Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

Outside the walls of the major cities, the Snow Empire boasts a variety of climates and landscapes. From the frozen glacial desert of the north, to the deciduous rain forest in the south, the four provinces are fun to discover for those who can keep their wits about them. Wild beasts of primitive and dangerous proportions loom in the corners of even its most barren wastelands, and the criminal elements are almost free to roam anyplace that is secluded from civilization.

Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by kaidan K » Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:00 pm

The clouds were bitter cold as Ayumu felt the millions of floating water particles brush against the skin on his face and started to collect minutely in his thick clothing. When they cleared the clouds however, the warm sun could be felt as well as seen in full. It seemed to Ayumu that he found himself in some other world, and he gazed around at the masses of cloud that looked like low swooping hills in awe. He didn't need to shield his eyes too much as the sun was on his back, yet it's rays were still bright enough to lightly sting his eyes if he opened them fully for half a minute or so. It wasn't long before in the distance there rose a tower of rock and minerals. It was a mountain that pierced the heavens, it seemed. Ayumu could tell that it was their destination as when it came in view Raiden veered his course towards it. The blue avian then continued to flap his wings so as to gain more altitude, until they were about a couple hundred feet above the clouds, and more or less ninety feet higher than the mountain peek they flew towards. Raiden then made a down-angle with his body, gliding with ease and gaining a great deal of speed with the momentum. The mound of rock got ever so closer now, and an opening could be seen on it's side. Avian sentinels came in view peering at the thunder-hawk and the formation of the other birds behind him. The sentinels gave the incomers a low cry in challenge. Raiden himself was the one to answer, also in a low tone. Soon after giving the returning cry, the sentinels turned round and went back to their posts further in the cave like structure. Ayumu's heart was racing again, as Raiden was gliding at such a high speed in the direction of the rock. The boy clenched his teeth over his bottom lip as the blue hawk continued diving until he was just below the bottom edge of the cave. With natural skill, Raiden then thrust his wings down at the last minute it seemed to bring his angle upwards to control his momentum in order to slow down as he flapped his appendages further to bring himself to a halt about 15 feet inside the cave.
"And here we are!" said Raiden after moving to the side of the cave to allow room for the rest of the hawks to land. Ayumu had a slight trouble seeing at first as his eyes had to readjust to the dimmer light since they had gotten used to the bright of the sun. He had no trouble noticing the several different hawks that were staring directly at him. A nervous frown came on his face as he then released his grip on Raiden's feathers and slid off his back. "Try not to mind their looks. You're the first human to ever visit the Hawk Sanctuary directly... aside from a few Yuuma clan members at least." the thunder-hawk stated to the boy, who then shrugged before shoving his hands into the pockets of his coat. Then Ayumu turned his glance at the mouth of the cave to watch as the rest of the kettle* of hawks entered the cave much the same way that Raiden did. Taio, the green hawk flying with Misake in tow entered before the others, respectively. As soon as the bird landed, and the girl was visible to the cast* of hawks inside the Sanctuary there was a slight clamor of murmuring amongst many of the birds.
"To be honest, I'm actually breaking a law by bringing you two here. Especially the girl, as Yuuma have been expressly forbidden from setting foot here."
Instantly Ayumu's face froze in a look of shock as he looked up at the hawk.
"You definitely had every right to tell us that before you brought us here." he said in a harsh, yet quiet tone of displeasure.
"Augh. Don't worry yourself over it. As a Raiden and future King by birthright I also have every right to overlook, and in some cases completely forsake certain laws within my best judgment... It's a fairly old law anyway."
"Older kept laws usually are the ones with the worst punishment." Ayumu stated under his breath as he then gazed at Misake. The clamor was beginning to rise as one of the older of the hawks in the cast along the back of the entrance cave burst out,
"That's a Yuuma on Taio's back, that is!"
The Inaba boy began to run through as many ideas of how to defend his new friend if the need should arise, as the need seemed to be fairly imminent. He was coming up empty though, as he heavily doubted it would be a good idea to involve any of his own summons against such potential foes. The rabbits and hares at his disposal were most likely not adequately prepared for a sudden fight for survival against their natural predator, especially while on their own turf as well. Then again, he could try distracting the birds as best as he could long enough for Misake to make her own clever way of escaping danger, like she did several times before. Of course, Raiden XVI only needed to give a look to one of the sentinels who then came off from it's perch and gave a harsh cry in the direction of the cast. Silence immediately followed the cry of the sentinel, and Ayumu even found himself having trouble saying anything after that. He gazed at the apparent peace keeping hawk, and remarked at it's dark grey plumage riddled with specs of black and white. Over it's beak was a metal attachment which looked as though it would be murderous if used as a weapon(which is what it actually was, anyway). The sentinel then approached the rabble-rousing hawks a few paces, and they began to disperse and go about their business.
"Ain't that awlways th' way? 'Caun't anyone remembah who's en chaurge these days? Hmgh!" said the bird as it came beside Raiden.
"Well put, Norio. As usual." replied the thunder-hawk.
"Wuhy thank you, sir. 'Supposin' I should escort you and yourh, uh, guests?"
"That won't be necessary, thank you. I couldn't think of dragging you from your post and have you share in any of the punishment I might get from my father."
"It is rauther curious 's to wuhy you brought humans to th' Sanctu'ry. Theough yourh ruight in guessin' there'll be a haursh wurd er two from him because of this, a'right. Suit yourhself, then. Best of luck as well, in comin' back oaut of th' Innah Sanct'm in one piece!"
Norio the sentinel hawk then gave a respectful bow before walking back to his assigned perch. Ayumu couldn't help but stare at the bird for a moment. Raiden lowered his head between the boy and the sentinel in order get his full attention.
"Right! So by law, you aren't normally allowed here. With that said, you and Misake would do best to stay by me as we make our way to the Inner Sanctum... as well as for the rest of the time you spend here. Both of you should probably be presented to my father, Raiden XV. Keep in mind that he is a King, so be on your best behavior... And telling him any lies at all would prove to be very unwise, if not fatal."
Ayumu sighed through his nose a little and then shrugged his shoulders as he looked at Misake.
"On we go! This way."


