Coldsnap [Open to 1]

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.

Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Mon Sep 01, 2014 9:31 am

All he had to do now was wait.

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.

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Sorry it's a long read, but I've had this scene in my head for awhile. Where it goes from here, I can't say.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:32 pm

"What was that?" Asked a young boy, nearly breaking his nose cartilage on the window to try and peer outside. "It sounded like a bomb!"

"Honey get away from there!" His mother yelled, though she and the rest of passengers became restless as they too tried to get a glimpse of the outside in an effort to see what had happened.

Clicking noises came from atop the train, the pattering of soft steps had gone unnoticed by the curious travelers. Most of them, anyway.

"I'm sure it's nothing." Reassured a raven-haired woman. Garbed in a black robe with more than the necessary amount of zippers. She wrapped her hand around her companion's, putting on downward pressure as if it would keep him from moving.

With a more simple cloak, his dull colored eyes remained glued to the ceiling. "I'll meet you in Weiss." The companion said without skipping a beat, the raven sighing in response.

"I doubt it's them. Just stay with--" The man interrupted, removing her hand from his hand and begun to search the inner pocket of his cloak.

"Keep riding the train. Please. I can't ignore this." He explained, looking at her now. "Do you remember the plan we agreed on?"

She leaned back in her seat, relaxing her shoulders as she gave up attempting to sway her friend. "Yes. A room in the third hotel alphabetically, I got it."

"And the name you'll put it under?" He pulled out a white mask, his other hand pulling the hood of the cloak over his long purple hair.

"Dokukiko."

The seat shifted with the relief of pressure as the man walked toward the door that would lead him to the very cold space between the passenger carts. "Don't worry." He said, briefly turning his head to the raven as he fit an ivory crow mask to his face.




For a moment, it seemed like Edo's frantic request to the mechanical bull had been granted. However, the bulky man's face showed anything but this. It twisted and he grunted as it became obvious, perhaps more to Edo than his two challengers, that the man was simply unable to move. A few black tendrils rose from the brute's seemingly extended shadow that wrapped around his metal encased arm.

The steam from the train slowly fell as the wind carried it along with snowy powder, the excited water molecules returning to their collective liquid state as the bitter chill forced them to huddle together. Gaseous and solid water particles slammed against the black cloaked crow as he played with the white garbed oxen's shadow from afar.

"Sekigaisen!" The caught man roared, keeping his intense gaze on his young opponent.

Ahead of her partner, the pale pink-headed lady was already on the ground and approaching the newcomer. "Useless." Sekigaisen uttered, disgust in her tone.

One hand outstretched to maintain control of the single-man-rodeo, the Nara flung out his other hand toward the woman. Several tendrils shot from his shadow, splitting in several more as they began to spiral rapidly around each other. She continued on her trajectory, the drills colliding with her white garb. Sort of.

The drills seemingly slipped through it, passing through her body. Sekigaisen glided along the ground, moving away diagonal to the long running tendrils as she continued to approach the crow. There was not much else she could do but glide, given the majority of her body had vanished. A trail of snow followed the girl, reforming parts of her body as the snow around the masked man's position began to increase in density and amount. It would become suddenly difficult for the man to see outside the snow globe, or anyone to see him.

Had the younger boy chosen to stay put, he would find his protection slowly diminishing as the shadow connecting the shouting bull to the crow was severed. The few tendrils that wrapped around the man's arm remained, taking another step forward as he pulled violently against the tendrils. They began to stretch and shred like cloth, his vocal cords sounded as if they were going to do the same. The tendrils gave up and released the cold arm, the oxen looking to once again aim his metallic fist for the boy's torso.

His spread shadow returning to him, the man took a few steps back as he kept his vision as best he could on the woman's head. It was the only totally whole part of her as the rest began to repair with the attaching snow. Her left eyelids opened wide, the eye twisting in its socket. It suddenly became obvious as the wind and icy dust continued its assault on her face, removing the makeup. Patches of metal accented the left side of her face. Her spinning eye continued, the iris becoming red with a faint beam of a similar color extending from it. As the snow globe continued to shake and intensify around the crow, the technologically enhanced woman would have no issue detecting his heat signature. Until she totally diminished it, at least.

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:36 pm

The young Nara had no more time to act than to brace for impact, his sunglass covered eyes shutting tight behind their tinted lenses. Edo gritted his teeth as his body tensed up. It was the wrong thing to do in order to avoid major injury, yet it was also an involuntary response, one that was hard to avoid while also making the impending impact unavoidable. Despite his considerable lack of defenses by the moment after the punch should have landed Edo was unscathed, peering open his confused eyes slowly to see a sight of a towering brute frozen in place in an all too familiar way.

It wasn't just paralysis, however, as the snaking shadow wrapped around the mechanical arm to increase the hold over the enhanced limb. "I swear that wasn't me." Edo confessed, his eyes confirming that as they glanced down to ensure that there was no connection between his own shadow and that of the restrained bull. It wasn't as if his shadow could act on its own, still it was unmistakable that the hold that was over the brute was Nara-born.

While Edo could not see behind the brick wall of muscle and machine, he could see between his brutes legs enough know that the captive's darkened shadow trailed back behind him. With the time to spare, Edo reached back behind him to replace the tanto from the sheath he had pulled it from.

"Can I give you a bit of advice?" He condescendingly taunted. "I've got some experience with this sort of thing." The cocky boy mocked. "Don't tense up," Ironic considering that it contradicts what he had just done. "The strain, it just makes you seem so much more powerless." By this point the Nara knew what he was doing. The strength in the man's mechanical arms, the fabric-like tear of the shadows surrounding it. It wasn't arrogance that had him spouting off, but tact.

When the last tether finally snapped the man's powerful fist came down on Edo, or at least where Edo was. The Nara had finished psyching himself up. When the brute's swing finally swung Edo sprang up and took to a run straight up the surface of the man's extending metallic arm. The tricky Nara didn't leave the bull without a going away present, however. Right where he had been kneeling, slipped out without notice as his hand came back from returning his knife, was a tag.

The piece of parchment erupted the moment the man's fist struck down upon it. However, the insuring blast was not that of fire, but smoke. A large plume of black smoke enveloped the bull. The tail in of the cloud caught the Nara as he leapt over the brute's shoulders, leaving a wispy trail behind the exuberant Nara as he cleared to the other side, only to be met with more of a mystery than when the charging bull paused.

It didn't take a fraction of his unrealized genius to breakdown the scenario. A Nara had saved him, and the floating head with her body being reassembled from snow was certainly not a Nara. This left the only viable candidate the silhouette that could barely be made out from within the snow globe of ice resting beside the train tracks. Edo didn't know anything about the unseen stranger; where he had come from, or what his intentions might be. The only thing that the younger Nara did know was the cliche running through his head.

The enemy of my enemy…

With that thought Edo formed a single handed sign as he flung out his other hand. Instantly three kunai with attached explosive tag tails were flung out of the marksman's hands. The missiles hit their mark, though not before shooting through the unconstructed parts of Sekigaisen's body. Though the tags may have frozen stiff, now longer lucid as paper was, the blasts that erupted from them were all the same. The only unanswered question was whether three explosive tags were enough to crack the growing globe of ice, and quite literally be an icebreaker.

