Date: September 2, 2015
A team led by Kaido goes to take back a shipment of valuable things!
"Armored Bandits; Armed Bandit (and Team!)"
Land of Fire
Retrieving a stolen caravan is a pretty common occurance for shinobi. A simple enough mission… except this time. The messenger who was supposed to be getting the request to Konoha to track the caravan down ran over a spot that was too rough and injured his horse's leg… Then he sprained his own ankle a few miles later. Still, he finally made it with the assistance of some Genin who were returning from a training exercise to make request. Time is of the essence here, so the team was filled with a few Inuzuka and whoever else was readily available.
What is known is that the caravan was stolen just north of Kadomai and is headed toward Fuuma Alley. If it makes it to Fuuma, the goods will be distributed among the black market almost immediately and the wagon disposed of, meaning the goods will be unrecoverable and the mission deemed a failure. That, however, is not the only problem. The messenger doesn't know the level of ability of these men, whether they're common thugs or if any among them have any shinobi training. Still, it shouldn't be too difficult for tracking experts to catch up despite not having a clue yet as to what way the caravan went other than its last general location pointed out by a man with a hobbled leg and a hobbled horse who was very late delivering his message… right?
This is right up Kaido's alley, he's been chafing at being stuck in the Academy for a few weeks, making sure the students are well along in their studies (not to mention Bandit, Bolt and Doborou were whining about needing some exercise). When the messanger manages to make it to make the request, Kaido snaps it up right away to the amusement of most of the Jounin Council. He immediately sends a few hawks to two of his teammates who are available, Shinobu and Tatsuo and sends two more to Zori and Shinji to insure a balance of tracking and fighting ability in case this is something more serious than a stolen caravan. He gets the info on the last known location of the caravan and then turns to his team, with his nin-ken, all of whom look just as pathetically eager as their human partner is.
Kaido says, "Ok guys, we have a stolen caravan that's on it's way to Fuuma Alley, our mission is to track and recover it intact and capture or eliminate the thieves, Shinobu, you and Kame will take point with Bolt once we reach the last known location and start to track it. I'll take tail with Bandit and Shinji, you'll take Zori and Tatsuo and follow Shinobu closely. Any questions? Time's a wasting so if you have any, now's the time to ask, because once we go, we'll be going fast."
Tatsuo shifts the small pack on his back to make sure it's tight in place for the trip. He was certainly ready to go and had all of his materials that he needed to fight as well as some medic stuff. It was weird how after just telling some of the others about the lack of missions one popped up…it was a good thing though! He needed to do more than just train on his own in the training yard. The boy is silent as he looks around at the rest of the group, his eyes eventually settling on Kaido as he speaks and giving a small nod of understanding. But no questions from him!
Zori read the message from the hawk and ran out his room. The Jounin that was in charge of keeping a eye on Zori followed behind him. Zori had taken his pill well beforehand. The medicine has already taken effect since then. Zori finaly arrived at the mission meeting point. Zori listens to what Kaido had to say and responds "No questions from me" His Jounin was behind him glancing up ahead at the others remaining quiet as they talk. His eyes shift from one to the other as they talk amongst each other.
Shinobu got the hawk! Well, she was at home reading over a few medic manuals that Kenta had given her. It was a bit of a scramble to gather her supplies, and then she was sprinting out the door! The girl has Kame in her arms when they get to the meeting point, and she glances around to her teammates for the day. The unfamiliar are shuffled away from, the girl slightly nervous around the big scary older folks. At least she wouldn't have to see them, right? Kame is set down for the time being while both focus some of their chakra so they can ready their tracking skills.
Despite having been in the midst of a blissful sleep, Uchiha Shinji awakens just in time to receive a message via hawk from the headmaster of the Academy. A mission, and Kaido called him? He's strangely unsurprised. The young man attires himself most appropriately in his traditional Uchiha garb and sets out for the meeting site, arriving in a timely fashion. He shoots Kaido an apparently meaningful glance before settling in to hear the details of the situation.
"Track down the caravan, recover it, get rid of the thieves one way or another. No questions. I feel a bit like the wagons are circled being in the mid formation, though," he comments, tone as calm and/or dull as ever. Casually, Shinji steps forward and gestures toward Tatsuo and Zori. "With me, then, boys. Time's burning, like the man said."
Kaido just nods and motions to the guards to open the the gates and then calls back, "Alright… go, conserve your chakra but I want us there YESTERDAY!" with that Bolt bursts forwards with a yip to Kame to get her moving as Kaido waits for the group to go ahead of him and then he and Bandit taking care of the back end of the group.
Tatsuo moves close to Shinji, nodding to the Chuunin silently before preparing to go. Once Kaido gives the order and Shinobu and Kame take the lead he would follow right after. His senses are open as they travel, trying to look for anything suspicious just to keep safe on the trip. Can't really get there fast if they end up running into trouble after all!
Zori listens to Shinji and nods "Alright then were with you" and Kaido speaks up and Zori listens to him as well and grins "Yesterday? Impossible" With that Zori and the Jounin goes forward with the rest of the group. Zori's wires are then summoned within the area while he focused his chakra.
Kame yips and bounds after Bolt, the pup not as large as the older ninken. She's forced to really sprint to try and keep up, and Shinobu is following close behind. They have their senses as open as they can while they press forward, the Inuzuka Duo determined to hunt down this wagon and the bad guys.
COMBAT: Kaido focuses 3033 stamina to turn it into 3000 usable chakra!
