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Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

This merchant city by the sea is enclosed by great ivory walls which were used to hold the desert storms at bay. This outpost resides outside of the Diamond Maelstrom and is often visited by travelers seeking supplies to go into the Diamond Maelstrom. With the storm finally subdued after three decades, commerce here has increased exponentially as curious travelers explore the desert terrain and seek a rumored subterranean hidden village!

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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Thu Sep 13, 2018 7:32 pm

Hakuren looks at the chart and confirms what Dandee says to be true. Unfortunately doing this also proves her little story before to be false. “Oh, so that’s how this tournament works.” Maru exclaims the obvious to her, “He might be a loud mouth, but he has a point. Your memories carry little value and the second deal is no longer appealing. However, do not get to discouraged; I just need to think things over. I will get back to you when I can think of an appropriate arrangement.” So far she has been coming up with deals from on top of her head and that hasn’t been doing so well for her. She would need to give this some thought, but in the meantime there was betting going on.

She was curious just how this gambling a part of one soul works. Who receives this stuff? The form of bets vary and multiple people can win at one time. When the bets are all in monetary values, distribution amongst the wins is simple. Hakuren has no idea how this would work and decides to sit out from this round of betting. She was going to watch personally how things would play out, but nature was calling. Walking over to one of the servers and speaking in a real hushed tone, “Excuse me, can you direct me to the little girl’s room?” She will have her rodent friend spy for her while she takes care of business.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:23 am

ooc: Danudee is not some super gambler or super sleuth he doesn't really notice that you contradicted your claims of being fully blind although some part of him does he is oblivious and only sees a magical girl. On his part Danudee is an extremely lucky and very gifted person with exceptionally honest intentions and desires. In other words he is just a really lucky and really nice guy. Feel free to interpret that however your character would... now onto the RP

Hakuren was able to get the attention of one of the elder servers whom escorted her to a restroom and quickly resumed his duties amongst the crowds. Other games of chance based on chess, black-jack, shogi, pokemon, beyblades, dueling monster cards. Already several players had lost their souls and were essentially soul-less remnants of themselves. Walking husks of these fromer gamblers were carefully escorted to a chamber where they could be laid to rest inside of a coffin of their choosing as some of their mental ability remained although as their body reacted to losing its soul like a toy without a battery in place they all slowly died. Two players had survived losing their souls and Danudee was one of them, actually managing to win his soul back before his body faced true death. The other was playing for fun elsewhere at the moment.

Hakuren's rat did not have a good vantage point to see what was going on while she was in the "lew" but it did manage to hear that Maru was doing exceptionally well against the bloody queen, most guys would have died on the first draw.

Hakuren would also discover that her eye was constantly drawing chakra from her in a minor maintainable fashion which allowed her to see.

The Dealer allowed Maru to pick two cards from the deck and his actions shined through he drew two more infamous black diamond cards. Maru Drew the Black Diamond Ten card first to the astonishment of all the viewers and the eager smiles of all the people whom had bet on him to win. Others froze and held their breath as Maru himself picked up another face down card and it was the black nine of diamonds. Lady Shinezen smiled evilly believing she had won as her gift of galvanization allowed her to electromagnetically pull the royal card she needed until she noticed the dealer looking at Maru. Maru had one more card to turn over and he already had a black diamond straight flush. The second rarest gameplay in Konoha draw. As she pulled her fourth queen from the deck she soon felt weary as her soul began to leave her left arm and thanks to the bets of other players she lost some of her soul in her right shoulder and her left lung. Chichen whom was Hakuren's next opponent by name pull dropped dead instantly as three wagers came to pass along with her own. Her body turned to dust before it could be preserved but Lady Chichen did have a recovery clause and soon her body re formed inside a special casket where her lover might keep her body for all time.

Mistress Pandora stopped being a toon and became more and more real. She was so happy and Maru had not even used her powers yet.

Lady Shinezen invoked her black butler and her shoulder and lung were returned to her on borrowed time against the gamblers whom had wagered against her. Things were definitely changing as tournament members dropped like swatted flies and the roster had to be rearranged to suit the games at hand.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Wed Sep 19, 2018 4:14 pm


Maru waited, he was pretty confident in himself and the lady in front of him seemed to act as if she already won. The young mercenary looked around, seeing people just falling out dropping like flies with their skins turning purple. Maru looked in shock but of course Pandora kept him cool, using her abilities to know that he did the right thing and in his hand it revealed that he had a black nine and a black ten! The rogue began to laugh, knowing that he already won because they were playing by Konoha’s rules so Mrs. Dragon Lady was playing herself by getting those royal cards. Still he had another face down card, he wondered what it was but it didn't matter since he pretty much won this hand. So he decided to stay with his hand, not picking any more cards his hand around Pandora's waist as he gave Lady Shinezen a cocky smile watching her face go from that evil grin to actually weary.

