Stage 98: Complicated Things, Uncomplicated Things.Currently you're flying on a cloud above Shimin-no-Mori, halfway between Arashima and Ohama, headed to Mikimoto Island, where most of your family awaits you, save Shoko-san, Jinyuu-onee-sama, and Er Yin-sensei. The island, while technically one of the most dangerous places one could hide from enemy dragonettes is safe because no one would dare risk damaging the island or the pearl beds around it, much less angering the local kami. You're seated on the cloud as a slightly taller and very serious Yui-niji-chan is on one knee, using one hand to guide the cloud while clutching her taiko sticks in the other. You're carrying an unconscious Akari, whose injuries are serious though not life threatening, and keeping her from losing too much blood. Mostly she's just exhausted, having fought two barrier combats that night. Even the strength you imparted to her by giving her a title and responsibility as a member of your clan only goes so far. What concerns you more is getting your family home from Mikimoto Island. The train station runs late and early, it's true, and it is slowly closing in on the morning time, but you're not sure that all of you should take a train. Especially given Taisho Ryoga's facility at locating you. You're not nearly as worried about Clan Ryo; not only have you convinced the rank and file that you are not to be fucked with you just killed your weapons teacher, Ryuu Sakomu. Sure, he tried to kill you first, but between you and Akari-niji-chan, you killed him. Flexing your badly damaged left hand, you're wondering if the trouble will be worth it.
>>42940308“There it is, aniki,” Yui calls to you, and you lean over, prompting the unconscious girl to tighten her grip about your neck and shoulders reflexively. “Everyone's at the Tamanomiya Shrine, near the center of the island.” Which makes perfect sense since they were able to grant you a massive boost in your own Shen when you were down quite a bit. As it is, you still used three Tiers worth of Shen fighting Sakomu-sensei. On the other hand, between fighting the colonel's men and Sakomu-sensei, Akari used nearly all of hers. Not to the point of near death like you did that one time, but enough to put her into helpless exhaustion. “How long?”“Only ten more minutes. The island's feng shui keeps me from getting too close, too fast,” she says apologetically.“That's fine, Akari-niji-chan is stable and safe.” Of course the problem isn't keeping her stable, it's fixing her injuries. Her resistance to your power will make allowing others to take care of the injury difficult, since you have to be right there to keep her from bleeding too badly. Ask if Kiki-hime is upset.... Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now. See how difficult Yui-niji-chan thinks the healing will be. Inquire about security measures they've taken. Talk to her about seeing the Mill Pond Demon with you.
Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/42849673/Interlude: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/37879167/Threads in Chronological Order, including writeups by XS : http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0Nor search for Title: Ryukuza on SuptgBarrier Combat Guide: http://pastebin.com/rZLwzvGxTreasures:Eight hundred and sixty-two cat youkai live in your auraNyoi-ju, the Wishing Jewel.Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume – Ryukusa's mukade possessed wakizashi; a kami. “Daughter of my Centipede of Rain.”Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki - Invincible Weapon of the Present Age, a secret kami-blade given to Ryukusa by WakabaMatagama-no-Shitoki, a kami in it's own right that protects Ryukusa from inimical magic.
>>42940325Fuck yeah Ryukusa.> Inquire about security measures they've taken.> Ask if Kiki-hime is upset....
>>42940346Kiku 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' 6" and will only grow due to circumstances beyond her control. 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.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.Tokei Isusangi, Inau-kun is 5' 3” and still confused.Reiha is 5' 5 1/2”, and is milfy.Peta is 3' 2”. Peta is \>.</ aka Her Most Imperial Highness Patanjali Piri Yokuhime Kuronogitsune PaDetective-san, aka Mugon Chujo is fully grown at 5'11”, and straight.Kenji Soomi is 5' 4” and gothic lolita.Musumi Kanako is 5' 6.5”, and is pretty straight.Hebiki Naoto is 5' 9” and belligerently omnivorous, sexually. You hope only sexually.Kodachi Umetsume is 5' 4”, and fully grown. Practicing asexual.Melinda Blitzenberg is 5'10”, fully grown and horrible. Maybe confused.Ryuu Wakaba is a head shorter and also deceased.Margaret Steinhausen is gratefully dead.
>>42940325> Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now.> See how difficult Yui-niji-chan thinks the healing will be.
>>42940325> Ask if Kiki-hime is upset....> Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now.Akari first, then asking about Kiki.
>>42940325> Ask if Kiki-hime is upset....
>>42940325> Ask if Kiki-hime is upset....> Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now.
Hi XS! How are you?>>42940325Supporting >>42940380
>>42940346Do you, uh, have a bigger map?I guess we can kinda sorta intuit what's going on.
>>42940463>Huh. The map was bigger when I downloaded it. The Shrine is in the center of the island.
