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Subject Post 1Subject: Fighting for Survival [Open] Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:45 pm
Even as far away as Kyoto, ancient ex-capital of Japan, the news traveled of a sudden and shocking event in America that had shaken people to their core. In such a place like Kyoto, a city safe and shielded from outside conflict due to advanced technology and powerful guardians, reactions to death and destruction in foreign lands were usually of surprise and horror. The vast majority of people in Kyoto, and likely Japan as a whole, had never experienced such strife first hand in their lifetimes.
Though he had yet to go through or witness such an event himself, Jian Yijun's recent interactions with foreigners and adventures had been eye-opening to say the least. After the conflict in Mexico the average person might lock themselves in their home and never leave again, but something had been awoken within Kai...a yearning for thrills, for running blind into peril, for not caring about his own safety. It was this feeling that pushed Kai to go toward the danger instead of away.
Almost immediately after the news of Tampa, Florida's destruction hit the web Kai was already making his way to the tropical city. Traveling by boat, plane, and car he was able to reach his destination in just a couple hours thanks to the incredibly advanced transportation of 2417. In a small rented car Kai was able to get as close to the city as possible before having to travel on foot due to the roadblocks and barriers set up to protect people from whatever lies within.
After sneaking past the light security that had been set up in the area, Kai followed the road he was just driving on for a mile or so until he reached the outskirts of Tampa. Though there was what seemed to be a seeping corruption coating the road and buildings in unsightly blotches, Kai continued toward the city, eventually crossing a bridge over the Palm River.
Once across the bridge, Kai dodged into an unoccupied building resembling a small corner store in Kyoto. The lights still seemed to be operational as everything inside was lit up by a flickering dullness which belied the tremendous destruction just outside. Aware there could be danger behind any corner, Kai drew his handgun and stayed prepared to react to anything that might come at him. For at least a few moments Kai stood behind the counter where the cashier usually is, in order to gather his thoughts and come up with a gameplan.
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Subject Post 2Subject: Re: Fighting for Survival [Open] Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:03 pm
These were some of the many words that could describe the streets and its contents within this city. Everything in sight looked as if it was burned, but that wasn't what had happened here. The entirety of the city hadn't been set on fire, but instead transformed into an endless cascade of decayed concrete, metal, and glass. For now, Kai would be fine, although he was not alone. Wandering the streets and the interiors of some buildings were the citizens of this city. Or rather, that's what they used to be.
Their arms were elongated and engorged, spouting massive hands tipped with claws powerful enough to eviscerate even steel. Their heads were covered in some kind of matter that wrapped completely around their head and resembled that of an insect hive. Where there would be numerous holes to allow entrances and exits for the insects, there were many glowing red eyes. However, this was only on the front of the monsters, and behind them were the leftover pieces of shredded human heads. Whatever hadn't been torn apart by other corrupted citizens or had been there before the corruption got to them.
In the streets, they walked aimlessly. They were slow, not fast enough to catch someone with any semblance of speed, but their blows were earth shattering. They made no noise, but if one got close to them, they could hear the whispers that came from the "heads" of these creatures. When they were in groups, it would sound like a person was being assaulted by the words of many almost-silent children. Even when these creatures were fighting, be it amongst themselves or with their prey, there was nothing but whispers. This was fitting considering they react only to sound, while their eyesight, despite having more eyes than anything could ever need, was poor.
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Subject Post 3Subject: Re: Fighting for Survival [Open] Sun Jul 02, 2017 12:46 am
After resting for a few minutes after walking and traveling all day, Kai drew a small handheld device from his left inner jacket pocket and pressed a small button on its side. This revealed a small holographic screen which displayed the contents of the device's hammer realm, showing Kai how much ammunition he had stored within the machine as well as the existence of his personal weapon Erphtal. Unsure of the danger within Tampa, Kai had made sure to stock up on both rounds for his pistol and medical supplies like a first aid kit. In fact he'd even included a handheld flashlight, some snacks, and a few bottles of water as well. Being prepared for anything was a virtue he lived by.
Kai slipped the device around his wrist and tightening it using the rubber strap attached to it. As he surveyed the small shop to mentally keep track of its contents, a relatively quiet sound loud enough to reach him from outside rang out. His eyes and hands shot up, the barrel of his gun aimed in the general direction of the shop's front door. Quiet accompanied by darkness made it difficult for Kai to ascertain what happened and if there was anyone, or for that matter anything, outside. Keeping one eye trained on the doorway, Kai pillaged the store, placing multiple canisters of kerosene, a lighter, and a few packs of matches together in a pile. He then held up his left wrist and pressed a button on the storage device which caused a blue scanner to go back and forth across the objects he'd gathered before a light flashed out and sent them all into the container.