The Nara didn't have any time to revel in any potential success, as the momentary distraction from the bull was simply that. Edo found himself in the brute's mechanical clutches. Scooped up by an arm, Edo's young body was lifted clean off the ground as the smoke cleared. Though the pain was intense as the mechanical arm constricted down on Edo's captured arm as the young Nara dangled in the air, the pain wasn't enough to break his cocky attitude.

"Now you die!"

Disgust on his face, Edo turned his cheek. "Ah, two words: toothbrush!" Edo's free hand wasted no time in grabbing out the pistol on his belt and pointed it pointblank at the bull's ugly face. The click of the trigger sent of blast of concussive fire to the brute's maw. The blast was contained enough around the face that there was no recoil for the Nara being dropped from the ground. However, the bullet wasn't the penetrating sort, which meant this fight wasn't over yet.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Thu Sep 11, 2014 9:52 pm

The crow was sent into a fit of panic as he realized the intensity of the situation. Snow was continuing to rise and swirl around him as the temperature drastically dropped. Even in a few short moments, he found the cold to be incredibly bitter and it was near impossible to see. Perhaps worst of all, the condensing winter globe was scattering and blocking any light from the cloud-covered sun. Of course, this meant diminishing shadows.

Several explosions caught Kokuei's intensity, but the thickness of the edge of the globe prevented the detonation from doing little else than denting the sphere. "Shi.t." The masked man muttered.

Slapping together hand signs, the desperate man gripped his right wrist and opened his hand as a swirling gust of wind hovered above his palm. The vortex tossed away snow as it increased in size and speed. Several tendrils rose from the man's shadow, teeth clenching against each other as he struggled to focus with the extreme conditions. The black dendrites wrapped around the twirling gust and aided the man in condensing it further. Quickly it became a tumbling sphere of cutting wind as the man's shadows continued to wrap and curl around it to prevent it from suddenly exploding in his face. It was becoming too much for the man to bare, the cold felt like knifes sticking into his fingers as he began to struggle seeing the frost forming on his palm.

"Target annihilated." The ice queen said, the rest of her body present, her infrared eye unable to detect a heat signature recognizable to a living body. Glancing to her partner, it was obvious the other shadow manipulator still had too much warmth radiating from him. "Tōgyū! Stop playing!" She snapped, though no sooner did she finish were her eyes back on the snow globe.

Detonating from within, like a sudden hurricane, the woman's artificial globe blew from the inside out. Gale force winds briefly rolled across the frozen landscape, powder flying every which way, revealing a totally black mass in the center of the now-shattered globe. The dark blankets fell from the figure, revealing the crow with katana in hand.

Deciding to snuff out the flame up close and personal, the woman dashed toward the survivor. Even though she no longer floated above the snow, she used her unique chakra to skate across the frozen ground.

"Ah! Brat!" The brute yelled, one hand caressing his jaw that had audibly cracked from the tactical boy's pistol. Having his superior yelling at him didn't help much either. "Ngghh!" He grunted, yelling just strained his jaw further.

The bull slapped his hand against the center of his mechanical arm. An auburn glow arose from the metal, veins stressing along the fleshy underside of the otherwise metallic arm. If the young Nara checked the man's silver arm, he would notice a rust-colored gem that partially protruded from it. The odd gem was fused into his metal, and his muscle.

Charging again, the cyborg stopped a meter short of the boy as he drove his metallic fist into the ground. Rather than fracturing the remaining bones in his arm, the gem released a powerful surge of doton chakra that was directed and assisted by the bull. The ground briefly rumbled before splitting around the boy as crevasses formed and thin pillars of earth diagonally shot up with intentions of ramming into the boy. The display of power was as chaotic as the bull's temper.

Sekigaisen was greeted by a tendril that rose and curved from beneath the crow, and a katana slashing upward that meant to cut her abdomen to forehead. The tendril rammed through her waist, the blade cut through the lower part of her body. Snow fell from the girl as she launched herself upward, the bottom half of her bodily rapidly deteriorating before quickly reforming to a torso sized icicle that replaced her legs. She dropped like an anchor back to the earth and the Nara flung himself away from her landing spot. Powder rose from small crater formed, the woman throwing her hands forward as the rising snow turned into icy senbon that hurled toward the cloaked man. The icicle beneath her suddenly broke apart and fell to snow, revealing a functional pair of legs that went straight to work as she jumped to the man's position.

Ice scattering as the senbon collided with his sword, the man continued to move backward as Sekigaisen's left arm turned into a frozen blade. She combated the swordsman, the crow using his free hand much like a puppeteer to suddenly raise and control black tendrils that shot for the woman, hacking away at her legs and waist. A deflect of her icy blade allowed the man to cut the woman through her bust. He dodged her next swing, ducking underneath it as he jabbed her throat. He moved like a dancer as he rotated around her shoulder and cut diagonally through her back. Before she cut even attempt to make another slash for the man with her frozen blade, the man shattered it with the fuuton-assisted upswing of his katana. He threw his fist forward, opening it to reveal his palm at the last second and a sudden burst of wind scattered what remained of the woman-- including her mechanical eye and the surrounding metal plates that were fused to her skin.

Back stepping again, the crow gripped his katana tightly with his nearly frostbitten hand as the tendrils he had arisen continued to shiver beneath him. It couldn't be so easy. He didn't dare to see how the younger Nara was doing against the ox, but he was sure that the boy would live. He had to.

Kokuei couldn't steal another Nara's shadow if they were already dead. He sensed him before he even left the train. When Edo let himself fall into his own shadow, something resonated within Kokuei's very soul. Edo had teetered on the edge of Purgatory itself. It wasn't just because of the possibility of Decay being involved with the train mishap that Kokuei suddenly left his partner. He needed more shadows.

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:42 pm

Hand snapping down, Edo's pistol returned to its belt-worn holster as the young Nara prepared for a scuffle. He took a low stance, embracing his smaller stature instead of allowing it to be a deterrent to victory. He had no choice, what with a towering opponent such as that he faced. For what the Nara lacked in sheer brawn he made up for with tact. To Edo, this big guy, Tōgyū, wasn't the one playing games. Edo was intentionally trying to incite him with taunts to get him mad, to make him clumsy.

Just before the metallic fist struck ground Edo slapped a palm on the snowy grown to help push himself into a backwards jump, only to have the confident smirk on his face wane. "Wha--?" His sunglass covered eyes grew a bit wider as the dodging Nara realized the strike hadn't ever been aimed directly at him.

As what felt like a small quake rippled out jagged earth pillars speared up from beneath the snow, each one punching out to break bone and splatter blood. The gem empowered strike did not cease at just where Edo had been standing, but followed after the fleeing boy like a fissure aimed straight for him. Edo was forced into a more rapid retreat than he had intended. The bull had him quite literally on the run.

Landing out of the jump in a roll followed by several more backflips, Edo barely kept ahead of the snaking earth. Each strike could have been the last as several more meters were set between the Nara and the bull. Just as he was about to land sliding on his feet, sandals turning up snow as his momentum slowed, Edo sprang his hidden countermeasure. In an instant, he sneer returned as a single tag-laced kunai flicked off his wrist at the base of the advancing pillars. The hand that loosed it straighter its two forefingers as the Nara signaled his surprise. "Kai!"

