Unsealing the Wind

Sora invites several people to help with the -- unfortunate effects -- of trying to cleanse the Boreal Tome of the darkness inflicted on it. Someone else invites himself, too.

Date: 2017-08-26
Pose Count: 35
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 20:02:52 81860
An abandoned convenience store is a nigh-on perfect place to do magic that can go a little out of hand as far as Sora is concerned, so she passed on the word to her cousin and some friends that she'd need their help with the book, to finally take care of the problems with it. The door in the back is already forced open, making it a non-issue to get in.

The Boreal Tome is placed on the counter, and Sora is standing next to it. The chains they put in place last time still there. It's no longer leaking quite as much goopy dark shadow, though its pages are still somewhat stained by whatever caused the issue. Next to the book is a big bottle full of water, it's open, and some of it is evaporating. That vapor is quite unpleasant to the likes of Lacrima.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 20:11:22 81861
Ikiko Hisakata had arrived with Sora, and spent her time clearing debris to the corners of the room while her cousin set up. Larger objects, like chairs and futons, were moved to the back office; with the help of a worn-out broom, smaller stuff and dirt & dust were swept to the corners.

"Well, at least this place is in better shape than where you found the book," Ikiko remarks to Sora after the sweeping is done.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 20:14:12 81862
An abandoned convenience store seems like a good place if things get out of hand, yes.

She arrives via a small little dark step in the corner of the room as she smooths out her dress and purses her lips. She looks around and blinks over to Sora and gives a short wave, and then a short wave over to Ikiko, but she doesn't say anything because something feels repugnant in here- and it isn't the decor or smells of old convenience store trash or locale.

"Ugh. Do I need to ask what's in that bottle?" she asks. "It feels wrong." she says.

"To me."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 20:17:00 81863
Kunzite arrived already in uniform, and spent time assisting with moving heavier objects and eyeing the amount of glass.

He's not happy with the amount of glass, plainly. This is probably no surprise to anyone. He's not saying anything, though, which means that he's probably got his eye on covering that part. Or trying to minimize it, at least.
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 20:22:16 81864
Abandoned convenience stores are a likely place for things to get out of hand if they're not looked into from time to time. That and Kukai Souma is on patrol tonight, making sure things in the city are safe and calm. It also doesn't hurt that he can see a faint light on in the back of the store as he passes. That's not right.

Entering the store, however, he is a little surprised by the sights he sees. Lacrima and Ikiko and Kunzite, in full gear - and Sora, standing over a book that's bleeding black shadows. "... So, am I interrupting something important, or am I interrupting something that ought to be interrupted?" He arches an eyebrow, peering more at that book...
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 20:31:23 81865
"Thank you." Sora makes to mention to Ikiko and Kunzite when they're done cleaning up, and Lacrima gets a pretty straightforward answer, "Holy Water. I'm sorry, I should've mentioned that when I asked you to help." Kukai comes in, and there's a brief sigh. "I'm unsealing this book so I can scrub the shadows out of it, but it's gonna get mad because it's hurting, and so I've asked them to help." She explains to Kukai as she dips a cleaning sponge into the bottle of holy water, "If you want, you can help out, too. Just keep all the furniture in place and make sure nothing reaches me."

Without waiting for a response, she releases the chain, and the book flips itself open, winds immediately picking up in a vortex centered around Sora and the book, rapidly threatening to undo all the hard work done to get the furniture out of the way, by pulling it inwards, towards Sora.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 20:37:25 81866
Kunzite bows to Kukai's entrance, and to Lacrima's, but it's Kukai he addresses. "The book itself isn't evil, so far as we can tell. Someone tried to corrupt it at some point in the past. It resisted, but only partially." ... and then Sora's moving, and therefore Kunzite is too. Lifting hands to put up the expected shadow-born shields just inside the windows, just outside the cooler -- denying the wind access to the glass. Furniture is a problem. Shrapnel would be a much worse problem. He knows which one he's picking.

Of course, most of the people here are familiar enough with his powers to know that shielding against something physical is a strictly limited-time maneuver on his part...
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 20:40:25 81868
Excellent, more people to help with the defense! "Having an extra set of hands to help with the blocking would be useful," Ikiko agrees, nodding to Kukai and waiting for a signal from Sora...

...who gives less warning than Ikiko had expected. "Well, here we go," she sighs, muttering a few words. There's a flash of silver light, and then Cute Wolf Tsukiko darts forward to start pushing some of the furniture back.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 20:43:04 81869
Lacrima mphs. "Properly blessed holy water by the feel of it. Usually. The stuff in churches doesn't affect me." she blehs a bit, and sighs. "I'll just keep a reasonable distance from it. I prefer to not feel on purifying fire today." she says.

