Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sat Aug 03, 2013 9:33 pm

It had taken her a while, but it finally seemed like she was on the right track... hopefully.

Or at least, that was what she assumed when the sound of a wire stretching ever so slightly reached her through her over-focus on following the trail before she lost all track of what was up and what was down.

Raika groaned softly as she pushed off from the tree she had ended up half-slumped against, clutching at the back of her silver-scaled head with a clawed hand as her ears bled.

What had it been... one explosion, a leap away that was just accelerated by the blast, and then falling into a pit only to be nearly blown up again.

She was lucky to be in one piece, and because of a beginner's mistake.

Now which way was--

Fwump

Oh.

The scent of earth and singed grass filled her nostrils as she found herself face-to-ground.

This way was down. Now if she could just keep track of that....

Ground is down, sky is up.... Now what else am I--

The ringing in her ears started to give way to crackling as medical chakra glowed around them and she pushed herself upright, the smell of fire becoming the sole focus of her mind even as her body was pulling a chunk of splintered wood from her shoulder.

Forest. Fire. Danger, mistake, risk--

Where was she, was she safe, why did she have to follow her, where was

"MAYA!"

The woman whipped around in a sudden panic, half-scaled and half-bloodied as she stumbled back against the tree, dizzied by the movement, her mouth curling into a fang-filled snarl in frustration.

Just be safe, just be safe, I'm an idiot, be safe, don't be hurt because of my f.uck-up, just be safe!
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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:33 pm

In a moment the quiet forest was turned into a blazing inferno as the tags exploded all around Raika and set everything on fire which quickly started to spread. Maya witnessed this, she had been following Raika from a safe distance by using the tallest trees and flying through the sky but she didn't expect that this was what Yuuko had in mind, it was much worse than what she thought he would do. For a moment she wondered, remembering the way he spoke and acted before if their father had done something similar to him in the past...she had to track him through the woods, fight off animals and avoid some traps but she had never really felt her life to be in danger yet Yuuko seemed to fear the their father's tests in some way. She had been sheltered compared to her siblings and it was only now that she started to realize just how much.

Her name was called and Maya immediately jumped into action, moving from branch to branch in Raika's direction with the intention of removing the blindfold and ending the test right then and there, she didn't have to go through something like that. However as her foot landed on one of the branches a shadow appeared behind her and two arms wrapped around her neck, applying an absurdly tight choke-hold. Muryuu didn't take any risks, his arms had already shifted into their half dragon form along with the torso making it so the grip was too powerful for her to release or defend against and after only a few seconds Maya's body became limp as she lost her consciousness. He wasn't going to let her get in the way.

Flinging his sister over his shoulder Muryuu made his way elsewhere, leaving Raika to continue on her path alone.

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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:31 pm

She couldn't smell her through the smoke. Her ears were filled with a low ringing and the crackling of flames and the beating of her heart and her ragged breaths.

Where--?

An unsteady step from the tree sent the world spinning again and she stumbled to the ground, a clawed hand finding itself in flames.

Yuuko.

Yuuko had laid the trap, he knew what could happen. If he had guessed that his sister would follow the woman, had either wanted the girl safe or wanted to keep her from reaching the sennin... then she was safe.

She had to put her faith in the boy and instead focus on the chaos around her before it spread too far.

Her head turned towards her hand in the flames, feeling the heat on her face, fire chakra surrounding flesh to protect against burns....

"...I wonder...."

Her voice was a quiet murmur as she blindly pondered the flame, steadying and calming herself as scales covered the remaining patches of skin along with her clothing, her hair trading places with two straight, subtly curved ivory horns jutting back from her skull.

And then her chakra spread from her hand, fueling the flames, drawing them as if they were her own, so much like how she would with electricity... before she reabsorbed the chakra, feeling the heat around her hand snuff out.

Was it worth the risk?

Her lips curved into a fanged grin.

Why the hell not?

She rose to her feet, wobbling until a silver tail grew from the base of her spine and she leaned forward slightly, using it to better balance after the blow to her head.

And then... flames exploded outwards in the radius of a mere few meters, drew in the ones that existed, burned them out, and she withdrew the chakra, gasping for air until she focused fuuton into her mouth, nose, and lungs.

If she could master this, use it to put out all the fires.... The first attempt left a noticeable impact on her chakra supply, but if she could reduce that when she absorbed it, like he had done in their past battles....

If she could make it instinctual, reflexive, automatic....

She was in the next area within a few steps, her own fire burning out the fires from the explosions before being snuffed out, pulled back in, a little less wasted.

And again.

And again.

