[Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Locations: Moriya Shrine, Tengu Village, Kappa Village, Giant Toad's Pond, The Waterfall
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Youkai Mountain is easily the most massive mountain that can be found in Gensokyo. The mountain is so large that the beings inhabiting it seem to be largely segregated. At the base of the mountain live the peaceful Kappa, an semi-aquatic race with a fondness of engineering and architecture. Further up the mountain, one can find the airborne Tengu, who live in a village near the incredible waterfall. However, the most notable structure that can be found on the youkai mountain lies at the very top. Relatively new to Gensokyo, the Moriya Shrine simply appeared one day along with a sizeable lake. This shrine is home to the Goddesses of snake and frog, Kanako Yasaka and Suwako Moriya. Suwako, the original goddess of the shrine, has recently been lying dormant while Kanako roams free, a result of Kanako subverting her in battle. The keeper of the shrine is a girl named Sanae Kotiya. Sanae serves a similar role to Reimu Hakurei, and in fact attempted to establish the Moriya Shrine as the dominant place of worship in Gensokyo before being stopped by Reimu and Marisa. Both the Kappa and Tengu, however, to seem to be starting to recognize the sovergnity of the Moriya Shrine.

[Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Tenshi Hinanawi » 28 Jun 2013 09:08

"Hahahahaha! Come now, surely you bunch can do better then this!"

Tenshi's merry laughter echoed across the mountain as she zoomed through it's dense forests. Riding up top one of her prized keystones, the celestial girl sped through the trees, doing well to avoid getting smacked with any branches in her path. Of course, tree branches weren't the only thing to look out for as she was charging recklessly around the mountain. After all...

She was being pursued.

How many were chasing her? Better yet, how long had she been "playing around"? Having been so swept up in all of her childlike enjoyment, she had pretty much forgotten about the minor details. All she could recall was descending down to Youkai Mountain, heading to the waterfall to relax, and... oh yeah! Shooting keystones at the waterfall. Of course, this didn't sit too well with some of the guards that were on patrol at the time. After having to deal with their constant, bothersome warnings, it was then that Tenshi decided to see whether or not the proud wolf tengu patrol was all bark and no bite.


"Well then, how about a little game...?"

It had all started with those simple words. Thinking back, maybe they hadn't taken her seriously at first. Well, considering that, over the course of a couple minutes, they were now down three soldiers, Tenshi was sure they'd now start trying harder. "Still, their fault for not realizing it earlier. 'If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril'"

Letting out a small chuckle, Tenshi finally made her way back from out of the forest's thicket. After all her running, she would find herself back at the base of the Youkai Mountain waterfall. Having spent a good deal of time evading the wolves, Tenshi figured now was a good time to take a break and give the enemy a chance to attack again.

"If the wolves don't try any better, the waterfall might soon end up horribly disfigured!" Tenshi exclaimed, looking to call out the pack to challenge her. Ironically enough, Tenshi had no plans of (purposely) doing any more damage to the landscape. For now, she only wanted the attention of the wolf tengu and not of the mountain goddess.

That could come later.

"Dodge and attack! Defend and attack! Shoot and attack! Slash and attack! If you have any hopes to stop this, then hurry up and attack me!!"
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Momiji Inubashiri » 06 Jul 2013 07:09

“Damn. Another wounded?” Momiji asked her subordinate, frustrated. “She’s running from us. And yet she’s winning. Moreover, she’s successfully running from tengu!” she grumbled, exasperated. Catching herself before she got even angrier, she sighed and ordered one of her soldiers, “You, go to where he was shot down, carry him to the village, and report back.” Hesitating slightly, the soldier, unused to following a different commander, nodded and complied.

The celestial’s attack had attracted the attention of two guard squads, and a third, Momiji’s, had later been sent to aid them. Thus far, the situation was less than ideal. While the other two squads pursued their target directly, Momiji had attempted to stage an ambush, using two of her soldiers as scouts. However, all her attempts at doing so had failed, as the celestial’s movements were simply too hard to predict. Additionally, as the intruder continued her rampage, she had been able to chip away at the forces following her. Already one squad had lost its commander – Momiji had wasted no time in taking command and re-organizing them. The other had lost one soldier earlier, and had just now lost its commander. This left Momiji responsible for three squads and the elimination of the celestial, a role she had every intention of fulfilling.

“Sergeant Inubashiri!” another returning scout called, approaching rapidly. “The intruder has stopped running! She’s at the base of The Waterfall of Nine Heavens. A-and she’s taunting us! It’s like she’s playing with us!”

