had afforded her allies less than a minute. How they chose to spend the time was up to them for all she knew was that the chest was not going to leave her hands until the matter was settled.

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With the chest secured, Yamato went in for the kill. Speeding towards the Tengu, he slammed into the man, knocking him to the floor "I do hope you plan on dying here." He started as he thrust his katana into the man's wing. "Because I have no intention of letting you leave alive."

He pulled the blade out, and took an offensive stance. "C'mon, now we're equal. You have one wing, and I have one good arm. Of course, I have the advantage of you still dying if you manage to kill me, but let's try to not think about that." The man stood and drew his own blade. Although he was injured it didn't seem to slow him down any. Yamato blocked and returned hits, each giving the battle their all. "You're good." He commented, pushing the man back with the force of his chi before swiping at the Tengu's gut. One wing still allowed for him to strafe out of the way in time, and retaliate. Yamato managed to catch the man's blade before it hit his own wing and shoulder checked him to give some distance.

"Now, now, no holding back!" Yamato and the bearded Tengu were even blow for blow, neither relinquished and both began to grow wild in their attacks. Yamato caught the man's cloak with a wide sweeping slice, managing to draw some blood before meeting a similar injury to his leg. Scratches due in part to their speed in dodging. Growing tired of the fight, Yamato took to the air and came crashing down on to his opponent. Both of their blades clattered against the floor, sliding out of reach while Yamato landed blow after blow on the Tengu's face and chest. A strong right hook gave the beaded Tengu the edge he needed to switch their positions as he gripped Yamato's shoulders and slammed him against the stone floor repeatedly. "That...that all you got?" Yamato chuckled softly, spitting blood onto the Tengu's cheek. Both gasped for air, thinking through how to win. "I'm sad to say, I'm not sorry about this." Yamato sighed, his blade stabbing through the Tengu's shoulder from behind. "Telekinesis is a real bitch," Yamato pushed the man off of him and stood over him. "Any last words before I kill you?" He asked, growing arrogant.

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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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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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"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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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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Yamato stood silent as Ro's interrogation began. Hyuna, having gotten some food in her, seemed to regain some of her fighting spirit and wnet off of Ro, to which he replied about the future of the Empire's relationship with the Tengu. "You'll hold an entire race at fault for the actions of a few?" Yamato shook his head. "Idiots. All of you. Right now you should worry about securing that chest, before worrying about the few who actually handled the problem here. We just killed a group of bandit Tengu, why do you believe we aren't capible of killing the entire town guard? Or the Imperial army?" He scoffed, "Oh, right, some of these warriors probably have morals." He folded his arms, applying pressure to his injury. "Hurry this up Prefect. Some of us want to eat." He wasn't stupid, he was injured and the battles took a lot of his energy. It was best to stop talking and let this situation end.

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


"I don't think you understand the position you're in, dear. People have died here, an enemy race has attacked a town in Yutan," Ro said snidely. Hyuna felt that it was personal- that the damned prefect had some sort of personal bias against her for defeating him on the field. The prefect himself, taking her lightly, decided to tower over her menacingly as other of the Imperials threatened the Gwanish woman, who faced the problem with blunt sarcasm. Ro continued nastily. "The decisions we make in the next twenty-four hours may in turn help decide all future actions the Empire has in regards to the Tengu race so I'd like to have all information necessary before I file my report. Do you understand that? The rest of you crumb up here! We have business to discuss and if you don't I'm afraid this'll turn into a battle you cannot win. Come up here!" He bellowed, clanging on his shield for the others to hurry up.

Hyuna eyed both the Gwanish and Yamato as the ash-winged Tengu began to speak.

"You'll hold an entire race at fault for the actions of a few?" He shook his head with disbelief. "Idiots. All of you. Right now you should worry about securing that chest, before worrying about the few who actually handled the problem here. We just killed a group of bandit Tengu, why do you believe we aren't capable of killing the entire town guard?"

A very appealing idea.

Yamato continued after Hyuna let a half-smirk appear on her face. Thank god for the coffee and the half-eaten bag of pastry sweets, for restoring much of her energy back, and already ideas spun in her head for working illusions. It wasn't as good as being completely fresh, obviously, but at least she wouldn't be a dead weight now.

"Or the Imperial army? Oh, right, some of these warriors probably have morals." Yamato then folded his arms, and Hyuna could tell that the injury still bothered him. So maybe it relied on the spear-wielding girl to do most of the fighting. Her teeth clenched as a dark and dangerous gleam appeared in her eyes. Then, almost as if an after thought, the tengu finished with, "Hurry this up Prefect. Some of us want to eat."

Hyuna smirked, since it was her turn to speak again, and flicked her spear towards the prefect, blood hitting him square in the face. The other guards acted in outrage, putting the pressure off of the Gwanish girl. And particularly, the Giantess' large form intimidating Ro with a multi-layered scowl helped the situation immensely.

"Yamato, you'll get to eat soon. Hold the sweets for me; I've got this covered. I suppose I'll help you too, Gwanish. I'll catch up with you later!"

She created an illusion of a flaming barrier, and with a gust of wind, pushed both Yamato and the Gwanish girl across it after handing the bag to her mentor. Then, Hyuna flashed a grin at the Giantess, who she hoped, was ready for a fight.

"Ashura, let's see how good you are, huh?" She muttered darkly, trying to see how much of a threat the giantess was in person. "Let's kill them, shall we, the arrogant bastards?"

She lunged at one of the Imperials- but it was a feint, and she leapt at the last second into the air, and landed back to back with the Giantess, grinning excitedly.

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Both Ann and the exiled tengu were pushed back behind a wall of flames, presumably to keep them out of the fight while the spear-wielding girl and the giant got to work. She reached out with her hand, letting the embers and the tips of the flames lap at her fingers. "Fascinating," she murmured, turning her hand over in the fire. She could definitely feel its presence, but there was a rather distinct lack of heat coming from it. An illusion?

Peeking up over the fire, the two were heavily outnumbered by the city guards; she admitted that they were likely to take them all out on their own, but the overwhelming effect a force of staggering numbers can have on only a few defenders, no matter how skilled or powerful, was more or less undeniable. She put her bet on the giant single-handedly annihilating the bulk of the city forces, though she wasn't going to deny that the girl certainly seemed to be no slacker, either. Well, not like Ann was, anyway. She turned to the tengu she was now standing next to.

"Are you confident in the girl?" she asked softly.

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Suiken sighed as he'd heard the Tengu's words. Inevitably, the ashen-winged tengu ended up choosing the path of no resistance, though his tone was intensely antagonistic. In the end, it was good that he chose to yield. While, Suiken didn't doubt that the majority of them would be able to put up a fight against the prefect, he was also certain that there were just as many who didn't want to be branded as criminals for acting against appointed Imperial officials. After all the guards had already associated them with eachother. A criminal act against the guards by one of them could be interpreted as an attack from all of them.

The half-Ashura was the first to climb out of the pit...which gave Suiken a slightly uneasy feeling...He didn't presume to know her, but given her demeanor...well, she didn't seem the type to listen to authority...or reason. The girl he'd met earlier, the ally of the ashen winged Tengu seemed to be speaking now. Suiken climbed the rope to access the situation, assuming she'd take the side of her master. Hopefully, she'd agree with his choice to stand dow-

[She created an illusion of a flaming barrier, and with a gust of wind, pushed both Yamato and the Gwanish girl across it after handing the bag to her mentor. Then, Hyuna flashed a grin at the Giantess, who she hoped, was ready for a fight.]

Suiken then nearly fell back into the pit when he saw what was occuring back above ground. What was she doing? Attacking the guards would prove no purpose other than that they were indeed guilty. "Wait, uh, I don't think you're...."

["Ashura, let's see how good you are, huh?" She muttered darkly, trying to see how much of a threat the giantess was in person. "Let's kill them, shall we, the arrogant bastards?"

She lunged at one of the Imperials- but it was a feint, and she leapt at the last second into the air, and landed back to back with the Giantess, grinning excitedly. ]

Suiken nearly dived forward from the edge of the pit, wedging himself between the tengu's apprentice and the half-ashuran, landing in front of the Prefect and his forces. "Ahaha," Suiken laughed loudly, scratching the back of his head as he pulled himself up. "How funny my young friend is. Joking about attacking you like that. Wasn't that a funny joke, my friend?" he asked the Prefect, whose face now reeked of tengu blood.

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After some of the group already headed up and out of the hole, Malachi decided he might as well leave too, even though his mind said otherwise from the voice echoing down the pit. But when did Malachi ever listen to his mind? Most of the time, he listened to his gut, and at the moment his gut was telling him to get his ass out of this hole. So, he did such. Slowly yet surly dragging himself up the makeshift rope and up to the surface cautious of those behind him and those already out and ahead of him. Once to the surface he slowly peered up through the hole, seeing a human and the rather giant...giant, as he shall call her until a name is learned, and the Oni.

So, there Malachi was, the top of his head and his horns peeking up over the edge of the hole looking around and seeing everything with a tinted red due to his eye coverings. Before doing anything, he looked up to the sky to see where the sun lay. He was surprised to notice it hasn't been up that long. "We must have spent an awfully long time down there. How puzzling." He said before hoping out of the hole like a rabbit.

He looked around to see what was occurring. A fight? How unnecessary. Malachi merely walked forward, standing beside the Oni who had just tried to calm things down in the hope another fight wont break out between the group and the guards, which would most likely end badly for the group in the long run.

"There's no need to start off another fight. As mentioned already, so many people were already lost this day, and most of those who lived are injured and mourning for those they lost. Is it not impractical to at least let us who have fought for this town to rest up before you all start interrogating us?" Malachi said to Perfect, trying to sound as normal and clear as possible.

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Amanhã had figured on waiting for the bureaucrat to respond before making her next move. For what it was worth, she estimated the prefect would not be willing to step down quite so easily-- Amanhã had never exactly been the best at reading people, but she suspected Ro was much too proud to back down so willingly. Irritating, indeed-- and currently very much in her way. But proud, and unwilling to relent-- Amanhã supposed such was the way of anybody who spared themselves a shred of dignity, unlike those who permitted themselves to be restrained and treated as inferiors.

However, the bureaucrat didn't react first-- the tiny human from before did. Amanhã had been glaring at Ro's face, ready to shove him aside and daring him to stop her, when suddenly, his face was splattered with blood. As taken aback by the prefect-- though making much less indication of it outwardly-- Amanhã turned her head, and her gaze, through the slits of the faceplate, fell upon the smirking mien of the human, holding aloft her spear, still slick with the blood of the tengu. When she put two and two together, Amanhã could not restrain a hidden smirk pulling at her own lips-- this one, it seemed, was less willing to bandy about wasting time with words.

The soldiers around them were less amused. In outrage they began to close in on the human, moving away from the stranger and the tengu as they did. "Yamato, you'll get to eat soon," the human called back to the two. "Hold the sweets for me; I've got this covered. I suppose I'll help you too, Gwanish. I'll catch up with you later!" And with that, a barrier of flames sprung up around the soldiers that had moved in on Amanhã and the human-- a subsequent gust of wind seemed to then propel the tengu and the stranger to security behind it, leaving the soldiers now alone with the half-Sudean and the human of indeterminate race.

"Ashura, let's see how good you are, huh?" the human remarked to Amanhã, a wide grin brimming across her slight features. "Let's kill them, shall we?"

Amanhã did not respond. Instead, she turned back to Ro, lifted him entirely off the ground, brought him level with her, and then headbutted him violently between the eyes. Then, letting him crumple back to the ground, she drew her sword from its sheath, more than prepared to demonstrate to the small human just how 'good she was'. Unfortunately, the snow oni seemed to have other ideas. He placed his hefty blue bulk between the (rather displeased) soldiers and the two resistant warriors, treating the whole thing like a farce. "How funny my young friend is!" The oni gave a mockery of laughter. "Joking about attacking you like that. Wasn't that a funny joke, my friend?"

It was anything but a joke. Amanhã was not going to allow herself to be arrested-- she had just demonstrated as much. The others, they could let themselves get executed if they damn well wished, but Amanhã had made a point of indicating it was not in her interests to be arrested.

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Yamato stood with his head in his hand. "I have the upmost confidence in Hyuna's abilities," He replied to the tall Gwanish girl. "However, I beleive the Oni just made the proper choice in stopping her from acting on my threat. I can only blame myself for instigating this. She's had a histroy with Ro in the past it seems, and I'm not surprised she wants to settle that score, however, this may not be the time." He sighed, "I should stop this." He stepped through the fire illusion and behind Hyuna, where he rested his hand on her shoulder. "You've done well today and are still not fully rested. Right now isn't the time to settle the score with Ro, some day you will get even, I promise you that. I will see to it personally. Right now you need sleep, coffee and sweets," He held up the back of baked goods, "Are not enough to prove to me that you are truly in fighting shape. I wouldn't like to see you run out of Chi so soon in the fight."

He patted her back, seeing Ro on the ground behind the Oni. "Seems the Ashura has beaten you to the first punch, and I know you want to handle Ro alone anyways." He stepped around the Oni and knelt by Ro. "I know you can hear me, so listen good. We are not coming with you so easily. You have other things to worry about. Like that concussion you got there."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Captain Jensu Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Ro folded his arms as Yamato stepped forward. “You’ll hold an entire race at fault for the actions of a few?” The Tengu said, shaking his head.

“Sir, I don’t think you quite understand the situation,” Ro barked, smashing his sword in it’s sheath angrily. “There has been a Tengu attack on Yutan soil, we do not know who these attackers were, we only know their race. I have twenty-four hours to gather information on my report and is it now stands it appears that any disguised Tengu in Yutan could too be planning an attacker. Sleeper agents throughout the mainland. I’m trying to save your people a lifetime of deportation, jailing, and being sent to interrogation camps. I’m trying to keep this foreign war with your ridiculous tribal summits away from becoming a concealed war against innocents of all our races, and I urge you to understand that my report is all that’s standing in the way of this issue becoming it!” Ro glared at Yamato intensely. “People are dead! Tengu caused it! Now I have to know why and your words are integral to that, so I need you to cooperate or face the punishment of not.”

“Idiots. All of you,” Yamato replied. “Right now you should be worrying about the few who actually handled the problem here. We just killed a group of bandit Tengu, why do you believe we aren’t capable of killing an entire town guard? Or the Imperial army?”

The words made Ro flinch and from his hip he again pulled out his short-sword. “Oh right. Some of these warriors probably have morals,” Yamato continued, folding his arms and looking away.

“Are you threatening me, Master Tengu?” Was all Ro managed to say before getting pushed back by the armoured form of a tower figure. Ro swept around to see the Ashuran half-breed behind him. “Get off me,” Ro began when suddenly blood hit his face. He turned to see the girl beside the Tengu had her spear out and ready. Suddenly the ground ignited into a large, fiery barrier – or at least it appeared to, causing Ro to step back. “She’s elemental!” Ro spat as he raised his shield. “Formation!”

“I thought you didn’t want to fight them!” A lieutenant said as he came next to Ro. Ro shook his head grimly. “I didn’t.”

Suddenly the girl jumped out of the fires and began attacking along with the Ahsuran freak of hateture.

