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Old 08-23-2014, 12:50 AM   #1
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An Advulture with Imamuraya Asu-kyah and Kiku'jumanji Jun'kyoh

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Asuka was happy to be back on the water, even though the last time she had been on a boat, she had been stabbing a Vulture-summoning pirate in the gut. There was something soothing about being on the sea, and the small steam-operated motorboat had restored much of the illness Asuka had endured from the sweltering heat of the Vulture Clan's island home.

"Who would have thought that those wrinkly birds lived so close to... what did they call it? Seirei no Shima?" Asuka let the sea breeze sweep through her hair. Her hair, in turn, swept into the face of the young vulture chicklet that was perched on the edge of the motorboat.

"Ow! Goddammit, you little chicken. I will roast you when we get off this boat." Hyosuke, the littlest vulture, looked to be smiling with a few strands of Asuka's hair sticking out of his beak.

"Don't put it in my beak-yeh if kyeh don't want me to bite." The little vulture looked out at the water, as if there was something more interesting in the blank ocean that surrounded them. Seirei no Shima was the closest thing in sight.

"Hey," Asuka's glare softened into a mix of worry and surprise as she looked behind her. "Wasn't your family's island right behind us?"

"Kyeah. But everyone knows the Hagewashi Island always moves." Hyosuke was, in every way, a know-it-all and a brat. "Probably a hun-kyehd miles away now."

The ocean suddenly felt much greater now that Seirei no Shima was the only thing she could see. She could only imagine what Jun'ko was feeling like. Back in Water Country, she hadn't seemed too keen on the ol' open sea.

She would have asked but she was too busy staring out, over the edge of the motorboat. The water was clear enough for her to see below her. A vibrant, pink reef made up of what Asuka could only assume was coral was slowly creeping upwards as they grew closer to the shore. For a moment, she thought she saw movement in the shadows below, but wrote it off as just the way the water was splitting at the bow.

It wouldn't be long now.
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Old 10-24-2014, 08:49 PM   #2
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Sorry for the delay, I think I'm ready now.

The Samurai was looking refreshed, cross legged in the middle of the boat, hands on her knees. Her swords sat next to her, ornate scabbards reflecting the sunlight with their gold filigree. Her face was pale, which was a few shades better than the green they had been earlier on the trip. Her meditation, finding her center, seemed to help her fight off the sea sickness. She stood, resetting her weapons to her hips, and crossed over to inspect the coral reef with Asuka. Her body practically spilled against the hull of the boat, her thick and mature body a far cry from the lanky muscle that was her ward. After glancing over the vulture, partly out of it's odd uglycuteness, and partly out of distrust, she looked out to the edge of the sea.

Her stomach dropped, so she quickly stuffed a cigarette in her mouth as a distraction.

Seirei no Shima...I almost don't believe the stories.” Her blond hair whipped in the sea breeze, and she rose her carefully manicured hand to brush it from her face. Her eyes, normally pools of wisdom and experience, showed something softer. Curosity, maybe kinship. “An island of magic and monsters. Considering what we've been through recently, though, I'm starting to believe in anything.

The boat sank a few feet before cresting a wave, and there it was—a speck off in the distance. A caller cried out land, and the boat's crew set to work to get them aligned on coarse. Asuka's family's money did more than pad out the Samurai's wallet, it had afforded him purchase on the least sketchy ship headed out to the island, this one filled with medical supplies and food to help an exploratory team with a more academic interest in the island. She hadn't told Asuka, but the Samurai had managed to double tip, taking money to act as a bodyguard in case of pirates—nevermind the pair had already dispatched enough in this area to make it safer than anything just days before.

The money wasn't everything, though. Working with Asuka had been fun work, training a child in kenjutsu between her flights of fancy and dreams of power—it was a simpler job than cutting down strangers, and a far easier job than she had had since she had...well, become a ronin. What's more, Asuka had plenty of desirable traits in a young student, aside from her powerlust and sometimes one-track mind.

They were a good pair, the Samurai and the Shinobi.
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Old 11-02-2014, 02:32 AM   #3
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A good pair, indeed.

Since she had started this adventure, Asuka had barely had time to think about her dead brother. Between the few hours of practice that Jun'ko could barely muster with her seasickness, Asuka had looked over maps and spoken with a few of the academics being transported to Seirei no Shima. Nothing they said had enlightened the girl as to what awaited them.

Yet, even with these distractions, Asuka found that looking out on the water brought back memories of Imamuraya Hyouhen, between the heavy rumbles of a boat rocking through waves. These thoughts had caused her to forget about the reefs and the Samurai's words, until another wave crashed and Asuka refocused.