She turns to Kukai. "Right. We're trying to make something better. Not worse. I think." she says as she taps her bottom lip in thought as she sighs around the room. "This might get hairy I understand. But it may also not." she says.

"My bets are on hairy."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 20:55:22 81871
Kukai makes a little 'huh' sound as Sora describes what she's doing. "Aah.. huh. All right. Well, sure, I'll help. And .. the furniture?" He looks around, seeing if he can secure anything - a task Kunzite had already finished as he entered.

Kukai hmms, then nods to Kunzite. "And she's cleaning the book to remove the corruption. Ok.." And then Sora has the book open, and Kukai only has time to nod to Ikiko and Lacrima. He sees flashes of light and power beginning to form, and taps his pocket, where Daichi is peeking out. "Daichi, Chara Transform!"

Daichi hops up and out of his pocket, and with a shine of golden light Sky Jack has replaced Kukai, his flying board in hand, watching the fireworks...
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 21:01:53 81872
If it was just controlling the furniture, this wouldn't be so bad, the book isn't as angry as it was last time, and it's visibly getting soothed by the work Sora is doing to clean it up. Unfortunately, the energies released have alerted a third party, a wave of shadow coalesces into what appears to be a young man from victorian England, puffing a pipe that is lit with a cold flame.

With a simple wave of his hand, the front door is forced open, and he walks in. "Excuse me, but I believe you have something that belongs to me." His voice alone carries with it power, every word punctuated by a blast of energy, and this kind of energy is not to be mistaken for anything wholesome, it's darkness. "I'd like it back, please."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 21:19:10 81875
Those shadows are not Kunzite's. And if that cold flame is the kind he thinks it is, it does not interact well with Kunzite's powers.

He glances toward Sky Jack, though, instead of confronting the new arrival. "That one," he says, "we haven't met before. At least not under that face."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 21:19:49 81876
It's nice that the book is behaving better this time, although Tsukiko still has to catch a chair that came loose. At least the wind is more lively than fierce; a windstorm instead of a hurricane.

Then the previous owner (?) of the book walks in, requesting the book. "Considering what shape you left the book in, I don't think I'd want to give you any books, much less this one," Tsukiko growls, her hand tightening on the back of the chair as she eyes the newcomer.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 21:27:38 81879
Lacrima is content to watch and wait for the book to do something horrible and that's what she's expecting. Except then she watches as this strange man in victorian garb comes in and she turns and frowns a little to herself.

"Can we help you? This is a private affair. Are you always this rude?" she says in a manner that suggests etiquette is being violated here.

She keeps her eyes on the man as she picks up the hem of her dress as she walks towards the door a few steps from the far side of the room she's been at, as she huffs.

"You have a few moments to leave. Then you get ejected." she says lowly.
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 21:36:27 81881
Sky Jack keeps his eyes on the book, so the door blowing open behind him is unexpected. He spins, staring at the figure standing there, and then blinks. "You're about a hundred years behind the times, aren't you? It's not polite to demand something from anyone." The wash of darkness from the figure is hostile and weakening, but Jack grits his teeth and stands with the others. "If you want anything, you can probably take the shadows that're being cleaned anyway, and leave the book. Otherwise you're out of luck."
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 21:44:05 81884
Sora is unmistakable familiar with the figure, her eyes are wide and somewhat scared, but her answer follows suit with the others, "The Umbral Tome told me about you, shepherd of phantoms. Your kingdom is gone, and you own nothing but lies." Those words would be more impressive if she wasn't quite obviously terrified. "And this book has never been yours."

The collective words of those present cause this figure to sigh, and he simply throws out a massive wave of darkness-infused shadows, not bothering with finesse as he appears confident his raw power will be more than enough, and he has a lot of raw power. "All in this world belongs to me, mongrels."
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 21:50:01 81886
Cute Wolf Tsukiko swings the chair in her hands at the wave of shadows to break a few of them, then counterspins to throw the chair at the dark figure. "You're going to have to get in line with everyone else who's ever declared that," she snorts at him as she lashes out with a kick at another shadow. "It's a pretty long line, although it gets shorter every time we defeat one of them."
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 21:52:31 81887
Kunzite's eyes narrow at that sentence. "This world," he says, "belongs to its--"

And that's when that wave of shadow strikes his own shadow. He was already bracing against it. But it's not enough: the more benign darkness stands for a moment, then is torn open by the raw force thrown against it. The words break off into an inarticulate snarl. A sharp gleam of cool pink light shows as a precisely-cut jewel manifests at his forehead -- the one that appears for an instant when he henshins, drawn back into the perceptible world by the strength of that wave.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 21:57:36 81888
Lacrima head tilts and looks from Sora, then between the man and she gently takes notes to research later. It's things like this make her wish taking devices from UMBRA Labs to get readings on forays like this would be a good idea, but Riventon would probably have to weigh that against helping people like Kunzite and Ikiko if she made a formal request.

