Witch Hunt [Sorta Free RP, See Inside]

Takahashi Kiyoshi

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[OOC: Open/Free RP. Hoping to meet someone in the Kaibutsu, or someone else who would be willing to mentor a young hunter. Going for a Supernatural spin on monster hunting. Everyone is welcome, though!]



A summer shower blanketed the Village Hidden in the Clouds if heavy rain as thunder rolled across the early evening sky. Pedestrian foot traffic was few and far between, with the handful of brave or foolish souls that were out and about sporting the usual rain gear; umbrellas, galoshes, and knee-length rain coats. Kumogakureans were not unfamiliar with poor weather. One wanderer, though, was not a native to Kumo. Takahashi Kiyoshi had finally earned enough cash to update his wardrobe to be more fitting for the climate of his new village. Now he was sporting: a pair of brown leather work boots; weathered blue jeans; a red and black, plaid flannel shirt; and a worn brown leather jacket with a built-in, grey cotton hood.

Kiyoshi’s hood was drawn over his head, and his hands tucked into his jacket pockets, the brows over his downcast eyes furrowed in deep thought. Ever since Airi had revealed to him that Demons were real, he hadn’t been able to get it off his mind. Could it be possible that all of the horror stories he’d heard in his youth were true? The appearance of the small, one-eyed goblin and the snake-necked lady had confirmed his fears; but the situation wasn’t that simple. Airi had told him that her father was a Kitsune, a mischievous fox-demon, which made her half-demon, herself.

Airi had been nothing but kind to him, and she had assured him her father’s demons were friendly enough; but Kiyoshi had doubts. Between the priests back at his small hometown in the valley and the horror stories his parent’s used to feed him, he’d only ever heard of demons being evil and malicious. There was even a whole sector of the Kumo Main Branch who specialized in hunting down dangerous creatures, to include those of the underworld; and all of the students had been warned against the dangers of allowing a demon to utilize them as a vessel. The life expectancy of a shinobi with the Jinchuuriki Kinjutsu was exceedingly short, and often ended in tragedy.

With this many questions in need of answers, there was only one place the Academy Student could go; the Bibliotheca Conscientiae. Climbing the mountainous marble steps in front of the building, Kiyoshi entered the refuge of the library. Turning down his rain-soaked hood , Kiyoshi approached the librarian at the receptionist’s desk.

“Hey. Where would a guy go to learn about demons?”

The librarian looked up from the pile of books she was marking “Returned” and eyed Kiyoshi up and down over the rim of her horn-rimmed, tortoise shell glasses. Her grey eyes, framed by fairly aggressive crows feet, seemed both bored and annoyed at having to do her job and interact with other human beings instead of being left alone with her books. Everything about her, from her steel-grey hair drawn into an overly-tight bun, to the tweed pantsuit and pursed, pencil-thin lips screamed disciplinarian, and her voice matched.

“Folklore is in Section G, third floor, north wing.” She said tersely, redirecting her attention to what she felt was more important work.

“Uh, yeah. Thanks.” Kiyoshi said, thrown off by her brusqueness. As Kiyoshi walked to the nearby elevator, the librarian checked he was out of earshot before reaching for the nearby phone and pressing one on her speed dial. It rang once before the line was picked up.

“We’ve got another student digging into things he’s not ready for, yet. Yeah… demons. I sent him to the right section, but you or someone from the Kaibutsu should probably talk to him… All right. Thank you.” Hanging up the phone with a light “click”, the librarian returned to her precious books.

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Kiyoshi sat at a table in a dusty, secluded portion of Sector G, a dozen or so books stacked all around him. The green-shaded lamp was the only light source in the area; the soft, amber glow of the wall sconce bulbs having burnt out months ago. The janitor always intended to get back to them, but never did. The table lamp illuminated the book Kiyoshi was currently reading, but left everything else in in the vicinity in hazy shadow that faded to darkness within a few feet.

Everything he had read had only verified his suspicions. There were multiple different types of demons from different planes of reality, and all of them had different strengths, abilities, and – most important for those trying to fight them – weaknesses. The most common types of demons could be held at bay by an unbroken line of salt, or could be framed in by properly drawn trapping seals or blessed, pure iron. However, some demons were so powerful, only extremely rare holy weapons could harm them.

