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  • #46
    Each step she took reverberated through the room like a roll of thunder. Occasionally she even heard a voice from someone above her. Were they growing more frequent? No, no. Ringo shook her head and loosened some of the dust that settled there. She couldn't think about failure. It was find her team or nothing.

    But as Ringo looped back around to the dungeon's entrance that creeping sense of dread reached out to grab her again. This place was huge! The entire basement must have covered the whole fortress foundation. The support pillars spaced regularly through the large room certainly supported that theory. She raised the lamp even higher to look at the vaulted stone ceiling. Such huge clearance as well! If the place were better lit and didn't house so many vagrant roaches it might pass as a ballroom.

    Deduction, deduction. Ringo stood still and slowed her breathing. Academy teachers would tell her that over and over again. Don't just memorize, but synthesize. A good soldier followed orders but great soldiers knew when to improvise. She closed her eyes and let the darkness surround her. Two prisoners (or corpses) were brought in last night. They dragged the bodies down here. Since the basic grunts seemed to believe that all three Village envoys were still at large, it had to have been done in secret. That meant they would have been put somewhere the average meathead wouldn't find them. It would also need to be secure, since if Captain Hideki woke up he could without a doubt break free using some ingenious trick Ringo would have never thought of. The Leviathan's power was immense but not overwhelming. Several inches of steel or stone could protect against...

    Was that it? Ringo's eyes snapped open and hurried to readjust to the lighting. Even if that was the case how on earth would she...no, she had definitely seen it while wandering around. Her pace quickened and now her feet thudded across the floor with renewed energy. There! A whole row of common gardening equipment in various states of disrepair. Ringo dove in with abandoned, sending all manner of implements clattering around her as she dug through the pile. It would be on top wouldn't it? Her fingers reached out and snatched up the implement, then just as quickly brought it close to her light. She ran a small index finger down the edge of it then rubbed the residue between her fingers.

    Ringo knew this. Before starting her career as a soldier by joining the Academy she spent every day helping her family with the farm chores. Her dad could always tell which child of his hadn't been doing their fair share based on the wear and tear on the tools. This shovel had fresh dirt on it.

    That could be from anything, of course.

    But...

    But...!

    Ringo gripped the shovel and stood upright as she heard a distant noise that sounded an awful lot like a knock on a door. It was followed by an equally distant rattling noise.

    Maybe she could hide?

    No. This wasn't the time for hiding. Ringo held the shovel in two hands like she were wielding an executioner's.

    Now was the time to save her team.
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    • #47
      Or, maybe more realistically, find their bodies. You typically didn't bury people alive without a good way to keep them that way. As Ringo tore back down the passages she already retreaded twice over she kept her eyes glued to the earth. Loose or discarded soil would be the most important indicator but any sort of tubing or suspiciously angled furniture might also be- oh! As she spiraled towards the center of the dungeon Ringo caught sight of a slightly darker pile of dirt lying next to several huge kegs. Rushing over she grabbed it and squeezed the earth between her sweaty palms. Loose, airy...not compacted down like the rest of the soil where soldiers spent all day treading upon it.

      They wouldn't have possibly stored them under some kegs though, right? Those things were probably full of ale or mead or some other water based liquid. If they leaked even slightly, and Captain Hideki was still alive...it was like storing your lit candles next to your gunpowder stash. Uncertain that even Seagullers were that stupid Ringo took a heavy swing at one keg with her newly acquired shovel. It split the wood on the first strike but no liquid came out, so she repeated it a couple more times. Eventually a growing dark stain let her know the container had been breached and she leaned in to get a good whiff of it.

      Ringo's nose curled and she silently retched. More whale oil. Completely worthless, the Leviathan couldn't manipulate oily liquids. Was that good news, or bad news? She stopped thinking about it for a moment and began shoving the shovel into the earth and heaving away massive scoops of dirt. It fell away nicely due to having already been loosened but even with as much energy and bravado as Ringo brought to the table, she couldn't dig very fast or very deep for very long.

      Tension mounting Ringo shone her lamp down the path a little ways more. There were enough kegs here, and enough loose soil around their base, to keep her at work for several days. Now she heard shouting in the distance, but not distant enough to make her feel better. Several loud, rhythmic thuds pounded out from the front of the dungeon. Someone was trying to break in.

      White knuckles gripped her shovel with a mix of fear and frustration. All that time, all that work, wasted! It was foolhardy to try and guess- based entirely off a hunch- where her team -who might not even still be alive- could be buried – if that was even what had happened. The weight of the world pressed down on Ringo's shoulders and there was nowhere to unburden it. Ringo flexed her arm and felt the weightiness of the shovel respond.

      Well, not entirely true. There was one place she could let out her frustration.
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      • #48
        “IS THAT ALL YOU GOT, HUH?” Ringo roared as another soldier who tried to weasel his way through the barricade got stabbed in the face with the end of shovel. He, like the last four, just as quickly retreated with his own howls of agony. “HOW ABOUT YOU SEND SOMEONE WITH A SPINE!”

        “What a nightmare.” Standing in the dungeon's entrance next to the shattered remnants of its door were a dozen armed guards, now looking down at a pile of assorted junk which Ringo managed to topple over in their path. “Is it really just the girl? Shouldn't there be two more of them?”

        “Uh, sir.” The freshly wounded soldier rubbed his nose as he pulled himself out from the barricade. “How much longer until the General is here? His people could deal with this better than us.”

