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Old 08-12-2019, 08:53 PM   #11
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As it was, his eyes were glued to the fight, not entirely certain of which way it would go or how he would even go about supporting the other guy running literal circles around the Snow shinobi. The Aramaki jutsu was direct and destructive. Its limitations suddenly grew glaringly obvious. He was lost in all that thought when the Nara's voice echoed from behind him and his heart nearly leapt right out of his throat.

Tenzan only knew Nara Shikagerou by reputation. He'd never actually met the man, but he'd heard plenty of stories to know exactly who he was on sight. God only knew what Hitomi had told the elder Nara about him. He wanted to object to being referred to as 'some fool' but he couldn't very well argue the truth of the description. After the initial shock, he was honestly relieved not to have to figure this out on his own.

"...sorry." Tenzan could tell the sennin wasn't mad. Though he'd probably get yelled at later for taking such reckless action, he at least didn't have to face it in that exact moment. "I just counted the two," he said, unable to hide the escaping tension in his breath. Just the idea of having been able to send a clone back made him a little more annoyed at himself--something else he couldn't really do. This seemed like the right thing to do at the outset but now...

He couldn't really worry about that now.

"Assist. Right." He peeked around the corner again. Tenzan at least knew what Tsuginori was doing--Sanshiro had done the same to him once before. As good an opening as the was, Tenzan's focus was on the spider. Rushing in wasn't a smart option.

Then again, Tenzan wasn't really known for taking the smart option.

Erratic flames trailed his step as he moved into the open and darted forward toward the bottom of the stairwell. His steps were quiet and he was surprisingly quick for his size, but his steps were deliberately non-linear. As wild as his approach was, each step was measured. He was watching, waiting, for something specific. As the Snow-nin swatted at the illusory birds, Tenzan thrust his fist forward and a series of three fireballs catapulted off his gloved knuckles, all aimed right for the back of Sero's head.

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Old 08-13-2019, 05:35 PM   #12
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Shit!

Sugimoto had to reveal his true position to attack the snow ninja, but that opened himself up to attack. The eight wires of the kumo-summon didn’t even begin to register as visible in the prison’s darkened halls - - but he had seen the attack go for his clones just a few moments ago, and had heard the sound of the wires rushing through the air. He stepped off of his attack on the Yukigakure loyalist and dropped his sword to rush through a series of handseals, slapping his hands together.

The room filled with a blazing white-hot light for a moment, and when it cleared, Sugimoto had disappeared into the darkness, only his sword clattering to the ground to show that he had been there at all.

Just in time for Tenzan’s attack on the ninja.

Remarkable!” The Nara cheered, both to reinforce Tenzan’s morale as well as to draw attention to himself. The truth was, Tenzan was a bit out of his element here...but the Yukigakure shinobi had managed to hold back Sugimoto and that beast he had contracted to himself was a horrific nightmare. There was too much going on for the Nara to focus on it all on his own.

Not without damaging the prison or risking collateral damage, anyway.

Let me show you my fire, too.” He blazed to life with his own Ryuujin-fu technique, fire spitting and spiraling around his limbs with bright enough fury to fully illuminate the halls. The sweat on his brow evaporated away as his hair rose up against the heat. “As I protect this precious village of mine!

Fighting monsters - - sometimes you fought them in the guise of human men and women, but sometimes they were just that. The grotesque form of the spider made his stomach turn, but his teeth were gritting together with a determined fury as he struck out with a spear-handed strike. “Back to the Hell you came from, beast!

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Old 08-14-2019, 06:25 AM   #13
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Sero grew angry at the idea that his prey had escaped, and even more so that he was able to get blinded by such an attack. However, it would have seemed that Sero was the winner in the end. More so, the man had left his sword to be handled by the yuki shinobi. It held no great difference to his own but it was nonetheless a weapon, a ornament for his trouble within the halls of that prison.

Before Sero could even recover from the flashing light illuminated in the halls of the once dark prison he was bombarded by what he could only describe at the time as fire. The heat from the attack had some weight to it and he would lie to say that he didn’t feel some kind of power to the side of his head.

It was certainly enough to knock him up a few steps, nearly tripping on the staircase in itself. Luckily, Suro was there to grab him from falling down. As his vision began to refocus on the situation, it became abundantly clear that there was now even more of an issue.