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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Jan 21, 2012 9:31 am

As Raiden shared words with Ayumu, Misake leaned in towards Taio's side and asked in a low voice. "It's not 'setting foot' if I'm on your back, right?" Maybe they haven't even broken the law yet, least by the most literal definition of it.

"Keep dreaming girlie if you think you're staying back there for long." The hawk said tilting her green head to the side to peer at the girl on her back.

Misake patted Taio on the neck to thank her for the ride up to this magnificent place before giggling. "Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I can walk without stepping." Before the extremely intelligent conversation could go on any further though it was interrupted with the screech of the sentinel hawk to silence the spectators that had rapidly assembled. If things were going to become a matter of politics then Misake really wasn't the best one to be involved with them, not unless if she took the small effort of summoning Cho so that she'd have someone to help her figure out the most politically correct moves to make. However, the girl really wasn't fearful at all being around so many hawks that could potentially hate her just for there birth rite. It wasn't even because she knew they were safe that prevented the worry, for she couldn't guarantee such status. In the time it would take for her to transport them back to their original Realm they could already be dead, but Misake really wasn't a worrier. Like she had said before, it's all about being yourself, and Ayumu was a likable person enough that the old bylaws of the hawk tribe they were in the presence of should not come to conflict.

The girl jumped down off of Taio and clicked her feet a few times against the floor to settle in the fact that the law was broken, so she'd be able to walk with peace of mind that she couldn't put it back together now. She walked a bit closer to Raiden. Now that their vision wasn't inhibited by a snowstorm, but rather just idol darkness in the cave, she wanted to get a closer look at his blue hue. The blue feathers really intrigued her on the hawk for the fact that they were not the first blue hawk feather for the girl to come across on her journey. Though it was a stupid question since Raiden lived in an entirely different realm then the man she was about to ask about, the idiocy couldn't be capped by Misake's curiosity. "Just checking, but you've never met a man named Long Fei before, right?"
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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by kaidan K » Mon Jan 23, 2012 7:11 pm

