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From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

The site of the final battle between Primus, the One King and the Great Ancient Lords Fuujin and Homura. While the surface appears peaceful, the remains of those slain as well as other dark secrets lay just beneath this placid surface.

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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:24 am

"Fear," she announced as she answered her riddle as well as the great turtle's riddle. Why -- Why do people fight? "Fear of loss, fear of pain. Fear of spite, fear of disappointment... death... injury... poverty." It was why they did everything, out of fear. It was why she did the things that she did, because she was so very afraid. She knew very little besides fear, certainly not love and hope was a faded aspiration she would relegate to the delusional or those in a perpetual state of denial. "It is why we wage war. why we debate and have a need to be right. Why we hunt. Why we steal and take and jealously guard what is ours. We fear we wont have enough to survive. That we would not be able to hold onto what we need. So we become bullies, hell-bent on taking from those that wont challenge us or can't challenge us what we not only need but what we want. We become gluttons in our excess and yet we still fear it is not enough." She could write a thesis on fear, it was mankind's most terrible gift to her.

It was why you ran.

It was why you stopped and stood your ground.

Fear was a drug for some, that surge of epinephrine that coursed through their bodies as they faced their potential demise. Just like pain was for others, a dysfunction of the synapses. A plight her son suffered from, a madness. Avarice would have been easier to satisfy. Yet the turtle had already moved on. This was such a change from the aggressive-defensive stance that they took against the sharks. The turtle seemed to seek the opposite, a calm. It was as if it was interviewing for those features before coming to this ultimate determination. That it would take them to a place, to their place, whatever that meant. But that there would be no air. That did not sound safe, but it was curious. She would look over at Katsuo questioningly, this did not sound like a wise idea. But the wise were not necessarily brilliant, if there was something to learn she would learn it if necessary on the back of a giant reptile that has made no aggressive action suggesting a risk in her consent. "I am curious to see this," she announced simply as she stepped forward.

Fear was also why she learned, without it she would be nothing.

She would climb the back of the massive beast.
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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Thu Nov 01, 2018 11:06 pm

Katsuo stayed quiet and listened while Onktabar and Michi bantered back and forth with their contemplative riddles. He had strong feelings and philosophies about broad things but they were delving to a level of intellectual discussion that mostly escaped him. Katsuo was a man that lived his life guided by his principles and his heart so it wasn't that this sort of talk bored him so much as it escaped him. Still, he was not so impolite as to interject between them. There was something fascinating about watching Michi interact with this creature that could have been hundreds of years old, maybe even older. A magic to it almost. They were having an experience that few men and women could boast to have ever had in the Wind Country, much less survived. Wind Country was notorious for being a harsh and dangerous place to live due to the breadth and variety of dangerous environments and forms of life but it was also a place of deep mystery and beauty as well despite those dangers.

Onktabar finished with the back and forth between itself and Michi and then offered to take them to "his domain" which for a moment made Katsuo pause. Even friendly spirits could prove to be capricious beings and facing a creature that wanted to harm them in the open desert was a far and away different thing than trying to face them on their home turf where they held every advantage. Still, he sensed no malfeasance from the great turtle and while Katsuo's sense of insight with others was hardly anything approaching mind reading or future sight, it had generally proved to be reliable in the past when making judgments of character. If Onktabar wanted to hurt them it could have just sat back and let the sharks take them and then chase the sharks off when they'd won the battle.

And then there was the piece of him that really wanted to see what Onktabar had to show them. In his heart Katsuo was still the adventurer that he'd sent out as from his home among the Masashi Clan as many years ago. That fire in his heart would never truly go out and the promise to explore a domain that perhaps had never been walked before by human feet was too much to past up.

"Okay, you got it big guy." He said with a kick and a jump, landing with surprising grace for a man with is muscle structure upon the back of the gargantuan turtle. "Do we lay down or... ?"
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Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:08 am

