Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

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.

Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

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"All hands on deck! Prepare to board!"



The crackle of thunder rumbled beneath an airship so old it could have been considered an antique in an age where the technology had just achieved its first stage of success. Despite this truth, the Tuskiganee Pirates held back no punches when it came to their job description. If anything their raids had only increased since their rusty ship had begun falling apart. So, it was, that the ruffian crew found themselves descending upon what seemed to be a military ship from Snow Country. The operation was to be a surprise attack on the unsuspecting crew, however a mysterious explosion had given away their position to initiate a battle that would span across the skies.

"You. Go find that good for nothing merc. I'll be damned if I'll be paying to have that fool drink up all our liquor and not participate in the very job we 'ired 'im for in the first place."

A deck hand drew up short to salute his captain before plunging into the depths of the ship. Men and women of all sorts rushed past the blonde haired teen with grim expressions on their face. There was little room to believe that there would be hard fight ahead of them to not only win the skirmish, but stay aloft in the sky. A particular explosion rocked the airship as hard metal broke through rotting wood. Thankfully, the damage had taken its toll on another portion of the vessel. However, it couldn't be ignored that the ship had suddenly started losing altitude from the latest impact.

Fear spurned the sailor into a wild run towards the lowest level of the ship. Shrapnel slit its way through his clothes on nearly every descent, but he had a mission. Granted, it was one that his mind found ridiculous at the current moment, but it was the one idea he could cling to that allowed him to hold onto his sanity. If he summoned the Icarus mercenary then there might have been some hope for them all.

Last level. There was no sign of the man.
Where could he have gone?

The sailor dashed towards a singular line of light at the end of the hallway as if it were his last remaining hope. "Zouka Michio! We need you-...WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!"

There standing in the midst of a pool of unconscious men was none other than the ship's savior. Already, flames licked across multiple engines within the ship. Against the walls rested four chests filled to the brim with treasure and a matching set of parachutes. "What do you think? Escaping with the gold my man."

"YOU CAN'T DO THAT!"

"Why not?"

"BECAUSE! We...hired you?"

"So?"

"That...that's just wrong."

Michio arched a questioning brow while whipping a chain around the obviously flabbergasted child. "Now isn't that the pot calling the kettle black."

A sudden shattering of wood opened a hole up next to the chests as a cannonball ripped from one side of the ship to the other. The smashing of metal signaled the end of whatever machinations were left to hold the rusty ship aloft. The cabin jerked to the side then began its descent right into the military vessel.

Michio's brow creased before a glint slipped through his eyes. "Tell you what kid. I'll let you live if you safeguard these for me."

"What do you mean?!" There was an audible yelp of fear when the sailor found himself being dragged out of the airship by his legs, attached to chain. His fingers hopelessly clawed themselves bloody upon stripped wood before the suction of air ripped him out the opening with the chests of treasure.

"Don't worry! I'll find you!"



Zouka Michio followed in their wake. Leaping out of the burning ship and onto the deck of the other moments before explosions of fiery shrapnel rained down upon the military ship.

Down he dropped like a vulture onto the fires of war.

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Re: Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Aug 15, 2012 1:31 pm

The Black Esmerelda. A ship darker than the night, and more beautiful than the sunrise. That was the explanation that he had been given to its name, and yet as it floated underneath the hulking mass of fire and splintered wood, the Sedna-class warship looked neither dark nor beautiful. Each blast of its cannons bathed its dark wood in raging light, and the ferocity of its sailors only showed brutal training and dedication.

"That is most definitely the Farwind, you can see the name scratched out and crudely painted over right there. Damn hooligans."

On the bridge of the ship a large man, Captain Yuroumi Hirameke, an obvious Yuki native, stood eyeing the descending ship, watching as pieces of it fell from the heavens, missing their ship by both inches and miles it seemed. Still, each flaming piece posed a serious risk to his ship, and the way it lurched and began dropping quicker, he knew that even though they had dominated the skirmish they weren't out of the water yet.

"Shoot that piece of Shit out of the sky! Don't leave a single piece or person!"

The roar of the cannons sounded like the thunder god beating his drum, and as every bullet and shell tore the ship apart the soldiers picked off the falling pirates with whatever they could find, pistols, rifles, kunai, exploding tags, it was like shooting fish in a barrel floating a thousand feet in the air. Still though, the ship was putting up some resistance, shooting at them like a mortally wounded animal. It's captain still had some life in him, and not all of the crew jumped ship, instead, they began to fight harder since now they were not just fighting for victory, they were fighting for survival. As six specs floated away from the wreckage it was apparent that this was not the mentality of everyone. A pair had managed to jump out of the back and from the looks of it, they were making off with some treasure chests as well.



The Farwind



"Where the [badword] is Michio! [badword] it... get that other one, the one in the brig. Tell him if he helps save the ship we'll set him free. And... What the [badword]! IS that Michio Right there, With My Treasure! [badword] that! Tell him to take care of Michio!"