Momiji paused to process her subordinate’s words. Closing her eyes momentarily, she replied, calmly at first, “So, she thinks this is a game, does she? Perhaps, then, we should enlighten her.” Turning to face the two squads with her, she raised her voice and shouted, “The target’s stationary! Now is our chance!” At the sergeant’s call, the soldiers all stood ready. “Take to the skies!” Momiji ordered, pointing her sword into the air. After a brief pause, the entire group ascended as one, creating severe turbulence in their wake as they tore through the trees above them and into the open air. Hovering in the air several meters above the forest canopy, Momiji called, “Our target is located at the base of The Waterfall of Nine Heavens! We are to rendezvous with the third squad and drive the intruder from the mountain! Understood!?”

“Yes ma’am!” the soldiers called in unison.

“Proceed to the destination at full speed!” the sergeant ordered before taking the lead, accelerating rapidly towards the giant waterfall.





At the waterfall, three white wolf tengu were slowly advancing toward their target, held back by fear. They now had to face the same being that had defeated their commander and one of their comrades. Thus, they were relieved when a group of eight tengu descended between them and the intruder. Their spirit renewed by the reinforcements, they gladly complied as Momiji took command of them.

Satisfied with the obedience of the other guards, Momiji called to the celestial, “I am Momiji Inubashiri of the tengu guard! I will give you one. Last. Chance… Flee the mountain now, and we will let you go! If you do not…” The sergeant raised her shield and pointed her sword at the blue-haired girl, prompting the soldiers to raise their weapons, ready to strike. “You attacked our comrades, and we will show you no mercy!”
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Meira » 15 Jul 2013 02:26

Meira arrived upon the mountain base with a calm flow which washed over her from the pit of her stomach up to the tips of her shoulders. There was little to delay her from reaching the mountain over past the nameless hill. It was merely a short foot journey’s worth, less than an hour before the grass beneath her feet changed. The young warrior arrived with her geta fitted between her fingers, the weighty sandals lightly clicking with each bump of movement. She found them less and less comfortable as time passed, preferring the sensation of her bare feet in contact with the grass and the dirt; where she could detect the subtle change in rhythm. The grass here was different, spread evenly without being disjointed or congested by the lilies on the hill prior. Through the nerve endings on her feet, she could feel even the appetite of the grass, how the nourishment from the ground was different; how the nutrients it fed from and grew off of varied. Although she knew from tales that this was no place to play and fool around, it was a far less grisly place to be than earth on the hill – a place nourished by the corpses of the abandoned and forsaken.

Meira realized, however, that she was both a new face among her recent change of species; as well as a stranger to this region of Gensokyo. “Mm, even so-“ She spoke up, though she was only talking to herself, “-A mountain is only a mountain, I need only to ascend.” She nodded to herself in reassurance of the task. Before beginning, however, the young samurai addressed a few of her personal belongings. She reached back to lightly jostle the flute slipped into a ‘sheath’ that was made part of the crimson vest she wore. She then placed the same hand atop her sheath, lightly coiling around it with her fingers and tugging. Her jingasa was next, left hanging at her back via a string around her neck just sturdy enough for the woven hat’s weight. Her timing on the mountain approach meant the sun was no longer beaming straight into her face. Finally, she clicked the geta in her hand together as if to symbolize clicking her heels with a nod.

”Onward.” She thought to herself, one foot forward and following with another. It took very little time before the distant hushing sound of the waterfalls brushed her ears. Although her task to move through the mountain was of utmost importance, Meira could not help but find herself guided towards that sweet sound. A part of her almost… Reminisced the first time she felt this pull towards such things. Although she always found serenity in the sounds of nature, it was only after her transformation did she feel more compelled towards its sources. Water became an especially attractive force to her, and as much as she would otherwise scorn over admitting it: a light pink complexion blushed over her cheeks at the thought of dipping her feet into the mountain springs and falling waters. But what she received was well…

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“I am Momiji Inubashiri of the tengu guard! I will give you one. Last. Chance… Flee the mountain now, and we will let you go! If you do not…” The angered voice came from a white haired woman with wolf ears of the same hue. There was armed with a sword and shield, and accompanied by many more wolf creatures like herself.

The first thing that came to mind was Tengu, for as far as Meira knew they could but nothing but, given the mountain’s history. Though this created a dilemma… Were they here to ward trespassers, or was this particular blue haired girl they were trying to surround that kind of troublemaker?

“You attacked our comrades, and we will show you no mercy!” She… Barked at the blue haired girl, looking about ready to strike.

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“Hm.” Meira began to make her own presence known, speaking up, “-Momiji Inubashiri, I think you are someone who can help me.” She said, her hand raised to rest atop the scabbard of the sheathed sword at her hip; otherwise Meira was immobile, merely showing a gesture as if to say ‘I’m not involved, but I won’t be pushed around’ to the others she so directly interrupts. “Rather, it is likely you are the very person I need to speak to for the directions I am in need of.” She said, her expression contrasting the soothed and peaceful one from earlier; her emotional scale dulled down several decibels as she approached the group with indifference of the situation.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Tenshi Hinanawi » 16 Jul 2013 08:04

It wouldn't take long for the celestial's playful expression to degrade to that of a dissatisfied frown. Had they already given up? Not counting those strange gods and their even stranger shrine maiden from the outside world, taking over the mountain couldn't be this easy, right? As tempting of a thought it was, Tenshi had no desire to rule over a mountain of youkai; at least not as of now. Her goal for the moment was nothing more then to have some innocent(?) fun with the tengu guards. Sadly, they looked to be doing a poor job at keeping her entertained.

