Bumbling Bandits


Canis (emitter), Furoo, Naruko, Sakuya, Hanami, Arika

Date: September 22, 2015


A number of opportunistic bandits move to strike at a village, not thinking they’d have to face off against shinobi!

Poster's note: foul language filtered in obvious places.

"Bumbling Bandits"

Land of Lightning

The recent attacks against shinobi in Kumogakure was something that had begun to circulate amongst many small villages and villagers around the Land of Lightning. Fear had begun to go through many of these different people and their villages and when fear was present, so too were those that would want to prey on that fear. Many small groups, mostly bandits, had begun to claim belonging to the same people who were attacking the shinobi as a way to easily raid villagers and caravans, as the fear of the possibility kept anyone from acting against them. By the time shinobi actually arrived it was far too late.
One such instance now came to Kumogakure as a village less than an hours travel away was being raided by one of these bandits. At least, that was the assumption. Considering they didn't follow the same type of calling out that the real group did it was becoming easier to tell. Since this wasn't the real danger, the Raikage and others were notified, but another team was prepared. Notices went out with Furoo to lead the team and others to assist, all very specifically coming from Yori. After the notes are sent out for the team to meet at the Village gates Yori goes to meet them and offer specifics before they depart.

Arriving at the gate, Furoo is leaning on one side of the gate, idly tapping her wooden half staff against her shoulder. She hmms as she does, idly watching it move from one side to the other, back and forth before she glances off to the side and hmms. She seems, well, to say the least, bored. She idly taps her head next against the wood behind her before repeating the tapping with the half staff, considering the world around her.

Hanami looked over the notice, then crumpled it and went grab her gear. Bandits, again. Clumsy bandits. She wasn't going to stand for this, raiding villages. Hurting people… She grits her teeth, focusing herself again as she finishes grabbing up her gear and bolting out the door. The sooner the group got going the better in her mind. When she pulls up at the gates she see Furoo wait, "Hey Furoo. Ready to knock some bandit heads?"

Naruko was back in action, returned back from her long trip into the horizons. It was unfortunate for her that she wouldn't have a lot of time to relax, but at the same time she was itching to get back into the swing of things, and she would do just that. A red cloak caped over her body in the form of a shroud, as she meets and greets the others with a respectful bow of her head. There is a hint of a smirk loomed along her lips. "Oy, I'm going to be as ready as I will ever be…Bandits huh…bummer… we need to fix this problem once and for all."

"Yes… Yes… This was far closer than the others." Sakuya mumbles, as she overlook. «The bandits are clearly getting uppity. What does it mean when it happens this close to the village?» … "It means…" She crosses an arm under her cest and rests an elbow upon it, rubbing her chin as she looks down to the ground. "It means… That stability has dropped to a point in which…" Sakuya's eyes narrowed. «Yes, and…? Have you forgotten what has just happened to you not a few days ago?». Sakuya's eyes narrow "Hai, hai… I do." She was kidnapped. Right in her own bed, near the outskirts of the village. Her voice plainly serious. "I should probably note this location my sketch… Maybe there's some kind of pattern? Grab my notebook would you?" She continues to mumble under her breath, as if talking to someone, but no one is verbally replying to her. The violet snake-eyed girl waits a few moments, tongue flicking from her lips before something pushes a notebook to the collar of her short-cut kimono.
"Arigatou, Zuzu." She says slightly louder, as she grabs a notebook and reaches into a side pocket in her Kimono to take a length of reinforced charcoal to write with… as well as a pair of glasses. Resting them on her face, she locates a page with a sketch of the Land of Lightning. "this is… right… here." She marks an X right where this place was. "So many of them…" «Perhaps they are not taking our Raikage seriously? Or perhaps the village? Maybe they have a point.» "Shut up."
Snapping her book shut, after taking location notes, she slips her book into the collar of her kimono once more. The notebook seems to have dragged itself. inside once more. She's glad to see her comrades ready to go. That's nice. After taking her glasses off, and settling both arms at her side, her eyes dart to Hanami. Tongue flicking, "We should really be thinking about more than just kicking bandits in the rear Hanami-chan." Her voice begins to rise in tone, as her serious expression turns into a plainly silly one. "We're better off kicking the butts of the ninja who are causing trouble, not the bandits… Mmmh, but I guess we're not ready for that side of coin…" «You're clearly not important enough.» "Zuzu, shut up!" She mumbles quietly once more. She looks to the newcomer, who clearly agrees.

