Stage 113: Oh-sama is shaken.While under ordinary circumstances you would have serious doubts about whether she was faking or not given she is one of the two warlords of Clan Ryo (and a Water oni-child to boot), between Water Eyes, being in a Barrier, and the fact that you're allowing her to see that Amaterasu-Omikami has given you her blessing and promises concerning your heritage, you're very sure she is not faking at all. Ah and oh, the twin warlords of Clan Ryo, are not people to be trifled with. And you are taking her quite seriously, seriously enough that you've removed the damaged casing that surrounded Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki and are preparing to kill her with it. Typically, you give your enemies three chances to retreat, and realistically you have given her two now. But there is some question in your mind as to whether allowing her to escape with the knowledge that Amaterasu-Omikami has given you her blessing to become Horobi-no-Ame-no-Mikado and to serve in her name as the Bringer of the Rain of Destruction upon any and all she deems must be destroyed. On the other hand, it can be a very potent warning to her and those who follow after her that you are through fucking around with Clan Ryo. You have other situations and problems to deal with, and they're being tiresome. With the threat of a kidnapping, you had all your family who are with you and in danger stay together and deal with the Fire oni-child Ah while you protected your new friend and the Ama divers she works with from Oh-sama and the isonade youkai she drew to try and eat you. Which you chased off into the spirit world. Hey, your first ever exorcism! How cool is that! But that's not important right now!
>>45778435Good morning XS!
Time to Dragon.
>>45778435Ginka is hopefully hiding in the ocean outside the potent Barrier you and Matagama-no-Shitoki crafted to contain your enemy. Dropping the bead of condensed youkai blood into ~Nowhere~ you gaze at Oh-sama, who clenches her hands, her blood rushing through her veins and her eyes fixed upon your glowing, mismatched ones....or the glowing sapphire kanji decorating your cheeks. She hasn't transformed yet, though she could; she can't communicate with her sister through the Void, though she may yet have access to other powers of the Void in a Barrier. That's okay though. You're not exactly untrained in its use yourself. She's dangerous, but of more interest is the distinctive golden glow of her claws – shimmering warnings of their destructive potential seen through your ruby right eye.  Take a look at her through Void Eyes, and see if you can spot magical or spiritual weakness. Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already. Try and reach for the power of Wood Eyes. Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers.  Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45778513Twitter: @XsQuestmistressPrevious Thread: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/45636799/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 Wakaba that appears to be made of some allow of titanium.Seido no Shinpi-tekina Ken – a mysterious bronze sword given to Ryukusa by the mermaids of Japan.Ryukusa's Family.>Talismans:Akari – CentipedeEr Yin – ScorpionKiki – ToadKiku – LizardYui – Snake
Ryu 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.
>>45778513> Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.> Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers.
>>45778513>[x] Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers. >[x] Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.
>>45778513> Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.When the Universe objectively and unequivocally says "Ryuukusa is right and you are wrong to oppose her", that could get people to start questioning Obaa-san's leadership.
>>45778513 Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already. Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers.
>>45778513> Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.> Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers.>List all her spiritual transgression that you know off, and explain how you've been merciful to person who have done similar or equivalent things. Be polite, but firm.
>>45778534There is a typo in your third post, XS. allow should be alloy.
>>45778513> Try and reach for the power of Wood Eyes.
>>45778513> Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.> Try and reach for the power of Wood Eyes.
Important note: we cannot allow her to leave with this information. She can either surrender completly and stay as a prisoner, join us (not likely), or die.>>45778891>>45779086Don't try Wood Eyes while underwater, guys.
>>45779161Doesn't water feed wood?
>>45778513>[X] Initiate Barrier Combat.>[X] Take a look at her through Void Eyes, and see if you can spot magical or spiritual weakness.
>>45779161>Important note: we cannot allow her to leave with this information. She can either surrender completly and stay as a prisoner, join us (not likely), or die.While I agree entirely with your line of thinking, we have something else to worry about too: I fear we may have to outright killer in order to appease our blade's kami. She didn't want to be unsheathed for anything short of a deathmatch IIRC
>>45779244Yeah she is going to be hell o made if we dont give her a sacrifice. And we have been promising to do it for her.
>>45779161Mmm. That's the thing, anon. We can let her go or force her to promise something, but we're done hiding who we are.This is a big choice as to who we're going to deal with more in the quest, and whether Clan Ryo will be spared (not that many of the higher-ups don't probably deserve it in some way). We've got huge fish to fry with the Kaga Clan, along with Hime's father being corrupted by a western half-devil.Heck, that movement of soil into Japan probably means that there are foreign spiritual beings on Japanese soil right now.
>>45778862>If that's the only typo, I'm doing great.
>>45779244>>45779258Sacrifices are sacrifices, and we'll lose something if we assume a death is what's necessary. We COULD use this opportunity to calm the blade's bloodlust to some degree. Not to diminish Buki-chan's effectiveness in any way, but to be fine with a beaten opponent or the like. Or something suitably dramatic.
>>45779285You're doing excellently, just wanted to help correct your paste for the future!
>>45779214>>45779161>A quick clarification: The Eyes techniques work regardless of who they are used on because they're strictly internalized abilities. They're your eyes, they work for you. they can be countered by other abilities but they wrk regardless.>Wood Eyes allows insight into how to mainuplate people to certain ends, towards specific goals or away from specific goals. >Void Eyes see magic and Chi, Shen, Jing, and the flow of magical power, even life force. >Stone Eyes sees through earth and body, revealing hidden weakness and strengths.>Fire Eyes sees truth, and the essential nature of a thing, as well as through all illusion, including that of the real world.