And so it was that they released the flaming demon, Hannya Al-Amgir. It was unknown how they even captured him, but the deep burns all over the ships body and the almost halving of its crew in recent days might be attested to that struggle. A single ma was sent in to release his shackles, the chakra reactive cuffs dropping his levels to that well below a normal person, a burning fire within his very heart the result of any use at all. It was a forbidden technique, one that a single shinobi-pirate had found long ago, and it was their only safeguard against people like him.

"Release!"

The chains dropped from his arms and legs, and his eyes opened, the perpetual state of meditation he had placed himself in was aleviated. His eyes opened to the dark creaking room, the small glimmer of light at the exit. The sounds of battle outside lifted his heart though he didn't show it, and as he stood and stretched, the pirate that released him explained the contract. He also explained that the seal was still on his body, and that there were a few conditions that had to be met for it to be fully removed, at the moment it was only released a bit.

"Fine, if only to stretch my wings."

With a quickened pace, the pair walked to the armory, where nearly everything had been cleared out, everything except a pair of swords, a bucket of kunai, and a red and white horned mask, with eyes as red as the devil's dick.

Strapping the swords to his side and holstering the kunai, Hannya took a deep breath as he looked over the side. Breathing it out slowly he placed the mask on his face, and with fire in his eyes he jumped.

"I'm coming"

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PostPosted by Kaitou » Sun Aug 19, 2012 11:43 am

"We've been boardED!"

"Really? Tell me something I don't kno-ghhk."

The man never finished his statement as he found himself too busy trying to dislodge a throwing knife from his throat. He helplessly turned to and fro while reaching his arms out to comrades who were too busy dealing with the bulk of the Farwind's desperate crew to lend a helping hand. When his body slacked the poor soldier was left with a couple mile plummet towards the embraces of his country.

"Careful, I heard there was a Dead-Eye 'round these parts." Michio couldn't help laughing at his own poor joke. Three hand signals had signaled the activation of the technique while there was a slight metallic look to the whites of his eyes, nothing else gave away its presence. His arms snaked down to pick up the armaments of the fallen combatant before charging right into the thickest portion of the battle.

A pistol and a rifle. At least, those were the names he had heard floating around camp within the younger crowd. Michio ducked his head before ramming the butt of his rifle into the nose of the nearest sailor. The pistol followed shortly after upon the crown of the man's head. Bang. It was a combination assault he varied between the both weapons which were conveniantly replaced from looting future corpses. A quick glance skyward brought him towards the end of his assault.

There was something coming and it had a unique enough life signature to make him pause. It was oddly familiar, yet somehow inverted in a fashion.

So, he waited. One hand on lionheart while the other twirled a scroll methodically across the other.

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Name: Dead-Eye
Rank: C
Range: Sight
Jutsu Type: Psuedo-doujutsu//Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: -
Clan: -
Description: Michio has not been much of a fan of all the doujutsu out in the world, primarily because he doesn't have one. However, the man filled with more bags of tricks than the god Hermes was finally struck with an idea on one eve when he was doing particular bad in archery. If shinobi could boost their physical attributes by sacrificing chakra, then why couldn't the same thing be applied to a sense?

After making three hand seals the user will spread chakra across their eyelids. Once this is done a thin filament of chakra will spread across their eyes in order to boost the quality of the sense. Much like a computer, distances speeds, and physic calculations will be made about things that are seen. Up to four things can also be painted as targets for the eyes to keep a tab on or completely block out independent of the user's mind by increasing the presence of its stimuli in the brain. The cost of this technique is an intial C rank in chakra. Any pull afterword on the chakra pool is minimal at best.
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Re: Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

PostPosted by Hanya » Sun Aug 19, 2012 12:27 pm

The wind was whipping through Hannya's hair, ragged from his containment in the farwind's brig. Now, it was untied and flappinf around, themask that covered his face making hin look more like an oni than a person. The red tinted glass served the normal purpose of protecting his eyes from the intense heat and light of his own techniques, but in this case it protected him from the wind, smoke, and debris flating around the air. It allowed him to stay focused on his target, watching him like a hawk or a falcon, tracing his every movement, his every shift, calculating his actions and their results. As Michio landed on the Yuki ship, he took out a single soldier, landing and dispatching of one or two others with little effort. Hannya had never seen him fight before, and neither had Michio seen him, but the had seen each other before, even shared a room, but none of that was relevant. He could already tell that this kid, who would be both his oppnenet and his key to salvation, moved on the side of grace and skillful precision, while Hannya prefered raw, overwhelming force.

This difference was apparent as flame crept around Hannays body, bathing him in a deep red aura, deeper than any red that normal fire could produce. As he landed in the thicket of soldiers a mock explosion rfesulted, bodies flying every direction from him,faces charred and the smell of burning flesh begining to creep over the deck. The flames died down as he stood, separated from Michio and surrounded by soldiers looking on in bewilderment. His twos words were drawn and held out to his sides, their tips touching the ground ever so slightly as he stared at Michio, past soldiers and distance. Theire eyes locked for a moment and though no words were spoken, his intent was clear.

