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Otoha Zokiro

I was betrayed by the Munemor ninja, now on the run for crimes I did not commit

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a character in “A Ninja Tale”, as played by gerion10

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Otoha Zokiro
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(He is a young man in his twenty's very athletic. You can tell by just looking that he keeps himself en shape. He wears a black shirt, with a long coat that goes to his ankles. On the side of his legs is metal plates that protect him from throw knives.)
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Name:Otoha
Age:23
Gender:Male
Height:5.8
Weight:150
Sexual Orientation:
Weapon(s):Multiple Katana's, throwing knives (If multiple, only around two or three please!)



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Personality:
Likes:Girls, meditating
Dislikes:Betrayed
Talents: Unknown
Flaws:Lets his anger get the best of him. He was only saved by his rage for justice
Hobbies:Practicing, and drinking. (During any free time)



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Bio:His life has been pretty hard, but till he was blamed for a crime, and chased from his home. his perents killed, sister kidnap'd then dead. Once he got there. The only thing that has kept his self safe was his blades, and his rage for justice. He was a bodyguard
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Otoha Zokiro's Story

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The time has past, as Otoha ran for his life into the forest of darkness.. The shadow of his life rushed before his eyes, as the landscape blurred Before him. He was running to fast to notice the tree that was coming in front of him. He soon noticed it, but was to late. He tried to go around it but failed hitting the side of the tree with his arm.. He felt the blood running down, as it dripped off his hand coating the land giving his enemy's the path. It seems like Otoha got a deep cut on his shoulder that wouldn't stop bleeding only if he stopped to tie some cloth on it, which he didn't have time to make it his self. The trees swayed, as the wind blew the branch's a little.... Otoha finely got o the clearing of the forest but stopped all of a sudden. He turned around seeing the men approaching him from the darkness.: So how it ends. Huh? Otoha asks. The group of men approaching him.

Otoha closed his eyes, as the images of his family looking at him smiling. He smiled as he remembered them still alive within his head, then the nightmares came again. He opened his eyes looking at the group of people standing before him. Otoha placed both hands on his katana's drawing them other from there sheaths. But didn't have time to get them out. He felt three sharp points in his chest, then moved back, and fell into the river below. His life, his revenge. Is this really the end for me now.

The river swept him away far from the men that wanted to kill him for crimes that wasn't even him. Otoha closed his eyes, knowing that death might as well come to him right now..

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Kai stared at the what lay beyond the cliff. However thick white fog shrouded anything past the tree roots. As she thought to herself, the bits of conversation she picked up from Himawari and Yamahashi caused an inkling of annoyance. "Why do ninja always distrust others unlike them." She set down her weapon and approached the two.

"Both of you may not trust each other at all. But...I trust both of you wholeheartedly." She really did and she had reasons for this. If she were Yamahashi and wanted to kill two unknown ninja, she would have done so without uttering a word. Why go thought the bother of questioning your prey if they were on your side or not, unless you wanted allies or some help. For Himawari, she wouldn't be fighting two masters unless she had really done something to betray them. He also hadn't killed her when she helped him over the cliff, when she was vulnerable to attack. "Now both of you..." She pulled them together by the wrists. "Shake." She waited a few seconds, and then went to grab her forgotten weapon by the tree. "If you don't form some kind of mutual agreement I'll shoot."

As she bent over to pick up the weapon, the fog that obscured what lay below the cliff had dispersed. A river flowed at the bottom with a number of cherry trees in full bloom dotted the banks. The petals in the water added even more to the beauty. "Quite breathtaking...but sad.." Kai mused again and approached the edge together a better view. However something, rather someone, was drifting in the current. As she continued to watch the body washed up on the bank. "Most likely an execution." Before she turned away, the body seemed to twitch and its chest falling up in down with breaths. As good as her eyes were she wasn't sure if the person was alive or not, but a feeling in her gut told her to go down there.

"If you've made your agreement we're going to get moving, going down. C'mon!" She hopped off the cliff, flapping a bit wildly to keep herself balanced. She grabbed a tree branch just before hitting the river below and swung to the next branch and next till she reached the bank the body lay. Now she could see the person was alive, but wounded. She saw three lacerations on the mysterious man's chest and placed pressure to stop bleeding. "Oi, you, you gotta keep it together!" It may seem odd to help a fallen ninja who could be an enemy, but Kai could see he fit the description for a wanted rogue shinobi. One who supposedly turned against Iga. Whatever was driving Kai right now to save this person though, she wasn't sure.