"Ah..!"

Just as Tenshi was thinking that they had really given up, her face almost lit up with joy noticing the tengu finally come out from hiding. Almost. Tenshi's shoulders quickly sank in disappointment as her gaze fell upon the three fear stricken tengu. Only three? They didn't turn tail and retreat on her, did they? Perhaps she had overestimated them a bit.

Or perhaps she wasn't doing enough damage...?

Just as Tenshi found herself pondering the thought of damming the waterfall with a giant keystone, her attention quickly shifted back to the three tengu as reinforcements began showing up. Were one to look carefully enough, they might have noticed a sly, playful glint in the eyes of the celestial as she looked to the group with childish delight. This, of course, was due to Tenshi realizing that her fun had not just yet ended.

As the girl of Hisou watched to see how things would unfold, she couldn't hide her surprise at Momiji's words. "You're still giving warnings to someone who has already taken out a few of your kind? Rather, would you really just let me waltz off after causing so much damage? Surely your fallen comrades mean more to you then that." Of course the playful celestial hadn't gone as far as to permanently injure any of them, but even a small cut could damage one's pride like a stab to the heart. Needless to say, upon hearing the words "no mercy" from the fierce-eyed girl known as Momiji Inubashiri, any hope of a peaceful resolution had been blown completely out of the water. "No mercy" was what Tenshi wanted in the first place!

Right when Tenshi was about to give an answer to Momiji's warning, the voice of another would cause the celestial's words to cut off before they could even leave her throat. While it was no real surprise that there would be others in the area, Tenshi figured it'd either be a tengu, kappa, or some other mountainous youkai. A samurai was definitely something she had not expected to see. More surprised then she was of the persons identity, Tenshi was shocked that the person wasn't able to...what was that thing that Dragon Palace messenger always did...? Right! Read the atmosphere! With all the tension in the air, the pace felt like it had been thrown off a bit with such casual words from the outsider.

Still, "Such intrusion isn't completely pointless" thought the celestial.

It would all happen in the split second Momiji eyes even did so much as slightly shift to the newcomer. Upon Meira speaking her last few words. Tenshi, in a swift and fluid motion, maneuvered herself off of her rock in an around-the-world back flip. With her foot landing on the keystones flat surface, the celestial kicked off the rock with amazing force, sending her flying towards the waterfall while the celestial rock sped at one of the distracted tengu like a bullet. Summoning the Sword of Hisou within her hand, the wild celestial would cut a large, horizontal gap in the falling waters. No, not that kind of gap. The one that kept her from getting wet long enough to hide behind the wall of water.

It was then that the waterfall began attacking.

Thin, red beams of temperament would suddenly blast from out of the water at the tengu group, the source of the attack looking to quickly ascend the tall rapids. After a good number of shots, Tenshi finally revealed herself once again, cutting her way out from near the top of the falls. "If you don't hurry and attack, your troops will fall before you get the chance to do anything!"
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Momiji Inubashiri » 24 Jul 2013 20:19

Surprised to hear another voice from behind her, Momiji turned her head slightly, expecting that the blue-haired girl had brought backup of some sort. But it seemed that the woman who had appeared was uninvolved with the conflict. The leader of the three squads was about to order the newcomer to wait, when she heard a cry from one of her men.

“Look out!” one of the white wolves shouted, causing Momiji and several others who had been distracted by the samurai to look back at the intruder. One of them, alarmed to see a keystone heading straight for him, scrambled out of the way but, reacting too late, got sent spinning as the large rock struck the guard’s leg. Seeing her subordinate spiral out of control, Momiji rushed towards him, grabbing him out of the air before he could crash into anything that would further injure him.

“I’ll be fine, sergeant,” he assured his commander as she released him. Then the barrage began, further scattering the tengu guards.

“Stick together!” Momiji ordered, “Stay below the trees!” Rushing through the forest, she quickly organized her troops and implemented a plan of attack. A group of two tengu each would travel horizontally along the waterfall in either direction, hiding their movements under the trees, then begin to ascend within it in order to flank the celestial. A third such group would slip into the caves behind the waterfall and navigate their way up through the waterfall to assault the celestial from behind. To give the other groups a chance to work, the remaining five tengu, including their sergeant, would attack the intruder directly, following the celestial, though not matching her altitude, firing back and drawing her fire.