"No hard feelings... It's just business."

And just like that he charghed forward, ducking down to dodge a gun pointed at him, first crossing his blades across his body then slashing upwards with his right sword and horizontally with the left, sending himself into a spin and cutting both the pistol and the man holding it in half, tearing through his body on his way to the son of luck.
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PostPosted by Kaitou » Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:14 pm

Slowly, all eyes headed skyward towards the arrival of a new combatant. His chakra was so heavy and his presence so bright that it would be hard, even for the dimmest of men to miss him. The fight coursed on all around, leaving Michio to defend himself half heartedly against lesser opponents. The fact of the matter was that he now knew the identity of the new arrival. It was enough to make his blood boil. Sweaty palms methodically rotated the hilt of his sword; not from fear, but from a level of excitement he found hard to explain.

Hannya.

A wild grin spread across Michio's face while his hands flowed through the three seals necessary for the activation of | Sky Zone |. The motion was completed with a quick release of three scrolls in his inventory, releasing four round shields, three sheathed blades, and three lances into the air around him. A mischievous wind snapped at the youth's clothes as the thumb of his left hand prepped lionheart for its eventual release.

Just business. It was true. That just happened to be the field of work the two had undertaken in their maturity. Without a doubt their blades were going to collide on the battlefield. There was a part of him that would be saddened if this man's life was lost by his hands, but there would be no reservations for this fight. He would have it no other way.

"Likewise."

Like the flicker of candlelight, the man of a million fortunes burst forward. His legs pounded into the deck of the ship with increasing intensity of slipping into a yang state of mind. There was no time to calculate the style of his opponent. Instead, everything would be learned on the fly. Unsuspecting soldiers barring the path found themselves skewered on the edges of floating blades which formed a half circle behind their master while other were simply battered to the ground from shields nearly half their size. At the point of attack Michio only had eyes for Hannya; hand still calmly atop the pommel of his hilt.

Right at the brink of impact the warrior drew both his personal blades halfway out of their sheaths. Soon, the popping of chakra was to follow.

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Name: Sky Zone
Rank: B
Range: [ 0 - 25m ]
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Hishoutai - Rocket
Clan: -
Description: This technique is pretty straightforward in the fact that the user will first make three hand signs before spreading his chakra across the area within twenty-five meters of his person. From that point onwards anything within that radius is subject to being launched into flight due to rocket chakra manipulation. This is commonly used to allow items to hover within the area on his whim. The backdraw being controlling them in this fashion makes their movement very abrupt because of rocket chakra [ 5m minimum movement ]. The weight limit on items within this field is approximately three hundred lbs. Those with keen extrasensory vision can see where the electromagnetic effects of his influence seperate from the natural world. When this technique is being used, Michio's hair will snap against the wind independent of his desires. After initial payment of its use this technique isn't taxing on his chakra pool.

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PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:48 am

3, 2, 1, IMPACT!

Though soldiers of a shinobi nation stood in their way, the two souls, wrought in a time filled with more war than peace, and more blood than air, they clashed blade against blade, sending sparks about haphazzardly. The soldiers found themselves simple distractions without much purpose other than filler between clashes, and though the two fighters sole intent was decimation of one another, the Black Esmerelda began suffering the brunt of the damage, both body and crew. A triplet of almost errant sword strokes found themselves cutting into the deck, opening it up and sending a triangularly shaped piece of word flying at Michio with a kick. Behind the large piece, Hannya ducked away, shoving an unwary soldier behind it to take any severing slices Michio could have mustered To the left he moved, impaling both swords in a single soldier for the briefest of moments, slipping out a wry, "Hold these", as his hands formed the handseals needed for his next technique.

As he completed the handseals a four foot flame erupted from the deck a few feet away from Hannya, and as he grabbed his swords, the flame began to run forward, splitting into two and following the genral motion of his swords as he pinted them this way and that, moving to the sides of michio, through any and every bstacle that was in their path. The erratic swings of deflecting bullets added a level of beautiful irregularity to the paths, almost burning a piece of art onto the deck.

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Name: Hibashiri - Running Fire
Rank: C
Range: Close
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Combustion
Clan: Senkenyakedo

Description: The user begins by using handseals to focus their chakra. With a swipe of the hand, a jet of fire will travel along the ground towards an opponent. The fire follows the users hand motions, and thus can be used to guide the opponent into a more favorable position, or to surround them in a ring of fire.
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PostPosted by Kaitou » Tue Aug 21, 2012 1:21 pm

They said the eyes were the window to the soul. Locked in a death embrace with his oppressor Michio could feel the fullness of the man's strength. Just from the past he knew the swordsman was formidable, but now that they were mere inches away from killing one another he could literally feel what made him his inner essence. | Shizenkai | swept away the nuances of mystery for cold, hard data. Every waking detail of Hannya Al-Amgir coursed through Michio's mind to be tucked away for later inspection. It was too bad it all meant squat to him at the moment. For only in these periods, where life was on a balance, did the boy at heart feel truly alive.

