DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Thu Nov 03, 2011 1:28 am

Dakara's chakra swelled like an ocean tide.

The soldiers marching through the street had drawn the attention he had hoped for. Every ambush, every trap, every secondary defense that was tucked amongst the twists of the city revealed itself. The nobility's army was well-trained and had won its share of battles over the generations, but they were too nervous and too uncoordinated to notice that the soliders were made of stone, much less deduce what that meant for the battle ahead.

The Kazekage breathed.

Everything in the city was made of stone. Opulent stone, certainly, stone imported from Iwagakure rather than harvested from the walls of the valley that they relied on to protct them. Finely polished and sculpted stone, all of its nature ground out of it to man-made beauty.

All of it could be ground into dust

He tipped his will into the darkest parts of his soul's resevoir, lifting from the very bottom of his chakra supplies. His hands turned over and over into shapes, guiding the chakra toward its purpose and destintaion, converting it from raw energy into action.

The first to obliterate was a stone defensive tower. It crushed in on itself, heavy stones chewing the soliders hiding inside, splintering wood and bending metal. In less than a pair of heratbeats, it was nothing but debris.

The second was a set of buildings surrounding a wide street where a flanking defensive position had been hailing arrows into the sides of his stone soldiers. The ends toppled down, pressing the soldiers and their equipment into the cobblestone street, smearing them into paste.

The third was equally as explosive. Equally as violent.

And that would not be the last.

Each wave of shifting earth stole more lives and erased more property, and each time he did he felt gratified. Satisfied. Whole.

Yes. He wanted to hurt them.

Not simply to win the war, to drive it to stop the chaos and the violence that had hurt his people. He wanted to hurt them because they had hurt him. They had come to his village and torn it apart, ruinedi t whil he could do nothing but watch. His home, his true home, more his home than any other place in the world had been ruined beyond recovery.

He wanted citizens of the Seven Valley to feel that too.

The entire block of the city was covered in dust and sand. Dakara, with his eyes, could hardly see two inches in front of his face, but he could feel the buildings. He pushed another over, this one empty of military targets and civilians alike. No one died as it broke into bits.

He looked for another, another building empty of life, one that he could topple over to make them feel the pain of their actions. They had supported a military that had ripped a home away from hundreds of people.

His chakra spread into the dust and sand. That which had settled rushed back into the air, expanding the cloud, wrapping itself around a larger area.

Building after building fell. Screams ripped out from inside them, lives that Dakara could not identify. Civilian? Probably not. But possible. Soliders? He didn't know for usre.

People were dying now. He didn't care who they were.

Anger fueled his chakra, fueled his will and power. Each crashing building created more dust to cover his heinous act, making the world blind to what he was doing.

The building were starting to scream now before he even shook them, terrified as they watched the building around them fall.

Moxie would hate him for this.

Moxie had wanted a plan that would save as many live a they could. What he was doing served no tactical purpose. It might even be detrimental to the alliance forces, without place to run and hide and ue the terrain to their advantage.

But why the hell would he care what Moxie thought?

Moxie. Hi daughter.

Daughter.

A new blackness coursed through his chakra, giving it a new edge, a new energy and aggression. Buildings were collapsing even faster now, with the ferocity a fox used to tear the life out of its prey.

Moxie was nothing more than an irritating little girl whose pride had grown bigger than her ability. Daring to create a nation, daring to unify people, daring to do any of that without understanding even one-eighth of what the world was. She was not only stupid, but arrogant. Entitled to do what she felt was best because of her values.

Just like her mother.

That arrogant whorebitch.

The woman who had felt that her love was ever enough to repay what she had done. The woman who felt that she was worth so much that her children should be valued too. Valued like his own flesh and blood.

The arrogance of that assumption. How dare she make him try to love those three.

Those three that had sucked all of her attention. All of her love. All of her thoughts.

The children that had taken her very life away from her.

From him.

How many times did he want to steal out in the night and strangle Moxie and Pantsu with his own hands?

All of the chakra snapped free of the earth. He broke the connection, letting the earth tremble and shudder back to normal. He felt weary now, drained from head to toe. He had expended a lot of energy.

And a lot of...

He rushed himself through the settling dust storm, heading to the rendezvous point.

- - -

I think you're wrong. Sorry, that's just how I feel.

You're not the one with the sense, you don't get to 'feel' anything.

Like I'd want to.

What-....! Hey, shut up!

He snickered.

I'm just saying, I don't think she's here. If she were here, we'd...see something different, wouldn't we?

Uh, noooo. That's why she's hard to find, because we can't see her.

Yeah but here? Right here? In the middle of all this?

Keiko's blade withdrew from the aging man's swollen gut, the fat trying to suck the broadsword back into it. She sneered at it, wishing she would someday remember to get a slight serrated edge placed on part of it to prevent unsavory things like that from happening. It just slipped her mind. Most of the time when she did stab someone, it wasn't some overweight nobleman, like this now-dead Noriyuka. She spun the blade once to shake as much blood from it as possible before tucking the blade beneath her cloak.

Shimada nudged another fallen guard with his boot, careful to avoid the slick puddle of blood nearby. Yep, dead. Keiko's wiry figure and far-too long black hair wisped to his side.

Okay so maybe she wasn't here. But she's somewhere. Nearby. I can feel it.

Shimada sighed. “Fine, fine. Let's start heading up. Maybe Ni'bu's taking a nap in one of the guest rooms.

The two green-cloaked figures drew up their hoods and stalked to the door, leaving the bloody pile of Noriyuka and his guards behind them.

- - -

The lightning users were ecstatic.

The chakra-induced thunderstorm amplified their abilities five fold. Blue-white cracks formed in the air, smashing into people and earth alike, splitting it all apart.

Dakara heaved himself through the rain, meeting Dai and Akane where they had been told to. He let out a shaky breath, trying not to show how unsteady he really was.

Right, now all we need to do is-

There was a creak, and a thud.

Dakara had seen so many seige towers in his day, but none that looked like this.

Metal, from top to bottom. Steam powered for certain, with long exhaust pipes skirting the bottom of the machine, gushing out the hot white vapor around the base as both defense and confusion. The lower third prickled with spikes, preventative measure for any shinobi thinking to run up the side. The rest was very smooth, though the compartments of metal clearly hid the tools inside. One panel slid up, revealing a bank of arrows that shrieked in swarms across the battlefield, sending a spray of Westlanders to the ground.

Seige weapons used as mobile defense emplacements. Dakara was mildly impressed.

There's two. Take them out, gentlemen.

He would have to sit this one out himself.

It almost felt like his chakra was...broken.
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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Kobayashi_Akane » Sat Nov 05, 2011 2:22 pm

The world was rend apart all around Akane. Bodies split, blood spilled, and the sky was a mess of chaos. The fragments of his sword circled him tightly, lashing out with him as he waded through the panicked defenders. They were trying to retreat.

It wasn't working out so well.

The last of the defenders that had failed to escape fell, a small handful running for the gates. Reinforcements were on the other side, preparing to charge in.

"Tch, I don't have time for this."

As the last of the stragglers ran past the gate the frontline of the reinforcements bristled. Bows were raised and arrows loosed.

Akane turned, a snap of his fingers sending a bolt of Chaos Energy to the gate. Ignoring the hail of arrows fast approaching, he began to walk away from the battle.

An aura of Chaos Energy flared up around him. The arrows that passed in to it suddenly found their courses deflected, charted around his body. He walked away from the rain of death unscathed.

Then the gate collapsed.

With a satisfied look on his face, Akane set off for the rendezvous.

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"Like I'm 'unna tell ya shit! I'm dead either way, I figure best chance o' you comin' with me is if I don't talk! You're in fer a nasty surprise too ya shithead! Just wait till Noriyuka's elite get their hands on your scruffy little-AAAGH SHIT"

Osamu casually reloaded the crossbow, not giving a second glance to the new hole in the man's foot. The interior of the building was surprisingly empty so far, which was good because this idiot was louder than hell.