The name Long Fei actually did register, albeit slightly in the avian's mind which could be noted by his sudden side glance to the girl who mentioned him, and replied in all honesty.
"Never. I haven't in my lifetime been summoned to the human realm, so I have not seen much of human kind at all. But I am familiar with the surname. 'Long'. It's of the Falcon clan, if I remember correctly. Some of my own kind met with Falcon clansmen a long time ago in the human realm. They were eventually exiled from the Sanctuary, both as their own personal choice to leave it behind as well as a decision made by one of the former Raiden kings, only to allow them to make their own kingdom far off in some other corner of this world."
Ayumu held a flat look as the history lesson was given to Misake. Nothing really seemed that interesting to the boy about Long Fei, and this Falcon clan. It must have been a Kumogakure thing, which Ayumu figured didn't mean too much to his summoner friend since she left that place behind. Yet, now the boy began to wonder if she had some misplaced feelings for Hidden Cloud still hidden within her cares. Either way, he held his casual demeanor as they made their way through a passage that led up from the right. The way through the passage was lit with several fires that lined either side of the walkway. It wasn't long before a massive door was seen on the left of the passage. The door looked to be made of some type of fusion of wood and metal, or at least looked like it was in the firelight. Both materials were put into its making in such a way to give that effect. The design of a large hawk bearing thunder bolts in one talon, and clouds in the other was seen outlined in silver on the outer face of the door. Perched just next to the doorway was another hawk that looked fairly similar to Norio, both in plumage sightly but more so with the metal beak covering. The plumage on this sentinel was more of a dark sand color with the same white and black specs as the other.
"Come ta see ya fatheh then, sir?" the sentinel inquired Raiden as he and the two humans approached. The hawk had a thick accent very much like Norio, yet was much higher in pitch as this sentinel was female.
"Indeed. Azumi, I must ask that you let both these humans enter with me."
"'s long as they'reh with you, ua-I see no trouble in it. Hurd muhy brothah oaut thereh give a good squawk. Hopin' I should'n have ta do th' same ta keep them othah flapehs in chehck."
The sentinel, Azumi then gripped a handle next to her perch with her talons and pulled up on it and back, showing the rope the handle was attached to which connected to some mechanism that was able to unlock the door to the Inner Sanctum with an audible clang.
"You can always hope," Raiden commented as he then passed Azumi and with both of his wings stretched forward, opened the door to allow himself and the two young shinobi to enter. As soon as the door went ajar, however a sudden blast of wind and charged particles shot out from within the room.
"WHY IS THERE A YUUMA CHILD IN FRONT OF MY DOOR!? RAIDEN THE SIXTEENTH, YOU HAD BETTER EXPLAIN YOURSELF!"
Ayumu felt a familiar feeling come over him as he sensed the sudden blast of wind on his face. His wide eyes and troubled expression showed the feeling well enough.
"You did'n say anythin' about bringin' any Yuuma in thereh, sir!" Azumi added with a tone of shock. Raiden XVI looked at the sentinel crassly, then to the humans.
"Wait here just a moment," he demanded politely. Then the blue avian stood on its two feet straight before striding into the dark Inner Sanctum. Ayumu frowned at this, then threw his hands out of his pockets and made to walk into the room after the thunder-hawk. A wing shot out from the right to block the boy's way.
"Uh-ah-ah! Best not be goin' in thereh just yet, love. Father/son quarrel. Nothin' you'd want ta get in the mi'tle of!"
Ayumu gave Azumi the "are-you-serious?" look. Then there was another uproar within the confines of the Inner Sanctum. In the dark, one massive spark of electricity could be seen as momentary flashes of light. At this, Ayumu stumbled back a few steps. Blast after concussive blast continued for less than half a minute, until dead silence was heard.
"Oh, Sixteen. Aulways a defiant one, 'im. But ounly when he thinks it's right to be so! (That's whut aull us laydies adoreh in a man.) Heh-hm-hm-hm!" Azumi said in comment ending with a girlish giggle, which made the boy give her another strange look as Ayumu considered whether the female hawk was trying to suggest something to him with the last part of her statement. The silence within the room was starting to become unnerving. At length, Ayumu peered into the black to see if his eyes could make out the two Raiden hawks.
"RIGHT THEN!" boomed the voice of the hawk king, making the boy stumble again and nearly fall on his rear. "Young boy! You may enter!"
Ayumu stood still for a moment, then just glanced at Misake.
"Yes, the girl as well! Come now!"
The boy's eyes closed as he got control of his nerves again and he shoved his hands into his pockets before turning to walk into the Inner Sanctum. He stopped after getting a few yards into the blackness, and then a shutter opened in the roof of the room which was operated by the King via a pulled switch much the same as the one that the sentinel used to unlock the front door. Sunlight filled the area, making Ayumu shield his eyes with his hand for a split second. The first thing he noticed was that all over the floor was sprinkled countless feathers, either partially or fully singed. The ones only partially singed were all blue colored. As the boy looked up, he then saw Hawk-King Raiden the fifteenth, who looked practically identical to the younger Raiden. The key difference was the size and proportions between the two, as the Fifteenth was by far the larger one; both in height and proportion. If one could call a normally slim bird "portly", the Hawk-King would be the first one to referred to as being such. Yet, even so, the extra fat around the edges of the avian didn't seem to have much effect on his mobility as his majesty lifted off the ground with one swipe of his wings, coming to land on a specially made perch in the middle of the room. The perch must be the bird equivalent of a human's throne. The Sixteenth could be seen obviously recovering from the "quarrel". Several feathers around the edges of his wings and around his head were lightly torched, no doubt by the lightning storm that occurred moments earlier. The lightly crispy bird then looked to Ayumu, and gave a nod of his head. After a moment of the boy just staring at Raiden XVI, the bird then tilted his head in the direction of his father. He startled and took a few more steps toward the Fifteenth.
"Thank you for letting me see you, Raiden the Fifteenth. I-it's an honor, ... I guess," said Ayumu to the King, barely noticing himself slip up and add 'I guess' to the end of his greeting, which may certainly have sounded rude. Raiden XV held his gaze on the boy for a moment, in overbearing silence. The penetrating stare and silence made Ayumu start wishing he was back at home. He'd rather eat his grandmother's double boiled turnips than stand here in this current situation for another second.
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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Jan 29, 2012 2:09 pm