"Ah..." is all she says as a wave of dark shadows fans out and she closes her eyes. She knows darkness and shadows doesn't work good against.... darkness and shadows. The wave may aswell be a summer breeze to her as it causes her hair and dress to wave. Of course.

That also means it's probably the same for this fellow if she were to unleash the same. So she finds a polite way to be out of the way for a moment, as she surverys the situation. There's lots of potential projectiles here. But mundane furniture being thrown probably wouldn't work very well. She can't touch that holy water to throw it and besides it's helping the book right now.

Oh god did Kunzite just take that hit? She frowns and then snaps her finger. A broken table in the corner goes flying for the man from a burst of dark energy. It's all she can do at the moment that won't be potentially feeding whatever he is.
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 22:03:05 81889
Sky Jack has never seen the man before, but he recognizes the level of dark power being thrown around. With a rapid spin he mounts his flying board and flips it up, attempting to drill through the wave. He gets most of the way through, but still ends up caroming off the blast and backwards up against a wall. The slam is enough to make him grunt, but he is still on his feet. "Bah! If you're such a badass, why haven't you bothered showing up before now? You're not a patch on some of the things we've seen!"

Sky Jack still has his feet enough to mount an assault, as well, a soccer ball forming into place and being punted off towards the Victorian-dressed figure, spinning hard and crackling with electricity. "Get out!"
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 22:20:31 81894
"Unlike them, I think in millenia. I have an abundance of time." The shadowy figure answers both Sky Jack and Tsukiko, and then he gets hit in the face by a chair and almost crumples over. He clearly hasn't gotten the resilience to match his power, but that doesn't change that he's incredibly, unreasonably powerful. "And I don't mind letting others live in my world in peace and harmony, as long as they acknowledge me as their god and king." Pleasant fellow this.

The soccer ball hits him square in the stomach, and he is thrown back, and then he's hit in the face with a broken table, and he needs a moment to get up, his glasses broken and his form starting to be undone. He changes tacks, deciding that it's not a useful means of his time and energy to fight, and instead rushes through the wind, flying straight for the book, with what seems to be impossible speed.

Sora lunches forward, covering the book with her own body, which only means this fellow creates a sword out of shadows to drive through her flesh.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 22:31:28 81897
Cute Wolf Tsukiko is glad to see that the shadowy figure lacks resilience, but his determination and power still makes him quite dangerous -- especially when he rushes towards the book and Sora!

The wolfgirl dashes towards Sora, pivoting and lunging to tackle the shadowy figure sideways. "YOU ARE NOT GOING TO HARM HER!" Tsukiko roars, her fanglies lengthening with a silvery gleam.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 22:42:28 81900
Lacrima scoffs. "Join the club." she says frankly. "It's idiots like you that make it hard for beings like me to just drain the occasional person to survive because they think we're all out to rule the world or destroy it or god knows what else." she huffs.

Tsukiko moves to protect Sora, so she doesn't move. She turns back to the man and well. She can't do much here still. So she talks.

"Why do you believe these falsehoods? This tome isn't yours. Yours was defeated and sealed, if you mean the Umbral Tome."

She frowns a little. She's feeling useless again. She starts trying to think of ways she can help here. Her dark energy would just empower whoever this is. She starts thinking a little as she talks.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 22:48:29 81903
Kazuo's shields aren't much use, and his attacks have an unfortunate habit of punching through people that fragile, which wouldn't be much good for Tsukiko. So he moves, instead, darting in counterpoint to Ikiko -- either to place himself between her tackle and Sora-and-the-book, or if her tackle is unsuccesssful --

-- well. Someone's going to need to be close to Sora for entirely different reasons anyhow.
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 22:53:45 81904
Sky Jack snorts and shakes his head. "Everybody who says that just means they don't know how to appreciate the people and events around them today. You cut yourself off from the world on purpose, chasing power, and you expect everyone else to think like you do!" He cheers as the figure crumples backwards. "Look at yourself! Better think about the next few seconds, not the next millenia!"

Another soccer ball forms, but before Jack can launch it the figure is lunging forwards, towards Sora! Jack dives to get between the two of them, but Tsukiko is faster! It takes Jack a split second to think, and a moment later his soccer ball is en route - towards Sora, not as hard or electrified, intent on launching her out of the way of the oncoming attack!

He just hopes she doesn't mind getting thumped a little. And hopefully Tsukino can counter the man when he finds his target out of range...
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 23:01:12 81906
Tsukiko manages to hurt the stranger quite a bit, but it's not quite enough to stop him. Sky Jack's soccer ball shoves Sora aside, but she clung to the book enough that it doesn't quite move her enough, but the two combine to turn what would've killed Sora into something much smaller, something Kunzite knows how deal with. The figure turns to the one who hasn't come to defend Sora or the book, and stares at Lacrima, "The Umbral Tome was nothing but an experiment, though I've been following this fool of a girl, her efforts were quite interesting."