"You're right. I always thought these were the kinds of things that happened in stories." Asuka's hair whipped about again, and a smile tickled her cheeks. The fact that she felt like she was living out a fantasy only added another arrow to her motivational quiver. Ever since she had fought pirates in Broadripple, she had a very real belief that anything was possible.

And then, as if the world wanted to remind her of her mortality, she saw movement again below them, in the reefs. Her brow furrowed, the lines of her forehead mimicking the waves below. One eyebrow rose higher than the other.

"I know you don't like the sea very much, Sensei," A quick look at the bodacious ronin confirmed as much. "But I have a bad feeling. I think that-"

"Something's out there!" A shout from the other side of the boat summoned up a clamor as deckhands, finishing up their task in steadying the boat, all found their attention dragged to the edge of the boat. The man who had shouted did not sound like he had found the promised land. No, the gathering crowd staring into sea were like tourists for a horrible catastrophe.

Asuka's stomach dropped. She would have blamed it on that same bad feeling, but it was easier to blame it on the huge, rose-pink tower that rose out of the sea. It's roof came to a point, and it's top level widened out and then curved inwards like a leaf, and across one side, cylinders of iridescent rock jutted out, their insides hollow like sealed windows. It was only as the tower reached it's ultimate height that Asuka could see where her disbelief had clouded her judgement.

The rising tower was not made of rock. It's pink-white sheen was due to the way the sun caught the slick skin of the giant squid. It's flesh was so thick that it gave off the sense of being impenetrable. The black lines around the sealed windows were signs of ink.

The last thought Asuka could have before the tentacle smashed into the deck of the boat was how the hell a tentacle could be so big.
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Old 11-04-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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The Ronin trapped Asuka in her arms, clutching her wakizashi between her teeth so she'd have her weapon at the ready. The tentacle fell down onto the boat and it split in twain like a house of cards—splinters the size of swords or more flew through the air as effortlessly as a shinobi's senbon, but the path of the Ronin's jump was safe—they skidded to a stop on the deck of the boat, tilted perilously towards the water, rows of what looked terribly like spines of bone or teeth gnashing at the water.

Giant, humanoid vultures had made up last week's adventure, and here was a giant sea creature.

Nausea was replaced by the steady tremor of adrenaline coursing through the Ronin's veins as she let the girl go beside her. Her stomach still twisted in knots, she turned her head to her and spit the handle of the blade out into her hand. “Word of advice, kid---you never say 'I've got a bad feeling', al'right?

A second tentacle met the first and the other half of the boat disappeared into the raging foam of the sea. Men screamed out around them, harpoons fired into the air, but it all seemed distant. Battle was the life of the samurai, even against a great beast. There was no fear of death, for to die in battle was the greatest honor, so the Samurai's face seemed incredibly calm considering the chaos around them.

I hope you like calamari,” She even managed to quip.

Thick thighs attached to her long legs tensed up on the boat, as she crouched down for balance. The sound of her katana unsheathing was anything but subtle, steel sliding against a wooden scabbard, but the sound of her exploding away from the deck drowned it out. The place she had stood was shattered away, and she spun around in midair towards the body of the beast.

Kazedo!” Her voice rang out in a moment of peace, between the rhythm of beastly attack and shouts of combat. Her swords rushed with warm wind, until they started to glow like two torches. She landed feet first into the squid's body, both weapons embedded down into the body for climbing support. Her blades were less than toothpicks to the body of the beast, unnoticed considering the planks of ship's wood that had found themselves pierced into the thing.

Yet her blades did not break away as the thing spun and raged, allowing her to use them as a tool to slide down the body of the thing, her katana cutting through the upper layers of flesh, wakizashi clutched into her hand---weakpoints would have to be the target, with a hide such as this.
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Were it not for Jun'ko, Asuka likely would have fallen down the side of the boat into the maw of the vicious squid. Said squid had already managed to get halfway to tearing the boat in half by the time it's third tentacle had risen out of the water. In her peripherals, between the sound of splintering wood and frantic sailors, Asuka could hear a sort of clicking sound, which, on looking into the sea, she imagined was the sound of the squid's massive beak opening and closing.

The warmth of Jun'ko's body leaving her caused a certain fear to set in. She could handle greedy kung-fu vultures. Massive cephalopods with an even larger appetite, she was not so sure.