What had been even more shocking to Kiyoshi than these discoveries was the revelation that demons weren’t the only supernatural monsters that weren’t fictional. Vampires, werewolves, sprites, skinwalkers, and other horrors that hadn’t even been named yet were not only real, but posed a real threat to the people of the world. All of the urban legends and folk stories he’d heard about and dismissed as phony legends suddenly didn’t seem so farfetched.

Pouring over the book in front of him, Kiyoshi didn’t even notice the person lurking in the shadows…

[WC: 913, MFT]
 

Yamamoto Maru

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'Oh… really? Well in that case I'll be right over.' Maru clicked his very old Rotary Phone that stood on four small goblin legs, after hanging up the phone stood to attention then shuffled itself away then the yokai doing a cat stretch on his bed then got himself prepared to meet the child who was curious on the supernatural. It was always good that he had a good connection with the library since he gave the librarian a charitable donation after he broke through the roof of the library from being tossed, even more so was he grateful that he was apart of the Kaibutsu Hunters and since he was considered a Godslayer within the branch he was looked at as an expert in the subject of the supernatural. Letting a demon commander himself help in ridding rogue demons from the land all while keeping a few of the more innocent ones contained safely away from the public…. Though honestly he was just using the Kaibutsu hunters to help him gain more supernatural companions to aid him, after all his targets were the ones who wouldn't come with him easily. All nine of his tails gave him authority over Youkai, hence why it's almost always that there were always demons, goblins, and ghosts around when he is present. It comes with the Nurarihyon title he guessed. Arranging for his Oni to get his palanquin ready for his trip to the library, he decided to take along with him his elemental spirit Cold-Blooded and DANGER since they both more or less acted like his bodyguards. "Common guys some kids asking around about demons, let's head to the library. Who knows this might be fun."

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DANGER!!!
(The Shadow Man)



COLD-BLOODED
(The Yuki Onna)

Maru arrived in his splendid palanquin that was set down just outside of the door to the library. Hopping out of the door of the palanquin, he was on his hands and knees crouched like a feral animal then shook himself. The air suddenly got colder when his elemental spirit Cold-Blooded who was also known as a Yuki Onna floated effortlessly out of the palanquin dressed in her usual attire of thin white kimono, casting an eerie moonlit glow as she gazed up at the library with a blank stare Maru's shadow person DANGER dressed in a dark trench coat and top hat glared at the door. Why are we willing to give information to a HUMAN who will most likely hunt us when he gains enough strength? snarled the shadow, it's eyes narrowing at the rich kimono wearing kitsune that was Maru. With a dismissive wave of his hand to the shadow demon Maru simply stated. "If it's curious, why shouldn't we clear up a few things? It could help us in gaining more control over the rogue monsters of this land…" he explained to the demon. The Yuki Onna remanded silent, her chilling white mist leaked from her body like dry ice looking at the library with a bit of curiosity since the most she remember seeing was snowy mountain tops.

Maru walked towards the door with his shadow demon and his snow spirit behind him. Upon entering the library, the air suddenly gotten cold which Maru was more or less used to since he practically lived on the mountains. Maru's aura of dread pulsing began to spread, though his spirits were more or less immune other people around him could feel an explainable feelings of anxiety and fear. The two spirits being lead by the noble looking Kyuubi, the fox demon asked where was the child he was supposed to be seeing. The librarian simply told him where the child was since him and his demons often come around to library to simply get some information on forbidden justu. So the librarian was pretty much numb to the presence of demons, nodding he began to head towards the Sector G, taking the same elevator to the folklore section...

….

Arriving Maru lurched forward on his hands and knees then began bear crawling with the swiftness of a wild beast. His nose brought low so he could sniff out the person who the librarian told him to talk to. The shadow demon DANGER red eyes cast a glance from left to right, barely visible due to the dark lighting however Maru's ice elemental glowed an eerie blue dropping the temperature of the room with her chilling aura that felt similar to a cold draft with the door or window is left open during a blizzard. Maru sniffed around looking for the child however the dust caused him to sneeze, looking at his palms now dirty he grimaced then stood up right then spun around knocking over a few books with his tails unintentionally. "Alright, the librarian said that the kid who was asking around about demons was here. Look around, check and see if he's around." He said, though he bore no ill will towards the child he didn't take into account that the child might be a bit surprised that three demons came. And it really didn't help with Maru's aura of fear since he was almost always representing himself as a demon.