[XX] Suggest she parley now, if she and her sister wish to survive – if Ah-sama isn't dead already.[X] Maintain Water Eyes; the mutual awareness issue is still working in your favor more than hers.With the fact that her Water Eyes are much like your own the mutual understanding you have of one another is still working in your favor, especially with the addition of your Destruction-Seeing-Right-Eye, mostly because you're more adaptable to her techniques than she can be to yours. There's a lot to be said for being an expert in violence, and one of those things is that there are many ways to commit it.The violence you just did to her ego with your rather scathing rebuke to her casual and all too cliché response 'or else what' when you gave her the standard ultimatum, for example.“It's one thing to be told that you're facing a demigod who is heir to the power of destruction, and another to actually see if for yourself when it has the blessings of the Sun. If Ah-sama is still alive and well, you may wish to reconsider your stance on serving Oba-san. She's a very capable leader, an incredible sorceress, and undoubtedly she has the entire Ryo Clan behind her for the moment. But I have other things I need to be doing, and you people are getting in my way!” Snuggling, snuggling is a great example. Or like completing the offering to Ryujin Owatatsumi.Her eyes narrow and she studies you carefully. “You're still not fully the child of the kami, Ryukusa-san. You may look like Horobi, and you may have unusual weapons and kami on your side, but you're still more dragonette then demigod.” Flexing her hands, she looks at you, struggling to contain the urge to transform and try and take you. The fact that she is hesitating says a lot about her chances. On the other hand that's not really her mission either. She's positive you could catch her before she reaches the edge of the Barrier, but as long as she's facing you she's at no discernible disadvantage.
>>45779349In that case, I'll stick with my vote for wood eyes since it's exactly what I was thinking to begin with
>>45779418That concerns you a bit, because you have a very long weapon, and an even longer tail; for her to consider herself at no disadvantage without it being false bravado says a lot for her confidence in battle against you. “Be that as it may, Oh-sama, you may wish to consider that your sister is facing off against the best hand-to-hand combatant in Clan Ryo, a nearly two-hundred year old Fire dragonette who has been spiritually trained, and the daughter of the Huntress Kamuy. Even discounting my herald the Void oni-child, and also discounting Kiki-hime herself who has been trained by us, the last member of my little clan is someone your sister would fare very badly against.” That gives her a little stir of concern. “Take the offer, Oh-sama. If we start a fight between us, there's no chance you'll escape unscathed after the first exchange alone.”Oh-sama grits her teeth, a soft 'tch' sound indicating her frustration. She knows you're not lying, and you aren't – the Barrier techniques that would work best against her aren't techniques that she can defend against readily. Her eyes glimmer, and the dropping of her Water Eyes means she's conserving even that shred of power now.  Giver he a moment – it's a tough call for her. Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place. Push a little harder; it shouldn't take much more to make her move one way or the other. She's taking too long. Make a show of force, if that's what she wants from you. Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45779418Alas, I fear snuggling will have to wait for a while. Trying times we live in, these.
>>45779437>[x] Push a little harder; it shouldn't take much more to make her move one way or the other.Ryukusa so pushy.
>>45779437> Giver he a moment – it's a tough call for her.> Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place.Be understanding, but not a pushover. Ryu's people need her, after all.
>>45779437> Giver he a moment – it's a tough call for her.It's hard to accept that everything you've believed in and worked towards is now being categorically rejected by the highest authority.
>>45779437> Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place.> She's taking too long. Make a show of force, if that's what she wants from you.
>>45779437> Giver he a moment – it's a tough call for her.
>>45779437>[x] Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place.>[x] Push a little harder; it shouldn't take much more to make her move one way or the other.>[x] She's taking too long. Make a show of force, if that's what she wants from you.She needs to decide already, we have things to do, parents to meet and girlfriends to snuggle.
>>45779437>[X] She's taking too long. Make a show of force, if that's what she wants from you.>[X] Initiate Barrier Combat.
>>45779437> Give her a moment – it's a tough call for her.
>>45779437 Give her a moment – it's a tough call for her.> Does Oba-san assume that I have a grievance with Clan Ryo or her? Think about it, Oh-sama. Which do YOU think I have?
>>45779541>Initiate Barrier Combat.Yeah no, don't so this. If we're trying to get her to back down, let's NOT do the thing that forces everyone involved to either kill or enslave their opponent.
>>45779610Maybe anon doesn't want her to back down!
>>45779610>enslave their opponent.I like slaves
>>45779610I want her dead so I stand by my vote.
>>45779437> Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place.Make a scarf or something>>45778556that amount of ass is staggering
>>45779437> Giver he a moment – it's a tough call for her.>Push a little harder by asking her what kind of opponents and challenges we've already faced, and fill her in on the ones she doesn't know already.>Mention your letter to Enma-o-sama
>>45779646Ryukusa doesn't.At least, not like that.
>>45779700Fair enough, just making sure we're on the same page>>45779706Ryukusa ain't the Goddess of DevASStation for nothing
>>45779706Or that maid costume! Or something for one of our girls. Or all of them. It's amazing how long Oh-sama is taking to decide this, really.
>>45779706Dragon ass, no less!