Honestly, he didn't know what would happen if she would give up but he might as well go all in and change his bet since he clearly had won. “Hey dealer, forget about what I said about betting my leg.” Maru said confidently. “I wanna go all in and bet my entire soul! Plus-” he took off his top hat then gave it to Pandora to dump a huge potato sack full of stolen jewelry from Tea Country he kept on him fell out of his top hat like magic. “These jewels! I'm all in!” Already knowing what was would be his mistakes and what would be his downfall from Pandora, if she was this happy then he already won so best make Lady Shinezen give up while it was early, besides the odds are stacked against her anyway since Maru increased his bet to the maximum. But now he was beginning to wonder what was his last card anyway… and what.

Pandora sort of guided him, letting him know what he should've done and what he should've have done. Giving him vague views on fate, it was then that Maru began to actually wonder what else could he use Pandora for.. Perhaps as the tournament continues, hell learn more about her origin. But then it came to him.... Who would be Hakuren's opponent since these people are just dropping like flies? From people dying all around him, there probably won't be anyone left for Hakuren to face. Well for the exception of him but they wouldn't make them battle off with eachother since they came in together so maybe they would declare them the new champions!
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:29 pm

In the beginning Hakuren was putting on a show for the host of the game. She sabotages an opponent, aided a friend in his game and made deals with other players. Hakuren has created an impression that she is invested in the games. Nothing could be further from the truth… well perhaps she was a little interested in the games. What Hakuren was really interested in was what was going on backstage. There was a purpose to these games and she could almost sense a person pulling at strings. Hakuren was curious what was the true objective to this tournament.

The artifacts were interesting as they had their own souls within them. Each of the artifact also seems to be connected to Lord Shishiden’s daughter for as people feed their chakra to the artifacts, she got stronger and healthier. Now people we losing their souls in the games, which makes Hakuren wonder just where does the souls from the artifacts come from. The games were clearly not for simply entertainment purposes. There was a deeper meaning, but it will take a bit of snooping to figure it out. Fortunately espionage was her forte.

Soon after entering the room Hakuren could notice there were ten exits with half of them being hidden. Hakuren had the mouse survey the room and take note of these exits. She assumes some of these exits were hidden for a reason, perhaps leading to some secrets. From within the stall she has her little mouse enter one of these hidden exits she noticed to see what is beyond them.

Now for the next part of her plan; to make a clone to play in her place. To a true shinobi, literally anything can be used as a weapon. There are those who have said that Hakuren was quite the puppeteer, however she doesn’t use something as crude as marionettes of clay or wood. Hakuren uses living puppets, animals, with her sensory link as the strings. The bird she took with her transforms into a clone. Hakuren gives the clone the emerald brooch she stole, “Take this you may want to use it during your game. Use it for yourself or bet with it I do not care.” The clone nods, leaves the restroom and returns to the room.

The clone would walk up the Dandee with a confused look, “What the hell did I miss? I leave for a moment and the chart is getting changed.” With any luck nobody would even notice the difference and Hakuren can enact her plans form a safe area.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Wed Sep 26, 2018 6:41 am

ooc: Sorry about the wait my laptop keyboard decided to die

It had only been 30 minutes since the Tournament had begun and already 20 of the 42 contestants had either sacrificed themselves outright or lost such massive wagers they were no longer able to continue and as such their match ups and games had to be reset or changed altogether.

For Maru his actions had massive ramifications. Pandora could not control time, she could let Maru see 3 viewpoints of time and the circumstances however.
Pandora would let him see the immediate futures of those whom had fed her chakra. Pandora could also show their immediate pasts but only with those that had shared their chakra or attacked those whom had shared chakra with her. Now that she was gaining actual form and not just a temporal projection she was quite dangerous. Maru had yet to notice that his watch had all but bonded with his chakra system and could actually devour him were he to abuse it.

Hakuren had done something truly unique she had severed the bond the glasses had with the daughter of the tournament holder. In doing so she had lifted a great burden off the young girl and freed up a lot of her inner spirit and life force by literally using her own life force to make the glasses a part of her and something entirely new. Not only did it expand her mental senses but it now served as a functional eye so long as she gave it a steady stream of chakra.