So the feather wasn't his. It wasn't a disappointed thought. The feather tied to the end of the necklace that was tucked behind Misake's clothing was much more normal sized then would be expected from a bird so large as Raiden, and it was a mature feather too so it is not as though it had been plucked from a baby birdie. Still, appreciated knowing that the grand Hawk had heard of the Falcon Clan, even if he didn't know specifically the Raikage Misake was so emulative for.

The girl followed along. In entering the hallway that lead to the massive door she was mesmerized further of the sights, and a tad bit curious how hawks could have fashioned the door given their lack of opposable thumbs. Still, there would be odder things then a feathered carpenter. Misake couldn't help but give a low giggle when this second sentinel referred to the other hawks as 'flapehs', though she was smart enough to know that it probably wouldn't be appropriate for a human to call them that.

When the blast of wind shot out of the opening door, Misake had to step back and brace herself with a leg as her white hair went flailing about. The strong gust let loose the neckless and caused the blue feather tip to be dragged out of her clothing and into a flap along side her hair. The whole ordeal made her think that she really needed to start pulling it back into a bun or something since she refused to cut it. Even a ponytail would be better, though maybe a little offensive to horses.

"The badboys are sure more interesting, but they're not the ones you bring home to the nest to meet your mother." Misake said looking towards the hawk. By this point Ayumu was completely out of luck as far as the conversation was concerned. Be you hawk or human, the same rules apply.

"Great King" Misake said with a polite bow after entering the room to find the massive hawk upon his perch. The nod made her necklace dangle slightly before she readjusted herself back up. "It is indeed an honor to be the first Yuuma to stand in his hall in who knows how long. Whatever misgivings you have towards my clan, please do not allow them to influence you negatively in hearing my friend. He is not of my blood, and I think you'll find him most agreeable."
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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by kaidan K » Tue Jan 31, 2012 2:15 am

