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Old 07-12-2017, 05:54 PM   #1
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In a previous mission of his, Ryu fought a thug that had injected himself with something that granted him enormous power. It was a power that boosted his physical capabilities and granted him a chakra shell of some sort and it was something that resembled a bijuu’s chakra. It couldn’t really have been a bijuu in a bottle, could it?

Since that mission the jinchuuriki took the initiative and handed over the injection to the authorities in the hidden leaf who in turn had the science team investigate it. Even though the scientists couldn’t get much in terms of results, they did manage to confirm that the traces of chakra in the syringe actually did come from a bijuu.

Once the scientists were done there were several investigations going on, trying to pinpoint the source of the injection. The hidden leaf was trying to determine which madman was attempting to hand out bottles of bijuu power. The issue had some very dangerous implications and Ryu could imagine two different possibilities. It was either that someone was offering bijuu powers for sale or that someone was about to supercharge an army.

A single lead was found that could potentially provide some answers. It turned out that a missing nin that went by the name of Kata was hunting bijuuko and capturing them rather than defeating or destroying them. It was rather unheard of for someone to go through the hassle of of battling bijuuko of different power levels for the sake of capturing them so it was definitely suspicious.

There were several sighting of Kata in Nieyu, and he definitely wasn’t there just to drink their famous tea, as there have been complaints about a roaming bijuuko from people in the tea industry in that area. Kata’s presence in the same area couldn’t have been just a coincidence.

So Ryu was waiting just outside the main entrance to Nieyu, awaiting Tatsuo’s arrival. The chuunin was going to be Ryu’s partner for their investigation and they needed to be hasty since there was no telling where Kata would head after his own hunt was over.
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Old 07-30-2017, 03:35 AM   #2
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It was good to get out of the city. In the week since his last mission, he — well, Fist mostly — had been plagued by the petitions of public property teams to curb any future enthusiasm for justice at all costs. Tatsuo couldn’t see any of those appeals striking the desired chord with the older teen. Fist did as Fist could, so those guys were Fisting up the wrong tree. By comparison, the Chuunin had actually been receiving more heat from the hoodlums they’d put away, but the criminals’ cries of brutality where mostly hot air for deaf ears. Tatsuo held no regrets about the way he’d carried out his duty; he’d simply done what had been needed, as he hoped to do today. But how did you battle a bijuu, really? And much less capture one? The city didn’t hold those answers.

However, the experiences of his betters just might. Travelling easily enough by treetop, Tatsuo turned his thoughts to the Hada superior he was journeying to meet. Kojirou Ryu was a man of no small renown, feat or ambition. That much, he knew. To work side by side with another one of the greats so soon sent a thrilling chill across Tatsuo’s shoulders. He must have been doing something right to be awarded a mission of such import. Maybe others were finally recognising that his warrior way got results. He certainly liked to think so.

Back on solid ground, the vortex of colours in his peripherals shifted from dark greens and raw umbers to lighter tones, highlighted by flashes of white where the sun lit up the ferns. This particular dirt track approaching Nieyu was one far less travelled, but exceedingly more direct than the leisurely jaunts into tea country that most would invariably prefer. Rife with whipping bushes and hidden rabbit holes, it wouldn’t be everyone’s cup of tea, he mused, amused, but Ryu-san had stipulated that his junior officer make haste, and this was the best way the woodcutter’s son knew how. He broke through the forest’s edge a minute or so later, skirting one of the outlying farms that indicated he was close.

Bleugh.

He was covered in burrs and twigs. Most were easily brushed from his hair and arms, but he was still picking bits of foliage from under the straps for his shield mount when the world brightened and the main road appeared, along with its sole occupant, garbed in black and bristling with swords. If it hadn’t been instantly recognisable as Ryu-san, Tatsuo reckoned he could have made a good case for it being the mysterious Kata instead. I mean, there’s no way this bijuu-hunter’s gonna be your average guy. Not a chance.

He slowed.

“Muramoto Tatsuo, sir. Reporting in.”

He wasn’t late, so he wasn't sorry.

He was ready.
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Old 07-30-2017, 01:57 PM   #3
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As the Jinchuuriki waited, he spotted his chuunin teammate approaching from the distance. The boy wasn’t by any means late, but Ryu was in a hurry to get moving. Tatsumo arrived with a formal greeting to which Ryu responded with a slight nod and quickly turned to start moving. The plan was to circle the Nieyu in hopes of spotting Kata, the bijuuko or clues that would lead to one of them. All of the bujuuko sightings claimed that the creature was in the outskirts of town and not actually inside it so it made sense to look around rather than in it; Taka was bound to be looking for the same thing.

