Stage 112: Deep Water, Shallow Water, Life Water.Sound underwater travels incredibly far. Stealth underwater is a haphazard and delicate thing. Camouflage and stillness are far more effective than the most streamlined shape can be. Even a dragon cannot move through the water silently without magic to suppress the noise. Despite that, the sound of movement isn't necessarily an indicator of speed in the ocean. There is too much turbulence for that to be the case.So the fact that you're hearing the sliding sound of hundreds of thousands of tiny fins shredding the water around them as they move towards you from several hundred yards away is an indicator of both size and speed, as well as the surfaces of what's moving towards you. The movement has undoubtedly been prompted by the scent of blood in the ocean around you, Ginka, and four or five other Ama divers. You noticed because you are breathing the thick, copper taint of the water. Ginka didn't know until you tricked her into tasting the water, as she apparently simply holds her breath forever. The Ama divers haven't a clue, unfortunately, and that is going to be problematic. The other reason they haven't noticed is because it's not real blood.
>>45636799That means that Ryuu Oh, the Water oni-child twin of the Fire oni-child Ah, is here and not too far off. She's clever, like you are, and dangerous, like you are, but the dangerous part is not innate to her nature; that's all experience and skill. No, she's Clever and Tricky, an illusionist and mischief maker oni-child, which makes her incredibly dangerous. Not that you are any less dangerous, but your skills and abilities are far more straightforward – and you've gained plenty of experience. Just not this kind.  A weapon might be wise – Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume is with you! This may be the chance to free – and use – the Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki from its prison. Wait and see what is coming for you first – sounds like a shark though! But it can't be....? Get the divers to safety – ritual must wait, these people are your father's people! Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!
>>45636838Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45578456/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/rZLwzvGx>Ryukusa's TreasuresEight hundred and sixty-two cat youkai live in your auraNyoi-ju, the Wishing Jewel.Matagama-no-Shitoki, a kami in it's own right that protects Ryukusa from inimical magic.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 WakabaRyukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – Snake
>>45636862Ryu Ryukusa is tall at 5' 8", but this becomes 6' in her true form. She is fully grown. Lesbian top.Kiku 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.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.Toshida Ginka is 5” 3”, and fully grown. Turtles have a reputation.Ryuu Wakaba is a head shorter and also deceased.Margaret Steinhausen is gratefully dead.
>>45636838 Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!> Do we have something in Nowhere that might remove this false blood? Lets see...
>>45636838Hi XS! How are you?Question: is it possible to put the divers into one of our barrier, like we did with the Kaga clan goons?And if yes, is it dangerous for them?
>>45636838Alright, time to Dragon!> Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!> A weapon might be wise – Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume is with you!
>>45636838> This may be the chance to free – and use – the Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki from its prison.> Get the divers to safety – ritual must wait, these people are your father's people!
>>45636838> Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!
>>45636838>[x] Get the divers to safety – ritual must wait, these people are your father's people!>[x] Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!>[x] This may be the chance to free – and use – the Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki from its prison.
>>45637014>>45637015>>45637052Reminders, dudes: If we get Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki out, and don't kill our opponent, she's going to be pissed.If we use Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume, we're going to release its poison all around us in the water, and that's a pretty bad thing.On the other hand, we could use the sword the Mermaids gave us. It's probably ideal to do stuff underwater with, since it has been used to kill Water beings and protect the coasts for centuries.
>>45636998>The answer is no, because they are only human, where the Kaga goons were trained in magic. Natural things can't enter a barrier - though Ryukusa is fairly certain what is approaching is not natural.
>>45637111That's a pretty good idea. Do we have it with us though, since we didn't get the option offered?
>>45637126It's in Nowhere~I suppose it wasn't an option since it's not one of our go-to-weapons.We'll have to apologises to the kami afterward, though.
>>45637052I'll support using the Mermaid sword instead then.
>>45636838> Wait and see what is coming for you first – sounds like a shark though! But it can't be....?We need to know what it is first. It could be a distraction. but, important:>Get ready to protect Ginka and the divers, and to give them the room and time they need for the ritual>Draw the sword the mermaids gave you. It is still an underwater protector of Japan, after all, even if you refuse to continue the sacrificing.I say we use Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki-sama when dealing with the Oni directly, when it's sure they won't get down in peace.
>>45637111>Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume will not poison the water. You're stronger and smarter than that. >>45637126>You do.
>>45636838Can we not put up a Barrier, catching only ourselves and our opponent up in it?
Come to think of it, the mermaid sword must have been part of foiling the plans of hundreds of Water beings who wanted to harm humans, in the past.I mean, most of those beings use storms or drowning to accomplish their agenda, and the sword was used to send warnings about those.