She was ignoring the hunt now, instead focusing on burning out the fires and fine-tuning her chakra absorption, allowing the wind to blow away the smoke naturally. The burned parts of the forest would regrow, with time, bringing new life to the place, but she was determined to make certain that the current life was marred as little as possible by the man-made fire... and she was focused on this different kind of training, as well, discovered in the midst of the dangerous test she was willingly taking.
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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Thu Aug 08, 2013 9:57 pm

Maya woke up she knew not where, all she could see was the only light source to the right and his silhouette in the light. It appeared that Maya had been taken to a small borrow of some sorts, barely big enough to fit the two of them. She looked around while rubbing her head and the faint smell of smoke brought her back to her senses, making the white haired girl try to jump up only to hit her head on the low ceiling.

"Don't worry, we're far enough from the fire."

He spoke to his sister while having his back to her, he didn't need to look at her to know what she was doing or what her face looked like.

"Yuuko, what is this? Do you want to kill Raika-san?"

He took a few moments to answer but eventually words started leaving through his lips.

"This is nothing...if she really wants to find and beat him then this test should be nothing to her."

Maya took a step forward toward her brother but his body barred her from exiting the borrow.

"You know nothing about her! And you are going overboard, even if it..."

But her words were cut short by an uncharacteristic shout from him.

"And you know nothing about him! If things are as she said, if he lost his memories then he's more like what I know of him than what you do and you have absolutely no idea what he's really like. Besides, this is nothing compared to what he put us through."

She wanted to answer him but she couldn't find the right words, because she knew he was probably right. But then Maya noticed something that made her heart sink.

"Yuuko, where did you put my sword and chains? Yuuko! What did you do!?"

He didn't answer, he just turned to face her with a serious look on his face and remained still, stopping her from exiting the hole in the ground.

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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:55 am

In one way, she had lost track of time. In another, she knew it was still night, and the moon would be high in the sky.

Flames exploded out to burnout the last of the forest fire, were reabsorbed with the minimum of chakra loss.

Lightly she leapt into one of the charred trees, standing in a bend of the branches atop the still-strong trunk, head tilting back as she scented the wind.

Smoke, soot, charred wood.

It was a pity she had caused it, but it would allow for new growth once enough time had passed.

And in her effort to put out the flames, she had become surer of her senses, though she would still be at a disadvantage in a fight without sight, even if she could now move freely without worry for bumping into things or making a misstep.

However... the trail had probably been removed by the fire. It would make things difficult, but not impossible....

Silver, draconic wings sprouted from her back and spread, downstroking powerfully as she leapt into the nearest breeze, circling up and up, balance infallible in the skies despite her blindness and her lingering headache, breathing deeply as she glided above the burned trees, seeking Yuuko's scent....

The nearest she found was Yuuko with a fainter scent of Maya and Ryuuchi.

The weapons made by their father had carried a faint scent of Ryuuchi, so that was expected. And he had come into contact with Maya recently... the girl was probably safe then, as she had hoped.

Down into a dive, pulling up sharply as her wings flared out to slow her descent, letting them shrink back into her back before she dropped the last few feet to land on all fours, tail swishing as she faced him, a slight smile on her lips.
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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Sun Aug 18, 2013 6:43 pm

Congratulations were in order, Raika was capable of catching and tracking down not only Muryuu's scent but also Maya's, and Ryuuchi's by extension, even through the normally overpowering scent of the aftereffect of the forest fire she was capable of extinguishing. However one thing that Raika still needed to figure out was that not every track was worth tracking and she flew right in the trail of one such track.

Black chains shot from under the ground right as Raika passed under, 8 chains in total that were all connected to a single one being held by Muryuu that hid behind a nearby tree. Of the eight chains four aimed to wrap around each of her wings to take away her flight, two aimed to restrict her legs and one going for her waist, leaving the last one free. If the chains managed to catch their blind prey then Muryuu wold immediately pull them with all his might sending Raika crashing trough a few trees with a lot of power and right in the path of a big surprise for the one scent Raika tracked was indeed a mix of Muryuu, Maya and Ryuuchi as a second Muryuu stood in her path carrying Raika's own sword in his hands.

The first Muryuu would throw Raika around and swing her body toward the second who would then swing the black sword at her body with intent to kill, using his full power and the power of the first Muryuu's swing to cleave Raika in half with no mercy. A deadly combination.

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Re: Blood and Instinct (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Wed Sep 04, 2013 8:21 pm

Careless idiot!

She was out of form, making beginner mistakes. He'd already shown that he didn't intend to go easy on her.

Electricity crackled and the chains were empty, the woman swiftly resolidifying and ending her technique; she couldn't rely on it. The next moment she was darting into the trees with a snarl, chakra focused to her remaining senses to heighten them further as she circled around the Muryuu-scents, bobbing and weaving as she readied for the next attack. For now, she would stay on the defensive, adjusting to this blind fighting and to the world of battle once more.
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