"Not bad." The initial clash was broken with a launching of the two in opposite directions.

Two stylishly white boots collided with the face of an unsuspecting soldier, serving as a launch pad for his next strike. Swift feet brought the duo face to face once more before the eventual dance of blades began. Between cannon fodder of soldiers too slow to react the two would rally a singing of metal death all across the Black Esmeralda. A large mass of debris swung in Michio's direction at the hands of Hannya's blade in conjunction with a lance rocketing towards the boy from the halo of weapons situated around his opponent. Simultaneous violence never solved anything. Michio rode the surface of the board to safety, while a body double took was punctured with his missile polearm.

An aerial flip to the side brought the warrior parallel to another sailor only for the man to be brought down by a horizontal slash across his neck. From one knee he felt around his perimeter with his | senses | since visual confirmation had been lost due to the wood. Burning wood. His teeth ground together slowly once he found his target. This time his presence was permanently marked with dead-eye.

An explosion of movement surged Michio forward towards Hannya. By the time he neared the flames | Yang energy | coursed through his veins, making his wood shattering assault upon the floor all the more remarkable. A geyser of shrapnel surrounded his immediate vicinity as the Michio sank down towards the next level of the ship. Yet, as soon as he sunk out of Hannya's vision a mighty swing of lionheart rent the air with a wave of raiton five meters [ Tachikiru ] thick and pushing at an alarming rate to strike his opponent down.

A surge of hishoutai | rocketed | him through the hole he had created with his blade. To | combo | right into an attack on his opponent with all the weapons he had drawn upon from his scrolls with the exception of shields hovering near his person, following a singular hand seal. If he was lucky, the | sword dance | would land right when Hannya went to deal with his raiton strike.

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Sky Zone
Pinyin: Yang [ Just look at my list. It's a form too big to post here ]

Name: Shizenkai - Natural World
Rank: [ Chuunin ]
Range: [ 250m ]
Jutsu Type: Kekkei Genkai
Elemental Affinity: -
Clan: Rikugou

Description: Through the integration of concepts of Taoism, the Rikugou have been able to grasp a truly unique outlook upon all realms of the natural world. They are able to perceive past the material into the inner essence of a being. Essentially meaning they are capable of both viewing and understanding the life force that drives both living and nonliving matter of all kinds. This is not to be confused with any sight abilities that are found within infamous doujutsu users such as the Hyuuga for the Rikugou’s sight is purely conceptual. In fact, their detailed perception of these qualities are more of a feeling than anything else, more along the lines of a sixth sense. An example of this would be the meeting of a Rikugou and a complete stranger. Depending on their level of connection with nature they would be able to "feel" the world moving through the stranger and back into itself. Now, along the lines of that connection they would "perceive" certain characteristics of that individual such as a simple scar running along their back to the nature of chakra they are capable of actively manipulating.

At the chuunin level a Rikugou is capable of understanding all the physical characteristics of the individual or object in question even down to the the items they wear. At this level this extends out to understanding hidden characteristics of items along with subjects that effect the physical world. This can unveil itself in the form of revelations of certain traps if they meet the requirements even onto the movings of nature itself. This ability does not require sight of any kind for again it is not a sight based attribute that allows them to feel the ebbs and flow of nature through the universe. However, unlike those more mature in their ways a Rikugou on this level will only be able to read the texture, capacity, and further details of an individual's chakra only up to a person of jounin rank. This jutsu works at four times its range however the further out the vaguer the subject becomes. Capacity is the only thing that can be sensed at the extremety of its enhanced range.

Name: Sever - Tachikiru
Rank: C | B
Range: [ 0 - 10m ] [ 0 - 25m ]
Jutsu Type: Kenjutsu
Elemental Affinity: Raiton - Lightning
Clan: -

Description: Much like its name this technique exists for one purpose and one purpose alone, to cut. The jutsu occurs in two forms. The first can be accessed by emitting a combination of raiton chakra with the ying principles throughout the limbs. This will effectively double the cutting power of a strike. At its current level the use of this ability allows Michio to slice through any material less dense than wood like butter. The second form of the technique allows the user to make a heavy strike which sends a thin wave of raiton chakra in the direction of their opponent. If hit with this they will feel a mind jarring jolt. The first application can be used freely by the young boy, but the second is limited by his chakra capacity.

[ Chuunin ] - Now capable of cutting through material less dense than steel like butter. Chakra wave is now five meters in diameter. Original cost.

Name: Rocket
Rank: [ Chuunin Level ]
Range: [ 25m - 50m ]
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu//Supplementary
Elemental Affinity: Hishoutai - Rocket
Clan: -
Description: Plain and simply this technique is making use of the Hishoutai's ability to fly in a free form way. As usual with everything that involves the rocket element, get ready for a bumpy ride. By gathering chakra around their body the user will blast forth in a singular direction at a minimum of twenty-five meters which makes cutting corners and sharp coordinated movements a downright hassle. It speed equates to covering the distance between its maximum range and the starting point about two seconds, but limits body movement in that time period to just about two rotations of the body in a hundred and eighty degrees. Thankfully, this technique puts relatively little strain on the user's chakra pool.