"Lucky us I'm apart of the Kaibutsu Hunters, let's find the kid then I could go back to my research." with that the demons separated to look for the child


[Maru has entered!]
[NPC DANGER!!! has entered]
[NPC Cold Blooded has entered]
 

Takahashi Kiyoshi

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The menace threatens, closing
And I'm frozen in the shadows
I'm not prepared to run away
And I'm not prepared to fight
I can't stand to reason
Or surrender to a reflex
I will trust my instincts
Or surrender to my fright…

Freeze (Part IV of “Fear”), Vapor Trails, Rush


Goosebumps rose on Kiyoshi’s skin as a chill settled into his bones and gut-wrenching anxiety started his heart racing. He shook the chill running down his spine and kept reading, chalking it up to the subject of his studies. Then his fingertips started to go numb, and his breath became a visible cloud of steam in what was supposed to be a well-heated (albeit drafty) building. His eyes filtered over some of the signs of demonic presence as his nose started to pick up a whiff of sulfur.

There was one here

A sneeze broke the otherwise silent and abandoned section of the library, followed by the muffled thumping sound of books hitting the floor.

“Alright, the librarian said that the kid who was asking around about demons was here. Look around, check and see if he's around.”

The voice coming from two or three rows of shelves over sounded like a young man, but the sense of dread filling his chest alerted Kiyoshi to his true nature. It was a demon, and he wasn’t alone. Kiyoshi quietly stood, doing his best not to let the legs of his chair scrape on the polished stone floor, and snuck a few rows over, where the bookshelves were perpendicular to the ones he was just sitting in, and offered some concealment.

“Lucky us I'm apart of the Kaibutsu Hunters, let's find the kid then I could go back to my research.” The voice said, slightly muffled by the added distance.

‘They’ve infiltrated the Kaibutsu?’ Kiyoshi thought, a string of epithets and curses running through his mind. ‘I’ve got to warn someone!’ It was then that he looked back and realized that the janitor had been lax in more than one of his duties. The dust on the floor was thick enough that Kiyoshi had left footprints that would easily give him away. Flipping through handseals, Kiyoshi began drawing all of the dust in the surrounding area into a Mud Clone, effectively wiping away the tracks he’d left. The clone appeared sitting at the table Kiyoshi had just vacated, his head laying on folded arms, as if he had fallen asleep at his studies. ‘Hopefully, that will buy me some time…’ Kiyoshi thought, as he reached into his jacket and drew his pistol from it's holster.



The armorer at the Academy had allowed him to withdraw the weapon on a semi-permanent basis for an every-day carry weapon. He didn’t need a big, heavy rifle most days, and he was accurate as sin with whatever weapon he picked up, anyway. (Hawkeye, Keen Sight x3, Composite x1) The petite 7.65 caliber round might’ve been considered anemic by some, but it had enough chutzpa to get the job done; and the 65 grain jacketed hollow points he was using were subsonic. Between their inability to break the sound barrier and the suppressor attached to the weapon, the hammer falling and the bullet striking something would be far louder than the pistol’s report. Stealth and Accuracy, “The Last Thing You’ll Never See”.

Weapon held at the low-ready, Kiyoshi started silently making his way back towards the fire exit stairwell on the far side of the hall, using the bookshelves for cover and concealment. The alarm would only go off if he used the ground floor emergency door; otherwise, he could access any other floor in the library from that stairwell with no one the wiser. One thought dominated his mind: Run.
 

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Maru's shadow demon went to look in another row of bookshelves to see if he would spot any human tracks since this place hasn't been cleaned for a while and his Yuki Onna floated around looking from left to right to see if she spotted any movement. Maru believing that there probably wasn't anyone else around decided to blow a purple mist to the library ground causing the area around him to cast a violet glow, including the books. Closing his eyes, he put his hands together as if he was about to pray then focused his corrupted chakra to make a gate to the next realm. Saying his usual youkai rhyme he only spoke when calling up his Hyakki Yako;

"When the last Ray's of sunshine fade from the day….
That's when the Youkai come out to play….."