"Listen, I'm not here to murder you asshole. You're tied up, and I'm here to capture the idiot noble who started this mess. Think about it this way, if he hadn't pulled this little stunt, you'd still be enjoying your lazy ass patrol route where nothing ever happens. If you want revenge, look no further than the old bastard you work for."

"Yeah, well!... Shit, eh... that's not a bad point. All right fine, then. I'll tell you where he is. He's hiding in the basement of the complex, 3 levels underground."

"What? The top floor? Huh, guess they were hoping to throw any would be assassins off... Well whatever, enjoy being tied to that chair for the next while." Osamu turned and began heading for the stairs.

"Huh? No, I said-" A tiny mouth clamped down on his neck. His face fell slack immediately. Ni'bu scampered off the now paralyzed man, returning to Osamu's shoulder.

Oh, how she was hoping they wouldn't follow her this far. That they'd all been buried when Suna fell... But they were here, to take her back to that horrible place. She could sense them, and that meant they could sense her.

"Uhm, can we pick up the pace Osamu? I've got a bad feeling...

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The storm was a seething mass of fury.

Lightning shook the world all around them, thrown by both man and nature. The battle was won by this point, all that was left to do was eliminate whatever forces remained at their positions, trying to defend a broken city.

An unfortunate and pointless waste of life.

A storm of arrows ended numerous lives as the siege weapon creaked forwards. The thing was a towering example of engineering expertise, highly fortified and extremely deadly. A formidable force on the battlefield.

Well, a normal battlefield.

The structure was large and clearly dense, meaning Akane couldn't just throw a bolt of Chaos Energy at it and watch it crumble. This would require a much more direct touch.

He began walking towards the nearest of the structures, an aura enveloping him. A number of panels opened loosing arrows at the approaching threat.

The storm parted around him, the arrows biting in to the ground. An air of panic seemed to take the tower as more compartments slid open.

But not one found its mark.

Large compartments near the base of the tower opened, a small battalion of soldiers shuffling out. They all charged, reckless with desperation.

A sweep of his hand propelled a wave of Chaos Energy forwards. The charge stumbled over itself, panic washing over the men as they tried to escape the incoming blast. It crashed in to their ranks and sawed messily through body upon body.

Akane charged in the wake of the destruction, leaping up toward the mid-section of the tower. The aura swelled briefly before concentrating itself at a single point.

His fist.

Flesh met iron, and Chaos Energy exploded from Akane's hand. The metal warped and cracked, shifting impossibly. The effect rippled across the entire tower. Akane leaned with the punch, and the tower buckled.

It collapsed in a heap of broken machinery, crushing every man within. Akane stepped from the wreckage, dusting himself off. He shook out his hand for a moment, a surprised look on his face.

"Damn, should've worn a glove."

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Love » Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:17 pm

The pair of Megami twins ran through the streets largely unopposed until they were met with the fleeing forces from the front lines. However, Yuriko was so much a ditz that she confused the fleeing troops as advancing Suna forces given the direction they were running in. "Great, we found the Suna forces!"

"Hear that? There's from Suna!" A few of the retreating forces broke off, while others continued to run by, to attack the pair of green sisters.

"Yu, scythe, now!" Mokuton: Chibuki no Jutsu | Nature Release: Blood Weapon Technique As Airisu stepped back, her sister leapt up and transformed into a large leaf scythe with wooden staff that Airisu used to cut down an charging swordsmen and rebound back to block a downward axe slash at the staff below the blade. The ties turned as the two sisters warped places, Yuriko taking her regular form as Airisu transformed into a wooden gauntlet on her sisters arm, which held the staff of the axe. Throwing it down, the opening in the guard allowed Yuriko to deliver a powerful punch to the man's face which pushed him back away from his weapon. The gauntlet then transformed into a double barrel shotgun in the hand that had been covered in the wooden armor. Popping it open, Yuriko loaded two walnut sized seeds into her sister's weapon form before cocking it back and firing a shot straight at another approaching warrior. The seed embedded itself in the chest, but then quickly grew out into a vine that completely bound the man. The second shot did the same to another guard before the gun had to be popped back open and reloaded, Yuriko dodging a strike meanwhile. The grape loaded into the gun exploded into a grapeshot, ironically, though it could only take down one of the two advancing troops, and so to dodge the second strike Yuirko transformed into a matching shotgun in air as her sister returned to normal and gripped the handle. Popping it open, Airisu spit out the second round of ammunition into the open chamber, closed it, and shot the second man in the face.

The two sisters found themselves ducted behind an open window of a nearby building as they allowed more troops to retreat behind them. Those fleeing the front lines were too much for them, and they could't stand up against as many people as their stronger Megami clanswoman.

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"Kokuei!" Akiko said with a shock. It was more of a long shot, as far as she was generally concerned, that the tracker seal would have work given its origins combaried with now. However, she wasn't about to question such things, for it had to have worked considering how quickly the Nara had been able to find her out on this wide battlefield. A hug probably would have ensued, were it not for the fact that the puppeteer was conscious of her hand movements and their affect on the squad of four puppets she now controlled. The red hooded figures floated off the ground slightly at the command of their puppet mistress. "Tis good ta see you well as well, but ain't really the moment fur pleasantries." She didn't really want to get into the thoughts about it.

With a few twitches of her outstretch fingers, the Mitari puppet shot out and withdrew the large broadsword bigger then the small girls' body and jabbed it into the back of one of the soldiers that had survived the building falling and was picking himself up off the ground.

"So, den Love, wats da plan? You're da Nara in all dis, so I'll leave da strategies ta you." She didn't want to confess that she wasn't there for any form of planning meetings on the attack, or that she really hadn't received any form of instruction as to what the objectives were all about. Instead, she was sticking with the simple stuff at first. There were enemy troops around, so killing them seemed like the most obvious approach to begin with.

Just then Akiko looked up to see the collection of clouds that was making the battlefield darker. Bit odd for a thunderstorm in the middle of the desert, and considering the timeframe for the storm to show up in the middle of the battle, it would be far from coincidence. The first few drops touched her skin, revitalizing the plant-like skin of the Megami.
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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Uchiha Sasuke » Mon Nov 07, 2011 1:28 am

Dai scowled at the sight of the sudden arrow barrage impaling several of the men he’d personally gathered to fight here on this day. He didn’t need any order to immediately charge the first tower with the intent to crush it into dust.

The next wave of arrows grievously overshot his position, as he was now sprinting forward with far too much speed for the enemy launching the projectiles to properly calculate. He still raised his metallic arm and created a brief disturbance of gravity to send them all soaring away from any of his allies caught in their original paths.

The warrior skidded to a stop just in front of the menacing spikes protruding from the lower levels of the massive tower. He plunged his arms through the gaps and pressed both palms against the smooth surface between the steel barbs. A half-finished idea was finally starting to complete in his head, the last couple pieces locking into place as chakra flowed through his limbs.

Electricity surged from his fingertips and into the metal tower, running throughout the entirety of the structure. He then ripped himself away from the tower and raised his arms, a massive bolt of pulsating energy crackling down from the stormy skies and striking the top of the mobile fortress like it was a lightning rod. Every armor-clad soldier holed up within would surely receive a paralyzing jolt if not much worse, whether it was conducted through the floors or any of the devices of war they were manning inside the contraption.

Another sudden thought. What if he could do more than simply shut this thing down…

Dai jumped and closed his hands around one of the spikes he had been avoiding just moments ago. The defensive spines only reached up to about a third of the tower’s height, so it only took a few more daring leaps before he was standing atop the highest one. The rest of the way to the top was a simple chakra run, a feat that would have been near impossible with the tower in movement and firing arrows from every panel.

Reaching the highest possible point, he swiftly kicked in the half-opened entrance to what he assumed would be the bridge or whatever you called the people in charge of steering this ridiculous thing around the battlefield. As expected, a pair of soldiers sat slumped over in their seats, the brunt of nature’s electrical wrath having been focused on the highest point of the tower.

