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[ \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....

Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Mar 02, 2013 6:54 pm

Black sandal-clad feet raced across forests floor disturbing what green leaves had fallen from the trees above. Even before they could settle, many other patters jostled them back up as a horde of bandits followed in quick pursuit. A young boy, hair as black as the sandals on his feet with a mixture of green and brown caught up somewhere between the two extremities, had on his tail a score of ruffians, kept far enough off by his pace to avoid danger, but not detection.

With all the agility of a ninja, he quickly jumped up and bounced himself off tree bark, putting palms against a branch before flipping himself to the other side of the wooden limb, just as a score of four arrows shot from a crossbow consecutively embedded themselves into the bark behind him. Landing with a sneer, the lad with eyes cloaked in sunglasses taunted. "You'll have to be better than that." He took off against just as a katana swept across where his crouched head had been to become stuck in a tree.

In all there were about five of them behind him, a sporting challenge, though not one greater than a shinobi would dare face. However, instead of turning to fight, he continued deeper into the forests that trailed up one of the many mountaintops in the Land of Lightning. As his strides continued, the count of the bandits also went up as a burly man wielding broadsword flanked him from the left, jumping out of the brush with a straight-down slash that would have sliced Edo in two had he not stopped immediately before it. As the swords tip dug into ground, Edo jumped over the backside of the blade like it was a pommel horse. With two quick slugs to the man's jaw, the brute's grip on the blade loosened before a jumping back kick sent him stumbling back. Quickly, the young weapons master dislodge the blade and used it to fend off the counter flank from the right. Had these bandits had better timing, he may have actually gotten somewhere with the maneuver, but even the best strategies are worthless to those that couldn't execute them. As the bandit rushing form the right ran in, Edo spun with the blade into a horizontal chop that embedded the hefty broadsword into the trunk of a tree. Cocky, the bandit that had avoided the sweep by jumping spoke as he landed on the portion of the metal sticking out of the tree. "Too slo--" Before he could finish, however, Edo had shut his jaw with a upwards sidekick that took advantage of the man's dropped guard.

The victory, if it could be seen as such, was short lived. Taking foot again, the five original bandits had caught up and were again on his trail, now to be joined by the other two that had not been injured, but merely stunned. Any sensible person would have at least plucked the two off to ensure they did not add to the condition of already being outnumbered, but it was pointless to argue that point now.

As he continued into the forest he passed a tree marked with an "X" slashed into it, though gave little mind to the marking. They weren't all that unique, especially since several other trunks shared in the same, and on the other side of them, a small clearing next to a dirt road revealed itself. However, this location was not so quickly ignored by rushing through it. Instead, Edo finally stopped, standing in the middle of the clearing and turning back to face his assailants that collected in a half circle coming out of the forest, all with weapons drawn.

"We got you now, kid."

"Fraid not!"

With one more stride forward, the lead bandit trigged a trip wire almost invisible on the ground, setting off a massive explosion of paper bombs that had been placed on the backside of the trees marked with "X"s earlier. The explosion quickly incapacitated the whole slew of bandits, sending their unconscious masses to the ground as a few of the trees timbered down as wreckage from the trap that had been set long before this encounter. The only one of the bandits, left awake was the leader, whose shirtless backside was burned in the encounter.

Rolling him over with a kick, and placing his sandal head upon the bandits chest to apply pressure to the new wound, Edo looked down with distain. "You really shouldn't be so oblivious to your surroundings. I didn't even disguise the paper bombs, but you were so fixated on what was before you that you never once looked back." He gave an irritated sigh. Edo knew better than to expect something more from the untrained bandits, but a little common sense would go a long way. "I only got one question for you." Edo said putting both legs on the man and crouching down to apply even more pressure to the burn wound. "What do you know about Decay?"
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Mar 04, 2013 4:06 pm