By the crowded mayor Lt. Burrow-Li glanced over his shoulder at the commotion by the pit. “Oh dear,” He muttered at the fire. A fight had broken out, exactly what the commander had wanted to avoid. He turned back to where Keeflo had stood, the spot now empty air. Down the square he saw the orca beast-man corner violently into a side-street. “Hey!” He screamed, running after him at full-speed. “Come back here!”

Burrow-Li cornered down the street and began to pelt down the narrow way, avoiding festival carts and lanterns now fallen on the ground. With the chest still under his arm he struggled to get his whistle to his mouth and was forced to simply pursue as fast as he could. Another corner came, one the lieutenant barely made, and another onto a bridge toward the village outskirts. The lieutenant continued down the road to the farmland, ignoring the river he’d just passed over…

As Keeflo swam down the river with the tide he heard a sound grow, a sound of a female voice cracking drunkenly in song from the waters above. He passed below the dark shape of a boat steadily floating down the river, and on that boat's deck a drunk Goblin named Captain Jensu lay, her feet in the water as she looked up at the morning sky. From beside her she grabbed one of the dozen bottles and chugged it down before letting it fall off her and into the river. It plopped down, hitting Keeflo on the head as he swam below.

"O' who has my heart so taken
That I cannot hope to show.
How much I have been taken
So she can truly know.
What I feel insi-i-ide...
for such a gentle soul.
It matters not what I do now
For she is too high a toll..."


Jensu lay back as she finished the song, sobs following the last verse, and only growing heavier and heavier until they could be heard in the waters beneath...

***

"Scatter!" Ro screamed back in the square as the Ashuranish woman smashed his head backward and flung him to the ground. He attempted to stand when suddenly some old, idiot Blu-Oni interrupted the scene. "How funny my young friend is!" The oni chuckled like a chump. "Joking about attacking you like that. Wasn't that a funny joke, my friend?

"There's no need to start off another fight. As mentioned already, so many people were already lost this day, and most of those who lived are injured and mourning for those they lost. Is it not impractical to at least let us who have fought for this town to rest up before you all start interrogating us?" A beast-man added, coming to the diplomatic Oni's side. Ro was about to respond when suddenly Yamato, the villain-Tengu from early, placed a hand on his chest and knelt beside his downed form.

"I know you can hear me, so listen good. We are not coming with you so easily. You have other things to worry about. Like that concussion you got there."

Ro's hand reached behind to feel a slight patch of blood seep through his black hairs. The Prefect glared at Yamato. "...You have no idea what you're doing," He whispered, his words echoing ones spoken earlier. The Prefect's men stared at the mercenary heroes, each look rising the tension, and each side knowing the bloodletting would once again commence at any movement made.

"This is all a bit violent, isn't it?" Yuwen commented. The somehow impeccably clean man maneuvered his way through the bloodied and beaten forms before biting out a large, red apple. He glanced at each of them nonchalantly before turning to face the downed Ro. "So these guys are criminals, huh?"

"You're a criminal," Ro spat.

"Uh... can you prove that?" Yuwen replied with a grin, one larger than he had intended. "I said the village was in danger and the village was in danger."

"Oh please," Ro said. "You orchestrated a massive deception and by chance were interrupted by acts of planned terrorism."

"A bit harsh, these lies," Yuwen said as he moved forward. "Of course what's not a lie is that these men and women have attacked members of the Prefecture and thus the Empire. And you better believe they'll stick the Tengu attack on all of you too."

He glanced around at the faces of those present. "Luckily for all of you I have an escape. I am creating a Guild!" He began, pulling out a leather certificate which opened up, revealing the scrolls beneath. "A Great Guild Fortune! And if you sign you will be exempt of the crimes you've committed or they claim you've committed to this village."

"Who's the noble who signed for that paper?" Ro demanded, pushing Yamato off him as he stood.

"I am," Yuwen replied. "And seeing as the Mayor has yet to classify this as a national issue it still remains a village issue, and if these people are in a noble-signed guild the only way for you to prosecute them in response to these events is through the village judicial system. Now, who do you think will win there, Ro? The people who saved the village or the man trying to arrest them?" Yuwen winked at the man before turning back to the crowd. "What say you?!" He exclaimed, the applications scrolls hanging from the leather binding he held. "What say all of you?! A three-month contract with the Great Guild Fortune! I promise you riches, adventure, battle, and of course, more riches."

Ro glared at Yuwen before slowly shaking his head. "Are you serious? This team would be a bomb in a candle-factory. Its fuse next to a flame. Look at these people. They're outsiders, they're freaks."

"So am I," Yuwen replied. "And I'd rather be king of the freaks than another man in normality."

Ro chuckled. "No you're not... you're not one of them, and you're not nearly as special as you think you are."

Yuwen swallowed at the words before turning again. "What say you?!" He repeated louder: the ticket to their escape in his hands...

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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 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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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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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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"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: 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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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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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."

***

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..."

***

"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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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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Yamato listened to Yuwen's offer. It seemed logical, but then again, fighting the guard and killing a few of them before dying seemed fun. Though, Yamato was one for death, he never wanted to indulge in his own. Hyuna seemed to be emotionally involved in her decision. A deep rooted hatred and what he could only describe as respect for Fortune seemed to be buried in her past. It was then he remembered the sweats he held. A combination of blood loss and hunger drove him to quickly eat the pastries, satisfying his hunger and staving off the energy loss suffered by losing blood.

"Hyuna, I know that there are things going on here I cannot understand yet." He was referring to the entire history she and Yuwen had, but more specifically the hug he gave her. "I feel we should take him up on his offer. At least for now. It will give us the chance to train and then truly take on our enemies. It will allow you the chance to witness many different fighting styles, and get to know others that seem to enjoy fighting and are carrying their own demons and secrets. You are strong, very strong, but there is always room to grow."

He took Yuwen's Scroll and signed with his quill. "When this is over Fortune, I expect to have the highest body count. You will not question my methods, and I will try not to question yours. You give me the fight and I'll give your guild results. You give Hyuna a fight and she'll give you results. That's what we are here for."

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


"Of course I'm not the same." She said in a small voice. And how could she be? After all she did just to survive- fighting her own kind, even fighting old members of the old resistance just for coin? Betraying her home town and her family? And of being alone for almost two years, surrounded by the detestable winged monsters? She was forced to toughen up before she ever wanted to, and that's something she can never really get back; her innocence.

Why did Yuwen get to stay the same cheerful blissful self he was while she had to become so.. warped? So sullied? How was that fair at all? Simple. It just wasn't fair. And then after Suna's snide comment, she also had to wonder- did he really remember? Or was he just pretending? Because if he really didn't, well, all her fighting would have been for nothing, wouldn't it? Why not just subject herself to whatever Ro does to criminals? At least she'd get to be alone with her thoughts again, and not with this Yuwen who probably had no idea who she was.

"Fine." She put on her usual scowl again, realizing that showing her softer interior wasn't going to accomplish anything anyways. "Whatever! I've had it!" She cried. "Prefect, just cuff me, I don't even care anymore."

But before she could hand over her freedom to the Prefect, Yamato stepped in, speaking rationally for the both of them, about his strengths, and her strengths, and that it'd be wise to join for the fighting experience. And of course, as an apprentice, she couldn't really refuse him. So, grumbling, she signed it and shoved the contract roughly in Yuwen's face, and walked over to stand by Yamato's side.

"Least Yamato won't screw me over." She murmured to herself, slightly happier when noticing that he actually ate the treats she bought for the two of them. "It's on you if Fortune decides to ruin our lives because it makes him look good, got it?"

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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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"Least Yamato won't screw me over." She murmured to herself, slightly happier when noticing that he actually ate the treats she bought for the two of them. "It's on you if Fortune decides to ruin our lives because it makes him look good, got it?"


Yamato chuckled, putting his arm around her shoulder, "He can become a corpse as quickly as anyone else. I won't let him run you through the mud to make himself look better."



"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. "I don't recall questioning your motives, Suiken. Of course, you will gain many new stories on this journey and subsequently coin once our contracts are up." He shook his head with a sigh, "You get to gain coin and I get to do what I do best, in the end we are serving ourselves here. Spin it however you want, justify however you like." He shrugged, "I'm happy that I can be part of your stories someday."

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Yuwen watched as Tengu took the scroll and signed, Hyuna behind him. "When this is over Fortune, I expect to have the highest body count. You will not question my methods, and I will try not to question yours. You give me the fight and I'll give your guild results. You give Hyuna a fight and she'll give you results. That's what we are here for."

"Aren't you two a pair?" Yuwen whispered with a raised eyebrow, slightly cautious of his old friend and her relationship with the man, giving them both a smile. "Well welcome to the Guild. What are you called, my winged friend?"

"While I have a chance..." The rabbit-girl's voice interrupted. Yuwen flung around to face her. "My name is Lo-muna Vanhi although you may call me Muna, Fortune. With this lively lot you're gathering, you may not have to look for trouble anymore. I look forward to working with you."

"And I you," He responded with a bow, kissing her hand before raising up again and turning to Suiken as he spoke about ranking. "Do you?" He called to the Oni. "Well come here then, we'll talk."

"I can't believe this," Ro muttered, shaking his head as he and his men regrouped beside the forming Great Guild...

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["I don't recall questioning your motives, Suiken. Of course, you will gain many new stories on this journey and subsequently coin once our contracts are up." He shook his head with a sigh, "You get to gain coin and I get to do what I do best, in the end we are serving ourselves here. Spin it however you want, justify however you like." He shrugged, "I'm happy that I can be part of your stories someday."]

"Coin?" Suiken questioned. "Hmm, yeah, I guess that's sort of important," he ended up shrugging. He was beginning to go over the possibilities in his mind. Things that brought up possibilities for things much bigger than simple coin. And speaking of those possibilities, Fortune began to speak once more.

["Do you?" He called to the Oni. "Well come here than, well talk."]

"Ah, yeah," Suiken nodded. "I was wondering if you had a goal in mind, travel wise. Where do you think we'll be heading from here?" Suiken asked.

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

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


"Yamato, I can already tell." Hyuna said with a stretch of her arms. "Stuck with these kinds of people for three months... once it's done, let's leave their lives for good." She eyed the Oni in particular, who she once thought was just a simple travelling bard, but isn't nearly as gentle as he appeared once, a time before the Tengu attack; it felt like years ago. "They probably don't want our help anyways, you know?"

She then turned directly to Yuwen, peering furiously at him. "It ain't your business, y'know, if we were a pair, stranger. Let's just get these months over with."

A pair? Like, romantically? With Yamato? Who knows, it's too early to tell, but the obviously xenophobe against Tengu, the idea of her having a Tengu as a romantic interest was pretty laughable. But if it bothered Fortune, then, why not just play it up? She'd have to ask Yamato is he was okay with it, sometime in private of course. She also wondered briefly if he would have wanted a more peaceful guild life, but, it was going to be pretty impossible to keep inter-guild relations at a positive. And this Yuwen thought he could make some amazing guild? Hyuna could hardly trust any of them to even sleep easily in the same area, and she was sure the others were wary of her sneaking in to slit their throats at night too.

Her ears pricked up at the thought of heading down south to Jiefong, though. It's been a long time since her father had shown her there, and she wondered what old enemies she'd have to meet up with there, if there were any. She didn't know if she hoped for enemies or not, at this point. But as long as she had the ashen-winged Tengu, the two of them could defeat any other pair if warriors. In this, she was fiercely confident.

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

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Malao


Malao had remained seated during the scuffle with the guards. The big blue women, the Tengu and the spear girl were obviously idiots. Ro was trying to be nice and the three immediately talk about killing eeveryone and that th hsould worshipped or some stupid things like that. He didn't like them. They also talked about killing people like a game, and Malao didn't like that. People who did that obviously are idiots, because only an idiot doesn't know what a life means.

Afterward, when the sitaution got tense, that weird guy from before said something about joining a guild or something. Malao couldn't follow it. Ro was standing with his men and watching the rest who were joining in the guild, but Malao didn;t know what a guild was. He remembered that Ro said he wanted to find out about the Tengu. Malao approached the bleeding Prefect with a smile and a peacful manner. He spoke to him in a moderate tone.

"Hey Ro. Though everybody else says otherwise, not all of the Tengu are dead. I fought at least 6, and I didn't kill a single one of them, just gave'em a bang on the coconut. Though....they might have died from the fall. Well, I know the one about 5 feet to the left there on the ground is still alive, I can hear him breathing, but he's knocked out. Hope it helps or whatever."

He then tried to approach Fortune, but couldn't get close to him, since so many people were around him. He decided to jump up and hang from on of the intact lantern wires, wrapped his tail around it and hung upside down right in front of Yuwen's face. Completely interrupting any conversation he was in the middle of.

"Whats a Guild and why are people joining it?"

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Yamato sighed, Hyuna was very worked up over Fortune and his opinion. "They many not want our help and should that be the case, then we won't help them. We can travel with them, share in the riches to be gained, but on the battle field we leave them to their own devices."

Truthfully, he only wanted to get out of this town and let his arm heal. No one seemed to be in a hurry though as one by one they signed on to Fortune's guild. A Guild, another group of people with a similar goal. Maybe this one would have a similar outcome as well? Would he be the only one left standing when push came to shove? So many personalities clashing, it seemed inevitable. He would make sure he wasn't defeated, he'd learn their secrets, gain their trust and one day, if it came down to it, burry their bodies or scatter their ashes. It was at this point he recalled Yuwen's question, "I'm Yamato Hibiki. Head of the Hibiki Clan, and its only surviving member." He flashed a cold grin.

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

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Yuwen listened as the snow-oni talked while overlooking the half-breeds contract. Illyria, he read. Cool name. "Well, there's this goblin boat captain by the docks. I have no idea where she is right now, so we should find her as soon as your done recruiting. She's kind, but has a bit of a complex about people looking down on her. Er... not literally, but..."

Yuwen flashed a smile and put a hand on the oni's shoulder. "Don't worry, a lot of people have that complex," He began. "I think I can handle her."

"Thanks, monkey-king," Ro nodded at the Malao as he informed him of the living Tengu, the Prefect not quite realizing what he had called him.

"Whats a Guild and why are people joining it?" The monkey-man exclaimed as he interrupted the conversation Yuwen and Suiken were having. "A group unified by contract to complete missions together, take jobs, and split reward," Yuwen explained. "And people are joining because you'll be arrest otherwise, mainly."

"I'm Yamato Hibiki. Head of the Hibiki Clan, and its only surviving member," The Tengu's voice called. Yuwen turned to the man to see him grinning. "Well then," Yuwen said, his eyes shifting between Yamato and Hyuna. "I'm sure you were the strongest of them." He gave a slight nod before turning back to Suiken and the monkey-lord, as if the brief comment was all Yamato was worth...

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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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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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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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"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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Yamato, his arm still around Hyuna, looked down at his young apprentice, "Since we've eaten, we should start gathering supplies. Money is no obstacle, what every you may need, we can get. Same for you all." He tossed a small bag of coins to Suiken, "That should cover meals for now plus allow you to get some food that we can travel with. I'm not picky on what you buy but remember it should be enough for the group, be easy to transport, and actually give us some energy in the field. I know you're a traveler, but some people just don't understand what proper traveling food is."

He then started to lead Hyuna down the road, he'd seen a small shop when he'd first arrived to town that carried a mixture of supplies and he felt that was a good place to start.

