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Subject Post 1Subject: The Icy Lakes of Russia Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:50 pm
THE FIRST OF HIS KIND
It was another day in cold, cold Mother Russia. The hot breath of the lone Vizard filled the cool air as he shuffled his way through the quiet forest he resided in. Daigo had very little time for the real world anymore, spending his days in a quiet little cabin off in the wilderness of the neutral state of Russia. It made it far easier for him to stay out of the sights of many that may be interested in what the man possessed in that little eye of his. Nevertheless, he still found time to do something resembling a normal person's day in the mornings.
With a long stretch, the Vizard let out a soft yawn before brushing off his snow covered gloves on a nearby tree. Most mornings, the man spent his time looking at a majority of the nature around him. He wasn't fond of nature in any way shape or form, it just gave him reason to look inconspicuous. That being the case, there were mornings where he could be found arguing with invisible people. Today seemed to be one of those very mornings. A loud banging enveloped the forest, falling all no ears but Daigo's. Alice, his Zanpakuto spirit, had made her appearance well known to the man this morning.
"Don't you think it'd be quite nice living in an actual city again? Why subject yourself to the cold and wilderness when there's built civilization practically everywhere?" Another yawn escaped Daigo's throat before he gazed around him, taking in the landscape. She wasn't very wrong, that didn't stop him from not exactly caring in this instance. "You know very well that this is the safest and easiest form of hiding I can take as a Vizard with information he probably shouldn't have. Don't you think I'd be in a warm, cozy bed in a fully inhabited town if I thought it was a good idea?"
Harsh and straight to the point, Daigo didn't mince words when it came to the safety of himself or the spirits residing within him. This didn't change much however, another voice clear as day piericing the silence once more. "Does that mean you have to live like a caveman?" Kiyoki shot back as quick as Daigo had responded, an audible groan ringing aloud in the forest for all to hear. It was yet another morning that the man had to deal with incessant noise. He rarely caught a break, today being a prime example.
"We'll be here for a little while longer, so get used to it." With nothing left to say, Daigo huffed and puffed his way to the center of the forest with very little to say. The pouting man visited what he would call his favorite place of all in Russia. A large, frozen over lake entered his view rather quickly. There wasn't much someone could say to describe the lake, its beauty being very easy to understand he thought. Out in the open, Daigo was "defenseless". He wasn't as far out as he believed he was in regards to the outside world. All it would take was one smart, talented person to find him in his little hidey hole. Did he understand that, however?
Subject Post 2Subject: Re: The Icy Lakes of Russia Thu Mar 22, 2018 5:11 am
The Samaapt rarely, if ever, did meetings. It was somewhat amusing, simply because of how much the leader spewed about them being a family. Which, in a way, she agreed with albeit rather loosely. Sure, they were different from the Gashadokuro in every way and form, and due to the fact that she will never treat anyone like she did with the Gashadokuro ever again, but, she enjoyed their distances with the Samaapt. They barely saw one another when reporting back to base, and when they did a mask was always worn, or a cloak of sorts. It didn't bother her, in fact she preferred it. Everyone ignored each other and kept their distances. Every interaction was completely professional. It prevented conversations from starting and nipped the bud at relationships from forming.
The deep thuds of someone knocking at her door made the girl look up from her journal, softly releasing air from her nose as she stood from her seat.
Well, almost every interaction.
Anu placed the journal back inside its original holdings of the study desk's side drawer, and slowly stood from her seat. Just from the rhythm of the knocking she knew it was the leader, with his melodic whistling it was easy to tell. With stiff movements, the young woman opened the door to peek out at the cloaked man standing before her. He grinned teasingly behind his stark white skull mask and push her aside as he barged into the girl's 'room'. By all modern means it could barely be considered such, as the space itself was much too narrow and included only the most basic essentials like a much smaller attached room that included all necessary hygiene specifics and a cot pressed up against farthest wall in the current room. The only thing that really stood out was the old desk pushed against the wall the nearest to the front door with a much older wooden chair coupled with it. It wasn't much of anything special, a “gift” from the boss that she only used when reviewing mission details and kept personal information in. Which is why when the cloaked man entered the room to plop himself down on the seat of the desk, she didn't pause, but rather turned and knelt before the man with her head bowed, despite his back facing her as he picked at the candle. She knew why he was here, for the same reason every time.
