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Sharks in the Bawn! 
6th-Nov-2006 04:44 pm
Rokea
((OOC: This post takes place on the same night as the moot. It is primarily for dai_swims and any characters escorting him, but other characters who could be in the Bawn are welcome to join in.))

The light of Luna's full face illuminates a quintet of half-human, half-shark figures on the outer edge of the bawn of the Mother's Open Hands.

The largest of the five, a truly enormous creature with a gaping maw of row upon row of sharp teeth, growls in a guttural voice clearly unused to human speech, "This does not concern you, dirtwalkers. Give us the abomination."
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6th-Nov-2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
((Posted with the permission of the rest of Kentaro's sentai.))

Flanked by Ikki, Shun, and Tokiko, Kentaro bars the path into the caern. "Your pardon, honored guest, but when one visits another's home, there are certain formalities that must be observed."

**Mongoose, let Saki get back with help soon! I don't know how long the four of us can keep them busy!**
6th-Nov-2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
Next to his Lantern, Ikki moves from one foot to another, restless as a caged tiger. He just barely resists the urge to hiss.
9th-Nov-2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
Padding through the trees to the side of the path in panther form as part of Matt's escort, Lakshmi is almost invisible in the night -- a sleek black shape sliding through shadows.

At her first sight of the intruders, she catches her breath. **Mother Durga, look at them... All in their war-forms, and not sounding friendly. If this comes to a fight, we may end up wishing there were more of us here. But what is this "abomination" they speak of? The vampire Andreu spoke of finding? If that is the case, we can just tell them it's been destroyed... Perhaps that will stay their wrath. But still... I don't know. I have a bad feeling about this. **

Slowly, silently, she shifts to chatro form, and positions herself where she can see -- and if needed, leap into the clearing -- but not be easily seen, keeping her head slightly lowered so that her saber teeth don't catch the light of the moon. She glances over toward Matt for his reaction, readying herself for whatever this encounter brings...
11th-Nov-2006 04:21 pm (UTC)
Matt's changed into a hakima - a blue robe with whales decorating it. He also has on a pair of thong sandles.

Matt walks over in front of the group of shark-people and bows to them. "Welcome to the island! I'm Matthew Daisuke Oda. I'm hoping that you might be willing to explain a few things." **This seemed like such a good idea before. Now that I'm here... Well, it's too late now!**
12th-Nov-2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
((OOC: The following dialogue is only discernable to Rokea.))

:Is he the one we want?: Scent-of-Blood-in-the-Water Sends to the others. :Or is he just another of the dirtwalker Changers?:

Teeth-in-the-Enemy resists the urge to snap impatiently at his slew-mate. :Perhaps we should eat them all, just to be sure.:
12th-Nov-2006 06:34 pm (UTC)
"Eat them!" exclaims Matt. Pulling apart the tie on his hakima, he exclaims, "You just cant go around eating people! Even if you don't like them!" Matt doesn't actually slip out of his hakima yet, but he's all set to do so at a moment's notice.
12th-Nov-2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
Up until now, Talib's just been wary upon arriving on the scene. In homid, he made no threatening moves upon entering the clearing. When he saw their forms, he restrained his suprise as best he could. He kept silent when Matt greeted them...

...but with Matt's exclaimation, he winces as his eyes unfocus slightly. **How do they know? Why do they care? What is going on? ...tHEy'Ll nEVeR ACcePt YoU... SHUT UP! ...buT yOU KnoW... SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!** He snaps his eyes shut, then opens them again.
12th-Nov-2006 09:44 pm (UTC)
Lakshmi blinks in surprise at Matt's outburst. ** Eat who? What's he talking about? They didn't say anything... Unless the shark people have some way of communicating that we don't know about...? **

Her eyes narrow, and she crouches, ready to pounce at a moment's notice.
12th-Nov-2006 11:00 pm (UTC)
Andreu frowns. **Not good...** He reaches into his pocket, checking to see if he remembered his flute.
12th-Nov-2006 11:30 pm (UTC)
:He heard us!: Scent-of-Blood-in-the-Water Sends, astonished.

Catching her Sending, Teeth-in-the-Enemy glares at Matt. "So you are the one we want," he says in a rasping voice clearly unused to human speech. "You will come with us."
13th-Nov-2006 12:20 am (UTC)
Matt looks skeptical. "I wanted to do that until you started talking about wanting to eat people. Now you're going to have to sell me on it. So tell me, why should I go with you?"
28th-Nov-2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
Teeth-in-the-Enemy glares sullenly at Matt with his red-rimmed eyes. "If you do not, we will eat you here and now."

As the words leave his mouth, he notices Itchy move forward. His gaze swings around to look at the others. "Do not interfere, dirtwalkers. This matter is between us."
28th-Nov-2006 08:17 pm (UTC) - "Hungry for the War"
((Straw, meet the camel's back.))

