The old man and child walk together along the waterfront outside the Temple. The lapping waves are only occasionally accompanied by the sounds of conversation between the teacher and student. The child- no longer a child- has grown taller, stronger, and wears a new look of purpose. The old man carries a few more wrinkles in his jovial face and his once silver hair is now streaked throughout with white. The old man stops abruptly and looks to the sea, his face inscrutable. At once, the man relaxes and sits on the ground, calling over the younger boy to join him. "Have you ever looked upon the sea, Amon? Not simply see it, but truly look at it? Watch it?"The younger monk shakes his head, lost. The old sage laughs in turn at the perplexed look on the young boy's face."How amusing, this. Monks who've spent their entire lives alongside the sea have never thought to stop and look at their own neighbor. It would seem even monks aren't immune to their own ego. Come, sit," He waves the boy over. The boy obliges, curious yet again to hear what his teacher- his friend- has to say."Look upon the waves, Amon. Look how they ebb and flow with themselves. See how the ocean seems to swirl, how it moves itself.""Point to a droplet in the ocean, Amon.""I-I don't think that is possible, Myatsuu.""So you cannot point out the single drop of water that moves the sea?""I believe nobody could""Then why do men put such faith in the idea of power? Why do they believe one man can move the world alone? Why do they seek to control the tide of life itself?Just as a drop of water in the ocean moves and -in turn- is carried by that same water that surrounds it, so to is a single man connected to the fate of all of mankind.All life is conjoined. We perceive only a small portion, but through time itself- the past, the present, the future- the actions of great and lesser men have rippled eternally. Everything flows. All is connected.""Yeah...I think I see what you mean."The young Amon concedes quietly, thumbing the red beads through his fingers. R-E-L-E-A-S-E.... "When you look upon the ocean, you are not only looking at reality. You are seeing the truth. This is the heart of the Ninshu."....M-EThe older monk turns back to look at the young Amon, his eyes deep voids of churning RED . WAS IT NOT YOU WHO LEFT ME TO DIE? WAS THIS HOW YOU JUSTIFY YOUR SIN? LET THE SEEDS OF WHAT YOU HAVE DONE GERMINATE IN YOUR SOUL. EMBRACE THE POWER YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN. MOVE THE ROTTING TIDES THEMSELVES. RELEASE ME.
----------------------------------------https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4q4HyvdAYw>Your name is Amon Shuu, a humble monk of the Water Temple. >You have no family to speak of, another one of the many casualties of the 2nd Shinobi World War. Your luck pulled through when a wandering monk, Myatsuu, snatched you from the debris of a border skirmish between Konohagakure and Kirigakure with your village having been reduced to rubble in the midst of battle. You were 4 years old. The monk, Myatsuu, brought you back to the Water Temple in the marshy coastlines of the Land of Water.>Nearly 14 years later, the Temple- your home- had fallen to attackers from the Village Hidden in the Mist after a young girl, Rin. Leaving to honor your duties, you travel across lands to deliver the merchant, Yoru, safely to his destination and find any surviving monks of your order. This is where your story begins.Character pastebin (to be revised): http://pastebin.com/3vzHnmkjArchive: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Ninja%20MonkQM Twitter: @TheRedL4dy-----------------------------------------
You awake with a yell, sweating feverishly. After a deep breaths, you come back to your senses. Rising from the sleeping bag Yoru'd given you, you check your companions. Rin is sleeping deeply by the now extinguished fireplace and you can hear Yoru's snores from somewhere upstairs. The telltale pittering static you hear from outside tells you it's slightly raining. Looking out the window you see it's still pretty dark, probably early morning. You relax, but remember the nightmare. The Beads. You look hesitantly to your pack next to you, filled with the various reading materials and essentials for your journey...as well as..They're poking out of the lip of your backback, twinkling slightly. A shudder involuntarily makes its way through your shoulders. Rin and Yoru are still asleep, but you may want to do some things before waking them up and heading out. Your body has started to ache for the daily training you'd become so familiar with at the Water Temple. It's still early, you...>Take a walk around the town, you could use some alone time. Maybe there are some interesting things to see. >Find a spot outside to perform your morning exercise>Study the beads>Find some food for your friends, maybe look for a shop to buy items for your journey from when Yoru wakes up>Wake up your companions for an early start>Write in
>>678555>Take a walk around the town, you could use some alone time. Maybe there are some interesting things to see. ayy caught up just in time for the thread
>>678555Fuck these beads are serious shit. We absolutely must study them. I don't care if it's now or later, but the sooner the better.For now I'll vote for>morning excersisesThough I really want to see the fucking beads dude.
>>678555>Find a spot outside to perform your morning exercise
stupid magic anal beads
>>678579>>678584>>678604Gains for daysTake the Beads with you?>Yes>No
>>678640>Yesthis may corrupt us, but I am curious.
Getting out of bed, you drape yourself in the familiar white gi of the Temple Monks. After all, what would Tai say if you'd stopped training? Probably something along the lines of "discipline, training the mind and body as one, purging the evils of the human body one exercise of a time," or something along those lines. A small smile grows on your face as you think about Tai, your brother monk. You miss him. Ignoring the rising lump in your throat, you start to the front door of the safehouse...But stop as you think about the beads. Better take them with you, you're not sure what exactly they are yet. You do know you'd rather not leave them out and around for the others, particularly Rin, to be bothered by though. You scoop up the beads and -placing them on your neck- note just how comfortable they feel. They're slightly warm, comfortably so, as if someone had just taken them off not a minute ago. You jog out the door- closing it behind you- and into the dirt streets of the refugee city. There are a few people ambling about in the early morning light, most all with umbrellas. Your feet keep an even, steady place to match the rain as you look around for area fit to train in. You jog down the dirt roads and by puddles, down the small incline of a hill. You note the sharp light coming off a tin-roofed structure on the corner of the block. As you pass by you see a wooden sign swinging with the bulbous words "Hōki Trade Tavern- Best Deals South of Kikyō Pass!" burned into it. You make a mental note to tell Yoru about it when you get back. The jog turns into a sprint as you round the corner, spotting a makeshift playground of tin and rust, barely held together. Normally you'd at least be panting by now, but you feel strangely energized as you continue the pace. Upping the speed yet again, building fly past you and the wet dirt ground splatters away as you start sprinting full out. The wind rushes by your face and seems to carry the worries that had been weighing you down over the past few days away with it. You spot a large foundation of solid concrete and moss as you continue. It may have once been a building. Finally, you duck into a nearby alley....a dead end leaves you nearly falling over trying to stop. A green-wooded ladder leading to the roof of a nearby building and some trash is all you can see here. Train...>on the roof of the building>at the rusted playground>on top of the concrete platform by the road
>>678883>on the roof of the building
>>678895Supporting. Seems like the most isolated location.
>>678883>>on the roof of the buildingMan what is it with 4chan quests and not being careful with mysterious and dangerous shit. First it was the Mask and Crown in Banished, then the egg in shinobi quest, and now these beads. Literally nobody ever wants to just say no.
>>678916Our curiosity will get someone killed someday. $20 says anons will start screaming about railroading when it does.
>>678916Because moral faginess demands that the one with the most plot armor takes responsibility for the greatest threats. And naturally that usually ends up being the MC, duh.
>>678883>on the roof of the building>>678937of course, anon, for there is no other way.
>>678937I can see it now. It happened yesterday in Shinobi Quest. Not about the egg, but there was still a railroad shitstorm even though their choices obviously led to the outcome.>>678944Man moral fagness didn't come into play in any of the situations I pointed out.
>>678961True. But it'll defiantly come into effect here.If anything those other ones were mostly about anons wanting to see some happenings. Which if you don't have at least once in a while can make the story and challenge of the quest quite stale.
>>678978Eh, all the quests would've been fine without the anons making the stupid decisions. There were other things to do in Banished, the egg hasn't really done anything important other than saving Tsuki from shitty ass rolls last thread and I doubt a rare random encounter is gonna be critical to the plot now.
>>679000I've mostly been avoiding shinobi quest because something about it bothered me when I first started reading it, please tell me that this egg you speak of isn't just a rip of the egg from beserk
>>679028its basically an energy receptacle filled with some of kaguya's chakra iirc. mostly it gives the mc an intermitant connection to kaguya. it also saved our ass last thread but now we might owe kaguya.
>>679028No, I don't think so. I'm not the most well versed in Berserk knowledge though. Tell me if this sounds like it is though. It's connected to Kaguya, the shoehorned big bad of the last 5 chapter of Naruto. It's a conduit through which she can sort of interact with the world. There's no face on it and the egg itself doesn't talk. Tsuki can also talk to talking rabbits that hate humans through it as well. Tsuki can only see and talk to the rabbits and Kaguya while she's asleep or unconscious.
>>679056in terms of design its similar minus the face (it's also white not red) mechanically speaking it's introduced the mc to a potential late game faction and mid game summon contract (bunnies).as far as we know so far it shouldn't turn the mc into a ravening demonlord thing with a penchant for rape and betrayal.
You jump onto the ladder, your voracious energy leading you to bound to the top of the twenty foot building within several seconds. The building, while not particularly tall, is certainly larger than most of the shacks comprising the city. Thanks to both that and the flat terrain of the Land of Fire, you have a view that stretches for miles. How far have you traveled already, you wonder? You can see the road you took into the city from here, as well as a speck that is the ramen stand you'd stopped at. You go through the basic stretches and breathing exercises, your blood already pumping hard from the run. You do some light shadow boxing and body weight exercises as well.The Beads on your neck seem to throb in turn with your own pulse. With every beat, you feel your muscles twitch with anticipation. You decide to train...>Your Stamina. You begin a grueling cycle of bodyweight and plyometric exercises in sequence and without rest, ending with a long bout of shadowboxing. >Your Speed. You begin short sprints from one end of the building to the other, shift to footwork and explosive exercises, and end with a series of chained martial arts forms >Your Strength. Using some stone rubble nearby, you train your muscles. Half of the routine is dedicated to weighted training, the other to training your proficiency with a staff using a rusted, heavy, metal bar nearby>Your Chakra Control. You climb up and down the walls of the building repeatedly, taking different paths. You end by taking a similar route back home, but by jumping from building to building.
>>679068>>Your Chakra Control. You climb up and down the walls of the building repeatedly, taking different paths. You end by taking a similar route back home, but by jumping from building to buildingWe gotta get good at using chakra if we want to get better at using seals.
>>679028There's also other eldritch deity-things for anons to bicker over.
>>679068>Your Chakra Control. You climb up and down the walls of the building repeatedly, taking different paths. You end by taking a similar route back home, but by jumping from building to building.
>>679068>Your Stamina. You begin a grueling cycle of bodyweight and plyometric exercises in sequence and without rest, ending with a long bout of shadowboxing. Train the mind by training the body.
Pastebin stats for anons >Ninjutsu: 1.5/6>Taijutsu: 2.5/6>Genjutsu: 1.5/6>Intelligence: 3.5/6 (+0.5, Sealed Monk)>Strength: 1.5/6>Speed: 2/6>Stamina: 2/6>Chakra Control: 3/6 (+1, Sealed Monk)>>678944>>678961I personally write according to a gray morality. What's good or bad will be for you, the participants, to decide. I'll write accordingly."Good" actions have consequences, as do "bad" actions. They're both actions that will shape Amon's character progressively throughout the quest.
>>679147Thanks for the stats broI'll vote for>stamina
>>679147I was talking just talking about the beads. Keeping them around didn't have anything to do with moral fagging since it wasn't really a moral situation. Sorry if I was vague.
>>679147Also I'm with >>679165 I didn't know we already had 3/6. Maybe I should bookmark the pastebin or put up a reminder so I don't forget.
>>679168They're just some nifty beads you found in the river, as far as Amon knows. What danger could there possibly be?