Arika is on the mission! The girl may be a visiting-nin, but she and Jiro had made the proper appointment with Michiko so that they could be sorta-useful while waiting to talk to the Raikage. "Ooh! Hana-chan! How're you? Have you gotten stronger?" comes a barrage of questions from the young girl as she attempts to hop onto the Kumo-kunoichi's back. She peeks over at the others, and a frown crosses her face as she sees Naruko. ~Kekeke… Matatabi, you're here? I didn't think you'd be here of all places.~ Arika huffs a bit. 'Urusai!' she grumbles inwardly, shaking her head a bit. Then she points to Sakuya. "Ne, how come you have a snake in yer clothes? Won't it eat you?" ~She's a Hebisuuhai. They're partners with snakes like the Inuzuka with dogs.~

Yori waits at the gate for the others to arrive, bowing to each as they do so though he seems to have a permanent faint frown on his face at this point. Gold-brown eyes flick over Sakuya as she arrives, then moves to Arika when she does so. He hadn't been so sure about that one, but apparently Michiko had thought it would be okay. Too bad her friend was busy. "Thank you all for being so swift. As you know attacks have been coming in the name of those attacking our shinobi, though many are merely bandits using an opportunity. Furoo-san will be in charge of this mission. We request you bring one back alive but the rest is at your team leader's discretion." Yori gives Furoo the map to the location before he steps back. "Are there any questions?"

Glancing at Naruko, Furoo smiles and then waves at her, "I think we ought to be able to finish this pretty quickly and then I've decided I'm simply taking you back to my favorite spot with a picnic basket seeing as all other ideas have failed even to the point of you running off from the village to do wh atever." She then looks to the others, hmming before she takes the map from Yori, "Yeah yeah, probably going to be boring and quick and I'll be sure not to kill them all." She nods her head, "I might even let one of them carry back anything neat we find. See, that's called using your resources." She nods, "Capture someone and make them into a pack mule."
She opens up the map and looks at it carefully before she turns it right side up. Then she hmms and nods, "And we're off. No time to waste. People who are unaware of their impending death need to be informed of it." She nods, "Don't wanna keep them waiting." She then glances to Yori, "Well, except for one guy." She taps her chin as she starts off, "We should maybe hold a bandit lottery when we get there."

COMBAT: Furoo focuses 2265 stamina to turn it into 2650 usable chakra!

Hanami waves to others as they arrive, though when Sakuya speaks to her she raises an eyebrow, "I've been working to get rid of the ones behind this Sakuya, but right now these are just some bandits taking advantage of an opportunity and they will be stopped. Just like the shinobi causing this unrest will be stopped as well okay?" She's serious, and very intent at the moment in seeing these bandits finished. Of course then Arika comes in and leaps onto her back, "Oomph! Arika, long time no see. Didn't realize you were visiting you little munchkin. Hmm, I don't know about stronger I'm afraid, certainly don't feel like it. But maybe sometime we'll go at it again eh? What about you?" Then Yori starts speaking and she focuses on the situation though lets Arika stay where she will, the light weight. When Furoo makes her move to leave Hanami follows suit quickly at an easy pace, "This'll be something. Lets hope one of these bandits can give us a lead we can use on those shinobi."

COMBAT: Hanami focuses 3162 stamina to turn it into 4000 usable chakra!

