Date: September 2, 2013
Nori receives intel that the Eagles are going to try to reopen the Spider's Nest that Nori, Hiei, and Hiroyasu buried during Nori's Summoning Contract Campaign. The Kumonin fend of Eagles while Nori learns and practices merging with an owl to enter Imperfect Sage Mode. They all then stop a column of Eagles from opening the nest by working as a team.
Poster's note: foul language filtered in obvious places.
"Owl Sage - Anything but Spiders!"
Land of Fire
Nori and Hiroyasu had just managed to take down the forward operating base of the Eagles…the tree that Hiroyasu took down…when Daifukuro meets up with them. The large owl flies them up high into the air where there is another owl, an even larger one than Daifukuro if it can be imagined. This owl could easily tower over the Hokage's tower office. Nori just stares for a bit at this larger owl in flight. These things are rather amazing to behold for sure, and in Hiroyasu's mind, he'd hear a flicker of Nori's inner-child saying, ~Woooooah.~
The larger owl chirps out, a rather high-pitched voice for something so large, "Savior Nori-san and Hioryasu-san," yes, apparently the beast knows who Hiroyasu is, "if you recall about the spider nest that was opened the last time you were helping us, well…we have it on good intel that the Eagles are looking to open the nest again and unleash the spiders upon us. We cannot let that happen. Will you help us stop them?" Nori blinks again and looks to Hiroyasu, "I'm always up to help those in need…and I remember those spiders indeed. Bad news."
Hiroyasu is likewise in awe ~You can say that again..~ he responds to nori as he stares at the larger owl. ~It's like an owl and a ship had a birdboat baby that flys through the sky..~ yeah real eloquent.. but words are just not effective.. "I dislike spiders because of that.. event" he shudders and makes a face, "Wish I had that fire jutsu now.." he mutters before adding "We should get Hiei, he helped us the last time." The idea was generally accepted well and they made a quick detour to pick up Hiei before heading back to the factory along on the river.
Hiei immediately accepted the offer to accompany Hiroyasu and Nori back to the factory..even if they're making the trip on the back of a large owl. As they go, Hiei is filled in on the situation. "Oh, so the eagles are at it again, eh? The last time I met those guys I cooked one and ate it. They should know better than to come messing with these nice owls again. And I remember the spiders, I hate spiders." He reaches over and high-fives Nori. "Been awhile since I've seen you."
Nori says, ~Woooooah~ again. Hey, Hiroyasu told him he could say it again! After Hiroyasu's observation, Nori laughs aloud and states over the wind, "Well put. That thing could crush us in a wing-beat." The young Yamanaka agrees whole-heartedly to bringing Hiei along, and so they do indeed grab him.
As Hiei is drawn into the mix, a pair of large owls (the size of Nori's, which happen to be about 7 feet tall), show up. All three of them get their own owl again…so Nori switches to telepathy. In flight once again, Nori nods, ~Yeah, not only are they at it again, they are full-out invading the Owl territory. So, feel free to eat another one. Maybe we can start calling you Hiei-san, Eagle Eater.~ He chuckles and hi-fives Hiei back as the Owl's fly over eachother back to back in a spin. ~Well, I was in the Forest of Death, then in the Hospital, and I've been working with the Owls since then. I've been learning alot though.~
After several minutes of flying, the Owls and Shinobi make it to the Factory. The battle has already commenced and there are Eagles and Owls swooping all over the place. Nori looks to the others and asks, ~I'm going to land on the ground. You can fight from the ground if you want…or you can ride Owl-back and take the Eagles out from the skies.~
Hiroyasu chuckles and nods riding silently thinking about the sheer magnitude of the giant owl before the conversation begins, ~Eagle Eater.. doesn't really roll off the tongue..~ he listens ~yeah weird things~ after the several minute of silence, he jumps at sound in his head forgot it was still on ~uh… ground~ what good does an earth wielder have in the air..