The first blast was followed by several others, setting off a chain reaction that shot back down the line of jagged earth is it a wick to dynamite. The Nara hadn't just been dodging as he retreated. Waiting for the moment when the Doton chakra started to weaken, Edo triggered a blast that ignited all the tags he had been laying in place as his hands touched snowy ground with each flip, setting off a stream of fiery blasts in reverse order to how the tags had been laid. Best of all, he had salvaged his first ploy with his quick thinking, as the initial tag had been set in place with his first push back. Since Doton users had to remain, literally, grounded for more techniques it meant the bull was right on top a powder-keg.

The consecutive blasts, sounding off in mere seconds, turned up smoke and debris from the crumbled rock pillars, a shroud Edo took full advantage of as he charged back towards the brutish fiend, blade drawn in hand. From his sleeves scroll he brought out a katana, not unlike that of the other Nara counterpart. Rushing in and attacking with a leap, Edo aimed a piercing stab at the mechanical man's rotary cuff up above his geared-up arm only to be swatted away like a fly by the one-ton behemoth.

The mechanical arm batted the smaller boy away, sending Edo into an uncontrolled tumbling roll that lacked all the grace of his last acrobatic stunt. Ending up face down in the snow, Edo's katana landed with its blade driven into the snow meters in front of where he stopped. Pounding his glove-covered fist on the ground, the battered Nara pushed himself back up. His face, already wearing old scars, was now complimented with new scratches and a trickle of from the side of his mouth.

While pushing himself up his other hand snatched up the glasses that had fallen from his face just before him, the spectacles being returned to their rightful place as he brought himself to a standing position. "You dolt, I hail from the Land of Stone." Edo proclaimed proudly as he raised a fist up to his chest, the upturned thumb of which pressing against the center of his brown flak jacket. "Home of the renowned Explosion Corps. Think I don't know how to turn you to rubble, well bring it on!"

"Take this!" Edo's thumb quickly unlatched the bottom entrance of one of the flak pockets, letting a slender scroll fall out that the Nara instantly opened between his two hands revealing the weapons seals written in the middle. With a puff of white smoke a fleet of 20 kunai, all trailed by explosive tags, went flying through the air towards the bull.

Without a word Tōgyū pound his metallic fist against the ground once more, the auburn glow of the gem mounted upon it shining as a massive wall of earth jutted vertically out of the ground to shield even a body as bulky as his own. The kunai dug themselves into solid rock, though no trace of the explosion made it to the other wise. The doubly thick wall still stood after the ensuing blast, though not for long as the biological machine gripped its inner surface and clinched, causing the earth to fracture apart before being pushed forward in countless projectiles even before the smoke fully cleared from the last blast.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:39 pm

The sound of earth quaking and the horrendous scene of the mountain side below the younger Nara rising and assaulting him from below was more than enough to attract the crow's attention. He would be no good dead. That, and he wouldn't like to face two potential Decay officers all on his own.

Snow picked up behind him as the cloaked man zigzagged his way to the bull's position. Chunks of earth fired toward the speckled boy as Kokuei neared, his katana raising to stab the bull in his shoulder. Too blinded with red rage to notice, the man was confident he would soon end the ballistic animal.

Before Kokuei could go through with the assassination a stream of snow erupted a mere meter from his position, as if an icy volcano awoke from dormancy. The bull took notice, seeing the crow's figure behind the snowy ash as the bird came to an abrupt halt. Fleshy hand reaching into the ground below, he pulled out a large hunk of rock seamlessly. One hand letting go, the metal fist slammed into it. Rather than the whole thing speed toward the man, the hunk shattered into dozens of solid spikes that threatened to tear the older Nara to pieces.

The icen volcano ceased, just in time for Kokuei to see the assault of earth. He leaped to avoid it, throwing himself high into the air as several pieces tore through his black cloak as they scattered forward like a shotgun. The stream of snow that had been ejected from below did not fall back to the ground, instead it remained in the air, as if waiting for the crow.

Reaching the apex of his jump, the cloud of frost suddenly rushed to Kokuei's position. The Nara threw a fist toward the cloud to release a burst of wind that partially scattered the incoming powder. It separated and circled beneath the man, collecting together to begin to form into a solid shape. Part of the ice gathered around Kokuei's ankle, fully solidifying as the rest of the powder jerked downward and hurled Kokuei into the cold ground, katana sticking blade-first into the mountainside.

"Ack!" He yelped, his back writhing as he made quick contact with the compressed snow. The rest of the icy cloud above him turned into hundreds of white senbon that rained down onto him. "No!" He screamed again, rotating his arms and twisting his wrists as if he was guiding a wave of water. Instead, multiple tendrils rose and spiraled as they shielding their master and knocked away incoming senbon.

With a flip Kokuei was back on his feet, jumping back from the broken and scattered ice that had begun to revert back to snow. As quickly as he began to scan for the ice queen, a pale hand emerged from the snow below to grab the crow's leg. "Aah!" Another yell was followed by a swift open-palmed punch aimed toward the corpse-like hand. Rather than wind or shadows appearing, the white hand suddenly turned clear as it fell apart into water. Kokuei shuffled back, throwing a suiton-assisted punch toward another rising of snow that fell again into water.

"What's wrong?" The crow taunted, waiting to speak until his breathing was controlled and fear eradicated from his voice. "You can control ice and snow, but you can't control its parts?" The pools of water remained, only beginning to freeze over by natural phenomena. "Lucky for me I have plenty of experience." Wind and water were utilized much differently for Kokuei, but the principle was all the same.

Kokuei moved again to transform the girl into her warmer state, but as multiple copies of her rose from the ground, he only managed to liquify one of the limbs of the first clone he spotted. His shadow immediately quivered as a tendril snapped toward one of the girls.

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Thu Oct 16, 2014 5:48 pm

There was a line between fighting smart and being bold. The younger Nara too commonly found himself on the wrong side of that line. It wasn't a calculation that the incoming projectiles were too widely spread out that led Edo to attempt and withstand the scattered barrage. No, the reason behind his rather impromptu defense stemmed only from his desire to no longer give an inch. He refused to be forced back any longer.

Quickly, the Nara produced two Fuuma shuriken from his red sleeve scroll. The ninja tools appeared in either hand, and with simultaneous whips of his wrist the four-folded blades unraveled into rapid spins while still being held in hand. Brining the two black blurs in front of him while being careful only enough to prevent the spinning vortexes from overlapping or crossing his widely parted wrists, the Nara braced his footing as large shards of earthen shrapnel broke against the makeshift shields.

The grapeshot made music as it clashed with the iron fans, though ultimately the poor defense faltered as the projectiles unceasingly advanced. One large chuck of earth knocked against one of the spinning blades in such a way that the two opposing fans caved in and collided, putting an end to the oddity altogether. One of the large shuriken flew straight out of Edo's hand in an arcing path behind him onto to become embedded in the snowy ground. While the Nara managed to maintain a grip on the other, now motionless, demon-wind devices, his victory was all but denied as he became pelted by the last remaining bricks of the enemy's barrage. Like jagged punches the pebbles left fresh cuts on his face and clothing, while those that impacted his thicker flak served to knock the wind straight out of the bespectacled teen. As his gut pushed back and shoulders fell forwards, spats of bloody spit dropped down to paint the white canvas beneath.