RPCOMBAT: Kaido defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…54
COMBAT: Tatsuo focuses 4064 stamina to turn it into 5000 usable chakra!
RPCOMBAT: Tatsuo defends against with a PERCEPTION…28
COMBAT: Zori focuses 5623 stamina to turn it into 7000 usable chakra!
RPCOMBAT: Zori defends against with a WIRE-SENSATION…49
RP: Shinobu transforms into KAME'S-INTUITION.
RPCOMBAT: Shinobu defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…58
COMBAT: Shinobu focuses 1992 stamina to turn it into 2500 usable chakra!
COMBAT: Shinji focuses 5663 stamina to turn it into 7139 usable chakra!
RP: Shinji transforms into SHARINGAN-III.
RPCOMBAT: Shinji defends against with a PERCEPTION…28
Shinji moves out once Tatsuo and Zori fall in with him, moving at a steady clip so that he keeps up, but that he's not too far separated from the shinobi pair he's been charged with. Ordinarily, the Uchiha's a less than cheerful presence, but he seems to be of a determined mind in this particular task. Whatever his motivation, the young man follows the path taken by the lead and breathes steadily in the doing, gradually amassing chakra within himself in preparation for the inevitable.
As he moves, Shinji's eyes begin to glow red as their pattern changes, manifesting three tomoe. A precaution, perhaps. Could be other bandits out along the road. Could be a trap, the entire thing.
The team is off to a good start. While Shinji and Tatsuo don't pick up anything too useful, luckily the Inuzuka are doing their jobs, and even Zori manages to pick up something. For Zori's part, his wires would find some wheel tracks a bit more rigid than the others, made as if whoever left them was in a hurry. In the same direction those tracks head, there is a fading set of scents…. Horses… and a good number of men larger than it would take to man a caravan normally. Of course, along with this comes a much closer and stronger scent… the stench of a pile of bodies hidden behind bushes that seem to have been sitting there for a few days now by their stench and state of decay. All that's left to do now is stay on the right trail and hope to catch these bandits in time.
Bandit growls and Kaido's lips tighten with a nod, Bolt looks back and Kaido catches his eye as well, nodding to his young nin-ken to let him know he's smelled what they have. He calls out, "Bolt, you and Kame range out a bit farther, I want ample warning when we come across the caravan and the thieves." He then says to the rest of the group, "Ok, we've got a lot more people than we can account for that would be needed to steal a caravan. What does that tell you?" Everything can be turned into a lesson, and it's good to get the Genin thinking strategically and tactically, especially if they're going to be Chuunin someday.
Tatsuo doesn't see anything of import…but then he's just here to help, he's not the tracking type really. When they reach their destination and Kaido speaks the boy looks to him with a faint, uncertain frown as he tries to figure out what his team leader means. "Um, if there's more than there should normally be it likely means a team of bandits or something that would use greater numbers to attack and now guard." At least that's Tatsuo's opinion, for what little it's worth.
'They… expect us…?' Shinobu offers to Kaido tentatively through a communicative genjutsu. 'Or just… trouble… in general…' Kame and Shinobu are more than disturbed by the evil scent of decaying bodies, and the latter has to focus a bit more on keeping her last meal down than on tracking. Kame races ahead with Bolt, still sniffing out the targets. Yip! ~Do you think they're close?~ she wonders, panting a bit as she starts to feel the strain of constant running at her fastest pace.
It so happens that Shinji had some specialty training as a strategist and tactician while at the Academy, but he initially keeps his trap shut. The Uchiha knows who the question was really intended for, and when each answers - the Genin in particular - he looks to them with glowing eyes to consider the merits of their assessments. Just a glance, for he wishes to keep his attention to the fore as often as is possible. The flow of chakra his Sharingan perceives might also unveil something of import.
"At least partly correct, I'd say. Larger numbers for a more effective assault," Shinji says, nodding toward Tatsuo. However, he tilts his brow forward and lifts a clawed finger to point when Shinobu answers. "You were on to something with your first line of thinking. An unusually large group seizes a caravan, leaves various obvious clues, and takes a path we can easily follow them on. They're headed somewhere with it that we wouldn't want them to go, so we'll hurry to try and intercept."
Looking ahead to Kaido, Shinji predicts, "Setup."
Kaido nods at Shinji, "Precisely… which is why I want ample warning… and why we're going to slow down, I don't want us to stumble onto them before we're ready." He makes a peculiar whistle and Bolt pulls back a bit and nudge Kame to slow down and keep their noses and senses sharp. Kaido says, "My guess is, we'll find the caravan, but there will be no one visible near it and once we approach it to investigate, we'll be ambushed… keep that in mind." He glances up at the trees, "I think it's time we took to the trees and got some better perspective on things." He and Bandit leap up to the highest branch of the trees next to them.
RP: Kaido transforms into BANDIT-II.
RPCOMBAT: Kaido defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…41
Tatsuo listens to what the others have to say and nods a little bit as he does so. It all makes sense…why didn't he think of that? Maybe he's not as good a strategist as he thought…hmm…Tatsuo looks around a bit more before he follows Kaido into the trees, keeping his senses as outwards as he can. For what little good it does. For now he's just kind of uselessly following along.