Hiei grins. ~Are you guys kidding me? I get to fight from owl-back?~ He pauses for a moment. ~Are the owls going to listen to me during the fight? I don't want to make them mad or anything. I know how close you are with them, Nori, and I want to respect that as much as possible.~ He actually giggles out loud. ~Misaki is never going to believe this. Fighting eagles from owl back. That's a first for me you, know. I am so excited. Aren't you guys excited too? Man, I missed you Nori. I never get to do stuff like this in Kumogakure!~
Nori gives the option, doesn't say which one he thinks would be better either. Nori calls back to Hiei, ~Yes, they'll listen to you. They can speak well and are used to riders. Well, yours is.~ Nori chuckles, ~No problem. I'm always happy to oblidge you Hiei-san!~ For Nori, as he hits the ground with Daifukuro, Nori's owl companion states, "Take cover and let's work on something else while Hiroyasu-san and Hiei-san fight." Nori actually blinks, "Wait, what? But…I want to fight." Daifukuro shakes his head, "All in good time, for now, you need to learn how to use your newly found natural chakra senses to merge with an owl. The problem, that you've no doubt noticed, is that nature chakras can only be absorbed while remaining perfectly still. If you move, things get thrown out of balance and you turn into one of us; however, if you merge with an Owl, then the owl can absorb the natural chakra while you move…and the balance is retained." Nori listens, looks back to the others, and nods reluctantly, "Fine, teach me."
The Eagles meanwhile notice the three shinobi and start their attacks. Nori calls to Hiei and Hiroyasu, ~Cover me.~ A larger eagle takes on Hiei mid-flight. Hiei's eagle is faster, but one blow might throw Hiei out of the air. Hiroyasu on the other hand has three smaller eagles to contend with.
[NPC System]: Large Eagle for Hiei roll(s) One hit Wonder from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 23. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Large Eagle for Hiei roll(s) One hit Wonder from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 27. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Small Eagle Trio for Hiroyasu roll(s) Claws of Fury from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 21. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Small Eagle Trio for Hiroyasu roll(s) Claws of Fury from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 28. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Small Eagle Trio for Hiroyasu roll(s) Claws of Fury from 15 to 30 and get(s) a 30. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…23
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-WALL…43
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-WALL…41
RP: Hiroyasu transforms into GIJIFUGAN-II.
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…21
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…40
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with HOLLOW-EARTH-BULLETS…41
Hiroyasu hops off the owl and touches the sweet sweet earth.. ~Don't get me wrong owls are cool, but flying is nice.. but a little scary~ he admits before being accosted by the three smaller owls, first a small barrier which is almost over come, so he switches to the bigger wall as it bursts forth from the seal it deflects the other two with relative ease. He takes a moment just a moment to close his eyes while the barrier deflects his assailants, when he opens them the inky blackness which occasionally assumes his eyes has formed the silvery gray seal which swirls as he refocuses on his targets. The barrier begins to break down into a shards of blue flakes which fade into the nothingness.
Making several seals he begins trying to shoot them out of the air with earthy bullets which zoom through the air with great ease, his inky midnight eyes able to follow the trails with great detail.. he should consider a larger range, larger projectile.
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a WEAPON-BLOCK-II…42
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a WEAPON-BLOCK-II…39
RP: Hiei transforms into LIGHTNING-MOVEMENT-MODE.
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-ARC…31
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with CHAKRA-SHARP…42
Hiei nods at Nori. ~Consider it done.~ He leans down to the owl underneath him. "Hey, my name's Hiei. You fly and I'll shoot." Drawing the katana from his back, he uses the flat of the blade to deflect the attacks from the incoming eagles that are trying to knock him off his seat. He makes a quick seal. "Release: Lightning Movement." As the telltale blue aura infused with lightning surrounds his body, he makes another seal and points two fingers towards one of the eagles as the owl banks around so he can line up his shot. "Release: Lightning Arc!" A bolt of lightning flies out from his finger tips, it zig zags in mid air wildly as it makes it's way towards the first eagle. "Owl-san, let's get up close and personal!" Moving towards the second eagle, Hiei runs a fingertip down the blade of his sword and infuses it with blue colored chakra. Striking out, he calls out. "I'm going to eat every single one of you! Leave these owls alone!"
