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Old 02-10-2019, 08:30 PM   #11
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This was all a bit much to process for a rooster, so Ichi stood on his perch and watched the antics for a while. The crumbly autonomous creature giving chase to the boy must have been some kind of shinobi magic, or an animal Ichi had never seen before. Either way it didn't take too many brain cells to understand one shouldn't pick fights with things much bigger than you. The boy apparently didn't meet that threshold, though, and threw a rock at the bigger rock. Had he angered it? Ichi certainly would have been angry!

Even so, there was another directive that Master branded into Ichi's consciousness through her harsh training. It was one of loyalty. A Mist soldier backs up their companions, even if they are dumb! Even if they are terrible! Even if they deserve everything that is happening to them! The boy wore the insignia of Hidden Mist and that meant Ichi was duty bound to protect him. There was no greater honor than to die for a comrade! Except dying for Master, of course.

So Ichi took flight.

Other than the creaking and groaning of the rock and dirt rubbing together, the statue made no noises. Ichi circle around it twice and followed Master's ingrained battle plan. Look for openings! Well, it didn't have eyes, though it did have a head. There was no throat to slit, no exposed flesh to stab, no big red shiny gem to indicate a point of weakness. Tiny bits and pieces of it seemed to fall off with each step it took, so maybe if they kept this cat and mouse game up for a few days it'd erode away into nothing. Ichi filed that idea away for later.

Alright, no openings! Next on the Master's checklist: Slow the target down! The creature's lumbering steps failed to keep pace with the scampering kid and his dog, so...Ichi was going to consider that one accomplished. Master would be so proud!

What next? Exploit blind spots! That should be easy! The creature possessed no eyes, so it must be blind. Whatever mechanism it used for sight wasn't light based, which meant Ichi could do whatever he wanted. With a series of even clucks he landed in front of the path of the statue. After a bit of scampering too and fro he made his move.

”KACAW!”

The monster's torso lurched forward towards the chicken. Ichi stood firm and looked kind of disinterested.

In the next moment the cave was filled with the sounds of rocks crashing against one another. The statue tumbled forward as its tree-trunk thick legs caught against the spools of metal wire Ichi laid moments ago. It fell to its knees(?), stopping just short of where the chicken so confidently stood. Great success!

Then its arm shot forward and smashed into the bird, sending it careening away into the darkness of the cavern with a soft ”Bakaaaaaaaaaaaw...”
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Old 02-12-2019, 11:11 AM   #12
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As the chase went on Ichi intervened, but the boy didn’t really pay attention in what the chicken was doing as he had enough concerns of his own to prevent him from actually caring about Ichi’s well-being. He also had no faith whatsoever that Ringo’s pet was actually going to accomplish anything, but it turned out that the boy was selling the fat bird short. By some sort of miracle it managed to trip the rock monster before being sent to oblivion. Since Gekko wasn’t Ichi’s master he couldn’t tell what it was saying but the last sound it made was definitely the sound of a desperate call.

Anyone?” Another desperate plea to the comms.

It was an opportunity like no other to attack the monster so Gekko prepared the most damaging thing he could do with the tools that he had. He attached explosive tags to two pairs of kunai and held a pair in each hand. Then as the tags started to burn he simultaneously threw both pairs at the rock golem’s ‘shoulder’ hoping to dislodge the arm or at least damage it in some way.

The kunai hit their mark and exploded, but the rock creature rose from the resulting smoke and Gekko saw that his attack barely chipped the rock. The Genin felt desperation from seeing his most destructive attack have such an insignificant effect. It didn't help that the monster got angry from the explosives. It didn't have a face but the boy could tell.

The golem then started Jogging towards the Genin as he turned around to run away from it, continuing his search for a safe haven. Meanwhile Sorai attempted to tackle the creature to at least slow it down but the dog was trampled and brushed aside. It was insignificant and Gekko was the only target.

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Old 02-13-2019, 09:20 PM   #13
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Somewhere around lap number seven came the first pangs of doubt. Was it trust in her fellow genin that gnawed at Ringo's conscience? A willingness to believe in a teammate? Feelings of loneliness?

Nope. It was the giant, percussive boom that echoed across the island that meant an explosive tag detonated somewhere. Explosives were a heavily regulated munition in the Navy and their use meant one of two things. Either there was a dangerous, kill-or-be-killed enemy on the island, or...

...that Tanuma Gekko child was going to get in trouble for using lethal force on something stupid. Both opportunities greatly excited the imagination of the girl.

The truth was far, far better than she could have imagined. Chasing after the source of the sound it wasn't long before Ringo came upon the source. Boom! Bam! Crack! Peaking between the fronds of the palms she caught only a glimpse of the wonder that lay beyond. Wham! Smash! Kapow! Blow after heavy blow blasted through the jungle. It was an all out brawl!

There, in front of her, stood half a dozen -no- a dozen or more titanic stone statues. They must have been at least twenty feet tall each! Zipping between them and breaking them apart like fresh bread with his cleaver was their glorious Team Captain. Some blood ran down part of his face but otherwise he looked to be in great condition.

Unable to help herself Ringo shouted out enthusiastically. “Sir! I haven't finished those laps yet, but should I be a distraction for you?”

“What?” He glanced up in her direction for half a second before narrowly dodging a mighty, earth shattering blow from one of the statues. “Kid, what are you doing here! Get the other genin and get the hell to safety!”

While standing on her toes to try and get a better view of the action Ringo bit her lip. What a shame, not being able to contribute or even watch! As always, though, orders were orders, no matter how badly she wanted to engage the mysterious foe. She gave a salute which was ignored. “Yes, Sir!”

