Ryu Hayabusa - Evening of the Undead

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Description: On an entirely unremarkable and low-risk mission, Hayabusa's path intersects with an unlikely ally. The kill a river monster. Wow!



[RYU HAYABUSA]
It's an intermittently pitch dark night this cool summer night as thick, dark clouds roil across half-moon and veiled stars, the harbinger of storms recently passed-- or storms soon to come? The meteorologists made their meticulous guesses, but it's ever hard to truly tell; and irrelevent on a broader scale. Another storm always comes. Adjacent to such mention, the sounds of combat that ring through the night, bouncing off the riverbanks before being swallowed up by the concrete of bridge and bulwark, the everpresent thrum of urban motorists, are nothing unique to this evening.

Time and again, rivals clash in this relatively remote section of polluted waterway, and it's likely not an unusual echo to Masaaki's ears. What it leads to is a somewhat unusual sight indeed, however. No gang warfare rages on the sloping bank of the Southtown river, under a towering, formidable bridge-- instead, a snarling gang of what appear to be men whipped into an absolute frenzy surround and strike at a single, shadowy figure in their midst.

Said shadow is a figure largely defined by the flash of his steel as it dances gracefully in his grasp, an extension of the Shinobi Prince's will; his very self. Even that steel is obscured by bloodspatter, as is the ninja's night-shrouded armor, likely invisible under the circumstances. More apparent are the array of corpses already piling up at this singular interloper's feet-- a pile he seems intent on adding to, as he swiftly crosses between the nearest men in a zig-zag that's nearly too fast to follow.

The katana's perfect arc is enunciated by the crackle of luminescent bolts of blue-white electricity, as if the passing thunder had lingered in the ninja's ancient armament as he seeks to cut a swath through his attackers? His victims? He shows no mercy. Amidst the angry cries and snarls of madmen, he makes no sound.

COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa has started a fight here.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/-------|


COMBATSYS: Gathered Gangers has joined the fight here.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Masaaki has joined the fight here.

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Gathered Gangers 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Masaaki
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/---====|


[MASAAKI]
Faced with a choice between targeting what is clearly a shadowy Ninja with a Katana or a horde of clearly insane Gangers when all he wanted was to have a quiet walk today, Masaaki wastes no time to target the later as he rushes towards the fray, a throwing knife quickly being pulled out from inside his suit as he quickly sends it sailing towards the next best target available.

COMBATSYS: Gathered Gangers blocks Masaaki's Blade Fang.

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Gathered Gangers 0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0          Masaaki
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/---====|


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa successfully hits Gathered Gangers with Lotus Slash.
- Power hit! -

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Gathered Gangers 0/-------/-======|-------\-------\0          Masaaki
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/-======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
The katana in Hayabusa's hands is no normal steel, and the difference in this context is rather immediately apparent. The electrified artifact cleaves like a thunderbolt indeed through one man, and a second, bisecting each. Seperated halves fall to the riverbed spasming violently with electricity, and the assailants abruptly number four, as the dead at Ryu's feet accumulate anew. "You should not be here." The Shinobi Prince calmly but emphatically informs the newcomer, neither hostile nor relieved to see his impromptu ally.

The throwing blade Masaaki hurls sticks hard in one man's arm near the shoulder, but the ganger barely seems to notice the pain. He stops in his tracks, grasps the knife's grip, and draws it from his own body to wield as he advances on Masaaki, his eyes scarcely reflecting light even as the moon passes from behind the clouds. The gaze is immediately unnerving-- unnatural, white, like the thickest and milkiest fog obscuring the vision of what had seemed to be a man. Fog like what rises in torrential tendrils from off the river, tonight. Water splashes, disturbed as another half-dozen silhouettes shamble angrily forth... this time from the depths.

The creature that turned on Masaaki lurches towards him in a surprisingly powerful lunge, seeking to bear the swordsman to the ground and ram his own throwing blade repeatedly into the newcomer's ribcage. Hayabusa uses the distraction provided to lash out at the trio between him and their encounter, his blade seeking the side of one man, at which point they would be leveraged about the impaling point and hurtled like a bonebreaking missile outwards across the bank by the Dragon Ninja's thrusting palm.

COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Gathered Gangers has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/--=====|=====--\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Masaaki blocks Gathered Gangers' Hold and Punch.