Name: Combo
Rank: B
Range: -
Jutsu Type: Weaponry//Supplementary
Elemental Affinity: -
Clan: -
Description: It's common knowledge that some motions when combined in succession create less strain on the human body. Following this form of though, Zouka Michio, created a style of ninjutsu that created a greater efficiency in his movement quality. This technique allows the user to combine various techniques in a chain that will lower the overall cost of its original design if performed alone. In order to make a combo chain and activate the technique three techniques must be used. The last two techniques used will be lowered by a single rank in chakra cost [ the exemption to this being A & S rank techniques ]. An example of this would be using three C rank techniques. Normally that would mean CCC but using this technique it equates to CDD. The issue with this technique style is the fact that you have to use multiple techniques to get the bonus.

Name: Sword Dance
Rank: B
Range: [ 0 - 25m ]
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu//Weaponry
Elemental Affinity: Hishoutai - Rocket
Clan: -
Description: As the name suggests this technique deals with the use of multiple blades. After making a singular hand seal the user will spread an invisible network of hishoutai to connect various weapons to themselves for control at a maximum radius of 25m. This can be used to freely control eight weapons outside of themselves as if they were in control of it. Sixteen weapons can be controlled in this manner at the cost of B rank in chakra.

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PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:35 pm

Surges of rocket chakra simply looked like minature explosions to Hannya, something he was very familiar with, and without much more than a quick glance, he began formulating his own plan of attack. With his Hibashiri running wild at his side, he was less concerned about the odd soldiers and their guns, but more about making use of as much of the technique as he could. Swinging in a large circle, he created an even larger circle of fire around himself, trapping a few soldiers within. Without fail, Michio was right on top of his movements, creating a crater in the deck in which he dropped into quickly, severing the visual link the pair had been sharing.

Hannya began to string together handseals for a technique but was stopped in his tracks by a powerful show of light and a rumbling feeling that he could just not ignore. The sheer pressure of the attack that erupted from within the deck almost made Hannya's hair stand on end from the electricity, but instead he channeled that feeling into his synapses, firing them off in time to both move sideways, examine and cut a large rope, and grab on to it as a sail fell, and he rose, riding the edge of Michio's Tachikiru. The technique was not without its collateral damage though, as it sheered through the base of one of the ships masts, causing it to slowly begin to topple over, just gracefully enough to line up with the hole Michio had dug himself. Letting go of the rope, Hannya laughed under his mask, the thrill of battle exciting him as well.

His Hibashiri technique had ended, the flames staying in their current position and no longer following his movements, but they had done their job, wreaking havoc on the deck. They had also caused him to become blind to the assault of swords and spears that were now finding their way to him. A pulse of instinct kicked in as a spear rocketed past his feet, assaulting his almost graceful freefall, but he maneuvered away from them, using his swords as rudders, and sleeking his body to catch up with the falling mast. Digging both swords into the mast, he balanced himself, both with skill and chakra, and freed them, running along the toppling tower until he jumped, aiming to reach the next mast. His luck wasn't so high though, as a sord came blasting from nowhere, causing him to spin to avoid it, and missing his mark, falling to the deck with a tumble. One of his swords skidded out of his hand and under a barrel, but the weapons were stiill flying at him, and he bareley could defend himself from the onslaught with one sword, let alone try and move towards it for another. INstead, he ducked behind a large group af barrels, a group of weapons finding their wat into being lodged on the other side. He peeked up only for a sword to come flying at his face, causing him to duck right back down.

"Oh ho, hes good. He got me pinned down."

As he said t hat, he looked at the barrel, and a dangerous smile came over his face, though the mask hid all of that. Pulling out a kunai, he stabbed all of the barrels a dozen time and kicked them forwards, ducking for cover as they rolled towards Michio's general direction, who of course was separated by a trail of fire. Hannya quickly moved to another bit of shelter, watching as the barrles rolled, spilling a trail of black powder as they went.
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PostPosted by Kaitou » Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:58 pm

Michio moved like a rolling thunder ball, slaying his way through soldiers and pirates with maelstrom intent. His heightened eyes followed Hannya as he chose just the right moments to fire his arsenal into the boy's hide. Other weapons were swept into his field with each kill of an opponent to bring his total up to five of each pistol, rifle, sword, and spear he collected. From the looks of things they were all going to be necessary in bringing his opponent to his literal knees.

When the mast fell he circled around to the rear while punching his way through a throng of men that had determined their fight had become more of a hindrance than help to anyone involved. Others were busy quenching bucking flames which threatened to sink the ship right out of the air. It was a lot to handle at once, but Michio was the master of multi-tasking. Between cutting unworthy combatants to ribbons and avoiding the devils of a sinking ship he cornered the swordsman.

"[badword]!"



