Unmasked [Lethe]

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:14 pm

She hadn't gotten up to much, but there wasn't much in the house to get up to with. By the time Keiichi scoffed passed her she was inspecting some bedroom other than the main, at least she supposed at much since even the dresser drawer was empty. Aware of his presences now that he passed, Asuka was quick in toe, no modesty on her as she stood in the open doorway.

Her leg bent up and propped itself against the door as her back leaned on the frame. "Is that what you're calling me now? Guess it's better than being named for some rock." If she had to go through another mission being called obsidian she'd likely go mad, at least this way it was something she could relate to. "Feeling suicidal or something? If you want it so bad just put a hit out against you. Be the first time someone paid me to kill themselves." She had stated it many times, but she didn't do anything for free. "Though for you, I'd charge a premium."

Kicking herself off the door, she walked up to the white-topped man. Wrapping an arm around him from the back, her gloved hand pressed against his pecs before he could put the his shirt on. Kokoro's ample orbs pressed on his back as the woman's lips moved to his ear on the opposite side of the shoulder her hand was around. She had to stand on the tips of her toes some to make up for the difference in height between them. "Promise you'd enjoy it, I might even pick out someone special for you. Trust me, I haven't courses through all my faces. So what's your type? Blonde? Brunette?" Down the small of his back he'd feel the change as her arm retracted back. "That's right, you're the candyman, I bet you like them young."

A small, now gloveless hand, turned the man around by tugging on his arm. Half the size of him stood a young, skinny girl with long, straight black hair that had never once been cut from the looks of things. A devilish grin crossed her face as she taunted him, her voice much younger spoken now as she skipped back a step. "For your sake you best not peek in on the bath. Might just find there's an old hag in here somewhere." She said with a childish giggle.
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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Jun 23, 2013 6:04 pm

"Not that I mind a kid, but I rather have something to hold on to."

He jokingly responded after being released by the now smaller girl. To be perfectly honest her ability to change bodies was the most interesting of all and for a moment he considered how interesting a night with that ability would be. It's not like he had never seen someone change their face with such great ease but even Queen never did anything more than create powerful illusions, Asuka's abilities were much more real than that. The Black Widow was really piquing his interests and the more he learned about her, the happier he was about recruiting such an interesting character.

Keiichi watched the giggling little girl exit his room and turn down the hallway as she headed toward the bathroom but a few seconds after his eyes lost track of her behind the walls the sound of glass shattering was heard behind him, prompting Keiichi to turn around and see what it was. What he saw on the ground was a kunai, a rather normal kunai were it not for the multiple explosive tags attached to it already lit on fire.

"Oh..."

The explosion that ensued made the ground dance and the walls shake throughout the house, but most importantly Keiichi's room was completely destroyed. The powerful explosion in such a confined space managed to blow most of the walls apart as well as a part of the hallway and adjacent room, even the ceiling collapsed burying everything under it.
Five shadows stood on the roof of the closest house as the people in the neighborhood began running and screaming in a panic, as chaos began to spread in the once peaceful area. Four of the shadows were dressed in similar uniforms, completely black and with masks covering their faces save for the eyes while one of the shadows wore a large cloak and a hood that covered the head and part of the face.

"Go check it out, kill anyone still alive."

The hooded individuated ordered three of the others to move with a clearly feminine voice and a short hand gesture to which they responded without missing a beat.
The three black clad men rushed toward the area where the explosion took place each with a sword in their hands, ready to eliminate any surviving target. However once they reached the center of the room they stopped to acknowledge the fate of one of the targets, what they saw was what looked like a charred hand sticking out of the debris from the explosion and collapsed ceiling and it was completely unmoving with smoke still rising from it.

"We have one target confirmed dead, no way of knowing who it is until we dig him out but we believe it to be Target Alpha."

One of the men spoke with a finger in his ear and immediately received others to proceed which he relayed to the others with a few hand gestures, prompting them to strategically maneuver themselves toward the broken walls that lead of the hallway, in search of the second target.

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:37 am

The two goons sent further into the house split outside the door taking different directions down the hallway. They were silent, as silent as could be. They weren't barreling through the house, by were sure to check for signs of others in each room, most of which had their doors left open from when Asuka had curiously wandered the house. It was only when the one of them got to the bathroom that they were met with a locked door. Behind the wooden barrier the sound of running bathwater could be heard as the tub filled up and steam escaped out the underside of the door.

With a kick, the door cracked open at the deadbolt and the black-clad assassin swiftly moved in as a cloud of steam billowed out. Instinctually, his steel stabbed water expecting to find a body soaking in the tub, but coming up short as the blade pierced porcelain. The confused soldier didn't have time to wonder was his head turned round to see Asuka's childish body pinned above the door with chakra strapped to the wall.

The skinny kid jumped and tackled the man down from her higher position. As the pair fell, the raven haired girl bit down on the sword carrying wrist. She wasn't at all capable of fighting off a full grown man in this form, but she also had a lag between when she could switch bodies, so she had to do the next best thing and set up an ambush after feeling the explosion rock the house.

"Get off me you little tw--" Fist punching the girl in the head to try and get her vice grip jaw off his sword arm, the man couldn't even finish his statement before Asuka's hands were in a peculiar shape just under the man's chin. Tenutryruuki no Jutsu [Point-Blank Projection Technique] The child body fell limp atop the man as Asuka's mind flooded into the adjacent head.

Sitting himself up, the assassin left his katana on the ground as he leaned the little girl's body against the bathroom wall. Having already spent time in one of the corpse's Keiichi's gang had killed, she knew better than to go sifting through everything in the assassin's memory, though the channels for his short term memory would be safe. Hands in concentration, she used Shinsaihon no Jutsu [Mind Siphon Technique] to draw out an image of the explosion, the charred hand, and the order to leave none alive.