>>42940491Maybe you downloaded the thumbnail by accident or something?Well, not hugely important.
>>42940325 Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now. Inquire about security measures they've taken.Good morning, XS. Might have found a thread with some pictures you can use >>42938758
I'm not sure we should ask about Kiki-hime. We need to talk to her
>>42940556Why not both?
>>42940556Well yeah, but we can only get there so quickly. Being prepared to handle the wife is only wise!
>>42940325Adding>Ask how everyone is doing to my vote here>>42940462Probably too late, though
[XXX] Just concentrate on keeping Akari well right now.[XX] Ask if Kiki-hime is upset....[X] See how difficult Yui-niji-chan thinks the healing will be.[+] Ask about everyone in general.For the first few minutes you concentrate solely on making sure Akari suffers minimal jostling and movement as Yui slowly circles out and then in towards the island. It's not just feng shui; the air currents here are somewhat disrupted, both by the ocean and whatever magics had been used by the idiot Water dragonette Kanako. You have a nagging feeling that you might have affected them with the rains earlier as well – not those in the barrier but those post fight rains when Akari needed to sleep the first time. Still, it isn't long before your overactive brain starts seeking other information to work with, and you break the silence. “How upset is Kiki-hime, niji-chan?” Having to beg your priestess for more Shen – something that's ordinarily impossible for a dragonette – probably made her worry. A lot. It's no issue to converse, even with having to keep a hold on your power like you did when you were injured. Unlike your injuries, you can't simply rely on the subconscious use of your power. Akari's body resists your work even when it's well meant. “You're gonna have to do a lot of apologizing, aniki. She was scared for you and Akari. What happened?”  Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive. Oh, just killed Oba-san's personal bodyguard.... Got unlucky on the draw and was forced into a fight you weren't ready for. Nothing important, just took out a Ryo Special Forces agent.  A bunch of stuff, but you took care of it all.
>>42940797> Got unlucky on the draw and was forced into a fight you weren't ready for.> Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive.
>>42940797> Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive.> Got unlucky on the draw and was forced into a fight you weren't ready for.
>>42940797>[x] A bunch of stuff, but you took care of it all.>[x] Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive.
>>42940797>The weapon teacher of Clan Ryo attacked us. Fighting in a Barrier allowed us to get on more even terms with him, and Akari killed him.
>>42940797> Oh, just killed Oba-san's personal bodyguard....> Got unlucky on the draw and was forced into a fight you weren't ready for.
>>42940927>>42940850>>42940811C'mon, guys, she's worried. Let's not be shy to repeat ourselves, especially if it's to tell how awesome Akari is.
>>42940797> Oh, just killed Oba-san's personal bodyguard....
>>42940797When are we meeting this QT dragonnette?
>>42940797>  Use our abilities, try to see what has happened to the weather patterns here and how we can fix them.> We stopped the Colonel and his forces. We also had to deal with Oba-san's personal bodyguard. Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive.
Are we still in our amazing new clothes? I'm not sure we should wear them now. Better not associate bad stuff with them
>>42941184Are you suggesting we come home in our underwear? LEWD!
>>42941105>>  Use our abilities, try to see what has happened to the weather patterns here and how we can fix them.>Ryukusa can't do that while keeping akari's wounds from bleeding internally.
>>42941097We we start running away from the plot.
>>42941225But I don't wanna
>>42941213...yeah, it's like that.
>>42941097I don't think Syrup will let the Aquafall Defense Force to, you know, leave Aquafall.
>>42941256You never know, anon.
>>42941212Not same anon, but could we make a note to look into correcting or at least apologizing for anything we might have screwed up when an opportunity appears? Not top of our list by any means but on there at least.
[XX] Got unlucky on the draw and was forced into a fight you weren't ready for.[XX] Tell her you'll explain to everyone when you arrive.[+] I'll tell you exactly what happened, really, in great detail. For now, the highlights.“Just some bad luck on our part really. We ran into a few people we weren't expecting after dealing death to the colonel and everyone except his daughter. I dealt with one who wasn't quite an enemy, scared off another bunch of Clan Ryo toughs for good, and then had to deal with an unexpected and really dangerous Clan Ryo teacher. Don't worry, I'll tell everyone exactly what happened when we get together.” She glances back and grins. “Yeah, after my scolding. You take far too much pleasure in that, Yui-niji-chan.”“Kiki-hime is cool when she's bossy.” You look at her, nonplussed. “Well....she is.” Your oni is glowing brick red along the cheeks, her blood rising. A developing crush? That's kind of interesting.“All that aside, Yui, how bad are Akari-niji-chan's injuries really?” She glances back over her shoulder at you. “I mean, how difficult to heal will they be?”She looks down, concern making her draw her brows together, which makes her ears twitch in a rather cute fashion. “Well, if what you told me is right, and I bet it is, then we have to probably cauterize or sew up the wounds, and that means opening her up. Kiku-sama and I can do it pretty easy, but she's going to lose more blood, and she's already exhausted.” Yui guides the cloud closer to the island. “So, all in all, she's going to need a few days rest at least, and probably a lot of alcohol.”“She's not an oni or Water dragonette, though.” You don't bother bringing up that you'll take care of the bleeding while they work on her. Not yet, anyways. “Alcohol isn't going to do much to help her heal.”“No, but it will keep her from getting out of bed for a couple of days. She's worse than you are from what Kiki-hime says.”Uh oh.