"Hah! Well stated, Misake of the Yuuma." the king stated with a nod of his head, and a side glance to Misake. "As far as misgivings go towards your clan, my son's defiance, as arrogant it may have seemed has made me reconsider the laws that have been put in place by those before me. The incidents leading to such laws being written were very troubling indeed-"
"Yet not directly involved with the actions of an actual Yuuma clan member. As I recall, that is," the younger Raiden interjected, which made the king give a lighthearted chuckle.
"Yes. I suppose it wasn't. Even though the methods they practice in getting to the animal realm were still somehow gained from the Yuuma clan. The imposter who came before my grandfather, the XIII had presented himself as a Yuuma and even managed to fool his senses that would have normally said otherwise. One thing led to another, and one of the former Raiden were lost in the dealings of this imposter. It took the remaining clan members who had a contract with to help us discover he wasn't a true Yuuma. While we are still unaware to this day as to how this imposter became capable of using Yuuma techniques exactly, the Yuuma themselves were forbidden to have anymore dealings with the Hawks out of fear that there might be another like the first imposter. And that is all will say of that history, myself. Of course it is good to know how well you know of it being an honor to be welcomed into the Hawk Sanctuary. I will have you know that it also is an honor to be in the presence of a Yuuma. As it was your clan and kin that in old times helped first build the structures within this cave, and aided us in making the cave a fortress for our own kind. Perhaps this day may mark a beginning of a renewed relationship between our kind? It would take some convincing with the rest of the tribe, but all in good time I suppose."
Ayumu had breathed a sigh of relief as soon as the king's eyes had gone off him. He wondered a little at how the old bird knew both of their names without them being presented. Were these Raiden psychic or something? Yet now the Fifteenth returned his focus on the boy, and he became tense again.
"As for you, Ayumu of the Inaba. I can tell quite a good deal about you already. Your well kept clothing and hairstyle point towards healthy living. Yet, I can see a touch of malnutrition in your eyes and skin, ever so slightly. You most likely do not eat enough of those vegetables you humans require in a steady diet. No doubt you detest such food, no matter how beneficial they are towards your health. I detect a love for sweets that usually out maneuvers your common sense with what you choose to eat regularly. You, Ayumu are without a doubt quite childish... in that one aspect at least. I do sense a quiet boldness in you that just needs a bit of awakening. You are not battle tested, nor at the top of your level as a shinobi to say the least..."
The comments Ayumu was receiving were not quite to his liking at all so far. Malnutrition? Was it that bad? Could he die from it? And he just called him childish... Of course there wasn't much Ayumu could do to argue about that. That was a battle he lost enough times to his mother back home.
"Yet, perhaps to better yourself as a human being in addition towards being a good shinobi for your village, you should form a contract with the Hawks. They may teach you discipline, and self control as well as harden you as a warrior to get you prepared to serve your country and kin."
This made the boy blink and his face relaxed a touch as he came to the realization of what the Fifteenth was about to tell him-BUT WAIT. How did the hawk know about how he wanted to make a summoning contract with them?
"Yes. I will allow you to sign the contract. Only because I intend to have my kind help you in your... shortcomings."
"Just-how do you know everything?" Ayumu asked with no regards to his tone with the king. The Sixteenth dropped his lower beak in shock for a moment, and then just looked nervously to his father... who was still calm, and rather cheerful looking.
"Did you not hear the conversation I had with my son not even a minute ago?" the king asked in retort with a rather playful tone.
"Uhhh. I guess I was distracted by the EXPLOSIONS and stuff that was going on. Didn't really hear too much talking. But seriously how is it tha-?"
"AHEM! My oh my! Would you look at the time? I guess I should produce the contract scroll for him already, father?" interrupted the Sixteenth how then began to approach the boy while gazing at the Hawk King over his shoulder. He then stopped when the Fifteenth let out a loud chuckle.
"Hagh-hagh-hagh-hagh! I can already see that boldness starting to rise out of him! It must be the will of the Sky Lord that led this Inaba child here! Hagh-hagh-hagh-hagh! No need, my son. I will produce the scroll myself, if my old age still permits!"
To this, the Sixteenth bowed low as he then removed himself from blocking the way. Then the Fifteenth stepped off from his perch and came half way towards the boy.
"Before I continue, I may as well bring in the one that you will first test your ability to summon with. AZUMI, CHILD! FETCH MY GRAND DAUGHTER!" the Hawk King stated, and then ordered. Ayumu was barely able to cover his ears and muffle them from the sound of the old bird's pipes just at the word 'fetch' and what followed.
