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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  The Templars on Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:47 pm

He approached the housekeeper with his blades withdrawn. The blades were Assassin technology, sure, but still better used against them. Regardless, this girl didn't need to die yet. He pounced, wrapping his arms around her body and praying to the gods that they wouldn't fall into the hotspring below.

Meanwhile, they followed him from a distance so as not to reveal how close they were. One touched the other's shoulder, "Do you think he sees us?"
"Possibly."
"Do you think he'll lead us to Rangiku?"
"Definitely. This'll be easy."

Meanwhile, one Shinobi glanced out the window of the hideout. The Assassins were coming, unaware of what they were to find.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Kasai Yuzuru on Wed Apr 18, 2012 12:37 am

He could not run fast enough. There was no time left, and he was haunted by the words ringing in his ears.

The last Templar he had silenced laughed at him, saying that it was too late for the Assassins. A trap was waiting for them, but many of Yuzuru's brothers and sisters had already returned to the hideout.

"How much blood will be spilled before I get there? Lord, give me speed."

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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Masumi on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:03 am

The Templars wrote:He approached the housekeeper with his blades withdrawn. The blades were Assassin technology, sure, but still better used against them. Regardless, this girl didn't need to die yet. He pounced, wrapping his arms around her body and praying to the gods that they wouldn't fall into the hotspring below.

The minute she felt the arms encircling her, Masumi let out an ear piercing shriek. Initially she clung to the edge of the roof like a stubborn cat, but her weak grip would be easy to pry away. She squirmed, dropping her broom in the process, kicking backwards. Unlike the common thug, however, the shinobi was equipped with armor that made her struggles useless. All the while she screamed, "Let go of me! Help! I'm being kidnapped!"

Then she saw the blade, and it made her insides freeze. It was a strange blade, appearing to jut out from some kind of bracer, a weapon the likes of which the young woman had never seen. She doubted her cries would catch the ears of any but the monkeys, but the she refused to let herself be taken without struggle.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Thiago Lopes on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:31 pm

Thiago climbed up the wall and onto the roof. From there, he leapt into an alley, hoping that any potential Shinobi would expose themselves. He contemplated exactly how many other ways he could isolate them from the crowd. There were plenty, but this was not a comfort. The Shinobi were the Templar equivalent of the Assassin's guild. Any strategy that worked against one could just as easily work against the other.

He checked above and behind, but there were no Shinobi in sight. He hastened towards miss Rangiku for fear that she may be hurt.

Time skip

Thiago knocked on the door to the cottage. Everything seemed to be in order and there were no signs of any violence, but dealing with Shinobi killed any consolation that would have brought him. He heard footsteps but extended his hook blade anyway. The door opened to reveal miss Rangiku. "Is it over? Can I return to my shop?"

He hugged her, "Senhora, I don't believe you can return to that place again. We will give you shelter and a new shop, but you are not safe. Step back inside for now."

Thiago, however, stepped out into the open with his arms held wide, "Come at me! I know you're watch-"

A weight crashed onto his back, pressing a point into his ribs. He was right; they were watching. With his front to the ground, Thiago reached for the trigger to release a bolt from the crossbow on his back. The weight went limp before he rolled it off of him. It was clearly a Shinobi, but he was armed with the Hidden Blade of the Assassins. He felt the new bloody hole in the back of his ribs. It was deep, like a usual hidden blade wound. Thankfully, it probably didn't hit anything vit-

"AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!"

Thiago ran into the cottage. Miss Rangiku had thrown a pot at a Shinobi, but had missed. The Shinobi hadn't slowed down, but neither had Thiago. He leapt upon the Shinobi and dug the hook blade into his neck.


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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  FlameDarkfire on Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:47 pm

While she was mourning, Mei felt a hand on her back. It was one of the Mongol assassins, comforting her.

"There is still work to do Khutulun," he commented, offering her sabers to her.

"Nothing is true..." she said, taking the handles.

"Everything is permitted," the Mongol finished, nodding as if giving her permission. She stood up, just as a brother reported there were Nobunaga men at the hideout.