"If you need any armor repair or weapons, don't hesitate to ask," He said, without looking at her and opening the door to the small general goods store.

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


An hour to themselves? That seemed like enough time to wind down, at least a little bit, before heading to the docks to regroup. At least Hyuna could hang out with someone she at least knew wouldn't throw her into the mud- Yamato. She, oddly enough, trusted him almost implicitly, and she hoped he felt the same for his apprentice. While she was probably mid-range in terms of combat skill in the guild, if she and Yamato were together, it meant safety. Security.Something she never had with Yuwen, at least not now. He was more dynamic, and sure, exciting, but also she couldn't just relax. With him, her guard had to be up at all times, or she might find herself lost in the middle of the crowd in Yuna-Yae without any pants or money. Sure, it wasn't technically his fault she tripped into a puddle of disgusting foul human refuse and tried to strip the most offending part of her clothing; but if she wasn't following him around like a lost puppy, it wouldn't have happened in the first place! And how could it? She'd have been with her father, learning how to handle trade, not going around on little playful adventures! She sighed internally, before running to catch up with Yamato, satisfied that the giant Illyria had accepted the treat. Friendship was still most likely a long ways off, but hopefully she was making the beginnings of something with the Ashura. Half Ashura, technically, but she was so Ashura and so inhuman that she looked more like a mutated Ashura to her. And that factor really worked well for the intimidation factor, since the brain goes into panic mode, freaking out over exactly what the hell that monster is, while the second half is cowering at how gigantic and massive that monster is.

Hanging out with her will help my nerves, I guess.

The winged man's arm around her waist still felt oddly nice and comforting. Hyuna snuggled just the subtlest bit closer, her psyche hungering for some kind of friendly interaction with anyone. That might've been one of the bigger reasons for her pseudo dependence on the samurai. They split off from the group a while ago after tossing some coins at the annoying singing Oni, after giving general advice on what to spend it on. And personally, Hyuna just wanted to pack up on more sweets from that diner she was just at. That was some seriously good stuff. She longed longingly at the store as they passed it by, just barely suppressing her addiction. Instead, they entered a smaller store of general goods and supplies. "If you need any armor repair or weapons, don't hesitate to ask," Yamato advised, and opened the door. All the weapons Hyuna saw, well, they were for sure impressive, weren't they? Large ornate swords, with fancy designs and sharp blades. Not as sturdy as the Tengu weapons, though, nor was it as damaging to the heavy armor Imperials tended to wear. She could almost see cracks forming in those blades when striking the hard plates. She probably could only afford some food and a tune up on her weapon- she had no idea how to craft herself, relying on local Tengu back when she was a mercenary, or her brother back with the Resistance.

She found a wide berth and tried whipping the spear out from it's handle underneath the cloak in back- it made a slight shockwave with the speed and sudden stop, right before it hit the floor. The timing and weight felt a little off, though, and she bounced it lightly in both hands, trying to get a good grip. She didn't really trust any Yune craftsman to really know how to handle a tengu spear. To her pleasure (and annoyance) he had enough experience to know how to fix the weight problem, almost excited to be able to work with such high quality black steel, as well as examined the blade and the bowlish guard.

"Your friend's spear, huh?" He asked. "How much did you cost, girl?" He grinned and leaned a bit closer to her from over the counter, clearly underestimating her. "Maybe I can pay you more?"

Hyuna sighed diffidently before undoing the button to her cloak, revealing the breastplate. His eyes widened- he obviously heard of a few rumors, that human girl that was fighting for Teng against the Yune Empire, farther north. He cowed up immediately and got to work. She also looked quizzically at the foods section. What to buy- maybe dried fruit? They looked pretty bad tasting, though. Bread? Too peasant-like. Salted meats... how long would they even last? Hyuna sighed in frustration, and wondered where a tailor could be so she could buy herself a new cloak. She also mumbled something to herself about wanting to go get more sweets.

Finally, some damn recognition in this dump.

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Yamato wonder around the store, filling a small basket with dried fruits, nuts, salted meats that would last at least six months, flour and yeast. Bread wouldn't last long on the road, but if they could make it over a fire themselves, the shelf life became a moot point. He noticed Hyuna was eying the items he'd just picked and could tell she didn't find them desirable. "I know, these don't seem like the best, and I'll agree, they aren't However, for the days we spend between towns these supplies will make the meals and drink in town taste better, and worthy of the prices they pay." Remembering her sweet tooth, he eyed the bakery across the street. "Pastries don't last too long on the road, no one said you would have to try and make them last." He flashed a genuine grin, "We can get some good snacks for the road, not too many, but something to tide you over until we reach our destination."


He paid for the items in the basket, including a new pack to hold the supplies in. "Once we are done here and the sweets shop, we need to go by the hotel I've been staying in. I left a few things there that I'm not willing to leave behind. Of course, if you need to stop anywhere, we can do that as well." He then paid the cashier for Hyuna's spear tune-ups. The two just had to wait for the tune-up to be finished, and Yamato figured it was a good time to go to the bakery across the street. There was something about her he couldn't understand. He'd never sought companionship before, unless you count the company of waitresses at bars who knew he tipped high. Nor did he ever care what became of anyone but himself, yet he wanted to make sure she grew stronger, was protected, or at least able to take on the entire empire alone. Maybe it was her determination her desire to let no one be better than her, that intrigued him.

He folded his arms as the crossed the street into the open doors of the Bakery, the aroma filling his senses. His small fishing village never had a bakery, so the smell of fresh bread and pastries was almost a guilty pleasure. "Remember, not to many. Space is valuable and you don't want them crushed."

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


Yamato regarded her kindly, when he noticed her penchant for snacking on sweets, and addressed her confusion over the foods buy gathering it himself.

"I know, these don't seem like the best, and I'll agree, they aren't." He said first, and Hyuna scowled visibly at the nasty looking things, as he continued, "However, for the days we spend between towns these supplies will make the meals and drink in town taste better, and worthy of the prices they pay." The ashen-winged Tengu then looked towards the bakery, and the Falon felt a little surge of hope. Sweets after all, then? "Pastries don't last too long on the road, no one said you would have to try and make them last." Grinning, "We can get some good snacks for the road, not too many, but something to tide you over until we reach our destination."

Yamato then took out the coins needed for the spear tune up, and Hyuna dashed to the pasty shop, like a small child seeing a new toy to play with; impulsively, almost drooling, and wanting it as fast as possible. She looked back right before entering, and grinned at him, before going in, gathering up as much as she could fit in the brown paper bag before dumping it onto the counter for buying it, completely ignoring the strange stares from everyone inside. The intense look in her eyes probably scared the clerk, who almost looked terrified as he counted them up and told her the price, which she paid heartily, before exiting the shop and returning to Yamato, who said something about needing to swing by his hotel. Hyuna refastened the cloak around her shoulders, figuring that she could get a new one at Jiefong. Heck, Jiefong might even be a better choice, since there was that guy's famous tailoring shop there. Liu-Ying, was it? That had to be it, right?

"Thanks, Master." She said graciously before chomping down on her first victim, savoring the sweet and crunchy taste. "Thish ish da laif-" She said between chews, before swallowing it, and rolling up the top of the bag, she shoved it into one of the pouches on her deerskin belt.

That was when the noon bell tolled; twelve times, and Hyuna wondered just how long she was awake for, yawning and stretching again before shaking her head. She nodded at Yamato before re-entering the first shop, and received her spear, once again feeling the familiar comfortable weight, doing some test spins and whirls before smirking somewhat at the craftsman who looked satisfied with the rare high quality weapon to work on.

"Time's up, Master. I'll go on ahead and tell them to wait for you, okay?"

Hyuna leapt into the air, using it to propel her up onto the roof of the general good store, before rapidly gliding from roof to roof, once again feeling the air whish past her face; wind flapping her cloak into the air, making an impressive sight for anyone who was looking, certainly befitting the rumors from the Northern Front. Though, she wasn't as good as she thought, really, there were too many people here that were such a close fight that she couldn't be confident about who'd win, not to mention the two that'd completely wreck her. Luckily, one of them is Yamato, but the problematic Ashura was still a threat. Although, hopefully, some of her goodwill extended to her, if a beast like that even understands the concept. Leaping from the top of an old storage house, she landed lightly, gracefully slightly to the side of Yuwen and Illyria, her mouth in a tight frown as she regarded Yuwen, but she gave a small quick wave to the Ashura.

"Yamato will be late." She informed Yuwen tersely, still standing at a good arm's breadth away from the two. "He has to go pick up some of his things before we head out." She then absently fiddled with her pouch, not really realizing it, but started munching at another treat.

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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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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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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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"Yes, I want it to work," The beast-man replied. Yuwen gave a large grin. "In that case you can call me Echo."

"Okay Echo," He said with a nod, handing the newest member a scroll to sign. "Welcome to the guild."

"My apologies for holding you up," A familiar voice began. "Supplies took longer than expected and my hotel was slow on letting me check out." The Tengu Yamato approached Yuwen, "I hope I didn't keep you too long." He held out his hand. Yuwen raised an eyebrow at the gesture. It was orthodox in Yutan noble society to bow in greeting, but then again he couldn't expect a prickish Tengu Samurai to behave as Yutan nobles. Yuwen reached out and clasped Yamato's hand in his. "You didn't keep us at all," He replied with a nod to the man. Kind words, though they did emphasize the lack of importance Yamato held...

Yuwen released Yamato's hold and turned to Ann, who had the girl sitting in her lap. "Pleasure to meet you Millie," He said with a warm smile and a bow, having overhead the girl's name. "We'll take you to Jiefong, it's a nice place. And you get to ride in a boat." He rotated to Suiken. "Speaking of which - the boat?"

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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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Keeflo took the contract and signed it with the name of his new identity. One redeeming feature of Lord Shien had been that he had teachers instruct his slaves on how to read and write. Keeflo still despised the man, but he had to admit there were good things about him as well.

Spear girl introduced Keeflo to Yamato and the tengu asked about if he hid the chest. Keeflo shook his head and repeated that it was taken from him. He looked at Yamato and his apprentice, struck by a sudden thought. Keeflo would have to learn to fight better in order to be successful in this guild. Maybe the tengu, or someone else, would be willing to take a pupil.

Then Yuwen Fortune spoke up. "What about you, Echo? You spent some time with this Goblin captain, did you learn anything about her we could use to convince her?"

Keeflo thought for a moment. "Yes. Before I fell asleep she said that people took her mother. She may be willing to provide transportation in exchange for a rescue."

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


Hyuna viewed Millie and Razul chatting together somewhat wistfully. Millie, the little girl, she was so innocent. So naïve. Something oddly precious in this world, and it'd be nice to have her along, she figured; it's not like anyone's let her die except for Illyria. Hyuna figured she needed to be more honest about how she feels instead of just blurting out random things to try and look tough. But, well, maybe a tough front would be great just about now. Better not look weak in front of anyone here, especially Master. She had to make him proud of her; make him glad that he decided to take her in. There's no way he'd regret it, that's for sure.

The person in question, Master, he asked Echo what happened to the chest, accusing him with a little joke, and Hyuna quickly nudged the ashen-winged Tengu.

"The Imperials took the chest, Master." She explained. "Not Echo's fault, right?"

Then Yamato attended to her query of training. "Everything seems to be here yes, and every opportunity we have will be spent training." That made Hyuna grin. Every opportunity spent training? So, she'd be able to work off her pent up frustration, as well as improve at the same time. She knew it'd put her in a better mood if she could train, and maybe she wouldn't start fights all the time, with pretty much everyone. "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."

It sounded like things were beginning to pick up, and she gratefully edged a little closer to Yamato, knowing that it wouldn't be too long until she could be facing off against him again, in a fair training match, perhaps. She made a mental note to remember to keep a strong grip on the spear rather than the loose one she usually used for spinning it with flair- the stronger the grip, maybe Yamato wouldn't be able to use his chi to rip it out of her grasp again. She flexed her fingers, wishing she could've had stronger muscles at the very least.

Hyuna then rested her gaze on the pleasant on the eyes bunny girl. Seriously, why couldn't she stop staring at Muna? If Muna had noticed, she'd probably think Hyuna as some creep, or something. Something she hoped wouldn't happen- she actually did want to get closer to the eye catching rabbit.

"-...blackmail her? Entice her somehow?"

She turned her attention to Yuwen, who was discussing guild stuff with the damned "I'm better than you" Oni. And, well, Fortune himself was asking about ways to make someone do what they wanted... that goblin woman from the night before. Apparently she had a boat; go figure, right? And of course Yuwen would want to take that advantage. A boat makes for generally quick passage into Jiefong, after all. The conversation turned, and answered the question: Her mother was kidnapped, and, well, she wanted to save her. But how could they? No one could possibly know who had- of course, right on cue, Yuwen went closer to the docks, screaming 'goblin, goblin' at the top of his lungs until the goblin finally hailed him and docked the boat once again. Hyuna couldn't help but roll her eyes scornfully. The goblin was totally going to sucker for Yuwen's oratory skills, it was already guaranteed the moment she decided to listen to him.

Seriously. And as the boat neared them, and when Yuwen jumped off to greet his guild, the boat was already theirs for the taking. And Hyuna couldn't do anything but wonder: how much of an idiot was that goblin?

Before entering the boat, she stopped in front of Yuwen, suspiciously leering at him.

"So, how'd you do it?" She murmured. "What was the bait for this sucker, Yuwen?"

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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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Yamato listened in on Yuwen's conversation with Hyuna and the Goblin captain they'd met the night before. From what he gathered, the goblin's mother was being held by a group of slavers. To Yamato, slavers ranked as some of the worst cowards. Why go through the trouble of capturing people and keeping them in cages? It made no sense, it served no purpose in Yamato's eyes. Salves became mouths to feed. If one wanted to rule over people, they needed real power. A slaver was nothing but a weak man wielding a blade in the presence of those who could not.

He stepped onto the boat after Yuwen, Echo, and Hyuna, settling in fairly easily as the rest of the guild filed onto the boat. The thought of a battle excited him, and he could tell the idea of slavers set something off in Hyuna's mind. "Good," He thought "This will be a good testing ground to start training. For now I need to teach her meditation in order to strengthen her chi flow."

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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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Hyuna Ka-Nan


The slavers matter side, this was getting ridiculous. Hyuna couldn't even focus during the Captain's whole speech, only really noticing that they would have to split up rooms. How would it work, split by sex, men in one, and the women in the other? Hyuna wasn't exactly sure she wanted to sleep in the same room as the Giantess, eyeing her uncomfortably. It was a shock, though, when Illyria opened her pouch and took out a sweet to punch on, a lightly blissful look under the face that hardly gets to be out from under that odious helmet. Maybe, just maybe, they could bond over sweets. Hyuna still had a couple, enough to last a day until the mountains, essentially. She wondered if she'd offer them; what the hell would the Giantess do? Accept it like before? Grab her by the throat and crush her under her feet? Both options seemed equally likely.

