Stage 43: Primal drives.You aren't a bad swordswoman. You're actually pretty damn good. Compared to Hidesato and Kushinada, who are demigods, your sword-work was more than adequate, it was incredibly effective in and out of Barrier Combat. You have every right to be proud of your sword techniques and skills. Against Kurao Goto, your sword skills have proven entirely inadequate to the task. Of course, there are a variety of reasons outside of skill that this is the case. He is a divine being; he is strictly a swordsman; he's got you on reach by far; and finally despite his size he's quite fast for a Void oni. This might be complicated by the fact that he's using a shape-shifted or transformed oni as his sword, which you have been told by the kami Matagama-no-Shitoki, your magical necklace meant to protect you from magic can act on its own up to an extent. He's slapped you around a bit so far, and definitely rattled your brains once, but you've drawn long, painful cuts along his chest and back. He also instated true Barrier Combat before you did, which gives you a slight edge, as you'll be able to react to his moves first, and avoid having his friend act to defend him easily. You're trying something new and different – you've chosen to activate Claws and Scales, since your claws seemed a much better choice in combat than your swordplay. It leaves you a little in the dark about your own capabilities, but you carved him up real damn good with your fingernails alone.
>>36077760While it is still two-to-one, you have the advantage of having a lot more Shen than the typical dragonette your age, and partial access to the demigod level Barrier Techniques. You know that this extra technique level is based on the elements, but you've only used one so far – Fire. It gave you the speed of a Fire dragonette, and let you turn the tables on Hidesato immediately. You can make guesses as to the others, but only guesses – like most Barrier Techniques learning through experience is the only way to go. You do know they cycle from wood through Fire to Stone to Void to water, though, and just by the way your tiers of combat work, that means their power most likely increases by each step as well.All this is important because you have very little idea of what Goto's techniques are, save that they combine his expert swordsmanship with his own magic, making him incredibly dangerous. While the necklace your priestess gave you as a wedding gift can counter magics, Barrier Techniques might be beyond it. Still your own power is surging through your veins; your Pearl gleams like a shining black heart in the center of your chest, double the size of your fist, and your scales are much more pronounced along your legs, arms and tail. Your claws are veritable talons, and your tail's fin had sprouted a half dozen very wicked spines along the edge and at the tip. Your stupid white hair floats in the air of your Barrier-temple, and your hands seethe in the nimbus of lava and abyssal cold, the line of lighting along your body a nimbus about your pearl and flickering from your mouth with every word you speak.
>>36077767Your Water eyes tell you little enough about their plans, though their states of mind – sword and oni alike – border on terrified. Your Danger-Seeing-Right-Red-Eye is showing you a field of spiked gold before him, that is slowly moving towards you as he prepares his first assault; something like Ten-Thousand Cuts, but that's your third tier choice, not your fourth tier choice. If his powers are that much stronger, this is a pretty even match power wise, and he's got that oni-strength to boot. On the other hand, that's just what it LOOKS like; it is probably something entirely different, especially since the 'spikes' are slowly becoming 'interwoven arcs' as they get further from him and closer to you. Perhaps a wind-based series of blows on the order of the Grass-Cutting Blade? That's the most likely answer, but he's no Kushinada! Claws of Diamond and Scales of Iron With Speed and Grace Prey Is Struck The Scales That Bite, The Claws That Catch Even a Single Cut Can Be Fatal Wood
>>36077760Previous Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/35976468/Search for Title: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGxTwitter: @XsQuestmistressHebiki Akari's Tale: http://pastebin.com/3JjNVKbYKurao Yui's Tale: http://pastebin.com/qYJa4PwHKumatori Kiki's Tale: http://pastebin.com/pdjfAEEUAkari's Lesson (R-18): http://pastebin.com/bnGavrhPKiki's Gift (R-18): http://pastebin.com/sLP3NcbCQuest Pastebin: Under reconstruction.Kiku, the shortest, is 5' 1" for ever and ever. Lesbian submissive.Akari is 5' 3", and has another few inches to grow. Sexuality is weird, switch. Cosplayer!Yui is 5' 4" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control (though she will be able to change her size, being Void oni). Dyke, switch.Kiki is 5' 6", and is at full growth. Bisexual bottom.Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8", but this becomes 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Er Yin is the tallest at 5' 10" and is fully grown. Lesbian dominant..Jinyuu is 5' 7" but persistently hovers an extra three inches above the ground or floor because of her nature as a seer. Straight.Hinata-hakase is 6' 3". Sexuality is terrifying. Hidesato is 5' 5". Straight.Kushinada is 5' 8". Straighter.Taisho Ryoga is 5' 9". Who knows.Hyun Chisato is 5' 4”, and is fully grown. Lolicon with plausible deniability.Rie is 8” tall or 5' 5”, and is fully cat. Her sexuality is cat.Ryuu Wakaba is 5' 6" and is fully grown. Straight dominant.Hagyu Genso is 12' 5” standing upright. He is by and large gay.Mizumi Shoko is 7' 2”, is fully grown. Bisexual top.Yuuhi is 4'11” and is fully grown. Yuuhi a cute.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – SnakeRyukusa – Matagama-no-Shitoki
>>36077779>[X] With Speed and Grace Prey Is Struck
>>36077779> Claws of Diamond and Scales of IronI think this is to defend against the incoming attack and counter?
