Rockpath (emitter), Shuuren, Taro

Date: July 13, 2016


Taro and Shuuren go to eliminate some bandits that messed with the wrong person in the Land of Tea.

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


Land of Tea

The day after the whole debacle near the border between Tea and Fire, and Shuuren and Taro are ready and set to go hunting. The bandits noticed that their own were killed rather brutally, a number of stab wounds and maybe even one guy having a nice slice through the neck. So the bandits were at the very least starting to move around and change bases and trying to disguise their tracks. Meanwhile, in the Land of Tea's capital, a certain Daimyo is likely waiting to kill the very bandits trying to hide.

Bandits should know by now not to try and brew around in Tea. Yakuza lords have fallen for trying to infiltrate the place. Simple bandits will not fair even close to well up against the wrath of the Daimyo… As Shuuren left the hospital early in the morning, a message would have been sent to Taro to meet him out at the place where the battle took place. He apparently already knows the location somehow, but how would not be stated in the letter obviously.
Yet the person waiting at the battlefield examining the corpses is not Shuuren. At least it doesn't look like him. Though his build is pretty similar, this person has black hair and bit of a different complexion than the Daimyo, and, rather than a white suit, he is decked out completely in black, gloves and all, bearing a white mask with a purple lightning bolt fashioned to look like a scar over one of the eyes as well as a line where the mouth is. He currently kneels by one of the corpses, examining his belongings and his skin for particular markings such as tattoos or group flags, as well as checking clothes and shoes for particular bits of pollen, bugs, and plant residue that might point him in a particular direction. By the look of the place, he may have already been here for a while checking through things or at least some extension of him was.

COMBAT: Tadashi focuses 8262 stamina to turn it into 12000 usable chakra!

Taro would've just left as soon as he got the letter, and he remembered the location well enough to find it. Even with a slight concussion from it he wasn't gonna forget all that. Anyways he was ready for a fight himself. His weapons were all on him for this as well. It wouldn't take too extremely long for him to arrive there, and he paused as he did. He was confused as to what was going on as this was not Shuuren he was seeing before him. And he….being this close… Could easily feel some powerful but dark chakra coming from him. Enough to say that if this wasn't Shuuren then he likely wasn't making it out of here alive…. Even if it was Shuuren he felt like that was a slim chance. "Umm. Do you… see anything of note?" He asked as if it was Shuuren just in case. Might as well righ? But he couldn't ask about the obvious thing. "And…. Alright so what is going on with your… look?" He still stood on a tree at this moment.

RP: Taro rolled a 77 with 1d100 die.

Shuuren's scrutinization of the various bodies and plants would wind up with him finding more tell-take signs that these bandits hadn't traveled too far. They didn't have a great deal of supplies on them at all, probably enough for a day trip at most. No tattoos or marks were on their skin, either, implying that this group wasn't particularly big or established yet.

Though whoever this is probably know of Taro's approach long before he spoke, he doesn't look up until he actually does. "… There are some acts that the name of the Daimyo and Tea Country should not be mentioned with to maintain the proper image, such as the brutal annihilation of a legion of bandits," the dark voice of Tadashi answers as he stands and looks over toward Taro. "You would do best to keep this knowledge to yourself, even from your 'roommates'…. And perhaps, if you do well here, you can prove to be useful in the more interesting realm of missions than guarding trade shipments and escorting diplomats." He then looks in the direction he has deduced these men came from, his eyebrows furrowing a bit. "… Their encampment is not too far from here, but they have likely figured out how steeped they are by now and will be wanting to make an exit… Try and keep up." With that he dashes into the trees, keeping his pace in check so as not to leave the Fuma behind.

Taro just stared and nods slowly. "I see. I suppose that does make sense." He paused and frowned at the mention of those he lives with. "Well it isn't like I have a choice. So I guess I have to agree to it." He paused and the mention of more missions than what he does now. He doesn't reply to it either, but simply gives a nod in reply. "So. They aren't far yet? Well I will try to keep up then." And he could if Shuuren tried to move at a normal non enhanced pace. Taro was naturally quick, but any extra things he wasn't that quick. No special things making him quicker. Shuuren would for sure be the first at least.