RPCOMBAT: Tatsuo defends against with a PERCEPTION…22
RPCOMBAT: Zori defends against with a WIRE-SENSATION…33
RPCOMBAT: Shinobu defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…65
Shinobu and Kame both slow down, Kame forced to slow down a bit more than her partner. It was welcome relief to the pup, and she is able to keep a better nose on the different scents as she hunts down any that might be nearby. Shinobu nods quietly to Shinji, also keeping an eye out for… Well, anything, really!
Shinji leaps up into the trees and lands upon the first available branch on Kaido's order. However, when he hears Zori's announcement, the young man takes a few leaps away from the intended path to inspect these tracks from above. They get the cogs turning in his head, and though he may be frowning in thought, it's difficult to tell when it comes to him.
Slowly, Shinji inhales and holds his breath for a moment. "Second wagon. Could be two wagons," the young man says on the exhale, addressing his thoughts to Kaido. "The tracks are rigid, like the wagon's weighted down and can't shift easily. Maybe they really were after the goods, but they put them on another wagon and hoped we'd chase the first caravan. Take us out when we get there, or at least delay them, while the second wagon gets away."
Shinji lifts a shoulder as he pushes up from a crouch, adding for Kaido's benefit, "Just a theory. If it plays out, well, that's make this bunch smart for ordinary bandits."
Shinji, having offered his advice, continues to follow along per Kaido's direction.
While the others haven't found anything else useful yet, the Inuzuka are still on their game. This IS a specialty mission for them after all. Oddly, the further they go ahead, it becomes apparently that none of their theories are quite right. What they do notice in contrast, though, is that more wheel tracks have entered the fray as they move. Another wagon… and another… and another… Soon enough it becomes apparently that they're chasing a fleet of wagons, but the question then becomes which are carrying stolen goods and which are simply there for defense against any who would try to deter them along the way. Either way, this is going to be a lot more difficult than simply stopping a single wagon.
RPCOMBAT: Kaido defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…51
Kaido frowns and mutters a quiet curse, making Bandit jump and stare at the man, "They're getting smarter…" He pulls out the request scroll and looks it over, wanting to know what sort of goods the caravan in question was carrying, perhaps the scents of those things will lead them to the correct one. He then reconsiders, if they were smart enough to use decoy caravans, it's likely they've also thought to mask the contents as well. He says, "We're still a few days behind, and now we have the added problem of multiple caravans, we're going to have to take a shortcut and get ahead of them and slow them down before we can check each one of them." He pulls out his map and studies it, his map being more detailed than most about the Land of Fire and he says, "I think I see a way… Ok guys, we're heading south east then cutting across the border of the Land of Lightning and then slashing north… if they're sticking to the road we should be able to intercept them at a chokepoint safely away from Fuuma Alley and bottle them up. We'll see if we can borrow some horses from the Kumo outpost at the border to make it there quicker."
Tatsuo frowns down as the tracks split off into multiples and he shakes his head a bit in annoyance. This was not going to be good! Dark eyes narrow down at the tracks as Tatsuo drops down to them to look them over, trying to see if they all weighed the same…or different. Of course it could all be a trick anyways if they purposefully weighed one down. There was something strange going on here and Tatsuo wasn't a fan. When Kaido starts speaking again the teen looks back up to him, listening to what he has to say before nodding again. His eyes skim the others quickly, pausing on Shinobu and Kame to try and give them a reassuring smile. It comes off a little strange though since he ain't very reassured himself!
RPCOMBAT: Tatsuo defends against with a PERCEPTION…23
RPCOMBAT: Shinobu defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…65
Shinobu frowns slightly at the information. That in addition to the tracks… That seem to be multiplying even as they travel! The girl and her pup examine each of the tracks quite thoroughly in hopes that they can identify anything from them. The girl then goes to follow Kaido, only barely catching Tatsuo's eye and giving a tiny nod in acknowledgement.
Shinji's eyes slowly cease to glow as he reins in his power, and the tomoe disappear into the young man's naturally inky eyes. The Sharingan does nothing right now save sap at his chakra, after all. Still, he takes time to examine the tracks while Kaido lays out his plans for their next maneuver. The Uchiha lacks the nose of the Inuzuka, despite having all of their pointy ends, nor does he have any jutsu relevant to this situation. It's left to him to rely upon his Academy training as a tactician.
"A thought, if I may?" Shinji looks to Kaido and gestures with a clawed hand toward the aforementioned tracks. "It's a gamble, depending upon how far their cleverness extends, but … If we assume they didn't split the burden of the real caravan, then the tracks would be heavier. They'd cut deeper into the ground, especially if they pass over damp earth and the wheels sink in. Sharp eyes may be as useful as a sharp nose here."
Shinji, having given his thoughts, falls silent moving out with the headmaster as he so wishes.
Zori was still looking at the tracks he found. Zori was distanced a bit aways from the others, but could still hear Kaido's loud mouth as he talked. Zori jumped into the nearby tree branch and started to head back over to Kaido. As Zori neared the others he grinned "Alright". Zori's wires are still out within the area awaiting any wierd movements or anything.
RPCOMBAT: Zori defends against with a WIRE-SENSATION…39
Kaido says as they head towards the Lightning border to Shinji, "It's a good point, but we can't count on that, I'd rather stop them at a choke point and clear out their troops before we start our search. When they reach the border, Kaido requests from the Kumo-nins stationed there some horses for the group and then wheels them to gallop straight to end of the bridge that seperates the Land of Fire from the Land of Rivers, it's the closest crossing to Fuuma Alley and he's banking on them not wanting to take the longer route to find another place to cross over. He hides the horses and then says, "Ok, Bolt and Kame, I want you to go back down the road until your spot the first caravan, try and get an accurate count of how many of the bandits there is and then come back and report back to us. The rest of us are going to get into position to ambush them as they come into view. We're also going to rig the bridge to collapse in the event they manage to get past us… under NO CIRCUMSTANCES do they get to the other side, understood?"
