Footprints in the Snow (Ryuuchi)

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Re: Footprints in the Snow (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Mon Feb 03, 2014 9:48 pm

"Maybe...we'll see soon enough."

That was pretty much all the information he gave her, though to be fair there wasn't much information to give in the first place or at least nothing that was worth mentioning to her. Ichigo turned on the hay he laid upon, putting his back to Aoi while the hood covered his head and face, his eyes shutting for a few seconds as he started looking for some much appreciated sleep before whatever was happening in the town would come out under the night sky.

However, even after a few minutes of trying, he didn't fall asleep. It was odd considering he was always the time to have a light sleep but would also fall asleep quite quickly after closing his eyes. He turned around yet again, this time facing Aoi, his eyes remained closed. Tired of no success he used his ability to sense the energies around them but there was nothing out of the ordinary. He felt a group of energies sitting together, probably a family eating supper. There was also three people quickly entering a nearby house, likely to be the owners returning home in a rush. Not far was a couple, the energies intertwining as they seemed to be having...

Ichigo sat up, disabling his Hunting and rubbing his head. His eyes moved around the barn, from the horses all the way to Aoi besides him.

"Your base is decent, but you have several flaws in your form and technique."

He spoke while still rubbing his head, his tone all matter-of-fact as if they had agreed on a night lesson of sorts beforehand.

"You should focus on defense too, your killer instinct is there but still very weak. Genboryuu should be fine for someone like you."

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Re: Footprints in the Snow (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu Feb 06, 2014 5:28 pm

Aoi nodded at his words before he laid down and she carefully leaned back into her own pile of hay, trying hard to keep from agitating her injury as she closed her own eyes for some much needed rest, shifting around until she was as comfortable as she could manage, lightly curled in and laying on her good side and facing away from him....

And then his voice jolted her into alertness again right as she was finally beginning to drift off, opening her good eye to look over her shoulder in surprise and confusion as he suddenly began giving a brief... lecture?

Sure, she'd considered asking him to teach her eventually, but for him to volunteer it was... surprising, after all this time.

The young Onigami carefully pushed herself back upright, half-turning to better face Ichigo-dono as he spoke.

"Genboryuu?"
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Re: Footprints in the Snow (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Ryuuchi » Thu Feb 06, 2014 9:25 pm

It was easy to forget that there were Onigami raised outside the clan, especially considering how the clan was in general. They all acted like warriors guided by honor and justice but many of them were just hypocrites with a god complex, incapable of admitting that anyone outside the clan was better than them. Not everyone was like that, however once raised by people plagued with these ways of thinking it easily leads people down a certain path. Ichigo was like that for a time, until the bitter truth hit hard and mercilessly.

Ichigo looked toward the one eyed girl for a few moments. She was raised outside the clan, he didn't know her circumstances exactly but it was obvious she received no formal training in the ways of the clan. By her age, Onigami youths were already graduating from simple trainees, already far down the road of mastering their selected kenjutsu and taijutsu styles, already with perfect control over their spiritual energies making them perfect little soldiers that no normal man could possibly match up against. The fact that she didn't even know about Genboryuu was natural, though it explained quite a lot. Her style was nothing like that of any Onigami her age, it less technical and more wild, she seemed to react to the attacks rather than prepare a conscious plan.

"..."

Ichigo got to his feet and picked up a nearby broom. He moved to an open area inside the stable, between the door and Aoi, placed the tip of the broom handle on the floor and made perfect circle around him in a single fluid motion.

"The Dragon's wind cuts from afar. The Tiger's claw crushes the armor. The Bird's wing strikes from the skies."

He paused and looked toward Aoi for a few moments, remembering the words of his former teacher from many years in the past, words he would likely still be repeating to children that were picking up their konbuki for the first time. Ichigo had multiple teachers over the years, but there was only one he respected.

"And the Turtle's shell is an unbreakable shield. These are the basics to the four styles we Onigami have developed. To put it in even more simpler terms, each style focuses on one thing: Energy, Power, Speed and Defense, respectively."

The broom stick waved in his hand as he seemed to sway around the circle, almost like a drunkard with unstable footing.

"A Genboryuu user creates his domain within the battlefield, he does not attack but instead invites the enemy into his territory. However, it is when they step too closely, that the snake strikes."

Suddenly the broom stick swings at a blinding speed, cutting through the dust in the air. The broom never once left the confines of the circle and even though Ichigo's steps seemed irregular and unsteady, one foot never left the center of the circle.

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Re: Footprints in the Snow (Ryuuchi)

PostPosted by Raika » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:04 pm

"...looks a bit like you're trying to trick people into thinking you're drunk."

The words were out of her mouth before she could think, her injured side removing her more careful speech.

But... still. The sudden speed was shocking, enough to make her jump a little and wince as the movement bothered her injury. Those steps, that circle, the movement of the broomstick... could she really learn to fight like that?

The dragon, tiger, bird, and turtle. Energy, power, speed, and defense....

The bird reminded her of Akai, always so quick. Would she be able to pull off the turtle?

A wobble forward, a soft grunt, and she was standing, her konbuki at her side, looking at the man before her with her one good eye, a quiet blue. "...Ichigo-dono, will you teach me how to use Genboryuu?"
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