"D@mn!" The manly voice cursed under its breath as his brown eyes looked down on the petite girl. Forming two unique hand-signs and touching the forehead of the lifeless girl, Asuka proceeded to draw back up the sword. She hated giving something up.

Walking out of the steamy washroom, the black-clad body had its blade pointed downward as he passed a similar fashioned man that had returned his way after checking the other half of the house. Peering over to see the inside of the bathroom, he questioned. "He's got a kid?"

"Not any more..." A cold voice scoffed. In Asuka's other hand, gripped by the scalp, was the decapitated body of her former girl form.

Entering back into the crumbled room, she threw the skull onto the pile of rubble. "House is clear, that's all we found." It rolled down the pile some as the third assassin, the one that had remained in the room, picked himself up from clearing away some of the rubble to try and confirm what was underneath.

"That wasn't one of the targets--hey."

Asuka's host pushed the other guy out of the way as she resumed where he left off moving debris. Just before the bloodied steel sheathed onto the holster on his back as she looked up to the masked man. "Orders were, kill everyone." With one last brick, a charred face could partially be seen. Touching too fingers against the neck to check on a pulse, Asuka real play was Ishindenshin no Jutsu [Telepathy Technique]

"You owe me a body now!" Her feminine voice, at least more feminine than the one belonging to the body making contact with Keiichi at the neck, called out as she attempted to establish mental connection between. "Call it in." He barked at the other man, still crouched, though letting up his touch as Asuka didn't need to be in contact with a person to telepathically communicate with them, so long as her concentration wasn't shot. The fact that she had just told the others a confirmed death even when anyone that knew what to look for would know otherwise, should further indicate exactly who was inside the assassin's body.

"Pretty fine housewarming party." She joked. "How you want to play this?"
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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:20 pm

To be honest, part of the reason why Keiichi ordered everyone to split up into groups of two and then headed toward one of his safe-houses was to finally figure out how much information was leaking from the spy they had within their ranks. He had set it up so that each of the pairs would be in select places each with varying degree of "need to know" information and depending on which group was attacked it would be easier to know how much information the spy had access to and only a hand full of people knew about that safe-house in particular.
However the way they attacked was not what he had expected in he least. According to their previous attack, these guys seemed to be experts are infiltration and assassination to such a level that it took some of the gang's strongest members to figure out they were even under attack and chase out the threat but this attack was completely different as they forsake the stealthy approach and resorted to eliminate the target in the most destructive way possible. This too spoke loads for the spy as she likely knew about Keiichi's enhanced senses and possibly even Asuka's abilities, thus the decision of attacking from a distance and taking him down in one go.

Multiple explosive tags were triggered right next to him, the blast did as much damage to the house as it did to Keiichi himself, even knocking him out for a few seconds but luckily a hasty combination of scales and chakra protected him from lethal damage...the rest was left in Hime's hands. The smoke rising from his body, more noticeably from his unearthed areas, were not from the heavily burned body but rather his demon's healing ability working overtime to fix his damaged body and the moment Asuka spoke to him directly into his mind the steam increased so much that just being near his body would cause minor burns and a very female voice went from inside Keiichi's head straight into Asuka's.

"They'll pay..."

The steam suddenly turned black as massive amounts of chakra gushed out from his body. The black chakra began flowing around the destroyed room and then quickly gathered in a single spot next to where Keiichi and Asuka's host were, first taking the form of a sphere but soon changing into a more human like silhouette until finally several features began to take shape as the body became more and more human like and gained color. By the end, a woman with long white hair and a leather clothes stood in the room.

"Keep that body alive, she'll handle the rest."

This time it was Keiichi's voice as he relayed a message to Asuka, as she currently held on to a precious hostage who's information they could...extract later on.

Meanwhile on the roof the woman and the remaining soldier witnessed everything, one seemed surprised but the other didn't even flinch when the malicious black chakra began to fill the room, she simply turned around and released a laugh.

"Boring...we're done here."

She said much to the surprise of the soldier and vanished before he could speak up, but following orders he vanished soon after, leaving the others behind.

And the others were not having a good time, the moment the newly formed woman opened her golden colored eyes the attacks were vicious and relentless. Black chakra took the shape of weapons in mid air that shot right at them, impaling one's arm against a wall and nearly hitting the other. The trapped one released a painful cry as he tried to remove the chakra blade while the other wasted no time in taking out a kunai with an explosive tag attached to it and threw it at the woman, however the next moment the kunai and him were both swallowed by a jet of black chakra...the tag detonated with the one who threw it right next to it, killing him instantly. The woman then turned to the one still trapped and placed both palms together, instantly the black chakra blade that was pinning the man's arm to the wall lost it's form and entered the man through the wound and the next moment she wiggled her fingers like controlling a puppet and every one of the man's joints bent in unnatural ways, the next was the last one.

A golden glare then shifted toward Asuka's host and a hand covered in black energy was raised high, ready to strike down but before it did another hand moved and grabbed the white haired woman's arm. Keiichi had managed to get to his feet, his body was still visibly damaged and just standing seemed to be a hard task to accomplish but he still pulled the woman's arm down and placed his other hand on her head. The woman looked back at Keiichi with a worried look and then at Asuka with a glare before slowly turning black into black chakra and entering his body, as the steam leaving his body began to decrease.

"You know what? I liked this house..."

Was all he said before collapsing on the ground.

