Kyo

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  1. League of Legends

    In all honesty I rarely play games in general. I have little time to dedicate to such a game as much as i'd love to give it a shot. I think ultimately that's always been my downfall with such games. I just never dedicate the time required, at least not consistently.
  2. "There was a startling recognition that the nature of the universe was not as I had been taught… I not only saw the connectedness, I felt it.… I was overwhelmed with the sensation of physically and mentally extending out into the cosmos. I realized that this was a biological response of my brain attempting to reorganize and give meaning to information about the wonderful and awesome processes that I was privileged to view." The Hollow Void The Odyssey Of John Avery Helix is a solar system that exists within the vast emptiness of dark space. 14 planets surround the core of the system, The Dark Luna. The planets and their respective moons all rotate in perfect cohesion with one another to maintain a perfect helix formation around Dark Luna. The planets and Dark Luna harmonize perfectly to create a perfect system for life to flourish on the planets. And from Dark Luna the planets are nourished by a visible aura of energy that travels across space, interconnecting with all the planets and fueling them with the elements they need to produce life. Despite the bounty of life that this energy provides, we call the stream that travels through space The Hollow Void. When the inhabitants of Helix discovered the technology that allowed them to travel into space, many tried to cross through The Hollow Void, only for the men and women of those space crafts to perish and die. As the years progressed many more took to the darkness of space and a fair few chose to study the Void. But no matter how many tried it was impossible for a living being to return from the void without, at the very least, suffering from irreparable brain damage resulting in a vegetative state. However 9 months ago the impossible was made possible by Dr. Ralyn Asarath. Asarath shocked the solar system when he revealed that he had successfully managed to send a man into the Hollow Void, and return with only minor trauma and no damage to his physical health. Asarath's research continues as his explorer prepares for his 14th expedition into the Hollow Void. Whispers and gossiping have grown amongst the people of Helix as the name "John Avery" becomes a common household name. Meanwhile the man himself has been left hidden from his growing repute, living away from society on the research vessel Apollo Venture, having no idea of what has passed since he left his homeworld, and more so, what his future holds. The Hollow Void will revolve around John Avery and the crew of the Apollo Venture as their research within the Void leads them on an adventure across the system of Helix in order to find out the truth behind the Void's existence as well as the dark secrets of their own way of living. This roleplay is a Sci-Fi adventure which will mostly be about relationships between characters and the things they experience. It is not particularly combat intensive or revolving around fighting, space battles and lasers that go pew pew. The roleplay is private for now but MAY be open in the future if we decide to introduce new recurring members of the crew. Below is a list of informations relevant to the story. Races Genusian - The Genusian are a humanoid race that are almost exactly the same as a human. They are the most common race in the Helix system. Genusians have male and female genders and have similar mating and reproductive mannerisms to humans, i.e they maintain notions of love and bonding with a partner. Genusians have varying skin colours and recurring genetic similarities based on location. Currently there is little to no persecution among Genusians in regard to race, skin colour or sexual persuasion. As a race they persevere and are highly progressive despite inferior physical capabilities compared to other races. They have colonised 6 of the 14 planets that orbit Dark Luna, 3 of which are shared with The Orivar. The Orivar - Orivar are a humanoid species that stand at an average of 8ft tall for males and around 8ft 5 inches for females. Orivar tend to have a skin tone that is light shades of blue or purple. They only have two eye colours, green and yellow. Their height comes from larger than average arms and legs. Physically they are a hairless species, however, they grow a series of dark purple crystalline horns or risen scales on the top and back of their head that resembles that of a Genusian hairline. Orivar females are only distinguished by their generally higher pitched voices and by the fact that they have long prehensile tail that is lightly decorated with the same crystalline scales that they have on their head. In Orivar culture the males will often consider the female's tails as a an attractive quality, as well as the female's rear that the tail protrudes from. This is similar to a Genusian's attraction to breasts on a female or muscle on a male. Orivar reproduce through a contact based ritual which involves the melding of their genetic make-up through a physical and mental link. Orivar females can mate with other species, however, they can only produce offspring with an Orivar partner. Orivar males lack the ability to mate with other species, however, many have partnered with other races and pursued a non-sexual relationship. The Orivar have colonised 6 planets, 3 of which are shared with the Genusians. The Orivar were the first race to achieve space flight. Secadian - Secadians are a humanoid species with dark blue skin, pointed ears, white hair and entirely white, slightly luminous eyes. On average they are slightly taller than Genusians but due to their planet's high gravity (over twice that of Genus) they have a very compact and dense muscular structure and steel-like bones. Despite their size being similar, they are quite heavy, in fact the average Secadian is over two and a half times the weight of a Genusian. They are a species that has little understanding of conflict or mechanical technology, rather they focus their intellect on biotechnology which is tied in to their religious beliefs that their planet, Secunda, itself, is their God. So to practice their faith and to improve upon their biotech is to be closer to God. They are an open people who do not understand the complexity of courting or the permanence of marriage, yet they do understand love and feelings of affection. In fact, so strong are their feelings to their race and life as a whole, that any death in the community, or any disaster that takes life on scale, whether they knew the people or not, they feel the sting of death as strongly as other races would to lose a parent, a child or a partner, as a result, they have never had a concept of war and in fact in their own tongue, the word does not exist. The Secadian race has been the last to join in space flight for several reasons. First, though they were interested in the possibility of life on other planets, they knew that space was devoid of it, akin to hell, and it frightens them, so they have always focused their biotechnology in improving their own world, rather than exploring others. Secondly, other races have always found it difficult to ascertain if there was intelligent life on Secunda as the planet is one of dense jungle and forest, making it nigh impossible to land ships there and in addition, it is very difficult to scan for individual life signs as the planet is so alive with flora and fauna, it is just white noise on a scanner. It is only in the last 40 years that the Genusian and Orivar have been able to make contact. Since that time the Secundans have been as open and accepting of the other races as they would any life and have freely offered and explained their biotechnology in aid of reverse-engineering it for the other races. Despite their openness however, most would not wish to leave the planet for the reasons mentioned, and it is difficult for other species to stay on the planet for extended periods as the gravity is strong enough that the Genusian digestive system would fail under prolonged exposure without some form of environment protection. Koaran - They are a sturdy people who endure terrible hardships. Their bodies have greatly adapted to the cold and darkness of their home world. They are able to see in pitch black, sensing heat rather than light. Their bodies are able to tolerate extreme temperatures, but they still wear heavy clothing to protect against the climate. They mostly live in underground tunnels dug out from the ice deserts. They have no religion and their technology is sub-standard, most of it designed around improving their survival. However, on Koarius there is another intelligent race called Silph. They are symbiotic creatures, in size and similarity to a small snake. They are greatly prized and protected for they offer many benefits to both the host and symbiont. They are able to adapt the host's body to better suit extremes of environment and can protect against disease or poison, but their most valuable ability is that with every host taken, the symbiont retains their experiences, memories, thoughts, feelings and knowledge. Essentially everything about the previous hosts are retained and along with the symbiont's own knowledge, etc. are transferred to the new host, giving them an array of new knowledge and skills. Kryjn (Kr-ey-in) - Kryjn are quadrupedal beings. Each of their four appendages can be used to grasp objects with careful precision. Kryjn are physically quick and agile, athletically surpassing most other races. Their home planet was a jungle planet with incredibly high trees. Although they seem physically impressive to most races, they consider themselves sluggish when moving in the heavier gravity of other planets. Their homeworld has a very light density of gravity making them even more physically superior when they are upon it. Kryjn are covered in a thick fur and have leather skin underneath. Their heads are humanoid but with bestial qualities such as sharp fanged teeth and slit-like irises much like cats. Kryjn have male and female genitalia but are otherwise indistinguishable in regard to gender from another races' perspective. They are a proud race who live by a very strict code of ethics and operate a barter system based on trade of goods rather than currency, which they see no value in. Kryjn owe much to the Orivar and the Genusians who uplifted their primitive society by introducing them to space travel and various technological advancements. Kryjn are inhabitants of 2 planets, however, the Kryjn on each planet have different customs and views on