Naruko merely greeted Furoo in return with a slightlier b ow of her head, perhaps she was still a bit miffed about the overall situation, nevertheless she nods once more and begins to take stride right next to her. It was interesting hearing Yori speak about the mission details, he truly did come along way. She was certain that she missed out on quite a bit since she had been away. Arika on the other hand….she had no idea who that was, and while a apart of her wanted to speak up, especially internally, she quelled silence and shook her head. "Who is that?" Naruko questions Furoo, though it looked like Hanami was pretty close to her already… Something about it…was troublesome. Either way she decided to focus a hint of chakra, slowing down a bit so she could pace with Sakuya. "I don't think we've met yet have we? I'm Uzumaki Naruko." Naruko greets Sakuya before focusing on the walk ahead.

COMBAT: Sakuya focuses 5 stamina to turn it into 5 usable chakra!

Sakuya takes a look at Arika, and walks over, examining this one. "So… So cute! Aaaaah!" She says as she attempts to ruffle Arika's hair. "You're cuter than Hanami! Cause… Cause you're younger than me." «Cute does not equate with youth. Also, ssstep away from her. She smells like death.» "Shut up, Zuzu." She says aloud. «Look at her arm. See that Hitai-ate? She's not in the central alliance. Step back.» "Zuzu, this is my third warning…" «I'm only transferring my thoughts to you, fool. You're making yourself look like an idiot.» … "Ah, am I…" Sakuya rubs the back of her head. "I… Ignore everything I just said. I'm not insane! I'm Sakuya~! Haha…"
Sakuya turns to Yori and does raise a question. More professionally than usual to the Saito clan representative of the mission. "Yorishiro-san. I do have a question. I wish to confirm that this mission is merely a capture mission involving bandits, not the ninja whom have caused this upheaval. If we are to come across the actual ninja, what are our orders?" Actual shinobi are far more of a problem than bandits, after all. When the group gets moving, Zuzu, the white snake Arika is talking about finally dips underneath her skirt and up, acting like a sort of a tail as he peers at Arika curiously. «This one… gives me digestion issues for some reason. I'm hungry.» The snake says solely to his/her master. She had been giving the new girl a few looks, so it was kind of embarassing when Naruko had approached and had given. "Ah. Hello Uzumaki-san. I'm Sakuya." It was brief, but at least she knows it's someone from the Uzumaki clan. They are known all over as Fuinjutsu specialists. «Don't Uzumaki usually have… red hair?» "Don't you ever shut up?"

COMBAT: Arika focuses 4815 stamina to turn it into 7777 usable chakra!

Arika snugs Hanami, about to reply when Yori starts giving out orders. "Hai!" she says quickly, giving a small salute and releasing an arm from Hanami's neck for a brief moment before she's back to clinging. Her eyes flicker rather constantly to Naruko, a sense of uneasiness in her belly growing. "Nnn… Ikitara Arika, desu. How come you have a snake?" she then asks Sakuya again. Most of the supposing and musing are ignored because she's just here for a bit of action. "So we gotta capture these bandits? Or killing them?" she asks, tilting her head. Sakuya confused her…

"On the off chance that there are, indeed, some of the shinobi we've been facing there then this mission becomes intelligence gathering only. However based on what our research says the chance of that happening is less than one percent." Yori answers the question, then steps back to led Furoo lead them away. "Please be swift." When Sakuya gets ready to pass by the Saito would give her a smile and a nod. "Be careful Sakuya-chan."

A sigh and she looks back to Sakuya before looking to Hanami and then finally stops for a moment, "Kill first, capture if available. That's all. I am going to bag one at least though. We gotta get someone to not die and also not shut up." She nods her head and then she looks to Naruko as they start to move again, "I don't know who the kid is but judging by the fact that no one is trying to maim, assault, or dismember her, I assume she's ok." She nods and looks to Arika. Then Furoo shrugs and looks to the snake girl and her snake before saying, "That girl and her snake…" She shakes her head and starts off before finally focusing forward, "Lets keep some pace going folks." She nods, "It won't be long." She then starts moving forward at quick bursts of speed that put her far ahead so she can stop up on a high point waiting for them to pass as she looks around ahead to see what she can see. As soon as the group gets near, off she disappears again.