>>45637301>You can only detect one opponent currently, but Ryukusa doesn't think it's the general. She can include and exclude, but all she knows about the oppoenent is that it's noisy and large.
>>45637301We don't know where our oponent is yet.We could still catch them, but assuming it's not able to break out, it could be a trick and the Oni is planning on this.>>45637281Mmmh, that changes things.>>45636838Adding to my vote here>>45637254>Water EyesWe're in Water, we need as much of an edge we can, it's not a problem to use our Eyes against a tricky foe.
>>45637373But it only works on a visible foe.
>>45637413No, it works on everything visible.
>>45636838> A weapon might be wise – Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume is with you!> Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!
>>45636838>[X] Get the divers to safety – ritual must wait, these people are your father's people!>[X] Ginaka's the one in danger here, not you – unless you can make yourself the danger first!>Mermaids blade
>>45637511Which this thing is not, yet
>>45637553It will be, soon, and we have plenty of things to see already.
Troublesome stuff. Time to think hard.Your first priority is Ginka-chan, who has gotten caught up in this through absolutely no fault of her own. Serves you right for trying to have one normal friend. That being said, you recall another weapon, possibly more appropriate – the bronze sword given to you by Grandmother Ningyo, meant to birth more of their kind through ritual sacrifice. ….now there's a thought. Setting aside the idea of making the General a sacrifice to your father, you peer through the water towards the source of the noise. It's definitely large, much larger than an oni-child, and its got fins, and a long tail. In fact the tail seems to be causing the most noise, rather than the movement through water of its body. Darting up to place yourself in front of and nearer to Ginka (who swims closer to you, clearly distressed by what she is hearing and the blood-scent of the water, you realize you could combat that illusion too. The problem is you're not going to have time to deal with everything you want to do at once before the creature – currently a huge fish-like shadow some few hundred feet away – comes within actual visual and slaughterable range. >No more than two choices may be selected. Ame-no-Omukade-no-Musume – short, deadly, and swift. Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away. Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki – break her prison against the enemy flesh. Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.  Create a Barrier – and take any spirit-creature within a mile, but only underwater.
>>45637583>[x] Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.
>>45637583> Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.I am a little apprehensive about using something unfamiliar, but it seem appropriate.
>>45637583> Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze. Hope this won't backfire
>>45637583>[X] Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki – break her prison against the enemy flesh.>[X] Create a Barrier – and take any spirit-creature within a mile, but only underwater.Too scared to used the ceremonial sword it might break then we have destroyed the hope for all future mermaids.
>>45637707No, we used our left hand claws to make more last time.
>>45637583[X] Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.[X] Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki – break her prison against the enemy flesh.
>>45637583> Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.> Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.>>45637707Us taking this sword away is what gives hope to the mermaids.Once we're in our underwater home, we should make a room for Ningyo Hime. I know she's not sapient the same way than say, an Oni-child, but that's not something that should stop Ryukusa from cuddling with the mother of her daughters.
>>45637583 Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.  Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.>>45637707Nothing can be destroyed forever. Destruction is limited by something like the conservation of mass. You don't erase things, you destroy their nature. And Ryukusa has an oni smith as a follower.
>>45637729>>45637827Good points. Still I dont know if I trust bronze for the job of monster slaying. Plus should this sword not be old enough to be a kami? Feels like we dont know enough about it right now but might as well use it.
>>45637583> Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.> Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.
>>45637876Then why don't we ask it?
>>45637583> Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.> Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze.
>>45637890good idea>>45637707Change to>[X] Ask if their is a kami in this sword. Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze. >[X] Create a Barrier – and take any spirit-creature within a mile, but only underwater.
>>45637876>Still I dont know if I trust bronze for the job of monster slayingIt worked in greek mythology.
[X] Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – use the Mysterious Sword of Bronze. [X] Matagama-no-Shitoki – burn the illusions and false shadows away.You yank the bronze blade from ~Nowhere~ and then call upon the power of the necklace worn under the soft white gauze of your diving uniform. The sword shocks the heck out of Ginka, who swims back a couple of feet in alarm as you brandish the ancient blade wide. The blade is notable in a couple of ways. First, it is a tsurugi or ken style blade, a double sized blade of truly ancient style, more similar to the original form of the Grass Cutting Blade than the katanas most people think of Japanese warriors using. It is also somewhat broader at the upper half and base than the middle, a leaf-style that you're not very familiar with. Well, as far as seeing them; it's a weapon, you know exactly how to use it. Finally, and the most peculiar aspect of it, is that despite having been underwater for what must be centuries, the blade is perfectly sharp, balanced, and not even faintly corroded. In fact, the blade seems like it's never been used. Mysterious indeed. Matagama-no-Shitoki responds immediately, and the shadows are dispelled instantly, as is the scent of blood in the water. You also reveal Oh-sama, some distance away, sitting on a soggy looking cloud underwater, one leg hanging off the edge and leaning on the knee of her crossed leg, with an intense and ferociously interested expression. As alarming as that is, you only have eyes for the monstrously deformed dragon-fish that is swimming towards you. The bulging eyes of burning coal and the wide, broad fins and the huge maw are not the worrisome part, though the thing is at least as large as a whale shark and its tails much longer. No, the part that worries you are the barbed and hooked flesh of the thing's hide and the numerous barbed hooks protruding from the vanes of its tail. An isonade, the beach-slapping hook-tailed shark youkai.