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:56 am

The inhabited body Asuka was in jumped back to give the demon, or whatever it was exactly, room to kill, and kill it did. Her eyes, or rather his eyes given the gender of her host, looked up to see the other two individuals flee from the rooftops across the way. Were it not for certain extenuating factors, she might have pursued them. However, as Keiichi had ordered, the man she was in was a valuable source of information better left alive. Furthermore, her hold in the would be assassin was dependent on her chakra levels, and she had already burnt off some of the chakra she had recovered since the attack on the mansion doing all the body shifts. Thus, she stayed in the hall and took in the brutality before her, at least until the feminine entity turn her attention onto Asuka's host.

Luckily, Keiichi intervened before anything could come of it, only to faint just after doing so. His limp body was only partially caught by the surprised Asuka before it lay completely on the ground. Alone again, she looked back through the gapping hole in the bedroom before looking back down at Keiichi. "Like it or not, this location's been compromised."

She dragged Keiichi's unconscious body into the hallway before shutting the still intact door to the bedroom. Using the supplies out of the assassin's equipment pouches, she set a trap on the door connecting steel wire to explosive tags around it so that if someone were to open the door from the outside, they'd be caught in a fiery explosion that would bring down the rest of the roof. A similar trap was set at the front door and bay window, the wiring looking like crisscrossing webbing all leading back to an array of explosive notes.

Slipping out the side, and hauling Keiichi on her back, Asuka was at least appreciative of the stronger upper body strength of her assailant. On her own, she'd probably not get very far with an unconscious body like Keiichi's, especially due to the shear size of the man. She would have otherwise ended up possessing his body and lugging back her own, but more so than her displeasure with being in a man's body, she actively avoided forms that had demons hidden within. Most of the time a demon's consciousness can't be surprised along with the host's, which usually meant bad times in the metaphysical world.

She made it back to the zoo before daybreak. Maybe not the best hidden spot given that it had been attacked itself hours before, but Asuka was still new to Karasu no Ha and didn't have extensive knowledge of other hideouts outside the warehouse they'd been at to start off the failed mansion raid.

"You there!" The man's voice yelled out for some Papers roaming the zoo. "We need medical attention here, now!" Holding Keiichi's body up with an arm draped around her host's shoulders, the white hair atop the gang-leader's head made it clear, even in the night, of who Asuka was hauling. What was less clear was why a still masked man dressed like one of the people that had attacked the zoo hours earlier was the one hauling the leader.
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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:19 am

While papers and stones were busy putting the wrecked zoo back together, doing their best to fix up cages and gather animals without becoming part of their snack time, the leaders lazied around on the largest rock of the newly rebuilt tiger habitat not far from the entrance. It was a great place to keep an eye on everything as it was high enough to grant a clear view of everything around them but it was also just a great place to relax, provided the tigers minded their own business, though honestly the location wasn't intentional as it was simply where Taka ended up while three others just ended up following him out of boredom.

"Boiiii! Must be bliss havin' half a brain ain't it yo?"

Ashura spoke with one hand in his pocket while the other held a stick he used to poke the sitting Taka on the side of the head, obtaining to response nor reaction from the other who simply sat there looking down at the sleeping tigers bellow.

"You should know that better than anyone, idiot."

Queen, who's appearance was that of a quite beautiful teenage blue haired girl with spiral shaped twin tails and a simple white dress, didn't even bother looking back at the man she was insulting as she seemed to focused on the magazine in her hands.

"Leave him alone Ashura."

Shou spoke up mildly annoyed at Ashura's behavior while gnawing down on a piece of torn meat, which made it impossible to know which animal it came from. Taking care of Taka wasn't a job Shou found annoying as the Obsidian simply spent his days in one or two places just staring at the animals however having to deal with the obnoxious Ashura was not something he had signed up for and the only reason he hadn't killed him yet was because he knew it wouldn't sit too well with the boss.

And then suddenly the monotonous day took a turn for the exciting as Taka quickly got to his feet while staring in the distance. The sudden reaction from Taka sent two of the others into high alert as it such a rare event that it could only mean trouble, Queen didn't even look up from her magazine. Taka, who had been quiet and peaceful until moments before, began baring his teeth as a low growl escaped his throat like an animal, his skin turned a dark gray, his muscles grew in size and his nails extended and hardened into razor sharp claws. By the time Shou noticed the reason for Taka's reaction, it was already too late as the Obsidian had already charged toward the two entering the zoo.

His speed was ridiculous and each step he took shattered the concrete floor, not even Shou and Ashura would have been able to catch up to him and it looked like he was about to reach the man dressed in black holding up an unconscious Keiichi but as he was about to release a punch he suddenly crashed into something making a full stop. In his rage Taka didn't notice the small genjutsu Queen had put him under, even though she was seemingly uninterested while reading her gossip articles, the woman was the quickest to witness and ascertain the situation and as she knew neither of them could catch up Taka, putting him in a genjutsu that simply displaced his target's locations would have been enough to allow Shou and Ashura an opening. Sadly Ashura was too dimwitted to figure out what was going on and follow Shou in his attempt to hold down Taka.

Shou came down on Taka like a meteor, jamming his claw like hand into the other man's spine while a foot crushed the back of his head and a knee pressed down on the lower back. Shou's eyes went from in immobilized Taka to the new arrivals. He saw a man dressed exactly like the ones that attacked them before, likely the reason why Taka attacked on sight, and their boss, bloodied, burnt and bruised being held upright by that man.

"Asuka huh?"

It was easy for him to figure it out as he had already witnessed her little body possession trick once before and the fact that she was carrying Keiichi right into their base was even bigger proof of who it was. With his free hand Shou signaled a few bronze members in the distance and ordered them to carry Keiichi to the infirmary while Ashura finally made his way to their location, still looking confused.