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiro roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 50 and get(s) a 33. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiro roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 50 and get(s) a 35. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiro roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 50 and get(s) a 50. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 50 and get(s) a 49. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 50 and get(s) a 44. - Rolled by: Nori
Nori chuckles to Hiroyasu and nods, ~Flying isn't for everyone.~ Nori's been flying, well…inside birds…for a while. The Eagles prove to be surprisingly hard to hit, despite Hiroyasu's and Hiei's best efforts. In fact, only one of the Eagles is hit and falls to the ground near Hiroyasu. It quickly starts hobbling its way towards Hiroyasu, attempting to bite and claw however it can to hurt Hiro.
Hiei on the other hand misses completely. Let's chalk it up to getting used to flying on the back of an owl. Flight isn't so smooth, it is fairly herky-jerky. Still, they figure it out eventually and the Owl is responding well to Hiei's commands. What Hiei might not expect is that the electrical attacks suddenly get turned around on Hiei. The Eagles know how to use ninjutsu as well, and electrical needles are shot towards Hiei in the air.
Meanwhile, Nori continues to listen to Daifukuro. The large owl states, "Bite your thumb as if you were summoning me, and draw this shape over your face with the blood." The owl draws something in the dirt. It looks like a mask around Nori's eyes. Nori follows the command and an owl suddenly shows up behind him and starts to try to merge with Nori. Daifukuro adds, "Stay still like you're focusing on the natural chakras around you. It is necessary!" Nori starts to merge with the owl…and suddenly starts showing signs of owl-ness. If Hiroyasu sees this, he'll think he knows what is needed, but oddly, this is part of the merging process.
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiro roll(s) Bite from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 23. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiro roll(s) Bite from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 22. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Lightning Needles from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 22. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Lightning Needles from 20 to 40 and get(s) a 38. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…38
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-BARRIER…40
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…40
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…21
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…22
From his hands fly the wisps of chakra but they don't actually go far just a mere inches in front of him before forming a barrier which deflects the deadly beaks, now that they were grounded, Hiroyasu could use this to his advantage as he quickly forms the seals "Earth Release: Multiple Rising Stone Columns!" and the ground becomes furious in front of hiro as multiple columns like earth fists take repeated swings at the owls in an attempt to land a devastating body blows.. He leaps backwards trying to drawn them towards him with flashy moves to hopefully keep attention off the young Yamanaka.. "Swing and a Miss!" he chides at Hiei!
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a DODGE…44
RPCOMBAT: Hiei defends against with a DODGE…44
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiroyasu roll(s) Lightning Needles from 10 to 40 and get(s) a 11. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiroyasu roll(s) Lightning Needles from 10 to 40 and get(s) a 27. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiroyasu roll(s) Lightning Needles from 10 to 40 and get(s) a 25. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-SHOTGUN…16
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with BREVITY…50
Hiei grunts as his attacks miss. He pats the owl again. "Don't worry, buddy. We'll get them next..oh cephalothorax!" And that's when he notices the lightning needles. He leans forwards on the owl as they execute some dazzling aerial manuvers, effectively dodging the incoming lightning needles. Hiei raises his fist, shaking it slightly. "That's my attack, you bald buzzards!" He calls down at Hiro. "We'll get them next time!" Closing his fist, it begins to crackle with lightning, shooting it forwards, a blast of lightning flies out…just as the owl hits some air turbulence, sending the attack a little wide. Hiei curses under his breath and then leaps off the owl's back towards the second eagle. Right before contact, his body disappears completely as he attacks at near sonic speed before reappearing. The owl dives and manages to catch Hiei on his back. Hiei pats the owl again. "Thanks buddy." He hops up to stand on his back as he draws his wakazashi as well. "Bring it on!"