Tatsuo is just along for the ride - literally! When Kaido gets them horses he rides, as strange as it may be to do so. When they reach the aforementioned choke point he dismounts and helps to hide his own horse, then goes about finding a decent place with a view that he can attack from…
RPCOMBAT: Tatsuo defends against with a PERCEPTION…27
RPCOMBAT: Shinobu defends against with a INUZUKA-SENSES…71
Kame ended up on Shinobu's lap once they got the horses, the pup holding on through chakra as much as Shinobu was holding the pup in her arms. The duo at least didn't weigh much, even when put together (it's a small wonder, too, considering how many treats Kame enjoys by Kenta's hand!) The pair keep a very wary eye (and nose) for anything that might be suspicious. Eventually they are forced to part ways. and Kame goes off with Bolt, her nose practically to the ground as she scents for anything that could be useful.
Once they got the horses, Zori got up on his horse and the Jounin sat behind him on that same horse. As Zori and the Jounin ride on that horse Zori unsummons his wires, so that he could focus on steering the horse. This is his first time on a horse, so he is struggling to steer it.
And what do Kame and Bolt find but a defnitely sign of impending danger. Down the trail are not only a several stolen goods caravans but several armored caravans surrounding them, made with shielding and equipped with built-in giant crossbows. These guys area bit more than standard bandits, or at least someone with a brain is leading them. Either way, trouble is coming down the line. Better get ready.
When Bolt and Bandit come back and relay the information, Kaido frowns further, and then makes a decision. He's going to catch hell for this, but the bridge can be replaced and directs Shinji to start dismantling it while the rest of the group take care of the bandits. The news of armored caravans is very troubling to the Jounin and he says, "Those have to go first…" He reaches into his vest and starts pulling out his special explosive tags, wrapped around a small pouch of gunpowder and hands some to each of the shinobi and says, "Bury them in the road so that as the caravan passes over them, they'll explode and hopefully disable the caravans and injure the bandits inside. Be mindful of the crossbows, we need to disable them first. Any questions?"
No question from Tatsuo, that's for sure. He runs out a ways with all haste, sliding to a stop and dropping to his knees to make a shallow space for the tag. He covers it back up with dirt quickly before he makes his way back to the others. "Done, Kaido-sama," he reports before turning back to the road again and making a hand seal, drawing some water out of the air and depositing it in small puddles nearby so he has an easy source.
Shinobu nods when Kame gets back, and the pair both take their share of tags. They head out to an area, digging shallow graves for the tags. A bit of loose rocks… allow for it to be compressed… And done. The girl then darts back to Kaido, looking mildly nervous.
Zori and The Jounin grabs there share of tags as well and moves out to a different part of the area. Digging up holes for the tags to be placed in. The Jounin and Zori both take turns doing just that. Zori grins while doing so. The Jounin blank faced.
As the caravans ride on toward the area where the shinobi are, one might expect explosive glory…. Except the caravans in front are armored up, and, while the explosions going up send them for a bit of a bumpy ride, they come back down with little injury done and the men now alert that there are people here to attack them. "Come on out, little rodents, and we promise your deaths will be quick!" a man roars from the helm of one of the caravans as he stands up, holding a hand up to signal for his men to get ready for combat. The shields are slid up to further barricade the armored caravans and the bows mounted. Time for battle.
COMBAT: Shifty focuses 8812 stamina to turn it into 10000 usable chakra!
Well, it was worth a shot, at least he knows that with the bridge out, they won't be able to make a break for it. He glances at Bandit and Bolt and nods to them and mouths, "Plan Beta Delta Peter 5…" The nin-ken nods and start to sneak off into the brush and Kaido says to the group, "On my signal… attack… go for the crossbows first, they'll be the most dangerous… I'll try and take them out with a first strike, but I don't think it's going to be that easy… ready? GO!" With that, he reaches into his vest and pulls out a canister and yanks the pin and as the man from the helm of the caravan calls out, he aims and tosses the canister at him in response. It explodes, spewing a very strong and deadly poison.
Tatsuo watches as the tags prove to be ineffective and then listens to Kaido's orders without taking his eyes off of the group ahead. The boy nods slightly when Kaido says to be ready and he makes a hand seal to shove his chakra into the water he'd collected in preparation. He didn't have much that would help against the armored carts themselves, but maybe he could get lucky and hit the people inside. When the command is given he unleases needles of water towards the closest cart, trying to hit folks.
Shinobu and Kame watch a number of men appear, and … Kame starts barking! This is a great way to draw attention to her, of course, but this also induces a genjutsu upon the enemies they're supposed to be attacking. If the men fail to block against it, they would find their throats being torn out by wolves. Before they fall, they would see their comrades die before them. It was really a nasty genjutsu, very much unlike one of the more signature puppy-related skills Shinobu uses.
Zori watched as the armored caravan tanked the explosions that was set. Zori grined as the voice called out from inside the caravan. Rodents? Zori saw that Kaido threw a poison bomb at the caravan. His wires lashed out from upunderneath his hoodie and tactically slithering near the cart and placing three poison bombs by it. The Jounin stands behind Zori and watches.