Just who the hell was trapping who here? It could have been blind luck, which was normally on his side, or the kegs in a grand scheme that had positioned Hannya behind the barrels. The fires engulfing his current position just topped everything off. He swore searing bullets as he whipped a tagged kunai around to cover one of the exit paths the swordsman could have taken. Meanwhile, he powered his legs in the only direction he thought could provide him any form of safety. An increased level of strength combined with first stage Tachikeru sent of his last personal blades spiraling towards the other mast where it would cut clean through. He doubted the thing would fall on top of his enemy, but beggars couldn't be choosers.

Michio roared as he threw himself of the edge of the Black Esmeralda. Concussive forces from the explosion atop the deck pushed him into a harsh spiral. Blinding pain seared his senses momentarily from a piece of wood working its way into his thigh. He pulled the object out with a grunt before grabbing onto the nearest rope, and swinging his way around to launch back into the air just above the stern of the ship.

His fingers squeezed tight around lionheart's hilt with murderous intent.

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Re: Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:57 pm

The explosions rocked the Black Esmerelda, its titan of a captain brought to a state of complete withdrawl. Two people, pirates, shinobi, he didn't know what, had done more damage than an entire sky battle, and in a fraction of the time. They were decimating his soldiers, and distracting them long enough for the farwind to begin making a counterattack, even though it was on its last leg, or atleast tahts what he thought by the force of the explosions. Instead, they were internal, The fire cracking apart the deck and now two of the four masts had fallen, causing the ship to lurch to the right. The remainder of the soldiers began to fall and slide, some meeting the same doom that they had sent dozens of pirates to no moments earlier.

"Somebody deal with them right Noaawrgaagrahrj"

An explosion big enough to silence him erupted from the front of the ship, and the crack went straight down the side, creating a seam that looked so weak that the slightest jar might rip the ship in twain.

Slight jars were an understatement of what was going on as Hannya simply laughed in the midst of the explosions. Michio had disappeared on him for the moment, allowing him the moment to retrieve his other sword, and upon inspection, he found one of the blades that Michio had flung at him embedded in a dead soldier. they were simple bastard swords, still dangerous, but nowhere near the quality of a blade made expressly for a person. He had to be sure to thank their maker if ever they met again. If Ever.

Quickly sheathing his swords, Hannya managed to get enough handseals off for a single technique, creating a small, tiny if one were comparing it to other techniques, ball of red fire. It sat in the palm of his hand for only a moment as he threw it like a tomato at a bad actor. The bad actor being Michio of course. As it flew towards his chest, Hannya began moving his hands together, ready to perform another seal....
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Re: Between Heaven and Earth | Hanya

PostPosted by Kaitou » Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:06 pm

Fire framed shed a hot light upon the man's face. Color sprang to his cheeks just from the way he ground his teeth against one another. His cool blue eyes surveyed the battlefield through a combination of looks, deadly accurate eyes, and a blanketing of his kekkei genkai which just about made all traps irrelevant before his gaze. One hand swept across his body to send three scrolls spinning within arm's reach. Michio let lionheart free flow in his aura as his hands tapped each of the scrolls in succession to send out fifty shurikens, four broadswords, four sheath katanas, and eight large round shields.

A large explosion rocked the battlefield as the ship shook from the effort it took not to simply break in two. Perfect. Two fingers directed the path of ropes used to hold sails to masts; however this time their job would be to connect the two airships to one another. A dying pirate ship, which now hung nearly parallel to the black Esmeralda, would shortly lose its last engine. The connection would likely give all parties involved just under five minutes to evacuate before the plunged to their doom. Whether that be from the ropes pulling the adjacent airship directly overhead or from the weight of the two plummeting to the earth, was of no concern to the fiery swordsman. Today everything would burn before his blades.

"OOOOOryaaah!" Michio shot downward through the air while sending a blur of shurikens screeching towards Hannya in waves of ten, twenty, and twenty.

One strike from lionheart tore through the ship's deck to once more shift his form out of sight. Straggling men were torn to shreds from blades that barely recognized their presence. A maelstrom of sword play brought him to the forefront of the ship where he launched himself recklessly through an opening, this time sending a hail of spears shooting in the direction of his opponent. Although this time he would leave no room for recuperation.

Michio | Rocketed | himself forward with his weapons prepped for one fell swoop. His guttural roar was the only signal that pre-empted a | Dance of Swords | centered around a close combat blender. "Hannnnyyyyyaaaaaaaaa!"

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PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Sep 04, 2012 2:15 pm

As the or advanced on Michios position, Hannya's hands finallycame together at just the last moment, And with it, the small orb of fire expanded tremendously into a giant blaze of flame, large enough to block Michio and much of the Farwind from his sight. Hannya had missed all of Michio's subtle movements, the flinging of ropes, the unsealing of weapons, all of that, and yet as the barrage of shuriken erupted from his fireball, his only reaction was to react. his hands quickly found their way to his swords, cutting the arms from a nearby soldier who had gotten just within range and ahead of the rest of the soldiers that were now surrounding him. As he screamed in pain, hannya swept kicked him, and without arms to brace his fall, he fell perpendicular to the ground, to which a pair of kicks launched him both airborne and in between the first wave of shuriken. The majority of them struck his body with a few making it past to be deflected into other soldiers and causing even more havoc. If they had known better, the remainder would have simply turned tail and run, but no soldier was that smart.