Elsewhere and yet still nearby the faint smell of smoke also permeated the air, though this time it came from a boy just under the age of adulthood, a lit cigarette glowing orange as he walked through the trees. He was dressed in a grayish silver kimono, clouds made of black lines breaking apart the solidarity. At his hip he carried a pair of swords, a katana and a wakizashi, the signifying weaponry of a samurai. Long black hair was tied in a ponytai, bouncing gently in the wind as he took each step. After a few moments and a quick glance at the sun, he pulled out a map, tracing a line on road, approxamatley where he thought he was, but not entirely sure. His eyes were cold and hard though, and showed no sign of confusion even if he was indeed lost. Again looking up, he finally noticed the plume of smoke coming from a nearby forest. At first he though it a simple campfire, but when his very skin started to throb, he knew that it was something more... substantial. His body wanted him to investigate, to see the smoke and fire for himself, to feel it.

"I guess I have time..."

He turned rather lazily, heading directly towards the source, his walk careful and deliberate, unlike the messy running of the shinobi.

Well... seems like i'm getting the hang of this samurai thing quicker than I thought....

Moments later he poked his head though a pair of trees, looking on to see someone interrogating another person, a slew of bodis thrown about in the embers of what seemed to have been a minor explosion. A few trees were down, but it was nothing like some of the fires he had seen at home, endless blazes that consumed everything around for hours, even days.

Quietly, he looked on, observing but not being seen.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:02 am

The most audible sounds from the bandit were the grunts of pain from having a wait of a pull body pressing his scarred tissue into the dirt and pebbles of the hard mountain surface. It could even be mistake that he was in so much pain that he could not speak, as even in a weakened state he was defiant to talk, at least until Edo wrapped a hand around the chain necklace the shirtless vagrant was adorning and lifted his head up to meet eye-to-sunglass covered eye. "Maybe I didn't make myself clear," Edo's free, loose sleeve covered hand quickly shot out to the side. A small puff of smoke exited its end like a chimney stack as a kunai was summoned from one of his many scrolls. Even with the added weight of his large scroll worn on his back, the bandit wasn't talking, so he moved on to using enhanced interogation methods. Holding the knife up to the man's raised neck he spoke again, colder than before. "You either have information I need, or I don't have further need for you. I'll try my luck with these friends of yours."

Pressing the blade against the man's soft throat finally seemed to loosen his lips. "Alright, alright." With that Edo's gloved hand let loose the man's necklace letting his head hit back against the rock and putting some distance between his neck and the kunai. "You're the brat that broke into our hideout, so you can't blame us for going after yo--"

The man was cut off as Edo's gloved hand pushed down to chock him into silence. "That's not what this is about. I planned that, I planned for you to follow me here. Hence, the trap. Get to the point. Decay. Do you work for them? Are they rivals? Where can I find them? If you're any kind of a halfway descent scumbag, you'd at least know something of your competition in the area, so cough it up." That was exactly what the man did when Edo let go his throat for a second time, though by literally coughing up some spit. In all fairness, he had held his chock for longer than he intended to.

"This ain't the kind of business with spindles, kid. The only way I'd know about the rivals are if they're someone I have to cut down, and you don't need names for that. NOW GET THE FU--" Yet another time he was cutoff by the weapon's specialist, though this time by a punch straight to the temple to knock the man clean out. It wasn't a good thing for the man that Edo also specialized in Taijutsu.

"Absolutely pointless." He said using the gloved hand that he had just slugged the man out with to turn the bandit's head to the side so his photographic eyes could absorb the tattoo embedded on the man's cheek. It might be something to do with whoever was pulling the strings on this small contingent. "You carried yourself like you were some sort of big-shot, but in the end you're just a worthless lackey." The young Nara hopped off the brute's chest and into a standing position along the unconscious man's side. His sunglass covered eyes looked down to the man, and then to the six other unconscious bandits. "I should really just finish you now so that whoever's holding your leash doesn't sick you on anyone else, but doing that to an unconscious foo would cramp my style." A unenthused sigh followed along with the words. How many more bandits would he have to trap before making any progress on his lead. After all, all he had to go on besides Decay was a name.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Mar 06, 2013 9:54 am