>>36077779Even a single cut can be fatalWe need to assess the overall resistance to our barrier attacks, by striking with the strongest we have
>>36077880>Generally speaking, two maneuvers are basically offensive, and two maneuvers are basically defensive, but no single maneuver is entirely one or the other. Usually the attacks are much more aggressively named. Sadly, Ryukuza is as much in the dark as everyone else is, though she will never have a choice that isn't applicable to the fight she is in.
>>36077779FUCK YEAH RYUKUZA QUEST!> WoodIf I remember correctly, Wood is strong against Void. In either case, it'll give them a little shock
>>36077967No, fire is strong against void and wood is weak to void.
>>36077779>>36077967>>36077993Changing my vote to> Even a Single Cut Can Be Fatalthen.
>>36077993Even so, Wood has to be an available option for a reason. I mean, Ryukusa wouldn't consider using a weak element unless she saw a way to use it advantageously, right?
>>36077779> With Speed and Grace Prey Is StruckI feel this option is dodge, get up in his face and shread it....
>>36078059It's just the power we get from our link with Kiki. Ryukuza has no idea what it does
>>36077779> Even a Single Cut Can Be FatalShit, I'm late. The woes of shopping.
[X] With Speed and Grace Prey Is Struck The Scales That Bite, The Claws That Catch Even a Single Cut Can Be Fatal WoodYou simply float n the air, as though you were in the ocean; in this state, air and water are the same to you, and moving through either is as easy as a flick of your tail or a push of your limbs. The smile you are giving you Goto and his elongated and flattened friend is clearly unnerving them; that could be because your canines and eye teeth have elongated somewhat, giving you a very feral sort of look. When Goto starts to step forward you begin to move, spiraling through the air towards him lazily.He reacts instantly of course, and the golden light in your eye vanishes as the real thing happens. His shout is something to the effect of “Poison Wind Blade” but his dialect is so thick you can't be certain. The blue gleam of his sword is flung outwards and he swings through the air a doze or more times, his speed inhuman even by the standards of your inhumanity. Like something out of nightmarish legend you slip through the assault, twisting and arcing and spiraling through the flickers of blue light that arc from his blade, slicing deep grooves into the flagstones and frescoes of your temple. Each one steams slightly, a noxious green smoke coming from the slices cut in the materials, be it wood, stone, or the rice paper scrolls. Your twisting form avoids those wisps of poison as well. You manage to doge most of his attacks, but even as you move close he directs his cuts more specifically, not at you, but at the ground and walls and floors, making a minefield of poison smoke.
>>36078284You only then decide on the better of the two tactics you couldn't decide on – you lunge forward like some draconian monster from another age, and whip past the streamers of poisons fumes as she snarls a curse. You loop about him and drive your claws into his thigh, all ten glisten ruby and sapphire talons cutting deep into the thick muscle, his armor not even pretending to be effective. With another darting movement, you gouge huge furrows into his leg, though the cost comes dear – acidic fumes eat into your shoulder and back from several lines he cut into the walls ~behind~ him. You rise above him, coiling in the air, blood dripping from your talons onto his robes. His leg is bleeding profusely, and you can feel the acid searing it's way into your shoulder-scales. Still you came away the better of that exchange.... Still think you're going to live through this, little man? So, reconsidering your transformation, sword-boy? Hey, Goto, is your friend compensating for something? Lick your claws while looking him in the eye. It's nice to be the bad girl for once. Smile sweetly and tell him that's just a taste.
>>36078299>[x] Hey, Goto, is your friend compensating for something?
>>36078299>[X] Hey, Goto, is your friend compensating for something?
>>36078299>[x] Hey, Goto, is your friend compensating for something?>I mean, in your case, it's obvious. But what about them?
>>36078299Smile sweetly and tell him this was just a taste.We might make him turn his tail and run if we scare him enough, prat least make him unfocused. He's already intimidated and wounded
>>36078299> Smile sweetly and tell him that's just a taste.
>>36078299>>36078356Haha, let's go with something like this.
[X] Hey, Goto, is your friend compensating for something?Goto snarls, and takes one hand from the hilt of his sword to place it over the deep wounds in his leg. You can hear the sound of his teeth grinding together as he tenses the muscles in his leg, the blood flow slowing to a few rivulets rather than a river of crimson. He tastes his blood and spits it to the side, looking you in the eyes the entire time. “Yeah, that was a great movie, I watched it to,” you reply mildly. “Hey, is your friend compensating for something, because that's at least an extra foot of sword beyond the reach you should have with it. You might want to talk to him about that. I mean in your own case, I understand, but him?” Goto snarls something about a carpet eating snake like yourself has no business discussing men's qualifications. You lazily circle over his head, well out of his reach and careful about where your body is. The acid finally reached skin and it burns, but it's only pain – no poison or infectious Chi magics. It's not even very debilitating. Underestimating Goto will definitely get you killed though, so you keep all the rest of your intention on him and his pal. “Well, even a girl like me understand that handling another mans length is something that should really be done in private.” The flash of gold light is a simple line that extends from the tip of his sword, and it's clear that it is meant to sweep through the area. The shaft of nearly ultraviolet-limned white lightning that erupts from the blade milliseconds later as he thrusts the sword at you is painful to look at. Even the slightest movement of the blade directs the lightning – it's a freaking hundred foot long lightsaber! Talons are Unbreakable, Scales are Razors The Storm Descends with Fearsome Power Scales Polished Like Mirrors and claws  Fire
>>36078535> FireBurn, baby, burn!