"The hell's this yo? Ain't that one of dem guys that attacked us?"

The ugly idiot shouted, only to receive an immediate response from Shou.

"Go get Doc...and hurry your fat ass up."

He snarled and complained but followed the orders anyway. Asuka and Keiichi were then taken to the infirmary while Taka was left behind to cool off.

Doc was a rather ordinary looking man, his balding head still held some of his brown hair, something he made sure to take quite good care of though the same could not be said of his messy and jumbled up beard that looking like something a monkey would grow. The moment he arrived with Ashura, he went straight to work on the patient and meanwhile Queen remained in the same position she had been in before only this time on a chair in the infirmary while Shou received details of what had happened.

"Well, he seems to be fine for now. Though he seems to have taken quite the pounding, his injuries are just about healed perfectly, his energy reserves on the other hand seem to be completely depleted and his brain is still a bit shook up. Your boss should wake up after some rest. Is that another patient or can I go? I'm a busy man."

The doctor spoke with a monotonous tone while scratching his beard, a bottle of liquor could be seen in one of the pockets of his bloodied white coat while various tools of the trade filled the other ones. Shou turned around for a moment and waved the man off.

"S'fine Doc, you can go back to your drinking."

And with that the man left.

"Right, Kei probably told you to keep this guy safe for interrogation...so let's get straight to it."

Shou turned away from Asuka's host body and began shuffling around some boxes in the corner.

"Check through his body, see if he has something he could use to kill himself like the others then I'll tie you up with this."

He held up a rope to show her. Making sure the man wouldn't be able to kill himself the others was important as extracting information from dead man proved to be difficult the last time.

"I dunno how your ability works but if you need a body to jump into then you can use Ashura, he doesn't need it right now."

Shou was dead serious, Ashura shouted a complaint and Queen simply said...

"I'd rather kill myself if I was her."

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Jul 20, 2013 3:47 pm

With as stiff as the assassin's body was, especially after lugging Keiichi, who was by no means light, back all the way to the zoo, there was no way that Asuka could have dodged or counter to speed and strength of Taka. However, she was more of just a spectator to the attack given that it happened feet away from her. It wasn't hard to piece together what had happened, which is why she shot a snarling stare towards Queen. While her tracking abilities didn't work near as well in someone else's body, she could still peg the chakra of the unknown person, as Queen's genjutsu was making her look like yet another person Asuka didn't recognize. The fact that she wanted to kill the illusionist, yet had just been saved by the witch, really got her blood boiling, even if it wasn't, strictly speaking, her blood.

She ripped off the balaclava, revealing the face to her host, a large scar ran vertically down the face making a small jump just over the left eye. While she would claim that she didn't care whether Keiichi was alright, her real feelings was that it was good that he was going to make a full recovery. So much of this gang was tied to the white haired man. The chaos he had crafted something out of would all break loose if he were to die, and since she was metaphysical until she could bond with another body she didn't need the stress of dealing with a deluge without her spirit anchored down.

"I've already done my paces, and let's just say they really didn't want any survivors. He's got a genjutsu block like the other one, but I can still shift through his short term memory." She said unzipping the black flak jacket that was filled with tools typical to the garb. That was the most obvious thing to disagreed, especially since the katana on it was strapped to the back. She threw it on the floor as she moved over to Shou. She didn't take the rope just yet. Instead, she reached inside her mouth and yanked out a tooth, throwing the white thing onto the ground after the amateur dentistry. "Cyanide capsule." She raised the assassin's left arm and pulled down the sleeve to the black turtleneck, proceeding to peal back a layer of fake flesh that had underneath it an explosive note smoothed onto the inner arm. Crumbling the paper she tossed it away from her as well.

Kneeling down she pulled a dagger out of the man's boot, and she she stood back up she threw it so that it plunged itself into a wall across the room. With all that, you'd think she'd be done. However, she raised a single finger to signal "one moment" before the hand dropped back down and behind her to reach into the man's pants. A real uncomfortable expression on her face, the hand came back up with a small cylindrical object that was a gas cap filled with acid. When she threw it on the ground it shattered and started eating away at the floor. "You can't even imagine how uncomfortable that's been."

Taking the rope, she sat herself down and began tying together the man's legs at the ankles and then at the knees. After that she lifted up her arms so that Shou could tie those together, though she objected when he got down to the hands. "Not yet. I'll need them for the transfer. You'll just have to be quick when I make the jump." She remained in the chair to allow herself to be strapped to it tight enough so that the only thing she could move was her hands and her neck. "I'm not fond of the idea, but once I take Ashura you're not getting him back till I get a new body. Without one of my own to return to, I'll die when my reserves wear out." She said looking to Shou. She hadn't thought much of the man until now, but she was glad to see someone was taking the situation serious.

"Hey zombie-boy, front and center." She sneered. As the only option that didn't have testis was Queen, the stitch was the best somehow became the best option in the room. "Oh, yeah." She said looking up at Shou while her hands formed the needed sign for the transfer. "There's a photo in his flak's left lapel. His subconscious hasn't shut up about it, might come in handy." It was a picture of his family, a wife and a young daughter, but now it was just leverage.

"Alright, I'm ready." She gave a warning so that Shou could clap the hands just after her sign dropped as her spirit exited from the body.
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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Jul 21, 2013 5:10 pm

Right before the man woke up Shou quickly reached for the photo Asuka mentioned to them and threw it at Queen, she was right in that it could come in handy as even if they couldn't find the family to use them, they had someone who could easily pass herself as anyone she pleased.
The moment the man gained control over his body right after Asuka switched over to the undead Ashura, the man tried to form some kind of seal with his hands but before he could even attempt anything Shou reached out and grabbed the man's fingers, easily snapping the man's middle and index fingers on each hand prompting the man to release a cry in pain that was heard through the room and the adjacent hallway.

