|An island off the
coast of Japan
Most fishermen would stay away from the surrounding waters of this island. They all believe that this leads to the mouth of hell. And on clear days they thought they saw a castle, a castle not of Japanese design but that of Medieval Europe. And rather recently they could hear unearthly screams coming from the castle. Even though the waters surrounding the island was teaming with fish, only foolish men would dare fish there for who knows what creatures lurk in the dark choppy waters.
To the superstitious
that island is where they believe the Point of Evil lies. For even on clear
days that island seem dark and gloomy. Foolhardy men who travel to that
dark foreboding place in search of rumored treasures never return alive.
On this island two men were seen leaving the castle and heading into a cave that lies near the castle’s west gate. One had long blond hair and the other had short silver hair. Both wearing dark gray robes. They ignore the aura of darkness as they descended the cave, the path led them down, down till they seem to be directly under the castle. At this point the cave glitters with diamonds but that was not what they were after.
What they found was
encase in yellow amber - a jagged edge sword with grooves that seem like
a network of veins running from the crossguard to the tip of the blade.
The hilt of the sword was like a black vertebra, the cross guard was curved
towards the blade and surrounding the indent that seems to drain into the
network of veins were some Chinese inscriptions. And that was problem number
Problem number two
was the fact that they had to get that sword out of the amber without destroying
it. That would take up a lot of time and time is not on their side. Slowly
the miners removed the rocks that held it and handed the sword over to
the silver hair male. Both the men in dark gray robes agreed that it was
an ugly looking thing but then who’s complaining?
Problem number three was already solved as the two men headed back up the cave and into the castle. For in the dungeons that they walked into, was a young grass green dragon barely a century old.
Well as the book
say, the younger the dragon the better. Its feet chained by short iron
chains that prevented its movements, what more as an extra precaution,
the chains were binded by a spell.
And the neck of the young male dragon was locked in spelled iron shackle and chains. And to make sure that the young dragon does not move around too much, They placed it into an iron cage as the iron bars had being bespelled to resist the strength of the young dragon. The two had gone through far too much trouble to capture the young dragon and were unwilling to risk losing it to minor miscalculations.
Seeing the pair the
young dragon roared and snapped at them. The younger blond hair male grabbed
the block of amber and hit the dragon on the snout. It roared in pain as
the amber cracked. A thought entered the mind of the blond hair man but
he let the idea drop. They had to find another way of breaking the amber.
They headed back upstairs again where the blond hair man crossed the marble tiled floor and sat upon a stone throne. Resting his chin upon his fist he started to ponder.
“And what would be
on your mind brother?” the silver hair man said.
“By force. Brother
of mine.” Gill answered, a puzzled look upon his face as he watched the
silver hair man broke into laughter.
“And what do you
“Well if you intend
to do it that way. Come then if you are interested in my plan brother,”
Urien said as he headed out the throne room.
A week later
Shielded against the rain by their dark brown travelling cloaks, Nakaruru and her sister had finally arrive to the port where they would joined Haohmaru and the others to meet an old friend.
Nakaruru was feeling somewhat better that she had put her ominous visions behind her. The light drizzle was unable to dampen her spirit as thought of meeting an old friend overwhelms her mind.
This friend of hers was with Haohmaru and the others when they were fighting off a band of bandits that had threatened Kamui Koten. She had wanted to speak to that old friend but he had left in a hurry saying that he was unable to be late for some urgent matter. She wondered how he was now.
in delight on seeing Haohmaru and the others standing underneath a makeshift
shelter and had ran ahead while Nakaruru was lost in her thoughts. And
then there he was, his hair was wet by the rain as he disembark from the
medium sized canvas covered boat that had ferried him from a large Chinese
Junk (Old Chinese ship – correct me if I’m wrong.). Seeing him Nakaruru
broke out into a smile and was about to call out to him
Within his black
travelling cloak the man brought out a waxed paper umbrella and opens it
while he waited for somebody to come out from covered area of the boat.
Coming out from the shelter was a dark hair woman who seemed a few years
younger than the man, she was wearing a matching black cloak but her hood
was pulled up to give her some form of protection from the rain. She smiled
at him and took his free hand as she disembarks from the boat.
The couple saw Haohmaru and others and headed towards them. The group then headed off to the nearest inn to be out of the rain.
“Welcome back to Edo. Ryu-San. We hoped that you would not be in a rush like the last time.” Rimururu squealed, she had echoed the sentiments of the others as well. Ryu answered with a smile. Both he and the woman had taken off their wet travelling cloaks.
“I have my reasons
for rushing off. I was late for a wedding.” He sat down beside the woman.
The rest started
to congratulate the couple except for Nakaruru who was silent. The rest
continued to talk till rain stopped.
From there they headed out of the port town. Knowing that they will reach the Kusaangi Estate by dusk. As the group traveled Haohmaru and Shizumaru led Ryu and ChunLi out of the earshot of the main group.
“So what really brings
you here.” Shizumaru asked.
“We will do what we can to help you little sister. If need be we would move the whole Inner Circle to Edo figure this predicament out. Things that happen so near a Gathering. Is it that bad?" Haohmaru gulped down another mouthful of wine.
“You can saved that
trouble in taking the trip to Kamui Kuten considering their two priestesses
are here.” Shizumaru hinted.
The Kagura Estate is way up north. Would you be passing through the Dragon Mesa? And would be by stopping by there?” Shizumaru asked hopefully.
“We always make a
point to stop by any Dragon Mesa around the world why not this one? You
are anxious little one.” ChunLi finally spoke.
By sundown the group reached the Kusanagi Estate. The head of the household was away so his wife was left in charge. Shizuka Kusanagi was informed of her guests’ arrival and had made sure that she could help them in whatever way possible.
That night after dinner Shizuka gathered Ryu, ChunLi, Haohmaru and Shizumaru into the library.
“Is it that bad?”
Shizuka asked after hearing out ChunLi's predicament
There was a light
knock on the door and moments later together with the two priestesses of
Kamui Kuten. The young lord of the Kusanagi household entered. Silently
he sat down beside Shizuka.
Once again ChunLi
related her part of the story to the two young priestesses. Leaving a few
details out this time. Nakaruru was silent, remembering the feud between
the two covens. She was reluctant to help as she sensed that nothing but
trouble would come out of this alliance. As she listened on she couldn’t
help but feel this dark feeling looming around as if somehow she was forgetting
“Of course we will
help!” Rimururu piped, breaking Nakaruru’s train of thoughts. She realised
her sister had made a decision without consulting her.
Nakaruru by now was
out her out her train of thoughts. Looking at ChunLi she thought she saw
something flicker. Something which seemed like a shadow of what to come.
< The angel of darkness now walks among us. > A thought entered Nakaruru’s mind. She was reluctant to share what she knew but when Rimururu shook her for her attention Nakaruru saw that the shadow was gone.
“No. I have not come
across something like that.” Nakaruru said flatly.
ChunLi smiled her thanks as the two sisters take their leave.
“I sense reluctance
in Nakaruru.” Haomaru said.
For once in this night ChunLi slept soundly through with no incidents of any dreams. For that was no longer necessary as both Ryu and her had already step on the beginning of a path that could branch into different possibilities and ends.