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Old 03-11-2018, 03:28 AM   #11
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Shipori kept one hand clenched in place on the dial of the vault, through no specific choice of his own, and slowly creaked his head enough to one side that he got an eye on Moko, the woman, and her sickly looking dogs. He lacked the fine motor control to glare exactly, but his pupil narrowed down. His seal burned hot on his chest. Though the Chuku witch had not completely debilitated him, yet, unseen force gnawed at his edges and danced knives along his itching skin where his seal unfurled into full display. Skittering black lines crept up his neck as Shipori grit his teeth.

Stay out of my way, little girl.

The back of Shipori's robe billowed out around a writhing lump. A quartet of cloth bandages came streaking out from the confines of his yukata in a twisting column towards Moko and the woman. As the hounds leaped forward to intervene, ribbons split of to knock the dogs away. The ribbons curved, then bent at hard angles to bring stiff edges down on the chain near Moko's neck. With a heavy clang, the ribbons formed a makeshift jaw that snapped through metal, and the iron ball about Moko's neck tumbled away.

Shipori's fingers twitched.

Ho? Surpri-

The Chuku woman reached out with one hand and grabbed a fistful of bandage, which went limp as her touch stifled Shipori's chakra flow. Shipori himself spasmed as if shocked and stumbled forward against the door. Black and purple arcs of electricity jumped all over him – out of him, his own system put out of control. The woman yanked back and Shipori came sailing towards her, a fish flailing on the line. Her dogs recovered and came barking and snapping back at Moko while Shipori hit the ground in a heap.

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Old 03-12-2018, 11:21 PM   #12
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If only he had a chance to figure out how the new power he discovered worked. If only these Chuku weirdos had some other weakness. Instead, he was left being choked out, and he already knew that Shipori was crippled when fighting against their power to disrupt and control chakra.

It was getting hard to breath, and he could feel the snarls from the eyeless beasts. He was pinned to the ground, the Chuku so close to him that he expected the death blow any moment.

Then there was a metallic snap, and the pressure released. Moko took in a deep breath, and peeked up to see one of Shipori's bandages before the Chuku snatched it up. She had him, and that close, she thought she had them good.

Still, there was one type of attack that so far Moko hadn't seen the Chuku defend against effectively.

"Kusanagi Tsumazuku!" Moko yelled as he twisted from his down position, his legs spinning around him and catching both dogs before he managed to recover to a kneeling position.

As the hounds recovered and came to bite him, Moko released the hidden blade at his wrist and slashed up at the arm holding Shipori.

The slash cut across the woman's wrist, and she released the bandage with a scream of pain and a leap back from the fight.

"You insects!" She shouted, "Absolute wastes of flesh."

Moko didn't have time to gloat. He was thankful for the armor on his forearms as the too-sharp teeth of the hounds bit into his suit. He blocked his face, but they were stronger than they had any right to be.

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Old 04-12-2018, 12:24 AM   #13
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Shipori propped himself up on his elbow, looking small and miserable. Somewhere above him, Moko struggled with the dogs and the Chuku woman swung her kama and chain. Shipori touched two fingers to his forehead and brought them back in front of his eyes. Blood smeared over the pads, soaked into the prints. His blood, which he had only seen rarely, he admitted, but something was wrong. What should have been a crisp fresh red, recently touched by air, was instead dull and dark, closer to purple.

H...o...?

One of the dogs came down at him and snapping teeth whipped Shipori out of his reverie. The bandages moved, but the hound was too close too quickly, and instead Shipori reached out to hold either of its drooling jaws in his little hands. He struggled – the beast stronger than he could hope to be – and the jolts of electricity started from his shoulders and traveled down his shoulders. His blood boiled and churned, and on instinct, Shipori let his chakra reach out and make contact with the hound.

A heartbeat.

And the dog twisted up like a spring, flesh and muscle bending in ways they shouldn't, bones turned to jelly. It swelled in spots, like cysts growing full under its skin. The creature's strength vanished, but Shipori had no time to pull away before it burst in front of his eyes. Black ichor splattered over the floor and across Shipori himself, and then there was nothing left of the beast except a mess. No organs, no bones, no hint of life beyond bile.

You- How did you-"

"No, you did this, didn't you? You and your compatriot, you broke something." Shipori look at his hands, coated in filth. "Moko, kill the other one. I want to see if the Chuku can be unmade, too."

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Old 04-16-2018, 01:13 AM   #14
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The dog beast seemed to react less to its brother exploding, and more to the surprise of the Chuku woman. Which meant that it was shocked at the same time Moko was. It wasn't every day that something inflated into a meat balloon and splattered over the room, and Moko hadn't exactly seen that kind of technique out of Shipori before.

"Sure," Moko said, hesitation in his voice, "You got it."

The freakish beast wasn't ready to go down without a fight though, and it snarled and snapped at Moko. Somehow, he got the feeling it was keeping an unseen eye on Shipori. It was afraid, which was an advantage that they didn't have before.

Moko charged forward while he had the chance. The dog moved into the blow, jaws open, and while Moko landed a strong knee into the ribs of the monster-dog, he found himself with a whole dog around his hand.

"Damnit, let go of me ya' filthy hellspawn or I'll..."

He could feel the teeth biting down into his flesh, going even through his arm guards. Moko put his hands on the beast's muzzle and tried to yank it free, even giving another knee to its body to see if it would loosen up.

Then there was a sick yelp, and a schlerp noise. First the dog's bite got stronger, before going loose. Moko didn't understand what happened at first, until he saw his wrist blade sticking out of the top of the creature's skull.

"Well hell," Moko said as he pulled the beast off. It fell to the floor with a thump. Even though he won, his arm felt like hell from the forearm out, and his hand went limp.
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