"Enough of this!" The bull shouted as he reared his mechanical arm back before plunging it straight down into the tenderized earth beneath him. Instantly upon entering the ground countless arms of earth erupted back outwards at Edo's position. The human-like arms rose first like fast-flying tendrils before gripping ahold of the Nara all over. Arms, legs, torso, neck; all of them were squeezed as the arms, still connected with the ground, lifted the lighter boy up and held his well constrained body still.

With a crunch Tōgyū withdrew his arm and brought back up with it a hefty mace of jagged earth surrounding the gem-empowered limb. The bulky mass was carried like a feather by the massive brute as he charged straight for his captured, immobilized prey.

Edo barely had a chance. The Nara, being clenched tightly as he was, could barely wiggle let alone move. As the bull charged yet again, Edo attempted to reach back behind him though couldn't reach with only his wrist unbounded. Cut off from his tools, unable to make hand-signs, it left the Nara in desperate straights. Behind his shades Edo winced just before the hammering punch landed down upon him. He knew this was going to hurt.

**BOOM**

An explosion erupted that dwarfed all those previously launched by the tactical Nara. The fiery blast engulfed both Edo and the bull as it shook the ground. The resulting black smoke was mixed withed with white steam as all the snow at and around the blast was instantly vaporized leaving behind a newfound clearing straight to the barren earth that had been beneath. As the smoke cleared, only one silhouette could be seen within it. The size was of the surviving shadow made it clear that the shadow had survived.

Edo forced himself off the ground, hands just parting from the hand-signs he had rushed as soon as the blast crumbled the earthen arms on the side it had been ignited from. The Edo hadn't been able to move. His only option had been to sacrifice his own well being along with that of his enemy. Having dropped the retained shuriken, Edo managed only to slap his gloved hand against this hip causing an expansion of shadow shoot off the specialized gauntlet. The black mass cut the equipment pouch right off the side of Edo's belt, though only after Edo had charged each one of the explosive tags inside it with his chakra. The falling pouch exploded like a stick of dynamite, and though the young Nara was burned he managed to employ his shadow before being completely consumed by activating Kage Jouhi no Jutsu [Shadow Skin Technique].

Half of Edo's body, closest to the blast, was now completely covered in a second skin of shadow that made every portion of him black as night. The half not covered was badly battered, but still the Nara forced himself to his feet. As for Tōgyū, the only trace of the bull to survive the blast was his misshaped metallic arm, on top of which was the gem still letting off its smooth amber glow.

Limping over, Edo reached for the jewel with is uncovered hand only to have a hand reach back. Another hand starched out of the earth, assembling itself from the pebbled piles surrounding the metal limb. Unlike those that had previously gripped ahold of Edo's wrists, his one was the size of the bull's other arm and was attached to a torso forming with an ugly, earthen mug atop it complete with a gravel smirk.

"I am sick of your ugly face!" Edo screamed as he reared back and punched with his arm still covered in the shadow-born armor. The strike literally sent a chuck of the man's unfinished jaw flying as his stony grip broke.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Wed Oct 22, 2014 9:12 pm

Sekigaisen's arm blew apart as Kokuei's tendril made contact with her, powdered snow spraying briefly. As the arm hit the ground it began to revert made to its natural icen state. The multiple other clones approached, included the newly amputated cyborg who continued on her path toward the crow seemingly unfazed by her missing limb.

There was no way of knowing which of the girls were clones and which was his real opponent. They all broke apart like clones, reverting back to snow. For all the Nara knew, Sekigaisen was not among the small army attempting to cut the man into bits.

Two girls jumped to his location, reeling back their arms as sharp blades of ice replaced their hands. One of the blades fell to water as Kokuei outstretched his hand as the blade approached Kokuei's side, a tendril snapping up to knock back the other clone's icy weapon. Kokuei grabbed the girl's wrist which was also beginning to revert to water. He yanked her toward him and used his free hand to release a sudden compressed burst of wind that launched the clone away. Turning back to the remaining clone, Kokuei moved to a boxer-like state as he gave multiple quick jabs to the girl, using his forearm to push back the clone wrist which had begun to host another ice blade. Giving her little time to react, Kokuei delivered a few more punches which were accompanied by shots of fuuton chakra which scattered the girl's upper torso into snowflakes.

A tendril cut through a clone's leg on its path to retrieve Kokuei's katana which had fallen previously, the clone immediately collapsing on the white mountainside. Hand outstretched, Kokuei caught the handle of the katana which the tendril had promptly delivered to him. The crow turned on his heel and connected his weapon with the cyborg's, free hand guiding his tendrils to wrap around the girl and hurl her into another approaching clone.

Between the sword play and bursts of wind to throw the clones back to the wind, a massive explosion caught the attention of the Nara, the surrounding fighting machines seemingly uncaring to the events. "Damn it." He muttered beneath his ivory mask, stopping for a moment to glance at the large cloud of smoke and steam that had generated from the earth-heavy battle scene. Kokuei was confident that the kid was okay, being a witty Nara and all. But it was certainly an excessive blast. Though it did give him an idea.

Mind back to the fight at hand, Kokuei jumped back, avoiding a spray of icicles from a trio of clones attempting to flank him. A tendril swooped up at an angle to slice through the clones, but all three managed to avoid it, sliding beneath or hopping over. Kokuei spun his katana between both hands, quickly spinning on his heel as he took a sliding step forward, fuuton chakra expelling from his blade as snow picked up around him. Kokuei quickly swung his blade, rejecting a clone's own as the concentrated fuuton chakra emerged from the blade, knocking into the clones as Kokuei continued with his onslaught of hacks and slashes. A final release of wind threw the clones-turned-powder into the frigid air of the mountain.

Turning his head to look at the newcomer clone, it was hard not to notice the dozens of pale hands reaching up from the ground, more and more Sekigaisen clones pulling themselves up from the cold, dead ground. Kokuei's tendrils went to work now, etching into the snow and leaving behind a sort of black substance. A kick shattered a cyborg's torso, a backstep and turn brought the handle of Kokuei's katana into the cranium of another's, cracking it like a glass globe. Elbow ramming into the clone's stomach, the fragmented girl stepped back before being cut into two. Four more clones took her place, Kokuei leaping back before throwing his katana to the ground to fire off a series of fuuton spheres to fend off the cold cyborgs.

Suddenly, Kokuei whipped his hands together to form actual hand signs. Kokuei's tendrils began to coil around his feet. Clones continued to approach the man, tendrils whipping about their master to defend him against the small army. One of the Sekigaisen's stopped, her robotic eye turning as her infrared scanning the snow below. Heat was rapidly beginning to rise. If she had been more knowledgeable on her fuuinjutsu, she would have noticed the massive explosive kanji that Kokuei had drawn with his tendrils and pumped chakra into.

Boom!!

An explosion rivaling the other Nara's, steam and smoke rose from the crater generated from the explosion. A sizeable hole left in its wake. The only remaining object was a black mass in the center of the meter deep hole in the mountainside. As the steam improved visibility, the mass was similar to the bud of a floor. A very large bud. The bud began to unfold, a single black petal acting as a bridge for Kokuei to climb out of his defensive. The man took a step out of it, one hand pressing against the side of the pod as he let out a few heavy breaths of air. "Come on!" He shouted, the pod melting back into Kokuei's shadow. "I know that wasn't it! You're not fooling anyone!" Removing the mask from his face, Kokuei threw it to the ground, looking around the wet surrounding snow. The hair growing on the Nara's cheeks looked nearly white from the amount of snow that had slipped underneath his mask.