Having a tail gives fantastic possibilities if you like buttplugs.We should include a SM shop visit, in our date with Er Yin.
>>45779646What would we do with a slave now? Seriously?>>45779778People can change. Its character development!
>>45778556Sure she has dat ass, but more importantly, she has cute smile!
>>45779859>We should include a SM shop visit, in our date with Er Yinpls anon, we're only bringing back some beef and cooking it on Kiku
>>45780047That's some quality bully, anon
>>45780047Nah, that's for Kiku's date.We'll make her choose the pieces of meat
>>45780072Possible breathplay to control the heat of Kiku's flame?
>>45780072Kiku will be waiting to see how the date went, though. They share a room and all.
Is this quest intentionally 1000% lewd or just unintentionally 1000% lewd?
>>45780113Yes, it sure is!
>>45780105I'm sure the evil sorceress and the unholy warlord will be able to corrupt the pure priestess and make her worship them.
>>45780113You are off by a few zeros there anon.
>>45780170I'm not sure Ryukusa is good enough at roleplaying to suspend her disbelief regarding this 'pure' priestess, anon!
>>45780242Of course she is.
>>45780242Kiku wont be able to discern the difference, though, and that's what counts.
[XXX] Giver her a moment – it's a tough call for her.[XX] Set a time limit. You don't want to let her think she can out-wait you even in a timeless place.[XX] She's taking too long. Make a show of force, if that's what she wants from you.[+] Really, who do you think I have a grievance with here? It's pretty obvious!Frowning, you tilt your head, studying her. You sweep your long white (annoying!) hair to one side with your left hand. “Look, I get that you're semi-stalling. It really depends on if your sister decided to try and interrupt a ceremony dedicated to the local Kami and forced Kiku-chan to create a Barrier.” She mouths the words 'Kiku-chan' and you smile. “Matagama Kiku, also known as Kumatori Kiku, the princess' sister.” She recognizes the first name immediately. “Right. So, here is the deal. You can have some time to decide. Not much, but enough.” It doesn't take Water eyes to see that she's going to try and out-maneuver you. And there's a possibility she could manage it, Water eyes or no; she 's experienced and well trained. More time is an advantage to any Water spirit child. Of course, you've been preparing for something like this for a while.“And while you think about that, I'm going to show you something.” You lift Buki-san slowly, off to the side. It's something that's been percolating in your subconscious for a long time, and you have been studying the Void for quite a while. The power over Wind and Water you could have gained through the Void is largely meaningless to you as a Water dragonette of course; but there is an element of the Void you didn't have access to before hand. And this DOES rely on your power as a demigod, rather than a dragonette. It was something you managed when you first became aware that your Pearl wasn't like other dragonette Pearls.It's the culmination of your powers of the Void, meaning you have no other study left except another element before you're fully a demigod.
>>45780324>Huh, wrong picture.You slowly lower your blade, as the waters above you darken with the spiritual storm-clouds you summon. When you lower the blade down, past your waist, where a overhand draw would end in an iajustsu draw rather than an iado draw, below the waist as opposed to at the waist; you stop there with Buki-san pointing towards nowhere. Or so it would seem. The blue-white bolt of lightning that tears through the water illuminates the entire barrier, all the way to the greyed-out bottom of the diving area. She isn't impressed by that, not yet; sure, it's an unusual color, but Void dragonettes and oni-children have always thrown lightning around; she can probably do it herself, if she's as good with the Void as people claim. She doesn't get it until you repeat the motion again, this time off to the other side of her and yourself. A second bolt of lightning strikes down to the bottom of the ocean, a blue-white flash that shows her eyes widening, her hands clenching. Then the third bolt, directly between you, at the same distance as the previous two. You sweep Buki-san up and over as she gleefully titters in your mind, hot for battle and looking forward to the taste of blood; you flick the blade to the side to scatter imaginary blood off and to ready the weapon once more, still one handed. The now terrified oni-child stares at you with her dark eyes swirling, fear making her lose control.“Consider carefully, Oh-sama. I haven't a grudge against Clan Ryo. I'm proud to have been trained among you, to call many of you comrade and friend. My anger has never been with any of you, aside from the fact that you keep showing up and trying to kill me and my loved ones. But that's not really YOUR doing is it?” She looks down towards the ocean floor, seeing kami-knows-what down there. “I may not yet be fully a demigod, but I'm not the dragonette that was trained in Clan Ryo!”
>>45780335“I yield! Allow myself and my sister, if she still lives, to depart in peace Ryukusa-sama!” She performs a salute in the water, more elegant than attempting a bow in the water. “The Generals Two will seek no further dealing with you or your Clan!” Interesting that Oh-sama used clan instead of family; you half expected her to leave herself that out so she could be ordered against non-family members of your people. “In all ways that we serve Clan Ryo, I speak for us both in saying we will never move against Clan Ryuu! You have my word of honor!” Water eyes indicates that she is not bluffing nor is she faking; you truly terrified her with that display, and she seems to be truly yielding....but she is an oni-child, and a Water oni-child at that.Heaven, you nearly pissed yourself when you did it the first time and discovered the meaning of fear. Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan. And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am. Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you. Why should I trust your word when you could easily conceal your nature? Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.
>>45780353>[x] Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.Hmmm, hopefully safe enough.
>>45780353>[x] Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.
>>45780353> Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan.> And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.> Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.
>>45780353> Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.