Here goes nuthin'

"Hey, Illyria, do you want-"

Hyuna chickened out at the last second, side-stepping the giant as her eyes caught, once again onto the damned bunny girl. Muna, Muna. Why couldn't she look away from the bunny, ever? Sure, she was a beast-man, but the admiration of beast-men never reached this extent; this quasi-obsession. What's going on? Hyuna has no idea, and it bugs her. This strange feeling she gets when looking at the frail yet compact rabbit; the mix of cuteness and grace on those soft bodily features of hers. And it wasn't just that rabbits were awesome- they were, obviously, but that's got nothing to do with it. Not as if she hasn't ever seen rabbit beast-men before, and those times never activated this strong... reaction? Is that the word?

She'd had enough. Hyuna couldn't fight in this condition, if she kept being distracted by Muna. In one swift motion, she somewhat glided her way over to Muna, trying to look serious and threatening but only coming across as awkward and insecure. She fidgeted and twitched at the thought of the bunny looking over at her, but it was too late to really do anything about it. The Falcon had already descended upon the Rabbit.

"Uh- M... Muna, you..." She frowned distastefully. Why, all of a sudden, did her nerves fail? She couldn't manage to talk to the Ashura, and now she was floundering helplessly in front of the rabbit girl. "Why can't... I, oh, whatever! Nevermind! Screw it!"

She stormed off sourly, returning to Yamato's side, his face already indicating that he knew what the training would be. First, though, she had to ask him the most pressing question of all.

"Master." She mumbled, looking at her feet with feigned interest. "Is... is there, er, a type of chi that can draw someone's attention towards you?" She hoped he didn't know exactly why she was asking, but, perhaps he already knew. Yamato was smart like that; he's Master, after all. "It'd be pretty useful in combat... and.... yeah."

She faintly realized that if the storerooms would be separated by sex, she'd have to be in the same room as that terrible bunny. In that case, the chance of really getting any sleep was pretty much null. Hyuna groaned internally to herself. She was angry. She wanted to hurry up and slaughter the slavers, already. The day couldn't be over soon enough.

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Lo-muna watched, bewildered, as Hyuna walked away in a fluster. The rabbit-girl hadn't even been given a chance to produce and adequate lead into the conversation the girl had obviously wanted. Still, she smiled in amusement at the girl's frustration. She was interesting, though, someone who would still lead themselves into trouble. The last thing Lo-muna wanted was anyone in the guild to be injured.

Once Lo-muna saw that Hyuna was safely secured by Yamato's side, well perhaps safely was a stretch of a word, the rabbit resumed her observation of the others. They would be sharing rooms and the last thing she wanted was conflict when they were supposed to be resting. However, a mixture of the more passive members with the active could prove beneficial.

"How exactly are we going to divide the rooms?" she asked of Yuwen, slightly concerned. "We have what, eleven members so far?"

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Yamato could hear her footsteps before she started to speak. From the way she was walking, he could tell she seemed, upset. He opened one eye, quickly opening the other after seeing the disappointment and frustration on her face. If he wasn't mistaken, she was blushing slightly too.

"Master." She mumbled, looking at her feet with feigned interest. "Is... is there, er, a type of chi that can draw someone's attention towards you?" She hoped he didn't know exactly why she was asking, but, perhaps he already knew. Yamato was smart like that; he's Master, after all. "It'd be pretty useful in combat... and.... yeah."

Though she turned away from him and focused her attention on the water, he hands gripping the railing nervously. He truly didn't know why she'd ask such a question, attracting people wasn't something Yamato was incredibly interested in. "Chi," He began, standing next to her, with his back against the railing, arms folded over his chest, "Is the flow of energy that exists between all living things and the earth. Those of us who can control chi embody it in different ways. I can move objects with thought, you can create illusions. A powerful trick that can be honed to create lifelike illusions you can manipulate as though they are living." He sighed, "In theory it could be possible to manipulate chi to attract others, preying on their underlying desire for companionship, by tricking them into a false sense of friendship or even love in the case of a very strong chi user. In my experience I've never run across anyone that can manipulate the mind though. Outside of a necromancer, and manipulating the dead would be easier than the living for the simple fact that the dead cannot resist the thoughts you implant into their minds."

He stood for a second, unsure what she was truly getting at. "Is there a reason you want to know? Do you wish to possess the ability to attract others, or do you feel someone may be trying to attract you?" He raised an eyebrow at the thought of the latter, "You know there are some people who just seem to be very alluring due to their looks or personality, it may not have anything to do with chi as much as it does with you being human." He felt odd having such a conversation, honestly he'd spoken more in the last day than he did in the past six months.

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"Well, that's giving me a lot of credit. My nights with girls typically involve us playing junior chess and then eating a ramen, no funny business," Yuwen lied modestly. "But maybe you'll change that." He added with a wink, giving her a gentle poke in the hip as he left the bow and began to make his way down the deck. Half of his mind was in celebration, enjoying the rush he got out of new person. The other half in annoyance. She didn't answer the question.

"You two alright?" Yuwen muttered as he staggered around Yamato and Hyuna. "Careful Hyuna. Love techniques are bad news," He added, overhearing a single line of their conversation as he passed.

As the wind picked up a single ship followed - a slick, bamboo kayak covered in dark bear pelts. And inside, beneath a protective cover of elephant bones, at the oars was man in a dark black cloak. "I see you Great Guild," he whispered, following them into a grey horizon. The sails of the Milkweed began to rattle and light rain poured down on them. "We have to get off the main river," Jensu muttered as she buttoned her coat up. A storm was coming, she could feel it...

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


So damn embarrassing. Did he notice her aside glances at the damned Muna every few seconds, perhaps? If so, what did that say about her? It had to be a weakness, to be culled in by a beast-man of that calibre; a terrible worthless weakness that was better off being hidden away. Unfortunately, Muna was talking with Fortune... the infuriatingly self-interested man, and a red hot feeling, like a burning poker, stabbed it's way into her. Why did bunny girl have to talk to Fortune? Why couldn't she just walk away and be her picturesque self where Yuwen couldn't grub his greedy eyes onto?

Goddamnit. What was going on? She decided to focus entirely on her Master.

"Chi is the flow of energy that exists between all living things and the earth." Yamato began by explaining the obvious, what pretty much every chi user knew already. She briefly saw a glance of that family she once broke into and stole money from, on her way to damn Poyo in the first place. Weaklings; too weak to defend themselves. Not that they deserved it, but at least try to fight back against your oppressors. "Those of us who can control chi embody it in different ways. I can move objects with thought, you can create illusions. A powerful trick that can be honed to create lifelike illusions you can manipulate as though they are living." The Tengu let out a sigh, as if thinking his answer over in his head. Leaning almost off the edge, Hyuna relished watching the water splash against the sides of the Milkweed, enjoying that calming lapping sound; the faint ocean scent breeching her nose. Yune really was a beautiful place. Why'd it have to be under control of that damned Fat Cat Emperor? "In theory it could be possible to manipulate chi to attract others, preying on their underlying desire for companionship, by tricking them into a false sense of friendship or even love in the case of a very strong chi user. In my experience I've never run across anyone that can manipulate the mind though." So, was that a yes, or a no? To be honest, Hyuna felt some semblance of chi flow coming from Muna, but beyond that, she couldn't tell if it was strong or not at all. It wasn't like Hyuna's own chi flow, which was dynamic and violent, and obvious to anyone attuned to the natural flow of power. Anyone should be able to sense it, really; most likely another weakness. Still, Hyuna considered it with pride; like a status symbol. She's one of the ones whose chi is strong enough to almost be a physical badge for all to see.

Hyuna was distracted again, by Yuwen putting his hands deathfully around Muna's pelvis, and she couldn't help but glare, most likely blocking out the rest of Yamato's explanation. Maybe he noticed, maybe not, but Yuwen then walked closer to her and Yamato. She was angry; she wanted to kill hi- no, maybe not. Killing her old friend was probably a bit much, Hyuna realized, depressed. She hated him, she was annoyed by him, and yet she didn't want him dead. She just wanted him to consider her feelings for once. As if that'd happen; it's a fools hope.

"You two alright?" Yuwen asked, was he mocking her? The winds were picking up, and the small girl had a little trouble regaining her balance back to the inside of the rail, lamenting her size once more, as usual. She frowned at Yuwen's next line. "Careful Hyuna. Love techniques are bad news," He added, overhearing a single line of their conversation as he passed.

Love? Love? Is that what was happening? Hell, no way in hell! Love is stupid, a waste of time, Hyuna'd rather get stabbed in the gut than fall in love with anyone!

"I'm n-not in love with the rabbit, what are you... t-talking... 'bout..." She sputtered defensively, curling into herself and not eyeing either Yuwen or Yamato. "Shut up already! I'm not... I was just asking, okay?"

And as if things couldn't get any worse- it started to rain lightly. The situation was almost comical.

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Yuwen paused at Hyuna's outburst and swallowed. A slight miscalculation on his part, he thought as the rain began. But he didn't mind. He had work to do. "I don't know what you're talking about," Yuwen shrugged stepping back toward the duo. "I just heard about attraction Chi, it's a technique that's big in Sudea. The Emperor's harem is trained in it to make them more attractive for him, it's completely outrageous," He said with a grin, attempting to engage the two away from the awkward outburst. "And they train at it for years so they're completely different then normal women. The air around them smells sweet, their features look better. You heart starts racing and you don't know why," He let out a slight laugh and adjusted his cloak under the rain. "It's creepy, really." He glanced from Hyuna to Yamato, patting each on the shoulder for a second before retracting his hands beneath the velvet once more. "...Thanks for joining, by the way," He added, clearing his throat slightly. "Its means a lot to me."

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As the rain began to fall, Lo-muna took off her jacket and bundled it up into a little ball in her arms. The plain, oversized shirt hid what the jacket had made so pronounced and allowed her to feel the coldness it had staved off with its thicker material. Its absence also made her look more fragile, not a trait she was necessarily fond of. Despite this, she chuckled. The conversation with Yuwen had gone well although he had gotten a bit handsy at the end. Perhaps that meant success, but it also meant she was brushing off her hip, as though trying to remove his touch by physical means.

"This storm might end up getting worse," Lo-muna mumbled to herself. The scent of the rain was stronger and the instinct in her alerted her to retreat down below. Fortune seemed distracted by Yamato and Hyuna so Lo-muna seized the chance, holding the jacket closely to her chest as she nimbly and quietly went below deck.

Deciding to leave the assigning of rooms to the others, her ears alert for sounds, she went into a room where someone was already there. It was the same one who had brought the child, Ann. Lo-muna was about to greet her but noticed the girl's eyes were closed and instead she fished about in her bag, looking for the proper materials to hang up the coat in order for it to dry.

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


Kuh. What's Yuwen want with her anyways, didn't their talk earlier already establish that she had changed too much for them to really be friends anymore? Sucks that she held on to the belief that something could come of it for so long, but, that's how it goes. She's stuck with his little plot for now, at the very least.

"I don't know what you're talking about," Fortune said, oddly tactful for once. What's his motive? Does he even have one? Definitely. He's gotta have one, but what? "I just heard about attraction Chi, it's a technique that's big in Sudea. The Emperor's harem is trained in it to make them more attractive for him, it's completely outrageous," Yuwen then grinned, and Hyuna briefly wondered, is that what he was hinting at? Did he want her to use her illusions to at least improve the features of all the girls around him? What a mundane motive, honestly. "And they train at it for years so they're completely different then normal women. The air around them smells sweet, their features look better. You heart starts racing and you don't know why,"

"Sickening." Hyuna spat, calming herself down quickly. "They've got no self respect, the haremites. But, Fortune, you'd sure like me to use my chi to make the other girls 'round here more good looking, huh?" She scoffed, jabbing him in the ribs with her elbow.

Yuwen laughed and continued, "It's creepy, really." He glanced from Hyuna to Yamato, patting each on the shoulder for a second before retracting his hands beneath the velvet once more. "...Thanks for joining, by the way," Then, after clearing his throat, in a more subdued voice than normal,"It means a lot to me."

Hyuna stared at him for a few seconds, not really knowing how to respond, before looking down at her feet; the safest place to rest those damn eyes. "Not many who can scatter a larger force easily." She coughed a little, still not meeting his eyes. "That's... what you mean, right? Need me and my chi for when we're outnumbered?"

Her eyes darted around for Muna, and, seeing that somehow, the rabbit girl disappeared, the frown on her face deepened just a little bit more.

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

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Yuwen glanced down as Hyuna spoke, his hair getting slicker and slicker in the rain before he glanced back up at her. "I don't really need warriors... I mean, I didn't hire warriors," He admitted after a moment, his voice cracking slightly. He shuddered in the rain as sniffles set in. "...I just wanted friends for an adventure."

Suddenly the ship rocked to the side. "Sorry!" Jensu called from the wheel. "We're going off the main river Han and onto a smaller one, I don't know it's name!" Her gaze went back to the Han as lightening rocked in the distance, the echo of thunder not far behind. "You should all get below deck! Me and Mohan will find a port!" She called.

Yuwen nodded at the woman before looking around. Illyria was still at the mast, and Sunaarashi and Echo seemed to be using the storm in their training somehow. Ignoring the rest he turned to Yamato and Hyuna. "After you two," He said with a smile, squinting as the rain came down harder and harder on his face...

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

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Hyuna Ka-Nan


The storm really was picking up. It added more to Yuwen's little pathetic look, the hair slicked down to almost cover his eyes, and his little sniffles making the illusion that he was crying when he said all he wanted were friends for the adventure. Knowing him, hell, that may just be true. But could she really be considered a friend, and has he really been a friend to her? It was obvious in hindsight that she liked him more than he liked her, when they were still innocent kids. Hyuna scornfully regarded her younger self before returning her attention to Yuwen.

"Lets try and make these three months... not terrible, Fortune." She muttered to him, slouching again as she heard the goblin, Jensu, scream about the storm, and how they should head down. Yuwen then smiled at her and Master, inviting them to head down first. But, well, down, in the over is where bunny girl was. Did Hyuna really want to deal with that? She was too tense and riled up to want to confront anything regarding Muna just now. So, she tried to think of an excuse to let her just avoid that problem 'til later. Then, it came to her. She could help make the ship go faster with her chi, couldn't she?

Lightning cracked the sky impressively. Hyuna watched in awe, somewhat wishing she herself could conjure electricity with her chi. Nonetheless, her air chi was good enough for her purposes, being the thing she relied on probably way too much in battle.

"I'll help out up top." Hyuna said with a confident grin, and used her chi to help her jump up to the top, where Mohan and Jensu were dealing with the Milkweed.

"Captain, I'll make us go faster, to outrun the storm." She said cockily. "I was getting stir-crazy, anyways, without danger."

She took a safe position somewhat behind the Captain and began focusing the chi, to add more wind behind the sails. This sped up the Milkweed, whether the goblin wanted the help or not.

Well, I feel better now!

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

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Yamato looked over his shoulder as Yuwen approached the two, "You two alright?" He paused, waiting for an answer neither gave and then continued, "Careful Hyuna. Love techniques are bad news." Yamato ran an hand through his hair as the two then got into yet another argument. Hyuna shouting and Yuwen acting innocent. These types of conversation were going to wear on Yamato over the next three months. Yuwen then spoke of a technique that did in fact allow a woman to make herself seem more desirable, and their chi would attract men and women. Yamato looked out into the water, feeling a bit ignorant. He'd always prided himself on knowing things about chi and the different ways to recognize it and how someone may use it in battle. Yet, here was a type he'd never encountered, never knew about. Fortune did though, and the thought of Fortune being somehow better than he was bothered him.

