The Last Hunt...

[ \Garyuu no Yamajiro | Chiroptera Forest | Dai Boeki no Michi | Eastern Plateaus | Ruins of Kumogakure no Sato/ ]
The country of Raikou no Kuni, home to countless towns amongst the northern mountains, southern forests, eastern plateaus, western plains, and craggy coastlines, the untamed wild outclassing all. Nomads roam these wilds and Dai Boeki no Michi, the Great Trade Road, while the ruins of Kumogakure no Sato have become a dangerous place where evil gathers, and Garyuu no Yamajiro is rumored to have a group seeking to gain the trust of the reclusive Ryuujin....

The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Jan 21, 2013 9:52 pm

Just like many a day behind her, Osen got dressed and opened the door of her apartment to the outside world. She had rented a place on the decent side of town, for a day or two, nothing too expensive but a place where she could figure some things out. It had just enough room for her and her Wargs, and she never had to worry about security. They had their own room, but they tended to get into hers all the time anyways, something she didn't really care too much about, but sometimes she did need her own space.

As the fresh air hit her skin she basked in it, enjoying the fact that she was free and that she could do whatever it was that she wanted to do. She had initially intended to walk the wargs, but they had been behaving a little oddly as of late. They had been acting sluggish and lazy, not their vibrant selves, and if she didn't know better she could have sworn they had been getting smaller. Was it the fact that they were not living in the wild? Was it that they were confined in th ecity, without anything to feed on of real substance? She wasn't sure, but she just felt like she should let them get their rest. If they really wanted to get out then they could. They would be going to find the white haired man soon, and she needed to get more supplies since she didn't know how long that journey would be, so she headed to the shopping district.

The walk was short and before long she had made it to the shopping district, a maze of buildings, shops, and streets crowded by people. She had seen plenty of things she wanted in the few days she had been there, and today she would get them, starting with the jewelry store on the corner. In the window there were a set of emerald and gold earrings and a matching necklace that had been screaming at her, and she couldn't help but to respond. When she stepped into the building a man in a fancy suit greeted her, but the look on his face, even with her reasonable outfit, it said that he didn't trust her, she had become familiar with the look, seeing it when people looked at her wargs. Still, she pointed out the set, and asked to try it on, and almost with no hesitation, she pulled out a wad of money, paper notes, to which the mans entire face changed up, but hers did not. She got her change and walked out, feeling both high from the buy as well as from showing the man that you cant judge a book by its cover.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:57 pm

Her next stop was for clothes that she could actually afford, nice ones that would make her feel comfortable and clean, but would also give her a bit of style. She had come to be fond of the colors green, gold, and red, not knowing that in the deep recesses of her mind those were her clan's colors. The light music that played as she shopped helped her feel good, and before she knew it she had a handful of clothes, all sorts of things, and a large smile on her face.

Exiting the store she knew that she would have to eat and get food, but her hands were entirely too full, so she decided to stop back at home first to drop some stuff off, pack up, pick up her wargs, and be off. Returning, her keys unlatched the door and she stepped in, only to see both her wargs lying on the ground. Something was clearly wrong with them. They looked emaciated, much more than before, and if she didn't know better she would have said their fur was thinning out. They didn't even get up and bound to her as they normally would have, instead simply lying there un-moving.

"Whats wrong guys?" she said as she approached, but she was met with no response. It was then that she got truly worried, opening Kishar's eyes to make sure they were even moving. Indeed they did, though slow as possible. He had a pitiful look to him as well, like he was in constant pain, and she decided to postpone the trip until she could get some help. She quickly asked around, finding a veterinarian, and convinced him to make a house call, telling him that they were too sick to travel. The way she described them though, he was prepared to treat a large mountain wolf, but when he came in, he immediately saw that was not what they were. His need to help animals overpowered the sheer terror he felt at inspecting them, but as he did, he found nothing wrong with them, at least on the surface.

He began to ask Osen questions about them, like where had they been, how old were they, and what did they eat, none of which she could answer. Shaking his head, he commented that there was nothing he could do, andif she cared then she would have to find someone who know more about them and could actually help.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:18 pm

She set off from her new home that very day, in search of a man that she only knew the fewest of details. She had no clue where to look, only that the city was probably not where he would be found. Still, as she packed a few belongings she asked around, hoping that her search would be short. Unfortunatley, her labor produced no fruit, and she was left with the only choice she had, go city to city, asking for the man, looking for traces of him, and hoping that her wargs, even in their sickness, might lead her to him.