Moving almost as one, the four groups began their roles. Momiji’s group burst out of the canopy, weaving through the lasers and firing their own barrages of bullets towards the source. They didn’t expect to see any success, but then hitting their target was nothing but a potential beneficial side-effect of their job. While the group of five served as a decoy, the teams of two slipped under the cover of the trees, before they began their own approaches. Holding their breaths and slipping into the caves to inhale when necessary, two tengu approached the intruder’s altitude on either side. Meanwhile, making their way through the network of caves behind the waterfall, two more tengu attempted to get behind the blue-haired girl.

As the celestial revealed herself again to taunt the guards, Momiji couldn’t help but give a feral grin. “Then we’re prepared to break you, if that’s what it takes!” she shouted, before leading her soldiers in a charge. The two squads flanking the celestial, taking this as a cue to move, lept from the waterfall, coming at her from either side and slightly behind. Recognizing this, the sergeant quickly gave orders to her group. “Split apart!” she called. Two of the tengu from her group each went downward and to the left or right, while Momiji herself ascended above the celestial. Both flanking groups, reaching the celestial, took passing swings at her. “Now strike!” the leader of the group ordered, prompting the two fragments of her group to charge the celestial, taking their own swings. As soon as they were out of the way, Momiji followed suit. Gripping her blade with both hands, she charged downward towards her target and swung with all her might, going for a head-on strike, rather than the passing blows her subordinates had delivered. While a bit of magic kept all their attacks nonlethal, the tengu were holding nothing else back, and were attacking the celestial with all their skill and speed.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Iku Nagae » 10 Aug 2013 08:33

The sun shines brightly down upon a grove of trees, highlighting the rosy fruits hanging from their boughs. It had just rained, dew sparkling from every surface, throwing miniature rainbows onto the ground as the light hits them. All is peaceful in this small peach orchard- that is, until a blur of white and scarlet zooms by, rustling the foliage and flinging water droplets every which way.

Hurriedly the Water Dragon’s envoy rushes along, ascending above the treeline to perform a quick spin around before dipping back underneath the canopy in a different direction. It’s clear the oarfish youkai is looking for something, but the particulars are lost on most observers. Iku sighs in exasperation as she races towards the edge of Heaven, stopping to land on an abandoned keystone. “Where in Heaven and Earth could she be?” the messenger thinks crossly. “Eldest Daughter is never this docile for long, there’s no doubt she’s up to no good…

The oarfish closes her eyes, throwing out her electromagnetic sense as far as she can, searching for that one troublemaking wavelength. Even with the extra distance from her concentration, Iku comes up empty-handed. Garnet eyes flash in irritation as she realizes that the blue-haired celestial is not in Heaven entirely; she must have slipped down to the ground before her morning scouting was done.

With a vexed swish of her shawl, Iku takes flight, launching herself over the precipice of Heaven. Scarlet and snow fabric twirl as the oarfish falls into a steep dive, angling herself nearly perpendicular to the ground. Wind shrieks as she rockets past, pulling out of her free-fall just as she passes the peak of Youkai Mountain. As Iku slows her decent she perceives a knot of negativity- it’s far enough away that she can’t quite make out the details, but knowing the Hinanawi spawn, she’d be right in the middle of it.

It doesn’t take long for Heaven’s messenger to make out an exuberant wavelength in the middle of what must be quite a commotion as she speeds towards Youkai Mountain’s signature waterfall. She slows her flight, wary of what she might find. Outrage pours into the oarfish’s being, emanating from near the waterfall’s base. Iku scans for the source of ire, finally spotting several rapidly moving white figures. “They’re wolf tengu…” the oarfish muses aloud as she observes the pack split apart, surrounding… her missing ward. Sighing heavily, Iku moves towards Tenshi’s childlike signature, stopping when she’s within hearing range.

A voice carries throughout the forest- “Now strike!”

Righteous indignation tinged with bloodlust spikes through her mind as a female tengu, likely the squad leader, rushes at the blue-haired celestial, the others following her lead. While Tenshi may deserve whatever punishment that the aggravated mountain residents might deal, Iku feels that it is unlikely that they could deal enough damage to seriously threaten a celestial.

Taking a deep breath, Iku projects her own voice across the skies, exasperation dripping from every syllable. “Just what do you think you’re doing, Eldest Daughter?
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Meira » 25 Aug 2013 00:30

Meira waited a moment for the captain to acknowledge her, the very opposite of what she was doing. Although she seemed about to say something, she was cut off by the sudden goings on by what Meira could only assume was a thorn in the captain’s side. But such things were not the samurai’s business, and as far she was concerned it was no reason to be impeded. “Momiji Inubashiri-“ Meira spoke up, a slight tilt in her head.

”Look out!