”You have an assignment for me, Malik?”, the woman questioned as she gazed at the floorboards listlessly, idly noting the sound of the sounds of shifting above her. She heard the Malik hum and she knew that was her cue to look up to face him. He seemed to be reaching a hand to her when she looked up , but as she did he withdrew almost immediately and instead handed her an old, and still aging, brown folder. It was the folder that contained information about her next target, but was rather thick, compared to other assignments, and quite old. Judging from this alone, she thought this must be something of aged importance, which made her puzzled as to why he was giving it to her. Subjects like this were handed to the most skilled and higher up members, those who he were sure were not going to screw it up. It wasn't like she had shown dishonorable skill as the newest addition of two years, but it wasn't nearly enough time to give something like this to her. Almost like he could sense her inner questioning, the man chuckled. ”This bounty has been assigned to this group for nearly sixty years. I have given this to fifteen different people and all of them have died in trying to kill this man, except one who has gone into hiding.” Leaning back into the chair, the man folded his arms across his chest as Anu stood and accepted the folder, immediately peering into its contents to drink in its information as Malik continued. ”His name is Daigo, surname unknown. He is a former shinigami of the Gotei and a criminal, or at least that's what they tell us. Apparently, he escaped and the captain commander at that time had very much would have liked him back, alive. He was lasted spotted in Russia, but we're not sure exactly where in Russia, and that source was from a year ago. Still, a good place to start. Now, we don't usually keep hits like this going on for so long, or send so many people after one target but this is a special case. For the entirety of the time this project has been upheld, the Gotei has paid us to continue our hunt of this man. Look, it even has their stamp.” He said, leaning to point at the symbol of the Gotei United plastered at the edge of the folder. He gave a hidden smile as he watched the young woman drink in all the information He didn't explain why he chose to give it to her, but he knew he didn't have to as he watched the girl bite her thumb to break skin and pressed the bloodied finger onto the folder, next to many past dried up blood stains of those before her. He smirked from behind his mask and leaned back into the chair again, saying nothing further as Anu bowed politely to her leader, turned, and began to gather what she would need for her extensive mission. Judging from the past failed attempts, this man was nothing to sneeze at and required an across-the-board amount of observation before she could strike.
She left that evening.
It took her a day to get to Russia, the land of ice and snow. Despite its wintry chill, Russia's weather never bothered her. The dark skinned woman could walk around in continent just fine, if it wasn't for the fact that doing so would cause her to stand out she most definitely would have. But alas, Anu had to wear the company issued much too large and heavy parka. At the very least it helped her blend in with the civilians. Since she arrived she had met up with the source who said they spotted Daigo near eastern Russia. The woman said she saw him lingering nearby one of the more desolated areas in the eastern region. She followed their lead to a small town called Sevenovsk, the home to a meager sixty hundred thousand population. But that's not where the girl looked. Her target had been avoiding getting caught for decades. For the man to start living in a town, despite how small it may be, would be uncharacteristic and not smart. All would take would be for someone to be passing by the area, and he would be newcomer if this is where he's been for about a year according to the spy. Being new in this kind of place would make him stand out far too much. The purple haired woman gave a puff of air and glanced towards the forest nearby.
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Subject Post 3Subject: Re: The Icy Lakes of Russia Sun Mar 25, 2018 7:14 am
THE FIRST OF HIS KIND
In a moment's notice, things went from great to extremely terrible in a matter of seconds. Falling forward onto the edge of the lake's surface led him to panic. Panic wasn't ever good, normally it led to terrible actions that led to even more terrible consequences. With that in case, it went from a peaceful and quiet morning to a life threatening event. By instinct, Daigo's zanpakuto quickly activated. In a swift set of simple movements, the man ejected a wall directly beneath himself. The massive amount of Reiatsu pressing against the surface of the ice caused it to buckle, cracks forming all along its surface before exploding upward in one solid motion. Of course, Daigo was far from injured in any sort of way. This didn't mean that what had happened was fine, on the contrary. The explosion shook the trees all around. Normally, it wouldn't matter. However, out in the wilderness off the outskirts of an already small town made it relatively important. A small sigh escaped the man's lips before he crawled to a sitting position, hovering above the chilly waters of the icy lake. That's that, he thought.
"That's not good. Guess you both got your wish now didn't you?" The subtle jab at his spirits came with a sense of sadness, however. The sound heard round the forest meant it was his time to get going finally. The first step in this process was pretty clear to Daigo, launching to his feet and giving a short jog towards his cabin once again. 'Idiot' 'Idiot' In unison, the spirits berated the Vizard as he went about his business with the area he called him. While there wasn't much to do on the outside of the cabin, there was a rather large suitcase that he'd need to fill with whatever belongings he felt like keeping. Effectively, that just meant a couple of trench coats he kept in case his current one tore alongside any clothes he thought he'd need in the time between finding a new home and now. With that quickly and swiftly out of the way, all there was for him to do now was finish what he started with the lake.
"You could at least help an old man out with the dirty work, don't you girls think?" His words fell on deaf words, yet another thing he would have to take care of on his own. Easier than most would think it'd be. Luckily for Daigo, he had quite the destructive tool on demand at a moment's notice. "Fǎnshè" Tossing his Zanpakuto haphazardly forward, the man ejected two thick walls of reiatsu between the small cabin he called home for so long. It was a pity that a tiny mistake like clumsiness would lead him to a dull ending for the home. A slight wave of the hand crushed the wooden cabin to twigs and splinters.
It was a shame, but necessary. The sound erupting from the destruction was far louder than the lake's own cracking, which was good. An effective solution would be for Daigo to create enough of a problem so that people aren't exactly looking for him. Their focus should be the lake and his cabin, not the man himself. Tossing the suitcase across his shoulder, Daigo turned and sneezed. "It'll be good to finally get the hell out of this cold weather, won't it?"