"I don't have the patience for BS so start spilling everything you know."

Shou spoke just inches away from the man's face with a tone as serious as the glare he was giving the man while using the rest of the rope to tie the man's wrists together. The man on the other hand gave Shou a glare of his own before giving him a cheeky grin and biting down hard on something while closing his eyes. One, two, three, four seconds passed in silence and as the man opened his eyes again he couldn't help but express his surprise.

"...what?"

Queen immediately started laughing her arse off but Shou didn't even crack a smile, instead he just backed off a bit and crossed his arms.

"Don't bother, we made sure that you wouldn't be able to kill yourself like your friends. You can try biting your tongue but I'll get to you before you're even close to closing your mouth. Now, start talking."

Figuring that what Shou had said was the truth as he didn't feel any of his weapons or hidden traps on his person the man took his time to take a look around the room. He saw three Platinums and Keiichi Sasaki on the other side of the room which meant their surprise attack really did fail to take him out. He felt like cursing his luck for not only failing eliminate the targets but also being captured without any possibility of taking himself out and that was the biggest problem. The people he worked for valued secrets above all else and expected their men to take their secrets to the grave, if one were to be captured he'd be a dead man anyway either taken out by himself, the captures or the organization itself but the way their life ended was key. If you die during a mission either by your hand or another's then your family was set for life with the organization's full protection but if captured then things always ended badly for everyone. He only had one choice.

"Do your worst, you won't make me talk. We were all trained and ready to die, you know?"

The next few minutes were accompanied by the sound of bone hitting flesh as Shou's fists collided with the man's body over and over again with tremendous force. During a pause from the beating the man started laughing and smiling with his swollen face.

"We were briefed on you guys. Mariko 'Queen' Koizumi, Patchwork Ashura and Shou Gaki the Cannibal. A whore that hides her disfigured face behind illusions, a failed experiment discarded by its creator and a monster that ate his own family. We know everything about you lot so I know everything you can do to me...it's all useless!"

Knowing about Shou wasn't that much of a surprise, neither was their information of Ashura, however the man's taunt revealed something quite interesting...they knew a lot more about Queen than they should. Queen's name was always as secret as her real face but the man seemed to not only know her name but also the secret of her real self, something only a handful of people should know about according to her. But there was no time for Shou to ask the man anything as and enraged Queen had already gotten to her feet and grabbed the man by the neck making sure their eyes locked for a few moments.
After she released him the man seemed to not know where he was, acting like he couldn't breathe and struggling to move. Soon his skin started to turn blue, spit, snot and tears come out as his eyes began rolling to the back of his head.

"That's enough Queen!"

Shou's shout seemed to snap the woman out of it as she immediately waved her hand over the man's face and he relaxed his body, falling to the side onto the floor and coughing a lung out.

"Relax, just made him see what it was like to drown. I'm out of here."

And with that she left the room, ignoring Shou's call as she slammed the door behind her. Shou moved next to the man and picked him up again only to drop him back in the same spot he had been sitting before while the man spent the whole time gasping for air as if it were the first time he had ever been able to breathe in his life. Shou turned to Ashura (Asuka) while rubbing his temples and poiting bac at the man with his thumb.

"Wanna have a go?"

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Jul 28, 2013 11:13 pm

"Huh, roomy!" Her position took over much quicker than normal, but she was dealing with something that had been stitched together from what would presumed was a multitude of corpses. The fact that Ashura had a consciousness to being with was an impressive feat. Regardless of how roomy it was, Asuka would never consider it for permanent residence given the gender. Not just that, but as Ashura's hands shooting up to his nose was an indication of, there was a horrible stench. "What's that? When's the last time he showered?"

She moved passed her discomfort to focus on the matter still at hand. There was always some pleasure in pain, particularly when it was somebody else being tortured. Queen's outburst also brought a smirk to Ashura's face. Now she really wanted to see what was under that illusion.

"Might as well" She said with a crack sounding off of Ashura's undead neck as she loosed up the stiff corpse. For obvious reasons, Asuka preferred a more psychological approach to interrogation, particularly since she couldn't default to her usual approach. You'd be surprised how much you could draw out a person with seduction, but something told her that her current body wouldn't quite have the same level of sex appeal. "Doesn't really matter what you have on this lot, what's important is what we've already know about you."

She moved her host behind the bound man and placed a palm on the captured man's shoulder. Her Ishindenshin no Jutsu [Telepathy Technique] would work much better on him with the man's mind fully conscious, where the genjutsu blocks meant little if the information was given up willingly, even if accidentally. "Like your wife..." There was a pause. "Mia!" The man's eyes widened some, but still controlled. "Or your daughter..." Another pause. "Yumiko"

It was reverse psychology. She hadn't been able to get much out of him when she was in her mind given the block on long-term information. However, unconsciously, mention of his family made him think of the people Asuka references. Those subconscious thoughts Asuka could read, and while the man might have been trained not go give up information about the organization he worked for, his thoughts about his family were much more susceptible.

"How do you know about---?"

"It doesn't matter. More important is who else knows." Her hand slid against his neck as she walked around the other side of him so that she could look him directly in his face, while not breaking a physical touch with him. "Your employer? They'll be coming across the bodies of the others any moment now, and they'll know who's missing. Almost dawn now. All that time missing. You die on the mission and your family's set for life, but you didn't die on this mission. In fact, you walked right out with the target you were sent to kill." The captured man shook his head and closed his eyes. All his thoughts were jumbled up, but Asuka telling it all to him was bringing back the memories he shared with the woman that had been in his head.