>>42941337You stroke Akari's hair and she relaxes a little more. She was starting to strain a little; Kiki-hime is right about her being difficult to take care of. “So....what else has Kiki-hime mentioned about her and I?”Yui grins. “Just that you were a total delinquent and always getting Akari into trouble in school!” Her matter of fact declaration allows you to relax and smile. “Well, she's kind of right about that. School is kind of boring when you have a brain like mine. Most Water dragonettes are pretty bad about it. And clan people always pick on Stone dragonettes and dragonnes. They're nearly invulnerable when they get their powers, so they like to torment them while they can.”Yui looks at you in confusion. “Aniki, that's dumb. Don't they know that the people they pick on will group up?” You shrug. It never made any sense to you either. “Huh. Weird.” Without a patron, Yui would never have grown any further either; she would have been a target for the rest of her long life. You calm yourself when Akari makes a small pained noise. “How is everyone else?” You trace Akari's horns and her closed eyes carefully as Yui brings you in for a landing.“Mmmm, Kiku-sama is annoyed, but I think she's really always annoyed. She didn't like moving to the island, but it was her idea in the first place.” Interesting, you'll have to remember that she has no issues with being put at a personal disadvantage in favor of a strategic advantage. “Inau-sama made nice with the workers and they left us alone, and Yuuhi-chan kinda sat there most of the time and drifted in and out of her body a whole lot.”
>>42941356“Yeah, she does that.” You stand up as the cloud lands near the shrine, and Inau-kun smiles, sitting outside the doorway. There is candlelight inside, though the door is mostly closed. Yui moves to take Akari from you but you shake your head. “If I let go of her, I can't keep her blood in her veins where it belongs. It's all I can do to keep it there; I'm having a tough time keeping her pancreas from shifting around as it is.” Yui looks alarmed but you explain before she panics. “She won't bleed to death quickly if I let go of my power, niji-chan. It's just better for her not to bleed at all, I think.” She nods shortly. “Yuuhi-chan and Kiki-hime made up a bed for her in the shrine. We can work there, I think. I'll double check with Kiku-sama.” Yui turns around and then turns back, moving close and standing on her tip-toes to deliver a kiss. A little while ago she wouldn't have been able to reach with you bending over a lot; now you just have to lean over a little. “I'm glad you're okay, aniki.” With that she runs into the temple.Inau-kun walks down the temple steps to meet you; she looks concerned over Akari's condition, but you can see more relief in her eyes than not. “We haven't had any problems, and the locals are okay with us being here. They think we're a group of pilgrims here to pray for the next harvest for the Ama divers.” You make a note to actually do that. “Is she all right?”“Injured, but nothing we can't fix....” Keep guard out here though. Come inside to hear the story. You know that much about the pearl divers? So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge? Excellently done, we'll keep that up.
>>42941213This is nothing compared to the day we had a party on the beach, fought a chinese half-demon, used celestial bureaucracy's red tapes to tell the keeper of China's Underworld to leave us alone, beat some thugs, helped perfomin emergency surgery, shipped a Detective with a fox (after convincing him to work for us), had two romantic underwater dates (one of them including lots of love-making), delivered an omen to warn Japan of its destruction by giving birth to more than a dozen of mermaids, saw some fireworks with our loved ones, and finaly burned the soul of a descendant of Renart the Fox with kindness.
>>42941212We'll have to wait till Akari's healing starts, then. Thank you for the clarification, XS.Can we at least pray to the Kami of storms, apologizing if we used l of their rain?
>>42941337Good to see our niji-chan appreciates the wife too.>>42941368> Come inside to hear the story.
>>42941374>Generally such use is permissible, and only when abused does it incur penalties. Ryukusa is conscientious about such things, and includes them in her daily prayers, along with those to Rie and Izanami-no-Mikoto.
>>42941368>[x] So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge?
>>42941368> Come inside to hear the story.> You know that much about the pearl divers?> So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge?
>>42941370Also, halfway between all that we also fought several fusions of western and japanese creatures and became immortal.
>>42941368> You know that much about the pearl divers?> Come inside to hear the story.
>>42941368 Come inside to hear the story. You know that much about the pearl divers? So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge?