        “SEND THEM ALL!” Ringo screamed from the other side. “YOU SEAGULL BACKSTABBERS WILL GET WHAT'S COMING TO YOU!”

        “Come on, lads.” The leader of the beleaguered group of garrison soldiers tried to cheer up the half of his men nursing various shovel inflicted injuries. “She only weighs like what, as much as a goat? You all ate more than that for breakfast this morning.”

        “Let's burn her out.” Suggested one particularly aggravated man.

        “We can clear this mess out sir, let's just keep trying that.”

        “No way, she's just going to keep finding more garbage to throw in the way.”

        “There's a bunch of us and one of her! We'll get through eventually...”

        The leader snapped and lit up. “No, wait, I got it!”

        On the other side, sensing a lull in the enemy forces, Ringo hurried to hurl anything she could carry back onto the pile of junk she had amassed. It was a futile effort of course but she did have one trump card to play. Unfortunately the invading soldiers already kind of guessed it. All around her barricade Ringo soaked in quite a bit of whale oil. When the time came her barrier (herself included) would go up in a blaze of glory. Or a blaze of pathetic, suicidal failure. Ringo was content to leave that up to the history books.
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        • #49
          The tide finally turned. Not only was the stockpile of basement debris within immediate reach dwindling, it seemed that the soldiers got themselves in order and were just as quickly dismantling the barricade. Ringo could hear their leader shouting out encouraging remarks like “put it by the end table” and “don't worry about breaking a few of those vases”. Within moments the group would be nearing the oil soaked barrier and Ringo would need to strike.

          “What is that smell?”

          “It's lamp fuel! She's gonna smoke us out!”

          With as mighty a charge as she could muster Ringo shoulder slammed the remaining fragments of her wall. The pile teetered and fell backwards onto the soldiers still passing parts of it backwards towards the entrance. A whole slew of curses and profane statements erupted out as her plan became obvious. Having an old footrest land on you wasn't exactly a battle injury to write home about, but when everything crashing down on you could go up in flames with a single spark...

          Dropping her shovel Ringo whipped her lamp off her belt. No hesitation or doubts clouded her mind. This would be her most shining moment, one way or another! Winding up she pitched the small metal and glass container into the barricade and waited for the fireworks.

          Right before the lantern could crack and spray its inferno across her blockade a spear sliced through the crumbling barrier. Its pointed tip caught the handle of the lantern and safely tossed it aside, like a child flicking away a troublesome bumblebee. Then the spear retreated back an instant later. What precision! What speed! Ringo stood motionless for a moment as she tried to process what just occurred.

          Then a massive pile of her mountain of debris exploded outward. Ringo fell back as she was bombarded by the fuel covered junk and simply from the force expelled by the huge projectiles. Unlike her measly attempt at causing an avalanche getting hit by this ottoman did in fact sting quite a bit. Ringo was flung into the darkness of the dungeon, surrounded by the blow apart remains of her barricade.

          “Absolutely nuts.” A thin man with lanky limbs gingerly stepped through the fallen remains of the basement's stored goods. “Good job dealing with this mess, men. My father will be pleased.”

          A rousing number of “Yes Sir, Captain Imoten”s could be heard from behind him. The man walked a few more steps forward and held his long, slender weapon to his side, as if expecting a counter attack. The small amount of light coming from Ringo's tossed lamp reflected off his rather dull armor. Despite its unflashy appearance it bore the mark of the Swamp Garrison's sigil, identifying him as one of General Dao's elites. “That's why he's elite, you see.” The soldiers at the very rear of the line nodded to each other in agreement. “Blood relation don't matter- when you're strong, you're strong!”

          A red flash of light caught Imoten's eye. It lit up the indignant face of the small girl as she waved what looked to be a fireball out from her fingers. No, not a fireball- matches! An entire book of matches! The little runt hadn't lost her spark, it seemed! The captain let out a short sigh and tightened his grip around his spear. What was that saying about playing with fire, again?
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          • #50
            Did Ringo miss it? Had she blinked? The fire in her blood still raged but the fire at her fingertips literally vanished, followed by an eruption of pain across her knuckles as something smashed into them. Ringo let out a real howl of pain this time and scrambled to scoot her prone body backwards. She blinked again and felt multiple bone shuddering blows ripple through her chest. In the next second she flew backwards from the sheer force of the man's attack, tumbling over herself until she slammed into a pile of old discarded tin cans.

            Captain Imoten waited patiently as his men moved to file in behind him, having cleared out the rest of the barricade. While he waited he moved the tip of his spear into better lighting to examine it. A tiny touch of blood adorned its tip. He frowned. Village armorcraft wasn't anything to scoff at. No wonder every war with the country ended in a stalemate.

            “Maintain a perimeter.” He swung his spear out towards the unseen far end of the store room. “We don't need this one alive, but we do need her corpse in one piece, otherwise there won't be any evidence.”

            Ringo coughed and hacked up large globs of mucus as her battered lungs tried to clean out the thorough thrashing her chest cavity just received. That man hadn't even moved! No footsteps, no sound, even his posture hadn't changed! Even the most revered of the Leviathan's warriors, with all their mystical power, couldn't move faster than the eye could perceive. Was Ringo just bad at this? Too tired from getting no sleep and not having eaten since the previous afternoon? She tried to stand up but her knees wobbled and she fell. What a pathetic showing for a soldier! Ringo bit back the lump forming in her throat.