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 10 to 30 and get(s) a 26. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Scrubs for Hiei roll(s) Flight Manuevers from 20 to 60 and get(s) a 52. - Rolled by: Nori
Luckily for Hiroyasu, only one of those rising stone columns is needed to impale the bird of prey. It makes gurgling noises and stops in its tracks. Hiroyasu is one to talk to Hiei as only one of those three columns hit. Still, the eagle had tried to break through the columns with lightning needles…and mostly did a good job of it, so can you really blame Hiroyasu?
Hiei on the other hand is again O/2. These Eagles must remember Hiei and have learned about his moves. Either that or they can feel the charge of his lightning in the air before he attacks. The eagles are like he is…sensitive to electricity.
Nori and the owl he's merging with are having quite the time of trying to merge. Different body parts don't entirely mix well, and he looks like he's turning into an owl with large bulbous eyes, feathers on his arms, scales on his legs, and almost a beak. He looks like he's about to shift fully into an owl when the transformation stops there and he's fully merged. Nori opens his eyes and blinks, "Woah…cool." He then scans out at the world around him, which he sort of had left behind for a while. "Hey, you guys need help or?"
Above, a column of eagles start to dive for the covering over the spider's nest.
RP: Hiroyasu makes a Int roll and got 15.
Hiroyasu was about to send out another barrage of bullets at them before they retreat and regroup making a b-line for the objective. He switches gears, "They are tying to break the wall holding back the nest!" he shouts running towards it but he didn't have enough time to get their in person, with a quck glance with his advanced acuity he can make out a good spot which should get nearly the whole thing if the wisp hits the spot dead on… He holds out his hands, to be honest he had never actually tried a called shot with it, it just always seemed to hit in the general area he aims and imagines.. Focusing his mind he tries to ~see the spot~, ~be the spot~ he thinks before firing off a wisp of chakra from the seal which courses from his palm, the wisp as erratic as ever like a moth in a panic to a flame, but right before it gets to the wall it straightens out and almost like a bullet hits almost the spot he wanted… almost.. well not perfect but it was about 80% on target, ~By the ancestors!~ he exclaims as the sudden wall of chakra begins to form into a wall blue bulwark of defense.
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu defends against with a SEAL-WALL…52
RP: Hiei transforms into LIGHTNING-AURA.
Hiei blinks as Hiro calls out that the eagles were heading for the spiders. He says to his mount. "Forget these guys, go after those eagles." Still standing on it's back, Hiei does another hand seal and his lightning aura intensifies. "Release: Lightning Aura!" He bends his knees, holding a sword in each hand as he goes after the lead eagle. "Hey, Nori. We could use a hand out here!" He flicks his wrists as both blades crackle with the power of lightning. He strikes out twice for the lead eagle. "Nobody is releasing spiders today!"
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-FLOW-SHARP…56
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with LIGHTNING-FLOW-SHARP…37
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Natural Chakra Drill from 20 to 60 and get(s) a 32. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Many Bodies Defense from 20 to 60 and get(s) a 35. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Many Bodies Defense from 20 to 60 and get(s) a 59. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Nori defends against with a EARTH-DOME…49
RPCOMBAT: Nori defends against with a EARTH-DOME…49
Nori watches Hiroyasu and notes the natural energies that the eagles are creating by regrouping into a column. The boy erks and calls out to everyone that can hear, "They're gathering a vast amount of energy." It is Hiroyasu and Hiei that act first. Hiroyasu throws down a large seal wall and Hiei attacks the growing column. An entire wall face of the column falls away, as if the lightning flow sharp just carved off a slice of ham.
The young Yamanaka smirks at Hiro, "Nice shot! It's probably not going to be enough, but it'll start us off strong." And Nori adds to it by creating two bumps of earth above the seal wall. These will act as air-bags, cushioning the blow from the eagles, absorbing some energy before it ever makes it to the seal wall. To Hiei, Nori's merged Owl sends out a shrill hooting cry, through Nori's beaked mouth oddly enough, and the owls that aren't fully engaged in a life or death struggle turn and fly straight into the column, trying to disrupt it more than Hiei already has. Nori adds in his usual voice, "Good work Hiei-san."
