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1 San, Er, Yi - One, Two, Three [Maikeru] on Sat Aug 04, 2018 6:26 pm



Ess carried a thick stack of papers tucked under her arm. Her free hand held a stapler that she would use every so often to tack one of those papers to a post or wall. By the end of the day, she wanted to cover the entirety of the refugee camp in fliers and dammit, no one was going to stop her. Standing in front of another post - this one torn in half from the many battles that had happened around the village's remains - she took one of the printed flyers and stapled it twice for good measure.

The dragon princess stared at the poster with a scowl, her lips pursed and eyes narrowed. A large picture was highlighter against the white background, taken a few years ago on a trip to the Sea of Clouds up in the moon. Ess remembered that day fondly. She had packed her bags and set off with her three servants for a weekend of rest and relaxation. For once, all three of them had behaved, for the most part, so she gave them the weekend off. As a result, all three spent time together almost as friends. This particular picture featured the three rabbits building a sand castle, a close depiction of the Lunar Palace. Underneath, the word "Missing" stood out in bold letters, along with Ess's contact information.

This was their nature, though. They were fickle little things that mostly did whatever they wanted and occasionally behaved to lull their masters into a false sense of security. They were tiny little sociopaths hellbent on destroying the world, after all. It couldn't be helped. Even so, Ess felt a little toyed with and had to admit that she very much disliked the feeling. While the rabbits had certainly misbehaved - just a two days ago Yi burned dragon powder in public just to see how humans would react to the hallucinogenic effects - they had never outright abandoned her. They had disappeared one by one, until finally San had run away yesterday.

This quick succession of events left Ess wondering if maybe she was the problem. As much as she didn't want to say so, she missed the three of them for more than the services they provided. Had she been too harsh with them? The only way to find out was to talk to them and figure things out. Maybe she could even concede some points to them and renegotiate their duties. The second solution was to equip them with tracking collars or implanted seals. In the meantime, though, she had to search.

The young woman sighed, walking over to the next available surface to repeat the process of posting up the flyer. Maybe if she managed to get this over with throughout the morning she could dedicate the rest of the day to asking the locals. Three fluffy white bunnies had to stand out in the desert. She doubted that there were very many of them around in these parts, especially not their size.


2 Re: San, Er, Yi - One, Two, Three [Maikeru] on Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:35 am

Maikeru Otsuka


Maikeru leaned against a wall. He was in one of the villages within the a land of wind, one of the more advanced ones. Many people migrated here to keep away from the hustle and bustle of the outside world is having with Bandits. Maikeru, finally, after weeks upon weeks of hard work and brutalizing missions, he finally got a day off. Not even that. No one but two days off. He was drifting around the village aimlessly, until he came to realize that fact. He hummed knowingly. His mind drifted off into a deep line of thought. He thought about missions that he went on. They were brutal. They tested his absolute limits, physically and mentally. Maikeru smiled. He reached in his pockets and took out a pack of cigarettes. He looked at it and tossed it to the ground. He stepped on it. He won't be needing those anymore. He could feel it. His time in Suna was coming to a close. Maikeru smiled at the idea. He didn't want to think about the full evaluation of his efforts or how much they had paid off, but only to think about the fact that it was almost over. Just a few more missions. Just a few. The stress would be gone soon. Maikeru saw that there was a gym close by.
He walked inside to do one thing; train. This time he didn't have so much metaphorical weight on him he walked in with a smile on his face. He looked at the third heaviest bar weight he could find. Taking it easy today. He took it to the bench press, and began lifting.

Thinking back, the ISC would have to restructure and make a village. More bandits needed to be cleared out. They were still as bold and active as ever, and created a war zone out of the land of wind. Maikeru hated bandits. They were disgusting trash that needed to be purged from the lands. But not in the way that Ayakashi handles law. One of the more shadowy and secretive factions of the ISC had a different way of dealing with Bandits. They didn't capture them they didn't kill them. They used them. They applied seals on their bodies. Special seals. Seals that, at will, used both Ninjutsu and Fuinjutsu. The way it worked was that the Fuinjutsu was the lock to the Ninjutsu,which was made of Katon. The Fuinjutsu could be unlocked only by getting the combination of hand seal correct by a user of Fuinjutsu to unlock the seal to unlock the seal. If the seal was tampered with in any way, without using the combination, the Katon would spontaneously combust and kill the target of the seal. The Fuinjutsu also allowed using this seal to communicate with the , they were able to get a great deal of bandits to do their bidding by threatening their lives with it. They gained manpower with the seal. It was an elaborate thing. Maikeru wondered if Iwagakure could use something like this.