So much had happened since Onktabar got here. The sharks that were attacking these two humans, the fact on how they weren't even angry for him trying to stop them... But it had made Onktabar weary if they could hold off to the master of that realm. The questions back and forth, the information he was to gain because of talking with them, there were so many things that he had learned today, so much more about the mankind that stood here before him.
He had now the idea that they were ready, unlike the few he had to send before. Yet the giant beast couldn't help but have that slight inch of thought about it, that they too would fall after meeting the giant realm beast. He was waiting patiently for those to climb his back. His gigantic smile got rested as he would lower himself, making it easier for them to catch on. "Hmm? Oh, that wouldn't bother. My owner had taught me with a gravity that would even let him train on my back, he had no issue moving around as I was his gravity center. So please make yourself at ease..." He said as he would start to walk around a little around, getting them a little used towards the movements that he was making when walking before turning towards the more initial plan of his. Slowly and slightly letting the gravity getting to them. Yet if they were to jump high enough they would be loose from it, so it wasn't like they were trapped or anything. Ancient words were muttered and a bubble of air was made around them, you could touch it and wouldn't break on them. Moments later and they would go inside the sand. Onktabar had already used half of his capability with the Jutsu usage. At times like these, he was reminded of the harsh truth that he was old and forgotten. One that wasn't meant to roam these worlds.
The road wouldn't be the occasion boring one, it was actually Onktabar telling stories, many of the ones he knew. They would go from when he ran for the sea, till the point he made it into his own realm, the deep sea, till the point he had a master and how he lost it... But there was one part remaining a history for these shinobi. The part where he was still here and his master wasn't.
Eventually she sand would vanish and they seemed to make way for water, they would be shown with the paradise that the Deepsea would have to show them, they were around 600 feet already down below water so light would be a slight issue, yet Onktabar knew exactly where to go and dodged everything with ease that came towards them. "We might meet your friends here..." He mentioned the sharks earlier that they had met before, yet the beauty of this underwater world would be easily shown towards them.
The colors of the fishes, corals and underwater plants would be a sight to see, but Onktabar went first a slight bit deeper inside the water till they reached 3000 feet and even Onktabar got a slight trouble with holding on, on these depths. It didn't take long before they were entering some sort of underwater cave and soon were found on a 400 feet depth. There were skeletons all around them, both sharks and human-like features. Once they were floating on the surface there would a slight draft being inside here and Onktabar would go towards the land. An hour or two would have been passed and would eliminate just a little light enough to look towards the ground feet beside them. "This... is as far as I can take you, I may not pass on further." The turtle sounded tired as it placed itself down onto the stones. "I am too tired..." He spoke further, his voice easily showing that the time of this being was reaching towards the end and it had exhausted himself. "What I never told you, is that I was stuck inside this world because of my master, ever since I dwelled onto these lands for years and years till I lost the count. Searching for someone worthy, one that could complete the task that my master had to send me out on. 'Finish what I couldn't.'" And with that said Onktabar would close his eyes, a small smile would be rest. As they would be getting off the turtle it would slowly solve away, just like a summon but then different. It could be clear to them that Onktabar was a summon stuck in the shinobi world.

The place would soon be dark again and things were lurking towards them, would this be the final test to what Onktabar had judged them worthy for..? Was this a looming displace? It would up to them to what they did to see and search till they found this test. Or... would it find them first?
Inside this water cave, some spots were filled with water and others weren't. Sometimes the sounds of splashing water would echo around the place.
If they went further into the cave, the sound of water rippling, moving would be more hearable till a lot of sharks were visible, but they didn't attack just yet.
"And who are you to enter my domain, puny humans?
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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:24 am

The Oracle was not only curious but also compliant as she climbed upon the great back of Onktabar. The steep climb would crest atop the mound, a gently sloped plateau that she gripped with her fingertips wrapped around the ridges and she carefully seated herself at the highest point on the massive creature's shell. It was odd, it was as if she was sitting on top of a living building, she could feel it shift ever so slightly beneath her. She would wait for Katsuo to be seated next to her, he was not the curious kind but he was also not the sort to reject the prospect of an adventure. Well, perhaps a building was an understatement if what Onktabar said was true, such mass that there was a gravitational pull Onktabar claimed with a casual certainty.

She would hear the rumbling words, an antediluvian language that she did not know. She would look over at Katsuo and seek a glimmer of recognition. It was unlikely she would see any in him, but unlike her he could lie. The words did not make her apprehensive but the sinking did. The sand and then the darkness and then the earth would give way to water. She knew it was water only because she could see a glimmer or rather a shimmer of distant light from a source too far away. The waters would rise but they would not wash over them, shielded by an unseen barrier of air they remained dry and the muffled voice of their guide would continue on. Stories, most relevant only to the great turtle and of course to a knowledge-hungry woman such as Michi her blooming apprehension over the sea, a place where men dared not tread in Wind Country because there were monsters that lived in the deep. Those fears were not the product of stories or tall tales but rather real and terrible accounts. As they went deeper, her fears abated. Despite the chill of the darkness there was respite for her in the deep darkness even if this was not her home. "It is a shame Mikaboshi was not here to feel this," Michi admitted as she blindly jotted something down in her book. "Katsuo, are you there?" Her hand would sightlessly search for the Kazekage. It was out of character for her to state his or anyone's name so casually, that was the only true sign of her fear at this time. She was trying to hide it the best she could, counted breaths and a calm, soft voice. "Do you know where Onktabar is taking us?" There was a tone of concern in her voice, the water was unsettling because it was such an unknown. "I hope this is not the bay," she commented. That was a true sailor's graveyard for good reason.

