Spoilin Fer A Fight (II): The Journey To The West

Topic started by Fehafare on Aug. 11, 2013. Last post by SamJaz 11 months, 1 week ago.
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A plane landed at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Among all of the plane's passengers, of which most were Asian, three men stood out. The first one was Japanese, and while his physical traits didn't make him stand out too much, his outfit certainly did. Despite the man himself not being a sight seen every day, especially not at an airport of all places, he was no oddity when compared to his two companions. The two men were giants, both of them towering over everyone else with their heights of over two meters. Their clothes were even more a mess then those of the first one. The silver haired man actually wore armor and had a strange glowing scar on his chest.

The three of them, Naoto, Slayer and Richter had met just a few hours ago, and yet all being swordsmen quickly formed a team. They were on a journey to Europe, to Germany to be precise, and this was their first stop, China.

After being bother for good three hours because of the outfits and weapons they were carrying as well as the lack of personal documents, they were finally allowed to leave the airport and enter the city after presenting a few papers given to them way back in Japan. As soon as they got a first look at the city a sour expression appeared on Richter's face. It wasn't what he expected, or rather it wasn't what he hoped for. The city was a concrete giant just like the previous one. Richter still couldn't bring himself to accept that style, it was too loud, too big and it had too many people there. At places like that he felt like a fish out of water.

On top of that there was a mist surrounding the city, though it was much darker and the smell of it hurt the throat and eyes. Richter already saw this phenomenon once when visiting Venucci, though here it was much thicker and more toxic. There was really no hope for any world if all of them were going in this direction and if this was what it meant to "progress".

He sighed but then continued. He gestured the other two men to follow him, they had some exploration time.

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Naoto and Slayer followed Richter through the busy streets. Far from Richter's disgust, Naoto breathed in the polluted air happily. He was a city boy at heart, and though he grew in an age where Steam was the most advanced mode of travel, he loved the industrial business of these streets, the sounds of hawkers selling their wares, the traffic that almost crushed the pedestrians on the side with their business and disorganised driving.

Slayer gained a wide berth, due to his huge size and the massive package on his shoulder. The trio were avoided by the usual pickpockets and miscreants, though it was perfectly likely that they would eventually be approached by members of the triads.

Noticing a few men selling scorpions on a stick, Naoto reached into his pouch and withdrew a few Yuans, buying three scorpions and handing them out to his companions before taking a bite himself.

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Richter accepts the food offered to him. This wasn't the first time that he saw something like this. During the year he was in studying in the Balzan Empire of East Algilia he got to see this type of food often. Though that was during the meals he had with the prince or Emperor and the scorpions were presented in a much fancier way and were of better quality, so this was sill a new experience for Richter.

He eats the snack and squeezes himself through the narrow streets filled with people. He wasn't even sure where he was going, but something was drawing him into that direction, he just wanted to get out.

As the three pass yet another street, a young woman bumps Richter in the shoulder, but they pass each other without taking notice. Just a few meters behind them the woman stops, a man next to her also comes to a standstill. "He..." she tries to say something and wants to turn around, but the other man stops her forcefully turning her around. "Forget him, let's just get the documentation and we can go." he urges her to follow him, they were both in a haste.

In the meantime Richter and his companions were at the edge of the city. They've been walking for god knows how long by now, but given their capabilities that shouldn't be a problem.

The trip doesn't stop there, Richter leaves the bounds of the city and continues walking without an aim, he just felt the need to get away.

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Naoto yawned, cricking his shoulders.

"Take it you're not a big fan of cities then?" He asked Ricther, before looking at Slayer, who just shrugged.

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"You could put it like that."

Even in his own world, Richter didn't enjoy staying at cities too long, yet when compared to what this world had to offer they were a real sanctuary. Back in Japan he didn't even noticed it because of the general chaos and fighting that was going on, but here now it became obvious that these places were poison to him. He'd endure staying at places like that if necessary but would otherwise avoid it at all cost.

They had already entered a forest, moving further away from the city, with every step he took he felt better. After an hour of walking they had already wandered deep into the forest when Richter finally came to a stop. It was an old shrine, forgotten by both people and the gods. Planets and trees were growing at every corner, various animals inhabited it as well.

Richter's world had places serving the same purpose, though they were literally cities and only the most devoted ones were actually allowed to enter. As such, this was a rather nice sight for a change, a place Richter really took a liking in.

He sat down onto the stairs and quickly made various trees grow. All of them bore fruits, some common in this world like apples and peaches while others were from Richter's own world and couldn't be found anywhere on Earth.

He gestured his two friends to sit down as well and to enjoy the scenery and food that was provided.

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"Thanks." Naoto said, grabbing something that looked like a papaya and sitting down, Slayer grunting in thanks as he took a few fruits and beginning his meal.