>>36078535>[x] Scales Polished Like Mirrors and claws
>>36078535>[ ]Scales polished like mirrors and clawsI got a feeling that this will redirect the lightsaber to his face
>>36078535> Scales Polished Like Mirrors and claws
>>36078535> Scales Polished Like Mirrors and Claws Shaped of GlassStupid distracting cat.
>>36078535> Fireoverwhelm him with speed. give him no time to mount a defence against our relentless onslaught. Show no Mercy, Give no Quarter.
>>36078637You have a cat?
>>36078653And suddenly the lack of cat girls seems oddly appropriate
[X] Scales Polished Like Mirrors and Claws of BrassThe bright white of Kurao Goto's lightning is not the usual yellow lightnign of the Void, but true lightning, something that he must draw from Kuroukami rather than simply his own void power. Nonetheless, despite his quick and easy direction of the 1.21 gigawatt death ray, you have an answer. It's not an easy answer, but it's an effective answer. You explode into motion, sliding through the air with such speed that he had a nearly impossible time following you with the beam of concentrated death. You press your claws together tightly and there is a sharp shattering sound as shards of your claws explode around you. Sliding through the shimmering powder you spin rapidly coating yourself in the glittering shards of your ruby and sapphire claws....and where it touches your skin they become transparent, crystalline, and against your grey skin they become....Mirrors. Then you move at him, your claws up and out. The deadly beam of his magical lightning strikes your claws and shatters into arcs and bolts that travel along your body, the mirrors catching and deflecting the arcs. Fuck physics, after all – who does physics think you are? Of course it hurt, it's freaking lightning, but it's nothing compared to what it would be without the mystical defenses of your atavistic power. The lightning fades the instant you get within his cutting range, but it's too late for him.He tries to strike you with the blade, but you slip past him and -
>>36078894The bite of the sword isn't like anything you have ever felt before; it's not the painless cut of a deep wound, or the searing pain of a proper draw cut. This is a BITE, even though the faint blue flicker of light that jumps off the blade to slide along your arm and side looks like a sword and leaves a deep gash. It's deep enough to hurt, which means it's not so deep that it's a mortal wound, but it's bad. You manage to slice open a series of gouges along Goto's abdomen before you slip away and to the other side of the room. They're not good hits, but you took a deep cut to your right arm and a shallower one along your right ribs.You're certain that it wasn't Goto who stuck it, either.  “So much for the honor of Clan Kurao.” Say nothing, just stare at Goto. Seal the wound with the Black Water. “Your friend just earned himself a death sentence for interfering with a duel.” Even the odds with water.
>>36078909>[x] Seal the wound with the Black Water.Dirty tricks!
>>36078909"You know, the last time I saw something this gutless, it was fish on a market stale."Can someone reminds me what Black Water is?
>>36078909> Say nothing, just stare at Goto.
>>36078909> Say nothing, just stare at Goto.> Seal the wound with the Black Water.
>>36078951The ultra-hot volcanic water of the abyssal vents. Basically we're going to cauterize the round.
>>36078909> Seal the wound with the Black Water.> Even the odds with water.
>>36078909[x] Seal the wound with the Black Water.[x] Even the odds with water.
>>36078909>[x] “Your friend just earned himself a death sentence for interfering with a duel.”The fucker.
>>36078909> Even the odds with water.
>>36079148Well, that's not like he was walking out of here, anyway
>>36079255Please don't swordshame anon.
>>36079380Come one, it's obvious he wasn't the sharpest knife in the drawer
[X] Say nothing, just stare at Goto.[X] Seal the wound with the Black Water.[X] Even the odds with water.The wound is bleeding too freely, and considering Goto's skills with air and magic, an open wound this deep is just asking for trouble. Your eyes meed Goto's, and you can see that he's gained a measure of confidence back. Not enough to make a difference, but enough that threats are going to get you nowhere. Looking him right in the eyes, as you lift your right hand and clench your ruby talons into a fist gets you somewhere though. The volcanic smokers at the bottom of the deep trenches hosts some of the strangest life on earth. More importantly, it is the location of the hottest water on the planet – the pressure is so strong and the heat is so intense that what emerges from the vents isn't so much water as it is a form of plasma. And when you sheathe your right arm in the stuff the explosion of steam through the room turns the temple into a sauna.More importantly it cauterizes your wound instantly. And painfully, but that's not important right now! The shifting fog is no hindrance to either of you; your eyes are locked with Goto's and you can see that the toll of his power upon his is mounting despite his nature. Slowly, your lips curl into a knowing, evil little smile. You sweep your left hand to the side and the fog freezes in place. Goto blinks and looks confused, but you don't give him enough time to think about it. You simple expand upon the water droplets in the fog and the room is suddenly flooded with the deep green water of the oceans. Goto's robes shift and flow while you simply discard what's left of your poor robe and swim freely in the water as if it were the same as the air. Goto makes a motion and bubbles rise from his mouth and nose. Yui said he was good with air; but it's still going to limit his movements and use of lightning. More importantly it's going to slow the reaction time of his buddy the sword.
