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PostSubject: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 1:49 pm

A few steps away from the man she considered of an unfortunate mental state, her belly growled and she recalled that she hadn't partaken of any of the food or water she was supposed to be getting, such was her haste to escape the presence of this stranger.
But it wouldn't do her any good to go trying to chase after the stronger, at least in her opinion, devil without a bit of nourishment. That and she didn't know these woods. If she got lost she'd rather not be lost and hungry too.
Turning slowly, she walked back to the man as he worked on... something. "Excuse me, hito-sama," she began softly. "Where did you say the food and water were, if you do not mind me asking again."

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:01 pm


"There's jerky inside a barrel inside the temple. And there's plenty of water in the barrel beside it." he said, as he worked his arm back and forth. "If you want something a little fresher I know where I can get some deer. There should be some bread in there too. Tell me, Kami, why do you desire so much to save humanity? What has humanity ever done to make them worth saving?"

It seemed he was questioning the very depths of humanity once more. He hated them for what he had become, and hated them for what he knew he had to do. And it seemed these moments only came after Fu Leng had taunted the very depths of his soul.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:24 pm

The kami turned, walking back towards the temple before arrested by the human's further conversation. "What has humanity ever done to make them not worth saving?" she began slowly, wondering whether or not she should really be having this conversation with him. "You're a human, you should know the nature of people. Man is Bleaus's very special creation, so much higher than the animals, but only a little lower than the spirits, having a spiritual nature to themselves but being unfortunately weighed down by their more beastly tendencies. Don't you know the leaf and the cloud metaphor? The earth had to be prepared for man, as he was so much better than the other creatures already here, though he inherited the stability and insensibility, the passion and perishing of the animals, but the heavens had to be prepared for his spirit, that inner light that forever sought the face of goodness even before mankind could name it. The unendurable glory of God had to be appeased to the level of mankind's feebleness, and reconcile the changless motions of the heavens with a semblance of human vicissitude. Between the earth and man arose a leaf, between the heaven and man came the cloud, his life being partly as the falling leaf, and partly as the flying vapor." She paused for a moment, realizing her words were the reflection of an advanced class in heaven and, as a preacher she might have to break it down. "Or in other words, man is the only creature with a duality of both spirit and animal. It's my job to help their spiritual nature find the strength to overcome the beast within and show them the peace and happiness that comes when one goes with their natural alignment of spirit, that is, goodness and love."

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:44 pm


"Wise words, Kami. But that doesn't answer my question. As far as I'm concerned they deserve to survive and to be saved. Yet something deeper inside me taunts that very desire. It whispers to me in my dreams, and tortures me with visions of those I care for. It says that the children of Hantei, and the other seven kami, will find themselves as servants of Jigoku and Fu Leng. And no matter how much I try... No matter how much I pray, and no matter how much I beg, I can never block it out! Is there nothing to be done to stop these horrors from coming to pass?"

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 2:56 pm

All of these names he said, she was completely unfamiliar with, but since she viewed the man as delusional she simply smiled and nodded, realizing that even though he was insane his inner light still yearned for the ways of Bleaus. "I am not strong enough to perform and exorcism yet, hito-sama, but when I go deeper into my studies and learn these things, you will be the first I come back to help. I would ask you to live a good life, away from sin and vice, and ask Bleaus to help you with your... voices."
Not wanting to seem condescending, she lowered her voice and bowed her head in an attempt to look polite and submissive before turning around and walking back towards the temple to search for those two barrels the other had talked about.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Sat Oct 10, 2009 3:57 pm


Rising he turned back to the temple. Walking around to the front he stood in the entrance, the Devil's Teadrop in his hand as he stared at the woman, his eyes narrowing. He wanted to hurt her. To make her suffer for the way she'd spoken to him before. But he knew she was right. He was human, and as much as it seemed, he was nothing more than human. He breathed slowly as he stood there, his eyes narrowing as he tossed the bastard sword aside, his eyes watching her.

"Tell me, Kami... Why would you help someone like me?" he asked.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:23 pm

She reached down into the barrel of the apparent "kitchen", noticing how run down the place appeared, no doubt representing this man's mental state.
She withdrew a piece of jerky-like meat and took a brief sip of the water from her other cupped hand before she looked up. Nibbling on the tough food, she found herself highly uncomfortable with the way the other stood in the entrance, almost blocking it, his weapon drawn before he tossed it off. She wouldn't display her dismay as she continued to gnaw passively, contemplating his question before she answered it. "You will never see past the corruption that whispers to you unless you seek the light, which comes by hearing. They say Faith comes through Hearing and Hearing through the words of Bleaus. I will help you because you don't have to suffer in onitoshi when you die. You can instead be in paradise with Bleaus, which is his will, and by extension my will, which is why I will help you, Hito-sama. You need the light."
The spirit paused for a moment, then took a few final crunches of the meat, finishing it before leaning down into the barrel in search of another.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:59 pm


He laughed at her words, shaking his head as he stood there, watching her. Her words were so very different and yet they were the same thing that he'd heard back when he'd taken Goranova.