>>45780353> And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.> Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.is this the feed Buki-san something before she goes yandere? because if so then yes
>>45780353> Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan.Taking Ginko? Ryukusa so forward! But I guess that's to be expected from draconic almost-demigods.
>>45780397That's a good question, clarification on how this would be taken in general would be nice. Well, if that's meant to be part of the challenge of deciding what to vote, that's okay too though.
>>45780353> Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.>[x] Other: in return make an oath that so long as she upholds her end, Clan Ryuu will let her and her sister leave uninjured and unharmed
>>45780353>[X] And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.>[X] Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.
>>45780353> Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.> Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.
Man, if she's not faking this we really put the fear in her huh. Wonder if her sister's still alive...
>>45780353>[X] dam all the people voting to take out killer sword and now voting to not use it.>[X] Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.
>>45780397>>45780421>It is similar to the End if Battle choice when Ryukusa defeats an opponent, which is normal a Final Blow/Entrap In A Barrier, except Oh-sama would not be resisting and she would be obligated to follow the dictates that Ryukusa could enforce. It works similarly to how Kiku entrapped Er Yin in her own barrier, except Ryukusa would be releasing Oh-sama immediately and enforcing Oh-sama's claim to make no move against Ryuu Clan. Mind you her sister would not be bound by the Barrier, only by her sister's word. They've never broken a mutually held trust before however in all their personal history together.
>>45780353 Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.> And if anyone here has been captured or harmed by your incursion here, you'll release them where they were captured.> I would also suggest an offering to Ryujin Owatatsumi, as their incursion here and the delay in the ritual could easily direct his anger towards Clan Ryo.
>>45780494XS was serious about Ryukusa nearly pissing herself when she found out she could direct lightning bolts. Only kami can do that normally.
>>45780510That makes sense. Hmmm, that seems pretty severe though. I'll hold off and hope it's not needed.
>>45780353> And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.>You will not be allowed to depart unless you and your sister swear to never, by your word or actions or any means, hinder me, my Clan or my allies, be it by directly or not.Because we need to make this vow tight as hell.>>45780382>>45780387>>45780390>>45780394>>45780397Guys, we can't let her leave with what she knows.Also, sacrificing your honor isn't that much of a problem for someone like her.>>45780397It's not.
>>45780353> Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan.> And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.> Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.Remember that her wording still gives her an out, since Ginka isn't part f our Clan.
>>45780530>>45780494>That in mind, you fly back a bit and decide to see what might happen if you reached out with your no-hand, rather than flexing it. So you reach out for the playground equipment, your right hand at your side. Your concentration dips and you fall a few feet in the air....but not before you get a reaction. >Or rather, a response. >The lightning flicker in the clouds is not merely pronounced – a blue-white bolt bolt of raw, mundane, storm driven lightning leaps from the sky, lashes out, striking the metal A-frame of the swing-set, the tallest object. The lightning bolt heats the corner red hot and the momentary magnetization of the steel and iron makes the swings jump in place as the instantaneous thunderclap deafens you. The blue white flash leave retinal burns, and the purple-red flash is fixed before your eyes. >If you were only mildly scared before, this last trick is terrifying. No one, not Dragon, not Oni, no Kami that you know of can control the lightning. Not even Susano-Oh himself, the god of storms and wind can command the lightning. Many can create lightning bolts, or throw lightning with magic, but NO ONE commands it.
>>45780543>sacrificing your honorIt's much more than that. See >>45780510
>>45780353adding to my post>>45780516 Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan.
Guys, we need to add "my Clan or my allies" to the conditions.Seriously, anons, it's really, really important.Like, it's lethal if we don't.>>45780353Adding to my vote here >>45780543> Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.
>>45780543>Guys, we can't let her leave with what she knows.Well as has been pointed out, there's two sides to it. We can gain advantages by letting the knowledge of Amaterasu's blessing disseminate among our current enemies too, especially clan Ryo.
>>45780579You didn't read what XS said.This is only if we use the "Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself." choice
>>45780592Not to mention that such a message delivered alongside the genuine fear of one of the Two Warlords herself will spread hesitation and dissent through the ranks.
>>45780589I must press this, anons.We NEED to include "allies" to the conditions.We can't put everyone that's our friends in the Clan.Please.
>>45780617Which I included in my post. I also included making sure we addresses the whole "friends and allies" situation that started this whole mess to cover all bases.
>>45780622Along with the ranks of anyone connected to Clan Ryo. Nothing like the fear of divine judgement to start getting Japan ready for what's going to happen and disrupt various plans in motion.
>>45780638>>45780589>>45780543>Peta's people and Chisato's people are part of Clan Ryuu as of the party. That was the main purpose of the party.
>>45780638>We can't put everyone that's our friends in the Clan.But anon, what if we did?Eh? Eh?
>>45780640What I'm saying is that it's not winning.It's important that we put as much restraint as we can on her, but people seems to prefer just taking her word.Which is not much.
>>45780717Not JUST taking her at her word, but I think it's fair to examine her word, offer restrictions, and see how she reacts.
>>45780690Then there is Akari's family, the innocent oni-children of Yui's old clan, the family of Umetsume, the lady from the shop we buy fabric from, etc.There is a lot of people that they could still target.
>>45780717Then why did you include me on your post?
>>45780762>That works both ways - they have family too who aren't protected by any oaths to you.
>>45780762>the innocent oni-children of Yui's old clanI think she was the only half-oni and besides, they have the protection of a dragon and a kami.