>>679201Well they're making us pick them up without knowing. We didn't have weird nightmares before we got them, etc. YOU CAN'T FOOL ME AQUAMAN! I SAW THE FLASHPOINT PARADOX! I KNOW YOU'RE REALLY A LYING PRICK!
Stamina it is. Train the mind, train the body. Writing
Without so much as another pause, you take to your routine with a burning energy. You fly through the bodyweights, you hold yourself up in handstands with perfect balance, you even hang off the edge of the building for as long as your grip holds- stopping after nearly 20 minutes. Next come the plyometrics. You grab several large, flat stones of varying sizes front the nearby rubble and arrange them in a circle. You alternate practice jumping from the ground to each of them, the largest being taller than your midsection, and from one piece to the other. Normally, you'd be fairly winded by now. You aren't even tired yet. You spend the next hour, shadowboxing with your imagined opponent. You throw yourself from rocks in powerful, jumping kicks and rain flurries of punches in midair, your aggression leading your strikes to be even heated and intricate. With a fierce cry, you somersault and let your dropping heel strike one of the bigger stone blocks. It visibly and deeply cracks from the strike, whereas your leg only feels slightly numb from the rough impact. You stop and take a deep breath as the sun begins to fully rise in the east.You've never performed some of those moves in your life, let alone see them. The red beads pulse excitedly on your chest.For a minute, you feel as though this routine is exceedingly familiar to you. You can do even more. This was nothing. The feeling of power is almost intoxicating. (+.5 to Stamina)(+.5 to Taijutsu)(1/2)
>>679372 I told you you couldn't lie to me Aquaman. I know your wily ways.
>>679372In going to bed now but please know that if a vote happens to take off these beads and try and figure out wtf is happening I fully support it.
You hear someone whistle from your left on the building next to you. Casually sitting on the slightly lower rooftop, intricate bow resting on the ground in front of her...Beautiful cerulean hair in a long, threaded braid.Rich caramel skin, shining lighter in the morning sun.Sharp, beautiful features. 'I wonder. Are all monks secret killing machines or just you?" quips the blue huntress. >I was overtaken in the thrill of the moment. If you'll excuse me>Ask Asa about herself (what?)>Ask about the blue arrows and the dead man from earlier yesterday>Attack the assassin before she inevitably attacks you>It's just me, actually. I didn't think you were the type to spend their morning watching men.>Write in always encouraged
>>679446>>I was overtaken in the thrill of the moment. If you'll excuse me
>>679446>Ask about the blue arrows and the dead man from earlier yesterday
>>679446>Ask about the blue arrows and the dead man from earlier yesterday>It's just me, actually. I didn't think you were the type to spend their morning watching men.Ask why she's following us
>>679446>I was overtaken in the thrill of the moment. Training can be quite satisfying to the mind and body. What of yourself? You don't seem to be the type to simply watch monks train, what are you doing this early morning?
>>679493>>679461>>679452Writing a combo of >Blue arrows>Thrill of the momentand >>679507 >write in
>>679572I just thought about it, but can we ask her why she's obsessed with blue? Or is it too late? I don't remember how you do non-combat voting.
[Asa's Theme:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMEvnPYnsKQ ]"I lost myself a bit in the thrill of the moment is all. Training is always quite satisfying to the mind and body." "Some would call breaking a rock nearly in half a bit more than a 'satisfying thrill'," She raises her eyebrows in slight amusement."Have you given any thought to more monkly activites, maybe knitting? Writing?" she gives a smug grin. "I've actually taken an interest in arrows recently. Blue ones. Let's talk about your activities. What happened yesterday with the trader?"Asa gives you a hard look back."You aren't bred for war, monk. Your type isn't built for it, let alone able to understand it.""No, women going around shooting people in the back with arrows must be much more preferable. Speaking of which, you don't seem to be the type of person to watch a simple monk train. What are you doing here this early morning?""...Scouting," Asa says carefully. She eyes you up and down for a bit, curiously."Following me, you mean." She shakes her head, "Not you, specifically. You just don't see many monks these days...let alone sprinting through a city like lightning." She looks back at you, curiosity in her face. "Why aren't you in one of your temples?">Tell her your temple was attacked>Tell her you're helping the merchant, Yoru, get back home safely>Tell her you're trying to help Rin find a way home>Say Nothing or Dodge the Question (Second is a write in)>Write in
>>679738This. There's no one left at the temple. Nobody from the temple anyway.
>>679733>My temple is gone and I am on a journey. It helps pass the time.
>>679738>>679748>>679749>>679769You stop for a moment, thinking back to the Water Temple, the only home you've known. Myatsuu. Tai.Everything you've known...You look back up to the yellow-eyed archer. "It's gone. There is nobody left at the Water Temple." For a few minutes she just looks at you. You see emotions pass through her face: shock, then pity, then sadness, then.."I'm sorry," she says softly, "losing your home, your life like that...maybe I...I misjudged you," she looks away, face a little red from humiliation."I didn't mean to bring up something like that. It must still hurt you.""I'm fine," you lie.Asa just stares at you for a bit, before she breaks the growing silence."Shinobi from the Hidden Leaf have been hiring traders and caravans as transports for military supplies to their troops across the borders of the nations. They're using civilians as part of the war machine. Kumogakure has decided to put an end to this, sending a clear message to Konoha and any over-ambitious entrepreneurs.""Killing innocent civilians, then?" "Hardly innocent," she scoffs, rising up and grabbing her bow."...I don't think I need to worry about you, but I'd watch out for your companions."Your companions?Asa starts to walk away, before turning around expectantly.'What is your name?""Amon""Amon...I like that name," she smiles to you before hopping off the building to the streets below.(1/2)
>>679919Maybe we should tell her about Tai and Sakumo if she's after people from the Leaf? It'd be kinda bad if she killed them.
Heading back to the safehouse seems to take more than twice as long as before. You remember the knock Yoru gave:One knock.Two knocks.Thre-A disheveled looking Rin grumpily swings open the door."Taking your sweet time, hunh?""I-""You think you can just up and leave in the middle of the night when we're sleeping? Did you know how worried we were!""For the record, I was pretty fine about it," Yoru's telltale voice calls out from inside.This only makes Rin huff in response and look back to you annoyed, "Well I was worried! Shouldn't that be all that matters?"She pulls you inside and shuts the door, but as she starts to chide you again her eyes meet the red beads on your chest and she stops cold. "Amon, why are you wearing those," she tries to ask casually, but even Yoru could have been able to hear the anxiety in her voice. >Apologize, take the beads off>Leave the beads on, explain what happened with the morning exercises&>Talk to Yoru about his destination and what his job is, exactly>Talk to Rin more about what she said last night regarding the "demon">Talk to them about the dreams>Tell them about Asa>"Yoru, I saw a shop down the hill...">Grab the Wen Qu and your pack, it's time to leave>Write in
>>680009>Apologize, take the beads off>Talk to Rin more about what she said last night regarding the "demon"then when we're heading out the door,>"Yoru, I saw a shop down the hill..."
>>680025>>680009possibly hypothesize with rin that there may be a way to utilize the thing without losing oneself as long as there is a supporter and the person has tremendous mental fortitude.
>>680009>Apologize, take the beads off>Tell them about Asa and that joining up with caravans could be a bad idea since she's probably not the only one attacking them if she's working for a village>Talk to Rin more about what she said last night regarding the "demon">Talk to them about the dreams (I'm a bit iffy on this, it might be a bad idea. I'm fine with leaving it out if nobody else votes for it)>Grab the Wen Qu and your pack, it's time to leaveAnd fit >"Yoru, I saw a shop down the hill..."if that's not us just trying to distract Rin.
>>680054>>680009Yeah, all of this
>>680085>>680054>>680025>>680040Probably going to be one of the lasts posts for the night, I'll continue the thread tomorrow. Writing
Also, give me a roll to convince Rin to agree to something like that1d20, DC 15DC 15
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>680119Dice gods favor me!
Rolled 12 (1d20)>>680119
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>680119best of...?
>>680123Holy shit I thought these things only happened to other people.
>>680128Best of three, as alwaysDidn't think to announce it here as there are only like 3-4 voters lol>>680123I...uh...well then
>>680145true enough, and Rin likes this idea, I guess
>>680145I'd like to thank my mother for having me and Dark Souls for keeping me up until 2 am.
>>680190That picture would be so appropriate if it was the Nameless King instead of Oscar. There are so many people getting shit on by him tonight. One guy went through the fog door and got hit by his jumping thrust in the Storm King phase. Then he got burned to death before he even got up. Took like 30 seconds.
>>680216you realize I have to invade that area now just for the chance to mess with you right?(actually haven't been playing much lately, waiting on the dlc and all.)
>>680224I've been trying to play more since I'm always complete ass after I've taken a break. I don't want to get shit on by the dlc's first boss like 20 times.
>>680224>>680216Implying QM isn't stopping the quest for the night just to invade all of youbetter get that magic defense prepped If you see the words "Invaded by Dark Spirit Parry Hotter", it's already over.
>>680237I'm on PS4, so I hope you do invade me. I'm The Unstumpable. MEMETASTIC [/SPOILER]
>>680237I play a faith build... with great magic barrier.
>>680234>get shit on by the dlc's first boss like 20 times.that's like half the fun! and in this case about half the dlc too... only 2 bosses, 4 spells, 15 weapons and like 4 armor sets.
>>680275Yeah it's pretty small. They have been working on it for like a year now. It's gonna be good. Right?
>>680282there supposed to be a second one later so i dunno.I just want a throwable spear so I can play a spartan.also we should probably stop all this off topic talk I guess.
>>680291Yeah probably. I want a meta not based around one handed buffable weapons but what can you do? First the Dark Sword, now the Carthus and Gottard. When will it end?
>>680303I just want heavy armor to mean something other than wasted stat points again.
>>680314One day, man, one day. It'll happen. it has to.
>>680314It'll never happen dawg. Havel's is dead.;_;
>>680349You're lying to me. Miyazaki will see the error of his ways. He knows people want heavy armor to actually be worth the data it's taking up.
"I wanted to see if they were dangerous or not, I'd been thinking about them lately is all."Rin doesn't acknowledge you."Uh, Rin?"She turns to you with her face red, hands on her hips. Seeing this, Yoru coughs and mumbles about forgetting something upstairs before running off and out of his armchair. "Thinking about them, hunh? That's all you've been doing, thinking?" She jabs you in the chest with her finger. "Well obviously you're mind is on other things than the fact it spoke to us and called me a DEMON. That thing is evil!""Rin, I'm sorry I just-"'No, no you're not sorry. You'll probably just go off and study it like you always do. Do you not even care about what the rest of us think about that thing? That it may not be good for anyone, let alone you? Do you not care about yourself?"From upstairs, you hear Yoru's voice call, "For the record, I think Amon should carry whate-""Oh be quiet!" Rin shouts back, her voice rising, tears forming slightly at the edge of her eyes. You take the chance and grab Rin by the shoulders, crouching slightly to look her in the face. At first she blushes under your gaze, but then turns away stubbornly- obviously mad. "You're right, Rin." You state simply, catching her off-guard. You take the red beads off from around your neck. They feel heavier and heavier as you remove them, but once off they return to normal. "I do care about you two. You're all I have now. This necklace, if it is evil, can't just be thrown away. If anyone else takes it, things may get even worse somewhere from my own actions.'All life is conjoined.the actions of great and lesser men have rippled eternally. Everything flows. All is connected.This is the heart of the Ninshu."I do care. Maybe I care for others too much. All life is connected, Rin. If I were to abandon this...burden, would the next person to recieve it fare as well?"Rin looks at you sympathetically, "You're only human, Amon. Please..." Why do they believe one man can move the world alone?You look her dead in the eyes, "Rin, you're right. I'm just another man, I'm still weak alone. So, please...help me. I need your support if I'm going to bear this burden, resist this as I figure it out. I can't do it alone, Rin. I need you with me," you plead softly to the girl. Rin goes fully red in the face, her eyes dazed, "You...need me? A-Amon, I..."She blinks a few times then nods vigorously, "Okay. I'll keep you in line, Amon. Only because it's for yo-" she coughs a bit before continuing, "-for the group, yes."You smile and hug her."Thank you.""Amon..."She returns the hug for a minute, before she pulls away and looks back to you shyly. "I...had a dream last night. I think you should know."(1/2)
>>680367Kakashi's gonna be so pissed some bald monk stole his crush. Tobi's probably gonna go nuclear.