Eventually they would come to a stop, there was still not much light, only darkness. Michi would cast a small, basic photon jutsu to cast some illumination on Onktabar's back. They were not as deep, she did not feel the same pressure in her ears. Here she would see the misshapen forms of sharks and men, a hyrbid she did not recognize. "How curious those are," she pointed into the dim depths at a skeletal form. "Have you ever seen anything like that?" The water's would recede on all sides, they had broken through the surface of the water but they were still in the dark. In a cave. This was as far as their ride was taking them, but why had it taken them there at all. "Where are we?" Always one to ask a question, she wondered if it was the 'right' question. "And what of the dead here? Should we tarry on?" So many questions, such as finish what and why?
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Sun Dec 30, 2018 9:44 am

Onktabar told them much about himself as they traveled. He spoke about his time as a hatchling as he went from the nest of eggs where he was born to the sea, to his life with his master and finally... the story of his master's death. The two seemed to be kindred spirits to Katsuo and he enjoyed each moment of the ride as Onktabar told his stories even though the stories came to a close on a sad final note. It was a truth that all warriors inevitably faced: that someday they would die in battle. It was a great war within the heart of each martial artist and fighter to accept that truth and make each and every moment count. It wasn't about how you died, it was how you spent the time between each breath you take.

"It is a shame Mikaboshi was not here to feel this,"

He heard Michi marvel out loud. Katsuo was doubtful that it truly was a shame that the Lord of the Deep Court were here for Katsuo didn't feel like Mikaboshi would have a particular appreciation for Onktabar's stories but the King Under the Sands had proven himself remarkably complex in the short time that Katsuo had known him. He preferred to play the part of a devil and had committed many crimes but in a way Mikaboshi did those things to fill a hole in his heart that he'd never even fully understood. It was one of the reasons that Katsuo had forgiven him. Every creature deserved an opportunity to prove itself better than the sum of their parts and so far Mikaboshi had honored his word to stay his hand from Sunagakure.

They burst into light and were suddenly underwater in a vast undersea space that was... indescribable. Words and language simply seemed insufficient to properly give description to the enormity of the place they appeared in and for a moment Katsuo felt a spike of sheer terror stab into his gut. Katsuo had never been underwater like this before in his life and this being the first experience was utterly terrifying.

"Katsuo, are you there?" He heard her say as he felt her fingers reach out and brush against his arm, searching for an anchor as she too marveled at the undersea world around them. He allowed her to take his arm and he nodded, mouth open and agape at the scene around them.

He could hear the fear in her voice and it immediately smothered any fear of his own that he was feeling under the weight of the protective instincts that made him the leader that he was. Michi was of the Deep Court, one of Mikaboshi's spawned creatures and once an enemy of their state but now she was one of his people. A part of his crew and his village. To a man in a position like Katsuo's, the entire village was his extended family and Katsuo had made a vow to himself a long time ago that he would never again forsake a member of his family. She was afraid and needed him to lean on which was more important to him than his fear towards the unknown.

"Yeah, I'm still here. I wouldn't leave you behind." He responded, his voice resolute.

You are in danger here my king. Caliburn's thoughts filled his own as Katsuo's eyes jumped from object to object in the dark waters around them, finding most of the floating debris to be human-shaped skeletons in various states of disassembly.

I am putting that together, yeah.

"Do you know where Onktabar is taking us?" Asked Michi with concern in her tone. She was right to be concerned. They didn't really know where Onktabar was taking them and this place was rapidly becoming apparent as some kind of underwater mass grave.

"That's a great question." He responded to her before rapping the tip of his boot upon the back of Onktabar's shell to hopefully get his attention. "What's the story here big guy, where are you taking us?"

The turtle did not respond immediately but before Katsuo could take further action, they appeared to arrive at the place where Onktabar intended to bring them. No longer out in the open water-space of the tremendous undersea realm that the turtle had brought them to, Onktabar came to rest on a strange rocky cavern-like pocket of stone, sand and most importantly oxygenated air for them to breathe.

"This... is as far as I can take you, I may not pass on further. What I never told you, is that I was stuck inside this world because of my master, ever since I dwelled onto these lands for years and years till I lost the count. Searching for someone worthy, one that could complete the task that my master had to send me out on. 'Finish what I couldn't.'

"That's not... you can't..." Katsuo searched for the words as his mind raced. Onktabar had told them the story of how his master had been killed already on the way down. Katsuo hadn't realized it but the giant turtle had been preparing them for the reason why he was bringing them here. He'd brought them down here to face the monster shark that had killed his master. "We didn't... !"

Katsuo's half-formed protests were in vain as the humongous turtle spirit dissolved into spirit particles almost immediately after arriving, returning back into Natural Energy the way a summon did when it's time was spent. Michi rattled off a few inquiries but before Katsuo could even think to respond to them, somewhat overwhelmed and angry that Onktabar had taken advantage of them like that, a gargantuan voice rumbled through the cavern.

"And who are you to enter my domain, puny humans?

Katsuo had to think fast. Had Onktabar brought them to some kind of shark world for this confrontation? It certainly seemed like it given the volume of water and the presence of the shark beasts that seemed to be gathering around them and they were very likely about to come face to face with the beast that had been powerful enough to slay Onktabar's master who, from the turtle's stories, had been pretty powerful in his own right. Sharks were predators and as that thought crossed his mind, Katsuo curiously recalled Michi's reference to Mikaboshi earlier. Despite being of the Deep Court and not the Wild Hunt, Mikaboshi was a consummate predator. He lived for the hunt and the kill and as a result there was one thing above all other things that Mikaboshi respected.

