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> Ruin on the Horizon
Kudo, Kai
 Posted: Feb 26 2018, 06:11 PM
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When Arashi had taken office, she noticed one thing right away: A distinct lack of religious practice. At least that's the reasoning she gave the public. Using this guise, many churches and temples were erected to various religions. Rupertism, Scientology, whatever it was that people wanted. Using her massive contact network, many contractors were hired for relatively nothing to construct the buildings in a short amount of time.

One structure, though, Arashi had handpicked the builders for. To most people, it would be a pathological temple, sanctuary to everyone, regardless of belief system. In truth, this was Arashi's own chantry. Since recently becoming a Regent, she was entitled to one of her own. And now it was time to start expanding back into the land of Horizon once again.

From the outside, the Chantry was fairly unimpressive. Just a large brick building with double doors as the only entrance. On the double doors were two silver Tremere symbols. Stained glass windows lined the building at regular intervals, each depicting the symbol of some religion. Other than that, the structure looked rather plain.

Once one stepped inside, they would be greeted with two hallways. One to the left and one to the right. In front of them would be two almost always open doors into a moderately sized chapel-like room. Services would rarely ever be held here, but it was a place where people could come to pray or meditate or whatever it was they needed to do.

Down the right hallway are numerous single bedrooms for those in need of sanctuary for a night. It was a simple room, with only a single small bed and a table with two changes of plain white clothes. The doors could be locked from the inside and only Arashi herself had the keys.

Further down the hall, it would turn left and had numerous locked rooms lining it. However, it wasn't a normal keyhole in the door, but a hole. Once something was inserted into the hole, a needle would shoot up and pierce whatever it was. If a Tremere put their finger into it, the needle would draw blood and, using the latent power of all Tremere blood, unlock the mechanism. Inside each of these rooms was a small yet well equipped lab. Each one was designed by a different member of the Tremere construction crew that built the Chantry. This assured that almost any Tremere could do their work here, no matter what it might be.

The left hallway had only one door on the right side that lead into a gigantic library. Every single book on anything even remotely related to any religion that Arashi could get her hands on was located here, kept organized by volunteers. In the back of this library was a door with a mechanism identical to those locking the labs on the other side of the building. Behind this was another massive archive. Thousands of books on science and journals made by other Tremere could be found here. It was a gigantic compilation of knowledge that any aspiring Thaumaturge could appreciate.

A few years back, Kai had stumbled upon this place. Little has changed since the original construction outside of updated lab equipment and new books in both libraries. The original Regent, Arashi, had passed on a couple decades ago, so the chantry was now overseen by one Silim Savretin. He seemed a good sort, though Kai rarely had any interaction with him. Silim was not Kai's sire nor Regent, and thus under no obligation to each other. Though still an apprentice, he was of the seventh circle, and thus allowed free use of any lab and library without undue scrutiny.

Today, Kai had come back once more, the chantry becoming something of a second home, or hideout, as of late. He had taken over one of the small bedrooms and made his own. A stack of books about puppetry and poison are stacked neatly in one corner by the bed. Attempts had been made to get back to using his old tools again, but to no avail. No inspiration had been struck, and nothing felt more correct than good ol' stick-on-a-string. The effort was there, though, even after all this time.

Kai found himself in the main library right now, laying prone face up on a couch. A particular book hovered about two feet from his face, held aloft by two chakra strings, while his arms lay splayed out. This was a pose of absolute relaxation, for it was only here that he felt calm and safe. The book in question was Romance of the Five Villages, a very dramatic retelling of the previous age that stood on the border of fiction and non-fiction. Kai had lived through the last few chapters of the book, though he wasn't that far into it yet. Undoubtedly it would be amusing to see how the author played up the ending.
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Jitaku, Yui
 Posted: Feb 27 2018, 03:23 PM
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A century ago, walking into the lands of Neo-Horizon was an open invitation to be murdered. Criminals, low-lifes, and vagabonds of all sorts prowled the area, waiting for their next target to show up-usually, the most frightened looking, doe-eyed newcomer. Most didn't go there with good intentions in mind, and the few that did rarely left with those good intentions intact-or at all.

Today, the situation remained mostly unchanged, save a few key details; with no organized military-not even the ramshackle one that the missing nin of old provided-demons roamed the countryside freely, kept at bay only by some remaining defenses that threatened to give way any moment. Neo-Horizon itself had been a battleground, and much of its infrastructure had been topped. A few buildings, however, to include this one, maintained by the Tremere, remained.