The rumbling of stone and the cries went overlooked by the samurai, “-Subordinates are for such tasks, your business is with m-“ the samurai cuts her statement off, quickly realizing she has been overlooked, also there was very large and peculiarly shaped stoned heading for her. It had already crashed its way past the tengu guard, scraping a path through the mountain’s stone and digging through the grass. But Meira remained in place, with only a slight turn toward her left that was followed by a shifting of her feet.

Strands of hair slip across her face, through the corner of her eye she gleams over the tumbling rock and its surroundings. In the few quick seconds that pass, she estimates and observes, taking in a sense of the trajectory and noting the uneven ground. The samurai stands her ground as the rock comes tumbling toward her, a jutting piece of the earth causing it to shift to the left, a tree blocking its path and halfway snapping from the force, then finally as it bounces back dug-in rock disrupts its path, causing it to tumble off her side.

Less than a split second passes for the rock to pass Meira, where her eye once more gleams it; suddenly realizing its design and purpose. A cluster of rocks gather where the stone crashes, tilting a hefty tree in its path. “Hmph, this Youkai-“ Meira glances through the violet strands that have fallen over her eyes. “-She’s a nuisance. I cannot allow such things to impede me. But-“ she trails off, having come to realize just what kinda creature the troublemaker was. Meira called her a Youkai, true; but as far as she was concerned any inhuman creature like herself was once. In her eyes, no matter how one designates him, all such beings were just various kinds of Youkai. Still… The shape and markings on the stone that narrowly passed her, the sudden beams of light she had only managed to spot… Furthermore, she radiated with a different feeling, a different energy than any of the wolf tengu.

Meira turned, having identified the oddly shaped rock as a keystone now, she suddenly began to consider something. “Perhaps… I wonder…?” The samurai lowered her right hand to the hilt of her sword. Her eyes fixated briefly over the flesh, for it was with this hand her new state began, with this that the strange oak had replaced the bone beneath. Meira drew the hilt from her sheath, but with it there was no blade, it had been left empty. Without hesitation she thrust forward, pressing the empty hilt and hand guard against the keystone… “Hm? Nothing?” She inquired, tilting her head a moment, when suddenly the stone shivered with a low rumble that flowed over to her hand. A dim, low gray hue seeped in, highlighting around her arm and the sword hilt, filling one of the gourd like bulbs within the hilt. The keystone suddenly dulled, even more so despite its gray coloration, a crack rising through its center mass. In a few moments, the rock splits in half, followed by several more divides which crumble loudly onto the ground.

Meira is left standing there, her hand gripped tightly around the hilt, which is suddenly tipped by a long gray extension. A tightly wound trio of ropes appear on the first, second, and last third of the length, each adorned with connecting white paper talismans. “I see-“ Meira spoke, turning in the direction of the tengu, and of the girl. During this time a new presence had appeared, another ‘Youkai’ who spoke to the troublemaker as if to berate her; practically confirming Meira’s hypothesis about the girl. She raises her sword to eye level, observing a blade which appeared to be made from the now destroyed keystone. “-So, even the divine is subject to my sword, Fukai Mori no Ken!” A narrow, arching grin spreads over Meira’s lips, as she thrusts her sword into the air. Her eyes glow crimson at the troublemaking keystone girl, the grip on her sword tightening.

“Aah~ A full force blow to sweep away the riff raff~” Meira calls out, a coy soft song sort of sound to her voice, like a swooning.“Technique Number 3 : Fissure Cross Cleave~!” Meira swipes vertically, a precisely straight cut that draws in kinetic force around the moving stone blade. Like a vial of liquid tipping over, all of the sword’s force flows into its tip, which strikes down against the ground. Having drawn upon the keystone’s very attributes, the samurai’s attack releases the gathered kinetic energy of the earth which the very stones are used to suppress. A single, earthen line glides across the ground, cleaving at the same narrow width as the blade itself. The line moves approximately two meters forward, diving at its end and splitting into two separate lines that move left and right. As these lines reach two meters, they split into two separate lines that move in opposite directions.

Again, these lines split, then end, then split, then end, creating a widening network of cuts which move in a widening cone area over the ground; climbing up the mountain. Each line spreads the floor of kinetic force, causing a rumbling quake to rise from Meira’s sword tip and then flow past the tengu guard. Minor cracks would split into the earth, but more importantly was the constant shaking on the ground. The worst of it was directed at the opposite end, where the lines simply stop, creating ground tremor that Meira intended to time so that Tenshi would land atop the shaking and splitting ground and force her off her feet; possibly causing her to fall or have her legs be drawn and trapped into the small fissures.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Tenshi Hinanawi » 29 Aug 2013 09:45

“Then we’re prepared to break you, if that’s what it takes!”