"Ruight away, yourh exc'lence!" the door guard replied audibly as she poked her head in the doorway, and she then took off.
"Father. If I may?" interjected the Sixteenth as he approached the king, bringing his beak close to whisper his ear. "Are you sure about having my daughter be his first? She is a hand full even for us here. I couldn't imagine having her become the first to-"
"Nonsense. Your daughter is young like he is. They're perfect for one another." replied the king with a side glance to his son and no regards to the volume of his voice. Then the king turned his attention back to the boy. "Right! Let's go on now! Be prepared, shinobi children. For this will be the first time in many years the summoning contract scroll of the Thunder Hawk tribe has ever been unveiled outside of the instruction on how to do so given to each of the Raiden kings after their coronation."
Ayumu gazed with anticipation, expecting some flashy moves from the hawks wings to form hand seals and a typical summoning jutsu to be performed by it. There was no such movement made by the king, however. Instead, the old bird lowered his head and opened his beak. The sounds that followed brought a horrified expression on Ayumu's face, as it wasn't a typical jutsu cloud that appeared as sign of the scroll being summoned in front of him... but the sickening sound of regurgitation. After a few gagging noises from inside the Fifteenth's throat, the end of a fairly large scroll poked out between his upper and lower beak. Then, he wiggled his head around while letting gravity also help in allowing the scroll to ease itself down out of the Fifteenth's esophagus, and after about half a minute the other end of the scroll exited his mouth and it fell to the ground with an average thud. There was also a metallic sound from the hexagonal lock ring around the center of the scroll.
"Huuaah. That felt good!" remarked the king after sort of clearing his throat to make the strange sound he made. Then, he lowered his head again to slightly roll the scroll to the side until the lock ring's opening mechanism was exposed. Then, the Fifteenth pressed the end of his beak against the mechanism to activate some fuuinjutsu that made the lock ring vanish in a flash of light. With one light swipe of the wing, the scroll then was opened to reveal it's contents. There were several names to be seen on the scroll... or something like names. Ayumu didn't recognize any of the characters the names were written with, as it was a language not of his own. There was one name that was blotted out, and had a long dark red ink stamp over it. "Now simply apply your blood to the contract, and the deal will be set."
The boy gave an uncomfortable look at the contract.
"I don't have to touch that thing, do I?" he asked disgustedly.
"What is so wrong about doing that? Hmmm. I suppose you could just let a drop fall onto it, if you're set on not touching it," replied the king with a tilt of his head. Ayumu tilted his head upwards in a nod, then approached the scroll. He gradually removed his hands from his pockets, took out his kunai, lifted his other hand over the contract, and then gently and firmly pressed the dangerous tip of the knife against the tip of his middle finger. The small puncture produced a small flow of liquid crimson, which formed a droplet that Ayumu flicked off so that it fell arbitrarily onto the surface of the scroll. He then closed the hand into a fist, shoved it in his pocket, then gazed at the blood droplet patiently waiting for something to happen. Soon enough, the blood seemed to soak into the paper(or was it cloth of some type?) and then it vanished from sight. In the last column of the ordered list of names on the bottom there suddenly appeared another name, yet it was in the same characters as the rest.
"Is that, my name there?" asked the boy while pointing at it.
"Why yes. Of course. You have completed the contract."
"The language you see on there is that of the Sky Lord's Tongue. There is less than a few, other than our kin who can read that these days I would wager," added the Sixteenth. Ayumu gave a light understanding nod, put his kunai back in its holster, and put his freed hand back into his pocket like the other. He let out a sigh of satisfaction, and looked at the king expectingly, yet casual.
"Well then, I suppose I should put it away now, assuming you are content with what contracts you already have, Misake child. I think I will keep it to one contract singing for today. You are free to return here another day if you desire or ever have need of our contract."
After saying such, Ayumu turned his head away and put his hands over his ears anticipating another gross-out moment as the old bird forced the scroll back down where it came from. After a very brief side glance with his eyes, he then realized that the king just swiped a wing over it and it vanished in a puff of smoke like a typical summoning jutsu. Feeling rather silly now, Ayumu just returned his hands to his pockets and turned to Misake with a slight smile.
"Are all summoning contract deals like this?"
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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by Love » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:57 pm