"...Thanks for joining, by the way," He added, clearing his throat slightly. "Its means a lot to me." Yuwen's innocent act yet again. Yamato nodded quickly, dismissing the comment, seeing more as a formality than an genuine statement. At some point it had started to rain and the others began filing down into the hull. Fortune invited them to go ahead and make themselves comfortable, but Yamato didn't see a point in going below deck. It was just water after all.

The storm began to pick up and the Captain made he plan of finding a port to wait out the storm. He rolled his eyes and continued to look out into the water. The waves had gotten a bit stronger with the increased wind, and the normally reflective surface of the water was tainted by each drop creating ripples, distorting the effect.


"I'll help out up top." Hyuna's voice called out over the thunder. Yamato was just about to tell her to go below deck when used her chi to help her jump up to the top, where Mohan and Jensu were dealing with the Milkweed.

"Captain, I'll make us go faster, to outrun the storm." He could hear the confidence in her voice. "I was getting stir-crazy, anyways, without danger." Perhaps she was being cocky, it didn't matter. The only way to get better with Chi was to use it. If she truly wanted to get better, she would need practice. Focusing her chi into the sails during a storm was obviously child's play for her, but he could tell it made her happy. Despite her violent exterior, Yamato could see a much softer, kind side underneath.

He wondered how that could be possible. He'd always thought warriors were strong at all times, only caring about the fight and the way of life they'd chosen. There was no time for compassion or kindness. The closest he would ever get to a kind gesture would be saving the innocent people of Poyo, and that was simply a result of his fighting. He hadn't gone into battle for them, he'd gone into battle for the sake of fighting. He knew it was selfish, but on the battlefield only two people matter, you and your opponent. He felt that having other interests would slow him down and keep him from thinking straight. There was no place for worry or doubt on the battle field. He shook his head, proud his pupil had taken charge, but worried that her emotions could get the better of her.

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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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"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: 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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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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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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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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"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.

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

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Ann stepped calmly to the side as a burst of flame rushed past her, walking back on track as she headed toward the cloaked figure. "Do you even know who this Yuwen Fortune is?" the intruder said aloud. "Because I promise you, staying aboard with him is no less deadly than staying aboard with me."

"Was that the case?" Ann said, joining the others. "I'd say you're being quite convincing so far, though if you keep at it, you'll probably be convincing a dead audience," she added sarcastically, narrowing her eyes. "And that wouldn't be any good, now would it?" Her fingers wrapped around her weapon, now slick from the downpour. She gave Hyuna a brief glance and nodded her head toward flames spreading across the ship, although she wasn't entirely sure if her mastery of chi was potent enough to extinguish it.

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Yamato let out a low whistle, "Yep, serious issues." He muttered, taking a defensive stance. "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." This caught his attention. Hyuna was geared up for another attack, he didn't stop her. She wanted to fight, so did he, but the lust for information suddenly tasted a little sweeter.

"So, tell us, Fire-boy, who is Fortune?" He narrowed his eyes, "Because honestly, right now, neither of you seem very appealing or "safe.""

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

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Hyuna was struggling. The burns felt raw and open upon her skin, but she nodded to Razul anyways, channeling her weariness and anger and hatred all into the palms of her hand; eyes shut. One problem they had to dealt with was the goddamn fire on the boat- otherwise they'd all die. She managed to gather together a strong breeze, and whipped it more and more above her in a vicious circle, making a makeshift tornado. Directing her arms towards the flames, the tornado tore into the inferno, hopefully dealing minimal damage to the ship itself as it cleared away the bulk of the flames.

When she was finished, it seemed the bastard was in a talking mood, after listening to both Razul and Yamato's queries.

The enemy regarded them all with some sort of mad desperation glinting. "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," Hyuna scowled as the man paced around, and she held the dug the spear into the deck, leaning against it for support, listening avidly. Because a few good years ago would fit in well with when Leiya was captured... meaning Yuwen was playing around in Ya'ei-Choen when she threw away her innocence to fight for her life. "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."

Dead silence as Hyuna registered the information. Was the whole thing planned, then, by Yuwen? So, was she really a pawn the whole time? But, she had tried hard for the past few hours to at least be kinder to him; try to let him in at least a little bit. Hell, she screamed out loud for all to hear that she wouldn't let anyone kill him. The man then drove his fist into the ground, revealing what appeared to be scores upon scores of caged goblins... meaning... was Jensu a slaver? Was she behind the capture of her mother, in fact? Also below were Muna and Suiken, and Hyuna blushed again upon seeing the contours of Muna's body.

"Don't come one step closer!" The hooded figure yelled to those above deck, specifically the giantess. "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."

All Hyuna knew was that Yuwen was desperately asking for ideas; for help. And hell, she couldn't care less for the goblins anyways, if they couldn't fight back.

"I've got your back, Fortune!" Hyuna cried as she tackled the hooded figure, using more chi to hopefully block the slaves from being incinerated; a barrier of raging wind. She shot Yuwen a neutral glance, eyeing him, the look saying 'you better explain it to all of us after we save your ass', and then turned back to the person she was flinging herself at. "I'll be the one to defeat you, after all!"

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Yamato grit his teeth. "His story, its the same as ours. Did he simply watch us and miss his chance, or is this Fortune's history repeating itself? Another scorned 'friend' with a bone to pick?" He scratched his chin, anger boiling inside him. He knew he should have taken his chances with the imperial guard. He looked down into the hull of the ship, the flame wielding, scorned, ex guild member stood over what appeared to be a bunch of sleeping Goblins while the rest of their crew stood on the other side of the cage. "What the hell is going on here?" He had half a mind to place his blade to Yuwen's back and make him talk, but something about that plan seemed anticlimactic.

"Ideas?" Fortune's voice called up to them as well as those surrounding him. "Yeah, start talking. What is he talking about? Similar story as us. Now we find Goblins in cages. Fortune, what is your plan here?"

He then noticed Hyuna, she didn't seem to care that the man spoke the same story they lived. She wanted to protect the Goblins and swore to Fortune that she had his back. Suddenly he felt a divide between them. She was hell bent to be the one to stab Fortune in the back, where as Yamato was okay with Fortune getting himself out of this mess. "He doesn't have yours." Yamato called out angrily. "He never has, he never will. He conveniently vanishes during the battle only to show up with guild contracts later. Seems he's done that exact same to this hot-head. not to mention leaving you years ago. Yet you remain loyal until you get your shot. Take it. Why wait? Kill him now if you want him gone. Hyuna, you don't need him or this guild."

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

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Lo-muna backed away slowly as she reached for the rapier hidden away in her bag. A barrier of wind rose and she looked up at Hyuna, giving her a small smile in thanks. Her eyes drifted back to the intruder and she listened to Yamato's call for explanation.

"I don't exactly think this is time for a history check! Or doubting loyalties" Lo-muna cried out, panic in her voice. "Shouldn't we, you know, put him out! Or possibly get him out of here? Boats are flammable you know! And fortune's not the only one down here!"

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

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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-"]

"Don't free them?" Suiken snapped at Yuwen. "We don't know what they are? Are you sure?! You see children imprisoned in the back of a boat and-," Suiken paused.

[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?"]

Suiken, more annoyed than anything at this point, looked form Yuwen to the hooded man. "Kid, I don't even want to know why you know a villain, but...you," Suiken turned to the hooded man as he stepped between him and the tied up goblins, blue chi beginning to encase his body. "Won't be touching them."

The insanity continued and Hyuna and Yamato dropped down to join the fray. Suiken spoke to Yamato, who seemed to accuse Fortune of harboring the goblin slaves. "Calm yourself, tengu. These state of these poor goblins is something for the Captain to answer for. Not that Fortune doesn't have a few things to explain himself..." he sighed, taking a fighting stance, his eyes never leaving the hooded maniac.

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

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Yamato shook his head, "Until two seconds ago I didn't know these Goblins were here, I don't care about them. All I want is Fortune and this guy to talk." He retorted to Suiken before turning his attention to Lo Muna. He levitated off the ground slightly, "so what if the boat burns, seems like your problem not mine. If these two go down with it, even better." He touched back down to the ground, feeling Hyuna's chi around them all, suppressing the fire user's chi.

He put his blade to the Elemental's neck. "Keep talking, you may just save your life." He turned his attention to Lo-Muna again, "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 then."

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

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Shit. She completely forgot about Master.

"He doesn't have yours." Yamato said to her, angrily, almost looking betrayed. "He never has, he never will. He conveniently vanishes during the battle only to show up with guild contracts later. Seems he's done that exact same to this hot-head. not to mention leaving you years ago. Yet you remain loyal until you get your shot. Take it. Why wait? Kill him now if you want him gone. Hyuna, you don't need him or this guild."

While it was true that she didn't need the guild, she still figured that Yuwen was a requirement. He was her life as a kid, the one thing she looked forwards to the most. And until she could come to terms with what happened during the war, wouldn't it be best to let the last childhood tie live? She was going to try and enunciate this to her Master when she saw the little smile aimed up at her from Muna, immediately ruining her concentration on her thoughts. It was all she could do to keep the winds blowing.

"M-Master..." She said apologetically, turning to him, almost begging that he'd let it pass for now. "I can't settle my past and move on with my life if it's not me who kills him. Please understand?"

Multiple things happened at once, then. First, the ship crashed, sending shockwaves of pain even farther through her small body. She eyed Yuwen flailing in the water, as well as tried to keep a bead on Muna and most of all, Master. While focusing too hard on too many things at once, Hyuna couldn't keep herself afloat, tumbling into the river, wondering exactly where in her life that she messed up enough to end up in this predicament.

Kuh. Damnit.

She couldn't even swim, and she lost the connection to her element while in the water. Still, she tried to keep her head above the tides as best as she could, feeling the blisters forming and the aching bones begging for rest. At the very least, she felt her hand wrap around a bunny's ear, and she allowed herself a little grin.

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Yamato growled with disqust as the ship crashed and begin to sink. The hooded man lost below the waves, Fortune tossed out as well. He cold only assume the others were thrown into the water as well. Hyuna's form vanished from his field of vision and he felt a small sense of panic. He dove under the water, using his wings to propel him down, reaching for her hand. He could see the blisters forming on her burned skin now, and the water around her darkened with blood. As he went to grab her he noticed, Lo-Muna reaching for her. He missed his opportunity and took the chance to swim to the surface. Someone he was sure was still in the water.

He caught sight of Yuwen, clinging to a large chunk of wood where he was saying he'd found a raft, and swam over to him and Suiken. "You both look okay, did you see if anyone else went under?" He continued to tread the water, coming from a fishing village he could swim for hours. He helped Yuwen pull the raft out and cleared away the debris inside it. He took one of the cages from Suiken and opened the lock with his chi, and put the Goblins into the raft.

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Yamato pulled himself up onto the beach. His armor and wet clothes made walking difficult, but he was accustomed to the difficulties of traveling. He stood apart from the others, arms folded across his chest. While they laid the bodies of the unconscious onto Yuwen's conveniently timed horse, he started walking towards the smoke. From their vantage point it seemed too thin a trial to be anything more than a campfire, but he couldn't help but hope it was an inn. It wasn't cold, so a large fire wasn't necessary.

"I'll, scout ahead." He said to no one in particular. He walked into the woods, one hand on the hilt of his blade the other digging his hemet from his bag before donning it.

"Fortune has a lot to explain, but do I really care?" He spoke to himself as he walked, a clear cut path though the woods at his feet. "This entire guild was a mistake. I'm out of the city, I can get out of this god-forsaken empire. I could go back home and take what is rightfully mine again. Kill the damn squatters that call my house their home. Leaches." He said, disgust in his tone before coming to clearing. A couple small buildings stood before him one clearly an inn, the other seemed to be a pub. "Clearly a tourist area." He rolled his eyes heading down to the inn.

"Rooms for the night please, four should be enough. I'll just be in the bar all night anyway." The woman handed him four keys and he made his way back to the beach, where the others were getting ready to move out. "Look at that, room keys and everything. Here you go Fortune." He tossed the keys to Fortune and made his way back through the woods, "This way, don't want to get lost in this treacherous forest."

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

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Upon joining the others, Muna quickly declared her distaste for conversations of loyalty where there were the injured and innocent to take care of. So, thankfully for Hyuna, Muna went to tend to them, after saying something to Fortune involving the horse, and bowing to Hyuna, thanking her for the compliment. The Falcon viewed her new friend? Acquaintance? Regardless, she looked at Muna as she tended to that small other girl, human, still unconscious and unknown. Why did she tense up at the idea of Muna getting closer to Yuwen? Does it even matter?

I don't even know why I care anymore.

She frowned as she regarded the ebbing pains of her burns, knowing that she'd probably need to get them treated once she could. But seeing that Muna was around where the injured her laid out, well, she decided that she could ask later. Need to get away from that infuriating rabbit girl. And as a group of strangers, they headed into the town; to civilization, a motley crew, of course. She faintly heard Yamato mutter that he'd go scout ahead, and, well, Hyuna figured she wanted some time alone as of now. So she could figure things out in her head- she already declared her previously unknown to even herself allegiance, Yuwen, but she also told pretty much everyone that it was a temporary until she was ready to move on to whatever life had next for her, and the sooner she could get there, the better.

"Damn, Fortune." She muttered, wandering idly as the others more or less dispersed into the town. Biting her lip, Hyuna swung her spear against a three with a jumping slash, before twisting her body to have her feet land on the trunk, leaping off of it like a spring. She made a quick turn in midair using her chi and slashed at a different side of the tree, and once again sprung forth from it, and landed back on her feet on the ground. Immediately after testing out her capabilities she almost crumpled as her body was weakened from lack of sleep and injuries.

So goddamn weak. Gotta push harder, train harder, so I can be strong like Master.

Ah, Yamato. How amazingly strong he was, in his quick yet calculated way. Hyuna wished her skill extended as far as his did, but no matter how she looked at it, the gap in skill was too wide. And that's not even adding Illyria into the equation. Or even that old guy, who also likely outmatched her in a fight.

"Harder." Hyuna muttered as she mustered all her strength into her thin arm, bashing the spear against the ground. An aching pain rang up to her shoulder, but she ignored it stubbornly, grunting as she wiped sweat off her brow. "Faster." She growled as she leapt in a sort of somersault, chi propelling her body higher and farther than any normal human, before twisting strangely in the air; a painful twinge in her chest. "Higher." Instead of letting herself land softly on the forest floor, she used chi to bring her even higher into the air, feeling dizzy and worn out all at once. Bending her body at almost an unnatural angle, she positioned herself for the descent. "Sharper." She wheezed, somewhat gliding down, ignoring the white hot stabs of pain throughout her body, and landing cleanly on the blunt end of her spear; point embedded into the ground. Hyuna let herself fall to the ground, wondering if this little improvised training helped anything at all, when she heard the ruffle of leaves. They were heading out. Might as well join in.

Hyuna carefully masked the hitch in her breath as she fell into pace beside Yamato.

"How you doin', Master?" She asked him. "The shipwreck and stuff. You didn't get injured, huh?"

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The man in the red longcoat removed the white and black mask from his face and replaced it upon his chest, smirking. "Well, well, well. I found you. And you've even got friends now, how lovely!"