            Then it happened just as before. One moment the tall man's silhouette stood against the growing yellow light of the guard's lamps, and the man stood in front of her as if he had been there all along.

            “Scum-” Ringo couldn't even wheeze out a one liner before the man's spear bit into the top of her head and forced her face into the dirt. Imoten simply let out his own wheezing disappointment.

            “I don't want to hurt a child, but...” He looked back at the broken kegs of oil. “It wouldn't be right to call a soldier like you a kid, would it? Not after what you've already done. This is as good a fate as someone like you could have gotten anyway. Embrace it.”

            As the steel cut deeper into her flesh Ringo's teeth wouldn't unclench enough for her to respond. Instead she simply thought her reply back as hard as she possibly good, squeezing every ounce of her indignation into a facial expression her would be executioner couldn't even see.

            She would give him something to embrace!

            As before a red flash engulfed the store room. The captain let out an involuntary gasp and quickly retreated, shielding his eyes but more importantly his body from the eruption of fire. “Nuts!” He couldn't believe it, but he was definitely seeing it. “The dumb kid...!” The Ringo bonfire swirled as the girl could be stumbling back to her feet. Instead of darkness now only the glorious light of her self-immolation filled her vision.

            Somehow despite the scalding heat, it all felt very, very satisfying.
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            • #51
              Was this part of some elaborate plan? None of the soldiers standing there could believe such a thing. Ringo staggered around for five seconds, then ten. Each agonizing moment felt like an eternity. It had to be a trick- some ploy of Village witchcraft! The grunts looked to their captain for guidance but he seemed every bit as confused as the rest of them.

              Certainly the best plan would be to literally wait the fire out. The girl would collapse eventually and then their problems would be solved. But...but why were they afraid of her, anyway? This child, Kurusu Ringo, had no record of note. She wasn't a Village elite or related to any of their legendary warriors. Watching her bumble around one would even question what training they gave the girl exactly. It all seemed so...amateur.

              Imoten's mouth turned down in frustration. This was the ghost his men hadn't been able to catch? It would be even more embarrassing if her little pyre ended up working somehow- maybe there was a second stash of whale oil she was trying to find and throw herself atop of. No, no. The second in command of the Swamp Garrison need not fear this cadet's wild flailing. He lifted his spear from the ground and focused intently on his target. With his next step he would put this to a definitive end.

              His toes pressed down through the iron boots of the Seagull uniform. His muscles tensed up with electric energy. He took the briefest of breaths through his nostrils and smelled the foul stench of oil and burning leather. Nothing stood between him and Sailor Kurusu Ringo. Even through the flames he could see the exposed flesh of her neck. In one swift motion he would pin her to the earth and that would be that.

              In the next moment he was there. The flames licked upwards and Imoten could make out the girl's expression even through the whirling blaze. She seemed...focused? Resolute? He couldn't exactly discern the emotion frozen on her face. In the end it didn't really matter, did it? His spear shot forward as if an arrow released from a bow. It lined up perfectly.
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              • #52
                The weapon barely nicked Ringo and spun away after lightly grazing her skin. From her viewpoint it came out of nowhere and she hadn't expected to be attacked anyway, so the small cut felt rather trivial compared to the whole engulfed in the agonizing flames of death thing. But then came something truly frightening- a massive chill swallowed her up and her world of light disappeared once again into darkness.

                Ringo blubbered out an unintelligible response as the store room erupted into a chorus of panicked screaming and the clinking of steel weaponry. Seconds later she realized the frigid temperatures that engulfed her made perfect sense- she had been doused in mud!

                Her eyes had not yet adjusted to the darkness so the struggle unfolding in front of her could only be heard. Bits and pieces of something ricocheted around and instinctively she fell down and covered her head. Someone might have shouted at her to do that as well- the situation was changing a bit to fast for the girl to comprehend. Why wasn't she on fire anymore? What drove the captain back?

                A tight grip grabbed hold of her collar and hauled her backwards. Ringo couldn't do much but let herself get dragged along. Her instincts couldn't be overridden so easily, though! The basics of close quarters combat flooded into her mind again from those old Academy courses. Estimate your opponent's body size, aim for their vitals...

                Except the person dragging her seemed to be about her same diminutive height. Was Ringo being abducted by a child?

                “You are in so much trouble.” Unmei's unmistakable voice shuddered out. Though her volume betrayed her weakness the regular old venom still stained each word she spat. “If we get out of this alive I'm going to kill you.”

                “I can walk,” Ringo coughed. As chaos reigned elsewhere in the storeroom the two girls ducked out of the way to take stock of each other's condition. Ringo's vision returned and see got a full, but dim, eyefull of what became of her teammate Unmei. The girl was dressed in...rags, of some sort? Black and grimy the fabric wrapped around the small Unme's body like cloth around a mummy. Her beautiful blonde hair was slicked back and clumped with mud, as was the rest of her body. It looked like someone just pulled her out of a grave.

                “Don't give me that look.” Unmei kept her eyes locked on the battle raging just a little ways away while she wiped her oily hands down with a cloth. “You aren't exactly in prime condition either.”