Strength.

"I am Sunahoshi Katsuo, Tenth Kazekage of Sunagakure and son of Primus. Stormbreaker and Iron Wolf." He announced, channeling what he remembered of what it had been like to "be" Mikaboshi and digging deep for any and all titles or nicknames he had ever been known as to make himself sound as official as he possibly could. In this moment, he needed the ruthlessness that the King of the Deep Court had granted him by becoming a part of him for so long and as he strode forward with his sword in his hand, ready to be unsheathed, there could be no doubt that Katsuo was a king. "Who are you to address me so rudely?"
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Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:14 am

Onktabar was left with no time. No time to explain why he had brought them, why they were here. He just had one hope, one to bring over the memory of the reason why he had brought them here.

A light particle would land upon the, in his eyes, young energy master.
"This... This is what I was trying to prepare you for." Were the words echoing from Onktabar...
A scene would be in front of them, they would be around yet merely a ghost inside a memory as a third person. Unable to interact with the timeline of that memory.
They were above in the docks, a younger looking turtle and a child. "Master! If you go that fast I cannot keep it up!" The turtle would scream as he tried to keep up. The child, to be guessed to be early teens end child. Was running in front till he stopped. "Adventure Onktabar! That is what is near! Let's go towards the caves!"
A next scene would be visual, the boy on top of the turtle as they descended, an air bubble around them. "how... how much further..." Spoke the young turtle, shivering and holding the boy perfectly onto place. "No idea... but I am glad I taught you gravity... otherwise you would have shaken me off! Take it, easy buddy, I am here!" Seconds later they would be surrounded by many shark-like creatures and taken with further down. That is where they could see how they went down towards the room that was for them now only a little bit further ahead.
"And who are you to enter my domain, puny human?
The same voice would be there, the turtle half hiding in his shell and keeping the human behind him. "Onktabar and my master... Just let us go, we wish to mean no harm!" Onktabar pleaded as soon as he knew who they had in front of them. Hmmm~ And on what would you sacrifice to leave him to go?" The shark-like creature would grin upon them and as soon as he said that the boy would get in front. "Me! You get me! I challenge you!" A grin formed by the lord, a maelstrom was made and the boy was being tested. As the boy stepped towards it, the judging moment was there. For a moment it looked like the boy would get his mind on the setting. "You aren't scared... right..?" The shark had a nasty grin on his face. As the boy slowly motioned back, that was the moment he made a mistake. Not a single moment of hesitation was left from the shark beside the young boy. Lady death will consume your worthless to be one of us..." Just like that the boy was killed off by another shark that jumped out of the pool. Without Onktabar able to react quick enough the boy lay there, still breathing, gasping more to say. It started to reach out toward the turtle and his eyes turning slight lifeless. "Why... why master..." The sharks were left laughing as they moved back. Worthless, sacrifice less... And the wrong answer... You aren't worthy to be one of us... You aren't aggressive at all." Were the words echoed in the cave.
The boy on his last breath took one more action. "Onktabar... please... for me... Finish the adventure... the adventure that we couldn't do together... Get someone worthy... Worthy to get them... I wasn't the one." And thus, the arm lay lifeless.


As soon as the echo of the memory was gone, more should have been cleared up. Onktabar hadn't betrayed them but given them a huge opportunity. Surudoi, the lord of this realm. But tell me one thing, puny humans... Why should you be worthy, unlike the kid that turtle brought? The Lady of Death doesn't like waiting." Surudoi was huge, almost seven feet tall and from all the others surrounding him, it was displayed he was one of the smaller ones. The other sharks were surrounding him making him the center of the pool of death. He wears a long leather trench coat, his pants were matching as this was to hide the few parts of humanity left by him. Once he grinned to them, the display of Razor sharp teeth was shown and as he raised his hand in order to gain an answer from them, the sharp nails were shown. Strange symbols were covering his body as he went through a transformation earlier in his life. You had defeated a few of my kin, tell me... Why would I spare you and not sacrifice towards the lady? A few sharks started to swirl around in circles, slowly and the tiny bit faster and faster while Surudoi started to move in front of the slowly existing maelstrom forming behind him.
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 3:37 am

A waking dream brought them back to the misadventure of a young boy and a turtle that ventured too far and too deep. The boy unceremoniously devoured by the deep, with a clue supplied by the memory of what they sought. And so this was where this adventure would take them. To an ending or to a climax. The tale of a boy and an adventure, of fear and recoil and ultimately of rejection for his hesitation. Rejection from what, indeterminate. However, what she was certain of was the fact that victory, bravery, aggression and fear were not mutually exclusive states. So in the deep, surrounded by strange beasts some with legs and parts of men as well as shark some more like sharks entirely with their rows of sharp teeth that would bite and rip, tear and gnash she assessed them for what they were. Bullies.

Surudoi, the lord of this realm. But tell me one thing, puny humans... Why should you be worthy, unlike the kid that turtle brought? The Lady of Death doesn't like waiting."

And that was the right question.

