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[Inheritance] Fateful Meeting

Joined: July 6th, 2017, 2:01 am

February 22nd, 2018, 4:53 am #1

Earlier
The suburban district was quiet. In that quiet, a man appeared.

It was a cold winter night in late January. He appeared on a rooftop, quietly and without warning. Anyone who looked up at him would see just another youth. An odd one, with white hair and gray eyes, but there was certainly no lack of oddness in this city. Those who looked closer would notice an ethereal quality about him. It was as if he was weightless, as if his feet didn't touch the ground.

But it hardly mattered. There was no one around to notice him as he looked out at the town, a hint of a smile on his face.


"So...this is where he lives..."
A hand, outstretched towards the unsuspecting town.
"Well..."

"...time to have a little fun..."

Present
It was an ordinary quiet night in the suburban district. Quiet enough, and cold enough that most of the district's residents were asleep. Because the streets were so empty, it was likely that no one would notice the two creatures that paced quietly down the darkened streets, at least at first.
The creatures looked identical to each other. Both of them were canine in form, almost wolf-like in appearance, with two tails instead of a single tail. They sniffed the ground and the air as they moved, with the telltale pace of predators looking for prey.
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February 22nd, 2018, 2:07 pm #2

Und da der Geist an mir vorüberging standen mir die Haare zu Berge an meinem Leibe.
There was a chill in the air that not even the hot, decaf, vending machine coffee he sipped could seem to shake off. This whole island had a strange energy to it, entirely unlike anything he'd experienced before. It felt foreign, enigmatic, and most importantly, not of God. However, what had learned to solve by a midnight stroll and a warm drink left him feeling emptier than usual. Something foul was on the air, and despite his better judgement, he was seeking it out.

Had he realized what he might come across...

He would never have hesitated.

A hollow, metallic echoed into the darkness as a familiar can struck the hind of one of the beasts. It was as he feared, demons, creatures from the pit. This island was worse off than he'd originally surmised. The least he could do was try and leave it better off than when he found it.

"You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." He spoke the verse aloud, adjusting how glasses calmly as he did. Abel raised his right hand, the shimmering outline of a blade emanating from his fist. This would be his first time drawing it here on Kaneshima. From the smell of things, it would not be the last.
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February 24th, 2018, 4:34 pm #3

It was late.

Unusually late.

But not so unusual for Hiroyuki Tsukasa. He had gone to Kaneshima Broadway to take in a particular one night only idol performance. Still riding high on the music and the general hype of the event, he walked obliviously through the Suburban District with no concern for his situation. The event itself had started late and he stayed after so long chatting with others that he had missed the last ride back towards campus.

"Miyu-chan was so cute this time," he mumbled to himself idly without a care in the world.

But the island was not so big. He had walked to and from the Broadway many times in the past. And so it was that he found himself happily strolling through the night as he hummed tunes from the concert to himself. In the distance, he thought he heard the braying of some stray dog but he paid the occurrence little mind. He never for a second considered it to be anything that might suggest some sign of trouble.

As it had happened so many times in the past, he would stumble upon the trouble at random without warning...
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February 26th, 2018, 1:48 am #4

The demon whose hindquarters Abel had struck turned around, a low growl in its throat as it rounded onto him. Further ahead of the demon, down the street, its companion started to turn as well. The rearmost one growled, beginning to pad towards Abel, but the one that he had struck gave very little warning as it sank down onto its haunches, leaping towards him.

A flash of light.

Before Abel could even begin to defend himself against the beast, a streak of light shot past him, an arrow with a glowing piece of paper pierced onto its shaft. The arrow struck the beast in its foreleg, knocking it backward with a snap of light and more force than such a small arrow should have made. The beast crashed against the ground, rolling backwards from the force of the blow.
"You should be more careful, wandering around this late at night. You never know what might be lurking in the dark."

A man, in his early to mid-twenties, dressed in traditional clothing. Scraps of paper covered in calligraphy covered one of his eyes. He held a longbow in one hand, already reaching for another arrow with the other. Each of his arrows had an ofuda speared onto them, a piece of paper with intricate calligraphy drawn onto them.

The demon was already getting to its feet, although the arrow seemed to be causing it some pain. The other, however, had turned away, growling as it sniffed the air. It scented something and darted off into the night, down an alleyway and towards the street where Hiroyuki was walking.