I big smile shot across Misake's face as King Raiden XV proclaimed the end to the ban on Yuuma within the territory of the Hawks. Her bright face only dulled slightly at the mention of the crime that had brought about the ban in the first place. It was an unsettling thought that someone other then a Yuuma could break the barrier between realms. Misake held this land with a high degree of sanctity. Even the presence of her clan was enough to throw it off kilter, but in some way it was at least reassuring that she wasn't creating any kind of larger rifts then could have already been started by these mystery summoners who somehow cracked the divide.

With an even lower bow then she had offered before Misake thanked the royal hawk before her for his decree. It really did make her feel a lot more comfortable knowing that she wasn't breaking any rules anymore. "Thank you so very very much. I could just hug you right now if I thought my arms could fit around you. In my travels yet to come I will try and investigate the matter with these other summoners. Knowing of them is as unsettling to me as it was for your predecessor." Misake was planning to travel the entire world and see all the sights it had to offer before returning to the Land of Lightning. In the journey she believed she would meet many other summoners. Ayumu wasn't the first for her to come across, though by far she was her current favorite.

The girl kept looking between the hawks and her friend as the king turned his attention to the boy. She giggled a little at the mention of him being malnourished, though she was a little concerned since for a short time it didn't look like the birds had too great a respect for him. While she probably couldn't accurately discredit anything that Raiden XV had pointed out so bluntly, it wasn't a person's faults that she looked towards to judge strength. Ayumu had a big heart. She could tell, and that was by far the best thing a summoner could possess above all other aspects.

However, when the tone changed with the exhausting news that he would be given a signature upon the Hawk's contract, she couldn't holder herself back from entering into a hug with the man from the side, wrapping her arms around him with a short squeeze in congratulations. She really couldn't help it, she was a hugger, that's how people like her express themselves.

Stepping off of him, she wasn't disgusted at all from the regurgitation of the contract. She was a lot more down to earth then any other girl she had ever met. Have a childhood growing up while rolling around in the mud with summoned pigs and you get a little used to the nasty bits of life. She did whisper a soft reassurance to the appalled Ayumu though, just a soft tidbit out of the side of her lips. "When you think about it, the stomach really is the safest place to keep things." That was four times as true when it came to cattle, obviously because they had four stomachs. That must be where the wisdom in 'the more the merrier' came from.

When the contract was unrolled Misake tilted her head to the side in trying to read the script. She could speak hawk, but she couldn't read it, so she was as confused by the letters as Ayumu for a moment, at least until more of the strange text came across the parchment after the addition of drops of Ayumu's blood. After that there was a very solid guess as to what they meant, though she really would have to tell the guy the benefits of having needles strapped to your hips, since it removed the danger of having to prick yourself with a kunai every time, which really can be a lot more brutal then you intend.

"Pretty much," Misake responded to Ayumu's question. "They are blood contracts, though some species have tests you have to pass first. Oxen, as unoriginal as it sounds, use a test of strength. However, thank you for you considerations," She said looking over towards the king with a nod. "Though like most of my clan I tend to stay away from hefty contracts and build more individual bonds." Technically the seal on her forehead was her contract with all the creatures of the realm, granted by a god on greater hierarchy then the Sky Lord Raiden had mentioned so much. That was the story of her clan at least, that the first Yuuma had formed a pact with the god of all the animals, and granted the clan the ability to summon any such creature. However, Misake's scouting missions weren't about getting signatures, they were about making friends. Just sharing blood between herself and the individual animal as all she needed to make a lasting summons.
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Re: Fly Like a Penguin [Open]