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Masaaki          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/--=====|======-\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


[MASAAKI]
Masaaki swiftly puts up his arms and tenses up as the creature lunges at him, resisting the attempt to be pushed to the ground and ensuring that the knife strikes mainly his arms so both those and his torse suffer only shallow cuts instead of something way worse. Still enough for Masaaki to respond in kind as he draws his Katana to swiftly slash at his attacker with his own Katana several times the moment the stabbing eases up.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki successfully hits Gathered Gangers with Blade Rush.

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Masaaki          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/--=====|=======\=------\1 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa successfully hits Gathered Gangers with Violent Grapple.

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Masaaki          0/-------/----===|-------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-------/=======|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2 Gathered Gangers


[RYU HAYABUSA]
The haggard, mutated forms finding footing in the shallows less resemble the walking dead as they zero in on their prey, and sprint suddenly forth in a maelstrom of splashing appendages. The Dragon Ninja meets the first full on as they emerge from the water, clearly filing his objection in triplicate: two quick slices with the razor tip of the Dragon Sword, and a launching elbow that would blast the creature right back into the rapidly flowing river. Three others try to pin down Ryu in a grasping forest of half-clawed hands trailing ample slimy vegetation, the two that get past the Dragon Ninja giving a similar treatment to Masaaki.

Of the original gangers, only one is now left as the creature cut deeply by Masaaki twitches and lies still. That one, dazed by the battering passage of his comrades but with no hint of self-preservation, plucks a cruel length of pipe from the riverbank and seeks to put it to good use where his ally failed... namely, battering the Shinobi Prince brutally about the head and neck, using the emergent hoard as the cover he suddenly so sorely lacks.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki endures Drowner Swarm's Crowd Control!

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Masaaki          0/-------/=======|=------\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-------/=======|>>>>---\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


[MASAAKI]
Seeing no way to avoid the claws grasping at him Masaaki simply endures them and his new wounds as he instead wildly grasps around himself for a weapon to swing at his attackers. What he does get his hands on Ýs an old plank which immideately sees use as he swings it at his attackers in an attempt to bash their heads in.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki successfully hits Drowner Swarm with Random Weapon.

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Masaaki          1/-------/=======|====---\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-------/=======|>>>>---\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa successfully hits Drowner Swarm with Redan Gekisai Sho.

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Masaaki          1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-----==/=======|>>>>---\-------\0 Gathered Gangers


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa counters Gang Warfare from Gathered Gangers with Mekkyaku - Koryu EX.

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Masaaki          1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/----===/=======|>>>>>>>\>------\1 Gathered Gangers


[RYU HAYABUSA]
The stout plank proves impressively effective-- then again, bashing a creature's braincase in tends to do the trick, and the scaled slime monstermen nearest to Masaaki prove no exception, falling lifeless to the ground after several a severe double double-tap to their brainpans.

The rest are, kindly for Masaaki, all but entirely centered on the Dragon Ninja as he deflects the vicious blunt object wide from his own skull, and drives the stroke groundwards. In the same motion, the master shinobi is behind his target in a graceful pirouette, kicking one knee out from under the manbeast with a profound, sickening crunch before dutifully decapitating the knelt shell. As the rampaging seamen do their best to bury Hayabusa, the fallen corpses dotting the battlefield literally explode into pillars of flesh-melting fire, as if beckoned by some unseen force in tandem.

COMBATSYS: Gathered Gangers can no longer fight.

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Masaaki          1/-------/=======|======-\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/----===/=======|


Ryu Hayabusa says, "Why is that not working"

[MASAAKI]
Fortunately for him, Masaaki avoids getting overly singed by the exploding corpses. So instead of fending off another attack he quickly discards the plank as he rushes at the creatures attacking the ninja, quickly jumping and transitioning into a Dropkick directly towards the nearest creature as he gets close.

COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm endures Gathered Gangers' Molotov Storm.

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Masaaki          0/-------/=======|=======\-------\0    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/----===/=======|


COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm fails to interrupt Dropkick from Masaaki with Mob Justice EX.
- Power fail! -

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Masaaki          1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/----===/=======|


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa parries Gathered Gangers' Molotov Storm!

