Recall

Outside the walls of the major cities, the Snow Empire boasts a variety of climates and landscapes. From the frozen glacial desert of the north, to the deciduous rain forest in the south, the four provinces are fun to discover for those who can keep their wits about them. Wild beasts of primitive and dangerous proportions loom in the corners of even its most barren wastelands, and the criminal elements are almost free to roam anyplace that is secluded from civilization.

Recall

PostPosted by Hanya » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:31 am

The dry, frigid air of the ice lake stung against the nose of a man walking across it. At his side, a young boy, dressed in the warmest of furs chased after him, giggling with laughter as he slipped and slid across the ice. Behind them, a woman followed, cradleboard strapped to her back, carrying a sleeping bundle, her second son, only months old and eyes still taking in all that life had to offer. With her, a large polar bear, Inuka, walked proudly, its head held high though it was covered in gear and supplies, packs strapped to its back, mumbling something about long journeys and seals.

Ahead of them was a large expanse of nothingness, the bitter sparse nothingness dotted with villages, towns, and settlements that the citizens of this area called home. Ice, snow, frigid water, and in the distance a small range of mountains, those were the obstacles that joined this family on their way to what would be their final destination.

They were members of the Hirameke clan of Yuki no kuni, and the man was a medium ranking shinobi though also highly talented in terms of his artistic vision. They were just returning from a trading expedition in one of the nearby towns, a chance to sell some things, buy some things, and generally have a completely different type of adventure, a vacation of sorts. It had been a successful trip, the man selling many of his prized sculptures and collectibles for much needed supplies and money, all of which would go towards his newly budding family. They had met many people from all over the country, many of which they would never see again, though a piece of him would be with anyone that bought his goods. Now, the event was over, and the three day journey home was coming to and end. The village that they and their clan had called home for many generations was just within arms reach of the mountains, and beyond that, their new home, Yukigakure.

A quick gust of wind blew a large amount of snow across the lake, obscuring the path for just a moment, but in that moment both the man and the polar bear snapped to attention, one holding his hand behind him, signaling his wife to grab their child and stop, and the other circling around back. There was a scent on the wind, one of malice and ill intent, one of bloodshed, one of danger. The man had felt strange ever since they had left the town, but after thorough searches, diligent night watches, and convincing himself that it was just his nerves, he had let it slip to the back of his mind.

This feeling he had now was different, it was stronger, it was more imminent. As the snow cleared his eyes scanned for anything out of place, anything that would explain the feeling both he and his companion were having, and yet there was nothing. His wife looked at him with questioning eyes, but said nothing, holding her toddlers hand as she waited, her nerves instantly jumping to the edge.

"Hmm...nothing I guess..."

As the ice around him cracked, rumbled and ripped into spikes, hindsight would taunt him at how wrong he was. Blades like chainsaws ripped through the frozen lake, sending freezing water airborne, instantly crystallizing into snow as it hit the air. Glistening scales ground against the ice, shimmering in the light yet causing a grinding sound that rung deep into the family's bones. Still, nothing rung deeper than the bone chilling roar that even Inuka trembled at.

Eyes black as the blackest night pierced the endless white, staring at the five, alone, stranded, helpless. A toothy grin roze high in the sky, hovering above them like a god.

This was death.
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Re: Recall

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Mar 12, 2014 8:44 pm

The air shimmered and rippled as the young shinobi began to open his eyes. The faint scent of lavender mixed with the overpowering frankincense mirrored the smoky, candle-lit room. The sounds surrounding him ebbed in and out as he faded from consciousness. Wind, water, fire, they all mixed to form a soothing melody that drew him back into the dream realm, back into his memories, back into the past.

Everything seemed too clear, to surreal. Each flake of snow hit his skin individually, each droplet of freezing water coalesced on his skin without joining to another. Every second ticked by like an eternity. He slid, he rolled, he found himself splashing in the water, looking up as a tremendous figure, a creature, towered over his family. Its eyes surged with pure darkness, and its mouth showed row after row of fanged teeth. It hovered there, amazing, magnificent, and terrific, all in one, and then, just like that, it came crashing down.

The initial impact was almost smooth, barely a thump, but almost immediately after, an assault of wind, ice, water, and sound ripped the landscape apart, sending everyone under. Boulders of ice, clouds of snow, it was a frozen hell glued together with icy water that shifted from liquid to powder to ice and back again. Daggers of cold dug into is skin, ripping and dragging as the water in his very cells crystallized, an almost burning sensation taking over in his body. The shock kept him awake, but the cold was quickly putting him back to sleep, his body going limp and his brain going numb. As a little kid, all he could do was to panic, to kick, to try and scream, but nothing happened, he just slowly floated upwards, towards the shimmering light the sun was trying to send down through the depths of the lake. Barely, just barely, he could make out the dark outlines of the coilinng dragon as it swam around under the water, looking for something.

Looking at something.

He couldn't move when the dragon came around, catching his father's arm in its jaws and clamping down with a force so great he could hear it underwater, leaving him spinning around in his own blood. THe dragon's next move was to attack Inuka, and it did that by simply charging straight at him, catching his body in its mouth before dragging him down to the depths, down to where he had no chance to breathe or escape. Even as a kid, he understood that. Still, all he could do was float up. kicking with all his might which amounted to just tiny little twitches. below, evil eyes were manifesting again, eyeing the helpless man who was about to lose everything.