Instead of facing just one leaf shinobi, he now had to face two and what was even worse was the fact that one of the shinobi was a famed Nara that even Sero knew about. A Sennin does not go unnoticed no matter what village they were from and it was the fear that struck Sero for a moment that made him realize he was still alive. Still afraid of what could happen. It was with that idea that Sero plotted his next attack.

A hyper condense ball of ice hovered above his head and for a moment Sero thought to himself that there was no going back after this one. The spider rushed to the next floor not before setting his own trap as well. Within the shadows of the dark hallway his shadow would continue to linger. It was benign for all intensive purposes; at least for the moment.

”Better run Sero stated as the ball flashed through the air, aimed directly towards the duo.

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The Nara's encouragement was surprisingly comforting. It wasn't the kind of reinforcement that he was used to; Aramaki Shin was a rather stern taskmaster when he was alive, and notoriously stingy with praise.

Go big or go home.

Tenzan had to repeat that, over and over, as if it were a prayer or a mantra. He was well aware that this Snow shinobi could very well end him, and that likelyhood went up if he made a mistake. He didn't have time to hesitate or doubt himself. He had to act. He had to think. He had to move.

All three blows hit home; the chuunin was a little surprised that he'd almost managed to knock the guy over, even with what was essentially a surprise attack. Tenzan was still focused more on the horrific nightmare fuel that was the spider. It didn't engage as Tenzan thought it would--rather, it skittered up the steps. That was bad. He had one shot and zero options. But he wasn't alone.

He had to make a rapid guess at what the sennin would do. If this were Hitomi, Yori, Iwao, Kiyoko... hell, even Sanshiro, he wouldn't have even thought about it. Inwardly, he steeled himself for the consequences of what was about to happen--whatever it was.

Tenzan flashed a series of handseals and the flames engulfing his legs from the knees down began to spark with more vigor. He crouched and then suddenly catapulted forward, a single wisp of flame marking his lanuch, sending him careening past the Snow-nin.

"Aramakis don't run."

Tenzan stopped suddenly on the other side of Sero and traced a circle with both hands in the air, a volatile sphere of erratic flame forming between his palms. He thrust the ball forward and it grew larger in a disturbingly short amount of time, with a violent bass that shook the entire corridor. He didn't notice the glacier until afterward, potentially shoving the Snow-nin into his own jutsu. Meanwhile the sennin's flames shot well over his head, aimed at withdrawing spider; if Tenzan had gone after it, he might've gotten right in the way.

Of course... now he was stuck between the shinobi he just attacked TWICE and the creepy spider. The flames on his limbs sputtered and faded as he took a combat stance. The countdown in his head began.

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Old 08-16-2019, 09:03 PM   #15
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For a moment, Shikagerou was grinning over at Tenzan, even as his fiery attack fell short to the shadows of the spider that was slipping away through the spaces between spaces - - as that Yukigakure shinobi’s aim was off and the orb of intense cold, a cold so powerful he felt the chill even beyond his flames, sailed right past his shoulder and down the hallway behind him. But then there was a crack, and a sound of wood and metal becoming shrapnel as the cold suddenly expanded and grew out at a terrifying speed.

Where did Sugimoto go? flashed through his head. He wasn’t able to track him behind his flare, and only had barely sensed him slipping back and away from the fight. The man known as “Cremation” wasn’t known to run away from a fight. Would he be trapped in that ice and shrapnel?

The thick, rumbling bass of Tenzan’s attack blew out his right ear - - it popped and he gritted his teeth to find his balance again, even as the concussive force was directed away from him. That ice was still moving towards him as he shifted his feet, coming off of his spear-handed strike and already forming handseals like an old ninjutsu pro. He slapped his hands down and the tell-tale sign of his mastery over Konoha’s mokuton-style ninjutsu was apparent as a floral scent emanated from his body with the excretion.

The wooden walls of the hallway splintered out from their positions and crashed against each other, like the paper-wall doors of a feudal castle, one after an other, slamming shut only to be overwhelmed by the ice. Slam, slam, slam, slam - - rudimentary door-like shapes kept colliding together as the sennin let out a painful grunt.

When the dust settled, a single, final growth of the ice had still managed to break through the final door, just inches away from Shikagerou’s face. He eyed down the icicle shape, like he barely recognized it, before turning to Tenzan.

You al’right?” He stood up with some effort - - tendrils and vines had sprouted around his wrists as he ushered life into the worked wood. He brushed the growth away from him as he broke off the ice and let out a tsk. “Stopped this sneaky attack, but...