There was work to do.

~~~

He always seemed to get stuck guarding the door. There was killing to do, and here he was...

And was no more. The guard collapsed silently to the ground, and arrow sticking out of his neck. The last thing he saw was a flash of pink, and then Mei put him out of his misery as she stabbed him in the eye.

The shinobi had no idea what was coming at them. This flash of pink, screaming in a foreign tongue as she launched herself at them, slaughtering several with no trouble and more with little resistance before her fellow assassins poured in, outnumbering the shinobi despite their skill, and finishing them off. The one holding Masumi hostage only had a few seconds to turn before he too got a saber in the eye, letting go of the housekeeper and falling to the ground below.

"Run!" she would tell Masumi, looking like a wild woman. She was covered in blood, and her hair was a complete mess, as well as a bloodlust in her eyes before she screamed a Mongol war cry and lept to the next roof, running on pure adrenaline.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Masumi on Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:54 am

Masumi didn't register what was happening until it already happened, when the stranger was crumpled on the floor. The house keeper could only guess what Mei had been through, the assassin looked down right terrifying when she told Masumi to flee.

Masumi wasn't able to finish mutely nodding her head before Mei was on the move again. Before Masumi left, she cupped her hands around her mouth and called out, "Be careful! The invaders were setting up something in the next hallway!"

She raced down the stairs, trying to block her gaze from the corpses. This was not the first time she had seen corpses, or even the bodies of victims to violence, but even after she picked her way past the door she found her mind recircling to their images.

Where had the others gone? Perhaps she could find help? She had seen some of the members of the tower take leave earlier. She set off in the direction of memory, initially running, before slowing to a walk. It was then the young woman noticed the populace kept casting glances, or down right stares from the bolder ones, towards her. When she looked down at herself, she could see why. Never mind her kimono's somewhat dishevel appearance from running and climbing, Mei's rescue had splattered the captor's blood on the front of Masumi's kimomo. It would fade to brown later, but it was still fresh and bright as of now. Time to improvise.

Doing her best to merge with a group of distracted shoppers, Masumi kept her eyes and ears open for opportunity. She found it in the form of a noble, deep in negotiation with a merchant, with a fan stashed in his obi. He didn't even so much as blink when Masumi neatly plucked it out for herself, feeling no shame in nabbing such a frivolous item. As she opened the fan, she observed it was a simple design, columns of writing on white background. A poem, possibly? It still bewildered the former beggar how language could be extracted from the marks made by ink. Opening the fan as wide as it would go, she effectively hid the stain of blood. It looked strange to see a peasant woman with a silk fan, but not as strange as someone with fresh blood on their clothing.

As she wandered, she heard the gossipers murmur about a disturbance at a tea shop nearby. Masumi could only think of a couple in the area, and it would be easy simply to check both. Keeping her ears open for more gossip, she let the crowds carry her towards one of the tea shops. Even if her warnings were too late to be helpful at that point, the woman mused that meandering in the crowds was a good method as any to keep herself hidden.

If she found nothing by nightfall, Masumi knew of a secluded roof top where no one would see her, and could check on the Den in day light.


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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Mentor on Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:31 am

Her skin was as soft as the finest silk, her smile able to please any man. Her eyes as big as the moon, she truly was a thing of beauty. The middle aged man bites his lips as he looks into her eyes, their naked bodies entwined. He places a gentle kiss on her lips before rolling over onto his back. Glancing to his left again, he runs his fingers through her hair, brushing it out of her face. She giggles.

-a few moments pass-

He flicks a few coins onto the bed. "You're going to empty my pouch sooner or later..." The man says jokingly as proceeds getting dressed. He slides his bracers, the housing of his hidden blades, on top his robes. Finally he pulls his hood up, casting a shadow over his eyes. Spinning on his back foot, he turns to face the door.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  The Templars on Thu Apr 19, 2012 8:55 am

They asked the mama-san where he was. She refused to provide the intelligence they needed... At first. They came the room of the girl reported to be his favorite. From a distance, they could see that door open. Realizing that their golden opportunity to catch him mid-coitus had passed, one shinobi dashed toward him and pierced the Assassin Mentor's chest with the hidden blade.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Mentor on Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:24 am

The cold steals slides through flesh, muscle and nearly organs. The assassins senses seem to have all been set off, almost as he if he was experiencing some form of ecstasy. He blinks, his vision slightly blurred. Relying purely on instinct he turns, grabbing the attacker by the scruff of the collar he lands a headbutt upon him. Quickly he moves, lifting his legs up to the chest of the attacker he kicks out propelling himself out of the window and sending the shinobi into the wardrobe.

The middle aged man quickly descends to the ground, a simple market stall being the only thing to break his fall.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  The Templars on Thu Apr 19, 2012 9:50 am