RPCOMBAT: Furoo defends against with a PERCEPTION-II…22

Hanami finds herself carrying Arika, which isn't too bad even over the distance just something to get use to but she's a little thing so it works. Since the others seem confused by Arika she decides to speak up, "This is Arika, visiting shinobi from Suna you guys, she knows her stuff don't worry." And that's really it, run time! As she moves along she keeps her senses alert for anything that might be coming for them or anything they might be coming up against by casting her chakra out on the wind.

RPCOMBAT: Hanami defends against with a AIR-CURRENTS…30
RPCOMBAT: Hanami defends against with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…20

Kill first ask questions later, or something like that. The words echohed in Naruko's head. It wasn't the tactics she was fond of but lately she had been relentless against people who do harm rather than good. Stealing..that sort of thing was redeemable. Taking other lives on the other hand was something that would instantly put them in her little black book. It was something to be weary of however, Naruko walked a fine line with her own nindou. While most of the others focused on sight Naruko simply sniffed the air, seeing if anything would catch her attention. Fresh tracks in the dirt, disturbed foilage, floating farts and other bodily odors, it was something she was good at sniffing out. Briefly she does exchange a glance towards Sakuya once again her eyes widen a bit… was she a little crazy? "Ha…well it's nice to meet you too Sakuya-chan," Naruko speaks politely her attention though goes back to sniffing. Arika was also an odd ball.

COMBAT: Naruko focuses 3824 stamina to turn it into 6000 usable chakra!
RPCOMBAT: Naruko defends against with a CAT-SENSE…49

It's hard to answer that question legitimately anymore. She at least is proud of one thing. "He was given to me, of course! From a cute little egg. I warmed him against my body for many days, and he was so tiny and cute when he hatched! He had the cutest little beady-eyes. He's still really cute, ne?" She asks Arika, and looks over to the snake, whom ducks his head. "See? Look, super shy." «I don't like kids.» "But they love you, Zuzu-chaan!" She grins as she moves forward, feeling so confident, and just as she passes Yori… He decides to make her flush lightly. "Y-yeah… I'll be fine, Yori-ku…san… Yori-san." Furoo gave the final order, and Sakuya would abide. Both she and her snake have special senses, that are usually drawn upon, so they'd likely pick up any foul scents nearby.
At this point Sakuya was attempting to focus, and nearly grunted at Naruko with a nod to return the pleasure.

RP: Sakuya transforms into ZUZU.
RPCOMBAT: Sakuya defends against with a HEBISUUHAI-SENSES…21
RPCOMBAT: Arika defends against with a AIR-CURRENTS…36
RPCOMBAT: Arika defends against with a INK-SCOUT-I…39

Arika nods quickly to Furoo at the orders and then hmms and tilts her head a bit. "I c'n run on my own," she tells Hanami, slipping off the girl's back. She doesn't like to, but well… Guest from Suna has to show Suna is at least not lazy! The girl focuses her chakra, sending senses along the wind, even as a few mice made pure of ink skitter from out of her fingers.

As they traveled the group would be lucky to find that the road was farely well clear of any trouble, as well as many travelers. It makes for fast travel as well, what with Furoo setting the pace to *crazy* in no time. Once they started to get near the actual location of the village things started to appear, however. The most important and soonest would be to Naruko who would scent heavy smoke on the wind. Hanami and Arika would pick up flames on the wind as they got closer as well as a number of figures running around in a panic ahead. It wouldn't be fully visible until Furoo found a place to look down though that she would see the village is indeed in flames with people running around like crazy, though there was currently no distinguishing who was who.