"Because I am more clever than you," Michi replied. "Because you boast that it is aggression that you seek, but that is not true. Aggression can be seen as two faces on a single coin. Their is the dominant aggressive and there is the desperate aggressive. The one that fights because there is no choice but to fight despite it being a futile effort. Yet in my experience, there is nothing quite as terrifying or as terrible as the knowledge that there is a roiling cauldron of strength and rage beneath a placid surface that none can see." However, the problem with bullies is they were all brawn and no wit.

Step 1:

Keep the shark talking long enough for the Kazekage to get the notion that this is when he should power-up. This was certainly not a shouen manga, but this is one of those moments were fantasy might become a reality. He would only have ten-seconds but in the life of a shinobi that was plenty of time to summon an impressive display of power.

"He..." she gestured towards Katsuo. "He is the storm," she warned. It was a truth, she was incapable of lying. "And I... am just here for the academic excursion, but if you want to see aggression," she took off her jacket and folded it before she placed it on the ground. "I will happily oblige, but I must ask what benefit is there for us if you are all dead?" That was the thing with bullies, they were at heart cowards. Standing up to them, looking them in the eye and saying 'not today.' Aggression is simply a pony show, attempting to get someone to back off because you are really mad, crazy enough to wield that anger and the strength to make that use a viable threat.

"You had defeated a few of my kin, tell me... Why would I spare you and not sacrifice towards the lady?"

Step 2

Show no fear. Eye contact. Move in their directions, Shoulders square with the leader.

"Because we are not sacrifices, because that involves ether our acquiescence or defeat and you, Surudoi have neither. While I have no personal quarrel with you, my safety is now imperiled as well as that of my king." Yes, she called the Sunahoshi Kazekage her king. There was a deference in being titled as such, and again while she may be one to deceive she is not one to lie. "So even if we are not ethically inclined or somehow engaged in this impending battle as an act of vengeance for one we have never met or knew sympathies for, we have no choice but to fight." She took a step towards the shark, even if there was fear she would not show it. She would not betray her sentiments with actions. "And I suppose you might ask if I am afraid," she took another step. "We will determine that when the first of us screams," she understood the challenge and she was an expert at manipulation.

Step 3

Make the first move and hope that Katsuo was smart enough as to follow through.

Black Blockade [Mastered] cast on Surudoi, self and Katsuo with the intention of trapping us all inside the same enclosed space. A technique that seals off an area with a powerful wall of chakra; preventing both entry and exit for a limited time. Cut off from the outside world, those within are trapped until the barrier falls or the user is defeated. So there was really only one way out and that was victory or defeat.

If effective, she states the following. "We're not running, and neither are you."
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Surudoi, the lord of this realm. But tell me one thing, puny humans... Why should you be worthy, unlike the kid that turtle brought? The Lady of Death doesn't like waiting."

Katsuo barely heard the words of the lord of the Shark Contract beneath the blood that rushed to his ears in anger. His breathing quickened with each lung full as Michi took the stage before them and spoke. He couldn't do it. In his mind's eye he couldn't help but replay that scene. Onktabar and his young companion had come to this place unbidden and paid for their trespassing with the kid's life.

What a waste. He thought to himself, crackles of gilded lightning unconsciously playing across his neck and shoulders in response to the surge of emotion he was feeling.

My king, you are letting your anger run away with you.

"No. Use it. Give me everything we have." He said quietly outloud to Caliburn. Michi was a few paces ahead of him and focused on Surudoi so it was unlikely she'd even hear him open his mouth. He could vaguely hear the words she was saying but one line caught his notice, bringing him back to the moment.

He is the storm.

Holding Caliburn out in front of him horizonally, there was a microburst of air originating from where Katsuo was standing as Caliburn complied with her king's command. She reached through him, snagging the raw tangle of hurt and anger that his emotions had become and wove it all around him in a cocoon of crackling light that split the ground around his feet as it howled. Her will to carry out her king's command and his anger harmonized into a single frequency that shook the very ground they stood upon and send crawling spiders of surging lightning pouring across the surface of the island that they stood on. As Michi spoke in the forefront, giving his transformation a proper introduction, Katsuo wordlessly said everything he needed to with the reservoir of natural energy that he was tapping into. Caliburn was still with him from when he'd summoned her to his side during the first engagement with the sharks and so there was only a moment of time between him raising his sword and the blast of transforming energy that coursed across his body. [Entering Sage Mode which activates Caliburn's Soul Regalia - Legendary Weapon (Master Rank)]

"Good is that which evil fears..." Whispered Katsuo, reciting the ancient ranger code that he'd been raised to respect and uphold.

The cloth he wore across his upper body stretched under the strain of his bulging muscles for only a moment before an errant bolt of energy split one of the seams and sent the unfortunate garment tumbling away in a gust of lightning and wind, burning to cinders as it did behind him. In it's place the golden light that burned around him coalesced into a radiant raiment of jewelry and adornment that much more had the appearance that one might associate with a king. His red hair flickered as it stood on end and was quickly replaced with a similar gold style chain as his transformation into a vision of the Golden King became complete. In this state, Katsuo's partner Caliburn was no where to be seen as the essence of her form was absorbed into his transformation reinforcing both his spirit and his body.
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"And justice is when those fears are made reality."