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Takato looked to the bloodstained, "She saved my life when it would have been infinitely easier to end it, that's why I trust her. You I don't know shit about, you're nothing to me, the only actions you've made have been hostile, you snuck up on us until she spotted you and called you out, all of that was smart, prepared to face an enemy, and I respect it, though you see why I'm suspicious. But I won't be the one to attack first."

Takato leaped over the cliff letting the chain of his weapon wrap around the roots that previously saved him. the chain slowed him down as he found a good hand hold before he jerked and twisted, releasing the chain from the roots. He took aim at an outcropping of rock and twirled his chain around it before swinging to a branch lower down. Several more repeats and he was close enough to Kai to see her standing over the body.

"Is it alive?" Takato called as he moved forward."

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In the hour that had passed, the orange sky had faded to a starry night sky. The moon hung overhead like a silver sentinel. It took a bit for Kai's eyes to adjust, and she turned to look at Himawari. She nodded. "Do you have any bandages left?" She wasn't very good when it came to medical situations, but she knew basically what to do. With nimble fingers she removed the mysterious person's coat and shirt, trying to get a better view of the wounds. All three had missed the heart and lungs, neither was quite as deep as suspected either. Whoever had attacked this man wasn't very skilled. "Either shuriken or kunai wounds. Lower ranked ninjas." The blood had stopped from the pressure. "He'll live. But he's lost a lot of blood." When she finally looked up again she noticed Yamahashi wasn't with them.

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"Not enough to wrap around his torso. We could make some pads from it and secure it with wire, but it would hurt like a bitch. What do you think?" Takato said as he pulled bandages form his small medical kit and some wire from his tool kit. Takato quickly secured a loop on one end of the wire and started to thread the other end through before laying it aside and folding the bandages into pads and placing them on him. "Here, lift him while I secure these." Takato said as he prepared the wire.

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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Turning to aim his sickle at the katana wielding girl and raised a brow at her exposed legs for a brief moment looking quite confused about her choice of wear, the threat spoken focused his attention "If you harm Takashi, you'll find yourself in an unpleasant situation." the girl seemed to pose no threat, which meant she was obviously a threat, he actually felt relieved when the girl lowered her blade

"We aren't looking for them. The reason being is that we are the royals." Piitaa's eyes went visibly wide "these two?" they looked barely older than him but he regained his composure "so i had inadvertently attacked the royal prince....so much for first impressions then
"well, I wasn't expecting that, I believe you, no one would be dumb enough to pretend to be the royals on the off chance I might help them, I apologize for attacking your kin, princess. I was acting on reflex." he gave them both a polite bow before speaking again

"I have been looking for you for sometime now, I'm not sure if you know or not but i am Piitaa Yamahashi - Iga clan, the whole clan wish to serve you....the whole clan being me, the other members wish to kill you and therefore they are not Iga anymore. there are others who were with me but they jumped down the cliff because a Fuma clan ally of mine heard something....though I'm guessing you knew that"

he looked to the cliff and then back at the twins "i could jump down with one, but not both, i could also call for the Hio-san and Takato-san, that could alert others but i think i could hold them off, and if we do get attacked ill send he twins down the cliff, either way we all get together" he thought quickly to himself then went to the cliff and called out not yelling at the top of his voice, just raising it slightly knowing the Fuma's ears will pick it up

"Hio-san! come back up, I'm with the Royal twins! do you need help?"

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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Kai nodded. She stepped back from the man and watched Takato begin his descent upward. However the raised voice of Yamahashi would attract attention. Especially with the patrols roaming the forest. During her think time the one they had saved had begun climbing as well. "Idiots." Kai made the nessary handsigns for a gust upwards.

Immediately in one blast the cherryblossoms scattered and floated about like confetti. The powerful upward wind mostly likely blasting the two shinobi on the cliff face higher than necessary. "There you got your wind." She landed light as a feather on her toes, but she was unsure about the other two. Maybe they landed in trees? Hopefully they were okay..