Everything combined, the column doesn't have the strength to get through the loss of numbers, the two earth bumps, and Hiroyasu's seal wall. The bumps break up to nothing, but the seal wall holds steady. Nori nods with affirmation. "Quickly, everyone, destroy the column before they can regroup!"
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…31
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…22
RPCOMBAT: Hiroyasu attacks with RISING-STONE-COLUMNS…42
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 45 and get(s) a 35. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 45 and get(s) a 10. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 45 and get(s) a 28. - Rolled by: Nori
All the while Hiroyasu continues to charge the targeted area, his feet scaling the cliff-face if they wanted to attack it head on they would find a forest of angry stone fists, as he uses the mountain side to summon the many angry columns instead of the normal ground, let them fly headlong into his assault this time! He weaves the seals in a condifent manner, "Earth Release: Multiple Stone Columns!" the many angry columns of stone begin knocking eagles out of the formation as they strife past him, by the end of it, a whole flank lay on the ground in various states of disrepair or worse.. "sorry~" he says halfway feeling terrible for their loses, but it was SPIDERS… SPIDERS "They are all yours Hiei!" he shouts with a thumbs up.. and birdman nori.
Hiei salutes Nori with a sword. "I aim to please, Nori-san." He speaks to his mount. "If you can get me close and high above the column of eagles, I can do the rest. As Hiro is busy using his stone columns to knock out a lot of the eagles, Hiei nods to him after Hiro gives him the thumbs up. "I got this." He says to Hiroyasu before leaping off the back of the owl, attacking the group of eagles from the back. In midair, he begins to spin like a top as his lightning aura flares outwards. After multiple attacks his feet hit the side of the mountain and he slides down a couple feet before he's able to 'stick' to it using his chakra. "I so hate spiders, and we're gonna eat good tonight. No reason for the dead ones to go to waste, right?" He winks at Nori and Hiroyasu. He could be weird sometimes, that's for sure.
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with DUAL-BLADE…55
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with DUAL-BLADE…45
RPCOMBAT: Hiei attacks with DUAL-BLADE…55
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 60 and get(s) a 46. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 60 and get(s) a 14. - Rolled by: Nori
[NPC System]: Eagle Column roll(s) Mass of Bodies from 10 to 60 and get(s) a 59. - Rolled by: Nori
RPCOMBAT: Nori attacks with FALSE-SURROUNDINGS-TECHNIQUE…56
RPCOMBAT: Nori attacks with FALSE-SURROUNDINGS-TECHNIQUE…47
Nori watches as Hiroyasu takes out a large portion of the column single handedly. He makes a mental note, ~I really needs to pick up an area of attack…eh…attack.~ He erks and then watches as Hiei goes in and starts carving up the Eagles as if this field was going to be used for a buffet-style rotisery banquet-hall. The Owls in the area take care of the rest, and soon only a few of the Eagles are left. Nori decides to use the only tool in his bag that can snag that many Eagles at once…genjutsu. So, he shows them all that the Eagles that Hiroyasu and Hiei were attacking successfully were not only getting beaten…but they were getting dragged into a dark dreary abyss by countless spiders. Nori is showing them that their attack worked! Either the Eagles have grown weak and weary from all the bloodshed, or they thought they had won, for they begin to retreat. As they retreat, Nori nods and suddenly pops out of his transformation. "Woah…that was weird. Apparently I'm not quite used to keeping that state up yet. I'll have to practice it. They look like they're leaving though. I showed them a genjutsu where they thought they won." He chuckles and looks to Hiei and Hiroyasu, "Again, I, and my Owl companions, owe you a debt of gratitude. I'll be at your disposal whenever you need me. Just ask. Thank you both," and Nori bows formally before saying. "Please, stay…help clean up as many of the Eagle bodies as you feel you can cook and eat. I have to report this back to the Owl's main nest." Nori hops onto Daifukuro's back and flies off, letting the Kumonin deal.