>>45638223Undoubtedly drawn by the general's illusions and power, now that it's here it won't settle for anything less than living flesh. Your hand clenches tight around the handle of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken as Ginka cowers behind you. It's moving languidly, sure, but those tails will lash out and capture anyone they sweep past, and while the suits the Ama divers wear might break away easily, those hooks will tear right through the suits and into the flesh. It looks like a Barrier might be a good idea after all, especially if you can kick Ginka out of it which should be no problem. The problem with that is you'll be trapped in a barrier with one of the warlords and a fucking massive youkai....and there's absolutely nothing to stop the General from initiating Barrier Combat with you. Ginka would be safe....but your not sure how well immortality will protect you from being eaten by a great devourer. And it would be the warlord's pleasure to take your head if you become incapacitated. Water eyes assures you of it; right now, Oh-sama is having fun seeing what you'll do, hopefully making you squirm, and terrorizing the mortals, all of whom see the isonade as a massive shark that somehow got past the nets. She's just here to keep you busy, though the girl you're protecting has just become a target of opportunity. She smirks at you, her dark eyes glittering wickedly.  Create a Barrier over you, the isonade, and Oh-sama. Grab Ginka and do this youkai in as quickly as possible. You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe. Send Ginka to help the Ama escape – Oh-sama is enjoying her game right now. ….Fuck this shit. Time to show them what you really are, even if you don't take Horobi's mantle now.
>>45638165If we where in Greece u would agree but this world works on a local myth overruling invading myths system.
>>45638248>>45638165>>45637890It probablyt hasn't had much worship or attention other than cleaning. the mermaids don't seem like the praying type to me, so it probably has a kami, but it's dormant. Also, the original Kusanagi-no-Tsurugi was a bronze sword so this one should be just fine for killign yokai.
>>45638247>[x] You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.>[x] Send Ginka to help the Ama escape – Oh-sama is enjoying her game right now.
>>45638247> You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.
>>45638247>[x] Grab Ginka and do this youkai in as quickly as possible.>[x] You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.
>>45638247 Grab Ginka and do this youkai in as quickly as possible. You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.
>>45638247> You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.> Send Ginka to help the Ama escape – Oh-sama is enjoying her game right now.
>>45638247>Tell Ginka to continue the ritual unless forced to abandon and apologise sincerely for bringing trouble to the Ama divers and her.>Water Eyes. We must make sure there is no other trickery> Create a Barrier over you, the isonade, and Oh-sama.We needs to take the initiative, and keep all the divers safe.
>>45638396The ritual must keep going.
>>45638247> ….Fuck this shit. Time to show them what you really are, even if you don't take Horobi's mantle now.
>>45638247> Create a Barrier over you, the isonade, and Oh-sama.
>>45638247> Grab Ginka and do this youkai in as quickly as possible.> You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.>an isonadeSo even the youkai have their deep sea nopes. Because those simply weren't spooky enough when separate.
>>45638524>So even the youkai have their deep sea nopes. Because those simply weren't spooky enough when separate.Well, belief in youkai has to come from somewhere. And what better home for the dangers of the sea than the unknown depths?
>>45638369>>45638524Reminder that grabing Ginka means she stays close of Oh-sama
>>45638634I doubt her parter in crime is far away though.
>>45638396This. Let's fuck this cunts up!
>>45638654A Fire Oni-child in an ocean under control by a deity she's disrespecting?She might be Badass, but this is like asking Superman to swim in a kryptonite pool
>>45638733I'm not sure a fire oni is as weak to water as a dragonette would be.
>>45638774Maybe not, but she's not in particular favor with the ruler of these waters.
>>45638867>>45638733And she'd have to be suicidal to try to go after Ryukusa.