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Masaaki          1/-----==/=======|=======\=------\1    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/---====/=======|


COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm successfully hits Ryu Hayabusa with Mob Rule.
- Power hit! -

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Masaaki          1/-----==/=======|=======\==-----\1    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-======/=======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
Borne down under the massed attack, Hayabusa is sliced and hammered soundly several times, but it's far from the first time he's been threatened with death, in pain and under threat whilst outnumbered by his foes. Rolling in a tight somersault sidelong at an opportune time, Ryu extricates himself /through/ a plume of fire, cleaving a passage with Ryuken akin to parting a sea. He tumbles out the other side and into a tight crouch, already poised to strike.

Masaaki drops the nearest creature with a profound crack, its dangerous reprisals unheard as the dropkick lands forcefully moments too fast-- or just fast enough, if you're the swordsman. As the eruptions of fire set several of the still-standing creatures ablaze, screeching with ear-shattering unearthly agony into the night, the Dragon Ninja blurs between them, Ryuken lashing out again and again, its ancient blade reflecting moonlight as a grey-white sheen projects forth, razors of wind ripping each target a dozen more times in turn, ideally leaving each falling apart many times over in the Shinobi Prince's wake.

[MASAAKI]
Clambering back up from the floor as quickly as possible Masaaki quickly takes a moment to look at the Ninjas handiwork to check which creatures are still standing. After all, instead of being worried about what exactly he is fighting he is simply excited and he hasn't even reached his adrenaline peak. Unfortunately for those creatures that become his next target he runs towards them only to come to a sudden halt and aim several powerfull hooks followed by a series of powerfull, sŘinning kicks, which if they were to hit would certainly batter them. Badly.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki successfully hits Drowner Swarm with Dragon Kick EX.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|=======\=======\1    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa successfully hits Drowner Swarm with Annihilating Demon EX.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|>>>>>>>\>>>>>>>\2    Drowner Swarm
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
"Your skill is noteworthy." The demonslayer observes. "But you still should not be here." It's almost gratitude. But the warning rings clear once more. The last creature falls under slicing blade and striking limb, and the Dragon Ninja stands carefully clear as the magic sustaining them now consumes them to the last ounce in a crackle of unholy embers. "The demon behind this infection is vulnerable now." The Shinobi Prince explains, albeit succinctly indeed.

Hayabusa takes a small, self-contained brazier from a pouch and ignites a pungent, difficult to identify and complex incense with a breathed word, tossing the ornate, smoke-spewing globe to the ground at his feet. Between the ninja and the river. "It is a creature far beyond these poor bound souls." The further concern is softly spoken, the younger man somehow still maturely fraternal in his vigil. Hayabusa's attention is split, murmuring a soft chant to the winds and the water, snapping blood from his blade in a swift kata as he turns to face the roiling blackness of the river before them.

COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm takes no action.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0          Masaaki


COMBATSYS: Drowner Swarm can no longer fight.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0          Masaaki


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa calculates his next move.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0          Masaaki


[MASAAKI]
"Hmmm. The warning is appreciated, but I am not someone known for taking warnings to heart." That is all Masaaki has as a response as he decides to not question the happenings as he instead calmly walks around the area, cleaning his Katana with a cloth as he searches for his lost throwing knife with the outmost casualness as if he hadn't just been fighting creatures out of someones nightmare.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki takes no action.

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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|-------\-------\0          Masaaki


COMBATSYS: River Demon has joined the fight here on the right meter side.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|-------\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
"A dangerous way to live." The young ninja notes in calm Japanese, apparently unaware he's awkwardly paraphrasing a similar maxim. One with generally more positive connotations than the demon hunter bestows it. The incense sizzles, containing an essence of its own to those sensitive to such things. A mystic tone that rings like a bell to the creatures attuned to it, that brings forth the yokai, weakened by the severing of its enslaved souls, from the yawning river with a bellowing roar.

Showing herself in a burst of riverwater is a beast the length of three men, it's taller than either Masaaki or Hayabusa, scaled with a spiny turtle-like shell down its back, protecting the beast... whilst the nasty teeth of a lizardlike maw and rock-hewing claws threaten to do the dirty work on offense. As she emerges from the water, her bellow turns into a plume of fire, projected like a fierce flamethrower across the distance, swept from one interloper to the next. This ancient lizard, halfway to a dragon... she is angry indeed.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki blocks River Demon's Energy Roar.