>>42941368>Thanks you a lot, Inau-kun> Come inside to hear the story.> So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge?>mmmh, I'll have to find a roleplay that fit this... high priestess being corrupted by vile temptresses, maybe? Oh, it'll be for later, anyway...
>>42941633Which girl is most into roleplaying in bed I wonder.
>>42941643Akari hands down.
>>42941368> Come inside to hear the story.> You know that much about the pearl divers?
>>42941643Akari clearly has a thing for it, Kiku and Er Yin probably have done a bit of it. Who knows what Yuuhi and Shoko get up to.
>>42941643Kiki once we're done with her.But for serious, Akari indeed.
>>42941643>>42941680Akari is at least the one who would love the outfits the most. Not sure about getting in-character.
>>42941768I mean, she's not the most extrovert person, and not someone who enjoy pretending stuff.In the same way, I don't think Er Yin and Kiku have to roleplay for their sexytimes
>>42941821I'd hope none of them HAVE to roleplay to get into it anon.
So, Yui might have a crush on Kiki (and maybe on Kiku, since it may have been slightly teased before) ?Well, girl got tastes
>>42941845She sure does. Hopefully she won't start feeling greedy for it and repress shit.
>>42941845We know Yuuhi and Yui feel it's natural to receive guidance and orders from their superiors.
>>42941721>Who knows what Yuuhi and Shoko get up to>scatterbrain + alcoholI'm sure it's pretty manic
[XX] Come inside to hear the story.[X] You know that much about the pearl divers?[X] So theoretically Kiku-chan's in charge?“You know that much about the– oh, of course you would. They hunt pearls in the ocean.” The answer becomes obvious the instant you start phrasing the question. Her mother is a Kamuy of Hunters, so it makes perfect sense. Actually it occurs to you that a lot of the Kamuy like women, compared to the Kami or the Chinese Celestials. “Well, that helps us a great deal, thank you Inau-kun. And that means Kiku-chan is technically in charge?” Not that you mind, when she's stable and hasn't lost her temper she's very capable in a number of fields and situations. That Ryo training, and all. “Yes, aniki. It seemed like the best way to keep everyone out of our way and prevent any issues with the police. It took a little effort to make everyone presentable as such, but there shouldn't be any questions we can't cope with.” Inau follows you to the door, though you note she does glance around, keeping an eye on everything. You could probably have her trained properly in a few weeks, if she's as smart as she seems to be. The voices of Yuuhi, Yui, Kiki and Kiku echo from within the temple. “Come in and listen to the tale. No one's going to be bothering us for a while, I'm pretty certain. Akari may be hurt, but the people we dealt with are not going to be bothering us ever again, including the ones who lived.” The one exception is not someone you would consider 'bothering you', but Kodachi-san is probably going to cross your path sooner or later. You're still not quite sure what you're going to tell anyone, if you tell anyone.
>>42942234Sounds like some aggressive exhibitionism.
>>42942252Inau's eyes widen slightly and you shrug as she moves quickly to open the door for you and Akari. “What can I say, I'm good at my duties. Pity Akari-niji-chan isn't awake, she'd love seeing everyone in costume. I'll just have to see if we can put on a show for her some night.” Inau-kun looks confused as you slip inside, then her eyes widen as she sees the contrasts between you, in your schoolgirl-style uniform, Akari in tight leather vest and hot pants, and the trio of priestesses – and one slave girl. Literally, come to think of it. Putting that unpleasant thought out of mind, mostly by enjoying the fact that Inau-kun's blood pressure shot up several millibars, you see they've made a not-so-makeshift futon set up near the center of the temple. Numerous candles light up the temple, and you note there is no electricity to the temple at all, which seems a little odd to you. Kiku-chan is taking medical supplies from ~Nowhere~ and Yui-niji-chan is off to one side, being assisted by Kiki-hime in the usual purification ceremony since she's been outside. Yuuhi-chan is sitting on the floor between the doorway and the main temple, and she smiles up at you, which immediately changes to a shocked expression. She's on her feet instantly and bouncing on her toes, hugging her nodachi and babbling at you. “IssheokayanikishelooksrillybadlyhurtisthattapeonherribswhathithercanIkillthemforyoupleasecanIwherehaveyoubeensolongisshegonnabeokay?”
>>42942252I'm looking forward to meeting Kodachi again! Assuming it's in somewhat pleasant circumstances at least.