Spotting what she spots, she hurrms as she looks down at what she spots. She glances toward the group with her and then hurrms before racing down to them real quick and stating, "Alright, first things first, try to save the villagers. Second, try to stop the bunglers hurting and or killing the villagers." She then nods her head, "I'm going to go in their real quick like and see who is who and then once you know who the klutzes are, go on the offensive." She nods her head. She then glances to Arika and Hanami, "You two seem like a good choice. Skirt the village and make sure no one leaves for now. We can't have bandits rushing off and being all bandit like elseewhere." She nods her head and then looks to Naruko, "Stick with Sakuya." She points to Sakuya, "Make sure to help who you can.
"As I said, I'm going to go see who is who." With that she races off into the village to try to find bandits. The first bandit seeming person she comes to she'll stop right in front of and then nods, "Hi, I'm Furoo from Kumogakure. If you are a bandit, murderer, or just plain a fumble, scream out 'Die!' and attack me." She nods, while idling rubbing her finger horizontally under her nose.

RP: Furoo transforms into REIZEI-BLUR.

Hanami chuckles a bit as Arika gets off and runs on her own, maybe it was for the best anyways. She glances back at Sakuya to check on her before the smoke and fire have her halting, her voice a bare whisper, "No…not…" she tenses for a few moments as she gets a look at the burning village. When Furoo takes off she starts, coming back to herself with only vaguely hearing what Furoo had to say. Blinking she looks for Arika, "Okay uh…yeah. Lets go see what can do…" she's still a bit off, distracted but takes off to the left around the village hopefully with Arika following. She looks looks around to see if there're any bandits and any villagers she sees that seem lost or confused she'll try yelling at them to get buckets going and get the fires out.

RPCOMBAT: Hanami defends against with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…38

Naruko nods off to Furoo, complying with exactly what was planned, she then crooks her neck to Sakuya and gives her the thumbs up. "Looks like you are going to be leading me for a bit so I will follow you. I'll keep an eye out and make sure no one slips in from behind you," Naruko states as she knuckles down a little bit. She was ready to shove some fists into bandit faces. They were only going for 1 survivor but Naruko was pretty confident that she could pull in a little more.

Sakuya sticks with Naruko, so far. Sand Ninja seem a bit brash, but they are sand ninja. Hanami would look after her well enough. She'd be one-hundred percent more worried if they were Kumo-nin. Besides. There was a village ablaze. "… That's… bad." Sakuya says, uneededly. «Clearly. Remember to not brashly jump into action.» Zuzu looks over at Naruko «Besides. You're the weakest of everyone here. Trust me. I can tell these things.» Sakuya crosses her arms a moment as she looks over at Naruko. "Here is what I'm thinking…" She looks over at the burning village. "Furoo has jumped into the front lines, typical reizei behavior. Trust me. I go to their village every morning to pick up correspondence." She looks over at Hanami, before she disappears. "I have a good feeling that Hanami and the Suna-ninja may be moving around behind. It looks like they are heading around the left side of the village. Furoo will likely push the bandits back into a retreat, and while Hanami and Arika are picking off stragglers on the left side, we will do the same on the right…" She smirks as she recalls her first D-rank mission. Herding cattle. Except this time, they are coralling humans. "It just seems like the proper course." She has never seen Naruko fight, but she has seen Furoo fight. Scary. She gives Naruko a solemn nod, trusting her to watch her back. "Okay. Let's give it a try."

Arika nods quickly to the orders, dashing off in the opposite direction of Hanami. Even as she runs, a second Arika appears beside her to help scout the area. Both of them send out scouts made complete of ink, each scout looking a bit like a mouse. She also keeps an eye out for fire, which she would try to put out by shooting ink at it. Well… Ink is better than a house burnt down, right..?