>>45780805Case in point, our parting threat on the phone last thread (or was it the one before? I forget) right?Well, that doesn't do much to make me more comfy to be honest. If Ryukusa can threaten unrelated people, planning on going through with it or not, auntie certainly would be likely to...
>>45780324Are you keeping this picture for when we go deal with the A-bomb "demons"?
>>45780846She isn't bound by anything the twins say or do regardless, it's a non issue here.
>>45780906That's true of course, although if they aren't beholden to any promise or oath not to harm the completely unrelated, and oba-san orders them to harm said completely unrelated people, well...
>>45780324That's still a relevant picture, though XS, as it's what we're going to do to Kiku.
>>45780987Damn, that's cute.
>>45780953I'd say that hurting Clan Ryuu's beloved people count as "going against it"Of course, if they still do, we will find them, and destroy them.
>>45780953I like to think they'd still have misgivings, given that we scared her shitless already. More importantly, Oba-san may be forced to changed tactics with her new knowledge, perhaps even back down and negotiate. Eh maybe wishful thinking, but it's possible.
>>45780987I just noticed her ear is also flickering back and forth on the second panel.So Adorable.
>>45781039Oh, they'd definitely have misgivings. And Oba-san may just be sane enough not to try anything like that...hopefully Kinashut is too.
>>45780953Then lets include that in the Oath. If they think they'll hit someone we like, or Oba-san suggests they hit someone they know or suspect is connected to us, they can tell us or just flub it or something. Use their own intelligence against them.
>>45780987This is how our fox reacts to good things in my mind.
[XXXXX] Make an oath with me in this place sacred to my Ancestors, and I'll believe you.[XX] And what of the people I meet and deal with? You know how I am.[X] Take her at her word – and take Toshida Ginka as part of your clan.[x] Demand she accept an Obligation from your first tier of Barrier Combat to prove herself.[+] Let's not fuck around with loophole shit. Let's get this neat and tidy and simple so no one fucks this up on either side. You flex your left hand and study Oh-sama for a long moment. She still has her head bowed – deeply bowed, you can't even see her eyes – and she's seriously spooked by your display of a power no one has ever demonstrated in the history of Japan. Well, that anyone is alive to tell about, anyways. You kind of suspect that this is an ability unique to Ame-no-Horobi-no-Mikado. If it serves as a warning to leave you and your family the fuck alone, all the better. “My father rules these waters, Oh-sama.” She looks up, startled. “Make an oath to me here, in this place sacred to my ancestors, and I will take you at your word. But there are caveats. Important ones.” You slide through the water towards her and she watches you warily. Her nails still glow – it must be something inherent to her nature, not a power. Probably poisonous, or they make the wounds bleed.Only yards apart now, you study her carefully. “You know what I'm like. I'm friendly. I get on people's good side. I treat people well, and they mean something to me. You know all that....so I'm going to include my allies and my friends in your oath. Chances are good you won't ever need to bother my friends....but you and your sister aren't the ones I'm worried about breaking the oath.” She nods slowly, understanding full well that the orders they are given could be construed in many ways. Not that you haven't done the same, of course.
>>45781655“So we're going to make that oath together, you and I, and I know your sister is as good as your word, once she knows it.”“The word of the Generals Two is our bond, Ryukusa-sama. What one says, the other obeys, even separated as we are. You needn't worry about my sister breaking oath with you.” You hold up Buki-san and Oh-sama swims to you, looking at you seriously, and not a little unnerved still. “Name the oath, and I will swear to it, as long as it is what you claimed it would be.” Good, she's being just as cautious. You would have been more concerned if she hadn't been. “First, I am claiming Toshida Ginka, the kappa-child that you saw me with, as part of Clan Ryuu. The nogitsune born of Clan Kurosune are my allies, as are the human Yakuza who serve jichou Hyun Chisato.” At least for now – she's going to make oyabun in record time. “They're off limits. When you or your sister threaten my friends, I will identify them as such and you will both be equally left alone by us. It works both ways between you and your sister, and myself. Do I make myself clear? Let's not pretend to be Water creatures, and let's be creatures of Stone for a moment.” Oh-sama nods slowly, taking your meaning. You're not going to work out a long, complex, ridiculously intricate oath to try and work around, not this time. You both are perfectly aware of how many ways you can find loopholes. It only makes sense to not bother with them – lives are at stake, and those lives are Ah and Oh's. “If there is the slightest doubt, we will err on the side of caution in your favor, Ryukusa-sama. On this you have my word also.”
>>45781686“You have my word that you and your sister will be treated with equal respect, in every situation of this nature. If you are leading members of Clan Ryo against us, and I am leading members of Clan Ryuu against you, then you two will be allowed to leave with your personal favorites, unless they choose otherwise. Likewise, I won't stop you from teaching someone stupid a lesson either.” Except you're going to make damn sure that never happens.You hold Buki-san up and you can feel her thirst for blood. “Swear it with blood, because Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki was looking forward to having yours, and I'm going to have to appease her with mine. Are the terms understood, as Stone, rather than Water?”“Yes, Shogun of the Ryuu Clan. I understand and sear to abide by my word, as will my sister, to never harm any of Clan Ryuu, your allies, or your friends, regardless of reason.”“Daimyo of Clan Ryo, I understand and sear to respect you and your sister in this matter, and will prevent Clan Ryuu, it's allies and my friends from doing you harm.” You could both spend days working out the intricacies....but you don't have that. This understanding, vague as it is, will prevent more bloodshed – their bloodshed – than an exacting contract. You both place your hand over Buki-san, and you draw the blade down, spilling your blood and hers into the water.You can feel the blade's elation at being used as a sacred object, not just for slaughter, though she would have enjoyed the fuck out of that. Yet being used as the marker for this oath is also something Buki-san appreciates, a sacred duty as the weapon her master has chosen for a great task. And you can feel, more than she tells you, that she'll enforce the oath in the ultimate manner if it's broken. On either side.