Maru with certainty and a glimpse through one of PANDORA'S POSSIBILITIES bet everything he had without turning over his last card upping the ante 200 fold. He had unknowingly already won his hand but with this bet he could take whatever remained of Lady Shinezen's soul and kill her or make her his bonded slave and take all her assets. No one had made such a bold move since Danudee and he was just supernaturally lucky. The dealer looked to Lady Shinezen whom in her mistaken sense of poker rules nodded her acceptance of the wager. Already many had lost their lives causing the entire tournament to be rearranged. Never in the history of gambling had so many lives been wagered and lost on the flicker of three cards.

The dealer flipped the final card it was a BLACK JACK OF DIAMONDS moving his straight black diamond flush to a full Konoha Ninja Flush his cards activated their inlaid chakra ability as his black diamond 6, 7,8,9, hidden 10 from the dealer's hand and his face down Jack activated the black diamond blockade jutsu which was handed to Maru in the form of a card instead of a traditional ninja scroll. Three men approached Lady Shinezen to prevent her from acting violently as she finally realized she had lost when her butler was forced to relinquish his hold on the portions of her soul she had already lost to other people's wagers. As she lost half her lung capacity she grew dizzy. Then she lost all feeling in her arms as her spiritual energy that had comprised her shoulders and arms was transferred to the gentleman that had lost the use of his arms and shoulders to her two years ago. He happily moved his fingers again and rolled his renewed shoulders. With his main goal realized he handed over his entry prize to the dealer and nodded to Maru as he forfeited the tournament. He did not want to stay and see what would happen to his former lover. He still had some feelings remaining for her but not enough to save her from her fate. He just could not bare witness to it.

As her black pearl clouded over Lady Shinezen began to panic, she had used his power to choose her prey and the butler had assured her that Dokuso Maru was not capable of beating him in combat when she choose to use her champion card. What neither had expected was that Maru was exceptionally bold and he would have a living aspect of time as his ally. The pearl was taken by the dealer and added to Maru's pile of gems which he had bet along with his own soul.

Several men that had wagered against Maru also lost the usage of various limbs or items. One idiot im-particular had lost the usage of his penis, the other two with him lost their respective left and right arms, two more gentleman wagers lost their left and the other his right leg. The final man simply dropped dead he had bet his heart and once it stopped beating he did not have an ally strong enough or simply the know how to keep his heart beating after he had given up the spiritual energy sustaining it.

The Dealer nodded to the host whom in his surprise at the turn of events laughed heartily as he nodded his consent in return.

The Dealer spoke in a hushed tone so that only Maru could hear her.
"Lady Shinezen has lost double her bet since you wagered everything against her and she failed to answer in kind. You have won a black diamond blockade card which is a special defensive ninjutsu made famous by the ANBU of Konoha. You have also won the spiritual energy of all those whom wagered against you. You may have that energy grafted unto you by the daughter of our host or you may pass it on to your gifted ally. Lady Shinezen's fate rest in your hands, her ally is yours to do with as you will by reason of your wager and hers. All that remains is for you to decide to take her soul or give her soul back and keep her as your soul bound thrall until you either decide to release her or she wins a wager against you to win it back or someone else wagers their own for hers to win it back. Her soul can be kept and used to augment your ally or you can simply take all of her worldly assets and leave her with the bare minimum energy to exist. The choice is yours although her former ally seems to want to commune with you if you would allow him to do so as he wishes to make a plea deal of some kind from what his presence has said to me. This is all your choice sir. You have thirty minutes to decide afterwards all decisions will be made for you by our host and such acts will be final."

The large black pearl shimmered incessantly trying to get Maru's attention.

Hakuren managed to make her way deeper into the ancient temple. Glyph's written in an unrecognizable language were carved into the walls and filled with a familiar crystalline substance that pulsated with chakra. The sounds of food being prepared and things being washed were unmistakable. Her newly functional eye allowed her to view things in magnificent clarity although without a second eye she still lacked depth perception. As she reached the base of the stairwell the smell of delicious food wafted from her right while the feel of electrostatic energy and the smell of ozone wafted from her left. Which direction would she choose. Her animal clone carried on the emerald brochet as yet unused shimmered lightly.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Tue Oct 02, 2018 7:26 pm

It was a calculated risk, but gambling was all about risk and with Pandora's possibility that if he bet everything he had to up the ante x200 than he had everything to win. He smirked when seeing Lady Shinezen nod, accepting his wager in betting everyone including her own soul. He had a winning hand and he knew it, but both his fate and Lady Shinezen rested on the shoulders of the dealer. He placed his hand on Pandora's back, rubbing her back in circles as a sign that everything was going to be alright. There were a lot of people dropping, many lives were lost but now this duel was going to come to a close. The dealer flipped the final card… the young mercenary's face had a look of worry before the card was revealed to be…. The BLACK JACK OF DIAMONDS!