                “I'm fine.” Ringo, having gotten the chance to breath for the first time in minutes, felt the feeling return to her tender skin. The roasting she gave herself tinted every exposed bit a flesh a darker hue and without a doubt Ringo would have trouble sleeping on the burns for some time to come. Yet despite having spent so much time combusting, most of her body was fine. The ends of her carefully sculpted military bowl cut were frayed and the uniform singed in places but largely still functional. A half a minute longer though and the thin layer of frost Ringo used to protect herself would have evaporated and she would have been cooked like a sausage.

                “Did you bring our luggage?” Unmei was now scrounging through the junk piles for a weapon while Ringo regained her senses. “Give me something to fight with.”

                “Is the Captain okay?” Ringo tried to stand up and peak over their cover but Unmei pulled her back down.

                “Idiot! Let him handle everything.”

                On the other side of the dungeon the battle wasn't decisively in favor of either side. Another black skeletal mummy wove in and out behind the pillars, periodically revealing himself to fling another javelin of mud into a soldier. The projectiles hit with heavy enough force to fling the men backwards and, in the case of one unlucky grunt, pin his arm into a couch cushion. “Back! Form a wedge!” Imoten waved his spear to direct his underlings but the frenzied nature of the attacks prevented effective leadership. A short, hot breath of air blew out of his nose. How could this have happened...?

                No time to dwell on that! Their attacker appeared for an instant within Imoten's attack range, and in a split second the captain was atop him. This time there was no sense of playing with his food- the weapon shot out with clear intent to pierce its target right in the chest. Captain Hideki simply brought one of his thin arms around and caught the weapon in a coil of the greasy bandages that covered him. Imoten tried to pull the weapon back but found it stuck fast. Hideki had driven it straight into the soft earth.

                “Haven't fought a Village captain before, huh?” Hideki's voice was weak but still carried his signature flippant tone. “That speed isn't going to help you. Or I guess it isn't speed, is it?” With a toothy grimace Imotep released his spear and fell several steps back. His hand went to his belt to pull out a sidearm. Hideki snorted. “I don't know why you didn't kill me, but that's your mistake.” He bent down and placed two palms on the churning earth beneath him. “How about I lighten the mood a bit?”

                The ear shattering noise of rock being torn asunder boomed through the entire basement. In the next instant the sun's warm rays poured in through the massive hole blown into the side of the Swamp Garrison. A thick dust cloud filled the entire room and soon the screams of battle were replaced by the coughing and hacking of irritated throats and noses. Imoten held his breath and retreated towards the entrance. After all their precautions! How could the man be so strong?
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                • #53
                  A child in both arms Captain Hideki slid, barefoot, down the side of the cliff. It was quite a sight to see in broad daylight, and several watchmen at the gate tower watched it happen with jaws agape. The jagged rocks seemed to part in front of Hideki as he slid down the nearly vertical slope. Unmei and Ringo seemed quite content to just let it happen all the way down.

                  The good luck ran out right at the end of the trip and Hideki stumbled, tossing all three of them into the sandy beach. They rolled for a bit but quickly found their legs again. From high above came the frantic ringing of a stately bell.

                  “Alarm's up, huh?” Captain Hideki took several heavy breaths and turned his face to the sun. “Ah, feels good to be in the light again. Sailor Kurusu, how long has the alarm been going?”

                  “J...just started, Sir.” Ringo patted herself down and rubbed her eyes just to make sure this wasn't some prolonged death induced delusion. “I stayed in cover most of the day.”

                  Suddenly Ringo found herself sprawled out on the sand again with an incredibly sore jaw. Unmei stood over her wielding a red, clenched fist. “You idiot! Moron! How could you let us get captured? You had one job!”

                  Staggering back to her feet Ringo looked to her Captain. Hideki was rubbing the greasy bandages he was wrapped in with a bit of curiosity but seemed content to see how this little altercation would play out. Even having just freshly absconded from enemy territory, the man was unflappable. “I am sorry, comrades.” Ringo tried to make a deep bow but the exhaustion of the day almost made her tip over. “I failed to protect you. When we return to the Village I will accept my punishment.”

                  “Damn right!” Unmei exhaled, nearly screaming. “Captain, let's get out of here!”

                  “Sounds good to me.” Captain Hideki nodded and looked towards the distant tree line at the far end of the beach. “The Swamp Garrison, huh...hard to believe you managed to break in, Sailor Kurusu.” He looked at the crestfallen girl with a small bit of pity. “This is yours, right?” He tossed a small leather water skein, which unceremoniously bapped Ringo in the face and fell into the sand. “Should have saved a little bit instead of just haphazardly dumping it everywhere. Oh, well.” He stretched his arm out and winced. “Bad news, kids. Seems like they got a vampire up there.”

                  Unmei's face contorted into horror while Ringo tried to remember what a vampire was. “What! What in the name of-”

                  “Joking. Joking.” He grinned a pained grin. “Well, kind of.” He raised one arm to show where a small pinprick in his skin was. “Looks like they didn't want me using any of my blood as a water source so they bled me as dry as possible. I'm not feeling to good right now.”

                  “You can take my blood!” Ringo chimed in eagerly, having regained a bit of composure.

                  “Ew, no.” Hideki made a face. “That's gross.”

                  “Captain!” Unmei got over the bad taste humor long enough to point towards a small group of figures moving their way down the winding staircase on the far end of the garrison's cliff. “We need to get moving, like now!”