None of them.

the next two waves of shuriken were much more difficult to deal with, between the now enraged soldiers and the sheer number. thinking of only one quick solution, he stabbed his swords into the deck and spun, cutting a circle into the deck. With a single heavy jump, he broke the circle and found himself plummeting down, the telltale sound of dozens of shuriken landing on wood and flesh telling him it had worked. As he landed, a searing pain shot through his shoulder and as he looked he found a single shuriken jammed in there, right between the plates of armor. It was a lucky shot, but from what he remembered, that kid was exceptionally lucky.

Now, within the broken hull of the ship, Hannya was able to see just what kind of damage they had been causing, wires were exposed and flames had reached even that far. he could hear the chaos going on outside, but for just a moment it seemed so far away, so so far away, and then Michio was right back there attacking. A barrage of spears came flying at him, avoided by a kick and spin, one managing to rip into his arm and tear it down the side. He was getting sloppy, it was an attack he normally would have been able to dodge. Thinking about it for only a moment, he immediately saw Michio well within his striking range, rocketing forward to him. The sheer speed of his attack though made him think twice about blocking it, in fear that he would be overpowered. Instead, he simply stepped to the side, within another room, letting Michio fly past him into what was a side wall of the ship. Hannya had no idea whether he could stop himself,, would break through the wall, or smash into it, but what he did know was that closed quarters probably werent best suited for either of their styles.

That, and he was having fun wreaking havoc on the deck of a ship with his old "comrade" even if they were supposed to be fighting each other to the death.




Above, Hannya's giant fireball had impacted with the Farwind, The flames so aggressive that they quickly spread over the bottom of the ship almost instantly, and the pieces that had fallen off and landed on the black Esmerelda had begun catching things on fire as well. Everything was going up in a blaze of glory and all seemed like it would be lost in flame until the Captain finally snapped out of his stupor. Clasping his hands together, he let out a tremendous amount of water, covering the deck in water, and drenching many of the flames, but those that were directly caused by Hannya, they were no ordinary flames, and they continued to burn even as they were doused by water. Stunned, he decided that it was time he started acting like a captain and end the threat himself. He would take on both of the invaders by himself, and let his crew handle the chaos that they had caused. He gave the order and then jumped to the main deck, simultaneously scanning the ground and skies for either Michio or Hannya, and forming a giant cleaver made of ice in his hand.

"This ends now."
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PostPosted by Kaitou » Wed Sep 05, 2012 3:30 am

He had him right where he wanted him. All it would take was one literal flourish of his blades to bring the fight to a screeching halt. At least, that was what had been running through the youth's mind as careened past his opponent with as much grace as a galloping hippopotamus. Curse words spilled endlessly from his lips only to be snuffed by the bang of his unusually solid body shattering through hard wood. He lost track of how many times his heels flew across his vision from the momentum of his form crashing through blood, guts, and anything unlucky enough to cross his path.

A loud crunch signaled his final resting place; among a broken set of tables littered within the Esmeralda's belly. Adrenaline popped the warrior right back to his feet with swords at the ready, however he soon sunk to one knee when it appeared that he was not being closely followed. Wet liquid dripped gingerly from his side where a shard of metal had found its way into his side due to the speed of his own movement. The knowledge elicited a deep sigh created from the recognition of his own foolhardiness. A little more patience would likely have seen him escape without this much injury, but his own disposition had once again turned a beneficial position into squandered opportunity.

Michio pulled a sharp breath as he gingerly removed the shrapnel from his side before slowing the bleeding with searing his flesh with Lionheart. "Fools rush in huh? More like they get themselves bloody killed."

The momentary loss of bloodlust brought with it a rationalization. Nowhere in his objective had it mentioned anything about bringing down his old comrade. Yet, his pride fought with his better reasoning. The man could have easily slipped out to find a way to the treasure which loomed in the snowy lands below, but that would mean stepping away from one of the most entertaining fights to come his way in years. Not to mention, he wasn't the only one bleeding. Was it really that bad? Fighting just a little longer?

"End of the line, warmonger!" A line of soldiers leveled muskets in his direction from an upper floor of the burning ship. Where it didn't burn pressure from combat made the ship's structure groan as it slowly caved in near weaker portions.

Pike men who had taken up with the Farwind's crew began pouring into the mess hall from its exits. The foremost, who worn a silly green plume upon his helm, came forward to stab his weapon accusingly through the air. "Mercs like you are the worst. Stay still so we can gut you like the rotten, pig intestine little traitor you are!"

Michio couldn't help laughing. Even as bullets whistled through the air and men of valor charged his position, the mirth would not rid itself of his body. There was just no doubt about it. "I love it."

It looked like Hannya was just going to have to wait his turn.

Shields shot into position to protect their master while he blitzed the nearest row of attackers in a storm of swords.
"Come on! Show me something worth dying for ya good for nothing sell swords!"