RP: Zori transforms into FRENZY.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against POISON-BOMB-IV(67) attack from Kaido with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…72
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(24) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…45
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(24) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…45
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(22) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…38
COMBAT: Shifty defends against MAULING-WOLVES(37) attack from Shinobu with a SELF-INFLICT-II…61
COMBAT: Shifty defends against MAULING-WOLVES(46) attack from Shinobu with a SELF-INFLICT-II…46
COMBAT: Shifty defends against MAULING-WOLVES(38) attack from Shinobu with a SELF-INFLICT-II…57
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRED-POISON-BOMB(32) attack from Zori with a NPC-C-TAI-DEFENSE…45
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRED-POISON-BOMB(25) attack from Zori with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…64
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRED-POISON-BOMB(42) attack from Zori with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…57
The bad thing about attacking…. It tends to let your target know where you are. The shields raise up further as the attacks rain down, almost forming a complete cocoon over the caravans. "Aw, did you think you came after your regular idiots you were gonna play hero and come back home completely unscathed?" the man behind the helm calls out once more. "If that's what you're looking for, better go back home to your mothers and let them tell you how special and strong you are. I've got a business to run, so do me and yourselves a favor and get out of my way before we mow you down." Of course, not much opporunity to do that is given, as arrows begin to fly from the bows mounted on the caravans at the shinobi and ninken alike. Today will most definitely be a hard test.
COMBAT: Kaido defends against NPC-A-TAI-ATTACK(73) attack from Shifty with a WIND-BLOCK-II…60
COMBAT: Kaido loses the roll and sustains 1094 damage.
Well… that didn't go so well, suddenly taking this mission doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore, at least, not without more backup than he has at the moment. The arrow catches him by surprise and impales him, leaving a huge hole in his side with the bolt sticking out and he says, "Scatter… We're going to need reinforcements. Bandit… Bolt… if I fall, get them back to Konoha safely…" Bandit eyes Kaido for a long moment and then nods. He moves from where he was and as he uses some medical jutsu to heal himself a bit, calls out, "You have nowhere to go, the bridge has been destroyed, surrender and we'll spare your lives." It's worth a try at least, he needs a distraction to heal up a bit before he attacks again.
COMBAT: Kaido heals Kaido for 455 with LIGHT HEALING JUTSU.
COMBAT: Kaido heals Kaido for 443 with LIGHT HEALING JUTSU.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-D-TAI-ATTACK(34) attack from Shifty with a WATER-CLONE…40
Tatsuo's eyes widen as he watches all of their attacks being useless against the metal covered wagons. This isn't good! When arrows come at him Tatsuo quickly forms a water clone and lets it take a number of arrows before splashing down. The young Nara makes another hand seal after picking stopping next to where the clone was and tries to shoot some larger lances of water towards the wagons. He tries to make sure they remain hard enough to pierce but he isn't sure how successful it'll actually be! He's going to stay until at least Shinobu and Kame have started getting away! He wasn't leaving them behind.
COMBAT: Shinobu defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(49) attack from Shifty with a INTUITIVE-ACTION…73
Shinobu avoids the arrows like they were the plaque, moving quickly to avoid them all with simple movements. Kame goes over to Tatsuo and tugs on his clothing (likely his pants since the pup is rather short), and Shinobu goes to quickly send a bit of healing chakra into Kaido since he took a lot of damage. Then the girl would move away from the battlefield, slinking away very carefully…
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-D-TAI-ATTACK(38) attack from Shifty with a STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE…34
COMBAT: Zori loses the roll and sustains 417 damage.
Zori winces when his poison bomb didnt work as planned. The Jounin continued to stare off into the battle. Zori snickers "Alright then they want to talk smack to me.." Zori's wires take imediate action reaching into his backpack, the wires then come out revealing Shurikens on each strand. The wires then toss the shurikens at the wagons, hoping someone might step out of it and get hit.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-LANCE(26) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…48
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-LANCE(33) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…49
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WOLF-SOFT-CLAW(40) attack from Shinobu with a PERCEPTION…38
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRED-SHURIKEN-TOSS(49) attack from Zori with a NPC-C-TAI-DEFENSE…64
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRED-SHURIKEN-TOSS(57) attack from Zori with a NPC-C-TAI-DEFENSE…68
Ting… Ting… "At least land one strike before you start making threats, boy," the man calls back at Kaido as attacks bounce off the side of the caravans, though Shinobu would manage to get away. "If you kids aren't going to try, just get out of the way and stop wasting my time. I don't have time to play ninja with a bunch of pipsqueaks." The come more arrows, intent on rending them to bits save for the one that ran away.
COMBAT: Kaido defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(64) attack from Shifty with a WIND-BLOCK-II…38
COMBAT: Kaido loses the roll and sustains 812 damage.
COMBAT: Kaido focuses 2976 stamina to turn it into 3000 usable chakra!
It's just not Kaido's day today, once again, the rain of arrows are too much for the Jounin to block and he gets pierced once again, another gaping wound in his shoulder. He grits his teeth and mutters, "Ok… that's it… no more Mr. Nice Guy…" He pulls out another canister and this time tries to toss it a bit more accurately so that the poison will disperse a bit more effectively than before.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-D-TAI-ATTACK(40) attack from Shifty with a WATER-CLONE…42
Tatsuo sees Kaido take another blow and manages to avoid the arrows coming towards himself with another clone. "Go Kaido-sama." Tatsuo says as he attempts to cause a distraction of some kind by sending more water lances towards the metal covered wagons.