                  Hideki gave a large, exaggerated sigh. “Hmmm. I don't know. There's a lot of water here. It's probably safer to take a little breather, hm?” He bent down to pick up a handful of sand. “I don't suppose Sailor Kurusu brought a change of clothes? These oil rags aren't the best for fighting in.”

                  Unmei's face fell with dread while Ringo's seemed to brighten up. Wow, watching a Captain go all out! What a treat! Even if the context was absolutely appalling there was little else Ringo could think of that would make her feel better than watching Seagull criminals get tossed around at the end of the Leviathan's power. “Unmei,” Hideki jerked his head backwards. “Take Ringo and get to the shoreline. Don't engage the enemy. Sailor Kurusu,” Hideki gave the girl a steely look. “Keep Unmei from doing anything rash. Protect her.”

                  “I don't need protecting-”

                  “Orders! Those are orders!” Hideki waved his minions off as the garrison's elite soldiers began to come closer. Despite the calm smile he always wore something vicious burned in Hideki's dark, old eyes. It was one thing to bury him alive in some strange embalming attempt, but to do so to a child...! Some crimes couldn't be forgiven as easily.
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                  • #54
                    Crashing waves and crying gulls made the confrontation seem almost quaint. “Last time I was out here,” Hideki rolled up his sleeves, or rather the bandages that now made up one hundred percent of his clothing. “I think, eighteen years ago? You remember, don't you, General?”

                    General Dao stared down at the mess of a Captain with eyes of cool hatred. Both his hands rested on a cane that was slowly sinking into the beach's sands. “The Village has failed to take my castle so many times, I'm afraid I can't remember one failure from the next.”

                    “Oh, true, true. I suppose you weren't a general then either, huh?” Hideki moved his arms in a strange, ritualistic way, causing several of Dao's guards to step back. “Sir, why are you letting him-”

                    “He isn't calling on the Leviathan.” General Dao said with a tone heavy in disgust. “He's praying.”

                    “For the dead, you see.” Hideki kept an unblinking gaze on the General. “And the soon to be dead, lest they be forgotten.”

                    Feet pounded into the wet sand a few hundred feet away. Neither Ringo nor Unmei were in particularly good shape, Ringo running on multiple levels of empty and Unmei having spen the better part of the last 12 hours buried underground wrapped in water repellent gauze. To get to them the Seagull soldiers would need to pass through Captain Hideki, which according to Unmei “Won't happen, not even a slight chance!”

                    Ringo really wanted to watch but settled for listening intently at the sounds of the conflict as they made their escape. It wasn't the booming bass of cannon fire, or the iron clinking of swords. It sounded more like the ocean's waves magnified and distorted, like a crashing wave that never stopped. As they drew a bit nearer to the forest Ringo cheated and stole a glance backwards. She wasn't sure what exactly it was that she saw, but it looked an awful lot like a monster.

                    Unmei seemed to be in the same boat and glanced back at the same time. One simply didn't get many chances to watch a Village Captain go all out and the visuals were nothing short of showstopping. Coils of water spiraling through columns of sand crashed from side to side, while spears of mud richocheted off unseen targets. Interspersed commanding shouts and inarticulate battle cries- sadly from their vantage point neither cadet could see what the damage was.

                    Satisfied that the Captain would quickly dispatch their foes Ringo turned to head back into the forest. Unmei stayed put. Ringo got a little bit farther in before noticing this, and only slowed her pace slightly. “What's wrong?” Ringo's words were still breathless and tired, but not having the weight of the rescue on her shoulders anymore the girl could relax some. “We need to get moving.”

                    “We came to the forest like he said.” Unmei continued to stare in awe at the fight unfolding in front of her. “Look, nobody is even chasing after us. We're safer closer to the captain than going out on our own.”

                    “Yeah, but that wasn't his order.” Ringo kept putting more distance between herself and Unmei, pushed on by Captain's Hideki's words. “He will be able to find us. We need to keep moving.”

                    “Wow, look at that!” Unmei gasped as in the distance several small humanoid shapes seemed to have been tossed an enormous distance into the air. “He's not holding anything back!”
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                    • #55
                      Not that Captain Hideki had great posture in the first place, but this was really draining his ability to stand upright! All this bending down to touch the soggy sand underfoot to channel the Leviathan's spirit was just compounded on top of his other sustained injuries. He didn't want to admit it but anything less than all-out warfare would risk him getting overwhelmed by these Seagullers. General Dao somehow kept avoiding the onslaught, his men weaving around on the beach in patterns that made targeting a group difficult. There was something else wrong that Hideki couldn't put his finger on, either. He felt the same thing fighting that spear-wielding captain back in the garrison.

                      There was more at work here than just random violence. As another titanic column of water and earth crashed into the beach and knocked several men around like rag dolls Hideki's feet kept sliding backwards. Closer to the ocean, closer, closer...whatever ace these Seagull renegades had up their sleeve it wouldn't be anything new to Captain Hideki. He had fought on these very shores before!

                      “The kids are getting away, General.” One of the men ducked under another wave of sandy shrapnel to deliver the message to his stalwart commander. “I know we don't have an adequate vessel here yet, but I don't think we can afford further delay!”