>>45781764Kinda scary, actually. You flex your hand, letting the blade bite bone deep as an apology for not using her to kill someone yet, and she does bite deep. It's slow to heal as well, even though your regeneration isn't affected by it directly. You barely feel the wound, because the cut is so deep and so easily made. Oh-sama allows her blood to flow too, and she hisses. “What is that thing?” Her own hand is cut near bone deep as well, even through her thick oni flesh.  Oh, just a kami I made friends with. You wouldn't believe me if I told you, lady. It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes. You'll have to ask Ryuu Wakaba – oh wait, you can't, never mind! I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.
>>45781789>[X] It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.
>>45781789>[x] It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.>[x] I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.
>>45780987So, there's more.>>45781789 Oh, just a kami I made friends with.> I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know. Ryuu Wakaba is, unfortunately unable to tell. Although I'd think she's want to, if she could have. The Kaga have much to answer for.
>>45781789> It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.
>>45781832Jesus, this bullying isn't good for my heart!
>>45781789> Oh, just a kami I made friends with.> You'll have to ask Ryuu Wakaba – oh wait, you can't, never mind!> I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.
>>45781789I like the combination here >>45781832
>>45781867>If you say "backing this" I'll count it as a vote. Just because you like it doesn't mean you'll vote for it, in my reckoning.
>>45781789> Oh, just a kami I made friends with.> I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.
>>45781789> Oh, just a kami I made friends with.> It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.
>>45781825>>45781831>>45781847>>45781858>StoneIs this a joke on our part or did I miss something?
>>45781884Not him, but I will back it. I was also >>45781865, if that matters.
>>45781789[x] It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.
>>45781895it was made to kill our little stone girlfriend.
>>45781923>tfw too many tacos
>>45781983Oh ok, that makes sense.
>>45782011You'll love what happens next, anon.
>>45781958>Yes, I can see Yuuhi doing this.
>>45782052Good, goooood.I'd ask anons to post cute dragongirls instead but I'm pretty sure XS has the market cornered on those.
>>45781789>She is Gendai-no-Muteki-no-Buki. Buki-sama, meet Oh-sama of Clan Ryo
>>45781884Whoops, voting properly, sorry!  Oh, just a kami I made friends with.  You'll have to ask Ryuu Wakaba – oh wait, you can't, never mind! I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.Backing the combination here: >>45781832
>>45782080Lets ask Buki before introducing. She might be shy.
>>45782121You never know, anon. Plus it's polite! And it'll scare the crap out of Oh-sama even more! And it's polite.
[XXX] Oh, just a kami I made friends with.[XXX] It was designed to kill Stone dragonettes.[XX] I don't know where or who made it, but I want to know.[+]Fucking Kaga. Oh, introductions....why not.“Her name is Invincible Weapon of the Present Age; I think it is older than the material suggests it should be, if it really is made out of what I think it is made out of.” You swing the blade slowly through the ocean to cleanse it of the last remnants of your mingled blood. “she serves me out of friendship, though it was Ryuu Wakaba who originally held her. Wakaba seems to have concealed her, and with good reason – Buki-san is designed to kill Stone dragonettes. Or at least one particular Stone dragonette.”Oh-sama frown, clearly displeased the existence of the weapon was hidden from her as well. “I can see why she'd want to hide such a weapon. She would have been on every dragonne's and dragonette's hit list before the sun rose the next day.” It's obvious she knows exactly which Stone dragonette you mean. “I wouldn't advertise its presence if you don't want something similar happening. Who made such a weapon, and when?”Shaking your head you shrug. “Haven't the foggiest. The one person who could have told me, bequeathed it to me after the Kaga nearly turned her into a noppera-bo. I served as her second, and whenever I'd met her previously she was threatening to kill people I cared about, generally speaking, so we didn't talk much.” Her eyes narrow and darken at the revelation of Wakaba's unhappy death. “There's no maker's mark, but I haven't checked the tang yet. I don't think the blade was even forged traditionally.”You stop at requesting help discovering more; she doesn't owe you that much, and it might be dangerous to push your tentative truce just yet.
>>45782551“If you find out, my sister and I would be interested to know. Weapons like this can't be left to the general public.” By which she means weapons that could turn the tide of a battle can't be left outside of Clan Ryo hands, which is something you almost agree with. Almost. “I haven't come across anything like it, nor has my sister. If we had, we certainly wouldn't have let Wakaba have it.” Buki laughs softly in your head, the evil laughter of a middle aged woman amused by children's antics. Refraining from telling Oh-sama this, you ask one final question before heading up to deal with her sister. “By the way....you swear the least out of any oni-child I've ever met, including one who doesn't know how to. Why is that?”“My sister swears for the both of us,” she replies calmly, and it's very weird, but she seems more than sincere. Like it's a literal truth. “Certain gifts have high prices.” You flex your left hand. Yeah, she's got that right.Pulling Buki-san's sheath as she bubbles liquid amusement in your mind, you place Buki-san within. You dissolve the Barrier and then locate Ginka-chan, while deciding on your next course of action.  Keep it out just in case you have to subdue Ah-sama. Trade it for your wakizashi. Swap it for the bronze blade.  Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons. Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.