[XXX] You might not have full control, but you can use power over the Water to make everyone but yourself safe.[X] Grab Ginka and do this youkai in as quickly as possible.So Daimyo Oh of the General's Two wants a fuckin' show does she? Well, she's going to get her a fuckin' show. You grab Ginka's hand and pull her close to you, keeping her slightly behind you and to the left. You sweep the blade wide, coming to a stop when it's pointed at the isonade's nose, which is only a hundred feet off. Ginka crowds you a little, but you don't really give a damn right now. Right now, you have to protect your father's people and prevent a bloodbath.Without a barrier, your powers aren't nearly as strong as they could be. On the other hand, you're no longer just a Water dragonette. You're a demigod, and that means you are not entirely bound by the rules of the world. You're not going to let this monster get away with killing your new friends and ruining one of Japan's great treasures, and you're certainly not going to let the isonade eat anyone here either. With a sweep of your tail you churn the water beneath you and throw it up in front of you, but you use your power to take the eddies and current you create and multiply them exponentially. The ball of roiling waters gets the isonade's attention, eyes the size of tractor wheels focusing slowly upon you. You churn the water harder and faster....then you use the bronze blade to shave swaths of the waters and fling them off in every which way. The roiling waters become currents within the ocean and you sweep them towards the Ama divers, washing them away from the mountain walls of the island of Mikimoto, and sweep them all towards the surface, unconcerned about their baskets or weights. It's easy to also use your power over water to depressurize them as they are swept from the various depths to the surface.
>>45638881Then again, that's true of any situation, without hubris from our part.
>>45639047Oh-sama 's cloud disintegrates under the potency of your power and you can feel the deep, painful ache of overusing your power in the real world throughout your whole body. On the other hand, she's enjoying the sight immensely, while the youkai....it's a youkai, it's just hungry and frightening. Ginka is in awe as you rescue the Ama from the water demons present, and then you pull her to the side as the massive fish-monster slides through the water. It ignores you, undoubtedly planning to swat you with it's tails in passing, the barbs catching you and your friend, tearing your flesh and shredding your bodies to make you a more tasty meal for the creature. So you stab it in the base of the eye, through the flesh of it's eyelid and angled into the iris. THAT gets its attention and it roars, a bone-aching semi-shriek of agony as the light in the massive dome of its eye is rapidly eclipsed by clouds of black blood. The creature rears, thrashing its fins and tails in every direction, forcing you and Oh-sama to dodge and weave through the oceanic turbulence of a wounded youkai. Water eyes tell you of her shock and surprise, but she isn't incapable of coping with something like this, despite the surprise. Oh-sama is mischievous and just as clever as you are. Her skills and techniques are long honed against enemies of the Ryuu Clan and she moves through the water as easily and skillfully as yourself, though nowhere near as quickly. She pulls her favorite weapon, an oni-forged naginata named Suriburimuba – because she likes cutting arms off – and does her best not to get torn to shreds by the thrashing bakemono. Take advantage of the thrashing creature to take a stab at Oh-sama. Carve it into fillets. Create a Barrier now and 'lose' Ginka outside of it. Try and destroy Sleeve Cutter in passing. Get Ginka out of here while you can.
>>45639071> Create a Barrier now and 'lose' Ginka outside of it.
>>45639071>[x] Carve it into fillets.>[x] Try and destroy Sleeve Cutter in passing.
>>45639071>[x] Take advantage of the thrashing creature to take a stab at Oh-sama.
>>45639071> Get Ginka out of here while you can.
>>45639071>[X] Get Ginka out of here while you can.
If Oh is busy enough, could we complete the ritual?Oni general or not, she won't be screwung around with the dragon kami of the ocean and storms
>>45639200>Not safely, and not with Ginka in tow.
>>45639125>>45639120These two. The thrashing beasty is more danger to her than to us.
>>45639238Alright.Hmm, turns out keeping other people safe is a lot more inconvenient than only risking yourself!
>>45639071>Her skills and techniques are long honed against enemies of the Ryuu Clan andIsn't her clan the Ryo Clan?
>>45639274You are correct, my bad. It should be Ryo Clan.
>>45639071>[X] Create a Barrier now and 'lose' Ginka outside of it.
>>45639071> Try and destroy Sleeve Cutter in passing.Then let her deal with the rampaging youkai.
>>45639089>>45639125>>45639140>>45639141>>45639148>>45639165>>45639320I'm a bit worried her sister is waiting outside the water to grab her.
>>45639071> Carve it into fillets.> Try and destroy Sleeve Cutter in passing.I hear isonade sushi is quite the delicacy.
>>45639431Not sure we'll be able to get any of it back with us though.
>>45639431I think it's horribly lethal
I say we give Oh one chance of surrendering. Two, if she's really shaken up enough by then she might consider it
>>45639674I vote no.