Momiji's bold declaration would not go unnoticed as Tenshi found herself looking to the wolf with a sharp grin of her own. Maybe not as feral as the wolf tengu's, but still a nice, toothy smirk nonetheless. Things were finally starting to pick up in this fun little confrontation, and, curious to just what Momiji and co. had in store for her, the young celestial looked forward to seeing whether or not the white wolf's words would mean anything in the end.

Tenshi watched in amusement as the small army of wolf tengu moved about in a precise manner, quickly responding to each order that was yelled out. It wasn't often that the young celestial found herself up against so many people at once. Despite this being a fun, new experience for her, it wouldn't take long for Tenshi to realize something: trying to keep her eyes focused on each individual person would prove to be somewhat troublesome. Not to mention these were tengu we were talking about, a youkai known mostly for their impressive speed. So, with Tenshi outnumbered against such fast moving targets, what was she to do?

Nothing.

As the pack of wolves quickly closed in on her, Tenshi did nothing to try and keep them at bay. With a calm grin, she waited for them to get closer. In no time at all the celestial would find herself getting her wish, Momiji's group soon charging in for the attack. She'd only have a split second to react, barely given enough time to even see the attacks coming. Her body looked to shift elegantly through the air, each attack but a hair's breadth away from hitting it's mark. Her long, azure hair fluttered gracefully through the air with each sudden bit of movement. With so little time to respond, each swing looked to get closer and closer to landing then the last. However, with each failed attempt to hit the celestial came a quick and precise counterattack from the her. A strong punch to the side, a firm kick to the back, a keystone shot here, a Sword of Hisou slash there. While nothing too damaging, it was most likely enough to keep them down for a bit. However, it was upon finally noticing Momiji's charge after dealing with the last tengu guard that Tenshi realized...

She was wide open.

Tenshi had been cutting it very close with the last few attacks, and Momiji looked to monopolize on that. By the time Tenshi noticed the wolf tengu's presence, she was already barely a stones throw away. If one were to slow down the very fabric of time, they could see the exact instance where Tenshi's opening had been exploited; only having partially recovered from her last move. With no way to defend, dodge, or do much of anything, Momiji's blade struck true at the girl. Well, true enough anyway. Whether it was her due to her tough celestial body or Momiji's blade of mercy, the only visual damage done to the girl of heaven would be to her clothing. However, the impact of Momiji's strike was more then enough to send the girl flying back a good bit before recovering. Before Momiji could possibly follow up her successful attack, Tenshi would hold her hand out to the side. Were the wolf girl to glance in the direction of her hand, she'd notice one of her comrades still falling from the sky.

And, high above her, a semi-large keystone.

"You have my praise, Momiji Inubashiri. Your commanding skills a very impressive!" Tenshi spoke with a smirk, "However, a commander is nothing if they cannot protect their own comrades!" With that declaration and the drop of her hand, the rock descended from it's position, falling towards the already falling soldier. Whether or not Momiji moved fast enough, Tenshi would be sure to make it pretty close for the sake of keeping things exciting. Would the falling tengu be in danger of being flattened were Momiji not fast enough? Of course not! Tenshi wasn't that cruel.

But hey, Momiji didn't know that.

With a small bit of break time now, Tenshi decided she'd finally go over to the dragon messenger that had shown up recently. However, just as she was about to fly over to talk with Iku, Tenshi found herself catching the sound of the earth shaking violently. Now, Tenshi was aware that it wasn't uncommon for people to have similar powers in Gensokyo. In fact, she recalled that their was a frog goddess on this very mountain that could also manipulate earth. However, this earthquake wasn't so simple to where Tenshi could pass it off as it just being something "similar". She could sense it. Someone was messing with the keystones within the ground. After doing a quick scan of the mountain, Tenshi's scarlet eyes would soon find themselves locked onto the samurai woman from before.

"...."

Tenshi's expression was that of both interest and annoyance. Interested that someone was somehow using her power, and annoyed that someone was messing with her (the Hinanawi clan's) keystones. Without a word, Tenshi finally made her way over to Iku, her expression returning to her pompous, childlike grin. "Isn't it obvious what I'm doing? I'm assessing the skill of the so-called mountain guards! I figure someone has to make sure that they are ready for any sort of threat, so, being the benevolent and caring person that I am, I decided to take the time to help with that! It's only a test, so you don't have to worry about their being any real danger."

Just as Tenshi finished her completely valid explanation, her face would give off a look of sudden realization before she continued speaking. "Ah, that's not important now. I require you to do something for me," she spoke, directing Iku's attention to Meira down below, "I'm a bit busy at the moment, so I can't be bothered to handle it. I'm not sure how, but that woman down there is apparently causing earthquakes using the keystones. My keystones. Please do something about that. Last thing I need is to be blamed for damages I didn't cause... Besides, you're always getting on me messing with Gensokyo's keystones, so it's only just that you do the same for anyone else, right?"