As Naoto chewed, he admired the old shrine. While he himself was raised in the Shinto faith, he was aware of the Buddhists and was familiar with a few of its beliefs and principles.

He was also aware that this country was home to a more than a few buddhist temples that served as training halls for martial artists, a fact Naoto shared with his travelling companions while they ate.

The more he thought about it, the more his curiosity grew.

"I'll take a wander about this place." Naoto announced, standing up. "Anyone want to take a tour?"

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Richter nodded and then he stood up. He'd let Naoto lead the way, after all it seemed like he knew more about this.

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Naoto and Richter walked inside the shrine, Slayer choosing to stay outside for a nap, and Naoto was concerned with the level of plant life inside the shrine itself.

"Now, I'm no expert." Naoto told Richter. "But plants don't usually thrive in dark, dry places, do they?"

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"It's fine, these are suited for this kind of life." Richter reached down moving his hand around one of the plants as if petting it. They ventured deeper into the temple till they didn't get to a massive stone door all the way up to the roof, some 6 meters high. There were various characters written on it, but Richter couldn't make much of it. Instead he approached it and put his open palm against it.

He felt something on the other side, something strange.

In the meantime two persons approached the shrine, stopping right at the gate where Slayer was sleeping. They were the man and woman from before, Akira Asagami and Alice Fujinn. They were there because of a mission from the Demon Hunter Organization and they had just arrived at their destination.

"It's here." Akira approached the temple, but the quickly pulled back as he noticed the man sleeping there. Instead Alice took a step forward, looking at the man. "It's one of them." though Akira was puzzled by the remark Alice remembered the three men from before, she remembered them because of the feeling she had when they passed by. "Oh you mean them, yes i remember." unlike Alice who was highly interested in the fact that those three men were here now,

"We'll wait here, it's very likely that the other two entered the temple and will come out with what we're looking for." Akira sat down facing the sleeping man. "You're just wasting my time Cripple." Alice crossed her arms but didn't act any further and just leaned onto a nearby tree. She'd still meet the man from before and that was enough to calm her down for now.

All they could do now is wait.

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"I have a bad feeling about this."Naoto commented, looking around the temple.

Meanwhile, outside the temple, Slayer opened one eye, grunting something that sounded a lot like a Boo at Akira.

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Richter ignored Naoto's remark and just grinned, he was curious as to what that strange thing on the other side was. He places his other hand onto the door as well. Somehow he manages to squeeze his fingers into the crevice in-between the two wings. He slowly starts pulling them apart, careful not to damage the temple. The massive door grinds against the floor as it's swung to the side. It revealed a narrow corridor, just big enough that Richter could somewhat fit in. Unlike the rest of the temple the walls were made of red clay and they were very uneven as if it was done in a rush.

At the end of the corridor was a white eastern looking sword. As soon as Richter took his first step towards it something started to happen. The clay walls around them started melting, completely disappearing into puddles on the ground. They revealed a much grander room, though there still was not much space to move around. Where the walls once were now stood rows and rows of clay soldiers. Richter of course couldn't know, but those were Terracotta Warriors. It was certainly strange for those to be found in a temple like this, but there was one more thing that made the situation more reasonable. Every single one of the clay figures had strange charms and seals written over it. It was obvious that the statues were moved from somewhere else to here and then modified, or they were even made for this purpose only.

A cracking sound cold be heard and it soon became hundreds of cracking sounds. The status came to life, drawing their clay weapons and started moving as much as the limited space allowed them to.

The first row charged and Richter and Slayer.

In the meantime in front of the shrine Akira jumped back, standing up and taking a few steps back towards Alice.

"Oh sorry, i didn't want to wake you up." Akira bowed down in front of Slayer as he apologized in rather nice way. "I was a monk at this shrine and even though i no longer am as devoted i still visit this place out of habit every year." he had a warm smile on his face, trying everything to look as harmless as possible. "I figured some of your friends went in, so i wanted to wait till they come out, i don't have the wish to disturb them as i did you."

Alice just sighed, but didn't say anything.

"Say could you come closer young man, you see i'm blind and can't really tell how you look." though the fact that he was blind certainly was true, him calling Slayer "young man" and pretending that he doesn't know how he looks like were both flat lies.

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Naoto blitzed into the army, drawing his blade into a quick swing that crushed the terracotta against his blade's dull edge. At terracotta was more brittle than human flesh, his sword was able to completely smash through the enemy with no ill effect.

Hearing the commotion inside, Slayer smirked at his blind friend and rose to his feet, licking his little finger and poking it into Akira's ear before dashing into the temple.

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Richter was smashing one warrior after another. He didn't use his nature powers as growing huge plants here could seriously damage the old shrine. As the first two lines of soldiers were getting slaughtered the next row prepared, they were armed with spears. But just as the figures took a battle stance something happened. The clay figures cracked open, revealing a slightly smaller warrior but made out of solid granite.