One shinobi leapt from the window to give chase. The other grabbed the mentor's Oiran {prostitute} and held a blade to her throat as he stood at the window, "Stop running or we kill your girl!"

Meanwhile

Five shinobi remained at the hideout, but they had taken to the hiding places that the Assassins had set up for their own purposes. The crazy girl would not give them trouble much longer.

Two of their brothers fled, but were met at the gate by a samurai, hopefully a Templar like their own.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Kasai Yuzuru on Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:48 pm

It was when the two shinobi came running towards him that Yuzuru knew something terrible had happened. Taking advantage of the mens' trust in him, he walked right to them. "What preparations have been made?" he asked.

The first shinobi laughed. "We've got five shinobi hiding in the assassins' own hiding places. They won't suspect a thing."

"Casualties?"

The second spoke. "We've lost a couple shinobi, but we're still strong. Lord Nobunaga was correct to only send us. We don't reinforcements after all."

"Good." One slash and both their throats were cut. They fell to the ground almost in unison, making the same gurgling sounds as they died. "Time for a game of hide and seek..."

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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Masumi on Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:34 pm

As she passed by the brothel, seeing the colorful kimonos of the courtesans made Masumi nostalgic of her own days in one of Kyoto's brothels.

Mentor wrote:The middle aged man quickly descends to the ground, a simple market stall being the only thing to break his fall.

Were these warriors just prone to trouble, or did she have really bad timing to become their house keeper? That was what Masumi was thinking when she saw the dark hooded man rise from the ruins of the merchant stall, apparently the source of the crash that caused her to run back to the scene in the first place, along with other would-be spectators.

The Templars wrote:One shinobi leapt from the window to give chase. The other grabbed the mentor's Oiran {prostitute} and held a blade to her throat as he stood at the window, "Stop running or we kill your girl!"

More shinobi? Were they interconnected or had the kami been offended? In either way, Masumi didn't see a way to get involved or forward Mentor any news with out getting in the way, and simply awaited to see what happened with the other members of the curious crowd.

She bent down, and scooped up a decent sized rock with the hand free of the folding fan, contemplating whether the distraction would buy time, or simply end the unfortunate courtesan's life sooner.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Thiago Lopes on Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:15 pm

Thiago raced to to the hideout oh horseback with Rangiku behind. This wound was more severe than the last one, but he knew that the fight couldn't be over yet. Still more Shinobi had to be in Nagasaki. He was on his way to the hideout when he saw a scuffle at the Mentor's favorite brothel. He paused, noticing that the housekeeper was among the crowd.

"Masumi!" he called out to her, "What is going on?"
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Masumi on Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:53 pm

Thiago Lopes wrote:He was on his way to the hideout when he saw a scuffle at the Mentor's favorite brothel. He paused, noticing that the housekeeper was among the crowd.

"Masumi!" he called out to her, "What is going on?"

What a relief it was to see a familiar face. "That woman is being held hostage," Masumi explained rapidly, gesturing towards the open window, "They are after Mentor-tono. What's more, strangers have invaded the den. I would still have a blade held at my throat were it not for Mei-sama."

Masumi eyed the woman saddled behind him, wondering how much blood she lost, "Tono, have you had a chance to bandage this person?"
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Thiago Lopes on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:27 am

"Sim {Yes}, but this is not her blood," he gripped the reigns, trying to determine a course of action amidst the blood loss, "there has to be a way to save the girl," he called out to the Shinobi who held the Oiran hostage, "What are your demands?"

"No demands," the shinobi barked in return. Before anyone knew, he had stabbed the girl in the back and thrown her off of the building.

"Bastardo," Thiago muttered as he readied his crossbow. He aimed and fired, but missed. The blood loss was making his head light again, "Merda {Shit}, Masumi, get on, Mentor can handle these. I need medical attention."

He and miss Rangiku moved back on the horse to make room for Masumi.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Mentor on Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:48 am

The hooded man slowly rises to his feet, stumbling slightly. His robes covered in dust, debris & blood. He places a hand on his wound, pushing hard he attempts to stop the bleeding. He moves forwards, bystanders jaws dropping having only just watched him free-fall from a window.

He notices two familiar faces, one being Thiago and the other Masumi. He places a hand on the girls shoulder, glancing at her then turning his attention to the other assassin. "If this is your doing brother, I swear I'll make you pay." The mentor keels over, coughing up blood.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Thiago Lopes on Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:49 am

"You can believe that this is not my doing, Mestre. Desculpe, I did not see your wound," Thiago jumped off of the horse, "Masumi, can you keep the Rangiku from danger?"

He handed his crossbow to the Mentor, "Look at us, the old lion and the old wolf; wounded by our own techniques. Think we can take them?"