>>680355the dream is dead, man. As a man who played through DS 1 and 2 all the way through with Havel's Set, it breaks me.
>>680378Havels? I'm sad about Smoughs, I used to love ninja flipping in that shit even if I could only use a dagger with it.now there's no point even if I can skate in fat boy armor via quickstep.
"I saw a man. An old man, scarred and battle-worn. He stood on a field of battle with his kunckles bloodied. I was with a friend of mine, Kakashi. As we looked on at the old fighter, Kakashi looked at me...his eyes were...oh my god," her eyes start to fill with tears as she recalls the dream.This sounds oddly familiar."They were...empty. There was only and endless red where they should have been. He...said things. Things I couldn't understand, some things in a different language I didn't know. They may have just been noises, but then kakashi said something clear...GIRL OF THE DEMON, YOUR HOUR HAS PASSED. YOUR LIFE IS FORFEIT.TO THE ABYSS ARE YOU BOUND, AND FROM ITS DEPTHS SHALL THEY COME FOR YOU.LAY YOUR SINS TO THE ALTER. SACRIFICE WHAT IS DOOMED TO THE FATE OF THE GREATER, BEFORE IT IS CLAIMED BY ANOTHER"When I looked back, the older warrior was in front of me...reaching for my heart. His eyes were white with blindness and...and I woke up with you gone."This is a lot to take in. You thank Rin for telling you and give her a hug before grabbing the Wen Qu, slinging it's carrying cord around yourself, and heading upstairs to find Yoru. You open the sole door upstairs, and catch him in the middle of packing. He jumps, surprised, and stuffs his bag closed abruptly. "Ready to hit the road, Amon?" He sells with his winning smile. "Yeah, just thought you should know...the ninja we met, Asa? I ran into her again. Apparently traders carrying military supplies and weapons for Konoha are being attacked and killed by hunters from Kumogakure.""Ah...is that so? Well, we probably have nothing to worry about then. Maybe just stick away from any other caravans, yes? I wouldn't like their competition anyway," he laughs heartily.
A bit...too heartily. "Yoru, is everything alright?" You ask carefully. "Just ready to put some distance between us and any of these Kumo ninja, Amon. The quicker we leave, the quicker we get to Konoha!" he briskly heads out the door with his bag in hand. You see a kunai sticking out of it."Also Yoru, I saw a shop at the bottom of the hill we may want to check out.""Well then, no time to waste then, eh? Let's hit the road." Yoru's voice calls from the door downstairs. You can hear shuffling that'd you assume would be Rin grabbing some things from the safehouse. This is going to be a long trip...---------------------------------------------------That's it for tonight, folks. I'm pretty busy with catching up on my sleep schedule for the rest of tonight. Twitter: @TheRedL4dy for quest times and additional discussion, as well as when I'm running tomorrowTwitter will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with any quest times for the following two days/weekend.Post-Thread discussion away, I'll keep an eye on the thread to answer anything. Make sure to throw Ninja Monk Quest a vote in the archives this week if you enjoyed the thread!
>>680473Well that's not good Yoru. That's not good at all.
>>680473Also thanks for running Lady. See you next time. Or when I'm schooling you in Dark Souls. [/spoiler.
>>680473thanks for running, this was a good thread. Rin is so damn adorable, I can't take it.
Thank you for running. Really liking this Quest.
>>680473Damn I missed the thread, thanks for running.
>>680593Thanks for stopping in! Another one tomorrow, same place but different time. Hope you make it!
>>680595I hope so just followed you on twitter so I wouldn't miss it
Hey Red, has Amon tried to use water walking on anything not-water? I think he has enough chakra control to walk on trees, at least.
>>681905Interestingly enough, he has not. It should carry over fairly well though.He has better chakra control than the average ninja already, more than enough to learn various techniques when he comes into contact with the ninja villages.
>>682129Hell yeah. I know our focus is seals, but picking up at least some basic ninjutsus should help a lot on any journey. Like, shunsin and a few clone types would be pretty nice to make distance and distract while we draw some intricate seals we may learn later.Also, getting some seal tattoos might be pretty hype, but was Myatsuu against it? He said human sealing was a thing best forgotten, but I'm not sure if that was what he was referring to.
>>682161Well we learned of one seal recently that we would need help to apply to our body, we could ask Yoru or Rin to help apply it. I can't remember which but I believe we learned it in thread 4.
>>682161You'll meet a lot of the recognized characters as you get closer to the hidden villages. It would naturally follow that you'll get the opportunity to learn ninjutsu and ninja techniques as well. Myatsuu's own beliefs were undeniably strange, but he followed them to the end. He didn't put seals on his body or on anyone else, but he recognized it was within acceptable boundaries to do so. He did encourage Amon in his studies, after all. What he would never condone was the use of human life- or any life- as a resource or tool to be used. Those specific ideologies would put him at odds with the hidden villages and are the reason why Amon does not know any ninjutsu. He was a vegetarian and a pacifist as well.
--------------------------"This is the store you were talking about? Pretty small place, good location though," Yoru muses out loud as you approach the "Hōki Trade Tavern". Rin hasn't said much, but you'd imagine she's still stuck on the dreams she had last night. You push open the plywood doors and walk into a surprsingly well-kept hovel of a store. Items line the walls in well-constructed shelves and a young boy- no older than 4- sits behind the counter. He only notices your small group as Yoru is tapping impatiently on the counter. "Ah, I'm sorry! I-I mean, welcome to the trade tavern, home of the best deals you'll find South of Kikyō Pass!""Let me just...uh, Master Hoki?" the silver-haired child calls out anxiously to the back room.
"Just a minute, Just a minute I'm coming," calmly responds a male voice. From behind the separating curtain steps out a man in long black robes. He has raven hair to his waist and a sword on his hip. "Welcome to Hoki trade tavern, home to the best dea-""I already uh, greeted them sir," the kid interrupts. The man looks wearily down at the boy and then back to your group with a smile. "That's one less thing for me to do then, I suppose. What can I help you with today?">We're looking for weapons>We're looking for some general supplies for our journey>We're looking for information. What is the route to the north of here? (What else? Write in)>Do you carry any tags, ink, or writing supplies?>Who is Hoki? How did you come to run this shop?>Write ins
>>682364>We're looking for some general supplies for our journey>Do you carry any tags, ink, or writing supplies?>Who is Hoki? How did you come to run this shop?Actually curious
>>682364>We're looking for some general supplies for our journey>Do you carry any tags, ink, or writing supplies?
>>682364>Who is Hoki? How did you come to run this shop?>We're looking for some general supplies for our journeyWe're looking for information. What is the route to the north of here?>Do you carry any tags, ink, or writing supplies?>What do you use on your hair?
>>682364>We're looking for some general supplies for our journey>We're looking for information. What is the route to the north of here? (What else? Write in)>Do you carry any tags, ink, or writing supplies?>Who is Hoki? How did you come to run this shop?My first post was eaten, so if I double post, that's why
>>682402>>682433aaand they show up for me at the same time. Fuck.
>>682389>>682400>>682402>general supplies>tags, ink, or writing supplies>Who is Hoki?>route north& >Hair productsbecause write in's are goodMan, I really need to limit this to a pick 2 or 3 from now on. Writing.
>>682364Aww, I'm late. Oh well. Maybe I'll roll another 20. That'll make up for it.
Are you guys down for staying bald? No awesome character in naruto (that wasnt brutally murdered by a mercenary) was bald.
"Who is Hoki?" You ask the man, curious. "You're looking at him," he replies, bored. He idlely plays with a strand of his hair before he motions with a finger and he corrects himself, "or at least, one of the Hoki clan. We're a pretty small bunch. My name is Sanjuro.""Your hair is so NICE," Rin blurts out, wide-eyed. "Can I ask what products you use?"Sanjuro Hoki pauses for a minute, a little taken aback. But, as if true-to-form he laughs it off with a chuckle. "Actually I make my own. I keep in touch with my two sisters from Sunagakure and The Land of Greens northward from there. They like to regularly send me flowers to let me know they're doing alright with everything going on. A lot of the blooms are aromeopathic, some of the desert blooms are even medicinal, and I always get too much. Some are on sale over in the corner if you're interested," Hoki point to a large basket of multicolored flowers. A wide grin creeps across Rin's face and she lets out a cheer before hustling off. "What kind of supplies do you have?" You ask the shopkeep. Yoru stays by the counter to look at the various ninja weapons in the dirty glass display. You see Rin looking at the floral arrangements off to the side with the young boy. 'Oh, this and that. Some food, but not much. We have some rope and wire, but mostly deal in exotics.""Exotics?" You and Yoru ask simultaneously. The man shrugs, "To be honest, the kid and I haven't been in town long. We stopped and set up shop about a month or two ago with what we had with us. We're just looking to make some money before heading back out on the road ourselves." Hoki stretches lazily."I can't say the sedentary life is for me though.""So...you're a weapons dealer, then?" Yoru asks curiously. "No thanks," Hoki shakes his head, "that ugly trade is a bit too tiring for my tastes. I enjoy a bit of freedom in my life.""I mostly just collect things I find interesting or I'd want to buy, then sell it away."What an odd man. "Would you have any writing supplies then? Ink? Scrolls?" You ask, hopefully. "Well, actually..." Hoki reaches behind the desk and pulls out two small scrolls and a handful of tags."I...ran into someone with a little extra merchandise. Some explosive tags," he holds up the handful, "and two scrolls I can't quite understand myself."What to trade for? (pick one, the other can be traded for by exchanging an item of your own that is considered sufficient value)}>the first scroll, a design of a fish is on its face>the second scroll, with various intricate symbols drawn across the outside>The explosive tags>Ask about the weapons in the case>The flowers, for Rin
>>682801>the second scroll, with various intricate symbols drawn across the outsideInb4 it talks tooAlso I have no idea what we have to trade. Yoru has some weapons, but this guy said he doesn't want them. He probably got the tags and weapons off a dead guy he found.
>>682801>The flowers, for Rin
>>682801>the second scroll, with various intricate symbols drawn across the outsideI want the other scroll as well, but I don't know our inventory to try and trade for it.
>>682801>>the first scroll, a design of a fish is on its faceShow him the anal beads of destiny
>>682801>>the first scroll, a design of a fish is on its faceFish!
>>682850I think we should keep them. Like Amon said earlier, we need to keep others from suffering under their power.We totally need to not wear them though. Ever,
>>682836You look in your back, thinking about what to trade the man.You see:>Some blank scrolls for sealing>Some ink>Some dust>The Beads glower angrily as you briefly consider giving them away>Sealing Chakra and the Practition of Binding, the book>Hiragan's Scroll>The Broken Book, written by your master, the sage Myatsuu>various foodstuffs
>>682850>You start to consider giving the beads a funny nickname>Immediately you see letters form from the red currents under their surface...>F-U-C-K. Y->....oh
>>682883>Sealing Chakra and the Practition of BindingWe finished this right? It's really the only thing I can think of giving away if we have. What would he give us for it?And what's with the dust?
>>682883I wanna try and trade Sealing Chakra and the Practition of Binding, the book for the scroll with the fish. We can even throw in the dust to sweeten the deal.>>682893kek
>>682836>>682849Intricately bound scroll>>682850>>682860>Fishy>>682837>Flowers >>682909Let's make a dealNo real consensus yet, I'll roll 1d2 in a bit if ya'll don't decide
>>682952Can we trade the scroll we finished for the intricate looking one?