>>36079487He gathers his will, and you can see the danger of his power slowly expanding from him in a sphere. The edges shift and twist, almost coiling back in on itself like a tidal area. The larger the sphere gets, the wider the tidal area....you can see debris from your battle getting caught int hat tidal area and he lifts his sword in both hands, pointing the tip at you, the blade up and the weapon parallel to the ground on this left side. Preparing a defensive strike....which most likely will happen when you get caught in that 'trap' and dragged towards him helplessly. 'Helpless.' Well, that describes you never. Well, except for that time with Yuuhi-chan, but that's a special case. Inescapable Coils and Rending Talons of the Coiled Dragon. Unstoppable Claws and Scales Which Rend air of the Typhoon Dragon. Stone
>>36079520 Unstoppable Claws and Scales Which Rend air of the Typhoon Dragon.
>>36079520> Unstoppable Claws and Scales Which Rend air of the Typhoon Dragon.
>>36079520> Stone>"Hey, Goto and whoever you are. Remember that other girl you beat up?"
>>36079520> StoneLet's see how this goes.
>>36079559>>36079593>>36079613Note: the guy is preparing for taking an attack. And he got a buddy that can hurt us while we deal with the other.I say we should Stone him
>>36079658Dude, aren't onus resistant to all intoxicatic substance
>>36079685Damn autocorrect, I meant onis
>>36079520> Inescapable Coils and Rending Talons of the Coiled Dragon.
>>36079685>>36079709No?Oni are known to get drunk.
>>36079520>Inescapable Coils and Rending Talons of the Coiled Dragon.
[X] StoneThe zone of danger gets closer and closer, and you maintain your death stare with Yui's uncle. If he weren't immersed in seawater, you presume from his expression he'd be sweating bullets. You lift your left hand and flex your sapphire talons slowly, clenching them and stiffening your fingers. You relax as the energy of his dangerous power moves closer and closer. His 'just waiting here for you to come get me' ploys would probably would a hell of a lot better if you weren't able to see the power he's projecting towards you of course. That just makes you all the more calm in the face of his worry. “You remember that little dragonette you beat up a week ago, Kurao Goto?” He merely narrows his eyes, but the power falters, just a little, a momentary slip. “This is her gift to me, just for you, in the name of her lover....Ryuu Yui!”He snarl is audible even through the oceanic depths, and then you move towards him, drawing on your link with your beloved Akari-niji-chan, her gift, her power to you. You slide into that coruscating zone of power he is projecting and immediately you are pulled towards him in a rush, a momentary sense of vertigo nearly overwhelming even your Water-tuned awareness of your environment as you drop from 'the sky' towards him even though your relative positions haven't changed at all. Which is perfectly fine by you. He steps forward the sword coming up and then sweeping down, the danger becoming a floral pattern of movements where he steps around you in eight points and makes two strikes at each point, a momentary vision of a golden flower with you at the center. Yin strike, yang strike, in the shifting movements of the eight trigrams. Your arrival as he swings his sword down brings that danger and the beauty if could have been to a sudden and violent end as you backhand his sword, shattering it into pieces as your truly invulnerable left hand and your Shen augmented scales blow through the transformed oni.
Well, it looks like this was an onilateral exchange
>>36080293Which is when you drive the talons of your right hand into the chest of the horrified samurai-oni, snapping three of his iron-hard his ribs and nearly piercing to his heart. Your blow drives him back through the water and into the wall, shattering the frescoes and the wall itself, collapsing it in slow motion as dark blood plumes from his mouth and nose in the swirling waters left in his wake. The another plume of blood erupts in the water as a fat, squat oni who was nearly eight feet tall and uglier than any virtue could ever be drowns, his bisected body floating through the dark waters. Despite the death of the oni who must have been Yui's other uncle, the one Akari-niji-chan defeated with beans while you were recovering from having your arm cut off, Goto is not hesitating. Even now, he makes his final movement, the last stand he can make. A fourth tier Barrier Technique, of which you have seen exactly one, and that was Kiku-chan's Flames of Absolute and Blinding Truth. And that one wasn't even being used against you!More in your mind than with your ears, you hear his cry to the Void: “All Darkness Cuts From Within!” Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon! Ruinous Claws and Crushing Scales of the Black Dragon Emperor!
>>36080293That's gotta hurt.>>36080354Anon pls.
>>36080357>[x] Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!Fuck if I know.
>>36080357> Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!If he's using a dark themed technique, then we should counter with a light themed technique...