Now ready to once again hit the road, Kai held his pistol with both hands and kept the barrel up while moving toward the door. After peering out in both directions, Kai left the sanctuary and began walking along the buildings on the sidewalk, moving ever further into the destroyed city. Still being only barely into the confines of the destruction, most of the terrain was in relatively reasonable shape. Cars littered the streets, some perhaps still serviceable but most seemingly out of commission. This fact didn't really bother Kai all that much because if there was anything dangerous in this ominous landscape a running vehicle would probably just draw its attention.
Dodging from corner to corner, using buildings and vehicles alike for cover, Kai continued making his way further into Tampa. Within just a couple blocks of the building he'd used as a supply point, Kai noticed something a bit...weird. Across the street, only a few meters away, a peculiar figure stood brooding in the darkness of the apocalyptic city. Despite being quite large it had somehow avoided Kai's detection until he was quite close to whatever it was. Squinting, he began to make out the features of the creature...and was taken aback immediately. His surprise was so strong he stumbled backward in shock. With a beehive-like head, black-grey skin, and gigantic hands with even bigger claws, this thing was nothing short of a monster.
Unfortunately for Kai, when he stepped back he accidentally rattled a dustbin, shaking the contents and causing a bit of a ruckus. This quickly gained the attention of the formidable creature, drawing its ire. Though not quite able to make out exactly where its target was, the monster turned and springted at Kai at speed superhumans wouldn't be bothered by but for a somewhat regular guy like him it was decently fast. More importantly, the thing's tremendous reach allowed it to swipe its vicious claws at the young man from almost two whole meters away. Reacting as fast as possible, Kai dove down on his right side, which sent pain up through his arm, and fired two high caliber energy-infused bullets straight through the monster's head, shattering an eye in the process. Its momentum meant even though it seemingly died from the wounds it just received, the beast's body shattered the glass window of the building behind Kai before crumpling into a pile halfway in.
Between the loud BANGs of the gunshots, the sound of glass shattering, and the general mayhem of the conflict, Kai was a hundred percent sure more of those things would be coming at any moment. Hopping over the short wall the window had been in, Kai stood next to the monster's body and fired one more bullet through its creepy, disgusting head just to be sure it wouldn't be getting up any time soon. After this he ran and slid over a table in the abandoned coffeehouse he found himself in. Kai kept his gun and gaze aimed directly at the opening he'd just entered through as his heart raced and drops of sweat lined his forehead, ready and waiting for whatever came for him. Come get me you freaks.
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Subject Post 4Subject: Re: Fighting for Survival [Open] Thu Jul 06, 2017 11:29 am
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It was announced across the world with little delay, the knowledge of a disturbing event unfolding in Shadowfall Territory across the pacific. Japan, and of course many other independent nations, would surely step forward to take some sort of extreme measures towards this advanced threat. Whether connected to Shadowfall or Not, protecting earth was the first thing on many minds. For Saisei, he seemed to follow a rather similar thought process. While he wished to protect earth and its people, there was more key factor that would push him towards the States and enemy territory. The promise of power and strength upon helping others in this crisis made the young boy's heart strings flutter. The prospect of pushing himself further beyond his current state was more than enough to get him going.
Only moments after the first announcement of the events unfolding in Tampa Saisei could be seen rocketing through Karakura towards the city's airport. As trivial as it seemed, Saisei couldn't just find himself over in America without some sort of help. Boarding an abnormal craft, which was normal for 2417, the next few hours quickly came and went as mass amounts of people moved from the plane to boat. Of course, anything from Karakura would be suspicious to the territory owners of America, Shadowfall. A small skip and hop away and the young child found himself finally on the outskirts of Tampa. In a small suburban town, Saisei was reluctantly paired with multiple human men that sought to enter Tampa after they had heard of the events unfolding as well. Yet another small venture found the group of three in the fringes of the City now. Leaving their tiny car behind, the boy quickly thanked the group and ventured forward on his own.