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PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:07 am

FOr the moment, Hannya took a breather, his muscles were still a little stiff from his captivity, though the battle with Michio had loosened them up considerably. His eyes scanned the small room he was in to find a bed, a dresser, a large table, and various maps. If memory served him right, from both the things in it and the location, this was probably the captains room. The maps seemed to be of the entire ninja world, and on closer examination, there were places marked on the map that even most ninja wouldn't know. The location of hidden villages, outposts, Mercenary headquarters, all sorts of things that would probably have taken years to compile, and yet there they were, ripe for the taking.

So he took them.

Stuffing them into his pocket, he made his way back into the main halway, and looking up at the hole he had come through, he noticed an odd odd thing. The hole was dripping a large amount of water, almost pouring from above, and the floor that moments earlier had been dry, was now wet. Leaping up with the utmost agility, Hannya grabbed the ledge and pulled himself up, finding the hole covered with dead bodies, skewered and shredded by michio's previous attack. Further over, A group of soldiers were pointing their guns into what looked like a hole. he could only imagine that that was where Michio had landed.

Unfortunate.

They hadn't noticed him yet, and as he stepped across the deck, watching as soldiers begun trying to quell the fires, some catching themselves aflame in the process. His swords had been sheathed and for the moment he thought of removing his mask, but he decided against that, especially since no one but Michio had seen his face before. As he walked the deck for a bit, he thougt about the way the world had changed. Slowly but sureley, Shinobi were fallling out of place and turning into the stuf of legends. Guns and soldiers, they had replaced skill with numbers and firepower, which put almost everyone on a n equal playing field. Everyone but the remnants. HE had an idea of how strong he and Michio were, roughly equals though they sspecialized in different things.That being said, the two of them had caused this much damage by themselves against the far superior numbers, but against their equals, the sky prates, they had dominated. It was weird feeling like a relic at such a young age. He wondered if there even were any more true Shinobi left around.

Then he felt the chill.

Instinctively moving and turning at the same time, a giant black dragon passed by where he used to be, the water around it freezing solid, and even the lingering fire dwindling into nothingness. Beyond it, at the end of it spectral trail stood a single man, dark hair blowing in the wind, and crystal blue eyes focused dead on Hannya.
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PostPosted by Kaitou » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:06 pm

Revolving pole arms completely leveled the upper floors as the sounds of their guns sent Michio's original position into a geyser of shrapnel. Those who were lucky soon found themselves embedded with a foot full of steel in their bellies; however there were the few who fell towards the frontlines of combat. A demon awaited them, born of trials by bloody battle and forged in the fire war. His round shield charged into the forefront of the skirmish followed by the ever trustworthy lionheart cutting a path to victory.

Michio spun on a dime at the point of contact. His body slid vertical with the shield providing cover from enemies who were quick enough to provide a secondary attack with melee weapons. A clattering of his sword raking against metal was the only warning the first fallen received was a blade knocking him senseless to the ground. The next target clawed in vain at a throat which had been hammered shut from the edge of the lone warrior's shield. Torn achilles and a stab through the armpits of their armor saw the next two drop immediately to the ground before being finished with quick penetrations through the skull.

The young captain was a whirlwind of skill and agility who seamlessly slid through guards like an otter swimming through the river. The aura of weapons which surrounded his perimeter were ultimately ignored in favor of rudimentary combat. Yet, even in the midst of twenty enemies, Michio's thoughts were away from the current battlefield towards his future fight with Hannya. If only he could bring their duel towards closer quarters he could show where the skill of his sword truly lay. The question centered around whether or not the truth had been the same for his opponent. The thought burned a hole into his chest so deep he had only one way in which to relieve the pressure. He had to find an answer.

His thoughts broke with his sword locked in combat with the green plumed leader. The man had proved to be above average since he lasted through the initial contact of his blade. Stragglers now rounded into the mess hall; some dragged the wounded with them while others simply looked lost in the midst of their ship collapsing. They were greeted by a circle of nineteen corpses around two individuals. The obvious didn't take long to come to them. Their last hope was bound in the struggle of their leader. So, it was that Michio gazed into the remnants of that man's gaze as his shield battered the man to his knees before a cut across the throat sent his precious life blood snaking into the pool of his subordinates.

"Monster."



Michio's eyes looked forlorn as he bent to wipe lionheart clean on the platoon leader's crimson cloak. Enemy soldiers back away from the room of death with literal fear in their eyes. The hall had been the last area of the ship which had not become overrun with fire, yet the safe haven had been painted with the blood of their comrades. Brave men would have charged to their deaths, but their actions were what kept humans in existence; recognition of the greater evil kept wise men on the safest path.

The passing of a shadow overhead brought his eyes skyward. There was a tale that the land of snow had become infested with dragons, but it was another thing to see it with your own eyes. Was that excitement boiling in his blood and if so, was it from the monster who rode in the night or the prospect of finding his answer?

The man of a million fortunes took flight for the questions would slowly unravel only if he kept aiming higher.

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