Then, it rushes forward to try to rest a hand on Lacrima's shoulder, no harm with it, it's not an attack. "I can help you find yourself, teach you who you are." He offers, even though he's already limping, and his form in tatters, "The Umbral Tome can let you know how to contact me."

And then his form dissipates.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 23:12:52 81909
Cute Wolf Tsukiko quietly growls at where the stranger had been as her 3-7 wolfmotes bat away at his dissipated remnants. "Geeze, what a jerk," she grumbles, her fanglies returning to normal as the combat magic ebbs out of them.

The wolfgirl glances over to her cousin: slightly injured, but alive. "Hopefully that's the last of the surprises with this book," Tsukiko says with a weak smile.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 23:16:45 81911
Lacrima responds to this less than stellar. In fact, he's gone by the time she throws a hand back and then punches a large hole in the wall behind her that looks somewhere into the back office, as she grits her teeth and takes a deep breath. She doesn't actually answer the question though.

She just removes her hand and looks down at it as she frowns and opens it a moment as she turns around.

"Is everyone okay?" she asks deadpan.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 23:19:48 81913
Kunzite exhales between his teeth, and is already unfastening his cloak from his shoulders. Something to soak up blood. Knowing Sora, that will be turned into 'something to keep her from bleeding on the book.' "Healer or hospital," he says to her in a tone whose flatness is rather more resigned than irritated; he'd bother making it a question if he weren't already sure that the entire matter is going to be shrugged aside till she's done with the Tome.

Which is why he takes the time to glance up; to nod toward Sky Jack and Tsukiko; and to say blandly to Lacrima, "He's going to be disappointed, isn't he."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 23:24:44 81914
Sky Jack lets out a breath as the figure dissipates. "...Sora, are you ok?" He moves over towards the others as well, partially because of Sora's wound, partially because he wants to be near the others after all of that. "I~" There is a crash, coming from Lacrima, as she hammers a hole in the wall. "...Woof. OK."

He nods back to Kunzite, who's moved in to provide aid, and then grins. "See? He gave up easy. He won't be any trouble, Sora. We'll beat him, whomever he is."
Sora Hisakata 2017-08-26 23:28:22 81916
"Healer, but not now. I'm almost done." And Sora is right, the winds are little more than a stiff breeze by now. The bottle of holy water is almost empty, too, she's been hard at work. She does at least wait for Kunzite to be done wrapping the cloak around the wound until she gets back to work, and soon after, she seems to be done, folding it back up and re-fastening the chain. "Now I just need to figure out how it works. I'll let you guys know when I've done that." She glances towards Lacrima and Kukai, "I'm fine."

And then she slumps over onto the book, unconscious.
Lacrima 2017-08-26 23:30:53 81917
Lacrima just gives Kunzite a frown. Like she's offended he's even asking. "Probably." she says. She looks towards Sora however and says. "She's not okay." she says pointing. "Do you have this handled Kunzite? It's not a good idea to bring her to where I know she can get help." she says softly.
Ikiko Hisakata 2017-08-26 23:36:50 81919
Tsukiko's wolfmotes drift over to Sora, nosing her worriedly while the wolfgirl winces and sighs. "Cuz, you're from the branch of the family that doesn't have the trace amounts of lycanthropy, much less has it empowered," Tsukiko remarks.

She gives Kunzite a 'I know I don't have to overly worry because you're here' smile, which looks like a mix of weary and apologetic. "Should I carry the book while we take her to the healer, or should she hold on to it as much as possible?" the wolfgirl inquires.
Kazuo Takeba 2017-08-26 23:38:24 81920
Kunzite adds another bow to Lacrima. "Please, forgive me. It's relatively infrequent that I see someone else being flirted with who's quite so thoroughly uninterested."

(This is how one can tell he doesn't spend much time around Amu.)

He inclines his head to Tsukiko after. "If you don't know," he says, "I don't either. I suspect it's safer with you carrying it, for now. Sky Jack, are you all right? I saw you hit the wall earlier."
Kukai Souma 2017-08-26 23:48:54 81922
Sky Jack grins weakly at Kunzite and nods. "I'm fine. Just had the wind and a few ounces of blood knocked out of me. I'm just fine. Sora's in much worse trouble than I am." He nods at the girl, slumped over the book, and her cousin, nosing at her. "Maybe wrap it up in something and stick it in her book bag, then carry her? Get the best of both worlds that way."

Sky Jack hmms, then shrugs. "I dunno. That guy was really strong but I didn't have the heart to tell him he wasn't a patch on Beryl or Walpurgisnacht. A little rest and a little confidence in herself and Sora will wipe the floor with him."