The words he'd spoken had been no louder than a whisper. A promise to himself more than anything else. Caliburn didn't need to warn him that this opponent was way beyond any of them. He knew that. He could feel the killing intent of Surudoi weighing down on him like the pressure of a thousand pounds of weights on his shoulders but there was no way he could turn from this fight. Was this the way Primus had felt facing down Fuujin and Homura? He had to have known that there was no logical way that he could come out of that battle on top. Facing either one of them alone in a battle was a monumental feat in itself but both the Ancient Lord of Sun and Sky and the Ancient Lord of Iron and Flame at the same time? It was madness. And yet he was not afraid. Not a single ounce of Katsuo was afraid of the coming battle. After all, as Michi had pointed out, he was the storm. [Switching into +4 Accuracy/-4 Dodge Offensive Stance]

And lightning feared no man or beast.

With a flicker of moment that made a noise like a cacophonous peal of thunder, Katsuo exploded from where he was standing and rushed past Michi leaving behind a jet stream of crackling superheated air behind him as he closed the distance with Surudoi, hoping to get the jump on the beast man. Surudoi was ten feet tall but Katsuo was no slouch in height himself so with a small hop into the air Katsuo appeared at eye level with the shark man and reared back with the intention of slamming his forehead directly into Surudoi's face. ["Fist" of Virtue - Kindness (Master Rank) with Reckless Dependent Special Move Double Edge]

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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:36 am

"He is the storm," The shark laughed at that, that wasn't true. It wasn't like that at all. A big grin was forming upon his features. He was listening towards this tiny human, but the words didn't reach his brain fully. He took his stance and made a mistake to fully focus on her, as she was the one taking actions right now. His small brain made that motion and thought. Yet as how he was trapped, he soon noticed his mistake and started to lean a bit more backward. "Hmm... So this was your thoughts, take it 2 to 1." He grinned. He thought he could play the game that she played too, but knew deep down without his friends this would be tricky.

There was the fancy boy changing his colors and ways. Slowly he started to give a grimace. "So... You think you can take me on?" He questioned and spread his arms, this behavior could have been cocky. His arms were spread, giving an invitation. Yet he had to admit that this person was now quite tall, something he had no understanding of, as humans were always strange creatures and he used them to please the Lady of death.

By the sudden bash on his head, he was taken aback. A sound left the shark, a surprised one. This was never done to him in no matter how or why. 1 step, 2 steps were taken back and the shark held his head. A loud tsk left him and he sadly had to admit to doing this, they had to have real guts. The smile that was first gone from his face soon was one to turn back. "If you really think like that..." He would reach with his hand towards his teeth, the unending growing teeth in his mouth, he broke two of them off. Threw them towards them, either they would catch it or it would fall on the floor. "If you really dare... Why not take the test?" He grinned and would take a slight step to the side, where the whirl of raging water was behind them. "Pour your blood, let the death decide?" He wasn't going to admit to them, that their bold action would have been one that he would praise. Yet he knew he would gain questions. "If you are daring to take me on... one on one, did such an action. You do deserve to be in our ranks, if you think you can handle that... Pour your blood, cut by my teeth, in to the whirl, let the whirl decide and you may or may not be in our ranks." Bluff, give them a reason to believe they wouldn't gain such a thing. "But first...." and yet.....

For such an action, he couldn't take a hit back. He pulled his arm back, made sure his arm would have been coated. Using tiny and tiny shark teeth, interlocking with each other to make his own skin hardened on his arm and hand. "Payback~" He chimed a little with his voice as he tried to take a direct hit towards the blond boy. Maybe a tiny spar after the contract seal could calm his ache.


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Used: Rough Skin - Shark Contract Independent Special Move.

The contract offered with the 'dare'

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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:02 am

Something dramatic was happening behind her, she could feel the static energy raise the hair on her head. She did not look back, looking back would mean that she was no longer watching the shark and she needed to stand her ground without being stupid enough to as to leave her back to a god-like creature. Courage was something that transpired not in the absence of fear but despite fear. Fear was natural but the brave were resilient, or perhaps foolish. She was sadly neither, but she was strong. Strong enough in any case to bolster someone more capable than her.

"Hmm... So this was your thoughts, take it 2 to 1."

"Big fish, little pond," Michi replied. A victory goes to the winner, not the person that played fair.

And then Katsuo headbutted the Lord of the Shark Contract. He had somehow lost his shirt in the process, possibly the only boon of the day. Everyone has a magical girl sequence and Katsuo's apparently involved partial nudity and bleaching his hair. A fact that did not take away from the epic nature of the fact that the Kazekage cranium was hard enough as to cause the Lord of the Realm to stagger back. To stagger back and then break two of his own teeth from his own maw. He would toss them forward and Michi made no attempt to catch the bony bit and she would move aside and endure a wide breadth between herself and her teeth.

"If you really dare... Why not take the test?"