"Bid farewell to your blood stained past, or the light will find no hold. Let me tell you a story, Kami. Once upon a time there was heaven. Within that realm there were many different types of spirits. But they were not demons, angels, or humans. They were instead all the same. Until the nine kami, that is. The ten children of Onnotangu and Amaterasu, they were destined to be the rulers of the world. But Onnotangu suspected that one day they might oppose him and decided to eat them. But Amaterasu couldn't just stand by. Nor could she stop her husband. So being wise she instead decided to manipulate him. She agreed to it and, after each child was devoured, she gave him a cup of sake. At the end, he was so drunk that he didn't notice that instead of the last child he ate a large stone. This child was Hantei.

"One day Hantei was strong enough and ready to face his father. Hantei cut his father down and his belly open, rescuing the other Kami, except for his brother Ryoshun, for whom it was too late. At the end, Onnotangu cast a spell, separating the world into a realm of mortals and immortals. As the worlds separated the eight kami fell to earth. There they began creating, with the last of their powers, the world they desired.

"Akodo the Lioness, created the animals of earth, sky and water, before she reverted to a mortal lion.

"Bayushi the Scorpion, master of poisons, gave the gift of death, so that each mortal would cherish the life they were given as best they could before he became the guardian of the gates of life and death.

"Doji the Crane, gave the four winds of fortune, the mountains, and gave flight to the world of beasts, before she became the wind itself.

"Hantei, the mightiest of them gave life to the world with humanity, before he became a human.

"Hida the impervious, gave the oceans and rivers to the world, that those living would never be without the ability to quench their thirsts. Shortly after, he became a giant crab and decended into the ocean to never be seen again.

"Shiba the Phoenix, gave the world the gift of warmth, and allowed Amaterasu, the sun herself to shine her own gifts upon the world. After, she decended to the core of the earth.

"Shinjo the Horse, gave the world the speed and cunning they might need to survive the harshness of this newly formed world.

"Finally, the last Kami, Togashi the dragon, gave the world knowledge. Beasts began growing smarter, as humans became enlightened before he became a human with the very last ounce of power he had, that he might continue to bestow enlightenment he had upon them.

"But their last remaining sibling, Fu Leng the ninth kami, the only one to turn his back on them, demanded he be made ruler over Heaven because he was the only one not cast out. But Amaterasu denied him. So he left the heavens to come to Earth. To become ruler. But his plans failed. Because as he fell from Heaven he passed through the Earth, and created a world below it of his own. Since then the dragon of darkness has desired to come to Earth and rule it. But those that fight on behalf of the eight Kami have held his forces back.

"But no longer can he be stopped by them. The eight kami can't stop him because they have no mortal form anymore. I've said it, time and again. Humanity will be the deciding factor in this war. And I don't intend to lose it Kami. I AM Fu Leng. And unlike my brothers and sisters... I have a mortal body, and all the strength of Jigoku backing me. They have nothing, not even their spiritual presence." he said, glaring at her from behind the mask.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:09 pm

She retrieved another piece of meat from the barrel and was up in time to hear more nonsense. So this thing went deeper than she originally thought. Much prayer, supplication, and effort would be required to clear this one's mind again so he could receive the blessings of Bleaus.
Nonetheless, that was not a job for the present. She lacked the power still, especially for something this deep, which would require more than simply magic, but a will on his part to let such delusions go...
...but Fu Leng would be an awesome name for a restaurant.
"I see," she answered quietly, taking one last handful of water into her mouth before taking the jerky and beginning to walk towards the door the man still blocked, attempting to get around him. Where'd he find that mask? "Well, this has been a very enlightening conversation, Hito-sama, but I must be getting after my friend. I will no longer bother you with my presence, I have some business in town."

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:21 pm


"...You're welcome to leave any time you wish Kami. But I will not be so generous next time. But consider this. The pillars of heaven are collapsing. Two have fallen, and there are only a few more to go. After they fall Heaven will cease to be. And I will control both earth and Hell." he said, before he turned, walking away.

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PostSubject: Re: Melodies from Heaven   Tue Oct 13, 2009 8:33 pm

Madness was a new thing for Atilla, but she felt she'd experienced it through this man. Nonetheless, she felt the need to rush off especially fast to find Shou. Once again, there was no telling what he would do in the absence of her associate. Putting one last piece of meat in her satchel, she scurried off into the woods to slightly safer shores.

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