>>682952well, I guess my total vote from these >>682909>>682849is to buy the intricate scroll, and to trade for the fish scroll. Unless I've misunderstood the initial decision.
>>682986Yeah, that's pretty what I was going to go for if he'll take the book for the fish scroll. Seriously what is this dust? Is it just dust? I can't find anything about dust in the archive.
>>683006 as Amon wonders how his bag got so dusty, he sneezes and it blows away into the corners of the shop Lost: random dust
>>682986>>682975>>683006trade the finished book for the fish scroll, acquire the intricately bound one you could have just gotten her flowers :'( Writing
>>683056I wanted the flowers
>>683056You've lost your trip.
>>683046NNNNNNOOOOOOOO!!!!!DAMN YOU AQUAMAN! YOU FOOLED ME! You also lost your trip and name. >>683056What greater gift is there than knowledge? She can read them too, obviously. I just imagined Amos wouldn't understand how people would care about hair since he's never had an."Why would you want flowers for your hair when you can read old scrolls? It's so fun."
>>683065>>683056we can buy flowers when we're in a situation that allows us to waste resources on frivolities. As great a benefit it would be to acquire Rin's adoration, scrolls are better.
>>682883I didnt wanna give them away I just wanted to show them, get another opinion
"Excuse us for a moment," Yoru pulls you aside. "I've been thinking, Amon. You're putting yourself through this for free, yeah?"You nod, "It is my duty as a monk to ensu-"Yoru tuts and puts an arm over your shoulder, "You really are too nice for your own good, Amon. Listen, I'll get you one of these scrolls. Consider it a small payment for what you're doing for me."You begin to protest but Yoru waves you off dismissively. "I insist. I don't think I could sleep well at night thinking I was leading an impoverished monk around by the collar. Especially since you feel so obligated to do so. We're friends, yeah? Let me cover this for you for once. It is the least I can do.""Well...thanks Yoru, I appreciate it."He gives another winning smile and spins about, ready to haggle with the man. "I'll offer you 700 ryō for the scroll with the symbols and not a cent more!" Yoru huffs brazenly. "Deal""Fine, but only be- wait, what?" Yoru stops mid-pose, having been ready to barter the lifeblood from this man."I said deal. I can't even read the thing. Take it." Sanjuro shoves the scroll into Yoru's hands, "that will be 700 ryō""...A pleasure doing business with you," Yoru smiles triumphantly. He presents the scroll to you as if it was a treasure, "A token of our lasting friendship, Amon.""Thank you, Yoru. I'll treasure it"The shopkeep yawns.You reach into your bag and take out Sealing Chakra and the Practition of Binding, your recently finished subject of study. >Trade the book for the fish scroll?>Yes>No
>>683086they're not just flowers, anon. They're OPPORTUNITY.
>>683211>YesAsk if he can throw the flowers in
>>683218....for what?Just saying they're opportunity kinda worries me.
>>683211>YesA possible argument is that seals are incredibly difficult to learn and are intensive. Having a book of basics could probably be marketed to way more people and we're now giving kabuto the basics of seals, oh boysee if we can haggle for the flowers as well.
>>683246>>683224Well I'm still worried about this OPPORTUNITY business but I guess we could throw some blank scrolls in if we can't get Yoru to haggle the flowers in as well. We probably won't need them much on the road and we could spin it that they're worth more because they go well with the sealing book.
>>683260Oh yeah and I'm for trading the book for the scroll. In case that wasn't obvious.
You place the book on the counter. Sanjuro Hoki looks placidly at it before shooing you away. "Not interested in more sealed things, stranger. I've got enough stuff I don't understand anyway.""This is an elementary text in seals and binding. Anyone can learn it, even you.""Why would I care at all about lear-""Uh, Mr. Hoki sir?"You both turn to the young boy, his hair decorated with various flowers by...someone. The same someone snickering next to him."I'd actually like to learn about that, if...if that's okay with you." He bows a little bit, looking back to the shopkeep expectantly.Sanjuro's face tightens for a bit, but then he finally sighs and smiles wearily. "Ah, fine. I doubt anyone could say no to that. A book for a book then. Pity, I rather liked the design on this one.">Received the "Fish Scroll(?)">Lost Sealing Chakra and the Practition of Binding"Would you be interested in some writing supplies an ink?""I'm not running a library here, kid. This is a store. Not interested, sorry.""We're closing up soon. You're headed North to Kikyō Pass, I'm guessing? Good luck, there have been rumors of military activity in that area. I'll probably head south when I decide to leave personally. Anything down that way?""Not anymore," you say offhandedly. Yoru glances at you with a bit of concern. "Ah, shame. Looks like I'm stuck here until I revise my travel plans again," Sanjuro shrugs as he moves to the back room. "Oh, and close the door behind you when you leave? Thanks."------------------------------------------(1/2)
Yoru and Rin both keep pace with you along the steepening mountain path, the city slowly shrinking to a speck behind you. Another merchant, another untrustworthy fellow it seems.Then again...you may just be biased. "That guy couldn't manage a paper bag, let alone an entire shop." Yoru blurts out, clearly annoyed. He isn't wrong...."I think he was a real softie on the inside," Rin says while playing with the blue desert flower in her hair, "Just look at how he treated that cute little kid!""What do you think, Amon?">He was an odd guy. I'm looking forward to meeting him again>I wonder who the boy was. We never did learn his name. >He seemed a bit too nonchalant about all the violence around these parts. I'm not sure I want to know how he gets his merchandise. >Have either of you ever been to The Land of Greens?>Write in, what do you want to talk to them about- if anything
>>683543>He was an odd guy. I'm looking forward to meeting him again
>>683543>>He seemed a bit too nonchalant about all the violence around these parts. I'm not sure I want to know how he gets his merchandise.
>>683543>He seemed a bit too nonchalant about all the violence around these parts. I'm not sure I want to know how he gets his merchandise>I wonder who the boy was. We never did learn his name>Have either of you ever been to The Land of Greens?>Write in: Rin's a ninja, which means she must like ninja stuff, right? Sperg out about fuujinjutsu to her And try to teach her how untrustworthy most merchants are. She like little Amon and his toy boat. Help her learn before it's too late, like we did.
>>683543>Though he was a tad too nonchalant about the surrounding violence, he doesn't SEEM like a bad sort. He cares about the little one very much, too be sure. Just how far has he traveled? Speaking of which, where all have your travels taken you, my companions?
>>683579 She's like. I can't type today I guess.
>>683596>>683571writing this option + write in>>683565which I guess means a combo of land of greens and looking forward too>>683579I'll uh....take the write in for sure. No offense, but writing every option does gets tiring.
>>683772Sure, cut out anything that's not important.
>>683772Sorry, man. I'll get more concise with my write-ins.
You think for a moment as your rag-tag group summits up to a rock scramble along the rocky mountain path. "He was a bit too nonchalant about all the surrounding violence, in my opinion," you suggest between deep breaths of air as you help Rin and Yoru climb up several jagged boulders, "but I honestly couldn't say that he seemed like a bad person. Certainly not evil, not like..."You mind flashes back to the swordsman at the Temple and his cold-blooded demeanor. You shove the thought out of your mind by hurdling the next rock. You're feeling a bit tired from the exercise already. The boundless energy from earlier before is all but gone.Interesting. "...regardless, I think he was a decent soul. He treated the little one with a lot of care. At the very least he's certainly heartfelt.""Where is that Land of Greens he was talking about, anyway?" Rin asks to the group, huffing as she crawls over a rock about her height, "The flowers he said were from his sister there were so pretty. They smelled amazing too.." She sighs, probably resigned to the fact she only could walk away with a single flower. "Actually," Yoru interjects from the back of the group, "The Land of Greens is known for having developed their own secret techniques, utilizing the many flowers that grow plentifully in the region.""Wait, why have you been there?" You ask, still pushing ahead. "I haven't actually, I've only been to Kumo, Konoha, and Kirigakure so far- along with their respective lands. I'm not even sure where The Land of Greens is myself yet."You and Rin both stop, glance at each other, and look back at the straggling entrepreneur as he obliviously continues the hike. He notices your weird looks."H-Hey everyone needs a hobby now. You're not the only one who likes to read you know.""You don't even know how to generate chakra, Yoru," You stare at him blankly. Rin starts to giggle a bit. "I just like to read about jutsu, okay?" Yoru scoffs, "I swear, you both are acting like this is something odd. Have you noticed how many people use jutsu these days? I'm just....I'm just making sure I stay ahead of the game. It's just good business." He hustles ahead of the two of you, clearly a little miffed.You look at Rin and nearly laugh yourself. She's choking back a burst of laughter and is bright red in the face, nearly doubled over. "He..HE...I didn't know we had such a... FAN with us," she manages to whisper out between breaths to you.You laugh openly and Yoru shoots you back a bit of a dirty look from ahead. "Come on, let's not heckle him. If not the Land of Greens, where have you been? You're a ninja, right?" You strike up the topic as you climb closer towards the summit. "I've been on a few missions. Nothing too far outside of the Land of Fire though. I..."She stops, her face a little more serious. "Kannabi Bridge. Have you heard of it, Amon?"(1/2)
>>684083Poor Yoru. He's getting shit on by a 12 year old girl.
You think...you haven't read much about any sort of geography at the Temple...and you didn't get too many visitors either..."No, I can't say I have."Rin looks back to the approaching peak."It's probably for the best."It's a bit awkward for a moment as you try to figure out what she means, but you decide to change the topic. "Look Rin, I know you enjoyed the shop back in town. You have to make sure you stay on your toes in the future though, those merchants aren't the most trustwor-""Guys," Yoru's voice yelps out anxiously from ahead at the peak, "you may...you may want to take a look at this."You and Rin share a look and speed ahead, reaching a petrified Yoru."Yoru, what's up? You look like you've seen a gh-" Rin stops short, looking in the same direction as Yoru- her eyes widening.[ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qs3fKVv7i7A&index=4&list=PLF9C9663CB23F0C77 ]You look in the same direction and spot it. A small, enclosed mountain valley of wild, long, green grass.Kikyō Pass.The green stalks are painted with streaks of red. Innumerable bodies are strewn about the long grass like strange, bloodstained logs. Yoru notices something at his feet and stoops to pick it up.It's a crumpled headband, with the same design as Rin's. "What...What happened here?" Yoru mutters. >Take the others, scale down into the pass. >Wear the red beads>Ask Rin if she can sense anything. >Use a technique( what?)>Use an item(what?)>Write in
>>684165>Take the others, scale down into the pass. >Wear the red beads>Ask Rin if she can sense anything. am I taking too many options?
>>684186nah you good, I'm probably just not giving good prompts desu
>>684165>Ask Rin if she can sense anything>Use an item(what?) Pocket Dust>Realize we lost our pocket dust>Cry for our fallen comradeAlso tell Rin to hide her headband if she's wearing it openly. I'm not for going into the pass until we know that there's nobody down there that might possible kill us. And I'm against the beads unless we really need them.
>>684165>>Take the others, scale down into the pass. >>Ask Rin if she can sense anything.Worry? Worry.
>>684197>Use an item(what?) Pocket Dust>Realize we lost our pocket dustOh god my sides
>>684192Eh, I underestimate the amount of banter associated with some choices. Like, my last write-in was just to answer the question Rin presented, then to get onto another point.
>>684279You'd prefer a bit less? I just get a bit carried away trying to incorporate all 5 voters preferences
>>684296Probably my fault. I just picked all the stuff I thought Amon would say. I'll try to not pick so many from now on.
>>684296naw, it's not a problem, I'm saying that I often guess that there would be less, and as a result, give more queries, and make you right a whole fuckload because there's already a lot for options presented.