what goods are valuable for trade. Whilst they are mostly peaceful the Kryjn are a dangerous race to cross due to their physical superiority. Planets (in order of furthest distance from Dark Luna) Koarius - Home of the Koaran people. An ice planet where only the hardiest or most resourceful life forms can exist. The planet never goes above 0°C and can go lower than -100°C. It is a planet so far from Dark Luna that it rarely sees the sun. It spends its daily cycle between utter darkness and waning twilight. It is also the home of the symbiotic species known as the 'Silph'. Farrleyn - This small planet was first colonised by the Orivar and used as an outpost to monitor the Genusians in the years before deciding to introduce them to space travel. The planet has a consistently cold temperature all year round, often covered with snow. It is now a shared planet colonised by both Orivar and Genusians. The small planet is mostly home to laborers who mine it's core for precious metals used in manufacturing of space-faring vessels and machines used on board. Some evidence suggests that there was perhaps a civilization living on this planet before the Orivar discovered it however any research into this has come up with little conclusive evidence. Genus - The Homeworld of the Genusians. Genus is a world mostly comprised of large oceans with several large land masses scattered across it. The planet's temperature varies based on time of year and location. Considerably larger than it's neighbour, Farrleyn, it currently holds a population of over 9.5 billion people. Genus is considered a highly coveted place to live for Genusians, as it still has better living conditions than other Genusian colonised worlds. Lonseid - This world was originally colonised by the Orivar but was gifted to the Genusians as a show of peace and good relations between the two races. Lonseid is smaller than Genus but has similar living conditions. It's gravity is slightly denser but citizens manage to acclimatize to it quite well. Arturo - The second of 3 shared worlds housing both Genusians and Orivar. Arturo is the largest planet in the Helix system. It is home to over 18 billion people collectively. This world was originally inhospitable to Orivar however with collective efforts from the Orivar and the Genusians the world was terraformed in order to create a planet that is now considered the centre of the alliance between the Genusians and the Orivar. It is home to the mega-city of Paradius, home to the Council of High Overseers, a group of Genusian and Orivar leaders who run their collective society. Orisharun - The homeworld of the Orivar. Orisharun is a water and crystalline based planet with little plant life to be seen. Orisharun is a technological marvel, being the first planet of one of the first races to become advanced. Vestus - Colonized planet of the Orivar. Secunda - A planet solely occupied by the Secadian race. It is a planet mostly comprised of forest, jungle and swamp, with many lakes and seas. It is extremely populated by all forms of life, while the only technology practised on Secunda is biotechnology using what is available on their home planet, a reason that it cannot be directly transferred to other planets due to their lighter gravity. Marveyan - Colonized by Orivar. Antrova - Colonized by Orivar and Genusian. Kryjnar - Homeworld of the Kryjn. Jungle planet. Consistent tropical temperatures. Low gravity density. Kryjnvol - Colonized by the Kryjn. Arid, dry desert planet. Water held in high regard due to lack of any on the planet. Low gravity density. Prone to volcanic eruption. Horizon - Colonized by Genusian. Low population. Planet is incredibly hot. Genusians cannot survive except in terraformed bio-structures and with wearing specialist suits. Horizon is a Genusian research facility studying increasing hostile environments as proximity to Dark Luna increases. Horizon is the last planet that can be reached by any race. Any vessel that has ventured further toward Dark Luna have went dark and never returned. X - Planet X is assumed to hold no life of any description. The planet appears dark and arid, with no signs of life. Several excursions have been made in order to land on the planet, however, none have been successful due to treacherous astral storms so close to Dark Luna. Dark Luna - The provider of life through the strange energy field known as the Hollow Void. Little is known about this colossal sphere. It appears to emit a purple glow, with patches of dark purple over it's surface. It is assumed to be a star that holds the other planets within it's orbit. Many assume it's energy is held together by magnetic fields. Little else is known about the planet. A Genusian/Orivar religious cult worship Dark Luna as a bringer of life and believe it to be our savior Technology Space Craft - Space Vessels are based on Orivar technology. It is fuelled by harnessing excess energy that is expelled from the Hollow Void. Whilst the Void itself is harmful to the vessels, the excess energy is expels is vital to space travel. As such it as currently impossible to travel outwith the Helix system as the Void's trajectory only moves within the system. Whilst the basic fuel system is still in place, researchers and engineers from various races are making interesting and remarkable advances constantly, making space vessels often unique in their features. Prosthetics - Using technology prosthetic limbs are the most common form of synthetic augmentation. Those who have lost limbs, eyes, organs can still live with synthetic versions. Advances are slowly happening with the introduction of bio-technology. Bio-technology - a result of Genusian reverse-engineering on the organic technology found on planet Secunda. This technology is highly experimental. The Void Strider - An armored space suit designed specifically to transport a living being through the Hollow Void. It is a design created by a combination of Genusian technology and experimental bio-technology, primarily developed by Dr. Ralyn Asarath. The suit is designed to monitor the physical and mental condition of the wearer and provide information and medical treatment, as well as tactical information and guidance through a sophisticated software suite called "The Mother Programme". Arms & weaponry - Energy based pistols and rifles have been used for over 50 years, making ammunition based weapons obsolete. Energy based weapons have a renewable energy source to fire high impact shots that can be set to stun or kill. Weapons are still subject to cooldown times due to the weapon overheating. My Profile Name: John Avery Race: Genusian Age: 47 Appearance: A lean man standing at 5'9''. John has the looks of a man once handsome in his younger days. He has a strong, defined jaw and short, light brown hair styled in a very typical crew cut with the hair on top styled in a side parting. His face is lightly tanned, rugged with stubble and scars from razor burn. He has soft wrinkles under his eyes. He has a few old, faded tattoos on his arms hiding under the fine hair across his arms and chest. His eyes are a dull grayish shade of blue. Personality: John is a taciturn man who is usually quite serious and to the point. He speaks with experience and authority although he does not appear to think much of himself. Showing mild signs of regret and self loathing, John rarely speaks of his past but normally does so bitterly. Despite being often quite quiet he is far from lazy and has a blue collar attitude toward working hard and doing a job you are given. John holds more stock in action than words and doesn't take too fondly to thinking men such as scientists and academics. For the most part he just wants to be left alone to do the job he came to do. He struggles with the death of his wife many years ago and the estrangement with his daughter that it caused. History: John was born on Lonseid, one of the closest planets to Genus. He lived a fairly ordinary childhood attending school with the other children in the small town of Charity that he lived in. When John was 18 he enlisted in the military. He served in a territorial patrol on Lonseid for several years. At the age of 19 he met Victoria, a beautiful young woman who was the daughter of his commanding officer. John married Victoria 3 years later and continued serving in the military, travelling and living on several military bases with Victoria. At the age of 23, shortly after his marriage to Victoria, she fell pregnant. Under pressure to provide for his future child John decided to enlist in the Genusian Space Faring Marine Unit. He left Victoria on Lonseid while he travelled the Helix system, taking part in dangerous and grueling operations that took a tole on his mind. He returned for the birth of his daughter, Carolyn, but Victoria could already see that the horrors of combat were changing the man she loved. For many years John served the military, each time returning to Lonseid to find his daughter a little older and more distant. At the age of 42 he arrived home to find that his wife had died in a fire caused by an electrical fault in his home. His daughter, Carolyn, was fortunately away from home at University during this time. After the funeral Carolyn finished her studies and chose to promptly leave Lonseid, taking a highly paid research position for a company situated in Arturo. John never saw his daughter again. Alone and no longer fit to serve in the military, he turned to alcohol and gambling. As his debts mounted John signed up for the easiest work he could find, research test subject work. 12 Months ago John received a call. His DNA and physical examinations were a match for an experimental research study. Despite minor concerns for his mental stability, he was offered the opportunity to pilot an experimental piece of equipment out in the reaches of space. It would require him living on a space craft for an extended period of time. With little else to live for he leapt at the chance. Within a month he was aboard the Apollo Venture, working under a Dr. Ralyn Asarath. After only a few months he completed his first expedition, venturing into the horror that was the Hollow Void. Although all he had experienced was mind shattering loneliness and a desire to end his own life, apparently he had done something right. The scientists were pleased. They wanted to send him in again. At first he protested, but he was promised that he would not be alone this time. He was told that new advancements to the suit would protect him. He agreed to try once more. It has been 9 months since John Avery first leapt into the Hollow Void. Today he makes his 14th attempt into the cold, empty abyss, in order to find answers to world we live in. Today John Avery will be given answers.
  3. Ask Wahad Whatever

