Date: June 20, 2013
The fire manipulating kunoichi ran off, but the team quickly found themselves in a wheat field that was completely engulphed in flames. A plan was made to get out of the field of fire, but the team ended up running back into the Kunoichi. She was contained even though the team was just about out of the fight…and they fled to fight another day.
Poster's note: foul language filtered in obvious places.
"Struggle With No Reward - Battle of the Factory Fields Pt. 3"
A factory in the land of Fire
Nori is running off with the old man, trying to make sure the guy gets to safety before anything, or anyone, pops up to stop them. This almost felt like a trap. Speaking of trap, the flaming female fatale is darting off, using the flames around her to propel her feet forward as if jet-packs were strapped to them. Hiro dealt with her a little only to have Hiei and Kayaru show up. Do they go after her or do they try to follow Nori and make a tactical retreat.
While in Rapid movement, it doesn't take Hiei long to reach Nori and Hiroyasu. He arrives in time to see the fire lady speed away from them. Hiei made to give chase, but he hesitates, looking at Nori and the old man on his back, then back to the retreating kunoichi. He exhales slowly. "I think it'd be best to this the old man to safety. I'm sure we'll see these guys again at some point."
Hiroyasu was prepared for a fight, but in the back of his mind was the mission, they had the superior numbers and the enemy knew it retreating temporarily, "We aren't prepared for sustained engagement, and We have a civilian" it hurt his pride a little to have to not press the attack when the enemy showed a tactical deficit. "It was probably a trap, anyways." he mutters looking back at Hiei "Let's go help Nori" before running to catch up.
Keep in mind they are retreating through a field that is on fire. The flames are whipping around the wheat field as the wind kicks up. This would actually really suck. It is so hot that your sweat is sweating. Every few feet forward is blocked by a wall of fire. Back-tracking is costly as the temperature only continues to rise, but there really isn't any other option…or is there?
Hiei looks exasperated as he looks around at all the fires. The heat was fierce and for once he wasn't exactly sure what he could do. He didn't have a jutsu that could put out fires, and while he was fast, he wasn't fast enough to generate the kind of wind that sensei does to blow the fires out. "We don't have a lot of choices here guys. You earth jutsu types have any ideas?" He looks from Hiro and Nori before offering to carry the old man. "You'll both need your hands free. Let me take him."
Hiroyasu looks at Hiei "You know, I don't have anything which can put out fires, I may be able to use barriers for something.. A walkway but they don't last more than a few seconds under these conditions.. I'm open for suggestions" he says rubbing the sweat from his nose.
Nori shakes his head. "I can't do that much. I mean, this is a huge field. When we picked it as a tactical retreat path, it wasn't on fire. An earthen dome would just become a pressure cooker with the heat, and I can't carry any of you underground. The best option might be going over, but I won't be able to keep it up for that long. If we run into any other shinobi, I won't be able to fight." Sure enough, the boy creates some handseals once Hiei takes the old man, and earthen domes sprout up. The center of the domes are still on fire though where the wheat all came together so Nori grins sheepishly, "We'll have to go along the sides…so don't slip into the flames. Watch your step or you'll fall in. Nori doesn't even bother using tree-walking to keep his chakra and stamina up.
Hiei turns to Nori and Hiroyasu. "I have an idea, but I've never tried it before. I'll use nintaijutsu and increase my speed. I'll try to generate a wind buffer against the flames, but it'll only last a few seconds. You guys will have to run like your life depended on it. In conjunction with the earth domes and chakra barriers, we may actually get out of this. On the downside, I use it for too long and it'll wipe me out. But this is one of those situations where we do what we gotta to survive. This heat isn't going to let up." He wipes sweat off his forehead as he talks.
Hiroyasu doesn't seem too impressed with the idea, "That sounds like a recipe for disaster, also doesn't wind only fan flames unless it's strong enough to snuff them out?" but he takes the old man from Hiei in preparation for his jump to ludicrous speed. He fills his hand with seals and his other cradling the other man on his shoulders "Just had to knock him out… it'll be quicker" he mutters moving in behind nori and up the dome of fiery terror.
Nori nods, "Do it. I'll be right behind you. When you get tired, find a spot that isn't in flames and we can take a break if needed…but head to the right…there's a forest there that might help us get clear of this mess we're in. So, eh, can you carry the guy and run or does Hiro need to hold him?" Yup, Hiro's getting the dirty work. Hey, he can flick seals while carrying, Nori needs concentration (and he's just weak).
And so the trio (the old man knocked out doesn't count) take flight. The plan seems to be working for a time being. As they near the edge of the wheat field and see the forest, they'd suddenly have a fireball sent towards each of them. Not only do they have to dodge it, but they have to stay on the earthen dome or fall into the flames…and deal with the fire girl that is lobbing the bolts at them.
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire-bolt from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 21. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire-bolt for Hiei from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 18. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire-bolt for Hiro from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 22. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a DODGE…18
RP: Hiei transforms into LIGHTNING-MOVEMENT-MODE.
Hiei was moving so fast that he left a gust of wind in his wake. It didn't put out the fires, but it fanned the flames away, like how a boat does in the water. His concentration was intense on the path before him. That's why he never saw the attack coming until it was too late. The fireball impacts between his legs, burning his lower legs slightly to make him stumble on the path. He only manages to stop himself from falling into the flames themselves by the skin of his teeth. He glances over his shoudler at Nori and Hiroyasu. "You two alright?" He narrows his gaze. "Leave her to me. I'm gonna gut this wrench."