                      The steely eyes of General Dao turned down towards his underling and processed the words with careful deliberation. They had been playing a high risk, high reward game until now...but every passing second made the reward less and less likely, while the risks only compounded. Captain Imoten appeared behind Dao, seemingly from nowhere, causing the original soldier to step back in surprise. “Captain! What are you-”

                      “Sir!” Imoten wiped a splattering of mud from his face. “It's taking every biogyst we have just to keep him at bay. If we sustain any more losses, Hideki will overwhelm us.” Imoten's cold eyes stared down into his father's equally hard gaze. “We will have other chances.”

                      After a long twenty seconds or so, all the while the sounds of a vicious battle raged around them, General Dao did nothing but observe. It was unlike him to hesitate but this was a hiccup he hadn't planned on. “Very well.” He adjusted his posture and pulled his cane up from the sand, holding it horizontal to himself. “I suppose there is no reason to be greedy. Let us begin.”

                      From the shelter of a dune emerged General Dao in all his shiny armor glory. The battlefield was rendered a wasteland, with crags and churning quagmires ringing the black-stained body of Captain Hideki. That was to say nothing of the bodies- which would need to be buried in the appropriate manner at a later date. General Dao took long, deliberate steps, straight towards Hideki. A few spears of water burst out from beneath them but were intercepted by Imoten's impeccable and inexplicably fast timing. A tentacle formed of sand and water swung out from the side but was caught as three men jumped in front of it and were flung several hundred meters into the distant stony cliffs.

                      Hideki pulled his fingers out from the beach and took several more steps back, now standing deep enough in the shoreline to have seawater up to his knees. The general didn't appear to have any weapon apart from that cane he held, yet his men were throwing themselves in front of each assault to protect the man. Captain Hideki might be old, but he wasn't Dao old! There was no way the high-ranking military official held any real combat prowess, not at his age. Yet judging from the attack patterns and how things were unfolding...

                      Did he have a bomb? A poison gas attack? It had to be something proximity based, otherwise why risk getting so close? Now the General stood close enough for the two to see the pupils in each other's eyes. Close enough for Hideki to cut the head off the dragon for good. He didn't waste any time with his usual carefree commentary, instead slamming both palms into the ocean water just as a wave crashed into his back. Behind him, churning itself out of the sea, was a massive white-crested head of a monster. Within seconds it rose up to a height dwarfing even Seagull's capital building.

                      “The Leviathan!” Screamed someone who had probably seen a bit too much.

                      No, no, not quite. Dao looked at the swirling maelstrom that formed itself into the shape of a gaping maw. It was a simulacrum, an imitation intended to strike fear into the hearts of fleets. The General saw this monster more than once in his lifetime. Usually this technique was used only to sink flagships...in a way, he felt honored to be seeing it used on something as trifling as himself.

                      The massive water titan lurched forward and darkened the sky as it blocked the sun. Imoten, standing nearby and trying to repel another set of projectiles, couldn't help himself from yelling. “Father!”

                      General Dao held the cane aloft, and mumbled a soft prayer. Then the world fell apart.
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                      • #56
                        An earthquake? Something of Captain Hideki's doing? Ringo's mind rapidly flipped through the dozens of possibilities as the ground beneath her shuddered with such unstable force that it knocked her clean off her sandals. An earsplitting cry shook the air just as hard, something that sounded so unearthly and alien Ringo wondered if it was the Leviathan itself. The girl only had a moment to try and pull herself back up before being buffeted by a hot blast of wind, which instantly spread an obscuring fog (or was it steam?) in all directions. This also knocked her over, but thankfully because of the smokescreen nobody could see it this time.

                        Orders, the orders! Ringo scrambled onto all fours as she crawled back towards where Unmei had been standing moments before. Ringo must protect her teammates. The initial blast of wind died down but a strong, pulsating, and scalding hot wave of air kept washing over her every few seconds. It stung her eyes, so she had to keep them almost completely shut. “Unmei!” Ringo found the strength in her lungs to call out over the squall. “Unmei, make any noise if you can hear me!”

                        Another inhuman screech shook the air. It didn't sound like Unmei. It did sound incredibly, unsettlingly close. And...right behind her. Ringo turned her eyes out of the burning breeze to get a glance at whatever horrible thing made the noise, then immediately wished she hadn't.

                        The fog made it impossible to tell exactly what stood behind her and its size certainly wasn't as intimating as the scream. But for something that rat-like to be that big...Ringo struggled to pull her survival knife out from its sheath. That thing was as big as a cat! No, not one thing, there were dozens! But the way its bristled hairs twitched and its curved snout poked in the air it was unmistakably a rat, or some kind of rodent. Even the Village's most immaculate ships were plagued by the vermin. Yet they never got to this size! Was this some kind of Seagull species? Why had it shown up now, of all times-

                        The shadow pounced while Ringo was still trying to put together the puzzle pieces. The hideous shrieking now shook through her entire body as the beast fell upon her. Ringo lashed out with her knife but each time she tried to strike the creature the weapon seemed to miss entirely, as if she were attacking the fog itself. Was she missing or...

                        A sharp pain pierced her arm as the creature bit down. Now it was Ringo's turn to scream and she quickly spun her body to try and pin the beast between herself and the ground. All she got for the trouble was her elbow slamming into a sharp rock. Standing there, panting from exertion, over the nothing where the rat was supposed to be, Ringo couldn't have been more confused. She squinted and spun her head around looking for where the rat went but saw nothing. Her arm ached, and she touched the spot where fresh blood now oozed, confirming it hadn't been some bizarre hallucination. But even as she thought that the wind seemed to recede and the sun began to pierce the fog. The hellish squall was passing.