[XXX] Create a Barrier now and 'lose' Ginka outside of it.[XX] Try and destroy Sleeve Cutter in passing.[X] Take advantage of the thrashing creature to take a stab at Oh-sama.[X] Carve it into fillets.One of the interesting side effects of being able to feel other people's Water is that when you are in the water, and holding onto someone else, they become simply an extension of yourself, which means you can move them as you would move. In other words, you can take insane risks and what would seem like suicidal moves without risking them at all. Not that you're going to do too much of that with poor Ginka – despite her scars, you suspect she's almost never dealt with anything like this outside of scary stories shared with classmates back at Celestial High School. The isonade is recovering, but not quickly and now it's angry as all heaven. Both you and Oh-sama are having to avoid its now directed fury, which pretty much takes most of both of your attentions. The key word being 'most'. Diving past coils and fins, twisting out of the way of a fan of barbed vanes, darting along the spiny edges of the youkai, you get your chance as Oh-sama carves a deep gouge into the creature's flesh, obscuring your sight of her with a cloud of blood and drawing the isonade's attention squarely to herself. You dart through a rapidly closing coil of the creature's length, and whip Ginka to face you.
>>45639806You lift the sword and she starts to cower, but your fingertip touches her forehead. (Don't surface, just hide in the ocean! I'll find you!) The burst of thought through the Void and the calming power of your Chi Disrupting Technique (damn right you're capitalizing that shit!) makes her blink in shock as you blast her free and far away from of the sphere of terrifying flesh and horrific currents with an unfocused shockwave of water. You turn back to the fray, calling on Matagama-no-Shitoki's power to assist yours as you slam a huge Barrier around yourself, the isonade, and Oh-sama, one that even Akari-chan would have trouble breaking into or out of. You do not, however, extend it outside the water. This time you have to trust that your family knows what they are doing this time. There isn't any other option available to you. Sliding into the bloody water you take several slashes at the youkai in passing, adding more black blood to the water; the blade cuts through the tough flesh like a razor blade, though it doesn't slice through bone as easily, more's the pity. Water Eyes tells you nothing about the youkai other than it's now out for spirit-child blood; not unsurprising. You can feel Oh-sama's water eyes on you too, but unlike those of a dragonne or dragonette, there isn't so much disruption in yours. Apparently you both benefit from it. So you blank your mind and slide through the thrashing, deadly water, opening gashes in the creatures flesh and clouding the water as much as possible. Because unlike her, you can feel where both she and the youkai are. And it isn't long before you have the best opportunity....>Choose only one, unless you wish to add Initiate Barrier Combat. Blind the isonade permanently. Try and break Suriburimuba. Run Oh-sama through. Kill the isonade. Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45639822>[x] Run Oh-sama through.>[x] Kill the isonade.
>>45639822> Try and break Suriburimuba.
>>45639861Choose only one, anon.
>>45639822>[x] Run Oh-sama through.>>45639861Anon please
>>45639822> Run Oh-sama through.
>>45639822> Try and break Suriburimuba.I sure hope it's her only weapon.
>>45639822> Run Oh-sama throughBleed her and leave her to the bakemono she lured in.
>>45639822> Try and break Suriburimuba.Oni are not hindered by stabs because of their muscle density. Lots of little cuts and making them go splat from high speed seems to work best.
>>45639969On the other hand scoring a clean hit like that will probably make her reconsider what she's doing here.
>>45639822>[x] Run Oh-sama through
>>45639969>high speedTime to challenge her at drag-racing!
>>45639969She's not full oni though so that may count for something.
>>45639969But the amount of blood leaking out means the Isonade has a nice juicy target.
[X] Try and break Suriburimuba.An ordinary person would never have the opportunities you have. Even the average spirit-child might only come up with one possibility; a particularly skilled or intelligent one maybe two. You see them all. Making your decision, you slide through the coiling, massive rolls and swaths of thin vanes in graceful swoops and coils of your own, while Oh-sama jabs, slices, cuts, stabs. She seems to dart here and there in short bursts, like a powerful yet ungainly ocean animal. Black ichor fills your Barrier, though it is largely clear around Oh-sama, which isn't surprising. You simply don't bother to keep your area clear, which means the shocked expression on her face is quite genuine when you explode from the bloody cloud, swimming between her and the isonade as she goes to drive her naginata deep into its flesh.She doesn't pull her blow though, and you know she has the reaction speed to do so. Not that you care – you don't WANT her to pull the blow. But it isn't you that she gets to stab either. Well, not your body – just your hand. Your left hand.