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…35
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with INTERRUPT…29
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…21
Hiroyasu doesn't have the benefit of manueverability with an old man perched across his shoulders, he gets wind of a sudden surge of chakra and turns throwing up a seal which instantly anchors into the dome as a tower shield, he flings at second which does similar for Nori.. they needed him to expend as little chakra as possible so that he could continue to make walkways… He takes cover behind the blue glowing shield watching as a bolt of fire strikes against it and splits into streams of fire which streak around him and his cargo. "We need to get to solid and defendable ground" it was the obvious thing to say but in the heat of the moment the obvious is sometimes overlooked..
The skin of your teeth…always an interesting expression considering that teeth don't have skin. Perhaps that is where the expression comes from…the skin is ripped off? As Hiroyasu manages to stop the firebolts for both himself and Nori, Nori doesn't even try to dodge. He was still making the earthen domes and misses that the seal barrier was thrown. The young Yamanaka smacks into it, just as the firebolt does, and both are stopped in their tracks. Nori's casting falters, the earthen dome ahead of Hiei only half finishes. Nori is about to fall when he stops the earthen dome and clamps his feet using tree-walking. "That was close." Indeed it was. Nori pauses too and creates his own defendable ground with a few earthen walls. The earthen dome though, the one that is half made, starts to crumble. If Hiei is on it, he might not expect the dome to fall.
The female though steps into the flame, as if they don't bother her, and she starts moving to flank the walls and the shinobi. As she does so, she pulls the flames behind Team Noriyasu toward them.
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Biting Flames for Nori from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 15. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Biting Flames for Hiei from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 15. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Biting Flames for Hiro from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 24. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a DODGE…40
Hiei frowns as the flames whip around him. He dodges the latest and looks around, luckily he hasn't moved since the fireball came for him and wasn't standing on the half formed dome. He was starting to feel the effects of Lightning Movement. His chakra was dipping, but there's no way he can leave the rest of his team at such a disadvantage. Channeling a little chakra, he goes for what he likes to call the lightning combo. His hands form seals before he says, "Ninja Art: Lightning Needles." The bolts of lightning already flowing around his aura, leap away towards the fire woman. He forms another set of seals after that and places his hand by his waist as he concetrates. "Ninja Art: Lightning Shotgun!" He pushes his hand forwards, palm side out as a blast of lightning flies on course for the woman. "I'm loosing it fast. We need solid ground now."
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-NEEDLES…21
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-SHOTGUN…17
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…27
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire-wheel Dodge from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 18. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire-wheel Dodge from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 27. - Rolled by: Nori
Hiroyasu feeling the heat with his back against the wall, he dispenses another seal which spirals out from the paper into another tower shield of blue, he leans behind it as the rush of fire lazily brushes against it bowing it inward but it does not falter. "I can make us a walkway, but it will take all I have at this moment.. I will need a minute or two to catch my breath.. this guy isn't light!" he says before looking at Nori and Hiei, before throwing out a seal over the crumbled dome he brings two fingers together and a large wall of chakra begins violently swirling out of the seal forming a bridge of formidable size but not enough.. "One more! Run go!" he says plodding along like an overburdened mule, before throwing the next seal which like the first forms a continuation of the large pathway and onto safer ground.. He is visibly sweating bullets and gasping for breath as he charges the distance..
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-WALL…37
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-WALL…45
As soon as Hiei unleashes the lightning needles, the girl spins into action. Performing a series of cart-wheels with flames propelling her into the spin. She is peppered by the needles of lightning and she falters, but only momentarily. It is enough for Hiroyasu to create his opening and move. She is about ready to run after them though when the lightning shotgun comes her way. This time she manages to dodge the attack with her same cart-wheeling rocketry, but it distracts her again. The team gets to the forest, by way of Hiro's bridge, and by extension solid ground. The girl growls and gives chase after the old man. Nori grabs the old man from Hiroyasu now that he is the one doing the hard work, and the boy calls, "Help Hiei-san. I have the old man."
The woman meanwhile throws out another set of fire bolts at Hiei and Hiroyasu.
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire bolt for Hiei from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 23. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Fire Kunoichi roll(s) Fire bolt for Hiro from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 15. - Rolled by: Nori
Hiei manages to make it the forest before his aura winks out of existence. His body is no longer able to sustain the nintaijutsu technique. Breathing heavily, he withdraws his sword. He may be low on chakra, but for what he was going to do, he didn't need it anyways. He still had enough stamina for one more battle. "Hiro. I'm going to engage her at close quarters, see if you can barrier her bolt after I create an opportunity. It'll at least buy us time to get the old man out of here." He takes another deep breath before he runs out to meet his opponent. He aims two sword slashes towards her. "You're not getting him. We won't let you!"
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with SWORD-STRIKE…16
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with CHAKRA-SHARP…19
Hiroyasu nods, "Let's tire her out, right now she is too fresh to be captured" to Hiei before looking at nori "Get him out of here! Go!" before moving away from nori and from Hiei making it harder for massive attacks to hit them. Before sliding to a stop with a swirl of rock and dirt swirling around his hands and be begins a rapid barrage of earthen bullets.
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…26
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…21
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…30
The kunoichi easily avoides Hiei's attacks. It is probably due to his being utterly exhausted. Hiroyasu meanwhile is on the ball. She is hit the first time, and after the initial hit, the rest smack into a stunned kunoichi like battering rams. She falls to the ground. This is when Nori comes in and pulls up an earthen dome around her. "It won't hold long…let's go." He grunts and starts moving with the old man. With the team in tow, they safely high-tail it out of there by the time the fire kunoichi digs through the dirt and rock she was trapped under. She stands on the remains of the dome and growls, exploding the forest around her in flames (or more accurately causing the flames in the wheat field to expand into the forest on top of her shooting the flames from her mouth).