Kai shrugged and stood next to Yamahashi, bowing to the royals. "Hio Kai, Fuma Clan. Also know as Gin." She looked up eying the pair and was about to say something when a shot rang out. More were fired. "We need to go now!" A flash and shuriken came flying as well.

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Kazumi Kunosaki
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His vision blurred a crash of branches and him clinging to wood to keep from falling. "This, is disturbingly familiar." Takato looked down. At least this time there was ground in the immediate vicinity. He started to drop when he heard the shots start. "Maybe the high ground would be better." Takato watched them start to run through the still smouldering trees from his bomb. "Or maybe not."

Takato dropped and hurried to catch up, his lets pistoning up and down. He could have used the quick move, long loping steps that ate distance more quickly than any other human was capable of. But then again, in combat, being caught in the middle of the air tended to be a death sentence. Especially against other ninja who knew the quick move. The second he caught up to the others he spoke. "I don't this area well, do any of you know of a safe house in the area?" A movement flashed, and he moved with it, probably not the only one. He watched an arm fly, blood still spurting, and grabbed it when he recognized the ninja's face. A clansmen. This was planned. At least on his master's side. Still, he was in better shape than he was a moment ago as he took off the bracer and slid it onto his left arm. Too bad Kitaro had been a trapper, he could have used some more... "Watch out for traps! That was one of our best trappers just now!"

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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Piitaa ducked slightly when the shots began firing a massive grin on his face, all the chaos was exhilarating, he loved it. "Yamahashi it's your time to shine." he scanned the areas and saw a a few tree branches twitch........"branches don't twitch, more Iga clan" "keep your blades ready, the other Iga clan is here, any tree, rock or branch could be one of them" Then as if to emphasize his point he threw his sickle and chain into the twitching branch and heard a loud yell, with a tug the branch fell revealed to be a shinobi dressed like himself but a dark navy blue, the sickle dug into his shoulder, Piitaa leaped to the man and swung the heavy weight on the other end of his chain into the temple of the wounded man leaving him unconscious if not dead

"the centre of the forest is the safest place, its home to the tallest tree, if there isnt a safe house there we can make one" he whispered to the others when they had regrouped "go north then east, you'll see the biggest tree soon keep them safe and if any branches get in your way, cut them ill be there" he pointed to a pair of hunters tracks that ran parallel to the path on each side he lightly pushed Kai and the royals and then finally Himawari and Otoha.

he then proceeded to dive into the left hunter track and soon after pained yells were heard, blood began to seep from the bushes slowly getting absorbed by the earth. along the path the group would see Piitaa leap from one hunters track to the other, his katana gleaming red and his crimson robes dripping blood and a grin on his bloodied face a few minutes after a leap a scream would be heard. he wasn't killing them but wounding them enough they don't follow, of course some would die of their wounds. after a mile or so the screams seemed to die down.
"more than I thought!" he called to the party of ninjas "i cant see any fuma so thats your job Hio san, just like you probably cant see Iga quickly which is why im here"

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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The Heir to the Kunosaki lifted a hand to shield his eyes against the massive wind that sent a couple of shinobi flying back up the cliff. He couldn't help but cringe slightly. Summoning such a wind usually wouldn't be a problem, he guessed, but with ninja all around, he feared it might act as a beacon to their location. It was, afterall, how he and his sister had first tracked the party. Nothing to be done about it now, though. He watched as the ninja made their various landings, though his vision focused on Hio.
"Hio Kai, Fuma Clan, also known as Gin."
Takashi gave the girl an appraising look. She was pretty enough in the face, he supposed, but looked a little flat and had a deeper voice than he would have expected. Why would he be thinking about such things at such a time? In truth, it took a fraction of a second, and men just notice such things. "I am Takashi Kunosaki, and this is my twin sister, Yuuki." He motioned towards the white haired woman, as if they wouldn't know who he meant. Had any of the men looked at her though, he would have stared daggers at them. Unfortunately, before further conversation could be had, a shot rang out, blowing splinters from a tree just beyond them. Takashi immediately spun, nocking an arrow to his bow from a quiver at his waist. In a single fluid motion, he drew and fired into the trees behind them, immediately nocking another arrow as more shots could be heard. Apparently at least one of the Masters had brought more than the single guard allowed. Their treachery seemed to know no bounds. It did seem like a backhanded sort of compliment, though, that they had felt a venerable army of ninja were required to kill the Kunosaki. He fired again as Gin-san shouted for them to flee. He ducked for cover behind a tree as a shuriken came flying for him.