He scowled at this point. "No thanks to those Umbral Horrors, of course...ugh, I should just resort to doing these things myself now. Still, they'll serve their next task perfectly!" Raising a hand that glowed with black energy, he sent a command to the Umbral Horrors that still were searching the cliffs, telling them to head towards a new location...

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"...ea, if you don't mind."

The scenery Terra Himene saw when she woke up was completely different from what she had seen earlier. Whereas earlier she had been at the edge of a cliff, gazing into a forest filled with demonic beasts, now she found herself laid in a comfortable chair, in an unfamiliar room that was softly lit with amber lights.

Looking around, she found herself sitting at a table with a very young girl with brown hair and clear blue eyes. Not too far away were a number of very bizarre and out of place-looking characters at different tables, namely a snow oni. What was Terra supposed to make of the scene? She already felt awkward, even when the little girl was almost acting as though she wasn't there.

Then suddenly, the little girl turned towards her, tilted her head a bit to the right, and asked, "What happened to your eyes?"

With a gasp, Terra's left hand shot over the pale green eye on the same side of her face. The other eye, a brilliant emerald green, had a frightened look. Quickly, with her right hand, she pulled her hood over her eyes again.

(OOC: I may or may not have bungled Millie's personality. :/ Also, because I screwed up very badly, Yamato, Muna, and Ann do not actually appear in this scene, and Terra magically teleports away from Keeflo/Muna carrying her...both of them said they were picking up "an unconscious girl that got picked up alongside Ann". Sorry everyone.)

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Yamato rubbed his eyes as the made their way back to town, when Hyuna popped up by his side. "How you doin', Master?" She asked him. "The shipwreck and stuff. You didn't get injured, huh?" He shook his head, "Not too bad, the armor seems to have done its job." He looked her over, feeling guilty for her wounds. "Which reminds me, we will be getting you some proper armor first chance we get."

He dug pulled his pack in front of him and rifled around for a second before pulling out a small canister and tossing it to Hyuna, "When you get a chance put this over your burns. Its aloe, at least it'll take the sting out."

Soon they were all sitting around the Inn, Suiken ordered tea and the group was served dinner as well. After eating everyone seemed to go their own ways. Understandable after the experiences over the last 24 hours. They were the only ones at the Inn aside from two mismatched men in the corner, asleep.

"Good a time as any," he shrugged, making his way outside and to the bar.

The bar was dark, only a few torches in the far corners and behind the bar to light the entire space. He picked a small table away from the few patrons that sat around. A couple men talking in hushed tones at the bar, a young couple where the girl had been given a few too many drinks while her date wore a self-satisfied smirk. "Punk." Yamato muttered under his breath. A young waitress walked over to him, her eyes slightly puffy. It was painfully obvious that she'd been crying, and from the look the guy opposite of Yamato was giving her, Yamato knew the source of her problem.

"Sake, one glass. I'll take the bottle, please." He stacked three coins on the table. "Sir, this is too much..." He dismissed her comment, "Something for your trouble." He made a subtle head nod to the man across the room. "Thank you." She hurried off, leaving Yamato alone for only a few moments before returning with his drink. "Appreciate it," He poured himself a glass and sipped it slowly. It warmed him from the inside out, which helped tremendously considering his clothes were still damp. He was just thankful he'd taken the time to store his stuff in a private room at the Inn. "Well, here we are." He raised his glass slightly to his situation and downed the glass's remaining contents before filling it again, and again and again until the bottle was empty. Nothing had changed, the couple continued to drink, both now drunk out of their minds, the two men talked alone, and the other lone man continued to sit and drink just as Yamato did. The young waitress paced behind the bar, wiping it down more times than needed.

Yamato sighed and took the bottle and glass to the bar, setting them down in front of the girl. "Thanks again," He said, walking out of the bar.

He wondered into the Inn and took a spot in the lobby away from the others. He was tired, but didn't feel like sleeping.

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

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Master appeared to be looking her over, and Hyuna instinctively hid the burns, although Yamato had probably already seen them. She didn't want him to think she was weak, or anything like that, so it was almost shameful, admitting that she was injured, even considering the strength of that hooded figure who even outmatched Illyria, a nigh-impossible feat. Yamato shook his head then, in response to her query of injuries, giving the girl at least some bit of relief. "Not too bad." Yamato said, a little proudly. "The armor seems to have done it's job... which reminds me, we will be giving you some proper armor first chance we get."

Hyuna didn't know what to think of that. Sure, some good armor would help a lot for surviving attacks, but, wouldn't that hurt her current strengths? Using her chi, she excels in mobility and speed, but with more armor, her already crap stamina will be even worse, and she'll lose a lot of her dexterous edge. Hyuna wondered briefly if Yamato had considered it, before receiving a small cannister from him.

"When you get a chance, put this over your burns." Yamato said, back to his usual self. Hyuna was glad that their little disagreement back on the ship hadn't ruined their friendship. She needed the Tengu, after all, and didn't know how she'd really cope without his help. "It's aloe, at least it'll take the sting out."

Hyuna nodded her head in gratitude, and started rubbing the cream onto her injuries, almost sighing in relief as the soothing ointment took the edge off of the continuous pains. She felt a little awkward rubbing in onto her miniature chest, but, she didn't really have much of a choice. Yamato probably wouldn't care, anyways, for the female human body. After eating, Hyuna as always, hung on Yamato's shadow like an annoying little bug, finding solace in him. At least she didn't feel the same thing she did when looking at Muna. What's the deal, anyways? The uneasiness, the blushing and the difficulty at saying even simple words, or forming coherent thought, what does it all mean? She briefly considered asking her Master, but, well, Master probably wasn't well versed at emotions. Particularly not a human's emotions and thoughts. She put her head down, almost sourly, as Yamato entered a bar. Obediently, she entered after him, into the dark and quaint bar. A puffy eyed waitress approached, and Hyuna, not in the mood really for drinks, walked away and left Yamato to his own machinations, trying to ignore the musky scent that wafted throughout the bar.

Hyuna focused primarily on the couple with the too drunk girl and the mostly sober, and self satisfied male. And it was obvious what his plot was; Hyuna wouldn't be surprised even if there was consent- don't trick her into getting drunk and make some ridiculous parody of love to each other! She glared at them, bristling, and wanting to step in and spear the male before he could do anything disgusting. But that would only set more Imperials on her ass, and that wasn't a part of the plan.

"Hey!" She said brightly, to the girl. "Sis, c'mon. Mom wants you back at home now!"

With a dark smile, she hooked the inebriated girl over her shoulder to support her, as they stumbled out of the bar. Once there, Hyuna used her chi to take them farther to the outskirts, near the forest's edge, and steadied the girl, who mumbled something that no sane person could hear or understand.

"Saved you." She said quietly. "Idiot. Where do you live, I'll escort you there, okay?"

The girl pointed randomly in a direction, vaguely south west, still giggling and tripping over herself with various hiccups and strange glances. The spear girl, with a bit of a sigh, took the drunk girls hand when she first saw it. The... thing that made no sense. The strange monster. The two girls just looked at it in shock, as more and more of them appeared, almost like a mass gathering of impossible creatures. They were terrifying. They were... they were horrors. And as one noticed and started moving at a slanted step towards the two girls, the drunk one pointed and laughed.

"so drunk... hey Daddy...."

Then she vomited all over Hyuna's wonderful cloak. With distaste, Hyuna threw the girl off of her, and whipped out her spear, rapidly lunging it through the horror as it slumped to the ground. She stabbed it a few more times, frenzied and confused, not knowing how to even tell if it was dead or not, before taking the girl and summoning a strong wind to take them back into town.

A few minutes later, Hyuna burst into the inn, pale and shaking, with a girl being somewhat dragged by the ankle behind her, the odor of vomit caking the air.

"There's... these monster... things." She growled. "I don't even...Fortune, what the hell's going on here?"

Still, her shock was broken through by seeing the bunny girl, and Hyuna nervously gave the drunk woman to her; already passed out. "Um, she's, uh. Drunk... so... take care of her, and... yeah." She murmured, before pointedly turning back yo Yuwen.

"Dunno if it's safe here, Fortune." She said to him. "This place is goddamn weird. And I need a new cloak, there's this shit all over it!"

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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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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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Yamato walked into his suite and sat on the bed. He wasn't sure if it was soft or if he was just that tired. Regardless, it was nice to sit and relax. After a few moments he stepped into the suite's bathroom and lit the fire under the tub of water he'd requested be filled. It took a few minutes but soon the tub was warm and he dipped himself into the warming water, his tense muscles relaxing for the first time since leaving the bar the night before in Poyo. "What an interesting day," he said aloud, reaching over and grabbing a book he'd set to the side. A novel about a man who one day hoped to be king of a small nation. It was filled with battles between the rebel camp and the current king while the rebels tried to defend what they had taken as their territory. He'd read it many times, each time trying to see where the rebels went wrong, or where the King's men could have fought better. He closed his eyes, reciting the book from memory while he absent-mindedly flipped the pages.

As the water grew hotter, Yamato dunked his head under before washing it with a bar of soap. He could feel the grime from the river washing out. He also took care to wash the wound on his arm. It wasn't as deep as he'd thought, but it was much longer, accounting for the blood loss. It wouldn't take long to heal now.

He quickly dried off and wrapped his arm with a proper bandage and put on a fresh set of robes. He didn't wear his clans robes often but until he worked up the energy to properly wash shirt and pants he wore under his armor, the robes would do. He'd taken the liberty to dye them the same color as his wings, a deep charcoal gray which made the intricate black detailing that adorned the robes. It was an impressive and expensive set of robes, even with the dyed color. The only flaw was where Yamato had covered his Clan's crest with a fitting black patch. It seemed to fit the pattern, but when view up close one could tell it was an addition.

After setting his things where he wanted them, he lay on the bed, and fell asleep before he could get under the blanket.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Amanhã Tiamat Character Portrait: Malao Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: 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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"Eh..." Suiken responded, more annoyed than anything, at the screeching voices coming from the fog at them. The stone door leading to the grave site seem to rattle slightly with movement as the boy approached before it. It slowly pulled itself open, causing puffs of green mist to emit from the ghastly tombs. Suiken frowned.

"Hmm," the snow oni groaned. "That green aura. Telltale sign of a necromancer's handywork. Great..." Suiken sighed, glancing over to the others in the group. "Listen up, I forgot to mention this earlier, but now's as good a time as any. Any spirits we encounter, corrupted or otherwise, aren't' going to be hurt by simple physical hits. They're not like demons, who have a solid form. They can only be harmed by chi. And luckily, I sense that all four of you are proficient in chi...Wait. Four?" Suiken questioned as he noticed Hyuna approaching through the fog.

"Ah, Hyuna, glad of you to join us," Suiken nodded. "Watching after your rabbit friend, I see? At any rate, it's fortuitous that you've arrived. We're dealing with a necromancy here and we might need assistance."

The boy, not wanting to waste any more time listening to strangers argue, began to walk through the gate. It was then that the voices in the fog spoke once more, "Step no further..." they called out.

"Well...that's our invitation, then," Suiken shrugged as he glanced through the gate and saw where the boy was headed. To the very top of the hill, where the largest tomb sat high above the others, crumbled and broken. Sitting on it as if it were a throne was a ghastly vision of a human being. Transparent, paler than the moon light, and with empty eyes that appeared to gaze into the souls of the guild members (plus Jensu and Terra).

Soon, enough, hundreds of similar ghastly figures all erupted from the grave site, all staring at the intruders. They said nothing, but one could tell by the looks on their faces, what they were intending to say was, 'We dare you to take one step further...'

***

Back at the inn, the guild members would hear the sliding door open abruptly as they got to their rest. A kind faced woman approached, carrying a tray. "Evening tea...?" she hissed at them like a serpent, asking them a simple in question in a needlessly aggressive tone.

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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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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"No reason to head back now..." Suiken sighed, stepping forward himself. The moment they stepped past the gate was the moment things began to escalate. At first everything remained completely silent, as it had been the moment they stepped outside. The corrupted spirit's leader, the one sitting atop the tallest grave on the hill, shifted his head to the side for a bit, looking at the intruders of his domain curiously.

After a moment or two, he smiled and offered his hand forward, whispering in a somewhat benign tone as he motioned towards himself. "Come..." he smiled, as black spittle dribbled down his chin from his mouth, reminiscent of tar as it bubbled toxically and the head spirit's voice became immensely gravelly. "Join usssssss......" he hissed as his minions filled the night sky with their ghastly forms descending upon the intruders below, hands outstretched into claws, twisting unnaturally towards them as they began to attack.

"Okay, remember..." Suiken muttered to the others. "Chi is the key to defeating them. Improvise any way you can and defeat them..They're much more numerous than I expected and..." Suiken paused as he noticed the boy from earlier. He was being lifted from the ground by several spirits, who were bringing him to their leader. The head spirit's eyes grew beady eyed as his jaw extended unnaturally like a serpent's and he became more amphibious than human. Not quite like a beastman, as it was a terror to look at.

The head spirit opened his maw, showing his wide gullet, inside the roof of his mouth were several human sized cocoons of what one could only assume were the missing townspeople.

"Damn..." Suiken muttered. "Okay, here's the plan..." Suiken began as chi wrapped around his fist and a ghost flew headfirst into it, knocking itself on the ground....or through it as the case were. "You need to fight off the ghosts. Lo-Muna, I need you to use your speed and snatch that boy from the creature's jaws. The rest of you defeat as many spirits as you can. I'm going to go to the center of the graveyard," Suiken informed, pulling out his twin ice fang mallets. "And I'm going to...play my drum," he grinned, drawing out his drum. "Music soothes the soul, as they say, right?" Suiken asked, laughing a bit at his own joke.

***

"Teas cools quickly here," the woman insisted, pushing Yuwen forward to the floor with her tray. "Hurry and get your tea," the woman insisted repeatedly as Yuwen and anyone else awake would notice that her eyes were milky white. "Do you want something to drink...?" She asked mockingly as a quick chopping noise was heard from the other side of the room. Within minutes several axe heads and swords were seen poking through the wall on the opposite side of the room. The shuffling a feat and angry shouts was heard. "Anything at all?" the woman, asked as green acidic bile began to drip from her mouth to the floor, scalding it. Her neck began to stretch unnaturally, attempting to wrap around Yuwen like a snake as dozens of villagers tried to break into their room at the inn at once.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Yamato's sleep was cut short, what with Yuwen shouting and the abundance of weaponry penetrating the walls all around him. He slowly reached for his blade when Yuwen and some beast-snake woman crashed through the wall. Yuwen's blade fell on to the woman's leg, stopping her advancement just long enough for Yuwen to cut her head off.

Yamato slipped out of the bed just as her severed head landed on the sheets, the acid eating the sheets where he'd been seconds before.

"Never a dull moment, eh Fortune?" He shook his head with a chuckle before racing down the hallway, blade out and ready to tear through anyone who got in his way. "C'mon, think you're a match for me?" It was sword against sword, axe after pole arm. Their attackers didn't seem to hold back. It was then he saw Ann and the little girl Millie. Together they finished off the remaining enemies. "Undead scum." He muttered once they'd finished. Ann then made her way to Yuwen's door and tried to open it. It didn't budge. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

"Well, I certainly won't be bored while traveling with this guild. Seems we have a certain affinity with what some would call bad luck." He smiled, the stench of blood filling the air.