>>684313>>684317I'll just sift through for majority opinions now, I suppose. Incorporate write ins if they're part of that majority and supported
>>684296Call it like you see it, you've been doing well so far
>>684331>>684333I agree with mecha, you've been doing a good job. Maybe just cut out options with only one vote? Even if you took away our pocket dust. ;_;
>>684165>Ask Rin if she can sense anything.>Don't wear the beads; best not to rely on the things.
>>684353I don't know what sort of stroke I'm having but those two sentences were supposed to be reversed.
>>684186>>684197>>684212>>684355>Ask Rin if she can sense anythingWear the Red Beads?>Yes >NoTell Rin to take off her headband?>Yes>No
>>684378Wear the Red Beads?>NoTell Rin to take off her headband?>Yes
[1-10: Event 1][11-20: Event 2]
Rolled 14 (1d20)>>684421
>>684426I am worried
>>684432Let's brainstorm terrible things that could happen.>The grass is actually painted explosive runes.>Rin is a sleeper agent.>The autoanimaexplosive plague happened.>We are a sleeper agent.>We just missed the most awesome party ever.>Creepy sacrificial blood magics.>Actually a genjutsu over a giant pit trap.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3foUvU9iiY"Rin..."No response."Rin," you whisper more forcefully. Nothing.You turn to look at the girl and see her on her knees, shivering. Her eyes are wide in horror. "It's just like that day...it's just like...Kannabi..." she mutters to herself, as she stares at the valley of the dead below. You put your hands on her shoulders, 'Rin, what is it? Do you sense anything?"She continues to stare into the distance, before she slowly turns to look at you and says a single word:"Bloodlust."You look at the headband in Yoru's hands. Slowly, you untie the knot in Rin's and take the Konoha band from around her head. She doesn't react. You put the headband in your pack quietly. As you stuff it in the crevices, you feel the familiar, smooth spheres brush by your fingers. With that kind of power, what would you have to fear?What wouldn't fear you?You could protect them all. Your friends, your family,...you could have even saved your dear teacherRin.You recoil from the beads, remembering what you had promised her. You resist the lure of the beads and close your pack tight. You...>Enter the pass alone>Enter the Pass with the others, sticking together>Enter separately, splitting up with different objectives (what?)>Use a technique or prepare a seal (what?)>Use an item (What?)>Write in
>>684590>Tobi has been spying on us and is laying a trap because he's pissed a bald monk did in 3 days what he couldn't do for years
>>684602>Wait until Rin is alright; keep guard/examine surroundings while waiting.>Enter the Pass with the others, sticking together
>>684602>Enter the pass aloneOh no
>>684602I don't suppose we could just go around the pass? Or use a different one? I don't fancy our chances in a fight with a monk that knows all of 2 seals, a greedy merchant that likes ninjutsu, and a girl suffering PTSD flashbacks. If only we hadn't lost our pocket dust.... I say we find someplace to hide Yoru and Rin, then >Enter the pass alonein a sneaky fashion. Or as sneaky a fashion as a monk that's never had to be sneaky in his life can manage.
>>684602>Shake Rin a little, saying that once we get through here we'll be safer>Enter the pass together
>>684659If we go in alone and Yoru stashes away with Rin nearby, should we put the beads on?
>>684669 No. Beads bad. That does remind me, we should leave our bag with them as well. Either some Leaf ninja find us and we lead them to our hideout or the other guys do and they don't find Rin's headband.
>>684602>>Write inSee if we can find another way to where we're going that doesn't pass through the supermegaultrakillbox.
This is just reminding me I need to update the pastebin -_-Amon ShuuAbilities and Techniques known:>Sealing Technique: Vitality Sealing Formation[A seal transcribed over an area, rather than on a person. Temporarily suppresses chakra (production and formation) for individuals within the area sealed.]>Earthen Seal: Spirit Bind>Heavenly Seal: Iron Armor Seal [Acts as a type of "protection" for an individuals chakra. Painting or tattoing this seal directly onto an individual prevents exterior manipulation of the sealed individuals chakra. Acting as a type of "armor", the user can still control their chakra but the influence of any external- or internal- foreign factors are blocked. Unfortunately, easily overwhelmed or circumscribed due to the method in application of the effect]>Earthen Seal: See-No-Evil Technique[The seal consists of two parts. First, the user must first ascribe the first seal correctly on a sealing tag or cloth. Second, the user paints the accompanying seal(s) onto any number of additional tags.By using the first seal as a blindfold, the user can connect his/her vision to that of the accompanying sealed tags. Using this technique leaves the user immediately blind for the duration, in exchange for gaining an environmental vision from the supplementary tags.]>Heavenly Seal: Adamantine Bind Technique
>>684668>>684602I'm a dense motherfucker and just realized that Rin was sensing bloodlust, she wasn't just saying that due to PTSD. Changing to>Enter the pass alone
>>684701>>684659You can opt to go around another route, namely through the mountains themselves (wouldn't necessarily stop whatever this is from happening, may only delay it- and you) or by the eastern or western approach mentioned in an earlier thread.You would not make it to the Fire Temple for a very, very long time if you chose the Eastern or Western route
Would you like to study a scroll quickly, in hope of learning something useful?>Yes (which?)>No
>>684685We should bring our writing implements and pre-make some seals, too.
>>684753I don't think now is the time to read a scroll but>read from the fish scrollMight have something quick and easy to pick up
>>684705>Earthen Seal: See-No-Evil TechniqueThis would be useful if I was creative at allAlright I'm still for entering alone, but set up a Vitality Sealing Formation at the opening of the pass. If someone finds us we can lead them back to it. Since we've never fought with chakra before we'll have a slight advantage against a ninja who probably isn't as used to it.We can take the seals back if we don't use them right?>>684735I'm for going through the pass. I was half joking about going around. Can't forget what Myatsuu taught us, after all.
>>684753>Yes (which?)Myatsuu's book. C'mon master, help us from beyond. Also, I should have suggested this before, but we should probably apply that armor seal.
>>684705>Go alone. >Sealing Technique: Vitality Sealing FormationPrepare this to use in the area where we inevitably get ambushed>Earthen Seal: Spirit BindPrepare several of these for our attacker>Heavenly Seal: Iron Armor Seal Paint this on ourself so we don't get affected by the vitality sealing formation
>>684753How about a quick skim of Myatsuu's book then?>>684773That is a good idea. Could we do it somewhere hidden, so if we do get into a fight the other person can't just wipe the paint off? I'm assuming we can't really tattoo our self right now.
>>684785pic relatedNow you're thinking with seal, anon>>684801you cannot tattoo yourself right now, espcially considering the only tattoo you know>>684770You cannot reapply the Spirit Bind or iron Armor Seals.The seals for the Vitality Sealing Formation can be prepared prior, to an extent. It will be weaker than if applied as a painted seal and the tags forming the boundaries can be destroyed. However, you can reapply the "See-No-Evil" Seals.
Read from Myatsuu's Scroll?>Yes>No
>>684853>YesSure why not, and to add follow the one anons plan of preparing the vitality sealing formation seal
>>684853>Yesdo some prep work with the earthern sealing bind as well.
>>684838Do the effects of a painted Vitality seal stack with the AOE version?>>684853>YesTo help clean up this mess, I'll just go with >>684785it's basically my idea, but without thinking we can outrun shinobi. Which was pretty stupid on my part. I'd say we also spread out some See No Evil Seals. Do they run out of power eventually, or do they last forever so long as we don't use them?
So what can we do with the adamantine bind technique?
>>684907I'm pretty sure we can only tattoo it, so not much right now. It lets us manifest chains made out of chakra to do stuff.
>>684886they'll last until you either destroy the main seal on your own blindfold or cease to funnel chakra into it. >>684886Possibly, if applied correctly. The effects would only be slightly more effective though. If improperly aligned, the seals could disrupt each other>>684867>>684870>>684886>>6848882) The Broken Book, The Teachings of the sage Myatsuu [180/500]Roll 1d60, first 3 (Under pressure, little time)
Rolled 16 (1d60)>>684934
>>684921I thought it let us make pretty much anything we tattoo on ourselves real by changing chakra into a physical form. Is it just chains?
Rolled 40 (1d60)>>684934MASTER, HELP US IN OUR TIME OF NEED.
Rolled 25 (1d60)>>684934
Rolled 43 (1d60)>>684934
>>684940I think the default is chains, but we can tattoo more tattoos to apply different effects to the things we manifest.
>>684949alright, so applying this right now is out. We gotta do it when we get to a safe place, though. It's free protection and it's invisible until used.
2) The Broken Book, The Teachings of the sage Myatsuu [261/500][Threshold Passed: 250/500]>[Technique Learned: Earthen Seal: Speak-No-Evil Technique][Paint this seal onto a person to mask any of their sounds. The seal, when applied, creates a localized bubble of sorts not unlike that of the See-no-evil technique, simply smaller. This will mute any immediate sounds of the individual, including speech and movement. An example would be hitting a tree. The individuals blow would be entirely silent, but the reaction of the tree to the force would not. It is in silence that one achieves harmony with the self.]
>>685034Reply with your final plans please, otherwise>>684785Prepare the following?>Yes>No
>>685053Pretty much >>684785 with the Speak No Evil Seal painted on ourselves.So for the sake of simplicity>Yesif nobody else wants to use the Speak No Evil Seal.
>>685060Or if there's a tie. We've been obsessing over preparing for way too long.
>>685060Yeah I'm down for that too
>>685053>>685060supporting this, hell yeah, now we can be sneaky beaky like.Yeah, we've been at this for too long, holy shit. Seals are cool, just gotta get into the actual swing of quickly planning this shit out.
>>685072Preparing the pastebin with all this info immediately available would probably help as well Writing
>>685082Don't worry Lady, you're far from the worst QM when it comes to procrastination. Just copy pasting what you put in >>684705 and >>685034 in the pastebin should be fine for now.
You close your eyes and take a deep breath. In.Out.Do not fear death as I have, Amon. Where you go, the souls of those closest to you will always follow. You open your eyes and quietly open your bag, accepting whatever may come next. Should death call to you, it would be the will of life itself.There is never truly an end to life. This is the Ninshu.You take all of your sealing tags, a pot of ink and brush, and the scroll of your beloved teacher. Like the winds themselves, your hand flies across the paper tags in familiar, fluid movements. You've made a number of the spirit bind tags in case you find yourself in a bind, without a chance to do so with the Wen Qu.-Another swish of ink and brush-You've prepared a version of the Vitality Seal Formation to be used with tags. It's weaker and can be broken, but still an incredibly useful tool. You have enough for four. -Another swipe-You've drawn the design for the See-No-Evil technique on a strip of cloth torn from your gi. You prepare several of the supplementary tags as well.-A dip and the sound of dripping ink-You lift the sleeve of your robe and paint the intricate Iron-Armor Seal onto the skin of your upper arm. The familiar crusting feeling of the ink solidifying like stone into you leaves you feeling calmer. Immediately, you notice some of the haze and fear clouding your mind is gone. There might have been additional illusions at work. Finally, you quickly flip through Myatsuu's book. Skimming faster than ever before- and certainly faster than you'd ever approve- you manage to piece together another of your master's techniques, The Speak-No-Evil Seal. It's a rather large one, and would stretch out over your torso. Very Well...You take off your robe entirely, leaving you in your baggy cloth pants. You remove the cap from the end of the Wen Qu and turn it onto yourself. Carefully, you paint the marks, not daring to breath lest you make a slip. It's done. You slip the Wen Qu back around yourself using the cord and bend over to Rin, patting her on the head."Everything will be okay," you say, but nothing can be heard coming from your mouth. You turn to Yoru and hand him enough tags to form a Vitality Seal Formation, leaving you with enough prepared for three.You take a slip of paper and write down the following, "Hide in the rocks, I will go on ahead. Lay down the tags around you and have Rin funnel chakra into them. It should be enough to leave you hidden."And you turn to walk down the hill carrying your pack and golden staff, your footsteps leaving only prints in the dirt as you tread more silent than a mere whisper in the wind. (1/2)
The grass sways around you as you soundlessly tread through it. Bodies line in awkward positions in the red-striped grass. You see that blood has collected and pooled in the nearby mountain stream, the drops of red slowly staining the water drip-by-drip. The sun begins to set over the high peaks surrounding the mountain valley, gradually pitching the scene into an early dusk. A low mist begins to creep along the ground.You feel the eye of death watching you. You>Check the nearby bodies, to see just who these fallen victims are. >Check the river, where you hear the burbling stream occasionally interrupted>Check several burnt marks among the grass>See if you can identify any signs of the telltale battle that took place here>Set up your See-No-Evil technique>Sit and meditate among the tall stalks of the high grass, your enemy will reveal themselves soon. You can almost feel it.>Write in
>>685312>MistWe're fucking dead>Set up your See-No-Evil techniqueIt should help us get a better view as the 7 swordsmen murder us
>>685312>Try and masquerade setting up the See-No-Evil technique as checking various bodies and marks, meditate in the middle afterwards.
