Date: November 25, 2015
A dangerous cook needs to be chased down and apprehended by the Kumo-nin.
Poster's note: foul language filtered in obvious places.
"Fries in Need"
Land of Lightning
Michiko had called both Arashi and Amani to the gates of Kumogakure for a little patrol. Sure, this group of shinobi was a bit stronger than the usual gang, but… Well… Yeah! That's because they were going after some high-class criminals. There wasn't much time to waste, so Michiko would have everyone on the move once all were gathered. "Masui is also known as 'The Fryer'. An ex cook who enjoys using his frypan as a weapon, along with other tools and poisons. He generally changes his appearance with each restaurant he goes to visit, which makes him so difficult to track. This time, though, we were lucky. A few shinobi visiting the Daimyo noticed him and recognized the scar on his cheek, and we were immediately notified. I'm sorry this is all a bit last minute, but we need to capture this man before he sends others to the hospital with his food and pan."
COMBAT: Michiko focuses 6414 stamina to turn it into 8888 usable chakra!
Arashi heard the importance of this mission and left fairly quickly to go get it done. Upon leaving he listend closely to Michiko's words before asking a few questions about him. "How does he use the frying pan? Just like any other tool? Does he have any other skills besides just the random tools and poisons?" Arashi actually had some water with him this time. Not enough for his skills like water clones, but at least enough that they can be used to deflect things like tools.
COMBAT: Arashi focuses 4780 stamina to turn it into 5500 usable chakra!
"Last minute? I thought that's how our missions usually are," Amani huffed. "But whatever, let's go take this cook out and make him pay for bringing shame to my good name." Yes, her good name. The one that was robbed from her from the fish competition! "Let's go! Also, yes, those questions that Arashi has asked that are important." She folded her arms. "He does bring a bad name to all cooks, of course…"
"Well, he cooks with everything. All his tools are poisoned. In a way, he's a good cook," Michiko replies easily enough. "Beyond that, no one has seen him in a real fight. It's all very sneaky and filled with subterfuge until his target is dead or he is killed." She pauses for a moment. "Indeed. The worst name to cooks, even. I don't think I trust Arashi-san anymore. I have no choice but to declare you the best fish cook if you best this man, Amani-san."
Arashi looks at the other two here, and grins slightly. "What if I was to be the one who defeats him? Would that make me the best fish cook still?" He continues moving waiting until they found this man. He didn't honestly care about who was deemed the best, but he enjoyed seeing Amani struggle with being called second best.
"Yes, I am the best fish cook! I will defeat this fiend!" Amani claimed with a clenched fist. "You will not be the one to defeat him! Me! I will!" She thumb pointed to herself while facing Arashi. "I will be best fish cook!" She paused. "Wait, no, I /am/ best — fryit!" She snarled. "Let's go find him quickly. There's no time to lose." She muttered to herself about being the best at everything.
"Hmm… An excellent question, Arashi-san. I suppose it depends. I can hardly trust you, so if you are able to defeat this Masui-san, I'll have to re-evaluate your cooking against the other cooks within the village." Michiko makes a handseal to gather her chakra. "We'll stop soon and look for him. Kep an eye out for anything suspicious."
Arashi frowns slightly, but looks over at Amani and smiles some. Then he moves over to where she is to speak with her. "You know. I am just a fish cook, so if I just let you knock out this guy then you will be deemed the best. Then I can just learn how to cook from you, and just be deemed second best. Honestly I don't want to have everyone looking at me, and recognizing me as the number one best fish cook."
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a PERCEPTION…20
"Yes, she can hardly trust you. Acknowledging she was mind controlled into that win," Amani grumbles curses about that amazing dish he won with. "Hmmmmm. Fine. I will take out this guy. Then my win will be legitimate," she nodded. "Yes, I will get the win I deserved." She proceeded to focus her chakra so she could prepare herself for the guy. "Fame is a heavy burden to bear. I can take back the title and then you won't need to worry about the attention anymore," she smirked deviously.
COMBAT: Amani focuses 1856 stamina to turn it into 2500 usable chakra!
RPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a MASTERED-EARTHEN-SENSE…46
Michiko keeps an eye on the ground as they travel, searching for any signs of another passing through as well. Nothing, though, was detected. At least for Michiko. Arashi might, after looking around carefully, notice that random footprint. You know. Way over there. So suspicious
"So umm there is a footprint over there if you have any way to tell if it is his. Probably not, but I wanted to point it out." Arashi then looks back at Amani. "Amani. Remember. This way means I am simply giving you the title. You should be careful that I don't come back, and randomly take my title back someday." He grinned before looking back at the footpring and the surrounding area.
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a PERCEPTION…29
Amani growls to herself. "I will keep my title. I lost it once, but I have a perfect track record," Amani stated while looking around, finally focused enough to contribute to finding the one they're after. "Michiko, soothe my aching soul," she proposed to her. "Say something nice about me."