They took a step forward building a circle around Naoto who was still busy finishing off the remaining warriors of clay. They thrust their spears all at the same time, aiming to skewer him. A second circle formed around them preparing their spears in case their target tried to dodge by jumping up. Another group done the same to Richter.

Both executed their strikes at the same time, precise like a clock.

At the same time in an empty building which used to be a small factory in Shanghai, there was a woman crying. Though the only indicator for that were her tears, her moth was completely sealed and no sound could escape. In front of her was a man with black hair, average in height with a pair of glasses and dark blue shirt. Lately there were many cases of women and children disappearing in Shanghai and this man was the reason.

"Now, now, i'd like to hear you scream, i'd even record it, but someone might hear." the man talked in an absurdly calm and friendly tone as he approached the woman knife in hand. He leaned forward, looked at her for a second and then rammed the knife into her leg, slowly pulling it all the way down to her foot. Muffled screams were the result of that cruel and bloody action.

He stood up for a second taking something out of his pocket. "Now, now, we don't want you to bleed out so easily, do we?" the object revealed itself to be a bandage, with which he quickly tended to the wound created by him.

The woman only cried more histericaly when she realized her fate.

But there was no escape.

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Gripping his scabbard and his sakaboto, Naoto was able to buy himself the time he needed to pull his other sword from behind his coat.

It was a perfectly ordinary katana. Nothing special, made by hand a long time ago, no magic, no name.

Just an honest blade for an honest assassin.

Drawing this new blade as his bluntened sword clattered to the ground, Naoto slashed through the soldiers, a red liquid flying out and splashing against the walls.

The liquid began to ignite the plants on the wall, it was clear that this was not blood.

It was magma.

Naoto had sliced through the granite so fast, he melted the stone into magma around the wound. Just enough around the cut to leave a gash. The majority of his attackers fell in two, but Richter was on his own.

Naoto turned and headed for the White blade across the room. The master of these soldiers clearly didn't want anyone to have the weapon. So he would take it, hoping that if it wasn't the source of controlling the soldiers, it would at least be a super weapon he could use against the army.

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The spears hit Richter, but unlike what the warriors expected the spearheads shatter against his skin leaving no mark on it. Richter swings Kindralth around himself shattering both rows of soldiers. Seeing that there is no end to the soldiers assaulting them, Ricther decides to put a quick end to it. He'd use a move that would quickly take care of his enemies, but would not damage the shrine in the slightest. He makes grass grow from every little opening there was on the floor, until the whole room wasn't covered. He makes it rapidly grow and as they reach new heights Richter turns the harmless plants into deadly blades.

They cut and shatter the soldiers one by one, until the only thing left there were shards of clay and other materials.

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Naoto claimed the blade, hacking his way through the overgrown grass with two Katana and retreiving his reverse edged sword. "I suggest we promptly abscond." He suggested, hopping over a decapitated soldier.

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Before Richter had the opportunity to nod in agreement the final clay wall which was just behind the pedestal where sword was standing a moment ago collapsed. It revealed Four giant clay figures, each of them twice as tall as Slayer and Richter. They, just like the previous warriors had characters engraved into their chests. The first was armed with two giant swords. The one standing next to him had a huge battle axe while the third held bow and arrow and the final one used fans.

Richter tried to slash at the first warrior but as his sword reach it's body the clay became moist letting the sword through rather than breaking. The whole strike was absorbed and as soon as Richter pulled the sword out the clay reformed and became hard again.

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Naoto looked around, finding indirect ways to attack these new opponents.

He thought of something.

Switching swords to the reverse-edged blade, Naoto slashed the ground, launching dirt and rubble into the main body of the archer. "GET SOME SEEDS SPROUTING ROOTS IN THAT THING!" Naoto shouted, noticing the dirt affect the make-up of the clay slightly to better allow plants to grow within.

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Richter made various plants grow at the spots where he could. They quickly entered the main body and started expanding growing bigger and bigger, wider and wider, till they didn't tear the archer apart. The remain three didn't just watch as the figure was destroyed tho. They charge Richter an Naoto, two swords and an axe, while fans produced destructive gusts of wind.

What's more they absorbed the clay remains of the slain Archer, gaining a new set of armor over their already existing one.

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"Right!" Naoto shouted, dodging a large blade as he grinned. "We do that two more times, and we have only one enemy!"

To reassure the duo, the hallway filled with a powerful roar, as Slayer burst into the chamber, swinging his massive blade into the nearest two soldiers- the swordsman and the fanman, aiming to cleave them both in two with the same swing. He span his sword as he did so, aiming to splatter the clay across the room and make a wider wound.

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