RP: Arika uses SHADOW-CLONE.
RPCOMBAT: Arika defends against with a WIND-DASH…50
RPCOMBAT: Arika defends against with a INK-SCOUT-I…38
COMBAT: Arika attacks target 1 with INK-GRIP with a roll of: 42

The bandits are nothing special, and as such they really don't have much more chakra than your average villager. They're simply folks taking advantage of a situation. As for Furoo's rather intriguing attempt to draw out the bandits all she gets is a bunch of confused looks and people fleeing from her. But as they would watch it would become evident who was a bandit and who wasn't. Basically, the ones with weapons chasing the ones without were probably the people that would need to be beat down…and there's a lot of them. The fires continue to burn and spread though with the word of finding buckets and water coming some do start…but it's hard to do when you have to fear being cut down by some evil types!
The ink helps a little, though it tends to dissolve a little faster than pure water. Still, some smaller flames are put down while others just continue to burn through it. Besides, that's just kind of gross!

As soon as it is clear the bandits aren't just looting, they are killing…and also they are who they are…Furoo dashes off. She doesn't necessarily go for kill shots, but she just doesn't hold back either for now. She is all about making these guys hurt or die for trying to harm poor villagers just trying to make a living. Her movements are flickers of sight and that's it. She simply appears briefly by a bandit, trying to give him a rather nasty whack iwht a half staff or from a full sized metal staff. Either way, after a quick double trio of attacks she ends up by one bandit who she doesn't attack. She tries to impose herself between him and whoever he is trying to hurt, "Hey! Pick a number between 1 and 100."

Hanami doesn't show any mercy to the bandits, in fact she quickly becomes uncharacteristically ruthless cutting them down. She's not really trying to keep any alive, strikes definitely going for the kill as she unleashes her chakrams again and again. She doesn't ignore the villagers though, despite her actions she always makes sure to get nearby villagers to try and work on the fires, get bucket brigades organized and whatnot. But her priority are the bandits and wiping them off the face of the Earth."

Naruko hugged against Sakuya,…well not literally but she made sure nothing came in their direction. As they flanked on the right side a few bandits became a little more noticable…and if they weren't a bandit it would just be a 'oops' moment. She thursts her body foward, fist coiled down as blood pumped to her knuckles and she offers her devastating strike. "Leaf Whirlwind!" Naruko exclaims attacking a pair of bandits with quick succession kicks, definitely not a killing blow but enough to cause some staggering stumbleness. There was quite a bit of bite to her technique despite her normal strengths. "I'm right behind you, Sakuya-chan!" Naruko reaffirms though things were definitely going to get messy.

That was seriously looking taijutsu… "W-where did you learn that?" Sakuya asks. It was… Taijutsu that didn't seem as if it came from Kumo, likely because of the word 'Leaf'. Tell her in a moment though. Naruko might have kicked a few, but there were more than just a few. Zuzu had retreated had retreated beneath Sakuya's clothing, just as a singular bandit came towards her. One was plenty for the snake-nin. Before the individual struck, she dropped low and sweeped her feet underneath the Bandit right as Zuzu jumped right out of the collar of her Kimono to grasp the neck of the offending bandit. Once the bandit was on his side, Sakuya herself bit the bandit's side. Two sources of poison to deal with.

Both Arika and Arika-clone see a bunch of the bad guys. Hey! They aren't supposed to be winning! The girl frowns and has her clone continue to scout the area, even as Arika moves to attack the men approaching. She lashes out with an arm, grabbing a man near the leg and embedding sharp inky claws into him while her other hand also forms claws and slashes at one that's trying to slip by.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(48) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…19

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 858 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(46) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…26

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 819 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(50) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…26

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 844 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(60) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…23

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 972 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(55) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…35

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 842 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against SHIMMER-STRIKES(43) attack from Furoo with a DODGE-II…22

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 799 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(21) attack from Hanami with a DODGE-II…24

COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(19) attack from Hanami with a DODGE-II…33

COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(29) attack from Hanami with a DODGE-II…21

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 338 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against LEAF-WHIRLWIND(34) attack from Naruko with a DODGE-II…23

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 428 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against LEAF-WHIRLWIND(34) attack from Naruko with a DODGE-II…26

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 390 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against PHYSICAL(27) attack from Sakuya with a DODGE-II…30

COMBAT: Canis defends against SNAKE-BITE(33) attack from Sakuya with a DODGE-II…34

COMBAT: Canis defends against SNAKE-BITE(22) attack from Sakuya with a DODGE-II…17

COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 130 damage.

COMBAT: Canis defends against INK-GRIP(42) attack from Arika with a DODGE-II…30

COMBAT: Canis defends against INK-CLAW(29) attack from Arika with a TENSE…8
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 732 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against INK-CLAW(36) attack from Arika with a DODGE-II…33
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 474 damage.

Bandits are definitely caught off guard by the arrival of the shinobi. The speedy Reizei manages to whack a few of them pretty solidly, knocking some down dazed, and even cracking one's head open. Oops! Wind whips through a few others, cutting into them while others have to deal with a whirling of Naruko! And then just when things seem like they might not be so bad a snake pops up out of nowhere and starts biting people! So not cool! Needless to say a number of bandits go down but others aren't so ready to give up. Kunai fly out at a variety of people from a variety of places. And then there's two more that show up to cause more trouble, using a sword to slash somewhat skillfully at Naruko while another does the same to Furoo.

COMBAT: Furoo defends against ARC-SLASH(37) attack from Canis with a BLUR…36
COMBAT: Furoo loses the roll and sustains 156 damage.

Taking a cut right on her side, Furoo winces and glares at the man who slashed at her, "That is not a number between one and one hundred, good sir." She states, "Ya know what? For that I'm going to hit you real hard twice before you even know," and right at that moment she unleashes two fast attacks from either side with her two half staffs, "you've been hit." She shakes her head, "Butterfingers." She then sighs and looks at her side, "Not cool."

COMBAT: Hanami defends against SHARP(12) attack from Canis with a WIND-DASH…22

While some of her attacks were successful the failures just drive her to press harder. Of course she's also aware of the bandits retaliating and uses the wind to enhance her movements dodging out of the way effortlessly. As she loosely circles around the town she continues using her chakrams to try and mow down the bandits making sure she keeps attacking till her target drops before moving onto the next. These bastards weren't going to get away, she'd do everything she could to make sure of that.

COMBAT: Naruko defends against ARC-SLASH(35) attack from Canis with a DODGE…48

Naruko and Sakuya appeared to be taking things along fairly easily. As long as they continuted to collaborate a bit no one would be able to get the jump on them. Naruko continued her whirling bits of taijutsu, following up against even more bandits with a chain combo, two swift kicks and then a gale of gushing winds pounding from her palms, maintaining her energy while keeping the nemies at bay. "Just give up and you won't have to continue getting a beat down! No one has the die but people are definitely going to have to get hurt!" Naruko attempts to reason. " It's not worth it out here otherwise!" Naruko tries to convince… During her shouting though she wasn't really able to speak with Sakuya… or anyone else for that matter.

COMBAT: Sakuya defends against SHARP(15) attack from Canis with a EVASION…39

Sloppy Kunai throws aren't going to pose any real challenge to Sakuya. She dodges those kinds of throws during her correspondence routes, as people viciously throw paperwork at her to deliver back to Yori. Yet instead of continuing to attack individuals, she would attempt to make the clearly lower-level bandits retreat. They've already likely suffered much at the hands of Furoo, so she would instead attempt to direct them to retreat. Simply by creating a few simple handseals, she'd instead attempt to demoralize the enemy by issuing a generic retreat order from various voices directly into their minds. "Let's see how well this works…"

COMBAT: Arika defends against SHARP-III(28) attack from Canis with a WIND-DASH…52

Silly bandits, trying to kill Arika. Their weapons wouldn't even get to hit her! Arika just avoids them with a burst of wind. "HMPH! I guess I should catch one of you," she muses, eyes flickering to the shadow clone that's doing battle with some other bandits. The girl nods once, then she extends her arm, said arm elongating with some ink controlled with chakra and muscle movement. "I'll tie you up nice 'n tight!" she says with a nod, trying to grab one of the men while she sends a slice of wind at someone who her clone is having trouble with.

