So, with some time to spare before guarding Guan Yu’s box, our heroes decided they’d try to find the three pieces of Susano-o’s sword at Amaterasu’s behest. And so, our heroes milled some ideas about their heads for finding three Japanese women who happened to be descendants of the women who once combined into a sword long ago, but came up with nothing substantial, since it’d be like finding a straw of hay in a haystack. Then, Guo Yu suggested to Ami that she ask for an item similar to Baron Samedi’s cigarettes or rum so they’d have a method of at least identifying the pieces of the sword. As quick as he could, Ami’s white wolf Hiro covertly made his way back to Amaterasu’s room with a message bearing such a request, and soon the pup returned with a green sash. It was no ordinary sash, for it used to hold the sword formed from the pieces they were looking for. Furthermore, when worn, the wearer can spot the pieces among the crowds, as they’d glow a jade green color. Alex suggested they first scope out the lobby of the Imperial Palace’s hotel lobby
- and, true to his hunches, they found the first, a young woman roughly 20 to 30 years in age. Sasaki Ami approached her claiming she had something on her shoulders, and feinted brushing it off - she was in fact pulling a hair out instead. Upon brushing against Ami’s skin, hair began to glow green, and she stashed it away. Conveniently, the next female was also in the very same lobby, this time a girl of the early teenage years. Ami once again talked her way to her prize, asking the girl to show her directions to some random restaurant on a map. With map in hand, the girl kindly obliged when Ami yanked it from her hands, “accidentally” giving her a paper cut. Apologizing profusely, Ami gave her a band-aid and turned, satisfied, eyes half glancing at the congealed, glowing green blood on the edge of her map. That too, she stashed away into her bag. Not lucky enough to find the third in the hotel lobby, the group exited the hotel and made their way to a local Japanese food market, where upon passing between the sliding doors, Ami spied another green glow in the near distance. This time, it was a diminutive elderly woman, hairs white as snow. Ami whispered her plan to Yu, who with a certain degree of hesitation, walked on over and “accidentally” stepped on the woman’s foot, which happened to be wearing extremely vulnerable sandals. Apologizing and paying for a random cup of ramen he hastily pulled from the shelf, Yu turned around with ears burning. The woman’s eyes shed a single tear from the sharp pain, which Ami managed to retrieve as she consoled her. With all pieces in her possession, Ami and her Scion compatriots made their way back to the Imperial Palace. Amaterasu took the pieces, which now more resembled sword fragments, and withdrew them into her sleeves to re-forge later. In return, she gave Ami a relic tsuba(handguard) that displayed ornate engravings of the sun, explaining that it would confer upon her greater efficiency when channeling the power of the sun, and that whichever sword she attached the relic to would be able to cast a supernatural glow, as long as she willed it hard enough.
Finally, it was time to complete Guan Yu’s favor, as night was coming fast. The Scions
- and Tucker, under Yu’s command - met in Guan Yu’s luxury suite, where the god showed them their rectangular ward - a box with gold trimmings and handles made of jade - and explained that they were under no circumstances to open the box and by extension, look inside the box. When he left, the Scions quickly got down to business. Guo Yu laid a ward on the room’s main door, erecting a protective barrier 2000 square feet in circumference against specifically those who sought to steal the box. Ami also quietly conversed with the door, asking for its aid in alerting her of any troubles that may come, leaving Hiro sitting aside to wag his tail. Alex sat down, meditating on a Mountain Dew caffeine high, while his owl Archimedes sat on the balcony outside, keeping a lookout for would-be infiltrators aiming to come through the balcony doors. Hakon sat against the wall and fell asleep, having not done so for days, while his Crow perched close-by, ever on guard for his master. Tucker, not quite taking the job too seriously at the moment, sat down on a recliner and watched TV. A few moved furniture for barricades later, and their defenses were ready. Guo Yu called up room service, taking advantage of the room’s complimentary amenities, and ordered some dinner for his band.