“Congratulations Dragon Lady, you've just played yourself” (had to do it) Maru teased, he won and her soul was his. He gave Pandora a bear huge, thanking her for her help and motivating him to win while Lady Shinezen was held back from acting out against Maru. He watched as Lady Shinezen arms began to turn purple from her soul being lost to not just him, some guy even got his arms back then nodded to Maru before forfeiting the tournament. The top hat wearing gentleman waved the man down. “You're welcome.” he said, although he didn't know that the guy had feelings for the lady much less was her lover. The black pearl was taken, then placed in the pile with the rest of Maru's one of a kind jewelry. He picked up the black pearl, looking at it from all angles to make sure it was legit before placing it at the top of his pile but that wasn't all the things that Maru took because there were those who betted against him.

Maru had gotten many items and even spiritual chakra and won the black diamond blockade card. But what really interested him was that he had Lady Shinezen’s fate rested in his hands and he could take everything from her, take her soul to use as a ally, wager her soul, choices, choices choices. “Oh I think I'll…-” he was cut off when the man said that her ally wanted a word with him to discuss a deal of some kind and Maru decided to hear the thing out. Besides thirty minutes should he more than enough time to come up with something that he would like. When he saw the large black pearl began to shimmer, then he picked it up holding it to his face. “Howdy, so what's this deal you're wanting?”
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:19 am

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The pearl pulled a portion of Maru's soul into it's domain. With grace befitting a master butler a table was swiftly set. As soon as the table was set a magnificent cup of black tea at perfect temperature was set before Maru as the butler made his plea bargain. "I won't waste your time sir. My offer is this in exchange for my former mistress, I offer you my heart and all my power. What this means is you will be immortal for the remainder of this tournament and you will gain the ability to consume the souls of your foes. The only catch is that you will only have my powers as long as you remain in this building. There are no tricks in this. I give you my existence for her release along with half her personal fortune." He looked to be on the verge of true tears but Maru would be able to feel his gesture was genuine.

For the remainder of the tournament Maru could gain the powers of a revenant while keeping his current abilities. You can of course use this rp to swap kinjutsu's or attain revenant at a later time should you accept his offer.
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Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:47 pm

Hakuren's mouse enters the hidden entrance and goes deeper into the temple. What it found were glyphs of an unknown language. More than likely this was some sort of jutsu with each word working like a handseal. Hakuren’s friend Akazukin has the ability to cast jutsu using talismans which had runes written on them. Hakuren was sure this wall was working in the same fashion as Akazukin’s talismans.

The hall continues onward, but Hakuren was far more interested in this. This could possibly explain what the tournament is really for. Hakuren uses the mouse to study the glyphs. True she may not be able to read them, but there could still be something to learn from them. Staring at the glyphs Hakuren looks for many things. How were the glyphs spaced? Were they in groups like letters to a word or were they more evenly space like each glyph was its own word? If each glyph looks to be there own word, what did they look like and could she guess its meaning from its appearance? How were the glyph placed? Were the glyphs arranged going right to left or top to bottom like a sentence? Were the glyphs arranged in some sort of shape or pattern? Did the glyphs have any similarities to the chakra seal on the artifacts?

Then there were the crystals filling the carved glyphs, which were clearly filled with chakra. Hakuren was not about to touch the crystals in fear of what might happen. However these crystals may yield insight to the glyphs. What color were the crystals? Did them emanate heat, light or sound and if so how intense? Did they have any scent to them?

Hakuren did not pay no mind to it when they entered, but what was the shape of the room? There were five hidden exits. If she connected the dots would it form a proper five-pointed star? Could this tournament be placed in a giant magic circle? Where was the table for the games placed within the room? Hakuren had many questions and a lot to think about.

The clone of Hakuren walks towards the host of the tournament, “Lord Shishidou, forgive my ignorance but, may I be so bold to ask you why you chose a temple to hold such games? To practice such acts of greed so openly in a sacred place… What deities would this pleasure?” Hakuren has a sister who serves as a priestess to a temple of Mother Suna. Hakuren could not even imagine Her older sister allow such a tournament be held at her temple.
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Thu Oct 04, 2018 4:17 am

The hall continues onward, but Hakuren was far more interested in this.
This could possibly explain what the tournament is really for.
Hakuren uses the mouse to study the glyphs: HAKUREN’S MOUSE COULD BARELY SEE ALL THAT SPANNED BEFORE IT BUT IT TRIED EVER SO HARD TO DO WHAT HAKUREN ASKED OF IT.
True she may not be able to read them, but there could still be something to learn from them.