Movement at the edge of the crater as a white lump began to rise. It gained some color as the snow solidified, it even took a step forward before a piece of it fell apart. The mouth on its unfinished face bore cracked teeth before raising an arm toward Kokuei. A burst of snow suddenly leaped for the man, ice forming at the end of it, but was quickly rejected as the crow walked forward, his outstretched palm reverting the snow back into water. "Or maybe that was it. Snow too wet? Too much heat? Too hard of a hit?" Kokuei taunted, reaching into his cloak as the snowy mass finished forming into the cyborg girl, her pink hair turning brighter to finish off her appearance.

"You talk too much." Raising her arm, the ice queen revealed the hand missing from her wrist.

Stopping, Kokuei rose an eyebrow in confusion, before coughing, anyway. He quickly remembered the amount of snow cycling through the air, wondering how much was actually the cyborg. Stepping back, Kokuei clutched his chest as a scroll from his cloak. "I can't--" He wheezed, cold filling his chest as ice began to block his airway.

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Sat Oct 25, 2014 11:56 pm

The unassembled man was knocked back by Edo's shadow-assisted hit. There was a constant low rumbling noises as pebbles of earth scraped against each other as they continued to build back the hefty form of the brute. His body has mostly taken shape. It was solid enough to stand and to stumble. Both arms were mounted on a torso that still lacked the full mass of the large man and, minus the portion of his jaw that had just been sent off of him, his face was mostly there. However, Edo didn't back down after just one strike.

The shadows protecting half of the Nara's body began to sleek across him. The black mass looked to be consuming Edo's previously uncovered parts, though in reality it never grew in coverage. As the mass reached over to fully enclose the Nara's other arm in the shadowy armor it lifted off the leg of his that had been covered. By the end of it the only portions of Edo's legs that were shielded by the second skin were to small lines that traveled down the back of his legs to connect to his shadow the ebony armor that now fully coated his arms and shoulder blades. Forming two fists, the young Nara pushed on with his enhanced Taijutsu.

As the stone-constructed man stumbled back, Edo pushed forward in a brawl. Several quick strikes were fired at Tōgyū's solar plexus, each one breaking a bit of the brute back into gravel. As the assembling man retaliated with another hammer blow from his metallic arm, Edo blocked the downward strike with one of his shadow-coated forearms before shooting a shot from his other fist at the stone shoulder the robotic limb was attached at.

"Arg!" The titan screamed as his jaw was finally solid again. Growing angry, or rather angrier, his metallic arm opened flat as the amber gem upon it started shine brighter.

Several jagged bursts of rocks started jutting out towards Edo. The Nara dodged one from the right by ducking low to avoid the angled shot, taking the opportunity to smash in the brute's still earthen kneecap. As the joint crumbled the heavy Tōgyū toppled to more of a knelt position. The second earth spike came up behind Edo, this one lower to the ground adjusting for the Nara's changed position. Springing himself into a jump, Edo avoided the second strike and delivered a raising knee to the brute's newly formed chin. Though the unarmored strike didn't shattered the rocky cleft, and may have actually hurt Edo more, the youthful brawler wasn't deterred. As a higher jut of earth shot up to strike him in air, Edo buried his shadow covered fist into its crest and used it as a foundation to adjust his body into a roundhouse kick to finish what his knee-strike had started and again throw off the man's reforming jaw.

Edo was unrelenting. He used his smaller sized and speed to keep pressure on the brute, trying to tear him apart faster than he could put himself back together. The amber gem, assessing Tōgyū's Doton nature, kept feeding the earth techniques of the otherwise sluggish bull, yet Edo was not making it easy. The Nara aimed to make the man burn off as much chakra as possible on trying to fully reassemble and solidify his body back into its normal state.

The moment Edo landed he was already throwing himself back at Tōgyū with a shadow-covered elbow aimed at the kidney that took a bit of the brute's torso along with it. Just before the dissembled man stood on his once again assembled leg, Edo uppercutted his incomplete face, this time knocking Tōgyū's nose clean off.

Flailing his metal arm, the bull sent flying cannonball sized bursts of earth, most of which Edo could easily avoid by tucking and rolling to the side. The last of the projectiles was met with a perfectly aimed shadow punch that exploded it to dust and rubble. Charging to clear the space his roll and the bull's retreat had created, a curved pillar of earth geysered up. Had Edo not anticipated it, the burst might have sent him flying. However, at the last moment Edo adjusted his step so that the column arose beside him allowing the smaller Nara to push himself off form his avoiding step and ricochet his jumping body against the newly formed earth wall so that he could deliver a downward punch onto the taller man's still unassembled head.

This strike knocked loose more of the man's ugly mug and sent him stumbling back further. Loosing control of it, a jagged bite of earth was summoned up by the gem just in front of the man. However, the earthen jaw swallowed nothing, as Edo never returned to the ground. Instead, Edo dug one of his shadow covered hands into the gravely body of the towering brute as his other armored arm reached behind him.

From his equipment pouch Edo drew out a small knuckle knife that he prodded into the stony shoulder of Tōgyū's non-robotic arm. As Edo reared the blade back with his fingers laced through the holes intended for them, a new mass of shadow started to collected in the embruing blade. The sleek shadow took on an extended curvature of the blade as it was again pierced into the stone joint. Kage Hien [Shadow Flying Swallow] With one final slash, this time with a full sword born from shadow at the end of what had been a dagger, Edo sliced through the boulder and severed the rocky limb clean off.

Another loud scream billowed from the beast, though it was obscured by the much more significant explosion that erupted from the adjacent fight. As Edo pushed himself off of the bull's tumbling body, he took note of the nearby blast, though could not afford time to inspect what had caused it. The motion would have been meaningless anyway, as behind him was a jagged earth wall that had remained after the stoney jaw clamped onto nothing. Edo kicked himself of the raised earth to further assault Tōgyū as he fell backwards, this time swiping his sword quickly twice against the man's bouldery belly.

Landing with his back up against the earth, Tōgyū slammed his remaining arm, encrusted with the glowing gem, against the ground. This time, however, no attack came from the gesture. Instead, the burst of Doton chakra was intended to speed up the repair process, and since his body now had more surface area in contact with the very earth that it was trying to built itself out of, the tactic seemed to work. Pebbles quickly gathered. The man's severed arm completely crumbled only to have the traveling chucks reassemble into a proper limb as they reunited with the man's rapidly solidifying body.

As the bull pushed himself back up, Edo's sword died down and was returned back behind his back only to have his hand slip into one of his remaining equipment pouches to retrieve a different tool. From his knelt position Tōgyū through a punch with his metal arm, which was deflected as Edo raised his nearest arm up in front of him and bent his elbow in tight so that he could continue to slide the side of his body against the extended strike as it grazed him. Meanwhile, his other arm, that had just reached behind him, cocked back a final punch, one that had several explosive notes sticking out of its clenched fist.