>>42942266You blink slowly at her. “Don't repeat that, but do you actually have any idea of what you said?” She nods quickly. “Okay. Yes, only a bit, yes, a Stone dragonne, no, no because he's dead, busy night, yes.” Yuuhi looks both relieved and terribly worried. “Thank you for taking care of my wife and family, Yuuhi-chan.” You lean over and kiss her forehead. She blinks rapidly and smiles, a little uncertainly. “You're okay too, right?”“I'll be just fine, thanks to all of you. Don't worry about keeping a guard up, just shut the door and gather everyone close.” She darts off towards the doorway, and you look back at her. “They used to say I was hyperactive....” Inau-kun smiles at your comment, while Kiki-hime and Yui walk back towards the futon. Kiki-hime immediately changes direction when she sees you, her red and white kimono keeping her from moving any more quickly towards you than a quick shuffle. “She pauses when she sees your unusual – and slightly torn up – outfit, but her expression when she sees Akari is almost terrified. She reaches for the Stone dragonette....and then her eyes widen as she sees your injured left hand. She's all right, hime-chan, she's just sleeping. Ah, you can't take her from me just yet! It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now. It looks worse than it is for us both, really. Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.
>>42942297> Ah, you can't take her from me just yet!> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.
>>42942297> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.no denying the strategic weapon that is Yuuhi-chan on coffee...
>>42942297>[x] It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.>[x] Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.Poor Kiki, still not used to all this violence huh.
>>42942297> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.> Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.
>>42942297> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.>Kiss and hug Kiki-hime. She can scold us all she wants afterward
>>42942297> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.
>>42942297 Ah, you can't take her from me just yet!> We'll both recover, hime. It's not as bad as it looks. > Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, unless our lives depend on it.
>>42942266>Yamata no OrochiIs she someone of our family?
>>42942297>[X] She's all right, hime-chan, she's just sleeping.>[X] Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.And then Kiki says "We didn't give her coffee."
>>42942475She took the coffee
>>42942406We have arms full of Akari, we can't hug her.
>>42942475Dun dun DUN!>>42942493>Not sandwitching Akari in a hugOkay, I guess this isn't be best time.
>>42942297>[x] Ah, you can't take her from me just yet!>[x] It looks worse than it is for us both, really.>[XXX] Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.
>>42942541>[XXX] I don't see what's so lewd about no coffee.
>>42942464All the dragons girls are descendants of Yamata no Orochi as far as i know.
>>42942568>>42942464Ryukusa suspects he's her 8 times great-uncle at one point. That was before she knew about Ryujin being her dad though.
>>42942559Anon cant see the lewd.
>>42942297> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.We should get a console so Yuuhi can play bullet hells or dancing games
>>42942297> It looks worse than it is for us both, really.> It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.
>>42942633Hyper Yuuhi dancing would be fun to see.
>>42942662Would it be distinguishable from Yuuuhi just vibrating?
>>42942594Well, she's clearly not our uncle
>>42942684>(Let her) touch scaly tail
>>42942671Depends how many sex toys are inside her
>>42942744This one sees the lewd. But maybe a little to much lewd.
>>42942800I'm gonna go with definitely a bit much lewd. A healthy balance must be reached.
>>42942800>>42942823It was a joke.Though, one has to wonder how Yuuhi is during the lewds.
>>42942938Only true right perfect answer is fluffy
>>42942938Can always ask Shoko.
[XXX] It looks worse than it is for us both, really.[XX] It's all right, we're both fine; I'm keeping her safe right now.[X] Take this down: no more coffee for Yuuhi-chan, like EVER.“It's not nearly as bad as it looks for either of us, kasan,” you say, and the relief in her expression and the blush in her cheeks as you remind her of how important she is in your life and to you is gratifying. “My hand is healing, it just heals a lot slower than the rest of me does now, probably because there's not much that can damage it. As for Akari,” you say as you step up close and lean forward, arching over the quiescent dragonette in your arms to kiss your wife, “she's injured but Yui-niji-chan says she'll be just fine. I'm keeping her from suffering much but she needs healing.” You do wrap your tail about her waist and she reciprocates, her hands gently resting on Akari's shoulder and hip as she leans closer you.Akari sighs softly, and not unhappily as Kiki-hime brushes her hair back from her face. Though Kiki-hime looks concerned by the bruises and tape, she seems to take some comfort in your reassurances as she steps aside for you. Inau-kun smiles and leads the way over to the futon as you walk with Kiki-hime. Yuuhi-chan bounds past you and slides to a halt at the foot of the futon and falls almost dead-weight to her knees with her nodachi clutched tightly in both arms. Before Kiki-hime can say anything just yet you lean close to the princess. “And you are never, ever to allow Yuuhi-chan to have coffee ever again, unless we have to take on an army.” Kiki-hime looks confused. “But she didn't have any coffee, ottosan,” she murmurs softly, and you feel your cheeks try to heat up as she refers to you as her dear husband.