:: Caution, that should be the watchword. Keep it calm and collected, make friends with the other shapechangers, tolerate differences. Tolerate...eating people, tolerate vampires in the caern, tolerate insolence...::

In his mind, a lesson learned:
"You're thinking too much like a human - if the situation was reversed, do you think she'd be so concerned for us?" She shakes her head. "We'd be lucky if we were dead before she dismembered us."

"Fuck tolerance." That's all he spits out of his Glabro-form mouth before his visage changes ((spend the required Rage for Crinos transformation)) and his paws dig pits in the sand as he leans forward and begins racing towards what will soon be fishpaste.

29th-Nov-2006 12:52 am (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
**SWEET MONKEY JESUS** races through Talib's mind as Teeth-in-the-Enemy threatens Matt and Itchy shifts into overdrive. His body shifts to crinos instinctively upon seeing his kinsman attack.


((OOC: As he's not charging immediately, I'll hold what he does after shifting for when we enter bullet-time))
29th-Nov-2006 01:10 am (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
Teeth-in-the-Enemy starts, but one of his confederates notices the rushing Crinos and spits six small, white objects at the Garou.

((OOC: The Rokea is using a Gift to spit teeth at Itchy. Strength + Athletics to hit: 2, 6, 9, 9, 9, 6, 2 - 5 successes. Stamina + Primal-urge to determine the number of teeth: 7, 4, 9, 1, 10, 6, 2, 9, 9, 9 - six teeth spit.))
29th-Nov-2006 01:27 am (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
Ikki was already on a hair trigger; the Rokea threatening Matt and Itchy sends him over the edge into Rage. In an instant, the muscular Asian is replaced by an enormous sabre-toothed tiger; a low, menacing growl rumbles in his throat.

((Rest of his action to follow when we enter combat.))

29th-Nov-2006 04:42 pm (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
In the trees, Lakshmi freezes momentarily, uncertain of what to do.

** What is that fool doing? These are Matt's people -- it should be his decision whether to fight or not! Stupid garou who always kill first and ask questions later... We do not need a repeat of what happened with the Menehune, and these ones did not even attack first. **

With one frantic glance over at Andreu to see if he has his magic flute, she makes a split-second decision, and leaps... toward Itchy, not the Rokea.

(( Action details to be e-mailed ))
29th-Nov-2006 11:00 pm (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
"Damnit!"

Matt lets his robe slip off, but does not change form.

((OOC: More in email))
29th-Nov-2006 11:05 pm (UTC) - Re: "Hungry for the War"
As soon as Itchy moves, Andreu pulls the flute out of his pocket. ** (sound of the Metatron from "Dogma") It never ends... **
13th-Nov-2006 03:26 pm (UTC)
Still in Glabro, Itchy tries to pay attention to the situation as much as he can, mostly getting
"Eat them!" exclaims Matt. Pulling apart the tie on his hakima, he exclaims, "You just cant go around eating people! Even if you don't like them!"

that impression before
Teeth-in-the-Enemy glares at Matt. "So you are the one we want," he says in a rasping voice clearly unused to human speech. "You will come with us."

that occurs.

The Philodox on the edge looks at the war-form sharkmen, then looks to the mere boy talking to them.
::I shall protect the weak.
I shall slay the Wyrm.
I shall protect the weak. I shall slay the wyrm.::

And then, as if his mind cannot hold such thoughts inside very well, he mutters out loud
"I shall protect the weak. I shall slay the Wyrm."
He takes a half-step forward, the teeth of his Glabro form apart far enough for him to breathe through his mouth alone. To quote the song, his "eyes are fixed and fearless", his breath coming out with the edge of a growl, his fingers beginning to twitch of their own accord. Though he waits while the boy talks to the shark people, he has stopped looking in Matt's direction. Now he only listens to Matt while staring down the monstrosities (more monstrosities!) near his adopted Caern.

((ooc: Itchy is incapable of frenzy given his Rage score, but I should hope that it's evident that he's not at all a well cat. Anyone with even a dot in Perception can probably sense that by now.))
18th-Nov-2006 04:51 pm (UTC)
When Itchy moves forward a little, Andreu notices. Though focused mainly on Matt and his kinsmen, he's keeping an eye on Itchy. ** Crap. Even if he can turn this around, it may still hit the fan. **
18th-Nov-2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Talib frowns. ** What did he hear? ** He looks at the others. ** No one's moving. This is their home, so I suppose if they don't feel the need to do something, I won't either. **
29th-Nov-2006 01:19 am (UTC) - OOC: Combat time
Combat actions for the first round should be e-mailed to emerald.mod @ gmail.com. Deadline is 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time, Friday, December 1, 2006.
1st-Dec-2006 01:41 pm (UTC) - First round of combat
As Itchy barrels toward the sharkmen, six small, white objects fly at him. Three of them embed themselves in him, drawing blood. ((OOC: 3 levels of Agg. Damage got through the Soak.))