The bijuuko sightings never gave matching descriptions, meaning that it doesn’t really stay in place much, but it seems to have taken interest in the general area.” The jounin immediately started with a mission briefing and personal insights. “However, all the witnesses claim to have spotted it in the plains, which rules out the area west of Nieyu.

The jounin already knew enough about his partner to immediately have him thrown into the mess of things so he saw no need to exchange pleasantries or discuss specialities. Ryu had a good idea of what Tatsumo was capable of and Ryu had a reputation that precedes him, having been a jounin that had earned his stripes. Being the host of Hamza, the seven tailed demon also bolstered that reputation greatly.

Our mission is to intercept and interrogate Taka. He is not to be killed.” Ryu explained. “The secondary objective is to rid this area of the bijuuko. There is already a contract for it and we may as well take care of that while we’re here, although Taka might already by doing that for us.
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Old 08-04-2017, 06:53 AM   #4
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Tatsuo fell into step just a little behind the Jounin, one boy and his vastly taller, darker and more infamous shadow. He listened attentively but kept his eyes on his surroundings. General area was, after all, generally anywhere. He began to ponder whether asking after all the places the spirit hadn't allowed itself to be spotted but thought better of it. Instead, he turned his mind to Ryu's stipulation for non-lethal force only.

Fist had mentioned something similar in the aftermath of their mission, about the way the Chuunin had taken their opponents to task; clearly it was deemed a necessary condition where Tatsuo was involved. Should he be flattered? The woodcutter's son wasn't sure, but the warrior in him took the instruction in his stride. Adapt. Flow.

Subdue.


"Understood, sir."

Now for his question.

"And if we find Taka beforehand, should we intercept immediately or observe and wait for him to tire himself first in catching the bijuuko?"

They approached the plains by walking the line between the Nieyu housing and the edge of the eastern tea plantations, which didn't offer much in the way of shade. The pygmy trees and evergreen bushes, pruned to within an inch of nature, sprawled over the rolling hills, reminding Tatsuo of the unmade bed awaiting him at home. A warrior, to be sure, but still just a teenager. His rolling eyes fell on Ryu again, whom he was now walking beside.

There's more to life than a tidy bed.

He could imagine what his mother might say to that. Then his dad. Then what they'd say about a lot of his decisions. Then he'd just point at Ryu, like working in a two-man team with a Jounin was a get-out-of-jail-free bragging rights card for any pernickety situation he wouldn't be able to win otherwise. Logic rarely triumphed when family was involved.

He sighed quietly. The rustling of tea leaves rose steadily in the background, drowning out the muted sounds of distant workers and sending a light chill down Tatsuo's spine. It was cool despite the sun, which was now a bright bulb behind gauzy clouds.

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Old 08-07-2017, 04:15 PM   #5
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Tatsuo’s suggestion seemed to be a tactically sound one and perhaps even a little wicked. Ryu liked the idea but he had some doubts about the ability to put it into application due to the risks that might be involved. The mission heavily revolved around the information that Taka possessed, making the criminal’s well-being vital to the mission’s success so the jounin was quite uncomfortable putting such an important target at risk.

Bijuuko can be unpredictable creatures so even if they aren’t really that strong fighting them can be tricky. If anything were to happen to Taka we’d lose our only lead.” Ryu replied, leaning towards disagreement with the suggested plan.

The jinchuuriki knew from experience that bijuuko occasionaly possesed some strange abilities, giving them an edge in combat due to the surprise factor. However Ryu’s experience in fighting bijuuko was very limited and Taka was practically a veteran chakra creature hunter. The hunter definitely knew what he was doing and perhaps Ryu was worrying too much about him.

Then again Taka is supposedly well-versed in hunting these creatures… far more than we are, at least.” It was a little difficult for the jounin to admit that someone was better than he was at some aspect of fighting, but it was unfortunately true.

Kojirou was basically in argument with himself, but he was starting to agree with Tatsuo’s plan as it seemed to be a very reasonable one and not quite as risky as it may have seemed. The two leaf shinobi just needed to be ready to intervene and prevent any unnecessary danger to Taka.

We can observe first,” He agreed. “But be ready to step in if it gets dangerous for him or drags on for too long. No unnecessary risks.

Ryu then heard a roar, or shriek of some sort. His mind was racing, trying to figure out what it was but Hamza did the thinking for him. It was a sound that the seven tails knew well.

That’s it!” The beast spoke with excitement.