>>42943027“Oh, well, in that case, find some Ritalin, maybe?” That makes her giggle and Inau-kun glances back with a smile. “Not that I think it would help her any more than it helped me....” Not that you ever took any of course. Though you might consider aconite again. You actually might sleep today sometime though, as rough as the past day and a half has been. “You really had me worried, you know, Ryu-chan.” You nod solemnly. “But I won't scold you. I understand it was to protect us.” You're really not quite sure she's going to be able to keep that promise after you tell her hat happened over the course of the evening. “I'll tell everyone all about it, but let's get Akari taken care of.” She nods, but your presence seems to have made her less concerned that Akari's injuries are that bad. And really, they aren't, for the most part, they just look awful and will take time to heal. Aside from the liver and pancreas damage, she'd be fine in no more than a week. “Baka dragon, what did you fight?!” Kiku-chan's high pitched voice and golden eyes are a welcome sight as well despite her irritated tone of voice; her haori-sleeves are tied back with a length of red ribbon. More worrisome is that she has not only her tamagushi, but also a red stained teak-wood box with several human and animal skulls in it (one is clearly a spirit-child's skull, as it is small and in pieces and has tiny horns and fangs), as well as several disturbing looking dolls. Yui is taking off her arm bandages as well, and getting out several long silver needles from the medical supplies. Do you want the full list now or are you willing to wait until we get home? Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please. If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne. ….five abominations, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei. Healing first, questions after.
>>42943041> If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne.> Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please.
>>42943041> If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne> Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please
>>42943041>[x] ….five abominations, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei.We really HAVE been busy, haven't we. Hopefully we get some downtime before things get stressful again.
>>42943041Err, XS, didn't we met Kodachi before we went on this mission?I remember us telling about it to Kiki, before awarding Yui her title
>>42943041> Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please.> Do you want the full list now or are you willing to wait until we get home?
>>42943041> Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please.> If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne.
>>42943041>[x] ….five abominations, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei.Wonder if she will disintegrate with the heat she will produce.
>>42943041 Healing first, questions after.Then ….five abominations, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei.
>>42943041> ….five abominations, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei.> If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne.
>>42943041> If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne.>Ryuu Sakomu, to be precise>Quick kiss Fire dragonnette> Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please.
And Akari fought this oni bodyguard in Barrier Combat, too.Man, we really went through the gauntlet
>>42943177Oh, I wasn't putting it as a vote. Just a comment.Not that I'm against it being noted.Come to think of it, he might have done some nasty stuff to her we didn't see back then.
>>42943080>Other parts of her past, namely why Horobi was killed and what she was beign set up for.
>>42943209>>42943177To be fair, I would like Akari to get the credit. Not the anon who posted, though.
>>42943512Akari will get every bit of credits she deserves
>>42943663I'm sure once she's healthy and awake enough she'll be smothered in love.
Yamata-no-Orochi can be a cute
>>42943735We should take advantage of this respite to give as much cuddles as possible.Also, we can give training to Yui, Inau and Kiki
>>42943041>Though you might consider aconite again.I thought we were immune to that now that the dosage stopped. I'm pretty sure that was mentioned the first time it was brought up.
>>42943924Nah, we still can be affected. I think we even asked Inau if she had some.
>>42943952I was about to search the archive for the post when FUCK MOE IS DEAD AGAIN. GOD DAMN IT.
[XXX] Rather take care of Akari's injuries first, please.[XXX] If you're asking about her injuries, a Stone dragonne.[X+] ….five abominations, a Void oni-child, fourteen humans, my own stupidity, something from my past, not a dozen Clan members, and Sakomu-sensei.“I have a list, but I'd rather you see to Akari's injuries first please, Kiku-miko-chan.” It occurs to you that she might be asking for practical reasons. As you lay Akari on the futon, kneeling beside her and keeping your hands on her shoulder and her wrist, you look up at the delicate little dragonette. “Unless you mean what she fought, in which case, a Stone dragonne and a Void oni-child. The oni-child was using a martial art combined with Ghost Flame, but I think Nikne Kamuy helped her fight most of that off. The Stone dragonne just beat the crap out of us.” Kiki-hime looks worried again, but otherwise isn't too shocked or surprised. Nor do Yuuhi-chan and Inau-kun seem surprised by what you say. Kiku-chan looks doubtful as she looks back over Akari's injuries, checking her pulse points and baring her breasts. “I thought Akari-chan was the best hand-to-hand fighter in Clan Ryo, aniki.” Oh, crap.“She is,” replies Kiki-hime, not realizing what she's revealing. “I've heard Ryu-chan say that about her many times.” Yui-niji-chan is nodding as well, looking confused at the turn the conversation has taken.
>>42944014>“She is,” replies Kiki-himeAs of about half an hour ago, certainly.