Footsteps echoed through the enclosed space, and he turned his head in surprise to see another soldier ascending the stairs on the other end of the space, sword drawn and ready to strike. No way. He wasn’t naïve enough to expect everyone inside to be completely incapacitated, but for someone this high up to appear almost completely unscathed? An uneasy feeling formed in his gut.

He dashed forward and easily deflected a panicked sword slash, knocking the surprised soldier backwards and sending him clanking painfully down the steps to the level he had just come from. Dai followed the fallen body, skipping the majority of the steps and landing hard on the lower level, boots clonking onto the metal floor.

This area was much more open than the previous. At least it probably would have been if there weren’t a dozen or so armed soldiers surrounding the exact spot he had just dropped upon. It was then that he realized just how much the very top of the siege tower had really grounded his lightning attack, despite the current he had sent through it. And now the angry hordes of warriors manning the place were surging higher and higher to deal with their intruder.

He reached for his own silver blade at his waist, his mechanical fingers closing around the hilt and drawing the weapon just as his first assailant stepped forward and swung wildly with a short sword. The Jekial lurched to the side, but the metal still bit into his biological arm, ripping open a large wound as it passed by. Blood dripped from his flesh, but froze in place before it fell to the floor. The flow extended from his limb and formed into another viciously curved blade for him to wield in his free hand.

You’re all wasting your time. Not just with me, but this entire battle. Your city is crumbling around you, and the rest of the country is pressing in from every side. You made a big mistake pissing off not just Suna, but the Westlands as well!

Many of his opponents seemed to hesitate for a brief moment, a window of time Dai immediately used to his advantage. There was still far too much to do in this battle, and he couldn’t afford to expend much more of his precious chakra reserve. Throwing around the forces of nature tended to use up a lot of energy.

His twin blades of blood and steel danced as he dashed to his right side, tearing through two, four, and six soldier torsos, each strike aimed to find weakened or unarmored portions of their bodies. His style was unlike any one might find taught in any ninja academy or warrior training camp, full of instinctive, fierce movements learned only by firsthand experience. The type of steps and strikes of someone forced to fight and kill on a daily basis to survive.

OW, get the hell off me!

A pair of blades struck against his back, shredding his clothes and piercing his skin, but abruptly stopped right at the surface as if they had collided with a brick wall. Solidified blood pushed back to knock the attackers back a step, giving Dai enough time to spin around and drive the tips of his weapons straight through their necks.

Another handful of soldiers had slowly streamed up the many levels of spiraling stairs, joining their few remaining allies and reinforcing the ring that continued to surround the lone intruder. Dai was breathing heavily, his many wounds both from this skirmish and throughout the battle were slowly adding up. He couldn’t solidify and regenerate all the blood in his body over such an extended period of time. There wasn’t enough time and chakra left to waste here.

He raised his artificial arm and casually tossed his sword down. Unsure if he was surrendering or simply abandoning one of his weapons to switch fighting styles, the soldiers were all taken by surprise when an invisible force surged through the room and slammed them all into the metal walls of the tower and then unceremoniously dropped them to the floor.

His blade of blood liquefied and joined the rest of the crimson stains marking the room, and he stepped forward to retrieve his real weapon.

Screw it, this counts as taking it out. Dakara can bitch about the logistics later if he wants, but I’m getting the hell back to somewhere I’m needed while I’ve still got some blood left on the right side of my skin…

Now time to find an exit that didn’t involve climbing back to the top and hopping back to the surface along the outside of this damn thing.
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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Oddric » Wed Nov 09, 2011 11:15 pm

Kokuei twitched as Akiko subtly commanded her puppet to secure one of the fallen soldier's lives. It was scary how adept she was at puppetry, the Nara barely noticed the movement of her fingers.

"That's a stereotype," Kokuei scoffed, twirling a bloody kunai in his hand. "Though, I suppose I do have a sort of plan."

Eyes flicking up to the dark clouds for a moment, Kokuei tossed his kunai to the ground. "I've been working on my shadow possession techniques, I'm at the point where I can control one's vocals-- not unlike a puppet, I suppose." Kokuei smiled at the green woman, slapping together a string of hand signs as one of the troops began to stir. "Ah, there's one. I'll use him as sort of bait with my shadow technique, lure some of the other fellas here, and see if we can't set up a trap. Maybe get some information out of them."

Kokuei's shadow stretched out, passing by Akiko and latching onto the troop as he tried to push himself off the ground. "Gotcha," hushed the Nara, glancing to Akiko and back to the soldier. Forming a few hand signs, several tendrils rose up from beneath the shadow possessed troop, they wrapped around his neck and gave it a quick twist. The soldier fell dead as Kokuei retracted his shadow from him.

Turning his body toward Akiko, the Megami found herself moving along with him. Kokuei used trapping the soldier as a distraction to catch Akiko in his shadow as well.

"Can't have you moving about, don't want your puppets going wild." Kokuei formed hand signs, tendrils rose from beneath Akiko and bound her limbs in place, keeping her perfectly still as Kokuei moved toward her.

"You're not the Akiko of now. You're from months in the future, yeah? So am I." Kokuei picked up his kunai from the ground and stopped walking a meter before Akiko. "So. Where is he? I know you know, your friend told me. That crazy time fellow. Where is my brother? You tell me where he is, Akiko. Don't lie to me."

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Mephilis » Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:50 pm

The war raged on and the climate began to take a shift which greatly resembled the destruction all around. The skies which were darkened began to bite into the ground with ferocious bolts of lightning - each bolt piercing from the heavens and exploding the earthen shell they bit into. The leaders of the allied forces - separate from each other now - engendered an incredible proportion of their own unique form of destruction. In all corners of the massive cemetery - or at least, that's what it'd become for so many - dust, debris, blood, and flesh filled the air; destruction was everywhere, there was no hope of escape. And, for a time, things seemed to be going incredibly well for the allied forces.

Could they really win?

Kumoro closed his eyes for a moment, catching his breath as he rested on a single knee. Soldiers from all around him charged forward, taking advantage of the hole in the enemy forces he'd just created. Three stopped and placed their hands on his shoulders and back. One inquired, "Are you alright? Do you need us to take you to a medic?" Kumoro shook his head slowly, "No, no. I'm fine. I just need to rest for a moment." They all smiled, and nodded. Another began, "Great. We're lucky to have you on our side; you've been a great help." The third finally spoke, "For sure!" Then he gave Kumoro a thumbs up and a wink. Kumoro opened his eyes to view the ground before slowly turning his head to view the three. "We're not out of the woods just yet... You three go on, I'll catch up in a moment." The three nodded with confidence, before saluting Kumoro, "HAI!" Then they took off, rushing forward to aid their brothers in arms for the sake of changing the world.

But then it happened... Something monstrous; a new challenge, a new foe! The battlefield shook with an angry cry. The sound of a whistle, churning and grinding, and even grumbling and clashing of steel and earth ripped through the air. Kumoro picked his head up and scanned the bloodied field around him, catching two behemoth towers steamrolling their way into the scene. "Wha-" He could barely speak. What the hell are those things...? He shook his head and rose to his feet, quickly analyzing that which challenged him.

Would they win?

All seemed to go silent for a moment, everything pausing as Kumoro ascended from the world of the living and entered some higher state of being. Metaphysical, he viewed his very own body, and the bodies of all others, as they existed all around this new mass grave. So that's them... The steam powered machines. Who'd have thought they'd be put to use so early. Considering their speed, size, and composition, it doesn't appear that their at the end phase of development. No. These must be test models. A desperate move... Regardless, if we don't do something fast-... Oh, no-

Panels on the incredible steam powered towers opened and an incredible amount of kunai and other like weapons blasted free from the opened space, quickly and easily reducing the oncoming allied forces to nothing but a layer of empty vessels. The only thing that saved Kumoro's life was the formation of a quick hand sign and activation of a Fuuinjutsu which created a small barrier in front of him. The barrier itself was enough to withstand the barrage of steel weaponry, but unfortunately many of those around him weren't. There were survivors, still, but so many...so many had abruptly and instantly had their lives stripped from them. The sight was grim to say the least...