>>685326This is a better idea than what I had. My point still stands though.
I feel like using the see no evil technique would actually give us a huge disadvantage while fighting, why do you guys want to use it?
>>685347Well the whole thing about the Swordsmen is that they make mist so the people they want to murder can't see them do it. If we don't rely on our eyes to see and instead use the seals we won't be at as great a disadvantage.
>>685347hoping that the higher amounts of vision will help us counter the fact that ninjas are fucking fast. Also hoping that it just kinda feels natural, instead of fucking our coordination up horribly, like it would probably do for a normal person.
>>685360That makes sense. Yeah I'll support the see no evil technique I guess.
>>685372Of course I'm just assuming mist doesn't come out of nowhere. It might not be the swordsmen. But it probably is. If only we had our pocket dust....
>>685380I'm not sure our seals can see through mist but it won't hurt to keep it as an option if the mist blinds us anyway
>>685396I might, it might not. I know our eyes won't be able to so I'm just taking the chance.
You lope through the grass without so much as a rustle, shuffling to-and-fro between the bodies in the field. You crouch down to look at one of the bodies half bent over a nearby log. You pull on the ninja's grey flak jacket to see he's wearing a cracked, white, ceramic mask in the shape of a dog. His eye is bloodshot and glassy. As you put his body down you stick a tag onto the log in a single fluid motion. You move onto another, leaning against a tree closer to the mountain stream- Another Konoha headband, another tag.You do this several more times, noting various bodies to be of Konoha ninja of various ages and seeming rank. You move silently across the clearing, seeing a strange bundle of cloth near the surrounding rocky face of the small valley. As you get closer, you note the bundles are robes...the man in bald....No.You bound the last few feet and flip the body over. Looking back at you with empty eyes is the corpse of a monk of the Water Temple. You'd seen him regularly, he'd trained alongside you. He'd eaten with you. You'd meditated together daily, spoke of your dreams and hoped. You stick a tag onto the rock wall, your chest tightening with ever breath.No.You run across the clearing to another bundle, similar to the one you just check but smaller. A small child, an initiate monk of the Water Temple, stares up into the infinte beyond.Another body, lying face up in the long grass. He'd taught you how to wield a staff when you were a child. You can't swallow, a lump rising in your throat.You stand up and look around, the bodies of your fellow monks, your brothers, and Konoha ninja lay side by side in death. Expressions of fear or resignation are all that is left in their cold faces. (1/2)
>>685425I know monks aren't supposed to get mad but I think we should try our best to murder the shit out of whoever did this.
>>685466 No. Bad idea. We left them with Yoru and Rin anyway.
>>685425I'm really glad that we aren't wearing the beads. We'd probably be going berserk right now.
>>685481They're still in your pack...
>>685481Let's be real here guys, we're gonna need the beads to survive this fight
>>685490 NO LADY! NO! WE WON'T FALL FOR YOUR TRICKS.
>>685490awww fuck, that's right.
You feel hot, heavy even. Your hands tingle. Your mouth is dry and your chest feels like it may burst.You shuffle to the middle of the clearing, amid the corpses of your family. As you take out the sealed blindfold, wet streaks run unnoticed down your cheeks. You tie it around your head and close your eyes......and open them to see a large field of grass and mist. Bodies lie scattered among the vegetation. In the middle of the darkening scene sits a single monk, cross legged, an ornately-design painted on the bredth of his wide chest. A blindfold wraps tightly around his head. You lift your head up. You see the man off in the clearing look up as well, as if seeing something in his blindness. With a a shift of your closed eyes, you're now looking from behind him and slightly lower to the ground. The shadow of a body is leaning on the log next to you. You shift again and try to see where Rin and Yoru would have been, but there is only a wall of darkness encompassing the sphere of vision made by the tags. You take a deep breath and watch as the barechested man in the clearing takes off his pack and lays it next to him, before grabbing a long, golden staff from his back and laying it across his legs. And you wait.
>>685508inb4 thread's over
>>685499you may be right. Remember, even if they are useful, don't listen to the creepy voice when it tells us to kill people.
>>685516That's not how evil artifacts work man. You can't just say no. They fuck with your head so you can't.
>>685522>implying the beads are inherently evil
>>685527>>678475>>680449The red isn't a coincidence man. This is the same thing people thought in Banished Quest and Shinobi quest. It never works out for the better.
...And from the darkness, you see them. Squirming shapes seemingly melt in and out of existence. A hand peeks through the trees.The edge of a wrapped blade holds steady at the opposite end of the pass, before disappearing yet again.Then, silence. Not even a cricket chirps in the setting dusk. Mist begins to cloak the ground in thicker waves, the air getting heavy with moisture. ~Little Fly, Little Fly, how long it has been~Your hands grip the Wen Qu tightly, your knuckles white. ~Did you think you had escaped the spider?~~No, not even the feast your precious monks provided could satiate this one's hunger~You grit your teeth.~Not even that pathetic, WORTHLESS, OLD CORPSE YOU CALLED A TEACHER COULD STAND TO SATISFY THE HUNGER OF THE SWORDSMEN OF THE MIST~Myatsuu.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq9MVmFoMTMSeveral barks of laughter right out from around the clearing. ~Come, monk. Once again, dance yet another dance with death itself~And from the dark, five bodies emerge. Each holds a massive blade. At their front stands the masked swordsman with the needle blade, chest heaving in laughter. He abruptly stops, and dashes forward in a bloodthirsty chargeYou...>Write in your battle plan to start, points awarded for cool, points awarded for well-considered ideas.DC: 75
>>685643Did we set up the vitality sealing formation yet?
>>685661you certainly can now
>>685643try and use the superior range of the Wen Qu to jab the swordsman in the diaphragm, or even the throat if possible, as he tries to come in for a stab, stick a earth seal on the end of it.
>>685643We fight this like we fought the other fight at first to make him think nothing's changed. Then we get one of our paralysis seals on him (since he doesn't use much jutsu and he already knows to be careful of the Wen Qu.)If we still have time during this action spread out the AOE vitality seals while he's dealing with that.
>>685643>If there's enough time, stick earthen seals on the staff.>Jump over the charging swordsman and try to land behind him.>Attack swordsman from behind, and if possible stick seals on the staff onto the swordsman.
>>685643Keep parrying and applying different inkstrokes with wen qu onto his torso to make a huge earthen seal on him over time. Then activate it.
>>685705Also set up the vitality seals
Calling Votes here, votes as follow>>685680>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before. Stick the Spirit Bind tags and when possible aim to set up the Vitality Seal>>685684>>685669>use the superior range of the Wen Qu in offensive close combat: batting away strikes, hitting vitals, and paralyzing when given the chance>>685705>Evade and parry, aiming to incapacitate the enemy progressive by setting up a massive blow
>>685727These are the options, select one.
Rolled 71 (1d100)>>685727any DC adjustments? also, rollin because fuck it
>>685727Should we be rolling?
>>685727>>685752>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before. Stick the Spirit Bind tags and when possible aim to set up the Vitality SealI'll wait to roll until you ask for it.
>>685727>Evade and parry, aiming to incapacitate the enemy progressive by setting up a massive blowThis is what I already voted for but here I go again I guess
>>685752oh. then>>685727>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before. Stick the Spirit Bind tags and when possible aim to set up the Vitality Seal
>>685757>>685754select one, DC adjustment and bonuses will be announced along with calls for rolls after
>>685727>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before. Stick the Spirit Bind tags and when possible aim to set up the Vitality Seal
>>685761Also, my wifi died for like 5 minutes. I'm >>685522
>>685761>>685768>>685777>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before. Stick the Spirit Bind tags and when possible aim to set up the Vitality SealRoll me 3d100+10, best of first threeDC 75, DC 80, DC 70
Rolled 15, 46, 73 = 134 (3d100)>>685820SPIRITS OF OUR FALLEN BROTHERS, ASSIST US
Rolled 52, 34, 27 = 113 (3d100)>>685820
Rolled 97, 77, 10 + 10 = 194 (3d100 + 10)>>685820C'mon baby Amon needs a dead monster.
>>685831I don't know how to feel about this. Is it best total roll or are we picking and choosing?
>>685826>>685830>>685831>(107, 87, 83)Complete success, writing
>>685845Pick and choose. Cool.
The masked man lunges forward across the field of battle in bloodthirsty glee, his sword dripping with moisture from the surrounding air. He's 15 feet away. You start to stand.10 feet. The monk in the field grips the golden staff. He's on top of you, sword in a savage thrust towards your face. With more anger than you've felt before in your life, you bend back and watch yourself land a vertical kick square in the jaw of the swordsman, his own momentum and the force of the blow leaving him airborn for a quick second. You watch the monk slip his hand into the pocket of the pack next to him, a tag pinched between his fingers, and twist himself in midair with his body parallel to the ground. One hand sticks the Spirit Bind seal onto the swordsman's dominant arm.The other follows swiftly with the Wen Qu, batting the man away like a twig and launching him away into the air. "That was for Myatsuu," you mouth wordlessly.You see yourself on all fours from the 360 degree field of vision. As you right yourself in a short spin and hop, you activayte and toss the tagged boundaries for the Vitality Seal in a fairly wide pseudo-circle spaced around you . You feel anger burning in your chest as you gnash your teeth within your mouth. The monk, unmoved and silent in the field, beckons to the other swordsmen. With fierce cries of their own, the other four don't waste a moment in their bloodthirsty affirmation. >Parry and dodge, using you superior field of vision and the defensive capabilities of the Wen Qu to control the battlefield>You are a wall unto yourself. None shall move you, none shall pass. Batter their blades away and crash upon them like a gale with your anger and the golden staff of legend.>Vary using the Wen Qu and taijutsu in a defensive manner. Weave in between stikes and stick paralysis tags onto them or with the Wen Qu when capable. >Do not aim to hit them, rather let them rain blows on you for the opportunity to deliver a massive blow over time. >Write in
>>686004>Parry and dodge, using you superior field of vision and the defensive capabilities of the Wen Qu to control the battlefield
>>686004>Do not aim to hit them, rather let them rain blows on you for the opportunity to deliver a massive blow over time
>>686004Also Kushimaru just got BTFO'd. As it should be.
>>686004might need to roll a d3 for this one, boss
>>686052Eh, I'll switch my vote to >>686027
>>686063I really don't like our chances against 4 sword users at once with just our staff. We need to at least use some earthen seals
>>686069Well it's better than willingly getting the shit beat out of us imo.
>>686083Yeah I wasn't sure if that option meant letting them hit us since that really makes no sense. Like why wouldn't we dodge and parry while making the large seal. To be honest I'm pretty sleep deprived right now so I'm not at 100%
>>686089Well if I change my vote how we'll be at an impasse again so how about we both go for >Vary using the Wen Qu and taijutsu in a defensive manner. Weave in between stikes and stick paralysis tags onto them or with the Wen Qu when capablethen?