Staring at the glyphs Hakuren looks for many things.
How were the glyphs spaced? THE GLYPH’S WERE SINGULARLY LARGE CIRCUITS IN KANJI FORM. HAKUREN WOULD NOTICE ONLY ONE GLYPH EVER TOUCHED ANY OF THE OTHERS AND THIS GLYPH HAKUREN RECOGNIZED AS THE ANCIENT RUNIC TERRAN SYMBOL FOR LIFE OR CHAKRA. WHATEVER SYMBOLS WERE CONNECTED BY IT HAD FAINT OR POWERFUL HEARTBEATS.
Were they in groups like letters to a word or were they more evenly space like each glyph was its own word? SOME OF THE GLYPHS WHICH WERE IN CONTACT WITH THE KANJI FOR LIFE HAD A HEARTBEAT. SOME WERE STRONG. OTHERS WERE VERY FAINT. THEY WERE SINGULAR FOR MANY OTHERS RESEMBLED LONG POEMS OR VERSES. SOME WENT RIGHT TO LEFT. SOME SPIRALED OUT IN A CIRCLE. OTHER GROUPINGS SEEMED TO RESEMBLE CHAOS INCARNATE.
VERY FEW GROUPINGS HAD SET SPACING.

If each glyph looks to be their own word, what did they look like and could she guess its meaning from its appearance?
HAKUREN COULD NOT YET GET THE DISTANCE OR PERCEPTION THROUGH ONE EYE NECESSARY TO ATTAIN ANY UNDERSTANDING OF THE GLYPHS.

Were the glyphs arranged going right to left or top to bottom like a sentence? THIS VARIED WILDLY.

Were the glyphs arranged in some sort of shape or pattern? NONE THAT HAKUREN COULD CURRENTLY PERCEIVE.

Did the glyphs have any similarities to the chakra seal on the artifacts? HAKUREN COULD SEE THE RESEMBLANCE BETWEEN THESE SEALS ALL AROUND HER AND THE ONES SHE NOW REMEMBERED WERE FORMERLY ON HER GLASSES TRANSFORMED INTO A MAGIC ARTIFICIAL EYE.

Then there were the crystals filling the carved glyphs, which were clearly filled with chakra.
Hakuren was not about to touch the crystals in fear of what might happen.

However these crystals may yield insight to the glyphs.
What color were the crystals? A MOUSE IS NATURALLY COLOR BLIND BUT IT COULD SEE THAT VERY FEW REMAINED THE SAME SHADE.

Did they emanate heat, light or sound and if so how intense? THIS SITUATION VARIED WILDLY.

Did they have any scent to them? ONLY ONE GLYPH HAD A UNIQUE SCENT AND A SOLID COLOR, WHICH SHE SEEMED DRAWN TO. IT WAS THE COLOR OF DARK RICH BLOOD AND SMELLED LIKE FRESH BLOOD AND THE GLYPHS HERE FORMED A PICTURE OF HAKUREN AS SHE WAS NOW. A PORTION OF THE GLYPHS WERE MISSING AROUND THE TOP. THIS IS WHERE HAKUREN IMAGINED A NAME OR TITLE WOULD BE PLACED.

Hakuren did not pay no mind to it when they entered, but what was the shape of the room?
THE HALLWAYS VARIED IN SIZE AND THE AMOUNT OF GLYPHS ON EACH WALL WAS DIFFERENT.

There were five hidden exits. If she connected the dots would it form a proper five-pointed star?
HAKUREN’S IMAGINED STRUCTURAL DIAGRAM WAS A LITTLE OFF. SHE HAD YET TO FIGURE OUT HOW MANY END POINTS THERE WERE.

Could this tournament be placed in a giant magic circle? THINGS BEGAN TO CLICK FOR HAKUREN. WHEN SHE GAINED SIGHT SHE COULD SEE PLACEMENT BUT WITHOUT TWO EYES HAKUREN HAD NO DEPTH PERCEPTION.

Where was the table for the games placed within the room? SHE COULD NOT RECALL THE EXACT SPACING.

Hakuren had many questions and a lot to think about.

The clone of Hakuren walks towards the host of the tournament a decisive question which innately reveals what he really knows.

Lord Shishidou grinned at Hakuren’s clone before replying. “You are the first to ask why these games of deadly chance ever take place. Sooo, when you finish looking around the second floor return to me in person and I will tell you whatever you want to know about my temple. I would tell your bird but that seems silly and rude of me to give the bird the word.”