The Yukigakure ninja was nowhere to be seen - - likely slipping farther up the facility - - and the sounds of the ice cracking and breaking away at the hallway didn’t drown out the sounds of inmates cheering as they broke free from their compromised cells on the other side of the carnage of ice and wood. “If the Hokage and his Centurions made it, they’ll be able to handle that side no problem.

He turned to Tenzan and said it simply: “That means the rest of this is on our shoulders.
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:40 PM   #16
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It is what Sero wanted. He wanted to make sure that there was no way back up into the area that he would go next. There was no doubt that the snow shinobi could defeat the young boy in front of him. The fire that had hit him previously was strong, however, it was not strong enough to knock him out even with a surprise attack. That meant that he had the upper hand and he would be able to do something that would allow for him to defeat these two current shinobi.

The surprising skill of the Sennin behind him allowed for Sero to take his attack to the next level before it was too late. He wanted to make sure that he was able to at least escape.

”thats all you got??” Sero stated as he warped his hands into a weave of hand signs as he dodged the large concussive force emanating from the chuunin. The metal appendages grabbed the wall and flipping the jounin upside down. The force of the attack heading straight for the Sennin.

Sero jumped into the shadow that was laid against the wall. All the sudden Sero was atop the stairs next to his spider summon who in turn was already setting up his next attack; in connection of Sero and his own ice attack.

A large plume of smoke erupted through the hallway in conjunction of ice spears.


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The Dragon's Roar wasn't certainly faster and stronger the way Aramaki Shin used it. Tenzan had seen his grandfather use it numerous times with a disturbing amount of speed and precision. Tenzan, however, was not his grandfather, and just the delay and strain of using the technique was enougo to create a gap that made it easy for a jounin to dodge, even in relatively close range. For a second, Tenzan froze--he really didn't expect that at all.

But Sero wasn't fighting back, at least, not directly. Tenzan staved off panic long enough to have noticed at least that, and he was certain that it wasn't without reason. The reverberating bass from the explosive fire from his palms wore off just long enough for him to hear the snow-nin mumble something. The chuunin's fists clenched as the intruder made his escape.

"Who the hell are you calling thin, pretty boy?!" He swung at empty air--no fire, no nothing, just errant embers after the Dragon's Roar snuffed his inner flame. Somewhere in the chaos, he'd forgotten, and his right hand did look... smaller. Nothing touched him. When did that happen?

"Definitely not okay..."
he called back to the sennin, eyes barely following Sero through the dim lighting. Most of the light had been snuffed out save for the barred windows, and if anything the rain was starting to come down even harder outside. He didn't even notice the smoke until after, adrenaline mixed in with the numbing sensation starting in his fingertips. He saw the Snow jounin raise his hands and fire... something. He wouldn't have seen it save for the bright flash of lightning outside the window. He all but threw himself to his left, managing to avoid it.

In hindsight, he'd kick himself for not noticing the other two.

All Tenzan felt was a sharp, searing pain rip through his left shoulder and a tremendous pressure forcing him backward and pinning him to the ground. His first instinct was to grab whatever it was and yank it out; the spear was too long for him to do so even with his right hand, and his hand wouldn't stop shaking.

"...definitely... not okay..."

Behind Shikagerou, Tenzan could hear the aftermath of the destructive force of the Snow shinobi's clash with the sennin and the approaching inmates. Nothing abut the situation was good, and it only seemed to be getting worse.
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Old 08-25-2019, 04:39 PM   #18
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Shikagerou had encountered Ice Ninjutsu before - - many had, recently. There were many options involved with crushing Snow and moving along and collecting the remaining combatants off the field. Even to this very day, the occasional remaining soldier - - like the fellow attacking here - - would stand across from a Konoha ninja and attempt an assassination. So, he had been prepared for the ice spears - - the flicker of light disrupted by the smooth movement, the sound of the weapons rushing through the air.

The less experienced Tenzan was not. The warm blood of the chuunin sizzled against the permafrost ice and immediately started to congeal around it. The Nara tutted his tongue, his hands already pressed together in a handseal as he slammed his body against the wall behind the man.

Don’t worry,” He said to Tenzan. “The shadows grow greater the closer we approach the fire

There was a sound like a rope snapping taught and he felt himself breaking into a grin, even as the noxious smoke washed over him. His fingers started to tremble as he could hear his rough skin trying to form handseals, but without any tactile response from his nerves, it was just a clumsy mess.

It didn’t matter, terribly, at that point, though. The two atop the staircase wouldn’t be making any sudden moves, either.