"If anyone saw you, your family's as good as dead already." She chuckled, though it was a bit more feminine a laugh then one would expect from someone that looked like she currently did. "Even if they didn't, you've been gone too long for comfort. Hell, all we have to do is let you go alive to make them killed." It was a good point. If they were enemies, the assassin would end up dead in a typical scenario. However, if he was an informant, he'd get to leave alive. "You can tell them that you didn't say a thing, but they'll never believe you. That, or maybe I'll just plant a memory to make you think you've loosened that tongue." She leaned in to whisper that last bit in the man's ear before parting from him and stepping back.

"Who...who are you?"

"Haven't you heard? I'm just a patchwork freak, but the way I see it, I'm not the only dead man in the room."
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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Tue Jul 30, 2013 10:10 pm

"He's right you know. I'm not going to lie or sugarcoat it, you're a dead man already, either they kill you or we do but there's really know way out of it for you."

Shou stepped in after noticing that Asuka had finally gotten something out of the man that they could work with. He told no lies about the man's fate, there was no reason for them since even the man knew that either way he was going to end the same way, dead in a ditch...the only difference would be who would stab him in the back, his own organization or the guys standing right in front of him? It didn't really matter who did it, but there was still something that mattered very much to him.

"But, it's not to late to save those dear to you. You know what we're capable of so you know that we can get them, take them out of the city and keep them hidden until things blow over. This is a one-time offer and you have the next ten seconds to make your choice, starting now."

Shou not only spoke the truth, he truly intended to save the man's family, as he didn't want the man detecting any lies and completing shutting himself out but he also added a very short time-limit. The short decision time's reason was easy enough to understand, the less time the man had to think about it the easier it would be for him to blindly agree to it.
It took the full ten seconds as Shou counted down each one of them but at number one, the man suddenly spoke up.

"I'm a captain of an organization called the Rigel Order...well I say order but we're pretty much just a small specialized PMC."

The name of their "order" surprisingly matched their insignia quite well as Rigel was a blue superstar, the brightest star in the Orion constellation but within the man's short line there was a piece of information that was vastly more important. PMC, short for Private Military Company, were paramilitary groups much like a smaller ninja village only they pretty much worked for whoever had the highest pay, they were nothing more than mercenaries hiding behind a more appealing name but nonetheless still brutal and dangerous.

"A PMC? And why would a PMC bother with attacking a gang like ours?"

Shou asked as he leaned back against the wall and crossed his arms, but the man just continued.

"We used to be employ by one of the leaders of Trinity to do their dirty work but after a botched mission that ended up costing them a lot of money we were replaced by another group. After that happened a 'friend' of the Trinity leader approached us and employed the order as bodyguards and behind-the-scenes operations, his name is Rokuro Natsuboshi."

Hearing a confirmation about Trinity's involvement was both sweet and sour at the same time, on one hand his gut feeling had been right but on the other they were a bunch much scarier than any PMC or even than their gang. However what made Shou instantly push himself of the wall and step closer to the man was the name that he dropped at the end.

"Hold on! Natsuboshi, as in Rokuro Natsuboshi the founder and owner of the Natsuboshi Group? One of the largest real estate companies this side of the planet?"

Things just couldn't get any better, they went from dealing with a couple of rival gangs to having one of the most powerful companies in the city, if not the country, on their list of enemies. The simple fact that Natsuboshi had a PMC and tons of money to back it up was already bad enough but it also seemed like they held strong ties to one third of Trinity, the strongest and scariest criminal organizations in the world.
Pain was already starting to pulse inside Shou's hand as he brought his fingers up to his temples but still signaled the man.

"Oh f.uck me! Just...go on."

"O-Ok...Anyway, our employer as had his sights on this city for a while now but the gang activity made it harder than expected, especially since the three largest groups each worked under a different Trinity faction and only the Kobayakawa followed the same faction supporting the Natsuboshi Group. Once you guys showed up things got more complicated but apparently bosses saw it as an opportunity and we were tasked with with causing a little internal war within 77 Demons. But because of you guy's influence it backfired and instead of the gang destroying itself from within they split up and formed another annoying gang with no affiliation. Things got even more complicated and annoying so our leader tasked us with simply destroying all the gangs and that's when she came in."

The man paused for a moment to think hard about what he was going to say next, because he knew very well that the woman would likely be what they were the most interested in. After a few seconds the man continued.

"I don't know the details, but a month ago a woman showed up at our doorstep and this woman had information on every single gang in the city, including highly classified information the gang leaders like you guys...she knew things that even our intel squad had trouble confirming. Not only did she have information but also had a plan, a great plan that would allow us to take out the troublesome gangs and take over the rest. She was always right about everything and her plans worked without a hitch except for the last one."

"The Kobayakawa job..."

The man nodded to Shou and continued.

"The original plan was for Queen and Taka to attack the Kobayakwa and get ambushed while your boss would stay in your base where we could sneak in and assassinate him. Ogawa Ichiro was supposed to neutralize and kill Queen and then Taka would be outnumbered by the rest of Kobayakawa which should have been enough to end him, in the meantime we would infiltrate your base and assassinate the rest of the leaders. Your boss ruined everything by changing his plans at the last second and bringing in that woman that not even our informant knew anything about and went with her to the Kobayakawa attack. After we failed, she told us where your boss would be and came with us on out attack, as you can see it didn't work out too well."