And this building, unassuming as it was, attracted Yui's attention for exactly that reason. She walked calmly through the streets, ignoring the eyes catching on her as she passed. Occasionally, she would raise her eyes to glare at someone who stared for too long. The people here were broken; what power had been in Neo-Horizon was long gone, but the people didn't dare leave the confines of their failing defenses, choosing instead to stay here and wait.

Yui hated looking at them. They evoked a thought in her head-that, had her circumstances been different, she could be just as helpless as they, just as incapable of protecting herself. The very idea of it sickened her, and yet, she couldn't deny it.

Yui reached the building and paused. She reached for the door, hesitating slightly, feeling about with her instincts for any traps-the doors were too obvious, too...plain. She felt nothing though. She nodded and shoved the door open, stepping inside and letting the heavy door slam shut behind her. What, exactly, have I found?

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Kudo, Kai
 Posted: Mar 3 2018, 02:30 PM
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A loud slam or a door knocked Kai out of his immersion into fine literature. Those who came here were usually much more courteous than that; knowing, or at least believing, it to be a sacred place. For this reason, he took his leave from the library and moved down the hallway until the corner that turned towards the main entrance. He would lean against the inner wall, just out of line of sight from anyone who would be at the doors, and listen carefully to their footsteps.

Kaai wasn't so sure why he was so paranoid at this point. Broken people came in here all the time to pray or seek salvation, be it in desperation or true faith. This was most likely just another such person, albeit a very rude one.
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Jitaku, Yui
 Posted: Mar 8 2018, 06:58 AM
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She was, in fact, not here for sacred reasons. Having been raised the way she had, Yui didn't have much of a context for religion and the value it had in people's lives, other than that some would fight over it. She found the whole idea rather silly-why pray for a poorly defined assistance when you could just take what you needed in life? No, she was here merely to satisfy her curiosity.

Yui turned to her left first, and walked down the deserted hall, pausing at every door before moving on silently. She was looking for signs of use-anything to indicate that this building was actually being lived in. She found those signs here and there-a door whose knob was slightly shinier than those next to it, indicating more frequent contact with skin.

She listened at the outside of every such door, getting a feel for how many-if any-people there were in this building. Yui made it a point to always be aware of such things; not doing so could get you killed, after all.

She hadn't learned much, but she at least knew that not every room was lived in-this place was far from its hey-day, which made sense, given its location. She turned around, now intent on exploring the other hall.

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Kudo, Kai
 Posted: Mar 10 2018, 05:13 PM
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Chantry Map
I made a map, since I realize now that the description doesn't actually make much sense.
Something evil this way comes.

Kai would hear her footsteps, and the pace of them. There was an abnormality therein. Every few steps they would slow down a bit before speeding back up a step later. If Kai's calculations were correct, it would seem Yui was slowing down around each room. Was she looking for something in particular? Kai began to run over who or what this newcomer could or couldn't be.

Tremere was unlikely. There was subtile iconography all over the building, from one of the stained glass windows to the door knockers. Unless they were Caitiff (a childe abandoned by their sire before learning what they are), they would absolutely know this building's purpose. Even if they were a Caitiff, they likely wouldn't behaving like this, and more like a commoner.

The person likely wasn't a commoner either, though. Sure, some of them might come this way to get to the library, and might slow down at one of the labs due to the odd 'keyhole', but not at every one. Well, maybe not. Given the complexity of humans, especially ones in the most desperate and poor region, nothing about behavioural patterns was certain. Despite his thought process, Kai knew he couldn't actually eliminate any potentials.

There was only one way to settle this. With tome in hand, Kai simply came out into the hallway and walked down it, towards the exit and bedrooms on the other side. Finally, he saw her; an intense looking individual for one so young. No one looked this fierce on accident, and only one kind of person looked this way this young: a ninja. If Yui was indeed a ninja, there was one good way to determine exactly what brought her here, and what she intended to find or do.

Once a few steps had been taken, and he was sure that Yui had noticed him, he balled up a fist, and put it up, but kept it near to himself in an obviously non-aggressive manner, putting a bit of chakra into it. Any properly trained ninja would recognize the Fist Bump technique. This was no normal Fist Bump. It was Kai's own Secret Handshake, which instead of the truth would transmit a simple message of "Don't mind me. I'm just here for the books."
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Jitaku, Yui
 Posted: Mar 12 2018, 04:35 AM
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She stopped short as Kai stepped out of hiding. Yui didn't appreciate being watched, and she especially didn't like the idea of not realizing someone was observing her. She could have been killed just then, and she never would have known it was coming. That fact told her enough-the boy standing before her was trained as well. She didn't need the fist bump to work that much out.

"Sorry, I don't make a habit of letting strangers touch me. Especially not other ninja."