If he still didn't notice the conflict, the second demon would burst out of the alleyway, teeth bared, leaping at him.
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February 27th, 2018, 4:18 am #5

"Oh man," Hiroyuki mused to himself while laughing stupidly, "I think she waved to me at one point~" Laughing without a concern in the world, the Senki student remained completely oblivious to the unfolding situation. So much so that as he turned the corner, he never imagined dog-like demon hurtling forth from the alleyway.

To Hiroyuki, it seemed like a bolt of lighting. He had only a second to mumbled out a "Huh?" before the creature streaked by slashing across his arm with its razor-sharp fangs. Wincing, Hiroyuki placed a hand over the torn sleeve of his shirt; regrettably, one he had just bought at the concert. He turned, now imminently aware of the danger, and faced the snarling beast as his eyes darted around seeking the possibility that there could be more.

"Easy there, boy," Hiroyuki spoke to the creature more as a natural reaction while his mind processed the sudden situation, "Awww, man... I just bought this and now you ruined it... I mean... I guess I can cut the sleeves off, but that look just doesn't fit me ya know." It seemed unlikely that it was the only one. Hiroyuki had quite a bit of experience with yokai and demon-like creatures, so he felt like trusting his gut feeling was a pretty safe bet.

"Be a good boy and run on home, okay?" he addressed the creature in a playful but pleading tone treating the monster as if it were actually a pet that could be more easily reasoned with. This was merely a feint, however. Hiroyuki knew the demon dog would come again, but this time he was ready.

It would be the creature's turn to be caught off-guard. Or so Hiroyuki hoped...
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March 1st, 2018, 1:51 pm #6

Abel's eyes widened as the streak of pure light shot passed him, knocking the demon back on its haunches briefly. He listened intently to the newcomer's words.

That was a pretty cool entrance, he had to admit...

But he didn't let it show.

The lights around then dimmed as Abel's arms sword materialized fully in his grasp, slowly sucking away at the light particles around them. Abel turned his head enough to get a look at the one who'd fired it, narrowing his eyes. More magic from the looks of it, devilry he didn't have time for right now. Not with that thing readying itself for a follow up attack.

He pressed his glasses against his face and turned away from the archer, preparing his sword for an attack of its own. The blade glowed with a spectacular array of rainbow colors dancing upon the face like a trapped aurora.

"You should worry about yourself." His knuckles tightened around the grip and the blade of light shone brighter in response. "The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." He spoke aloud to himself. Raising his sword, Abel let loose two swift strikes at the air, sending rippling slashes of super heated air which shimmered like a heat mirage towards the demon. He charged immediately behind the blast, rushing the monster with a flying leap.

He'd cut it right down the middle!
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March 5th, 2018, 1:16 am #7

"How thoughtful of you," the archer said, his tone tinged with the slightest amount of sarcasm. He didn't lower his bow, instead observing as Abel attacked. With his free hand, he drew a small piece of paper out of his robes, holding it between two fingers. A flick of his fingers sent the little paper, cut in the rough shape of a human, flying through the air, imbued with power as it took off after the demon that had run away.

Abel's strikes struck the demon just as it was rising to its feet, the twin slashes of superheated air hitting the creature head on and forcing its face to the side. It slid back, its claws carving furrows in the asphalt. For a moment, as the swordsman rushed in, it would look like his gambit had worked, but then the creature raised its head.

A flame burned in the demon's eyes, a flame as bright and as hot as the heat that Abel had sent towards it. If Abel looked closely as he neared, he might notice that the demon did not seem harmed by the blasts. Instead, waves of heat rippled outward from the creature, small sparks of fire appearing just beneath its claws.

Those sparks would have been Abel's only warning.

As he neared, aiming to cut the creature in half, the demon opened its mouth and let out a savage sounding bark, a gout of fire spewing from its mouth and shooting at Abel head-on.

Hiroyuki, meanwhile, would get his wish. The demon paused only for a moment to turn towards him, growling menacingly, before it lowered itself to its haunches and charged, leaping at him again. It didn't seem to be capable of much more thought or strategy than that. In the mage standing before him, it saw only blood.

Blood and power.

If Hiroyuki were paying attention, however, he might notice the little shikigami that hovered over the scene, watching. The power that surrounded it was exorcism magic, sharp and clear and bright, but this shikigami hadn't come to attack, only to observe, to mark the demon's position and report back to its master.

Then again, it was entirely possible that he might not notice such a small thing, not with the bigger threat charging at him.
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March 7th, 2018, 4:57 pm #8

Abel's eyes met with the demon's as he sailed through the air, its canine gaze bleeding its killing intent over the young swordsman. Although Abel himself could scarcely read such non verbal cues, he felt the alarm bells tingling from The base of his spine, the chip implanted there screaming danger. However, stuck mid-flight as he was, there was no time to change direction. Only one chance...!