She decided not to mount them, they didn't need any unnecessary stress. Instead she walked alongside them at the village entrance, instructing them, asking them, pleading with them to find their creator, because only he could really help them. It seemed as though they understood, and began walking to the southwest, towards the interior of the country. Again, she prayed for their health, and hoped that they could find him before the cold hand of death found them.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Kiyoshi » Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:15 pm

Kiyoshi takes a step forward, forcing the monk back with a neatly timed series of attacks, moving effortlessly. He was just about to finish the match when a thought forces its way through his concentration, forcing him to look away, towards lightning country. In that moment, the monk grabbed his wrist and tossed him easily, launching him towards a wall. Kiyoshi slams into it, catching himself before he can hit the ground, landing lightly on his feet, still staring.

The young monk walks up to him, frowning slightly. "What happened Kiyoshi, it is unlike you to be distracted." Kiyoshi shakes his head, clearing it, then gives the monk a light smile. "I'm sorry, something came up during our fight and it distracted me, we can rematch later, so the victor is clear. As for now, I have something I need to take care of. Unfinished business of a sorts." Kiyoshi bows, then turns and sets off, heading towards where the thought came from.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:08 am

As she walked, her thoughts went to her creatures. Back and forth, from hoping that they would get better to wondering what was wrong. She couldn't figure it out except that they weren't eating. When she had first got them, they would always go out at night, and they would always come back with the faint smell of blood, but even then, she remembered that when she had saw them kill that boar that attacked her that t hey did not eat it with her. In fact, she had never, ever seen them eat. She just assumed that they did it when they were out. Now though, they would go out, but they would come back without the smell. Was it her fault? Was her need to be regular keeping them from their food? Could they not hunt because they were somewhere where they weren't allowed to eat anything they found?

The realization hit her like a train, and tears started to fall.

It was, it had to be, it was my fault....

She walked with her head down for a while, depressed that she hadn't taken the time to learn about them, to really understand them, and their health , or lack thereof was the end result. It made her sick, sick to her stomach, and if they died, she could never forgive herself.

And so she walked, following them towards the unknown. They seemed better off in the wild world than in the city, they seemed more alert, but she could tell that they were just not where they needed to be. Every time she touched them she could almost feel their pain. It was like the feeling a person gets after a long day, followed by another long day, followed by a third, with minimal sleep. It was like they had no energy other than what it took to just make it. The whole time she continued to simply shake her head in depression.

As night on the first day of their journey, Osen found herself along a forested road, and so she entered, finding a decent clearing nearby. She marked a tree so that she would know which direction the road was, and then began to gather wood for a fire. She picked off branches from the trees, trying to find dry ones that had shelter from any rain they could have gotten. Once that was done she went looking for larger ones, wood to keep the fire burning. She walked north from her camp, marking another tree so she could know which way camp was, and every time she turned off that path, she made a mark as well. Normally, the wargs would have accompanied her, but they stayed near the camp, only wandering a few feet then coming back.

*grrraaaaalllll*

The sound came from the fading light, a low deep growl that startled Osen, causing her to freeze up. Her hands were full of wood but she had a knife on her hip and a sword on her back. Turning slow as molasses, she was sure she would find some creature ready to strike, but instead, what she saw was a large bear, lying on its side, its leg bloodied and gruesome. Attached to it there was a small trap, something like a clawed mouth, clamped against the meat.

"Shit"

She dropped the wood and rushed over, trying to pry the thing open. It was on there tight though, and her finger slipped on a tooth, slicing open and making it all the harder to get a grip. The bear laid there though, not struggling or moving, it just watched. She could feel tears forming in her eyes, her own pets struggle causing her to feel for this creature just as powerfully. With a powerful tug though, she pried the trap open, tossing it to the side where it snapped back shut. The bear slowly got up, and began limping away, but collapsed, letting out another pitiful growl as the pain just seemed too much to bear.