The girl would turn attention to Momiji's current position, a wide, joyful grin on her as she looked to see if she had saved her companion yet. "Actually, you've caught me in a very generous mood! I'm willing to grant a possible favor in return for this deed. Ah, but know my kindness has it's limits. I won't accept anything too troubling..."
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Momiji Inubashiri » 03 Sep 2013 04:40

Knowing well the foolishness of attempting to strike an erratically moving target in aerial melee, Momiji stays back as her opponent tumbled away, drawing her blade back in preparation to stab the celestial as soon as she stabilized. In this moment she briefly considered that the newcomer could be an accomplice of the intruder, who she seemed to know, though this thought was dismissed as she processed that the newcomer would rather scold the celestial than assist her, and the white wolf tengu returned her attention to her opponent, about to strike. However, she hesitated as she saw Tenshi’s gesture, expecting this to be the signal of an attack – the blue-haired girl did seem to have a taste for theatrics. What the guardswoman saw, however, was far worse –a keystone falling towards one of her fallen soldiers. With an angry growl, she bolted towards her fallen comrade, slowing down only briefly to fire a small wave of danmaku at the intruder – hardly enough to make dodging a challenge, but enough that, had Tenshi intended to attack at this time, it might at least slow her down.

The sergeant hit her subordinate at nearly full speed, so grabbing the downed wolf was rather painful for both her and her commanding officer. However it got them both out of the way of the falling keystone, albeit with barely any room to spare. Slipping below the canopy of the trees, Momiji set her comrade down. “I don’t care if you have to run to get to them, but distribute an order to the others that were shot down as soon as you’re able,” she ordered, anger slipping into her voice.

“What about you, ma’am?” the soldier asked, pushing herself to her knees.

“I intend to make good on my threats – I’ll stop her, whatever it takes.”

“But sergeant-“

Angrily, Momiji interrupts, “You are to get the others to safety! Is that clear?”

“Y-yes ma’am!” the soldier replies, clearly unnerved by her commander’s outburst.

Momiji ascends into the air to leave but, as soon as she does so, she notices the ground shaking. “Damn! An earthquake!? We have two of our own in the caves, plus the reserve forces!” she shouts, her mood made even fouler by this turn of events. Trusting her subordinate to obey her orders without hesitation, given the turn of events, she flies back out from under the canopy of the forest, quickly acquiring her target again before accelerating rapidly, sword drawn back to strike.

Slowing rapidly as she closed in, the sergeant lets loose a quick chain of three swings, horizontally from left to right, back from right to left, then an upwards swing, before disengaging to prevent a counterattack. Knowing from intel the nature of Tenshi’s keystones, Momiji called out, unaware of the true cause, “Now you cause an earthquake!? Cease at once! If you kill even one of my people, I won’t let you live!” Drawing her blade back, the white wolf accelerates again, attempting a rushing stab, though she hasn’t yet forsaken the spellcard rules.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Meira » 05 Sep 2013 21:23

Bits of rubble and shifting earth shiver along the mountain surface as the earth in front of Meira quakes. But this movement of the earth was neither random nor without purpose; despite the fact that her initial target had not landed as she predicted. In truth, a battle is about understanding ones surroundings, reading over every factor involved. The secondary purpose of her quake was to take the other tengu off balance and remove them as factors in this fight; for Meira knew these soldiers would interfere with her. However, it seemed that by the order of their commanding officer, the wolf tengu were already withdrawing.

This was a lesser concern though, as Meira’s focus was on the quake and its tertiary effect. Indeed, there was a third point of this attack, involving a number of sudden explosive bursts shooting forth from the ground! For Meira, controlling the quakes of the keystones meant also fine manipulation of the quake’s pressure. The quake on the ground’s surface seemed severe, however much of the kinetic energy was being directed at four points; building up enough to abruptly launch four man-sized clumps of stone and dirt straight upward into the air.

At the precise moment that the two figures in the air redirected their attention to Meira, she would be gone! In the time that this divine troublemaker looked away from the samurai, she was already engaged in her next attack. Meira’s sense kept her ever observant, taking note of the way Momiji was attacking, she moved to strike in a way which would complement it. “Technique Number 2: Splitting Straight~” Meira called out, a moments distance from Tenshi, coming from her side and behind her.

Meira’s blade was a deep crimson, with a subtle wavering like the movement of water; indeed, it had been switched to the blood attribute she had taken with her when first her sword changed. Following her was a narrow line of blood red energy, the trail of the horizontal cut her sword was making as she dashed diagonally toward Tenshi. If one would follow the path of the cutting line they would see that it stopped at a stone within the air, and bent toward another diagonal blade line that was coming from the spot Meira had made the now inert earthquake.