    Will you teach me how to cook something really freaking easy but really freaking tasty which I can then, in turn, teach to my girlfriend who is so bad at cooking she somehow managed to mess up boiling pasta. And then maybe I can have a night off from cooking. Just once! T_T
  4. League of Legends

    I tried LoL and DoTA. I sucked at both. I decided never to play again because people on the internet are angry and mean T_T
  5. Name: Yangchen (Often just called Chen) Age: 19 Appearance: tall and lean. Chen has green eyes and shaggy light brown hair that stops at his shoulders with a pair of prominent bangs framing his face. His arms, wrists and ankles are wrapped in bandages. He wears toed sandals and short trousers that stop just past his knees. He often wears a red, sleeveless jacket that reaches down to his thighs. Personality: Chen is a very relaxed and focused person. He is wise beyond his years and rarely fusses too much over trivial matters. He is youthfully mischievous at times but only in good fun. He is a truly kind natured and gentle person who has achieved a calm sense of belonging through his lifestyle as a nomad. History: Chen was born into a group of nomads who traveled across the world, although mostly throughout the Earth Kingdom. He is one of the rare few of his tribe who was born with the ability to manipulate the element of air. Chen was raised by his grandfather, Liu Fon, who taught him the ways of the ancient air nomads, and of his ancestry as an Air Bender. According to Liu Fon, all Air Benders are descendants of a gifted Avatar from many hundreds of years ago, and the blood of that avatar flows within the body of every air bender alive today. 2 years ago Chen's grandfather died defending the caravans when his tribe were attacked. Chen has traveled alone for the past few years. He has managed to find work for a group of rebels who fight against the empire that took his grandfather's life. Whilst Chen has no lust for vengeance, he desires to right the wrongs he feels the Empire has caused.
  6. Celebration Thread

    Actually started making progress on some role plays today! Yaaaay!
  7. Name: John Avery Race: Genusian Age: 47 Appearance: A lean man standing at 5'9''. John has the looks of a man once handsome in his younger days. He has a strong, defined jaw and short, light brown hair styled in a very typical crew cut with the hair on top styled in a side parting. His face is lightly tanned, rugged with stubble and scars from razor burn. He has soft wrinkles under his eyes. He has a few old, faded tattoos on his arms hiding under the fine hair across his arms and chest. His eyes are a dull grayish shade of blue. Personality: John is a taciturn man who is usually quite serious and to the point. He speaks with experience and authority although he does not appear to think much of himself. Showing mild signs of regret and self loathing, John rarely speaks of his past but normally does so bitterly. Despite being often quite quiet he is far from lazy and has a blue collar attitude toward working hard and doing a job you are given. John holds more stock in action than words and doesn't take too fondly to thinking men such as scientists and academics. For the most part he just wants to be left alone to do the job he came to do. He struggles with the death of his wife many years ago and the estrangement with his daughter that it caused. History: John was born on Lonseid, one of the closest planets to Genus. He lived a fairly ordinary childhood attending school with the other children in the small town of Charity that he lived in. When John was 18 he enlisted in the military. He served in a territorial patrol on Lonseid for several years. At the age of 19 he met Victoria, a beautiful young woman who was the daughter of his commanding officer. John married Victoria 3 years later and continued serving in the military, travelling and living on several military bases with Victoria. At the age of 23, shortly after his marriage to Victoria, she fell pregnant. Under pressure to provide for his future child John decided to enlist in the Genusian Space Faring Marine Unit. He left Victoria on Lonseid while he travelled the Helix system, taking part in dangerous and grueling operations that took a tole on his mind. He returned for the birth of his daughter, Carolyn, but Victoria could already see that the horrors of combat were changing the man she loved. For many years John served the military, each time returning to Lonseid to find his daughter a little older and more distant. At the age of 42 he arrived home to find that his wife had died in a fire caused by an electrical fault in his home. His daughter, Carolyn, was fortunately away from home at University during this time. After the funeral Carolyn finished her studies and chose to promptly leave Lonseid, taking a highly paid research position for a company situated in Arturo. Joh never saw his daughter again. Alone and no longer fit to serve in the military, he turned to alcohol and gambling. As his debts mounted John signed up for the easiest work he could find, research test subject work. 12 Months ago John received a call. His DNA and physical examinations were a match for an experimental research study. Despite minor concerns for his mental stability, he was offered the opportunity to pilot an experimental piece of equipment out in the reaches of space. It would require him living on a space craft for an extended period of time. With little else to live for he leapt at the chance. Within a month he was aboard the Apollo Venture, working under a Dr. Ralyn Asarath. After only a few months he completed his first expedition, venturing into the horror that was the Hollow Void. Although all he had experienced was mind shattering loneliness and a desire to end his own life, apparently he had done something right. The scientists were pleased. They wanted to send him in again. At first he protested, but he was promised that he would not be alone this time. He was told that new advancements to the suit would protect him. He agreed to try once more. It has been 9 months since John Avery first leapt into the Hollow Void. Today he makes his 14th attempt into the cold, empty abyss, in order to find answers to world we live in. Today John Avery will be given answers. Roleplayed In: The Hollow Void - The Odyssey of John Avery
  8. News & Talk