So, she wouldn't return the fist bump. Instead, it was her turn to observe. He was only a few years older than her, but he carried a world-weary, unfeeling look in his eyes. He wore dark clothes, a hallmark of those who favored stealth and deception-like Yui herself. The most interesting feature about him were his eyes-particularly, their color. There were a handful of clans who could manifest red eyes, but those typically came with other markings. This boy's eyes were dim, but crimson. They didn't have the presence that doujutsu typically carried. A human with naturally red eyes, huh? That's uncommon.

He hadn't attacked-that was an important detail. He was more likely curious than hostile. Still, Yui couldn't take chances, but at least she could probably get some answers out of him without needing to beat them out first.

"What is this place?"

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 Posted: Mar 12 2018, 05:37 PM
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With the tiniest and briefest of smirks, Kai retracted his fist. Between that remark and her following question, everything had been confirmed. Yui wasn't Tremere, or she would know what this place was with ease. She also both knew the technique and had said 'other ninja.' So she was indeed a kunoichi. As well, though they weren't all that far outside Shimogakure, one generally didn't come here unless on a mission of some sort, or because they knew about the church and wanted solace. The church is also a well established and known building in that town. Since Yui didn't know even the cover story that it was a church, it could only lead Kai to one conclusion. This girl in front of him is a rogue.

Kai knew not her reasons, nor would he ask them. He didn't care. He couldn't quite respond to the girl, though. Instead, he lifted his head up slightly and pointed at his neck before laying that hand flat and parallel to the ground, swiping it back and forth indicating he couldn't, or wouldn't speak. Instead, he started manipulating the chakra on the other hand, using both Chakra Thread and Marionette's Counterfeit Wiring to make that thread invisible. The thread moved and extended its way up the wall between the two, laying itself very carefully. When done, Kai made the thread visible with the same technique, showing that it spelled out a singular word in common.

SANCTUARY
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Jitaku, Yui
 Posted: Mar 19 2018, 03:08 PM
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"Neat trick. Sanctuary for who?"

It didn't avoid Yui's notice that this individual she was speaking to had yet to actually speak back. She had known some in her early years who avoided speaking; most of them did it to gain an advantage over the other students though. The advantage it presented was always too slight for Yui to bother, and the inconvenience of being unable to speak didn't seem to make for a decent trade-off. She got the feeling, however, that Kai's silence wasn't self-imposed. A trauma in the past then? A condition present from birth? She made a mental note to figure out what could have caused this silence-both a trauma and a condition could have secondary aspects that she could exploit later. She got where she was now by figuring out how to handle those around her; it was natural for her by now to look for weaknesses wherever she found them.

"So, what's your story?"

She flexed her hand; this boy had caught her off-guard, and that wouldn't do. She needed to be ready to summon if things went sideways. Though, if he viewed this place as a spiritual sanctuary of sorts, he might be averse to fighting her. Still, she didn't want to be caught off-guard again.

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Kudo, Kai
 Posted: Mar 21 2018, 01:44 PM
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While Kai's half-lidded gaze never wavered from Yui, the thread danced flat upon the wall once more, twisting and contorting itself to answer any of the young lady's inquiries.

THE LOST

THE FALLEN

THE FORGOTTEN


Having only so much thread to work with, Kai wouldn't be able to put out a long-winded explanation. Hopefully this would suffice. All could find salvation from their god(s) in this place, be that deity Rupert, some sort of aerial pasta, or even The One True Godâ„¢. The same sentiment was true among Tremere. Much as Arashi had done before, Silim was open and welcoming of all kindred, regardless of background, with few questions asked.

Speaking of, how does one answer with the simplicity Kai is forced to such a complex story as Yui asked for? How does one sum up, in one or two words, his transition from Good Student to Villain? The atrocities he committed during the demon wars? A century of hatred that was only just now beginning to dull?

EXILE. YOU?
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Jitaku, Yui
 Posted: Mar 23 2018, 02:40 AM
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"Violent psychopath slash assassin. I've been without a target for a few months, so right now, I'm exploring Seichi."

She would explain her own story without actually looking at Kai. She saw no point in being elusive right now; out here, 'professional assassin' wasn't the worst thing one could expect to run into, after all. And besides; at least she was honest. When it didn't suit her to lie, anyways.

"Well. I'm not sure if I really count as lost, fallen, or forgotten...but I think I like it here. Who do I have to hamstring to get a room around here?"

Admittedly, living on the road wasn't her forte. She had grown up in a tightly regulated home. While she had received extensive survival training, there was no beating a bed and four walls. She didn't have much use for the chapel, admittedly, but the whole thing didn't have to be to her liking to be worthwhile. Sometimes, the part could be more important than the whole.

"Any weird requirements for room and board here?"

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