He got up from the bench and cleaned himself off. After leaving he noticed fliers spread across the small village. Apparently someone was missing some rabbits. Maiker shook his head. He didn't want to get involved. It was his day off. When he walked off, to find something to do, he saw the one placing fliers. There was a look of sadness in her. Maiker felt a pull from his heart. Maybe it was a good thing. Finding bunnies required detective work, and Maikeru loved being a detective. He moved over into her direction. “Hey are you looking for some rabbits? May I insist.”

Maikeru looked down to see her chest.


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3 Re: San, Er, Yi - One, Two, Three [Maikeru] on Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:00 am



Ess heard footsteps coming her way but thought little of it. She was absorbed in her own thoughts and stapling posters on every square inch of available surface. She would get the information she needed, dammit. It didn't matter how long it took. Well... it did matter. She had no idea how to do the menial tasks of everyday life. All of that was always done for her so she could focus on more important things. A voice drew her out of her thoughts. Slowly and shielding herself from the bright sun, she turned around to look at the source.

Oh right. Humans. Quite frankly, she had forgotten all about them. She turned around to see a young man, no older than... Honestly, she didn't know. Humans aged so differently and so quickly. It was hard to keep track of. In any case, he looked young. White hair contrasted with dark skin and red eyes. It was a strange and oddly harmonious combination of colors that would have caught Ess's attention more if it weren't for her current predicament. She had always had an interest in humans, especially the ones with rare abilities. She fancied herself a collector of sorts - not that she would deprive them of their freedom in any way. It was more like she added them to the list of things she had seen an encountered or even kept them around as her vassals. In any case, she failed to notice him staring at something as inconsequential as the kind of chest she had in her human form. Unsurprisingly, she didn't quite understand what humans considered attractive.

The young princess turned back to look at the poster. The still image stared back at her but didn't evoke the memories from before, only a feeling of nostalgia and disappointment. She looked back at the man who had offered to help and conjured up a smile. "Well, I suppose another pair of eyes wouldn't be a bad thing to have. Tell me, young one, what do they call you?" She asked, defaulting to the way she spoke at court rather than her more unusual speech pattern. She didn't know this man's status among the humans, after all, so best to tread on the side of caution. Of course, Ess didn't fear humans at all, given her celestial origin, but she knew that they could make things difficult for her if they wanted to. Such a fickle species.

"I am looking for the three rabbits you see here. They're quite large, compared to the ones you humans have here. They're white in color and fully understand language..." Talking like this was too much effort. Her voice trailed off into a sigh. "Look, Imma lay it to you straight. These things are a hazard to society. The longer they're on the loose, the worse it gets for everyone involved. They can't die but gods know they go out of their way to try," she explained, sounding exasperated. Most people would have thought she was downright insane but to her, every word she spoke was common sense. This was a piece of knowledge that everyone in the Lunar Kingdom knew as fact.

The young princess placed a hand on each side of her forehead and massaged her temples. "I don't know where the flying fuck they went, but they're up to no good and dammit they're mine and I miss them!" There, she said it out loud. She missed Yi, Er, and San. The three of them had been consistently by her side as far back as she could remember. "So now that you're down to assist, help me think of where the hell they could be causing trouble," she said. It was more of an order than a request at this point and the dragon princess was unaccustomed to being denied.


4 Re: San, Er, Yi - One, Two, Three [Maikeru] on Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Maikeru Otsuka


Maikeru couldn’t stop looking at her breast. It felt almost new to be attracted to a woman. He was no stranger to the opposite sex’s wiles, but he hadn’t induldged himself of the sight in so long. It was a reminder of how much he needed these days off. He drifted himself back to the real world, seeing that she had called his name. “Oh. Uh. Just call me Maik.” Maikeru examined the rest of her body, until he looked up and saw her horns.

Well...okay then…

Maikeru raised an eyebrow. He would have reacted more flamboyantly, but he had seen far worst things before. With that in mind his eyes went back down to her chest. But his gaze had ended when she had begun to explain her pets. His eyebrows furrowed, and his eyes sharpened, as he had began to get serious. His love of being an investigator kicked in. “Menaces, huh? The sound mischievous and dangerous. Being that they are large and intelligent and on the scale that you imply that they like to cause havoc and chaos, I think we should find them quickly. Before their location becomes to apparent, if you know what I mean. Now let's see…rabbits are herbivores, so they love their leafy greens. Hmmm…let's check the market area if the village. It shouldn't be too far.”

As the two began walking, Maikeru turned to look at her chest instead of her eyes while speaking. “I don't mean brag, but you are pretty lucky to have me aboard. Investigating is one of my favorite pass times. Oh and I didn't catch your name.”