Kame barks once at Tatsuo before trying to tug him back to safety. Whether or not she succeeds in tugging the Nara away, the pup would race off in a different direction than her companion, planning to meet up with Shinobu after the fact. Shinobu is already traveling swiftly back to … well, somewhere. A village, an outpost, or even Konoha itself. Regardless, she fully intended to get more Shinobi to help her teammates and Zori.
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(52) attack from Shifty with a STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE…48
COMBAT: Zori loses the roll and sustains 569 damage.
Zori growls when his shurikens didnt hit. "I dont believe this!" Zori just watches as Kaido is getting knocked around. "I got to do this…" Zori's attention is so much on Kaido that he doesnt even notice the arrows coming his way. The arrow pierce through his chest. "Hehehe…." Zori reaches for the stuck arrow inside his chest and pulls it out. Blood spurts from his chest down to the ground. Zori stares at the blood drenched arrow putting it to his mouth. Zori then licks the arrow of all its blood in one motion with his tongue. Zori's grin dissapears assuming a more stern look as he glares up at the caravan. Zori is serious now. His wires lash out at the caravan in one straight line of wire, with a gesture of his fingers the wire branches out into many wires in pursuit of covering the whole caravan up, if possible.
RP: Zori transforms into FRENZIED-THOUGHTS.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against POISON-BOMB-IV(57) attack from Kaido with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…41
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 724 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-LANCE(33) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…46
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-LANCE(28) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…44
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WOLF-SOFT-CLAW(42) attack from Shinobu with a PERCEPTION…36
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRE-CAPTURING-TECHNIQUE(70) attack from Zori with a NPC-B-TAI-DEFENSE…49
Despite their lack of luck before, Kaido's plan this time seems to pan out. The leader's caravan is struck by the poison, which disperses throughout it and catches all the men, including the leader that's been talking so much smack. While the shields still hold up against Tatsuo's attack, they are apparently weathered enough that Zori's wires capture it and bind it up, breaking the crossbows and preventing any further attack. The sounds of cries of agony ring out, but perhaps not as loud as thee murmuring of the men in the other caravans, who are now a bit confused as to what to do next now that their leader has been incapacitated and is probably going to die soon.
Kaido grimaces, he's still badly hurt and this fight isn't over yet. He manages to say, "Alright, let's finish the job…" He makes some hand seals and uses the Shadow Clone technique in order to increase the amount of attacks he can do as he rushes for the caravans to take advantage of the leader being down. This better end quick, or he WILL be.
Tatsuo watches as Zori's wires wrap up the cart and his eyes widen a bit. Well…that works at least. The boy makes a hand seal and starts drawing up water in front of him. His eyes also shift from black to a dark red as he stares ahead and pulls on some extra chakra, unleashing the wave quickly towards the group of wagons to try and smash them up or at least knock them over.
RP: Tatsuo transforms into SANBI-PARTIAL-RELEASE.
Looks like Shinobu and Kame are both long gone, having gone to seek out some help. In short order, they somehow stumble across Kenta! The pair quickly communicate their grievances to the medic, tugging him along in case their friends needed assistance. That being said, it's not like the Inuzuka duo knew that the team finally managed to get in a few good hits…
Zori glared at the caravan with his bloodshot eyes as the poison begins to work its way through it. The screams of fear could be felt by Zori. Zori's heart is beating even faster. Zori moves his fingers quickly causing the wire that the cart was wrapped up in to twist and squeeze. The Jounin stands behind Zori staring at the battlefield. The Jounin then mutters to himself "Good..things seem to be going our way"
COMBAT Shifty is poisoned (7 rounds) and loses 258 health.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against SHADOW-CLONE(43) attack from Kaido with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…48
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(41) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…35
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 607 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(50) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…38
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 616 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(40) attack from Tatsuo with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…41
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRE-FUNERAL(33) attack from Zori with a TENSE…16
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 1008 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRE-FUNERAL(34) attack from Zori with a TENSE…9
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 1072 damage.
Though Kaido's clones don't quite make it through the defenses, the distarction helps Tatsuo to be able to get his attacks through to send many of the bandits tumbling over inside and out of their caravans. Meanwhile Zori puts the finishing touches on the leader's caravan, letting the men know for sure that the leader is dead by the screams that ring out and then fall silent. It's at this point some of the men just say 'Screw it' and start attacking their own way. Some charge with swords while others stay in the caravans and try to aim with arrows, except there's no one controlling the shields now. With the mastermind gone, these guys are in disarray.
What a day. Kenta has been traveling for most of it, being part of a small team of medics that were called out to handle an infectious disease outbreak in a nearby village. It wasn't as bad as everyone thought it would be, but still required several hours of hard teamwork to get all the patients treated. A few of the medics stayed behind to monitor the situation, but Kenta's heading back to Konoha to handle other important matters. He has an upcoming surgery to prep for and all kinds of fun things. While not exactly exhausted from the job, he's still looking for some quiet time with his books, studying the intricacies of human anatomy.
It comes as a very unpleasant surprise when Kenta hears the a big commotion nearby that sounds like a battle. Not investigating doesn't even come to mind. What if someone's in trouble? Could be bandits. Could be that Leaf shinobi are getting ambushed or an attempted infiltration by a hostile country. Kenta quickly changes his trajectory and turns towards where the sound of the fighting's coming from, only to run straight into two of his students within a few minutes. After the initial surprise, it doesn't take a lot of convincing to get him to continue heading towards the battle. If nothing else, the fact that Kaido's apparently bleeding to death - at least that's the impression he got - means that an experienced medic might be needed.