Michi was not going to release the black blockade, rather she was going to continue to disable her opponent and empower her ally. "A dare?" She repeated, her hands continuing to move through a series of handseals rather than retrieve the bit of ivory.

"Pour your blood, let the death decide?"

"How about... no," Michi announced as she completed her final handseal. Tree binding, spread with her mastery of genjutsu to not only the shark himself but also his shadow so that if he were somehow capable of breaking his illusionary fetters there would be another illusion ready to restrain him in place of the previous. "Aggression... now masochism, quite the contrarian. Do you even know what you want?" Michi did not know that acquiescing would have impressed the shark, there was no way of knowing that but considering the narrative of this situation she would not care to impress anything upon the creature besides its own incompetence considering the fact that they were given the haunting image of a child being murdered mere minutes earlier. That they were being threatened minutes earlier. That he was referencing this lady death, assuming death has a gender of course. No, it would be illogical to harm oneself whilst facing a previously self-proclaimed threat that had violent tendencies substantiated by the information shared by a magic sea turtle in the desert.

"If you are daring to take me on... one on one, did such an action. You do deserve to be in our ranks, if you think you can handle that... Pour your blood, cut by my teeth, in to the whirl, let the whirl decide and you may or may not be in our ranks."

She shook her head side to side. No. She took a step forward. "Demanding a one on one fight once isolated from your allies. Demanding we spill our blood, weakening one of us in the process," she took another step forward. She was of course nervous, she had every right to be. She did not have the power to control how she felt, but she had the power to choose how she reacted to her emotions. "This sounds like fear."

"But first...."

He would attempt to strike Katsuo and Michi would attempt to intercede, assuming he broke through her bind or overpowered it in the first place. Assuming he rejected or overcame the same spell on his shadow, she would have to react. She would not be able to erect a barrier between the creature's fist and her ally's face, but she could give the man a bigger target. It was the shark's shadow, that monstrous fiend behind him that she would bring to light. [Denied Mind Shadow]

"Payback~"

If it hit or not, she would not be capable of interceding. She would, however give Katsuo an additional target. "Don't prioritize the darkness, but it you can hit the fish twice you may as well do so," she announced. They were not going to genuflect before a murderer. They were not going to join -their- troupe. If anything, the shark was going to be dragged home in chains.
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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Fri Feb 01, 2019 12:29 am

Slamming the surface of his forehead into Surudoi's was like head-butting a block of solid steel. Pain blossomed across his face as he landed back on his feet and Surudoi staggered back, first one step and then a second step. In any normal competition of power, a simple stagger in his opponent would have been meaningless but for a human being to have laid a hand on a creature as vastly powerful as Surudoi and given him pause for even a heartbeat was a feat of enormous size. Glaring back at the Shark Overlord with eyes that were full of fury, Katsuo was certain that even though there was no reasonable way that they could overcome the beast that stood before them he had made sure that Surudoi would not soon forget the golden king that had stood before him and defied him. Blood poured down his face from the self-inflicted wound he'd given himself by bashing his head into the rough exterior of the shark's head but despite that Katsuo never took his eyes off of his opponent for even a moment.

"More where that came from big guy. Pool's open." Katsuo taunted, unblinking. He was determined to go to his death bowed by this monster that had murdered a child for fun. Spiders of golden lightning arced down Katsuo's shoulders and chest, springing off of his body and into the ground near where he stood in a crouched stance leaving small gouges of searing heat where they touched the stone beneath him. "Water's fine."

Surudoi bounced back from the surprised irritation plain on his face and returned a toothy smirk back to his face as he rubbed the tiny curl of blood from his face off with a churlish teeth sucking noise.

"If you really dare... Why not take the test?"

The shark creature then threw two of his enlarged teeth down to the ground in front of them and challenged them to throw their blood into the whirl of sea water behind him. To her credit, Michi was having none of it. She refused any part in the creature's game and continued to stand defiant in the face of his taunting demand but for Katsuo's part the offer stood out to him. There was no way they could overcome Surudoi as they were, not even if they fought together. This wasn't a scenario where their faith in each other and the power of friendship would help them overcome their adversary. He was simply too far beyond them to walk away from this fight was against everything Katsuo believed in. He was faced with a choice that one way or another forced him to betray one of his principles. Did he join forces with MIchi here in a defiant stand against evil knowing that they would almost certainly die and leave the state of Sunagakure to fend for itself in the war? What of the promise he'd made to Naganisa and to all of the others about fighting for a better tomorrow?

Or did he walk away and let Surudoi simply get away with his crimes?

My king-- !

Caliburn's mental warning came almost a moment too late as Surudoi's stepped forward and brought his tremendous fist bearing down on Katsuo in retaliation for the blow that the Kazekage had landed on him earlier. His partner's warning snapping him back into the moment, Katsuo raised his arms and in that moment a gilded dome of crackling energy sprang into life just in time to catch Surudoi's fist before it could strike home. With Katsuo and Caliburn's will together behind the barrier, it seemed almost for a moment like they might put off the great beast's attack entirely but the progress of the attack was halted only briefly as Surudoi's knuckles bit through the barrier and slammed into Katsuo's raised forearms, sending him skidding backwards several paces and only a little bit past MIchi. Lightning played across the bloody patch where he'd caught Surudoi's attack, skin and exposed muscle oozing blood that dripped to the stone floor as the arcs of electricity lined the edges of the wound and began to knit it back together through Caliburn's influence.