The beast belched fire in red-torrent, engulfing him in a bellyful of smoking tendrils. The force sent him careening back, smoke and steam rising from his singed clothing, the edges of his scarf and hair smouldering with tiny embers. He bounced painfully off the pavement, skidding to an unceremonious halt at the mysterious archer's feet.

Abel groaned, toasted, but very much alive. A blast of his own hot air fired at the last minute probably saved his life but did not spare him an ounce of pain. He rolled himself into his stomach and used his streaming blade to pull himself up. His hands, thanks to the gloves he used to wield his Joyeuse, were probably the only part of him that came out unscathed. Ironic, somehow.

"V-Verdammte Tier..." He moaned, positioning himself in front of the archer and holding up his sword defensively. He turned his head slightly to look at him, his eyes reflecting concern hidden behind a thin veneer of bravado. "Tell me archer, is this d-demon your enemy? Tell me how to defeat it."

Though he didn't wish to admit it, and he'd never tell anyone this was so, but this was actually his first time facing a real opponent. If he was being honest with himself, deep down, embarrassing as it was for someone who claimed so much faith, he was frightened, terrified even, of this trial.
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March 8th, 2018, 3:27 am #9

"Figures," Hiroyuki sighed as he began to brace himself for the devil dog's charge. If he had been more alert, he likely would have taken note of the Shikigami but for the moment he needed all his focus to protect himself. Little did the creature know, but Hiroyuki's hand covering where he had been cut was already granting him exactly what he needed; a connection to the blood.

"I tried to warn you!" Hiroyuki shouted back to the beast as it began its charge with crackles of crimson energy darting around his hand, "Take this!" It was fast, supernaturally so but that should have been obvious. Hiroyuki gave the thing a few moments to get its momentum up before drawing his hand forward. Mumbling a few odd words, a crimson light flashed upon the blood gathered on his fingertips. Shouting out, Hiroyuki caused the blood to form together and lance forth as it took the shape of a long spear hoping to run the creature through in mid-air.

"Man, how lame," Hiroyuki thought to himself in frustration, "Can't even enjoy the aftermath of that concert." He probably should have been more concerned about his situation, but couldn't seem to get past the intrusion this ravenous creature had caused.
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March 8th, 2018, 4:40 am #10

Hiroyuki's spear struck the demon's chest at an angle, piercing the skin and knocking it out of its charge. Demon and spear fell backwards through the air in an arc, the spear impaling the demon and pinning it to the ground. The creature snarled and thrashed in mindless pain, jaws snapping on empty air and paws churning the emptiness as it tried to push itself up, to turn its head towards Hiroyuki. Its roars and snarls filled the air.

There was no intelligence in the creature's eyes, only hatred and malice, bloodlust and anger. It looked like the fight was all but over, like the demon was just too stupid to know when it had been beaten.

Already its thrashing was beginning to weaken, its life ebbing away, although it did make one last effort to snarl at Hiroyuki, opening its mouth and letting a gout of flame loose towards the mage.

In the shadows, the little shikigami observed, and reported.

"Interesting..." the archer said, not towards Abel, but to no one in particular.

His gaze was far off, and he barely seemed to notice Abel until the archer landed in a heap at his feet. The man did step backwards then, but only just far enough to stop Abel--and any residual flames--from knocking into him. At the swordsman's query though, the man smirked, fitting his arrow to his bowstring again.

"Well," he said, "In the first place, though the effort is commendable, fire and heat do very little to these creatures. They have a strong connection to flames themselves."

The demon began to prowl its way towards them, puffs of smoke winding their way out of its mouth. It opened its mouth again, that terrible heat glowing in its eyes, and launched another burst of fire towards them.

Without missing a beat, the archer reached into his robe and drew out another talisman, tossing it at the flames. The calligraphy on the talisman glowed as it hovered in the air between them and the fire, forming a dome-shaped shield that deflected the flames to either side of it, harmlessly. The archer raised the bow, drawing string and arrow back towards his ear.

"For creatures like this, I'm afraid, the best way to destroy them is with light. To burn them away completely."

He loosed the arrow. It flew through the air, piercing the shield talisman and carrying both that talisman and the one already speared into it forward, through the smoke and the fire. Flames parted as the arrow soared straight into the creature's open mouth. Powers clashed and exploded, a blast that knocked the creature straight off its feet.

The fire died down.
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