COMBAT: Kenta focuses 3413 stamina to turn it into 5000 usable chakra!
COMBAT: Kaido defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(25) attack from Shifty with a WIND-STEP…51
COMBAT: Kaido defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(40) attack from Shifty with a WIND-STEP…51
COMBAT: Kaido focuses 1968 stamina to turn it into 2000 usable chakra!
Kaido, even hurt as badly as he is, with crossbow bolts sticking out of his side and shoulder is able to avoid the attacks directed at him. He pulls out his chakram and says, "That's it, those that do not run, receive no mercy!" He then throws his chakram, infusing them with the power of the wind to make them sharper than they are already, aiming them at the two thugs who dared attack him while he was weak.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(40) attack from Shifty with a WATER-CLONE…37
COMBAT: Tatsuo loses the roll and sustains 575 damage.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(30) attack from Shifty with a WATER-RIBBONS…42
Tatsuo watches as the men start to spread out and frollic through the fields. And attack. More attack than frollic actually. Ahem. When a couple come at him the boy tries to leave a clone in his place but misjudges a bit and takes a blow to his arm. But he ignores that as he focuses on bringing water around to smack into the the next sword, deflecting it away. Considering that people are hurt the young Nara decides to step it up another notch. No good having the extra chakra if you don't use it, and those around pretty much mostly know anyways…mostly. Chakra bubbles around the boy, quickly forming into a thick blue cloak over his body as a single tail emerges behind him. It's just more power to put behind the wave as he sends another one at those unfortunate enough to be within his purview.
RP: Tatsuo transforms into SANBI-ONE-TAIL-FORM.
Shinobu happens to be back in time to see a blue cloak of chakra around Tatsuo. What? Not knowing anything about Jinchuuriki, the girl has no reason to think that Tatsuo is strange. The girl just didn't think… Well, she didn't expect that interesting power. But she's quick to dash back and rejoin the battle, however out of breath she is. Kame lags a bit behind her, but in the end, both of them launch their own Tsuga at the nearest Baddie (if there's any)
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(38) attack from Shifty with a STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE…45
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(36) attack from Shifty with a STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE…59
Zori saw that the leader was done for. When he saw that some of the bandits were jumping out the caravan and attacking with swords. Zori goes after the archers instead. The arrows head towards Zori but the wires slices the arrows into nothing. The wire then lashes forward in a more agressive manner slicing and slashing at caravan, aiming for the archers if possible. Zori watches as Tatsuo transformed into his one tailed form. There it is..
COMBAT Shifty is poisoned (6 rounds) and loses 258 health.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIND-CUTTER(41) attack from Kaido with a DODGE…26
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 821 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIND-CUTTER(29) attack from Kaido with a DODGE…22
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 806 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(53) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…21
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 798 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(47) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…20
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 814 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TIDAL-BURST(57) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…27
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 865 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TSUGA(32) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…37
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TSUGA(26) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…34
COMBAT: Shifty defends against RAZOR-WIRE(54) attack from Zori with a DODGE…26
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 568 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against RAZOR-WIRE(42) attack from Zori with a DODGE…28
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 484 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against RAZOR-WIRE(43) attack from Zori with a DODGE…26
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 520 damage.
Without their precious caravans and shields to protect them, these guys are pretty basic. The attacks by the shinobi and ninken start to shred these men one after the other. Still, those that are left are far too panicked to even think about running away and are trying their best to salvage their work by killing the injured shinobi, though one might question if they know an uninjured one has entered the fray.
Kenta's relieved to see upon arriving that Kaido's team is holding their own and winning at that. Obviously, Kaido managed to turn the situation around the way that an experienced Jounin would. He sees a few of the goons charge his friends, so he lurches into the fray by reflex. The young man homes in on the ones that's aiming for Tatsuo and sends twinned blasts of medical chakra into them at close range.
"Kaido-san! I'm here to help! I heard the commotion on my way back to the village and Shinobu-chan lead me this way," the medic-nin exclaims towards the leader of the Leaf shinobi. "Ummm… doesn't look like you need much help at all." Besides trying to take out the remaining goons and some healing. There's no way the Jounin's just going to stand around for healing in the middle of battle.
[NPC System]: Dude roll(s) Stab vs kaido from 24 to 46 and get(s) a 42. - Rolled by: Shifty
[NPC System]: Dude roll(s) Stab vs kaido from 24 to 46 and get(s) a 27. - Rolled by: Shifty
RPCOMBAT: Kaido defends against with a WIND-STEP…42
RPCOMBAT: Kaido defends against with a DODGE-II…47
Kaido still hurt and bleeding calls back to Kenta, "I still could us…." He then blinks and almost doesn't dodge the stabs from the bandits as he glances at Tatsuo and sees… a CHAKRA TAIL??!?! Oh boy, he HAS been out of touch from his teammate to not know about this. He takes a breath and then focuses on the fight at hand, using the wind once more to finish off the two bandits in front of him.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(29) attack from Shifty with a WATER-RIBBONS…26
COMBAT: Tatsuo loses the roll and sustains 578 damage.