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Masaaki          0/-------/----<<<|-------\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|


[MASAAKI]
Both the demon and the plume of fire shouldn't have been something Masaaki could've expected even despite the warning, but he still does manage to react in time as he turns sideways towards the Demon and uses his arms to shield himself and leaving the flames less space to scorch him properly. In the end his suit jacket is the worst off as its on fire and quickly discarded, leaving Masaaki barechested and very excited as he takes a moment to just glare at the Demon and gauge how to attack it.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki gains composure.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-----==|-------\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/=======|


COMBATSYS: River Demon successfully hits Ryu Hayabusa with Energy Roar.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-----==|=------\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-----==/=======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
For a moment, it appears the shinobi will dance around the plume of flame, leap past it-- but the beast is cunning, wise to tricks of agile fellows, and the burst shifts to envelope Ryu even as his feet leave the ground. Instead of deftly diving past, the ninja master ignites, a leaping torch of sword-wielding lethality.

Ryu's charge is scarcely forestalled, a patting hand and a chanted mantra extinguishing the fires about his form as he lands, the pain pushed aside in his mind. The last scion of the Celestial Dragons focuses only on his ferocious foe, launching into a formidably forceful sprint, all his weight and considerable power thrown behind dislodging one of the titanic beast's front legs, which would resultantly -slam- its jaw and head forcefully to the ground. It's like he's done this before. The terrible lizard, for its part, seeks to lock jaws on the slayer; and ideally, devour him whole.

[MASAAKI]
Masaaki meanwhile takes a scant moment to watch the Ninjas charge before he also sprints towards the Demon, intending to dislodge the other front leg of the beast in the hopes of making its resultant meeting with the ground even worse. If either of them even manages to do dislodge one of its legs, that is.

COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa successfully hits River Demon with Medium Throw.
- Power hit! -

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Masaaki          0/-------/------=|=====--\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/---====/=======|


COMBATSYS: River Demon blocks Masaaki's Medium Throw.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-----==|======-\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/---====/=======|


COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa blocks River Demon's Rend and Tear.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-----==|=======\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/-======/=======|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
While the lizard's muscles are resilient, powerful, the combined onslaught tears her down on at least one side, head crashing hard to the ground as the tricksy ninja uses the biting maw that opposes him to clambor up her falling form, taking a number of minor biting lacerations along the way. As she tries to recover footing, the demonic reptile locks an eye on Masaaki, and abruptly that orb dilates.

She -snaps- her jaws forward in a singular strike, so sudden to be nigh-instantaneous, seeking to pluck the Yakuza off the ground and -fling- him harshly towards one of the bridge's support columns. Hayabusa, meanwhile, limberly sprints up the beast's scaley back and kicks off harshly at the apex of her neck, seeking to slam her skull back siltward even before Ryuken comes back down in a brutal stab for the river monster's armored skull.

COMBATSYS: Masaaki endures River Demon's Brutal Snatch.
! VENGEANCE !

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Masaaki          1/-------/<<<<<<<|=======\==-----\1      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     1/--=====/=======|


[MASAAKI]
And crashing against one of the support columns the Yakuza does. With such great force in fact that it leaves a noticeable dent and Masaaki on the ground for a moment as he suppresses the pain he is in through sheer adrenaline and excitement before he stubornly just runs back at the Demon, trying to pummel one of its legs with a combination of powerfull hooks and spinning kicks into, hopefully, cracking at least a little bit.

COMBATSYS: River Demon endures Ryu Hayabusa's Hane Karakuri.

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Masaaki          0/-------/-------|=======\======-\1      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|


COMBATSYS: River Demon interrupts Dragon Kick from Masaaki with Monstrous Catch.
*KNOCKED AWAY*

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Masaaki          0/-------/-======|======-\-------\0      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
River Demon falls asleep.

River Demon wakes up.

River Demon falls asleep.

River Demon wakes up.

River Demon falls asleep.

River Demon wakes up.

River Demon falls asleep.

River Demon wakes up.

River Demon falls asleep.

River Demon wakes up.

River Demon falls asleep.

[NINE]
Nine says, "Fight saved and kept safe so you an resume it later."

COMBATSYS: Masaaki has left the fight here.