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Elsewhere, dripping with cave mud, Ichi pondered his options. The giant smacked him right into the cave water and now he was completely waterlogged. Not an unusual place to be for a Kirigakure beast but unpleasant nonetheless. His poor hearing picked up the continued stomping and struggling of the boy. The young male Master wasn't dead yet! That meant, to please his own Master, Ichi needed to continue protecting this boy.

After a bit of flapping around and using the best estimations a rooster in the middle of a dark cave could do, Ichi figured the automaton would probably sink in water. He couldn't tell the depth of his part of the cave pond was, but with nothing else to go on Ichi just went with it. Taking as deep a breath as his bruised body would allow, Ichi reared back at let out his trembling warcry, which reverberated off the tunnel walls like an explosion.

”CAWK-A-BAWAWKA-KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!”

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Old 02-15-2019, 08:50 AM   #14
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Throwing stuff at the golem seemed to be a rather useless approach and so was running around looking for a place to escape to. However Gekko spotted Ichi in a fairly large pool and got an idea to lure the golem there. The rock creature was extremely heavy since it was… a rock creature so there was no way it was going to swim its way out of the pool. Gekko made a quick change of direction and sprinted towards the body of water and jumped as far as he could into it while the golem followed closely behind.

The monster tripped once again, unable to judge the ledge leading into the pool correctly and it landed face first into the water, creating a huge splash. Once the waves started settling Gekko could see that the creature was fully submerged but he had no idea how deep the pool was, but it was at least a few meters deep.

With a giddy smile and a feeling of victory Gekko started swimming towards the ledge to continue the search for an exit but just as he placed his arms onto the dry floor, something wrapped around his entire body with a great deal of pressure. So much pressure that he felt that his bones were on the verge of snapping.

The golem then rose from the water which seemed only deep enough to cover it up to its torso. Then it threw Gekko onto the ground. It was a painful impact but he felt relief since it was much better than having the life squeezed after him. Thanks for not trying to drown me…

After wasting a few precious seconds lying on the floor and staring at the tiny holes in the ceiling the Genin got another brilliant idea. What if those holes got bigger, much bigger? He quickly got back to his feet as he prepared his last pair of kunai and explosive tags before the golem managed to wade through and climb out. He threw the projectiles and they exploded at the ceiling breaking open the vulnerable spots and having the sun shine through the smoke as it cleared up.

Having an exit was great, however he also needed a method of climbing out. At least there was hope then.

Ichi, go get help!
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Old 02-16-2019, 03:06 AM   #15
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Still tender from all that pummeling, Ichi took the next few minutes to just go with the flow. When the boy and giant splashed into his pool the chicken rode the wave. All his feathers were out of order anyway and needed to be preened. Master would throw a fit when she saw how disheveled he looked!

The cave pond did appear to slow the monster down some, as Ichi's tiny paddling feet managed to keep him a safe distance from its rocky reach. What a strange thing, this earthen puppet! Even without light it could locate targets. It even found the child after he jumped into the water. Could it smell them? Feel their vibrations through the ground? Taste their fear? It was all too much for a simple jungle fowl to take in. Ichi did what he normally did in these brain traffic jams- ignore everything and find something else to focus on.

After releasing a series of clucks that escalated in volume the closer the statue grew Ichi decided on a plan. Abandoning a teammate was completely unacceptable. Were he a stronger beast Ichi would have lifted them all to safety. Alas, Master had not yet granted him that power yet. He would have to improvise. The now muddy construct took a large swing at the bird just as he tried fluttering away. The attack clipped Ichi slightly and dunked him underwater.

He emerged a few seconds later clucking mad as hell and took flight from the water's surface. Because of the damage to his feathers he had to flap three times as hard, and moved twice as slow, but even so he made it right to the lip of the new cavern sunroof. How awful would it have been if the kid caused a massive cave-in or tunnel collapse! Once again the prescience of humans astounded the rooster.

After a bit of bustling back and forth Ichi let out a sort of triumphant crow, then dumped his crap out down below. His large net and a few spools worth of razor wire tumbled back towards the darkness. He was helping!
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:02 AM   #16
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Once the sunlight granted enhanced visibility within the cave Gekko noticed that the golem looked a little strange. It seemed to have… Dissolved a little bit. It no longer made a thunderous impact with every step. It started making a loud squishy sound. It would have been a significant discovery if the Genin had any knowledge of water ninjutsu.

Despite the beating it took Ichi powered through and made its way to the window created by Gekko’s explosives but instead of just escaping it threw the beastmaster a lifeline. The rope was made of razor wire, but it was still a brilliant idea.

“Sorai” He called out as he took of his jacket and started tearing two large pieces from it. “Become human and hang on my back”

Gekko would have asked Sorai to climb out but he doubted that his henge technique was capable of withstanding being pinched by razor wire.

Sorai then transformed into Kazuya and hopped on Gekko’s back and held on tightly with its arms and legs while the genin wrapped his hands with the pieces from the jacket. Weighted rope climbs... Nothing I haven't done before.

The boy then grabbed the rope and started climbing up using the strength of his arms while wrapping the rope around his foot for leverage at each step. It sounded like a complicated matter but it was a motion the genin was used to performing. He quickly made his way out of the golem’s reach and a few steps after that he was out into the open.

“Ichi’s my new best friend.”

The kid then lied on the ground and started feeling the muscles in his arms feel like they were on fire but it felt wonderful compared to what he was feeling earlier even if both his hands stopped functioning.

“Now get out of that ugly transformation.”

The dog quickly complied and snapped back to its original shape.
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