COMBAT: Tatsuo defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(44) attack from Shifty with a WATER-CLONE…46
Tatsuo is so surprised by Kenta's sudden appearance that he completely misses the knife coming for him. It sinks into his shoulder, causing him to wince and grit his teeth but also pulling his focus back around. The tail flicks about a bit annoyedly with all the mess happening as he makes another hand seal and gathers up any nearby water, aiming it towards whoever might be left as it forms into little needles and starts spraying the field…somehow avoiding the friendlies.
COMBAT: Shinobu defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(27) attack from Shifty with a DODGE…40
COMBAT: Shinobu defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(29) attack from Shifty with a DODGE…36
Shinobu leaps out of the way from the oncoming strikes, as does Kame, and the pair crouch onto all fours, chakra surging through their bodies as they ready themselves for one more round of attacks. Just after Tatsuo attacks with his needles, the pair go in with tooth and claw spinning like a drill and giving a massive amount of damage.
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(41) attack from Shifty with a STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE…46
COMBAT: Zori defends against NPC-C-TAI-ATTACK(24) attack from Shifty with a DODGE…22
COMBAT: Zori loses the roll and sustains 563 damage.
Zori jumps forward arriving directly in front of the caravan. Zori turns his head slightly to glare at Kenta with his bloodshot eyes only for a moment. He then turns his head back over to the caravan, just in time to see a bandit coming at him with a sword. Zori's wires lash out at the sword slapping it, knocking the bandit's swing offbalance just enough for the wire to go after the caravan once more. The wire then tries to wrap around the caravan once more, twisting and squeezing instantly if so.
COMBAT Shifty is poisoned (5 rounds) and loses 258 health.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TRAUMA-INDUCTION-PALM(49) attack from Kenta with a DODGE…24
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 788 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against TRAUMA-INDUCTION-PALM(50) attack from Kenta with a DODGE…38
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 658 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIND-SHARP(34) attack from Kaido with a DODGE…35
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIND-SHARP(35) attack from Kaido with a DODGE…36
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(29) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…34
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(26) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…35
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(35) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…29
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 447 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(29) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…38
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(39) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…20
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 583 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(38) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…37
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 412 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(31) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…27
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 440 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(33) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…26
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 491 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(23) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…25
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WATER-NEEDLE-TECHNIQUE(23) attack from Tatsuo with a DODGE…34
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(51) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…28
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 541 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(49) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…29
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 504 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(39) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…31
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 429 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(50) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…20
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 608 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(41) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…36
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 404 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(40) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…23
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 481 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(51) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…23
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 582 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(50) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…30
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 502 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(41) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…27
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 438 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against GATSUGA(49) attack from Shinobu with a DODGE…23
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 518 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against STRING-STEERING-TECHNIQUE-II(66) attack from Zori with a DODGE…25
COMBAT: Shifty loses the roll and sustains 610 damage.
COMBAT: Shifty defends against WIRE-FUNERAL(30) attack from Zori with a DODGE…36
The extreme barrage from the shinobi levels bandit after bandit until at last none are left. Though both sides are bloody and battered, only one side is left living, the Konohagakure shinobi. With a pile of bodies all around the the goods the merchant sent them for plus a few more wagons that were stolen, the mission is accomplished… and these guys can get themselves healed.
Kenta blows out a breath and quickly assesses the medical situation at hand. His visual inspection indicate that no one's as hurt as he feared, but most of his allies still need some medical assistance. This is the one area that his experience covers more than anyone else. "Shinobu-chan, can you please look into Kaido-san's injuries? Do what you did when we practiced together earlier this week. Umm… Tatsuo, I know you heal quickly, so look to your own wounds, but call me over if you're having problems."
Zori actually looks the worst off, so he'll get the Kenta treatment, even though it doesn't really look like his presence is wanted for some reason. "Hold still," the medic-nin instructs sternly. Then, he takes hold of the boy with his left hand and directs his other over the worst of the injures. Medical chakra emanates from his right palm as Kenta works to stitch torn flesh back together.
COMBAT: Kenta heals Zori for 1162 with CHAKRA SCALPEL.
Kaido grimaces and starts to pull the crossbow bolts out of his shoulder and side and says to Shinobu, "You don't need to do too much, I can heal myself a little." He reaches into his vest and pulls out a flask and opens it, making a face as he quaffs the contents.
COMBAT: Kaido heals Kaido for 681 with MEDICINAL HEALING.
COMBAT: Kaido heals Kaido for 721 with MEDICINAL HEALING.
COMBAT: Tatsuo heals Tatsuo for 443 with LIGHT HEALING JUTSU.
COMBAT: Tatsuo heals Tatsuo for 226 with MINOR REGENERATION.
RP: Tatsuo reverts to his normal state.
COMBAT: Shinobu heals Tatsuo for 368 with LIGHT HEALING JUTSU.
COMBAT: Shinobu heals Zori for 312 with LIGHT HEALING JUTSU.
Tatsuo looks over the field of the dead…bandits?…and then looks to Kenta when he starts calling out orders. The boy just nods and takes a moment to heal his shoulder wound, pulling out the knife as he also lets the chakra dissipate from around him, his eyes turning black once again. There's still some other scrapes and scratches but they are slowly healing themselves anyways…
Shinobu nods and scampers over to Kaido, seeking to heal him… Except he's already got it. The girl instead goes over to Tatsuo to help him heal up, then over to Zori to add to his little healing process. Over all, the girl didn't feel like she did much of anything. But at least she managed to get them all a decent medic?