    let's just changed this thread title to FREE THE WEED, MAN
  9. PETS

    Stray I looked after for a while. Freaking made me fall in love with her. Still miss her. Stupid owners actually wanting to find her and getting her chipped and being all sensible and I JUST WANTED TO KEEP HER! O_O NINJA EDIT: Val I want pics of Rufus right NAO!
  10. [ultimate Secrets] Shuzo stood in waiting as Mugen and Kurin rounded on him. Kurin was the first to strike, leaping into the air with a kick to Shuzo's head which he deftly swerved to avoid by leaning back and moving underneath the range of the kick. Mugen intercepted him immediately jabbing one of his glaives toward Shuzo's throat. Shuzo leaned backward and pushed up with his feet, narrowly flipping away from the strike. Once again Kurin came at him and this time he grabbed the ninja's arm as he swung a fist and flipped him over his shoulder using his enemy's momentum. Kurin landed on his feet but Shuzo responded with a swift upward kick to the side of his thorax, knocking him off balance and sending him crashing along the ground. Mugen was already at him again, swiping his glaives furiously at Shuzo who narrowly ducked and dodged to avoid them. Between the strikes Shuzo saw his opportunity and swung out his fist toward's Mugen's face, however the ninja swerved an inch to the side and avoided the strike before countering with another slash at Shuzo's exposed abdomen. Shuzo moved but he wasn't quick enough, with the blade of Mugen's glaive cutting across him causing blood to spray along the ground. Shuzo doubled back, clutching his wound. "Getting tired?" Mugen taunted through his breather. Shuzo scowled back at him, removing his hand from his chest. The wound looked worse than it was. He had managed to avoid it cutting in too deep. Still the brief exchange had taught him plenty about his opponents. Kurin was clearly the weaker of the two, at least in terms of Taijutsu. He was fast but his execution was sloppy and his moves were too predictable. Mugen, however, was far more careful and considerate with his strikes. In a hand-to-hand fight Shuzo felt confident he could win, but Mugen had evened the odds by using bladed weapons. There was no doubt about it; Shuzo could not hold back any longer, but at the same time taking on the offensive would be his downfall. His opponents were beginning to figure out his tactic. His style of Taijutsu focused on strong and precise attacks, using stances that maximized the power of his strikes, whilst providing balance to his core to harden his defense. This much they knew, however they had only briefly experienced his full combat style. [strong And Strike] "I'm just getting warmed up, Mugen!" Shuzo said through gritted teeth, before going forward at a sprint. Mugen followed suit and charged at him. Shuzo's hands performed seals. "Doton: Rock Clone Jutsu!" He cried as the earth and rock on either side of him emerged from the ground, moulding into his shape and becoming exact copies of him, running alongside him. The weaved in and out of each other as they approached Mugen. One of them advanced ahead and confronted Mugen who attacked with his glaives, slashing at the clone who was deftly dodging, meanwhile the other clone leapt into the air and spun around, launching a kick at Mugen's chest sending him back and off balance. Shuzo performed another set of seals as Mugen fell backwards. "Doton: Moving Earth Core!" He said once again as the ground beneath Mugen fell away, causing him to drop down into the growing hole and crashing on his back at the bottom. Shuzo pushed his hand out forcefully and the earth on top of Mugen re-joined and closed him off, trapping him in a box underneath the ground. Shuzo turned to Kurin who was advancing in a rage. He knew he didn't have long before Mugen managed to escape. Now was his chance to take out Kurin once and for all. Shuzo's two earth clones advanced once more as Kurin advanced to meet them. His speed was incredible, dodging and swerving the attacks by the earth clones, striking with his only working arm. He was struggling, even against just the clones. His speed was enough to dodge them but Shuzo had broken his arm, and he was unable to form seals properly, stopping him from using ninjutsu. Shuzo formed seals again and as Kurin avoided the clones' strikes the earth began to shoot up around his feet, throwing his footing off balance and slowing him down. Finally one of the clone's connected with a blow to Kurin's face whilst the other followed up with a swift kick to Kurin's back, causing him to cry out in pain. Kurin fell to his knees as the strain was too much for him. He was sure this was it for him, however, as he went down so too did the clones, that crumbled into dirt around him. [bunta] Kurin looked up to see that Shuzo had approached him with his arms folded, standing straight, and with no fighting stance. His eyes looked piercing and angry. He stared at Kurin for a brief moment but said nothing. He seemed to be considering something at that moment. Kurin stood up hesitantly, unsure whether to strike Shuzo whilst he wasn't guarded. He felt weak and tired, for the first time in his short career as a ninja, he felt hesitation. "Leave now!" Shuzo barked finally, glaring at Kurin. "If you continue I will have to finish you off. I don't want to do that. So leave!" "What?" Kurin was taken aback by this, "Even if I wanted to you know I can't! Are you stupid, kid!? We're enemies!" "You'll lose" Shuzo replied confidently, "If you retreat now you can live to fight another day. I'll offer the same to your brother when he emerges." Kurin was wide-eyed. He couldn't believe it. Was this what ninja of the Leaf were like? Showing mercy to their opponents? He just couldn't grasp it. He shook his head, unable to accept it. It must have been a trick. He wouldn't fall for it! "Fuck you!" Kurin roared, "A true ninja never gives up!" Kurin ran towards Shuzo, pulling a kunai from his pouch as he reached him and swiped furiously at him. Shuzo ducked and swerved effortlessly to avoid the sloppy attacks. Finally he lost his patience and took his chance to knock Kurin back with a swift kick to the chest, causing him to fall crashing into the ground. He went to get up again, pushing up with his only good arm. However as he began to push up he felt something come up from underneath him, piercing through his chest. [Need To Be Strong] Shuzo's eyes widened as he saw the curved blade shoot through the earth, piercing through Kurin's chest. As he went to go forward he paused, the earth beneath Kurin was parting and something was rising out. From beneath the earth emerged Mugen, letting go of the glaive in his hand and letting his brother fall to his side in a heap, his blood pouring out across the ground. Shuzo's eyes were wide with rage as he stared intently at Mugen. "What did you do!?" he roared, "He was your brother!" "He was weak!" Mugen replied testily as he glared at Shuzo. "I spend most of my time trying to protect him, and my own combat effectiveness suffers because of it. He was dead weight, so I cut him away from me. That's what it means to be a ninja. You cannot tolerate weakness." "But..." Shuzo tried to speak but he was overcame with anger. His body was shaking, adrenaline flushing through him. "...Damn it! Urraaaaaaaaaggggh!" He roared as he sped toward Mugen, his fist raised in throbbing anger. As he reached Mugen the pair clashed, exchanging blows, fists hammering into each other, both of them equally matched. Shuzo leapt up and spun around, kicking away Mugen's approaching fist, before landing and twisting his torso, as he sent a punch into Mugen's chest, then bringing his other arm up to block Mugen's arm that was coming down on him. Finally he pushed upwards, rising back up to full height with his fist raised, sending it crashing into Mugen's jaw, hitting him so hard that his breather cracked and then shattered, falling away beneath him. Mugen fell back from the force, clutching his jaw as he wobbled from side-to-side, his balance compromised from the blow to the head. Shuzo continued relentlessly, pummeling Mugen's face again and again, before finally he raised his fist one final time, holding it in the air, shaking with rage. He paused, his fist waiting in the air as he stared at Mugen. The ninja's face was covered in blood, battered and heavily bruised. Shuzo hesitated as he realised what he was about to do. He had never killed anyone before. He felt no sympathy or understanding for the ninja stood before him. He deserved to die. Shuzo tightened his clenched fist as he breathed heavily, working himself up to perform the final blow. Still, he hesitated. He cursed at himself inwardly. All his rage, all his pain, no matter how much Mugen deserved it, Shuzo still found himself unable to do it. He hesitated for a few moments longer, and then finally he swung his fist, connecting with Mugen's jaw and sending him crashing to the floor, collapsed in a heap next to his brother. [swaying Necklace] Shuzo looked down at the two bodies beneath him. The rain had come on heavily again and was battering down on him. He looked up into the sky and the rain fell down on his face, the cold droplets feeling harsh against his hot skin. He had managed to make the final blow, but he had hesitated at the last moment, holding back his strength. Mugen would live. He felt frustrated and weak. As a ninja he was supposed to be able to make these hard decisions, but ultimately he had shown restraint to someone who did not deserve it. Shuzo slowly walked away from the two bodies. His body was aching, he felt tired. He had to press on though. He took one final look at the two brothers, and then he leapt into the trees and disappeared. [Girei] Omi finally stood up. She was finally free from her prison, however the right side of her body was badly scalded. Yu's chakra had taken physical form and it's intense resonance had seared her flesh. She pushed the nagging pain to the back of her mind. She had suffered far worse in the past. Right now her concern was with Yu, and the sinister chakra emanating from his body. She had been warned of this, but she had not expected it so soon into their time together. She knew she would have to deal with Gekko, but for the moment Yu was her main concern. If he was not dealt with, it could mean trouble for all of them. As she watched Gekko and Yu preparing to face off once more, she considered letting it play out. Perhaps Yu would take care of Gekko for