What to do, what to do, she thought, panicking before she realized that she had supplies back at camp. Should she go get them and come back? Should she try and bring the bear back? Would the wargs attack it? would they even be able to? What should she do? She didn't want her carelessness or lack of foresight to cause the death of anything. She didn't want it to be her fault.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:46 pm

After a momen't of "careful" thought, and after dyring her tears, Osen decided that it would be best to try and bring the bear with her. Sure the bear would be in pain, but it wouldn't be at risk of getting attacked while she was gone. She wasn't even sure how to go about moving it, or convincing it to move, but since she had decided on it, she would try. The bear seemed to trust her, which was a good start, and when she moved close to it to try an nudge it on, it didn't react badly.

"I know you can't understand me, but i need you to follow me. I want to make you better, to heal you up, but for that to happen, you have to come with me."

Oddly enough, as she talked, the bear seemed to listen, focusing on her lips moving and letting out a low growl. She walked in front of it, facing it, and began to walk backwards, and lo and behold, it followed her. She nodded, calling out to it and getting it to follow her. She stopped after a second to pick up the wood she had dropped, and then continued on, retracing her steps untill she was just near the clearing. It was full blown dark now, and she couldn't see very much, only the few supplies she had left in trust of her wargs, the two wargs that she didn't see.

She put her hand out, instructing the bear to stay, and it did, while she went over to build the fire, stacking the wood quickly and lighting it with the flint started she had bought ages ago. As soon as it was lit enough for her to see, she went to her supply pack and pulled out gauze, a needle, thread, and antiseptic. She had gathered everything in her arms, and was ready to walk over the few feet to the bear, and then she heard it, the injured bear, yell out in terrible agony.

Turning around, she knew exactly what had happened, even before she could register it. Her two wargs had attacked the bear, attacking it at both the injured leg and neck, quickly taking it down even in their weakened state. One had it by the throat an dbegan rolling it on its back as the other pinned its legs down, preventing it from defending itself. She wanted to scream, to tell them to stop, but the words were caught in her throat, a lump of feelings and fear. Just looking at the creature, she saw the saddness in its eyes, the look of betrayal. She had lead it to its doom, she had led it to the slaughter.

Her screams that had been trapped died down to nothingness, and she could only let out one whispered word.

"Sorry".
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:01 pm

As the gruesome scene came to an end, Osen noticed that the bear was pretty much left intact. Its head was somehow still attached though she had seen the wargs ripping at it like no tomorrow. Instead, as she looked, the bear seemed worn and emaciated, much more so than it did when she had brought it. Of course it was dead, dead as could be, but the wargs seemed a little better. Their fur had a certain lustre to it, a certain look, and they were moving around a little bit more. What had they done, how had they gotten nourishment from it. She had figured that they fed on the life essence of creatures, but she wondered how they did it, what were the circumstances? Could she do it?

She pondered for a moment, forgetting about how she had betrayed the bear that quikly. Still, if it had lost its life so others could live, then it wasn't a total betrayal. Plus, with her fire going now, she could get a meal herself.

The crackling fire and moonlight peeking through the trees reminded her of the first night she had found her wargs. That night it was boar meat, and this night bear. She thought back to the feelings she felt, the fear the confusion, the pain, everything that had happened. Her life was so weird, it was beyond what life should have been. Still, she was thankful for it, and them who seemed to protect it.

She ate, and her wargs laid, seemingly more comfortable than before. Her thoughts of hunger pains had died down a bit too, and now she just felt the deep urge to find the white haired man, after all, he was the one that could help, he was the father.

Father?... Where did that thought come from
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:04 pm

She shook the thought off and laid down, gently closing her eyes. Whatever the issue with her wargs was, it was solved by them feeding, and if she had to catch things and bring them to them, then she would. She would make sure they were fine, she had to.

As the night drifted into day she found herself walking along a forested path. Her wargs were nowhere to be found, but she knew they were around. She could smell the night air, the flowers, the grass, the leaves, everything was so fragrant. The moonlight illuminated her path as she knelt down beside a small purple and white flower. She picked it up but drew back as a thorn she had neglected pricked her. As the small pain nipped at her she felt a cool sensation run through her body, like numbing ice, but not so harsh. Staring down at it, the white parts had changed, changed to yellow, and she had a sense of deja vu, but couldn't think of why. Slowly she put it down and continued walking, the effects of the flower slowly creeping over her. Colors faded, brightened, and melted, and shapes began forming out of the nothingness. A tree that had simply been in her path now moved and waved its branches that had turned to arms, beckoning her to approach. She shied away, tripping over nothing and finding herself lying on the ground, smiling even though her knee was bruised and bleeding from something. Brushing it off she continued, looking back to see the same flower only steps away. Why hadn't she moved?