"DAD!"
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Re: Recall

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:34 pm

The scream broke the silence of the endless expanse of snow as the young boy breached the surface of the water. Though young, he had already begun his ninja training, already begun to learn the ways of chakra and ninjutsu, already been trained on how to defend himself and his family, and yet there was nothing he could do against something like this. He saw his father and his guardian die in an instant, and his mother and brother, he could only imagine their fate. He was alone, slowly crawling to an unbroken piece of ice, pulling himself out of the freezing waters. His eyes were glazed over with tears, and all he wanted to do was sit and cry, to wait for death, but that was against everything he had ever been taught. He knew he had to react, he had to try and find his family, he had to escape.

The icy waters splashed and sloshed, rippled and ebbed, and he could only let his body take over. He jumped back in the water with a big breath and opened his eyes. There he finally saw it in its entirety, the giant sea serpent. It was tremendous, black scales and all. Between them he saw his mother, floating unconscious in the water, and her brother, not far from her, somehow free from his restraints. The monster was occupied though, his father was still alive, fighting the monster, though the cloud of blood around him told of what kind of odds he was up against.

He kicked as hard as he could, swimming towards his family. He scooped his brother up and rushed him to the surface. He wasn't breathing. Bi pushed on his little chest, blew air into his little lungs, and prayed as hard as he could. He pushed, he breathed, he pushed, he breathed, he pushed, he breathed, until a giant sputter of water erupted from the childs mouth, followed by the heart easing up and down of his lungs working on their own, and the telltale cry of fear and pain. Again he dived, this time going for his mother, but when he opened his eyes she was gone. Only the serpent remained, his father nowhere to be found either.

For a moment, just a fraction of a second, he could of swore the monster smiled at him before it charged.
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Re: Recall

PostPosted by Hanya » Wed Sep 10, 2014 5:05 pm

He jumped out the water as hard as he could, finding his brother in seconds and racing towards him. He scooped him up and ran, half sliding, half falling before he managed to mold some chakra to his feet for traction. HE was trying to make it off the ice, into the snow, away from where the snake was at home, but without warning the ground beneath him erupted again, sending them flying and hitting solid ice hard. As he made it to his back, scooping his brother as he slid, he saw the snake launch itself into the air, coming down on the ice like an earthquake, and yet it did not breach through into the icy waters again, instead simply sliding across the ice after them.

It came like a hurricane, like a tornado, threatening to overtake them in seconds, until for some reason, the snake simply began to shrink. It was an odd thing to see, plumes of black smoke engulfing the thing from tail forward, quickly, but slow enough to savor. The cloud didn't blow away though, it ran up the length of the snake until finally it reached the head, swirling around and condensing, forming arms, then a leg, then a head. As the last bits of smoke cleared, the only thing that remained was a man, bis eyes a deep yellow, but so dark and evil that they could have been black as the night.

He walked slowly, the wind blowing his pitch black hair around, giving the most menacing of looks to the boys. He was going to kill them, going to eradicate them from existence. The slow drawing of a sword from its sheath on his back confirmed it, and even with all the adrenaline running through him, Bi was stopped cold in his tracks, his blood turned to fear laden ice.
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Re: Recall

PostPosted by Hanya » Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:41 pm

He was scared, his body was on the verge of breaking apart he was trembling so badly. The man was walking towards him, eyes locked, and the killing intent almost choking him. His brother was lying on the ice not five feet away, crying his little eyes out, and that was it. It was just the two of them, nobody was coming to save them, nobody was coming to stop him, nobody at all. If he didn't do something then they were going to die, this man was going to erase their whole family from existence.

"What Do You Want! Leave Us ALONE!"

He was screaming, but he could tell his words were falling on deaf ears. The man was getting closer, and Bi was unarmed, not that he was any good with anything other than a straight sword. He knew this man was bigger, stronger, faster, and smarter. He was sorely outmatched, but that would never stop him from trying.

He broke into a run, straight at the man, who smiled as he drew back his sword. The gap closed very quickly, and before he knew it he was right there, right in front of the blade that was coming down on him, but a short change in his 'chakra stopped him dead in his tracks, his feet gripping the ice hard, causing the man's swing to fall just short of him. Before the man could pickup the sword to strike again, Bi had already sent a kick flying right as the man's shin, catching him just a tad bit off guard. He lifted his knee just in time to avoid the kick, but Bi jumped forward, tackling him at the knee and taking him down to the ice. Not a second later the biggest punch he had ever felt in life hit him square in the face, sending him flying a bit, and leaving a trail of blood spilling across the ice. Getting up quickly, his vision was a little blurry, but not enough to stop him. He had to stay on the offensive, for his brothers sake. He had to find any opening, an gap, any weakness, and right now, it seemed to be his footing. See Bi was from a clan that was born to ice, raised on ice, and thrived in it. This man was obviously not, as he was struggling to get back up, if even a little.

He was planning on trying another tackling move, but as he started to think it out the man pressed his hands together in handseals. A moment later the ice beneath him erupted as tendrils of water launched up and then around him. Even with his sure footing on the ice he couldn't out maneuver the water arms, and in seconds he was caught.
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