He was not discouraged, however, instead the revelation of their assaulting strength was a great help to him. Now, he knew more about the opponent he faced, and would be better prepared to wage an attack against them. But then a single man faced down of the the massive siege towers - Kumoro watched intently, sure to keep his guard up to deflect any more oncoming arrows or kunai. It didn't take long for a victor to be chosen, though... The man, with an incredible display of power and control, took down the huge steam-weapon with one solid punch. He emerged from the rubble and smoke just seconds after its demise.

Ridiculous...

Shifting his view to the second tower, Kumoro formulated a plan to aide in the destruction of this tower. He'd previously taken measure which would prove quite useful in this situation; however, it didn't seem like his aid was necessary. No, instead another single man dared to take on the challenge. A beautiful bolt of lightning ripped out of the stormy skies and sank it's vicious teeth into the massive machine as directed by the man. A few moments later and he was scaling the thing, and not long after he'd made his way to the top, he disappeared inside of it. Tsk. Shit...

It was impressive how he'd managed to halt the towers assault temporarily by himself, but with him being caught inside now it became almost unethical to attack as he wanted. If he did so he was confident he could topple his foe and allow those left in the army to push forward and continue their pursuit of victory; however, it could come at the cost of that mans life. Now inside, Kumoro had no idea of whether or not he was alive. And, if he was, crushing the tower would ultimately lead to the death of his life. Ethically, this brought up an incredibly difficult choice: could he weigh the value of this man's life against the weight of victory. To knowing pursue victory at the cost of an allies life?

He clutched his fist, closed his eyes, and threw his fist to the side... He just couldn't do it. He was useless. He felt useless. Everything he trained for, everything he'd done to try and change the future; what did it mean? Here and now, he couldn't do a damn thing! A single tear slipped free from his right eye, creating a small trail down his cheek and across his jaw line before finally leaping off his face and kissing the dirt at his feet gently. His fist, enclosed with more pressure than ever before, rose into the air and sent a gaze which matched and met his own eyes.

He would not be useless! Slowly, his fist uncurled and he raced forward. His path directly confronted the massive tower, and without fear he shot forward - his intentions known only to him. He didn't want to waste his ace-in-the-hole on a single remaining foe though. Instead, he allowed his chakra to replenish mostly as he came to the massive tower. At it's base were several lines of spikes obviously set in place in an attempt to discourage any lower-level intrusions. How bland. Reaching forward as he stopped, he wrapped his hand around one of the spikes and pulled. Duh. They were connected fully to the base, which was indeed welded firmly to its connecting sections. This probably meant that the majority of the materials which composed the tower were touching or conjoined in some way.

Kumoro's hands came together for a moment, whispering silently amongst one another as they kissed. Then, the two pressed forward and slapped the outside of the paralyzed tower in a place between two spikes. "Reality release: Delusion of chaos." A technique he created that was useful for single or multiple targets, by placing the trigger of the Genjutsu upon the base of a single structure, any persons touching that triggered base would, thus, fall victim to the Genjutsu. And, because it seemed as if - or he assumed - the structure was connected on several different levels and in many different ways, his technique would most likely effect the entire thing. As a direct result of this, any person still alive and inside of the tower would likely fall victim to the Genjutsu.

Yes, this still meant that his ally would still be caught in friendly fire; however, it was much saver that bringing the mountain side down on him and crushing him like a can. The Genjutsu worked by manipulating and altering the targets mind frame and separates their mind from their body. The mind is then thrust into a blank and empty matrix until the lonely white world around them is flooded with voices and visions related to the target. These delusions generate an intense chaos which can drive one mad - causing them, in the physical realm, to act erratically. They literally go crazy, swatting at their delusions, trying to kill them and erase them; trying to make all the bad things go away.

Those with a greater strength of mind can break free from the mental prison rather quickly, and escape with little or no side effects. However, those trapped within will remain trapped for at least an hour. Until the time of their release, their bodies will act in accordance with the delusions they're haunted by. After the time of release - granted they're still living - they will be stricken by fear and plagued with incessant shaking and erratic thoughts. This can last anywhere between a few hour or a full day, but is dependent on the strength of mind of the target; and there for is quite variable.

Knowing this, Kumoro thought to use this technique in the event that his ally, Dai, was still alive. If he was, he assumed he'd be strong enough to escape the technique - he had to be if he was daring enough to take on the tower himself, right? In this way, he'd be able to take advantage of the afflicted enemies and could then escape with little or no opposition. If he was dead, well... Then everyone caught within that was an enemy was now shit out of luck.

Unfortunately, the technique had one major flaw. In order to effect a large surface area like so, he had to ensure that his contact on the affliction surface remained constant. Basically, if he removed his hands from the tower, his Genjutsu would fade. He gave the man some time though, he was determined to aid in any way he could. His hands pressed on the side of the tower firmly, waiting for any sign that the man had escaped.

His eyes shut tightly and his mind began to stray...

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Tsuneo » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:47 am

Four soldiers of stone hurtled like catapault stones into the side of the siege tower. Their hands dug into the sides of the walls, hooking onto spikes and edges of the panels. They scrambled to the open panel, spread wider by Dai's infiltration, and battered the edges with stone fists until the opening grew to three times the size. Two of them dropped down into the tower and met with Dai.

His way out.

Dakara looked away from his infiltarting soldiers to the sky. Lightning tines spread wide, illuminating the communication tower on the far distance.

If it were to fall, this entire battle would be over quickly.

Moxie had been the one to point that out, back at the tent. Would she try for it?

The only way to know for sure was to wait. If she would take the tower, then the final push would go quickly. If not, then the plan was still a battle of attrition. He had expended a tremendous amount of energy so far, as had Dai and Akane. They needed to fall back, rest, and wait for the weak point to push through.

He stepped backward in the rain, heading toward the newly constructed Allied Fortification. Whether or not the city fell within the hour or the day, this battle was won.

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She's here...somewhere...and she's not alone.

The upper armory of the now dead Noriyuka was spectacular. Suits upon suits of gleaming steel and heavy swords, spears, halberds and chains glistened on every inch. Shimada let out a low whistle, admiring the handiwork. Judging from the man's girth and age, it had probably been some time since Noriyuka himself had worn any of this armor, but it was still beautiful.

You sure? Someone with her?

Yes. Someone's helping her. Moving with her...she can't move that fast, not in her small form. That'll make it easy because that means I just have to kill that person...” Her sword sung as it slid out from beneath Keiko's green cloak. It was still stained with scarlet streams, a few still damp.

There!

The blade pierced through the armor, biting a huge gash through the side. She snarled, and stepped back, poising the blade perfectly. Her body unloaded, spinning like a cyclone until it halved another suit of armor, dropping the helmet and torso to the ground, sending the first rolling away from the second.

Again and again her blade swung, but hit nothing. Shimada sighed. Keiko could sense the creature; she always could, that was her job. But it didn't mean that the sword was the best way to capture somebody.

Down, Keiko.

With one flip of his hand and arm, a glimmering braided rope whipped out from beneath his cloak. Keiko rolled low in a practiced motion, crouching beneath the arc of the rope with her sword at the ready. The rope was long enough to sweep through most of the room, and the speed of the swipe was sufficient. It caught around an invisible form, coiling around the body from the chest to the bottom of the figure's feet.

There we go.” Shimada laughed.
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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Kobayashi_Akane » Sat Nov 12, 2011 4:55 am

Locked.

The damn door was locked. Not a single guard in sight, nothing to protect him at all. But the damn noble locks the door? Like that'd actually stop anyone who wanted to get in.

Osamu's shoulder slammed in to the door.