Again she tried to walk, but this time vines entangled her legs, creeping up her thighs and wrapping around her waist. She pulled free and tried to run, but they continued their barrage. From the corners of her eyes she could see a patch of purple and green mushrooms dancing and smiling. Even still she smiled though her mind was frantic. And then she saw it, the door fashioned from and into the tree that had beckoned her. Was it inviting her to safety, or was it welcoming her to her doom. Should she stay or go?

Kicking with all her might, she freed herself and ran, grabbing the odd wooden knob and pulling, stepping inside the tree for only a moment before falling into a pitch black abyss. And then she saw light, at first a speck, but as she fell it got brighter and brighter until it blinded her.

Then she woke up.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Sat Jan 26, 2013 11:31 am

The bright blinding light of her dream turned into the very real beams of the sun shining onto her small pallette. As she stirred from her dream, she questioned reality for a moment before deciding that she was truly awake, and that it was daytime. A small chill in the air caused her to shudder, but even in their weakened state her wargs had surrounded her, offering their own warmth up. As soon as she got up, so did they, and without much hesitation other than the morning grogginess, she packed up camp.

"Well, another long day of traveling guys. Hopefully we will make some more progress"

A mild grunt came from one of her wargs, but oddly enough she couldn't telll which was which. Somehow, in the midst of the night both of their collars had come off. Confused, she shrugged, knowing that they knew who they were, so if she called one then it would come. As they reached the path, she let them lead, simply walking and trying to pass the time. She looked at the trees, looked at the flowers, then remembered her dream and tried to focus on other things. She had lost her sense of direction with the winding of the road so she tried to play the guessing game, she tried to figure out if she was going east, west or north, maybe even south, but she had no clues, only the taild and sides of her wargs.

"I really hope we find this guy soon..."

And so they walked, for the whole day, into the night, made camp, woke up, and traveled again. Osen tried to hunt but couldn't lure anything worthwhile tot he wargs, instead only finding small critters like rabbits and birds. She felt bad to eat infront of them, and obviously offered her catches to them first, but they chose not to eat. Did they not eat small animals, or was it something else? Did they only eat what they killed? What was it?
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Kiyoshi » Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:18 pm

Kiyoshi steps into the hallway, pausing a moment to figure out which door it was before moving down to stand in front of it. He tries the handle, only to find it locked. He laughs a little at that, then reaches down to touch the lock, only for a voice to make him stop. Kiyoshi looks back down the hallway to see the manager, who was walking down the hallway towards him quickly.

"You can't be here! You aren't a renter!" The man managed to get another five steps before Kiyoshi's eyes lock onto his and seem to flash, just once. He suddenly stops, looking around confused, then stares at Kiyoshi, expecting him to explain why they were here. "What's wrong? Weren't you going to unlock my door for me? I forgot my key. Remember?" Kiyoshi steps back, letting the man unlock the door for him, then nods and opens it, closing it behind him.

He waits a moment, letting the footsteps disappear, then begins to go through the room, making sure to collect anything that seems worthwhile.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Jan 29, 2013 1:46 pm

The journey continued as it had been going, a lucky break bringing them across a large stream where dozens of deer were grazing peacefully, oblivious to the presence of the predators. While normally the Wargs would have been able to take down any one of the deer they chose, in their weakened condition they needed her help, she could feel it in her body, she could hear it in her thoughts.

Too fast...

She didn't know how she heard them, or even if it was them and not just her imagination and intuition mixing, but she followed it, telling her wargs to lay low as she made her way around the group. Moments later, she came from behind them, startling them and causing every deer to flee away from her, right towards her waiting pets. Not seeing them in the darkness, two of the deer met a quick demise at the hands of the pouncing predators. Two direct bites to the neck, and they dropped instantly. Osen began to run over to them, hoping to catch a glimpse of what they were doing, but as she stepped on the surface of the lake, her body and nerves started burning, and she fell in, quickly righting herself before looking confusedly before her.

It was the first time she had felt that pain in a while, but it was still there, reminding her that something was definitley still wrong with her. Whatever it was, it affected her mind, her body, her everything.