her. No, that wasn;t an option. The longer Yu stayed in that condition the more dangerous he became. Finally she placed her hands together and performed a series of hand seals, and then dropped down and placed her hand on the ground. "Suiton: Five Sharks Frenzy!" she said sharply as chakra shot out from her five fingertips and across the wet ground. The rainwater around Omi began to be absorbed, transforming into shapes that were moving through the ground at speed, only their curved dorsal fins visible above the ground. [Kouen] As the water sharks moved through the earth towards Yu, his chakra seemed to intensify as if it had sensed them. When the sharks neared they breached the ground, leaping at Yu. The chakra exploded out from Yu, cutting through two of the sharks like butter, whilst the other three managed to break through, two of them biting down on each of his arms, meanwhile the third clamped on to his right shoulder, crushing down on his chest and rooting him to the spot with the weight. Omi saw her opportunity as moved forward with such speed that she was but a flicker. Ignoring Gekko wasn't her best judgement but she had no choice. She rounded on Yu, who's chakra was violently bubbling around him. As she neared him the chakra began to force itself on her, burning her even more as she raised her hand in the air, her palm spread. "Five Elements Seal!" she said as she placed her hands on Yu's chest, her fingers igniting with purple flame. As she made contact with his chest, the flames extinguished and Yu immediately looked like he was in pain. However, this quickly subsided, as Yu's chakra seemed to calm down and disappear back inside his body. His eyes became docile and calm, then finally they closed as he fell unconscious. Omi breathed a sigh of relief, however, as she did so she felt something dark growing inside her. Her vision began to fade and she was plunged into darkness. She stood in the darkness, in complete silence. Omi looked around but she couldn't see anything. Where was she? Then she felt it. The feeling of pure dread crept up on her, almost overwhelming her. She began to shake violently. She felt like she was going to be sick. What is this? she wondered to herself. She had never felt fear quite like this in her whole life. She felt like she was staring into the abyss and that there was no point of return. Then, through the darkness, she saw it, a sinister eye opened up and glared at her. Omi's gaze was fixed on that of the sinister beast's. She was horrified at the mere sight of it. The darkness growing around her was emanating from the creature. This is it? Thee thing that's inside Yu? She thought to herself. Then, as quickly as it had come, it had faded, and she found herself back in the cold forest, the rain beating down on her, with Yu lying unconscious at her feet. She felt a presence and turned to see Gekko advancing on her. He was brandishing his hacksaw blade and lunged at her, bringing the blade over her shoulder before dragging it back, cutting into the top of her shoulder and causing blood to spray out. Omi ducked down and pushed back, stepping over Yu and preparing to fight. Gekko held his sword aloft and prepared to come at her again. [Kokuten] Suddenly Shuzo shot out from the trees behind her, leaping over her head and sending a kick towards Gekko who held the flat side of his blade up to deflect the kick and volley Shuzo back towards Omi. He flipped in the air and landed with a tap at her side. "Omi-sensei!" He cried, "Yu! What happened to him!?" he demanded, however his eyes were fixed on Gekko. He looked ready to fight, but Omi held her hand out in front of him to block his path. "Don't ask questions" she said calmly, "Just take Yu and get back to Konoha." "Omi-sensei! I can help you fight!" Shuzo protested "Do as your told!" Omi snapped, "Get Yu back safely. Do you understand?" she said as she stepped forward to close the gap between her and Gekko. "I will handle this. Don't worry, I won't fall into any more traps. Just get back home." Shuzo didn't like the idea, but he nodded in agreement. He turned around and picked Yu up, hoisting him over his shoulder. He gave Omi another acknowledging nod, and then he disappeared back into the trees. Meanwhile Omi and Gekko were locked in a stare off. Gekko looked heavily wounded but he was still in good form. Omi, much the same, was also badly injured. This fight would be tough. "Do you remember me, Gekko Mori?" Omi asked. Gekko raised his brow at this and smirked. "Should I?" Gekko replied, "You don't seem all that memorable. Besides, after today you'll be dead. The only reason you're still alive is I need what's inside your head. "Hm" Omi replied as she pressed her hands together to form a seal. Gekko moved to counter but it was too late. "Hidden Mist Jutsu!" she said intensely, as the rain around the area began to evaporate and change into a thick fog. By the time Gekko had reached Omi she had already moved away. The thick fog was quickly taking away his field of vision. This technique...it's not from the leaf! he thought to himself. At this point he realised that Omi was not at all what she seemed. Still he didn;t understand what she had meant. Remember her? Why would he? Then he heard her voice echo through the mist, it's tone now cold and sinister. "By now it must be coming back to you..." she said, "...Your first encounter with the Demon Shark of the Mist."
  11. [sneaking Nightmare] Omi lead the team as they stepped carefully through the forest. The thick foliage had blacked out most of the light in the sky, and the rain was barely breaking through the trees. The air had a smell of wet leaves that always came after it had rained. Omi had detected another scent in the air, in fact even her two young genin had detected it by now. There was a sort of metallic smell mixed in with the damp, the smell of iron, the smell of blood. For it to be this strong required more than a few drops on a leaf. Somewhere close, there was definitely a large pool of blood. Omi shifted her glance backwards to Shuzo who was beginning to look uneasy. Shuzo's gaze was darting left and right shiftily. His muscles were tensed, sweat dripping across his brow. He felt nervous. No. It was worse than that. Fear was creeping through him, gripping him tightly, he felt like it was getting harder to breathe. The smell of blood was nauseating, but more so it conjured horrific images in his head. He was aware that Yu had given him a look of concern but he didn't register it fully. His mind was only half in the present, the other half flashing through memories of his past. As they all stepped through into a large clearing Shuzo's eyes widened as the fear inside him finally paralyzed him, stopping him from stepping any further forward. The clearing was dark and damp, the sun had finally set and turned the night sky into a black abyss. The rain was falling down in large pools of black. The darkness had coloured it black but there was no mistake that the pools were of blood, not rain. Across the clearing from them a figure was posed against a tree stump that had been uprooted and placed in the centre of the clearing. The figure was soaked in blood and had been pinned to the tree stump by an assortment of bladed weapons including kunai, shuriken, needles and even short katana. Omi was now on high alert, it was abundantly clear now that her team were not safe. "That's our man." Omi explained, "...the placement of the body, the positioning within this clearing...they wanted him to be found." "Sensei, I think this is a trap." Yu said quietly, looking around. "No shit." Omi replied before turning her gaze to Shuzo. "How are you holding up?" she asked him. There was no reply. Shuzo was staring at the body intently, his gaze wide and unblinking. His entire body was shaking due to how much his muscles were tensed. He could hear Omi speaking but it sounded muffled and distant. He wasn't sure where he was. Something was wrong, he felt alert and yet incredibly drowsy and confused. Something washed over him and suddenly his surroundings disappeared, replaced by a dream. [Hidan] Shuzo was stood in a pool of blood that stretched far out in front of him. The crimson water was so deep it reached his ankles. As he looked around frantically he realised that he was alone, and there was nothing but blood for as far as his eyes could see. Beyond that there was only darkness. He began to run, sprinting through the bloody floor, causing it to splash up his legs, splattering over his hands and face. He kept running, despite the burning in his chest. He ran for what felt like hours. Still he saw nothing but a sea of blood. Finally he fell on to his knees within the pool. He looked down into the blood and at his own reflection. But the reflection was not his, it was instead the face of his former jounin leader, Ine. "Shuzo!" [Glued State] Shuzo suddenly snapped back to reality. Omi was stood in front of him, her lone eye was fierce as she stared into his. He turned his head to see that Yu looked quite concerned with him. He turned back to Omi, she was still staring at him intently. "Is there a problem?" Omi asked him directly "Uh..." Shuzo stammered, "N-no...i'm fine." "You don't look fine." Omi replied quickly. "This is a bad time to start freakin' out kid. Stay sharp. I need to go check the body. You two need to cover my back. Got it?" "But...what if it's a trap?" Shuzo asked. "You cant just walk over to it." "No choice" Omi replied, "The enemy know that the scroll is a decoy. This whole set up means they know exactly where the information is..." "What do you mean?" Shuzo asked, cocking his head to the right. "Doesn't matter." Omi said sharply, "Just cover each other, cover me. We need to stay alert." With that Omi turned around and began to approach the body. She moved slowly but with purpose. She had already scanned the area for wire traps. There was no need for them. The enemy wanted her to get to the body. They wanted her to do exactly what she was going to do. As she reached the body she reached out and touched it around the neck. A pulse. It was faint but it was there. The man was still alive. This didn't give Omi any comfort though. The man wouldn't survive much longer. There was no way to save him. At most she could have offered him a quick death, but alas, even that was impossible. The information this man carried was in the form of a memory. As far as Omi was concerned it would be better if the memory died with the man, however, the Hokage