This was the plan of attack! By using her Splitting Straight, she dashed herself into one of the four stones she launched into the air from her original quake attack. The first had already been used to leap upward, diagonally toward Tenshi. The single strike was made at Tenshi’s back, timed to strike her with Momiji’s three slashes, with the intent being that Tenshi would back away into her strike! “Mudda~ Mudda~ Mudda~” she coy voice spoke as she made her attack. The blade of blood was more than a mere cutting strike though, like with the first Youkai her sword killed upon its transformation, Tenshi would be drained a portion of blood equal to the severity of the strike; should the blade even cut her in the first place.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Iku Nagae » 14 Sep 2013 19:55

Heaven’s messenger narrows her eyes at Tenshi’s statement, torn between irritation that the celestial caused this whole encounter in the first place and wariness that one outside the Hinanawi family could manipulate their keystones. The oarfish lets out a short huff before responding. “Alright… but see that you don’t badly injure anyone, otherwise you’ll be the one hauling them off to the doctor’s.”

Iku flies up a bit higher, seeking to gain a better vantage point along with distancing herself from the blue-haired girl, sure that the wolf would aim her next attack there. Sure enough, Momiji focuses her attention fully on her wayward charge, her fury easily felt by the empath, even from such a distance. Returning her mind to her new task, the oarfish searches for the other unique wavelength, finding amusement instead of the anger of battle that she expected. Frowning, she tries to understand what Meira’s intentions are, why she would aggravate Tenshi.

Streaks of blood-red interrupt Iku’s musings, as the samurai begins her next attack, simultaneously controlling keystones and danmaku. Focusing intently, the Water Dragon’s emissary gathers potent currents of wind behind her, extending her shawl into the shape of a rather large drill. With careful aim, Iku launches herself towards the samurai, fierce winds adding power to her shawl’s rotation. Her intent is not to connect with Meira, but to divert her course away from Tenshi, preventing her blade from touching the celestial. “Your opponent is me!” Iku calls out, a clear challenge to the purple-haired samurai as she pulls out of her steep dive, letting small arcs of electricity run along her shawl for an impressive display. “Face me, or be considered a coward, samurai!” she calls out again, doing her best to imitate Tenshi’s irritatingly confident manner.
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Re: [Ask First] Fall of Waterfall

Postby Tenshi Hinanawi » 19 Sep 2013 07:06

To the front of her, a wolf tengu. To the back, a samurai. Both looked ready to attack the celestial as she calmly stood in her spot up in the sky. However, despite both dangers closing in on her, Tenshi didn't seem any more perturbed then when she was facing the army of tengu. It was only upon hearing the dragon messenger voice her response to Tenshi's request did the azure haired celestial's expression finally change. With her back faced toward both Iku and the purple-haired samurai, the peach girl found herself with a subtle smirk on her face.

"I''ll leave it to you then. Do well not to disappoint me."

Whether or not the oarfish would catch the girl's words before distancing herself, Tenshi had decided to fully focus her attention on Momiji once more. Ignoring the sound of Iku and Meira's clash behind her, the celestial charged forward to meet Momiji part way, swinging her own weapon in turn with Momiji to match her swings near perfectly. Right to left, back to the right, then a quick back step to avoid the upward swing. Upon hearing Momiji's furious yet misdirected exclamation, Tenshi found heself letting out a tired sigh. "Well that didn't take long..." she muttered, frowning with displeasure. Doing somewhat of a mental shrug, the young celestial felt that there was no need to clear up Momiji's confusion just yet. "If it begins to negativelly affect her fighting skills, that's when I'll speak up," Tenshi idly thought, calmly shutting her eyes as Momiji charged at her once again.

"Though, by that point, it might be too late."

Tenshi's eyes would fiercely reopen as her sword cut through the air in an intense upward swing, attempting to deflect the wolf girl's attack once she was within close enough range. The Sword of Hisou would flare about violently as Tenshi kept it held up towards the sky, the blade itself seeming more like a wild, scarlet flame then a solid cutting weapon. It was at that moment that Tenshi's voice rang through the skies.



Swordplay [Sword of Swagger]


With that declaration, Tenshi charged in for the attack! What Momiji would be met with was a seemingly endless assault of slashes from the celestial. Had it not been obvious whether or not Tenshi's sword was indeed solid, Momiji would definitely be sure of it now. In no time at all, she would find herself now caught in the celestial's sword dance, each clash of their swords strong enough to cause a small tremor through the wolf tengu's entire body.

Slash slash slash slashUp, down, left, rightVertically, horizontally, diagonallyAgain and again and again!
Fierce, yet strangely graceful. Powerful, yet oddly refined. Wild, yet amazingly precise. This display of swordsmanship that did well to show the majestic strength of the celestials was of Tenshi's own style. Caring little about actually hitting the wolf girl, Tenshi looked to test Momiji's sword skills through a clash of blades; and test her she would.

Were Momiji to slip up for even a second, she would be cut.

Were Momiji unable to take the lead this dazzling sword dance, the slashes would never end!
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