And with that rhyme a 5 of undead demons suddenly appeared before Maru, the undead moaned and hissed giving the library the coppery smell of blood. Blowing into his hand to create a red hitodama, he looked over to a female undead body who hadn't staggered away but instead stuck around to give her summoner some mean growls. He fired the hitodama into the undead lady's chest, the spirit twisting the body and the bones making sickening cracking noises as the demon made the body it's home. The other undead simply wandered off into the library, the undead that Maru had infused a soul into skin went from rotting to ghost white and fully restored then the undead snapped her head up! She took a gulp of fresh air, then smiled revealing her fangs. "How rude, it isn't even the hour meeting of evil spirits yet. I'm guessing that you want to take some of my blood?" said the now fully revived vampire, looking around at the darkened room. "Relax, just revived you because sense the blood flows of people. Makes it easier on me to have something aware of someone or something." He explained then began to move down the row of bookshelves while his vampire kept behind him, though the dust wreaked havoc on the monsters sense of smell his vampire could hear the blood flows of the things around her. A little gift that even some Chigokai possess but this vampire has more tricks up her sleeve than mere hearing the blood flows of people. "Three rows down, child sleeping, hurry…." Maru heard the voice of his Yuki Onna whispering in the chilling wind. Maru began to sprint, knocking over more books with his tails that writhed in excitement then upon finding the blue glow of the elemental then he saw what appeared to be a boy who fell asleep reading, the backdrop of a zombie simply walking by the body of the sleeping child did raise some worry and when Maru was about to approach the child his vampire commanded him to "Wait."

Maru taken off guard stopped, the eye holes in his mask stretched wide, then him and the elemental both looked at the vampire to see if something were wrong. The vampire now having their attention cleared her throat then pointed at the sleeping 'child' with an accusatory finger. "That doesn't have any blood flow, plus this spot is cleaner than the rest of the library. I believe this is a creation of some kind." explained the vampire. "This could very well be a trap." Maru narrowed his eyes at the sleeping child, though the idea of a trap wasn't far fetched. But if this was a creation then he was in luck since his vampire also knew blood ninjustu. With a snap of his fingers, he began giving orders to the reanimated vampire. "If that's the case, just take over the creation with your blood magic. I mean we can do that if you suspect a trap." He ordered. His vampire nodding raised her thumb to her mouth to bite into it, hard enough to draw blood then sucked a little bit of blood from her thumb. She would then proceeded to walk over to the sleeping child clone then spat the bloody spit onto the clones head! After her blood was on the clone, it's eyes shot open for it now had a new master and it awaited the commands of the vampire. "A mud clone? Would you be a dear and go get your summoner? We are a nice bunch but we don't take kindly to being tricked." and with that the mud clone got up from the table then sprinted off to find its caster with a simple goal in mind… tackle it's summoner! Maru, his reanimated vampire, and his Yuki Onna all followed in behind the clone who was now under the control of them thanks to the blood ninjustu casted by his vampire soul. 'If he used a mere mud clone to try and trick us then he might be desperate enough to attack.' Maru thought. It was a basic strategy for someone who was inexperienced hunter if this was supposed to be a trap. Wasn't fox hunting illegal anyway?

[[OOC: Sooooo what happened?:

Maru used Corpse Soil to summon 5 zombie
+Special Action: Impure World Resurrection to call his chigokai Mina Haker Soul

Mina Cast
Blood Thrall to take over the Mud Clone justu and uses Mud Clone to use
Mud Assault Special Action to attempt to make the clone tackle Kiyoshi!]
 

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Sneaking between bookshelves was terribly slow-going for Kiyoshi. He didn’t know exactly how many demons were on his tail, but he probably wouldn’t be able to handle even one at this point in his career. So, stealth was key to his survival. Movements slow and quiet, he would step from the shadow of one bookshelf to another, peering down the length of the rows before making his next move. Then, a purple mist seemed to begin wafting out across the floor, and the first voice from earlier began an incantation. Kiyoshi was only able to catch the last of it as he peered through the gaps between the rows of books. He couldn’t see much of the thing that was stalking him, just that whatever robes he was wearing were very brightly colored and ornate.