Tampa had looked nothing like it was described as by many in Japan before Shadowfall had taken control of it. Whether the events occurring in the vicinity caused this change or not, it was unimaginable. An apocalyptic landscape unfolded before Saisei's very eyes. If one had to describe the city's current state... well, it was clearly a mess. The blackened state of metal and concrete mixtures within the tall buildings of Tampa resembled a flood of flame, yet lacked the very distinct texture that many burnt materials contained. Nevertheless, the boy would let very little deter him from reaching the depths of the city. There was something going on, and the promise of strength only furthered his curiosity for the city's destruction and ruin.
Minutes of scooting along the edge of buildings and spending excessive amounts of time crouching behind what Saisei had assumed was hunks of metal formed by distraught cars, the boy came upon a sight he expected far later in his venture. A creature, if it could even be called that, shuffled its way along the Tampa streets as he huffed and groaned. It wasn't that the creature itself was frightening, it was more dread inducing. Its very appearance brought some form of worry and anxiety to the forefront of Saisei's mind. Tossing himself towards its direction by using the many landmarks that were ruined automobiles, the boy quickly made his way forward
"Now if I can just get a good jump on it..." In hushed whispers, Saisei prepared his attack before meeting with an ill fate. A loud crash rang through the empty street as a rather thick metal trash can was tossed away from the Creature. Following the noise, Saisei was quickly met with what looked to be... another human? The scurrying man shuffled to and fro as the Creature before him had exploded in anger. Taking an aggressive stance now, the two did battle for mere seconds. The lack of intelligence within these beings were quickly realized when a single bullet from the man's direction had severed its connection to life entirely. Sent flying, the lifeless creature's body came crashing into a cafe's entrance window before making a loud splat against what could be assumed to be linoleum flooring.
"Well then..." Speaking to himself once more, Saisei bolted from behind his hidden position before he jogged towards the now cowering man within the small cafe. Peeking his head from the outside in, the boy gazed from left to right before speaking out to him. "I'm sure you noticed, but that was a pretty loud confrontation." Turning back towards what was a previously empty street, Saisei smiled before quickly jumping for joy. Excitement and adrenaline began to fill his system as he yelled towards the man's direction once more.
"Clearly, you should come help don't you think? Hiding in a small room isn't really helpful for me." Shaking his hands feverishly, he hoped the man would realize he lacked any form of weapon to defend from a ranged position. Even if he did have such a weapon, did the pack of five monstrous creatures plan on losing to such generic weaponry? In the heat of the moment, and apparently child like wonder, Saisei found his body moving forward with little pause. One foot over the other, Saisei seemed to find speed rather quickly as he launched his body into the pack of creatures.
Leading with his right arm, the boy flew from atop a large car before quickly coming down upon the closet of the five, causing a satisfying splat to sound out as it's head was imploded into the cement below the two. Pulling from it's rather deplorable body, the boy dragged his arms along the side of yet another of these creatures before pulling him into the direction of the Cafe shop. The creature gave quite the fight of course, thick claws finding themselves slowly digging into Saisei's right shoulder blade.
"Could I get some help here? Name's Saisei!" Presenting the Creature to the man within the Cafe, Saisei chuckled to himself as he awaited assistance with his buddy. The pain felt nearly non existent in the heat of the moment, Tampa was surely going to be quite the time for the boy.
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Subject Post 5Subject: Re: Fighting for Survival [Open] Thu Jul 06, 2017 5:38 pm
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A outbreak? Ritsuko had gotten messages on her cellular device from every news station across the world people were panicing, screaming to the top of their lungs as she finally got an answer to where the event was taking place...Tampa. People were speculating that the creatures causing this destruction is certainly not human this got her thinking was it a demon invasion or was it a virus that spreaded through bodily fluids?
And she had to get to Tampa quickly so she did the logical thing anyone would do in a situation like this which was to arrive by plane and travel by car. Luckily due to the wonders of transportation in the year 2417 it only took her a mere 2 hours to arrive at her destination; however her path was blocked by a few guards patrolling the area making sure that nobody would be able to advance any further besides goverment personell. Being a quincy ritsuko could traverse areas more efficently then the average human being so she quickly got out of the car making sure to hand the cab driver her money for the fare.
When she arrived at near the outskirts of Tampa her first impression of the place was pretty surprising it was definitely not what she imagined it to look like, it was the complete opposite in fact. Nothing but dark clouds looming over and the vast empty buildings surrounding it with the roads being broken and the sidewalks covered in moss.
Whatever it was she was deterimed to do one thing and one thing only find survivors and get them to safety, whatever lied in the city was probably dangerous but she looked up with er head held high and a smile appeared on her face as she sought of this as a challenge and this challenge was going to be achieved no matter how many there are she would be ready to defeat them one by one.