With one last jab, Edo aimed a punch at the intersecting "X" mark that had been left by his two previous sword slashes. The shadow-assisted strike punched straight into the bouldery body of the bull. With jaw dropping and actual liquid spit flying out of the painfully gaping maw Tōgyū seemed paralyzed by the pain. Edo pulled his arm out just before the solidifying man's body could encapsulate the buried fist, which was removed without the tags it had just been accompanied by. Just after the man's stomach reformed by the surge of Doton he had sent running through his own body the coloration of his physical form returned to normal, having finally completed his rejuvenation.

Ducking under the paralyzed man's still extended arm, Edo clasped the interlocking fingers of both of his shadow covered hands overtop the amber glowing gemstone. "Check mate!" Edo scoffed as the rapidly expanding shadow that covered his torso grew to consume the whole of his body.

**BOOM!**

The explosive blast followed immediately as the Nara's young body became engulfed in protecting shadow. While the explosion was not as outwardly expansive as his previous blast, it scattered with it much more debris as it implored from within Tōgyū's stomach, though this time the clusters weren't just rocks. Blood spattered in all directions as the brute was blown apart, this time for good.

Edo had forced his opponent to burn through chakra, pressuring him to release a surge to reform his body before the technique that had allowed him to survive the previous outward explosion had ended. The Nara knew that after consuming so much chakra so rapidly the bull wouldn't be able to draw on anymore without there being a lapse. However, after the brute's body recovered, but before the man's chakra network could do the same, Edo erupted an internal blast that he knew could not be survived, though as an extra precaution he made sure to sever the connection Tōgyū had with the mysterious gem that had been assisting the otherwise unskilled brute's molding.

Edo took to a knee as the blast cleared. In front of him was the lifeless robotic limb that had fallen straight down from where it had been. The Nara took a relieved breath as the shadow that had protected him sleeked back down, to return to its natural state beneath him. In the fist of his that had its knuckle rested against the earth was the encapsulated gem, the glow from which died down so that its light no longer showed through the seams along the Nara's clinched fingers.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:12 pm

The scroll in Kokuei's hand rolled along the slanted snow beneath his feet. He coughed frantically, one hand beating against his chest as the other frantically grabbed his own neck. "Ack... ack..." He wheezed, barely, the rest of his airway becoming cold and blocked his handless opponent.

"You don't have a clue what's going on here, do you?" Sekigaisen cracked her neck, a few white flakes ejecting from it. "The boy with a crow mask. Messing in Decay's affairs." She stepped forward, one foot stomping against the wet snow as some of it rose from under the Nara, solidifying into ice around his legs. "You don't know why we were on the train. All this time you have just been on the tip of the iceberg, crow boy." Kokuei's free hand reached into his throat, in any attempt to dislodge the ice. "And now it's going to crash down on you."

Boom!

She twitched, head turning to the explosion as the rising smoke. Her robotic eye twirled in its socket, infrared activating as she scanned the battlefield. "No." The woman shifted, frantically triple checking her analysis. "Tōgyū!"

The ice shattered at Kokuei's feet, the woman distracted enough so her hold on the Nara was loosened, tendrils sprawling from his shadow. One hand remained at his chest, his cough became more wet sounding as he forced the solid water to take on a liquid phase. His other hand twisted the air as he pushed his palm toward Sekigaisen, pieces of her began to melt into water as several tendrils wrapped about her lower body.

Unable to manipulate ice in her faltering state, the woman resisted as the dendrites restricted her movement. "What have you done?!" She shrieked, her face whipped to Kokuei. In that moment, Kokuei couldn't tell if she was crying or just her cheeks turning to water.

A free tendril picked up the fallen scroll and unfurled it. Kokuei's fell to his side, both hands slamming against the air as if he was striking the final notes on a grand piano. The snow at the two opponents feet began to turn slushy, water starting to pool. Extending his arm, a seal shone on his hand as his katana leaped up from the ground and gravitated toward his palm, handle-first. Spinning it briefly, Kokuei tossed his weapon at the pink-haired woman, the blade piercing through her leg so the metal ran through it and connected with the ground. "Don't take me for a fool." He growled.

Taking the unfurled scroll from his tendril, Kokuei jumped into the air as the seal glowed brightly. Suddenly, a barrage of lightning rained down from the scroll and into the wet ground below. The electricity traveled through the pools of water, through the conductive metal, and through the deteriorating Sekigaisen. "Aaaaaaaah!!" From start to finish of the several second hailstorm of released Raiton chakra, the woman gave a bloodcurdling scream.

Landing with a splash, Kokuei looked to the inanimate mass of snow that his tendrils were all but holding up. Like a melting snowman that had overstayed its welcome. His shadows retracted and the slush quickly finished its transformation from solid to liquid. The only remaining piece of the snowwoman was a metallic eye with a series of wire-y nerves extending from the back.

Briefly reaching down to pick up his mask, Kokuei climbed out of the crater and toward the earth-devastated battlefield where the other Nara seemed to be catching his breath. Kokuei coughed, looking at the partially frozen droplets in his hand as a disgusted look washed over his face.

"Huh. Is it just me or is it not as cold?" Kokuei asked, his raggedy purple hair had gotten damp during the fight and was now in frozen chunks. He wasn't the most welcoming sight. The chilly wind had died down, though. "You're quite a ways from Konoha." He wondered if the boy would recognize him, regardless of whether or not he was a shinobi of the Leaf. It was a few months ago, but the Hidden Leaf and Hidden Sand had made it a united approach to place a bounty on Kokuei Nara's head. With the developing interest in bandits and threats against the peace, they could only assume the worst from Kokuei's defection. His initial messy trail of forbidden fuuinjutsu didn't help either.

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:44 pm

As the shadow slid off of him it took with it all the blood splatter that had splashed upon his fully coated form. This caused the ground beneath him, on which his passive shadow returned, to stain and darken. Most of the region his battle had been contained in was now more stone than snow. It was hard for the tired, sunglass wearing shinobi to get a good view of the battle not yet over.

Though exhausted, the younger Nara felt obligated to push himself to interject. Had the both of their opponents come after him without the strangers interference Edo surely would have not survived. Beyond that, however, the Nara's body was forced to a battle-ready stance by the same phrase running through his thick skull. ...is a friend...

Edo made it no more than a single step, however, until the brilliant flash of lighting crashed down upon something just over the stone ridges. "Flashy." He commented to himself aloud as his gloved hand adjusted the shaded spectacles on his scarred nose. Meanwhile, his other hand slipped the gem he had recovered into one of the several small pouches on his belt.

As Kokuei entered the rock-torn battlefield Edo took to a casual lean against one of the many raised pillars that remained trying not to show any signs of fatigue. Instead, Edo drew upon the cool style he had tried to perfect. "Always am." He smirked. Now that the stranger had mentioned it, the air did seem to jump up a few degrees what with little miss frost dispatched. "I take it you didn't catch my verbal jabs to old cinderblock here." Edo nodded his sunglass adorned head at the splattered spot where the bullish brute had last stood. As he continued next, a first with pointed thumb tapped twice, casually against the center of his flak. "Iwagakure born and breed, or at least I was till it collapsed in on itself." There was a hint of distain towards the recent political strife in the Land of Stone. "Since then been pulling a solo gig chasing leads." Of coarse, Edo wasn't going to mention to what.