Ooc: My apologies on the Q&A reply my keyboard is broken so I am typing on a virtual keyboard.
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Sun Oct 07, 2018 8:45 am

No sooner than Maru asked if the black pearl what did it had for him, his soul left his body and he was pulled into it's domain. Maru looking around spastically, wondering where he was then the young mercenary came to find himself sitting on the other end of a neatly set table. When the table was all set, a cup of black tea was set in front of him with his newfounded black pearl butler made his plea bargain. Maru listened to what he had and it was all too great just to pass up. The part about him being immortal made his eyes widen, a smirk coming across his face at the thought that he could wager a lot without consequence however the guy was on the verge of tears. He couldn't help but feel sorry for the poor butler, knowing how Pandora was about him he figured that the black pearl butler would've done anything to get Lady Shinezen’s soul back. “Relax, relax, I was only about to take her soul to wager it on in case I lose. If what you're saying that I would be immortal as long as am in this building, I don't have any reason to hold her soul. I'm a gentleman thief, not a monster here.”

He chuckled, taking a sip of his black tea which tasted pretty good. It was at the right temperature and had the right amount of sugar. “Since this is a high risk game I need any advantage I could get, if your power would help that, then I'll release Lady Shinezen and just take half of her fortune since… well ya know, I need to get paid.” The young mercenary held his hand out, there weren't any tricks with him either. He was going to hold up his end of the bargain, why keep her if he could be immortal? With that, Maru took the black butlers heart so he could become one with the Black Pearl Butler. Returning back to the material world to let them know the fate of Lady Shinezen.




Maru looked to be sleeping for a while, but then the black pearl began to glow as the man began to answer question after question that Haruken had. Pandora who was still on Maru lap gave him a few pokes, before looking at the pearl shimmering a purple light before it began floating from Maru's jewelry before forming into the shape of a mask. It almost looked similar to the kind of ballroom mask you would see in masquerade party's while to some it could remind them the kind of mask famously worn by both manga superhero’s and supervillains alike. The mask attached itself to Maru's face, the young mercenary taking on some of the physical traits of his black pearl butler. His white suit and cape we're replaced with a black tuxedo with a black cape which had a red on the inside of his cape and his top hat too was black. He also seemed to have grown a bit taller, more adult like in appearance and upon closer inspection he didn't look artificial anymore. He adjusted his white eye mask, a cocky smile spreading across his face patting his heart locket. “My apologies if I was late, me and my new ally came to the agreement of me releasing Lady Shinezen's soul and simply taking half of her fortune. Seems fair right?” He said, standing up from his seat putting his hand on Pandora’s shoulder. "Oh, and would you kindly gift the energy to Pandora. I noticed she feeds a lot on energy, gotta keep her good and strong"
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:01 pm

“If you insist, your wish is my command.” Oh great the lord seems to know every little thing that happens in the temple. This really took the fun out of things for the was no real point spying when the person knows you are there. The clone of Hakuren tosses the emerald brooch in the air. In an instant the clone and Hakuren swap places. Hakuren catches the piece of jewelry in the air. “What exactly happen when I formed a contract with my artifact? I could not help but noticed it had quite the positive effect on your daughter. Is there anything I can do to help her?” It was an unusual question. One does not often come to a place like this and offer to help the staff. Hakuren wonder’s if the glyphs on the wall had something to do with the girl’s connection to the artifacts. Hakuren was curious what would happen if she tampered with them, however due to the lords ability to know things, it was not a wise idea.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Wed Oct 10, 2018 2:01 am

Upon Hakuren’s return Lady Shinezen had been defeated and she had lost her ally in the process. In exchange Maru had gained temporary Dark Immortality and his ally Pandora was now no longer a fixture of cartoonish proportions. With the spiritual energies placed within her and augmenting her she became a real woman of substance and flesh. Her eyes were the dials of a clock or a super expensive watch. Her heart beat in perfect synch with Maru’s own as terrible waves of temporal energy spilled from her ever so briefly as she took on true living flesh. Maru’s watch was now physically a part of him and could only be removed by Pandora herself. A second black heart beat within Maru granting him all of the black butler’s powers. His muscles became cords of black ethereal power. His flesh grew a little paler as Maru’s senses sharpened beyond mortal capacity. His clothing and every fiber of his being now responded to him on a cellular level allowing him to function as an immortal living weapon.

Maru's muscles began to feel like corded steel, he lost all sense of hunger, his body straightened into an imperial like posture. Maru truly felt like a new man and as long as he was within the walls of this temple he was.

Lady Shinezen was carried to a waiting carriage where her gambling rights under the Shishidou were stripped and half her fortune and titles were stripped to be given to Maru. He was now Lord Dokuso of the White Sands. He now possessed two expansive villas and the controlling 50% of the rights in a well to do trading company named Sandsailor's Deliveries and Retrievals. How quickly he had moved up in the world and Pandora had attained a humanity all her own. She kissed Maru's forehead gently before stepping away to use the lady's room. Something she never imagined she would ever need to do as hunger descended upon her as well as thirst. Humanity would have its due it seemed.