RPCOMBAT: Amani defends against with a PERCEPTION…35
RPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a MASTERED-EARTHEN-SENSE…79
Michiko hmms and nods a bit in response to the banter. "I see, I see…" Michiko sends out a pulse of chakra through the ground as they move, but she doesn't notice much. Sigh… The girl had a wide range and a good perception, but even that can't match up to the fact that there's simply no one around. "Ah, fame is quite a difficult burden, yes," Michiko tacks on to Arashi's statement.
Arashi shakes his head slowly. "I don't mind the fame as fame itself, but being a Shinobi…. Well having people knowing more about you and such could be dangerous, and we don't want that I am sure. At least Amani is most of the time a medic, so she is safe for the most part. Also more people would help keep her alive for that same reason. Me I don't have many people that would if they didn't have an easy way to, or a big reason to." He keeps on moving though.
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a PERCEPTION…16
RPCOMBAT: Amani defends against with a PERCEPTION…27
"I don't have much choice, people know me and I must live with that fact, but you, soon people will know you as best fish cook…" Amani began. "Because you stole it from me! Bah! You will endure all the fame the title bears and people will know you as shinobi fish chef!" She kept her eyes peeled for activity. "Why do people know me? Because I stole an entire ship. It's mine!" She loves that ship.
RPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a MASTERED-EARTHEN-SENSE…47
RPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a TREMOR-SENSE-II…51
After another mile's worth of banter, the group would finally start to see signs of a fleeing chef. Half-eaten food, paper cups for samples, and a few bottles of cooking-liquor! … That could also be used for actually drinking. Either way, they were clearly getting closer. Michiko motioned for her team to pause and sent a wave of chakra along the ground to pinpoint the target… It takes her a moment … But she eventually locks on! "A bit further," she tells the team. "Amani-san, go right and forward. Arashi-san, go left and forward. We'll make a pincer-esque movement with the three of us. Keep at this pace and we should encounter Masui at the same time in three miles."
Arashi looks at Amani for a moment and just shakes his head slowly with a slight smirk on his face before Michiko gets them to pause. Once she tells them where to go he nods fairly quickly before moving off to the left, and then moving on forward when he thinks everyone else is set. Though he is probably the slowest out of the three from lack of ever trying to get quicker. Without his lightning chakra his movements would probably be even slower. Maybe he could work on that sometime then. Either way he continued moving waiting for a signal to strike.
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a PERCEPTION…22
"Ah, finally some action—wait, wait." Amani sneered. "If we're doing this together, then how will I claim back my title that's completely mine and only mine?" She winced. "I'll see how this goes. You can answer the question later…" She cut her eyes momentarily to Arashi prior to taking off in the formation Michiko proposed. She didn't want to completely screw this up, now. She could be sensible. Sometimes.
COMBAT: Michiko attacks target 1 with FIRE-FLARE with a roll of: 26
3… 2… 1… Michiko counts down the moments when she senses her teammates get into position. 'Now..' she thinks, making a few handseals and shooting up a flare of flame to alert them. Time to attack! Michiko would suddenly dive into the ground, readying the surrounding area to trap the criminal-cook. It would begin to turn into a muddy swamp the moment Arashi and Amani crossed the threshold…
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Hungry People Sense vs All from 25 to 60 and get(s) a 30. - Rolled by: Michiko
Arashi moved out when he saw the fire, and moved right into a spot nearby so he could strike. He made sure the little thing of water was easily accessible in case he needed that to stop anything, and then raised his hands into the air. Then he simply fires off two beams of pure energy aiming for their target.
RP: Arashi transforms into STORMY-MIND.
COMBAT: Arashi attacks target 1 with LASER-BEAM with a roll of: 34
COMBAT: Arashi attacks target 1 with LASER-BEAM with a roll of: 31
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Food-Fu vs. Arashi (34) from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 36. - Rolled by: Michiko
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Food-Fu vs. Arashi (31) from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 40. - Rolled by: Michiko
There goes the signal! "Alright, time to move out!" Amani called to herself. She rushed from her point and joined into the three pronged attack, opting for a more personal touch against the insane chef. First dibs! With sound channeled to her fists, she intended to transfer it straight into his body with a two punch combo.
COMBAT: Amani attacks target 1 with SONIC-JAB with a roll of: 35
COMBAT: Amani attacks target 1 with SONIC-JAB with a roll of: 38
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Food-Fu vs. Amani (35) from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 39. - Rolled by: Michiko
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Food-Fu vs. Amani (38) from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 27. - Rolled by: Michiko
The chef, Masui, hears the crackle of electricity as it nears him, and his hair seems to stand up on end. "WHOP!" he says suddenly, getting out his frying pan and smacking the incoming laser beams away. They're deflected off to the side, making holes in the ground. "Whew… I almost got turned to bacon!" he exclaims to no one in particular. Then Amani rushed at him. ACK! He knocked away her first punch with his frying pan, which might be a bit painful for Amani, but the Yamayuki was too fast for him to catch the second punch, and he gets knocked back.