Was this something he needed to be a part of? Would it further his goals? Grey eyes watched on as the man was interrogated, though the words that were said nearly eluded him. Something about Decay, traps, hideouts, and business. These were not the people that he was looking for, but the person who had been doing the interrogation, he was interesting. He used a kunai, a ninja tool, and he had taken out that group of people without a sword wound in sight, something that was indicative of a shinobi, or at least shinobi tactics. He had already heard that his kind were slowly being phased from the world for a while, but more recently they were being blamed for not only the destruction of their own village here, but for endangering the entire country. That being said, it was rare to find one so brazenly showing their skills, though clearly these people were in no condition to tell anyone. Still, how best could he use this person to his advantage.

Flicking his cigarette butt at the clearing, he signaled his approach as not to startle the person in front of him. His walk was slow and steady as always, his hand resting gently on the end of his sword.

"It seems like you really wanted to know something if you involved this many people in your scheme to question this one man..."
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Thu Mar 07, 2013 11:03 pm

The flick of the cigarette drew his attention and his guard as his eyes shot over to his peripherals not captured by the tinted glass on his face. The surprise was not unexpected by the Nara. In fact, you could say that he'd planned that to in a way. The first rule of explosives is that if you're going to use them, you're going to draw attention. The mid-size blast that took out the gang of thugs probably had a 50 meter radius to catch the interest of anyone in the region, an altogether important feature when considering that Edo didn't actually know if the seven scattered bodies were the sum of the bandit group he started his hunt with, so to be able to pick up any stragglers he was sure to use an approach that would take the hard work of tracking them down away from himself.

So was this guy one of them? The question crossed Edo's mind as he turned to face the kimonoed stranger. Likely not, however, since he didn't exactly carry himself like some common bandit. "The one man's not important. I'd question the whole lot of 'em if I thought the rest had anything else to tell. Better question at this point, though, is who you might be in relation to them."

Edo's eyes flashed as he quickly let the kunai loose, throwing it straight where the man was about to step to warn him away from getting any closer. With a smirk Edo continued. "Let's keep it at about there until we get some answers." That was a bit close. Edo might just have come across as a bit jumpy, but throwing the kunai was about the only way to keep the man from activating the hidden explosive barrier that he scattered around the parameter of the clearing. At least, one of the only ways without directly giving off its existence. Until he knew who the guy was, it might still be handy.

Like he'd been thinking, the first explosion was bound to draw attention, and the first rule of strategy was that the first move is always a fake-out.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:50 pm

Looking down at his feet he smiled at the sight of the kunai standing in the ground, gleaming in the muddled light that managed to escape the trees. This guy was definitley a ninja, something he was leaning towards the whole time but not 100% sure. The accuracy of the toss, the was it sailed in a straight line without flipping spinning or wobbling, it was a throw of training. Training that he had received as well, but that he had to almost forget in order to fill the role he was playing now.

"Who am I in relation to them... Well you could say I was their partner, you could say I was their boss... Youe could say a lot of things...."

His eyes fixed on the dark glasses of the other, a hard unwavering gaze that sought to flip through his body language like a book, and then he smiled a bit.

"But then that would be an outright lie. I have no idea who these guys are. Never seen any of them in my life. I was actually just passing through when I saw smoke coming from the forest. I was just checking to make sure nobody was hurt. Or at least nobody that wasn't supposed to be."
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:29 pm

"Well that's a stupid way to put it!" Luckily he had managed to stop the guy before he triggered the tag hidden underground. The Nara would have to be sure to deactivate them all before leaving this place, but to do that he'd have to deal with this new guy one way or another, and the clouded kimono-wearing fellow was already starting to give the strategist a major headache. "Maybe if you actually meant what you said it wouldn't be, but according to you these people mean nothing to you. Meaning they're no more 'supposed' to be hurt than if thing had worked out the other way."