                        Visibility improved just enough and Ringo could see the collapsed form of Unmei just a short distance from her. The vaporous fog couldn't let her see any further. Even the sounds of her dragging footsteps sounded muted in the thick atmosphere. Was the battle still raging? What on earth had happened?

                        Was it any of Ringo's business? As she hauled her teammate over her shoulders Ringo knew one thing, and one thing only. She had been given an order and it was her Leviathan mandated duty to follow it through. Ringo turned her back on the beach and fled.
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                        • #57
                          Fatigue hit her like someone dropping an anchor right square on her back. Well, that might have been the literal anchor on her back, too. On the horizon the sun began to set and from their vantage point on the cusp of Seagull's captial Ringo could watch the city's lights and lamps spark to life one by one. Unmei still slept. If not for the girl's breathing and heartbeat Ringo would have assumed her dead. It was a small blessing Ringo's strength gave out right then and there before entering the city- while resting she could see the Seagull patrols navigating the winding stone streets on the hunt.

                          For her? Her team? Almost certainly. Even as the cold sea air moved inland a small warm spot in her chest gave her hope. There was no way they would mobilize so many troops just for two cadets. Captain Hideki must be alive, then! Right?

                          These idle thoughts kept Ringo's mind from drifting off. She wanted to sleep, too. Instead she dug out another handful of root powder to chew on, grimacing as the bitter taste stung her mouth. It was a simple appetite suppressant that, taken over too long a period, would eventually cause death. Which made it more of a poison, really. But with a taste like varnishing fluid the numbing root wasn't exactly trying to hide that fact. For sleep...there was nothing. Captain Hideki recommended coffee and cigarettes but Ringo was a bit short on both.

                          Could she sleep? Moving slightly to re-evaulate their hiding spot one more time Ringo tried to run through the possible scenarios in her head. They were tucked away far from the main road that cut through the middle of Seagull, the same one that her team had been whisked away on not even twenty four hours ago. Despite carrying Unmei the whole way Ringo made sure not to leave obvious tracks, bandaging both their wounds once the coast had gotten clear enough. Unmei also had a strange bite on her...but Ringo had already decided not to think about that too much. There simply wasn't enough energy to spare pondering the universe's vast mysteries.

                          As a precautionary measure prior to taking the short (and growing longer by the moment) rest, Ringo also set up a perimeter of tripwires. Fishing line came in hand for more than one thing. If anyone or any beast stepped through them Ringo would be alerted immediately...as would whoever touched it, so the security wasn't prefect. Unmei lay at the base of a knotted tree trunk covered in fronds. Ringo sat above in the tree and clung to a branch like a nervous inchworm. Apart from the occasional chew and glance down her pair of tiny, military issues binoculars, no sound or movement would give away their position. It was as textbook of a camp site as they came.

                          The sky grew darker as did Ringo's ability to hold onto consciousness. No adrenaline remained to keep her awake. The imminent fear of death that kept her nerves firing on all cylinders had been replaced by a simple, vague, ever present dread. It was a lot easier to sleep through the later. Though she fought to the bitter end Ringo's heavy eyes won out in the end. She paused to blink, let her mind wander for just a couple seconds, then fell asleep.
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                          • #58
                            Food, food, food! Ringo tore through the forest floor with saliva pouring from her ravenous jaw. She couldn't see it and as much as her paws would scrabble through the dirt she couldn't touch it either. But she could smell it! Once again she held her snout up, up over the forest foliage, so she could get another whiff the intoxicating aroma. The scent hit her brain like a punch of the face. Food...food! It was so scarce these days, almost impossible to find, yet here for the first time in years the moment had come once again.

                            But it wasn't just her, oh no. Ringo could sense it, could hear it, in the movement of the grass and the trees around her. Others like her long starved of sustenance now also sought out this alluring promise of a full stomach. A primal anger boiled up in her blood. How dare they? By what right did these other beasts lay claim to this food? A salivating grimace twisted into an angry, teeth bared growl. Delicious, tasty, prime human meat, all for the taking, but being stolen under her snout by foul rivals! She would fight to the death to secure her own!

                            A booming, crashing noise splintered the forest around her, and Ringo found herself flipping and spinning around in the air as the ground beneath her gave way. The earth erupting couldn't stay her fury but the realization of what was coming put a real fear of death in her. This power, this shaking, that guttural cry. It was coming! It was here! She opened her mouth to let out her own cry of pure, uncontrollable fear.

                            The mouth! The mouth was coming! The mouth was coming and it would eat everything!

                            With a start Ringo awoke and quickly choked off her throat from continuing to make whatever bizarre noises it had been doing in her sleep. Her pupils dilated wildly to try and focus in the deep darkness she found herself in. Her grappling hook still secured her firmly to the tree so there was no danger of falling off, but the real shame came in knowing how Ringo had fallen asleep on duty.

                            The dream was forgotten just as quickly. Ringo's eyes strained to pick out the stars from the partly cloudy skies above as she tried to estimate how long she had been out. This would be the best time to move through the city, and she almost slept right through it! The plan, the plan, that was right. Ringo shifted her weight and slowly lowered herself down to Unmei to check on her teammate again.

