The calm depths of the Pacific Ocean, invisible currents move in beautiful yet undetectable patterns, at least for the naked eye. The stillness of the bottom is just an illusion, if you allow me to say it bluntly a lie. Something is always in movement, even if you don’t see it. Invisible gears connecting one with each other, in a complex and expansive design or plan that mortals cannot see, connections and separations, apparitions and banishments, secrets and revelations, all part of a perfect painting over a canvas so large nobody can measure. We can see the paint, we could see the brushes, we could notice it’s movement, but no matter what the bigger picture would be impossible to notice. This happens in the world, as humans are incapable of noticing the brush strokes of the Hidden World, how the mages, creatures, warriors and technological marvels beyond their understanding affect the Mundane World. Sometimes people enlightened enough manage to discover the Hidden World affairs and mysteries. Some lose their mind, some find inner peace, others find that knowing isn’t enough and they go to the next logical step…. Owning it… This story is about one of those men that looked at the Abyss and decided to find the way to hold it in their hands.
We could easily start with the origin of this man, but that wouldn’t be interesting as you getting to understand it through his actions. Thus we will start our tale during what we could call the birth of this mysterious man, only known as Kuro-san, as he casted aside his birth name as he did with his emotions and his past. The empty husk of a once passionate man moving through the world in a silent crusade to unlock and control all the secrets of the Hidden World, this will take use once again to the Pacific Ocean, in particular to a peculiar zone, that is void of the previously mentioned currents… a Dead Spot. Sometimes artificial, sometimes natural, this segments of Ocean lack any kind of currents and the water is as still as you can get it to be. A strange place, with an even stranger content, the fabled Ryugu-jo could easily exist here, but a similar structure, with a different objective exists here. Sharing the same name as the legendary palace of the Dragon God, this building lying in the bottom of the Ocean was created during WWII with Germans and Japanese joining forces to study and weaponize creatures and relics of the Hidden World. This new Ryugu-jo also known as Drachekastell by the Germans, was a torture room where sadistic scientist experimented with innocent beings, only to find a way to turn them into the winning card of the war.
This facility was long lost, as the only files that existed were destroyed at the end of the war, in hopes of hiding it from the hands of the Allies. But not long ago an oil company stumbled upon the location and transmitted the information. This information fell into the hands of several organizations. Some ignored it as a hoax or as a trap, but Kuro-san knew that this could be the stepping stone he was looking for and without even thinking it twice he prepared his men for the expedition. It took a month to gather all the required equipment, hire the men and train them, decide of tactical measures against different dangers and most important prepare mentally for the task. As the dawn broke a Saturday morning, Kuro-san himself was standing in front of his men, all equipped as he was. All of them, the Elite of Mangetsu, were looking at the sea in a secluded spot of Tokyo Harbor. – Men, I don’t give speeches… you know what to do and how to do it, I don’t care how you do it, but you need to complete your missions.- His voice was grave and imposing, he exuded charisma enough to fill up a room only by walking inside. Nobody knew were this strange man came from, but he was already taking the Japanese Underworld by storm, as he didn’t seem to be afraid of playing against the big leagues only with wits and unflinching resolve.
– If we manage this, and trust me we will, the path to conquer Japan will open as the legs of a cheap whore would. We only need to take it.- He knew how to talk in relation to his crowd, using analogies this thugs would understand. All of them didn’t even wait to show their approval by cheering. In the last months he guided them through hellish situations with the same confidence and all followed him with zealous loyalty after his showed his amazing intellect and astute tactics against the dangers they faced. Some of them called him the New Demon King, in obvious reference to the equally infamous and famous Oda Nobunaga, a legendary Warlord of the Sengoku Period. They geared up and entered the submarine they stole right under the nose of the Japanese Self Defense Force. The Ookubo was the newest vessel in the fleet, mostly used for exploration and rescue, it was built with weapons, in breach of the post-war treaties, yet they managed to hide that fact with incredible intelligence, disguising the weapons as other systems, like a sonic pulse masquerading as high tech sonar. Or torpedoes shaped like explorations probes, the Ookubo gained a nickname coined by the Mangetsu crew “The Kappa” as it had a very curious light green paint job in contrast to others submarines. In theory this was to hide easily in the murky depths, using the dust and sand in the bottom as cover.
Mangetsu was in-route, the three figure heads apart from Kuro-san were there. Tsukimori-san, a famous actor that dropped from sight after an accident, he resurfaced using his talents of disguise and performing to replace people or infiltrate into organizations. He is the intelligence network leader, with contacts in every main city of Japan. Nagare-san was a street brawler with incredible strength, once a karate master; he was banned from every competitive event after he killed all the contestants in one tournament, not by desire, but by accident. He is known as the Mountain Slayer, some rumors include him in the head count of a secret society of fighters that use their Fighting Spirit to wage battle, but those rumors are quite flimsy and lack evidence. The third part of this criminal trinity is Doctor Ivan Shishido, a Japanese/Russian mad scientist able to create weaponry, hack computers, and give medical care and hundred others of skills, thanks to his long and overly crazy life. Kuro-san is a good shot and for being around 50 he is extremely fit, yet his strongest point his is acute intellect and wits, capable of outwit through strategy almost any enemy. In this expedition he is looking to outwit the biggest enemy yet. The infamous criminal wants to cheat death and hopes to find the right tool for that strategy hidden inside the abandoned military facility.
As the Criminal Clan moves towards the Ryugu-jo, other people are already on the move….