PostPosted by kaidan K » Tue Feb 14, 2012 4:18 am

"Not, exactly what I was talking about," Ayumu quietly stated under his breath, as the Inaba blood contract he'd seen performed on his young sister when she was born. Rather, the boy was concerned about how the contract physically came out of the old bird's mouth. The event of seeing an animal regurgitate a large object as such was nearly traumatic to Ayumu, and it almost gave him second thoughts about pursuing further contracts if it meant having to see something like that again. His attention switched back to the Fifteenth as Misake addressed him. The King tilted his head in thought as she mentioned an example of a test that the other species gave for those who wished to sign their contract.
"Huahwmmm. Yeees. I suppose a true test would be qualifying for a contract. I personally am used depending on my wits and perception when judging someone in their quality, so I didn't give that much thought! I suppose my father might be turning in his grave from my quick decision," he continued to say as he dropped his gaze for a moment at the thought of his former parent. Then the Fifteenth's sharp eyes honed back on the boy. "In that case, when my granddaughter arrives I would like you to first test your ability to summon her. And then you will fly with her. Yes! BONDING. I do love the sound of that concept. When you return from your flight with my granddaughter, I will judge the bond you have made in that time. If it is strong, your contract with the Thunder Hawks will remain intact."
As the King went on to explain all this, Ayumu couldn't help but be curious.
"Who is your granddaughter, anyway? I mean, what's her name?" he asked to try and quell his inquiring mind. As the King opened his beak, there was a far off sound that made the Fifteenth close it. The boy didn't seem concerned about the flapping noise and the battle cry that sounded behind him as Ayumu kept his expecting glance on the King.
"Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhh!!!"
Before Ayumu had any time now to turn around, the careening hawkling in question smashed right against the boy's back at high speed. The youngster's size and weight made the impact strong enough to send the Inaba just a couple yards forward, and he fell flat on his face. The pack that Ayumu held on his back had opened somehow (as the young bird intended) and his gear and accessories were strewn out upon the floor. The girl hawk's entrance was quite amusing to the King. Not so with the Sixteenth, who shot a glance at his father when he tried to silence a laugh.
"Haaahhhhh! Trying to get the best of Gramps, eh?" inquired the girl hawk as she scurried on her feet until her head was just over Ayumu's. "Wait. You're not a Yuma. Does that mean you're an imposter?"
The boy let out a sigh as he looked up to the Sixteenth with a cross look in his eyes. The Raiden hawk himself just looked sternly at his daughter.
"Don't worry, pops! I'll shoo him out for you!" she offered unknowingly and with a threatening raise of her right talon over the boy who was still on the ground. He was now resting his head on an elbowed supported hand as Ayumu leered at his personal effects, helterskelter on the ground in front of him.
"Raiden the Seventeenth! You're assaulting the one that your Grandfather sets out to be your summoner!" spoke Raiden the Sixteenth to his female child. Ayumu's sensitive ears twitched slightly and he blinked as he tried to consider the, of course, male gendered name being used in place of a female one. For a future King's child, none the less.
"What? REALLY? OoooooOOOOoooh!" is what the Seventeenth exclaimed with an instant reverse in her attitude and demeanor after hearing what her father said. As she let out a high pitched and rather eccentric "ooooh", the she-hawk flapped her wings hard enough for her to be able to lift into the air and make a graceful backflip of glee. "FINALLY I get to make some human friends! Heh-hm-hm-hmm!" she stated looking towards Misake.
"WAIT! So, she's a Raidan too? What gives?" remarked Ayumu as he pointed at the she-hawk, looked at the Sixteenth, and got to one knee. The future Hawk King made an uncomfortable semi-grimace, as he understood the concern while he didn't feel comfortable explaining it. The body language the Sixteenth made didn't get much better as his daughter was the one who hinted at the explanation as she chimed in.
"Oh, I'll have you know my mom gave me a very nice girl name when I hatched. Modern, too. Then pops had to find out I was a "Raiden Hawk" in disguise. Like being a girl and having off-colored plumage is much of a disguise. There was bound to be a freak-hawk like me eventually!"
This statement certainly took hold of Ayumu's attention, and he then gazed directly at the Seventeenth to take in her features. She was fairly small in comparison to her grandfather, and only a little bit over half the size of her father. The "off-colored plumage" on the Seventeenth was indeed off from the blue of her father's. It was more of a strange combination, red making most of it with a hint of alternative orange and pink shades of hue here and there in speckles. While still huge in "natural"/"normal" hawk standards, Ayumu wondered how he was supposed to be able to fly with her. He wasn't all that heavy, but would a girl hawk only about one and three quarters the boy's size really be able to take flight with him on her back? The physics just didn't seem to add up... though Ayumu isn't much of an expert on such a subject. Soon after the eyes of the two met, the Seventeenth broke the glance exchange and turned her eyes towards Misake again.
"I bet you're wondering what my girl name was, aren't you?" she asked playfully, yet not without a sense of frustration of her circumstances. Seemingly, the Seventeenth aimed the question at the human girl only. "Rose~ was my name. I really do miss it. BUT, I've grown accustomed to being Raiden, "the silly" Seventeenth by now! Hah-hm-hm-hm!" she quickly stated regardless of looking for signs of interest or any possibility of being a lack there of. It seemed the she-hawk was possessed with the soul of a spunky 15 year old, which could be judged from her voice as well as her mannerisms.
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