As the hour dragged on, and as Yu wondered where the hell his food was, he heard a faint sound of metal on metal. Quickly, he roused up the band and alerted them to his suspicions; Ami sent out her wolf to investigate, and a few minutes later, it came back eagerly with news of a pair of men dressed in bus-boy uniforms wielding a pair of daos were smashing on Yu’s ward. Alex stepped out of the room, bow in hand, and let loose an arrow into one of the two’s chest, killing him instantly. As the other one fled, Yu reassessed the situation and decided that two people should be stationed at both ends of the hallway at the perimeter of the now weakened ward bubble
- he volunteered himself, and Hakon joined in. As another two hours passed, a group of six robe-wearing belligerents turned the corner and into Guo Yu’s end, brandishing guan daos and jians. Immediately, Yu sprang into action, leaping into action outside of the ward’s border while calling out Hakon’s name. The kami of the door saw what was happening and relayed the situation to Ami, who stepped out with both katanas unsheathed, ready to lend a hand. Hakon sent his raven flying over while shouldering his Winchester, peering down the scope and trying to get a head between his crosshairs. Through a combined assault of .223 rounds, sword blades, and raven talons, the group of what Yu gathered to be cultists - he had finished a case regarding a cult not too long ago, and was kind of familiar with cultist behavior - fell in battle. When the authorities came, Yu attempted to defuse the situation by claiming that he did in fact hear loud noises and saw two gangs of white robed and black robed men fighting each other to the death. Of course, the detective thought he was mistaken, but was convinced that Yu, if not accurate in testimony, was at least not lying. However, Hakon came up later to reinforce his comrade’s claims, finally satisfying the detective.
A couple hours later, and a yell from Hakon alerted Gene to something on the ceiling. A man, dressed in black, landed on the carpet and brandished a staff, which extended from both ends, one went into Alex’s back
- trapping him against the balcony - and the other slid under the table as this curious specimen of dexterity attempted to use his staff as a lever to bring the table closer to him. Hakon quickly snatched the box from top of the table while Yu issued a challenge to the man, yelling “he’s mine!” At this point, all Scions were noticing that this intruder was also in fact, a Scion, judging by the now stronger scent of ink and parchment permeating the air. The man tore off his mask, revealing himself to be of Asian descent - he accepted Yu’s request and held his hand out, beckoning to him. Yu shouted to the others “block off all the entrances” as he stepped forward, twirling his jian between his fingers. The man grinned, sheathed his staff, and brought out his own sword. For the first couple maneuvers, Yu seemed to have the upper hand, before they found themselves pushing on each other, swords locked. Believing the fight was taking too long, and he did have a job to do after all, the intruding Scion jumped back and took out his staff again, this time making a large sweep around the room to knock people off their feet. Soon, everyone was tumbling to the floor, except for Sasaki Ami, who managed to stay as spry as a cat. As the mystery Scion approached Hakon to seize the box for himself, Yu tackled him into a rear naked choke, calling on the power of the gods to obliterate the man’s very soul - Yu, having been flustered from what he deemed to be a dishonorable maneuver a second ago, was very, very angry and disgusted at the man’s lack of respect for the sanctity of one-on-one duels. Unfortunately, he managed to finally escape Yu’s essence-rending grip, and escaped out the balcony, coughing blood, promising that they’d see each other again. Yu dashed after him with gun drawn, aiming to finish him off - he was after all, quite genre savvy - while yelling at his companions to pursue or attack the fleeing Scion.
His roars fell on deaf ears. All he could do was shout “FUCK.”
Eventually, though, he was starting to calm down when loud booming footsteps came from outside the door, ending with a loud clanging, as if metal was meeting wood. Suddenly, a ten foot tall Hong Guei crashed through the door, weapons drawn, and body armor of ichor forming around his torso. Yu’s ichor manifested as armor in return, though before anyone could react, the double katanas of the demigod Sasaki Ami decapitated the demon in a single blow.
“Well, that was anti-climactic,” quipped Alex. Again, authorities came over to inquire about the new, splintered door
- Yu stuck to his previous fabrication, this time claiming a gang of the black robed men kicked down their door mistakenly, seeking revenge for their defeat earlier.
It went over reasonably well.
The rest of the night went smoothly for the enemies of our heroes’ sake, and eventually the dawn sun peaked over the horizon. Guan Yu marched in rubbing his temples, this time with a pretty hefty celestial headache. He asked whether Guo Yu and his companions met any trouble, but his son was stumbling over his explanations quite a bit
- talking to his father still wasn’t easy - but eventually let him know that there was several complications. Guan Yu stepped over to inspect the contents of the box, quickly shut the lid as had opened it, and stuck it somewhere else. Yu couldn’t fathom a guess what was inside or where his old man stashed the thing.
“Well done son, I suppose a reward is in order. So, about that Stone Lion you wanted…”
(Will finish later)