"There." Ryu echoed with his standard monotone speech as he pointed at the direction of the sound.
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Old 08-28-2017, 05:20 AM   #6
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Tatsuo felt like he should be taking notes. He’d never laid eyes on a bijuuko and this was his first time working with someone so intimately acquainted with the strange chakra beasts, so it was going to be a day of firsts, he could tell. So they can be unpredictable. And don’t have to be strong. He wondered if this meant the creatures shared traits with actual animals. Unpredictable like a wounded fox backed into a corner, or in the sense that they act entirely at odds with nature — in alien ways that don’t make sense to mortals like us?

Then there was the issue of the so-called bijuuko hunter. If this Taka was such an expert, and there were still beasts who could yet get the better of him, Tatsuo would need to add another line to his mental list. Hm. Might be insanely strong too. Insanely unnaturally unpredictable.

The possibilities thrilled and terrified him in equal parts. Never mind laying eyes on one. What if the young warrior had to fight the thing? Would it be safe to touch? Could it be touched, even? And how would the beast fight? The more he considered the particulars of such a meeting, the more a strange sense of nervous euphoria washed over him. Like lighter fluid, cool and slick with the promise of heat, but perhaps too much.

The person he needed to be asking these things to, really, was Ryu. He nodded, agreeing with the man’s call to avoid needless risk, chewing his lip in concentration as he added that to the tally of things to ask while it was still safe to converse openly. His lips parted. Then he froze.

The sound came from the fields. His hand went instinctively to his sword as he held his breath.

What. Was. That?

Though he followed Ryu’s arm, there was nothing. Tea leaves in the wind. He paced past the other man, eyeing the length of the plantation, row by row, but still not quite sure whether he wanted to find what he was looking for. Yet he knew what he had heard, and even if this creature didn’t follow the laws of nature — even if its voice had issued from the depths of hell — Tatsuo swore he recognised what it was feeling. It wasn’t the roar of the charge, but a shriek of surprise. If it hadn’t been the bijuuko, he couldn’t imagine what might drive a person to make that blood-curdling sound. Something from their nightmares.

One way or another, the two shinobi were following it. His fingers relaxed but remained on the hilt nonetheless, palm shifting to a better grip for drawing from behind his back, and he minimised his profile so that he wouldn’t stand out among the tea bushes, exhaling through his words.

“Only necessary ones, then.”
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Exactly

The Jounin then slowly approached the area. The first noise he heard was a loud shriek, but as he closed in on the area he started to hear the sounds of combat and it was just getting progressively louder and louder so Ryu hurried up and picked up his pace, expecting his partner behind him to follow suit.

The jinchuuriki maintained a low stance as he made his way through the plains until he found a batch of tall grass that was close enough to the action and he hid behind it, having a clear view of the ongoing fight.

He could clearly see Taka who perfectly fit the description he was given. A tall but slender man dressed in multiple layers ragged clothing in desert colors. He also was quite obviously armed to the teeth. The dark skin tone and the short hair were also just as described. The Bijuuko on the other hand was of a reddish color and took a form that resembled a feline.

Let's see how he deals with this Bijuuko.” Ryu spoke quietly. “It's a good chance to learn from his experience. “

The jounin kept his focus on the hunter had a reassuring look. He was quite calm and confident despite the angry Bijuuko aggressively attacking him. The feline creature seemed intent on clawing out the hunter's face but he was adept at dodging, moving nimbly in reaction to each attack. It seemed as if he was trying to figure out if there was a certain pattern to the bijuuko’s strikes.

Ryu then noticed what Kata was figuring out. The Bijuuko paused for a few moments after a few strikes every single time. Kata himself was methodically fighting and it seemed that he was taking any risks himself. He waited for the next pause just as it started and laid a single hammer like punch on top of the cat’s head. The strike carried great explosive strength knocking the bijuuko face first into the dirt.

Taka didn't even try to follow up with a combo but instead he backed away, ready to repeat the cycle as the monster roared and got back onto its feet.

He's quite the professional.“ Ryu commented.

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“I…don’t think he needs our help.”

He gestured at the display distractedly, whispering through his teeth. Tatsuo had been watching closely, fascinated. So many of his questions had already been answered by Taka’s lesson in how to beat a bijuuko. With experiential panache. And patience. It was a lesson they could learn from, when the time was right to use it. He edged in closer behind the Jounin and pushed his sleeves further up his forearms, wary that they were being given an opportunity here.

“And it doesn’t look like he’s tiring. Might be tough taking him in, even after…this. Maybe we should be taking one of those necessary risks now and finding some ambush positions for when he wins. Or in case he doesn't.”

Even if it was only to get him a better angle on observing the battle, Tatsuo thought his stream of consciousness had fabricated a good plan, and one which Ryu could hardly dismiss. Taka was their primary target, after all. And if he went down, Mission failure.

“Can’t risk losing our mark.”