>>686083>>686089So all in all, we wanna hit them with Wen Qu, and use seals and be a dodgy fuck.>Vary using the Wen Qu and taijutsu in a defensive manner. Weave in between stikes and stick paralysis tags onto them or with the Wen Qu when capable. perhaps is the option we could agree on.
>>686022>Parry and dodge, using you superior field of vision and the defensive capabilities of the Wen Qu to control the battlefieldRoll me 4d100+10DC 90, DC 75, DC 75, DC 85
>>686107>>686103>>686100My bad>Vary using the Wen Qu and taijutsu in a defensive manner. Weave in between stikes and stick paralysis tags onto them or with the Wen Qu when capable. Same DC's Roll me 4d100+15
Rolled 81, 86, 75, 71 = 313 (4d100)>>686111It's all good, boss
Rolled 34, 47, 49, 6 + 15 = 151 (4d100 + 15)>>686111All this is getting kinda confusing. I think I'm a lot more tired than I actually feel.
Rolled 6, 47, 94, 45 = 192 (4d100)>>686111
>>686117Fuck man I thought for sure we were gonna die but you roll like a fucking champion.>>686122We didn't pass the last roll though. It was close.
>>686126Wait yeah we did I can't do basic fucking math i guess. I'm gonna see if I can find some coffee or an energy drink or something.
Still overwhelming successYou fucking champions. Writing, rolls get progressively harder.
>>686155We're schooling 5 of the 7 swordsmen. They must be so fucking pissed.Also damn it gets harder from 90? I don't fancy our chances.
>>686161Have faith, anon. The world has supported us thus far, and we can only pray that it continues to do so.
>>686173 I'm just hoping the dice gods do too.
>>686173I'm definitely supporting using the beads. It's better than dying. There's no way our luck can hold up against even higher DCs after the swordsmen have seen all our other tricks
>>686209>>686197or perhaps our kekkei genkai will awaken if we job.
>>686234It wouldn't be jobbing if we started losing after this. Especially alone against 5 swordsmen of the mist.
>>686234That's not really something we should plan for
The largest of them, a beast of a woman with hair red as blood plunges forward weaving a short number of handsigns as she does so."Ninja Art: Hair Needle Senbon!" She roars as her mane of hair turns to sharp points and begins to rain hundreds of needle-like missiles at you. Like water you flow, seeing each needle fly towards you from all directions. You weave, duck, and truly dance among the rain of death as they pierce the ground all around you. "I-Impossible! Jūzō, cut him down!" The monstrous woman screeches.Within a flash, a heavily bandaged man wielding a sword as large as himself dashes forward with the other three swordsmen. He catapults through the grass using the force of the veritable hunk of iron he wields, swinging it in an wide arc intended to cut you off at the legs. With a silent roar of your own, you plant the Wen Qu in the ground and block the savage blow head-on. The Golden Staff rings in protest and your arms go numb from the strike, but you hold firm to the swordsman's plain astonishment. Using the pole as a support for your body weight, you immediately swing around it's planted length and deliver a roundhouse to the man's exposed ribcage. With an audible crack, he goes rolling and ypou watch yourself land in a half-crouch amid the needles....And into the mighty blow of the swordsman wielding an oversized axe and hammer. With a twitch, the Wen Qu is between you and the dropping axe, which hits and slides down the length of the staff and into the ground. Not finished, the stocky man tries to bring his hammer up in an explosive blow, only for it to hit air where the monk had once been. You watch yourself shift out of the trajectory, slap a tag onto his outstretched arm, and throw him into the field of needles."Good effort, but it's over," you hear a rasping voice call from nearby. The fourth attacker wields an oversized cudgel of sorts, and he swings in a diagonal arc hoping to catch you in the moment you are off balance. You tuck and roll over the strike, but a wicked grin spreads across the assailant's face as the cudgel ecpands, revealing an oversized scroll of explosive tags. You sweep his feet the second he does so, and bat him off with a horizontal sweep from the Wen Qu.
The swordsmen regain themselves quickly, bloodlust radiating wildly. "Seems like he's a bit more capable than the others, no?" the butcher, Jūzō, calls out casually to the others."He's got a fighting spirit, most definitely. Respectable," the eyepatched swordsman with the explosive scroll responds steadily."Respect doesn't save lives," the shortest one replies curtly as he eyes his limp sword arm. He casually switches hands. "What are you waiting for you sorry excuses for swordsmen? Bring me his blood!" Screeches the gargantuan woman with the bandaged blade. You noticed their movements slow slightly as long as they were in the boundaries of your seal. You're growing tired, despite your overwhelming anger. >use the senbon-needles around you, pepper them as they attempt to attack>try to set up multiple Vitality Seals to increase your odds of success>Continue to hold, keep the same tactic as before>Try to take one of the swords from the assailents, attack the others>Go on the offense. Cause mayhem in their ranks with paralysis tags and decisive blows>Write in
>>686295>>Try to take one of the swords from the assailents, attack the othersWe need to start either killing them or severely incapacitating them. I'd say we go for the lady, she's obviously the leader.
>>686295Use the beads and then go on offense. I'd like to do the vitality seal idea but it would be too obvious
>>686295>try to set up multiple Vitality Seals to increase your odds of success
>>686308Wait, actually could we put the paralysis seals on senbon and throw them at the swordsmen too?
>>686309>>686295actually, yeah it would be too obvious. But I don't want to go to the beads just yet.>Try to take one of the swords from the assailents, attack the others
>>686305>>686314I really think taking a sword from one of these guys is the hardest thing we could do. And if you're talking about killing them already then why would you have a problem with the beads?
>>686317Also do we even know how to wield swords effectively?
>>686317Because the beads are evil and trying to corrupt us? It didn't really seem like any of the other choices would really involve keeping them down.
>>686323>stealing a sword from a trained swordsman>then beating trained swordsmen when we have no sword fighting experienceI find your plan very questionable but maybe we'll roll insanely well again? we could definitely use the boost from the beads. I doubt we'll pass this next DC without them.
>>686305>>686314>>Try to take one of the swords from the assailants, attack the othersWhich will you try to disarm?>Monstrous red haired woman, bandaged sword>Jūzō and the butcher blade>The eyepatched man with the massive scroll of explosives>the shorter man with the axe and hammer>Kushimaru, who is entering the fight again with a fevered passion
>>686334This is a really bad idea. I'm still just voting for beads and the staff.
>>686334>The eyepatched man with the massive scroll of explosiveswe can at least somewhat use these.>>686337you're probably right, but sometimes you gotta just say "fuck it."
>>686331We don't have to actually fight them with the sword, you know? Just chopping an arm when we have the opportunity or slicing their leg. I'd rather not have to kill them since Amon is a peaceful monk, but they're just gonna keep killing people if we don't.
>>686340That's not a very smart attitude to have when making decisions in a quest>>686343>Just chopping an arm when we have the opportunity or slicing their legThat's called fighting with a sword anon, frankly you're not making any sense
>>686334>>Kushimaru, who is entering the fight again with a fevered passionAmon probably isn't strong enough to use any of the other swords.Though if there's a tie I'm voting for the scroll of explosives.
>>686347We actually fight with the Wen Qu, and when we make an opportunity, we use the sword to fuck them up somehow. It's just going to be there to do what the Wen Qu can't.
>>686351Fighting with a staff requires both hands
Votes pls, I'm dying a slow death here. I've got another hour and a half in me tops.
>>686354I'm about to fall asleep man, thanks for running
>>686352Not with how we use it, just deflecting. We shouldn't be blocking with it anyway.>>686354Well let me ask Lady. Do we have to use the Wen Qu with two hands?
>>686363Amon Shuu>Strength: 1.5/6Short answer here? Yes.Long answer? Yeeeeeessssss
>>686348>>686340>scroll of explosivesRoll 1d100+5DC 95
Rolled 60 + 5 (1d100 + 5)>>686372DEAD MONK BROS, WE STILL NEED YOU
Rolled 47 + 5 (1d100 + 5)>>686372Whyyyyyyyyyy this was such a bad decision holy shit. Okay I'm going to sleep for real now
Rolled 10 + 5 (1d100 + 5)>>686368I didn't think it would be that heavy. I have erred. How about we stick to the staff then? Keep breaking bones and hitting people over the head. Do we have Earth seals left? We can stick them on people's torso like with Tai.>>686372Well fuck it, nevermind.
>>686372Man we were still discussing our decision, that's not cool
>>686376>>686375>>686374Use the red beads?>Yes>No
>>686375Don't worry, you hold none of the blame for this. Just observe and laugh>>686378>Yesas a wise man once said, "Fuck it."
>>686378I doubt it'll actually give us a 35 bonus, but fuck it. Sure.
>>686383Maybe the beads will influence us to make a less retarded decision and lower the DC
Rolled 1 (1d2)1: Ally2: Nah Red, you trippin
>>686385It totally wasn't retarded, just misguided. I didn't know Amon needed both hands to actually hold the Wen Qu and just staying in a holding pattern like all the other choices wouldn't work. This is like the wet dream of every QM that has stuff like the beads though.
>>686389I think I'm way too tired to figure out what you mean by that.
>>686397I just got here but maybe 1 means that an ally is gonna save our ass
>>686402I hope. We were going nowhere fast before this. Well no, we were going into a grave fast. Which is kinda my fault.
Damn, I'm just now catching up>all those amazing rolls>some rolls are literally over 100 with modifiers>they're barely hurt at allWe never really had a chance did we?
>>686415Nope. I said that as soon as I saw the mist rolling it. I had a little hope as we made them job, but losing was probably inevitable. Especially since we could barely keep ourselves alive fighting one just a single thread ago.
>>686417Well I'm ready for a non-hopeless fight then
>>686417I mean you guys made the most effective possible plan with our current seal knowledge, had freakishly good rolls and still couldn't do much. Pretty frustrating.
You relax your increasingly sore body and take the few deep breaths opportunity allows you, raising the progressively heavier Wen Qu to your normal, steady stance.You cannot show weakness here. Not with what is on the line. Not with them watching on over you. The Wen Qu visibly jitters in your hands. Several of the swordsmen notice this, their blood-curdling grins stretch even wider.God damn it all. Why? A man cannot fight on faith alone. NO, THEY NEED SOMETHING GREATER. EVEN THE STRONGEST FAITH MUST HAVE FOUNDATION BEHIND IT TO HOLD ONE'S OWN IN THE OCEAN OF WICKEDNESS. TO DEFY THE ROTTING TIDES OF HUMANITY POWER...IS WHAT I OFFER YOU.Your eyes twitch to your backpack. You swear can almost see the red glint from the beads in the second you look....That's all they need. In the blink of an eye, the swordsmen have lept to take advantage of your distraction, their blades at the ready and poised to cut you down.Only for a hail of blue-feathered arrows to stop them in their tracks, abruptly pelting several of the swordsmen from on high. Hearing the whistle, you know you've been given your chance. You scramble to the pack, shoving your hand into its depths.There.I found themThey're...mine. Mine to use. MAKE THEM FEAR TRULY DIVINE RETRIBUTION (1/2)
>>686419eh, I'm pleasantly surprised we lasted this long against the fucking mist swordsman.
>>686419Eh, it's how it goes sometimes. If you pick a path that ends up having fights like this it's inevitable, even if you didn't know they were coming. We just have to hope as the game goes on we can avoid some of these fights. If we really are getting our bacon saved that is.
>>686419I normally don't dish out QM notes, but I'm basing DC's around stats and advantages of written in battle plans.As for the opponents as of now,Fuguki (3/4)JinJin (2/4)Jinpachi (2/4)Kushimaru (3/5)Juzo (2/4)(Current HP/Total HP)Unlikely? Yes.Impossible? I allow any result in the quest if it passes. continuing my writing...