>>45782574> Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons.> Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.
>>45782574> Keep it out just in case you have to subdue Ah-sama.> Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.
>>45782574>[x] Swap it for the bronze blade. >[x] Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.
>>45782574 Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one. Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons.
>>45782574> Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons.> Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.She'll know the situation from Oh-sama before either of us would have time to strike anyway.
>>45782574>[X] Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons.>[X] Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one.
>>45782574> Trade it for your wakizashi.>opening oysters with a weapon
>>45782805There's no greater honor for a weapon anon!
>>45782805>>45782838Our wakisashi would like to open Buki-san's oyster, if you get what I mean
[X] Put it away, you shouldn't need weapons.[YES] Take a moment to take stock of everything and every one. You locate Ginka-san immediately – you put the Barrier up almost immediately after sending her on her way, after all – but she's not the only one you're worried about now. You can feel Yui-niji-chan is unconscious as it Inau-kun, but they're both inside a strong, cold Barrier, the kind that you associate with Akari-niji-chan. As a result you can't contact anyone else outside of Shoko, Jinyuu, and Er Yin, all three of whom are concentrating on prayers that give you a vital shock the instant you realize they're praying for you....to you. The resulting surge of energy replenishes a healthy amount of your Shen; not enough to put you at full, but more than halfway there. Unfortunately, it also means you can't interrupt them. Quickly placing Buki-san into ~Nowhere~ you realize you only have a very small eternity to consider your options; time may be stopped inside the barrier, but that means out here the battle is raging on full force and faster than you dare consider. So you have to make some hard choices really quickly.
>>45783097You're not entirely sure how their Barrier is going to influence the ceremony; time has a way of going wonky where Barriers and curses are concerned. Oh-sama immediately heads towards the surface. It seems Mikimoto Pearl island is entirely encapsulated by the Barrier, which doesn't extend below the ocean surface, because Akari-niji-chan is fucking smart. You slip over to Ginka-chan and she looks incredibly relieved to see you; to your surprise, she has the nusa bundle in her arms.  Complete the ceremony by yourself. There isn't a second to lose and you could use the potential help. Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice.. Send Ginka up to the surface with the other Ama, and follow Oh-sama. Have Ginka take the nusa to your father or his representative – you have to finish this quickly. ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now!
>>45783147Can't we communicate with our beloved through the Void, even in a Barrier?I'm pretty sure we did before.
>>45783147>[x] Send Ginka up to the surface with the other Ama, and follow Oh-sama.>[x] ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now!I'm intrigued.
>>45783147> Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice..> ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now!
>>45783168>You can, but not without losing concentration and awareness of the here-and-now - which also makes THEM lose concentration on their and then. You really don't want to do that in the middle of a pitched battle.
>>45783147I like the option of letting Yui stretch her new rank, but not sure what it means specifically. Also not entirely keen on having Ginka alone just yet.>Complete the sacrifice with Ginka
>>45783196Even with Yuuhi? She doesn't seem to need her concentration on the here and now to fight.
>>45783147> ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now!> Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice.Turtle, meet divine being thing
>>45783147> Complete the ceremony by yourself. There isn't a second to lose and you could use the potential help.> Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice..
>>45783097] Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice.. ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage no
>>45783170Me to. This.
>>45783203I think it means "yo yui want some lightning?"
>>45783219>Write ins are always accepted.
Should we purify ourselves first? We kind of went bloody with a youkai, here
>>45783264Don't worry anon, it's attractive.Probably a good idea yeah.
>>45783147> Complete the ceremony by yourself. There isn't a second to lose and you could use the potential help.>Make sure to re-purify ourselves because of the blood we touched.
>>45783264I dunno, meeting your dad covered in the blood of your enemies is an interesting image.
>>45783259Just asking if Ryukusa had noticed Yuuhi being alert enough to fight despite her mind being far away from the situation.Then again, Enlightenment technicaly mean your here and there are everywhere.
I thought it was bad for us, if our beloved prayed to us so soon.>>45783315If you want to be killed by your dad, sure.>>45783147> ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now!>Re-purify yourself because of the blood you touched, and because of anything that could have soiled you.
>>45783147> Use the Void to commune with Yuuhi, she must know what's happened and that the battle must cease. Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice..
With all this hubbub let's not forget to ask about that jewel.
>>45783452Please noIt's a really, really bad idea to test this now
>>45783549Fire beings are very, very fast. If it hinders Yuuhi even a fraction of a second, she's toast.
Anons, we need to NOT contact Yuuhi right now.
>>45783549If Ryukusa thinks Yuuhi will be distracted, then lets not.