Edo acted calm and collected, yet despite his demeanor there was little hiding the fact that he was younger than his shadow-welding counterpart. For as mature as he might have gotten during his vendetta, he could still be seen as just a kid acting out. Still, he wasn't completely raw anymore. The crater where Tōgyū stood proved that. Another thing that his month long journey had made him was ignorant, at least of the political turmoils outside of the Land of Water and the Land of Lightning, the two places where he had spent the majority of his time in more recent days. Living off the grid, Edo hadn't a clue about the recently defected Jounin of the Land of Wind or what actions had been taken by the figureheads in the Land of Fire that still clung to the notion that their authority meant something in a country with no king.

"I'd ask for your story, but men that carry masks aren't usually too keen on sharing." With a raised eyebrow Edo slightly tilted his head towards the ivory crow's mask. "Plus, and I'm not complaining..." He said with a settling gesture. "It's a might bit suspicious for another Nara to show within moments I'm attacked, so you'll understand if I don't trust you with open arms." The last bit of the saying he had been turning over in his head kept ringing now. While his explosive stunt earlier with the train could have put him in a bad way with officials, that tragedy was averted and to his knowledge Edo hadn't done anything else to attract undo attention.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:57 pm

Eyebrows rose as Kokuei briefly looked past the younger Nara to the splattering of blood and rocks. The solid metal arm by its lonesome was enough to prove that the rampaging bull had been successfully tamed. "He could merge with his element too, huh? I've never encountered shinobi who had such a... symbiotic relationship until today." He commented.

A smile crossed Kokuei's lips as Edo pointed out his mask, a bigger smile than he was expecting to give. It reminded Kokuei of his talks with his brother. Edo was correct in his assumption that the ragged man wasn't so keen on telling his story. It would take quite a while to tell, anyway. "It's not a very good story, I'm afraid. Some tales are meant to be told but..." he shook his head, "not mine." He placed his mask back into his cloak to allow his hands a chance to warm up in his pockets.

"I wasn't tracking you, if you were wondering. I don't think there are any Naras this far out, anyway." He was keeping a record. "I was on the train when I felt you, and I'm not talking about the explosion. You've started mastering your abilities, particularly the more advanced skills. Submerging into your own shadow. Ever wonder what happens when you don't resurface?" The man's tone shifted to something a bit more grim. "When you let yourself go all the way down? Let yourself drown? I've been there, and it changes you. Our clansmen have lost touch with what it really means to be a Nara. The shrines in the Fire Country are but merely an echo of our spiritual roots." Kokuei stopped, taking a moment to examine the boy. He was weak, maybe even before the fight, being out in the cold for so long. It would be easy.

"I'm not a good man. I have done... regrettable things. Tinkered with things in an inhuman manner. My own shadow is hardly my own anymore." He said, taking a step toward Edo. "You remind me of my brother. That's why I'm telling you this, and giving you an option. That's why I'm not just taking what I want from you." His shadow. But that would give too much away. If the rest of the Nara clan found out what he could do, what his plans were... there would be a much bigger assault against Kokuei. "You're going to let me put fuuinjutsu on your shadow. This isn't a request, this is a demand."

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Fri Nov 07, 2014 12:16 am

Edo's eyes narrowed from behind their tinted shades at the mention that his presences that been "felt". It didn't take long, however, for the questioning glare to turn sour. The question in the young Nara's mind quickly turned away from what his elder counterpart meant and towards the mental integrity of the mask-carrying man. The battered and bruised boy gritted his teeth to prevent himself from making comment for as long as he could, but by a certain point the creepy rambling became too much.

"You're out of your mind!" Edo said with a forward push that brought him off of the rocky surface that stood behind him. "You're drunk on darkness. Come up for light for a change before you loose what's left of your delusional mind!" There was an angry passion in Edo's reaction. This man was just a stranger to the young Nara, but Edo couldn't accept what he interoperated as madness of this level from anyone, let alone someone that made such brazen assertions about abilities that the two of them shared.

The step that was taken towards Edo was immediately matched but a single step backwards by the young boy. It was off to the side some, to avoid the rock face he knew as immediately behind him. Edo fully thought that he was dealing with a crazy person, yet even that was not reassuring. For one, the label was too broad. Insanity covered everything from an overactive imagination to those more dangerous delusions that caused its victims to lash out. For two, and more importantly, Edo already knew this man to be dangerous. They hadn't just met by chance through some casual stroll. Each of them already had to eliminate a target today, the full gravity of which hadn't yet fully hit the shaded man. It would catch up to him later, but for now he was still driven by the same stoic calculation of reason that let the brilliant boy predict his odds for survival through a non-lethal takedown tactic.

It was that logical reasoning that vindicated for Edo that, lunatic or not, this man not only believed every word he spoke, including his threats. As the man's tone turned more intense it put Edo one edge, more so than the boy had already been. Hand at the side, he was ready for what came next as it was that old adage playing out.

The enemy of my enemy is my friend...until he is my enemy.

"I don't care who or what you think you are. Request or demand, either way I'm not obliged!" Even though he was tired, Edo knew what his defiance would elicit. He wasn't going to be caught playing countermeasures this time as he had been with the stone-head. Besides, sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Immediately Edo leapt backwards, pushing himself into a higher jump with a second step off the rocky surface to his rear. Thumb quickly swiping the lower claps on his lapel, Edo unfurled the scroll that fell out so that its first weapons seal was made visible. Fuujin no Kabe [Wall of the Wind God]. In a puff of white smoke a barrage of 20 different swords, knives, and shuriken was propelled straight towards the new opponent. Edo aimed his first shot as a warning, shooting low so only to immobilize with none of the summoned weapons targeted towards a lethal zone.

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Name: Sougu: Fuujin no Kabe | Tool Manipulation: Wall of the Wind God
Rank: C
Range: Close-Mid Range (0-10m)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: -
Clan: -
Description: This is a technique usable with weapon scrolls, of which Edo carries many. By channeling chakra into the scroll the user is able to activate the seal in order to launch a rapid fire of the weapons sealed within the scrolls out towards the opponent. While the user is able to unleash these weapons in bursts to begin with, sending them flying the direction the seal on the scroll is facing, this technique uses more chakra then what is normally consumed to summon forth weapons in order to summon more weapons at once in quick succession. At Genin a single use of this technique can only result in a total of 25 weapons being launched at once, and multiple uses of this technique can prove tiring. For this technique a concentration sign must be used during the duration of this technique.
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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Oddric » Sun Nov 09, 2014 8:37 pm

Kokuei frowned when he was met by resistance from his fellow clansman. He wasn't surprised, of course. Only a fool or coward would give up so easily. Somehow, though, Kokuei thought it would be different. So transfixed on the young man before him being similar to his brother, he mistakenly thought there was an innate level of trust between the strangers.

"Kid..." He began, but before he could say anything else the younger Nara had already thrown himself away from Kokuei. The boy was preparing himself to attack. "This isn't a fight you can win. Don't be stupid." Arms still in his cloak, the older man let out a sigh as his opponent began to fiddle with a scroll.

He could have countered the weapons with a quick fuuton technique, but that wouldn't prove his point. Kokuei would take the more taxing route, for the sake of showing the kid his true heritage. And making the battle short.