His shadow had slunk around Tenzan during his collapse, ran up the staircase after the spider - - and as Sero moved into position up there alongside him, snagged them both in a single push.

Without his ability to form handseals, though, he wouldn’t be able to choke the life out of them, but…

Why don’t you just sit down and tell me why you’re doing this?

He slammed back on his rear like a sumo wrestler, both hands on his knees. Sero and the spider didn’t have a choice but to follow in turn. They were safe, for now, since the only way up was blocked by wooden debris and ice behind the Nara, meaning it was just the four of them - - although, Sero slumping his ass down on that spider-beast might be enough to send him packing back home.

I got all night, kid. My shift ends at sunrise.

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What had he done wrong? What had he not calculated? Why was he now forcibly sitting in a sumo stance on the top of the stairs with his spider? Those were all the questions he had to ask himself and it became quickly apparent as an unusual and supernatural shadow restricted his movements. It was something he was quite aware of and he knew his opponent to be a Nara, but he never thought this persons shadow was so quick. It was almost uneasy to think that this was going to be the downfall of the snow shinobi. However, as the situation continued to play out he wondered exactly what would happen next.

Sero listened closely as he looked around the scenario. There was just him and the Nara, the boy, but he was pinned, and his spider. It was an anxious feeling that rushed over Sero as he began to contemplate what he would say.

”I am here to grab my friends! The ones you all captured! The ones you all killed! I am here to create a new Yukigakure. Once more I am here to destroy Kohona! Do you not think there are more of me? The men and woman you have trapped here are just the tip of the iceberg. There are more of us. We are coming to exact our revenge and you will all burn.” Sero stated with a cold calculated tone of voice. His face contorted in anger as he struggled to get out of the shadow prison.
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Over the course of several seconds, Tenzan wasn't sure how many times he passed out or zoned out. The searing pain in his shoulder was just as effective at making his already numb form go blank as it was at rousing him with a new bout of debilitating discomfort, and he could hardly stand. Thankfully, Shikagerou grabbed him, eliminating his need to walk under his own powerThe ice spear snapped and shattered as he moved, leaving a sizeable piece in and renewing his agoly.

What the hell are you doing?

His grandfather's voice rose out of his delirium. He looked up through half-opened eyes and saw nothing but the sennin, Sero, and the spider. Even through the numbness, the warmth of his own blood trailing down to his fingertips was persistent.

Breathe, boy. In... and out. Fire lives, fire breathes. You can always find your strength--

--if you remember to breathe.

The chuunin inhaled slowly and exhaled through gritted teeth, trying to will away the pain. Once, twice, and once again, he felt his control building until a sharp exhale produced a thin but visible gout of flame. It was barely noticable, like the flicker of a lighter. One more inhale... and the next exhale set his limbs ablaze with a triumphant roar. The Pain Gate flew open and Tenzan tore the remnants of the spear from his shoulder.

He did not look amused.

"I don't care HOW many of you there are." The flames surrounding Tenzan's body were chaotic and somehow contained; around his hands, they formed a nearly solid reddish-orange claw. More or less able to stand on his own, the brilliant white glow where his eyes had been flared with a laser focus on the Snow-nin threatening his home. If nothing else, Tenzan's inner flame turned outward was making the sennin's shadows even bigger.

"The only reason I don't burn your tongue out RIGHT NOW is because I want to see you suffer for everything you did tonight." Tenzan could barely contain his burgeoning rage, though it was hard to know if that shaking was because he was just that enraged or if it was the genjutsu. His bolstered strength made it hard to deny that, at least physically, he was vastly more dangerous than he'd been at the outset. And there were several of the guards who he'd met... He knew and taught their children.

He would see Sero burn--even if he had to do it himself.

Behind him, the ruckus caused by the inmates was growing louder; at this point, it was a full-on prison break. The destruction behind them would make it difficult to reach them, and it wasn't terribly likely that escaping inmates would try to go up... but some of them were insane so it was hard to know sor sure. Tenzan took a step forward, embers scattering at his footfall. There was an odd, low-pitched whine as the flaming claws on his hands became notably more stable and solid.

There really was very little stopping him from outright destroying this man and his eight-legged pet. The only thing stopping him was Shikagerou.

He hadn't thought abut it much, but considering how he'd seen other Nara operate, the sennin wasn't as quick to just rip the Snow shinobi's head off. The only thing that stayed Tenzan's explosive hands was wondering what exactly the elder shinobi was thinking.

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