“… That's when the Youkai come out to play…”

Then, as if from nowhere, a handful of corpses appeared in front of the demon, filling the air with the gut-wrenching, coppery scent of spilled blood and the stink of decay and sulfur. Some of them staggered off into the bookshelves, but one remained behind. Kiyoshi could see the red glow of a spirit being blown into the body, then hear the sickening crunch and grinding of bones as the thing took the shape of a woman. It smiled, revealing fangs.

“How rude, it isn't even the hour meeting of evil spirits yet. I'm guessing that you want to take some of my blood?”

“Relax, just revived you because sense the blood flows of people. Makes it easier on me to have something aware of someone or something.”

More curses flew through Kiyoshi’s head. This thing could sense blood flow? A cold breeze rippled through the library, seeming to carry a whisper, but Kiyoshi couldn’t hear it. Whatever it said, it got the main demon’s attention. It didn’t take long for him extrapolate that they’d found his clone, based on the direction they were sprinting. ‘The librarian’s going to be pissed,’ Kiyoshi thought as he heard yet more books tumble to the floor. He turned and ran in the opposite direction of his pursuers, towards the exit door. The mud clone wouldn’t fool them for long if what he’d heard about the new ghoul was true.

Rounding the last corner before reaching the door, Kiyoshi’s luck ran out. Between him and the stairwell stood one of the undead things the main demon had summoned. Reacting based on knee-jerk instinct, Kiyoshi aimed center mass and fired four rounds in quick succession into the thing’s torso. The only sound the silenced weapon made was the soft rattling of metal as the slide mechanically worked its way back and forth. The sound of the bullets hitting the desiccated corpse, on the other hand, was as loud as a meat mallet at a butcher’s shop. The wet staccato of thwack-thwack-thwack-thwack could be heard throughout the abandoned section of the library, though the rows upon rows of books did well enough at dispersing the sound so as to make pinpointing it’s source more than a little difficult.

Then, with all the force of a hundred pounds worth of mud moving at full sprint, Kiyoshi’s clone slammed into his side. Taken completely by surprise, the boy was knocked clean off his feet as the air whooshed out of his lungs from the impact, sending him sprawling across the floor. The clone dispersed on impact, coating him in the slick, gooey substance it had previously been made of; damp dust. Slipping and sliding, he tried to regain his footing and stand in the murky mess. What the hell made his clone go haywire and attack him? More demonic magic? Some jutsu?

He didn’t have long to ponder his confusion. The traitorous clone had led the main demon and his cohorts straight to him. Coated in mud, and unable to get his footing, there was nothing he could do to escape this time.

[OOC: So, what happened?
-Kiyoshi stumbled into a Zombie!
-Kiyoshi used Quickshot x2 (Four hits? Your summon, your call)
-Mina’s Blood Thrall tackles Kiyoshi!
-Yamamoto Maru and the Ghoul Gang catch up with Kiyoshi]
 

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One of Maru's undead staggered with no real direction then stopped at the stairwell, it moaned curiously then began to slowly turn. The nasty cracking of bones and rotting flesh filled the area as it turned with its arms outstretched then began to move. But the movement was suddenly halted as the zombie was shot causing it to jolt back, then a second shot, a third, then the fourth caused the undead to fall backwards! As it hit the ground with a loud flop the zombie turned into a dark purple mist, like water vaporising then vanishing into the air. The staircase was free and the child would've been clear…. if not for the clone he made for a distraction. When hearing the body of the child crash to the ground, the vampire giggled as the group of monsters slowly made their way towards where the child had fallen. "Fu-Fu-Fu-Fu….. Look's like our little muddy doppelgänger took down the human." mocked the vampire as it moves out of the shadows to make sure the child was seeing her as she gestured her hand out to present Kiyoshi. The Yuki Onna floated over the bookshelves to land by the staircase and outstretched her arms to act as a blockade from anyone coming in or anything coming out. Her icy glare focused on the child as though ready to freeze him then and there, besides the fact she's been longing for an excuse to devour the liver of a child should it be the wish of her summoner.