"I'll do it." Katsuo announced, in contrary to Michi's initial rejection of the offer. "On one condition. I want the right to come back here and challenge you. Any time, any where. No rain checks, no chickening out."

There was no avoiding the simple truth that he could not hold Surudoi accountable for his actions in this moment. He simply lacked the power to make that possible. But there could potentially be a time in the future, some distant day far down his path as a sage, that Katsuo possessed enough power to make that thought into a reality.

But he needed to be clear that Surudoi would accept his challenge first.
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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:42 am

A hit... A direct hit on himself which was something he had never experienced before, something he couldn't brace for with his scales. "What in the huntings name?!" He shouted at it surprised as he had tried to hit the other in full attack. Yet it seemed something like him had turned against him, hurt him in a way he didn't yet understand. Yet it seemed, after trying to move a little, it didn't attack him back unless he attacked. So he figured something out, don't attack and go on the offensive what they had done, yet his aggressive side didn't really let that blossom through. As his glance finally went towards the other human... He was turning amused, he honestly was amused at the fact how they were and the fact he wounded the other. Yet not lethally which was most of the time. "You are really something... You both are..." The mutters were, sadly for the shark lord, out loud. Yet one of them seemed to be opposing him, a grin was given at the small figure (for him).
"On one condition. I want the right to come back here and challenge you. Any time, anywhere. No rain checks, no chickening out."Were the words of the person that had headbutted him, taunted him. "If a rematch you want, a rematch you can get. That is... if you make it." He said, yet as he was aggressive, he was one from honor. If they to undertake the 'test' to be partners from him. A contract by them. He wouldn't mind to take up a fight with them on more... fair... terms.

"If you wish to sign a contract with me, fight me once more... drop your blood in the whirl behind me, let the sharks judge your worth... I won't hurt you in the meanwhile, and we get a rematch. One on fair terms this time. As I am a shark of my words on that." His eyes, it seemed to have this kind of gleam to them as he spoke. "Cut yourself with my tooth, let the blood in the whirl... If you are accepted, there is no attack." The last part was bluf... but they didn't need to know, yet the gigantic shark would step to the side, cross his arms and watch them both. He kept watching at the female... "What have you done to me exactly... Because you made a perfect copy of myself which hurts..." He quietly asked.

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Re: From the Badlands to Godsfall [Dual Contract Search]

Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:36 pm

"I'll do it."

Katsuo announced, Michi shot him a look as if to say what? Are you mad?

"On one condition. I want the right to come back here and challenge you. Any time, any where. No rain checks, no chickening out."

Katsuo made an audacious proposal -- fight me again. She looked at him, he was a madman but she was not going to correct him. If he wanted to engage in a round of fisticuffs against the shark at a later date, who was she to stop him. The fact that she considered the shirtless village leader mad was nothing she needed to state.

"If a rematch you want, a rematch you can get. That is... if you make it."

What did he mean by the later? She did not trust him.

"If you wish to sign a contract with me, fight me once more... drop your blood in the whirl behind me, let the sharks judge your worth... I won't hurt you in the meanwhile, and we get a rematch. One on fair terms this time. As I am a shark of my words on that."

Again with the blood in the water. To what ends, to drive the swarm into a feeding frenzy? At least that was her presumption. A bit repetitive if that was his end goal, but she did not take the shark as a particularly clever creature. It did not matter, she had what she needed from the shark if that was his end goal. She already knew what she would have to do. She had already contemplated the steps, this would require that she broke her black blockade and that they would submit themselves to the will or the whim of the swarm. In exchange for a what? A contract? She understood contracts and deals, those were simply a part of her nature but unlike her he was not bound to his word. She had no reason to trust a murderer that sucker-punched the Kazekage. But he had no reason to trust her either, she might be small but she was wily. She would release the barrier and she would take the tooth. Letter of the contract, but not the spirit thereof.

"What have you done to me exactly... Because you made a perfect copy of myself which hurts..."

"It is no copy, I just made your shadow tangible," Michi replied. It was him, the shadow merely an extension. "It would be a shame if I was attacked and the viscous hoard sought the wrong target," she commented. She was not going to slice her hand, that would make using handseals more difficult, potentially slower or sloppier. Still blood from her hand. She looked down at the dorsum of her hand, there were plenty of veins there. A minor prick would allow for enough blood to color the water but it would clot within seconds with or without pressure. The superficial wound would be on her hand as agreed and released into the whirl and she would simply wait, the one thing she did not release was the Shark's exposed shadow.

If they attacked, she would make sure that there was a one in three, if not less of a chance that those attacks would hit her. The odds would not be as favorable for the shark.
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