wanted otherwise. She had no idea what the information was. Nor did the man in front of her for that matter. The memory was sealed within him using a special ninja technique. The sealing jutsu was used to lock a memory inside the mind of any person, however that memory was not available to the container until another jutsu had been performed, one that only the most elite of ninja would know. Omi did not know this technique, however, she did know another. She placed her right hand firmly over the dying man's head. Her left hand formed a seal and suddenly black markings appeared on the man's head, crawling across his face like writing. What is she doing? Shuzo wondered to himself. Omi had finished her preparation. She paused for a brief moment, considering what she was about to do. She couldn't help but have admiration for the way this trap was designed. Her two genin probably didn't realise it but this kind of trap was inescapable. There were no walls, barriers, wire traps or anything of the sort, but she was certain that they were being watched. If she had ordered her Genin to flee, there was no chance they would make it without being ambushed by their enemy. Still the mission required this information be retrieved without failure. To lose it altogether was perhaps more dangerous than allowing it into enemy hands. The beauty of this trap was the enemy knew that this man did not know the seal to transfer the memory within him. By leaving him here they had lured another team in. It would be safe for the enemy to assume that the team would have a ninja that knew the neccesary transfer seal, in case it was impossible to rescue the captured ninja. Once Omi performed the transfer the enemy was going to trap her there. She may not have known exactly how but she knew it was unlikely she could escape easily. This meant that this mission's fate rested within the hands of her students. Ideally she would rather fight instead of them, she was far more capable, but she was the only one who knew the jutsu required. This was it. "Ninpou: Third Eye Transferal Jutsu" She said quietly. As she did so the black ink began to slide off of the man's face, travelling down on to Omi's palm and along her wrist, up her arm and under her clothes. It re-appeared coming out from under her mask, reforming in a similar pattern on her own face, with a strange symbol of an eye on her forehead, which then slowly faded away until nothing was there. No sooner had she finished she had heard the soft sound of movement within the forest. She went to move but it was far too late. [Kouen] Omi felt her legs lock to the floor and looked down to see that a black liquid had emerged from the ground. The liquid was rapidly travelling up her body, stopping her from moving. Her eye widened in shock as she came to a realization. She knew this technique. She knew the ninja that used it. A feeling of dread rose within her as the black oil began to rise over her shoulders, she was now completely trapped. She fell forwards on the ground, struggling to break free but she knew it was no use. This ninjutsu was the 'Black Oil Abyss Jutsu' a complex technique performed using a chakra infused oil-based substance. Only one ninja was known to use it. The Black Eyed Beast of the Hidden Rain... "Gekko Mori!" Omi snarled. Rising out of the ground behind her, emerging from the oil, was a man who was at least 6ft 5 inches tall. He was wearing black ninja sandals and black trousers, a dark purple chunin jacket. Over his shoulder he was wearing a black cloak that was currently dripping with the oil he had emerged from. His hair was black, greasy and slicked over to the right, with the left side of his hair shaved off. He grinned wildly as he pulled a large blade from a strap behind him, a double edged broadsword with serrated edges, resembling a hacksaw. He held the sword behind Omi's head, poised to strike, before stepping on her back with his right foot. His gaze turned to the two genin and they both noticed his most significant trait. His eyes were entirely black, with only thin, yellow circles to signify where his pupils were. Yu took a deep breath and watched this man carefully, "You should let her go." He said, his voice calm but stern. "Oh really?" Gekko replied, still sporting his wicked grin, "Or what, boy?" Yu reached over his back and pulled the parasol from its sling on the back of his coat, "Or you can deal with me." Yu replied calmly. "Oh? I like the confidence boy. It's probably best that you keep your mouth shut though." Gekko said with a smirk. He dropped down and picked up Omi, slinging her over his shoulder. "I'd love to test your metal but I have an appointment to keep. I'll leave you with some entertainment though. Kurin! Mugen!" Suddenly two flickers of movement shot in front of Gekko. The figures stopped at either side of him. They were both shorter and younger, only slightly older than Yu and Shuzo. The ninja both had long, waist length hair, each with the same spikey style, except the one on the right had snow white hair, whilst the one on the left had jet black hair. They were both wearing similar black jumpsuits, the black haired ninja wearing a white jumpsuit, the white haired ninja wearing a black one. Their mouths were covered by breathers but they each shared the unique trait of a pair of light purple eyes. Clearly they were twins. "Gekko-sama!" The black haired one spoke, his voice metallic and muffled through the breather, "Should we take out the trash?" "The one with the red hair is mine, Mugen!" The other, Kurin, replied, "He looks fuckin' scared! It's pissin' me off!" "Quit bickering and kill them. Join me when you're finished!" Gekko spat before turning round and leaping into the trees with Omi, disappearing into the darkness. The one called Mugen advanced forward, drawing a pair of short-poled glaives and rounded on Yu. Meanwhile Kurin dashed toward Shuzo, his speed far surpassing his brother's, he was at Shuzo in less than a second, lunging forward to stab him with a kunai. Shuzo hadn't even moved, he was frozen to the spot once more. [Guren] "I...Ine-sensei!" Shuzo gasped for breath "Calm down Shuzo" Ine replied. Shuzo once more found himself on the floor, weak and unable to move, his former sensei standing above him, staring out into the distance. "I'm sorry that things have happened this way...I won't try to sugar coat it...we're in serious trouble." "Sensei...who are they?" Shuzo asked weakly. "I wish I knew..." Ine replied, "...Shuzo...I might not get to talk with you like this again. Please...whatever happens...never surrender. You have to be the strongest you can possibly be...for Konoha...and for me." "Sensei!" Shuzo cried desperately, "I don't understand! Please!" "It's too late!" Ine replied, "They are coming!" and then Ine shot off into the distance, out of Shuzo's view. Shuzo tried to move, tried to stand a get to his feet. He pushed himself up, finally managing to get to his knees. Already he felt too exhausted to go any further. Just when he was about to give up something gripped on to him from either side and hoisted him to his feet. The forest had gone. So had Ine, running into the distance. Shuzo was now stood in darkness. He looked to either side of him. To his left a boy with a long, shaggy haired mohawk. To his right a a girl with blonde hair that was held back in a hairband. They were both smiling softly at him. "Teiru..." Shuzo whispered, his fists shaking with rage and grief, "Mitsuko...Why? What's going on!?" "We came to help you up, aniki!" Teiru said with a grin "But...you aren't here..." Shuzo replied, "You're dead!" "Shuzo..." Mitsuko said as she rubbed his shoulder softly, "we know that. But we can still help you. It might be too late for us but...we can help you stand strong. So you can protect them!" she said before pointing forward into the dark. Shuzo looked up to see Omi and Yu walking in the distance. Yu turned around and looked to Shuzo. "Are you coming?" Yu asked "You should go" came another voice. Shuzo turned around to see the person behind him. Ine was smiling back at him. "Remember what I said? You have to be the strongest you can be, Shuzo. Never surrender. Never stop fighting for those important to you." Shuzo turned back towards Omi and Yu who were beginning to disappear into the distance. He took one final look at his old team. He nodded slowly in agreement. "I won't give up." he said, "There's still a chance we can fix this. Me and Yu...we can figure this out together." Shuzo gave a soft smile to his former team. Then he went off at a run, chasing after Omi and Yu, quickly gaining on them, until he was nearly at their side. [The Raising Fighting Spirit] Kurin was inches from Shuzo's throat when suddenly Shuzo moved, gracefully swerving away from the blade, spinning on his left heel, twisting his body around so that Kurin had completely bypassed him, before coming right back around and forcing back his elbow into Kurin's back and sending him crashing into the dirt. Kurin quickly recovered, landing with his hands and flipping forwards to gain some distance before turning to face Shuzo. What the fuck!? Kurin thought to himself, This guy...his reflexes...he predicted my movement and overcame my speed! What is this guy!? Shuzo turned to look at Kurin, his eyes wide, confident and wild with fury. "Don't underestimate me!" Shuzo snarled, before changing his stance so that his left foot was forward, his fists held steadily at either side of his waist, leaving his upper body completely open. "You fuckin' loser!" Kurin roared, "I'll make you suffer!" he cried out again before lunging forward once more, drawing two more kunai and advancing on Shuzo. This time as he reached him he stopped short of his lunge, clashing horizontally at Shuzo who simply leant backwards and avoided the swipe before arcing his waist around and coming back up to strike Kurin twice in the ribs before bringing his arm up to block an incoming strike from his right. He gripped Kurin's arm tightly and struck it with a left hook right at the joint between his upper arm and forearm, followed by a loud crack. Kurin began to scream in pain but he was cut off as Shuzo's fist connected with his jaw, sending him up into the air briefly, before he came crashing back to earth with a thump. Kurin was down but not out. Shuzo had to act fast. Yu leapt forwards without warning, holding his parasol behind him in one hand as he ran. When he was within range of Mugen he thrust the weapon forwards, the sharp