                            Her orders were to keep Unmei safe. Ringo knew where she wanted to put her, somewhere they could hole up in until the Saint Kagusmaa returned. If there was no interference Ringo estimated it could be done before sunrise.

                            Putting the girl back on her shoulders Ringo looked towards the now mostly dark capital of Seagull. Hatred swelled in her heart but it just as quickly wafted away. A soldier's job wasn't to get revenge. She would see this job through to the end.
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                            • #59
                              Night in the city was a bit different than standing on the night watch at the tavern. Every now and then a soul or group of folks still walking about would pull into view and Ringo would have to hastily duck for cover. Unmei weighing her down only made things more difficult. But these were simply city dwellers, dressed in fine clothes free of the stains that came with the dirtier work that made their lives possible. It hadn't come to this just yet but judging how some walked past the city's sleeping beggars and paupers, Ringo was willing to bet even if caught they would just ignore the two disheveled looking girls. Certainly with Unmei in her greasy rags and Ringo in her battered, tattered Village uniform looked like a couple of urchins!

                              Like a local Ringo navigated through the streets of Seagull. Unmei, whatever her other faults, had seemed to of drawn an accurate map of the area. Ringo's soft bottom sandals eased to a stop right outside of a small bridge which crossed what looked like a canal passing through this part of the capital. A previous conversation replayed itself in her head, something about Seagull using bloodhounds to hunt. It was a real fear but apart from the barking strays that occasionally burst out from nowhere, Ringo had not seen a single guard with a dog. They were likely combing the forest for clues and would catch up before dawn.

                              But a waterway would make a great place to lose the scent, right? With a huff Ringo began to slowly descend the paved berm which the canal flowed over. It wouldn't take long to just quickly dip in and with a little scrub of antiseptic soap clean up the grime on their legs and feet. The rest could be worried about later.

                              The canal and bridge provided the perfect cover as well. Working under the midnight shadow Ringo set to work immediately and ignored the associated unpleasant smells of the area. A few dogs further down the under bridge area let out a few snippy snarls of displeasure but otherwise left the girls alone. Ringo winced as cold water hit a few of her bandaged wounds. That rat bite from had only grown more tender and sensitive over time, but thankfully the places where the spear pierced her skin were sealing up nicely. In the small amount of moonlight available Ringo double checked her stitching, just to be sure. Field medicine was something all cadets got briefed in, and while Ringo practiced more than her fair share of suturing on the Academy's test frogs, this had been her first real go at it. The work was sloppy and had been painful but now the results were quite nice! At the very least it would hold up until the pair could get somewhere safer.
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                              • #60
                                The dogs began to act up again and Ringo stopped her ministrations to grab at her club again. From the splashing noises it seemed like they were approaching from the other end of the bridge culvert. Not a big deal, she could just bop them on the nose a few times and...no, no. Ringo noticed it as they drew closer. The dogs were barking in the other direction. They were retreating, not advancing. Something more threatening than Ringo must be approaching from the other side.

                                Guards? She couldn't see any yellow halo that would signal a lamp being brought closer. Her head turned around to look at the other end of the canal and could not see anything approaching from that end, either. The toothy snarls of the strays grew louder and it became incredibly obvious that whatever it was these animals were frightened of wasn't above them, or in the water. It was right in their direct path.

                                No more context needed here! Ringo could smell something bad brewing and hastened to toss her teammate back over her shoulder. Maybe another pack of dogs was coming or something, or some sizable rats. Whatever! No reason to stick around either way! Ringo began sloshing through the canal as the dogs barking grew more frantic. By the time she was in the moonlight again she could hear the dogs only a few feet behind her. Trudging upstream was a pain but they needed to make sure none of their gross scent trailed them as they got back on the road. Ringo wasn't even planning on looking back.

                                Those plans changed with the frantic yipping and howling turned into pained shrieks. Ringo's eyes craned back as she turned around only slightly to see what the commotion was about.

                                Two halves of a stray plummeted down and hit the water just inches from where she stood. It was too dark to tell- well, tell anything, except that one of the poor beasts had just been cleanly bisected. Ringo's soggy feet didn't budge. Water lapped around her feet quietly while the remaining dogs yelped and hurried to retreat up the canal's paved terrace. Ringo watched the two dog-shaped lumps float downstream and felt that knot in her stomach grow larger. Her club rested in one hand but with Unmei on her back there was no way the girl could put up a fight against anything but mangy canines. Who was it? Who lurked in the dark?

                                The answer burst out of the ground where the dogs congregated. A long, thick, torpedo shaped creature burst out from...from the concrete? The moonlight painted it in a pale gray and its fish-like silhouette could be seen clearly against the night's stars. Like an intangible phantom it rocketed forward and snatched one of the dogs up with its rows of vicious teeth. While it still arced through the air the ghostly monster slammed its jaws shut and chomped the pooch right in the head. The lifeless body of the animal plummeted down and splashed into the water. The carnivore specter silently slipped back into the ground as if it hadn't existed at all.

                                Yelping bloody murder the other strays hastened their departure from the canal. Ringo's straining eyes continued to try and process what just happened. Was this some kind of bizarre Seagull wildlife? Did they have...ghost sharks?

                                This was no time for rational thought. Ringo's feet unfroze as the adrenaline began to pump into her veins. This defied everything she learned in the Academy. Wherever she ran, Ringo would be treading into uncharted territory.
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