Osamu didn't like anything about this. None of it fit. If Noriyuka wasn't on the other side of this damn door he'd be more than happy to put another quarrel through that idiot guard's foot.

His shoulder hit the door again, and it gave way.

To nothing.

A string of curses jumped out of Osamu's mouth as he stepped to the centre of the room. Nothing but a few damn suits of armour, a half dozen closets, and enough weapons equip a small army. Well, great waste of time this had been.

He turned to exit the room, a rustling in his cloak bringing him to an abrupt stop.

"Hm? What is it Ni'bu?"

"Oh no, oh no no no. Such a stupid plan! Why did I do this! Ugh, now I've gotten you involved and they'll probably try to kill you! Probably? Oh who am I kidding they're not gonna just let some deadweight hang around! They're gonna get rid of you before they're even sure I'm with you! Oh this is bad... bad, bad, bad... I just need... a few minutes, one even!"

She leapt to the ground in a rush, letting her tail rest along the ground.

"Quick, quick! We don't have any time! Cut off my tail!"

"Woah, hold on a second, what the hell? Who's gonna kill me? And what the hell makes you think they'll even succeed at that?"

Ni'bu rolled her eyes. "Listen! I don't have time to explain it all right now, but I'm doing this to make sure you don't die, alright! Just... trust me, please?"

Osamu shook his head, pulling his knife from its scabbard. He knelt down and lined up the knife with the base of her tail. He raised his arm in preparation, but before he could swing, Ni'bu let out a tiny squeal.

She darted across the room, half of her tail failing to follow suit.

"Well, I guess that works too..."

Hurrying back to him, she scurrying up to his shoulder. "What're you waiting for? Eat it already!!"

"I-what? ...uhh, nevermind."

Osamu tossed the thing in his mouth, chewing tentatively at first. He was quick to pick up his pace.

"Hmm, tasty..."

"Yes, I'm delicious! I know! No time for that right now!"

A pair of cloaked figures entered the room, one of them quickly drawing a sword. Well aware that Ni'bu had made them invisible, Osamu slinked to the side of the room, a hand reaching down for his crossbow.

He was forced to dive out of the way of a sudden swing, which tore clean through the suit of armor that had been just behind him. Well, he was glad not to have been in the thing's place.

He leapt again, evading another strike. The hell? Twice was too many times to be coincidence, but if she could see him, then it wouldn't be hard to hit him the way she was handling that blade. She swung around a few more times, her companion finally stopping her and pulling a rope from his sleeve.

Before Osamu could even comprehend what he was trying, the rope had wrapped itself around him.

Shit

Osamu's hand lashed out, severing the rope with his knife. It fell in a loose pile around him, but the woman had already thrown herself at him. He raised his dagger and her sword bit in to it, snapping the blade. The hilt flew from his hand.

The sheer force of the blow knocked him over, and he heard a tiny squeal as a cold-hot sensation pierced his leg. He shimmered in to visibility, the other half of his dagger jutting out of his leg.

His hand snapped to his crossbow, loosing a quarrel.

The woman deftly sidestepped the bolt, ducking in to a thrust that carried right in to his shoulder and pinned him to the wall. His hand spasmed and he dropped his weapon.

Another sharp cry of pain rang out, and Ni'bu rolled out from his sleeve.

Bleeding. From the same places Osamu was.

An unreadable expression crossed his attacker's face.

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Love » Sat Nov 12, 2011 1:12 pm

Akiko was quite impressed. Kokuie hadn't shown any of the aptitude at being able to control vocals when they had rescued her kin, though she supposed it hadn't really been necessary at the point. Still, being told about what he could do made her think of her own ventriloquies seal that she used to project her own voice, or even this of her human victims, through her puppets. The trap made a lot of since to the Megami, at least until Kokuei near instantly snapped the neck of the man. Her eyebrow raised, but before she could question further whether or not that was part a necessary part of for the vocal control, she felt herself frozen in a shadow possession. "Wat da bloody 'Ell?" The words came out before her mind could gather it all in, her body taking on the mimicked motions of the Nara at least until her limbs were foxed into immobility by the shadow binds.

Kokuei's tone...his words, even his knowledge of Dokutoru all shocked Akiko. The psychopathic persona sent a shiver down her spine, at least so far as it could considering the rigid cords along the bottom that the infectious Weed had already created from when she toppled the building with her wood technique. "'Ave ya gone completely mental?" She didn't know a thing about kokuei's brother, least not any more then when she had visited the ruins of her home with the Nara at side. Dokutoru hadn't mentioned anything, nor even knowledge of Kokuei. She wasn't just being stabbed in the back here by a friend, but doubly betrayed by another. "I 'aren't got a bloody clue wat yur on about." Akiko struggled to move her fingers. However, against the shadow's hold she could only barely twitch her fingers, and the result from the connected chakra strings caused the puppets to do nothing more then rattle at their joints.

The four hooded figures shook and shivered and Akiko clinched her teeth. However, she already knew that it was a useless endeavor for the puppets. She just wanted to give Kokuei something to focus on, maybe gloat about, as she concentrated on her Mokuton. The special vines in her Foliage Sacks that she so commonly called upon to assist her in selecting the many tools she carried with her, snaked out behind her back holding seeds that she channeled Mokuton chakra through the serpentine plants and into the compressed plants.

All together, the vines through out five seeds, two to the tendrils at the arms, two more for the ones at the legs, and one was tossed through the gap of her long legs and onto the ground between the two shinobi. Upon contact with each of the targets, a small spiral of plants grew out quickly with blooms of white and purple just before Akiko's special Boom Boom Bloom exploded like small explosives notes, severing the chakra tendrils and the connection between shadows in fire spawned from flowers.

Akiko didn't waste any time. She leapt back in a bringing backflip, and her puppets followed suit being dragged back with her as she made some distance from the surprised Nara. However, the puppets feel dead before they were stabilized again, rolling slightly on the ground as Akiko severed her chakra strings to free her hands. Her eyes flashed to purple as the Idenshigan | Genetic Eye activated as her hand swiped by a sixth seed that had been withdrawn from her plant armory to gain a sample to be exploited with the hand-signs being quickly formed. Idenshi Kouyou: Senzai | Genetic Enhancement: Garden. Pain struck her as she modified her own genetic structure. Her skin turned greener, small leaves formed up across her body, and at the center large baseball sized heads of venus flytraps spouted. She spliced in traits of the dionaea muscipula into her body, and as she stood up from her crouch she reconnected chakra strings to her puppet creations.

"Don't do dis, Kokuei. I don't want ta 'ave ta 'urt ya." The truth was, she didn't know if she had the spirit to in the first place. The man was her friend, so so she thought.
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PostPosted by Oddric » Sun Nov 13, 2011 9:53 pm

"You know exactly what I'm talking about!" Kokuei shouted, unaware of what Akiko was prepping. "All those experiments in your laboratory back at Suna, I'm sure my brother would make a great addition to your research!" While Kokuei had once been so supportive of Akiko's experimenting, the fact that she very likely had his brother captive somewhere was beyond troubling.

The Nara leaped back as the light from the fire disturbed Kokuei's connection to Akiko. Next time he'd strip her of any potential weapons, especially those leafy sack things.

As the smoke died Kokuei finished forming a string of hand signs and half a dozen tendrils sprouted from his shadow. A scowl formed on his face as he saw the changes on Akiko's body-- she looked fierce.

"You're making me do this!" Reaching into his waist holster the young chuunin pulled out a trio of tagged kunai. "Don't push me Akiko! This is my family you're messing with! You have no idea what I'm capable of!"

Blood boiling, Kokuei flung the kunai at Akiko. They were set to detonate upon contact; two were covered with an Oil Tag, the other by a Fire Tag. It would spread far enough to create a sort of blockade between the two "time traveling" shinobi.