Hoping to avoid a repeat of the bloodbath when the Menehune attacked -- and still feeling more than a bit guilty for her part in it -- Lakshmi leaps at Itchy, pinning him to the ground. Her claws are pulled in, but her weight and momentum bring him down nonetheless. Shifting to Crinos, she growls, "Matt's folk! His choice! Not yours!"

Meanwhile, Andreu brings his Harmony Flute to his lips and begins to play.

As the sharkman spits teeth at Itchy, Talib launches himself at it. He strikes out with his claws, but they whiz harmlessly through the air only a hairsbreadth from their target. Two of the spit teeth sink into him ((OOC: Two levels of Agg. Damage got through the Soak)).

Seeing Ikki shift, Kentaro barks, "Ikki! Yamero yo!" ["Stop it!"] Next to him, Shun grabs at the scruff of the tiger's neck. "Niisan! Kenka shinaide!" ["Ikki! Don't fight!"] he pleads. Ikki growls, but remains where he is.

Matt lets his clothing fall, but doesn't change form. He seems to be concentrating, but then a confused look comes over his face.

As Andreu plays, an enchanting peaceful melody fills the air. All of the shark-folk stand transfixed, except for the largest of them. Teeth-in-the-Enemy struggles against the bodies of his slew-mates blocking his way, but the cluster of Rokea keeps him pinned for now.

((OOC: Effects of the Harmony Flute are as follows - "... the flute emits an enchanting harmonious melody, reawakening ancent memories of peace from the time before the Severing. When an aggressive creature hears the song, the Storyteller must make a successful Rage roll, or the creature ceases its struggles. Creatures without Rage may not resist the effects of the flute. Any being listening to the sound may still defend himself if he is attacked. The power of the fute affects only those listening to the music. Once the music stops, anything goes..." (W:tA Rev, P. 301)

Anyone wishing to continue fighting must make a Rage roll, Difficulty 6 [and send me the results]. For those who succeed on the Rage roll, deadline for next combat round is midnight Eastern Standard Time, Monday December 4.))
2nd-Dec-2006 04:19 pm (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
"Wait! I want to go with you!" exclaims Matt. "All I ask is that you promise you will not eat me."
3rd-Dec-2006 02:01 pm (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
Teeth struggles against the imprisoning bodies of his slew-mates. "I want to eat you, abomination," he snarls. "You are safe for now, but beware the next time you enter my world."
3rd-Dec-2006 07:25 pm (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
Matt looks taken aback at this. **Well that's a conversation killer...**
4th-Dec-2006 12:07 am (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
** Oh, I do not understand these people at all... Why do they hate him? He said earlier that he'd never even met one of his own kind before -- what could he possibly have done to offend them? **

(( The following depends on what other people, especially Itchy, are doing... ))

If Itchy seems to have gotten himself under control, and no one else is immediately attacking anyone either, Lakshmi shifts further, to Sokto (near-human) form, for clearer speaking, and lets Itchy up as her curiosity gets the better of her caution. "Why do you call him that, honoured guest?" she asks the Rokea. Her tone is polite, as she tries to follow hakken_sempai's mode of addressing them in hopes of defusing the situation. "He is one of your own people, is he not? What has he done to offend you?"

On the other hand, if Itchy is still in a near-frenzy state, she will stay Crinos and focus on trying to keep him from attacking.
4th-Dec-2006 12:21 am (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
((ooc: Not sure if we've dropped out of combat bullet time yet, but Itchy seems subdued. Might be the tackle, might be the Harmony Flute. He's still in Crinos though.))
5th-Dec-2006 04:08 am (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
((OOC: As per this...))

Talib, overcome by the wave of peaceful intentions, stops as he 'realizes' that he's being foolish for attacking when more peaceful minds should prevail. Though he stays in crinos, he puts his hands up and waits in silence for this to pan out.
5th-Dec-2006 04:13 am (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
He does remove the teeth though.
5th-Dec-2006 02:02 pm (UTC) - Re: First round of combat
Andreu takes a step back and to the side as he continues playing the Harmony Flute.
10th-Jan-2007 01:47 pm (UTC) - Teeth's reply to Lakshmi
((OOC: Sorry for the delay; work, holiday prep, and a bout of stomach flu really zapped me.))

"Why do you call him that, honoured guest?" [Lakshmi] asks the Rokea...."He is one of your own people, is he not? What has he done to offend you?"

Teeth-in-the-Enemy snarls, though he takes no further aggressive actions. "We have nothing to do with Unsea," he growls. "It has been that way since the world was born." He glares at Matt with red-rimmed eyes. "The Rokea do not belong on Unsea - he has been corrupted by contact with dirtwalkers. Our laws say he must die."
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