>>36080357>[x] Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!A golden theme'd attack to counter a Darkness theme'd one seems only fitting?
>>36080387One's defensive and ones offensive. I'm guessing infinite scales is defensive and ruinous claws is offensive.
>>36080357>[x] Ruinous Claws and Crushing Scales of the Black Dragon Emperor!
>>36080357 Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!There is no brake on the Ryukuza train
>>36080357>  Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!
>>36080357> Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon!
>>36080357[ ] Golden claws
[X] Golden Claws and Infinite Scales of the Celestial Dragon! Ruinous Claws and Crushing Scales of the Black Dragon Emperor!You shift in the water, pulling into a defensive stance, one any practitioner of martial arts would recognize as a dragon style stance, that just looks all the more awesome that you're nearly total draconic yourself at the moment. For a second you hear the soft whisper of Amaterasu in your ear, her laughing, gentle voice filling your heart and making your head explode into peonies and lilies. Your eyes blaze ruby and sapphire and even as the darkness of the void surges towards Goto, your shout echoes throughout the Barrier and into the spirit world. “Jīn Zhǎo Hé Tiāntǐ Lóng De Wúxiàn Chǐdù!”The temple explodes above you and you feel your Pearl throb, your guts knotting violently, as Goto directs the power of the Void at you like a sword, driving it into your heart and perhaps even your soul. Then the pain is gone as golden scales crash down in front of you. Goto screams as you look up at the leg which has stepped before you. A leg the size of a semi truck on end, with talons the size of cars. The light which gleams off of those massive talons sets the building alight, the candles instantly bursting into balls of flame, the water turned to vapor and whisked into the dark sky above. The writing on the scrolls blazes to life, and the frescoes shift and move like living things, playing out their dramas. Goto's scream is suddenly and violently cut off and all you hear is the roaring of the skies and the burning of the light that is the Celestial Dragon's presence. The claw fades, leaving you in a burning temple, the ruin of Goto's form across the room from you: dead, as you promised.
>>36080871You're exhausted now, your Pearl aching and your body battered and now feeling it. Yet your touching upon the fourth tier Barrier Technique has left you with knowledge: until you release his spirit, Goto is bound in death to your Barrier, unable to go to Yomi as he should. For that matter the other oni too is trapped here, until you chose to release him. Of course, you do have another option or two.... Have the two oni deliver you one and only message to the head of Clan Kurao.  Send the unnamed oni to deliver your message, and let Goto go to Yomi. Let them both go to Yomi. You'll deliver that message....personelly. Trap them both here to suffer until you're done with them. Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.
>>36080906> Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.
>>36080906> Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.You do need to keep your promises
>>36080906>[x] Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.
>>36080906>  Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.
>>36080906What was the promise specifically? Can we sacrifice goto and have swordscrub still deliver the message?
>>36080906> Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.When did we promise this?
>>36080906> Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promisedWhen did we promise this?
>>36080906>[x] Sacrifice them to Izumi Kami, as you promised.But also >>36080984 if possible.
>>36080986>>36080984You offered to make a sacrifice to Izanami-kami on behalf of the scholar oni Emi in Yomi after she purified your mikoto.
>>36080984You can do so, if you wish to.
>>36081025Can we just sacrifice goto? I really like the idea of the sword on I delivering the message too
>>36081025>You offered to make a sacrifice to Izanami-kamiDid we specify that it had to be a sapient sacrifice?Can't we just sacrifice some cows, maybe a whale?
>>36081048>>36081042Answered it right before I asked. Alright I vote to sacrifice just goto and use the other one as a messenger
>>36081025Does it have to be dead people, though?Could sacrifice the rest of Goto's weapons and the hair we cut?
>>36081102Doesn't need to be, but we might as well, he makes fitting one, in any case.
>>36080906> Let them both go to Yomi. You'll deliver that message....personelly.Or:> Send the unnamed oni to deliver your message, and let Goto go to Yomi.if people really want to send the oni as messenger
>>36081042I'm still for sacrifice both of them, we can send a message personally.
>>36081042Wait.What would Izanami think of us sacrificing a cowardly, cheating bully to her?Does she care? Would she dislike such a sacrifice?
>>36081025Would two lying oath-breakers be worthy sacrifices, though? We could cook her a feast for everyone in her palace if we go ocd for the amount of time it would take to make a regular meal.
>>36080906Adding my vote to the line of Sacrificing Goto and having the disgraced Sword Oni pass on the message... Also, is there some way we can highlight his dishonor in interfering with a Duel, or is that something that only Gods can do?
>>36081133Yeah but sacrificing his soul to Izumi Kami, no matter how a scumbag he was, is a pretty horrible thing to do.I don't want Ruykuza to live with that on her conscience. I don't want her to have to tell that to her wives.We have been far more lenient with other opponents.
>>36080906> Send the unnamed oni to deliver your message, and let Goto go to Yomi.
>>36081209All things considered, nah he deserves it.Better than sacrificing anything else.>>36081204I don't think she would mind that part.