"That being the case, what I don't get is why even come out, especially in such an announced fashion. You missed your chance to assassinate me, so I don't doubt your lack of compassion for these bandits, but you also didn't choose to just let sleeping does lie. Are you really going to go about things so arbitrarily?" Of coarse, you could also make sense of things if you played this guy as a distraction on the board. Position him to lower the enemy's, Edo's, guard to allow someone else to fulfill the role of assassin. The possibility hadn't escaped the shogi player, but as Edo tried to sense the surrounding area he was coming up short. Granted, he was only looking for the obvious. Anyone able to suppress their chakra would escape him. It wasn't like he had a Yamanaka to rely on.

"Still, I take it from that getup you're a local. Fighting you wouldn't be all too wasteful as long as you have some information about the local bandit gangs." Edo said as he let his ungloved hand fall back to the side of the large scroll on his back.

Pawns attack head-on and can't defend from their positions...whoever this guy was, he wasn't a pawn.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Sat Mar 09, 2013 6:04 pm

"Hahahaha... I think you misunderstand why I am here. This is the land of lightning, no?"

He took a step to the right, letting his sword face Edo as he slowly walked a circle, gently creeping inwards.

"Well in the land of lightning, the practice of ninjutsu...., or rather the act of being a shinobi in general, is considered a crime."

Taking another step before finally stopping at the side of Edo, he stopped talking, judging the number of steps between he and his possible opponent. It seemed about 32 steps that separated them, less if he were to run.

"And unfortunately for you... It is the samurai that are the enforcers of this law."

As he said that, he continued walking, moving in just a little bit more before he patted the hilt of his sword. His eyes were dead trained on the man's hands, watching for any sudden movement.

"Shinobi are indeed dangerous, but they are also almost useless without their handseals, and thanks to the samurai civil war, this is something that samurai are trained to exploit."

He slowly turned, facing Edo as fully as he could before his face took on an incredibly serious look, as did the tone in his voice change.

"Fighting me might just spell your doom, and then you'll never find the answers you seek."

A large gust of wind blew the lingering smoke from Edo's explosions towards the pair of them, cover the area briefly, but when it stopped, the grey robed man was no longer there. instead, he was back where he had started, leaning against a tree, eyes still staring Edo down.

"Then again, who's to say I came here to fight..."
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:31 pm

Edo didn't turn to follow the man as he strolled. Instead, his mind was at pace more than his eyes as he attempted to picture a bird's eye view of the clearing and map out the explosive tags he had hidden in a circular formation around his position. Were the man, this samurai, to hit one, it would sent the whole circuit up. In his days as a Genin, Edo had great aspiration for the Explosive Corps, one of the Tsuchigakure's specialty devisions. Even without the Baton element, Edo had an attraction to things that went 'boom'.

Still, he didn't want the mine tags to get in the way of the fight either, else the swordsman would be no use for information just like the unconscious bandits still scattered across the area. In a contest of two swords, it's usually the sharper that won. A fight with this guy, and that's how Edo would want it to go down, not some cheap trick meant for untrained bandits.

The Nara was surprised at what he was learning. The Land of Lightning had been one of the five great shinobi nations, but if what he was hearing was true, those days seemed to be over. You couldn't blame him for not knowing. Back when Tsuchigakure existed, he hadn't ever been in a position to have dealings with foreign foes, except for those of Sunagakure, which was the closest of their rival nations. The border disputes of those days seem to trivial now. Even when setting out on his vendetta, it only meant having even less intelligence to go on since he was now alone in the collection of it.

"I'd say you're obligated to fight me now." Edo said with a firm smirk. His gloved hand raising to strike a point towards the man. Not having moved made it easy to pick up on where the swordsman had arrived when the smoke cleared, the Nara taking note of the speed as a variable for countermeasures. "These samurai, you're one of them aren't you? They're supposed to be ruled by some code of honor, isn't that how it works? If you're the law around this joint, then how can you let me," Edo's hand returned back to himself balling into a fist except for the thumb which hit against the center of this flak jacket, "A known shinobi, go without incident? After all, that makes me a criminal."