Where could they go? To one side was the enemy, and to the other, the cliff. Yes, they could descend, but would be easy targets for sharpshooters on the ridge of the cliff once they landed. He looked for Yuuki, to ensure she was alright. A gust of wind from Gin-san blew the enemy's attacks back, and gave them a chance to bolt from cover. Takashi urged Yuuki to run ahead of him, so his body would block any projectiles from her while they ran, the other ninja seeming to carve a path through the forest for them. He tried to think about possible safe houses to use, but he couldn't think and run at the same time. He hated it. If only he had the time, he might be able to figure all this out.

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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The whizzing bullets came back, Kai merely could return fire. As Yamahashi had stated, boulders, branches, and bushes twitched. A nearby rock threw out a flail and it wound around her legs. In a fluid motion, te Iga ninja had swept her off her feet. The other end of the flail, a sickle, swung out. She eaily shot the man in the head since he was distracted by the easy kill.

As Kai got up a blast of wind sent her flying and full on crashed into a tree in the forest. The twins were running again, and from where she wad blown. She was the one ahead of them a little ways away was the man they saved. "Piita said the center of the forest is the safest." She stood up and waved at the twins, motioning to halt. She went over and grabbed the mystery man by the shoulder firmly. "I don't know who you are, but I'm going to ask you to help us escape. Even if you leave us the state your in will make it easy for the others to find you. They won't hesitate to kill you since you have been seen with us. So what I'm asking should be clear. This is a collaboration for mutual survival." The enemy ninja could be heard screaming in the background and the shots ceased, but the ominous presence still was carried by the breeze. She turned back to the mystery man, just now noticing how dark and demonic he looked.

Kai was hit with realization at that moment. "You've lost something haven't you...." She clasped the man's hand between her own small hands. "We need your help plea-" At that that moment two shuriken buried themselves at Kai's feet. She dove in front of the twins again, knocking back another pair of shuriken with her wakizashi. "We need to get to the center of the forest like Yamahashi said." She looked at the stranger again and pushed the twins to the side before attacking a nearby enemy. "This would be a good time for Himawari-San to appear." She grimaced. What kind of ninja am I depending on others?

She struck her opponents temple with the hilt of the dagger and he went down like a stone. However he managed to nick her face with a wild slice.

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Yuuki smirked again. The female ninja had used wind again, meaning more enemies. "Bit of a show off you are." she nodded at the girl's bow. "Please don't bow, treat me like any normal person. Gin-chan!" The princess smile warmly again, the Kunoichi was adorable! She looked over at her brother who had that look when appraising something for quality. She have him a well deserved nudge again, his eyes were lingering over an area that might make Gin-chan uncomfortable. That's when it happened. Wood splintered and the sparks of ricocheting bullets off the rocks. Shuriken flew past and she ducked as one slice through a piece of her long locks. The creepy shinobi, Piitaa Yamahashi, had briefly told them of a safehouse being at the center. The largest tree or something. However Takashi urged them away again.

She was pushed onto the forest path again as Gin sent out a gust of wind again. "Takashi! We need to help and stop protecting me so much!" She heard screams again, most likely the work of Yamahashi "He said it's safe in the center, so you can go. But we just made allies we can't abandon them..." At that moment Kai crashed into a nearby tree ahead of them with a loud thud. "Gin-chan..." However she stopped when the girl held up a hand to halt. She watched as she went over to help a mysterious man who had been with her briefly before walking off away from them. Gin was trying to comfort him and ask for his help at the same time.

All of a sudden a squad of ninja surrounded them. As Yuuki held up her sword to attack, Gin shoved Takashi and her aside. The Kunoichi then engaged on a fight with one using wakizashi and succeeded in knocking him out, getting a small cut on her face. As the girl backed up to face the group again, Yuuki approached and stood back to back with the smaller girl. "Let me help Gin-san. Kunoichi must stick together no?" She raised her katana. Much to Yuuki's surprise though, the mystery guy had taken care of the rest of the enemies. "What is she to you?" Noting the man had placed an arm around Gin-chan.