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Love » Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:34 pm

As black spears shot from the remnants of the smoke lingering in the air but clearing fast as the rains set in, Akiko yanked her hand quickly to the right. Two puppets of the four hooded set were yanked across the field straight in front of Akiko. A Doton laced sting connected with the seal before the Misori slammed its wooden palm against the ground. Doton: Doro Gaeshi | Earth Release: Mud Overturn. The earthen wall arose in time for the shadow tendrils to embed into the stone birthed defense.

As the impacts struck, Akiko leapt to the top of the short wall, her puppets rising up in formation beside her. Jumping off, she ran alongside the shadow creations. As she ran, the unsheathing sounds of blades were heard as the Nouri puppet exposed the poison praying mantis style blades from its forearms. With a spin, the puppet cut some of the tendrils it was flying over as Akiko ran.

The wall of fire erupted before them. Normally, a stunt like that would stop someone like Akiko, someone who takes their strength from the forests of the world, which are always susceptible to fire. However, in this case, it did not. The five of them, Akiko and her four puppets, all leap through the flames and came out unscathed on the other side. When Akiko landed her fingers twitted forth, causing the Mitari and Seiki to join together at the hands before pulling apart to reveal cords of steel wire between the two limbs. The puppets flew towards either side of Kokuie, aiming to strong arm him with the wire formation and then helix around the man to fully bind him in a cocoon of the wire.

"Dat proves you don't know a damn ting 'bout me." Akiko called out as her puppets advanced. Her body was smoldering slightly from having leapt straight through the fire, but her body was relatively untouched. "Sliced wit Flytrap DNA, me puppets und me are resistant ta fire. I 'aven't done a damn ting wit ur brudder, no give up dis nonsense before one of us actually gets 'urt. Dare's a war going on around us und you want ta fight one anutter!"
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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Oddric » Sat Nov 26, 2011 3:13 pm

The black tendrils had been launched toward Akiko, but the Nara quickly diverted them to deal with one of her puppets. The less of those things she had, the better. He had a match with Akiko before, and he was all too familiar with her style of fighting. What a pain those things were.

Crashing against the stone wall, the tendrils quickly backed away from the earthen creation only to be cut by their stems thanks to Akiko's puppet.

Damn things.

Kokuei's face twitched-- the fire hadn't done anything. Akiko and her puppets were fine. Of course she figured out a way to resist flames. He hadn't expected anything less.

Slapping together hand signs, Kokuei threw out his palms and expelled two mighty gusts of wind to, momentarily, disable Mitari and Seiki. Kokuei leaped back onto a large chunk of rubble, clear frustration on his face.

"Shut up! SHUT! UP!" Kokuei screamed. "I've already lived through this war once, I just want my damn brother! I don't think you know a thing about me, Akiko! You don't know what I'll do for family, and I'm not going on a whim here. I know you know! Your time traveling friend Dokutoru didn't just tell me this information..." Kokuei opened up his vest as he pulled out a scroll from his holster. It was lightly glowing a golden-orange, the same color associated with Kurokku's time travel. "...I tortured it out of him. And I know how to torture, he wasn't lying. If you won't tell me where he is, I'll go through the twins and get them to tell me. I'll make them my experiments like you made me brother yours!"

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Rank: C
Range: (Close ~ Mid)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Fuuton - Wind
Clan: -

Description: Reppushou is a Ninjutsu technique utilizing the Wind Element. After forming the needed hand seals, Kokuei will send a strong gust of wind towards his target. When acting in conjunction with another thrown weapon, the wind can increase its power and deadliness. The damage done by this Jutsu won't do much more than push back, cut up, and bruise a target.

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PostPosted by Love » Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:30 pm

The puppets faltered against the wind. Akiko's lips mouthed a silent slur. She hadn't accounted that Kokuei had separated wind manipulation from his shadow chakra. The pair of attacking puppets barreled rolled in air to swerve out of the gust before irreparable damage could be done. This, of course, ended the direct assault, but as the puppet pair approached the side of the rubbled Kokuei withdrew back on Akiko did not order a disconnect with the steel wiring that strung them together. She half considered brining out the Ripper Fan puppet to provide defense against the wind, but she didn't. The Hood Collection were designed to work in unison, she didn't want to rob them of concentration by juggling another, less perfect, of her creations. Instead, she would rely on the defenses built into the Hood. The Misora puppet clapped its wooden arms together, causing the shield mechanisms in the forearms to dispatch, forming up a clover formation around each hand.

"...I'll make them my experiments like you made me brother yours!"

"Don't you EVAH tretting me family or me friends!" If Akiko had a switch, he had flipped it. Whatever it had hit didn't make her less rational or more fearful, but brought out the malice in her. That dark side from an even darker past she was trying to move away from. Akiko's fingers danced. The still cables dispatched from either side, falling out from between the puppets as Akiko's chakra string laced hands formed up quick signs that sent the Mitari puppet in a dive-bomb as the chakra amplifier before her heart popped open and emitted a strong signal of Katon energy. Impact with the ground sent up wide waves of fire that curved out for from a circle of fire around Kokuei. Katon: Hinowa | Fire Release: Ring of Fire. However, the fire the surrounded the Nara wasn't of the normal flicker of red and yellows, but instead were fueled by rage to burn brighter and hotter in blue he's. The natural ability of Mitari Aura of Wrath had activated, not from the stoic nature of the puppet converted girl, but by the enraged thrall of her mistress.

Akiko's other hand, controlling the other less offensive of the puppets, also went into action. The Nouri puppet rushed in. Akiko hadn't just unleashed the chakra amplifier on Mitari's chest, or the shield components of Misora, but also the emitters on another. Passing straight through the blaze, protected by the recombinant defenses of the venus flytrap, the puppet jumped into the ring with its praying mantis blades held back like wings as the emitters around its eyes popped open directed straight towards Kokuei. Akakase | Blazing Shackles. Unless if Kokuei was especially skilled at Genjutsu detection, he'd likely think this was yet another Katon natured technique as the illusion, if landed, would cause chains of fire to rise up and bind his limbs to hold him in place.

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Name: Katon: Hinowa (Fire Release: Ring of Fire)
Rank: C-Rank
Range: Any
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Fire
Clan: None
Description: One of Mitari’s ninjutsus utilizing the fire element. Mitari starts by making a set of handseals and taking a deep breath and gathering chakra in her lungs, she will then exhale towards the ground releasing fire from her mouth, the flames will split and form a ring of fire around Mitari and the target each of them being on opposite edges of the ring. If stronger flames hit the flames of the ring those flames will become stronger making it harder to exit the ring and using up more oxygen. If the ring is too small it will start eating up the oxygen inside the ring area making it harder to breath as time progresses.

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Rank: C-Rank
Range: 20 Meters
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Fire
Clan: None
Description: Truly a jutsu worthy of the Sin of Wrath and only Misora can use it. This jutsu is constantly active and uses no chakra but Mitari cannot turn it off ever again so the effects will show even if she doesn’t want them too. This jutsu or “aura” if you will, is quite simple, it acts according to Mitari’s two most powerful emotions, Rage/Wrath and Hatred, increasing or decreasing the temperature of all flames, from friend or foe, in a 20 meter area around her. The angrier and the more Mitari hates the stronger the flames become, while in contrast the calmer she is the weaker they are. While Mitari is in her normal state of mind the flames are a normal red/orange color at around 1200°C (2190°F) but as she gets angrier and angrier the flames can reach a blue color, as the highest temperature recorded from this jutsu so far is 2000°C (3645°F). Again, this jutsu makes any flame in the 20 meter area hotter, be it from Mitari’s jutsus, the opponent’s, her shard’s or other already existing flames.