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

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"Yeah, four hours of sleep is a great way to start the new day," Yuwen muttered, kicking open the door and joining the others in the dark hall. He glanced down at the bodies and then up to his comrades. "How'd all these chumps end up undead?" He questioned. Suddenly a rock flung through a window, narrowly missing Ann's face and imbedding itself into the wall. Yuwen looked at the projectile before running forward and taking cover beside the window. "Guys... this is bad," He whispered, glancing out. Stretching out in the fog were at least a hundred villagers - a good chunk of the town. Yuwen swallowed. "Guys..." He whispered, turning back to his friends. "I don't know what happened here but if we just go all out we could be massacring an entire village here," He swallowed. "Maybe there's a way to turn them back. Let's try to keep destruction low."

Suddenly, as if to contradict his words, a massive explosion rose in the distant fog. "I don't know what that is..." Yuwen whispered, squinting at the sight. "But I don't think I like it."

Far away, at the edge of the village gravesite a blast of fire came down, burning the grass to a crisp. "Great Guild!" A voice screamed. Suiken, Lo-muna, Hyuna and Terra looked up as the hooded man descended through the burning and smashed down into the ashy grounds. "You're not safe here," He said, stating the incredibly obvious.

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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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Malachi Gabra Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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More spirits were drawn to Hyuna's illusion and began gunning for her, claws outstretched and reaching for her waste. Others made a grab for Lo-Muna as she drew ever closer to the head spirit. Suiken sat upon the ground setting up his drum. His chi ability to become a sturdy force proved useful as he simply swatted away spirits headed for him. Suiken sat on the grounds and sighed heavily, "Been a while since I had to do this...Let's hope I can remember the proper steps..." he muttered to himself.

Once Lo-Muna had made her ploy and grabbed the boy, the head spirit began to grow angry. His massive amphibious eyes swiveled towards Lo-Muna, unperturbed by the smoke as he crawled across the grave site in an awkward manner across all fours.

"Do not deny me claim..." the head spirit shouted, his eyes beginning to bulge out of his head. "I hunger..."

Then a familiar voice had called out to them. The hooded man from before. What could he want? Possibly to help them. Suiken didn't know, but for now..."If you are on our side then aid us!" Suiken called out. "Your fire chi will harm these spirits long enough for me to finish..." Suiken grumbled.

***

It wasn't long before the Guild found the outside of the inn surrounded by 'villagers'. Not quite like villagers anymore, as their necks too stretched out to inhuman proportions and fangs erupted from their gums. Others simply were content to brandish weapons and attempted to mow down their unwelcome guests by sheer numbers.

A strange noise was heard from the villagers on Ann, Millie, and Yamato's side as if they began to shuffle to one side...

[It didn't take long to clear them, and when she did, she made an effort to budge the door but realized something from the inside was keeping it from opening, and it wasn't a lock. She rapped her knuckles against the door.

"They're gone," she called, Millie slightly trembling by her side. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

It was then he saw Ann and the little girl Millie. Together they finished off the remaining enemies. "Undead scum." He muttered once they'd finished. Ann then made her way to Yuwen's door and tried to open it. It didn't budge. "If it's not too much of a bother, I'd appreciate it if you came out and lent a hand before I overexert myself and die of blood loss."

"Well, I certainly won't be bored while traveling with this guild. Seems we have a certain affinity with what some would call bad luck." He smiled, the stench of blood filling the air. ]

"Bad luck? I'd say..." an unfamiliar voice answered Yamato as the ashen-winged tengu suddenly felt a heavy kick to the chest. Looking up, Yamato, Millie, Ann, and now Yuwen would see two tall figures sporting dark green silk shirts and pants and black conical hats covering their faces in shadow. They were figures seen earlier in the inn, asleep, having left almost exactly before this chaos started.

The muscular one stepped further into the room, leaning back as he walked, his hands in his pocket. The more lean one, the one who had kicked Yamato, walked hunched over, his arms swinging from side to side lazily. The guild could tell by their movements and speech, that they weren't a part of the townspeople. Both of them had characters embedded on the front of their shirts, representing their names. For the muscular one, 'Hei Zhao.' And for the lanky one, 'Bai Zhao.'

The muscular one, Hei Zhao turned towards his peer and sneered exasperatedly, "Little brother, remind me of what you said the moment these jackasses entered this village...?"

Bai Zhao shrugged and sniffed, "I said they probably wouldn't be a problem. Just some quirky travelers, that's all! I didn't know they would mettle!"

"Yeah, well they did and now we have to clean up the mess they've made, before they clean up ours..." Hei Zhao muttered, raising his hand in the air as a green aura, an aura of necromancy filled the air. Hei Zhao snapped his fingers, gaining the attention of the insane 'villagers'. His next words were delivered lazily and simply, but there was a hidden layer of content with each word, "Rip 'em apart."

The townspeople rushed at the Guild members as the two brothers turned around, walking the other way. "Ah, do you smell allll of that chi little brother?" Hei Zhao laughed sinisterly. "It's enough to make ya feel aliiiiiiiiiive again!" he chuckled, raising his arms into the air, causing more green aura to fill the night sky. The corrupted spirits in the grave yard and the mad 'villagers' seemed to become more blood thirsty and aggressive than before.

"And, and in the case of travelers, it's enough to make them NOT alive? Eh? Catch my drift?" Bai Zhao elbowed his brother.

"Yeah, I get it..." Hei Zhao muttered, considerably less pumped up than before.

" 'Cause we're gonna kill 'em, see...?" Bai Zhao informed villainously.

"How about I kill you?" Hei Zhao groaned in beleaguered frustration as the two made their way, slowly, towards the grave site.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Ann rested with her back against the wall, starting to feel a bit light-headed. Her muscles relaxed and her vision grew hazy, her breathing slowing down a little

"I think I'll take a short break," she said quietly, arms hanging loosely at her sides as she stared blankly toward the others. "Millie, you should go with them. I'll catch up." The girl shook her head, tugging at her shirt as if to urge her to come along. Either way, it didn't seem like she had any intention of leaving without her. "Can't catch a moment's rest around you, can I?" she smiled, ruffling her hair. "Alright. Onwards it is. Where are we headed next? After the group that left?" Her question was put on hold as two men appeared who, at length, appeared to be the culprits of this mass possession. "Seems like our necromancer turned out to be a pair of a clowns," Ann murmured, watching as they departed while exchanging mindless banter. "Who'd have thought?" She briefly turned to Yuwen, taking note that the villagers were drastically more aggressive than they were before. "Forget holding back. If they attack, they die."

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

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There were sounds everywhere. Footsteps, shouts, the whoosh of air as attacks were unleashed and taken or blocked. The sights weren't any different. Spirits took up most of the range of Lo-muna's vision though she glanced back at Hyuna, fighting and defending without much success. Even in the darkness she could see the bright spots of red so unlike the trampled green that surrounded it. The boy also took up much of Lo-muna's concentration. He was knocked out, probably from what he had seen, and was limp so carrying him wasn't much of a task.

Her concentration was scattered, her other senses only confirming what her eyes and ears already assessed. Then that glint of fire and Lo-muna turned, expecting to see the hooded figure, only to see Terra unleash fire. It wasn't under control. Lo-muna ran.

Hyuna was stubborn and prideful and as much as Lo-muna hated to admit it, having Yamato along wouldn't have been so bad. Maybe he could have made his apprentice listen and realize teamwork was essential in this situation. The spirits had gotten more aggressive and even Lo-muna, augmented as she was, was having a slight bit of trouble slipping out of their grasp. But then again, Yamato didn't seem so keen on working with others either. It probably would have resulted in the same situation regardless if he had come or not.

"Watch out!" Muna screamed as she tackled Hyuna, driving her out of the fireball's path. The reaction had been late however and Lo-muna gave a sharp cry as her back was singed, the cry more out of panic for the jacket than her own back. Her grip slipped and the boy tumbled out of Lo-muna's arms, spirits already drawn by the moment of weakness. She scrambled to get back up, ignoring all else, and dived for the boy as the spirits lunged. The rabbit's small frame was swallowed by the crowding spirits eager to present the head spirit his dinner...

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

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"We'll survive if we can make it through the night," Yuwen replied to Keeflo as he stepped toward the window. "We have about an hour until sunrise... If we can out wait them we can out beat them." He watched as beyond the villagers began to scale the walls. "Barricade the windows and doors and then defend," Yuwen ordered, pointing to display shelves that lined the halls. "I don't want to kill them," He added with warning to the team who seemed focused on murdering what could be innocents below...

***

As the weakened head-spirit swooped around for Terra a figure flung himself forward. The Hooded Villain, who had fallen back, now returned: hands forward and the air igniting before him. "Stand back!" He called to Terra as the spirit dived. Suddenly the space before his hands combusted and a cone of flame emerged, shaped by his palms and flying out toward the spirit. The fire washed over the being and when the flames landed onto the ground the creature was gone. The hooded villain exhaled heavily and nearly collapsed backward. Smoke came from his hands, the palms of which were heavily blackened from years of fire control. The cloaked scoundrel turned to the Great Guild members, taking advantage of the small calm they had before the head-spirit may reappear. "You misunderstand. The danger I speak of is not this peasantry," He explained slowly. "I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." He stood. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

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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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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!"

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"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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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul

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Yamato had had a bout enough of the entire situation once he started using his chi to block the windows with book cases and other heavy furniture. "These nights never seem to end." He commented, as he mentally lowered a dresser into place. It was then that the whole Inn began to shake. Yuwen spoke, but Yamato's mind was elsewhere. He drew his blade in a flash as Tengu warriors burst through the wall, and the floor fell from underneath of them. He levitated, watching as the others slid down into the fray of villagers below. He took on the few warriors that came after him, cutting their wings and laughing as they fell into the horde below who couldn't seem to tell what or who was on their side.

He joined Yuwen in the middle of the fight on the ground, "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!"

He nodded, and followed Yuwen, cutting down the acid spitting undead that tried to stop their advance.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Ann kicked one of the spears on the ground into her hands, leaning on it with most of her weight for a moment to catch a breath. That was enough fighting for the day. She just didn't have the strength to swing her sword anymore. Hoping to avoid further encounters, she nodded to Yuwen and followed after him, using it as a walking stick. Millie tagged along behind her, albeit with more distance than usual. She felt bad about being cautious around her, but she couldn't bring herself to look at Ann the same way again after that.

"If we dont' get an actual night's-" Ann paused a moment and then proceeded to correct herself. "Day's rest, I suppose now, after this, I might really just drop dead. One close call is enough for me, but this..." She sighed and shook her head. "I really don't know how to describe this."

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

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"P-please stop and restart," The child stuttered. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

"Are you stupid?" The Hooded Villain replied, raising. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"The spirit isn't done yet," Suiken said, interrupting the valuable flow of information. "We have to keep laying on the chi attacks if we want to..."

Just then the two clowns of the town approached. "Ah, excellent. The village idiots have arrived. I needed some target practice," He explained evilly.

"I sense it...the aura of a necromancer coming from those two," Suiken warned. "But somethings... off. They're emanating the aura to be sure, but it's not coming from them..."

The hooded villain took a step back at the words, moving between Lo-Muna and Suiken as the two brothers began to speak, insulting the gang and then threatening them. "Now lets see," One the men at last said, arriving to the point. "Which of you to kill first?" He jumped forward and landed before Hyuna. "Tag. You're it..."

Suddenly the other brother was smashed in the face by a massive rock the hooded villain had thrown. The cloaked figure ran forward and began to beat the shit out of Bai while his brother watched.

"Whats going on here?!" Yuwen called as he and his gang approached. The hooded villain paused his physical onslaught on the sad clown to face the approaching team, a pause he'd soon regret...

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

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Yamato followed Yuwen, and the sound of battle to a grave yard. Hyuna, Lo-Muna, Terra and Suiken were dealing with the two brothers that seemed to be behind the entire ordeal. A few seconds later, Yamato eyed the hooded man from the ship earlier. "Bastards." He growled. "This just got a little more interesting."

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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: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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After collapsing onto the ground, Hyuna really had lost all the fight in her. And that only got crushed more then the weird girl encased her in the earth- struggling and being unable to breathe. Where was Muna, and the sack of shit boy? Did they make it out? And what about the huge head spirit snake thing? Did her attack finish it off at all? Or even weaken it? She heard a loud roar though, struggling to stay awake to figure out was what happening before she ran out of air to even breathe. Was something happening? Eventually, though, the earth cuccoon wore off, and Hyuna found herself able to breathe again, though still too tired out to really move. Why was she stupid enough to get herself this badly injured?

"I speak of the Seven Sons, Great Guild... and others, all because you managed to get in the middle of the greater scheme..." It was the firey hooded person again, finally come to the rescue. He stood, almost proudly, and Hyuna unconsciously felt her teeth clench in anger, it's usual setting. She had heard of the Seven Sons ago, in passing, some of the Tengu muttering about their power and unbeatability. If the Great Guild had somehow gained the ire of the Seven Sons, well, things definitely weren't going to go well at all. "The attack on Poyo was no accident. The only accident was your little gang managing to get in the middle of it... I promise you, you will get no rest until you return what you took."

Not the first time, she wondered if it'd have been smarter to just surrender to that idiot Ro when they had the chance. But then she'd not have met Muna and felt whatever the heck it is she's feeling. And the more she thought of it, the more she figured, heck, why not just try and roll with it. It's not as if it were uncomfortable... just nerve-wracking in a strange way. She was clearly having trouble concentrating on the battle at hand, thought weaving in and out.

"P-please stop and restart," Weird girl looked confused and wondering, as if trying to separate herself from this new conflict. And while Hyuna couldn't really blame her, it also showed that this new girl was a total spineless coward, and not worth trying to get to know. Just blind anger would be sent in her direction, of course. "I-I don't understand anything you're saying...And I was n-never part of a...'Great Guild'. So please...w-what are you saying?"

Hyuna's mind drifted again as she instead thought of Yuwen. What the heck was up with him? Being this awesome fun guy one moment, leaving her to die the next, and being somewhere between hot and cold in the here and now. And why was Hyuna so intent on being the one to deal the killing blow to him? Why not just try and coexist with the man from her past? But she still felt so much resentment, and her answers still needed to be addressed. What if it was her fault, for changing so much over the years? She used to be fun, too, didn't she?

"Now let's see. Which of you to kill first...?" The necromancer man, one of a pair, paused, sniffing at the air like a dog. His eyes honed in directly on Hyuna, who was defenseless and helpless to resist or even cry out, knowing her death was coming. He made a single bound, and landed in front of her, and Hyuna bowed her head in defeat. There was no way she could fight back now. It was over. "Tag." He laughed dryly. "You're it..."

"Don't... kill the rabbit girl, okay?" Hyuna begged dejectedly, dizzily. "I... I won't resist. Please?"

She thought of Master. Dying a pitiful death like this, there's no way she could ever make him proud of her. Heck, he'd probably kill her himself at this shameless display. And well, Hyuna supposed she deserved it in the end. Nothing she could do about it. She wished that she could have known him better, at least, before the end.

In the distance she could somewhat make out others coming- Yuwen and Yamato, was it? And Razul, too? Not like it made a difference. Hyuna made a shaky gulp as she prepared for the final blow.