"Well, I take it that you are the kid asking around about demons hm?" The clopping of getta as Maru stepped into the area where his two spirits kept the child hostage. Maru unlike the previous creatures he's seen looked a bit more human than the other creatures he summons. The fox yokai wearing his usual outfit of a white kimono that was covered with an in a multicolored haori which had navy blue, gold, and red as it's patterns giving him a slightly more nobel appearance. A festival kimono shawl hung over his shoulders like a cape with the same pattern as his hair that had a feather design which would remind a person of the feathers of a peacock, matching hakama pants and getta that clopped on the ground as he walked. Nine white bushy tails moved behind him from side to side, each one looked around the side of a pillow due to him fluffing his own tails up and at the end his tails were tipped with brown fur. He had long waist length black hair with a fire pin on his bon that gave him a noble appearance and animal ears on top of his head. Maru also wore a white mask with a strange red marking on the forehead which looked like a symbol of a flame.

Maru held open his matching multicolor paper fan open then covered up his laughing, his shadow demon finally fading in from the bookshelves to stand on the opposite end of his summoner. Now the child completely surrounded, with a sigh Maru began to comment on the poor distraction he had set up for him. "Okay going straight for big bad monsters is more or less a huge mistake. Especially if you aren't… experience in combat?" He asked, looking at the weapon in his hands he was surprised that there was an academy student who actually uses firearms. He took a moment to check out the firearm for a moment, rubbing his chin. "Always recommend getting the Vampiric rounds, I have a musket myself but prefer to take a bit of life force the more I hit a person. Plus when you get around my rank you can add more to your weapon." He went on, then crouched down like a wild beast to get a closer look at the weapon. The fox demon didn't at all explain who exactly was he, but he did have a question of his own. "So what made you ask around about demons? You know if you start learning about them you'll probably get some unwanted attention from the not so friendly lot."
 

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“Fu-Fu-Fu-Fu….. Look's like our little muddy doppelgänger took down the human.” The pale-skinned, fanged woman laughed, gesturing towards Kiyoshi as the rest of the undead stumbled forward to surround him. His eyes became hard as his vision flicked from one to the next, counting enemies and counting bullets. He had four shots left; three in the magazine and one in the chamber. That was barely enough to dispatch one of the zombies, let alone the other three and Vampira over there. He might have been able to make a run for the stairwell but, just as the thought crossed his mind, the source of the blue glow he’d seen earlier flew overhead and landed between him and his escape route. The pale blue ice demon stood with arms outstretched to dispel any notion of retreat, and glared at Kiyoshi with hungry eyes. The boy didn’t want to think about what she was hungry for.

“Well, I take it that you are the kid asking around about demons, hm?” The “clop, clop, clop” of wooden sandals announced the head honcho before his words did. He was dressed garishly, wearing vividly colored covers and scarves over his white kimono. His waist-long black hair stood in stark contrast of his nine white, fox-like tails. His animal-like ears, flame hair pin, and white mask completed his foppish appearance. Something was nagging at the back of Kiyoshi’s mind, something about the man’s tails; but he couldn’t pin it down.

It wasn’t often Kyoshi was surrounded by a cohort of demons. Who are we kidding? This was his first time even seeing one; well, a full-blooded demon, at least. The impending sense of doom and dread that permeated through his very bones was an artificial construct they made to intimidate their enemies. He knew that much. There was no real way to fight it, except through practice and having nerves of steel. So, Kiyoshi combatted the fear the only way he knew how.

“Gee, is it that obvious?” He said, sarcasm and false bravado dripping from his words. “I wonder what could’ve given you that impression?” He continued. “Couldn’t possibly be the fact that I was peacefully minding my own business and doing some studying in the folklore section of the library, could it?” This type of cynicism wasn’t at all like Kiyoshi, but the blustering helped him to ease his nerves and ignore his fear. The demon opened up a fan and covered his mouth as he laughed as another monster, a shadow demon of some sort, joined the group and stood opposite their ringleader.

“Okay, going straight for big, bad monsters is more or less a huge mistake. Especially if you aren't… experienced in combat?”

“Hey, I’ve got… some experience.” Kiyoshi said indignantly, knowing full well he wasn’t fooling anybody. “Besides, I wasn’t going for them. I was just doing some research.”

“Always recommend getting the Vampiric rounds. I have a musket myself, but prefer to take a bit of life force the more I hit a person.” The demon said, noticing Kiyoshi’s pistol. “Plus, when you get around my rank, you can add more to your weapon.” He continued, crouching down like a wild beast to stare at the firearm. “So, what made you ask around about demons? You know, if you start learning about them you'll probably get some unwanted attention from the not-so-friendly lot.”