Hakuren swapped places with her bird clone ally and found herself face to face with Lord Shishidou but as she looked upon him with her blood bonded artifact Hakuren could see he was not human at all but a living card. His form was human but his true being was a silver lined lion rook card. She could see it like an overlapped hologram or a toy within a larger toy.

Lord Shishidou nodded to Hakuren and summoned a seat next to him so Hakuren could sit down.

Whether she sat or not Lord Shishidou would explain what was truly occurring.

” Long ago, far beyond what even I can recount there was a beautiful princess with all the finest toys, and jewelry her family could provide. As a princess of Jemmadan she wanted for nothing but friends. So, her father whom looked exactly like me, a massive silvered lion of a man brought many children together from all over the land to go to school with her. To be her friends, and her guardians. One of these children was named Tatumas. Tatumas was exceptionally gifted in the realm of sorcery and prayed to the elder gods. Specifically Jashin… Tatumas wanted to be more than just friends he wanted Lady Shishidou to himself so using his sorcery after tricking all eleven of her friends into this ancient temple Tatumas sacrificed them all in order to bind her to him for all eternity. What Tatumas did not understand was that Princess Shishidou was possessed of the blood of the heavenly kings and his binding pact did not work the way it should have. His sorcery transformed all of her sacrificed friends into major artifacts of dark and terrible power. All of Princess Shishidou’s family and servants became minor artifacts, toys, and jewelry. The entire palace shrunk down into a gem to adorn her chest as her heavenly powers awakened to defy Jashin’s curse. She was never strong enough on her own to completely hold off the power of a dark god but her friends used their souls to augment her own and awakened her power even as she became little more than a puppet. A tiny living puppet. Over the centuries blood was spilled by Tatumas’ cursed soul in order to complete the pact but he failed and once more we all rose to oppose him. We channel the soul energy of these gamblers into an endless battle against Tatumas whom is locked away by his own sorcery in the center of this temple. YOU are the first to ever make his power their own and free the princess of one his binds which is why I am more than happy to tell you whatever you need to be able to defeat him. Beware of this one truth … No two artifacts are the same, each was once someone or something treasured by her majesty. The souls of the original sacrifices are lost to time but their likenesses remain. Each will cling to what they most resembled in life and carry that dark power. If you or another were to cleanse that power it would free the young lady but you will bear that curse in her steed. There can only be equivalent exchange, an eye for an eye. A soul for a soul. Blood for blood... although YOU seem to be beyond that.

Simply put your own power seems to have broken one of the soul binds on my Princess. ”



Hakuren was free to share this information.

Maru's new dark powers left him feeling unreasonably strong, and stretchy.
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:28 pm


Since Maru was gifted immortality, he figured that when he gifted the spiritual chakra to Pandora that he would most likely make her more powerful and he was right. With all the chakra, spiritual chakra, and energies he's been feeding her he was able to transform her into a actually woman. He could even hear her heartbeat now, feeling her soft lips touch his forehead made the rogue blush a bit before Pandora went off somewhere while Maru wondered what was exactly his since he did give Lady Shinezen up for immortality and half of her fortune but he wondered what exactly was her fortune to begin with… It was revealed to him that he owned TWO villas and HALF of Lady Shinezen’s trading company! How lucky was could one guy get?! Won all this in a single poker game wasn't anything to sneeze at, with something like that he would never have to rob another jewelry store, snatch another purse, or hold up another bank again. Money was just there for the taking, and he was going to sit happily for the rest of his life.. But with this black butlers powers he might could cheat death forever, never growing old or dying.

Once Lord Shishidou announced his winnings, Maru bowed. “Well I did pretty well now didn't I?” He said to himself, he detached his hand from his arm to extend his hand to the man to politely shake his hand before drawing his hand back. While Shishdou went to talk with Hakuren who seemed to finally had asked what was the deal with the little girl, Maru decided to take this moment while no one was looking to do a quick harvest. First he gathered all of his jewelry, then grabbed his time traveling eye he betted before the rogue began to gather the left over souls of people who betted things they needed to live. The first being that man who ended up dropping dead after losing to him, instinct took over and he grabbed the man by his shirt lifting the dead man up. He brought his hand to the dead mans face, proceeding to channel the dark powers to drain the rest of the man's essence. A blue essence began to be pulled from the back his skin, becoming wrinkled and corpse-like as his youth was drained from his body.