>>45640508The sound of Sleeve Cutter shattering as it impacts your indestructible palm makes a painful ringing noise that causes the isonade to flee through your Barrier. But not by crashing through your Barrier and into the real world. Instead the isonade fades, slipping silently into the spirit world, leaving you and Oh-sama surrounded by clouds of roiling black blood in a globe of pure sea water. You swim to the far side as she backpedals and watches the gleaming fragments of her weapon shimmering as they fall into the depths of your Barrier.“Daimyo Ryuu Oh, of Clan Ryo. What will you do now?” One advantage to being in a Barrier – you can talk to each other.She turns her blue-black eyes on you, her soft lips curling into a smile. “Well, I think I should go assist my sister in capturing one of your people. But I suspect you have other plans, Ryuu Ryukusa.” Oh-sama flexes her hands slowly, the tendons and joints crackling and popping audibly through the water. She turns her wrists up, rotating them each in turn. “The real question is how badly you wish to be hurt in achieving your goals....presuming you can even manage to achieve one.” Her confidence is supreme of course, but she's not underestimating you. Not after that display of skill and power. Your demigod nature is perfectly clear to her, but she can also see you're not quite finished growing yet, and that means she can possibly do something permanent and unpleasant to further restrict your growth.She is aware of your awareness of these things as well – her Water eyes work exactly as yours do. Exchange the bronze sowed for the broken blade, and prepare to fight for your life. Ask her if she really wants to fight you HERE, in THIS PLA – fuck, that was the black guy's line. Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating. Put your weapons away for the moment, and ask her how her sister is doing. Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45640560> Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating.
>>45640560> Put your weapons away for the moment, and ask her how her sister is doing.
>>45640560 Put your weapons away for the moment, and ask her how her sister is doing. Ask her if she really wants to fight you HERE, in THIS PLA – fuck, that was the black guy's line. Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating.> Be ready with Buki-chan in case she tries something.
>>45640560>[X] Ask her if she really wants to fight you HERE, in THIS PLA – fuck, that was the black guy's line.
>>45640560> Ask her if she really wants to fight you HERE, in THIS PLA – fuck, that was the black guy's line.> Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating.
>>45640560>[x] Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating.
>>45640560>Tell her to stop her mission and either surrender or escape. Or else.>If she refuses:> Exchange the bronze sowed for the broken blade, and prepare to fight for your life.>And fight for your family and your growth she won't > Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45640748>>45640695>>45640660>>45640614What would she be negociating? We're not going with her, and she's not letting us in peace.
>>45640779Ryukusa is pretty good at psychological warfare.
>>45640560> Put your weapons away for the moment, and ask her how her sister is doing.Maybe we can capture her and if her sister cares about her, they'll return the hostage they took.Or we can send Oh back to Obaa-san in very small very tidy parts.
[XXX] Run your thumb along the flat of Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken, and suggest she start negotiating.[XX] Ask her if she really wants to fight you HERE, in THIS PLA – fuck, that was the black guy's line.[X] Put your weapons away for the moment, and ask her how her sister is doing.You study her for a moment more, but you're getting little useful information from Water Eyes; she's probably doing no better with you at this point. So you study the bronze blade, taking your eyes completely off of her as you run your fingertips along the burnished blade. It really is an unusual weapon, an old weapon. If there is a kami present, it's gone dormant for a long time; there isn't much to mark the blade either, neither maker nor prayer. It might even be ancient Chinese rather than Japanese, it's so old. “Well, we can begin negotiations now, if you like. I'm not entirely sure whether you'd really want to fight me here, Oh-sama.” No reason not to give her a measure of respect after all. She is an older woman after all. “You may be a creature of Water, but oni-children are more pure than we dragonettes tend to be. And the ocean isn't pure, not the way your power tends towards.” You glance up, feeling her frown more than seeing it. “I ~did~ pay attention in class, you know.” “Perhaps you did at that, Ryukusa-san.” Huh, you really expected less politeness. Then again, she's representing a kamuy, more or less. “Still, for all your growth, you're still not a true demigod, and you haven't taken Horobi's power for your own yet. Come home, Ryukusaq-san, speak with Oba-san. This could still be resolved peacefully.” She has no hope at all that you'll listen to her.
>>45641307You drop the bronze sword into nowhere, to her surprise, and cross your arms, your tail washing back and forth slowly. You reach out and gather the blood that you and she spilled; the clouds start to spin, faster and faster, then streamers peel off and the ichor is gathered into a tight black sphere over your hand over the course of a minute. Surprisingly, she is impressed. But that's nothing. Squeezing your hand into a claw, you compress the ichor into a tiny sphere of darkness, and then draw every last bit of moisture from it, crushing it into a black bead the size of your thumbnail. It floats serenely over your hand. You burned off a portion of your shen rescuing the Ama, but you're still at four fifths – enough to seriously devastate the area. This was nothing, now. It would have been nearly impossible before you discovered your true nature. And that scares Oh-sama as nothing else has so far. “How is your sister doing anyways? Can you feel her, through the Barrier?” Her full lips compress into a thin line. “I didn't think so.” you don't mention that you can't sense the others either; even if Water eyes reveals it to her, it's just impolitic to mention a potential weakness to an enemy. “Fighting me here is asking for a fate as bad or maybe worse than death.” You snatch the bead out of the water and put it ~Nowhere~. “So....abandon your mission. Leave. I'll send your sister after you, unharmed by me.” Important caveat, that. “Go away. Or Else.”