The man stopped as he finally caught up to the present, or at least to the last thing he remembered before Asuka had taken over his body.
Shou didn't waste any time after the man stopped, immediately getting right next to him, lowering his eye line to match the man's and started talking with a very serious tone.

"Tell me everything you know about this woman. Who is she? What does she look like?"

However the man simply released a grin.

"I'm not stupid, I've already told you way too much. I'll tell you everything else I know about her and our group only once I have proof that my family is safe and away from this mess."

There wasn't much point in arguing with the man, he was right in saying that he wasn't stupid and withholding the juiciest and most important information and Shou could see that. The man seemed to be very good at his job, at least mentally as he would likely not have broken until Asuka stepped on his weak spot so trying to go any further before he got what he wanted would be useless. Besides, they could just hold him in a safe place for a couple of days and then have Queen trick him into making him believe his family was safe and sound so if waiting a couple of days to get the information was the biggest problem, they would be pretty set.

"Yea, fair enough."

Shou made his way to the door and opened it, revealing a couple of people waiting outside. One of the ones waiting on the other side of the door was Taka who seemed to have recovered from before without a problem and the other was Shizuha who Asuka had met during the Kobayakawa job, along with a few grunts accompanying her.

"Shizuha, take him to one of the empty cages in the basement. Taka, I want your eyes on him at all time ok? Don't let him escape but no hurting him are we clear? Go."

Taka didn't give a single answer, neither verbal nor physical but Shou knew that he would follow the orders nonetheless...and he was the best man for the job since while he was the man's bodyguard, no harm would come to him...that was a guarantee.
They took the man away and Shou turned to Ashura (Asuka) before making a small bow with his head.

"Ok then, good job. We should get you out of that rotting suit. Feel free to...you know, browse around and take your pick, we have a lot of potential bodies walking around the place and nobody would miss or care one of them being a sacrifice in the name of the mighty Obsidian."

He gave a chuckle, a rather forced one, and turned away from Asuka while his face immediately turned stern and serious, then made his way to the unconscious Keiichi and simply, sat down next to him with a rather pensive expression.


Meanwhile, as the man spilled all sorts of information to Shou and Asuka, Queen made her way to her own private chambers. Her room was located in a different building where incests of all kinds used to be held during the zoo's...better days but now it was a quite colorful and beautifully decorated place. The outside looked rather plain but the inside was worthy of any palace with several pieces of expensive furniture and decorations spread around and kept in meticulous condition.
As the woman made her way inside a group of rather fit, handsome and shirtless men showed up and bowed to her, with the one in the middle speaking up with a wide smile.

"My queen, you are back!"

The man was Oda Hibari, a gold member of the gang and the "leader" of the self proclaimed Royal Faction which was basically composed of Karasu no Ha members that believed in and followed Queen, often treating her not just like their sole leader but also as actual royalty. Karasu no Ha had various factions as almost every Platinum had great support and followers, members of lower ranks that either blindly followed the platinums or were taken under their wings for protection and promise of a rise in status. The Royal Faction however was mainly composed of Queen's little toys, that were more her man-slaves than anything else...though they were so quite willingly.

"My queen, what troubles you so?"

"It's nothing, I need a drink."

She said as she made her way to a fancy couch in the center of the large room and laid down on her side, in a rather regal position while the men kneeled around her.

"Yes! Right away, my queen!"

Hibari immediately made a bow and then gestured to one of the other men who started making what looked like a quite fancy drink with a olive and everything and then handed it to Queen as if giving her a priceless gem.

"If you would pardon my intrusion, there have been rumors that our fearless Diamond has lost a battle."

"...he was ambushed I think, what of it?"

"Well, if I may be so bold as to..."

His words were cut short as Queen lifted her free hand and delivered a powerful slap to the man's face, almost making him fall from his kneeling position.

"Cut the crap, spill it."

Hibari, a major masochist, took nothing but pleasure from the slap.

"Hyyyuunnn~! Yes, my queen! It seems like ever since our leader's failure with negotiating with Guuro and eliminating Kobayakawa and Gokiburi, many members have been wondering if he really is the best man to lead our group. Now with the rumor of his defeat and returning heavily injured, more and more of our members are looking at the Platinums wondering who would be a better fit as a replacement."

"Is that so?"

All the men in the room stood up and saluted to her with their hands over their hearts.

"Indeed, my queen! And we, the Royal Faction see that none is more fit to lead us than you...We would do anything to see you take your rightful place at the top, my queen."

Queen paused for a moment as the man finished talking. She slowly took the olive from the almost empty drink and put it in her mouth, with a growing grin on her lips.


In the meantime, someone arrived at the zoo, it was a woman with red hair and a sword strapped to her waist. Saint had returned with nothing but regret after failing to bring Keiichi's sister with her after finding her drunk and partying in the streets the night before, one second she was there and the next she was gone along with a group of guys that were with her. Saint wasn't really worried about the guys, if anything she would be worried for them but the failure in the mission that the leader had given her left a sour taste in her mouth.

"Saint!!!"

A young girl in a frilled white and red dress came running toward Saint, finally jumping into her arms as the two made contact.

"Miki? What's wrong?"

Miki was a gold, the magician with numbers and accountant of the gang so to speak, but she was also a close friend to Saint who she viewed as an older sister, while Saint cared for her in similar fashion.

"It's the boss! He was hurt and brought back here by a guy and then Taka-chi attacked them but Taka-chi didn't really attack him because Queen did something and then Shou-chi took them with Ashura to the vet station and then the doctor showed up but he was kinda drunk and then people started talking and..."

Words were shot out of Miki's mouth at lightning speed, she took no breaks to breathe which eventually started making her face turn a slight blue, prompting Saint to place her hands on the girl's should and attempt to calm her down.