barb in the centre, stabbing at him. Mugen dodged to one side and tried to strike Yu in response but as he tried to attack, Yu spun the parasol around and opened it, the enemy nin's glaive clashing with metal. Mugen pushed backwards as he heard footsteps advancing from his left. he managed to block Shuzo's flying kick with the flat sides of his glaives, forcing him back before Yu advanced once more, causing him to duck to avoid the strike and leap backwards to create distance. He prepared himself to fight both Yu and Shuzo, however, Shuzo had already motioned for Yu's attention. "Yu, I've got this" Shuzo said confidently, "You have to go after Omi-sensei!" "Are you sure?" Yu asked, his eyes on the enemy ninja. "Not exactly" Shuzo replied, "But if you dont follow that guy we'll loose Omi-sensei! I don't care about the mission or whatever! Yu...we can't let her die...trust me...we can't give up!" Yu hesitated but he saw the look in Shuzo's gaze and knew he could delay no longer, he turned his back on his comrade and leapt up into the trees, after the leader of the trio of ninja, and their sensei. Mugen went to run into the trees after Yu but Shuzo had already pressed his hands together to perform seals. "Doton: Moving Earth Core!" Shuzo said as he activated his ninjutsu. Suddenly a large chunk of the earth rose up under Mugen's foot, causing him to stumble in his movement. Then as he stumbled another, larger piece of rock shot up in front of him, which he narrowly avoided taking his head off. Mugen turned back around to face Shuzo. Kirin had also re-emerged, clutching his broken arm but ready to fight. "Are you sure this is what you want?" Mugen asked him, "We're twins. We may be strong separately, but together we cannot be stopped. We haven't even begun to fight!" "Fine with me." Shuzo said with a confident smirk, returning to his fighting stance, waiting for his opponents to strike. "Come at me then, unless you're all talk?"
  12. [Hyouhaku] The woman was around 6 feet tall. Her hair was a dark brown, it was shoulder length, each strand exactly the same length as the rest. Only her right eye, an auburn hazel eye, was visible on her face. Her mouth was covered by a white scarf wrapped around her lower face and neck and a white eye patch was held over her eye. She was dressed in tight fitting fishnets on her legs and sleeves, with a pair of black shorts hugging her hips and a short tank top of similar design that exposed her midriff. Around her waist was a thick belt with a series of pouches dangling from it and the breast area of her tank top had three scrolls attached to it. She also wore black ninja sandals on her feet. She eyed the boy who had greeted her carefully, folding her arms as she looked him up and down, assessing his appearance, his physique, his manner. After a long pause she finally spoke. "Actually you're a little early" She replied, "C'mon, let's go inside." she continued as she ushered the restaurant, Yakiniku Q, one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in Konoha. The kunoichi took a seat in one of the booths and offered for Yu to sit opposite her, to which he complied. She pulled up the menu from the table and began reading through it, paying little attention to Yu. After a few minutes of silence the woman put down the menu and nodded for a waitress to come to the table. "I'll have the salted beef tongue...and this guy will have...sorry...which one are you?" the woman looked to Yu expectantly. "My name is Yu, Sensei." He replied, smiling before turning to the waitress, "I will have some barbecue pork and fried rice, please." He asked. "Oh and um...I guess the same for the other guy. Cant be picky when you're late." the woman said finally as the waitress nodded and headed off. "So" she said once they were alone again, "Shizuku clan huh? That's some big shoes to fill. I'm Omi by the way. Hizuchi Omi." "I am very pleased to meet you, Omi-sama." Yu replied politely, as seemed his nature. "Cut that 'sama' shit out" Omi replied, shaking her head, "If you must, you can call me Sensei. Never assume greatness." she instructed wisely, before tilting her head in thought, "...I am pretty awesome though..." "I make no assumption, Omi-sama. I only want to honour what little I know of your, no doubt--" He paused and smiled, "--awesome deeds." "hmm...Kiss-ass" Omi replied, although the look in her eye suggested she was only teasing. Then her eye flitted towards the entrance to the restaurant, towards a boy who had entered, his hair a crimson mane. "Looks like your partner is here" she said, causing Yu to turn around to look. [Naruto's Daily Life] Shuzo sauntered up to the booth where Omi and Yu were sitting. He took a seat with them and nodded to each of them. Before he had the chance to greet them both he realised that he recognized the other boy. "Oi, oi! Yu-san!" Shuzo said with a grin, "I haven't seen you since the academy. You look...different. Taller maybe?" "Shuzo-san." Yu returned the other boy's smile, "I think, probably." He chuckled warmly, "And you, it is good to see you again. Even if..." Yu paused for a moment as he thought on his past, then he caught himself doing it and shook his head with a smile, and laughed, "Well, even if we did not know each other well, I am sure we will come to be close, ne?" "Sure, sure!" Shuzo beamed, "What kind of ninjutsu have you learned? Anything cool?" he asked, but before Yu could answer they were interupted by the sound of sizzling meat. They both turned to see that their food had arrived and Omi had began to cook her beef tongue on the large charcoal brazier in the centre of the table. "Oh...Sensei..." Shuzo said as if he had just noticed her, "I'm Keiruno Shuzo. Sorry I'm a little late..." "S'cool" Omi replied as she focused on grilling her beef. "I suggest you eat though. We don't have a lot of time left." Time? Shuzo asked himself inwardly, What exactly are we going to be doing? "Uh...got it" he said with a nod as he took some of the pork and tossed it on the brazier. He turned to Yu and and leaned in closely, whispering to him. "Psst! What's her name?" "You could ask for yourself, Shuzo-san." Yu leant forwards and picked up his bowl of rice and simultaneously pulled his scarf down and placed the bowl in front of his face, he pushed the rice into his mouth using his chopsticks and by the time he was done, his scarf was back in place without ever having shown his mouth. "It's Omi" said their sharp-eared mentor, "Now eat your food" Shuzo took his pork off of the brazier and dropped it on his plate with a pair of chopsticks. He added his rice and began eating ravenously, taking large mouthfuls and barely stopping to chew before swallowing. Despite being late he had quickly overtaken Yu and had cleared his plate before even a minute had passed. He looked up at Omi only to realize her plate was also completely cleared. Shuzo made a shifty glance at his two comrades. Why is everybody covering their mouths!? he thought to himself. After another few moments waiting Yu had finished and the waitress came to clear their plates and left the bill. Omi reached into one of her pouches and produced enough ryo to pay for the meal. "This is the first and the last time I buy you guys lunch, got it?" Omi said as she paid the bill, "From what I understand neither of you have been on missions in a long time so I figured you're probably short of money. I had to make sure you ate though, it's important to have a good meal before going out on a mission." [survival Examination] "Oh, we're leaving?" Yu replied, he paused for a moment and then nodded, "That's fine, Sensei. I have everything I need, if we have to leave now, I am ready." Shuzo on the other hand seemed to take the news with a bit more surprise. "Wait, a mission?" He asked, "Right now? Shouldn't we arrange this sort of thing with the Hokage? Don't we have to be briefed?" "Like I said before, we don't have a lot of time." Omi said as she stood up, nodding her head to suggest the boys follow her. They left the restaurant and were once again outside on the streets, walking together towards the gates at the entrance of the village. "You two are sort of being thrown in the deep end unfortunately. It wasn't the original plan, you were supposed to begin with a routine delivery mission to the Land of Waves. Unfortunately there is a situation that supersedes that. Instead we're heading to a location within the Land of Fire. It's only about a day's travel from the village." "What's so urgent?" Shuzo asked, "We're only Genin. Anything serious would be dealt with by Jounin right?" "Normally that's true" Omi said with a nod, "Our mission is a retrieval mission. A ninja holding sensitive information has gone dark. It's possible that he's still alive but...it's more likely he's dead. A special Jounin team is returning from a diplomatic mission in the Land of Lightning. They will be taking charge of closing up this mission. Since we are closer our job is to retrieve the information the ninja was carrying. We're essentially walking into an unknown situation. Do you both understand?" "I understand, Sensei." Yu replied, "Do you expect us to encounter any resistance?" He asked, "If they have killed the messenger, then they would likely have already taken the message itself, what would they gain by remaining?" "The information is under a variety of protective seals." Omi explained, "Breaking the seals is simple enough if you know how, but if you don't it could take days. The ninja transporting the scroll was supposed to arrive at his destination this morning. Considering the relevance of the information it is likely that the interceptors are from the Hidden Rain Village. It's unlikely that they have remained in one place, but we can't expect everything to be handed to us. We will have to investigate." "And what about the information?" Shuzo asked, "I get that it's secret but isn't there more you can tell us? We're going to be running in blind here." "I'm afraid not." Omi replied, "I don't mean to belittle either of you but the only reason you are on this mission is because the information is sensitive and I happen to be one of the few that is aware of it. I'm under strict instructions to avoid either of you finding out any more than you need to. Sorry." "I wasn't complaining" Shuzo replied with a soft smirk, "I just want to know where I stand. I guess we have no choice. Our first mission...and it's a tough one. Let's watch each other's backs eh, Yu-san?"
  13. Video Games General