>>45641341She smirks and she just gives you that feeling of leaning against a wall, arms crossed. Her veins and arteries pulse heavily, just once. A threat of transformation. “Or what?” So predictable.  Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer. “You know what that means; don't play dumb with ME.” “...I dunno, I was thinking dinner, a nice date; maybe Akari and me, you and your sister....” Fine fine, everyone wants you to be the bad guy, at least you'll do it right! ….you know what. Fine. Or else THIS!
>>45641359> Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.
>>45641359>[X] Fine fine, everyone wants you to be the bad guy, at least you'll do it right!>[X] Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.
>>45641359> Fine fine, everyone wants you to be the bad guy, at least you'll do it right!
>>45641359> “...I dunno, I was thinking dinner, a nice date; maybe Akari and me, you and your sister....”
>>45641359> “...I dunno, I was thinking dinner, a nice date; maybe Akari and me, you and your sister....”> Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.Couldn't resist the snark
>>45641359> Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.> Fine fine, everyone wants you to be the bad guy, at least you'll do it right!
>>45641359 “...I dunno, I was thinking dinner, a nice date; maybe Akari and me, you and your sister....” Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.> Let her see your resolve. This is the one chance they both get.
[XXX] Draw Buki-sama, and clean off the remaining material as an answer.[XX] “...I dunno, I was thinking dinner, a nice date; maybe Akari and me, you and your sister....”[X] Fine fine, everyone wants you to be the bad guy, at least you'll do it right![+] You had one chance already....but this is your Last Chance EVER.You don't sneer really; your cheek twitches, and you kind of squint your eyes. That was so cliché even you wouldn't stoop that far. But then again, people have no sense of proper cliché anymore, and you kind of have to pick up the pieces for them. You draw Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki from ~Nowhere~ and unsheathe her, then let the sheath fall back into ~Nowhere~. You don't bother telling Oh-sama where you got the weapon; she immediately recognizes it, and is confused and alarmed by the damage it shows. If another katana was showing core metal like this one, it would have been a worthless weapon. “I was kind of thinking a double date. I could bring Akari, you could bring your sister, we could have a nice dinner, maybe karaoke....” Her face doesn't color at the suggestion of sis-con tendencies, but you would have been surprised if she had. You bring up your left hand and smack the back of the blade hard, backhanding it. But you also super-pressurize the water around the weapon, forcing it into the cracks and openings of the blade. The steel explodes away from the titanium core, revealing a slender blade of light brown material; it is burnished, but not polished, and there is no hamon. It was not tempered, and this doesn't surprise you – it isn't an ordinary blade by any means. It's almost as long as the original casing was. The blade sings loudly enough that Oh-sama half turns her head in pain, and covers one ear. You let her deafen you, because a moment later you're not deaf anymore. You do keep the blood from coming out of your ears, though.
>>45642108The metal fragments drift down, shimmering brightly as you lower the blade to a one-handed ready position. Here, in Water, you can do things no sane person would do with such a long weapon.“Really, Daimyo Oh-sama....what a stupid question that was.” You shift your grip just slightly, making the blade shift in the water, and then you narrow your eyes. Actually, you close them. You close them and concentrate, concentrate HARD. Her touch on your cheeks, her kiss, her fingers tracing those signs....they burn, under your skin, blue fire lighting the ocean around you, your eyes blazing with hot light of darkest blue: Amaterasu-Omikami's declaration and gift to you, your name and duty writ upon your cheeks by Her hand. Oh-sama is staring at you, because while you have the appearance of Horobi, and none of the true power of Horobi, things she was aware of, now she sees the truth that Amaterasu-Omikami's promise is written upon your face, in Her script, by Her hand.“Ask me again. I dare you.” >To Be Continued....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XLNFDJrqbk
>>45642138Thanks for running boss
>>45642138She's a dead oni walking. We can't let her live after seeing Amaterasu's blessing on us.Or we can take her on a double date that will rock her world so hard she'll forget about Amaterasu. Either works!
>>45642138Quite the intimidation. I wonder how badly she'll flinch.Idea on when the next thread runs, friend?
>>45642138Thank you for running, XS. Time for pizza. May I ask if Oba-san is watching, and if so, did she suddenly realize that the prophesy about adult diapers might have been warranted?