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Kai nodded when the Princess offered to lend a hand. "As you wish Hime-sama (Princess)." As Kai got ready to attack, the mystery man took care of the enemies in a flash. "Thank Y-ack?!" He placed an arm over herald started conversing with the princess. "If you can fight you can carry yourself. You are also addressing the Royal Kunosaki twins." The guy was heavy, but he seemed to have no intention of removing his arm. "You highnesses, let's go quickly." She motioned with her head to go forward. The forest in their area was silent for now and it was best to keep it that way.

A random thought crossed her mind as she waited for the royals. "Oi, who are you exactly?" She couldn't see any moves that marked him as a certain clan. The most likely would be Fujiwara since he used spells for the body. The other possibility was the Munemori clan who was really a troup under Yagyu Munemori, the famous swordsman. They were extremely adept sword users. The stranger had multiple swords on him after all.



Extra: For a review on the clan abilities and types there's a message in the ooc giving a brief summary of them. Of course f you have your own clan pm about them haha.

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Takato burst in the small clearing noting the downed ninja. "Seriously did any of our masters NOT bring an army?" He noted the two he hadn't met. "The royals I presume?" He saw a small nod from Kai. "I am Himawari Takato formerly of the Koga clan. Your parents? Are they safe? Never mind no time for that now. Iga, fuma, and Koga at least out there. Watch for trip wires at chest level. In the coming darkness that's where they'll be. I've already taken out one of our trapmasters and his kit was empty. Chances are there'll be more.

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While they ran through the woods, Takashi made ample use of his bow, able to fire his arrows more frequently and with greater accuracy than any firearm the ninja carried, albeit with less raw power. The other ninja around him fought with an impressive level of skill, especially considering they were fighting against other ninja. He simply snorted his disapproval when Yuuki complained about his protection. He didn't care if it cost all the other ninja their lives, so long as his twin was able to escape without harm. That included his own life, if necessary. Once the group was surrounded, however, Takashi was forced to defend himself, as opposed to his sister. Having only his bow at hand, he was at a disadvantage to fending off the close-range attacks of the enemy. It seemed almost as if every rock and tree in the forest were really ninja in disguise. It was only when one of the men tossed a bomb into the group that the attack seemed to falter for a bit. He inspected his bow for damage while his sister, Gin-san, and the Fujiwara spoke. The weapon wasn't meant to be used for deflecting blades. When the Fujiwara disrespected Yuuki's (and his own) birthright, his hands tightened on the wood. Had Takato not started introducing himself, Takashi might well have turned on the man. It was such disregard for authority that had seen practically all of the Ninja clans defect, betraying his family.

"No, our father is still back there, somewhere. Once I find someplace safe for Yuuki-chan to hide, I will return to the Shrine and ensure he has managed to escape, or assist him in joining us." It was good to know about the traps, at least. Each ninja they gathered seemed to know that much more about what their clans would be throwing at them, and how to counter it. Unfortunately, each moment that passed seemed to have more strands of an inescapable web falling into place around the Shrine and the forest.

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at the brief respite Piitaa entered into the clearing bloodied and panting his armour covered in dirt, leaves and branches a few nicks and cuts of varying depth on his arms and legs, Katana in one hand and his sickle and chain wrapped around his other hand "on a quick glance I think we will be safe for the time being, if there are more Iga they will be staying where they are, waiting for us to pass"

he squatted for a bit speaking in gasping breaths "is anyone seriously hurt? I'm afraid i have virtually no skill in healing, but i can help if I'm wanted" he lowered his blade, the blood on the blade started flowing down it, and his crimson armor was covered in darker splotches if its his blood or the other ninja's no one could tell "ill stay with you now, they caught on and have moved out of the hunter tracks, so its up to a bit of luck and our skill."

he grabbed some grass and leaves and begun wiping the excess blood off before sheathing his sword "if we get ambushed, my fighting style needs more room to myself or me hidden, my sickle however, I can use that better than anything in closer quarters" he thought to himself while he regained his breath taking the time to briefly meditate.