>>36081204>>36081206Izanami is pretty nasty in the myth, after her death. She kills 1000 persons out of petty rage each day, and has been doing so for nearly as long as the island of Japan exists
>>36081249>All things considered, nah he deserves it.we let a serial killer live. We even insisted to have her healed
>>36081209our other opponents didn't torment any of our family for their entire lives, and/or guarantee their deaths if they returned...We haven't actually fought against the Half-Devil or Oba-San yet... who we will probably also show no mercy to either...
>>36081309She didn't torment someone dear to us for he r entire live and severely traumatized her.
>>36081309That serial Killer didn't try to cheat multiple times in a dual
>>36081309Said serial killer was our cousin. Killing family is bad karma man.
Sacrifice the sword ONI, send Goto to the clan leader to deliver how dishonorable he was, then to Yomo
>>36081282Still, she may object out of pride.Then again, she might like the whole "Sacrificed after being defeated in honorable combat, despite his cheating".She might even get a kick out of torturing him.
>>36081368Killing Yui's family, on the other hand, is perfectly ok.>>36081349She kinda did.>>36081341True, but the punishment still seems disproportionate to me.
>>36081433>Killing Yui's familyIt wouldn't be for Yui, for us it is.
>>36080906>Sacrifice Goto, send the sword with the message.Did everyone forget how he was playing with Akari?
>>36081433>Killing Yui's family, on the other hand, is perfectly ok.Because Uncle won't try to off us for killing them. Kushinada is a pathetic, pitiable creature with wasted potential. Goto's just a dick.
[X] Send the unnamed oni to deliver your message, and let Goto go to Yomi.[X] Sacrifice them to Izanami Kami, as you promised.You clap your hands twice, steeling yourself, and pray softly to the Kami Izanami, the First woman, the goddess of Creation and Destruction. The fires turn sickly green and you see the pale spectre of Kurao Goto rise up over his burned corpse. ~....you are truly the God of Destruction....~he whispers silently to you. You close your eyes as the first woman reaches from the infinite shadows behind the spectre to grasp him, her hands nearly covering his entire body despite the fact he's still fifteen feet tall. His whispery scream falls into forever. The fires start to die....then rise up again as you clap your hands twice more, the green flames wavering and eerie in the silent temple. You turn to the bisected corpse of the fat oni, and the spectral visage above it. It floats there, footless and in despair; the line of bloody white cloth of its death robes show where you destroyed him. “Name yourself, ghost!” The spectre whispers to you.~....Kurao Fundo of Clan Kurao....~“You knew what this was about?”~....yes....~You clench your fists, your heart surging, your Pearl aching. “Then deliver this message to the head of your clan: Yui belongs to me, now and forever, as part of Clan Ryuu! I have dueled for the right to retain her, and I will tolerate no more of Clan Kurao's people causing my family trouble! I swear this before Amaterasu-Omikami! Leave us alone!” ~....and then may I go to Yomi?....~ His pleading whisper is terrified, fearful he too will go to Izanami.
>>36081433We will have to sacrifice someone, and eternal torment will always seem disproportionate>>36081413Seconding this, the dishonorae had it coming
>>36081504“As long as you don't bother anyone before or after you deliver your message, you can join your people in Yomi. Yomi is too good for you.” You take a slow, deep breath; your body and your spirit aching now. The pain in your right arm sharp and deep, your bruised heart and Pearl are no better off, through your left arm seems fine now. “Go, Kurao Fundo.” You clap your hands once and spread your arms wide, snuffing the fires. The spirit is invisible without the ghost flame to show it, but the room noticeably feels cleaner once he's gone. Alone at last, you fall to your knees, exhausted and in pain.  Dress, and then return home. Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness. Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense. Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can. Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.
>>36081560> Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.> Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.
>>36081560[x] Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.[x] Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.
>>36081560> Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.> Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.
>>36081560> Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.> Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.
>>36081560> Dress, and then return home.> Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.> Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.> Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.> Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.The only answer is all of them
>>36081560> Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.> Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.
>>36081610Have some thought for our poor QM, anon.
>>36081633well, we can't leave this place our our spirit unclean, we can't ignore Amaterasu or Horobi, and we can't go nak...Alright, we could
>>36081560 Dress, and then return home. Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness. Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense. Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can. Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.
>>36081560>[x] Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.>[x] Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.>[x] Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.
>>36081560[x] Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.[x] Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.[x] Finish the job the battle started and leave this place a clean slate.
>>36081633XS gave us the option to do everything, why refuse her?
>>36081662That's the spirit anon.
>>36081689Lets go naked. Everything but getting clothed up
>>36081689Because how we do it is also important. At least organize it properly!