Name: Akakase (Blazing Shackles)
Rank: C-Rank
Range: Short to Mid
Jutsu Type: Genjutsu
Elemental Affinity: None
Clan: None
Description: This is a jutsu that only Nouri can use out of the four girls. Nouri will first make a string of handseals, when she is done she needs to make direct eye contact with the target for the jutsu to activate. If the genjutsu is activated the target will see fire erupt from the ground and wrap around his arms and legs and finally his torso and neck, they will feel the fire like normal but they won’t be able to do many movements and they will not be able to move from that spot leaving him open to attacks from other sources.
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PostPosted by Oddric » Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:01 am

Maybe Kokuei didn't know Akiko like she was family, but he knew her well enough to know how to push her buttons. Granted, Kokuei wasn't thinking very strategically during his outburst, but he knew that mentioning he tortured that Dokutoru fellow and he would hunt down the twins would spark something.

Of course, there was no way to really prepare for the sudden onslaught she threw at him.

Dangerously hot fire surrounded the Nara in a wide circle. He bit down on the scroll he had previously pulled out from his holster and rose his hands, planning on using another wind technique to try and disperse the fire. But with another puppet rushing into the fray, Kokuei had to change plans.

Slapping together hand signs Kokuei brought down a single foot, a dozen sharp, slanted shadow spears emerged from the Nara's shadow as the puppet came into the ring of fire. The spears had emerged a short distance in front of the wooden creation and would pierce into it if Akiko didn't maneuver it carefully.

Kokuei formed more hand signs, having avoided the genjutsu. He wasn't aware of the genjutsu, but rather too busy glancing around the battlefield to make sure Akiko wasn't pulling any quick moves.

A pillar of shadows lifted Kokuei several meters into the air. Using this height Kokuei kicked off the pillar, dispersing it and the spear of shadows he used to try and disable Akiko's puppet, and landed on the side of a nearby building. He clung to it using chakra, but he kept one hand free. Kokuei was no coward, but he couldn't fight Akiko through normal means. He had used up a lot of chakra before coming here, and, quite frankly, Akiko was scarey strong. The odds were against him-- in a fair fight anyway.

It was dramatic, and pretty sad. The two Suna-nin fighting on a war zone with the Hidden Sand's enemy. Was this all so important to be fighting over? Kokuei thought so, at least.

Kokuei used his free hand to pull the scroll out of his mouth, the scroll that glowed that bright orange color that could be associated with Dokutoru's time travel. The Nara held up the scroll high into the air, his head moving to Akiko as he spotted her down below. Akiko knew a lot more about him than Kokuei did, maybe she'd recognize this glow. It was certainly unique, Kokuei figured. "Come on! I have a present for you! You better hurry, or else I might just escape and go off to find the twins!"

He darted up the side of the building, making it to the top and scrambling to get to the other side of the roof, stopping before reaching the edge. He didn't plan on running away, but Akiko was going to be pissed when she got up here. She had to come up, she couldn't see Kokuei and wouldn't be able to attack with her puppets.

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Name: Kage no Yari - Spear of Shadows
Rank: B
Range: (Close ~ Mid)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Kage - Shadow
Clan: Nara

Description: Once the needed two hand signs are completed, Kokuei will stomp his foot on whatever surface his shadow is on and roughly a dozen spears will burst out from Kokuei's shadow, forming a protective barrier against any opponents who should come near him. These spears don't have to surround Kokuei, they can be spread out a bit to form like a line of spears directly in front of Kokuei. These spears can range from one to three meters long and are about half a foot thick. The longer the spears are, the less can be made. Kokuei will usually have the spears slanted at an angle to get the best possible use out of them. Crazy, running enemies will get impaled by the spears as the rise up.

Name: Kage no hashira - Pillar of Shadows
Rank: C
Range: (Close)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Kage - Shadow
Clan: Nara

Description: Once several hand signs are performed, Kokuei’s shadow below him will rise and form a ten foot tall pillar. The pillar is one and a half feet around and will stay up as long as Kokuei is on top of it. Once Kokuei gets off, the pillar will quickly revert back to his shadow. The pillar’s strength is similar to Kokuei’s Wall of Shadows. It is able to handle two C-ranked techniques before breaking apart like glass and simply converting back to a shadow.

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Re: DECAY: Flower - Birthday (OPEN)

PostPosted by Love » Sat Dec 03, 2011 11:15 pm

Blue hair popped over the sill of a window as many figures of men. Just before one of them fell witness to her, it snapped back down to rejoin her sister. "Come on Ai, whatarewe gonna do?" She was on all fours just under the sill while Airisu kept herself more hidden then her sister by having her back pressed up against the wall they had ducted behind.

"How am I supposed to know?"

"Iddono? You're the smart one after all..."

Airisu hated the fact that she always had to come up with the plans, but at least it was usually more effective then the brute force tactics that Yuriko normally defaulted to. She supposed she had to thank the fact that Yu was actually taking time to let her think up a plan. "I got it!" Airisu turned herself around and shot herself up, her hands forming several signs before cupping a funnel before her mouth. Mokuton: Ekijuu Nabara | Nature Release: Tree Sap Capture Field. A spray of sappy discharge shot from her mouth and threw the window coming to cover a large portion of ground outside. All the men that were running past had instantly frozen where they were, along with any other that ran into the tree sap carpeting. With a smile, Airisu looked down towards her sister. "All yours, Yu." The elder twin transformed into Harvester Scythe.

Leaping from the window, Yuriko sent Mokuton chakra to her feet which allowed for her to move on the surface unhindered. With the Daimyo's troops confused and immobile, Yu slide through the syrup cutting them down in droves. Any more of the troops that entered into the field would find themselves equally disabled, equally vulnerable.

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The Shadow Spears ripped into the Nouri puppet creating a pierced pedestal that the puppet was sprawled out upon. Luckily, it wasn't a living thing, else that would have really hurt something other then Akiko's pride. The Genjutsu could have ended this whole battle, and now that Kokuei had escaped the flames she had to put some worry into the glow coming from that scroll. Not wanting the raging fire to go to waste, as Akiko's fingers caused the Nouri puppet to rip apart the shadow crafts with the praying mantis blades as it had before, the other hand caused the Mitari puppet to activate the Katon Seal on its palm and seal away the blue flames.

She would have to put some worry into the glow coming off of that scroll. A quick reassurance stemmed, pun totally unintended from her plant-based background, from the fact that there was little chance Kokuei could ever hope to master time space manipulation. Of the countless shinobi not of Dokutoru's bloodline, not even a handful was capable of such feats...still, the notion that Dokutoru's manipulation grew, in this case the pun is probably becoming evident, from the use of Fuuinjutsu was the problem. Both men were skilled in that art, so if Kokuei could use his knowledge of seals even in some manner to activate a space-time technique the results could be catastrophic. Akiko had seen first hand the destructive power of such techniques.

It wasn't a hopeless thought though. That brand of manipulation took a lot of chakra to activate, more so considering that Kokuei's body wasn't adept to using it as Dokutoru's would be. If it came down to that and Akiko could successfully avoid the damage, the battle would be over. Kokuei, if he wasn't careful, would deplete his entire reserves in one blow, and the man was starting to become desperate enough attempt a folly like that.

As the man disappeared over the edge of the building, Akiko quickly ripped her arm down and pulled up a scroll her vine-arm had prepped. There was no time for neatness, so she just caused the unrolled parchment to wear on her like a sash from hip to around her shoulders. After a quick puppet summoning, her hands slapped simple signs together to bring her to Dokutoru's leave. Doton: Rifutoen | Earth Release: Uprooted Garden A chuck of earth ripped out underneath her with some Doton laced chakras brings attached to it as it floated up as a bolder platform for her and the new puppet to stand upon.

Akiko was carried up to the ledge of the building. At her side, a fifth of the accursed Hitokugutsu | Human Puppets, the Tystu puppet. She didn'ts summon him with the sarcophagus addition that she had created for the former Iwa-nin. With the introduction of Tystu she was at her limit of the number of puppets she could successfully manage. It could be hard enough for her to manage to Hood collection alongside the new one. However, that wasn't an issue now. The red hooded puppets all arose around the sides of the building, each of the different riding hoods standing at a different corner, but not moving in in coordinated assaults as they had. No, Kokuei would have to wonder why the introduction of this new puppet was so important, though first he would have to save himself.