    No but that's mostly because in real life they know me as the serial hotel arsonist.
  14. PETS

    They look like a couple of fancy-pants posers!
  15. Mafia! [open for new members]

    count me in!
  16. Psychedelic Space Lounge

    that sounds fun! count me in!
  17. YouTube Megathread

    because sometimes birds are dicks
  18. Psychedelic Space Lounge

    I may be game for that but...I don't even know what it is. I'm just gonna stay optimistic about the whole endeavour!
  19. Video Games General

    TIL fire's natural habitat is a hotel.
  20. Anime/Manga General

    I read One Piece up to round about the point Shinji shows up and he became a quick favourite. Then I got busy for a while and suddenly One Piece is soooo far ahead. I probably will read it at some point but its a lot to catch up on. I still love Naruto's characterization but I find the plot to be getting a little predictable and rasengan seems to have went the way of kamehamaha in dragonball z. Bleach on the other hand I just like Tite Kubo's artwork. But I will try to get on One Piece. I've read odd chapters here or there and I don't recognize any characters so I think I need to go back to the beginning.
  21. Salutations.

    Hello! Welcome back! Also in regard to facebook I find that if my friends are anything to go by, it's not so much about content of posts, but simply posting often. About everything. Every inane little thing. And because they do that people who dont post as often usually get swept away by the dreaded timeline! O_O So hi! How are you?
  22. Hey

    I met you once at a Halloween party! My missus was doing a Joker crossplay and I was her joker clown thug and...hey...wait...was that guy at the party. He wasn't the real...real batman? Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww Maaaaaaaaan!
  23. Anime/Manga General

    I still read Naruto and Bleach even though they are just rubbish. Im just at a point now where I've invested in them so much that I need to see it through to the end. There has to be and end. I hope there will be an end. T_T
  24. Hello luvs~

    The name sounds familiar. At any rate Welcome!
  25. Artistic Thrift Shop

    This is a freaking awesome idea. I'll definitely be adding some suggestions in future!