>>36081870I'm on my phone. :/
[XXX] Pray to Amaterasu-Omikami for forgiveness.[XX] Turn to the image of Horobi – what's left of it – and light some incense.[X] Spend a moment in meditation and cleanse your spirit as best you can.You let your body relax, and your Pearl, pained as it is, sinks back though bone and flesh to rest near your wounded heart. Whatever Goto tried to do to you left marks, and not all of them physical at all. You pull a simple white robe out of ~Nowhere~ and summon rain to wash yourself and cleanse the area as best you can. You dry yourself in fresh wind drawn from the spirit world, and then turn to the image of Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado. Since you have technically forever here, you take a little time to clear away from of the debris in front of the image of your mikoto by hand, ignoring the pain in your arm and body. You let your mind remain quiet and clear, the meditative state coming quickly and naturally to you. One of the candle benches is largely intact and you dry it, setting it up before the bas-relief of the Dragon God. Pulling incense and wooden matches from ~Nowhere~ as well as an incense holder, you light three stick of it. One for the Sun, one for your mikoto, and one for yourself. A small jar of sake, a libation poured for each of the dead oni you killed – though one libation sinks into the ground, drank by Izanami Kami no doubt. You place the half full jar on the bench and a small dish as well. Then, a ba gua mirror.......in which you see the reflection of Taisho Ryoga looking at some distance away
>>36082034You don't bother to look behind you – he's not there. You would have felt his Water immediately, regardless of whether or not you could see his real form. On the other hand, you have no way to exorcise him or cast him out of the mirror. It's clearly some kind of power of his. He has to be in a Barrier as well, though, otherwise he could send his image into a barrier.Unless he's that powerful a sorcerer. “You're interrupting a private moment, Ryoga-san. Was there something?” Put the mirror away. You don't need this right now, you'll use something else. Give him the finger, continue your work.  “I thought demons couldn't stand mirrors.” Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.
>>36082051> Put the mirror away. You don't need this right now, you'll use something else.> Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.
>>36082051> “You're interrupting a private moment, Ryoga-san. Was there something?”
>>36082051> Give him the finger, continue your work. > Put the mirror away. You don't need this right now, you'll use something else.> Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.
>>36082051>[x] “I thought demons couldn't stand mirrors.”>[x] Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.
>>36082051> Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.
>>36082051> Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.We can't let something like him interrupt our duty to the Kami and Kamuy
>>36082051>[x] Put the mirror away. You don't need this right now, you'll use something else.
>>36082200I'm just a bit worried he's watching us praise the Sun
>>36082306Everyone does that anon. She's the top goddess.
>>36082365And who knows? Maybe Ammy will help break his spell so she can have some private time with us...
>>36082365>Everyone does that anon.Not necessarily under those circumstences. The thing with shinto is that there is a kami for pretty much everything.
>>36082365honestly you should be a bit more concerned by the possibility that he's seeing our barrier form.
[X] “I thought demons couldn't stand mirrors.”[XX] Put the mirror away. You don't need this right now, you'll use something else.[XXX] Just do your duty to yourself and your kami and your kamuy.You start to put the mirror away, disregarding his presence within the tiny round disk in the green and red fame, but he speaks up, reminding you of an issue. “You've changed quite a bit, Ryukusa-san.” “I was under the impression demons didn't like mirrors. If you know what's good for you, you won't mention this. That isn't a threat from me, either.” Before he can continue you send the mirror into ~Nowhere~. You still your mind and take out a small bronze coin, smiling slightly, remembering what Amaterasu-Omikami said about the story of the mirror. You take the coin in your left hand and rub it between your fingers firmly for a moment, careful not to bend it. When you are done the little coin shines nicely, though it is still fairly dark in here. You take a slow deep breath, ignoring the pain it causes you, and clap your hands softly, praying to the kami and kamuy whom you holds close, and to your mikoto. It was, perhaps, your first step in that direction, what you did today. Your power will one day cause great destruction and pain, to innocent and guilty alike, at the behest of those whom you love, those whom you respect, and those whom you must obey. Today though, you consigned a soul to be dealt with by a dark god. Technically, the mother of your lovers' spirit, though you didn't actually think about that at the time. Technically....no, not technically, literally, you fed the ghost of Yui's uncle to the ghost of her spiritual aunt. No wonder people get fed up with Shinto. It's a mess, and you would know.
You smile and shake your head, accepting the burden as your own to carry. Normally it is bad form to contact the kami so soon after killing, but they were spirits, not mortal souls, and it was a sanctified place to begin with. You ask for forgiveness, and feel a soft, dull warmth around your pearl, as if it were being held by warm, gentle hands. It was, after all, the voice of Amaterasu-Omikami who told you the words to speak, to end the battle. Perhaps she speaks to all spirit children then as well, when they are fighting to the end of their strength, the greatest danger. Slowly, over the course of what feels like and might bee days, your wounded heart knits, and your Pearl is quiet and cool within your chest. You look at the wreckage of your temple, and close your eyes. You clap your hands once....and then you slam them together, drawing the power of water and winds around you in a hurricane, blasting the temple into smithereens and reducing it to nothing more than an empty barrier....which you let fade. Akari is up and moving to your side, and Yui is gently waking Kiki-hime, who is starting to sit up and rub her pretty blue eyes. Kiku-chan opens your door quietly, and peeks around, noticing your white robes and recently washed hair. And also how everyone else is dressed, which makes her hair explode and her blood boil. You are kneeling in front of the altar to yourself, and you notice the incense has been snuffed out entirely, consumed in a single quick burst, though it was still going when you woke.Whoops. You told them to get out of the house, but neglected to remember that the barrier would stop time for you. Well, sort of. Still.... Continue the evacuation. Better safe than sorry.  Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things. False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah. Call the landlady and have him move rooms for you.  Grab Akari and dip kiss her.