Whee, traveling. It takes less than half an hour to reach the spot where the bandits were previously camped out, and it was easy to tell they had left in a hurry. Footprints were fleeing, heading out to the four winds as if they were trying to confuse the Daimyo. They had a good eight hour lead or so on the pair chasing after them, but who knows if the bandits would last long even with that…

RP: Tadashi transforms into COMBAT-MEDIC-PILL-III-A.
RPCOMBAT: Tadashi defends against with a SAGE-ART-CHAKRA-SENSE…70

As it becomes apparent he'll need more information than what is physically obvious due to the scattering of the tracks, Tadashi reaches into his coat and withdraws what appears to be a pill container, opening it and taking out a golden pill marked 'IIIA'. He slips it behind his mask and swallows, and then his chakra would spike in a way that even a non-medical might feel it as he sends out a pulse of chakra to read at ranges most Sensor Nin can only ever dream about. "… It seems they've scattered to try and throw us off course," he comments. "Too bad they don't know there's no way in saucer they're going to outrun me." Suddenly he's off at a rather insane speed, only a blur left behind that is basically an optical illusion caused by the eye not being able to keep up with his movement would signal the way he went as he dashes after the bandits who took the easternmost path.

RPCOMBAT: Taro defends against with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…31
RP: Taro rolled a 1 with 1d4 die.

Taro was just following his lead for now. Keeping up by following the chakra he saw. So when he saw him speaking he began to listen though a frown quickly formed on his face. "I see……" Then suddenly he was alone. "Well great…. I will go this way then." He turns and runs off in another direction. What else could he do considering they might all be dead before he catches up to him. So eventually he would maybe find something for him to kill himself in the opposite direction of Tadashi.

The bandits had split into several groups, but they were ultimately going to meet up at some rendezvous point. Taro's quest for the bandits would lead him to the west, but keeping his senses and his eyes open and alert would start to send him northwards. Shuuren would find the same thing, but with how fast he's traveling, he would encounter the bandits just as they were swerving.

Swerving right into death…. As the bandits are rounding whatever corner they're going past, they would suddenly find a flash of black turning into the form of Tadashi amongst them and immediately going to work to turn their journey to safety into an absolute bloodbath. Blades of invisible chakra surround Tadashi's hands as he swings in what would look like simple swipes of his hands, except the blades would be capable of carving through flesh and bone like a knife through butterr. The attack is quite intent on wreaking absolute havoc as he slashes at knees, shoulders, chests, whatever he can to shatter them to pieces where they will bleed out but yet leave them alive the longest to cause the most amount of pain.

While Tadashi was going on a killing spree, Taro was just starting to get close to his targets. Not even where they were yet sadly which simply meant he couldn't start trying to fight yet. This meant that Tadashi had even more of a chance to get more kills before Taro could start, but at least he didn't risk failing horribly. Can't expect Taro to be as quick as Tadashi. And anyways… As long as Taro was able to kill a few of them he would be fine. Not enough revenge came from the one with the missing head.

COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(101) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…45
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1994 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(88) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…46
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1760 damage.

The little spree that the Daimyo goes on is fairly successful. He ran into about 8 bandits, and a lot of them tripped over themselves trying to avoid the incoming threat that appeared from nowhere. Only a few were left, and they seemed to lose all sense of courage when the black shadow descended upon them.
Taro would suddenly notice a few signatures popping up near him, and several attacks (namely a barrage of knives) are suddenly flying at him from the side.

"… Perhaps in your next life you'll know to live better," the dark voice of the black-clad Tadashi bathed in bandit blood rings out as he turns to look at the few remaining bandits of this group. There is no pity in his voice, no mercy in his eyes… and, since no one around this area will survive, he can use an attack he normally wouldn't. Bringing his hands into a seal, he causes the very grass beneath their feet to rise up like razor blades and impale them dozens of times each before receding back to its normal state, also impaling all their friends that have fallen so far along with them to be certain none survive. Assuming they all perish, he would then simply flicker out of sight to move at his insane pace toward the next doomed group of bandits.