“Oh, yeah; because you all are competing for Miss Congeniality.” The sarcastic quips kept coming as the gears turned in Kioyshi’s head. The demon was giving him pointers on what kind of ammunition to use? Who was this guy, and what rank was he? Kiyoshi heard him say he was in the Kaibutsu; but if he was high enough in the echelons, he was probably already vetted by the village. Suddenly, the gears clicked together.

“Wait a sec… Kitsune demon, nine tails, Kaibutsu shinobi for the village?” He smirked as he put it all together. “You’re Airi’s dad! Yeah, you sent those two demons to the coffee house in the Dawnbringer’s Plaza to give her a message!” Kiyoshi shrugged. “Actually, you’re the reason I’m here in the first place. Don’t get me wrong; I like Airi. She’s been nothing but kind to me. But you?” He chuckled as he gestured with his empty hand. “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t like the idea of demons running amuck in my village.” He paused, pondering. “Kind of makes sense, though; use a monster to hunt monsters.”

“You’ve got to give me credit, though. I was conscripted from a small town in the valley a couple of weeks ago. Until the other day, I had no idea demons were even real. I thought they were just fictional characters used to scare school children. Once I found that out, I thought it would be a good idea to do some research. Come to find out, not only are demons real…” He gestured towards Maru, “… but so are zombies…” he gestured towards the undead, “… and vampires, evidently.” He finished, motioning towards Mina. “Along with all other manner of ridiculous beasts, monsters and supernatural beings. Once I found out there was a subdivision of the Main Branch that specifically hunts down and neutralizes these threats, you could say my interest was piqued.”

“Ah, but where are my manners?” He berated himself. “I’m Takahashi Kiyoshi, and you’re Yamamoto…?” He knew Airi’s surname, but didn’t know her father’s given name.
 

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Just as he expected, the child seemed to be playing to be brave despite being surrounded by the supernatural. Maru being deeply connected with the youkai world innate aura of fear to speak to another animals basic instincts, causing them to lock up in front of him. The kitsune knew that this boy was the one asking about the paranormal otherwise why would he make a clone? "Well no other kids are around here at the library section that the old librarian pointed me too." explained the demon, then stood there waiting for him to answer. Apparently the child wasn't one of those people who were seeking to go hunt monsters but instead he wanted to research about them. Perhaps rumors of the monsters were spreading through the end village since they did have a problem with a giant lizard that showed up at the gates. Plus a creature who claiming to be the mother of monsters who escaped from custody who had a name similar to the former main branch Sennin who mysteriously vanished along with the Raikage. His thoughts on his reasoning for wanting to study the paranormal were cut off by a snarky remark kitsune chuckled. "Hey, you at least still have a liver in you so I can't be all bad." He explained. Kitsune did like human liver for some reason… so did his Yuki Onna who leaned mostly towards the snow vampire type of Yuki Onna…. and he's pretty sure Mina didn't mind liver as long as it's bloody. Yeesh if he was one of the more evil demons this kid would be lunch right now, or spirited away.

Though he didn't know the child personally, he seemingly had heard about him before because… he was the human boy that his youkai messagers was trying to tell him that his daughter was with, well isn't this a surprise. "Oh… you met Hooman huh? Well bound to run into me either way, that girl can make a lot of friends can she." He said. It wasn't long ago that he tutored someone else who Airi had been kind to, wanting to hear what the boy had to say since he was a friend of his daughter he explained that the reason for him studying about monsters was because of him. Though he didn't seem to mind that Airi was a half demon, though a guy who could practically call forth an entire army of supernatural beings wouldn't exactly give people sleep any better. Maru wasn't exactly offended by the child believing demons running around the village might be a problem, but the outrage from the three other intelligent monsters was evident. After all before these villages were created, the monsters ruled the land and to this day there are some places where you can't even go to due to the creature infestation.

Maru finding amusement in the child's words, he respond with something a bit different. "Well… I think it's the term of what kind of demon you don't like running around because I've seen plenty who are shinobi if the village." He explained, both of his glowing purple eyes looking up in thought. "Seen an academy student with horns once… plus one of those raccoon dog girls… and there's that kid with tentacles for hair… plus the former Sennin had the mother of all monsters claiming to be related to her…." he thought, shrugging to himself. It was strange how many people of the village were inhuman actually lived in the village. Guess it all came down to how bad they are since people seem to be comfortable around Airi despite her being half demon, maybe less than half since she seems to lean more towards her human side.