"Kyah! Gettin' outta here!" The sound of the vulture chick flapping his wings up and into the air caused Asuka to turn away from the squid. The very real worry that she would get one of the Hagewashi Clan killed before she had her contract was pressing to say the least.

"Hyosuke!" The bird was into the sky by then, and Asuka saw the fourth tentacle reach out of the sea as she heard Jun'ko's warcry directed towards the main body of the squid. Barrels rolled down the boat behind sailors and driftwood as the giant squid began to turn the whole boat upside down. Hyosuke had been smart to fly off when he had. Even if the tentacle was yards away from the frail looking ball of black vulture-fluff.

"No you don't!" Asuka leapt after the little vulture and towards the tentacle, which was easily two if not three times the size of her whole body. The broadsword slipped out of it's sheath in one fluid movement and Asuka felt her muscles burn as she twisted her body through the singular vicious attack of Sakata-Ryu Kenjutsu.

The aerial pivot turned sword-swipe dug into the tentacle in time for Asuka to bring it and herself seaward. Hyosuke remained carefully out of reach of the squid, if only in time to squawk his own illusion at the squid. Something about making sure the squid wouldn't do anything smart like that again. Asuka couldn't know that the bird had looked straight into the boulder-sized eye of the squid, or even that an animal like this could be susceptible to the inticate art of illusion.

All she knew was that she needed to keep digging her sword into the pink squid flesh if she even wanted to make it to the shore. And who knew what awaited them there, on Seirei no Shima?

ooc: Bouzenjishitsu no Jutsu used on the GIANT SQUID.
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Gripping to the side of the beast with nothing but swords was proving difficult for the samurai. Her sandaled feet slid down the flesh of the beast, although fierce kicks into the squid allowed at least a momentary foothold. Her swords were little more than splinters to this thing, which was frustrating enough.

Before she spent time with shinobi, her biggest problem had been keeping blood off of her clothes if she had to put someone down. Now, she was covered in squid blood and sea salt, hair flowing in the wind wildly. The sounds of men desperate to not drown or fall into the maw of the beast motivated her—for a samurai was to serve the people.

Her thighs rocketed her away from the body of the beast, flipping in the air end-over-end to land on a rising tentacle. She had expected to be flung, wildly, into the air again, but Asuka had landed some sort of hypnosis on the beast.

Perfect.

The tentacle was lifted lazily in front of one of the eyes of the squid, dull eyes pondering what exactly it was growing on his limb.

That same dull eye exploded into pink-and-purple sludge as the samura lept forward, swords spinning around her like a dervish. Either the sound of the boat's wood buckling or the squid itself—a moaning cry rang out across the water.
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Perhaps it was her vantage, dangling from the midsection of the giant squid's body, that had afforded her the chance to witness her teacher's swift maneuvers. Or maybe it was her cunning and perceptive demeanor coupled with an awe for the samurai's talent.

Regardless, there was something about hanging by the hilt of one's sword from the body of a monster one had only read about in fairy tales that caused Asuka to act swiftly. For without an ability to respond in an instant, most shinobi would not survive a week. Struggling with her sword, now stuck deep in the pink porcelain skin of the squid, Asuka released her grip on the weapon, just as Jun'ko forced her steel blades into the eye of the squid.

To say that the sound of the squid's response could be felt through the ripples of waves would be an understatement. It seemed, for a moment, as if the whole coral reef moved. Even when at her most petulant, Asuka couldn't moan like that. Fear would have been a proper response, but the young kunoichi was busy sliding down the squid, towards the pierced orifice where Jun'ko hovered for the moment.

All momentum stopped as the girl with pitch black hair plunged a kunai in just above the spoiled eyeball.

"Get ready." She met her sensei's eyes as her free hand placed a crisp piece of paper on the filmy residue near the wound Jun'ko had just made. The inky characters scrawled vertically upon it promised a quick end.

And just like that, as the giant squid's tentacles began to erupt in defensive spurts of black ink all over their corner of the reef, Asuka and the samurai fell towards the water's surface. The boat and it's crew would likely soon sink.

Above it all, however, Asuka spotted one fuzzy black dot bobbing away from them in the horizon, towards the shore of Seirei no Shima. The girl smiled, knowing the vulture chick was safe for the moment, even if the two women may not be.

"We've got to get to sho-"

Asuka's words were cut off as the two women met the ocean's surface.

Once plunged under the waters quickly growing black, Asuka formed a classic seal and hoped that her eyes conveyed to Jun'ko something along the lines of brace for impact.

It was all she could do before the explosive tag imploded the rest of the squid's illusioned mind.
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