Whoever we strike, we can’t be camped out like this.

The thought stirred him into action, and he pushed the heels of his hands down the length of his body, fingers in seals, to unfurl a mottled camouflage of colour that quickly seeped into every fabric he wore. Even his shield lost its sheen, taking on the appearance of dusty stone. When he was finished donning his Magic Cloak, he placed his fingers against the crumbling dirt and lowered himself into a more animalistic and mobile crouch, on the tips of all fours, ready to roll through the long grasses like liquid smoke at a moment’s notice.

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The fight went on systematically just as it did earlier. The whole thing was impressive to watch but the end result was quite obvious; Taka had it in the bag and the bijuuko didn’t stand a chance. Bit by bit the missing nin was wearing down his target using minimal amounts of effort. Taka’s safety was not in any risk at all. Ryu actually wanted to put some extra pressure on his target.

This is too one-sided.” The leaf jounin commented. “This creature is too weak and we should even the odds.

There was no point in trying to hunt a well-rested criminal when there was an ample opportunity to make him at least sweat a little bit and so Ryu decided to interrupt the redundant fight and make it a little more interesting.

But let’s not anger the bijuuko just yet though. Maybe it could function as a makeshift ally.

Taka had just landed another explosive punch on the cat-like bijuuko. The strike managed to shake the whole area and it clearly hurt but according to the pattern it was going to take the creature just a few moments to strike again, so it was the perfect time to create a distraction.

The jinchuuriki then got up from his spot as he waved his right arm with a kunai in hand. “Hey!” He yelled, successfully catching the man’s attention.

Taka turned towards, Ryu for just a brief moment and that was all it took for the bijuuko to land its first strike and hop on top of Taka. The two wrestled each other for a bit and Taka was clearly the stronger of the two and so he ended up on top of the cat creature while pinning it onto the ground as it squirmed and struggled, but not before it scraped and bruised its hunter. Meanwhile taka looked up towards Ryu and gave him a death stare while he simultaneously started pulling out a device from his pouch.

“Stay out of this.” Taka threatened.

The jounin could clearly see that Taka was physically very strong, and he probably had a bunch of other skills at his disposal but surely he was no Kojirou Ryu. The jinchuuriki from leaf completely ignored the theat. He even contemplated aiding the bijuuko once more, but he still wanted taka alive. A captured or killed Bijuuko was also part of what he was going for so the jounin just wanted to see what the device Taka had was going to do exactly.

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Waving.

Tatsuo receded deeper in the long grass until he could feel the damp against his ankles, subconsciously retreating out of sight. Distancing himself from Ryu’s brazen tactic. The man possessed all the finesse of a rookie Genin. Sure, it did the trick, and was probably the least invasive method available to the pair, but was tantamount to waving at a wildcat and a wolf. Expression frozen in a kind of tense trust entered into against his will, Tatsuo nodded firmly to the Jounin and continued to circle the fight, mind racing in the fleeting stillness for a follow-up before one or both of their targets decided to turn on the blithe tourist.

Fortunately, he detected a renewed flurry of movement and the sharp grunts of human exertion, counting his blessings that this would not be the case. Yet. A sudden, coarse wind cut the nearby stalks and his train of thought in half. He leapt ahead, long and low, rolling across the ground to remain beneath their line of sight. He rose to the stiff buffet of another breeze. No. Shockwave. He dropped, hand over hand, in a dragon crawl, kunai-keen eyes peering into the thick of the melee through tight-knit lashes. Noting things. Like how the Bijuuko reacted to physical strikes but seemed unfazed by the physical effects of terrain, swirling around the twisting hunter in between attacks in a bid to find a dominant position. Made of spiritual energy, a kind of quasi-substance. And noting the terrain itself: brushes of medium to tall grasses; the shorter vegetation on which their targets now tussled; stacks of young trees littering the area; the rushing sound of water emanating some distance away. Tatsuo wasn’t sure where.

Quickly, an idea formed. He heard the hunter’s voice, raspy yet rigid. Annoyed more than anxious. If Ryu stood at six o’clock, Tatsuo was at two. He felt along his belt. Thumbed the clasp on one of his pouches. Caltrops, a pain in the ass, if you had an ass to roll over. Checked his line of sight. Taka was on top now, reaching for something. Something in his hand. Game changer. Tatsuo slid back, two pouches to the left, lips taut against his teeth. Kunai. No choice. Make it happen.

Squaring his sights, picking his angles, he flung two dark daggers. Two targets: one, the narrow trunk of the tree in front of Taka, to break the man's focus; the other, the contraption in his hand, to knock it aside, along with whatever advantage it posed. Then he rolled away towards one o’clock, disappearing again.

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