Nonetheless he didn't really blame the boy since he came from a small towns who are known for making up urban legends to scare people. It was clear that the child was interested in learning more about these legends. Maru gave a nod, then stood upright and placed his hands on his hips to introduce himself. "Yamamoto Yamaru, Maru for short." He announced, then gestured his hand to his vampire. "This is Mina." he pointed at the shadow in the hat and trenchcoat. "That's DANGER!!! He's one of those shadow youkai, the ones that drain your breath while you sleep." and then he pointed at the Yuki Onna who was blocking the staircase. "She is my more recent elemental, I call her Cold-Blooded since she's made of snow. She's one of those snow vampire Yuki Onna" He explained.

Once the introductions were out of the way, he moved his hand up gesturing for the child to follow him. "Anyway since you wanted to learn more about monsters, why don't you come with me." the fox demon said. "I would say that this experience would be rather… educational for someone who's curious like you…" he spoke these words almost in a teasing fashion looking over his shoulder as he turned about to head somewhere. [color=#NF00FF]"Unless… you're too scared?"[/color] Will the child trust the tricky nine tails?
 

Takahashi Kiyoshi

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“Hey, you at least still have a liver in you so I can't be all bad.” The demon said with a chuckle. If his intent was to assuage Kiyoshi’s distrust, it had the exact opposite effect. For some reason, the thought of being eaten alive hadn’t even crossed his mind until then. His grip on his pistol tightened.

“Oh… you met Hooman huh? Well bound to run into me either way, that girl can make a lot of friends can she.” Kiyoshi looked confused for a second before he figured out what the demon was trying to say (or was mispronouncing for comedic effect) was “Human”. Gears turned through the sludge of paranoia caused by the ring of unholy beasts that surrounded him as he surmised that it must be the demon’s pet name for his daughter.

“Well… I think it's the term of what kind of demon you don't like running around because I've seen plenty who are shinobi if the village.” The Kitsune continued. “Seen an academy student with horns once… plus one of those raccoon dog girls… and there's that kid with tentacles for hair… plus the former Sennin had the mother of all monsters claiming to be related to her….” Kiyoshi’s “Use a Monster to Hunt Monsters” comment seemed to be thrown back into his teeth. Were that many shinobi of the Village really inhuman?

The cogs in Kiyoshi’s head continued to grind away as introductions were made: Vampire, Shadow Demon, Ice Elemental and, or course, the head hauncho himself. “Anyway since you wanted to learn more about monsters, why don't you come with me. I would say that this experience would be rather… educational for someone who's curious like you…” He said, teasingly. “Unless… you're too scared?”

For the first time since the conversation had started, Kiyoshi was at a loss of words. The little jab at his bravery wasn’t really doing much to spark his indignity, although a part of him had always wanted to quote the line from one of his favorite movies; “Nobody… calls me… chicken.” The fact of the matter was, Kiyoshi was terrified. He was surrounded by four demons, any one of which could snuff out his life, and would gladly do so for a share of his delicious organ meat. That fact, piled on top of the aura of dread and despair that surrounded them naturally, had Kiyoshi more than a little nervous.

On the other hand, Maru had made a good point. If he wanted Kiyoshi dead, he would’ve killed him by now. Then again, Kiyoshi didn’t trust the demon (or any other demon, for that matter, save for Airi) as far as he could throw him. However, Maru was also a shinobi of the village, and in the Kaibutsu, too. He was obligated, by law, not to harm Kiyoshi. Be that as it may, what was the law to a demon? That being said, there would be no better way to learn about demons than to learn from one.

“All right…” Kiyoshi said hesitantly. “But let’s get one thing straight: I still don’t trust you…” Kiyoshi looked around at the other monsters. “Any of you. So, if you make the mistake of betraying me, you’d better kill me. Because, if you don’t…” He pulled out a fresh magazine and loaded it into his pistol, putting the half-empty mag in his jacket pocket. “I will dedicate the rest of my life to hunting down and killing you, and everything like you.”

“Are we clear?”

[OOC: Kiyoshi will leave the topic with Maru, et al.]

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