"Worse yet, a foreign shinobi. Or do the laws just not meant that much around here?" The problem, as it always was, stemmed from Edo's other personality trait. For as smart as he was, he was also a knuckle-head that cherished a fight. In his sunglass covered eyes, pitting yourself against others was the best and quickest means of making yourself stronger.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:07 pm

"Huh, well I guess if you put it like that then I have to right? ... I was hoping you would just come along quietly."

Kicking off the tree, the man stepped forward a few steps before putting his hand on his sword and shaking his head.

"Well, uh.... I beleive its part of the code as samurai to not fight an unarmed opponent, so... if you could grab one of those guys swords or something, we can get started. Just dont forget that you asked for this."

A cocky little smile flashed from the man for a split second before his eyes looked to each of the men, seeing which of the swords his opponent would choose. They were all bastard swords from the looks of it, swords made of scrap metal forged into something that would cut, and would kill, but they were no works of art, no masterpieces.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Tue Mar 12, 2013 10:52 pm

"One of their swords?" He looked back down at the unconscious bandits, their weapons scattered about before looking back up to his readying opponent. "Na, unfamiliar weapons have uncertain consequences. Not really my style." Besides, Edo had more than enough swords already.

"Oh, though one more thing." His gloved hand waved as it rose up and hit one of the center clasps on his flack jacket to drop the contents out of the unlatched bottom. It was a cloth band with a near spotless metal plate upon it. "I hope you don't mind, but if this is going to be a battle between shinobi and samurai, I don't want there to be any confusion what side I'm one." He said as he flattened the headband between his palms, pulling out to either side so that the backside of the band was facing up. "I tend not to wear it all that much, strange ninja in a strange land and all." Edo usually felt like the crest would attract undo attention. Better to have people think he was a wandering shinobi than to be affiliated with any one place. "Circumstances as they be, I think I'll make an exception." He said bringing the cloth up as he hands pulled behind his head and started tying a knot. "When two shinobi of the same village face off, they wear their headbands to spare as equals. When ninja of different villages battle, each wears the honor of their own land with them." A sleek sound hissed as he pulled the band tight behind him, his messy black hair now offset by the silver plate with the crest of the Village Hidden in the Earth and the brown fabric around it. "This being more of the latter."

"Now where were we, oh right, weapon." As his hands dropped, one of them again hit a claps on his jacket, this time dropping a golden scroll out of the pouch. The skinny scroll unfurled enough to show the first seal, and with a wave of his hand a katana puffed out white smoke before being gripped in Edo's gloved arm as the weapon scroll was quickly replaced.

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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Sat Mar 16, 2013 10:40 am

Cold grey eyes blinked twice, watching as his "opponent" retrieved a headband from within the folds of his clothing. The brown band and crest were unfamiliar to him, but he had seen them in his research, it was one of the great villages, though he didn't know which. Personally, he didn't care, but he knew that knowing might give a bit of insight into what kind of techniques he might have. Still, it wasn't definitive so he would just have to wait and see.

There was still the issue of the bodies around, they might just prove a problem if he had to protect them or keep them from being unnecessarily harmed. He honestly had been assuming they were dead, but since he hadn't checked he had to keep the option in the back of his head.

"Hmmm.... A katana versus a samurai... You must be confident. I like that."

Bending at the knees, he sat in a Iaijutsu stance for only a moment before rushing his opponent. They had talked enough. He wanted to fight, and if that was the case then he would be obliged. Maybe walking into the capital with a shinobi clapped in irons would be of use to him, maybe he was better off taking him in pieces and collecting a ransom for someone else. there were plenty of uses for a shinobi body, but none of them mattered now. All that mattered was the moment.

"KIYA!"

In a flash his sword was out of the sheath, flying at his opponent's waist at bullet speeds. He didn't mean to cleave him in two, to end the fight so prematurely, instead, he had watched his steps and figured a direct hit would only cut into the flesh and inch at the most, a disabling attack, but not fatal.

