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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? Had she heard someone whistle?

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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Old 02-16-2019, 10:09 PM   #17
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As usual the best path of action was to not think too hard about things. Ichi stretched his aching wings in the glorious Water Country sun. Somewhere distant he could hear a commotion. Not his problem! Looking down below he could see that the earthen monstrosity could do nothing but stomp around uselessly at the sudden departure of its targets. Master's directive had been fulfilled to the fullest and now everyone was safe!

The nearby trees rustled as something moved through them. Ichi immediately stood at attention. It was Master here to reward Ichi with some juicy worms and a handful of ground millet! Oh, no it wasn't! It was another three, giant rock monsters! What a disappointment.

Ichi bounced a bit onto each leg to test his speed as the pounding footsteps of the new enemies drew closer. Perhaps if he crowed loud enough it would scare them away. That usually worked with cats and dogs. How much more different could a mobile, aggressive pile of rubble be? Ichi's neck bent back and he filled his lungs with fresh air. His beak opened up as he prepared to release the most mighty cry a rooster could possibly muster.

BoomboomboomboomBOOMBOOMBOOM! The earth shook and shattered. The rocks beneath the giants crumbled as arrows shot from the tree line landed at their 'feet' and exploded. The concussive blasts were low enough to the ground that the earth splintered and cratered, like a baseball being thrown through a window. One, two, and three, each dropped and disappeared into the abyss below. At least that one statue wouldn't be lonely.

The cracks in the cave ceiling began to grow larger. The entire basin area the group spent the last few minutes running around in couldn't take this much damage. Now the entire structure was collapsing, bit by bit! Rocks from the mouth of the two holes loosened and fell in while a giant crack emerged underfoot. The whole thing was going to collapse and toss them all right back into the cave with those other four things if they didn't get a move on!

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Old 02-18-2019, 10:17 AM   #18
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Gekko couldn’t even get time to relax once he was out of the cave. The holes that he blew open were starting to crumble and expand so he immediately bounced to his feet, hopped on his dog and it immediately understood that it needed to make a run for it. It seemed that the golem was still trying to commit violence and the Genin could hear multiple loud impacts that shook the entire area so he ran rode away to safety, thankful for the whole situation to be over.

“This is the last attempt, scout!” An angry voice was suddenly heard from the comm unit. It was Kazuya. ”If you don’t respond right now we’re leaving your wimpy ass on this damn island.”

The Genin did not enjoy the thought of his wimpy ass being stuck on that island, and so he immediately responded. Kazuya was intimidating enough for Gekko to believe that he was willing to abandon kids on a haunted island.

Calm down.” He replied with a peaceful tone. “I ran into some trouble and I’m on my way back to camp.

“Shut up and don’t go near the camp. Back to the boat right now as fast as you can.”

Ichi, don’t go back to camp. Ringo will be at the boat.” He informed the chicken, hoping it would listen and obey. He liked Ichi enough that he wanted it to make it back even though Ringo didn’t deserve such a good pet.

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The beastmaster made his way through the island’s terrain and he witnessed combat as soon as the boat was in sight. There were some rock creatures gathering around the boat and Kazuya was holding them off. The Jounin was buying time for the Genin and the beasts to make it back. It seemed that he did have a soul after all, but that still didn’t make him likeable. The boy then ran towards the boat and attempted to jump straight onto the deck without touching the water, but he just slammed onto the boat's side and fell with a splash. Sorai on the other hand made a perfectly dry landing and was safely on dock.
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Right as the cave collapsed in on itself, a dirty and tired Ringo dropped from the tree she was sniping from. The Tanuma boy and his dog looked to get away safely, and Ichi did his Ichi thing and followed the orders of his superior officer. Muttering under her breath she started rapidly applying more explosive tags to her arrows. After all that work running through the jungle, her teammate just took off without so much as a hello! The nearby smashing of trees forced Ringo to put aside her feelings of frustration as several more stone giants emerged to lunge at her position. Her frown doubled in size.

“I'll be right there, Sir!”
She would have to finish those laps some other time, it seemed.

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At the makeshift dock all hell was breaking loose. Every pebble on the island seemed to now possess a malignant and hostile intent and it was all the jounin could to to repel them. He didn't even have the energy to yell at the kids, so focused he was on keeping the tide of earth from overwhelming them.

Another four statues charged out of the jungle. Riding atop one of them was a battered and bruised little girl. Ichi, who was busy taking a rest on the boat and thinking about how mad Master was going to be that he lost his items again, let out a dutiful clucking noise at the sight of his Master. Ringo didn't notice because she was trying not to die.

Of course the jounin was far more perceptive! Seeing that his team had arrived (sort of), he switched tactics. It only took a moment for his experienced hands to flash out over a dozen hand seals. He slammed his fist into the ground and multiple steaming hot geysers erupted around the dock, knocking back even the massive weight of the stone attackers. Ringo tried to clap for him but almost fell off her ride in the process.

“Hey, brat!” The jounin yelled, his voice filled with exhaustion. “You have thirty seconds to get back before we leave without you!”

Ringo only needed ten. She fell from her noble stone steed and took off running as fast as her little legs would carry her. Like a minnow she darted between the falling pieces of rock knocked loose from the geysers, and slipped right by the jounin with a tidy little “sorryforthedelaySir”. Behind her the rocks were grouping up and reforming into something else. Something like steam was shooting through the cracks in their surface, letting off a high pitched whistling noise. Rather than a human form the earth seemed to be taking on a more animal-like shape. Standing around to figure out what would most certainly be a terrible idea.

“Hold on, kids!”
The jounin planted one foot in the boat and began another series of hand seals. “I ain't gonna fish you out of the ocean if you go overboard!”

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Ringo quickly made her way to the boat after Gekko reached it and he climbed onto the deck right after she and Kazuya did. The Jounin was still busy taking care of monstrous problems and the situation was too urgent to rely on anyone else to do the job so the Tanuma had to get moving.

Sorai, pull the anchor.” He yelled at the dog as he started the boat’s engine. The dog was strong enough and trained to pull the anchor. It did so with easy as it was physically stronger than Gekko was so the Genin had learned to rely on his beast’s strength.

Gekko then suddenly felt the boat being lifted up in the air. It was rising very quickly and for a few brief moments the Mist team had an eagle-eyed view of the entire island. The scout saw the rock creatures all piling up at the beach. At first he thought that they were stuck, not wanting to venture into the ocean but he noticed that they were actually combining, forming a single gigantic golem that made the one in the cave seem puny and irrelevant.

Sensei, are we flying?” He curiously wondered.

The boat then suddenly started descending down a very steep slope at high velocity and it crashed into the water, creating a huge splash. Once the boat settled onto the water and the huge waves settled it was clear what had happened. Kazuya had summoned a huge slug, several stories tall. It was a magnificent sight and a reassuring one. Gekko felt at peace seeing that Katsuyu, the matriarch of the slug family was around. He had actually never saw her in person, but the stories of her character and power were enough.

Wow… The Golem’s so screwed now.” He whispered to himself but Kazuya managed to hear him.

“Shut up and keep the boat moving. She’s only here to buy us time. This ain’t over yet.”

A clash of two titans was about to happen but Gekko wasn’t going to be around to see it.
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