Maru twitched in that moment his body filled with new enhanced energy his body seeming to tense in that split second as the energy flowed through him before he felt like he was younger. He felt faster, a bit stronger, 100x more younger looking. He stood from the wrinkled body, then walked over to where Hakuren was. “Check it out, don't I look like six months younger, these artifact are pretty useful." he touched the smooth soft skin of his beautiful face, feeling like a new man. But then his eyes shot open, almost forgetting that this was a mission. “Oh.. What did that guy say? Is that possessed doll you're looking for here?”
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:36 pm

Sitting in the chair provided, the shade of a man tells her everything. Hakuren and Maru enjoyed the little appetizer, but now they are coming to the meat of the matter. Seems there was a war a brewing and has been for quite some time. The sound of this causes Hakuren to shake her head disappointingly. This was a horrible situation because no one benefits from a prolonged war. This Tatumas used the souls of eleven individuals to create this binding ritual. If she took care of these eleven major artifacts the curse would likely end. There is also the idea of attacking him directly, but neither of these plans were appealing. To win one hundred victories in one hundred battles is not the acme of skill. To subdue the enemy without fighting is. This is something Hakuren truly believes, but how would she defeat him without fighting.

“Nazoraeru.”
The word itself cannot be adequately rendered by any English word; for it is used in relation to many kinds of mimetic magic, as well as in relation to the performance of many religious acts of faith. Common meanings of nazoraeru, according to dictionaries, are to imitate, to compare, to liken; but the esoteric meaning is to substitute, in imagination, one object or action for another, so as to bring about some magical or miraculous result. For example: you cannot afford to build a Buddhist temple; but you can easily lay a pebble before the image of the Buddha, with the same pious feeling that would prompt you to build a temple if you were rich enough to build one.

Instead of fighting this man, why not give him what he wants. Within the Black Bazaar she owns a shop, in which she deals with memories both semantic and episodic. Normally she does business through trades, giving memories in exchange for memories. However occasionally she does come across those who dare not offer any of their memories and instead pay in cash. “I believe I can help you, but it will cost you. My price is simple. I want the memories of this princess of Jemmadan; all of them.”

Maru soon comes to address Hakuren with things that doesn’t really matter. She could not figure out why Maru would even care about himself looking younger. He was a puppet and thus he would always be eternally young. Hakuren also found it to be quite obvious already that the artifacts were useful. “Yes the item in question is here. However I need you to play without me from here on." She looks towards the host of the event. “I’m afraid I must remove myself from the tournament to attend to other matters.” Lord Shishidou should understand her reason. Looking back at Maru she tells him, “I leave the games in your capable hands.”
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Re: Poker and Puppets [Duel Contract Search]

Tue Oct 16, 2018 12:32 am

The ancient immortal remnant of her father’s spirit was literally a shadow of the King he had once been but the toils of fighting a dark god’s minion could wear away the staunchest defenders. Of the original eleven sacrifices one was now awake for the first time in eons. Pandora whose true name had been forgotten had finally attained enough souls to gain a new one of her own. After so many centuries she was now able to eat, sleep, breath, defecate, urinate. Sensations long ago lost to her returned in a flurry as her spiritually defined body was made flesh by the sacrifices of gamblers and desperate men and women. When she had been sacrificed she had been 16 going on 30 in her mind and this body represented everything that she had ever wanted to be when she grew up. Pandora was now a creature of vast wants, needs, and lust.

Maru would serve those needs, HE BELONGED TO HER. The mark of time was now bonded to Maru as Pandora was both free and bound to Maru she was still just an aspect of time and her true form was a form of timekeeping until fully released as a humanoid aspect of eternal beauty.

After using the restroom she found herself relieved. A quick rinse and clean provided her with a cheerful moment as well but she knew that she would have to return to the timepiece lest she lose her newly released form. With the return of living breathing, metallic, spirit sensitive flesh, the eternal timepiece now known as Pandora returned to her savior. Her terribly gifted Maru… She could feel it. Like her, Maru was a monster and their time together would set the world on fire. Once her jailer was destroyed she would truly be free. The cycle of blood and souls within this temple would all but cease and then she could see the world once more.

Hakuren bowed out of the tournament which excited a few of the remaining players whom thought she might have gotten cold feet after seeing how easily life was lost around her.
Hakuren’s request was taken by the guardian and with it a decision was made.
“You may partake of her memories but know this. She has not endured an easy life and even worse a bitter taste of the afterlife, you may be strong but I am uncertain if you can endure her memories. I have forgotten more than I can imagine just to maintain a shred of sanity. Yet your powers give me hope, so take what memories you may from her but know there will be equivalent exchange.”
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