Thank you for reading and playing, and we shall see how I feel tomorrow. The Centipede Egg is being taken care of by Akari, Yui, and Kiku, though currently it is in Er Yin's safe keeping. Who knows when it will hatch. Or what will hatch from it.No, the thing that the Ama Chief mentioned, about calling her niece, has nothign to do with Ryukusa's nature as a demon tamer. How many times has Er Yin met a candidate? they can't all come from one human mother, right?
>>45642228She already knows what Ryukusa is and what she'll become - she's serving Oba-san directly. What she didn't know was that Ryukusa has Amaterasu's direct, personal blessing to be Horobi.
>>45642138Thanks for writing XS!
>>45642242Barriers are generally proof against scrying of normal sorts because they're not in the same time. Certain youkai and certain youkai-born can bypass that issue....
>>45642252Thanks for running.
>>45642280I assume anon was referring to just that - as you say we know from Oba-san's POV-updates that she has no idea Amaterasu approves of or has even had any regard for Ryukusa so far, don't we? That'd be important intel for her.
As a side note, good stuff has been spent, and you have gained permanent and potent benefits (weapons) from doing so, including one you may not expect.
>>45642280>>45642346In this instance I leave it to the players to decide her fate.
>>45642357Hmmm...any speculation, anons?
>>45642346I wonder if it would be advantageous for her to know about it.>>45642357>including one you may not expect.Interdasting.
>>45642372That's what I'm wondering too. Feels like her knowing Amaterasu's involvement could either make her feel cornered and desperate enough to become truly dangerous, or it could simply intimidate her in convenient ways. And considering she's losing control of Kinashut Kamui, I feel the former is inevitable anyway if it is to occur at all, so info on Amaterasu probably won't be too bad.The real problem would be if she could figure out a way to deal with Amaterasu, but I find that unlikely and she'd probably be doing so anyway if she could.
>>45642368The Blood Bead?Obviously, the Ningyo blade is one of the weapons. It was likely not meant to be powerful, but we just spent Good stuff to make it more than it should have been.
>>45642448As a nudge to memory, Ryukusa literally had a heart attack just thinking an improper and perfectly understandable thought about Amaterasu-Omikami without her express permission while in her presence. Oba-san has no chance of affecting Amaterasu or her priestess at all.
>>45642517Yeah, I figured she'd have no way of actually affecting Amaterasu. I was thinking more something like luring Ryukusa into a trap that would let her 'hide' Ryukusa from Amaterasu for a time, briefly sever their connection or the like. Guess she's simply screwed though!
>>45642517>Amaterasu is so not for lewds that she gives heart attacks to whoever thinks of lewds featuring herI have sudden fears for my health.
>>45642517Huh? I thought I remembered our scene with Ammy, but what are you referencing? The part where ryukusa was thinking she was sexy? But Inari was literally Horobi's wife, right? How does thoughts like that provoke Divine Displeasure?
>>45642584You just have to be pure and proper, anon! Don't even think of hugging or snuggling a soft Amaterasu!
>>45642642It's pretty close to the start.>"You immediately bow, and bow again, eyes closed, your heart pounding in your chest, and not entirely for all the right reasons. I mean, yes, she is THE Goddess, and yes, she is answering your prayer, but she's just....just CUTE and BEAUTIFUL, and NICE! It's a little overwhelming. The merest thought of touching Amaterasu-Omikami without her express permission, though it is both involuntary, fleeting, and utterly unavoidable, is terrifying enough to make your heart literally stop beating for a moment, and you pale, your hand covering your heart. How do miko cope with it? How does her priestess cope with being ~possessed~ by her? "
>>45642584That's just Ryukusa anon, I'm sure Amaterasu-Omikami is perfectly fine with your feelings, and has even arranged things so that you'll never meet her incarnation in a situation that would kill you/maim you.
>>45642517>YFW no chance of Ami cuddles
>>45642820Nonsense. Key words: "Without Permission."Ryukusa did a lot more than just cuddle. She got hugs and kisses!
Thanks for running!>>45642252>How many times has Er Yin met a candidate? they can't all come from one human mother, right?...Oh boy.>>45642357>>45642368>Hmmm...any speculation, anons?Well, we might have gotten an Oni-child, or a sea-monster>>45642228We can let the Oni-child live, but we can't let her go back to Oba-shit.
>>45642872The fiend.She'll be punished forver, for this crimes. the punishments are hugs, kisses and plenty of lewd stuff
>>45642584>>45642872In short, anon, don't let your dreams be dreams. Ask permission.
With that thought to reassure you all, good night.
>>45642952Have an excellent night!
>>45642911>We can let the Oni-child live, but we can't let her go back to Oba-shit.We can lock her in one of our seals. Which by now must be pretty crowded.
>>45642252>Or what will hatch from it.Oh please, we all already know the answer to that one: a terrifyingly cute and cutely terrifying girl, same as nearly everything else we've met in this quest