She continued walking down the road as the streetlights began flickering and telephone lines fall to the ground making a loud thud, however nobody was there to hear the sounds except ritsuko so she pressed on searching for any survivors that may have been hiding due to the immense chaos. However ritsuko looked around every corner up and down left and right making sure that nobody would get the first move on her, she decided to take the high ground that way she can scan the entire area without worrying about being attacked from behind.
However she caught a glimpse of something moving she immediately went into action and summoned her sniper rifle the creature had a head the size of a bee-hive with holes and it's back was truly shocking it had the heads of humans as if it was sown onto its back she could've sworn she seen one move it's mouth causing her to shiver in disgust.
"I better not mess with those guys, one shot and i can attract an entire horde of those suckers"
She could sense two spirtual aura's coming from what it appeared to be a local coffeeshop knowing this ritsuko immediately went towards their location to aid them besides they are probably humans who are working together to escape this nightmare. Utilizing hirenyuku to traverse the area quickly however needing a few seconds to recover after two steps due to her not being so adept at it.
None the less she arrived at the location and saw that another man was hiding behind a desk while the other was holding one of the creatures arms chuckling. She couldn't help but smile at the stranger as she was obviously doing the same thing she was protecting the people and getting them out of this hell hole.
However she didn't want to let her guard down even though the stranger got a hold of the creature it still was teying to escape his graps by piercing his shoulder blade. So Ritsuko jumped down from the building and before hitting the ground used a mixture of both hirenyuku and blut to make her landing more soft. Shooting both of the creatures approaching the shop before them as four loud bangs could be heard as the reishi infused bullets pierced through the creatures head; causing both of the them to drop immediately.
However she didn't drop her rifle as she kept it pointed at the creature poking it's claws deep inside the man's shoulder blade
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Subject Post 6Subject: Re: Fighting for Survival [Open] Mon Jul 10, 2017 11:53 pm
Expecting more hideous monstrosities, Kai was quite surprised when a young man who seemed even younger than he appeared outside the coffee shop. Despite the apocalyptic scenery, this newcomer seemed almost jubilant about the circumstances they both found themselves in. With his handgun still trained on the entrance, and more specifically at the stranger, Kai stood up and slowly made his way to the front of the building he had jumped in just a minute ago. Though the person seemed friendly enough, there was no real way for Kai to know if he was a friend or enemy yet so suspicion won out and he remained ready to defend himself should things get even hairier.
When the person ran away, Kai tensed up and refocused his aim at the individual who hadn't even introduced their self. The following events shocked the young man far, far from home. Someone who seemed like they belonged in school still, somehow physically overpowered and killed one of the creatures and then dragged another over to the shop before asking for assistance and declaring his name to be "Saisei". Kai obliged, sending two more rounds straight through the abomination's beehive-like head, ending its life.
Right as this occurred four more loud BANGs were heard as two more of them collapsed into dead heaps outside. What the...? he thought to himself as another individual appeared, this time a young woman carrying what seemed to be a large sniper rifle of some sort. Figuring these two were friendlies, though not a hundred percent sure either way, Kai lowered his gun but kept it in hand in case it turned out they weren't. "Hey there..uh, my name is Kai. Yijun Kai. Not really sure what's going on here, but it doesn't seem very good." Right then he noticed the fifth and final creature lumbering toward the newly assembled trio, resulting in Kai killing it in the same way he'd done previously: two bullets to the skull.
Turning to Saisei and the girl who had yet to say her name, Kai approached them with an offer to work together. "Since we all seem able to put these freaks down, what do you guys say about teaming up? I seriously doubt these things are the worst nightmares in this forsaken city." After waiting for their responses, Kai figured it would be best to continue down the same street he'd entered Tampa on so with or without their assistance he began walking again, ready for more confrontations.
Only two blocks from the coffee shop he'd taken refuge in, Kai came upon another group of the creatures except this time it was more accurately described as a horde. Thanks to their apparently acute hearing, they noticed him immediately and started barreling toward him. Acting fast Kai put two bullets in the head of the two at the front of the crowd, killing them instantly. As the last bullet fired, Kai summoned a new clip from his P.I.L.H.S. Device, released the empty cartridge from his gun, and reloaded it in less than a second. Kai continued to fire into the horde of beasts over and over again, having to reload more than twice more. Despite this thinning of the herd, more seemed to replace the dead and continued running at the man who's heart was racing faster than ever before.