Michiko would take a chance to send an explosion of earth at Masui to try and blind him, making sure to watch out for Amani so that the medic doesn't get injured. "Remember, we want to capture him!" she'd tell her teammates, knowing that Arashi's skills were particularly destructive at times.
COMBAT: Michiko attacks target 1 with DIRT-BOMB with a roll of: 43
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Pan of Wonder vs. Michiko (43) from 25 to 45 and get(s) a 34. - Rolled by: Michiko
Masui would scramble to his feet, wielding his frying pan! "I'll get you dang ninja!" he huffs, popping a pill into his mouth and … exhaling super-mega-hot cream of broccoli soup »? Well, no one said a food-warrior made much sense…
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Arashi from 20 to 45 and get(s) a 32. - Rolled by: Michiko
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Arashi from 20 to 45 and get(s) a 32. - Rolled by: Michiko
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a WATER-RIBBONS…42
RPCOMBAT: Arashi defends against with a WATER-RIBBONS…50
Arashi frowned a moment and looked over at where Michiko had attacked from. "Yeah yeah Michiko. I will be sure to capture him." He frowned and used that source of water as a supplement for his next attack. Of course he had to first use it to knock the soup to the side, but that was pretty easy for him to do. Either way it took all of it to even do a little bit, but he would be able to hold him down for someone else to attack hopefully. And hopefully a more permanent solution.
COMBAT: Arashi attacks target 1 with WATER-CLAMP with a roll of: 32
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Amani from 20 to 45 and get(s) a 20. - Rolled by: Michiko
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Amani from 20 to 45 and get(s) a 21. - Rolled by: MichikoRPCOMBAT: Amani defends against with a SPARK-SHIFT…29
RPCOMBAT: Amani defends against with a SPARK-SHIFT…44
COMBAT: Amani attacks target 1 with SOFT-TOUCH with a roll of: 45
"I'll try to be as gentle as I possibly can, but I can make no promises," Amani remarked to Michiko while channeling lightning chakra to her legs. She used the added boost to shift out of the way of the skin melting soup Masui just spewed out of his mouth. On any other occasion, she'd have enjoyed food, but today? Not that much. She retaliated against him by drawing in close and striking his chest so that she could weaken him enough to be captured. "I'm not necessarily fond of catching people who threaten my life."
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Michiko from 30 to 60 and get(s) a 55. - Rolled by: Michiko
[NPC System]: Masui roll(s) Soup! vs. Michiko from 30 to 60 and get(s) a 52. - Rolled by: MichikoRPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a METAL-DOME…78
RPCOMBAT: Michiko defends against with a METAL-DOME…69
"AHHH!!! MY EYES D:" Masui would scream as dirt got in them thanks to Michiko. The man would stumble a bit, only to get caught by the water Arashi. He'd struggle a bit and try to get out, but Amani's taps just make his muscles turn to jelly. "NOOOO D: I dun wanna die ;_;" The man would stop struggling because he couldn't move that well anymore, and Michiko would nod a bit in approval. "Excellent! Good job!" The soup didn't touch her, thankfully, only flowing around the metal dome she put up quickly around herself. "Let's take him back to Kumo." Wow, that was a fast capture. Good teamwork!
Arashi blinks a bit at the mans easy capture. "Well. Wasn't that simple. Amani do you think he was trying to compete with us on being a better chef?" He walked over to him and began to tie him up with some rope he carried with him. Once done he would heft him over his shoulder. "He didn't put up much of a fight if so." He chuckled a bit and sighed. "Alright. Time to head back then Michiko?"
"No," Amani answered simply. "I'm still best chef," she remarked. "But his skills with using food for combat are noteworthy. I will remember that much. Aside from that, I feel he is at least third best chef next to you and I. Until someone bumps him out of his place," she stretched her arms and yawned. "Missions tend to make me tired, but that's a good thing. I need the rest. Does his question have an answer?" She wondered of Michiko.
Michiko would nod and smile a bit. "Hai, let's get back. I'm glad we managed to catch this chef. It could have gotten a lot worse if he continued to run wild." Michiko would wave for Amani and Arashi to stay ahead of her, for the most part, as they went back to the village. Bounty was paid, the man was jailed, and Michiko would go out for some food because that cream of broccoli soup that got spit out smelled really good….
Arashi nods and just continues on walking then. "Amani. I guess we will just have to see who is really better with plenty of judges some other time huh?" He chuckles and yawns a bit as he makes his way back to the village with the chef over his shoulder.
"I'll always be better, even if others disagree. They're just denying the truth within themselves," Amani described to Arashi. "So yes, we can 'prove' ourselves, but there won't be much to prove…" She huffed. "The very idea of it is ridiculous and is making me even more tired. I hope we'll get back to the village soon. I need to meet with the bed I haven't seen in ages."