>>42944014Kiku-chan, unfortunately, looks up at you sharply, her eyes narrowed and her horns glistening slightly, as well as her eyes starting to glow. “Well, if you want an exact list,” you say mildly, keeping your expression as neutral as you can, “that would be fourteen human soldiers, five Western-Easter spirit-child abominations, a Void oni bodyguard on her own, my own inept lack of training, some unpleasant background history of ours, not a dozen Clan Ryo toughs because we scared them off instead, and a Stone dragonne by the name of Sakomu.” That last one almost sets her off. Her hair explodes, yes, and her throat literally glows to rival a furnace, and her eyes blaze hot enough to cause your new uniform to smolder. Yet she swallows the fire down, calming herself with a supreme effort of will. “Incidentally, she won that fight, not me. I only helped. I'm not injured because of Kiki-hime.” “That's not true, aniki – your left hand is badly injured.” You lift your hand, keeping your right closed over Akari's wrist to keep her from bleeding still. Yui's observation is almost casual. “I don't think any of us can fix that though,” she says, looking over at Kiki-hime. “Sorry, my lady.” Giving Yui an odd look, you look at your hand. “It was worse – it's just going to take time. The blood seems to evaporate, so there's that at least. I don't think binding it is an option, because if I flex my hand it will shred anything we wrap it in.” You place your left hand on akri's shoulder and she sighs, her eyes fluttering open. “Oh, you're back, good.”“Mmm.”  Go back to sleep now, we'll take care of everything. This is going to hurt some, Akari, because we can't do anesthetics. Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui. Gently make her unconscious with your power, if she lets you. Ask her how trigger-responsive her reflexes are.
Did Yuki fight one of those western/eastern mix creatures?We probably have to mention the youkai girl, too.
>>42944070> Go back to sleep now, we'll take care of everything.> Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
>>42944111>Ryukusa doesn't think so, but she also hasn't asked, so she shares credit.
>>42944070> Ask her how trigger-responsive her reflexes are.> This is going to hurt some, Akari, because we can't do anesthetics.
>>42944070> Gently make her unconscious with your power, if she lets you.Let's go.
>>42944070> This is going to hurt some, Akari, because we can't do anesthetics.> Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.or> Gently make her unconscious with your power, if she lets you.
>>42944070>[x] Ask her how trigger-responsive her reflexes are.>[x] This is going to hurt some, Akari, because we can't do anesthetics.>[x] Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
>>42944070> This is going to hurt some, Akari, because we can't do anesthetics.> Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
>>42944070> Go back to sleep now, we'll take care of everything.Either> Gently make her unconscious with your power, if she lets you.Or> Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
>>42944070> Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.Focus on the not bleeding part
>>42944070>[x] Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
>>42944070 Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.> I'm sure your oni-chan wont mind if Kiki-hime helps you through this, right? Go back to sleep now, we'll take care of everything.
>>42944070>[X] Ask her how trigger-responsive her reflexes are.>[X] Get permission to have Kiki-hime use her power to knock her out and help Kiku and Yui.
Kiku gets angry when she's worried
>>42944001Well that's not good.Come to think of it, weren't the first couple threads of this quest misarchived on sup/tg/? Somebody has a backup of those, right?
>>42944465I think XS mentioned a backup, at least
>>42944401At least it's a coping mechanist.
>>42944465No, they were confused because there wasn't a numberign sequence. The pastebin has them all correctly ordered. http://pastebin.com/Z53TyK0N
>>42944465XS has a pastebin with a link to every single thread. It's fine.>>42944001The dump archive is still around from June (and the link is on the moe page), but everything between then and now is gone.
>>42944504I hope her anger gets better once our family punishes the ones who did all those horrors to her sister
>>42944581Though, given this absolute idiot of a Colonel is dead, at least a few of the perpetrators have been dealt with.
>>42944703There's still the need to interrogate that Sorcerer and deal with his Clan, along with meeting her father again and finding out just what in the hell he's doing.
[X] Well, this is incredibly difficult. But you have a secret weapon....which might not like this whole thing....“Now that you're awake, Akari-niji-chan, go back to sleep so we can operate.” Yui turns her head and tries not to laugh, instead snorting ridiculously, while Kiku-chan looks up at the ceiling and mouths supplications to the kami. Kiki-hime looks at you with her mouth open in a moue of shock that you'd just brazenly suggest such a thing, while Yuuhi-chan's tale sweeps the floor behind her. Inau-kun just shakes her head, smiling. “You can't operate on me, aniki – you have to use acupressure....” she starts, but Kiku-chan shakes her head.“We have to cauterize the wounds inside you. You'll bleed too much and be useless for weeks if we don't. Aniki can't keep you under her power forever.”“Wanna bet?” Akari laughs weakly, and you interrupt Kiku-chan's tirade with a calm suggestion. “I can make you unconscious, so you'll still hurt, but you won't remember it. We do need to know how dangerous you are when you're unconscious, akari-chan. I know how you wake up, and I'd rather not have to try and fight the best hand-to-hand combatant in Clan Ryo to try and perform an operation.”Kiki-hime looks worried, and a little frightened, which she should be. Akari shakes her head. “I won't do anything unusual unless someone tries to touch my pearl, aniki, not right now.” You nod, glad they won't be anywhere near there. “But how are you going to operate?”