Deciding to figure it out later, she waded through the water, catching up to her wargs, but as she did, they left the carcasses of the deer, dried out, lifeless, and withered.

"You definitely feed on the energy from living things!... Keeping you in the city kept you from being able to feed on anything... It really was my fault..."

Her voice had dropped, dropped down to a sad whisper, but then she heard the voice again, or more so, the thought of emotion. Whatever it was it felt comforting, it felt warm. It felt forgiving.

Sister.....
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:27 pm

Staring around for a moment, she remembered that nobody was around to speak to her. It was just her, the wargs, and the dead deer. Her eyes widened as she saw one of her wargs staring straight at her.

"Sister?"

It was such an off feeling, having a word or thought appear in your head, and for her it was frightening. She did not remember her bijuu or communicating with it, so for her this was all new. She didn't know what to do and for a while she sat there confused, but this wasn't the first time she had heard a thought from them... And now she realized that the other times it truly was them.

"You? How..."

A second voice entered her head, slightly deeper and slower, and she looked to her other warg, knowing that this was where it had to be coming from.

Time... connection... feelings...words...

Indeed, from the very beginning, she had been feeling things, hunger when she wasn't hungry, tired when she wasn't tired. Anxious when she wasn't anxious, and she couldn't feel why. As of recently, she had been feeling lethargic as well, depressed even, but more tired than anything. It made sense that those were emotions that didn't belong to her, especially since life was going pretty decent for her. Now, The words seemed to have formed, though she wondered just what was the trigger. Was it proximity to her, exposure, or was it something else... need?
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:45 pm

Continue.... Father...meeting

Again, one of her wargs spoke though it did not look at her, it simply began walking, continuing the journey that they had begun, in search of the man who could save them or cure them. The man that cared for all three of them. The other nudged her forward, signaling that they should continue on.

"Who? Who is coming? Is it the white haired man? How does he know where to find us?"

Father

They both had spoke at the same time, causing an odd resonating feeling in her brain. Still, she wanted to know more about the guy. Who was he? what interest did he have in her?

"Who is he?"

They did not answer, instead nudging her again. Apparently they knew no more than she did, just that he was "Father" and he was the one that they had to find, so they kept going, onwards towards the unknown.

Together... Soon
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Kiyoshi » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:27 am

Kiyoshi steps outside and closes the door behind him, making sure the door was locked before heading for the exit. He only made one detour, and that was to find the manager and remove the memory of his visit, not wanting to leave a trance behind for people to follow, then starts the journey towards the meeting place. He silently exits the city, moving quickly, knowing that with the head start that the wargs have, they should get there just slightly before he does.
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Re: The Last Hunt...

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:43 pm

"Here"

The voice crept into her mind like a spider into a dark room, abrubt and low. She wasn't really even sure if she had heard it properly though, as the location seemed to be just like any other. Trees to her left, trees to her right. Trees in front, behind, and everywhere around her. She didn't really know what to expect, but she figured that if he was a person then he would be in some sort of settlement, and yet there was nothing there. Not a clearing, not a lake, nothing but a random spot in the world.

"You guys sure? Is this where we are supposed to meet him?"

She looked for some sort of answer, but her two wargs had simply stopped moving. Was there something wrong? Was this indeed the right place? She wasn't sure at all, and they werent responding to her.

"Whats Wro...."

HEr words were cut short once she finally noticed the odd circle of lines that were spreading from beneath each of her wargs, black lines that looked like letters yet she couldn't read any of them or understand how they had got there.Slowly, the two sets of line began to intertwine, forming two conjoining circles and then spreading out even more. She walked around, stuck in amazement at what was going on, spinning around on her heels trying to take everything in. It was only when the very air around her began to shimmer and the space between two trees caught her eye that she finally looked up.


"What is that...."

Come

Again they spoke in tandem as the pair of wargs moved from their spots, walking between the trees, through the shimmering air, and disappearing from sight. Osen quickly followed, stepping through what felt like a wall of water, only to be greeted by a vast field of flowers of every sort and color. Turning around, there was no trace of the forest she was in, not even a single branch. Instead, there was a single torii, and beyond it more of the same vast valley of flowers. For once the sky was unobstructed, a pair of fluffy clouds floating by as the sun shone brightly behind them.

"What...where....how..."

Calm.... Wait...
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