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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:23 pm

Edo's hand rose, pointing the blade down and to his side as the impact of the slash was quick upon him. On its own, it would have never blocked the sweep, but as his stance shifted beneath him his other hand rose and braced the flat edge of the blade as the opposite flat side made a shield of a blade. Just after the steel colliding rang, the Nara launched himself up and back in a jump. His gloved hand, holding hilt, cleared to the side as the assisting hand drew up to the shoulder as he jumped and a small puff of white smoke from within his sleeve summoned three shuriken into his fingers. A swiping motion across him released the throwing weapons at his opponent with the same precision he had shown when launching his kunai.

The shinobi's sandals hit against the bark of a tree before his body flipped forward, fulfilling a vertical 360 before he landed at the trunk. Edo entered into a charge, keeping track of his mental map to ensure the safety of his footing as he again entered the circle of hidden tags and cleared the heaped body of a band. With his spare hand at the side, a puff of white smoke brought three kunai to his as his sword arm prepared to engage.

His skills with a sword may not have been as refined as someone that had focused exclusively on kenjutsu, but Edo did not possess the same weakness that his samurai counterpart had accordingly been trained to exploit. As a specialist in weapons and Taijutsu, he didn't rely on the need for hand-signs.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Mar 18, 2013 3:19 pm

The swords block was flawless, though not without its own disadvantages. The quick drawing technique gave the man a chance to see his opponents reaction speed, quick, but just quick enough to block, not to avoid. this information could be useful later, but as of now, it only served as something to place in the back of his mind. Following his opponent's movements, he was shocked to see three shuriken flying at him, no drawing of them, nor handseals to mark their appearance. Their aim was true, but his swordsmanship was truer still, smaccking away all thrr with a quick succession of swordwork. Two shuriken went off to the sides, while the last went flying up high into the air, an unfortunate squawk notifying the pair that a bird had met its unfortunate and unexpected end. Not moments later it was confirmed as the bird landed on the ground, shuriken through its gut.

This man had no time for words though, as he decided not to wait to counter, but instead to attack, rushing forward at his opponent, just as he summoned more ninja tools, this time kunai. The little weapons were nothing but distractions, things to keep him from reaching his opponent fully focused, and yet they would not deter him. Holding his sword to the side, he continued the charge, his muscles tense in preparation for another horizontal slash, this time slower and more powerful, just in case blocking was yet again the solution.
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Re: Silver Lining [ Open ]

PostPosted by Love » Wed Mar 20, 2013 10:17 pm

It was going to be a slow build. In shogi, this usually happened between two new rivals that were masters of the craft, each one sizing up the skills of the others while keeping their own at a minimum. It was about getting an advantage, something to use against the opponent to turn the tables towards your side. It was like how in Tai Chi you use the force of the opponent's movements to improve your own strikes and defenses. Then again, Edo had found Tai Chi boring.

He had never faced an opponent that thought like he did, that considered consequences of actions, and observed even the subtle things in his movements. It was why beating the bandits had been so easy. People like them only knew how to attach head-on with everything they had and try to overpower the opponent. However, brawn lost to brains any day of the week, but in the case of two tacticians facing off, the outcome wasn't so certain. The Nara even had to snap himself out from getting distracted by the falling bird. Half of him wondered if that had just been coincidence, or if the samurai really had the kind of skill to deflect and target the shukrien at once. He'd have to throw more to find out, but at least for now kunai were a safe bet since they flew in straighter paths, and were weighted towards their blade.

Edo pushed himself up just before he would collide with his samurai opponent, letting the slash strike air as he flipped himself in air so that as he passed over his opponent their heads were facing towards each other. His left, ungloved hand, quickly launched the kunai he had summoned straight down to rain on the opponent to keep him entertained as he landed crouched on the opposite side he had started on. Both of his hands gripping the hilt of his sword, he used his bent legs to spring himself into a piercing lunge aimed at skewering the samurai. Unfortunately, it just wasn't good logic to aim for anything but center mass.
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