Without moving his arms at all Kokuei's shadow fidgeted as tendrils flicked from it, colliding with the incoming barrage of weapons. "I'm not insane... Edo?" The tendrils that had risen remained. "Aren't many young Nara that were from Iwa... that are alive. I know what's it like to lose a brother." Again, Kokuei was adamant on knowing the location of all Nara. "Without darkness we would never see the light. There must be balance. You and the other Nara are the delusional ones, too afraid to look into the shadows. Too much light and you'll burn yourselves out." He spoke like a herald, his words were intense and controversial, Kokuei was well aware of how he sounded.

Part of him wasn't even sure if he wanted to believe what he was saying. It was his truth, though. If he couldn't find something to believe... well... the dark or the light would take him. He had found balance. Or at least, he was trying to achieve and maintain it. It felt right to him.

Finally removing his arms from his coat, he formed a single hand sign. A purple seal glowed from Kokuei's shadow, or what remained of it as several tendrils were using up valuable space. An odd sound radiated from the seal, it sounded monstrous in nature but it was hard to discern from the howling wind of the mountain. A mound of shadows expelled from the seal and added to Kokuei's own. In that time the man's face contorted, looking pained as he unleashed the shadow of his ancestor that he had locked away. Even for someone not trained in the same "darker arts" that Kokuei was, surely Edo could feel the saturation of Kagton chakra in the area.

"If you want a fight, Edo, I'll give you one." Raising his hands and taking in a gulp of the bitter mountain air, his shadow spread wider as several darker-shaded clones of Kokuei crawled out of the darkness. Looking untamed and wild their movements were not as fluid as their masters, but rather a tad fidgety. Their attention were on Edo, a thin lining of shadow connecting them to Kokuei's shadow... if it could even truly be called his own. If Edo were to attack again, the clones would began their assault. "Give up or resist, I promise to harm you the least that I can."

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Re: Coldsnap [Open to 1]

PostPosted by Love » Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:19 pm

Edo wasn't expecting to get much from his first, full-frontal assault. Just data, that was all. The young Nara hadn't been able to observe his new opponent's previous fight, having been so preoccupied with the raging mechanical bull. Edo knew the likelihood of victory was slim given the state the both of them went into this under. For as much as it had been purported that Edo had started to "master" the finer points of shadow manipulation, the fact was the young Nara had little in the way of chakra reserves. Shadow techniques were particularly taxing on him, and he had already paid up more than once. His weaponry was a smarter choice. Not only did they not require as much chakra, but when you're staring down an opponent that wasn't nothing more than to mark your shadow the last thing you should do is use that shadow to attack.

Edo's jump took him to the other side of a mound of risen earth. The moment he landed his back was pressed against the jagged surface as he observed with his peripherals the results of his opening attack. The field was littered with rock debris. The left overs from Edo's previous fight would serve as good cover to obscure his movements, but since Kokuei didn't immediately retaliate the young Nara wasn't going to let the gift of time go to waste. He had already had enough business with time travelers to learn that lesson.

The oratorical ramblings fell on deaf ears as Edo made rapid preparations. The only way he won this was by playing it smart, and the biggest disadvantage to that was calculating the unknowns. Up against Kokuei, there were plenty of those, which meant he had to come up with not just one strategy, but several of them. Recursion is the processes of running through multiple scenarios to develop the most viable solution. Were you to look past his shades and distant brown eyes, you could see the gears of this turning over in his mind.

As more shadows started to boil up form beneath the elder Nara, Edo's hands were wiping about as he scattered several supplies. Senbon, kunai, and shuriken became his messengers to carry forth the components of his strategies. Not all of them would go unnoticed by Kokuei, though not all of them were intended to. At any rate, the pain the elder Nara seemed to be would limit his ability to counter-think, and Edo had even more of an advantage with the pieces that were kept on his own body, the tags that were slapped in place under his clothing and the cartridge that was replaced in his revolver. The last bit of preparation involved a simple scroll, one that was tossed up in a spin just before his body before a seal set off a puff of smoke to reveal a much larger scroll from within the first. Edo dawned the bulky mass like a backpack, wearing some of the unfurled parchment like a cloak over his shoulders.

Edo took off to the side, traveling behind the rigid terraformed terrain to keep his cover from the main Kokuei as the clones approached. In a duel attack Edo spun to unleash a torrent of weapons in two directions to target the clones that were closest. Hidden in the mix of throwing weapons was a single explosive kunai that would detonate upon impact with any defense the shadow-born creations could concoct. As for Edo, before any counter strike could lash out he had already thrown another kunai, this one laced with a thin steel wire that he reeled back on to throw himself up and away to land on the tree he had grappled to using Ayatsuito no Jutsu [String Reeling Technique]

The young Nara spent no time checking on the effectiveness of his previous explosions, as he was already proceeding with his next accompanied with a rebuttal. "It doesn't matter how much you already know about me when you've missed the most important part." Edo didn't believe for a moment the stranger wasn't tracking him, not with the namedrop that just played out. "I never give up." Edo unleashed two more waves of throwing weapons. The first was a series of three spike bombs summoned out from the cloak-worn scroll upon his back while the second was a kunai retrieved from his equipment pouch. The simultaneous deployment aligned overtop a third of the literal shadow clones and were each activated with a single-handed concentration sign to combine two types of seals into a single, volatile assault. A weapon seal written in dark blue ink was wrapped around the handle on the kunai, one of Edo's Raifuda [Lightning Tag]. "That's the secret to winning unbeatable battles.[/b]" When it erupted the magnetic pulse first attracted the exploding shrapnel spike down before both, the spikes and the lightning, struck with the speed of a lightning bolt straight down towards one of the shadow-born clones. "Victory is always a possibility, and defeat is never an option!"

Outnumbered, Edo didn't have time to gloat before a wave of his arm sent out several more kunai in various directions, each one with steel wire attached to this loops. The projectiles spread a web of wire out in a triangular net that connected the stone surfaces the kunai embedded themselves in and the tree at the other end of the tightly strung cable. Edo was quick to follow down his spider's web. From atop his slanted perch Edo fired off another assault through a double projectile assault, one being more noticeable through another. The obvious assault was a Fuuma shuriken that had attached to it a hefty chain. Down the length of the chain and on the flat blades of the shuriken were standard explosive tags. The shuriken did not take a straightforward attack on yet another of the clones, but instead had a circular path that quickly eclipsed the clone, though it did not restrict the shadow creation until after the second projectile landed in place. The second was a kunai with a steel wire attaching the dagger to the shuriken. This kunai was targeted past the clone so that when it became embedded in a tree behind its target it created tension and quickly constricted the chain down into an explosive tomb.

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Name: Sougu: Ayatsuito no Jutsu | Tool Manipulation: String Reeling Technique
Rank: D
Range: Close-Mid Range (0-10m)
Jutsu Type: Ninjutsu
Elemental Affinity: -
Clan: -
Description: This is a simple technique utilizing wire. While any finally threaded string can be used this technique most commonly utilizes steel wire given its increased dexterity and effectiveness, as simple string may easily break when put under the strain of this technique. Utilizing skill and a slight amount of chakra to help guide the wire the user can, with this technique, gracefully deploy this wire in a multitude of fashions for both defensive and offensive purposes. The string can be used for rappelling or as a method to tie down and immobilize their opponents. For a weapon's master this technique is commonly used alongside thrown weapons as a means of redirecting or regathering weapons once they have been thrown.
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