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Kai took in the info and rolled her eyes at Takato's complaints. She slipped out from underneath Otoha's arm and started cleaning the arquebus. She was out of ammo now and she would have to result to using "that" weapon. The prince's words about finding their father caused her to stop cleaning. The brief image of the bloody corpse of the Royal leader at the shrine surfaced in her mind again. "Let me ask you Kunosaki-sama...how do you know your father is still alive." Her eyes a cold silver as she locked eyes with the prince briefly. Waiting for an answer she turned her attention to Piitaa who had just emerged.

"You should take care of yourself as well." With the same swift motion as before, Kai reached into Takato's pouch, rummaged around, and pulled out the left over bandages. She tossed them to Piitaa. "Now we better move. The arquebus takes, at the least, 10 minutes to reload. Moreover, Kotaro Fuma my master enjoys a good game of cat and mouse. He'll be part of those searching for us." She strapped the arquebus on her back in a fluid motion. Kai was ready to get moving.

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after the brief respite when people started speaking to Piitaa again he looked at the bandages thrown at him and did basic work clearly showing his near non existent skill at first aid, but he made sure to leave some to toss back to himawari "I'm not sure how far it is, jumping from track to track has turned my around a bit, but i know this path and if we keep following it we will arrive there, my guess would be another half hours walking, but if those Fuma snipers are indeed out there we should make it in 20 minutes running, accounting for the difficult path"

he sheathed his katana and took his sickle and chain out eying the blade "hmm.....its going to need sharpening soon" he thought to himself, but that thought was for another time he turned to the twins "i think it would be best if we found someplace to stay before we start looking for the king, that way we would know where we can return to."

he stretched lightly his back cracking slightly "I'm ready to move, and i still think its a good idea to cut any branches in our way in case we walk into another Iga ambush" he then moved to the front of the party readying his weapon, he briefly looked the prince and princess over and gave a quick grin to the both of them

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Yuuki Kunosaki
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"Is anyone seriously hurt?"
Takashi looked down at himself when the question was asked, and touched two fingers to the hole in his armored cuirass, near his lower left side. He'd been shot when the Fuma first opened fire on them in the clearing, it seemed, though he hadn't noticed at the time. He could feel the blood soaking into the fabric of his kimono beneath. "No, I'm not hurt, though my sister's face was cut." He left the order to tend to her unspoken.

"Let me ask you, Kunosaki-sama, how do you know that your father is still alive?" He turned to regard the woman's cold silver eyes as she waited for an answer. "I do not know. But so long as there is a chance, it is my duty to aid him. Had he not ordered us to escape and protect each other, I would be at his side yet." Takashi spoke with a rather defensive tone, as if Kai were accusing him of something. Really, he was just afraid for their Father, and felt terrible for leaving the man to fight the Clan Masters all by himself. Even if it would have likely been suicide. "Taka-chan, calm down. It's nothing really. Besides, what does it matter if we're royal?" "Don't call me that. It's not nothing. It's disrespect for our lineage that led to the clans' betrayal." How could the Clans be expected to loyally serve when they had no respect or fear of the Kunosaki? Leadership was their Divine Right, established by the Emperor. He wasn't going to press the issue further right now, though. The others were right, they should keep moving. It was at least refreshing to see some of them echoing the same concern for his sister's safety that he felt.

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Character Portrait: Piitaa Yamahashi Character Portrait: Kai Hio Character Portrait: Himawari Takato Character Portrait: Takashi Kunosaki Character Portrait: Otoha Zokiro Character Portrait: Kazumi Kunosaki
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"No Kunosaki, it isn't. We are not samurai, we do not care about a divine right to rule. Ones like I view your family's actions with reverence, your family kept us alive in a time where we were doing our best to kill ourselves off. But peace, true peace cannot be forced. And you should show us some more respect than you do. Everyone here has trained and bled, always pushing ourselves further, never allowing ourselves to remain complacent, so that we were always getting stronger."

Takato stood up. "You believe you have the right to order us around due to your family's name, to the point we should stop trying to find safety to tend to a minor cosmetic wound on your sister. Grow up."

Takato turned to the Kunosaki sister, "You're quite beautiful and allowing such a mark is a crime. But we must hurry."

I turn to the rest of the group. "Keep an eye out for traps, I'll stick inside the tree line and disarm as many as I can."

Takato moved away through the trees.