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Ryu Hayabusa     2/<<<<<<</<<<<<<<|======-\-------\0      River Demon


[RYU HAYABUSA]
River Demon wakes up.

COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa has left the fight here.

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                                  |======-\-------\0      River Demon


His blade impaled into the draconic demon's thick, scaled skull, Hayabusa is hurled back and then forth in violent short order as the beast's great maw aligns to crash into Masaaki's spin-kicking form, crushing and lacerating him in a blur of thrashing motion that throws the Dragon Ninja clear, and moments later, the Yakuza is flicked forcefully outwards and away. Beneath his mask, Ryu frowns. That he warned Masaaki of the danger here is no easement of his duty; this creature has killed many, and threatens more.

It is simply a tangible reminder of the nature of that fight, of what the last scion of the Celestial Dragons must do in this moment. Drawing a deep, steady breath, Hayabusa rotates Ryuken parallel to his body, eyeing the demon beyond the blade. Flame surges from his fingertips, from the very core of his being, rushing along the blade of that artifact weapon and surging into a wreath about the master shinobi.

Three cores of flame are suddenly in the ninja's orbit, whirling with impossible speed about his body as he smoothly exhales and the conflagration erupts, each ragged sphere of dragonsbreath hurtling forward across the expanse seperating Ryu from Youkai, water evaporating to steam as the sandy ground is charred by each passing.

In Masaaki's head, or is it in the air around him, the directive, the urging is plain, singular, a note on the wind: /Now!/. They must finish this.

[MASAAKI]
Despite not being in any good condition to really do anything anymore against the urging is far enough to get the Yakuza back on his feet once again and running back at the Demon right after the spheres in an attempt to drive his fists in its body in a last exertion as he begins to pummel away, any danger be damned.

COMBATSYS: Ryu Hayabusa and Masaaki successfully hit River Demon with Divided Ancestry EX.

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Masaaki          0/-------/--=====|=======\====---\1      River Demon
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Ryu Hayabusa     0/-------/---<<<<|


[RYU HAYABUSA]
Pummeled under the fury of flame and fists, the terror from the deep finds an already failing frame no match for this latest onslaught. Fire consumes flesh and bone in grievous gaps, as Masaaki finds the titanic creature breaking beneath his blows. Broken, the draconic beast flails, and falls, rapidly rotting and then crumbling to ash, which is then carried gradually on the passing breeze.

Ryu breathes a far more relaxed exhalation, and inclines his head politely towards Masaaki. "Your courage brings you honor." The demonic ichor staining his blade is a priority, a fine crimson cloth used to diligently wipe it clean. "I am sorry you had to see this." And be chewed halfway apart by it. The more one brushes against the supernatural, the more it brushes back. "Do you need help?" Say, a hospital?

[MASAAKI]
Not being able to kick a corpse or the like quickly takes all the momentum out of Masaaki as he then simply stands there and shakes his head. "A few minutes is all I need. I've been known to keep fighting with bullets or blades lodged inside my chest without keeling over. So, this..." A bold claim that loses some strength as he wipes blood of his face and starts counting the numerous bruises all over his body. "... will have to be walked off. Hospitals are a risk in my profession."

[RYU HAYABUSA]
Hayabusa simply nods singularly, plucking a small cloth pouch from amongst the myriad of utility and esoteric items the master slayer carries. It is tossed Masaaki's way, containing what seems to be a subtly moist herbal compound. "Understood." Perhaps not fully, but it is not his place to press, in this instance. "It will help the healing." Beat. Realization dawns on the Dragon Ninja. "My name is Hayabusa Ryu." He offers politely, along with a practiced, traditional bow. Within the pouch is also a simple manilla business card for an antique and curio shop.

[MASAAKI]
Masaaki swiftly catches the pouch and bows slightly in the way someone like him would bow to his superior. "Thank you. My name is Masaaki Himura. Professional problem solver. Now imagine what kind of person solves problems with his fists around here and... lets leave it at that."

With that said the Yakuza recovers his slightly charred jacket and sits down as he makes use of the herbal compound and takes a look at the business card. For someone who just fought several walking corpses and a huge demon he is still rather unfazed by all of it.

Log created on 21:13:03 06/07/2018 by Ryu Hayabusa, and last modified on 20:57:11 08/30/2018.