'Why are you acting like this is such a terrible turn of events huh? It's not like you're going to miss the place. The damned weather here in Russia is far from ideal as well. You've got to get over it.' Alice huffed and puffed, her voice ringing loud enough to leave Daigo tone deaf. She wasn't wrong, the cold weather was eventually going to get to him. It was nice knowing he'd be experiencing the warmth relatively soon, right? 'You could also just get as far away from here as you can. I'm, sadly, with Alice. If we could refrain from cold climates from here on out, I'd appreciate that.'
"Yes, yes. Time to move, time to get warm. You don't have to keep nagging a man." Daigo headed towards the town he visited only once before reaching the forest home he resided in. It was best for him to get a warm meal and a set of materials to keep him grounded before finding where his next target location would be. He wasn't exactly hiding anymore, clearly.
Daigo just hoped that this whole mess wouldn't be landing him in a rather sticky situation.
Subject Post 4Subject: Re: The Icy Lakes of Russia Wed Mar 28, 2018 3:07 am
Anu loved Russia's weather.
Despite the fact that snow and ice were her biggest enemy in terms of weighing her down, the young woman adored the white lusciousness of it all, even with the wind blowing it everywhere. Idly, she'd reach out to run her fingertips across it with wonder. The frost didn't bother her at all, instead it felt ticklish against her skin as it melted. It didn't make her smile, but rather made her eyes twinkle with slight mirth. She shook her head, however, as she noticed herself getting slight lost with how she had more than not caught herself staring at the snow and getting distracted on her journey into the snowy forest. Which, in all honesty, was not good whatsoever. Now was a time of focus, not to dillydally and get lost in a forest in the far outskirts of Russia. Giving out another puff of air, Anu nonchalantly gave a wave of her and warped the wind blowing around her to give her a boost to the nearest snow covered tree branch. There, she knelt and discarded the large parka into the leaves of the large pine tree, hidden away for now. She'd be back for that later. Glancing behind her briefly, Anu noted the distance from the small village and confirmed to herself that this was a good enough distance to go off without being noticed. Taking a deep breathe, Anu jumped slightly into the air as a kick start, and then was warping the wind around her body as she took off into the air, 'flying' just barely below the treeline.
With the help of he high and mobile area, plus her eyes, the girl was able to witness almost everything that happened in the forest. From spotting brown bears on the prowl, to seeing a family of red deer gather around each other for a nap. It was when she got near a frozen lake did the girl stop mid air for a moment as she felt movement 'pulse' through the air. Something was...off, that wasn't normal. Frowning slightly, the biracial woman gently dropped back down to the ground for a moment, standing as still as a statue. In that same form, Anu channeled her Chi to her eyes and activated her Jiaodian. Turning slightly to the forest, her eyes darted around her surroundings. Was it energy she felt, or something else? And if so, who could unleashed that much in one go like that? Her hand twitched, and she swirled towards the right side of the lake, again searching. It couldn't have been him, that would be too easy, there was no way he would give himself away that easily by being loose with his reiatsu like that. Or was it cockiness? His profile had mentioned some form of it, but if he was hiding there was no way he would—
Another surge of energy, and the second sound of something large falling apart.
However, this time she could tell it came directly from across the lake before her. She deactivated the Jiaodian and kicked off into the sky, where Anu's eyebrows furrowed, This man didn't seem stupid, so why was he foolishly releasing his reaitsu like a maniac? However, then the woman narrowed her eyebrows. ”Or, perhaps this a trap, he could know I was coming. But that would be impossible.”, she thought, gaining a little extra speed and rising higher into the sky near a large tree, but also masking her Chi. The sudden pool of heat in her chest didn't bother her, neither did it bother her when she dropped stealthily from the sky and onto a nearby tree branch. However, it did bother her when she peaked around the tree and saw what looked to be a destroyed version of a small cabin. ”That explains the second sound, but the source for it is missi— Ah.” Quickly, Anu's eyes spotted movement in the nearby cluster of trees opposite from her position. She narrowed her eyes as she moved between the trees to get closer to the brow head of hair she had caught sight of. As she finally discerned that the bobbing head in the forest was indeed her target, she slowed her pace, staying five trees behind the man, maintaining the concealment of her Chi. She stalked the man, and in doing so tried to make sense of why she found him so easily. She expected him to be hidden away much better than this, but to catch on him day two, she was suspicious. The assassin didn't trust it one bit.
Instead, she decided, she'll just have to shadow him more.
With that decided upon, Anu faded back into the shadows of the treeline, putting on her skull mask that identified her as a Samaapt and hide her identity. Right now, she worked under the will of the Malik, and this man was to be her offering. Willing, or not, he was going to be brought down to his knee before her. Idly, the woman wondered if that would be something her mother would oppose to hearing her say, but the thought was pushed back for later. Much later.