After the small talk and arriving to the Market area, Maikeru looked around for any particular stand with vegetables. There were quite a few of them so the search would be vast. Maikeru walked up to one of the food stands being aided by an elderly woman. “Excuse me have you seen um…rabbits? Specifically big ones?”

“No I haven't.” Maikeru inwardly Cursed. He looked at the stand and saw a missing item that wasn't normally missing. Carrots. He looked around at other stands and saw that they too were missing the orange vegetable. “Where are the carrots?”

She rubbed her chin as she went deep in thought. “It was bus the strangest thing. A bunch of gentlemen came wearing robes. They were the religious type. A whole group of them came in and bought all of the carrots. From everyone at once.
They even bought the crates.”

“I would imagine selling vegetables would be expensive in the desert. How were they able to buy so many?”

“It's just about the strangest thing. They said they were spreading the word of Jashin.”

Maikeru's heart sank. Jashinists. He despised them. Detested them. There was no group of people Maikeru hated more. They had taken him from the Orphanage in Suna and to a shack in snow country. He was malnourished, and many of the other kids had died. He wouldn't have lasted long if Takehare hadn't rescued him. Leaving his anger and getting back to the task at hand, he calmed himself. “They didn't leave that too long ago. They were heading north out of the Village.” Maikeru nodded. He turned towards his friend. “Shall we?”

He still couldn't stop thinking about the Jashinist. The situation required more seriousness. Things were about to get interesting.

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Ess nodded sagely at the young man's words. "Oh they are. Those little bastards would destroy the world if you let them," Ess said. Fortunately, they were cursed to be unable to do so. The spell on them was solid and unbreakable, as far as the dragon princess knew. Still, she missed the three lagomorphs and not just for their services.

"Fān-" For a moment, lost in thought, she was about to reveal her real name. Most likely, it wouldn't mean anything to this child of man, but it was best to follow Di's lead in this and keep using a pseudonym. "Call me Ess," she stated, the words laced with apparent disinterest. Her eyes had lingered elsewhere, catching the notable absence of empty stall sections among the vegetables. The same phenomenon was repeated in every stall. The young dragon had been to human markets before, but it had been several decades. Humans had a habit of changing their minds often and creating new traditions. Was this one of them? She remembered old distilleries talking about the angel's share. Maybe the same thing had translated to food?

Maikeru must have noticed her gaze because he approached one of the stalls. Ess followed suit, examining the stall itself while her new companion gathered information. Now what had Darling said about detective work? She knew attention to detail was key. What else? Something about thinking unconventionally, wasn't it? The young woman took a step back to get a better look at her surroundings. She knew that wasn't what Darling had meant about trying to see the bigger picture, but it was a start.

Footsteps marked the sand leading to and from the market, worn out by both the wind and new steps alike. Trying to follow them would lead nowhere. From the corner of her eye, she did spot something that would turn out to be worthwhile. The glint could have belonged to a coin or meaningless trinket, but Ess had a gut feeling that it was something else. The tip of a medallion stuck out from the sand near the stall, not buried nearly enough to have been left there overnight.

Gingerly, the young dragon picked it up between her index finger and thumb. The pendant was no bigger than her palm, made of gold, from what she could tell. Honestly, she wouldn't be surprised if it turned out to be a false imitation. But she recognized the symbol - the inverted triangle wrapped in a circle. While the golden masks the priests wore drew the most attention, the dragon girl had noticed them wearing the symbol pinned to their robes.

She turned to her new partner, holding the broche so that he could see. At this point, he had finished speaking with the man, who had confirmed that the Cult of Jashin had purchased crates filled with carrots for some unknown reason. "Whoever we're looking for is missing this," she stated. They knew the rough direction they were headed to - north of the makeshift village - but not the exact destination. Likely the cult had its own camp. There was a possibility they were hiding out in the ruins or even the surrounding caves in the area.

The young princess considered for a moment. It was best to act quickly if she wanted to find her three servants again. "If I transform, I should be able to track the scent," she stated. It wouldn't be the first time she had used her true form in front of a human. Just yesterday she had fought to of them as her regular old self.

She took a step back, closing her eyes and letting her consciousness drift. The process was nearly automatic, ingrained in her very being. Light enveloped her, surrounded her body and allowed it to morph. Where once a human stood was now a dragon. White scaled glistened in the sun, revealing her majestic form. She ignored the stunned looks and surprised gasps from the humans around her. Without a second's delay, Ess sniffed the pendant and began to track. She turned to Maikeru. "This'll be faster if you ride on my back," she instructed. The mere thought of having a human on her would send her mother into a panic. Ess giggled at the idea. As soon as the boy agreed, Ess would set off.


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