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Post  Mentor on Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:22 am

Using a sleeve, he wipes away the residue of blood from around his mouth. He smirks as he listens to the words of his brother, nodding in agreement. He takes the crossbow, a weapon not unfamiliar to the ageing man. The pair then make their way towards the entrance of the brothel. The mentor mumbles to himself as he runs a hand over his head. "Why does this always happen to the ones I like?"
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  The Templars on Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:49 am

The shinobi tried to move, but he had been impaled on a post when he jumped into the street.

Meanwhile at the brothel
The shinobi left the window to wake his partner, "Hey, we almost have this. They're hurt and they're coming back to fight us."
His partner stood up and flicked his blade, "Yes, let's."

Meanwhile at the hideout
The shinobi waited for an assassin to pass the spot. Surely enough, one did. He burst out of the secret door and killed the Assassin. His heart skipped when he looked down the hallway and saw a bloody figure armed and watching him.
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  FlameDarkfire on Fri Apr 20, 2012 9:36 am

She had been wandering the hideout in a daze, still seemingly in her bloodlust when she spotted a brother get killed by a hidden shinobi. That set her off again, and as the coward stared at her like a deer looking at a hunter, she bolted right at him, tossing her sabers aside.

Before he could react properly she has jumped and tackled him, landing heavily on top of him. The surprise of her ferocity kept him from fighting back effectively, struggling until she had gotten behind him, and, with all of her strength, twisted his head 180 degrees until he was staring at her. She saw the pain in his eyes as he asphyxiated, and he saw the rage and pain in her eyes as his vision dimmed. As the life left his body, his death couldn't calm her. It was one thing to lose a brother in face to face battle, but quite another for a hidden opponent to strike.

"Cowards! Come out and face us like men!" she screamed, echoing around the hideout. "Or are you too afraid of a girl?!"
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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  Kasai Yuzuru on Fri Apr 20, 2012 11:53 am

"Or are you too afraid of a girl?!"

That was Mei, Yuzuru knew. He was kneeling next to a bloody footprint. There were five shinobi in hiding, maybe four if Mei's challenge had been made after meeting one.

Instinct told him that the shinobi would try to steal some information while they were in the hideout, so he began to climb the steps to the Mentor's room.

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Post  The Templars on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:18 pm

In the Mentor's study
"Hey, do you see this stuff? Codices from the most influential Assassins in history. I'm just getting started!"

Across the hall in Thiago's room
"You should see this place. A thousand different weapons to kill a man in a thousand different ways," his eyes widened, "A Dutch rifle. These are some of the best!"
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Post  Masumi on Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:24 pm

Mentor didn't seem like a bad man, but something about him made Masumi feel very, very small.

Enemies seemed to be crawling all over the town, and two of the most experienced warriors, as far as Masumi could tell at least, were seriously injured.

Thiago Lopes wrote:Thiago jumped off of the horse, "Masumi, can you keep the Rangiku from danger?"

Lopes and Mentor turned away, Masumi called behind, protesting, "Wait, if you keep fighting you'll bleed to death!" Mentor in particular was bleeding heavily, and probably needed a hot knife (a/n for cauterization, to control the bleeding at the cost of further tissue damage).

Sighing to herself, she attended to the one called Rangiku. She helped the former shop keeper off the horse, in part because Masumi was unfamiliar with equestrianism and in part to blend in better. With the blood on Masumi's kimono considerably more brown, Masumi handed Rangiku the silk fan nabbed earlier, explaining, "Here, you need this more than I do. Come, I know of a place to hide, at least for now." The duo disappeared into the crowds, Masumi leading the way.


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Post  Kasai Yuzuru on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:05 pm

A hand over the mouth and a blade through the heart. It was the first time Yuzuru used his hidden blade, but it was worth having. The shinobi in Thiago's room posed the biggest threat, so he died first. With access to so many weapons, it would be bad if he were alerted.

Slowly, Yuzuru laid him on the floor. Drawing his sword, he turned to face the other shinobi.

"Thought you were being sneaky, didn't you?" a blade flashed before Yuzuru's eyes, just barely missing.

Taking a couple steps back, Yuzuru held his blade at the ready. "I did, to be honest." Smooth like water, he rushed forward and threw himself into the shinobi, pushing him off guard. With an upward slash, he took off the shinobi's arm, another slash, and his chest was opened up. "But I wasn't trained to be an assassin."

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Re: Like a Bull in a Tea Shop

Post  The Templars on Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:35 pm

At the Assassin hideout
It felt like he had been there for hours. He waited in the rafters as he searched for an exit. The sounds of his comrades falling like rain did not embolden him to fight harder.

Elsewhere in the Assassin hideout
He had slain his third Assassin recruit that day. The last one was a Mongol. His setup was perfect. It was only a matter of time before the rest fell.

In the Brothel
"What should we do? Hostages won't stop them."
"Easy. We face them head-on."
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