COMBAT: Taro defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(63) attack from Rockpath with a DUAL-BLADE…44
COMBAT: Taro loses the roll and sustains 688 damage.
COMBAT: Taro defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(50) attack from Rockpath with a DUAL-BLADE…33
COMBAT: Taro loses the roll and sustains 676 damage.
COMBAT: Taro defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(42) attack from Rockpath with a DUAL-BLADE…36
COMBAT: Taro loses the roll and sustains 645 damage.

Taro was not prepared for them to come to him first, and they came quick and ready. He was not so ready, and as he pulled up his swords to block some attacks. Sadly there were too many to simply block all of them, and he was already falling to a knew. This wasn't AS bad as the other fight, but this came all at once. "Stupid… Bandits. Don't you know you shouldn't fight me? You should be running." He pulled out a few of the weapons thrown at him. hen suddenly he pulled that Shuriken off of his back and threw it at a bandit. Miss or not if it didn't get stuck somewhere it would return back to his location from once he thrown it. Sadly he wasn't gonna be there as he was charging another bandit with his swords.

COMBAT: Rockpath defends against GRASSY-TERRAIN(91) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…46
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1286 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against GRASSY-TERRAIN(70) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…48
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1128 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against FUMA-SHURIKEN-RETURN(34) attack from Taro with a NPC-C-TAI-DEFENSE…58
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against DUAL-BLADE(43) attack from Taro with a NPC-C-TAI-DEFENSE…61

Yes, yes, the bandits Tadashi worked against are very much dead. Deader than dead, even. So dead that he doesn't need to worry about them. They barely even have time to scream in terror! The same cannot be said for Taro's enemies. It seems the Fuma was unlucky in his path, as he chose to pursue the much stronger group. They effortlessly dodged his blade and Shuriken, hiding once more within the branches of the trees.
It seems Taro'll get a chance a little while longer to prove that these bandits should be running from him. Since there are bandits north of where Taro is currently fighting, the dark side of the Daimyo is directing himself to that group of shinobi to charge ahead, moving at flickering speed toward that group in preparation to annihilate them.

RPCOMBAT: Taro defends against with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…17
RPCOMBAT: Taro defends against with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…24

Taro frowned as they tried to hide and since they had no fear of him right now.. Well it just seemed that they did not plan on dying today. Not by his hands. Taro himself knew now that he should practice some more… Sensory abilities. This was a pain to not be able to see them. Luckily he was still alive. Just where was.. Shuuren? at…. Probably having some sort of killing spree somewhere else.

Apparently the bandits had someone who knew ninjutsu on their group! Specifically, they had a sensor who doubled as a fire-user. He tended to hold back, but Tadashi's dark aura was creeping him out to the extreme, so he panicked a bit and sent a huge fireball in the direction of the dark Hunter. It probably wouldn't do any good, but it alerted his teammates to be ready. All two of them. The other four bandits down with Taro were more than happy to rain knives and Kunai at the Fuma.

COMBAT: Tadashi defends against NPC-A-NIN-ATTACK(76) attack from Rockpath with a NOT-EVEN-A-SCRATCH…83

"Ohhh, a Ninjutsuist among the rabble? How very impressive," the dark voice of Tadashi rings out amongst the flames as one might think he would be obliterated by flames… except he comes from above and goes directly by the man almost nonchalantly as he swipes at his neck. His hand covered by an invisible blade of chakra, he strikes with intent to decapitate the flamebreather in passing as he charges forward at his two friends to try and drive the invisible blades directly through their faces.

COMBAT: Taro defends against NPC-B-TAI-ATTACK(55) attack from Rockpath with a DUAL-BLADE…36
COMBAT: Taro loses the roll and sustains 807 damage.
RP: Tadashi makes a Spd and Sta roll and got 17 and 16, respectively, for a total of 33.
RP: Taro makes a Spd and Sta roll and got 15 and 7, respectively, for a total of 22.
RP: Rockpath makes a Spd and Sta roll and got 14 and 19, respectively, for a total of 33.

Taro obviously just sucked and had a whole lot to learn. He was getting destroyed by bandits. Like seriously…… Why was it going so poorly compared to the other ones… Well he did catch them off guard.. And they didn't seem that strong. He was now walking to his Shuriken and staring around the place. "You gonna finish this or what?" He asked bfore throwing his Shuriken again. This time upon its return it would try to hit someone in the back. Hopefully doing.. Something.

COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(114) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-NIN-DEFENSE…68
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1822 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(91) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…84
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1576 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against FUMA-SHURIKEN-RETURN(30) attack from Taro with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…38
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against FUMA-SHURIKEN-RETURN(33) attack from Taro with a NPC-D-TAI-DEFENSE…49

Poor bandits really don't stand a chance against Shuuren, it seems. Heads will truly roll to the ground with each slice of Tadashi's hands, the invisible chakra blades slicing cleanly. A shame, but these particular bandits didn't get to feel the full wrath. Just the quick death and the great fear. The bandits dealing with Taro, though, are almost toying with the teen. They are probably the most advanced of the group, though, so perhaps that makes sense… For now, they simply hide once more…

COMBAT: Tadashi defends against BREVITY-STEALTH(60) attack from Rockpath with a SENSORY-DIAGNOSTIC…68

Luckily for Taro the bandits won't be able to hide from sight much more… or it really won't matter if they're hidden. After dealing with the bandits north of him, Tadashi has apparently come to the area where Taro is being messed with by bandits. Would he be announced by words or being seen? No. Instead his arrival would be signaled by the spewing of blood as the invisible blades he wields on his hands would be used to dismember, decapitate, and otherwise obliterate the hiding bandits around Taro and likely cause streams of blood to spew into the air.

COMBAT: Taro defends against BREVITY-STEALTH(56) attack from Rockpath with a CHAKRA-SENSITIVITY…30

Taro couldn't tell where any of them were. Not one bit. They were seemingly much more skilled than he was. He then saw blood spilling out onto the ground from somewhere else. Hidden in the trees. Taro did not understand completely what was going on at first. But it clicked not too long after and he was simply grateful…. He would've…been dead. He was sure of it. And that only made him angry.

COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(92) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…81
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1500 damage.
COMBAT: Rockpath defends against CHAKRA-DISSECTION-BLADE(99) attack from Tadashi with a NPC-A-TAI-DEFENSE…90
COMBAT: Rockpath loses the roll and sustains 1642 damage.

Such an exciting adventure! The last few bandits didn't stand much of a chance, their throats easily slit by Shuuren. Their bodies collapse with a thud after they notice a bit of pain at their necks, as Tadashi was so fast that they didn't even notice they'd died. Darn… They were just getting to the good part with Taro, too…

All Taro would see around is blood, carnage, and mayhem… and yet then comes a feeling of healing chakra washing over his body as Tadashi appears with a flicker behind him. A cloud of chakra particles flow from his hands over the Fuma to repair him from the inside out as he says, "You seem a little worse for wear. Perhaps I underestimated the level of these guys after you killed their friends.

COMBAT: Tadashi heals Taro for 2132 with NANO CHAKRA SCALPELS.

Taro just sat down as he saw Tadashi show up. "No. I think I found the weak ones. And even they did damage to me. I had a concussion and was stabbed twice in the gut. With daggers rather than a bunch of throwing knifes." He frowned. "I need a lot of training. This day was embarrassing. I can't let it turn out like this again." He frowned. "Dying to simple bandits.. Would've been stupid. The Fuma who died fighting bandits. No honor for them." He lowered his head and tried to stand up. He seemed in pain still and tired even after the healing. "I will practice. Next time I won't let it go down so terribly."

"I'll find you a mission more suited to your level next time perhaps and help you build up to higher ones gradually," Tadashi answers with a shrug then looks south. "… The rest of them are dead as well. We should get moving. You may need another night or two in the hospital if you push it too hard, but, as you are, maybe just relax a night or two at home and you'll be fine… By the way, in this form I am called Tadashi, a name you should forget exists outside of missions such as this." Of course, if Taro knows much about Fuma Alley, he may have heard rumors of that name and something called 'The Order'.

Taro just nods to Tadashi then. "Alright. I agree to that being done." He stood up tall now. "Anyways. I think I do need the practice. That's for sure." He paused. "Alright. The name is not known to me then. Only when needed for missions." He just gives a quick nod to him.

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