>>36082954> Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.> False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.> Call the landlady and have him move rooms for you.
>>36082954>[x] False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.
>>36082954> Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.> False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.And Kiku isn't wearing the uniform. Drag her down to bed clothes.
>>36082954> Grab Akari and dip kiss her.Cannot. Resist. Temptation.
>>36082954>[x] Grab Akari and dip kiss her.>[x] Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.
>>36082954> Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.> False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.> Grab Akari and dip kiss her.
>>36082954 Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things. False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.
>>36082954Whoa, is that actual art for the quest?I like.
>>36082954>Kiss them all.> Continue the evacuation. Better safe than sorry. > Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.
>>36082954> Continue the evacuation. Better safe than sorry.> Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.
[XXX] Tell everyone to stay calm, you need Er yin and Kiku-chan to check some things.[XX] False alarm. Mostly. Sort of. Wards would be good. Yeah.[X] Grab Akari and dip kiss her. Along with anyone else who gets too close.You lift your hand and everyone – with the sole exception of Kiki-hime, who is yawning – falls silent. Akari-niji-chan kneels next to you, placing her fingertips on your injured arm, the deep wound seared closed; she is reminding you that you're still badly injured and utterly exhausted. You're ignoring that fact, but you can't manage for too long, and you are sure as heaven not capable of a fight right now. While you didn't necessarily need the reminder, it is Akari, so it can't be helped. “It's all right, everyone, stay calm. Kiku-chan, let Er Yin-sensei know we're okay here, for the moment, but I'll want to talk to you both. We need wards set up, quickly, and the mirrors need to be protected from spells. Akari-niji-chan, Yui-niji-chan, it's all right. Kiki-hime can go back to sleep. Stay with her Yui-niji-chan. Oh, and akari-niji-chan....” You look up at your best friend, smiling.“Yes aniki?” Her soft voice is curious and her expression bemused. Which of course is the perfect time to grab her, lay her across your lap and hold her in both arms, and kiss her thoroughly and totally. Her shocked expression and bright eyes only remain so for a moment before she melts in your lap. Kiku-chan is actually stuttering. “B....baka h-hentai ryu!” Er Yin steps up behind the Fire dragonette, both wearing simple sleeping robes. Though Er Yin's is not even close to being closed.“Oooh, that looks fun. My turn next, aniki?” Yui is cautiously looking over the edge of the bed on all fours, her previous experience with satin having made her quite wary.
>>36083510You put Akari back up on her feet, and then curl over, the sudden movement of grabbing your pretty lover and kissing her having set your arm awash in vivid agony. “....n...not just now, Yui-chan....I think I need....something else from you....” It was worth it to be able to whisper to Akari that you avenged her lover and her kamuy friend. At least, that's what you tell yourself as you pass out from the agony and exhaustion. >To Be Continued....
>>36083536Thanks for running! Definitely a fun fight.
>>36083130Yes, provided unsolicited by Sir Biggz, for which I was grateful.
>>36083536Thanks for the thread.Would we have a chance to sacrifice someone else if we hadn't chosen Goto?
>>36083536Thanks for running!Some thread ago, you mentioned that spirits sometime payed artitsts to put them in their work, to get some more belief. Could that work for the Yokai secretary of our previous incarnation?
>>36083600Diffiult to say. Ryukuza is fairly certain that if anyone she knows actually deserves it, it was Goto though. Beating up Yui, Akari, and Nikne Kamuy, two of whom couldn't even fight back? Very much a no-no.
>>36083657We can agree on that at least.Lewd ETA?
>>36083536Welp, downtime again. Thanks, XS.
>>36083657Any idea when you can run next?Fall-out dealing threads are the best, combining victory-basking, worried tension and cuddles.
>>36083637It would serve more to sustain such a youkai - it wouldn't waken one from hibernation unless you had a huge amount of watcher/observers, such as Ringu/The Ring or Ju-on/The Grudge level of fame.Which is difficult for a haunted house-wall screen.
>>36083757I'm aiming for Wednesday.>>36083666I was trying for last week, but got sidetracked with gryphons and chimeras and halfelves. Sometime this week for certain though. I switched PoVs and it's working much more interesting and nicely.
>>36083832Alright, looking forward to both!
>>36083536Thanks for running, glad we got Goto's fate to Akari before passing out.
>>36084056You also owe her a letter.
>>36084056I wonder what kind of shrine they'll build this time.>>36083762>Which is difficult for a haunted house-wall screen.Well, I know some writers that can make people afraid of blinking
>>36084122True, but the Doctor has has a cult following for literally half a century.With that, I bid you all a good night. And yes, i have two cats. One is convinced he's a person to the point he doesn't fight with other cats, and the other is so neurotic she has only been seen by two people other than myself - ever.
>>36084221Night.2 cats best number of cats.
>>36084331I'll consider it.
>>36084348Are they cute?
>>36083536I just woke up and caught up, thanks for the thread XS, I'm looking forward to being dotted upon by our family.
>>36083832>but got sidetracked with gryphons and chimeras and halfelvesoh?