An easy enough task for those that don't mind it. Edo, sitting back against a boulder like mound of ice, took to passing the time by flinging a sharpened kunai straight up into the air and seeing how well he could catching it before the pointed tip impaled him. The reflex excursive hadn't betrayed him yet, his swift hands each time catching the dagger as it fell in vertical descent.
Behind his back, even beyond the frozen mound, was a cliff. It was not especially tall, though had an incline that was rather steep. It was a natural glacial formation, solid as rock without an ounce of dirt to it other than the permafrost it rested upon. Further than this jagged ice formation, however, positioned on that snow covered permafrost was a railway. The Land of Snow had built many to connect its provinces, one of the many gems of this technologically savvy land.
A few patches of snow covered the rails, though nothing that threatened the hefty beast that rode upon them. Nothing seamed out of place, yet Edo's mind was focused on a very particular patch of snow, and what it was that he had put inside it. Admittedly, he wasn't a fan of this sort of work. Far from a greedy man, he'd rather lead a life without worrying over finances. However, he had been living life on the road now for several months if not a year. It was hard to say for certain since he never kept track of the days or the months. The sunglass clad shinobi, whose choice of eyewear seemed a bit more appropriate given the bright reflection of the sun against the snowily landscape, had exhausted his funds, and thus found himself in unsavory situations. To further finance his vendetta he found himself in now better position than a common mercenary. To ensure this role did not become a norm he selected a job that had a high payoff, the rewards of which would fill his coffers for the next several months.
That wasn't the best of it, however, as the job also came with the satisfaction of knowing that now one got hurt, at least not physically. This kind of turnabout was a boon to the incendiary expert. For behind his back, down the cliff, across a stretch, on the tracks, and under a pile of snow was a bomb! The intended purpose of which, as one might infer, was to blow up a passing train.
With a rumbling churn, it announced itself as the massive iron beast came rolling down the tracks. However, with his back turned and the distance set between himself and his explosive, Edo didn't hear the thunderous roll until it was accompanied by a scream. Pent up steam was forced through the mouth onto the trail, brining with it a billowing whistle that echoed through the snowy landscape.
With one final snap of his wrist, Edo caught the falling dagger once more and plunged it into the mound of ice behind him as he turned around and observed the approaching train. He didn't need to be here for this. Part of the Land of Snow's advancement in technology has lead to their trains being exceptionally on schedule, and he had timed it perfectly. The job was simple, knock over a cargo train so that his client might collect on the bounty inside. Edo didn't even have to do the heavy lifting. The bomb wouldn't explode until after the conductor car passed by it, leading to nothing but material damages, of which he had been assured were covered by the train company's insurance. There was just one problem with the plan, he had been lied to.
The curious Nara, who could have been half way to collecting his payment by now, elected to stay behind and confirm the accuracy of his execution. Binoculars up to his still sunglass covered eyes, the enhanced vision through the lenses first focused in on the inconspicuous mound of snow before trailing over to the train itself. The engine cart was to be expected, as was the cart carrying a mound of coal behind it. It was what followed that had the Nara cursing, "Dammit!" It wasn't supposed to be a passenger train.
Throwing the binoculars away, Edo leapt over the mound of ice and started into a rushed slide down that jagged cliffside. His green and brown outfit, fitting for a forest, was obscured only by the cloud of white turned up behind him as he trailed down the steep incline. He entered into a run the moment his feet hit the snow covered permafrost, the pressure one as the train continued towards his trap unwittingly.
Throwing himself onto his knees, Edo quickly brushed aside the layer of snow he had used to camouflage his explosive. His sunglass covered eyes momentarily peered at the steel rails beside them as they began to violently shake. Edo had to disarm his creation, and quickly. The bomb itself was oddly shaped. It looked like a flat mound of explosive tags wires with some contraption mostly hidden by the massive number of sealed covered pamphlets. Pulling out the tanto blade that rested horizontally on the back of his belt, Edo quickly cut a few strings and wires with the same accuracy that had kept his steady hands capable of catching his own falling kunai. With one last cut, the ticking sound that had started to be concealed by the rumbling approach of the train faded, only for it to return a moment later starting up at a faster pace.
"Why'd I set a secondary charge!?" He gritted through his teeth as he peeled back a layer of the explosive tags to see the countdown sequence on the bomb racing down. The stress had just multiplied. The bomb was still set to blow and he was now in its immediate range. If that didn't kill him, the train that was about to run him over would, and to further distract him the conductor wouldn't let up the whistle as he had just noticed Edo in the way of the train's advance.
Looking up, the light on the approaching train had Edo caught like a deer in the headlights second before collision. "There's no time!" Even with one hand still holding his tanto it didn't infringe upon his fingers making a single sign. "Kage Kansui no Jutsu!" [Shadow Submerge Technique] The ebon shape beneath him started to expand into a murky pool into which Edo, and his bomb, submerged. Sinking into his own shadow, nearly void of light, only he would be victim to his own explosion. Though a noble sacrifice, it was not one that the Nara intended to make. Like swimming, he pulled himself back up to the dot of white light above him. His head emerged first out of his shadow, though did not have much room to raise as the train was now overtop him still moving at full speed.
He had to time it perfectly, or at least that was his thought before he remembered the bomb in the sinking shadow beneath him. He just had to wing it. Emerging from the shadow in a roll, Edo lucked a victory as he passed between the spacing of the train wheels that could have severed him in two. The danger, however, was not averted as his stretched shadow started to revert to normal only for it to be temporarily engulfed in a burst of flames from the bomb exploding within it. The shadow worked to lessen the blast, though a plumb of fire and smoke still billowed on the underbelly of the metallic monster riding overtop it. For his part, Edo curled into a ball and took cover as the blast sounded off beside him.
Though heating its exterior, the blast did not hamper the train as it pushed forward towards its destination. Though shaken, the passengers didn't quite now what it was that they had heard. The incident had almost gone off without attracting any attention, save for that from the two individuals now standing onto the train as Edo looked up from his shielded crouch. They were obviously shinobi, not just from how they stood atop the train unhindered by the chilled wind rushing past them, but in this tactical white garb that was accented with technology integrated into their bodies. One was sleek and slender, a female with pink hair and a devilish smile. The other was bulky, a muscular built man that had an arm completely covered in some strange gauntlet.
Edo couldn't make out what the female's lips said as the pair continued to grow further away from him, nor could he worry about it since as soon as she had finished her instructions the brute behind her leapt clean off the train and landed with a thud on the tracks below.
"Woa, woa, let's just talking about this!" Edo said waving his hand up in a gesture that did anything but calm the charging bull as he bared down on Edo with his mechanical arm cocked back for a powerful punch.