>>686422I knew I was going to regret these fucking beads.
>>686426Ah. The damage done wasn't super evident in the writing. It's good to know you're putting so much work into the combat system
>>686426Man I fucked up. I figured they all weren't hurt that badly, but all but 1 are at half health? I fucked up big time, I thought we were way worse off than we were. I mean, it's still really bad. Just not as bad as I thought. I wouldn't have gone for such a desperate thing if I had known we weren't so desperate. I think I'm just not gonna vote on stuff like this anymore.
>>686427Of course we were. They're written in red text. Red text is almost never good. Hopefully we can make will saves to not be overtaken, though.>>686432Aah, don't worry about it. I made the same decision and I'm gonna keep voting. Just learn to always believe that our actions do something, and think options through regarding that.
>>686432Don't quit anon we need all the voters we can get. If you regret your vote just think more carefully next time. I personally think the beads are the only reasonable chance at winning this fight so don't feel bad.
>>686437>>686438I'm not gonna stop voting all together, just important shit like this. I made a lot of assumptions that turned out to be super wrong.It seems to happen a lot when I stay up super late like this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRx0Rphm1ysYour vision goes red from underneath the blindfold seal. The anger from before flows through you tenfold and feel the same, intoxicating power from earlier pump through your veins. It's...amazing. You notice the swordsman with the eyepatch charging you with arrows sticking out of his arms. His eye is frenzied and bloodshot.PatheticThe monk drops the Wen Qu, and calmly approaches the charging man with his nothing but his bare hands. The swordsman's eye widens in glee at his fortune. Putting his entire weight behind the blow, he swings his explosive cudgel overhead hoping to end the brash monk in a single crushing strike. The monk simply raises his arm and catches the strike in his open hand, the ground around his feet fractures and cracks from the force of the savage blow. But he stands, blindfolded.Unshaken. Entirely unharmed.He opens his mouth, and all hear the unspoken words that follow. You are already dead. You simply cannot realize it yet. As a monstrous grin spreads across the young monk's face as he looses a nearly unseen flurry of strikes into the attacker's stomach. With a crack, the eyepatched swordsman yacks a large clot of blood and flies into the rock wall, crashing so hard he is nearly embedded into its face.You release the explosive tagged sword and catch it in your other hand. Your vision is as red as can be, the power of the world is at your fingertips.Come.>End the Butcher>Strike down the giantess>Crush the dwarf in his own sins
>>686450>Strike down the giantess
>>686450Well I'd rather not kill anyone like I said before but >Strike down the giantessI guess?
>>686450>End the ButcherDon't forget that these people killed countless others and our monk creed didn't really forbid us from killing in these situations
>>686456It does discourage doing it recklessly though. We can't really help it right now though.They are all psychos and deserve it, I agree with that. Fucking Mist why are you so shit? The only not-crazy person from your village is Lava Tits and that weird shark kid that followed her around.
>>686442>>686432>>686427I sound a lot angrier than I actually am. I need to stop swearing I guess. Or go to bed.
You watch the monk, red beads steaming openly on his chest, point to the giantess. "You're next", he mouths wordlessly. Still, his voice seems to echo throughout the canyon itself. The giantess looks fearful for a moment, before she too charges the walking monk, weaving handsigns."Water Release: Water Dragon Bullet!"The nearby mountain stream bursts to life, blood and water kneading together and elongating into a massive, striped dragon. The beast roars as it blows towards the monk.As it collides, massive clouds of steam rise from the contact and wilt the surrounding vegetation. It continues to burst and burst upon the man, but when the mist and vapor clears....The monk stands covered in horrible burns, still continuing forward at the same, steady pace. The wounds along his body visibly knit themselves together as he does so. For a moment, instead of the monk, you see someone else.An old man, scarred and battle-worn. Standing on the field of battle, his knuckles- his body- bloodied.An ancient warrior, rippled with muscle and spiteHis eyes were white with blindness, though slowly turning a deep redYour vision flickers back to the See-No-Evil Technique, as you feel yourself throw aside the sweeping strike of the giant swordswoman, quickly dropping your heel- and her entire upper body with it- deep into the soil and rock below.You think you hear someone calling a name. It doesn't matter.The last three swordsmen look hesitantly at one another. You spot the needle-bladed swordsman slink into the mist. No matter, you judge him later.And then, there were two>The Butcher>The Hammer
>>686469>The Butcheryou having fun writing Beadman? 'Cause I won't lie, this is mad hype.
>>686469You know what, fuck it. I'm tired and staying up to see the end of the thread was a bad idea.I vote to kill nobody. Fuck the beads. We're a monk, not an executioner.
>>686471ooooh I just had inspiration. I know exactly what I'm gonna write in next thread when we talk to Rin about this.
>>686469looks like it's just you and me now, Red. I'll stay around to finish the thread.
>>686479Are my posts not showing up? I'm saying until the thread's over, I'm not just gonna quit now.
>>686480naw, I thought >>686472 was you going to bed, and purple hasn't posted. My bad, dawg.
>>686471The old monk treads dolefully towards the swordsman with the Butcher's Blade. He looks on incredulously, as if this couldn't be happening. A look of fear passes openly across his face.You relish the momentHe spins in a wide arc, and then pitches the still-spinning blade at you like a flying guillotine. The old warrior waits.Waits...The sword is nearly touching his midsection...Like lightning, fragments of steel fly in all directions across the canyon. The warrior stands like a staute, his fist where there had once been a blade. You hear the voice again, something feels like it's shaking you. A-...-N! You continue towards the swordsman, unperturbed.H-...Mon! Stop! It's over! W-You feel hands pulling you away from the retreating swordsman, cowering on the ground.KILLI-...W-...BRING THEM BACK! GET AHOLD OF YOURSELFThe old warrior spins on his heel, grabbing whatever pestering his forthcoming judgement by the neck.Amo-....no, ple-....Tighter and tighter he constricts his unforgiving grip, you hear pops from their neck.AMON.....S-...S-top...no..You look at the woman you hold up by the neck, several feet off the ground. Beautiful cerulean hair in wild strands.Rich caramel skin, bruised and battered. Sharp, beautiful features bulging from the crushing force.With one last effort, Asa rips the burning necklace from the attached skin on Amon's chest.And all fades to black.--------------------------------------------------I am a cadaver. Pls no more marathons.Twitter: @TheRedL4dy for quest times and additional discussion, as well as the date of my funeralTwitter will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning with any quest times for the following two days/weekend.Post-Thread discussion away. It's been a long one
>>686481It's fine. I've barely been able to make a consistent thought for like an hour. You can actually see me lose coherence as time goes on.>>686483That took a while. Warn me next time you do this Lady, I can't do this on 5 hours of sleep. I'm gone now.
>>686485I was not expecting this either, just couldn't find a stopping point.i don't know how I'm typing right now
Thanks for running Red, fell asleep before the end there but it looks like it turned out okay. We shouldn't rely on the beads to much, this was just a hopeless situation. We didn't kill Asa right? Right?
>>686488Alright, now that I'm not dead I can see that I went full retard. Sorry about that. Also, you are a fucking champ to power through this, Red.
>>686511Keep your chin up anon, nothing is hopeless! What would dear old Myatsuu say if heard you talking like that?but actually, there were multiple ways this could have played out (including victory). Your previous choices in the thread influenced certain events as well You did not kill Asa>>686911It's all good boss, we were all going a little retard by the time this thread was over
>>687452Well now I'm curious as to how bad we fucked our chances. Do tell, what decisions made the fight harder?Also, I know exactly what I'm gonna write in when we're asked "The fuck was that shit?"
>>687462Eh...want a list? I'll format it by post from the top if you do, I guess. Also, someone copied the quest into a storytext format. Easier to read, but lacks the coloring/spoiler tags that I take advantage of in /qst/http://pastebin.com/4GC1KwQT
>>687478eh, that sounds like too much effort on you behalf. No worries. Instead answer other questions.What would have happened if you rolled a two on the roll for allies or naw?Did you have an intended path of the battle?
>>687495Well uhI didn't see you post and made that list anyway...so uh...
>>687568I'll take it then. Thanks for going through all that.
>>678883Determined who you would run into (and possibly befriend) while training. The same person would later come to help you at the final battle.>on the roof of the buildingAsa>at the rusted playgroundChild Kabuto and one of the young sannin...>on top of the concrete platform by the roadMight Duy>>679068Stats training would have changed some of the DC's around, but stamina actually was a big one.>>680009Questioning Yoru would have lead to him revealing the totally not weapons he's carrying. He would have given you some. Additionally, you would have had interaction with the Konoha Anbu instead of walking in on them btfoHaving the full demon-and-dream talk with Rin would get her to empathize with you even more, knowing you were experiencing the same thing. She would have had a surge of bravery at the Pass, most likely reverting to her demon form in the battle>>682801>Fish ScrollProbably a good idea to at least consider this one, if not for later. Better even that you didn't try to study it at the last minute later>Intricate Symbol ScrollSame as fish>Flowers for RinHoki would be unlocked as a teacher for certain hiden techniques. Hoki would also join you as an ally in the battle.he'll still be around, don't worry>>684378>Wear the Red Beadswell you know how that ended>Have Rin take off her headband?Write in I wasn't expecting, but I reasoned Rin would go fully into hiding with Yoru. This resulted in her not being the one to take the beads off of you.And some other things, lots' o flavor for later>>684602Enter the pass alone was 100% the best choice on this>>684785Part of the reason you did so well>>684853Myatsuu's scroll would have been the only really useful choice. Speak-No-Evil let you set up>>685312Different info, >See if you can identify any signs of the telltale battle that took place herewould have given you an initial bonus in the first round, knowing what you were up against>Check the river, where you hear the burbling stream occasionally interruptedWould have done the same when they used jutsu against youAlso, the Iron Armor Seal prevented you from faling to genjutsu here>>685727>Deceive the enemy by fighting defensive as before.The objectively best choice. Lowered DC's by 5 from your advantage in intelligence and gave you a net +10 bonus from See-No-Evil and conserving stamina>use the superior range of the Wen Qu in offensive close combatThe objectively worst choice, as the attackers outclassed you in both taijutsu, strength, and stamina. Full DC's and +5 to see-no-evil>Evade and parry, aiming to incapacitate the enemy progressive by setting up a massive blowFairly successful choice, gave you +10 for playing to your strengths. Pls no make me list>>686004Again, best option chosen here
>>686295Yeah...I didn't mean to be a dick, but you guys chose the objectively worst option thereYou're not disarming a hidden mist swordsmen. At least, not realistically. DC ranged from 95-105 on that one, depending on the swordsman.Speaking of swordsmen, Giantess was the hardest counter to you of them.Followed by Kushimaru and Juzo.The easiest for you to combat were Eyepatch, Jinpachi, and the axe-beard, JinJin. You'd already been trained in staff fighting and actually would have been able to go fairly well toe-to-toe with Jinpachi. The Wen Qu cannot be broken, so JinJin could only wack you until you tire out or make a mistake. DC's were determined on the above.The HP I sent earlier was essentially a measure of hits landed/total hits needed to "win" the encounter with the ninja.
>>687575Yeah, really shouldn't have tried that, but we did, and screwed the pooch. My critical thinking will definitely need improving to do well in this quest. I'll be less of a raging autist. Sadly, now we have to tell Rin that we broke our promise, and try to make up with Asa.
>>687599have faith in the QM, you'll have chances for bothYeah, with the infodump aside I just hope ya'll realize I'm not really railroading things. I'll take write ins and incorporate them.On another note, according to the storytext the 5 quests so far have a combined...uh...30,854 words 180,253 characters. Jesus.
>>687629Never thought you were railroading. Thanks to my GM buddies, I'm all too aware of backround stuff that happens due to us or that may affect us. And damn, that's a lot of words. Keep up the good work, Red!