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

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"Are you stupid?" The Hooded man replied, raising an eyebrow. "What you people took from the village will get you all killed. Its-"

"Tag. You're it."

Before the hooded man could finish explaining himself, two new men in conical hats had appeared in the gravesite. For whatever reason, they had made up their mind to kill Terra and the others. One of them now stood above Hyuna, poised for a killing blow...

As though she hadn't exerted herself already, Terra's foot automatically pushed against a stone, and she catapulted herself in front of the girl with the spear on the ground. Landing in fighting stance, she, in her best menacing growl, told the man, "Don't take one step closer." What else was she supposed to do when she hurt Hyuna like that?

But then, there was a dull ache in her pale left eye. Terra's hand instinctively raised to it, wondering what was going on. And as soon as this pain appeared, she realized she was almost on the verge of collapsing...

"What's going on here?" A familiar voice rang from a hill above the gravesite. Terra looked upwards towards the voice, to see Yuwen Fortune and the rest of his group! With them here, we'll have a better chance of winning... But she, too, was at her limit. There couldn't be any mistakes this time...

Terra rushed at the man in front of her, determined to buy as much time as possible.

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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Yamato, taking Terra's attack as an opportunity, ran to Hyuna's side. In a matter of seconds he had her in his arms and flew her to safety. He'd watched Ann and Millie take shelter in the woods nearby and rested Hyuna with them. "Keep her safe." He requested of Ann, doing his best to keep Hyuna and the others hidden by bending the branches around them with his chi.

He then took his place on the battlefield, "Alright, I'm growing tired of your antics. Its time to shut you all up once and for all." He rushed towards the the brother who'd been so kind as to kick him in the chest before.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Keep her safe," Yamato said, setting Hyuna down with Ann and Millie.

"I think you've got our roles reversed," Ann laughed quietly as she watched him rush back into the fray, heading toward the two men. She tilted her head back against the tree, resting her eyes a moment and then glancing over at Hyuna. "Tired," she murmured. "I'm so...tired." She inhaled lightly, taking a hold of Hyuna's hand. "Sit with me, would you? I need a shoulder to lean on and this rough tree bark isn't quite doing it for me. I'd lie down, but I'm afraid I'll fall sleep if I did that."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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[Suddenly the other brother was smashed in the face by a massive rock the hooded villain had thrown. The cloaked figure ran forward and began to beat the shit out of Bai while his brother watched.

"Whats going on here?!" Yuwen called as he and his gang approached. The hooded villain paused his physical onslaught on the sad clown to face the approaching team, a pause he'd soon regret...]

The assault of the hooded one caught Bai by surprise as his torso awkwardly fell backwards and his head hit the ground with a crack! His neck, lay lopsided on his shoulders, snapped. In his right hand, his fingers were still clenched tightly around the lantern emitting the necromancer's aura. Then, in a quick, incredibly awkward and unsettling to look at motion, Bai's free hand grabbed his head and snapped it right back into place.

"Damn," Suiken muttered under his breath. He was hoping such variations of high level undead would remain buried in myth, legend, and his own past. That was not to be the case, unfortunately. "Jiang-Shi! Hopping corpses!" Suiken shouted. "Hooded one, move! Quickly!" Suiken shouted but it was too late. Bai's hand had outstretched into a claw, ripping apart the glove he wore earlier and revealing his pale, nearly blue decayed skin.

The younger brother's conical hat had fallen to the ground, revealing that his eyes were milky white, his face was sewn together through stitches and thread, wiry ponytailed hair and mustache and latched onto his forehead were multiple necromancer's talismans sealed with a dark power, indicating the brother's servitude to an as of yet, unknown master. Unlike the crazed villagers, Bai and his brother appeared more...aware, more self-controlled, and more conscious. "You've done a bad thing, friend..." Bai wheezed angrily, his claws sinking into the Hooded one's arm and a light blue light passed from Hoodz to Bai. "A real bad thing..." Suiken immediately headed to assist the cloaked villain, before things soon escalated.

["Don't... kill the rabbit girl, okay?" Hyuna begged dejectedly, dizzily. "I... I won't resist. Please?"]

Hei looked over to Bai, unconcerned, then glanced back at Hyuna. Using a thumb, to lift up his conical hat slightly, Hei revealed his own corpse-like features to Hyuna. The same pale bluish skin, the same milky white eyes, and equally wirey wild hair, mustache and goatee, and the necromancer's talismans. Oddly enough, Hei didn't seem to bear any stitches, but perhaps in exchange, he gave Hyuna a chilling grin, before explaining, "Death no longer has any meaning for us, you see. In this wretched perversion of life, we are immortal and only require one thing for sustenance. The life force of the living, their chi."

Hei's hand, now outstretched to a claw raised slowly to strike Hyuna...

[As though she hadn't exerted herself already, Terra's foot automatically pushed against a stone, and she catapulted herself in front of the girl with the spear on the ground. Landing in fighting stance, she, in her best menacing growl, told the man, "Don't take one step closer." What else was she supposed to do when she hurt Hyuna like that?]

[Yamato, taking Terra's attack as an opportunity, ran to Hyuna's side. In a matter of seconds he had her in his arms and flew her to safety. He'd watched Ann and Millie take shelter in the woods nearby and rested Hyuna with them. "Keep her safe." He requested of Ann, doing his best to keep Hyuna and the others hidden by bending the branches around them with his chi.]

Hei's was taken aback slightly by the other human suddenly stepping in the way and the tengu taking away his prey, but his mind rapidly put his head back to the battle in front of him as he gave Terra the most shit eating grin inhumanely possible and suddenly leaped backwards towards the ground, using his elbows to push off from the grass below before kicking her in the chest, figuring she wasn't tired enough to let him absorb her chi without a fight.

[He then took his place on the battlefield, "Alright, I'm growing tired of your antics. Its time to shut you all up once and for all." He rushed towards the the brother who'd been so kind as to kick him in the chest before.]

Bai, the brother who had kicked Yamato earlier, was continuing to absorb the hooded one's chi when Yamato suddenly zoomed towards him. Bai had only moments to react and did so, releasing the hooded man and leaping above Yamato's assault. While in the air, Bai placed the lantern in his left hand and used his teeth to unravel the stitches on his right, causing the old appendage to drop off, revealing a blade had been planted underneath his right hand. He swiped at the Tengu with it, intent on clipping his wings.

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Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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The weird girl had jumped in before the finishing blow could connect, saying some weird sort of lines that Hyuna really couldn't bother with hearing at the moment. And Master, Yamato, came, and Hyuna looked dazedly at his face, not sure if he was disappointed or not. He probably was... who wanted an apprentice who was so quick at giving their lives to the enemy, just to save a relative stranger? Yamato definitely wouldn't be happy... so why, why were his arms wrapped gently around her broken body, wings beating around them, away from the fray? And the face of the man who was going to claim her life- she couldn't tell if it was nightmarish or not, or just some random delusion of the weak. It probably didn't matter in the long run, she tried to look and see if Muna was alive, if she was safe, but of course her body wouldn't respond to her mind's screaming. Her body wouldn't move at all.

"S-sorry... Master..." She mumbled into Yamato's chest, unsure of what she should be feeling. Red tinged the corners of her vision, and she knew her blood was still somewhat going down, though not spluttering and spurting like it had before. "Is Muna okay?" Yamato didn't answer her though only arriving at the woods at telling Razul to keep her safe. It's okay if it was Razul. Hyuna figured she was a nice enough sort, after all, although she wished Yamato would have tried to speak to her at all.

Razul herself, and the little girl, Millie was seated there too, safely away from the battle. Hyuna sensed chi manipulation- Yamato's telekinesis hiding them from view as Razul said something quiet and laughed. The Gwanish girl murmured something as she rested her head against a tree- was she tired? She had to be, but why? Was she... her neck was bleeding; injured. So something must have happened at the inn. Where was the Giantess? Or the others that still weren't there? Hyuna gasped as her hand was taken by the Gwanish girl, and they sat there, together.

"Sit with me, would you?" Razul asked, and Hyuna obeyed silently, offering the Gwanish girl her somewhat bony shoulder. "I need a shoulder to lean on and this rough tree bark isn't quite doing it for me. I'd lie down, but I'm afraid I'll fall sleep if I did that."

"Hurts." Hyuna muttered, her hand clutching her wound at her chest. "Sorry... if I bleed on you, Razul."

The spear girl's eyes still scanned the horizon, desperately searching for a sign of the rabbit girl, panic growing with each second. She then sluggishly, as if wading through slime, tilted her head towards Razul.

"Remember... the bunny girl?" She asked, and coughed a little before continuing. "Muna. Have you... have you seen her? Is she safe?"

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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Muna was nowhere to be seen. She had taken refuge after Hyuna had gotten her out of the battle, the weight of the boy and the singed skin on her back becoming a nuisance she could not disregard. Her concentration was bad enough as it was after all. With the attacks from Terra, Hyuna, Suiken, and the others, the spirits had disregarded Lo-muna entirely, giving her a chance to recoup and get in tune with her surroundings. Sounds still reached her ears and she felt somewhat guilty, cringing when she heard the sibling necromancers. She could not engage in battle, not yet.

She frowned when she saw the state of her jacket. There was a hole in the back of it with blackened edges big enough for her hand to go through. Lo-muna frowned. Having to repair it would mean a whole new panel on the back or simply a cloth of the same kind and color. It would probably take weeks to find the right material either way. Her back wouldn't be so easily mended. It was painful but not unbearable with Lo-muna unable to twist around too far before hissing in pain. The time the other had bought her enabled her to make a hasty bandage slathered with ointment to dull the throbbing for now, enough for her to run back into battle and aid those who needed it. But right now, there was one more task to be done.

Reluctantly, she set the jacket on the boy's unconscious form, tucked away at the edge of the area where the fighting didn't seem to reach. Quickly she gathered up material and set it all around the boy. Her hands lingered at first, as though she was enjoying the task of arranging the greenery in a deceiving display, before throwing in the rest of it like some unsightly task she just wanted an end of. When it was done, she stepped away to examine her work. The boy's body was nowhere to be seen thanks to Lo-muna's camouflage. Plants and shrubs and whatever she could rip out or seize where drawn up together to hide him, to make him a part of the natural background. It would have been flawless had not Lo-muna's jacket been visible through a small gap in the leaves. It was only visible because she was looking for it however, a tell-tale sign so she could locate the boy once the danger had passed. Lo-muna, with a satisfied smile, headed back to where the din of fighting still rung.

Lo-muna was not an eager one for a fight anymore. Her days had long passed where she actively sought out a brawl or became excited at the chance of exchanging blows with a foe. There were events that had changed her thinking and her habits, making her more passive and reluctant to engage in any type of disagreement. The rapier was only for safety, for show, for a visible threat in the face of some stubborn threat. Tired, injured, and at a clear disadvantage, even thinking of getting back into the fight seemed impossible for her. And yet, she found herself running at the necromancer who was attacking Terra. Hyuna was nowhere to be seen so Lo-muna figured she had gotten herself out. Reinforcements had arrived and this fight was won if numbers had anything to say. Yamato was dealing with the other figure, Suiken was somewhere, Lo-muna figured this fight was not as dangerous as she had originally resumed. And so, she charged.

She ran straight for the necromancer attacking Terra, planning to attack with a roundhouse kick, and didn't know if she would get there in time to stop the attack. If she didn't, she would still try to kick the necromancer after the attack was done to give Terra a chance to recover. If she did stop the attack, well, Lo-muna didn't really have a plan. She would stop it. That was about it. After that, it would probably just be doing what she could to aid Terra and see what else the others had in mind to end the fight already.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Terra Himene

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The man in the conical hat, taken aback slightly by Terra's barging in, didn't have a chance to do anything as she slashed at his chest and head, while a Tengu came and rescued Hyuna. But strangely, it almost seemed as though her sword strikes weren't really bothering him at all. He simply received them as though he felt no pain...

When she stopped for a single moment, the man just gave her the most twisted and horrifying grin she had seen in her life and suddenly leaped backwards towards the ground, using his elbows to push off from the grass below before kicking her in the chest. And just like that, Terra went flying backwards all the way to Suiken's feet.

Dazed, Terra began to rise, only to find she couldn't even muster enough strength to. She had used up so much chi during the nigh that she couldn't manage anything else, even after taking only four hits totally during the course of the gravesite fiasco. As she began to panic from the advancing necromancer, she suddenly saw Lo-Muna flying at him from behind, ready to deliver a roundhouse kick to his back.

M-Muna?! No, stay back! But Terra wasn't able to even manage out the words as the necromancer moved to stand directly above her. Black spots were starting to appear in her vision. Whatever Muna was planning, it was probably too late for that now.

Although with Hyuna muttering curses at her, Terra couldn't figure out at all why Muna was trying to save her.

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Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Keeflo

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Hei was kicked in the chest by the rabbit beast-woman, though the hit merely served to knock him back a few steps. ...Which was when he was bum rushed by the orca beast man, who seemed to be trying to crush him to death. Hei felt his spine begin to snap and immediately placed his claw over the orca trying to search for chi, but...

"Damn!" Hei cursed. "You haven't any mastery of chi, do you? Fortunately I have plenty to spare right now..." Hei paused, inhaling as his stomach and chest seemed to expand with each inhale. He whatever chi his undead body stored to manipulate the nature of his lungs. By the time he exhaled he breathed out a gust of wind directly at the orca's face, releasing himself from his grip.

"That'll teach you to-," Hei paused and looked at the ground, where his left arm now lay, slowly pulling itself back to him. "Oh," he frowned as he picked the limb back up and slung it over his shoulder.

Suiken, meanwhile, aided Yamato in attacking Bai, aiming to kick the jiangshi in the chest, but missing as Bai dodged it in the nick of time.

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Yamato charged Bai, The revelation oh is hidden weapon only severed to fuel Yamato's desire for battle. He then took notice that Suiken was trying to help him. After a failed kick, Yamato lunged, trying to catch Bai off balance. "The lantern...if I break it, he'll catch fire. Necromancer on fire? I'm sure that'd disrupt his chi. Hell, maybe he'll run around and torch the entire area." Using his chi he manipulated his dagger and threw it logging it into Bai's shoulder.

"Come on, you can raise the dead and you attack this hell hole of a town? Why not Poyo? Idiots."

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Character Portrait: Yuwen Fortune Character Portrait: Suiken Character Portrait: Hyuna Ka-nan "Falcon" Character Portrait: Lo-muna Vanhi Character Portrait: Yamato Hibiki Character Portrait: Ann'Razul Character Portrait: Keeflo Character Portrait: Terra Himene Character Portrait: Millie Kiyare

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"Oh shit..." Bai muttered as the lantern shattered and he furiously patted off the fires set around his clothing, it's lower half splintering on the ground. "Brother...Brother!"

Hei couldn't quite reply for a moment as his body was lying somewhere, rolling around to smoulder out the flames, while his head had been detached, courtesy of the orca-beast man, and was now caught between his teeth. As soon as Hei's body smouldered out the flames, he leaped over and kicked the aquatic beast man in the stomach, causing him to release Hei's head, which rolled onto the ground.

Hei's body picked it's cranium up and tucked it underneath it's armpit as he turned around and glanced at B