>>45783624>>45783569>>45783549those three are mine, just to be clear
[XXX] ….Yui is your Herald. You can use that to your – and her – advantage now![XX] Communicate to Ginka that she's completely safe and should come with you to make the sacrifice.While you could complete the ceremony alone, and faster, there is the fact you're not sure how far into the ceremony they got. There's also the fact that you've been soiled, though you managed not to take the 'life' of the youkai in question. Technically, you exorcised it, as a matter of fact, but there was blood involved, and you don't get too much more impure than youkai blood. Though you don't like the idea of leaving Oh-sama to do this on her own, you want to make sure the ceremony is finished. The Ama and the whole of Mikimoto Pearl Island depend upon it being done, properly. You're not really going to be able to purify yourself here, not really....but you have the next best thing: Ginka-chan, whom you helped purify and is still pure. You hold up both hands, refusing to take the nusa bundle from her, and instead gesture for her to follow you to the bottom of the ocean, where you are meant to leave the nusa and your prayers. Besides, you have an ace up your sleeve, in that your Herald Yui is now far more closely tied to you than she was before. You might be able to use the Void to help her, and through her your family.
>>45784093Ginka follows you to the depths, worried but not truly afraid any longer now that you are with her. You can't really take her hand, but you keep pace with her as you reach the bottom of the Ama diving area. There are old casks, long broken open, sacrifices of rice wine and sake to the spirits of the ocean. Several piles of shells, abalone and oysters, clams and mussels, set around a pillar of stones that are sell overgrown with seaweed and barnacles. In the distance, a ningyo swims, her black and violet scales shimmering as she watches you from afar. Ginka waves to her, and she pauses; apparently the mermaid is well known here.Ginka places the nusa before the pile of rocks, and swims in place, leaving you room to join her. You clap your hands twice and begin the proper prayers....but your thoughts wander to Yui-niji-chan, unconscious, possibly injured, in danger. You keep your eyes closed, feeling her presence in your mind, feeling your power in her and her love for you. You pray to your father for his blessings for the island, for their prosperity, for their safety in the coming times and great turmoil. Praying for his protection of you and your loved ones in this place and time, you also offer your filial piety, apologizing for only recently understanding that you are his daughter. The warmth of your ties to your loved ones, to Yui-niji-chan, are strong and potent, and with luck he will be as understanding as Amaterasu-Omikami, as Kamuy Fuchi. You feel movement in the water, in the distance.
>>45784117You pray for Yui-niji-chan's safety, for her to be safe and awaken from her sleep so that she may carry your words to the others. The world becomes soft and dark, yet strangely light while all encompassing. Your heart sings and you feel lightning running along your veins. Then you open your eyes, and shake yourself off, blinking at the flames and rubble of Mikimoto Island in ruins. You flex your hands, feeling the power and strength in them, and the pounding of your head where is slammed into the pavement after Ah-sama swatted you out of the air and destroyed your cloud.….wait, what?You blink, looking at your soft golden hands, your delicate nails. You FEEL your long hair....and two tiny bronzed horns sticking out of the darkness of your hair. You blink, and form a mirror of clouds and....no, just clouds, no water. Holy shit - you just possessed Yui!>To Be Continued....
Thank you for reading and playing. I have every intention of continuing tomorrow at 9:30 am.
>>45784184Thanks for running XS. How's your health?
>>45784131>Holy shit - you just possessed Yui!Well then. I'm sure nothing bad will come of this.
>>45784131Neat>>45784184Sadly I'll have to sleep then. Damn work schedule.
>>45784217Aside from lingering weird sensation from the cauterized section of lung, and not sleeping much (which is normal), I'm doing well thank you.
>>45784131>breastsREMOVE DRAGON>>45784184XS fighting!
>>45784184Thanks for running!Panic indeed.How have you been, XS?
>>45784184Thanks for running. How much self control is Ryukusa going to need to not be ecchi in her body.
>>45784131>Then you open your eyes, and shake yourself off, blinking at the flames and rubble of Mikimoto Island in ruins.Shit.Why do Oni-related foes always destroy the place we fight them on?Well, I suppose it's fitting
>>45784184Thanks for running!Also, wat.
>>45784259Not too much, there's a massive firefight going on nearby.Ha ha.
>>45784271Ryukusa suspected something like this might happen - even had a premonition of it.
>>45784249Doing fairly well, outside of the weirdness of a bit of missing lung.
>>45784323I would have thought a small barrier would have been better to handle the Fire girl.Being quick isn't so great when you don't have room.
>>45784384Fire is also the most destructive element - a small Barrier is more easily destroyed, and the last thing they wanted was a Fire oni-child let loose on unsuspecting civilians. Hence why Akari was the one who put up a large, thick Berrier.
>>45784184Thank you for running, XS. I have a gallery for you, however Imgur apparently doesn't feel like authenticating with captcha right now, so I'll save it for later.
>>45784430Logical, logical.So, shark-youkai blood is a new weapon?
>>45784430Could Kiki have put up a barrier that would lessen the damage to a particular area with the proper training, or one that would allow the area to be repaired, and rebuilt better then before?
>>45784573She just wants senpai to notice her.
>>45784482Thank you for the kindness.>>45784509It's something. Ryukusa isn't sure what, but she didn't want Oh-sama using it against her either.>>45784533Kiki's Barriers would be more elastic and harder to destroy, as well as something she could manipulate while inside of it, making it larger or smaller or shaping it, rather than having it be static. The effects would be no different otherwise.
>>45784669>Kiki's Barriers would be more elastic and harder to destroy, as well as something she could manipulate while inside of it, making it larger or smaller or shaping it, rather than having it be static.So the same she can do to Ryukusa
>>45784669Thank you for answering my question, XS. These are the best of the bunch, I think.