Akiko did a front flip off the stone to land on the roof. Her puppet floated beside her, but the Doton chakra strings working to slingshot the clump of earth she had brought up with her in an arching path with the intent of flattening the pesty Nara beneath the dirt. Able to take full control of the Tystu puppet now that she wasn't controlling the dirt, the puppet unlatched a hidden arm blade from its right sleeve. "You're meddling wit tings ya can't fathom, Love, best quit now before I make me collection a little bit larger."

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Name: Mokuton: Ekijuu Nabara | Nature Release: Tree Sap Capture Field
Rank: C
Range: Close-Far Range (0-25m)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Mokuton | Nature
Clan: --
Description: This is a field modifying technique that works to advantage of the user in inhibiting the mobility of the opponent to dodge. This technique is performed by a series of hand-signs as Mokuton natured chakra is collected into the lungs and throat. The user will expel a sticky sap-like liquid from their gullet that will cover the ground in a full radius around the battlefield. If the target runs on top of the liquid, or is caught within it as it spreads they will become glued to the sticky surface. Unlike normal water, this holding affect cannot be counteracted by simply sending chakra to the feet like the walking on water skill. Instead, to maintain movement, the user must send Mokuton natured chakra to their feet, making this technique extremely effective against anyone not possessing that element. The hold of this liquid will cease 3 posts after the target is captured in this liquid, so if the opponent can hold out until then they will again gain their mobility.

Name: Kugutsu Kuchiyose [ | Puppet Summoning | ]
Rank: C
Range: Supplementary
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: --
Clan: --
Description: This is an alternate form of summoning that does not require a blood donation, but is not done by simply performing the technique alone. This summoning works with seals written upon scrolls that contain a puppeteer's puppets. The complexity of the seals can vary, as can the number of puppets each scroll contains. If the user is able to craft the seal on small enough scrolls then they need to worry about carrying too large of scrolls with them as a means of easily transporting their puppets. To perform this technique the user needs only to reveal the seal holding their puppet by unrolling the proper scroll and then channel chakra into it, either by direct contact or contract through a chakra string, causing the puppet to be ripped out of the seal with a small puff of summoning smoke.

Name: Doton: Rifutoen [ Earth Release: Uprooted Garden ]
Rank: C
Range: Close-Mid Range (0-25m)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Doton | Earth
Clan: --
Description: This is a technique that is used in combination with the Organic Puppetry Technique. One its own, if used without a plant-life puppet, all this technique does is allows for the movement of clumps of earth. However, when combined with a plant-based puppet, this technique allows for extenuation of the range of the plant-puppets, which is manipulated through the roots of the plant. For this technique, Doton chakra will be added to chakra strings that are then latched onto the earth around the base of a plant being manipulated. This technique will rip a patch of earth from the ground, keeping the roots of a plant without a moveable 'pot' of soil. This allows for the user to move their plant puppet across the area like a normal puppet would be jerked across the battlefield, while still fluidly manipulating the plant rooted in this earth. However, a disadvantage to this technique is that counts as the use of a single puppet. For instance, if this technique is used alongside two plants being manipulated, it would be as though the user was deploying 4 puppets, two puppets for the plants, and two others for the dirt. While this technique can greatly improve the ability to utilize plants in combat, the user must be aware of their limits. If used without Organic Puppetry, this is an effective means of chucking clumps of earth at the opponent, or moving boulders.

Puppet Name: Tystu Kokugen
Rank: Genin
Range: Close-Far Range (0-25m)
Type: Offensive
Description: [X] A young boy with a very serious looking face with, though he has very bright, green eyes that have the sparkle of innocence and genius, or so the elders of his clan used to say before he joined Iwa.He has very bright silver hair, that are very common from his clan. He has a very wiry body and not a extremly strong body, but has pretty powerful legs due to his partialness to running and training his speed. He wears a brown t-shirt that has a silver hourglass on the back, to represent his ability to manipulate time. He wears black pants and wields a single sword, that has the hourglass pattern up and down both sides of the sword and a very silver gleam on it, with a black hilt. Akiko has added to this apparel by giving this puppet a green trench coat.
Weapons:
Blade of Time: This was the sword that belonged to Tystu before he was captured by Akiko and converted into a puppet. This is a long silver blade that features an hour glass pattern all the way from the hilt to the tip of the blade on either side. This hour glass pattern is a slightly darker gray then the rest of the blade and glows slightly whenever used for jutsu. This blade was made by the elders of Tystu's clan and is composed of Star Iron, crafted to combine perfectly with the Time Natured chakra of the Kokugen clan. The blade can be infused with some of the chakra from this puppet and then used to conduct time jutsu similar to how the chakra amplifier works on the puppet. [X]

Chakra Amplifier: This is a specialized device built into several human puppets that helps to control the chakra of the puppet and manipulate the particular traits of that chakra. If elemental in nature, it allows for smoother molding of that element as directed by the puppeteer. In the case of Tystu, the element in consideration is not of the traditional sort. Instead, this unique chakra affects time steams, and when the chakra amplifier is active, which will be seen by a bulge in the puppet's shirt from where the latch opened on the amplifier, the puppet can utilize its known jutsu. As the most sophisticated piece of equipment on any of these puppets this amplifier is more prone to malfunction and requires more upkeep.

Time Chamber: This is a special addition that Akiko made for her puppet to work alongside him. The chamber looks like a oval shaped coffin that is gray in color. there are chains across this piece of equipment that are also attached to leather straps so it can be carried like a backpack. The outside of the case also has gray puppet hands attached to it along with a series of four eye-like formation. This coffin can prove heavy, and so when Tystu is used in a fight, it is usually laid at the side of the battlefield until the opponent can be lured toward it. However, if moved, either with Tystu or on its own with chakra strings, the coffin will consume a slot for a C-ranked puppet, lowering the overall number of puppets that can actually be used. The chains on the case unlatch were the skulls along the chains are located. When this happens, the chains fall to the ground, allowing the case to open at the wide seem down the middle. The aim is to trap an opponent in the case and seal it shut. Being made of chakra compressed wood with a metal layer in the middle, the case can prove difficult to break out of form the blackness inside. However, instead of killing the opponent through stabbing, the case creates a contained area in which Tystu's jutsu can be unleashed. The four eye-like shapes on the outside work similar to chakra amplifies, pulsating when in use, so that all of Tystu's manipulation is focused into the chamber, resulting in a rapid speed up or slowing down of time depending on the technique being used. As the most sophisticated piece of equipment on any of these puppets this amplifier is more prone to malfunction and requires more upkeep.

Hidden Blade: On the right arm of the puppet is a hidden blade. This blade partially sticks out of the puppet, but is hard to see given the sleeve of the trench coat the puppet wears. When not extended, this blade acts as a sharpened guard on the arm. However, the mechanism in the arm extends downward, causing the blade to reveal itself from the sleeve and extend farther then the arm itself to create a piercing point. This blade is coated in the Bittersweet Nightshade poison.

Poison Vent: Like many of Akiko's puppets, this one is equipped with a poison cloud generator in the mouth. When activated, the fans will create a cloud of poisonous glass that is spewed from the puppet's mouth. The seed containing the poison to be released is usually outfitted with the Deadly Nightshade poison.

Stomach Cable: Coiled within the stomach area of this puppet is a long black cable complete with pointed metal tip. The cable is filled with poison, and attacks like a serpent. A single scratch from the tip is enough to deliver the poison in the cable. This poison is the Nightshade poison.

[Weapon | Weapon Location]
[ Compressed Petrified Wood | Entire Puppet ]
[ Hardened Internal Frame | Former Skeleton ]
[ Blade of Time | Back//Hands ]
[ Chakra Amplifier | Chest In Front of Heart ]
[ Time Chamber | Carried Item ]
[ Hidden Poison Blade | Right Forearm ]
[ Poison Vent | Mouth ]
[ Poison Stomach Cable | Stomach ]
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