>>42944984You glance at what Kiku and Yui have between them: silver needles, golden wire, and a pair of oni steel knuckles that Yui is putting on – notably, with wraps around her hand as well. “Well, the plan was to skewer you with needles by hamming them through your thick hide, move them around to the injured areas, and use heat and electricity to cauterize the wounds, but our medical team forgot one very important thing.” Every eye is on you as you look down at Akari. “I'll render you unconscious, but we still need your permission to operate, because the one who is going to open you up isn't actually medically trained or Ryo trained.” Akari looks confused, and then her eyes widen as she looks past you. Everyone else's eyes lock onto the person she's looking at and then you turn to her as well, calm and keeping your expression supremely gentle. “Don't worry, Inau-kun and I will guide you through it step by step,” you explain to her softly.Kiki-hime is looking around, panic setting in as she realizes everyone is looking at her. >To Be Continued....
Thank you all for reading and playing. Next thread either tomorrow or Friday, depending on sleep and other factors. I'll stay for any questions for a bit. The reason my trips drop is because I lose them when I do research.
>>42945007Thanks for running XS!
>>42945007Beautiful. Thank you for running, XS.
>Asking Kiki-hime to operate someoneMan, it's like asking Darth Vader to show people around MustafarThanks for running!
>>42945069Thanks for running XS.
>>42945069My suggestion is to open a private window of your browser and research from that.
>>42945007Poor Kiki indeed. Next thread will hopefully be fun.
>>42945108I'm not that good at multitasking.
>>42945108Yes...research. I've got a lot of experience with, uh, research and I believe that would help indeed.
>>42945125See the task. Widen your field of view and the 'task'. Sub-tasks within a task are part of the whole.Bit weird, but it's the best way I've found to 'multi-task'.
>>42945125>>42945200Oh, and remember something that keeps you grounded through it all if you have issues with that.
>>42945200My brain doesn't follow that kind of organizational pattern because it can't. It functions more like a cloud database organized by concept relationships and function/purpose based relativity that often have nothing to do with the subject itself. Which is irritating because it means I have to look up the names of everything I am trying to utilize since it doesn't include that as part of the memory as often as I need it to. That list I post isn't just for my players use.
>>42945069I do have one question: what are the things Kiku had and will apparently be used for the operation?
>>42945007 Poor girl at lest she will feel useful.
>>42945622The tamaguchi is a ritual tree-branch offering, used for purifying objects or pointing them out for the attention of the kami. The box is literally a miko's "supernatural magic box", and Ryukusa has no idea what such a thing would be used for or why it contains the things it does (though it also contains the prayer beads Kiku owns). The most likely theory she would have is that any spiritual taint in the wounds could be pulled and placed in the bones or dolls (not too far from the truth in part).
>>42945069I was about to say that as punishment Ryukusa must now serve tea in a maid outfit.
>>42945973Thanks!>>42946136Nice "punishment". It'll certainly teach her to not do it ever again. ever.
>>42946172You spoil Ryukusa's wives too much. And anons too I guess.
After we operate on Akari, we also need to operate on our new sword
Finally caught up to the quest>>42941356XS, I thought Ryukusa was previously viewed as modest by the Ryo warriors that were sent after her. I had a image of her being a yamato nadeshiko back in her clan days, but a delinquent in school? Is she bipolar or am I totally reading things wrong here?
>>42946341No, you're getting opinions from confusing sources. In her school days she was effectively a delinquent in the eyes of everyone there (which is true of a third of the school population), but in the clan she was seen as a perfect Ryo warrior for the most part. It is less that she is bipolar than she reacted to the things that happened in either place as Ryukusa would - in other words, when bullies threatened, she thrashed them, when schoolwork was required, she did it (but she did too much too quickly, and looked lazy in class because she had nothing to do, adding to her 'delinquency'). So it only looks bipolar from outside viewpoints. Ryukusa herself saw everything as perfectly normal.
>>42946341I think it's more that Ryukusa was just enough of a delinquent to be free of clan politics, while being good enough not to be punished. Plus keeping her connections outside the clan secret enough that she seemed like a loner rather then what she really is.
>>42946531What she DIDN'T do, was brag or think of anyone as lesser for not beign like her. She saw oni as dangerous and thoughtful and impulsive, rather than stupid and brutish; she saw other elemental based dragonettes as potent and fierce warriors with great capacity of dangerous violence rather than less clever and dangerous than she was, and she treated other oni and clan spirit-children at school with respect until they attacked Akari. It is worth noting that many Taoists are considered crazy....
>>42946603>are considered crazy....By who?
>>42946645In the strictly regimented Chinese and Japanese societies? A fair number of people.