"Miki...Miki! Calm down and breathe! Start from the beginning but slower."

The girl took a couple of deep breaths and then started once again.

"Ok...ok...I'm ok. The boss was attacked and came back really really hurt, Shou-chi took him and called Doc. I saw Doc leave so the boss is probably alright but people have started talking and it doesn't look pretty."

"Talking about what?"

"A lot of the members have been criticizing the boss' recent failures and behavior from failing missions to bringing in total stranger and instantly giving her Obsidian and huge pay. The other Golds are starting to act weird and the the split between factions is getting a lot bigger."

Anger rose and it was quite visible in Saint's face as she started to march in the direction of the base's inner most part.

"Fools! I'll check on the boss' condition and then talk some sense into those idiots."

But before she could take more than a step, the younger girl stopped her by grabbing her arm, prompting Saint to look back at her with a hint of surprise.

"Or...you could take advantage of this."

The hint turned into full blown surprise as she heard the girl talk.

"Even though you don't like it, you have a big following within the gang. A lot of us have been thinking that maybe you'd be able to do a better job running the place, at least you'd rule trough respect instead of fear. I like the boss, but some of his ideas have been a bit...you know, right?"

Saint didn't answer right away, but a small grin formed which Miki noticed immediately and a large one of his own.



Elsewhere, not too far from the zoo, in a rather shady bar a group of men and women had gathered for drinks. At the center of this group were Yasu Hisakawa, Kyou Ito and Katsuro Kagome, three Karasu no Ha Golds surrounded by their junior silvers and coopers.

"Man this is bullshit! Cannibal's been pretty much the second-in-command since this gang started and now some jackasses are talking about how Saint or Queen would be better fits for the boss' spot!"

Shouted a drunk Yasu as he stood up and threw the bottle of beer in his hand against on of the walls, warranting a few looks from the other patrons but nobody did anything as they knew of his affiliation and position.

"You know what's really bullshit? I heard a couple of morons talking about Ashura being the boss! F.ucking Ashura, man!"

Said and equally drunk Katsuro with his arm around a busty woman with almost no clothing.

"I bet that idiot can't even wipe his own ass, he's dumber than Taka-san and people saying he should be boss ain't got nothing but shit in their brains."

"We could educated them a lil, innit?"

When Kyou spoke, he gently waved his trusty sword and then swung it down hard, destroying the table in front of him...the others seemed to like both his idea and his actions.

"You know, that don't sound too bad. Who knows, maybe Cannibal will promote us for our 'good deeds' once he's the boss."

A few minutes later the group was stumbling out of the bar, each with a rather dangerous look in their eyes.

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Re: Unmasked [Lethe]

PostPosted by Love » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:02 am

Asuka was glad that they had finally loosened the assassin's tongue, and once it started to slip it turned into a flash flood. She was monitoring his thought to check for deceit, but there was none that she detected. The most revealing of any of the information was that this all did seem to be connecting back to Trinity. A smirk crossed Ashura's face at the mention of Asuka having made some entropy for the plans the man was speaking of. While they might not know anything about her yet, the longer she stuck around, the more likely she'd be at ending up on Trinity's radar in a bad way. That's what made it fun though.

When Asuka went to move and begin her body shopping, she stopped for a moment and looked over to Shou. "Oh, it's Black Widow now. Something we settled upon in the safe house." She didn't like being named for a rock, so if she was going to stick around she'd rather be called that then anything else. She, or rather Ashura's body she was controlling, moved out the door and made it's way to the outer levels of the zoo.

It was morning now, and while it might still be early, the whole gang seemed active. There was still so much to be done given the recent attack on the facility. While separate groups were plotting and scheming, others were still at work with the tasks they had been given, giving Asuka a wide array of potential candidates even if the demographic of the gang skewed more towards the masculine. However, she didn't want her pick to be too controversial, and she didn't know the gang members well enough to know who anyone was she hadn't met already.

"Hey, gimpy, wake up."

"What the...?" She had awoken Arshura's suppressed consciousness. While he could not perceive everything going on around him, however, Asuka still had full motor control. "Heya baby, Imma gonna have to start charging you rent if you stick 'round here much longa. I can think of one way you ca--"

He was cut off by a metaphysical slap from Asuka. "Trust me, I don't want to be in here any longer than I have to. As bad as it sounds, I need your knowledge of the gang to know who's expendable." She could't believe she was looking for information from someone's whose brain likely was a mashed up hodgepodge from different skulls.

"I'm down with it, so who we got." Under Asuka's direction, Ashura's eyes started scoping out the different women walking by. That was her one rule in picking a replacement. It didn't take long for the zombie to start calling out his thoughts. "Woah, would you look at the tits on that." Asuka watched as a pair of DDs walked past her from the vantage point in a tree she had gotten herself into before the mental catcalling had started.

"Oh, please. I have enough back problems already." Ashura's hand rubbed the back of his neck just thinking about it.

"Ah, you want something perkier."

"Will you shut it already." Just as she yelled she started scoping out a grouping of a blonde, brunette, and strawberry haired trio. "Mm, wonder if there's anything darker."

"Oh, I get it. You're looking for something more exotic in flavor. I tell you, those foreign b!tches be--"

"Urg! Do I need to start repressing you again. I'm just looking for them to be someone no one's going to miss, but at this point I don't give a flying f^ck if it gets me out of here and away from you."

She leaped down off the branch before a passing woman, and with a single sign the transfer was done. Before moving on to more complicated signs that would permanently claim the body and add it to the fold Asuka had built up, she took the liberated opportunity to kick the now independent Ashura square in the middle of his legs.
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