COMBAT: Canis defends against BLUR-PHYSICAL(42) attack from Furoo with a WEAPON-BLOCK-II…22
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 440 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against BLUR-PHYSICAL(42) attack from Furoo with a WEAPON-BLOCK-II…17
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 504 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(24) attack from Hanami with a DODGE…20
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 306 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(20) attack from Hanami with a DODGE…24
COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SHARP(24) attack from Hanami with a DODGE…16
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 364 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against LEAF-WHIRLWIND(40) attack from Naruko with a DODGE-III…28
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 424 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against BLADED-GALE(57) attack from Naruko with a DODGE-III…25
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 557 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against AUDITORY-HALLUCINATIONS(23) attack from Sakuya with a TENSE…10
COMBAT: Canis defends against AUDITORY-HALLUCINATIONS(19) attack from Sakuya with a TENSE…11
COMBAT: Canis defends against AUDITORY-HALLUCINATIONS(20) attack from Sakuya with a TENSE…8
COMBAT: Canis defends against WIND-SLICE(40) attack from Arika with a DODGE-III…23
COMBAT: Canis loses the roll and sustains 625 damage.
COMBAT: Canis defends against INK-BIND(56) attack from Arika with a DODGE-III…29

Poor poor bandits! They fall rather easily to the shinobi's continued attacks. Furoo's swordsman gets knocked silly by the Reizei and flops face forward into the dirt while Naruko's get's all bladed and cut up and deded! HAnami's wind continues to cut into some folks as does Arika's. Then one is captured in some icky ink! Gross! But the thing that really tops it is the call to retreat. Apparently they had no good plans as bandits just start dropping weapons and trying to flee in any direction they can!

Finishing with a sudden burst of speed to smack as many as she can that are escaping, Furoo ends up trying to not quite kill the last one she hits by using her fist instead of her staff as she then stops and hmms, "Well, it appears we have saved the village and then we can drag off one or a few of these idiots to not only pay for what they did b ut also talk." She nods her head and then she whips out her metal staff and leans on it, "Anyway…" She then considers, "This was overall ok, I suppose." She nods her head.

Hanami notices the bandits retreating, and honestly doesn't care. Just means she has an easier time hitting them no doubt. So she decides to forgo cutting them down with her chakrams and instead focuses he chakra inside as she inhales then exhales one and then two rapid spinning vortexes to cover as much area as possible and as much damage as possible to the bandits.

It seemed like her little maneuver worked. How about that. "That was pretty good, ne? Sometimes killing everyone isn't the only wa-." Suddenly, she sees Hanami launch an attack that did exactly as she had attempted to avoid. Her jaw hangs open a moment as she watches the carnage unfold. «I guess you ought to learn to kill, or someone else will just do it for you. Mercy will just give them the opportunity to strike again.» Zuzu chimes in.

Arika and her clone both grab a few more guys with huge inky hands (or they attempt such), not wanting to let them escape. After all, having them escape would be bad! Can't have that!

More bandits fall under the various attacks from all of the shinobi with only a few of them actually surviving in the end. With the bandits dealt with the request comes from the villagers for help with the fires. With the help from the Kumogakure shinobi they are, luckily, able to subdue most of the fire. Only a small number of buildings were truly damaged and they wouldn't be long in rebuilding. All in all, the shinobi were quite successful and even wrangled a few prisoners!

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